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The main characters of Persona 4.

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The Investigation Team
The Investigation Team.

The Investigation Team are a group of high school students (and one sentient teddy bear) that was founded to investigate the strange phenomena caused by the Midnight Channel, and the seemingly unsolvable murder cases in Yasoinaba, the town they live in. Fittingly, they all have the mystical ability to wield Personas - supernatural manifestations of each user's personality.

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  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Golden adds third-tier Personas that are unlocked after the December dungeon, done by hanging out with party members who have maxed out Social Links.
  • Achilles' Heel: All of them, with the exception of Naoto, have a critical elemental weakness that will put them in the dirt. Maxing out their Social Links will grant them a skill that triples their evasion against the element that they're weak to.
    • While the protagonist's weakness shifts a lot due to his changing Personas all the time, Izanagi is weak to wind. Izanagi-no-Okami, on the other hand, has no weaknesses.
    • Yosuke and Teddie are weak to thunder.
    • Chie is weak to fire.
    • Yukiko is weak to ice.
    • Kanji is weak to wind.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Variation. The Fog inside the TV world isn't toxic but it can make a person rather tired, even ill, after a while. Because of their frequent forays into that World every member of the team eventually develops a resistance to the stuff (their Personas and "Teddie Glasses" also give them a bit of protection). When the Fog starts to leak into the real world late in the game, they're the only people in town who are largely unaffected by it.
  • Action Girl: Chie, with her focus on strength and physical attacks, is the most straightforward example, but Naoto and Yukiko aren't slouches either. Rise doesn't become one until Ultimax.
  • Adaptational Wimp: A minor example in The Animation; while the game gave them weapons and some degree of fighting skills of their own, in the show, they're entirely dependent on their Personas to fight Shadows.
  • Adult Fear: All of them experience this when they hear of Nanako's kidnapping and apparent death. When they catch Namatame, they seriously consider taking their revenge against him, only to be talked down by Yu at the last moment.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: A bit of a recurring trend with the Investigation Team. Rise and to a lesser degree Yukiko both have crushes on the protagonist and can potentially end up being the Romantic Runner-Up depending on the players choice. Yosuke has an unrequited crush on Saki, Yukiko, and Rise. Kanji has a crush on Naoto, who is completely oblivious. Teddie flirts with all the girls, who all reject him.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: A pretty common theme with most of them is how they pretty much didn't have much if any friends for one reason or another and felt isolated from others:
    • The Playable Character moved around a lot and never really had the chance to form solid and long-lasting friendships.
    • Yosuke is the new kid town before yours, having moved 6 months prior. His dad is the manager of the new Junes, which has been hurting local buisnesses. Yosuke is thus treated with a bit of scorn by proxy or as a complaints' box. He didn't really have friends outside of Chie and his crush on Saki.
    • Chie meanwhile is a tomboy who keeps the other guys from hounding her popular best friend. Her lack of traditional femininity and nature harmed her self-esteem as a woman and she had no friends besides Yukiko (and more recently, Yosuke.)
    • Yukiko is the heir of the local inn (considered a pride of the town) and her beauty gives her alot of unwanted attention and she's pretty isolated from her peers because of this and the aloof reputation she was given. Her Only Friend thus far was really Chie.
    • Kanji cultivated a "delinquent" image to protect himself from ridicule due to being teased in the past for his love of adorable and cute things by girls and boys, though the former was especially biting.
    • Rise became an idol because of her friendless childhood, but now has become consumed by the life and has begun losing her passion to the job.
    • Naoto is Married to the Job and her own aloof nature and desire to be seen as an adult leads to her neglecting her social skills and interacting with the others.
  • Amateur Sleuth: A whole group of them. Every member of the team save for Naoto, who's an actual Kid Detective.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • While the games provide no Gay Option, the player is given several opportunities to have Yu express interest in the guys in the group: he can pretty blatantly hit on Yosuke and Kanji a few times, Q allows him to suggest that gender "doesn't matter" as long as there is love (which the manga runs with), and, most fragrantly of all, he can outright kiss human Teddie in Golden, though they're interrupted.
    • Although Kanji questions his sexuality at several points in the game, he has an obvious crush on Naoto before and after finding out her actual gender and is just as smitten by Chihiro as Yosuke. Kanji's true sexuality is deliberately left ambiguous.
    • While Yukiko gets teased about Yu possibly being her boyfriend (and she is one of his possible Love Interests), it's worth noting that Shadow Yukiko dubbed Chie as one of her "princes." It could just be Shadow Yukiko expressing that Yukiko and Chie are Heterosexual Life-Partners, but it's still rather suspect.
    • Yosuke has gone all "Have I Mentioned That I Am Heterosexual Today" multiple times, and there are Dummied Out lines that suggest he might have been a Gay Option because If It's You, It's Okay.
    • Chie is one of Narukami's possible Love Interests, but she has such a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with Yukiko that Erin Fitzgerald is of the opinion that Chie has a crush on Yukiko.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Each of their Shadow Selves were intended by Izanami to kill them, but she didn't expect them to accept them and turn them into Personas.
  • Badass Adorable: They're all badass enough to use their inner demons to fight for them and fight a Physical God, but all of them are incredibly endearing and dorky enough when off the clock to come across as cute.
  • Badass Biker: All of them in Golden, except Kanji and Teddie, who have to use a regular bike and roller skates respectively.
  • Badass Crew: Badass enough to overcome their inner demons, harness them into Guardian Entities, totally against the expectations of the Big Bad, fight a Physical God and win.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Can be bought from Okina City as a costume in Golden (except Rise), complete with Cool Shades.
  • Badass Longcoat: Yu's Personas Izanagi and Izanagi-no-Okami, and Yosuke's final Persona in Golden, Takehaya Susano-o.
  • Battle Couple: Yu and any of the girls (minus Rise) he romances become this.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Rise/Yukiko (both have beautiful feminine looks and are popular with males), Naoto (an intelligent detective who frequently exposits) and Chie (a tomboy who is skilled at kung-fu).
    • Also a genderswapped version for the guys: Teddie (in his human form at least) being the Beauty, Yosuke (being one of the more strategic and helpful members) as the Brains, and Kanji (the big, scary, strong member who's capable of throwing around folded chairs) as the Brawn. Yu represents all three.
  • Berserk Button: The team tends to brush off a lot of the things that tick them off (Teddie hitting on the girls, Kanji getting mocked for his sexuality and less 'masculine' hobbies). That said, there are some lines you do not cross with them.
    • For the Protagonist/Yu, it's threatening his little cousin sister.
    • Yosuke will not stand for any insult towards Saki Konishi.
    • Chie hates bullies.
    • Yukiko is very protective of her family inn and its employees.
    • Kanji is extremely protective of his mother.
    • Teddie would rather die than watch his friends perish.
    • The first time Rise got seriously mad was when Naoto implied that their investigations was a 'game'.
    • Naoto has a low-grade but strong reaction towards criminals, especially unrepentant ones, as seen when she casually suggests disposing of Namatame in the TV when the team thinks he caused Nanako's death, and her arguments against Adachi.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Yukiko can be scary when provoked. She manages to scare away paparazzi trying to take advantage of her inn and she politely and sweetly blackmails Kanji into joining the cross-dressing pageant (who simply responds with 'you're a very scary girl, Yukiko-senpai').
    • Among all the party members, Yosuke was the one most determined to kill Namatame after Nanako's apparent death, and Naoto was the one casually suggesting that pushing Namatame into the TV would leave no evidence.
  • Big Brother Instinct: All of them have this towards Nanako. The team's collective Darkest Hour is when Nanako gets kidnapped and seemingly dies after being rescued from the second suspect; the team is all so furious at Namatame that they seriously consider tossing him into the TV world to die.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the story, it's a given that they're this as they make it a point to rescue whoever has been thrown into the Midnight Channel. This seeps into the gameplay in Golden with the Cavalry Attacks which have teammates that aren't even in your party charge in on their bikes (or skates in Teddie's case) to help out if their Social Links are high enough. Rise can also provide buffs and last-second saves if the party is close to defeat in Golden.
  • Big Eater: Most often mentioned with Chie - Kanji implies she's the sole reason the Meat Lover's Combo at the Junes food court is always sold out. She actually mentions she's a little self-conscious about eating so much. Beyond her, Kanji can eat quite a bit too, and Teddie at one point eats eleven bowls of ramen. One of the overarching side goals throughout the game is getting Yu to eat the Aiya Rainy Day Special, a comically-oversized beef bowl that requires maxing every social stat to finish it.
  • The Big Guy: Chie and Kanji, as the two physical-oriented fighters with the highest Strength of the party, both fill this role.
  • Bishōnen: Yu, Yosuke, and especially Teddie in his human form. According to the Design Works, Soejima designed Yosuke as a "pretty boy", with lighter build and softer facial features compared to Yu, to make him distinct from Persona 3's Junpei, who looks more masculine than the game's main character.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Most of the cast fills both roles at one point or another, with usually Chie, Yu, and Naoto playing straight man to some of the team's odder moments. Conversely, Yu can flip-flop between both depending on player choice.
  • Book Dumb: About half the party, surprisingly.
    • Yosuke is shown to be an incredibly attentive and a quick thinker, but it's implied he does not do well in school. However, this may be Brilliant, but Lazy on his part as he was shown not to put that much effort into it.
    • Rise's certainly not dumb, but she complains about exams a lot and occasionally fails to pick up on things the rest of the party mentions. She also protests that she doesn't need to learn English if she can hire a translator, implying that she's not good at that subject, and says in the ending that she got a D+ in school.
    • Kanji similarly fails to understand some of the basic concepts the party talks about and is suggested to not do very well in school, but is fantastic at his arts and crafts passions. In the manga, he shows the group a test in which he got a 4, apparently out of 100.
    • Zigzagged with Chie - she fails most exams but Yukiko mentions that she does very well on the ones she doesn't fail. It's also indicated that she's less than enthusiastic about studying, but she starts applying herself more by the start of 2012.
    • Since Teddie doesn't go to school, his intelligence is rather low and often says the wrong things or make dumb desicions. Moreover, Teddie, unlike the Kirijo Group or Morgana, doesn't know much about Shadows and Personas and fails to provide knowledge to the Investigation Team regarding the Midnight Channel and its connection to the Sea of Souls.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Chie, who wears a Bruce Lee-style bowl cut, and Naoto, for obvious, gender-disguising reasons.
  • Breakout Character:
    • Yosuke stars in his own manga episode, Persona 4 The Magician, and the manga adaptation of Arena focuses on him/his route.
    • Naoto received a (now non-canon) spinoff novel taking place a year after the events of the game, Persona x Detective NAOTO.
    • Rise serves as the de facto deuteragonist of Dancing All Night, showing off a bit more of her idol career that was only touched upon in the original game.
  • Bromantic Foil: Yu and Yosuke: co-leaders of the Investigation Team, Yosuke is loud, spirited, and prone to sometimes screwing up while Yu is quiet, thoughtful, and The Ace. In animations and spin-offs, where Yu is more talkative and speaks as much as everyone else, his quips are more suave compared to Yosuke's chucklefests.
  • The Cameo:
  • Casting a Shadow: Naoto learns these innately, and Yukiko can learn them as bonuses in Golden.
  • Character Development:
    • Yosuke starts off bored of the small town and resentful of the circumstances that led him there but goes onto truly loving the town if for his friends and the people there, finding a place where he belongs.
    • Chie begins the story insecure of her femininity and her genuine desire to protect her best friend tainted by envy of her beauty and charm along with a selfish enjoyment of said best friend depending on her. She ends as a strong young woman who wants to protect all of Inaba.
    • Yukiko, initially frustrated at having to inherit her family's inn but afraid to stand up for herself, learns to take charge and decides to run the Amagi Inn not just for her family's sake, but because she wants to.
    • Kanji starts out confused and terrified of being rejected by others, hiding talents behind a facade, before learning to take pride in his hobbies and not give a damn what others think.
    • Rise starts being sick of the limelight and rejecting "Risette", unsure of who her "true self" even is, before growing to learn she loves performing too much to quit, acknowledging that Risette is a real part of herself.
    • Teddie starts out hollow and unsure of what he really is before realizing that he can still have friends and make a life for himself.
    • Naoto is angry that her age and her gender keep her from being taken seriously by others in her work. She ends up becoming more confident and secure in who she is, still becoming who she wants to be.
    • Yu's Social Stats - Courage, Understanding, Diligence, Knowledge, and Expression - begin as empty. Filling them up allows him access to more dialogue options and Social Links.
      • In the anime, Yu goes from being stoic, quiet, and unmotivated to becoming gradually friendlier and more open, taking initiative to helping others around him. Ends up going full circle when he becomes terrified of leaving Inaba and back to his isolated state, allowing Izanami to trap him in an illusion. He however confronts his own Shadow and his fears, reasserting that the bonds he and his friends have made would always be there.
  • Childhood Friends: Chie and Yukiko. Kanji is also one with Naoki Konishi, the subject of the Hanged Man Social Link.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • If Yu takes Ai on a date on a Sunday, Yukiko catches them together. She questions him on it, snaps at Ai for interrupting, scares her off and spends the rest of her day with him as if nothing was wrong. Interestingly enough, she's relatively quick to forgive Yu if he apologizes.
    • In Golden, Rise has some hostilities with Marie, no matter if Yu pursues a relationship with either girl. This even extends to Yosuke, as Rise expresses displeasure at him fawning over Marie when he's supposed to be a Risette superfan.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Yu: Gray
    • Yosuke: Orange
    • Chie: Green
    • Yukiko: Red
    • Kanji: Purple
    • Rise: Pink
    • Teddie: Yellow
    • Naoto: Blue
    • This is lampshaded in Golden during an outing with Marie, where she points out that Chie and Yukiko always wear the same color clothes. The one time Chie manages to pick out an outfit that isn't green, it ends up being blue and yellow: colors that when mixed together make green.
  • Combat Medic: Mostly Yukiko, who learns every healing spell in the game, but also Teddie and, to a much lesser extent, Yosuke. None of them have any less capacity at fighting than the rest of the party. Kanji of all people can also become one in Golden as part of his hot springs skills.
  • Combination Attack: Besides the usual All-Out Attack, Golden introduces a new mechanic where if your party has two members that are especially close- Yukiko and Chie, Yosuke and Teddie, or Kanji and Naoto- they have a chance of performing a special attack to hit all enemies if there are survivors after an All-Out Attack. This special follow-up can only happen once per battle, though.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Yukiko tends to take gross exaggerations and accidental Double Entendres at face value.
    • Kanji is completely oblivious to social subtleties, leading to him asking obvious questions.
    • One day in Golden, Teddie will ask Yu what kind of girl's uniform he likes seeing best. Of course, there is the standard third option to say he prefers boy's uniforms, pretty much implying exactly what you think. Teddie still thinks he's talking about girls.
    • Not even Naoto's exempt, as if you talk to her in a dungeon without having started her social link and with Kanji nearby, she'll lament that since Kanji won't talk to her, he must not even consider her a friend. The opposite is true, as Kanji has a crush on her and Cannot Spit It Out.
  • Cooldown Hug:
    • In one of the later parts of his Social Link, Yu can give Yosuke one after he finishes crying over Saki's demise, only if the correct options were always taken earlier in his Link. Switched around in the anime, where Yosuke gives one to a sobbing Yu after Nanako's death.
    • Kanji accepts his Shadow this way in the manga, and Yukiko does the same to hers in the anime.
  • Cry Cute:
    • Chie, in relief, after Yu and Yosuke make it out alive of the Midnight Channel during their second trip - in the original PS2 game she's holding back tears, but in Golden she's outright bawling.
    • Frequently, Rise. It helps that a lot of the time she cries, it's fake in attempts to look cute.
  • Curtains Match the Window: All of the Team except Naoto in the original game who had silver eyes. She was later updated to also fit this trope in the anime and subsequent spinoffs.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Despite being ordinary high-school kids, none of them backs down for even a second at the prospect of wandering around in some Dark World fighting creepy monsters, all in hopes of thwarting the efforts of some kind of Serial Killer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone gets their moments at times, but mainly Kanji and Yosuke. Yu has a very weird, dry sense of humor in the anime:
    [Yu sticks his hand onto the TV, only for Teddie to bite it.]
    Yu: Something bit me.
    Chie: Whoa! And it left teeth marks too! Are you OK?!
    Yu: I might be dying.
    Chie: Mmm... No you're not.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Each member of the team deconstructs at least one trope as part of their characterization or personal story arc during the game. Completing their Social Link usually reconstructs it.
    • Yosuke deconstructs the Stepford Smiler and/or Sad Clown tropes. His Shadow taunts him over his boredom in the small town alongside with his clownish behavior being based out of a fear of being alone. He puts on a fake smile to hide his resentfulness of being stuck and his insecurities. Though his is not as explored as the others.
    • Chie deconstructs the Tomboy trope, as it's made clear from encountering her Shadow that she is quite uncomfortable with her lack of femininity. She also mildly deconstructs the Big Eater trope, as she mentions that her ravenous appetite is one of the things she finds unfeminine about herself and is thusly ashamed of.
    • Yukiko deconstructs the Yamato Nadeshiko trope, as it's noted she feels powerless and weak, as well as not truly wanting to accept her expected inheritance.
    • Kanji deconstructs the Real Men Wear Pink trope, as his personal storyline is all about how his "un-macho" interests have led to ridicule and rejection from others, especially women, and how he doubts himself as a result of that.
    • Rise deconstructs the Idol Singer and Kawaiiko tropes, having originally gone into the music business because of a love of singing and a desire to make friends, only to grow fearful of the idea that people only see her for her idol persona.
    • Naoto deconstructs the Kid Detective and Bifauxnen tropes, as the reasons why she dresses like and pretends to be a guy because it's the only way she can get around the chauvinism of the Japanese police system, and, since nobody takes her seriously due to her age, she has to fight to be recognized.
    • Exclusive to the anime, but Yu deconstructs I Just Want to Have Friends. His fight against Shadow Mitsuo foreshadows this aspect of his personality where he undergoes an existential crisis over the idea of the case being solved and his friends abandoning him. His fight against Izanami solidified this where he almost willingly succumbed to the fog so that he could be in a reality where he remains with his friends.
  • Determinator: While they lose hope a few times, all it takes is a little pep talk and rethinking to get the group back on track. They stop at nothing to find the source of the murders.
  • Dirty Coward: A minor example in The Animation. During the fight with Shadow Naoto, Rise, Yukiko, and Chie use Teddie as a Human Shield to save themselves from Shadow Naoto's Rapid Aging-inducing Eye Beams, and then flat-out bail on the guys to avoid the same fate. This is in stark contrast to their willingness to shield Yu from fatal attacks if their Social Links are progressed far enough.
  • Disappointed by the Motive:
    • How they feel upon finding out that Adachi is the Killer and the reasons behind it. As he explains, the reason he committed the first murder was because he found out a celebrity he was crushing on had a sexual affair with a married man, and he threw a temper tantrum. And the second one had a similar reason, when he spotted a high school girl talking to an older man, he accused her of being unchaste and murdered her for being "a whore". From then on, he committed the rest of the attempted murders purely because, in his own words, he could do so and because it was fun. The entire team is absolutely aghast and call Adachi nothing but a worthless, immature brat.
    • The same goes for the first suspect killing someone and trying to claim credit for the other two murders out of a desire for attention. Chie says it bothers her, but denies that it would've been okay if he had a better reason.
  • Drunk on Milk: Rise, Yukiko, and Teddie during the King's Game scene. It's left ambiguous if Yu also is in the game, but he definitely is in The Animation.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Kuma's name was changed to Teddie in the English release, and he lost the "Kumada" alias when human.
    • Rise's Stage Name "Risechi" was changed to "Risette" in the English version.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • Chie spouts the first theories that pop into her head when the Team is discussing the case, but occasionally everyone goes quiet when they realize she's absolutely right.
      Chie: Huh? Y-You guys think that's it? I-I was kinda expecting you to ignore it as Chie being random again...
    • When Kanji is talking to Naoto in his Halloween costume, he mistakenly identifies Frankenstein's Monster as Frankenstein. Naoto corrects him and explains the story to him, only for him to come to the conclusion that Frankenstein was the real monster of the story, not the Creature, for abandoning his "child" for being ugly. This completely catches her off guard.
    • Kanji also has a tendency to cut straight to the heart of the matter where his more intelligent teammates might be inclined to wallow in angst. He points out that the fact that they saved two people is quite good in and of itself, tells them it's too soon to give up just because a third person got murdered, and says that beating themselves over what happened when Nanako is hospitalized doesn't do any good.
    • Lampshaded when Kanji grouses that it would mess with his head if Chie came up with the good ideas.
    • In the manga, Chie combines this with Hypocrisy Nod when she notes that Kanji's grades are terrible, even if she's not the best person to say that.
  • Elemental Powers: Each member of the team (except Rise) gets the ability to use an element during battle:
    • Thanks to Izanagi, Yu is primarily seen using Zio spells, though his Wild Card gives him access to every element in the game. With Izanagi-no-Okami, he can learn all the single-target, third-tier elemental spells, as well as Megidolaon.
    • Yosuke specializes in Garu spells.
    • Chie has access to Bufu spells, though she specializes in physical damage.
    • Yukiko specializes in Agi spells.
    • Kanji has access to Zio spells, though he specializes in physical damage.
    • Teddie specializes in Bufu spells.
    • Naoto specializes in Hama, Mudo, and Megido spells.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: All characters resist their main element and are weak to another by default (except Naoto, explained below). Evolved Personas outright block their main elements, and third-tier Personas absorb them. Resistances to other elements are also gained when evolving Personas.
    • Yu's Wild Card lets him be strong or weak to just about anything depending on which Persona he has active. Izanagi resists electricity, is weak to wind, and nullifies darkness. Izanagi-no-Okami resists everything except light and dark, which it is neutral towards. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth lets Izanagi-no-Okami keep Izanagi's immunity to darkness, leaving light as the only element it doesn't resist.
    • Yosuke resists wind and is weak to electricity. He gains a resistance to fire with Susano-o, and blocks it with Takehaya Susano-o.
    • Chie resists ice and is weak to fire. She blocks light with a fully evolved Persona.
    • Yukiko resists fire and is weak to ice. She resists electricity with Amaterasu, and blocks it with Sumeo-Okami.
    • Kanji resists electricity and is weak to wind. He resists physical attacks (bash-type physical in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth) when fully evolved.
    • Teddie resists ice and is weak to electricity. He resists wind and darkness with Kamui, and blocks them with Kamui-Moshiri.
    • Naoto resists light and darkness, while remaining neutral towards everything else. Yamato-Takeru nullifies light and darkness while resisting fire. Yamato Sumeragi reflects light and darkness, and nullifies fire.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Accept your most noticeable flaws? Have a Persona. Work your way through more of your flaws? Your Persona takes on a stronger form. And in Golden, come to the realization that you can still change and improve from there? The Persona's power increases even further.
  • Fanservice:
    • The female members in the beauty pageant, but Chie, Yukiko and Rise in the swimsuit portion.
    • The Investigation Team's trip to the Hot Springs - Everyone's wearing little more than a towel, and the girls take the opportunity to gush over how nice Naoto's skin is. Taken even further in Golden, where the girls first entering the Springs is now a fully animated cutscene.
    • The Beach Episode in Golden.
    • Golden adds a second trip to the Hot Springs, where the Investigation Team are joined by Marie in another animated cutscene. However, this time the girls are very obviously naked (but hidden behind steam), and there's a long shot of Marie from the back (and not covered by steam) that slowly pans upwards, before she pours a bucket of water over herself. Unlike the first trip, the animated cutscene also shows the boys in their towels too.
    • Some of the more risque costumes (For all of the characters) added in Golden are very much this.
      Teddie: What's this outfit called? "Naked?"
  • Female Gaze: The anime shows some pretty good shots of Yu's chest and Yosuke's butt at times.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: It helps that part of their Character Development, both as individuals and as a team, includes learning each other's deepest shames and accepting themselves and each other for who they are.
  • Flanderization:
    • Invoked by their Shadows, which take their most prevalent character flaws and insecurities and exaggerate them to the point of coming off as cheap mockeries of the character they're based on.
    • In the game, Yosuke acted as the unofficial mouthpiece for Yu, so he was quite talented at deductive reasoning. In the anime, this aspect of his character was given to Yu, so Yosuke's Butt-Monkey and Lovable Sex Maniac aspects have increased instead.
    • To a smaller degree in Golden's new events, where their funniest traits tend to overtake their characters.
    • Pretty much all of the spinoff installments do this to a degree - see the page for more information.
  • Foil
    • Yosuke admits that while he and Yu both came from the city to live in the countryside, Yu's apparent ease with the transition and becoming the party's leader is one of the reasons why Yosuke was jealous of him.
    • Yukiko and Naoto contrast with each other in a few regards. They're two of the most intelligent characters in the party, but while Naoto is quite serious, Yukiko's more ditzy and silly. They both are born into families who have carried out certain careers for generations (detectives for the Shiroganes, innkeepers for the Amagis), and while Naoto wants to follow in her parents' and grandfather's footsteps a detective but struggles with the male-dominated police, Yukiko initially doesn't want to inherit the inn, but faces no issues relating to her gender (her mother is the current manager). The latter regard may be why Yukiko's encouragement helps Naoto accept her Shadow.
    • Kanji and Naoto are even bigger Foils than Yukiko and Naoto. To start off, both of them don't have any social skills. They both ended going against some gender roles which leads them to receive All of the Other Reindeer treatment and causes their biggest insecurities to happen. They both acted a bit unfriendly towards the main party at first, but they warm-up to them as the story goes along. However, while Kanji is much more louder and more straightforward, Naoto is quieter and more analytical. While Naoto is very much The Smart Girl of the Investigation Team, Kanji is the least the intelligent party member. In addition, Naoto speaks in Spock Speak, Kanji uses mostly uses slang words (in which that is something that was brought up in Persona 4: Arena). The amount of similarities and differences between those two are the main reason why they have a lot of Ship Tease together.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: This actually extends to the genders as there are four boys and four girls.
    • Males: Teddie (Sanguine), Kanji (Choleric), Yu (Melancholic), Yosuke (Phlegmatic)
    • Females: Rise (Sanguine), Chie (Choleric), Naoto (Melancholic), Yukiko (Phlegmatic)
  • The Gadfly:
    • When it's time to induct Kanji, Yukiko has Teddie give him two pairs of failed Groucho Glasses (which she and a reluctant Chie tried out earlier) before finally handing him the real ones, entirely to see his reaction.
    • The option for Yu to say completely random and weird things just to get a reaction out of other characters pops up frequently, and this is carried over into his character when he is allowed to speak, particularly when he's around Yosuke.
    • Yosuke himself is this in comparison to his Shadow's Trollish personality, as he enjoys getting a rise out of people with some well-placed snark. He usually gets a physical response, though.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: While there's a slight leaning toward the male side for most of the game, the final team is made up of four boys and four girls.
  • Giftedly Bad: Yukiko, Chie, and Rise have the utmost confidence in their cooking skills and are seemingly oblivious to the fact that they're absolutely terrible at it, no matter how many times they're told as such and how many times their meals have made the others sick, chalking up their failures to getting the ingredients wrong. Yosuke even lampshades it in Persona Q, outright asking them how they haven't realized how badly they suck at cooking.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?:
    • Unsurprisingly for a teenager, Yosuke is clearly insecure about his own sexuality and will immediately assert that he "didn't mean it that way" and that he's "not into that kind of thing" whenever anything that could even be vaguely interpreted as homosexual comes up. He also tends to tease Kanji about his ambiguous sexuality to feel more confident in himself. It should be noted that unused game files suggest Yosuke was almost certainly intended as a Gay Option romance and was likely written this way, but this was cut in the final version.
    • Kanji's defensive attitude about his masculinity and sexual identity verges on this early on. His Social Link is mostly spent helping him getting past it, and it eases up a fair amount once Yosuke stops holding his Shadow against him.
  • The Heart:
    • Yu is the emotional and mental center of the Investigation Team, which is part of the reason that he's their de-facto leader. He also has an affinity for forming emotional bonds with others and helping them overcome troubles.
    • Kanji also counts too. There are several points in the story when the rest of the team become discouraged, only for him to step up to the plate with a pep talk focusing on what they've been through and accomplished - essentially, "We can't give up after going through all that".
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Throw these kids a bone.
    • Kanji makes a lot of jokes about himself, particularly in his insistence in his lack of intelligence.
    • While it's downplayed, Chie has a nasty habit of putting herself down whenever she praises anyone else. Her Shadow actually attacks her on her inferiority complex, accusing her of being friends with Yukiko because it makes Chie feel better about herself.
    • Yukiko herself has indications of low-self esteem, not thinking much of herself, putting aside being the sole inheritor of her family's reputable inn. In fact, the only reason she donned her trademark cardigan and hairband (and likely why she loves the color red) is simply because Chie said "it looked good" on her.
    • In both the game and the anime, Naoto is very rough on herself for asking Namatame too many questions and putting the solution to the case ahead of Nanako's safety.
    • Yosuke in general, being of Butt-Monkey status. For the most part, his mishaps are generally Played for Laughs and his friends really do cherish him underneath it all.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: While all eight of them are very close, some of them have friendships that are more emphasized than the rest of the group:
    • Yu with Yosuke, as well as Teddie and Kanji to a lesser extent. It's especially notable with Yosuke, who repeatedly refers to him as "Partner" throughout the course of the game, and Arena canonizes that Yu refers to Yosuke in the same way. In Q, if Yosuke is chosen as Yu's life partner, Yosuke is at first overjoyed that they get to be "partners" for life before realizing what it's actually suggesting.
    • Chie and Yukiko have known each other since they were children. While Shadow Chie highlights a certain element of codependency, the two manage to resolve the problem and remain close throughout the game, with Yosuke noticing that they seem even closer after facing their Shadows.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Probably Kanji's most important character aspect, as he hides a genuine talent and love for several traditionally-feminine hobbies behind a gruff exterior. He also sometimes makes surprisingly wise and mature observations, such as how there's nothing "manly" about forgoing safety, and despite being Book Dumb, his texts to Yu contain perfect spelling and grammar.
    • There are a few moments where Yu cheers up a saddened Nanako with magic tricks, and his Halloween costume is a stage magician, suggesting an interest in magic.
    • Yukiko initially comes off as a classic example of the serene Yamato Nadeshiko, but proves to be one of the goofiest and most fun loving members of the team once she joins.
    • Apart from professional idol Rise, Dancing All Night reveals that Yosuke has the most dancing talent among all of his friends.
    • Despite her bubbly personality, Rise is fairly insightful and much smarter than then lets on. She plays up her Genki Girl attitude to be cheerful for the group and to have fun. In addition, despite how flirty she acts, if Yu tries to put the moves on her during the ski trip while dating another girl (asking to ski with just her after choosing her as your ski partner) she'll call him out on it.
  • Hopeless Suitor:
    • Yosuke's halfhearted attempts to flirt with Yukiko and Rise also get rejected and ignored respectively.
    • Kanji simply Cannot Spit It Out when it comes to Naoto.
  • Hot-Blooded:
    • While he's normally pretty chill, Yosuke gets very passionate when he's riled up, particularly in relation to the killer. His argument with Yu over Namatame's fate and his yelling at Adachi about being "a worthless criminal" are both good examples.
  • Hotter and Sexier: They were already a very good-looking bunch, but in Dancing All Night, the female members and Kanji have switched to more revealing outfits.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Kanji and Naoto, the tallest and shortest member of the Team respectively.
  • Hypocritical Humor: All of them (except Teddie and Yukiko) think that dressing up as the Neo Featherman Phoenix Rangers is a rather silly, if not stupid, thing to do; some even claim not to be all too familiar with the franchise because it's for kids. However, winning a battle while these costumes are equipped reveals that not only are they aware of each of the Phoenix Rangers' code names, but their trademark poses as well.
    • When Nanako pulls through, Chie tells Yukiko and Rise not to cry as she's breaking down in Tears of Joy herself.
  • An Ice Person: Chie begins with Ice spells but never evolves past the middle range and instead focuses on physical attacks - Teddie takes over as the real Ice mage of the party.
  • Idle Animation: All of them have one in battle:
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: An extensively underlying commonality between the entire team is a deep desire to be accepted for how they are as people. All of them put up various fronts to deal with their loneliness that they suffer for a variety of reasons whether it be personality traits at odds with traditional Japanese standards such as with Kanji or not being able to form those bonds because they lacked the chance like the protagonist and Yosuke). Even Chie and Yukiko, each other's best friends, fit this because they're not being entirely honest with themselves or each other and indeed were hiding stuff they were ashamed of. This makes it all the more heartwarming as they all come together as the Investigation Team; they quickly grow to treasure each other and having a place they feel they can belong and be themselves with.
  • Implausible Hair Color: Surprisingly averted, although the two main exceptions - Yu and Naoto - glaringly stick out: Yu has steel gray eyes and hair, much like Akihiko in Persona 3, and Naoto has deep blue eyes and hair that's blue enough to not believably come off as black. Neither of their unusual looks get commented on. Meanwhile, Yukiko and Rise have more believable looks (especially the former, being a deconstruction of the Yamato Nadeshiko trope), Kanji's hair is bleached (and he even gets rid of the bleach post-Golden/Dancing All Night), the Caucasian-looking Teddie isn't human, and this game's art book note that the sandy-haired Yosuke and Chie both lighten their hair with dye.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: All seven playable members of the team can get the strongest of their weapon type by defeating the Reaper. Following that, they can defeat the Reaper again to get a Godly Robe (which has the strongest defense modifier in the game and adds 10 to all stats) or on rarer occasions, an Omnipotent Orb. A player capable of getting all of this probably doesn't need to in the first place.
    • Yu gets the Blade of Totsuka, which gives him a higher chance of inflicting a critical hit.
    • Yosuke gets the Malakh, which triples his evasion against physical attacks.
    • Chie gets the Moses Sandals, which give her a higher chance of inflicting a critical hit.
    • Yukiko gets the Boundless Sea, which has a high chance of inflicting exhasution.
    • Kanji gets the Perun Plate, which has a built-in Elec Boost effect.
    • Teddie gets the Seireiga, which increases his defense agaisnt magic.
    • Naoto gets the Black Hole, which has a high chance of inflicting any ailment.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: How the party reacts to some of the more out there costumes in Golden.
  • Instant Expert: In Golden, the team have to learn how to play as a music band after a failed concert promotion at Junes could have Yosuke transferred out of Inaba if it fails due to his father doing lots of preparations for it. Turns out most of them are unable to read sheet music and their first attempt sounds dreadful. They manage to pull it off and provide the music for Rise's song True Story.
  • Invisible Parents: Only Kanji's mother is ever shown. Justified in the cases of Yu, Rise, Naoto and Kanji whose parents are either overseas or, in Naoto's and Kanji's father's case, dead. Dojima is, of course, still around and Rise's grandmother appears a few times, but Yosuke, Yukiko and Chie's families are never shown once, which is especially odd in Yosuke's case as his father is not only frequently mentioned, but also runs the highly-critical-to-the-plot Junes, while in Yukiko's case her family owns a local cultural landmark. Chie's parents are pretty much never even mentioned, though her mother is finally heard from off-screen in Arena.
  • It's Personal: Everyone on the team is either a victim or the friend of a victim, giving them all a personal reason to hunt the killer down. And then Nanako gets kidnapped....
  • Jack-of-All-Stats:
    • Izanagi, if the time is taken to keep leveling him up, has well-rounded stats not leaning towards any particular specialization. While Yu's stats are usually determined by his equipped Persona, his two dedicated attributes - his HP and SP ratings - are firmly middle-of-the-road, and his swords have good accuracy and damage compared to the rest of the party while not being the best at either. Golden makes it easier due to skill inheritance, allowing Izanagi to have easier access to spells the player wants him to have.
      • Yu's Persona Q stats are very balanced. Less strength or magic than dedicated bruisers and casters, enough speed to act before many enemies, but after the faster characters, and so on. It's worth noting that his SP is exceptionally high in comparison to all bruisers, and his endurance easily eclipses that of all casters, giving him the best of both worlds. Graduates to Master of All when his Persona evolves and loses its sole weakness (gaining a resistance to every single attack type in the game barring Light in the process).
    • Yosuke's Persona is very balanced in terms of what he can do. His main focus is Wind spells with some single-target Physicals thrown in, plus Agility buffs and a single-target heal. The Social Link skills and "bike skills" added in Golden add to this, giving him some more out-there skills to contrast Naoto, who mostly learns skills the other members excel at. These include Makara Break and Megido. If the player is diligent in evolving Yosuke's skillset, he'll end with Garudyne, Brave Blade, and Diarahan, making him a consistently useful character in almost any situation.
  • Japanese Delinquents:
    • Kanji is a seemingly-textbook example of this and his design definitely invokes this look, but it turns out he's not much of one and is hiding behind a facade.
    • Not Yu himself, but Izanagi's design deliberately invokes this kind of look, and his outfit for the cross-dressing pageant, specifically the seifuku with the long skirt and wooden sword, does so as well. In the anime, Yu even briefly plays the part during his bit in the pageant. In Arena, he's described as the "steel siscon banchou" (Japanese slang for a leader of school delinquents), which is translated as "Sister-Complex Kingpin of Steel" in the English version.
  • Kirk Summation: Nearly everyone gets their moment of either this or Shut Up, Hannibal! during the final confrontation with the Killer:
    Yosuke: 'Favored by the world' my ass, I'm gonna say it flat out: You're just a worthless criminal!
    Chie: Nobody wants anything like that! It's just you, dumbass!
    Yukiko: You're just throwing a tantrum like a kid who can't have his way!
    Rise: That's complete BS!
    Naoto: Your twisted logic is like that of an immature, egotistic brat!
    • Yu gets one in the anime:
      Yu: I've heard enough. It's all bullshit! No matter what you say, you won't get away with this. And that, is the truth.
  • Large Ham:
    • Yosuke points out Teddie has a tendency to speak like TV commercials after becoming human.
    • Shadow Naoto is hilariously dramatic, reflecting Naoto's childish desires to be a hero.
    • In battle, every line of Kanji's is shouted at the top of his lungs.
      Kanji: SUCK IT!
  • Laser-Guided Karma: At the end of the game, they inflict this on Adachi, who murdered people by throwing his victims into the TV World and leaving them to be killed by the Shadows. After they corner and defeat him, the kids drag him to the real world, so he could receive justice for his crimes.
  • Left for Dead: Averted. Adachi fully expected the Investigation Team to do this to him once he's defeated; instead, the kids drag him to the real world so he'll receive justice for his crimes.
  • Light 'em Up: Part of Naoto's speciality, and can also be learned by Chie as a bonus skill in Golden.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Constantly-flirting Teddie and, to a much lesser degree, Yosuke.
  • Manly Tears:
    • In the anime, the entire team is practically bawling after Nanako's "death". Yu manages to hold on until the end of the day after dealing with Namatame. He begins tearing up when he's by himself though Yosuke comes back, sensing Yu's strife. Yu lets himself cry with Yosuke being his support.
    • Kanji is clearly holding back tears on Yu's last day in town in the Good Ending.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The entire team flies into a panic when Nanako appears on the Midnight Channel.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • One reading of Yu Narukami approximately translates respectively as "quiet thunder god". Narukami can also be read as "to become a god", foreshadowing how Yu manifests the World Arcana in the true ending. Beyond that, he's the player character. He's y(o)u.
    • "Yosuke" can mean "to give help" or "support", reflecting his role as The Lancer to the protagonist and the pride he takes in helping others.
  • Meganekko: While in the TV world, they all wear special glasses crafted by Teddie, which let them see through the Fog.
  • Morphic Resonance: The Investigation Team's Personas resemble their owners and/or their owner's Shadow Selves, combining them with some interpretation of how they appeared in myth. Even as they evolve, their keep the same basic template they taken from their users as their previous form, like how Rise's Personas are faceless like her Shadow and Naoto's Personas are male in their original myths.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Kanji's the most buff guy on the team and is the one shown shirtless most frequently, to the point where his Shadow only wears a towel.
    • Teddie's human form plays it up for all it's worth, with his debut appearance being completely naked and sweating with sparkles cascading off of him. In-universe as well, where women who aren't aware of what he's like fawn over him immediately.
  • Murder by Inaction:
    • After Nanako's apparent death, the entire Team is so outraged at Namatame for his role in it that they seriously consider just tossing him into the TV world and leaving him to be ripped apart by the Shadows within as revenge; doing so leads to the Bad Ending. In The Animation, Yu very nearly does just that, with everyone but Yukiko, Chie, and Rise supporting him, before managing to stop himself. Turns out they were right to do so, as Namatame was technically an Unwitting Pawn.
    • Averted at the end of the game; when they defeat Adachi, he fully expects them to just leave him to die in the TV world. Instead, they drag him back to the real world, wanting him to actually face justice for what he's done.
      Yosuke: If we leave you here dying... and a dead body eventually appears, then what? What's that accomplish for anyone...?
  • Mushroom Cloud: The end of an All-Out Attack, which is shaped like a skull. If Rise joins in in Golden, it turns into a pink version with Girlish Pigtails.
  • Nice Guy: Really, all of them count for this, but it's especially emphasized with Yu, who's always portrayed as a thoughtful and caring individual, Rise, who's unfailingly sweet and cheerful to everyone she talks to, Yukiko, who's kind and polite with most people and, surprisingly, Kanji, who's generally the least likely to be openly hostile to the rest of the Team.
  • Not a Game: Yosuke sternly tells Chie that exploring the TV world is dangerous, and he won't take her along if she won't agree to listen to him. The Investigation Team as a whole largely dislikes the notion that their Amateur Sleuth activities are a game, as when Naoto tells them all that their game will be over, Rise accuses Naoto of being the one who sees it as a game, and Yosuke says that with Saki dead and his promise to Teddie, he can't think of it that way either.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Pretty much everyone plays this role at times, but officially it's Teddie. He tries very hard to be this in-universe as well, but the party are annoyed by it more than anything, with even Yukiko not laughing at his jokes.
  • The Power of Friendship: A defining role of the plot and gameplay; they all become better people and more confident in themselves because of their undying support for each other and it's where the protagonist draws hs powers of
  • Power Walk: All of them does this when they're ready to confront their last battle with Izanami.
  • Puberty Superpower: Everyone who's not Teddie received their Personas while still in high school. It also counts as Enlightenment Superpower, since the process of evolving their Personas involves reconciling with the living embodiments of their own insecurities and fears.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The team consists of a New Transfer Student (Yu), the Class Clown who was the fomer transfer student, (Yosuke), an Action Girl (Chie), a Yamato Nadeshiko (Yukiko), a Bruiser with a Soft Center (Kanji), an Idol Singer (Rise), the Team Pet (Teddie), and a Bifauxnen Kid Detective (Naoto). Everyone except for the Team Pet is in high school.
  • Ramming Always Works: Half of their Cavalry Attacks involve this, with Chie's being the most powerful.
  • Real Men Wear Pink:
    • Deconstructed by Kanji, and not just by his Shadow. Kanji's entire list of self-esteem issues can be traced back to the fact his feminine interests and behaviors have elicited scorn from other guys and from girls alike. His Social Link involves helping him grow to not care how others perceive him and to go on doing what he wants with his full effort.
    • Yu's a good cook, is seen taking care of children in one of his jobs while wearing an apron, and tutors another kid in another job. Another job has him cleaning, while the other three are housework, not to mention how good an influence he is in raising Nanako. The guy's the ideal House Husband.
    • In Golden's epilogue, Yosuke's eased up on his Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? stance, in a literal example of the trope with his pink shirt.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Aside from Yu, the lot of them suffer this at the hands of their Shadow. They get over it quickly though.
    • Later, they each give their own speeches to Adachi, the true murderer and the Big Bad, all mixed with Shut Up, Hannibal!.
  • Reconstruction: Thanks to the Midnight Channel, the entire investigation team is painfully aware of the various flaws in their character types. Much of their S-Links are spent accepting and overcoming these flaws.
  • Red Herring: When trying to deduce who the Killer is, selecting any of the team's names throws all suspicion on them out of the window since as shown by Chie and Yosuke touching the Junes TV screen before they first went to the Midnight Channel, none of them weren't able to interact with the TV screens until well after Mayumi and Saki's deaths since they didn't have a Persona at that point.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Yosuke is very passionate when he sets his mind on something, compared to the protagonist's stoic nature.
    • Chie initially comes off as the cheerful and Hot-Blooded red oni to Yukiko's blue, but actually ends up becoming the suffering Straight Man to most of her bizarre antics.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: A majority of their Personas are named after figures from Japanese Mythology. See each character folder for more details.
  • Secret Relationship: It's implied that Yu and his girlfriend(s) on the Investigation Team have this, and not just because of them not being shown in story events. At Rank 10, Yu's girlfriend will be relatively shy or embarrassed when spoken to during an encounter in the dungeon, with the other person nearby misinterpreting her actions, and if Yu hints at going to the summer festival again with someone else, Chie, Yukiko and even Rise will be relatively shocked and embarrassed. When they're alone, though, such as with nighttime conversations, the girls of the Investigation team who are in a relationship with Yu tend to flirt with him significantly more.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Even after repeated failures at cooking and being specifically told as such to their faces, Chie, Yukiko, and Rise seem completely incapable of understanding that they're Lethal Chefs. In Yukiko's Social Link, she's a bit more self-aware, and realizes that the boxed lunch she handed you probably isn't any good, so she decides not to give any to Nanako.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Along with Kou, Daisuke, Ai, and Yumi, the Class 2-2 quartet of Yu, Yosuke, Chie, and Yukiko are kohai to Saki and sempai (spelled and pronounced "senpai" in-game) to Kanji, Rise, Ayane, Naoki, and Naoto. Kanji becomes noticeably more polite to the second-years once he realizes they're his sempai, and if Naoto's romanced, misinterprets her being embarrassed to talk with the protagonist as rudeness.
  • Sentai: Just for fun, Golden allows them to wear dungeon-crawling costumes from Phoenix Ranger Featherman R, an oft-mentioned Show Within a Show ever since Persona 2. Party members will even strike a pose after winning a fight!
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend:
    • Yosuke has this reaction to Chie when his crush on Saki becomes extremely obvious.
    • Gender-inverted during Chie's festival date with Yu as her romantic partner: she has a kneejerk reaction to a vendor calling Yu her boyfriend... only to realize that that is in fact, true. She does the same in The Animation when she calls out Ai on how she's been pushing him around- when Ai suggests that she's doing so because she likes Yu, Chie insists "He's my friend!"
    • Yukiko goes out with Yu so much during her Social Link that her family starts to assume he is. She denies it. But at that point, it's pretty clear that even when she's shouting this trope, she really wants to be proven wrong. It's all up to the player to pursue her.
  • Shock and Awe: Yu's initial Persona and Kanji's Personas specialize in Electric magic.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
  • Smart Ball: All of the characters have their own ways of thinking which help shine light on different aspects of the case.
    • Yu is calm, levelheaded, and decisive. He (and by extension, the player, by solving a puzzle) is the one who identifies the true Killer.
    • Yosuke has good deductive reasoning and a knack for planning and strategy, if a little impulsive. Unfortunately this leads the team to focus on some red herrings.
    • Chie is good at sniffing out rumors, gossip, etc., and occasionally hits a bullseye with her wild theories. Unfortunately, she's also a bit impetuous and sometimes has trouble following things.
    • Yukiko has a non-linear thinking style that allows her to look at things from different angles. Unfortunately, sometimes, it takes her a while to do this, as she figures out Naoto's motive after Naoto's already been kidnapped.
    • Kanji can be surprisingly insightful at times, and is often the one who keeps the group focused on what they can control instead of what they cannot. His Hot-Blooded-ness can be distracting, though.
    • Teddie knows the ins and outs of the TV world, and how Shadows behave, but knows next to nothing about the human world.
    • Rise is the most socially sensitive of the group, giving her great insight into people's feelings and their behavior.
    • And Naoto, being an actual detective, is perceptive, well-read, and great at logical reasoning. However, she has a problem of consistently not sharing her ideas with the rest of the gang.
  • Spanner in the Works: The entire group foiled Ameno-sagiri's plan to merge the TV World with the real world, and turned mankind into Shadows as he didn't expect humans to develop Personas and fight back.
  • Specs of Awesome: Get these once they join the team. Wear them, and it's as if the supernatural fog in either world isn't there at all. Averted by Teddie, their creator, whose eyes are themselves lenses.
  • Squishy Wizard: Yukiko and Teddie. Yukiko learns the strongest heal spells and is the strongest spell caster, at the expense of having the worst defense and no physical attacks. Teddie meanwhile learns the most buffs out of the party and has healing nearly on-par with Yukiko, but has similarly bad physical damage, defense, and weaker magic attacks.
  • Status Buff: Yosuke learns ones that increase hit and evasion ratings, Chie can increase damage, Kanji can increase damage or defense, Rise can heal the party, and Naoto can learn self-only magic boosts.
  • Storm of Blades: The second phase of Yosuke and Teddie's Junes Bomber attack.
  • Super Mode: Their ultimate Personas are basically this and seven of them would later gain a third-tier form in Golden.
  • Taking the Bullet: Any character with a sufficiently high Social Link will do this for Yu once per battle. During the final boss fight all of your party members will do this to protect Yu from its instant death attack. It doesn't work. Rise learns to do this in Golden.
  • Tears of Joy: In the anime, everyone, along with Dojima, after Nanako's recovery. In the game, you can see Yukiko and Rise crying, and Chie soon joins in after telling them not to cry.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Yu, Chie, and Yosuke are the founding members of the Investigation Team.
  • Through His Stomach: Yukiko, in her Social Link, and Rise both attempt this to woo the protagonist. Neither ever gets it right while working alone, although Yukiko can make good food with the help of her inn's chefs.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • Chie is the tomboy to Yukiko's girly girl, though their relationship is, surprisingly, reversed in certain areas - Chie is easily scared by scary stories, thunderstorms and bugs while Yukiko is a Nightmare Fetishist.
    • On a lesser scale, we have Naoto, the intellectual detective who disguises herself as a boy, and Rise, the Idol Singer.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • They transform from a bunch of ordinary teenagers with deep-seated psychological issues to an effective fighting team with supernatural powers, that not only solves a murder case and catch the Killer, but also take on a god-like being (and win).
    • Upon maxing out their Social Link, the Personas will evolve, giving a stat boost and more damage resistances.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Chie's the Child, Yukiko's the Wife and Rise's the Seductress.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Chie likes meat in general, but especially steak. She can give the protagonist meat-flavored gum.
    • Kanji brings up animal crackers a few times.
    • Teddie really likes "Topsicles", presumably an in-universe brand of ice pops.
    • The booklet that comes with the second official Drama CD actually reveals the official Trademark Favorite Food of 6 of the 8 party members: Yosuke loves fried ginger-pork and meat-potato Stew, Chie (as mentioned) loves meat in general, Yukiko's favorite is potato salad with a dessert of candied sweet-potato, Kanji likes pork stew and pudding, Rise's favorite is vichyssoise and Naoto loves california rolls. All these picks are based on actual food-items you can give to them in-game, to improve their relationship with them. The booklet also points out that Teddie is incredibly blunt when it comes to food, as demonstrated during the cook-off halfway through the game.
  • True Companions: Even though they bicker often with each other, there's no doubt that each and every single one of them treasure and value each other for who they are.
  • Tsundere: Pretty much all of the girls show some aspect of this at one point or another.
  • Übermensch: The True Ending implies that the protagonists have risen above ordinary humans in that they now have the ability to use and control their Personas (the masks that humans wear to deal with various ordeals and stimuli). If the Midnight Channel, the fog, and Izanami herself are indeed the Anthropomorphic Personifications of the human subconscious, then the protagonists have proven their egos to be more powerful than all of humanity's combined emptiness and strong enough to completely sweep away the delusions clouding the human subconscious.
  • Unbelievable Source Plot: Pretty much the reason they can't tell anyone about their after-school activities. Oddly enough, Yu can repeatedly avert this, getting stuck with people just not buying it. Yet he doesn't ever try to explain much of Marie's situation to them, and as Yosuke says, they probably wouldn't have bought "she's a friend from another world". Despite hanging out with Teddie and having long since suspected his true nature, who is exactly that.
  • The Unfair Sex: Played for Laughs during any of the Team's outings where nothing seems to go right for the boys:
    • A trip to Okina City to hit on girls ends with Yosuke's scooter being destroyed by Hanako sitting on it.
    • During a school camping trip, the girls end up giving the boys food poisoning via Mystery Food X, Kanji is knocked unconscious by Chie after she mistakes him for a pervert, and the boys are pushed to the bottom of a waterfall where their teacher is vomiting upstream.
    • When the Team and Nanako stay at the Amagi Inn for the night, the girls fail to leave the bath when it's time to switch, and when the boys enter, they are labeled as perverts and have buckets thrown at them.
    • On the last day of their trip to the ski resort, they (Or rather, just Yosuke and Teddie) are caught trying to peep at the girls and are struck by a lightning bolt summoned by Marie. At least Yu and Kanji resist Electric...
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • To Adachi. By saving people, they unintentionally reinforced Namatame's delusions which lead to more people getting kidnapped. Considering the alternative is that the people Namatame "rescued" would die if the Team didn't find them in the TV, their actions are still for the better.
    • Yu serves as one to Izanami, as one of the three granted powers by her. He represents "hope", and sadly for her, he refuses to accept her gambit and turns the power against her.
  • Victory Is Boring: Whenever the case looks resolved, the team becomes melancholic that their adventures are over, and that they'll have to go back to their normal lives. After Nanako seemingly perishes, this attitude is dropped and they're nothing short of relieved when they finally solve the mystery once and for all. Yu's Lotus-Eater Machine nightmare deconstructs the first case resolution by showing the Investigation Team dissolves as Yu freaks out about losing his friends.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: From the outside, it seems that all they ever do is annoy and bicker with one another, even the friendlier ones like Yukiko, Rise, and Naoto. On the inside, nothing in the world comes between them, and they are a united ass-kicking, crime-solving, god-killing fighting force.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: In between school and hanging out, they solve a double homicide and multiple kidnappings over the course of slightly less than a year.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Yu delivers one to the rest of the Investigation Team in the Good Ending - the only time he gets visibly angry - when Yosuke's contemplating killing Namatame. To a lesser extent, Chie, Yukiko and Rise try to do this, but they end up being ineffectual, in part because they're also angry themselves.
    • The group also gets impatient with the player character if you wait around for too long before completing a dungeon.
  • Women Are Wiser: When the group's considering killing Namatame, the girls are the most opposed to it, although they'll reluctantly give in if Yu fails to convince Yosuke. Averted with Naoto, who's just as pissed as the boys and is the one who suggests throwing Namatame into the TV world in the first place.
  • You Meddling Kids: They are the bane of the main villain and it's acknowledged by them as such.

    Yu Narukami 

    Yosuke Hanamura 

Yosuke Hanamura

Arcana: The Magician
Persona: Jiraiya, Susano-o, Takehaya Susano-o (Golden)
Weapons: Twin daggers
Voice actors: Yuri Lowenthal (English), Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese)
Stage actors: Takahisa Maeyama (VisuaLive and VisuaLive Evolution), Ryo Hirano (Arena)

A second-year student at Yasogami High School, Yosuke Hanamura moved to the town about six months before the events of the game. His father is the manager of the local department store Junes, and as such he is usually treated as an unofficial complaints box, much to his chagrin. Yosuke serves as the best friend and partner of Yu, although he's often the butt of his other friends' jokes.

He dual-wields various small weapons, usually kunai. He serves a role as the party's Jack-of-All-Stats: Yosuke can use physical attacks and Wind magic fairly effectively, and he also has access to support spells that confuse and debuff enemies, augment accuracy and evasion, and provide minor healing. He's also by far the fastest person in the party.
During the second trip to the Midnight Channel and shortly after witnessing Yu's Persona awakening, Yosuke was faced with the horrible truth: his crush and the second murder victim, third-year Saki Konishi, had always hated him. When Yosuke refused to admit this, his Shadow emerged and taunted that he's only being cheerful as a facade and sees everything, including Saki, as a tool to block out his extreme loneliness. Yosuke angrily retorted and it caused the Shadow to reveal its true form, but was eventually defeated by Yu. Encouraged by him and Teddie, Yosuke painfully accepts that he did feel that way, but he resolves to get better, which causes the Shadow to turn into his Persona. He goes on to co-found the Investigation Team, along with Yu and Chie.
Shadow Yosuke consists of a featureless figure in a ridiculous ninja outfit, with a giant frog making up their lower body. It represents his resentment towards Inaba, his boredom and his wish for excitement. Aside from the reference to the original character Jiraiya, the frog theme is also wordplay: In Japanese, "frog" is pronounced the same as "return" which plays into Yosuke's desire to leave Inaba.
Upon the defeat of Shadow Yosuke, he morphs into Yosuke's Persona: Jiraiya of the Magician Arcana. Jiraiya is a ninja from Japanese folklore, who uses magic to transform into a gigantic toad. After completing his Social Link, Jiraiya ascends into Susano-o, the Japanese god of the sea and storms. Susano-o, brother of Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi, was born from the filth Izanagi washed away after his trip to Yomi. Much like Yosuke, Susano-o is perverted and a bit of a jerk, but still a competent hero. Additionally, much like Yosuke with his Social Link development, he learns to overcome many of the negative aspects of his personality. In Golden, Susano-o can further evolve into Takehaya Susano-o, whose name is derived from one of the long-form names given to Susano-o; Takehaya translates into "fast building". Takehaya Susano-o learns the special skill Youthful Wind, which provides a good deal of healing and a hit/evasion rate buff to the entire party for several turns.
In his Social Link, Yosuke reveals that he initially hated Inaba but has grown to love it and despite being hated by Saki, he did genuinely love her. He later reveals that he was jealous of Yu and used the murder case to play hero and hide his insecurities. Yosuke later asks him to punch him to get rid of his jealousy and frustration, and they end up in a brawl; Yosuke realizes that he can form genuine, close relationships with people regardless of where he is and resolves to live his life to the fullest. He gives the protagonist a bandage after their fight, representative of their friendship.
During the Golden concert scene, Yosuke plays the electric guitar.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Played with: although he crushes on Saki, she secretly finds him annoying, at least according to what Yosuke believes are her true feelings while exploring the space she created after being thrown into the TV. He's aware, though, that she must have disliked him, though he believes she was a good person at heart and decided that he'll still love her anyway. He also (halfheartedly) hits on Yukiko and Rise who both either ignore and reject his affections.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Yosuke’s clearly attracted to girls but many, many moments during the story bring his sexuality into question. Namely his tendency for denying he’s into guys even when nobody brought that up. That’s not even getting into the massive amount of Ho Yay during his social link, including being able to give him a Cool Down Hug and him claiming Yu is more than a friend to him late into his social link.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Subverted. Despite being relatively Bishōnen, Yosuke looks pretty terrible in drag. This is even Lampshaded when one of the crowd members mentions that he thought he'd be able to pull it off better.
  • Badass Adorable: The badass part of him unleashes after he faces himself with his shadow and adorable part is for both his handsome looks and him being Moe for numerous reasons.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Being told that the investigation is "a game" to him becomes this in the manga. When Naoto tells the Investigation Team that their "game" will soon be over now that the police have a suspect, he gets up and angrily grabs Naoto by the shirt, saying that since someone close to him died, he couldn't possibly think of it as such (in the game, he gives a relatively calm but firm rebuttal while remaining seated).
    • Speaking ill of Saki. In-game, he loses his shit when he overhears two girls mocking her after her death.
  • Best Friend: He and the protagonist of course. So much so they call one another "partner."
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • He and the protagonist are a platonic example. Both of them are outsiders to the town and their childhood implied to have been pretty lonely. They're also very reliable people and willing to protect their friends. Little wonder why they became so close so quickly.
    • Persona Q2 has Yosuke admit that he actually use to move a lot when he was young, giving him more in commonality with the protagonist. Both moved around frequently (Yu because of his parents' job and likely the same for Yosuke) and unable to form meaningful friendships until Inaba.
  • Blow You Away: Yosuke specializes in Garu skills.
  • Boring, but Practical: Yosuke for the most part isn't really a stand out party member; he's not as strong or durable as Chie and Kanji, as strong of a mage as Teddie, as good at healing as Yukiko, or even as good with clearing mobs as Naoto is. However, what Yosuke is good at is Speed, being the fastest party member. And even though he's unremarkable at everything he can do, he can do just about everything. This allows Yosuke to be a vital part of the team composition solely by being the guy to do whatever you need in an emergency and lower the work load for Yu when it comes to covering for his party's shortcomings.
  • Born Unlucky: Even his Luck stat is the lowest in the party.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
  • Butt-Monkey: The game starts with him getting stuck in a trash can and getting ball busted, and generally gets no better from there. He knows about this, complaining in the anime that nothing good ever happens to him.
  • Call-Back: Fuuka's bullying and subsequent disappearance were mentioned by Yosuke as his ghost story during the ski trip. He got that story back when he's in middle school when his friend told Yosuke about that. His friend said that he got that story from his sister, meaning that the friend's sister is either Natsuki or one of her cronies.
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: At completely inopportune times, such as the group's first foray in the Midnight Channel.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Somewhat. While he does come off as flirtatious, he really only had eyes for Saki and his attempts at flirting with Rise and Yukiko are half-hearted at best. They turn him down or ignore him (though it's unknown if him being half-hearted plays into it.)
  • Chivalrous Pervert: When it comes to Rise, at least. When her shadow offers to "bare it all" for her fans, he clearly can't decide whether to be worried or excited.
  • Class Clown: Just like Junpei before him. Comes with being a Magician. It is explored a bit more here that his clownish behavior is to cope with his resentful boredom of being in a small town like Inaba and his own insecurities of wanting to fit in.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Yosuke is overall a very courageous person who is held back by his own human flaws. He may not be as heroic as Yu is, but he's certainly more relatable in this regard.
  • Crazy-Prepared: During the school camping trip, he picked out and brought swimsuits for Chie and Yukiko on the off chance they didn't bring their own. Both girls are rightfully weirded out.
  • Demoted to Extra: Yosuke in the anime has much less overall importance than he did in the game, and is much more of a comedic character. This is probably the result of the fact that his role as Exposition Fairy is irrelevant when Yu can speak for himself.
  • Disaster Dominoes: That bike crash in his introduction? The manga explains that the crash was how he managed to crack Chie's Trial of the Dragon DVD. Things go downhill for him after that.
  • Dual Wielding: Whether it's knives, kunai, wrenches, or fish, he will always have one in each hand. He's normally depicted using kunai.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Yosuke pushes Teddie for calling Yu "Sensei" and not getting respected.
    Yosuke: Dude, you call [Yu] Sensei and then don't show me any respect?!
  • Establishing Character Moment: His very first scene is him crashing his bike on the way to school, and it doesn't get any better from there.
  • Exposition Fairy: Shares it with others at times, but the trope most consistently applies to him.
  • Facepalm: He does one during the Episode 15 of the anime at the nightclub. The situation called for it.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: During his Social Link event in Yu's room, Yosuke decides he can't be with a girlfriend until he avenges Saki.
  • Flower Motifs: Best showcased with his swimming trunks and how his Youthful Wind spell causes flowers to sprout around him and his allies. "Hana" is part of his last name after all.
  • Foil: To Junpei Iori from Persona 3, who represented the Magician Arcana before him. Both Junpei and Yosuke share many of the same traits, such as being a Class Clown, the first and closest friend of the protagonist, and a Chivalrous Pervert with a Lost Lenore (Chidori for Junpei, Saki for Yosuke). In addition, both relocated to different homes because of their fathers and eventually become envious of the protagonist due to living in his shadow. However, while Junpei is happy to be living in the Gekkogan High School dorm as it means he doesn't have to live with his alcoholic father, Yosuke was forced to move to Inaba because of his father being assigned manager of Junes and is initially unhappy with the town before coming to love it. While Junpei's resentment soured his relationship with the protagonist for a good chunk of time, Yosuke acknowledges his jealousy and refuses to let it come between him and Yu. Finally, while Junpei is Book Dumb and impulsive, often charging into danger at a moment's notice, Yosuke displays a surprising amount of intelligence and leadership qualities when serious, even if he is ultimately outclassed by Yu. Gameplay-wise, Junpei serves as the Tank of his group, having high Strength as well as access to all types of physical attacks, with high defense. Yosuke, on the other hand, has high Speed and Magic and provides buffs and debuffs.
  • Food Fight: If you grow Tetracorn and Makaracorn and have it cooked at the Daidara Metalworks, you'll get a weapon called Grilled Corn.
  • Foreshadowing: After seeing the protagonist phase through the large Junes TV for the first time, he wonders if it's a magic trick and asks him "what's the magician's secret". His Arcana shortly after is revealed to be The Magician.
  • From New York to Nowhere: Moved to Inaba from a bigger city six months before the start of the game after his dad was assigned to manage the new local Junes branch. A big part of his character arc is overcoming the resultant Small Town Boredom.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration:
  • Groin Attack: Within five minutes of the audience being introduced to him, he receives a "Critical hit to the nads", courtesy of Chie. In the manga, Shadow Chie delivers a devastating kick to Jiraiya's crotch, which Yosuke feels, of course.
  • Handsome Lech: Was designed to be a rather handsome young man. In-universe, his peers think that he's good-looking enough to stand a chance at cross-dressing, but this admiration is offset by him being "pure disappointment the moment he opens his mouth."
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Yosuke is almost always seen with his headphones, usually around his neck. This seems to be done purposefully to make him seem unapproachable and keep a distance from others, as he wasn't particularly close to anyone in Inaba before Yu arrived. By the time of Golden's epilogue, he's seen without them.
  • Healer Signs On Early: He's the first party member available and knows Dia right off the bat, but passes the role off to Yukiko after the first dungeon. From then on he grows into more of a generalist, though still good for spot heals in a pinch.
  • Healing Winds: Yosuke's unique skill is Youthful Wind, a skill that moderately heals the party as well as buffing accuracy and evasion. He's also the team's main Wind user and first Healer.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He's very infamous around the Shopping District due to his father's role of managing Junes, which is running all the local shops out of business.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Though he knows she never liked him to begin with, Yosuke was utterly heartbroken over Saki's death and his main motivation for joining the team was to find her killer.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Normally averted, but played straight in a bad ending. His main motivation for joining the Investigation Team was to find Saki's killer, but he ends up murdering Namatame in the same way Yosuke believed he murdered Saki.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Though he's definitely not as bad as Teddie, Yosuke is without a doubt the most perverted human member of the Investigation Team.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In addition to knives and maintenance tools, Yosuke can also use bones, maracas, and corn against his foes. These joke weapons tend to have higher stats than their more serious counterparts.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Acts quite cocky sometimes but was self-conscious and suffered from feelings of inadequacy even before Yu came to town. He Outright says that Yu is more talented than him in Dancing All Night, but is clearly over it at this point.
  • Innocently Insensitive: The first time he, Chie, and Yukiko meet Nanako he challenges Chie to a cook-off, offering to have Nanako judge and saying that one of them would probably "make something that ranks up there with your mom's cooking." Nanako points out that her mother died in an accident, and forgives him for saying that when he quickly apologizes.
  • Insistent Terminology: Sure, you could call them scooters, but he'd rather you refer to them as motorbikes.
  • The Lancer: Serves as this to the protagonist, by virtue of effectively being his mouthpiece in the original game/Golden.
  • Last-Name Basis: In the original Japanese, most of the Investigation Team refers to him by his surname.
  • Licking the Blade: He does this in the anime. They're fake blades.
  • Lightning Bruiser: With his Agility being his highest stat and his Strength or Magic often not too far behind, Yosuke frequently hits fast and hard.
  • The Lost Lenore: Saki is this to him, even after he learns what she really thought about him.
  • Magic Knight: Sports almost perfectly even physical and magical stats, and learns both the full suite of Garu spells and a handful of physical skills. His main weakness is lacking a clear focus compared to the party's more dedicated warriors (Kanji and Chie) and spellcasters (Yukiko and Teddie).
  • Magikarp Power: Although his wind magic is consistently competent, Yosuke's physical damage output falls into this trope, as he learns no new physical skills between Sonic Punch and Brave Blade. His utility as a Jack-of-All-Trades downplays its severity, though.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: His vices primarily being bored of Inaba and difficulty considering the ramifications of his words and actions, which often leads to Moral Dissonance and his being on the receiving end of Laser-Guided Karma.
  • No Respect Guy: Despite being one of the founding members of the team, along with one of the most proactive ones, Yosuke tends to get kicked around and ignored pretty regularly. Considering his behavior sometimes, it's understandable.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Yosuke's friendship with Yu is one of the strongest relationships in the game to the point where Yosuke states outright that "We're so close that "Best Friend" just doesn't describe what he means to me. He's my partner" in Arena's narration. (While Yosuke does state the same about the team in general when he recalls how they survived the events of the first game, nearly all "partner" references are him addressing Yu, and he even takes offense to anyone else doing so.) In the anime, due to the lack of any actual relationships forming between Yu and the girls beyond Ship Tease, Yosuke actually steps in to play the love interest role several times.
  • Number Two: Clearly Yu's confidant, to the point where the two discuss the team's next moves in private. Yosuke also sometimes acts as the leader of the team, as the protagonist doesn't talk much.
  • Odd Friendship: With Naoki, Saki's younger brother. It's played up in the manga, as Yosuke's the one who takes part in some of Naoki's Social Link scenes, rather than Yu.
  • One-Hit Kill: His ultimate skill in Q has this as an added effect. It happens more often against enemies with status effects on them.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome:
    • Yosuke's clearly both intelligent and a natural-born leader, but he'll never be able to match Yu. This is even reflected in his Persona's abilities, which are by far the most versatile of the entire group... after Yu, who has access to all of the abilities due to his Persona switching.
    • Gameplay-wise, Yosuke falls into this in Golden. He's a Jack-of-All-Stats still, but the buffs all the cast received mean that he's overshadowed by everyone else.
  • Porn Stash: He used to keep it under his futon until his mother found it and read the contents aloud to his family. He's since found another place to hide it.
  • Potty Emergency: His freaking out over having to pee results in him accidentally knocking Yu and Chie into the television, where they first discover the TV World. When they become Trapped in TV Land he's still desperate and almost relieves himself in there, but Chie and Yu refusing his "No Peeking!" Request causes him to give up.
  • The Resenter: Near the ending of his Social Link route, he admits he was jealous of how successful Yu was in everything he did, especially compared to him. Nonetheless, he knows he shouldn't feel that way, and he respects Yu for everything he does. He does have Yu punch him and it becomes a light-hearted fistfight.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He really wants to avenge Saki, and while usually one of the most rational and level-headed of the team, he tends to get more rash and impulsive whenever he gets (or seems to get) closer to accomplishing that goal. This manifests near the end of the game, where Yosuke's the most vocal about killing Namatame.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: When he's resigned to being signed up for the cross-dressing pageant, he asks what kind of a "joke" it is. Chie quickly reminds him that it's the same one he pulled on them.
  • Saying Too Much: When Chie and Yukiko confront him for signing them up without their permission, and say that they can't back out of it, he remarks that there "must have been something in the fine print (he) overlooked."
  • Second Banana: Yosuke is this to Yu. He even says word for word, "I'm cool playing second banana."
  • Secret Keeper: In Golden, it's possible for him to be the only other person to know that the protagonist failed to reason with Adachi on his own.
  • Self-Deprecation: A rather dark example: During his Social Link, he yells at some girls for insulting Saki, and in response, they freak out and scatter. On realizing how badly he lost it there, he gives a sad smile to Yu and says "Another embarrassing display from Yosuke, huh?".
  • Shy Bladder: During their first visit into the TV World, Yosuke gets so desperate for a bathroom that he tries to simply relieve himself on a wall. Of course, even with Yu and Chie turning their backs, he still can't go with them standing there.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Downplayed when compared to Teddie but there are times where he acted almighty to himself such as considering himself as the chief of operations of the team in Q2.
  • Small Town Boredom: What's he characterized for. He ended up in Inaba after his dad transferred the family there. Despite this mentality (to where he got ascended for it), he grows to love the town, namely because of the people he cares about.
  • Spin Attack: For his follow-up attack, Yosuke Strike, he extends his arms and spins, whacking an enemy with a Critical Hit.
  • Secret Art:
    • His unique skill in Persona Q is Death Needle, which has a chance of instant death that increases if the target has an ailment.
    • His unique skill in Q2 is Kunai Backup, which causes him to follow-up on his row's actions with a normal attack. This upgrades to Kunai Dance which has increased damage.
  • Sins of the Father: His above-mentioned Hero with Bad Publicity status is because he's the son of the manager at Junes, which many in the shopping district resent.
  • Spectacular Spinning: His fighting style is full of acrobatic flips and twirls, with his Follow-Up Attack being a straight-up Spin Attack.
  • Standard Status Effects: He will only ever learn two: the first is Makajam, which has a 40% chance to Mute one enemy. The second is Tentarafoo, which has a chance to Confuse all enemies.
  • Stepford Smiler: Combined with Sad Clown, this quality tends to crop up whenever Saki is brought up and is much more obvious in his Social Link, where he acts bubbly and jokes around a lot to hide his insecurity and feelings of incompetence. Shadow Yosuke calls him out on this in The Animation, citing that he was one of these even before the events of the main game took place.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: Yosuke is usually depicted with kunai in artwork and Persona 4 Arena.
  • Straight Man: Compared to the rest of the team, he's a pretty normal guy, so he's often roped into playing this to the others, particularly Teddie.
  • Straw Loser: In both the game and especially the anime, Yosuke serves as a way of making Yu look even cooler, being a Casanova Wannabe who can't seem to be taken seriously by anyone. This actually gets played for drama in his Social Link, where he admits he developed a grudge from living in the protagonist's shadow.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Has a knack for spouting out innuendo.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Upon the reveal that Adachi is the killer, as well as his reasons for it, Yosuke is absolutely furious and outright tells Adachi that he'll never forgive him; Adachi simply tells him to keep his forgiveness.
  • This Loser Is You: While all of the other members of the team have varying degrees of fantastical elements to them, Yosuke's pretty much a completely average, fairly-relatable teenager. Naturally, he's treated as the biggest loser of the bunch.
  • Those Two Guys: Occasionally plays this with Teddie, to the point of sharing a goodbye with Yu at the end of the game.
  • Unfazed Everyman: He manages to be this despite having Persona powers, and is usually the one to lampshade the weird stuff they encounter in the TV World.
    [after Teddie somehow grows himself a human body inside his suit]
    Yosuke: What kind of creature would do that?! I mean… What IS he? (...) [sigh] Then again, this is hardly the first bizarre thing we've seen...
    [leading into the True Final Boss fight]
    Yosuke: Come on! You know we've been through way worse than this thing! This is just the send-off our leader deserves! Time for the grand finale.
  • Vocal Evolution: Yuri Lowenthal's take on Yosuke has gotten significantly higher-pitched and whinier in later appearances, in part to differentiate it from his voice for the male Persona 3 protagonist.
  • Weapon Twirling: He does this while in battle and in the opening animation. It backfires when he nearly drops his dagger in both.
  • What the Hell Are You?: To Teddie after he is unmasked to see nothing inside early in the game. He says this again after Teddie enters the real world having grown a human body inside of his empty bear suit.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives a mild example to the protagonist in Golden if he decided to try and reason with Adachi by himself, albeit unsuccessfully. He does forgive him and promises not to tell the others.
  • Wrench Whack: His special weapon hidden in the area his Shadow was defeated is a pair of pipe wrenches. It gives a +40 boost to SP, making it extremely useful in the early game, and unlike the others, you don't need to defeat an optional boss for it.

    Chie Satonaka 

Chie Satonaka

Arcana: The Chariot
Persona: Tomoe, Suzuka Gongen, Haraedo-no-Okami (Golden)
Weapons: Boots
Voice actors: Tracey Rooney (English, original game), Erin Fitzgerald (English, all installments thereafter and replaces Rooney in Golden), Yui Horie (Japanese)
Stage actors: Minami Tsukui (VisuaLive and VisuaLive Evolution), Makoto Koichi (Arena)

Chie Satonaka is another second-year student at Yasogami High. An upbeat girl with an obsession with martial arts action films, she is generally friendly, cheerful, and energetic, but has a short temper, especially with Yosuke. She's been friends with Yukiko since they were children.

Chie appropriately attacks with numerous kung-fu kicks - rather, she imitates what she watches in movies - and as such, her weapons are various boots and greaves. While she begins the game with Ice magic and physical skills, she soon leaves behind Ice entirely to focus on physical output, usually in the form of multi-target attacks and damage buffs. In Golden, she was slightly reworked to focus more on critical hits.
After obtaining their own Personas, Yosuke and Yu take their third trip into the TV World to rescue Yukiko. Chie follows and bolts ahead of the group, finding herself lost in Yukiko's Castle. There she's confronted with her Shadow, who derides her for a perceived selfishness in her friendship with Yukiko - finding enjoyment in how much Yukiko relies on her for emotional stability and support, a twisted perversion of Chie's desire to protect others. After the protagonist and Yosuke defeat Shadow Chie, Chie acknowledges that part of her did enjoy being relied upon and asked to help, but despite that is still Yukiko's friend and will work harder than ever to make sure she doesn't lose it. Accepted, Shadow Chie morphs into Chie's Persona. She goes on to co-found the Investigation Team with Yosuke and the protagonist.
Chie's Shadow takes the form of a long-haired, masked dominatrix supported by three pale Chies. The dominatrix has long black hair, similar to Yukiko's. It represents her jealousy of Yukiko's natural gifts and talents, as well as her wish and need of control over Yukiko.
Shadow Chie becomes Tomoe, of the Chariot Arcana. Tomoe Gozen was a samurai who served in the Genpei War, a powerful warrior who disappeared after the Battle of Awazu - what happened to her afterwards is unclear, and to this day it's unknown if she ever actually existed. Upon completion of her Social Link, Tomoe evolves into Suzuka Gongen, another legend of Japanese folklore from the Kakamura period, whose appearances have been everything from demon to bandit to a warrior goddess. In Golden, Suzuka Gongen can further grow into Haraedo-no-Okami, a generic reference to several Shinto goddesses of purification who were among those born after Izanagi washed away the filth of Yomi. Haraedo-no-Okami learns the special move Dragon Hustle, which boosts the attack, defense, and hit/evasion rate of the entire party for three turns.
Through her Social Link, the protagonist and Chie become closer through training together at the Samegawa Floodplain. Over time, the protagonist learns of how Chie enjoys creating notoriety for herself, in hopes of being feared by delinquents and protecting the weak. Chie also reveals some halfhearted fears that others don't see her as feminine due to her attire and behavior. She and the protagonist protect several students from gangs of bullies, including a middle school friend of Chie's. Late in the Link, the protagonist has the option of beginning an intimate relationship with Chie - whatever the player decides, Chie resolves to protect the town she loves and will give the protagonist some matching wristbands. If her Link was finished, she reveals on the hero's second-to-last day in town that she wants to become a police officer under Dojima's guidance. By the time of Persona 5, she's mentioned on a TV show that while she's still in training, she's notable for knowing kung fu.
During the Golden concert scene, Chie plays the trumpet.

  • Accidental Proposal: Believes she gave one to Yu during her Winter S-Link Event in Golden if romanced. She quickly verifies that it wasn't one, though she doesn't seem to mind the thought of it.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Yu can mention finding her musculature attractive in her Social Link.
  • An Ice Person: Downplayed — Chie learns a few Bufu skills early and backs them up with Ice Boost, but eventually stops learning them entirely and begins focusing on her physical skills instead. Persona Q forgoes even giving her any ice skills, while Q2 replicates this behavior — Chie again starts with Icestrike Link as her only source of ice damage, partially develops it with Ice Boost and Double Link, and then discards any focus on it to expand her physical repertoire.
  • Anger Born of Worry: As soon as Yu and Yosuke return from the TV world with their Personas, she looks worried, but she gets pissed off soon enough after Yosuke asks her what's with the Cry Cute face and storms off.
  • Armed Legs: Her weapon set is composed of shoes and other assorted footwear.
  • Ass Kicks You: In the opening of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, she delivers a bump to Yukiko.
  • Badass Adorable: She's one of the toughest members of the team and is certainly adorable.
  • Best Friend: To Yukiko, since childhood.
  • Big Friendly Dog: The Animation shows she has an enormous dog who is responsible for her and Yukiko meeting as children.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: If Yu picks her up after she's chosen as his destined partner in the Group Date Café labyrinth, she's so flustered that she can only call him a "meanie" and a "dummy".
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has short hair and is into many "boyish" things like martial arts.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: She herself isn't, but she does emulate her martial arts idol's fighting style during combat and makes numerous references to him and other Hong Kong action movie stars, complete with lines like "Don't think, feel". She does sport a bowl cut and Tomoe wears a yellow jumpsuit, which becomes an alternate costume for Chie herself in Golden. Chie, appropriately, geeks out over it.
  • Bully Hunter: Her Social Link includes her defending an old friend and a young boy from a Gang of Bullies.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Earlier on, Chie suggested just letting the police handle the investigation on Saki's death. Yosuke points out that the police wouldn't be able to figure anything out due to the whole "supernatural abomination world" in the TV. Averted later on, though, as she chooses to go in the TV world to save Yukiko, realizes that the police are no help, and insists on going after the bullies, approving the most if you enthusiastically agree.
  • Character Select Forcing: The bonus boss in the Heaven dungeon seems designed to make Chie completely and utterly useless. It is immune to Physical attacks and drains Ice attacks, removing any chance she has of dealing damage to it.
  • Critical Hit Class:
    • In Golden, where she gains a passive ability that increases critical hit rate, as well as buffs to increase everyone's critical hit rate. She also learns physical moves with high critical hit chance, compensating for her lower damage compared to fellow attacker Kanji. Sadly, this works in her favor but not enough. On the one hand, additional critical hits combined with certain moves such as Black Spot and Rainy Death means that she's likely to land more critical hit chances for One More strikes. But that still relies on chance to actually happen, so if the criticals don't land, she's still not as efficient or deadly on the offense as Kanji is. Finally, she still has lackluster magical options opposed to Teddie (though she gets Light Magic if you can make time to bike trip with her), meaning that Kanji still outperforms her in raw damage output (doubly so now that Kanji gets Power Charge in Golden). Chie's ultimately up to your luck. If it's good, Chie's good. If not, she's inferior to Kanji.
    • Persona Q further emphasizes this aspect by giving her a passive that increases the critical hit damage she inflicts and a support skill that raises her and the party's critical hit rate.
  • Cry into Chest: In The Animation, she's briefly shown sobbing into Yukiko's chest upon Nanako's death.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Soejima mentions in Persona 4: Official Design Works that Chie dyes her hair brown, making this an Invoked Trope.
  • Cute Bruiser: After Kanji, (and potentially Yu), she's the best physical damage dealer of the group.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She's initially unsure of where her life is going, as she believes she's only good at eating meat and doing kung-fu (notably, she's the only member of the Investigation Team to not have a job). Over the course of her Social Link, she concludes she can use her skills to protect the weak and aims to join the police force when she graduates.
  • Dominatrix: Shadow Chie's motif.
  • Don't Look at Me!: She says this Yu and Yosuke when they see her confronting her Shadow Self.
  • Don't Think, Feel: One of her quotes at the end of a battle.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: In The Animation, she's prone to physically assaulting Yosuke over the slightest transgressions, like simply saying she has sloppy handwriting. All Played for Laughs, of course.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Despite being a tough, energetic Tomboy, Chie's social awkwardness is easily one of her most endearing traits. It's to the point that this trait is exaggerated with each spin-off in order to make her even more popular than she already is - and it works. This is also something that's very often the source of Yu or someone else teasing her over it, especially a Yu who is romantically inclined towards her. As for some examples of how much her behavior can come of as awkward to observers:
    • Ironically, she's utterly terrified of insects and lightning. The former is revealed in her social link when a Grasshopper leaps on her back and she promptly freaks out, and the latter is expanded upon in Golden during a thunderstorm. You have the option of comforting her... or just trolling her and telling her a ghost story.
    • Speaking of which, Chie becomes amusingly unglued when confronted with "spooky" stuff: she's the first to crack when told a ghost story, which is best evidenced by the Ski Trip event. As for spin-offs, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth has her completely freak out during the horror-themed Evil Spirits-Club, and for those particular instances in question, she definitely becomes something of a cosmic chew-toy based on the group musing and unintentionally (and in Yu's potential case, not-so-intentionally) letting her panic... then again, we really can't blame her.
    • On the flip-note, she has an almost child-like glee in regards to action films, acting as excited as a kid getting a new toy when taken to a kung-fu film in Golden. Whenever Chie worries about this behavior not being "good enough," Yu can reassure her it's perfectly fine and actually quite endearing.
  • Extremity Extremist: Save for using items, everything she does in battle she does with her feet, even guarding. She throws a few punches as part of her moves in Arena, though.
  • Fear of Thunder: Golden reveals that Chie is scared of thunderstorms.
  • First Girl Wins: If her romance is pursued. She's the first romanceable female character the protagonist meets (not counting Marie in Golden), and the first one the protagonist spends a significnt amount of time with.
  • Flanderization: Chie's steak-fixation and general awkwardness has gotten exaggerated with each new spin-off.
  • Food as Bribe:
    • Inverted in the anime. When Yu and Yosuke return from their second trip into the TV World in the second episode, she says the only way she'll forgive them is if they buy her ten orders of both beefsteak and nikudon. By comparison, in the game, she forgets about it and changes the subject to Yukiko appearing on the Midnight Channel.
    • Inverted and played straight in the game. Chie makes Yosuke buy her food as repayment for destroying her DVD and he bribes her and Yukiko with steak when he and the protagonist devour their noodles.
  • Foreshadowing: This conversation happens with Teddie when she's at Rank 9, although whether it's subtle is to be decided:
    Teddie: Chie-chan's on fire! She almost punched me in the face a second ago!
    Chie: I-It's because I thought you were a Shadow... I felt an evil presence behind me!
  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Occasionally does this in battle.
  • Girl Next Door: Compared to the other the romanceable Social Links such as Idol Singer Rise or Nouveau Riche Alpha Bitch Ai, Chie is pretty normal and easy to relate to even in spite of (or perhaps even because of) her Tomboy traits. On a more meta-level, she's the first girl you can start a Social Link with and has no special requirements to finish.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: In Golden Yukiko try to comfort Chie when thunder cut the lights out by telling a ghost story, which makes things worse for Chie. And also the ghost stories from ski trip. And another from Q where you go to the third dungeon called Evil Spirit Club she got scared like hell.
  • Glass Cannon: Suffers from Physical skills which consume HP and mediocre defense. However, she hits like a truck once God's Hand comes along and has a Follow-Up Attack (and, in Golden, access to Social Link-granted spells) that can instantly kill enemies. By the end of the game, she's got some extra defense, though not great. Her most powerful multi-target attack, Agneyastra, still costs a massive 24% of her HP to cast.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: The biggest aversion. Yukiko and Naoto use ranged weapons and Rise mostly offers support. Chie kills Shadows by kicking the crap out of them.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As would be expected of a Chariot.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Chie has a dog called Muku, which was given to her when she first met Yukiko (who wanted to adopt him but wasn't allowed to because her family runs the inn). We never see him in the games, but in the anime, he's depicted as a massive St. Bernard.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yukiko; the two have been best friends long before the events of the game.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of her cheerful, boisterous nature, Chie actually suffers from an Inferiority Superiority Complex in that she's secretly jealous of all the attention Yukiko gets, and thinks herself unattractive as a result. Best shown if you hook up with Chie during her Social Link, causing her to become noticably shocked that you'd choose her over the likes of Yukiko, Rise, or Naoto.
  • Hollywood Homely: Invoked. She was specifically designed to be realistic but still attractive, especially compared to the intentionally unrealistic Rise and traditionally beautiful Yukiko.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: She often gets exasperated with Yukiko's laughing fits, but when Takeshi says he's not fond of that part of Yukiko and accuses her of having made Yukiko this way, Chie angrily tells him that Yukiko is naturally that way.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Chie's romantic Social Link ends up as this on Valentine's Day, as she is surprised that the protagonist would choose her over someone like Yukiko, Rise, or Naoto.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: She doesn't really know kung-fu at all. She simply emulates the movies she watches.
  • Kick Chick: Complete with Funny Bruce Lee Noises.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Of the "predominantly physical kicks with some spells for flavor" variety. Chie's techniques are mostly physical attacks, with a few buffs and low to medium-level ice spells thrown in for variety. She has the opposite problem that Kanji does with magic, having a magic stat that isn't terrible and healthy SP but simply not learning a whole spell line. Golden balances the flavor out a little by adding some Hama spells to her arsenal via her Social Link.
  • Last-Name Basis: In the Japanese version, she calls Yosuke by his last name, even in the manga's localization, which has most of the characters on a First-Name Basis. During the cooking competition, when Chie starts getting annoyed at Rise's needling her over "Mystery Food X," she calls her "Miss Kujikawa" before warning her that she's about to make Rise eat her words.
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: If Yu is in a monogamous relationship with Chie, the girls of the Investigation Team will attempt to leave the two of them alone during Valentine's Day. Neither catches on until Yukiko all but spells it out by accident, prompting Chie to eventually flee to meet up with Yu later, much to Yosuke's amusement.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Decides to run off after Yukiko early in the game, leaving Yu and Yosuke to catch up with her. As she is not a Persona-user at this point and has no clue what is waiting for her there, this does not end well.
  • Lethal Chef: Applies to all of the girls besides Naoto, but Chie stands out as the worst. Yukiko at least manages to make completely tasteless food while Rise simply makes it unbearably spicy. Chie never once makes something that doesn't taste awful.
  • Magikarp Power: She stops gaining useful Physical and Bufu Skills by the time you get Kanji and Teddie. This leaves her with only "medium" damage skills for a long time — the gap between her picking up Black Spot and Rainy Death is a staggering 29 levels, and after getting Ice Boost she doesn't upgrade past Bufula and Mabufu. Once leveled high enough though, she learns multiple powerful skills in rapid succession, like God Hand, Agneyastra (one of the final boss's skills no less!), and Power Charge. Golden attempts to smooth this out with her Social Link and Bike skills, giving her access to Bufudyne and Hamaon so that she stays competent at something in between.
  • Modesty Shorts: Always wearing bike shorts under her skirt, and for good reason.
  • The Muse: Meta example. The thought put into her character "singlehandedly set the design foundation" for the game.
  • My God, You Are Serious: When she asks Yu what his study habits are like on the way to school, this is her response if the protagonist chooses the option to say that he doesn't ever study.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Chie has a bit of a complex about this; she considers Yukiko the ideal girl to be like and is surprised if the MC pursues a romance with her. Though even if she isn't pursued as a romance, the game hints at various times that this is still all in Chie's head. She has her own assortment of secret admirers, including Kou.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: During the first visit to Yukiko's Castle, she's fought her way up to the third floor, while being blinded by the fog due to not wearing glasses or without even a Persona, instead using her own brute strength.
  • One-Hit Kill: Her "Galactic Punt" follow-up attack is capable of instantly killing even mid-bosses, and is easily the best in the game for this reason alone. Golden also allows her to learn Hama and Hamaon.
  • Orwellian Retcon: Her original VA is Tracey Rooney. When she was replaced in Arena with Erin Fitzgerald, the latter voiced her in every single appearance afterward, up to re-recording all of Rooney's dialogue in Golden. This was likely done due to Golden adding several new scenes and voiced dialogue for Social Link events, resulting in large amounts of additional voiced dialogue.
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Initially reluctant to continue the investigation after the fake final boss, though does anyway.
  • Plain Jane: Considers herself inferior to Yukiko because of this.
  • Poisonous Friend: While she does genuinely want to help and protect Yukiko, it's indicated at some point, her jealousy of Yukiko's beauty and popularity corrupted that desire, and she subconsciously took pleasure in having Yukiko dependent on her. Her Shadow calls her out on this and she determines to stop being one after accepting it as Tomoe.
  • The Resenter: Shadow Chie reveals that Chie resents Yukiko for being more feminine than her. Grows out of this afterwards.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: She has a really uncanny tendency to blurt out something that she claims is something she just made up, but it ends up being exactly the case.
  • Roundhouse Kick: How she breaks her Persona card.
  • Rule of Three: Haraedo-no-Okami is a composite of three Shinto goddesses, is Chie's third-tier Persona, and its unique Dragon Hustle spell buffs the party's Attack, Defense, and Hit/Evasion Rate. Chie is also the third formal member of the Investigation Team.
  • Secret Art:
    • Her unique skill in Persona Q is Furious Fists, which greatly raises her Critical Hit rate.
    • Her unique skill in Q2 is Counter Stance, which unleashes a Counter-Attack if her row is attacked. This upgrades to Counter Bash which has stronger retaliations.
  • She's Got Legs: Yosuke doesn't think so. Yu, on the other hand, thinks that "they're fine."
  • Shorttank: Fits the archetype pretty well, and her summer outfit, especially in Golden, is the iconic dress-style.
  • Sick and Wrong: Her response to Yosuke having come to the school camping trip with swimsuits picked out for her and Yukiko just on the off chance that they wouldn't have brought their own, particularly since Yosuke tries to guilt-trip them into wearing them.
  • Standard Status Effects: Two of her available moves, Skull Cracker and Mind Slice, have a chance to inflict the Panic ailment.
  • Squee!: Her reaction after taking her to watch the Trial of the Dragon sequel at Okina City and if you have her wear a Bruce Lee-esque yellow jumpsuit.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Her opinion on the Killer kidnapping females, as she comments he's a pervert. She also feels this way about the bullies picking on the weak.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Child to Yukiko's Wife and Rise's Seductress.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Fits this much better than a straight-up tomboy. She's headstrong, brash, athletic, energetic, into martial arts, a glutton with a particular hankering for meat, and a huge Lethal Chef. But, at the same time, she's deeply concerned with how unfeminine she is, appreciates being seen as a girl by guys (the best way for Yu to romance her, in fact, is to compliment her on being girly when she displays such traits), and has several phobias (scary stories and bugs, with Golden adding thunderstorms) traditionally seen as feminine. In the anime, she straight out runs away with Rise and Yukiko from Naoto's Shadow because she didn't want to turn old and ugly. All of these traits could be seen as her not so much desiring to act un-feminine, as many other characters with this trope fall under, but rather taking the better traits of the "tomboy" aspect such as an active lifestyle and layering them on top of a traditionally "girly" personality.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She's a massive carnivore. Rarely will you ever see her eat veggies or anything not meat-based.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Her "Galactic Punt" Follow-Up Attack results in this happening to the victim.
  • Verbal Tic: In the English dub, she always drops the G at the end of -ing words.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Takeshi, an old friend of hers you meet in her Social Link. There's a certain element of familiarity between them, but Takeshi makes Chie uncomfortable with his infatuation with Yukiko. After Chie saves Takeshi from the bullies, causing him to run off, she gets annoyed with his refusal to admit that he ran away and infuriated when he insists that Yukiko's laughing fits are uncharacteristic of her. The two-part on bad terms and Takeshi is never seen again.
  • Whip It Good: Part of her Shadow's dominatrix theme.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Her fear of bugs, revealed during her third Social Link Event.

    Yukiko Amagi 

Yukiko Amagi

Arcana: The Priestess
Persona: Konohana Sakuya, Amaterasu, Sumeo-Okami (Golden)
Weapons: Paper fans
Voice actors: Amanda Winn-Lee (English), Ami Koshimizu (Japanese)
Stage actors: Risa Yoshiki (VisuaLive), Yumi Sugimoto (VisuaLive Evolution), Shiki Aoki (Arena)

The last of the Investigation Team's second-year members and the heiress to the generations-old Amagi Inn, Yukiko Amagi is a smart, beautiful, yet rather socially awkward girl - despite her popularity among Yasogami High's student body, her only real friend before the events of the game is Chie. While initially introduced as a prim-and-proper lady, it becomes quickly apparent that Yukiko has a somewhat bizarre sense of humor and thinking.

Yukiko fulfills the party's Red Mage role - she has the highest SP and Magic stats of anyone in the party and receives every healing and Fire spell in the game as she levels up. While she does have a weapon in the form of paper fans, she's much better suited to sticking to magic, as her physical damage is the lowest in the party. She also has very low physical defense.
Yukiko is the third subject of the Midnight Channel and the first that has the chance to be rescued by the Investigation Team. Her inner thoughts and desires created a dungeon in the form of a European castle, while her Shadow masqueraded as a princess searching for a "prince" to whisk her away. The castle and her Shadow were born of her repressed yearning to break free from her designation as heiress to the Inn, instead privately wishing for someone to alleviate her responsibilities. Yu, Yosuke, and Chie manage to defeat her Shadow, and she becomes a member of the Investigation Team upon receiving her Persona.
Yukiko's Shadow looks like a giant, red-feathered bird with her head, kept inside a giant birdcage atop a chandelier — a literal "bird in a gilded cage", reflecting how Yukiko feels trapped in her life.
After being defeated, Shadow Yukiko becomes Konohana Sakuya, of the Priestess Arcana. The Shinto goddess of Mount Fuji and all volcanoes, Konohana Sakuya is considered to be an avatar of life and is symbolically tied to cherry blossoms - reflecting Yukiko's use of fire attacks and her own flower motif. When Yukiko's Social Link is completed, Konohana Sakuya evolves into Amaterasu, the Japanese goddess of sunlight, born from the Yomi taint Izanagi washed himself of. In Golden, Amaterasu can further evolve into Sumeo-Okami, an epithet for Amaterasu. Sumeo-Okami will learn Burning Petals, which deals massive Fire damage to all enemies in battle.
In the earlier stages of her Social Link, Yukiko still desires to leave Inaba and pursue interior design in order to become more independent. However, friendly teasing from the Inn's staff and pestering from an irresponsible TV crew who want to make a program that would ruin the reputation of the Inn eventually make her realize that she has a supportive family and friends that she wants to help and defend - the protagonist/Yu can choose to pursue a romantic relationship with Yukiko at this point. Regardless of what is chosen, she will give the protagonist a charm from the Tatsuhime Shrine, where the two spent much of their discussing Yukiko's future. She resolves to accept her duty and manage the inn when the time comes.
During the Golden concert scene, Yukiko plays the saxophone.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: She was introduced in 4, but has a cameo in the PSP port of Persona 3.
  • Adult Fear: Her family's inn goes through bad times to the point she has to leave school to provide assistance, causing her to fear for her future. Before getting her Persona, she desires to run away and thinks she can't do it alone. Post-Persona, when she drives out the Paparazzi, the Amagi Inn starts to recover and she decides to stay, to take charge of the Inn and be with her family.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Some adults in Inaba, and Rei in Persona Q, call her "Yuki-chan."
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: A subversion. Though she has the looks and is thought as aloof and hard-to-get by her peers, Yukiko is revealed to be a complete goofball who laughs at the silliest jokes, has a hidden perverted side, and gets really excited about telling scary stories when she's comfortable with the people around her.
  • Alpha Bitch: Inverted. Yukiko is popular at her school because she's very intelligent and beautiful; in truth, she's a Spoiled Sweet sweetheart who tries not to hurt anyone's feelings.
  • Always with You: Her gift of the shrine charm is meant to have this effect if she's romanced.
    Yukiko: I'm staying here... This charm will protect you in my place... Then... we'll always be together...
  • Animal Motifs: With birds. Her Shadow Self transforms into one after she rejects it and her Personas resemble birdmen. In the anime, she used to own a pet bird before it escaped from its cage. Yukiko sees the bird as a spitting image of herself, wanting to be free from her own cage (the inn) but unlike the bird, she lacks the resolve and courage to do so.
  • Anti-Magic: One of her top tier standard weapons. It does less damage, but has a high chance of Silencing the target and making it helpless.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Justified, Yukiko is quite strong. Quite mean, too, as Kanji can attest.
    Yukiko (to Kanji): "Is a punch okay? ...It will take one."
  • Badass Adorable: After she faces herself, she is definitely this while looking rather very beautiful.
  • Badass Bookworm: Scores the highest among her class during exams, and often tutors Chie over the same content. While she may not look physically imposing, she can stand up for herself and others, and she's quite fierce with her Persona and fire spells alongside her.
  • Ballet: Her style in Dancing All Night is a combination of this and traditional Japanese dance. Most noticeable in "Snowflakes" when she does a soutenu during the Fever portion and fouettés later on in her performance.
  • Berserk Button: Don't even think about taking her picture without her consent. Or saying she looks bad in red.
  • Best Friend: To Chie, ever since they were little kids.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The boys (especially Teddie) learn that provoking Yukiko is a bad idea. Not only she will slap them out of the blue, but she can also hurt them emotionally using only her sharp tongue.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A somewhat mild example, but she seems to take a particular amount of glee out of teasing boys she knows except for a notable few like Yu and Persona Q's Zen. If offended enough, she will reflexively slap them, regardless of the other person's intentions (though she usually apologizes for it). This is done as part of how she plays with the Yamato Nadeshiko trope; she's clearly not as submissive as she seems at first glance.
  • Brutal Honesty: She doesn't hesitate to tell it like it is and not hold back either, even if she doesn't like it. Not even Chie is an exception...
  • The Cameo:
    • A 14-year-old Yukiko appears in the female protagonist route of Persona 3 Portable.
    • In Persona 5, the Amagi Inn is mentioned on a TV show that Joker can watch at LeBlanc, where she's now the owner of the inn.
  • Character Development: It should go without saying in such a game of bonds and friendship, but Yukiko's case is unique in the case of her self-esteem. In the initial stages of P4, according to Chie's dungeon, Yukiko shows signs of very low self-esteem, feeling worthless and hating herself, not even mustering up the strength to turn down even the most persistently aggressive boys at her school (without Chie). If you were unfaithful to her on Valentine's Day, she sadly admits how low her confidence is and feels that she at best, could only share you. In due time, though, with the help of her friends, she's slowly coming around to herself, taking the lead in battles (and dances), and showing surprise and a little pride in her successes.
    P4 (Inner thoughts during Chie's Shadow encounter): "...apart from inheriting the inn, I'm worthless..."
    P4:DAN (Clearing a stage with a KING CRAZY!!! rating): "Can I be more confident in myself now...?"
  • Character Select Forcing: A variant happens during a stakeout early in the game, where in Yu gets the choice to team up with Chie, Yosuke or Yukiko, but circumstances will always leave him with Yukiko — it's how her Social Link is established.
  • Chaste Hero: She often indicates that she doesn't know much about teen romance, and doesn't even seem to realize that she's turning down her suitors. However, there are plenty of signs of her crush on the protagonist.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Her initial Persona fits the theme, both from her appearance and folklore story. Yukiko provides the personality, and her ultimate ability is called "Burning Petals".
  • Childhood Friends: Aside from Chie, Yukiko and Kanji were also childhood friends due to their families' business connections.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She has, on more than one occasion, been shown to have a somewhat out there thought process. It contrasts her seemingly proper appearance.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Fitting her Ojou role, her Weapon of Choice is a fan.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In Golden, she brings a gong to the band practice intended for Chie since she assumes that she'll like it because it sounds "Chinese-ish", forgetting that it's near impossible to play one during a fast-paced song.
  • Covert Pervert: She's usually the shy one, but expresses a surprising amount of sultriness when "drunk" during the trip to Tatsumi Port Island. Beyond that, when given one of the sexier alternate costumes when in an intimate relationship in Golden, she mentions she's happy to dress up, but she would prefer it be in private....
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • Yukiko in the original 4 only does two things: keep the party's HP up or blow the shit out of Shadows with fire magic. Because most people don't keep Fire Break on endgame sets, she can turn into dead weight if the player brings her along and enemies resist fire (though healing is always welcome, especially the broken-as-hell Salvation). Golden adds Mudo spells to her S.Link level-ups, giving her more use, but even then...they're Mudo spells.
    • Persona Q2 offers some slight variation in her skill set, giving her Mudo early on, and later Makajam and Salome's Kiss for bind infliction. She is still limited greatly by the game's mechanics, as her six skill slots see heavy competition between her unique skill, three individual healing skills, her fire -dynes, and potentially Mind Charge.
  • The Cutie: Just like Rise, she has beautiful feminine looks, but once you get to know her, she's a lovable goofball and a sweetheart.
  • Ditzy Genius: While a straight-A student, she does have a particular thought process when it comes to certain topics, like taking strange delight on someone described as "legendary".
  • Dude Magnet: She's rejected so many guys by the start of the game that "the Amagi Challenge" of asking her out on a date has become something of a rite of passage at Yasogami High. It is also notable that she is the only girl in the group who all of the guys express interest in at one point or another.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: In Dancing All Night. Especially noticeable during "Snowflakes", which has its fair share of ballet tours, including a soutenu and a fouetté.
  • Fiery Stoic: Fits this trope to a tee (her main offensive element is fire and she's the demure daughter of the local innkeeper), right down to occasionally showing flashes of a much more brutal personality (most notable after scoring a critical hit). She's contrasted with Chie who similarly inverts the personality associated with An Ice Person.
  • Fire Is Red: Gifted with the powers of fire while adorned in red clothing.
  • First-Name Basis: Since she typically refers to everyone using proper and respectful honorificsExamples , the fact she simply calls Chie by only her name represents how special and familiar she is to Yukiko.
  • Girly Bruiser: Traditionally feminine, well-mannered, and the best magic-user within the team.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Has shades of this. She's traditionally feminine and well-mannered but is also a Nightmare Fetishist.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Amaterasu and Sumeo-Okami.
  • Good Parents: Implied. Her Social Link concludes with her finding out her parents and everyone at the Inn knew she was planning to leave the whole time, and that they would love and support her no matter what she chose. If romanced, they also support her marrying Yu.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chie; the two have been best friends long before the events of the game.
  • Hime Cut: Part of her Yamato Nadeshiko image is the long hair with straight bang and sidetails look.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: None of Yukiko's Personas are immune or even resistant to Darkness spells, meaning she's in serious trouble if she uses her Mudo attacks on a Shadow that reflects them.
  • Humor Dissonance: Invoked, Yukiko finds humor in the most bizarre places. Her friends just leave her be.
  • The Hyena: Her laughing fits can last for several minutes. Chie even calls her a "crazy hyena" once (or "Demon Queen" in the Japanese version). This only makes her laugh harder.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: A relatively subtle example happens in her Social Link. Despite being unhappy with the idea that her only choice in life is to inherit the inn and feeling stuck in Inaba, she politely disagrees with the reporters who call Inaba a dump and gets angry when they badmouth the inn. In the end, she realizes that she does cherish the inn and the people who work for it.
  • If Only You Knew: In Q2, during exploration dialogue, she jokingly states that Akechi is hiding a terrible secret. She has no idea that's an understatement.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: If the protagonist takes the friendship route after her Love Confession, she quickly says she has errands to run and runs off on the brink of tears. In a more lighthearted note, after her slapping Yosuke causes Yosuke to blame Chie for suggesting that Yukiko tutor him, and Chie to point out that it was his fault for asking for "private lessons," she says she has to get going.
  • Insistent Terminology: She insists on calling the dog that Chie adopted for her when they first met "Chosokabe" rather than "Muku."
  • In Vino Veritas: In fake liquor, no less; Yukiko and, with some prodding, Rise spill the beans about the secrets of the team to then-not-a-member Naoto. Naoto doesn't believe them.
  • It Seemed Trivial: Her knowledge that Adachi was at the inn spending a lot of time with Ms. Yamano just before she died is the first non-circumstantial piece of evidence the group has towards finding out his identity as the true Killer, but she doesn't make this known unless the player casts suspicion on Adachi in the first place... at the very end of the game. To be fair, none of them had thought to suspect Adachi until then.
  • I Will Wait for You: Essentially what she tells the protagonist, who is destined to leave Inaba at the end of the school year. She'll never stop loving him, and on Valentine's Day in Golden she says she'll wait for his return so they can be married.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: She wears a pink kimono while working for the inn. It and a black ceremonial kimono can be purchased as costumes for her.
  • Klingon Promotion: She says that if she had been born a boy or if there was a precedent for female leaders in Neo Featherman, she would have battled the protagonist for the Red Phoenix Ranger position with the party's Featherman get-ups. Referenced again in Ultimax, where Yukiko excitedly volunteers to take over Yukari's role after defeating her in a match.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's very elegant, and very deadly with fire spells despite being a healer. On top of that, Golden gives her the option to learn magics that cause rage or even instant death.
  • Lady of War: In accordance with her Yamato Nadeshiko exterior, she's graceful while using her fans on the battlefield.
  • Lethal Chef: To say the least, she believes that adding squid ink to chocolate would help give the treat some "character", entirely basing this assumption on how the two are of a similar color. In a more memorable instance, she somehow manages to make completely flavorless food.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Persona 4: Arena, where one of her endings involves her force-feeding her horribly ruined boxed lunch to all of her friends under the assumption that their physically-repulsed reactions to it are a sign of them being so amazed by it that they can't stand.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Before meeting Chie.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Very saddened over losing her fried tofu early on in the story, and when Teddie steals her ramen at Hagakure Ramen.
  • Love at First Sight: If romanced, she confesses this to Yu on Christmas Eve.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: When romanced, she repeatedly expresses that she's aware the protagonist will leave to return home one day, but it doesn't stop her from loving him.
  • Love Hurts: She takes the protagonist's friendship choice harder than any other girl on the Investigation Team, and leaves hints of lingering bitterness in certain costume dialog segments and on Valentine's Day. In spite of that, she's grateful for his friendship and seems to consider him her closest male friend.
  • Loving a Shadow: On the receiving end of this from some of her male admirers. Takeshi, an old friend of Chie's, is shocked to hear her "funky laugh," and accuses Chie of changing her, not realizing that Yukiko was always this way. By comparison, though, if you tell Yosuke that you're interested in Chie, he'll admit that he likes Yukiko better now that he has an idea of her Hidden Depths.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: On Valentine's Day, if she's been romanced, she says Yu will have to take her surname when they're married for the sake of the Amagi Inn.
  • Meet Cute: Technically their second meeting, but Yu runs into her when she's wearing a kimono. Subverted if the player decides not to romance her. Can be hilariously subverted anyways, as Yu can choose to say he doesn't even remember it happening.
  • Modesty Shorts: She has them under her skirt while wearing her summer outfit.
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: The smartest member of the team (save perhaps for the protagonist) is also the only one who's actually excited by getting to spend a day attending special lectures during the school trip on Tatsumi Port Island.
  • Never My Fault: In episode 20 of the anime, she joins in the other girls in chewing out the boys for their Accidental Pervert moment in the hot spring, conveniently choosing to ignore that the entire mess was Yukiko's own fault because she mixed up the times for when the boys and girls use the springs.
  • Nice Girl: While a bit kooky, Yukiko is a kindhearted girl who sincerely cares for her friends and will do anything to protect them.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Absolutely adores ghost stories, as shown in the ski trip. She's one of the few characters in Q that doesn't freak out during the Evil Spirit Club dungeon. This also provides an amusing contrast with Chie and to a lesser extent, Naoto: she likes hearing scary stories (a trait normally associated with a Tomboy) while Chie freaks out a lot.
  • Non-Indicative Name: "Yuki" is a name more often associated with "snow," whereas Yukiko uses Fire and is weak to Ice. She initially feels that it's a Meaningful Name because she's "worthless" like snow.
  • Non Sequitur: A Running Gag with her.
  • Ojou: Of a generations-old inn.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Shadow Yukiko once said she wanted to "score with a hot stud." Teddie brings it up sporadically throughout the game. He's still bringing it up in Arena which is over a year later, much to Yukiko's irritation. Especially since her inner monologue insists that she is not interested in such things. Really.
  • One-Hit Kill: Golden grants her access to the Mudo spell line via her Social Link, though said spells are as unreliable as ever.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Holds one when wearing her yukata in the opening sequence.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: In Persona Q, when Teddie takes advantage of being temporarily shrunken to look up her skirt, Yukiko's immediate response is to stomp the ground with enough force to send him flying.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Yukiko's signature color is red but her Persona, Konohana Sakuya, wears a lot of pink to go along with the cherry blossom motif. She's also wearing a pink yukata when working for her family's inn. Yukiko is the one who wears the pink Featherman Ranger costume for dungeon exploration in the Updated Re-release.
  • Playing with Fire: Yukiko's primary attack spells are fire-related and her third-tier Persona gains Burning Petals, which may well be the strongest spell in the game.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Yukiko rarely swears, so if she tells you to shut the hell up as she does to those reporters in her Social Link, you know she's angry. Shadow Yukiko's speech is practically a Cluster F-Bomb by her standards.
    • In the manga, she admits that her inn's prestige and tradition "can go to hell," as a way of admitting that a part of her did agree with her Shadow, but then says that the inn is home to her family and many of the people she cares about, which is why she genuinely wants to help them.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Her fan always returns to her hand after it's thrown.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: Inverted in Persona 3 Portable if you're the female protagonist. She makes a Future Player Character Cameo during the trip to Inaba.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She's a proper Yamato Nadeshiko while wearing black tights with her winter uniform.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has fair skin and long black hair, and has gathered quite a fan club because of her beautiful looks.
  • Red Is Heroic: She's one of the protagonists, and constantly wears a red hairband and sweater.
  • The Red Mage: Provides healing magic to the party and damaging Fire magic to the enemy.
  • Ryokan Inn: The Amagi Inn takes this appearance.
  • Saying Too Much: During the King's Game scene, in a moment of drunken silliness she accidentally spills the beans about the Shadow World and the Personas to Naoto, who doesn't believe it.
  • School Idol: Is very sought-after by the male students of Yasogami, to the point where the frequently-failed "Amagi Challenge" is based on scoring a date with her.
  • Secret Art:
    • Her unique skill in Persona Q is Inferno Boost which greatly raises her fire damage, more so than Fire Boost or Fire Amp.
    • Her unique skill in Q2 is Illusive Dance, which raises her evasion rate. This upgrades to Mirage Dance that has a higher evasion boost. Note that these skills are similar to those learned by Morgana. Yukiko also learns the Mamutudi skill which removes binds from the entire party, and no other playable individual — not even Sub-Personas — learns this.
  • Shipper on Deck: Regardless of whether Yu romances Yukiko, she thinks that Chie and Yosuke would make for a cute couple. In Q, she thinks that Kanji and Rise are perfect for each other.
  • Shrinking Violet: She appears this way at first, but as she gets more comfortable around Yu and Yosuke, her true personality traits emerge.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Seems soft-spoken and inoffensive, but has a strong will and a fierce temper. Completing her Social Link gives her the courage to use her steely side a little more.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Because of her looks, Yukiko is quite popular at school and has been asked out by A LOT of male students (including Yosuke). However, this unwanted attention only made her feel awkward and uncomfortable. She admired and depended on Chie, who would often scare off the boys who tried to pressure her into dating them. By the time she accepts her Persona, she begins to learn how to stand up and speak for herself.
  • Squishy Wizard: Probably the worst character in terms of defensive stats, but hits anything not resistant or immune to Agi like a truck.
  • Standard Status Effects: She can gain Valiant Dance (enrages all enemies) the same way, dropping evasion and defense to zero.
  • Stealth Pun: Yukiko's weapon of choice is a Japanese fan, and she specializes in fire based attacks, so you could say she's "fanning the flames".
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Chie mentions that Yukiko is popular but has never had a boyfriend, she gets flustered and protests that neither is true, before correcting herself and saying that she means that she doesn't need a boyfriend.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Wife to Chie's Child and Rise's Seductress.
  • Useless Accessory: Don't expect Amaterasu or Sumeo-Okami to ever use those katanas.
  • Verbal Backspace: In Dancing All Night, when Yosuke begins a dance with her as a partner.
    Yukiko: Yosuke-kun! For once in your life- I mean, good luck!
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Played with. She fits the archetype, then her Shadow deconstructs it and shows its opposite. She ultimately shows a modern version of this trope: soft-spoken, strong-willed and polite yet not afraid to stand up to herself and get dangerous if necessary, as an unfortunate group of paparazzi discovered.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: In The Animation, Yukiko covers her eyes to avoid seeing Kanji straddling his almost naked Shadow... badly.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: In the manga, after Yukiko accepts her shadow, she responds to Chie tearfully apologizing for her jealousy of Yukiko and vowing to get stronger by hugging her and saying "You're plenty strong already."
  • You Didn't Ask: Of the It Seemed Trivial variety. Yukiko knew from even before Mayumi Yamano's death that Adachi went to the Amagi Inn to "protect" her due to the media swarm hounding her. She doesn't bring it up until the protagonist suggests that Adachi is the Killer since it didn't seem suspicious at the time.

    Kanji Tatsumi 

Kanji Tatsumi

Arcana: The Emperor
Persona: Take-Mikazuchi, Rokuten Maoh, Takeji Zaiten (Golden)
Weapons: Shields and other large objects
Voice actors: Troy Baker (English), Matthew Mercer (English, The Animation episodes 13-26, Ultimax, Q, Dancing All Night, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle), Tomokazu Seki (Japanese)
Stage actors: Youichirou Oumi (VisuaLive and VisuaLive Evolution), Eiji Takigawa (Arena)

The youngest member of the Team, Kanji Tatsumi is a first-year at Yasogami and a delinquent whose mother runs the local textile shop. Kanji's rough exterior hides a genuinely caring, kindhearted man with a talent for handicrafts - that caused people to shun him for his "girly" hobbies and to make him hide his own sexuality.

Kanji is the team's resident Mighty Glacier, with abysmal Agility but the highest Strength and Endurance in the party. Take-Mikazuchi provides powerful Electric attacks to foes, but with a low Magic stat and small SP pool, Kanji's true assets lie in his aforementioned absurd Strength, focused on delivering physical attacks the Shadows won't get up from. He fights with assorted blunt objects, beginning with a folding chair.
When thrown into the Midnight Channel, his inner thoughts and fears generate the Steamy Bathhouse dungeon. His Shadow masquerades as him wearing nothing but a towel and speaking like a Camp Gay looking for "love". At first, he seems to taunt Kanji regarding him hiding his sexuality, but this gives way to Kanji's true fears - he's "just scared shitless of being rejected" after suffering the mockery of his peers for his hobbies. The Team defeats his Shadow and Kanji accepts his flaws.
Shadow Kanji takes on the form of his upper body atop a ridiculously masculine male form with a rose garden where the head should be, carrying two Mars symbols which it uses as weapons and flanked by two Macho Camp bodybuilders. This ludicrous exaggeration of masculinity and homosexuality is a distillation of all of Kanji's fears about his orientation.
Kanji's Persona is Take-Mikazuchi of the Emperor Arcana. A Shinto god of thunder and winner of the first sumo match in history, he was born from the blood on the sword of Izanagi after the slaying of Kagutsuchi. When Kanji's Social Link is completed, Take-Mikazuchi evolves into Rokuten Maoh, a Buddhist deity made to tempt followers from the righteous path. In Golden, Rokuten Maoh can further evolve into Takeji Zaiten, an alternate name for Rokuten Maoh. Takeji Zaiten learns the signature skill The Man's Way, which has a chance of knocking down and dizzying all foes on the field.
In his Social Link, Kanji meets a little boy who lost his friend's doll and to cheer him up, he makes him a new doll, which turns out to be so impressive the boy offers to buy more for his friends. Kanji is later accused of bullying the boy because people saw him giving money to a scary-looking man and assumed the worst, but the protagonist/Yu encourages him to tell the truth about his dolls instead of hiding it and inviting trouble from the police. Kanji learns to take pride in his hobby and opens up his own handicraft class. He gives the protagonist a cute strap from his handmade work.
During the Golden concert scene, Kanji plays drums.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the game, he took down an entire Biker Gang with a shield. In the anime, where the characters' weapons were Adapted Out in order to let the Personas do all the fighting, he beat down the same Biker Gang BAREHANDED. He's also the one to outright defeat his own Berserk Shadow with a Megaton Punch.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While the story often focuses on him being gay or straight, it's more like that he's bisexual.
    • Disregarding his Shadow, he instantly crushes on the male-presenting Naoto, which, coupled with his 'unmasculine' interests, flares up Kanji's insecurity that he might be attracted to men. But even after Naoto reveals herself to be female, he still remains attracted to her.
    • Besides Naoto, he also shows attraction towards Yu on multiple occassions, blushing when he invites him to the hot springs, or when giving him a Valentine's chocolate. His comments about Yu's clothing in the dungeons are also flirtatious sometimes. Even more explicit in "Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth", where he's totally okay with the idea of marrying Yu, as long as he plays the part of the groom. He also gets a nosebleed in the latter game, when Yosuke accidentally kisses him.
    • He never shows any interest in another man. Regardless he has been confirmed to be attracted to men by Troy Baker, his voice actor and his shadow (his true self) talks about how much he loves men. He doesn’t show attraction most other women for that matter, but does swoon alongside Yosuke over Chihiro Fushimi.
    • In the first Persona 4: Arena stage play, Kanji hits on Yu with very explicit innuendos, including wanting to see his "hospitality juice" splatter on him. It turns out to be a higher force manipulating Yu's thoughts—though you can't really fault Yu for having these thoughts to begin with, considering Kanji's attitude towards his sexuality in general.
    • When Yosuke is forced to hitch a ride back home on Kanji's back at the end of "Operation Up Close And Personal", Kanji remarks (while blushing) that this was what Yosuke meant by up close and personal. Yosuke is not amused.
  • Anger Born of Worry: He's the most upset about Naoto's Batman Gambit, in part because he has feelings for her. Rise teases him about it. In his Social Link, he also gets quite upset when he learns that his mother wasn't at the hospital because she was injured or sick, but because she took a young boy there after he got hit by a bicycle.
  • Badass Adorable: He was already badass before he joined the team; the tallest, but youngest, male of the team took down a entire gang of bikers who woke his mother up, due to making loud noises. And he has a socially awkward and endearing personality, is genuinely caring and a kindhearted teenager.
  • Badass Baritone: Thanks to Troy Baker and Matthew Mercer, Kanji's voice is the deepest of the male Investigation Team members.
  • Badass Cape: His ultimate Persona in Golden, Takeji Zaiten, has one, once his Social Link is maxed out even further.
  • Ballet: In Dancing All Night, whenever he gets paired with Yukiko.
  • Beautiful All Along: The epilogue for the true ending in Golden shows that he has stopped dyeing his hair, revealing its natural color to be dark brown. He's also had it styled into more of a corporate cut.
  • Berserk Button: Implying that he's gay. Leads to him chasing Yosuke and Chie halfway around the shopping district. He does grow out of it.
    • Any harm towards his mother, no matter how small. This guy will beat up whole biker gangs singlehandedly for keeping her up at night.
  • The Big Guy: Literally the tallest of the Investigation Team at 6'0 (6'1" in Golden) despite being the youngest, and also has one of the highest Physical stats of the party.
  • Book Dumb: It's mentioned that his school performance is abysmal; one of his tests showed off a 4 out of 100.
  • Butt-Monkey: Frequently suffers a great deal of misfortune and is often teased by the others for his hobbies, older looks, sexuality and lack of intelligence.
    • In game mechanics, he gets slapped with this at the last minute — the True Final Boss absorbs electricity, meaning he's a bad choice unless you built him solely for physical attacks or took the precaution to keep his Elec Break skill.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: To Naoto, his crush.
  • Catchphrase: People note how Kanji often yells "Damnit" whenever he is frustrated or excited. Yukiko makes fun of this in Q2 by giving him the codename "Damnit Skull".
  • Chairman of the Brawl: His default weapon is a steel folding chair. As of Arena it's become his signature weapon.
  • Character Tics: Whenever he's pumped, Kanji flexes his right elbow while putting his left hand on his right arm.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Even ignoring the Persona aspect, Kanji's physical capabilities are frankly ridiculous. Even before getting his Persona, he, a High School first year, was able to go One-Man Army on an entire biker gang and could chase them down on his bicycle.
  • Childhood Friends: Turns out he's one with Yukiko due to their families' businesses working together in the past.
  • Coat Cape: Provides the current trope picture. He wears his leather jacket on Sundays properly, though.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: He takes on a whole biker gang solo, and wins.
  • Cool Big Bro: In Q, Kanji plays the role of an older brother figure to Ken, coming to understand about his problems. Through Kanji, Ken begins to reconsider his attempt to kill Shinjiro. Hilariously, it turns out Ken sees Kanji more of a father than a brother.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He had one of these moments when he first met Teddie, even asking if he could pet the little guy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father suddenly died, and he never got to say goodbye. Then, he got bullied and ostracized by both men and women for liking feminine hobbies such as crocheting and making dolls, which drove him to act out what he thought was "manly" to compensate for this, becoming a feared delinquent. It also led to him developing a phobia towards women, since he fears of being bullied again if he publicly revealed his hobbies again.
  • Delinquent Hair: Bleaches his hair. He stops dyeing it in Golden's epilogue, but decides to dye it again in Persona 4 Golden: The Animation after being made fun of.
  • Disappeared Dad: Kanji's father is dead, long before the game started. According to Kanji's mom, Mr. Tatsumi collapsed and died when Kanji wasn't at home.
  • Does Not Like Women: Well, scared and anxious of them. He developed a phobia of women because, although he has plenty of "feminine" hobbies, they all mocked him for not behaving like a "real" man and rejected him. He found guys much easier to get along with, but at the same time he felt he had to hide those feminine aspects of his from them out of fear of being mocked. In fact, his mother noted how he actually wasn't popular with either gender. It's likely this that led to his belief he may have been gay.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: He admits later on in his route that a great deal of his behavior was out of the belief that his late father didn't think he was strong enough (based on his father telling him to "become strong") along with a misguided belief in what it means to be strong.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: As mentioned above, despite having not read Frankenstein once, he correctly discerns that the true villain is Doctor Frankenstein himself, who abandoned his "child" out of disgust and fear. Naoto could not respond to his logic.
  • Dumb Muscle: It's rather self-designated as he is neither very good at nor interested in the more intellectual processes of the investigation. That being said, even he can be surprisingly insightful.
  • Dynamic Entry: Kanji's way of saving the protagonist from danger is drop-kicking him out of the way.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Took down an entire biker gang singlehanded sometime before the events of the game, and in the anime punched his own Shadow's lights out.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The cause of his infamous beatdown of a biker gang? They were making too much noise and bothering his mother. As much as he bickers with her, Kanji clearly adores his mom.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Kanji was really excited about finding "the secret animal cracker" that Yosuke apparently ate. We're not sure why, either.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: When fog from the TV World seeps into the real world, he's the first to discover this when hearing Yukiko compare the abnormal fog to the fog there.
  • Face of a Thug: Scarred with prominent nose and ear piercings.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • His swimsuit amounts to a tiny speedo, then he ends up losing it and has to cover himself with seaweed. Thankfully, they find it.
    • When it came to the "Miss" Yasogami pageant, "Kanji-chan" (a mockup of Marilyn Monroe) received... less than favorable reactions from the crowd.
  • Foil: Kanji is a minor one to Hidetoshi Odagiri from Persona 3, who preceded him as an Emperor with a Social Link. Aside from their shared Jerk with a Heart of Gold demeanor, the two are almost exact opposites. Hidetoshi is strict and unyielding in enforcing Gekkoukan High's rules as a member of its Disciplinary Committee, while Kanji is a delinquent who has trouble with authority and doesn't care much for school. Unlike Hidetoshi who isn't involved with S.E.E.S. or putting an end to the Dark Hour, Kanji is an active member of the Investigation Team who works to stop Inaba's resident Serial Killer. Both also have absent fathers, but Hidetoshi's father is imprisoned yet ultimately alive, in contrast to Kanji's father dying before the story begins.
  • "Gender-Normative Parent" Plot: Played with, in that Kanji's mother is entirely supportive of his endeavors - it's his deceased father's advice to be strong as a man (which Kanji later admits that he misinterpreted) and the teasing from his classmates that prompt him to try and hide his talents away.
  • Genius Ditz: Time and time again, Kanji proves himself to be, while not quite stupid, far from the smartest member of the Investigation Team. Despite all this, he's very good at his arts and crafts hobbies.
  • Gonk: Due to the artstyle of the Q series, his model is a very-exaggerated Top-Heavy Guy.
  • Good Parents: Mrs. Tatsumi is depicted as kind and supportive of Kanji, and sticks up for him when a police officer suspects him of bullying children.
  • Gossip Evolution: His brawl against a biker gang just so they could stop keeping his mother up at night sparks up the rumors that he did so for a Klingon Promotion to become their leader.
  • Gradual Regeneration: In Golden, he's capable of learning the best health regeneration skills, which help offset the cost of his Physical attacks.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets angry easily over real or imagined slights, and one part of his Character Development is getting over this.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Sometimes he dons a Schott-Perfecto leather jacket with a fur collar.
  • Hidden Depths: His biggest one is his love for crocheting and making dolls. He got tormented for that by people of both genders. He's also surprisingly emotionally mature, being able to serve as a support for his friends.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: While he is naturally short-tempered, he plays up his facade as a Delinquent to seem "manly." It's justified in that he received a lot of crap from both men and women for liking feminine hobbies like crocheting and making dolls when he was younger, but it's also deconstructed in that how he acts is what he thinks as manly, which really doesn't do favors for him or everyone around him. His Social Link focuses on learning how to stay true to himself and be proud of his hobbies, no matter what people think of him. Deep down, he is an incredibly kind and soft, albeit sensitive person.
  • Humongous Mecha: His Persona takes this form, a gigantic stylized combat robot with a skeleton paint job. The evolutions are even more stylized, keeping the Mecha theme but adding molded muscles and a comically oversized Badass Mustache.
  • Improvised Weapon: Mainly shields and other large blunt objects. His starting weapon is a folding chair.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: He's reluctant to wear the Kingpin Duster because it makes him look violent, and when Yosuke teases him about it, Kanji angrily threatens to fight him, before remembering that the duster was worn by one of the bike gang members he beat up.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: During the omelette cook off, when he tries Yukiko's omelette, he initially describes the taste as "boneless" ("sterile" in the manga localization). Yukiko angrily points out that that is not a word you use to describe taste, and demands that he tell her whether it tastes good, at which point Kanji clarifies that it's because the omelet has no taste at all.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, the "Jerk" part was mostly a facade put up to mask personal insecurities, but he can be hot-tempered, rash, and dumb as rocks. He's actually a sweet young man who likes making dolls and crocheting.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: A game mechanics. Kanji learns two attacks (Cruel Attack and Vile Assault) that inflict bonus damage to a "Downed" enemy.
  • Knuckle Cracking: His idle battle animation.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After deciding to sneak into the girl's tent during the camping trip, he doesn't remember what happened after he went in and somehow woke up back at the boy's tent. Chie and Yukiko actually beat him into unconsciousness.
  • Leitmotif: The track "Time for True Revelation" from the anime seems to have become Kanji's own theme, as it plays into his Character Development into someone who's at ease with himself and people's opinions of his hobbies.
  • Literal-Minded: When told that the Killer is killing people via TV's, his initial thought is that they're physically beating them to death with one. Justified due to him not being aware yet that it’s how you enter the Midnight Channel.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: While he does get access to the full range of Zio spells, his Magic stat is very, very low. In most cases, he's better off dishing out massive Physical beatdowns. This is reflected in his Persona's appearance, looking like a superhero-themed muscleman that channels its attacks through a weapon.
  • Magic Knight: In Persona Q. To differentiate him from Shinjiro, Kanji has a bigger mix of physical and elemental attacks, but Shinjiro hits harder.
  • Meaningful Name: Kanji is named after a language system that's rather notorious for being difficult to translate, speak, or write, resulting in grave mistakes. Due to his Hidden Heart of Gold-hiding facade, he's often taken for a delinquent and a bully, but deep down he's a sweet-hearted young man who likes crocheting and making dolls, which got him bullied by both men and women for being "unmanly". More humorously, despite being Book Dumb, his messages to the protagonist are always spelled correctly and grammatically correct along with proper punctuation.
  • Mighty Glacier: Kanji has higher HP and Endurance than Chie and hits harder than her, but is a bit slower. In Q, he's the slowest party member, but quickly learns a skill that lets him move first and buffs his physical attack for a few turns.
  • Momma's Boy: Kanji really loves his mother. He is even willing to take down an entire biker gang by himself just so she can sleep well at night.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Has the highest Strength and Endurance stats in the party, and is shown to have ripped abs and well-defined shoulders (though his 3D sprite doesn't fully reflect this) compared to the slimmer Yu and Yosuke.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To his father, who collapsed and died while he wasn't home.
  • Noodle Incident: The incident where he singlehandedly beats down a biker gang, which is briefly shown in the original opening sequence.
  • Nosebleed:
    • Suffers one after seeing Chie and Yukiko in bikinis for the first time, the twist being that it's probably because Chie and Yukiko beat him into unconsciousness the night before - Kanji had a concussion!
    • Gets one in the anime during the school's beauty pageant, when he sees Naoto being reluctant to come out on stage also in a bikini.
    • He also gets one after Naoto crashes into him while skiing down a snowy hill; when he finds Naoto on top of him, he responds this way.
    • However, it's hilariously subverted the first time he sees Rise in a bikini due to his utter disinterest in her.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Oddly enough, Kanji is this towards Rise: despite his crush on Naoto and his acknowledgment of Chie and Yukiko's good looks, he seems almost confused at the idea that he might find Rise attractive. Rise, for her part, seems almost insulted by this, as noted when he sees her in a bikini.
    Rise: Wait, Kanji. How come you're not getting a nosebleed over me?
    Kanji: Huh? Why would that happen?
    Rise: What?!
  • No True Scotsman: His identity issues are mostly caused by his love of cute and flamboyant things and delicate artistry. Most people, especially girls, considered this improper behavior for a man.
    Shadow Kanji: [mockingly] "But you're a guy." "You don't act like a guy." "Why aren't you manly?" [angry] What does it mean to be "a guy"? What does it mean to be "manly"?
  • Not What It Looks Like: Kanji ends up in this situation when someone thought he bullied a young boy into giving him money when actually the boy was buying a doll he made. It gets the police on him, but with the help of his friends, he reveals the truth of the situation.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Although he didn't try to do this himself, the news report he appears on does a very poor job of disguising his identity since only his eyes are blurred out and anyone even remotely familiar with his appearance recognized him on sight. This even extends to his Shadow appearing on the Midnight Channel which despite having a very blurred-out and blanked silhouette, the team still recognized him and correctly predicted that he was the next target.
  • Punch a Wall: His reaction to Nanako's death is to punch the wall and scream in anguish.
  • Quit Your Whining: He tells the other Investigation Team members to stop beating themselves over Nanako's hospitalization, saying that obsessing over how things should have gone won't do any good.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His conflict. He believes real men certainly do not.
  • Secret Art:
    • His unique skill in Persona Q is Uprising which increases the damage he deals to enemies with higher health.
    • His unique skill in Q2 is Machismo Wall, which lets him take hits for the whole party and reduces any incoming damage this way. This upgrades to Machismo Barrier, with greater damage reduction.
  • Secret Keeper: In Q, Kanji is one of the few members of the P4 cast that knows about Ken's mom's death. Part of the B-plot of the P4 side is how he's going to handle said secret.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Male version; he ditches his thug look for a more business casual attire in the Golden True Ending.
  • Shield Bash: How he attacks when using his shields. And prior to the game's story, he also did this to a biker gang because they were annoying the hell out of his mom by making a huge racket outside Kanji's house late at night. Around the same time, a shield from Daidara's Metalworks was missing...
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers one to Adachi, in response to his Hannibal Lecture.
    Kanji: You're the only boring one here! If you wanna disappear, go ahead! Stop dragging us into it!
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Though nobody on the team is necessarily averse to swearing, Kanji curses the most by a long shot, especially when angry.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: To Naoto. After her gender is revealed, he still shows signs of attraction and is relieved to discover that she had been a girl the entire time.
  • Taking the Bullet: His skill set in Persona Q2 lets him function as a party tank as his signature skill lets him take hits for the whole party, and his HP and Endurance are high enough for him to take all that punishment. The uniquity wears off towards the late-game as other party members (especially Ryuji, who has a very similar stat spread and elemental specialization) can learn All Guard to fill a similar role.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Invoked when Kanji describes the dolls he makes as "So cute they'll give you diabetes".
  • Tattooed Crook: Downplayed; he's a Japanese Delinquent with a tattoo of a black skull on his left arm.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: As part of his critical hit, he hurls his shield/piece of furniture at a foe.
  • Unmanly Secret: This is his main issue. His mother owns a textile shop, and he likes to make little dolls for people, which directly contrasts from the tough badass persona that he tries to project to people. His entire character arc/Social Link is about learning to overcome his hangup about this and accept himself as a whole.
  • Unusual Euphemism: The word "gay" is never said in-game, which leads to some odd phrasings. Chie finally flat out says it in the English dub of the anime.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Kanji was apparently far less angry and focused on appearing "tough" as a child, as his mother and Yukiko (who was acquainted with him when he was younger) point out.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Downplayed, but he was visibly choked up when repeating how his mom said she and his father were proud of him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He calls Naoto out on her plan to lure the killer out. Rise teases him about his attraction to Naoto, while Yukiko defends Naoto's strategy, saying that without her, they wouldn't have realized that the culprit is still active.
  • Younger Than They Look: At 15, he's actually the youngest of the team, despite appearing to be the oldest. Ends up getting Played for Laughs in Golden when the gang decides to ride motorcycles: Kanji is forced to ride a bicycle since he's the only one not old enough to get his motorcycle license.

    Rise Kujikawa 

Rise Kujikawa

Arcana: The Lovers
Persona: Himiko, Kanzeon, Kouzeon (Golden)
Weapons: N/A
Voice actors: Laura Bailey (English), Ashly Burch (English, Dancing All Night), Rie Kugimiya (Japanese)
Stage actors: Yuriya Suzuki (VisuaLive Evolution), Natsuko Aso (Arena)
A teenage Idol Singer nicknamed "Risette" ("Risechi" in the Japanese version), she suddenly retires from her work and moves to Inaba to help her grandmother's tofu shop, enrolling in Yasogami as a freshman. Despite being genuinely cheerful and bubbly, Rise is frustrated at her fans seeing her as Risette rather than her true self.
Rise serves a Mission Control role for the Team, taking over from Teddie after they both gain their Personas. Himiko allows her to scan the enemy for weaknesses and resistances. As she levels up, her Persona gains new skills that further augment her scanning abilities or allow her to provide passive buffs to the party.
The third rescue subject of the Investigation Team, her Midnight Channel dungeon is the Marukyu Striptease, wherein her Shadow appears as her in a flashy gold bikini and teases a lot about showing off her "stuff". This all stems from Rise's fear that everyone stereotypes her as an airheaded, indecent pop star, while in truth she just wants to be loved for who she is. Shadow Rise possesses analytical skills that allows it to predict the party's every move, eventually making it impossible to beat; it takes an inexplicable surge of power from Teddie to defeat it. Rise comes to terms with her Shadow and it becomes her Persona, but at the same time Teddie's existential doubt comes to a head and his Shadow emerges. Rise takes Teddie's place as Mission Control and helps the party defeat it, then she joins the Investigation Team.
Rise's Shadow takes on the form of a naked woman dangling from a striptease pole with technicolor flesh and a fractal satellite dish where her face should be. She constantly shouts for the party to look at her, embodying Rise's concern about being exploited.
Her Persona is Himiko of the Lovers Arcana. Himiko was a shaman queen of Yamataikoku, a country with the islands that would eventually become Japan. Strict yet peaceful, Himiko was so beloved by the people of Yamataikoku that the king who became the ruler after her demise was ignored by the country's citizens. Upon completing Rise's Social Link, Himiko evolves into Kanzeon, the Japanese name for the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion, Guan Yin. In Golden, Kanzeon can eventually evolve into Kouzeon, an alternate translation of Kanzeon. She learns the skill Complete Analysis, which instantly reveals the elemental weaknesses and resistances of all enemies.
In her Social Link, Rise is continuously pestered by her past manager to return to showbiz despite her misgivings. She reveals that as a child she was a shy bully magnet, until her debut as a star, which she thought would help her win some friends; what she saw was people seeing her more as "Risette" than her true self. Eventually, after numerous reminders of her past, Rise realizes "Risette" is still an aspect of herself she shouldn't discard and resolves to return to showbiz come spring, evolving her Persona. She gives the protagonist/Yu a signed photo of herself genuinely smiling. Like the other girls, a romantic relationship can be pursued with Rise in the later stages of her Link, but she very clearly has a crush on Yu and will flirt with him numerous times regardless of whether a relationship is actually taken with her.
During the Golden concert scene, Rise fronts the team as lead singer.

  • Action Initiative: In Q and Q2 her signature skill as a navigator is Spotlight, which lets a party member move before any other combatant.
  • A-Cup Angst: A rather odd twist on this trope. Rise, while not having a particularly small or large chest, is pretty well endowed compared to other girls (especially by the time of the Golden epilogue), and seems to take great pride in it, so much so that she gets jealous whenever someone turns out to have even bigger breasts than her.
    • She notes that her shadow appears to have a bigger chest than her when Yosuke, Yu and Kanji question her about said Shadow's first appearance on the midnight channel, and is a little embaressed about it.
    • During the check-up at the hospital, when Teddie and Yosuke threaten to reveal everyone's measurements, Rise does not mind, claiming her bust is 2 cm smaller than what her agency prints. Her breasts are still seemingly bigger than Yukiko or Chie's, which she teases them about. However, when she sees Naoto's measurements, she is shocked and tries to question if it is measured wrong, seemingly out of jealousy that someone has bigger breasts than her.
    • Also in Dancing All Night, when Rise sees how extremely well-endowed Kanami is. She lashes out in jealousy and accuses Kanami of getting breast implants (note: in the Japanese version, she is simply shocked that Kanami's breasts have grown even bigger than in the last time she saw her). In this case, Rise's breasts have grown larger since the events of Persona 4, and she is seemingly proud of having naturally large breasts, causing her to become jealous that Kanami managed to surpass her in that regard.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Rise is very forward in her attraction with Yu. When he maxes out her Social Link, she'll ask him if he has a stash of porn in his room. If he says no, she'll offer him pictures of her in swimsuits.
  • Anger Born of Worry: When Teddie returns to the group after a long absence shortly after the group discovers that Adachi is the killer, Rise pulls this off, hugging him and crying while chewing him out for disappearing:
    Rise: You idiot! Bad bear! Bad! You're so late! Who do you think you are?!
  • Ass Kicks You: In episode 15 of the anime, she knocks Yukiko off of Yu's lap this way.
  • Attention Whore: Her Shadow - Fan Disservice incarnate. Outside the stage, Rise would rather just stay away from the public spotlight.
  • Badass Adorable: Right after accepting her Shadow and gaining her Persona, she helps the team defeat Shadow Teddie while still being injured and still looks undeniably cute doing it.
  • Beehive Barrier: Once her Social Link is high enough, she and her Persona can form these around the Team on occasion to protect them from enemy attacks.
  • Buxom Is Better: Despite not having an especially large chest in Persona 4, between the True Ending and the new epilogue in Golden, Rise's breasts grow substantially larger and by the events of the epilogue, she possesses the biggest bust of the group. Her outfit in the epilogue takes advantage of this, as it sports a cleavage window which her breasts spill out of, likely emphasizing them as part of Rise's appeal. Her outfit in Dancing All Night also flaunts her cleavage, and in Persona 5, it's noted that she's gained a lot of sex appeal. While her outfit in her poster of Sapphire isn't especially revealing, it nonetheless easily shows off her large breasts.
  • The Cameo: She appears in Persona 5 on posters for one of her works titled "Sapphire", which can be seen by Joker around subway stations. She's even metioned on a specific show on the TV at LeBlanc.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Her Social Link in vanilla Persona 4 ends with her receiving a fan letter from a girl, whom she's giving advice to be braver and less shy, thanking her and telling stories that she made some friends. Rise then resolves she's needed as Risette not only as an entertainment figure but also as moral support and role model. In Golden, said girl sends her another letter that invokedher friends hate Risette, and if she doesn't stop liking Risette, then they will stop being her friends. Rise accordingly feels dejected, but she presses on with her career anyway.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Appears at the beginning of the game in a commercial - other than Igor and Margaret in the opening cutscene, she's the very first character ever seen.
    • Her grandmother's tofu shop is also seen at the shopping district.
  • The Chick: Far and away the most estrogen-fueled member of the main cast, complete with a tendency to cry a lot. Even Yukiko, a feminine Yamato Nadeshiko, has an air of restraint about her feminine wills.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She isn't fond Of Yu's relationship with Marie and gets jealous whenever the two are close. In Q, Rise is the most vocal whenever Yu is paired up with anyone who isn't her.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Unlike Yukiko and Chie, who are outright Lethal Chefs, Rise isn't that bad of a cook; she just makes everything very spicy.
  • Contrived Coincidence: In Golden, the fact that she's a famous idol is really convenient when Yosuke needs the team to replace a concert event at Junes, otherwise, his father gets fired.
  • Covert Pervert: During her New Year's Day date with the protagonist in Golden, Rise will mention that the two of them will be alone if they go back to her place and trails off. She then says "raise your hand if you're thinking of something dirty" and she immediately raises her own hand.
  • Crocodile Tears: Chie lampshades her attempts at this, noting how she immediately stops when Nanako praises her omelet. Played with in Dancing All Night's optional prologue, when Rise seemingly starts crying over how difficult it has been to make a comeback. While the other Investigation Team members suggest that she's faking it, Inoue points out that her eyes were red when she asked for him to let her friends participate. Subverted when Teddie returns to the group shortly after the discovery that Adachi is the killer, where she hugs Teddie and starts bawling; when Teddie asks if she's faking it, Rise makes it clear she's not.
  • Cry into Chest: When she realizes that her jealousy over a new idol is because Risette is a part of her, she breaks down crying. The protagonist/Yu can do this optionally in response, which makes the Social Link romantic.
  • The Cutie: Despite her beautiful looks and bubbly personality, she seems to intentionally play this up to keep the rest of the team in high spirits.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • She gets kidnapped and locked away by General Teddie in the first Arena game because her Persona's scanning abilities would immediately have revealed him as a fake.
    • In Q2 she has been poisoned by a strange plant when meeting up with the P4 team, hampering her ability to navigate them towards an exit. She gets better after everyone returns to the movie theater and Margaret can prepare some proper medicine.
  • Dead Hat Shot: In the anime, the same night Yu sees Shadow Rise present her show on the Midnight Channel, Rise's phone with the ganmodaki toy strap is seen on the floor in the rain outside her shop, indicating that she has already been kidnapped.
  • Deuteragonist: Fitting for the idol singer in the spin-off about dancing, she becomes this in Dancing All Night, being the one who taught the Investigation Team their moves, being the designated leader of the story mode's B-Team- the younger members and Teddie- and the Coup de Grace at the end of the Final Boss is following a three-way performance between Yu, Kanami, and her.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In Golden, if the protagonist/Yu puts on the Bath Towel costume and then talks to Rise, she will ask you to put some clothes on because she can't concentrate.
  • The Ditz: Subverted: she acts "bubbly" to keep people's spirits up, and to have fun. She is quite emotionally intelligent (insights into human nature, good at reading groups and people) and more down-to-earth than one might expect.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Rise is going to flirt with Yu. A lot. Far, far above and beyond every other girl. Even if he turns down her romancenote . Even in the Golden epilogue, months after the conclusion of the game.
  • Doing It for the Art: In-Universe: In Golden, she limits her role for the Junes Concert to "singing and handshakes only", as to not get in trouble with her agency and that she's meant to be a normal student.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": In Persona Q, she tells Fuuka that she doesn't need to be so formal around her since Rise's actually a year younger than Fuuka (actually three years, given the time gap). Amusingly, in the localization of the manga, Fuuka almost stammers out a "Yes, ma'am" before saying "Okay."
  • Dude Magnet: Due to being an idol she has a countless number of male fans and admirers. She‘s even noted to be in the running for most popular girl at school against Yukiko, who before Rise’s arrival was well noted to be this, to the point it’s often discussed among students of the school. It probably helps that due to being the resident Ms. Fanservice, her good looks are brought up often. Kanji is probably one of the few guys who are not attracted to her in any way.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite accidentally convincing her manager to work with Kanami and nearly destroying her own career, she's managed to bring her career back successfully by the time of Dancing All Night, and is still working severalyears later, as posters of her can be seen prominently displayed in Tokyo in Persona 5.
  • Fan Disservice: Shadow Rise/Risette, as she appears on the Midnight Channel, is very sexually forward. Like other Shadows, this trait is a part of Rise's personality, but her Shadow turns it way up.
    • Shadow Rise first appears in just her underwear, says she's going to strip down naked, and is incredibly flirtatious. However, this attitude is portrayed as strange and disturbing, because the real Rise is nothing like that, even as Risette.
    • Her boss battle has Shadow Rise moaning lustfully, even when she's attacked. Even Yosuke finds it off-putting instead of tittilating.
  • Fangirl: Of the protagonist/Yu.
  • Fanservice Pack: Her chest grows quite a bit in the epilogue, if the character portrait is anything to go by.
  • Genki Girl: When she's first introduced, Rise is dispirited and acts rather dull, but after being rescued, she blossoms into this, becoming one of the most cheerful and energetic of the group.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Which she ditches, at least temporarily, in the Golden epilogue.
  • Graceful Loser:
    • If she isn't romanced by Valentine's Day, she'll cheerfully hand Yu some friendship chocolate.
    • The player has options many times over during her Social Link to turn away her advances - surprisingly, she almost always takes rejection extremely well, and the player needs not to fear offending or saddening her by refusing her most of the time. At Rank 8, if you choose not to hug her (the decision necessary to turn the social link romantic), she won't even consider it a rejection but will reach the same realization that she does if you hug her.
  • Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: She's tired of playing Risette, but she cares a lot about her fans, and will occasionally humor them.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Shadow Rise. After taking off enough of her health- even if you empty her entire health bar- she will use Supreme Insight on her next turn, rendering her invulnerable to all attacks. A few rounds later, the battle ends and progresses onward.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Manages to dupe an entire swarm of her fans into thinking that she's an old lady by simply donning work clothes and keeping her head down.
  • I Am Not Spock: Invoked. When most people look at her they only see Risette, much to her frustration.
  • I Can't Sense Their Presence: A variation at the end of the game. While she is able to sense that Adachi is in the TV World, she can't pinpoint his exact location.
  • Idol Singer: She's one before the events of the game, but gives it up to work in her family's tofu shop. Her social link has her coming to terms with the fact that she enjoyed being an idol, even if she was burned out. Dancing All Night focuses on this aspect.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Subverted if you complete her Social Link — she eventually realizes Risette is still a part of her and decides to come back to showbiz in the spring.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Her biggest desire, as revealed through her social link, and her ultimate motivation for becoming an idol singer.
  • Image Song: "True Story" from Persona 4: The Animation, which carried over into Golden. It even received a localized version performed by Laura Bailey.
  • In Vino Veritas: In fake liquor, no less; Yukiko and, with some prodding, Rise spill the beans about the secrets of the team to then-not-a-member Naoto. Naoto doesn't believe them.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for Naoto trying to lure out the kidnapper, saying that her accusing Naoto of thinking of the investigation as a game drove her to it (since Naoto remarks that "this is not a game for me, either" the last time the Investigation Team saw her).
  • Kawaiiko: Fits both the "need for social acceptance" and "calculated step to stardom" criteria, but in a well-meaning way. She created her "Risette" persona hoping to find genuine friends, having been a bully magnet as a child, only to realize that people gravitate more to "Risette" than her real self, prompting her early retirement. While she initially passed off as a bit surly when the party first met her in person, once she opened up to them (and joins their True Companions) she turns out to be a genuinely bubbly Nice Girl.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When you pick the most agreeable dialogue choice during one of her Social Link events, she laughs and tells you it's bad to tell people only what they want to hear, which can often be a profitable strategy for completing Social Links.
  • Lethal Chef: Not as awful as the others, her food is just REALLY spicy. She will give the player chocolate with habanero and durian on Valentine's Day in an effort to do something different. On the other hand, during the Omelette Cook-Off, one bite of Rise's omelet made Yukiko choke and pass out on the spot.
  • Loving a Shadow: Rise has come to realize that many people like Risette, her persona as an idol, rather than the real Rise, such as all the people who started talking to hereafter her debut. In the end, though, she comes to realize that even Risette is part of her.
  • Made of Iron: When everyone else got their Personas, they were exhausted for days afterward before they could use them. When she got hers, not only could she immediately use it and save everyone from Shadow Teddie, but she did it without the Teddie glasses. Golden takes it one step further, where she can protect the entire party from attacks, even instant kills.
  • Mind over Matter: How she breaks her Persona card.
  • Mission Control: Takes over the role once Teddie joins the active party.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Played straight and deconstructed for her shadow. While she's more confident in her body than the other girls and has no problem entering the school's beauty pageant, she also fears that those around her only like her for her "Risette" persona.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • When Rise tells her manager she's done with show business once and for all, the manager expresses that he'll probably never find anyone as naturally talented and gifted as her. When Rise realizes that her talent and success was all her doing, and not Risette, she realizes she threw her career away and is devastated.
    • She also regrets accusing Naoto of treating the case like a game. Since Naoto insisted that it wasn't the case the last time they saw her before Naoto's kidnapping, Rise briefly assumes that she drove Naoto into trying such a reckless plan.
  • No-Sell: For one-time only in every single battle, she's capable of taking any multi-target attack that would kill at least one party member. This includes instant kills (like Mahama and Mamudo) and a 9999 Megidolaon from Margaret! And she keeps buffing you up like nothing's happened!
  • Not So Different:
    • From Yukiko during the King's Game. When both of them were "drunk" off their asses, they joined forces in making the game as lewd and sexual as possible. In fact, the two of them turn it into a full-blown harem in the anime, along with a mortified Chie.
    • Get lost with Rise during the ski trip in Golden, and at one point Teddie will come to the conclusion that she is this in relation to her own Shadow.
      Teddie: Rise-chan… Don't tell me… Were you waiting for an audience!? What daring lovers…! H-How shameless! You're no different from your Shadow!
  • No, You: A relatively serious example happens when Naoto concludes that the Investigation Team's "game" will be over, prompting Rise to say that Naoto's the one thinking of it as a game.
  • Oblivious to Her Own Description: Initially this if you take her to the Summer Festival. She wins a phone strap with a character attached to it, which she calls ugly, ...only to recognize it's modelled after herself.
  • Older Than They Look: On a poster for her new single named "Sapphire" in Persona 5, she doesn't look much different at 20-21 then she did at the end of Persona 4 at 16. However, an Easter Egg in an In-Universe TV show aired on 7/1 remarks that "she's really gained a lot of sex appeal since she hit 20", meaning that the poster's design may have been an Invoked example.
  • One True Love: While Rise is a bit of a tease, pursuing a relationship with her will show that she is legitimately a romantic.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite the grim nature of the case, Rise is constantly remaining positive and attempts to boost the morale of the team. This aspect of her character gets tested during her Social Link where it's shown that she's also a bit of a Stepford Smiler.
  • Pride Before a Fall: During the hospital check-up. While her breasts are not as big as her agency portrays, she still has naturally larger breasts than Yukiko or Chie, which she proceeds to tease them about, but not before finding out Naoto's measurements and going into denial out of shock.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Naoto in response to Naoto condescendingly saying that the Investigation Team's game will be over, a speech Rise eventually comes to regret.
    Rise: A game? Aren't you the one who thinks of this as a game? [Naoto gasps] I don't care if you're a special investigator or an amateur sleuth... All you're doing is solving mysteries. What could you possibly know about us? You're the one who's playing a game here.
  • Red Is Heroic: She has red hair, and is one of the game's protagonists.
  • Rescue Romance: She begins to hero-worship of the protagonist after the team rescues her from her dungeon. She's the only girl who will flirt with him regardless of how far you've progressed in her Social Link.
  • Self-Duplication: Can form duplicates of herself to shield her teammates in battle.
    • Her Shadow does this in the anime to deliver some rather brutal verbal bullying on the original.
  • Sensor Character: Her second-level Persona, Kanzeon, is the trope image.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl:
    • Her Shadow is way too eager to expose herself to the world. While still in normal form, it's just Rise in a two-piece swimsuit. During the boss battle, however, the moans and gestures get a bit disturbing. Even Yosuke wonders if he should be excited or worried.
    • Extends to Rise herself. She reacts indifferently when Teddie reveals her measurements, saying it's been public knowledge for a while now.
  • She Is All Grown Up: According to an interview in Persona 5, she's at least in her twenties by this time.
  • She's Got Legs: Said by Kanji, Yosuke accorded that she has "beautiful, slim legs."
  • Shipper on Deck: She often teases Kanji on his feelings for Naoto and finds many ways to get the two together such as pairing them together during the ski trip. In Q, she tasks the P3 protagonists to look after Yukari after she has a heart-to-heart talk with the latter.
  • Shrinking Violet: Before she became an idol.
  • Sincerity Mode: When Teddy shows up near the end of the game and she's so angry and relieved that she starts crying.
    Teddy: Um, Rise-chan? Are you faking?
    Rise: No, stupid!
  • Stepford Smiler: Progressing through her Social Link reveals that "Risette" was constructed as an attempt to make friends due to her past as a bully magnet. Although she says that she feels hollow, she does indeed have a personality but simply doesn't realize that her different "constructed" demeanors are actually all authentic facets of it.
  • Support Party Member: Her powers aren't suited to direct combat, but she is more than capable of providing buffs and regeneration, spotting weak points, and performing non-combat tasks like searching out the next murder victim. In Golden, if you get lucky, she'll simultaneously charge and focus the whole party, even members who can't do so on their own.
  • The Tease: Though not overtly as most examples, Rise is very direct with her flirtations with Yu.
    • To quote Chie after Rise uses her charms to divert the conversation away from more depressing matters:
      Chie: Damn, this girl's dangerous....!
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Seductress to Chie's Child and Yukiko's Wife.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Golden, her support abilities allow her to inflict extra damage on enemies during special All-Out Attacks and, in Arena Ultimax, Elizabeth helps awaken her Persona's direct combat abilities, finally allowing her to become a front-line fighter.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Persona 4: Dancing All Night features her on the limited edition box cover with Yu, most posters have her share prominence with Yu over other members of the team, and she was the first character to show up in the first teaser trailer. She was also the only character to be given a Dollfie Dream ball-jointed-doll. Given that she's an idol in a dancing spin-off game, a lot of the marketing and storylines naturally went to her.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: She regrets giving Naoto a "The Reason You Suck" Speech on July 11, and during the fireworks festival a month and a half later, expresses a desire to apologize so they don't part on bad terms now that the case is apparently over. In the manga, she apologizes to Naoto during the fight with Naoto's Shadow.


Teddie (Kuma)
Click here to see his human form 

Arcana: The Star
Persona: Kintoki-Douji, Kamui, Kamui-Moshiro (Golden)
Weapons: Claws
Voiced by: Dave Wittenberg (English, original game), Sam Riegel (English, all installments thereafter and replaces Wittenberg in Golden), Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese)

Teddie is a denizen of the Midnight Channel, taking the form of a talking bear mascot that actually has nothing inside. In the early stages of the game, he helps the party navigate the TV World and exposits about the nature of the fog and Shadows. During summer break, he leaves the TV and is revealed to have grown a human body - from then, he freely explores Inaba with the rest of the group and takes up residence with Yosuke. While friendly and cheerful, Teddie is also rather selfish and whiny, constantly annoying the party with his antics. He seems to have some sort of amnesia and doesn't really know what he is or what to do with his life.

He initially acts as Mission Control before both he and Rise gain their Personas. He then joins in combat, equipped with claws, knuckles and other hand implements. He serves another Red Mage role, like Yukiko, but is focused on Ice damage rather than Fire. He's slightly inferior to Yukiko in both damage and healing, so he focuses more on status buffs, debuffs, and curing detrimental effects.
After saving the party from Rise's Shadow almost at the cost of his life, his fears of having a superficial existence manifests into his Shadow. Shadow Teddie taunts Teddie about his hollowness and meaningless existence before mocking the rest of the Team, claiming their search for the truth is fruitless. After being saved, Teddie gains a Persona, allowing him to participate in fights more actively.
Teddie's Shadow is a much larger version of him, with a crack in its face showing something squirming under the surface, a visualization of Teddie's fears about his origin. It is implied that Teddie's Shadow was somehow hijacked by the endgame boss, the supporting evidence being his Shadow's baleful eye floating in the emptiness inside him being identical to the eyes possessed by said boss's avatar. Outright confirmed in the anime - when fighting Shadow Teddie, Rise scans the eye and detects a presence hiding inside it. Using her visor, we can see an image of the boss's avatar itself, which appears in Episode 25.
His persona is Kintoki-Douji, a hero from Japanese folklore who wielded a tomahawk (referenced by the Tomahawk missile), grew up on a mountain, defeated a powerful Oni known as Shuten-douji, and became a retainer to the legendary warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu. After completing Teddie's social link, Kintoki-Douji evolves into Kamui, derived from "kamuy," the Ainu word for "bear." In Ainu mythology, bears are incarnations of powerful spirits, and the Arrow missile references the practice of Iomante, where a bear is returned to the spirit world by ritual sacrifice with arrows. In Golden, Kamui can evolve further into Kamui-Moshiri, derived from "Kamuy-Mosir," the home of the Ainu gods and spirits.
During the Golden concert scene, Teddie plays the tambourine.
  • Adventure Rebuff: Initially kicks Yosuke, Chie and the protagonist out of the TV World because of how dangerous it is for them there. Later, he argues that the fact that they insist on coming back means they are the culprits behind the murders and refuses to trust them and only changes his mind when they swear to capture the real culprit. Later deconstructed with the realization that Teddie never actually wanted them to leave—secretly, he was lonely and wanted human company, but was too filled with compassion and self-loathing (assuming that he is a Shadow) to accept them.
  • Almost Kiss: An optional scene in Golden has this happen between him and Yu. They're interrupted by a returning Dojima.
  • Anti-Nihilist: Teddie represents "Emptiness" just as Adachi does, but from the opposite perspective. While Adachi sees Emptiness as an excuse to say life has no point, Teddie (through the party) comes to understand that being empty is not a bad thing. Because it means you can fill your life with something good and create your own meaning.
  • Ascended Demon: Teddie was once a Shadow just like most of the enemies of the game, but gains a Persona and eventually a human body.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: The only guy from the Team who can actually look convincingly female as shown in the "Miss" Yasogami pageant. One of the judges openly even says "I'd hit that". This possibly includes Yu in Golden, evidenced by their potential Almost Kiss.
  • Badass Adorable: Played straight in bear form, and ditto for his human form.
  • Badass Cape: On all three of his Personas, and his human form in Dancing All Night wears a golden cape.
  • Beary Friendly: He's the nicest guy you'll ever meet.
  • Beary Funny: He's a bear who's constantly played for comic relief throughout the series.
  • Big Eater: He ate 11 bowls of ramen in one sitting and it's implied he spends all of his Junes wages on Topsicles.
  • Big "NO!": In the game, after Yu pushes him, he yells this while struggling to get up.
  • Bishōnen: His human form is very, very pretty.
  • Brutal Honesty: In the Omelette Cook-Off after tasting Chie's omelette, he says, "Wow, this tastes awful!", said in one of the cheeriest tones imaginable.
  • Cartoon Bomb: As part of the "Junes Bomber" attack he can perform with Yosuke, he drops one themed after him.
  • Casanova Wannabe:
  • The Charmer: Well, he tries to be. And in human form, he manages it to people who don't know him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's quite perverted, yes, but he's still a Nice Guy who's loyal to his friends.
  • Closet Sublet: It's revealed in Persona Q that he sleeps in Yosuke's closet.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In the manga, Kintoki-Douji loses badly against a mind-controlled Izanagi during the fight with Kunino-Sagiri. While Izanagi is an Adaptational Badass, this makes sense, since Teddie's weak against electricity, which happens to be Izanagi's primary element.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique:
    • Played for Laughs. His Superultramegahyperuber Teddie Nose can pick up even the slightest scent. But after three minutes, he gets an ungodly amount of snot.
      Rise: Eww! [pushes Teddie]
    • Played straight with... whatever that was he uses to defeat Shadow Rise.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's actually a Shadow.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: During the quiz show, he refers to the finale as the "Last Ultimate Finale". Yosuke points out that they all mean the same thing.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Played for Laughs on both accounts:
    • During the Junes week, he spends his jobs in the food court kitchens wearing his bear costume, which happens during a heatwave. This comes to a head when he ends up still like this when cooking with the meat griddle. Yosuke's impressed that he's still conscious from the extreme heat.
    • After he snuck onto the school trip to Tatsumi Port Island via saving up money from Junes to buy a train ticket, he realises at the end of the trip that he forgot to save up for a return ticket.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": "Kuma" Is Japanese for "bear", so in the Japanese version he's a Bear Named "Bear". His English name Teddie is more in the spirit of A Lizard Named "Liz".
  • Eat the Dog: Played for Laughs during the ski trip. During a topic regarding meat, the group looks at Teddie, who can only freak out, believing they want to eat him.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His Follow-Up Attack and Cavalry Attack.
  • Expy: Was designed as a Decon-Recon Switch of the classic Japanese children's character Doraemon.
  • Fetch Quest: Starting with Kanji, he asks for more information on the missing person due to not getting a good scent. Averted in the anime, where he's simply presented with something that belonged to the victim.
  • Flipping Helpless: When Yosuke knocks him over during their first meeting, Teddie is rendered completely helpless and struggles to get back up under his power.
  • Foil: To Ryoji Mochizuki from Persona 3. Like Ryoji, Teddie is a Shadow who lost memory of who he really is. And due to their growing attachment to humanity and the human world, which causes them to develop an attractive human form. They also both tend to be a Handsome Lech, with a habit of flirting around with the girls. Unlike Ryoji, however, Teddie is far less successful with the ladies as while he is conventionally attractive in his human form, his constant flirting tends to be extremely annoying and off-putting in contrast to Ryoji being a Nice Guy all the way. And while Ryoji is a Tragic Monster whose role to be the "Harbinger of the Fall" destined to bring about the end of humanity, Teddie manages to have a happy ending as a protector of humanity alongside his friends.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The girls are annoyed by his constant flirting, the guys are exasperated by his complete lack of shame, and everyone hates his badly-timed jokes or complaints, often insulting him or outright ignoring him. But when push comes to shove, he is part of the team, and the gang really love him despite his insanity.
  • Friend to All Children: When he becomes the unofficial mascot of Junes, he's seen giving out balloons to children. He's also the third-closest to Nanako besides Ryotaro and the protagonist, who's the main reason why he continues to live in the real world by making a promise to her, and he takes her death extremely hard. He's also popular with the general children populace as evidenced in Golden, as Nanako reveals that everyone at her school made Teddiemen.
  • Funny X-Ray: An X-Ray reveals that he has no skeleton, dumbfounding many doctors.
  • Genius Ditz: He's often clueless about the human world and is often seen as annoying to his friends, but when it comes to locating people and the Midnight Channel, he's able to outclass Rise at least once and comes up with a very plausible explanation about how the Midnight Channel works on the real world's side after watching it with Yosuke. He's also very skilled at making fog-clearing glasses on the fly.
  • Good Counterpart: To Adachi. (See Anti-Nihilist above.) Rise herself even says it.
    Rise: "Teddie's a Shadow who blended in with us. Adachi on the other hand, is a human who likes watching people suffer.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His human form had light blond hair, and he is very sweet and innocent in the ways of the world.
  • Handsome Lech: The "handsome" part only applying to his human form.
  • Heroic BSoD: He suffers one upon Nanako's apparent death, to the extent that he leaves the team. He returns upon discovering that Nanako survived.
  • Heroic Resolve: When he returns to the hospital room where Nanako is resting, he realizes that despite his nature, there must still be something he can do. Then his Persona evolves and he runs to meet with the team again.
  • Hero-Worshipper: A mild case of it once the protagonist earns his Persona. It's implied that by the end of the game it's been developing into full emotional attachment.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He is a Shadow that turned himself into a cute bear mascot and eventually grew himself a human body inside his empty bear suit so people would like him. When Naoto takes him to be examined in a hospital, his human body seems indistinguishable from a regular human... except all the X-rays come out too blurry to read.
  • I Choose to Stay: Zig-Zagged. At first, it seems to be his wish to stay in the real world to avoid the loneliness of his world. In the Bad Endings, he goes back to the TV World after the death of Nanako, because he's unable to cope with failing her. In the Good Ending, he gets his wish to stay in Inaba. In the True Ending, he declares his resolves to stay behind in the beautiful new TV World and act as its lone protector. However, this declaration is ignored by the rest of the cast to his dismay. When he protests their indifference, Yosuke calls him out on trying to sound cool for virtually no reason, because it's not like he can't come and go as he pleases anyway. Arena and later material confirms that he spends about equal amounts of time on either side of the TV.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He's a Shadow born from this trope. It's the reason he appears as a cuddly bear, and the reason he comes to hate the TV World after a while.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His Kamui and Kamui-Moshiri Personas are impaled with a large missile as an allusion to the Ainu bear god of the same name. To elaborate, one of the ways that the Ainu people worship Kamui is by killing a bear cub with a barrage of arrows or "missiles."
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Doubling with Occult Blue Eyes. In his human form Teddie's eyes are an extremely vivid shade of blue, reflecting his innocence as a newly created human and his past as a Shadow. Add Elemental Eye Colors on top of that, due to him being the party's primary ice magic user.
  • Inspector Javert: Due to having little information and even fewer suspects, he initially believes that Yu and Yosuke are the ones throwing people into his world. When that doesn't seem to be the case, he threatens to trap them in the TV World if they don't agree to help him find the real culprit. Even then, he quietly maintains the belief that the two might be the criminals responsible until Yukiko is saved and provides new insight pertaining to the investigation.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Like Naoto, Teddie learns a ton of useful skills, but because he only can have eight slots, it's difficult to outline a clear role for him to play as. His ice skills require 4 slots for full optimization. He learns two group buffs, and has 4 slots' worth of useful healing skills. Golden also adds some physical variety and a few extra passives, which adds to the problem. In the end, Ted's useful but he's always set to lose something.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially comes off as a fairly meek Nice Guy but quickly becomes one of these after gaining a human form. He's still a very compassionate guy, just a very narcissistic one.
  • Kick the Dog: Near literally. If Koromaru and Teddie are in the party in the Q series, Teddie will sometimes mock Koromaru whenever the latter is knocked out during a battle. In Q2, he constantly mocks Morgana, making the latter even more self-conscious of himself.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: More than a few of his puns elicit this kind of reaction from the cast. Even Yukiko, who tends to laugh at a drop of a hat, finds them unfunny.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Since he leaves the group shortly after Nanako's temporary death, he ends up being the only member of the Investigation Team who doesn't know that Nanako pulled through. He only finds out from Yu in the Velvet Room.
  • Lost in Translation: In the original Japanese version, Teddie is known as "Kuma" (Japanese for "bear") and, in his human form, uses the alias "Kumada". Besides being an actual, common Japanese surname, "Kumada" can be interpreted as meaning "It's kuma", creating two puns. Sadly, the joke was lost with the localized name, and Teddie never uses an alias (though there is a moment where he is asked who he is and is misinterpreted as Terry or Eddie, and retorts "Duh, Teddie" in the anime and is mistaken for saying his name is Doug Teddie).
  • Mascot: A Deconstructive Parody of one. In-universe, he actually ends up becoming the unofficial mascot for Junes when hanging out in the real world in his bear suit.
  • Meaningful Name: Played for laughs in Persona Q. The group discusses what the kanji in their names can be read as. "Teddie" isn't written in Kanji, so Yu observes that it sounds like the characters Te and Dei which evidently can be read as "dirty hands".
  • Monster Clown: Shadow Teddie goes for this instead.
  • Morphic Resonance: Explicitly averted with his two forms to make the contrast all the stronger.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: He becomes swayed by the material pleasures of the human world which causes him to become even more obnoxious, but is still a nice guy at heart.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He's a Shadow who wants to befriend, rather than kill people. This makes sense when you remember that Jungian Shadows are the parts of themselves they least want to admit exists: as most people are decent, they have malicious Shadows, while a cruel or stand-offish person would have a Shadow that just wants to be loved.
  • Naked on Arrival: Played with, he arrives in the real world in his Mascot form; when he complains of being too hot, he removes his head, revealing that he's grown a (naked) human body inside his mascot costume, just so he can score with the girls (much to Yukiko's bemusement).
  • The Nicknamer: He calls the protagonist/Yu "Sensei" and the girls "Chie-chan", "Yuki-chan", "Rise-chan", "Nao-chan", "Nana-chan", and "Marie-chan" (or "Emmy-chan"). He also refers to Dojima "Pops" and Adachi "Adachi-baby" ("Ada-chi" in the Japanese version).
  • Non-Ironic Clown: The bottom-half of his costume resembles a clown suit.
  • The Nose Knows: Used word for word as well.
  • Older Than He Looks: While his human form looks to be around the age range of the other members of the team, it's implied from Izanami stating that she simply made a bridge between the Midnight Channel to reality that he may be several decades or centuries old, given that he's been around the Midnight Channel for an unspecified amount of time due to no indication there.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Heavily implied by him simply not eating Topsicles just to afford a train ticket, suggesting that Yosuke isn't paying him much, or he's spending his entire salary on snacks.
  • Poisonous Person: The one move, Poison Javelin, that he starts with can obviously inflict Poison.
  • Power Fist: Uses claws and spiked gloves as his preferred weapon.
  • Power Perversion Potential:
    • Invoked; he claims he grew a human form purely to try to score with the girls.
    • Played straight in the first dungeon of Persona Q, where he takes advantage of being temporarily shrunken to look up Yukiko's skirt. Yukiko is not amused.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: He eventually gets a modest salary, but usually spends most of it on ice cream, leaving him dependent on his friends.
  • Private Eye Monologue: Gives a particularly menacing one when the group goes to Tatsumi Port Island and don't take him. He appears afterwards, surprising the group.
  • Pungeon Master: In the Japanese version, he tacks on -kuma to all of his sentences. The English version turns this into a series of gloriously bad puns, most often, his battle shout of "BEAR-sona!"
  • Random Effect Spell: The Kamui Miracle Spell. Its description is simply, "Anything can happen!" Casting it results in a lovely dispaly of cartoon stars and rainbows followed shortly after by something horrible or awesome happening to you and/or your foes.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: He's able to invent glasses that see clearly through fog with little-to-no resources to make them, yet the idea to sell them never comes across him when he apparently has money problems from his snacking. Although it's implied that they only work on the yellow Midnight Channel fog.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Admit it, he's extremely adorable!
  • Rollerblade Good: In Golden, since he has no means of legally acquiring a license to operate a bike like the rest of the team save Kanji. He usually gets tied to the back of Kanji's bicycle.
  • Sad Clown: Despite his jovial and downright silly nature, Teddie is really, really hurting inside.
  • Secret Art:
    • His unique skill in Persona Q is Amrita, which fully heals an ally and removes any ailments and binds they suffer from.
    • His unique skill in Q2 is Immunity Bod which lets him occaisonally nullify physical attacks he takes. This upgrades to Invincible Bod with a higher activation rate. Note that these skills are similar to those learned by Haru.
  • Sensor Character: By way of smell. As the plot progresses, though, his senses dwindle to the point of being obsolete when Rise joins, which frustrates him, but he becomes instrumental in finding Adachi, someone even Rise couldn't sense.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Believes himself to be this due to his name, but no one who's met him thought he looked like a bear at first.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In his human form. Just look at that suit!
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • In Q, he develops a one-sided rivalry with Koromaru, jealous that the dog has more luck in grabbing the girls' attention than him. Even Kanji finds Koromaru cuter and fluffier than him, which only further escalates Teddie's hatred for him (not like Teddie ever let Kanji pet him). One side quest involves Teddie challenging Koromaru to see who is the better animal and the only reason he won is because Koromaru willingly forfeits the challenge. Being a nice dog and all, Koromaru simply plays along with Teddie but even he has limits to his patience. ** In the sequel, he also forms a rivalry with Morgana. Despite their similarities, Morgana cannot stand Teddie at all. There's even a side quest involving all three mascots, though the rivalry is mostly between Teddie and Morgana. In the end, Koromaru wins while Teddie and Morgana end up having a slap fight but are unable to reach each other due to their short arms.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Teddie is this game's Ted Baxter, more so after he takes on a human form.
  • Squashed Flat:
    • Becomes this after defeating Rise's Shadow.
    • After an unfortunate encounter with Hanako, he shows up like this, heavily implying that she sat on him.
  • Squishy Wizard:
    • Like, Yukiko, Teddie has access to fantastic offensive and defensive spells, but he's physically weak. His Persona upon transformation gains a LOT of resistances, the most of any party member, but he's still weak to lightning, which is one weakness you don't want in this game.
    • In Persona Q2 Teddie holds the distinction of being a flexible unit, boasting good ice attacks of both physical and magic varieties on top of good healing magic. His HP and Endurance are not his strong suits, however, which can create problems if he's in the front line.
  • Stepford Smiler: He is forced to confront this issue and gets better by the end of the game.
  • Straw Nihilist: Shadow Teddie. To further drive the point home, Shadow Teddie's Ultimate Move is appropriately named "Nihil Hand".
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: In human form, especially when crossdressing...
  • Supernatural Aid: Without Teddie, the Investigation team would have been doomed before it started. It's only because if his ability to return them to Inaba, his glasses that reduce the fog, his keen senses that sniff out trapped humans, and his battle support that they have any chance at all.
  • Team Pet: A slight parody. He's a cute bear-thing that is constantly cracking jokes and acting hammy... which only ever annoys the rest of the team to a point where they barely tolerate his presence sometimes.
  • Third-Person Person: In the Japanese version, Teddie often speaks of himself in third person in his mascot form.
  • Those Two Guys: Shifts between being this with either Yosuke or Kanji, depending on the situation.
  • Token Heroic Orc: He's the only inherently good Shadow in the game.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Turns out, he's actually a Shadow. Though this does not come as to big a surprise to the rest of the party, as it would make the most sense.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from getting knocked over and rendered completely defenseless from a single push from Yosuke to one-shotting a Shadow the entire team couldn't defeat and gaining his own Persona.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He starts out as a timid, antisocial hermit who becomes increasingly more obnoxious, egotistical and rude as the story progresses. This can be excused due to his having No Social Skills and balanced out by him becoming more kind and courageous in the process.
    • How bad it is depends entirely on timeline placement: He is at his brattiest and most insufferable during the Fall months (October through the first few days of December) in Persona 4, due to trying to drown out his frustration with his continuous failures in his Quest for Identity with earthly pleasures and others' affections. Unfortunately the entirety of Persona Q takes place in this time frame. By the time of Persona 4: Dancing All Night he has thankfully mellowed out a lot and is a lot sweeter again.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: Downplayed, as he can't attain his own motorcycle license, but he can easily work at Junes at the store mascot and as a floor hand, although it's likely that Yosuke is pulling strings for him.
  • Up to Eleven: Apparently even a Shadow can have a Shadow of its own. Not surprisingly, such a creature is borne of near-complete existential despair and insists everything is pointless.
  • Vocal Evolution: As he delivers the closing speech of the game, Teddie's voice is noticeably lower and more mature, finally cementing that he has found his humanity in contrast to the over-the-top cartoony voice he puts on for most of the game to attempt to mimic it.
    • Zig-zagged in later games, but the Arena subseries best shows it off. Teddie retains the cartoony voice whenever he's in his bear costume, but reverts back to the mature one as a human.
  • Whole Costume Reference: One of his outfits in The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, with its Japanese Delinquents style hat/golden skull and lightning bolt motif/purple cape/etc, looks suspiciously like a certain martial arts tournament hosting dictator's.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: To the point that Even the Guys Want Him, although most of them are just really freaked out that he does it that well (or at least Naoto is that good at dolling him up).

    Naoto Shirogane 

Naoto Shirogane

Arcana: Wheel of Fortune
Persona: Sukuna-Hikona, Yamato-Takeru, Yamato Sumeragi (Golden)
Weapons: Firearms
Voice actors: Anna Graves (English, Persona 4, Persona 4 Arena, and Persona 4 Golden), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English, The Animation), Valerie Arem (English, all installments thereafter), Romi Park (Japanese)
Stage actors: Juria Kawakami (VisuaLive Evolution), Yuki Asakura (Arena)

An androgynous girl who is a famous high-school detective, given the glorious title of "Detective Prince" by the media. Naoto is adept with revolvers, and her Persona is summoned by shooting the card. Naoto's initial Persona is Sukuna Hikona of the (Wheel of) Fortune Arcana, which later becomes Yamato Takeru. They are well-rounded with Light, Dark, Almighty and physical skills at her disposal. In Golden, her persona can evolve further into Yamato Sumeragi, which also gains the Shield of Justice ability, which creates shields around herself and her allies that will block all damage once.

Orphaned at a young age and raised by her detective grandfather, she yearns to emulate the cool male sleuths she read in novels, accepting the family tradition and aiding her grandfather in his own cases, eventually creating a favorable reputation for herself. She was sent to Inaba by the prefecture police, to gain insight for the murders happening there.
Naoto is yet another survivor of the Midnight Channel, bound by her resentment at being talked down to and treated like a child by the police, as well as her views on the police force being dominated by men. This manifests in a volatile Shadow that also creates a high-tech facility reminiscent to that of futuristic military bases from science fiction. Her Shadow wears a dress shirt and tie, while wearing an oversized white lab coat, and can act like a serious scientist one minute and like a child the next, further referencing her true feelings. Her Shadow claims she will perform "body modification" to turn Naoto into an adult male so that she can be respected by her fellow cops and cross the divide between gender roles. However, unlike other victims, she willingly put herself at risk by volunteering for a TV interview, hoping she can become a bait; she was convinced the Investigation Team had not caught the real killer. Naoto's strategy fails to uncover much except for the proof that the killer is still out there, but she awakens her Persona and joins the team.
Naoto's Shadow takes on the form of a robotic version of her and includes childish attachments like wings and twin ray guns that wouldn't look out of place on an action figure. This references her obsession with gender roles — a tomboy who likes sleuthing and science fiction — while the action-figure qualities of her Shadow mirror her resentment of having her talents belittled due to her age.
Naoto's persona, Sukuna-Hikona, is a Japanese god of sake, healing, and hot springs. He is always depicted as being very small, and a close friend of the very tall god Okuninushi. The two worked together to build the province of Izumo and develop the art of medicine. Upon completing Naoto's social link, Sukuna-Hikona evolves into Yamato-Takeru, a prince turned folk hero who wielded the legendary Kusanagi sword and whose spirit turned into a great white bird after his death. In Golden, Yamato-Takeru can further evolve into Yamato Sumeragi, an epithet for the emperor of Japan.
In her Social Link, Naoto has several of her possessions stolen and receives taunting riddles from a Gentleman Thief. Yu helps her retrieve them, and she becomes more comfortable with his assistance. It is eventually revealed that the "thief" is actually her grandfather, who simply did it to help reignite her passion. If the player openly aims so through their choices, she becomes somewhat more feminine, but will keep it mostly just to herself and the Main Character; following a series of options, she even dresses in the female school uniform on Christmas Eve.
In the extended true ending of Persona 4 Golden, she has stopped worrying about being ignored for being a woman. She now sports longer hair, along with a light, form-fitting sleeveless shirt.
During the Golden concert scene, Naoto plays the keyboard, explaining that her grandfather had her take piano lessons at an early age.
  • The Ace: Not to the same extent as Yu, but you still got to have some respect for a 15-year-old who is already a successful enough detective that the Public Security Bureau comes to her for help and trusts her with a sidearm (in a country that has incredibly strict gun-control laws), and on top of that has excellent marksmanship, a certified genius-level intellect, looks that make boys and girls of all sexualities swoon, plays the piano, is a confident cyclist, and is actually a pretty good cook. (compared to every other girl on the team being a Lethal Chef).
    • By the time of The Golden, the developers seem to have realized how many people thought this of her and added a little lampshading for good measure. When it turns out that Naoto can't ski, reactions range from bemusement to shock. Naoto herself is very sore about it, and it's pointed out by Yosuke that under all of her Aceness she must hate losing on occasion...
  • Anger Born of Worry: At Rank 8 of her Social Link, if the player chooses to protect her from a knife (actually a radio she made), Naoto will angrily say that she knew that the radio wasn't a real knife but the player character didn't, and that he would have been in danger. If the player has met certain conditions, this will become an opportunity to make a Love Confession.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: She claims throughout Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth that ghosts don't exist. Considering that she can go into a TV world and fight monsters with mystical powers, counts a Shadow as one of her friends and can meet Aigis (who is a humanoid robot), her leader got a boost in power from a creator goddess, and may live in the same universe as Raidou (who has met the likes of Lucifer himself), her skepticism seems most arbitrary. However, it's implied that she's actually in denial over the possibility due to being that frightened of the idea.
    • This carries over to most of her later appearances. When Yosuke tells a ghost story in Golden, she tries to debunk it but remembers that there was a police report about a similar incidentnote . In the later anime adaptation, she is asked by Yu to help out with a Christmas party. Because of his vague wording, she assumed it to be a date and attempted to rationalize it... by coming to the conclusion that he and the other girls were planning to murder her.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Naoto sweeps the female vote in the beauty pageant.
  • Badass Adorable: Respectively the whole team is this, but Naoto deserves a special mention. For example, she's the only party member with a license to carry weapons, specially firearms since she's a detective and she wins the school beauty pageant by bailing on it, since she reacted endearingly shy.
  • Badass Biker: If the cover of the Persona x Detective NAOTO spin-off novel is anything to be believed.
  • Badass Bookworm: She is a teenage ace detective and a Persona user.
  • Beach Kiss: Or maybe a bit more. Her Valentine's Day event takes place at the beach, and at the end of it she mentions that Yu stole her heart and wishes that he'd take all of her.
  • Bifauxnen: Naoto had everyone around the country flawlessly convinced she was a boy. She is also the only character who has a Persona of the opposite sex.
  • Big Sister Instinct: In The Animation. The first time we see Naoto's true colors is when Nanako is upset about her "case," dressed up in her Detective Loveline costume. Naoto picks up Nanako's abandoned magnifying glass, hands it back to her and encourages her not to give up by telling her that a detective should see the case through until it's over. When they visit the Amagi Inn and most of the others want to stay up in the baths, Naoto falls asleep with Nanako, and the two share a bed. After Nanako's apparent death, she's among those who vouches for killing Namatame, to the extent that she's the one who suggests throwing him into the TV world to begin with.
  • Blow You Away: She starts with Garudyne.
  • Bokukko: When you max out her Social Link, she asks you whether it's okay for you if she keeps referring to herself as "boku" (a low-pitched voice in the English version). If you say that you would like her to stop (or to use her natural, more feminine voice), she would actually come to the Christmas date in a schoolgirl uniform (though she's still not really used to it)!
  • Boobs of Steel: It doesn't look like it at first, but, underneath that uniform (and possibly the Sarashi used to tie it down), she has one of the larger bust sizes of all the girls in the Investigation Team. Although what's interesting is her bust was made larger in the anime cutscenes in Golden and in the Animation, while it was comparatively modest in the original.
  • Born Detective: Her parents were detectives, as was her grandfather.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Never seems to need to reload her gun on camera, at least in the TV world. But since the flavor text on an enchanted gun you can get her distinguishes it by saying it never runs out of bullets presumably it's just gameplay.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She keeps her hair short to complement her masculine looks.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Deconstructed. Turns out that if you're half everybody else's age in the police force, constantly act like a stuck-up know-it-all, push everyone around and lord your incredible intellect over them, no amount of talent or success is going to stop them from kicking you out. Some professionals just aren't good enough to be afforded infinite patience.
    • At the same time, the entire reason she acts overly assertative with her intelligence in the first place is because of her age and her gender, so she feels she has to act like such to get any respect in the first place. Furtherore, the department's unwilling to admit that the underage suspect they brought in didn't actually do it, since it'd tarnish their credabiltiy.
  • Caps Lock: In contrast to her no-nonsense personality, her text messages are all written like this. By comparison, Kanji of all people uses proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization in his messages, although it could be out of politeness toward his sempai.
  • Captain Obvious: Tends to explain what's evident at crucial times in the most anticlimactic way. Justified given her profession requires focusing only on facts, and that a lot of her Character Development has to do with her actually developing something of a social life rather than being a detective all the time. Once she starts relaxing around people, this mostly only occurs when the group needs to think things over without letting their own feelings get in the way.
  • Chaste Heroine: Completely oblivious to Kanji's crush, but otherwise writes off advances from other classmates and Teddie. Averted in the romance branch of her Social Link, where she displays a subtle but definite sexual attraction to Yu and it can even be read that they had an encounter.
  • Chick Magnet: With many girls at school, before AND after she is revealed to be a girl.
  • Closet Key: Subverted for Kanji. It seemed like the game was setting Naoto up to be a Closet Key, as he was clearly infatuated when they met. Of course, The Reveal turns it into Sweet on Polly Oliver.
  • The Comically Serious: She's always solemn and usually stoic, which is played for laughs given the far more unprofessional and chaotic antics of her team.
  • Covert Pervert: Not outright but during the Ski Trip event where Naoto gets stranded and snowed in with the protagonist, she debunks the belief that using each others bodies to warm one another completely unprovoked. She was obviously really considering it.
  • Criminal Mind Games: Has them played on her by the "Phantom Thief", but this trope gets subverted when it turns out that there was no criminal. Her grandfather gave her stolen items to Yakushiji, the family secretary and created the riddles to challenge Naoto. His hope was that solving the riddles would convince Naoto to stop solving cases for the sake of her family name and do it because she loved it, the way she used to.
  • Crutch Character: An odd example. Naoto's unique skill set lets her tear through lots of common enemies like a buzzsaw, including many only she and the protagonist/Yu can effectively fight at all. The catch: most of those same abilities are either severely inefficient or outright useless against bosses as well as require a lot of SP to cast.
    • Golden corrects this for the most part. Naoto has the capability of learning the top tier (Not Signature Move) spells of every element, as well as Heat Riser and Mind Charge, making her one of the most useful party members. If you can get her Shield of Justice ability you can also largely negate the need for the Guard command on the few boss fights left. Unfortunately, she still only has the eight slots, meaning you need to know what to focus on or else be stuck with a useless mishmash of a skill set.
  • The Cutie: When you level her social link up, she tends to be this, especially choosing her to come to the Dojimas' residence for Christmas.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She and her Persona can seem a little sinister, plus one of her specialities is the Mudo, or "darkness element", but she's a force for law, justice and right, and quite pleasant once you get to know her.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: In Golden, building her up properly can make her the best damage dealer out of all your party members.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Hilariously, this is what she pulls off on Kanji when you have her change into a swimsuit and he sees her.
    Naoto: Y-You! Cease looking in this direction immediately! If you refuse to cooperate, I will have you arrested!
  • Dramatic Irony: Naoto's entire reason for dressing as a boy was because she feared being judged unfairly by her male peers. In doing so, she actually enabled them to judge her for her age, meaning her entire reason for disguising her gender was relatively pointless.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Her TV World dungeon, complete with an emblem like the Shocker symbol.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: To the point where Naoto won the beauty pageant because of the female vote and Chie, Yukiko, and Rise compliment her smooth skin.
  • Fair Cop: She's a Kid Detective and a very attractive woman.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Shadow Naoto has two enormous laser guns, contrasting Naoto's darker and more serious pistols.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted, possibly pointedly. She's the least girly of the cast, but she likes to be able to do things both accurately and well and ends up the only girl in the cast who can cook competently. She both uses a cookbook and follows the instructions properly instead of trying to get inventive, though during Valentines, she notes that she felt tempted to improvise, but stuck to the recipe since she didn't know what to do otherwise.
  • Four Is Death: Not Naoto herself, but her parents, who were fourth-generation detectives and died in a car crash. This also ties in to her usage of instant-death spells.
  • Fragile Speedster: Crossed with Glass Cannon, see below. Naoto can throw out powerful magic and physical attacks, and along with Yosuke is the fastest member of the team, but she can't take hits. Angelic Grace cements this, making it borderline impossible for an enemy to land hits on her if they don't have any Almighty spells.
  • Gender Bender: Her Shadow attempts to do a "body-altering operation" on the real Naoto, being fueled by her resentment on how her gender caused police officials to take her less seriously. Her second and third tier Personas also wear a mix of male and female oriented clothing, but are based around male Japanese mythical figures.
  • Girliness Upgrade: During the epilogue of Golden, she's adopted a more feminine appearance (even to the point of showing off cleavage).
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: During the ski trip event in the animated series, she bursts into a panicky rant about denying the existence of ghosts.
  • Glass Cannon: In both versions of the game (but especially Golden) Naoto can throw out a variety of powerful attacks, but doesn't take that much punishment before going down, though she has no weaknesses.
  • Guile Hero: Intentionally gets herself kidnapped, hoping to figure out who the kidnapper was, while at the same time completely expecting the "Investigation Team" to come to her rescue.
  • The Gunslinger: Like Takaya Sakaki before her, Naoto uses revolvers because her Arcana is the (Wheel of) Fortune.
  • Height Angst: In Persona Q Ken observes that her shoes have thicker than normal soles, making her seem taller than she is.
  • Hidden Buxom: Mentioned once. They're implied to be of a bigger size than one would think.
    • In some extra artworks in Soejima's (character designer) artbook, she has a much more feminine appearance, with prominent lips and eyelashes. It's quite clear she no longer, uh, keeps them under wraps too.
      • The anime finally gives us the answer in the Hot Springs Episode. She's probably the bustiest of all the girls...
      • In the True Ending Epilogue, Naoto changes her attire for the summer. She does away with her hat for the time being, and seems much less concerned about whether or not people see her as a girl. Thus, her bust is much more prominent in her figure coinciding with her new threads.
      • A new scene added in Golden reveals that they can gainax. No, really.
      • During the checkup at the hospital, Teddie manages to steal papers with, among other things, the girl's measurements. Rise was fine with him threatening to reveal the information, saying hers has been public knowledge for awhile, while also teasing Chie and Yukiko for being smaller than her. Her attitude does a complete 180 when she gets a look at the papers and sees that someone has a larger bust than her.
      • By the time of the light novel Persona x Detective NAOTO, Naoto has ditched hiding her femininity, letting her hair grow out and wearing clothing that make no attempt to hide the fact that puberty has been most kind to her.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Naoto is a fan of tokusatsu, is rather socially awkward, very intelligent, and pretty much everyone in the game thinks she's an absolute stunner.
    • In Q, she goes nerdy all over Aigis.
  • Idiot Ball: As Kanji makes sure to let her know, deliberately letting the kidnapper capture her and throw her into the TV world was a very rash and idiotic decision that could have gotten her killed. Yukiko, however, points out that what she did helped the Investigation Team realize that the culprit was still out there.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Subverted. Naoto believes she's this. However her grandfather seems to be quite proud of her and is concerned that she believes this.
  • Infinity +1 Element: Naoto has access to the Megido family of spells and is the only party member (save for Yu) that can learn them on their own.
  • Informed Ability: She has an in-universe reputation as a "genius detective," but really does no better at solving the case than the rest of the Investigation Team or even the Police Department. Her first interaction with the Investigation Team, for example, is to blatantly insult them by calling their investigation a "game", thereby ensuring that three of the known victims, her best leads, will refuse to cooperate with her.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Played for Laughs in The Golden Animation, where she interprets Yu asking her out on a date on Christmas Eve as a plot to blindside and murder her simply because her detective's intuition stirred suspicion around their friendship level. After all of the female members of the team get involved and Ai, as well as a kung-fu movie Chie was watching played in the background of a phone conversation leads her to the ultimate conclusion that everyone is going to betray and kill each other. Things get worse when she storms the Dojima household in SWAT gear, only to stumble upon the aftermath of a poorly-timed catfight with tomatoes.
  • Insufferable Genius:
  • Just a Kid: Secretly resents the adults for belittling her age and treating her like a tool, as pointed out by her Shadow.
  • Kick Them While They're Down: The Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth version of her Megido has a chance to knock down enemies, allowing player to invoke this with a bit of luck. Her ultimate skill provides a boost to her knockdown rates, making it even easier to pull off.
  • Kid Detective: One of her main problems is that she's afraid no one will take her seriously because she's too young.
  • The Lancer: Becomes an unofficial second one to the team. Yosuke's the one to coordinate them, but she is the one to contextualize the situation and brief the team whenever they enter the TV world.
  • Last Girl Wins: If her romance is pursued, since she's the last social link to become available.
  • Late Character Syndrome: Joins considerably later than everyone else in the team, and while characters like Yukiko and Teddie fulfill similar roles in the party with different strengths and weaknesses, she specializes in the instant death spells, which make her significantly more specialized and less versatile than everyone else. Additionally, you need both max Knowledge and max Courage before unlocking her social link, meaning you'll be hard-pressed to get any of the benefits that come with it with only 2-3 months left in-game to advance social links.
  • Mage Marksman: Specializes in using guns and, in The Golden, gains a wide variety of elemental spells as well as Mind Charge.
  • Magikarp Power: In P4G, through careful work and exploitation of the new bike system, she can be your party's biggest damage dealer while also having incredibly useful support skills.
  • Married to the Job: Part of her Character Development has her getting over this. In the sequel she expresses surprise at herself for trying to balance her work and social life yet, as seen in the illusions presented to her, still has worries that she can't stop putting work before her friends.
  • Master of None: In the original PS2 game, Naoto focuses almost entirely on Light/Dark skills and Almighty attacks. While she can tear through regular enemies like a buzzsaw, she's utterly worthless against bosses - her mana pool is too low to keep using Almighty attacks (even with the Chakra Ring that halves SP costs), bosses are immune to Light/Dark, her strength isn't high enough for the physical attacks she later learns to be worth much, and her revolver isn't a terribly strong weapon. Golden fixes this by giving her access to all four single-target -dyne spells so she's not dead weight in a boss fight, giving her versatility in exchange for her damage capability.
  • Meaningful Echo: When the police are about to make a move and arrest Mitsuo as a suspect, she tells the Investigation Team that their "game" will soon be over, causing them to take umbrage, and causing Rise to accuse her of the one who sees the investigation as a game. After setting the bait for the kidnapper, she tells the Investigation Team that this is not a game for her, either.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Early in the game, two gossipy NPCs claim that "the Detective Prince" is half-British, being the child of two also half-British parents. An artbook also states her blood type is B-, which is considerably more common in Europe than in Japan. There's nothing else in the game that acknowledges this, however.
  • More Dakka: In P4G, Naoto adds machine pistols to her arsenal. In Persona 4: Arena, one of Naoto's attacks has her using a Heckler and Koch MP5 sub-machine gun.
  • Ms. Exposition: Her main role in the story is to piece together the clues and discuss it with the team.
  • Nice Hat:
    • Naoto is rarely ever seen without a blue policeman/cabbie hat.
    • In Golden you can give her a Sherlock Holmes outfit complete with deerstalker cap. She quite likes this.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: While not immediately obvious, her uniform isn't even the standard male uniform. She mentions once that she had hers custom made to fit her with some extra modifications but not what those were. She does away with it for the Arena games.
  • No-Sell: Gains Tetrakarn, Makarakarn, and Tetraja in Golden, which negate physical, magical, and instant death attacks respectively. Her unique skill, Shield of Justice stops everything from hitting all party members once. MP drain and multiple hits will get through though. Higher versions of her Persona also gain immunity to Fire, Hama, and Mudo, to protect her from any reflected attempts she would make. Angelic Grace grants her exceptional evasion against all magics except Almighty.
  • No Social Skills: Naoto sometimes comes off as overly blunt and insensitive to others' feelings, particularly when she rebuffs others' advances. She admits at the start of her social link that Yosuke was right, and she has "a tin ear for other people's feelings."
  • Not So Stoic: During the time where Namatame is mistakenly identified as the killer, she is one of those people who insists you to throw him into the TV, even though she is the brain of the team!
  • Oblivious to Love: She doesn't seem to notice that Kanji likes her. She even suspects that his inability to talk with her is proof that the opposite is true.
  • One of the Boys: She pretty much grew up like a boy, never caring for dolls and dresses, but more for action figures and boyish stuff. This is reflected in her dungeon, which is designed like the lair of a tokusatsu villain. (She doesn't look down on the other girls for being more feminine, though.)
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Even after her true gender is revealed, she continues to use her "masculine" voice... unless she gets upset (like during the beauty pageant), at which point her voice goes up a couple octaves. This only applies to the English version.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: As an Ace Detective, she would notice something like this. When she read the names of kidnap victims from Namatame's Diary, she found it odd that Adachi responded with "Then that settles it" ("Then that proves it!" in the anime).
  • Pet the Dog: In Episode 13 of Persona 4: The Animation, Nanako is disheartened about being left alone by her father during the Summer Festival, and considers giving up pursuing the mystery behind Yu's numerous absences and odd activities. However, Naoto (who at this point comes off as cold and aloof, and hasn't bonded with the team yet) discovers her, and tells her that "the case can never be closed if the detective gives up. So don't drop the case until it's over."
  • Playing with Fire: Golden adds fire spells to Naoto's default arsenal, as she was supposed to be the party's second fire user (noticeable in her Shadow's resistance to fire).
  • Poisonous Person: One of her few physical skills, Blight, can inflict poison on all enemies in addition to its already high damage.
  • The Power of Trust: Her decision to get herself attacked by the killer exemplifies this: She was completely willing to trust the Investigation Team to save her, even though her belief that they had the power to do so at all was only a guess. Kanji angrily calls her out for her recklessness, though.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Not her herself, but her Shadow claimed that it wanted to be "experimenter and experimentee" in the aforementioned Sex Change Operation.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Her parents died when she was younger.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In the Persona x Detective NAOTO spin-off, her hair somehow reached this length in only a year.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She talks down to Adachi in the final confrontation, listing his crimes and dressing down his motives for the murders. She also calls Adachi's rant out as being that of an "immature, egotistic brat" and tells him he is running like a coward by blaming everyone but himself for his problems.
  • Red Baron: Repeatedly referred to as "Detective Prince" in her TV interview prior to her kidnapping.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: She has blue-bobbed hair, silver/blue eyes and a short stature. Personality-wise, she's very calm and mysterious, but shows an endearing side when she warms up to the others.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Her starter weapon.
  • Samus Is a Girl: In a bit of a switch, rather than find this out after she rescues them, they find out when they come to rescue her.
  • Secret Art:
    • Her unique skill in Persona Q is Powerhouse, which increases her chances of inflicting knockdown with her almighty spells.
    • Her unique skill in Q2 is Cost Cutter, which reduces her skill costs by a third for three turns. This upgrades to Cost Reduction, which halves her skill costs instead.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Naoto notes that it would be a terrible shame if Namatame escaped through the large television set in his hospital room. Then again, there's the not entirely unwelcome possibility that he wouldn't be able to get out of it and be left at the mercy of the Shadows. Rise gets the gist of what Naoto is implying, and is horrified that Naoto is seriously suggesting it.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: If Yu chooses to spend Christmas Eve with Naoto, she will end up wearing the female school uniform to the date, and wow she looks very cute and feminine in it. She also sports a new, more feminine look in the Golden's new ending sequence. There is also the fact that by the time Persona X Detective comes, Naoto has really long hair, making her look more girly.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: She's the smallest playable character and is the brains of the team.
    • Just how smart is she? She figures out that Morooka's murder is a copycat crime, that people being shown on TV are potential victims, that the disappearances are connected to the Serial Killer, and that your party is somehow rescuing the victims… and she does all this with the same limited evidence available to the Inaba police.
    • Just how short is she? She's officially the shortest member of the team (only about 152 cm, or a little less than 5'00"), and it's pretty easy to notice even though she normally wears platform soles.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: She also has a shotgun in Arena.
  • Shout-Out: Her Shadow looks like Kikaider combined with Astro Boy while wearing Mazinger Z's Scrander.
    • Chie compared her to (in the Japanese version) Kindaichi, protagonist of a famous line of detective novels, or (in the English version) to Raidou Kuzunoha.
    • Her ultimate Persona in Golden is a reference to Oscar from The Rose of Versailles, which ties into Naoto's character.
  • Shrinking Violet: Covertly; only when she is being romanced by the protagonist or otherwise needs to justify being a girl to everyone else, hence she's also a Shy Blue-Haired Girl.
    • Also when she enters the Beauty Contest. She's so cute, she wins the contest despite never showing up for the swimsuit portion.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She's completely turned off by the idea of romance. Despite this, she does fall for the protagonist if her romance is pursued.
  • Sixth Ranger: Of sorts. She's the final character to join, and before she did she had something of a rivalry with the Investigation Team.
  • The Spock: Due to her training in the arts of the detective, Naoto is big on logic, facts and rational deduction over emotion, which is her primary contribution to the team; intelligence and well-reasoned, emotion-free deductions. As a side effect of this, she tends to use Spock Speak.
  • Spotting the Thread: The only member of the team who sensed that there was something "off" in Adachi's behavior (particularly his "Then that settles it" slip, see Out-of-Character Alert), though she does not speak up about it until Yu is forced to really think about the case and comes to the same conclusion.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Many women in the game itself agree that she's one hot babe.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Usually very cold and aloof to strangers, but shows a much sweeter side of herself to her friends, especially to Yu over the course of her Social Link.
  • Superpower Lottery: In The Golden, Naoto falls just short of having received the wild card in regards to what her Persona can do, as she can possess EVERY kind of magic except for most status effects and healing spells. While the slot limit makes it tricky, she's still very customizable - which characters do you use most, and where do they fall short? She can probably fill that.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Invoked during the King's Game.
    Naoto: Are you people a pack of imbeciles?
    • This carries over to Arena:
      Naoto: An army of idiots, hmmm?
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Though a girl, Naoto dresses in a very boyish fashion, so much so that the Investigation Team themselves didn't know she was a girl until they rescued her from her Shadow.
  • Team Mom:
    • Naoto's first action as a member of the Investigation Team? Get the party to the hospital for check-ups. No idea what that TV World could do to you, after all.
    • The Animation adds a scene where she helps a depressed Nanako get back on her feet after giving up hope on figuring out what Yu was doing all summer. She wasn't even on the team yet, and she was already looking after Nanako.
    • She's also the only one on the party besides the protagonist/Yu who has a chance at cooking anything properly.
  • Teen Genius: She's a working member of the police force at age 15.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: It's noted that she doesn't get along well with the other police, who don't like her insisting that the case isn't over after the first suspect's arrest, and her gender and age are also considered points against her. The final straw is when she decides to lure out the kidnapper, which results in her being taken off the case.
  • Tights Under Shorts: With one of her costumes in Dancing All Night.
  • Tomboyish Name: Naoto is a Japanese boy's name. Even called out by her Shadow.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She speaks in a very low, deep voice. It fits her Bifauxnen nature.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gets a major boost in Golden, clearly done to remove her Late Character Syndrome status, giving her a wide range of very effective abilities that make her a viable substitute for Yosuke after you get her. It's not a complete case, however - as noted above, with only the standard eight slots, she's much, much harder to use effectively.
    • Persona Q, rather than giving her new skills, opts to readjust her stats to favor her original skillset. With her Magic and Luck being among the highest in the game, paired with a respectable Agility she can wipe out just about every random encounter in the game, as well as some FOEs, with a single Mahamaon or Mamudoon before they even have a chance to attack. Her only real weakness being a near complete inability to do anything meaningful in boss fights without relying on sub Persona abilities.
    • Persona Q2 revamps her skill set without sacrificing her utility in boss and FOE fights. She now specializes in the damage-dealing Eiha and Kouha spells instead of the One-Hit Kill Hama and Mudo spells, so she stands out as an attacker well-versed in two elements. Her signature skill also reduces her skill costs for longer battles.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: Sort of. After transferring to Yasogami, she is always wearing that school's uniform — the male version — even after her real gender is made public.
  • Unmanly Secret: An Inverted Trope in that she's an ace detective who desperately wants to prove herself in a male-dominated profession, to the point of posing as a boy and not showing her girlier traits to anyone.
  • Vocal Evolution: Subverted in the anime. After The Reveal, Romi Park's tone switches to a slightly more feminine tone of voice... and almost immediately reverts to the usual deep tone. Her English VA in the video games has a somewhat more feminine tone after The Reveal, which is more pronounced when Naoto's particularly emotional.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Played for Laughs during the ski trip. After Teddie is caught having turned out the lights, pretending to be a ghost, and eating the food she and the other girls corner him with Naoto telling him that only people have human rights.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Persona Q, she gives one to Zen after discovering that he, as Chronos, created a fake Yasogami High from Rei's memories in an attempt to get her to open up and speak to him, and then erased her memories after she nearly gouged out her own eyes in despair. Zen openly admits that she's right.
    Naoto: A person can never come back to life... and yet, you granted Rei-san's wish that she had while she was still clinging to life. It's as if you prepared a banquet for a starving man, and then forbade them to eat it. What you did may have been cruelty on that level.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: To the point where Naoto only appears in female clothing when wearing a schoolgirl uniform for the Christmas date.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: She landslides the Miss Yasogami's Beauty Pagent swimsuit competition despite not showing up out of embarrassment. Apparently this was due to getting majority votes from both the male and female students.
  • Wrench Wench: Of the electronics variety. As a child she made and modified several spy gadgets, including Gadget Watches. After joining she also makes a pair of watches that, in a limited range, tell the distance to the other, and at night or in the dungeon, can give you a machine that restores SP.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Not normally, but if you spend time at night with her in February she'll mention that Valentine's Day is near and complain that girls keep asking her what kind of chocolate she likes, despite most of them already knowing she's also female. It's possible for the MC to commiserate, and she'll be surprised and make a comment to the effect of being pre-occupied with this idea.

Alternative Title(s): Persona 4 Naoto Shirogane


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