The Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Founding Members (Joker) / Later Members (Goro Akechi) | Confidants | Targets - Palace Rulers / Endgame Antagonists / Minor | Other Characters
Be aware that there will be spoilers for the game, marked and unmarked.
- Affably Evil: Some of them can be surprisingly friendly.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Shadows can and will beg for their lives if they're low on health, prompting a negotiation. Averted with certain personality types, however, which will never beg.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Like always, hitting them with their weakness will knock them down. This time it's the key to starting negotiation.
- Cheerful Child: One of the personality types.
- Cute Monster Girl:
- Some Shadows are these, including plant girls, faeries, ghostly maids and, of course, succubi.
- In Sae's Palace one of the overworld forms for the guards is a Playboy bunny-style waitress.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Inverted. Their outward appearances are based on the Palace ruler's cognition: those in Kamoshida's castle look like armored knights, those in Madarame's art gallery look like security guards, and so on. Only the protagonist can reveal their true form by unmasking them. The catch is that many of them look really terrifying, but when you break their masks, they become the mythical figures you knew and loved throughout MegaTen history.
- HeelFace Turn: Like in the first and second Persona games, they can be negotiated with, though 5 opts for a more direct recruitment method a la mainline Shin Megami Tensei rather than the use of Contracts and Tarot Cards.
- Hostage Situation: They can sometimes take a party member hostage after hitting their weakness, and will make various demands, such as some of your health, SP, or items, for their release. If you refuse to give them what they are asking for, they will instantly kill that party member.
- Hulk Speak: Beast-like Shadows talk this way.
- I Surrender, Suckers: They might pull this on you if a negotiation fails.
- It Can Think: In the third and fourth games, most basic Shadows were just mindless, blob-like Mooks with masks. Now they actually speak, have personalities, and can be reasoned with. The ones of the sixth Palace are cognizant enough to run a casino and even sell the party items which persist past the Palace!
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: In-Game the Shadows are always referred to as "it", despite the fact that some of them can have humanoid male and female forms. This is probably done out of Pronoun Trouble though.
- Mascot Mook: Unlike the last two games, they consist of famous characters from the franchise, such as Jack Frost, Pixie, and Cerberus.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Most of them are just doing their job, and are all too happy with letting the thieves go if they spare them.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Shadows in Mementos will run away from the player if their level is too low.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Sort of; while they're still called "Shadows", they're basically the demons from the first and second Persona games in all but name (though said demons were also explicitly stated to be products of the Collective Unconsciousness).
- We Used to Be Friends: If you had their Persona once, but have since got rid of it, Shadows of its type will act this way.
- Worthless Yellow Rocks: Some of them remark that money has no value in their world if you demand cash from them.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Used against them. The party's guns are all toys and models, but as long as the Shadows believe they're real, they work just like real guns.
- Co-Dragons: The four archangels are this in the final dungeon, unlike the previous captains.
- Degraded Boss: Most appear as regular enemies, sometimes not long after their fight.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Their Shadow forms tend to be golden. With the four archangels, it also overlaps with Gold and White Are Divine.
- Miniboss: Their role in dungeons.
- My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Their miniboss variants generally have different elemental properties than their Persona and normal enemy variants, often lacking weaknesses entirely.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: One is usually fought after a new party member awakens to their Persona, and is often tailored to demonstrate the new member's abilities. For example, the Guard Captain fought when Ann awakens is weak to Fire.
- Violence Is the Only Option: They will always refuse attempts to negotiate with them.
- Achilles' Heel:
- All of these robots save for MDL-ED resist all but two elements and Almighty depending on their model. But those two elements are their weaknesses, and they can be downed.
- In Royal, the game adds two more; they lose their Gun resistance and they can be frozen, shocked, panicked, muted or made dizzy for technical damage. This includes Execurobo, although it cannot be made to panic at all. A muted Execurobo also cannot use Big Bang Order and Big Bang Challenge and will repeatedly waste turns trying to use them.
- Flat Character: All of them are merely lifeless worker robots taking orders from Okumura. The only exceptions are a few of the executive robots, who show hints of personality that provide clues as to whether they're the one you're looking for.
- King Mook: The strongest of these robots is simply a black and significantly larger variant of the largest robot model, and acts as the actual stage boss as Okumura himself can't fight directly.
- Mythology Gag: A series of robots with no basis in mythology or religion is a minor tradition in the franchise that dates back to Megami Tensei II and Shin Megami Tensei I.
- Robot Names: They are referred to as such. The nomenclature is MDL (Model) - RANK, with RANK being:
- WKR (Worker) - Typical, blue worker units that are weak to Fire and Wind.
- CH (Chief Clerk) - Yellow worker units that are weak to Ice and Psy.
- AM (Assistant Manager) - Red manager units that are weak to Elec and Nuke.
- DM (Division Manager) - Blue manager units that are weak to wind and bless.
- GM (General Manager) - Large, green units that are weak to Psy and Curse.
- Execurobo MDL-ED - A giant, black version of the GM robot that acts as the true boss of Okumura's Palace and his right-hand man.
- Violence Is the Only Option: All of them are mid-bosses, and thus cannot be negotiated even during a Hold-Up.
- We Have Reserves: In the mid-boss fights, the weak Corporobos can cast Recarm to fully heal the stronger robots and reducing their own HP to 1. During the Okumura boss fight, he can even order the high-ranking robots to self-destruct for the sake of his company.
- Workaholic: All of these robots work themselves to death. Literally.
- Zerg Rush:
- At the final fight against Shadow Okumura, his sole method of offense consists of nothing other than sending waves and waves of them.
- One mini-boss encounter features no less than 15 WKR units, coming in five at a time.
MementosPeople with distorted hearts, yet haven't accumulated enough desire to become the rulers of their own Palaces. As such, they're scattered across the Palace of everyone's hearts, Mementos, in layers called Paths of Qimranut, Aiyatsbus, Chemdah, Kaitul, Akzeriyyuth, Adyeshach, Sheriruth, and Da'at.
- Arc Villain: As noted below, many Targets act as antagonists to Joker's allies, and their defeat is required to max out the Confidant rank.
- Barrier Maiden: There are certain Mementos Targets that block the way to door leading into the next area.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Turns out that while the Mementos Targets were vile, it's also revealed in the Depths that they were rebelling against the masses, and stealing their treasures also meant sending them back into the Prison of Regression.
- Shadow: Obariyon
Voiced by: Kazumasa Fukagawa (JP), Peter Lurie (EN)
Once a disciple of Ichiryusai Madarame. When he figured out that Madarame was taking credit for his work on purpose, he became furious and left him to work in a government job, but the stress and misery over what Madarame did to him caused him to start stalking his ex-girlfriend, making him a target of the Thieves. Afterwards, he was able to help them out by requesting them to take on Madarame.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the anime, his shadow is defeated with a single All Out Attack. He puts up slightly more of a fight in the manga, and briefly goes on the offensive before the Phantom Thieves' counterattack takes him down.
- Alliterative Name: Natsuhiko Nakanohara.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Was supposed to be an upcoming artist until he found out that Madarame took credit for his work instead of him. When he complained, Madarame used his connections to destroy Nakanohara's reputation, thus ruining his career as an artist.
- Fling a Light into the Future: After his Shadow is defeated, he dumps all the info he knows about Madarame in person to the Phantom Thieves out of concern for Yusuke, hoping that the Phantom Thieves can stop Madarame before he ruins the former's life and career much like several other young artists like himself.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Natsuhiko realized that he went off the rails when he began stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend out of a desire for attachment after his failed career as an artist.
- My Greatest Failure: He wasn't able to save someone from committing suicide when he was still being "tutored" by Madarame. He didn't want the same thing to happen to Yusuke.
- Mythology Gag: Obariyon is a piggyback demon from Japanese folklore. Natsuhiko is stalking and clinging onto his girlfriend.
- Secret-Keeper: Mishima reveals to him who the Phantom Thieves are in the real world. He only uses this information to help Yusuke and then keeps his lips sealed, even as public pressure turns against them later in the story. While we don't see him again in the story, he could have easily ratted them out and did not.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He might only be a target in Mementos, but he has a connection to Madarame, which leads to the Phantom Thieves their next big target as well as their next member.
- Spanner in the Works: The heist request against him issued by one of his victims to Mishima led to Madarame, a significantly bigger target, being exposed as a fraud.
- Stalker with a Crush: Madarame's actions towards him left Nakanohara with serious abandonment issues that resulted in him stalking his ex-girlfriend. This is the whole reason why the Phantom Thieves learned about him in the first place, and in turn about Madarame's crimes.
- Starter Villain: He's the first target you face in Mementos, and unlike the others, combating him is mandatory since it ties directly into the Madarame story arc.
- Uncatty Resemblance: His Shadow's Berserk form is Obariyon, who has a bowl haircut like he does.
- Shadow: Jack Frost
A bully who is extorting money from Shujin Academy students.
- Shadow: Koropokkuru
A Grumpy Old Man who causes trouble in Kichijoji to be the center of attention.
- Achilles' Heel: Fighting him on a rainy day. Not only does it add Zio and Frei to his default Agi weakness, his skillset also becomes reduced to a weaker Mabufu, and there is a chance he will skip a turn due to his aching joints.
- Freudian Excuse: After defeating him, he admits he causes trouble in the streets to get his family's attention due to suffering constant familial neglect at home. When he'd done something stupid before, his family would pay attention to him.
- Grumpy Old Man: He has quite the temper, caused by his being isolated from his family.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He's a notorious elderly troublemaker.
- Shadow: Black Frost
A bully who forced Takanashi into doing his bidding.
- Blackmail: He cows Takanashi into silence by threatening to release the tapes of his bullying.
- The Bully: He uses blackmail and other threats to force Takanashi and his other lackeys into doing his bidding.
- Dirty Coward: He's considered as such, since he forces other people, like Takanashi, to do his bullying for him.
- Faux Affably Evil: He maintains a polite and reasonable tone while threatening Takanashi with the tape of him stealing. If you talk to either him or Takanashi after obtaining his full name, he'll cheerfully invite Takanashi out to eat on Takanashi's dime.
- Might Makes Right: He believes that the world is a dog-eat-dog place where only the fittest survive.
- Shadow: Mithras
Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (JP)
The main antagonist of the Persona 5: The Day Breakers OVA, he moonlights as the leader of a small gang in Shibuya while working for a security company as a locksmith.
- Adaptation Expansion: The OVA ended up expanding on Kazuya's story, which was otherwise an optional side-mission in the game.
- Arc Villain: He's the main antagonist the party faces at the end of the OVA, where he changes to Mithras.
- Bait the Dog: Any sort of sympathetic qualities he might have had as an apparently unwilling accomplice fade away when he turns out to be leader of the gang and physically abusive to his younger brother.
- Big Brother Bully: Beats the living hell out of Naoya in order to ensure his stress is relieved from his time with the gang. In the game, it's also out of jealousy.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Surprisingly enough, he not only has fooled most of the general public, but also his gang. His brother is the only person who knows his true colors before the Phantom Thieves take the case.
- Canon Immigrant: Appears as a sidequest target in the game itself, even down to using the same demons. Though depending on which was finished first, it's possible the OVA adapts the sidequest and not the other way around.
- Chekhov's Gun: His job as a locksmith with a security company. It helps him break into homes and shops.
- Decapitated Army: A rarity among minibosses in this game, you don't actually need to defeat his Flunkies. Defeating his Shadow (Mithras) ends the fight instantly.
- Extreme Doormat: Subverted. While he seems to be one at first, he's actually manipulating his crew and they're doing exactly what he wants.
- In-Series Nickname: Known as Makki to his gang.
- Mythology Gag: Is named after Kazuya Toudou, the brother of Naoya, the manga incarnation of the first Persona's protagonist.
- Seven Deadly Sins: A mixture of Pride (looking down on his accomplices), Wrath (anger issues that leads him to violence against his brother) and Envy (toward his brother).
- The Sociopath: He has elements of this, such as his Lack of Empathy for others, ability to lie and manipulating people without hesitation or guilt. Ann calls him out on that midway through his Motive Rant.Ann: Everyone who isn't you shouldn't be treated as humans... Is that why you treated your kid brother like that, too?
- Surrounded by Idiots: He has a very low opinion of his accomplices' intelligence.
- The Unfavorite: In the game, he claims his parents like Naoya better because he's "the smart one."
- Villainous Breakdown: His Shadow grows increasingly unhinged as the battle spirals out of his control, cursing his minions' uselessness.
- Wolfpack Boss: Fights alongside two other Personas- Oni and Onmoraki.
- Shadow: Nekomata
A Crazy Cat Lady who has been catnapping all the cats in Yongen-Jaya, calling them "Snowball" regardless of their color.
- The Atoner: After getting a change of heart, she accepts her punishment and resolves to help stray cats.
- Break Them by Talking: Her Shadow is the first to introduce the Target Negotiation mechanic in Royal, where instead of outright defeating them, they will plead for you to stop and talk things through. Choosing the wrong answers will end up continuing the fight until you choose the right answers to change their heart.
- My Greatest Failure: She once adopted a white cat she named Snowball, but one day after letting it out of her sight it was ran over and killed by a truck, leading her to have an urge to "save" every other cat she encounters ever since.
- Obliviously Evil: She doesn't realize that she's become a menace to Yongen-Jaya's cats as a result of her overzealous attempts to protect them.
- Replacement Goldfish: She calls all cats "Snowball" despite their color, due to seeing her original cat within all of them.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She catnaps and hoards all the cats in Yongen-Jaya (even almost catnapping Morgana) in order to prevent them from getting killed like her original cat Snowball.
- Shadow: Yaksini
A Kosei student who is a "queen," and is abusing the guy she likes. She guards the path to Chemdah.
- Shadow: Setanta
A manager of a convenience store who abuses his employees and plans on using them as scapegoats for his misdeeds.
- Bad Boss: He abuses his employees, and unfairly blames them for what he did. As a result, one of his employees contacts Mishima to request a change of heart.
- Greed: His primary sin.
- Stealing from the Till: His major crime is taking money from the register. He claims that since he runs the store, the money is his.
- Shadow: Thoth
Tae's former superior and the Medical Chief of Staff at the university hospital where she once worked.
- Arc Villain: He is the main villain of Tae's Confidant, which focuses on Tae's experiments to perfect revolutionary drugs. Fearing that these drugs would take business away from his university hospital, Oyamada makes several attempts to shut down her practice permanently.
- Break Them by Talking: He tells Tae that a patient she treated with her experimental drugs died because of them, shocking her momentarily. Oyamada is actually lying in order to preserve his hospital's reputation.
- Foreshadowing: As you can see from how Tae properly treats a girl who'd previously seen Oyamada(he'd incorrectly diagnosed her with bronchitis, as opposed to the rare disease she actually had), it's clear that she has medical talent while he doesn't.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He is deeply jealous of Tae's natural talent as a doctor, which is why he tried to credit for her drug research when she worked under him.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: He has low self-esteem and he feels that he is a mediocre doctor who only got where he is today thanks to his political connections. As a result, Oyamada ruthlessly protects his medical reputation and that of his hospital. This is also the main reason why he constantly tries to put Tae down.
- Kick the Dog: He lies about Tae's former patient Miwa dying in order to emotionally break her.
- Malicious Slander: He spreads rumors about Tae as a quack to anyone who would listen. He also spread lies about the death about a former patient with the goals of preserving his hospital's reputation and breaking Tae's spirit. When you fight him in Mementos, he even mentions pinning the deaths of the Phantom Thieves on Tae as well
- Never My Fault: He insisted on conducting a medical trial that Tae advised him against. After the trial ended disastrously, Oyamada blamed Tae for his error and used his political connections to blacklist her in the medical sector. More recently, he has refused to admit that his own incompetence forced a patient to seek medical aid elsewhere, instead blaming Takemi and claiming that the patient in the clinical trial died in order to emotionally break her.
- Pride: He is a very conceited man and he upholds the reputation of his hospital by any means necessary. For example, rather than openly admit that a former patient sought medical aid elsewhere, he spread lies about that patient's death in order to preserve his hospital's reputation.
- Stealing the Credit: When he heard Tae was close to a breakthrough, he tried to swoop in and steal the achievement for himself, ruining the project and endangering a patient's life in the process. He used Takemi as a Scapegoat in order to save his ass.
- The Sociopath: He lies about an ill, treatable child dying to break someone's spirit, giving him shades of being this. As bad as that is, however, it's Oyamada's Shadow that cements him as a literal sociopath; the Shadow reveals Oyamada is ecstatic at the prospect of sick people groveling before him, calling them "trash" and saying they should be grateful he does anything for them. Furthermore, Oyamada positively revels in the thought of Takemi suffering and sarcastically sneers about Miwa dying and bringing her more pain.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Death. Despite his Inferiority Superiority Complex towards his position, he was unwilling to change himself for the better in order to feel he earned the position and instead just put the blame of anything that went wrong on others, Takemi especially.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He is a famous doctor in Japan. A former patient of Oyamada once said that he has so many patients that he practically runs through them as though working on an assembly line.
- Wham Line: He gets two. When he confronts the protagonist and Tae about the latter taking his patient, he says Miwa passed away. After being defeated, his Shadow reveals that he lied.
- Shadow: Fuu-ki
The abusive boyfriend of one of Chihaya's customers. Joker changes his heart to prove to Chihaya that fate can be defied.
- Domestic Abuser: He physically abuses is girlfriend, and Chihaya predicts that if not stopped, he'll eventually hurt her so badly that she'll be hospitalized and he'll end up being arrested.
- Flat Character: Even among the minor Mementos targets, Uchimura lacks anything resembling Hidden Depths or even a Freudian Excuse, disappearing with little fanfare after his fight.
- Screw Destiny: His Change of Heart is the catalyst for Chihaya to learn that you don't need to follow destiny to be happy.
- Would Hit a Girl: He shows no remorse about hitting his girlfriend, and the beatings are bad enough that she could end up hospitalized if he isn't stopped.
- Shadows: Oberon and Titania
- Abusive Parents: They made their adopted son juggle between working three part time jobs and studying, and then blamed his death on a car accident on Kawakami in order to extort her for money. Mrs. Takase's Shadow outright says that it felt nice seeing him crack under the pressure little by little.
- Arc Villain: They're the source of Kawakami's woes in her Confidant.
- Blackmail: They did this to Kawakami, blaming her for their foster child's death.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: They frame their exploitation of Kawakami as an "apology", guilt tripping her so that she'll continue giving them money.
- Dual Boss: You face them together.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being terrible people, they love each other, and after being defeated, ultimately realize that their foster child was a good kid.
- Financial Abuse: They greatly enjoy living beyond their means and have continually blackmailed their foster child and later Kawakami for money.
- Greed: Along with Envy, they represent this, exploiting Kawakami for money in order to fund their hedonistic lifestyle.
- Green-Eyed Monster: They were deeply jealous of their foster son's birth parents for their wealth, so they lived beyond their means while forcing their debts on him to give him a sense of what it's like to grovel.
- Hate Sink: They serve as this for the Temperance Confidant, and are among the most despicable of the Mementos targets. They extort and blackmail Kawakami for money, and truly don't give a damn for their deceased foster son (whose accident was a consequence of their actions), using his death for their own ends. The only redeeming feature they have is their (party-induced) Heel Realization, and there are multiple chances for Joker to tell them that they're horrible people.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: A villainous example. The Takases didn't know and likely didn't care how Kawakami was gathering the large sums of money she kept sending them, but when she finally refused to continue paying them and didn't budge against their usual threat to sue the Board of Education about her alleged involvement in Taiki's death, they changed strategies and instead threatened to make public her "little stint as a sex worker." While what's seen of her side job as a Meido remains within Fanservice with a Smile territory rather than The Oldest Profession, Kawakami visibly reacted to their words, which they took as confirmation of their suspicions and successfully used it as new leverage to keep on extorting money out of her. Cue Mementos Request.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Part of the reason they're extorting Kawakami for money to live beyond their means is because they believe that people look down on them. Before their boss fight Mr. Takase even angrily calls the Phantom Thieves "elitists".Shadow Mr. Takase: You're looking down on me, too? Deep down inside, you're laughing at me, aren't you...?Shadow Mrs. Takase: Name brands... Esthetic appointments... Without them, people will laugh...
- Kick the Dog: How they treat Kawakami can only be summarized by this. Every time they show up, they bully and threaten the poor woman shamelessly, even when she is hospitalized due to stress and overworking (that they are to blame for). That's not even counting the fact they also exhorted their foster son by making him constantly work part-time jobs and indirectly caused his death.
- Never My Fault: Played very seriously, to the point at which they blame Kawakami for something that was clearly their responsibility.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: While Mr. Takase is more outright rude and demanding, Mrs. Takase's insults toward Kawakami are relatively subtle.
- Spanner in the Works: They become potential targets for the Phantom Thieves after a very uncomfortable coincidence which started with Ryuji getting a flyer for Victoria's Housekeeping and goading Joker to come with him to spy on a maid, only for said maid who was picked at random to be Kawakami. As the Confidant progresses, it begins to go downhill for the Takases.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Temperance, (fittingly enough), representing excess and lack of long term vision; the Takases are this due to the fact that they don't really have any other means of financial gain other than what they already had or have and spend their blackmail money on frivolous things.
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: From a gameplay perspective. Its possible to induce confusion on the Shadow Mr. Takase, forcing him to give large amounts of money to the player, similar to how the Takases extorted money from Kawakami and their foster son.
- Unholy Matrimony: A couple of unpleasant, Abusive Parents who worked their fostered child to death (almost literally) and then blamed his passing on the teacher that was tutoring him so they can extort money from her? Yep, they fit this to a T. Hiromi says that she was once happy just to be with Toshio before her distorted desires twisted her.
- Shadow: Bugs
A student from Shujin Academy who constantly stalks a fellow student named Ikesugi, who she claims is her boyfreind. She is obsessed with him to the point that she sends disturbing messages to him, records him by the alleyways of the school and threatens to kill any other girls around him. She guards the path to Kaitul.
- Chekhov's Gunman: You can see her stalking Ikesugi months before she becomes a target.
- Easily Forgiven: After you change her heart, you can see her finally talking to Ikesugi and apologizing for stalking him. He takes it surprisingly well and asks if she'd be interested in being friends. She mutters to herself that this might be her chance, but quickly catches herself before she goes too far down that line of thought. He even comments on one of the practical gifts she left for him.
- Kubrick Stare: Her eyes are pretty creepy when you spy at her in the hallway; Her pupils are pitch black and her stare is just downright psychotic.
- Stalker with a Crush: Her entire motive is just obsessively stalking her a guy she wants as her boyfreind to the point that it's disturbing.
- Stealth Pun: Her shadow is Bugs and she's really bugging Ikesugi.
- The Mentally Disturbed: She actually thinks that the Phantom Thieves are going to steal her "boyfriend" and believes a random girl that her Ikesugi hangs out with is one of them. She also mentions "whipping out blood storms" a lot.
- Yandere: She is basically this towards Ikesugi, who isn't even really aware of her. She obsessively blogs about him, records him in the alleyway and even sends death threats to anyone that she thinks is getting in her way. Her Shadow likewise angrily accuses Ann of trying to steal Ikesugi away from her.
- Shadow: Pisaca
A college student who hurts and kills cats.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: The rest of the party, especially Morgana, is disgusted by his behavior.
- The Social Darwinist: His justification for hurting helpless animals."Say what you will... This world consists of the strong and the weak. One controls, the other obeys."
- Villains Want Mercy: He begs for mercy after being defeated.
- Shadow: Baphomet
The chairman of the Assembly of the Divine Power, or ADP for short. He's the one who recruited Chihaya into the group and also responsible for the Holy Stone scam.
- Arc Villain: He's the main antagonist of Chihaya's Confidant, which sees her learning to believe in herself while trying to back away from his influence. As she is a genuine psychic, he's understandably not happy about this turn of events.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Subverted. He's brainwashing the executives directly underneath him to line his own pockets.
- Cold Reading: Good enough at it by the time he met Chihaya in Tokyo to convince her that he possesses some degree of Psychic Powers like hers. Sadly, this says more about how desperate Chihaya was to find a friend in the big city than how skilled a Con Man he was, since she realizes the truth in hindsight.
- Country Mouse: Just like Chihaya, a Commonality Connection that he used to get her to trust him. Also the reason why he fell for an obvious scam shortly after moving to Tokyo, which became his Start of Darkness.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He was scammed once and so he decided to become a Con Man himself, eventually founding a Scam Religion where he systematically drains the money and ruins the lives of at the very least dozens of people.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: His dialogue after his defeat heavily implies that he's Chihaya's.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: His Shadow specializes in Brainwashing (this game version of Charm) the party and then attacking them with Psy spells for massive Technical Damage, just like Fukurai convinces people that his "Holy" Stones have supernatural powers and then exploits that belief for a profit. To drive the point of his phoniness further home, Baphomet is actually weak to genuine Bless attacks.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: He was the victim of on obvious scam when searching for schooling, so he became a scammer to prove he wasn't as dumb as he looked.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Fukurai was the psychologist who ran a series of fraudulent tests on so-called psychic Chizuko Mifune, the woman who provided the name for Chihaya Mifune.
- Phony Psychic: Unlike Chihaya's, his own psychic powers are most definitely a sham.
- Scam Religion: The ADP he run one turns out to be this. Once people are in his cult, he gives them a mind altering drug and convinces them to give him their life savings. He has probably caused more suffering than several of the Palace owners and it's likely that the only reason he doesn't have one himself is that his desires or ambitions ultimately aren't strong enough to generate one.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Fortune. The negative external force in this case was him having the bad luck to be scammed the minute he arrived in Tokyo, thus he went out of control scamming other people to nurse his wounded pride.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: In a case of Gameplay and Story Integration, Shadow Fukurai is notorious for being one of the most deceptively tough bosses in the game. This is rather fitting for a Cult Leader who makes a living preying on the weak and naive.
- Shadow: Belphegor
An enforcer for the Hashiba clan, a group of Yakuza that Iwai was once affiliated with. He's now trying to coerce Iwai, his old friend, into constructing firearms for him.
- Affectionate Nickname: He calls Iwai "Mune," but switches to "Iwai" when threatening him.
- Arc Villain: He's the one trying to bring Iwai back into the Yakuza fold during his Confidant. In a twist, the trouble doesn't end when the change of heart is triggered in him. He shows up one last time to stop his subordinate from killing Kaoru near the end.
- Big Damn Heroes: Tsuda makes one last surprise appearance at Rank 9 to defuse the hostage situation.
- Butt-Monkey: And it's not played for laughs: he tried to broker a deal with one of the Hong Kong triads, but he ended up getting stiffed on the deal... which leads to his attempt to force Iwai to make him the guns he needs. Later, you find out he's seen as an old relic by the new generation of Yakuza and it's assumed his abandonment of the code was a floundering attempt at keeping himself relevant.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: When you face his Shadow in Mementos, he laments that the younger generation is pushing the older, more experienced generation out of jobs they've held for years, and thus fears being replaced.
- Malicious Slander: Iwai suspects that Tsuda started online rumors meant to hurt Untouchable's reputation.
- Precision F-Strike: During the event that unlocks his Mementos request, he refers to the triads who stiffed him as "those Hong Kong motherfuckers" and tells Iwai that "nobody gives a fuck about your goddamn code of honor anymore".
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: While he has a change of heart, he's still willing to point a gun at Masa to save Iwai and Kaoru, not to mention apparently planning to "punish" Masa offscreen. To be fair, Masa still held Kaoru hostage and probably sold out Tsuda to try and take his place.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Hanged Man. Tsuda refuses to give up on the deal and would throw his best friend and former oath brother Iwai to the wolves to save his place in the Yakuza as well. He is also unwilling to see that times have changed.
- We Used to Be Friends: While Iwai was with the Hashiba clan, the two got along well, but their relationship soured around the time Iwai left. Despite the fact that Iwai realizes that Tsuda's change of heart was forced upon him, they do manage to part on somewhat amicable terms after Tsuda helps save Kaoru.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Tsuda threatens Iwai with a gun, while demanding that Iwai make the guns for him, Iwai fears that Tsuda will dispose of him once he gets what he wants.
- Shadow: Kin-ki
A man who goes around assaulting others, especially the elderly.
- Shadow: Kumbhanda
A supervisor who steals credit for his employees' work
- Bad Boss: He confesses to abusing his employees in a variety of ways, particularly taking the credit for their successes and forcing them to take responsibility for his failures.
- Benevolent Boss: If you work at Crossroads after changing his heart, the employee who complained about Kishi will tell Lala that Kishi apologized and turned over a new leaf.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The bud of his treasure is a Theme Park Escort magazine. Ryuji suspects that he's a family man.Ryuji: Even if you abused your subordinates, I guess your kids were real important to you...
- Freudian Excuse: His own boss abused him the same way. After being defeated, he realizes that he was continuing a vicious cycle.
- Hidden Depths: He's implied to have a family.
- The Key Is Behind the Lock: His Shadow says that if the employees want to do something about them, they can get promoted, but he writes their evaluations, so that'll never happen.
- Stealing the Credit: One of his employees complains about him taking credit for his subordinates' successes.
- Shadow: Take-Minakata
Ohya's boss as the chief of her department, who has been attempting to stonewall her search for her partner by piling more work than anyone should be handling onto her.
- Anti-Villain: He's still not a very good person, but the fact that the Antisocial Force is forcing him to do what he does, and having a family that he genuinely cares for, gives him some sympathetic qualities.
- Arc Villain: He's trying to keep Ohya away from investigating her partner's case in her Confidant, but only because he in turn is being pressured to do so by members of the Antisocial Force. It doesn't help that he has a family to care for.
- Cynicism Catalyst: It's implied that his wife cheating on him, as well as the pressures of his job, may have had some role in him becoming cynical.
- HeelFace Turn: Albeit due to HeelFace Brainwashing, but after the change of heart, he starts actively helping Ohya, unlike how most Mementos targets either turn themselves in or simply stop abusing their victims.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: He used to be just as determined as Ohya when it came to searching for the truth, but lost his passion to uncooperative superiors and personal misfortunes.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Devil. Shinpei has restricted Ohya to more overbearing work to prevent her from learning about the truth in fear of the stability of the life of his family and restricts himself from indulging in honest journalism.
- Shadow: Ippon-Datara
A land speculator who is trying to force an old couple to give up the movie theater they own in Yongen-Jaya. He guards the way to Akzeriyyuth.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: When talking with the owner of the theater, he says that it wouldn't be fair to say that he's trying to "evict" him from the theater- he merely wants to relocate him elsewhere.
- Just Following Orders: He uses this as his excuse after being defeated; if he doesn't get the theater, his superiors will fire him.
- Shame If Something Happened: When the old man who owns the theater refuses to give it up, Jochi says that it wouldn't be surprising if the building caught fire.
- Shadow: Legion
A scammer who takes out multiple loans and changes his appearance and name to evade his creditors.
- Visual Pun: His Shadow is Legion, a multi-faced demon, to represent that he's a "Man of many faces and debts."
- Shadow: Ose
A notorious cheater who is nigh-unbeatable in the Gun About arcade game, leading to him being nominated as a target. When confronted, the Thieves discover they cannot hit him, resulting in them retreating and figuring out a way to strike. This opens up an opportunity for the protagonist to meet with the King of Akihabara, one of the few gamers good enough to overcome his cheating. The King, revealed to be Shinya Oda, then teaches the protagonist a technique that lets the Thieves take down Nejima.
- Fragile Speedster: Prides himself on his speed that makes him impossible to hit. But when he's finally knocked down, a single All-Out Attack ends the battle.
- Fun with Homophones: Even his Shadow takes the form of Ose, a cheetah demon. And he's a cheater.
- A God Am I: His Shadow proclaims itself as "God of the Gun About world" due to his effective invincibility.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The first time round, he cannot be hit at all. This ultimately opens up the Tower Confidant.
- NEET: His Freudian Excuse is bitterness about being laid off in favor of younger employees.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Nejima's belief that his cheats make him invincible cause his Shadow to become impossible to hit.
- Zero-Effort Boss: Once you get the ability to do a Down Shot from spending time with Shinya, Nejima goes down immediately, and dies in a single All-Out Attack.
- Shadow: Lilim
Hifumi's mother. She intends to make her daughter into a gravure idol, and sees Hifumi's shogi career as a means to an end.
- Arc Villain: The main source of trouble in Hifumi's Confidant.
- Awful Truth: Hifumi initially sees her mother as a potential obstacle to her shogi career, but the truth is that her mother's a large part of the reason why Hifumi got as far as she did.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Her Shadow greets the party by saying that Hifumi's her daughter and she's Hifumi's mother, before going on to say that this gives her license to manage Hifumi's life however she sees fit.
- Evil Matriarch: One of the few antagonistic Shadow mothers who don't also fight alongside their husbands.
- Foreshadowing: Setting up her daughter's matches ultimately echoes how Yaldabaoth did the same with everything that's happened.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's jealous of Hifumi's talent, which is part of the reason why she chooses to use her daughter as a pawn.
- It's All About Me: She lives vicariously through Hifumi and sees her daughter's victories as her own.
- Love-Obstructing Parents: Upon seeing Hifumi with the protagonist, Mitsuyo reminds Hifumi that she's not allowed to date, and can have any man she wants once she becomes famous through her idol career. Naturally, changing Mitsuyo's heart is necessary in order to win Hifumi's.
- Meddling Parents: She acts as the Agent of Hifumi's life. Mitsuyo has contacts in several talent agencies and media outlets, which she uses to market her daughter as an idol. She has also bribed several of Hifumi's shogi opponents to throw their matches as part of a plan to build her daughter's fame. The end result Mitsuyo hoped for was for Hifumi to give up her shogi career at a high point and use the fame from that to propel herself into true stardom.
- My Beloved Smother: She believes that because she is Hifumi's mother, that alone gives her the right to make her daughter's decisions for her. She refuses to allow Hifumi any say in her plans.
- Stage Mom: She's highly controlling of Hifumi, not only hoping to eventually cast her shogi career aside in favor of her becoming an idol, but also fixing Hifumi's matches to ensure her rise to fame.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Star, with despair and false hope fitting as Mitsuyo felt no sense of hope with her husband terminally ill, working in a night club to support the family, and giving Hifumi false hope by thinking she is winning the Shogi matches with her skill.
- Trauma Conga Line: While her Back Story doesn't excuse her, it does go a long way to explain how Mitsuyo turned into the Evil Matriarch/Stage Mom she's before her change of heart: She always wanted to be a celebrity, and she actually achieved some fame of her own as a local TV announcer, but one day her husband suddenly fell ill and she quit her job to take care of him. With time his condition only worsened, to the point that he couldn't even play shogi with Hifumi from his sickbed anymore. Hospital bills started to pile up and Mitsuyo had to get a job at a night club to support her family. Then something good happened for once: Hifumi won a shogi competition, earning her a lot of positive media attention. While Mitsuyo abhors the game, blaming it for keeping Mr. Togo from noticing and treating his illness at an early stage, she's savvy enough from her time in showbiz to recognize that a beautiful young woman like Hifumi succeeding in a male-dominated mind sport like shogi is a stardom story that practically writes itself. Mitsuyo sees in this a potential big break from their financial problems and an opportunity to vicariously live out her unfulfilled dreams through her daughter, two desires that came into immediate conflict with Hifumi's own lack of interest in becoming famous by means other than as a shogi player and triggering Mitsuyo's Start of Darkness as she resorted to increasingly questionable methods and manipulations in order to fulfill them.
- Vicariously Ambitious: She wants her daughter to make it big as an idol, and will go to great lengths to get it done.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Mitsuyo is last mentioned confessing her misdeeds to Hifumi. It's unclear whether she was ever officially punished for her misdeeds, since most of the focus is on the consequences her actions have for Hifumi.
- Shadow: Rakshasa
Kindly old man by day, ruthless assassin by night— courtesy of suffering from a mysterious case of Jekyll & Hyde phenomena. He is a homeless man who hangs around Shibuya's Underground Walkway and can be talked to whenever Joker travels into the vicinity. His past, other than Mishima's intel about his mercenary background, is shrouded in mystery. He guards the way to Adyeshach.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: The Mementos Mission manga depicts him as a middle-aged slender looking man rather than the grey haired old guy he appears as in-game.
- Affably Evil: Nighttime-Kiritani. He's usually rude and dismissive when spoken to, but will sometimes greet the player in a friendly manner if caught in the right mood. He even offers you his "services" should you require them.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: The two personalities cannot be "awake" at the same time. When one takes over, the other's consciousness fades away until his next turn comes, sans any memory of each other's daily activities. Talking to him in the morning shows Kiritani to be a gentle, kind-hearted soul who cares for the well-being of other homeless people around his area. His nighttime self, on the other hand, is a bloodthirsty contract killer.
- The Atoner: If you talk to him at the end of the game, he expresses a desire to work honestly as a way of atoning for his crimes.
- Bungled Suicide: Nighttime-Kiritani finds himself injured if talked to in the late fall, and suspects that his daytime self tried to kill himself.
- Chekhov's Gunman: You can see him sleeping on the Shibuya train station like a beggar on the overworld, and ask him for information on Kaneshiro's operations in Shibuya. Who would suspect that a beggar of all people is a killer mercenary?note
- The Dreaded: Both civilians and police are understandably scared stiff of the guy due to the nightmarish reputation he's amassed from countless kills. Even the Phantom Thieves are quite intimidated upon coming face to face with his shadow in Mementos, having sensed his murderous aura.
- Enemy Within: The story never outright spells it out, but sharp players can eventually piece together the truth behind his situation by speaking to him regularly throughout the game. A guilt-ridden former merc, Yohei Kiritani's only wish was to change and find peace, but in trying to "escape" his inner demons rather than facing them head on, his subconsciousness eventually gave birth to a powerful Shadow that manifested in the real world, hellbent on fulfilling his repressed murderous desires and is slowly taking over him permanently. If the Thieves manage to save him in time, Yohei gratefully vows to stop hiding from the past and resolves to start life anew through honest, down-to-earth labor.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a professional killer, he finds torture utterly despicable, since it involves killing parts of the victim's soul.
- Hidden Depths: In Mementos Mission, he has a working relationship with Iwai who acts as his fence for stolen goods and payment.
- Immune to Mind Control: During the Third Semester Arc, he seems to be one of the only people unaffected by Maruki's dream world. Justified, since as a former mercenary, he was used to conflicting parties calling for sudden armistices/ceasefires despite nothing supporting it and thinking something is amiss. Given the chaos in the wake of the situation, it definitely feels wrong for society to suddenly become happy.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Yohei is notable for being the only Target whom Joker can stay in contact with from his very first month in Shibuya up to his last. Through regular visits and kindly interactions with one another, the old fella eventually becomes something of a grandfatherly figure to the young Trickster, more so after being freed from his Shadow. On the day before Joker returns home, Yohei reveals that he, too, intends to move out of Shibuya soon in order to begin his new lease on life, and hopes to meet Joker again someday under brighter circumstances.
- Jekyll & Hyde: In the mornings, he's just a harmless old bum. Come nightfall, he transforms into a deadly professional killer who terrorizes the criminal underworld.
- Knife Nut: He carries a pair of knives as an assassination/pickpocket tool. He uses it to recover his "payment" from Makoto.
- Old Master: Old age doesn't seem to impede his effectiveness one bit.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Nighttime-Kiritani's modus operandi. He makes it perfectly clear that his sole interest is to weed out the corrupt elements around Shibuya and has no intention of harming innocent lives.
- Wisdom from the Gutter: Yohei has a lot of sage-like advice to offer Joker over the course of their various conversations, having lived an eventful life filled with harshness and regret. This, he hopes, will in turn help stir his young friend down a better path, away from committing the same terrible mistakes he did in his time.
- Shadow: Girimehkala
Wakaba's brother and Futaba's uncle.
- Abusive Parents: To Futaba. According to Sojiro, he made her sleep on the floor, wouldn't let her bathe and mistreated her in other ways. Considering that he tries to hit her at one point in Sojiro's Confidant (in full view of Sojiro and Joker, no less), it's entirely possible that he also physically abused her. He's practically bad enough to qualify for a full-blown Palace, and only really lacks one due to plot expediency.
- Arc Villain: Essentially the main antagonist of Sojiro's Confidant, which focuses on Sojiro's efforts to try to protect Futaba from Youji.
- Artificial Brilliance: Displayed in his Shadow's boss fight. Normally he uses Rising Slash after buffing his attack, but if you switch to a physical immunity or even throw up Tetrakarn, he'll use Megidola nonstop until your immunity drops.
- Duel Boss: You face him alone with only Futaba's backup, because Futaba can't bear to tell even the other Thieves about what she suffered. He takes the form of an elementally-neutral Girimekhala.
- Faux Affably Evil: He can put on a friendly façade whenever he likes, but it crumbles fairly easily. Sojiro and Futaba are not fooled by this.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish sibling to Wakaba. He's a gambling addict who's wasteful with his money, while she, despite her eccentricities, was a respected researcher and a loving mother.
- The Gambling Addict: He won a jackpot at one time and, for a while, he received the praise and respect that he never experienced from others before. After quickly spending all of his jackpot money, Youji gambles incessantly in an effort to win another jackpot, leading to him abusing Futaba and blackmailing Sojiro for money.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: While the battle with him takes place in Adyeshach (as you can see in the surroundings), it's possible to fight him before Adyeshach is unlocked.
- Greed: His Shadow goes on and on about money to the point of it being a Madness Mantra.
- Hate Sink: He's one of the more despicable Mementos targets, given how cruelly he treats his niece due to greed and resentment of his sister.
- Hypocrite: He contends that Futaba doesn't have a good home with Sojiro, completely ignoring his own outright abusive treatment of her.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: In the end, what he wanted was love and respect. For most of his life, he felt that he was The Un Favourite of his family when compared to his sister Wakaba. One reason why he abused Futaba was because he wanted Revenge by Proxy.
- Jerkass: Considering what he did to Futaba and how he deals with people, this is putting it mildly.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Like Sae, he has a somewhat reasonable (if hypocritical) point that people wouldn't be happy to hear that Futaba isn't going to school or even leaving the house. Even if he's clearly ratting Sojiro out due to spite and greed, social services are concerned enough to pay Sojiro a visit.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the receiving end of this in the anime, as he gets beaten up by some loan sharks. Ren doesn't even consider helping him.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: The polite villain to Sojiro's rude hero. Early on in the Confidant, he comes off as relatively friendly, whereas Sojiro is unusually cold to him. As time goes on, it's shown that his politeness is an act, and Sojiro is right to be wary around him.
- The Resenter: He was intensely jealous of Wakaba for her talent.
- Revenge by Proxy: Torments his niece and her guardian to get back at his sister Wakaba, who he resented.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Hierophant. Being an absolutely poor parental figure for Futaba and absolutely inflexible with those around him and resorting to his authority as Futaba's former caretaker to use protection services as his bludgeon.
- Would Hit a Girl: He tries to take a swing at Futaba late in Sojiro's Confidant, but ends up falling on his face instead after Joker steps in front of her. In the anime, he instead targets Sojiro.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After taking a swing at Futaba and falling down, he tries to sue the protagonist for assault, a bit like the drunk who got the protagonist on probation in the first place - but of course, Youji is not that other guy, and isn't nearly competent enough to set things up in his favor in the same way. Even though the change of heart makes it moot anyway and prevents further harassment, the complaint blows up in his face and the social workers end up thinking that the home situation of the Sakuras is actually excellent.
- You Are Too Late: Even after you and Futaba steal his heart, he's already reported Sojiro, but thankfully, Futaba speaks out in Sojiro's favor and the entire interview actually goes swimmingly.
- Shadows: Incubus and Succubus
The parents of Futaba's old schoolmate Kana, who are forcing her into being a gravure idol so they can cover their gambling debts.
- Abusive Parents: They're forcing their daughter to do unsavory photoshoots just to pay off their gambling debts.
- Arc Villain: They're this for Futaba's Confidant, but unlike the others, she has no contact with them whatsoever. In fact, the only reason why they're a target is because they happen to be the parents of one of Futaba's old friends.
- Dual Boss: Much like the Takases, you face them together.
- Fanservice Model: Forced their daughter Kana into becoming a gravure idol.
- Forced Sleep: Mrs. Magario's Shadow heavily favors the Lullaby ability, which her husband's Shadow exploit for massive Technical damage by hitting sleeping party members with One-shot Kill.
- Horny Devils: The two complete the set as a Succubus and an Incubus.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Hermit, being misanthropic parents who misuse their daughter's talents in unsavory photoshoots rather than actually working to pay off their own debts so she can be happy.
- Trapped by Gambling Debts: Pretty much the main reason behind their abusive behavior towards their daughter.
- The Unfought: Inverted. Except for the fight against their Shadows, the Magarios never appear on screen, since they live far away from Tokyo.
- Shadow: Dakini
Shinya's mother, who has been attempting to raise him on her own with her husband's actions. She is trying to push Shinya into becoming a bully.
- Abusive Parents: Forcing her son to be a big bad bully doesn't really earn her any good parent points.
- Arc Villain: She's the one responsible for much of Shinya's behavior during the early stages of his Confidant. As soon as she sees changes in him that she doesn't like, she pulls him away from the protagonist in order to retain what control she has left.
- The Bully: She is this in daily life, and tries to get Shinya to follow her example. She's naturally flummoxed when he realizes that she's changed for the worse.
- Easily Forgiven: Averted. After having her heart stolen, Hanae starts to make amends and repair her relationship with Shinya. Shinya is receptive to her efforts, but he acknowledges that it will take a while to forgive her.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She comes off as ill-tempered and unpleasant in her few appearances. Ann feels a bit intimidated by her Shadow as a result, fearing that Shadow Oda will snap at her.
- Hidden Depths: Despite coming off as a temperamental Jerkass in her limited screentime and Shinya's accounts of her, Shinya imitating his mother on a conference call when calling Joker after one Confidant event in Royal seems to suggest that Hanae is capable of being polite and professional when she needs to be.
- My Beloved Smother: Hanae's overbearing parenting of Shinya verges into toxicity. Her clashing with the faculty of his school leads to Shinya getting bullied by his classmates. She also threatens Joker for seemingly giving Shinya advice that is contrary to her own and views Shinya's attempts to convince her to stop being aggressive with everything as talking back.
- Parents as People: Similar to Sojiro, Hanae reflects on the actual struggle that many single-parents face in real-life, though unlike Sojiro, Hanae actually encourages the more negative traits out of Shinya.
- Precision F-Strike: Once defeated, she rants about the hardships she underwent as a single mother, then asks "What the hell am I supposed to do...?"
- Struggling Single Mother: Her harsh attitude and attempts to make her son into a bully stem from feeling marginalized as a single mother.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Tower. She represents unwanted stability; while Shinya is very much on top of his world and Hanae relishes her place as the one responsible for his problems, she doesn't realize she is being responsible for Shinya's fall.
- Shadow: Chernobog
Leader of a group of scam artists who target old people.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: After being defeated, he plans on apologizing to his parents for being such a bad son.
- Greed: He's motivated by a desire for material gain. He suspects the Phantom Thieves make a lot of money and asks how they do it.
- Smug Snake: While many of the Shadows are rather full of themselves and unrepentant about their misdeeds, Shadow Wakasa is especially obnoxious.
- Shadow: Mara
A sleazy job offerer in Shinjuku, Asakura can be found accosting a young woman who wishes to be a singer. By the time Mishima reveals to you that he's been molesting his charges, said woman has already run away from him in tears. He guards the way to Iweleth.
- Adaptation Expansion: The Mementos Mission manga expands his investigation into a murder attempt involving several new characters.
- Barrier Maiden: Guards the way to Iweleth and Mementos Depths.
- Casting Couch: He's been extorting sexual favors from women he offers careers to.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His shadow turns into Mara and he'll spend a few turns using Tarukaja and Charge before, if you have any female party members active, using Lunge on them, which will usually kill them because of how high his attack is. He has other attacks as well, but this is his main strategy.
- It's All About Me: After his change of heart, he can be found begging for the forgiveness of the woman he scammed. Unlike Kamoshida, who at least gets that he'll never be forgiven, Asakura still tries, hoping for a clear conscience. The woman isn't fooled.
- Model Scam: Singer scam, actually, but for all we know, the jobs he's offering might not be real.
- Shadow: Tam Lin
A handsome man who's known for using his looks to manipulate woman in his school to fight for him. He's induced violent incidents between women and has driven a few to be bullied out of school before.
- Call-Forward: The same type of crime that he committed is later used by Alice Hiiragi, the first target of Strikers, but with men instead and to extreme degrees. It's just that Alice has reasons other than seeing people suffer unlike him.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He can charm your female party members without fail, but if you fight him with only male characters, he can only use Gun attacks and buffs and debuffs.
- Harem Seeker: He takes pride in his ability to manipulate and deceive masses of women to fall for him.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: He's resistant to Fire, Psy and Nuke, which are the three major elements of your female party members that you have during the time where this quest is unlocked.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's known for deliberately triggering women to fight each other for him, even driving a few out of their schools due to being bullied, even going as far as making girls fight over him physically.
- Never My Fault: When he's being confronted in Mementos, his first Freudian Excuse is "the women came for him" like Kamoshida.
- No Saving Throw: Even if your female party members have "Null Brainwash" due to an accessory, his "Womanizing" skill will still affect them (thankfully it's curable).
- Oh, Crap!: If the player takes a party of all men against him note , once his "Womanizing" skill fails to hit, he promptly realizes he is in deep trouble.Shadow Arihara: "My charms won't work if there's only men! Ngh! Now what am I supposed to do!"
- Shown Their Work: Fitting as a manipulator of women, his Shadow takes the form of Tam Lin, an English Sprite/Fairy that does exactly that. And he has the skill called "Womanizing" that he can use to brainwash your female party members. note
- Your Mind Makes It Real: His manipulative tactics become outright mind control in the Metaverse.
Da'at Targets (Royal only)
- Playing the Victim Card: While a majority of the upper Mementos targets do this, it's especially obvious in here because they consist of people whom the new Arc Villain didn't save from suffering yet. All of these aren't inherently malicious people, but are people who had been torn by family-based issues.
- Token Good Teammate: The targets in Path of Da'at are a lot more sympathetic than a majority of the ones that are encountered in upper levels, and consist of people who neglect their family or harm others merely because of family-based issues instead of outright malice.
- Shadow: Yoshitsune
Minamoto is a man who wanted to commit suicide because he has to take care of his sister 24/7, something that resulted in incredible distress and suicidal depression for him.
- Achilles' Heel: While he does have everything that Yoshitsune will most certainly have when you use him (Namely Charge, Heat Riser, (Ma)Ziodyne and most importantly, Hassou Tobi), and while he can instantly kill anyone not blocking Physical with his Hassou Tobi, a Null/Repel/Drain Physical will prevent the protagonist from being killed instantly by it (And by that point, a player will most obviously have more than one of those), effectively preventing him from going into That One Boss territory.
- Driven to Suicide: Because he didn't want to take care of his sister and he thinks that he would be better off without her, he wanted to commit suicide. When his Shadow is confronted, he even tells the party to kill him.
- Meaningful Name: His surname, Minamoto, shares the same surname as the legendary Yoshitsune, and he transforms into exactly that.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Minamoto's sister was injured when he lashed out in an argument, which is what led to him begging the Phantom Thieves to kill him.
- Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: When he's confronted, he keeps asking the party to do this because that would ease the burden of him and his sister, or so he claims. Once they refuses, he turns into Yoshitsune to attack them.
- Tragic Dropout: From what his Shadow says, he never graduated high school, as he had to find work to financially support himself and his sister.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's suicidally depressed and is generally not well. Doesn't prevent him from turning into a Yoshitsune that can instantly kill anyone without physical immunities, however.
- Shadow: Unicorn
A man who spends large amounts of money on Lily-nyan's merchandise, straining his marriage and causing his wife to threaten him with divorce.
- Break Them by Talking: Like Ryoko Aino, you can get through to his Shadow by knocking him down and making the right dialogue choices.
- Fan Boy: Of Lily-nyan, his favorite Idol Singer.
- Freudian Excuse: His poor family life causes him to spend lots of money on his favorite idol.
- Henpecked Husband: Deconstructed. He often clashes with his wife over how to raise their son, and feels as though he has no role to play in their son's life, resulting in his problems.
- Shadow: Macabre
A streamer who takes the name "AIMaask Ouji" (イカサマ王子, Ikasama Ouji, lit. Prince of Mischief). He broadcasts himself wearing a robot mask and performing borderline illegal acts, such as vandalism and assault against people who do illegal things (such as illegal parking) to make himself more popular. He lashes out at his family when they try to get him to stop his destructive acts, causing his younger brother to issue a request to the Phantom Thieves. Furthermore, people had threatened to dox him and find his location, considering that his email and phone number are public.
- Asshole Victim: As a result of streaming himself vandalizing things and assaulting people for semi-illegal acts just to make himself famous, he attracts a lot of unwelcome attention, as well as people who seek to take retribution on him. Combined with his generally horrid measures in protecting his identity, he becomes an especially easy target for doxing. The Phantom Thieves are mainly worried that his actions will result in his enemies going after his family and causing trouble for them.
- Atrocious Alias: His streamer name, "Aimaask Ouzi" in English is just his surname backwards and his given name shuffled in an anagram. His Japanese streamer name is even more atrocious; it's literally just his name spelled backwards. note
- Berserk Button: If his parents or younger brother try to stop him from committing vandalism and assault on screen, he will violently lash out at them.
- Flunky Boss: During his fight, he summons two Legions to assist him, perhaps representing his audience.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He's trying to perform vandalism and assault for the sake of becoming a famous streamer.
- Social Media Before Reason: For a streamer broadcasting himself going around committing public misconduct, you may have been thought that he had better security measures to protect his private information. He doesn't and his email and phone number was everywhere for people to see, and his screen name is just his name spelled backwards.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Zig-zagged. Lots of people hate him, but he has many fans.
- Shadow: Rangda
A mother who refuses to pay for her daughter's school lunches because she lost her father, mother, and husband in a row.
- Abusive Parents: Of the self-neglect kind, at first. When you reach her Shadow, however, she decides to go full abusive by killing her own daughter out of despair as they could go together.
- Despair Event Horizon: Her mother, father, and husband died back to back, causing her enough grief that she might try to kill her daughter as well.
- Taking You with Me: When you reach her Shadow, she decides to kill her own daughter so they can die together.
Yuuki Mishima's Shadow Self. He represents the repressed feelings that he had by being bullied in Shujin High.
- Foreshadowing: Assuming the player defeats him before the sixth Palace; the anime has the confrontation with him take place as the Thieves' reputation takes a nosedive in the aftermath of the fifth Palace. He establishes that changes of heart can occur without defeating the Shadow or even without taking a Treasure, which is exactly how the Thieves Out-Gambit Akechi and get Sae on their side.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Yuuki realized that he was wrong in using the Phantom Thieves channel for his personal vendetta. It's pretty telling that he is becoming aware of this even before his Shadow was manifesting, showing that he was wrestling with his issues.
- Tarot Motifs: The Reversed Moon; self-doubt, frustration with their current situation but confusion as to how to solve it.
- The Unfought: You talk him into having a change of heart instead of fighting him.
- You Answered Your Own Question: When the Phantom Thieves decide to just leave him to reform on his own, he's bewildered by this and realizes what he's become after ranting about how much he needs them.