The Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Founding Members / Later Members | Confidants | Targets - Major / Minor | Other Characters
- Voiced by: Soma Saito
The younger brother of Kazuya Makigami, he currently studies at Kosei High School and is a classmate of Yusuke. Appears in Persona 5: The Day Breakers.
- Always Someone Better: Was this to his brother which lead Kazuya to become an abusive asshole.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He seeks the assistance of the Phantom Thieves after one too many beatings from Kazuya.
- Mythology Gag: Is named after Naoya Toudou, the manga incarnation of the Persona protagonist, who also had an antagonistic relationship with his brother Kazuya.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't talk much. Which is most likely due to the beatings inflicted on him.
- The Reveal: He's the one responsible for contracting the Phantom Thieves to take on his brother for his abuses.
- Voiced By: Akemi Sato (JP), Christine Marie Cabanos (EN)
A Shujin Academy volleyball player, and Ann's best friend. She's one of Kamoshida's favorite targets, and when Ann refuses to give in to his advances, he sexually assaults Shiho in her stead, driving her to attempt suicide by jumping from the school rooftop.
- Brutal Honesty: The first thing she said to Ann was that her drawings were bad. Ann actually liked it, since it was the first time someone didn't immediately comment on her appearance.
- Buxom Is Better: In the manga, while Kamoshida announces he is dismissing her from the starting roster of the volleyball team for being "useless," he lecherously ogles her large bosom with an evil grin before raping her.
- Defiled Forever: She was heavily implied to be raped by Kamoshida as a payback to Ann rejecting his sexual advances.
- Demoted to Extra: After playing a significant role during the Kamoshida arc, she disappears to recuperate from her attempted suicide and only comes back for Rank 9 of Ann's Confidant.
- Driven to Suicide: Kamoshida's abuse, molestation and intense pressure to stay on the volleyball team led Shiho to jump off the school's roof, with everyone watching. However, she survives. In Ann's Confidant she reveals that she felt as though a voice was pushing her on to do it, implying she suffered a predilection similar to Futaba's thanks to Kamoshida's abuse.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: So very, very obvious from the first moment she appears on screen. They only gain the tiniest glimmer of light at certain points when talking to Ann... and even then, only occasionally.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Her mom moves her to another school after she heard about what happened to her in Shujin and the extent of Kamoshida's involvement in it. But she and Ann promise to keep in touch.
- Hearing Voices: At Rank 9 of Ann's Confidant, Shiho reveals that she heard a voice urging her to commit suicide. It's fairly obvious to conclude that this voice must've been that of her Shadow.
- The Kindness Of Strangers: She's one of the first non-party members to treat our stigmatized protagonist with an open mind and a friendly disposition because she's seen how cruel rumors can control a person's life before.
- Nice Girl: One of the few students who doesn't engage in any of the rumors that goes around the campus about the protagonist. She starts off as Ann's Only Friend and also attempts to cheer up Joker due to the nasty rumors circulating about him.
- Only Friend: To Ann, before the Phantom Thieves came along.
- Put on a Bus: After her attempted suicide, she spends months being hospitalized and also decides to transfer schools to get a fresh start in life, although she does return briefly towards the end of Ann's Confidant.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't talk much at all to people apart from Ann.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her attempted suicide made Ann want to get revenge against Kamoshida and join the Phantom Thieves. It's also what causes Protagonist and Ryuji to decide to commit to stealing Kamoshida's heart; initially, they were reluctant to try messing with someone's soul like that. In short, Shiho effectively kickstarted the Phantom Thieves of Hearts and the whole plot of the game spirals from there. If Shiho didn't jump, they'd have let the Palace be, and nothing further would have happened. However, as she ends up in a coma for a long while after jumping, and after that is transferred out immediately, the player doesn't see very much of her compared to the overall length of the game.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She's one of the few people who isn't prejudiced against the Protagonist during his first few days at school and is Ann's only friend. She then becomes the first victim of the cruel and unhelpful society that the Protagonist witnessed but fortunately, she survives her attempted suicide.
- Voiced By: Minako Arakawa (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN)
Futaba Sakura's mother and a prominent scientist. She apparently committed suicide via walking into oncoming traffic a few years prior to the game's events and her death prompts her daughter to become a depressed Hikikomori.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Described largely as such, though not so much "forgetful" as "workaholic and absurdly easy-going."
- Ambiguous Disorder: Like her daughter, a lot of her personal "quirks", like her fixation on her research and her lack of social skills, could be explained by her having an autism spectrum disorder (especially considering the possible heritability of ASD).
- Archnemesis Mom: Subverted. The real Wakaba is truly Futaba's beloved, But her cognition in Futaba's Palace is such, since Futaba thinks of her as a monster who thinks that she is burden to her work and wished she had never been born. Once she realizes this is a giant lie, Futaba turns the tables on her easily.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Shadow Futaba asks a series of these to help Futaba realize that her belief that her mother hated her stemmed entirely from her mother's suicide note, which was falsified, so she thus has no reason to blame herself for her mother's fate.
- Artistic License Religion: The Sphinx is not associated with the Seven Deadly Sins, and in fact does not come from Judeo-Christian mythology at all; Wrath is generally represented by Satan. Of course, the Sphinx is a Cognition, not a Shadow so it makes sense that it exists outside of the naming convention, although it does have some traits of a Shadow Self.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Her cognition in Futaba's Palace is among one of the largest enemies in the game and even rivals Yaldabaoth in size, and it's just a mid-game boss.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She was able to come up with a better version of Sojiro's curry recipe by analyzing the proportions of the ingredients.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being an odd duck, she was considered one of the greatest scientists in her field. Shido correctly determined that her research would be able to help him better exploit the Metaverse, and he had her killed to get his hands on it.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Sojiro describes her as such, noting that both she and her daughter generally move to the beat of their own drum. Wakaba herself also had a great deal of self-confidence and rolled with the punches to the point of absurdity. Case in point, when she became pregnant with Futaba, she took it upon herself to raise her alone, no questions asked. Bear in mind that when another Phantom Thief's mother became pregnant with an illegitimate child, she committed suicide out of shame.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: Downplayed; The Sphinx has ridiculous amounts of HP and far beyond the firepower reach of the party's magic. The only way to legitimately harm it is to shoot it down with a ballista, and hit it with physical attacks which do five times the damage, making its HP effectively 2200.
- Ditzy Genius: See the above two entries. While Wakaba was never a Persona-user, Sojiro implies late in the game that, through her research, she came to understand the Metaverse to a great degree. It's also implied that she predicted her own death, and knew that it would come about through the Metaverse.
- Family Theme Naming: Both she and Futaba have the character "葉" (meaning "leaf") in their names.
- Finish Him!: After reducing the Sphinx's health to 0, a button prompt appears and you finish it off with the protagonist's gun.
- The Lost Lenore: She's this to her daughter's adoptive father, Sojiro Sakura. Their decades-long friendship turned into something else somewhere along the line, and it was quietly understood that they would settle down together once Wakaba published her research on cognitive psience. But then she died, and two years later, Sojiro has yet to recover from losing her.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Played with. Goro Akechi induced a mental shutdown in Wakaba by killing her shadow, and when it took effect she became disoriented and wandered into oncoming traffic (Principal Kobayakawa dies in-game in a similar fashion). This could have easily been written off as just an accident, but the Conspiracy decided to take it one step further and frame the incident as a suicide by having a forged note blaming her then-middle school-aged daughter who watched her die read aloud to her family, including said daughter. Why? For the Evulz.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: She was the foremost expert on Cognition at the time of her death, but she was also a skilled biochemist who used her talents to improve on Sojiro's curry recipe until it became the addictively delicious meal the Cafe Leblanc is known for.
- Parents as People: Wakaba loved Futaba dearly, but prioritized her work over her private life, and therefore had little time for her daughter. After her death, this, coupled with her forged suicide note, led Futaba to mistakenly believe that her mother died hating her.
- Posthumous Character: Died two years before the events of the game, with her character being revealed mostly through Sojiro and Futaba.
- She Knows Too Much: Shido ordered her death in order to both steal her research on the Metaverse, and snuff out anyone who could potentially oppose his exploitation of it.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Although a minor character in the story, Wakaba's cognitive research is what gave Shido a method to change society according to his wishes—by causing inexplicable mental breakdowns and deaths through the Collective Unconsciousness, Shido could safely eliminate enemies or shape events to his advantage. Without this research, Shido would have remained a garden-variety corrupt politician.
- Supreme Chef: In the later levels of Sojiro's Confidant, you'll learn that Wakaba was the one who formulated Cafe Leblanc's signature curry recipe and coffee blend with all of her scientific know-how.
- Unstoppable Rage: Her cognition in Futaba's Palace represents Wrath, as it speaks in Large Ham dialogue and appears as a angry, terrifying beast that considers Futaba as nothing other than a burden.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: From what we see and hear of Wakaba, she was a kind-hearted woman who despite her struggles as a single parent, loves her daughter dearly. She definitely stands out from majority of the adults depicted in the game, and thus gets killed before the events of the game.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Wakaba was often busy with her research, something she regretted, but hoped to make up for when she was finished. Unfortunately, she never got the chance.
A model working for the same agency as Ann. She plays a big role in Ann's Confidant.
- Berserk Button: What immediately puts Ann on her shit list is realizing how lackadaisical Ann is about her modeling career, and it's only after Ann starts respecting the profession more does Mika view her as a Worthy Opponent.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She keeps up a meek, friendly face when dealing with those who can help improve her career or those who she wishes to deceive. When she drops this façade, she is shown to be a bitter and competitive person prone to Evil Gloating in private.
- Crocodile Tears: She's very good at fake crying and uses it to great effect in her Wounded Gazelle Gambits. Ann picks up on it, and learns a special technique she can use to help the protagonist in negotiations.
- Day in the Limelight: Becomes a major character in one of the plot points of the Persona 5: Mementos Mission manga, by being accused of the murder of a rather sleazy model producer. With a lot of evidence showing that Mika may, in fact, be being framed; the Phantom Thieves begin investigating to find out what really happened, all while dealing with Iwai's Confidant substory, the murderer who targets other criminals and a strange and valuable bangle that came into Mokoto's possession following a Shopping bag mixup.
- Determinator: A dark version, but her only redeeming quality is her genuine hard work ethic and hatred of laziness.
- Easily Forgiven: She turns out to be the one behind the mysterious case of models not showing up for their shoots in the beginning of Ann's Confidant. A simple (and insincere) sorry is all it takes for the guy from the agency to forgive her for all the trouble she caused. Ann also forgives Mika because this revelation allows Ann to realize how much she has taken modeling for granted as a profession.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: She lives on a very strict diet, works out everyday and spends a lot of time and money on keeping her skin in perfect condition. She's shocked to hear that Ann doesn't do any of that, even eating cakes and sweets whenever she feels like it, but is still a popular model.
- Hate Sink: A somewhat downplayed example. She's a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who's falsely told models their shoots have been moved so she can do them, and there's little that's redeemable about her, but compared to many other scumbags in the game, she's among the bottom-tier. Ann herself even says she can't bring herself to hate Mika, which partly has to do with acknowledging that Mika's struggles to become a model are genuine, at the very least.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Mika's condescending attitude partly stems from her own insecurity over the fact that she needs all the dietary discipline she can get just to be able to keep up with naturally-blessed beauties like Ann. P5: Manga Anthology takes it a step further by introducing her to Futaba, who casually admits that she doesn't even try eating healthily whatsoever and never exercises, yet still looks slim and cute as a button. The look on Mika's face speaks volumes.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Ann is pissed when Mika points out how undeserving Ann is as a model... because she realizes Mika's right. Ann just relied on natural talents and grace to get her through while other models struggled and clawed their way up. This leads Ann to putting more effort into becoming a better model.
- Karma Houdini: Once she is exposed as the perpetrator of the mysterious absences of rival models, Mika is let off after she gives a simple, insincere apology in private. This is because, by this time, her popularity is such that if the agency exposes her misdeeds, the agency itself would take a hit to its profits and reputation. Mika's case is an example of how the people of Tokyo would rather allow evil deeds to exist unpunished because it is easier than doing good.
- Manipulative Bitch: She quickly turns out to be this. In her first appearance, she asks for a shoot together with Ann. Not because she admires Ann (although she acts like this at first), but because she wanted to show her up in the presence of the agency.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In her first appearance, Mika fakes being an inexperienced and kind model in order to get into Ann's good graces.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Mika attempts to sabotage Ann's modeling career because, from her perspective, Ann is only treating modeling as a passing hobby rather than career she has to put effort in. While Ann does ultimately admit that Villain Has a Point, it also doesn't account for the fact that Mika was also seemingly sabotaging other models as well.
- The Rival: To Ann in her confidant. At the end of it, they agree to compete fair and square for the title of better model of the two.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed, but at the end of Ann's confidant, she decides to stop her manipulative actions and play fair and square with Ann for modelling.
- Unknown Rival: Initially, her hostility towards Ann goes unnoticed by her. Its only when Mika begins trying to upstage Ann does she begin to take Mika more seriously.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: How she scores sympathy points with people from the modelling agency whenever Ann acts even slightly mean to her.
The owner of the Crossroads Bar in downtown Shinjuku. She can employ the Protagonist to help her work in the bar and has Ichiko as one of her regulars. She shows up in Ichiko's Confidant route.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She does her best to keep Ohya's alcoholism and other excesses in check, and also cautions the Protagonist against getting sucked into the Shinjuku nightclub scene's legendary decadence.
- Everyone Has Standards: While she's involved in the infamous Shinjuku nightlife, she has no patience for the skeevier things that go on there, and always cautions the Protagonist to be careful on his way home.
- Gonk: Although unlike most other examples in this series, Lala isn't a Jerkass but rather a very kindhearted person who genuinely looks out for the protagonist and does her best to keep Ohya in check.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- Allows the Protagonist to go home early after his shift ends because he's a minor and she doesn't want him to get into trouble. In a broader sense, she's a caring, levelheaded person who's quick to keep everything that happens in her bar friendly and welcoming.
- Notably, she tempers the drunk Ichiko's behavior around the main character, reminding her that she won't serve alcohol to a minor, but will still let him hang out at and even work at the bar. She's also very discrete, and gives Ichiko and the Protagonist some time alone when it's important.
- Shipper on Deck: If the protagonist romances Makoto, Lala witnesses it happen and is encouraging of the relationship.
- Smoking Is Cool: An overall nice figure, Lala is always smoking a cigarette when you see her.
- Transgender: It's not outright confirmed, but she nostalgically remembers being "a wee girl" at one point, indicating she's presented as female for a long time and ergo it's not just something she does for the bar.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ichiko. They often exchange jabs, with Lala needling Ichiko for her drinking and Ichiko once suggesting that Lala's an "Escargot" or "snail" because she's slow, but they trust in one another, and Lala's one of the few Ichiko trusts.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: A very kind and level-headed drag bar owner.
A high-ranking employee of Okumura Foods and a notable figure in Haru's confidant.
- Good All Along: Haru's initial distrust of him makes him out as an antagonist, but turns out he's a completely sincere guy.
- Good Counterpart: Could be viewed as this to Haru's father. Unlike Okumura, Takakura actually wanted to continue the legacy set by Haru's grandfather of selling more healthy and organic food, but got stonewalled by Okumura. Not only does Takakura try to act as a Parental Substitute for Haru after Okumura's death, but he also looks to to want to veer Okumura Foods back to their original vision.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Not much of his business practices are known, but he turns out he takes being the interim chief executive until Haru can inherit seriously and honestly and lets Haru join a company meeting so she can have a say in the company's direction.
- Malicious Slander: He's not responsible for it, but is the target of one by some board members at Okumura Foods, claiming he was pleased by Okumura's sudden death due to him wanting to steer the company in its original vision, which causes Haru to have hesitation to trust him.
- My Greatest Failure: He confesses to Haru he was unable to protest Okumura's decision to close her grandfather's beloved cafe (whom he was a regular at) because he wasn't in a high position at the time and his current decision to start a chain of low-cost cafes named after the cafe was something he wanted to do to make up for it.
- Nice Guy: Turns out to be a pretty pleasant person.
- Parental Substitute: Attempts to act as this towards Haru after Okumura died. Because of Poor Communication Kills, Haru initially misreads Takakura's support as him trying to push her out of his way.
- Poor Communication Kills: His attempts to help Haru are genuine, but misguided thanks to both of them not quite understanding each other. For example, he was under the impression that Haru was looking forward to marrying her fiancé, which is why he kept offering to set up the wedding. When they start being honest with each other, he's quick to realize that she actually has feelings for the protagonist, and helps her call off the engagement.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: One of the most notable examples in the game, since he helps Haru get out of marrying her fiancé.
A third-year girl that Makoto befriends during her Confidant.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Eiko in the anime is more sensible and less ditzy. She seemed to genuinely want to help Tsukasa with a "broken sake bottle" incident when she asked Makoto for money, and once she learns the truth about him, she posts his misdeeds on the Phansite, making a him a target for the Phantom Thieves.
- Book Dumb: Her grades are bad enough that Makoto struggles to find a polite way to describe them. Unfortunately for her, she's street dumb as well, leading to her problems with Tsukasa.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: In the rank 7-8 event, Makoto, after hearing Eiko ask her for money, calmly informs her about how suspicious Tsukasa is, and the fact that he'd been texting Makoto soon after meeting her. Eiko then jumps to the conclusion that Makoto's trying to steal Tsukasa away.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She admits in a fit of anger that she's jealous of Makoto's grades.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She fails to see fairly obvious red flags regarding Tsukasa, such as his story about breaking an expensive sake bottle at work.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Why she was (willfully) blind to truth of her relationship with Tsukasa. Being The Unfavorite, getting bad grades in school and no one around to simply ask her how her day was, she latched onto the first guy to treat her like a princess.
- Odd Friendship: In spite of her differences with Makoto, they become friends over the course of Makoto's Confidant, and while the relationship is strained toward the end, they reconcile by Rank 10.
- Tarot Motifs: Reverse Priestess - Withdrawal, Lack of intuition. Her status as The Unfavorite has left her craving for attention that she is either unwilling or unable to realize that Tsukasa is a sleaze of epic proportions who is only setting her up for a debt scam.
- Shipper on Deck: For Makoto and Joker, who she assumes are in a Secret Relationship during Makoto's confidant.
- The Un-Favourite: According to Makoto, her parents only pay attention to her talented brother.
- Valley Girl: She speaks like this in the English version, and she certainly fits the shallow, ditzy stereotype.
A host in Shinjuku and Eiko's boyfriend.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the game, he was merely a pimp who ran off scout free after his true colors were revealed. In the anime reveals his greed after he was made a target in Mementos.
- Arc Villain: For Makoto's Confidant.
- Ascended Extra: He becomes a full-blown Mementos target in the anime.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A seemingly pleasant and charming man who specializes in tricking girls into getting into debt and selling them to the sex trade.
- Bullying a Dragon: He threatens both Makoto and Joker, unaware that the former is a trained martial artist, and the other is the leader of the Phantom Thieves. Luckily for him, the two don't go down the violent route.
- Dirty Coward: He acts tough, but once he realises that Makoto and Joker can fight back, it shows that he's all bark and no bite and promptly beats it.
- Karma Houdini:
- His scheme is thwarted in Eiko's case, but Makoto and the protagonist are unable to ensure that he suffers any consequences for his actions or keep him from targeting new girls.
- Subverted in the anime where the Phantom Thieves defeat his Shadow — Anzu — soon after Makoto gets Eiko to break up with Tsukasa.
- The Nicknamer: He calls all his girls "princess", to prevent him from having to remember their names. Makoto sees through it, and uses this to ensure his undoing.
- Would Hit a Girl: He threatens to hurt Makoto, saying he won't hold back just because he's a girl. Thankfully, as a result of her standing her ground and the protagonist's intervention, he's forced to back off.
- Wrong Name Outburst: After getting a text from Makoto in Eiko's style, Tsukasa, thinking that Eiko sent it, calls her "Makoto", proving that he's a scammer who can't tell his marks from one another.
The adopted son of Munehisa. He's known to be a hard working student.
- Big Eater: Iwai suspects that he's going to go through a lot of growth spurts due to the sheer amount of food he's eating.
- Doorstop Baby: Ten years ago when Iwai was still in the Yakuza, a woman came around their office carrying a baby and went on and on about how she wanted to sell it. Munehisa guessed she was junkie spinning a yarn to get drug money out of him, but when he said no, the woman suddenly sat the baby down and ran off. That baby was Kaoru and Iwai's decision to take care of him was his main motivation to leave the mob.
- Happily Adopted: By Iwai. If fact, Kaoru's main issue with him is that he wants to be closer to his father but Iwai keeps his distance so he won't learn about his criminal past, which ended up leading Kaoru to believe he's just a burden to him.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Iwai is keeping Kaoru in the dark about two important things: his criminal past and the real circumstances surrounding Kaoru's adoption.
- Nice Guy: He assures Munehisa that he doesn't care about his past when he finds out, but he appreciates that he was working very hard to get him to a good school.
- Friend to All Living Things: She is horrified by the brutal killing of several cats, and requests to the Phantom Thieves indirectly through Joker for the killer to have a change of heart.
- Nice Girl: Warm, accommodating, and happy to lend a hand whenever needed, even during her off-shift hours.
- Sempai/Kohai: Takes her time to help the protagonist do his job since she's been working at the store for a while now.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: When trying to scout Yusuke, he plans on utilizing Yusuke's background and looks to market him as a "tragic, handsome artist". Yusuke has none of it and tries to prove him wrong by entering an art competition the foundation is hosting. Eventually subverted at the end of the Confidant as Kawanabe admits the provocations were deliberate to ignite Yusuke's competitive spirit.
- Hidden Depths: His involvement in the Confidant not only reveals that he was a close acquaintance of Madarame and thus had some personal investment trying to help Yusuke, but also reveals Madarame's good side prior to the events of the game.
- Secret Test of Character: All of his egocentric gloating was him provoking Yusuke so that he would get out of his funk.
- We Used to Be Friends: He was once a former colleague and friend of Madarame before the latter became disillusioned by the reality of art politics.
Other Conspiracy members
- Voiced By: Keiji Hirai (JP); Richard Epcar (EN)
The principal of Shujin Academy who reluctantly allowed the protagonist to be transferred into his school.
- Animal Motifs: His fat head, fin-like ears, over-all roundness, and yellow-gold suit makes him look like a goldfish. Seems kind of strange since in China and Japan, goldfish are considered signs of good luck, But they can also symbolize wealth and abundance. Perhaps even more so, it can also be taken as a metaphor for being a small fish in the overall conspiracy. On a more sinister note a dead fish is also the symbol of bad fortunes on the horizon... and Kobayakawa is killed before things start to turn Ugly for the Thieves.
- Asshole Victim: He gets murdered by Akechi when he tries to reveal Shido's crimes to the police. His death was then used in order to frame the Phantom Thieves, but having known about Kamoshida's abuses and just letting it slide, it's hard to feel sorry for him.
- Blood from the Mouth: Just before his death, he's seen bleeding from the mouth as he turns his head towards the truck that hits him.
- Create Your Own Hero: His forcing Makoto to investigate the Phantom Thieves ultimately leads to her joining them.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He has a nameplate on his desk that simply says "Principal".
- Fat Bastard: He's rather portly, and though he's not as vile as Kaneshiro, his attempts at manipulating Makoto and knowing about Kamoshida's actions while turning a blind eye makes him an unpleasant person.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's polite to Makoto, but in a way that's meant to pick at her insecurities and pressure her into finding the Phantom Thieves.
- Foreshadowing: His inaction towards Kamoshida and Kaneshiro despite knowing that both are doing horrible things to his students. This is what foreshadows Shido ordering Akechi to kill him as doing both would have worked against Shido's Conspiracy in the end. Had he reported Kamoshida to the police it would draw media attention to the school that could leak information about the Conspiracy to the public. If he reported Kaneshiro, he would have been killed by Akechi since Kaneshiro was a financial backer of the Conspiracy. In fact, because the Phantom Thieves successfully get Kamoshida to confess to his crimes the school gets the media attention he was trying to avoid thus being why he is ordered to get killed by the Conspiracy.
- Gonk: He's very obese, to the point at which his body's almost egg-shaped, and looks like an uglier Kaneshiro, being just as overweight, but lacking Kaneshiro's visible neck, and having more wrinkles.
- Hate Sink: Kobayakawa isn't particularly well liked by the students of Shujin after Kamoshida's crimes comes to light. Both the students and the public at large are convinced that he must have been covering Kamoshida's crimes. Even after he got killed by Akechi in a bid to tarnish the Phantom Thieves names, the public continues to support the Phantom Thieves claiming that he deserved to have a mental shutdown.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: At the time of his death, Kobayakawa was on his way to a police station. It is implied that he knew Shido was losing patience with him and that he was about to seek police protection in exchange for information about Shido and the Conspiracy. This is another possible reason why Shido arranged for his death.
- He Knows Too Much: One of the reasons the Conspiracy has him killed is so that, after cutting him out from the big picture, he wouldn't reveal anything regarding the Conspiracy to the police.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: In his efforts to uncover the identity of the Phantom Thieves, Kobayakawa unintentionally sets off the chain of events that leads to Makoto joining them and his death. To speed up Makoto's investigation, he decides to post announcements on the school bulletin board for the student body to report any suspicious rumors to the Student Council. Instead of reporting about the Phantom Thieves, students end up telling Makoto about gangsters from Shibuya who are strong arming them for their money. When Kobayakawa refuses to do anything when she tells them, Makoto instead turns to the Phantom Thieves to address this problem. This all leads to the Phantom Thieves stealing Kaneshiro's heart, and Kobayakawa suffering a mental shutdown for his failure to uncover their identities.
- Jerkass: He isn't a very good person. He knew all about yet covered up Kamoshida's crimes, effectively blackmails his best student into following his orders as if just telling her wasn't enough, and is, of course, a member of a criminal conspiracy. With that said, you might feel a little bad for him after all the ass-kissing and groveling he does to Shido over the phone, only to be tossed aside and killed off without a second thought.
- Karma Houdini: He never faces any direct comeuppance for covering up Kamoshida's crimes. While he eventually suffers a You Have Failed Me at the hands of the Conspiracy, this is a result of actions unrelated to Kamoshida.
- Last-Name Basis: As a way of effectively translating the dialogue, he was given a surname in all non-Japanese translations of the game.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: The vice-principal gives Kobayakawa a flattering eulogy, but hardly anyone in the assembly is fooled.
- No Name Given: In the original Japanese version of the game, his name is never given (as the structure of Japanese allows for him to be believably referred to as "Principal" in all interactions the player sees), but since it would be a little awkward for him to be utterly nameless in English in a few places, his surname is revealed to be Kobayakawa.
- Oh, Crap!: When he finds out about Kamoshida's change of heart, he begins to panic and orders Makoto to investigate the possibility that the Phantom Thieves might be students at Shujin (and that he might be next). His fears are, after a fashion, not ungrounded.
- Pet the Dog: He allowed Sojiro to enroll the protagonist into Shujin Academy despite the recent events that labeled him a juvenile delinquent, even if he's not entirely happy about doing so.
- Red Herring: His earlier interactions may lead the player to believe he'll be a future target. While he is a member of the Conspiracy, he's a relatively minor one, and suffers a You Have Failed Me.
- Running Gag: His phone conversations with his superiors generally end with the latter hanging up on him mid-sentence, much to the principal's dismay.
- Shame If Something Happened: Pulls this on Makoto during their first meeting. He basically tells her she better find out who the Phantom Thieves are for him or she can kiss her college recommendations goodbye, and that would be very unfortunate for her future and for Sae. Unfortunately for him, she eventually rejects his offer, and it's clear that he needs her more than she needs him.
- Slave to PR: Taken to a sinister degree.
- Kobayakawa's entire motivation for approving Joker's admission into Shujin Academy despite his probation was because he wanted the positive publicity for "rehabilitating" him.
- He is obsessed with maintaining the perfect reputation of Shujin Academy to the point where he willing turns a blind eye to corruption at his school. He was knowingly complicit in Kamoshida's physical and sexual abuse of the students but choose to ignore it because of the great publicity Kamoshida as an olympic gold medalist was bringing to the school.
- Later in the game, when he pressures Makoto to investigate about the Phantom Thieves, she instead presents him with evidence of gangsters from Shibuya strong-arming students for money, but Kobayakawa again downplays it because he does not want Shujin to take bad press if word were to get out.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- He was killed by Akechi in order to frame the Phantom Thieves, which is working since the public isn't sure if they're the ones responsible.
- His refusal to do anything about Kamoshida is what establishes the Phantom Thieves and with Kamoshida confessing to his crimes and the school getting more media attention, this sets things in motion for the Conspiracy to manipulate the Phantom Thieves.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: He is the Laughable Lackey to Shido's Vile Villain. In contrast to his ruthless and dangerous boss, Kobayakawa's Gonk appearance and ineptitude makes him a complete joke who doesn't even come close to being a threat to the Phantom Thieves.
- You Have Failed Me: He's killed for failing to make any progress on investigating the Phantom Thieves, as well as to frame the Phantom Thieves for his death.
- Voiced By: Tomohisa Aso (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)
Head of the Public Prosecutor's Special Investigation Unit in Tokyo, he's in charge of investigating high profile cases such as tax evasion and corruption.
- Amoral Attorney: It's heavily implied that he's been falsifying evidence for a long time, and also works with the Conspiracy to prevent Shido's crimes from coming to light.
- Asshole Victim: Knowing that Goro Akechi has killed other conspirators before, you'd think he'd know better than to taunt a Metaverse explorer who can send people into shock. Apparently not...
- Blackmail: Implied to be why he ended up on Shido's side. Akechi tracked down his Shadow, learning from it that the director had been forging evidence to promote himself. Shido used this information in the real world to make him a puppet.
- Contemplative Boss: When he's not at his desk, he's standing and staring out his office window.
- Dirty Cop: A thoroughly corrupt law enforcement official on the take from The Conspiracy, and it's insinuated many if not most of his officers are the same.
- Evil Gloating: He engages in this while on the phone with his boss.
- Evil Old Folks: He's an elderly member of the Conspiracy and a very corrupt, unpleasant man.
- He Knows Too Much: Goro kills the Director via mental shutdown on the same day he "kills" Joker, as he was a direct link between Shido and the Phantom Thieves case and thus a security risk.
- His Own Worst Enemy: Literally. His own Shadow tipped off Akechi that the director was falsifying his cases; naturally, the director had no idea who could have betrayed this information.
- Karmic Death: It seems only fitting that he meets his demise via mental shutdown—the exact same fate as the many people he gladly arranged to be disposed of under Shido's orders.
- Mole in Charge: Helps the Conspiracy out by ensuring evidence against the Conspiracy and its leader never comes to light.
- No Name Given: He is unnamed over the course of the story.
- Police Brutality: He has the protagonist drugged after his men capture and brutalize him during the prologue.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Practically every conversation he has with Shido ends up with him dabbling praise on his boss. Most notable example is when he backtracks himself into complimenting Shido for coming up with the plan to destroy the Phantom Thieves, even though it's implied that it was Akechi who came up with it instead.
- Red Herring: The way he's shown in early cutscenes may lead the player to suspect he's the Big Bad. The other tropes listed here should tell you otherwise.
- Smug Snake: He's overconfident and unpleasant, unaware that Shido has also been planning to kill him once he's no longer useful.
- This Cannot Be!: Among his last words are "Even me?"
- The Unfought: The Phantom Thieves never meet him in person, let alone his Shadow. They don't even become aware of his involvement in the Conspiracy until long after he's been disposed of.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's the head of the SIU office.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He becomes a victim of this after the protagonist's "suicide", with Shido viewing him as an unwanted loose end.
- Voiced By: Hisayoshi Suganuma (JP), Phillip Reich (EN)
The son of a highly influential politican who was assigned a marriage to Haru by her father Okumura simply to allow him to compete presidency with Shido, with full knowledge that he doesn't care about her. His cognition in Okumura's Palace fights the party as a special Corporobo.
- Anticlimax: The entire sub-plot of Haru's engagement to Sugimura disappears from the main story after Joker fakes his death and largely a background plot thread within Haru's own Confidant. In fact, Sugimura ultimately ends up getting dumped off-screen after Haru learns that she isn't expected to wed him on the ninth rank of her Confidant.
- Arranged Marriage: He's engaged to Haru, and their getting married is the consequence of not completing Kunikazu's Palace in time.
- Backup Bluff: Tries to keep Haru involved in their Arranged Marriage by lording over her a contract that will cause Okumura Foods to suffer huge reparations if Haru doesn't go along with the marriage. However, late in Haru's confidant, a company executive mentions never hearing about this contract from Kunikazu or his lawyer.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: When Haru tried to confront Sugimura and Morgana tries to intervene, he kicked Morgana into the wall.
- Bastard Boyfriend: He's such to Haru. Okumura even fully knows that he doesn't treat her as anything other than a sexual plaything.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Despite being introduced as a rather despicable antagonist, Sugimura's role pretty much evaporates after Okumura's death. Haru even ends up breaking off their engagement off-screen during her Co-Op after learning that he had been lying about their engagement being a contractual obligation.
- Domestic Abuser: Treats Haru poorly, and is highly possessive of her.
- Double Standard: Neither he, nor Haru's father, have any issues with him bedding multiple women (see Your Cheating Heart), but both men consider Haru to be worthless as a woman after she spends a single night casually hanging out with the protagonist and his friends. The fiancé even physically assaults her and accuses her of being with another man one day after Haru and Morgana leave Mementos.
- Ephebophile: Okumura's cognition of him remarks that having a "high-school fiancee" is a "turn-on".
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's only referred to as Haru's fiancé in the plot. He's referred to as "Sugimura" in Haru's confidant.
- Evil Gloating: After the protagonist's arrest and apparent murder, he gloats to Haru's face that this means that Kunikazu has been avenged and that the Thieves couldn't change anything in the end.
- Evil Is Petty: Unlike the other potential arrests of Joker, Sugimura doesn't have a reasonable cause to report him to the police, he just does it out of spite.
- Hate Sink: In contrast to Haru's father, who, for all his unethical business practices, actually cares for his daughter very deep down, Haru's fiancé has no redeeming features to speak of.
- Hypocrite: Sugimura gets hostile and aggressive towards the idea of Haru staying out past curfew, jumping to the conclusion that she must be dating someone behind his back. Naturally the shadow cognition of Sugimura implies that he is actively seeing other women despite being engaged.
- Jerkass: He's a self-centered abusive bastard who only wants to make Haru his sexual plaything.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While his Evil Gloating moment above does emphasize his status as a Hate Sink, he is among the general public who is unaware of the Metaverse and thinks the Phantom Thieves were the ones who killed Haru's father. From his perspective, the leader of the group behind Kunizaku's death was dead and thus Kunizaku was avenged.
- Karma Houdini: Infuriatingly, he gets no real comeuppance for his abuse of Haru and general scumbaggery; at most, he, an already loaded bachelor, misses out on a chance to marry into even greater wealth. He's quickly eclipsed as a threat and fizzles off the Phantom Thieves' radar in the face of the late-game antagonists, and his heart goes untouched.
- Kick the Dog: Literally. He kicks Morgana in his house cat form after the latter tries to save Haru from being assaulted by him.
- Not So Different: Unlike most of the cognitions that you encounter before this point which are merely distortions of how their Palace owners see people, Cognitive Sugimura acts almost like his real person.
- No Respect Guy: At the end, once Okumura is gone, he never gets what he wanted and the other board members of Okumura Foods simply declared his marriage null and void.
- Smug Snake: He's full of himself and confident that he'll be able to get Haru's hand in marriage, as well as Okumura Foods once Kunikazu dies, unaware that his father-in-law considers him as much of a pawn as the rest of his workers (which is why the cognitive version turns into a robot), and a high-ranking executive in Okumura Foods knows that the "marriage contract" is a sham and is willing to help Haru get out of it.
- The Unfought: His real person isn't fought anywhere in-game. He's still a jerk even after the Okumura arc, and he doesn't appear fought as anything else, even in Mementos.
- Upper-Class Twit: He's the spoiled son of a member of the Diet, and it shows, given that it's not stated what his occupation is. His and Haru's marriage is solely so that Kunikazu can enter the political world. He also casually comments that only the privileged few of the world have the right to change its destiny, not the general public and certainly not a band of upstart thieves.
- You Are Fat: Does a somewhat passive-aggressive version of this in Haru's confidant, telling her that if she has time to spend with people like the protagonist, she should spend it at the gym losing weight.
- Your Cheating Heart: Implied. When the party encounters a cognitive version of him along with Shadow Kunikazu in the other world, they strike a bargain where, should Haru be seen as unfit for marriage (read: sleep with another guy), Kunikazu proposes that the fiancé can keep Haru as a mistress, and it's all well and good if he has more of them. Since cognitive versions are how the owners of the Palace perceive their real life counterparts, it's likely that Kunikazu knows this about him. This is what ultimately triggers Haru's Persona awakening.
- Zero-Effort Boss: Downplayed; While his robot cognition can still kill you, it is merely used to demonstrate Haru's powers. It neither hits really hard nor is it really tough.
- Affably Evil: While they are obviously dangerous and manipulative people in real life, their cognition-shadows are friendly folk that can be easily socialized with... as long as you don't call them to hand out their invitation letters. If you do, they will snap and attack without mercy.
- Co-Dragons: They are all suboordinates of Shido, and are stronger than average shadows in the game.
- Degraded Boss: Three of their Demon forms can be encountered during Shido's Palace (Forneus, Hanuman, Oberon) while Yamata-No-Orochi can be encountered in Mementos Depths. Ongyo-Ki cannot be recruited in the overworld, however.
- Villain with Good Publicity: All of them are influent, wealthy people holding big positions in media and politics.
- Would Hurt a Child: All of them will flip out and attack mercilessly when the party tells them to hand out the Invitation Letters.
A pro-Shido politician who's part of his conspiracy group. Shido's cognition of him fights the party as the demon Yamata-no-Orochi.
- Evil Is Petty: He reveals that he was the mastermind behind the horrible train accident at the beginning of the game, which he did just because he wanted two specific people on the train dead and the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism thrown out of office. The lives of all the other people he mangled don't matter to him in the slightest.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's a politician, but his party's never stated.
A member of Shido's conspiracy group. He is a kazoku, a descendant of the aristocratic houses of Imperial Japan who were forced to renounce their titles after World War II. The cognitive version of him in Shido's Palace fights the party as the demon Forneus.
- Blue Blood: His cognitive version tells the girls on how his family had this status before it was removed. It's a reference to how the Allied Forces removed the nobility status during the occupation of Japan.
- Dirty Old Man: The girls manage to secure his cognitive version's letter of introduction by dressing up in swimsuits. Once they managed to do so, he starts to get touchy-feely with Ann, who of course doesn't take it well.
- Fat Bastard: He's quite heavyset, which is fairly obvious when you see him in a swimsuit.
- No Name Given: He is unnamed over the course of the story.
- The Unfought: Hilariously Subverted. The female half of the Phantom Thieves actually manages to sweet-talk him into giving them his Letter of Introduction without a fight. However, in the process he proved to be not only an Upper-Class Twit, but enough of an Ephebophile to try to proposition Ann. The party then decides to kick his ass as a matter of principle.
- Upper-Class Twit: He believes that one's lineage is everything and is dumb enough to fall for Ann's acting.
A member of Shido's conspiracy group who runs a TV network company. Shido's cognition of him fights the party as the demon Hanuman.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He first appears at the celebration dinner at the buffet after dealing with Kamoshida.
- Faux Affably Evil: Subverted. He would be this if you look only at his words when he interacts with Haru, but voice oozes nothing but gloating and condescension. Then he forgoes even that much when he praises Shido for getting rid her father and shifting the blame to the Phantom Thieves at the same time.
- Flunky Boss: He fights the party with two Garudas.
- If It Bleeds, It Leads: A firm believer in this, to the point that he gloats about making a mint off his station's coverage of Kunikazu Okumura's gruesome death to the face of the man's grieving daughter.
- Kick the Dog: While speaking with Haru, and well aware of who he's talking with, his cognitive version not only badmouths Kunikazu, but even gloats about using the broadcast of the exact moment of Kunikazu's mental shutdown for a huge ratings boost. While Haru had succeeded in getting the man's letter of introduction, she's enraged enough to demand an apology, resulting in a battle.
- No Name Given: He is unnamed over the course of the story.
- The Unfought: Subverted. Haru actually manages to talk Shido's Cognition of him into giving her a Letter of Introduction without a fight, however he stoops so low in his dog-kicking condescension to her and his Faux Affably Evil gloating about getting to broadcast her father's death on live television that she snaps at him and battle soon ensues.
A member of Shido's conspiracy group who runs an IT company that's been manipulating the Phantom Thieves' public image. In Shido's Palace, the cognitive version of him fights the party as the demon Oberon.
- Arc Villain: Responsible for running the Medjed imposters in Futuba's story arc.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His first appearance is during the celebration dinner after dealing with Kamoshida
- Flunky Boss: Aided by two Titanias in the boss fight against his cognitive version. He'll call more should they fall.
- The Man Behind the Man: Is the one behind the fake Medjed group.
- No Name Given: He is unnamed over the course of the story.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Unlike most of the other members of the Conspiracy, the IT President is completely in the dark about the connections to the mental shutdowns.
- Villain Respect: He genuinely respects Futaba for her hacking abilities. Doesn't stop him from trying to kill her once she began acting hostile towards him.
- Xanatos Gambit: Apparently, he wasn't counting on Futaba defeating Medjed, but his cognitive version notes that he would have staged their "defeat" even if she hadn't intervened, all to make the Thieves popular.
- Voiced by: David Forseth (EN)
A member of Shido's conspiracy group who serves as his employer's primary real-world muscle, his main job being to "clean up" any loose ends by making people disappear. In Shido's Palace, the cognitive Cleaner deals with others on the cruise ship and personally fights as the demon Ongyo-ki.
- Cleanup Crew: His cognitive version represents the criminals who clean up after Shido's crimes.
- The Dreaded: The party's quite intimidated by him, and make a point of saving him until after they get the other letters of introduction.
- Know When To Fold Them: After he loses his fight, the cognitive Cleaner gives the letter of introduction and chooses to abandon Shido and the Conspiracy.
- No Name Given: He is unnamed over the course of the story.
- Only in It for the Money: He's only a part of Shido's Conspiracy because Shido is paying him. The moment his cognitive version views someone as strong enough to beat Shido he decides to leave, as the risk of being on Shido's side suddenly outweighs the reward. Haru notes that this is because politicians keep their relationships with shady connections purely professional, which is represented in the cognitive Cleaner's lack of loyalty.
- Serious Business: The cognitive Cleaner refuses to give the party a letter of introduction if Yusuke doesn't join as his personal tattoo artist.
- Worthy Opponent: His cognitive version sees the party as this after they beat him.
- Yakuza: His affiliation (although it's unclear whether he's related to Kaneshiro), and like the mini-bosses in Kaneshiro's palace, his cognitive version takes on the form of an oni.
Shujin Academy Staff
- Foil: With the exception of Principal Kobayakawa, Kamoshida and Kawakami, the rest of the staff at Shujin are complete opposites to the staff at Gekkoukan or Yasogami. They are more straight-laced, drawn conventionally, and don't have "colorful" personalities.
- Voiced by: Tomoko Fujino (Japanese)
The English teacher of class 2-D, known for her heavy makeup and somewhat provocative choice of clothes.
- Gratuitous English: Uses various English phrases in the Japanese version. Justified, as she's an English teacher in a Japanese school.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Chouno accosts Kawakami and gives her a hard time for not going the extra mile for her students. Since Chouno does not know Kawakami's personal circumstance, from her perspective Kawakami is seemingly only doing the bare minimum in her position.
- Malicious Slander: Apparently responsible for spreading rumors about Ms. Kawakami's night job, although she doesn't seem to have any actual proof. She does stop after the protagonist covers for Kawakami.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Averted interestingly enough. She's implied to be from the United States or of American descent, but looks Latina. She specifically mentions California's dry weather at one point, implying she's from the West Coast.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When the protagonist makes the excuse that Kawakami is actually tutoring him instead of moonlighting, she instantly believes him and compliments Kawakami on her willingness to go the extra mile for her students. This shocks Kawakami because the last time she tutored a student at her old school she was berated for 'playing favorites'.
The Science teacher of class 2-D, known for his rather flamboyant mannerisms.
- Ambiguously Gay: He has a rather effeminate appearance, and speaks in a fairly flamboyant and dramatic manner, but that's pretty much it.
- Biseinen: He's quite attractive for an older gentleman.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Odd mannerisms aside, he's a rather competent teacher.
- Character Tics: Hiruta gestures a lot with his hands when talking to the class.
- Classy Cravat: Wears one to show his eccentric, flamboyant attitude.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A lot of what he says is either extremely poetic, or extremely odd.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: A near-permanent facial feature of his.
- Skewed Priorities: During the Okumura arc, he goes on a mini-rant against the Phantom Thieves, denouncing their activities for a very petty reason. It turns out that he loves eating at Big Bang Burger and is paranoid over the idea that it might end up going under because of the Thieves targeting its parent company's president. Never mind the fact that his "favorite source of junk food" is widely reported to be involved in several unethical practices...
- Smug Smiler: His default expression is a rather smug smile.
- Voiced by: Tomohisa Aso (Japanese), Darin De Paul (English)
The World History teacher of class 2-D, known for his rather dignified presence and matter-of-fact way of speaking.
- Foreshadowing: His lecture on the French Revolution of 1789 involves a cautionary tale about the "heroic rebel" archetype — reminding his students that, far too often across the ages, those who'd instigate rebellion against despotic societies would end up turning into despots themselves. This is proven true in the Bad Ending if Joker becomes Yaldabaoth's willing accomplice, where he dooms all of Tokyo into a purgatorial cycle of corruption and illusionary hope.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He's quite handsome and looks pretty good in his three-piece suit.
- Totally Radical: Wouldn't be a Persona game without such a teacher, now would it?Mr. Inui: Yes... As you young folk might say, the situation is indeed quite wack. Perhaps you're wondering why I used such hip terminology, hm?
Mr. Inui: If today's youth are freely using Thieves' Cant to each other in broad daylight... Then truly, we live in wack times indeed.
Morgana: ...I've been listening to a lot of teenagers, but I'm not sure I've ever heard them say that... Still, he's trying so hard, it would be a shame to correct him.
- Voiced by: Miku Yoshikawa (Japanese), Amanda Winn-Lee (English)
The Math teacher of class 2-D, who radiates a strict aura despite her mousy-looking appearance.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: She's quite aware of this, comparing math to a demon that must be conquered in order to succeed in life.
- Meganekko: A downplayed example. She's not ugly, per-se, but is more on the Plain Jane side of things than conventionally attractive.
- Necessary Evil: She states that math is like a demon that must be overcome and conquered so that people can succeed and excel in their lives.
- Perpetual Frowner: Her default expression, in keeping with her no-nonsense attitude.
- Voiced by: Daisuke Matsumoto (Japanese), Peter Lurie (English)
The Social Sciences teacher of class 2-D, known for his old age and grouchy personality.
- Chucking Chalk: He does this to the Protagonist/Joker on certain days when he's feeling particularly irritable. If you have enough Proficiency to dodge, you'll impress your classmates and gain a small Charm bonus.
- Jerkass: Downplayed. He's openly disdainful towards students and never misses a chance to look down on them in some way, but never quite reaches Kinshiro Morooka's level of verbal hostility. A worse example is that when Shiho is about to commit suicide after being physically or sexually abused by Kamoshida, he told every student to keep calm and continue class to no avail.
- Killing Intent: Played for laughs. Apparently, he radiates such an aura just before throwing a piece of chalk at students who don't pay attention in class (Joker being a favorite target).
- Stern Teacher: He's known to act like this in the class, especially when someone isn't listening or makes a mistake.
- Arc Villain: The closest thing Ryuji's Confidant has to one; stopping his manipulations of the track team forms the climax.
- In Vino Veritas: Spills the beans about his plan to exploit the track team and make himself look good to a colleague when he gets drunk at a monjayaki restaurant.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He was interested in Takeishi because of his mom's connections; after he gets exposed, Takeishi and his mom use those same connections to bring him down.
- Obviously Evil: Unsurprisingly, Kamoshida's former crony turns out to not have the track team's best interests in mind.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Ryuji claims he was this around parents.
- Stealing the Credit: He plans to hire a coach to revitalize the track team before taking all the credit for himself.
- The Unfought: He is never fought as a target in-game and is neutralized without a fight.
A mysterious puppet-like boy the Thieves encounter in Mementos in Royal. He's collecting flowers to better understand humans and enlists the Phantom Thieves' help in exchange for his services.
- Ambiguously Human: He's trying to learn about humans by collecting flowers and star-shaped stamps scattered throughout Mementos. He also has the same white hair and golden eyes as the Velvet Room Attendants and Shadows. Assuming, "José" is a truncation of "Joseph", his name also fits the same Theme Naming as the rest of the Velvet Room Attendants.
- Badass Driver: He has to be one to survive in Mementos in his little buggy.
- Experience Booster: He can use the Stamps scattered throughout Mementos to provide bonus experience during battles in Mementos.
- Money Multiplier: He can also use the stamps to provide bonus cash and extra item drops at the end of Mementos battles.
- Mundane Utility: He can use his powers to convert the flowers he finds in Mementos into powerful accessories for the Phantom Thieves. During his introduction, he also transmutes some flowers into a refreshing drink.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has the same golden eye designs as the Velvet Room Attendants and can use his powers to modify Mementos and strengthen the accessories the Thieves acquire from collecting the skulls in Palaces.
An international hacktivist group who threaten a mass-hacking attack on Japan if the Phantom Thieves don't expose themselves, since they believe themselves to be the only group allowed to expose the evils of society.
- Badass Creed: "We are Medjed. We are unseen. We will eliminate evil."
- Bedsheet Ghost: Forms part of the logonote , but its faded appearance makes it hard to spot on the low-resolution images in the game. The anime gives a more detailed closeup, making it easier to spot.
- The Cracker: A whole organization of them that essentially hold Japan for ransom.
- Jack the Ripoff: The "Medjed" threatening Japan aren't the original Medjed, that was Futaba Sakura. This is why she's able to defeat them so easily once she joins the team.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: They're not nearly the powerful, omniscient hacking organization they claim to be, they're just a bunch of Conspiracy-backed ripoffs capitalizing on the Medjed name to make empty threats.
- Motive Decay: They originally stood for justice, but eventually started committing random cybercrimes just to stoke their own egos. This is because they're not the original Medjed, but a ripoff group backed by the Conspiracy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Medjed's Badass Creed is quite similar to that of the real-world hacktivist collective Anonymous: "Anonymous is legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget."
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after an obscure god from Egyptian Mythology, though the name has a bit of a double-meaning, as Medjed the god was also something of an internet meme in real-life Japan. It's fitting that the geeky Futaba would choose a name like that.
- Small Role, Big Impact: While they're never seen or directly confronted, they are the first international target the Thieves defeat, which causes their popularity and influence to skyrocket.
- Tautological Templar: They're against what the Phantom Thieves are doing, because in their mind, only they can deliver true justice.
- The Unfought: While they're the antagonists of Futaba's chapter, her dungeon is the main focus, and she defeats them offscreen.
Igor, the Imprisoned Master of the Velvet Room.
See Persona Recurring Characters for more details.