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Suguru Kamoshida
Bastard King of Lust
Shadow Kamoshida 
Asmodeus Transformation 
"This is MY castle- a place in which I can do whatever I want. Everyone wishes to be loved by me. ...That is, everyone besides slow-witted thieves like you."

Sin: Luxuria (Lust)
Shadow: Asmodeus
Voiced by: Yūji Mitsuya (JP), D.C. Douglas (EN)
Stage actors: Shun Takagi (The Stage)

The first major target, Kamoshida is the gym teacher at Shujin Academy who is also a former Olympic volleyball gold medalist. He has been using his position to sabotage other sports teams at Shujin to make the volleyball team he coaches appear to be the school's sole pride and joy. His warped sexual lust for the volleyball team's female members - and, more so, Ann Takamaki, as well as his lust for total domination towards his male athletes creates a Palace in the collective unconscious where he takes the form of Asmodeus, the demon of Lust.


His Palace resembles a Medieval castle, and it is based in Shujin Academy in the real world. In his Palace his Treasure resembles a massive bejeweled crown, while in the real world, it is a gold medal he won in the Olympics.

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  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While he isn't a horrible looking guy, the live action stage adaptation makes him more attractive, with a more Bishōnen appearance thanks to him being portrayed by Shun Takagi.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • In the manga, he's a bit more Faux Affably Evil than in the game. He offers to give Akira and Ryuji "the same tough love (he) give(s his) team," (i.e. physical abuse) instead of merely threatening them with expulsion when they ask around about him. The manga also adds a scene when he talks with Shiho about her declining performance, and gives her a way to keep her starting spot, before sexually assaulting her.
    • The anime has him lay into Ren and Ryuji for being late near the start of Episode 2. By comparison, in the game, he came off as outwardly pleasant (albeit making a taunting reference to Ryuji's past as a track team member), and only turns stern when he reminds the protagonist about his precarious position as a person on probation.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Believe it or not, Royal makes him, or at least his Shadow, even worse than in the original game. During his boss fight, he summons cognitive versions of Mishima and Shiho as his slaves. If cognitive Shiho gets destroyed or even if he's struck himself when it's on the field, Shadow Kamoshida dismisses her as useless and even plans on having "special lessons" with her. It reinforces that he shows absolutely no remorse for what the real Kamoshida did to Shiho.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: His response when Ann refuses to sleep with him is to threaten to drop Shiho from her starter position.
  • Animal Motifs: Rams. He has statues of ram's heads all across his Palace which act as switches, and his boss form has curved ram horns on his head. This represents Kamoshida's desire for power and sex (as rams are symbols of power and virility), as well as how Kamoshida likes to "butt heads" with people.
  • Asshole Victim: Discussed. After sexually assaulting Shiho in a way that made her attempt suicide, Ryuji decides that Kamoshida has to have his heart changed, even if it means that Kamoshida might die.
  • Arch-Enemy: He is mutually longtime archenemies with Ryuji, with every confrontation between them hinging on erupting into violence. He also becomes a sworn archenemy to Ann after he sexually assaulted and (heavily implied to have) raped Shiho, her best friend.
  • Attention Whore: Kamoshida wants to be the only reason Shujin Academy is on the map. When the Track Team was doing well, he provoked Ryuji into hitting him, broke his leg, and then got the Track Team disbanded. When Joker is admitted to Shujin, Kamoshida complains to Kawakami that the new delinquent transfer student would take attention away from his achievements.
  • Bait the Dog: An early scene has him offering a ride to Ann and Joker when it starts raining, urging them to not be late for school. Soon enough, however, it becomes clear how uncomfortable Ann is around him and what he thinks of the students he's supposed to be taking care of: slaves for the boys and sex dolls for the girls.
  • Beyond Redemption: Played with. When they find out stealing Kamoshida's heart may kill him if done incorrectly, Ryuji, and possibly Joker, are reluctant to go through with it, despite everything Kamoshida did to the students of Shujin Academy. When Shiho tries to kill herself in a desperate attempt to get away from Kamoshida, they no longer care whether or not Kamoshida dies; they just want him gone.
    Ryuji: We gotta go to that other world and beat the shit out of that asshole! [...] Someone almost died because of him! I don't give a rat's ass what happens to him anymore!
  • Bishie Sparkle: He is seen in this light during the volleyball rally right before one of his spikes meets Mishima's face. It emphasizes how he's seen as the star of the school in spite of his true nature.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Combined with Faux Affably Evil. In front of authority figures like Principal Kobayakawa and one of the counselors, he tries to be polite and easygoing while still sounding arrogant. Once he's alone with the protagonists, he shows his more threatening nature.
  • Break Him By Talking: His Shadow does this to Ryuji, accusing him of being responsible for the track team's downfall, and saying that the protagonist and Morgana will die because they sided with "trash" like him. Ryuji briefly goes into a Heroic BSoD, but fortunately, snaps out in time to awaken his Persona and save the rest of the party. He later does the same thing to Ann, claiming that what he did to Shiho, and thus Shiho's suicide attempt were all because of Ann refusing his advances, which also ends in Ann awakening her Persona.
  • Broken Ace: He was once a beloved Olympic athlete who brought home a gold medal for Japan in volleyball, but he's since become a selfish bastard obsessed with keeping his status and reputation. His Treasure takes the real-life form of his Olympic gold medal as the source of all his twisted desires.
  • The Bully: All in all, he's nothing but one, albeit one that's far worse than any of the other bullies in Shujin. He physically abuses his students through brutal training regiments, while frequently extorting sexual favours from his female ones via Mishima.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Deconstructed and Played for Drama. As a Volleyball coach he actually gets results. He took Shujin to the volleyball nationals, his recommendations can guarantee scholarships, and Ann discusses in her Confidant that Kamoshida would not put Shiho in the starting position just because he wanted to get to her but recognized Shiho's skills. The only exception seems to be Mishima, who Kamoshida knows is terrible but keeps him around due to his skills with technology and to be his messenger. Kamoshida's results are the only reason the school and parents would tolerate his "quirk" of physically abusing and sexually assaulting the students.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In the vanilla release his Shadow never refers to Shiho, the girl who attempted suicide because of him, by name, and doesn't seem to remember her as anything more than another victim. Disturbingly subverted in Royal; his Palace now has a cognitive Shiho in a revealing bunny outfit with high vulnerability to physical attacks, indicating he remembers her and exactly what he did very well. The echoes from his Will Seeds also illustrate he fully remembers her by name and lusts after her body.
  • Call-Back:
    • Kamoshida is one to Persona 2's Ginji Sazaki. Both were once talented celebrities who end up in less prestigious jobs, and were desperate to reclaim their former glory. Both Sazaki and Kamoshida also gained notoriety for their sexual advances on their female students, particularly on one who is of mixed heritage.
    • His Palace is this to Yukiko's Castle. Not counting the Shopping District, both games have a castle with the Lust theme prevalent as their first dungeon.
  • The Casanova: While more focus is placed on the Sexual Extortion, sexual harassment, and heavily implied rape, he's also fairly popular with female students who haven't heard or don't believe the rumors about him. Given the wariness of some of the girls who have an inkling of what he's really like, it's implied he isn't too picky when it comes to his students.
  • Cool Crown: His Shadow has a simple gold crown, and his Treasure takes the form of a much larger and more ornate crown, which he wears after transforming into Asmodeus.
  • Creepy Gym Coach: He has sexually harassed the female students on the volleyball team and is forcing Ann to go out with him to keep Shiho on the team. He rapes Shiho when Ann refuses to sleep with him, and it's implied that Shiho isn't the first person he molested.
  • Cruel Mercy: Ann spares his shadow not out of the kindness of her heart, but that it would be a more befitting punishment for him to face the consequences of his actions. With his crimes outed to the public, the glory and fame that he had long sought for will vanish.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Justified; the students are intimidated into silence while the authorities either don't care or are willing to go along with his misdeeds for the sake of profit. It's also heavily implied that when Kamoshida abuses students in the PE office, everyone near the PE faculty office can hear them make weird noises, such as screaming.
  • Dirty Coward: For all his high and mighty talk, his Shadow is pretty cowardly, leaving all the fighting to his Guards. When Joker and Ann first awaken their Personas, he quickly gets cold feet and scurries away with his tail between his legs. The only reason why he still acts smug when Ryuji awakens his Persona is that Shadow Kamoshida still has plenty of Guards by his side. Once he's finally defeated, he makes a futile attempt to escape and then pathetically begs for his life before finally coming to terms with the position he's in.
  • Dirty Old Man: Played for Drama. He's a middle-aged ex-athlete with an unhealthy fixation with female high school-aged students, particularly the girls who are on the volleyball team he coaches, and the visibly "exotic"-looking Ann Takamaki. The students who aren't in the loop about his true nature are repulsed by him, and the only reason he was able to get Ann into his clutches in the first place was because he promised that Ann's friend Shiho a spot on the team for a national tournament if Ann accepted his advances. This fixation manifests in his Palace in several ways: his sexed-up, pink-skinned cognitions of the volleyball team, the gigantic female torso pillars that serve as decor, and his bikini-clad cognition of Ann, who, unlike the real Ann, is completely subservient to him on top of being shallow and ditzy.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His Shadow has the Protagonist and Ryuji captured and plans to execute them both just because they walked into his Palace. Later on, he threatens to have the Protagonist, Ryuji, and Mishima all expelled for confronting him about Shiho's attempted suicide. What makes this worse is that the Protagonist actually stops Ryuji from attacking him, yet all it does is earn him the risk of being expelled. Even Mishima, who went to stop Ryuji, is lumped into it, even though he had taken Kamoshida's abuse and not said anything to worsen the situation. Joker and Mishima were just collateral to him. Averted in the manga, in which Kamoshida plans to have Akira and Ryuji expelled for supposedly bullying Shiho into committing suicide, intending to use them as scapegoats for the incident.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: When he uses his Last Ditch Move, Gold Medal Spike:
    Kamoshida: Time for my killshot from when I was active and rockin' it! in I'll make the kill!
  • Driven to Suicide: Subverted. During his confession at the school assembly, Kamoshida feels so guilty that he says that he will kill himself to atone. He is talked down into turning himself in by Ann, who insists that suicide would be running away from his guilt.
  • Entitled Bastard: Because of his past success as an Olympic-level athlete, Kamoshida believes that the school ought to reward him for that, regardless of what he does.
  • Ephebophile: A truly disturbing one at that as Ann would happily attest, given he is a high school teacher and never shows or indicates this sort of interest in any women his actual age in game. The only hint of any other interest is in an unused Will Seed flashback in Royal where he sexually harassed (or assaulted) a female TV anchor.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Even before we find out the full extent of his abuses, Kamoshida's first appearance has him casually gloating to Kawakami that his volleyball team is the only thing putting the school on the map, which she agrees with (the fact that his boasting is rather understated also demonstrates just how easily he's able to hide his scummier nature). His Shadow's first impression is even worse: when we first see him, he immediately orders the Protagonist and Ryuji executed just for intruding in his castle.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Kamoshida sometimes likes to crack jokes or make light humor in instances where he isn't being a sociopathic Jerkass. It only serves to upset people when it isn't simply ignored.
  • Evil Is Petty: He encourages students to spread rumors about Joker simply because he's a "delinquent" with no business ruining the school's reputation. The rumors start the day that Joker gets to school, indicating that Mishima spread them early, or that Kamoshida told him to do it even before Joker reached Shujin Academy. Kamoshida also broke Ryuji's leg to ensure that his volleyball club would be the only one to win the school awards.
  • Evil Gloating: If Joker talks to him in Shujin's halls before stealing his Treasure, Kamoshida will taunt him about his inevitable expulsion. Interestingly, however, if Joker constantly tries to converse with Kamoshida, he grows more and more paranoid and irritable, genuinely fearful of what Joker could be plotting to be so nonchalant over his impending fate.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He's a slimy, repugnant Jerkass with a fairly deep voice. Averted in the Japanese version, since Yūji Mitsuya's voice is more naturally high-pitched.
  • Evil Teacher: He beats the volleyball team and sexually harasses the female students because he believes that he's entitled to do so as the "king" of Shujin, and is heavily implied to have raped multiple female athletes, and we only get to know one such victim because her friend refused to sleep with him.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Ann considers sparing him to be this, as he will have to admit to his crimes and atone for the rest of his life for what he has done to his students.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Even when he’s putting on a facade of kindness, he still comes across as smug and egotistical and makes thinly veiled threats. This aspect of him is played up in the manga adaptation, when he cheerfully offers to help Ren and Ryuji straighten out by treating them the same way as his team, as opposed to sternly warning them that they'll be kicked out if they don't shape up.
  • A Glass of Chianti: In his boss battle, one of Kamoshida's hands is holding a large glass of red wine with the Ann copy floating in the drink like a tooth pick. Kamoshida can drink from the glass and slobber over the Ann copy before spitting her back into the glass to get a boost to his offenses.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: During the last phase of his battle, you're given the option to send someone to stealthily steal Kamoshida's crown while everyone else is distracting him. Ann, being the object of Kamoshida's lust, is not the person to send, and she even subtly warns you if you try to select her. Selecting her will result in Kamoshida noticing Ann almost immediately which gets Ann to run back to the battlefield and note that she should stay.
    Shadow Kamoshida: Where do you think you're going Takamaki? You and that damn fine bod of yours!
  • Glory Days: From Olympic medalist to high school PE teacher. This perhaps explains, without excusing, the worst aspects of his personality.
  • Glory Hound: He will do anything to keep the spotlight on himself. This is shown when his Shadow admits to maiming Ryuji in an incident he orchestrated to get the track team disbanded solely so he could have more prestige showered upon his own volleyball team.
  • Graceful Loser: Zigzagged. His Shadow, upon defeat, frantically pleads for mercy but completely concedes defeat not long after and even clues the Phantom Thieves in on it being destroyed would mean the real Kamoshida would be Killed Off for Real. The Shadow fully prepares for death, but upon being spared by Ann, promises Kamoshida will reform before fading. Even during his moment of loss before undergoing his change of heart some of part himself did agree what he did was horrific. As Ann is about to attempt to kill him he admits that Ann would be fully justified in ending his life. It’s meaningful since Shadows are parts of the human psyche that people do not want or keep hidden away. So on some level even before he change of heart he did have a guilty conscience, Kamoshida being the bastard he is did his best to bury it in the deepest parts of himself.
  • Gym Class Hell: A sadistic gym teacher who physically abuses his students. In his castle, this is shown as forcing the students to run on endless treadmills and shooting volleyballs at them out of a cannon.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Kamoshida might act chummy when it suits him, but it barely takes much to set him off when he drops the flimsy act. Best demonstrated in the optional conversations Joker can have with him in Shujin's halls during his Palace heist, where he voices being an inch away from beating Joker should the player choose dialogue taunting Kamoshida.
  • Hate Sink: For a Starter Villain, he's one of the vilest and cruel targets that Thieves face. Committing everything from physical abuse to Sexual Extortion, getting the entire track team disbanded because Ryuji hit him after egging him on to do it, and his Lack of Empathy towards Shiho's Bungled Suicide, all serve to make Kamoshida as unsympathetic as possible. In fact, absolutely nobody involved with him in the school wants him to be even around the school save for the principal (including Makoto who wasn't actually involved in his case), they were just scared of him beating the shit out of them or the principal tarnishing their records. This is most likely so the protagonists' Heel–Face Brainwashing methods feel more justified, even if it came at the risk of Kamoshida dying. That said, the Phantom Thieves do wonder if they went too far with him, even after all the terrible things he did, though they quickly take that back.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After the Phantom Thieves defeat his Shadow and steal his treasure, his shadow is so distraught that it tries to commit suicide by jumping from a ledge, much like how he drove Shiho to attempt suicide by jumping off the school roof. The Thieves stop him from doing it and refused to kill him themselves, preferring him to suffer Cruel Mercy. Later, his real-world self also threatens to commit suicide to atone for his actions, and Ann again talks him down from it.
  • Hot for Student: He has a rather lustful attraction towards Ann, and is also very fixated on the girls' volleyball team that he coaches. Unlike with Kashiwagi in the previous game, this time it's very much Played for Drama.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He acts like a big shot and that he's the true leader of the campus, but the minute anyone shows up the Volleyball Club or stands up to him, he will retaliate to salvage that pride. His Shadow inadvertently admits that he doesn't think he's worth anything if he doesn't win, and keep winning. To this end, his treasure is the Olympic gold medal he won.
  • It's Personal: He manages to earn the personal ire of all four of the founding Thieves: he lusts after Ann and drove her friend to attempt suicide, broke Ryuji's leg back when he was a track star, told everyone to spread rumors about the Protagonist both because he stood up to him and because he wanted to, and his Shadow would have executed Morgana had the Protagonist and Ryuji not intervened.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Blackmails Ann into accepting his advances under threat of removing Shiho from the volleyball team, and then assaults her out of spite when Ann refuses to sleep with him.
  • Jaded Washout: He was once a beloved Olympic medalist, but is now a simple volleyball coach who's trying to cling onto whatever glory he has left. This consequently moulded the Entitled Bastard mentality that drives the terrible things that he had done.
  • Jerkass: Kamoshida is so repulsive that even when putting on the charm, he comes off as a smug and repugnant egomaniac. He also taunts Ryuji by smugly rubbing it in his face that Shiho has slim chances of surviving her suicide attempt and thus won’t be able to testify against him.
  • Jerkass at Your Discretion: He acts upstanding when around authority figures, but acts threatening towards the volleyball team and anyone he doesn't like (The protagonist and Ryuji) when they're not around. However, it's revealed that the adults are already aware of his true nature and cover it up due to his reputation.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As repulsive and slimy as he is, he makes several unfortunately accurate points about certain subjects.
    • He points out that a lot of Ryuji's problems comes from his Hot-Blooded nature, an issue that comes up frequently throughout the story. Ryuji even cops to his Hair-Trigger Temper getting him into trouble at times. But Kamoshida deliberately exploits this problem to make Ryuji's life more miserable all out of pettiness. Ryuji admits that he was to blame for the track team getting shut down, and lets his former teammates punch him near the end of his Confidant.
    • The party doesn't argue when his Shadow points out that he wouldn't have been able to get away with nearly as much abuse at school if students, parents and school staff hadn't been willing to overlook it for the sake of their personal interest. It's the first of many ties into the game's overarching themes of rebelling against corrupt authority and of the apathy of Tokyo's citizens towards individual plights.
    • His reformed shadow in the Prison of Regression may still have the audacity to pretend to hit on Ann in front of the other Thieves, but there's no way he would actually do it anymore after everything that already happened to him, and likely agrees that the joke was in bad taste.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • After he causes Shiho to attempt suicide he outright mocks her to Ryuji’s face after he confronts them. Then he tells Ryuji, Joker, and Mishima that he is expelling them out of spite.
    • Kamoshida's Shadow actually manages to do this even after being reformed. When the Thieves meet him down in the Prison of Regression, he halfheartedly hits on Ann before saying it was a joke. In all likelihood it was a joke, but Kamoshida's Shadow would have to be absolutely delusional to think they would find it even remotely funny as opposed to, you know, reacting with disgusted fury. Though with his current state, even he might have thought it wasn't that funny.
  • Kubrick Stare: His Shadow's portrait is posed this way.

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  • Lack of Empathy: When Shiho attempts suicide and Kamoshida is confronted over it, his response is to sarcastically sneer to Ryuji she's unlikely to wake up again, totally cementing him as a remorseless scumbag. His cognition of Shiho in his Palace in Royal makes it even worse, illustrating he not only assuredly feels no remorse but would also torment her again if he could.
  • Large and in Charge: While his official height isn't given, Kamoshida towers over everyone in the game. He has also twisted Shujin to cater to him at the expense of everyone else.
  • Large Ham: His Shadow uses "Ore-sama" as a first-person pronoun in Japanese, which is extremely impolite and egotistical. It also speaks in a loud, flamboyant tone.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • After the boss fight against his Shadow, it ends up cornered near a balcony by a very angry Ann, possibly contemplating jumping off in order to avoid incineration by her Persona. Ann takes a moment to point out this is exactly how Shiho felt.
    • Similarly, after his heart is changed, his real world self promises to commit suicide, just like Shiho attempted after he assaulted her.
  • Lecherous Licking: Shadow Kamoshida uses this as an attack with his Overly-Long Tongue. For extra doses of squick, it only targets Ann and deals high physical damage to her. That said, it can be used to your benefit. The Shadow will waste two turns staring at Ann to telegraph the attack and it can be prepared for via healing and having her guard.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: He's one of the very few of the Phantom Thieves' targets who isn't a member, pawn, or victim of the Antisocial Force conspiracy, though he was protected by a member of it.
  • Lust: His sin and motif. Not only is he obsessed with the female volleyball team he coaches, but he also has a Hot for Student complex towards Ann. Further, his out of control Shadow form is none other than Asmodeus, the demon of lust. His treasure in the real world turns out to be an Olympic medal, thus his lust was not only for his students but his glory days when he was somebody other than a High School PE teacher.
  • Malicious Slander: His main tool in dealing with students who refuse to obey him. To do this, he browbeats a few students, such as Yuuki Mishima, to spread rumors of his own creation. After enough students believe those rumors, there would be few complaints at the school towards the expulsion of the targeted students.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The only thing separating the real Kamoshida from his Shadow is that in the real world, Kamoshida is smart enough to put on a thin veneer of sincerity and feign an understanding attitude in public, which he uses to spread rumors about and lob veiled threats at anyone he doesn't like. However, it is strongly implied that even the authorities at school know what a rotten man he is underneath, and yet they do nothing about it because he contributes a great deal to the school's reputation as the trainer of their athletic teams.
  • Medal of Dishonor: Morgana notes that the Olympic medal which was the basis of his Treasure will now likely be this to him post-change of heart.
  • Mid-Life Crisis Car: Kamoshida drives a 2008 Toyota Crown S200 luxury sedan. It doubles as Viewers Are Motorheads piece of Foreshadowing of the form his Treasure will take.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Asmodeus has four arms and four legs.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Given he is an Olympic gold medalist, Kamoshida is the most blatantly muscular of all the Targets and Palace Rulers on top of being the tallest. With his tendency to use his build to torment others, it serves to make him the most outwardly menacing antagonist in the game.
  • Never My Fault: Shadow Kamoshida claims as such during his boss fight, saying that his students came on to him. The party member tasked with taking his crown calls bullshit immediately. He also blames Mishima for spreading rumors about the protagonist, acting as though it was Mishima's own idea, and treats Ryuji punching him when he rightfully deserved it as Ryuji simply being petty.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • He shrinks the massive crown Treasure to a realistic size, making stealing it easier. Otherwise, the Phantom Thieves would've likely died trying to lug a huge crown out of a crumbling castle.
    • During his battle in Royal, he yells at Cognitive Mishima and Shiho (if you target and damage Kamoshida instead of her) and drives them away. This ends up depriving him of his most dangerous attacks upon realizing that he's out of slaves to serve him volleyballs.
  • Nightmare Face: He outwardly appears much more twisted in the anime, and is prone to these when he gets upset. His shadow also has a few of the more disturbing expressions in the game.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Has a fair bit in common with the Olympic gold medalist Masato Uchishiba, although Kamoshida won his medal in volleyball rather than judo and coaches a high school team instead of a college one. Still, both are Japanese gold medal-winning Olympic athletes turned coaches who engaged in sexual harassment and (most likely) rape.
  • No Cure for Evil: Subverted at first. Asmodeus can perform Libido Boost during the fight to eat one of the bodies in his trophy for an instant Diarahan. He will keep doing it as long as that trophy remains, so breaking the trophy to stop this should be top priority.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: After being defeated, his Shadow claims that his obsession with being seen as the best stems from the expectations people placed upon him after his Olympic victory — much like how the protagonists are driven by the expectations of society. Ann quickly puts him in his place for even comparing himself to them.
  • Not Worth Killing: Following his defeat, Shadow Kamoshida attempts to commit suicide and later demands Ann to kill him for his atrocities. Ann, however, denies him this as he will not atone for his sins if he dies.
  • Oh, Crap!: His Shadow shows demonstrable fear in three instances.
    • During the Protagonist's awakening, he is clearly freaked out in the animated sequence, but he quickly regains his composure and orders his guards to kill the protag and Arsène. He remains more composed when Ryuji awakens later.
    • When Ann awakens, he is clearly afraid, and remains so after the fight with Belphegor, his only line of dialogue being a panicked "Oh shit..."
    • When he loses in direct combat, he grabs the crown and runs, only to find he's running towards the balcony with the Thieves bearing down on him.
    • In The Animation, Kamoshida hits Ren's face with a volleyball, prompting Ren to give him a Death Glare that startles Kamoshida briefly.
    • In the manga, he privately loses his composure over Shiho's suicide attempt, at least before he gets the idea to falsely accuse Akira and Ryuji of bullying Shiho and making them into scapegoats. It's the most upset he gets before his change of heart.
      Kamoshida: [pounds his fist on his desk] That bitch actually jumped?! Ugh, this is going to be such a pain to smooth over.
  • Overly-Long Tongue: His form during the boss battle has a saliva-coated tongue as long as his entire body, adding to his sleazy image and capable of attacking with it.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: His Shadow begs this of Ann after his defeat. She instead gives a Restrained Revenge, saying he needs to pay for his crimes rather than run from them.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Kamoshida, from his petulant attitude and immature sexual cravings, can best be summarized as a twisted Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up no longer having long-term goals or ambitions other than lording over a high school like a crude jock. The way he kisses up to the teaching staff of Shujin for praise even resembles a snobby child craving attention for good work. Ryuji even calls him a "bitter, immature manchild" in the localization of the manga, and Ann later uses the same term on him.
  • Pose of Supplication: During a school assembly, he assumes this pose while apologizing for his misdeeds in front of the principal and student body.
  • Puzzle Boss: In two phases. Firstly you need to destroy his trophy to stop him from healing, then you need to send one party member to sneak up on him and knock off his crown. During the second, you need to keep him distracted with your main party until this member is able to get into position. It takes time, but once his crown is off his defense is reduced so drastically he won't last much longer.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He's probably the most iconic villain in the game not just because he's the first major boss, but also due to the nature of his crimes: Sexually harassing and even raping students who can do next to nothing to defend themselves while being protected by a system meant to keep the students safe, not him. This makes him a deeply hateful figure even though he is, in the end, not nearly as dangerous as the likes of Kaneshiro, Okumura or Shido. The main cast also seems to hate him more than pretty much any other target.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Yes, his heart gets changed, but he's still enough of a jerk afterward to make a sex joke towards Ann when the party encounters his Shadow within the depths of Mementos.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Shadow Kamoshida bothers with the crown and cape, wearing nothing besides his boxers underneath it to further emphasize that he is a pervert.
  • Revenge by Proxy: When Ann refuses to have sex with him, Kamoshida targets her friend Shiho out of frustration instead and sexually assaults her (while also being implied that he raped her) driving her to suicide in a desperate attempt to get away from him.
  • Sadist: The way his "training" is presented in the palace shows that he gets a kick out of hurting students. His Shadow also orders the guards to take the time to beat up the protagonists rather than simply killing them immediately.
  • Sadist Teacher: He pretends that his volleyball coaching is nothing but tough love, but not only is it much more brutal than is publicly known, the pain and suffering it causes are inflicted purely for his own self satisfaction. It doesn't need to be anywhere near as harsh as it is, but because the team still performs well nobody cares.
  • Sex for Services: He tries to justify his actions by claiming that his victims came to him in order to curry his favor. No one buys it for a second.
  • Sexual Extortion: He makes Ann act friendly and polite to him because he likes how she looks, threatening to remove her friend, Shiho, from the team if Ann doesn't comply. Kamoshida eventually tells Ann to come to his place after school, which Ann correctly guesses to be Kamoshida wanting to have sex with her. When Ann refuses, it's heavily implied that Kamoshida rapes Shiho in Ann's stead, resulting in Shiho being Driven to Suicide.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Compared to most other characters his nose is rather large, particular the character portraits used when he drops his facade and menaces people, and his shadow's portrait. It's the only hint to his true nature among his otherwise plain appearance. His nose is even more pronounced in the Stylistic Suck drawings that pop up when Morgana explains how stealing a treasure works.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: His treatment of his male students manifests as slaves in his palace; he has their information in a "Slave Book", and he has four lackeys in his boss fight adorned with balls and chains.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Played With. His Olympic gold medalist status means that he is highly valuable to Shujin Academy and students who received his college recommendations could get instant admission to the college of their choice. However, as an athlete he is largely forgotten by Japan and when his crimes were made public, most people felt that he was some no-name has been who should have just kept his head down.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's the first target of the Phantom Thieves and one of the few targets to have no connection to the Antisocial Force. That said his change of heart is what sets the game's plot in motion. It turns out that the principal did not report him to the police since it would draw too much media attention towards Shujin and harm Shido's chances at being elected. In fact because of his change of heart, the principal is one of the first people who catches on to the existence of the Phantom Thieves thanks to his ties to the conspiracy, leading him to manipulate Makoto into getting dirt on them which eventually leads to some of the plot points later on. Additionally in Royal, Dr. Maruki was hired by the school to help all the students with the trauma that he inflicted, which leads to him finishing his paper, strengthening his resolve, and eventually awakening his persona.
  • The Sociopath: A sadistic, entitled narcissist that shows absolutely no remorse for his actions and revels in tormenting teenagers. Based on his subconscious, even if his cognitions of others look human, they are all just his obedient slaves and his obsession with Ann is also only based on her appearance; he doesn't actually see her anything other than a sex slave for him to play with. What really cements Kamoshida as this trope, however, is when after brutally violating Shiho and knowing it drove her to a Bungled Suicide attempt, he mockingly expresses to Ryuji that since Shiho is unlikely to awaken from her coma, she will be unable to say anything about him.
  • Spanner in the Works: He turns out to be this for the Antisocial Force. Despite having no direct connection to it, his conflicts with Joker and Ryuji cause them to discover his palace, meet Morgana and form the Phantom Thieves - had he simply left them alone, the conspiracy might not have had to deal with the Thieves at all.
  • Starter Villain: He's the first antagonist the Thieves take on. He also fills many of the tropes in this regard, being of low personal status (a gym teacher) and having a personal connection to the first two friends the protagonist makes. He is also the only target bar Futaba to have absolutely no direct connection to Masayoshi Shido or the Antisocial Force conspiracy.note  His manipulation of the school could also be seen as a smaller-scale version of what Yaldabaoth was doing to the entire city in that the students were doing nothing to change their lives, despite being "prisoners", for the sake of social harmony, just like the people of Tokyo.
  • Start of Darkness: In the unused Will Seed flashbacks, he apparently got fresh with a female reporter while drunk...and was actually horrified by it. He not only begged forgiveness, but planned to turn himself into the police. One of his corporate sponsors however, helped cover it up and assured Kamoshida all was forgiven. This eventually lead Kamoshida into thinking less about the consequences of his actions and becoming the Entitled Bastard he is today.
  • Streisand Effect: In-Universe: When Shadow Kamoshida's trophy gets damaged, he tells the Thieves to stop attacking it. Morgana lampshades this.
    Morgana: When someone tells us not to do something, it makes us want to do it even more!
  • Stripperific:
    • Shadow Kamoshida only wears four articles of clothing; his crown, a pair of shoes, his mantle, and a speedo.
    • Disturbingly, this also applies to the cognitions of his female students in his palace.
  • Stupid Evil:
    • He immediately starts sabotaging Principal Kobayakawa's plan to "rehabilitate" the delinquent transfer student, Joker, by antagonizing him. Kamoshida essentially causes trouble for the main authority covering up his abuses because he felt threatened by someone else getting any sort of attention. Kobayakawa goes along with it but is not happy about it.
    • He tells Joker, Ryuji, and Mishima that he will be getting them expelled and exactly when he's going to do it, which is at the next board meeting. Unlike the other Targets where their deadlines are learned from other sources note  or the Target tells the Thieves because they want something from them note , Kamoshida reveals his deadline to the party without any benefit to himself and just to gloat. This gives the Thieves plenty of time to steal his desires without having to do any more investigative legwork in the real world.
  • Training from Hell: Kamoshida's training methods are... extreme, to say the least. And by "extreme", we mean "borderline criminal", especially if you count what happened to Ryuji. It's Flanderized in Kamoshida's Palace, where the cognitive entities emulating the track and volleyball teams are subjected to actual torture. Based on the type(s) of torture those cognitions are suffering, it's heavily implied that his "training regimen" consists of denying his athletes water even when they need it, beating them up if he felt that they are incompetent as well as randomly and deliberately spiking volleyballs right onto them. As if Ryuji didn't have enough reasons to be angry with him already...
  • Ultimate Job Security: While a number of teachers do seem to have been in the dark about his abusive and corrupt side, the principal, PTA, and others absolutely knew and could have had him removed. They didn't simply because he made the school look good by being the coach for their high performing volleyball team. It's not until Kamoshida publicly confesses, resigns, and turns himself in that they become unable to cover it up.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Various confrontations with Kamoshida and Ryuji can have the protagonist taking the reasonable approach and talking Ryuji out of being goaded into doing something impulsive. Kamoshida only continues to antagonize him despite this. His Confidant justifies this: He was probably hoping Ryuji would attack him and give an excuse to expel them immediately, so having Ryuji calm down would be counter productive. That being said, Kamoshida has enough sway to get the two of them expelled regardless.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Asmodeus has one over the course of his boss fight as the party takes away his trophies, being shocked into dropping his guard after his trophy cup is destroyed, and having a Despair Event Horizon after his crown is taken. By the end of it, he doesn't even care if he lives or not.
  • Villainous Legacy: His actions echo throughout the story; Makoto feels guilty about not being able to stop him, Ann likewise feels guilty about being unable to help Shiho, and The Conspiracy decides to off Kobayakawa when the tabloids find out about his role in covering up Kamoshida's abuses, just to give a few examples.
  • Villain with Good Publicity
    • Numerous female students early on are heard being vocally frustrated with Ann because they happen to like Kamoshida and accuse her of seducing him. When the truth comes out, they do feel remorse for their assumptions but the overall lasting sincerity is probably lacking.
    • He has a good reputation, but in private a lot of people were already entirely aware that he was an abusive scumbag. The problem is that they don't care so long as he stops shorting to causing so many problems that they can't cover it up anymore: He's genuinely good at what he does, so people ignore the actual human suffering when it makes the school look good.
  • Viler New Villain: While the antagonists of Persona 4 are either tragic figures or have redeeming qualities, Kamoshida has none of those traits. Him being the Starter Villain sets the standards of how horrible the antagonists of this game will be. In actuality, even most of the later antagonists in Persona 5 bar a select few don't actually go as deranged or irredeemable as him. To say that he's one of the most vile targets the Phantom Thieves ever faced, and that most other major targets pale in front of him, is actually an understatement. Keep in mind, future targets include a famous artist that steals his students work and blacklists them if they try to tell the truth, a CEO who works his employees to exhaustion or even death in sweatshop conditions, and a mafia boss that thrives off of extorting and blackmailing teenagers.
  • Vocal Dissonance: His voice is high-pitched in the Japanese version, despite his masculine looks.
  • Warm-Up Boss: As the first major target, his Shadow serves to teach the player about how boss battles work. Namely, that brute force alone isn't enough to win, and you may have to send one of your party members away to get an advantage, forcing you to think about party lineups. At the same time, Kamoshida can't hit any of the four party members' weaknesses, even factoring in that Joker can switch Personas. And once the game is confident that you've got the hang of it, he goes down pretty easily.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He physically abuses and sexually assaults several of the female players. Just ask poor Shiho. In The Animation, we actually see him assault her.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He agreed to temporarily coach the successful track team while secretly planning to shut it down. Knowing that Ryuji has a bad temper, he first upset the entire team by putting them through nonsensical and overly harsh training, before singling Ryuji out and goading him until he got fed up and threw a punch. Kamoshida immediately broke his leg and then disbanded the track team in response.
  • Your Size May Vary: He can go from towering over Joker to being outright shorter than him and barely taller than Kasumi.