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    Saeko Takami (Ms. Smith) 
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Ms. Saeko is the homeroom teacher for the Protagonist and others. She is very popular with the students. She plays a small role in the SEBEC route of the game, helping protect the students of St. Hermelin in the real world, and appearing as an apparition in Maki's world.

In the Snow Queen Quest, she is possessed by a malevolent spirit inhabiting the Snow Queen mask, who plans on sacrificing her as a way to bring about the Eternal Night. The spirit is eventually revealed to be Tomomi Fujimori, Saeko's best friend from her high school days.

Interesting enough, her last name in the original NA release, while unnecessary, is also something of a backhanded Woolseyism of her Japanese last name, which is roughly analogous to "Smith" as a generic last name. Aside from her name, she is also unedited (aside from the Snow Queen quest, which was missing from the original NA version).


    Vice Principal Hanya (Dean Harding) 

Vice Principal Hanya, known in Revelations: Persona and Persona 2 as Dean/Principal Harding, is the Vice-Principal of St. Hermelin High School. Unlike Principal Ooishi, Hanya hardly cares for his students and is concerned only with enforcing rules and evading lawsuits. He is detested by everyone at school. His students nickname him "Hamya", a reference to how unnecessarily crazy he gets about even the most minor infractions. In Japanese, it's "Hannya," a play on his name (a Hannya is a demon from Japanese folklore).

He was mostly unaltered in the original NA release, though his name was changed, and he is instead nicknamed "Darth Harding" by the students.

He returns in the second game as the principal of the main characters' school. Tropes related to him in those games can be found on the respective page.


  • Drunk with Power: In the Snow Queen Quest, he becomes the principal in his dream and develops a god complex and abuses his power in every way.
  • Even Jerkasses Have Loved Ones: The Snow Queen quest reveals that he has a daughter who stitches his suits for him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The evil kind.
  • A God Am I: In his dream, not only he becomes the principal of the school, he actually thinks himself as a god.
  • Hate Sink: The meanest character in the game from his very first impression. Its no wonder no one in school, be it students or teachers, like him.
  • Not Himself: The first clue that the protagonists are in a fake world is Hanya himself, who has suddenly become jolly and caring.
  • Sadist Teacher: He loves making life miserable for the students. In his dream, one of the punishments that he came up with is to force a student to wipe his show until graduation.
  • Shout-Out: In the North American release, his students refer to him as "Darth Harding."
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After saving him during the Snow Queen Quest, Hanya blames the party for their current situation, refuses to hand in the Mirror Shard he had and tells the students to meet him after everything is over for some "special lecture".
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Mark is visibly creeped out by how nice the other Hanya is.
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    Principal Ooishi (Dr. Kotter) 
Principal Ooishi is the principal of St. Hermelin High School.

    Natsumi Yoshino 
Natsumi Yoshino is the school nurse of St. Hermelin High School.
  • Christmas Cake: She tends to tease her students with flirtatious jokes.
  • Comically Inept Healing: Downplayed. Though she can heal the party's wounds just fine, Nanjo mentions that she is poor in applying bandage.
  • Hospital Hottie: The school nurse variation.
  • Lethal Chef: The first of a recurring Running Gag that women in the series are terrible cooks.
  • Love Hurts: She had recently broke up with her boyfriend. Her dream world has her relieving the moment before they break up.

    Chisato Kasai (Selina) 

A student who went missing two months ago, believed to have eloped with her boyfriend Yosuke. In truth, she was lured into the other world by Maki, where Aki met her and made her into the Harem Queen. When the party arrives in the Karma Palace, Maki discovers that Chisato never really loved Yosuke, she just wanted him because Maki loved him as well.


  • Becoming the Mask: Started going out with Yosuke to make Maki jealous, but eventually fell for him for real.
  • Body Horror: The more wishes she made, the more moles that will appear on her face. During her boss fight, she grows a second face at the back of her head and move backwards with her real face facing away from the party.
  • Defeat Means Friendship
  • Driven to Suicide: Attempts this after being defeated in the manga.
    • Bungled Suicide: Revived by a Samarecarm spell from Tensen Nyannyan cast by Maki.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ooooooh yes. Her entire dungeon focuses on her jealousy of Maki, who is more popular than her and wins all the art contests.
  • One-Winged Angel: Most prominent in the manga than in the game.
  • Prehensile Hair: When using physical attacks in her boss fight. Unsurprisingly, all of her physical skills deal Whip damage.
  • Second Love: To Yosuke, after Maki.
  • Shipper on Deck: She is supportive of Maki and the Protagonist.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Yosuke. They don't seem to care that someone's around when they're all lovey-dovey, which makes everyone else uncomfortable.

    Yosuke Naito (Bruce) 

A popular student who went missing two months ago, believed to have eloped with his girlfriend Chisato. They were actually lured into the other world by Maki, where Yosuke lost Chisato and fought Aki, ending with him becoming badly bruised. He hid in the other St. Hermelin, discovering the giant door to Avidya World, and was trapped until others from his world came.


    Tamaki Uchida (Tammy) 

A New Transfer Student from six months ago. Not entirely willing to talk about her previous experiences, but who can blame her? Joined the fencing team, and gets into a lot of fights with Tadashi over his irresponsibility.


  • Author Avatar: She is modeled after Yuki Uchida whom one of the game's story writer likes to the point he pairs Tamaki with a character modeled after him. This however is not well received by fans.
  • The Cameo: Part of the reason why SMT If... is considered by some fans to be almost like a Persona 0. Tamaki's appearance created a canon main character out of the blank-slate protagonist of If..., giving her a last name and having her allude to life at her old high school. Her intro blurb also makes a reference to her time as a hero of Karukozaka High School. She even outright tells the main character several times that she can feel that this is his adventure, not hers.
  • Canon Name: The player can give her any name in If, but Tamaki Uchida is her canon one.
  • Cool Big Sis: Not to the extent of Yukino, but some of the students do look up to her, and are quite surprised by her extensive knowledge of demons.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: The protagonist in If can be either gender (with the manga adaption being a male) but in the Persona series, she is a girl and the first canon female protagonist in an SMT game.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Her friends often wonder what happened to her at her previous school.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: It is meaningful that she would be in the fencing club considering that her weapon of choice in If is a sword. She will gives the protagonist a rapier when talked to after returning to school from the hospital.
  • New Transfer Student: She was transferred to St. Hermelin High School six months ago from Karukozaka High School.
  • Passing the Torch: Gives the protagonist her rapier, saying that she thinks it would be handy for him.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: She was the protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei if....
  • Retired Badass: She's a former a Devil Summoner.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Tadashi in the SEBEC route. Everyone Can See It, and even they know it, but they can't admit it to each other.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: In the Snow Queen Quest. After having a shared dream where they're honest with their feelings toward each other, Tamaki and Tadashi hook up in real life and are insufferable to most people who have to watch them swoon over each other. Brown is heart-broken initially, Ayase thinks they're adorable and Yukino wants to puke when she sees them.
  • Suddenly Voiced: She served as the silent protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei if... but has lines in Persona.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite her past experience with demons, she is easily captured during the Snow Queen Quest.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Tamaki's hairstyle differs from that of the Female Protagonist of If.
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    Tadashi Satomi (Tad) 

The heir to the Tadashi Satomi Pharmacy. He is a member of the fencing club, and argues with Tamaki a lot.


  • Author Avatar: He is modeled and named after Atlus' story writer.
  • Generation Xerox
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Tamaki in the SEBEC route.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: In the Snow Queen Quest. After having a shared dream where they're honest with their feelings toward each other, Tamaki and Tadashi hook up in real life and are insufferable to most people who have to watch them swoon over each other. Brown is heart-broken initially, Ayase thinks they're adorable and Yukino wants to puke when she sees them.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: All the pharmacist greatly resembles him.
  • The Unfavorite: His own father blatantly admits he doesn't care about him.

    Kenta "Toro" Yokouchi ("Chunky") 
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Toro is an overweight, unpopular student at St. Hermelin who harbors an intense crush on Yuka. He plays a much larger role in the Snow Queen quest, when his Persona (Mara) possesses his body after Yuka stomps on his heart yet again. The Mara-controlled Toro attacks the party, but reverts to normal once beaten.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: Has a crush on Yuka, who isn't into him.
  • Ascended Extra: A minor case. He is easily missed in the SEBEC route but in the Snow Queen route, he plays a role in Brown and Yuka's awakening and reveals that he too had a Persona of his own.
  • Comfort Food: Stressed over the events that had occur, Toro eats to calm himself, not caring what would happen if the food runs out.
  • Demonic Possession: Gets possessed by Mara during the Snow Queen quest.
  • Hulking Out: After being rejected by Yuka again (or in the manga, being mocked by the Vice-Principal), Toro lost control of his temper which allows his Persona to take control of his body.
  • I Am Big Boned: Doesn't like being called fat.
  • Ironic Hell: In the Snow Queen quest, Toro is Chained to a Bed as milk is continually poured down his mouth.
  • It's All About Me: After finding out that his friends had been hoarding the food from him, Toro decides to eat all the food and outright admits that he doesn't care if his friends starve to death.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Ayase is as frank as possible about slamming the door of love in Toro's face. She's unapologetic about it, even after he lets his Persona go berserk in revenge, save for a small comment made to the main character in the corner of the cafeteria.
  • Meaningful Name: "Toro" is a euphemism for the fatty part of tuna. In the English localization, his nickname was changed to "Chunky", which has roughly the same meaning. His Persona, Mara, is named after a Japanese colloquialism for "penis".

    Tsutomu Kurouri (Kain) 

A nerdy student at St. Hermerlin and a permanent fixture of the school's library, Tsutomu (nicknamed "Devil Boy" for his occult readings) is a ravenous student of all things paranormal... and is not trusted as an authority, since he's also a bit of a crank. This is reflected in the Ideal World, where's he's still creepy, but also rather sagely and perceptive.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: It's possible to entirely miss Tsutomu at the beginning of the game. It's not until the climax that he becomes relevant to the plot.
  • Chuunibyou: Might be an occult expert in the Ideal World, but in real life, he's clearly a Know-Nothing Know-It-All.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: A deathly-pale, creepy nerd with a Memetic Molester grin and an obsession with the occult. All things considered, it's shocking that he doesn't turn evil.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He's ghostly pale and odd looking
  • Enemy Mine: In one minor dialog, he and Elly each make a comment about the weird goings-ons at St. Hermelin, since they're both huge occult enthusiasts.
  • Geek Physiques: Looks like a stereotypical Otaku, particularly fitting into the tall and skinny take on this trope.
  • Ironic Hell: Tsutomu despises all forms of exercises, in particular push-ups. Guess what his torture punishment is in the Snow Queen Quest?
  • Punny Name: His surname Kurori appears to be based off of Aleister Crowley (say "Crowley" in a Japanese accent)
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: On top of his odd appearance his glasses lenses are completely opaque.

    Yuko Himeno (T.J) 
Yuko is a student at St. Hermerlin and a close friend of Maki. Coming from a poor family, Yuko had to work part time to pay for her family's financial problem. Her house is located behind the school.
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