Takahisa Kandori (Guido Sardenia)
Weapon: Two-Handed Sword
Voice actors: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese)
Using her compact with Aki's, Kandori is able to achieve his goal to become a god, summoning the large palace Deva Yuga into the real world. The MC and the others follow him into the real world and confront him at the top of the Deva Yuga, where Kandori, now grown nihilistic due to his apparent godhood, asks them their reason for living. After the MC gives his answer, Nanjo insults Kandori by calling him weak and cowardly, angering Kandori enough to attack them. When Kandori appears to be defeated, his persona Nyarlathotep forcibly enters his body, transforming him into God Kandori. After God Kandori is defeated, Kandori reveals the truth about Maki and the Deva System, then dies.
Kandori, credited as "Masked Boy", has a minor role in the Snow Queen quest, where he appears as one of the Night Queen's allies. He and the Masked Girl (clearly a masked Maki) merge with the Night Queen during her battle with the heroes, but are defeated.
He is later revived by the NWO in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, serving as the primary focus antagonist if the player takes the Nanjo route. Also, Eternal Punishment goes the extra mile to make up for the Macekre of the first game by making his NA name in the first game an alias (which, given all the crap he gets involved in, is a fairly logical thing to have).
- The Ace: He's a former Student Council President of St. Hermelin, an Oxford graduate in various fields, and president of a major corporation. And did we mention that he's only 28?
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite all that he's done, the emptiness that he succumbed to and his death are presented in a rather tragic light, especially after being possessed by Nyarlathotep.
- Ambition Is Evil: His main goal, to the point that he's willing to become a god.
- And Then What?: Once he has attained the godhood that he had sought for so long, he eventually falls into despair as he has nothing else to live for.
- Affably Evil: He is rather polite and well-mannered despite being a villain. When confronted by the party the final time, rather than fight them, he simply asks them about their motivations and dreams in life.
- To Reiji Kido, his half-brother. Reiji's main goal is to kill Kandori as a means of Revenge by Proxy against their father who had abandoned Reiji and his mother.
- He's also one to Kei Nanjo, serving as his Evil Counterpart and Shadow Archetype. It also helps that Kandori's machinations played a part in the death of Yamaoka, Nanjo's butler and Parental Substitute.
- Being Evil Sucks: He realizes that all the crimes he's committed in pursuit of his goals was just not worth it.
- Berserk Button: Calling his godhood a farce, as Nanjo finds out. It's enough to break him out of his Villainous BSoD, at least for a while.
- Big Bad: Of the first game. Though Eternal Punishment reveals that he is actually a pawn to Nyarlathotep.
- Broken Ace: Once he starts succumbing to boredom and despair despite his accomplishments.
- Cain and Abel: He is Reiji's evil half-brother.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Eriko even describes him as a "storybook villain".
- Cool Sword: Wields a two-handed sword.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is head of SEBEC, and a megalomaniac who wants to become a god.
- Creepy Child: As the "Masked Boy", his alter-ego in the Snow Queen Quest.
- The Cynic: Once he attains the power of a god, Kandori succumbs to despair and emptiness as he had already fulfilled what he had devoted his life to. When confronted by the party, he says that it's better that they leave their dreams unfulfilled as it at least gives them something to live for.
- Dark Is Evil: He's dressed in a black business suit.
- Demonic Possession: His transformation into God Kandori when his persona turns on him. Which is made full use of in the next game. Ah Nyarlathotep.
- Disc-One Final Boss: While he's the Big Bad of the game, defeating him does not end the game. Aki is the final threat that the heroes must face.
- Dragon Ascendant: At the end of the Snow Queen Quest, he says he'll take matters into his own hands. Not really a sequel hook, since the Snow Queen Quest ends up leading back into the main quest in its true ending.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems genuinely fond of Aki, whom he treats like a daughter.
- Evil Counterpart: To Nanjo. Both are soon-to-be heads of major corporations, Kandori being the de facto leader of SEBEC while Nanjo is set to inherit leadership over the Nanjo group. However, Nanjo's Character Development as well as being raised by Yamaoka allowed him to grow out of his elitist views and becomes a better person in contrast to Kandori who ends up destroying himself in pursuit of godhood.
- Evil Laugh
- Fiction 500: According to Nanjo and Eriko, Kandori is wealthy enough to get instant access to black-tie dinner events, and SEBEC is a Fortune 500 company.
- Godhood Seeker: And he winds up having a severe case of Be Careful What You Wish For as a result.
- Heel Realization: Piecing the mystery together brings this all together. He may have the power of Persona; but his godhood is false. He only has godhood power so long as he controls Maki Sonomura; which for all we know, may only extend to Mikage-Cho. At some point; he may have realized this and began to fall into despair. Realizing the power is as good as gone once she dies, he's never going to achieve anything else anyway, so he begins a new mask of how lame he feels after achieving everything; something Kei easily picks upon.
- Leitmotif: The original PS 1 soundtrack gives him three different themes, Ambition, Pathos and Silence. These reflect Kandori's rise and subsequent fall from power.
- Lonely at the Top: After finally achieving his goal of becoming a god, Kandori could just use his newfound powers to erase the human race at any time. However, he has come to realize that with his goal complete, he doesn't know what to do with his life, and is even willing to surrender to the party prior to Nanjo pushing his buttons.
- Magic from Technology: His supernatural powers and godhood were gained from the DEVA system, using Maki Sonomura as its conduit.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Nanjo noted in his first meeting with Kandori during a dinner party, he noticed that Kandori seemed to look at everyone else with disdain. And once Kandori becomes a god, he claims that his next goal is to punish humanity with its destruction.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Even Kandori seems horrified by the destruction his ambition causes."I...I kept climbing to the top and destroyed this worthless world. The melancholy abyss embraces me. Is this what it's like to be a God?"
- One-Winged Angel: He transforms into God Kandori Not of his own will.
- Redemption Equals Death/Death Equals Redemption: A variant — he became tired of being a god and was happy that the party had killed him. As the sequel reveals, it didn't stick, much to the annoyance of both Kandori and the returning P1 characters.
- The Starscream: Let's just say that President Saeki has no idea what has Kandori been doing behind his back.
- Straw Nihilist: Upon attaining godhood, he comes to the conclusion that life is ultimately meaningless.
- Student Council President: He was the former student council president of St. Hermelin High School in his youth.
- Tarot Motifs: The Tower Arcana — one's ambitions built on false premises, and their downfall upon realisation of the fallacy of those ambitions. This reflects on Kandori's rise and fall from godhood.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Is on the receiving end by Nanjo, who calls him out on his Villainous BSoD and the fact that the power that Kandori had attained is nothing more than a fallacy.
- Unwitting Pawn: Persona 2 reveals that he was goaded onwards by Nyarlathotep.
- Victory Is Boring: After basically winning, he discovers having no one to oppose is him makes any further effort on his part rather meaningless, which makes him severely depressed.
- Villainous BSoD: Despite achieving his every goal and attaining godhood, he becomes nihilistic and bored with his power. By the time your party confronts him, he's lost the will to fight.
- Wanting Is Better Than Having: This is Kandori's advice to the heroes in trying to pursue their dreams, that it's better to keep pursuing their dreams rather than actually fulfilling them, as it gives them something to live for. Kandori's basing off his own experiences: he had spent so much effort in trying to attain godhood that he lost the drive to actually use it.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Both of his forms are weak to guns. It's symbolic, revealing that he's a fraudulent god. Eternal Punishment takes the symbolism a step further by turning it into Nyarlathotep hiding behind the broken remains of his god form.
- Would Hurt a Child: Part of his plan for world domination involves plugging a comatose child to the DEVA system. In the manga adaption, in a fit of rage, he attacks Aki though it was likely that Nyarlathotep was in control of him given his shocked reaction.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: He had already accomplished his goals before the climax of the story.
Kandori's right-hand man who carries out SEBEC's illegal operations, though is regarded as incompetent by his boss due to the security breach of SEBEC at the hands of heroes. He serves as the first boss of the game. He's a Persona-user as well that fights with an unnamed Persona and four agents.
- Adaptational Expansion: In the manga, he has more of a role as he captures both Mark and Nanjo after they exhaust themselves using their Personas and is the center of helping Brown awaken to his Persona, Nemhain.
- The Brute: He's the biggest rogue Persona-user in the game and is Kandori's personal bodyguard meant to get rid of anyone snooping around SEBEC.
- The Dragon: To Kandori, being his right-hand man...well, in theory. He fits more as the muscle, though doesn't last long enough for that to mean much before being defeated.
- Dumb Muscle: Kandori regards him as this, ultimately.
- Harmless Freezing: In the manga adaption, Eriko freezes him but leaves the nose intact, allowing him to breath.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate after the battle is unknown, the manga tries to rectify it but suggesting he was trapped by the students.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Not only does he disappears after his boss battle, his Persona's name remains unknown to this day. Presumably, he was merely knocked out.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no problem attacking a group of high school students.
- You Don't Look Like You: Not him, but rather his Persona in the manga which went from a vaguely Greco-Romanish soldier design, to a humanoid covered in scars.
A strange little girl in black who has decided that Kandori is her father. She also uses her Compact to grant Kandori's wishes and set up Chisato as the Harem Queen. Throughout the game, she sends waves of demons against the party, the most notable being a mechanical rat named Tesso who serves as the game's second boss.
She is actually Maki's id, who was given form along with the other world when Maki's thoughts synchronized with the DVA System. She appeared to Kandori around two months ago, which led to Kandori abducting Maki at the beginning of the game.
- Avenging the Villain: After Kandori's defeat, Aki vows revenge of the party and awakens Pandora.
- The Beastmaster: Controls demons like one.
- Covert Pervert: The mall on her side of Mikage-cho, where the party can buy armor, is a sex shop, though not explicitly said to be one. Given that Aki is a part of Maki, Maki might be one too.
- Creepy Child: She can popped out from thin air and possessed unimaginable powers.
- Creepy Cute: The girls find Tesso cute.
- Daddy's Little Villain: She sees Kandori as her father despite their lack of family ties.
- Death by Adaptation: In the game, Aki simply disappears after the party defeats Kandori and it was mentioned that she was absorbed by Pandora after awakening her. In the manga, Aki continues to hound Naoya at the Alaya Cavern and was ultimately killed by him.
- The Dragon: To Kandori as his 'daughter'.
- Enfant Terrible: She might look like a cute, innocent girl but this girl is in control of one half of the alternate Mikage-cho.
- Evil Counterpart: To Mai as well as Maki. Her toy, Tesso, could also be an Evil Counterpart to Mai's Mr. Bear.
- I Lied: She has no intention to fulfill her end of the bargain to both Chisato (removing the moles on her face) and Kazuya in the manga (turning him into a real boy) even if they defeat the party.
- Kick the Dog: After revealing the truth to Chisato, Maki simply laughs at her.
- Manipulative Bitch: She is able to convince both Chisato and Kazuya to attack the party through lies.
- Moral Myopia: Attempts to murder the party with an oversize toy mouse but when said toy is destroyed by them, she whines.
- Older Alter Ego: In the manga she is able to take an older form.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She is likely based on SMT's interpretation of Alice.
- The Unfought: Aki herself is not fought at any point in the game.
- Visual Pun: Tesso means Iron Rat in Japanese.
BernieA character exclusive to the drama adaptation. Originally, he was part of Mark's dance team known as the Tailors. However, his growing resentment of Mark caused him to leave and strike out with a new team. During the events of the SEBEC incident, he awoken to his Persona, but his lack of control turned him into a vengeful monster where he rampaged in the subway, attacking his old teammates, before being put down.
- Attack Its Weak Point: In his monstrous state, his new form's lower half was it...and Mark ultimately dealt the final blow.
- Always Someone Better: Mark was this for him, which resulted in their friendship going south. He tried to take vengeance with his Persona, but in the end it cost him his life.
- Green-Eyed Monster: His jealousy of Mark drove him to create his own team and eventually go after Mark and his friends as well.
- Evil Counterpart: To Mark.
- No Name Given: Not Bernie himself, but his Persona isn't named. Though given the fight's location is the subway, its implied the Persona is Yog Sothoth Jr, with it being an adaptation of the game's fight.
- Merciful In Death: After his defeat by Mark, urges him to carry on and that he'll warn others in the afterlife to stay clear of his friend's power.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Chariot - lacks discipline and too aggressive in pursuit of success.
A character exclusive to the manga. Naoya's older twin brother who died in an accident many years ago. The party believes this Kazuya is a ghost wanting revenge on Naoya.
He's actually the embodiment of Naoya's guilt over the death of his brother. When Naoya got sick, Kazuya went out to buy a manga to cheer him up, but got hit by a car and died.
- Arch-Enemy: He acts as one to Naoya in the manga.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Shares the role of the Big Bad of the manga adaptation alongside Kandori. While technically on Kandori's side through their shared association with Aki, Kazuya has his own agenda in mind.
- Break Them by Talking: In their final confrontation, Kazuya attempts to further play with Naoya's mind by doubting his identity.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Naoya's Abel.
- Canon Foreigner: He only appears in the manga to give Naoya more character.
- Dead All Along: The party believes that Kazuya is either resurrected or a ghost but in reality he is Naoya's Shadow Self.
- Early-Bird Cameo:
- While Kazuya is a character exclusive to the manga, he did appear in the Japanese cover of the original game.
- Once it is revealed that "Kazuya" is born from Naoya's darkness, it is safe to assume that he is the first Shadow Self to appear in the franchise.
- Evil Counterpart: To Naoya's other self in the Alaya Cavern.
- Enemy Without: It turns out that he is actually one of Naoya's "other self", born from the guilt of his brother's death.
- Evil Twin: He's Naoya's twin brother. Subverted, as he's simply a manifestation of Naoya's guilt complex.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: While he is always hostile towards his brother, he sometimes helps out his friends.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: His ear isn't pierced.
- The Infiltration: His first appearance. He pretends to be Naoya and infiltrates the party while the real Naoya is being held up.
- Kill and Replace: His primary goal is to kill Naoya in hopes that Aki will turn him into a real boy.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Aside from his missing earring, the group is shocked to see Naoya's sudden change in behavior when they confront the Harem Queen but initially believe that he is under the Queen's control. It wasn't until the real Naoya shows up that Maki realizes that he is an imposter.
- Pet the Dog: He saves Eriko from Kandori and gives her a fighting chance and save her friends, out of genuine affection for her.
- Shadow Archetype: He is actually not Kazuya but Shadow Naoya, born from Naoya's guilt of the real Kazuya's death. Like in Persona 4, "Kazuya" disappears after Naoya accepts him.
- Sleight of Tongue: He kisses Eriko in order to sneak her a pill that allowed her to recover the use of her persona. Given that Eriko has feelings for Naoya, Kazuya as Naoya's shadow self either kissed her out of affection or simply to mess with her.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: One of the volume's cover depicts Kazuya having golden eyes, the trademark eye color for all Shadow Selves.
- Tarot Motifs: In contrast to Naoya's Emperor, Kazuya is the Reversed Emperor- being weak-willed, misleading and with corruptive intention.
- Twin Switch: He impersonates Naoya while the group confronts the Harem Queen.
- Villainous Breakdown: Kazuya doesn't takes it well when Aki doesn't fulfill her part of her bargain of turning him into a real human and begins to disappear.
- Wild Card: Kazuya has no true allegiances in the story. While he is against the party, at one point he helps them defeat a horde of demons. It is later revealed that he was working for Aki the whole time.
- Wham Shot: His entire appearance in general. When he suddenly turns against the party, the next panel shows Naoya in another room, showing that the "Naoya" with the party is actually an imposter.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After seemingly killing Naoya, Aki plans to dispose of him.
The True Final Boss of the SEBEC route. She is the embodiment of Maki's nihilism. After the death of Kandori, Aki awakens Pandora in an attempt to use her against the party, but is eaten, causing her half of Maki's dream world to disappear. Pandora then steals the core unit of the DEVA System and prepares to use it to destroy everything, but is defeated by the party and is accepted by the Ideal Maki.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the manga adaption, she is first encountered in her cocoon form during the party's second visit to the Lost Forest.
- Animal Motifs: With butterflies. Her first form resembles a cocoon while her second form is a humanoid butterfly with one of its attack called Butterfly Storm.
- The Bad Guy Wins: She gets exactly what she wants in the SEBEC route's bad ending, as Maki stays in the ideal world and ultimately dies.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: She is naked in her second form but no nipples are present.
- Barrier Change Boss: Her second form can change from focusing on (and being strong against) physical attacks but being weak to magic and vice versa.
- Body Horror: Her first form is one of the most grotesque demon in the series, having Mara's main body with multiple limbs attached to it and Maki's face on her abdomen.
- Bishōnen Line: Her second form crosses it. Ideal Maki even describes it as beautiful.
- Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: In more ways than one. During the boss fight, she starts as a caterpillar and metamorphoses into a butterfly.
- Eldritch Abomination: Her cocoon phase is a jumbled mess of fused bodies, with six legs that are actually human arms, a head that's clearly a butt and legs, and a phallic Maki rising out its chest.
- Fan Disservice: She presents a pair of breasts in her first form.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: See Barrier Change Boss above. If her hair is red, she's weak to physical attacks and strong to magic. If it's blue, it's the opposite.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In the manga, after absorbing the Ideal Maki, she goes from shoulder-length to Rapunzel Hair.
- Precursors: All Shadows in future games are likely based on her.
- Sequential Boss: Her boss fight consists of two stages: a cocoon form and a butterfly form.
- Shadow Archetype: To Maki, specifically, the lively and optimistic Ideal Maki. It'd be no stretch to say that Pandora was the prototype to all future shadows in the Persona series.
- Tarot Motifs: The reversed Priestess- highly emotional, lack of confidence and failing to keep in touch with own self.
- True Final Boss: For the SEBEC route.
- Winged Humanoid: Her second form.
Snow Queen Quest
One of the previous Snow Queen victims. Under pressure from the strain of both the Drama Club and her father, she listened to the Snow Queen mask and killed herself. After the Snow Queen possessed Ms. Saeko, Kumi was resurrected as the guardian of the Hypnos Tower. There she was freed from all pain and had no intention of leaving until her Persona, Hypnos, was defeated by the party.
- Ascended Extra: In the manga. She's the only Guardian who gets her entire backstory exposed. In fact, Michiko does not even appear and Yuriko has only a small cameo in one panel. Heck, she has more scenes than the Night Queen!
- Dragon-in-Chief: Not her, but Hypnos is a lot more independent then most Personas, speaking out loud and fighting independently of Kumi.
- Driven to Suicide: Stress over her education life and position at the Drama Club caused Kumi to be convinced by the Snow Queen to escape all her problems by committing suicide.
- Education Mama: One of her main sources of stress was her father.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Moon. Unhappiness, insomnia and dreaming.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: To be fair, she was putting up with a lot of crap. Her method of hiding from it doesn't work though. Yukino admits post-boss fight that she wasn't all that bad.
One of the previous Snow Queen victims. Feeling that she was bullied and ignored, she listened to the Snow Queen Mask and killed herself for power. After the Snow Queen possessed Ms. Saeko, Michiko was resurrected as the guardian of Nemesis Tower. Using her power, she trapped Toro and Tsutomu in the tower in order to set up a trick for the group. Her Persona is Nemesis.
- Adapted Out: She is the only Guardian to never make any form of appearance in the manga adaption.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Maybe.
- Alpha Bitch: To the point even Brown refuses her advances.
- Batman Gambit: Her tower has no time limit but if the player takes too long to reach her, she becomes stronger.
- Emotion Eater: She gains power from the negative emotions of people she tortures. If you go after her quickly, all she'll feel is friendship and gratitude.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: If you go for the friend choice in the decision below. In addition, she claims that she's a victim of bullying but alright admits that she is an even bigger bully.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Inflicts one. A Mirror Shard could be found along with a hint to defeat her, but if so, it would delay saving Toro and Tsutomu from their Ironic Hell. Also note that the longer you delay in the Nemesis Tower, the stronger she gets. And you get more shards if you save them than if you don't.
- Hate Sink: While the other Tower guardians have sympathetic reasons for wearing the Mask, Michiko herself is a bully in both life and death and only cares about herself. Also, she has no regret about her actions whatsoever and promises to return one day to exact her revenge on the party, while the other Guardians have second thoughts after they are defeated and are given some composure before they move on.
- Humans Are Bastards: Believes that humans care more for their self-preservation than about others.
- Hypocrite: She hates it when people gang up and bully her but her Freudian Excuse and her treatment towards Tsutomu and Toro show that she is one herself.
- It's All About Me:
- Getting the Snow Queen role to discredit the Drama Club president (who "stole" her boyfriend) and trying to bribe the teachers to get better grades.
- In fact, she's so self-centered that she's the only guardian who doesn't make a HeelFace Turn after being defeated.
- Never My Fault: Her Freudian Excuse makes it clear as to why people ignores her.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: For someone who claimed she is the victim of bullies.
- The Ojou: Of the Royal Brat variety.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: In life, she used to bribe teachers to pass her exams with flying colors.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Justice- dishonesty and refusal to acknowledge own faults.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Was willing to let Brown become her "pet". He firmly rejects.
One of the previous Snow Queen victims. After coming to the realization that life might not be any better than it was now, she listened to the Snow Queen Mask and killed herself to retain her beauty. After the Snow Queen possessed Ms. Saeko, she was resurrected as the guardian of Thanatos Tower. Her despair from being cut off from her family and friends lead to an immense power she can use to take away the team's Personas and force them to go to Tartarus to get them back. Her Persona is Thanatos.
- Cute Ghost Girl: She's more like this than the other guardians.
- Demoted to Extra: In the manga, she only appears in one panel.
- Equivalent Exchange: Her mantra. "If you want anything in this tower, you must give up something in return."
- Heel Realization: She realizes the error of her ways post-boss fight and accepts her death.
- Kawaii Ko: An extreme case. She died in order to keep her looks.
- Tarot Motifs: Reversed Death- fear of changes and moving on with life.
- The Trickster: Keeps on stealing your Personas and sealing them in Tartarus as part of a game. Since Tartarus is where she keeps most of her Mirror Shards, it isn't nearly as annoying as it could be.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers everyone the chance to retain their beauty by killing themselves to be with her. Doesn't fly.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Not wanting to age and lose her beauty, Yukiko killed herself.
The spirit within the Snow Queen Mask. She gained the role of the Snow Queen in Saeko's time. However, she let the rumor that Saeko only declined the part because of the curse go to her head and listened to the mask; once she put it on, it burned her face. She comes back for revenge on Saeko.
- Adapted Out: She does not make an appearance in the manga adaption or was mentioned by Saeko as the previous wearer of the mask.
- Disc-One Final Boss: The voice speaking through the mask in the beginning belongs to Tomomi but she too is another victim of the true demon within the mask, the Night Queen.
- Demonic Possession: Like every other victim of the Snow Queen Mask, she is possessed by the Night Queen after wearing it.
- Facial Horror: She looks like Two-Face!
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's jealous over Saeko and is under the impression that the latter tricked her into wearing the curse mask.
- Heel Realization: By looking at the Demon Mirror, Tomomi was cleansed and move on to the afterlife after making peace with her old friend and doing a HeelFace Turn.
- Large Ham: At least while possesed.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Saeko. Onesided on her part, because Saeko still cares for her.
Nyx, The Night Queen
See Persona Recurring.