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General - Death Arcana
- Fire-Forged Friends: Makoto lamphades to Ren that their 'mutual near-death experience' could cause them to consider each other friends. That is the basis of the other friendships formed as well.
- First-Name Basis: All of the current Phantom Thieves are on a first name basis with each other due to their 'mutual near-death experiences'.
- For Want of a Nail: Due to Makoto being the chosen Wild Card, certain events play out in a different order along with the Phantom Thieves joining being different as well.
- Jumped at the Call: All the Phantom Thieves join the group upon awakening their Personas.
- Odd Friendship: Each Phantom Thief has this with each other since none of them would have ever become friends with each other if it hadn't been for certain circumstances.
Makoto Niijima - Queen - Priestess Arcana
Student Council President of Shujin Academy.
- Academic Alpha Bitch: Subverted as in the original canon. Many students at Shujin Academy believe all she cares about is her studies and enforcing the rules (especially Ryuji) but in reality she really does care about her fellow students and wishes she had more power to help them out.
- Accomplice by Inaction:
- Seen as such by Ryuji who thinks she's letting Kamoshida get away with his crimes by doing nothing. Unlike the canon however this is subverted since we actually see Makoto trying to bring Kamoshida's abuses up to the Principal a few times and she is willing to steal his treasure with the Phantom Thieves to put an end to his crimes.
- In spite of taking action against Kamoshida it gets so bad to the point where Ryuji requests for her heart to be changed by the Phantom Thieves on the Phan-Site since he still suspects her of this.
- Action Girl: She was already capable of fighting thanks to training, but she becomes quite powerful thanks to the Wild Card.
- Adaptational Badass: Having the Wild Card would be the reason for this.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed, as she's nice in canon, but has a colder attitude at first. Due to meeting Joker at the beginning of the story and under different circumstances, Makoto is far nicer to Ren from the start when she is somewhat hostile towards him in canon.
- The Atoner: At the end of chapter 7 part of her motivation to steal Kamoshida's treasure in the Metaverse is to make up for a past event where she ignored Ryuji after Kamoshida broke his leg and shut down the Track Team.
- Berserk Button: This button gets pressed when she receives a Student Council request to get Ren expelled. She immediately rejects the proposal which everyone in the Student Council makes note of.
- Bystander Syndrome: Ryuji accuses her of this for ignoring him when Kamoshida broke his leg even believing that she's letting Kamoshida get away with his crimes. In reality Makoto has told the Principal that she suspects Kamoshida of abusing his students but the Principal isn't and won't let her do anything about them.
- Disappeared Dad: As in the original canon, Makoto's father passed away three years prior to the story.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Ann could not help but gaze at her on various occasions, especially when she's wearing her Phantom Thief outfit. This isn't surprising, considering her Adaptational Sexuality.
- First-Name Basis: With Ren. She justifies it due to their 'mutual near death experience' more or less making them friends. In Chapter 30, Ann notices that Makoto is no longer using honorifics when addressing Ren either.
- Friendless Background: In Chapter 4, she only has two names in her contact list. Her sister and Ren.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: After the Phan-Site is made, there are many requests sent in to steal Makoto's heart because she is seen as an enabler of Kamoshida's abuse despite being the leader of the Phantom Thieves who stole his heart.
- He's Not My Boyfriend: On multiple occasions concerning Ren. Iwai assumed this was the reason she wanted to get an airsoft gun for Ren, and later when the duo visit Tae in order to get medication, she initially thought the duo was coming to her to get protection. In Chapter 23, Iwai overhears Makoto saying Ren's name, and he again assumes Ren is her boyfriend.
- Innocently Insensitive: She realizes a few things she says to Ren might be construed as her basically referring to him as a criminal. Additionally, she realizes that she more or less considered Ryuji to be at fault for the library incident without listening to his side of the story due to his troubled history.
- It's All My Fault: After Shiho attempts suicide she blames herself for it since she was unable to do anything about Kamoshida's abuses and even felt that Ann could have stopped him if they didn't spend the afternoon in the Metaverse.
- The Leader: While she was Joker's Number Two in canon, she takes up the position as the Leader and Founder of the Phantom Thieves is in this continuity.
- Meaningful Name: Makoto's code name of Queen carries a different but still significant meaning. She's The Leader of the Phantom Thieves, is a powerful, stable, symbol of positive authority in the group, and her status as student council president in the real world makes her the most effective Reasonable Authority Figure in the school by default.
- Nice Girl: As in canon, Makoto is a polite and kind young lady, albeit less stringent about rules.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: She has been on both ends of this. She gives one to Kamoshida's shadow in Chapter 2, and she is hit with this hard by Ryuji in Chapters 7 & 19. Similar to canon, she seems to more or less get versions of this from her own sister due to being 'useless' among other things.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Although her sister warns Makoto not to get involved with the convicted transfer student, Makoto decides to help Ren when she believes he might be serious about his studies. They quickly become friends afterwards.
- She does her best to be this as the Student Council President by trying to solve problems as herself besides only utilizing her Phantom Thief abilities.
- Ship Tease: Has various moments with Ren.
- Superpower Lottery: As a Wild Card Makoto won the jackpot.
- Trauma Button: Similar to canon, being called 'useless' or something in that nature is this to Makoto.
Ren Amamiya - Joker - Fool Arcana
A transfer student who has a criminal record for unknown reasons.
- Accidental Pervert: While exploring Madarame's Palace, Ren reads the plaque of one of the portraits. Unfortunately, Makoto's rear was positioned near said plaque, prompting the girls to think that Ren was deliberately staring at Makoto's backside.
- Adaptation Personality Change: While Ren's personality is left up to the player the game heavily implies that he's a charismatic trickster at heart. This Ren is far more meek and unsure, which might be the reason why Makoto got the Wild Card instead of him.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Zig-zagged. The player is capable of making Ren an intelligent character. In the story, Ren is intelligent from the start, and he ranks tenth in the midterms. In the game, its impossible for the player to get Ren at such a high level of knowledge relatively early in the game.
- Adaptational Wimp: Due to not having the Wild Card in this continuity, he will not be as strong as his canon counterpart. However, he is still pretty badass.
- All the Other Reindeer: Gets ostracized at school after his criminal record gets leaked online.
- Badass Longcoat: Makoto and Haru certainly think so.Makoto: ...it's so cool when it flutters like that.
Haru: I agree.
- Big Eater: Managed to complete the Big Bang Burger challenge.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He quickly becomes friends with and is loyal to Makoto because she treated him well from the first moment they met rather than giving him a hard time due to his record.
- Best Friend: Makoto considers Ren to be her best friend, much to his amusement.
- Born Unlucky: Besides being wrongfully arrested and forced to move away from home, he ends up getting dragged into the Metaverse when Makoto's app activates.
- Country Mouse: Prior to his probation, he lived in Matsuzaki, a rural coastal town. As a result, he finds difficulty in adapting to the city life of Tokyo.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Much like in the game, Ren has a criminal record for assaulting Shido prior to the start of the story. Though Chapter 6 implies that assault may not have been accidental like it was in the game.
- Deuteragonist: Despite not being the Wild Card, Ren is still often cast as the secondary viewpoint character whenever the story doesn't follow Makoto.
- First-Name Basis: With Ryuji and Ann from the start. He gets on a first name basis with Makoto when he realizes she would prefer to keep it that way. He experiments with different honorifics to refer to Makoto due to her being his senpai.
- Friend Versus Lover: Played with regarding Ryuji and Makoto. Ren and Ryuji become one another's only friend at Shujin, but Ryuji's animosity towards Makoto starts to put a strain on their friendship.
- Friendless Background: Zig-zagged. Ren did have friends back in his hometown. Unfortunately, after he was wrongfully sued and received a criminal record all his friends effectively cut ties with him. In Chapter 28, he received the PS3 controller he lent a friend. Based on the note he received, he interpreted that they sent him it not to anger him, and they consider him nothing more than a criminal.
- In Spite of a Nail:
- Ren is still dragged into the Metaverse during the first trip despite not being the Wild Card.
- Morgana still ends up living with Ren as he does in the game.
- While Tae Takemi is no longer a "confidant", the Death Arcana now being for Phantom Thieves, Ren still ends up becoming her guinea pig.
- Japanese Delinquents: Has a reputation as one at his school due to his criminal record. Though outside of said record he doesn't actually engage in any delinquency.
- The Lancer: To Makoto. As her Foil, second most important character, and her Number Two.
- Miscarriage of Justice: As with his canon counterpart, he suffers from this.
- Nice Guy: Just as his canon counterpart can be which is what leads to Makoto and others questioning the legitimacy of whether he truly is a delinquent or not.
- Number Two: Acts a Makoto's right hand man in the Phantom Thieves.
- Ship Tease: Has various moments with Makoto that showcase their growing attraction for each other.
- The One Guy: Excluding Morgana, Ren is the only male human in the Phantom Thieves as of Chapter 30.
- Retcon: When the story first began getting released, Ren Amamiya was originally referred to as Akira Kurusu. After the official name was announced for the anime and the Persona 5 spin-off game, the author changed Akira's name with Ren.
- The Team Benefactor:
- Chapter 17 implies that much like in canon, Ren agreed to become Tae's test subject for her experimental drug in exchange for being able to supply the team with medicine.
- Since Morgana still ends up living with Ren, Ren is also still responsible for creating the infiltration tools for the Thieves.
- Wife-Basher Basher: Learning about Kamoshida's true nature winds up pressing Ren's Berserk Button.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He and Ann comfort Makoto by telling her she is not the person she used to be, and she is already changing for the better.
Morgana - Mona - Magician Arcana
A bizarre cat-like creature that Makoto and Ren encounter after they first end up in Kamoshida's Palace.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Has his Deadpan Snarker tendencies toned down from the original canon, although to be fair he has yet to interact with Ryuji on a regular basis.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: Morgana can't prevent himself from shapeshifting into a cat whenever he leaves the Metaverse.
- Mr. Exposition: He still plays this role in terms of explaining how the Metaverse works.
- Shipper on Deck: He outright calls Ren and Makoto lovebirds after escaping Kamoshida's palace the first time.
- Team Pet: Still plays this role when he turns back to his regular cat form outside the Metaverse.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Morgana outright calls Ren pathetic when Ren began to think that he was the one at fault for getting himself on probation.
Ann Takamaki - Panther - Lovers Arcana
A classmate of Ren's who becomes one of his first friends at Shujin Academy.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Unlike the game, where Ann is straight, Ann here is lesbian and has feelings towards Shiho.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: In Chapter 13, she believes she is going to die after she and her friends defeat Shadow Kamoshida which caused his palace to collapse. As a result, she shouts out that she loves Shiho, but no one heard her due to the commotion.
- Badass Lesbian: She is in love with Shiho, and she becomes a powerful Persona user on the Phantom Thieves.
- Dying Declaration of Love: When Ann thought she was going to die when Kamoshida's Palace was about to collapse, she confesses her love for Shiho in a panic. The rest of the Phantom Thieves don't hear her in the chaos.
- It's All My Fault: Not unlike Makoto, she also blames herself for Shiho attempting suicide since she feels she didn't take Kamoshida's advances seriously.
- Nice Girl: Much like the game, Ann was one of the first students at the school not to judge Ren.
- The Resenter: Initially towards Makoto, who she believed had been intentionally turning a blind eye Kamoshida's abuse of the Track and Volleyball teams. She also suspected that she was harassing Ren due to his record.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Shiho which might develop into something more.
- School Girl Lesbian: Due to Adaptational Sexuality.
Haru Okumura - Noir - Empress Arcana
A female student at Shujin Academy who plants vegetables on the rooftop.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Appears right before Kamoshida threatens Ren with expulsion as opposed to the game where she doesn't appear until the fireworks festival. She joins the Phantom Thieves to fight her fiance in Chapter 20.
- Adaptational Jerkass: See Blackmail below.
- The Atoner: Haru makes it clear in the subsequent chapters that she feels guilty over blackmailing the Phantom Thieves.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Haru is sweet and polite, and doesn't hesitate to blackmail the Phantom Thieves into stealing Sugimura's heart without losing her cheerful demeanor once.
- Another moment is Played for Laughs, where she blows up a group of shadows with her grenade launcher while giggling innocently at the same time.
- Blackmail: Haru threatens to tell the whole school about the Phantom Thieves unless they steal Sugimura's heart.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her first appearance is asking Makoto to schedule a meeting about the school rooftop and planting vegetables there.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is this with Makoto.
- Nice Girl: As in the original canon, she's very polite towards Makoto. Demonstrated when she wants to meet with Makoto about the school rooftop but Makoto has to postpone their meeting.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She returns to her normal nice girl personality after she helps the Phantom Thieves defeat her finance.
Yusuke Kitagawa - Fox - Emperor Arcana
A student of Madarame the second key target of the Phantom Thieves.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Due to seeing Ren hang out with multiple women, he assume Ren is a womanizer which is not the case.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite the changes in canon, Yusuke still blackmails Ann to pose nude for him and he still finds out about his master's true character in a similar manner to the canon video game.
- No Sense of Personal Space: When meeting Makoto and Ann for the first time, he tries to get Ann's attention by trying to grab her shoulder, and proceeds to brush off a grain of rice that was stuck on Makoto's vest, much to her dismay.
- Serious Business: He treats leaving a painting behind at his school as a matter of life and death, for his artistic muse, that is.
- Starving Artist: Much like in the game, Yusuke does not eat much. When Yusuke started gazing at the food when the group were having a meal, Ann then realises why Yusuke looks so skinny.
Caroline and Justine - Priestess Arcana
Mysterious twin attendants of the Velvet Room, who assist Igor in fusing Makoto's personas.
- For Want of a Nail: Caroline and Justine instead represent the Priestess Arcana rather than the Strength Arcana.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Makoto deduces that Caroline and Justine secretly want to spend time with her.
Munehisa Iwai - Hanged Man Arcana
The owner of the airsoft shop where Makoto and the other Phantom Thieves purchase fake weapons from for use in the Metaverse.
- In Spite of a Nail: One of the few non-Phantom Thief Confidants to remain the same. The author even noted that she did so to play on Makoto's love for yakuza films by allowing her to interact with someone who has connections.
- Shipper on Deck: Much like Takemi, believes that Makoto is romantically interested in Ren since he wants to buy a gun for her.
Shujin Student Council - Temperance Arcana
A group of students who, with Makoto, are part of Shujin Academy's Student Council. They consist of Vice-President Tadao Tanaka, Secretary Kyoko Suzuki, Treasurer Aoi Yanagi and Historian Kuro Honda.
- Ascended Extra: They were simply generic NPCs in the main game. Here, they get promoted to full-fledged confidants.
- Call-Back: Tanaka has an uncle who sells a variety of commodities, who may or may not be President Tanaka.
- Running Gag: Tanaka constantly talks about his uncle's products, much to the annoyance of the rest of the student council.
Kunikazu Okumura - Devil Arcana
Haru Okumura's father and the CEO of Okumura Foods.
- Abusive Parents: As with the original canon, sells of Haru to an abusive relationship solely for political gain even knowing that Sugimura will abuse her.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Is established as a force in the narrative quickly after Haru is introduced and makes his first appearance after Kamoshida's change of heart.
- Ascended Extra: Zig-zagged. He was a Palace target in the original video game, but his shadow was more significant that Kunikazu Okumaru himself. In this story, his human counterpart will be appearing far more frequently as a reoccurring character.
- Bilingual Bonus: Is shown to be capable of speaking English at his meeting in Hawaii.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he did ultimately plan on selling off Haru to an abusive relationship, he is not amused when Sugimura admits to his crimes. He became so disgusted with Sugimura that Kunikazu even cuts ties with him.
- Foreshadowing: At the end of chapter 20 he makes a phone call to a mysterious party that hints that much like the original canon Shido's Conspiracy will be keeping an eye on the Phantom Thieves.
- Manipulative Bastard: He tries to get closer to Makoto in order to get leverage on Sae, who has frequently investigated his company for unethical business practices in the past.
- Pet the Dog: After Sugimura's change of heart, he calls off Haru's marriage to Sugimura and doesn't want him near her anymore. Although part of his reasoning is because his change of heart occurred during a meeting with executives in Hawaii to expand Okumura Foods. However, he did appear to be genuinely disgusted by Sugimura's actions.
- Pragmatic Villainy: At the same time, considering that the Sugimura family has been plagued with scandals of Sugimura Sr., it would be the rational choice to cut ties with them. Sugimura Sr. is then murdered by Black Mask, likely on Okumura's orders.
Igor - Moon Arcana
The master of the Velvet Room.
- For Want of a Nail: Since Ren's Confidant is the Fool Arcana, Igor is instead represented by the Moon. It is still unknown at this point however if this will change up Mishima's Confidant or if he will even have one.
- In Spite of a Nail: Even though Makoto is the Wild Card, he still knows of Ren's existence and speaks of his "rehabilitation" as well.
- The Mentor: As in the original game, he grants Makoto the power of the Wild Card, Metaverse app and any other abilities he needs to aide her in her "rehabilitation". He also grants the other Phantom Thieves their respective powers and the Metaverse app once they are ready to help Makoto.
Shiho Suzui - Sun Arcana
Ann Takamaki's friend and eventual love interest.
- Ascended Extra: Shiho was merely an NPC in the original game whose only role past her suicide attempt and was as part of Ann's Confidant. Here, she is the Sun Confidant in her own right, and she knows the Phantom Thieves' identities.
- Only Friend: She was this to Ann prior to Ann befriending Ren and Makoto.
- School Girl Lesbian: With Ann.
Sae Niijima - Judgment Arcana
A prosecutor working for the Tokyo P.D. that interrogates Makoto in the present-day segments. Also Makoto's older sister and guardian who places very high expectations on her academics.
- A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 32 focuses on Sae and her job as a prosecutor.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Even before the interrogation, in which her harsh attitude toward Makoto can be explained by the circumstances, Sae's somewhat shorter-tempered and more prone to arguing with Makoto than in canon.
- Badass Biker: Makoto mentioned that Sae used to own a motorcycle. She was forced to sell it along with the family car after their father's death.
- Big Sister Instinct: She expressed genuine concern for Makoto's well-being upon hearing of Kamoshida's confession of sexually harassing his female students, fearing that Makoto could be one of his victims.
- Did Not Think This Through: She chugs down a whole cup of coffee while it was still hot in her argument against Sojiro, and quickly regrets it later on.
- Disappeared Dad: Since she's Makoto's older sister and shares the same biological father.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": A variation. During the interrogation sequences she doesn't want Makoto calling her "Sis".
- Everyone Has Standards: Word of God is that Sae would never consider physically harming Makoto, even in a fit of anger.
- Family Eye Resemblance: When Ren meets Sae for the first time, he notes that her eyes resemble that of Makoto's, which is how he deduces that the two are related.
- How We Got Here: As in the original game, she interrogates Makoto during sequences that take place in the present day as Makoto recounts everything that has happened at that point.
- Pet the Dog: Has a few moments with her younger sister.
- She decides to take some time off her job to spend time with Makoto on her birthday.
- She also buys Makoto a Buchimaru plushie as a reward for doing well for her tests.
- Promoted to Parent: Due to the death of both of their parents, Sae acts as Makoto's legal guardian.
- Relative Button: Even more apparent than in the original game as she is shocked that her younger sister was the leader of the Phantom Thieves and during the interrogation tries to distance herself from their familial relationship.
- Tough Love: Makes it very apparent from the beginning of the interrogation that she will not be easy on Makoto just because they're sisters.
The physical education teacher at Shujin Academy.
- Dirty Old Man: His Palace reveals that he enjoys checking out the female students at Shujin Academy including Makoto.
- Faux Affably Evil: While interacting with the students and other faculty members at Shujin Academy he hides his evil side. Lampshaded by Makoto in chapter 7, as when he greets her at the school gates she is very aware that he's just putting on a facade to hide his true nature.
- A God Am I: As represented by his Shadow Self, he sees himself as the untouchable "king" of Shujin Academy.
- Manipulative Bastard:
- Blackmails Mishima into leaking Ren's criminal record to the entire school.
- Also forces Principal Kobayakawa into calling Sae after he notices that Makoto has been spending a lot of time with the transfer student.
- Sadist Teacher: Enjoys torturing the members of the Volley Ball Team.
A famous Japanese painter and Yusuke's mentor.
- Abusive Parent: Much like in the game, he leeches off Yusuke's artistic talents and claims his ward's work as his own.
- Archnemesis Dad: He is one to his adopted son, Yusuke.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Madarame presents himself as an amicable and humble old man, but deep down he's a greedy and exploitative jerk who cares little for the welfare of his former students or even his adopted son.
- Broken Pedestal: Yusuke abandons all respect for Madarame after learning his true nature.
- Foreshadowing: Madarame seems to know Kunikazu Okumura, who is a frequent patron of Madarame's artworks. This indicates that Madarame is part of The Conspiracy like Okumura was.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His shadow's defeat was brought about when Haru splashed him in his own special ink, which leaves him vulnerable to the Phantom Thieves' attacks.
- Hypocrite: In an interview with a reporter, Madarame preaches how he detaches himself from money and fame. As shown by his shadow's true nature, this is obviously not the case. Even the reporter didn't seem convinced.
- Not So Different: When Haru calls him out for his Greed, Shadow Madarame says that money is what is most important, pointing out Haru's own wealthy lifestyle under her father is no different than his desire he wants. Haru was left at a loss for words.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: His Not So Different rebuttal to Haru.
Natsuhiko Nakanohara - Tower Arcana
A government worker who is requested to have his heart stolen for stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend. Is actually a disciple of Madarame whose crimes are a result of taking his anger out on him.
- Ascended Extra: He was originally a Small Role, Big Impact character in canon, but in this story, he is a Confidant, and he will be a reoccurring character.
- In Spite of a Nail: Identical to his canon counterpart really. He's the first shadow the Phantom Thieves target in Mementos and is how Madarame first gets into their sights.
- Starter Villain: For the Mementos targets. His Shadow is the first one encountered in Mementos with it being how the Phantom Thieves learn how things work there in contrast to standard Palaces.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes far nicer after his change of heart, and he is grateful to the Phantom Thieves for setting him straight.
The son of a politician and Haru's arranged fiance.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Unlike the original canon where he appears late in the game, he is mentioned quickly after Haru makes her fist appearance and appears after Kamoshida's change of heart.
- Adaptation Expansion: On top of being given a first name, the Phantom Thieves face off against his Shadow in Mementos and even get to change his heart.
- Arranged Marriage: As in the original canon, Haru is set to marry her for her father's political gain. The marriage is called off in chapter 20 after Sugimura has a change of heart in Hawaii and interrupts an important business meeting for Kunikazu Okumura.
- Bilingual Bonus: As shown at the Hawaiian business meeting in chapter 20, he is capable of speaking English.
- Domestic Abuse: To the point of wanting Haru just because he see her as the perfect trophy wife. Reflected through his Shadow in which his cognition allows him to dodge all the other Phantom Thieves attacks and only Haru can hit him.
- Karma Houdini: It has been made clear he has been this his entire life. Ultimately averted unlike the original canon.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He finally gets his comeuppance in this continuity unlike the canon video game because the Phantom Thieves change of heart. His marriage to Haru is called off and due to interrupting an important business meeting is forced to cut all ties from the Okumura family.
- Upper-Class Twit: The son of a politician who sees himself as totally invincible simply because his father got away with having an affair with another woman.
- Your Cheating Heart: Takes after his father who had cheated on his wife and was never called out for his actions.
A delinquent Ren befriended due to their mutual troubled background.
- Adaptational Jerkass: While Ryuji gets along with Ren as he does in canon, he buys into the rumors about Ann whoring herself to Kamoshida and is openly hostile to Makoto to the point of requesting a change of heart on the Phan-site.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Ryuji asks Makoto in Chapter 19 if she would have cared about Ren if she didn't know he wanted to study. Makoto finds herself unable to respond because she realizes there is a chance she might not have even paid attention to Ren if she didn't notice him in the library.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Kamoshida did a number on him in the past.
- Demoted to Extra: In canon, he is the first student to join Ren in forming the Phantom Thieves. At this point, he is still a normal high school student.
- For Want of a Nail: Later chapters implies that because Ryuji did not end up joining the Phantom Thieves like he did in the game, he seems to be caught up in the cult that Chihaya is a member of.
- Hypocrite: Ryuji comes across as this by believing the rumors regarding Ann and Makoto while he himself was subjected to the rumor mill that ruined his life.
- Hypocrite Has a Point: To be fair, there were good reasons for Ryuji to believe those rumors were true due to Ann being a little too close to Kamoshida. Due to how Makoto treated him before, it was not difficult for one to believe that she could have been complicit in covering Kamoshida's crimes.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He requested Makoto's name to be targeted for a change of heart due to his concern regarding Makoto spending time with Ren. While he is jealous of the time they spend, he also is suspicious of Makoto's motives.
- Jerkass Has a Point: His dislike for Makoto is highly justified given how she didn't try listening to his side of the story in the library incident.
- Out of Focus: Due to him not being a member of the Phantom Thieves during the first story arc.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Give a devastating one to Makoto in Chapter 7 for being a 'useless tool' for the adults.
- Gives Makoto an even worse one in Chapter 19 after it's revealed that he is the one who put the request on the Phan-Site for her heart to be changed by the Phantom Thieves.
- The Resenter: He is even more of a resenter toward Makoto than Ann was as showcased in Chapter 7.
A troubled student at Shujin Academy
- Easily Forgiven: Subverted. While Ren seems to have forgiven him somewhat for leaking his record to the public, the narration makes it clear he is still extremely angry at Mishima's actions.
- The Friend No One Likes: Shares this role with his canon counterpart. While Ren is understanding of his position, he isn't interested in hanging out with Mishima for the time being. He becomes this to Makoto and Ann as well when he makes a bad first impression by putting his foot in his mouth by trying to flirt with them.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Ren has forgiven Mishima for leaking his record, but he won't be forgetting Mishima's actions anytime soon.
The principal of Shujin Academy.
- Adults Are Useless: As in the main canon, in spite of knowing about Kamoshida's crimes he refuses to do anything about them even when Makoto brings the subject up to him. In fact he's outright covering up Kamoshida's crimes because he doesn't want to harm the school's reputation. Though it is entirely possible that much like the game he is a client of Shido and is being ordered to keep shut about Kamoshida.
- Bystander Syndrome: Refuses to do anything about Kamoshida's crimes just because he doesn't want the information to get out and hurt Shujin Academy's reputation. Even when Makoto brings this up to him he'll just ignore her or outright tell her to do nothing about him.
- Jerkass: Even more apparent this time since we actually get to see how he's manipulating Makoto and covering Kamoshida's crimes.
- Manipulative Bastard: Like in the main canon, one of the reasons why Kamoshida's crimes haven't come to light is because he keeps telling Makoto to not bother with him by threatening her with college recommendations even when Makoto brings the subject up to him.
Ren's Guardian and Parole Officer, and the owner of Cafe Leblanc.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Sojiro winds up warming up to Ren far more quicker than he originally did in the game.
Back-Alley Doctor who runs her clinic and supplies Makoto and Ren with medicine.
- Demoted to Extra: Is no longer the Death Confidant like she is in canon.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite no longer being the Death Confidant, she is still running her experimental tests with Ren as her guinea pig.
- Shipper on Deck: When Ren and Makoto visit her clinic for the first time, Tae thought that they were a couple. She then outright offers them condoms to buy, thinking that's what they were at her clinic for, much to their embarrassment.