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The ArditiAlso known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Shizuka Joestar /"Sting"
Stand: Houdini (renamed from Achtung Baby), Houdini Eclipse, Pumped Up Kicks
- Adaptational Badass: In canon Shizuka was just an invisible baby who could turn other things invisible. Not only is she grown up in this story, but Shizuka's Stand has gained a physical form with the requisite Rapidfire Fisticuffs. The Royal story gives her an Arrow-induced upgrade that allows her to attract or repel objects.
- Animal Motif: Shizuka has that of a bumblebee, both in her Phantom Thief costume and Stand, whose battle cry is "BAZU", the Japanese equivalent to "buzz". Likewise, her Phantom Thief codename is Sting.
- Battle Couple: Finally becomes one with Makoto.
- Battle Cry: "BAZU!"
- Berserk Button:
- Breaking or destroying Shizuka's Cool Shades is a very bad idea, as Paradise City found out the hard way.
- Shizuka also has a milder berserk button: Don't mess with her close friends... or at least Makoto. She shoots Ann a glare when Ann starts bad mouthing Makoto, and seriously considers kicking the crap out of Sae when she learns Sae called Makoto useless.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: She's picked up a few from Joseph, mostly "OH MY GOD" and "HOLY SHIT". At one point, she even says "Your next line is: '...'".
- Bullet Catch: Houdini is able to pull it off in the Metaverse which wrecks the plan of Black Mask.
- Cool Shades: Shizuka is almost constantly wearing shades of various types, they were given to her by her father for her birthdays and damaging them is a very severe Berserk Button for her on par with insulting Josuke Higashikata's hair.
- Cool Guns/Rifles: Her Metaverse firearm is a lever-action rifle, though she only uses it a handful of times.
- Couldn't Find a Pen: During a fight with a time-looping Stand-user, Shizuka leaves a Note to Self by writing it in her own flesh with her Stand. As the loop does not reset Shizuka's physical condition, the message persists between loops.
- Cuteness Proximity: The first the Shizuka does when she first sees Futaba is Squee! about how cute she is.
- Daddy's Girl: Shizuka clearly cared deeply for her adopted father Joseph.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's heavily implied that whatever it was that left Shizuka alone and invisible as an infant wasn't anything good. Chapter 61 implies her birth parents died protecting her from Kira.
- Expy: Shizuka's Phantom Thief outfit is somewhat inspired by 50's Greaser culture but even more heavily by her grandmother Lisa Lisa.
- Friendless Background: Remarks that she didn't have any friends when she was young, mainly due to the fact that, back then, she didn't have very good control of her powers and could turn invisible if she slipped, making her too scared to try and make friends.
- Greaser Delinquents: This look is part of Shizuka's thief outfit.
- Guile Hero: Shizuka was taught by the biggest Guile Hero of canon Jojo, Joseph Joestar. And so she fights by using unconventional tactics and the environment, coupled with her invisibility powers. Joseph would be proud.
- Happily Adopted: Shizuka clearly loves her adopted family who more than reciprocate it in full and then some.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: As a Phantom Thief, her Metaverse melee weapon is a short sword, though she practically never uses it.
- Hidden Depths: On the surface, Shizuka appears incredibly cocky and wry. But beneath that she's a cauldron of worries and insecurities, stemming from her heroic lineage and her uncertainty about her birth parents.
- Immune to Mind Control: Just like the Wild Cards, Shizuka isn't affected by the reality change in Royal. The author indicates in a non-chapter post that this is related to her having already accepted her adopted parents passing.
- Improv Fu: This is Shizuka's fighting style. Whether it's by dropping chandeliers on Shadows, creating an invisible cage from metal in Mementos, or distracting enemies by calling them names, Shizuka uses the environment and unconventional tactics to her advantage.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: He general reaction to Futaba when she first meets her and her humming Imperial March in Okumura's Palace.Shizuka: Oh my god she is perfect. Hey, if things don't work out with Sojiro, can I adopt her?
Akira: No. For several reasons.
Futaba: Just don't feed me after midnight!
Shizuka: Oh my god Joker please!
- Invisibility: The main ability of Shizuka's Stand.
- Ironic Name: In Chapter 21 Shizuka says she is well aware that her name ('Quiet') is pretty ironic given how loud and boisterous she is.
- Jumped at the Call: Shizuka needs no convincing to steal Kamoshida's heart once she learns of the Metaverse. She's also eager to continue being a Phantom Thief afterward.
- Little Miss Badass: Shizuka is described as being short and slender, but is still incredibly tough and dangerous in a fight. Apparently even without using her Stand.
- Luminescent Blush: Experiences it several times around Makoto, even after they get together.
- Meaningful Name: As in canon, her given name means "quiet" and can be read as "Jo".
- Meaningful Rename: She renames her Stand Achtung Baby to Houdini (which fits as a music-related name and a rebellious thief name).
- Meta Guy: Shizuka often comments on the things that many Persona 5 players would find weird. A good example is when she sees Shadow Kaneshiro and asks why he's colored purple.
- Mind Screw: Shizuka has this reaction to Futaba arriving in her own Palace, to the point where she asks for a piece of paper to try and work out how it's possible. Keep in mind that they're still fighting the Sphinx at the time.
- Multiple Reference Pun: Shizuka renames her Stand Houdini, which references both Harry Houdini and the song by Foster the People. This fuffils both the Jojo music reference and the Persona 5 trickster theme. Similarly, Shizuka's Phantom Thief name is Sting, referencing her Animal Motif and the singer.
- Not Me This Time: Shizuka plays the system by bringing people into Palaces so they can awaken a Persona. When Futaba appears in her own Palace Shizuka insists she has nothing to do with it.
- O.C. Stand-in: Shizuka is this by necessity, as she was just a baby in canon (and consequently had little characterization).
- Official Couple: Gets with Makoto while in Hawaii.
- Outside-Context Problem: A downplayed example. Various characters investigate the Phantom Thieves, and when they do they find Shizuka is closely associated with the top suspects. The investigators unfamiliar with the Joestar family get very confused, since Shizuka has no connection to Kamoshida. However, those familiar with the Joestars expect her to be involved with the Phantom Thieves.
- Parental Abandonment: Shizuka's birth parents abandoned her as a baby for unclear reasons. Notably, no-one was looking for a missing baby when Joseph found her. On top of that, her adoptive parents are both dead when the fic begins. It's later implied that both her parents were among Yoshikage Kira's victims and she manifested her Stand to escape.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Downplayed, but the fact that she's a few inches shorter than Makoto doesn't stop her from kicking ass.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Shizuka was raised on a steady diet of comic books and movies, and can still kick any baddie's ass. Not surprising, given that Joseph was also an example of this trope. It ends up coming in handy when an enemy Stand has the ability to turn reality into an old American cartoon, allowing her to quickly grasp how things work and come up with a plan.
- Raised Catholic: Subverted. As she puts it, she's Catholic in the sense of being baptized, but she's never set foot in a church in fifteen years other than for funerals. However, at one point she says she wouldn't wear a revealing swimsuit because she doesn't want to anger her mom's "Catholic ghost".
- Repressed Memories: She has a subconscious fear of Killer Queen, as revealed when Death 13 manifests a hazy recollection of it and Sheer Heart Attack while asking about her primordial fears. It's implied the same chapter that she may retain some memory of her near drowning experience from her first appearance in Diamond Is Unbreakable.
- Shared Family Quirks: Shizuka shares Joseph's propensity to loudly swear and exclaiming in English. She's also a bit of a pervert like Joseph was in his youth.
- Ship Tease: Has some teases going with Makoto. It comes to a head in chapter 44, where she admits to Akira that she has feelings for Makoto, but has been too scared to admit it to her. They get a Relationship Upgrade in Hawaii.
- Sorry I Fell on Your Fist: In Chapter 37, Shizuka apologizes to the Phantom Thieves for being attacked by a Stand-user, believing that she brought trouble to them because she has the name Joestar. Yusuke lampshades this and tells Shizuka she's being too hard on herself.
- Supporting Protagonist: Shizuka fulfills this role in regards to the Phantom Thieves, as Akira is definitively the leader. However, Shizuka is pretty clearly the hero of her own story.
- Terrible Artist: Yusuke certainly thinks so. Her doodling on a whiteboard works well enough for planning the Kaneshiro heist, at least.
Akira Kurusu /"Joker"
Persona: Arsene, Satanael (Wild Card)
Arcana: The Fool
- An Arm and a Leg: He gets his hand ripped off by Shido. Fortunately he gets an Artificial Limb to replace it.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult his friends. After Akechi made this mistake, Akira nearly strangled him to death at the end of their battle.
- Bishōnen: His attractiveness is commented on a few times.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Ultimately can't bring himself to ignore a person who needs help.
- Deadpan Snarker: There are very few situations were he doesn't have a dry or witty remark on standby.
- The Leader: Of the Arditi. Shizuka has even called him "Boss man."
- Meta Guy: Briefly dips into this in Chapter 41, when he says everyone expects Haru to get a Persona when she's brought to the Metaverse.
- Original Character: He has a few Personas he didn't have in canon thanks to the Aeon Arcana, but there is one that is entirely original to this fic: Medjed.
- Precision F-Strike:
- In Chapter 47 he witnesses's the power of the Stand Pearl Jam. His reaction is "Shizuka... what the fuck?!".
- And later when Akechi threatens his friends, he responds that he is going to break his fucking jaw.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: "What's that thing Sting usually does? That super-fast punching thing?" After this Lampshade Hanging in Chapter 50, Akira performs his own version with Arsene. Except instead of fists, it's Rapid Fire Rending Claws. Also Arsene cackles madly instead of repeating a sound.
- Ship Tease: A bit with Haru and Futaba, on Haru's side, it's clear she had a crush on him from the second she saw him, on Futaba's, Akira actually considers her cute and he is one of the few people she actually trusts and talks to. He and Futaba eventually get a Relationship Upgrade.
- The Strategist: Akira proves to be an effective battlefield tactician, managing his teammates actions and preparing overall strategy.
- Spanner in the Works: Unintentionally. Chapter 49 explains that Akechi kept tabs on Akira. Unfortunately, this meant that Akechi failed to notice the Phantom Thieves were hitting two Palaces at once. The result catches Akechi - and the Conspiracy - completely off-guard.
- Supporting Leader: Shizuka is debatably the main character of Vanishing Act, which would put Akira in this role as the Phantom Thieves' leader.
- Team Dad: In addition to being the leader of the gang, he's the emotional rock that helps deal with the various problems his friends are going through.
Persona: Zorro, Mercurius
Arcana: The Magician
- Humanity Ensues: After getting enveloped in a cocoon while at Shido's palace and put out of commission for the next couple chapters, he finally hatches as a human.
- Loose Lips: In Chapter 32, after Akira serves a customer, Morgana cracks a quip about the people Akira meets. While ordinary people can't understand Morgana, the customer Akira served is none other than Akihiko Sanada. It turns out Akihiko was checking out Leblanc on behalf of Naoto (who suspected Akira to be the Phantom Thieves' leader) and Morgana's throwaway comment exposes Akira's ties to the supernatural.
- Mentor Mascot: Serves as this due to his knowledge of Personas, the Metaverse, and thievery.
- Mr. Exposition: He's always the one to explain the concept of the Metaverse and its goings on.
- Naked on Arrival: When he's revealed as human he is...fully revealed.
- Relationship Upgrade: At the very end of the story, he manages to get Ann to go on a date with him.
- The Resenter: It's only briefly, but Morgana gets very envious when he learns about Teddie, who became human simply because he wanted to hard enough.
Ryuji Sakamoto /"Skull"
Persona: Captain Kidd, Seiten Taisei
Arcana: The Chariot
- Battle Couple: With Shiho.
- Big Damn Heroes: When he goes in to help Shizuka during her fight with Lynott with his newly achieved ultimate Persona, which he is able to materialize in the real world.
- Fan Boy: Is a big fan of Rohan's manga.
- Loose Lips: He blurts out the fact that he and his friends are the Phantom Thieves loud enough for Makoto to hear it.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He not only achieves Seiten Taisei, but he also figures out how to summon it in the real world.
- Ship Tease: With Shiho, which eventually upgraded to Official Couple status.
Ann Takamaki /"Panther"
Persona: Carmen, Hecate
Arcana: The Lovers
- Blowing a Raspberry: To provide a distraction in Chapter 43, Ann trash talks some monsters then blows a raspberry at them. It works, to Shiho's surprise.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Shizuka definitely shows interest when the subject of Ann posing nude for Yusuke comes up.
- Fangirl: Is apparently a longtime one for Risette, and Yukari is also one of her idols.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her looks are often remarked upon.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Ann expresses the most worry over the possibility that the Phantom Thieves are responsible for Kaneshiro's death.
- Tempting Fate: When Yukari expresses her concerns over the Phantom Thieves' methods Ann brushes it off, saying she doubts they would ever start killing people. Cue Kaneshiro murdered and the Arditi likely to take the blame.
Shiho Suzui /"Nemesis"
Persona: Aradia, Eris
Arcana: The Star
- Ascended Extra: In canon, Shiho Suzui is Put on a Bus after her attempted suicide. Here she's caught by Shizuka as she falls so her injuries aren't as severe as in the game, and then patched up by a Stand wielding doctor courtesy of the Speedwagon Foundation. And then she gains a Persona and joins the Phantom Thieves as Nemesis. She even becomes the Star Confidant.
- Battle Couple: With Ryuji from Chapter 34 onward.
- Berserk Button: Shiho has a particular hate for anything perverted. Which is understandable, given what happened with Kamoshida.
- Blindfolded Vision: Shiho's thief outfit includes a blindfold, evoking the traditional image of Lady Justice. She can apparently see through it just fine, as if the material wasn't there at all.
- Fangirl: Is a fan of Rohan's manga (to her mild embarrassment).
- Hidden Depths: Shiho, the soft-spoken Nice Girl from canon, shows she has an aggressive streak after awakening her Persona. She outright says she'll kick Kamoshida's ass.
- Light 'em Up: Shiho's Persona Aradia is specialized in light magic and buff spells.
- Meaningful Name: Her Persona is Aradia, supposedly a goddess of witches. While not precisely a trickster figure, she is a patron of those who fight against oppression. Also, Aradia's own legend claims she's the daughter of Lucifer. Shiho is Akira's Star Confidant, and Lucifer is the ultimate Persona of the Star Arcana.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: Shiho's Weapon of Choice for the Metaverse is a Naginata. It goes well with her Ninja motif.
- Ninja: Shiho's Phantom Thief outfit is essentially a ninja, complete with throwing stars and a naginata.
- Precision F-Strike:
- Drops one during her speech to King Kamoshida:"Do you have any idea how fucked up it is, to look down from a three storey fall and feel... relief? That's what you did to me."
- And again when one of the track team members nearly takes a swing at Ryuji.
- Drops one during her speech to King Kamoshida:
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Personally gives one to Kamoshida's Shadow after his boss fight. Ryuji's impressed by it.
- Gives another to the track team for still trying to treat Ryuji like crap after Kamoshida's removal.
- Ship Tease: With Ryuji, which eventually upgraded to Official Couple status.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: Uses throwing stars as her ranged option instead of a firearm.
Yusuke Kitagawa /"Fox"
Persona: Goemon, Kamu Susano'o
Arcana: The Emperor
- Amazon Chaser: Starts to become aware of his feelings for Haru after witnessing her completely Curb Stomp Touta.
- An Ice Person: The ice abilities of his Persona are more emphasized in this fic, with him making barriers and makeshift weapons with his abilities.
- Captain Oblivious: Among other examples, he's the only one who didn't catch onto the Ship Tease between Shiho and Ryuji.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He is very much the Eccentric Artist.
- Last-Second Word Swap: In Chapter 49 he very nearly calls Madarame his father.
- Only Friend: Sergio is this to him at first.
- Starving Artist: Madarame did not have him living in the best conditions.
Sergio Esposito /"Diabolik"
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls Shizuka "Jojo-chan", much to Shizuka's annoyance.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His Phantom Thief outfit consists of a three-piece suit.
- Breaking Old Trends: He's an Italian friend of a Joestar, descended from the Zeppeli family, and he doesn't die by the end of the story.
- Submachine Guns: His Metaverse firearm is a P90, though he practically never uses it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His Stand first manifested when his hometown was attacked by vampires. He survived and saved his family, but the townspeople were either killed or traumatized and he was left with a case of survivors guilt. Fortunately, he got better.
- Epic Flail: As a Phantom Thief, his Metaverse melee weapon is a morningstar, though like Shizuka, he practically never uses it.
- Expy: Word of God claims he's intended to be Shizuka's Caesar/Kakyoin equivalent. He's even descended from the Zeppeli family.
- Fastball Special: He helps the Phantom Thieves reach Kaneshiro's floating bank by using his power on Morgana's van form, launching Morgana into the air with the Phantom Thieves in it. The strange thing is that Sergio's power only works on nonliving objects, which has some odd implications for Morgana.
- Heroic RRoD: During the Shadow Okumura battle he absorbs momentum from several robots at once, eventually becoming unable to absorb any more. It's physically taxing enough to nearly send Sergio down on one knee, while Breakthru starts sparking with electricity.
- Improv Fu: His Stand's abilities are made for fighting with the terrain and environment. Generally by sending stuff at enemies, or lifting up chunks of the floor to use as cover.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: It's noted by the narration he likes cats, and he even gives Morgana the sushi he always pined for in canon. He later explains his grandmother owned an animal shelter, and he worked with the cats. He's also the only one disappointed when Morgana becomes human.
- Limit Break: After overusing his power in the Shadow Okumura fight, Futaba explains that Breakthru is "juiced up" on momentum, and can send it out as a projectile attack of pure force.
- Living a Double Life: Or rather a triple life with his job with the SID, his life as a high school student, and his new role as a Phantom Thief.
- Meaningful Name:
- Mind over Matter: His Stand's power is a limited form of telekinesis. He "infuses" nonliving objects his Stand touches with momentum, sending it flying in the direction he chooses. He can also remove momentum if his Stand catches an object in motion, rendering it spatially immobile to any outside force.
- Only Friend: He appears to be this to Yusuke, before Yusuke met the other Phantom Thieves.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Scars Are Forever: Remnants from when he was attacked by a vampire as a child.
- Seen It All: His experience with Stands means he's mostly unbothered by the Metaverse. Mostly. Morgana still surprises him when he turns into a car. The only thing that's managed to phase him so far has been Cognitive Wakaba, whom even he finds terrifying.
- Shout-Out: His Affectionate Nickname to Shizuka ("JoJo-chan") is one to Joseph's nickname to Caesar ("Caesar-chan").
Makoto Nijima /"Queen"
Persona: Johanna, Anat
Arcana: The High Priestess
- Berserk Button: Do not call her useless, and do not hurt Shizuka in front of her. It's what awakens her Persona.
- Big Damn Heroes: Appears to save Shizuka from the Chemical Brothers, riding Johanna in the real world.
- Captain Oblivious: Was the only one of her friends not to notice Shizuka swings both ways, despite her being far from subtle about it.
- Only Friend: Shizuka. This is the main reason for the aforementioned protectiveness, as well as her willingness to give the Arditi the benefit of the doubt.
- Punched Across the Room: When Makoto awakens her Persona, she doesn't rip off her mask and summon it right away. No, the first thing she does is punch an Oni that was beating up Shizuka. In-game, Oni are supposed to be resistant to physical attacks. Makoto still sends it flying.
- Ship Tease: There was some between her and Shizuka, which results in a Relationship Upgrade later on.
Haru Okumura /"Noir"
Persona: Milady, Astarte
Arcana: The Empress
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Shizuka meets and becomes friends with Haru during the Madarame arc, when in-game you won't even see her until after the third dungeon.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Haru is a sweet girl who, when she is confronted with the man who stole her father's soul, subjects him to a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown with the objective of forcing him to cough up what he took.
- Crush Filter: Experiences this when she first sees Joker, complete with roses and wind through the hair.
- Hidden Depths: It turns out she's a fan of action movies.
- Ship Tease: Though initially receiving this with Akira, Haru begins to develop an interest in Yusuke instead.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Shizuka starts off very protective of Haru, only to find that Haru is much stronger than she looks. Literally.
- Spanner in the Works: As a result of befriending Shizuka early on in the story, the Arditi chose to infiltrate her father's palace earlier than in the game. This throws a massive wrench in The Conspiracy's plans to kill Okumura and frame the Phantom Thieves for it.
Futaba Sakura /"Oracle"
Persona: Necronomicon, Prometheus
Arcana: The Hermit
- Body Horror: Undergoes this when Shizuka took her to see Tonio to improve her physicality. Though that was expected.
- Broken Bird: The poor thing is tortured by her mother's suicide. Even worse, she was told it was her fault.
- Combat Tentacles: Necronomicon seems to have some defensive measures this time, unlike in canon. Notably, it immediately defends Futaba from Cognitive Wakaba by stabbing her with its tentacles.
- Hikikomori: Referred to as such in-universe.
- Hollywood Hacking: Necronomicon, kind of. As Futaba puts it, it lets her link her mind to cell phones, computers, and the like, allowing Futaba to do the hacking with her own mind.
- Official Couple: With Akira, following the Shido and Lars battles.
- Only Friend: Akira works to build her trust while the group work through her Palace, becoming the only person other than Sojiro that she talks to. This gets upgraded later on.
- Rage Breaking Point: The realization that her mother was murdered causes her to utterly erupt in fury, replacing the terror she had been feeling up to that point.
- Teleportation Rescue: If Futaba is in danger, Necronomicon/Prometheus can teleport her to anywhere in the world to safety. Then when the Metaverse starts to merge with the real world, rendering nowhere safe, Prometheus teleports her clear to another dimension.
- You Killed My Father: As in canon, Black Mask killed her mother. However it's played up more in the fic, since the Phantom Thieves were aware of it even before Futaba changed her heart. When she learns the Phantom Thieves plan on going after Black Mask, she joins them without hesitation.
Hifumi Togo /"Maestro"
Stand: Flaming Telepath
- Adaptational Badass: The sweet confidant with a chuuni personality and a passion for shogi has a Stand.
- Chuunibyou: As in canon. She's described as such by Shizuka, who doubts that her flashy speech and penchant for talking about her "Evil Eye" are evidence enough for her being a Stand user.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Her Stand allows her to predict her opponents' moves.
- Heroic BSoD: Has a brief one when she learns about her Stand and freaks out that all her victories were due to her power and not her skill, and that she could never play an honest game again. By the next chapter, Shizuka and Sergio have taught her to rein in her power and she has several honest victories and an honest loss.
- Hover Mecha: In a sense; Flaming Telepath's form has no legs and instead levitates on an upside-down pyramid base.
- Friendly Sniper: Makes use of a sniper rifle in the Metaverse, though only in a handful of battles.
- Magical Eye: Hifumi's pupils turn into crosshairs whenever she uses her Combat Clairvoyance, and Flaming Telepath has the same effect.
- Meaningful Name: Her Stand, Flaming Telepath, is named after a song by Blue Öyster Cult.
- Mind Reading: Another of her Stand's abilities is to glean the surface thoughts of a focused target.
- Mythology Gag: Hifumi being a Phantom Thief is something that was originally planned for the canon game, but was cut for time constraints.
- Royal Rapier: Her Metaverse melee weapon is a rapier, though like the other Stand-using Arditi, she practically never uses it.
- Ship Tease: With Sergio.
- Stage Mom: Has one intent on making her a shogi idol. Unlike in canon, Hifumi's Stand abilities made rigging the matches unnecessary.
- Theatre Phantom: Sports this as her Phantom Thief look.
Stand Investigation Division / SIDA Tokyo-based Paranormal Investigation division of the Speedwagon Foundation established after the incident with Yoshikage Kira. They are a group of Stand-users assigned to deal with Stand related incidents within the city.
Stand: Instant Crush
- Cigar Chomper: Comes with the territory of his Stand being a cigar.
- Defiant to the End: Spits on Mr. A after storming Club Ravana, right before Mr. A kills him.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Finally Tired of Running after the death of Dr. Lifeson, Satoshi storms Club Ravana and rampages through floor by floor, taking out as many guards out as he can. He is carrying a transmitting spy camera so that the Arditi will be able to follow him to Mr. A.
- I Have Your Wife: Satoshi's wife is dead, but it turns out Mr. A keeps Satoshi out of his business by threatening Satoshi's son. He's still willing to lie to Mr. A if he has to, however.
- Killed Off for Real: By Mr. A.
- Meaningful Name: His Stand is named after a song by Daft Punk.
- The Mole: Very downplayed, but Mr. A has him by the metaphorical balls and can lean on Satoshi for information. Satoshi does what he can to minimize the harm A can cause. Also, A can't push too hard, or else the rest of the Speedwagon Foundation will interfere.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Playing with Fire: Instant Crush takes the form of a cigar that generates surges of heat and smoke.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's perfectly willing to help Shizuka look into her past after she helped them out earlier. He also tries to help the Arditi as best he can.
- Secret-Keeper: He figures out who the Phantom Thieves are by himself and tells Sergio as much. He's still willing to help them.
- Summon to Hand: If he throws Instant Crush, he can instantly summon it back to him. One trick of his is throwing the cigar-shaped Stand, bouncing it off the surroundings, and having it blast his opponent from an unexpected angle while recalling it.
- Tragic Keepsake: He has one in the form of a photograph of him and his wife he keeps on him.
Stand: Big Iron
- Dark and Troubled Past: Has apparently seen the bloody aftermath of Stand battles since she was 15. The exact means of this haven't been elaborated yet.
- Feather Flechettes: Big Iron's feathers can function as this, stabbing an opponent.
- Gemstone Assault: She wears a pearl necklace, with each individual pearl being a potential weapon thanks to Big Iron.
- Meaningful Name: Her Stand is named after a song by Marty Robbins.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Trap Master: Her stand Big Iron allows her to turn anything non-living her Stand stabs with its feathers into a trap. Any kind of trap by the way, from regular bear snap-traps, to nail traps, to pitfall punji stake-lined traps.
See Diabolik under The Arditi.
Other Speedwagon Foundation Members
- Dark and Troubled Past: When his parents discovered his Stand power they took him around America as a "faith" healer. He didn't like the fame he was getting, and that was before people starting saying his powers were from the devil. It all came to a head when someone stabbed him. He then ran off and was recruited by the Speedwagon Foundation. In the present he's mostly over it.
- Funny Foreigner: Pretended to be humorously bad at Japanese when he was taking care of Shiho. He did this to make her feel better.
- Healing Hands: The main power of his Stand, Panacea.
- Killed Off for Real: He is killed when Mr. A's men attack the hospital he is working at. Not because he was targeted, but simply because he was in the way.
- The Medic: His Stand infuses objects with a healing essence, though he says he can't regenerate cut off limbs. His Stand actually came from his desire to help his blind sister.
- Meaningful Name: He's named after Alex Lifeson from the band Rush, and his Stand is named after the band's song with the same name.
- Nice Guy: Genuinely a friendly person who wants to help people.
- Non-Action Guy: We haven't seen him fight so far.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Beleaguered Assistant: He goes through a lot serving as butler/legal guardian to Shizuka.
Stand: Luck Be A Lady
- Adaptational Badass: Thanks to the Arrow, she becomes a Stand user following the destruction of her Palace.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Is given a psychotic breakdown by Akechi and told to go kill her boss.
- Morph Weapon: When Luck Be A Lady is active, any object that Sae holds turns into a weapon, said weapon changing to a more powerful form over time while still retaining its original weight. For example, a pen would turn into a switchblade, then a sai, and finally a broadsword.
- Secret-Keeper: Is informed of everything (Stands, the Metaverse, Akechi's actions) after getting a Stand.
Returning characters from Jojos Bizarre Adventure.
Stand: Hermit Purple
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: He and Suzy Q raised Shizuka with love, but they're both dead by the start of the story.
- Life Will Kill You: Joseph beat the Joestar Curse and died of old age.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Of Shizuka's storyline, anyway.
- Posthumous Character: For the purposes of Vanishing Act Joseph Joestar is this, having died shortly before the story begins.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Joseph never makes an appearance outside of flashbacks, on account of being dead by the story's start. However, his and his wife's deaths are what brings Shizuka to Tokyo, thus inserting her into the P5 storyline.
Stand: Crazy Diamond
- Berserk Button: NEVER insult his hair. Masao makes this mistake, and Josuke responds by fusing his headphones to his ears and his smartphone to his chest and then playing the music at full volume.
- Big Brother Instinct: He visits Shizuka in Tokyo to check on her after she sent him her Cool Shades that were broken during her fight with Paradise City.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: As in canon. It turns out women routinely take their cars to Josuke's auto shop. They have an unnatural amount of car trouble. Josuke does not understand why.
- Cool Big Bro: He shows nothing but concern and support for Shizuka.
- The Dreaded: Low-key example. It's well known in Stand-user circles that if you mess around in Morioh Town, Josuke will come after you. The fear of Josuke coming to Tokyo is one of the reasons the villains don't try and kill Shizuka.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Doesn't believe Shizuka would get caught up with the Phantom Thieves, at least not without telling him first.
Stand: Heaven's Door
- The Cameo: Rohan makes a brief appearance in Chapter 16. Turns out Ryuji and Shiho read Pink Dark Boy. His presence actually speeds up the Madarame arc when he points out Madarame's a fake. He appears again in Chapter 26 where he watches Madarame's confession.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Shizuka calls in a favor from him to get evidence on Shido and The Conspiracy by using Heaven's Door on Haru's father.
- Spanner in the Works: The Conspiracy managed to stop Okumura from making his press speech in a near murder attempt, but even they couldn't anticipate a Stand like Heaven's Door to fish out the information.
- Tsundere: Rohan has a soft spot for Shizuka but, being Rohan, he tries to cover it up.
Antonio "Tonio" Trussardi
Stand: Pearl Jam
- Body Horror: The usual effect of his stand. Played for Laughs in this story, as the Persona characters have hilarious reactions to Shizuka simply describing it.
- The Cameo: Appears in Chapter 47 to help Futaba's physical problems, since Dr. Lifeson is absent.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Helps Futaba improve her stamina by means of his Stand-empowered food, which literally reconstructs her muscles.
- The Cameo: Appears in Chapter 48 talking with Josuke and Okuyasu.
- They Do: Ended up marrying Yukako.
Stand: The Hand
- The Cameo: Appears in Chapter 48 talking with Josuke and Koichi.
- Dumbass Has a Point: He does correctly deduce that Shizuka's powers of invisibility make her a natural fit for Phantom Thieves.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Initially claims Shizuka is too sweet to join the Phantom Thieves. Josuke and Koichi share a glance at that.
Stand: The Emperor
- Butt-Monkey: Time has done nothing to change this, as his plan to attack Shizuka fails before he can even try.
- The Cameo: Appears for a scene in Chapter 55.
- Groin Attack: Shizuka accidentally inflicts this on him without even knowing who he is.
- Mugging the Monster: He tries to hold up Shizuka, which would have turned into this if she didn't accidentally hit him first.
- Sweet and Sour Grapes: He tries to hold Shizuka up for money but she hits him in a sensitive spot by accident. Unwilling to cause a scene, Shizuka leaves him some money and runs out. Hol seems to be happy with the result.
Stand: Star Platinum
- Big Damn Heroes: While on a beer run, he runs into several of Shizuka's Persona-wielding friends in the aftermath of a Stand fight - with Akira being held at gunpoint - and quickly steps in to save them.
- The Dreaded: Among Stand-users, Jotaro is one of the scariest beings on the planet. Even Shizuka says that Jotaro is "Nice, in a quiet and terrifying sort of way". All of the enemy Stand-users who know about Jotaro do not want to draw his attention. One member of Mr. A's Deadly Aspects even says he'd rather have a continent between him and Jotaro.
- Feeling Their Age: During the final battle, Jotaro has to pause to catch his breath, with Josuke noting that time (ironically) is starting to catch up to the 47-year-old badass.
- Immune to Mind Control: Downplayed, but he's vaguely aware that something's off in Maruki's world in Royal.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Still feels like this for Kakyoin. It's relieved when Minato tells him that Kakyoin forgives him.
- Rugged Scar: Has one across the side of his face, most likely from the events of Stone Ocean.
- Spared By Adaptation: Was killed by Pucci in canon. Here, he managed to defeat Pucci..
- Secret-Keeper: After intervening in a Stand fight with the Phantom Thieves, he's brought into the loop.
- Sherlock Scan: Taken to exaggerated levels; he notices Shizuka's invisible Stand is carrying equally invisible people with what seems to be a glance. Shizuka wonders if Star Platinum's Super Senses or if Jotaro is just plain psychic.
- Stacy's Mom: A downplayed male example, but Ann gets hit with Jotaro's Joestar attraction aura...even though he's old enough to be her dad.
- Story-Breaker Power: With Star Platinum: The World on his side, Jotaro would break the plot in half if he wasn't conveniently elsewhere.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Ryuji outright calls him a giant, while Ann is taken aback by his looks.
Stand: Stone Free
- Hero of Another Story: She and her team have their own adventures while the Arditi are running around. She makes a passing mention of possibly toppling some drug cartels when they reach South America.
- Immune to Mind Control: Like her father, she vaguely notices something off about the world come Royal.
- Strong Family Resemblance: The other Phantom Thieves call her "a tall Shizuka".
- Spared By Adaptation: She and the rest of her friends were killed by Pucci during Stone Ocean. Here, they're all alive and well.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Is noted by the other Phantom Thieves to be like a taller Shizuka and the most likely source for some of her quirks.
Stand: Death 13
- An Arm and a Leg: Gets his arm chopped off by Shizuka.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He doesn't kill Arisawa's Shadow because he realizes that the Palace would collapse if he did so, and he needs it so that he can personally confront the Thieves. Once the tables turn on him, he immediately kills the Shadow in order to deny the Thieves a proper victory.
- Death by Adaptation: Following his defeat at the hands of the Phantom Thieves, Shizuka and Sergio track him down in the real world. He attempts to fight them again, and Sergio quickly finishes him off with a piece of glass through the neck.
- Forgotten First Meeting: A variant. Shizuka never heard of him before because only Kakyoin figured out the truth about him.
- I Know What You Fear: While inside the Metaverse, Death 13 can read surface thoughts and manifest them, allowing him to invoke primordial fears by asking about them and then pulling the first thing that's involuntarily thought of. This is turned against him by Shizuka and Yusuke, who make him freak out with a fake Kakyoin.
- Reality Warper: Within the Metaverse, his Dream Weaver powers become a limited form of this.
- Undying Loyalty: Even years later, he still refers to his old master as 'Lord Dio', and hopes that killing Shizuka will provide a measure of redemption for his past failure.
- Pals with Jesus: He was told by Minato about the threat posed by Yaldabaoth.
- Spirit Advisor: Briefly plays this to Shizuka during her Near-Death Experience.
Stand: Gold Experience, Gold Experience Requiem
- The Cameo: He appears only once in the story, placing his trust in the Phantom Thieves to defeat Yaldabaoth.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Like in canon, Giorno does not play a major role and does not know about his bloodline. In fact, he's the only living JoJo (Jotaro, Josuke, Jolyne) or dead JoJo (Jonathan and Joseph) from the main universe to not have interacted with Shizuka.
Stand: Killer Queen, Sheer Heart Attack, Bites the Dust
- The Cameo: Not the man himself, but as a hallucination created by Death 13 that attacks Shizuka.
- Posthumous Character: Long dead by the start of the story, but still has relevance.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite being a Posthumous Character, Kira's actions have left an impact on the story.
- The Speedwagon Foundation created the Stand Investigation Division to monitor stand-user activity, in order to prevent another person like Kira from running loose.
- He himself only ever appears in flashbacks, but he's the reason Shizuka was abandoned, having killed her birth parents.
- Voice of the Legion: His hallucinatory form created by Death 13 has this.
Stand: The World
- Villainous Legacy: He's been dead for decades, but his influence (and remaining followers) still causes trouble for the world and Joestars in particular. Mr. A got his start under him (even if he's doing his own thing now) and Mannish Boy attacks the Thieves partially to redeem himself for not killing the Crusaders for him as a baby.
Characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4.
Persona: Artemisia (formerly Penthesilea)
Arcana: The Empress
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While she initially worries the Phantom Thieves are like Strega, once she learns there's supernatural killers in and out of the Metaverse she quickly moves to investigate them.
- Spanner in the Works: By catching her attention the Arditi now have to contend with her and other Persona users investigating them. Subverted when the Phantom Thieves tell Naoto that there's a serial killer in the Metaverse; Mitsuru and her allies immediately investigate and eventually turn to the Arditi for help. At the same time the trope is played straight, since she's now interfering with the villains' plans.
Persona: Yamato Sumeragi (formerly Sukuna-Hikona and Yamato Takeru)
Arcana: Wheel of Fortune
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Despite having no knowledge of Stands, she very quickly deduces Painkiller's power.
- Closet Geek: Is a fan of a Toku show named Judge Omega. Futaba instantly identifies her as a fan upon seeing her Metaverse thief costume.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Naoto's fight with Lars Gunsche in Chapter 48 is something like a knife fight, since Lars wields razor sharp paper while Yamato Sumeragi has a sword. The fight ends when Naoto pulls out a gun and shoots Lars, forcing him to retreat. It's almost like never bring a superpower to a gun fight.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Yamato Sumeragi is a small, fairy-sized creature that still packs a heck of a punch.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Naoto investigates the Arditi at first, but ultimately asks their help when she learns, first-hand, what they're up against.
- Seen It All: While she is somewhat surprised at how different the Metaverse is compared to the Dark Hour and Midnight Channel, she doesn't fall for the illusion Camael sets upon her..
- She Is All Grown Up: She's grown out of her Bifauxnen stage and is now unmistakably a woman.
- Ship Tease: A phone call between her and Kanji hints they might be a couple now.
- Sixth Ranger: She joins the Phantom Thieves in the Metaverse during The World Under Hell arc, codenamed Omega.
- Took a Level in Badass: Figured out how to summon her Persona in the real world.
Persona: Caesar (formerly Polydeuces)
Arcana: The Emperor
- Boxing Battler: Still a skilled boxer. When he encounters Sanshiro of the Deadly Aspects, he is perfectly willing to throw down with the yakuza to gain information.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When the Shadow Operatives learn about Black Mask and Mr. A's Stand-users, Akihiko points out they owe the Phantom Thieves for that knowledge.
Persona: Io, Isis
Arcana: The Lovers
- The Lost Lenore: A male example. Seeing Yusuke reminds her of Minato, briefly stunning her for a few seconds. Needless to say, she is elated when Minato returns.
- Meta Guy: Is the only person to comment on the fact that Speedwagon's name is literally REO Speedwagon.
- One Degree of Separation: It turns out she's a fellow model and one of Ann's idols, as well as friends with her parents.
Persona: Athena (Wild Card, formerly Palladion)
Arcana: The Fool (formerly The Chariot)
- Big Damn Heroes: Flies in to save Akihiko from Sanshiro after the fight between them starts to escalate.
- Canon Welding: Her cybernetics and weapons were based upon Von Stroheim's cyborg parts.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Even more than in canon. Upgrades to her body have concealed her robotic parts over the years, and she can clearly emote far better than she could in the past. This is justified due to an in-universe Technology Marches On.
Persona: Kozueon (formerly Himiko)
Arcana: The Lovers
- Epic Hail: As the Investigation Team's navigator, she joins her fellow navigator Fuuka in the final mission to broadcast the presence of the Phantom Thieves around the world, to weaken Yaldabaoth's hold.
- Famed in Story: Is mentioned numerous times throughout the story as the famous Idol Singer Risette, mostly in reference to her upcoming engagement to Yu.
- Happily Married: News articles and gossip throughout the story mention her engagement to Yu.
Persona: Izanagi-no-Okami (Wild Card, formerly Izanagi)
Arcana: The Fool
- Barrier Warrior: Uses Izanagi's barriers in defence of the broadcasting tower during the final battle, though he is hardly a slouch fighting otherwise.
- Happily Married: Numerous news articles throughout the story mention Rise's engagement to him. When he and Rise appear in the final battle, they are considering other wedding venues.
- Immune to Mind Control: He's unaffected by Maruki's alterations in Royal.
- The Bus Came Back: At the end of Persona 3, he became a living barrier between Nyx, Erebus and the Earth, but is returned to his human form on account of the weakening of humanity's free will also weakening humanity's will to die, thus greatly weakening Erebus (whom Minato promptly pushed as far away from Nyx as was possible).
- Chick Magnet: Upon his return, both Yukari and Aigis give him The Glomp, and considering Fuuka and Mitsuru's reactions to him (in the latter's case being torn between copying Yukari and Agis's actions or remaining stoic), they too have had a connection to their leader.
- Healing Hands: His healing powers are important during the protection of the broadcasting tower.
- Immune to Mind Control: He immediately notices the world's been changed by Maruki's actions in Royal, though respects Joker's request to not get involved.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: The Where Are They Now epilogue of the story mentions the Phantom Thieves attending his birthday, indicating that rather than return to being a living barrier, he finally has his humanity back.
The ConspiracyAn group of corrupt politicians, businessmen, and others that seek to use the Metaverse for their own ends. In this version, they're allied with a criminal gang of Stand-users as well.
Goro Akechi/"Black Mask"/"Crow"
Persona: Loki, Robin Hood, Red Death
Arcana: Unknownnote (Wild Card)
- Adaptational Badass: He's much more formidable than he actually was in both the game and The Animation. He even has an additional third persona, where in canon has only two personas due to his lack of strong bonds.
- Adaptational Jerkass: He's somewhat less sympathetic than his canon version, or at least plays up his nastier traits. Nor does he really show any regret in planning to betray the Phantom Thieves.
- Consulting a Convicted Killer: After he's defeated, the Thieves attempt to get Shido's keywords out of him while he's detained by the Speedwagon Foundation. Akechi declines, instead manipulating the Thieves into targeting Arisawa as part of a contingency plan as well as trying to figure out how to summon Loki in the real world in order to escape.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In Chapter 50 he's accosted by several cognitive robots. His response is to just pull out Loki and obliterate them.
- Dare to Be Badass: Tells Akira and the Arditi that if they like proving him wrong so much then they damn well better fix the world. Right before he dies and takes Camael with him.
- Didn't See That Coming: He really didn't expect the Phantom Thieves to go after Okumura before they were supposed to. Okumura wasn't even finalized as a target yet.
- Gets hit with this again when he attempts to infiltrate the Arditi. They had caught on to him months earlier and use the opportunity to trap him and gain their leg up on the Conspiracy.
- Entertainingly Wrong: He attempts to infiltrate the Phantom Thieves as he did in canon. What he doesn't know is that they're already onto him and don't buy into his lies for a second.
- Fatal Flaw: His fixation on Akira bites him in the ass when the Arditi split up to handle both Futaba and Okumura's Palaces at the same time. He only focused on tailing Akira and when he met with the others at Leblanc. If he actually paid attention to the other members, he would have noticed that some of them were missing. By the time he realizes that the Arditi have targeted Okumura earlier than planned, he's caught completely off-guard and left rushing to kill Shadow Okumura before it's too late.
- Evil Tainted the Place: Loki's attacks leave behind "pustules of cancerous evil matter".
- Heroic Sacrifice: Not only does he throw himself in front of Camael's blade to save Akira, but he also brings down Camael with a suicide attack.
- Hypocrite: Akechi is disgusted by Okumura's science-fiction palace, as he considers it childish and immature. His thoughts do not comment on the fact that he's wearing a black Featherman outfit. He also dismisses Mr. A's gang as "shady criminal circus freaks" despite having powers himself.
- Madness Mantra: "If I can kill Okumura, I'll be alright. If I can kill Okumura, I'll be alright. If I can kill Okumura, I'll be alright..."
- Mirror Character: With Masayoshi Shido. Akechi hates him for good reason but when both got a taste of power, they abuse it regardless of who suffers for it. As Akira nicely puts it: "Congrats, you really are Shido's son."
- Original Character: He manages to recruit a new Persona in the lead up to Sae's Palace, which he reveals during the fight against the Phantom Thieves to be Red Death.
- Pet the Dog: He gives a disc containing incriminating evidence of Shido to Futaba, and even apologises to her for murdering her mother.
- Redemption Equals Death: Just as there were hints of him starting to turn around in the final battle, he gives his life to take Camael down.
- Revenge: His principal motivation. Deconstructed by Shizuka, who points out that his plot is needlessly complicated. Also subverted when she concludes that, instead, he's trying to seek his father's approval.
- Taking You with Me: Takes Camael down with him at the cost of his life.
- Villainous Breakdown: He tries to avoid showing it but he freaks out when he learns the Phantom Thieves went after Okumura before the Conspiracy could finish preparations to frame the Arditi for Okumura's death. Even Sae notices he looks ill when he hears the news.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Shizuka points this out to him during his Motive Rant. If Goro only wanted revenge, then he would have just killed Shido and be done with it. Instead he goes through a two-year long, convoluted revenge plot which involves murdering countless other unrelated people and putting the man he hates into a position of power, which Shizuka deduces to be because he wants his father's love.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Shadow Shido seems amused and impressed more than anything when Joker reveals his identity, even averting But for Me, It Was Tuesday.
- Adaptational Badass: Downplayed, but his Shadow is more powerful than in canon, handily battling the combined Arditi and tearing off Joker's hand, taking him out of the fight.
- Bad Boss: He keeps people only so long as they're useful to them, and then disposes of them to cut ties. He also insults Akechi for failing to keep an eye on the Phantom Thieves, much less kill Okumura in time.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Ignoring The Man Behind the Man, Shido and Mr. A are the leaders of two arguably distinct groups that are allied in pursuit of the same goal.
- Hate Sink: Nobody likes him(in-universe or out), not even his own co-conspirators.
The SIU Director
- Jerkass: A colossal one. Every word said by his Shadow is some sort of condescending barb.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Fitting to how he views himself as his Palace is a courthouse.
- Named by the Adaptation: He's the unnamed SIU Director.
- The Unfought: His Palace was sought out immediately after Sae's, but Death 13 murders him in a fight with the Phantom Thieves before they get a chance to fight him.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Akechi says as much as he forces a psychotic breakdown on Sae with the orders to kill him. Although Akechi failed to kill him, Mannish Boy finished the job.
- Death by Adaptation: Is killed in prison by Mr. A's people following his change of heart.
- Asshole Victim: Is on the receiving end of a physical and verbal beatdown by Shizuka. Both were well earned.
Mr. A's OrganizationThe secretive Stand-using crime boss of Tokyo and his criminal empire. Allied with Shido's Conspiracy.
"Mr. A/Akio Akateni"
Stand: Man in Black
- Alliterative Name: His true name reads like a superhero's alter ego.
- Attempted Rape: Was apparently a victim of this in his teenage years, with his Stand first appearing at that point.
- Benevolent Boss: Seems to actually care deeply about underlings who are loyal to him, and seems quite worried when Lars informs him that he was shot during his fight with Naoto.
- Berserk Button: Given his heritage, he claims to have a real hatred for the word 'mongrel.'
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Ignoring The Man Behind the Man, Shido and Mr. A are the leaders of two arguably distinct groups that are allied in pursuit of the same goal. It's later revealed that Mr. A is only working with Shido so that he can replace him with his own Body Double when he gets elected. Effectively, he's the Big Bad for Shizuka's half of the story, though he does outlast Shido.
- Dragon Ascendant: Apparently worked for Dio during the events of Stardust Crusaders (he took over the Tokyo underworld in the 90s) and has grown far beyond being a minion. He intends to be this again to Shido, by way of a body double.
- The Dreaded: The shadowy kingpin of Tokyo, nearly every criminal in the city is afraid of him.
- Entertainingly Wrong: When he learns a certain detective named Naoto Shriogane is looking into the Phantom Thieves, he looks into her background and starts believing she's a Stand-user. He then sends Lars to interrogate her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even he finds Kamoshida disgusting, and he does not tolerate human trafficking.
- Foil: Is one to Pucci. Both are major antagonists of their respective stories, who were former agents of DIO that survived the events of Stardust Crusaders (in Mr. A's case he was assigned to watch Holly from a distance and take her hostage if necessary). But while Pucci was focused on finishing a plan for his late master (whom he was fervently devoted to), Mr. A is only planning to advance his own agenda (even stating he's not like Pucci and has no interest in acting in the name of a man who blew his shot twice).
- I Want Them Alive!: Mr. A sends a Stand-user after Shizuka, suspecting she's tied to the Phantom Thieves. However, he's instructed to test and not kill Shizuka. Mr. A knows that if Shizuka dies, Jotaro and Josuke will come calling.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets a screwdriver through the head courtesy of Houdini.
- Knight of Cerebus: He arguably shares this role with the Man in the Black Mask. His murder of Kaneshiro makes it clear to the Phantom Thieves that they've stumbled onto something nasty.
- Logical Weakness: Mr. A has to be aware of an attack to deflect it.
- Mind over Matter: While the full power of his Stand is still unknown, he has apparently used it to tear people limb from limb. Later revealed to be changing the vector of any moving object in his range- which covers everything from redirecting bullets to turning a coin into a deadly projectile.
- Musical Theme Naming: His Stand is named for the song by Johnny Cash. Given the lyrics of the song, about being a symbol for the poor and downtrodden, it's quite a nice fit for his worldview and motives.
- Misguided Missile: His Stand can supposedly control the "vectors" of attacks, and weaponize this trope by changing bullets so they hit someone other than himself. This is especially notable in that one of Satoshi's friend's Stands had supreme aiming ability, but still missed him.
- Mythology Gag: Wears a steel belt buckle designed to look like a dog skull, referencing the animal cruelty that JJBA villains have often been involved in.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Man In Black is capable of deflecting practically any attack directed at him, and any attack that gets through is covered by his sub-stand, Walk The Line, which siphons away part of any damage inflicted. Between both abilities, Mr. A is practically untouchable. Shizuka even briefly muses that Mr. A. would be The Juggernaut in the metaverse.
- Older Than They Look: Is described as being similar to Jotaro, a man who looks like he stopped aging in his twenties but has clear wisdom in his eyes.
- Shadow Archetype: To the Arditi. Like them, Mr. A just wants to carve out a place where he and his comrades belong. The only difference is that Mr. A gave up any hope that the world could change while the Arditi hold steadfast to that ideal.
- Ventriloquism: His stand is able to speak.
- The Voice: Mr. A takes pains to keep his identity a secret. If he has to directly communicate to an underling he calls them on the phone from a number that can't be identified. Narration earlier in the story briefly considers he might not even be a single man.
The Deadly AspectsMr. A's four greatest agents.
- Alas, Poor Villain:: He has a final, sympathetic conversation with Shizuka before killing himself, an act which she attempts to prevent and is deeply upset by. During her fight with A, it's clear that she's traumatized by it.
- Ambiguously Gay: It's theorized in-universe that the reason for his Undying Loyalty to Mr. A is that he is in love with him.
- Bad Ass In A Nice Suit: Always described as being well dressed.
- Berserk Button: Asking him to betray Mr. A is enough to break his stoic front and drive him into a rage.
- Determinator: Naoto shoots him in the chest Chapter 48, and he still goes after her. Subverted when he gets shot again in the shoulder and retreats. (It's also suggested he had some sort of armor over his chest, since he only bleeds from his shoulder wound).
- The Dragon: Mr. A's right hand, and his main enforcer.
- Entertainingly Wrong: After his fight with Naoto, he remains under the belief that her power is a Stand. This is especially interesting because she only needs a single exchange to figure out that Stands and Personas are fundamentally different.
- I Owe You My Life: Mr. A cured him of a life threatening cancer, also a case of Because You Were Nice to Me.
- Killed Off for Real: After Shizuka severely injures him in a gas explosion, he uses Painkiller to tear out his own throat.
- Knife Nut: A variant. He carries a large variety of origami blades on his person.
- Logical Weakness: Soaking him with water destroys most of his arsenal since it's made of paper. He's also not protected from fire since paper is flammable.
- Meaningful Name: He's named after drummer Lars Ulrich. His Stand has too many potential references to list.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Paper Master: His Stand can make it into a weapon, either on contact or as a projectile. It also enhances the durability of paper; Lars uses napkins to block a Light spell from Naoto and straps phonebooks to himself as makeshift armor.
- Power Fist: His Stand takes the form of gloves. Not only does this give him great strength, but it also let's him touch - and hit - Stands.
- Professional Killer: Served as this during the 90s and early 2000s, working from Europe through to Asia until he found Mr. A.
- Saying Too Much: Minor example. Believing she's a Stand-user, Lars tells Naoto he also has a Stand. Naoto doesn't bother to correct him, since she didn't know what a Stand was.
- Undying Loyalty: To Mr. A. So much so, that when Shizuka defeats and badly injures him, he chooses to commit suicide rather than live with his failure to his boss.
- Wall Crawl: Does this on occasion, thanks to the sheer physical strength of his Stand.
- Would Hurt a Child: Clearly has no qualms in attacking Shizuka and Hifumi, two high school girls. Though he doesn't seem to take any enjoyment in doing so.
Stand: American I-VI
- BFG: Whatever American VI is, it's powerful enough to send Aigis Blown Across the Room.
- Blood Knight: Relishes a good fight. When Akihiko shows up looking for information, he says that being at the top with no challengers might have made him go soft, and is willing to trade Akihiko the information for a fistfight.
- Dirty Old Man: Apparently has a thing for college-age girls and trading favors with them.
- Expy: Seems heavily modeled on Awano and Kuze from Yakuza 0, with the author making deliberate comparisons with the Yakuza series.
- Incendiary Exponent: All of Americans forms have a fire element to them. American IV has an added bonus.
- Kappa: Has a kappa on his irezumi.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Started out as a vehement opponent to Mr. A, but when it became clear he couldn't beat A in a fight he decided it would be best to just join up with him rather than die like a fool.
- Lightning Bruiser: American VI is strong enough to keep up with Aigis in Orgia Mode and fast enough that Hifumi can't keep track of him.
- Meaningful Name: His Stand is named for a series of Johnny Cash albums.
- Morph Weapon: His Stand, being able to shift between six forms, growing more advanced with each stage. The forms are as follows:
- Necessary Drawback: Each successive form of his Stand is more powerful, but also more taxing to use. Thus, he only uses more powerful forms if the previous forms can't do the job or if he needs to escape.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Powered Armor: American VI is one inspired by War Machine.
- Sole Survivor: The only Deadly Aspect still alive by the end of the story.
- Tank Goodness: American V is a Sherman tank.
- Tattooed Crook: As to be expected of an aged yakuza.
- Victory Is Boring: Nearly says as much verbatim. Being a high ranking yakuza and one of Mr. A's Elite Four means that nobody wants to challenge him anymore.
- We Can Rule Together: Actually asks Akihiko to join him.
- Worthy Opponent: Views Akihiko as the best fight he has had in years.
- Yakuza: Has been one for many years, ending up falling in line with Mr. A as he took power.
Stand: Serial Thrilla
- Animate Inanimate Object: Her Stand power, which she refers to as 'supermarionation.'
- Attack Its Weak Point: While the objects she creates are impressively durable, the Stand that powers them is a small marble that's easy to damage.
- Berserk Button: Insult her looks at your peril. Backfires when Shiho exploits this to distract her.
- Convenient Coma: Stuck in one after being defeated by the Phantom Thieves.
- Creepy Doll: The giant nutcracker she sends out is rather creepy.
- Cute and Psycho: Generally acts cutesy and is noted as being attractive... but she's also a remorseless killer with a monstrous power.
- Giant Spider: The third monster she sends at the group.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Often seen with a plush panda. Which she turns into a deadly weapon.
- Killed Off for Real: Implied to have not lasted long after her Convenient Coma.
- Killer Teddy Bear: Her panda. Miwa's Stand allows her to animate toys and stuffed animals, turning them into dangerous monsters.
- Living Toys: A particularly wicked example, as her power turns them into monsters.
- Make My Monster Grow: Use her Stand to possess toys or trinkets and grow them into full-sized monsters.
- Meaningful Name: Her Stand is named for the song by The Prodigy.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female of the Deadly Aspects.
- Yandere: Dangerously in love with Mr. A, apparently being the one who killed the previous female Deadly Aspect for being in her way.
Stand: Sing You Sinners
- The Consigliere: He plays this role for Mr. A, acting as A's personal assistant and manager of his intelligence network.
- Didn't See That Coming: Shizuka ultimately defeats him by eating a can of spinach.
- Godzilla Threshold: A treats his power as his main counter to Jotaro.
- Implacable Man: When using his powers he becomes indestructible as a cartoon character.
- Logical Weakness: Sing You Sinners is one of the most powerful Stands in the story to date with its Toon Physics, but Shizuka is quickly able to take advantage of it and use those cartoon tricks against him herself.
- Meaningful Name: His Stand is named for a song by W. Franke Harling.
- Given the nature of his powers, the name of his Stand also reads as a reference the Fleischer cartoon Swing You Sinners, his Stand is a roundabout reference to Cuphead
- Not So Stoic: When his powers activate, his exterior persona melts away into something giddy and manic.
- Only Sane Man: Comes across as the most rational and normal of the Deadly Aspects for how little is known about him.
- This Is Reality: His main method of attack. Suddenly shunting someone from the toon world to the real world can be exceptionally painful.
- Ironically, after all the times abusing it, he suffers from it after being sent flying, then falling from terminal height and crashing into the ground hard enough to leave an Impact Silhouette in concrete. A cartoon character would walk that off, but a real person, even a Stand user, can and will easily die from that.
- Reality Warper: Sing You Sinners has the ability to turn Okabe's surroundings into a cartoon world that operates on the same logic.
- The Stoic: Noted to be almost as grim and serious as Lars.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He is seen from time to time taking pills to suppress his desire to activate his Stand and later on comments on how ever since he first used it the want to increased little by little. And then he actually activates Sing You Sinners.
HenchmenMore enemy Stand users serving under Mr. A.
Stand: Time In a Bottle
- Attack Its Weak Point: His Stand needs to use buttons on his hands to reset time. So with Ryuji's help, Shizuka shoots a pipe through them.
- Entertainingly Wrong: When giving his report to Lars he says Ryuji is some kind of weird Stand-user.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: In true Jojo-fashion, he explains enough of his abilities to Shizuka to help her prepare a countermeasure. Justified since he assumed Shizuka would simply forget about it with the reset.
- Glass Cannon: His Stand is exceptionally fragile for as damaging as it can be.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: A localized version. His Stand initially prevents its victims from leaving its area of effect. He can then reset time for that area whenever he chooses, going back to when his Stand was activated. Damage dealt to him and the environment is reset, damage dealt to victims isn't. He even keeps a tally of the amount of loops he uses in a given battle.
- Meaningful Name: His Stand is named after a Jim Croce song, and he himself is named after Irish rock musician Phil Lynott
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Is the first enemy that wasn't steamrolled with numbers and lasted more than a few paragraphs as a threat, making Shizuka losing a real possibility.
- Would Hurt a Child:
- Clearly has no issue bludgeoning a high school girl. Repeatedly.
- He also fully intended to kill Ryuji in order to get a message across to the Joestars.
- Extra-ore-dinary: A variation; his Stand corrodes metal with rust.
- Interrogation by Vandalism: Although he doesn't interrogate people. Rather he threatens to destroy their buildings unless they pay "protection money".
- Killed Off for Real: Get's his throat slit by Lars.
- Meaningful Name: Jailbreak is either named after the AC/DC song or the song and album by Thin Lizzy.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He throws out derogatory terms like "foreign fuck" and the F-slur as Lars chases him.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He pretty much exists to show how dangerous Lars is.
Stand: Bloody Sunday
- Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy: He explains his powers when he eats Okumura's soul. Admittedly, he didn't know the S.I.D. agents were there, but he really shouldn't be doing that in the first place.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In Chapter 53 when he realizes he's outmatched by his opponents he bolts.
- Sinister Scythe: It's arms are described as scythes.
- Slaying Mantis: It's arms at least resemble one.
- Underestimating Badassery: He quickly learns that Haru is far from being as harmless as she looks.
- Weaksauce Weakness: His Stand's ability to eat souls has specific conditions that have to be met in order to use, most significantly that both his and his victim's shadows have to touch. Also, his Stand has no options for ranged combat. Keep him at arms length and he's helpless.
- Your Soul is Mine!: His Stand eats people's souls when their eyes meet and their shadows touch.
The Chemical Brothers
Shintaro and Kotaro Itagaki/"The Chemical Brothers"
Stands: Unforgettable and Red Sails respectively.
- Achilles' Heel: Kotaro isn't immune to his brother's Stand's Brown Note. He holds it off by wearing earplugs.
- Brown Note: Unforgettable, as soon as Shintaro summons it, does... something to Shizuka, immediately throwing all of Shizuka's senses out of whack. It turns out that it produces a sound above the human range of hearing that inflicts powerful vertigo.
- Fragile Speedster: Red Sails is fast, and can kill quickly if it hits the right place. However, it's still a school of fish. Air-breathing, flying fish with teeth, but still fish.
- Meaningful Name: Both of their Stands are named after Nat King Cole songs. As a team their name refers to the electronic music duo.
- Non-Action Guy: Unforgettable can't fight directly.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kotaro seems more actively eager to fight, while Shintaro seems far more lax and only gets involved when his brother starts having trouble against Shizuka.
- Zerg Rush: Red Sails takes the form of eight flying piranhas, with the preferred method of attack being to attack all at once and overwhelm an opponent.
Stand: Paradigm Shift
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Paradigm Shift's pocket dimension is made up of floating islands which all have their own gravity well. Leap too high and you might find yourself falling upward.
- Meaningful Name: His Stand has at least three possible music references.
- Non-Action Guy: His power is designed for either transport or entrapment, not combat. Still has a gun just in case.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Pocket Dimension: His Stand generates a "tunnel" between two mirrors, creating a dimension he can keep open for a short time.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Tries this when he sees Miwa has failed in her task. It fails.
Stand: Hard Knock Life
- Chekhov's Gunman: He initially shows up picking a fight with Okabe in order to hype up Okabe's power. It later turns out that he survived that encounter, albeit with a missing left ear, and managed to catch the Arditi as they were rushing to get Akira medical treatment, allowing him to track them down to the Athena facility on Mr. A's behalf.
- Mook Maker: His Stand's power is to make "seeds" which can turn whatever material they touch into a Golem.
- Underestimating Badassery: He tries to pick a fight with Okabe in order to take his position on the Deadly Aspects, thinking that he's a mere pencil pusher for Mr. A, only to learn firsthand why he's the most powerful. Later, he makes the same mistake during the raid on the Athena facility, thinking that his golems are a match for the Arditi. They end up facing the most firepower-heavy of the Arditi and are easily dispatched.
- Playing with Fire: Her stand fires "lasers" of concentrated air that ignites on contact.
- Bullying a Dragon: Despite seeing his partner Akane effortlessly knocked out by the new Stand user, he ignores his warning about hurting his sister and even threatens to cut off his "stupid hairdo". Josuke reacts as expected.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When Josuke gets his hands on him, he blasts his eardrums with the full volume of his music before knocking him out.
- Musical Assassin: His stand gets different attacks based on what song he plays on his phone.
Other EnemiesOther foes of the Arditi and its members, unconnected to the major forces arrayed against them.
Stand: Paradise City
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: When Shizuka calls him a mercenary, he says he prefers "freelance problem solver".
- Elemental Shapeshifter: Paradise City takes the form of a concrete monkey that can travel through and merge with cement, able to change the shape of his limbs into different weapons.
- Expy: His Stand is basically Red Hot Chili Pepper but with concrete instead of electricity.
- Given Name Reveal: His real name is only revealed after his defeat.
- Hired Guns: He's a Stand-user for hire.
- Humiliation Conga: Shizuka doesn't just give him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, she also films and posts it to secretive Stand-user forums on the Internet. The resulting loss in reputation causes him to retire.
- Logical Weakness: Paradise City can be trapped if it is isolated from concrete. Shizuka uses this by wrapping it in a tarpaulin before delivering the beatdown.
- Maniac Monkeys: Invoked by Paradise City, which resembles a concrete baboon.
- Meaningful Name: Paradise City is named after a Guns N' Roses song, while Yngwie himself is named after Yngwie Malmsteen.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Starter Villain: Per Word of God. He's the first Stand-user Shizuka fights in the story. Despite Yngwie being called "the best that money can buy", Shizuka is able to defeat him single-handedly. However, her victory attracts the attention of other Stand-users in Tokyo.
Stand: Smash Mouth
- Bullet Seed: His Stand devours objects and uses the material to fire carbon bullets from its mouth.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He kills people for insulting him, or girls for rejecting his advances.
- Evil Redhead: Has red hair and is an unrepentant murderer.
- Extreme Omnivore: Smash Mouth eats things and converts it into carbon bullets.
- Given Name Reveal: His real name is only revealed after his defeat.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's killed when his Stand's power collapses part of a ceiling onto him.
- Meaningful Name: His Stand is named after Smash Mouth. Its power revolves around smashing things in it's mouth to create ammunition.
- Original Character: Created for the fanfic.
- Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Unlike the other villains Shizuka fights, this guy has no connection to the Conspiracy; he's not even someone a business rival hired like the first guy. He's just some random scumbag that Shizuka helps the SID catch between Palaces.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Shizuka compares him to a school shooter. He throws violent, deadly tantrums when he doesn't get his way.
The forces of the one who was behind the entire plot of Persona 5.
Stand: Dies Irae
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Spends his final moments begging Akechi to spare him when Akechi was going to take Camael down with him.
- The Dragon: To Yaldabaoth.
- Fantastic Racism: Has a deep hatred and disgust toward humans. Justified since he was built from negative human emotions.
- In Spite of a Nail: Created in Mementos for the sole purpose of evening the playfield against the Phantom Thieves due to all the butterflies caused by Shizuka's presence.
- Light Is Not Good: Has an angel motif and uses blessed attacks, but is one of the most vindictive enemies born from Yaldabaoth.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: His Stand can generate illusory worlds from the inner thoughts of others.
- Original Character: Created for the fanFic.
- Shadow Archetype: To Morgana, being created by a powerful entity to aid in the creator's goals.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: The first time the Arditi faced him in the Metaverse, they barely made a dent on him and had to flee.
- Villainous Breakdown: Upon realizing that a mortally-wounded Akechi is about to Suicide Attack to destroy them both, he flips to begging for mercy. It doesn't help.
- A God Am I: As per canon, he thinks himself a deity.
- Big Bad: The true antagonist of the series.
- Final Boss: Serves as the last major threat after the more human antagonists have been dealt with.
- Light Is Not Good: Has a bright complexion, but is the Big Bad.
- Worthy Opponent: Zig-zagged. He admits during the final battle that many would find the Phantom Thieves persistence admirable; Yaldabaoth, on the other hand, only loathes them more for it. When defeated, however, he acknowledges hes been beaten and concedes with grace.
The Royal CastThe characters that first appeared in the semi-sequel/expansion, covering the events of Persona 5 Royal.
- Agree to Disagree: She makes it clear that she does not necessarily agree with the Arditi's methods, but she still respects Akira.
- Glass Cannon: She is fast and powerful but can't take a hit. Akira specifically refers to her as such.
- Light 'em Up: Her Persona uses light magic.
- New Transfer Student: She transfers to Shujin around the same time Joker and Shizuka do.
- Senpai Kohai: Always refers to those above her (even Morgana) as Senpai.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Like in canon, she's caught off guard by the realization that she's not Kasumi.
False Mr. A
- Back from the Dead: He's revived by Maruki's world as a completely legitimate club owner.
- Badass Boast: Gives an impressive one before fighting Ez-E:You're looking at the last follower of Dio, the one who outlived all the others. And I'll teach you exactly why that is...
- Enemy Mine: Is willing to work with Arditi against Maruki, uninterested in just being handed a happy life by someone else.
Stand: Karma Police
- Arc Villain: Serves this role for the Royal-exclusive arc, same as canon.
- Food as Bribe: Brings up that he has snacks in his office to convince the team to meet with him. Shizuka is unsubtly interested (until Ann elbows her).
- Never Be Hurt Again: A big part of his modus operandi is helping people escape their pain at any cost.
- Nice Guy: A genuinely kind and well meaning man. Which is naturally quite a shock to the Arditi, considering he was hired by Kobayakawa.
- Reality Warper: Manages to alter the entire planet with his power.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Took control of the entire planet to try and give everyone an idealized, happy reality. Or at least, what he thinks is an idealized, happy reality.
- Big Bad: The actual final villain of the story.
- Blow You Away: He makes use of wind-based attacks in his first fight.
- Elite Mook: Stands beside Maruki as a personal bodyguard.
- Gratuitous Latin: He carries two Latin phrases on his body in his Logos form, both taken from Julius Caesar. Alea iacta est ('the die is cast') and veni, vidi, vici ('I came, I saw, I conquered').
- Implacable Man: Has insanely high durability. Even dropping a ceiling on it didn't kill it.
- It Can Think: Despite just being a Shadow creation, it's clearly capable of cognitive thought. It even gets the idea on its own to recruit other people who would want Maruki's world to remain intact. Being Camael probably has something to do with that.
- Playing with Fire: He has shown the ability to produce powerful bursts of fire.
- Reality Warper: After stealing Maruki's power.
- The Starscream: Ultimately betrays Maruki by stealing the source of his power for himself.
- Walking Spoiler: Quite a lot of white space for a mere Shadow bodyguard, huh?
Stand: Lord of the Game
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Like Ez-E he is less than lucid while attacking the Arditi. Mr. White is the cause.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Has feelings for Mika, the girl who works at his local pharmacy, but is unable to speak on it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He's done less-than-legal freelance work, though is currently on sabbatical following eye problems.
- Dying as Yourself: Seems to regain his senses as he bleeds out, warning about the voice that called him and calling out for Mika.
- Killed Off for Real: He gets a paper blade to the neck from Lars near the end of his fight.
- Logical Weakness: Takeuchi is invulnerable to his Stand's air bubbles blowing up, but isn't protected from the fire and smoke that usually follows such things. He wears protective gear and a gas mask to help with this.
- Mundane Utility: Uses his Stand's fiery stinger to light a cigarette.
- Original Character: Created just for the fanfic.
- Playing with Fire: Lord of the Game's fiery stinger can set objects ablaze.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His Stand generates air bubbles and then detonates them with its fiery stinger, resulting in this.
- Super Toughness: Takes far more damage to put down than even a Stand user should be able to take. It's implied to be because of whatever Mr. White did to him.
Stand: All Dead, All Dead