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This place resembles a slum, with building placement that favors the existence of several dark alleys where the residents hang out. Secret hideouts are abundant, but well-hidden. Thieves use those primarily to store their loot away from other thieves, so most are booby-trapped (but when has that ever stopped anyone?). Other environments can also be found here, such as dark forests and underground caves, which are perfect for ambushing unsuspecting victims. Several thieves from other Houses can sometimes be spotted here like Rouge the Bat and Zidane Tribal.

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A portion of this Hall borders a large body of water that connects to other aquatic Halls in separate Houses. It is also a route to the Hall of Piracy, which split off from the rest of the thieves.


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    Coach Oleander 
Coach Morceau Oleander, God of Stealing Brains (Morry, Oly)
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  • Intermediate God
  • Symbol: His personalised Psycho-Door
  • Theme: Coach Oleander's Mental Battlefield
  • Alignment: Lawful Good (Was once Neutral Evil)
  • Portfolio: Drill Sergeant Nasty, The Mastermind Behind The Brain Thefts, Angry Short People, Touchy About His Height, Had A Good Excuse For Being Evil, Isn't Actually A War Veteran, Talks In His Sleep, Ends Up Reforming Thanks To Raz, And Is Let Off Pretty Easily Afterwards
  • Domains: Sergents, Psychics, Height, Tanks
  • Allies: Raz, Lance (Epic Battle Fantasy), Ruby, SCP-524, Dr. Mobius
  • Enemies: Dr. Zomboss, The Brainspawn
  • Is Suspected By: Karen Kohiruimaki, Edward Elric
  • Conflicting Opinion On: The Soldier, Magolor
  • Annoyed By: John Captain and Steve
  • Morceau Oleander is a member of the Psychonauts, an agency of psychics dedicated to unlocking the hidden potential of the human mind. Being assigned the role of the coach of camp Whispering Rock, it was here that he revealed a hidden malevolent side: he was a megalomaniac desiring world domination thanks to a traumatic childhood and being rejected from the army. He had Depraved Dentist Dr. Loboto kidnap the psychic campers and remove their brains, where he puts them in "psychic Death Tanks" to act as soldiers for his army. When his scheme was uncovered by the new kid, runaway circus performer Razputin Aquato, he attempted to fight him off before Raz managed to enter his mind, where he defeated the personification of his trauma (alongside his own) and cured Oleander of his megalomania. After apologizing to the restored campers, he remained a member of the Psychonauts, albeit with suspicions that his desire for world domination hasn't fully died out yet.
  • Oleander ascended to the Pantheon a while after Raz did, and for a while nobody knew exactly who proposed him to ascend as the god of Brain Theft. All there is was a letter from an anonymous person who explained why he fitted the trope, pointing out his elaborate scheme that would have gone off without a hitch if it wasn't for Raz interfering. Shortly afterwards, Oleander himself ended up in the pantheon, having been given an invite alongside some coordinates that inexplicably led to an alternate dimension. After some confusion from both sides, the court allowed Oleander to stick around with his aforementioned proposed title while they investigate who sent the note, and while Oleander isn't exactly happy with it considering that it's a remnant of his attempted takeover, he took it anyways to allow the chance of the rest of the organization to join him, realizing the sheer potential of a realm filled with psychics and how it could affect research.
  • While it was primarily his horrific childhood that drove him to temporary villainy, its also implied that being rejected out of every military branch imaginable due to his short stature was the final straw, as it also made him sensitive and jealous of his and other people's heights. When he ascended, he figured that, in a realm this big, there had to be at least a few people with the same problems as him, and sure enough he found a pair of gods that he resonated with: solider Edward Elric is very sensitive about his height, as an easy way to rile him up is to refer to him as "pipsqueak", and Karen Kohiruimaki was originally sensitive over how tall she was, and actually preferred that her avatar, LLENN, was short. Oleander has tried to bond with the two over their issues, even if they eventually outgrew them, but while the two indeed sympathize with his past, the fact that he tried to Take Over the World literally a week ago, alongside his rather suspicious antics afterwards, leave the two preferring to keep their distance from the coach, with Elric in particular keeping a sharp eye on him in case he does anything funny.
  • His plan to utilize Psychic Death Tanks is actually a byproduct of his utter obsession of weapons of mass destruction, and it was apparently common to see him discuss plans over breakfast. This continued well after he reformed, as he spent nearly the entirety of the Maligula incident attempting to pitch his plan of a "Psycho-Mech Battle Bot", which was constantly rejected for budget reasons. In fact, one of the first proper friends he made when he arrived to the pantheon was Lance of the Epic Battle Fantasy team, another former villain that was obsessed with similarly destructive machines even after reforming. While Oleander was initially put off by his Token Evil Teammate tendencies, his similarly terrible childhood, alongside having the occasional standard here and there, ended up endearing him to the guy. The two can be regularly seen discussing plans for more destructive weaponry, which both claim are totally for benevolent purposes.
    • He initially thought that post apocalyptic soldiers John Captain and Steve would be on the same boat, considering that the two absolutely love their tanks, and initially the two did indeed seem affable enough to the coach, seeing as they were earnestly impressed with his plans for the Death Tanks, even piloting one himself when his brain fell into one. It didn't take long, however, for them to notice his height, and proceeded to switch subjects to making short jokes at Oleander's expense. It took even less long for him to get pissed off by said jokes, and he ended up levitating the tank the two were in straight off a cliff. John and Steve, having learned nothing from the incident, continue to harass the coach about his height whenever they encounter each other again, with Oleander always responding with violence against the two.
  • Since he grew up on a bunny farm, he used to play with the various rabbits in the farm, which led to the coach to become very fond of the little critters even as an adult. In fact, his time in the pantheon led to him initially adopting a bunny that he found wandering around, naming it "Mr. Bun Jr" after one of hs childhood pets. It only took a day for some shady looking agents to come in and confiscate the little guy and Oleander learned the truth: Mr. Bun Jr was originally known as SPC-524, an entity that could and would eat anything, even himself, on a whim. While sad about losing his new friend, he understood that he might be a bit too dangerous to keep as a pet, and let Walter go back to The Foundation. Shortly afterwards, he ended up meeting Ruby, an intelligent rabbit that was also a notoriously Inept Mage. She initially thought that Oleander could teach her how to better cast spells considering that the weird energy stuff he did resembled magic, but Oleander admitted that, in his universe, proper magic doesn't exist and he knows jack diddly squat about it, to her disappointment. She still remains good friends with the coach despite this.
  • One day, Oleander was given another letter containing a set of directions to a secluded place for a "secret discussion". Guessing that this was the guy that got him ascended, the Psychonaut followed the instructions to the area, where he was met with the man who got him ascended: Dr. Zomboss, the leader of an army of zombies hellbent on eating everyone's brains. Having been impressed with the coach's elaborate plan to steal some brains, he revealed that he masterminded his ascension so that he can strike him a deal: return to villainy and deliver brains to his army, and in return he'll happily help Oleander with his world domination plot, even promising that he could have "as many bunnies as he'd like". Unfortunately for Zomboss, he barley even got to that part before being assaulted by his psychic powers, with Oleander telling the undead menace that he was completely reformed, and it would take a lot more than just some rabbits to bring him back to the dark side. Pissed off that his grand plan had been derailed by basic common decency, declared him an enemy to the zombies, as sentiment all too shared by Oleander.
    • On the subject of malevolency involving brains, one day Oleander ended up running afoul of the Brainspawn, a race of floating brains that wish to end all sentient life by making people stupid. A few of them ended up targeting the coach, completely unaware that he was not only psychic, whose thoughts are physically painful to read, but was a skilled one to boot. The coach managed to fight off the malevolent brains, even managing to live up to his title and capture one of them. Currently, he's debating if he should send the captured brain to the Psychonauts themselves, noting that sapient brain could provide valuable info and research, but also acknowledging how dangerous they were as well.
  • Despite how potentially dangerous his initial plan was, he was forgiven pretty easily all things considered, simply apologizing to the campers whose brains he stole before remaining a high ranking agent of the Psychonauts. Granted, he wasn't exactly sane during this period, and the Psychonauts themselves continued to show repeated instances of forgiveness to other villains, but even then plenty of gods were baffled at how chill they were with keeping him around considering that, just a week ago, he was more than willing to crush a child with rocks. Rather strangely, he shares this sentimate with other redeemed villains, most notably Magolor, who in his first appearance remorselessly duped Kirby and friends into giving him enough power to conquer the universe, only for his immediate next appearance has him build amusement parks for the gang like nothing happened. Naturally, even more people called him out for this, noting that, while his suspicions weren't entirely unfounded, he really, really shouldn't be talking. Magolor, on his part, doesn't pay much mind to him.
  • His relationship with Jane Doe, better known as The Solider, is... complicated, to say the least. On the one hand, he again can sympathize with his past of being rejected from the military, and fully recognizes his fighting skills, particularly his rather creative use of his rocket launcher, to be remarkable for someone who trained himself to replicate the army. On the other hand, he's also a massive nutjob who went on a killing spree in Germany long after WW2 ended, joined a murderous if quirky team of hired mercenaries that happily murder each other over hats, and is completely convinced that he actually is in the army, and by extension believed that Oleander is as well. Ultimately, the coach came to the conclusion that, while Jane absolutely showed promised, he'd rather show him to a therapist before doing coming close to the lunatic.
  • Something we should mention before we move on: back at the Motherlobe, there exists "hamster balls" that agents can put their brains into for various purposes, raging from losing your body, such as the case of Psychic Six member Helmut Fullbear, to your body simply being sick and you don't want to bring them to work. With that in mind, Oleander was naturally fascinated by the scientist Dr. Mobius, a member of the infamous Think Tank and the main reason they haven't destroyed the Mojave yet. Oleander was impressed by the technology they used to preserve their brains, as well as Mobius managing to keep a bunch of loonies in check in the process, while Mobius was intrigued by the fact that, back in Oleander's world, losing one's brain was not only simple, but also basically harmless if done right. Oleander has a far less flattering opinion of the rest of the tank however, regarding the others as dangerous nitwits that could easily turn on everyone and continue their depraved schemes. Nonetheless, he's planning to introduce Mobius to the Psychonauts, partially because he genuinely thinks the doctor could be useful, and also thinking it could get his office back.

    The Phantom Thieves of Hearts 
The Phantom Thieves of Heartsmembers , Divine Crew of Phantom Thieves (Code Names: Joker, Skull, Mona, Panther, Fox, Queen, Oracle/Navi, Noir, Violet, Sophie, and Wolf | Ren:  | Morgana:  | Ryuji:  | Ann:  | Yusuke:  | Makoto:  | Futaba:  | Haru:  | Sumire:  | Sophia:  | Zenkichi: )
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Phantom Thief gear, counter-clockwise from center: Joker, Panther, Queen, Oracle/Navi, Fox, Noir, Skull, Mona
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Casual outfits, counter-clockwise from center: Ren, Ann, Makoto, Futaba, Yusuke, Haru, Ryuji, Morgana
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Sumire and Violet
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Sophia and Sophie
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Zenkichi and Wolf
  • Intermediate Deities (Joker can reach Greater God levels with masses-supported Satanael)
  • Symbol: The Phantom Thieves logo
  • Theme Songs: Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There, Life Will Change, I Believe; Break it Down -elp version- or Alright in downtime; Last Surprise when fighting; Daredevil for epic heists
  • Alignment: Chaotic Good overall, though Makoto and Haru are more Neutral Good, with the former having lawful aspirations and the latter sometimes lapsing into chaotic tendencies. Sumire and Zenkichi are Neutral and Lawful Good respectively. Joker can shift into Neutral Evil if he accepts Yaldabaoth's deal.
  • Portfolio: Phantom Thieves, Persona-users, Anti-Hero Team, Societal Outcasts, Brainwashing for the Greater Good, Caper Rationalization, Cool Masks, Dark and Troubled Pasts, Good Counterpart of Strega, Use Both Melee Weapons And Firearms, Two Rules: Unanimous Agreement On Targets, And Thou Shall Not Kill, Übermensch, Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World, We Help the Helpless
  • Domain(s): Thieves, Justice, Rebellion, Persona-Summoning
  • Heralds: Yuuki Mishima (Phan-site manager and first Confidant), Jose (curator of the Thieves Den), Kuon Ichinose (Sophia's creator) and Akane Hasegawa (Zenkichi's daughter)
  • High Priests: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger
  • Allies:
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Death the Nephalim (Morgana)
  • Divided Opinion: Goro Akechi
  • Enemies: YALDABAOTH, YHVH, Nyarlathotep, Ameno-Sagiri, Izanami, The White, the other Nyarlathotep, Dr. Gero, Zonda and the Seven (Teseo in particular), Monokuma and Junko Enoshima (especially for Morgana and Ann), the GUAE Trollkaiger, Manfred von Karma, Sheev Palpatine, Ghetsis Harmonia (especially for Yusuke and Haru), Agatha Trunchbull and Dolores Umbridge (especially for Makoto, Ann, Ren, and Ryuji), Dagda and Adam Taurus (especially for Ren), Galeem and Dharkon, Oryx, Light Yagami, Prime Minister Honest, Molag Bal, Mongul, Madara Uchiha, Evolto, Malty S Melromarc (especially for Ren), ADVENT, Frank Underwood, Darkseid, Lex Luthor
  • Awkward Terms With: Agents K and J (Futaba)
  • On Speaking Terms with: Lúcio Correia dos Santos (Yusuke only)
  • Uncomfortable with:
  • Feared by: Miyuki-chan (Ann)
  • Creeped Out by: Medivh, Malfurion Stormrage, Crow (Morgana only)
  • Cautious of: Nanashi; Saya (Saya no Uta), Vergil, Dan Humphrey (Sophia)
  • Supports: Android 21 (Ren)
  • Respect: Android 18, Rushuna Tendou
  • Respected by: Lucifer, Senator Steven Armstrong (one-sided on his end); The Heroic Protectors of Family, Sparda (Zenkichi)
  • Pity: Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (all of them except Sophia and Zenkichi), Homura Akemi (Morgana), Squidward Tentacles (Yusuke and Haru)
  • Complicated Opinion: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jack Morrison/Soldier: 76, Kratos, Kiritsugu Emiya, Ken Kaneki, Touka Kirishima
  • Opposes: Tohru Adachi, Loki (except Ren, who has a Conflicting Opinion), killer vigilantes such as Jason Todd/Red Hood and Frank Castle/The Punisher, Sindel
  • The Phantom Thieves of Hearts are a group of Persona-users that came together on their united goal to fight against corrupt adults and motivate the people to fight back. Gaining access to the Metaverse, the Phantom Thieves steal the corrupt desires of their targets, forcefully changing their heart to make them feel shame and regret for the crimes to the point they'll confess their sins and beg to be punished. Eventually, this drew attention of a conspiracy led by corrupt politician Masayoshi Shido, who sought to use the Metaverse to eliminate threats to his power and competitors for the position of Prime Minister of Japan, and was also responsible for the strife of most of the Phantom Thieves, including their leader (who he falsely charged for assault and branded him a criminal). Though the Thieves were able to change Shido's heart, the Public were still swayed to support Shido, so the Phantom Thieves were forced to destroy the Metaverse in order to change the public's opinion and ensure Shido was brought to justice. After defeating the true mastermind behind the Metaverse, Yaldabaoth, the Phantom Thieves let go of their powers, but their bond still remains strong as ever.
    • When their tale first came around, certain members in the Court of the Gods, the Grand United Alliances, and other interested individuals hurried to bring its characters to the Pantheon. While things got complicated at first, with separate ascensions that didn't entirely line up with their order of membership, the group was finally given the opportunity to ascend together, while also inviting their three new companions and members to the group after their later experiences. Sumire had joined after helping the Phantom Thieves stop the plans of cognitive psience researcher and therapist Takuto Maruki, and Sophia and Zenkichi later came in to stop the crusade and directive of big tech entrepreneur Akira Konoe and his EMMA app. After going through the documents, all the Thieves were cleared to ascend as the Divine Crew of Phantom Thieves, with the temple originally built for just Ren being renovated to accommodate them all.
    • When Ren first introduced guests to this temple, he would jokingly say "Welcome to My Palace." Most of the time with Morgana or Ryuji telling him it's not funny and to cut it out. Indeed, it would turn out that this "palace", rather than the product of any distorted desires, is equal parts Pantheonic and Cognitive, a temple designed to collect and display the memories of its hosts in a platform-style lounge museum. Each host also has a room in their world connected to it, with Ren's being the attic at Leblanc and Zenkichi's being his own room at home, for example. After awhile, they would officially call this temple the Thieves Den.
  • Having thought their powers gone for good after defeating Yaldabaoth and closing off access to the Metaverse, each of the core eight Phantoms had been in for a surprise during their first days here when they had transformed once more, and that it was in the "real world". In addition, since their Phantom Thief outfits are part of that package, their clothes change into that as well when either of the following occur: 1) In the face of danger that they cannot handle without powers. 2) The user wills it to happen. Futaba, Yusuke, Makoto, and Ryuji each had it triggered to protect either themselves or someone else, while Ann unlocked it on instinct, Haru simply tried it out, and Ren and Morgana were told of it by Igor. The three newer members were outright informed by the rest before coming in.
  • They had been pretty sure that after their quest to defeat Yaldabaoth, Mementos would have disappeared. Turns out, that was just for Japan; the Pantheon has its own Mementos. Also, the Metaverse Navigator app is back in their possession, and the Metaverse itself is revealed to be a dominion in the Pantheon. While stunned at first, the crew eventually settled with the fact that there will be more work to be done, with lots of corrupt Gods in the Pantheon whose hearts they will have to steal.
  • And given that the team acquired their Personas by entering the Metaverse, there have been some people asking if they can serve as an alternate Persona-unlocking service for those who can't get theirs via the Midnight Channel. Ren is considering the offer, but given that it means targeting Palaces whose Shadows serve as catalysts for the 'client', and then no longer need to continue (but still can if they want to) after their 'client' has their Persona (unless they wish to), it can disrupt their heists. Of course, the catalyst can always be found in Mementos, but still. Ren started talking with Yu about getting this to work... until they discovered that Personas are far more limited for deities who don't come from the reality that exists parallel to the cognitive world, forcing them to scrap that project. Still, the Metaverse remains useful in the Pantheon for changing hearts (even if only slightly), getting cash from Shadows, and fast travel (unique to the Pantheon's Mementos).
  • Because of her abuse of her authority as a teacher, and since that's a big parallel to their first target Suguru Kamoshida, all of the Phantoms—especially its founders and Makoto—despise Agatha Trunchbull and all others like her. In fact, both Makoto and Ryuji had their Pantheonic reawakening incidents with regards to their powers while stepping up to protect a student at the Elysium Academy from Ms. Trunchbull's unnecessary roughness. Makoto's incident was first, in which Trunchbull tried to attack her for intervening, triggering her transformation; per the rules of the school, she was able to retaliate with extreme prejudice. Come Ryuji's turn, all it took was the leather and the mask to come on for Trunchbull to flee in terror. This didn't make sense to him until he was told about her skirmish with Makoto.
  • They were surprised see Goro Akechi in the Pantheon, having assumed that he did indeed die after they fought against Maruki together. Akechi doesn't quite remember what happened (or so he says), but is at the very least no longer causing any trouble for them. The Thieves are conflicted about seeing him, though they admit they're at least glad that he's still alive. Currently, Ren holds the most respect for him and Akechi even sees him as a respected ally and opponent. As of now, the Phantom Thieves are willing to ally with Akechi against a common foe if the situation calls for it, though they still can't actually call him a friend, especially seeing Haru and Futaba struggle with forgiving him for murdering their parents (namely Haru's father and Futaba's mother). On the other hand, Zenkichi outright opposes Akechi the most due to the crimes he committed working under Shido, especially knowing that he was the reason Shido's threats on his daughter Akane's life to make him stop investigating Owada carried absolute weight. This makes any teamwork between the two incredibly tense at best.
  • Given how dangerous the Pantheon can be and given that the Meta-Nav can be a very desired program to acquire, Futaba guarded hers immensely, made it clear to the GUAG White Hats when she joined them that it's exclusive to the Phantoms only, and keeps close guard of her devices whenever she's working with them. Futaba has Sophia act as the security system to their phones, protecting them from malware and hackers. She even go so far as to anonymously send updates to Akechi as well; as much as she distrusts him, she knows hackers might try getting the Meta-Nav from him, too.
    • Eventually, her fears came to life when she, Sophia, and Ren caught sight of a non-Phantom Thief in Mementos, and the entire crew was mobilized to track them down. They eventually found the culprit (whose identity apart from being a White Hat will be withheld for their protection) and they surprisingly came to a certain understanding; as the culprit pointed out, Futaba can't protect the Meta-Nav alone and could use the White Hats' resources to help strengthen her and the crew's P.A.D. security systems. They also helped in upgrading Sophia so she can more efficiently protect the Meta-Nav.
    • Eventually, the Phantoms went to visit TRON after hearing about him from Sophia and discussed terms with him. Good thing too, as it turns out the culprit wasn't the only one who had the app, just the first the Phantoms caught. After a brief shakedown, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts were once again the sole owners of the Meta-Nav, with only a special few also possessing it after it was ensured that they won't use it for murder (or be accomplices/accessories to it).
  • When Maruki himself ascended to the Pantheon, they greeted him happily, as his intentions and motivations were fully benevolent even before he had his change of heart; one example of such being Sumire, as his actions in altering her cognition, while absolutely unethical for a counselor, quite literally saved her life. Furthermore, he's kept himself out of that particular business since then with his new humble job as a taxi driver. Within the Pantheon he has become a frequent source of quiet transportation for the Thieves; sometimes filling them in on information he catches through the grapevine about the latest active threats, other times providing food for thought about the world around him. However, even they were quick to slam Cosmos' offer to unseal Maruki's Persona as a horrible idea, and they were much relieved to hear Maruki himself agree with them and decline the chance of taking his powers back.
    • Prior to his ascension, they had been notified of others with similar abilities and modus operandi, such as Mongul with the Black Mercy plants and Madara Uchiha with the Infinite Tsukuyomi plan. Those two are FAR more dangerous with their tools than Maruki ever was, as Mongul is actively malicious and uses the Black Mercy to subdue enemies as opposed to their original purpose of comforting the dying and Madara's motivations are clouded by hate to the point he can't see he's being used as a pawn.
  • Sumire would ascend into the Pantheon at the same time as Sophia and Zenkichi after the latter two's summer adventure with the Phantom Thieves. Sumire became instant friends with Sophia, finding her very cute, with the two also bonding due to their similar bless skills and personal journeys. Zenkichi was notably very kind to Sumire after hearing of what she had to go through, becoming a father figure to her. Sumire was grateful to the two of them for helping her friends when she wasn't available, and hopes to get along with and work together with the two later in the future. The group have since been seen all traveling together in the Pantheon including the three of them, so we have indication of them getting along with little issue.
  • There's a mutual appreciation clouded by questions between the Phantoms and Batman. Both sides appreciate that the other works to stop dangerous criminals and change the world for the good from the shadows, as well as being vilified by law enforcement. However, the Dark Knight isn't too sure about the whole "stealing people's hearts" thing, as he thinks this can backfire in any number of ways, and isn't particularly fond of their leader using the code name Joker. Consequently, most of the thieves wonder if Bruce is too obsessed with his duty to make room for joy in his life.
    • On a related note, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts sometimes work alongside other members of the Bat-family. One day, Batgirl met and worked with the Phantom Thieves. She got along on good terms with all of them, but she hit it off especially well with Futaba. They found that they both shared a lot in common (apart from sharing the same codename of “Oracle”, of course). Being both redhead vigilante hackers who lost their mothers, who were both trained by other vigilantes dressed in black and who both went through great pain and trauma, they naturally became friends pretty fast. Futaba looks up to Barbara and Barbara sees Futaba like the little sister she never had.
  • The Thieves are regarded in great esteem by Iroque and the Indigo Tribe, who ascribe to the virtues of Heel–Face Brainwashing. While appreciative of her help, they're not comfortable with considering it that and have reworked their strategy for changing hearts to be less forceful against their targets after seeing most of them turned into listless prisoners of Yaldabaoth. One person Iroque has asked them for help to deal with is Sindel, mother of Kitana and wife of Shao Kahn, who truly is the good queen of Edenia in certain klassic timelines compared to her current incarnation as Kahn's corrupt empress. As much as they want to help Iroque with this, the disastrous fallout of their calling card to Ghetsis (see Yusuke's section for details) serves warning enough for them to know that they are NOT ready to subject their friends and confidants to the wrath of Outworld.
  • The Thieves (especially Ren and Sumire) feel a certain degree of sympathy towards Wanda Maximoff, AKA the Scarlet Witch, because her actions in her own home reality (not to mention her motivations too) are somewhat reminiscent of what Dr Maruki did in their own home universe. As such, they decided to introduce Wanda and Maruki to each other to help them become friends. Thankfully, it went well and they got along fine.
  • Exclusive to Ren:
    • Ren is the leader and Wild Card holder. His story began when he tried to stop a drunken politician from harassing one of his female aides only to be targeted by false charges as said assistant testified that he'd done the harassing. Relocated to Shibuya on probation, he resided in the attic of Sojiro Sakura's Cafe Leblanc and attended Shujin Academy as a notorious transfer student, where he would discover the Metaverse and be pulled into what was intended to be Yaldabaoth's rigged game. Through his adventures involving the cognitive world, he made the lives of Sojiro, his friends, and many others around him better, despite technically breaking several laws in the process. As such, when he turned himself in as the wanted Phantom Thief after the initial closing of the Metaverse and outing of Masayoshi Shido's treasonous crimes, he had half of Tokyo petitioning and campaigning to have his sentence lifted. When his accuser was found and confessed that Shido had been the one who harassed her and forced her to testify against Ren, his sentence was officially lifted on February 13.
    • The trickster was surprised when he was brought into the Velvet Room not as an inmate, but as a guest, where Igor presented him with an invitation to a special multiversal haven as a followup to his rehabilitation. He was also notified that four of his friends (Futaba, Yusuke, Morgana, Makoto) were already waiting in addition to their "real world" Persona summoning privilege in this place, which he only tested during his (technically second) duel with Yu. And unlike Morgana before him, he didn't forget to tell the others.
    • Ren usually encourages his allies or friends to embrace change in case life tries to throw shit on them, in order to improve their lives. His motto is, shared by his fellow Phantom Thieves, "If you hold on, life won't change." If life still threw shit on them despite them holding on... well that thrower is bound to have a calling card soon...
    • He became friends with Sly Cooper after a while, due to their similar M.O. and that the incident where Joker was captured and interrogated had a number of striking similarities to the end of Sly's third adventure. Joker admits that he does understand Sly's thrill for adventure, though he still wouldn't have deceived his closest companions to retire or return to being a thief (that said, Joker acknowledges that Carmelita Fox was hypocritical for being angry at Sly for lying, despite doing the same thing to him).
    • He gets really annoyed with Morgana constantly telling him that he should go to bed early. Sometimes, if he agrees, he'll sleep all right. Otherwise, he either calls in a massage service, or "button mashes" on Morgana's head.
    • Because of similarities in regards to appearance, Ren has been compared to Harry Potter. Harry himself had to admit that was true in regards to his civilian form, but does have his misgivings in regards to the Phantom Thieves' methods. At the same time, he is incredibly empathetic given how Harry would endure similar false trials in his later years and given he even had to use the Imperius Curse, has eased up on Ren.
    • When a certain Clown Prince of Crime found out that Ren shares his codename, he thought it was an attempt to replace him as Batman's rival. The Joker, being himself, immediately wanted to eliminate Ren to have no more competition for his rival. Even when he learned that it wasn't, he already felt that killing him would be fun either way.
    • He's a very charming and attractive young man, but he is still a gentleman. He saw what would happen in a vision if he were to break the hearts of young ladies; it ain't pretty, especially on Valentine's Day.
      • Because of this, he prefers that the rumors about him fucking a certain prosecutor's sister or the daughter of his 'boss' (both of whom are among his fellow Thieves, for that matter) get eliminated ASAP. In fact, it's better if the identity of whoever he 'fucked' (or whether he fucked anyone at all) remain a secret.
      • Given the revelations from Royal, many believe the young lady whose heart he really doesn't want to break is in fact the red-haired girl that joined the Phantom Thieves during the fight with Maruki. Whether or not Ren is dating Sumire, it's clear he cares very much for her and he's possibly the most happy to see her in the Pantheon. Sumire reciprocates these emotions, but also hasn't said whether she's going out with Ren or not.
      • Shortly afterward, Ren went sleuthing to figure out who helped facilitate her entry. He discovered that Bayonetta had sought out the Yamaxanadu, who then paid a visit to Akechi. He has a pretty good idea of what happened after that, but isn't planning on broaching the subject, as doing so might force him to confirm if Yoshizawa is the girlfriend or not.
    • Unlike Yu, Ren's cooking experience is limited to coffee and curry thanks to his time with Sojiro, but he's damn good at making them. This has earned him praise from Killia, who enjoys curry, as well as Kaneki and Touka, who both have a thing for coffee. Godot even admits that if Ren weren't a thief at all, he would have enjoyed becoming a regular for his coffee.
    • Monkey D. Luffy and Joker are impressed with the other's loyalty to their nakama. They also go out of their way to protect their friends and lay down their lives for them. Luffy admits he would have wanted Joker and his companions to join his crew if they had met back in their world and had a similar goal, but he respects Joker's wishes to remain in his home.
    • He once met a man at the House of Weapons' gun range who dresses a lot like himself. He soon learned his name was Adam Taurus. However, once the two began talking, they learned that, fashion sense aside, they were nothing alike. He was especially appalled by Taurus's extremism and desire to rule over and subjugate the human race. It brought back memories of when he was offered the exact same thing. Adam has since entered the team's sights as a Palace Heist target.
      • As of recently, he has allied himself with one of Taurus's enemies by the name of Qrow Branwen. Initially, Branwen was a supporter of Akechi, believing him to be doing the right thing. Ren, despite his sympathy for Akechi, made sure to change all that by opening his eyes to Akechi’s true nature. This, in turn, prompted Qrow to come to Ren's side, and the pair have shared mutual support of one another ever since while still not giving up on Akechi.
      • The Phantom Thieves' alliance with Qrow extended to Team RWBY, not just due to his familial ties to Ruby and Yang, but due to their shared animosity towards Adam and their common philosophy in solving problems even if it meant going behind a few backs to do so.
    • Is not allowed in Haunted House-style attractions due to his tendency to sneak up on his to-be-scarers thanks to his experiences in Palaces. Ryuji has had to stop him far too many times as a result.
    • In December 2018, Joker got one hell of an invitation to one hell of an event. No one saw it coming.
      • Speaking of said event, he later encountered Bowser, who was a bit depressed from yet another failed attempt at Princess Peach. With help from Joker, while this still didn't stop him from kidnapping Princess Peach, his encounter with him helped him connect even more to his son and the Koopalings.
      • He also encountered the Inkling Girl and mistook her for Futaba. However, once that Inkling clear that misunderstanding up, Joker became friends with both the male Inkling and the female Inkling.
      • When the other Smash fighters noticed that he looked rather similar to Bayonetta, rumors about the two possibly being mother and son began to circulate. While Joker was somewhat uncomfortable about the rumors, given his history of being judged based on falsehoods, he let them slide since he knew they were just in good fun. They also gave him the excuse to talk to the Umbra Witch herself, and the two have managed to gain mutual respect for one another for their great deeds. Due to this respect, he later participated in a plan that she and many other allies were engaged in in order to free her father Balder from the evil of a god entity called Loptr who sought to destroy free will similar to Yaldabaoth. The result was the official revelation of Aesir, whom Loptr was one-half of. Loptr has hated his guts since then, especially after Joker called him "another despicable false god of control."
  • Exclusive to Ryuji:
    • The second founding member of the Phantom Thieves, Ryuji at first seems like a stereotypical delinquent. His troubles come from the undesirable family situation of his drunken abusive deadbeat father and his struggling single mother, as well as the time his PE teacher used this to provoke him into a fight so he could break his leg as a matter of "self-defense" and force the dissolution of the school's track team. His blunt nature and striking appearance make him seem like a "vulgar ape" as the teacher calls him, but this itself is a defense mechanism for a young man who lost the route he could've used to support his mom through both injury and disgrace at the hands of a tyrant he could do nothing about. He's actually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, intensely dedicated to his mother and friends and quite cheerful around good people, which would quickly come to the forefront soon after the foundation of the Phantom Thieves with Kamoshida himself as their first target.
    • Once visited Master Chef Komatsu's temple around the same time as a short girl with a green and yellow jacket, wanting a big helping of the best meat he's got. The girl was more specific, ordering the best steak. While talking as Komatsu prepared his meal, he discovered that he and the girl, Chie Satonaka, were not only both Persona users, they shared the Chariot social link. Ryuji, Chie, and Komatsu's partner Toriko all became fast friends over a six-star gourmet steak meal courtesy of the "88th" best chef in the world. As they paid for the above meal, Chie pointed him in the direction of a similar friend of hers. Since then he's also gotten along well with Kanji Tatsumi.
      • That said, given their thuggish looks, Ryuji and Kanji almost came to blows because they both thought the other was planning to pick a fight, but the misunderstanding was quickly quelled, and they realized they were a lot more alike than just looks; they both love their moms, and were both branded delinquents by their schools due to their actions. That said, Ryuji is a bit envious in that at least Kanji's act saw him succeed in doing right by Inaba and his mom by beating up a very loud biker gang.
    • Despite being Book Dumb, Ryuji has been shown to possess a wealth of knowledge regarding physical training and sports from his days as a star athlete, giving his friends tips on everything from exercises to recovery to dieting.
    • Has occasionally been mistaken for Ghost Rider while in his thief attire, as both are dressed in black outfits and Ryuji's mask taking the form of a skull with his blonde hair exposed vaguely evokes the image of Ghost Rider's flaming skull head.
    • HATES Light Yagami for killing people with no reason, even though they are mostly villains anyways. The Phantoms avoid doing things like that specifically because they know better than to think themselves gods (aside from in the Pantheonic sense of course).
    • Back when he had his own temple, Ryuji wasn't good at keeping it clean. Now that everyone shares a place, this only goes so far as his bedroom, and Makoto is quick to make him clean up whenever she comes checking.
  • Exclusive to Morgana:
    • Third founding member of the Thieves, Morgana was first encountered by Ren and Ryuji in the Metaverse after they got accidentally sucked into Suguru Kamoshida's palace. His default form is that of an anthropomorphic biped cat with an enormous head in the Metaverse, or a standard cat in the real world (where only those who've been to the Metaverse can understand what he says), though he can shapeshift when need arises, at least into vehicular forms. He also has the unique ability to detect the presence of Treasures and other important items through a sort of supernatural scent. He was the one who most encouraged the Phantom Thief motif of the group as a manner of being classy, traveling with them in order to find a way to rediscover his origins and return back to his human form... or so he believed. It would turn out that he was never a normal human at all, being a creation of Igor forged from humanity's collective hope, essentially what the Pantheon would call an Embodiment of Virtue.
    • As soon as he ascended, he realized that he was in his biped form, prompting Igor to summon him and explain to him that he and the other Thieves can use their Persona abilities in the Pantheon proper much like in the Metaverse. He forgot to mention this to everyone else, but Joker soon cleared that up when he appeared.
    • When it comes to who drives him when he's a vehicle, he entrusts that role only to Joker or Makoto; last time he tried the others (prior to Makoto joining), Ryuji's too reckless, Yusuke drives too slow (even with the Reaper on their tails), and Ann drives too fast. Additionally, Haru Drives Like Crazy (and would likely try to ram him into Shadows every single time), and Futaba apparently doesn't have racing game know-how as part of her skillset. That said, in the event none of the regulars are available, everyone's been getting driving lessons.
    • Batman, Lamington, Trevor Belmont and the other strategists in the GUAG have taken interest in Morgana's sharp intellect. Him being the primary monkey wrench in the plots of FOUR villains over the course of six months (three of them being undermined within the same month) did not go unnoticed.
    • Became fast friends with Luna, sharing stories of their exasperation with the idiots they've had to mentor (Usagi for Luna, Ryuji for Morgana). Luna regards him as a little brother, since she has the most experience as a Mentor Mascot and is older than him.
    • Despite some initial misunderstandings due to sharing a voice with the Incubators, the Puella Magi have grown to regard him as being like Kyubey if he were a million times more trustworthy. The fact that Morgana actively fights alongside those he mentors and his experiences with Palaces being similar to a Witch Labyrinth have earned him points with them. That, and the time he chopped up, wind buffeted and repeatedly ran over Kyubey while shapeshifted as "the cool car". Unfortunately, getting the most of Morgana's advice requires a passing understanding of Jungean Psychology.
      • Senses very strong distortions in the heart of Homura Akemi. Further investigations showed the distortions are of a horrifying combination of the distortions in Futuba and Sae's hearts. Although the two have no ill will towards each other given their shared hatred of the Incubators, Morgana knows a fight is inevitable.
    • Got taken home by Rena Ryuguu. Needless to say, it was a painful and embarrassing experience due to Rena's Super Strength when in Omochikari Mode. He has since been wary of her and tries to stay away from Rena as much as possible.
    • As an embodiment of hope, it comes as no surprise that Morgana would become enemies of despair mongers such as Terumi, Bernkastel, The White, and Monokuma (as well as his mastermind Junko).
    • Sakaki was uneasy with Morgana at first due to being a black cat like the one that would always bite her hand. Morgana being so friendly and such a good playmate to Maya put her at ease.
    • Those who are selfless protectors of humanity (such as Alexstraza and Vulkan) have earned Morgana's admiration. They were very impressed with his willingness to risk being Ret-Gone to save them from Yaldabaoth.
    • While he is horrified with Kratos' brutality, Morgana remains conflicted about him due to being a Hope Bringer. Kratos being a sincerely loving father also earned points with him. He notes that Kratos managed to get a change of heart on his own, so there may be hope for him yet.
    • Due to his reputation for telling Joker he should go to sleep, Morgana has been getting requests to have a reading of Go the Fuck to Sleep. After a while, he finally did.
    • Envies Teddie for actually being able to take on a human form, while Morgana has yet to achieve that. As such, he approaches the mascot sometimes to learn how he did it, but the several puns he makes reminds the cat of Yusuke's occasional tendencies for such things, and Teddie's behavior with the ladies also puts him off.
      • However, after rendering their adventure together, they actually became great friends, especially after Teddie began to understand how he feels in regards to Ann and respectfully stepped off, taking a Bros Before Hoes stance on the situation. The two do still get jealous of Koromaru, though.
      • Furthermore, after the events of Maruki's Palace, Morgana has lost all desire to become human, and is satisfied with the way he is now, though he still reflexively gets ornery about casually being called a cat. Of course, he's still good friends with Teddie, and the two hang out together in their spare time.
  • Exclusive to Ann:
    • The fourth founding member of the Thieves, Ann Takamaki is an aspiring model with a strikingly beautiful and exotic appearance. Being a quarter-Caucasian girl with a half-Finnish name, Ann was considered an outcast and later became something of a Teacher's Pet of Shujin Academy's favored PE instructor. While this reputation hampered her, she continued to appear alongside Kamoshida, seemingly receptive or at least ambivalent about his obvious advances. This was because he had started blackmailing her with kicking her only friend in school off the volleyball team, and privately she never reciprocated his inappropriate desires. To which Kamoshida crossed the line and destroyed her friend by inflicting a special kind of evil on her. After all that, meeting Ren and Morgana and becoming closer with Ryuji in order to form the Phantom Thieves was absolutely a welcome change, as it allowed Ann not only to take down this predator, but to gradually reclaim her own sexuality and use it for good, as a Heroic Seductress.
    • People have a habit of pronouncing her name incorrectly, forgetting to pronounce her first name with heavy emphasis on the "A", like with Princess Anna. Her surname gets the same flak, with English-speakers alternating between putting the emphasis on the first and second syllables.
    • Amusingly, when shippers aren't pairing Ann with Joker (or Shiho or Makoto), they're setting her up with Ryuji. "Supporting" this is that they have "met thrice before" as well as some urban legends. While it's common fact that Ryuji admires her beauty, it's also well known that they're good friends, and neither is willing to spill any details beyond that.
    • While her initial Persona is named Carmen, it's not actually representative of Carmen Sandiego, but the Impossible Thief likes her style regardless and they became allies. Stealing someone's distorted desires sounds like an interesting heist to pull, even though Carmen probably doesn't need need the Metaverse to do that. Hearing of the impossible things she could do, and knowing she just might think of stealing the Meta-Nav app from any of them eventually, Ann decided to share the app to Carmen so as not to inconvenience the group in the long run. She has not told her team about this exchange.
      • Regarding other cat burglars like her, she holds some respect for Catwoman (and her attraction towards Batman), but absolutely none for Black Cat (for her desire to get back at her former boyfriend Spider-Man and everyone he ever cared about). On the other hand, Catwoman opposes her and the other Phantom Thieves, since she had gone through Heel–Face Brainwashing at the hands of Zatanna. Because of this, she comes to see the Phantom Thieves as her enemies.
    • Being someone who has had the "luxury" of being lusted over by a teacher, though Kamoshida was… physically worse than Jefferson, Ann sympathizes with Max Caulfield for what she's been through.
      • They've also both had the frightening experience of seeing a friend (Kate Marsh and Shiho Suzui) attempting suicide by jumping off a roof during school. One difference is that Ann had no chance to stop her friend while Max did. Another is that Shiho survives (though with broken legs) while Kate may or may not depending on Max's actions. A third is that while the school faculty ultimately doesn't do much about it, Shujin's is much more tactless about it while Blackwell's at least makes a show of effort.
      • And when Max decided to face herself in the TV World to face the issues that she had been forcibly torn away from during her Nightmare Sequence, she decided to come with her and help .
    • Through Ren, she got to meet up with the fairly-recently ascended Hecate, despite Mercury/Hermes trying to keep his wife away from her. Hecate for her part is amused with the Phantom Thieves' activities and promises to lend her assistance when needed. If she can get it past her husband, that is.
    • There's a villainess she idolized on TV for being sexy, taking what she wanted, possessing indomitable spirit, and being true to herself. She sees a lot of that character in Fujiko Mine (except the sincerity). That said, she doesn't share this admiration for actual villains.
    • As she aspires to be a model, she sometimes gets called in by Rarity to help show off her outfits. And through her connections in the Pantheon's fashion industry, she also got acquainted with Erika Kurumi (an aspiring designer) and Miki Aono (a composed model with high self-confidence/perfectionism) and became friends with them (and rival in Miki's case).
    • Had an interesting encounter with Rise, who mused that she could've looked just like Ann does before assuming her current look. They also do work involving cameras and appearances, though Ann admits that Rise's idol work is a lot harder. Oh, and they both wear their hair in twintails, too, as Souji Mitsuka would say.
    • Is looking forward to finding a way to steal Junko Enkoshima's heart for her desire to sink the entire world into despair. And for looking very similar to her that most of Junko's enemies briefly confused the two. Unfortunately, since her desires aren't distorted (despite being evil), this would be difficult.
    • Judge Frollo sees the idea of a Heroic Seductress as oxymoronic and would like nothing better than to be rid of her, and all the Phantom Thieves for obvious reasons (i.e. theft).
    • Through hanging with Ryuji, she got to know and connect with Kanji Tatsumi, who knows what it's like to be judged by looks alone and suffer a bad reputation for it.
      • Thanks to a certain adventure, she's come to enjoy Chie's company as much as Ryuji does.
      • Another Persona-user she had the privilege of meeting was Lisa Silverman, who also shares with her the distinction of being of Caucasian descent (though is completely foreign [with Japanophile parents] compared to Ann still being part-Japanese even if her appearance doesn't reflect that) as well as the "racist" biases that come with it.
    • Despite her fashion sense, she's terrible in drawing and coloring, and she's stated that out when her Fashion Designer friends asked for some ideas. She remembered Yusuke's criticism of it that still truly stung.
    • She has an absolute hatred of Embryo, due to his sexual abuse and Attempted Rape of Ange being rather similar to what Kamoshida did to her and Shiho. Because of this, she forged a friendship with Ange - especially after seeing some similarities between one another, voice included.
  • Exclusive to Yusuke:
    • The fifth addition to the Phantom Thieves, Yusuke is very much the definition of a Starving Artist. This is due to his mentor and adoptive father Ichiryusai Madarame stealing all the credit and profit from his work. Being so enthusiastic about art and beauty made it easier for Madarame to condition him to accept this condition and the increasing amount of horrors it entails, and even made it harder for him to overcome that tendency later on. Amidst discovering the kids from Shujin snooping around Madarame's place, propositioning Lady Ann to pose for one of his paintings, and learning the true extent of Madarame's corruption including how he left Yusuke's mother to die from a seizure instead of saving her just so he could steal her work and her son for his own gain, he finally embraced his inner Thief, helped Ren and company defeat Madarame, and started getting better about his bad habits. Even with that, he tends to get so busy with his work he forgets to eat sometimes and doesn't really account for making work that will actually sell as much as he probably should; thus he still gets excited about food and has financial issues.
    • He's rather polite to women, though continues to make requests to study their body for his art. Ann can attest that it's probably not done with any skeevy intentions. Kyle Rayner gets along with him as a freelance artist and an incident of It's Not Porn, It's Art backfiring for him.
    • Disgracing the arts by reducing them to ruthless commercialism is something he despises, not only due to how valueless that makes the work in and of itself, but because this is exactly what got his mother killed due to Madarame's desire for exploitation and profit. As the noted plagiarist Ango Natsume later discovered when he insulted the value of the Sayuri painting due to associating it more with Madarame's bullshit than the work of his mother's love, this is still a sore spot for Yusuke long after Madarame's fall from grace. That said, especially after seeing how Ango was exploited by his handlers and then the EMMA app, he realizes there is a point to Doing It for the Art and making a profit from it and has been trying to find a balance between the two philosophies.
    • Hol Horse was curious given their Arcana ties to the Emperor. For whatever reason, he tried to give advice on picking up and attracting women, given Yusuke's potential Covert Pervert nature. It didn't go anywhere, and he suspects he might swing the other way.
    • At times, it rains when he's around and usually during outdoor events, and sometimes it's not even the fault of any rain-making or weather-changing entities. Given his low Luck stat, it makes sense, and moreso given who his Ultimate Persona is.
    • Yusuke is very uncomfortable in the presence of Yuuki Terumi, the other version of Susano-o, and Terumi in turn also does not like him because his voice in Japanese really reminds him of Ragna the Bloodedge and Yusuke summoning Susano-o to him looks like giving images of Terumi becoming the whipping boy of Ragna.
    • Because of his experience with Madarame, he hates exploitative mentors and bosses. Seeing Svengali in the Pantheon infuriated him; however, his hatred towards him was nothing compared to Ghetsis Harmonia. Aside from the fact that Yusuke reawakened his Persona powers in the Pantheon defending a kid from a Plasma grunt, the man had raised and manipulated the orphan N solely to use and abuse as a false savior so he can take over the world, and planned to off N afterwards.
      • Incredibly sympathetic to N's situation, the two teamed up to steal Ghetsis' heart. Or they would've were it not for one huge issue; at the time, the ascended Phantoms comprised of only himself, Morgana, and Futaba, and the cat wasn't willing to go after such a tough target with only them against someone who's more corrupt than even Masayoshi Shido, and would be much more difficult to steal his heart, especially since their leader Joker had yet to ascend. Yusuke was forced to put this heist on hold until a later time but promises N that he'll notify him as soon as they have time.
      • Once the core eight were all ascended, it was only a matter of time before they tried again. And they did so when N arrived at Joker's temple to make the request. They hadn't done so for a while since the status quo would revert him after the Heist; at least they could still influence him in the present, and it so happens that he was currently planning something big for the GUAE, so a change of heart can mess that up and make it fail. N volunteered to come with them both to earn fighting experience and to find out how and why he became the monster he is today.
      • During that Heist, upon an early run-in with Shadow Harmonia, N confronted him and awakened a Metaverse Persona as he finally accepted that there's no redeeming his "father", no matter how much he hopes otherwise. When the time came for the Calling Card, the Phantoms weren't prepared enough for the consequences of doing so given that the entire Pantheon knows who they are. The Phantoms escaped Team Plasma's attacks on their temples as they proceeded with finishing the Heist, but it was only after being called over to Leblanc that Sojiro told them that Ghetsis also sent his forces after him and Sae, and that it was only thanks to the friends they made that they managed to survive. The Phantoms have to be more careful next time, perhaps even find a way to do Heists without a Calling Card.
    • The issues with Madarame led him to be sympathetic towards Terra, due to their shared Rage Against the Mentor issues. He also feels bad for the Nostalgia Critic, a fellow member of Craft who had Abusive Parents and a love-hate complex with said parents. Trying to help him see that both his parents are terrible rather than just his dad.
    • He sympathizes with Symmetra being exploited by Vishkar due to being exploited the same way Madarame did to him, understanding that since they raised her it was hard for her to hate them. He doesn't like how Lucio berates her conflicting opinion, however, is fine working with him to steal the heart of the Vishkar CEO. He and Symmetra obsess over something to a major degree (arts and order respectively), and he finds the cities she's built to be exquisite. Not to mention, somehow Symmetra was amused with his weird 'artistic' poses that he likes to strike to 'get in the feel' before he paints.
      • The reason why he doesn't "swim" well with Lucio turns out to be rather pragmatic and based on experience as well. He could sense that Lucio and the anti-Vishkar movement seems based on popular demand, which was like the case of Okumura Fast Food Chain, which ended up blowing right in their faces and putting the Phantom Thieves on the ropes due to the manipulation of mass opinion by Masayoshi Shido. He wants to make sure that the cause they take is truly just, not just because a popular guy and the mass demand it and they just happen to align with "popular morality", though he senses that it's going to be true anyway, but it's best to take a more careful approach.
      • That said, he still enjoys exchanging pun jokes with Lucio… but people advise that he doesn't do that in front of Futaba, who'll tell both of them to go to hell for that.
    • He is a major fan of Leonardo da Vinci and was overcome with fanboyism when he learned the man himself was in the Pantheon. Immediately met him, and to his delight da Vinci liked him back. He also identifies a lot with Vincent van Gogh due to being the classic example of a Starving Artist, and hopes to see him in the pantheon in future.
    • Pities Squidward for never succeeding as an artist, to the point of having to eat his paintings when he was broke. He doesn't like the scumbag boss that he works with. He feels for Nero due to how she was exploited by her abusive mother.
    • Super Sentai gods, particularly the Gorangers, gave him some weird looks when he horribly misarranged the Featherman action figure in Futaba's room. They know he means well, but that was just... a pain to look at.
    • Some Gods are understandably creeped out when he considered Mara to be an artistic piece to be painted at. You know... Mara.
    • Yusuke is actually impressed with Roronoa Zoro's swordsmanship and surprised at the fact that he can grip his third sword with his teeth.
  • Exclusive to Makoto:
    • The sixth member of this band of thieves, Makoto is the Student Council President of Shujin Academy, known for her rigid morals and sense of duty and responsibility. She the sister of noted special-investigation public prosecutor Sae Niijima, whose mother died when they were younger and whose father was a police officer killed in the line of duty. While Makoto dealt with the pain yet remained steadfast in her belief in justice, honor, and responsibility, she wanted to release Sae from the burden of taking care of her, studying hard to get into a top-notch university and get a high-paying career for that exact reason. Her life was turned upside down when she discovered that some of her very own schoolmates were in fact the Phantom Thieves whose case Sae had been tasked to investigate. This resulted in her conscripting them to tail an extortionist mob boss, then being captured for potential use as a sex slave by said mob boss when she got in over her head, only to awaken her own Persona powers and join the thieves to defeat his Shadow and bring him to justice.
    • She then had to confront firsthand how the bitterness of grief and workplace politics had changed her big sister for the worst... just in time to stop Sae from actively embracing the corruption and gain her as an ally in their incredibly risky gambit to uncover the truth. Makoto would fully reconcile with her sister after the Metaverse conflicts, seeing Sae quit her prosecutorial job to instead become a defense attorney, as they both became deified by this crossroad of dimensions. Sae was annoyed at Makoto giving up her seat in the House of School joining the full cast of Thieves in their joint temple, but the younger Niijima has assured that she'll continue helping out over there, and will mentor/assist her eventual replacement.
    • Frequently visits the house of Justice and explores the House of Crime, as she wants to work towards becoming a police officer, and to help with her Phantom Thief skills. The irony of studying to become a cop while working as a robber is not lost on her.
    • Has also been introduced to other Makotos through Kenzaki (specifically Nanaya and Naegi). Naegi also reminds her of Morgana, since they both have a lot of hope in them.
    • Connected with Yukiko and especially Fuuka, since both of them are the smartest of their respective teams, and Fuuka provided enemy support a lot like she did with her team.
    • She also bonded with Chie Satonaka, as both of them dream of becoming police officers. Chie might even be "the kung-fu police cadet" that she heard about on the news, and she quickly introduced her to Akihiko, who's had also eventually joined the police force, and even fights with his fists just like she does.
    • That braid over her hair? That's actually a hairband, designed to look like a braid, that also that happens to be the exact same color as her hair. It is hard to tell the difference, just like with Jotaro Kujo and his "hat".
    • As a result of having some bad memories about the mafia, specifically Junya Kaneshiro, she is very uneased with Fat Tony, who is also a mafia boss. Despite that, she likes Yakuza flicks.
    • Thanks to interactions with Misaki Ayuzawa, she has learned to be a bit more hands-on with being the student council president so that she won't just be an errand girl for the principal anymore, like she was in Shujin.
    • She is surprised by how many people ship her with her leader and friend, Joker, due to the admiration of her skills among other reasons. She is quite flustered at all this.
    • She's getting rather tired of having to explain to nearby police officers (not in the know yet) that she and her friends are just shopping for weapons because they're avid cosplayers. Any missteps and the whole group might be dragged off to see Ryotaro Dojima and forced to write tons of "I will not wave around with real weapons at streets" or "I will not make friends with gangsters" on a chalkboard.
      • Of course, this practice eventually stopped as he was finally notified and given to understand what the Phantoms do. Besides, they make sure to empty them of bullets, as they aren't needed in the Metaverse to work anyway.
  • Exclusive to Futaba:
    • The seventh to join the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, this teen genius serves as the navigator and hacker of the Phantom Thieves. Like Alia, whom she was once a follower of, she serves as Mission Control. Usually can be found communicating remotely in her room on the internet, or playing video games, while wearing her standard black AKG K845BT headset. For a long time she was a textbook example of Headphones Equal Isolation due to her mother's collapse and death by traffic, which government agents had convinced her was a suicide, causing her to hate herself to the point of a death wish... though enough of her still wanted to live that she became immersed in mastering the digital world. Sometime after her mother's coworker Sojiro Sakura showed up to take her in and remove her from her abusive uncle's clutches, the Phantom Thieves emerged and she enlisted them to steal her own heart. They soon discovered she herself was the Treasure as she joined them to find the truth about her mother's killer, helping her manage and overcome her social anxiety along the way. She's grown into a stronger and more capable young woman even without a keyboard in hand (though she still has more catching up to do).
    • She enjoys playing with Chiaki Nanami in the House of Gaming. A lot of people were suggesting she should play Splatoon, mainly because the female Inkling looks like her and they kept commenting the squid was no longer kid now. So far, she has at least seen the Inkling in a few matches with Ren in Mementos.
    • Among the few activities she, Rise, and Fuuka undertake together, Futaba was introduced to yet another Sensor-type Persona-user; Tomoyo Daidouji after her trip to the TV World, as while her Persona does have offensive capabilities, it's more "geared" to mapping and intel (but not communication, not even to the level of Mitsuru's Artemisia).
    • Very similar to Usalia. The two are curry freaks, with a signature curry dish being a Tragic Keep Sake of a dead parent. The death of their parent/s gave them a self-loathing complex that they eventually recovered from, they were in a pursuit of vengeance against her parents' killers, and share a status as Everyone's Baby Sister. To the surprise of nobody, they became great friends upon meeting each other.
    • She is really fond of cats, and makes semi-regular trips to the Felines sub-house. Ended up meeting Miss Sakaki there and bonded over their awkwardness when it comes to trying to be social, and Simba over dealing with and recovering from guilt over their parents' death.
    • While she's overcome her issues with her mother, she still hates evil moms like Lady Tremaine and Dr. Sofia Lamb. Scar repulses her to due making Simba think he accidentally killed his father when in reality it was Scar. Though recovering from a lot of her guilt complex, she still knows what it's like to have it and as such sympathizes with Raiden. Is also sympathetic towards Butters due to his own sense of guilt around his parents.
    • Said to sound like Tatsumaki and Yuuki Konno. She pities the latter due to her sickness, and being forced to be active in virtual reality. When speaking English she sounds like Gaea in her Smite incarnation and Ren Gyokuen, which she's a lot less happy with.
    • Despite sounding like Madoka Kaname, she looks a lot like Homura Akemi prior to her Cynicism Catalyst besides a different hair color. Her inner demons of self-loathing, suicidal tendencies, and PTSD is more like the current Homura however.
    • Joseph Joestar noticed they shared a few similarities. Both were associated with the arcana of the Hermit, both played more of a support role and both are geeks. The two became friends upon getting to know each other and like to play video games together.
    • Distrusts any Men in Black, given that some had basically straight up lied to her that her mother committed suicide and blamed her for it. Her encounter with Agents K and J was hostile from her side before J gave her a chance to explain.
      • After hearing her story, J assures that the MIB he's in would never do such a thing... but K didn't immediately support the statement, leading J to be suspicious and to confront him. The elder agent finally stated that what Futaba's will-readers did was unnecessarily cruel and that he was sorry she had to go through so much pain. By the end of the day, they parted on awkward terms, with Futaba thinking that maybe they would have done the same thing she and the rest of the Theives did by cracking down on the whole conspiracy the moment they saw something suspicious.
    • Her blood type is AB Negative, which is incredibly rare in Japan. It doesn't help either that this also applies to Akechi. Naturally, that relationship is a rather sad one, as while she can sympathize with the events that turned Akechi into the man who killed Wakaba by mental shutdown, she still cannot bring herself to forgive his cruel acts. Whenever the team is forced to work with him, she keeps herself busy so as not to think about it.
  • Exclusive to Haru:
    • The last of the core eight Phantom Thieves to join the group before the Third Semester, Haru is a proper young lady with an unrefined wild side that shows through in both driving and combat. She's the granddaughter of the late founder of a humble chain of cafes and the daughter of the president of the fast food conglomerate Okumura Foods. Unfortunately, she had the misfortune of overlooking her father's growing cruelty as he overworked his employees, only to see how far he'd fallen when he set her up in an arranged marriage to a cruel bully who happened to be the son of one of his prospective associates. After meeting Morgana by happenstance, she was dragged into her father's Palace in the Metaverse, becoming the "Beauty Thief" and Morgana's ally. Once the Phantom Thieves discovered her identity and situation, their mission changed from simply apprehending a target by popular demand to saving Haru from being sold off and effectively pulling off a Child Marriage Veto. The Beauty Thief eventually became Phantom Thief Noir, and celebrated her father's change of heart with her newfound friends... only to be devastated as she watched Kunikazu Okumura ooze black blood and die on live television.
    • Despite her initial Persona being Milady, who was a manipulative sociopath, Haru's really nice and portrayed her as an honorable trickster. She's very compassionate as well, even pitying Goro Akechi despite him killing her father. She seems a bit disappointed that no-one from The Three Musketeers has ascended yet, though she did hear of their expies the Swords of Justice.
    • Haru turns out shares a lot of common background with Mitsuru, though their personalities are quite different as well as their respective experiences in business and "commoner" social saviness. After seeing a former acquaintance of her father's become an Ice Queen, Neat Freak, and Control Freak at the same time due to EMMA's influence after having her mayoral seat in Sapporo threatened by corrupt politicians taking advantage of a tragedy they could've averted, Haru has taken special care to check on Mitsuru regularly and make sure she doesn't lose her way.
    • Weirdly enough, she seems to gravitate towards Darth Vader, mainly due to her dad's Shadow bearing design similarities from him, being an Archnemesis Dad who was once a decent man, and wanting their kid to follow their path, though still has a sympathetic side. They also have a tragic death. Shadow Kunikazu even has a similar outfit, which given his geekiness probably based on Darth Vader's iconic suit.
    • She's fond of gardening, and is always welcome in the sub-house of Plants. Her dream is to open a cafe specializing in serving healthy organic food and coffee. This was what her grandfather originally did before her father warped it into a fast food chain, and she's trying to establish it in the House of Food. As the Goddess of Cosplay Cafes, Chiyoko Shiraishi is a massive help.
      • Speaking of gardening, some find it impressive or unbelievable that she can grow and harvest vegetables (such as tomatoes) from seedlings (normally a three-to-four-month endeavor in the best of conditions) inside of a week. On a Tokyo rooftop. In December. Some folks therefore wonder if she's hiding any nature powers.
    • As a company heiress with an abusive father, Weiss Schnee is sympathetic towards Haru and the Phantom Thief returns her sympathies in kind, saddened that Jacques Schnee is completely contemptible rather than having even some decent attributes like her own dad. She feels really bad for N as well due to how his adoptive father Ghetsis used and abused him worse than her father ever did. She hopes to change their hearts, and heard from Mitsuru that Weiss is fully on board with this idea.
    • As a compassionate rich girl, she's friendly with Charlotte LaBouff, along with Amy Wong, particularly the latter as they had to deal with pushy parents trying to set them up. She respects Charlie Bucket for becoming rich thanks to his kind heart. On the other side, she has nothing but bad things to say to Princess Morbucks and the Reagan siblings, whose spoiled personalities is everything she is not. Her contempt for Neil is even greater due to him reminding her of her jackass ex-fiancee.
    • Is keeping her eye on Mr. Krabs, due to being yet another reminder of her father; greedy, and owner of a popular restaurant chain specializing in burgers. Though like her father, Krabs isn't a complete dick, and can fluctuate between Jerk with a Heart of Gold and The Sociopath depending on the episode. At least she seems to enjoy the Krabby Patties served. She likes Spongebob for being a passionate, honest worker and feels he should be the one running the Krusty Krab in future. She also feels pity towards Squidward due to how much he hates his job, just like her father's employees have suffered due to his corrupt and greedy practices.
      • Though there is some warmness for Mr. Krabs, the same cannot be said of Mr. Burns and Looten Plunder. Less so of Mr. Burns due to his Freudian Excuse of being molded into what he was by his rich, cruel grandfather. She would try to change his heart, but the wicked centenarian is so frail that hatred is all that's keeping him alive. Given that her own father died after his heart was changed (even though that was Akechi's fault and not hers), she doesn't want that same fate to befall Mr. Burns, though she hopes he can find some way to be better.
    • As with the other Phantom Thieves, she has Iroque and the Indigo Light as a big help. Her kind personality gravitates more to Ma-Ti helping change people's hearts due to having the power of heart, and the Planeteers generally deal with corrupt corporate executives just like the Phantom Thieves do.
    • By all accounts she's a Nice Girl, but she also has a bit of a Cute and Psycho side. She likes combat as a form of stress relief, uses an axe to fight (she has a liking for the whip, too, but Ann isn't lending hers), and likes to see Shadows begging for their lives. A lot of people suspect she's a covert sadist. Her preference for grenade launchers doesn't help with that image, either.
      • She's not sure what to think about the fact that this has gained her the attention of the Pantheon's ascended Saiyans.
    • Many people think she has a huge forehead. This annoys her, and Dib Membrane and Sakura Haruno can understand where she's coming from. Of course, not many people have the balls to say it directly to her face because, well...
    • Has some bad luck in regards to machines. She doesn't know how to use a smartphone (only enough for calls and texts), she breaks new computers by touching them, and had taken her PC in for repair at least 10 times. And then there's her driving. She becomes a Speed Demon behind the wheel of a car, and NOT just in the Metaverse. When she had to take over driving for an exhausted Makoto and they needed to make it from Fukuoka to Kyoto, an eight-hour trip for any sane drivers, she literally made the whole length of the trip within the morning, arriving at noon, despite a detour to Osaka. Her teammates were left nauseous and scared for their lives, Morgana was straight up unconscious... and she still thought she was driving normally.
    • She gets along well with the Villager and Isabelle. Not just because they see a bit of themselves in each other, but also because she uses an axe like Villager, while being as nice, polite and kind as Isabelle. Of course, there’s also the fact that in Smash Ultimate, her spirit was represented by a female villager and that they both have unfortunate reputations as Memetic Psychopaths.
  • Exclusive to Sumire:
    • The ninth to become a Phantom Thief in true earnest, this young lady joined during the events of the Third Semester. Kasumi and Sumire, the daughters of television presenter Shinichi Yoshizawa, were both high-level young figure skaters who aspired to reach the top of the skating world together. One of them unfortunately died in a car accident, while the surviving sibling would come to be acquainted with both Ren Amamiya and Dr. Maruki over the course of the year. She would also occasionally find herself in the Metaverse, causing her Persona to awaken, all the while navigating her issues surrounding her sister's death, including her deteriorating figure skating performance.
      • As she and Joker explored a Palace at a construction site where they'd met on one occasion, the truth about the Yoshizawa sisters was explored in full: Sumire, in a fit of jealousy and suicidal depression that she couldn't be as good as Kasumi, ran away from her and ended up in the way of oncoming traffic. Kasumi pushed her out of the way, Taking the Bullet and dying in her sister's stead. The crushing Survivor Guilt only made Sumire's self-hatred that much worse, forcing her to see a counselor—Maruki—to whom she confessed that she couldn't live with seeing herself as Kasumi's killer. Unknowingly, this prompted Maruki to use his Persona and alter her cognition to fulfill her wish of thinking that she herself was Kasumi and Sumire was the one that died. She was in fact one of the major catalysts to Maruki's vision of creating the ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy for the entire world. Of course, once the truth was out, and she was convinced through battle to accept who she really was, she officially joined the Thieves to help save reality from the stagnant fate of Maruki's dream world.
    • She saw Cloud as a kindred spirit after hearing of how the latter believed he was living the life of his best friend Zack due to the trauma brought upon by his death, seeing it as very similar to her circumstances. Sumire and Cloud were both very thankful they had friends to pull them of this self-imposed illusion, especially the people closest to them, Ren and Tifa respectively. Because of this, the two got along splendidly and consult each other when it comes to accepting themselves.
    • Amongst all the ladies on the team, many deities are convinced that she's the most likely to be dating Ren due to numerous points in their interactions, not the least of which being her actively telling him that she loves him before he could have a chance to opine on the matter. The two refuse to confirm whether they actually dated or not before he boarded the train back to his hometown and she resumed training for international competition, but it's clear they care about each other a great deal.
    • Although she never participated in the Phantom Thieves' journey in the World of Movies, Sumire found a kindred spirit in Hikari, since they were both filled with self-loathing to suicidal levels, and it was their newfound friendships that saved them. She also became quick friends with Kotone Shiomi, Marie, and Aigis, the latter two being close to their groups' leader and also having had an existential crisis, and the former helping to cheer her up and encouraging her through thick and thin whenever Sumire felt doubt about herself. She tends to hang out with the three girls, whether it's talking about Marie's poetry (much to the latter's dismay), or they bonds with their friends.
    • Became instant friends with Makie Sasaki since they are both gymnasts with a passion for the sport. They also became Friendly Rivals who take their time training to improve their skills with a friendly competition. Makie has proven herself encouraging of Sumire's dream and her self-esteem too, showing sympathy over her initial lack of confidence and being proud of her for overcoming it.
    • Her cooking is said to be fairly good as far as taste, though where she really shines is her nutritional knowledge. Since Kasumi was rather mediocre as a cook in comparison, she used to prepare both hers and her sister's dishes. This is brought up by many deities as a point to show that she was always going to be special in her own right, with some even saying her skating career could've outlasted Kasumi's naturally if their food regimens ever diverged because she would've taken care of her body better.
    • Sumire was once the High Priestess of Sarasa, who also impersonated a deceased sibling (though in her case, it was done willingly and knowingly). Sarasa took on her brother's identity to fulfill the prophecy that would destroy the tyrannical regime controlling the country. Sarasa was sympathetic towards Sumire after hearing what she had to go through, but she was also proud that she managed to regain her confidence and self-esteem. She has since allied with the Phantom Thieves in their struggle to fight against tyranny and corruption.
  • Exclusive to Sophia:
    • The tenth to join the Thieves of Hearts, she is a discovery from their summer vacation adventure through the EMMA app's fabrication of the Metaverse. Initially released from a cube in the trash heap of one of EMMA's Jails, Sophia joined the crew very early on into their saga, armed only with four rectangular floating pithoi as a pseudo-Persona and the directive to serve as "humanity's companion". As they soon discovered when she existed outside the Metaverse not as a person, but as an app on Joker's phone, she is another in a long line of personified artificial intelligences who eventually learn to become more person than product. In her case she achieved this through the understanding and personal realization of the human heart during her travels with the Phantoms. Her program also contains a shopping app with instant delivery on any orders made, in addition to a navigation and destination-finding service, making her an incredibly useful super-combination of various common smartphone apps.
      • She would later learn that she was created by Kuon Ichinose to help her understand the heart, but as Sophia didn't understand it herself in her literal infancy as a program, the maladjusted Ichinose threw her out in an angry outburst and created EMMA instead, leading to the utter chaos of the summer which culminated in the threat of humanity's "salvation" being the imposed will of an artificial god. As EMMA herself tried to dismiss Sophia as an inferior product and Ichinose, following EMMA's will, tried to use her as a puppet to kill the Thieves, Sophia awakened her own persona and not only defeated Ichinose's traps, but convinced her creator to stand down and agree to help stop EMMA.
    • Sophia has found many allies and friends in her fellow A.I.s, getting along with the likes of Iris.EXE (both of whom were exploited by humans for wicked purposes), Yui (an A.I. who wanted to be friends with humans and found a family), and the Digimon (who have become friends with humans). She also gets along with the Lyoko Warriors (especially Jeremie and Aelita), since they showed kindness towards Aelita during the time they thought she was an A.I. and introduced her to the human world, and also sympathized with their struggles with XANA. Sophia became quick friends with Chihiro Fujisaki, a programmer that created a friendly and helpful A.I., with Chihiro hoping to introduce her to Alter Ego soon.
    • Her appearance is described as being based on what whoever activates it wants her to become, though the only forms she's known to have taken are a girl with fire engine red hair and blue digital eyes, or a motionless metal box. This oddly gives her a commonality with Saya, the literal alien bug monster seen as a small girl by one man whose physical cognition was altered to disrepair, who discovered she could morph her own body to bring that innocent cognitive form to life. While initially friendly with Saya, Sophia soon discovered the horrifying deeds she'd committed and began taking more caution around the monster, even if her awareness of the horror of Saya's true form is more technical than felt.
    • She's the only member of the Phantoms whose code name is a thin derivative of her real name. Ryuji's initial shock aside, this is fitting, as she needs no cover since she only exists in her universe's real world as an App, and all their identities are publicly known in the Pantheon so it hardly matters.
    • On that note, in the Pantheon her ability to automatically pop up as the top window of Joker's phone extends to her being able to literally pop in and out of the phone at will, switching between her app and full body states. Still, she normally waits for prompting to do so, to avoid startling him or the others as much as possible.
    • Despite EMMA's attempt to dismiss her as an inferior prototype, it turns out that Sophia is actually the superior app because she's capable of organic development on top of all the super-app services they have in common due to Ichinose's mindset in each of their creations. She gets along great with Axl and Proto Man, who are also super prototypes in their own right for reasons involving morality and sense of self. She hopes to find a way to fix Proto Man's core without altering it, and to get rid of whatever Lumine put inside Axl before it can take effect.
  • Exclusive to Zenkichi:
    • The last to join the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. Zenkichi is a widower, single father, and Public Security inspector with an unconventional personality and a sense of perception uncanny in Persona-verse law enforcement officers. He's also a total dork when he actually tries to be cool, hates to be teased about his age, and has long considered himself to be a lowly dog following the system's orders. This all started several years ago, when his wife Aoi was killed by a drunk driver whose identity he and his daughter Akane knew and had evidence of, but could never bring down because Masayoshi Shido's Antisocial Force kept stonewalling the investigation to protect one of their own. Eventually he was threatened with Akane's life if he continued his pursuit of Jyun Owada and he was forced to step down knowing damn well they meant business. This put such a strain on his relationship with his daughter that she began to hate him and disown him as her father.
      • Through tailing the Phantom Thieves and eventually working with them to catch the real culprits of the summer's chaos, Zenkichi was finally able to rekindle his ideals of justice, reconcile his relationship with his daughter, and apprehend the careless killer of his wife. Even if he had to get arrested and tortured to save the Thieves from false charges and see his daughter's form twisted with the yellow eyes of a Shadow along the way, he concedes in the end that it was worth it. Now he and Akane are happy together, bringing a smile on Aoi's face from heaven, and he can hunt down the corrupt from both sides of the law, as a PubSec inspector and as Wolf of the Phantom Thieves. Plus, having a certain attractive ex-prosecutor as his defense attorney on the cheap doesn't hurt either. We're not sure if he's told Akane that his friendly visitors from the evening of August 14 are actually the Phantom Thieves, though if she takes one solid trip around the Pantheon, one suspects she'll surely find out.
    • Zenkichi gets along with Katsuya Suou the most since they are both police officers who became Persona-users over the course of their careers. Katsuya sympathized with Zenkichi after learning of how he was blackmailed into stopping his investigation into his wife's death, knowing fully well firsthand what it's like to be constrained by and going up against corrupt government officials. Katsuya was glad the Phantom Thieves were able to bring Shido to justice, and helped Zenkichi recouncile with his estranged daughter after hearing of their adventures though the Jails.
    • Also sympathizing with Zenkichi's plight would be several Amestrian officers who served in the State Military under King Bradley. They understand exactly what it's like to be ostensibly good people working for a law enforcement apparatus which has been corrupted to the point of evil, and Zenkichi respects the good Amestrians for being internal reformists much like his own boss Kaburagi. Fittingly, the man also despises Bradley and Kimblee for being the kind of bastards who relish in using their powers to commit mass murder and get away with it.
    • Being the first father to be part of a Persona squad, he tends to find himself in the role of Team Dad a lot. He's the one who keeps them on point when their emotions threaten to cloud their judgment. Is on good terms with the Heroic Protectors of Family, who all applaud him for doing all he could to keep his daughter safe.
    • The moment Zenkichi truly woke up to justice, he earned the respect of both legendary Dark Knights, Sparda and Bruce Wayne. Carmelita Fox was impressed by that moment as well, as his resolution to putting down the truly dangerous criminals as opposed to designated targets or comparatively minor lawbreakers mirrors her own renewed perspective after meeting Sly's ancestors. The two have discussed handling certain cases together, and she's considering recommending him to the TPPD if things go well enough. Zamasu, on the other hand, finds Zenkichi's notion of justice to be weak and hypocritical as he believes all mortals should be subject to extinction for their sins.
    • In addition to his wife's killer, Zenkichi would personally apprehend Akira Konoe, who had carelessly sanctioned his daughter's brainwashing by EMMA's influence. Since ascending he's heard that Konoe is incredibly similar to Tony Stark, practically a Japanese counterpart. He paid Stark a visit to talk with him about his past, and Tony was forthright about his desire to help others as well as certain moments he wasn't so proud of, such as the various Superhuman Civil Wars. Zenkichi came away with respect for Iron Man as a hero, while understanding he may have to stop him from going off the rails someday. He's especially keeping an ear out for any reports involving the name "Extremis".
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Lesser Gods

    Cassim 
Cassim, The Deified King of Thieves
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    The Murkrow Flock 
The Murkrow Flock, Deified Corvid Thieves (Darkness Pokémon, Yamikarasu)
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  • Lesser Gods (Most of them). Intermediate Deities (the leader and as a flock)
  • Symbol: A nest filled with stolen trinkets and items.
  • Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
  • Gender: 1 Alpha Male, 2 Males, 3 Females
  • Ability: Prankster (Alpha), Insomnia (One Male/Female), Super Luck (One Male/Two Females)
  • Moves: Foul Play, Thief, Tailwind, Wing Attack (Alpha only); Thief, Taunt, Wing Attack, Torment (rest)
  • Portfolio: Creepy Crows, Thieving Magpie, Feathered Fiend (to those they steal from), Enjoy Nighttime, Nice Witch Hat-shaped Feathers, Combat Pragmatist
  • Domains: Birds, Darkness, Thievery.
  • Guardian: Honchkrow
  • Allies: The House of Crime (and even then, Murkrow are willing to steal from them as well), Esmeralda Weatherwax & Gytha Ogg, Tweety
  • Enemies: Everyone else with emphasis on the Houses of Commerce, Royalty, and Law and Justice and all Electric, Ice and Fairy deities, Sylvester, The Crow, The Grand Duke of Owls, Clockwerk, The Farmer, Two-Face
  • Additional Relationship: Medivh
  • Fears: Greebo, Fiddlesticks, Eric Draven
  • It all began innocently enough. Several deities reported some of their everyday objects missing, followed by missing ingredients and snacks from the House of Food. Suddenly, the House of Royalty raised alarm that several members' jewelry were pilfered. The House of Justice went into overtime searching and questioning the most likely suspects in the House of Crime and Villains. It was then that the Machine noticed a rather unusual dead tree located within the alleys of the House of Crime that wasn't there before and sent word to nearby police deities to inspect. When they did, they not only discovered the stolen trinkets, foodstuffs and jewels within the tree but also the arrival of 6 strange and angry corvids. The largest of these birds attacked and initially drove off the investigators only for Ash Ketchum (who recognized them to be a murder of Murkrow) to show up and have Pikachu blast them with Thunderbolt while the leader was distracted. The birds were caged and the stolen loot returned. Before the six Murkrow could be removed, Marisa Kirisame vouched for them and liked their moxie. Seeing as they were already in the Pantheon somehow, the Murkrow were given to Marisa as partners. Reimu and the rest of the deities from Gensokyo immediately sensed a feeling of dread.
  • The Murkrow are a flock of six with three males and females respectively with the largest male acting as the leader. For some reason, this "Alpha" Murkrow has the unusual Prankster ability that is not seen among regular wild Murkrow, which only asks more questions as to how this particular Pokemon gained the ability.
    • The Alpha has proven itself to be the murder's leader due to having not just the Prankster ability but also Foul Play as its signature move. That means the stronger the target that tries to go after them, the more damaging the blow. This proves problematic when the flock head to the Combat Dojo, Power Dome or any House with particularly strong deities as its Foul Play becomes stronger there.
  • These birds love shiny objects or anything that would look valuable and snatch them from unsuspecting victims, with their favorite target being the Houses of Commerce and Royalty. Several deities from these and other Houses now have to be careful where they leave things and even have updated security measures with their inclusion in the Pantheon. However, even they are not stupid to steal from the Kecleon Brothers.
  • Their home base and "temple" is the dead tree in the House of Crime. When the murder is sleeping, two particular Murkrow are always left standing guard since they have the Insomnia ability. If any intruder catches their line of sight, they immediately caw the alarm which puts the entire flock to attack.
  • The birds steal from everyone, including the very House they are a part of. However, instead of killing them, several enterprising crime deities have set up a "barter system" with the Murkrow. They exchange whatever items the birds have stolen with random other shiny objects and trash that catch the flock's eyes. With this system in place, Moriarty and other crime leaders are quick to keep whatever valuable things the Murkrow have snatched for their own purposes.
  • Some deities were incensed over the recent Murkrow thefts as even they were also able to evade the ever-present surveillance of the Machine. That was when word reached Medivh and he chose to infiltrate the group as one of his well-known morphs was of a crow. After finding information on the Pokemon in the House of Knowledge, he transformed into a Murkrow and infiltrated the group. The Alpha, however, could tell this "newcomer" was not normal but allowed it to join the flock. Medivh was able to communicate with his allies on the murder's movement and make sure their targets are safely stored away before they could be stolen. This made the lesser Murkrow upset but the Alpha quickly suspected the newcomer is at fault but kept his suspicions to himself.
    • The few times the flock is able to freely pilfer are when Medivh gets called away to battle, which gives the Alpha enough time to launch thieving raids and hide the valuables from the "new bird" to later trade off.
  • As they are modeled after classic witches, the flock is quite amicable towards Granny Weatherwax, who sees the birds as stylish and mischeivous. In return, the Alpha forbade any of the others from stealing from her.
    • Nanny Ogg, however, is not one the flock is glad to be around, especially when Greebo is nearby. Even though the Alpha has his Foul Play which can practically triumph over the evil cat, he really doesn't want to risk it if it fails. Hence, they stay as far away from her as possible when they visit Granny Weatherwax.
  • As they are birds, Sylvester always goes after them to catch as a meal. The flock was able to defeat him the first time with a synchronized Wing Attack flurry, but the feline won't give up on catching them. Their alliance with Tweety is merely one of convenience as they both hate Sylvester.
  • As they are solitary birds, they don't like to hang with other evil birds who they consider as rivals. Once they met the being simply known as The Crow. Just as with Medivh, the Alpha was not fooled for a second as he could tell she was not a normal bird. The Crow attempted to get under the Alpha's feathers with insults over its so-called leadership, but the Murkrow leader knew for a fact she's practically weakened with the lack of Manifestation Energy and rubbed that in her beak along with the embarassing way she was killed. This infuriated her and she proclaimed that if she ever regained her full powers, the Pokemon World would be first on her list to destroy. The flock merely cackled and jeered as they flew away.
    • The Grand Duke of Owls is a particularly sore thorn on the side of the Alpha as both of them tend to fight to establish who is the stronger bird of the night. So far the Alpha Murkrow has managed to eke out victories over the Duke by using Foul Play when the dark owl attempts to use its magic smoke and double the damage. Even so, the Duke will not give up until the flock is gone from the Pantheon.
    • Clockwerk, on the other hand makes the flock green with envy not only for his greater prowess at thievery but also because of his immortality. (That and being a "steel" type makes attacking him useless).
  • As crow-based Pokemon, the flock's favorite food is fresh corn. They frequently target the Farmer's temple to raid his cornfields, which caused no end of grief to the cultivator. Even putting up a scarecrow did little to dissuade the Murkrow from robbing his crops. The Murkrow's carefree days of stealing from the Farmer came to an abrupt end when they attacked one day and saw a new scarecrow they have never seen beforein the middle of the field. The Alpha, accustomed to perching on the scarecrow's head, received the shock of his life as he realized the scarecrow was none other than Fiddlesticks who immediately sent out his own murder of crows to attack. Both the normal and Pokemon crows immediately fought against each other in equal terms but found themselves at a disadvantage when the scarecrow fought alongside them and the Alpha immediately used Tailwind to raise the flock's speed and ordered them to retreat. Since then, they tread carefully when they approach the cornfields.
  • Another being that scares the feathers off the entire flock, the Alpha included, is Eric Draven. They see the crow familiar that hang around him as equally unnatural as Medivh and The Crow, but has a strong aura of power unlike the former. The Alpha may bluster to keep up appearances that he could best Eric's crow in a fight and he's actually right as the bird itself is a weak target, but doesn't want to risk facing Eric's wrath.

    Seth Briars 
Seth Briars, God of Grave Robbing (Seth of the Dead)
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  • Lesser God
  • Symbol: A Shovel
  • Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
  • Portfolio: Depraved Bisexual, Fond of the Dead, The Pig-Pen
  • Domains: Treasure Hunting, Thieves, Insanity, Dead People
  • Allies: John Marston, Nigel West Dickens, Gollum/Smeagol
  • Rivals: Other Treasure Hunters, Mr. Krabs
  • Enemies: Fred C. Dobbs
  • Odd Friendship: The House of Undead
  • Dislikes: Women
  • The tale of Seth Briars is one of how ambition can ruin a person in both mind and body. In the past he used to be a respectable businessman with a wife and kids of his own until he learned of the existence of a Treasure that would make him rich. He was obsessed with finding it and he slowly lost his mind while searching for it, to the point that he willingly abandoned his family and business to find it. His descent into madness was so drastic that he was reduced to robbing graves for clues to the whereabouts of the fabled treasure. That's when he run into John Marston, who seeked his aid in hopes of exacting revenge on an old friend of his but he was forced into helping Seth find his treasure before he would even consider helping him. Eventually John and Seth managed to find the desired treasure Seth has been looking for so long and it turned out to be just a glass eye.
  • He was first found digging graves in Halloween Town and the residents weren't too happy of what he was doing. Eventually he was kicked out but saw that both John Marston and Nigel West Dickens where present and managed to convince them to talk to the Court of Gods so he could stay. Given his tendency to frequent graveyards, he was eventually elected to be the Deity of Grave Robbers.
  • He is obsessed with treasures and that's more or less the reason of why he is insane. He has many times tried to enter the Treasure Vault and failed because the security is too tight. There is also the fact that now he faces a lot of competition by more competent treasure hunters who don't even consider him as a worthwhile rival.
  • Though his title may say otherwise, there aren't any graveyards in the pantheon given how nobody really stays dead, so he hardly has anything meaningful to do and the Court denied his petition to have a gravesite in his temple. The best he can do ever since he got kicked out of Halloween Town is visit the House of Undead.
    • He also heard of valuable goodies being hidden in The Ancestor's old estate and so he directly headed towards it in hopes of finding something. The only thing he encountered was other adventurers and many aggresive monsters, so Seth just left when he couldn't really handle the situation.
  • His decrepit appearance has been a blessing and a curse. He tends to be confused for a zombie and so those who come from a Zombie Apocalypse tend to shoot him in response but that also has the benefit of the undead thinking of him as one of their own and not attacking him. That's why he likes to wander to the Undead house and play cards with the resident deities.
  • A bit of an anti-social if you couldn't tell, he heavily dislikes people and would rather not deal with them- He has shown more affection towards dead people though it has been mostly platonic thankfully, he may look the part but he is not depraved enough to engage on necrophilia. The pantheon doesn't really have dead people so the best interactions Seth has gotten have been with the more nicer undead deities, who just feel sorry for him and his frail state of mind.
    • He also seems to dislike women, though oddly enough not for mysogenistic reasons. He seems to have been heavily traumatized by his mother's death and so his disdain for women comes from the fact that he hates how they are able to die. And it's not that he never had luck with women anyway, he used to be married before the whole treasure hunting got into his head.
  • He rarely partners with anyone ever since he was betrayed by his partner Moses and the only ones that he really trusts are Marston and Nigel West Dickens. He especially hates Fred C. Dobbs whose greed made him betray his partners not unlike what Moses did to him.
  • He suffers from some Split Personality and that's why he gets along somewhat with Smeagol/Gollum. Their background are similar as well, being people who obsessed over something that eventually deteriorated them into insanity and seclusion. While Seth never actually found his treasure, Smeagol kept the one ring with him until Bilbo Baggins took it from him.
  • Seth has unknowingly stole a mask that beheld a curse that would raise the undead and the whereabouts of the mask remain unknown to this day. Many fear that the plague from that universe Seth belongs to could return but rest assured the Pantheon authorities have confirmed that he has no mask under his possession.
  • While the tale concerning Seth's treasure was All for Nothing, he indeed had a happy ending anyway. He later found a sack of jewels and other goods in an unknown location in 1914 and returned to his family to reopen his business. Whether or not he regained his sanity is unknown but at least he found what he wanted all that time.

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Demigods

    Omar Little 
Omar Devon Little, God of Karmic Thieves and Justified Criminals (The King, The Terror)
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  • Demigod
  • Symbols: His Badass Longcoat, his shotgun, and a bag of stolen loot.
  • Alignment: True Neutral, sometimes edging toward Chaotic Neutral or Chaotic Good
  • Portfolio: Determinator, Karmic Thief, Gayngster, Steals Exclusively from Drug Dealers and Crime Syndicates, Feared by Those who Usually Inspire Fear Themselves, Tough Without Swearing, Very Protective of His Grandmother But Too Ashamed to Tell Her What He's Really Doing.
  • Domains: Trickery, Luck, Honor, Community
  • Allies: Carmen Sandiego, Jack Sparrow, Aladdin, Sly Cooper
  • Enemies: Moriarty, Jim Gordon, Miko Miyazaki, The Dark Judges
  • Opposes: Tony Montana, Walter White, Jay and Silent Bob
  • Odd Friendship: The Corleones
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Dirty Harry, Carmelita Fox
  • After more than a dozen years spent robbing other criminals, and thus gaining a reputation as one of the most badass and notorious criminals to ever walk the streets of Baltimore, his surprisingly sudden death sent shockwaves throughout the underworld. No one could believe that he died in such a mundane manner, and a Gossip Evolution effect began, making his already legendary deeds even more amazing, turning his death into an epic Last Stand, and his name became worshipped by street criminals for a generation to come. As his legend grew and grew, it caused his spirit to ascend to the Pantheon.
  • Ever the thrill seeker, having the chance to steal from the greatest criminals of all time only excited Omar, and now he eagerly pits both his clever schemes and ruthless brand of Flaw Exploitation against some of the most successful criminals in history. Even immortal Criminal Masterminds with the powers of gods have learned to be afraid when they hear someone shout "Omar Comin'!"
    • Oh indeed.
    • It's even gotten to the point that he once went to the House of Food for some Honey Nut Cheerios in nothing but a turquoise silk bathrobe and pajamas. Just the sight of him walking around, even in that getup, caused everyone within a fifty foot radius to run for the hills. And he wasn't armed.
  • Never does any crime on Sunday Mornings, and makes time time to go to church with his grandmother (who raised him as a child) once a month. "A man has got to have a code", as he says. Oddly enough, this has gained him some sympathizers from the House of Faith.
  • He is famous for refusing to ever steal from or harm someone who is not involved in the criminal underworld, and for his fondness for/generosity towards children. If anyone claims to be a follower of his and violates those principles or harms children in any way, Omar's wrath will be swift and merciless.
  • As such, he is a valuable ally with more benevolent deities in the House of Crime as well as a thorn to others. Getting on his good side could make the difference for a new deity if they want to have a good time in the Pantheon.
  • Out of the main three gods, he is most amiable towards Carmen Sandiego who he finds as charming, even if he doesn't swing that way. He refuses to do business with Moriarty and is not above helping detectives foil his plans. With that said, Moriarty has done a good job of making sure not to get into Omar's crosshairs or to make things personal between them, resulting in both Moriarty and Omar seeing Omar's raids and Moriarty's counter strategies as just business, or "It's all in the Game", as Omar would put it. Omar is said to be somewhat indifferent to Jack Sparrow, because while the two have occasionally found the other to be useful business partners, Jack's piracy is simply a very different criminal specialty from Omar's urban based street crime.
  • Out of those in the House of Crime, his favorite target is Walter White. The drug maker has revolutionized the industry, keeping clients high and addicted, thus making Walter a very rich man... and a lucrative target. Omar has been ruthless in robbing Walter's street level dealers and raiding the safe houses where Walter's famous blue meth is stored so he can profit from it himself. White has tried to retaliate with equal force, but Omar is notoriously difficult to track down, and even hardened mob assassins have been known to balk at the prospect of getting into a gang war with Omar Little.
    Omar: Frankly, when you been in it as long as me, you do the thing on your name.
    Detective McNulty: Anybody who's gonna come after Omar, they gonna know that Omar is gonna be coming after him.
    Omar: Oh, indeed.
  • His most famous feud with a figure from outside the House of Crime is undoubtedly Tony Montana. The two have battled each other many times over the years, and the sheer force of will of both individuals means that their confrontations are always brutal, long-lasting, and will always result in the loser vowing to regroup to fight another day.
  • He also sees the deities from the Grand Theft Auto series as a disgrace to the business. With his clout, he has created swathes of territory that his criminal rivals are reluctant to enter or to challenge him, especially since violation of these areas would be met with a harsh reprisal. Trevor Philips in particular has been eager to declare war on the man, which continues to this day.
  • On the side of justice, Judge Dredd keeps him on a short leash, not really one to use him as an acquaintance. Some others in that House are just as fine with that.
    • No matter how much Dirty Harry tries to avoid it, he seems to have a knack with teaming up with Omar Little. He comes in a long line of Cowboy Cops that have to team up with criminals in order to catch greater foes. He knows that Omar can be helpful, he just wishes that he and his followers would not end up with them. Anyone who tries to write any subtext with him and Omar will earn themselves a bullet to the face.
    • At least he has Carmelita to speak about his dealings with criminals as she has to do the same with Sly Cooper.
    • Of those who oppose him, Miko has been the most persistent. But without her Paladin powers, capturing the slippery Karmic Thief has been difficult.
  • Likewise, the Dark Judges savor the thought of hanging Omar for his actions when they get the chance to take over the House of Justice. Unfortunately for them, Dredd tolerates the thief more than their methods of 'justice', and has been willing to protect Omar from them.
  • One of the oddest alliances in the Pantheon has been between Omar Little and Vito Corleone. Omar sees much of the Corleone family business as not truly effecting him or harming his community, and Vito, somewhat surprisingly, has developed a certain fondness for Omar. Given Omar's independent and mercenary operation, Vito Corleone has paid Omar on numerous occasions to either steal from or harass various opponents of the Corleone Family, and Omar has thus far (mostly) refrained from targeting Corleone holdings, both out of respect for Vito's truce with him and due to how lucrative this alliance has been. With that said, Omar does not trust Vito's son Michael. He knows that Michael is more ruthless in his dealings and would turn on someone who gets in his way or outlives their usefulness in an instant. Omar has plenty of experience with such types, as for example he frequently worked with Proposition Joe (a criminal/drug kingpin to whom double dealing and multi-layered plans are almost as natural as breathing) as a mortal man, but he recognizes that Michael is a very different and much less sentimental/honorable sort of criminal than Vito.
  • Wholeheartedly supports Robin Hood's thefts, even joining in with the thieves of Norwood Forest.
  • Has taken a fond liking to the street rat Aladdin, as Omar also grew up on the streets as a young man with crime as his only choice to avoid going hungry and avoid complete destitution. The Arabian is a bit wary of hanging out with Omar, as Omar has always been much more willing to use force and other harsh methods than Aladdin ever was, but nonetheless Aladdin appreciates the backup.
  • Omar has been known to work either alone or coordinating with a small and efficient crew of similarly minded thieves. When working with others, he is known for pulling off especially daring (and frequently hilarious) heists of well guarded and protected targets.
  • As charming and sympathetic as Omar is, it's important to note that while he usually avoids killing if possible, he is perfectly capable of being violent and using force in his thefts. On several occasions the first indication a target got that Omar was there and robbing them was a bullet in the leg before Omar made a grand entrance. Furthermore, his main motivation is the money - while Omar decided early that robbing innocents left a bad taste in his mouth, he targets drug dealers and crime syndicates in large part because he lived in a Wretched Hive, and in such conditions the only people you could guarantee it would be worthwhile to rob were the criminals who were prospering under such conditions. While Omar arguably Defaults to Good, as he did during a 10-Minute Retirement and certain other occasions, he doesn't rob criminals out of a disgust with crime, but because it's worth his while and he do it without accidentally becoming a major target for law enforcement, a fate that once befell Omar's older brother Anthony.
  • Also resides in the House of Karma.

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