Like many others, my introduction to the Persona video games wasn’t till after the discharge of the fifth essential entry within the franchise. The hype and nice phrase of mouth surrounding its launch intrigued my spouse, who’s rather more inclined to play JRPGs than myself, to get the sport and see what all the fuss was about. Nicely, for sure resulting from this text’s existence, 100 plus hours later and she or he was hooked. For the subsequent few months, Persona three, Persona four, their numerous spin-offs, expansions, and anime collection have been performed, crushed, watched, and adored to the purpose the place Persona has now grow to be certainly one of her favourite video video games, animes, determine strains, and simply all-around issues of all time.
My spouse is Morgana and Persona is the ball of yarn…
So, it’s by means of the second-hand publicity to the collection that I too got here to understand the video games and their energetic casts of characters. The place JRPGs are likely to shine greater than lots of different genres is thru their sometimes giant, however well-conceived casts, and never solely does Persona (at the very least the final three entries) stay as much as this commonplace, it utterly dominates it. I need to say, it was no straightforward process arising with solely 10 characters to listing as my favourite, however for the sake of time and my sanity, I disciplined myself and stored this listing considerably manageable. Properly, that and I fairly the massive honorable mentions part…
So, with out additional ado, let’s get into it! PE-RU-SO-NA!
10: Makoto Nijima
Kicking off the listing is Persona 5’s ‘greatest woman’, Makoto Nijima. Now, it’s exhausting to say this, as a result of in comparison with different JRPGs and video video games normally, Persona 5 has a stellar group of heroes, however in comparison with Persona three and four, I’ve to say that I felt the fifth recreation had the weakest band of interdimensional traversing college students. In fact, this isn’t and not using a few exceptions, and one these outliers is Makoto, who not solely sports activities arguably probably the most bad-ass Phantom Thief outfit and Persona (her Persona is a freaking motorbike!), however she has probably the most fascinating again tales within the recreation as nicely.
Regardless of her educational success, Makoto lacks confidence in her usefulness and is sort of the outsider amongst her friends. She is seen as egocentric, conceited, and as a management freak among the many Shujin Academy scholar physique, all rumors that propagate her insecurities. And to prime this all off, she struggles with the truth that her older sister has needed to tackle the burden of caretaker after their father was murdered three years prior. It’s this wrestle that she faces that makes Makoto’s journey all of the extra impactful, nevertheless. It’s a journey that sees her lastly understand her contributions to the Phantom Thieves, and as soon as she discovers her Persona, turns into an absolute badass. It’s straightforward to see why she has so shortly grow to be such a fan favourite.
9: Naoto Shirogane
Rising up and discovering your self in a world that is able to criticize you at a second’s discover sucks, and Persona isn’t afraid to showcase the struggles that youngsters and adults face each day with regards to discovering acceptance. Naoto Shiogane is the right instance of this wrestle and is a personality that serves to spotlight gender associated points that have been arguably forward of their time for a online game launched within the mid-2000s. Naoto, also called the ‘Detective Prince’, is because the title implies: An underage detective that manages to unravel instances that her a lot older counterparts can’t appear to crack.
Naoto’s standing as a younger detective earns her fairly a little bit of fame, and it’s because of this fame that she feels the necessity to cover elements of her true id, primarily her gender. Disguising herself as male, Naoto serves as a glance right into a world that’s reluctant to simply accept these for who they’re, merely judging them on unfair biases. Naoto is among the greatest at what she does, however she is afraid that if she drops her male façade she gained’t be taken as significantly, and it’s not till she meets the opposite members of Persona four’s forged does she lastly let unfastened her id in its entirety. Naoto is an instance of accepting your self for who you’re and never letting the world round you dictate what you possibly can and can’t do.
Though, I do assume age ought to dictate what you possibly can and can’t do. You shouldn’t drive on the age of eight and also you in all probability shouldn’t be fixing murders on the age 15, I’m simply saying—Perhaps end school first, Naoto.
eight: Akihiko Sanada
Akihiko Saneda is second in command in Persona three’s SEES group, and for good purpose. Assured, robust, and perhaps a tad scorching headed, Akihiko may be fast to react, however is an important member of the social gathering. As a well-respected higher classman amongst his friends, Akihiko Sempai shortly turns into a frequent time period all through the halls of Gekkoukan Excessive Faculty. And I can perceive why.
He could also be sarcastic and appear to care extra a few problem than he does relationships with others, however Akihiko does ultimately come to look after his staff members and creates a familial bond with them. The underside line although, Akihiko is simply plain cool. Within the Persona preventing video games particularly, Akihiko sheds his faculty uniform for naked abs and a pink cape that might make Spawn blush. Now a drifter and coated in battle scars, Akihiko travels the nation, continuously on the hunt for a worthy opponent—and protein.
He primarily become what Jules Winnfield strived to grow to be on the finish of Pulp Fiction—simply minus all of the hitman stuff—and fewer garments.
7: Chie Satonaka
Extroverted and the other to her greatest pal, Yukiko, Chie Satonake has an upbeat character, typically the one within the group able to crack a joke and enliven the environment—apart from Yosuke. She ain’t acquired time for Yoske—As Persona four’s designated tomboy, she has an affinity for all issues martial arts and beef. She is a robust fighter and isn’t prepared to again down from confrontation, regardless of the chances.
Chie is extraordinarily protecting over these closest to her and can exit of her approach to face those that threaten to commit an unjust deed. Nevertheless, whereas Chie’s sense of justice and physicality are robust, the identical can’t be stated for her self-confidence. Chie demonstrates insecurities together with her femininity and finds herself typically feeling inferior to her counterpart, Yukiko. That is drastically embarrassing to her, as she seems like simply one other one of many guys, and fewer of a lady herself beneath the shadow of Yukiko’s well-to-do and female standing.
I can think about Chie’s self-image is one thing lots of youngsters her age must cope with. Society’s expectations for a way a gender ought to act can have large penalties on social interactions, and when sure consideration is stripped away in favor for another person, on this case Yukiko, it may be devastating.
All Persona characters have a point of relatability, however I really feel Chie’s insecurities might hit house with the broadest group of individuals.
Earlier than Morgana got here alongside to take the throne as Persona’s go-to poster baby, Teddie proudly stood because the colourful, circus-bear-thing mascot of the Persona collection. Bubbly and naïve, Teddie serves as the primary comedic aid of the group. He’s cute, clueless, and has fairly the infatuation for the women, however that doesn’t imply Teddie doesn’t endure from his personal insecurities. Teddie is a shadow, though in contrast to most different shadows, isn’t malicious within the slightest. Teddie suffers from an id disaster. If he isn’t a senseless hostile husk like the opposite shadows, what’s he? His function in life is his biggest thriller and gravest concern, as his existence might be for no purpose in any respect. A seek for reminiscences of a life Teddie thinks he may need forgotten appears a fruitless endeavor and dangers proving that everybody’s favourite clever cracking bear has no true self.
It’s within the face of this despair then that Teddie involves study his eventual function in life. Like Teddie, nobody is essentially born with a function, however we come to seek out our causes for being right here later in life. Teddie might not have a previous and should exist for no specific cause, however when he meets the remainder of the Persona four forged that doesn’t matter anymore. Teddie has discovered his purpose for present by way of the bonds he has made and the aim he has present in serving to save the small city of Inaba from the looming menace of the TV World.
5: Ryotaro & Nanako Dojima
Ryotaro, the hard-working police detective and a considerably distant father consequently, and Nanako, Ryotaro’s 7-year-old, however self-reliant daughter, are the uncle and niece to the protagonist in Persona four. Each characters are nice in their very own proper, with Ryotaro Dojima being a tough across the edges man who has been worn down by a aggravating job and the lack of a spouse and Nanako who is just not solely lovable, however sensible and unbiased past her years. Nevertheless, collectively Ryotaro and Nanako have probably the greatest father/daughter dynamics in online game and anime historical past.
The connection these two share is extraordinarily plausible, as each endure from the lack of a spouse and mom, however cope with it in several methods. Dojima needs to be a very good father and cares deeply for his daughter, however finds problem in undertaking that with a job that calls for a lot of him. Nanako is lonely in return, however finds a ‘massive brother’ within the protagonist when he involves reside with the Dojimas over the summer time. She clings to the protagonist in hopes to construct some type of a familial bond with him. She loves her father and does every thing she will to assist him round the home, however Nanako has come to simply accept that he can’t be round as typically as she would really like.
The Dojimas are a heartbreaking facet to Persona four, as a result of beneath Nanako’s cute nature and Ryotaro’s gruff and infrequently humorous drunken antics, is a damaged father/daughter relationship that may really feel all too relatable at time.
four: Mitsuru Kirijo
Mitsuru Kirijo, the chief of Persona three’s SEES group and an absolute badass, in addition to the last word waifu after she makes her look within the Persona four Area video games. A pores and skin tight, leather-based cat go well with complimented by a flowing fur coat… transfer over black widow, ‘trigger this pink head has obtained you beat! (I cringed slightly writing that… However yeah, Mitsuru is scorching in Persona four Area)
An higher classman on the Gekkoukan Excessive Faculty, Mitsuru’s demeanor calls for respect. She is clever, calm, mature, clever past her years, and is aware of find out how to get stuff accomplished. Though Mitsuru could seem immodest and caught as much as these on the surface wanting in, that is couldn’t be farther from the reality. If something, Mitsuru is way from egocentric, as her actions are all the time made so as to profit these she cares for. She performs an enormous sister/motherly position, and that is obvious with how she treats the members of the SEES group. Positive she’s strict, however like several good mother or father she is simply that means as a result of she cares.
So subsequent time Mitsuru decides to wreck your trip plans by signing you up for summer time courses, know she solely does it as a result of she cares… or she thinks you’re dumb and will use the extra education.
three: Kanji Tatsumi
Very similar to Naoto, Kanji Tatsumi hides a real inside self beneath layers of masculinity and a pressured robust man persona. At his core although, Kanji is a kind-hearted child who feels a robust obligation in caring for his mom and an enjoyment in knitting small plush animals. Nevertheless, it’s because of his historically female pursuits that make him query his personal sexual nature. This insecurity is just exasperated when he ultimately meets Naoto and develops a crush on her—who Kanji thinks is a him on the time of first laying eyes on her.
Enjoying on an excessive illustration of effeminate caricatures and the polar reverse to Kanji’s outer look, Kanji has one of the crucial hard-hitting levels when the Investigation Staff enters his inside psyche to defeat his shadow. There, a particularly effeminate Kanji resides and serves to torment the actual Kanji, as he’s pressured to face what he has tried hiding for therefore lengthy. The thought of being pressured out into the open not by yourself phrases is devastating, because the embarrassment of such a factor would understandably be insufferable for a lot of.
What Kanji faces is one thing all too acquainted for lots of youngsters and adults. The judgmental nature of society forces us to attempt to comply with a decided path based mostly on what we’re born as and discovering our true sexuality and maintaining appearances is an all too actual expertise for a lot of– particularly via the hormonal levels of center and highschool.
Each character within the Persona collection hits residence in some form or type, however Kanji is a personality that, on the time of Persona four’s unique launch, served to symbolize an all too overshadowed group of individuals.
Created as an anti-shadow weapon, Aigis scratches that itch all anime followers have for mechanized-humanoid-cyborg-android women. And Aigis could also be one of the best instance of a robotic anime woman we have now ever acquired. Gun arms, rocket ft, shoulder mounted mini gun– being armed to the tooth has by no means been so literal, as I feel Aigis in all probability does have weaponized incisors, in addition to fingers that may shoot an onslaught of armor piercing rounds. Additionally, simply to drive her OP-ness residence, she sleeps in a rattling armory for heaven’s sake!
When Aigis is first launched in Persona three, she could be very a lot a robotic with no different practice of thought aside from defending the protagonist in any respect prices. That is an obsession that results in many awkward moments that embrace breaking into the protagonist’s dorm whereas he sleeps, in addition to watching over him in any case handy of occasions. Aigis’ ‘connection’ to the protagonist retains her laser targeted on a singular process, however Aigis does ultimately start to exhibit new feelings as the sport progresses, turning into extra human as she spends time together with her companions in SEES.
Aigis quickly wishes to be a scholar at Gekkoukan Excessive Faculty and goes as far to disguise herself as such so she will slot in with the others—and control the protagonist. Nevertheless, it’s actually not till the occasions that happen after Persona three does Aigis actually come into her personal. Together with her sole mission not fulfillable, she turns into her personal individual and finally a pacesetter within the protagonist’s place.
It’s debatable that Aigis is the true primary character in Persona three and her story arch from a machine to a totally self-aware human makes her one probably the most compelling characters within the collection.
And right here we’re, the most effective Persona character of all of them. In a pool of relatable, fantastical, and throughout badass characters, Morgana from Persona 5 is undeniably my favourite. Cocky, witty, cute, suave, just a little smug, and simply plain charming, Morgana is the right mascot for the ever so trendy Phantom Thieves and the world they inhabit—Additionally, he’s a cat and I actually love cats—particularly ones that put on masks and demand that I hold a wholesome sleep schedule (my actual cat doesn’t do this. He simply wakes me up in the midst of the night time for no goddamn purpose aside from to mock the truth that I’ve to rise up for work whereas he passes out on a bar stool for a lot of the day).
Morgana is an indispensable a part of the Phantom Thieves, as his intelligence and in depth information of the palaces they need to journey maintain them in the suitable path. Morgana is comparatively degree headed as properly—apart from when he comes throughout treasure. Then he tends to lose his sh*t—He can even get the staff out of tight conditions by reworking himself right into a bus! Sure, a bus. I strongly thought-about making an entire new primary slot for Morgana Bus alone, as everyone knows the true pinnacle of characters in any medium is Morgana Bus.
Like Teddie, Morgana is a shadow that fancies himself as a human, somewhat than the animal he seems to be. Referring to Morgana as a cat solely irritates him, particularly when its coming from Ryuji as Morgana tends to have fairly the meat with the spikey haired, second fee Yuske. The one individual that would in all probability get away with it’s Anne, as Morgana’s curiosity in her is just like how an actual cat would eye up a cat nip coated scratching submit sporting a purple spandex physique go well with.
Whereas Morgana might not characterize the rising pains that most of the different Persona characters do, he makes up for that in simply sheer allure and lovability. From his design, to his character, Morgana is one of the best Persona character and online game mascot within the final half decade palms down.
In an countless ocean of JRPGs, and by enlargement JRPG characters, the Persona franchise stands as an actual achievement of character design and improvement. There’s a purpose why almost each recreation within the collection has gotten both a spin off or enlargement, and that’s as a result of followers of Persona can’t get sufficient of the characters.
In fact, my listing is subjective, and any rearrangement or addition of characters can be warranted. It was very arduous narrowing it right down to those I’ve, as I’m positive I’ve ignored a personality deserving of being featured on this listing. So, backside line, when you haven’t already skilled the Persona collection and its superior casts of characters for your self, do your self a favor and treatment that!