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Also known as

Joker (Code Name)
The Phantom
Inmate (by Caroline & Justine)
Frizzy Hair (by Morgana)
My little guinea pig (by Tae Takemi)
Master (by Sadayo Kawakami)
He Who Will Save The Souls of Humanity (by Justine)
Ren Amamiya (Anime, P5D, P5MM)
Akira Kurusu (Manga)
Renren (by Ryuji Sakamoto, Anime)
Senpai (Sumire Yoshizawa)
The pompous man in the black coat (by Shadow Okumura (P5R))
Various names in P5 The Stage

Japanese Name


(Anime, P5D)


Kuse kke
Kurusu Akira (Manga)
Amamiya Ren (Anime,

First Appearance

Persona 5

Date of Birth

c. c. early

—Lavenza to the protagonist, Persona 5

The protagonist of Persona 5 is a transfer student at Shujin Academy. At the beginning of the game, he has little to no power or influence in the world and is restrained by the rules of the system he was born into.

However, beneath his quiet demeanor is a strong-willed Wild Card leading the Phantom Thieves and capable of exploiting the Metaverse to affect reality. To his teammates, his code name is Joker, and to the residents of the Velvet Room he is known as the Trickster. The protagonist is the leader of the rebellious Phantom Thieves of Hearts, a group which aims to change society by touching the hearts of people and performing illegal heists.



The protagonist appears as a tall young man of slim to athletic build. He has a pale complexion with unkempt, wavy black hair that falls over his eyes. His eyes are gray and have long eyelashes. Despite his messy hair and slouched posture, he wears all of his clothes primly and properly.

For most of his civilian outfits, he also wears a set of large black glasses. The glasses are later revealed to be for aesthetic purposes and to help him maintain an unassuming image, as he did not need them before nor after his probation.[2] However, when his glasses are removed, his eyes are revealed to be sharp and give off an intense gaze.

In Persona 5 Royal,&#;Morgana outright confirms that the protagonist wears fake glasses when the protagonist tries to interact with a store called "two windows" in Kichijoji. In Royal's true ending (bar the very end of the post-credits scene) and during the events Persona 5 Strikers, the protagonist still wears them.

His default outfit is his winter school uniform, which consists of a red-buttoned black blazer with Shujin's emblem on the pocket, a white turtleneck shirt with chevron detailing on the collar and slim red pants with a plaid pattern. It is shown in Episode 5 of Persona 5 The Animation that he wears black suspenders under his blazer. His uniform is worn with black, laced dress boots. During the summer, he wears the school regulation polo shirt, albeit untucked and sans the suspenders.

On his days off during the winter, he wears an unbuttoned black blazer over a black-trimmed cream sweater, blue jeans and brown, laced oxfords. After his "death," he temporarily swaps his sweater for a light gray hooded sweatshirt as a disguise. During the summer, he wears an open white button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up over a black short-sleeved T-shirt, blue jeans and dark, laced shoes. His loungewear consists of a black long-sleeved shirt and olive sleep pants.

As Joker, his outfit consists of a black ankle-length tailcoat, a high-necked waistcoat with gold accents, cinched black pants, brown-black winklepickers boots with taller heels and a pair of red gloves. Over his eyes is a white, birdlike domino mask with black designs around the eyes reminiscent of full eyeliner and sharp lashes. His expression and demeanor are also markedly different and there's a strong air of confidence to him compared to his usual self.

During visits to the Velvet Room, he wears a black and white prisoner uniform.

In his flashback, he is wearing a black and white baseball shirt with the numbers "" over the front, gray jeans and black, laced shoes.

During Persona 5 Royal's third semester, on his days off and during the night he wears a black turtleneck sweater, a long gray coat, dark blue jeans and brown, laced dress boots. On school days, he wears a black hooded overcoat with Shujin's logo emblazoned on the front and a thick blue scarf.

In Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, Ren Amamiya wears the Shujin Academy uniform, though he replaces the turtleneck with a black shirt with a zero on the front with "DANCE" written on it. His jacket is left open&#;and he wears red gloves and high-tops with black laces. A red rag is also found hanging out from his right pants pocket. Around his neck are black and red headphones.

In Persona 5 Strikers, he continues to wear his glasses, though they are no longer opaque and his eyes can be seen. His civilian outfit consists of a short-sleeved black polo shirt with a white collar, gray jeans, a brown belt and gray converse sneakers. He also wears a brown-banded watch on his left arm. While at the festivals, he wears a black yukata with a red sash. At the beach in Okinawa, he wears gradient black-to-teal swim trunks.


—The protagonist to the world, Persona 5


As per tradition of the Megami Tensei franchise, he is a silent protagonist, whose personality is based on the player's actions and decisions. However, he appears to have more established traits than any of the previous protagonists. His dialogue options range from somewhat indifferent to outright cheeky. The game allows for quite a number of playful, snarky or audacious answers, including teasing his friends. He also taunts his enemies like the famed Arsène Lupin. In the prologue scene, he remains cocky and confident even when his life is in danger. He also has a flair for showing off and making dramatic decisions, such as exiting by jumping through the stained glass windows of the Casino, much to the amazement (and mild annoyance) of the other Phantom Thieves. This is even reflected in gameplay, as when he is turned into a mouse, he makes a flamboyant hop after escaping a battle.

Munehisa Iwai says if everyone in the world held the same code of honor as the protagonist, guns would be obsolete. Sadayo Kawakami notes that, by opposing Suguru Kamoshida, he has a strong sense of justice despite his bad reputation. Shinya Oda states that he made him realize "To be cool, you have to&#;live life in your own way." and that's the type of&#;person he's striving to become. Hifumi Togo notes, while playing shogi with him, that she senses he has a "gambler's spirit." Sojiro Sakura says the protagonist has an assertive nature, to which the rest of the thieves agree. During the climax of the Niijima Palace heist, Ryuji Sakamoto states that despite being quiet, once he has made up his mind, he won't take no for an answer. Goro Akechi says although the protagonist is quiet, he possesses the courage and determination to take action, and has a free heart, despite his social standing and how others view him, and that he never stops choosing his own path.

His profile states that he appears quiet and well-mannered, but this behavior is a profound ruse that hides the heart of a rebellious trickster. He is extremely&#;resistant to rigid and dogmatic forms of control-based authority and order. He has received much criticism, insults, opposition and even death threats for his rebellious nature, whether it be his targets, school staff, disapproving comments left on the Phantom Aficionado Website, etc. Suguru Kamoshida calls him a "defiant piece of garbage." However, despite all this, the Phantom Thieves have also received a good deal of support.

In Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers, he can easily be perceived as an unassuming student during his daily life. He appears somewhat introverted and absent-minded, perhaps as part of his "profound ruse" or in being mentally preoccupied with the Phantom Thieves' activities, as he was shown not paying attention in class. In truth, he is highly resourceful and plans&#;ahead, such as using Café Leblanc as bait to obtain evidence behind Kazuya Makigami's crimes, as well as obtaining the false alarm system from Iwai. He also has a reckless side, as seen when Ryuji and Ann question his bold decision to use Leblanc as bait despite numerous dangers, including the risk of Sojiro finding out. In response, the protagonist simply&#;says he'll cross that bridge when he comes to it. Like the other Phantom Thieves, he fully believes in their mission to reform their targets, even taking pride in his work as he declares to Kazuya that he has stolen the arrogance in his heart.

In the process of&#;designing characters for Persona 5, Shigenori Soejima imagined the protagonist as the type who plans things but does not talk about them. Jun Fukuyama, his Japanese voice actor, described the protagonist as the type of&#;person you cannot get to know easily. However, he also says the protagonist has the characteristics of a leader and that the other members of the Phantom Thieves trust him deeply.

As noted by Ann, Yusuke and Hifumi, the protagonist has immense kindness as he would do what he can to help people such as his Confidants. Unlike previous Persona protagonists, the catalyst for his Persona awakening is specific (his desire to help people in need). Arsène notes this, and wonders if the resolve the protagonist showed in the past was valid or not. This, in turn, proves instrumental to his awakening, as it is the basis for his rebellious will, allowing him to form a contract with Arsène and summon him.

Hints of his true desires come from the new Royal ending where Maruki develops an ideal reality for him by accepting his offer. Similar to Yu Narukami in the Persona 4 Animation, he holds some sadness by the fact that he has to leave after his probation ends. His bonds with his fellow Phantom Thieves and Sojiro become the main center for his ideal reality as he remains living at Café Leblanc, finishing his high school at Shujin, and still maintaining his friendships with everyone, including Kasumi and Akechi. Unlike the others who seem to blissfully accept the realities Maruki gave them, the protagonist may at least be aware of the choice he made, but has chosen to turn a blind eye.

In Royal as well, more glimpses of the protagonist's personality are shown, specifically at the end of the new final boss fight, when he desperately risks everything to save the life of Takuto Maruki, a great friend of his despite their differences, and Maruki notes how "bright and honest" the protagonist's eyes are, meaning that he still strives to keep moving forward and helping people.

In the manga adaptation, Akira Kurusu is not silent. He comes off as initially quiet and awkward while showing his obvious discomfort and confusion with the crowded streets of Tokyo. He is also severely disheartened and saddened when none of the students, save for Ryuji who he helped earlier in Kamoshida's Palace, want anything to do with him because of his record. Like in the game, Akira is quick to catch on to certain things, showing himself to be quite&#;observant.

In Persona 5 the Animation, Ren Amamiya comes off as very quiet and polite. After the court's decision, he becomes visibly depressed and, initially, becomes hesitant to help Sakamoto in their first encounter with Kamoshida. After awakening to his Persona, however, Ren is more willing to help someone. When he bumped into Shiho, he didn't hesitate to pick up her papers and return them to her. He always seems to look out for his companions. When spying on the new track coach, Ryuji asked why he was doing this and Ren responds that seeing him mope around bothers him. Ryuji also notes that, while in the Metaverse, Ren is different, being very aggressive.

Similar to Yu Narukami in the anime, Ren has something of a playful side. When meeting Morgana for the first time, he petted him, much to his embarrassment. Also, like in the game, Ren has a mischievous side, as shown when he calls Sakamoto by his last name after he called him by his new nickname, or when he tells Ann that she needs to strip "for justice." He can become socially awkward or uncomfortable when doing mischievous favors for others, as he's seen physically flustered during Operation Maid Watch. In later episodes, Ren has a subtle character development arc which leads to him being more confident and less shy and introverted. Justice and honor are very important to him, and after the Kaneshiro arc, he tends to show his defiant spirit more often and openly tells Akechi that he is a supporter of the Phantom Thieves, refusing his offer to become his assistant. Despite becoming more confident in the real world, he's never seen giving orders to the team, and like in the game, Ryuji often acts as his mouthpiece.

While in the game the protagonist is seen as something of a showoff, the anime portrays Ren as a cold and logical tactician who tends to avoid risky decisions. As shown when he tells Morgana to delay the infiltration of Okumura's Palace as he thinks something isn't right with the sudden rise in fame of the Phantom Thieves. In later episodes, like the fight with Sae and the Dark Sun special, Ren has a subtle character development shown in his dialogue during those fights, despite still keeping his silent persona in the real world (and even that seems to shatter when he finds out Shido's behind everything). Ren actually&#;takes pride in Sae's defeat and in the Dark Sun OVA he becomes much more of a field&#;leader (in the Metaverse, not the real world), ordering the team how to handle opponents like Akechi and confronting the IT president and Akechi by himself. After Shido's defeat, Ren mocks him for losing, saying he's "not even in his league," and when he finds out that people still adore Shido after his change of heart, the silent facade Ren puts up in the real world shatters for a second time, with him screaming: "What the hell is happening!?"

In Persona 5 Mementos Mission, Ren is a similarly friendly, kind and observant person with a strong sense of justice like in other adaptations. The noticeable difference is Ren involved himself more in discussion while giving instructions directly to the rest of Phantom Thieves without anyone having to be his mouthpiece. He is persuasive, playing with people's interest to convince them to help him in his information gathering. When it comes down to it, Ren is willing to take a risk even if it means his identity may be exposed , such as not seeing any problem crossdressing to gather information. Despite this, he is modest about his looks; when he is offered to become a model, Ren refused because he wasn't comfortable standing out.

While Makoto's character arc was the central theme in Persona 3 The Movie and Yu's personality was openly shown from the very beginning of Persona 4 The Animation, Persona 5 The Animation tends to keep Ren mostly silent and focus more on the development of the other playable characters. A reason for this is the very little time that the anime dedicates to the Metaverse, where Ren's aggressive and defiant personality is openly shown. as opposed to the character interactions in the real world, where Ren is basically forced to be silent because of his criminal record.

In Persona Q2, the other party members comment on the P5 hero having many similarities with the P4 hero and the P3 hero. He is described as having the same courage as the P4 hero that he would do something reckless for the sake of his friends, and the same calmness and maturity as the P3 hero. They all unanimously agree that all three have the charisma to bring people together and feel completely at ease by their presence.


Persona 5

—Lavenza giving the World Arcana to the protagonist, Persona 5

The protagonist is a second-year high school student who transfers to Shujin Academy in Tokyo, after a false assault charge issued by a high-profile politician, which caused him to end up with a one-year probation sentence. Prior to the incident, it is stated that he lived in a rural area. He lives in a coffee shop called Café Leblanc, located&#;in Yongen-Jaya and owned by Sojiro Sakura, an acquaintance of his parents during his probation.

However, on his way to his new school, he discovers the existence of the Metaverse and becomes the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, a group whose purpose is to steal the hearts of corrupt adults in order&#;to reform society. Initially, the group he founded was only to put an end to Suguru Kamoshida's vicious and predatory abuses against the school's students. The initial members were consisted of Ryuji Sakamoto and Ann Takamaki, who were victims of Kamoshida, as well as Morgana, a mysterious cat-like creature who wants to discover his origins and restore his true form. However, due to reencountering the corrupt politician who forced him into probation while celebrating the end of Kamoshida's tyranny, he officially founded the group in earnest. The members who later joined him include: Yusuke Kitagawa, Makoto Niijima, Futaba Sakura, Haru Okumura, and Goro Akechi.


—Sae Niijima to the protagonist, Persona 5

During the game's prologue, the protagonist manages to infiltrate a Casino, successfully stealing a briefcase before beginning to make his escape, all the while attracting the attention of the security forces in order&#;to allow his companions to escape the other way. He makes quick work of a Shadow taking the form of a Moloch before he continues escaping, though shortly after jumping out of a window, he is cornered by the police and is subsequently captured, being informed that he was "sold out" by someone.

Later, he is found in an interrogation room, bound to a chair, having been drugged by his captors. The apparent leading investigator splashes him with water in order&#;to wake up him and knocks him off of the chair as he reads off his list of crimes: obstruction of business, intimidation, defamation, preparing and carrying weapons and even murder. Afterward, he asks the protagonist to write down&#;his name, as a confession to the investigation. The protagonist complies, though the investigator tells him that&#;he will put him through so much pain until he has paid for his crimes.

Shortly after signing his name, Sae Niijima, a prosecutor leading his case, enters the room to interrogate him. The two seem to share a history, and she questions him how he came to learn about "that world," and how exactly&#;his "techniques" regarding his crimes work. As the protagonist seems to ponder how to answer, he catches sight of a blue butterfly (possibly representing Philemon) and hears a voice calling out to him, stating that his fate was already predetermined, but there was hope for him by recalling his memories.

After that, the protagonist awakens on the train bound for Shibuya, as if the events were all a foreboding dream. During the ride, he recalls an incident where he witnessed a woman being sexually harassed by a man and stopped him. In his drunken stupor, the man accidentally fell without the protagonist touching him and injured his head. He blamed it on the protagonist and forced the woman to testify that it was the protagonist's fault. It is later revealed that the man was Masayoshi Shido, a corrupt politician who abruptly rose to control virtually all of Japan and commits blatantly treasonous acts for his profit.

As a result of the protagonist's intervention, the incident went down on his permanent record, and he was subsequently expelled from his school. At the court hearing, he was told to transfer schools with Shujin Academy being the only school that would accept the protagonist with his current criminal record. Needing a place to stay, Sojiro Sakura was approached to house the protagonist during his probation, due to being an acquaintance of the protagonist's parents. However, due to the protagonist's rumored criminal record, Sojiro does so only begrudgingly.

After he arrives at the Shibuya Crosswalk, a mysterious application starts up, much to the protagonist's confusion. The world around him slows to a halt, and a fiery blue figure manifests before his eyes, followed by a vision of the flames developing a red grin, and himself with yellow eyes. Afterward, as time resumes, the protagonist seemingly&#;deletes the application, and makes his way to Yongen-Jaya&#;Station, and later to the alleyway, where his new caretaker resides. He arrives to find Sojiro speaking with customers.

Sojiro is surprised that the "punk kid" he was asked to look after is the protagonist, based on his gentlemanly and timid appearance. He shows the protagonist his new room; despite its rather large size, Sojiro says he has to be the one to clean it up. He also touches upon the details of the incident for a brief&#;moment before leaving him alone to clean up the room, though he also warns the protagonist that if he causes any trouble, he will kick him out.

As the protagonist prepares for bed, he recalls the incident, thinking to himself that he simply&#;couldn't ignore the woman being harassed. He hears his phone ringing, and to his surprise, he finds that the mysterious application from before is still there, despite having deleted it earlier. He shortly falls asleep afterward. Later, he awakens in the Velvet Room and finds himself in prison garb, even bound in handcuffs with a ball and chain on his leg.

Igor welcomes him to his Velvet Room, and the twins tell him that&#;he is still asleep in the real world. Caroline scolds him to stand up straight as Igor is present. Igor greets him, explaining that the Velvet Room is a place that exists between dream and reality, and is only accessible to those who have, in some form, made a contract. He then further explains that he brought the protagonist here in order&#;to discuss an important matter that will affect his life. He also expresses surprise at the state of the Velvet Room, mentioning that its form represents the state of the guest's heart. Igor also refers to the protagonist as a "Prisoner of Fate," and that destruction awaits him&#;in the future.


Joker's real name in Persona 5 Royal is confusing for a meta reason

After beating Persona 5 Royal's tutorial section, you’ll be taken to an interrigation room where you’re subjected to illegal police tactics. You’ll be asked to write down your name to sign a paper. This is the part where you can make a funny, fake name like “BigTime CrimeGuy.” Some players might want to further immerse themselves in P5R’s world by using the main character’s “canon” name, as games often have. So what is Joker's real name? The answer's surprisingly complicated, and that's a repeating pattern throughout the Atlus series.

Do Persona protagonists have canon names?

Yes, every Persona protagonist has at least one canon name, but often they’re often quite inconsistent.

Persona 3’s male protagonist was first named Minato Arisato in the P3 manga, which released shortly after the game in He later gained a different name, Makoto Yuki, for the P3 anime film series that began in Despite the movie, he was also named Sakuya Shiomi by the P3 stage play in Of course, Makoto Yuki eventually stuck, appearing as his name in both the movie and ’s Persona Dancing spin-off games.

Persona 4’s protagonist had a far less turbulent road to gaining his label. He was first named Souji Seta in the manga that released alongside P4 and then Hayato Asakawa in a stage play based on P4, but he did gain a permanent name, eventually. He’s been called Yu Narukami in basically every appearance since the Persona anime. This includes his appearances in the two Persona Arena titles and other games where you cannot name him.

Yes, Persona protagonists have official canon names, but they’re difficult to settle on. It took Makoto Yuki seven years after his game released to get that name. Yu Narukami didn’t get his name until nearly four years after his game released. Luckily for you, the Persona 5 protagonist’s name was figured out nearly immediately.

What is the Persona 5 protagonist’s canon name?

As with his predecessors, the Persona 5 protagonist received an initial name via the game’s manga adaptation where he was designated as Akira Kurusu. The manga name meant “a killer kill” with Kira meaning “killer” and Kurusu meaning “kill.” The initial name also had kanji that could be read as "vessel of dawn.”

The protagonist then gained his second canon name, Ren Amamiya, when the anime based on Persona 5 launched in This name has been since used in most of his other appearances like the Persona Dancing titles. The kanji used for Ren symbolizes the Buddhist belief of cleansing one's spirit from sin and other ailments. His surname, Amamiya means “Rain Palace,” referencing how it was raining when he first saw Kamoshida’s palace and LeBlanc’s general vibe.

Although every protagonist has a commonly used canon name, many games still opt to label the protagonists by codenames in spin-off appearances, like how the P5 protagonist is named “Joker” in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Presumably, this is done to not take away from fanmade names.

In a December stage adaptation of Persona 5, Joker’s name was changed every night, gaining nearly 20 names.

While Ren Amamiya is Joker’s most common “canon” name, whatever name you choose for him is an equally worthy contender. Perhaps when Persona 6finally launches, we’ll get more consistent protagonist naming.

Persona 5 Royal is currently available for PS4.

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Yes, Persona 5's main character does have a canon name sort of

One of the hardest choices to make in any RPG is the choice to name your character. I don't know about you, but I find it even harder still when the game is set in Japan like Persona - coming up with a good, fitting Japanese name is always a bit of a challenge.

As such, I tend to go searching for the canon name of the main character any time I see that ominous name entry screen pop up.

The Persona has a bit of a strange history with protagonist names - the Persona 3 and Persona 4 MCs both had one name in the official manga, but they were later renamed in later spin-offs from their main games.

Persona 4 protagonist Yu Narukami has been more consistent with his name right across his full series of Persona 4 games (though he was named Souji Seta in the manga) - which makes it all the more surprising that for some reason Atlus opted not to give the Persona 5 main character a canon name in the game itself.

If you're just starting out on Persona 5 or Persona 5 Royal, check out some of our other guides to ensure you're on the path to get the true ending - we particularly recommend our confidant relationship guide, gift guide and school answers guides. 

The Persona 5 Protagonist's Canon Name, Revealed

He does have one, however. In fact, he has two. Let us explain:

  • The bespectacled hero of Persona 5 has a name in the official manga: Akira Kurusu. (Given name Akira, Family name Kurusu). Everyone in voice clips will still refer to him as "this guy" or "Joker", however.
  • The above name was later superceded by Atlus, however, who then offered up the name Ren Amamiya (Given name Ren, Family name Amamiya). The Ren Amamiya name is used in the Persona 5 Anime and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night, so it is the current canon name.

Slam this into the name entry screen if you're stumped for ideas and you'll have what is at the very least the closest thing to an official, canon name for Persona 5's MC. It's worth keeping in mind that as soon as we've had movie, anime or game-based spin-offs in the past that the character name from the manga has been dethroned in the past, but it's the best we have for now.

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Or you could follow the lead of the Persona experts over at Giant Bomb - they called their protag Larry Bird Jr. Which is pretty good, to be honest.

If you want a bit of a relevant, classic name you could go for Jirokichi Nakamura, an infamous Japanese thief, or Ishikawa Goemon, who is sort of like the Japanese Robin Hood, a gentleman thief.

Whatever you call your main character, Persona 5 is amazing. We awarded it a 10/10 in our review.


Ren Amamiya Or Akira Kurusu - Why Does Persona 5&#;s Protagonist Have Two Names?

By Cian Maher


Persona 5's protagonist may be called Joker in the Metaverse, but his real name is a point of contention in the fandom. So, is it Akira, or is it Ren?

Although lots of people like to mess around with custom characters in RPGs, Persona 5’s protagonist actually does have a canon name - in fact, he has two different ones. There are valid arguments as to why Joker’s real name is both Ren Amamiya and Akira Kurusu, although technically speaking, one of these is more correct than the other.

If you called your Joker Ren, good job. You chose the name that many people believe is the true canon one. If you called him Akira, that’s fine as well, although a) it’s not necessarily right, and b) come on. Akira Kurusu? You can’t get any more on the nose than that.

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Akira Kurusu is Joker’s name in the Persona 5 manga, which is why certain people have been led to believe that it’s his canon name in the game. However, Ren Amamiya was used in the official anime series based on the game, as well as in Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight. The manga is outweighed by every single other piece of media based on Persona 5, meaning that you can obviously choose to base your game on it, but it seems as if Atlus and any others companies affiliated with Persona have largely chosen not to.

Outside of the fact that Ren Amamiya is used far more often in Persona 5 media, it’s worth looking into what each name actually means. Ren means “rain,” and likely refers to the fact that it was raining when Joker met Ryuji at the beginning of Persona 5. “Amamiya” means “Palace,” and is derived from Joker and Ryuji’s joint discovery of Kamoshida’s Metaverse dungeon. It’s a nice way of basing Joker’s real name on the events that occurred at the start of his story - it’s as if he was inadvertently named after a destiny he would one day realize. And so, I’ve named my Persona 5 Strikers Joker “Ren Amamiya,” which, when roughly translated, means “Rain Palace.”

Do you know what Akira Kurusu means? Killer Kill. Not just Killer, and not just Kill - it literally means Killer Kill. I think that’s a bit less nuanced, isn’t it? Also Joker doesn’t even kill anybody - none of the Phantom Thieves do, that’s the whole point. Imagine Okumura is like, “Who are you kids and what are you doing here?” and Joker just goes, “Give up Okumura, it’s the end of the line - Killer Kill is here to take you down.”

All things considered, not only is Ren Amamiya the canon name based on its multimedia usage - it’s also just a lot more elegant and tasteful than Akira Kurusu. I know we all love Akira and the idea of naming Joker after the film might seem enticing at first, but if you’re here because you’re trying to figure out what to call him for your first ever full canon playthrough… Well, all I can say is that you should really choose Ren Amamiya, unless you want to tell Sae Niijima that you’re called “Killer Kill” during your interrogation about literal murder.

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Joker (Persona)

Character in the Persona series

Joker[a] is the protagonist of Persona 5, a role-playing video game by Atlus. He is a second-year high school student who gets expelled due to a false accusation of assault from a corrupt politician. As a result, he leaves his hometown and moves in with a family friend in Tokyo to serve a one-year probation. Following his transfer to a new school, he and a group of other students awaken to a supernatural power known as the Persona. Soon after, they form a vigilante group known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, whose purpose is to explore the Metaverse, a metaphysical realm consisting of the physical manifestation of humanity's subconscious desires, in order to remove malevolent intent from people's hearts.

Joker also appears in a number of series spin-off media, as well as in various other cameo appearances outside of it, such as being a playable character in the crossover fighting gameSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was designed by Persona series artist Shigenori Soejima, and is voiced in Japanese by Jun Fukuyama and in English by Xander Mobus. While the player can freely name Joker in the game, he is named Ren Amamiya in Persona 5: The Animation and most other appearances while Akira Kurusu was used in the manga adaptation.

Development and design[edit]

See also: Persona 5 §&#;Plot, and List of Persona 5 characters

Joker is a male teenage character created by artist Shigenori Soejima for the role-playing video gamePersona 5. In the game, he is a second-year high school student who is charged with assault by Masayoshi Shido, an influential politician in the Cabinet of Japan. As Joker walks in his hometown at night, he witnesses Shido harassing a female subordinate. After Shido falls and injures his head due to him being intoxicated, he places the blame on Joker, a simple passerby, and forces his subordinate to testify to the police that it was Joker who pushed him. At the court hearing, Joker is told that he must serve a one-year probation and transfers to Shujin Academy, a school in Tokyo, as they were the only one that would accept him with his current criminal record. Needing a place to stay while there, Sojiro Sakura, an acquaintance of Joker's parents, offers to house him at his cafe Leblanc.[1]

During his time at Shujin, he and other students awaken to their supernatural powers known as the Persona, becoming a group of vigilantes known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts who explore the Metaverse, a supernatural realm consisting of the physical manifestation of humanity's subconscious desires, to change malevolent intent from the hearts of adults. Despite primarily being a silent protagonist, Joker occasionally speaks short phrases during cutscenes and battles; being voiced in Japanese by Jun Fukuyama and in English by Xander Mobus.[2][3] Fukuyama used two different tones in the making of the series and felt proud of his performance.[4] While the player can freely choose a real name for Joker, his Phantom Thief code name, he is named Ren Amamiya[b] in Persona 5: the Animation and most other appearances, and Akira Kurusu[c] in the game's manga adaptation.[5][6] Amamiya was chosen by the anime's producer who thought that the combination of his full name, which means lotus rain palace in Japanese,[d] sounded "quite poetic" together.[7] The producer further stated that remaking Joker's characterization in the anime was challenging, but was ultimately a success.[8]

Joker is the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts and is the only member with access to the Velvet Room as he holds the "Wild Card", an ability that allows him to hold more than one Persona and fuse them together to create more powerful ones.[1] Joker's primary persona is Arsene,[9] with him resorting to fighting with knives and handguns when he is unable to use his Persona powers.[1] His ultimate persona is Satanael, the Gnostic equivalent of the devil and a deity who can harness the power of the seven deadly sins.[10][e] Joker's initial Persona was originally the German demon Mephistopheles, but it was changed to Arsène as the latter character better fit the game's themes.[12] The three main inspirations behind Joker were the original Arsène Lupin, The Fiend with Twenty Faces, and Ishikawa Goemon.[13] The first character sketch of him was done in [14] Soejima worked closely with game director Katsura Hashino so that Joker and the rest of the characters could properly reflect the game's themes.[15] Joker has unkempt wavy black hair and dark grey eyes and wears a set of black glasses for most of his casual and school outfits.[16][17] In the Metaverse, his apparel changes into a stylized black trenchcoat with a masquerade mask and winklepicker shoes, which were described as being designed after Belle Époque fashion.[9]

As the main theme and narrative of Persona 5 revolved around crime and vigilantes triggered by Joker voluntarily choosing that path, Soejima needed to convey this while allowing the character to suit whatever dialogue choices the player decided upon. Due to these difficulties, Joker was given multiple designs in a trial and error process to find the best one. As the "phantom thief" premise was a common stereotype in fiction, Soejima initially drew Joker and the rest of the game's main cast in a style similar to shōnen manga, but these designs were scrapped as they clashed with the series' realistic aesthetics. Soejima likening his design to a black panther, which contrasts with the protagonist of Persona 4, Yu Narukami, being designed around the image of a loyal and sincere dog. He emphasizes the two-sided nature of his design, which ties into the theme of Phantom Thieves members living double lives. Despite Joker's uniformed appearance being meant to give off the impression of someone who is kindhearted and loyal to the system, his true nature is free-spirited and rebellious, with him being the type of person who plans things without telling anyone.[17]


Joker was first introduced in Persona 5 as the game's main playable character, and has also appeared in series spin-off games Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, and Persona 5 Strikers.[18][19][20] He is also a playable character in the crossoverfighting gameSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate, being released as paid downloadable content for it in April [21][22] He has also made appearances in other non-related games, such as Dragon's Dogma Online,[23]Phantasy Star Online 2,[23]Lord of Vermilion Re:3,[23]Sonic Forces,[24]Puzzle & Dragons,[25]Granblue Fantasy,[26]Catherine: Full Body,[27]Star Ocean: Anamnesis,[28]Another Eden,[29] and Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore.[30] He has also been portrayed by Hiroki Ino in Japanese stage play adaptations of the game.[31][32]


Critical reception to Joker has been positive, with fan art and cosplay of the character being popular.[33][34] Upon the revealing of Persona 5, fans in Japan nicknamed him "Potter" due to his visual resemblance to Harry Potter, the main character of the Harry Potter franchise.[35] Upon his announcement as a downloadable content (DLC) character in the crossover Nintendofighting gameSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate, Masahiro Sakurai, the game's director and fan of the Persona series, stated that Joker was emblematic of the approach that he wanted to take with its DLC, adding that he wanted characters that were "unique", "different", and "fun" to use within the Super Smash Bros. environment.[36][37] His appearance in Ultimate was met with praise, with game journalists noting the level of detail and how faithful his transition from Persona 5 was, as well as the enjoyment factor of playing him in general.[38][39][40]USGamer criticized his relatively silent personality in the anime adaptation, negatively comparing him to the more talkative Yu Narukami in Persona 4: The Animation.[41] In contrast, Xander Mobus's voice acting was the subject of praise by Siliconera.[42]

Various merchandise of Joker, such as figurines and action figures, has also been made.[43][44][45][46] A Joker-modeled TT pistolairsoft gun, based on one that he uses in the game, was released in Japan in April [47] His Phantom Thief outfit and a number of related accessories were also released by the Japanese fashion brand SuperGroupies in June [48] An Amiibo figurine of him was released in October [49]



  1. ^Japanese: ジョーカー, Hepburn: Jōkā
  2. ^Japanese: 雨宮 蓮, Hepburn: Amamiya Ren
  3. ^Japanese: 来栖 暁, Hepburn: Kurusu Akira
  4. ^Ren (蓮, lotus), Ama (雨, rain), and Miya (宮, palace)
  5. ^The "Ultimate Persona" is a character's final, or most powerful Persona[11]


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