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Who are the best Persona 5 characters?

What if you had the choice to set one's fate, no matter how difficult? Persona 5 gives you many chances to fight for the main character's freedom, in your own incredible way. This video game is such an experience that you will get lost as you continue playing it. What makes Persona 5 such a brilliant game aside from its OST and graphics has got to be the characters. Since Persona 5 is a game that's story-based, the characters are an important factor to complete it. You must be wondering who is the most awesome Persona 5 character you will ever encounter. Well, this is the perfect time to find out who stood out among the rest.

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  1. 1The Protagonist

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    When you start playing Persona 5, the first character you will see is no other than the protagonist. You actually mainly play as the protagonist, and you have no choice on that matter, but you can pick his fate. His story begins as the protagonist transferred to Shujin Academy. On the surface, he seems like a character that doesn't stand out from the crowd. Since he's the Persona 5 protagonist you know that's not the case, and he is a man of many personas. Behind his quiet stature is a person who is different to each group he closely interacts with. He is known as The Phantom, Joker, and Trickster, among many others. He is one of the best Persona 5 characters mainly because his story is the most in-depth.

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  1. 2Futaba Sakura

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    If we were basing the best Persona 5 characters on their development alone, Futaba Sakura is on top of this list. She is one of the main characters of the game and she starts out as a recluse. She fears going outside and remains shut-in at home, bordering on agoraphobia. Because of this, she also rarely attends school. She is also one of those who is deeply wounded by the traumas of her past, especially the death of her mother. The result of this made her socially anxious and lonely. However, she gradually changes when she meets the protagonist and the other Phantom Thieves. She at some point also ends up joining them, for a personal reason you will discover more about as you play Persona 5.

  2. 3Makoto Niijima

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    Makoto Niijima is one of the best characters to play in Persona 5. With her long-winding life story alone, you will be quite invested in her. Although she is the student council president at Shujin Academy, she remains unpopular. In fact, she has a rather bad reputation being labeled as a control freak to those who don't know her that well. There is more to her than meets the eye. As you get to know her character, you will realize that she actually has a lot of insecurities, despite being a perfectionist. She is also a puppet of sorts to the principal of the school and holds no real authority. She is assigned by the principal to go after the Phantom Thieves and she takes it on. 

  1. 4Yusuke Kitagawa

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    Another playable character that made it on this list is the aesthete Yusuke Kitagawa. Given that he is an art student from Kosei High School, it almost comes to no surprise that he finds art in anything. You can say that he's passionate about art and it really shows. He is a rather eccentric young man and although his love for art is respected, his group of friends still finds him rather strange. He doesn't seem to mind though and continues to do his own thing. His personality is cold towards people who don't agree with his ways. He's also a part of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts and he is known by the code name Fox. If you want to play a fascinating character, Yusuke Kitagawa is all that and more.

  2. 5Ann Takamaki

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    Ann Takamaki is one of the playable characters in Persona 5 and she is the classmate of the protagonist. Ann is often seen around him and she also lives an alternate life as a Phantom Thief. Ann is rather kind and empathetic towards anyone she meets. This is noticed by characters throughout the game. Despite this, she doesn't have a lot of friends although that would probably have to do with the fact that she lives abroad. Ann, however, is not one to be underestimated as she becomes stronger as a Phantom Thief. She also becomes livelier than usual as she carries on her duties. She is also the person that keeps the rest of the thieves' moral compasses at bay.

  3. 6Tae Takemi

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    Tae Takemi is what Nurse Joy is in the Pokemon games. Albeit, cooler and packed with a lot more personality. She is the eccentric doctor who heals characters in Persona 5 and owns her own medical clinic. She is also the number one supplier for recovery items in the game. What would the Persona 5 characters do without her? Even though she has a bad reputation and a dark sense of humor, Tae is still an overall good person. She is ready to aid anyone who needs her medical attention. Although at some point she gets annoyed at The Protagonist, she remains level headed and comes to a compromise. What's even more fun is that if you (aka The Protagonist) is fond of her, you guys can totally start dating.

  4. 7Sadayo Kawakami

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    Sadayo Kawakami is the homeroom teacher of The Protagonist and she teaches Japanese. She is competent in her job and a professional. Although she is a little laidback saying the word "crap" in class. She also has hopeless romantic tendencies, even projecting it towards the older students. Aside from that, she initially treated The Protagonist unfairly that is until he redeemed himself. From there, she became friendlier to him. After her day job, she wears a French maid costume and provides domestic services. Talk about a hardworking woman!

  5. 8Yuuki Mishima

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    Yuuki Mishima is a great example of a character who turns his weaknesses into his driving force. Although he's not playable in the game, his story is still one worth knowing. He considers himself as a nobody and is often bullied. He remains isolated for the most part of his life until he looks up the Phantom Thieves. He envies them and wishes he could also impart that kind of impact in society. He is also rather perceptive given that he discovered The Protagonist was part of the Phantom Thieves. He is an intelligent individual who chooses to turn his setbacks into ways to better himself, if not the world.

  6. 9Morgana

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    Morgana is without a doubt, one of the fan-favorite characters in Persona 5. The shapeshifting cat has become a mascot of sorts and is a distinct character in the game. Other than his form that stands out from the rest, he is also a prominent and playable character. He serves as the co-captain of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. In the real world, he seems like a normal cat just meowing everywhere and being docile. Although in the meta-world, Morgana asserts his dominance and can be understood by anyone he comes to interact with.

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    Anonymous
    August 19, 2018
    "Many of P5's characters are being treated in a way that makes you feel happy when they overcome their problems in their arcana sub-stories. Unfortunately the same can not be said about their personal character development because all of them, with the exception of few people like Futaba, Makoto, Akechi, Sojiro and Sae, are mainly sticking to their own personalities throughout the entire story rather than becoming something different or bigger in the process. In a way Atlus knew that and brought people with completely different personalities from one another and combined all those 2 dimentional characters to a 3 dimentional world. However it also made the characters in the game being less exciting to meet compared to P4. Yuuki Mishima is the sole exception for me. Though you do learn a thing or two about the characters if you're hanging with them when you're improving their arcana, they don't really change or become something better, and the few 3 dimentional characters I mentioned earlier are growing to be a different person only throughout the story and not in their personal stories, those are still interesting but not enough to turther develop them. Mishima is a guy many people, especially some gamers who suffer from social issues and bullying, will find similarities with, especially when you'll see how he actually dares to do the things he didn't even consider to do at the beginning of the game. Atlus built his story arc even better than all the Phantom Thieves. He has been there ever since the first day. Few days after he was involved in Kamoshida's case as a witness for you and Ryuji. Than suddenly he's standing alondside you and Ryuji against Kamoshida, putting you on an expellation danger. Seeing how brave you were against him and how you were so involved in confronting him, Mishima reliezes you are the Phantom Thieves and plays alongside you by creating a site people can sare their problems to stop evil people to continue their endeavors, because he went through a lot of terrible stuff because of that horrible teacher and wants to prevent others to witness what he had. In time the PT became popular and so Mishima, seeing he was somewhat involved in the whole stuff, which showed a solution to his social issues because people started to like him more (except for that ass Akiyama). Now I didn't have any issues with him becoming popular thanks of the Phan-Site because I thought he deserved some love for his work, not to mention it didn't hurt the PT at all so what the hell is wrong here? But when he had a change of heart by himself and he saved Akiyama, who always bullied him, or when he encourages everyone at the final boss to believe in you if you reached level 10 with his moon arcana, you can clearly see the character development for him. While Makoto was praised for overcoming the society rules and not being manipulated by adults and futaba was praised for overcoming her fear of people (NPCs for her) interaction, Mishima accomplished both achievements across both the main story and his arcana story, something no one else quite accomplished in the game. Of course he doesn't do too much in the grand scheme of things, when he do he really picks up the slack. All of this made me come to the reliesation that he is the most important side character in the game and for me the best one of them all. Please make him a Phantom Thieve in the remake "P5 (something)""
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    Yuuki Mishima
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "If you wanted to find out who the best Persona 5 character is, head on to the Megami Tensei wiki site, which has a treasure trove of information on every game in the Megami Tensei franchise, as well as character bios. Persona 5 has it's own section, and with it, listings of the characters that make their appearance in the game. The article on Sadayo Kawakami is descriptive, provides her backstory and plenty of images and character art, which can help you judge whether or not she is one of the best P5 characters."
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    Sadayo Kawakami
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    Anonymous
    July 8, 2017
    "I don't think this is a very accurate list of reasons why Yusuke Kitagawa is the best character. It is merely just a list of attributes he has and some story driven elements of his character. In order to really decide who are the "best" characters, a much more thought out reasoning is needed. All that being said, it's still an opinion."
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    Yusuke Kitagawa
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "Futaba Sakura is most certainly not the best character in Persona 5. In fact, I would not even put her in the top five characters in the game. This is mainly because I found her story to be boring and rote. It did not have the dynamism and deep character growth that the stories for the other characters in the game had."
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    Futaba Sakura
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    Anonymous
    March 6, 2017
    "The best Persona 5 Characters are only up to you! The website gives a nice rundown and summary but ultimately no one but yourself can tell you who the best character is. Is best based on story, looks, quantifiable elements in the game? It doesn't matter!"
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    The Protagonist
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "Tae Takemi is truly one of the best Persona 5 characters. She has an interesting vibe to her that the other characters don't have. If she's not your favorite though, the wiki page has plenty more to choose from and learn about!"
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    Tae Takemi
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "Morgana's wiki page is where you're going to find every tiny, nit-picked detail about the popular character. There are links and references to many points here, making it the best resource for more info on him."
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    Morgana
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    Anonymous
    August 6, 2017
    "In this game you will have to control a cat you will rescue from Kamoshida's Palace. The game is funny but very repetitive, I lost interest after playing it for a few days, maybe it wasn't my genre.."
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    Morgana
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "I think that Ann Takamaki is the best Persona 5 Character. She is a member of the Phantom Theives of Hearts. She feels lost and does not have a lot of friends, which makes her relatable to many."
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    Ann Takamaki
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    Anonymous
    November 20, 2019
    "If we are talking dungeon wise she’s good and basically a must have in your party. But personality/character wise she’s BORING and has no personality compared to everyone else."
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    Makoto Niijima
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    Anonymous
    January 27, 2017
    "This character is probably my second favorite. The story appeals to your average young person and the character's personality is wonderful."
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    The Protagonist
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    Anonymous
    February 16, 2017
    "This was really fascinating! I loved the art and story behind the character. Definitely a top fave!"
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    Yusuke Kitagawa
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "I was not a fan of this playable character. Her gameplay did not match my normal style."
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    Makoto Niijima
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "This site is good because it explains and has all the information about this character"
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    Morgana
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "Who is the best Persona 5 Character? It is Yuuki Mishima according to Fandom website."
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    Yuuki Mishima
This list is about Who are the best Persona 5 characters
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1The ProtagonistCharacters 37 Paid
2Futaba SakuraCharacters 22 Paid
3Makoto NiijimaCharacters 21 Paid
4Yusuke KitagawaCharacters 19 Paid
5Ann TakamakiCharacters 16 Paid
6Tae TakemiCharacters 13 Paid
7Sadayo KawakamiCharacters 9 Paid
8Yuuki MishimaCharacters 9 Paid
9MorganaCharacters 5 Paid
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