Futaba Sakura (佐倉 双葉, Sakura Futaba) is one of the main characters in Persona 5.
Futaba is the daughter of Wakaba Isshikia, a cognitive psientist, and an unknown father. She is a young but talented computer hacker, previously going by the name "Medjed," who led cases of vigilantism as a hacker of justice. A full medjed group was eventually formed, but Futaba thought the group was becoming too extreme, so she cut ties with them and changed her handle to "Alibaba". She was frequently bullied by her peers for being a nerdy shut-in, with her only friend by a girl named Kana. However, Futaba discovered that Kana was being physically and sexually abused by her parents, and they were separated soon after. After witnessing her mother suddenly die in front of her, Futaba drew inward emotionally and was passed between foster families. She eventually ends up in the care of Sojiro Sakura, who also happened to be caring for the protagonist. Futaba rarely leaves her room, due to the trauma of her mother's death and the feeling of isolation while in foster care. Futaba does not attend school and is extremely shy and depressed, and she occasionally has panic attacks which cause hallucinations of her mother. Though this slowly changes once she gets familiar with the Phantom Thieves, as she becomes more playful and welcoming to them, unintentionally alleviating her condition to an extent. When Medjed suddenly returns and threatens to take down the Phantom Thieves, Futaba sends a message to the protagonist under the alias Alibaba, asking him to steal her heart in exchange for helping them deal with Medjed, so with her consent, they enter her Palace to take her heart. While the Phantom Thieves are in her Palace, she involuntary enters her own palace, where she is forced to face her own fear as her Shadow Self urges her to remember her mother's death. She finally accepts her Shadow and awakens her Persona Necronomicon in the process. After the Phantom Thieves change her heart, she becomes more outgoing and friendly, joining the Phantom Thieves to find the true culprit behind her mother's death. Futaba acts as a navigator, replacing Morgana, providing support buffs, heals and gives advices for the party.
The truth behind her mother's death is eventually revealed. while initially ruled a suicide, her death was actually an assassination coordinated by Masayoshi Shido, who perceived her as a potential threat and needed her eliminated. The deed was carried out by Goro Akechi, who used the metaverse incident caused by Yaldaboath as a distraction to take out all of his targets at once. A suicide note was then forged as a red herring, which was read aloud to Futaba for no other reason then as an act of cruelty. After realizing this, the phantom thieves go after Shido, hijacking a broadcasting system to tell the world of his true self.
Should the player persue a confidant with Futaba, both her and the protagonist go outside on many day trips so she can leave her room and see the world. Futaba eventually realizes that she was lonely and depressed even before her mother's death. She also discloses her knowledge of Kana, and how she feels guilty for not being able to do anything for her. She eventually tracks down Kana and finds that she is still being abused. Futaba then goes to the parents and steals their hearts so Kana can live without fear. After reconnecting, the two agree to return to school and live a normal life. If the player persues Futaba romantically, she goes outside on her own as a display of independance. If not, she simply goes to Akihabara on her own because she wants to. Regardless, she thanks the protagonist for supporting her and making her feel normal again. When Takuto Maruki alters reality in Persona 5 Royal, Wakaba is still alive and Futaba is living happily with her, though Akechi still remembers killing her due to his special circumstances he and the protagonist share. When the protagonist confronts Futaba about this, she realizes this is not her reality and decides to let go of it. The illusion breaks and Wakaba disappears. If the confidant is maxed out, Futaba will apologize to the protagonist about being selfish enough to create an alternate reality just to see her mother again. By the time of Persona 5 Strikers, Futaba has officially returned to school as a first year high school student. After spying on Alice with Ann Takamaki, she is the only member of the Phantom Thieves to avoid capture from Shadow Akane. She helps police officer Zenkichi Hasegawa infiltrate Akane's mind palace and rescue the rest of the team by taking Shadow Akane down.
Her codename as a Phantom Thief is Oracle (Navi in the Japanese version).
As a background character
Futaba makes a cameo in All-Out Attack, shouting out attack lines.
During the All-Out Attack, Futaba will say any of the following lines:
Futaba also appears as a Novice-class support spirit and her Phantom Thief identity, Oracle is featured on the Phantom Thieves of Hearts spirit in the Persona DLC Spirit Board.
Futaba uses an Inkling puppet fighter and is fought on the Mushroomy Kingdom stage's Battlefield form. During the battle, the player's fighter must defeat the Inkling puppet fighter within one minute and thirty seconds. Also, the Boss Galaga item and the Wily Capsule Assist Trophy appear, referencing Futaba's Persona, Necronomicon, which is depicted as a UFO.
Names in other languages