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For fighter info, see Joker (SSBU).
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Official artwork of Joker from Persona 5.
Universe Persona
Debut Persona 5 (2016)
Smash Bros. appearances Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth (2018) Japan
Console of origin PlayStation 3,
PlayStation 4
Species Human
Gender Male
Place of origin Japan
English voice actor Xander Mobus
Japanese voice actor Jun Fukuyama

Joker (ジョーカー, Joker) is the codename used by the protagonist of Persona 5. Although Joker's civilian name is given by the player in Persona 5 itself, in various related media he has received the canonical name Ren Amamiya (雨宮 蓮, Ren Amamiya).

Character description[edit]

Ren Amamiya is the leader of the vigilante group known as the Phantom Thieves. After being falsely accused of assault, he was labeled a delinquent and moved to Tokyo, Japan to attend Shujin Academy as part of his probation. While there, he discovers a strange application on his smartphone which, after a chance encounter with the blonde-haired Ryuji Sakamoto over their gym coach Kamoshida, they discover is actually a conduit to an alternate reality. This “cognition” is the manifestation of an individual’s twisted desires into a dream-like fantasy. In this case, Coach Kamoshida sees himself as the king of the academy and treats the rest of the students and faculty like peasants. Wanting no part in this reality, Ren resists the oppression of King Kamoshida and awakens his Persona, donning the mask and cloak of “Joker.”

Joker is a user of a rare Persona ability known as the Wild Card, which allows him to hold multiple Personas at once. His initial Persona is Arsene, based on the literary gentleman thief Arsène Lupin.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Main article: Joker (SSBU)

Joker was confirmed to appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable character on December 6th, 2018 during The Game Awards 2018. He will be the first DLC fighter to be part of the Fighters Pass.



  • Joker and Richter are the only playable third-party characters to make their fighting game debut in Smash.
  • Joker, Cloud, and Richter are the only third-party characters who did not debut in the first game of their home series.
  • Joker is one of four characters featured in the Super Smash Bros. series to appear in M-rated games, the other three being Snake, Bayonetta and Simon Belmont.
  • Joker's English voice actor is Xander Mobus, who also voices the announcer, Master Hand, and Crazy Hand in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Ultimate. This marks the first time that an English voice actor for any one of those characters will voice a playable character.
    • His Japanese voice actor, Jun Fukuyama, also provides the Japanese voice of Roy.
  • Joker is the third Sega-owned character to be playable in Smash, following Sonic and Bayonetta, as Sega owns the Persona series’ producer Atlus.
    • Joker is also the second character to debut on the PlayStation 3, alongside Bayonetta.
  • Joker is the first playable third-party character from a sub-series (as Persona deviates from the Megami Tensei franchise).
  • Joker is the first playable third-party character in Smash whose game of origin was initially released on an eighth-generation platform, being the PlayStation 4.
  • Joker is the most recently created third-party character in Smash, as Persona 5 was released in Japan on September 15, 2016.
    • This also makes him the second third-party character to debut in the 21st century, alongside Bayonetta.
  • Joker and Cloud are the only characters who solely originate from a PlayStation console.
    • Joker is also the only playable character to not have his game of origin be playable on a Nintendo console.
  • Joker's full debut on a Nintendo console is on the Nintendo 3DS with Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, which features the main cast of the last three Persona games; Joker's debut in general on a Nintendo console is the Switch version of Sonic Forces, as one of the DLC costumes for the customizable avatar is based on Joker.
  • Although Joker is the first fighter from to originate from the Megami Tensei mega-series, the Spirits Tsubasa Oribe and Tsubasa Oribe (Carnage form) come from Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, a concept crossover between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, which was developed by Atlus and published by Nintendo.

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