Persona (universe)

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Persona (universe)
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Developer(s) Atlus
Publisher(s) Atlus
Genre(s) Role-playing
Console of origin PlayStation
First installment Revelations: Persona (1996)
Latest installment Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth (2018) Japan
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Persona (ペルソナ, Persona) is a series of role-playing games developed by Atlus. A sub-series of the Megami Tensei franchise, the games blend life simulation with dungeon crawling.

Franchise description[edit]

The Persona series began in 1996 as an experimental spin-off of the Megami Tensei series of RPGs. Departing from the traditional first-person gameplay and post-apocalyptic setting of its parent series, Persona games take place in a modern metropolis and focus on a party of high school students, each wielding the power of "Personas". Personas are described as "masks to wear through everyday life", and bestow the user with a guardian entity which takes the form of a mythological figure and is capable of magic and other supernatural abilities. The games take heavy symbolism from Jungian psychology, as well as the tarot cards. Each game takes place in a separate locale and makes few direct references to its predecessor, though various Personas recur from game to game, as does the series' mainstay location "The Velvet Room" and its mysterious master Igor. Inevitably, the protagonists end up confronting the supernatural being responsible for the game's central conflict, and defeat them in combat in order to resolve it. More modern Persona games (3 and onward) place additional emphasis on "Social Links", a visual-novel like system where the player character converses with various NPCs, including their party members, and helps them through the struggles of their individual character arcs. In turn, the strengthened bonds of the Social Links grant the main character additional power, such as new Personas to wield or added inventory to shops.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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  • 71. Joker: Joker, the protagonist of Persona 5, appears as the first playable character who is part of the Fighters Pass. He is confirmed to release in April.

Other content[edit]

As part of the Fighters Pass, Joker will come bundled with a stage and its corresponding music; these have not yet been announced. However, an instrumental version of "Life Will Change" was used in Joker's reveal trailer, as well as the track "The Spirit", though the latter is far less likely to make it into the game, considering its repetitive nature.

Games with elements from or in the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Persona 5[edit]

  • Playable Characters:
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Joker originates from this game.

What other content is coming to Ultimate alongside him, as well as whether said content is exclusively from Persona 5, has not been revealed.


  • The Megami Tensei series, from which the Persona series deviates, previously crossed over with the Fire Emblem series in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE.
  • Persona, EarthBound, and Final Fantasy are the only universes without playable characters from the first installment in their series in Super Smash Bros.
  • Persona is the first third-party universe (with a playable character represented in Smash) that is a sub-series (as Persona deviates from the Megami Tensei franchise).
    • Persona is also the first sub-universe to not have its root universe featured in Smash.
  • Following Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, Bayonetta, and Castlevania, Persona is the fifth universe with a playable character to have games in its series be rated M by the ESRB.
  • Persona is the first universe to introduce a new company in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as the copyright in Joker's reveal trailer mentions Atlus (although it is wholly owned by Sega, who is already represented in the game).

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