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Alice Hiiragi is a character from Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers.

AppearancesEdit

DesignEdit

Alice has light green hair with a shade of blue streaks in the front and lavender streaks on her buns, and dark purple eyes, at around a head shorter than the protagonist. Despite this, it is heavily implied that she is slightly older than Haru or Makoto.

She wears a light blue and white striped ribbon, a lavender ace of spades card on her bangs, a capped bottle of turquoise liquid, a yellow striped ball and another one but turquoise and small on her left bun and a white teapot with lavender details, a turquoise striped ball and another one but in yellow and small on her right bun. In addition, she a simple blue choker, a blue and white striped dress short skirt front long back with short puffy sleeves with yellow little balls together at the bottom, light green ruffles, blue top's layer, a pink heart on the left with a dark gray and white ribbon striped, a clock with a golden heart at the end of its chain, blue striped ribbons, a yellow ace of diamonds card and a lavender card on its skirt. The skirt's layer in the left has a turquoise Cheshire cat's face, lavender bloomers with diamonds and clovers, and in the bottom a light blue big heart around each leg, light green leggings, white boots with a pink ribbon, yellow ribbon and green ribbon in each one and light blue soles. She also wears a blue striped ribbon around her wrists, and another blue striped ribbon behind on each of her boots.

Her Shadow has pink hair with blue streaks, gaudy makeup and wears a provocative dominatrix outfit. She has two psychedelic eye decors on her back as her buns and wears a pair of high heels. She also appears to be significantly taller than her real world counterpart, having identical height as the protagonist instead of being shorter than him.

Her Shadow transforms into a purple skinned rabbit girl in the same provocative clothing as her human form, although her right eye and mouth is stiched shut and she has fangs as teeth.

PersonalityEdit

Within the public, Alice has the image of a cute and charismatic idol that can mesmerize all of Shibuya thanks to her brilliant fashion design, and acts so in public. Behind the scenes reveal a completely different person, as she will simply snap and psychopathically bully anyone she knows to be in a stable relationship by changing their hearts so they break up their marriage and go for her instead. If anyone tries to stop her afterwards, she will even physically attack them by stomping on them, humiliating them and taking pictures of the bullying. Her Shadow is a dominatrix queen that simply exaggerates her negative traits to extreme levels, and shows a lustful side that enjoys making brave and famous men her servants.

In reality, Alice is a tortured soul that has incredibly low self-esteem and was frequently bullied, with the worst instance being after she was exposed for having a crush. She even used to be a shut-in before she went into fashion, and the breaking point happened after that. As a result, she used EMMA to artificially inflate her self-ego and her personality becomes not very different from the people that bullied her before. Since the breaking point happens when she was revealed to have a crush, she would draw any men with a relationship towards her by changing their hearts, and if anyone questions her after this, she snaps and attacks them by replicating the bully's methods. As shown by her confused and horrified reaction to discovering the Phantom Theives intend to steal her crown, she does not view herself as a bad person, simply one trying to survive and avoid becoming a target for bullying again. When defeated, her Shadow acknowledges that nothing she did improved her view of herself, and she was wrong to follow the example of her bullies.

ProfileEdit

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom StrikersEdit

Alice is supposedly a talented fashion model and idol who was know for her cute looks and a colorful, unique worldview in her merchandise. In the past, she was a former alumnae of Shujin Academy and knew Ann Takamaki prior to the events of the game, albeit only in magazines. When she was around the school, she had no friends and was bullied very often, at one point, she even became a shut in because of this, up until she found a gorgeous dress that inspired her to become a fashion model so she would become the light of other people. However, rumors of her having a crush being spread among the school and she was bullied in a particularly cruel way because some of the girls got jealous. It was heavily implied that the bullies stomped on top of her and took videos of the abuse, and her crush was taken away from her as well.

She found her gateway to revenge via the EMMA app, making her get abnormal popularity and made herself a merchandise empire, but by using the Metaverse to artificially inflate her popularity and to take revenge against basically anyone who would remind her of the trauma. She also instantly snaps and changes the hearts of anyone who has a real romantic relationship so they go for her instead, and if anyone attempts to stop her, she would step on them and take pictures of the humiliation, which she actually did to her past manager that she coerced to make him unable to get out of his house. Because of her past Trauma, Alice also does not talk about her school anywhere, and all mentions of her school vanished from the internet. Despite her supposed fame, Shujin does not have any records of Alice in their list of famous personalities, indicating that she graduated way before the Phantom Thieves' members enrolled in.

She is first seen when the protagonist, Morgana and Ryuji Sakamoto go to Shibuya and buy camping tools, where she was seen giving people cards to "wonderland" during an advertising campaign for her merchandise in the 705 department store. It asks people to befriend her by inputting the keyword "Wonderland" in the EMMA app. Once they do, the trio gets transported to the Metaverse where Alice sends out a group of Shadows to steal the dreams of people. The trio attempts to escape, only to be cornered and brought to meet Alice, in which she aggressively flirts with the protagonist but grows confused why he seems to be responding poorly to her seduction attempts, as her Jail should have made him utterly devoted to her. She drops him, Morgana and Ryuji into a junkyard where Sophia took the form of a box. Once she takes the form of a young girl, they all escape and on the next day, the party finds everybody in Shibuya mesmerized by her. The weird occurrences include: people who are not fans of Alice being fired, people going nearly bankrupt for buying Alice merchandise or requesting loaned money to buy them, as well as street fights against anti-Alice fans. If a man married to another woman got his heart stolen by Alice, he will break up the marriage and become hopelessly attracted by her.

After researching data, Ann and the protagonist go to the TV studio to attend a talk show. Before the interviewer could talk about the rumors of her having a crush, he was suddenly mesmerized. When her manager followed her and ask what is wrong, she stomped him on her back and claimed that her old manager got the same treatment and is scared to even leave his room, and when he apologized to her, she recorded the humiliation from her phone, making her not very different from bullies way before. Ann and the protagonist confront her shortly after, having witnessed what happened, before Alice tries to use the EMMA app to "befriend" the two. Alice eventually recognizes the protagonist from the 705 and, upon him and Ann leaving, ponders why it is he isn't acting similarly to the other mesmerized people.

The culprit of this change of heart case is at first directed to the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, in which Zenkichi Hasegawa takes the advantage of this and uses it to blackmail them.

After investigating most of Shibuya's Jail, Zenkichi Hasegawa offers them information of Shujin Academy, which was revealed to be the school where Alice is graduated in, allowing the party to go into Shujin, an isolated part of the Jail. A flashback of how Alice was treated in the past was shown and a Shadow on top bursts into the Lock Keeper, a powerful Shadow. After it was defeated, the party goes back to the real world and sends the calling card using the "Futaba Cannon" (a broadcast hijack) against all of Shibuya.

Once the party reaches the Jail to confront Alice, Shadow Alice tells them about how she was bullied and her heart severed in the past before transforming into Mad Rabbit Alice to attack the party. They defeat her and Alice releases everyone from the Jail by taking off her crown, then vanishing. On the next day, Alice confesses her violent behavior post-interview on the screen and had became how she was in the past, and her reputation is now discredited.

However, the Jail remains and can still be revisited, and some desires might still go back into the Jail, allowing re-exploration and quests to occur.

StrategyEdit

PreparationEdit

Alice is weak against Fire and Wind Skills, and can nullify Psi skills. It is advisable to bring Ann and Morgana in the party, and never bring Haru in. The protagonist needs several personas with Agi and Garu attacks. Also remember to stock up large amounts of healing items, as multiple members can be severely damaged and/or taken down by hard hitting physical attacks at the same time.

During BattleEdit

There are about 9 wind crackers placed in the stage, use those crackers to fire at Alice while she pole dances at the center, as that attack is difficult to dodge manually.

Once her Health drops to 50%, she’ll become aggressive and will be capable of moving around the screen quickly. It is advisable to keep your distance from her and attack when she finishes her attacks, as every time she uses a physical attack, she remains idle for a couple of seconds. She can also cast Brain Jack, which is easy to avoid but can be dangerous when it hits multiple members, and she can now cast a Mapsi attack that covers around half of the screen.

GalleryEdit

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers
 
Alice P5S concept
Concept art
 
P5S Alice Hiiragi Real World
Alice in the real world
 
P5S Alice Hiiragi Jail
Alice's Shadow stomping on the protagonist
 
Alice attacking manager
Alice attacking her manager in the real world
 
P5S Alice Hiiragi Jail King
Alice's Shadow in Shibuya Jail, before attacking the party

EtymologyEdit

Alice's last name, "Hiiragi" (柊) means "holly," after the holly plant.

In flower language, Hiiragi represents "Defense" and "Protection." Based on her motif being Alice in Wonderland, she is effectively protecting herself with illusions.

TriviaEdit

  • Alice Hiiragi's design is inspired by characters from Alice in Wonderland.
    • She has same given name as the main character Alice.
    • She has a violet ace of spades card and a teapot on her head. Making her similar to the Mad Hatter because he too has cards on his hat, and holds tea parties.
    • She has the Cheshire Cat's face in her dress' skirt's layer.
    • She has hearts and wears a crown in her Metaverse outfit, has Shadows as her minions, and is a King ruling over a Jail in the game, making her similar to the Queen of Hearts because she has those things in her outfit and is the queen ruling over Wonderland.
    • She wields a club shaped like a flamingo, which may be a reference to the flamingo croquet match the Queen of Hearts has against Alice.
    • The clock of her dress skirt is a reference of the White Rabbit because he has one. Also, her form Mad Rabbit Alice is reference of that character, as well the name. The name is also reference of the Mad Hatter and Alice's names together.
    • The original Alice entered wonderland by dropping into a rabbit hole. Suffering from the breaking point of her life resulted in this Alice artificially creating an ego of herself with EMMA.
  • Her first name in the initial storyboard of the game is 有栖, which is still read as "Alice," but worded differently. [1]
  • Alice shares a voice actor as Eleonora Yumizuru.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Initial storyboard of Scramble's first level

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