Arcana Lovers appears during the third Full Moon Operation (July 7th) in Persona 3.
- Persona 3 / FES / Portable: Shadow Arcana
- Persona 3 (Manga): Shadow Arcana
- Persona 3 The Movie: Shadow Arcana
It was the Shadow who releases SEES's "desire" to distract them from itself in hopes of remaining alive. It took up residence in a popular love hotel and used Arcana Hierophant as bait to draw SEES in. Its appearance is that of a large flying heart with spikes on either side. A small black neck sprouts a Lovers Arcana mask, and two gel-like wings hover on either side. Within the heart are the Mars and Venus markings, symbolizing male and female.
The male protagonist is paired with Yukari, awakening from a daze to find himself sitting on a bed in a room of the hotel, and hearing someone (Yukari) in the shower. He gradually begins coming to his senses while she presently comes out of the bathroom wearing only a towel, coming to her own senses afterward and slapping him in embarrassment. If one plays the female protagonist, she is paired with Akihiko (if he is the only male party member or can be paired by default if both him and Junpei are in the party) or Junpei (if he is the only male party member) who also come to their senses after coming out of the bathroom in a towel.
If Akihiko and Mitsuru are present and the second option to their question is chosen, Mitsuru will stutter, saying that nothing happened in a suspicious manner unlike herself, implying a similar event happened to them as well.
Like all Shadows during the Full Moon, the meaning of the Lovers is reversed. Normally, it is a connection between two people that is intimate and close, and represents a completion of two halves. But when reversed, it represents a pairing that has been forced, or is being done for the wrong reasons; represented by the fact that Lovers attempted to sway everyone into pairing with another SEES member. The large heart has a jelly texture, and the Male / Female signs float within it; this may represent its weak justifications, or rather, its lack of solid justifications. The Mars / Venus sign floating together also represents that it's the simple gender distinction that it attempted to connect people with, not anything involving personalities.