A physical calling card from the Phantom Thieves directed against Junya Kaneshiro, created by Yusuke Kitagawa.

A Calling Card (予告状, Yokokujou)? is an important element in Persona 5 and all of its related spin-offs.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Once the Phantom Thieves of Hearts find a target's Treasure inside their Palace and establish an escape route, their next step is to send them a Calling Card; the methods of which vary from simple vandalism via an actual "calling card," to mass broadcast hijacks. Once this occurs, the target's Shadow Self triggers due to internal knowledge of the wrongness of their actions, provoking them to defend their Treasure at all costs. The Treasure, previously incorporeal mist, then manifests into a physical object the Thieves can steal to induce a Change of Heart. Treasures usually take the form of a mystical object, while materialized desires in Strikers always take the form of a large, pink diamond if they have an owner. (In case of stolen desires with no owners, they take the form of smaller diamonds instead.) The effect is only temporary however, as the Treasure will only manifest on the day the calling card is seen, and the process can not be repeated; therefore, the Phantom Thieves must steal the treasure immediately once the card is sent.

Other times, the Calling Card does not serve to alert the target but as a declaration of war, such as during Persona Q2's final confrontation and against Persona 5 Royal's final target.

All calling cards, aside from the first one sent to Suguru Kamoshida, were created by Yusuke Kitagawa, or in the case of a broadcast hijack, by Futaba Sakura. The first set of cards sent to Kamoshida were created by Ryuji Sakamoto. The card sent to Alice Hiiragi is written by Ann Takamaki, with Sophia helping with the phrasing, the card sent to Akira Konoe is written by Zenkichi Hasegawa and the one sent to the public to summon EMMA into action required the help of a reformed Kuon Ichinose, as Futaba herself couldn't hack into its servers alone.

Akira Konoe is the only target of the Phantom Thieves that is not affected by the Phantom Thieves' Calling Cards, as he firmly believes himself to be justice incarnate, in addition to the Calling Card being poorly written due to being handled by Zenkichi instead of the usual Yusuke. Instead, it was EMMA's failure to trap the Phantom Thieves that ended up alerting him.

Technically, in Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal, the option to send a calling card is usually unlocked the next day after locating the Treasure, with the exceptions of Niijima's Palace and Maruki's Palace, where the calling card is sent on the final day before the deadline. Once a calling card is sent, the current day will end and the protagonist will be locked in Café Leblanc that night. Any free-time activities within Leblanc's vicinity, such as making infiltration tools or brewing coffee, can still be performed, but the protagonist cannot go outside at all. The next day's free time is overwritten by the calling card event, and the game automatically locks the party in the Palace. Once this happens, the party cannot exit the Palace until they defeat the boss encounter and steal the Treasure.

Calling Card Texts[edit | edit source]

Persona 5[edit | edit source]

Target Contents Delivery Method
Suguru Kamoshida Sir Suguru Kamoshida, the utter bastard of lust. We know how shitty you are, and that you put your twisted desires on students that can't fight back. That's why we have decided to steal away those desires and make you confess your sins. This will be done tomorrow, so we hope you will be ready. From, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts Cards on school billboard
Ichiryusai Madarame Sir Ichiryusai Madarame, a great sinner of vanity whose talent has been exhausted. You are an artist who uses his authority to shamelessly steal the ideas of his pupils. We have decided to make you confess all your crimes with your own mouth. We will take your distorted desires without fail. From, [The Phantom Thieves]. * Morgana places the card at Madarame's exhibit
Junya Kaneshiro Sir Junya Kaneshiro, the money-devouring sinner of gluttony. You indulge in scamming others with horrendous methods that target minors exclusively. We have decided to make you confess all your crimes with your own mouth. We will take your distorted desires without fail. From, [The Phantom Thieves]. * Ryuji litters calling cards all over Shibuya
Futaba Sakura Futaba Sakura has committed a great sin of drowning in sloth. Thus, we will rob every last bit of those distorted desires. Personal delivery to Futaba's room
Kunikazu Okumura Sir Kunikazu Okumura, the great profiteering sinner of greed. Your success and global fame exists due to the tyranny you rain over your employees. Thus, we have decided to make you confess all your crimes with your own mouth. From, [The Phantom Thieves]. * Haru places it in the Okumura residence
Sae Niijima Madame Sae Niijima, a great sinner of jealousy. You have lost yourself amidst your obsession with success. For its sake, you are even willing to promote injustice as justice. From, [The Phantom Thieves]. * Delivered to Sae by Makoto, who claims to have found it in their mailbox
Masayoshi Shido Yo! What is UP! Everybody! We are the ones who you all know as the Phantom Thieves. And all of us are alive and kickin'. But those shitty guys in power? They've been manipulatin' information to try and hide the truth. So, before we appropriate our next target, we would like to first burrow your time! The recent scandals of public figures, the accidents caused by psychotic breakdowns and mental shutdowns -- These weren't caused by unknown reasons. One man is behind every single instance...simply to satiate his own greed. That man was afraid his crimes would be exposed and shifted the blame on us. He even manipulated the police for that. We only steal the hearts of criminals. But this asshole tried to dump what he did on us. That just shows he doesn't care about the victims at all! The identity of that cowardly man is -- (Police stops broadcast only for Futaba to advance it)

The man behind it all is a current cabinet member of all things. The Minister of State for Special Missions...Masayoshi Shido! Everything that guy says is a lie! And to prove that...Look! As you can see, all of us are alive and kickin'! I'm sure the people investigating us can tell if this is a lie or not. Shido himself will soon confess all the crimes that he's committed. Please look forward to it, everyone!

We're not gonna sit back and watch some crook wreck this country just 'cause of his goddamn ego. Ain't that right, Leader? (Protagonist speaks) Yes. Before that happens, we will take this country!

Nationwide broadcast hijack
Takuto Maruki Takuto Maruki has committed the great sin of creating an overblown self-righteous reality granting people's wishes. However, we will not soak ourselves in this false happiness, and we will overcome our pain and move forward. As a result, we will not accept your proposed salvation. And therefore, we will steal your distorted desires and take back our future. From, the Phantom Thieves.[1] Protagonist personally delivers the card to Maruki inside Café Leblanc

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth[edit | edit source]

Target Contents Delivery Method
Kamoshidaman We will take the Kamoshidaman statue Stuck on Kamoshidaman's back
Enlil Madame Enlil, curator of the movie theaters of deceit. Since you play movies that advocate self-abuse and trick audience members into confusing soullessness for peace, we will steal those distorted movies from you. Signed, the Phantom Thieves. Protagonist throws the card to Enlil

Persona 5 Strikers[edit | edit source]

Target Contents Delivery Method
Alice Hiiragi Okay, folks, listen up! Good evening. Been a while, huh? Perhaps you remember us. We are the Phantom Thieves. And we're back in action with a new heart in our sights! A wicked witch who treats people like toys. Alice Hiiragi! You pretend you're a ray of light, but all you do is hurt people to indulge your own darkness. You're a bad person, and bad people have to be stopped. And all those Desires you stole? Tonight, we're taking them all back! Futaba Cannon -- Broadcast hijack in Shibuya
Ango Natsume To the ostentatious swindler, Mr. Ango Natsume... You are a depraved miscreant who holds others in contempt and steals their work, lining your own pockets all the while. We refuse to overlook the crimes you commit as you wear a false crown. Tonight, we take back the Desires you've stolen. Vandalism on Natsume's stall
Mariko Hyodo Mariko Hyodo, the false empress with a frozen heart... You are a cold manipulator who treats people as tools to be discarded. We find this unforgivable, and will end your reign of abuse. In fact, we will take back the Desires you stole this very night. Vandalism on Hyodo's campaign poster
Akira Konoe To the criminal tyrant masquerading as a hero, Sir Akira Konoe... (All subsequent references will henceforth be shortened to "Party A".) Party A has wronged multiple innocents by flaunting a false sense of justice and shifting the blame for the murder of one of his employees. On top of that, Party A is also guilty of wrongfully imprisoning a group of minors. Therefore, in addition to putting out a formal warrant of arrest for Party A's crimes... Tonight, the Phantom Thieves will commit some larceny of their own, and take back every Desire you've stolen. Hacking a Madicce zeppelin to air drop the cards, as well as a live broadcast.
EMMA Attention! You know the logo by now, right? We are the Phantom Thieves. And we've got a big announcement for everybody! Our target this time... is you! You've all been made sheep. A mechanical god has usurped what self you had... and you let it happen. Do you really want someone telling you what your own life is about? All of you have paths only you can take... but you make your own choices to get there! That's why we're here. We're going to snap you out of this! You don't owe this dumb god your Desires! The Phantom Thieves are taking them back! Futaba hijacks the EMMA central server with help from Kuon Ichinose

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Unused dialogue suggests Futaba's calling card originally read "She never leaves her room or interacts with people, living an unproductive life of indolence. We are the Phantom Thieves that steal hearts. You will be made to bask in the light of the sun. Look forward to that time." The scene using this version was fully voiced in English despite going unused, and it portrayed Ann much more aggressively.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Original Calling Card as seen in Thieves' Den. The calling card itself is not read out at all during the in-game cutscene.
  2. Unused Futaba Calling Card Dialogue


Characters
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Goro Akechi - Sumire Yoshizawa
Confidant Igor - Sojiro Sakura - Chihaya Mifune - Munehisa Iwai - Tae Takemi - Sadayo Kawakami - Ichiko Ohya - Shinya Oda - Hifumi Togo - Yuuki Mishima - Toranosuke Yoshida - Caroline & Justine - Sae Niijima - Takuto Maruki
Major Targets Suguru Kamoshida - Ichiryusai Madarame - Junya Kaneshiro - Shadow Futaba - Kunikazu Okumura - Masayoshi Shido - Holy Grail / Yaldabaoth - Azathoth / Adam Kadmon
Other Principal Kobayakawa - SIU Director - Shiho Suzui - Natsuhiko Nakanohara - Mika - Lala Escargot - Angel and Julian - Medjed - Wakaba Isshiki - Sugimura - President Tanaka - Kazuya Makigami - Naoya Makigami - Shadow Mishima - Shinichi Yoshizawa - Rumi - Shibusawa - Jose - Kasumi Yoshizawa - Coach Hiraguchi
Locations
Tokyo Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Shinjuku - Akihabara - Kichijoji - Ogikubo - Inokashira Park - Tsukishima - Akasaka Mitsuke - Suidobashi - Odaiba Seaside Park - Ichigaya - Ikebukuro - Ginza - Harajuku - Meiji Shrine - Jinbocho - Miura Beach - Maihama (Tokyo Destinyland) - Kanda - Roppongi - Ueno - Asakusa - Chinatown - Nagatacho - Shinagawa - Nakano - Kosei High School
Palace Kamoshida's Palace - Madarame's Palace - Kaneshiro's Palace - Futaba's Palace - Okumura's Palace - Niijima's Palace - Shido's Palace - Mementos (Path of Qimranut - Path of Aiyatsbus - Path of Chemdah - Path of Kaitul - Path of Akzeriyyuth - Path of Adyeshach - Path of Sheriruth - Depths of Mementos - Qliphoth World - Path of Da'at) - Maruki's Palace
Other Velvet Room - Hawaii - Thieves Den
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 5 / Royal (JP / EN))
Songs "Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There" - "Life Will Change" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "The Whims of Fate" - "Tokyo Daylight" - "Hoshi To Bokura To" - "Break In To Break Out" - "Infinity" - "Dark Sun..." - "Autonomy" - "Found a Light" - "IT'S TOO LATE" - "Colors Flying High" - "Take Over" - "He's a Trickster☆" - "I Believe" - "No More What Ifs" - "Throw Away Your Mask" - "Our Light"
Archives
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Vendors Shops - Vending Machines - Takemi Medical Clinic - Untouchable - Jose's Shop - Home Shopping Program - Tanaka's Shady Commodities
Phantom Life Mementos Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Treasure Demon - Safe Room - Thieves Guild - List of Shadows - List of Bosses - Skill Card - Will Seeds - Deviations
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Velvet Room List of Personas (Persona 5 / Royal) - Fusion - Special Fusion - Hanging - Lockdown - Electric Chair - Arcana - Skill Inheritance - Fusion Accident - Fusion alarm - Challenge Battle
System Trophies: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Cutscenes - New Game Plus - Patches and Updates
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Sega
Personnel Katsura Hashino - Shigenori Soejima - Shoji Meguro - Lyn Inaizumi - Atsushi Kitajoh - Ryota Kozuka - Kenichi Tsuchiya - Toshiki Konishi - Kazuhisa Wada - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Games Royal - Dancing in Starlight - Strikers
Productions Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation (Episodes) - Persona O.A. - Persona 5 The Night Breakers - Persona Stalker Club V - Persora -The Golden Best 5- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album - Persona 5 The Stage
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Events Super Live 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019
20th Anniversary Festival
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Characters
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Sophia - Zenkichi Hasegawa
Major Targets Alice Hiiragi - Ango Natsume - Mariko Hyodo - Akane Hasegawa - Akira Konoe - Kuon Ichinose - EMMA / False God Demiurge
Other Lavenza - Sojiro Sakura - Miyako Kaburagi - Shuzo Ubukata‎‎ - Jyun Owada - Aoi Hasegawa - Sae Niijima - Akane's Joker
Locations
Japan Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Sendai - Sapporo - Okinawa - Kyoto - Osaka - Tokyo (Tokyo Tower)
Akasaka Mitsuke - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Ogikubo - Fukuoka - Yokohama
Jail Shibuya Jail - Sendai Jail - Sapporo Jail - Okinawa Jail - Kyoto Jail - Osaka Jail - Jail of the Abyss - Tree of Knowledge
Other Velvet Room
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack
Songs "You Are Stronger" - "Daredevil" - "What You Wish For" - "Axe to Grind" - "Counter Strike" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "Towards a Dream"
Archives & Terminology
Story Persona - Persona User - Shadow - Shadow Self (Monarch) - Treasure Demon - I am thou - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Madicce - Antisocial Force - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins - Zephyrman
Summer Trip Calendar - Yen - Joker's Kitchen - Hideout - Shrine
Vendors Shops - Vending Machines - Sophia's Shop - Big Bang Burger
Phantom Life Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Shadows - Bosses - Lock Keeper
Battle Items - Skills - Combo Attacks - Master Arts - Party - Battle Stats - Damage - Accuracy - Experience - Level - Difficulty - Status Changes - Element - Navigator - Party Switch - Baton Pass - One More - Critical - Technical - Follow Up - Protect - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Showtime - BOND - Game Over
Velvet Room List of Personas - Fusion - Arcana - Persona Points
System Trophies - Patches and Updates - New Game Plus - Cutscenes
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Koei Tecmo Games Co., Ltd. - Omega Force
Personnel Daisuke Kaneda - Shigenori Soejima - Atsushi Kitajoh - Lyn Inaizumi - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Events Persona Super Live 2019
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Characters
Playable - P3/P P3 hero - P3P heroine - Yukari Takeba - Junpei Iori - Akihiko Sanada - Mitsuru Kirijo - Fuuka Yamagishi - Aigis - Koromaru - Ken Amada - Shinjiro Aragaki
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Playable - P5 P5 hero - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Goro Akechi
Non-playable Hikari - Nagi - Doe - Hikari's Father - Elizabeth - Theodore - Margaret - Marie - Caroline and Justine - Kamoshidaman - Herbivore Dinosaurs - Yosukesaurus - Ribbon - Overseer - Mother Computer - Enlil - Nanako Dojima
Locations
Origin Tartarus - Iwatodai Dormitory - Junes - Midnight Channel - Dojima Residence - Café Leblanc - Mementos
Main Hub Cinema - Velvet Room
Labyrinths Kamoshidaman - Junessic Land - A.I.G.I.S - Hikari - Theater District
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack
Songs "Road Less Taken" - "Wait and See" - "Pull the Trigger" - "Remember, We Got Your Back" - "Invitation to Freedom" - "Cinematic Tale" - "Life Will Change" - "Nothing is Promised" - "LaLaLa Goodbye Personality!" - "Hikari is Bad!" - "That’s Right, Right?" - "I Will Make You Normal" - "Colorful World"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Sub-Persona) - Persona User - Velvet Room - Fusion - Shadow (F.O.E) - Wild Card - Dark Hour - Evoker - Glasses - Mask - Power Spot - Cognition - Boost - Metaverse - SEES - Investigation Team - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Cut-in - Special Screening - All-Out Attack - Baton Pass - Akashic Record
Lists Arcana - Characters - Items - Skills - Personas - Shadows - Bosses - Ailments - Special Screenings - Patches and Updates
Other Media
Manga Roundabout Special - Official Visual Materials
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