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"Beyond this river lies the afterworld, where the souls of the dead await their next reincarnation. Come, cross the river."
—Charon, Shin Megami Tensei II

Charon is a demon in the series.

History

In Greek mythology, Charon, also known as Kharon, is the ferryman of Hades who carries the souls of the newly dead to the Greek Underworld, also known as Hades. For a fee, he would bring the dead across the River Acheron, or River Styx. that separated the world of the living from the world of the dead. Those who could not pay the fee were forced to wander the shores of the river as Wraiths for eternity (or a hundred years depending on the retelling).

In various depictions, Charon is just an old man who ferries the living through the River Styx. In other depictions, he is shown as an undead, with grotesque traits, and is sometimes depicted as been attached to the boat by his torso, essentially ending in him been the boat himself.

Appearances

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In some games he appears in the Game Over sequence to ferry the protagonist across the River Styx.

Megami Tensei II

If the protagonist dies, he can bribe Charon and get revived at the last terminal he saved at, at the cost of half his Macca.

Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei

In both Megami Tensei I and II, if the protagonists die, Charon will offer to revive them at the last save point used in exchange for an offering of half the Macca currently possessed.

Shin Megami Tensei If...

Charon appears when a human character dies and grants them a Guardian so they can continue living.

Shin Megami Tensei IV

"Oh, it's you again. You died so carelessly."
—-Charon, Shin Megami Tensei IV

Charon appears in the Game Over sequence to ferry Flynn across the River Styx. However, similar to Megami Tensei II and Kyūyaku Megami Tensei, he will offer to ferry Flynn back to the world of the living. His reason for doing this is that he is overworked, with countless souls waiting to cross, so he wants to ease his load. Since he could set a dangerous precedent by misusing his power as ferryman in this way, a sufficient bribe of Macca (or accumulated Play Coins on the 3DS) is required.

If Flynn chooses to wait in line instead of reviving, an annoyed Charon will tell him that he'll be waiting until after the mountains have turned to dust. Should Flynn insist, Charon will give him a number and dump him nearby to wait. In addition, if Flynn does not have enough macca to revive, Charon will put it on tab and collect it later once enough has been accumulated. Should he perish again before the tab is paid off, Charon will just tell his attendants to toss Flynn into a nearby mountain of souls.

His assistants, two nameless guards, issue the DLC Challenge Quests, Experience of the Afterlife, Money Makes the Underworld Turn, and Death Has Its Applications. They do this mostly to serve Charon, as he's either annoyed by the increased workload, by the consistent poverty of recent arrivals, or vexed because of their ignorance. In either case, the rewards for all three Quests are issued mostly to give Charon some breathing room by easing his workload.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner

Charon appears before the protagonist after Sid Davis kills him, telling him it's his time to cross the river. However, the protagonist is brought back to life before this can happen. Charon appears in the Game Over sequence to take him across the river after the first time failed.

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Charon is a special Persona from the Death Arcana. He normally won't appear in the Velvet Room as a recruitable Persona until his Material Card, Styx, has been acquired at Mu Continent Casino for 10,000 coins. He can also be obtained by mutating Ankou.

DemiKids Light & Dark

"Demon oarsman who ferries lost souls across the River Styx for a price."

Known as Karon.

Stats

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Charon IS.png
I am Charon... Ferryman of Styx.
The fee shall be one obolus. Now, who shall I ferry across?
Arcana Type Level SP cost Bonus Returns °
Death None 47 31 St +1 Wavelength Card
Traits Gloomy
Ferryman of Hades in Greek lore. Carries the dead across the River Styx.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 30
Vitality 34
Dexterity 45
Agility 35
Luck 43
154 162 127 129
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Rf - 24 24
Summon Information
Material Card Styx Card Tarot Cards 188 Death Cards
Mutation Potential mutation result for Ankou
Mutates Into Charon can mutate into Sarasvati or Arthur
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Zandyne Deal high Almighty damage to one enemy.
4 Mahama Deal instant Light kill to an enemy group. (36% chance)
5 Mamudo Deal instant Dark kill to an enemy group. (36% chance)
6 Grydyne Deal high Almighty damage to an enemy group.
8 Magic Seal Deal Almighty mute ailment to one enemy. (52% chance)
Mutation Megidola Deal medium Almighty damage to all enemies.


Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Charon.png
I am Charon... the ferryman of the river of Hades...
The fee is 1 coin per person. So, who wants to be taken across?
Arcana Type Level SP cost Bonus Returns °
Death None 47 31 STR +1 Shockwave Card
Traits Gloomy
Waterman of the Grecian Styx.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 30
Vitality 34
Technique 45
Agility 35
Luck 43
137 149 127 129
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Rf - 24 24
Summon Information
Material Card Styx Card Tarot Cards 188 Death Cards
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Zandyne Inflicts large Almighty damage to an enemy.
3 Mahanma Renders a group of enemies Unconscious. (42% chance) [Holy-element]
4 Maha Mudo Renders a group of enemies Unconscious. (42% chance) [Dark-element]
6 Grydyne Inflicts large Almighty damage to a group of enemies.
8 Magic Seal Renders a group of enemies Mute. (24% chance) [Almighty-element]
Mutation Megidola Inflicts large Almighty damage to all enemies.


Devil Children Black/Red/White Book

CharonPS.GIF
Class Type Race Level HP MP Exp
Elite Fire Mute 50 542 243 1,028
Attack Guard Magic M Guard Speed Luck
50 49 49 47 46 47
List of Skills
Skill Element Cost Effect
Agilao Fire 10 MP Heavy damage to one foe.
Dark Spear Moon 5 HP Damage to one foe equal to 1/3 of their current HP.
Tarunda Moon 5 MP Lowers Attack for all foes.
Maragi Fire 18 MP Light damage to all foes.
Tarukaja Sun 6 MP Increases Attack for all allies.
Zionga Metal 10 MP Heavy damage to one foe. Inflicts Shock.


DemiKids Light & Dark

Karon.gif
Class Element Type Level HP MP Exp
Elite Fire Alternate 47 501 224 912
ATK DEF MGC RES SPD LCK
46 45 44 44 43 44
List of Skills
Skill Element Cost Effect
Pyrolok Fire 15 MP Large dmg. 1 Foe
Dark Spear Dark 5 HP -30% HP. 1 Foe
Powerdrain Dark 5 MP ATK Down. Foes
Pyroblast Fire 20 MP Medium dmg. Foes
Powerboost Light 6 MP ATK Up. Party
Shocklok Thunder 15 MP Large dmg +Shock. 1 Foe


Devil Children Fire/Ice Book

Karon.gif
Class Type Race Level HP MP Exp
Elite Fire Mute 47 501 224 912
Attack Guard Magic M Guard Speed Luck
46 45 44 44 43 44
List of Skills
Agidyne Dark Spear Tarunda
Maragion Tarukaja Ziodyne


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Persona 2


Major Arcana
Fool Sarutobi Sasuke - Tenjiku Tokubei - Tobi Katou - Fuuma Kotarou
Magician Tengu - Agrippa - Abe no Seimei - Manannan - Isis
Priestess Tensen Nyannyan - Sif - Parvati - Izanami - Hathor - Lakshmi
Empress Vesta - Arianrhod - Nemesis - Seioubo - Durga - Kali - Gaia
Emperor Airgetlam - Marduk - Baal - Huracan - Indra - Odin - Vishnu
Hierophant Xuanzang - Umayadono-Ouji - Sakya - Yama - Mithra - Varuna - Brahma
Lovers Eros - Pixie - Robin Goodfellow - Jack Frost - Pyro Jack - Eros Prime - Vivian - Venus
Chariot Minotaur - Taranis - Seiten Taisei - Susano-O - Ares - Mahakala - Shiva
Strength Longma - Otohime - Culebre - Taksaka - Vritra
Hermit Nekomata - Marshal Tianpeng - Gullinbursti - Byakko - Genbu - Kinich Ahau
Fortune Hermes - Cerberus - Chronos - Urd - Verdandi - Skuld - Fenrir
Justice Mars - Nezha - Kundali Vidyaraja - Skanda - Bishamonten - Pallas Athena
Hanged Man Shax - Kabandha - Barbatos - Adramelech
Death Rhadamanthus - Hel - Rhadamanthus Prime - Ankou - Charon - Hades - Mot
Temperance Harpy - Fjalar - Stymphalides - Phoenix - Suzaku
Devil Poltergeist - Surt - Beelzebub - Lucifer
Tower Kanaloa - Loki - Aeshma - Seker - Seth
Star Kinnara - Iris - Gandharva - Juanlian Dajiang - Hoenir - Valkyrie - Hanuman
Moon Maia - Pairika - Maia Prime - Succubus - Artemis - Tsukuyomi - Nanna
Sun Vulcanus - Surya - Kinich Kakmo - Vulcanus Prime - Heimdall - Ildanach - Apollo - Virochana
Judgement Phaleg - Angel - Principality - Melchizedek - Armaiti - Throne - Ameretat - Michael - Satan
World Demeter - Njord - Hunab Ku - Mucalinda - Seiryu - Ouroboros
Minor Arcana
Coin Fukurokuju - Ebisu - Sarasvati
Cups Galahad - Bacchus - Dagda
Sword Cu Chulainn - Arthur - Futsuno Mitama
Wand Budai - Shou Shen - Quetzalcoatl
Major Arcana
Fool Sarutobi Sasuke - Tenjiku Tokubei - Tobi Katou - Junnosuke Kuroda - Fuuma Kotarou
Magician Tengu - Agrippa - Abe no Seimei - Manannan - Isis - Rangda
Priestess Tensen Nyannyan - Sif - Parvati - Izanami - Hathor - Scathach - Lakshmi
Empress Arianrhod - Nemesis - Seioubo - Rinok - Kali - Gaia
Emperor Airget Lam - Marduk - Baal - Hurakan - Indra - Odin - Lugh - Vishnu
Hierophant Genjo - Aizen Myouou - Umayado no Ouji - Shaka - Yama - Mithra - Varuna - Alfred - Brahma
Lovers Pixie - Robin Goodfellow - Jack Frost - Jack O' Lantern - Vivian - Alice
Chariot Minotaur - Taranis - Seiten Taisei - Susano-O - Ares - Mahakala - Siva
Justice Helios - Mars - Nata - Gundari Myouou - Skanda - Bishamonten - Hyperion - Pallas Athena
Hermit Nekomata - Tenhou Gensui - Grinbulsti - Byakko - Genbu - Kinich Ahau - Tishtoriya
Fortune Cerberus - Urd - Verdandi - Skuld - Fenrir - Gyokukou Joutei
Strength Ryume - Otohime - Kerepres - Takshaka - Vritra - Wong Long
Hanged Man Odysseus - Shax - Kabandha - Barbatos - Adramelech - Prometheus - Azazel
Death Hel - Ankou - Charon - Mot
Temperance Harpie - Fearal - Stuparideth - Phoenix - Suzaku
Devil Poltergeist - Surt - Beelzebub - Lucifer
Tower Kanaloa - Loki - Aeshma - Seker - Hastur - Seth
Star Callisto - Kimnara - Iris - Gandharva - Kenren Taishou - Heinir - Valkyrie - Astria - Hanuman - Fariedone
Moon Maia - Pariker - Maia Custom - Succubus - Tsukuyomi - Maihime Amano - Artemis - Nanna
Sun Surya - Kinich Kakmo - Heimdal - Il-Dana - Tatsunoshin Suou - Apollo - Virochana
Judgement Phaleg - Nike - Melchisedec - Armati - Amurtart - Gabriel - Michael - Satan
World Demeter - Njord - Hunab Ku - Mucalinda - Seiryu - Uroboros - Shokuin
Minor Arcana
Rod Hotei - Nankyoku Roujin - Nodens - Quetzalcoatl
Cups Matsuo-sama - Galahad - Bacchus - Dagda
Sword Kanshou - Chu Chulainn - Arthur - Futsuno Mitama
Pentacle Fukurokuju - Yebisu - Peri - Sarasvati
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