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"I am Hermes... Giver of fortune and fame, and herald of souls... To my alter ego: Love thy neighbor with a selflessness like the wind's..."
—Hermes, Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Hermes is a Persona in the series.

History

Hermes, the youngest of the Twelve Olympians, is the messenger of the gods in the ancient Greece. He is the offspring of Zeus and Maia, and also recognized as the patron of travelers, commerce, athletics, literature and poets, sometimes of healing and invention, even of thieves and liars. He was well worshiped by the ancient Greeks and apparently his figure appeared in many of their myths. As an infant, he created the first lyre, which he gifted to Apollo as compensation for stealing immortal cattle, who in return gave him the caduceus, a herald staff adorned with wings and entwined by two serpents, nowadays often used to symbolize medicine. His main task is to aid travelers on their journey, and to guide the dead to the Underworld, where he could enter or leave without any hindrance. He is known to wear a winged hat (petasos) and winged sandals (talaria). Hermes is the analogue of the Roman god, Mercurius. He has also been combined with the Egyptian god Thoth to become Hermes Trismegistus.

Appearances

Profile

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Hermes is the initial Persona of Jun Kurosu, the one that assumedly causes Jun to be transferred to Kasugayama High School after his continual manifestations caused serious injuries to students who bullied Jun. Hermes' appearance follow the original god's pattern with the Caduceus (modeled after a rocket ship) held in his right hand, but the wings adorned on his cap and shoes are replaced by mechanically fashioned rockets. The rocket/plane motifs in his design are likely a nod to Jun's favorite book, The Little Prince. He is of the Fortune Arcana and his power is involved with the wind element, capable of reflecting any kind of attacks related to it and nullifies dark, although he has a weakness against lightning. Once the player has completed the Aquarius Temple scenario, Hermes can mutate at Rank 8, allowing Igor to transfigure Hermes into Chronos in the Velvet Room.

Persona 3

Hermes returns in Persona 3 as Junpei Iori's Initial Persona, first appearing after the Dark Hour manages to exist in front of him, causing him to scream in terror. The portrayal of Hermes now lacks of his Caduceus, but the wings on the head and the huge ones attached to his lower body part still represents the god's origin. His skills and abilities deploy fire based attacks and also physical related ones. This version also resists fire well but has a weakness against direct wind attacks, in contrary to his prior incarnation. Another change is that Hermes is now a Persona of the Magician Arcana, an Arcana which fits more accurately to the original god's symbolism of athleticism, activity, and cunning behavior.

Stats

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

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I am Hermes... Giver of fortune and fame, and herald of souls...
To my alter ego: Love thy neighbor with a selflessness like the wind's...
Arcana Type Level SP cost Bonus Returns °
Fortune Wind 42 29 Lu +1 Talaria
Exclusive to Jun Traits Forceful
One of the twelve gods of Olympus. Acts as their messenger.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 32
Vitality 31
Dexterity 35
Agility 44
Luck 37
148 146 103 102
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - Rf - - - 24 Nu - 24 24
Summon Information
Mutates Into Hermes can mutate into Chronos.
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Garula Deal medium Wind damage to one enemy.
2 Sukukaja Increase one ally's agility.
4 Wind Slash Deal low Sword + Wind damage to one enemy.
5 Illuzone Deal Almighty illusion ailment to one enemy. (24% chance)
6 Magarula Deal medium Wind damage to an enemy group.
8 Recarm Revive and recover low HP for one ally. (25% max HP)
Mutation Garudyne Deal high Wind damage to one enemy.


Persona 3

Arcana Level
Strength 3
Magic 2
Endurance 2
Agility 2
Luck 1
Magician 1
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - - Fire Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Cleave 7% HP Deals light Slash damage to one foe. Innate
Agi 3 SP Deals light Fire damage to one foe. 4
Re Patra 3 SP Assists 1 ally who's been Knocked Down. 5
Rakukaja 6 SP Increases 1 ally's Defense. 16
Assault Dive 9% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. 18
Double Fangs 9% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2 hits) 20
Kill Rush 10% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. (1-2 hits) 25
Agilao 6 SP Deals medium Fire damage to one foe. 32
Marakukaja 12 SP Increases party's Defense. 38
Torrent Shot 10% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2-3 hits) 40
Counterstrike Passive Counter physical attacks (med odds). (30% chance) 45
Blade of Fury 16% HP Deals medium Slash damage to all foes. (1-3 hits) 50
Gigantic Fist 12% HP Deals heavy Strike damage to one foe. 55

Arcana Level
Strength 82
Magic 44
Endurance 69
Agility 56
Luck 53
Magician 99
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - - Fire Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Cleave 7% HP Deals light Slash damage to one foe. Innate
Agi 3 SP Deals light Fire damage to one foe. 4
Re Patra 3 SP Assists 1 ally who's been Knocked Down. 5
Rakukaja 6 SP Increases 1 ally's Defense. 16
Assault Dive 9% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. 18
Double Fangs 9% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2 hits) 20
Kill Rush 10% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. (1-2 hits) 25
Agilao 6 SP Deals medium Fire damage to one foe. 32
Marakukaja 12 SP Increases party's Defense. 38
Torrent Shot 10% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2-3 hits) 40
Counterstrike Passive Counter physical attacks (med odds). (30% chance) 45
Blade of Fury 16% HP Deals medium Slash damage to all foes. (1-3 hits) 50
Gigantic Fist 12% HP Deals heavy Strike damage to one foe. 55

Arcana Level
Strength 3
Magic 2
Endurance 2
Agility 2
Luck 1
Magician 1
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - - Fire Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Cleave 7% HP Deals light Slash damage to one foe. Innate
Agi 3 SP Deals light Fire damage to one foe. 5
Re Patra 3 SP Assists 1 ally who's been Knocked Down. 7
Rakukaja 6 SP Increases 1 ally's Defense. 9
Assault Dive 9% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. 18
Double Fangs 9% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2 hits) 20
Kill Rush 10% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. (1-2 hits) 25
Agilao 6 SP Deals medium Fire damage to one foe. 32
Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (low odds). (15% chance) 35
Torrent Shot 10% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2-3 hits) 40
Marakukaja 12 SP Increases party's Defense. 44
Counterstrike Passive Counter physical attacks (med odds). (30% chance) 45
Blade of Fury 16% HP Deals medium Slash damage to all foes. (1-3 hits) 50
Gigantic Fist 12% HP Deals heavy Strike damage to one foe. 55

Arcana Level
Strength 82
Magic 44
Endurance 69
Agility 56
Luck 53
Magician 99
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - - Fire Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Cleave 7% HP Deals light Slash damage to one foe. Innate
Agi 3 SP Deals light Fire damage to one foe. 5
Re Patra 3 SP Assists 1 ally who's been Knocked Down. 7
Rakukaja 6 SP Increases 1 ally's Defense. 9
Assault Dive 9% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. 18
Double Fangs 9% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2 hits) 20
Kill Rush 10% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. (1-2 hits) 25
Agilao 6 SP Deals medium Fire damage to one foe. 32
Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (low odds). (15% chance) 35
Torrent Shot 10% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2-3 hits) 40
Marakukaja 12 SP Increases party's Defense. 44
Counterstrike Passive Counter physical attacks (med odds). (30% chance) 45
Blade of Fury 16% HP Deals medium Slash damage to all foes. (1-3 hits) 50
Gigantic Fist 12% HP Deals heavy Strike damage to one foe. 55

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Arcana Level
Strength 8
Magic 6
Endurance 8
Agility 5
Luck 6
Magician 1
Cut Stab Bash Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Alm
- - - Resist - - Weak - - -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Fusion Blast 12 HP A light Bash + Fire attack. (1 enemy) Innate
Rakukaja 8 SP Raise defense for 3 turns. (1 ally) 4
Death Chaser 124 HP User may follow-up user's row's attacks, for 3 turns. 14
Scorching Blast 54 HP A medium Bash + Fire attack. (1 enemy) 20
Marakukaja 18 SP Raise defense for 3 turns. (Party) 27
Nuclear Blast 102 HP A heavy Bash + Fire attack. (1 enemy) 40

Arcana Level
Strength 89
Magic 64
Endurance 76
Agility 58
Luck 64
Magician 99
Cut Stab Bash Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Alm
- - - Resist - - Weak - - -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Death Chaser 124 HP User may follow-up user's row's attacks, for 3 turns. 14
Marakukaja 18 SP Raise defense for 3 turns. (Party) 27
Nuclear Blast 102 HP A heavy Bash + Fire attack. (1 enemy) 40

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Arcana Level
Strength 37
Magic 27
Endurance 36
Agility 33
Luck 19
Magician 26
Phys Fire Ice Elec Wind Psy Nuke Bless Curse Alm
- Resist - - Weak - - - - -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Calm Blade 32 HP Medium Phys attack, with high chance of Hex. (1 enemy) Innate
Gokuentou 56 HP Medium Fire attack that splashes to either side. (1 enemy) Innate
Patra 6 SP Remove ailments. (1 row) Innate
Bound Arts Passive Moderately raise critical rate when target is bound. Innate
Regenerate 1 Passive Slightly restore HP at the end of the turn. Innate
Called Homerun 4 SP Counter whenever user's row is attacked for 3 turns. Innate
Arm Chopper 19 HP Medium Phys attack, with medium chance of Strength Bind. (1 enemy) 29
Mighty Swing 28 HP Medium Phys attack that splashes to either side. (1 enemy) Stronger in Boost. 35
Marakukaja 18 SP Raise defense for 3 turns. (Party) 40
Regenerate 2 Passive Moderately restore HP at the end of the turn. 44
True Critical Eye 26 SP Raise critical hit rate for 3 turns. (Party) 49
Blade of Fury 68 HP Heavy Phys attack that splashes to either side. (1 enemy) Stronger in Boost. 53
Hientou 82 HP Heavy Fire attack that splashes to either side. (1 enemy) 58
Bound Arts+ Passive Greatly raise critical rate when target is bound. 62
Brave Blade 91 HP Severe Phys attack that splashes to either side. (1 enemy) Stronger in Boost. 71


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Trivia

  • Hermes' design in Persona 2 has leftover elements to suggest Jun's involvement in the rumor of the Last Battalion. Hermes' mask resembles the one worn by the Nazi soldiers, especially for the eagle emblem on the helmet; The feather wings appear in traditional portraits of Hermes are replaced by metal wings and engines of World War 2 military aircrafts; the Iron Cross before the chest.


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
Fool Orpheus - Legion - Ose - Black Frost - Decarabia - Loki - Susano-o
Magician Hermes - Trismegistus - Nekomata - Jack Frost - Pyro Jack - Sati - Orobas - Rangda - Surt
Priestess Lucia - Juno - Apsaras - Unicorn - Sarasvati - Ganga - Parvati - Kikuri-hime - Scathach
Empress Penthesilea - Artemisia - Leanan Sidhe - Laksmi - Hariti - Gabriel - Mother Harlot - Skadi - Alilat
Emperor Polydeuces - Caesar - Forneus - Oberon - Take-Mikazuchi - King Frost - Raja Naga - Kingu - Barong - Odin
Hierophant Castor - Omoikane - Berith - Flauros - Hokuto Seikun - Ananta - Daisoujou - Kohryu
Lovers Io - Isis - Pixie - Narcissus - Queen Mab - Saki Mitama - Titania - Raphael - Cybele
Chariot Palladion - Pallas Athena - Ara Mitama - Chimera - Zouchouten - Ares - Oumitsunu - Nata Taishi - Koumokuten - Thor
Justice Nemesis - Kala-Nemi - Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Virtue - Dominion - Throne - Melchizedek
Hermit Moros - Yomotsu-Shikome - Naga - Lamia - Taraka - Kurama Tengu - Nebiros - Arahabaki
Fortune Hypnos - Fortuna - Kusi Mitama - Clotho - Lachesis - Atropos - Norn
Strength Cerberus - Valkyrie - Titan - Jikokuten - Hanuman - Narasimha - Kali - Siegfried
Hanged Man Medea - Inugami - Take-Minakata - Orthrus - Vasuki - Ubelluris - Attis
Death Loa - Pale Rider - Samael - Mot - Alice - Thanatos
Temperance Nigi Mitama - Mithra - Genbu - Seiryuu - Okuninushi - Suzaku - Byakko
Devil Lilim - Vetala - Incubus - Succubus - Lilith - Abaddon - Beelzebub
Tower Eligor - Chu Chulainn - Uriel - Bishamonten - Seiten Taisei - Masakado - Shiva - Chi You
Star Nandi - Kaiwan - Ganesha - Garuda - Saturnus - Lucifer
Moon Gurr - Yamata-no-Orochi - Girimehkala - Dionysus - Chernobog - Seth - Sandalphon
Sun Yatagarasu - Quetzalcoatl - Jatayu - Horus - Metatron - Vishnu - Asura
Judgement Anubis - Trumpeter - Michael - Satan - Messiah
Fool Orpheus - Slime - Legion - Black Frost - Ose - Decarabia - Loki - Susano-o - Orpheus Telos
Magician Hermes - Trismegistus - Nekomata - Jack Frost - Pyro Jack - Hua Po - Sati - Orobas - Rangda - Surt
Priestess Lucia - Juno - Apsaras - Unicorn - High Pixie - Sarasvati - Ganga - Parvati - Kikuri-hime - Scathach
Empress Penthesilea - Artemisia - Leanan Sidhe - Yaksini - Laksmi - Hariti - Gabriel - Mother Harlot - Skadi - Alilat
Emperor Polydeuces - Caesar - Forneus - Oberon - Take-Mikazuchi - King Frost - Raja Naga - Kingu - Barong - Odin
Hierophant Castor - Psyche - Omoikane - Berith - Shiisaa - Flauros - Thoth - Hokuto Seikun - Daisoujou - Kohryu
Lovers Io - Isis - Pixie - Alp - Narcissus - Queen Mab - Saki Mitama - Titania - Raphael - Cybele
Chariot Palladion - Pallas Athena - Ara Mitama - Chimera - Zouchouten - Ares - Oumitsunu - Nata Taishi - Koumokuten - Thor
Justice Nemesis - Kala-Nemi - Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Virtue - Dominion - Throne - Melchizedek
Hermit Moros - Yomotsu-Shikome - Naga - Lamia - Mothman - Taraka - Kurama Tengu - Nebiros - Kumbhanda - Arahabaki
Fortune Hypnos - Fortuna - Empusa - Kusi Mitama - Clotho - Lachesis - Atropos - Norn
Strength Cerberus - Valkyrie - Rakshasa - Titan - Jikokuten - Hanuman - Narasimha - Kali - Siegfried
Hanged Man Medea - Inugami - Take-Minakata - Orthrus - Vasuki - Ubelluris - Hecatoncheires - Hell Biker - Attis
Death Ghoul - Pale Rider - Loa - Samael - Mot - Alice - Thanatos
Temperance Nigi Mitama - Mithra - Genbu - Seiryuu - Okuninushi - Suzaku - Byakko - Yurlungur
Devil Lilim - Vetala - Incubus - Succubus - Pazuzu - Lilith - Abaddon - Beelzebub
Tower Eligor - Chu Chulainn - Bishamonten - Seiten Taisei - Masakado - Mara - Shiva - Chi You
Star Nandi - Kaiwan - Ganesha - Garuda - Kartikeya - Saturnus - Helel
Moon Gurr - Yamatano-Orochi - Girimehkala - Dionysus - Chernobog - Seth - Baal Zebul - Sandalphon
Sun Yatagarasu - Quetzalcoatl - Jatayu - Horus - Suparna - Vishnu - Asura
Judgement Anubis - Trumpeter - Michael - Satan - Lucifer - Messiah
Aeon Uriel - Nidhoggr - Ananta - Atavaka - Metatron
Fool Orpheus - Slime - Legion - Black Frost - Ose - Decarabia - Loki - Susano-o - Orpheus Telos
Magician Hermes - Trismegistus - Nekomata - Jack Frost - Pyro Jack - Hua Po - Sati - Orobas - Rangda - Surt
Priestess Lucia - Juno - Apsaras - Unicorn - High Pixie - Sarasvati - Ganga - Parvati - Kikuri-hime - Scathach
Empress Penthesilea - Artemisia - Leanan Sidhe - Yaksini - Lakshmi - Hariti - Gabriel - Mother Harlot - Skadi - Alilat
Emperor Polydeuces - Caesar - Forneus - Oberon - Take-Mikazuchi - King Frost - Raja Naga - Kingu - Barong - Odin
Hierophant Castor - Omoikane - Berith - Shiisaa - Flauros - Thoth - Hokuto Seikun - Daisoujou - Kohryu
Lovers Io - Isis - Pixie - Alp - Tam Lin - Narcissus - Queen Mab - Saki Mitama - Titania - Raphael - Cybele
Chariot Palladion - Pallas Athena - Ara Mitama - Chimera - Zouchouten - Ares - Oumitsunu - Nata Taishi - Koumokuten - Thor
Justice Nemesis - Kala-Nemi - Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Virtue - Dominion - Throne - Melchizedek
Hermit Moros - Yomotsu Shikome - Naga - Lamia - Mothman - Taraka - Kurama Tengu - Nebiros - Kumbhanda - Arahabaki
Fortune Hypnos - Fortuna - Empusa - Kusi Mitama - Clotho - Lachesis - Atropos - Norn
Strength Cerberus - Valkyrie - Rakshasa - Titan - Jikokuten - Hanuman - Narasimha - Kali - Siegfried
Hanged Man Medea - Inugami - Take-Minakata - Orthrus - Vasuki - Ubelluris - Hecatoncheires - Hell Biker - Attis
Death Ghoul - Pale Rider - Loa - Samael - Mot - Alice - Thanatos
Temperance Nigi Mitama - Mithra - Genbu - Seiryuu - Okuninushi - Suzaku - Byakko - Yurlungur
Devil Lilim - Mokoi - Vetala - Incubus - Succubus - Pazuzu - Lilith - Abaddon - Beelzebub
Tower Eligor - Chu Chulainn - Bishamonten - Seiten Taisei - Masakado - Mara - Shiva - Chi You
Star Neko Shogun - Setanta - Nandi - Kaiwan - Ganesha - Garuda - Kartikeya - Saturnus - Helel
Moon Gurr - Yamatano-Orochi - Girimehkala - Dionysus - Chernobog - Seth - Baal Zebul - Sandalphon
Sun Yatagarasu - Quetzalcoatl - Jatayu - Horus - Suparna - Vishnu - Asura
Judgement Anubis - Trumpeter - Michael - Satan - Lucifer - Messiah
Aeon Uriel - Nidhoggr - Ananta - Atavaka - Metatron
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