According to scripture Zi-bu-yu in Qing dynasty, Hua Po is a kind of tree spirit said to be formed from the disembodied souls of dead humans when three or more people hang themselves from the same tree. They appear as beautiful young girls that are dressed in white clothes but are much smaller than the average human. Although they cannot speak, it is said that they make sounds that are as beautiful as those of songbirds.
"Tree spirits in Chinese mythology that are born when three or more people hang themselves from the same tree. They cannot talk, though they can chirp like birds. They will dry up if they don't receive water."
"A tree spirit of Chinese legend. They are said to be manifestations of the resentment and regret of those who commit suicide, springing from trees where three or more people have hung themselves. Hua Po appear as pure, young maidens with white clothes, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Their bodies are hairless except for their heads. Their voices resemble the sounds of songbirds and as such they cannot converse with humans. As tree spirits, they cannot live without water. If not given water, they will shrivel up and die. Giving water to a dried-out Hua Po, however, will restore it to life."
—Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE compendium
Hua Po are a regular spawn in Suginami and Shibuya fields, as well as the Shibuya Quartz instances. She is one of the mount-capable demons and features regularly in Oboro's Interaction Time System quests.
"A tree spirit of Chinese lore who dwells in trees used for hangings. She is smaller than a human, and cannot speak, but her voice is said to be as clear as a bird's song."
—Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse compendium
Hua Po appears in the initial southern areas of the Fairy Forest. She bestows the Agi, Patra, Posumudi and Maragi skills through Demon Whisper. Hua Po receives a slight bonus to Fire and healing skills inherited through fusion.
"A tree spirit of Chinese folklore who dwells in trees used for hangings. She is smaller than a human, and cannot speak, but her voice is said to be as clear as a bird`s song."
—Persona 3 FES compendium
Hua Po is one of the new Personas introduced in Persona 3 FES. She can only be fused after obtaining the Small Cheongsam from Elizabeth's request to go to Paulownia Mall. Hua Po can also be fused by Aigis in the playable epilogue, The Answer, without this restriction.
"A spirit of Chinese folklore who dwells in trees once used for hangings. She is smaller than a human and cannot speak, but her voice is said to be as clear and as beautiful as a bird's song."
—Persona 5 background
Hua Po is the first Persona of the Hanged Man Arcana and can be found as a Shadow in Madarame's Palace and in the Chemdah area of Mementos, with the title "Girl of the Hanging Tree." She is the second of three Personas to learn the Resist Forget skill and the first Persona that the protagonist can use in battle to learn Maragi. Hua Po is the first Persona to learn Burn Boost. When itemized in the Velvet Room through Electric Chair execution, Hua Po yields an Agilao skill card.