"Takaya showed me the light when I was in the darkness."
Jin Shirato is a character from Persona 3.
- Persona 3 / FES / Portable: Antagonist
- Persona 3 (Manga): Antagonist
- Persona 3 The Movie: Antagonist
- Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Gunjou no Meikyuu- / -Souen no Kesshou- / Chapter 4: Ai no Seiyaku/Final Chapter: Hekikuu no Kanata e: Antagonist
- Persona 3: Shadow Cry: Protagonist
Jin has short dark blue hair with the right side being slicked back and dark blue eyes. He is taller than Chidori Yoshino and shorter than Takaya Sakaki. He wears a green jacket with black straps with two detached sleeves, and navy blue pants with a black pocket and black shoes. He also wears orange-tinted glasses with black frames. He is always seen carrying a silver briefcase. While his age, as with Takaya and Chidori, is unknown, he seems to be older than SEES, as he refers to Mitsuru Kirijo as "little lady," making him at least 18 or 19.
"There's no cure for stupidity."
Jin's most prominent trait is his loyalty to Takaya, to the degree of zealotry. Jin shows to be quite intelligent, being the information gatherer of Strega and web author of the Revenge Request website. He is very adept at locating their victims. Although, despite his intelligence, Jin is shown to have a very aggressive disposition as well as sharing the same misanthropic views as Takaya, though he is more rational than the latter, acting as a voice of reason to Takaya's more impulsive behavior. He dislikes SEES, calling them hypocrites and will insult or engage in battle with them every chance he gets. Also in SEES' battle with Jin, if he is near his defeat, he will complain that he lost to "these amateurs" again, despite not having actually lost yet. This would make Jin an example of an enemy who knows when he's beaten.
Jin is Takaya's faithful right-hand man, and a member of Strega alongside Takaya and Chidori. Jin acts as his tactical adviser and the webmaster of "Revenge Request." He uses hand grenades and other small bombs in battle, and is also a skilled computer hacker. He is "well-known" on the internet, according to Akihiko Sanada. Fuuka Yamagishi in particular recognizes the name Jin from her time online. In the Japanese version, Jin speaks in Kansai-ben dialect, suggesting that he originally hailed from Osaka or any other city in the Kansai area.
Jin appears to be very eager to get rid of SEES, since he believes that they are hypocrites who don't appreciate their own power. However, he is rational enough to limit Takaya's actions when necessary. Whenever Takaya takes a reckless approach, Jin is there to hold him back and remind him of what they are truly there for.
Jin is a zealot with a strong belief in Takaya's goals. He is fiercely loyal to Takaya for "showing him out of darkness" and helping him through the Kirijo Group's experiments. In spite of this, he often inadvertently helps SEES by revealing important information. It is Jin who informs the protagonist about the truth behind Strega, their involvement in the coming of Nyx, and Shuji Ikutsuki's real allegiance.
Jin is first seen with Strega on June 22th during the Dark Hour confronting a target, who was forcibly removed from his coffin, to complete a revenge request. Confused but intimidated by the change of scenery and their presence, the target tries to ask them questions, but Jin doesn’t answer and reveals his information to him, making the target realize that the very people facing him right now are from the rumors he heard about. The target then attempts to run away, only for Takaya to shoot him down. Although they didn’t manage to kill the target, Strega leaves him to die as they know that their request is complete.
Takaya and Jin first introduce themselves SEES on August 6th in the underground bunker. After Takaya threatens the team to not interfere with the Dark Hour, Jin closes the entrance leading to the bunker to trap them inside. This forces SEES to advance deeper into the bunker to defeat the two Shadows located here.
Takaya and Jin later confront and have their first official battle with SEES during the Full Moon Operation on November 3rd to prevent them from defeating Arcana Hanged Man, the last Shadow remaining. In battle, Jin uses his grenades as his regular attack to deal fire damage instead of physical. His Persona, Moros, can use Fire and Darkness attacks as well as buffing attack power of his own or Takaya's. Following their defeats, Takaya attempts to attack SEES once again, only for Jin to grab his hand and have themselves back to the ledge of the Moonlight Bridge. Refusing to surrender, the two leapt and disappeared into the blood-red sea below.
They revealed themselves to be alive when Chidori led SEES to Tartarus; displeased with Chidori being emotionally attached to his enemy, Takaya shot Junpei, who only survived once Chidori sacrificed her life to save him. After an enraged Junpei summons his evolved Persona, Jin takes the blow for Takaya as he prepares to fight SEES once again. Jin, however, reminds Takaya that they have important things to do before they flee the scene.
Near the end of the game, on the 258th floor of Tartarus, Jin gets left behind by Takaya, but he confronts SEES to fight them for the last time, not wanting them to interfere with Takaya's wish even though they cannot defeat Nyx. In battle, Jin has grown stronger by developing more skills and abilities, using them to focus on the weaknesses of his enemies to gain an advantage. After losing, he demands that SEES finish him off. Jin reveals that in order to better understand the Dark Hour, the Kirijo Group rounded up kids on the streets and gave them special powers in order to investigate Tartarus. However, they had to take experimental medication so that their powers wouldn't kill them; only Strega survived out of the original hundred. Everyone is then surrounded by Shadows, and Jin orders SEES to flee instead of dragging him away. After expressing his wishes to Takaya, Jin kills himself by setting off one of his grenades that holds back the rest of the Shadows.
Full quotes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obk2aD4T6lE
- "You're pissing me off."
- "Go to hell!"
- "It's my turn!"
- "It ends here!"
- "Not good enough!"
- "You're gonna pay for that!"
- "I'm not done yet."
- "This is the end of the line for you."
- "There's no cure for stupidity."
- "Playtime's over, kids. It's time for the real deal."
- "Oh, you're gonna pay for this!"
- "Shit... These guys are tougher than I thought."
- "Son of a bitch..."
- "This is it. I ain't holdin' back."
- "I've improved since our last fight. You can't hide your weaknesses from me."
- "I excel at data analysis. I don't need no Persona to find your weaknesses."
- "Damn you. You've covered up all your weaknesses. Are you too afraid to face them?"
- "You think you're tough? I won't lose this time."
- "No, I ain't finished yet. Come on!"
Jin Close Up
Concept art of Jin
Jin as he appears in game
Jin summons his Persona
|Persona 3 (manga)|
Jin on Moros
|Persona 3 The Movie|
Concept artwork from Persona 3 The Movie
Jin Shirato in Persona 3 The Movie
|Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade|
Jin as he appears in Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade
In Other Languages
|Japanese||白戸 陣 (Shirato Jin)|
|Korean||시라토 진 (Sirato Jin)|
- The name Jin means "team, camp, battle array/battle formation, ranks, position" (陣), referring to his status as the informant of the group and the fact that he is literally part of the team.
- Jin's surname Shirato means "white" (白) (shira) and "door" (戸) (to), which either references his tendency to reveal information at SEES or his final battle with them before his death.
- Being left-handed, he is one of the two Persona users in the game who uses the Evoker with his left hand (the other being Akihiko). In addition, his Persona Moros has only the left arm and is thus left-handed, too.
- If the party equips accessories to block each character's weaknesses (such as Mitsuru's to Fire), Jin will complain about them doing so. However, this can occur right before he claims that they can't hide their weaknesses from him.
- Jin being of the Hermit Arcana may be a reference to his proficiency with technology and the shut-in stereotype, suggesting Jin does not do much with his time other than using the computer.
- There is a small error during the battle with Jin on the Moonlight Bridge. It shows in the analysis that Jin is the Fortune Arcana, instead of Hermit.
- In Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Gunjou no Meikyuu-, he appears to be skilled at martial arts without his main weapon.
- In Persona 3 The Movie, it is revealed his experiment number was Subject no. 01A057.