"Hey. Make this statement to the cops. 'This kid suddenly attacked me.' Got it? If you even try to say anything else, you know what'll happen to you, right?"
Masayoshi Shido is a character from Persona 5. Appearing to Tokyo as a powerful, highly charismatic and confident politician, Shido is in reality the leader of a grand conspiracy taking the form of an Antisocial Force attempting to overthrow the current government.
- Persona 5 / Royal: Major Character (Antagonist)
- Persona 5 The Animation: Major Character (Antagonist)
Shido is a tall, bald man with a small black goatee. He wears a business suit and a pair of orange-tinted square glasses.
Shadow Shido initially appears identical to his real world counterpart. Once he boards his golden mount, he dons a black army general uniform with long cape, long white gloves, and knee-high white boots. His spiked helmet resembles the Principality. He initially does not transform himself after becoming Samael, instead summoning a golden lion, made of humanoid figures, called the "Beast of Human Sacrifices" (人柱の王獣, Hitobashira no Oujū)? as a mount. As the Beast is damaged, it reconfigures itself into the "Wings of Human Sacrifices" (人柱の王翼, Hitobashira no Ouyoku)? (the previous form with bird's wings) and then the "Tomb of Human Sacrifices" (人柱の王墓, Hitobashira no Oubo)? (a pyramid which resembles the with a high-caliber cannon replacing its eye) before it is destroyed and he fights directly.or
In his second form, he rips away his upper clothing and headgear, revealing heavily built muscles. Springs that resemble an exercise harness wrap all around his upper body, and he emits a red aura. In his final "true" form, his muscles bulge even further, which shatters the springs and turns his skin red, and he emits a dark-violet aura.
"Damn brat... I'll sue!"
Shido is a profoundly selfish, egotistical, and arrogant man with a savior complex. He is utterly self-assured of his fundamental righteousness, believing that he is favored by "God" simply because his Conspiracy was able to get away with almost everything it has done with the backing of the General Public and he had knowledge of the Metaverse (Which is surprisingly, rather shallow and fundamental). He despises anyone who tries to stop him from any of his desires, no matter how fleeting. The consequences of opposing Shido can arrange from lawsuits against anyone who irritates him, death threats, and in severe cases, he even outright assassinates them. However, in spite of all the heinous things he does privately, he does make a good attempt in giving himself a public image and thus the public is completely oblivious to his true personality, as they only see him as the revolutionary politician that he pretends to be.
Shido is quite litigious, threatening to sue anyone who irritates him and has no qualms with blackmailing even the police into keeping their mouth shut. His libido is also incredibly high and is prone to having impulsive sexual sprees against women, which resulted in the conceiving of Goro Akechi and indirectly, the protagonist's probation. This proves to be integral to his downfall, as both young men quickly form into some of his greatest adversaries, one that is designated to become the main reasons of his demise.
Shido is willing to use whatever method he can, no matter how underhanded, to complete his goals, but keeps his public image as clean using whatever methods he can to keep those in the know silent. He believes that Japan's social state is utterly corrupt and weak on the world stage, completely blind to his own hypocrisy in creating a criminal Antisocial Force to win the election for Prime Minister unfairly.
He also believes that nobody other than himself and his own noblemen connections have any rights to exist, as seen inside his cruiser Palace where all cognitive existences appear as normal people, but no representations of the lower class appear within it. This indicates that his political ideology is those of a radical nationalist and a social darwinist, where only he and the most wealthy, influential and loyal people can exist within the Japan that he would govern.
Manipulative and charismatic, Shido is a skilled speaker who ultimately entrances the masses into supporting him using his influential speech-craft. He has a craft for giving passionate speeches that inspire the masses and speaks frankly on his opinions of current matter, making him seem more believable and credible. However, he is also quite paranoid, taking precautionary measures to eliminate all who are involved in his schemes, even eliminating anyone who threatens his plans or may become a problem down the road. Anyone who threatens his associates with arrest are also not exempt from being eliminated, as seen in the case when Zenkichi Hasegawa tried to investigate Jun Owada, which is implied to be one of the reasons why his cronies such as Junya Kaneshiro and Ichiryusai Madarame are allowed to run rampant with no consequences of the law.
As a father figure, Shido can be compared to a Goro Akechi to manipulate him, and their conversations are always mission-based with no signs of affection. Shido claims that once he becomes Prime Minister, he will give Akechi any wish he desires, despite the fact that he plans to kill Akechi after the election. Akechi speaks poorly of Shido, wanting to get revenge on him because of his incredibly shameful birth in Shido's hands, as well as his mother's suicide for accidentally birthing him in a one-night stand.. He both praises and threatens
Shido uses Akechi as a tool to achieve his own goals. Two and a half years ago, Akechi offered Shido a hitman service, where he uses his persona Loki to turn people psychotic, assisting him by turning his political rivals into suspects and prosecuting them. Akechi's resentment for Shido is so powerful to the point that he still wishes to be acknowledged by him for the sake of catching him off guard and ruin him at his apex once he goes complacent. Both Shido and Akechi are dishonest and two-faced in their relationship, and both wanted to dispose of each other once the elections are done and the Phantom Thieves and their confidants are all disposed of.
Shido's biggest flaw is his sheer ignorance, stupidity and irresponsibility. One of his most glaring flaws is that when he commits an atrocity, he usually forgets about it after a relatively short time. For example, when the party meets him in the Shibuya hotel, he does not bother remembering that he filed a lawsuit against the protagonist. He also values human lifes as if they were utterly worthless, even said person might be a highly important beloved to their offspring or associates; when the Thieves confront him, he does not even directly gloat about killing Wakaba or Kunikazu Okumura, instead responding with a callous remark about crushing anyone who interferes with him regardless of cost. The same remark also implies that their death was of absolutely no relevance or responsilibity to him. His sheer ignorance and recklessness however, can make him very dangerous as he can do nearly anything without concerning the well-being of others or even himself.
While Shido at first seems like a skilled tactician, he is actually a relatively poor one, as he orchestrates events that would seemingly benefit him in the long run, but in reality, will inevitably result in his downfall. This, when combined with his sheer ignorance and recklessness proved to be his Achilles heel, as all of his indirect and direct victims among the Phantom Thieves gathered up in his Palace to dispose of him. The protagonist also only made his Shadow remember the lawsuit in the middle of the confrontation. Due to Shido lacking a tie with his Shadow, it was implied that the real one does not know that the very people that he got their life ruined had caused his downfall at all. Despite unlike most Palace rulers he had some knowledge of the Metaverse and he had a contigency plan in case of his heart being changed, because of his sheer ignorance, said plan amounts to nothing more than swallowing a pill to induce a vegetative state to collapse his Palace and taking the Phantom Thieves with him, ignorant to the fact that they had in fact, escaped from numerous similar situations easily. Additionally, his abnormally high charisma is heavily suggested to be artificially engineered by the conductor as a part of his experiments on humanity.
"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 those victims at all! The identity of that cowardly man is-- The man behind it all is a current cabinet member, of all things. The Minister of State for Special Missions... Masayoshi Shido!"
Masayoshi Shido is a politician who has been a metropolitan assemblyman and a representative in the Antisocial Force for him to obtain power by any means necessary, and is backed by Yaldabaoth for rationalizing his absolute rule over humanity for their ignorance of revering Shido as a god-like figure despite his sheer maliciousness, ignorance and cruelty. His sponsors are largely consisted of corrupt politicians, con-men, Yakuza, corporations and nobility.of Japan. He is now a cabinet minister who split from the ruling party to form the United Future Party and is running for election of the next Prime Minister of Japan. In reality, he is actually the founder of a treasonous and revolutionary
As a prime minister candidate, he is abnormally popular regardless of how despicable or incompetent he actually is, and his popularity only becomes progressively stronger throughout the game no matter how many setbacks he gets, to the point that his downfall inversely puts his popularity to an apex.
Prior to the events of the game, he bore Goro Akechi by molesting a prostitute and refused to make any apologies for her. Eventually, Akechi's mother committed suicide and as an attempt to ruin Shido, he enrolled to become his hitman as he grown up. In return, he taught Akechi how to induce mental shutdowns by killing Shadow Selves in Mementos or Palaces. Shido would later use Akechi to create scandals or atrocities to undermine or ruin his political opponents so he can go into power uncontested. Both Akechi and Shido planned on disposing one or the other once Shido successfully inaugurates.
One of the people he murdered via Akechi is a cognitive psience researcher called Wakaba Isshiki, who he murdered for the sole reason of extracting her cognitive psience research. In an unnecessary move of cruelty, he also forged a derogatory suicide note and read it aloud to her daughter Futaba Sakura, causing her to become a suicidal shut-in. By the events of the game, much like most other atrocities he committed, Shido has no recollection of this incident. Later on, money from Ichiryusai Madarame's forgeries and Junya Kaneshiro's drug trafficking scams would be used to fund his political campaign.
The protagonist met Shido one night while walking home late. Shido, heavily intoxicated, harassed his female subordinate who attempted to flee from his car after an argument about money laundering. When Shido noticed the protagonist, he threatened the latter not to get in trouble with him because of his status as a powerful politician and his connection to the police. He lost his balance when the protagonist attempted to pull him away from the woman and fell, sustaining a minor injury. Shido angrily accused the protagonist for the nonexistent violence and forced his subordinate to testify against the protagonist. This caused the protagonist to be arrested and then later put on probation for assault. Shido also specifically ordered the arriving policemen who recognized him to conceal his involvement, which makes it nearly impossible for the protagonist to identify Shido by name and change his heart in order to clear his criminal record. This results in the protagonist being thrown into a rehabilitation game by "Igor,” which is actually Yaldabaoth in disguise. While the protagonist recognizes Shido's appearance, he does not recognize his name. However, Shido quickly forgot about the lawsuit and his deal the protagonist within a few weeks even if the protagonist's life was ruined because of the false assault charge.
Shido arranges an urgent meeting in Shibuya's Wilton Hotel with his most trusted allies — a , a politician Mr. Ooe, a TV Station President, and an IT Company President. He and the protagonist cross paths again when the protagonist, Ryuji Sakamoto, Ann Takamaki, and Morgana eat at the hotel's buffet to celebrate Kamoshida's downfall. Shido does not recognize the protagonist. While waiting for the elevator on a higher floor, the protagonist and Ryuji are pushed aside by Shido's men. When Ryuji protests the treatment, Shido dismisses them as children who have no place there. This, plus the general contempt of the other adults in the hotel, convinces them to continue their work as the Phantom Thieves.
The Phantom Thieves quickly become national news when Ichiryusai Madarame and Junya Kaneshiro confess to their own wrongdoings. Fearing that they are a threat to his plans, Shido plays a role behind the events of the story behind the scenes, employing the members of his group into building up the Phantom Thieves' notoriety by launching a fake Medjed threat of performing a national hacking attack and manipulating the Phan-site into making Kunikazu Okumura their target. The plan is successful and the Phantom Thieves's popularity explodes only for it to immediately crash after the brutal death of Kunikazu on national TV an assassinating his Shadow Self per his instructions. As a final step, he tasks Goro Akechi to join the Phantom Thieves as a mole and use Sae Niijima's Palace as a means to lead to the protagonist's arrest.
The plan appears to be successful and the protagonist is arrested. He is heavily drugged and is allowed to meet with Sae Niijima to discuss the events of the year thus far. After she completes her interrogation, Akechi enters the interrogation room of the protagonist and proceeds to shoot him, thereby eliminating the leader of the Phantom Thieves. With the main threat seemingly out of the way, he tells his group to perform surveillance on the remaining Phantom Thieves and wait until after the election is over to eliminate them.
Seventh Heist: Masayoshi ShidoEdit
In reality, the protagonist was not killed and Akechi merely killed his Cognition. The secrecy of his detainment, lack of confirmation of his death, and the conspiracy confident enough to not check the interrogation room of bodies allowed the protagonist to escape with the help of Sae. All of this was merely a plan by the protagonist to use himself as a decoy to trick Akechi so the Phantom Thieves can dismantle Shido without any obstruction. He was initially only unable to recollect it because he was drugged. To the world, the Phantom Thieves' leader was declared dead, having committed suicide. The protagonist uses his "death" as a means to investigate unopposed, but in secrecy.
Despite obviously not deserving it, Shido's popularity reaches a peak during the period around this heist, with nearly everyone in Tokyo (bar anyone that the protagonist has a maxed Confidant with) supporting him to become prime minister. Even people who do not trust any politician wanted him to become prime minister because he was the only viable candidate.
When it becomes clear to the Phantom Thieves that Shido is the one behind all the deaths as a result of the bizarre mental breakdowns, initially they have trouble pinpointing the form of his Palace, until he begins his election campaign in Yongen-Jaya. Ryuji personally encounters him after he makes a speech and tries to talk to him about the Wilton Hotel incident, only to be rudely shoved off by a body guard who does not even remember encountering Ryuji. Once the protagonist and Haru try to calm down Ryuji, Shido turns to the protagonist without even recognizing him, Haru, Ryuji or their encounter in the Wilton Hotel, cynically threatening "the kids" not to get in his way and left afterwards, completely unaware that the "kids" confronting him are the very people that he is supposed to arrest and take care of and one of them was the one he thought that he disposed of during the interrogation. After listening to Shido's voice once again in the election campaign, the protagonist finally realizes that Shido is the man who accused him of assault. He has a vague memory of that night, and remembers Shido's drunk rambling mentioned "steering this country." He deduces that it referred to a ship's steering wheel, opening the way to Shido's Palace.
He now acts as the final heist target of the Phantom Thieves, and his Palace takes the shape of a luxurious cruise ship sailing across a sunken Tokyo. He embodies the deadly sin of "Pride," which is represented by the cruiser's extremely luxurious appearance and it only houses his most trusted associates, the large number of member-only areas, the traps that turns the party into rats as he considers opposition to him as rats and the existence of a rigged legislative chamber where the voting results are always perfectly in his favor. The cruiser is also sailing in a sunken Tokyo and regularly crushes buildings on its way, indicating Shido has no regard for Japan's future and only cares for himself and his trusted associates. For such a distortedly arrogant target, the cognitions in Shido's Palace are surprisingly normal people just like the ones in Niijima's Palace before, although only wealthy nobles can be seen aboard the cruiser, indicating that he simply views the middle and lower class as not worthy of existence.
The Thieves require five letters of introduction from VIPs in order to access the Representative Chamber where Shido's Treasure is located. These letters are held by the same people Shido met with in the Wilton Hotel as well as a " ." Unlike the other cognitive passengers aboard the ship, the VIPs are direct manifestations of their corresponding Shadow Selves, able to appear due to their strong bonds with Shido. Shido turns out to be at the center of a conspiracy to rig the election for Prime Minister in his favor, allowing him to put his highly draconian and ultra-nationalistic political beliefs into effect, uncaring of the misery this would bring to Japan in general.
Akechi, having figured out that the protagonist lives, confronts the Phantom Thieves just after they obtained their fifth letter, revealing that he is Shido's illegitimate son and despite both of them are going after Shido, it would not matter by then and Akechi claims that he will take the protagonist and all of the Thieves down on his own. Shido used Akechi's fame as the prince detective and Akechi's desire to be acknowledged by Shido to manipulate him into being his hitman, eliminating any and all opponents who would oppose him on his journey to become Prime Minister, although Akechi is actually disloyal and planned on taking him down after he inaugurates. After Akechi is defeated, Shido's Cognition of Akechi appears, stating that though he promised Akechi anything in return for his services, he planned on killing him after the election. Akechi saves the Phantom Thieves by seemingly sacrificing himself to deal with his cognition, allowing the Phantom Thieves to reach the treasure room.
The Phantom Thieves execute their plan to steal Shido's heart by hacking the broadcasting system of Japan, vocalizing their plans and also revealing that the protagonist is very much alive. Shadow Shido confronts the Phantom Thieves, revealing that he was fully aware of Akechi's intents of betraying him, but he already had planned on disposing him after the election anyways. Though the Phantom Thieves express their disgust for his statements, he brushes them off. Haru and Futaba also express anger against him murdering their parents for his own profit, but he refuses to even acknowledge them and merely regards them as ants for him to be crushed in the path of his success. After this, seeing the Phantom Thieves' power and worth, he offers them the chance to work for him in his grand reform, but they vehemently refuse. Additionally, if the protagonist asks him if the offer is legit, he will admit that it is not. This starts a lengthy battle between Shido and the Phantom Thieves with his clothing changing into military garb and riding on a mount formed by the cognition of his supporters. After the Phantom Thieves defeat the chariot of the masses, the protagonist unmasks himself causing Shido to remember the incident where he sued him. Shido transforms into Samael and proceeds to fight the Phantom Thieves on his own, but is eventually subdued. In his defeat, Shadow Shido is goaded by the Phantom Thieves into confessing his crimes.
When Shido in reality senses the change of his heart, he orders a physician to feed him medicine to enter, hoping to collapse his Palace, protect his Treasure, and kill the Thieves in the process. This fails, as the Thieves all escape from the Palace alive. Shido begins to repent, which shocks his aides. They send him to the hospital to avoid media coverage of his mental state. He seemingly recovers on December 18th, just in time for the announcement of his landslide election victory. However, Shido begins to confess his crimes on air before they can cut him off, leaving the public in disbelief. In the upcoming three days, the remnants of the Conspiracy are left finding a backup plan due to the loss of their leader, while some of the public began to doubt that Shido even genuinely meant it for his promises.
His Treasure is his legislator's pin which takes the form of a golden wheel of his cruiser-shaped Palace, symbolizing his ambition as a leader to 'steer' his country. While the party celebrates in Café Leblanc after his confession, Sojiro states that the pin itself is not valuable at all so it cannot be pawned.
Final Heist: MementosEdit
While initially the Phantom Thieves managed to invoke doubt on the general public and send his remnants scurrying for a backup plan with Shido's Change of Heart which they still admit during that time, things suddenly take a turn for the absolute worst during the 23rd of December.
Not only the general public suddenly denies the Phantom Thieves' existence and are rather more worried about the future of Japan without Shido leading the country, support for Shido inversely reaches an apex even if this supposedly should not happen. His confession is also only covered up as "mental instability" with all proof that the Phantom Thieves tampered with his heart denied completely, despite even his lackeys admitted that it was a Change of Heart unanimously a week ago. Within the government, the proxy SIU Director also initiates a cover up on Shido's crimes, starting by firing Sae who was coming close to indicting him. In order to snap the public back to their senses, the Thieves infiltrate the Depths of Mementos.
There, they find the now unambitious Shadow Shido locked in the "prison of regression" like the other major target's Shadow Selves reformed by the Thieves. It turns out that just like the others, they did not properly reform Shido, but merely made him a member of the distorted masses who praises the Grail for guiding humanity to eternal imprisonment. He praises the prison by saying that it gives them the ultimate freedom to be liberated from struggling, and is the far better country than what he had planned. He also explains that he escaped from the Prison of Regression due to his desire to sow chaos and destroy order, and his duty, like the other Palace rulers, is to keep people behind the Prison before he was reformed and his Shadow Self returned back to it.
It was implied that Yaldabaoth had deliberately set up Shido for power only to also have the Phantom Thieves carry out his dismantling alongside his entire conspiracy right before he is able to in an attempt to prove that there will be no corrupt people causing chaos once Yaldabaoth reigns over humanity as its sole ruler. Furthermore, it's also heavily implied that the distortions at December 23rd are initial signs of Yaldabaoth stepping in and exerting the farthest extent of his manipulation against the general public to prove his point.
After the Phantom Thieves unite the masses into rebelling against the true mastermind of the story, all is restored to normal and the public begin to openly discuss Shido's corruption in the political race and discuss looking for alternative candidates for Prime Minster, ultimately cementing the Phantom Thieves' victory.
Two months later, the protagonist's probation is revoked when his fellow thieves and Confidants help locate the woman involved in his incident and she testifies for the protagonist's innocence. Meanwhile, while the protagonist was incarcerated after turning himself in as a Phantom Thief, he gives valuable testimony that helps build the case against Shido for Sae Niijima.
Persona 5 RoyalEdit
If the protagonist maxed the Councillor confidant, Akechi will take place for the protagonist to testify for Shido. At the end of the year, thanks to Akechi's testimonies, the woman whom Shido harassed was found and Shido was promptly arrested for treason.
During the final heist, it was revealed that Shido had also stole Takuto Maruki's cognitive psience research for his own nefarious use alongside Wakaba Isshiki's, and he also cut the funds for his cognitive psience research lab in Odaiba for an excuse of his research being completely original. Despite this, none of his lackeys knew what it was about. Unlike his other victims like the protagonist, Wakaba, and Okumura, he let Maruki free without any further repercussions. Later on, Maruki's desire to prove that his original research was true became his very motivation for opening a clinic and becoming a part-time counselor in Shujin. During Maruki's attempt to overlay reality he changes history where instead of Shido Confessing for his crimes, he was the only one arrested for trying to overthrow the government and suing the Protagonist.
After the protagonist defeats Maruki and removes the overlaid reality he created for humanity, Shido's case remains as if it were unsolved and the protagonist is testifying for him in Juvenile Hall. Thanks to all of his Confidants and allies, which might include the newly recruited Sumire Yoshizawa if he maxed her confidant, Shido is successfully tried a few weeks later just like in Persona 5.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom StrikersEdit
While not appearing physically, it was revealed that an former associate of him known as Jun Owada killed the mother of Akane Hasegawa and the wife of Zenkichi Hasegawa, Aoi Hasegawa and blamed it on a patsy secretary who quickly committed suicide afterwards. When Zenkichi investigated the incident, he was met with a death threat, threatening his and Akane's life, which forced him to put down the case, since if he doesn't, he will be risking crossing Shido's path which would most obviously put him and Akane in heavy danger.
Persona 5 The Animation Edit
Shido appears throughout the series, and like his game counterpart, is responsible for Ren's probation. Shido primarily appears in flashbacks and occasionally on TV interviews.
In the special OVA Dark Sun..., the party directly confronts him after sending the nation-wide broadcast. His chariot is shown to be able of withstanding multiple attacks without fazing and his true form can knock Ryuji flying with his incredible strength. However, he is still no match for Ren's combination of Yoshitsune, Alice and Beelzebub.
Shadow Shido's battle theme is the first occurrence of "Rivers in the Desert" instead of the generic boss battle theme "Blooming Villain" for previous Palace rulers. While the song is not used exclusively for him, the lyrics nonetheless match the scene of a sailing ship and the emotion of the Phantom Thieves when facing Shadow Shido.
The battle with Shido will be a long one, consisting of a total of five forms, with Shido switching around each form as his health drops. The first round consists of the Beast, Wings, and Tomb of Human Sacrifice, while the second round is where he takes on his Samael form.
The Beast of Human Sacrifice is impervious to physical and gun attacks while having several physical and almighty attacks of its own, in addition to Makarakarn to make it temporarily invincible. It has a tendency to inflict the party with Rage using Wage War, causing them to auto-attack the Beast and damage themselves. If it is shown to "charge its energy," it's telegraphing its Arm of Destruction attack - guard to avoid its harmful effects.
The Wings of Human Sacrifice resists all magic and has a vast variety of single-target magic to hit weaknesses. During certain turns, it prefers to use certain elements over others - it will prioritize Fire/Ice/Elec/Wind attacks first, then Psychokinesis/Nuclear, then Curse/Bless, before using Royal Wing Blast and resetting the pattern. Have the right team members be on the defense to avoid taking too much damage at once.
The Tomb of Human Sacrifice has no weaknesses or resistances, but packs several strong Almighty attacks, including Pyramid Blast which is telegraphed by Unholy Convergence for two turns. Although the Tomb's Unholy Convergence looks intimidating, the fact that Shido assumes this form when low on health also indicates an opportunity for the party to go all-out on him to finish the first fight. He also only has one action per turn in this form as opposed to two in the previous forms, so his offensive pressure drops significantly here.
If the Star Confidant is ranked high enough, be sure to switch around party members to suit the situation. Field magic users for the Beast, and physical attackers to beat the Wings.
As for the second fight, Samael has no resistances or weaknesses. His first form focuses on buffs, debuffs, and physical attacks. Bear in mind that his Tyrant's Fist can hit hard enough to nearly one-shot any party member without buffs. Once this form is defeated, he takes on his final form, where his move repertoire greatly expands, gaining Ma-dyne skills and severe-tier single target magic on top of an additional action. When this form hits half health, he begins using Tyrant's Glare to chain a series of buffs and debuffs before unleashing Tyrant's Wave.
There are very few gimmicks to the second phase as it turns into a straight-up brawl, but the sheer length of the battle can be draining on the party's collective SP.
Remember to equip Personas without any weaknesses especially personas that null or repel Bless and Physical. Personas that are immune to multiple elements are strongly recommended. SP recovery as well as healing skills on the protagonist are necessary as True Samael will force the protagonist to fight him alone when his HP is at a quarter.
Shido's Chariot remains identical to his Persona 5 counterpart. All strategies there should apply here.
However, his Samael form will have a new moveset, this time consisting of Heat Riser, Tyrant's Purge, a Physical attack that might kill a party member at random, in addition to Bloodbath. All of his attacks are physical, so make sure the protagonist equips a Persona that blocks or repels Physical to reduce the chances of instant death. Remember to remove Heat Riser with Dekaja. He may also retaliate with Dekaja if the party has any buffs on them.
True Samael will retain similar strategies as his Samael form, although he also has a powerful Bless Skill known as "Tyrant's Cleanse," and will rotate between other -dyne tier spells. If his HP goes half or below, he will use Charge + Heat Riser. Remove Heat Riser after this and have all other party members, especially the protagonist guard because he will use Tyrant's Fist, Tyrant's Cleanse and Tyrant's Wave in a row, something that is most definitely lethal for the party, especially the protagonist. He will then stop moving for a turn before using Heat Riser and Charge again, so be prepared to heal after the attack chain and mount an offense during the turn he would do nothing.
If his HP goes to a quarter or below, he will forcefully isolate all of the protagonist's party members and force him to fight him alone. Once this happens, he will only attack once per turn in a specific order, namely begin with a random elemental severe tier attack before cycling in this order: Inferno > Diamond Dust > Thunder Reign > Panta Rhei while altering between Heat Riser and Tyrant's Cleanse.
- For example: If he starts with Panta Rhei, the upcoming attacks will be: Tyrant's Cleanse > Inferno > Heat Riser > Diamond Dust > Tyrant's Judgment > Thunder Reign > Heat Riser...
In order to get around this, prepare a few personas that can be used for healing and offense is not weak to, preferably nullify or repel Fire, Wind, Ice, Elec and Bless, predict the order that the moves come by and switch them accordingly, because those will be the only moves he will use in this phase. If one has enough Magic Ointments, simply spamming them every turn will ensure Shido gets defeated automatically. If he gets one mores, he will respond with Debilitate or Heat Riser, which can greatly cripple the protagonist, so do not let him get them.
- True Masayoshi Samael Shido's default attack order is Deathbound / Tyrant's Purge > Ma-dyne tier skills.
- The ma-dyne spells cast are in this order: Fire > Ice > Wind > Elec > Psi > Nuke > Makougaon > Maeigaon > Fire...
- If True Masayoshi Samael Shido's HP goes below 75%, he will always attack with the following pattern:
- Charge + Heat Riser > Tyrant's Purge + Tyrant's Cleanse + Tyrant's Wave > Squander a turn > Charge + Heat Riser...
- All Showtimes activate during this phase if possible.
- If True Masayoshi Samael Shido's HP reaches a quarter left, he will forcefully isolate the protagonist for a final battle. After then, he will only use these attacks once per turn in this exact order:
- Inferno > Tyrant's Cleanse > Diamond Dust > Heat Riser > Thunder Regin > Tyrant's Cleanse > Panta Rhei > Heat Riser...
- The first attack will be random between Inferno / Diamond Dust / Thunder Regin / Panta Rhei, in which the rotation will start from that point.
- If he gets any one mores, he might cast Debilitate or Heat Riser.
- "I'll erase any who stand in my way." (Beginning of both Beast of Human Sacrifice and Samael battle)
- "There is no need for thieves in my mighty country... Only myself and the ones who revere me are needed."
- "Resistance is futile."
- "I won't go easy."
- "And stay down!"
- "Can you endure this?"
- "Too slow." (Shido dodges)
- "You lowlifes! I hope you understand what it means to turn your back on me!"
- "You shall regret this foolish actions against me... in the afterlife!" (transformation into the Wings of Human Sacrifice)
- "To think you'd manage this much...! Why won't you stop resisting...?! The nation I strive for... is the ultimate realization of the public's happiness!"
- "The weak must be sacrificed for the sake of grand ideals! This is the natural order of this world!" (transformation into the Tomb of Human Sacrifice)
- "Useless, ignorant masses!" (fall of the Tomb of Human Sacrifice)
- "I wouldn't expect the ignorant masses of this country to understand. Thus, I'll offer the proof... By forcefully crushing The Phantom Thieves!" (reveals Samael form)
- "I...shall win this game!"
- "Such impertinence!"
- "Are you scared?"
- "Not bad. But there is no reason for me to lose to thieves!" (50% HP)
- "Come at me!"
- "Nnnngh...! How are those lowlife brats beating me...?" (1% HP)
- "Aaaaaaaahahahaha! Don't think you've won. The power held by the most elite is what rules over our society... It's vexing that I have to use this on some foolish brats... But I will educate you through and through!" (reveals True Samael form)
- "Hmph... Die."
- "Hmph...! You will regret your actions. ...You've angered me for the last time." (50% HP, using Tyrant's Wave first time)
- "It seems you still don't understand what happens when you defy me. ...I will destroy you... with my two hands." (25% HP, using Tyrant's Wave second time)
Samael concept art
Samael concept art (2)
Samael concept art (2.1)
Shido yelling at Akechi
Shido confronting the Phantom Thieves
Shido propaganda poster in his palace
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Samael's Thieves Den decor
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|Persona 5 The Animation|
Beast of Human Sacrifices in Persona 5 the Animation
Masayoshi Samael Shido in Persona 5 the Animation
Masayoshi (正義) means "justice" which is identical to "seigi," its meaning is mentioned in the plot several times to satirize Shido's injustice deeds. Shi (獅) means "lion" and Dō (童) can compose the phrases related to "child."
- In the anime cutscene where Shido's full name in kanji is shown, one kanji is written differently, namely "堂" instead of "童" in-game. The typo does not change the pronunciation of his name, but the meaning of his surname is now "lion-institute" instead of "lion-child."
- Shadow Shido's first form in battle bears a striking resemblance to from the franchise who is also voiced by Shuichi Ikeda and Keith Silverstein in Japanese and English respectively. This fits with Shido's characterization as an authoritarian politician, as Aznable's own superiors are the fascistic Principality of Zeon.
- Shido is very similar to Steven Armstrong from : Both are highly nationalistic politicians who lead the primary antagonistic faction for the sake of being elected leader of their respective countries (President of the United States, for Armstrong), and both fight the main protagonists, first on a vehicle (Shido's lion, Armstrong's Metal Gear EXCELSUS), then become much more muscular for a direct fight in melee in a way that discolors their skin (Armstrong's nanomachines cause his skin to turn a metallic grey whenever faced with physical trauma).
- While Shido doesn't seem to be based on a particular real life personality unlike Kamoshida, Madarame, Kaneshiro and Kunikazu, he shares the traits of many real life politicians, especially radical ones that hand out high but empty promises to rally the public into supporting them while being highly corrupt behind the scenes. Law enforcement and media often protects these corrupt politicians from being exposed just like how said groups had gone all the way to prevent Shido from being exposed and remove his opposition in the game.
- Shadow Shido is the only Palace ruler in Persona 5 that the thieves don't encounter before they actually fight him. Therefore, his security meter portrait always uses his normal outfit instead of his Shadow's.
- If the protagonist is defeated by Shido's Samael form and one chooses to restart the boss fight, it will pit them right against his Samael form.
- After his change of heart, a chalk drawing of him confessing can be seen on the blackboard of the protagonist's class.
- According to its Thieves Den description, Shido's Chariot is made from the bodies of people he sacrificed on his road to fame.
- If the protagonist has Akechi in the Thieves Den, he will describe it as "disgusting."
- The Chariot of Human Sacrifices cannot be killed in a single turn. Should the party attempt to do this, it will transform into the Wing of Human Sacrifices at 1 HP. Once attacked in this form, it transforms into the Tomb of Human Sacrifices. Attacking it once again in its Tomb form defeats it instantly.
- In Royal, if the protagonist goes fighting Shadow Shido alone, Ryuji, Ann and Morgana will automatically fill in after defeating his Chariot form.
- In Royal, True Samael cannot be killed in a single turn. Should the party attempt to do this, he will block all attacks until he can activate the event where the protagonist is forced to fight him alone.
- In Persona 5, Shido is one of the two characters to have multiple angles for their dialogue portraits (excluding his and the other antagonists' Shadow Selves), the other being Akechi. However, in Royal, all of the Phantom Thieves got this distinction, instead making Shido one of two non-playable characters to have multiple dialogue portrait angles, the other being Takuto Maruki.