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The protagonists' masks.

Masks (仮面, Kamen)? are recurring items in the Persona series. As Persona literally means "mask" in Latin, it has been used throughout the series in a symbolic and literal way both in-game and in official artwork.

AppearancesEdit

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Megami Ibunroku PersonaEdit

Philemon uses masks as a metaphor when explaining the concept of a Persona to the protagonist. Many other important masks appear throughout the game, such as the Snow Queen Mask and the Totems used to fuse Vishnu and Nyarlathotep: the Avatar and the Faceless Mask.

Persona 2Edit

Masks play an important role in the game. The members of the original Masked Circle used Phoenix Ranger Featherman masks in order to hide their identities when playing "Masked Circle" together. For some of them, like Eikichi Mishina and Lisa Silverman, who were bullied by their peers due to their weight and ethnicity, respectively, it was a way to hide their insecurities. Joker and his four executives also hide their identities using masks as a nod to the original Masked Circle. In Innocent Sin, those masks are also used as means to summon the characters' Ultimate Personas. Masks were also used for draining Ideal Energy.

All character-exclusive Personas are also humanoid in design, as if their hosts were wearing a costume. This is evidenced by a piece of official artwork showing that Artemis looks like a yellow-eyed Maya Amano under her helmet. In the PSP ports, the icon used to represent the Velvet Room in shopping malls is a mask.

Persona: Tsumi to BatsuEdit

Kazumi Kiba and Rihito Shimizu first encounter Igor in a mask shop, where he explains how they've been used throughout the ages by humans in symbolic ways.

Persona 3 / Persona 4Edit

All enemy Shadows have masks whose color and design change depending on their Arcana. The "Change Persona" icon in the battle interface of Persona 3 is also represented by a mask.

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

The Velvet Room is represented by a mask icon.

Persona 5Edit

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Phantom Thieves holding masks.

Masks function as a summoning medium for the protagonist and the other members of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. It appears to be symbolic of their Personas, as captured Personas are shown taking the form of masks, rather than the Tarot Cards they were previously contained in.

The Phantom Thieves of Hearts realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and using it to help those in need.

To acquire a mask, a potential Persona user must be in the Metaverse and must acknowledge that they are being wronged by someone in the real world. Their Shadow Selves will speak to them, asking if they are willing to rebel against these wrongdoings. Should they accept, their eyes turn yellow and a Mask appears on their face, requiring that they rip it off and bleed. Once they do so, their Shadow Self manifests into a Persona, granting them the power to fight Shadows.

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The protagonist unmasking in pain.

The mask permanently appears on them whenever they enter the Metaverse and becomes their medium to summon their Persona. While removing them to manifest the Persona for the first time inflicts them with great pain, they can remove it freely on subsequent attempts without inflicting any pain on themselves. Morgana also describes the masks, and by extension, their appearances when traversing the Palace, as representations of their rebellious wills. Each member of the Phantom Thieves has a unique mask that is manifested from their sense of rebellion.

Shadows in Palaces appear as masked humanoids that take a form based on their owner's cognition. However, breaking them reveals Shadows resembling mythical figures, which can be battled or negotiated with much like their Shin Megami Tensei counterparts.

Futaba Sakura is an exception to this rule. When her Persona awakened, it manifested in the form of Shadow Futaba in Futaba's Palace, thus when she awakened to her power, Shadow Futaba merely transformed from Shadow to Persona instead of becoming a mask she has to tear off.

When Sumire Yoshizawa first awakens to her Persona, she does not manifest any blood when she tears off her mask: instead, a pink screening forms her Phantom Thief attire. This is because the awakening was fake; as she took the identity of "Kasumi," a cognitive overlay placed on top of her true self. During Sumire's real awakening, blood gushes out when she tears off her mask, just like the rest of the Phantom Thieves.

QuotesEdit

"Are you aware that there are many "selves" you harbor within you? The "self" suffused with divine love... the "self" capable of demonic cruelty... People live by wearing different masks. Your current self may be only one of those innumerable masks."
"Regardless of race or culture, masks exist in every nation around the world. The intention of the powerless people was probably due to the compelling desire to disguise or incarnate oneself as a different person. Humans and masks are connected in this way. The many aspects that people have, the self suffused with divine love and the self capable of demonic cruelty, are also masks. Masks are indisputably not for concealing one's appearance, but probably for human beings to express the various characteristics they are made of."
Igor



GalleryEdit

General Gallery
 
Velvetp1
The Velvet Room, and many masks representing different Personas
 
P2-Tatsuya&Apollo
Tatsuya Suou wearing half of Apollo's mask
 
P2-Maya&Artemis
An unmasked Artemis looming over Maya
 
Mask
Mask used for draining of Ideal Energy
 
TamakiISmasked
Tamaki's masked portrait in Persona 2: Innocent Sin
 
P3-Protagonist-WildCard
The protagonist of Persona 3 with Shadow Arcana masks
 
Velvet Room Icon
The Velvet Room Icon in Persona Q
 
P5 Joker mask
Joker's Opera Mask
 
S05 chara
Joker's Opera Mask
 
P5 Hero Masked Portrait
Joker's Opera Mask
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji's phantom thief outfit
Ryuji's Skull Mask
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's Phantom Thief outfit
Ann's Panther Mask
 
P5 portrait of Yusuke Kitagawa's phantom thief outfit
Yusuke's Fox Mask
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Nijima's phantom thief outift
Makoto's Mask
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura's phantom thief outfit
Futaba's Mask
 
P5 portrait of Haru Okumura's phantom thief outfit
Haru's Mask
 
Goro-thief
Akechi's Mask
 
Goro-black-mask-portrait
Akechi's Black Mask
 
P5R Portrait Violet
Sumire's Mask
 
Takuto Azathoth
Maruki's Mask
 
P5S-Zenkichi-Portrait
Zenkichi's Mask
 
P5S Sophia PlusEyes
Sophia's Mask
 
P5S Akane Hasegawa King
 
Sophia-Pandora-Mask
Sophia's Pandora Mask
 
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Yusuke's Fox Mask
 
P5 Icon Mask-rip
Joker ripping the Mask off an enemy

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