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"Let's think positive!"
—Maya Amano, Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Maya Amano is a playable character in Persona 2: Innocent Sin and the protagonist in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment where she is investigating the New World Order.

Maya is the first female protagonist of the Persona series as well as the oldest.



Maya is a young woman in her early twenties with light skin, shoulder-length black hair styled in a flip, and purple eyes. At 5'6" (168 cm), she could be considered tall (especially in Japan where Persona 2 is set), although she is shorter than fellow party member Yukino Mayuzumi.

Her outfit is unique and appears to be custom-made: she wears a two-piece ensemble consisting of a two-tone brown jacket with distinctive pink hearts on the chest and a matching skirt trimmed in metallic silver paired with knee-high brown boots, finished off with a long navy necktie.

As a young teenager, her hair was bobbed with bangs, and she alternately wore a red, white and blue sailor-style school uniform, and a pink shirt under blue overalls with a red heart design.


"It's whoop-ass time!"

She is famous for her rather unwavering and relentless optimism, something which begins to break down in Eternal Punishment. Maya Amano is a cheerful and compassionate woman, and works as a reporter for the teen magazine Coolest. Maya is also known for her motto, "Let's think positive!"

Maya's rabbit Mr. Bunbun.

Maya often takes the role of a leader in the group, even in Persona 2: Innocent Sin where she is not the protagonist. Her unstoppable optimism and kindheartedness inspired and encouraged the group throughout the events of the game, making her an unforgettable force within the world they inhabited. Maya also often cheers the party up with her stuffed rabbit doll, which she calls "Mr. Bunbun." This doll evokes memories of her father.

Maya functions as the silent protagonist in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment but still retains components of her Innocent Sin personality.


Persona 2

Innocent Sin

"A beautiful and cheerful journalist. She's gathering rumors from students to compile into a special report."
—Her introduction, Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Maya Amano is a writer for Kismet Publishing working on the teen magazine Coolest. Her father is Masataka Amano. In the events of hearing rumors regarding a wish-granting genie called Joker, who grants anyone any wish, Maya became intrigued and tried to investigate behind the rumors, along with her partner Yukino Mayuzumi. Her investigation ends up in the Seven Sisters High School, in which she meets Tatsuya Suou and the others, setting the events of Innocent Sin.

Maya with Tatsuya, Lisa, Jun and Eikichi.

Although Tatsuya and his friends forced themselves to forget, Maya had known them 10 years ago, as childhood friends. They formed a group called the Masked Circle, in which they hid their identities from one another with masks. She taught them the game "Master Persona," which would allow all of them to manifest a Persona and would also save Maya's life.

However, one day Maya revealed that she would have to move away. To prevent this, she was locked inside the shrine at which they played, which the kids believed would force her to stay, if she wasn't available at the time her parents moved. Although Tatsuya wanted no part, Lisa Silverman and Eikichi Mishina did it anyway and locked him along with Maya.

During the night, the shrine was set on fire by Tatsuya Sudou. Maya was not killed thanks to her Persona awakening, but she was severely injured and developed a phobia of fire.

Jun Kurosu, one of Maya's closest friends, was led by Nyarlathotep to believe that Maya had died in the fire; furthermore, the Crawling Chaos tricked Jun into believing that the fire, far from the horrific coincidence it actually was, had been the intention all along. As a result, he developed a lingering grudge against the others, and it led to him taking the role of Joker.

While revisiting the Alaya Shrine, the party fights Shadow Maya.

After the party's final confrontation with Nyarlathotep, Ms. Ideal stabs Maya with the Spear of Destiny. Due to a rumor that wounds inflicted from it could not be healed, it inflicts a mortal wound. Even in her dying breath, Maya tells the party to be positive, telling them "Mr. Bunbun" will not be happy if they are sad, and finally dies, fulfilling the Oracle of Maia and destroying the world, with the exception of Sumaru City.

Stricken with grief and devastated over her death, the party demands Philemon to do something about it. Philemon agrees to bring her back, but in an 'alternate world' with a hefty price; everyone must forget Maya and the friendship they shared. Everyone willingly discards their memory, but during the process Tatsuya out and out refuses to forget through sheer force of will. In the events of doing so, Tatsuya ends up in the 'alternate' universe with all his memories intact, causing a paradox and setting the events of Eternal Punishment.

At the end of Innocent Sin, Maya and Tatsuya end up bumping into each other in front of a station, along with the other party members who witness this. This meeting causes Tatsuya to remember the events of Innocent Sin and Maya to develop a bruise.

Eternal Punishment

"Editor of Kismet Publishing's teen magazine, Coolest. The game's main character."
—Her introduction, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
"Editor of Coolest. Cheerful by nature, she has been troubled by occurrences of deja vu lately."
—Initial Profile Description

Persona 2 Eternal Punishment - Ending

Maya walking across the street.

Maya functions as the silent protagonist in Eternal Punishment. She still writes for Coolest, often working alongside Yukino Mayuzumi. Before the events of the game, she had bumped into a mysterious student who had felt familiar to her. After this meeting, she also developed a mysterious bruise on her chest which occasionally aches. While working on a story about JOKER, she stumbles upon JOKER himself. He forces Maya, Katsuya Suou, and Ulala Serizawa to summon their Personas, and they wind up pursuing him.

Persona 3

Maya appears in Persona 3 as the online screen name for the Hermit Social Link character, in the English version of the game. She even says "let's think positive!"

DemiKids: Light & Dark

Maya is an A-Rank BattleNet opponent that's said to be a reporter that prefers to use recovery spells and bird demons. Defeating her 25 times earns a War Crow, 30 times a Garuda.


Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Solo Contacts

  • Interview: Maya interviews the enemy.
  • Consult: Maya consults with the enemy.
  • Discuss Parents: Maya talks about parents.
  • Compliment: Maya compliments the enemy.

Group Contacts

  • Maya + Tatsuya: Maya tries to get Tatsuya's attention. (Gained after exiting the Air Raid shelter.)
  • Maya + Eikichi: Maya interviews Eikichi. (Gained automatically after the Club Zodiac dungeon.)
  • Maya + Yukino: Maya and Yukino perform a comedy routine. (Available from start.)
  • Maya + Eikichi + Lisa: Maya, Eikichi, and Lisa perform a comedy routine. (Gained automatically after the Club Zodiac dungeon.)
  • Maya + Lisa + Yukino: Maya, Lisa, and Yukino seduce the enemy. (Available from start.)
  • Maya + Jun: Maya acts like a big sister towards Jun.
  • Maya + Jun + Tatsuya: Maya and Jun comment on their growth and recollect about their past. Tatsuya observes.
  • Maya + Lisa + Jun: Maya and Lisa seduce the enemy, while Jun asks for the demon's mercy.

Battle Quotes

Innocent Sin

  • Ready or not, here I go! (when entering a battle)
  • It's whoop-ass time! (when entering a battle)
  • Yikes! (when entering a battle on low HP)
  • Freeze! (when attacking)
  • There! (when attacking)
  • Bulls-eye! (when attacking)
  • Huh! (when attacking)
  • Persona! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Come to me! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Ciao! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Omni Dimension! (when using Omni Dimension with Maia and Maia Prime)
  • Dark Dimension! (when Shadow Maya uses Dark Dimension, the dark counterpart to Omni Dimension, with Reverse Maia)
  • Crescent Mirror! (when using Crescent Mirror with Artemis)
  • Are you ready? Here goes! (when using Fusion Spells)
  • Grand Cross! (when using Grand Cross)
  • See you next time! (when escaping)
  • Grab your asses and run! (when escaping)
  • No... (when KO'ed)
  • I'm sorry... (after winning a battle)
  • Did I overdo it? (after winning a battle)
  • Ohhh yeah, whoop-ass complete! (rare victory quote)
  • I know they're demons, but... *sigh* I guess you get used to it. (rare victory quote)

Eternal Punishment

  • Let's do it! (when entering a battle)
  • Whoop-ass time! (when entering a battle)
  • This is not good! (when entering a battle with low HP)
  • There! (when attacking)
  • Snap shot! (when attacking)
  • Persona! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Ciao! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Now, go! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Artemis! (when using Crescent Mirror with Artemis)
  • Let's go, ready? (when using Fusion Spells)
  • Let's fuse a spell! (when using Fusion Spells)
  • Everyone, c'mon! (when using Fusion Spells)
  • Whoop-ass completed! (after winning a battle)
  • I'm sorry... (after winning a battle)
  • Hmm... Did I overdo it? (rare victory quote)
  • Is that all? (rare victory quote)
  • I've felt this before... (rare victory quote)
  • I want to meet him... Stay out of my way! (rare victory quote)
  • See - you - next - time! (when retreating)
  • Grab your asses and run! (when retreating)
  • No way! (when KO'ed)
  • I can't, not here... (game over)
  • I'm sorry... Tatsuya... (game over)


The motif of Maya's theme is probably the most arranged officially in the human character's theme category of the Megami Tensei series. If one does not count the remastered tracks of PSP remakes of the Persona 2 duology, there are 4 tracks containing Maya's motif in Innocent Sin OST, 1 track in Eternal Punishment OST, 1 vocal remix from "Persona 2: Innocent Sin ~ The Errors of Their Youth," 1 rearranged track from Persona 3 FES, 2 rearranged track in the Eternal Punishment PSP remake and Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album for Persona 5 deluxe version pack-in bonus soundtracks which were released exclusively to Japanese version.


"Change Your Way" is the ending theme song for Persona 2: Eternal Punishment written and sung by Elisha La'Verne with the game in mind. According to the songwriter the song is about always being available to get out of bad situations, and was based upon experiences as she grew up in London, witnessing homeless people on the streets. This echoes the protagonist Maya's motto, "Let's think positive!"[1]

"Maya's Theme" (Innocent Sin)
"Maya's Theme -Sad version-" (Innocent Sin)
"Maya Dies" (Innocent Sin)
"Maya's Theme" (Innocent Sin PSP remake)
"Vehicle Maneuver" (Innocent Sin PSP remake)
"Maya's Theme 2" (Eternal Punishment)
"Open your heart -Up-rifting house mix" ("Persona 2: Innocent Sin ~ The Errors of Their Youth")
"Maya's Theme -Atsushi Kitajoh Rearrange Ver-" (Eternal Punishment PSP bonus soundtrack)
"Maya's Theme" (Persona 3 FES)


Innocent Sin Artwork

Innocent Sin Portraits

Eternal Punishment Artwork

Eternal Punishment Portraits

PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival

Persona 25th Anniversary

Comic Anthology


Other Appearances


  • The name Maya means "dance" (舞) (ma) and "question mark" (耶) (ya).
  • Maya's surname Amano means "heaven/heavenly, sky, imperial" (天) (ama) and "field, wilderness" (野) (no).


  • Maya is the first (and to date, only, not counting Aigis and Shin Kanzato) Persona protagonist that cannot be named by the player. She's the only one to do so as protagonist in a main series game, as Aigis is the protagonist in a special episode in FES and Shin Kanzato in a non-canon anime spin-off. 
  • Maya is the oldest protagonist in the series at 23 years old, Tatsuya being second at 18.
  • Maya is currently the only Persona protagonist that is not a student.
  • Maya's intense guilt about her resentment of the original Masked Circle for the Alaya Shrine incident prevents her from ever accepting her own Shadow as an aspect of herself, making her unique among the series' playable characters who've interacted with their Shadows. She instead chooses to insist that her Shadow is an impostor created by the conflicting rumors about her involvement with the Masked Circle. The only other playable character in the series to ever do this is Rei.
    • This is represented by her Arcana, the Moon, which is associated with illusions, self-deception and subconscious emotions.
  • There's some debate over the canonicity of Maya's romantic feelings towards Tatsuya and Katsuya Suou. Tatsuya is often considered the "default" option between the two, but according to the Persona World Guidance book, Maya is romantically uninterested in both of the Suou brothers. Meanwhile, interviews state that it's up to the player to choose for Maya, although scenario writer Tadashi Satomi personally leans towards Tatsuya.
  • When the party goes to get her legendary weapon from Garcon Soejima, he tells them that the only way she can get the weapon is to eat his spaghetti di kusaya (spaghetti horse mackerel in the fan translation), which she descibes as her least favorite food.
  • In Persona 2: Innocent Sin ~ The Errors of Their Youth, track 10, "Bomb Shelter Imitation Hell," Maya does an impression of Shinnosuke Nohara from the manga and anime series Crayon Shin-chan, a reference to her voice actress's role as Shinnosuke.
  • Tadashi Satomi proposed the idea of allowing Maya to speak in the bonus content of Eternal Punishment PSP remake. This was dropped due to the tradition that the protagonist must remain silent because they represent the player.[1]
  • In the English version of Persona 3, the protagonist can befriend a player in the fictional MMO "Innocent Sin Online" (which itself is a reference to Persona 2: Innocent Sin), who uses the name "Maya," and even says "let's think positive!" In the Japanese version, that character is instead a reference to Yumiko Shirasagi.
  • In the game files of Skullgirls, there is a text portrait of Maya shrugging. 
  • In Shin Megami Tensei NINE there are leftover textures from a model of Maya.
  • In Eternal Punishment, despite being silent, Maya Amano appears to have some sort of internal monologue in character introductions: her introduction of Maya Okamura is "I sense that I've met her somewhere...?", while Tatsuya Suou is introduced as "He ran into me. For some strange reason, I feel I know him from long ago...". 
  • While looking down at a dolphin brooch at Tony’s shop, Maya mentions that she’s gone scuba diving with dolphins before, but has long since gone again due to busy-ness at work
  • Maya loves ramen and one of her favourite foods is crab. She has a big appetite and is known at Kizmet for having a “black hole stomach.”
  • Maya is quite careless in her private life and her apartment is a complete mess. According to Maya her room smells like mildew from her AC because she cannot remember when she last changed the filter.
  • Maya once told a story in which she had jumped a fence to get to a closed off building for an assignment she and Yukino were working on together.
  • She is quite oblivious when it comes to love and relationships and wasn’t aware that Yukino had a crush on Fuji or why Lisa was so envious about her and Tatsuya talking alone in the bomb shelter while Lisa was asleep.
  • Maya wanted to be a journalist ever since she was a kid and feels passionately about her work, saying she’s “married to her work” and prioritizes work over finding a relationship.
  • Shortly after Yukino departs from the party, Maya in London Clothier says she saw Yukino as an older sister despite Yukino being younger than her.
  • She has a habit of touching her earlobe when she's lost in thought.
  • The right side of her chest is scarred from a bad burn in the past, and she's very self conscious about not showing it
  • Despite being terrible at driving, Maya loves driving and considers herself a durable person because no matter how many times she crashes her car she doesn't get injured.
  • Maya is very dependent on Ulala and she takes care of Maya's makeup, clothes (She doesn’t understand fashion and has all her clothes picked by Ulala), and all the cooking at home.
  • She finds mornings difficult because she has low blood pressure and it makes it hard for her to get out of bed. Maya naturally became a night person due to this fact and the nature of her job.
  • Her future dream is to become a successful journalist who can juggle her career and family.


Major Characters
Playable Tatsuya Suou - Maya Amano - Lisa Silverman - Eikichi Mishina - Yukino Mayuzumi - Jun Kurosu
Non-Playable Philemon - Nyarlathotep - Joker
Minor Characters
Plot Relevant Maya Okamura - Akinari Kashihara - Shunsuke Fujii - Katsuya Suou - Ulala Serizawa - Daisuke Todoroki (Kyouji Kuzunoha) - Head Monk - Maki Sonomura - Kei Nanjo - Eriko Kirishima - Hidehiko Uesugi - Reiji Kido - Tamaki Uchida - Tadashi Satomi - Trish - Noriko Katayama
Masked Circle Tatsuya Sudou - Ginji Sasaki - Anna Yoshizaka - Junko Kurosu - Shadow Tatsuya - Shadow Maya - Shadow Lisa - Shadow Eikichi - Shadow Yukino - Ixquic - Hiroki Sugimoto - Takashi Hanya - Yasuo Inoe - Youichi Makimura
Last Battalion Fuhrer - Order of the Holy Lance
Velvet Room Igor - Nameless - Belladonna - Demon Painter
Rumormongers Kenta Yokouchi - Baofu - Chika Ueda - Sumaru Genie
Shop Time Count - Garcon Soejima - Kankichi Mishina
Climax Theater Motoko Mitsugi - Naozumi Kariyazaki - Musubu Torikiri - Akari Torikiri - Rose Futaba - Minato - Umiko Shiyama - Persephone - Tamaizu Nirasawa - Haruo Weyland - Kushiel
Sumaru City Seven Sisters High School - Club Zodiac - Kasugayama High School - Air Raid Shelter - Mu Continent - Giga Macho - Aoba Park - Smile Hirasaka - GOLD - Aerospace Museum - Mt. Iwato - Mt. Katatsumuri - Caracol - Aquarius Temple - Taurus Temple - Scorpio Temple - Leo Temple - Silver River - Xibalba - Abandoned Factory - Climax Theater
Albums Original Soundtracks - The Errors of Their Youth - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Kimi no Tonari" - "Joker" - "Satomi Tadashi Drugstore Song" - "Unbreakable Tie"
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate / Reverse) - Persona user - Cards (Tarot / Material / Skill / Incense) - Mystic Change - Affinity - Mutation - Ideal Energy - In Lak'ech - Oracle of Maia - Spear of Destiny - Muses - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Shadow Self - Ambrosia - "Infectious Groove" - Crystal Skull - Ideal Self - Growth Rate - Rumor
Lists Arcana - Personas - Demons - Bosses - Skills (Fusion Spells) - Items - Rumors - Restaurants
Other Media
Productions Lost Memories
Publications Innocent Sin (novel) - Persona 2: Tsumi ga Ataeshi Batsu - Persona: Tsumi To Batsu - Comic Anthology: Short Comic Heaven / Innocent Children / Innocent Memory / Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics)
Major Characters
Playable Maya Amano - Tatsuya Suou - Katsuya Suou - Ulala Serizawa - Baofu - Kei Nanjo - Eriko Kirishima
Non-Playable Philemon - Nyarlathotep - Anna Yoshizaka - JOKER/Tatsuya Sudou - Tatsuzou Sudou - Takahisa Kandori - Chizuru Ishigami - Metal Trio
Minor Characters
Plot Relevant Maya Okamura - X series robots - Yukino Mayuzumi - Eikichi Mishina - Lisa Silverman - Jun Kashihara - Reiji Kido - Daisuke Todoroki (Kyouji Kuzunoha) - Tamaki Uchida - Takashi Hanya - Youichi Makimura - Ginji Sasaki - Suou's father - Trish - Noriko Katayama - General Sugawara
Velvet Room Igor - Nameless - Belladonna - Demon Painter
Rumormongers Kenta Yokouchi - Chika Ueda
Shop Time Count - Garcon Soejima
Shadow Selves Shadow Maya - Shadow Katsuya - Shadow Baofu - Shadow Ulala
Tatsuya's Scenario Lieutenant General Zula - Shiori Miyashiro - Chandraputra - Kouji Nakamura
Sumaru City Kasugayama High School - The Seedy CD - Mu Continent - Seven Sisters High School - Mt. Mifune - Sanitarium - Sky Museum - GOLD - Club Zodiac - Aoba Park - Padparcha - Sewers - Laboratory - Sumaru TV - Smile Mall - Factory - Nichirinmaru - Undersea Ruins - Mt. Iwato - Subway Tunnel - Ameno Torifune - Sumaru Castle - Monado Mandala - Bomb Shelter - Extra Dungeon
Albums Original Soundtrack (PSX / PSP) - Punitive Dance - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Change Your Way" - "Satomi Tadashi Drugstore Song"
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate / Reverse) - Persona user - Cards (Tarot / Material / Skill / Incense) - Mystic Change - Affinity - Mutation - Unknown Power - JOKER Infection (Artificial Persona) - Kegare - Other Side - Nanjo Group - Trapezohedron - Muses - New World Order - Tien Tao Lien - Shadow Self - Tatsuya's Scenario - DEVA System - Growth Rate - Rumor
Lists Arcana - Personas - Demons - Bosses - Skills (Fusion Spells) - Items - Rumors - Restaurants
Other Media
Productions Infinity Mask
Publications Eternal Punishment (novel) - Persona 2: Tsumi ga Ataeshi Batsu - Persona: Tsumi To Batsu - Comic Anthology: The Atoners / The Unforgivable / The Strays