The SIU Director undergoing a fatal mental shutdown

"If we erase a Palace, there's no doubt that the persona's distorted desires will be erased as well. But desires are what we need in order to survive. The will to sleep, eat, fall in love- those sorts of things... If all of those yearnings were to vanish, they'd be no different than someone who has shut down entirely. They may even die if they're not given proper care."

A mental shutdown is a major plot element in Persona 5.

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A mental shutdown occurs an unspecified amount of time after a person's Shadow Self is destroyed in the Metaverse. The reason for this a Shadow Self is made up of the original person's desires, including the desires for normal functions in life, such as to eating, sleeping, and emotional things such as love. Therefore, a destroyed Shadow will cause a mental shutdown after a period of time, although the symptoms beforehand can be similar to a successful Change of Heart. It is the more extreme form of a Psychotic breakdown.

A mental shutdown causes one to undergo symptoms of similar to a sudden heart attack, their eyes rolling up to the point of their pupils being obscured as they drool a black liquid, as well as little sense of what's going on around them. Mental shutdowns have a high chance to end with death, particularly if the victim has other risk factors, such as advanced age.

A Persona user cannot be affected by a Mental Shutdown, since there will be no Shadow for Akechi to kill within the Metaverse. If Akechi must kill a Persona user, he must either do it in the real world (where they are essentially defenseless ordinary people) or confront them with force in the Metaverse.

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Futaba Sakura's memories of Wakaba jumping into a car's path in her Palace, later revealed to be due to a Mental Shutdown

Two years before the events of Persona 5, the first Metaverse-related incidents begin to arise, starting from Goro Akechi being given a Persona and the Wild Card ability by the master of Mementos, who used him to instigate chaos among the public. In his direct superior, Shido's eyes however, this was merely a source of profit and his primary way of disposing or taking down anyone who might directly oppose or show the slightest bit of disobedience from him.

After learning about Wakaba Isshiki's research, a conspiracy led by Masayoshi Shido learned of her research on cognitive psience. Teaching his illegitimate son Goro Akechi about the Metaverse, he triggers a mental shutdown in Wakaba, causing her to fall in front of a car. He then covered up the incident as Wakaba committing suicide due to regretting birthing Futaba, causing her to be torn by suicidal depression to the point that she closed herself in Sojiro's room to such an extent that nobody in Yongen-Jaya knew about her, and repressing the memories of the symptoms Wakaba had when undergoing the mental shutdown until they were recalled upon viewing Kunikazu Okumura's mental shutdown. Futaba knew nothing of Shido's role behind it before Okumura's death and meeting the IT Company President's (Fake Medjed) Shadow Self in Shido's Palace.

After this, Akechi started a string of mental shutdowns for Shido's political gains, such as killing anyone Shido deems incompetent and "solving" the cases himself, although he's known to be hired by Shido's political opposition (such as Okumura) as well, in exchange for Okumura financing Shido's endeavors. Higher ranking members of Shido's antisocial force also pay Shido to have Akechi induce mental shutdowns to anyone they don't like in exchange for giving Shido funds or noble connections, turning it into an industry. In reality, Akechi is disloyal, and he only started the killing spree to make sure Shido inaugurates so he can expose his crimes to shame him (considering that Akechi was born when Shido had a one night stand with a call-girl, this will most likely be fatal to his career) and assassinate him afterwards, an act which would most likely cause nationwide discord and chaos. Supposedly, he will then create society anew.

The first Mental Shutdown case seen on screen was when the Mental Shutdown of a subway engineer resulted in a catastrophic subway accident. The attack was ordered by politician Ooe in order to take down a CEO and a diplomat siding with the current government, also done with the intent of discrediting the current ministry of transport. The driver of the train can be seen suddenly falling blank and collapsing. Because the driver stopped driving the train, it went out of control and crashed into a platform, wounding and possibly killing many within it. Furthermore, it induced a traffic jam that got in the way of Sojiro and the protagonist when they were driving to Aoyama-Itchome.

While it did not happen in this case, Morgana warns the protagonist, Ryuji Sakamoto, and later Ann Takamaki about the possibility of causing a mental shutdown when discussing the idea of removing Suguru Kamoshida's Treasure and "distorted desires", as he never had caused a Change of Heart before. Later, after Junya Kaneshiro's Shadow mentioning someone in a black mask using Palace for their own gain, including triggering mental shutdowns, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts take heed of his warnings.

However, due to having their major financial pillars uprooted by the Phantom Thieves, Masyoshi Shido's conspiracy begins to target them. The plan to end the Phantom Thieves started with a fake Medjed threat to induce a false popularity increase on the Phantom Aficionado Website via a grossly inflated view counter, then prod the Phantom Thieves into a heist against Kunikazu Okumura, an overly ambitious CEO who was attempting to compete with Shido for presidency. It was revealed that Okumura used the Black Mask's services to induce mental shutdowns against his disloyal board members and competition outside of his company, all of them who supposedly suffered from mental illnesses. The conspiracy aims to trigger multiple mental shutdowns to frame the Phantom Thieves for Akechi's past and future actions, to reduce their popularity, and to kill Okumura, who would have revealed the person behind the mental shutdowns if he had a change of heart. The decision also partially stems from that Okumura was the only candidate for prime minister capable of acting as an obstacle to Masayoshi Shido.

In advance, Principal Kobayakawa (because of his failure to figure out which students caused Kamoshida's change in heart at Shujin Academy, his predicted attempt to ask the police for help, and the implication that the party was the reason why he was principal in the first place) was subjected to a Mental Shutdown leaving the police building and ran over by a oncoming truck in his disabled state, with a fake Calling Card planted in his office to frame the Phantom Thieves. When Okumura was defeated in the heist, Akechi in his "black mask" outfit triggers a fatal mental shutdown in him by killing his Shadow Self directly after the Phantom Thieves stole his Treasure, killing him exactly before he could expose the leader of the Conspiracy. It was also implied that there are plans of eventually triggering another mental shutdown in prosecutor Sae Niijima, who was pursuing the case as well and had obvious second thoughts about her bosses, as she noticed the possibility of a group separate from the Phantom Thieves.

After the police raid on the Phantom Thieves in Sae Niijima's Palace, should the protagonist successfully survive the interrogation and return to the present, the conspiracy falsely assumes that he was killed by Goro Akechi. Having been confident that the Phantom Thieves case is solved for good, the Conspiracy betrays the SIU Director and he was subjected to a mental shutdown as well.

After Akechi was defeated in Shido's Palace, and subjected to an ambiguous end, Shido's change of heart and subsequent confession, and the defeat of Yaldabaoth that removed the Metaverse Navigator and so access to the Metaverse, it became impossible to commit mental shutdowns.

Characters
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Goro Akechi - Sumire Yoshizawa
Confidant Igor - Sojiro Sakura - Chihaya Mifune - Munehisa Iwai - Tae Takemi - Sadayo Kawakami - Ichiko Ohya - Shinya Oda - Hifumi Togo - Yuuki Mishima - Toranosuke Yoshida - Caroline and Justine - Sae Niijima - Takuto Maruki
Major Targets Suguru Kamoshida - Ichiryusai Madarame - Junya Kaneshiro - Shadow Futaba - Kunikazu Okumura - Masayoshi Shido - Holy Grail / Yaldabaoth - Azathoth / Adam Kadmon
Other Principal Kobayakawa - SIU Director - Shiho Suzui - Natsuhiko Nakanohara - Mika - Medjed - Wakaba Isshiki - Lala Escargot - Angel and Julian - Sugimura - President Tanaka - Kazuya Makigami - Naoya Makigami - Shadow Mishima - Shinichi Yoshizawa - Rumi - Shibusawa - Jose - Kasumi Yoshizawa - Coach Hiraguchi
Locations
Tokyo Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Shinjuku - Akihabara - Kichijoji - Ogikubo - Inokashira Park - Tsukishima - Akasaka Mitsuke - Suidobashi - Odaiba Seaside Park - Ichigaya - Ikebukuro - Ginza - Harajuku - Meiji Shrine - Jinbocho - Miura Beach - Maihama (Tokyo Destinyland) - Kanda - Roppongi - Ueno - Asakusa - Chinatown - Nagatacho - Shinagawa - Nakano - Kosei High School
Palace Kamoshida's Palace - Madarame's Palace - Kaneshiro's Palace - Futaba's Palace - Okumura's Palace - Niijima's Palace - Shido's Palace - Mementos (Path of Qimranut - Path of Aiyatsbus - Path of Chemdah - Path of Kaitul - Path of Akzeriyyuth - Path of Adyeshach - Path of Sheriruth - Depths of Mementos - Qliphoth World - Path of Da'at) - Maruki's Palace
Other Velvet Room - Hawaii - Thieves Den
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 5 / Royal)
Songs "Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There" - "Life Will Change" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "The Whims of Fate" - "Tokyo Daylight" - "Hoshi To Bokura To" - "Break In To Break Out" - "Infinity" - "Dark Sun..." - "Autonomy" - "Found a Light" - "IT'S TOO LATE" - "Colors Flying High" - "Take Over" - "He's a Trickster☆" - "I Believe" - "No More What Ifs" - "Throw Away Your Mask" - "Our Light"
Archives
Story Persona - Persona user - Shadow - Shadow Self - Second Awakening - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Phantom Aficionado Website - Antisocial Force - Treasure - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - Psychotic breakdown - Mental shutdown - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins
School Life Daily Life - Activities - Calendar - Weather Forecast - Confidant - Social Stats - Yen - Hideout - Class - Bathhouse - Studying - Diner - Maid Café - Billiards - Books - DVDs - Retro Games - Movie theater - Batting Cage - Fishing Pond - Crossword Puzzle - Darts - Infiltration Tools - Cooking - Training - Old Temple - Part Time Jobs - Shrine - Confessional - Jazz Jin - Houseplant - TV Quiz Show - Blackboard - Vegetariano - Lottery
Vendors Shops - Vending Machines - Takemi Medical Clinic - Untouchable - Jose's Shop - Home Shopping Program - Tanaka's Shady Commodities
Phantom Life Mementos Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Treasure Demon - Safe Room - Thieves Guild - List of Shadows - List of Bosses - Skill Card - Will Seeds - Deviations
Battle Items: (Persona 5/Royal) - Skills: (Persona 5/Royal) - Party - Battle Stats - Damage - Experience - Level - Difficulty - Status Changes - Element - Traits - Navigator - Tactics - Guard - Follow Up - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Protect - Baton Pass - Pickpocket - Party Switch - One More - Critical - Technical - Showtime - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Hold Up - Personality - Game Over - Disaster Shadow
Velvet Room List of Personas (Persona 5/Royal) - Fusion - Special Fusion - Hanging - Lockdown - Electric Chair - Arcana - Skill Inheritance - Fusion Accident - Fusion alarm - Challenge Battle
System Trophies: (Persona 5/Royal) - Cutscenes - New Game Plus - Patches and Updates
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd.
Personnel Katsura Hashino - Shigenori Soejima - Shoji Meguro - Lyn Inaizumi - Atsushi Kitajoh - Ryota Kozuka - Kenichi Tsuchiya - Toshiki Konishi - Kazuhisa Wada - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Games Royal - Dancing in Starlight - Scramble
Productions Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation (Episodes) - Persona O.A. - Persona 5 The Night Breakers - Persora -The Golden Best 5- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album - Persona 5 The Stage
Publications Manga - Mementos Mission - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics) - Persona Magazine
Events Super Live 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019
Miscellaneous Merchandise
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