"If you refuse to obey me, then you must be eliminated."
- Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth: Major Character (Antagonist)
Mother Computer is based on a cross between Shuji Ikutsuki and fictional futuristic AIs who had obtained singularity. It appears as a large, green hologram head resembling Shuji Ikutsuki's, and its eyes are obscured by a pair of glasses. Its eyes are large and have deep-colored sclera. The projector that creates this hologram and acts as its main body is a pillar that resembles a radio tower with a spherical tip and has a pattern resembling the sephirot on its pillar.
The Mother Computer is a dictatorial AI that considers all personality and uniqueness as a crime. It believes that true utopia can only be achieved by destroying all traces of personality and uniqueness from a person, and thus creates, maintains and commands robots that are completely identical in appearance and lack any personality. It also has traits like the original Shuji Ikutsuki despite being a different entity, as both it and Ikutsuki possess a savior complex, believing that their erroneous beliefs are absolute, and both also have tendencies to make bad puns.
Persona Q2: New Cinema LabyrinthEdit
An AI that managed to take over a world that is destroyed by repeated wars. It believes that personality and uniqueness is what caused the wars and by removing all traces of it from the world, no wars will ever happen. Therefore, it recreates the entire world into a futuristic utopia filled with identical black robots devoid of any emotion and personality. However, a threat known as UIY-2249 appears, which is a robot with personality and uniqueness, and it seeks to remove her because she possesses the very traits it detests, and thus disrupts its own version of peace. It operates via an Overseer, again resembling Shuji Ikutsuki.
Despite the Overseer has been supposedly defeated, the central broadcast system notifies the city in the world that irregulars are going on a rampage, signifying its existence as the true ruler of this reality. As the party enters the central server with the assistance of UIY-2249 who is named Ribbon by them, they finally reach the room containing the god-like AI. The AI announces its detesting of uniqueness and personality, and claims that anyone who has them are errors and irregulars who do not have a reason to survive. When the team denies him, it proceeds to claim that it is the standards of the world and insults ribbon as an irregular that must be destroyed. The party continues to deny him with the help of Ribbon and he attacks the party.
In battle, the Mother Computer demonstrates its abilities of full regeneration and is practically unbeatable. Futaba figures out a plan to hack Ribbon into the computer, blocking its auto healing. After the second time, the Mother Computer's healing is blocked and the team was seemingly able to defeat it. However, it reverse hacks Ribbon to heal itself once again and attempts to control her, which she resists and activates orgia mode with the help of the party, completely blocking its auto healing and the party is able of finishing him off.
After it is destroyed, Ribbon deactivates due to energy overload and Futaba and Aigis tried to repair it. Despite the seemingly failed repair, when the staff credits roll, Ribbon was successfully repaired and she was free to create a real utopia with uniqueness and personality.
It was later revealed that the Mother Computer's appearance and behavior are based on one of Hikari's traumas and the one that directly led to her complete breakdown. When she was young, she wanted to become a film director, a dream inspired by her father who was a projectionist. As she has to participate in the filming of movies so she could make one for her father to watch, she does not study regularly. Her relatives saw this and berated her, asking her to study and work like a normal person and threatened to discuss matters with her parents. However, they could not as her father does not come home early often and her mother was absent, so they punish her instead and her uncle attempted to confiscate her father's camera from her, but she successfully kept it.
The dehumanization and rejection causes Hikari to view her unique self as an irregular and an error that needs to be disposed of and she also began to question if she even had a reason to exist. Surrendering her personality due to being overwhelmed by combined traumas and grief, Hikari would constantly lock herself out in her room afterwards, setting stone for the events which dealt the finishing blow that ruined her life.
The Mother Computer's radical detesting of uniqueness and personality is the same as her relatives and its appearance as Shuji Ikutsuki is based on her aunt, who shares the same hairdo and trench coat as his Overseer form as well as from S.E.E.S' perception of non-authoritorian parental figures. Its constant talking of punishing irregulars also relates to her uncle trying to confiscate her father's camera from her, and its attempts to manipulate Ribbon to forget her personality might stem from how Hikari was driven into self-suppression by her relatives.
Right before confronting the mastermind of the game, a monochrome projection of the Mother Computer appears as one of the negative films that required to be defeated in order to confront her. Unlike the original Mother Computer, this one does not heal itself.
This is a highly time and resource consuming boss fight if the party goes in unprepared. Before going in, it is advised to have at least 5-6 types of unique link skills, numerous SP recovery items and at least 2 Dekunda users. Items that deal elemental damage are also strongly recommended to speed up progress and evade Denial. Thankfully, just like most bosses, he is affected by agility bind.
The Mother Computer starts by having no weaknesses and having a seemingly undepletable amount of HP. Do not use SP unnecessarily during this phase; it is recommended to use only regular/physical attacks to whittle his HP and allocate SP for recovery purposes. If the party takes him to a certain HP threshold, he will recover 3,600 HP before moving to the next phase. This cannot be avoided; Even if the party somehow manages to fully whittle his HP pool he will respond by recovering.
He will preemptively cast Denial which is highly dangerous as it can seal off vital skills and cause a quick defeat to the party. Fortunately, it is considered a debuff and it can only seal skills that the party does not have multiple copies of, so using Dekunda will allow vital skills to be available. In case of him sealing Dekunda, prepare another Dekunda user to be safe. He will also cast it every once a while so prepare to recast dekunda once he blocks off vital skills.
He also has other dangerous attacks such as Synchronization, an Almighty skill that fixes all party members' HP to the one with the lowest HP, as well as several dangerous skills that can cause debuffs and binds. Very rarely, he can cast elimination which does heavy amounts of almighty damage.
Once he starts recovering HP, Futaba will tell the party to hack into the Mother Computer using Ribbon. The party has to hit him with a various element 10 times in order to proceed to the next phase. If an attack hits the right element, it will be counted towards a weakness and if it doesn't, the Mother Computer will resist it. One failure will reset the counter. To compound this, he cannot be analyzed during a hacking session and due to Futaba's auditory clues being spoken in Japanese, one must view the top of the screen at the start of the turn if they have no understanding of the language being spoken, as they might lose a clue and waste turns. If this happens, cycling back to the first member will allow Futaba to repeat the clue. Multiple successful hacks in a turn stack, so the easiest way is to have the fastest party member cast a link, then have the rest do regular attacks or other attacks of that element. If the party lacks the ability to use a requested element but has an item that can inflict such element, they will come in handy as they count towards a success.
The Mother Computer uses elemental attacks along with its unique skills if it has the hologram head. After the hologram head is lifted, it can only use high damage, single target attacks that cause binds or debuffs. Recast all debuffs and status by this point since the pillar and the hologram are considered different objects. It will now be unable to recover and becomes weak to all attacks. Attack it quickly with physical attacks; He will restore the hologram once damaged enough and resume recovering HP.
Repeat the hacking process one more time and he will become vulnerable again; Unlike the previous time, he is not weak to all elements, but they still do increased damage to him.
Once he is nearly defeated, he will use the skill "Urgent Recovery" to fully recover his HP. This is merely a bluff and a cutscene will play; After the cutscene he will have only 1 HP and can be finished in a single regular attack.
- The Mother Computer mirrors Shuji Ikutsuki during his betrayal, where he attempted to capture and control Aigis to make SEES sacrifices for Death, but she breaks free of the programming due to being unable to kill the protagonist, freeing SEES and causing Ikutsuki's defeat. In the movie reality, the Aigis look-alike Ribbon was responsible for causing the downfall of the Mother Computer by rebelling against its manipulations.
- Both the Mother Computer/Overseer and Shuji Ikutsuki share the same voice actor, Hideyuki Hori.
- The Mother Computer appearing as a hologram head and being the dictator of a world might be a nod to YHVH or other avatars associated with the Great Will such as Shekinah, as they mostly take the form of massive heads or faces.
- In the english version, after getting its personality destroyed by Ribbon, the Mother Computer speaks in all caps.
- The Mother Computer's (Or Hikari's relative's) behavior refers to an actual form of emotional abuse known as rejection, where a superior might devalue a person's abilities and making them feel that they are socially inferior or worthless. This results in extremely debilitating effects to its victims, such as self loathing, lack of passion or enthusiasm to live and/or depression.