A Picaro Persona (賊神ペルソナ, Zokukami Perusona)? is an umbrella term for a collection of Personas from previous games that once belonged to either the protagonist of their respective game, or otherwise plot-important characters. They have an atypical, punkish design, described as "a Persona turned picaro after becoming the Trickster's mask."
The term "picaro" refers to a picaresque novel, a genre of prose fiction that depicts the adventures of a roguish but appealing hero of low social class, who lives by his own wits in a corrupt society. Its protagonists are usually sympathetic outsiders, untouched by the false rules of society.
Persona 5 / Royal
Picaro Personas are of a higher level, have slightly superior stats, improved resistances and slightly different skills. For example, Thanatos can learn Curse Boost, while Thanatos Picaro learns Mudo Boost. In contrast to their normal variants, Picaro Personas appear more punk, which coincides with the idea of them being rebels, and certain details have been altered entirely. Their designs are also reminiscent of the Shujin Academy uniform, with lots of black and white plaid coloring, a general red and black color scheme, and the Shujin Academy emblem may appear on them.
All Picaro Personas are crossed over from Persona 5 to Persona 5 Royal. All of the new DLC Personas except for Raoul also have Picaro variants. These Personas are the female version of Orpheus, Athena, and Izanagi-no-Okami.
- Pícaro is Spanish for "rogue" or "rascal."
- In the Japanese version, Picaro is written as (
賊神, Pikaro)?, the kanji meaning "god of thieves."
- Persona 5 / Royal
- Persona Q2
- Persona 5 Comic à La Carte