"This world is so messed up! The weak are left to fight for themselves, while rotten adults get away with whatever they want!"
- Persona 5 / Royal: Playable Character; Chariot Confidant
- Persona 5 (Manga): Major Character
- Persona 5: Mementos Mission: Major Character
- Persona 5 Dengeki Comic Anthology: Major Character
- Persona 5 Comic à La Carte: Major Character
- Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers: Major Character
- Persona 5 The Animation: Major Character
- Persona O.A.: Major Character
- Persona 5 The Stage
- Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight: Playable Character; Chariot Social
- Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight: DLC support voice
- Persona 5 Strikers: Playable Character
- Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth: Playable Character
Ryuji has short spiky dyed blond hair and dark brown eyes. According to Sadayo Kawakami, his hair is naturally black. He has a noticeable widow's peak and his eyebrows are unusual in that he lacks the outer sides. He is shown to be muscular.
He wears his winter school uniform a bit modified. It consists of the standard black blazer, unbuttoned to reveal a yellow t-shirt with a comic style star symbol and the word 'ZOMG!' He has plaid trousers rolled up to reveal his ankles. His pants have black suspenders that hang down instead of being worn on his shoulders. He has a white belt. His white sneakers have a rising sun flag motif. His summer school uniform is the same as his winter's, except his yellow t-shirt is replaced with a red one reading 'NO MO RULES' and he no longer wears his blazer.
On his days off in winter, he wears a purple hoodie with red lining and the number '777' on the back, a black shirt with a yellow frowning face, dark pants and yellow sneakers. In the summertime he wears a yellow tank top that reads 'ON UR MARK!' with red shoes prints, khaki shorts, and blue sneakers. He wears a chain necklace and white belt as accessories.
During Persona 5 Royal's third semester, Ryuji wears a bright blue jacket over a red sweatshirt with a graffiti paint design, a camouflage-patterned scarf with black pants and blue sneakers. At school, he wears his uniform the same, but with his pants rolled down, a new red sweater with a black skull and the word 'NOBODY' on the front underneath the blazer, a blue shirt and purple sneakers.
His Thief outfit consists of matching black jacket with elbow pads and what appears to be a metal vertebral column attached to its back, pants with knee pads and a double-sided holster belt with ammo on each side, a red ascot, combat boots, a pair of yellow gloves with metal knuckle protectors and a skull mask.
Due to his injury, he walks and runs with a slight limp, and occasionally trips if he overexerts himself.
In Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, he retains his Shujin Academy uniform except he wears a yellow shirt with a black "X" design and a red tattered scarf, and yellow and light blue sneakers with matching laces. He wears sunglasses on his head, a golden chain bracket on his right wrist and metal bracket on his left wrist.
In Persona 5 Strikers, he wears a red tank-top, a dog-tag chain necklace, puffy black sweatpants that go down to his shins, a camouflage-pattern belt and a pair of yellow shoes. While at the festivals, he wears a beige yukata and a mask on the right side of his head. On the beach in Okinawa, he wears yellow-orange swim trunks with a palm tree design. In the spring, he wears a khaki coat.
"We're going to catch all these shitty adults by surprise and make ourselves known to the world!"
Ryuji is known as a disruptive "problem student" at school whose bad behavior causes all sorts of trouble for the teachers. He is quite proud of his status as a self-proclaimed "troublemaker" and his rebellious, mischievous and disobedient nature are the perfect qualities to be a Phantom Thief. He is sometimes vulgar and aggressive, as shown in his early interactions with the protagonist, Yusuke Kitagawa and Makoto Niijima. He is also rather short-tempered, easily taking offense from even the slightest of comments. That said, he will never resort to violence without being legitimately provoked.
He is very straightforward when it comes to expressing his feelings, especially in regards to his hatred of selfish adults and authority figures who abuse their power. He is deeply empathetic when it comes to the plight of others: simply listening to the protagonist's story of how he got arrested makes him extremely angry, and hearing about Suguru Kamoshida's sexual abuse greatly upsets him.
In reality, his seemingly delinquent-like behavior is merely a coping mechanism for the loss of his reputation to Kamoshida's tyranny and his inability to continue becoming an athlete after the injury he suffered at Kamoshida's hand. Deep down, he is nothing more than a kind and altruistic boy. He deeply cares for his mother and takes fervent effort as an athlete to relieve her worries. He also reveals that his father was an alcoholic who beat him and his mother and then left, so his mother is the only family he has. When he tells the group about the aftermath of his confrontation with Kamoshida, he is broken when he admits that, following a meeting with the school authorities, she apologized to him for being a single mother and not giving him a strong father-figure in life. He even calls himself a "bad son," due to him messing up his efforts to make things easier for his mother. He's generally friendly and on good terms with everyone in the Phantom Thieves (despite frequent bickering), particularly Ann, with whom he shares somewhat of a love-hate relationship.
His frequent density causes him to be viewed as an idiot by his peers, Morgana and Ann in particular. Ryuji's academic abilities, his Japanese included, are outright questionable at best and horrid at worst, as he more often than not, gets bad grades from exams, usually by oversleeping or refusing to study at all. Ryuji also seems to have poor taste, as the first calling card he designed was based off of references online, and even then failed to be convincing, as Ann described it sounded like "an idiot trying to be an adult." In Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, Ryuji's dancing style is also uninspired in the same fashion, as he often lifts popular street dance moves without any thought, such as the robot dance.
Ryuji is overly energetic, and can be clumsy sometimes. He's also very oblivious, so he constantly lacks self-awareness and fails to read the room. He has a habit of yelling constantly, despite frequent warnings from Morgana to keep his voice down, which usually results in loud outbursts that often includes accidentally revealing himself and his friends as the Phantom Thieves.
Mixed with his obliviousness, Ryuji's rather fickle and follows what interests him the most. Although he has passion for helping others, he very often gets distracted by his perverted interest in girls, which includes picking up girls. Ryuji was interested in "Victoria's Housekeeping," which involved hiring maids with undertones for adult services. He would also be convinced to join the school's social studies trip only upon hearing there'll be female actresses, excusing himself as he's doing it to keep a low profile, which was lifted from Morgana's suggestion. This is also reinforced with Ann Takamaki, as he might stare at her in the Mona car while the group were traveling through the desert in Futaba's Palace. When Ann confronts him about this later, he doesn't even try to deny it, saying that "it was a great view."
Unfortunately, Ryuji eventually gets caught off guard by the Conspiracy's deceit. It comes to a head after the Phantom Thieves are framed down by Shido, resulting in him breaking down and calling himself "an idiot" for his past behavior. He's able to eventually reconcile his weakness after talking with the protagonist and striving to become a better person after the protagonist makes him realize he can still change as a person.
Ryuji also often butts heads with Morgana, whom he finds to be condescending and bossy. Morgana also often makes fun of him, and Ryuji can almost never think of clever comebacks. Ryuji still tries to get back at him however, but his remarks might sometimes go too far, such as with Morgana's mishap with tripping the security at Madarame's Palace, where Ryuji would rag on him for messing up in spite of being the one warning him and the others to be careful, even though it was due to an out-of-control episode caused by a Treasure Demon. Ann points out that it doesn't matter in the end, as they got to learn about Treasure Demons.
Ryuji cares a great deal for the well-being of others around him, such as when he attempts to help end the abuse of the track team, even going as far as letting them beat him up in an attempt to air out their frustrations. He also has a strong sense of right and wrong. When Morgana warns him and the protagonist that stealing Kamoshida's treasure may result in his death, Ryuji is shocked and reluctant to take that risk, believing that he and the protagonist going around secretly doing whatever they wanted would make them no different from Kamoshida. He changes his mind after Shiho Suzui's attempted suicide, but even after it's done, he wonders if it really was for the best. After a chance encounter with Masayoshi Shido, however, Ryuji comes up with the idea to continue as the Phantom Thieves, in order to get rid of adults who have gone unpunished for so long and give courage to all those who need it. Furthermore, Ryuji is a rather forgiving person, as evident by his willingness to help out his former teammates on the track team despite them viewing him as a traitor, as well as being the first to forgive Makoto for getting the team blackmailed, despite having despised her up until then. He even tells Natsuhiko Nakanohara that being treated like dirt doesn't give one the right to do the same to them. In Strikers, Ryuji becomes one of Sophia's closest friends, and he came to care a lot about her, enough to give the mysterious voice in the Okinawa Jail a tongue lashing for having insulted Sophia.
Hobby-wise, apart from being on the track team, he also does muscle training. He can drink a 500mL bottle of carbonated water in one go which he did as training during his track and field club days. When he was active, he could also do 1000mL bottles. He is often impatient and has a habit of tapping the ground with his toes when he's bored, and prefers to get "straight to the point" during conversations. He claims he never reads, and his artbook profile claims he only reads manga. When it comes to food, he's particularly fond of ramen, to the point of being fussy about the flavor and texture of the noodles. Though not a cook by any means, Ryuji displays some cooking skills, as he mentions a recipe involving combining of honey and sliced lemons as a way of restoring stamina, something his mother taught him.
"Right on... Wassup, Persona... This effin' rocks! Now that I got this power, it's time for payback... Yo, I'm ready... Bring it! Blast him away... Captain Kidd!"
Ryuji Sakamoto is a student of Shujin Academy and has known Ann Takamaki since middle school, though they were only acquaintes. Ryuji borrowed money from Ann in middle school so he could buy a stuffed dolphin for his mom from a school trip, but never paid her back, which Ann holds against him.
He originally came from a household with an abusive father, who eventually abandoned him and his mother. Later on, Ryuji got a great opportunity for his future and to ease his mother's burden by becoming a star athlete on the school's track team, where he managed to become its leader and earned fellow teammates Nakaoka, Takeishi and Ikeda's trust. The team was also on the forefront of Shujin's sports teams and one with a potential for going to internationals. However, during an unknown time prior to the game's events, Suguru Kamoshida came into the school and sets up his tyranny against its students.
Ryuji's track team was one of the causalities because Kamoshida wanted his own volleyball team to be the only frontline sports team in the school, so he began telling everyone at Shujin about Ryuji's parents. This led to Ryuji attacking Kamoshida in a fit of anger, only for him to break Ryuji's leg and justify it as "self-defense." The conflict between Ryuji and Kamoshida caused the track team to disband, and the former members of his team alongside Kamoshida would label him as the track traitor due to his supposedly brash violence against Kamoshida leading to the team's disbandment. Since the team was already disbanded, they were also unable to participate in a track championship. Nakaoka and Takeishi also went to a fall-out on him since he led to the Track Team's disbanding, while Ikeda regrets being unable to stop Kamoshida as a senior, albeit not holding resentment unlike the former two.
First Heist: Suguru Kamoshida
Ryuji and the protagonist first meet after Kamoshida picks up Ann by car. He calls him a "pervert teacher" before approaching the protagonist in a threatening mood when he asked who is Kamoshida in fear of him ratting him out. When he realizes that the protagonist was probably a transfer student, he explains to him that Kamoshida is a bully who thinks that he is the King of Shujin, which he perceives as a "Castle." Courtesy to Ryuji accidentally inputting the keywords "Kamoshida," "Pervert Teacher" and "Castle" onto the Metaverse Navigator, it acts up, with seemingly no abnormalities. However, when the duo go ahead to Shujin, they were terrified when they find that their destination is a castle, instead of a school.
As soon as they enter from the front door, they were blocked by knights and were trapped in a prison where Shadow Kamoshida orders them to be executed. Ryuji witnesses all of the events in total disbelief. He was nearly killed, only for the protagonist to awaken to his Persona and defeat his knights. Ryuji knocks away Kamoshida when he's about to threaten the protagonist afterwards and escapes alongside him, locking the door of the cell.
The duo later encounter Morgana, a mysterious cat-like creature, and free him from a cell. With his guidance, they manage to escape from the castle. When the two confront the real Kamoshida back in the school in the real world, however, the teacher has no idea what they are talking about. To make sure whether they were dreaming or not, Ryuji suggests they once again go to the Palace using the Metaverse Navigator, at which they succeed.
The second time visiting the Palace, Ryuji wants to help the students trapped inside the dungeon cells and has Morgana guide him there, but when Morgana realizes his intents, he points out to him that the students were mere cognitions, and his phone does not work in the Metaverse, preventing him from taking photos of the students suffering from brutal "training." So instead, Ryuji tries to memorize the faces of the cognitive athletes, so he can interrogate them in the real world. Upon trying to escape, the party was blocked by Kamoshida at the entrance, and this time several Shadows taking the form of Bicorns defeat the protagonist and Morgana effortlessly. Shadow Kamoshida takes the opportunity to reveal his plan for the principal to invest in his volleyball team only and to gain admiration and submission from all the students of his school, but Ryuji was a great threat to him for drawing that attention. Therefore, he intentionally injured Ryuji's leg because he tried to attack and confront him for the unfavorable rumors of his family, giving him an excuse to disband the Track Team and label Ryuji as a track traitor. Kamoshida's true intention angers Ryuji deeply and his Shadow Self calls out to him, transforming into Captain Kidd and awakening his Persona for vengeance. Returning to the real world, Ryuji vows to expose Kamoshida's true self and becomes friends with the protagonist after both confide their backgrounds to each other.
Together with the protagonist, they try to get information about Kamoshida from other students, but everyone is too afraid to talk, even learning that the teachers, parents, and principal knows, but did not bother to speak up to Kamoshida. Morgana, in cat form, then approaches the two boys, suggesting they steal the source of Kamoshida's corrupt heart to make him confess his own crimes. However, when Morgana warns them that there is the risk that the real Kamoshida could suffer a mental shutdown and die, Ryuji hesitates and asks for time to think. However, not long afterward, Ann's friend, Shiho Suzui, attempts suicide on the school roof. When Ryuji and the protagonist heard from Yuuki Mishima that Kamoshida called Shiho a day before, the two realize that Kamoshida has sexually assaulted her. Ryuji angrily confronts Kamoshida about this, joined in with the protagonist and Mishima, resulting in Kamoshida's decision to expel the three upon the next board meeting.
Finally having enough with Kamoshida, Ryuji and the protagonist agrees with Morgana's suggestion to steal Kamoshida's treasure and make him confess his crimes. They later are joined by Ann who also wants to expose Kamoshida after hearing everything from Shiho. To agitate Shadow Kamoshida once they almost reach the treasure, Ryuji makes and attaches a flurry of calling cards on the school board under the name "Phantom Thieves of Hearts" that is addressed to Kamoshida, stating he will confess his crime soon. After Kamoshida confesses his crime in front of the whole student body, Ryuji, the protagonist and Mishima's expulsion is canceled, much to their relief.
With the case over, Ryuji and the others decide to celebrate at an expensive restaurant by using the money they got after selling Kamoshida's Treasure. At the restaurant, Ryuji and the protagonist meet the same man who led to the protagonist's probation. The man acted in an incredibly arrogant fashion and didn't remember the protagonist, only to quickly get on Ryuji's nerves after one of his bodyguards rudely shoved them away when they were waiting for the elevator. This encounter makes Ryuji decide to continue working as Phantom Thieves to cleanse the corruption from corrupt adults' hearts. The protagonist and Ann also agree with him, so they decide to form the Phantom Thieves in earnest.
Seventh Heist: Masayoshi Shido
After the Phantom Thieves successfully stole Shido's heart in his Palace, Shido in the real world took a medicine given by the Conspiracy as a last ditch attempt of killing the Thieves by making his Palace collapse. With the team unable to exit the Palace, Ryuji decides to risk his life by running up to the crane carrying a lifeboat to help the team escape. While the Thieves were able to onto the lifeboat and escape, Ryuji is still hanging onto the ladder of the crane and is unable to reach them on time before Shido's ship explodes, seemingly taking Ryuji with it, much to the team’s distress and grief.
Back in the real world, the Thieves succeeded in capturing Shido's treasure (a legislator's pin), but they had already lost a valuable member of their team. While they silently mourn their friend, Ryuji surprisingly appears alive and well (in reality, he was blasted out of the collapsing Palace and landed on the grass afterwards), but much to the girls' anger, accidentally ruins the moment by thoughtlessly making fun of Ann's crying, not knowing why his friends are sad. The girls then beat up Ryuji and leave him near the Diet Building while the team leaves to eat.
Ryuji's role is largely the same as he is in Persona 5, aside that he and Yusuke also hang out with the protagonist in a summer fair during the 17th of July.
Taking Back Reality
On New Year, Ryuji's leg has seemingly never been broken in the first place, and the track team is functioning normally, with him taking the lead and becoming a popular figure among his fellow athletes. This was an alternate reality, however, created by Takuto Maruki, whom Ryuji told that he wanted to restore the track team in a counseling session. In this reality, Kamoshida never abused anyone, thus he never broke Ryuji's leg nor disbanded the track team. Ryuji can be met near the Shujin gates after the protagonist and Akechi meet Maruki in his palace for the first time. After being talked to, he decides with the other thieves during the 9th of January to deny Maruki's reality, returning both his leg and the track team to the state they were previously.
On the same day, when the protagonist and Akechi are nearly defeated by a berserk Cendrillon that attacks them due to the intense grief and denial of Sumire Yoshizawa, Ryuji blocks the fatal attack for the two boys, and the rest of the Phantom Thieves who vowed to help the protagonist after being complacent for so long move in behind him, giving the group a much needed boost in numbers, allowing Cendrillon to be defeated and Sumire to be rescued.
If the protagonist has completed his confidant, Ryuji will ask him to go to his room for a talk. He thoroughly apologizes that he went along with Maruki's ideal reality without question, which betrays his promise that he would protect the protagonist from danger no matter what, which he had made after the protagonist helped him from issues with Kamoshida and Yamaguchi. He punishes himself by doing as many squats as he can until the protagonist tells him to stop, telling him that it's pointless. He then stated while he wished for his track team legacy to continue and he might indeed have a better life in Maruki's reality, his past of Kamoshida's hatred, turning into a delinquent, nearing expulsion and his conflict with Nakaoka and Takeishi are still a part of him and he can't simply throw this past away. Realizing this, Seiten Taisei and Captain Kidd evolve into William.
If the protagonist accepts any of Maruki's deals to overwrite the current reality with his, Ryuji will be seen trying to swallow an entire ehoumaki during the 3rd of February. On the 15th of March, he will attend Haru and Makoto's graduation. He is last seen going to a competition in high spirits with his fellow track team members at the credits, then having fun at Café Leblanc alongside the rest of the former Phantom Thieves in the final post-credits end card.
After Maruki's defeat and restoration of their original reality, Ryuji would reflect upon the events that transpired and call for a meeting with the Phantom Thieves and Sojiro at Leblanc a few weeks after the protagonist's release from prison. Wanting everyone he owed to listen, Ryuji was the first of the group to announce that he plans to move away in April to live closer to a physical rehabilitation facility to get his leg healed in order to start running competitively again. After everyone revealed their own plans for the future, they agreed to remain connected even after going their separate ways.
Some time after the group helped the protagonist evade government pursuers from following him on the day of his departure from Tokyo (with the assistance of the reformed Maruki who works as a taxi driver), Ryuji returns to the shoe store he was browsing on the day the protagonist faked his death, to buy a new pair of running shoes, moving forward on his chosen path.
- To check his Confidant dialogue options and skills, see Confidant/Ryuji Sakamoto
"Acting as a Phantom Thief would've been more efficient alone. You could've gone about it that way... However, you did not. There are merits to having associates... That's what you decided. Am I wrong?"
Ryuji's Confidant relationship is unlocked automatically on April 12th but his first Confidant ability is only obtained at rank 2. Maxing this Confidant makes Captain Kidd evolve into Seiten Taisei and unlocks the fusion of Chi You.
Ryuji's Follow Up attack, granted at Confidant rank 3, is a strong strike to a single target which is a guaranteed critical hit. However, the high damage is mitigated due to the fact that it only strikes a single target.
Ryuji's Instant Kill ability, granted at Confidant rank 7, triggers when the protagonist ambushes a Shadow group which consists of Shadows at least 10 levels lower than the protagonist. The battle is skipped, earning the protagonist a free Persona based on the possible enemies in that mob, but also denying Experience, money and items. The protagonist will also be unable to gain the free Persona if his stock is full or if he possesses a copy of it. While this is convenient in backtracking through earlier parts of Mementos, it's also not conducive for grinding. Unless the protagonist has been grinding extensively (especially by hunting the Reaper) this ability should not be an issue in story-relevant Palaces.
Ryuji's Confidant revolves around his resolve to help reestablish the track club after Kamoshida disbanded it. One day while training, he faces Nakaoka and Takeishi who are still angry at Ryuji for getting into a fight with Kamoshida. Rejected by his former teammates, they go to train at Protein Lovers where they meet his alumni Ikeda who had joined the university track team despite how Kamoshida had no intentions of writing their letter of recommendation and used Ryuji punching Kamoshida as the excuse while letting word slip that the team is being reinstated as Shujin's Volleyball team is in turmoil since the incident with Kamoshida came to light but learn that Yamaguchi, one of Kamoshida's supporters is the new coach despite lacking any credentials and rampant alcoholism which raises Ryuji's concern that the team will be doomed to repeat the same mistakes he did with Kamoshida.
While training one day, he runs into Takeishi accusing Nakaoka for exposing their personal lives to Kamoshida in hopes for a scholarship and kicks Nakaoka out of the team as Nakaoka confesses to being one responsible for Ryuji's suffering. However Ryuji knew that after all the suffering he has been through, he would have remained an obedient tool to Kamoshida's false promises and made the resolve to get the team to abandon Yamaguchi as the coach by spying on him with the protagonist's help. Eventually he learns that Yamaguchi indeed doesn't care about the team and wanted only the attention and fame as the protagonist records their conversation on day at a restaurant. There he reveals his intentions was to play the role of the sympathetic teacher who help saved the Track Team after Kamoshida's actions and have a coach do the actual work while he reaps the rewards and ensuring Nakaoka gets kicked out of the team after informing Takeishi subtly about Kamoshida learning about their darkest secrets and using him as a puppet to keep others in line. With the information recorded Ryuji realize the importance on relying on others to succeed and decided to help the team confront Yamaguchi.
Faced with the incriminating truth, Takeishi and Nakaoka comes to terms with Ryuji who stresses the importance of relying on one another and being independent from the demands of others. Shortly after the confrontation, Takeishi and the Track Team makes the decision to practice without relying on Yamaguchi, involving the PTA to stop Yamaguchi, and are able to rehire the old coach. Ryuji however declines the offer to join the team and has come to learn the importance on relying on others in times of need. Ryuji promises to help out and give his all as a Phantom Thief to the Protagonist for all that he has done to support him. His newfound resolve causes Captain Kidd to transform into Seiten Taisei.
Ryuji's farewell gift after maxing his Confidant is a Sports Watch, allowing Ryuji the ability to use Harisen Recovery from the beginning in New Game+ once the Confidant has been established.
Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
"Right! We're Phantom Thieves on the side of Justice. Why don't we show this gang of low-level crooks how overmatched they are?"
Ryuji is first seen at the subway with the protagonist, Morgana, Ann and Yusuke. They transform into their Phantom Thief outfits and enter the Mementos.
After discussing with the group, Ann and Ryuji talk loudly at a restaurant and lure one of the members of the criminal gang to Café Leblanc.
Later, he engages battle with Kazuya Makigami directly and changes his heart.
Persona 5 The Animation
Ryuji's role is relatively the same as in the game.
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Ryuji and his team are stranded in a new world, where they meet Kamoshidaman and powerful Shadows known as F.O.Es. Being outmatched, the Phantom Thieves retreat and escape to the Cinema, but Makoto Niijima and Haru Okumura are left behind and captured. They eventually save them with a new teammate, a girl from Persona 3 Portable.
As they continue to venture through the movie worlds, they encounter new allies: the Investigation Team and SEES. Ryuji learns to use unison attacks from completing side quests, which he can use together with Kanji Tatsumi through their bonding, Junpei Iori and Yosuke Hanamura through their common friendships with their respective leaders, and Morgana, Ann Takamaki and Ken Amada through training the boy the ways of being a phantom thief.
After the enemy is defeated, everyone returns to their own worlds. Their memories of the event are erased. Ryuji is last seen sitting in a movie theater with his friends about to watch the premiere of a new movie.
Persona 5 Strikers
Ryuji is one of the Phantom Thieves members who return to Yongen-Jaya for summer vacation. He barely got past his final terms with three failed subjects. It's unclear if he moved away or not by the events of the game.
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
Ryuji Sakamoto appears as a playable character and stars in the songs "Keeper of Lust," one of the battle themes, and "Blooming Villain" (ATLUS Konishi Remix.)
In his dances, despite it being a dream where he can dance however he wants with no limitations, he dances pretty bad. He stays on beat, barely sometimes just looking at the camera and doing gestures. He normally does what seems to be a pre-workout, which just so happens to be on beat. His FEVERs are only slightly different with him instead hyping up the person who joined him.
Despite his terrible dancing, he actually thinks it's good and can pick up chicks with it.
Ryuji's name references Ryōma Sakamoto (坂本 龍馬) from the bakumatsu period, which is supported by his Confidant subplot which is an allusion to the blade wound incident in Iguchi village (井口村刃傷事件, iguchi mura ninjō jiken)?. The brother of lower samurai Toranoshin Ikeda (池田 寅之進) was killed by a higher samurai for possibly bumping into him. Informed by the witness, Ikeda quickly arrived at the scene and killed the two superiors for revenge. This serial murder stoked the tension between the lower and higher samurai the next day. Sakamoto as a fellow lower samurai helped mediate, but things only settled down after Ikeda performed honor suicide by seppuku and his family's salary was confiscated. The superiors' families received virtually no punishment for the initial killing. The unequal treatments led to desertion of many lower samurai, including Sakamoto and his comrade Shintarō Nakaoka (中岡 慎太郎), from their serving clans who were disappointed by their higher-ups' suppression.
In Other Languages
|Japanese||坂本 竜司 (Sakamoto Ryūji)||スカル (Sukaru)|
|Korean||사카모토 류지 (Sakamoto Ryuji)||스컬 (Seukeol)|
|Traditional Chinese||坂本 龍司 (Bǎnběn Lóngsī)||SKULL|
- In the Japanese version, Skull self-proclaims "Phantom Thieves' Captain Kirikomi" (怪盗団の切り込み隊長, Kaitou-dan no kirikomi taichou)? which is localized as "Charge Commander." "Captain Kirikomi" may be a reference to the card from the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. "Kirikomi" either refers to curing fish slices from Hokkaido regional cuisine, or naval boarding in ship-to-ship combat (in keeping with Captain Kidd's privateer background), referring to the grappling hooks for closing the distance between the ships, allowing ship crews to charge into the enemy’s ship for melee combat.
- Ryuji's civilian shoes are censored in the Chinese and Korean versions of the game, due to containing the Rising Sun Flag. The symbol is a sensitive issue in many other Asian countries when they suffered from Japan's invasion during World War II. Atlus removed it out of courtesy when the issue was brought up.
- The rising sun symbol on Ryuji's shoes is also removed from the official artwork used for his Spirit in all versions of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Just like with Makoto Niijima and Goro Akechi before, the official twitter account for the Persona series posted a "Happy Birthday" message for Ryuji on July 3, 2017 JST.
- Pointed out by the same Twitter account, Ryuji's birthday is on Wave Day (波の日*)?, a Japanese anniversary. The origin of Wave Day comes from the pronunciation of the numbers and the word "wave" combined (なみ*)?, forming 7/3. (な (7) み (3))
- Only in the English version, after escaping Kaneshiro's Palace Ryuji comments in the gang's message group "I'm a Phantom, on a steel horse I ride." This is a reference to Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" from the 1986 album "Slippery When Wet" to which Makoto follows up with continual reference by stating that she is not wanted.
- In the Japanese version, this conversation is completely different with Ryuji stating he wants to drive a stolen bike and Makoto instantly denies hers to be stolen from elsewhere.
- According to an interview from the Persona 5 Royal Official Complete Guide, the cutscene where Ryuji single-handedly saves the protagonist and Akechi from Cendrillon's final attack was added very late into development. The producer remarked on how the design teams were begging him to let them add that to the scene, and when he played it for himself, he was shocked at how "cool" Ryuji looked during it.
- Ryuji's artwork on the Persona 5 Strikers box art differs between the Japanese and Western versions: it was changed from him being punched in the face by a Shadow in the former, into only falling down wielding his weapon, and the Shadow grabbing him by the ascot. This is because ESRB does not allow video game box arts to depict violent blows to the head.
- This applies only to the box art though, as the image in the sound room in the Persona 5 Strikers Bonus Content app still shows Ryuji getting punched in the face.
- In Persona 5 Strikers, Ryuji has a voiced line where he says "fuck." This marks the first time he's said it in a cutscene, though the word also appears in a text box during Futaba's Palace in Persona 5.
Appearances in Other Media
|Chain Chronicle||Collaboration event
* *Skull, Warrior class, 4-star
|January 19th, 2017 - January 31st, 2017.||Article on Chain Chronicle Wiki|
|BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle||* Color swap for Yosuke Hanamura||* May 31, 2018 (Japan)
* June 5, 2018 (North America)
* June 22, 2018 (Europe)
|Granblue Fantasy||Collaboration event
* Skull, NPC.
|June 18th, 2018 - June 29th, 2018||Article on Granblue Fantasy Wiki|
|Puyo Puyo!! Quest||Collaboration event for Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
* Attack Type, 6-star
|December 3rd, 2018||Article in Puyo Nexus|
|Catherine: Full Body||DLC
|* February 14, 2019 (Japan)
* September 3, 2019 (Western countries & Europe)
|Kyoutou Kotoba RPG||Collaboration event
*Ryuji (Kotodaman); Normal (5-star), Phantom Thief (6-star)
|March 5th, 2019 - March 28th, 2019|
|Cameo during Joker's Final Smash and Mementos
Primary Spirit (Advanced Class, Shield type)
|Part of the Joker DLC: April 17th, 2019||Article on SmashWiki|
|Identity V||First collaboration event
* Ryuji Sakamoto & SKULL skins for Forward
|* August 8th, 2019 - August 29th, 2019|
|Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag||Collaboration event
* Skull, Strike type, Light element, 6-star
|February 17th, 2020 - March 10th, 2020|
|Sword Art Online: Integral Factor||Collaboration event
* Skull, NPC
|February 28th, 2020 - March 10th, 2020|
* Playable character
|November 23th, 2020 ||Article in Another Eden Wiki|
- 今日7月3日は我らが怪盗団の切り込み隊長・坂本竜司の誕生日だ！ リュージ、ハッピーバースデー！ #P5R #ペルソナ５ @p_kouhou (July 3rd, 2017)
- 今日７月３日は怪盗団の切り込み隊長、スカルことリュージの誕生日だぜ！ ヒュー！おめでとう！ #ペルソナ5 #p5a #坂本竜司 @p_kouhou (July 3rd, 2018)
- 7月3日はリュージの誕生日だぜ！ ワガハイが牛丼に紅ショウガをたっぷりのせてやるからな！ 遠慮しないでじゃんじゃん食え！ #ペルソナ5 #坂本竜司 @p_kouhou (July 3rd, 2019)
- ７月３日はナミ（波）の日！…じゃなくて、反逆のドクロがトレードマーク、怪盗団の切り込み隊長・スカルこと #坂本竜司 の誕生日！
#ペルソナ５ #P5R #P5S @p_kouhou (July 3rd, 2020)
- Persona 5 Royal height chart
- Sensitive Imagery Removed from Ryuji's Shoes in the Korean Version of Persona 5 @Persona_Central (May 24th, 2017)
- そういえば今日7/3は波（なみ）の日でもあるらしい。何だかリュージっぽい誕生日だよな。みんな、これからもよろしく頼むぜ！ #ペルソナ5 #坂本竜司 @p_kouhou (July 3rd, 2017)
- Advertising Principles and Guidelines, esrb.org
- Reminder that Ryuji does, in fact, say fuck. Reddit.com. u/denfire321 (February 19th, 2019)
- Persona 5: Thievery in Blue. Granblue Fantasy Wiki.
- Persona 3, 4, 5 Popular Scene Vote Results, Persona Q2 Line Stamps Announced, Persona Q2 x Puyo Puyo!! Quest Collaboration. Persona Central (Reggy, November 24th, 2018)
- Persona 5 x Kyoutou Kotoba RPG: Kotodaman Collaboration Trailer, Starts on March 5, 2019. Persona Central (Reggy, March 4th, 2019)
- Persona 5 x Identity V Collaboration Begins on August 8, 2019. Persona Central (Reggy, August 5th, 2019)
- Persona 5 Royal x Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag Collaboration to Start on February 17, 2020. Persona Central (Reggy, February 13, 2020)
- Bound Wills and the Hollow Puppeteer Promises, Vows, and Rings. Another Eden wiki.
|Playable||Ren Amamiya - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Caroline & Justine|
|DLC||Shinjiro Aragaki - Goro Akechi - Theodore - Lavenza - Sho Minazuki - Labrys|
|Tokyo||Café Leblanc - Shibuya - Shujin Academy|
|Palace||Kamoshida's Palace - Madarame's Palace - Kaneshiro's Palace - Futaba's Palace - Okumura's Palace - Niijima's Palace - Shido's Palace - Mementos|
|Other||Velvet Room - Hawaii|
|Songs||GROOVY - One Nightbreak|
|Albums||Persona Dancing P3D & P5D Soundtrack Advanced CD|
|Lists||Social - Trophies - Patches and Updates|
|Corporate||Atlus Co., Ltd.|
|Personnel||Kazuhisa Wada - Shigenori Soejima - Ryota Kozuka - Shoji Meguro|
Toshiki Konishi - Atsushi Kitajoh - Jazztronik - tofubeats - Mito - Yukihiro Fukutomi - KAIEN - Shacho - Taku Takahashi