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"This world is so messed up! The weak are left to fight for themselves, while rotten adults get away with whatever they want!"
—Ryuji Sakamoto, Persona 5

Ryuji Sakamoto is a playable character from Persona 5. He is a student at Shujin Academy who lives a double life as a Phantom Thief.



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.

His burglar outfit consists of matching black jacket and pants with knee pads, a red ascot, combat boots, a pair of yellow gloves, 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.


"We're going to catch all these shitty adults by surprise and make ourselves known to the world!"
—Ryuji Sakamoto, Persona 5
Persona 5 Introducing Ryuji Sakamoto

Persona 5 Introducing Ryuji Sakamoto

Ryuji English trailer.

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 can sometimes be vulgar and aggressive, as shown in his early interactions with 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, unless he is provoked by Suguru Kamoshida . 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 Kamoshida's sexual abuse greatly upsets him. 

Ryuji can be clumsy and overly energetic sometimes; 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. This, combined with his frequent density, causes him to be viewed as an idiot by his peers, Morgana in particular and makes him as some sort of comedic relief in various situations. Ryuji also occasionally has a hard time accepting blame for things, though it's less he doesn't recognize when he's at fault so much as he hates being held solely responsible for an incident when he feels he isn't the only issue, or if it was simply beyond the group's control. 

Beneath his seemingly delinquent-like behavior, Ryuji is actually a kind and altruistic person who is still trying to cope with his inability to continue becoming an athlete after the injury he suffered at Kamoshida's hand. He deeply cares for his mother and takes fervent effort as an athlete to relieve her worries; he reveals 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 who he shares somewhat of a love-hate relationship. When Yusuke mentions that he's ignored at school, Ryuji immediately offers to take him out for ramen. 

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 volleyball team, even going as far as letting them beat him up in an attempt to air out their frustrations. He 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. Ryuji is also 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 someone treating you like dirt doesn't give you the right to do the same to them.

As the story progresses, Ryuji eventually becomes glory-obsessed, losing sight of why he became a Phantom Thief in favor of seeking fame and popularity with women. It comes to a head after the Phantom Thieves are cornered 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. 

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 versatility in the kitchen, as he mentions a recipe involving combining of honey and sliced lemons as a way of restoring stamina, something his mother taught him. Ryuji is also quite perverted, such as when he stares at Ann 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."


Persona 5

"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 after awakening his Persona, Persona 5

Ryuji Sakamoto is a student of Shujin Academy and knows about Ann Takamaki since middle school even though they are not too acquainted. 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. However, this earned disdain from the volleyball coach, Suguru Kamoshida, who then abused Ryuji and the entire track team. To put more salt in the wound, Kamoshida began telling everyone at Shujin about Ryuji's parents. This caused Ryuji to try and attack Kamoshida but in a manner of "self-defense" broke Ryuji's leg and 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. Since the team was already disbanded, they were also unable to participate in a track championship.

The protagonist first meets Ryuji after Kamoshida picks up Ann by car, and Ryuji, who is nearby, calls him "pervert" before greeting the protagonist who inquires about Kamoshida. Realizing the protagonist really knows nothing about Kamoshida, Ryuji quickly assumes he is a transfer student and the two get along. The two accidentally enter Kamoshida's Palace, the embodiment of Kamoshida's desire for lust and control erected at where the school should be. 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. The duo were nearly killed, with only the protagonist awakening to his Persona ability allowing them to escape. With the help of the shape-shifting, cat-like being called Morgana, they manage to escape from the Palace. When the two confronts the real Kamoshida, 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 app installed in the protagonist's smartphone, at which they succeed.

Persona 5 Ryuji Awakening

Persona 5 Ryuji Awakening

Ryuji's Persona awakening.

The second time visiting the Palace, Ryuji wants to help the students trapped in the palace, but fails as the students were mere cognitions and his phone does not work in the Metaverse. The party was blocked by Kamoshida at the entrance when they try to escape, and this time several Shadows taking the form of Bicorns defeat the protagonist and Morgana effortlessly. Shadow Kamoshida takes the oppurtunity to reveal that he intentionally injured Ryuji's leg while acting as his advisor to ruin Ryuji's ability to participate in athletics again. His scheme is 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. Kamoshida's true intention angers Ryuji deeply and his Shadow Self calls out to him, transforming into Captain Kidd and awakening his Persona ability 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. Morgana, in cat form, then approaches Ryuji and the protagonist, suggesting they steal the source of Kamoshida's corrupt heart to make him confess his own crimes. However, when Morgana mentions that Kamoshida will die if they by chance killed his Shadow, Ryuji and the protagonist ask for time to think. Not long afterward, Ann's friend, Shiho Suzui, attempts suicide and when Ryuji and the protagonist heard from Yuuki Mishima that Kamoshida called Shiho a day before, Ryuji and the protagonist realizes that Kamoshida has sexually assaulted her. Ryuji angrily confronts Kamoshida about this, resulting in Kamoshida's intending to expel him, the protagonist and Yuuki.

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 calling card 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 and the protagonist's expulsion is cancelled, much to their relief.

With the case over, Ryuji and the others decides 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 an arrogant man named Masayoshi Shido who quickly gets on Ryuji's nerves after rudely shoving them 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 continue being the Phantom Thieves.


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?"
Sae Niijima talking about Ryuji Sakamoto, Persona 5

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 their stock is full or if they possess 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 was 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 Sakamoto, Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers

Ryuji is first seen at the subway with the protagonist, Ann and Yusuke Kitagawa. 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 Cafe Leblanc.

Later, he engages battle with Kazuya Makigami directly and changes his heart.


Persona 5

  • "Ain't nothing wrong about doin' your best to make a livin'."
  • "Sure it's a solo sport, but nobody's gonna run 'til they puke if they don't got teammates they wanna inspire. I guess what I really wanna say is, you gotta do stuff for people beyond just yourself if you wanna succeed."


  • "Heheh. I'm totally gonna wreck your expectations! ...U-Uh, I mean that in a good way!"
  • "I'm only thinkin' about the future now! That's what we're gonna do—build the future! We gotta think positive thoughts, brother!"
  • "I guess now that I'm thinkin' about it, tryin' to fit in is a real pain in the ass."
  • "I've realized something, Nakaoka. I might've messed up with Kamoshida back then, but hangin' on to the past ain't gonna help anythin'. I'm just gonna focus on bein' myself now...on bein' free."
  • "I guess bein' free is like... It's like how I feel when I'm talkin' to you, man."
  • "They suffered with me, gritted their teeth with me... ...Honestly, I think it was only 'cause of them I was able to run at all. So I can't just go and turn my back on 'em now, right?" (About his former track team)
  • "Who're you livin' your life for? Your parents? Teachers? Society? Maybe you should stop tryin' to live for them, and just try livin' for yourself." (To Takeishi)
  • "Y' ain't so scary not havin' a place you belong. You can kinda be free that way." (To Nakaoka)
  • "Wherever you decide to be, that's where you belong."
  • "But I've realized now... as long as I'm bein' myself, I'll always have somewhere I can fit in."

Battle Quotes:

  • "I'm all fired up!" (Using shotguns)
  • "Perrrrsonaaaa!" (Summoning Persona)
  • "Whip 'em, Persona!" (Summoning Persona)
  • "Captain Kidd! / Seiten Taisei!" (Exploiting enemy's weakness with Persona skill)
  • "Hah! / Eat this! / Get wrecked!" (Attacking with offensive skill)
  • "Up to you, man!" (Using Baton Pass)
  • "Leave it to me. / Taggin in!" (Receiving Baton Touch)
  • "Hang in there!" (Using Harisen Recovery)
  • "Don't just stand there!" (Shielding protagonist)
  • "Now or never, right?" (Follow-Up)
  • "Need a hand?" (Follow-Up)
  • "Gonna knock you out!" (Initiating Follow-Up attack)
  • "I'm on it!" (Initiating Follow-Up attack)
  • "Just stay there!" (Hold-Up enemies)
  • "For real?! / No way!" (When an enemy dodges his attack)
  • "Try to keep up!" (When Ryuji dodges an enemy's attack)
  • "I-I a-ain't a-afraid..." (Ryuji is inflicted with Fear)
  • "Sorry. / Whew!" (When someone heals him)
  • "This is it!" (Initating All-Out Attack)
  • "All right! Time for some pain!" (Initiating All-Out Attack)
  • "Let's tear 'em apart!" (Initiating All-Out Attack)
  • "And don't come back!" (All-Out Attack finishing touch)
  • "Slam!" (All-Out Attack finishing touch)
  • "That's all she wrote!" (All-Out Attack finishing touch)
  • "Time to go wild!" (Tactics changed to Act Freely)
  • "Beat 'em down!" (Tactics changed to Full Assault)
  • "Hold back, huh?" (Tactics changed to Conserve SP)
  • "Playin' it safe." (Tactics changed to Heal/Support)
  • "You're the boss." (Tactics changed to Direct Command)
  • "Who's next!?" (Battle results)
  • "Yeah! Nice!" (Battle results)
  • "Ha! Losers!" (Battle results)


Persona 5
Ryuji cut-in
Ryuji's Close Up.
Ryuji Text Icon
Ryuji's text icon.
Ryuji's Confidant icon.
Ryuji in the crowd.
P5, Ryuji Sakamoto concept art
Concept art.
Concept art.
Skull concept art.
P5 Cinamatic artwork of Ryuji
Cinematic expressions concept artwork.
Ryuji's "NO MO' RULES" and "ZOMG!" shirts.
P5 key art of Ryuji Sakamoto
Key art of Ryuji Sakamoto from the Persona 5 website.
P5 Wanted Poster
Ryuji along with other playable character appear on Visual Wanted Poster.
P5 illustration by Shigenori Soejima
Illustration of Ryuji Sakamoto and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
P5 illustration 02
Illustration by by Shigenori Soejima.
PERSONA5 20th Anniversary package visual of the ''Phantom Thieves of Hearts''
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Phantom Thieves of Heart Group 2 P5
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
PERSONA5 package visual
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
P5 illustration by Rokuro
Illustration of Ryuji, the protagonist, Ann, Morgana and Yusuke by Rokuro.
Illustration of the Protagonst, Ryuji, and Anne
Illustration of Ryuji, the protagonist and Ann by Shigenori Soejima.
P5 released art
Illustration of the protagonist, Ryuji, Ann and Morgana.
Persona 5 Official Design Work key visual by Shigenori Soejima
Illustration of Ryuji and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
Illustration of Phantom Theives of Heart for P5 Maniax User Handbook Cover Illustration
Persona 5 Maniax User Handbook Cover Illustration of Phantom Thieves of Hearts
Ryuji theme
Ryuji theme2
Ryuji Opening
Ryuji in the opening movie.
Ryuji in the opening movie.
Ryuji screaming in pain while unmasking his Persona.
Ryuji Sakamoto Combat
Ryuji in his thief uniform.
Ryuji All Out
All-Out Attack portrait.
Ryuji's Finsihing Touch
All-Out Attack finishing touch.
Ryujin and the Protagonist in their athletic attire
Ryuji and the protagonist in their athletic attire.
Ryuji in the credits.
ペルソナ5 8週連続テレビCM⑧ 「坂本竜司編」

ペルソナ5 8週連続テレビCM⑧ 「坂本竜司編」

Ryuji Japanese trailer.
Persona 5 Portraits
P5 portrait of Ryuji Sakamoto
Ryuji Sakamoto's portrait
P5 portrait of Ryuji smiling
Ryuji smiling
P5 portrait of Ryuji's phantom thief outfit
Ryuji's Skull outfit
P5 portrait of Ryuji's phantom thief outfit without mask
Ryuji's Skull outfit without mask
P5 portrait of Ryuji Sakamoto's summer school uniform
Ryuji's summer school uniform
P5 portrait of Ryuji's gym uniform
Ryuji's gym uniform
P5 portrait of Ryuji Sakamoto's summer attire
Ryuji's summer attire
P5 portrait of Ryuji's winter attire
Ryuji's winter attire
P5 portrait of Ryuji's casual attire
Ryuji's casual attire
P5 portrait of Ryuji's swimsuit-nude
Ryuji's swimsuit/nude
P5 portrait of Ryuji with bear ears
Ryuji with bear ears
P5 animated expression of Ryuji Sakamoto 01
P5 animated expression of Ryuji Sakamoto 02
P5 animated expression of Ryuji Sakamoto 03
Ryuji Happy Cut-in
Ryuji happy cut-in
Ryuji Angry Cut-in
Ryuji angry cut-in
Ryuji Confused Cut-in
Ryuji confused cut-in
Ryuji Surprised Cut-in
Ryuji surprised cut-in
Ryuji Determined Cut-in
Ryuji determined cut-in
Ryuji Serious Cut-in
Ryuji serious cut-in
Ryuji Harmed Cut-in
Ryuji harmed cut-in
Ryuji Sad Cut-in
Ryuji sad cut-in
Persona 5 Costumes
Shujin Winter School Uniform
Winter Casual Wear
Summer Casual Wear
Shujin Summer School Uniform
Gekkoukan High School Uniform (DLC)
Yasogami High School Uniform (DLC)
Persona 4 Arena Shadow Operation Outfit (DLC)
Karukozaka High School Uniform (DLC)
Swimsuit (DLC)
Catherine Costume (Orlando) (DLC)
Butler Uniform (DLC)
Christmas Costume (DLC)
Persona 5 Royal
P5R Key Art
Ryuji on the P5R key art
Persona 5 royal official art
Ryuji on the right, with Ann behind him
Persona 5 (Manga)
Skull Ryuji Manga
Ryuji in his Skull outfit
Captain Kidd Manga
Ryuji and Captain Kidd
P5 Vol 2 Cover
Cover for Volume 2
Ryuji on the cover
Persona 5 Character Anthology
Illustration by Persona Q: Side P4 manga author Mizunomoto
P5A Anthology Cover
P5A Anthology cover
Persona 5 Survey Report Book Cover Full
Survey Report Cover
Illustration countdown of Ryuji for Volume 1 of Persona 5: Mementos Mission
Illustration of Ryuji, Yusuke, Morgana and Ren for Chapter 7 of Persona 5: Mementos Mission
Ryuji in Persona 5: Mementos Mission
P5 Mementos Report Vol 2
Ryuji on the cover of Mementos Report Volume 2
Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
PERSONA5 THE ANIMATION - THE DAY BREAKERS - DVD package visual by Shigenori Soejima
Ryuji Sakamoto and his allies on the cover of Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
P5 anime Ryuji
Ryuji Sakamoto in Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
Persona 5 The Animation
P5A visual key art of Ryuji Sakamoto
Visual art of Ryuji Sakamoto
P5A Second Cour Key Visual
Second cour key visual
Persona 5 the Animation DVD Volume 2
Ryuji on DVD Cover of P5A Volume 2
Persona 5 The Animation DVD Reverse Cover Volume 2
Ryuji on DVD Reverse Cover of P5A Volume 2
P5A Ryuji Sakamoto Concept Art 1
Concept art of Ryuji Sakamoto
P5A Ryuji Sakamoto Concept Art 2
Concept art of Ryuji Sakamoto (2)
P5A Art Book Cover
Ryuji on the P5A Artbook cover
P5A Artbook Ryuji 1
Ryuji in the P5A Artbook
P5A Artbook Ryuji 2
Ryuji in the P5A Artbook (2)
P5A Artbook Ryuji 3
Ryuji in the P5A Artbook (3)
P5A Artbook Ryuji 4
Ryuji in the P5A Artbook (4)
P5A Artbook Mouse 1
Ryuji as a mouse in the P5A Artbook (2nd row)
P5A AtticMeeting Ryuji
Ryuji in Persona 5 The Animation Attic Meeting
Persona 5 x SHIBUYA109 artwork
P5A Masquerade Party Event
Persona 5 Masquerade Party Event
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
PQ2 Main Visual Artwork
Ryuji with the group
PQ2 main P5 playable characters
Ryuji with the P5 cast
Ryuji and the Phantom Thieves in Mementos
Persona Q2 Kamoshidaman Key Art
Ryuji in the Kamoshidaman Key Art
Q2 AOA P5 Skull
Ryuji's All-Out-Attack
PQ2 LINE Stamp 9
LINE sticker
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
P5D key visual art
P5D screenshot of Ryuji
Ryuji dancing
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto initial costume
Ball Stage Outfit
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto summer school uniform
Summer Shujin Outfit
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto winter school uniform
Winter Shujin Outfit
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Summer Clothes
Summer Clothes
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Winter Clothes
Winter Clothes
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Shujin Gym Uniform
Shujin Academy Jersey
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Swimsuit Outfit
Red Surf Trunks
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Phantom Thief Costume
Pirate Armor
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Halloween Outfit
Pirate Coat
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Christmas Outfit
Santa Costume
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto butler suit
Butler Suit
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Velvet Room Outfit
Deep Blue Clothes
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto SMT II Hero DLC
Valhalla Suit
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Dragon of Kansai costume
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Orlandos Outfit
Orlando's Outfit
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Girl Look
High School Girl Look
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto Featherman Outfit
Feather Ostrich
Persona 5 The Stage
Cover of P5 the stage
Ryuji on the up-left corner in Persona 5 The stage
Skull P5thestage
Ryuji as Skull in Persona 5 The Stage
Ryuji Ann p5stage
Ryuji and Ann In Persona 5 The Stage
Tribute Artworks
P5 Illustration of the main characters by Akaume (PQ Roundbout illustrator)
Illustration of Ryuji and his team by Akaume (PQ Roundabout author)
P5 Illustration of the Protagonist, Ryuji, Anne, Morgana and Yuske by Rokuro Saito
Illustration of Ryuji, the protagonist, Ann, Morgana and Yusuke by Rokuro Saito
P5 Illustration of Ryuji by Yoko Nihonbashi
Illustration of Ryuji by Yoko Nihonbashi (Cartoonist of G Senjou Heaven’s Door and Shoujo Fight)
PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, P5, 01
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, 09
Persona 5 Escape Room Key Visual
Ryuji on the escape room key visual
P5 Ryuji Nendoroid
Ryuji's Nendoroid figure
P5 Ryuji Sakamoto pop figure
Ryuji Funko Pop Figure.


  • Ryuji's name referencing Ryōma Sakamoto (坂本 龍馬) from the bakumatsu period 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?): A lower samurai Toranoshin Ikeda (池田 寅之進)'s brother was killed by a higher samurai for possibly shoulder bumping. 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 samurais in the next day. Sakamoto as a fellow lower samurai helped mediate, but things actually settled down after Ikeda had performed honor suicide by seppuku and confiscation of the salaries of Ikeda's and his brother's families, while the superiors' families received virtually no punishment for the initial killing. The unequal treatments led to desertion of many lower samurais including Sakamoto and his later comrade Shintarō Nakaoka (中岡 慎太郎) from their serving clans who were disappointed by their higher-ups' suppression.
  • In the Japanese version, Skull self-proclaims "Phantom Thieves' Captain Kirikomi" (怪盗団の切り込み隊長, Kaitō-dan no kirikomi taichō)? which loosely means "Assault Captain" or "Captain Foodie" (which could be an intentional double entendre.) "Captain Kirikomi" is a reference to the Marauding Captain card from the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. "Kirikomi" precisely refers to curing fish slices from Hokkaido regional cuisine. The term was later borrowed for naval boarding in ship-to-ship combat, referring to the grappling hooks for closing the distance between the ships.
    • The official translation in-game is "charge commander."
  • Ryuji's civilian shoes are censored in the Chinese and Korean versions of the game, due to containing the Rising Sun Flag.[1] 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.
  • 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.

Appearances in Other Media

  • Chain Chronicle:
    • Skull, Warrior class, 4-star
    • Article in Chain Chronicle Wiki
    • Collaboration event: January 19th, 2017 - January 31st, 2017.[1]
  • Granblue Fantasy:
    • Skull, NPC
    • Article in Granblue Fantasy Wiki
    • Collaboration event: June 18th, 2018 - June 29th, 2018[2]
  • Puyo Puyo!! Quest:
    • Ryuji, Attack Type, 6-star
    • Article in Puyo Nexus
    • Collaboration event for Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth: December 3rd, 2018[3]
  • Kyoutou Kotoba RPG:
    • Ryuji (Kotodaman); Normal (5-star), Phantom Thief (6-star)
    • Collaboration event: March 5th, 2019 - March 28th, 2019[4]
  • Super Smash Brothers Ultimate: 
    • Cameo during Joker's Final Smash and Mementos
    • Primary Spirit (Advanced Class, Shield type)
    • Article in SmashWiki
    • Part of the Joker DLC: April 17th, 2019
  • Identity V:
    • Skull skin for Forward
    • Collaboration event: August 8th, 2019 - August 29th, 2019[5]
Chain Chronicle
Ryuji sakamoto in CC3
Skull in Chain Chronicle
Ryuji sakamoto unmask in CC3
Skull in Chain Chronicle
Granblue Fantasy
Granblue Fantasy x P5 Group
Skull with the Thieves in Granblue Fantasy
Granblue Fantasy x Persona 5 Ryuji Sprite
Skull's default portraits for Granblue Fantasy
Kyoutou Kotoba RPG
Kyoutou Kotoba RPG Ryuji 1
Ryuji in Kyoutou Kotoba RPG
Kyoutou Kotoba RPG Ryuji 2
Skull in Kyoutou Kotoba RPG
Identity V
Identity V x P5 3
Skull in Identity V
Identity V x P5
Skull in Identity V
Identity V x P5 2
Ryuji in Identity V
Identity V Concept Ryuji 1
Ryuji's Concept Art in Identity V
Identity V Concept Ryuji 2
Skull's Concept Art in Identity V
Persona 5 x Sanrio
Persona 5, in collaboration with Sanrio



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