Sayoko Uehara is a character in Persona 4. A nurse working in the Hospital of Yasoinaba, her flirtatious personality towards the Protagonist shares a resemblance with Lilith's interactions with the Protagonists from Shin Megami Tensei series.
- Persona 4: Devil Arcana Social Link
- Persona 4 The Animation: Devil Arcana
- Persona 4 Golden: Devil Arcana Social Link
Sayoko works as a nurse at the Inaba Municipal Hospital with short black hair tied into a ponytail and has brown eyes. She has a mole on the upper left side of her chin. She wears white nurse outfit with pink blazer.
In Persona 4 The Animation, she wears a light purple long sleeves shirt and tan skirt for her casual attire. In the summer festival she wears purple kimono. Then her nurse outfits change to light pink.
Sayoko is mischievous and flirtatious, often making advances on the protagonist. Behind this, she is lonely and saddened that all patients leave once they are better. She does have a genuine love of helping others in need, which at some point is overshadowed by her own loneliness.
Sayoko Uehara represents the Devil Arcana Social Link, however, she does not create one with the Protagonist during their first meeting. As Sayoko is working as a nurse, she can only be interacted should the Protagonist take up the part-time job of working as a Janitor in the Hospital. Furthermore, the Protagonist' 'Diligence' status must be at least at the Lv. 'Strong' before being able to take the job, as the job is only available during night time.
During the Protagonist's first encounter with Sayoko, he witnesses a Doctor talking to Sayoko. Noticing the Protagonist, Sayoko attempts to flirt with the Protagonist, but exclaims that she'll continue the next time the Protagonist comes here, and tells him to go home. Upon the second meeting with her, she openly tries to seduce the Protagonist, and took a liking towards him, telling that she might change her time shift just to meet the Protagonist, thus creating the Devil Arcana Social Link with the Protagonist.
Through the Protagonist' interaction with Sayoko, Sayoko reveals her dilemma of losing her goal in life, and her motivation of taking care of others. She also reveals that prior she was transferred to this hospital, she established a relationship with a doctor. However, the doctor was already married, and under the circumstances, she broke up with the doctor and was transferred to this hospital. After their break-up, however, the doctor continue to flirt behind his wife again, and the doctor's wife make a special trip to the Hospital in Yasoinaba to scold Sayoko of being a sultry woman.
Later, Sayoko's dilemma is further fueled after hearing the death of a young patient she genuinely cared for in the last hospital. After hearing the incident, Sayoko becomes a workaholic, and continuously demands others' to work harder as well. However, under the constant work, Sayoko began stressing out herself, and eventually collapsed.
Sayoko eventually realized that her sudden change of attitude in work was actually a way to escape her true feelings, and in reality, she herself was the main reason why she has lost her original goal. Realizing the Protagonist' help to her realization, she cheekily remarks that a "teenager with a rag" was the one helping her realizing her faults, but thanked the Protagonist from the bottom of her heart nonetheless.
By the end of the Social Link, Sayoko informs the Protagonist that she will be transferring to another hospital soon, and exclaims that in reality, even though she felt that she was just an temporary item to take care of a patient, her original motive of becoming a nurse was because of a simple reason - she cared for others, and hopes to take care of them. Thanking the Protagonist, Sayoko gives the Protagonist her Hospital ID as a remembrance of her realization, and bids farewell to the Protagonist. Before leaving, Sayoko tells the Protagonist that what is one's purpose of existing in this world, what is that individual's goal, are all actually hidden inside one self,and it is up to them to decide their roles.
Completing the Devil Arcana Social Link with Sayoko also bestows the ultimate form of the Devil Arcana, Beelzebub, the Prince of Lies.
In the epilogue, the Protagonist learns that Sayoko has joined a volunteer medical organization dedicated to help the poor countries, and had already went to Africa. The other nurses remarks that Sayoko is actually their hardest worker, and while they're intrigued by the rumors of the Midnight Channel, Sayoko was studying foreign languages and medical books. Sayoko's resolution and determination, however, inspires the other nurses to work harder, with one of the nurses remarks that Sayoko's determination might have been inspired by her 'younger boyfriend', implying that Sayoko may have fallen for the Protagonist.
Persona 4 The Animation
In the anime on August 18th, she is seen with Yu taking him somewhere. Then at the Summer Festival she was seen with different guy and she noted that Nanako was cute after she ran past her. During the firework she happily greeted Nanako while the child blushed.
Previously, on August 17th, she explained to Yu that elder women who in rest that she probably got hit where the thief pushed her. Then she started to flirting Yu if they go out hit on town, but he refused that he had work. As he leaves, she replied that "too bad". Then she met him again and took him to restaurant, drinking. While Sayoko is drunk she told him that "old fart" are bossy and men leering at her as she treated the patients they leaves her after recovering that she should quit her job, and then she gave Yu her number just in case if he change his mind going with her at summer festival.
At summer festival she receive at call from Yu for advice to help injure person for bleeding though her head, she gave him helpful advice to save her like he need long material to stop the bleeding and some ice. Then she arrive at located where Yu is and relieve that person is alright, she thanks him that she realized saving people is truly wonderful thing in live and helping her to remember. During the credit she is last seen in hospital helping unconscious patient head to emergency room.