The Seven Deadly Sins (七つの大罪, Nanatsu no Daizai)? are a recurring plot device in the series.

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The seven deadly sins, or capital vices, are a list of moral offenses deemed to be prime motivations for sin and sins which lead to other sins. Based on their initially described name, they are commonly misinterpreted as entirely seriously immoral offenses. While some manifestations of these sins could qualify as "mortal sins," they are not always worthy of eternal damnation, according to some Christian branches. The first list was originally created by Evagrius of Pontus, and contained eight sins: lust, gluttony, avarice, acedia/spiritual sloth, "sadness", wrath, vainglory, and pride. This sin of "sadness" has been interpreted as "sorrow at having to achieve good" or "sorrow at the prosperity of others." Pope Gregory the Great would later revise this list and establish it as an important concept of Catholic moral theology. Envy was added to the list, while sadness and acedia were combined into sloth, and vainglory later listed as a direct product of pride. Each of these sins has the potential to be taken too far and could be considered seriously immoral.

The sins can be defined in the following manner based off the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Summa Theologica: 1. Gluttony: excessive love/indulgence in food or drink 2. Sloth: excessive desire for ease and aversion to difficulty, often to the neglect of good practices 3. Avarice or Greed: the excessive desire to possess something, including wealth, position, and knowledge 4. Wrath: misplaced or excessive anger, usually followed by an unhealthy interest in revenge 5. Lust: unlawful and voluntary sexual desires and practices 6. Envy: resentment and sorrow directed at another's good or success, rooted in the belief that it is taking away from one's own reputation or image 7. Pride: overestimated self-worth and excessively high self-esteem

In Binsfeld's classification of demons, each sin is paired with certain high-ranking demon:

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Shin Megami Tensei: if...[edit | edit source]

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When Tamaki Uchida heads with her companion into the Expanse, she must navigate selected regions themed around most of the seven deadly sins on her quest to stop Ideo Hazama's vengeful rampage. At the entrance of every region, Hazama will appear as a statue to lecture Tamaki on how humans are sinful creatures. The entrance to each dungeon is unlocked by a ring that embodies a virtue that is opposite to the sin it represents.

  • World of Pride: Ruled by Vine. According to Hazama, Tamaki and her partner are the prideful ones by thinking that they can save the school by themselves.
  • World of Gluttony: Ruled by Orcus, who's actually Karukozaka High School's principal transformed into a demon thanks to a Parasite. The principal is the glutton whose transformation into a demon is the punishment for his sin.
  • World of Sloth: Ruled by Balam. As most students of the school did nothing and just stayed put after the school was transported to the Expanse, they were captured and forced into slave labor as punishment for their laziness.
  • World of Envy: Visited only in Yumi and Reiko's routes. The envious one is actually Tamaki herself who feels that towards Yumi or Reiko after they're taken away by a handsome man at the entrance of the dungeon. At the end of the dungeon, Tamaki fights Lilith, who is the embodiment of her envy.
  • World of Wrath: Visited only in Charlie's route. Ryuuichi, Akiko's boyfriend, is the one representing the sin. Hazama forces Tamaki to do a series of trials in order to free Akiko while forbidding Ryuuichi to help, all in order to irritate him. When Ryuuichi loses his temper and tries to attack Hazama directly, he is turned into stone.
  • World of Greed: Ruled by Chefei. Chefei tries to trick Tamaki into giving in to her greed by placing many chests with valuable items on the way to his chamber and he becomes stronger for each chest opened.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[edit | edit source]

The Tokugawa Mandala is powered by Aether infinitely siphoned from the Expanse embodied by five of the sins in a different Jar. The Four Heavenly Kings and Marici guard these Jars. Only the most purest or well trained of souls can endure them, leaving Toki as the only one capable of sealing each jar. The sins that are used for the Mandala are:

  • Wrath
  • Sloth
  • Gluttony
  • Lust
  • Pride

Megami Ibunroku Persona[edit | edit source]

Enemies of the Karma race are themed after six of the seven deadly sins (with Gluttony being omitted). The Karma race demons appear as common enemies in the Alaya Cavern. Stronger boss versions of them also appear at the end of the Mikage Ruins.

Persona 2: Innocent Sin[edit | edit source]

Lucifer's profile in the PSP port of the game identifies him as ruling over the sin of Pride. Before his boss fight alongside Ixquic, Belphegor also identifies himself as the ruler of Sloth. Three other demons associated with the deadly sins appear in the game (Leviathan, Satan, and Beelzebub), but their profiles make no mention of the fact.

Persona 5[edit | edit source]

Each Palace and its occupant represents one of the sins. These sins are stolen by the player as treasure from the individual in order to make them atone for their crimes, viewing death as an easy way out for the criminal in question. The following pairing of the bosses and their sins are told by the trophy titles earned after the player has finished each Palace scenario, except for the eighth and ninth palaces.

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers[edit | edit source]

Much like the Palaces, each Jail represents a specific Sin. All of these bar the last one are mentioned in the trophies for clearing each of them and the names of their bird cages.

Save for the aforementioned sins, Alice displays signs of Envy, Natsume displays signs of Vanity, Hyodo displays signs of Greed and Konoe displays signs of Sloth in-game.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Most demons in Persona 5 are incorrectly assigned to the deadly sins in traditional demonology. There is no major boss representing Sloth but is replaced by Vanity due to Mementos (which has no true "major boss") representing Sloth. Other enemies which represent ones of the sins are not defined so, namely Belphegor (Sloth). All in all, only Asmodeus, Mammon and Leviathan are correctly paired to their sins, although Bael is the basis for the demon of Gluttony, Beelzebub. Also only Lust, Envy and Pride are in the correct positions of the order of the sins.
    • In Scramble, Lust, Sloth, Wrath and Sorrow are placed in the correct order, while Greed, Gluttony, Pride and Envy have their orders reversed.
  • While Shadow Futaba is identified with Sloth in the Phantom Thief letter that solidifies Futaba's Treasure, she actually seems to be the part of Futaba that wishes to break out of her despair and disaffection at the time of her Palace being formed, later providing vital help when snapping Futaba out of the depressed haze that was fueling Cognitive Wakaba's power. Thus, it is just as valid to say that the real Futaba is associated with Sloth.
  • In Persona 5, there is a sin called Emptiness which is never assigned to a Palace owner. However, it is believed that the one representing that sin is Goro Akechi as a large parts of his personality are just a facade he presents to others, while his true self desires vengeance a goal which is ultimately seen as being meaningless once fulfilled.


Hazama's Chapter - Manga - Kahn - Novel
Characters
Playable Tamaki Uchida - Yumi Shirakawa - Shinji Kuroi - Reiko Akanezawa - Akira Miyamoto - Amon - Ideo Hazama
Non-playable Nova - Akiko Yano - Ryuichi Sakamoto - Kayama - Katsuhiko Sato - Otsuki - Chefei - The Emperor - Lucifer
Locations
General Karukozaka High School - River Styx
Expanse World of Pride - Gluttony - Sloth - Envy - Wrath - Greed - Tower of Confinement - Inner World
Archives
Terminology Guardian - Expanse - Moon Phase System - Sword fusion
Lists Guardians - Demons - Bosses (Hazama's Chapter) - Skills - Items
Characters
Main Flynn - Isabeau - Jonathan - Walter - Burroughs
Supporting Hope - Issachar - Gabby - Hugo - K - Tayama - Kaga - Hikaru - Fujiwara - Skins - Stephen - Black Samurai - The White - Kiyoharu - Akira - Kenji - Aquila - Ahazuya Mikado - Charon - Mido - Minako - Lucifer - Merkabah - Masakado - Terminal Guardian - Gina - Stan - Al-mi'raj - Asuma - Ys
Setting
Locations Eastern Kingdom of Mikado - Mikado Castle - Naraku - Kiccigiorgi - Tokyo - Ueno - Chiyoda - Shinjuku - Ikebukuro - Kagome Tower - Shibuya - Roppongi - Ginza - Tsukiji Hongwanji - Midtown - Reverse Hills - Camp Ichigaya - Blasted Tokyo - Pluto Castle - Infernal Tokyo - Monochrome Forest - Tokyo Bay - Minami Sunamachi - Purgatorium - Lucifer Palace - River Styx
Organizations Samurai - Hunter Association - Ashura-kai - Ring of Gaea - National Defense Divinities - Counter Demon Force
Archives
Terminology COMP - Gauntlet Rite - Turn Press Battle - Smirk - Domain - Horde - Terminal - Cathedral of Shadows - Red Pill - Hunter - Yamato Perpetual Reactor - Whisper event - Demonoid - Neurisher - Cocoon - Streetpass
Lists Demons (Evolutions - Special Fusions) - Bosses - Skills - Items - Apps - Quests - Translations
Other Media
Games Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
Production Original Soundtrack
Publication DEMONIC GENE - -Prayers- - Artbook
Megami Ibunroku Persona - Shin Megami Tensei: Persona - Manga - Shadow Maze
Characters
Playable Protagonist - Maki Sonomura - Masao Inaba - Kei Nanjo - Yukino Mayuzumi - Hidehiko Uesugi - Eriko Kirishima - Yuka Ayase - Reiji Kido
Non-Playable Philemon - Igor - Takahisa Kandori - Saeko Takami - Takashi Hanya - Principal Ooishi - Tadashi Satomi - Tamaki Uchida - Kenta Yokouchi - Tsutomu Kurouri - Chisato Kasai - Yosuke Naito - Yamaoka - Setsuko Sonomura - Takeda - Mai - Aki - Pandora - Kumi Hirose - Michiko Matsudaira - Yuriko Yamamoto - Tomomi Fujimori - Night Queen - Trish - Natsumi Yoshino - Yuko Himeno - Katsue Kaneda - Doctor Nicholai - Kazuya Toudou - Nishida - Mariko Yabe - Maria
Locations
General Mikage-cho - St. Hermelin High School - Mikage Hospital - Sennen Mannen-Do - Judgement 1999
SEBEC Route Police Station - SEBEC - Subway - Black Market - Lost Forest - Mana Castle - Haunted Mansion - Deva Yuga - Alaya Cavern - Avidya World - Mikage Ruins
Snow Queen Quest Ice Castle - Hypnos Tower - Nemesis Tower - Thanatos Tower - Devil's Peak
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack & Arrange Album (Complete Recording Edition) - Original Soundtrack (PSP) - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Dream of Butterfly" - "Voice" - "Satomi Tadashi Drugstore Song" - "School Days" - "Let the Butterflies Spread Until the Dawn" - "A Lone Prayer" - "Bloody Destiny" - "Deva Yuga (Arranged Version)"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Ultimate) - Persona User - Velvet Room - Agastya Tree - Moon Phase System - Sea of Souls - Type/Subtype - Affinity - Rank - Totem - Unknown Power - Mystic Change - Personality - DEVA System - Nanjo Group - Demon Mirror - Snow Queen Mask - Code Breaker - Fusion (Fusion Theory) - Ideal Self - Growth Rate
Lists Arcana - Personas - Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items - Status Changes
Major Characters
Playable Tatsuya Suou - Maya Amano - Lisa Silverman - Eikichi Mishina - Yukino Mayuzumi - Jun Kurosu
Non-Playable Philemon - Nyarlathotep - Joker
Minor Characters
Plot Relevant Maya Okamura - Akinari Kashihara - Shunsuke Fujii - Katsuya Suou - Ulala Serizawa - Daisuke Todoroki (Kyouji Kuzunoha) - Head Monk - Maki Sonomura - Kei Nanjo - Eriko Kirishima - Hidehiko Uesugi - Reiji Kido - Tamaki Uchida - Tadashi Satomi - Trish - Noriko Katayama
Masked Circle Tatsuya Sudou - Ginji Sasaki - Anna Yoshizaka - Junko Kurosu - Shadow Tatsuya - Shadow Maya - Shadow Lisa - Shadow Eikichi - Shadow Yukino - Ixquic - Hiroki Sugimoto - Takashi Hanya - Yasuo Inoe - Youichi Makimura
Last Battalion Fuhrer - Order of the Holy Lance
Velvet Room Igor - Nameless - Belladonna - Demon Painter
Rumormongers Kenta Yokouchi - Baofu - Chika Ueda - Sumaru Genie
Shop Time Count - Garcon Soejima - Kankichi Mishina
Climax Theater Motoko Mitsugi - Naozumi Kariyazaki - Musubu Torikiri - Akari Torikiri - Rose Futaba - Minato - Umiko Shiyama - Persephone - Tamaizu Nirasawa - Haruo Weyland - Kushiel
Locations
Sumaru City Seven Sisters High School - Club Zodiac - Kasugayama High School - Air Raid Shelter - Mu Continent - Giga Macho - Aoba Park - Smile Hirasaka - GOLD - Aerospace Museum - Mt. Iwato - Mt. Katatsumuri - Caracol - Aquarius Temple - Taurus Temple - Scorpio Temple - Leo Temple - Silver River - Xibalba - Abandoned Factory - Climax Theater
Music
Albums Original Soundtracks - The Errors of Their Youth - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Kimi no Tonari" - "Joker" - "Satomi Tadashi Drugstore Song" - "Unbreakable Tie"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate / Reverse) - Persona User - Cards (Tarot / Material / Skill / Incense) - Mystic Change - Affinity - Mutation - Ideal Energy - In Lak'ech - Oracle of Maia - Spear of Destiny - Muses - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Shadow Self - Ambrosia - "Infectious Groove" - Crystal Skull - Ideal Self - Growth Rate - Rumor
Lists Arcana - Personas - Demons - Bosses - Skills (Fusion Spells) - Items - Rumors - Restaurants
Other Media
Productions Lost Memories - Innocent Sin Novel - Persona: Tsumi To Batsu
Characters
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Goro Akechi - Sumire Yoshizawa
Confidant Igor - Sojiro Sakura - Chihaya Mifune - Munehisa Iwai - Tae Takemi - Sadayo Kawakami - Ichiko Ohya - Shinya Oda - Hifumi Togo - Yuuki Mishima - Toranosuke Yoshida - Caroline and Justine - Sae Niijima - Takuto Maruki
Major Targets Suguru Kamoshida - Ichiryusai Madarame - Junya Kaneshiro - Shadow Futaba - Kunikazu Okumura - Masayoshi Shido - Holy Grail / Yaldabaoth - Azathoth / Adam Kadmon
Other Principal Kobayakawa - SIU Director - Shiho Suzui - Natsuhiko Nakanohara - Mika - Medjed - Wakaba Isshiki - Lala Escargot - Angel and Julian - Sugimura - President Tanaka - Kazuya Makigami - Naoya Makigami - Shadow Mishima - Shinichi Yoshizawa - Rumi - Shibusawa - Jose - Kasumi Yoshizawa - Coach Hiraguchi
Locations
Tokyo Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Shinjuku - Akihabara - Kichijoji - Ogikubo - Inokashira Park - Tsukishima - Akasaka Mitsuke - Suidobashi - Odaiba Seaside Park - Ichigaya - Ikebukuro - Ginza - Harajuku - Meiji Shrine - Jinbocho - Miura Beach - Maihama (Tokyo Destinyland) - Kanda - Roppongi - Ueno - Asakusa - Chinatown - Nagatacho - Shinagawa - Nakano - Kosei High School
Palace Kamoshida's Palace - Madarame's Palace - Kaneshiro's Palace - Futaba's Palace - Okumura's Palace - Niijima's Palace - Shido's Palace - Mementos (Path of Qimranut - Path of Aiyatsbus - Path of Chemdah - Path of Kaitul - Path of Akzeriyyuth - Path of Adyeshach - Path of Sheriruth - Depths of Mementos - Qliphoth World - Path of Da'at) - Maruki's Palace
Other Velvet Room - Hawaii - Thieves Den
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 5 / Royal)
Songs "Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There" - "Life Will Change" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "The Whims of Fate" - "Tokyo Daylight" - "Hoshi To Bokura To" - "Break In To Break Out" - "Infinity" - "Dark Sun..." - "Autonomy" - "Found a Light" - "IT'S TOO LATE" - "Colors Flying High" - "Take Over" - "He's a Trickster☆" - "I Believe" - "No More What Ifs" - "Throw Away Your Mask" - "Our Light"
Archives
Story Persona - Persona user - Shadow - Shadow Self - Second Awakening - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Phantom Aficionado Website - Antisocial Force - Treasure - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - Psychotic breakdown - Mental shutdown - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins
School Life Daily Life - Activities - Calendar - Weather Forecast - Confidant - Social Stats - Yen - Hideout - Class - Bathhouse - Studying - Diner - Maid Café - Billiards - Books - DVDs - Retro Games - Movie theater - Batting Cage - Fishing Pond - Crossword Puzzle - Darts - Infiltration Tools - Cooking - Training - Old Temple - Part Time Jobs - Shrine - Confessional - Jazz Jin - Houseplant - TV Quiz Show - Blackboard - Vegetariano - Lottery
Vendors Shops - Vending Machines - Takemi Medical Clinic - Untouchable - Jose's Shop - Home Shopping Program - Tanaka's Shady Commodities
Phantom Life Mementos Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Treasure Demon - Safe Room - Thieves Guild - List of Shadows - List of Bosses - Skill Card - Will Seeds - Deviations
Battle Items: (Persona 5/Royal) - Skills: (Persona 5/Royal) - Party - Battle Stats - Damage - Experience - Level - Difficulty - Status Changes - Element - Traits - Navigator - Tactics - Guard - Follow Up - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Protect - Baton Pass - Pickpocket - Party Switch - One More - Critical - Technical - Showtime - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Hold Up - Personality - Game Over - Disaster Shadow
Velvet Room List of Personas (Persona 5/Royal) - Fusion - Special Fusion - Hanging - Lockdown - Electric Chair - Arcana - Skill Inheritance - Fusion Accident - Fusion alarm - Challenge Battle
System Trophies: (Persona 5/Royal) - Cutscenes - New Game Plus - Patches and Updates
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd.
Personnel Katsura Hashino - Shigenori Soejima - Shoji Meguro - Lyn Inaizumi - Atsushi Kitajoh - Ryota Kozuka - Kenichi Tsuchiya - Toshiki Konishi - Kazuhisa Wada - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Games Royal - Dancing in Starlight - Scramble
Productions Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation (Episodes) - Persona O.A. - Persona 5 The Night Breakers - Persora -The Golden Best 5- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album - Persona 5 The Stage
Publications Manga - Mementos Mission - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics) - Persona Magazine
Events Super Live 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019
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