"Ann...? I'm sorry. I... I can't take this... anymore..."
Shiho Suzui is a supporting character in Persona 5. She is a student at Shujin Academy.
- Persona 5 / Royal: Supporting Character
Shiho has brown eyes and black hair tied in a ponytail, held in place with a pink elastic band. Her bangs are parted to her left. She also wears two gray hairpins. Shiho wears her uniform without the black jacket nor the suspenders, thus donning a beige turtleneck sweater rolled up to her elbows, as well as the standard uniform skirt. She has a black knee brace on her right leg. Around her elbows and under her skirt, black bandages of some sort can be seen. She wears white running shoes with red designs, and white ankle socks.
In the anime, she has dark brown hair. She is not shown with her hair down until the scene during which she wakes up from her coma, revealing that it reaches shoulder length.
Shiho at first glance seems to be a quiet and reserved girl who rarely talks to anyone and doesn't smile much. In fact, the only person she lights up around at school is Ann. She lacks confidence to a significant degree, thinking her volleyball skills are her only valuable attributes. However, it is said that she used to be an outgoing and sociable person until she received a series of advances, as well as abuse, from Kamoshida at Shujin Academy.
In actuality, Shiho is an extremely stressed and burdened teenager for various reasons, mostly school-related. During the game, it is heavily implied that she was raped by Kamoshida as a "consequence" for her friend Ann's rejection of his sexual advances, and this is the "final straw" that causes her to attempt suicide. Ann later calls Shiho an "idiot" out of lamentation for how Shiho allowed herself to be manipulated and driven to commit suicide.
While unable to directly cooperate with the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, the suffering that Shiho experienced has eventually transformed into the foundation of their motivation to reform society and free it from the chains of corrupt people.
Shiho is Ann Takamaki's best and only friend at Shujin Academy, due to the both of them being the "unpopular" and "outcast" girls of the school; as such, they can relate to and empathize with one another. When Shiho met Ann, the first thing she said to her was, "Takamaki-san, your paintings suck." 
She joined Suguru Kamoshida's volleyball club shortly before the start of the game, as she is an excellent volleyball player and has been playing since middle school. According to a few students in Shujin Academy, she was a lot happier and more outgoing before Kamoshida began frequently propositioning her for private training sessions. Afterwards, she suddenly suffers from a swollen knee, allegedly an injury sustained during the aforementioned sessions. In reality, it is heavily implied that Kamoshida physically abused her. She decided to keep this a secret out of fear of being expelled from the volleyball team. After Ann refuses to accept Kamoshida's proposition to go to bed with him, she is called into his office by Yuuki Mishima. It is heavily implied that she was later raped by him as revenge against Ann for rejecting his offer.
Feeling used and full of shame, Shiho attempts suicide by jumping off the school roof, yet somehow survives. Upon witnessing of the incident, Ann is horrified and nearly rendered speechless. Before she falls unconscious, Shiho reveals to Ann that Kamoshida was the motivation behind her attempted suicide. After she is hospitalized, her condition quickly worsens, and she slips into a coma. Shadow Kamoshida later reveals the implied sexual assault on her was due to Ann repeatedly rejecting his advances, "forcing" him to take out his frustrations on her only friend, sparking Ann's desire to get revenge on Kamoshida for what he had done. As a result, the protagonist, Ryuji Sakamoto, and Ann decide to form the Phantom Thieves of Hearts to make Kamoshida confess to his own crimes by stealing the distorted desires in his heart, as no other student would dare go against him.
Following Kamoshida's defeat and confession, Ann reveals that Shiho has regained consciousness. However, she also sadly informs the protagonist and Ryuji that Shiho's mother has decided to transfer her daughter to another school, in hopes of distancing her from the trauma and gaining a fresh start. Ann tearfully accepts this turn of events, realizing that the rumors may not go away even after Kamoshida's admittance of wrongdoing. Ann worries about Shiho moving away, but ultimately realizes she will be okay as it would be the best path for her to take.
If the player proceeds in Ann's Confidant relationship, Ann makes regular visits to Shiho, who is in the middle of physical therapy to recover her strength. Near the end of the Confidant chain, the protagonist and Ann help Shiho revisit the Shujin rooftop, where she walks near where she jumped. This helps Shiho conquer her fears and reconcile with her memories of the traumatic event. She explains that she was desperate to escape Kamoshida's influence; she did not really wish to die, but she heard a voice from within her that urged her to kill herself. She notes that, after she recovered, the other voice disappeared. Shiho vows to keep in touch with Ann and follow her friend's success as a model.
Persona 5 MangaEdit
In the manga adaptaion of the game, Shiho's role is near identical to her game counterpart. Among the major differences is the fact that Shiho is among the students Ryuji interrogates in regards to the rumors of Kamoshida's abuse. Prior to her fall from the school, she is shown talking to Kamoshida in his office. Here, he reveals his intent to remove Shiho from the team's starting roster due to her "poor performance." Horrifed, Shiho begs him to reconsider; Kamoshida puts on a sinister grin, implying she was raped.
Shiho jumps off the school roof
Ann and Shiho after her failed suicide attempt
Ann and Shiho during Ann's Confidant relationship
|Persona 5 Portraits|
Shiho injured and depressed
|Persona 5 (manga)|
Shiho speaking with Kamoshida
Shiho speaking with Kamoshida
Shiho standing on the rooftop
Shiho contemplating suicide
Shiho jumps to her death
Shiho injured on the ground
|Persona 5 The Animation|
Shiho Suzui in Persona 5 The Animation
Shiho after her failed suicide attempt.
Shiho after waking up from her coma.
Shiho in the P5A Artbook
- Her given name, Shiho (志帆), means "aspiration sail." This might be in reference to how her suffering inspires the creation of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts.