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Strega

Strega: Takaya, Chidori, Jin

Strega (ストレガ, Sutorega)? is a trio of artificial Persona users who form the secondary antagonistic group in Persona 3. They are Takaya Sakaki, Chidori Yoshino and Jin Shirato.

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Persona 3[]

"Don't let the past control you, and don't look to the future: simply live in the moment..."
—Takaya to Jin, Persona 3

The members of Strega are artificial Persona users created by the Kirijo Group. They were picked up off the street and used as fodder for the company's experiments. Because their Personas were not awakened naturally, they must take suppressants supplied by Shuji Ikutsuki. The drugs keep their Personas from killing them, but have lethal side-effects. Out of the original hundred kids Kirijo used, only the three children that would later form Strega survived.

As a means to escape the pain of their inevitable death, the three would adopt a worldview where they would give up on their futures and live purely for the current moment. The philosophy was inspired and spread among its members by Takaya Sakaki, who served as the group’s leader.

Strega would become a group of three rogue Persona users who use the Dark Hour for their own personal benefits. They set up an internet website run by Jin Shirato called "Revenge Request" where users can contract Strega to commit assassinations and other illegal activities, which the three carry out during the Dark Hour as they remove the protection of the coffins which allows them to do whatever they want with their victim.

When they first discover SEES during the Dark Hour, they attempt to learn of their goals by spying on them. Finding out that SEES aims to rid the Dark Hour which Strega relies on, under the premise that they will lose their persona powers, Strega attempted to disrupt SEES' Full Moon Operations multiple times (in actuality, it's heavily implied that the real reason why they want the Dark Hour around is so Nyx will put them out of their misery alongside every other human being in the world).

In one particular encounter, SEES managed to capture and hospitalize Chidori Yoshino, Strega's data gatherer (counterpart to SEES' Fuuka), thereby weakening the group in the process.

Takaya, in effort to identify and dispose of SEES’s data gatherer who locates the Shadows that appear on Full Moon Operations and hence threatens the existence of the Dark Hour, would meddle during Ken's attempt to kill Shinjiro. After being told by Takaya himself that Shinjiro's going to die either way due to taking the same suppressants as them, Ken tries to use him to commit suicide by lying that he's the group's rear support. The fooled Takaya attempted to shoot Ken, only for Shinjiro to take the blow by jumping in the way of the bullet. In actuality, the rear support is Fuuka Yamagishi, someone that Takaya does not seem to recognize who arrived with the rest of the group in time to witness Shinjiro's death.

Prior to fighting the Arcana Hanged Man, Takaya and Jin made a final stand to prevent SEES from destroying what they thought was the last Arcana Shadow and therefore the Dark Hour only to be defeated. Rather than accept life without the Dark Hour, the two jumped off the bridge they battled on, seemingly committing suicide.

A month later, the two would appear alive again, sneaking in to visit a hospitalized Chidori. They convince her to rejoin them, turning her against SEES. When Junpei manages to convince Chidori not to walk down the wrong path, Takaya shoots him, killing him in the process. Chidori would then use her Persona to sacrifice her life in exchange for his, resulting in Junpei evolving his Persona and attacking Strega. Disappointed by this act, Takaya and Jin fled.

Near the end of the game, Takaya would start a cult for those who wish for Nyx's coming, and leverage their influence to manipulate the public into hating SEES by making them appear to be responsible for the Dark Hour’s existence. The two would later make one last stand before the end of SEES's final mission, although both are defeated, with Jin dying in the process. Takaya is last seen lying on the ground next to the SEES members during Nyx's final assault. His final status is unknown, but he is presumed to be dead.

Persona 3 Reload[]

In Reload, their hideout is fully shown and Takaya will directly interact with the protagonist in side scenes and some Linked Episodes. He however, still does not directly interact with him in hostile encounters, and neither Jin nor Chidori have such scenes at all. On 8/14 the protagonist will fight the Shadow of the Abyss alongside Takaya on the Moonlight Bridge. Afterwards, Takaya will start interacting with the protagonist on some occasions and before The Fall happens, he can visit him on 1/13 before fighting Nyx Avatar.

Members[]

The three main members of Strega all dress similarly to specific sub-cultures: Takaya dresses like a biker hippie or cult leader with a particular resemblance to Jesus Christ, Jin wears a bomb expert's jacket, and Chidori wears a ruffled gothic lolita dress.

  • Takaya Sakaki: having found no meaning in facing death, Takaya would turn to bloodlust and delusions of grandeur to sate himself, believing that salvation can only be found in either living in the present and the end of the world. Takaya's grotesque nature is contrasted by his poetic thought and speech.
  • Jin Shirato: although confident and serious, Jin is attached and dependent on Takaya, who has saved him from his fear of death.
  • Chidori Yoshino: feeling nothing towards the idea of death, she still fears being attached to others and the loss that comes with it.

Strega's Hideout[]

Their hideout is never shown in the original games. In the film and Reload however, it was briefly shown where they appear to live in an abandoned building.

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Trivia[]

  • "Strega" is the literal translation of "witch" in Italian.
  • In the Japanese versions of Persona media, the names of Strega's members are written in Katakana.
  • Unlike most other human antagonists, members of Strega appear to ignore the protagonist most of the time even before a battle, and their actions are always targeted against his teammates. This is changed in Persona 3 Reload, where the protagonist might engage in non-hostile encounters with Takaya, but he still does not speak to the protagonist out of added scenes or do anything that specifically targets him, and neither Jin or Chidori speak to him at all.
  • Despite being worshipers of Nyx, none of them interact with Ryoji Mochizuki in any form or way, even after his memories as the Nyx Avatar return.
  • In Persona 4, one of Teddie's accessible weapons is called the Strega Claw. The description, which says made for agents of revenge is most likely a reference to Strega and their “Revenge Request” business.


Characters
Playable Male protagonist - Female protagonist - Yukari Takeba - Junpei Iori - Akihiko Sanada - Mitsuru Kirijo - Fuuka Yamagishi - Aigis - Koromaru - Ken Amada - Shinjiro Aragaki - Metis
Social Link Kenji Tomochika - Hidetoshi Odagiri - Bunkichi and Mitsuko - Kazushi Miyamoto - Chihiro Fushimi - Isako Toriumi - Keisuke Hiraga - Yuko Nishiwaki - Maiko Oohashi - Pharos - Bebe - President Tanaka - Mutatsu - Mamoru Hayase - Nozomi Suemitsu - Akinari Kamiki - Rio Iwasaki - Saori Hasegawa - Ryoji Mochizuki
Major Igor - Elizabeth - Theodore - Shuji Ikutsuki - Officer Kurosawa - Takaya Sakaki - Jin Shirato - Chidori Yoshino - Takeharu Kirijo - Kouetsu Kirijo - Eiichiro Takeba - Natsuki Moriyama - Nyx - Erebus - Margaret
Minor Maki - Kiyoshi Sakuma - Mr. Edogawa - Mr. Ekoda - Mr. Miyahara - Ms. Ounishi - Mrs. Terauchi - Kikuno Saikawa - Yuu Kimijima - Souta Aizawa - Kyouka Sayama
Cameo Yukiko Amagi - Noriko Kashiwagi - Man Drinking Alone
Location
Port Island Gekkoukan High School - Paulownia Mall - Iwatodai Station - Port Island Station - Naganaki Shrine - Dorm - Moonlight Bridge - Velvet Room
Tartarus Blocks: Thebel - Arqa - Yabbashah - Tziah - Harabah - Adamah - Monad Depths
Abyss of Time Malebolge - Cocytus - Caina - Antenora - Ptolomea - Judecca - Empyrean
Other Kyoto - Great Seal
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (JP / US / FES / Portable) - Bonus CD - Burn My Dread -Reincarnation- - Spring of Birth OST - Midsummer Knight's Dream OST - Falling Down OST - Winter Of Rebirth OST - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Burn My Dread" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Want To Be Close" - "When the Moon Reaches for the Stars" - "Iwatodai Dorm" - "Mass Destruction" - "Color Your Night" - "Deep Breath Deep Breath" - "The Meaning of Armbands" - "Deep Mentality" - "It's Going Down Now" - "Changing Seasons" - "Current Net Price Tanaka" - "Battle Hymn of the Soul" - "Kimi no Kioku" - "P3 FES" - "Mass Destruction -P3fes version-" - "Heartful Cry" - "Brand New Days" - "Soul Phrase" - "A Way of Life" - "Time" - "Wiping All Out" - "More Than One Heart" - "Fate is In Our Hands" - "One Single Word" - "One Hand, One Heartbeat" - "One Determination" - "Sound of the Beast" - "Storm for a Butterfly" - "Light in Starless Sky" - "My Testimony" - "Self Redemption" - "Full Moon Full Life"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate) - Persona user - Shadow - Wild Card - Evoker - Attack Properties - Tactics - All-out Attack - Shuffle Time - Dark Hour - Moon Phase System - Full Moon Operations - SEES - Kirijo Group - Nanjo Group - Strega - Artificial Persona user - Suppressants - Apathy Syndrome - The Fall - Death - Who's Who - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Plume of Dusk
P3RE: Shift - Theurgy - Combat Characteristics
Lists Arcana - Personas (P3 - FES - P - R) - Shadows - Bosses (P3 - FES) - Skills - Items (Heart Items / Vending Machines) - Status Effects - Elizabeth's Requests - Activities - Calendar - Trophies (Portable / Reload) - Steam Profile Items - Patches and Updates
School Life Daily Life - Seasons - Social Link - Social Stats - Yen - Class - Studying - Movie Theater - Bed - Part-time Jobs - Shrine - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Crane Machine - Chagall Café - School Club - Cooking - Walking Koromaru - Linked Episode - Computer - Refrigerator - Gardening - Books - DVDs - Studying - Fortune Telling
Other Media
Games FES - Portable - Reload - Dancing in Moonlight
Productions The Movie - The Movie: Escape from the Dark Hour - the Weird Masquerade: -Ao no Kakusei- / -Gunjou no Meikyuu- / -Souen no Kesshou- / -Ai no Seiyaku- / -Hekikuu no Kanata e- - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best-
Drama CDs A Certain Day of Summer - Daylight / Moonlight - Character Drama CD Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 / Vol. 3 / Vol. 4 / Vol. 5 - New Moon / Full Moon - Portable Vol. 1 / Vol. 2
Publications Manga - Shadow Cry - Memento Mori - Owari no Kakera - Alternative Heart - Velvet Blue - Persona Magazine - Dear Girls Comic Anthology - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Tartarus Theater - Persona VS - Persona 3 Reload: Beginnings
Mobile Games The Night Before - Persona Ain Soph - Social - Escape - Illust Puzzle - Broken Shadow - Aegis: The First Mission - Qix - Chaining Soul - Em
Events Music Live 2008 - Music Live 2009 - Music Tour 2010 - Music Live 2012 - Music Fes 2013 - Music Box 2014 - Super Live 2015 - Livehouse Tour 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019- 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary - 25th FES
Miscellaneous Merchandise
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