|Tohru Adachi||Social Link|
"Relax, kids, the police are on the job. See you!"
Tohru Adachi is a character in Persona 4. He is a police detective and Ryotaro Dojima's partner.
- 1 Appearances
- 2 Design
- 3 Personality
- 4 Profile
- 5 Stats
- 6 Battle Quotes
- 7 Gallery
- 8 In Other Languages
- 9 Trivia
- 10 References
- Persona 4: Major Character
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax: DLC Playable Character/Navigator; Protagonist (Episode Adachi)
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Manga): Major Character
- Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold Stageplay: Major Character
- Persona 4: Dancing All Night: Playable Character (DLC)
Adachi is a young adult with short, unkempt, black hair and gray eyes. He wears a black suit with a long-sleeved white dress shirt, a crooked dark red tie, and brown field boots.
In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, he wears a yellow jacket during his pre-battle sequence. The jacket was also seen in his concept art, and he was seen wearing it in Persona 4 The Golden Animation.
"Why choose reality when you can have a world of your own making? That's clearly the choice, y'know...I mean come on, we all prefer the easier life. Hehehehe.... You see, all reality ever gives you is boredom and bickering. And no one truly wants to live in a world like that. It's only because they think they have to accept it that they choose to buck up and deal. There's only one thing that's going to set you apart and let you succeed in life: it's the magic ticket they call 'talent'. And if you don't have it, then you're left to rot in despair. Game over. So wouldn't we better off without this reality crap? Someday, you'll all understand what I'm saying. No matter what you try and do, reality sucks. And I, for one, am sick of it."
Adachi seems to be a cheerful and jovial detective displaying textbook incompetence, such as threatening to throw up upon being asked to investigate a murder scene. He often serves as the story's comic relief, and tends to make terrible unfunny jokes and puns that only he would enjoy. He jokingly refers to himself as the "slave" of Dojima, complaining of the workload that his partner piles on him. Adachi is shown to be rather lazy, even encouraging Nanako to take shortcuts in her homework. Adachi also often accidentally (and sometimes purposely) blurts out the police investigation results to the Investigation Team, much to his own chagrin. He can be seen hanging around the Junes Department Store, usually "killing time."
In reality, his mannerisms for most of the game were merely a ruse to hide his true nature, which is that of a sadistic misanthrope who manipulates others for his own amusement, acting as if everything was a game and dismissive of the consequence of his actions. He even admitted to joining the police force for the sole reason of being able to legally carry a gun around.
This stems from when he was younger, his parents only cared about his grades in school, resulting in an aloof upbringing without many friends. Due to the hard work in his youth, Adachi feels that he should be entitled to success in life, although he was kicked to Inaba to become Dojima's assistant due to incompetence. Adachi grew bored of the life he lived in the quiet country town of Inaba, which he describes as "Nowheresville," since he was often pressured by Dojima and didn't have much income, having to resort to having daily meals of boiled cabbage to the point that he was bored and disgusted by its taste. He ultimately grew to resent the "reality" of a society that he felt boxed him in and desired a means to escape it. This motivated him to enroll in Izanami's cat-and-mouse game and unleash a series of bizarre murders to relieve his stress in Inaba. In contrast to the protagonists who successfully quell the violent aspects of their Shadows (with the exception of the Bad Ending that leads to them killing Namatame), Adachi freely acts out his murderous impulses and postulates that the Shadow Selves that emerged from the Investigation Team were enjoying life far more than their real counterparts.
Regarding his relationships with the people around him, Adachi does not seem keen on hanging around or depending on others, believing that true freedom lies in solitude. Being treated with empathy and kindness confuses and annoys him, due to his lack of friends in his youth. He has a lack of empathy for others, whether it be his victims or their loved ones, and encourages the protagonist to adopt a similar mindset to look out for oneself. Should he personally confront Adachi, the latter would only refute that it was his decision to befriend Adachi that betrayed him, rather than Adachi himself. He is also prone to lose his temper when people happen to wound his ego or oppose his ideals, resulting in him performing cruel actions on an impulse such as murdering Mayumi Yamano and Saki Konishi, and attacking the Investigation Team when his Shadow overruns him. Despite this, Adachi does express in his letter to the protagonist fondness for his life with the Dojimas, showing that he does have some appreciation for the values of friendship that he often scoffs at. Whenever Adachi upsets Nanako by antagonizing the protagonist, he would try to uplift her spirits, as shown by performing a magic trick for her.
After Ameno-sagiri's defeat, Adachi accepts his defeat and willingly returns to the real world to answer for his crimes. He then acknowledges that had he been more like the protagonist and his friends, his life would have been much more fortunate.
Later, in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, he retains his habit of taunting the cast, but also retains his cheerful, nonchalant attitude. The actions of the Investigation Team appear to have made an impact on him as well; he is very adamant in trying to atone for his past crimes and shows an immense amount of selflessness by attempting to destroy the Persona Fragments that Sho had collected and assisting Yu in defeating Hinokagutsuchi. In addition, although Adachi won't admit it out loud, he genuinely values his friendship with Dojima, smiling when Dojima came to visit him in prison and almost losing his temper when the middle-aged detective began insulting him.
"One chose to avert his eyes from the truth, and allowed evil to taint his awakened power..."
When he was a child, Adachi's parents wanted him to be successful and only cared about his grades. When he grew up, he enrolled in the police force merely to be allowed to carry a gun. However, due to a mistake, he was dispatched to Inaba to become Ryotaro Dojima's assistant detective, leading to him finding life in the town boring enough to resent it. Dojima welcomed him as a partner, but didn't treat him with high regard due to his professional incompetence. He also didn't have much income, so he had to eat boiled cabbage almost daily.
However, an opportunity to relieve his stress and boredom arose when he realized he could put his hand through the TV, unknown to him that it was from meeting the master of the collective unconsciousness disguised as a Moel Gas Station Attendant, who gave him a handshake and therefore granted him the power to enter the TV World. When the scandal between Misuzu Hiiragi, Mayumi Yamano and Taro Namatame broke, Adachi was assigned to protect Yamano, residing in the Amagi Inn to avoid media coverage, intriguing him since he had seen Yamano on the TV after hearing the Midnight Channel's rumors of showing the watcher's soulmate. When she denied giving him information about being involved with the affair, it provoked Adachi to push her into the TV in a fit of rage without planning to, resulting in her corpse being found a few days later in the real world after being attacked by Shadows, leaving Taro Namatame grief-stricken when he had seen her on the Midnight Channel beforehand. When Adachi was asked to question Saki, a student of Yasogami High School acquainted with Yosuke Hanamura and the one who discovered Yamano's corpse, he took the opportunity to make advances on her after accusing her of an affair with Namatame. When she vehemently refused and slapped him, Adachi was again irritated by being rejected, and deliberately threw her into the TV this time, leading to her death and body discovery in the same manner as Yamano's.
Namatame, who was terrified by the double homicide, contacted the police about what to do. Since no other officer would believe his testimonies and Adachi happened to be the only officer available (the others were being kept busy by the bizarre murders), he was able to manipulate Namatame. He did not know Adachi's true involvement behind the last two murders. Adachi told Namatame to put people who had been covered by the media inside a "safe place" where nobody can find them. Namatame, who had also found out about the TV World, believed it would be the safest place for them, as he thought that Yukiko was "smiling inside the TV." As a result, he started pushing people who were covered heavily by the media into TVs in order to prevent their murders. Unfortunately, this is exactly what puts their lives at risk, so Namatame was unwittingly playing into Adachi's plan. Adachi will usually perform murders through Namatame via this way for most of the investigation, although he directly put Mitsuo Kubo into the TV as an act of sadism, since Mitsuo was nihilistic enough to copycat him for a sense of recognition.
Throughout the investigation, Adachi is portrayed as a textbook lousy detective: he makes rookie mistakes, vomits at the sight of grisly murders and is seemingly unable to keep his mouth shut about the murder cases to anybody he speaks with, regardless of their involvement (or lack thereof) in the investigation. Throughout the story, Adachi gives the Investigation Team hints and updates regarding the murder cases' current status, which often influence the actions the Investigation Team later takes.
After Yukiko Amagi, Kanji Tatsumi and Rise Kujikawa's abductions were all solved by the Investigation Team, Mitsuo went to the police station to confess to the murders of Mayumi and Saki out of sheer nihilism, in addition to murdering what seems to be a third victim, Kinshiro Morooka. In reality, Morooka was murdered manually by Mitsuo and not via Adachi's methods. Adachi's superiors were less than amused, and pawned Adachi off with the student. Since allowing Mitsuo to confess to the murders would effectively stop Namatame from continuing to kidnap the people appearing on TV and preventing Adachi from killing more people through him, and he couldn't bear to let his "game" of cat-and-mouse (a.k.a. his murder spree) end so quickly, he led Mitsuo to an interrogation room, turned the lights off and threw him into the Midnight Channel. Mitsuo was saved by the Investigation Team, but because Adachi turned off the lights in the interrogation room, he had no idea that Adachi was his assailant.
After Naoto attempts in-person to bait the killer and was saved by (and joined) the Investigation Team, Adachi, irritated that the Investigation Team is getting in the way of his "game," sends an anonymous letter to the Dojima residence threatening the well-being of the protagonist's loved ones should he continue saving people. After Nanako is thrown into the TV, rescued by the protagonist and seemingly dying in the hospital, Adachi remains collected. He points the group in the direction of Taro Namatame's room in the same hospital when confronted about Dojima's whereabouts, where he was escorted by police guards despite forcing himself into Namatame's room. This allows the Investigation Team to enter Namatame's room to interrogate him.
While the group lashes out at Namatame, what appears to be Namatame's Shadow Self appears on the TV to berate the team for preventing him from "saving" Nanako and that he is going to "save" as many people as he can if he is left alive, greatly enraging the Investigation Team. In reality, this was not Namatame's Shadow, but a false image manifested from the Investigation Team's subconscious eagerness to believe that he is the killer. Yosuke will then ask the protagonist a series of questions about how to dispose of Namatame. Agreeing to throw Namatame into the TV or making ambiguous statements will result in a bad ending; in either case, the mystery of Inaba remains unsolved. However, in the first variant, both Namatame and Nanako were officially deceased, while in the second variant, both remain alive, although Nanako was in critical condition and Namatame denied his crimes when being tried in court.
If they successfully rule out Namatame as the killer, they investigate further into the case and come up with bits of evidence and clues, with the threatening letter being central. During the 5th of December, the protagonist must conclude that Adachi is the killer and tell it to his friends. Failure to guess the killer twice will result in the same bad ending as making ambiguous statements that lead to Nanako being in critical condition instead of dying. After realizing this, the team is informed that Namatame is going to have his transportation, and rush to the hospital, where they trick Adachi into accidentally revealing his connection with the murder cases. In an act of desperation, Adachi runs away from them and enters the Midnight Channel as his final escape.
The Investigation Team tracks down Adachi, and finds him within the very first area the protagonist, Yosuke and Chie ended up in: Mayumi Yamano's dungeon. Upon finding Adachi, the detective exposes himself as the killer himself and explains every part of his involvement up until this point in an incredibly casual and apathetic manner, greatly unnerving the Investigation Team. He then comments that the "game" would be boring if they were unable to track him down, and mockingly congratulates them before vanishing, but not before revealing that the real world and the Midnight Channel will be fused together by the end of the year.
The "Adachi" talking to the Investigation Team in Mayumi's reality was revealed to be an illusion, therefore Rise and Teddie later found out that Adachi was already in his reality, Magatsu Inaba. When exploring, his dialogue consists of taunts directed at the Team. He also wonders aloud why they wouldn't take life simpler by just studying, growing up and getting through marriage. It was revealed that his ultimate goal was to create a large rift between the Midnight Channel and the real world, allowing the fog to completely engulf reality and making the world a place infested with shadows.
If Adachi isn't defeated by 12/24, all of Inaba will be completely covered in fog and overrun by shadows. Naoto will call the protagonist and tell him the situation before hearing her scream, supposedly being attacked by Shadows. The protagonist blacks out instantly afterwards, and is summoned to the Velvet Room where Igor offers him to go back a week earlier.
Upon reaching the final floor of Magatsu Inaba, Adachi sarcastically congratulates the team and proceeds to express his disgust and contempt towards the world and society and supposedly justifies his actions by saying that if all of humanity are turned into Shadows, they would be given an easy life of no worries or despair. The Investigation Team, however, ignores and refutes Adachi's words one by one, until Adachi's temper reaches its peak to the point his Shadow Self starts to take over and he attacks them, revealing his own Persona, Magatsu-Izanagi.
After his defeat, Adachi gets possessed by Ameno-sagiri, who was manipulating Adachi from within and was the real mastermind behind Adachi's plans of filling the world with fog. However, Adachi later expressed that it was also partially his true desire as well and he is still to blame for the murders. Upon Ameno-sagiri's defeat, Adachi questions the Team's reluctance to kill him, asking them if that wasn't their goal in pursuing him. The team replies that killing him would essentially continue the cycle. Surprised by the team's resolution, Adachi finally gives up and willingly follows the Team out the Midnight Channel.
Outside the Midnight Channel, upon the police's arrival, an exhausted Adachi is taken out on a stretcher, a personal favor from Dojima. Further surprised by this, Adachi finally acknowledges that despite Dojima's strict orders towards him, Dojima still cares for him as his partner. Guilt-ridden and touched, Adachi swore to confess his crimes to the police, giving his full cooperation.
In the events of the True Ending, the Team receives a letter from the recently-convicted Adachi, stating his suspicions about there being a higher being orchestrating the entire thing. However, he can only give vague clues at best; and tells the protagonist it is up to him to solve the mystery. It is revealed that his, the protagonist's and Namatame's ability to enter the Midnight Channel came from seemingly chance meetings with a Moel Gas Station Attendant the day they each arrived in Inaba.
Persona 4 Golden
- Main article: Social Link/Tohru Adachi
In the enhanced port for the Vita, Adachi is a newly-added Social Link, associated with the new Jester. The Social Link can be started as early as May. Over the course of the Jester Arcana, Adachi mentions a little bit about his life, such as his school life and parents, as well as talk about how troubling some moments in life can be. He also attempts to hide from an old woman who brings him food every day, and complains about how she is a bother, as well as how poorly her food seems to taste. If the protagonist reaches Rank 6 of his Social Link, he has the option of not revealing him as the killer on December 5th, and later destroying evidence, thus letting him go free.
If the protagonist chooses to keep silent about Adachi being the prime suspect on December 5th, they will be able to meet with him prior to the protagonist leaving in March and confront him about being the killer. Adachi plays innocent, pretending not to know anything, and taunts the protagonist, saying that even if he was the killer, there is no proof. If the protagonist chooses to be vague, Adachi leaves and the "neutral" bad ending (the same bad ending that happens when the protagonist fails to convince the party that Namatame is not the killer by ambiguous statements) is triggered.
Otherwise, the protagonist is given the choice to side with Adachi and destroy the threatening letter Adachi had sent earlier. If the protagonist chooses not to burn the letter, Adachi shrugs it off, saying he "didn't expect much else" as the protagonist is merely "playing detective after all." He tells the protagonist that he will send the letter over to forensics, and subtly threatens him, idly noting that he should be careful on his way home, as "you never know what might happen." The same bad ending as above will follow.
If the protagonist instead burns the letter, Adachi laughs, ridiculing the protagonist for betraying both his friends and his own values. Pointing out that destroying evidence is a crime, he calls the protagonist's phone and warns that he'll be keeping tabs on him by calling him from his number. This maxes Adachi's Social Link as the Jester Arcana. Adachi leaves the interrogation room, mocking him one last time with a simple "goodbye, partner." The ending carries out like the Bad Ending, with the protagonist leaving the foggy Inaba. However, after the credits, there is an additional scene where the protagonist sees Adachi from behind as he's walking past the train. As Adachi grins, the protagonist clenches his cell phone as the train enters a dark tunnel.
If the protagonist does not choose to visit Adachi at all, the protagonist will receive a call from Adachi before he leaves for the train station. Adachi merely calls to say he is being transferred overseas that day and will probably never see the protagonist again. He hangs up, and Dojima notes that the protagonist and Adachi must have been close if the latter decided to call the former on his last day in Japan.
If the protagonist chooses to reveal Adachi as the killer on December 5th, the scene plays out like normal, with the exception of Rise mentioning that Adachi seems to be subconsciously calling out to and waiting for the protagonist after confronting him in the TV world.
On December 7th, the protagonist can then choose to confront him one last time by himself or wait until everyone else shows up. By confronting Adachi by himself, the protagonist heads to the entrance of Magatsu Inaba, where Adachi appears and playfully taunts him for coming alone and believing in the Adachi that he saw. Telling him to return with his friends after purposely shooting the space right next to the protagonist's ear, Adachi disappears, revealing the Jester Arcana to actually be the Hunger Arcana.
As Magatsu-Inaba progresses and Adachi is defeated, the Hunger Arcana ranks up automatically and reaches Rank 9. During the True Ending, the letter from Adachi is amended with a slight note at the end, telling the protagonist that after what happened, he feels differently about the time he spent with him, Nanako and Dojima. He then tells him that he will follow his own path, like the protagonist has followed his own.
Upon maxing the Hunger Arcana, when Izanami-no-Okami uses Thousand Curses as a last-ditch attempt to kill the protagonist and his party without fail, Adachi appears before the protagonist, just like the other Social Links who were maxed before Izanami's confrontation.
In the new Golden epilogue, Dojima mentions to the reunited Investigation Team that Adachi has become a model prisoner. Adachi says that he gets better treatment in prison than he had with Dojima. Dojima says he'll bring him a cheap cabbage whenever he'll visit again.
Persona 4 The Animation
In the first anime adaptation, Adachi's role remains mostly unchanged.
During his confrontation with the Investigation Team in Magatsu Inaba, he leads them on a chase which causes Magatsu Inaba to manifest images of the past, as well as destroyed versions of various Inaba locations. Adachi is also able to command The Reaper in this version, using multiple of them to fight and split up the Investigation Team, taunting them all individually with illusions of himself.
Yu finally locates the real Adachi in the ruins of the Dojima Residence, sitting at the family table with a full set of plates for everyone set out, just like the dinners he used to have together with the Dojima family. The two fight one on one, using their Personas. Adachi eventually uses an ability to bind both Yu and Izanagi, keeping them from moving. He plays around with and taunts Yu, shooting at him or stabbing his Persona, but never actually killing him when he has the chance.
Eventually, Yu breaks free, and he and the rest of the Investigation Team refute all of Adachi's words, defeating each Reaper as various illusions of Adachi start to turn static, crumble apart, and panic, screaming at all of them in rage. The rest of the Investigation Team members ridicule Adachi, but Yu also includes his own input, stating that Adachi was acting naive for thinking that he was the only one suffering in the world. Adachi's finally defeated when Izanagi bisects Magatsu-Izanagi in the torso before stabbing him in the head; all things Adachi himself felt the pain of as they happened.
After his defeat, Adachi attempts to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head, but is interrupted by Ameno-sagiri possessing his body. with his eyes resembling Ameno-sagiri's lens.
After everything is over, Yu extends a hand to Adachi, telling him "let's go home." This action alone seems to have a huge effect on Adachi, as it implies Yu still views Adachi as someone close to their family despite everything that happened.
Afterwards, while he is in prison, Adachi sends Yu and the Investigation team a letter, stating his suspicions about there being a higher being orchestrating the entire thing. But he can only give vague clues at best; and tells Yu it is up to him to solve the mystery.
The Golden Animation
In Episode 6, Adachi is seen coming to Inaba a month or so before Yu did, and has time beforehand to bond with Dojima, who sympathizes with Adachi being transferred from the city. He keeps his apartment meticulously neat and tidy, with hardly any personal touches, and spends all his time at home alone.
It is revealed that the reason for his interest in Yamano is that he saw her on the Midnight Channel during the peak of the soul mate rumor. This is the same night he discovered his powers; after being shocked to find the Midnight Channel real, he attempted to touch the screen, at which point his hand went through. The next day, he was tasked with joining security detail for Yamano, presumably his first time learning of her affair with Namatame.
Marie is immediately suspicious of Adachi, sensing Ameno-sagiri inside of him. She attempts to warn Yu to stay away from him, however, Yu has already begun befriending Adachi, attempting to help him and get to know him better by giving him food and inviting him to dinner in the place of the old lady from Adachi's Social Link. Regardless, he tries to talk to Adachi about Marie's concerns but Adachi brushes it off, instead, calling Marie's character into question, which could have been meant to foreshadow Marie's own true nature. He then challenges some of Yu's views, telling him that sometimes what you do to try and help others isn't always good for that person. It's also shown that Adachi never actually ate any of the food Yu made for him, choosing to instead let it build up in his fridge before eventually throwing it all away, along with the old lady's stew pot.
In episode 7, he visits Dojima and Nanako in the hospital. After visiting Nanako in her hospital room, Adachi disappeared as Yu shows up. Later on, he is inside the TV world and explains everything to Yu so he can understand why he hates bonds, then afterwards the two face off. The confrontation between Yu and Adachi goes mostly the same as it did in the game. However, after summoning their Personas and having them clash, the two see a glimpse of each other's life and the world from the other's view.
In the vision, Yu sees Adachi as a high school student forgoing friendships and fun in order to spend all his time studying. Then a university student trying to avoid others while becoming more disdainful of people, and eventually an uncharacteristically neat and put-together detective who seems pleased with his job. However, despite all his hard work, he is often passed over for recognized achievements while younger, more talented detectives are noticed and praised by others. This makes him realize that only talent can get you through life, while those without it are doomed to fail no matter what they do or how hard they work.
When the vision finally gets to Inaba, Adachi's fondness of the Dojimas is shown more clearly, showing him enjoying his time with his partner and being happy while holding hands with Nanako. With Yu's arrival, however, Adachi starts to feel as if his place in Inaba is threatened and he begins to grow jealous of the bonds Yu has with his family and friends, things Adachi himself never really had. It is also revealed that Yu's acts of kindness and attempts to befriend him were only making things worse and driving Adachi further over the edge, demonstrating exactly what Adachi was telling him earlier.
Yu and Adachi later fight one on one. This time though the focus of the fight is their different viewpoints on bonds, with the fight culminating once again in a destroyed version of the Dojima residence. Adachi even gets punched several times by Yu when both of them reach exhaustion from battling with their Personas; After defeating him, Yu helps Adachi realize that he did in fact have a bond of his own, by placing a matching red mug that had been intended for him alongside the rest of the family's cups; a family set he was always a part of even when he thought he wasn't.
When Ameno-sagiri takes him over this time, he does not have the eye feature he did in the first anime, but rather he is immediately covered in shadows and transformed. From inside of Ameno-sagiri, Adachi gives Yu Magatsu-Izanagi, which Yu then uses to quickly defeat the god and save him.
Afterwards, Adachi is brought back to the real world. While inside the Junes store, he is shown being carried on a stretcher as the Investigation Team watches him being taken away by the ambulance.
The 4th volume of the P4GA blu-rays included a special alternate ending episode called "Thank You Mr. Accomplice" based on Golden's accomplice bad ending where Yu, wanting to help Adachi, burns the only evidence that could be used against him. The episode ends with Yu leaving a foggy Inaba while Adachi comments on how boring everything is.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
"Don't... think we're the same, you little brat. You think the whole world hates you because someone didn't treat you right... You're nothing but a little kid throwing a tantrum. You know, I seriously hate this world... Don't put me in the same shoes as a half-ass brat like you... Please? Haha..."
Adachi appears as a DLC character. He also plays a major role in a scenario called "Episode Adachi," which covers his role in the game, specifically his actions in Episode P4, as well as his relationship with Sho Minazuki. Adachi is also available as a DLC navigator for VS mode.
His intro starts with the police still questioning his methods for the two murders in Inaba. Adachi is passive and cooperative with them despite all their abuse, until one of them speaks ill of Dojima, at which point Adachi brings up the officer's own unethical methods and rumors heard while he was still on the force. The angered officer assaults him, and after being brainwashed by Minazuki, pushes Adachi into a TV.
In his meeting with Minazuki, the latter tells Adachi of his plan to destroy the world using latent remnants of Ameno-sagiri within Adachi and his Persona to tame the being that he intends to summon. He insists Adachi must follow along with his plan or be killed himself. Adachi understands Sho's mindset but wants no part of the plan due to his renewed conviction, and pretends to go along with the plan. After meeting the other personality, Sho, and being told he can do whatever he wants so long as it doesn't get in his way, Adachi tries to come up with a method to sabotage Sho's plans and help the Investigation Team stop him.
In his encounters with Yu, Yosuke and Chie, he pretends to be cooperating with Sho, and avoids any accusations in the conversation by trying to drop hints and important information for them, hoping they would uncover Sho's plans and hurry to rescue their friends. He even attempts to shield them from Sho and Minazuki by covering their presence and placing himself between Yu and Minazuki during their confrontation.
At the top of the tower, Adachi attempts to destroy the collected Persona Fragments and is overpowered by Sho. He was beaten close to death for his betrayal, but remained defiant and even used the same arguments the Investigation Team had used against him in Magatsu Inaba. He was rescued in time by Yu who had seen through Adachi's facade, but passed out, only regaining consciousness in time to confront the summoned Kagutsuchi by himself, and later with Yu, merging the power of their Personas together to defeat Kagutsuchi for good.
After losing consciousness, Adachi reawakens again in the hub of the TV world, with Yu and Sho there. He admits that after spending time with Sho, he sees a lot of his personality and mindset in the boy, but feels that Sho has plenty of chances to redeem himself and enjoy his youth. Adachi decides to return to jail to serve his sentence and learns from Yu that Dojima intends to visit him. In the epilogue, many months have passed, the investigation is finally closed and Adachi's trial date is set. As he thinks over everything that happened, he is informed that Dojima has finally come to visit him. Adachi finally began to understand the bonds he used to push away and mock from his playful taunts and conversation with Dojima, accidentally admitting that having a bond like this "isn't so bad after all".
In Episode P4 Adachi does not fight against Kagutsuchi on his own (he and Yu still fuse their Personas, however). He also disappears without any explanation after Kagutsuchi is defeated, much to Yu's shock and confusion.
He appears very briefly in Episode P3. Mitsuru is able to hear him a little as she's regaining consciousness. He reappears near the end, saving Teddie, Mitsuru, Akihiko and Aigis when they are being overwhelmed by a huge mass of Shadows and clearing a way for them to get inside of Junes to save the rest of the Investigation Team, reveals Sho's intent to summon a god and then leaves to head back to the tower. When Labrys makes it to the top of the tower, she sees Adachi knocked out after being beaten by Sho, who claims that Adachi betrayed him and won't tell him what happened to his other personality. It is unclear how much of the confrontation between them remained the same. Just like in Episode P4, Adachi vanishes after Kagutsuchi is defeated but Labrys believes Elizabeth teleported him away someplace safe.
Adachi also appears in arcade mode. His role and intentions there are of course vague, and he and Minazuki never confirm or deny their involvement with one another.
Adachi's playstyle can be described as a mixture between Rushdown and Grappler. He is heavily dependent on his Persona Magatsu-Izanagi, and most of his normals aren't safe to use and leave him out in the open, combined with the fact that he also needs most of his SP moves to help continue his higher damaging combos does somewhat hurt Adachi. His normal C attacks, which lead into somewhat violent grab animations, are both usually used as combo enders, and his gunshots are mostly used to squeeze out some small damage at the end. Out of all of his supers, two of them stand out the most: Heat Riser and Magatsu Mandala. Upon using Heat Riser, an icon of himself appears above his SP gauge which represents that, for the remainder of the round (or until his Persona is broken), Adachi will receive a 10% increase in damage and defense. With Magatsu Mandala, a small icon of Magatsu-Izanagi appears above his SP gauge, also applied for the current round or until a Persona break. Once this happens, all of Adachi's Persona moves will have the ability to inflict a different ailment and non-Fatal Counter command throw super, Ghastly Wail, receives a significant damage increase. The following moves inflict the following ailments:
- 5C, j.C, Atom Smasher - Poison
- 5D, 2D, j.D j.2D, Megidola - Shock
- Heat Riser - Rage
- Magatsu Mandala - Panic
- 2C, j.2C - Silence
His theme/leitmotif is called "A Fool or Clown?," a possible nod to his reversed The Fool or his Social Link in Golden representing the Jester Arcana, as well as nodding to his original boss theme, "A New World Fool."
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Tohru Adachi is a DLC playable character in Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Since he does not appear in the main storyline, he is only available in Free Dance only. Adachi can only be a FEVER partner with Yu Narukami. His dance style is unpredictable and chaotic. Adachi's outfit has no alternatives save for DLC, but one can add accessories such as glasses, headphones, hair color and color contacts. Purchasing him will include an angry Dojima-mask for Yu, making it look like Adachi is dancing with Dojima. His DLC outfit is that of Katsuya Suou from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment.
Adachi is alluded to on December 12th. The sharp detective asks, "Why did you hang those corpses from telephone poles and TV antennas?" The suspect under investigation replies, "Because the world sucks... I guess." The sharp detective asks, "You killed them all for a reason like that!? You... Don't you have any remorse!?"
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Cut-in (Shadow version)
Adachi's various expressions
Adachi concept art
Concept artwork of Adachi's expressions.
Concept artwork of Adachi.
Adachi possessed smiling
Adachi possessed annoyed
Adachi possessed emotionless
Adachi attempting to make a pun
Adachi after being told he's a sad human being
Adachi annoyed by the protagonist's "naivety"
Adachi confronting the Investigation Team
|Persona 4 manga|
Illustration of Volume 4
Cover for Volume 12
|Persona 4 The Animation|
Adachi showing Yu his cabbage
Adachi on the Volume 9 Illustration cover
Adachi anime close up (Shadow version)
Adachi saying hi
Adachi being treated poorly by Dojima
Adachi being treated poorly by Dojima
Adachi gently stroking his cabbage
|Persona 4 The Golden Animation|
Adachi on the DVD Cover of P4GA Volume 4
Adachi with Yu and Nanako
Concept artwork of Toru Adachi in Persona 4 The Golden Animation
Adachi when he was a high school student
Adachi being treated poorly by Dojima
Adachi murdering Mayumi Yamano
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimax|
Adachi with glasses
Adachi's normal close up in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Adachi's render in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Tohru Adachi removing his jacket
Adachi wearing his yellow jacket in pre-battle
Adachi's Instant Kill: Fall to Yomi
Encountering Adachi in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax arcade mode
Adachi as he appears in anime cutscene of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Adachi confronts Sho
Adachi betrays Sho
Adachi teamed up with Yu
Adachi and Dojima reconnect
Adachi's injured portrait
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Manga)|
Ultimax Illustration of Volume 1
Illustration Countdown of Adachi for Volume 1 by Rokuro Saito
Illustration Countdown of Adachi and Sho for Volume 3 by Rokuro Saito
Illustration Countdown of Adachi and Sho for Volume 4 by Rokuro Saito
Halloween Special Illustration of Adachi, Yu, and Sho by Rokuro Saito
|Persona 4: Dancing All Night|
Illustration of Adachi and Dojima by Rokuro Saito
Persona Classics Set 2 (DLC) (Based on Katsuya Suou)
|Persona 4 Visualive|
Adachi as he appears in Persona 4 Visualive
Adachi as he appears in Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution
Adachi confronts the Investigation Team in Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution
Adachi fighting the protagonist in Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution
In Other Languages
|Japanese||足立 透 (Adachi Tōru)|
|Korean||아다치 토오루 (Adachi Tooru)|
|Traditional Chinese||足立 透 (Zúlì Tòu)|
- His style in summoning his Persona is clutching his head in pain, similar to Takaya Sakaki from Persona 3.
- When Yu confronts Adachi in Persona 4 The Animation, Persona 4 The Golden Animation and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Adachi calls out his Persona's name. These are the only times he says the name of his Persona.
- Adachi's habit of eating boiled cabbage when he lacked income has been sort of a gag among the fanbase, to the point that officials made fun of it. While in Persona 4 Golden, Adachi states he doesn't like cabbage that much and could only afford it at the time due to his budget. The other adaptations, such as The Animation run with it, including his Japanese title in Ultimax.
- In the Puzzle & Dragons collaboration, a loaf of cabbage can be seen next to the artwork of his non-evolved form.
- In episode seven of Persona 4 The Golden Animation, he summons his Persona left-handed.
- Adachi's alternate costume palettes in Persona 4 Arena feature references to Persona/Atlus characters Ryotaro Dojima, Kyouji Kuzunoha, Katsuya Suou and Theodore. Outside references include Yuuki Terumi from BlazBlue, Robo Ky MK. II from Guilty Gear Isuka (other Arc System Works games), and DC villain the Joker.
- Adachi's tie was a gift from Dojima. Dojima wanted him to look proper since Adachi never wore a tie previously.
- Adachi carries a lighter on him, but it's only for giving Dojima a light for his cigarette. Adachi himself doesn't smoke. In Golden, this lighter can be used by the protagonist to burn the evidence of his involvement in the murders should the protagonist decide to cover up for him.
- As revealed on Persona Stalker Club, although Adachi, being a police detective, was legally allowed to carry a gun, he wasn't allowed to take it home with him, so he carried a toy gun on his person at those times. However, in Ultimax, it is revealed that he modified it to shoot real bullets when he first became a cop because he wasn't given a real gun right away.
- One of Adachi's hobbies is to perform maintenance on his revolver.
- In Ultimax, like Yu, Adachi possesses Ziodyne as well. However, it isn't an SP Skill and is instead a Persona Rush/D attack. In addition, it is colored red rather than blue. This also applies to his Cross Slash variation.
- Adachi's Cut-in image in both Persona 4 and its anime adaptation showed him with yellow eyes. In Ultimax, however, Adachi's eyes are normal.
- Like Sho Minazuki, Elizabeth, Margaret, Marie and Shadow Labrys with Asterius, Adachi does not possess a Shadow-type form.
- Adachi and Yu Narukami share the same English voice actor while the two have opposing yet crucial roles. This is similar to how the protagonist of Persona 3 and Ryoji Mochizuki both share an English and Japanese voice actor, yet have opposing roles that greatly impact the story. However, in the Japanese version, Yu and Adachi have different voice actors.
Appearances in Other Media
|DLC Playable Character (Season 2)||October 10th, 2019 - November 7th, 2019||Article in Star Ocean Wiki|
|Puzzle and Dragons||Collaboration event||July 16th, 2018 - July 29th, 2018|
|BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle|
Tohru Adachi in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle 2.0 illustration countdown of Tohru Adachi by Konomi Higuchi
|Puzzle and Dragons|
Adachi in Puzzle and Dragons
Magatsu-Izanagi in Puzzle and Dragons
Adachi’s Training Gun in Puzzle and Dragons
|Storyline||Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Tohru Adachi & Magatsu-Izanagi - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami * - Izanami - Izanami-no-Okami|
|Sub||Avenger Knight - Daring Gigas - Amorous Snake - Killing Hand - Dominating Machine - World Balance - Chaos Fuzz - Envious Giant - Neo Minotaur - Sleeping Table|
|Extra||Contrarian King - Intolerant Officer - Momentary Child - Escapist Soldier - Extreme Vessel - Lost Okina|
|Other||Margaret - Reaper|
|Playable||Rise Kujikawa - Yu Narukami - Kanami Mashita - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Kanji Tatsumi - Teddie - Yukiko Amagi - Naoto Shirogane - Nanako Dojima - Margaret - Marie - Tohru Adachi - Hatsune Miku|
|Non-playable||Protagonist - Ryotaro Dojima - Minoru Inoue - Sumomo Ujima - Tomoe Sayama - Tamami Uesugi - Nozomi Nakahara - Kyoka Ochimizu - Dance Instructor - Yuko Osada - Mikuratana-no-Kami - President Tanaka|
|Other||Velvet Room - Yomotsu Hirasaka - Takura Productions - Inaba - Midnight Channel|
|Midnight Stage||Kujikawa Rise (Stage) - Circus Tent - Sultry Lounge - Doll House - Romantic Castle - Mechanical Castle - Event Space - Mikuratana-no-Kami's Realm|
|Albums||Persona 4: Dancing All Night Original Soundtrack|
|Songs||Dance! - Calystegia|
|Terminology||Persona - Persona User - Shadow - Kanamin Kitchen - LMB Festival - Shadow Self - Investigation Team - Apathy Syndrome|