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"Let's be honest. There's nothing great about the real world, is there? It's just dull and annoying as hell. No one accepts that's the way things are... They're just stuck with it because they can't deny it, either. Those who actually succeed in life... They just happen to be born with the magic ticket called "talent." If you don't have it, you can either accept or deny that fact until you die. That's your only choice. Once you realize that, all you have left in life is despair. The ultimate game over. Wouldn't it be better if that kind of reality was wiped away?"
—Tohru Adachi, Persona 4

Tohru Adachi is a character in Persona 4. He is a police detective and Ryotaro Dojima's partner.



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 to Yu, Persona 4 The Animation

Adachi with the Dojimas.

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 is outright treated as comic relief, due to his irresponsible and slacking nature. He also tends to make terrible unfunny jokes and puns that only he would enjoy. He jokingly refers to himself as Dojima's slave, complaining about 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."

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 or in Adachi's own words, a "botched job." 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. Even then, Adachi is able to properly facade his true nature via his responsibilities as a cop, while his lazy and bumbling personality expresses his reluctancy and inability to play said role, even if it's at his expense.


Adachi being abused by Dojima, as usual.

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.


Persona 4 Golden Boss Shadow Adachi and Ameno-Sagiri -Very Hard-

Adachi on his nihilistic mindset.

Although having faced the truth like the others, he would be left with nothing but a sense of despair from his inability to change anything, due to society's inept nature, as the truth they believe in is merely a social construct built on rumors. Adachi has chosen to look away from the truth, leading to his misanthropic, fraudulent, manipulative and mocking personality, but ultimately delusional worldview, confusing himself as a man "favored by the world." The main difference between Adachi and the others who have awakened to their Persona is that he acted alone, and the lack of any meaningful relationships in his life was what caused him to develop his Persona.

However, he becomes especially abrasive whenever faced with reality even if temporarily, such as when both Mayumi and Saki rejected him, or even when the Investigation Team banded together to force feed him with the truth. He even becomes a poor actor as soon as Nanako's hospitalized, as he shows no signs of genuine sympathy towards the girl's death, and when he's actively trying to cover his tracks near the very end, the best excuse he has for transporting Namatame to keep him from talking, was to present himself as an uncharacteristically dedicated detective. He would later make up fake excuses to hide from the truth, insisting that Mayumi and Saki "betrayed" him, and would try to confuse the Investigation Team by dodging the blame and accusing them of being hypocrites.

After Ameno-sagiri's defeat, Adachi accepts his defeat and willingly returns to the real world to answer for his crimes. In Golden, should his Social Link with the protagonist have been ranked up accordingly, he acknowledges that had he been more like the protagonist and his friends, his life would have been much more fortunate. He was also surprised to hear Dojima was still considerate of him as a partner regardless, proven by having been carefully hospitalized before being put into custody on Dojima's request.

In Persona 4 Golden and the new Social Link, Adachi's been humanized through his genuine relationship with the protagonist as well as giving background to his situation. Regardless of whether Adachi himself wishes to live a social life or not, he is made to keep a distance by force, as Dojima himself scolds Adachi back to work while simultaneously apologizing to the protagonist in Adachi's name, putting an intervention to their bond by excluding Adachi. Later, when Adachi is revealed to be the killer, the protagonist's bond with Adachi is again divided by the Investigation Team, and the protagonist may only try to talk things through with Adachi in secret, which would only sadden Yosuke later, having felt like he doesn't completely trust them.

Even then, in spite of all roadblocks, the protagonist's attempts to get through to Adachi are a lost cause as Adachi himself has given up on trying to fit in society, refusing to listen to even the protagonist in spite of implications that he does still care. If the protagonist decides to take matters into his own hands and protect Adachi, he would have become twisted enough to blackmail him into silence, should he also decide to burn decisive evidence to protect him, making him his accomplice. Again, Adachi simply gave up on trying to fit in.

P4AU (Adachi DLC Episode, Adachi and Dojima reconnected)

Adachi with Dojima in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.

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.


Persona 4

"One chose to avert his eyes from the truth, and allowed evil to taint his awakened power..."
—Izanami, Persona 4

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 TV. 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 something starts to take over him and he attacks them, revealing his own Persona, Magatsu-Izanagi.

After his defeat, Adachi gets fully 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 PlayStation Vita, Adachi is a newly-added Social Link, associated with the new Jester. The Social Link can be started as early as May. Said Social Link focuses on Adachi's dissatisfaction with life at the countryside.

During early aspects of the Jester Arcana, Adachi spends time with the protagonist. Although especially lazy and sly with half-baking his work, Adachi talks about his past of studying as per meeting the expectations of his parents, and the difficulties he's experiencing in the workforce. Although social, Adachi has preference towards being alone.

Meanwhile, he's also bothered by an unaffiliated old woman who he was reluctant to associate with in spite of his responsibility: although kind to him, she treated Adachi as a substitute for her son who was away from overseas for work, only having Adachi's first name in common. Though Adachi mostly complained about the old woman's terrible cooking and his laziness towards playing along, the story indirectly implies Adachi enjoys her company and felt sad when he was replaced.

Meanwhile, after being invited over at the Dojima Residence by the protagonist, Adachi spends time with him and Nanako for dinner and to help with homework, acting like a genuine relative.

If the protagonist reaches Rank 6 of Adachi's Social Link, should he deduce he's the killer on December 5th, he has the option of not revealing him, in addition to later choosing to destroy evidence, thus letting him go free.

Accomplice Ending

"You want to find the truth, without being swayed by the voices of society... But the truth is a sinister thing. It seems like something absolute, yet it exists in everyone's hearts. For you, THIS was the "truth." Hahaha."
—Tohru Adachi, Persona 4 Golden

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. In a long chain of dialogue options, if the protagonist is 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, if the protagonist is direct with his interest in the case and is serious about siding with Adachi, Adachi will show him the blackmail letter and indirectly offer the protagonist to destroy it. 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.


Tohru Adachi Laughing (Persona 4 Golden)

Adachi laughing once the evidence is burned.

If the protagonist instead burns the letter, Adachi laughs, ridiculing the protagonist for betraying both his friends and his own values, having pursued the truth without realizing it is something that exists within the hearts of others in spite of its seemingly absolute nature. 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, basically blackmailing the protagonist to preserve his silence. 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 briefly spots 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 before that, 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.

True/Good Ending

"When I'm here, I think of Dojima-san, Nanako-chan, and you. A lot. Though my time with you didn't seem like much fun before... it's strange. Despite it all, I'm grateful to you. Thank you. But let me just say this: You're a dumbass. You take the path you choose. And I'll think about what that means to me, too. I doubt I'll ever see you again... but stay healthy. Goodbye."
—Tohru Adachi's letter, Persona 4 Golden

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.


Persona 4 Golden Adachi Jester to Hunger Arcana New Scene

The protagonist confronting Adachi.

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 a fake Adachi appears and playfully taunts him for coming alone and believing in the Adachi that he saw. When the protagonist attempts to convince him otherwise, Adachi responds dismissively, saying that people like him piss him off the most. 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.


Adachi's Social Link leveling up.

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.

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.

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Adachi controlled by Ameno-sagiri

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 an individual does 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 a person 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..."
—Tohru Adachi to Sho Minazuki, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

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.

P4AU (Adachi DLC Episode, Adachi gets beat up by Minazuki)

Adachi is beaten by Sho.

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:

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. Adachi can only be a FEVER partner with Yu Narukami. 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.

His dance style specializes in isolation, though not very cleanly, where he moves one part of his body and keeps the rest of himself completely still. He also has moments where he moves smoothly but frenetically, showcasing his unpredictable nature. Part of Adachi's dance is interpretive, telling the story of forces controlling him like a puppet and then him breaking out of that control.

Persona 5

Adachi is indirectly referenced during a cop drama on TV on December 12th: The detective Sakyo Hinoshita, having investigated a murder case involving hung corpses from telephone poles and TV antennas, asks the suspect of his motive, who dryly replies with, "Because the world sucks... I guess." That would enrage the detective.


Persona 4 / Golden

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 65
Magic 55
Endurance 66
Agility 45
Luck 45
- 73 4,200
Phys Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almi
Strong - - - - Null Null -
EXP Yen Normal Drop Rare Drop
27,228 3,000 - -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Atom Smasher Deals medium Phys damage to all foes 1x to 2x with a chance of Fear.
Vorpal Blade Deals heavy Phys damage to all foes.
Ziodyne Deals heavy Elec damage to 1 foe.
Maziodyne Deals heavy Elec damage to all foes.
Garudyne Deals heavy Wind damage to 1 foe.
Magarudyne Deals heavy Wind damage to all foes.
Mudoon Darkness: medium chance of instant kill, 1 foe. (60% chance)
Power Charge Next physical attack will be 150% greater in power.
Heat Riser Increases 1 ally's Attack, Defense and Hit/Evasion rate for 3 turns.
Dekaja Nullifies stat bonuses on all foes.
Dekunda Nullifies stat penalties on party.
Evil Smile Instills Fear in all foes (30% chance).
Ghastly Wail Instantly kills foes who are fearful.
Foolish Whisper Silences all foes (30% chance).

Battle Quotes

Persona 4

  • "The world is about to change! Your existence won't belong there! I thought I could just leave you be, but you're like a plague ... I'll have to get rid of all of you!"
    • Yosuke: "I wish we could get rid of you, but we'll make sure you pay for what you've done!"
    • Chie: "You're the plague!"
    • Naoto: "Let's do it … If we work together, there's no chance we could lose to a man like this!"
    • "Shut up! Get lost! Get the hell out of my sight!"
  • "Damn brats! Shut up and let me finish you off!" (75% HP)
  • "Dammit! You're all such a pain in the ass! I'll kill you, just like I did those other ones!" (50% HP)
  • "Bastards! There's no way I can lose ... it makes no sense! I can't lose!" (25% HP)
  • "Persona!" (summoning his Persona. Unused)
  • "Magatsu-Izanagi!" (calling out his Persona's name. Unused. Used in Persona 4: The Animation.)
  • "There's no place for you here! Get lost!" (unused)
  • "I left you alone because you're brats, but I guess I was too nice!" (unused)
  • "You keep getting in my way! I'll kill you all!" (unused)
  • "What can brats like you do? *laughs* Fight all you want! See if I care!" (unused)
  • "You're all such a pain in the ass! It's about time I taught you a lesson!" (unused)
  • "You're all such a pain in the ass! You always get in my way!" (unused)
  • "It's about time I taught you a lesson!"
  • "You little brats..." (unused, possible recovery after being knocked down?)
  • "Wipe that smile off your face!" (unused, possible recovery after being knocked down?)
  • "Don't underestimate me!" (unused, again possible recovery)
  • "Mwahahaha! Let's end this!" (unused)
  • "What's wrong? Scared? Hahaha!" (unused, possibly intended for his Evil Smile + Ghastly Wail strategy)
  • "Now … let's get this over with!" (unused)
  • "This may be too much for brats like you!" Hahaha! (unused)
  • "Just shut up and die!" (unused)
  • "Dammit..." (defeated)
  • "Missed me!" (dodges)
  • "Dumbass!" (summoning Persona)
  • "Die!" (casting spell)

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

  • "You wanna play with me?" (Character select screen)
  • " *sigh* What a pain in the ass." (Character select screen)
  • "Hey -- don't bore me, okay?" (Character select screen)
  • "I hate looking after brats, you know?" (Intro)
  • "Is it okay if I finish this quick?" (Intro)
  • " *yawn* I don't wanna do this." (Intro)
  • "Sorry, but I don't play nice." (Intro)
  • "Wow, you're pretty well made, I'm impressed." (Intro, versus Shadow)
  • "Ugh... I've seen enough of your face already." (Intro, versus Yu)
  • "Oh, it's you. Are you playing out your youth again?" (Intro, versus Yosuke)
  • "You won't hit me." (Dashing)
  • "Comin' at ya!" (Initiating All-Out Attack)
  • "Gonna beat your ass!" (During an All-Out Attack)
  • "Good times." (Winning the round with an All-Out Attack launch)
  • "This is gettin' fun." (When reaching Awakening)
  • "This is why I HATE dealing with you!" (Reaching Awakening Vs. Yu)
  • "All right, ENOUGH OF THIS SHIT!" (Reaching Awakening Vs. Yosuke)
  • "If you're a girl, ACT MORE LIKE ONE!" (Reaching Awakening Vs. Chie)
  • "Hey, that wasn't nice!" (upon experiencing a Persona Break)
  • "Heat RISER!" (Using Heat Riser)
  • "A brat like you needs to be punished properly!" (Using Heat Riser)
  • "Get out of my sight!" (Using Atom Smasher)
  • "I like that look on your face." (After Ghastly Wail)
  • "That's enough of that!" (Successfully using Burst)
  • "Your attention please. Ta da! Megidola." (Using Megidola)
  • "I hate to say this, but will you just die!" (Using Megidola)
  • "Mangle them, Magatsu-Izanagi!" (Using Ziodyne)
  • "Good-bye!" (Using Ziodyne)
  • "Here's a lesson for ya! (Instant Kill, Fall to Yomi, connects)
  • "It really is stupid, you know?" (Instant Kill, Fall to Yomi, connects)
  • "You act high and mighty, but lose and you're just a loser." (During IK cut-in)
  • "If you wanna play hero... Then do it with your FRIENDS!" (During IK cut-in)
  • "Haha! Do you understand now?" (Victory via IK)
  • "GET LOST." (Winning a round)
  • "I'll put you out of your misery!" (Winning a round)
  • "You're a bother." (Winning a round)
  • "Look at you, getting all hot-headed." (Winning a round)
  • "Wow, you're really hanging in there." (Winning a round)
  • "That was easier than I thought." (Victory)
  • "Too bad, looks like no A+ for you." (Victory)
  • "You did great, I'm so proud of you." (Victory)
  • "That's what reality is." (Victory)
  • "What? It's over already?" (Victory)
  • "Looks like the fake's all flash in the end." (Victory, against Shadow)
  • "Happy now? Hey, you asked for it." (Victory, against Yu)
  • "It's like I keep saying, kids don't know their place." (Victory, versus Yosuke)
  • "Oh please. What happened to the results of your training?" (Victory, versus Chie)
  • "Wow, you're not that bad! It feels good to shut people up when they're acting cocky, doesn't it? Anyway, I had fun. See you later!" (Arcade Mode, Final Results)
  • "That's it, huh? Just when it was getting fun! Well, it managed to kill some time. Maybe I'll hang out with you again!" (Arcade Mode, Final Results)
  • Whoops... looks like I forgot to watch the clock...! (Loss due to time out)


  • "You use a spear for the reach, huh? How adorable." (Beginning battle supporting Ken)
  • "It's finally starting, huh!? Have fun on your own." (Beginning battle against Sho)
  • "Two swords AND a Persona. Be pitiful if he lost, huh?" (Beginning battle against Minazuki)
  • "Let's get started. You like this stuff, right?" (Beginning battle)
  • "When they start to sweat... go in for the kill." (Beginning battle after a loss)
  • "Oh, is this finally the end? Well, keep it up." (Beginning final round)
  • "That's a nice rush. Keep it up." (Dealing plenty of damage at once)
  • "Impressive. I'm surprised you can move that quick." (Dealing plenty of damage at once)
  • "Ooh, a surprise attack? Not a bad strategy." (Dealing plenty of damage at once)
  • "You're really biting back. You might actually do it." (Dealing plenty of damage in a comeback)
  • "*sigh* What an irritating turn of events..." (Both players have near-equal HP)
  • "If they run, just catch them again. It's like tag." (Player has more HP than opponent)
  • "It might be scary when your rush ends." (Player has more HP than opponent)
  • "This is getting interesting. Keep at it." (Player has more HP than opponent)
  • "Seems like they have total control of the match." (Opponent has more HP than player)
  • "*sigh* Why am I even watching?" (Opponent has more HP than player)
  • "Huh? Are you already feeling nervous? (Opponent has more HP than player)
  • "Gonna fight to the finish? Haha, your loss." (Player's HP is critical)
  • "Looks pretty hard to bounce back from that." (Taking plenty of damage at once)
  • "Hmm, you survived that? Pretty tough." (Taking plenty of damage at once)
  • "It looks tough to stop that kind of onslaught." (Taking plenty of damage at once)
  • "You still think your chance will come? So naive." (Taking plenty of damage at once)
  • "I don't know why they're so scared, but whatever." (On the winning side of battle)
  • "Am I supposed to watch you get knocked out?" (On the losing side in battle)
  • "What were you doing? Sleeping?" (On the losing side of battle)
  • "*sigh* Looks like there's no time to rest." (On the losing side of battle)
  • "Come on now, you're going to lose at this rate." (On the losing side of battle)
  • "Freezing up will only make you a punching bag." (On the losing side of battle)
  • "Losing your Persona... isn't that a bad thing?" (Player's Persona breaks)
  • "You broke their Persona. Isn't this your chance?" (Opponent's Persona breaks)
  • "*sigh* You should've done that from the start." (Player activates Awakening)
  • "Huh? You finally got angry?" (Player activates Awakening)
  • "*sigh* You can't get serious until the last minute?" (Player activates Awakening)
  • "Hmm... The look on their face has changed." (Opponent activates Awakening)
  • "Not bad. Do that again." (Player uses Burst near opponent)
  • "Nice one." (Player uses Burst near opponent)
  • "Ow, that'll hurt." (Opponent uses Burst near player)
  • "Oh, you're shocked. You won't be able to move." (Player is suffering from Shock)
  • "Ah, that's poison. Your life will keep draining." (Player is suffering from Poison)
  • "Oh, your Persona's sealed. Now what?" (Player is suffering from Mute)
  • "If you get scared, you'll take more damage." (Player is suffering from Fear)
  • "Don't waste time, just use it!" (Player has enough SP to perform an Instant Kill)
  • "You've got something in mind, huh? Show me." (Player has enough SP to perform an Instant Kill)
  • "You fooled me. I didn't think you'd turn it around." (Non-final round victory made by comeback)
  • "Ohhh, excellent work. You earned yourself a cookie." (Final round victory)
  • "Can we call it a day? In that case, good night." (Final round victory)
  • "See? Now's not the time to be playing around." (Non-final round loss)
  • "You don't have the guts I thought you would." (Non-final round loss)
  • "The lead got to your head, and now you look foolish." (Non-final round loss made by comeback)
  • "Haha, losing face isn't so bad. Maybe try harder?" (Final round loss)

Victory Quotes

  • "Aww, is this where your precious justice got you? You can't possibly think you'll win."
  • "How does it feel when I beat you? Are you pissed? Miserable? Frustrated? Ahahaha, that's what it's like to lose!"
  • "Yeah, yeah, friendship, teamwork, blah blah blah. I still won. Results beat idealism."
  • "Uhhhhhgh... Why did I stick my head into this stupid situation? I'm getting tired."
  • "Your little play date is over. Now go home."
  • "Haha! Thanks for throwing that match for me! Oh, are you really that weak? Lo-ser!"
Character Specific
  • Yu Narukami: "Too bad, it looks like you're still an immature brat. Now... C'mon, I'll teach you all the lessons you need, kid!"
  • Chie Satonaka: "You wanna be a cop? Man, I didn't think the Japanese police force was that hard up."
  • Kanji Tatsumi: "What, is your face the only strong part of you? I thought you had more guts than that... Don't disappoint me."
  • Rise Kujikawa: "If you're gonna make a comeback as an idol, then get back to work. Get outta here before your agency gets mad at you."
  • Naoto Shirogane: "If you're gonna call yourself an intellectual, you'll have to surprise me more. With a face like this, all you're doing is boring me."
  • Mitsuru Kirijo: "You're the heir to the Kirijo Group? You've got a fancy title, but... that doesn't mean much here."
  • Akihiko Sanada: "Don't get so worked up. The guys like you are the first to die on duty, y'know."
  • Junpei Iori: "You like to spend your youth playing sports? It's tiring, you stink of sweat all the time... I just don't get that world. Haha."
  • Ken Amada: "Kids should act like kids and study at home. If you try to act cool by sticking your head into adults' affairs, you're gonna get hurt."
  • Sho: "Huhhhh? Weren't you supposed to be able to do everything on your own? Get back up. You don't have time to sleep, right?"
  • Minazuki: "So now you're both losers. Both of you. LOSERS. Get it? Just accept it."
  • Adachi: "Oh, boy, do I get to face myself this time? What a pain... Don't show me your face again."

Persona 4: Dancing All Night

  • "I'm rocking it huh?"
  • "So this one's tough, huh? Can't wait." (Playing on Hard or All Night)
  • "Fine, I'll give you a show... Don't blink now."
  • "What'd you think?"
  • "It's easy to get the hang of it... assuming you're not an idiot."
  • "Guess it's time to get serious."
  • "(chuckles)"
  • "It's too hard..." (When missing too many notes.)
  • "Yup!"
  • "It's time to get down!" (Fever Time)
  • "Man this is starting to get kind of fun!"
  • "Oh my gosh! What a fine job, leader! Ahahaha!" (To Yu)
  • "Wow, pretty good... for a brat." (To Yu)
  • "You've got some guts... stealing the spotlight like that." (To Yu)
  • "That was kinda fun! Though I was worried you might step on my feet." (To Yu)
  • "Guess my dancing's even better than my magic tricks!"" (Victory)


Persona 4
Adachi Cut in
Cut-in (Shadow version)
Persona 4 Adachi 3
Adachi's various expressions
Persona 4 Adachi 2
Adachi concept art
Concept artwork of Adachi's expressions.
Concept artwork of Adachi.
Creepy Adachi
Adachi smiling
Creepy Adachi 2
Adachi annoyed
Creepy Adachi 3
Adachi unamused
Creepy Adachi 4
Adachi delirious
Creepy Adachi 5
Adachi possessed smiling
Creepy Adachi 6
Adachi possessed annoyed
Creepy Adachi 7
Adachi possessed emotionless
Eelly proud
Adachi attempting to make a pun
Adachi after being told he's a sad human being
Adachi naive
Adachi annoyed by the protagonist's "naivety"
Adachi confronting the Investigation Team
Persona 4 manga
P4 manga Volume 4 Illustration
Illustration of Volume 4
Persona 4 Cover 12
Cover for Volume 12
Persona 4 The Animation
Adachi showing Yu his cabbage
P4A Volume 9 Illustration cover
Adachi on the Volume 9 Illustration cover
Tohru Adachi anime close up
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
Persona 4 The Golden Animation Volume 4 DVD
Adachi on the DVD Cover of P4GA Volume 4
Persona 4 The Golden Episode 7 Agency theme
Adachi with Yu and Nanako
P4GA Adachi arc promo artwork
Promo art
P4GA Adachi
Concept artwork of Toru Adachi in Persona 4 The Golden Animation
Adachi when he was a student
Adachi when he was a high school student
Adachi being treated poorly by Dojima
Adachi murdering Mayumi Yamano
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
P4A Illustration
Adachi Aviators
Adachi with glasses
Adachi Score Attack and Arcade Mode render
P4U Super Official Design Works
Adachi P4U2 closeup
Adachi's normal close up in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Adachi render in P4AU
Adachi's render in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
P4AU Adachi sprite
Adachi's sprite
Tohru Adachi removing his jacket
Adachi pre-battle outfit
Adachi wearing his yellow jacket in pre-battle
P4AU Adachi's instant kill
Adachi's Instant Kill: Fall to Yomi
P4AU (5)
Encountering Adachi in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax arcade mode
Adachi in anime cutscene of P4AU
Adachi as he appears in anime cutscene of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
P4AU (Story Mode, Adachi Episode DLC Illustration, 01)
P4AU (Adachi DLC Episode, Adachi confronted Minazuki)
Adachi confronts Sho
P4AU (Adachi DLC Episode, Adachi betray Minazuki)
Adachi betrays Sho
P4AU (P4 Mode, Yu and Adachi team up)
Adachi teamed up with Yu
P4AU (Adachi DLC Episode, Adachi and Dojima reconnected)
Adachi and Dojima reconnect
P4AU Adachi injured protrait
Adachi's injured portrait
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Manga)
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Manga Vol.1 Illustration 02
Ultimax Illustration of Volume 1
P4U2 advertisement illustration of Adachi by Rokuro Saito
Illustration Countdown of Adachi for Volume 1 by Rokuro Saito
P4U2 manga volume 3 countdown illustration of Adachi and Sho
Illustration Countdown of Adachi and Sho for Volume 3 by Rokuro Saito
4U2 manga volume 4 countdown illustration of Adachi and Sho
Illustration Countdown of Adachi and Sho for Volume 4 by Rokuro Saito
P4U2 Halloween illustration of Yu, Sho, and Adachi by Rokuro Saito
Halloween Special Illustration of Adachi, Yu, and Sho by Rokuro Saito
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
P4D illustration of Dojima and Adachi by Rokuro Saito (P4U2 manga artist)
Illustration of Adachi and Dojima by Rokuro Saito
Adachi dancing
Adachi dancing
P4D Tohru Adachi Initial Costume
Initial Costume
P4D Tohru Adachi P-color Selection 2 DLC
Persona Classics Set 2 (DLC) (Based on Katsuya Suou)
Persona 4 Visualive
Visualive Adachi
Adachi as he appears in Persona 4 Visualive
VisuEvo Adachi
Adachi as he appears in Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution
VisuEvo Adachi Confrontation
Adachi confronts the Investigation Team in Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution
VisuEvo Adachi Protag
Adachi fighting the protagonist in Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution
PSC official line stickers 17
PSC official line stickers 34
P25 SCC Collaboration Promo Art P4
Promotional artwork for the Persona 25th Anniversary x Sega Collaboration Cafe collaboration

In Other Languages

Language Title
Flag of the United States English Tohru Adachi
Flag of Japan Japanese 足立 透 (Adachi Tōru)
Flag of South Korea Korean 아다치 토오루 (Adachi Tooru)
Flag of Hong KongFlag of the Republic of China Traditional Chinese 足立 透 (Zúlì Tòu)
Flag of France French Tohru Adachi
Flag of Germany German Tohru Adachi
Flag of Spain Spanish Tohru Adachi
Flag of Italy Italian Tohru Adachi
Flag of Mexico Spanish (Latin America) Tohru Adachi
Flag of Brazil Portuguese (Brazil) Tohru Adachi
Arabic تورو أداتشي


  • The name Tohru means "transparent, permeate, filter, penetrate" (透).
  • Tohru's surname Adachi means "leg, foot, paw, stick, limb, shank, pace, step, pes, tread, footstep/footpace, skirt, glutinosity, clutch, spiculum, pediment, adhesiveness, clamminess, stickiness" (足) (a) and "standing" (立) (tachi/dachi).


  • 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 with cabbage.

  • 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. This, alongside the point above, indicates that Adachi might have some knowledge in handling and customizing firearms.
  • 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.
    • Magatsu-Izanagi can also use Megidola, though it uses Megidolaon in Golden.
    • Heat Riser can also be used as an offensive skill, despite it being a buff.
  • 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. This happens since he was fighting while being taken over in Persona 4 and its sub-media.
  • 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.
  • Adachi's role in the story was initially a red herring, according to the Official Design Works artbook.

Appearances in Other Media

Title Details Date External Links
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle DLC Playable Character (Season 2) October 10th, 2019 Article in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Wiki
Puzzle and Dragons Collaboration event July 16th, 2018 - July 29th, 2018
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle
Tohru Adachi (BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Character Select Artwork)
Tohru Adachi in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
BBTAG 2.0 Illustration countdown of Tohru Adachi, Susano'o and Hilda by Konomi Higuchi
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle 2.0 illustration countdown of Tohru Adachi by Konomi Higuchi
Puzzle and Dragons
P&D Adachi
Adachi in Puzzle and Dragons
Tohru Adachi puzzle and dragons
Adachi with

Magatsu-Izanagi in Puzzle and Dragons

Puzzle and dragons gun
Adachi’s Training Gun in Puzzle and Dragons


Playable Protagonist - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Yukiko Amagi - Kanji Tatsumi - Rise Kujikawa - Teddie - Naoto Shirogane
Social Link Margaret - Nanako Dojima - Ryotaro Dojima - Naoki Konishi - Kou Ichijo - Daisuke Nagase - Hisano Kuroda - Sayoko Uehara - Yumi Ozawa - Ayane Matsunaga - Ai Ebihara - Fox - Shu Nakajima - Eri Minami - Marie - Tohru Adachi
Major Igor - Mayumi Yamano - Misuzu Hiiragi - Saki Konishi - Mitsuo Kubo - Hanako Ohtani - Kinshiro Morooka - Noriko Kashiwagi - Taro Namatame - Old Lady Shiroku - Master Daidara - Minoru Inoue - Yuuta Minami - Kaneko - Aika Nakamura - President Tanaka - Chihiro Fushimi - Mr. Edogawa - Kanami Mashita - Moel Gas Station Attendant
Major enemies Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami - Izanami
Inaba Central Shopping District - Dojima Residence - Junes Department Store - Samegawa Flood Plain - Velvet Room - Yasogami High School
Midnight Channel Twisted Shopping District - Yukiko's Castle - Steamy Bathhouse - Marukyu Striptease - Void Quest - Secret Laboratory - Heaven - Magatsu Inaba - Hollow Forest - Yomotsu Hirasaka
Other Okina City - Shichiri Beach - Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz - Tatsumi Port Island (Gekkoukan High School - Club Escapade - Iwatodai Station)
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 4 / Golden / The Animation) - Never More -Reincarnation- - Persona 4: The Golden Animation Special Arrange CD - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album - Re:BRiLLiANCE
Songs "Ain't Nobody Can Hold Me Down" - "Alone in this World" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Studio Backlot/Backside of the TV" - "Beauty of Destiny" - "Dazzling Smile" - "Falling into Right Places" - "Heartbeat, Heartbreak" - "Heaven" - "I'll Face Myself" - "Just Like The Wind" - "Key Plus Words" - "Koisuru Meitantei" - "Never More" - "Next Chance to Move On" - "Pursuing My True Self" - "Reach Out To The Truth" - "Shadow World" - "Signs of Love" - "Sky's The Limit" - "SNOWFLAKES" - "Someone Else's Man" - "Time For True Revelation" - "Time To Make History" - "True Feelings" - "True Story" - "The Way of Memories" - "We Are One and All" - "Ying Yang" - "Your Affection"
Terminology Persona (Initial / Ultimate) - Persona user - Glasses - Fog - Shadow - Shadow Self - Party - Tactics - All-out Attack - Shuffle Time - Arcana Chance - Fusion Forecast - Weather Forecast - Investigation Team - Mystery Food X - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R
Lists Arcana - Personas - Shadows - Skills - Items (Persona 4 / Golden) - Requests - Status Changes - Activities - Calendar - Golden Trophies - The Animation / Golden Animation Episodes - Patches and Updates - Steam Profile Items
School Life Weather Forecast - Seasons - Social Link - Social Stats - Yen - Class - Studying - Books - Movie Theater - Bed - Fishing - Cooking - Part-time Jobs - Shrine - Scooter - Gardening - School Club - Bug Catching - Refrigerator - Crane Machine - Chagall Café - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Cat
Other Media
Games Golden - Arena - Arena Ultimax - Dancing All Night
Productions The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Visualive / the Evolution - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best- - Persona VS
Publications Manga - The Magician - Dengeki Comic Anthology (the Animation / The Golden / The Golden Animation) - Kiri no Amnesia - Your Affection - Persona x Detective Naoto (manga) - Yasoinaba Case File - Persona Magazine
Drama CDs Persona 4 (Vol.1 / Vol.2 / Vol.3) - Persona 4 The Animation (Vol.1 / Vol.2) - Persona 4 Golden (Vol.1 / Vol.2)
Mobile Games The Card Battle - Colors - Persona 4: The Slot - Persona 4 the Pachinko
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
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 - Gorgeous King * - Heaven's Giant * - Neo Minotaur - Sleeping Table
Extra Contrarian King - Intolerant Officer - Momentary Child - Escapist Soldier - Extreme Vessel - Lost Okina
Other Margaret - Reaper
Ultimax - Manga (Arena) - Manga (Ultimax) - Stageplay (Arena) - Stageplay (Ultimax)
Playable Arena Yu Narukami (Izanagi - Regular / Izanagi-no-Okami - Instant Kill) - Yosuke Hanamura (Jiraiya) - Chie Satonaka (Tomoe) - Yukiko Amagi (Konohana Sakuya) - Kanji Tatsumi (Take-Mikazuchi) - Naoto Shirogane (Sukuna-Hikona) - Teddie (Kintoki-Douji) - Aigis (Pallas Athena - Regular / Palladion - Instant Kill) - Mitsuru Kirijo (Artemisia) - Akihiko Sanada (Caesar) - Elizabeth (Thanatos) - Labrys (Ariadne) - Shadow Labrys (Asterius)
Playable Ultimax Yukari Takeba (Isis) - Junpei Iori (Trismegistus) - Sho Minazuki (Tsukiyomi) - Rise Kujikawa (Himiko) - Ken Amada & Koromaru (Kala-Nemi & Cerberus) - Tohru Adachi (Magatsu-Izanagi) - Marie (Kaguya-Hime) - Margaret (Yoshitsune - Cu Chulain - Ardha - Regular / Helel - Instant Kill)
Non-Playable Unit #024 - Igor - Theodore - Nanako Dojima - Ryotaro Dojima - Detective Kurosawa - Fuuka Yamagishi - Eri Minami - Yuuta Minami - Malevolent Entity - Erebus - Kikuno Saikawa - Shuji Ikutsuki - Minoru Inoue
Inaba Midnight Channel - Velvet Room - Yasogami High School - Tartarus
Albums Original Soundtrack (Arena / Ultimax) - Original Arrange Soundtrack
Songs "Best Friends" - "Now I Know" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Reach Out To The Truth" - "Mass Destruction" - "Break Out Of..." - "Today"
Terminology Dark Hour - Evoker - Midnight Channel - P-1 Grand Prix - Persona - Persona user - Plume of Dusk - Shadow - Shadow Self - Shadow Operatives - Investigation Team - Wild Card - Persona Fragments - Red Fog
Lists Status Changes - Skills - Trophies (Arena / Ultimax) - Steam Profile Items
Productions The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena Stageplay - Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold Stageplay
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
Lists Trophies