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"The most important part about giving a good speech is believing in yourself... ...Perhaps one day... I will believe in myself... again. Very well. If learning how to give a great speech is what you seek, then I'd be happy to instruct you. In exchange, I would like for you to continue assisting me."
—Toranosuke Yoshida to the protagonist, Persona 5

Toranosuke Yoshida is a character from Persona 5. He is attempting to seriously enter Japan's political system in order to start changing the country, but is having difficulties doing so.

Appearances[]

Design[]

Yoshida has slicked-back black hair, dark brown eyes and thick eyebrows. Yoshida wears his black business suit, white dotted red tie, white gloves and a green sash that reads "friendly society, bright future" (やさしい社会 あかるい未来, yasashii shakai akarui mirai)?.

Personality[]

Yoshida is extremely devoted to politics and became one through the help of his mentor Kuramoto. However, when he took the position, he believed himself to be in the clear and lost sight of why he wanted to become one, eventually being shunned by most people due to his blunders and reputation. In the twenty years since he lost his position, Yoshida has considerably mellowed and realized his own mistakes, intending to return to the Diet through his own merit. Due to his devotion to politics, Yoshida is a skilled speaker and able to connect to the audience should they listen to them, something which gets the protagonist's attention. While he is occasionally dismayed at people calling him "No-Good Tora" or people intentionally trying to reveal his flaws, he remains calm and level-headed against such slanders.

As his Confidant progresses, Yoshida becomes more charismatic, eventually developing a sizable fanbase with the protagonist's aid who gets him over his self-esteem issues. He also holds no hostility towards his mentor Kuramoto, who was responsible for him being framed for embezzling funds, which surprises his old friends.

Yoshida also holds a high opinion of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, showcasing an open mind and incredible insight: he correctly deduced that the Phantom Thieves were individuals who felt wronged by society in some way and seek to change it, even implying that they could be children.

Profile[]

Persona 5[]

Yoshida is an unpopular man who gives soapbox speeches outside of Shibuya Station. He was mentored by Kuramoto and was friends with Matsushita and was elected as a Diet member. However, when he took the position, he believed it to be one of luxury with little responsibility needed, which resulted in a series of unfortunate events that became known as "No-Good Tora's three strikes": missing a legislative meeting to take a personal vacation, being accused of embezzling party funds, and finally calling a voter an idiot in an open forum. This caused him to lose his position a term later and he has spent 20 years trying to regain his position, but due to his notorious reputation, he had lost the past seven consecutive elections, even though his speeches are actually worth listening to as he confronts the country's future with seriousness.

Confidant[]

Main article: Confidant/Toranosuke Yoshida
"Staging your crimes with calling cards... It's hard to believe that a student could manage this alone. An adult—for example, someone talented enough to move people with words—perhaps they coached you. ...Isn't that right!?"
Sae Niijima talking about Toranosuke Yoshida, Persona 5

The protagonist can find Yoshida on May 6th in the Shibuya Station square, but he won't spend time with an inexperienced teenager. The protagonist will then have to prove his worth by working at the Beef Bowl shop, which requires the protagonist's Proficiency stat to be Rank 2 (Decent) to apply. After the second night spent working at the shop, Yoshida is sufficiently impressed with the protagonist, and his Confidant becomes unlocked after the second time the protagonist spends time with him.

Yoshida's Confidant is one of the easiest to complete, as it always ranks up each time the protagonist goes to see him, even if the protagonist doesn't have a Sun Arcana Persona in his possession. Unlike other Confidants, Yoshida also doesn't have a Mementos Request associated with him, reducing the time required to max it out. In addition to this, certain ranks of his Confidant also increase the protagonist's Charm by 3 points. However, there is a deadline to the Confidant: on November 17, election campaigning commences, and Yoshida will no longer be able to spend time with the protagonist afterwards. He does, however, warn him about this via text well over a week before the deadline.

Yoshida's story revolves around him trying to convince others to take Japan's affairs seriously but he is unable to garner much interest due to his reputation as an inept politician. While dismayed, he does not give up and continues giving speeches with the protagonist's help. This eventually gets the attention of Councilman Matsushita, one of his friends involved in politics. The two briefly argue over their approach to public speaking, but at the end, Matsushita states that he was not the one who accused him of embezzlement. With the protagonist defending him from hecklers, Yoshida begins to grow a sizable base and Matsushita reveals that Kuramoto had caused the scandal and offers him a position as his right-hand man as he would not win the upcoming election, while Kuramoto tries to reconcile with him over the incident. Yoshida refuses both, intending to become a member again through his own merit.

At the end of his Confidant, Yoshida reveals that he knows that the protagonist is a Phantom Thief himself, having discovered that they were not interested in politics through their speech and mannerisms. He keeps it a secret, knowing of their good deeds. Following the protagonist's imprisonment in Juvenile Hall, if the protagonist completes his confidant, Yoshida holds a speech outside the Diet building, telling people to support the protagonist's release from jail as he shows promise for the country's future and that such injustice should not be tolerated.

Yoshida's farewell gift to the protagonist on the last day for maxing his Confidant is a Fountain Pen, which he apparently had used at the beginning of his political career. This item allows the protagonist access to all Negotiation skills once Yoshida's Confidant has been established in New Game+.

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In Other Languages[]

Language Titles
Flag of the United States English Toranosuke Yoshida
Flag of Japan Japanese 吉田 寅之助 (Yoshida Toranosuke)
Flag of South Korea Korean 요시다 토라노스케 (Yosida Toranoseuke)
Flag of Hong KongFlag of the Republic of China Traditional Chinese 吉田 寅之助 (Jítián yínzhīzhù)

Etymology[]

  • The name Toranosuke means "tiger" (寅) (tora), "this" (之) (no) and "help, rescue, assist/assistant/assistance" (助) (suke).
  • Toranosuke's surname Yoshida means "lucky, good" (吉) (yoshi) and "field, rice paddy" (田) (ta/da).

Trivia[]

  • Like all Confidants, Toranosuke's name is an homage to a Japanese historical figure. In his case, he is named after Torajirō Yoshida (吉田 寅次郎), a short-lived but influential intellectual and careerist who nurtured many major activists of the Meiji Restoration.
    • Another possible reference is Shigeru Yoshida (吉田 茂*)?. Like Toranosuke, Shigeru was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party but forced to dissolute the congress and subsequently resign his post of prime minister for yelling "moron" at a Dietman of the opposite party during the conference of national budget.
  • Yoshida is the only non-plot related Confidant to learn that the protagonist is a member of the Phantom Thieve without having to be helped via a Mementos Request. Rather, he discovers this through the protagonist's mannerisms.
  • From the looks of his beta design, he was possibly originally supposed to be an NPC, known as Daiyamada Taro (大山田 たろう*)?.
  • Files in the game indicate that it was possible to Reverse (Doubt) or Break a Confidant. If his Confidant were to be Reversed or Broken, the protagonist would not get the extra benefits when negotiating with Shadows.


Characters
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Goro Akechi - Sumire Yoshizawa
Confidant Igor - Sojiro Sakura - Chihaya Mifune - Munehisa Iwai - Tae Takemi - Sadayo Kawakami - Ichiko Ohya - Shinya Oda - Hifumi Togo - Yuuki Mishima - Toranosuke Yoshida - Caroline & Justine - Sae Niijima - Takuto Maruki
Major Targets Suguru Kamoshida - Ichiryusai Madarame - Junya Kaneshiro - Shadow Futaba - Kunikazu Okumura - Masayoshi Shido - Holy Grail / Yaldabaoth - Azathoth / Adam Kadmon
Other Principal Kobayakawa - SIU Director - Shiho Suzui - Natsuhiko Nakanohara - Mika - Lala Escargot - Angel and Julian - Medjed - Wakaba Isshiki - Sugimura - President Tanaka - Kazuya Makigami - Naoya Makigami - Shadow Mishima - Shinichi Yoshizawa - Rumi - Shibusawa - Jose - Kasumi Yoshizawa - Coach Hiraguchi
Locations
Tokyo Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Shinjuku - Akihabara - Kichijoji - Ogikubo - Inokashira Park - Tsukishima - Akasaka Mitsuke - Suidobashi - Odaiba Seaside Park - Ichigaya - Ikebukuro - Ginza - Harajuku - Meiji Shrine - Jinbocho - Miura Beach - Maihama (Tokyo Destinyland) - Kanda - Roppongi - Ueno - Asakusa - Chinatown - Nagatacho - Shinagawa - Nakano - Kosei High School
Palace Kamoshida's Palace - Madarame's Palace - Kaneshiro's Palace - Futaba's Palace - Okumura's Palace - Niijima's Palace - Shido's Palace - Mementos (Path of Qimranut - Path of Aiyatsbus - Path of Chemdah - Path of Kaitul - Path of Akzeriyyuth - Path of Adyeshach - Path of Sheriruth - Depths of Mementos - Qliphoth World - Path of Da'at) - Maruki's Palace
Other Velvet Room - Hawaii - Thieves Den
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 5 / Royal (JP / EN))
Songs "Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There" - "Life Will Change" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "The Whims of Fate" - "Tokyo Daylight" - "Hoshi To Bokura To" - "Break In To Break Out" - "Infinity" - "Dark Sun..." - "Autonomy" - "Found a Light" - "IT'S TOO LATE" - "Colors Flying High" - "Take Over" - "He's a Trickster☆" - "I Believe" - "No More What Ifs" - "Throw Away Your Mask" - "Bokura no Hikari (Our Light)"
Archives
Story Persona - Persona user - Shadow - Shadow Self - Second Awakening - Picaro Persona - I am thou - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Phantom Aficionado Website - Antisocial Force - Treasure - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - Psychotic breakdown - Mental shutdown - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins - Sea of Souls - Bond - Featherman
School Life Calendar - Weather - Seasons
Confidant - Social Stats - Hideout - Class - Train - Invitations - Gifts - Decorations
Activities Bathhouse - Studying - Diner - Cleaning - Maid Café - Billiards - Books - DVDs - Retro Games - Movie Theater - Big Bang Challenge - Gigolo Arcade - Bed - Batting Cages - Fishing Pond - Crossword Puzzle - Darts - Infiltration Tools - Cooking - Training - Old Temple - Laundry - Part Time Jobs - Shrine - Confessional - Jazz Jin - Houseplant - Refrigerator - TV Quiz Show - Blackboard - Vegetariano - Lottery - Cultivation - Fortune Telling
Vendors Shops: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Vending Machines - Takemi Medical Clinic - Untouchable - Jose's Shop - Home Shopping Program - Tanaka's Shady Commodities - Military Vending Machine
Phantom Life Mementos Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Search Objects - Treasure Chests - Treasure Demon - Safe Room - Thieves Guild - List of Shadows - List of Bosses - Skill Card - Will Seeds - Deviations
Battle Items: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Skills: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Difficulty - Status Changes - Weaknesses - Traits - Navigator - Tactics - Guard - Follow Up - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Protect - Pickpocket - Party Switch - Baton Pass - One More - Critical - Technical - Showtime - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Hold Up - Personality - Drops - Game Over - Disaster Shadow
Velvet Room List of Personas: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Fusion - Special Fusion - Hanging - Lockdown - Electric Chair - Arcana - Skill Inheritance - Fusion Accident - Fusion alarm - Challenge Battle
System Trophies: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Cutscenes - New Game Plus - Patches and Updates
Unused Content: (Persona 5 / Royal)
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Sega
Personnel Katsura Hashino - Shigenori Soejima - Shoji Meguro - Lyn Inaizumi - Atsushi Kitajoh - Ryota Kozuka - Kenichi Tsuchiya - Toshiki Konishi - Kazuhisa Wada - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Games Royal - Dancing in Starlight - Strikers
Productions Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation (Episodes - Dark Sun... - Stars and Ours - Proof of Justice - Persona 5 the Animation: A Magical Valentine's Day) - Persona O.A. - Persona 5 The Night Breakers - Persona Stalker Club V - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best 5- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album - Persona 5 The Stage - Persona VS
Publications Manga - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Comic à La Carte - Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics) - Tartarus Theater Wild - the Animation Dengeki Comic Anthology - Mementos Mission - Mementos Report - Persona Magazine
Events Super Live 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019 - TGS 2021 - 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary - 25th FES
Take Tokyo Tower - E3 2016 - Morgana's Report
Miscellaneous Merchandise
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