Trismegistus is a Persona in the series.

History[edit | edit source]

Hermes Trismegistus, or just Trismegistus, is quoted as the founder and pioneer of alchemy, astrology and magic. He is a mysterious entity, either known as a god or a human magician. He has been seen as a teacher of Moses, the inventor of alchemy, and the founder of occult schools throughout history. The origin of the name Trismegistus, meaning "thrice-greatest," refers to the three subjects that he was a pioneer of.

As a divine source of wisdom, Hermes Trismegistus was credited with tens of thousands of highly esteemed writings, which were reputed to be of immense antiquity. Clement of Alexandria was under the impression that the Egyptians had forty-two sacred writings by Hermes, writings that detailed the training of Egyptian priests. The neoplatonic writers took up Clement's "forty-two essential texts". The Hermetica is a category of papyri containing spells and initiatory induction procedures Modern occultists claim that some Hermetic texts may be of Pharaonic origin, and that the legendary "forty-two essential texts" that contain the core Hermetic religious beliefs and philosophy of life, remain hidden in a secret library.

Hermes Trismegistus is said to be the combined form of the Greek god Hermes with that of the Egyptian god Thoth. Greeks in the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt recognized the equivalence of Hermes and Thoth through the interpretatio graeca. Consequently, the two gods were worshiped as one, in what had been the Temple of Thoth in Khemenu, which was known in the Hellenistic period as Hermopolis. The Egyptian priest and polymath Imhotep had been deified long after his death and therefore assimilated to Thoth in the classical and Hellenistic periods. A Mycenaean Greek reference to a deity or semi-deity called Tris Hḗrōs, ("thrice or triple hero") was found on two Linear B clay tablets at Pylos and could be connected to the later epithet "thrice great", Trismegistos, applied to Hermes/Thoth.

Cicero enumerates several deities referred to as "Hermes": a "fourth Mercury (Hermes) was the son of the Nile, whose name may not be spoken by the Egyptians"; and the fifth, who is worshiped by the people of Pheneus, is said to have killed Argus Panoptes, and for this reason to have fled to Egypt, and to have given the Egyptians their laws and alphabet: he it is whom the Egyptians call Theyt. Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin has pointed out that early Christian and Islamic traditions call Hermes Trismegistus the builder of the Pyramids of Giza and has a major place in Islamic tradition.

Due to his connection with alchemy, he is an equivalent to Mercury, just like Hermes.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Persona 3[edit | edit source]

Junpei Iori's Persona Hermes evolves when Chidori uses her ability, Spring of Life, to resurrect Junpei and confesses her love for him. Chidori's Persona, Medea, then fuses with Hermes to give birth to Trismegistus. (Shown in Persona 3: Portable)

The Answer[edit | edit source]

Trismegistus has unique skills outside of his normal moveset that he can use when fought as an opponent in Colosseo Purgatorio, which are as follows:

Stats[edit | edit source]

Persona 3[edit | edit source]

Arcana Level
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
Magician Inherit
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - Fire - Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Spring of Life Passive Restores 8% HP each turn in battle. Innate
Cleave 7% HP Deals light Slash damage to one foe. Innate
Agi 3 SP Deals light Fire damage to one foe. 4
Re Patra 3 SP Assists 1 ally who's been Knocked Down. 5
Rakukaja 6 SP Increases 1 ally's Defense. 16
Assault Dive 9% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. 18
Double Fangs 9% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2 hits) 20
Kill Rush 10% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. (1-2 hits) 25
Agilao 6 SP Deals medium Fire damage to one foe. 32
Marakukaja 12 SP Increases party's Defense. 38
Torrent Shot 10% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2-3 hits) 40
Counterstrike Passive Counter physical attacks (med odds). (30% chance) 45
Blade of Fury 16% HP Deals medium Slash damage to all foes. (1-3 hits) 50
Gigantic Fist 12% HP Deals heavy Strike damage to one foe. 55
High Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (high odds). (50% chance) 58
Fire Break 40 SP Reduces 1 foe's Fire resistance to average. 60
Agidyne 12 SP Deals heavy Fire damage to one foe. 64
Deathbound 19% HP Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. 65
Vorpal Blade 21% HP Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. (1.5x "Great" condition bonus) 75

Arcana Level
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
Magician 99
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - Fire - Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Spring of Life Passive Restores 8% HP each turn in battle. Innate
Marakukaja 12 SP Increases party's Defense. 38
Gigantic Fist 12% HP Deals heavy Strike damage to one foe. 55
High Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (high odds). (50% chance) 58
Fire Break 40 SP Reduces 1 foe's Fire resistance to average. 60
Agidyne 12 SP Deals heavy Fire damage to one foe. 64
Deathbound 19% HP Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. 65
Vorpal Blade 21% HP Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. (1.5x "Great" condition bonus) 75

Arcana Level
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
Magician Inherit
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - Fire - Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Spring of Life Passive Restores 8% HP each turn in battle. Innate
Cleave 7% HP Deals light Slash damage to one foe. Innate
Agi 3 SP Deals light Fire damage to one foe. 5
Re Patra 3 SP Assists 1 ally who's been Knocked Down. 7
Rakukaja 6 SP Increases 1 ally's Defense. 9
Assault Dive 9% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. 18
Double Fangs 9% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2 hits) 20
Kill Rush 10% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. (1-2 hits) 25
Agilao 6 SP Deals medium Fire damage to one foe. 32
Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (low odds). (15% chance) 35
Torrent Shot 10% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2-3 hits) 40
Marakukaja 12 SP Increases party's Defense. 44
Counterstrike Passive Counter physical attacks (med odds). (30% chance) 45
Blade of Fury 16% HP Deals medium Slash damage to all foes. (1-3 hits) 50
Gigantic Fist 12% HP Deals heavy Strike damage to one foe. 55
High Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (high odds). (50% chance) 58
Fire Break 40 SP Reduces 1 foe's Fire resistance to average. 60
Agidyne 12 SP Deals heavy Fire damage to one foe. 64
Brave Blade 20% HP Deals severe Slash damage to one foe. 65
Vorpal Blade 21% HP Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. (1.5x "Great" condition bonus) 75

Arcana Level
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
Magician 99
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - Fire - Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Spring of Life Passive Restores 8% HP each turn in battle. Innate
Marakukaja 12 SP Increases party's Defense. 44
Gigantic Fist 12% HP Deals heavy Strike damage to one foe. 55
High Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (high odds). (50% chance) 58
Fire Break 40 SP Reduces 1 foe's Fire resistance to average. 60
Agidyne 12 SP Deals heavy Fire damage to one foe. 64
Brave Blade 20% HP Deals severe Slash damage to one foe. 65
Vorpal Blade 21% HP Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. (1.5x "Great" condition bonus) 75

Arcana Level
Strength 34
Magic 23
Endurance 30
Agility 27
Luck 26
Magician 31
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - Fire - Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Spring of Life Passive Restores 8% HP each turn in battle. Innate
Agilao 6 SP Deals medium Fire damage to one foe. Innate
Re Patra 3 SP Assists 1 ally who's been Knocked Down. Innate
Rakukaja 6 SP Increases 1 ally's Defense. Innate
Double Fangs 9% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2 hits) Innate
Kill Rush 10% HP Deals light Strike damage to one foe. (1-2 hits) Innate
Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (low odds). (15% chance) Innate
Marakukaja 12 SP Increases party's Defense. 34
Torrent Shot 10% HP Deals light Pierce damage to one foe. (2-3 hits) 40
Counterstrike Passive Counter physical attacks (med odds). (30% chance) 45
Blade of Fury 16% HP Deals medium Slash damage to all foes. (1-3 hits) 50
Gigantic Fist 12% HP Deals heavy Strike damage to one foe. 55
High Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (high odds). (50% chance) 58
Fire Break 40 SP Reduces 1 foe's Fire resistance to average. 60
Agidyne 12 SP Deals heavy Fire damage to one foe. 64
Deathbound 19% HP Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. 65
Vorpal Blade 21% HP Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. (1.5x "Great" condition bonus) 75

Arcana Level
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
Magician 99
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - Fire - Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Spring of Life Passive Restores 8% HP each turn in battle. Innate
Marakukaja 12 SP Increases party's Defense. 34
Gigantic Fist 12% HP Deals heavy Strike damage to one foe. 55
High Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (high odds). (50% chance) 58
Fire Break 40 SP Reduces 1 foe's Fire resistance to average. 60
Agidyne 12 SP Deals heavy Fire damage to one foe. 64
Deathbound 19% HP Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. 65
Vorpal Blade 21% HP Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. (1.5x "Great" condition bonus) 75

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth[edit | edit source]

Arcana Level
Strength 59
Magic 35
Endurance 50
Agility 33
Luck 38
Magician 55
Cut Stab Bash Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Alm
- - - Resist - - Weak Resist - -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Golden Gemini Passive Medium chance of attack skills executing twice. Innate
Nuclear Blast 102 HP A heavy Bash + Fire attack. (1 enemy) Inherit
Marakukaja 18 SP Raise defense for 3 turns. (Party) Inherit
Death Chaser 124 HP User may follow-up user's row's attacks, for 3 turns. Inherit

Arcana Level
Strength 89
Magic 64
Endurance 76
Agility 58
Luck 64
Magician 99
Cut Stab Bash Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Alm
- - - Resist - - Weak Resist - -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Golden Gemini Passive Medium chance of attack skills executing twice. Innate
Nuclear Blast 102 HP A heavy Bash + Fire attack. (1 enemy) Inherit
Marakukaja 18 SP Raise defense for 3 turns. (Party) Inherit
Death Chaser 124 HP User may follow-up user's row's attacks, for 3 turns. Inherit

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth[edit | edit source]

Arcana Level
Strength 54
Magic 41
Endurance 54
Agility 48
Luck 42
Magician 55
Phys Fire Ice Elec Wind Psy Nuke Bless Curse Alm
- Resist - - Weak - - Resist - -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Calm Blade 32 HP Medium Phys attack, with high chance of Hex. (1 enemy) Innate
Gokuentou 56 HP Medium Fire attack that splashes to either side. (1 enemy) Innate
Patra 6 SP Remove ailments. (1 row) Innate
Bound Arts Passive Moderately raise critical rate when target is bound. Innate
Regenerate 1 Passive Slightly restore HP at the end of the turn. Innate
Called Shot 4 SP Powerful counter whenever user's row is attacked for 3 turns. Evolution
Arm Chopper 19 HP Medium Phys attack, with medium chance of Strength Bind. (1 enemy) 29
Mighty Swing 28 HP Medium Phys attack that splashes to either side. (1 enemy) Stronger in Boost. 35
Marakukaja 18 SP Raise defense for 3 turns. (Party) 40
Regenerate 2 Passive Moderately restore HP at the end of the turn. 44
True Critical Eye 26 SP Raise critical hit rate for 3 turns. (Party) 49
Blade of Fury 68 HP Heavy Phys attack that splashes to either side. (1 enemy) Stronger in Boost. 53
Hientou 82 HP Heavy Fire attack that splashes to either side. (1 enemy) 58
Bound Arts+ Passive Greatly raise critical rate when target is bound. 62
Brave Blade 91 HP Severe Phys attack that splashes to either side. (1 enemy) Stronger in Boost. 71


Gallery[edit | edit source]

 
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Concept artwork of Trismegistus
 
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Trismegistus appears in Persona 3 Manga
 
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Trismegistus appears in Persona 3 The Movie
 
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Trismegistus appears in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
 
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Trismegistus sprite in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
 
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Trismegistus in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Trismegistus' helmet and armor is a reference to the Ripley Scroll, a hermetic treatise purporting to tell of the process to fabricate the Philosopher's Stone, the powerful elixir said to bestow eternal life and transmute lead into gold. The references are the birdlike helm and wings, in the red stone it holds in its beak, and its name itself, Trismegistus being the honorary title of the famed alchemist Hermes; also, the Ripley Scroll makes continuous reference to the "Bird of Hermes."
  • In Persona 3 Portable, there is a typo in Trismegistus' awakening, there is an "o" instead of a "u," so instead of being "They gave rise to a new power, Trismegistus!", it's "They gave rise to a new power, Trismegistos!"
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