"Do you finally see the truth? Do you know the true face of the guilty? They condemn the good to slavery. Pretend they do not see their agony. ...Just as you once did. But another story must begin. Now, show your gaolers that you will wear a different chain. I am thou, thou art I... If you yet seek true justice, we will see it done!"
Jean Valjean is the main protagonist of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables. Valjean's story depicts his struggles to live a good life in God's name following a prison sentence for stealing bread for his destitute family. His efforts lead to him taking several aliases, and focuses on his care for the dying Fantine and then her daughter Cosette.
Both in the original novel and its adaptations, Valjean is shown in a mostly-positive light, often displaying compassion and selflessness while being capable of cunning and jealousy. His humanity puts him in stark contrast with Inspector Javert, who represents the law but acts as one of the story's main antagonists.
"Protagonist of Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables." Jailed after stealing bread for his starving nephews, he was consumed by bitterness, but a bishop's mercy inspired a change of heart. He strove to be a virtuous champion of the poor and downtrodden."
Zenkichi & Valjean Wallpaper for Persona 5 Strikers Pre-Release (Scramble, 576x1024)
Valjean's icon in battle
Valjean's Compendium entry in Persona 5 Strikers
The number printed on Valjean is "24601," Jean Valjean's prison number in Les Misérables.
Valjean's awakening speech references lines sung by Jean Valjean in the Les Misérables musical, such as "Can I condemn another man to slavery?\Pretend I do not see his agony?", "Another story must begin", "I will see it done", as well as Javert's line "Monsieur le Maire, you'll wear a different chain."
Valjean is the only non-protagonist Persona in the entire Persona series to learn Enduring Soul.