Yes, Persona 5's main character does have a canon name... sort of

One of the hardest choices to make in any RPG is the choice to name your character. I don't know about you, but I find it even harder still when the game is set in Japan like Persona - coming up with a good, fitting Japanese name is always a bit of a challenge.

As such, I tend to go searching for the canon name of the main character any time I see that ominous name entry screen pop up.

The Persona has a bit of a strange history with protagonist names - the Persona 3 and Persona 4 MCs both had one name in the official manga, but they were later renamed in later spin-offs from their main games.

Persona 4 protagonist Yu Narukami has been more consistent with his name right across his full series of Persona 4 games (though he was named Souji Seta in the manga) - which makes it all the more surprising that for some reason Atlus opted not to give the Persona 5 main character a canon name in the game itself.

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The Persona 5 Protagonist's Canon Name, Revealed

He does have one, however. In fact, he has two. Let us explain:

  • The bespectacled hero of Persona 5 has a name in the official manga: Akira Kurusu. (Given name Akira, Family name Kurusu). Everyone in voice clips will still refer to him as "this guy" or "Joker", however.
  • The above name was later superceded by Atlus, however, who then offered up the name Ren Amamiya (Given name Ren, Family name Amamiya). The Ren Amamiya name is used in the Persona 5 Anime and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night, so it is the current canon name.

Slam this into the name entry screen if you're stumped for ideas and you'll have what is at the very least the closest thing to an official, canon name for Persona 5's MC. It's worth keeping in mind that as soon as we've had movie, anime or game-based spin-offs in the past that the character name from the manga has been dethroned in the past, but it's the best we have for now.

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Or you could follow the lead of the Persona experts over at Giant Bomb - they called their protag Larry Bird Jr. Which is pretty good, to be honest.

If you want a bit of a relevant, classic name you could go for Jirokichi Nakamura, an infamous Japanese thief, or Ishikawa Goemon, who is sort of like the Japanese Robin Hood, a gentleman thief.

Whatever you call your main character, Persona 5 is amazing. We awarded it a 10/10 in our review.


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