Artificial Persona Users are Persona Users whose Persona has been pulled out by force, breaking the rules of obtaining it naturally. If measures are not taken to control the erratic Persona, they will attack and possess the host, causing them to transform into Demons or Shadows.
Persona 2: Eternal PunishmentEdit
If the player takes Nanjo's route in Eternal Punishment there will be a document of research material written by Takahisa Kandori on how to separate a Joker from its user, as well as how to artificially create Persona Users using the former as a basis. Having one's Persona artificially awakened may case severe side-effects.
In Tatsuya's Scenario in the remake of Eternal Punishment, Shiori Miyashiro was turned into a Joker and is captured by the NWO alongside other infected civilians. The NWO attempted experiments on her that involve giving a human a Persona, which results in her body being possessed by the demon Wendigo.
The members of Strega are Artificial Persona Users created by the Kirijo Group. They were picked up off the street along with other variety of kids and were used as fodder for the corporation's experiments. Because their Personas were not awakened naturally, they must take suppressants supplied by Shuji Ikutsuki. The drugs keep their Personas from killing them, but have lethal side-effects.