- "I am thou, thou art I... Alas the contract is sealed. Right. Restraining thyself doth not solve anything. With thine understanding, I shall lend thou my strength."
- —Carmen, Persona 5
Carmen (カルメン, Karumen)? is a Persona in the series.
is a fictive female gypsy created by Prosper Mérimée. She first appeared in Mérimée's eponymous novella that was first written and published in 1845. The novella was adapted into a variety of different genres, most notably the opera by French composer Georges Bizet which diverges in significant points from Mérimée's original story.
Whatever the version, Carmen is generally depicted as a classicwho would take advantage of her beauty and charm to make men fall for her but quickly break the relationship once she is bored of her wooer and then looks for the next victim. Carmen is also usually seen smoking tobacco because she had once been working in a tobacco factory.
Carmen is the Initial Persona of Ann Takamaki. She is seen wearing a panther mask and red flamenco gown with various roses attached on it. Two miniature gentlemen with heart-shaped caskets encasing their heads have their necks tied at each end of a long rose stem.
When Ann is captured in Kamoshida's Palace, bound to an X frame and almost executed by the subordinate shadows of Shadow Kamoshida, she regrets escaping Kamoshida's sexual approach in reality, which is the very cause of her only friend Shiho Suzui being targeted by Kamoshida and getting hurt. The protagonist encourages her to stop grieving and Ann is now determined to let loose of her suppressed emotion to take revenge on Kamoshida, this awakens Carmen to break free from the bondage.