|Also known as||Crow (Code Name)|
Second Advent of the Detective Prince
The Charismatic Detective
|Japanese Name||明智 吾郎, クロウ, 探偵王子の再来|
|Romaji||Akechi Gorō, Kurō, Tantei ōji no sairai|
|First Appearance||Persona 5|
|Affiliation||Phantom Thieves of Hearts|
|Melee Weapon||Laser Sabers, Serrated Swords|
|Ranged Weapon||Ray Guns, Silenced Pistols|
|Persona||Robin Hood, Loki|
- "Well, because I'm a psychic, of course. Haha, I'm only joking. In truth, I'm a rookie detective."
- —Goro Akechi, Persona 5
Goro Akechi is a playable character from Persona 5. He is revered as the second coming of the detective prince (the first appeared in Persona 4), and is investigating the mysterious Phantom Thieves of Hearts case sensationalizing Japan.
The Phantom Thieves eventually invite Akechi into their group, despite him claiming earlier they should be "tried in a court of law", "no one should should forcefully change someone's heart", and they are "nothing but a threat to everyone's lives".
- Persona 5: Playable Character; Justice Confidant
Akechi has shaggy chin-length brown hair with bangs and reddish-brown eyes. He wears a beige, striped black and white tie, black buttons, black trousers, and black gloves.
As Crow, Akechi wears a princely pure white royal outfit with red accents and a red, long-nosed mask. The artbook states his mask motif resembles that of a medieval western plague doctor, but in keeping with Akechi being as proud as a tengu, it's also got a long nose. His image is a combination of a noble's attire and a uniform worn by cavalry or guards of honor. As with his Robin Hood persona, it's meant to give the feeling of putting on the air of a champion of justice, with nothing to do with being a phantom thief, robber or burglar of any sort, invoking the image of being at the front of a stage to contrast the protagonist's image of being more of a backstage actor.
Once he reveals his true intentions, Akechi swaps his princely garb for a body-covering, black and purple striped outfit. In this form, he has several black belts strapped around his legs and arms. He also wears a dark enclosed knight helmet, similar to European armor, with a deep crimson visor resembling a sharp beak. Much like with Loki's design, it is meant to give a chaotic feeling and invoke the question "what's the real you?"
Akechi is a high school student who conducts a detective business. His abilities as a detective have been widely acclaimed, since he not only has solved numerous cases, but is also able to deal with people from the investigation agency smoothly. His handsome features draw him public attention, and people comment on him as “The Second Advent of Detective Prince.”
Behind this popularity, he is actually quite lonely and yearns to be loved. He was abandoned by his father, subsequently lost his mother to suicide, and never had any real friends. This combined with being passed around in the foster care system as an orphan has resulted in a far more jaded worldview than Akechi initially lets on. He has a desperate desire for fame, affection, and attention, which he is forthright about being the primary drive for his actions as a detective. However, the public only supports him as long as he upholds the pretense of being a charismatic idol detective, and his fans are quick to turn on him if he makes mistakes, such was when the Phantom Thieves quickly garner support from the public after their successful heist of stealing Kaneshiro's heart, and their triumph over Medjed.
His loneliness eventually pushes him to do anything his father tells him in order to earn his acceptance. However, Akechi secretly resents his father for abandoning his mother while she was still pregnant with Akechi, as he believes having a bastard child was what caused his mother to commit suicide. He's sworn revenge on his father, even going as far as soiling his own hands to reach his goal.
After meeting and joining the party, he for the first time experiences how it feels to be happy together with friends, particularly the protagonist. Akechi both admires and envies him, since no matter his social standing and how others see him, the protagonist does not let anything stop him from making his own path. This made Akechi see the protagonist as the epitome of the very thing he could never have.
Near the final act of the game, his obsession to get revenge on his father and desire to be the hero of his own story overshadows his true feelings for the protagonist and the party. Before fighting the phantom thieves, Akechi reveals his plans for revenge and dismisses the concept of friends and true justice, claiming they are both meaningless and sickening. He also has a narcissistic element to his personality, wishing for others to see him a hero and those who oppose him as the villains.
The official Persona 5 Artbook reveals that Akechi lives alone in a city apartment. His main skill is reasoning, and he has a habit of getting lost in thought during conversations. His hobbies include cycling (specifically, with a hybrid bicycle for easy turning in Tokyo), bouldering, and playing fashionable games like darts. His guidebook profile also states that Akechi always makes sure to try out the latest popular dishes in order to use food as a conversation piece. Waiting in long lines for this doesn't bother him. He uses his cycling hobby to ride around town, gathering stories to utilize in conversation with adults. Since he spends a lot of time with adults, he has a reputation among Tokyo’s famous hidden stores and high class restaurants, although in truth he has little interest in the food’s flavor.
Akechi is the illegitimate son of Masayoshi Shido, the same man responsible for the protagonist's probation period. He initially became a detective in order to receive praise from his father, due to the years of neglect Shido showed him. His mother, who was Shido's lover, was shamed by others after giving birth to Akechi, to the point where she committed suicide. When Akechi found out about this, he grew to hate his father and swore revenge. Before the start of the game, he found his chance to get revenge after discovering The Palace and was granted the Wild Card ability; an ability that enables Persona User to wield multiple personas. Yaldabaoth chose Akechi and subsequently the protagonist to participate in a thought experiment, a game, which then sets the stage for all the events that play out. Using his newfound power, Akechi assists in his father's goal to become prime minister of Japan, with the ulterior motive of gaining his trust and then manipulating his father once Shido accepts Akechi as his secret right-hand man. Akechi admits to the Thieves that he also wants personal fame as the man who brought down Shido.
As part of his plans for revenge and fame, Akechi uses his powers to create cases to solve as a detective, which gives him a fraudulent reputation as Naoto Shirogane's inheritor. He is the one responsible for causing numerous mysterious incidents that have occurred in Shibuya, by causing havoc in the Palace in order to make certain individuals in the real world either go berserk or become an empty shell. The people he targets are also taken care of by him as lead investigator. His victims are those in Shido's way to be elected the prime minister or otherwise maneuvered to enable Shido's rise to power. Akechi is tasked with investigating these matters together with prosecutor Sae Niijima, though his attention quickly turns to the Phantom Thieves of Hearts when their activities of correcting man's hearts quickly become known to the public after Madarame's confession in Live interview.
Prior to meeting the party, Akechi has been mentioned by Shadow Madarame as the guy with the black mask, which alerts the Phantom Thieves. He first met the protagonist when he is in the process of transferring to Shujin Academy, greeting the protagonist when he overheard him talking with Ryuji Sakamoto, Ann Takamaki, and Morgana during their school trip at a TV station. He then attends a live TV show where he reveals his disdain towards the Phantom Thieves' actions as no different from brainwashing. He takes a quick interest in the protagonist after being impressed by his debate regarding the Phantom Thieves and since then the two are closely acquainted with each other. Akechi initially didn't pay so much attention to the Phantom Thieves' activities until they changed the heart of a yakuza, Junya Kaneshiro, whose Shadow reveals the existence of the black masked Persona User controlling The Palace and does not care what may happen in the real world. Since then, he joins the special team formed by the police that is dedicated to capture the Phantom Thieves.
During the Thieves' heist to steal Haru Okumura's father, Kunikazu Okumura's heart, Akechi kills Shadow Kunikazu before he can reveal anything about him, causing the real Kunikazu to die as well in the real world. At this heist as well, he photographs the Phantom Thieves when they returned from the Palace back to the real world. Having already possessed the proof of the identities of the Phantom Thieves, Akechi decides to get close to them by purposely stating in TV news there's a possibility that Kunikazu's death is not their fault, leading Makoto to suggest contacting and making Akechi their ally since he has connections with the police and may give them necessary information. Furthermore, Makoto can no longer get any information from her sister because Sae has became more careful than before after discovering someone has hacked into her computer.
After receiving contact from Makoto, he attends their school festival and announces to the whole school that he knows the Thieves' identities, alerting the party. However, he doesn't reveal their identities and instead tells Makoto and the others that he wants to talk with them before continuing the show. Talking privately, he shows the party the photos he has taken and feigns that he had discovered the other world only a month ago. He continues to claim that he believes they are not the ones who killed Kunikazu, claiming he knows the identity of the true culprit and shows them a picture of a figure in a dark mark. Akechi claims was attacked by him which led to his awakening as a Persona User. He then asks to be allowed to join them so that he can catch the real culprit and clear the Phantom Thieves' name, using the earlier photos and conversation as a blackmail should they refuse.
When the party agrees to his request, Akechi reveals that Sae has a Palace and suggests they take Sae's heart to remove her from the investigation of the Phantom Thieves. During the climax of their heist at the Niijima's Palace, Akechi leaks their plans to the police, thus leading to the protagonist's eventual arrest. Shortly after Sae's interrogation with the protagonist, he visits the protagonist in the interrogation room, shooting the guard tasked with protecting him and subsequently the protagonist. His plan is either successful or foiled depending on the player's responses to Sae's interrogation after his long reminiscence.
In the good ending route, the protagonist and Morgana find out that he is the traitor after hearing Akechi mention pancakes after accidentally overhearing Morgana talk about a place that was shaped like a pancake on his first meeting with the protagonist. Since only Persona Users can understand Morgana's words, this means that Akechi has already awakened his Persona power before he met the party and was lying about him awakening to his power after Kunikazu was killed. Akechi receives orders from Shido to take care of their next obstacles earlier than they should be, which initially confused Akechi but he immediately realizes that the protagonist is still alive. He confronts the party in the engine room of Shido's Palace, where he reveals that he plans to snatch Shido's victory away at the last minute by revealing the fact that he is Shido's illegitimate son and his father's crimes, which would destroy Shido's credibility and cause people to lose faith in society, clamoring for a new and better system of government.
Before fighting, Akechi also reveals that he not only has the same ability to summon multiple Personas like the protagonist, he also has the ability to make Shadows go berserk, an ability he also used on several of his previous victims. At his first defeat, the party tries to convince him to join forces with them, but Akechi is insistent as he lashes out his jealousy to the Protagonist and his friends who have everything that he doesn't have. Deciding to get serious, he unleashes his full power, revealing his true form as the black masked Persona User mentioned by Madarame and Kaneshiro.
After his defeat, Akechi laments for being unable to become someone special, but to his shock, the protagonist and the others point out how he is already special in their eyes and even offer him to rejoin them. Before Akechi can reply, "Cognitive Akechi" appears, the manifestation of how Shido views him: an obedient puppet. As his cognitive self taunts his wish for wanting to be accepted and loved and told him that Shido was planning rid of him, Akechi realizes that he has been used by Shido the whole time. His cognitive self gives Akechi one last chance to kill the Phantom Thieves. But instead of shooting them, Akechi shoots his cognitive self and then shoots the switch on the wall, closing the barrier between himself and the party so that the party can proceed. He and his cognitive self then point their guns towards each other. From the other side of the wall, the party hears the true Akechi's wish to right his father's heart and two gunshots. Afterwards, Akechi's fate is unknown, with Futaba failing to sense his presence after the shooting and Sae reporting him missing. This may heavily imply that Akechi died along with his cognitive self.
Shido is very insecure of the exposure of his disgraceful relationship with Akechi. In one case he condemns Akechi for calling out his name in the phone. When the party confronts Shadow Shido after Akechi's apparent death, he confesses that he would eliminate Akechi should he be elected prime minister because Akechi knows too much about him and Akechi's birth is a taint of his political power.
If the player fails to finish any of the previous Palaces in time, Akechi enters the interrogation room and assassinates the protagonist after Sae leaves the room.
If the player fails to finish Shido's Palace in time, Akechi arrives with the police to arrest the protagonist for murdering a guard and deceiving Akechi with an illusion. Akechi declares that "This game is over.", and the screen returns to the regular Game Over screen, prompting the player to go back from one week.
- "I can't believe you evade the police's network until today... The only logical explanation is that someone in the police has ties to the Phantom Thieves... Explain yourself!"
- —Sae Niijima talking about Goro Akechi, Persona 5
Akechi's Confidant is automatically established on the 10th of June. This Confidant progresses along with the story, and can only progress past Rank 7 if the player answers Sae's questions correctly during the interrogation in November. Because Akechi's stay in the party is only temporary, his battle abilities are all activated when he joins the party. Maxing this Confidant unlocks the fusion of Metatron.
|6||October 29th||Baton Pass||Allows you to pass your turn over to other Baton Pass users after a 1 More.|
|Follow Up||Chance to perform a follow-up attack if Joker's attack does not down the enemy.|
|Detective Talk||Chance to step in after Shadow negotiation fails, allowing a retry.|
|Harisen Recovery||Chance to cure status ailments inflicted upon party members.|
|7||November 19th - After clearing Niijima's Palace||-||-|
|8||November 20th - After answering Sae's questions correctly||-||-|
|9||Encounter Akechi in Shido's Palace||-||-|
Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers Edit
- "Well, if there really are thieves like them out there, I believe they should be brought to justice in a court of law. Twisting other people's hearts by force... That's the worst thing any human could do."
- —Goro Akechi, Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
Akechi makes an appearance on TV, where he is asked his opinion on the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. His response is that whether or not they truly exist, they are criminals who should be brought to justice; he goes on to denounce their actions, and believes that forcing people to change what's in their hearts is wrong.
He is later present at the arrest of Kazuya Makigami and his gang, noticing the protagonist when Kazuya saw him.
To be written.
Battle Quotes Edit
- "Robin Hood!" (Using Persona Skill)
- "Now, Robin!" (Using Persona Skill)
- "My skills exceeds yours!" (Selecting Persona Skill)
- "Taste my wrath!" (Selecting Persona Skill)
- "Persona!" (Selecting Persona Skill)
- "It doesn't die!" (Akechi's attack or Skill doesn't defeat the enemy)
- "Very clever..." (Akechi misses or Skill fails to inflict damage)
- "Someone cover me!" (Akechi misses)
- "Saw that." (Akechi dodges)
- "Too slow!" (Akechi dodges)
- "It's the last one!" (Akechi reduces the enemies to one)
- "You need my help?" (Initiating Follow-Up)
- "Understood. Moving in!" (Follow-Up Attack)
- "We're still fighting!" (Using Harisen Recovery on an ally)
- "I'll use this!" (Using an Item)
- "There." (Giving Baton Pass)
- "I'll do my best!" (Receiving Baton Pass)
- "Roger." (Receiving Baton Pass)
- "This can't be..." (Incapacitated)
- "Lucky hit..." (Incapacitated)
- "That takes care of that. Let's move!" (Battle results)
- "Checkmate." (Initiating Hold-Up)
- "Freeze!" (Initiating Hold-Up)
- "It'll be a massacre!" (Initating All-out Attack)
- "This is what I was waiting for!" (Initiating All-out Attack)
- 'Let's scatter!" (Initating All-out Attack)
- "Learned your lesson?" (All-out Attack finishing touch)
- "Stay out of our way." (All-out Attack finishing touch)
- "That's the taste of defeat!" (All-out Attack finishing touch)
- "Time to go, withdraw!" (Escaping from battle)
Boss Battle 1Edit
- "Kill them...Persona!"
- "Take them down...Robin Hood!" (Using Megaton Raid)
- "Perrrsonaaa!" (Using Charge)
- "Damn you..." (Taking damage)
Boss Battle 2Edit
- "Descend, Loki!"
- "I'm not letting you off!"
- "Take them down Loki!" (Using Deathbound)
- "Eat this!" (Using Brave Blade)
- "Die." (Using Eigaon)
- "Incinerate!" (Using Maragion)
- "Go to Hell!" (Using Megidolaon)
- "Whaaat!?" (Akechi's Skill misses)
- "Grr..." (Akechi's Skill misses)
- "The hell was that?" (Taking damage)
- "Too slow!" (Dodges attack)
- "Uaaaaaggggghh!" (Defeated)
Akechi's Cut-in (Black Mask).
Akechi's text icon.
Akechi and the protagonist for Persona 5 Premium Event.
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Illustration of Goro Akechi and the protagonist by Rokuro Saito.
Illustration of Akechi and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
All-Out Attack portrait.
All-Out Attack finishing touch.
All-Out Attack finishing touch.
Goro Akechi and Sae Niijima.
Akechi after transforming into the 'Black Mask'.
Akechi as the Black Mask (Model).
Akechi swipes a policeman's gun and kills him.
Akechi staring at the dead policeman.
Akechi smiling after killing the policeman.
Akechi looking down at the protagonist.
Akechi kills the protagonist.
|Persona 5 Portraits|
Goro Akechi's portrait
Akechi's summer school uniform
Akechi's casual attire
Akechi's Crow outfit
Akechi smiling (Crow outfit)
Akechi's Crow outfit (No mask)
Akechi's intimidating stare
Akechi staring (Crow outfit)
Akechi smirking (Crow outfit)
Akechi staring (Black Mask)
Cognitive Akechi smiling
Cognitive Akechi angry
Akechi winking cut-in
Akechi winking cut-in
|Persona 5 Costumes|
Winter Casual Wear
Summer School Uniform
Gekkoukan High School Uniform (DLC)
Yasogami High School Uniform (DLC)
Kasugayama High School Uniform (DLC)
St. Hermelin High School Uniform (DLC)
Karukozaka High School Uniform (DLC)
Persona 4 Dancing All Night Costume (DLC)
Shadow Operation Outfit (DLC)
Shin Megami Tensei IV Costume (DLC)
Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha Costume (DLC)
Catherine Costume (DLC)
Butler Uniform (DLC)
Christmas Costume (DLC)
Illustration of the protagonist and Goro Akechi by Teita (Norn9 illustrator)
|PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival|
"Go" (吾) of Gorō is the archaic form of the first person pronoun "I" in Chinese which carries no meaning in formal Japanese language and is merely borrowed for Chinese translation or naming. Akechi (明智) literally means "wisdom" in Chinese, the same meaning in Japanese would be "kenmei" (賢明).
- Goro Akechi is referenced to the name (明智 小五郎), a fictional private detective created by Japanese mystery writer (a pseudonym for Tarō Hirai) from the story "The Case of the Murder on D. Hill" in January 1925 and continued to appear in stories for a quarter of a century. Edogawa Rampo is considered the father of the Japanese detective story and was a great admirer of Sir . Akechi is the first recurring detective character in Japanese fiction and is clearly inspired by Doyle’s .
- His name may also be a reference to , a retainer of the notorious daimyo and conqueror Oda Nobunaga who rebelled against him for reasons that are often interpreted as either disgust for Nobunaga's flaunting of bushido, the code of honor and ethics samurai were expected to follow, and/or jealousy of Nobunaga's success and fame. Both motives figure into Akechi's infiltration and later betrayal of the Thieves.
- Akechi's Close Up style when he is in the player's party is similar to those from Persona 3 and Persona 4, rather than the Persona 5 style which is only used in his second boss battle.
- After Akechi's defeat by the player, the way he atones by sacrificing himself alludes to Takahisa Kandori upon his defeat in the Undersea Ruins in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment.
- Akechi shares some similarities to Tohru Adachi from Persona 4: Both of them are detectives, they both awaken to their personas before the protagonist does, both are being manipulated by the ones who orchestrated the events of the story. However, they differ in motivation-while Adachi was motivated by boredom, spite, and jealousy of people he regarded as luckier and more talented than him, Goro is motivated by the conflicting desires to be loved and to ensure that his father is punished for his crimes, and he is shown to feel remorse for his betrayal of the Thieves after the end of his boss fight.
- While Akechi is a Wild Card just like the protagonist, unlike him, he can only use two. The data mining of the Persona status reveals that his other Persona, Loki, belongs to the Justice Arcana like Robin Hood, Akechi's signature Arcana. That means there is no indication of him being able to possess Personas of other Arcana, another defining trait of the Wild Card Persona User.
- As a Wild Card Persona user, Akechi has an interesting ability of being able to change his outfit to better match the Persona he is using. He takes advantage of this to don the regal prince outfit used while he is a party member. It's not stated whether or not the protagonist can do the same.
- Despite being a short term party member, Akechi won first place in Sega Festival 2016 fans polling for favorite party member question.
- According to an episode of Persona Stalker Club, Akechi's attaché case contains a laptop and documents about cases. The A mark means Akechi and is his own craftsmanship, because he likes to show off. And apparently, the period after the A indicates an abbreviation for "Answer".
- Many of Akechi's DLC outfits hint at his status as the traitor: he is dressed as a major antagonist for three sets (Boss from Catherine, Ideo Hazama from Shin Megami Tensei: if... and General Munakata from Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army) and as a major enemy-turned-ally for the Persona 2 set, as he's the only one wearing the Kasugayama uniform - the same worn by Jun Kurosu and Eikichi Mishina, though the latter was an early member of the party.