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The Lovers Arcana (恋愛?, or 恋人?) is a recurring Arcana in the Persona series.

OverviewEdit

"The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
There is both joy and wonder in coming to understand another...
"
—Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

In tarot readings, the Lovers Arcana initially represented two paths life could lead to, and thus a symbol of standing at a crossroad and needing to make a decision. Today, however, it is portrayed more of a symbol of love and romantic relationships, although it can also be a symbol of finding agreement with an ordinary friend or even two conflicting elements within.

This can explain that the designs of the card in the Persona series are centered around a male and female character, though the original card shows a man who must choose between one mature and serious woman and a young and beautiful woman, with Cupid above his head preparing to shoot a single arrow. This drawing is more representative of the idea of hesitation and decision between the "right" way and the "easy" way.

Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Lovers Arcana are commonly associated with Support-Healing attributes; these Personas are usually fairies or important figures in history or mythology that were known as the wife (or husband) of another figure. Though in some cases, they are beings associated with union of two people, or in a more general term, deities/beings that are associated with love and/or union.

A commonality among individuals of the Lovers Arcana is their popularity, cheerfulness, and their emphasis on social interaction. Lovers characters are almost always the "popular" ones, if not, then they are the "spirited" ones and almost always have a canon romantic interest in the protagonist.

AppearancesEdit

List of PersonasEdit

Megami Ibunroku PersonaEdit

The player can guarantee a fusion accident resulting in a Lovers Arcana persona by starting from a "hard reset" (as in, not already mid-game and loading a save or selecting "Return to Title") and performing a White Fusion after taking exactly 275 steps in an area where no enemies will attack, such as the Mikage Sun Mall.

Persona Level
PSP Revelations
Pixie Pixie 5
Jack Frost Jack Frost 10
Pyro Jack Jack O' 20

Persona 2Edit

Innocent SinEdit

The Lovers Tarot is the arcana of the playable character Lisa Silverman, as well as her initial Persona, Eros. Lisa can both obtain Eros Prime if certain requirements are fulfilled, and her ultimate Persona, Venus, if the player collects the Pink Argus Mask.

Persona Level
Eros 1 (Initial Persona of Lisa Silverman)
Pixie 2
Robin Goodfellow 11
Jack Frost 18
Pyro Jack 26
Eros Prime 32 (Prime Persona of Lisa Silverman)
Vivian 42
Venus 57 (Ultimate Persona of Lisa Silverman)

Eternal PunishmentEdit

Persona Level
Pixie 2
Robin Goodfellow 12
Jack Frost 16
Pyro Jack 26
Vivian 42
Alice * 80

Persona 3Edit

The Lovers Arcana Social Link is represented by Yukari Takeba, a member of SEES and the classmate of the Protagonist. The Social Link can be initiated after July 23rd, furthermore, the Protagonist must have his Charm status maxed out before creating the Lovers Arcana social link with Yukari. The Lovers Arcana powers up every time the Protagonist interacts with Yukari, where he helps her mend her relationship with her mother and cope with her father's death.

Completing the Lovers Social Link allows Yukari to start accepting her mother and fall in love with the Protagonist. Yukari would then grant the Protagonist her Cellphone-strap, bestowing the Ultimate form of the Lovers Arcana, "the Earth Mother," Cybele.

Persona Level
Io Initial Persona of Yukari Takeba
Isis Ultimate Persona of Yukari Takeba
Pixie 2
Narcissus 20
Queen Mab 27
Saki Mitama 39
Titania 50
Raphael 61
Cybele 68

FES / PortableEdit

The Lovers Arcana remains relatively the same as Persona 3, however, an exclusive Persona, Alp was added in the Lovers Arcana repertoire.

Persona Level
Io Initial Persona of Yukari Takeba
Isis Ultimate Persona of Yukari Takeba
Pixie 2
Alp 6
Narcissus 20
Queen Mab 27
Saki Mitama 39
Titania 50
Raphael 61
Cybele 68

Persona 4Edit

The Lovers Arcana is represented by Rise Kujikawa, a teen-idol enrolling in Yasogami High School and a member of the Investigation Team. After rescuing Rise from the Midnight Channel, Rise took an apparent liking to the Protagonist, but does not create any Social Link until July 23rd, the day after their first-term examinations.

As mentioned above, the Lovers Arcana Social Link is automatically initiated during the storyline, where the Investigation Team meets up in the Junes Food Court after the examination. There, Rise expresses her interest in the Protagonist, and requests the Protagonist takes her to "cool places" around Yasoinaba, since she, as an idol felt awkward to visit Yasoinaba alone.

Through the Protagonist's interaction with Rise, Rise reveals her conflicted urge of returning to showbiz, in which the Protagonist helps her to understand her true desires. By the end of the Social Link, Rise realizes that "Risette" isn't a fabricated personality, but one of her many traits. Upon her realization, Rise exclaims that she would return to showbiz, hoping to show the world her other traits other than Risette. With Rise finally finding her resolution, her Persona transmogrifies into Kanzeon. Rise would also grant the Protagonist her signed photo, bestowing the Ultimate Form of the Lovers Arcana, Ishtar, the Goddess of Love.

Persona Level
Himiko Initial Persona of Rise Kujikawa
Kanzeon Ultimate Persona of Rise Kujikawa
Queen Mab 25
Undine 33
Leanan Sidhe 42
Raphael 53
Cybele 64
Ishtar 71


Persona 4 ArenaEdit

The Lovers Arcana is represented by Rise Kujikawa, and Yukari Takeba with her Persona Isis.

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Persona Level
Io Yukari Takeba's Initial Persona
Isis Yukari Takeba's Ultimate Persona
Himiko Rise Kujikawa's Initial Persona
Kanzeon Rise Kujikawa's Ultimate Persona
Pixie 2
Alp 9
Moh Shuvuu 17
Queen Mab 24
Leanan Sidhe 35
Raphael 48
Cybele 58
Ishtar 68

Persona 5Edit

The Lovers Arcana is represented by the Cooperation with Anne Takamaki.

List of DemonsEdit

Persona 2Edit

Innocent SinEdit

Persona Level
Pixie 2
Puck 6
Robin Goodfellow 11
Jack Frost 18
Pyro Jack 26
Satyr 36
Alice 80

Eternal PunishmentEdit

Persona Level
Pixie 2
Puck 6
Robin Goodfellow 11
Jack Frost 18
Jack O' Lantern 26
Satyrus 36
Alice 80
Dark Alice 81

Card DesignsEdit

 
Lovers IS
Persona 2
 
Lovers
Persona 3 FES
 
P5 Lover arcana cooperation
Persona 5


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