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Makoto Niijima

P5 Makoto Nijima

P5 Makoto Nijima, Phantom Thief

Also known as Queen (Code Name)
Dignified Female Student
Japanese Name 新島 真, クイーン
Romaji Niijima Makoto, Kuīn
First Appearance Persona 5
Affiliation Phantom Thieves of Hearts
Date of Birth April 23
Age 17
Zodiac Taurus
Height 164 cm (5'5")
Blood Type A
Melee Weapon Tekko
Ranged Weapon Revolvers
Arcana The Priestess
Persona Johanna, Anat
Japanese VA Rina Satō
English VA Cherami Leigh
"I can feel it... Myself... Me!"
—Makoto Niijima, Persona 5

Makoto Niijima is a playable character in Persona 5.

AppearancesEdit

DesignEdit

Makoto has brown hair in a bob cut with blunt bangs and a braided headband. Her eyes are abnormal as they have been depicted as red, although her eye color in her portraits can be interpreted as a reddish-brown.

She wears her school's uniform without the standard blazer. Instead, she wears a black halter vest over a long sleeve white shirt with a turtleneck. She wears a black and red pleated plaid skirt. She has black tights and brown ankle boots.

Her burglar outfit consists of a skintight black leather suit that is worn with a long black scarf, shoulder and knee pads with spikes, white gloves, and wears an iron mask.

PersonalityEdit

"You filthy fly on dirty money... Get the hell out of my face!"
—Makoto Niijima to Junya Kaneshiro, Persona 5

Makoto is a perfectionist that has a strong sense of responsibility and would not yield to reality. Like her previous Priestess counterparts, Makoto is intelligent, honest and very hardworking. In truth, she is a very compassionate and understanding young lady who works hard to make sure everyone is accounted for.

Makoto suffers from an inferiority complex as she feels that her older sister, Sae Niijima, is a much more remarkable person than she is. The pressure put on her by the Principal of Shujin Academy to find the Phantom Thieves as well as her older sister who accidentally blurts out that she is a burden causes Makoto to devalue herself even more, especially when she cannot produce the results they are looking for. As a result, she became reckless with no regards to her safety and to the Phantom Thieves all in the attempt to show that she is useful and dependable. Thanks to her time as a Phantom Thief, Makoto develops stronger self-confidence.

Makoto with the P5 Protagonist

Makoto frightened by a "ghost".

Despite her immensely serious and mature nature, she does have her hidden, humorous elements, such as being frightened hearing ghost stories. When the Thieves introduce themselves properly to Futaba Sakura, Makoto grows increasingly nervous given how Futaba enjoys keeping her house dark and quiet and reminding Makoto of a horror movie-not to mention that, due to Futaba's own astraphobia, the thunderstorm outside broke said silence with a scream. When Futaba suddenly appears and shrieks in surprise, Makoto panics and hugs the protagonist's leg, gibbering and begging for Sae to save her until she realizes Futaba isn't a ghost. Futaba herself finds this hilarious upon realizing how stoic Makoto is normally, and repeatedly teases her about her phobia of horror movies throughout the game. She also possesses excellent driving skills.

As quickly discovered when she becomes a Phantom Thief, Makoto has a great deal of suppressed anger which leaks out during her fights, unleashing a very brutal method of fighting.

Profile Edit

Persona 5Edit

The younger sister of Sae Niijima. After the death of her father in the line of duty, Makoto is deeply apologetic that her elder sister has to shoulder the burden of supporting the whole family on her own. Makoto studies really hard so that she can enter a top notch university and relieve Sae's burden once she graduates.

Now a third-year honor student and the president of the student council in Shujin Academy, she is asked by the principal to investigate the possibility that the Phantom Thieves are students from their school after their volleyball coach, Suguru Kamoshida's confession and arrest. She accepts the request and is quick to deduce that the protagonist and the others are the Phantom Thieves and starts to approach them. Ann Takamaki, in particular, does not like her presence due to a rumor that says Makoto was aware of Kamoshida's true nature but kept quiet about it like everyone else to maintain a paragon image before the faculties and receive recommendation for her own benefit, a thought that Ann bitterly tells to Makoto, which disturbs her.

She begins to tail them for a while until she finally gets the proof of them being the Phantom Thieves by recording Ryuji Sakamoto's declaration regarding their side business. However, she decides not to give this proof to the principal and instead demands the Phantom Thieves to prove their justice by reforming an unknown mafia boss who has been extorting many students around Shibuya including those go to Shujin Academy. If they can complete the task, she will not expose their identities to anyone. Deep down, Makoto actually approves of the thieves and believes her father would think the same way. This belief annoys Sae and she blurts out that Makoto is a burden to her during a heated debate.

Makoto checks on the group as they have trouble reaching the center of mafia boss Junya Kaneshiro's Palace. Ann, Ryuji, and Yusuke point out how useless she is for not doing anything that can help them but rely on the hard works of somebody else, something that greatly upsets Makoto after being told the same thing before by her sister and remembers Goro Akechi's words about her being a pushover. To prove her worth, Makoto purposely acts as bait into the mafia so that the gang can follow behind. Once there, Kaneshiro takes photos of the group being merely present in his adult-exclusive nightclub for blackmail material. He demands 3 million yen within 3 weeks for the photos which will ruin their reputations if leaked.

Makoto apologizes for her rash action and explains how this folly could ruin Sae's effort in raising her. She tries to think of a way to pay Kaneshiro, but Morgana suggests to make her an ally by bringing her along to Kaneshiro's Palace because she is now the "special customer" to Kaneshiro's extortion business. Entering the metaverse, a passageway is opened to allow the thieves and Makoto to access Kaneshiro's "floating bank". Makoto is confronted by Shadow Kaneshiro who taunts her by revealing his plan to extort her sister. Angered and disgusted by Kaneshiro, Makoto awakens her Persona power and decides to join the Phantom Thieves. After changing Kaneshiro's heart, she receives a call from Kaneshiro who tells her he has deleted the photos and is going to turn himself in, relieving Makoto and the others. She then reports to the principal that she concludes her investigation of the Phantom Thieves by simply telling him that the Phantom Thieves are justice and she does not have any proof that the Thieves are in their school, much to the principal's dismay. She even declines his recommendation letter for university when the principal persuades her once more.

Upon showing her support for the Phantom Thieves, Makoto accepts Ann's apology for wrongly accusing her previously. Makoto asks if she can address Ann directly by her given name and without honorific, to which Ann happily agrees. Makoto also begins to act as a vice leader of the Phantom Thieves by proposing direction and trouble solution for the gang. She goes so far that she installs a spyware written by Futaba Sakura in Sae's Laptop so the gang can learn the investigation progress of the Prosecutors Office.

After the Thieves come under suspicion, Makoto proposes reaching out to Goro in order to gain information, only to find that Goro has realized all of their identities. Goro says that he will release the photos of the Thieves exiting the palace to the police unless they work with him to find the true culprits behind Kunikazu and the principal's death, but the first step involves stealing Sae's heart before the investigation finds (or plants) incriminating evidence on the Thieves. Makoto admits that she has known for a while that her sister has a Palace, but had hoped to change Sae's heart through other means.

While progressing through the palace, Makoto is shocked to realize the depths of her sister's bitterness and cynicism, particularly her Shadow's belief that trials are nothing more than games to be won by any means necessary. Makoto nearly has a breakdown upon facing her sister's Shadow, but is able to defeat her before convincing her to change herself without stealing her Treasure.

If the player cannot complete Kaneshiro's Palace in time, the police comes to arrest the protagonist, claiming they have found a drugged and brutalized schoolgirl in one of Kaneshiro's nightclubs deliriously muttering his name. This scenario is a false recollection made by the protagonist during Sae's interrogation due to his mind being addled by drugs he was forcefully administered by the police. Sae proceeds to leave the room to give the protagonist time to recover, at which point Akechi takes the opportunity to assassinate him.

ConfidantEdit

"There must've been people who obstructed your actions as the Phantom Thieves. You managed to overcome them because you had someone who specialized in analyzing enemies... ...Isn't that right!?"
—Sae Niijima talking about Makoto Niijima, Persona 5

Makoto's Confidant can be unlocked on June 24th after you have finished Kaneshiro's Palace. Maxing this Confidant makes Johanna evolve into Anat and unlocks the fusion of Cybele.

The item received by maxing Makoto's Confidant is "Buchi Calculator", which can analyze Shadows.

RankAbilityDescription
1Shadow CalculusAllows you to see skills and potential item drops on the analysis screen.
2Baton PassAllows you to pass your turn over to other Baton Pass users after a 1 More.
3Brainiac TalkChance to step in after Shadow negotiation fails, allowing a retry.
4 Follow UpChance to perform a follow-up attack if Joker's attack does not down the enemy.
6Harisen RecoveryChance to cure status ailments inflicted upon party members.
7Shadow FactorizationAllows you to see Null, Repel, and Drain when highlighting a target in a battle.
8EndureChance to withstand an otherwise fatal attack with 1 HP remaining.
9ProtectChance to shield Joker from an otherwise fatal attack.
10Second AwakeningTransforms her Persona into a mythological trickster.

GalleryEdit

Persona 5
 
Makoto-cutin
Makoto's Close Up.
 
Makoto Text Icon
Makoto's text icon.
 
MakotoNorm
Concept art.
 
MakotoConceptArt1
Concept art.
 
MakotoConceptArt2
Concept art.
 
MakotoNoir
Queen concept art.
 
P5 cinematic expressions of Makoto Niijima
Cinematic expressions concept artwork.
 
PERSONA5 package visual
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
 
PERSONA5 20th Anniversary package visual of the ''Phantom Thieves of Hearts''
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
 
Phantom Thieves of Heart Group 2 P5
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
 
Persona 5 Official Design Work key visual by Shigenori Soejima
Illustration of Makoto and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
 
Makoto theme
Theme.
 
Makoto-valentine-card
Makoto's Valentine card.
 
Makoto All Out
All-Out Attack portrait.
 
Makoto
All-Out Attack finishing touch.
 
Makoto's Finishing Touch
All-Out Attack finishing touch.
 
MakotoPissed
Makoto furious.
 
P5 Noir's school uniform
Makoto having a headache in her school uniform.
 
MakotoMask
Makoto removing her mask.
 
P5 Medieval Girl in her school clothes
Makoto removing her mask.
 
MakotoBlood
Blood on Makoto's face.
 
P5 Medieval Girl without her mask
Makoto without her mask.
 
P5 side view of Noir's Persona
Side view of Makoto using her motorcycle Persona.
 
P5 Noir riding on her motorcycle Persona
Makoto and her Persona Johanna.
 
P5 Noir drifting with her Persona
Makoto drifting with her Persona Johanna.
 
P5 Medieval girl's face close up
Makoto's iron mask.
 
P5 Medieval Girl's burglar outfit
Makoto in her thief uniform.
 
P5 Makoto talking to one of the teachers
Makoto inside of the administration office talking to a teacher.
 
Makoto wheel
Makoto taking the wheel.
 
Futaba Makoto
Futaba and Makoto.
 
Harem
Makoto after Valentine's Day.
 
MakotoPhone
Makoto image.
 
MakotoCredits
Makoto in the credits.
Persona 5 Portraits
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Nijima
Makoto Niijima's portrait
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Angry
Makoto angry
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Nijima's phantom thief outift
Makoto's Queen outfit
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Nijima's phantom thief outift without mask
Makoto's Queen outfit without mask
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Nijima's summer school uniform
Makoto's summer school uniform
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Nijima's gym uniform
Makoto's gym uniform
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Nijima's summer attire
Makoto's summer attire
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Nijima's winter attire
Makoto's winter attire
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Nijima's swimsuit
Makoto's swimsuit
 
P5 portrait of Makoto Nijima's yukata
Makoto's yukata
 
P5 animated expression of Makoto Niijima 01
 
Makoto Happy Cut-in
Makoto happy cut-in
 
Makoto Winking Cut-in
Makoto winking cut-in
 
Makoto Sad Cut-in
Makoto sad cut-in
 
Makoto Angry Cut-in
Makoto serious cut-in
 
Makoto Angry Cut-in 2
Makoto angry cut-in
 
Makoto Harmed Cut-in
Makoto harmed cut-in
Persona 5 Costumes
 
Makoto-Winter-School
Shujin Winter School Uniform
 
Makoto-Winter-Clothes
Winter Casual Wear
 
Makoto-Summer-Clothes
Summer Casual Wear
 
Makoto-Summer-School
Shujin Summer School Uniform
 
Makoto-P3-Costume
Gekkoukan High School Uniform (DLC)
 
Makoto-P4-Costume
Yasogami High School Uniform (DLC)
 
Makoto-P2-Costume
Seven Sisters High School Uniform (DLC)
 
Makoto-P1-Costume
St. Hermelin High School Uniform (DLC)
 
Makoto-SMT-if...-Costume
Karukozaka High School Uniform (DLC)
 
Makoto-P4D-Costume
Persona 4 Dancing All Night Costume (DLC)
 
Makoto-P4AU-Costume
Shadow Operation Outfit (DLC)
 
Makoto-SMT-IV-Costume
Shin Megami Tensei IV Costume (DLC)
 
Makoto-Swimsuit
Swimsuit (DLC)
 
Makoto-Raidou-Costume
Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha Costume (DLC)
 
Makoto-Catherine-Costume
Catherine Costume (DLC)
 
Makoto-Maid-Costume
Maid Uniform (DLC)
 
Makoto-Christmas
Christmas Costume (DLC)
Tribute Artworks
 
P5 Illustration of the main characters by Akaume (PQ Roundbout illustrator)
Illustration of Makoto and her allies by Akaume (PQ Roundabout author)
PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival
 
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, P5, 01

Trivia Edit

  • Makoto's Personas specialize in Nuclear skills that have not appeared in the franchise since Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, even though the element has a different role in terms of battle mechanics, which is for inflicting Technical damage beyond exploiting an enemy's weakness.
  • Queen is given the role of "Phantom Thieves' Advisor" (怪盗団の作戦参謀, Kaitō-dan no sakusen sanbō)? for her wisdom.
  • Makoto is the only party member to have two summoning poses. The first is when she has Johanna, where she "rides" her Persona, while her second is with Anat, which unlike Johanna has a humanoid form.
  • As you progress in her Confidant, Makoto will steadily start helping the current navigator during battle. When analyzing the enemy, Makoto is the one who gives advice on the enemies weakness. Sometimes, she will take Morgana's or Futaba's place in the corner of the screen to give advice at the beginning of a turn. This makes her the first active battle character that shares the navigation job with an actual navigator.
  • The kanji (真) in Makoto's name means "truth" referencing she would not yield to reality.
  • Her summer uniform's collar has the letter B and J. This is a reference to the pillars in the Priestess Arcana's card which also have those letters, and was also on the breasts of the boss in Persona 3.
  • Ryuji and Haru both nickname Makoto "Post-Apocalyptic Raider" (世紀末覇者, Seikimatsu Hasha)? the first time they see her burglar outfit and Persona, a reference of Raoh's title from the Fist of the North Star series. Makoto and Raoh both are specialized in fist fighting and use a mount.
  • At 164 cm, Makoto is the same height as Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4, who also represents the Priestess Arcana.
  • Makoto and Tatsuya Suou from Persona 2 share some similarities.
    • Both of them have older siblings that work in within the police force, Katsuya is a police officer and Sae is a prosecutor, and have strained relationships with them.
    • Both are well versed in riding motorcycles and are strongly associated with them.
    • Both had fathers in the police force, Makoto's was killed in the line of duty while Tatsuya's was framed for a crime he didn't commit and was thrown in prison.
    • Both are third year students.
    • Both feel like they can't measure up to their seemingly better older siblings.
    • Tatsuya pushes away his brother and doesn't care what he thinks while Makoto wants to please her sister and live up to Sae's expectations.
    • Makoto is a honors student while Tatsuya often skips his classes.
  • She can be met before her introduction in the Shujin Academy Library.
  • Makoto's normal attack and victory animations are reminiscent of the Persona 3 protagonist when he's equipped with glove weapons.
  • Makoto can dress as Katherine from Catherine.

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