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Marie

Marie portrait

P4AU Marie

PQ Marie

Also known as... Mariko Kusumi, The Antisocial Poet of the Hollow Forest (P4AU), Kusumi-no-Okami, Izanami-no-Mikoto
Japanese Name マリー
Romaji Marī
First Appearance Persona 4 Golden
Weapon Bag
Arcana Aeon
Persona Kaguya
Japanese VA Kana Hanazawa
English VA Eden Riegel
"You're going to make new memories with me, right?"
—Marie, Persona 4 Golden

Marie is a character who originates from Persona 4 Golden.

Appearances Edit

Design Edit

Marie has pale skin, chin-length brown to black hair and gray eyes (bright green in P4GA, PQ anime cutscene, and P4AU gameplay). Her face is slightly made-up, having shadowed eyes and light pink lipstick. She wears a sleeveless white shirt, a short black necktie with various safety pins and a checkered skirt along with a black belt and a fancy, golden buckle which resembles a heart with wings. Additionally, she has black-striped red protective sleeves and black-striped white stockings. Her black long, dark gray heeled boots are checkered as well. She carries a deep blue bag, adorned with golden designs and matching her officer's cap with a golden button and a V gravure, most likely as a reference to the Velvet Room.

She also wears a special red choker necklace with a lock, symbolizing a secret within Marie in which the protagonist will have to unlock to find out what it is.

As Kusumi-no-Okami, she wears a red and white attire that includes a hood. Her left eye changes color, similar to Ameno-sagiri. She seems to be barefoot. She also retains her red chocker necklace with a lock.

In the True Ending, she wears a pair of black glasses, with a black and grey stripe collar shirt and a white puffy blouse top.

Personality Edit

When Marie is first met, she seems to be a very cold and antisocial individual. She is cranky, sarcastic, irritable, very foul-mouthed and often prone to mood swings. She will not hesitate to voice out her opinion or express her thoughts, regardless of how it would make everyone feel. As the player proceeds in her Social Link, however, it becomes apparent that her "lack of emotion" is basically just her way to deal with her own shyness, insecurity and naïveté. This is also why she wants the Protagonist to show her Inaba: She wants to learn about the world and who she really is.

Marie sometimes expresses her thoughts in poems which often deal with depressing themes like farewells and existentialism, questioning her own origin. Besides this, Marie is into fashion, loves nature (another major theme in her poems) and is apparently concerned about her figure, which is why she only eats healthy food.

As the story progresses, she forms a strong bond with the Protagonist and harbors feelings for him. Their relationship is close enough to make even Rise Kujikawa jealous, which always ends up with the two arguing over him such as when Rise said that she has "reserved" the Protagonist for Valentine's Day. Marie immediately brushed it off and said to cancel the reservation since it's the same as cheating.

Profile Edit

Persona 4 Golden Edit

Marie is an assistant of the Velvet Room. She will help the Protagonist with creating his player card for the game's online features and is responsible for the player's skill cards. Befriending Marie will help the Protagonist realize the potential of the Aeon Arcana, eventually enabling him to summon the Persona Kaguya.

She first appears in the opening sequence when the protagonist leaves the station with the Dojimas. Questioning her own existence in life and without memories, she mysteriously ends up being an assistant for the Velvet Room where the protagonist will help Marie discover her true self. Marie will be present during the whole game, with her story arc eventually culminating in rescuing her from her own dungeon.

Social LinkEdit

Hollow Forest seen in Persona 4 The Golden Animation

Marie in the Hollow Forest

Should the Protagonist decide to maximize her Social Link before December 3rd, it is later revealed during Marie's dungeon arc that she is actually Kusumi-no-Okami, one part of a greater power like Ameno-sagiri, her role being to spy on the real world for Ameno-sagiri, and absorb the mist in the real world if Ameno-sagiri is defeated; however, she did not remember this and had absorbed the fog into her body after Ameno-sagiri's defeat. The fog inside her is slowly overpowering her and will make her disappear when it gains control and begin to spread across the world once again. She chooses to die to prevent this by going to the Hollow Forest, where she will kill herself and disappear. When the party tries to convince her not to die the fog takes control of her briefly and speaks in Izanami's voice as the fog goes out of control and starts escaping her body. The Investigation Team decides to fight to free her from the fog's control by defeating her after the fog turns her into her true form. They succeed, gaining her a bond to the real world, allowing her to exist there permanently.

After Izanami's defeat in the true ending, Marie is revealed to be part of Izanami, whose true name is Izanami-no-Mikoto, who wished to protect humanity while also granting humanity's wish. Marie reveals that Ameno-sagiri, Kunino-sagiri and Izanami-no-Okami have fused with her before she disappears from the Velvet Room to go to parts unknown. When the protagonist returns to Inaba the following summer, she has reappeared in the real world, taking on the name Mariko Kusumi and is now working as a weather forecaster, since her powers as she became whole means that she does not actually forecast Inaba's weather but decides it. However, it is yet unknown if she still retains access to the Velvet Room. She does not actually meet the main characters in the epilogue, but will proclaim her love for the protagonist on TV while they are watching it, only if the protagonist pursues a relationship with Marie after maxing out her social link. At the end of the credits, she can be seen in a photograph together with the rest of the main characters.

Persona 4 The Golden AnimationEdit

In the anime adaptation, Marie interacted with more of the Investigation Team's activities like hanging out at the beach, watching fireworks  and being part of the band in October unlike in the game, where Marie only interacted with them in her Social Link. 

In September, Yu informs the others about Marie's missing memories, with the only clue to them being a wooden comb Marie has in her possession. The group begins looking into where the comb comes from, and the owner of Daidara Metalworks suggests to them that it may come from another world. Upon hearing this, Marie experiences an intense headache and passes out. Upon waking up in Kanji's family's textile shop, Marie grows fearful when she overhears Kanji's mother mention that combs tend to represent parting. Over the weekend, Marie becomes separated from the others during a shopping trip, growing anxious until Yu manages to find her at the police station. Marie vents her frustrations over not being able to remember her own memories, and mentions that she experiences pain whenever she tries to remember. Wanting to cheer Marie up, Yu brings her to participate in a quiz show that Teddie decided to put together for everyone. As Marie finds she is able to answer some of the questions, she realizes that she has been making new memories with her friends all this time. After managing to win the quiz, Marie makes a promise to herself not to forget these new memories.

In October, after the concert, Marie suddenly has a pain in her chest and looks down to see Adachi, who was walking with Dojima and Nanako. She felt a bit frightened at Adachi's unknown presence after she somehow senses it.

In December, after Ameno-Saigiri was defeated, Izanami gave back Marie's memories. After she fully understood her true identify, she decided to take away all memories of her from the people she met before disappearing into the fog. 

During January, Marie visits Yu in his dream to say goodbye despite Yu having no memory of her.

In August, when Yu comes back to visit Inaba, she is the weather reporter on TV. When she learns that he's in town, she gives him a personal message on-air along with confessing her love for him.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Edit

Marie is a DLC playable character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. After becoming complete Marie becomes a minor land goddess of Inaba, allowing her to control its weather. She appears to Yu early on in the story in the Velvet Room, where she reveals she is dealing with her own problems and is leaving it to him to deal with the ones behind the Red Fog. The transformation of Inaba has weakened her due to being tied to the land, and all disasters that happen to it can have such a result.

Her playstyle is based on what kind of weather is happening during battle. Rain recovers her HP, Snow generates her SP, Sunny gives her 20% more damage for non-SP skills, and Cloudy adds a shock element to some attacks. The name of her leitmotif is "XOXO For You".

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

A confused Marie appears in the Velvet Room after the first few floors of You in Wonderland have been cleared. She takes up managing the player's Streetpass functions. When the Persona 3 cast are introduced, she immediately takes an interest in ordering Theodore around.

Battle QuotesEdit

Persona 4 Arena UltimaxEdit

  • "I can't believe this!"
  • "StupidjerkIhateyou!!"
  • "Are you serious?"
  • "I'm sick and tired of this!"
  • "Bye-bye!"
  • "What is this?!"
  • "I already won this."
  • "Ready to give up?"
  • "I can't wait to see him again."
  • "Huh? It's over already?"
  • "Now that I've taken this form... I won't be able to hold back!" (Using Instant Kill)

Gallery Edit

Persona 4 Golden
 
Persona golden 2
Marie in the opening.
 
P4g-8
Marie in the Velvet Room.
 
MarieIdentify
Marie reveals her true identity as Kusumi-no-Okami.
 
Marie Dead
The Investigation Team thinking Marie is dead.
 
Hot Spring + Electricity
Marie uses Ziodyne on Yosuke and Teddie at the hot springs.
 
MarieIzanamiwhatatwist
Marie's true identity.
 
Marie Kiss
Marie kisses the Protagonist on Valentine's Day.
Persona 4 The Golden Animation
 
Chara-marie
Concept anime artwork of Marie in Persona 4 The Golden Animation
 
Marie in P4GA
Marie in Persona 4 The Golden Animation
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
 
P4AU Marie
Marie in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
 
Marie Cut-in
Marie's Close Up in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
 
Marie render in P4AU
Marie's render in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
 
P4AU Marie sprite
Marie's sprite
 
Marie Instant Kill
Marie's Instant Kill
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labryrinth
 
PQ Marie
Marie in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Trivia Edit

Fsteak

Marie uttering "Fsteak"

  • If her Social Link events are done in the fog, they will be slightly altered in that Marie will constantly express her irritation at the fog with even some voiced lines relating to it, hinting at her true identity.
  • Marie makes a reference to Hiimdaisy/Gigi's Persona 4 comics saying "Fsteak", offering it as an alternate shortening of "beefsteak". Despite the shout out, the line is a legitimate, more literal translation of the original Japanese dialogue in which Marie comments that 'bifuteki' should be called 'fusuteki'.[1]
  • There is a oversight in the game where, after maxing out Marie's Social Link, if the player visits the Velvet Room at night and checks up on her, she will respond as if the Social Link is still going on.
  • In the credits of Persona 4 Golden, Marie is the only non-playable character to appear. She is one of the only two characters to not be in her Epilogue appearance (the other being the protagonist, who is wearing his Yasogami summer uniform).
  • Marie is one of the only two female characters that actually kiss the protagonist within the game, on screen. The other character to do this is Margaret.
  • In Persona 4 Arena, Marie's design is the basis for an alternate palette swap for Shadow Labrys.
  • "Tsundere" which is used in the mocking title of Marie in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a kind of Japanese stock character traits. A "tsundere" character usually acts arrogant, apathetic or competitive towards the other main characters early in the story but gradually becomes emotionally attached to the others as the plot progresses.
  • Marie's appearance in her Instant Kill is that of when she resided in the Hollow Forest upon regaining her memories as Kusumi-no-Okami. One of the attacks she used while performing this is a sphere that sucks up everything, a callback to the battle against Kusumi-no-Okami in Golden.
  • In the fifth episode of the second anime, Marie plays a guitar version of Aria of the Soul. However, this ends up being the only tune she knows how to play as she is unable to read sheet music or play any other chords.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://twitter.com/gigideegee/status/271025698959921152

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