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Nyarlathotep as he appears in Shin Megami Tensei II

"Understand that there is no point in living. Cry, that there is no answer! Where there is darkness, there are shadows. I, myself, am all of you humans!"
—Nyarlathotep, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Nyarlathotep (ニャルラトホテプ, Nyaruratohotepu) is a demon in the series.

HistoryEdit

Nyarlathotep was created by H.P. Lovecraft and is a fictional character in the Cthulhu Mythos featured as an Outer God. He is also symbolic of the destructive potential of Carl Jung's collective unconscious and actively seeks to agitate our universe into madness, woe, and discord.

Nyarlathotep's original character design, first seen in Shin Megami Tensei II, is actually a composite character based on several different monsters from Lovecraft's writings. Its dark, featureless appearance, with three eyes and bat wings resemble The Haunter of the Dark, one of Nyarlathotep's "1000 Masks". The pincer-like hands and spiny crown might reference the Mi-Go: crablike, winged fungoid aliens with a mass of feelers in place of a head first appearing in The Whisperer In Darkness. His black, winged body makes him looking like the Night Gaunts which appear in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINEEdit

Nyarlathotep appears as a special field boss in Nakano. During a Full Moon, if the player is holding a Shining Trapezohedron and approaches the tree at the southern central area, a Fiery Three-Eyed Nyarlathotep boss will appear along with several Nightmare Black Oozes. Should Nyarlathotep and the Black Oozes be defeated before the Full Moon ends, there is a rare chance that a second, more powerful Crawling Chaos Nyarlathotep will appear to take their place, who is accompanied with several other, smaller Crawling Chaos Nyarlathotep. This boss will drop a Crown Shard when defeated, which can be traded with the Junk Collector in Souhonzan for Nyarlathotep's plug-in, Crawling Confusion.

Persona seriesEdit

He is given a prominent plot role, known as The Crawling Chaos, as the counterbalance to Philemon in the Persona series. Unlike Philemon, Nyarlathotep is able to operate in the outside world and take an active role. Throughout the series he employs the use of Shadow Selves of characters to accomplish his goals. Shadow versions of Tatsuya Suou, Lisa Silverman, Eikichi Mishina, Maya Amano and Yukino Mayuzumi appear as bosses in Innocent Sin thanks to rumors. In Eternal Punishment, Maya Amano, Katsuya Suou, Ulala Serizawa, and Baofu all have Shadows Selves which attack the party as bosses in pairs. Nyarlathotep is also capable of appearing as anyone he chooses. It is revealed in Eternal Punishment that he is represented by a black butterfly.

Megami Ibunroku PersonaEdit

Known as Massacre in Revelations: Persona, Nyarlathotep is the persona of Takahisa Kandori. After Kandori is defeated by the protagonist and his friends, Nyarlathotep forcibly enters Kandori's body and transforms him into God Kandori, saying he will grant him the power he seeks. Retroactively, Nyarlathotep has been mentioned to have engineered the whole incident with the intention of giving the humans a chance to destroy all of reality, allowing him to win his bet with Philemon.

A alternate form of Nyarlathotep can be fused in the Velvet Room by adding the "Faceless Mask" totem, dropped by God Kandori, to a fusion with a Tower Arcana Persona result. Nyarlathotep has "Worst" affinity with every party member except for Reiji Kido, Kandori's half-brother.

Persona 2: Innocent SinEdit

Both he and Philemon are acting on a bet to see if humanity will become enlightened or ultimately destroy itself. Nyarlathotep decides to push things in his favor by helping humanity end. He appears as Akinari Kashihara, Jun Kurosu's late father, and Hitler, whom was supposedly revived by rumors.

He serves as the game's final boss in the form of the Great Father (グレートファーザー), a fusion of the main cast's fathers. The Great Father's arms and legs are each a particular character's father; Lisa Silverman's father is the right arm, Maya Amano's is the left arm, Eikichi Mishina's is the right leg, and Tatsuya Suou's is the left leg. The head takes the shape of Akinari. It is worth nothing though, the "head" (Akinari) uses fire spell (Tatsuya's signature element), while the "left leg" (Tatsuya's father) uses wind spell (Jun's signature element) and calls Jun's name while attacking. It is unclear if this is an error or intentional as the limb would otherwise be unable to call out to Tatsuya due to the fact that the player can change his name.

He is voiced by Patrick Seitz in the PSP version.

Persona 2: Eternal PunishmentEdit

Nyarlathotep fulfills the same role as he did in Innocent Sin. While he does not restore Tatsuya Sudou's memories of the events from the previous game, he does talk to him and tease him with comments intended to spark the general idea of the same events in Sudou's addled mind, so he would be driven to repeat them in the Other Side. He appears before the party as Tatsuya Suou. It is revealed later that the Time Count is Nyarlathotep in disguise.

Nyarlathotep is described as the destructive side of Humanity's collective unconscious, and as such, the living embodiment of Mankind's collective evil; every thought, action or feeling that derives in experiencing the desire to bring harm to others or oneself in any form fuels Nyarlathotep's existence. His reason for providing the human race with the means to drive itself to destruction is given as a bet between him and Philemon, who holds that they instead will ascend to a greater destiny.

Because of his past defeat in Innocent Sin, he took the opening Tatsuya Suou provided him with when he refused to abandon his memories of the Other Side, implementing a new plan to let Mankind destroy itself, and branded Tatsuya with a mark to symbolise the doom that would befall Humanity should either Maya Amano, Eikichi Mishina, Lisa Silverman, or Jun Kurosu regain their memories of the events of Innocent Sin, and delighted in tormenting him as Tatsuya Sudou attempted to force the restoration of the hidden memories with a terror campaign similar to the one he had followed on the Other Side.

In the end, a new group, formed by Tatsuya, Maya, Baofu, Tatsuya's brother Katsuya, and Ulala Serizawa again stood against him and his plans of extermination. However, following his second defeat, he was banished to parts unknown. He wasn't destroyed forever, though, because he is an undeniable, indelible presence in Humanity's heart, and may still return.

In Tatsuya's new scenario in the remake, Shiori Miyashiro's self is shattered into Trapezohedrons; Nyarlathotep seized the last of the eleven stones, the one containing Shiori's shadow, and confronted Tatsuya and his group in the Kadath Mandala. Upon his defeat, he was forced to leave behind not only Shiori's Trapezohedron, but also Randolph Carter's Trapezohedron of Emotion.

Devil Survivor OverclockedEdit

"A god of the Cthulhu mythos. He came to Earth in ancient times from outer space and is known as the Crawling Chaos. He acts as a proxy to his masters such as Azathoth, who have no intelligence to make their desires manifest in our world. Because he can assume various forms, he is known as a faceless god. He is particularly known as the Haunter of the Dark, and he seems to have other guises on Earth as well."
Devil Survivor Overclocked Compendium

Known as Nyalatotep. In the 8th day, God vs Hero, Nyarlathotep is one of Naoya's demons when he appears to help during the final battle against Okuninushi.

Devil Survivor 2Edit

"A god of the Cthulhu mythos. He came to Earth in ancient times from outer space and is known as the Crawling Chaos. He acts as a proxy to his masters such as Azathoth, who have no intelligence to make their desires manifest in our world. Because he can assume various forms, he is known as a faceless god. He is particularly known as the Haunter of the Dark, and he seems to have other guises on Earth as well."
Devil Survivor 2 Compendium

Nyarlathotep appears as the strongest member of the Vile race.

Devil Survivor 2 The AnimationEdit

Nyarlathotep's name appears as the name of 8th layer in JP's Alaozar Firewall System.

StatsEdit

Shin Megami Tensei IIEdit

SMT2Nyarlathotep
Race Alignment Level HP MP CP
Vile Dark-Law 53 750 161 318
Strength Intelligence Magic Stamina Agility Luck
19 12 13 13 12 4
NOH Attack Hit Defense Avoid MPower MEffect
1 144 96 132 95 16 15
List of Skills
Skill Effect


Megami Ibunroku PersonaEdit

Nyarlathotep MIP
Arcana Level Type Subtype MAtk MDef
Tower 66 Dark Curse 190 155
Affinity SP St Vi Dx Ag Lu
Reiji 29 65 60 36 31 52
AbsorbRepelNullResistsWeak
- - - Physical Thrown, Expel, Miracle
Totem Faceless Mask Returns Ebon Rope Tablet
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Slumpa Inflicts Unlucky status (area)
2 Mudoon Death damage/Instant Angel kill (area)
3 Decover No HP recovery for 3 turns (1 foe)
4 Shibaboo Inflicts bind status (area)
5 Outoma 25% chance to escape battle
6 Thunder Kick Light Tech damage (1 foe)


Persona 2: Innocent SinEdit

HeadEdit

Arcana LevelTypeNormalRare
Unclassified 65 - - -
Traits - Ptalk N/A
HP Atk Def MAtk MDef St Vi Dx Ag Lu
13,308 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
 ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ? ? ? ?  ?  ?  ? Nu  ?  ?  ?  ?
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Despairing Dream ?
Megidolaon Deal high Almighty damage to all enemies.
Firestorm Deal high Fire damage to all enemies.


Arms and FeetEdit

Arcana LevelTypeNormalRare
Unclassified 63 - - -
Traits Ptalk N/A
HP Atk Def MAtk MDef St Vi Dx Ag Lu
5,000 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
 ?  ?  ?  ?  ? ? ? ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Earth's Anger Deal high Earth damage to all enemies.
High Pressure Deal medium Almighty damage to all enemies.
Fear Torrent Deal high Water damage to all enemies.
Hurricane Deal high Wind damage to all enemies.
Seals Raid Deal instant kill to all enemies.
Reminiscence Wave Deal damage to all enemies; causes Sleep status for Maya Amano
Master 18 Deal damage to one enemy 18 times. Can attack HP or SP.
Delusion Channeling Deal damage to one enemy; causes Charm status for Jun Kurosu


Devil SurvivorEdit

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
66 Vile 410 170 26 19 16 22
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Mystic
Chaos Wave - Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist
Command Skills
- - -
Passive Skills
Mana Aid - -
"HE WITHOUT POWER, LEAD ME, LEAD US TO PLEASURE. I AM NYALATOTEP THE VILE…"
"HUMAN... THY DESIRE IS TO FUSE ME, IS IT NOT? INTERESTING... I SHALL ALWAYS BE WATCHING…"


Devil Survivor OverclockedEdit

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
78 Vile 485 300 30 22 19 23
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Mystic
Chaos Wave - Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist
Command Skills
- - -
Passive Skills
Mana Aid - -
"HE WITHOUT POWER, LEAD ME, LEAD US TO PLEASURE. I AM NYALATOTEP THE VILE…"
"HUMAN... THY DESIRE IS TO FUSE ME, IS IT NOT? INTERESTING... I SHALL ALWAYS BE WATCHING…"


Devil Survivor 2Edit

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
80 Vile 495 336 30 22 19 25
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Curse
Chaos Breath -- Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist
Command Skills
-- -- --
Passive Skills
Mana Aid -- --
"I am chaos, the no-faced. Vile Nyarlathotep. I am beyond space and time..."
"I am chaos, no-faced. Therefore my faces are infinite."



Battle QuotesEdit

Persona 2: Innocent SinEdit

  • "It is a father's nature to be the ultimate obstacle to his child. Very well... reach for your future with all your strength!" (Start of Great Father battle)
  • "Now, what will you do?/Ahahahaha!" (Physical attack)
  • "Do you fear your father?" (Megidolaon)
  • "Heed your father's call!" (Firestorm/Despairing Dream)
  • "Prepare yourselves!" (Earth's Anger)
  • "Maya!" (High Pressure)
  • "Eikichi!" (Fear Torrent)
  • "Jun..." (Hurricane)
  • "Call me Papa." (Delusion Channeling)
  • "I hope you find happiness." (Reminiscence Wave, spoken by Maya's father)
  • "Do as I say!" (Master 18, spoken by Eikichi's father)
  • "You are Japanese!" (Seals Raid, spoken by Lisa's Father)
  • "Stop this!" (Taking damage)
  • "You've killed me..." (Defeat)
  • "Incredible. I have witnessed the powers you have fostered. Well done." (Battle End) 

Persona 2: Eternal PunishmentEdit

  • "What's wrong?" (Normal Attack)
  • "Contradiction, contradiction!" (Megidolaon)
  • "Weak..." (Unperishable Black)
  • "Perish!" (Wheel of Time)
  • "Hahaha...This is splendid! You are the first to see this form! Now die, with my highest praise!" (Start of Crawling Chaos Battle)
  • "Heh...Why did you come here? To spout gibberish?" (Contact ~ 1st Form)
  • "You cannot escape the wheel of fate!" (Escape ~ 1st Form)
  • "There is no escape...!" (Escape ~ 2nd Form)
  • "You will all die!" (Crawling Chaos [Skill] ~ 2nd Form)
  • "You're all DEAD!" (Transient Ripple ~ 2nd Form)
  • "This is your fate!" (Wheel of Fortune)
  • "Are you afraid? No one can escape the shadows!" (Contact ~ 1st Form)
  • "I won't accept it!" (Contact ~ 2nd Form)
  • "Impossible...!" (Defeat ~ 2nd Form)
  • "Heheheh...Punishment..." (Player is Defeated)

GalleryEdit

 
P2I-kashiharaAkinari1
Nyarlathotep in the guise of Akinari Kashihara.
 
P2I-kashiharaAkinari2
Nyarlathotep/Kashihara's second portrait.
 
JokerNyarla
Joker's Persona, "Joker-Nyarlathotep" in Innocent Sin
 
Nyarlathotepfatherfusion
Great Father, Nyarlathotep fuses with the fathers of the main characters in Innocent Sin.
 
Kandori's Persona
Nyarlathotep as Takahisa Kandori's Persona in Eternal Punishment
 
MoonHowler
Nyarlathotep's Moon Howler form.
 
Nyarlathotep
Nyarlathotep's Crawling Chaos form.
 
Nyarlathotep
Nyarlathotep in the guise of Tatsuya Suou to the right of a tearful Maya Amano.
 
NyarlaKashiharaPortrait
Portrait of Nyarlathotep as Akinari Kashihara from Persona 2: Innocent Sin
 
NyarlaKashiharaTaunting
Nyarlathotep's taunting portrait from Persona 2: Innocent Sin
 
Maya's Dad(Nyar)
Portrait of Nyarlathotep as Masataka Amano from Persona 2: Innocent Sin
 
NIYARURATOHOTEPU
Nyarlathotep as he appears in Devil Survivor
 
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Nyarlathotep as seen in Devil Survivor 2
 
Nyarlathotep Manga
Nyarlathotep as he appears in the Megami Ibunroku Persona manga

MusicEdit

Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Innocent Sin OST Kashihara01:40

Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Innocent Sin OST Kashihara

False Kashihara from Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSX) OST

Persona 2 IS and EP - Final Battle01:28

Persona 2 IS and EP - Final Battle

Final Battle from Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSX) OST

Nyarlathotep in Persona 2 duology has a musical theme titled False Kashihara (偽橿原) which shares the same motif with Philemon's. The arrangement uses eerie pads, stronger tom drum and human scream sound effect with strong reverberation.

The final battle theme against Nyarlathotep in both Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment continues to develop the same motif which shares the same choir phrases in the opening movie music and Knights of the Holy Lance battle theme from the Innocent Sin OST.

TriviaEdit

  • Shadow Aigis' intro for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax shows her with a black butterfly, Nyarlathotep's symbol.
  • The broken Buddha statue on Kandori's Persona-Nyarlathotep in Eternal Punishment is identical to the intact Buddha face that appears as the body of God Kandori in Megami Ibunroku Persona.
  • The fact that Nyarlathotep is the only known character to disguise as a Persona deliberately to manipulate a main antagonist (Kandori in the first Persona and Jun Kurosu / Joker in Innocent Sin) references his roles in the Cthulhu Mythos universe; while the other Mythos gods are often described as mindless or unfathomable, rather than truly malevolent, Nyarlathotep delights in cruelty, is deceptive and manipulative - deceiving the antagonists into believing he could grant them power (which he did at the cost of nearly losing their humanity) and manipulating them into becoming his pawns - and even cultivates followers and uses propaganda to achieve his goals - using rumors, Wang Long fortune telling, Sumaru TV (broadcasting Wang Long), and the Masked Circle (Innocent Sin) / Tenchu Army (Eternal Punishment) to ultimately destroy the world around Sumaru City.

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