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Reverse Personas (リバース・ペルソナ, Ribāsu Perusona)? are the negative forms of the original Personas, usually depicted with different color schemes and are used by the boss characters in battles. The concept exists exclusively in the Persona 2 duology but is implied in Persona 3 FES and Persona 4.

The term "reverse" likely refers to the different reading of the tarot card when its position is reversed. In many tarot readings, this merely means that the meanings of the card are diminished or weak, but in the Persona series, this refers to the tarot card's meaning as opposite its usual meaning.



Persona 2Edit

Reverse Personas generally possess a unique "dark" version of a specific skill used by the original (their unique skills are denoted in the parentheses  in the following sections). Despite being the Personas of the bosses, they are not naturally immune to non-instant-death holy attacks except for Reverse Artemis, who reflects all magic attacks. Reverse Apollo, Reverse Venus and Reverse Hades are even weak against Holy.

Innocent SinEdit

Reverse Personas in this game can be divided into 2 categories, the first being the Personas used by the members of the Masked Circle, they are:

Presumably Youichi Makimura possessed a Reverse Persona as well but the actual Persona he uses is never shown on-screen. Likewise, Junko Kurosu, being one of the Masked Circle executives, presumably has one as well, though her Persona is never shown.

The other group of the Reverse Personas are used by the Shadow Selves of the party members:

If the player equips the correlated Persona before finishing the battle against Shadow Tatsuya, Shadow Lisa, and Shadow Eikichi, their original Persona will merge with their Reverse and have their weakness against Darkness removed and replaced with an immunity, and gain other new resistances. Much like the Shadow Self they belong to, the Reverse Persona seeks to defeat and merge with their counterpart should they face them.

It can be theorized that Jun Kurosu's Persona when assuming his Joker identity, Joker-Nyarlathotep, is his Reverse Persona. This is supported by fact that all Reverse Personas and Shadow Selves are brought forth thanks to rumors and the shadow of humanity, in other words, Nyarlathotep itself.

Eternal PunishmentEdit

Reverse Personas are used by the Shadow Selves of the party members in the final dungeon:

Albeit not being used in battle, Reverse Odysseus appears in the shadow confrontation scene in place of Shadow Baofu.

The golden Venus (Lover of Darkness), Hades (Bloody Divorce), and Chronos (Terror of Fortune) that appear in Ameno Torifune are not officially Reverse Personas but instead alternate Personas used by the Metal Trio. They possess the same ultimate skills as their Reverse counterparts rather than the original due to the fact that the trio is the given form of Tatsuya Suou's guilt.

Persona 3 - The AnswerEdit

Similar to the golden Personas in Eternal Punishment, the grayish tint-colored Personas used by the shadow protagonist (named "???") in The Answer follows a similar trait in that the shadow entity is in fact the given form of the party members' regret for his death. The following Reverse Personas appear based on who is present in the player's party:

Due to the fact that Aigis is the acting protagonist in The Answer, Reverse Pallas Athena will always appear as the shadow protagonist's first Reverse Persona. It cannot, however, summon a Reverse Psyche, being that the shadow entity was not also formed by Metis.

Persona 4 / GoldenEdit

Magatsu-Izanagi is, to some degree, the Reverse counterpart of Izanagi himself, as "Magatsu" denotes negative properties. Additionally, Shadow Labrys mentions the concept in Persona 4 Arena.


Hiroki Sugimoto persona
Hiroki Sugimoto invoking Reverse Rhadamanthus
Yasuo Inoe persona
Yasuo Inoe invoking Reverse Shax
Ginji Sasaki persona
Ginji Sasaki invoking Reverse Eros
Ixquic persona
Ixquic invoking Reverse Pairika
Tatsuya Sudou persona
Tatsuya Sudou invoking Reverse Vulcanus
Shadow Maya persona
Shadow Maya invoking Reverse Maia
Lady Scorpio persona
Anna Yoshizaka invoking Reverse Aeshma
Shadow Yukino persona
Shadow Yukino invoking Reverse Durga
Shadow Eikichi persona
Shadow Eikichi invoking Reverse Hades
Shadow Lisa persona
Shadow Lisa invoking Reverse Venus
Shadow Tatsuya persona
Shadow Tatsuya invoking Reverse Apollo

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