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Ryuji Sakamoto

Ryuji Sakamoto

P5 Ryuji Sakomoto, Phantom Thief

P5 manga Ryuji Sakamoto

Also known as Skull (Code Name)
Thug(Initial Code Name by Morgana)
Vulgar Boy
Blondie (Morgana)
Japanese Name 坂本 竜司
スカル
Romaji Sakamoto Ryūji
Sukaru
First Appearance Persona 5
Affiliation Phantom Thieves of Hearts
Age 16
Zodiac Cancer
Height 175 cm (5'9")
Weight 61 kg (135 lbs)
Blood Type B
Melee Weapon Bludgeons
Ranged Weapon Shotguns
Arcana The Chariot
Persona Captain Kidd, Seiten Taisei
Japanese VA Mamoru Miyano
English VA Max Mittelman
"We're going to catch all these shitty adults by surprise and make ourselves known to the world!"
—Ryuji Sakamoto, Persona 5

Ryuji Sakamoto is a playable character from Persona 5. He is a student at Shujin Academy who lives a double life as a Phantom Thief.

AppearancesEdit

Design Edit

Ryuji has short spiky dyed blond hair and dark brown eyes. He has a noticeable widow's peak and his eyebrows are unusual in that he lacks the outer sides. He is shown to be muscular.

He wears his winter school uniform a bit modified. It consists of the standard black blazer, unbuttoned to reveal a yellow t-shirt with a comic style star symbol and the word 'ZOMG!' He has plaid trousers rolled up to reveal his ankles. His pants have black suspenders that hang down instead of being worn on his shoulders. He has a white belt. His white sneakers have a rising sun flag motif.

His summer school uniform is the same as his winter's, except his yellow t-shirt is replaced with a red one reading 'NO MO RULES' and he no longer wears his blazer.

His burglar outfit consists of matching black jacket and pants with knee pads, a red ascot, combat boots, a pair of yellow gloves, and a skull mask.

Due to his injury, he walks and runs with a slight limp, and occasionally trips if he overexerts himself.

Personality Edit

"Good people have to put up with so much crap while shitty adults do whatever they want. Makes me sick."
Persona 5 Introducing Ryuji Sakamoto00:40

Persona 5 Introducing Ryuji Sakamoto

Ryuji English trailer.

ペルソナ5 8週連続テレビCM⑧ 「坂本竜司編」00:31

ペルソナ5 8週連続テレビCM⑧ 「坂本竜司編」

Ryuji Japanese trailer.

Ryuji is known as a disruptive "problem student" at school whose bad behavior causes all sorts of trouble for the teachers.[1] His rebellious, mischievous and disobedient nature are the perfect qualities to be a Phantom Thief.

He is a bit short-tempered, easily taking offense from even the slightest of comments from others and can sometimes even resort to violence. In the opposite way, Ryuji can make harsh comments of his own without thinking of the consequences, which is the very thing that causes the hostility between him and Morgana. He tends to be very blunt about his feelings without showing any hesitation, especially in regards to his hatred of selfish adults. He can be clumsy and overly energetic sometimes, which usually results in loud outbursts that most times include accidentally revealing himself and his friends as the Phantom Thieves. This consequently helped Makoto Niijima to identify him and the others when she was tailing them.

Beneath his seemingly delinquent-like behavior, Ryuji is actually a kind and altruistic person who is still trying to cope with his inability to continue becoming an athlete after the injury he suffered at Kamoshida's hand. He deeply cares for his mother and takes fervent effort as an athlete to relieve her worries; he reveals his father was an alcoholic who beat him and his mother and then left, so he only has his mother left. Ryuji also cares for the afflictions of others around him, such as when he attempts to help end the abuse of the volleyball team. Around his close friends, he is upbeat, friendly, and straightforward.

Hobby-wise, apart from being on the track team, he also does muscle training. He can drink a 500mL bottle of carbonated water in one go (he did it as training during his track and field club days. When he was active, he could also do 1000mL bottles.) He is often impatient and has a habit of tapping the ground with his toes when he's bored, and prefers to get "straight to the point" during conversations. He claims he never reads, and his artbook profile claims he only reads manga.[2] He plays video games.[3] He likes ramen especially, and is fussy about the flavor and texture of the noodles.

Profile Edit

Persona 5Edit

"Right on... Wassup, Persona... This effin' rocks! Now that I got this power, it's time for payback... Yo, I'm ready... Bring it! Blast him away... Captain Kidd!"
—Ryuji Sakamoto awakening his Persona, Persona 5

Ryuji Sakamoto is a student of Shujin Academy and knows about Ann Takamaki since middle school even though they are not too acquainted. He is from an abusive household, but then got a great opportunity for his future by becoming a star athlete. However, this earned disdain from the volleyball coach, Suguru Kamoshida, who then overtrained Ryuji, breaking Ryuji's leg. To put more salt in the wound, Kamoshida spread rumors about his household to the whole school, leading Ryuji to punch him, causing the end of the track club and turning Ryuji into a school outcast.

The protagonist first meets Ryuji after Kamoshida picks up Ann by car, and Ryuji, who is nearby, calls him "pervert" before greeting the protagonist who inquires about Kamoshida. Realizing the protagonist really knows nothing about Kamoshida, Ryuji quickly assumes he is a transfer student and the two get along. The two accidentally enter Kamoshida's Palace, the embodiment of Kamoshida's Shadow erected at where the school should be. Ryuji wants to help the students trapped in the palace, but fails. They are blocked by Kamoshida at the entrance when they try to escape and are nearly killed but was saved when the protagonist awakened his Persona ability. With the help of shape-shifting cat called Morgana, they manage to escape from the Palace. When the two confronts the real Kamoshida, however, the teacher has no idea what they are talking about. To make sure whether they were dreaming or not, Ryuji suggests they once again go to the Palace using the app installed in the protagonist's smartphone, at which they succeed.

Persona 5 Ryuji Awakening03:51

Persona 5 Ryuji Awakening

Ryuji's Persona awakening.

Meeting Shadow Kamoshida again, the Shadow reveals that he intentionally injured Ryuji's leg while acting as his advisor to ruin Ryuji's ability to participate in athletics again. His scheme is for the principal to invest in his volleyball team only and to gain admiration and submission from all the students of his school, but Ryuji was a great threat to him for drawing that attention. Kamoshida's true intention angers Ryuji deeply and Captain Kidd calls out Ryuji to awaken to his Persona ability for vengeance. Returning to the real world, Ryuji vows to expose Kamoshida's true self and becomes friends with the protagonist after both confide their backgrounds to each other.

Together with the protagonist, they try to get information about Kamoshida from other students, but everyone is too afraid to talk. Morgana, in cat form, then approaches Ryuji and the protagonist, suggesting they steal the source of Kamoshida's corrupt heart to make him confess his own crimes. However, when Morgana mentions that Kamoshida will die if they by chance killed his Shadow, Ryuji and the protagonist ask for time to think. Not long afterwards, Ann's friend, Shiho Suzui, attempts suicide and when Ryuji and the protagonist heard from Yuuki Mishima that Kamoshida called Shiho a day before, Ryuji and the protagonist realizes that Kamoshida has molested her. Ryuji angrily confronts Kamoshida about this, resulting in Kamoshida's intending to expel him, the protagonist and Yuuki.

Finally having enough with Kamoshida, Ryuji and the protagonist agrees with Morgana's suggestion to steal Kamoshida's treasure and make him confess his crimes. They later are joined by Ann who also wants to expose Kamoshida after hearing everything from Shiho. To agitate Shadow Kamoshida once they almost reach the treasure, Ryuji makes and attaches a calling card on the school board under the name "Phantom Thieves of Hearts" that is addressed to Kamoshida, stating he will confess his crime soon. After Kamoshida confesses his crime in front of the whole student body, Ryuji and the protagonist's expulsion is cancelled, much to their relief.

With the case over, Ryuji and the others decides to celebrate at an expensive restaurant by using the money they got after selling Kamoshida's treasure. At the restaurant, Ryuji and the protagonist meet an arrogant man named Masayoshi Shido who quickly gets on Ryuji's nerves after rudely shoving them when they were waiting for the elevator. This encounter makes Ryuji decide to continue working as Phantom Thieves to cleanse the corruption from corrupt adults' hearts. The protagonist and Ann also agree with him, so they decide to continue being the Phantom Thieves.

ConfidantEdit

"Acting as a Phantom Thief would've been more efficient alone. You could've gone about it that way... However, you did not. There are merits to having associates... That's what you decided. Am I wrong?"
—Sae Niijima talking about Ryuji Sakamoto, Persona 5

Ryuji's Confidant relationship is unlocked automatically on April 12th but his first Confidant ability is only obtained at rank 2. Maxing this Confidant makes Captain Kidd evolve into Seiten Taisei and unlocks the fusion of Chi You.

Ryuji's Confidant revolves around his resolve to help reestablish the track club after Kamoshida disbanded it. While Ryuji is barred from rejoining the track team, he faces Nakaoka who was still angry at Ryuji for getting into a fight with Kamoshida. During the training sessions he learns that Yamaguchi, one of Kamoshida's supporters is the new coach and plans to do the same thing with the new Track Team to gain prestige and gives false promises of a scholarship. Confronting his whole team and taking a beating from them he convinces them to call out Yamaguchi and have him removed as the acting coach for someone more reasonable. Despite the offer to rejoin the team Ryuji declines and chooses his own path with the Phantom Thieves.

Ryuji's farewell gift after maxing his Confidant is a Sports Watch, allowing Ryuji the ability to use Harisen Recovery from the beginning in New Game+ once the Confidant has been established.

RankAbilityDescription
2Baton PassAllows you to pass your turn over to other Baton Pass users after a 1 More.
3Follow UpChance to perform a follow-up attack if Joker's attack does not down the enemy.
4Punk TalkChance to step in after Shadow negotiation fails, allowing a retry.
6Harisen RecoveryChance to cure status ailments inflicted upon party members.
7Insta-killChance to instantly win a battle after a successful ambush.
8EndureChance to withstand an otherwise fatal attack with 1 HP remaining.
9ProtectChance to shield Joker from an otherwise fatal attack.
10Second AwakeningTransforms his Persona into a mythological trickster.

Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers Edit

"Right! We're Phantom Thieves on the side of Justice. Why don't we show this gang of low-level crooks how overmatched they are?"
—Ryuji Sakamoto, Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers

Ryuji is first seen at the subway with the protagonist, Ann and Yusuke Kitagawa. They transform into their Phantom Thief outfits and enter the Mementos.

After discussing with the group, Ann and Ryuji talk loudly at a restaurant and lure one of the members of the criminal gang to Cafe Leblanc.

Later, he engages battle with Kazuya Makigami directly and changes his heart.

Battle QuotesEdit

『ペルソナ5』ショートムービー【リュウジ総攻撃編】00:33

『ペルソナ5』ショートムービー【リュウジ総攻撃編】

Ryuji battle trailer.

Quotes video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FPXrR_8qoo

  • "I'm all fired up!" (Using Shotguns)
  • "Perrrrsonaaaa!" (Summoning Persona)
  • "Wipe em, Persona!" (Summoning Persona)
  • "Captain Kidd / Seiten Taisei!" (Exploiting enemy's weakness with Persona skill)
  • "Hah/ Eat this/ Get wrecked!" (Attacking with offensive skill)
  • "Up to you, man!" (Using Baton Pass)
  • "Leave it to me./ Taggin in!" (Receiving Baton Touch)
  • "Hang in there!" (Using Harisen Recovery)
  • "Don't just stand there!" (Shielding Protagonist)
  • "Now or never, man?" (Follow-Up)
  • "Need a hand?" (Follow-Up)
  • "Gonna knock you out!" (Initiating Follow-Up attack)
  • "I'm on it!" (Initiating Follow-Up attack)
  • "Just stay there!" (Hold-Up enemies)
  • "For real?! / No way!" (When an enemy dodges his attack)
  • "Try to keep up!" (When Ryuji dodges an enemy's attack)
  • "I-I a-ain't a-afraid..." (Ryuji is inflicted with Fear)
  • "Sorry / Whew!" (When someone heals him)
  • "This is the END!" (Initating All-Out Attack)
  • "Take this!" (Initiating All-Out Attack)
  • "All right! Time for some pain!" (Initiating All-Out Attack)
  • "Let's tear em apart!" (Initiating All-Out Attack)
  • "Don't come back!" (All-Out Attack finishing touch)
  • "Slam!" (All-Out Attack finishing touch)
  • "That's all she wrote!" (All-Out Attack finishing touch)
  • "Time to go wild!" (Tactics changed to Act Freely)
  • "Beat 'em down!" (Tactics changed to Full Assault)
  • "Hold back huh?" (Tactics changed to Conserve SP)
  • "Playin' it safe." (Tactics changed to Heal/Support)
  • "You're the boss." (Tactics changed to Direct Command)
  • "Who's next!?" (Battle results)

GalleryEdit

Persona 5
 
Ryuji cut-in
Ryuji's Close Up.
 
Ryuji Text Icon
Ryuji's text icon.
 
Ryuji
Ryuji's Confidant icon.
 
RyujiCrowd
Ryuji in the crowd.
 
P5, Ryuji Sakamoto concept art
Concept art.
 
RyujiFace
Concept art.
 
Artbook1
Skull concept art.
 
P5 Cinamatic artwork of Ryuji
Cinematic expressions concept artwork.
 
RyujiShirts
Ryuji's "NO MO' RULES" and "ZOMG!" shirts.
 
P5 key art of Ryuji Sakamoto
Key art of Ryuji Sakamoto from the Persona 5 website.
 
P5 Wanted Poster
Ryuji along with other playable character appear on Visual Wanted Poster.
 
P5 illustration by Shigenori Soejima
Illustration of Ryuji Sakamoto and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
 
P5 illustration 02
Illustration by by Shigenori Soejima.
 
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.
 
ThievesLeft
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
 
PERSONA5 package visual
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
 
P5 illustration by Rokuro
Illustration of Ryuji, the Protagonist, Ann, Morgana and Yusuke by Rokuro.
 
Illustration of the Protagonst, Ryuji, and Anne
Illustration of Ryuji, the Protagonist and Ann by Shigenori Soejima.
 
P5 released art
Illustration of the Protagonist, Ryuji, Ann and Morgana.
 
Persona 5 Official Design Work key visual by Shigenori Soejima
Illustration of Ryuji and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
 
Ryuji theme
Theme.
 
Ryuji theme2
Theme.
 
Ryuji Opening
Ryuji in the opening movie.
 
P5-Ryuji
Ryuji in the opening movie.
 
RyujiBlood
Ryuji screaming in pain while unmasking his Persona.
 
Ryuji Sakamoto Combat
Ryuji in his thief uniform.
 
Ryuji All Out
All-Out Attack portrait.
 
P5 Ryuji's All-Out Attack finishing touch
All-Out Attack finishing touch.
 
Ryuji's Finsihing Touch
All-Out Attack finishing touch.
 
Ryujin and the Protagonist in their athletic attire
Ryuji and the protagonist in their athletic attire.
 
RyujiCredits
Ryuji in the credits.
Persona 5 Portraits
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji Sakamoto
Ryuji Sakamoto's portrait
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji smiling
Ryuji smiling
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji's phantom thief outfit
Ryuji's Skull outfit
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji's phantom thief outfit without mask
Ryuji's Skull outfit without mask
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji Sakamoto's summer school uniform
Ryuji's summer school uniform
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji's gym uniform
Ryuji's gym uniform
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji Sakamoto's summer attire
Ryuji's summer attire
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji's winter attire
Ryuji's winter attire
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji's casual attire
Ryuji's casual attire
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji's swimsuit-nude
Ryuji's swimsuit/nude
 
P5 portrait of Ryuji with bear ears
Ryuji with bear ears
 
P5 animated expression of Ryuji Sakamoto 01
 
P5 animated expression of Ryuji Sakamoto 02
 
P5 animated expression of Ryuji Sakamoto 03
Persona 5 Costumes
 
Ryuji-Winter-School
Shujin Winter School Uniform
 
Ryuji-Winter-Clothes
Winter Casual Wear
 
Ryuji-Summer-Clothes
Summer Casual Wear
 
Ryuji-Summer-School
Shujin Summer School Uniform
 
Ryuji-P1-Costume
 
Ryuji-P2-Costume
 
Ryuji-P3-Costume
Gekkoukan High School Uniform (DLC)
 
Ryuji-P4-Costume
Yasogami High School Uniform (DLC)
 
Ryuji-P4D-Costume
 
Ryuji-P4AU-Costume
Persona 4 Arena Shadow Operation Outfit (DLC)
 
Ryuji-SMT-if...-Costume
Karukozaka High School Uniform (DLC)
 
Ryuji-SMT-IV-Costume
 
Ryuji-Swimsuit
Swimsuit (DLC)
 
Ryuji-Raidou-Costume
 
Ryuji-Catherine-Costume
Catherine Costume (Orlando) (DLC)
 
Ryuji-Butler-Costume
Butler Uniform (DLC)
 
Ryuji-Christmas
Christmas Costume (DLC)
Persona 5 (Manga)
 
DengekiCover
Ryuji on the cover
 
P5 manga Ryuji Sakamoto
Ryuji in the manga
 
Skull Ryuji Manga
Ryuji in his Skull outfit
 
Captain Kidd Manga
Ryuji and Captain Kidd
Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
 
PERSONA5 THE ANIMATION - THE DAY BREAKERS - DVD package visual by Shigenori Soejima
Ryuji Sakamoto and his allies on the cover of Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
 
P5 anime Ryuji
Ryuji Sakamoto in Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
Tribute Artworks
 
P5 Illustration of the main characters by Akaume (PQ Roundbout illustrator)
Illustration of Ryuji and his team by Akaume (PQ Roundabout author)
 
P5 Illustration of the Protagonist, Ryuji, Anne, Morgana and Yuske by Rokuro Saito
Illustration of Ryuji, the Protagonist, Ann, Morgana and Yusuke by Rokuro Saito
 
P5 Illustration of Ryuji by Yoko Nihonbashi
Illustration of Ryuji by Yoko Nihonbashi (Cartoonist of G Senjou Heaven’s Door and Shoujo Fight)
PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival
 
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, P5, 01
 
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, 09

TriviaEdit

  • Ryuji's backstory shares similarities with Anna Yoshizaka from Persona 2: Both are former star athletes but become juvenile delinquents after their ability to run has been ruined.
  • In the Japanese version, Skull self-proclaims "Phantom Thieves' Captain Kirikomi" (怪盗団の切り込み隊長, Kaitō-dan no kirikomi taichō)? which loosely means "Assault Captain" or "Captain Foodie" (which could be an intentional double entendre.) "Captain Kirikomi" is a reference to the Marauding Captain card from the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. "Kirikomi" precisely refers to curing fish slices from Hokkaido regional cuisine.
  • Ryuji's phantom thief attire is heavily similar to the appearance of Hell Biker.
  • Ryuji's shoes are censored in the Chinese and Korean versions of the game, due to containing the Rising Sun Flag.[4] The symbol is offensive in many other Asian countries when they suffered from Japan's invasion during World War II; Atlus removed it out of courtesy when the issue was brought up.

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