|Also known as||Skull (Code Name)|
|Japanese Name||坂本 竜司, スカル|
|Romaji||Sakamoto Ryūji, Sukaru|
|First Appearance||Persona 5|
|Affiliation||Phantom Thieves of Hearts|
|Persona||Captain Kidd, Seiten Taisei|
- "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.
- Persona 5: Playable Character; Chariot Cooperation
Ryuji has short spiky blond hair and brown eyes. He has a noticeable widow's peak and his eyebrows are unusual in that he lacks the outer sides. It's unknown if he's bottle blond like Kanji Tatsumi, or if his eyebrows are naturally grown like that or shaven. Given the Japanese setting and his name, it's likely he is of Japanese descent and is bottle blond.
He wears his school’s 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!', plaid trousers with suspenders and it's rolled up to reveal his ankles and sneakers.
His burglar outfit consists of matching black leather jacket and pants with knee pads, a red ascot, combat boots, a pair of yellow gloves, and a skull mask.
- "I can only bet on this one chance."
- —Ryuji Sakamoto, Persona 5
Ryuji is known as a disruptive "problem student" at school whose bad behavior causes all sorts of trouble for the teachers. Beneath his seemingly delinquent-like behavior, Ryuji is actually a kind person at heart who is still trying to cope with his inability to continue becoming an athlete after the injury he suffered. Around his close friends, he is upbeat, friendly, and straightforward. He is also a bit short-tempered, usually getting easy to take the slightest bit of offense from others and sometimes even resort to violence. He can be clumsy and overly energetic sometimes, which resulted him accidentally throwing an outburst of being Phantom Thieves and such in public. This consequently helped Makoto identifying him and his friends as the Phantom Thieves when she was tailing them. He has no hesitation to show his dislike directly towards someone he doesn't like.
- "With this power, I'll make you pay for what's happened!"
- —Ryuji Sakamoto awakening his Persona, Persona 5
Ryuji Sakamoto was a transfer student of Syujin High School sometime ago before the protagonist. He is from abusive household, but then got a great opportunity for his future by becoming a star athlete. However, this earned disdain from the volley ball coach, Suguru Kamoshida, who then overtrained Ryuji, breaking Ryuji's leg. To put more salt to the wound, Kamoshida spread rumours 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 meet Ryuji after Kamoshida picks up Anne Takamaki 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 got acquainted. The two accidentally enter Kamoshida 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 again using the app installed in the protagonist's smartphone, which they succeeded.
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 on his volleyball team only and to gain admiration or 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 confides their backgrounds to each other.
Together with the protagonist, they tries to get information about Kamoshida from other students, but everyone are 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 a chance killed his Shadow, Ryuji and the protagonist asks for times to think. Not long afterwards, Anne's friend, Shiho Suzui, attempts suicide and when Ryuji and the protagonist heard from Yuki 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 intending to expel him, the protagonist, and Yuki.
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 Anne 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 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 meets an arrogant man named Masayoshi Shido who quickly gets on Ryuji's nerve after rudely shoving them when they were waiting for the elevator. This encounter makes Ryuji to decide to continue working as Phantom Thieves to cleanse the corruption from corrupt adults' heart. The protagonist and Anne also agrees with him, so they decides to continue becoming the Phantom Thieves.
Ryuji's Cooperation is unlocked automatically on 12th April but his Coop Ability is only unlocked since rank 2.
|2||?||Baton Touch||Passes One More turn to another ally.|
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- "I'm all fired up!" (Using Shotguns)
- "Perrrrsonaaaa!" (Summoning Persona)
- "Captain Kidd!" (Captain Kidd casting skill)
- "Leave it to me." (Receiving Baton Touch)
- "This is the END!" (Initating All-Out Attack)
Ryuji's Close Up.
Ryuji Sakamoto concept art.
Cinematic expressions concept artwork of the Ryuji Sakamoto
Key art of Ryuji Sakamoto from the Persona 5 website.
Ryuji along with other playable character appear on Visual Wanted Poster.
Illustration of Ryuji Sakamoto and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
Promotional artwork by Shigenori Soejima.
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Illustration of Ryuji, the Protagonist, Anne, Morgana and Yusuke by Rokuro
Illustration of Ryuji, the Protagonist and Anne by Shigenori Soejima.
Ryuji in the first trailer.
Ryuji in his burglar uniform.
All-Out Attack finishing touch
Ryuji's Persona Captain Kidd.
Ryuji and the protagonist in their athletic attire.
|Persona 5 Portraits|
Ryuji Sakamoto's portrait
Ryuji's Skull outfit
Ryuji's Skull outfit without mask
Ryuji's summer school uniform
Ryuji's gym uniform
Ryuji's summer attire
Ryuji's winter attire
Ryuji's casual attire
Ryuji with bear ears
|Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers|
Ryuji Sakamoto and his allies on the cover of Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
Ryuji Sakamoto in Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
Illustration of Ryuji and his team by Akaume (PQ Roundabout author)
Illustration of Ryuji, the Protagonist, Anne, Morgana and Yusuke by Rokuro Saito
Illustration of Ryuji by Yoko Nihonbashi (Cartoonist of G Senjou Heaven’s Door and Shoujo Fight)
- 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 official site, Skull is given the comical title of "Phantom Thieves' Captain Kirikomi" (怪盗団の切り込み隊長, Kaitō-dan no kirikomi taichō)?. "Captain Kirikomi" is a reference to the card from the series. " " precisely refers to curing fish slices from Hokkaido regional cuisine.
- Ryuji's phantom thief attire is heavily similar to the appearance of Hell Biker.