"Man, it's weird... All this ain't feelin' real to me just yet... Like, "Am I in a dream," y'know? Heh... I guess so. If you wanna change the world, all you have to do is just look at it differently... am I right? And THAT is what "aesthetics" are."
—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.


Design Edit

Ryuji has short spiky dyed blond hair and dark brown eyes. According to Sadayo Kawakami, his hair is naturally black. 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.

In Persona 5: Dancing Star Night, he retain his Shujin Academy uniform except he wears a yellow with black "X" design and a red tattered scarf, and yellow and light blue sneakers with matching laces. He wears sunglasses on his head, a golden chain bracket on his right wrist and metal bracket on his left wrist.

Personality Edit

"We're going to catch all these shitty adults by surprise and make ourselves known to the world!"
—Ryuji Sakamoto, Persona 5
Persona 5 Introducing Ryuji Sakamoto

Persona 5 Introducing Ryuji Sakamoto

Ryuji English 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 his mother is the only family he has. 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 which he did 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 after 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. Ryuji borrowed money from Ann in middle school so he could buy a stuffed dolphin for his mom from a school trip, but never paid her back, which Ann holds against him.

He originally came from a household with an abusive father, who eventually abandoned him and his mother. Later on, Ryuji got a great opportunity for his future and to ease his mother's burden by becoming a star athlete on the school's track team. However, this earned disdain from the volleyball coach, Suguru Kamoshida, who then abused Ryuji and the entire track team. To put more salt in the wound, Kamoshida began telling everyone at Shujin about Ryuji's parents. This caused Ryuji to try and attack Kamoshida but in a manner of "self-defense" broke Ryuji's leg and caused the track team to disband.

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 Awakening

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 afterward, 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 sexually assaulted 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.


"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. One day while training, he faces Nakaoka and Takeishi who was still angry at Ryuji for getting into a fight with Kamoshida. Rejected by his former teammates, they go to train at Protein Lovers where they meet his alumni Ikeda who had joined the university track team despite how Kamoshida had no intentions of writing their letter of recommendation and used Ryuji punching Kamoshida as the excuse while letting word slip that the team is being reinstated as Shujin's Volleyball team is in turmoil since the incident with Kamoshida came to light but learn that Yamaguchi, one of Kamoshida's supporters is the new coach despite lacking any credentials and rampant alcoholism which raises Ryuji's concern that the team will be doomed to repeat the same mistakes he did with Kamoshida.

While training one day, he runs into Takeishi accusing Nakaoka for exposing their personal lives to Kamoshida in hopes for a scholarship and kicks Nakaoka out of the team as Nakaoka confesses to being one responsible for Ryuji's suffering. However Ryuji knew that after all the suffering he has been through, he would have remained an obedient tool to Kamoshida's false promises and made the resolve to get the team to abandon Yamaguchi as the coach by spying on him with the protagonist's help. Eventually he learns that Yamaguchi indeed doesn't care about the team and wanted only the attention and fame as the protagonist records their conversation on day at a restaurant. There he reveals his intentions was to play the role of the sympathetic teacher who help saved the Track Team after Kamoshida's actions and have a coach do the actual work while he reaps the rewards and ensuring Nakaoka gets kicked out of the team after informing Takeishi subtly about Kamoshida learning about their darkest secrets and using him as a puppet to keep others in line. With the information recorded Ryuji realize the importance on relying on others to succeed and decided to help the team confront Yamaguchi. Faced with the incriminating truth, Takeishi and Nakaoka comes to terms with Ryuji who stresses the importance of relying on one another and being independent from the demands of others. Shortly after the confrontation, Takeishi and the Track Team makes the decision to practice without relying on Yamaguchi and get the old coach back and succeeds in doing so. Ryuji however declines the offer to join the team as he felt Joker was responsible for helping him realize the importance of relying on others to succeed in life and be free. 

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.

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



Ryuji battle trailer.

Quotes video:

  • "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 it!" (Initating All-Out Attack)
  • "All right! Time for some pain!" (Initiating All-Out Attack)
  • "Let's tear em apart!" (Initiating All-Out Attack)
  • "And 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)
  • "Yeah! Nice!" (Battle results)
  • "Ha! Losers!" (Battle results)


Persona 5
Ryuji cut-in
Ryuji's Close Up.
Ryuji Text Icon
Ryuji's text icon.
Ryuji's Confidant icon.
Ryuji in the crowd.
P5, Ryuji Sakamoto concept art
Concept art.
Concept art.
Skull concept art.
P5 Cinamatic artwork of Ryuji
Cinematic expressions concept artwork.
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.
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.
Illustration of Phantom Theives of Heart for P5 Maniax User Handbook Cover Illustration
Persona 5 Maniax User Handbook Cover Illustration of Phantom Thieves of Hearts
Ryuji theme
Ryuji theme2
Ryuji Opening
Ryuji in the opening movie.
Ryuji in the opening movie.
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.
Ryuji in the credits.
ペルソナ5 8週連続テレビCM⑧ 「坂本竜司編」

ペルソナ5 8週連続テレビCM⑧ 「坂本竜司編」

Ryuji Japanese trailer.
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
Ryuji Happy Cut-in
Ryuji happy cut-in
Ryuji Angry Cut-in
Ryuji angry cut-in
Ryuji Confused Cut-in
Ryuji confused cut-in
Ryuji Surprised Cut-in
Ryuji surprised cut-in
Ryuji Determined Cut-in
Ryuji determined cut-in
Ryuji Serious Cut-in
Ryuji serious cut-in
Ryuji Harmed Cut-in
Ryuji harmed cut-in
Ryuji Sad Cut-in
Ryuji sad cut-in
Persona 5 Costumes
Shujin Winter School Uniform
Winter Casual Wear
Summer Casual Wear
Shujin Summer School Uniform
Gekkoukan High School Uniform (DLC)
Yasogami High School Uniform (DLC)
Persona 4 Arena Shadow Operation Outfit (DLC)
Karukozaka High School Uniform (DLC)
Swimsuit (DLC)
Catherine Costume (Orlando) (DLC)
Butler Uniform (DLC)
Christmas Costume (DLC)
Persona 5 (Manga)
Skull Ryuji Manga
Ryuji in his Skull outfit
Captain Kidd Manga
Ryuji and Captain Kidd
P5 Vol 2 Cover
Cover for Volume 2
Ryuji on the cover
Persona 5 Character Anthology
Illustration by Persona Q: Side P4 manga author Mizunomoto
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
Persona 5: Dancing Star Night
P5D key visual art
P5D screenshot of Ryuji
Ryuji dancing
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto initial costume
Initial Costume
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto winter school uniform
Shujin Winter School Uniform
P5D Ryuji Sakamoto summer school uniform
Shujin Summer School Uniform
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


  • Ryuji's name referencing Ryōma Sakamoto (坂本 龍馬) from the bakumatsu period is supported by his Confidant subplot which is an allusion to the blade wound incident in Iguchi village (井口村刃傷事件?): A lower samurai Toranoshin Ikeda (池田 寅之進)'s brother was killed by a higher samurai for possbily shoulder bumping. Informed by the witness, Ikeda quickly arrived at the scene and killed the two superiors for revenge. This serial murder stoked the tension between the lower and higher samurais in the next day. Sakamoto as a fellow lower samurai helped mediate, but things actually settled down after Ikeda had performed honor suicide by seppuku and confiscation of the salaries of Ikeda's and his brother's families, while the superiors' families received virtually no punishment for the initial killing. The unequal treatments led to desertion of many lower samurais including Sakamoto and his later comrade Shintarō Nakaoka (中岡 慎太郎) from their serving clans who were disappointed by their higher-ups' suppression.
  • 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. The term was later borrowed for naval boarding in ship-to-ship combat, referring to the grappling hooks for closing the distance between the ships.
    • The official translation in-game is "charge commander."
  • Ryuji's civilian 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.
  • Just like with Makoto Niijima and Goro Akechi before, the official twitter account for the Persona series posted a "Happy Birthday" message for Ryuji on July 3, 2017 JST.
  • Only in the English version, after escaping Kaneshiro's Palace Ryuji comments in the gang's message group "I'm a Phantom, on a steel horse I ride." This is a reference to Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" from the 1986 album "Slippery When Wet" to which Makoto follows up with continual reference by stating that she is not wanted.
    • In the Japanese version, this conversation is completely different with Ryuji stating he wants to drive a stolen bike and Makoto instantly denies hers to be stolen from elsewhere.

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