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Tatsuya Suou

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Also known as Red Hawk (Masked Circle)
Déjà Vu Boy
Japanese Name 周防 達哉
Romaji Suō Tatsuya
First Appearance Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Weapon Two-hand swords
Date of Birth 7/27
Age 18
Zodiac Leo
Height 181cm (5'11")
Weight 68kg (150 lbs)
Blood Type B
Arcana The Sun
Secondary Arcana The Hanged Man (P2IS only), The World, Suit of Cups, Suit of Swords
Persona Vulcanus, Vulcanus Prime, Apollo
Japanese VA Takehito Koyasu
English VA Keith Silverstein
"That's right... I remember now... A sin that must not exist... How do I atone...?"
—Tatsuya, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Tatsuya Suou is the protagonist of Persona 2: Innocent Sin and a major character in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. Though his name is set default as "Tatsuya Suou" in Persona 2: Innocent Sin, players can change his default name. A senior student enrolling in Seven Sisters High School, Tatsuya Suou is the younger brother of Katsuya Suou, a police detective. Tatsuya also has an unnamed father.

Appearances Edit

Design Edit

Tatsuya has brown hair worn long with a center part, brown eyes and lightly tan skin. He is frequently seen in the Seven Sisters uniform, consisting of a black blazer and black pants with contrast trim worn over a white button-down shirt, and wears matching sneakers. Additionally, he wears a cornflower blue tie, indicating that he's a third-year student. A black wristwatch can be seen on his left arm and his belt buckle has a distinctive lion-like design. His childhood self is dressed in much lighter clothing: a white and blue raglan t-shirt.

In Eternal Punishment, Tatsuya sports a red motorcycle outfit with a hood and the suit's jacket has a black X symbol on it. He wears the same shoes as in Innocent Sin and has a winding gray mark on his right arm.

Personality Edit

Tatsuya Suou is the primary protagonist of Persona 2: Innocent Sin. Following the tradition of Shin Megami Tensei series, he is a silent protagonist, and his personality is determined by the player's in-game actions and decisions.

He has a mature and cool attitude that makes him popular outside of school as well as among his peers. Ironically, he is a loner who does his best to avoid becoming involved with anyone. He keeps an engraved Zippo lighter on his person and habitually takes it out to flick it open and shut, a gift from Jun Kurosu.

Often feeling shunned by his more successful brother, Katsuya Suou, Tatsuya has a pattern of skipping classes with a friend, Anna Yoshizaka. According to one of the students enrolled at Seven Sisters High School, Tatsuya always attends school, but skips lectures.

In Eternal Punishment, Tatsuya is characterized as a fairly passive individual and a brooding figure. Upon Tatsuya's first meeting with Maya, who lost the memories and friendship they once shared in the past, refers Tatsuya as the "déjà vu kid", swearing that she had seen Tatsuya somewhere. While in Innocent Sin, Tatsuya's brother is portrayed as a serious, but aloof brother to Tatsuya, Eternal Punishment reveals that from Katsuya's point of view, he was trying his best to be a good brother to Tatsuya, and Tatsuya was the one who shunned him.


Persona 2Edit

Innocent SinEdit

One day, Tatsuya gets a letter from Lisa Silverman about a student from their school being kidnapped by the gang leader of Kasugayama High School. The letter instructs him to go to the Sumaru Prison alone if he wants the girl, Miyabi, to live. Lisa goes with him to face Eikichi and it's revealed that the letter was a ploy set up by Eikichi's friends to get Tatsuya to join their band, Gas Chamber. Lisa derides Eikichi, prompting him to fight them both with his Persona. Lisa awakens her Persona after being attacked by Eikichi, prompting Tatsuya to summon his Persona to attack the gang leader. All three then pass out and meet Philemon, who tells them about their Personas, and that rumors are becoming reality. Intrigued, Lisa decides to test calling the Joker to see if the rumor did come true, and tries, along with Ken, Takeshi, and Shogo, while Tatsuya, Eikichi, and Miyabi watch. However, in doing so their plans backfire, calling forth Joker. Joker angrily expresses his hostility to the party, and mentions that they once did something horrible to him.

Joker then attacks the party, along with summoning demons. Although they manage to fend him off, they all become intrigued about Joker's words, and decide to investigate them.

Eternal PunishmentEdit

"A young man acting older. He ran into me. For some strange reason, I feel I know him from long ago..."
—His introduction (as the "Deja Vu Boy") in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Tatsuya returns as a major character in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. Following after the events of Innocent Sin, Tatsuya is the only one who recalls the memories that he and his friends had forged in the past. Set after the events of previous adventure, Maya instead takes the role of the silent Protagonist. It is revealed in his scenario that he is actually borrowing the body of the Tatsuya native to the new reality in hopes of sealing Nyarlathotep away to atone for his mistake in not holding out for his promise to forget his friends. He also regrets his actions might have repercussions for the Tatsuya of the Eternal Punishment timeline when he fades away.

In Eternal Punishment, Tatsuya swaps his Seven Sisters High School Uniform for a red cyclist's jumpsuit.

In his scenario, it is revealed that EP Tatsuya is a close friend of Anna Yoshizaka. Also, before the events of the game and up to a certain point, Tatsuya attempted to cover the incidents indicating the return of Nyarlathotep; these efforts had a lukewarm success at first, considering he did not manage to stop Tatsuya Sudou's campaign of terror or many of the subsequent events, heavily depending on Shiori Miyashiro to help him.

His fervor in working alone and not allowing Katsuya, or more importantly, Maya, into his investigations, was explained as Nyarlathotep revealing the spell Philemon had used to restore the world following the events of Innocent Sin would be undone if either Maya, Eikichi, Lisa or Jun had their memories of the previous timeline restored, even branding him to remind him of the fact.

During the events of the Lab, it is he who confronts and sedates the crazed, demon-infused Shiori and helps Eikichi escape. He takes Shiori to the Velvet Room and asks Igor to help him restore Shiori, intending to collect the Trapezohedrons alone. Still, before he can launch his one-man crusade, he is joined by the full group of Persona-users and forced to accept their help. Though they are successful in restoring Shiori, he is again reminded of the high cost he had been forced to endure in his fight.

In the end, Tatsuya was allowed to forget about his friends and the adventures they had shared - at the cost of forever shattering the bonds he had forged through them. By doing so, he vacated the borrowed body, leaving behind the Tatsuya Suou native to the EP timeline. Soon after, the Suou brothers had a conversation in which it was implied Tatsuya intended to follow in his brother's footsteps and join the police force.

Persona 3Edit

Tatsuya Suou makes a cameo appearance in Persona 3 as part of Trish's show, Who's Who. He is described as "Smoking hot" and in his 20's. Trish discusses that he intends on becoming a policeman like his brother, Katsuya Suou.

Tatsuya is also the online screen name for the protagonist in the English version of the game when interacting with the Hermit Social Link Isako Toriumi. The MMORPG they play as "Innocent Sin Online", a reference to the subtitle of Persona 2.

DemiKids: Light & DarkEdit

Tatsuya is an A-Rank BattleNet opponent that is said to use good type demons. After 10 defeats he gives a Speedy, 30 defeats earns a Lord Pey.

Contact Edit

Persona 2: Innocent SinEdit

Solo Contacts Edit

  • Do Impressions: Tatsuya does an impression.
  • Persuade: Tatsuya attempts to persuade the enemy.
  • Discuss Manliness: Tatsuya talks about manliness.
  • Death Stare: Tatsuya stares at the enemy.

Group Contacts Edit

  • Tatsuya + Eikichi: Eikichi challenges Tatsuya. (Available from start, can be lost if Tatsuya admits Eikichi is better than him during the Kasugayama High School dungeon)
  • Tatsuya + Lisa: Lisa acts defensive of Tatsuya. (Available from start, can be lost if Tatsuya chooses someone else as his lover after the Shadow Lisa fight and regained later in Xibalba if he says he likes her as a friend)
  • Tatsuya + Maya: Maya tries to get Tatsuya's attention. (Gained if Tatsuya answers Maya's questions correctly in the bomb shelter)
  • Tatsuya + Yukino: Tatsuya and Yukino beat up the enemy. (Gained if Tatsuya tells Yukino that he is good with his fists during the Club Zodiac dungeon)
  • Tatsuya + Eikichi + Yukino: Tatsuya, Eikichi, and Yukino beat up the enemy. (Gained with Tatsuya + Yukino Contact)
  • Tatsuya + Jun: Tatsuya and Jun flirt with each other. (Gained by choosing Jun as Tatsuya's lover after the Shadow Lisa fight, and/or by not saying the player hates him at the Leo Temple)
  • Tatsuya + Jun + Maya: Maya and Jun comment on their growth and recollect about their past. Tatsuya observes. (Available when Jun joins the party)

Battle Quotes Edit

Innocent SinEdit

  • "Your death will be quick!" (when entering a battle)
  • "Out of my way!" (when entering a battle)
  • "Ugh, I can still do this!" (when entering a battle on low HP)
  • "Huh!" (when attacking)
  • "Haah!" (when attacking)
  • "Ergh!" (when attacking)
  • "Too late!" (when attacking)
  • "Oof!" (when hit)
  • "This is it!" (when summoning a Persona)
  • "Come!" (when summoning a Persona)
  • "Persona!" (when summoning a Persona)
  • "Get set!" (when using Fusion Spells)
  • "Grand Cross!" (when using Grand Cross)
  • "Nova Kaiser!!" (when using Nova Kaiser on Apollo in Innocent Sin)
  • "Ugh..." (when KO'ed)
  • "Bad luck, running into me." (after winning a battle)
  • "Know your enemy before you pick a fight!" (after winning a battle)
  • "Sorry about that." (rare victory quote)
  • "I just got lucky." (rare victory quote)
  • "You got off easy this time!" (when retreating)
  • "You better watch your back!" (when retreating)
  • "Being a man means..." (when succeeding with the Discuss Manliness contact)
  • "Listen." (when succeeding with the Persuade contact)
  • "Look into my eyes." (when succeeding with the Stare contact)
  • "Close your eyes." (before doing an impression)

Eternal PunishmentEdit

  • "You okay with that?" (when entering a battle)
  • "Don't get in my way!" (when entering battle)
  • "I can still fight!" (when entering battle on low HP)
  • "Hah!" (when attacking)
  • "Not good enough!" (when attacking)
  • "You're slow!" (when attacking)
  • "Persona!" (when summoning a Persona)
  • "I need you now!" (when summoning a Persona)
  • "Come!" (when summoning a Persona)
  • "Follow me!" (when using Fusion Spells)
  • "Let's go!" (when using Fusion Spells)
  • "It's over!" (when using Nova Cyther with Apollo in Eternal Punishment)
  • "I will defeat you!!" (when using Nova Cyther on final boss)
  • "Sorry about that!" (after winning a battle)
  • "You are not good enough." (after winning a battle)
  • "I'll protect Maya." (rare victory quote)
  • "You're no match for me, sucker." (rare victory quote)
  • "You were lucky this time!" (when retreating)
  • "Did we lose?" (when KO'ed)
  • "I'm sorry... everyone! (game over)
  • "No... I can't die yet!" (game over)

Gallery Edit

Innocent Sin Artwork
Tatsuya covered with barbed wire
Boxart for initial Japanese version
Artwork of Tatsuya and Maya, along with their Ultimate Personas. It was also used for the PSP remake's cover.
Artwork of Tatsuya and his Persona, Apollo
Persona 2 Innocent Sin Novel cover
Persona 2: Innocent Sin novel cover
Tatsuya Suou render 2
Tatsuya's original art from Innocent Sin
Tatsuya Suou ISP
Artwork of Tatsuya in the remake of Innocent Sin
Tatsuya attack
Attack render
Tatsuya portrait
Concept artwork of Tatsuya in Innocent Sin
More concept art of Tatsuya in Innocent Sin
Most of Tatsuya's expressions in Innocent Sin, his childhood self, and his Shadow Self.
Innocent Sin characters
Tatsuya with the group
Tatsuya with the group
Nyarlathotep in the guise of Tatsuya Suou to the right of a tearful Maya Amano.
P2 Errors of Their Youth
Tatsuya and Jun on a CD cover.
Innocent Sin Portraits
Tatsuya's normal portrait
Tatsuya's surprised portrait
Tatsuya's injured portrait
Tatsuya's stern portrait
Tatsuya's smiling portrait
Tatsuya's blushing portrait
Tatsuya's sad portrait
Child Tatsuya's portrait
Child Tatsuya wearing the Red Hawk mask
Eternal Punishment Artwork
Maya and "Tatsuya"
P2EP Promotional Artwork
Tatsuya and Maya
Persona 2 Tatsuya
Tatsuya as he appears in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
The mark left by Nyarlathotep on Tatsuya's arm
Sketch of Tatsuya
Tatsuya Suou in the Eternal Punishment PSP remake
Tatsuya Suou EPP
A higher-quality shot of Tatsuya's remake artwork
Tatsuya's Fusion Spell cut-in portrait for the PSP remake of Eternal Punishment
Persona 2 characters
Tatsuya with the group
Eternal Punishment Portraits
Tatsuya's normal portrait
Tatsuya's angry portrait
Tatsuya's surprised portrait
Tatsuya's embarrassed portrait
Tatsuya's sad portrait
Tatsuya's other sad portrait, with eyes closed
Tatsuya's injured portrait
Tatsuya's ____ portrait
A portrait of Tatsuya's arm
PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival
PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival visual art by Shigenori Soejima
Tatsuya along with Maya and the other protagonists on PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival visual art by Shigenori Soejima
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, P2, 02
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, 13
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, 14
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, 15
Tatsuya's unused sprite in the PlayStation version of Innocent Sin
Jun and Tatsuya build a sand castle in the anime trailer
Tatsuya in the anime trailer
P4D Yu Narukami P-color Selection 2 DLC
Yu as Tatsuya in Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Trivia Edit

  • Tatsuya stands out among Shin Megami Tensei protagonists, in the regard that he has an official name in his games. Also, in Eternal Punishment, he actually speaks like a normal character - mainly because he's not the main protagonist anymore.
  • The subtitles of both games in the Persona 2 dualogy refer to Tatsuya. His "Innocent Sin" in the first game is his refusal to forget about his memories with his friends because he's afraid of being alone, even though he needs to in order to save the world and Maya. Ironically, his "Eternal Punishment" in the second game is to not only live in the original world where all humans outside Sumaru City are dead, and his friends are living in another reality, but during the game's events, has to live in a world where no one but him remembers the events of the first game and his friendships.
  • The exchange of Tatsuya and Jun's treasures is reflected on their exclusive Personas. Tatsuya's Vulcanus and Apollo are fire-elemental (lighter), while Jun's Chronos is the god of time (wrist watch).
  • An unused sprite of Tatsuya in his school tracksuit appears in the loading screen of the Playstation version of Innocent Sin.
  • The reason Tatsuya can pilot vehicles flawlessly without any prior training is because of the power of rumors. In Innocent Sin, a rumor spread that Tatsuya was "good with machines" because he was always seen driving and tinkering on his motorcycle. The epilogue points this out by showing that the Tatsuya of "This Side" cannot fix his motorcycle like the Tatsuya of the "Other Side" was seen doing at the beginning of the game. As the playable Tatsuya in Eternal Punishment is the Tatsuya of the "Other Side" controlling the body of the Tatsuya of "This Side", the rumor still affects him and that's why he can pilot a blimp, a submarine and one of the X series robots.
  • Tatsuya can stop the flow of time with Apollo's max rank ability, Nova Kaiser.
  • Tatsuya is the tallest protagonist in the series at 181cm, Yu Narukami being second at 180cm.

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