- "Take it down, Phantom Thieves! Come on, why do you think they've risked their lives all this time!? Dammit, you guys! Snap out of it! When will you stop running from the truth!? Phantom Thieves, can you hear us!?"
- —Yuuki Mishima, Persona 5
Yuuki Mishima is a character from Persona 5.
Mishima is of short stature compared to his classmates, with spiky blue-tinted black hair and a relatively "average" face. He wears Shujin Academy's standard winter uniform with the shirt untucked, the suspenders off his shoulders, and without the blazer . He also wears white tennis shoes with green accents.
- "I may not be able to change the world, but I can change myself. Whether I sulk about my inability to do anything, or hang my head high and look to the future... My perception shapes the boundaries of my world. It all comes down to what's inside my heart."
- —Yuuki Mishima, Persona 5
Bullied, abused, and ignored, Mishima is an isolated individual who craves freedom from his day-to-day tortures. Initially nervous and scared, once given a listening ear and a bit of support his excitable and loyal nature undoubtedly shines through. While his enthusiasm can become annoying, at times Mishima will still be hesitant and respectful, often apologizing for texting when he is sure the protagonist is busy. Mishima idolizes the protagonist as a cool superhero (likely viewing the protagonist as his "savior" from his abuse under Kamoshida). There are times when Mishima will cling to the protagonist, once saying he will never forgive the protagonist if he is left behind. This clinginess and other socially awkward behaviors is likely due to his past of social isolation as a bully victim.
Although he looks up to the Phantom Thieves, he feels envious that he himself could never make an impact upon the world as they do. Mishima has always wanted to change himself and help others, but considers himself too pathetic and weak to do so. These negative feelings do eventually become the driving force behind his actions, manifesting as a need to be famous and a desire for revenge towards his bullies; however, Mishima is also willing to face his mistakes and change once he is finally given proper support.
Mishima seems to be rather perceptive. He quickly realizes that the protagonist is a member of the Phantom Thieves; additionally, he can both sense and articulate the mood of Tokyo's population before the other Phantom Thieves can as reflected in his poll questions. Mishima may be fairly intelligent as well, as he clearly knows how to build and maintain a website and has shown that he enjoys looking up and memorizing facts.
According to the character anthology, Mishima is designed to be the "grounded" character among the Phantom Thieves.
- "I'd really like to help out in the Phantom Thieves' acts of justice! ...Can I, please?"
- —Yuuki Mishima to the protagonist, Persona 5
Mishima is a second year high school student at Shujin Academy and classmate of the protagonist and Ann Takamaki in class 2-D. He is a member of Suguru Kamoshida's volleyball club, and is a frequent target of Kamoshida's abuse. He is also often told by Kamoshida to call the students for his "advice sessions" and spreads bad rumors on the internet about anyone disliked by Kamoshida including the protagonist even though Mishima is fully aware this is wrong.
When the protagonist and Ryuji Sakamoto are looking for witnesses to testify about Kamoshida's abuse, he refuses to say anything out of fear like everyone else.
He is later told by Kamoshida to call for Ann's best friend, Shiho Suzui, to his office even though there is not supposed to be a session. When Shiho tries to commit suicide the next day, Mishima is horrified and reveals to the protagonist and Ryuji what Kamoshida had done. Following this information, Ryuji confronts Kamoshida with the protagonist and Mishima following him, resulting in Kamoshida's decision to expel them at the next board meeting. Fortunately for Mishima, his expulsion is overturned thanks to Kamoshida's confession after his corrupted heart is stolen by the protagonist, Ryuji, Ann and Morgana. Mishima then apologizes to Ann for not saying anything even though he knew what happened and also to the protagonist for spreading bad rumors about him and promises he will make it up to him.
After Kamoshida's arrest, he realizes that the protagonist, Ryuji and Ann are the Phantom Thieves of Hearts and approaches the protagonist more frequently. He is so obsessed with the gang that he creates and manages the "Phantom Aficionado Website" (Phan-Site) by himself which holds the anonymous poll "do you believe in the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, or not?" and collects heist requests. The player can take the identified requests from his site and solve them in Mementos, the Palace of the general public which does not have a more dedicated Palace to represent the individuals. His goal is to raise the support for the Phantom Thieves because he believes that they are administering justice.
When Yaldaboth begins to merge the Palace realm with reality, Mishima is one of few people who is able to see the changes the city undergoes while everyone around him doesn't. During the final battle, everyone else is finally able to see the changes and begins to panic until they sees the Phantom Thieves' mark on the TV screen. Mishima supports the Phantom Thieves and urges everyone to do the same, which greatly weakens Yaldabaoth and gives the protagonist enough power to evolve Arsene into his ultimate Persona, Satanael, defeating Yaldabaoth.
Following the protagonist's arrest, if the protagonist has maximized his Confidant bond, Mishima will be seen asking around trying to collect signatures to overturn the protagonist's assault conviction against Masayoshi Shido.
If the player explores the Mementos, they will find Shadow Mishima which is Mishima's repressed feelings. His Shadow Self is born from the real Mishima wanting to get revenge against his bullies using his Phan-Site to threaten them both online and offline, and his desire to use the website for his own popularity. The Phantom Thieves of Hearts notice this and confront him. The protagonist helps Shadow Mishima face himself and once Shadow Mishima realizes he is using the Phantom Thieves the real Mishima also realizes this and regrets it. The real Mishima decides to use the Phan-Site to let the people's voice be heard to the Phantom Thieves.
- "Besides the public's reaction to your group, there were others who supported you. ...Someone who enthusiastically cheered the Phantom Thieves on. Perhaps they're quite close... ...What do you have to say to that!?"
- —Sae Niijima talking about Yuuki Mishima, Persona 5
Mishima's Confidant unlocks automatically on May 6th and reaches rank 2 on May 8th. After that he starts sending missions to complete in Mementos through his chat messages. Some of them are necessary to complete in order to make his Confidant progress. However, other missions do not count towards his Confidant affinity. Mishima's Confidant increases the experience gained as well as allows non-active party members to gain experience. Maxing out his Confidant allows every party member to gain experience evenly.
Mishima's farewell gift to the protagonist on the last day after maxing his Confidant is a Report Outline about the Phantom Thieves. The item unlocks Salvation Wish from the beginning of New Game+ once their Confidant has been established.
|1||Mishima's Support||Allows backup members to earn EXP.|
|3||Mishima's Enthusiasm||Increases EXP earned from battle.|
|5||Mishima's Desperation||Increases EXP earned by backup members.|
|7||Phanboy||Greatly increases EXP earned from battle.|
|10||Salvation Wish||Allows backup members to earn the same EXP as current party members.|
Mishima playing volleyball with Suguru Kamoshida
|Persona 5 Portraits|
Yuuki Mishima's portrait
Mishima's summer school uniform
Mishima's casual clothes
Mishima's injured portrait
Unused sad portrait
|Persona 5 (Manga)|
Mishima passing by Shiho
- Yuuki Mishima's name is probably a reference to the author Shin Megami Tensei character Gotou. Mishima also bears some resemblance to the protagonist of Yukio's novel which many believes to be an autobiography of Yukio himself. In the novel the protagonist is physically weak, socially awkward and constantly tormented by the idea of how he looks in other's eye which is primarily contributed by his gay orientation. . Mishima would also inspire the