What mythological background do you think the personae will have?

#1 Edited by dogman795 (109 posts) -

Ever since Persona 2 the main characters' starting personae have all been from a single ancient mythos. In P2 it was Greek/Roman (Apollo, Maia, Artemis, etc.), P3 was Greek again (Orpheus, Hermes, etc.), and P4 was ancient Japanese folklore (Izanagi, Amaterasu, etc.).

What ancient mythology do you think the P5 protagonists' personae will be from?

There seems to be a "journey to the underworld" pattern with the MC's persona. Both Orpheus and Izanagi went to the underworld to try and rescue their wives.

#2 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5293 posts) -

Egyptian could be cool, although pretty sure there's an Anubis somewhere in there already.

#3 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@wolf_blitzer85 said:

Egyptian could be cool.

Japanese high school students playing mystical card games with Egyptian deities involved? Never been done before. (I was referring more to Yu-Gi-Oh. That was the joke.)

#4 Posted by Nottle (1915 posts) -

@wolf_blitzer85 said:

Egyptian could be cool, although pretty sure there's an Anubis somewhere in there already.

There have been plenty of persona that were in previous games that have been redone for main characters. Look at Susano-o from Persona 3 then Susano-o from Persona 4. Or Take Mikazuchi. He's just some swordsman in P3 but he's a giant skull themed robot in P4.

#5 Posted by Animasta (14719 posts) -

I'd like to see Norse personally. Maybe Aztec? They've had Aztec deities before.

#6 Posted by Deusx (1910 posts) -

Pokemon. There. Close this thread.

#7 Posted by Shirogane (3581 posts) -

Lovecraftian theme would be interesting...

#8 Posted by betterboulder (190 posts) -

Egyptian

#9 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

Vikings. 

#10 Posted by Bocam (3822 posts) -

@Shirogane said:

Lovecraftian theme would be interesting...

Then Nyarlathotep could come back and troll some more.

#11 Posted by YI_Orange (1172 posts) -

All of them combined.

#12 Posted by dogman795 (109 posts) -

@Shirogane said:

Lovecraftian theme would be interesting...

Well, Philemon, the guy who supposedly gives you the power to summon personae is from Lovecraft. And the final boss in the first game was also Lovecraftian in origin.

#13 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -

Aztec would be aw--
 
@Shirogane said:

Lovecraftian theme would be interesting...

This is the true answer.
#14 Posted by BisonHero (7038 posts) -

Doesn't the series already draw bits and pieces from just about every mythology/pantheon? They've added new deities/mythical beasts here and there, but I feel like the SMT series has been working from the same stock list of demons/creatures for most of its existence, and I don't really expect that to change very much.

#15 Posted by Hunter5024 (5963 posts) -

It's been said already but Aztec. They have some of the coolest most unique gods I've ever seen. I hope they don't go Greek again, so overrated, and Norse Gods are too much like regular dudes.

@Video_Game_King said:

@wolf_blitzer85 said:

Egyptian could be cool.

Japanese high school students playing mystical card games with Egyptian deities involved? Never been done before. (I was referring more to Yu-Gi-Oh. That was the joke.)

What are you talking about? Clearly Joey is from Brooklyn.

#16 Edited by MEATBALL (3476 posts) -

@BisonHero said:

Doesn't the series already draw bits and pieces from just about every mythology/pantheon? They've added new deities/mythical beasts here and there, but I feel like the SMT series has been working from the same stock list of demons/creatures for most of its existence, and I don't really expect that to change very much.

Yes, but that's not what this thread is about. It's about what overall mythology the main characters' personas will draw from. EG. Norse gods have appeared as Personas/demons in previous SMT games but if Atlus were to go with a Norse theme for the main characters' personas in P5 they would likely be completely different than in previous games.

#17 Posted by Nottle (1915 posts) -

How about straight up christianity. Lucider already has his Helel and Lucifer form. One can be your starting persona the other your ultimate.

#18 Posted by Animasta (14719 posts) -

@Nottle said:

How about straight up christianity. Lucider already has his Helel and Lucifer form. One can be your starting persona the other your ultimate.

Well they already have mainline SMT for that, just like they shouldn't do hinduism again because that was digital devil saga's thing.

#19 Posted by alternate (2720 posts) -

@Hunter5024 said:

It's been said already but Aztec. They have some of the coolest most unique gods I've ever seen. I hope they don't go Greek again, so overrated, and Norse Gods are too much like regular dudes.

I know, totally right. You spend all that time talking her into it and then the reality is just messy and disgusting.

#20 Posted by geirr (2709 posts) -

They've pretty much had everything ever so continue doing that!

#21 Posted by PenguinDust (12629 posts) -

My vote's for Norse, too. Besides, with the Avengers out this summer, Thor is hot again. Synergy!

#22 Posted by DonutFever (3537 posts) -

Norse.

#23 Posted by Dixavd (1369 posts) -

While it would never happen, I would actually like all of them to be references to videogames or something (probably really subtle ones of references to old games but maybe a couple high-level personae which are more well-known such as one called Link or something).

That or I would like them to use multiple mythologies but each type of persona had names based on one mythology (like for instance all the astronomy ones like Sun, Moon and Star groups could have all Greek Gods while others could all be Aztec or all Egyption or all Japanese or all Chinese etc... origis). I think it would make it interesting and bring some more definition to each group from a thematic perspective and possibly even create more of a differentiation between main characters as their Persona will sound very different.

#24 Posted by coakroach (2492 posts) -

I'd like to see either Norse or Hindu Personas get centre stage.

#25 Posted by Adaurin (187 posts) -

My vote is for Norse. Have the Fool Arcana be associated with a team member instead of the whole team, and make that person's base persona be Loki.

#26 Posted by Hunter5024 (5963 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@Nottle said:

How about straight up christianity. Lucider already has his Helel and Lucifer form. One can be your starting persona the other your ultimate.

Well they already have mainline SMT for that, just like they shouldn't do hinduism again because that was digital devil saga's thing.

This makes me want to play the main SMT games so much more.

#27 Posted by Nottle (1915 posts) -

@Hunter5024 said:

@Animasta said:

@Nottle said:

How about straight up christianity. Lucider already has his Helel and Lucifer form. One can be your starting persona the other your ultimate.

Well they already have mainline SMT for that, just like they shouldn't do hinduism again because that was digital devil saga's thing.

This makes me want to play the main SMT games so much more.

Aren't the mainline games on the NES, SNES, and PS2. I should check them out.

#28 Posted by Jimi (1126 posts) -

@Adaurin: The MC has a split personality, social link with yourself!

#29 Edited by sissylion (675 posts) -

@alternate said:

@Hunter5024 said:

It's been said already but Aztec. They have some of the coolest most unique gods I've ever seen. I hope they don't go Greek again, so overrated, and Norse Gods are too much like regular dudes.

I know, totally right. You spend all that time talking her into it and then the reality is just messy and disgusting.

Jesus Christ

#30 Posted by Hunter5024 (5963 posts) -

@Nottle said:

@Hunter5024 said:

@Animasta said:

@Nottle said:

How about straight up christianity. Lucider already has his Helel and Lucifer form. One can be your starting persona the other your ultimate.

Well they already have mainline SMT for that, just like they shouldn't do hinduism again because that was digital devil saga's thing.

This makes me want to play the main SMT games so much more.

Aren't the mainline games on the NES, SNES, and PS2. I should check them out.

They are all over the place. I dont think it's easy to get ahold of a copy though.

#31 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

@PenguinDust said:

My vote's for Norse, too. Besides, with the Avengers out this summer, Thor is hot again. Synergy!

or forgo the norse and jet put the avengers in. summing hulk or iron man to smash deamons would be fun

#32 Edited by Nottle (1915 posts) -

@Hunter5024 said:

@Nottle said:

@Hunter5024 said:

@Animasta said:

@Nottle said:

How about straight up christianity. Lucider already has his Helel and Lucifer form. One can be your starting persona the other your ultimate.

Well they already have mainline SMT for that, just like they shouldn't do hinduism again because that was digital devil saga's thing.

This makes me want to play the main SMT games so much more.

Aren't the mainline games on the NES, SNES, and PS2. I should check them out.

They are all over the place. I dont think it's easy to get ahold of a copy though.

My friend has copy of nocturne, the first 2 weren't available outside of japan right? Maybe there is a translation somewhere.

#33 Posted by dogman795 (109 posts) -

@Hunter5024: There's plenty of fan translations for the first two. If it's the whole christianity part that interests you, in SMT: Devil Survivor on the DS/3DS you and your brother are the reincarnations of Cain and Abel. You then have to take part in a demon tournament to basically decide who the next God/Satan is going to be. Then it turns out you're secretly the second coming of Jesus or something. Also the game was fun.

#34 Posted by Hunter5024 (5963 posts) -

@dogman795: That sounds radical. Is that like a spoiler though? Well whatever, I'm still planning on picking that one up sometime too.

#35 Posted by dogman795 (109 posts) -

@Hunter5024: It's not that much of a spoiler, since you find out those first two things pretty early and there's a lot more to the story than just the tournament.

#36 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

Norse. And then have Amon Amarth do the entire soundtrack.

#37 Edited by PenguinDust (12629 posts) -

@SlightConfuse said:

@PenguinDust said:

My vote's for Norse, too. Besides, with the Avengers out this summer, Thor is hot again. Synergy!

or forgo the norse and just put the avengers in. summing hulk or iron man to smash deamons would be fun

I don't think that could happen because of licensing and all that, but I like where you're going with this. Perhaps, instead they could use a Japanese modern mythology like Capcom or an anime/manga group such as CLAMP or Sunrise. Summon Ryu for a physical attack, Blanka for electrical, Dhalism for fire, Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers) for Dark attack, Sasquatch for ice, etc... The Japanese always seem to have an easier time doing crossovers with their own creations rather than Western properties with the exception of Marvel, of course. That was the Marvel of old, though so I'm not sure about the new Disney Marvel which is trying to regather all their character licenses.

#38 Posted by mandude (2666 posts) -

Celtic, but that will never happen.

#39 Posted by Eirikr (1010 posts) -

So what's between Greece and Japan? (Besides the whole world, basically?) India of course. As others have said, I think it's a pretty solid bet. The scope of Hindu myth and folklore is so huge they wouldn't necessarily have to lean on the regulars like Shiva and Vishnu, or touch anything near what was done in Digital Devil Saga.

If they want to continue with the "descent into the underworld" theme, then they still have Babylonian/Mesopotamian myth with Ishtar and Tammuz...except that was used in Catherine. In Norse myth, there was the descent to the underworld to try and reclaim Baldr from death...except that was more or less already used in Devil Survivor.

What I'm saying really is it could be anything! But I have to agree along the lines that Norse and Hindu myth are the top choices.

#40 Posted by AndrewB (7689 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@wolf_blitzer85 said:

Egyptian could be cool.

Japanese high school students playing mystical card games with Egyptian deities involved? Never been done before. (I was referring more to Yu-Gi-Oh. That was the joke.)

Awww... explaining it ruined it.

#41 Edited by metalsnakezero (2342 posts) -

Persona need some lovecraft, I mean after 4 games there not a single cthulhu summon?

#42 Posted by mtcantor (951 posts) -

Norse all the way.

#43 Posted by NiKva (128 posts) -

Kryptonian!

#44 Posted by CottonWolf (91 posts) -

Aborigine or native American? They're both under used as mythological sources.

#45 Posted by TohruAdachi (261 posts) -

Egyptian or Norse wouldn't be so bad.

#46 Posted by jebara (64 posts) -

Modern.

MC should have the Batman, sidekicks have the Avengers and the main villain should probably be the Master Chief.

#47 Posted by JusticeJanitor (216 posts) -

An other vote for Norse on my part. Hindu would also be interesing.

@Shirogane said:

Lovecraftian theme would be interesting...

Or that. Yeah, let's go with that.

#48 Posted by Evan223 (99 posts) -

I wouldn't want to see Nores as I found Thor my go to persona, and no doubt he'd be the persona of a team mate. I think Egyptian would be pretty cool as long as they don't use Isis, who is Yukaris ultimate persona.

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