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User Info: GentlemanAeon77

GentlemanAeon77
3 months ago#1
We know there's lots of love for the girls and guys, but what about our favorite golden boy? Let's show some appreciation for the first guy who stuck with our protagonist and can still pull fast ones on us. Same rules as the other appreciation threads.

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User Info: abovedrip

abovedrip
3 months ago#2
Ryuji is best boy. His comedic timing may not be quite on Yusuke's level, but he more than makes up for it with his number of attempts. I may have cried when they did his fakeout death
But when Gunlancers attack, their vigorous thrusts can result in an explosive climax! ...Hmm? ...Did I say something amusing?
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User Info: vocedelmorte

vocedelmorte
3 months ago#3
Welcome and congrats on your new beginning! About time someone made a thread for Ryuji as well, hopefully you will keep it going!

User Info: Belmod

Belmod
3 months ago#4
MY BOY!! Too much hate going on fir my boy though. Hes the type of guy that would have your back in a fight for sureeven if you were in the wrong. Definitely worthy of being best friend

I bet his mom is hot
Ill romance makoto and cheat on her afterwards with futaba.
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User Info: faireya

faireya
3 months ago#5
Ryuji's got a fighter's spirit. He doesn't like to see people oppressed and encourages them to fight against it. That's a really important trait, both in game and in life.
#BestPrinceAkechi

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goodJT
3 months ago#6
Hi hi.
AKA Tykronos/Ryltex,The Glass Wraith of Gamefaqs.
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User Info: GentlemanAeon77

GentlemanAeon77
3 months ago#7
I will definitely try to keep it going as much as I can.

What can be said about Ryuji? Most people see him as an idiot and a dolt, as well as a short-tempered screw-up, but equally as many people see him as a good person, loyal and one that's always got your back.

I believe Ryuji's life can be summed up as him having gone through the "School of Hard Knocks" and graduating with a Masters Degree. He's had an abusive father who ended up abandoning him and his mother, and was tormented alongside the entire track team by Kamoshida. In particular, he was singled out by Kamoshida, and got a broken leg because of him and later on lashed out at him after he decided to push his buttons on his alcoholic father.

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After this, the Track team was disbanded, Ryuji is now an outcast, and Kamoshida got off scott-free! I'd like to believe that all of these events played an important factor in shaping Ryuji's personality as we first see him in game. His hatred against adults and society is legitimate, mainly in cases where they can abuse their power and suffer no repurcussions for it. As well, we know he was once a good kid, but he never moved over into the delinquent side until he was ostracized by pretty much everyone he once knew.

The lessons Ryuji has gotten from Life is essentially that you don't need to fit into it in order to live. Sure, he doesn't do well on his grades nor does he seem to care about subtlety, but Grades are literally nothing more than ink on printed paper, or a set of codes one can see on the computer. What do they really say about you? And taking the straightforward route isn't always a bad option. Look up the story of Alexander the Great solving the Gordian Knot. His task was to undo the knot, and the guy who made it figured he'd try untying it. Alexander took the direct route of cutting it apart with his sword. While it wasn't the intended way to do it, he still technically solved it.

He's also one of your most loyal and supportive teammates, and doesn't stand for bulls*** against them. Why is this? Considering that he was considered an outcast and had nobody he could turn to as a friend, what little he does have is so much. When he first met the Protagonist, he was abit rough because he assumed you were part of "everyone at Shujin Academy". When that was shown false, he lead the way to your school. Afterall, you could be friends.

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When stuck in Kamoshida's Palace, when the situation escalates and it's clear that they're going to die, what is Ryuji's response to it all? He tries to make it so that you two can escape, and when that fails, he tries to make it so that the Protagonist can leave, sacrificing himself in essence. Later on, he doesn't even judge you badly for your reputation, and why? He's got practically the same story!

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This is part of why I'm so warmed up to Ryuji. He was the first person you met who did not judge you, and you to him as well. He was willing to give up his life out of kindness, and even ventures back into the Palace despite being a normal person just so he could help you and put an end to Kamoshida's tyranny! Not even the threat of death is enough to keep him from wanting to stop the s*** affecting not only himself, but others as well.

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Heck, he gets his Persona because he wants to stop Kamoshida from hurting other people that badly as well! Will continue onwards in the next post because hitting the Character limit soon. I promise it'll be not as long as this one was.
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GentlemanAeon77
3 months ago#8
Continuing onwards with his characterization, I would argue that he was your first fully supportive teammate, even before Morgana. With Morgana, they explicitly note that their relationship is due to convenience than anything else, because they want their human form back. With Ryuji, he helps you because you're a potential friend and the only person who can directly deal with Kamoshida's issues. In other words, he wants the Protagonist for the protagonist. Not meant to be read in a yaoi way, but if you ship 'em, I'm not stopping you.

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Continuing onwards, you know how in most mystery novels, how there's always at least one person who plays the "Watson" role? Essentially, the ally to the detective who is niether the culprit or an accomplice to the culprit? That role was created to essentially serve as an in-story voice for the reader's thoughts or to help the reader's thoughts in solving the mystery, since those in the Watson's role will always have similar, if not less, intelligence than the average reader. It's #9 in Ronald Knox's 10 Commandments of Mystery.

9: The stupid friend of the detective, the Watson, must not conceal any thoughts which pass through his mind; his intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader.

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In a sense, Persona 5 can be considered as mystery because you're trying to find out criminals in society that have gone unpunished. Of course, most of the rules are broken in the Knox Decalogue (but that might be another subject of debate to be honest), but I find it nice how well Ryuji seems to play "The Watson" well not only towards the protagonist, but the player as well.

He's written as if he were a normal person thrust into the events of Persona 5. He has the most normalish life (at least pre-outcasting) compared to the other Phantom Thieves. His straightforward nature and speaking his mind makes sense when one reads it from this angle.

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In essence, how many people can say they've sympathized with Ryuji or his statements at one point or another? "I want to hunt down those who hurt others now that I have the power to do so", "I want to use this power to benefit myself and other people", "I want to be recognized for how we've brought these criminals to light", "We've been set up in a trap by a powerful entity and all I can do is just freak out". All of these, and more help make him relatable as a person to the player.
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User Info: faireya

faireya
3 months ago#9
Nicely put!!

GentlemanAeon77 posted...
The lessons Ryuji has gotten from Life is essentially that you don't need to fit into it in order to live. Sure, he doesn't do well on his grades nor does he seem to care about subtlety, but Grades are literally nothing more than ink on printed paper, or a set of codes one can see on the computer. What do they really say about you? And taking the straightforward route isn't always a bad option. Look up the story of Alexander the Great solving the Gordian Knot. His task was to undo the knot, and the guy who made it figured he'd try untying it. Alexander took the direct route of cutting it apart with his sword. While it wasn't the intended way to do it, he still technically solved it.

This in particular I love. Sounds like classic Ryuji!
#BestPrinceAkechi

User Info: GentlemanAeon77

GentlemanAeon77
3 months ago#10
faireya posted...
GentlemanAeon77 posted...
The lessons Ryuji has gotten from Life is essentially that you don't need to fit into it in order to live. Sure, he doesn't do well on his grades nor does he seem to care about subtlety, but Grades are literally nothing more than ink on printed paper, or a set of codes one can see on the computer. What do they really say about you? And taking the straightforward route isn't always a bad option. Look up the story of Alexander the Great solving the Gordian Knot. His task was to undo the knot, and the guy who made it figured he'd try untying it. Alexander took the direct route of cutting it apart with his sword. While it wasn't the intended way to do it, he still technically solved it.

This in particular I love. Sounds like classic Ryuji!


Funnily enough, there's some ingame proof that supports this notion. Ryuji's special ability, when you get his Confidant rank up to 9, is that you can basically instant kill any shadows that have much less strength than you or your party does and still get a random Persona that would've appeared from it.

While it cuts out on Money and Exp, it is cutting the Gordian Knot in theory, by skipping the battle with small fry. It shows that Ryuji's way of going about things is valid and can save on time.
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