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What’s the canon name of the SMT 5 protagonist + FAQ

The Megami Tensei series has been a classic since 1987. With 15 games under their belt since the release of SMT 5 in 2021, the large following it has amassed is unsurprising.

Shin Megami Tensei V has been out for around 2 years and puts our protagonist in modern-day Tokyo and the Netherworld. Though we don’t want to spoil too much of the story, we know that nearly every SMT fan has been obsessed with the SMT 5 protagonist.

This mysterious character is, obviously, the one the player controls throughout the game. You’re also responsible for making the decisions, and the thoughts of the MC depend on that. No pressure, though!

However, many fans are surely curious about many things when it comes to the SMT 5 protagonist. From his canon name all the way to the specifics and fun facts such as the MC’s allied demon, it’s hard to keep our eyes away from the screen!

Luckily, we’ve done a bit of deep diving and researching, and we’re ready to present you with the canon name of the SMT 5 protagonist as well as a fun little FAQ. Keep on reading and enjoy!

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What we know about the Shin Megami Tensei 5 protagonist

Considering the SMT 5 protagonist is, well, the protagonist, we’re naturally supposed to know a lot about the character. However, before we get to the burning question of the protagonist’s name, let’s take a step back and look at the basics.

First, we known the SMT 5 protagonist is a young male high school student based in Tokyo. This makes sense considering that’s where the game is set in the first place, of course. He attends Jouin High School and mostly hangs out with his friends Yuzuru Atsuta and Tao Isonokami.

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The main character’s personality and thoughts mostly depend on the player and the choices they decide to make throughout the game. However, the bare bones we have that aren’t affected by player choice is the fact that he’s generally kind and willing to help. He also seems a bit distracted and aloof in class near the beginning of the game. 

Throughout the many battles in the game, we can see the main character seems to have a lot of energy and perhaps pent-up anger toward enemies. 

Outside of battle and the game, we’ve also learned from the Shin Megami Tensei V Japanese website that his hobby is reading. We can also see proof of that in the trailers for the game.

What is SMT 5 protagonist’s name?

Most iterations of the game list the SMT 5 protagonist as simply “hero” or the protagonist, not giving him an official name. However, taking a quick look at basically any Fandom or Wiki page will reveal the main character’s name as Nahobino.

Unfortunately, this is technically not the SMT 5 protagonist’s true name. Instead, it’s his race. The Nahobino are demons who have gained godlike power by regaining their knowledge of good and evil. Although the term Nahobino can refer to any demon of this race, the SMT 5 protagonist is specifically referred to as “the Nahobino”.

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The protagonist gained this form through fusing with his Allied Demon, Aogami. The entity appeared before him while being attacked by Daemons and fused with our hero for survival purposes. Since then, Aogami has guided our main character throughout the game and given him advice when dealing with demons.

Overall, it seems as though our protagonist’s true name is whatever players wish it to be. Considering pretty much everything else about the character has already been set in stone, Atlus was kind enough to at least give us this one freedom in the world of Shin Megami Tensei 5.

Can you pick the gender of the SMT 5 protagonist?

Unfortunately, it seems as though the gender has also been set in stone for the SMT 5 protagonist, and he’s a male protagonist. 

But there’s no need to be sad about this! It’s not like female protagonists don’t exist in the Megami Tensei universe. Fans will fondly remember Tamaki Uchida (Shin Megami Tensei: if…) and even the option to swap the main character’s gender in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE and Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2. 

Some female characters from games like Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse even have their own little prequels where they’re the main character. Asahi from the aforementioned game is one such example.

Currently, we don’t know what Atlus’s plans are for SMT 6, but we’re hoping to get another strong and amazing female character as we’ve seen many times before in this series. 

Of course, considering the fact that SMT 5 is the best-selling entry in the entire franchise, it looks like we won’t have to worry about the series continuing. All we have to do is sit back, enjoy the ride, and maybe replay Shin Megami Tensei V for the 20th time…

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Vildana Karcic
Vildana Karcic
A third-year psychology student with a love for gaming, Vildana spent her early years watching her sisters play Age of Empires and Nancy Drew games. Now, at 22 years old, she spends her free time playing Final Fantasy XIV, watching kdramas, and getting involved in more projects than she can probably handle. She has an interest in online marketing, so she hopes to refine her skills and learn the tricks of the trade later on in her career.