The recently revealed protagonist of Persona 5 has yet to be given an official name, but in the meantime, the internet has given him one of their own. Japanese fans have already taken to calling the bespectacled student ポッター, or “Potter” to non-Japanese speakers, as in “Harry Potter.” The comparison has been made on Western sites, too; the GameFAQs and Giant Bomb forums have also seen reports of people saying the new Atlus protagonist looks like the boy who lived, but we are less prone to nicknames in the English-speaking world, I suppose.

Japanese Twitter user Hakuo0809 tweeted “In less than five minutes, the Persona 5 protagonist’s nickname became Potter,” which has since been re-tweeted over two-thousand times. Another tweet, saying “P3: Kitaro, P4: Boss, P5: Potter. Nicknames are harsh” has seen upwards of four-thousand re-tweets, and news about this nickname (like this post and its source), have been popping up all over the net. The nickname has already spawned a surge of fan art, which has appeared all over Twitter as well.

Source: Kotaku (credits to the fan art here, too)

Our Verdict

Stefan Terry
One of my earliest memories with games was just after Pokémon had come out in the states for the first time. I remember, after having watched the show for a couple weeks, stumbling across a friend with an original Gameboy playing Pokémon Red version using a Weedle. When he told me he was playing Pokémon, I told him I didn't know there was a Pokémon that had a pumpkin for a head. Boy games have come a long way. Speaking of games, I also contribute to making them somewhat professionally, and ocassionaly write about them. You should see some of that games writing stuff, I hear it's real popular with the kids these days.


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