Two Gay NPCs in Persona 5

In Persona 5, there are two unnamed NPCs called “Scruffy Romantic” and “Beefy Trendsetter,” who are flamboyant gay men that hit on Ryuji and the player character. The two follow stereotypes about gay men being flamboyant, feminine, and pedophiles/predators. The game uses them as comedic jokes as they hit on underaged boys.

LGBTQ References in this game series:

Persona 2: Innocent Sin (1999): Tatsuya SuouJun Kurosu

Persona 3 (2006): Unnamed Female Student; Unnamed Beautiful Lady

Persona 3 Portable (2007): Female ProtagonistAigisMitsuru Kirjo; Ryoji Mochizuki

Persona 4 (2008): Kanji TatsumiNaoto ShiroganeChie SatonakaYukiko Amagi; Yosuke Hanamura

Persona 5 (2016): Two Gay NPCs; Lala Escargot; Yusuke Kitagawa

See also QRM’s entry for this game series.


  1. Burbeting. (2017, April 25). Taking a look at the LGBT representation in Persona 5 (Light Spoilers). Retrieved May 7, 2019, from