Toshiro Kasukabe is one of the new characters introduced in Persona 5 Tactica. He is a young Diet member who is campaigning to be the next prime minister of Japan. In an unexpected event, the Phantom Thieves arrived in another type of metaverse and found Toshiro as a captive in it. After being set free, he hesitantly offered his help to the Phantom Thieves at first due to his inexperience in fighting, but later he took up the role of the group’s strategist.
As the story reaches its climax during the third act and Toshiro’s relation to Erina has been revealed, Toshiro is pressed by his dark self to eradicate Erina from his cognition. This pushed Toshiro to awaken his Persona, melding it with Erina to give birth to Ernesto.
Given that most of the Personas in the previous Persona 5 games are based on real-life people who were notorious for being thieves or people who fought against authority, just who was the real-life figure that Ernesto was based on?
Who is Ernesto, Toshiro’s Persona in Persona 5 Tactica?
Ernesto is a Persona based on Ernesto “Che” Guevarra, who is most popularly known as just Che Guevarra. Che was known as a rebel leader who fought during the Cuban Revolution, and his rebellion was known for being one of the most influential revolutions that fought against poverty and authoritarianism. His actions and legacy are quite divisive, to say the least, but his influence can still be seen up to the present day.
Ernesto in Persona 5 Tactica took it differently when it came to its appearance, as it has been genderbent due to melding with Erina. It also has a gun for its left leg mirroring how Erina’s left leg also appears to be a prosthetic metal leg, which in turn also suggests that Eri’s leg may have also been lost during the train incident, and instead of bandoliers, its ammo is lined on the edges of its coat. It still has the signature black beret with the gold star. It also bears the title Flame of Revolution.
As for Ernesto’s move set, since its leg is the gun itself, players will have to access the Persona menu and choose the gun Baywell 45 MkII to shoot. It also has an Almighty-type attack known as Liberator, plus a Support-type move known as the Crystal of Rebirth.
Although this might seem like Ernesto is the oddest instance of a persona awakening given that Erina is a being born from Toshiro’s cognition, let’s not forget that Morgana was also born from the Metaverse and is a Persona user, while Sophia from P5 Strikers is an artificial intelligence who also managed to turn into a Persona user.