>>2725509>in one they're evil chaotic beings that come from bad thoughts
Thought you were talking about Persona for this one because that's literally what shadows are.
Demons come from bad thoughts. Shadows are repressed sides of the human psyche, Persona are the other side of those shadows - the face you put on in every day situations.
Both are essentially demons.>its just kind of weird for everyone to love their personas and be happy go lucky meanwhile I'm summoning satan
It is funny, but Persona is not that different from SMT at all.
P5 didn't muddle anything, in fact it clarified what the intent was in older Persona games. Even Persona 3 - The Answer had Metis straight up tell the party that Personas and Shadows are the exact same entities.
It's not so difficult a departure from mainline to make demons more metaphorical.
Humans invented God. They invented religion to justify and to educate.
From their collective consciousness, in SMT, gods and demons manifested into reality.
In Persona, it's the same thing.