History Characters / Persona4TheInvestigationTeam

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* TheCameo: In ''Persona 3 Portable'''s (which released after ''P4'') female protagonist route, a younger Yukiko makes a cameo when the PC's sports club goes to a summer fellowship in Inaba and stays at the Inn. Chie is also mentioned by one of the handmaids.

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* TheCameo: In ''Persona 3 Portable'''s (which released after ''P4'') female protagonist Kotone's route, a younger Yukiko makes a cameo when the PC's sports club goes to a summer fellowship in Inaba and stays at the Inn. Chie is also mentioned by one of the handmaids.



** Chie, Yukiko, and Rise in the beauty pageant.

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** The female members in the beauty pageant, but Chie, Yukiko, Yukiko and Rise in the beauty pageant.swimsuit portion.



** In the game, Yosuke acted as the unofficial mouthpiece for the HeroicMime protagonist, so he was quite talented at deductive reasoning. In the anime, this aspect of his character was given to Yu, so Yosuke's ButtMonkey and LovableSexManiac aspects have increased instead.

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** In the game, Yosuke acted as the unofficial mouthpiece for the HeroicMime protagonist, Yu, so he was quite talented at deductive reasoning. In the anime, this aspect of his character was given to Yu, so Yosuke's ButtMonkey and LovableSexManiac aspects have increased instead.



* ThePowerOfFriendship: Plays a major role in plot and gameplay. The main character gets his strength from this.

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* ThePowerOfFriendship: Plays a major role in plot and gameplay. The main character Yu gets his strength from this.



* TheQuietOne: In the [[ComicBookAdaptation manga]] where he is allowed to talk, he is still awfully quiet, only speaking at crucial moments and when he's the one initiating a conversation - it creates quite a parallel to his SilentProtagonist role in the game. In the anime he is portrayed as a calm, composed, and soft-spoken individual. Some of the audio dramas also portray him this way.

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* TheQuietOne: In the [[ComicBookAdaptation manga]] where he is allowed to talk, he is still awfully quiet, only speaking at crucial moments and when he's the one initiating a conversation - it creates quite a parallel to his SilentProtagonist role in the game. In the anime anime, he is portrayed as a calm, composed, and soft-spoken individual. Some of the audio dramas also portray him this way.



* SlasherSmile: Lets loose one when Izanagi is summoned, much like his predecessor from ''Persona 3'' and successor from ''Persona 5''.

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* SlasherSmile: Lets loose one when Izanagi is summoned, much like his predecessor Makoto/Minato from ''Persona 3'' and successor The Phantom from ''Persona 5''.



* DistractedByTheSexy: In ''Golden'', if the protagonist puts on the Bath Towel costume and then talks to Rise, she will [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn ask you to put some clothes on because she can't concentrate]].

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* DistractedByTheSexy: In ''Golden'', if the protagonist protagonist/Yu puts on the Bath Towel costume and then talks to Rise, she will [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn ask you to put some clothes on because she can't concentrate]].



* MsFanservice: Played straight and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. While she's more confident in her body than the other girls and has no problem entering the school's beauty pageant, she also fears that those around her only like her for her "Risette" persona.

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* MsFanservice: Played straight and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]].deconstructed]] for her shadow. While she's more confident in her body than the other girls and has no problem entering the school's beauty pageant, she also fears that those around her only like her for her "Risette" persona.



** Then Came Persona Q where if you answers the questions right, in the group date cafe, your destined partner could end up being Teddie. Unlike the other guys, Teddie is really happy that he will marry the P4MC. Hell, he practically confesses to LoveAtFirstSight.

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** Then Came Persona came ''Persona Q where if you answers the questions right, in the group date cafe, your destined partner could end up being Teddie. Unlike the other guys, Teddie is really happy that he will marry the P4MC.Yu. Hell, he practically confesses to LoveAtFirstSight.
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** Chie, in relief, after the protagonist and Yosuke make it out alive of the Midnight Channel during their second trip - in the original [=PS2=] game she's holding back tears, but in ''Golden'' she's outright bawling.

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** Chie, in relief, after the protagonist Yu and Yosuke make it out alive of the Midnight Channel during their second trip - in the original [=PS2=] game she's holding back tears, but in ''Golden'' she's outright bawling.



* AttractiveBentGender: He's no Teddie, but he can rock a skirt and sailor suit better than anyone else. In the anime, Chie, Yukiko and Rise all blush at the sight of him, and in ''Q'', if the player is using the P3 Hero and Yu becomes his "Destined Partner", he wonders if his special talent is dressing in drag.

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* AttractiveBentGender: He's no Teddie, but he can rock a skirt and sailor suit better than anyone else. In the anime, Chie, Yukiko and Rise all blush at the sight of him, and in ''Q'', if the player is using the P3 Hero Makoto/Minato and Yu becomes his "Destined Partner", he wonders if his special talent is dressing in drag.drag.
* BadassAdorable: It's a given, just like the ''P3'' heroes. He's the leader of the team, has the ability to change Personas, and is incredibly good-looking.



A second-year student at Yasogami High School, Yosuke Hanamura moved to the town about six months before the events of the game. His father is the manager of local department store Junes, and as such he is usually treated as an unofficial complaints box, much to his chagrin. Yosuke serves as the [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend and partner]] of the protagonist, although he's often the butt of his other friends' jokes.

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A second-year student at Yasogami High School, Yosuke Hanamura moved to the town about six months before the events of the game. His father is the manager of local department store Junes, and as such he is usually treated as an unofficial complaints box, much to his chagrin. Yosuke serves as the [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend and partner]] of the protagonist, Yu, although he's often the butt of his other friends' jokes.



In his Social Link, Yosuke reveals that he initially hated Inaba, but has grown to love it and despite being hated by Saki, he did genuinely love her. He later reveals that he was jealous of the protagonist and used the murder case to play hero and hide his insecurities. Yosuke later asks him to punch him to get rid of his jealousy and frustration, and they end up in a brawl; Yosuke realizes that he can form genuine, close relationships with people regardless of where he is, and resolves to live his life to the fullest. He gives the protagonist a bandage after their fight, representative of their friendship.

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In his Social Link, Yosuke reveals that he initially hated Inaba, but has grown to love it and despite being hated by Saki, he did genuinely love her. He later reveals that he was jealous of the protagonist Yu and used the murder case to play hero and hide his insecurities. Yosuke later asks him to punch him to get rid of his jealousy and frustration, and they end up in a brawl; Yosuke realizes that he can form genuine, close relationships with people regardless of where he is, and resolves to live his life to the fullest. He gives the protagonist a bandage after their fight, representative of their friendship.



* BadassAdorable: The "badass" part of him unleashes after he faces himself with his shadow and "adorable" part is for both his handsome looks and him being {{Moe}} for [[BreakTheCutie numerous reasons]].



* NumberTwo: Clearly the protagonist's confidant, to the point where the two discuss the team's next moves in private. Yosuke also someimes acts as the leader of the team, as the protagonist doesn't talk much.

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* NumberTwo: Clearly the protagonist's Yu's confidant, to the point where the two discuss the team's next moves in private. Yosuke also someimes acts as the leader of the team, as the protagonist doesn't talk much.



* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: During his Social Link event in the protagonist's room, Yosuke decides he can't be with a girlfriend until he avenges Saki.

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* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: During his Social Link event in the protagonist's Yu's room, Yosuke decides he can't be with a girlfriend until he avenges Saki.



* AngerBornOfWorry: As soon as the Protagonist and Yosuke return from the TV world with their Personas, she looks worried, but she gets pissed off soon enough after Yosuke asks her what's with the CryCute face and storms off.

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* AngerBornOfWorry: As soon as the Protagonist Yu and Yosuke return from the TV world with their Personas, she looks worried, but she gets pissed off soon enough after Yosuke asks her what's with the CryCute face and storms off.



* BadassAdorable: [[ActionGirl She's one of the toughest members of the team]] and is [[CuteBruiser certainly cute-looking]].



%%* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Discussed in her Social Link.

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%%* %* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Discussed in her Social Link.



* DontLookAtMe: She says this to the protagonist and Yosuke when they see her confronting her Shadow Self.

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* DontLookAtMe: She says this to the protagonist Yu and Yosuke when they see her confronting her Shadow Self.



In the the earlier stages of her Social Link, Yukiko still desires to leave Inaba and pursue interior design to learn to fend for herself. However, friendly teasing from the Inn's staff and pestering from an [[{{Paparazzi}} irresponsible TV crew]] who want to make a program that would ruin the reputation of the Inn eventually make her realize that she has a supportive family and friends that she wants to help and defend - the protagonist can choose to pursue a romantic relationship with Yukiko at this point. Regardless of what is chosen, she will give the protagonist a charm from the Tatsuhime Shrine, where the two spent much of their discussing Yukiko's future. She resolves to accept her duty and manage the inn when the time comes.

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In the the earlier stages of her Social Link, Yukiko still desires to leave Inaba and pursue interior design to learn to fend for herself. However, friendly teasing from the Inn's staff and pestering from an [[{{Paparazzi}} irresponsible TV crew]] who want to make a program that would ruin the reputation of the Inn eventually make her realize that she has a supportive family and friends that she wants to help and defend - the protagonist protagonist/Yu can choose to pursue a romantic relationship with Yukiko at this point. Regardless of what is chosen, she will give the protagonist a charm from the Tatsuhime Shrine, where the two spent much of their discussing Yukiko's future. She resolves to accept her duty and manage the inn when the time comes.



* BadassAdorble: She's beautiful, deadly, and a lovable teenager.



In his Social Link, Kanji meets a little boy who lost his friend's doll and to cheer him up, he makes him a new doll, which turns out to be so impressive the boy offers to buy more for his friends. Kanji [[NotWhatItLooksLike is later accused of bullying the boy because people saw him giving money to a scary-looking man and assumed the worst]], but the protagonist encourages him to tell the truth about his dolls instead of hiding it and inviting trouble from the police. Kanji learns to take pride in his hobby and opens up his own handicraft class. He gives the protagonist a cute strap from his handmade work.

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In his Social Link, Kanji meets a little boy who lost his friend's doll and to cheer him up, he makes him a new doll, which turns out to be so impressive the boy offers to buy more for his friends. Kanji [[NotWhatItLooksLike is later accused of bullying the boy because people saw him giving money to a scary-looking man and assumed the worst]], but the protagonist protagonist/Yu encourages him to tell the truth about his dolls instead of hiding it and inviting trouble from the police. Kanji learns to take pride in his hobby and opens up his own handicraft class. He gives the protagonist a cute strap from his handmade work.



* {{Adorkable}}: Pretty much his entire personality, once you get to know him

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* {{Adorkable}}: Pretty much his entire personality, once you get to know himhim.
* BadassAdorable: The "badass" part started before he joined the team; the tallest, but youngest, male of the team took down a ''entire gang of bikers'' who woke his mother's up, due to making loud noises. The "adorable" part is him having an {{Adorkable}} personality, is genuinely caring and being a kindhearted teenager.



In her Social Link, Rise is continuously pestered by her past manager to return to showbiz despite her misgivings. She reveals that as a child she was a shy bully magnet, until her debut as a star, which she thought would help her win some friends; what she saw was people seeing her more as "Risette" than her true self. Eventually, after numerous reminders of her past, Rise realizes "Risette" is still an aspect of herself she shouldn't discard and resolves to return to showbiz come spring, evolving her Persona. She gives the protagonist a signed photo of herself genuinely smiling. Like the other girls, a romantic relationship can be pursued with Rise in the later stages of her Link, but she very clearly has a crush on Yu and will flirt with him numerous times regardless of whether a relationship is actually taken with her.

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In her Social Link, Rise is continuously pestered by her past manager to return to showbiz despite her misgivings. She reveals that as a child she was a shy bully magnet, until her debut as a star, which she thought would help her win some friends; what she saw was people seeing her more as "Risette" than her true self. Eventually, after numerous reminders of her past, Rise realizes "Risette" is still an aspect of herself she shouldn't discard and resolves to return to showbiz come spring, evolving her Persona. She gives the protagonist protagonist/Yu a signed photo of herself genuinely smiling. Like the other girls, a romantic relationship can be pursued with Rise in the later stages of her Link, but she very clearly has a crush on Yu and will flirt with him numerous times regardless of whether a relationship is actually taken with her.



* AllWomenAreLustful: Rise is very ''forward'' in her attraction with the protagonist. When he maxes out her Social Link, she'll ask him if he has a stash of porn in his room. If he says no, she'll offer him pictures of her in swimsuits.

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* AllWomenAreLustful: Rise is very ''forward'' in her attraction with the protagonist.protagonist/Yu. When he maxes out her Social Link, she'll ask him if he has a stash of porn in his room. If he says no, she'll offer him pictures of her in swimsuits.



* BadassAdorable: After she accepted herself with her shadow, all of a sudden, [[spoiler: Teddie's shadow comes out of Teddie himself, who said shadow is the real boss in her dungeon]], she helps out the team ''while being injured'' and still looks undeniably cute doing it.



* FanGirl: Of the Protagonist.

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* FanGirl: Of the Protagonist.Protagonist/Yu.



* CrutchCharacter: An odd example. Naoto's unique skill set lets her tear through lots of common enemies like a buzzsaw, including many only she and the Protagonist can effectively fight at all. The catch: most of those same abilities are either severely inefficient or outright useless against bosses as well as require a lot of SP to cast.

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* CrutchCharacter: An odd example. Naoto's unique skill set lets her tear through lots of common enemies like a buzzsaw, including many only she and the Protagonist Protagonist/Yu can effectively fight at all. The catch: most of those same abilities are either severely inefficient or outright useless against bosses as well as require a lot of SP to cast.



* FairCop: She's a KidDetective and a very attractive woman.

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* FairCop: She's a KidDetective and a very ''very'' attractive woman.



* GlassCannon: In both versions of the game (but especially ''the Golden'') Naoto can throw out a variety of powerful attacks, but doesn't take that much punishment before going down, though she has no weaknesses.

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* GlassCannon: In both versions of the game (but especially ''the Golden'') ''Golden'') Naoto can throw out a variety of powerful attacks, but doesn't take that much punishment before going down, though she has no weaknesses.



* PetTheDog: In Episode 13 of ''Persona 4 The Animation'', Nanako is disheartened about being left alone by her father during the Summer Festival, and considers giving up pursuing the mystery behind Yu's numerous absences and odd activities. However, Naoto discovers her, and tells her that "the case can never be closed if the detective gives up. So don't drop the case until it's over."

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* PetTheDog: In Episode 13 of ''Persona 4 4: The Animation'', Nanako is disheartened about being left alone by her father during the Summer Festival, and considers giving up pursuing the mystery behind Yu's numerous absences and odd activities. However, Naoto discovers her, and tells her that "the case can never be closed if the detective gives up. So don't drop the case until it's over."



* ShrinkingViolet: Covertly; only when she is being romanced by [[spoiler:the Protagonist or otherwise needs to justify being a girl to everyone else, hence she's also a ShyBlueHairedGirl.]]

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* ShrinkingViolet: Covertly; only when she is being romanced by [[spoiler:the Protagonist Protagonist/Yu or otherwise needs to justify being a girl to everyone else, hence she's also a ShyBlueHairedGirl.]]



** The Animation adds a scene where she helps a depressed Nanako get back on her feet after giving up hope on figuring out what Yu was doing all summer. She wasn't even on the team yet, and she was already looking after Nanako.
** She's also the only one on the party besides the protagonist who has a chance at cooking anything properly.

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** The Animation ''The Animation'' adds a scene where she helps a depressed Nanako get back on her feet after giving up hope on figuring out what Yu was doing all summer. She wasn't even on the team yet, and she was already looking after Nanako.
** She's also the only one on the party besides the protagonist protagonist/Yu who has a chance at cooking anything properly.
25th May '16 7:18:17 AM RisetteFan
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* OrwellianRetcon: Her original VA is Tracey Rooney. When she was replaced in ''Arena'' with Erin Fitzgerald, the latter voiced her in every single appearance afterward, up to rerecording all of Rooney's dialogue in ''Golden''. This was likely done because, unlike Kanji and Naoto's new voice actors, Fitzgerald does even remotely attempt to sound like Chie's original English voice.

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* OrwellianRetcon: Her original VA is Tracey Rooney. When she was replaced in ''Arena'' with Erin Fitzgerald, the latter voiced her in every single appearance afterward, up to rerecording all of Rooney's dialogue in ''Golden''. This was likely done because, unlike Kanji due to Golden adding several new scenes and Naoto's new voice actors, Fitzgerald does even remotely attempt to sound like Chie's original English voice.voiced dialogue for Social Link events, resulting in large amounts of additional voiced dialogue.



'''Voice actors:''' Creator/TroyBaker (English), Creator/MatthewMercer (English, ''The Animation'' episodes 13-26, ''Ultimax'', ''Q'', ''Dancing All Night'', new lines in ''Golden''), Creator/TomokazuSeki (Japanese)\\

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'''Voice actors:''' Creator/TroyBaker (English), Creator/MatthewMercer (English, ''The Animation'' episodes 13-26, ''Ultimax'', ''Q'', ''Dancing All Night'', new lines in ''Golden''), Night''), Creator/TomokazuSeki (Japanese)\\



'''Voice actors:'''[[note]]Naoto's English voice actress for ''Persona 4'' and ''Persona 4 Arena'' is uncredited[[/note]] Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn (English, ''The Animation''), Valerie Arem (English, all installments thereafter, new lines in ''Golden''), Creator/RomiPark (Japanese)\\

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'''Voice actors:'''[[note]]Naoto's English voice actress for ''Persona 4'' 4'', ''Persona 4 Arena'', and ''Persona 4 Arena'' Golden'' is uncredited[[/note]] Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn (English, ''The Animation''), Valerie Arem (English, all installments thereafter, new lines in ''Golden''), thereafter), Creator/RomiPark (Japanese)\\
21st May '16 6:50:09 PM Beats1218
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* HotterAndSexier: In ''[[VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight Dancing All Night]]''. The female members of the Investigation Team (and Kanji) have switched to more revealing outfits.
** Rise's wears a revealing concert "uniform", compete with AbsoluteCleavage and BareYourMidriff.
** Chie opens up her signature green jacket and wears a BareYourMidriff tanktop.
** Yukiko switches her ProperTightsWithASkirt for a grade D ZettaiRyouiki look.
** Naoto has stopped [[HiddenBuxom binding her chest]] and undone the first few buttons on her dress shirt.
** Kanji's taken off his jacket and switched to a tight, sleeveless shirt.
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[[folder:The Entire Team]]

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[[folder:The Entire Team]][[folder:In General]]



** Kanji is clearly holding back tears on the protagonist's last day in town in the Good Ending.

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** Kanji is clearly holding back tears on the protagonist's Yu's last day in town in the Good Ending.



** One reading of Yu Narukami approximately translates as "[[TheQuietOne quiet]] [[ShockAndAwe thunder god]]". Narukami can also be read as "to become a god", foreshadowing how Yu manifests the World Arcana in the true ending. Beyond that, he's the player character. He's [[AudienceSurrogate yu]].

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** One reading of Yu Narukami approximately translates respectively as "[[TheQuietOne quiet]] [[ShockAndAwe thunder god]]". Narukami can also be read as "to become a god", foreshadowing how Yu manifests the World Arcana in the true ending. Beyond that, he's the player character. He's [[AudienceSurrogate yu]].



* TakingTheBullet: Any character with a sufficiently high Social Link will do this for the protagonist once per battle. During the final boss fight all of your party members will do this to protect Yu from its instant death attack. It doesn't work. Rise learns to do this in ''Golden''.

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* TakingTheBullet: Any character with a sufficiently high Social Link will do this for the protagonist Yu once per battle. During the final boss fight all of your party members will do this to protect Yu from its instant death attack. It doesn't work. Rise learns to do this in ''Golden''.
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** Played straight with... ''whatever'' that was he uses to [[spoiler:defeat Shadow Rise]].



* IChooseToStay: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged.]] At first, it seems to be his wish to stay in the real world to avoid the loneliness of his world. [[spoiler:In the Bad Endings, he goes back to the TV world after the death of Nanako, because he's unable to cope with failing her. In the Good Ending, he gets his wish to stay in Inaba. In the True Ending, he declares his resolves to stay behind in the beautiful new TV World and act as its lone protector. However, this declaration is ignored by the rest of the cast to his dismay. When he protests their indifference, Yosuke calls him out on trying to sound cool for virtually no reason, because it's not like he can't come and go as he pleases anyway.]]

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* IChooseToStay: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged.]] At first, it seems to be his wish to stay in the real world to avoid the loneliness of his world. [[spoiler:In the Bad Endings, he goes back to the TV world after the death of Nanako, because he's unable to cope with failing her. In the Good Ending, he gets his wish to stay in Inaba. In the True Ending, he declares his resolves to stay behind in the beautiful new TV World and act as its lone protector. However, this declaration is ignored by the rest of the cast to his dismay. When he protests their indifference, Yosuke calls him out on trying to sound cool for virtually no reason, because it's not like he can't come and go as he pleases anyway. ''Arena'' and later material confirms that he spends about equal amounts of time on either side of the TV.]]



* InnocentBlueEyes: Doubling with OccultBlueEyes. In his human form Teddie's eyes are an extremely vivid shade of blue, reflecting his innocence [[spoiler:as a newly created human and his past as a Shadow.]] Add ElementalEyeColors on top of that, due to him being the party's primary ice magic user.

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* InnocentBlueEyes: Doubling with OccultBlueEyes. In his human form [[spoiler:human form]] Teddie's eyes are an extremely vivid shade of blue, reflecting his innocence [[spoiler:as a newly created human and his past as a Shadow.]] Add ElementalEyeColors on top of that, due to him being the party's primary ice magic user.



* RollerbladeGood: In ''Golden'', since he has no means of legally acquiring a license to operate a bike like the rest of the team save Kanji.

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* RollerbladeGood: In ''Golden'', since he has no means of legally acquiring a license to operate a bike like the rest of the team save Kanji. He usually gets tied to the back of Kanji's bicycle.



* InformedAbility: Despite her reputation as a "genius detective", she really does no better at solving the case than the rest of the Investigation Team or even the Police Department. However, this isn't exactly a '''normal''' crime. Even the best detectives can't solve a case with no evidence.

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* InformedAbility: Despite her reputation as a "genius detective", she really does no better at solving the case than the rest of the Investigation Team or even the Police Department. However, this isn't exactly a '''normal''' crime. Even Her first interaction with the Investigation Team, for example, is to blatantly insult them by calling their investigation a "game", thereby ensuring that three of the known victims - ''her best detectives can't solve a case with no evidence.leads'' - will refuse to cooperate.



** Just how smart is she? She figures out that [[spoiler:Morooka's murder is a copycat crime]], that people being shown on TV are potential victims, (which she deduced ''before'' the Investigation Team), that the disappearances are connected to the Serial Killer, and that your party is somehow rescuing the victims… and she does all this with the same limited evidence available to the Inaba police.

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** Just how smart is she? She figures out that [[spoiler:Morooka's murder is a copycat crime]], that people being shown on TV are potential victims, (which she deduced ''before'' the Investigation Team), that the disappearances are connected to the Serial Killer, and that your party is somehow rescuing the victims… and she does all this with the same limited evidence available to the Inaba police.



* TheSmartGirl: Once she joins the Investigation, it actually begins to make some progress on discovering who the culprit is and other unanswered questions.

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* TheSmartGirl: Once she joins the Investigation, it actually begins to make some progress on discovering who the culprit is and other unanswered questions.%TheSmartGirl



** Naoto's first action as a member of the Investigation Team? Get the party to the hospital for check-ups. No idea what that TV World could do to you, after all. And after that, she helps the team properly deduct things that the player may have realized a few months ago.

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** Naoto's first action as a member of the Investigation Team? Get the party to the hospital for check-ups. No idea what that TV World could do to you, after all. And after that, she helps the team properly deduct things that the player may have realized a few months ago.
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* {{Bishonen}}: The protagonist, Yosuke, and especially Teddie in his human form. According to the Design Works, Soejima designed Yosuke as a "pretty boy", with lighter build and softer facial features compared to the main character, to make him distinct from ''Persona 3'''s Junpei, who looks more masculine than the game's main character.

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* {{Bishonen}}: The protagonist, Yu, Yosuke, and especially Teddie in his human form. According to the Design Works, Soejima designed Yosuke as a "pretty boy", with lighter build and softer facial features compared to the main character, to make him distinct from ''Persona 3'''s Junpei, who looks more masculine than the game's main character.



** The protagonist's Social Stats - Courage, Understanding, Diligence, Knowledge, and Charm - begin as empty. Filling them up allows him access to more dialogue options and Social Links.

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** The protagonist's Yu's Social Stats - Courage, Understanding, Diligence, Knowledge, and Charm - begin as empty. Filling them up allows him access to more dialogue options and Social Links.



* ColorCodedCharacters: Gray for the Protagonist, orange for Yosuke, green for Chie, red for Yukiko, black for Kanji, {{pink|MeansFeminine}} for Rise, yellow for Teddie, and blue for Naoto. This is lampshaded in ''Golden'' during an outing with Marie, where she points out Chie and Yukiko always wear the same color clothes, and the one time Chie manages to pick out an outfit that isn't green they end up being blue and yellow: colors that when mixed together make green.

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* ColorCodedCharacters: Gray for the Protagonist, Yu, orange for Yosuke, green for Chie, red for Yukiko, black for Kanji, {{pink|MeansFeminine}} for Rise, yellow for Teddie, and blue for Naoto. This is lampshaded in ''Golden'' during an outing with Marie, where she points out Chie and Yukiko always wear the same color clothes, and the one time Chie manages to pick out an outfit that isn't green they end up being blue and yellow: colors that when mixed together make green.



** The protagonist with Yosuke, as well as Teddie and Kanji to a lesser extent. It's especially notable with Yosuke, who repeatedly refers to him as "Partner" throughout the course of the game, and ''Arena'' canonizes that Yu refers to Yosuke in the same way. In ''Q'', if Yosuke is chosen as Yu's life partner, Yosuke is at first overjoyed that they get to be "partners" for life before [[HoYay realizing what it's actually suggesting]].

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** The protagonist Yu with Yosuke, as well as Teddie and Kanji to a lesser extent. It's especially notable with Yosuke, who repeatedly refers to him as "Partner" throughout the course of the game, and ''Arena'' canonizes that Yu refers to Yosuke in the same way. In ''Q'', if Yosuke is chosen as Yu's life partner, Yosuke is at first overjoyed that they get to be "partners" for life before [[HoYay realizing what it's actually suggesting]].
12th May '16 5:36:39 PM Beats1218
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[[caption-width-right:350: [-From center to left and right: Yu Narukami, Chie Satonaka, Yukiko Amagi, Yosuke Hanamura, Rise Kujikawa, Naoto Shirogane, Kanji Tatsumi, and Teddie-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: [-From center to left and right: [[caption-width-right:349:The Investigation Team.[[labelnote:*]]Clockwise from the bottom: [[NewTransferStudent Yu Narukami, Narukami]], [[ActionGirl Chie Satonaka, Satonaka]], [[YamatoNadeshiko Yukiko Amagi, Amagi]], [[ClassClown Yosuke Hanamura, Hanamura]], [[IdolSinger Rise Kujikawa, Kujikawa]], [[{{Bifauxnen}} Naoto Shirogane, Shirogane]], [[BruiserWithASoftCenter Kanji Tatsumi, Tatsumi]] and Teddie-] ]]
[[TeamPet Teddie]]. [[/labelnote]]]]



* ThreeAmigos: The protagonist, Chie, and Yosuke, the founding members of the Investigation Team.

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* ThreeAmigos: The protagonist, Yu, Chie, and Yosuke, Yosuke are the founding members of the Investigation Team.



** The protagonist serves as one to Izanami, as one of the three granted powers by her. He represents "hope", and sadly for her, [[SpannerInTheWorks he refuses to accept her gambit and turns the power against her]].

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** The protagonist Yu serves as one to Izanami, as one of the three granted powers by her. He represents "hope", and sadly for her, [[SpannerInTheWorks he refuses to accept her gambit and turns the power against her]].



The silent protagonist [[HelloInsertNameHere who can be named by the player at the beginning]]. He uses two-handed swords and is the only member of the Team that can switch Personas and fuse them to make better ones, granting extreme versatility. The manga gave him the name "Souji Seta" and the anime named him "Yu Narukami" - due to the anime's popularity, the latter became his official CanonName.

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The silent main protagonist [[HelloInsertNameHere who can be named by the player at the beginning]]. He uses two-handed swords and is the only member of the Team that can switch Personas and fuse them to make better ones, granting extreme versatility. The manga gave him the name "Souji Seta" and the anime named him "Yu Narukami" - due to the anime's popularity, the latter became his official CanonName.



* ArtShift: In ''Dancing All Night'', Yu has his in-game portrait redrawn, the end result making him look more like he stepped right out of ''Persona 5''. That his team mates weren't also redrawn make him stand out enough, but looking at them side by side, he's not even in the same style as the characters that debuted in the same game.

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* ArtShift: In ''Dancing All Night'', Yu has his in-game portrait redrawn, the end result making him look more like he stepped right out of ''Persona 5''. That his team mates teammates weren't also redrawn make him stand out enough, but looking at them side by side, he's not even in the same style as the characters that debuted in the same game.



** Yu suffers an emotional breakdown twice over the course of the anime series. The first time after having doubts of sparing Namatame and the second time when he willing allows himself to get trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop in the final episode.

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** Yu suffers an emotional ''emotional'' breakdown twice over the course of the anime series. The first time after having doubts of sparing Namatame and the second time when he willing allows himself to get trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop in the final episode.



** While he can curse several times throughout the story, one line in particular gets special mention because this is the one time he ''loses his temper and ''yells'' for the first and only time in the entire game to make the party reconsider killing Namatame.

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** While he can curse several times throughout the story, one line in particular gets special mention because this is the one time he ''loses his temper temper'' and ''yells'' for the first and only time in the entire game to make the party reconsider killing Namatame.



During the second trip to the Midnight Channel and shortly after witnessing the protagonist's Persona awakening, Yosuke was faced with the horrible truth: his crush and the second murder victim, third-year Saki Konishi, had always hated him. When Yosuke refused to admit this, his Shadow emerged and taunted that he's only being cheerful as a facade and sees everything, including Saki, as a tool to block out his extreme loneliness. Yosuke angrily retorted and it caused the Shadow to reveal its true form, but was eventually defeated by the protagonist. Encouraged by him and Teddie, Yosuke painfully accepts that he did feel that way, but he resolves to get better, which causes the Shadow to turn into his Persona. He goes on to co-found the Investigation Team, along with the protagonist and Chie.

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During the second trip to the Midnight Channel and shortly after witnessing the protagonist's Yu's Persona awakening, Yosuke was faced with the horrible truth: his crush and the second murder victim, third-year Saki Konishi, had always hated him. When Yosuke refused to admit this, his Shadow emerged and taunted that he's only being cheerful as a facade and sees everything, including Saki, as a tool to block out his extreme loneliness. Yosuke angrily retorted and it caused the Shadow to reveal its true form, but was eventually defeated by the protagonist.Yu. Encouraged by him and Teddie, Yosuke painfully accepts that he did feel that way, but he resolves to get better, which causes the Shadow to turn into his Persona. He goes on to co-found the Investigation Team, along with the protagonist Yu and Chie.



* StrawLoser: In both the game and especially the anime, Yosuke serves as a way of making the Protagonist look even cooler, being a CasanovaWannabe who [[ButtMonkey can't seem to be taken seriously by anyone]]. This actually gets played for drama in his Social Link, where he admits he developed a grudge from living in the Protagonist/Yu's shadow.

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* StrawLoser: In both the game and especially the anime, Yosuke serves as a way of making the Protagonist Yu look even cooler, being a CasanovaWannabe who [[ButtMonkey can't seem to be taken seriously by anyone]]. This actually gets played for drama in his Social Link, where he admits he developed a grudge from living in the Protagonist/Yu's shadow.



* CuteBruiser: After Kanji (and potentially the MC) she's the best physical damage dealer of the group.

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* CuteBruiser: After Kanji Kanji, (and potentially the MC) Yu), she's the best physical damage dealer of the group.



Yukiko is the third subject of the Midnight Channel and the first that has the chance to be rescued by the Investigation Team. Her inner thoughts and desires created a dungeon in the form of an European castle, while her Shadow masqueraded as a princess searching for a "prince" to whisk her away. The castle and her Shadow were born of her repressed yearning to break free from her designation as heiress to the Inn, instead privately wishing for someone to alleviate her responsibilities. The protagonist, Yosuke and Chie manage to defeat her Shadow, and she becomes a member of the Investigation Team upon receiving her Persona.

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Yukiko is the third subject of the Midnight Channel and the first that has the chance to be rescued by the Investigation Team. Her inner thoughts and desires created a dungeon in the form of an European castle, while her Shadow masqueraded as a princess searching for a "prince" to whisk her away. The castle and her Shadow were born of her repressed yearning to break free from her designation as heiress to the Inn, instead privately wishing for someone to alleviate her responsibilities. The protagonist, Yu, Yosuke and Chie manage to defeat her Shadow, and she becomes a member of the Investigation Team upon receiving her Persona.



* TheCutie: Just like Rise, she has beautiful feminine looks, but once you get to know her, she's a lovable goofball and sweetheart.

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* TheCutie: Just like Rise, she has beautiful feminine looks, but once you get to know her, she's a lovable goofball and a sweetheart.



In her Social Link, Rise is continuously pestered by her past manager to return to showbiz despite her misgivings. She reveals that as a child she was a shy bully magnet, until her debut as a star, which she thought would help her win some friends; what she saw was people seeing her more as "Risette" than her true self. Eventually, after numerous reminders of her past, Rise realizes "Risette" is still an aspect of herself she shouldn't discard and resolves to return to showbiz come spring, evolving her Persona. She gives the protagonist a signed photo of herself genuinely smiling. Like the other girls, a romantic relationship can be pursued with Rise in the later stages of her Link, but she very clearly has a crush on the protagonist and will flirt with him numerous times regardless of whether a relationship is actually taken with her.

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In her Social Link, Rise is continuously pestered by her past manager to return to showbiz despite her misgivings. She reveals that as a child she was a shy bully magnet, until her debut as a star, which she thought would help her win some friends; what she saw was people seeing her more as "Risette" than her true self. Eventually, after numerous reminders of her past, Rise realizes "Risette" is still an aspect of herself she shouldn't discard and resolves to return to showbiz come spring, evolving her Persona. She gives the protagonist a signed photo of herself genuinely smiling. Like the other girls, a romantic relationship can be pursued with Rise in the later stages of her Link, but she very clearly has a crush on the protagonist Yu and will flirt with him numerous times regardless of whether a relationship is actually taken with her.



* TheCutie: Seems to intentionally play this up to keep the rest of the team in high spirits.

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* TheCutie: Seems Despite her beautiful looks and bubbly personality, she seems to intentionally play this up to keep the rest of the team in high spirits.



* DevotedToYou: Rise is going to flirt with the hero. A lot. Far, ''far'' above and beyond every other girl. Even if he turns down her romance. Even in the ''Golden'' epilogue, ''months'' after the conclusion of the game.

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* DevotedToYou: Rise is going to flirt with the hero.Yu. A lot. Far, ''far'' above and beyond every other girl. Even if he turns down her romance. Even in the ''Golden'' epilogue, ''months'' after the conclusion of the game.



* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tGLzVC_zPA "True Story"]] from ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', which carried over into ''Golden''. It even received a localized version performed by Laura Bailey.

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* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tGLzVC_zPA "True Story"]] from ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', which carried over into ''Golden''. It even received a localized version performed by Laura Bailey.Creator/LauraBailey.



-->"Damn, this girl's dangerous....!"

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-->"Damn, -->Chie: "Damn, this girl's dangerous....!"



* BigNo: In the game, after the Protagonist pushes him, he yells this while struggling to get up.

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* BigNo: In the game, after the Protagonist Yu pushes him, he yells this while struggling to get up.



In her Social Link, Naoto has several of her possessions stolen, and receives taunting riddles from a GentlemanThief. The Protagonist helps her retrieve them, and she becomes more comfortable with his assistance. It is eventually revealed that the "thief" is actually her grandfather, who simply did it to help reignite her passion. If the player openly aims so through their choices, she becomes somewhat more feminine, but will keep it mostly just to herself and the Main Character; following a series of options, she even dresses in the female school uniform on Christmas Eve.

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In her Social Link, Naoto has several of her possessions stolen, and receives taunting riddles from a GentlemanThief. The Protagonist Yu helps her retrieve them, and she becomes more comfortable with his assistance. It is eventually revealed that the "thief" is actually her grandfather, who simply did it to help reignite her passion. If the player openly aims so through their choices, she becomes somewhat more feminine, but will keep it mostly just to herself and the Main Character; following a series of options, she even dresses in the female school uniform on Christmas Eve.



-->'''Naoto''': Are you people a pack of imbeciles??

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-->'''Naoto''': Are you people a pack of imbeciles??imbeciles?
12th May '16 4:32:41 PM Beats1218
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* BadassAdorable: Respectively every team party member is this, but Naoto deserves a special mention. For example, she's the only party member with a license to carry weapons, specially firearms since she's a detective and she wins the school beauty pageant by ''bailing on it'', since she reacts [[{{Moe}} endearingly shy]].

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* BadassAdorable: Respectively every the whole team party member is this, but Naoto deserves a special mention. For example, she's the only party member with a license to carry weapons, specially firearms since she's a detective and she wins the school beauty pageant by ''bailing on it'', since she reacts [[{{Moe}} endearingly shy]].
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* InvisibleParents: Only Kanji's mother is ever shown. Justified in the cases of Yu, Rise, Naoto and Kanji whose parents are either overseas or, in Naoto's and Kanji's father's case, dead. Dojima is, of course, still around and Rise's grandparents appear a few times, but Yosuke, Yukiko and Chie's families are never shown once, which is especially odd in Yosuke's case as his father is not only frequently mentioned, but also runs the highly-critical-to-the-plot Junes. Chie's parents are pretty much never even mentioned, though her mother is finally heard from off-screen in ''Arena''.

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* InvisibleParents: Only Kanji's mother is ever shown. Justified in the cases of Yu, Rise, Naoto and Kanji whose parents are either overseas or, in Naoto's and Kanji's father's case, dead. Dojima is, of course, still around and Rise's grandparents appear a few times, but Yosuke, Yukiko and Chie's families are never shown once, which is especially odd in Yosuke's case as his father is not only frequently mentioned, but also runs the highly-critical-to-the-plot Junes.Junes, while in Yukiko's case her family owns a local cultural landmark. Chie's parents are pretty much never even mentioned, though her mother is finally heard from off-screen in ''Arena''.



** Izanagi, if the time is taken to keep leveling him up, has well-rounded stats not leaning towards any particular specialization. While Yu's stats are usually determined by his equipped Persona, his two dedicated attributes - his HP and SP ratings - are firmly middle-of-the-road, and his swords have good accuracy and damage compared to the rest of the party while not being the best at either.

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** Izanagi, if the time is taken to keep leveling him up, has well-rounded stats not leaning towards any particular specialization. While Yu's stats are usually determined by his equipped Persona, his two dedicated attributes - his HP and SP ratings - are firmly middle-of-the-road, and his swords have good accuracy and damage compared to the rest of the party while not being the best at either. ''Golden'' makes it easier due to skill inheritance, allowing Izanagi to have easier access to spells the player wants him to have.



** Yosuke's Persona is very balanced in terms of what he can do. His main focus is Wind spells with some single-target Physicals thrown in, plus Agility buffs and a single-target heal. The Social Link skills and "bike skills" added in ''Golden'' add to this, giving him some more out-there skills to contrast Naoto, who mostly learns skills the other members excel at. These include [[AntiArmor Makara Break]] and [[InfinityPlusOneElement Megido]]. If the player is diligent in evolving Yosuke's skillset, he'll end with Garudynes, Brave Blade, and Diarahan, making him a consistently useful character in almost any situation.

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** Yosuke's Persona is very balanced in terms of what he can do. His main focus is Wind spells with some single-target Physicals thrown in, plus Agility buffs and a single-target heal. The Social Link skills and "bike skills" added in ''Golden'' add to this, giving him some more out-there skills to contrast Naoto, who mostly learns skills the other members excel at. These include [[AntiArmor Makara Break]] and [[InfinityPlusOneElement Megido]]. If the player is diligent in evolving Yosuke's skillset, he'll end with Garudynes, Garudyne, Brave Blade, and Diarahan, making him a consistently useful character in almost any situation.



-->''' SUCK IT!'''

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-->''' SUCK -->'''SUCK IT!'''



** Kanji's the most buff guy on the team and is the one shown shirtless most frequently, to the point where his shadow only wears a towel.

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** Kanji's the most buff guy on the team and is the one shown shirtless most frequently, to the point where his shadow Shadow only wears a towel.



** Yukiko goes out with Yu so much during her Social Link that her family starts to assume he is. She denies it. But at that point, it's pretty clear that even when she's shouting this trope, she ''really'' wants to be proven wrong.

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** Yukiko goes out with Yu so much during her Social Link that her family starts to assume he is. She denies it. But at that point, it's pretty clear that even when she's shouting this trope, she ''really'' wants to be proven wrong. It's all up to the player to pursue her.



* TakingTheBullet: Any character with a sufficiently high Social Link will do this for the protagonist once per battle. During the final boss fight all of your party members will do this to protect Yu from its instant death attack. It doesn't work.

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* TakingTheBullet: Any character with a sufficiently high Social Link will do this for the protagonist once per battle. During the final boss fight all of your party members will do this to protect Yu from its instant death attack. It doesn't work. Rise learns to do this in ''Golden''.



* TheQuietOne: In the [[ComicBookAdaptation manga]] where he is allowed to talk, he is still awfully quiet, only speaking at crucial moments and when he's the one initiating a conversation - it creates quite a parallel to his SilentProtagonist role in the game. In the anime he is portrayed as a calm, composed, and soft-spoken individual.

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* TheQuietOne: In the [[ComicBookAdaptation manga]] where he is allowed to talk, he is still awfully quiet, only speaking at crucial moments and when he's the one initiating a conversation - it creates quite a parallel to his SilentProtagonist role in the game. In the anime he is portrayed as a calm, composed, and soft-spoken individual. Some of the audio dramas also portray him this way.
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