[[caption-width-right:180:The official cover[[note]]…depicting [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou]] to the left holding the card representing the Servant Saber class and [[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Avenger]] to the right wearing a headband, both dressed in Yasogami High's winter uniforms. [[TeasingCreator The author refuses to elaborate]].[[/note]]]]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8872034/1/Fate-Reach-Out Fate: Reach Out]]'' is a ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' and ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' crossover by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/446354/Vegeta-the-3rd Vegeta the Third]] (also known as Kishou, [[OneOfUs a fellow trooper]]) and Nameless Flame Wielder.

The concept is simple: Before the Fuyuki Fire, Shirou Emiya was known as Yu Narukami. Taiga finds info on Shirou's heritage, and arranges for him to meet his uncle Dojima, and stay in Inaba for one year. Then the Inaba Murders begin…

The story can also be found on its dedicated Website/SpaceBattlesDotCom [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/fate-reach-out-f-sn-smt-p4-crossover-story-thread.245101/ forum thread]] (beware of {{spoiler}}s there).

!!This Fanfic has examples of:
* AccidentalPervert: [[spoiler:Teddie. In his defense, he really didn't know how to hold an unconscious girl.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: Izanagi's appearance is slightly different to his canon portrayal to match his user.
* AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength: The reason Shirou isn't so hot on the Social Link system is because with the bond he knows exactly what to say to get someone to feel better, or later do what he wants, meaning that if he's careless with it he can emotionally abuse or manipulate them into doing what he wants.
* AlmostKiss: Shirou and [[spoiler:Shadow Chie]]. [[SincerityMode Nice timing there, Yosuke]].
* AnchoredShip: [[spoiler:Shirou and Chie by mutual agreement. After her Shadow confessed to him against her conscious wishes, Shirou basically proposed a do-over where he'll pretend that ThatDidntHappen until she feels ready to act in her own accord. Chie observed that Shirou was avoiding the issue in his own way, but she appreciated the fact he wasn't judging her from all the dirty secrets that her Shadow revealed, as well as the chance to have more time to sort things out.]]
* AnswersToTheNameOfGod: Shirou's Personas have their own personalities and behave accordingly to their myths, even though they're aware of their nature as figments of his psyche. In Izanagi's case, as ''the'' creator god in Japanese mythology and Shinto, well...
-->'''Shirou:''' ''[to himself]'' Thank God for small favors.\\
'''Izanagi:''' [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Thou art welcome.]]\\
'''Shirou:''' [[SilentSnarker ... Was it just him or was his first Persona more vocal lately?]]
* BadassBystander: [[spoiler:Taiga Fujimura]], who pulled off a [[CarFu Cavalry Attack]] ''outside'' of the TV World with a [[KleptomaniacHero "borrowed"]] motorcycle to stop an ATM robbery by crashing the side of the thief's escape car. [[spoiler:She]] then proceeded to drag him out of the driver seat and beat him up until the guy was practically thanking the cops for arresting him and ending his misery. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It's every bit as awesome as it sounds]].
* BerserkButton:
** Chie reacts strongly to anything that might threaten Yukiko, especially if that something is rookie detective Adachi suggesting that the missing girl could be the serial killer. [[spoiler:He got ''tackled'' to the wall for that one before Yosuke managed to hold Chie back.]]
** When Shirou thought [[spoiler:Shadow Yukiko killed Yosuke]], he outright ''lost it''.
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Shirou makes good acquaintances with "Nami", the gas station attendant, during his part-time job at MOEL.]]
* BigFancyHouse: The Dojimas were positively flabbergasted at the sheer size and classic Japanese style of the Emiya Residence in Fuyuki.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:In the prologue we find out that [[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Nyarlathotep]] has taken [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Angra Mainyu]]'s place in the Holy Grail via LoopholeAbuse]].
* BigGood: [[spoiler:Philemon]] kickstarted the plot by betting that Shirou would win against the evils of the Fog.
* BirdsOfAFeather:
** Romantic issues aside, Shirou gets along with Chie the best in the Investigation Team mainly because of their strong sense of justice and their high regard of the ideals of heroism.
** The rapport between Chie and Taiga was as strong as it was immediate. Shirou and Dojima were GenreSavvy enough to SweatDrop at the sight.
* BrainsAndBrawn. [[GuileHero Yosuke]] and [[IdiotHero Shirou]] as the Brains and Brawn respectively.
* BroFist: Yosuke and Shirou the first time they refer to each other as partners. This and other {{Handshake Substitute}}s are likely to occur when either of them pull off something particularly nifty in the TV World.
* BrokenHero: Shirou is his usual distorted, emotionally-damaged self. This raises some alarm bells with his allies because of his lack of a self-preservation mindset during critical times.
* BrownNote: The Fear status effect acts like this in the story by inducing frightening hallucinations on its victim. It caused Shirou to become paralysed by his memories of the Fuyuki fire until Yosuke [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slapped him out of it]]. [[spoiler:When Yosuke himself was the target later on, [[FallingChandelierOfDoom things didn't work out so well for him]].]]
* ButterflyOfDoom: Shirou, just before the [[spoiler:original]] start of the Holy Grail War, is told of his still living relatives in Inaba. The [[PowerOfFriendship Power of Social Links]] are just the start of things to come in conflict with his ideology.
** Made more literal as it is a butterfly [[spoiler:actually [[VideoGame/{{Persona}} Phile]][[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} mon]]]] that starts the ball rolling.
* [[CantArgueWithElves Can't Argue with Pixies]]: From chapter 19:
-->'''Pixie:''' (…) Granted, this is a good thing since humans have been known to exploit stuff, and as the fairy godmother once told me: 'Humans are the reason we can't have nice things.' Because they're greedy jerks and lose our stuff, [[spoiler:like this sheath here]], but still! Of course, what would I know, I'm just a figment of some-"\\
'''Shirou:''' Pixie. Yosuke?\\
'''Pixie:''' Oh. OH! Right.
* CasanovaWannabe: Yosuke as in canon, but here he takes it even further by trying to make a pass at ''Shadow Yukiko''. At least his logic was somewhat sound: if he could appease her by appealing to her desire for a "prince", the I.T. might have been able to rescue Yukiko without a fight. In the best-case scenario, he gets the real Yukiko as a girlfriend. What actually happened was that Shadow Yukiko failed to remember him and when she does, she dismissed him as an "another peasant suitor".
-->Motivated by both noble and selfish intentions, [Yosuke] stepped forward with an eager smile and spoke in his best British accent. "Allow me, my princess! I shall be the dashing hero who will whisk you away by the powers love and magic!"\\
Chie was gobsmacked by his sudden charisma, but passed as she picked up the intentions. "Love and--''Hanamura!''"
* CatchAFallingStar: Shirou to Chie the second time she falls into the TV World, [[ChronicHeroSyndrome even if he consciously knew she didn't hurt herself too badly the first time]].
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Shirou as usual.
* ClassicVillain: Given that the Shadow Selves are everything their originals deny, with the increased characterization this fic gives them, all of them fit this trope.
** Shadow Yosuke represents Envy, Wrath, and Pride.
** Shadow Chie represents Envy and Lust.
** Shadow Yukiko represents Envy, Lust, and Sloth.
* CombatParkour: Jiraya, who combines DoubleJump and FlashStep to bounce off everything and attack from blind spots, and to a lesser extent Yosuke.
* CombatPragmatist:
** Subverted. [[spoiler:Yosuke tried to beat Shadow Chie before it could gather power with Chie's rejection. However, as long as Chie doesn't reject it, attacking her Shadow [[{{Synchronization}} also hurts her in the process]].]]
** Done more successfully later [[spoiler:during the BossFight against Shadow Chie. Being the manifestation of Chie's insecurities made her an easy target of Yosuke's [[IShallTauntYou taunting]] and her "throne" doesn't make the best place to sit on during battle from a tactical standpoint.]]
* CompetitiveBalance: Fitting into ''Persona's'' video game roots, the narrative describes the Investigation Team like this.
** MightyGlacier: Shirou, his attacks are stronger than anyone else, his Persona powers give him SuperToughness, but he's noticeably slower to the punch than Yosuke or Chie on top of Persona switching slowing him down further.
** FragileSpeedster: Yosuke, he's the fastest, has SuperReflexes, but his endurance, attack and magic are about average.
** MagicallyIneptFighter: Chie, her physical skills are the best, her speed is good, but she has a very small mana pool. She only resorts to magic when she's certain she'll win the ElementalRockPaperScissors.
** SupportPartyMember: Teddie, who retains his SensorCharacter status and now can produce useful expendable items with his powers.
* TheConsigliere: Shirou might be TheLeader, but Yosuke is the one who stops him from DiggingHimselfDeeper.
* ContinuityNod:
** A throwaway comment from Igor implies that the story follows the events of the female route of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''.
** During the Dojimas' visit to Fuyuki, Taiga draws father and daughter's attention to the "new and improved" Hyatt Hotel as an example of the redevelopment effort over the last ten years. The previous incarnation of the same hotel was destroyed with demolition charges by Kiritsugu Emiya in ''LightNovel/FateZero''.
* CrashIntoHello: How Shirou and Naoto met in chapter 23. Also an EarlyBirdCameo for the latter.
* CryForTheDevil: [[invoked]] Once defeated, [[spoiler:Shadow Chie]]'s cries elicited this reaction in- and out-of-universe.
-->[[spoiler:'''Shadow Chie:''' Please, Don't leave me… Yukiko. All I wanted was to feel needed, to feel like I belonged with someone, somewhere. If you're gone… what will happen to me? All the years together, all the laughs we shared, doesn't it matter Yukiko? Why do you want to leave me? Yukiko…]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: Shirou initially feared summoning Eligor due to his demonic roots as a Duke of Hell from the ''Literature/ArsGoetia'', but proved to be completely {{noble|Demon}} and {{badass}} during the Shadow Yukiko fight.
-->'''Eligor:''' [to [[MookMedic Charming]] [[EliteMook Prince]]] [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe If thou calls itself royalty,]] [[PreMortemOneLiner than accept death with dignity!]]
* DamselInDistress: {{Discussed|Trope}}:
-->"Well then," Yosuke smiled. "Now we have a plan; Emiya fights, Teddie supports, I investigate, and Satonaka…" he paused as he stared at the lone girl of their party. "Well, try not to get kidnapped, alright?"\\
"Ha-ha, very funny," said lone girl deadpanned.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Chapter 22 focused on [[FunPersonified Taiga]] ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny with expected results]]).
* DeadpanSnarker: Yosuke, probably even more than his canonical portrayal.
-->'''Yosuke:''' (after seeing [[{{Dominatrix}} Shadow Chie's rejected form]]) And I thought ''I'' had issues.
* DeconstructionFic:
** Shirou's initial misgivings on the Social Link system are {{discussed|Trope}} in later chapters. After he tells Yosuke about it, the latter comments on the practically of getting stronger without the risk of having to fight Shadows all the time by simply mingling and making friends, to say nothing of how easy would be to get a girlfriend if Shirou's Personas can simply [[EarpieceConversation coach him]], [[PlayingCyrano Cyrano-style]]. Shirou instead points out how easily the power of the Wild Card [[AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength can be abused]] and [[DrunkWithPower go to the wielder's head]] even way before taking combat into consideration.
-->'''Shirou:''' Yosuke, you're missing the point. Say you had this power, and you used it to get closer to Satonaka. Your Chariot Persona would resonate with her, telling you what she feels and be a clue as to what to say to make her happy, and get closer to her. Then when the bond is strong enough, you go to the next person, like Amagi-san, and use a new Persona all over again. I did some reading, and if Social Links are really represented by the Major Arcana, then that means you could link with 22 different people representing an Arcana, not counting Thoth or Hermetic equivalents. So, if you want to make Links with all 22 people, what do you do?\\
'''Yosuke:''' ''[smiles]'' I get their respective Personas and then tell them exactly what they want to hear. ''[realization hits, smile vanishes]'' Oooooooh.
* DelayedReaction: During the phone call where Dojima convinces Taiga to not bring Shirou back to Fuyuki after she learns about the first death of the murder case, he argues that Shirou is not in more danger than any of his friends in Inaba. Taiga hangs up and the narration veers in a different direction for a little while until she suddenly notices how odd it's for Shirou to make friends so quickly. She immediately phones back and finds out that he was walking home with two ''girls'' (Chie and Yukiko) after his first day at Yasogami, which prompts a ''second'' DelayedReaction where she realizes that, even though Shirou's close acquaintances around his age are few and far between, most of them ''are'' good-looking girls, herself (shamelessly) included. Cue an OhCrap reaction and [[INeedADrink heavy drinking]] at the idea of him growing up to be a womanizer.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: [[FirstPersonSmartass Shirou]] and [[TheDitz Teddie]] at times.
* DivingSave: [[spoiler:Chie to Yosuke, pushing him out of the way of his Shadow's attack.]]
* DopeSlap: Yosuke gives Shirou one of these when he has a StayInTheKitchen moment with Chie.
* DramaticIrony:
** Readers knowledgeable with ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' will notice right away why [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Shirou]] spending a year away from Sakura is a '''bad''' idea.
** Related to the above, Shirou is absolutely convinced that he's never done anything to warrant a girl's romantic interest. [[ObliviousToLove About]] ''[[CluelessChickMagnet that]]''…
** As it happened in [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight canon]], recurrent conflict in the story stems from the fact that people surrounding Shirou only slowly come to realize how truly distorted and borderline ''in''human his ChronicHeroSyndrome really is. Any reader who previously played the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' route of the game may appreciate exactly how fitting and plain ''wrong'' is for a person [[spoiler:with an unique and highly-functional personality disorder that makes him derive happiness only by helping others, especially by saving them from immediate danger,]] like Shirou to be in the shoes of the protagonist of VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}.
** There is a more lighthearted example in chapter 22, where Shirou promises to teach [[LethalChef Chie]] how to prepare a lunchbox. The poor unsuspecting fool.
* DroppingTheBombshell: Margaret casually dispels Shirou's misconception about her and Igor being magi.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Naoto makes an early appearance in chapter 23, a little after the start of Golden Week in the game's timeline. Shirou [[CrashIntoHello bumps into]] the [[PrivateInvestigator P.I.]] because he let Nanako drag him around during the girl's first visit to a train station as big and crowded as Fuyuki's.
* EmptyChairMemorial: The spare chair at the kitchen table, as Shirou discovered the first morning he and the Dojimas ate breakfast together. After an uncomfortable moment, Ryotaro defused the situation by reminding Nanako that her late mother surely wouldn't mind Shirou using it.
* EntertaininglyWrong:
** Shirou tries to explain the many supernatural phenomena he finds in Inaba with his limited knowledge of [[FunctionalMagic thaum]][[{{Nasuverse}} aturgy]]. For example, he mistook the TV World for an extensive Boundary Field and [[SpiritAdvisor Igor]] for a magus.
** From her phone conversations with Dojima and Shirou, Taiga thinks Shirou has become a ''womaniser''. This causes her to [[INeedAFreakingDrink start drinking heavily.]] [[spoiler:It only gets worse when she mistakes Shirou's description of Chie for ''herself'' (see IHaveThisFriend below for the details).]]
* {{Expy}}: The Persona Pixie is a huge one to ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Navi]]'' and a homage to every bratty FairyCompanion ever.
* FacePalm: Yosuke, often because of Shirou.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Shadow Yukiko used one of these in her fight [[spoiler:to take Yosuke out of it.]]
* TheFairFolk: Shirou's second Persona, Pixie, is one of these, and she can think and talk on her own. [[spoiler:And because she is one of the Fair Folk, ''she knows about Avalon.'' She even has a YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe moment when she realizes that it was in Shirou's body this whole time and he didn't even know about it.]]
--> '''Pixie:''' ''"Well, the best way would be to [[spoiler:[[WhamLine take that golden sheath out of your body and put it in your friend!]]]]"''
--> '''Shirou:''' ''The magus blinked in confusion. "What [[spoiler:golden sheath?"]]''
* FairyCompanion: The Persona Pixie genuinely ''tries'' to fulfill the role and be helpful, but she tends [[TheDitz to get sidetracked on her own musing]] [[CantArgueWithElves and complain about humans]].
* FandomSpecificPlot: The story uses the somewhat popular plot of "Shirou was [[[FusionFic another series' character]]] before the Fuyuki fire".
* FlatWhat:
** Shirou, Yosuke and Chie's reaction to Shadow Yukiko's Midnight Channel special.
** Shirou's reaction to summoning a Duke of Hell, [[Literature/ArsGoetia Eligor]] of the Chariot Arcana.
* FluffyTheTerrible: [[TheDragon Charming Prince]] gets nicknamed "Prince-kun" by Yukiko.
* TheFool: The Wild Card, as expected of the {{Tarot Motif|s}}. Shirou matches the archetype particularly well in social interactions, where his painfully honest and oblivious ways accomplish quite a lot, which is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero not always for the best]].
* ForWantOfANail: WordOfGod says that Chie's presence during the second trip to the TV World on April 15th [[spoiler:(the fight against Shadow Yosuke)]] will have consequences throughout all the storyline.
* FreakOut: PlayedForLaughs. Taiga had three of these, each episode more severe than the one before, during her DayInTheLimelight in chapter 22 at the mistaken realization that: 1) Shirou could grow up to be a womanizer, 2) ''already'' be one and 3) [[spoiler:might have just tried to "womanize ''her''".]]
* FusionFic: Shirou takes the place of the SilentProtagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration:
** Similarly to the Servants' status menu in the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight visual novel]], Shirou can visualize information about his Persona as a [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall RPG-like status screen]] by using Structural Analysis on the Persona Card.
--->'''Shirou:''' [[LampshadeHanging It feels like I'm in some sort of video game…]]
** In the [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} game]], bringing a Persona of the matching Arcana to a Social Link event speeds up its development. In this story, this is because said Persona can actually speak and advise Shirou in his head or, as it happened with Pixie in chapter 20, let him know when he's messing things up.
* GenreSavvy:
** Yosuke didn't want to bring Chie during Yukiko's rescue because he really, ''really'' didn't want to think how dealing with her Shadow would be like.
** For her part, Chie is quick to point out that if she meets her Shadow, she just needs to accept it so they'll have the power of one additional Persona working for the team and she even prepares accordingly for such a case. [[spoiler:Underestimating the confrontation with one's own Shadow comes to bite her '''hard''' later.]]
** When they found out Charming Prince was healing Shadow Yukiko, Yosuke suggested ShootTheMedicFirst. Unfortunate Shirou responds that it would leave them sitting ducks to Shadow Yukiko's attacks.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Shirou was in the receiving end of this trope during Yukiko's rescue. Twice. Yosuke and then Chie slapped him out of his HeroicBSOD. [[spoiler:The first time, Charming Prince used a Fear-inducing skill that forced his memories of the Fuyuki fire to resurface. With the experience still fresh in his mind, he suffered a similar episode later at the sight of a big conflagration caused by [[PlayingWithFire Shadow Yukiko]].]]
* GoodCounterpart: Though probably not intentional, Yosuke comes off as Shinji Matou's, he's basically what Shinji would be if he was actually redeemable or even vaguely likeable.
* GreenEyedMonster: Many of the early Investigation Team members are secretly envious of certain trait of another member. Their Shadows ''love'' spilling the beans.
* GrowlingGut: The trigger of the RomanticSpoonfeeding scene below.
* HomoeroticSubtext: [[SubvertedTrope Sans the "sub-" part]]. With the characteristic subtlety of her kind, Shadow Yukiko outright stated that if Chie were her "prince", she'd be "willing to try something new". Everybody present, even ''[[ObliviousToLove Shirou]]'', turned to the real Yukiko for clarification but then Shadow Yukiko dismissed Chie as unfit for the role for reasons similar to the ones from canon plus what she learned from Shadow Chie's confessions (the latter due to the events of the altered timeline).
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Just when it looks like Chie managed to accept her Shadow without a fight, the latter breaks into a knowing smirk and systematically tears apart her confession, denouncing how Chie was mostly paying lip service to acquire her own Persona instead of being motivated by genuine acknowledgement of her repressed feelings.]]
* HowDoIShotWeb: [[spoiler:During his first battle after obtaining Jiraiya, Yosuke discovered that summoning one's Persona wasn't as easy as Shirou made it look. And no, CallingYourAttacks doesn't really help. On the bright side, the possession of a Persona grants a considerable [[MagicEnhancement enhancement to his physical skill]], [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration particularly true for speed and reflexes in his case]].]]
* HypercompetentSidekick: Yosuke comes off as this to Shirou, especially in social and detective situations.
* HypocriticalHumor: Shirou's remarks on Naoto after their first meeting. Taiga, naturally, [[LampshadeHanging couldn't let that one go]].
-->'''Shirou:''' ''[about Naoto]'' What a strange boy.\\
'''Taiga:''' I don't know. He kinda reminded me of you.\\
'''Shirou:''' Don't be ridiculous, Fuji-nee.\\
'''Taiga:''' Polite, blunt, a workaholic--\\
'''Shirou:''' [[ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject Let's just hurry home.]]
* IndirectKiss: {{Subverted|Trope}}. After sharing some of her instant noodles with Shirou, Chie realizes that this trope will come into effect the moment she puts her chopsticks in her mouth. After Yosuke mentions the new meat menu at Junes, she jumps at the opportunity to eat [[TrademarkFavoriteFood steak]] and gives the rest of her soba bowl to Shirou.
* IHaveThisFriend: Chapter 22 has an amusing {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion. [[spoiler:Taiga called Shirou to check on him and, at her insistence, he asked her for advice on this ''love'' problem of his where he accidentally discovered that a girl had a crush on him in less-than-ideal circumstances. Reluctant to outright say Chie's name or speak of the other things he learned from her Shadow, but aware that Taiga needed a least a little bit of information on her to work with having never meet Chie before, Shirou gave his surrogate sister a rough description of Chie that happened to match ''Taiga's'' almost spot on. This created an OneDialogueTwoConversations situation where Taiga thought Shirou heard some off-color gossip about her and himself going around due to all the time she spends at his house and that he was using this trope as a roundabout way to make her confess or deny the rumors. Cue [[PlayedForLaughs hilarious]] FreakOut involving the phone call being cut short and [[INeedAFreakingDrink lots of booze]].]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Taiga:''' ''[screaming in her head]'' I REFUSE TO BE WOMANIZED!]]
* InnocentInnuendo: Shirou, still leery of the implications of having a Social Link with Nanako, gets hit with this contextless request:
-->'''Nanako:''' I'm sorry to wake you, but... Can I sleep with Shirou-nii?\\
'''VirtualSoundtrack:''' ''[RecordNeedleScratch]''\\
'''Shirou:''' What?!\\
'''Nanako:''' I'm sorry. But your house is so big and scary. I tried sleeping on my own, really, but I just can't get used to it.\\
'''Shirou:''' ''[sighs in relief]''
* InstantCosplaySurprise: Doubles as a ShoutOut. Before the fight against Shadow Yukiko, she uses her powers to morph Shirou, Yosuke and Chie's clothes into something more princely: [[Anime/CodeGeass Zero (sans mask), Suzaku (pre-R2) and Cornelia]]'s outfit and dress uniforms, respectively.
* InterfaceSpoiler: A rare non-videogame example in chapter 22, a.k.a. Taiga's DayInTheLimelight, where [[spoiler:the title has the words "The Sun" in bold letters. Considering how unlikely is for Shirou to join a [[JapaneseSchoolClub cultural club]] in Yasogami, this probably means that Taiga will eventually be the eponymous Social Link.]]
* IShallTauntYou: Yosuke taunts Shadow Chie by calling her a [[ShoutOut "banan]][[Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}} a head"]]. [[spoiler:It works well enough for Shirou to blindside her with a Zio spell.]]
* IWorkAlone: Subverted. [[spoiler:Shirou tried to keep Yosuke out of the murder case because of the inherent dangers involved, but Yosuke persevered until Shirou accepted his help. This event also signals the moment when Shirou established the Magician Social Link with Yosuke.]]
* KamehameHadoken: How Chie makes Tomoe Gozen cast her starter ice spell as a projectile like this, down to the pose. Chie only missed [[CallingYourAttacks chanting the attack]] "[[ShoutOut Bu-Fu]][[Franchise/StreetFighter uh-Ken!]]".
* TheLeader: Shirou for the Investigation Team. One could go on and on about his shortcomings, but it's undeniable that he's the go-to team member for calling the shots during a fight.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In Chapter 20, Yosuke internally describes Shirou as being oblivious regarding girls at "shonen hero levels." While neither of the main source materials are really "shonen," it still sort of fits.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: [[spoiler:Berserk!Shadow Yukiko's end.]]
* LiteralMinded: Teddie.
-->'''Yosuke:''' That's like the number one way ''not'' to get into someone's pants\\
'''Teddie:''' I have to search her pants?
* LongLostRelative: Shirou to the Dojimas. If not for Taiga [[spoiler:and [[VideoGame/{{Persona}} Phile]][[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} mon]]]] he would still be ignorant about them and they would have still believed him to be dead.
* LoopholeAbuse: This is why [[spoiler:the banished [[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Nyarlathotep]] is currently in the Holy Grail]].
--> [[spoiler:"As usual, I can't take all the blame: I act on the wishes of mankind, after all. A little over a decade ago, this thing happened to be stirring and made a wish to bring together all the evils in the world. It was subtle at first, but as the days went on, it would grow exponentially stronger and louder, as if begging to be realized. So I thought, 'what else could I do but answer that request?' And… here we are. While the wish interfered with my banishment, it didn't outright violate it either… though to be honest, I didn't struggle a whole lot out of it."]]
* MagicEnhancement: Persona users receive a considerable buff to their physical abilities in the TV World, including strength, speed and reaction times. This is the reason why Yosuke fights like a ninja and Chie can kick a Shadow through a wall. Shirou combines it with Reinforcement magecraft to give himself SuperToughness.
* MagikarpPower: The power of the Wild Card. Shirou is quite surprised to hear that his starter Persona, Izanagi, qualifies as "weak".
* MentalWorld: The TV World warps itself according to the people who find themselves within it. Shirou and Yosuke discovered that sticking one's head into a random TV is enough to fill the landscape with some sort of image of their inner worlds. In Shirou's case, a [[{{Foreshadowing}} hill of]] [[FieldOfBlades swords]].
* MythologyGag:
** After Daisuke and Kou tried to convince Shirou to join one of their sport clubs, Yosuke mentioned that they attempted to do same with him last Valentine's Day with the promise that the training would make him more resistant to the cold. Said event is told in detail in the SpinOff {{Prequel}} manga ''Persona 4: The Magician''.
** The BadassBystander above basically performed a Cavalry Attack right out of ''[[UpdatedRerelease The Golden]]'' to thwart a robbery.
** The scene from the VisualNovel where Shirou tries to smack Taiga with a rolled-up paper poster as a joke happens in this story, but with a different outcome. In the original material, Taiga, a very accomplished {{kendo}}ist, easily dodges and strikes back with her own rolled-up poster before realizing [[AmusingInjuries hers was made of metal]]. Thanks his battle experience in the TV World, this time Shirou managed to use the momentum of his attack to roll forward and avoid her counter, making her hit something else: [[spoiler:Ryotaro's head, knocking him out cold.]]
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: As in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', Chie thinks poorly of herself because of this trope. Unlike canon, Shirou makes clear from the start, albeit in his own InnocentlyInsensitive way, that he doesn't consider her unfeminine or less attractive because of her {{tomboy}} traits. [[spoiler:This leads her to harbor a crush on him much earlier than what is possible in the game, feelings that her Shadow is all too happy to act on, making the confrontation a whole lot more complicated.]]
* NoNameGiven: Subverted. [=NPCs=] "Spacy Girl" and "Errand Boy" got proper names: Haruka and Hiraku, respectively.
* NonUniformUniform: Shirou quickly picks up on the fact that Yasogami High is less mindful of the dress code than his former school, and decides to wear his uniform jacket semi-unbuttoned. Yosuke comments how Shirou pulls off the open-coat look pretty well.
* NotListeningToMeAreYou: Chie wasn't precisely pleased with the less-than-talkative Shirou and Yukiko:
-->'''Chie:''' So, you ever heard of the Amagi Inn, Emiya?\\
'''Shirou:''' A few times.\\
'''Chie:''' Well, Yukiko's family runs it. It's been going on for generations. It's the pride of Inaba!\\
'''Yukiko:''' Mhm.\\
'''Shirou:''' I see.\\
'''Chie:''' …Amagi Inn has been in a lot of magazines as a hidden treasure. Yukiko's going to inherit it someday.\\
'''Yukiko:''' Mhm.\\
'''Shirou:''' I see.\\
'''Chie:''' …It attracts a lot of visitors in because of its natural hot springs?\\
'''Yukiko:''' Mhm.\\
'''Shirou:''' I see.\\
'''Chie:''' …Emiya, Yukiko thinks you're cute.\\
'''Yukiko:''' Mhm.\\
'''Shirou:''' I see.\\
'''Yukiko and Shirou:''' [[BigWhat What?!]]
** It might double as a MythologyGag to the game. [[spoiler:If romanced, Yukiko will confess on Christmas Eve that she pretty much fell in love at first sight with the protagonist.]]
* NoSocialSkills: A downplayed case in comparison to other examples of the trope, but Shirou definitely doesn't think like a normal teenager and it shows in how he treats people, especially if they have more than a casual acquaintance with him. In some cases he comes across as accommodating and very dependable, in others as insensitive or downright cruel.
* ObliviousToLove: Shirou. So much that Yosuke rated it at "{{shonen|Genre}} hero levels".
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: See IHaveThisFriend above.
* OuijaBoard: Referenced. Nami compares the Midnight Channel to a talking board, giving Shirou an important hint of how it actually works. [[spoiler:Whether "he" intended to [[PetTheDog help him]] or [[BaitTheDog not]], is yet to be seen.]]
* PaintingTheMedium: When the story is narrated from the point of view of character who will later develop a Shadow Self, thoughts closer to their repressed feelings are formatted in italics.
* ParentsKnowTheirChildren: More like self-proclaimed older sister knows her little brother, but Taiga still qualifies. After learning about the murder case in Inaba, Taiga wanted Shirou back in Fuyuki because she was convinced that he would either catch the killer's attention, try to play vigilante to stop the culprit, or more likely both.
* PolitenessJudo: Leave it to Shirou to find a way to talk back to [[SadistTeacher King Moron]] on his first day of school while remaining perfectly polite (and sincere) about it. Subverted in that Morooka [[InSpiteOfANail still got offended and added the "sweet talker" to his "shit list"]].
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Social Links, naturally.
** When Shirou is having it explained to him, [[LampshadeHanging he is incredulous]] towards the idea that he gets stronger just by making friends before Igor and Margaret further explain.
** Interestingly, he also questions the ethics pertaining the idea of cultivating relationships for power, but he was reassured that it's the other way around: a meaningful connection with someone is its own reward, even if it happens to give him a power bonus, and that it's simply not possible to form a true Social Link without personal investment and genuine reciprocation.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Yosuke wonders if Shirou's ''Structural Analysis'' can be used to find out any girl's measurements.
* TheResenter: Shirou's obvious heroic traits come to aggravate the envy Yosuke felt towards the protagonist in the game. [[spoiler:This results in his Shadow going the extra mile to try and kill Shirou when it goes berserk.]]
* RightBehindMe: In chapter 16, [[spoiler:the day after the fight against Shadow Yosuke:]]
-->'''Yosuke:''' Just what am I supposed do, anyway? Roll up to him before school starts and say 'Yo! Emiya!'?\\
'''Shirou:''' Yes?\\
'''Yosuke:''' Gah!
* RomanticSpoonfeeding: More like not-quite-forceful chopstick-feeding, but the time when Chie shared some of her instant noodles with Shirou managed to come across as endearing if very, very awkward.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: The story makes a convincing argument as to why the Investigation Team wears their school uniforms in the TV World. Shirou observes that most of their weapons can be smuggled into Junes either hidden in their baggy uniforms or school bags (his katana requires a special bag designed to carry a [[{{Kendo}} shinai]], though), and if they ever get asked about it, they can say they're from CramSchool.
* ShareTheMalePain: Let's just say, the infamous "critical hit to the nads" didn't go unnoticed by Shirou or their classmates.
* ShoutOut: Has its [[ShoutOut/FateReachOut own page]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With the worlds of VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} and the {{Nasuverse}} respectively for each side, there's bound to be clashes.
* StayInTheKitchen: Shirou on occasion, as expected of his pre-CharacterDevelopment self. Just ask Yosuke, who felt right to DopeSlap him because of how badly he almost messed things up with Chie while trying to dissuade her from going with them into the TV World to save Yukiko. [[spoiler:Although Yosuke would give you the exact ''opposite'' reason to why she was left speechless.]]
-->"'That world is no place for a girl'?" Yosuke repeated in an incredulous tone. "Are you sexist, or just stupid?!"
* SuperReflexes: A realistic variant. Due to his self-training, Shirou's a very short reaction time. In chapter 20, he deflected a stray soccer ball before it could hit Chie in the back of the head. Kou and Daisuke tried to recruit him for their sport clubs because of it.
* SurvivalMantra: PlayedForLaughs. Taiga tries to fight the urge to [[INeedAFreakingDrink get herself a freaking drink]] this way. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
-->'''Taiga:''' Remember Taiga, getting drunk off your ass won't help anyone. Getting drunk off your ass won't help anyone. Getting drunk off your ass won't help anyone.
* {{Synchronization}}: As it happened in ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', Persona-users can feel any harm that afflicts their Personas, albeit in a diminished form. They can also use their Personas as a secondary set of sensory inputs, i.e. see and hear things from their Persona's perspective. [[spoiler:The same applies to the Shadow Selves if they haven't been rejected yet.]]
* TakeThat: The first chapter pokes some fun at the [[HeroicMime silent nature]] of the game's protagonist.
-->'''[[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]]:''' Any other kid should do just fine, [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall especially a mute one]].
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Subverted. Shirou carries an outdated cellphone for the year the story is set (2011) just like the protagonist in the opening animation of the game, but that's because of his personal tendency to keep old appliances in working order for long after their average life expectancy.
* TrapDoor: [[spoiler:Yukiko's Castle has them.]] Let's just say Shadow Selves are {{troll}}s like that.
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: As oblivious to romantic tropes as he is, Shirou doesn't understand why Chie got so flustered when he offered to share his umbrella with her on a rainy morning.
* VirtualSoundtrack: The forum version of the story comes annotated with Youtube links to soundtrack pieces for every other scene, usually of either franchise for [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome obvious reasons]].
* WeaponOfChoice: While there's the obvious Shirou using swords and Yosuke canonically using Dual Daggers, WordOfGod has stated that Chie will be using different kung-fu oriented weapons before finally settling on one.
** WhipItGood: Chie's choice of weapon for Yukiko's rescue. Shirou wasn't really convinced that a chain whip was an adequate complement to her kung-fu, but he trusted in her judgement. For his part, [[GenreSavvy Yosuke]] had [[GoodWeaponEvilWeapon entirely different concerns on the matter]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Nanako calls out her father, Taiga, and even Sakura for picking on Shirou at home. [[spoiler:She's so certain he's right that she's his Justice Social Link.]]
* WifeBasherBasher: Shinji and Shirou's falling out happened because he hit Sakura hard enough to leave bruises. Shirou promptly returned the favor when Shinji's answer for this was because he wanted to.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility: The Wild Card for Shirou, especially the Social Link system. See AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength and DeconstructionFic above.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: As a crossover with ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', this trope is bound to happen. [[spoiler:GoneHorriblyRight in Chie's case where Shirou's accepting words encouraged her ''and'' her Shadow because it was ''[[LoveInterest him]]'' saying them, pushing Chie further into denial of her repressed emotions.]]
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Given all the countermeasures the Shadows have in place there's no stopping them from going berserk.
* YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe:
** [[spoiler:Pixie's reaction to finding one of the Fey greatest artifacts (Avalon) inside Shirou.]]
** Yosuke's response to [[spoiler:finding out that Shadow Chie can cast [[ShockAndAwe Mazio]], a spell his Persona is weak to]]:
--->Oh, that’s such bullshi-IAAH!
* YouRemindMeOfX: Shirou states that Yosuke reminds him of Shinji. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's a lot more touching, and depressing, than you think.]]