[[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]]). The project has been collaborated partly with Nameless Flame Wielder of ''Fanfic/FateBlackReflection'', but has since been excused from the project due to conflict of work and time.

[[FandomSpecificPlot Borrowing from similar plotlines of]] [[MultipleChoicePast Shirou's pre-fire identity]], Shirou Emiya was once known as Yu Narukami. His guardian Taiga Fujimura decides one day to find his living relatives so he could cope and move on with the loss of his stepfather Kiritsugu. With time, diligence, and the help of a [[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} blue butterfly]], she locates the Dojimas. In hopes to build a family connection, Taiga (reluctantly) allows Shirou to spend a year long stay with them in Inaba. But a dark cloud looms over the once quiet town. With the help of his new friends, mysterious benefactors, and the power of Persona, Shirou faces his first great trial as an Ally of Justice: the Inaba Serial Murder Case.

This story is also hosted on three different sites: [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/fate-reach-out-f-sn-smt-p4-crossover-story-thread.245101/ Spacebattles]], [[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/fate-reach-out-f-sn-smt-p4-crossover.3517/ Sufficient Velocity]], and [[http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/5392-Fate-Reach-Out-%28Fate-Stay-Night-x-Persona-4%29 the Beast's Lair]], each with their own dedicated fan following and updated at the same time.

!!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, as a magus, he sees the enormous [[FridgeHorror abuse potential inherent in it]]. Through the bond and with the help of a Persona of the matching Arcana, he can know exactly what the other person is feeling and what to say to get them to feel better, and later at higher Ranks, to do what he wants. In other words, even with the best intentions in mind, if Shirou is not very careful with what he says and does, he can emotionally abuse or manipulate them into pretty much anything.
* AlmostKiss: Shirou and [[spoiler:Shadow Chie]]. [[MomentKiller Nice timing there]], [[SincerityMode Yosuke and Teddie]].
* AmnesiaMissedASpot: [[spoiler:[[MemoryWipingCrew Kirei]] went around erasing memories of Shirou being chased by Wraiths, but he missed two things: First Kaede, one of the Track Club girls, who got lost looking for her friends and was spared from the [[TheMasquerade Masquerade-mandated]] LaserGuidedAmnesia by pure luck and second, the fact that Makidera's friend Himuro had snapped a photo that she later won't remember ever taking. Both inconsistencies made Rin suspect that something Magecraft-related was going on and, as Fuyuki's Second Owner, she set about finding out what it was.]]
* 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.]]
* AngerBornOfWorry:
** During her MotiveRant, Shadow [[spoiler:Taiga]] angrily complained how much Shirou's tendency to let himself get strung along in [[ChronicHeroSyndrome his unhealthy willingness to help others]] worries her. [[spoiler:Interestingly, Taiga uncomfortably noted that it sounded a lot more like something a concerned ''girlfriend'' would say rather than his older sister of sorts or legal guardian.]]
** Taiga through... well, all of Chapter 26. It's a miracle Shirou didn't give her a heart attack.
* 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?]]
* AwfulTruth: Kotomine bluntly tells Shirou the type of person Kiritsugu was before he found him in that fire.
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler:Kotomine]] and Shirou when going against Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome.
* 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''.
** Taiga hates being called "Tiger". [[spoiler:Her Shadow didn't just gleefully push this trigger, but rather tap danced on it.]]
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Shirou makes good acquaintances with "Nami", the gas station attendant, during his part-time job at MOEL.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Kotomine]] to Shirou against Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome.
* 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.
* BreakThemByTalking: Shadow Selves' whole M.O.
** [[spoiler:Kirei attempted this after realizing Shirou's obvious desire to continue Kiritsugu's dream. Before Shirou could gather the wherewithal to retort, Taiga [[DynamicEntry suddenly stepped in]] and [[ShutUpHannibal made Kirei shut up]] [[TalkToTheFist with her fist]]. After he left, Taiga hugged Shirou and only then he allowed himself to break down into tears.]]
* 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 self-preservation 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]].]]
* BusmansHoliday: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Dojima thought he was going to have to deal with police work during the family trip to Fuyuki when he heard a crash followed by some yelling inside Shirou's house and suspected that a thief had just sneaked in. [[spoiler:It was [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom Taiga punching Kotomine across the room]]]]
* 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, right after Yosuke had been rendered unconscious during battle.
-->'''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.
* CarFu: "Cavalry Attacks" are a thing in this story. A thing that happened once ''outside'' the TV World (see BadassBystander above).
* 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 did, 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]].
* CaughtInTheRain:
** How Shirou and Chie [[MeetCute first met]]. On the way to his first school day at Yasogami, Shirou noticed a then-unknown girl sheltering from the rain under a gazebo. He offered to lend her his umbrella, but she politely refused saying that she didn't want him to get soaked for her sake and that a friend (Yukiko) should pass by soon enough and let her share her umbrella. Chie then received a text message from her friend revealing that she was already at the school and Shirou offers to share his umbrella with her as a compromise, [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to the]] [[UmbrellaOfTogetherness romantic implications]] Chie was [[LuminescentBlush well aware of]].
** Played unromantically later on. Yukiko took refuge from the rain in the same gazebo while dressed in her work kimono when an unknown high school student (Mitsuo) suddenly appeared behind her and insistently asked her out despite of her refusals and obvious uneasiness, the rain and her confining clothes making it difficult for her to simply leave. The weather and the hour also made it unlikely for anyone else to show up but somebody did arrive (Shirou and Chie, going home after a trip into the TV World) and made Mitsuo leave.
* ChekhovsSkill: Unlike [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight canon]], Shirou managed to dodge metal-poster-wielding Taiga's counter because his battle experience in the TV World translates to real one together with the extra awareness and advice provided by his Personas even though the ability to summon them does not. [[spoiler:This fact allowed to keep himself alive during Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome's attack in Fuyuki until help arrived.]]
* ChekhovsHobby: During the second trip to the TV World, Shirou mentioned that he wanted to cast Reinforcement on Yosuke's clothes but dismissed the idea because, if he got it wrong, the botched spell would just break them instead. Twelve chapters later, [[spoiler:Shirou ''deliberately'' over-Reinforced the swords he used to stab Yomotsu-Shikome so the weapons would explode ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill inside]]'' his enemy.]]
* 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.
** Shadow [[spoiler:Taiga]] can be considered an {{Aver|tedTrope}}sion. Being born from [[spoiler:an adult psyche with long-standing unresolved problems]], this Shadow Self can't be easily explained away via SingleIssuePsychology and doesn't act as a clear-cut foil of their progenitor. [[spoiler:Because of this, Taiga actually manages to accept her Shadow without rejecting her first.]]
* ClothingDamage: Oddly inverted. After a trip into the TV World, clothes are restored to the same condition they had before entering. Injuries and other battle damage remain unchanged.
* 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.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Taiga bides Shirou (and Nanako) goodbye with a peck on the cheek, then turns to Ryotaro who looks at her with obvious surprise in his face at her actions[[note]]this happened just the day after he asked Taiga if she "loved [Shirou] that way"[[/note]] and she says to him "You're not getting one".
* TheConsigliere: Shirou might be TheLeader, but Yosuke is the one who stops him from DiggingHimselfDeeper due to his lack of social graces.
* 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''.
* ContrivedCoincidence: How Tohsaka figured out that [[spoiler:Shirou is a magus]]. Go and make yourself comfortable, the explanation is kinda long and involves many little coincidences: [[spoiler:During his MobstacleCourse, Shirou happened to run into Kaede Makidera, a former schoolmate from Homurahara and one of the "Track Team Trio" girls, and made her drop and break the glass wind chime she had just bought. They didn't get a good look of him besides the unusual color of his hair and a photo that Kane Himuro took of the incident that barely managed to keep him in-frame, but being members of their school's track team themselves, they decided to chase after him to make him give Makidera a monetary compensation for the broken chime using the picture as proof of responsibility, but they were found by Kotomine who used hypnosis to make them forget about the whole thing as part of his MemoryWipingCrew duties, except for [[TheDitz Makidera herself]] [[NoSenseOfDirection who got lost in the way]] right before that. The next day and for entirely unrelated reasons Yukika Saegusa, the last of the three girls, arranged for Rin to hang out with them during the last day of Golden Week and the four of them came across Ayako, who was there to sightsee a fair and made some small talk about how Taiga unexpectedly called her that morning to fetch Shirou's bow from the archery club in her stead. The mention of Shirou's name allowed Makidera to make the connection between the redhead and the guy who bumped into her. Her friends, now having no memory of what she was talking about, thought she was making everything up until Himuro's phone beeped due to an incoming message, reminding Makidera of the photo. At the latter's insistence, she decided to humor her and checked her files only to actually find a picture just as Makidera described, leaving Himuro and Saegusa at a loss. As a magus, Tohsaka chalked up the inconsistencies to hypnosis and later asked the most likely culprit about it and Kotomine confirmed her suspicious and told her about the incident with the Wraiths and a boy with limited magecraft that helped him to fight them, but he was about to keep the names of the people involved to himself until Rin mentioned Shirou by name on her own.]]
* {{Corpsing}}: There is an InUniverse example in the second Fuyuki Gaiden, where Rin mightily struggles to not laugh herself sick in front of Kotomine at the realization that [[spoiler:Shirou basically wants to use his powers as a magus for "world peace".]]
-->'''Rin:''' ''[InnerMonologue]'' I'm not going to laugh. I'm not going to laugh in front of the damned fake priest! I'll laugh all I want at this stupid, ridiculous goal later in the comfort of my home, but damn it not now!
* 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…]]
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Taiga threatens [[spoiler:Kotomine]] to keep himself away from Shirou and his family or she will "kill [him] with [her] shinai, unfeminine roar, and high heels."
* DarkIsNotEvil: Shirou initially feared summoning the Persona Eligor due to his demonic roots as a Duke of Hell from the ''Literature/ArsGoetia'', but he 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:
** The first "Fuyuki Gaiden" (right after chapter 21) is focused on [[FunPersonified Taiga]] ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny with expected results]]).
** The second one (after chapter 26) follows Rin around.
* DeadpanSnarker: Yosuke, probably even more than his canonical portrayal.
-->'''Yosuke:''' ''[after seeing [[{{Dominatrix}} Shadow Chie's rejected form]]]'' And I thought ''I'' had issues.
* DeathGlare: [[spoiler:According to Nyarlathotep, Philemon shot an impressive one at him when he [[ContinuityNod mentioned]] [[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Tatsuya Suou]] in the context "letting people making their choices by their own accord".]]
* DeconstructionFic[=/=]DeconstructionCrossover:
** 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.
** Yosuke then argues that it won't happen because Shirou must've been given the ability because he ''wouldn't'' abuse it, thinking it more as an example of "Potentially BadPowersGoodPeople".
* 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.
** From the second Fuyuki Gaiden, right after Rin's calm façade slips when she hears news of Shirou due to the negative effect that his absence has been having on Sakura so far.
-->'''Ayako:''' Whoa, slow down there. You seem rather excited to see your boyfriend again.\\
'''Rin:''' ''[InnerMonologue]'' Well, I wouldn't exactly-- BOYFRIEND?!
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: [[FirstPersonSmartass Shirou]] and [[TheDitz Teddie]] at times.
* DiscontinuityNod: Unlike the game, Margaret doesn't ask for money to recall a Persona from the Compendium. She does so the first time as a joke, though. Apparently, she simply wanted to see Shirou's reaction and his flabbergasted face didn't disappoint.
* DivingSave: [[spoiler:Chie to Yosuke, pushing him out of the way of his Shadow's attack.]]
* DontGoInTheWoods: {{Exploited|Trope}}. The forest near Miyama is widely believed to be haunted and only thrill-seekers would likely go there. This is exactly the reason why Shirou [[spoiler:fled to the forest when chased by Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome. That way the fight could break out without {{Innocent Bystander}}s being caught in the middle.]]
* DontThinkFeel: [[spoiler:Taiga Fujimura]] didn't know what to do with herself and her newfound romantic feeling when [[spoiler:saying goodbye to Shirou]]. In the end she advised herself to forgo conscious thinking and ended up [[spoiler:kissing him on the cheek]].
* 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.
** Dojima asked Sakura about her parents once and things immediately got awkward. If you know about ''LightNovel/FateZero'', you'll realize that his faux pas was a lot bigger than he knew.
** 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}}.
** Tohsaka is honestly impressed and a little jealous how easily Sakura can put on a cold and distant façade to keep people away, not having a clue why that's the case.
** 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.
* TheDulcineaEffect: {{Discussed|Trope}} and unsuccessfully {{invoked|Trope}}. After Shirou ran away from her and the Dojimas without any apparent reason at all, Taiga followed after him but she lost his trail after he walked into a forest. Then she improvised to lure him out.
-->'''Taiga:''' ''[loudly]'' Dammit Shirou this isn't funny! You made Nanako-chan cry, you jerk! ''[thinking]'' It was probably a stretch of the truth, but Shirou always had a weakness for sad young girls. It was a hero thing.
* 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.
** Rin's DayInTheLimelight in the second Fuyuki Gaiden can be considered one of her.
* 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.
** It's not only Shirou. [[spoiler:Sakura and Kirei thought that the entities that attacked Shirou during Golden Week (Yomotsu-Shikome and Yomotsu-Ikusa) were [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Wraiths]].]]
** 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 pretty much 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. As a magus, Shirou's well aware of the non-{{Disneyf|ication}}ied myths surrounding entities like her and considers Pixie as the closest thing he'll ever meet to a well-meaning fey -- even though she's rather fond of calling him an idiot. [[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".
* FeeFiFauxPas:
** Yosuke [[DopeSlap chastises]] Shirou for trying to keep Chie from going back to the TV World to rescue Yukiko with the line [[StayInTheKitchen "That world is no place for a girl"]]. [[spoiler:Actually something of a {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion. Chie was naturally annoyed with Shirou for coddling her, but a bigger part of her was overjoyed that someone was treating her with the same care and deference that guys usually reserve only for Yukiko.]]
** During the family trip to Fuyuki, Dojima asks Sakura if her parents are really okay with her staying so late at Shirou's house and she explains that her brother and grandfather won't mind as long as she gets back before dinnertime. Dojima takes the hint and decides to avoid the topic of her parents from then and on. [[DramaticIrony If you know her backstory]], you'll realize it's a ''whole lot'' worse than that.
* 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.
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit: While following after Shirou who was running away without apparent reason at all, Taiga encountered the same blue butterfly that previously led her to find proof of the identity of Shirou's biological parents. Trusting her gut, she broke into a mad chase after it that ended with her [[WatchOutForThatTree meeting a tree, shoulder first, losing conciousness]] [[spoiler:and waking up in time to be attacked by her Shadow Self.]]
* 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]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The first time Shirou fully summoned Izanagi, he had a vision of Igor and Margaret just like Yu in the anime, but he also caught a glimpse of "a glowing sheath surrounded in darkness, and a girl standing in an open green meadow", which are [[spoiler:Avalon and Saber just like Shirou oneirically saw them in the visual novel pre- and post-dream cycle, respectively.]]
** When Shirou stuck his head into a TV for the first time, the landscape morphed into a FieldOfBlades.
** The Persona Pixie, as one of TheFairFolk, recognized [[spoiler:Avalon's presence in Shirou's body.]]
** Taiga tends to overreact at the idea of Shirou becoming a [[TheCasanova womaniser]] and get annoyed at the suggestions that their relationship doesn't really look like one between siblings nor one expected of a legal guardian and her ward. [[spoiler:Later on her Shadow revealed that Taiga's feelings for Shirou aren't a clear-cut example of familial affection.]]
* TheFourLoves: Referenced by one of Shirou's Personas after Taiga gave him a goodbye peck on the cheek before he took the train back to Inaba.
-->'''Cu Sith:''' Amore, Cu Shirou. Hints of love and affection are evident in the one you call sister. It's all kinds as well. Family Storge is most evident, followed by platonic Agape, affectionate Phileo, and… is that a hint of Eros I smell?
* 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.
** In the game, Ryotaro Dojima had to cancel the family outing on Golden Week because of an unsolved ATM robbery. Here, the thieves were captured before they could flee (see BadassBystander entry above), allowing the trip to take place as planned. Their chosen destination ended up being Fuyuki city.
** Unlike canon, Kirei Kotomine meets Shirou well before the Holy Grail War at a time when it's obvious that the adoptive son of Kiritsugu Emiya is foolishly yet earnestly following the latter's ideals[[note]]this takes place not long after Yukiko's rescue, the first big achievement of the Investigation Team[[/note]]. [[spoiler:The sight of it seems to rub Kirei the wrong way to the point he can't resist [[DroppingTheBombshell telling him about]] [[AwfulTruth Kiritsugu's past as the Magus Killer]]. [[BreakThemByTalking His words affected Shirou a lot]], but Kirei also clued him in on several things he didn't have much chance of finding out on his own and paved the way for Taiga to become more than the UnwittingMuggleFriend.]]
* 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 to ShootTheMedicFirst. Shirou pointed out 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]].]]
** Also {{invoked|Trope}} later in ''The Inner Child''. [[spoiler:Kirei [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks threw one of his Black Keys]] at Shirou during their BackToBackBadasses fight to snap him out of the Fear-inducing trance right before Yomotsu-Shikome could finish him off with a [[OneHitKill Mudo]] spell.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: Shirou's [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre encouraging words]] to Chie were so effective that they worked ''against'' the Investigation Team during their confrontation with her Shadow because [[spoiler:it was ''[[LoveInterest him]]'' saying them. As an unfiltered outlet of her feelings, Shadow Chie positively relished the fact Shirou didn't think ill of her because of the dirty secrets she already revealed, making her crush on him all too obvious and prompting Chie to freak out at the thought of Yosuke and Teddie figuring it out too]]. As a result, Chie's rejection of her Shadow soon ensued. Unsurprisingly, Shirou took the hint and minded what he said for the rest of the fight.
* 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.
* GratuitousSpanish: How Taiga greets the Dojimas to [[BigFancyHouse Shirou's house]] in chapter 23. Considering that the characters speak Japanese and Taiga's an English teacher, this is probably also an example of KeepItForeign.
-->'''Taiga:''' We're here! Casa de Emiya!
* GreenEyedMonster: Many of the early Investigation Team members are secretly envious of certain trait of another member. Their Shadows ''love'' spilling the beans.
* GrowingUpSucks: In a rather depressing scene, [[spoiler:Shadow Taiga reveals that she would rather stay in the best years of her life, which was during high school and before her maturity was called into question. That's the reason why she became a teacher, only to discover that even teenagers think poorly of her and her antics.]]
* GrowlingGut: The trigger of the RomanticSpoonfeeding scene below.
* HealingFactor: As in canon, Shirou has one by virtue of Avalon. [[spoiler:Pixie points out that this is all that's stopped him from killing himself for the last five years by healing the damage done to his nerves whenever he forges a Magic Circuit.]]
* HearingVoices: How Shirou interacts with his Personas in the real world. Interestingly, they can't hear his thoughts unlike other {{Spirit Advisor}}s in fiction, so to talk back to them he actually has to speak aloud or at least whisper loud enough for them to listen his voice through his ears.
* HitlerAteSugar: It's revealed to the reader in chapter 26 that [[spoiler:Yomotsu-Shikome and Yomotsu-Ikusa attacking Shirou]] was a case of guiltiness by association and LoopholeAbuse. [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep "poked some bitter souls" to act on their ancient grudge on ''Izanagi'' (i.e. not Shirou, therefore fulfilling the letter of his non-interference agreement with Philemon) and they attacked him only because he's his host of sorts as a Persona User.]]
* 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.]]
* HorrifyingTheHorror: [[spoiler:Kotomine]] actually drives fear into Yomotsu-Ikusa during their battle.
* 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.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Yomotsu-Ikusa runs Kotomine through with a spear. The man pulls it out and breaks it.]]
* 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.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: The Investigation Team is surprised to find these in Yukiko's Castle. Yosuke, noticing the obvious parallels to videogames, is at first excited at the possibility of finding new weapons or valuable VendorTrash, but the spoils turned out to be real world stuff that somehow find its way into the TV World for the most part.
* InternalReveal: By the end of the Golden Week arc, [[spoiler:Shirou spilled the beans about Magecraft and the murder case in Inaba to Taiga. He kept the stuff about Personas to himself because he thought it'd be just too much to shallow at once for her.]]
* 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 the girl 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 (see DeconstructionFic above), 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. Also a bit of an InJoke among VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} fans, given that most of [[RelationshipVoiceActor Japanese voice actors had roles in both series]].
* 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 become the eponymous Social Link. Confirmed in chapter 26.]]
** There is a similar example in the second Fuyuki Gaiden, hinting that [[spoiler:Rin will become the Tower Arcana Social Link.]]
* IronicEcho: With a dash of DramaticIrony. [[spoiler:Shirou refrained from telling Taiga about most of the supernatural happenings in Inaba (Personas/Teddie/TV World) under the rationale that it would be too much for her after learning about the existence of Magecraft. Later she uses almost the same words and argument to not tell him about the confrontation with her Shadow.]]
-->She/He had enough on his/her plate to worry about.
* 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.]]
* IsThatCuteKidYours: The first time she met Taiga at the Dojima's, Chie first assumed she was Nanako's mom because of their similar hair and eye colors together with the fact that Taiga looked just old enough to be feasibly the mother of a six year old girl.
* 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.]]
* JapaneseSchoolClub: {{Averted|Trope}}. Shirou shows no interest in joining extracurricular activities at Yasogami, giving more priority to the TV World or part-time jobs.
* KamehameHadoken: How Chie makes Tomoe Gozen cast her starter ice spell as a projectile like this, down to the pose. Chie only missed [[CallingYourAttacks intoning the attack]] as "[[ShoutOut Bu-Fu]][[Franchise/StreetFighter uh-Ken!]]".
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Ryotaro and Nanako]] were made to forget [[spoiler:Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome's attack]] with [[HypnoticEyes Magecraft]]. The following chapter reveals that the same happened to [[spoiler:the "Track Team Trio," except for Makidera.]]
* 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.
* LetMeGetThisStraight: [[spoiler:Taiga Fujimura]] when learning about the Investigation Team. To say this person wasn't amused would be an understatement.
'''Shirou:''' It's actually five years--\\
'''[[spoiler:Taiga]]:''' LIKE THAT MAKES ANY DIFFERENCE!\\
'''Shirou:''' --And Yosuke's helping too.\\
'''[[spoiler:Taiga]]:''' [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg WHO THE HELL CARES?!]]\\
'''Yosuke:''' ''[far away]'' ''[[[SneezeCut doubles over in pain for no apparent reason]]]''
* 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?
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: After Shirou moved to Inaba, Sakura reverted into her uncaring and gloomy self who apparently only bother smiling when Taiga is around. That's barely the tip of the iceberg.
* 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."]]
* LoveEpiphany: [[spoiler:During the confrontation with her Shadow, Taiga is outright told that she loves Shirou "that way", which is something she never consciously considered until that point.]]
* 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.
* 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".
* MeetCute: See Chie and Shirou's example of CaughtInTheRain above.
* 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]].
* MightyGlacier: Shirou, his attacks are stronger than anyone else, his Persona powers together with his Reinforcement give him SuperToughness, but he's noticeably slower to the punch than Yosuke or Chie on top of Persona switching slowing him down further.
* MobstacleCourse: Shirou runs through the streets of Miyama, making an effort to avoid passer-bys when possible or shoving them aside when it wasn't. [[spoiler:He was being chased by two InvisibleToNormals creatures trying to attack him, so it was that or let people get trampled and killed by them in their zeal to catch him]]. Unusually for this trope, this became plot-relevant later on because one of the people he ran into turned out to be [[spoiler:someone who knew by sight -- Kaede Makidera from Homurahara's Track Team -- who inadvertently ended up clueing in Rin that something was going on with Shirou.]]
* MomentKiller: Yosuke and Teddie's arrival [[AlmostKiss interrupted a kiss]] between Shirou and [[spoiler:Shadow Chie]]. Unusually for this trope, this was a very good thing.
* MrFixit: The "Fake Janitor", as known as Shirou Emiya, is one in canon, who earned that nickname by going out of his way to repair school equipment for free. Here, this trope gets a {{lampshade|Hanging}} with a dash of RealityEnsues when much of the stuff that only he kept in working order at Homurahara gave up the ghost after he transfered to Yasogami and the student council got into budget problems after buying the replacements.
* MultitaskedConversation: Done by Taiga when delivering the things she gathered for Shirou to take with him to Inaba.
-->'''Taiga:''' ''[to Shirou, after handing over his archery equipment]'' It doesn't hurt to practice what you already know. Consider it a hobby to keep yourself safe while you're down there.\\
'''Narration:''' What Dojima heard was a way to keep Shirou occupied and not act on impulse, to which he approved of. What Shirou heard was a way to [[spoiler:stop using magecraft for the duration of the case]], which he had mixed feelings about.
* 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''.
** There is one to both series in chapter 13. As in both Persona 4 anime adaptations, the first time Izanagi is fully summoned by his user, the latter has visions of the Velvet Room and its residents. Here, Shirou also sees [[{{Foreshadowing}} "a glowing sheath surrounded in darkness, and a girl standing in an open green meadow"]].
** 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.]]
** Shirou, Taiga, Ryotaro and Nanako visit Verde Shopping Mall in Fuyuki, a location available in ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia''. On the other side of the {{Crossover}}, they went to a toy store there and buy a stuffed platypus and an electronic hand-mirror from [[ShowWithinAShow "Magical Detective Love Line"]] for Nanako, just like the one she had in the [[Anime/Persona4TheAnimation anime]].
** [[spoiler:Design-wise, Shadow Taiga is basically [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojo]]![[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Taiga]]'s EvilCounterpart. Even the place where the real Taiga meets her is the same.]]
* 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 embarrassedly confess on her Christmas Eve event that she pretty much fell in love at first sight with the protagonist.]]
* NoSell: [[spoiler:After confronting her Shadow, Taiga became immune to magecraft that effects minds and thus can't be made to forget what she's learned. It's hinted it's her latent Persona's doing.]]
* 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".
** His Persona kind of alleviate this. [[spoiler:Like when Eligor tells him that Chie wanted to train with him alone or Cu Sith points of Taiga feels some level of passionate love for him rather than just sibling affection when she kisses his cheek before he returns to Inaba after Golden Week.]]
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: See IHaveThisFriend above.
* OneHitKill: The Mudo spell, which Yomotsu-Shikome was getting ready to cast to Shirou. Kotomine hypothesized that it would have likely destroyed his soul.
* OneOfTheKids: Taiga, as per canon. [[spoiler:Her Shadow points out that she never takes things seriously.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** Everybody present was surprised at what made Taiga {{Squee}} in ''Never the Same'' (see entry below for the reason).
** Taiga also surprises Rin the first school after Golden Week by showing vulnerability for the first time in her knowledge. Somewhat {{subverted|Trope}} because Rin decided to ignore it and chalk up the whole thing to an "off day."
* 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 school day 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"]].
** Shirou also was rather polite to make Mitsuo stop hitting on Yukiko, actually taking the time to explain him why he shouldn't persist on asking a girl out after she already said no. [[SubvertedTrope Although]], his not-quite-DeathGlare and Chie's KnuckleCracking might have had something to do with Mitsuo's hasty retreat.
* 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.[[note]]this isn't addressed in-story and likely never will, but the answer is probably no. Shirou's unique brand of ''Structural Analysis'' only works on objects closely related to the Concept of "Sword" or these temporarily imbued with it through his prana. However, for this particular example there's a workaround: Shirou could cast ''Structural Analysis'' on a girl's ''clothes'' instead and obtain the information indirectly.[[/note]]
* ThePromise: After getting the first idea of how deep Shirou's desire to help people actually runs, he and Taiga exchanged promises. Easily one of the most SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments in the story so far. [[spoiler:This is also the moment that established The Sun Social Link between them.]]
-->'''Taiga:''' So please. Whatever you do in your life, whether it's fixing junk for a living or going into god-knows-where for rescues… I'll support you all the way. Just promise me that you'll come back alive each time.\\
'''Shirou:''' I'll come back alive, Fuji-nee. I promise.
* ProperlyParanoid: Due to his ChronicHeroSyndrome and the {{Crazy Prepared}}ness (read paranoia) that comes with being a magus, even a poorly-trained one like him, Shirou made a habit of always carrying the Fog-filtering glasses Teddie gave him just in case he has to jump into a TV in a hurry. This came in handy [[spoiler:during his visit to Fuyuki on Golden Week, when two otherwise-invisible fog demons appeared in the real world and tried to kill him.]]
* PublicDomainCharacter: Most Personas as in canon, but it also applies to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaihime Kaihime]], [[spoiler:Taiga's Persona]].
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: [[spoiler:Taiga]] got the drop on Kotomine and decked him across the room when he started trying to break Shirou's view of who Kiritsugu was.
* RealMenCook: It tends to give people a pause how good Shirou fends off for himself in the kitchen. First the Dojimas, then Chie and later on Rin.
* RedHeadedHero: Shirou of course, something that makes him memorable among the Japanese population. It becomes a plot point in the second Fuyuki Gaiden because [[spoiler:this started an unforeseeable chain of events that allowed Tohsaka to discover that he was a magus.]]
* 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!
** Later in chapter 26.
--->'''Shirou:''' ''[to Ryotaro]'' I was actually wondering when to start calling you 'Doji-nii'.\\
'''Ryotaro:''' Seriously? That's the best you could come up with?\\
'''Shirou:''' I almost considered 'Ryuu-nii' but I didn't think that would be fair to Fuji-nee.\\
'''Taiga:''' Hmmhmm~! No, it wouldn't!\\
''[Shirou, Ryotaro, Sakura and possibly Nanako jump in surprise]''
* 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.
* RunOrDie: Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome merits this reaction from Izanagi. Makes sense given his myth. [[spoiler:They were mythological demons sent by Izanami to chase after him once he abandoned her, and Fuyuki Park is basically an entrance to Yomi.]]
-->'''Izanagi:''' ''Run. For thine sake, RUN!''
* SayingTooMuch: Shirou, while explaining [[spoiler:Taiga]] why [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade you don't mess with the secrecy of Magecraft]], mentions [[spoiler:Inaba]] in the same sentence. The person listening to him had absolutely no reason to relate both things until that point. His first Persona [[LampshadeHanging put it the best]]:
-->'''Izanagi:''' [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Thou]] [[WhatAnIdiot damneth]].
* SenseiChan: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. [[spoiler:Taiga became a teacher in her old high school because she really didn't fit in anywhere else after graduating. Unfortunately, her childish behavior didn't earn her the respect she wanted from her students and Taiga felt mocked anytime they called by her nickname.]]
* 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 [[GroinAttack "critical hit to the nads"]] didn't go unnoticed by Shirou or their classmates.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend:
** Said verbatim by Shirou to Pixie about Chie. His second Persona simply talked right over him, ignoring his complains.
** Squared in the second Fuyuki Gaiden. Noticing that Rin was showing too much interest in hearing news about Shirou (mostly out of concern for Sakura, ''[[{{Tsundere}} mostly]]''), Ayako teasingly asked that if she was that eager to see her boyfriend again. Tohsaka, [[TheGadfly being Tohsaka]], didn't let being caught flatfooted pass and took advantage that Ayako happened to call Shirou by his first name to turn the tables on her and remarked that's something a girlfriend would say, reducing Ayako into a LuminescentBlush.
* ShoutOut: Has its [[ShoutOut/FateReachOut own page]].
* ShutUpHannibal: Taiga doesn't approve Shirou's inherited dreams of becoming an "Ally of Justice". That doesn't mean [[spoiler:Kotomine]] can just talk trash about Kiritsugu in front of Shirou.
-->'''Taiga:''' [[TalkToTheFist You!]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Big!]] [[BigStupidDoodooHead MEANIE!]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With the worlds of VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} and the {{Nasuverse}} respectively for each side, there's bound to be clashes.
* SpiritAdvisor: His Personas for Shirou, especially during battle and in the context of Social Links where they can outright [[TheEmpath resonate with what people representing their Arcana is feeling]]. The latter is one of the reasons why Shirou is wary of the Social Link system as a whole, however he certainly appreciates their opinions and their second guessing of his actions in areas is admittedly not very good at. Like [[ObliviousToLove women]] or [[ChronicHeroSyndrome self-preservation]].
* {{Squee}}: Taiga's reaction to [[spoiler:Nanako calling her "[[BerserkButton Tiger]]-nee". [[ItMakesSenseInContext Yeah, you heard that right]].]]
* 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 ''[[EntertaininglyWrong 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?!"
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Before leaving back to Inaba at the end of Golden Week, Taiga rounds up and return Shirou's old archery equipment back to him. [[spoiler:She did it specifically so he would have a way to fight other than plowing headfirst into danger.]]
* 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.
* SupportPartyMember: Teddie, who retains his SensorCharacter status and now can produce useful expendable items with his powers.
* 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.]]
* TalkToTheFist: Taiga's counter against the [[BreakThemByTalking Tao of Lecter]].
* 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: [[invoked]] 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.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Rin may not be the most devout of Christians, but when Kirei insisted in being called by his title as an ordained priest (mostly to annoy her, of course), she reluctantly relented.
-->'''Kirei:''' Do indulge me, Rin. We are still in the sanctum of God, so my title does hold merit. Unless you wish to speak in the confessional?\\
'''Rin:''' ''[through gritted teeth]'' Good evening, Father Kotomine.\\
'''Kirei:''' There, now. Was that so hard?\\
'''Rin:''' ''[thinking]'' Yes. Yes it was.
* ThirdWheel: The Persona Eligor chides Shirou for attempting to bring in Yosuke to a training session with Chie. [[GeniusBonus Considering]] [[Literature/ArsGoetia his myth]], you may see why a [[TheMatchmaker matchmaker]] like Eligor has no patience for this trope.
* ThisExplainsSoMuch: Played with. After learning that Shirou puts himself through excruciating pain every time he forges a Magic Circuit, a character asks him if he's in fact a masochist. Pixie reacts at the suggestion with astonished realization, as if Shirou's behaviour so far ''finally'' made sense to her. It's difficult to say whether she was being sarcastic or not.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch:
** From ''Dead Greenery'':
--->'''Shadow [[spoiler:Taiga]]:''' I have every right to say that name. Because we share the same face. And that's my name, too, bitch.
** Also done by [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]] in ''Never the Same''.
--->[[spoiler:I'm the all-powerful granter of wishes and desires! I'm the Holy Grail, ''bitch''!]]
* TradeSnark: Taiga very much looks forward to enjoy a "Shirou Emiya class™ dinner" after weeks since the last one.
* 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.
* UnwittingMuggleFriend: Taiga as in canon. [[spoiler:Subverted later on.]]
* VerbalTic: {{Subverted|Trope}}. The Persona Cu Sith prepends Shirou's name with the word "Cu", but this isn't an example of this trope. See GeniusBonus entry in the [[YMMV/FateReachOut YMMV page]] for the details.
* 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.]]
** While Taiga roughhousing with Shirou is normal to him, Dojima points out that she was using a ''steel'' poster to hit him and when she mistakenly hit Dojima instead, he gained a concussion. She never once apologized to Shirou and her reaction to being called "Tiger" is rather violent.
** Likewise, Taiga calls Dojima out since every discussion seems like an interrogation (which he acknowledges) and he did ruin the mood by pointing out they leave tomorrow.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 24: [[spoiler:Shirou ends up being chased by [[http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/Yomotsu-Ikusa Yomotsu-Ikusa]] and [[http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/Yomotsu-Shikome Yomotsu-Shikome]] in the ''real world''. Sakura registers them as two [[OurGhostsAreDifferent wraiths]] chasing after Shirou so she has to go to Kotomine Kirei for help. Meanwhile, Taiga ends up facing her Shadow Self.]] Yes, really.
* WhamLine:
** [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep mentions a previous "tenant" living in the Holy Grail. ''Previous'' being the key word.]]
** Taiga's closing line in ''Never the Same'', [[spoiler:hinting that she's aware that she's awakened to her Persona.]]
-->'''Taiga:''' ''[to Sakura]'' Let's just say I made a new friend. And her name is [[spoiler:Kaihime]].
* 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.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Kotomine didn't immediately take down the two wraiths attacking Shirou and believes its because he's past his prime (among other reasons). And Shirou couldn't summon a Persona outside of the TV World due to a lack of prana.
* 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. [[spoiler:Subverted with Taiga, who managed to accept her Shadow without rejecting it first, albeit not without a literal fight. Admittedly, she got very lucky and several circumstances conspired in her favor, like the heart-to-heart Taiga had with Shirou that allowed her to work out some of her issues before the confrontation and the fact that Shadow Taiga didn't have an audience to denounce Taiga's secrets, which kept her from falling for the typical knee-jerk reaction of rejecting her Shadow to shut her up.]]
* 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!
** Taiga, [[spoiler:numerous times through Chapter 26 after learning the various aspects of Magecraft. Like Shirou using his spine to make a circuit.]]
* YouRemindMeOfX: Shirou states that Yosuke reminds him of Shinji. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's a lot more touching, and depressing, than you think.]]