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''[[caption-width-right:239:[-[[ArcWords I am thou, thou art I]]-].]]''

->''"Once the star comes to a complete halt''\\
''The Maia Maiden's heart stops with it''\\
''What then remains is paradise on earth''\\
''Marking the end and a new beginning"''\\
--'''"The Oracle of Maia"''' [[note]](PSP translation)[[/note]], a brief description of the plot of ''Persona 2: Innocent Sin''

''Persona 2'' is a duology of games released in 1999-2000 as an UrbanFantasy spinoff of the popular JRPG franchise ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''. It is the second title in the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' spinoff series developed by Creator/{{Atlus}}, which continued in 2006 with ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}.''

''Innocent Sin'' (Tsumi) stars [[TheStoic loner tough-guy]] Tatsuya Suou, a Japanese high school student from Sumaru City. A popular rumor going around the city states that if you dial your own cellphone number, a mysterious man named "Joker" will appear before you and grant you whatever you wish. When Tatsuya and his friends try this, Joker appears and marks them for death, accusing them of committing a crime against him which he can't remember. As the Joker Charm runs out of control and rumours start to become reality, Tatsuya and his friends must figure out why they're being targeted and stop Joker before it's too late.

''Eternal Punishment'' (Batsu) stars perky IntrepidReporter Maya Amano, a Japanese journalist working in Sumaru City. A popular rumour going around the city states that if you dial your own cellphone number, a mysterious man named "JOKER" will appear and kill whoever you wish. Maya's investigations into the rumour lead her to being marked for death by JOKER, who accuses her of committing a crime against him on "The Other Side" which she can't remember. As the Joker Curse runs out of control and rumours start to become reality, Maya and her friends must uncover the mystery of "The Other Side" and stop JOKER before it's too late. And then there's a boy in a red jacket that Maya [[HaveWeMetYet swears she has met before...]]

Gameplay-wise, ''Persona 2'' straddles a fence between the previous title and the sequels to follow. The grid-based battles are thrown out, along with the [[InUniverseGameClock moon phase]] calendar (which made a comeback in ''Persona 3''). The Contact system, however, is in full swing: In addition to your characters negotiating with demons in their own quirky style, selecting two or more will yield a new contact based on their relationships, which change over time. Though mainly a source of comedy, it would be perfected with ''Persona 3'''s Social Links.

Summoning work much the same way, with "Fusions" enabling two or more Personas to unleash {{Combined Energy Attack}}s. Pretty sweet. Also new are "contracts" - when you make an enemy happy, they make a guarantee that they won't hurt you if made happy after that, and can also give you special items.

Though the PSX version of ''Innocent Sin'' [[NoExportForYou never left Japan]], ''Eternal Punishment'' was localized and released in North America in 2000. While it isn't necessary to play the first to understand the second, much of the fun of the second comes in spotting the changes between the two continuities. Atlus initially announced no plans in localizing ''Innocent Sin'' into English and later elaborated they ''had'' planned to release it, but were prevented from doing so; Depending on who you ask, the game was either ChristmasRushed or canceled outright due to content issues. A [[http://tsumi.wordpress.com/ fan translation]] of this version was released in 2008. Atlus later admitted they were aware of it, but chose to not interfere with it.

''Innocent Sin'' was [[UpdatedRerelease remade]] for the Playstation Portable with widescreen support, new art, enhanced demon negotiations, and the option to pick between the original and arranged soundtrack. It also slightly censored the more overt Nazi imagery at the end of the game that is widely believed to have prevented the PSX release from leaving Japan. This version of the game was released in North America in September of 2011, and in Europe in November 2011 published by Ghostlight, with Ghostlight planning a late 2011 deluxe release for Europe. [[http://www.siliconera.com/2012/02/28/persona-2-eternal-punishment-coming-to-psp-with-new-scenario/ It was confirmed that the second part of the game would also be remade and was released in May 17, 2012 in Japan with an extra scenario]], [[http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=47798823&postcount=130 but alas]]... However, the original PS1 version IS available [[http://us.playstation.com/games/persona-2-eternal-punishment-ps3-psp.html on PSN]] for both PS3 and PSP. Hurray!


[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] a game called ''SinAndPunishment'', which are the Japanese subtitles in order of release.

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!!Tropes:
* AbandonedHospital: Morimoto Hospital.
* AbominationAccusationAttack: With Katsuya and a female in your party, it's possible to slander demons by accusing them of groping one of the ladies.
* AdultsAreUseless: Averted - not only are the adults often the ''villains'', but the player party in ''Eternal Punishment'' consists of mostly adults. To this day, ''Eternal Punishment'' is the sole ''Persona'' game boasting a party of adults with jobs as opposed to high school (and younger, such as elementary-aged Ken in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'') students. [[spoiler: And said adults are the ones who defeat Nyarlathotep in the end.]]
* AllMythsAreTrue: This is even a gameplay mechanic: by spreading new rumours you can suddenly have bars selling weapons under the table or lingerie stores carrying bulletproof vests.
** [[spoiler: This comes to bite you in the ass in ''Innocent Sin'''s ending. Have you ever heard of the Spear of Longinus?]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The game designers have published at least 75% of all that's known about the characters' backstories, personal habits, and just about [[UpToEleven any manner of things fans could possibly want to know]] ''outside'' of the game itself. It's pretty impressive.
* AllYourColorsCombined: All of the Ultimate Personas join up to perform the Grand Cross fusion (renamed Dragon Cross in EP).
* AlmightyJanitor: Toku, the hobo who plods around Honmaru Park (the ramen shop in EP) and dispenses rumors. He's no different from the other rumormongers, but his large vocabulary and sly grin are meant to evoke this.
* AlreadyMetEveryone
* AlternateUniverse: ''Eternal Punishment'' takes place in one.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Tatsuya is dedicated to protecting Maya, which is mostly evident in ''Eternal Punishment''.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: The urban legends peddled by Kashihara-sensei and Ideal-sensei are taken from real conspiracy theorists (including Ernst Zündel and others) who claim Hitler fled to Antarctica and has been sending out swaths of [=UFOs=] for decades. In fact, pretty much all of the conspiracies in ''Innocent Sin'' have been promoted by Zündel at one time or another. (Overlaps with PoesLaw.)
* AmnesiacDissonance: Thanks to your [[NiceJobBreakingItHero efforts]] during the EX Dungeon, Tatsuya Sudou, who's been pretty damn respectable without his memory, gets it back and promptly goes back to his old self. [[ButThouMust Not that you actually had a choice.]]
* AnatomyOfTheSoul: Joker's aim is to revive Xibalba using the "Dream Energy" taken from those who summon him. Eikichi witnesses this firsthand when his bandmates are zapped by Joker, reducing them to shells devoid of any willpower or aspirations. Over the course of the game, the threesome revert to shadow-like beings, then fade away entirely.
* AncientAstronauts: The main impetus behind ''Innocent Sin'' is a rumor that the Mayans were alien visitors from Maia, a star in the constellation Pleiades, which [[spoiler:(thanks to Nyarlathotep)]], becomes retroactively true. Subverted, of course, in that this is due to ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: After the ResetButton that triggers ''Eternal Punishment'''s plot, all supposed existence of Ancient Astronauts never existed.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The new story in the PSP remake of ''Eternal Punishment'' will be focusing on Tatsuya's side of the story.
* ApocalypseDayPlanner: Remarked on by Maya's coworkers during ''Eternal Punishment'''s prologue; the planets all aligned in the Grand Cross formation "this summer", but nothing happened. Those who've played the previous game remember things [[ApocalypseWow a]] [[DepopulationBomb little]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt differently]].
-->'''Co-Worker''': All this fuss about Armageddon and Grand Cross, and nothing happened this summer... The more hype, the more people complain.
* ApologeticAttacker: Some of Maya's battle quotes count as apologetic, such as "I'm sorry..." as a victory quote.
* ArabOilSheikh: Salam, a QuestGiver who hands over Tarot in exchange for maps.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Despite the fact that he regularly fights demons with the help of an aspect of his psyche that manifests as a mythological figure, and despite all the crazy things that happen as the game goes on, Katsuya's reaction to any new strange thing still tends to be "that's impossible!"
** Considering how insane the plot gets, can you blame him?
* AscendedExtra: The party members of ''Eternal Punishment'' are this, save for Maya and Tatsuya, who were already important.
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler: Universal, at ''least'']].
* ApocalypseHitler: So, someone decides to start a rumor that Adolf Hitler is still alive. Not a problem, right? Well, normally not. But what with this whole "rumors become reality" business... Long story short, '''''Hitler boss fight!'''''
* [[AttackOfTheTownFestival Attack Of The School Festival]]: Kasugayama High is holding a festival by the time you arrive looking for Yasao.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The ultimate Personas in ''Innocent Sin'' will vary. They are practical because they all have diverse and numerous spells which work very well together (meaning lots of fusion spells to use), are easy to get in the game, and mutate regularly. The impracticality is factored in with the SP costs, which are massive! [[note]] Because they all have Best compatibility with their users, their SP cost is dropped from the 70s to the 50s, but that's still insanely high compared to other Personas at the same compatibility levels.[[/note]] Even in their range and at supposed "Best" compatibility, they cost double of what other Personas at that level cost. In addition, there are other Personas who can match the synergy of the five used (at the costs of some fusions). Which trope they fall into really depends on whether or not you're willing to shell out money for SP regeneration items.
* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins]]: In ''Innocent Sin'', [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]] actually manages to[[spoiler: blow up the world, leaving only Sumaru City intact]]. While ''Eternal Punishment'' is a ResetButton, the ending implies that [[ParallelUniverse that universe still exists in some form.]]
* BadassLongcoat / ScarfOfAsskicking: The Masked Four are easily spotted by their long black trenchcoats, brightly-colored scarves, and oval masks. It does a good job of hiding their real identities, since the party speaks to them in and out of costume.
** Hitler/The Fuhrer sports one, and gains a pair of [[SinisterShades aviator sunglasses]] in the PSP version.
* BagOfSpilling: Used straight with most of the cast, but subverted with [[spoiler:Tatsuya Suou]] in ''Eternal Punishment'': he starts the game with his ultimate Persona from ''Innocent Sin.'' And, if you have save data from a finished version of ''Innocent Sin,'' he'll start ''Eternal Punishment'' at the level he was there.
* BaldOfAwesome & BigFun: Dr. Tomi. [[{{Slogans}} GOLD FINGERRRRRRR!]]
* BallroomBlitz: Kasugayama High's festival is revealed to be the work of Joker, herding the dancers into the gymnasium to drain them.
* BavarianFireDrill: Maya's clever trick of lighting a cigarette in the women's bathroom at [-SMILE-] Mall, setting off the fire alarm. It works so well, she does it again in the second game.
* BeautyContest: The "Miss Sevens" Pageant. Oft-referenced, not least of which by Lisa (noted to have won last year), but not actually seen in-game.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The thrust of this particular ''Persona'', exemplified by the various [=NPCs=] throughout town, many of whom dial the Joker to fulfill their fondest wish. Cue the chaos.
** The businessman eating in Gatten Sushi hopes for a promotion; He becomes the head of his company thanks to Joker, whereas in the alternate ''Eternal Punishment'' universe, JOKER murders his boss, thereby [[KlingonPromotion promoting him by default]]. In both games, the businessman is jubilant at his good fortune. The price, however, is the eventual loss of his will (transformed into a Shadow in ''Innocent Sin'', brainwashed by the NWO in ''Eternal Punishment''), preventing him from fulfilling any of his dreams ever again. A similar scenario plays out with the other [=NPCs=].
** This works from a gameplay standpoint, too. Some rumors have a 50-50 chance effect, which can either help or hinder your quest. For example, spreading a rumor about Parabellum hiring a bodyguard might result in the Bartender selling a powerful new gun... or he may just charge more for his old wares, using the bodyguard as an intimidation tactic.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Spotlighted in the anime trailer. A perp is chased up to a rooftop by Katsuya, whereupon he shows himself to be [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by the Joker. The man [[ResistTheBeast pleads with Katsuya to help him]], but is quickly re-taken by the Joker personality, which hurls his body off the building with a crunch.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Several of them, good freaking grief. Katsuya's the most obvious, as he actually has a little brother he will ''completely rework his life for,'' but the other male characters in ''Innocent Sin'' can count as well, Jun and Tatsuya (in both games) being the worst. Jun actually [[spoiler:takes it upon himself to murder his best and only friends from ten years ago because he thinks they killed his CoolBigSis]] and is later ''viciously'' protective of Tatsuya in some of the official media, if not ''Innocent Sin'' itself (and for possibly [[HoYay other]] reasons), while Tatsuya himself is driven entirely in ''Eternal Punishment'' to protect Maya. Obviously, hurting her -- or in Katsuya's case, him -- will be [[{{Yandere}} the]] [[BerserkButton last]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge thing]] [[DisproportionateRetribution you]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu do]].[[invoked]]
* BigDamnFireExit: The Sky Museum's TimedMission. Whoever designed the placement of its staircases should be sued.
* BigNo: Tatsuya at the end of ''Innocent Sin''. He's got good reason, too -- [[spoiler:His friends have all forgotten him]]
* BittersweetEnding: Both ''Innocent Sin'' ([[spoiler:Tatsuya loses Maya]]) and ''Eternal Punishment'' ([[spoiler:Maya loses Tatsuya]]).
* BlackKnight: The Longinus 13 are a modern day equivalent of this. Also, robots. On top of being part of the WesternZodiac recurring theme, they may be based on Heinrich Himmler and his "roundtable" of 12 lieutenants.
* TheBlank: In ''Innocent Sin'', [[spoiler:Shadow Maya]]'s character portrait is exactly the same, but her ''character sprite'' has no eyes (the only facial feature visible on the sprites) to make her effectively faceless when she shows up. It's the first of several signs that something is very wrong with her, though it's surprisingly easy to miss at first but for a subtle feeling of wrongness about her appearance.
* BleepDammit: Invoked in the American version of ''Eternal Punishment'', where Ulala swears like a drunken sailor, and Baofu occasionally swears, too. However; they intentionally only censor a couple letters...so you can tell what they're saying. Also doubles as GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
-->'''Baofu''': Who the f##k are you?
-->'''Ulala''': "Don't underestimate me you *bleep*ing bastards!"
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Maya and Yukino's Contact combination in ''Innocent Sin'', with Maya playing the former and Yukino as the latter.
* BonusBoss: Two from the Climax Theater sidequest in the PSP version. [[spoiler: [[GreekMythology Persephone]] and [[LightIsNotGood the angel Kushiel]].]]
** [[spoiler:Philemon himself]] in ''Eternal Punishment''.
* BookEnds: The beginning of ''Eternal Punishment'' has Tatsuya [[spoiler:reunited with Maya in the new universe. The ending of ''Eternal Punishment'' has Maya reunited with Tatsuya in the new universe, though her reaction is different.]]
* BossCorridor: The Clock Tower entrance.
** Since Persona can 'sense' the presence of their kin, the game is kind enough to alert you when a boss is near. This averts the possibility of waltzing straight into a boss encounter while still unprepared. When you approach a boss' doorway in ''Innocent Sin'', Tatsuya (and other characters) can hear their Persona speaking to them. In ''Eternal Punishment'', it's replaced with the sound of someone's heartbeat.
* BraggingRightsReward: The OneHitKill Fusion, Armageddon, pwns literally everything -- even the final boss (but not [[spoiler: Philemon]], though; he repels it). Trouble is, you need to summon both Lucifer and Satan to cast it, and can obtain only ''one'' per playthrough. Which basically boils down to (you guessed it) HundredPercentCompletion. The only situtation which would call for Armageddon would be the BonusBoss fight versus [[spoiler:Philemon]] -- who purposely deflects that spell.
* BreakTheCutie: Every single character hits this in both games at least twice (most of the end ''Innocent Sin'' is Jun demonstrating this, and if you make the wrong choice in Caracol, Yukino's the second-best example), but Lisa in ''Eternal Punishment'' is likely the most powerful, drastic example. In ''Innocent Sin'', she's spunky, happy, able to kick ass, and is almost comically over-the-top in her pursuit of Tatsuya. If you wake her up in ''Eternal Punishment,'' however, she starts sobbing uncontrollably against Tatsuya's shoulders, asking him to take her along so she can help to make up for what she forgot. What possibly puts this above the other break-the-cutie moments in game (and the ones she herself suffers in ''Innocent Sin'') is that she's NOT letting her feelings get in the way. She says that she won't bother Tatsuya and the others again, which, if you know Lisa is just... absolutely heartbreaking. This depression continues, too, at the end of the game (if you continue that route). She sobs on the shrine steps, and Eikichi (if you don't wake him) and Jun both approach her, trying to cheer her up because it's just so painful.
-->'''Lisa:''' I know you're troubled with a lot of things... I won't bother you... But... You have to take me with you! Don't leave me...!
* BritainIsOnlyLondon: Hence the clothing store sign.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Metaphorically. The relationship between Maya and Tatsuya all through ''Innocent Sin'' is very plainly a big-sister/little-brother deal; if Tatsuya tries to express romantic feelings for Maya, she teases him and implies rather heavily that she doesn't and won't ever reciprocate. [[At the end of ''Eternal Punishment'', they appear to have become StarCrossedLovers.]]
** It's more her acting like the CoolBigSis of the group rather than her simply seeing him as a little brother. Her reactions to Tatsuya's expressions of interest is no more or less romantic in nature than Lisa's, Lisa is just more open about it.
* BurgerFool: [-PEACE-] Burger is back, this time featuring a cursed cashier who flexes her muscles in greeting. (Long story.)
* ButThouMust: There are a few notable occasions where your actions and responses affect the plot (e.g. whether or not [[spoiler:Anna Yoshizaka]] dies in ''Innocent Sin'' or you can mutate Maia into Maia Custom in ''Eternal Punishment'') but on the whole, Thou Must.
* [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive The Call Knows Where You Go To School]]
* CallingCard: Maya is handed a note reading "[-yOu'rE nEXt --JOKER-]" at the start of EP.
* CapeBusters: The Longinus 13 are the Himmelsfeuer Marionetten-jaeger (Heavenly Fire "Marionette-Hunters"), with "Marionette" being Nazi shorthand for Personas. This means, in short, that their job is to hunt down Persona users. One stab from their spears will temporarily lock up that character's magic, making the battle much more of a chore.
* ChangingOfTheGuard: Maya Amano, it's your turn to shine.
** What's interesting is that everyone from ''Eternal Punishment'' assists Tatsuya in some capacity in ''Innocent Sin'' (well, barring [[AdultsAreUseless Katsuya]]), and vice-versa. Not only that, some of them reappear [[spoiler:as bosses]].
* ChekhovsGun: The spear of longinus at first seems to be used simply as a way to introduce a new status-effect, then it's used to kill [[spoiler: Maya, and its historical relevance is used as the explanation for why she couldn't be healed.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The first four playable good guys of ''Eternal Punishment'' all count [[spoiler: save Maya, as she was already important.]] However, special mention goes to Baofu, who we first see in ''Innocent Sin'' as a drunken lout who gives the young Tatsuya and Jun a lecture in a flashback, and whom you barely can recognize even if you played ''Eternal Punishment'', as he is missing his CoolShades at the time.
* CthulhuMythos: The games where it's referenced the most. [[spoiler:Tatsuya's new story in the PSP remake of ''Eternal Punishment'' includes Randolph Carter as Chandraputra appearing and a boss fight against nearly every Lovecraft creature in the series. Including the main series design of Nyarlathotep. It even has Cthulhu and Dagon speaking R'lyehian.]] The regular game also has Lovecraft creatures as foes like [[BlobMonster Shoggoth]], [[MixAndMatchCritter Byakhee]], and others that also speak R'lyehian.
* ChromeChampion & EvilKnockoff: Metal Daddy and Metal Mom, [[spoiler:eyeless metal replicas of Eikichi and Jun's parents that are guarding Xibalba. They look and talk like the genuine article, scaring the pants off of Eikichi, who lives in fear of Kankichi]] on the best of days.
** In ''Eternal Punishment'', they've been replaced by robot versions of [[spoiler:Eikichi, Lisa, and Jun]] to further torment their betrayer, Tatsuya. They wield the same Ultimate Personas, too, making this a retroactive MirrorBoss and quite possibly the toughest boss battle of either game.
* CityOfAdventure: Sumaru City. It's a lot bigger than Mikage-Cho--boasting a sanitarium, casino, television studio, and a glitzy waterfront--and evidently it's a major port: The stores are run by an eclectic group of merchants (a Sheik, a British tailor, a French legionnaire cum waiter, an Americophile doctor, an Italian grifter, a gypsy, etc.). Tatsuya/Maya also get to explore terrain outside of the city limits.
* CityOfWeirdos: Baofu comments that, with the curse in effect, Sumaru City is possibly the most dangerous place in the world.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The rumor curse. The assorted members of the NWO actually do clap during the ritual.
** This has all sorts of funky effects on the city. Holistic healing now suddenly has ''tangible'' results, i.e., chiropractors and hippie crystal therapy can cure poison and broken bones instantly.
* ClassReunion:[[invoked]] Pretty much ''every'' [[NominalImportance nominal character]] from the first ''Persona'' reunites for this one. Even [[BackFromTheDead the dead ones]]. The only ones who didn't make it back are the [[TheScrappy Scrappies]], Ayase/Alana and Masao/Mark. Fans hit the ceiling at having to put up with Tad again, so he was eventually written out, too.
* ClockTower: The steeple of Seven Sisters' High School.
* ClusterBleepBomb: Ulala drops one in the U.S. version of ''Eternal Punishment''.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Showing the spread of the Joker's influence in the city, which in turn forms a feedback loop of paranoia.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Masked Four. Even incognito, their 'normal' attire is the same color (usually). The [[MacGuffin crystal skulls]] they carry around are color coded, too.
** Not to mention their corresponding Zodiac Shrines. Everything Scorpio is blue, everything Taurus is yellow, evertyhing Leo is red, and everything Aquarius is green.
** Students at Seven Sisters High all wear colored ties/bows that correspond to their grade. First-year students wear green ties, second-year students (i.e. Lisa) wear red, and seniors (Tatsuya) are blue.
** And in ''Innocent Sin'', [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=130096 one Let's Player]] noticed that [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showpost.php?p=18082461&postcount=124 (go to the Bonus Information) the info boxes for new characters differed between genders]]. Red text= female, blue text= male, yellow text= unknown gender.
* CombinationAttack: Fusion Spells, where multiple party members combine spells to form a powerful attack.
* ConspiracyTheorist: A pair of them: Akinari Kashihara and Maya Okamura, both History teachers at Seven Sisters High School. The former was just a hobbyist, a benign man who stumbled onto something he didn't fully comprehend. His partner got ahold of his manuscript and transformed it into something legitimately monstrous.
* ContinuityNod: The PSP version of ''Innocent Sin'' adds a series of new side quests tied to a movie theater. The first two available take you to St. Hermelin (the school from the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'') and Karukozaka High School (from the series' Spiritual Predecessor and branching point of the continuity it takes place in, ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf'').
** At one point, when uncovering the masks for the ultimate Personas, Yukino mentions that it's "another sad story about masks" referring to her appearance in the Snow Queen quest in the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''
* CoolestClubEver: Club Zodiac, though the rear of the club is many times bigger than the dance floor.
* CordonBleughChef: {{Exploited|Trope}} by the Shiraishi ramen lady, since the item on the menu is so bloody awful that nobody orders it unless they're really shopping for guns. It happens again to Maya, who is forced to choke down squid pasta (her most hated food) by Garcon Sojima in exchange for his wares.
* CosmicChessGame: This is perhaps alluded to in Philemon's lair: The checkered floor resembles a chess board.
* CrashIntoHello: The ending of ''Innocent Sin'' and the beginning of ''Eternal Punishment''. Tatsuya running into Maya, even picking up Maya's IconicItem. Which stirs up feelings of deja vu in Maya...
* CreatorCameo: "Tad" is a self-insertion by Scenario designer Satomi Tadashi, who previously cameoed in the first ''Persona''.
** Graphic Designer Soejima Shigenori appears as "Garcon Soejima", a French waiter/arms dealer at Claire de Lune.
** The manager of the Seedy CD music store is Tasaki Toshiko, who composed ''Persona 2'''s music.
** Lastly, the Demon Artist is modeled on ''Megami Tensei'' series artist Kazuma Kaneko (pre-haircut).
* CreepyCoolCrosses / CrucifiedHeroShot: Before the final boss battle [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]] summons the ghosts of [[spoiler:Jun's parents]], who hang suspended in the air from laser crucifixes.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The television broadcasts in ''Eternal Punishment'' reveal that agents of the NWO, comprised of celebrities and political elites, are aware of the rumour curse and are using it to their own advantage.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Innocent Sin'' is dark, even by ''{{MegaTen}}'' standards. [[spoiler: In the ''only'' ending, the heroes lose without really having accomplished much of anything, the world is destroyed, one of their number dies, and the only way they can squeak out anything resembling a happy ending is cutting a deal with Philemon that undoes everything that happened, both good and ill.]]
* DayOfTheJackboot: The Nazis take over the city (along with the rest of Japan?) without much fuss. Without any police, they only meet resistance from the Masked Four, the St. Hermelin grads, Principal Hanya(!) and some Sōhei monks camped out beside the Joker's temple. Their primary targets are the crystal skulls and Xibalba, which means that although tanks and droids are patrolling the streets, they aren't bothering the local businesses much--so [[GameplayAndStorySegregation you can still do your shopping]] unmolested.
* TheDayOfReckoning: The raising of the Mayan spaceship Xibalba, followed by the destruction of Earth. According to the Oracle of Maia, only the chosen few will survive, safe aboard the ship.
** In ''Eternal Punishment'', the prophecy varies a little bit. The Wang Long, fabled dragons that inhabit the planet's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ley_line ley lines]], will be called forth following a massive discharge of Kegare (or JOKER) energy.
* DeathCryEcho: All enemies go out with this.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: At Mt. Iwato, the flashbacks to previous ''Persona'' games are [[FlashbackEffects shown in sepia]].
** The TV studio turns black & white while under the effect of Chiruzu's [[ColourCodedTimestop time freeze]].
* DemonicPossession: The method by which [[spoiler:JOKER]] continues his spree after he's killed. This also happens to those the NWO are attempting to give [[spoiler:artificial Personas]].
* DemonKingNobunaga: There are monsters/Persona based on Nobunaga called "Demon King."
** Kiyotada Sumaru fits this role in a more general sense; he's a feudal warlord who once ruled the city during the Period Of The Warring States, but was assassinated by his own retainers. His malice lingers on as a mummy but, like Hitler, he's just a sock puppet for larger evil. The rumor that Sumaru's become a font of occult power is true as long as the NWO ''believes'' it is true; hence why their most skeptical member, the Police Chief, is the only one who doesn't hear him speak.
* DemotedToExtra: Eikichi, Lisa, and Jun suffer from this in ''Eternal Punishment''. They still play a role, although it is much more minor then before.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Twice. [[spoiler: Not just Nyarlathotep, but Philemon as well, in the EX Dungeon. Though it's likely just temporary...]]. You get to literally punch [[spoiler:Cthulhu]] out in Tatsuya's scenario, [[spoiler:but he simply disappears after the fight]].
* DieOrFly: How the main characters unlock their latent Persona powers.
* DirtyCop: Some of the police officers in the Konan Police Department ([[spoiler: especially Captain Shimizu and most of the [=SAT=] operatives]]) are in league with the [=NWO=].
* DiscOneNuke: The Low-End Breaker Fusion Spell, which instantly kills whichever enemy has the lowest level. The only thing stopping it from being a full-blown GameBreaker is its inability to kill bosses (though rumour demons are fair game).
* DisappearedDad: A common affliction in ''Innocent Sin''. Both Tatsuya and his brother are estranged from their father, who was [[TurnInYourBadge kicked out of the police force]] on charges of corruption.
** Both Maya and Jun lost their fathers when they were children; The former was a war correspondent who was killed in action, inspiring Maya to pursue a journalism career. Jun's dad met a mysterious (though no less grisly) demise when he tumbled into the gears of Seven Sisters' clock tower.
* DoorToBefore: There's a portal in [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]]'s realm which leads back to the city. (Actually, to be more precise, the ''whole metropolis'' is sucked into it by at that point, but you get the idea.) This ties back into [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]]'s arrogance/weird sense of sportsmanship.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Maya dies violently, Tatsuya's friends are ripped from him, and the world burns.]]
** RayOfHopeEnding: Eikichi expresses an interest in hiring Tatsuya to lend street cred to his band (again), suggesting that they met yet become friends.
** In ''Eternal Punishment'', Maya and Tatsuya swap places at the conclusion of their stories: [[spoiler: Tatsuya returns to the Other Side to live in Sumaru and create a future there, even with the world destroyed;]] his "This Side" counterpart [[spoiler:now lives out his carefree youth--but now Maya is burdened with those old memories]]. Word of God is noncommittal about how it'll all work out. Shipping Maya/Tatsuya or Maya/Katsuya no longer seems feasible due to the risks and painful memories involved. "Big" Suou and "Little" Suou are getting along better, with Tatsuya lighting his brother's cigarette and inquiring about taking the police exam. Baofu and Ulala are also together, healing their respective wounds and running their own detective agency.
* DrowningMySorrows: Ulala and Baofu's Contact option while in battle.
* DummiedOut: The ability to create and download new dungeons has been taken out of the English release of the ''Innocent Sin'' remake.
* DysfunctionJunction: The cast is one big mess. Although Tatsuya and co.'s issues are rather different from ''Eternal Punishment''[='s=] adult issues.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: A major theme in both games, to the extent that it's Maya's mantra in ''Innocent Sin''.
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: In both games, the PlayerCharacter can't continue until you've talked to certain [=NPCs=]. ''Innocent Sin'' opens with Tatsuya staring down bullies, getting lectured by his teacher, and visiting Eikichi's garage band.
** In ''Eternal Punishment'', Maya can't leave the office until you've talked to everybody. She spends the rest of the prologue interviewing teachers at Seven Sisters about the JOKER killings.
* EldritchLocation: Philemon and [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]]'s domains.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: This was the stated goal of the Masquerade in the original: purging the Earth of sin and lifting mankind up toward becoming a new, enlightened race. The plan went sour when Nazis showed up, the finks. In the sequel, Tatsuya sets out to prevent this by retracing his steps and performing the opposite action whenever possible.
* EndOfTheWorldSpecial: [[spoiler:The conclusion to ''Innocent Sin'', and impetus to the following game]].
* EnemyWithout: The Shadow Sides. Rather than emerging directly from the heroes, they seem to have been engineered by [[spoiler:Nyarlathrotep]] himself from the innate darkness of every human, to which he has a direct link.
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: The entire city infrastructure is shaped like a giant yin-yang, so...
** Lady Scorpio's hangout, the Zodiac Club, is bathed in blue lights.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Tatsuya. Also, King Leo a.k.a. Tatsuya Sudou refers to the Joker, [[spoiler:Jun Kurosu]], as having the beauty of a goddess.
* EverybodyHatesHades: Averted in that he's Eikichi's Ultimate Persona. He also [[MindScrew talks like a eunuch for some reason]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Various rumormongers and merchants throughout the city. There are, in fact, two characters named Barkeep and Bartender.
* EveryoneIsRelated: The main characters of ''Innocent Sin'' (with the exception of Yukino) were introduced each other as [[spoiler:children, long before their eventual meeting in the game]].
* EvilIsNotAToy: If you use the Joker Charm in ''Innocent Sin'' but don't have a wish (or refuse to tell it) then Joker turns you into a mindless zombie. In ''Eternal Punishment'', using the Joker Curse will [[spoiler:transform you into a Joker]].
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Sumaru Castle, after it rises out of the earth atop that...metal, Jenga block...thing.
* EvilVersusEvil: Nazis vs. the Masked Circle. We get to witness the Joker's personal falling-out with Der Führer.
* EvolvingAttack: Personas have a random chance of "Mutation" following a battle, which can do anything from raising it's stats, to unlocking a new power, to evolving into a brand new Poké-- erm, Persona altogether.
* ExpositionFairy: Your first random encounter is interrupted by a low-level [[TheGoomba goomba]], Robin Goodfellow, who cheerfully explains the basics.
* EyesAlwaysShut: The unenthusiastic clerk at the W.Slash internet café.
* {{Facepalm}}: As TeamMom, Maya has plenty of reasons to employ this. Yukino's version is even goofier, complete with SweatDrop.
* FacialHorror: In ''Innocent Sin'', the Seven Sisters' school emblem is cursed, disfiguring anyone who wears it. It's not explicitly shown in-game, but the anime trailer contains the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7Gk-onicEc full face-melting results]].
* FairCop: Japan's answer to David Caruso, Katsuya Suou. In ''Persona 3'', the news channel intervews a young man in his twenties (Tatsuya) training to be a cop like his brother.
* FakeDifficulty: In ''Innocent Sin'', the "theater" mode of bonus dungeons/scenarios does not allow you to save.
* FantasyKitchenSink: The Persona/enemy lineup consists of everything from the [[GreekMythology Greek pantheon]] to [[NorseMythology Norse myth]] to Shaka Zulu. Perennial series favorite RasputinTheMadMonk also say hi.
* FightWoosh
* FireForgedFriends
* FiveBadBand: The Masked Circle.
** TheBigBad: Joker
** TheDragon: King Leo
** The EvilGenius: Prince Taurus
** TheBrute: Lady Scorpio (used to be an athlete, allowing her to snatch the title from Leo)
** DarkChick: Queen Aquarius
* FiveManBand: Lampshaded in ''Innocent Sin'' in that its characters do, in fact, comprise a rock band (Jun even plays synth). Note also that both of the "Big Guy" powerhouses are [[CuteBruiser female]]. It fits better in ''Innocent Sin'', because [[spoiler:of the Masked Circle.]]
** TheHero: Tatsuya
*** This gets a bit odd in ''Eternal Punishment'', where Maya takes the HeroicMime and The Protagonist roles, but Tatsuya is still arguably TheHero.
** TheLancer: Eikichi & Baofu
** TheSmartGuy: Jun and Katsuya
** TheBigGuy: Lisa & Ulala
** TheChick: Maya
** SixthRanger: Jun (funnily enough, Jun fills two roles in regard to the party)
* FloatingContinent: [[spoiler: Sumaru City]]
* FortuneTeller: The Sumaru Genie.
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: [[spoiler: Thanks to RepressedMemories, no one of the "Masked Circle" remembers each other. Note that all the LoveInterests for Tatsuya are from the group.]]
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: The boss music while fighting a member of the Masked Circle.
* ForWantOfANail: Actually, life in ''Eternal Punishment'' [[SubvertedTrope isn't all that different]], to Baofu's chagrin. Miyabi's not fat, and Jun's home life is pretty good.
* FourIsDeath: The Masked Four.
** King Leo's job is to raise the four pillars of fire, mentioned in the prophecy as "the Flames of Atonement."
* FreudianExcuse: Jun Kurosu
** It's not quite fair to just hit Jun with that, as the ''entire'' ''Innocent Sin'' cast falls into this trope though Jun takes the cake with his parental issues, with his borderline Electra complex and mommy issues. They ''all'' at least have some problem or other with their fathers. In fact, [[spoiler: the final boss of the game, Great Father, is a composite of all the characters' fathers.]]
* FromBadToWorse: Thought you could handle ''one'' Joker? Try [[spoiler:a whole city of them.]]
* GagNose: Tony, the laid-back foreign exchange student from Italy who sells trinkets to pay for tuition. You can spread a rumor that he's a [[BlackMarket fence]] for the [[TheMafia Sicilian Mafia]], resulting in -- what else? -- Tony becoming an illegal smuggler. He doesn't seem to mind, though.
** And also, y'know....[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/P3-Igor_5470.jpg him]].
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: When Ulala gets possessed by the JOKER in ''Eternal Punishment'', she punches Maya and forces her to start the fight with some HP taken off.
** In ''Eternal Punishment'', the flashback scenes from ''Innocent Sin'' have Tatsuya talking; whereas Maya is silent... because in ''Eternal Punishment'', ''Maya'' is the SilentProtagonist.
** And in ''Innocent Sin'', during the fight with Shadow Maya, everyone except for one character will be at low HP because of an attack used on them multiple times before fighting.
** In ''Innocent Sin'', Yukino gives up her Persona ability to have Jun reawaken his [[spoiler:after Nyarlathotep strips him of his Persona.]] Because of this, Jun can use Durga, Yukino's ultimate persona.
** In the end of ''Innocent Sin'', everyone gets their pasts rewritten at the end so that that the adventure never happened, manifesting in ''Eternal Punishment'' as BagOfSpilling. Tatsuya retained his memory, however, so he starts off at Level 50 with his Ultimate Persona.
* GasLeakCoverup: The "torched" sanitarium in ''Eternal Punishment''.
* GasMaskMooks / GasMaskLongcoat: The Last Battalion.
* GayOption: [[spoiler:Jun Kurosu.]]
* GenreBusting: It's an RPG UrbanFantasy about saving the world and facing your fears and with psychological elements and it's a horror game like the other Megatens. And IS has one part with a DatingSim element to boot.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Ulala swears ''like a sailor'' in the English version. Without getting an "M" rating for the stuff she says, they simply bleeped a lot of her cusses out...and they don't make a lot of effort to hide what she's saying.
--> '''Ulala''': Shut up you (bleep)(bleep)! I'm gonna (bleep)ing kick your scrawny a(bleep)! You piece of sh(Bleep)!
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: The NWO followers, all of whom dialed JOKER to fulfill their selfish desires, are reduced to walking recruitment posters: endlessly spouting party rhetoric, fascist arm outstretched, and constantly topping it off with Maya's stolen catchphrase ("LET'S THINK POSITIVE!").
* TheGhost: Tatsuya and Katsuya's father in the PSX versions. To put it in context, everyone else's dad pops up in ''Innocent Sin'' (Maya's father is posthumously seen in a flashback), but not this guy. He technically appears during [[spoiler:the final boss battle (as one of the Great Father's appendages)]]; It's tricky to tell which one he's supposed to be, though, even in Kazuma Kaneko's concept art, though it is possible to take a guess by applying process of elimination. However, in ''Eternal Punishment'''s PSP remake, he appears in the new scenario.
* {{Ghostapo}}: According to legend, Hitler is chilling in Antarctica with his elite forces.
* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: At the conclusion of ''Innocent Sin'', you discover that [[spoiler:Philemon]] helped orchestrate the events of the series up to this point to test whether he or [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]] represent the more powerful aspect of humanity. Events that involved the destruction of Mikage-cho in the original ''Persona'', [[spoiler: the deaths of countless people (including Maya), and an EarthShatteringKaboom]]. The resulting dialog box gives you the option of '''punching him''' for what he's put everyone through.
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Philemon seems to embody this trope. [[spoiler: He was basically trying to prove that [[SecretTestOfCharacter humanity could achieve a perfect existence]], so giving humans the power of Persona was the most he could do.]] Yet this doesn't explain why [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep gets to make the MoralEventHorizon his bitch]].
* GoingThroughTheMotions: Characters have only a few stock poses (fold arms, fist pump, [[ShrugTake Gallic shrug]]), but you're going to see every one they've got in the course of a conversation.
* GoodGuyBar: Parabellum gradually turns into one over the course of Maya's investigation. Baofu reveals himself by spinning on his stool, then convinces her to burn the effigy which keeps JOKER away, effectively starting the adventure. Later, as parts of the city keep getting blocked off or destroyed (Kei's penthouse winds up at the bottom of the sea), the party continues to rendezvous here. The barkeep is firmly on your side, as Baofu used him as a sort of test drive for the rumor curse.
* GottaCatchThemAll: The crystal skulls in ''Innocent Sin''.
* GratuitousEnglish: ''"Let's Positive Thinking!"'', Ellen, some of Eikichi's battle quotes. Ellen usually gets it right, though. Eikichi, on the other hand...
* GraveMarkingScene: At the end of the ''Eternal Punishment'', [[spoiler: Baofu and Ulala visit the grave of Miki, Baofu's old partner/lover who was murdered. Baofu makes his peace, while Ulala promises Miki that she'll look over him]].
* GuestStarPartyMember: In ''Eternal Punishment'', other than Ellen above, you can also recruit Nate from the first ''Persona''. Both have grown up considerably.
** Additionally, Yukino in ''Innocent Sin'' is one of the initial party members of ''Persona 1'' -- although she left early on unless you did the ''Snow Queen Quest'' that was {{Macekre}}d out of the PSX US version.
* GuideDangIt: The Ancestral Personas. In ''Eternal Punishment'', they form the basis for a game-spanning {{Sidequest}}. Even meeting the requirements isn't enough, since you still need a FOOL card to summon the last Persona, and could [[RandomlyDrops scour the entire game]] without uncovering even ''one''. All this to [[OneHitKill insta-kill]] a boss which isn't even difficult to begin with.
** Hastur is an über-powerful, one-of-a-kind Persona whose card you can collect early in the game ([[AwesomeButImpractical Not that it'll do much good]], as you need to be at a ''very'' high level to summon it), for ''free''. The catch? Doing so requires talking to a specific NPC and imputing "[[SpeakOfTheDevil HASTURCOMEFORTH]]" into a text prompt. Supposedly, a demon somewhere shares this information if you Contact it, but [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles nobody has any clue which one]]; it appears in no [=FAQs=] or guides.
** The Undersea Ruins treasure room. To reach the [[InexplicableTreasureChests chests]], you must Contact the RandomEncounter Aeshma for help. Naturally, Aeshma is often difficult to pin down, and she won't unlock the room until you've Contacted her a dozen times or more. So get cracking, monkey.
*** One final way to twist the knife; you can also find and talk to her...only to give you the rumor of a fusion spell ingredient rather than what you want to know.
* HairstyleInertia: [[spoiler:The original "Masked Circle." Averted with Maya in order to mislead players.]]
* HealingSpring: Lampshaded and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. The proprietor of said healing spring, Trish, is an extortionist fairy who hangs around dungeons, profiting from your pain. Her inflated prices are [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts on-scale with the amount of healing required]] (Contrast this with the flat-rate healers in town).
* HeroicMime: Played With. In canon, Maya and Tatsuya both speak in both games, but the protagonist's speech (whichever one that is) isn't shown - in the Nyarlathotep flashback scene in ''Eternal Punishment'''s Mt. Iwato, Maya says "........." and Tatsuya speaks, whereas in ''Innocent Sin'', Maya would have spoken, and Tatsuya wouldn't.
* HolyHandGrenade: The [[PublicDomainArtifact Spear of Longinus]].
** [[TouchOfDeath Try not to get pricked by it]], okay?
* HistoryRepeats: Much of ''Eternal Punishment'' is a re-imagining of events in ''Innocent Sin''. This is partly because [[spoiler:Tatsuya's memories of the Other Side are affecting the current reality.]]
* HotScoop: Maya, Yukino, and ''even Fuji'' are examples of this trope.
* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]] whenever he assumes human form. The Shadow Sides qualify, as well.
** The Nazis are never seen without their gas masks, and are covered from head to toe in black uniforms. Given their origin (a rumor) and the fact that Hitler [[spoiler:turns out to be another of Nyarlathotep's alter-egos]], it's strongly implied that they're all just manifestations.
* IconicItem: Boy howdy. Tatsuya Suou and Jun Kurosu have the two most prominent ones [[spoiler:(Tatsuya's lighter was originally Jun's father's, and Jun's watch was originally ''Tatsuya's'' father's; they switched items in a display of friendship)]], but Maya also has Mr. Bunbun. Flowers, too, seem to represent Jun, as the opening video for ''Innocent Sin'' demonstrates.
** Frankly, lots of characters in this crazy duology have special items. Katsuya's glasses, Yukino's camera [[spoiler:or at least the one she got from her crush]], and Philemon's mask count, just to name a few extras.
* IdleAnimation
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: In Maya mythology, Xibalba is roughly translated as "Place of fear" and represents the Mayan underworld.
* IKnowKungFaux: Eikichi is terrified of his conservative dad, especially since Kankichi claims to knows 18 forms of martial arts - "including [[DanceBattler capoeira!]]"
* TheIlluminati: Another parody. The New World Order, as often happens in this city, started out life as a nonentity: A loose consortium of developers who owned the excavation site where Sumaru's mummy was found. Believing it to be a cursed idol, the group formed an elite circle which attracted a number of power players in Japan's political sphere until, finally, they had "the power to move this country."
* ImCryingButIDontKnowWhy: When the gang meets Maya in ''Innocent Sin'', they start crying, seemingly for no reason. (See WistfulAmnesia below for the whole thing and why.)
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Moreso than in most other Megaten games. Maya's party in particular is nicely coiffed.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Jun uses flowers to attack, Baofu throws coins, and Eikichi uses machine guns disguised as guitar cases.
* InMediasRes: To people familiar with other games of the franchise, it can sure seem like we're starting in the middle of things in ''Innocent Sin''; how come there's no super-extended scene of actually being granted Personas and everyone just seems to have 'em already? [[spoiler: Turns out this is a ''very important'' plot point, and had people not pushed certain events out of their minds this whole mess would never have happened.]]
** America had this worse for a while since ''Innocent Sin'' was only released in Japan, making ''Eternal Punishment'' harder to follow. Fortunately ''Innocent Sin'' was finally released on the PSP in the U.S. with a remake of ''Eternal Punishment'' expected to be on the way sometime in the future.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: The Satomi sisters, each of whom run a different pharmacy.
** Rosa Candida is run by twin sisters with matching BlindingBangs. One is a blonde PaletteSwap of the other.
* InfallibleBabble: Completely and utterly subverted.
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: Each catastrophe in these games can be traced back to a individual's anxieties and desires. When [[spoiler:earth blows up at the end, Nyarlathotep]] crows that it was our biggest wish fulfillment of all.
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: Trish's Fountain and the Velvet Room.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: The "Longinus 13", so named for the Knights of the Round Table as well as the gigantic spears they carry around. The Tenchu Army in ''Eternal Punishment'' have their own mecha squadron (the X-series), as well.
* TheInternetIsForPorn: Using the Contact option in battle, demons will occasionally ask the player what the internet is for. OBVIOUSLY, one of the options -- no matter who is being asked -- is to say that it's for porn. It's always funny.
* IntrepidMerchant: Narumi is built on the peninsula, and gets [[spoiler:obliterated when Sumaru City rises]]. One rumor later, though, and all of the merchants/rumormongers magically relocate.
* IronicEcho: Maya's catchphrase ("LET'S BE POSITIVE!") becomes the slogan of the New World Order.
* KaijuDefenseForce: Majority of the enemies later on in Eternal Punishment are [=JGSDF=] soldiers recruited by Sugawara. This distinction was not made clearly in the international version when [=EP=] was released overseas in the Playstation.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Maya.]]
* KnowledgeBroker: Various "Rumormongers" who are scattered in each city district. They fork over rumors for free, so unless you [[SelfImposedChallenge want a rough time of it]], you'd better take time to talk with them.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Used in [[spoiler:the ending of]] ''Innocent Sin'' [[spoiler:to create a timeline where the world isn't screwed.]]. Hell, ''Eternal Punishment'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of what happens when [[spoiler:you decide you'd rather subvert the trope and risk having the world end ''again'', on top of none of your friends not remembering you or your adventures]].
* LastKiss: In ''Eternal Punishment'' if you say the right thing to Tatsuya on a DialogueTree, he will give Maya a kiss before [[spoiler: giving up his memories of the "other side" thus making any chance of the relationship happen null and void.]] Though he states that their [[StarCrossedLovers souls are connected]] and that they can meet again.
* LastNameBasis: Even after 40+ hours of gameplay, Officer Suou still insists on addressing Maya as "Ms. Amano". This just adds to his overall [[{{Adorkable}} adorkability]].
** Maya's editor, Mizuno, is a less-friendly example as she constantly barks "''''Amano!''''" in place of her name.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: Club Zodiac is either a front for the Taiwanese mob or the Masked Circle.
* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: Immediately following JOKER's defeat, an NWO agent appears on television to spread a rumor that anyone who performs the Joker Curse will [[spoiler:become a JOKER themselves]].
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: Happens in one cutscene to the music in ''Innocent Sin''.
* LevelDrain: The "Prophecy" spell, which resets a Persona's rank to 1. Given that a Persona's spells and stats come mostly from gaining ranks, and going from rank 1 to rank 8 often takes several hours of grinding, this can be pretty inconvenient.
* LevitatingLotusPosition: Shaka (aka Budha), a hidden Persona in Aoba Park/Bomb Shelter (area 2 in ''Eternal Punishment''). Also, Virocana (Area 7, ''Eternal Punishment'').
* LimitedWardrobe: Three years between games, and Saeko Smith and Principal Harding still haven't changed out of their outfits.
* LoadBearingBoss: Defeating Chiruzu/Guido, upon which the Undersea Ruins collapse.
* LoveTriangle: Both games have notable ones.
** BettyAndVeronica: In ''Innocent Sin'', Lisa and Maya are this to Tatsuya.
*** Not to mention Jun who also has feelings for Tatsuya. ([[EpilepticTrees Jughead?]])
** SiblingTriangle: In ''Eternal Punishment'', both Tatsuya and Katsuya are clearly infatuated with Maya. Katsuya's Shadow taunts him with this fact, trying to pursuade him to [[spoiler:shoot Tatsuya. Katsuya says that while the Shadow is right about his feelings, he loves his brother anyway, and shoots the Shadow instead]].
* MadeOfEvil: "Kegare" is basically the essence of sin, hatred and malice, and in ''Eternal Punishment'', Jokers are full of it. The New World Order starts draining people of their Kegare for their latest nefarious scheme.
* MadScientistLaboratory: Guido's science lab.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The Masked Circle.
* {{Mayincatec}}: Those Mayans sure got around. Dd you know that ancient Mayans built giant underground flying machines in Japan? [[spoiler:(No? Well, they retroactively did thanks to the power of rumors.)]]
* MergedReality: [[spoiler: The conclusion to ''Eternal Punishment'']].
* MirrorMatch: The Shadow Sides of both games. They wield [[PaletteSwap "Reverse"]] versions of your characters' Ultimate Personas. This makes for some amusing pre-battle banter, with the Reverse Persona declaring their plans to [[KillAndReplace usurp their counterpart]], and the real one telling them where to stick it. However, if you defeat them while equipped with their ultimate Personas, then they get a power boost and some weaknesses removed.
* MouthfulOfPi: At the start of ''Innocent Sin'', one of Tatsuya's schoolmates is shown being chastised by his teacher for "cheating". The student claims Joker granted his wish to become super-smart, and proves it by reciting the first 100 digits of Pi from memory. The teacher is unimpressed.
* NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: Overlooking the robot suits and [=UFO=]s, their hardware and planes are strictly 1939.
* NeckLift: Tatsuya is first introduced to Joker via this greeting.
* NeckSnap: Makoto's (Ellen's stalker) fate after the second fight. [[spoiler: He survives it though, which tips off Katsuya that there is more to this guy than there should be.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The driving force behind the plot of ''Eternal Punishment'' turns out to be [[spoiler: due to Tatsuya Suou's retaining his memories.]]
** A vast majority of the bad stuff that happens in ''Innocent Sin'' simply wouldn't have occurred if the [=PCs=] decided to stay home. For instance, [[spoiler: the "Masked Circle" starts off as a teensy group with a mere handful of members (not that the player knows this at the time). Then you wander around town trying to scrounge up information on its sinister doings, only to discover that no one had ever heard of the Masked Circle, let alone that it's up to no good. Consequently, you unintentionally start the rumor that the Masked Circle is a huge evil cult-conspiracy. Very soon afterwards you'll find that a very large portion of the otherwise innocuous [=NPCs=] who hang around the city are now members.]]
** Eternal Punishment plays things similarly with the heroes ending up essentially [[spoiler: advertising the villain organization by "leaking" information. ]]
* NoobCave: Seven Sisters High School in both games.
* NoSwastikas: In the PSP remake of ''Innocent Sin'', Hitler is given a trenchcoat and sunglasses and is simply called "Führer" when he shows up (Even if it's obvious it's still him).
** The swastikas in cutscenes are also changed to Iron Crosses.
** This is especially funny since, in the original's battle with Hitler, '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS_4RvPvTS0 the whole damn battlefield]]''' is covered in swastikas.
* NonElemental: Almighty attacks are non elemental magic, which is elemental since some demons and Personas are weak or strong to all type of magics when it's not all type of attacks. Even a few opponents are specifically immune to Almighty attacks, like Dark Alice and the Big Bad first form. That being said, there are a few attacks with no element at all like Another Dimension or Death Roulette. Most of them are instakill attacks.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Makoto Kuwahara, The [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]-wielding LoonyFan who stalks Eriko inside the TV Studio. [[{{OffscreenTeleportation}} Oddly enough, he's a persistent bugger who]] [[{{TooKinkyToTorture}} screams for more the more damage is done to him.]]
* NostalgiaLevel: Mt. Iwato in ''Eternal Punishment'' is littered with flashbacks to both the ''Innocent Sin'' and the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''.
** If Eriko's in your party, the latter's SilentProtagonist (or an apparition of him, at least) will be haunting the TV Studio.
* NotAGame:
--> '''[[NotHimself Maya]]:''' "Life's not like a videogame. You can't just press the ResetButton. The sins you committed will never disappear."
** [[spoiler: [[{{Irony}} Humerously enough]], that's exactly what happened at the end of ''Innocent Sin''.]]
** Eikichi also wonders aloud at being stuck in a game (the time-worn cliche of schoolkids saving the world {{for great justice}}) if you talk to him in the shrines.
*** [[spoiler: and then played straight in ''Eternal Punishment.'' Doing things over did not allow Tatsuya to escape the ''Eternal Punishment'' of his ''Innocent Sin;'' he has lost Maya and he will never be able to change that.]]
* NotSoPhonyPsychic: Sumaru Genie is infamous for her bogus readings. A rumor will fix that. Actually, we learn she was originally just a neighborhood raver (and a man) before rumors transmogrified her into some sort of ''Prince of Persia'' character.
* NumberOneDime: Tatuysa's engraved cigarette lighter, and Jun's watch. They swapped them as children.
* OedipusComplex / WellDoneSonGuy: All over the place in ''Innocent Sin''. Not only does ''every'' character have Oedipal issues, but the FinalBoss is literally a [[CompositeCharacter giant composite]] of everyone's fathers.
* {{Ondo}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34VNKRm5GK4 Here it is]].
* OneDegreeOfSeparation
* OneHitKill: Hama and Mudo are back in this game, fulfilling their instant death roles. New to this game are the odds of Nazi Soldiers killing your allies in one hit too. Any enemy with Aimed Shot can perform this as well. Same goes for [[spoiler: Shadow Katsuya's Vice Shot]]
* OneLinerEcho: In both games, right before facing off with the final boss.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. Tatsuya Suou reads ''a lot'' like Tatsuya Sudou, which one NPC early into ''Innocent Sin'' will point out ([[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything though only if the player didn't change Suou's name of course]]). Likewise, Maya Amano shares the same name as Maya Okamura. Both of this factor into the plot, albeit in different ways.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Joka/The Wang Long.
* OutOfClothesExperience: Tatsuya, Maya, and Lisa in the PSP ''Innocent Sin''[='s=] opening video.
* PaperThinDisguise: [[spoiler:Shadow Maya in one of the dungeons in ''Innocent Sin''. Despite obviously putting no effort into imitating Maya, this fools even Yukino, who has been working with Maya for longer then the game.]]
* PartyInMyPocket: Mostly. Party members do appear as [[{{NPC}} NPCs]] in dungeon "rooms", but everywhere else it's just the main character running around.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: To buy weapons at the ramen shop, Eikichi "orders" the password, "Banana Ramen". Unfortunately for Eikichi, he then [[EatThat has to eat it]].
* PillarOfLight: Sumaru Castle fires one through its roof, opening a SwirlyEnergyThingy which swallows the city whole.
* {{Pirate}}: The barkeeper of the Jolly Roger seafood joint. He simply will not shut up the sea.
* PoliceAreUseless: One police precinct for an entire city, eh? Tatsuya's brother is a Sergeant in the Konan ward, and even HE is an obstinate jerk who ignores all evidence of a growing cult in Sumaru.
-->"If you're charged with wasting police resources, [[ScareEmStraight being my brother won't help you!]]"
* PokemonSpeak: Aside from their contact response, the "Maskist" enemies communicate using only the word "kamen" (Japanese for "mask") in exactly this fashion.
* ThePowerOfRock: Eikichi and Ulala in their respective games. Both of them SummonBackupDancers as part of their Contact options: Eikichi bursting into an [[DreadfulMusician off-key rendition]] of "Luv Beam" with [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Tatsuya on electric guitar and Jun on synth]]; Ulala performs the [[TorosYFlamenco Flamenco]], with Katsuya & Tatsuya on guitar.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: "Whoop-ass time!", "Don't underestimate ''me'', you [[SoundEffectBleep *bleep!*]] bastard!", "I feel sorry for you.", "[[ReadingYourRights You're all under arrest!]]", "Fools, begone!", etc.
* ProphecyTwist: The Oracle of Maya has a [[IncrediblyLamePun killer]] twist.
* PropheticNames: Two characters named "Maya", an important being in Hinduism.
* ThePsychoRangers: Joker deploys evil clones of your party members after the Nazis invade. They were given full form thanks to a rumor about the group of five that set fire to the Museum.
** This is wryly suggested from the Masked Four's origin story, since they're based on [[spoiler:Jun's 'old 'Phoenix Featherman'' cosplay group]]; hence the masks. They make excellent [[EvilCounterpart foil]]s for Tatsuya's party: Leo/Sudou's and Suou's names are almost identical, and both are Fire elementals with an affinity for the Leo sign on the Zodiac; Aquarius/[[spoiler:Junko]] is a fair approximation of how Lisa might have ended up: a former Miss Sevens now stuck in the past, discarding her trophy husband once the novelty wears off. Scorpio/[[spoiler:Anna]] is the wounded flower whose tragic past is channeled for villainous ends ([[spoiler:Jun]]). Taurus/[[spoiler:Ginji]] is an aging Lothario and has-been rocker who [[WaxingLyrical waxes lyrical]] at inappropriate times (can't think who he's supposed to represent).
* PyrrhicVictory: Well done! You beat [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]], and he's laughing all the way to the bank: [[spoiler:Your surrogate sister's dead, your planet's wreathed in the flames, and the only way to reverse it is to sacrifice your newfound friends. And then, there's the added insult of him [[WonTheWarLostThePeace being left free to engineer Earth's destruction all over again]]]]... Of course this means all they did during the game was for [[ShootTheShaggyDog no reason at all]] and it's pretty much just a big Game Over, please load your latest save (which was 10 years ago).
* PuttingOnTheReich: The NWO salute ("LET'S THINK POSITIVE!") is a sieg heil, mirroring the Nazis on The Other Side.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: The [-LONDON-] clothing salesman.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Masked Four, plus Ixquic.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: Both games, but particularly ''Eternal Punishment''. Ordinarily, these people wouldn't be seen within ten miles of each other.
* RealityBleed: What started this whole mess.
** With the "rumors become reality" effect going around, ''everyone'' capable of spreading rumors becomes this. Both the good guys ''and'' the bad guys utilize this in story and in gameplay (in ''Eternal Punishment'', for example, if you piss off a demon while equipped with an ultimate weapon, they will spread a rumor that greatly weakens it). Later in the games, Lisa (IS) and Ulala (EP) laments not being able to tell what's real anymore.
* RealityWritingBook: A non-book example. Rumors become true if enough people hear about them ([[spoiler:this is due to a demon dicking with humanity]]). No writing needed, just word of mouth. Mostly this results in UrbanLegends becoming true, but at one point the player characters themselves take advantage of it.
* RedArmbandOfLeadership: The Nazis -- and their other-world equivalent, the New World Order -- both sport these.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The metal knockoffs you encounter inside Xibalba/Ameno Torifune.
* RefugeInAudacity: Some of the Contact options: why is Tatsuya making motorcycle noises at that demon?
** How was Atlus able to get away with putting Hitler in the PSP remake? [[http://www.dualshockers.com/2011/05/21/persona-2-innocent-sin-psp-has-sunglasses-hitler/ By putting sunglasses on him]]. Also doubles as CrazyAwesome, as you get to [[spoiler: fight said sunglasses Hitler!]]
* RegeneratingMana: Walking around restores MP.
* ReplacementGoldfish: The Masked Four are fashioned [[spoiler:after the group that Jun played with as a child]].
* RetGone: Getting turned into a shadow-person by Joker causes most people to forget they ever existed, while they stand in one spot, eternally drowning in self-pity for not being able to pursue their dreams.
* {{Retconjuration}}: The ending to IS. The simplest way to make everything right is for [[spoiler:the original Masked Circle to never meet each other]].
* RevolvingDoorCasting: Igor is the only true consistent in the whole Persona series; while Philemon appears from time to time; he doesn't play a crucial role outside of ''Persona''.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: [[spoiler:Both Tatsuyas]] in ''Eternal Punishment''.
** The Time Castle guy in ''Eternal Punishment'' is aware of it when you use a rumor to make his shop sell and duplicate spell cards. [[spoiler: Actually, he's Nyarlathotep, chilling with you, selling you the stuff you need, invites you to relax... [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy and talk a bit about your next moves]]...]]
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Chika "Chikalin" Ueda is a reporter for Sevens' school newspaper. She operates out of Peace Diner as a rumormonger. In the NA version of ''Eternal Punishment'', Chikalin makes a habit of saying "[[{{Catchphrase}} Roger-dodger!"]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: "Grab your asses and run!", "We'll wait for backup!", "You were lucky this time!", "I don't have time for you.", "[[FromACertainPointOfView This is an honorable retreat!]]"
* SealedEvilInACan: The aliens sleeping onboard Xibalba are explicitly recorded as being {{evil counterpart}}s to another alien clan which they wiped out eons ago.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Applies to the entire ''Innocent Sin'' cast, most notably Lisa -- who was often teased about her looks as a child, and grows up to be the most envied girl in Seven Sisters -- and Eikichi, who starts out as a pudgy, shy loser. This also applies to Maya, whose appearance has changed so drastically that no one from the party recognizes her.
* ShoutOut: The proto-[[spoiler:Masked Circle]] is a group of kids who love ''Phoenix Featherman R'' (a shout out to ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', ''ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', and other shows with similar premises).
* ShownTheirWork: More or less. Japanese tradition mentions the existence of ''kotodama'' (言霊) a concept in which words have impact on reality; by repeating often words such as "crisis" and "depression", for instance, one becomes a target for the feelings those words convey; relate this to the rumor-based alterations to reality. It's even mentioned in EP that Kandori and Lord Sumaru were brought back by the power of the Kotodama.
* SmokingIsCool: Baofu celebrates his kills by lighting up. The Shiraishi Ramen Lady also has a cigarette dangling from her mouth.
* SoundEffectBleep: Ulala's rather... spirited speech. The bleeping is a bit inconsistent, though. It seems to pick up a good deal whenever it's a part of a voiced cutscene or a battle quote (main offender being the scene with the crazy stalker with a chainsaw in the television studio), but text-only scenes get away with only some minor SymbolSwearing.
* SpritePolygonMix
* StarCrossedLovers: Tatsuya and Maya. [[spoiler: Since she's DestinationHostUnreachable and all...]]
* StormingTheCastle: Done literally with Sumaru Castle.
* StoryReset: Technically with both games. [[spoiler: With ''Innocent Sin'' where you play one protagonist and get the BadEnding and ''Eternal Punishment'' where you play the other protagonist and get the GoodEnding.]]
* StupidJetpackHitler: Somehow, the Nazis got ahold of [[SpiderTank Spider Tanks]], HumongousMecha, and a [[ShinyLookingSpaceships Shiny Looking Spaceship]] the size of Rhode Island. This is only [[spoiler: because of In Lak'ech, which was likely full of bogus conspiracies]], but spread like wildfire in an aleady-paranoid town like Sumaru City.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]] and his Shadow flunkies.
* StableTimeLoop: ''Innocent Sin'' creates one for ''Eternal Punishment'' and implies that it could happen again.
* StylishProtectionGear
* SubliminalSeduction: The Satomi Tadashi pharmacy jingle. As a returning character, Kei is the one who's been most exposed to the song and is greatly unnerved by it.
* SuicideAttack: Yet another dick move by some of the Nazi troops.
* SummonMagic: The Personas.
* SurferDude: The Aki Dude at Bikini Line. "Am I cool or what?♥"
* TakeItToTheBridge: The decisive moment with Lady Scorpio and Shadow Yukino takes place on a stone bridge inside Caracol.
* TakeMyHand: In ''Innocent Sin'''s Sky Museum, either Maya or Tatsuya will plummet from a ledge, only to be caught and hoisted back up by whoever didn't fall.
* TalkToTheFist: Jun [[spoiler:aka Joker from the alternate reality]] interrupting JOKER's diatribe by shoving him into an open pit. Oh irony, you are delicious.
* TarotMotifs: Continued from the previous game, tarot symbolism is everywhere.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Just look at your party status after Eikichi gets his legendary weapon.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Some party members have to complete some personal quest without assistance from Tatsuya and company in order to unlock more powerful versions of their Persona.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Who get resurrected alongside Hitler in ''Innocent Sin''.
* TokenMinority: The Caucasian Lisa Silverman from ''Innocent Sin,'' raised in Japan her entire life by her Japanophile parents. She's the only non-Japanese playable character in the series to date, discounting non-human characters like [[RobotGirl robot girls]] [[{{VideoGame/Persona 3}} Aigis]] and [[Persona4Arena Labrys]] (and both were created in a Japanese lab), and the [[spoiler:sentient Shadow]] [[{{VideoGame/Persona 4}} Teddie]] (and his ''own'' Persona is lifted from Japanese myths). Sumaru City in general also has a large array of foreigners, which the original game and its sequels mostly lack.
** In ''Eternal Punishment'', [[spoiler:Baofu is originally introduced as a man of Taiwanese descent, but it turns out that he's Japanese, which his Shadow self reveals.]]
* TheTokyoFireball: Inverted -- the city [[spoiler:transforms into a flying machine]] while the rest of the world burns. This is destined to happen in both realities. Sumaru City isn't ''quite'' let off the hook, however; [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep draws it into his reality]] in ''Eternal Punishment'', ripping the town apart and leaving it adrift.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: "In-Lak'ech", a [[GreatBigBookOfEverything great big book]] of [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy theories]] ranging from Hitler's [[MysteriousAntarctica secret base in Antarctica]] to [[EvilAlienConquerors hibernating genocidal aliens]]. Naturally, releasing this book in a place like Sumaru City is...[[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough not a good idea]].
* ToServeMan: The [[HumanPopsicle cryogenically frozen]] [[HumanoidAliens aliens]] inside Xibalba have been asleep a long time, and you look like breakfast.
* TrainStationGoodbye: Inverted with Tatsuya and Maya in the ending. It's not a goodbye, but a greeting -- [[spoiler:only Maya does not remember who he is]].
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: The Taiwanese mafia is prominent in ''Eternal Punishment''.
* {{Transsexual}}: Sumaru Gypsy, and a woman in IS who has Joker grant her wish for a penis.
* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: Parebellum. ([[PunnyName Geddit?]])
* TheUnintelligible: Zig-zagged with the negotiation system to some degree. Certain demons (in ''Eternal Punishment'', it's the demons that talk about the cosmos or Yog-Sothoth) will talk about absolutely random things with the player having to give random responses that may or may not piss off the demon. However, in the terms of basic negotiation, what worked once is almost always going to work again when used repeatedly.
** Also zig-zagged with a type of enemies that speak utter gibberish during the negotiations. Some are worth great laughs though!
* ThereAreNoTherapists: There actually '''is''' a therapy clinic in both games that goes for a very cheap price and is so wonderfully effective that it's enough to [[TraumaInn heal physical wounds of any degree just by]] talking to the therapist, who is coincidentally the previous game's final boss (she got better)! Needless to say, it does nothing for the gigantic buttload of issues faced by every member of the cast in either game. Just heals their wounds, yup.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Steering a hovercraft down the Amano River. It's a bit of a breather and not really difficult; you still fight random encounters and occasionally pick a direction to turn, similar to {{Final Fantasy VI}}'s Serpent Trench.
* UnreliableNarrator / SympatheticPOV: In ''Innocent Sin'', Katsuya acts more strict, as it's told from Tatsuya's point of view. However; he doesn't ''quite'' act the same in ''Eternal Punishment'', where the story is told from Maya's point in view.
* UpdatedRerelease and VideoGameRemake: With a few changes, including a cleaned up battle system, redrawn portraits, and a new Climax Theater mode.
* UnwittingPawn: The Masquerade cult is a representation of their master's long reach; among [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]]'s many names is "God of a Thousand Faces", and his fourth and final boss form is covered in white Shy Guy masks, making his connection to them clear. Likewise, the various [=JOKER=]s spawned by the New World Order are just sporting a variant of the white mask.
* VerbalTic: The cashier at [-PEACE-] Burger speaks in an antiquated style of Japanese, a condition caused by a unkind rumor. The effect is [[LostInTranslation sadly lost]] in the English localization; there, they say she "talks like a ninja" but this doesn't really come across in text.
** Both the fan and official translations of ''Innocent Sin'' retains the effect far better by giving her speech a Shakespeare-ish dialogue range, which give the impression she is trying overly hard to be formal, which, given the limitations of the English language, is a fair analogue to the original.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Xibalba.]]
* VictoryQuote
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can kill Principal Hanya by spreading a rumor.
** VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: If you kill him, it becomes harder to get an ultimate weapon at the end of the game.
* VideoGameSettings:
** AbandonedLaboratory: Kandori's Science Lab.
** AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: In Nate's story path, you have to traverse one of these to get to the laboratory where Kandori is hiding.
** AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: The Great Father.
** BonusDungeon: IS has the Abandoned Factory, where enemies from previous dungeons can be fought again. The PSP port adds the Climax Theater.
*** The equivalent of the Abandoned Factory in EP is Kasugayama High School and the bomb shelter underneath, which was a storyline dungeon in IS.
*** Also in EP, the Giga Macho music store (another story dungeon from IS) and Mu Continent open up when you spread a rumor about rare demons lurking there.
*** The EX Dungeon in EP, available via NewGamePlus.
** BuildLikeAnEgyptian: The Taurus Shrine.
** CasinoPark & MinigameZone: At the start, Mu Continent is just an innocuous arcade. It becomes a casino offering slot machines, a roulette wheel, and video poker after you spread a rumor, and there's an optional dungeon attached.
** DeathMountain: Mt. Katatsumuri in ''Innocent Sin'', and Mt. Mifune in the subsequent game.
** DiscOneFinalDungeon: Caracol and the Undersea Ruins, respectively.
** DugTooDeep & TheMaze: Kasugayama High's bomb shelter.
** FinalBossNewDimension: Monado Mandala.
** LethalLavaLand: The Leo Shrine.
** NoobCave: Seven Sisters High School and its accompanying Clock Tower in both games.
** OneTimeDungeon: Most of the dungeons are these. When you try to reenter, a member of your party will bark at you to stop goofing off, or explain that they don't need to go there. In any case, most of them get destroyed anyway (either by Sudou during his reign of terror, or Zodiac Shrines that sprout in their place). The Narumi ward is lost forever after [[spoiler:the city rises]] from the sea, as it was a later addition.
** PlayerHeadquarters: Kuzunoha Detective Agency, Nate's Penthouse, and later Baofu's Lair.
** RandomlyGeneratedLevels: In EP, the Bomb Shelter is now a dungeon crawl and grows in size as the game progresses. It otherwise fills the same role as IS's Factory.
** RecurringLocation: Alaya Shrine.
** ShipLevel: The cruise ship ''Nichirin-maru'', which also happens to be the SupervillainLair of the NWO. Their conference room is briefly glimpsed in the prologue.
** TempleOfDoom: Caracol.
** UndergroundLevel: Oddly, Mt. Iwato is closer to this.
** UnderwaterRuins: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Undersea Ruins]].
** TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Xibalba in IP, and, Monado Mandala in EP.
** WhereItAllBegan: Rengedai in general, as each of the key locations are strategically placed there. Both games start out at Seven Sisters, and the [[spoiler:Naruato Stone in the courtyard]] is a portal to Xibalba. In ''Eternal Punishment'', Sumaru Castle erupts from a park much like the previous game's shrines did. And, of course, the Araya Shrine is here (and is linked to Monado Mandala).
* TheVillainMakesThePlot
* WarmupBoss: Principal Hanya in ''Innocent Sin''. At the start of ''Eternal Punishment'', the JOKER fetches a WolfpackBoss on you, which isn't quite as dramatic.
* WeDidntStartTheFuhrer: Hitler in ''Innocent Sin''. He has the ''Spear of Longinius'', for crying out loud!
* WeaponOfChoice
** CoolSword: Both Tatsuya and Nate/Kei fight with two-handed swords. Ellen, an accomplished fencer, wields a rapier.
** GoodOldFisticuffs: Lisa and Ulala.
** GatlingGood: Eikichi's concealed [[SenselessViolins guitar case machine gun]].
** {{Handguns}}: Maya's [[GunsAkimbo dual pink Handguns]]. Katsuya brandishes a police-issue pistol.
** ImprobableWeaponUser: Yukino [[DangerouslyCloseShave lobs razors]], a clue to her [[ReformedCriminal reformed punk]] past in the original ''Persona''. Best example: Jun Kurosu fights with ''flowers''.
*** The other good example being Baofu, who throws coins at people.
*** More improbable: There's a scene with Baofu flipping coins at a guy with two machine guns, and HE gets the better of him.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Chiropractor Tomi got his medical degree in the states and returned with a passion for all things U.S.A. It's not even humanly possible to be wearing more flag apparel than Dr. T. is.
* [[WhamEpisode Wham Level]]: Mt. Iwato in both games, which offers a lot of plot twists.
* WhamLine: The games in general are ''filled'' with these because the writers pulled absolutely no punches. Every plot twist great and small can hit like a shot to the gut. Even if you see them coming, especially ''because'' they build up perfectly logically from what's gone on before, they are vicious and perfect. They're two of Atlus's most tightly plotted games.
* WhenThePlanetsAlign: The ultimate HarbingerOfImpendingDoom in ''Innocent Sin''
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: The giant rings surrounding [[spoiler: Sumaru City]] when it takes flight.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Joker, the Masked Four, the rank and file in the Masked Circle, and (in ''Eternal Punishment''), anyone who becomes possessed by [[spoiler:JOKER]].
* WindIsGreen
* WistfulAmnesia: [[spoiler: In the [[NoobCave Beginning Dungeon]] of ''Innocent Sin'', the gang cry in presence of Maya - their unconscious memories of her triggered the event. Also, what Jun, Eikichi and Lisa experience in the ending of ''Eternal Punishment'']].
* YouAreNumberSix: Hitler's personal guard, the Longinus 13, which in German translates to "Eins," "Zwei," "Drei," etc.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: [[spoiler: The Joker/NWO manage to unearth their spaceship and release the SealedEvilInACan]].
** You Can't Thwart Stage Two, either. (see entry for "The Bad Guy Wins").
* YouMayPanicNow: Maya instructing a roomful of schoolchildren to "GRAB YOUR ASSES AND RUN!"
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: The (supposedly) model blimp on the roof of the Sky Museum. The cutscene where it takes flight is a pivotal moment in both stories.
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