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Fan Fic: A Fool Named Fortune
A Fool Named Fortune is a Persona 3 fan novelization written by Magnus Ragnar. Inspired by Lusnati Style, it follows the trend of replacing the protagonist with an original character, in this case, Roy Fortune. Liberties with the source material take the form of Crazy Awesome twists.

A notable aspect of this story is how it has its roots in the story of Persona 3, yet it offers a fresh perspective on the game thanks to the changes introduced in the story, like certain changes made to social links akin to Persona 3 Portable. Roy is also very creative in maximizing his talents as the Wild Card, and those discoveries vary from new ways to curbstomp opponents on and off Tartarus to interesting methods of having fun.

It has a sequel named P3 AFNF: Answer of Aeon. As of now, A Fool Named Fortune and Answer of Aeon are being rewritten as A Fool Named Fortune: Reshuffled. A Persona 4 novelization fic named Persona 4: Norimoto Style was being written to follow after the original duology, but has been taken down and re-released as Persona 4: Golden Moon, the first chapter of which was posted while the rest will follow once Reshuffled is complete. There will possibly be sequels based on the Persona 4 Arena games after Golden Moon is finished.


A Fool Named Fortune

  • The Ace: Roy is good at what he does in almost any situation.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    Junpei: Call me if you get stuck [on your homework, Ken]!
    Yukari: And call me when he gets stuck!
    Roy Narrating: I gotta admit, that was actually funny. But eh.
  • An Ice Person: Hamuko.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: In-Universe example. The final Guardian of Tartarus goes down like a chump, slightly disappointing Roy.
  • Arch-Enemy: Of all Roy's enemies, Jin seems to be the one he hates the most. Unless one includes Ryoji/Nyx on that list.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After getting beaten horribly by Roy and then acting as Mr. Exposition, Ryoji falls asleep on the bridge. His last conscious thought is that he hopes his nose doesn't get broken from the fall.
  • Ascended Extra: Hamuko Arisato (the female P3 MC) acts as a recurrent side character.... until she joins SEES.
    • The Reaper is treated as a character and reoccurs throughout the story.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Roy Fortune.
  • Bash Brothers: Roy and Junpei.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Subverted with Roy and Shade/Azren. Instead of denial, Roy quickly comes to terms with his flaws, and his powers go Up to Eleven.
    • Roy and Shade team up against a third version of Roy inside a casino inside of Roy's head at one point.
  • Berserk Button: Don't ever try to kill his friends (least of all, Aigis). Or damage his hat. Do not discuss his dead parents, especially not in front of other people. Don't take your marital problems out on your child. Lastly, don't lie about him, least of all to his face.
    • Hair-Trigger Temper: Not only does he have a few buttons, but even accidental pressing will set Roy off.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Reaper pulls this off thrice. First he frees Roy from Ikutsuki's trap, then he keeps Takaya from attacking the group during an encounter with him. Then once more during the final battle.
    • Koromaru also helps with the first instance of the above.
  • Blood Knight: All the Reaper wants is a good battle.
  • Boss Rush: Chapter 52 has one hosted by Margaret.
  • Break the Haughty: The fact that the Tower (pride before the fall) Social Link was Roy himself, should say something.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Roy delivered a beating of immense power unto Ryoji, but then he couldn't talk for the next day on account of roaring so many times that his throat got hurt.
  • Butt Monkey: Most characters Roy (and the author) doesn't like have moments of this. Characters who he still likes but had this trope in the game still apply. Ryoji is the most notable example.
  • Call Forward: In one chapter, Roy goes to Inaba and meets three of the Persona 4 party members, though younger. Later into the story, he even encounters the main character of the sequel.
  • Catch Phrase: Damn it Yukari!
    • When I came here, fate dealt you a Wild Card.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Many, especially towards the end of the story. Justified by the fact that the cast is pretty much overleveled at that point, and that Roy has been training them well.
    • Then there's each time Roy faces off with the recurring thugs.
  • Determinator / Achievements in Ignorance: In terms of Wild Card Power...
    Roy: So, what, I just have to BELIEVE I can get away with something and I can?
    Shade: As you start getting more powerful, yeah.
    Roy: Damn. That's cool.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Roy's reaction when he S. Links the Reaper, though actually the Reaper began Roy's link with himself.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Aigis asks Roy to touch the most sensitive part of her frame to leave his genetic imprint. The awkwardness is lampshaded when Roy's first response is a Flat "What.".
  • Duel Boss: The Reaper, Chidori
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Roy describes seeing Metis and Hades alongside SEES, but doesn't quite understand, as from their perspective, they are in The Answer.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: The Reaper during the final battle. He leaves afterward, though.
  • Everybody Lives: At least as far as SEES is concerned.
  • Evil Detecting Person: Roy can tell right from the get-go that there's something wrong with Ikutsuki. In regards to Ryoji, Aigis is more of this trope, but Roy still has strong feelings.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The deaths of Takaya and Jin are quite gruesome.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: In-Universe, the story makes use of one; Shinjiro/Hamuko.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Lampshaded when the Hanged Man uses this trope.
  • Flat Joy:
    Shade: Aigis in a maid costume.
    Roy: ... Squee.
  • Genre Savvy: Put simply, a lot of Roy's approach to the story events are as if the player has played the game enough times so that even the MC gets a clue on how things are likely to go.
  • The Hero Dies: Averted.
  • Hidden Depths: The Reaper. To the point of becoming a minor ally, even during the final battle.
  • High Heel-Face Turn: Chidori again, but this time she lives through it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lampshaded, of course, by Roy. Who set Roy up so that he could take down Ikutsuki? Koromaru, the very dog Ikutsuki insisted on adding to the team.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Roy's comforting words to "Maya", openly admitted by the narration.
  • Inner Monologue: Considering that the readers are taking a peek into Roy's head, a lot of this is to be expected. If you combine this with Shade's or Azren's banter, it becomes something like an Inner Dialogue.
  • Invisible to Normals: Azren.
  • Karma Houdini: Roy gets away with yelling/swearing at people he shouldn't, even if their slight is an accident. He usually apologizes later to the other character, but still...
  • Kill It with Fire/Kill It with Ice: How Takaya and Jin respectively meet their fates.
  • Large and in Charge: Roy, the field leader, is very tall compared to a few characters.
  • Mood Whiplash: Lampshaded when Roy shouts an internet meme during the fight against Ikutsuki's Persona.
    • Almost any time Roy and Shade co-commentate during serious moments.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Roy likes to put Aigis's activities into perspective that a demon-slaying robot is (insert mundane activity) on a fairly regular basis.
  • Mundane Utility: Roy makes mundane use of his skills and special equipment often. A very notable example is when he had all of SEES use ice spells to make snowballs for a snowball fight. On the beach.
  • The Nicknamer: Roy really enjoys dishing them out. Ikutsuki is Sketchsuki, Takaya is Revolver Anti-Christ, Jin is Demolition Dipshit, just to name a few.
  • No Holds Barred Beat Down: SEES usually delivers heroic ones to the boss Shadows, but solely Roy and his Persona delivered one to Ryoji, the latter being thankful for being More than Meets the Eye, and therefore strong enough to take it.
  • Noodle Incident: YOU CAN'T PROVE HE MICROWAVED THAT GRENADE!
    • At the very beginning, Roy mentions how TV Tropes has kept him from going to the hospital in the past.
  • Oh Crap: Roy often has these moments. Arguably his largest is when he and Shade realized that the Dark Hour wasn't gone, seconds before they were proven right.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Whenever Roy dresses in the school uniform more formally than usual instead of with his own tweaks, he's usually mourning someone's death.
  • Original Character: Roy, of course. He was based off of an OC Stand In though.
  • Person as Verb: Azren talking to Roy about the possibility of Chidori sacrificing herself to save Junpei's life by "pulling an Edward Elric". The best part is that Junpei and Edward are both voiced by Vic Mignogna.
  • Perspective Flip: Chapter 45 takes place from Ryoji's point of view.
  • The Power of Rock/Autobots, Rock Out!: How SEES ultimately combats the Hermit, or at least what helps set the mood. The best part is that Elizabeth, Theodore, and Margaret play Through The Fire And Flames for background music.
  • Red-Headed Hero: With a bit of gray.
  • Redemption Promotion: Chidori.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Unfortunately. The author does acknowledge this, however.
  • Self-Duplication: Junpei eventually learns how to make two clones of himself for added attack power. This is constantly referred to as Rule of Three.
  • Shout-Out: Some full moon bosses.
    • Hermit is an expy of Shadow Rise from Persona4
    • Strength is inspired by Jin from Grand Chase
    • The bosses in the Boss Rush near the end are almost all references to other video game bosses.
    • The beginning of the vacation story arc, as well as one time Roy made a threat to a thug, were both references to Pirates of the Caribbean.
    • "I AM A MAN!"
  • Signature Sound Effect: "CRASH." Prepare for a social link level up when you hear this.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: The original game (Shinjiro in particular) wasn't afraid to drop a few bombs, but Roy goes to the next level. Shinjiro's position as this trope is actually somewhat lessened.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Shinjiro, thanks to Hamuko's presence in the story. He still ends up in the coma, though for much shorter time.
    • Chidori gets this treatment as well.
  • Super Mode: The "Joker State". Roy gets a second one when he accidentally learns to sync with Azren.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The SEES.
    • Roy's discovery of skill channelling allows the SEES to throw around skills together with their attacks.
    • Fuuka can blast a hole through Tartarus using Oracle and a Megido skill card.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when their Personas evolve.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Roy loves the mystery cereal in his dorm. He also enjoys drinking Pepsi.
  • Trade Snark: Chidori's Ultra-Mega-Bitch-Destroyer Doom-Slapô
  • Translation Convention: Everyone speaks Japanese, but Roy also knows English due to having grown up in Seattle. All the dialogue is in Japanese unless otherwise narrated.
  • Troll: Shade/Azren, Roy's shadow and later Persona, is this, often teasing Roy. This includes after he's Azren.
    Roy Narrating: He's basicly like Navi from Legend of Zelda, only badass and not obnoxious.
    Shade/Azren: Hey, listen!
    Roy: OH YOU LITTLE PRICK, I'M GO- wait you said that in my head
  • Take Up My Sword: After Shinji falls into a coma, Roy starts using his Weapon of Choice.
  • That's No Moon:
    Roy: "That's fucking Nyx herself!"
  • Title Drop: In Chapter 39, with a small dose of Heroic Self-Deprecation.
  • TV Tropes Will Enhance Your Life: See the one of the points under Noodle Incident, above.
  • The Unfought: Roy never directly fights Takaya. Many of his friends do, but since the story is from Roy's perspective, it could count as this trope.
    • Subverted with Ikutsuki/Chronos, who was not an enemy to fight in the game.
  • Unstoppable Rage: In Chapters 44-45, Ryoji presses Roy's biggest Berserk Button of them all. On the anniversary of his parents' death, no less.
  • Weapon of Choice: Roy prefers to use a hammer, when not resorting to gauntlets or his Persona's claws.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Reaper considers Roy to be this, verbatim.
  • Younger than They Look: Roy got into a casino at the age of fourteen thanks to his looks and a fake ID.

Answer of Aeon

AFNF: Reshuffled

Many character tropes for Roy still apply, though should be re-listed if they are used differently.

  • Adaptation Expansion: This version further takes a look at Roy having a new life in Japan, specifically how he's left behind a few of his friends in Seattle and talks to them at one point, as well as his physical fighting abilities.
  • And I Must Scream: In a Major case of Nightmare Fuel, we get to see Ikutsuki's hijacking of Aigis... From HER point of view in Chapter 26.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Roy's Weapon of Choice is gauntlets once again. Unlike last time, he uses them right from the first battle, not to mention his Mixed Martial Arts.
  • Barrier Change Boss: Exaggerated with the Emperor and Empress once they Turn Red - They start changing weaknesses far too fast for the party (Fuuka included) to react accordingly.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Hamuko helps the party against the Priestess Shadow when things are looking grim.
    • Referenced to before the Hierophant and Lovers Shadow fights.
    • A villainous example happens in Chapter 26. See Even Evil Has Standards below.
  • Big Eater: Hamuko Arisato is one, right from the beginning this time.
    • Chapter 25 reveals that Roy and Junpei also have this trait.
  • Blessed with Suck: Roy often remarks that being a Wild Card means "[he] can't even be weird in a normal way."
    • It gets reprised after Chapter 26 to "Seems even my problems can't be weird in a normal way..."
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Roy got two good shots in on the Reaper during their very first encounter, but it caused him to pass out.
  • But Now I Must Go: Pharos in Chapter 25, but he leaves Thanatos with Roy as the completion of the Death Social Link.
  • Call Forward/Call Back/Mythology Gag: In terms of the Persona series rather than the AFNF universe. Naoto appears at one point to question Roy and Junpei.
    • Chapter 12 has some Call Forwards, unexpected Call Backs, and a very unexpected Mythology Gag. In order: Roy literally runs into Yosuke after getting Aigis clothes. He then gets put through Training from Hell by Lisa Silverman, who is dating Tatsuya Suou. He meets Hito-Shura when Koromaru awakened Cerberus. After arriving in Inaba, Roy name-drops St. Hermelin, Seven Sisters and Kasugayama as competing schools. While searching for his uncle's shop, Roy gets run over by the dog that Chie raised for Yukiko and meets Chie, and unexpectedly shakes hands with Izanami. Finally, he watches Kanji beat the shit out of the bikers, and subsequently meets Dojima. What a mouthful...
    • Chapter 17 brings a bigger... crossover(?) ...to the table: Shinjiro has an aunt, uncle, and little cousin. His aunt and uncle are Argilla and Roland (although Argilla is renamed Asami). An older brother by the name of Katsuro has been mentioned, as has a grandfather named Daichi.
      • Katsuro has been revealed to more or less be none other than Owain, which by default makes Shinjiro's mother Lissa.Certainly explains where Shinjiro picked up his axe skills ...
      • On another note, a small note made by Roy calls Yukari (to quote): "the biggest closet Featherman nerd this side of Ken Amada and nothing you say or do will convince me otherwise". This is due to the author's headcanon that Yukari is the biggest nerd in the group due to her appearance in the Persona 4 Arena sequel.
    • Chapters 23 and 24 do a Whole Plot Reference with the Asura Project, which is the Reshuffled version of the Karma Society and the subsequent events of the Digital Devil Saga duology. In this version, the Karma Society was the Kirijo-run Asura Project, which dedicated to finding a way to awaken Persona Users through the use of an MRI rather than force them into a "fight or flight" scenario. The plot continues like the games, Serph Sheffield tried to use the project to obtain godhood. Here's where the similarities end, however: in this continuity, Jenna Angel (named Tenshi here) is not only one of the heroes, but she's Mitsuru's mother. The rest of the playable heroes from the games are here: Fuuma Madakaze (Gale), twins Mizuki Dojima and Sayaka Norimoto (digital Serph and Sera respectively) note , Hayate Norimoto (Heat), and Cielo keeps his "name" by virtue of it being a nickname due to his love of Cielo Mist. The two ally Tribe leaders helped them out as well: Kagerou Tadou (Lupa, Koromaru's owner) and Mio Yoshino (Jinana, Chidori's mother). Minor villain Bat from DDS 1 is named Tatsu Sakaki and is Takaya's older brother; Takaya himself was to be part of the Asura Project, before Ikutsuki abducted both him and Chidori for the Strega Project.
    • Chapter 24 also has an appearance by the protagonist of Golden Moon, seen this time with a different Persona that he had in his cameo in the original AFNF. It's likely this is related to Norimoto Style being rewritten as Golden Moon.
  • Catch Phrase: See Blessed with Suck above.
    • Roy says "eyebrow" in his narrations whenever something catches his attention and he'd raise his eyebrow.
  • Character Development: Out of universe. Roy is more composed and approaches relationships with others more realistically (i.e. he doesn't hate or like people as much off the bat).
    • Other characters also get surprising developments, mainly interactions with family members added by the other where none were mentioned in canon.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Arguable. Things move much quicker, however all of the chapters are much longer than the early chapters of the original version.
  • Creator Cameo: A blink and you'll miss it version in Chapter 20, and even then, only if you know where to look. It's hard to miss though, seeing as one of the other cameo characters, who are friends of the author by his own admission, that appears alongside the author's cameo apparently terrifies Roy.
    "IT'S THE KAIJU~!"
    Roy's Narration: OH GOD SHE'S BACK note 
  • Demoted to Extra/Ascended Extra: Shade is reduced to merely being Roy's answer to Orpheus, and Pharos more or less takes his place.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Shadow Roy #1 of 2 comes out of Roy's head ready to kill him but first takes the time to crush Ikutsuki's neck.
  • Five-Man Band: During the monorail operation, Roy outlines how SEES (and Pharos) fit into this:
  • Genre Savvy: Roy doesn't have this as much as last time, but he knows enough about certain genres to convince Junpei that being the hero's best friend is better than being the hero. During the monorail operation, he claims that the hero's friend usually gets a better-looking girl who may or may not be swayed from evil.
  • Gratuitous English: Roy to the other members of SEES and any time he summons Thanatos via Pharos' influence.
    "Come forth O god of Death...THANATOS!"
    • Invoked deliberately in chapter 16 by Roy when talking to Ikutsuki about Ken joining SEES.
  • Hidden Depths: Junpei is quite knowledgeable about coffee, just like in the FeMC's link with him.
    • Roy also has a fair bit more than he had in the original story as shown in Chapter 26.
  • I Resemble That Remark: Roy says this in Chapter 3.
  • Invisible to Normals: Pharos is only visible to Roy, just like in the game. This is noteworthy because in this story, he's following Roy around.
    • Chidori and Fuuka seem to at least sense his presence.
  • Jump Scare: Roy almost never expects the Social Link crashing noise.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Ikutsuki's first pun in front of Roy actually hurt Roy a little.
  • Large Ham: Shinjiro's older brother, Katsuro. Being a walking reference to Owain is likely the cause.
  • Let's Get Dangerous/I Am Not Left-Handed: Roy wears a sarashi on his arm until he decides to get serious in a fight and start going all out. He's able to succeed at fights splendidly without doing this, for the most part.
    • Could also count when he decides to put his foot down and stop October Fourth dead in it's tracks by yelling at the senpai and Ken for not doing a thing to get things under control before Roy decided to do something. He stops an attempt from Ken to stab Shinjiro ... by breaking the table and hitting Ken with it.
  • Man Behind the Man: Ikutsuki. He not only created Strega, but tried to kill Shinji by supplying him with the suppressants via Strega. When that failed, he brought Ken in. When that failed, he hijacked Aigis. When THAT failed, he tried to claim to have one more ace up his sleeve. He got his neck squeezed like a grape for his trouble.
  • Memetic Molester: In-Universe. This time it's not just Roy who finds Ikutsuki to be unsettling.
    • And as of Chapter 26 for DAMN GOOD REASON!
  • Mind Rape: VERY much how Ikutsuki's hijacking of Aigis is seen by the lady herself.
  • Mood Whiplash: Roy mentions this trope when he establishes the Devil Social Link with Ken in Chapter 13.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: According to Junpei, Doritos.
    "No, Roy, you just don't get it." I said. "One does not simply LIKE Doritos, one fucking LOVES Doritos because they are what is right and just in the world! If you don't like Doritos, then the terrorists WIN!"
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Roy's middle initial, L. Short for Lawrence, and it fits into his Punny Name.
  • Pals with Jesus: Anasi's presence has become almost mundane to the S.E.E.S members. Lampshaded in Chapter 29
    Narration: It says a lot about how used to insanity we've become when a deity crashing our random dinner party is treated the same as a relative sitting down at the table. It really, really says a lot and not all of it is good.
  • Papa Wolf: Roy stays behind to fight the Reaper on their first encounter so that no one else would get hurt fighting him. In general, he'll put himself between his friends and danger.
    • It shows again in Chapters 14 and 15 after Maiko ends up in Tartarus.
  • Parental Abandonment: Averted with Hamuko, surprisingly enough; her parents are mentioned often, and even send her gifts for her birthday!
  • Perspective Flip: Chapter 7 is from Junpei's point of view, which is the first of seven total. Chapter 11 has it from Shinjiro's point of view, Chapter 17 has it from Yukari's, Chapter 22 has it from Hamuko's, Chapter 26 gives Aigis the reigns, Chapter 30 allows Ryoji the author's pen and there is one more switch it up chapter in the works.
  • Punny Name: To his chagrin, Roy has one. Roy L. Fortune, which sounds like Royal Fortune.
  • Sarashi: If Roy describes whether or not he is wearing one on his arm, it as an indicator of how seriously he intends to fight.
    • As of Chapter 27 however, Roy no longer wears them.
  • Shout-Out: Shiny, let's be bad guys.
  • Slasher Smile: Hamuko sports one when she first uses her Persona.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Shinjiro and Chidori, as per the original story. Jin may survive this time around, due to his loyalty to Tayaka being shaken. Takeharu Kirijo has been spared, but he was still injured by Ikutsuki.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Akihiko certainly thinks so.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Roy utters this verbatim as soon as a rumor about him starts on the first day of school.
    • Ryoji has a reaction of this sort in Chapter 30 when confronted by Roy.
  • Time Paradox: What Roy initially perceives the Dark Hour to be.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Roy's eyes are orange.
    • Shinjiro's eyes are later revealed to be pink; they were only graying due to the effects of the suppresants.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Yukari acts much nicer than in the previous iteration of the story. Despite being the hero, Roy could count as this too, or at least Took A Level in Calmness.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Junpei worships Doritos.
  • Translation Convention: Once more, Roy speaks English and Japanese, yet only speaks Japanese unless stated otherwise.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Given what happens in Chapter 26 as well as the other Perspective Flip chapters, Roy counts as the majority of the story is told by him.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Roy used a Persona built around this at the start of Chapter 8. Needless to say, it's Awesome, but Impractical.
  • Updated Re-release: As far as fanfiction goes, anyways.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Roy modestly denies that SEES is interesting enough to have a written story about them, and that if they did, Junpei would be the focus instead of him.
  • You Just Told Me: That your Persona killed someone, Shinji.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Hamuko dyes her hair brown; her real hair color is pink. Shinji's aunt Asami and little cousin Kaede also have pink hair.
    • The Reshuffled versions of certain characters from the Digital Devil Saga games keep their strangely colored hair.

Persona 4: Golden moon

  • Awesome McCoolname: Rusei's name, and he catches some flak from King Moron for it. See Meaningful Name below.
  • Call Back: When Igor tells Rusei's fortune in the Velvet Room, one of the cards that comes up, much to Igor's surprise, is the Wheel of Fortune which lead igor to say the following:
    "It seems fate has dealt a Wild Card I had not expected..."
  • Meaningful Name: one way of translating Rusei Norimoto is "Original Law of the Quiet Moon". Considering that his initial persona is Tsukuyomi and Rusei himself seems rather stoic, this trope is played straight.
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