"My name is Minato Arisato, I'm a Fool Arcana so I got a bajillion Personae, but my first one was Orpheus. I use whatever weapon I can get my hands on but I always did like Shortswords, and my favourite fictional character is Simon the Digger."
—Minato in chapter 91, introducing himself to the previous generations of Persona users.
Persona 3: Fairly English Story started as an AU Fic of what the author thinks Persona 3: FES would have been like if Minato Arisato had been raised in England after his parents' death. Then things started to deviate from the original source material, and Stuff Happened.It's told in first person from Minato's perspective, giving him more of a personality while still keeping the sleepy, expressionless teen that Fanon has made him out to be, while taking a few levels in badass along the way. Towards the later chapters, things start to get a little out of hand, yet it still somehow manages not to break canon most of the time, even the canon for its somewhat direct sequel, Persona 4.It also serves as a deconstruction of the concept of the Mary Sue / Black Hole Sue. Basically, Minato reaches Sue status, then the world refuses to play by the Sue's rules.The author has posted the first chapter of the sequel (titled For Every Soul, because get it? FES?) and there's an omake series called FESxtras, formerly called "Investigation Team Yo!". Then he goes on a two-year mission. Casey W has also begun work on an official sequel from the viewpoint of Seta Souji as he goes through the events of the altered Persona 4 canon. It's called Face Every Shadow. All tropes related should go below.The Author did a prequel called Stay Awake With Me, which covers the events between Minato's parents dying and him moving to England. A rewrite is also currently in the works, titled Rebuild of Fairly English Story, though the author has claimed that there will be differences between this and the original. If you considered reading Fairly English Story but was put off by the poor writing quality, you might want to check these out.
Tropes contained in Persona 3: Fairly English Story that were not included in the original game.
Diagnosis From Dr. Badass - Minato's pretty decent at diagnosing his own injury's, then shouting at Yukari to hurry up and heal him.
Underestimating Badassery - Everyone who fights Minato for the first time underestimates him. Everyone. Even if they know he's a Badass.
Badass Army - Every persona-user (including ex-nyxist) join in the battle against NYX.
Bag of Spilling - Averted. The S.E.E.S. armoury holds a large pile of normal weapons, but Minato keeps the good stuff to himself and loans out the leftovers, much like how most players did during the game.
Then when we actually see the backstory, it makes even more sense.
Big Screwed-Up Family - On Minato's mother's side, her brother is in the SBS, his cousin (his Distaff Counterpart of Persona 3: Portable) has been trained to fight since she could walk, his other cousin goes for midnight runs atop buildings. His father's? Shirogane, formerly Kuzunoha. Granddad faked his and Naoto's death to prevent Minato from ruining her life due to his carrying around the living personification of Death inside him.
It gets even worse that he didn't even know about it being faked for ten years.
Chekhov's Armory - Subverted. The author takes the tiniest things and creates whole plotlines with them, so readers start looking for LOST level patterns. In reality, the author's really just playing Xanatos Speed Chess.
Crazy Enough to Work - Minato discusses a plan with an enemy over the police radio, then says that only a fool would attempt it. He then tells said enemy to ask Adachi just what kind of Fool Minato is.
Decoy Protagonist - Read at your own risk.note Minato's Shadow was the narrator of the entire story, leaving the real Minato to potentially be a vastly different character. In other words, the snide remarks, insults and sarcastic comments were all of Minato's Shadow.
Godzilla Threshold: Refereed to as the 'Arisoto Threshold' in the Sequel. If things ever get to the point of no victory in sight, Minatos will break the Great Seal, which will allow Nyx to try and destroy the world again, but will also free Minato so he can stomp the other threat into dust.
From chapter 94: "Take control over Gekkoukan High School, secure the surrender of Minato Arisoto through use of hostages. Kill hostages if target fails to comply. Do not engage the target directly, nor attempt to subdue him or take him by force, he is a lethal and ruthless leader of the terrorist organisation known as Strega, going by the handle of 'Jin'."
It's Up to You - At first, Minato is chosen to lead as Akihiko was injured and he was the most competent fighter out of him, Yukari and Junpei. However, once people start realising just how powerful he is, he ends up doing most of the fighting in many of the fights.
Then again, it's from his point of view, so he'd only really talk about the others if he can see them, and since he's almost always leading the attack, he just doesn't notice what they're doing, so they level up behind the scenes.
Now, this was my initial intention. And I wish I could have done that. But, instead, I didn't. I couldn't. It's not in my nature. I can't just give the same-old. I cranked up the epic. Again. ... Rebuild of Fairly English Story is going to be a completely different animal to Fairly English Story. I am serious about this.
One-Winged Angel - Chariot and Justice, which starts as a Space Marine Predator, transforms into a Space Marine Dreadnought and a Gundam respectively after splitting apart. Minato specifically has an Oh Crap moment at this.
Minato can get away with a lot of things because he honestly doesn't believe he can get in trouble for it. When he does think he's going to get a comeuppance, he usually does. Same goes for other Fools.
The Hollow Arcana is described as the power to make your insanity override reality.
All Psychology Is Freudian - Averted. While Minato does prefer the psychodynamic approach, as do the universe in general and the author, other branches of psychology, notably biological psychology and the behavioral approach, have large influences as well.
Showy Invincible Hero - Admittedly, he is very powered, but he never gets hit by Hama or Mudo, and the closest thing he's had to a loss is a tie, running away, or picking up an a fatal mistake his opponent made and ripping it to pieces in panic.
Averted. The difficulty catches up with him towards the end.
Spell My Name with an S - Minato's last name is Arisato, but the author didn't know that at first. Whoops. He even lampshades it later, but decides to stick with it.
Sphere of Destruction - How else do you kill someone who keeps bursting out of her corpse alive and well every time you brutally slaughter her?
The Stoic - Justified exceptionally well. Brain damage from the car crash that killed his parents also killed the lobes that link emotion to facial expressions. He has to force every scowl, every laugh, every smile. He's learnt to be good at it.
Not So Stoic - Subverted. The more Stoic Minato looks, the less Stoic he's feeling.
Story Breaker Power - By the end, everyone. Even the Mooks are Story Breakers, so it evens out.
Take a Third Option - Played straight and inverted. A villain creates a Lose-Lose situation for Minato, daring him to try and think up of a third option. Minato chooses the lesser of the two evils and kills a lot of people. Yes, that's the lesser evil.
Played straight later on concerning Freeing Minato from the Eternal Seal. If humans don't desire death, then there's no need for the seal, so you just need to social link everybody.
Take That - "One time, I tried reading Twilight." I shuddered. "It was physically painful to read."
Up to Eleven - Not just the fic. The Social Links go up to eleven too. And it is even a major plot point as Personae that are a part of Minato's Up to Eleven links are card-summonable a la The Inaba ScoobiesAND are unable to be destroyed.