Fan Fic / Fate: Reach Out

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Fate: Reach Out is a Persona 4 and Fate/stay night crossover by Vegeta the Third (also known as Kishou, a fellow trooper). The project has been collaborated partly with Nameless Flame Wielder of FateBlack Reflection, but has since been excused from the project due to conflict of work and time.

Borrowing from similar plotlines of Shirou's pre-fire identity, Shirou Emiya was once known as Yu Narukami, who was thought to have died together with his parents in the Fuyuki Fire. His guardian Taiga Fujimura decides one day to find his living relatives so he could cope and move on with the loss of his stepfather Kiritsugu. With time, diligence, and the timely help of a blue butterfly, she locates the Dojimas.

In hopes to build a family connection, Taiga reluctantly allows Shirou to spend a year long stay with them in Inaba. But a dark cloud looms over the once quiet town. With the help of his new friends, mysterious benefactors, and the power of Persona, Shirou faces his first great trial as an Ally of Justice: the Inaba Serial Murder Case.

This story is also hosted on three different sites in addition to Fanfiction.Net: Spacebattles, Sufficient Velocity, and the Beast's Lair, each with their own dedicated fan following and updated at the same time.

This Fanfic has examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Teddie. In his defense, he really didn't know how to hold an unconscious girl.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Izanagi's appearance is slightly different to his canon portrayal to match his user. This apparently works on the same principles that morphed Adachi's Persona into Magatsu-Izanagi in canon.
    • The Persona Angel sports the demure SMT character design instead of the Gnosticism-based and bondage-inspired appearance canonical to Persona 4.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: The reason Shirou isn't so hot on the Social Link system is because, as a magus, he sees the enormous abuse potential inherent in it. Through the bond and with the help of a Persona of the matching Arcana, he can know exactly what the other person is feeling and what to say to get them to feel better, and later at higher Ranks, to do what he wants. In other words, even with the best intentions in mind, if Shirou is not very careful with what he says and does, he can emotionally abuse or manipulate them into pretty much anything. Yosuke, in rare moment where he isn't placing his foot into his mouth, tells him it's most likely that this fear of abusing said power is why he got it in the first place.
  • Almost Kiss: Shirou and Shadow Chie. Nice timing there, Yosuke and Teddie.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Subverted. Teddie noticed right away that the Mysterious Fox was female. Just to be sure, Shirou asked her about it and she confirmed it with a nod.
  • Amnesiac Resonance: The Mysterious Fox can't remember her real name, but became euphoric when Teddie proposed calling her "Tama-chan" (meaning "ball" or "jewel") for the time being because of how she looked when all curled up, hinting that the epithet stirred some strong emotion in her. See Mythology Gag below.
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: Kirei went around erasing memories of Shirou being chased by Wraiths, but he missed two things: First Kaede, one of the Track Club girls, who got lost looking for her friends and was spared from the Masquerade-mandated Laser-Guided Amnesia by pure luck and second, the fact that Makidera's friend Himuro had snapped a photo that she later won't remember ever taking. Both inconsistencies made Rin suspect that something Magecraft-related was going on and, as Fuyuki's Second Owner, she set about finding out what it was.
  • Anchored Ship: Shirou and Chie by mutual agreement. After her Shadow confessed to him against her conscious wishes, Shirou basically proposed a do-over where he'll pretend that That Didn't Happen until she feels ready to act in her own accord. Chie observed that Shirou was avoiding the issue in his own way, but she appreciated the fact he wasn't judging her from all the dirty secrets that her Shadow revealed, as well as the chance to have more time to sort things out.
  • Anger Born of Worry:
    • During her Motive Rant, Shadow Taiga angrily complained how much Shirou's tendency to let himself get strung along in his unhealthy willingness to help others worries her. Interestingly, Taiga uncomfortably noted that it sounded a lot more like something a concerned girlfriend would say rather than his older sister of sorts or legal guardian.
    • Taiga through... well, all of Chapter 26. It's a miracle Shirou didn't give her a heart attack.
    • The Persona Pixie really didn't take kindly the harm and pain that Shirou has inflicted on himself during the last five years due to his improper magecraft self-training.
      Pixie: He's a bloomin' idiot! For years he got the wrong method down and hasn't gotten anyone to correct him because of mage paranoia! He made impish bad magic by smoldering his own nervous system! I reiterate! HE TURNED! HIS NERVES! INTO! A CONDUCTOR! And he needs someone to teach him the RIGHT way so he doesn't STUPID himself to death again! [glares at an embarrassed Shirou] Dumbass!
  • Animal Stereotypes: When Investigation Team realizes that the Fox would be charging them money for the healing leaves.
    Chie: [sighs] I guess the myths are true. Foxes really are tricky little sneaks.
  • Answers to the Name of God: Shirou's Personas have their own personalities and behave accordingly to their myths, even though they're aware of their nature as figments of his psyche. In Izanagi's case, as the creator god in Japanese mythology and Shinto, well...
    Shirou: [to himself] Thank God for small favors.
    Izanagi: Thou art welcome.
    Shirou: ... Was it just him or was his first Persona more vocal lately?
  • Anti-Villain: Izanami to a somewhat greater extent in canon. She actually finds that she's rooting for Shirou to win her game...so in order to remain impartial and give him a challenge, she removes her own compassion and moral restraint.
  • Ascended Extra: The Mysterious Fox has its role expanded compared to the game, where it's mostly a helpful NPC/Team Pet. In this story, "Tama" becomes a non-combatant team member in her own right and helps the Investigation Team both in and out the TV World.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: During Golden Week, the group sans Shirou had to chase Teddie into Yukiko's Castle. There was a monstrously powerful shadow (Contrarian King) that was able to No Sell their techniques, so they turned tail and ran.
  • Awful Truth: Kotomine bluntly tells Shirou the type of person Kiritsugu was before he found him in that fire.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Kotomine and Shirou when going against Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome.
  • Badass Bookworm: Shirou picked up a reading habit after Taiga gave him a lot of books as a send-off gift after his trip with the Dojimas to Fuyuki and from then and on he can often be found with his nose in a book. He also does well enough in school to score among the top ten ranking sophomores during the first set of midterms at Yasogami.
  • Badass Bystander: Taiga Fujimura, who pulled off a Cavalry Attack outside of the TV World with a "borrowed" motorcycle to stop an ATM robbery by crashing the side of the thief's escape car. She then proceeded to drag him out of the driver seat and beat him up until the guy was practically thanking the cops for arresting him and ending his misery. It's every bit as awesome as it sounds.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: The Investigation Team seems to have a fondness for this trope and Get A Hold Of Yourself Man. In their defense, the considerable Magic Enhancement they get to their physical abilities as Persona-users in the TV World makes Slapstick a lot more palatable to the reader. For particular examples:
    • During the fight against Shadow Yukiko, Yosuke slapped a Fear-inflicted Shirou to his senses.
    • In chapter 31, Chie breaks a Charm spell on Yosuke via Groin Attack.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Chie reacts strongly to anything that might threaten Yukiko, especially if that something is rookie detective Adachi suggesting that the then-missing girl could be the serial killer. He got tackled to the wall for that one before Yosuke managed to hold Chie back.
    • When Shirou thought Shadow Yukiko killed Yosuke, he outright lost it.
    • Taiga hates being called "Tiger". Her Shadow didn't just gleefully push this trigger, but rather tap danced on it.
  • Big Bad Friend: Shirou makes good acquaintances with "Nami", the gas station attendant, during his part-time job at MOEL.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Kotomine to Shirou against Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome.
  • Big Fancy House: The Dojimas were positively flabbergasted at the sheer size and classic Japanese style of the Emiya Residence in Fuyuki.
  • Bigger Bad: In the prologue we find out that Nyarlathotep has taken Angra Mainyu's place in the Holy Grail via Loophole Abuse.
  • Big Good: Philemon kickstarted the plot by betting that Shirou would win against the evils of the Fog.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Rise had to perform for a big concert in Okina City as part of her tour on her birthday, June 1st. The fact that none of her staff, not even her manager, remembered it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back and made her take the decision of abandoning her "Risette" persona and the stage.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • Romantic issues aside, Shirou gets along with Chie the best in the Investigation Team mainly because of their strong sense of justice and their high regard of the ideals of heroism.
    • The rapport between Chie and Taiga was as strong as it was immediate. Shirou and Dojima were Genre Savvy enough to Sweat Drop at the sight.
  • Brains and Brawn. Yosuke and Shirou as the Brains and Brawn respectively. As a partial inversion, Shirou does better at school than Yosuke.
  • Break Them by Talking:
    • Shadow Selves' whole M.O.
    • Kirei attempted this after realizing Shirou's obvious desire to continue Kiritsugu's dream. Before Shirou could gather the wherewithal to retort, Taiga suddenly stepped in and made Kirei shut up with her fist. After he left, Taiga hugged Shirou and only then he allowed himself to break down into tears.
  • Bro Fist: Yosuke and Shirou the first time they refer to each other as partners. This and other Handshake Substitutes are likely to occur when either of them pull off something particularly nifty in the TV World.
  • Broken Hero: Shirou is his usual distorted, emotionally-damaged self. This raises some alarm bells with his allies because of his lack of self-preservation during critical times.
  • Brown Note: The Fear status effect acts like this in the story by inducing frightening hallucinations on its victim. It caused Shirou to become paralysed by his memories of the Fuyuki Fire until Yosuke slapped him out of it. When Yosuke himself was the target later on, things didn't work out so well for him.
  • Busman's Holiday: Subverted. Dojima thought he was going to have to deal with police work during the family trip to Fuyuki when he heard a crash followed by some yelling inside Shirou's house and suspected that a thief had just sneaked in. It was Taiga punching Kotomine across the room
  • Butterfly of Doom: Shirou is told of his still living relatives in Inaba. The Power of Social Links are just the start of things to come in conflict with his ideology. Made more literal as it is a butterfly actually Philemon that starts the ball rolling.
  • Call Back: When Chie tried to get Yukiko to stop calling the fox "Usagi" (Japanese for "rabbit") after already settling on a different name, she said "let's not turn this into another Chosokabe". This is a reference to an easy-to-miss "dungeon" conversation between the girls where Chie complained that her dog, named "Muku" to everybody except for Yukiko who insists on calling him "Chosokabe", seems to like the latter more than his owner.
  • The Call Put Me On Hold: For the cast of Fate/stay night except Shirou who got to answer a different Call to Adventure in Inaba. Due to the agreement between Philemon and Nyarlathotep, the Holy Grail War was postponed for a year time past its canonical start.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Shirou thinks he's an example. Yukiko and the audience aren't buying it.
    Shirou: I'm sure if someone took the time to get to know you, you'd be more comfortable around other guys. I can understand how difficult it is interacting with the opposite sex.
    Yukiko: Really? Why's that?
    Shirou: Because I'm not very good at talking with girls.
    Yukiko: [blinks]
    Shirou: [blinks back]
    Yukiko: [fights valiantly a losing battle against a laughing fit] Pffffffffffffffffahahahahahaha! Ahahahahaha! [some time later] You-ohohohoh... You are such a liar! Hahaha!
  • Can't Argue with Pixies: From chapter 19, right after Yosuke had been rendered unconscious during battle.
    Pixie: (…) Granted, this is a good thing since humans have been known to exploit stuff, and as the fairy godmother once told me: 'Humans are the reason we can't have nice things.' Because they're greedy jerks and lose our stuff, like this sheath here, but still! Of course, what would I know, I'm just a figment of some—
    Shirou: Pixie. Yosuke?
    Pixie: Oh. OH! Right.
  • Car Fu: "Cavalry Attacks" are a thing in this story. A thing that happened once outside the TV World (see Badass Bystander above).
  • Casanova Wannabe: Yosuke as in canon, but here he takes it even further by trying to make a pass at Shadow Yukiko. At least his logic was somewhat sound: if he could appease her by appealing to her desire for a "prince", the I.T. might have been able to rescue Yukiko without a fight. In the best-case scenario, he gets the real Yukiko as a girlfriend. What actually happened was that Shadow Yukiko failed to remember him and when she did, she dismissed him as an "another peasant suitor".
    Motivated by both noble and selfish intentions, [Yosuke] stepped forward with an eager smile and spoke in his best British accent. "Allow me, my princess! I shall be the dashing hero who will whisk you away by the powers love and magic!"
    Chie was gobsmacked by his sudden charisma, but passed as she picked up the intentions. "Love and—Hanamura!"
  • Catch a Falling Star: Shirou to Chie the second time she falls into the TV World, even if he consciously knew she didn't hurt herself too badly the first time.
  • Caught in the Rain:
    • How Shirou and Chie first met. On the way to his first school day at Yasogami, Shirou noticed a then-unknown girl sheltering from the rain under a gazebo. He offered to lend her his umbrella, but she politely refused saying that she didn't want him to get soaked for her sake and that a friend (Yukiko) should pass by soon enough and let her share her umbrella. Chie then received a text message from her friend saying that she was already at the school and Shirou offers to share his umbrella with her as a compromise, oblivious to the romantic implications Chie was well aware of.
    • Played unromantically later on. Yukiko took refuge from the rain under the same gazebo while dressed in her work kimono when an unknown high school student (Mitsuo) suddenly appeared behind her and insistently asked her out despite of her refusals and obvious uneasiness, the rain and her confining clothes making it difficult for her to simply leave. The weather and the hour also made it unlikely for anyone else to show up but somebody did arrive (Shirou and Chie, going home after a trip into the TV World) and made Mitsuo leave.
  • Charm Person:
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Unlike canon, Shirou managed to dodge metal-poster-wielding Taiga's counter because his battle experience in the TV World translates to real one together with the extra awareness and advice provided by his Personas even though the ability to summon them does not. This fact allowed him to keep himself alive during Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome's attack in Fuyuki until help arrived.
    • In chapter 27, Yosuke rhetorically asked Shirou whether he could discern any specific conversation among the typical racket of Junes' food court in an effort to prove the effective privacy of their "special headquarters". It turns out that his magus self-training allows him to do just that, almost refuting the point Yosuke was trying to make. The next chapter, this skill was put to good use to follow Kanji around unnoticed in order to guard him from the kidnapper.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: During the second trip to the TV World, Shirou mentioned that he wanted to cast Reinforcement on Yosuke's clothes but dismissed the idea because, if he got it wrong, the botched spell would just break them instead. Twelve chapters later, Shirou deliberately over-Reinforced the swords he used to stab Yomotsu-Shikome so the weapons would explode inside his enemy.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Shirou as usual.
  • Classic Villain: Given that the Shadow Selves are everything their originals deny, with the increased characterization this fic gives them, all of them fit this trope.
    • Shadow Yosuke represents Envy, Wrath, and Pride.
    • Shadow Chie represents Envy and Lust.
    • Shadow Yukiko represents Envy, Lust, and Sloth.
    • Shadow Taiga can be considered an Aversion. Being born from an adult psyche with long-standing unresolved problems, this Shadow Self can't be easily explained away via Single-Issue Psychology and doesn't act as a clear-cut foil of their progenitor. Because of this, Taiga actually manages to accept her Shadow without rejecting her first.
  • Clothing Damage: Oddly inverted. After a trip into the TV World, clothes are restored to the same condition they had before entering. Injuries and other battle damage remain unchanged.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Shirou, of course. There is Sakura from canon, Chie already has a crush on him by the time her Shadow appears, Taiga was confronted with her not-so-sisterly feelings by her Shadow and Yukiko's slowly growing an attraction to him. Yosuke even wondered if this trope was the result of "some sort of innate magecraft sorcery".
  • Combat Parkour: Jiraiya, who combines Double Jump and Flash Step to bounce off everything and attack from blind spots, and to a lesser extent Yosuke.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Subverted. Yosuke tried to beat Shadow Chie before it could gather power with Chie's rejection. However, as long as Chie doesn't reject it, attacking her Shadow also hurts her in the process.
    • Done more successfully later during the Boss Fight against Shadow Chie. Being the manifestation of Chie's insecurities made her an easy target of Yosuke's taunting and her "throne" doesn't make the best place to sit on during battle from a tactical standpoint.
    • This is how the Persona Lilim became the MVP of the Mini-Boss fight in Rise's dungeon, who took advantage of Amorous Snake's usage of Stagnant Air to boost her Marin Karin skill and Charm Rain Wheel into finishing off the already weakened Shadow and then directed the lion-shaped chariot into attacking Rain Leg Musha, who managed to pull off a Taking You with Me on its former ally, ending the fight.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Taiga bides Shirou (and Nanako) goodbye with a peck on the cheek, then turns to Ryotaro who looks at her with obvious surprise in his face at her actionsnote  and she says to him "You're not getting one".
  • The Consigliere: Shirou might be The Leader, but Yosuke is the one who stops him from Digging Himself Deeper due to his lack of social graces.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • A throwaway comment from Igor implies that the story follows the events of the female route of Persona 3. Later on it's revealed that Kotone Shiomi's fate left Theodore heartbroken and made Elizabeth abandon her duties as a Resident of the Velvet Room in search of way to rescue her despite of her reduced interaction with the previous Wild Card.
    • During the Dojimas' visit to Fuyuki, Taiga draws father and daughter's attention to the "new and improved" Hyatt Hotel as an example of the redevelopment effort over the last ten years. The previous incarnation of the same hotel was destroyed with demolition charges by Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero.
  • Contractual Purity: Rise is an In-Universe example and once lambasted the hypocrisy of marketing an Idol Singer as both a sex symbol and a wholesome role model.
    Rise: [to her manager] Oh, that's right! I can't talk about sex because I'm supposed to be an innocent stereotype and role model for young girls! It's completely unrealistic! And every idol company has been doing this same crap for, what, thirty years now? If idols are supposed to be role models, then we shouldn't play onto some escapist fantasy!
  • Contrived Coincidence: Shirou's Mobstacle Course started a highly unpredictable chain of events that ended up with Tohsaka figuring out that he is a magus.
  • Corpsing: There is an In-Universe example in the second Fuyuki Gaiden, where Rin mightily struggles to not laugh herself sick in front of Kotomine at the realization that Shirou basically wants to use his powers as a magus for "world peace".
    Rin: [Inner Monologue] I'm not going to laugh. I'm not going to laugh in front of the damned fake priest! I'll laugh all I want at this stupid, ridiculous goal later in the comfort of my home, but damn it not now!
  • Crash-Into Hello:
    • How Shirou and Naoto met in chapter 23. Also an Early-Bird Cameo for the latter.
    • It happens again in chapter 27 at Tatsumi Textiles, after which Shirou and Naoto finally introduce themselves.
  • Cry for the Devil: invoked Once defeated, Shadow Chie's cries elicited this reaction in- and out-of-universe.
    Shadow Chie: Please, Don't leave me… Yukiko. All I wanted was to feel needed, to feel like I belonged with someone, somewhere. If you're gone… what will happen to me? All the years together, all the laughs we shared, doesn't it matter Yukiko? Why do you want to leave me? Yukiko…
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Pissed off Kanji vs. Biker Gang. They never had a chance.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Taiga threatens Kotomine to keep himself away from Shirou and his family or she will "kill [him] with [her] shinai, unfeminine roar, and high heels."
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Shirou initially feared summoning the Persona Eligor due to his demonic roots as a Duke of Hell from the Ars Goetia, but he proved to be completely noble and badass during the Shadow Yukiko fight.
  • Damsel in Distress: Discussed:
    "Well then," Yosuke smiled. "Now we have a plan; Emiya fights, Teddie supports, I investigate, and Satonaka…" he paused as he stared at the lone girl of their party. "Well, try not to get kidnapped, alright?"
    "Ha-ha, very funny," said lone girl deadpanned.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • The first "Fuyuki Gaiden" (right after chapter 21) is focused on Taiga (with expected results).
    • The second one (after chapter 26) follows Rin around.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yosuke, probably even more than his canonical portrayal.
    Yosuke: [after seeing Shadow Chie's rejected form] And I thought I had issues.
  • Death by Adaptation: Yu Narukami's parents died in the Fuyuki Fire.
  • Death Glare: According to Nyarlathotep, Philemon shot an impressive one at him when he mentioned Tatsuya Suou in the context "letting people making their choices by their own accord".
  • Declaration of Protection: Shirou to Yukiko in chapter 28 to try to allay her fears of encountering her kidnapper again, mirroring a similar Dialogue Tree choice from the game. The fact that he absolutely meant it while remaining matter-of-factly about it made Yukiko's skip a beat, blush and stammer all together.
  • Deconstruction Fic/Deconstruction Crossover:
    • Shirou's initial misgivings on the Social Link system are discussed in later chapters. After he tells Yosuke about it, the latter comments on the practically of getting stronger without the risk of having to fight Shadows all the time by simply mingling and making friends, to say nothing of how easy would be to get a girlfriend if Shirou's Personas can simply coach him, Cyrano-style. Shirou instead points out how easily the power of the Wild Card can be abused and go to the wielder's head even way before taking combat into consideration.
      Shirou: Yosuke, you're missing the point. Say you had this power, and you used it to get closer to Satonaka. Your Chariot Persona would resonate with her, telling you what she feels and be a clue as to what to say to make her happy, and get closer to her. Then when the bond is strong enough, you go to the next person, like Amagi-san, and use a new Persona all over again. I did some reading, and if Social Links are really represented by the Major Arcana, then that means you could link with 22 different people representing an Arcana, not counting Thoth or Hermetic equivalents. So, if you want to make Links with all 22 people, what do you do?
      Yosuke: [smiles] I get their respective Personas and then tell them exactly what they want to hear. [realization hits, smile vanishes] Oooooooh.
      • Yosuke then argues that it won't happen because Shirou must've been given the ability because he wouldn't abuse it, thinking it more as an example of "Potentially Bad Powers, Good People".
      • This didn't go unnoticed In-Universe. It's implied that one of the reasons why Margaret insisted on forming a Social Link with Shirou is because she realized his reluctance towards the "Power of Bonds", which could have serious consequences later on in his journey. Shirou was impressed at her request, as he never expected "her of all people to put her money where her mouth was", and it seemed to work too as he didn't show any real reluctance to form a Social Link with Teddie the next chapter.
    • In the same vein Persona 4 deconstructs the protagonists' Character Archetypes, this story does the same with Taiga Fujimura and shows some of the inherent issues lurking just below such a typical anime-like personality if translated to real life. Specifically that someone with a Sensei-chan personality would be viewed as kind of pathetic rather than endearing.
  • Delayed Reaction:
    • During the phone call where Dojima convinces Taiga to not bring Shirou back to Fuyuki after she learns about the first death of the murder case, he argues that Shirou is not in more danger than any of his friends in Inaba. Taiga hangs up and the narration veers in a different direction for a little while until she suddenly notices how odd it's for Shirou to make friends so quickly. She immediately phones back and finds out that he was walking home with two girls (Chie and Yukiko) after his first day at Yasogami, which prompts a second Delayed Reaction where she realizes that, even though Shirou's close acquaintances around his age are few and far between, most of them are good-looking girls, herself (shamelessly) included. Cue an Oh Crap! reaction and heavy drinking at the idea of him growing up to be a womanizer.
      Taiga: …Oh who the hell am I kidding?! SHIROU'S A WOMANIZER! THE APOCALYPSE IS UPON US!
    • From the second Fuyuki Gaiden, right after Rin's calm façade slips when she hears news of Shirou due to the negative effect that his absence has been having on Sakura so far.
      Ayako: Whoa, slow down there. You seem rather excited to see your boyfriend again.
      Rin: [Inner Monologue] Well, I wouldn't exactly— BOYFRIEND?!
  • Designated Villain: Invoked Izanami does this to herself. She creates Marie in order to remove her bias towards Shirou's victory in order to be an impartial judge and the villain Shirou needs to defeat in his desire to be a hero. She is also aware of Philemon and Nyarlothep's newest bet, yet she plays along because having Shirou in her test for mankind suits her plans.
  • Destroy the Evidence: Dojima had a hunch that Rise's kidnapping might have gotten caught on tape by the outdated yet still functioning street cameras of the Yasoinaba Shopping District. He's proven right, but Adachi "accidentally" pushed the record button and taped over the relevant portion of the footage and the only clue Ryotaro was left with is the fact that the kidnapper drives a van.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Shirou and Teddie at times.
  • Dirty Old Man: Among Yasogami's unique faculty, Shirou's least favorite teacher is not Morooka, but rather Mr. Yamada. Unlike King Moron who is a Stern Teacher whose caustic advice basically boils down to "work hard and don't blow it", the Geography teacher's flattery of his female students — especially Yukiko — skates too close to sexual harassment for Shirou's tastes.
  • Discontinuity Nod: Unlike the game, Margaret doesn't ask for money to recall a Persona from the Compendium. She does so the first time as a joke, though. Apparently, she simply wanted to see Shirou's reaction and his flabbergasted face didn't disappoint.
  • Diving Save: Chie to Yosuke, pushing him out of the way of his Shadow's attack.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: Exploited. The forest near Miyama is widely believed to be haunted and only thrill-seekers would likely go there. This is precisely the reason why Shirou fled to the forest when chased by Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome. That way the fight could break out without Innocent Bystanders being caught in the middle.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Taiga Fujimura didn't know what to do with herself and her newfound romantic feelings when saying goodbye to Shirou after his visit for Golden Week. In the end she advised herself to forgo conscious thinking and ended up kissing him on the cheek.
  • Dope Slap:
    • Yosuke's go-to admonishment when Shirou is acting too Shirou-like. It started when the team leader had a Stay in the Kitchen moment with Chie to keep her out of the TV World.
    • Does it again when Shirou's Chronic Hero Syndrome regarding the wishing ema gets the better of him.
  • Double Knockout: During the Mini-Boss fight of Marukyuu Striptease, the Persona Lilim Charmed Rain Wheel into attacking Rain Leg Musha, who refused to go down without a fight and leading both Shadows into their simultaneous defeat.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Readers knowledgeable with Fate/stay night will notice right away why Shirou spending a year away from Sakura is a bad idea.
    • Related to the above, Shirou is absolutely convinced that he's never done anything to warrant a girl's romantic interest. About that
    • Dojima asked Sakura about her parents once and things immediately got awkward. If you know about Fate/Zero, you'll realize that his faux pas was a lot bigger than he knew.
    • As it happened in canon, recurrent conflict in the story stems from the fact that people surrounding Shirou only slowly come to realize how truly distorted and borderline inhuman his Chronic Hero Syndrome really is. Any reader who previously played the Unlimited Blade Works route of the game may appreciate exactly how fitting and plain wrong is for a person with an unique and highly-functional personality disorder that makes him derive happiness only by helping others, especially by saving them from immediate danger, like Shirou to be in the shoes of the protagonist of Persona 4.
    • Tohsaka is honestly impressed and a little jealous how easily Sakura can put on a cold and distant façade to keep normal people away as a magus is wont to, not having a clue why that's the case.
    • There is a more lighthearted example in chapter 22, where Shirou promises to teach Chie how to prepare a lunchbox. The poor unsuspecting fool.
  • Dream Walker: Shirou experiences dreams involving his active Social Links just like the Player Character in Persona 4. In this story and to his great chagrin, his Personas of the matching Arcana can see and remember all the rather silly/embarrassing stuff that tends to happen in them, like him rescuing Taiga from a Kotomine-styled dungeon and Chie from a Flygon (really).
  • Dropping the Bombshell:
    • Margaret casually dispels Shirou's misconception about her and Igor being magi.
    • Rise announces her retirement from showbiz to a large live audience during her concert in Okina City.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Discussed and unsuccessfully invoked. After Shirou ran away from her and the Dojimas without any apparent reason at all, Taiga followed after him but she lost his trail once he walked into a forest. Then she improvised to lure him out.
    Taiga: [loudly] Dammit Shirou this isn't funny! You made Nanako-chan cry, you jerk! [thinking] It was probably a stretch of the truth, but Shirou always had a weakness for sad young girls. It was a hero thing.
  • Ear Ache: How Yukiko defused the fight between Kanji and Shirou in chapter 28 before it could really get started. To say that Kanji and his ear weren't amused would be a gross understatement.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Naoto makes an early appearance in chapter 23, a little after the start of Golden Week in the game's timeline. Shirou bumps into the P.I. because he let Nanako drag him around during the girl's first visit to a train station as big and crowded as Fuyuki's.
    • Rin's Day in the Limelight in the second Fuyuki Gaiden can be considered one of her.
  • Empty Chair Memorial: The spare chair at the kitchen table, as Shirou discovered the first morning he and the Dojimas ate breakfast together. After an uncomfortable moment, Ryotaro defused the situation by reminding Nanako that her late mother surely wouldn't mind Shirou using it.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • Shirou tries to explain the many supernatural phenomena he finds in Inaba with his limited knowledge of thaumaturgy. For example, he mistook the TV World for an extensive Boundary Field and Igor for a magus.
    • It's not only Shirou. Sakura and Kirei thought that the entities that attacked Shirou during Golden Week (Yomotsu-Shikome and Yomotsu-Ikusa) were Wraiths.
    • From her phone conversations with Dojima and Shirou, Taiga thinks Shirou has become a womaniser. This causes her to start drinking heavily. It only gets worse when she mistakes Shirou's description of Chie for herself (see I Have This Friend... below for the details).
  • Establishing Character Moment: The very first thing the Persona Lilim does after Shirou Fused her was try to seduce him without a care for Igor and Margaret unconcernedly watching the whole thing. The same scene also serves as this trope for the Persona Angel, whose first known action in the story is to summon herself to play cockblock for the Horny Devil and advise Shirou against debauchery.
  • Expy: The Persona Pixie is a huge one to Navi and pretty much a homage to every bratty Fairy Companion ever.
  • Face Palm: Yosuke, often because of Shirou.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: Shadow Yukiko used one of these in her fight to take Yosuke out of it.
  • The Fair Folk: Shirou's second Persona, Pixie, is one of these, and she can think and talk on her own. As a magus, Shirou's well aware of the non-Disneyfied myths surrounding entities like her and considers Pixie as the closest thing he'll ever meet to a well-meaning fey — even though she's rather fond of calling him an idiot. And because she is one of the Fair Folk, she knows about Avalon. She even has a You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me moment when she realizes that it was in Shirou's body this whole time and he didn't even know about it.
    Pixie: Well, the best way would be to take that golden sheath out of your body and put it in your friend!
    Shirou: [blinks in confusion] What golden sheath?
  • Fairy Companion: The Persona Pixie genuinely tries to fulfill the role and be helpful, but she tends to get sidetracked on her own musing and complain about humans.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: The story uses the somewhat popular plot of "Shirou was [another series' character] before the Fuyuki Fire".
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas:
    • Yosuke chastises Shirou for trying to keep Chie from going back to the TV World to rescue Yukiko with the line "That world is no place for a girl". Actually something of a Subversion. Chie was naturally annoyed with Shirou for coddling her, but a bigger part of her was overjoyed that someone was treating her with the same care and deference that guys usually reserve only for Yukiko.
    • During the family trip to Fuyuki, Dojima asks Sakura if her parents are really okay with her staying so late at Shirou's house and she explains that her brother and grandfather won't mind as long as she gets back before dinnertime. Dojima takes the hint and decides to avoid the topic of her parents from then and on. If you know her backstory, you'll realize it's a whole lot worse than that.
  • Flat "What.":
    • Shirou, Yosuke and Chie's reaction to Shadow Yukiko's Midnight Channel special.
    • Shirou's reaction to summoning a Duke of Hell, Eligor of the Chariot Arcana.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Charming Prince gets nicknamed "Prince-kun" by Yukiko.
  • Follow the White Rabbit: While following after Shirou who was running away without apparent reason at all, Taiga encountered the same blue butterfly that previously led her to find proof of the identity of Shirou's biological parents. Trusting her gut, she broke into a mad chase after it that ended with her meeting a tree, shoulder first, losing conciousness and waking up in time to be attacked by her Shadow Self.
  • The Fool: The Wild Card, as expected of the Tarot Motif. Shirou matches the archetype particularly well in social interactions, where his painfully honest and oblivious ways accomplish quite a lot, which is not always for the best. Following the Tarot Motifs, it's been suggested by Word of God that Shirou can be considered a Reversed Fool and that part of Shirou's Character Development will be righting himself.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The first time Shirou fully summoned Izanagi, he had a vision of Igor and Margaret just like Yu in the anime, but he also caught a glimpse of "a glowing sheath surrounded in darkness, and a girl standing in an open green meadow", which are Avalon and Saber just like Shirou oneirically saw them in the visual novel pre- and post-dream cycle, respectively.
    • When Shirou stuck his head into a TV for the first time, the landscape morphed into a Field of Blades.
    • The Persona Pixie, as one of The Fair Folk, recognized Avalon's presence in Shirou's body.
    • Taiga tends to overreact at the idea of Shirou becoming a womaniser and get annoyed at the suggestions that their relationship doesn't really look like one between siblings nor one expected of a legal guardian and her ward. Later on her Shadow revealed that Taiga's feelings for Shirou aren't a clear-cut example of familial affection.
    • The fox reacted with utmost joy when given the name "Tama-chan" by the Investigation Team. See Mythology Gag below for a possible reason why.
      Shirou: [aloud] It does have a nice ring to it. [thinking] Tama the fox. It actually sounded familiar, but [he] couldn't remember why.
  • The Four Loves: Referenced by one of Shirou's Personas after Taiga gave him a goodbye peck on the cheek before he took the train back to Inaba.
    Cu Sith: Amore, Cu Shirou. Hints of love and affection are evident in the one you call sister. It's all kinds as well. Family Storge is most evident, followed by platonic Agape, affectionate Phileo, and... is that a hint of Eros I smell?
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Word of God says that Chie's presence during the second trip to the TV World on April 15th (the fight against Shadow Yosuke) will have consequences throughout all the storyline.
    • In the game, Ryotaro Dojima had to cancel the family outing on Golden Week because of an unsolved ATM robbery. Here, the thieves were captured before they could flee (see Badass Bystander entry above), allowing the trip to take place as planned. Their chosen destination ended up being Fuyuki city.
    • Unlike canon, Kirei Kotomine meets Shirou well before the Holy Grail War at a time when it's obvious that the adoptive son of Kiritsugu Emiya is foolishly yet earnestly following the latter's idealsnote . The sight of it seems to rub Kirei the wrong way to the point he can't resist telling him about Kiritsugu's past as the Magus Killer. His words affected Shirou a lot, but Kirei also clued him in on several things he didn't have much chance of finding out on his own and paved the way for Taiga to become more than the Unwitting Muggle Friend.
    • Shirou's magus skills made him an obvious choice to stalk/guard Kanji unnoticed, which ended up inverting the line-up for first stakeout operation. This time Chie and Yosuke watched Tatsumi Textiles while the team leader and Yukiko followed Kanji and Naoto around. They still got caught but only because the detective spotted Yukiko and recognized her from her speculated involvement as a surviving victim of the murder case.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Probably as a nod to the game where Chie is used to Railroad the MC into teaming up with Yukiko for the first stakeout, she realizes in chapter 28 that she can either a) accompany Shirou to Okina City to follow Kanji around and leave her best friend in Yosuke's company or b) stay with Yosuke and miss her chance for an investigation-justified date with her crush. In the end, she picks the latter.
  • Freak Out: Played for Laughs. Taiga had three of these, each episode more severe than the one before, during her Day in the Limelight in the first Fuyuki Gaiden at the mistaken realization that: 1) Shirou could grow up to be a womanizer, 2) already be one and 3) might have just tried to "womanize her".
  • Fusion Fic: Shirou takes the place of the Silent Protagonist of Persona 4 who "died" in the Fuyuki Fire this time around.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration:
    • Similarly to the Servants' status menu in the visual novel, Shirou can visualize information about one of his Personas as a RPG-like status screen by using Structural Analysis on the Persona Card.
    • In the game, bringing a Persona of the matching Arcana to a Social Link event speeds up its development. In this story, this is because said Persona can actually speak and advise Shirou in his head or, as it happened with Pixie in chapter 20, let him know when he's messing things up.
    • When the Investigation Team tried to fight the Contrarian King without Shirou, things got so bad that they had to scram. This makes a lot of sense once you consider how the battle plays out in the game: Contrarian King is immune to wind, absorbs fire and resists physical attacks, meaning that the only way a Yosuke/Chie/Yukiko party of that level could efficiently hurt him is Chie's ice attacks, which the boss is weak to in the Updated Re-release. Persona 4 being an Atlus game, this is in fact a bad strategy because Chie's Persona is a Magically Inept Fighter with a low Magic stat and Contrarian King's AI is coded to use his That One Attack more frequently if knocked down by a weakness.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Yosuke didn't want to bring Chie during Yukiko's rescue because he really, really didn't want to think how dealing with her Shadow would be like.
    • For her part, Chie is quick to point out that if she meets her Shadow, she just needs to accept it so they'll have the power of one additional Persona working for the team and she even prepares accordingly for such a case. Underestimating the confrontation with one's own Shadow comes to bite her hard later.
    • When they found out Charming Prince was healing Shadow Yukiko, Yosuke suggested to Shoot the Medic First. Shirou pointed out that focusing their attacks on Charming Prince would leave them sitting ducks to Shadow Yukiko's attacks.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man:
    • Shirou was in the receiving end of this trope during Yukiko's rescue. Twice. Yosuke and then Chie slapped him out of his Heroic B.S.O.D.. The first time, Charming Prince used a Fear-inducing skill that forced his memories of the Fuyuki Fire to resurface. With the experience still fresh in his mind, he suffered a similar episode later at the sight of a big conflagration caused by Shadow Yukiko.
    • In The Inner Child, Kirei threw one of his Black Keys at Shirou during their Back-to-Back Badasses fight to snap him out of the Fear-inducing trance right before Yomotsu-Shikome could finish him off with a Mudo spell.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Shirou's encouraging words to Chie were so effective that they worked against the Investigation Team during their confrontation with her Shadow because it was him saying them. As an unfiltered outlet of her feelings, Shadow Chie positively relished the fact Shirou didn't think ill of her because of the dirty secrets she already revealed, making her crush on him all too obvious and prompting Chie to freak out at the thought of Yosuke and Teddie figuring it out too. As a result, Chie's rejection of her Shadow soon ensued. Unsurprisingly, Shirou took the hint and minded what he said for the rest of the fight.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Angel and Lilim have this interpersonal dynamics going on and, among other things, they disagree on Shirou's love life. Notably his Personas sure know how to pitch their cases to the aspirant hero — Angel argues that "heroes of the past have an unfortunate track record of acting on impulse than chastity" and Lilim points out that a big part of a hero's mystique is how sexually attractive they are.
  • Good Counterpart: Though probably not intentional, Yosuke comes off as Shinji Matou's, he's basically what Shinji would be if he was actually redeemable or even vaguely likeable. When Yosuke even learns about Shinji, he immediately approves of Shirou decking the bastard in the face in retribution for bruising Sakura.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: How Taiga greets the Dojimas to Shirou's house in chapter 23. Considering that the characters speak Japanese and Taiga's an English teacher, this is probably also an example of Keep It Foreign.
    Taiga: We're here! Casa de Emiya!
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Many of the early Investigation Team members are secretly envious of certain trait of another member. Their Shadows love spilling the beans.
  • Growing Up Sucks: In a rather depressing scene, Shadow Taiga reveals that she would rather stay in the best years of her life, which was during high school and before her maturity was called into question. That's part of the reason why she became a teacher, only to discover that even teenagers think poorly of her and her antics.
  • Growling Gut: The trigger of the Romantic Spoonfeeding scene below.
  • Guardian Angel: The Persona Angel is a self-proclaimed example for Shirou and wants to lead him down the path of righteousness. Also very fond of Nanako, but too much of a prude by Lilim's standards. Then again, most people are Sour Prudes by Lilim's standards.
  • Healing Factor: As in canon, Shirou has one by virtue of Avalon. Pixie points out that this is all that's stopped him from killing himself for the last five years by healing the damage done to his nerves whenever he forges a Magic Circuit.
  • Hearing Voices: How Shirou interacts with his Personas in the real world. Interestingly, they can't hear his thoughts unlike other Spirit Advisors in fiction, so to talk back to them he actually has to speak aloud or at least whisper loud enough for them to listen his voice through his ears.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Teddy has a case of this when it comes to his worth. When he can't help the group, it gets worse.
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: It's revealed to the reader in chapter 26 that Yomotsu-Shikome and Yomotsu-Ikusa's attack against Shirou was a case of guiltiness by association and Loophole Abuse. Nyarlathotep "poked some bitter souls" to act on their ancient grudge on Izanagi (i.e. not Shirou, therefore fulfilling the letter of his non-interference agreement with Philemon) and they attacked him only because he's his host of sorts as a Persona User.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Amorous Snake used Stagnant Air to make it easier of it to Charm one of the party members and turn him or her against the rest of the Investigation Team. Lilim took and advantage of the fact the Stagnant Air affects foe and friend equally to return the favor and Charmed another Shadow into defeating Amorous Snake for her.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Sans the "sub-" part. With the characteristic subtlety of her kind, Shadow Yukiko outright stated that if Chie were her "prince", she'd be "willing to try something new". Everybody present, even Shirou, turned to the real Yukiko for clarification but then Shadow Yukiko dismissed Chie as unfit for the role for reasons similar to the ones from canon plus what she learned from Shadow Chie's confessions (the latter due to the events of the altered timeline).
  • Hope Spot: Just when it looks like Chie managed to accept her Shadow without a fight, the latter breaks into a knowing smirk and systematically tears apart her confession, denouncing how Chie was mostly paying lip service to acquire her own Persona instead of being motivated by genuine acknowledgement of her repressed feelings.
  • Horny Devils: Lilim, dangerous sex demons from Judeo-Christian lore. As Shirou's Persona and just like Eligor, Lilim has his best interests in mind, giving her a more Dark Is Not Evil characterization. However, given her particular sense of values, what she considers best for Shirou happens to involve him having his way with "any and EVERY girl he could want", which doesn't sit well with the guy.
    Lilim: I think I'll hang around if your life is like an episode from a harem show.
    Shirou: My life is not a harem show!
  • Horrifying the Horror: Kotomine actually drives fear into Yomotsu-Ikusa during their battle.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: During his first battle after obtaining Jiraiya, Yosuke discovered that summoning one's Persona wasn't as easy as Shirou made it look. And no, Calling Your Attacks doesn't really help. On the bright side, even when unsummoned the possession of a Persona grants a considerable enhancement to his physical skill, particularly true for speed and reflexes in his case, which allowed him to get by until he figured out how to summon.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Yosuke comes off as this to Shirou, especially in social and detective situations.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Shirou's remarks on Naoto after their first meeting. Taiga, naturally, couldn't let that one go.
    Shirou: [about Naoto] What a strange boy.
    Taiga: I don't know. He kinda reminded me of you.
    Shirou: Don't be ridiculous, Fuji-nee.
    Taiga: Polite, blunt, a workaholic—
    Shirou: Let's just hurry home.
  • Identity Amnesia:
    • Shirou, who completely forgot that he was once known as Yu Narukami prior to the Fuyuki Fire.
    • Marie as per canon for Persona 4: The Golden, who was found first by the police instead of the Velvet Room this time around.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Yomotsu-Ikusa runs Kotomine through with a spear. The man pulls it out and breaks it.
  • Indirect Kiss: Defied. After sharing some of her instant noodles with Shirou, Chie realizes that this trope will come into effect the moment she puts her chopsticks in her mouth. After Yosuke mentions the new meat menu at Junes, she jumps at the opportunity to eat steak and gives the rest of her soba bowl to Shirou.
  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: The Investigation Team is surprised to find these in Yukiko's Castle. Noticing the obvious parallels to videogames, Yosuke is at first excited at the possibility of finding new weapons or valuable Vendor Trash, but the spoils turned out to be real world stuff that somehow find its way into the TV World for the most part.
  • Internal Reveal: By the end of the Golden Week arc, Shirou spilled the beans about Magecraft and the murder case in Inaba to Taiga. He kept the stuff about Personas to himself because he thought it'd be just too much to shallow at once for her.
  • I Have This Friend...: Chapter 22 has an amusing Subversion. Taiga called Shirou to check on him and, at her insistence, he asked her for advice on this love problem of his where he accidentally discovered that a girl had a crush on him in less-than-ideal circumstances. Reluctant to outright say Chie's name or speak of the other things he learned from her Shadow, but aware that Taiga needed a least a little bit of information on her to work with having never meet Chie before, Shirou gave his surrogate sister a rough description of the girl that happened to match Taiga's almost spot on. This created an One Dialogue, Two Conversations situation where Taiga thought Shirou heard some off-color gossip about her and himself going around due to all the time she spends at his house and that he was using this trope as a roundabout way to make her confess or deny the rumors. Cue hilarious Freak Out involving the phone call being cut short and lots of booze.
    Taiga: [screaming in her mind] I REFUSE TO BE WOMANIZED!
  • Innocent Innuendo:
    • Shirou, still leery of the implications of having a Social Link with Nanako (see Deconstruction Fic above), gets hit with this contextless request:
      Nanako: I'm sorry to wake you, but... Can I sleep with Shirou-nii?
      Virtual Soundtrack: [Record Needle Scratch]
      Shirou: What?!
      Nanako: I'm sorry. But your house is so big and scary. I tried sleeping on my own, really, but I just can't get used to it.
      Shirou: [sighs in relief]
    • When Margaret proposed to form a Social Link with Shirou, she stated that "she wishes to be entangled in his fate, and do anything he asks out of her" (paraphrased). He blushed as he noticed the innuendo and the fact that an Ambiguously Human entity like her may or may not have meant it that way. In the end, Shirou opted for diverting the conversation in a different direction.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: Doubles as a Shout-Out. Before the fight against Shadow Yukiko, she uses her powers to morph Shirou, Yosuke and Chie's clothes into something more princely: Zero (sans mask), Suzaku (pre-R2) and Cornelia's outfit and dress uniforms, respectively. Also a bit of an In-Joke among Persona 4 fans, given that most of Japanese voice actors had roles in both series.
  • Instant Sedation: Rise gets kidnapped via drugged Rag the moment she steps through the door to her Grandmother's place.
  • Interface Spoiler:
    • A rare non-videogame example in chapter 22, a.k.a. Taiga's Day in the Limelight, where the title has the words "The Sun" in bold letters. Considering how unlikely is for Shirou to join a cultural club in Yasogami, this probably means that Taiga will eventually become the eponymous Social Link. Confirmed in chapter 26.
    • There is a similar example in the second Fuyuki Gaiden, hinting that Rin will become the Tower Arcana Social Link.
    • A downplayed version of this trope is italicized words denote the deeper hidden thoughts that the Shadows will exploit.
  • Ironic Echo: With a dash of Dramatic Irony. Shirou refrained from telling Taiga about most of the supernatural happenings in Inaba (Personas/Teddie/TV World) under the rationale that it would be too much for her after learning about the existence of Magecraft. Later she uses almost the same words and argument to not tell him about the confrontation with her Shadow.
    He/She had enough on his/her plate to worry about.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Yosuke taunts Shadow Chie by calling her a "banana head". It works well enough for Shirou to blindside her with a Zio spell.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours?: The first time she met Taiga at the Dojima's, Chie first assumed she was Nanako's mom because of their similar hair and eye colors together with the fact that Taiga looked just old enough to be feasibly the mother of a six year old girl.
  • It's a Long Story: Chie when trying to convince Yukiko to stop calling the fox "Usagi". See Call Back above for details.
    Chie: Let it go, Yukiko. Let's not turn this into another Chosokabe.
    Shirou: Chosokabe? The samurai clan?
    Chie: Long story.
  • I Work Alone: Subverted. Shirou tried to keep Yosuke out of the murder case because of the inherent dangers involved, but Yosuke persevered until Shirou accepted his help. This event also signals the moment when Shirou established the Magician Social Link with Yosuke.
  • Japanese School Club: Averted. Shirou shows no interest in joining extracurricular activities at Yasogami, giving more priority to the TV World or part-time jobs.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: How Chie makes Tomoe Gozen cast her starter ice spell as a projectile like this, down to the pose. Chie only missed intoning the attack as "Bu-Fuuh-Ken!".
  • Kicked Upstairs: Naoto (correctly) deduced that Kanji could be the next victim of the murder case, but the police was less than convinced about it and even less thrilled of having to send one of their own to guard him. To kill two birds with one stone, they agreed to let the civilian investigator to play bodyguard, and thus furthering Naoto's official involvement in the case, if that meant to get the "annoying kid" out of their backs.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Ryotaro and Nanako were made to forget Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome's attack with Magecraft. The following chapter reveals that the same happened to the "Track Team Trio," except for Makidera.
  • The Leader: Shirou for the Investigation Team. One could go on and on about his shortcomings, but it's undeniable that he's the go-to team member for calling the shots during a fight.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Chapter 20, Yosuke internally describes Shirou as being oblivious regarding girls at "shonen hero levels." While neither of the main source materials are really "shonen," it still sort of fits.
  • Let Me Get This Straight: Taiga Fujimura when learning about the Investigation Team. To say this person wasn't amused would be an understatement.
    Taiga: —AND OF ALL THE STUPID, BULLHEADED STUNTS YOU COULD THINK OF, YOU'RE TRYING TO CATCH A SERIAL MURDERER WITH MINIMAL WAGE BUDGET WEAPONS, TWO HIGHSCHOOL GIRLS, A KID IN A BEAR SUIT, THE NEWS MEDIA, AND A MAGIC TRICK THAT YOU COULDN'T GET RIGHT FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS?!
    Shirou: It's actually five years—
    Taiga: LIKE THAT MAKES ANY DIFFERENCE!
    Shirou: —And Yosuke's helping too.
    Taiga: WHO THE HELL CARES?!
    Yosuke: [far away] [doubles over in pain for no apparent reason]
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Berserk!Shadow Yukiko's end.
  • Literal-Minded: Teddie.
    Yosuke: That's like the number one way not to get into someone's pants.
    Teddie: I have to search her pants?
  • Living Emotional Crutch: After Shirou moved to Inaba, Sakura reverted into her uncaring and gloomy self who apparently only bother smiling when Taiga is around. That's barely the tip of the iceberg of the effect that his absence is having on her.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Shirou to the Dojimas. If not for Taiga and Philemon he would still be ignorant about them and they would have still believed him to be dead.
  • Loophole Abuse: This is why the banished Nyarlathotep is currently in the Holy Grail.
    "As usual, I can't take all the blame: I act on the wishes of mankind, after all. A little over a decade ago, this thing happened to be stirring and made a wish to bring together all the evils in the world. It was subtle at first, but as the days went on, it would grow exponentially stronger and louder, as if begging to be realized. So I thought, 'what else could I do but answer that request?' And… here we are. While the wish interfered with my banishment, it didn't outright violate it either… though to be honest, I didn't struggle a whole lot out of it."
  • Love Epiphany: During the confrontation with her Shadow, Taiga is outright told that she loves Shirou "that way", which is something she never consciously considered until that point.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Chie, her physical skills are the best, her speed is good, but she has a very small mana pool. She only resorts to magic when she's certain she'll win the Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors.
  • Magic Enhancement: Persona users receive a considerable buff to their physical abilities in the TV World, including strength, speed and reaction times. This is the reason why Yosuke fights like a ninja and Chie can kick a Shadow through a wall. Shirou combines it with Reinforcement magecraft to give himself Super Toughness.
  • Magikarp Power: The power of the Wild Card. Shirou is quite surprised to hear that his starter Persona, Izanagi, qualifies as "weak".
  • Masquerade: Shirou felt particularly pressured to rescue Rise on the off, off chance that the death of such a public figure through supernatural means could catch the attention of someone related to the Mage's Association, something that could end with a lot of people getting their memories rewritten, if not outright Killed to Uphold the Masquerade.
  • Meet Cute: See Chie and Shirou's example of Caught in the Rain above.
  • Mental World: The TV World warps itself according to the people who find themselves within it. Shirou and Yosuke discovered that sticking one's head into a random TV is enough to fill the landscape with some sort of image of their inner worlds. In Shirou's case, a hill of swords.
  • Metaphorically True: Yukiko answers Naoto Shirogane's questions about her kidnapping in a way that, while completely true, gives the other party the impression that she was kept under a drug-induced hallucinatory half-awake state, thus making her testimony completely useless to them.
  • Mighty Glacier: Shirou, his attacks are stronger than anyone else, his Persona powers together with his Reinforcement give him Super Toughness, but he's noticeably slower to the punch than Yosuke or Chie on top of Persona switching slowing him down further.
  • Mobstacle Course: Shirou runs through the streets of Miyama, making an effort to avoid passer-bys when possible or shoving them aside when it wasn't. He was being chased by two Invisible to Normals creatures trying to attack him, so it was that or let people get trampled and killed by them in their zeal to catch him. Unusually for this trope, this became plot-relevant later on because one of the people he ran into turned out to be someone who knew by sight — Kaede Makidera from Homurahara's Track Team — who inadvertently ended up clueing in Rin that something was going on with Shirou.
  • Moment Killer: Yosuke and Teddie's arrival interrupted a kiss between Shirou and Shadow Chie. Unusually for this trope, this was a very good thing.
  • Money Spider: Averted. Unlike the game, the party doesn't get any money from fighting Shadows, only occasional bits of Vendor Trash from their remains. This loss of income balances out with the fact that Margaret doesn't charge Shirou for retrieving Personas from the Compendium.
  • Mukokuseki: Shirou's natural red hair and almost golden eyes counts as an Aversion, as it makes him very memorable among the Japanese population. This becomes a plot point in the second Fuyuki Gaiden because it allowed Tohsaka to recognize him in a blurry picture, which started an unforeseeable chain of events that led her to discover that he was a magus.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • The Velvet Room is a "place [that] exists between dream and reality, mind and matter" and shapes itself to suit its guest according to a metaphorical representation of his or her journey. Persona 4's version of it also comes with comfy seats and a fully equipped and lavishly stocked actual mini-bar, something that Shirou and Margaret certainly appreciate.
    • The Persona Angel used a low-powered Hama spell Marukyuu Striptease as a light source.
  • Mr. Fixit: The "Fake Janitor", as known as Shirou Emiya, is one in canon, who earned that nickname by going out of his way to repair school equipment for free. Here, this trope gets a lampshade with a dash of Reality Ensues when much of the stuff that only he kept in working order at Homurahara gave up the ghost after he transfered to Yasogami and the student council got into budget problems after having to purchase replacements in a hurry.
  • Multitasked Conversation: Done by Taiga when delivering the things she gathered for Shirou to take with him to Inaba.
    Taiga: [to Shirou, after handing over his archery equipment] It doesn't hurt to practice what you already know. Consider it a hobby to keep yourself safe while you're down there.
    Narration: What Dojima heard was a way to keep Shirou occupied and not act on impulse, to which he approved of. What Shirou heard was a way to stop using magecraft for the duration of the case, which he had mixed feelings about.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • After Daisuke and Kou tried to convince Shirou to join one of their sport clubs, Yosuke mentioned that they attempted to do same with him last Valentine's Day with the promise that the training would make him more resistant to the cold. Said event is told in detail in the Spin-Off Prequel manga Persona 4: The Magician.
    • There is one to both series in chapter 13. As in both Persona 4 anime adaptations, the first time Izanagi is fully summoned by his user, the latter has visions of the Velvet Room and its residents. Here, Shirou also sees "a glowing sheath surrounded in darkness, and a girl standing in an open green meadow".
    • The Badass Bystander above basically performed a Cavalry Attack right out of The Golden to thwart a robbery.
    • The scene from the Visual Novel where Shirou tries to smack Taiga with a rolled-up paper poster as a joke happens in this story, but with a different outcome. In the original material, Taiga, a very accomplished Kendo practitioner, easily dodges and strikes back with her own rolled-up poster before realizing hers was made of metal. Thanks his battle experience in the TV World, this time Shirou managed to use the momentum of his attack to roll forward and avoid her counter, making her hit something else: Ryotaro's head, knocking him out cold.
    • Shirou, Taiga, Ryotaro and Nanako visit Verde Shopping Mall in Fuyuki, a location available in Fate/hollow ataraxia. On the other side of the Crossover, they went to a toy store there and buy a stuffed platypus and an electronic hand-mirror from "Magical Detective Loveline" for Nanako, just like the one she had in the anime.
    • Taiga runs into a tree and wakes up in what is implied to be her mindscape. It just so happens that her mindscape is the Tiger Dojo. Shadow Taiga is there, and design-wise she is basically Tiger Dojo Taiga's Evil Counterpart.
    • In Persona 4: The Animation, if Yosuke or the protagonist act in a way that can be taken as perverted, usually only the former gets into trouble for it because the girls don't find it creepy when Yu does it. Here the same happens with Shirou as the lead because he's just that much of a Chivalrous Clueless Chick Magnet.
    • The fox from the shrine is now actually given a name, courtesy of Teddie — "Tama", which means ball/jewel and therefore implying that it's supposed to be written with the kanji "玉". She responds very positively to this name. Readers have already noticed that it's the same character has as in Tamamo no Mae's name. And there's speculation that this is not an in-universe coincidence nor just a Shout-Out. note 
    • Shirou gets a job at MOEL. Dummied Out data from the game confirms that working at the gas station was indeed a part-time option before getting scrapped.
    • Shirou once hotly complained that "his life is not a harem show", which amusingly is very much the case for Fate/hollow ataraxia and lots and lots of fan-produced works. Even in the original visual novel he has at least some Ship Tease with pretty much every named female character he interacts with more than once.
    • Shortly after Yukiko's rescue, the Investigation Team goes into the TV World while their leader is somewhere else. This exact setting is used in the Tie-In Novel Persona 4: Kiri no Amnesia.
  • Naked on Arrival: This is how the amnesiac Marie is found by Dojima and Adachi during the former's first appearance in the story, completely unlike canon where her situation and ailment was only known to the protagonist, and much later on to the rest of the Investigation Team.
  • New Transfer Student: Being the new kid in a small-town high school made the protagonist of the game a recognizable face in Yasogami. Shirou's even more unusual appearance, excessively accommodating personality and a few WTF-inducing moments made him even more famous/infamous than that.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Yosuke discovered that Yukiko was one in Rise's dungeon. To his disappointment too, as he hoped to look good to her and perhaps Invoke a Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies/Security Cling scenario with her. Instead, Yukiko was completely enthused by the fact Marukyuu Striptease ended up playing out a lot like a horror movie when Shadow Rise turned off the lights.
    Yosuke: Say, Amagi-san? Want me to be your front guard?
    Yukiko: No.
    Yosuke: I-I insist, Amagi-san, after all, you don't know what kind of Shadows lurk in the, well, shadows. They could be hideous monsters, like, having see-through guts, or wielding chainsaws!
    Yukiko: [tenses at his words]
    Yosuke: Or, or even having the ability to summon arms that pop up from the ground and pull you underneath!
    Chie & Teddie: Aaaaaaah!
    Yukiko: I know! And in the dark too! Isn't that exciting?!
    Yosuke: [jaw drops]
    Yukiko: So many dark corridors and a Shadow could pop up at any moment! Maybe they'd be a pair of zombies bound together in skewers, or a giant blob that can dissolve skin and bones! Why, think of the traps that we could encounter here!
    Teddie: Please don't.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: As in Persona 4, Chie thinks poorly of herself because of this trope. Unlike canon, Shirou makes clear from the start, albeit in his own Innocently Insensitive way, that he doesn't consider her unfeminine or less attractive because of her tomboy traits. This leads her to harbor a crush on him much earlier than what is possible in the game, feelings that her Shadow is all too happy to act on, making the confrontation a whole lot more complicated.
  • No Name Given: The author seems to have a fondness with Subverting this trope:
    • Yu Narukami's parents — or rather Shiro's — are named Seta (father) and Miya (mother, née Dojima).
    • NPCs "Spacy Girl" and "Errand Boy" got proper names: Haruka and Hiraku, respectively.
    • "Shana-chan", who is implied to be the elementary schoolgirl Kanji helped that caused him to be ostracized due to his ability to sew.
    • The Investigation Team brainstormed name ideas for the Mysterious Fox, who rejected all but Teddie's suggestion: Tama-chan. She (and probably more than a few Fate/EXTRA players) really liked the name.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Shirou quickly picks up on the fact that Yasogami High is less mindful of the dress code than his former school, and decides to wear his uniform jacket semi-unbuttoned. Yosuke comments how Shirou pulls off the open-coat look pretty well.
  • No Sell: After confronting her Shadow, Taiga became immune to magecraft that effects minds and thus can't be made to forget what she's learned. It's hinted it's her latent Persona's doing.
  • No Social Skills: A downplayed case in comparison to other examples of the trope, but Shirou definitely doesn't think like a normal teenager and it shows in how he treats people, especially if they have more than a casual acquaintance with him. In some cases he comes across as accommodating and very dependable, in others as insensitive or downright cruel.
  • Not Listening to Me, Are You?: Chie wasn't precisely pleased with the less-than-talkative Shirou and Yukiko:
    Chie: So, you ever heard of the Amagi Inn, Emiya?
    Shirou: A few times.
    Chie: Well, Yukiko's family runs it. It's been going on for generations. It's the pride of Inaba!
    Yukiko: Mhm.
    Shirou: I see.
    Chie: …Amagi Inn has been in a lot of magazines as a hidden treasure. Yukiko's going to inherit it someday.
    Yukiko: Mhm.
    Shirou: I see.
    Chie: …It attracts a lot of visitors in because of its natural hot springs?
    Yukiko: Mhm.
    Shirou: I see.
    Chie: …Emiya, Yukiko thinks you're cute.
    Yukiko: Mhm.
    Shirou: I see.
    (Double Take)
    Yukiko and Shirou: What?!
    • It might double as a Mythology Gag to the game. If romanced, Yukiko will embarrassedly confess on her Christmas Eve event that she pretty much fell in love at first sight with the protagonist, even though it took her a while to figure it out.
  • Not-So-Forgotten Birthday: Subverted. The fact that nobody remembered "Rise's" birthday while everybody knew about "Risette's" concert happening on the same day was the thing that finally made her decide on retirement.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Shirou. So much that Yosuke rated it at "shonen hero levels". His Persona kind of alleviate this. Like when Eligor tells him that Chie wanted to train with him alone or Cu Sith points of Taiga feels some level of passionate love for him rather than just sibling affection when she kisses him on the cheek before he returns to Inaba after Golden Week.
    • Yukiko is a milder example in that she notices certain things and is blind to others. For example, until spelled out for her — by Shirou himself of all people — she didn't know why guys approached her so frequently. This trope plays out strangely when the two of them interact. In chapter 28 and right before the establishment of his Social Link with Yukiko, Shirou said and did many little and not-so-little things that unwittingly charmed the girl, but for her part Yukiko seemed to miss how much of an effect they had on her and explained away her reactions as her inexperience talking with boys together with him being a natural but well-meaning smooth-talker.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The Investigation Team defeating the Contrarian King.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: See I Have This Friend... above.
  • One-Hit Kill: The Mudo spell, which Yomotsu-Shikome was getting ready to cast to Shirou. Kotomine hypothesized that it would have likely destroyed his soul.
  • One of the Kids: Taiga, as per canon. Her Shadow points out that she never takes things seriously.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Everybody present was surprised at what made Taiga Squee! in Never the Same (see entry below for the reason).
    • Taiga also surprises Rin the first school after Golden Week by showing vulnerability for the first time in her knowledge. Somewhat subverted because Rin decided to ignore it and chalk up the whole thing to an "off day."
  • Ouija Board: Referenced. Nami compares the Midnight Channel to a talking board, giving Shirou an important hint of how it actually works. Whether "he" intended to help him or not, is yet to be seen.
  • Painting the Medium: When the story is narrated from the point of view of character who will later develop a Shadow Self, thoughts closer to their repressed feelings are formatted in italics.
  • Parents Know Their Children: More like self-proclaimed older sister knows her little brother, but Taiga still qualifies. After learning about the murder case in Inaba, Taiga wanted Shirou back in Fuyuki because she was convinced that he would either catch the killer's attention, try to play vigilante to stop the culprit, or more likely both.
  • Partially Civilized Animal: The fox as in the game, but even more prominent here at times. For example, once the fox pulled out a soroban — Japanese abacus — to tell the team how much they had to pay for the healing leaves after making some calculation on it.
  • Phoney Call: Cleverly invoked. Unlike other Spirit Advisors/Not So Imaginary Friends in fiction, Shirou's Personas can't hear his thoughts and he has to actually speak aloud for them to perceive his words through his sense of hearing via Synchronization. To avoid looking like a case of Talking to Themself when he needs to speak with one of his Personas in public, Shirou pretends to hold a phone call with them so people will think nothing of hearing only his half of the conversation if eavesdropped.
  • Phrase Catcher: People at Yasogami came with the nickname "Fake Janitor" for Shirou, the same one he had at Homurahara, completely on their own.
  • Police Are Useless: Kanji feels this way in Chapter 27, citing they wouldn't do anything about the biker gang, they couldn't catch the killer, and a Badass Bystander (Taiga) had to catch the ATM robber.
  • Politeness Judo:
    • Leave it to Shirou to find a way to talk back to King Moron on his first school day while remaining perfectly polite and sincere about it. Subverted in that Morooka still got offended and added the "sweet talker" to his "shit list".
    • Shirou also was rather polite to make Mitsuo stop hitting on Yukiko, actually taking the time to explain him why he shouldn't persist on asking a girl out after she already said no. Although, his not-quite-Death Glare and Chie's Knuckle Cracking in the background might have had something to do with Mitsuo's hasty retreat.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Despite being probably one of the most well-adjusted magi to modern society and technology in the Nasuverse, there is a lot of pop culture Shirou is ignorant to. For example, his friends and especially Yosuke were baffled that he had pretty much no idea who Risette was or why is was such a big deal that she was about to perform in Okina City.
  • The Power of Friendship: Social Links, naturally.
    • When Shirou is having it explained to him, he is incredulous towards the idea that he gets stronger just by making friends before Igor and Margaret further explain.
    • Interestingly, he also questions the ethics pertaining the idea of cultivating relationships for power, but he was reassured that it's the other way around: a meaningful connection with someone is its own reward, even if it happens to give him a power bonus, and that it's simply not possible to form a true Social Link without personal investment and genuine reciprocation.
  • Power of Trust: Being a Determinator with a Chronic Hero Syndrome who routinely puts Honor Before Reason may lead Shirou to an early grave, but it comes with the side benefit that his word may as well be traded on the precious metals market. His Declaration of Protection to Yukiko went a long way to reassure the girl that he had her back both within the TV World in combat and in the real world if the kidnapper targeted her again. For a more mundane but not less impressive example, Shirou managed to convince the Mysterious Fox to sell him her healing leaves on credit after Teddie spoke on his behalf due to the trust he has in his "sensei".
  • Power Perversion Potential: Yosuke wonders if Shirou's Structural Analysis can be used to find out any girl's measurements.note 
  • Primal Fear: Chie has a fear of bugs and Fear of Thunder. Shirou has a fear of fire due to the Fuyuki Fire.
  • The Promise: After getting the first idea of how deep Shirou's desire to help people actually runs, he and Taiga exchanged promises. Easily one of the most Heartwarming Moments in the story so far. This is also the moment that established The Sun Social Link between them.
    Taiga: So please. Whatever you do in your life, whether it's fixing junk for a living or going into god-knows-where for rescues… I'll support you all the way. Just promise me that you'll come back alive each time.
    Shirou: I'll come back alive, Fuji-nee. I promise.
  • Properly Paranoid: Due to his Chronic Hero Syndrome and the Crazy Preparedness (read paranoia) that comes with being a magus, even a poorly-trained one like him, Shirou made a habit of always carrying the Fog-filtering glasses Teddie gave him just in case he has to jump into a TV in a hurry. This came in handy during his visit to Fuyuki on Golden Week, when two otherwise-invisible fog demons appeared in the real world and tried to kill him.
  • Public Domain Character: Most Personas as in canon, but it also applies to Kaihime, Taiga's Persona.
  • Publicly Discussing the Secret: Yosuke invokes this in chapter 27 as a Hidden in Plain Sight tactic for the Investigation Team to hold their meetings in the middle of Junes' food court. He gives the rest of the team Dungeons & Dragons character sheets with their Persona's name on them and instruct them to speak about the murder case and their adventures in TV World as they're simply running a Tabletop RPG campaign, so any talk about magic, victims, monsters, etc. won't catch anyone's attention even if eavesdropped.
  • Punched Across the Room: Taiga got the drop on Kotomine and decked him across the room when he started trying to break Shirou's view of who Kiritsugu was.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
  • Real Men Cook: It tends to give people a pause how good Shirou fends off for himself in the kitchen. First the Dojimas, then Chie and later on Rin.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: Chapter 27 references and brings into the story's canon an omake posted by a fan on SpaceBattles.com titled "Yasogami's Fake Janitor."
  • Rescue Romance: Yosuke was actually looking forward to fight Shadow Rise for a chance to Invoke this trope with the Idol Singer. He even asked his friends for feedback to make the best and most heroic first impression. Needless to say, they weren't amused.
    Yosuke: How about "Hey babe! Name's Yosuke Hanamura! And I want to be your boyfriend for life!"? No, too long, I need to make a good first impression. Maybe if I make a dynamic entrance with Jiraiya and whisk her off her feet? I could play a cool song to go with it. I wonder if I have one of hers on my player—
    Chie: For crying out loud, Hanamura! We're on a mission to save Rise-chan! Stop treating this like a pick-up date!
    Yosuke: I-I'm not! I just want to make sure she likes us!
    Shirou: Whether she likes us or not is pointless, Yosuke. Chances are we'll have to end up fighting her Shadow.
    Yosuke: [blushes] [grumbling] Well, I guess I'll impress her with my actions instead of my words. Dating can wait after.
    Chie & Shirou: [roll their eyes]
  • The Resenter: Shirou's obvious heroic traits come to aggravate the envy Yosuke felt towards the protagonist in the game. This results in his Shadow going the extra mile to try and kill Shirou when it goes berserk.
  • Right Behind Me:
    • In chapter 16, the day after the fight against Shadow Yosuke:
      Yosuke: Just what am I supposed do, anyway? Roll up to him before school starts and say 'Yo! Emiya!'?
      Shirou: Yes?
      Yosuke: Gah!
    • Later in chapter 26.
      Shirou: [to Ryotaro] I was actually wondering when to start calling you 'Doji-nii'.
      Ryotaro: Seriously? That's the best you could come up with?
      Shirou: I almost considered 'Ryuu-nii' but I didn't think that would be fair to Fuji-nee.
      Taiga: Hmmhmm~! No, it wouldn't!
      [Shirou, Ryotaro, Sakura and possibly Nanako jump in surprise]
  • Romantic Spoonfeeding: More like not-quite-forceful chopstick-feeding, but the time when Chie shared some of her instant noodles with Shirou managed to come across as endearing if very, very awkward.
  • Romantic Wingman: An unintended case. During the first stakeout, Yukiko easily picked out the fact her best friend wanted to go with Shirou after it became necessary to split up the party and tried to refuse his request to accompany him to give Chie the chance, however Yukiko totally missed why Chie wanted to tag along in the first place.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Discussed. At one point Shirou asks why the Velvet Room looks like the interior of a limousine, commenting that it must be impractical to get anything done in such a cramped space. Margaret explains that the form and shape of the Room changes according to its guest and can be seen as a metaphor of the destiny they are to overcome.
    Margaret: You could say this limousine is a metaphor on your long trip through the shrouded mystery of both worlds.
    Shirou: I don't think this room suits me though. When I think of limousines, I think of someone who has privileges and wealth but is careless of them. It's more of a symbol of how powerful they are but are at the same time blinded by it.
    Margaret: [glances briefly at Shirou] I suppose that metaphor fits you as well.
    Shirou: [realizes that he just insulted himself] Point taken.
  • Run or Die: Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome merits this reaction from Izanagi. Makes sense given his myth. They were mythological demons sent by Izanami to chase after him once he abandoned her, and Fuyuki Park is basically an entrance to Yomi.
    Izanagi: Run. For thine sake, RUN!
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: After Shirou pretends to have a phone conversation with Pixie (see Phoney Call above), his Persona plays along and ends it with "Yay! Click."
  • Saying Too Much: Shirou, while explaining Taiga why you don't mess with the secrecy of Magecraft, mentions Inaba in the same sentence. The person listening to him had absolutely no reason to relate both things until that point. His first Persona put it the best:
    Izanagi: Thou damneth.
  • Security Cling:
  • Sensei-chan: Deconstructed. Taiga became a teacher in her old high school because she didn't really fit in anywhere else after graduating. Unfortunately, her childish behavior didn't earn her the respect she wanted from her students and Taiga felt mocked anytime they called by her nickname.
  • Sensory Overload: Downplayed, but no less effective. Teddie smells the emotional state of the people that are thrown into the TV World but is unable to track down Rise because of the different dungeons causing too much psychic interference.
  • Sexy Mentor: Margaret becomes a magecraft teacher of sorts for Shirou in chapter 29.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: The story makes a convincing argument as to why the Investigation Team wears their school uniforms in the TV World. Shirou observes that most of their weapons can be smuggled into Junes either hidden in their baggy uniforms or school bags (his katana requires a special bag designed to carry a shinai, though), and if they ever get asked about it, they can say they're from Cram School.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: An offscreen example. While Shirou visited Fuyuki for Golden Week, the rest of the Investigation Team went to the TV World had a run-in with the Contrarian King, the Bonus Boss of Yukiko's Castle. Quickly realizing that they had little to no chance of defeating it, they opted for a Tactical Withdrawal. It doubles as an In-Joke to Persona 4 players (see Gameplay and Story Integration above for the reason).
  • Secret Test of Character: Just like in canon, Izanami is testing humanity whether or not it deserves to continue on depending on how they confront the truth.
  • Share the Male Pain: Let's just say, the infamous "critical hit to the nads" didn't go unnoticed by Shirou or their classmates.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend:
    • Said verbatim by Shirou to Pixie about Chie. His second Persona simply talked right over him, ignoring his complains.
    • Squared in the second Fuyuki Gaiden. Noticing that Rin was showing too much interest in hearing news about Shirou (mostly out of concern for Sakura, mostly), Ayako teasingly asked that if she was that eager to see her boyfriend again. Tohsaka, being Tohsaka, didn't let being caught flatfooted pass and took advantage that Ayako happened to call Shirou by his first name to turn the tables on her and remarked that's something a girlfriend would say, reducing Ayako into a Luminescent Blush.
  • Shipper on Deck: A number of Shirou's Personas are this about him and the girl representing the Social Link of their Arcanas.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Shrines and Temples: Tatsuhime Shrine is a run-down example of this trope from the game. Here, Shirou recognizes the remnants of what used to be a Kyuudou (Japanese martial art of archery) training ground for the late priestess of the shrine and apparently plans on renovating it for his own use.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Taiga doesn't approve Shirou's inherited dreams of becoming an "Ally of Justice". That doesn't mean Kotomine can just talk trash about Kiritsugu in front of Shirou.
  • Slave to PR: By proxy even. Rise's Contractual Purity as an Idol Singer becomes plot point later on when Shirou realizes that her yet-to-be-aired Midnight Channel Special has the potential to destroy her career after seeing how her Shadow was like, especially if broadcast right after the announcement of her already-controversial hiatus. In order to protect Rise's reputation, he decides to talk the Investigation Team into completing her dungeon all in one go and even agrees to get into debt with the Mysterious Fox for her pricey healing leaves.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: With the worlds of Persona 4 and the Nasuverse respectively for each side, there's bound to be clashes.
  • Sneeze Cut:
    • During the Let Me Get This Straight scene above in Fuyuki, Yosuke somehow felt Taiga's dismissal of his contributions to the Investigation Team all the way to Inaba as a sudden spike of pain.
    • While discussing the fact that not every person who appears in the Midnight Channel ends up in the TV World and facing their Shadows, Yosuke mistakenly mentioned Taiga as an example and the narration briefly jumps to focus on her as she sneezes during a sparing match.
  • Someday This Will Come in Handy: Subverted. Yosuke's "Risette facts" end up being worthless because they are her idol persona's trivia not Rise's.
  • Spirit Advisor: His Personas for Shirou, especially during battle and in the context of Social Links where they can outright resonate with what people representing their Arcana is feeling. The latter is one of the reasons why Shirou is wary of the Social Link system as a whole, however he certainly appreciates their opinions and their second guessing of his actions in areas is admittedly not very good at. Like women or self-preservation.
  • Squee!: Taiga's reaction to Nanako calling her "Tiger-nee". Yeah, you heard that right.
  • Stage Magician: Similarly to Yu Narukami, Shirou picks up a keen interest in stage magic despite the fact he's already capable of very real Thaumaturgy.
  • The Stations of the Canon. A Subverted Trope. The story follows the events of the game closely until Yukiko's rescue, but from then and on the Butterfly Effect starts to show. For example:
    • Taiga appeared one night on the Midnight Channel after her Badass Bystander moment, but she left Inaba before the kidnapper could locate her. This fact apparently made the later either hesitate about trying to throw Kanji into the TV or waste time trying to find her. By then, Kanji already has a bodyguard of sorts in the famous teen detective Naoto Shirogane who followed him at all times, making any approach difficult.
    • Rise became the talk of the town earlier than canon because of her concert in Okina, and the kidnapper ended up throwing her into TV before getting the chance to approach Kanji.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Shirou on occasion, as expected of his pre-Character Development self. Just ask Yosuke, who felt right to Dope Slap him because of how badly he almost messed things up with Chie while trying to dissuade her from going with them into the TV World to save Yukiko. Although Yosuke would give you the exact opposite reason to why she was left speechless.
    "'That world is no place for a girl'?" Yosuke repeated in an incredulous tone. "Are you sexist, or just stupid?!"
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Before leaving back to Inaba at the end of Golden Week, Taiga rounds up and return Shirou's old archery equipment back to him. She did it specifically so he would have a way to fight other than plowing headfirst into danger.
  • Stripperiffic: Shadow Rise the first time the Investigation Team meets her.
  • Super Reflexes: A realistic variant. Due to his self-training, Shirou's a very short reaction time. In chapter 20, he deflected a stray soccer ball before it could hit Chie in the back of the head. Kou and Daisuke tried to recruit him for their sport clubs because of it.
  • Super Senses: As a magus, Shirou can buff himself with a form of this through Reinforcement, one of the only two spells he can use at the start of the visual novel. Its first plot-relevant application was during the Investigation Team's stakeout on Tatsumi Textiles, where Shirou's enhanced hearing allowed him to keep tabs on the place while keeping the team from being noticed by Kanji and Naoto.
  • Support Party Member: Teddie, who retains his Sensor Character status and now can produce useful expendable items with his powers.
  • Surprise Party: Shirou and Nanako held a small one for Ryotaro's birthday on May 16th. The two of them even baked a cake for the occasion.
  • Survival Mantra: Played for Laughs. Taiga tries to fight the urge to get herself a freaking drink this way. It doesn't work.
    Taiga: Remember Taiga, getting drunk off your ass won't help anyone. Getting drunk off your ass won't help anyone. Getting drunk off your ass won't help anyone.
  • Synchronization: As it happened in Persona 4: The Animation, Persona-users can feel any harm that afflicts their Personas, albeit in a diminished form. They can also use their Personas as a secondary set of sensory inputs, i.e. see and hear things from their Persona's perspective. The same applies to the Shadow Selves if they haven't been rejected yet, making taking them out before going berserk a huge no-no.
  • Talk to the Fist: Taiga's counter against the Tao of Lecter.
  • Take That: The first chapter pokes some fun at the silent nature of the game's protagonist.
    Nyarlathotep: Any other kid should do just fine, especially a mute one.
  • Technology Marches On: invoked Subverted. Shirou carries an outdated cellphone for the year the story is set (2011) just like the protagonist in the opening animation of the game, but that's because of his personal tendency to keep old appliances in working order for long after their average life expectancy.
  • Tempting Fate: Hilariously Invoked. Kanji was waiting in hiding for the best time to ambush-tackle Shirou in chapter 28, but when the latter said "What's the worst that could happen?" the brawler just couldn't resist such a perfect cue to action.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Rin may not be the most devout of Christians, but when Kirei insisted in being called by his title as an ordained priest (mostly to annoy her, of course), she reluctantly relented.
    Kirei: Do indulge me, Rin. We are still in the sanctum of God, so my title does hold merit. Unless you wish to speak in the confessional?
    Rin: [through gritted teeth] Good evening, Father Kotomine.
    Kirei: There, now. Was that so hard?
    Rin: [thinking] Yes. Yes it was.
  • Third Wheel: The Persona Eligor chides Shirou for attempting to bring in Yosuke to a training session with Chie. Considering his myth, you may see why a matchmaker like Eligor has no patience for this trope.
  • This Explains So Much: Played with. After learning that Shirou puts himself through excruciating pain every time he forges a Magic Circuit, a character asks him if he's in fact a masochist. Pixie reacts at the suggestion with astonished realization, as if Shirou's behaviour so far finally made sense to her. It's difficult to say whether she was being sarcastic or not.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!:
    • From Dead Greenery:
      Shadow Taiga: I have every right to say that name. Because we share the same face. And that's my name, too, bitch.
    • Also done by Nyarlathotep in Never the Same.
      I'm the all-powerful granter of wishes and desires! I'm the Holy Grail, bitch!
  • Token Religious Teammate: The Persona Angel, who was rather irked by the fact the she emerged from the sea of Shirou's soul just in time for Rise's strip club-inspired dungeon.
    Chie: [upon seeing what Marukyuu Striptease is like] Oh my God.
    Angel: Please do not utter the Lord's name here. It's used enough in these places.
  • Trade Snark: Taiga very much looks forward to enjoy a "Shirou Emiya class™ dinner" after weeks since the last one.
  • Trap Door: Yukiko's Castle has them. Let's just say Shadow Selves are trolls like that.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: As oblivious to romantic tropes as he is, Shirou doesn't understand why Chie got so flustered when he offered to share his umbrella with her on a rainy morning.
  • Unholy Ground: The Park where the fire happened in Fuyuki. The place was essentially a gateway to Yomi.
  • Unwitting Muggle Friend: Taiga as in canon. Subverted later on.
  • Use Your Head: Kanji found a lot of use out of this.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Kanji's mother feels this way about him, stating he used to be so kind and thoughtful to others only to go around picking fights. She doesn't want him to, even if its for her.
  • Verbal Tic: Subverted. The Persona Cu Sith prepends Shirou's name with the word "Cu", but this isn't an example of this trope. See Genius Bonus entry in the YMMV page for the details.
  • Villainous Crush: Interestingly Played With. When Izanami realizes that she's actually becoming rather fond of the idealist Shirou and interested in him beyond mere curiosity, she decides that won't do as she can't pick favourites among her three chosen ones or the results of her test for mankind will be meaningless. In order to remain impartial, she Defies this trope by detaching the part of herself that cares for him onto a separate vessel, Kusumi-no-Okami (aka Marie), so she would not be obstructed by moral compassion or restraint, and thus providing Shirou with both someone to save and a suitable villain who would become a proper trial for him to try to overcome in order to become a hero.
  • Virtual Soundtrack: The forum version of the story comes annotated with Youtube links to soundtrack pieces for every other scene, usually of either franchise for obvious reasons.
  • Weapon of Choice: While there's the obvious Shirou using swords and Yosuke canonically using Dual Daggers, Word of God has stated that Chie will be using different kung-fu oriented weapons before finally settling on one.
    • Whip It Good: Chie's choice of weapon for Yukiko's rescue. Shirou wasn't really convinced that a chain whip was an adequate complement to her kung-fu, but he trusted in her judgement. For his part, Yosuke had entirely different concerns on the matter.
    • Simple Staff: Her weapon for the Rise rescue, which takes place before Kanji's dungeon due circumstances, when asked she said it was for the simplicity, but while no one really believed it, no one questioned it either.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Nanako calls out her father, Taiga, and even Sakura for picking on Shirou at home. She's so certain he's right that she's his Justice Social Link.
    • While Taiga roughhousing with Shirou is normal to him, Dojima points out that she was using a steel poster to hit him and when she mistakenly hit Dojima instead, he gained a concussion. She never once apologized to Shirou and her reaction to being called "Tiger" is rather violent.
    • Likewise, Taiga calls Dojima out since every discussion seems like an interrogation (which he acknowledges) and he did ruin the mood by pointing out they leave tomorrow.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 24: Shirou ends up being chased by Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome in the real world. Sakura registers them as two wraiths chasing after Shirou so she has to go to Kotomine Kirei for help. Meanwhile, Taiga ends up facing her Shadow Self. Yes, really.
  • Wham Line:
    • Nyarlathotep mentions a previous "tenant" living in the Holy Grail. Previous being the key word.
    • Taiga's closing line in Never the Same, hinting that she's aware that she's awakened to her Persona.
      Taiga: [to Sakura] Let's just say I made a new friend. And her name is Kaihime.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Shinji and Shirou's falling out happened because he hit Sakura hard enough to leave bruises. Shirou promptly returned the favor when Shinji's answer for this was because he wanted to. When Yosuke hears about this incident...
    Shirou: And then there's Shinji Matou. We used to be close, but not so much.
    Yosuke: Because of the move?
    Shirou: Because he would hit his sister hard enough to leave bruises.
    Yosuke: What? Why?!
    Shirou: Because 'he felt like it'.
    Yosuke: Please tell me you punched the bastard for that.
    Shirou: And I haven't regretted it since.
    Yosuke: 'atta boy.
  • Wistful Amnesia: Strongly implied to be the case for the Mysterious Fox. She knows she had a name different to the current one, but can't remember it.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: The Wild Card for Shirou, especially the Social Link system. See Afraid of Their Own Strength and Deconstruction Fic above.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Kotomine didn't immediately take down the two wraiths attacking Shirou and believes its because he's past his prime (among other reasons). And Shirou couldn't summon a Persona outside of the TV World due to a lack of prana.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: As a crossover with Persona 4, this trope is bound to happen.
    • Gone Horribly Right in Chie's case where Shirou's accepting words encouraged her and her Shadow because it was him saying them, pushing Chie further into denial of her repressed emotions.
    • Shirou gets one from Taiga in chapter 26 when she tells him that he makes certain people, her and Sakura particularly, happy just by being alive and being there for her was enough, it rocks Shirou's core feeling about himself (sinful that he survived the fire where others died). Those who have read all three routes of the VN know that this is a big deal.
  • You Can See That, Right?:
    • The Investigation Team's reaction at the sight of Shirou conversing/haggling with the Mysterious Fox.
      Yosuke: Our leader is making small talk with a fox. The guys at school are never gonna believe this.
      Chie: I'm right here and I don't believe it.
    • Happens again when they see the fox using an abacus.
      Chie: Uh, did it just do what I think it did?
      Yosuke: [rhetorically] You mean make a calculation?
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Given all the countermeasures the Shadows have in place there's no stopping them from going berserk. Subverted with Taiga, who managed to accept her Shadow without rejecting it first, albeit not without a literal fight. Admittedly, she got very lucky and several circumstances conspired in her favor, like the heart-to-heart Taiga had with Shirou that allowed her to work out some of her issues before the confrontation and the fact that Shadow Taiga didn't have an audience to denounce Taiga's secrets, which kept her from falling for the typical knee-jerk reaction of rejecting her Shadow to shut her up.
  • You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me:
    • Pixie's reaction to finding one of the Fey greatest artifacts (Avalon) inside Shirou.
      OhmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshOHMYGOOOOOOOOSH!
    • Yosuke's response to finding out that Shadow Chie can cast Mazio, a spell his Persona is weak to:
      Oh, that's such bullshi-IAAH!
    • Taiga, numerous times through Chapter 26 after learning the various aspects of Magecraft. Like Shirou using his spine to make a circuit.
    • Yosuke's reaction at the sight of Yukiko enthusiastically wanting to join Chie and Shirou's study sessions right after she slapped him (twice) for proposing the almost same thing as the magus.
    • The Investigation Team reaction at the initial price of the fox's healing leaves.
      Everybody: What?!
      Chie: That's more than the cost of our armor and weapons!
      Yosuke: Hell, that's more than I made all year at Junes! Are you saying that some stinking leaves are worth more than I'll ever amount to?!
      Fox: Yip!
  • You Remind Me of X: Shirou states that Yosuke reminds him of Shinji. It's a lot more touching, and depressing, than you think.

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