) and Nameless Flame Wielder.
The concept is simple: Before the Fuyuki Fire, Shirou Emiya was known as Yu Narukami. Taiga finds info on Shirou's heritage, and arranges for him to meet his uncle Dojima, and stay in Inaba for one year. Then the Inaba Murders begin…
- 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.
- Afraid of Their Own Strength: The reason Shirou isn't so hot on the Social Link system is because with the bond he knows exactly what to say to get someone to feel better, or later do what he wants, meaning that if he's careless with it he can emotionally abuse or manipulate them into doing what he wants.
- Almost Kiss: Shirou and Shadow Chie. Nice timing there, Yosuke.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- Berserk Button:
- Chie reacts strongly to anything that might threaten Yukiko, especially if that something is rookie detective Adachi suggesting that the missing girl could be the serial killer. 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.
- Big Bad Friend: Shirou makes good acquaintances with "Nami", the gas station attendant, during his part-time job at MOEL.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 a self-preservation mindset 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.
- Butterfly of Doom: Shirou, just before the original start of the Holy Grail War, 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.
- Can't Argue with Pixies: From chapter 19:
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.
- 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 does, 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.
- 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.
- Combat Parkour: Jiraya, 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.
- Competitive Balance: Fitting into Persona's video game roots, the narrative describes the Investigation Team like this.
- Mighty Glacier: Shirou, his attacks are stronger than anyone else, his Persona powers 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.
- Fragile Speedster: Yosuke, he's the fastest, has Super Reflexes, but his endurance, attack and magic are about average.
- 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.
- Support Party Member: Teddie, who retains his Sensor Character status and now can produce useful expendable items with his powers.
- The Consigliere: Shirou might be The Leader, but Yosuke is the one who stops him from Digging Himself Deeper.
- Continuity Nod:
- A throwaway comment from Igor implies that the story follows the events of the female route of Persona 3.
- During the Dojimas' visit to Fuyuki, Taiga draws father and daughter's attention to the "new and improved" Hyatt Hotel as an example of the redevelopment effort over the last ten years. The previous incarnation of the same hotel was destroyed with demolition charges by Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero.
- Crash-Into Hello: How Shirou and Naoto met in chapter 23. Also an Early-Bird Cameo for the latter.
- Cry for the Devil: 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…
- Dark Is Not Evil: Shirou initially feared summoning Eligor due to his demonic roots as a Duke of Hell from the Ars Goetia, but 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: Chapter 22 focused on Taiga (with expected results).
- Deadpan Snarker: Yosuke, probably even more than his canonical portrayal.
- Deconstruction Fic:
- 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.
- 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.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Shirou and Teddie at times.
- Diving Save: Chie to Yosuke, pushing him out of the way of his Shadow's attack.
- Dope Slap: Yosuke gives Shirou one of these when he has a Stay in the Kitchen moment with Chie.
- 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…
- 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.
- There is a more lighthearted example in chapter 22, where Shirou promises to teach Chie how to prepare a lunchbox. The poor unsuspecting fool.
- Dropping the Bombshell: Margaret casually dispels Shirou's misconception about her and Igor being magi.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Expy: The Persona Pixie is a huge one to Navi and 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. 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.
Shirou: The magus blinked 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 chapter 22 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.
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- Similarly to the Servants' status menu in the visual novel, Shirou can visualize information about his Persona 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.
- 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 Shoot the Medic First. Unfortunate Shirou responds that it 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 BSOD. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Growling Gut: The trigger of the Romantic Spoonfeeding scene below.
- 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.
- 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, the possession of a Persona grants a considerable enhancement to his physical skill, particularly true for speed and reflexes in his case.
- 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.
- Indirect Kiss: Subverted. 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.
- 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 Chie 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 head] I REFUSE TO BE WOMANIZED!
- Innocent Innuendo: Shirou, still leery of the implications of having a Social Link with Nanako, gets hit with this contextless request:
I'm sorry to wake you, but... Can I sleep with Shirou-nii? Virtual Soundtrack: [Record Needle Scratch] Shirou:
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]
- 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.
- 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 be the eponymous Social Link.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kamehame Hadoken: How Chie makes Tomoe Gozen cast her starter ice spell as a projectile like this, down to the pose. Chie only missed chanting the attack "Bu-Fuuh-Ken!".
- 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.
- 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?
- 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."
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 kendoist, 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.
- 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: Subverted. NPCs "Spacy Girl" and "Errand Boy" got proper names: Haruka and Hiraku, respectively.
- 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.
- Not Listening to Me, Are You?: Chie wasn't precisely pleased with the less-than-talkative Shirou and Yukiko:
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:
I see. Chie:
…Amagi Inn has been in a lot of magazines as a hidden treasure. Yukiko's going to inherit it someday. Yukiko:
I see. Chie:
…It attracts a lot of visitors in because of its natural hot springs? Yukiko:
I see. Chie:
…Emiya, Yukiko thinks you're cute. Yukiko:
I see. (Double Take) Yukiko and Shirou: What?!
- It might double as a Mythology Gag to the game. If romanced, Yukiko will confess on Christmas Eve that she pretty much fell in love at first sight with the protagonist.
- 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.
- Oblivious to Love: Shirou. So much that Yosuke rated it at "shonen hero levels".
- One Dialogue, Two Conversations: See I Have This Friend above.
- 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.
- Politeness Judo: Leave it to Shirou to find a way to talk back to King Moron on his first day of school while remaining perfectly polite (and sincere) about it. Subverted in that Morooka still got offended and added the "sweet talker" to his "shit list".
- 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 Perversion Potential: Yosuke wonders if Shirou's Structural Analysis can be used to find out any girl's measurements.
- 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!'?
- 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.
- 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.
- Share the Male Pain: Let's just say, the infamous "critical hit to the nads" didn't go unnoticed by Shirou or their classmates.
- Shout-Out: Has its own page.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: With the worlds of Persona 4 and the Nasuverse respectively for each side, there's bound to be clashes.
- 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?!"
- 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.
- 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.
- Take That: The first chapter pokes some fun at the silent nature of the game's protagonist.
- Technology Marches On: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Given all the countermeasures the Shadows have in place there's no stopping them from going berserk.
- You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me:
- You Remind Me of X: Shirou states that Yosuke reminds him of Shinji. It's a lot more touching, and depressing, than you think.