[[caption-width-right:180:The official cover[[note]]…depicting [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou]] to the left holding the card representing the Servant Saber class and [[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Avenger]] to the right wearing a headband, both dressed in Yasogami High's winter uniforms. [[TeasingCreator The author refuses to elaborate]].[[/note]]]]

->''"[[VideoGame/{{Persona4}} Welcome to Inaba, Yu Narukami]]... [[FusionFic or should I say]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou Emiya]]?"''
-->-- '''Summary's closing line'''

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8872034/1/Fate-Reach-Out Fate/Reach Out]]'' is a ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' and ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' crossover by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/446354/Vegeta-the-3rd Vegeta the Third]] (also known as Kishou, [[OneOfUs a fellow trooper]]). The project has been collaborated partly with Nameless Flame Wielder of ''Fanfic/FateBlackReflection'', but has since been excused from the project due to conflict of work and time.

[[FandomSpecificPlot Borrowing from similar plotlines of]] [[MultipleChoicePast 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 [[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} 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 Website/FanFictionDotNet: [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/fate-reach-out-f-sn-smt-p4-crossover-story-thread.245101/ Spacebattles]], [[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/fate-reach-out-f-sn-smt-p4-crossover.3517/ Sufficient Velocity]], and [[http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/5392-Fate-Reach-Out-%28Fate-Stay-Night-x-Persona-4%29 the Beast's Lair]], each with their own dedicated fan following and updated at the same time.

!!This Fanfic has examples of:
* AccidentalPervert: [[spoiler:Teddie. In his defense, he really didn't know how to hold an unconscious girl.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob:
** Izanagi's appearance is slightly different to his canon portrayal to match his user. [[spoiler:This apparently works on the same principles that morphed Adachi's Persona into Magatsu-Izanagi in canon.]]
** The Persona Angel sports the [[http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/File:SMT2angel.jpg demure SMT character design]] instead of the Gnosticism-based and [[http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/File:Angel-P4.png bondage-inspired appearance]] canonical to ''Videogame/{{Persona 4}}''.
* AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength: The reason Shirou isn't so hot on the Social Link system is because, as a magus, he sees the enormous [[FridgeHorror 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 [[OpenMouthInsertFoot placing his foot into his mouth]], tells him it's most likely that [[BadPowersGoodPeople this fear of abusing said power is why he got it in the first place]].
* AlmostKiss: Shirou and [[spoiler:Shadow Chie]]. [[MomentKiller Nice timing there]], [[SincerityMode Yosuke and Teddie]].
* AmbiguousGender: {{Subverted|Trope}}. 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.
* AmnesiacResonance: [[spoiler: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 MythologyGag below.
* AmnesiaMissedASpot: [[spoiler:[[MemoryWipingCrew 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 [[TheMasquerade Masquerade-mandated]] LaserGuidedAmnesia 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.]]
* AnchoredShip: [[spoiler: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 ThatDidntHappen 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.]]
* AngerBornOfWorry:
** During her MotiveRant, Shadow [[spoiler:Taiga]] angrily complained how much Shirou's tendency to let himself get strung along in [[ChronicHeroSyndrome his unhealthy willingness to help others]] worries her. [[spoiler:Interestingly, Taiga uncomfortably noted that her Shadow sounded a lot more like a concerned girlfriend worrying about her significant other 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! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis HE TURNED! HIS NERVES! INTO! A]] '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis 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!
* AnimalStereotypes: 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.
* AnswersToTheNameOfGod: 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:''' [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Thou art welcome.]]\\
'''Shirou:''' [[SilentSnarker ... Was it just him or was his first Persona more vocal lately?]]
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler: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.]]
* AscendedExtra: The Mysterious Fox has its role expanded compared to the game, where it's mostly a helpful {{NPC}}[=/=]TeamPet. In this story, [[spoiler:"Tama" becomes a non-combatant team member in her own right and helps the Investigation Team both in and out the TV World.]]
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: 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 NoSell their techniques, so they turned tail and ran.
* AwfulTruth: Kotomine bluntly tells Shirou the type of person Kiritsugu was before he found him in that fire.
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler:Kotomine]] and Shirou when going against Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome.
* BadassBookworm: 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.
* BadassBystander: [[spoiler:Taiga Fujimura]], who pulled off a [[CarFu Cavalry Attack]] ''outside'' of the TV World with a [[KleptomaniacHero "borrowed"]] motorcycle to stop an ATM robbery by crashing the side of the thief's escape car. [[spoiler: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. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It's every bit as awesome as it sounds]].
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: The Investigation Team seems to have a fondness for this trope and GetAHoldOfYourselfMan. In their defense, the considerable MagicEnhancement 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, [[spoiler:Yosuke slapped a Fear-inflicted Shirou to his senses.]]
** In chapter 31, [[spoiler:Chie breaks a Charm spell on Yosuke via GroinAttack.]]
* BerserkButton:
** 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. [[spoiler:He got ''tackled'' to the wall for that one before Yosuke managed to hold Chie back.]]
** When Shirou thought [[spoiler:Shadow Yukiko killed Yosuke]], he outright ''lost it''.
** Taiga hates being called "Tiger". [[spoiler:Her Shadow didn't just gleefully push this trigger, but rather tap danced on it.]] She's slowly growing out of it and can take it in stride if a student calls her like that by mistake -- "slowly" being the key word here. Pro tip: don't try your luck.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The Investigation Team is well aware that Shirou's polite and accommodating to a fault, however he ''won't'' tolerate any nonsense from any of them that could put the team's lives in danger as the BossFight against Shadow Rise well demonstrated.
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Shirou makes good acquaintances with "Nami", the gas station attendant, during his part-time job at MOEL.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Kotomine]] to Shirou against Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome.
* BigFancyHouse: The Dojimas were positively flabbergasted at the sheer size and classic Japanese style of the Emiya Residence in Fuyuki.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:In the prologue we find out that [[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Nyarlathotep]] has taken [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Angra Mainyu]]'s place in the Holy Grail via LoopholeAbuse]].
* BigGood: [[spoiler:Philemon]] kickstarted the plot by betting that Shirou would win against the evils of the Fog.
* ABirthdayNotABreak: Rise had to perform for a big concert in Okina City as part of her tour on her birthday, June 1st. [[spoiler: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.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather:
** 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 SweatDrop at the sight.
* BrainsAndBrawn. [[GuileHero Yosuke]] and [[IdiotHero Shirou]] as the Brains and Brawn respectively. As a partial inversion, Shirou does better at school than Yosuke.
* BreakThemByTalking:
** Shadow Selves' whole M.O.
** [[spoiler:Kirei attempted this after realizing Shirou's obvious desire to continue Kiritsugu's dream. Before Shirou could gather the wherewithal to retort, Taiga [[DynamicEntry suddenly stepped in]] and [[ShutUpHannibal made Kirei shut up]] [[TalkToTheFist with her fist]]. After he left, Taiga hugged Shirou and only then he allowed himself to break down into tears.]]
* BreatherEpisode: [[ADayInTheLimelight Fuyuki Gaiden]] chapters usually comes after particularly tense developments, especially emotionally charged ones such as battles against someone's Shadow, as it was the case with Yukiko's and Rise's.
* BroFist: Yosuke and Shirou the first time they refer to each other as partners. This and other {{Handshake Substitute}}s are likely to occur when either of them pull off something particularly nifty in the TV World.
* BrokenHero: 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.
* BrownNote: 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 [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slapped him out of it]]. [[spoiler:When Yosuke himself was the target later on, [[FallingChandelierOfDoom things didn't work out so well for him]].]]
* BondOneLiner:
** [[spoiler:The Persona Lilim]] after the MiniBoss fight of Marukyuu Striptease dungeon. See DoubleKnockout below.
** Shirou signaled his finishing blow against [[spoiler:Shadow Rise]] just like practitioners of Japanese archery calls their on-target shots, as if saying that [[ButForMeItWasTuesday it was just another bull's eye]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills for him]].
* BusmansHoliday: {{Subverted|Trope}}. 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. [[spoiler:It was [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom Taiga punching Kotomine across the room]]]]
* ButterflyOfDoom: Shirou is told of his still living relatives in Inaba. The [[PowerOfFriendship 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 [[spoiler:actually [[VideoGame/{{Persona}} Phile]][[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} mon]]]] that starts the ball rolling.
* CallBack: 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 [[http://yosukesheadphones.tumblr.com/post/64050982610/dungeon-conversations-part-2-chie "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.
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: For the cast of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' except Shirou who got to answer a different CallToAdventure in Inaba. Due to [[spoiler:the agreement between Philemon and Nyarlathotep]], the Holy Grail War was postponed for a year time past its canonical start.
* CannotTalkToWomen: [[CluelessChickMagnet 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:''' ''[[[{{Beat}} blinks]]]''\\
'''Shirou:''' ''[[[{{Beat}} blinks back]]]''\\
'''[[TheHyena Yukiko]]:''' ''[fights valiantly a losing battle against a laughing fit]'' Pffffffffffffffffahahahahahaha! Ahahahahaha! ''[some time later]'' You-ohohohoh... You are ''such'' a liar! Hahaha!
* [[CantArgueWithElves 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, [[spoiler: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.
* CarFu: "Cavalry Attacks" are a thing in this story. A thing that happened once ''outside'' the TV World (see BadassBystander above).
* CasanovaWannabe: 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!''"
* CatchAFallingStar: Shirou to Chie the second time she falls into the TV World, [[ChronicHeroSyndrome even if he consciously knew she didn't hurt herself too badly the first time]].
* CaughtInTheRain:
** How Shirou and Chie [[MeetCute 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, [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to the]] [[UmbrellaOfTogetherness romantic implications]] Chie was [[LuminescentBlush 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.
* CharmPerson:
** {{Discussed|Trope}}. Yosuke outright asks Shirou if he's [[{{Glamour}} "some sort of innate magecraft sorcery"]] after witnessing Chie giving "probably the most over the top {{moe}} reactions possible" when he offered to help her studying. Yosuke is [[WrongGenreSavvy mistaking this for]] [[CluelessChickMagnet an entirely different trope]].
** ''Fate/Reach Out'' incorporates the "Charm" StandardStatusEffects from ''Videogame/{{Persona 3}}'s'' battle mechanics. [[MiniBoss Amorous Snake]] from Rise's dungeon successfully inflicted the ailment on [[spoiler:Yosuke]], who almost managed to stab [[spoiler:Yukiko]] in the back while under its control. [[spoiler:For just deserts, one's of Shirou's Personas -- [[HornyDevils Lilim]] -- did the same with Rain Wheel, commanding the enemy Shadow into running over Amorous Snake for the party's sake.]]
* ChekhovsBoomerang: In chapter 7, Shirou tried to Trace a normal katana to [[spoiler:defend himself from Ghoul]] in that dream the protagonist of the game had during his first night in Inaba. Instead, he gets a half-sword, half-polearm that [[{{Foreshadowing}} six chapters later he will discover]] is his first Persona's WeaponOfChoice, the naginata Ame-no-Nuhoko. Later on in chapter 32, [[spoiler:Shirou purposely Traces Izanagi's spear and wields it as javelin to deliver the finishing blow to Shadow Rise.]]
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Unlike [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight 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. [[spoiler: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 [[HiddenInPlainSight 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 [[spoiler:follow Kanji around unnoticed in order to guard him from the kidnapper.]]
* ChekhovsHobby: 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, [[spoiler:Shirou ''deliberately'' over-Reinforced the swords he used to stab Yomotsu-Shikome so the weapons would explode ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill inside]]'' his enemy.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Shirou as usual.
* ClassicVillain: 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 [[spoiler:Taiga]] can be considered an {{Aver|tedTrope}}sion. Being born from [[spoiler:an adult psyche with long-standing unresolved problems]], this Shadow Self can't be easily explained away via SingleIssuePsychology and doesn't act as a clear-cut foil of their progenitor. [[spoiler:Because of this, Taiga actually manages to accept her Shadow without rejecting her first.]]
* ClothingDamage: 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.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Shirou, of course. There is Sakura from canon, Chie already has a crush on him by the time her Shadow appears, [[spoiler: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".
* CombatClairvoyance: Shadow Rise thanks to her ''Supreme Insight'' skill. [[spoiler:Partially {{Subverted|Trope}} thanks to Shirou who became a major SpannerInTheWorks during her BossFight because his magecraft acted as a WrongContextMagic for her.]]
* CombatParkour: Jiraiya, who combines DoubleJump and FlashStep to bounce off everything and attack from blind spots, and to a lesser extent Yosuke.
* CombatPragmatist:
** Subverted. [[spoiler: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 [[{{Synchronization}} also hurts her in the process]].]]
** Done more successfully later [[spoiler:during the BossFight against Shadow Chie. Being the manifestation of Chie's insecurities made her an easy target of Yosuke's [[IShallTauntYou taunting]] and her "throne" doesn't make the best place to sit on during battle from a tactical standpoint.]]
** This is how [[spoiler:the Persona Lilim]] became the MVP of the MiniBoss fight in Rise's dungeon, who took advantage of [[spoiler: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 TakingYouWithMe on its former ally, ending the fight.]]
** On the antagonists' side, Shadow Rise fought a lot smarter than her predecessors, which caused no end trouble for the Investigation Team. [[spoiler:She targeted [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental weaknesses]], used her [[DanceBattler superior agility]] and [[CombatClairvoyance Supreme Insight]] for all they were worth, and even took advantage of Rise's trademark SensorCharacter skills as a Persona User to keep tabs on the I.T. as they make their way through the dungeon in order to learn more about them. Shadow Rise also realized that Shirou was by far her most problematic opponent and focused on him from the start of the battle, which marked him as the preferred target of both her attacks and her ''words'', making every effort to get under his skin and rile him up into making a mistake. This Shadow knew how to improvise when in a disadvantage too, resorting to tactics like using Rise as a HumanShield, powerful NonElemental {{Desperation Attack}}s and even trying to [[TakingYouWithMe assure her mutual destruction with the I.T.]] in the end.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: 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 actions[[note]]this happened just the day after he asked Taiga if she "loved [Shirou] that way"[[/note]] and she says to him "You're not getting one".
* TheConsigliere: Shirou might be TheLeader, but Yosuke is the one who stops him from DiggingHimselfDeeper due to his lack of social graces.
* ContinuityNod:
** A throwaway comment from Igor implies that the story follows the events of the female route of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. Later on it's revealed that [[CanonName Kotone]] [[ScreenToStageAdaptation 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 ''LightNovel/FateZero''.
* ContractualPurity: Rise is an InUniverse example and once [[DiscussedTrope lambasted the hypocrisy]] of marketing an IdolSinger 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!
* ContrivedCoincidence: Shirou's MobstacleCourse started a highly unpredictable chain of events that ended up with [[spoiler:Tohsaka figuring out that he is a magus.]]
* {{Corpsing}}: There is an InUniverse example in the second Fuyuki Gaiden, where Rin mightily struggles to not laugh herself sick in front of Kotomine at the realization that [[spoiler:Shirou basically wants to use his powers as a magus for "world peace".]]
-->'''Rin:''' ''[InnerMonologue]'' 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!
* CrashIntoHello:
** How Shirou and Naoto met in chapter 23. Also an EarlyBirdCameo for the latter.
** It happens again in chapter 27 at Tatsumi Textiles, after which Shirou and Naoto finally introduce themselves.
* CryForTheDevil: [[invoked]] Once defeated, [[spoiler:Shadow Chie]]'s cries elicited this reaction in- and out-of-universe.
-->[[spoiler:'''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…]]
* CurbStompBattle: Pissed off Kanji vs. Biker Gang. They never had a chance.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Taiga threatens [[spoiler:Kotomine]] to keep himself away from Shirou and his family or she will "kill [him] with [her] shinai, unfeminine roar, and high heels."
* DartboardOfHate: A variant. In the third Fuyuki Gaiden, Ayako's practicing at Homurahara archery dojo and, annoyed at the [[CluelessChickMagnet mistaken but not totally incorrect]] idea that Shirou is too careless with his popularity with the opposite sex, she visualizes him as her target to shoot at, scoring a bullseye and [[RuleOfSymbolism delivering her arrow to the dead center of]] [[ShipTease his imagined heart]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: Shirou initially feared summoning the Persona Eligor due to his demonic roots as a Duke of Hell from the ''Literature/ArsGoetia'', but he proved to be completely {{noble|Demon}} and badass during the Shadow Yukiko fight.
-->'''Eligor:''' [to [[MookMedic Charming]] [[EliteMook Prince]]] [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe If thou calls itself royalty,]] [[PreMortemOneLiner than accept death with dignity!]]
* DamselInDistress: {{Discussed|Trope}}:
-->"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.
* DanceBattler: Shadow Rise.
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** The first "Fuyuki Gaiden" (right after chapter 21) is focused on [[FunPersonified Taiga]] ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny with expected results]]).
** The second one (after chapter 26) follows Rin around.
** The third Fuyuki Gaiden (after chapter 32) is narrated by Ayako.
* DeadpanSnarker: Yosuke, probably even more than his canonical portrayal.
-->'''Yosuke:''' ''[after seeing [[{{Dominatrix}} Shadow Chie's rejected form]]]'' And I thought ''I'' had issues.
* DeathByAdaptation: Yu Narukami's parents died in the Fuyuki Fire.
* DeathGlare: [[spoiler:According to Nyarlathotep, Philemon shot an impressive one at him when he [[ContinuityNod mentioned]] [[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Tatsuya Suou]] in the context "letting people making their choices by their own accord".]]
* DeclarationOfProtection:
** Shirou to Yukiko in chapter 28 to try to allay her fears of encountering her kidnapper again, mirroring a similar DialogueTree choice from the game. The fact that [[ChronicHeroSyndrome he absolutely meant it]] while [[ThinkNothingOfIt remaining matter-of-factly about it]] made Yukiko's skip a beat, blush and stammer all together.
** Shirou to Rise during the fight against her Shadow, even though he didn't quite phrase it like that. His words greatly impressed her despite being the very first thing he said to her mere seconds after they met because her [[TheSocialExpert social skills and ability to read people]] told her he was completely honest about it and that his confidence wasn't feigned.
* DeconstructionFic[=/=]DeconstructionCrossover:
** Shirou's initial misgivings on the Social Link system are {{discussed|Trope}} 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 [[EarpieceConversation coach him]], [[PlayingCyrano Cyrano-style]]. Shirou instead points out how easily the power of the Wild Card [[AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength can be abused]] and [[DrunkWithPower 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 BadPowersGoodPeople".
*** This didn't go unnoticed InUniverse. 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 ''Videogame/{{Persona 4}}'' [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype deconstructs the protagonists' Character Archetypes]], this story does the same with [[spoiler:Taiga Fujimura]] and shows some of the inherent issues lurking just below such a typical anime-like personality if translated to real life. [[spoiler:Specifically that someone with a SenseiChan personality would be viewed as kind of pathetic rather than endearing.]]
* DelayedReaction:
** 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'' DelayedReaction 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 OhCrap reaction and [[INeedADrink 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:''' ''[InnerMonologue]'' Well, I wouldn't exactly-- BOYFRIEND?!
* DesignatedVillain: {{Invoked|Trope}} [[spoiler: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 [[HumanityOnTrial test for mankind]] suits her plans.]]
* DestroyTheEvidence: [[spoiler: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.]]
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: [[FirstPersonSmartass Shirou]] and [[TheDitz Teddie]] at times.
* DirtyOldMan: Among [[BunnyEarsLawyer Yasogami's unique faculty]], Shirou's least favorite teacher is not Morooka, but rather Mr. Yamada. Unlike [[InSeriesNickname King Moron]] who is a SternTeacher 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.
* DiscontinuityNod: 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.
* DivingSave: [[spoiler:Chie to Yosuke, pushing him out of the way of his Shadow's attack.]]
* DontGoInTheWoods: {{Exploited|Trope}}. 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 [[spoiler:fled to the forest when chased by Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome. That way the fight could break out without {{Innocent Bystander}}s being caught in the middle.]]
* DontThinkFeel: [[spoiler:Taiga Fujimura]] didn't know what to do with herself and her newfound romantic feelings when [[spoiler:saying goodbye to Shirou after his visit for Golden Week]]. In the end she advised herself to forgo conscious thinking and ended up [[spoiler:kissing him on the cheek]].
* DopeSlap:
** Yosuke's go-to admonishment when Shirou is acting too [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Shirou]][[IdiotHero -like]]. It started when the team leader had a StayInTheKitchen moment with Chie to keep her out of the TV World.
** Does it again when Shirou's ChronicHeroSyndrome regarding the wishing ema gets the better of him.
* DoubleKnockout: During the MiniBoss fight of Marukyuu Striptease, [[spoiler:the Persona Lilim [[StandardStatusEffects Charmed]] Rain Wheel into attacking Rain Leg Musha, who refused to go down without a fight and leading both Shadows into their simultaneous defeat.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Lilim:''' [[BondOneLiner And that, my duckies, is what happens]] [[UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject when an unstoppable wheelie meets an unmovable samurai]]. The. End.]]
* DramaticIrony:
** Readers knowledgeable with ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' will notice right away why [[LivingEmotionalCrutch 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. [[ObliviousToLove About]] ''[[CluelessChickMagnet that]]''…
** Dojima asked Sakura about her parents once and things immediately got awkward. If you know about ''LightNovel/FateZero'', you'll realize that his faux pas was a lot bigger than he knew.
** As it happened in [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight canon]], recurrent conflict in the story stems from the fact that people surrounding Shirou only slowly come to realize how truly distorted and borderline ''in''human his ChronicHeroSyndrome 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 [[spoiler: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 VideoGame/{{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 [[LethalChef Chie]] how to prepare a lunchbox. The poor unsuspecting fool.
** The third Fuyuki Gaiden reveals that [[spoiler:Taiga is planning on taking a leave of absence for the rest of the school year and moving to Inaba as soon as she can set her businesses in order in Fuyuki]]. Shirou and the rest of the town don't suspect a thing.
* DreamWalker: Shirou experiences dreams involving his active Social Links just like the PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/{{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 [[Characters/PokemonGenerationIIIWailmerToDeoxys Flygon]] ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer really]]).
* DroppingTheBombshell:
** Margaret casually dispels Shirou's misconception about her and Igor being magi.
** Rise announces her retirement from showbiz [[spoiler:to a large live audience during her concert in Okina City.]]
* TheDulcineaEffect: {{Discussed|Trope}} and unsuccessfully {{invoked|Trope}}. 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.
* EarAche: [[spoiler: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.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** Naoto makes an early appearance in chapter 23, a little after the start of Golden Week in the game's timeline. Shirou [[CrashIntoHello bumps into]] the [[PrivateInvestigator 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 DayInTheLimelight in the second Fuyuki Gaiden can be considered one of her.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Everyone has elemental weaknesses and strengths, so as a whole the party tries to cover one another when an enemy attempts to use it against them.
* EmptyChairMemorial: 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.
* EntertaininglyWrong:
** Shirou tries to explain the many supernatural phenomena he finds in Inaba with his limited knowledge of [[FunctionalMagic thaum]][[{{Franchise/Nasuverse}} aturgy]]. For example, he mistook the TV World for an extensive Boundary Field and [[SpiritAdvisor Igor]] for a magus.
** It's not only Shirou. [[spoiler:Sakura and Kirei thought that the entities that attacked Shirou during Golden Week (Yomotsu-Shikome and Yomotsu-Ikusa) were [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Wraiths]].]]
** From her phone conversations with Dojima and Shirou, Taiga thinks Shirou has become a ''womaniser''. This causes her to [[INeedAFreakingDrink start drinking heavily.]] [[spoiler:It only gets worse when she mistakes Shirou's description of Chie for ''herself'' (see IHaveThisFriend below for the details).]]
** Tohsaka's poorly thought-out excuse for her interest in Shirou's return to Fuyuki and the Archery Club -- actually due to how badly Sakura has been missing him -- made Ayako come up with the theory that they dated before he moved to Inaba. See MistakenForRomance below.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: 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|s}} and advise Shirou against debauchery.
* {{Expy}}: The Persona Pixie is a huge one to ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Navi]]'' and pretty much a homage to every bratty FairyCompanion ever.
* FacePalm: Yosuke, often because of Shirou.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Shadow Yukiko used one of these in her fight [[spoiler:to take Yosuke out of it.]]
* TheFairFolk: 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-{{Disneyf|ication}}ied 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. [[spoiler:And because she is one of the Fair Folk, ''she knows about Avalon.'' She even has a YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe 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 [[spoiler:[[WhamLine take that golden sheath out of your body and put it in your friend!]]]]\\
'''Shirou:''' ''[blinks in confusion]'' What [[spoiler:golden sheath?]]
* FairyCompanion: The Persona Pixie genuinely ''tries'' to fulfill the role and be helpful, but she tends [[TheDitz to get sidetracked on her own musing]] [[CantArgueWithElves and complain about humans]].
* FandomSpecificPlot: The story uses the somewhat popular plot of "Shirou was [[[FusionFic another series' character]]] before the Fuyuki Fire".
* FeeFiFauxPas:
** Yosuke [[DopeSlap chastises]] Shirou for trying to keep Chie from going back to the TV World to rescue Yukiko with the line [[StayInTheKitchen "That world is no place for a girl"]]. [[spoiler:Actually something of a {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion. 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. [[DramaticIrony If you know her backstory]], you'll realize it's a ''whole lot'' worse than that.
* FlatWhat:
** Shirou, Yosuke and Chie's reaction to Shadow Yukiko's Midnight Channel special.
** Shirou's reaction to summoning a Duke of Hell, [[Literature/ArsGoetia Eligor]] of the Chariot Arcana.
* FluffyTheTerrible: [[TheDragon Charming Prince]] gets nicknamed "Prince-kun" by Yukiko.
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit: 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 [[WatchOutForThatTree meeting a tree, shoulder first, losing conciousness]] [[spoiler:and waking up in time to be attacked by her Shadow Self.]]
* TheFool: The Wild Card, as expected of the {{Tarot Motif|s}}. Shirou matches the archetype particularly well in social interactions, where his painfully honest and oblivious ways accomplish quite a lot, which is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero not always for the best]]. Following the TarotMotifs, it's been suggested by WordOfGod that Shirou can be considered a ''Reversed'' Fool and that part of Shirou's CharacterDevelopment 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 [[spoiler: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 FieldOfBlades.
** The Persona Pixie, as one of TheFairFolk, recognized [[spoiler:Avalon's presence in Shirou's body.]]
** Taiga tends to overreact at the idea of Shirou becoming a [[TheCasanova 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. [[spoiler: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 MythologyGag 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.
** Shinji Matou, with his usual [[{{Narcissist}} charm]], commented in chapter 5 that Shirou may have a chance with the ladies now that the redhead will be away from him, but that "it would be a rainy day in Inaba before [Shirou] could snag someone like Risette, let alone any other babe". Twenty-seven chapters later, [[spoiler:Shirou meets Rise in Inaba/TV World (on a rainy day to boot) and makes such a [[BigDamnHeroes po]][[DeclarationOfProtection wer]][[{{Determinator}} ful]] [[HowMuchMoreCanHeTake first]] [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable im]][[ChronicHeroSyndrome pre]][[ThinkNothingOfIt ssion]] on the girl that Yosuke was left enviously snarking about why didn't Shirou just went and proposed to her for good measure.]]
* TheFourLoves: 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?
* ForWantOfANail:
** WordOfGod says that Chie's presence during the second trip to the TV World on April 15th [[spoiler:(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 BadassBystander 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 ideals[[note]]this takes place not long after Yukiko's rescue, the first big achievement of the Investigation Team[[/note]]. [[spoiler:The sight of it seems to rub Kirei the wrong way to the point he can't resist [[DroppingTheBombshell telling him about]] [[AwfulTruth Kiritsugu's past as the Magus Killer]]. [[BreakThemByTalking His words affected Shirou a lot]], but Kirei also [[NiceJobFixingItVillain 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 UnwittingMuggleFriend.]]
** 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. [[spoiler:[[InSpiteOfANail 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]].
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Probably as a [[DiscontinuityNod nod to the game]] where Chie is used to {{Railroad|ing}} the MC into [[CharacterSelectForcing 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 [[CasanovaWannabe 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.
* FreakOut: PlayedForLaughs. Taiga had three of these, each episode more severe than the one before, during her DayInTheLimelight 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) [[spoiler:might have just tried to "womanize ''her''".]]
* FusionFic: Shirou takes the place of the SilentProtagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' who [[TraumaInducedAmnesia "died"]] in the Fuyuki Fire this time around.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration:
** Similarly to the Servants' status menu in the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight visual novel]], Shirou can visualize information about one of his Personas as a [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall RPG-like status screen]] by using Structural Analysis on the Persona Card.
--->'''Shirou:''' [[LampshadeHanging It feels like I'm in some sort of video game…]]
** In the [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} 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 [[BonusBoss Contrarian King]] without Shirou, things got so bad that [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere they had to scram]]. [[FridgeBrilliance 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 UpdatedRerelease. ''Videogame/{{Persona 4}}'' being an Creator/{{Atlus}} [[NintendoHard game]], this is in fact a bad strategy because Chie's Persona is a MagicallyIneptFighter with a low Magic stat and Contrarian King's AI is coded to use his ThatOneAttack more frequently if knocked down by a weakness.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan:
** Shirou was in the receiving end of this trope during Yukiko's rescue. Twice. Yosuke and then Chie slapped him out of his HeroicBSOD. [[spoiler: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 [[PlayingWithFire Shadow Yukiko]].]]
** In ''The Inner Child'', [[spoiler:Kirei [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks threw one of his Black Keys]] at Shirou during their BackToBackBadasses fight to snap him out of the Fear-inducing trance right before Yomotsu-Shikome could finish him off with a [[OneHitKill Mudo]] spell.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight:
** Shirou's [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre encouraging words]] to Chie were so effective that they worked ''against'' the Investigation Team during their confrontation with her Shadow because [[spoiler:it was ''[[LoveInterest 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.
** PlayedForLaughs in the third Fuyuki Gaiden. Homurahara UsefulNotes/{{Kendo}} [[JapaneseSchoolClub Club]] needed a sparring partner above their level to improve their swordsmanship and one of their members has the ''[[WhatAnIdiot brilliant]]'' idea of asking the "Tiger of Fuyuki" for help, realizing too late why nobody else did just that before. Taiga heeds the request earnestly and basically takes over of the club's captaincy to shape them up with her characteristic shinai-wielding enthusiasm.
--->'''Kendo Club Member 1:''' This is all your fault, you know.\\
'''Kendo Club Member 2:''' My fault?!\\
'''Kendo Club Member 1:''' You had to blab out loud that Fujimura-sensei is a kendoka, and now she's running us ragged in these sessions!\\
'''Kendo Club Member 2:''' Well, Sensei was upset about our last match and really wanted us to shape up. I didn't think the rumors around "The 'T' of Fuyuki" were true!
* GoodAngelBadAngel: 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.
* GoodCounterpart: 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.
* GratuitousSpanish: How Taiga greets the Dojimas to [[BigFancyHouse 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 KeepItForeign.
-->'''Taiga:''' We're here! Casa de Emiya!
* GreenEyedMonster: Many of the early Investigation Team members are secretly envious of certain trait of another member. Their Shadows ''love'' spilling the beans.
* GrowingUpSucks: In a rather depressing scene, [[spoiler: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.]]
* GrowlingGut: The trigger of the RomanticSpoonfeeding scene below.
* GuardianAngel: The Persona Angel is a self-proclaimed example for Shirou and wants to lead him down the [[LawfulGood path of righteousness]]. Also very fond of Nanako, but too much of a prude by Lilim's standards. Then again, most people are SourPrudes by [[HornyDevils Lilim's]] [[ReallyGetsAround standards]].
* HealingFactor: As in canon, Shirou has one by virtue of Avalon. [[spoiler: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.]]
* HearingVoices: How Shirou interacts with his Personas in the real world. Interestingly, they can't hear his thoughts unlike other {{Spirit Advisor}}s 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.
* HeirToTheDojo: The Mitsuzuri family has a great tradition of martial arts with a history that goes back to several {{samurai}} clans around the Heian Period. Ayako is the current heir apparent and her specialties in decreasing order of prowess are [[NaginatasAreFeminine naginatado]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Archery}} kyudo]] and more recently UsefulNotes/{{kendo}}.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Teddy has a case of this when it comes to his worth. When he can't help the group, it gets worse.
* HitlerAteSugar: It's revealed to the reader in chapter 26 that [[spoiler:Yomotsu-Shikome and Yomotsu-Ikusa's attack against Shirou]] was a case of guiltiness by association and LoopholeAbuse. [[spoiler: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.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[MiniBoss 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* HomoeroticSubtext: [[SubvertedTrope 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 ''[[ObliviousToLove 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).
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: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.]]
* HornyDevils: Lilim, dangerous sex demons from Judeo-Christian lore. As Shirou's Persona and just like [[NobleDemon Eligor]], Lilim has his best interests in mind, giving her a more DarkIsNotEvil characterization. However, given [[BlueAndOrangeMorality 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!
* HorrifyingTheHorror: [[spoiler:Kotomine]] actually drives fear into Yomotsu-Ikusa during their battle.
* HowDoIShotWeb: 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, CallingYourAttacks doesn't really help. On the bright side, even when unsummoned the possession of a Persona grants a considerable [[MagicEnhancement enhancement to his physical skill]], [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration particularly true for speed and reflexes in his case]], which allowed him to get by until he figured out how to summon.
* HumanShield: [[spoiler:Shadow Rise falls back to this when Shirou and his [[WrongContextMagic magecraft]] pushed her into a corner.]]
* TheHyena: Yukiko is prone to laughing fits, something that once got her in hot water with Shirou who tersely chewed her out for getting distracted during the fight against Shadow Rise at the worst possible time and to bring her attention back to the battle. Her lost of focus made her waste a precious opportunity to heal Yosuke and Chie and forced Shirou to fight the Shadow practically on his own for a while in order to keep the enemy from targeting the rest while they were still vulnerable.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Yosuke comes off as this to Shirou, especially in social and detective situations.
* HypocriticalHumor: Shirou's remarks on Naoto after their first meeting. Taiga, naturally, [[LampshadeHanging 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:''' [[ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject Let's just hurry home.]]
* ICallItVera: According to Ayako, her mother named her {{naginata|sAreFeminine}} like a pet.
* IdentityAmnesia:
** Shirou, who completely forgot that he was once known as Yu Narukami prior to the Fuyuki Fire.
** [[spoiler:Marie as per canon for ''Videogame/{{Persona 4}}: [[UpdatedRerelease The Golden]]'', who was found first by the police instead of the Velvet Room this time around.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** [[spoiler:Yomotsu-Ikusa runs Kotomine through with a spear. The man pulls it out and breaks it.]]
** [[spoiler:Shirou finishes off Shadow Rise with the BoomHeadshot version of this trope.]]
* IndirectKiss: {{Defied|Trope}}. 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 [[TrademarkFavoriteFood steak]] and gives the rest of her soba bowl to Shirou.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: 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 VendorTrash, but the spoils turned out to be real world stuff that somehow find its way into the TV World for the most part.
* InformedAbility: {{Averted|Trope}}. Taiga's CharacterDevelopment [[spoiler:after confronting her Shadow and taking a step away from her GrowingUpSucks mindset]] incidentally makes her MasterSwordsman status take a more prominent role than in the visual novel where it comes to the fore maybe once per route and [[TheWorfEffect only serves to underscore just how superior Saber's skill is compared to normal people]]. Notably, she becomes the de facto captain's of Homurahara's UsefulNotes/{{Kendo}} Club and [[PassionateSportsGirl Ayako]] takes the opportunity to learn swordsmanship from her.
* InternalReveal: By the end of the Golden Week arc, [[spoiler: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.]]
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Shadow Rise's battle was basically a one-sided version of this, a constant stream of innuendo even as she tried to kill them. [[spoiler:The fight ended up with her being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice by Shirou. Make of that what you will.]]
* IHaveThisFriend: Chapter 22 has an amusing {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion. [[spoiler: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 OneDialogueTwoConversations 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 [[PlayedForLaughs hilarious]] FreakOut involving the phone call being cut short and [[INeedAFreakingDrink lots of booze]].]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Taiga:''' ''[screaming in her mind]'' I REFUSE TO BE WOMANIZED!]]
* InnocentInnuendo:
** Shirou, still leery of the implications of having a Social Link with Nanako (see DeconstructionFic above), gets hit with this contextless request:
--->'''Nanako:''' I'm sorry to wake you, but... Can I sleep with Shirou-nii?\\
'''VirtualSoundtrack:''' ''[RecordNeedleScratch]''\\
'''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 AmbiguouslyHuman 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.
* InstantCosplaySurprise: Doubles as a ShoutOut. Before the fight against Shadow Yukiko, she uses her powers to morph Shirou, Yosuke and Chie's clothes into something more princely: [[Anime/CodeGeass Zero (sans mask), Suzaku (pre-R2) and Cornelia]]'s outfit and dress uniforms, respectively. Also a bit of an InJoke among VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} fans, given that most of [[RelationshipVoiceActor Japanese voice actors had roles in both series]].
* InstantSedation: [[spoiler:Rise gets kidnapped via drugged Rag the moment she steps through the door to her Grandmother's place.]]
* InterfaceSpoiler:
** A rare non-videogame example in chapter 22, a.k.a. Taiga's DayInTheLimelight, where [[spoiler:the title has the words "The Sun" in bold letters. Considering how unlikely is for Shirou to join a [[JapaneseSchoolClub 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 [[spoiler:Rin will become the Tower Arcana Social Link.]]
** The hat trick: The third Fuyuki Gaiden hints [[spoiler:Ayako Mitsuzuri will be The Moon.]]
** A downplayed version of this trope is ''italicized'' words denote the deeper hidden thoughts that the Shadows will exploit.
* IronicEcho: With a dash of DramaticIrony. [[spoiler: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.
* IShallTauntYou: Yosuke taunts Shadow Chie by calling her a [[ShoutOut "banan]][[Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}} a head"]]. [[spoiler:It works well enough for Shirou to blindside her with a Zio spell.]]
* IsThatCuteKidYours: 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.
* ItsALongStory: Chie when trying to convince Yukiko to stop calling the fox "Usagi". See CallBack above for details.
-->'''Chie:''' Let it go, Yukiko. Let's not turn this into another Chosokabe.\\
'''Shirou:''' Chosokabe? [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chosokabe_clan The samurai clan?]]\\
'''Chie:''' Long story.
* IWorkAlone: Subverted. [[spoiler: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.]]
* JapaneseSchoolClub: {{Averted|Trope}}. Shirou shows no interest in joining extracurricular activities at Yasogami, giving more priority to the TV World or part-time jobs.
* KamehameHadoken: How Chie makes Tomoe Gozen cast her starter ice spell as a projectile like this, down to the pose. Chie only missed [[CallingYourAttacks intoning the attack]] as "[[ShoutOut Bu-Fu]][[Franchise/StreetFighter uh-Ken!]]".
* KickedUpstairs: 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.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Shirou spears Shadow Rise in the face just as she's gloating that she dodged his previous attack.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Ryotaro and Nanako]] were made to forget [[spoiler:Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome's attack]] with [[HypnoticEyes Magecraft]]. The following chapter reveals that the same happened to [[spoiler:the "Track Team Trio," except for Makidera.]]
* TheLeader: 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.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: 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.
* LetMeGetThisStraight: [[spoiler:Taiga Fujimura]] when learning about the Investigation Team. To say this person wasn't amused would be an understatement.
'''Shirou:''' It's actually five years--\\
'''[[spoiler:Taiga]]:''' LIKE THAT MAKES ANY DIFFERENCE!\\
'''Shirou:''' --And Yosuke's helping too.\\
'''[[spoiler:Taiga]]:''' [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg WHO THE HELL CARES?!]]\\
'''Yosuke:''' ''[far away]'' ''[[[SneezeCut doubles over in pain for no apparent reason]]]''
* LiterallyShatteredLives: [[spoiler:Berserk!Shadow Yukiko's end.]]
* LiteralMinded: Teddie.
-->'''Yosuke:''' That's like the number one way ''not'' to get into someone's pants.\\
'''Teddie:''' I have to search her pants?
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: 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.
* LongLostRelative: Shirou to the Dojimas. If not for Taiga [[spoiler:and [[VideoGame/{{Persona}} Phile]][[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} mon]]]] he would still be ignorant about them and they would have still believed him to be dead.
* LoopholeAbuse: This is why [[spoiler:the banished [[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Nyarlathotep]] is currently in the Holy Grail]].
-->[[spoiler:"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."]]
* LoveEpiphany: [[spoiler: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.]]
* MagicallyIneptFighter: 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 ElementalRockPaperScissors.
* MagicEnhancement: 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 SuperToughness.
* MagikarpPower: 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 [[IdolSinger 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 [[AncientConspiracy Mage's Association]], something that could end with a lot of people [[LaserGuidedAmnesia getting their memories rewritten]], if not outright KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade.
* MeetCute: See Chie and Shirou's example of CaughtInTheRain above.
* MentalWorld: 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 [[{{Foreshadowing}} hill of]] [[FieldOfBlades swords]].
* MetaphoricallyTrue: Yukiko answers [[spoiler:Naoto Shirogane]]'s questions about her kidnapping in a way that, [[ExactWords 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.
* MightyGlacier: Shirou, his attacks are stronger than anyone else, his Persona powers together with his Reinforcement give him SuperToughness, but he's noticeably slower to the punch than Yosuke or Chie on top of Persona switching slowing him down further.
* MistakenForRomance: Ayako's got the EntertaininglyWrong theory that Rin and Shirou might have been in a relationship that they either [[SecretRelationship kept to themselves]] or [[WillTheyOrWontThey it didn't become serious enough to be called one]]. The fact that her best friend didn't claim victory in their [[TheBet private bet]] to get a boyfriend before the other seems to support the latter scenario, but Ayako musses it could also be that Shirou having to leave Fuyuki due to family reasons [[AnchoredShip put the relationship on hold]] and that Rin's otherwise-inexplicable interest in his return means she intends to [[NewOldFlame pick up things where they left off]].
* MobstacleCourse: Shirou runs through the streets of Miyama, making an effort to avoid passer-bys when possible or shoving them aside when it wasn't. [[spoiler:He was being chased by two InvisibleToNormals 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 [[spoiler: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.]]
* MomentKiller: Yosuke and Teddie's arrival [[AlmostKiss interrupted a kiss]] between Shirou and [[spoiler:Shadow Chie]]. Unusually for this trope, this was a very good thing.
* MoneySpider: {{Averted|Trope}}. Unlike the game, the party doesn't get any money from fighting Shadows, only occasional bits of VendorTrash 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 {{Aver|tedTrope}}sion, as it makes him very memorable among the Japanese population. This becomes a plot point in the second Fuyuki Gaiden because [[spoiler: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.]]
* MundaneUtility:
** 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 [[OneHitKill Hama spell]] Marukyuu Striptease as a light source.
* MuscleAngst: {{Downplayed|Trope}} male version. Chie once admonished Yosuke for thinking that something as dangerous like their DungeonCrawling trips to the TV World could give him the [[HeroicBuild "rock-hard abs and pecs"]] he always wanted and that he shouldn't look for supernatural shortcuts for physical training. He retorted that Chie should tell that to the resident magus and team leader who is, in Yosuke's own words, "frigging ripped".
* MrFixit: 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|Hanging}} with a dash of RealityEnsues 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.
* MultitaskedConversation: 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 [[spoiler:stop using magecraft for the duration of the case]], which he had mixed feelings about.
* MythologyGag:
** 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 SpinOff {{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 [[{{Foreshadowing}} "a glowing sheath surrounded in darkness, and a girl standing in an open green meadow"]].
** The BadassBystander above basically performed a Cavalry Attack right out of ''[[UpdatedRerelease The Golden]]'' to thwart a robbery.
** The scene from the VisualNovel 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 UsefulNotes/{{Kendo}} practitioner, easily dodges and strikes back with her own rolled-up poster before realizing [[AmusingInjuries 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: [[spoiler:Ryotaro's head, knocking him out cold.]]
** Shirou, Taiga, Ryotaro and Nanako visit Verde Shopping Mall in Fuyuki, a location available in ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia''. 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 [[ShowWithinAShow "Magical Detective Loveline"]] for Nanako, just like the one she had in the [[Anime/Persona4TheAnimation anime]].
** Taiga runs into a tree [[spoiler:and wakes up in what is implied to be her mindscape. It just so happens that her mindscape is the [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Dojo]]. Shadow Taiga is there, and design-wise she is basically Tiger Dojo Taiga's EvilCounterpart.]]
** Shirou drops the line [[Memes/{{Nasuverse}} "you lost me"]] from time to time.
** In ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', 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 [[ChivalrousPervert Yu]] does it. [[InSpiteOfANail Here the same happens with]] [[FusionFic Shirou as the lead]] because he's just that much of a [[KnightInShiningArmor Chivalrous]] CluelessChickMagnet.
** 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 [[VideoGame/FateExtra Tamamo no Mae's]] name. And there's speculation that this is ''not'' an in-universe coincidence nor just a ShoutOut. [[note]]This doesn't necessarily mean Tamamo herself, she might instead be one of the other nine members of the Tamamo Nine, aside from Tamamo Cat, who was introduced in VideoGame/FateGrandOrder as a Berserker, and obviously does ''not'' fit Tama's personality.[[/note]]
** Shirou gets a job at MOEL. DummiedOut 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 [[HaremGenre harem show]]", which amusingly is very much the case for ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' and lots and ''lots'' of fan-produced works. Even in the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight original visual novel]] he has at least some ShipTease 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 TieInNovel [[http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/Persona_4:_Kiri_no_Amnesia Persona 4: Kiri no Amnesia]].
** Shadow Rise compares herself to [[VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight Yuko]] [[IdolSinger Osada]][[spoiler:, an important PosthumousCharacter in that game's backstory who was DrivenToSuicide following her CreatorBreakdown, when "Risette" decides to pull off a TakingYouWithMe on the Investigation Team.]]
** One of the very first things Ayako thought of at the prospect of hanging out at Shirou's house is rummaging through his room to find out [[PornStash what kind of porn he reads]], [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike which is exactly what Rin]] (and a not-entirely-reluctant Saber) did in ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia''.
* NaginatasAreFeminine: Ayako and her mother are experts at wielding a polearm. The latter plays the trope straighter, who is a perfect YamatoNadeshiko in her daughter's eyes.
* NakedOnArrival: This is how [[spoiler:the amnesiac Marie]] is found by [[spoiler:Dojima and Adachi]] during the former's first appearance in the story, completely unlike canon [[spoiler:where her situation and ailment was only known to the protagonist, and much later on to the rest of the Investigation Team.]]
* NewTransferStudent: 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.
* NightmareFetishist: 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|dTrope}} a GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies[=/=]SecurityCling 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:''' [[ArmorPiercingResponse 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 drop}}s]''\\
'''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.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: As in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', Chie thinks poorly of herself because of this trope. Unlike canon, Shirou makes clear from the start, albeit in his own InnocentlyInsensitive way, that he doesn't consider her unfeminine or less attractive because of her {{tomboy}} traits. [[spoiler: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.]]
* NoNameGiven: The author seems to have a fondness with {{Subvert|edTrope}}ing 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 [[OCStandIn 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 [[ShoutOut probably more than a few]] ''VideoGame/FateExtra'' players) really liked the name.
* NonElemental: Megidola.
* NonUniformUniform: 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.
* NoSell: [[spoiler: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.]]
* NoSocialSkills: 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.
* NotListeningToMeAreYou: 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.\\
'''Yukiko and Shirou:''' [[BigWhat What?!]]
** It might double as a MythologyGag to the game. [[spoiler: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.]]
* NotSoForgottenBirthday: {{Subverted|Trope}}. [[spoiler:The fact that nobody remembered "Rise's" birthday while everybody knew about "[[IdolSinger Risette]]'s" concert [[ABirthdayNotABreak happening on the same day]] was the thing that finally made her decide on retirement.]]
* ObliviousToLove:
** Shirou. So much that Yosuke rated it at "{{shonen|Genre}} hero levels". His Persona kind of alleviate this. [[spoiler: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 [[NiceGuy but well-meaning]] smooth-talker.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The Investigation Team defeating the [[BonusBoss Contrarian]] [[GoddamnedBoss King]].
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: See IHaveThisFriend above.
* OneHitKill: The Mudo spell, which Yomotsu-Shikome was getting ready to cast to Shirou. Kotomine hypothesized that it would have likely destroyed his soul.
* OneOfTheKids: Taiga, as per canon. [[spoiler:Her Shadow points out that she never takes things seriously.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** 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|Trope}} because Rin decided to ignore it and chalk up the whole thing to an "off day."
* OuijaBoard: Referenced. Nami compares the Midnight Channel to a talking board, giving Shirou an important hint of how it actually works. [[spoiler:Whether "he" intended to [[PetTheDog help him]] or [[BaitTheDog not]], is yet to be seen.]]
* OutOfCharacterAlert: Squared. In the second Fuyuki Gaiden set during Golden Week, Rin gets a little too emotional at the misunderstanding that Shirou was coming back from Inaba due to the negative effect that his absence has on Sakura. Ayako remarks on this, but Rin manages to play it down by inventing that she looking forward to Shirou's return because he owes her a favor that she intends to collect. In the next Fuyuki Gaiden, Ayako observes that Shirou's hardworking and accommodating personality makes it very unlikely for him to ask favors from anyone, implying that he must have been pretty comfortable with Rin to do so. Both instances of this trope make Ayako wonder if [[MistakenForRomance there's more to her joke about Shirou and Rin dating than she knew]].
* PaintingTheMedium: 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.
* ParentsKnowTheirChildren: 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.
* PartiallyCivilizedAnimal: 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 [[IntellectualAnimal making some calculation on it]].
* PassionateSportsGirl: Replace "sports" with "martial arts" and that's Ayako Mitsuzuri to a T. She learned [[NaginatasAreFeminine Naginatado]] from her mother and is the [[HeirToTheDojo heir apparent to the family dojo]], learned [[UsefulNotes/{{Archery}} Kyuudou]] at the same time that Shirou did in Homurahara and soon became the captain, and uniquely to this fic she's starting to pick up UsefulNotes/{{Kendo}} from Taiga by unofficially joining the kendo club. Quite the SpiritedCompetitor, she considers each of them her {{Worthy Opponent}}s in one way or another, however the guy arguably brings out her competitive streak the most because he's insanely good with bow and arrow ''and'' genuinely seems to think absolutely nothing of his own talent, a contradiction that irks Ayako to no end.
* PhoneyCall: Cleverly {{invoked|Trope}}. Unlike other {{Spirit Advisor}}s/{{Not So Imaginary Friend}}s 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 TalkingToThemself 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.
* PhraseCatcher: People at Yasogami came with the nickname "Fake Janitor" for Shirou, the same one he had at Homurahara, completely on their own.
* PoliceAreUseless: 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 BadassBystander (Taiga) had to catch the ATM robber.
* PolitenessJudo:
** Leave it to Shirou to find a way to talk back to [[SadistTeacher King Moron]] on his first school day while remaining perfectly polite and sincere about it. Subverted in that Morooka [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption 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. [[SubvertedTrope Although]], his not-quite-DeathGlare and Chie's KnuckleCracking in the background ''might'' have had something to do with Mitsuo's hasty retreat.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: 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 [[IdolSinger Risette]] was or why is was such a big deal that she was about to perform in Okina City.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Social Links, naturally.
** When Shirou is having it explained to him, [[LampshadeHanging 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.
* PowerOfTrust: Being a {{Determinator}} with a ChronicHeroSyndrome who routinely puts HonorBeforeReason 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 DeclarationOfProtection 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".
* PowerPerversionPotential: Yosuke wonders if Shirou's ''Structural Analysis'' can be used to find out any girl's measurements.[[note]]this isn't addressed in-story and likely never will, but the answer is probably no. Shirou's unique brand of ''Structural Analysis'' only works on objects closely related to the Concept of "Sword" or these temporarily imbued with it through his prana. However, for this particular example there's a workaround: Shirou could cast ''Structural Analysis'' on a girl's ''clothes'' instead and obtain the information indirectly.[[/note]]
* PrimalFear: Chie has a fear of bugs and FearOfThunder. Shirou has a fear of fire due to the Fuyuki Fire.
* ThePromise: 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 SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments in the story so far. [[spoiler: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.
* ProperlyParanoid: Due to his ChronicHeroSyndrome and the {{Crazy Prepared}}ness (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 [[spoiler:during his visit to Fuyuki on Golden Week, when two otherwise-invisible fog demons appeared in the real world and tried to kill him.]]
* PublicDomainCharacter: Most Personas as in canon, but it also applies to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaihime Kaihime]], [[spoiler:Taiga's Persona]].
* PubliclyDiscussingTheSecret: Yosuke {{invoke|dTrope}}s this in chapter 27 as a HiddenInPlainSight tactic for the Investigation Team to hold their meetings in the middle of Junes' food court. He gives the rest of the team ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 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 TabletopRPG campaign, so any talk about magic, victims, monsters, etc. won't catch anyone's attention even if eavesdropped.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: [[spoiler: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.]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** Taiga [[ShutUpHannibal shutting up]] [[spoiler:Kotomine]].
** Pixie [[AngerBornOfWorry ranting about]] Shirou's borderline suicidal self-training.
* RealMenCook: 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.
* RecursiveFanfiction: Chapter 27 references and [[AscendedFanon brings into the story's canon]] an {{omake}} posted by a fan on ''Website/SpaceBattlesDotCom'' titled [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/posts/19139663 "Yasogami's Fake Janitor."]]
* RescueRomance:
** [[CasanovaWannabe Yosuke]] was actually looking forward to fight Shadow Rise for a chance to {{Invoke|dTrope}} this trope with the IdolSinger. 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]''
** Made worse later on by the fact that Shirou, [[CluelessChickMagnet being]] [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Shirou]], ended up stealing his thunder without really meaning to.
--->[Yosuke's] friend didn't even ''care'' about Risette and here he was making a [[DeclarationOfProtection proclamation of her protection]] before he could? Might as well propose to her on the spot while [he was] at it! ''"Damn you, Shirou Emiya…!"''
* TheResenter: Shirou's obvious heroic traits come to aggravate the envy Yosuke felt towards the protagonist in the game. [[spoiler:This results in his Shadow going the extra mile to try and kill Shirou when it goes berserk.]]
* RightBehindMe:
** In chapter 16, [[spoiler: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]''
* RomanticSpoonfeeding: 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.
* RomanticWingman: 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 [[ObliviousToLove totally missed]] ''[[ObliviousToLove why]]'' Chie wanted to tag along in the first place.
* RousingSpeech: Shirou's Personas as a group encouraged him in his mind to keep fighting even when all hope seemed lost against Shadow Rise.
-->'''Izanagi:''' Stand. Stand and fight for truth!\\
'''Eligor:''' You have faced the fires of hell once, Fool, and you can do it again!\\
'''Angel:''' May my blessing, however small, grant you second wind, child.\\
'''Pixie:''' Hey! You can't let the last good memory with Yosuke be a concert! I won't accept it!\\
'''Lilim:''' And ''I'' won't accept you dying before getting laid! You are going to snag that idol, dammit!\\
'''Valkyrie:''' There is glory in death, but not a premature one. You have so much left to do.\\
'''Cu Sith:''' You promised Cu Taiga! A true man NEVER breaks a lady's promise!
* RuleOfSymbolism: {{Discussed|Trope}}. 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.
* RunOrDie: Yomotsu-Ikusa and Yomotsu-Shikome merits this reaction from Izanagi. Makes sense given his myth. [[spoiler: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!''
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: After Shirou pretends to have a phone conversation with Pixie (see PhoneyCall above), his Persona plays along and ends it with "Yay! Click."
* SayingTooMuch: Shirou, while explaining [[spoiler:Taiga]] why [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade you don't mess with the secrecy of Magecraft]], mentions [[spoiler:Inaba]] in the same sentence. The person listening to him had absolutely no reason to relate both things until that point. His first Persona [[LampshadeHanging put it the best]]:
-->'''Izanagi:''' [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Thou]] [[WhatAnIdiot damneth]].
* SecurityCling:
** [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak Chie]] + [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes bugs]]/[[FearOfThunder thunderstorms]]/[[GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies horror movie scenario]] + a nearby Shirou = This Trope.
** Teddie ended up clinging to Tama in Marukyuu Striptease when Shadow Rise powered down the lights.
** [[SubvertedTrope Unsuccessfully]] {{Invoked|Trope}} by Yosuke in the same scene with Yukiko, who turned out to be a huge [[NightmareFetishist horror movie buff]], completely at odds with her YamatoNadeshiko image.
* SempaiKohai: Part of the interpersonal dynamics between Shirou and Sakura in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. To mitigate for his absence after he moved to Inaba [[spoiler:and her own after Taiga decides to follow him there]], Taiga encourages Ayako to become a closer friend to Sakura, who immediately thinks of replicating Shirou's apparent success at bringing Sakura out of her shell by acting herself as a "sempai" to the girl [[spoiler:by teaching her kendo.]]
* SenseiChan: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. [[spoiler: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.]]
* SensoryOverload: 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. Fortunately, Teddie can track down someone's location by singling out the "scent" of his or her particular psychological issues. The caveat is that the Investigation Team needs to first learn enough about each kidnapped victim for this to work.
* SexyMentor: [[TheTease Marg]][[TheGadfly aret]] becomes a magecraft teacher of sorts for Shirou in chapter 29.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: 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 [[UsefulNotes/{{Kendo}} shinai]], though), and if they ever get asked about it, they can say they're from CramSchool.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: 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 [[GoddamnedBoss Contrarian]] [[ThatOneAttack King]], the BonusBoss of Yukiko's Castle. Quickly realizing that they had little to no chance of defeating it, they opted for a TacticalWithdrawal. It doubles as an InJoke to Videogame/{{Persona 4}} players (see GameplayAndStoryIntegration above for the reason).
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler:Just like in canon, Izanami is testing humanity whether or not it deserves to continue on depending on how they confront the truth.]]
* ShamefulStrip: [[spoiler:Rise suffered this at the hands of her Shadow in front of a pseudo audience of the latter's clones while chained to a stripper dance pole. That and a nasty BreakingSpeech pushed the girl into rejecting her Shadow before the Investigation Team could get to her.]]
* ShareTheMalePain: Let's just say, the infamous [[GroinAttack "critical hit to the nads"]] didn't go unnoticed by Shirou or their classmates.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend:
** 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, ''[[{{Tsundere}} mostly]]''), Ayako teasingly asked that if she was that eager to see her boyfriend again. Tohsaka, [[TheGadfly 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 LuminescentBlush.
* SherlockScan: Shadow Rise pulls this off on Shirou, identifying he had a major case of SurvivorGuilt.
* ShipperOnDeck: A number of Shirou's Personas are this about him and the girl representing the Social Link of their Arcanas.
** Eligor of the Chariot Arcana doesn't even try to be subtle about Shirou×Chie. Doubles as GeniusBonus if you take [[TheMatchmaker "[Eligor] causeth the Love of Lords and Great Persons" thing]] from the ''Literature/ArsGoetia'' into account.
** While a lot more laid-back about it, Cu Sith is rather fond of Shirou×Taiga.
** Lilim ships him with everybody. [[MarryThemAll Preferably at the same time]]. In proper {{Horny Devil|s}} fashion, she's less keen on romance and all about him getting laid.
** Notably, the Persona Angel of the Justice Arcana is an exception who tries to [[DefiedTrope Defy this trope]] with conservative views on relationships, and ''especially'' disagrees with Lilim on the matter.
* ShoutOut: Has its [[ShoutOut/FateReachOut own page]].
* ShrinesAndTemples: Tatsuhime Shrine is a run-down example of this trope from the game. Here, Shirou recognizes the remnants of what used to be a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ky%C5%ABd%C5%8D Kyuudou]] (Japanese martial art of archery) training ground for the late [[{{Miko}} priestess]] of the shrine and apparently plans on renovating it for his own use.
* ShutUpHannibal: Taiga doesn't approve Shirou's inherited dreams of becoming an "Ally of Justice". That doesn't mean [[spoiler:Kotomine]] can just talk trash about Kiritsugu in front of Shirou.
-->'''Taiga:''' [[TalkToTheFist You!]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Big!]] [[BigStupidDoodooHead MEANIE!]]
* SkewedPriorities: The Persona Lilim's RousingSpeech to Shirou during Shadow Rise's BossBattle is, well, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality very]] [[HornyDevils her]].
-->'''Lilim:''' And ''I'' won't accept you [[MustNotDieAVirgin dying before getting laid]]! You are going to snag that idol, dammit!
* {{Slapstick}}. Mostly {{Justified|Trope}}. The MagicEnhancement that Persona User receive in the TV World and their casual access to [[HealingHands healing magic]] make the {{Slapstick}} typical to ''Videogame//{{Persona 4}}'' a lot less [[DudeNotFunny cringe-worth]] in this story.
* SlaveToPR: By proxy even. [[spoiler:Rise's ContractualPurity as an IdolSinger 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 [[AttentionWhore her]] [[FanDisservice Shadow]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} was]] [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl like]], especially if broadcast right after the announcement of her [[CreatorBreakdown 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.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With the worlds of VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} and the {{Franchise/Nasuverse}} respectively for each side, there's bound to be clashes.
* SneezeCut:
** During the LetMeGetThisStraight scene above in Fuyuki, Yosuke [[RuleOfFunny somehow]] felt [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:mistakenly mentioned Taiga as an example and the narration briefly jumps to focus on her as she sneezes during a sparing match.]]
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: Subverted. Yosuke's "Risette facts" end up being worthless because they are her idol persona's trivia not Rise's.
* SpiritAdvisor: His Personas for Shirou, especially during battle and in the context of Social Links where they can outright [[TheEmpath 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 [[ObliviousToLove women]] or [[ChronicHeroSyndrome self-preservation]].
* {{Squee}}: Taiga's reaction to [[spoiler:Nanako calling her "[[BerserkButton Tiger]]-nee". [[ItMakesSenseInContext Yeah, you heard that right]].]]
* StageMagician: Similarly to [[VideoGame/{{Persona4}} Yu Narukami]], Shirou picks up a keen interest in stage magic despite the fact he's already capable of very real [[FunctionalMagic Thaumaturgy]].
* TheStationsOfTheCanon. A SubvertedTrope. The story follows the events of the game closely until Yukiko's rescue, but from then and on [[ForWantOfANail the Butterfly Effect starts to show]]. For example:
** [[spoiler:Taiga appeared one night on the Midnight Channel after her BadassBystander 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 [[spoiler:of her concert in Okina, and the kidnapper ended up throwing her into TV before getting the chance to approach Kanji.]]
** Shirou's presence in Shadow Rise's BossFight [[spoiler:and his magecraft allowed the Investigation Team to {{Subvert|edTrope}} the UnwinnableBossBattle by circumventing her Supreme Insight skill. This also precluded the circumstances that led to the fight with Shadow Teddie, something that [[DramaticIrony does NOT shape to be a good thing in the long run]].]]
* StayInTheKitchen: Shirou on occasion, as expected of his pre-CharacterDevelopment self. Just ask Yosuke, who felt right to DopeSlap 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. [[spoiler:Although Yosuke would give you the exact ''[[EntertaininglyWrong 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?!"
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Before leaving back to Inaba at the end of Golden Week, Taiga rounds up and return Shirou's old archery equipment back to him. [[spoiler: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.
-->'''[[HormoneAddledTeenager Yosuke]]:''' [[ShoutOut Such an]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itsy_Bitsy_Teenie_Weenie_Yellow_Polkadot_Bikini itsy-bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka dot bikini!]]
* StupidSexyFriend: Shirou for Chie. Years of dedicated physical self-training has granted him with the kind of toned musculature that it's easy to hide under normal clothes but that a big fan of {{Martial Arts Movie}}s like her can't help but… [[FemaleGaze appreciate]].
* SuperReflexes: 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.
* SuperSenses: 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 [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight 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.
* SupportPartyMember: Teddie, who retains his SensorCharacter status and now can produce useful expendable items with his powers.
* SurpriseParty: 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.
* SurvivalMantra: PlayedForLaughs. Taiga tries to fight the urge to [[INeedAFreakingDrink get herself a freaking drink]] this way. [[spoiler: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.
* SurvivorGuilt: Shirou, as per canon. Shadow Rise pegging it was enough to make him mad.
* {{Synchronization}}: As it happened in ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* TalkToTheFist: Taiga's counter against the [[BreakThemByTalking Tao of Lecter]].
* TakeThat: The first chapter pokes some fun at the [[HeroicMime silent nature]] of the game's protagonist.
-->'''[[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]]:''' Any other kid should do just fine, [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall especially a mute one]].
* TechnicallyASmile: Ayako notes the difference between Taiga's smile and her "Smile", capitalization intended.
-->On the surface, it had the image of a pleasant, happy, generic smile that anyone can make. But you can make out the small facial differences, like how the lips were strained to stay that way, or how the eyes were closed a little too tightly. But what differs a smile from the Smile is the fact that the former was genuine and the latter promised a swift death.\\
Man, and I thought only Rin knew how to pull that gesture off.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: [[invoked]] {{Subverted|Trope}}. 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 [[MrFixit his personal tendency]] to keep old appliances in working order for long after their average life expectancy.
* TemptingFate: Hilariously {{Invoked|Trope}}. [[spoiler: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.]]
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: 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.
* ThirdWheel: The Persona Eligor chides Shirou for attempting to bring in Yosuke to a training session with Chie. [[GeniusBonus Considering]] [[Literature/ArsGoetia his myth]], you may see why a [[TheMatchmaker matchmaker]] like Eligor has no patience for this trope.
* ThisExplainsSoMuch: 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.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch:
** From ''Dead Greenery'':
--->'''Shadow [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep]] in ''Never the Same''.
--->[[spoiler:I'm the all-powerful granter of wishes and desires! I'm the Holy Grail, ''bitch''!]]
* TokenReligiousTeammate: 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.
* TradeSnark: Taiga very much looks forward to enjoy a "Shirou Emiya class™ dinner" after weeks since the last one.
* TrapDoor: [[spoiler:Yukiko's Castle has them.]] Let's just say Shadow Selves are {{troll}}s like that.
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: 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.
* UnholyGround: The Park where the fire happened in Fuyuki. The place was essentially a gateway to Yomi.
* UnwittingMuggleFriend: Taiga as in canon. [[spoiler:Subverted later on.]]
* UseYourHead: Kanji found a lot of use out of this.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: 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.
* VerbalTic: {{Subverted|Trope}}. The Persona Cu Sith prepends Shirou's name with the word "Cu", but this isn't an example of this trope. See GeniusBonus entry in the [[YMMV/FateReachOut YMMV page]] for the details.
* VillainousCrush: Interestingly PlayedWith. [[spoiler: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 [[HumanityOnTrial her test for mankind]] will be meaningless. In order to remain impartial, she {{Defie|dTrope}}s this trope by [[PiecesOfGod 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.]]
* VirtualSoundtrack: The forum version of the story comes annotated with Youtube links to soundtrack pieces for every other scene, usually of either franchise for [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome obvious reasons]].
* WallOfWeapons: Thanks to their long lineage of martial artists, the Mitsuzuri family dojo has "an entire closet full of weapons. Mostly swords and polearms, with the odd exotic weapon like a chain knife."
* WeaponOfChoice: While there's the obvious Shirou using swords and Yosuke canonically using Dual Daggers, WordOfGod has stated that Chie will be using different kung-fu oriented weapons before finally settling on one.
** WhipItGood: 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 [[GoodWeaponEvilWeapon entirely different concerns on the matter]].
** SimpleStaff: Her weapon for Rise's rescue, which takes place before Kanji's dungeon due [[ForWantOfANail circumstances]], when asked she said it was for the simplicity, but while no one really believed it, no one questioned it either.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Nanako calls out her father, Taiga, and even Sakura for picking on Shirou at home. [[spoiler: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.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 24: [[spoiler:Shirou ends up being chased by [[http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/Yomotsu-Ikusa Yomotsu-Ikusa]] and [[http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/Yomotsu-Shikome Yomotsu-Shikome]] in the ''real world''. Sakura registers them as two [[OurGhostsAreDifferent wraiths]] chasing after Shirou so she has to go to Kotomine Kirei for help. Meanwhile, Taiga ends up facing her Shadow Self.]] Yes, really.
* WhamLine:
** [[spoiler:Nyarlathotep mentions a previous "tenant" living in the Holy Grail. ''Previous'' being the key word.]]
** Taiga's closing line in ''Never the Same'', [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Kaihime]].
** Taiga delivers another in ''Shoot for The Moon''.
--->'''Taiga:''' Can I ask you to [[spoiler:keep an eye on Sakura-chan while I'm away?]]
--->'''Ayako:''' Of course, sens-EH?!
* WhoAreYou: Shadow Rise to Shirou after he [[spoiler:managed to find a workaround for her Supreme Insight skill]]. Rise observed that his answer would have sounded [[NarmCharm too sappy to be taken seriously were not for]] the absolute conviction in his voice and whole body language and the fact he preceded his words by giving the Shadow a run for her money.
* WifeBasherBasher: 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.
* WistfulAmnesia: Strongly implied to be the case for [[spoiler:the Mysterious Fox. She knows she had a name different to the current one, but can't remember it.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility: The Wild Card for Shirou, especially the Social Link system. See AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength and DeconstructionFic above.
* WorfHadTheFlu: 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.
* WrongContextMagic: [[spoiler:Shirou's magecraft for Shadow Rise. His [[MagicEnhancement Reinforcement]] made him faster, tougher and stronger than her [[CombatClairvoyance Supreme Insight]] could assess he was and his [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation Tracing]] provided him ordinary swords that appeared in his hands at the last possible moment, making it next-to-impossible for the otherwise untouchable DanceBattler to accurately judge his attack range or fight him effectively at close quarters.]]
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: As a crossover with ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', this trope is bound to happen.
** GoneHorriblyRight in [[spoiler:Chie's case where Shirou's accepting words encouraged her ''and'' her Shadow because it was ''[[LoveInterest 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.
* YouCanSeeThatRight:
** 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?
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Given all the countermeasures the Shadows have in place there's no stopping them from going berserk. [[spoiler: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.]]
* YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe:
** [[spoiler:Pixie's reaction to finding one of the Fey greatest artifacts (Avalon) inside Shirou.]]
** Yosuke's response to [[spoiler:finding out that Shadow Chie can cast [[ShockAndAwe Mazio]], a spell his Persona is weak to]]:
--->Oh, that's such bullshi-IAAH!
** Taiga, numerous times through Chapter 26 [[spoiler:after learning the various aspects of Magecraft. Like Shirou using his spine to make a circuit.]]
** [[ButtMonkey 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:''' [[BigWhat 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:''' [[BluntYes Yip!]]
* YouMustBeCold: Shirou lends Rise his school jacket [[spoiler:after the confrontation with her Shadow left her with little more than her underwear on.]]
* YouRemindMeOfX: Shirou states that Yosuke reminds him of Shinji. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's a lot more touching, and depressing, than you think.]]
* YouWillBeSpared: Shadow Rise offers to allow the party to live and spread the message of Rise's death, but naturally they refuse. So she hits them with a Megidola and it ends up being a nearly TotalPartyKill.