The Fools' Tournament is a Persona 3 fanfiction by Shenjaynote beta read by Evilshroom, who later becomes co-writer for the final chapters. It's a novelization of Persona 3, with a twist. Both the male protagonist (Minato) and the female protagonist (Hamuko) partake in this adventure.note whereas you can only play as one or the other in the game itself and the other protagonist is nonexistent. It's pretty straightforward... until the two learn about social links and then compete for them, causing them to try to ruin each others' social lives. Hilarity Ensues.Cover page can be seen here.
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A Wizard Did It: Whenever they're asked, Hamuko and Minato's answer for how they knew about the full moon attacks, the barriers on Tartarus and their fusion attacks is that a Persona told them. This makes revealing the truth of it so much more difficult and painful for the two.
Bi the Way: Hamuko saw no problem with going to flirt with Aigis in Yakushima. According to Shenjay Hamuko tends to see all of her relationships with boys and girls in the same manner which means she could be attracted to a good portion of the female cast.
Minato is this for Ryoji......and I guess since Hamuko is his shadow in a female body, and his shadow is male, that counts as well?
Big Brother Instinct: Akihiko and Shinjiro to Hamuko, which gets worse where Minato's involved, enough for him to compare them to bears.
Lampshaded by Hamuko in chapter 80, says that just about every guy she meets wants to act like her brother.
Big Eater: Hamuko is more of one than even Minato, and of course, there are Elizabeth and Theodore.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Q and A chapter, it's not so much as "breaking" the fourth wall, as Hamuko Armageddoned it to oblivion and then shat all over it. Aigis helped her by giving her the hammer and Minato just stood there confused, all this to the tropers' and audiences' amusement.
Brilliant but Lazy: Hamuko got good grades in the midterms despite not studying for them at all, much to Minato and Junpei's dismay. According to her it's because she made sure to stay awake during the lectures that Minato slept through.
Happens again in chapter 47 and 53, Hamuko says something is ironic in 47 and Minato corrects her that it's actually sarcasm, in chapter 53 she does the opposite. She says something is sarcastic and Minato corrects her saying she ment ironic.
Remember Hamuko eating the popsicle? Keep that in mind when she's drinking her soda in the movie theater with Minato in chapter 55.
Brutal Honesty: Aigis has a way of just speaking out her opinions and relaying exactly what was told to her, such as when she directly calls Junpei pathetic when he compares himself to a samurai or when she tells Naoto and Ken that Mitsuru called the second year protagonists a 'pack of imbeciles.'
Catapult Nightmare: Akihiko constantly dreams of the orphanage fire of his past, enough that he no longer screams out when exercising this trope.
Cerebus Rollercoaster: The story starts out lighthearted and comedic, and then goes into darker territory. It snaps back to lighthearted once the author realized her story was getting affected by Cerebus Syndrome.
Chekhov's Gift: I guess the Orb can fall under this as well, since Igor gives it to them.
Chekhov's Gun: The Tournament. Igor mentioned early on that this will be a source of conflict between the the two Fools, which is why their relationship is never stable and goes through the Cerebus Rollercoaster. This may or may not be caused by that entity in Minato's dream from chapter 64.
Comically Missing the Point: When Minato and Hamuko find that they're in the same Velvet Room as the other, at first they conclude that Igor sold the mirror that connected their Velvet Rooms together. After he cryptically tells them about things that change within themselves, they (including Elizabeth and Theo) immediately jump to the conclusion that Hamuko is pregnant.
Usual for Hamuko.
Hamuko does this at the end of chapter 29, it's also lampshaded.
Control Freak: A short POV section from Mitsuru's end showed that she's a bit of one.
Crying Wolf: Due to their evasiveness and deception all throughout before when it concerned their odd behaviours, the truth of what Minato and Hamuko reveal to Mitsuru and Akihiko are met with scepticism. And blackmail.
Easily Forgiven: Averted, as of chapter 57, Hamuko still hasn't quite forgiven Minato for trying to rape her, long after they've somewhat reconciled and have gotten back together. This leads to her running away in fear (although that's not the only reason) as they're about to have sex that night.
Neither of them have particularly good track records when it comes to relationships. This comes to a head in chapter 64 when they break up, end their truce and are back to being at each others' throats with the Social Links.
Then, they had sex and made up.
Ethical Slut: Hamuko is a strange example, her questionable and strange ethics and morals raise eyebrows sometimes.
Everythings Better With Ninjas: Aigis has a really odd fixation on ninjas. After some events involving Naoto hiding under Minato's bed, she becomes convinced that Hamuko, Minato and Naoto are all ninjas.
Face Palm: Minato's face and palm are VERY close friends.
Hamuko has done this on three(?) occasions (much to Minato's amusement), once when talking to Minato's Hermit Social Link, and the other with Maiko when she was getting ready to run away, and also in chapter 56.
Fan Service With A Smile: Hamuko and Minato both work part-time at Chagall Cafe, in Meido and butler garb respectively. The latter does it temporarily just to raise money for the Devil Social Link.
The Fettered: Igor. As much as he'd like to help, there are things he's not allowed to tell The Fools.
Fire-Forged Friends: The members of the group didn't really like each other at first, or even in the middle of things, but in Chapter 79, the second years believe that they're all closer. Minus some jesting, they've even cut back on the bickering.
Let's not forget the constant mentioning of Risette, and the time Souji/Yu got interviewed on TV, despite his name not being given.
Gameplay and Story Integration: The story takes note of things such as the stats of certain items, hence why Mitsuru was slightly less peeved about Hamuko and the Battle Panties compared to everyone else.
Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Hamuko and Minato after fighting the Mythical Gigas. Or perhaps it was because she summoned Odin and nearly blinded everyone.
Minato says to Shinjiro that if he can't make Hamuko happy, he says the only person he'd allow to have her instead is him. Much to the chagrin of the two boys.
Identical Stranger: Hamuko and Minato(strangers at first), sort of, their powers, the wild card, are identical.
Played Straight with Ryoji looking like Minato, even the other characters recognize the similarities.
Ill Boy/ Ill Girl: Shinjiro and Strega, due to the suppressants they take. Allows them to take full control of their Personas, as well as keep them from going berserk, but shaves months off their lives with each dose.
Incurable Cough of Death: Shinjiro. "The medical Chekhov's Gun. If you coughed in the first act, you can bet that you'll be dead by third."note quote taken from main page. Shinji literally coughs during TFT, and almost dies, what do we find out later? He's been dead and that world was just a vision.
Innocent Innuendo: Mitsuru tells Minato to come to her room to discuss an issue of theft and that he should stay after to discuss a private matter. She tells him this in front of Chihiro.
Aigis as well. When we get to see things from her POV, there comes a point where she thinks Minato to be readying shurikens when he and Hamuko hesitate around each other in the apartment. She also thinks that Face Desk-ing is legitimate resistance training and wonders if Fuuka is a secretly stove when her compliments on his cooking make Shinjiro's temperature increase. Also, she likes ninjas.
Mood-Swinger: Hamuko and Minato, the former much, much more so than the latter.
Mooks: Hamuko calls the Tiara Shadows that the Shadow Priestess summons this, in chapter 12.
Mook Horror Show: Hamuko was chased by Mitsuru. The only reason she wasn't executed was, the day after, she apologized and redid the task of writing letters rather than photocopying them. Mitsuru's POV section revealed that she actually enjoys scaring people like that.
More Than Mind Control: May be the cause of The Fools' attempts to rape each other, as well as Minato's rather out-of-character interactions with Yuko. Minato confided as much to Shinjiro and even asked Igor if it was the Personas doing that to him and Hamuko. So far, the answers are inconclusive.
Later Hamuko goes and kisses Hidetoshi, albeit on the cheek.
Chapter 67 shows that it might have something to do with the Dark Hour, as Hamuko attacks Minato again, but comes to her senses once the Dark Hour ends.
Pirates Vs Ninjas: Aigis asserts that ninjas are cool, and thinks that Hamuko, Minato and Naoto are ninjas after an incident. Overhearing bits of the conversation, Ken says that pirates are cooler.
The movie Aigis, Junpei and Hamuko see in cha 58 had a fight scene with this.
Please Don't Leave Me: Said by Hamuko to Shinji, with the latter remarking that that's the second time he's been told that.
Also said by Hamuko to Minato earlier in the story.
Polyamory: Part of why Shinji deflects Hamuko's advances early on is that he feels like it would be getting into this kind of relationship aside from trying to recognize how Hamuko is with how he remembered Miki. Given Hamuko's views on her relationships and her feelings towards Minato and Shinji (and the others) and the following interactions of the other persons involved in the relationship, he seems to be right.
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Rape Is Love: Invoked by Minato during the July Full Moon. Invoked again by Hamuko after The Fifth Ordeal.
Really Gets Around: Hamuko has a reputation for this. She even proclaims herself to be 'The biggest slut of Gekkoukan High' to Shinji as she's trying to get him to sleep with her, despite the fact that he's only the second guy she's slept with thus far. The first guy being Minato.
Replacement Goldfish: It turns out that Akihiko sees Hamuko as one for Miki, to the point where he accidentally calls her by that name when they get into a heated argument about her trouble magnet tendencies.
Shinji also sees Hamuko as Miki, which is why he's such a jerk to her in the first place, because she reminds him of things he'd rather forget.
And it turns out, she IS Miki, with amnesia following the fire.
The Reveal: Earlier in the story, it is revealed that Minato is Kitaro Shirogane. Later, it is hinted that Hamuko might be Miki, which is confirmed in chapter 74. Shinji knew all along, but didn't want to confuse Hamuko (who has amnesia) or hurt Akihiko (who believes that the Miki he knew is already dead).
The Rival: The Fools should be somewhat like this, what with constantly being at odds with each other with the Social Links, but what comes closer to this trope are Hamuko and Yukari, and Minato and Akihiko.
And in the more recent chapters, they've become this straight, with a lot more vitriol.
Their lack of competitiveness is actually somewhat justified. After the first mad scramble for Social Links, they continue to compete for new Links when they find them (usually by keeping them secret until Level 1) but the majority of the time there aren't any Links to fight over, and therefore no reason to compete. Sabotaging Links is also counter productive to the overall goal of exploring Tartarus. Its only with Hamuko lashing out at Minato via his S.Links and Minato counter attacking in the same way they realize that even after the bonds are initially formed, there is still something to fight for.
Running Gag: Hamuko's name being punned on, i.e. Hamtaro.
Hamuko punning other people's names.
Hamuko looking like a rodent.
Hamuko being pregnant.
Almost ANYTHING involving Hamuko.
Lampshaded by Minato in chapter 88 about Chihiro always coming back.
Talk or taaaaalk?
When Minato or Hamuko quote each other.
Charming/being chamred....it comes up A LOT.
Samurai: According to Aigis, Koromaru is descended from samurai.
Secret Keeper: Aigis and Shinjiro, the former more so than the latter, are privy to most of the Fools' secrets, more so with the ones they chose not to give up to the rest of SEES.
Slap-Slap-Kiss: Hoo boy! Minato and Hamuko often get into fights with each other and then make up sometime later. Then rinse and repeat. This means that their social link constantly reverses and goes back to normal a lot. Played for drama when Minato tries to rape Hamuko, and again much later, when Hamuko tries to rape Minato.
So Bad, It's Horrible: Hamuko says this about the book she's reading, Magical Witch Detective Saga: Sunrise.
Switching P.O.V.: Every so often, the perspective switches to that of another character. Junpei was given point for a portion of the chapter where Strega gets introduced into the plot, we got to see an average day at home and at school from Aigis' point of view and Akihiko's view on Minato and Hamuko.
Tagalong Kid: Yukari calls Junpei this in chapter 76, which offends Ken.
Take That: Also a Shout-Out to 50 Shade's of Grey and Twilight. Twilight being the Magical Witch Detective and 50 Shade's of Grey being the "new stupidly popular saga which was a copy of the stupidly popular Witch Detective saga! Less witches, more sex."
Tears Equals Forgiveness: Avertednote for those thinking tears/crying equals cute/moe, Minato tells Hamuko that crying won't solve everything.
The Tease: Hamuko. She does this all the time, hell, she reveals that was like that in all her previous relationships, and it's not reduced much as after 73 chapters in, her friends are still annoyed by her carefree and slutty behaviour.
it must be noticed though that at that point she was only acting like that around Shinjiro.
You Monster!: Akihiko doesn't say it, but witnessing Minato and Hamuko go through one of their macabre Dark Hour displays in Tartarus makes him reconsider his decide that Hamuko can't be Miki because she's too much a monster.