This story is the tale of Johnny Joestar starting to walk.
Not only in the physical sense, but from adolescence to adulthood.
In this tale, Johnny Joestar begins to learn that he doesn't need to be alone.
That bonds with others can help the broken bird fly again.
A Different Kind of Truth is a Persona 4 and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure crossover by The Infamous Man. Here, Johnny Joestar, the protagonist of Part 7 Steel Ball Run replaced Yu Narukami as the protagonist of the game, bitterness and disability included. How will this much stark contrast to the Protagonist of the game play out in the spotlight, along with interacting with the residents of Inaba? Read it here and find out.
This fic has examples of:
Abusive Parents: George Joestar toward Johnny in the emotional/mental sense.
Break the Haughty: Johnny knows he had everything and pissed it all away when he got crippled simply for being too rich and famous for waiting in line, and not standing up for the fact he did not believe the club was worth it to his date. Not to mention his Shadow revisiting all the bad moments of his life.
Breaking Speech: And how! Shadow Johnny, like all Shadows, just loves to dredge up the worst emotions and experiences Johnny went through. And without anything to fight against, Shadow Johnny thought it would be fun to mentally torture Johnny by making him WATCH every bad event throughout his life, with Chie and Yosuke having a front row seat.
Broken Hero: Crippled below the waist for two years, emotionally hesitant towards making friends, and a very unpleasant person to be around due to being stuck in a hospital where practically no one visited him. All these events led to Johnny becoming, in his Shadow's own words, a "self-pitying asshole".
But Not Too Foreign: Johnny is a blonde-haired and blue-eyed American, as he was in Steel Ball Run. But in the fic he is half-Japanese on his mother's side so that he could be Dojima's nephew.
Call Back: Shadow Yosuke's Winds of Oblivion, in this fic, occurs in a process very similar to Wamuu's Holy Sandstorm.
Classical Anti-Hero: Johnny, much like his Steel Ball Run self, is a bitter shell of his former self due to the events before and leading to his crippling. The only reason why he goes to Inaba is to find a reason for a "useless person" like him to keep on living. Finding said purpose is the only reason why he stopped his own suicide attempt.
Unscrupulous Hero: While Johnny is willing to help try and find the murderer, solving the murders of Inaba isn't his top priority. Figuring out why he can walk in the TV World is, and his quest just coincides with the investigation. Even after the confrontation with his Shadow, Johnny is still a bit self-centered and selfish. Plus, he suggested to damage Yukiko's legs to avoid fighting her Shadow without any remorse.
Classic Villain: All of the Shadow Selves shown so far show their other selves sins.
Shadow Johnny represents Wrath, Pride, and Sloth.
Shadow Yosuke represents Envy and Wrath.
Shadow Chie is Envy and Pride.
Shadow Yukiko is Pride, Sloth, Lust, and a whole lot of Wrath.
Combat Commentator: Teddie's job is to explain whatever brilliant tactical move an Investigation Team member have performed.
Combat Pragmatist: Johnny definitely qualifies. During the fight against Yosuke's Shadow. He uses cover to distract it, knocks it down by tripping it with wind, smashes it in the head with thrown liquor bottles, lights it on fire with matches, leaves the store to alter the battlefield in his favor, and even snipes it out of the air with Izanagi's lightning when it tries to attack Yosuke!
Coming-of-Age Story: Like the game and Steel Ball Run, the investigation seems to be this for Johnny and the IT as a whole.
Glass Cannon: Johnny's Persona abilities may be impressive and even powerful when he uses them right, but unfortunately due to his weakened legs and lack of mobility it makes him an easy target for attacks. Not to mention his scrawny physique makes injuries all the more painful and effective.
Lethal Joke Character: While Yosuke may screw up, is not smart academically, and shows off with bad results, he is a brilliant combat strategist whose Persona's abilities are absolutely deadly if he uses them correctly.
Necessary Drawback: Unlike the game Personas, the Personas in the fic are like Stands in the sense that they have a specific power. However, this causes the IT to use that specific power in various ways that turn the abilities into deadly attacks.
Continuity Nod: Apparently, this world does take place in the universal reboot started by Enrico Pucci's Made In Heaven, and the events of the fic take place after the Female Protagonist of Persona 3''s sacrifice.
Contrasting Reboot Main Character: Yu Narukami was a stoic yet all around nice guy with the talent of being perfect in everything he tried and the ability to easily make friends. Jonathan Joestar was a kind, idealistic, unselfish, and musclebound man. Johnny contrasts both by being a snarky, fundamentally selfish, cynical, self-centered, and scrawny kid who cannot move anything below the waist while also not intentionally looking forward to making friends or being with other people.
Cold Ham: Johnny is the most cynical, deadpan, and stoic of our heroes...despite also being the most flamboyant.
Shadow Yukiko knew it would be a bad idea if Johnny, Yosuke, and Chie fought it together at full health. So it has the weaker Shadows not attack them to prevent the IT from getting practice with their Personas, has a powerful Shadow fight and harm all of them, and then separates Chie from Johnny and Yosuke so that she, the weakest member of the team, can fight it with grievous injuries on her.
Deadpan Snarker: Johnny's prone to snark a lot, due to his very sarcastic nature.
Ditzy Genius: Teddie might be a complete and total spaz but he's the smartest of our heroes able to figure out how Persona and Shadow powers work even quicker than their users do.
Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: The main reason why Johnny doesn't mouth off to Igor and Margaret is because he frealizes that they must be very powerful and that bad things could happen to him if he pushes his luck.
Dramatic Irony: Johnny Joestar, the most unfriendly and cynical Joestar, is in the setting of a slice-of-life murder mystery where he gets stronger with the power of friendship.
Duel Boss: Chie and Shadow Yukiko have a one-on-one personal match
Embarrassing First Name: Johnny's actual name is Jonathan, but he forcefully insists that people call him Johnny and even writes his name as 'Johnny Joestar' when introducing himself to his class. Reason why? He hated his nickname 'Jojo' which he got from the first two letters of his first and last name and just decided to refer to himself as Johnny to stop it. He doesn't even let Dojima, his own uncle, call him Jonathan.
Epic Fail: In an effort to look cool by twirling his new kunai, Yosuke succeeds only in cutting his own arm and whacking himself in the forehead.
Genre Savvy: Johnny makes especially sure to hide his wounds and any proof that he had wounds from Dojima, namely by pushing the trash bin with a bloody bandage in it out of sight in case Dojima walked in, scrubbed his arm to hide the scabs with soap suds, and freaked out about Dojima finding his ruined and bloody undershirt. Why? Because he knows full well the story about the TV World is unbelievable, and with Dojima being a cop he wouldn't accept any bullshit excuse.
Johnny further demonstrates this skill by stating that the currently forming IT can't be careless with hiding their damaged clothes and wounds, since being careless usually gets people caught on crime shows.
Genre Throwback: To old-school Shounen manga/anime and Westerns much like Steel Ball Run.
Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Chie slaps Johnny both for what his Shadow revealed (The reason why he acts like such a jerk to her and Yosuke along with his suicide attempt) and to snap him out of his mantra of denial.
Gorn: As a crossover with Jojo, the fic has its fair share of Shadows spewing out blood and the protagonists getting injuries that give off tons of blood.
Ignore The Disability: Averted for Johnny. He uses it to justify not entering Deidara's during their first visit since he can't use any weapons effectively until his legs get stronger.
It's All About Me: Shadow Johnny calls out Johnny on being nothing more than a self centered punk being incapable of owning up to his own mistakes.
It's Personal: Shadow Yukiko and Chie both have their own personal grudges against one another and have a very personal fight.
Jerkass Ball: Whenever Johhny's oversized ego is poked, he becomes a flat out Jerkass. TIM tends to use these periods to shelve Johnny and focus on other characters.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Johnny's a self-centered kid who's always more than willing to snark, is rude even to family members, a hypocrite who holds some hatred for Yukiko due to what her Shadow said (Despite going through the same thing), and doesn't really care for other people.That being said, Johnny's still willing to do the right thing when the chips are down and he does care for Yosuke and Chie, even if he denies that they are his friends.
Lampshade Hanging: Johnny does this onto his unconscious Jojo-style posing. He admits it's slightly ridiculous, but also comments that it feels right.
The Load: Chie has this opinion of herself during the fight with Shadow Yosuke. Other than hitting the Shadow with her bat (hurting Yosuke himself in the process) she wasn't able to do anything to help the others.
Manly Tears: Johnny has these both when he learns that he can regain his ability to walk in the TV World, and again when he loses that upon his return.
Misplaced Retribution: Johnny tends to project his bad relationship with his own father onto Dojima whenever he's in a bad mood.
Mistaken for Racist: Thanks to living only in Japan, some of the Inaba residents assume national stereotypes with foreigners.
Chie assumes that since Johnny is from the United States, he would naturally know everything about the English Language. She soon realizes how wrong that sounded when Johnny gives her a look.
Mutual Disadvantage: Averted and partially played straight when Johnny and Tusk fought against Shadow Yosuke. Tusk was unable to harm the Shadow with its attacks, Johnny had a partial resistance against the Shadow's wind attacks but was thrown into a wall and hurt anyway.
Not Good with People: Thanks to being abandoned by his family and false friends, Johnny has turned into the second type of this trope.
It's especially shown when Johnny is annoyed just by talking to Yukiko, and makes no attempt at making smalltalk with her.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Shadow Yukiko started out as camptastic ham but after she went berserk became one of the fics darkest and competent villains, with her fight with Chie being the bloodiest yet.
Only Sane Man: Chie is the only main character that conducts herself in a rational manner.
Shout-Out: Expect a lot of music and horror references with a crossover involving Jojo.
Smug Snake: Shadow Chie is far too arrogant for her own good, constantly gloating and making Bond villain mistakes. Yosuke takes full advantage of this.
Synchronization: Much closer to how Stands are connected to their users than the Personas in Persona 4: The Animation. In here, when the Personas are injured, the exact same damage is done to the users. Clothes are also wrecked and bloodied as a result, causing the Investigation Team to bring extra outfits to change in once the mission in the TV World is done.
Trauma Conga Line: In the end you can't help but feel sorry for and understand Johnny. At the age of seven his big brother dies, thanks to a white mouse that may or may not have been Johnny's recently freed pet Danny and making Johnny constantly blame himself since. At the age of fourteen Johnny has to hear from his dad that NONE of the awards and achievements he earned since becoming a jockey mattered since he's not his brother, and has never visited even ONE of Johnny's races. Johnny then gets into a fight with and nearly kills his own father (In his older brother's own room, much to Johnny's shame) and has to hear his father say that Johnny should have been killed instead of his brother. Not even a few hours after that Johnny is yearning to feel accepted by someone, even if it's his bitchy date of the week. He kicks a guy out of a club line to prove himself to said date, and gets shot in the back as a result. He then wakes up in a hospital, finds out he's crippled, spends a lot of his time crying and laying in his own filth with neither any of his false friends, date, or his father visiting him. Needless to say, Johnny has a LOT of issues.
True Companions: Already evident in the fledgling Investigation Team, a major example being Johnny willing to risk his life to help Yosuke.
Uncle Pennybags: Yosuke jokes about using Johnny like this, prompting an angry reply from Chie. Good thing too, since Johnny's 'old friends' hung out with him partly due to his wealth.
The Unfavorite: Johnny was considered inferior to his late brother by their father.
What the Hell, Hero?: Yosuke really lays it down to Johnny for hating Yukiko for the things her Shadow said, and calls him a hypocrite since he went through the same thing and he also forgave him and Chie for what their Shadows said.
Wicked Cultured: Subverted with Shadow Yukiko. She thinks of herself as a flawless princess when she has the gravitas and dignity of a drag queen on cocaine.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Despite all of the Genre Savvy Johnny shows in combat, when it comes too the overall themes of the Persona-verse he couldn't be more wrong. He seems to think he's in a Dark Age comic book when in Persona 4Rousseau Was Right is in effect nine times out of ten.