->''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 ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' and ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' crossover by Creator/TheInfamousMan. 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 [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9996283/1/A-Different-Kind-of-Truth here]] and find out.

The author has also brought the fic into Spacebattles, which can be found [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/a-different-kind-of-truth-jjba-sbr-smt-p4-crossover.311481/ here]].

!!This fic has examples of:
* AbandonedHospital: Gyro wakes up in one of these. In this case it is his dungeon.
* AbusiveParents: George Joestar toward Johnny in the emotional/mental sense.
* AccidentalPervert: Dojima walks in on Johnny in the bath on one occasion.
** Yosuke accidentally peeps on Chie when he tries and stop Teddie from seeing her change. Cue him getting kicked in the nuts and owing Chie a few beefsteaks.
* ActionFashionista: Johnny is a RareMaleExample. He is obsessed with looking as fabulous as possible while kicking ass.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Yukiko's reaction to one of Gyro's puns involving bandaids.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Izanagi's appearance is given several stars, hearts, and leg-brace engravings on the greaves to match Johnny's usual flamboyant casual clothes and his physical condition.
* AgentPeacock: Johnny once more. He has to be as '''Fabulous''' as possible while kicking ass and taking names.
* AloofAlly: Johnny has shades of this, constantly saying that he has nothing better to do than hang out with the others or engage in otherwise boring activities to help people.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Johnny was this to his father when compared to Nicholas.
* AnIcePerson: Tomoe Gozen's Persona power focuses more on its ice abilities than its physical skills, forcing Chie to have to think outside the box in fights.
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler: Narrowly averted in Johnny's case]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Jonathan Joestar.
** JohnnyMcCoolname: His self-appointed nickname and the only name he makes people refer to him as.
* AwfulTruth: A common theme with the Shadows when it comes to the darker parts of a person.
* BatterUp: Chie wields a bat during the second visit to the TV world
* BattleCry: Some of the Personas apparently have some.
** Jiraiya: YOYOYOYOYOSHA!!!
* BerserkButton: Do NOT call Johnny by his full name.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Johnny and Teddie point out that Shadows don't have bodies like normal humans, lacking bones which allow for otherwise impossible contortions and also allows them to weather physical punishment better.
* BreakTheHaughty: 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.
* BreakThemByTalking: 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.
* BrokenHero: 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".
* BrutalHonesty: Johnny is a firm believer in this, going so far as to point out to Yukiko that getting involved in the hunt for the murderer could get her killed.
* ButNotTooForeign: 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.
* CallBack: Shadow Yosuke's Winds of Oblivion, in this fic, occurs in a process very similar to Wamuu's Holy Sandstorm.
* CampGay: Shadow Kanji, just like in canon. However, The Infamous Man goes an extra mile with this aspect by having Shadow Kanji use Polari, an outdated form of homosexual slang.
* ClassicalAntiHero: 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. [[spoiler: Finding said purpose is the only reason why he stopped his own suicide attempt]].
** UnscrupulousHero: 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.
* ClassicVillain: 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.
** Shadow Gyro is equals part of Pride and Wrath
* ClothingDamage: Prevalent to the extent that the Investigation Team stocks multiple outfits on their incursions into the TV World. It's unusual if they ''don't'' have to change clothes once the fighting is over.
* CombatCommentator: Teddie's job is to explain whatever brilliant tactical move an Investigation Team member have performed.
* CombatPragmatist: 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!
* ComingOfAgeStory: Like the game and Steel Ball Run, the investigation seems to be this for Johnny and the IT as a whole.
* CompetitiveBalance: There are some instances of this during the fights in the TV World.
** GlassCannon: 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.
** LethalJokeCharacter: 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.
** NecessaryDrawback: 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.
* ChickMagnet: Noriyuki is extremely popular with girls, much to his chagrin.
** Johnny ''used'' to be this before the loss of his legs.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Gyro has his fair share of quirky moments.
* ContinuityNod: 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 ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''''s sacrifice.
* [[ContrastingSequelMainCharacter 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.
* ColdHam: Johnny is the most cynical, deadpan, and stoic of our heroes... despite also being the most flamboyant.
* CryCute: Nanako is a particularly devastating example, capable of defusing a tense situation immediately.
** Chie, after decking Johnny across the face and calling him a jerk for almost getting himself killed.
* CrypticConversation: Igor and Margaret do this all the time, understandably frustrating Johnny.
* CultureClash: Like JJBA, this fic uses cultural practices and differences as gags.
** Johnny thinks most of anime involves [[{{Fanservice}} girls with impossibly big tits]] with only a few geared towards kids like Nanako.
** Johnny tries to use chopsticks to eat rice... but fails and grows frustrated enough to ditch the chopsticks and just use a spoon.
** Johnny is treated to another serving of food in Aiya's, due to not finishing his plate. This leads to a small argument with Aika when she won't take it back or give a refund.
* CurseCutShort: Johnny comes close to this before Yosuke stops him.
* CutASliceTakeTheRest: Chie shares her lunch with Johnny. He ends up eating most of it.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Just as the protagonists have their bouts of GenreSavvy, so do the antagonists.
** 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.
** Shadow Gyro also showed this. Rather than face the teens in an outright fight, it resorted to hit and run tactics in order to land deadly blows and also used purposeful scare tactics to make the Persona users lose their cool and act irrationally. It also played dead so that, when Yosuke tried to make sure it was via punches through Jiraiya, it could inflict Jiraiya with its ability.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Everywhere in this fic, at least by ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' standards. Characters have more angst, plenty of {{Gorn}}, injuries abound...
* DeadpanSnarker: Johnny's prone to snark a lot, due to his very sarcastic nature.
* {{Determinator}}: Chie to the extent that she soloed Shadow Yukiko and won despite grievous injuries such as burned ''LUNGS''!
** Also applies for Johnny because getting the shit kicked out of him by a horse, having a piece of wood lodged in his leg, and ''stabbing himself in the hand'' will not stop him from earning Gyro's respect so that he can learn the Italian's horse riding trick.
* DitzyGenius: 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.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: The main reason why Johnny doesn't mouth off to Igor and Margaret is because he realizes that they must be very powerful and that bad things could happen to him if he pushes his luck.
* DontYouDarePityMe: A major BerserkButton for Johnny, he loathes it when people try to help him out due to his disability.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Johnny gets a guy kicked out of a line, and gets shot in return!
* DramaticIrony: 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.
* DuelBoss: Chie and Shadow Yukiko have a one-on-one personal match
* EmbarrassingFirstName: 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.
** Gyro Zeppeli also has traces of this. Notice how he interrupts Adachi just before he was saying the real first name in his horse riding permit.
* EpicFail: 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.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Even Johnny can't bring himself to purposely be a dick to Nanako.
* EvilIsHammy: Each Shadow just keeps on getting hammier with Shadow Yukiko matching the Pillar Men in pure villainous ham.
* FandomSpecificPlot: Uses the somewhat popular "[[[FusionFic Insert Character Here]]] replaces Yu Narukami and goes to Inaba", while also having Johnny actually BE Yu Narukami in a sense.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: An ice clone fools Shadow Yukiko into thinking that Chie had been roasted by ignited oil, giving Tomoe time to complete an ice circle that froze her to the ground.]]
* FlatWhat: Or more specifically, "What the fuck?" when Johnny sees Yukiko's Midnight Channel "show".
** Used more appropriately with Shadow Kanji's Midnight Channel "Show".
* ForWantOfANail: Thanks to Yosuke asking Johnny to spend time with him and Noriyuki Kakyoin, Johnny's Devil Social Link is with Noriyuki rather than Sayoko.
* FriendshipMoment: As to be expected with ANY Persona fic.
* FromDressToDressing: Chie uses part of her skirt to patch herself up at one point.
* FusionFic: Johnny Joestar takes the place of the SilentProtagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
* GenreSavvy: 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.
* GenreThrowback: To old-school Shounen manga/anime and Westerns much like Steel Ball Run.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Chie slaps Johnny both for what his Shadow revealed [[spoiler: (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.
* GroinAttack: Yosuke's even more of a magnet for this than canon, leading him to wonder if he can still have kids.
* GrowlingGut: Much to Johnny's embarrassment.
* HopeSpot: There was a moment where the IT thought that Chie was going to defeat her Shadow without denying it, only for the inevitable to occur...
* IgnoringBySinging: Yosuke attempts this against his Shadow's words.
* IgnoreTheDisability: 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.
* IneffectualLoner: Played with. While Johnny doesn't actively set out to make friends, the Social Link system will create a bond between him and others whether he wants it to or not.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Johnny had no way of knowing that his joke about late-night crashes would bring up bad memories about what happened to Dojima's wife/Nanako's mom.
* InvoluntaryGroupSplit: Inflicted on the Investigation Team by Shadow Yukiko.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Shadow Johnny calls out Johnny on being nothing more than a self centered punk being incapable of owning up to his own mistakes.
* ItsPersonal: Shadow Yukiko and Chie both have their own personal grudges against one another and have a very personal fight.
* JerkassBall: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 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.
* JustAFleshWound: Chie tries to pass off her injuries after fighting Shadow Yukiko as this, a lie that Johnny promptly calls her out on.
* KillItWithFire: Yukiko tends to do this with her fire Persona, especially when finishing off Shadow Gyro.
* LampshadeHanging: Johnny does this onto his unconscious Jojo-style posing. He admits it's slightly ridiculous, but also comments that it feels right.
** Even Chie is flabbergasted at how fashionable and loaded Johnny is when he's wearing an outfit straight from Gucci.
* LightningBruiser: The Avenging Knight is so fast that it puts a hole in Jiraiya's (and Yosuke's by extension) leg before Yosuke comprehends what just happened. Bonus points since Yosuke is the group's Fragile Speedster!
* TheLoad: 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.
* LonelyRichKid: Johnny definitely fits the bill.
* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: Gyro Zeppeli's jokes. ''All'' of them.
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* TheMedic: Thanks to Personas such as Pixie, Johnny has taken on this role.
* MisplacedRetribution: Johnny tends to project his bad relationship with his own father onto Dojima whenever he's in a bad mood.
* MistakenForRacist: 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.
* MotorMouth: Rin is so bad at this that everyone around her is pissed off by it.
* MutualDisadvantage: 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.
* MythologyGag: Remember how Chie is able to kill anything up to and including a miniboss with her Galactic Punt? Here she took down Shadow Yukiko with it and even uses the canon name!
** Aika demonstrates her ability to simply know random facts as per ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' by providing Johnny with a spoon and fork at Aiya's without being asked or being informed about his problems surrounding chopsticks.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Chie realizes that actually attacking her Shadow just made it even more vicious once she denied it.
* NowItsMyTurn: After weathering Chie's assault, her Shadow promptly returns the favor with interest.
* NotGoodWithPeople: 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.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: 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.
* OneHitKill: Chie kills the Avenging Knight Shadow with a single powerful strike to its head.
* OnlySaneMan: Chie is the only main character that conducts herself in a rational manner.
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Chie when she says that Kanji [[MistakenForGay being gay]] is totally cool and that she hopes his date goes well. Needless to say, it causes... problems. She later admits that saying that was stupid.
* ParentalIssues: Johnny has a LOT of these in addition to being somewhat emotionally immature. He tends to project his issues onto Dojima, especially during the times when Dojima cannot be there to act as a parent to Nanako.
* PeoplePuppets: One of Shadow Chie's abilities, once she strikes an enemy with its whip.
* PersonalityPowers: Highlighted by Tusk[[spoiler:/Morpheus.]]
--> '''Tusk:''' ''I am thou... thou art I. From the sea of thy soul, I come forth. Thou refer to me as Tusk, [[spoiler: and while I shall accept that name, my true name is Morpheus, Lord of Dreams.]]''
* PhenotypeStereotype: Much of Johnny's casual wear has something to do with the colors red, white, and blue and also stars. However, it's not as bad as his initial canon outfit.
* PottyFailure: One of things that hurts Johnny upon discovering his disability after being shot is that he's soiled himself, and that's just ONE of the things he realizes on the worst day of his life.
* PowerTrio: Johnny, Yosuke, and Chie fit this rather well.
** TheSpock: Johnny
** TheKirk: Yosuke
** TheMcCoy: Chie
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Chie seemingly thrashes her Shadow, only for it to reveal that it is perfectly fine and had faked its injuries.
* RapidFireFisticuffs:
** Yosuke puts Jiraiya's A-Ranked Speed to good use, which seems to be in Star Platinum's range.
** Inverted with Chie's Tomoe Gozen who attacks with Rapid Fire ''Kickticuffs''.
* RealMenWearPink: Johnny buys a bunch of pins that girls would normally wear to make his casual clothes and uniform look better.
* RealityEnsues: All the injuries the IT get in the TV World make it very hard to live a double life, along with coming up with excuses to where the kidnapped victims were hidden and found.
** Dojima's gift to Johnny on Children's Day is a fairly cheap swimsuit. The reason why is due to the fact that Johnny's usually flamboyant clothes from brands such as Gucci are WAY out of Dojima's price range.
** When you almost get yourself killed and threaten to perform suicide if anyone tries to interfere with what you are doing, the people who care about you are understandably going to be very pissed at you. As Johnny soon found out after an angry Chie punched his lights out after finally getting on Slow Dancer.
* SarcasmBlind: Teddie is definitely this, Johnny even lampshades that bears just don't seem to understand sarcasm.
* SirSwearsALot: All of the Shadows are potty mouths.
* ShockAndAwe: Izanagi can hit enemies with lightning bolts.
* ShoutOut: Expect a ''lot'' of music and horror references with a crossover involving Jojo.
* SmugSnake: Shadow Chie is far too arrogant for her own good, constantly gloating and making Bond villain mistakes. Yosuke takes full advantage of this.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: Practically ''all'' of Gyro Zeppeli's "original gags" and jokes.
* {{Synchronization}}: Much closer to how Stands are connected to their users than the Personas in Anime/Persona4TheAnimation. 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.
* TemptingFate: Johnny hopes that he won't regret going along with Yosuke to town with Noriyuki and his date. Cut to him regretting it a lot.
* TraumaCongaLine: 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.
** Even worse, Johnny was also regularly abused mentally and mistreated by a sadistic nurse during his stay at the hospital after the incident that took away his legs.
* TrueCompanions: Already evident in the fledgling Investigation Team, a major example being Johnny willing to risk his life to help Yosuke.
* UnclePennybags: 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.
* TheUnfavourite: Johnny was considered inferior to his late brother by their father.
* UnwantedHarem: Noriyuki certainly seems to feel this way in regards to the girls clamoring for his attention.
* WhatTheHellHero: 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.
* WickedCultured: 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.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Despite all of the GenreSavvy 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 4'' RousseauWasRight is in effect nine times out of ten.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Shadows will go OneWingedAngel. No exceptions.
* YouDidntAsk: Frequently stated by Teddie when the others wonder why he didn't mention potentially important information earlier.
* YuriFanboy: Both Johnny and Yosuke became ''very'' interested when Shadow Yukiko hits on Chie.