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Fanfic: Façade
They still haven't noticed. Not Dojima, Nanako…not even my own parents. I have already come to accept this from my parents...they can't even remember what gender I am. The male Yasogami High uniform I received was enough to prove that. Until somebody figures it out, I'm Yu Narukami, a male student from the big city attending Yasogami High for the next year.
Description for Façade

Façade is a Gender Flip Persona 4 fanfiction written by author KlonoaDreams. The plot is very similar to that of the game, with one small twist: Yu Narukami is a girl.

Yu Narukami is the unfortunate daughter of constantly absent, forgetful parents who, on registering her for Yasogami High School, accidentally mark her as a male instead of a female. Sick and tired of their constant mistakes, Yu decides not to correct this mistake and simply lives with it, hoping someone will notice the mistake.

The fanfiction is ongoing and has semi-regular updates.

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Facade contains examples of:

  • Accidental Kiss: Happens between Yu and Yosuke the day before the camping trip.
  • Adorkable: Yu certainly thinks Marie is this.
    • Adachi might count, but Yu doesn't consider him on the same level as Marie.
  • Battle Butler: While Yosuke isn't a butler, he certainly dresses like one for Rise's dungeon.
  • Bifauxnen: Yu Narukami is this in spades, with people thinking she is either a very pretty boy or a flat-chested girl.
    • She is the latter.
  • Berserk Button: Yu does NOT appreciate it when her friends are being insulted.
    • Overprotective Personas do NOT like it when their incapacitated users are threatened...or whenever a Shadow even TRIES to get near them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Yu is this, to the point of scaring her own friends.
    • Konohana Sakuya definitely applies.
  • Big Eater: Chie, as in canon, and Yu.
  • Bilingual Bonus: During the 'Up Close and Personal' plan, Yu has a conversation with a little girl in Spanish.
    • When Kanji stops himself in the middle of calling Yu cute, he lies that he was going to say 'scary'. Yosuke doesn't buy it, but Yu does. ('Kawaii' is 'cute' in Japanese, while 'Kowai' means 'scary.')
  • Bi the Way: Yu has explicitly mentioned that she has no preference when it comes to gender.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Could quite possibly be the reason why Yu can so easily pass as the male gender, being quite androgynous in appearance.
  • Broken Bird: A combination of abandonment issues, a Heroic BSOD upon discovery of her parents' massive error, and sheer fatigue has left Yu more than a bit depressed and less than confident, even to the point of developing a drinking problem at 16. Probably the core reason why she can't work up the self-will to point out she's female.
  • Calling Your Attacks: The Shadow characters seem to do this with their signature moves.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: While each of the party members, with the exception of Kanji, get to different levels of tipsy and/or drunk while in Rise's dungeon, Yosuke is the one who gets drunk the easiest. This comes as a bit of a surprise as Yu was originally thought to be this.
  • The Chikan: After nearly getting molested, Yu has an aversion to taking the train, especially when it's crowded, for this reason.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Yu is definitely this, with her tendency to headbutt people and/or bite them when cornered.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Yosuke's obsession with nurses ends up biting him in the ass when Yu is required to dress up as one in order to enter Rise's dungeon. Yu is not amused.
  • Dude Magnet: Yu seems to have been this at her last high school.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Yukiko wears a Gothic Lolita maid outfit as part of the requirement to enter Rise's dungeon. She would have appreciated the outfit, had she not been forced to wear lacy unmentionables.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Ever since Yu took up a job at the Shiroku Pub as a dishwasher, she is this, to the point of annoyance as her job requires her to listen to drunk patrons, whom like to hit on her. Regardless of the fact that they still think she is male.
    • And as of chapter 37, Yu has received a gift because of the form of a very feminine, yet expensive hair clip. Dojima is concerned.
  • Fear of Thunder: One of the things Chie is quite afraid of, right next to bugs.
  • First Name Basis: From Last Name Basis, to this, it's usually meant to mark a significant increase in friendship.
  • Fundoshi: Shadow Kanji wears one.
    • Clothing is not allowed in Kanji's dungeon, but towels and fundoshi are acceptable.
      • The biggest reason no one likes going into the steamy bathhouse.
  • Gender Bender: Personas have a tendency to change sexes whenever they're fused.
  • Gentle Giant: Take-Mikazuchi seems to reflect this aspect of Kanji.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Oh, Yosuke...
  • Hidden Depths: Mitsuo is probably this in general, as shown through his interactions with Yu and his Pet the Dog moments with the fox.
  • Ho Yay: There definitely seems to be some between Chie and Yukiko.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Yu, big time.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Yu does this early on whenever the stress of situations and the responsibility of being the leader become too much for her. This is not Played for Laughs in the least.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the fact that Yu is female, the plot chugs on as usual as far as events go. Thus far at least, Yu's budding friendship with Mitsuo might change things…
  • Japanese Delinquents: Kanji looks like one, but isn't.
    • Yu had a rather violent encounter with a biker gang and their banchou...of whom Kanji saved her from.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mitsuo is this as he is shown to be more complex than he initially appeared since his first appearance.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Devil Arcana Persona, Lilim, went from potential Senri clone, to this.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Yu seems to be this, according to one drunken comment.
    Yu: I come from a long history of big-boobed German and Japanese women. And then there's me. Mother Nature was like, "Naaaaaaah."
  • My Greatest Failure: Yosuke has issues coping with the outcome of the violent biker gang incident Yu was involved in, to the point where he has become rather protective of her.
    • Yu considers her drinking problem this. She gets better... and then relapses.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: Yu ends up being forced to wear one as the requirement for entering Rise's dungeon.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe. The food court incident at Junes is something that Yosuke will never live down, ESPECIALLY after Yu upgraded her golf club for an actual katana. Sharper than a golf club, indeed.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In chapter 22, Yu's encounter with a biker gang and their banchou turned into this when she refused to be a cooperative example. The only reason why Yu's injuries weren't as severe as they could have been was because of the work of her Personas and because Kanji had saved her.
  • Noodle Incident: Averted, in the case of incident where Kanji singlehandedly beats down a biker gang...with a cast-iron pan.
    • Played straight in the case of Yu getting lost and ending up on the hill overlooking town while taking her scooter out for a ride...around the neighborhood.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Yosuke tends to be this towards Yu, but Sayoko is the reason why Yu now says, "Personal space" whenever anyone invades her personal bubble.
  • Oh Crap
  • One of the Boys: Yu seems to have been this at her last high school.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Father of the Year, Hansuke Hanamura, is definitely this and his impeccable timing shows it quite well.
  • Papa Wolf: Dojima has shades of this towards Yu. Especially after the biker gang incident.
  • Parental Abandonment: To say Yu's parents are negligent is an understatement. The fact that Yu gets emotional over the little things that happen between her and Dojima says a lot.
  • Parental Substitute: Dojima, again.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: At 5'3" and 105 lbs, Yu Narukami is this, with her ferocious headbutts and biting.
  • Porn Stash: As Yu found Yosuke's stash while drunk, Yosuke tries to do the same to Yu...only to find a volume of shoujo manga instead. Yosuke and Yu then end up bonding over porn right after. Then Yosuke ends up recalling this sometime after he finds out Yu is a girl. Hilarity Ensues as Yu is STILL completely neutral about it.
  • Qipao: Chie ends up being forced to wear one as the requirement for entering Rise's dungeon.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Much to everyone's surprise, Yu used to have mid-thigh length hair. Justified, as her reason for growing out her hair was because she couldn't afford to get it cut as she was living on an allowance. Yukiko also used to be this prior to her Traumatic Haircut.
  • Recursive Crossdressing: Happens in chapter 37, in which Yukiko convinces Yu to try on a summer dress before buying it for her. It gives us this little gem:
    Hansuke: Wouldn't you say he makes a spectacular crossdresser?
  • Running Gag: Critical hit to the nads is definitely becoming this.
    Yu: Critical hit to the nads?
    Yosuke: Critical hit to the nads – is this going to be a reoccurring thing for us?
  • Safe Word: Referenced when Yosuke and Yu are fighting Shadow Chie.
    Yosuke: What's the safe word?
    Shadow Chie: Safe word? There is no safe word! Now kneel before me!
  • Sarashi: Yu wears one.
  • School Bullying Is Harmless: Averted. Yukiko was a victim of this while she was in middle school and both she and Chie were affected rather badly from the experience, due to the outcome, to the point that it became one of the reasons Chie's relationship with Yukiko became unhealthily domineering.
  • Secret Keeper: Nanako becomes the first person that Yu entrusts the secret of her gender to. This later goes on to extend to Kanji and Yosuke during the camping trip and then Yukiko and Chie during Rise's dungeon.
  • Serious Business: Meat is this to Yu, as well as anything involving sales on food.
  • Share the Male Pain: Happens to Yu when Yosuke receives a Groin Attack from Chie.
    Yu: I’m not even a guy and I felt that… is that normal?
  • Ship Tease: Quite a lot of it.
    • To begin with, since their first encounter, Kanji has had a lot of it with Yu.
    • It's quite difficult to ignore the moments between Yosuke and Yu, especially now that Yu has explicitly told Yosuke she feels safe around him. Not to mention, the day before she even told him, the two had an Accidental Kiss.
      • Their switch to a First Name Basis had them awkwardly talking to each other about it.
    • The Yukiko/Chie is strong in this fic.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Between Yu and her father, Souji.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Both Yosuke and Kanji find themselves attracted to Yu before they learn she's a girl.
  • Synchronization: Just like in Persona 4: The Animation, when a Persona is hurt, so is the wielder and vice versa.
  • Team Dad: Izanagi is this to all the Personas, keeping every one of Yu's Personas in line and such.
  • Team Mom: Yu, very much so...and of course, Justice Arcana Persona, Archangel (formerly Angel) is this as well.
  • Throw It In: There are some moments in the story that have been said to have been written at the spur of the moment. Then there's Chapter 37, which was mostly done via spontaneous creativity.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Yu, quite obviously.
  • You Are Not Alone: Yu proves this to Mitsuo when she stands up for him after Morooka makes him cry.
  • Younger than They Look: Setanta, a Persona of the Emperor Arcana, is this. Physically being a teenager, but chronologically being only seven years old due to his mythology.
    • Yu also qualifies, much to everyone's surprise (and horror), having JUST turned sixteen at the start of the story.
    • The same applies to Kanji.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Marie and Yu, while in her nurse outfit.
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