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Fanfic Recs: Persona 4
Proof that the remaining 10% is worth facing your true self.

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Persona 4 fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

You can also add to the current recommendations if you want. Refrain from posting Conversation in the Main Page though; that goes in the discussion page.


Authors and Websites

FortunesRevolver
  • Recommended by Nightraid
  • Souji (Main character)/Naoto shipping fics, all of them with great characterization that can be alternatively really sweet and touching, hilarious, dramatic or all of it. If you like this pairing, make sure to pay this author a visit.

The Persona 4 Kink Meme
  • Recommended by Kalle
  • With four parts and counting, this meme has pretty much exploded with some of the wildest prompts and responses imaginable, ranging from the disturbing to the touching to the gut-bustingly hilarious. The best part? It's all hosted by Shadow Kanji. (Due to the nature of the meme, much of the content is obviously NSFW.)
    • Six parts and counting now, and due to Shadow Kanji disappearing into the big bad bathhouse in the sky, there's a new "Temporary" Kink Meme.

signalbeam
  • Recommended by Alexlayer
  • Not only this author has written lots of stories, and not only she has accurate and interesting portrayal of the characters, but has also explored many unusual elements such as Gender Bending, having wrote an entire sort-of novelization of the game with one change: The protagonist was born female (And of course, many other changes later). There's a certain tendency for femslash in the stories, but there's some het pairings as well. All in all, definitely worth at least a check.

zero-damage
  • Recommended by Sandangel
  • A lot of this author's more recent work is focused on Kanji and Naoto, with rather mild shipping hints, but mostly just seeing many story events from their perspective, which makes for a highly enjoyable read. This troper highly recommends "Shortest Distance", an ongoing Perspective Flip from Kanji's and occasionally Naoto's point of view that expands certain parts of the game that were not shown for various reasons. If you're into perspective works, this is something to check out.

patchworkearth
  • Recommended by Gorsecloud and Alacron
  • This author has and is working on a series of stories that cross over the entire Persona series, as well as several other MegaTen games. The brilliant thing about these stories? Individually, these stories can, on the whole, stand on their own as oneshots. But when read in order, they form a much bigger, overarching one, like a patchwork quilt. These stories explore several of the theories prevalent in the fandom, and play with several other of the predictable/popular ideas. The dynamics between the different characters is refreshingly unusual for in-series crossovers—the characters act independently, forming their own alliances and relationships, rather than sticking to their games' group, and being fellow Persona users doesn't automatically make them allies. Overall, this author has been doing a wonderful job, and their stories are definitely worth a visit.
    • Seconded, also worth noting that he's collecting all the stories into one "remixed" version, and hopefully finishing it this time. And even if he doesn't, it's still definitely worth a read because they are just that good.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

GARdian of Truth by The Qing
  • Recommended by Saltin, Rogue 7
  • Synopsis: Set during Souji's final week. Sometimes you have to go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb to find the truth. Rated T for divine slaps, sunglasses, loud dudes, and lots of GAR. A faux X-Over. Persona 4/? OOCness has never been this epic.
  • Comments: A hilarious testament to the power of cosplay. Three words: Izanagi No Gurren.

Simulacrum by zephyran (TV Tropes page)
  • Recommended by Leaper, Rogue 7, GG Crono, esoterik
  • Synopsis: It's 2018. Souji returns to Inaba after studying in America, only to find that everyone he knew there (even the uncle he talked to not a day before) act like he never lived in Inaba or met any of his friends. In his quest to solve the new mystery, he'll make unexpected allies and find himself on the wrong side of people he knows and loves, including his thirteen year old cousin Nanako, who is disturbingly good at wielding a knife... And don't think the story is over when that problem is solved...
  • Comments: Through judicious use of quotes, references, and characterization, this piece makes itself feel a lot like part of the game world (no mean feat in any 'fic). Also a musing on the nature of human relationships, inspired and brought up by the game and its ending. Now complete.
    • Rogue 7 'oly moly, that's well-written. The characters are well-done, the imagery is good, everything's fantastic. Fully recommended. It is significantly darker than the game itself, but not quite to Grimdark! levels.
    • This troper doesn't even really like fanfiction, and thought this was amazing. If you have played Persona 4 you have to read this
    • Also being adapted into a radio play over at the Voice Acting Alliance.
    • Now had a sequel in Solipsis

The Big Long Persona 4 Comic by Peachi (part 1, part 2, part 3)
  • Recommended by Ransom, gzl5000, Mullon, Gumbal1
  • Synopsis: The first few hours of the game (for now), summarized in comic form.
  • Comments: The witty writing and crude (but expressive!) art cheerfully satirises Persona 4 plot and cast. Well worth reading.
    • Hiimdaisy has a knack for distilling catchphrases into their purest, most hilarious form.
      • "GET BENT GET BENT GET BENT"
    • She also seems to take some notes from the Giant Bomb Endurance Run (which she states was a fan of and was rather upset that she unintentionally spoiled them on the ending), most notable the Alternate Character Interpretation of Dojima as psychotically abusive.
    • Made one zillion times more amazing by this.

Persona 4: Five Years Later by Fiyerna
  • Recommended by J Random User, bluedragonx
  • Synopsis: Five years after the True Ending, Souji returns to Inaba, where a new threat is looming from the Television World, a growing void born of Fear, Rage, and Decay—a void that may be inextricably tied to Naoto's past. Despite being hosted on Adult Fanfiction.net, is not sex-oriented, and indeed, so far contains no explicit scenes. Also hosted on Fanfiction.net and the link has been changed accordingly. Souji/Naoto, with a dash of Yosuke/Chie. In progress, drawing up on the conclusion. Appears to only have one or two chapters to go, but it sadly seems to be dead, despite the author seemingly being active on deviantART.
  • Comments: The excellent writing captures the feel of the game to a great extent, to the point where it feels like a natural sequel. Of particular note are the scenes in which each character unlocks their Persona again, having to give up an item they symbolically used to wall themselves off—Yosuke's headphones, for example.
    • Leliel says: Not only that, but it gives us one of the coolest-if certainly creepiest-villains ever in the form of Amastu Mikaboshi, an Eldritch Abomination whose repeated battles against the party give Mind Rape a whole new meaning...thankfully, not the squicky variety.
      • He's gotten even scarier in chapter 21, where it's revealed that, much like his avatars, Amastu doesn't have a self-identity, instead referring to himself as "the entity", a barely-sentient but very intelligent incarnation of the Void that existed before time, utterly devoid of human influence.

Upon Reflection by cogitoergoabdo
  • Recommended by GG Crono
  • Synopsis: Some time after the end of the game, Souji Seta feels that something is missing. Can he find answers in his dreams, and ultimately within himself?
  • Comments: Spot-on characterization, and it makes perfect sense within the context of the game. A must-read for any fan.

Elysion by Rayless Night
  • Recommended by The Tambourine Man, Rushi
  • Synopsis: A crossover with Persona 3. Several years have passed since the game. Persona users are being targeted, and everything leads back to one of the old members of SEES.
  • Comments: A very interesting and imaginative read. While the cast of 3 play fairly important roles, this story is ultimately about the cast of 4- paying closest attention to Kanji and Naoto.
    • Rushi: Whilst I would agree with the first comment in part—it is a very interesting, imaginative and engrossing read—I'd actually say that the story is about 3; namely how far Mitsuru would go to save Minato, and the consequences of her decision. The characterisation is an interesting twist on canon, but still believable (particularly with Akihiko, who this troper saw as The Woobie of the entire damned fic). Interestingly, the ending is true to both games: the characters of 4 get a relatively happy ending, whilst the characters of 3...well, I cried and I'm not really known for doing that.
    • I personally disagree with the troper above me: the characterization felt as if it was ruled over by the plot, though more in terms of motivation than interaction. For instance: Mitsuru's descent into the "villian" role, seemed more like a way to have her succumb to her worst fears than genuine development. Not to mention, and this is just my own personal headcanon roaring here {spoiler: but Yukari still chasing after Minato, after all the shit that happened in FES?]]

Doppleganger: Mirrors of Truth! by Anonymous
  • Recommended by Kalle, Moberemk
  • Synopsis: Rise's back in show biz. Her manager passes her a script for a movie called Doppelganger, where people face against their identical, but opposite, selves who reveal their insecurities, hidden desires, and thoughts. And unless they conquer these doppelgangers... bam! They die. Sounds great, righ— Hey, waitaminute.
  • Comments: Yeah, I'm aware I already mentioned the Kink Meme as a whole above, but... this fic is utterly HYSTERICAL. The film-within-a-fic is So Bad, It's Good on its own, but the Investigation Team's snarky comments and the epilogue elevate it to a whole new level of hilarity. (Contains spoilers for the Normal/True endings.)
    • Hanz: Had myself quite the laugh at this, especially at the fact that the film's written by none other than Yosuke in a self-fulfillment story that depicts him as the Gary Stu of the "Search Squad" while everyone else (including the movie's pathetically sissy versions of Souji and Kanji) is in love with him as well as depicting Dojima as a Dastardly Whiplash (and don't worry I'm not spoiling anything for you: Anything that's not told outright in the beginning is so blatantly obvious via Yosuke's writing, which rivals the sheer fail of Tommy Wiseau).
    • Darkaros: One word: Pinwheels.
    • Moberemk: The ending was meh, but otherwise? I'm still laughing like hell.

Gone Fishing by Fiyerna
  • Recommended by Lionheart0
  • Pairings: slight Souji/Naoto
  • Synopsis: What was meant to be a quiet day for Souji, catching the legendary "Guardian Fish" for the Fox, quickly turns eventful when all his friends tag along.
  • Comments: There was a lot that liked about this short one shot; the characterization of all the characters were spot on and it really reads like one of the "Breather Episodes" that could've happen in the game. The story really meshes extremely well with the game, with the story focusing on Souji's relationship with his True Companions. The Souji/Naoto relationship, while subtle, ties in well with what is presented in the game. The story takes place right before the 8th rank of Naoto's social link (in other words right before the Protagonist's possible confession.)

Vindicated by Pectus Noctem
  • Recommended by DontKillBugs
  • Pairings: Adachi/Izanami
  • Synopsis: What if the killer wasn't the killer? The murders in Inaba continue and Adachi is set free. Now, it's up to Adachi and the Investigation Team to unravel the true secrets behind the case. The Truth will be realized, and it will shake Inaba to its very core.
  • Commments: I've seen a lot of Adachi-was-framed/innocent fics. Most of them were either poorly written, never finished, or deleted. But this one seems to stand out in a way. It's well-written, the chapters are nice and long, it's updated regularly, and the story is gripping. Adachi, after being released due to lack of evidence, helps Souji and the others with tracking down the real killer. The story provides a good explanation as to why Adachi would voluntarily go to prison for a crime he didn't commit, and the second arc provides some of his backstory, introducing his father, Kataki, as a minor villain, that, quite honestly, is just as scary as Adachi got to be towards the end of the game. The story throws us red herring after red herring as to who the killer might be. Vindicated is a gripping read that I strongly recommend to any P4 fan.
    • Mostly seconded... except for the fact that the ending sucks. Okay, yeah, so maybe it was from early on hinted that Yoskue was the "puppet", everything else after The Reveal seems rushed and somewhat anticlimactic.
    • Nargotah: The fic was tightly plotted with decent (if spotty) characterization right up until The Reveal. After that, the purple prose started getting absolutely ridiculous, tragedies started falling left and right for no other reason than "LOOK AT HOW BAD THIS IS", and Chie and Souji get together immediately after Chie is crushed emotionally. That's not exactly how people work. Not to mention, the reveal that Yosuke was the puppet, and that he was STILL obsessed about Saki even after his social link specifically stated he got over her was, in my opinion, fairly ridiculous.

Persona 4: The Answer by Jadegang
  • Recommended by Trickymander
  • Synopsis: Years later the group around Souji meets again at Tokyo University, and everything's like it used to be back in Inaba: Boring school days, leveling up Social Links, solving a murder case... Wait, stop, rewind! What! Find out yourself in this fanfiction!
  • Comments: This is probably one of the P3/P4 crossovers that has the Investigation team together and trying to recruit new members.
    • Also one of the few fics that explores the possible consequences of Souji's and Minato's friends and family finding out about Social Links and them questioning if the time with the MCs were real friendship/love or just the MCs trying to strengthen themselves.
    • Marioguy128: Eh, it had something of a good start, but it gets incomprehensible and stupid in the later chapters.

Persona 4: Face Every Shadow by Casey W
  • Recommended by DrTempo
  • Synopsis: Seta Souji once met a strange blue-haired student who offered him nothing but cryptic warnings. One year later, Seta is about to discover exactly what that student was talking about. Persona 4 iteration of Fairly English Story.
  • Comments: The spiritual successor to the legendary Fairly English Story, and supported by Sam Jaz himself. This fic captures the spirit of Fairly English Story very well indeed, and is very good. Those who loved Fairly English Story should read this.

Persona 4: The Abridged Version by Mr. Thumbsup
  • Recommended by Tanabata07, Darkaros
  • Synopsis: For people with short attention spans. Persona 4, condensed into 1585 words. T rated, crackfic. Not recommended for people without a sense of humor.
  • Comments: Personally, I think this is one of the better crack fics for this game. It is, of course, not very long, but it's filled to the brim with hilarity. Definitely a must-read for any Persona 4 fan.

A Different Flesh by Lavanya Six
  • Recommended by DontKillBugs, WildGoose
  • Pairings: Souji/Yumi
  • Synopsis: Souji is a Kirijo Group robot. Originally written for the Bad Bad Bathhouse P4 Kink Meme. Souji/Yumi. P3 crossover.
  • Comments: Despite the obvious ridiculousness of Souji being a sex robot made by the Kirijo Group, this fic is surprisingly serious, and not the poorly-conceived lemon one would expect. Souji goes through personal problems that are very similar to those of Aigis, whom Souji sees as a sister, and the look at the world through the eyes of a robot programmed for sex is surprising Tear Jerker material. Mitsuru is even given a very good reason for doing what would seem like a very out-of-character thing for her.
    • That said, even though it's a serious story, it's not without its humorous moments, especially as Souji learns snark and obfuscation.

Interviews with a Shadow by Tetsui
  • Recommended by DontKillBugs
  • Synopsis: Various looks at the P4 gang and what happens with their daily interactions with their Shadows.
  • Comments: A short but hilarious look at what if the character's Shadows stayed with them after facing themselves. Well worth the read.

Untitled Comic by Unknown Korean Artist
  • Recommended by balletduckninja
  • Synopsis: It is December 24th, and the Seekers of Truth have finally cornered Tohru Adachi in Magatsu Inaba. However, the Protagonist's experiences throughout the year has taught him that it is impossible for any one person to be defined only by one thing, and believes Adachi to be more than the psychotic killer he appears to be. He decides to confront Adachi alone, in hopes of learning more about Adachi's different sides, and to see if there is any hope of redemption for him.
  • Comments: A fascinating look into what might make Adachi the person he is, as well as how the many personalities of a person come together to form their character. The art is fantastic, and does a good job of showing just how dangerous and violent combat can be, as well as really expressing the atmosphere well.

Persona 4 Welcome to Tokyo by Blazehawkins
  • Recommended by PHYSXMAN
  • Synopsis: A retelling/expansion of the story of Persona 4 with a few differences in the setting: The story takes place in Tokyo, and the Investigation team is in college.
  • Comments: A story that really takes the plot and ideas of Persona 4 and expands vastly on them. In addition to the setting changes mentioned above, this fic is also notable in that it is the only one (that this troper knows of) that has Souji start out arguably more broken than the rest of the cast, having to undergo large amounts of character development before even being able to commit to saving Yukiko. With a much more involved plot than the game (the Midnight Channel is only a facet of all the problems facing the gang), this fic promises to be an excellent rendition of Persona 4.

Someone Like You by TouchMyDrill
  • Recommended by ManiacCat, Karel
  • Sypnosis: After he and the rest of the battling Investigation team fall after being attacked by Izanami, Souji is woken up in a fog-filled world by Minato, who comforted a depressed Souji and encouraged him to finish his role....and also to do him a small favour up in the real world.
  • Comments: A beautiful Tear Jerker of a fanfic based on a What If? scenario where Souji actually met the protagonist of Persona 3 in the fog-ridden world during the battle with Izanami. The characters and their interactions with each other are incredibly written, with each character being depicted in a different, more sensitive light. A must-read for all Persona 3 and 4 fans.

Sea of the Unconscious by Kyjar
  • Recommended by Enneo
  • Synopsis: Instead of summoning their Personae, the team gets possessed by the gods. Great! Wonderful! Fantastic-until Susano-O and Amaterasu have a screaming row in front of the Amagi Inn.
  • Comments: It helps to have a basic understanding of Japanese mythology (especially the story about Amaterasu and the cave) when reading this. Otherwise, it's one of the funniest fics to come out of the kink meme thus far. Minor hinting of Souji/Yosuke and Chie/Yukiko, but mostly played for laughs.

Again and Again and Again Once More by GingerAndRust
  • Recommended by whitewolfos111, Selryam
  • Synopsis: P3 x P4: Souji Seta knew things that he shouldn't. It started out simple, but when a shadow in the TV world creates a phantom city complete with a familiar, green tower, Souji begins to feel like he's done this all before. And not just once.
  • Comments: One of the best fan fics that this troper has ever read. Every fan needs to read this now.
    • It's actually that good. The plot creativity and characterizations are truly fantastic. I would put this on par with Rayless Night's Elysion and Death and Ker.

Lost Kingdoms by zero-damage
  • Recommended by Karel
  • Synopsis: P3 x P4 Crossover, spoiler for both games. "Every girl in Inaba likes Teddie; Port Island's no different." During his visit to Port Island, Teddie meets a strange blonde girl who seems to know more about him than he does himself...
  • Comments: A short and bittersweet "missing scene". Characterization and dialog are incredibly spot-on, Teddie's innocence and obliviousness meeting Aigis' reflection and regrets will have you shed tears of both a laughing fit and a broken heart. This troper adopted it in her own little head-canon.

Persona 4: Split Personalities by Kisdota-The Freak Gamer
  • Recommended by strangerthenever, CybranGeneralSturm
  • Synopsis: Same story as the original game, but this time, the Personas are sentient and they talk back to their users. Hilarity Ensues
  • Comments: Each of the Personas'...er, personalities fits their appearances and they have different attitudes according to the owner. Izanagi (Protagonist) is the wise leader guy, Jiraiya (Yosuke) is a womanizer and a butt monkey with little respect for his owner, Tomoe-Gozen (Chie) is a no-nonsense warrior who always smacked Jiraiya when he does something stupid and so on. There are minor changes when in boss fights and there are bits of slice of life about the heroes and their Personas, but it's all a good read.
    • Marioguy128: While the concept is good, the writing really isn't anything to write home about. Especially in the later chapters when it all goes downhill.
    • Moo92: Yeah I agree about the writing, it isn't that good. But I read it cause it is very amusing. I think its a pretty entertaining read.

It's all in the details By Anonymous
  • Recommended by Eggy
  • Synopsis: Several years after the events of the game, the investigation team members are all living together. All of the characters have been paired off with one another, except for Souji. Out of perhaps pity, each couple invites him to sleep with them, while Souji ponders over his relationships with them.
  • Comments: A wonderfully written story, exploring what it's like for Souji when everyone lives with one another, and everyone (except Souji and Teddie) have all paired off with one another and each couple invites him to bed with them. Excellent characterizations, especially Souji—never has a man frequently joining in on threesomes seem so depressed (and for good reason). Just fair warning—it may break your heart.

Cooking Lessons by Megaolix
  • Recommended by Tropic Thunder
  • Synopsis: See the battle between Souji Seta and his strongest foe: Mystery Food X.
  • Comments: After reading this, I could easily see it fitting into the actual game's story line. It also shows that, it doesn't matter what Izanami can do to him, he's already been through worse.

Day of the Penguin by Anonymous
  • Recommended by Faislittlewhiteraven
  • Synopsis: One peaceful day at Junes, Yukiko decides to ask Kanji if she can try some of his animal crackers and inadvertantly crunches down on one ultra rare Penguin. Multi-genre survial parody ensues.
  • Comments: Possibly one of the most hilarious crack fics to be found in the Persona 4 Kink meme mentioned above, Day of the Penguin has to be read to be believed; with Chie and Naoto roaming the zombie movie-esque depths of Junes department story, Teddie and Yousuke's attempts to lead the survivors to safety, and enough Noodle Incidents to make a ramen stand. If you need a good laugh and don't mind the odd shipping reference, go read this fic now!

I Have My Dead by Kyjar
  • Recommended by LegalAssassin
  • Synopsis: Letters each member of the Investigation Team wrote in the event of their death.
  • Comments: Don't read without a box of tissues near by. That's all I can say.

Accessories by Anonymous
  • Recommended by LegalAssassin
  • Synopsis: The stories behind the accessories the Investigation Team starts out with.
  • Comments: The author not only does a good job making stories behind the accessories, but also ties them with the characters. A mix of interesting and heartwarming, with a bit of humor.

Echoes That Dwell by Chisotahn
  • Recommended by LegalAssassin
  • Synopsis: When revisiting the TV world's liquor store, Yosuke encounters Saki's Shadow. Some Shadow!Saki/Yosuke noncon, but it doesn't go far.
  • Comments: A well written story. I don't know what else to say, really. ^^U

Lacks Creativity by snappleeducated
  • Recommended by Mandichaos
  • Synopsis: Naoto meets her arch-nemesis. It is sometimes refered to as gym class. Slight Naoto/Kanji.
  • Comments: Complete and total crack, to quote the author, and that's pretty much what it is. Short and silly and always cracks me up when I read it. Bonus points for the brief Ace Attorney reference.

Chronologically-Displaced by The Heartless Wanderer
  • Recommended by mega-dark
  • Synopsis: Several months after the events of the P-1 Grand Prix, the Investigation Team is transported three years into the past by forces unknown. Stranded in the year 2009, they have no recourse but to join forces with the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad, but what effect will eight additional Persona-users have on the course of history? -P3/P4 Crossover, Post-P4 Arena-
  • Comments: It's another one of the cross Persona 3 and 4 stories that have been done before but different. This time it's the Investigation Team interacting with Sees instead of the other way around via time travel shenanigans. And just because the Investigation Team is in the past doesn't there aren't consequences for the future. The fic is still in it's early stages but considering how good the fic looks right now, it's a story you should keep your eye on.

Fate or Fortune by Tempest Kiro
  • "Recommended" by Shinigamisparda
  • "Synopsis" Detective Shirogane is called to investigate a mystery reminiscent of a case that should have been laid to rest. A mystery entwined with a memory she had long since left behind.
  • "Comments": The fic is a murder mystery taking place five years after the original story ended. Naoto is called to San Francisco to help with a case involving victims showing up in a matter similar to the Inaba murders and the primary suspect is none other than Souji Seta, who Naoto has not heard from in years and has also seemingly disappeared himself. The story is set up with chapters alternating between taking place in the present and in the past starting in January of 2012 until about halfway when it then stays in the present. The fic is notable for the utter lack of almost anything Persona related, that is to say there is little traveling into the T.V. World and almost no Persona usage, instead focusing on Naoto's detective work with her American partner for the case Nathan Evans as well as her internal thoughts on Souji, as well as the exploring of the romantic relationship the two had in the past. It's a great fic that this troper recommends highly, especially considering that's it's complete. A comic is currently being made by a fan and friend of the author on deviantart and can be found here.

Reaching Zenith by Ice Krystal
  • Recommended: by thedemigodwitch
  • Synopsis: After solving cases for three years, sixteen year old Rui Tatsumi returns to her hometown of Inaba, she finds herself on a not very serious case - investigating a childhood friend's girlfriend to see if she is cheating on him. However, this leads into a much more dire investigation as the Midnight Channel returns after so many years, and a new mysterious website called the Reminiscence Network emerges. Rui and her friends must solve this mystery and discover hope in humanity.
  • Comments: Features the children of both the characters of Persona 4 and 3, though there's more focus on the former, with the protagonist and narrator being Rui, Kanji and Naoto's daughter and oldest child. This takes place about twenty-seven years after Persona 4.

The Fool's Turmoil by Shenjay (TVTropes article)
  • Recommended by sillyfudgemonkeys
  • Synopsis: Sequel to The Fools' Tournament. P3 X P4 crossover: reading the previous fic is extremely recommended, if only at least to know what's going on.
  • Comments: Following from where the previous story left offnote , the author does a great job characterizing Minato, a who is trying to overcome depression from the previous fic's ending. The fanfic has a great mixture of drama and comedy. Unlike it's predecessor, this has said to be only 6 chapters long, 4 chapters have been published so far.
    • The series has been declared discontinued at 4 chapters. A shame it had to end just before the very end.
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  • Mercenaries of Fortune by BlackTyrantValvatorez (TVTropes article)
    • Recommended by Cybran General Sturm
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: Ghost Force 969 once set up shop in the Inaba area to take out a large Shadow. Now they're back in town to deal with a threat that should have been extinguished. Meanwhile, a certain Reaper has arrived for an unspecified reason. P3 and P4 crossover.

    Epic Rap Battles of SMT: Makoto Yuki VS. Yu Narukami! by globegander
    • Recommended by peliconner
    • Synopsis: A parody work in the style of Epic Rap Battles of History that has the mostly silent protagonists of Persona 3 & 4 being not so silent as they exchange badass boasts and scathing put downs to determine who is superior with some unexpected twists and guest stars thrown in.
    • Comments: Smack is talked, talk is smacked; It's plenty strange, but far from whack.

    To Make You Stay by littlemissoyashirou
    • Recommended by Grant MK 2, Meikyu Butterfly
    • Synopsis: After a cascade of tragedies leading to an utter breakdown, Souji is given a chance to make right all of the wrongs. With a year's worth of knowledge and plans, the desperate boy returns to Inaba. But even with his conviction about the 'true' murderer, he must reconnect with everyone and restart his life a second time. Will he just doom his family and friends, or will he be able to solve the mystery and prevent the tragedy of December?
    • Comments: So far it's managed to avoid the usual stumbling points of a "go back in time to the start of the story" fic because the main character has no idea what the truth is and the story has had some interesting twists so far. Only criticism might be that sometimes it seems to really push Souji having lost his self confidence in the reader's face. Still, very recommended.
      • Seconded by Meikyu Butterfly, for many reasons, including excellent characterization, wonderful portrayal of Souji's mental state, actual interesting changes in the course of events caused by the different actions Souji takes and casting new lights onto several of the in-universe relationships, especially Yosuke's friendship to Saki Konishi. Additionally, this is one of the very, very, VERY rare multi-chapter fanfics that manage to give Teddie a plot-relevant role without either subjecting him to severe Flanderization or making him positively unbearable.

    Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

    1 More Chance! by Mayumi-H
    • Recommended by SourJack
    • Pairings: Chie/Yosuke
    • Synopsis: Five years after the True Ending, Japanese version. Some people make romance look easy, but it's never been that way for Chie. And Yousuke isn't making it any easier. A love story in four parts.
    • Comments: I find it staggering that this hasn't been recommended yet. The detail in the writing is undeniably amazing, and the amount of detail and sheer knowledge the author has and displays about Japan and it's culture shows. It's got an M rating that it earns in sparse reminders between the many heartwarming spots of the story. This fanfic is so damn good with its characterization that Mayumi-H may as well have written the characters from the ground up using the Persona 4 cast as a base and nothing more. It's only problem is that it's a behemoth of a fanfic at 700k words and 63 chapters, so it'll take a good chunk of your time to catch up.

    Persona 4: Reach out to the truth by El-Poofy
    • Recommeneded by Personahoho
    • Pairing(s): Souji/Yukiko , Yosuke/Chie
    • Synopsis: The novelization of Persona 4! A Moody Souji! A somewhat crazier Investigation team!
    • Comments: Could be considered a 'General' Fic, since its a novelization of Persona 4, but, most, if not all of author El-Poofy's works focus strongly on relationships and canon romances. If one has read her Persona 3 novel, its safe to assume that her Persona 4 novel would follow in its foot steps with heavy emphasis on romance. A good read if you're looking for an original take on Persona 4, but you just have to put up with slow updates.

    All He Sees Is Red by
    • Recommended by ZeroIchiNi
    • Pairing(s): Souji/Yukiko
    • Synopsis: Souji and Yukiko start their relationship but decide to keep it secret. How hard can that be? Now rated T for cursing.
    • Comments: How hard can that be? So hard that it's funny. I also love how other Social Links are used in this fanfic and how much it seems like this can actually happen in the game.

    Suspicious Seduction by
    • Recommended by Red Viking
    • Pairing(s): Souji/Naoto
    • Synopsis: There is no doubt in Naoto's mind that the second year student, Souji Seta, is connected to the murder cases in Inaba. An unexpected confrontation in Port Island, however, complete disarms the detective's inquiries and changes everything. Can Naoto summon the courage to not run away? And is Souji really as unflappable as he appears?
    • Comments: Starts going a bit AU during the infamous King's Game scene, and that alone is worth the read. As the POV character I'm impressed by how good Naoto's characterization is. What's really interesting, however, is the story's portrayal Souji. Other stories have him calm, collected and in charge, and even though he's still that, this story explores what would actually happen to someone if they were juggling schoolwork, a social life, multiple part-time jobs and investigating multiple homicides all at the same time.

    Cures by V-San
    • Recommended by Alexlayer
    • Pairing(s): Chie/Yukiko
    • Synopsis: Collections of one-shot chapters focused on either Chie or Yukiko suffering the different status effects of the game, and then the other having to search for... alternative cures.
    • Comments: A really entertaining reading exploring the possibility of the pairing and the characters themselves. It manages to remain interesting thanks to each chapter changing the mood of the situation. Also contains a Bonus Chapter related to Persona 3.

    A Barrel in the Sea by signalbeam
    • Recommended by Lavanya Six, Alexlayer
    • Pairing(s): Yukiko/Chie
    • Synopsis: Yukiko's parents find out she's romantically involved with Chie. When her parents demand that Yukiko end it, she refuses and is subsequently thrown out off the Amagi Inn. She can't stay with Chie because her parents are still on the fence about their relationship... but then Dojima-san, feeling sympathetic, offers her Souji's old bedroom.
    • Comments: A lovely post-game fic that focuses on Yukiko coming out to her parents and having to deal with the fallout of that decision. The focus is on Yukiko. The development of her character, as well as that of her parents, is well done.

    Widows by Rayless Night
    • Recommended by Allhailthetv
    • Pairing(s): Souji/Rise
    • Synopsis: The final battle comes, and Rise is stuck on the sidelines and must watch as her friends are ripped away from her, one by one.
    • Comments: This marvelous fic lets you know what Rise is going through during this point in the game, bawling her eyes out as her friends all sacrifice themselves, and she can do nothing. (Note: The story is told backwards, like that one episode of Seinfeld. Except incredibly dark) The detail is overwhelming (and at times bloody), and Rise is perfectly in character.

    Fog by sodomquake
    • Recommended by Senna
    • Pairing(s): "...Assumes one-sided Yosuke/Souji, one-sided Kanji/Naoto, and actual Souji/Rise, and beyond that, I think I'm just going to ask you to trust me."
    • Sypnosis: When pressure is applied, we all break along the lines where we were already cracked.
    • Comments: Amazingly emotionally realistic and kind of heartbreaking. Yousuke is easy to identify with and presented sympathetically, without his status as a teenage male who doesn't always think before he acts and lives with one foot permanently in his mouth being forgotten at all. The author clearly put a lot of time and energy into this, and it shows.

    Kimi no Tonari (Next to You)
    • Recommended by Hanz
    • Pairing: Chie/MC
    • Synopsis: Takes the form of a Slice of Life story, this is a doujinshi (no sexual content) that explores the relationship between Chie and the Main Character (known as Taniyama in the story) through select periods of the year that the game takes place in.
    • Comments: The interactions between the MC and Chie are often quite adorable and the progression quite natural. Chie is once again charming in her own adorably ditzy way while Taniyama serves as something of a Trickster Mentor for her.

    ...and then I fed some cats by signalbeam
    • Recommended by Lavanya Six
    • Pairing: Souji/OC
    • Synopsis: Souji has a girlfriend back in the city and he tells her everything.
    • Comments: This is how you do an OC pairing right. The relationship between Souji and his OC girlfriend, Suzume, is oddly entrapping, with a clash of personalities between Souji's space cadet nature and Suzume's gruffness. The author includes a lot of subtle humor in the story, riffing on the video game's translation and the oddness of the in-world mechanics, as well as the main cast's puzzlement that Souji is actually in a relationship... and with a girl to boot.
      • Tanabata07: I find this fanfic to be very hilarious. It's also an easy way of escaping a relationship with every girl in the game, which most people wind up doing.

    Turn Away by Jones in Space
    • Recommended by icystars
    • Pairing: Souji/Yosuke
    • Synopsis: A doujinshi (read left-to-right, as opposed to the usual manga style) based off of a fanfiction that the artist wrote for the Persona 4 Kink Meme. Souji dies in battle and everyone is forced to leave him in the TV World, given that they wouldn't be able to sneak him out of Junes.
    • Comments: While the initial fic is definitely worth a read, I personally prefer the doujin. It's only 32 pages long, but it's an absolute Tear Jerker, even if you don't ship Souji/Yosuke. So much emotion is packed into such a relatively short comic, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the art is very nice to look at. It's a must-read if tragic fiction is your thing.
      • If you enjoyed it, look for the sequel. Though if you enjoyed the tragedy of the first, you may not like it as much. But hey, the game was all about happy endings anyway, and getting the rest of the Team to the True Ending without resurrecting Souji would be kind of a wall banger at the least.
      • Here is a link to the sequel. It is called Reach Out, by Chisotahn. An just to show how well written this was, I didn't start shipping Souji/Yosuke until after I read these two stories.

    No Beginning, No End by strangestquiet
    • Recommended by Routine, HopelessOsakaD, Vashiane
    • Pairing: Souji/Yosuke
    • Synopsis: Actually a series of three fanfics by the author of the aforementioned doujinshi:
      • No Beginning, No End: "Five years post-game, Dojima is killed in an accident, and Souji and Yosuke move back to Inaba to take care of Nanako. As they adjust to becoming a family, Yosuke struggles to reconnect with her while Souji pieces together the truth of his uncle's death."
      • Fight For Us Both: "Yosuke succumbs to a mysterious illness after murdering his Shadow. As the consequences of destroying such a vital aspect of the self become clear, Souji searches for a way to save him." (there's also a doujinshi of this part, check it out)
      • The Scars We Get Together: " Souji and Yosuke's relationship becomes severely strained after Yosuke loses Susano-O, and Souji works toward the end of a journey that was never completed."
    • Comments: Though the first two fics can stand on their own, I still feel all three of them are worth a read and should be read as a series. The trilogy spans a quite of a few years of the characters' life and manages to capture them realistically. It's brilliantly written, but beware if you don't like sad fic. While it has its share of sweet and heartwarming moments, this story is going to rip your heart apart, piece by piece, especially if you tend to care for the characters a lot.
      • Oh, Gosh yes. Pulled an all-nighter on this one, and for once didn't regret it.
      • After finishing Fight For Us Both, all this troper could do is stare at her computer, tears rolling down her face for a good five minutes. This, lady and gentlemen, is how you write a fanfic.

    A Drunken Fiasco by Fiyerna and Fortunes Revolver
    • Recommended by Shenjay
    • Pairing: Souji/Naoto, with a little bit of Chie/Yosuke as usual in both of the authors
    • Synopsis: When Souji arrived at Club Escapade to celebrate his 19th birthday with his friends, what greeted him was the last thing he expected to see... and the insanity only grew from there
    • Comments: This is one of the most hilarious fanfictions I have read in my time in the internet. Fiyerna's writing is as amazing as always, managing to make Naoto act absolutely out of character for her, being drunk, of course, without annoying or making the fic any less good. Quite the opposite, it made me laugh histerically at times. One short fic you should check out if you like Souji/Naoto.

    New Game Plus by Jessup-2
    • Recommended by DontKillBugs
    • Pairing: Souji/All Potential Girlfriends
    • Synopsis: Souji Seta invites a girl over for Christmas Eve. But which girl? Meta-Lemon
    • Comments: To best summarize this story, Souji saves the game on Christmas Eve and replays it with a different girl each time. The story goes into into great detail as to how Souji makes love to each girl, playing out like a romance more than a lemon- Souji genuinely loves each and every one of these girls. A definite must-read. WARNING: NSFW. This story is rated M.

    Fortune no Hikari(The Light Of Fortune) by Fortune's Revolver
    • Recommended by Patcheresu
    • Pairings: Souji/Naoto
    • Synopsis: Life is full of second chances, but not all mistakes can be corrected. If you were given the opportunity to go back in time and save the one you loved most from dying, would you take it? SoujixNaoto Full summary inside [sic]
    • Comments: Despite the obvious blatant fact that Naoto is an important aspect here, there is more to this story than simply the romance. Souji is given the chance to repeat the entire year, at the cost of a Scratch-esque memory loss until a certain point.

    Wish
    • Recommended by ZeroIchiNi
    • Pairings: Souji/Yukiko, Yosuke/Chie
    • Synopsis: Rumors of stalkers spread in the town of Inaba. It seemed as if it's just an ordinary naughty stalkers case but then everything turned out more. It was not just a random stalking.
    • Comments: It may start out slow but it really picks up fast. The relationship between Souji and Yukiko feels really heartwarming even when it's not the main plot of the story. All of the casts sounds so much in character.

    Ten Steps by Chisotahn
    • Recommended by Jaikeis
    • Pairing(s): Souji/Yosuke
    • Synopsis: AU, in which Yosuke transfers to Inaba in the middle of the year. Later, he appears in an exclusive televised interview.
    • Comments: Not only is this fic well-written in general, but it's all the little details that really flesh out the world—no Junes means that the Investigation Team uses the television in the Amagi Inn as a base of operations, and Teddie ends up rooming with Kanji and is an all-purpose mascot for the shopping district.
      • Seconded. It really is an excellent fic on what would have happened if Yosuke transferred into Inaba at a different time. It gives more characterization to Yosuke in giving him a TV world dungeon that he didn't have before, and the buildup of the Souji/Yosuke relationship feels entirely natural. I definitely would recommend that all P4 fans read this, even if they aren't Souji/Yosuke shippers.

    Continuance by Vocarin
    • Recommended by Vellaen
    • Pairing(s): Souji/Yukiko
    • Synopsis: They say that there are no endings, but only new beginnings. Something finishes, something else starts. Souji Seta is no stranger to new beginnings, but now it's time to make his own.
    • Comments: Picking up literally where the game left off, this fic is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. It is a charming, insightful, and often touching continuation of the lives of the characters we grew to love. The grand adventures and struggles with gods and Personas are behind them, but just seeing the Investigation Team living their lives can be plenty entertaining. The romance with Yukiko is very well done, though not always the absolute focus. The story's greatest accomplishment is how well it fleshes out Souji, especially in the dynamics of his home life and interactions with his parents. More than just a silent protagonist, he becomes a true character.

    Sympathy Crime by sodomquake
    • Recommended by Katseester
    • Pairing(s): Adachi/Yosuke, Souji/Yosuke
    • Synopsis: Yosuke and Adachi start a bad romance.
    • Tags: Non con, emotional abuse.
    • Comments: Far darker than the synopsis implies, this fic is a monster of a read; definitely not for the faint of heart. It's gorgeous and realistic, and it will break your heart about a hundred times over. You won't ever look at Adachi the same way again.

    Persona: Fool's Epiphany by DominicanAir21
    • Recommended by Mysterion
    • Pairings: Minato/Elizibeth, Minato/Fem C?, Yu/Marie, Yu/OC?, Yu/??? (And all ingame pairings in backstory)
    • Synopsis: Yu is called back into the Velvet Room shortly before college to prepare for a new trial he will face along with his mate and 2 others of similar status, but just who will they be? Meanwhile, he must deal with actually living with his parents for once, and an arranged marriage with a manipulative bitch. Fortunately(?) he's developed a voice in his head to keep him on track. But how does the Three Wishes website tie into this new threat? Meanwhile, a "Dr. N" works to undo the Great Seal, and Minato's first day in Tatsumi Port was not quite as shown...

    Fake Me by Reaching Out FES (TVTropes article)
    • Recommended by sillyfudgemonkeys
    • Pairings: Yu/Minako
    • Synopsis: "Who am I...? Who are you...? We're all searching for our own identity, but... How many of us truly reach self-actualization?" (Co-Written with Gin Nanashi).
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  • Every Mistake by strangestquiet
    • Recommended by Katseester
    • Pairings: Souji/Yosuke
    • Synopsis: When Souji is killed in an accident and Yosuke inherits the Wild Card, he discovers fine print in the Velvet Room contract which states that guests of the room who fail to complete their journeys must serve as its attendants.

    Love to Live, Live to Love by ReachingOutFES (Cowritten with Gin Nanashi) (TVTropes article)
    • Recommended by sillyfudgemonkeys
    • Pairings: undisclosed as of right nownote , but Yu is one of the leading guys.
    • Synopsis:[AU] As the new year starts, Yu Narukami finds himself moving in with his favorite cousin and uncle in Inaba as well as preparing to attend Arcana Academy, a prodigious ladder school situated between the countryside and Ayanagi City. With both extremes in reach, just what kind of opportunities will he find?
    • Comments: This AU does not have the existence of Personas and Shadows, but instead, it involves a lot of characters, mainly P4 and P3, and numerous shout-outs to all Persona related things. This includes the games, Persona Trinity Soul, and Persona The Magiciannote .
      • It is highly recommended that you should read Persona The Magician manga. An English fan translation is provided in this link here.
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  • The Shortest Distance from A to B by zero-damage (TVTropes article in the works)
    • Recommended by sillyfudgemonkeys
    • Pairings: Kanji/Naoto
    • Synopsis: Persona 4. A record of Kanji Tatsumi's year - specifically, his interactions with and raging crush on one difficult pint-size detective.
    • Comments: As recommended above, this troper felt it also needed to be recommended in the shipping area (along with getting it's own article) as well.
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  • Riddle Me This by LadyLunarPhoenix
    • Recommended by Leith Sol
    • Pairings: Souji/Naoto
    • Synopsis: Slight AU: In that the gang went to the Amagi inn before they went to Tatsumi Port Island. Just mentally switch the days So yeah. If you played the game you'll know what I'm talking about. Souji gets a late night surprise. Souji/Naoto SPOILERS!
    • Comments: There are 10 chapters, but its effectively 5 chapters as the chapters alternate between Souji and Naoto's point of view of the same events. Despite covering the same chapter twice it never feels redundant as the differences in perspective keeps things fresh.
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  • Return to Inaba: Naoto x Kanji by RuinsoftheMoonVII
    • Recommended by Little Miss Sophie
    • Pairings: Naoto/Kanji
    • Synopsis: After one year away, Naoto returns to Inaba for a reunion with her old friends - but she's changed so much. What will they think of her new 'female' self? A commission for The Lonely Moon on deviantART.
    • Comments: It's incredibly short and sweet, and Naoto's viewpoint is spot on.
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  • Crossovers

    Fate Reach Out by Vegeta the 3rd, FF.net Link
    • Recommended by Yuusha Fan, Unclouded TJ, Space Cowboy
    • Crossover of Fate/stay night and Persona 4
    • Trope Page
    • Synopsis: (From FF.net) "A chance decision leads to an unlikely discovery. The mention of a rumor leads to an unbelievable mystery. And the connection to a long forgotten family leads to an unforgettable experience. Welcome to Inaba, Yu Narukami... or should I say Shirou Emiya? (Co-Authored by Nameless Flame Wielder)"
    • Comments: It's only 16 chapters long at this point, but considering the quality of the writing (especially the fight scenes), this is one crossover to look out for.
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  • A Different Kind of Truth by The Infamous Man
    • Recommended by Space Cowboy
    • Crossover of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Persona 4
    • Trope Page
    • Synopsis: Johnny Joestar was a young man who had it all. A rich family, fame, respect, and several girlfriends. But an action done out of pride cost him everything, including his legs. He left for Inaba to escape from his memories, but Johnny is now dragged into to a bizarre murder case. A mystery which may teach the former genius jockey that bonds can make the most broken bird fly again...
    • Comments: There are hardly any good Jojo fanfics out there, and this one is shaping up to be one of the greats. Especially with the main character of choice being Johnny Joestar, the crippled protagonist of Part Seven Steel Ball Run. So far, the interactions between Johnny and the residents of Inaba are very amusing and a stark contrast with the Protagonist of Persona 4. It now has a Trop Page that Needs Wiki Magic Love.
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