Roleplay / Persona Rebirth

Persona Rebirth is a Play-by-Post Game forum that was started roughly five years ago, loosely based off the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series of video games. Since then, it's gone through one reboot due to inactivity but now finds itself with a comfortable community size and much more active members. Of course, new members are always welcomed and the admins are always looking for ways to improve the forum.

Only the main gameplay mechanics from the Persona games are used, almost everything else is original.

The plot involves the characters awakening in a rather mysterious abandoned laboratory, having been led there by a rather mysterious butterfly. Shortly after they wake up, they usually find themselves attacked by Shadows, the main monsters in the story. Fortunately for them, they find that they have a Persona right in the nick of time, and summon a projection of their inner self to help them combat the monsters.

Of course, not all of these 'Persona Users' have been using their power for good. On top of exploring the ruins and fighting the Shadows, many of the characters find themselves combating with their inner-selves. In extreme cases of these internal conflicts, characters often end up doing something they didn't know they could do, or something they didn't know they wanted to do.

Having already thwarted a supernatural disease and currently in the midst of combating cyborg Russians, the persona users of Nagashima are still scrambling to uncover the secrets behind the ruins, a job made more difficult by the sudden appearance of a monster known as the Reaper. All the while, they still struggle to control the shadows within themselves as well as hide their identity from a wrathful public... oh, and there are ninjas. Lots of ninjas.

It can be found here if you're interested, or if you just want to read through all the topics. Be warned though: it's been known to dip into some scary stuff at times.

A Note To Editors: Please place all character related tropes on the Characters page instead of the Main page!

Tropes related to Persona: Project Rebirth

  • Aborted Arc: Happens sometimes, since RPers come and go for various reasons.
  • Academy of Adventure: Taiyoutono High, home to stalkers, crossdressers, professional criminals, former criminals and more foreigners than you can shake a stick at! Oh, did we mention the creepy laboratory crawling with monsters?
  • All Myths Are True: The number of mythologies serving as sources for Personae is staggering.
  • Alternate Universe: There's a subforum for it. The topics range from full on alternate versions, mini-RPs, and For Want of a Nail scenarios.
  • Author Appeal: Of varying degrees. Some RPers like to name threads after things they like, while some others go as far as giving some of their chracters Personae that are part of their favorite videogames or series. Also expect frequent references to stuff the roleplayers like.
  • Big Bad:
    • Miss Yellow, an absurdly powerful humanoid Shadow, is the main antagonist for much of the story. Fittingly, she first appears in a thread called "So Many Yellow People".
    • Aleksandria Fyodor was this for the first player-created board arc.
    • Toru Watanabe more or less became this after Aleksandria Fyodor, even if his power or influence weren't as vast.
  • Body Horror: Pretty much a staple of Monster form. A good lot of Shadows also showcase this.
  • Broken Masquerade: Following a massive battle in the park, rumors of "magic users" have spread like wildfire (among others). As a result, small lynch mobs have appeared, and Persona users are now more than ever forced to hide their secret from an angry and confused public. Certain individuals are trying to make their image a bit more positive, but it's not having too much of an effect.
  • Captain Ersatz/Expy: Very common character types.
  • City of Adventure: Nagashima is renowned for two things: its high crime rate, and the fact you can't walk two feet without stepping in a pile of wacko.
  • Continuity Nod: There have been references to Apathy Syndrome, Gekkoukan High and the Inaba murders at different points.
  • Creator's Favorite: Many roleplayers tend to use one of their characters more than the others, if only because they feel more comfortable or confident roleplaying them.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Both of Ms. Gold's fights with Takumi. The first one just ended in him losing an arm, while the second one had him completely disintegrated.
    • Kyousuke's fight with the Gunman, at least the latter half of it. Ends with the Gunman being killed, although Kyousuke ends up doing a Heroic Sacrifice. Sort of.
  • Darker and Edgier: The regular Persona games aren't all sun and rainbows, but Rebirth dials things up a bit by making the setting a Wretched Hive instead of a quiet town out in the boonies or a big Japanese city, and showing just how terrifying someone with the power of a Persona protagonist could be— especially when they turn these powers against muggles or their own kind.
  • Demonic Possession: Many Persona users begin to suffer from varying degrees of this, ranging from their Persona simply influencing their actions to it actually taking control of their body.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Treo and Kumori have had tea and several pleasant conversations with "Ms. Gold", one of the humanoid Shadows inhabiting the ruins.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Possibly delves into this regarding Treo and Ms. Gold, although she seems to be teasing him more than anything.
  • Drinking Game: Found here.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Persona users in Nagashima tend to be troubled but functioning at best and crazy at worst.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • Shadows in general. Even the lowliest Maya is a walking (well, slithering) violation of natural law.
    • While not an actual one, Manabu's initial Persona, Cyeggha, is rather similar to Cyäegha.
  • Eldritch Location:
    • The Ruins are a series of underground mazes infested by monsters called Shadows, and there are hints that something darker lies deep inside of them.
    • Recent discoveries implies that Nagashima itself is one of these, if the mention of a "Nagashima Anomaly" is any indication.
  • Empathic Environment: Pretty much any time it rains in the RP, something dramatic is happening.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: The Golden Butterfly, presumably. It renders specific individuals catatonic, and guides them into the ruins, where they awaken their persona. Entering the ruins without being guided does not enable awakening.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Half of the time, this is what Ascension means, at least in comparison to "normal" Persona users. Note that "Ascension" does not mean ascending to a good Persona: one can ascend wrong and gain a very different Persona with accompanying worldview. Most Users who "Ascend wrong" are also Enlightened Antagonists.
  • Ensemble Cast: A given, due to the nature of the game.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • After the incident mentioned in Broken Masquerade above, the normal people of the city have grown much less compassionate towards Persona users. One Persona user gets shanked and left for dead by a random non-Persona user because of his powers. Similar happenstances are also tragically common in the RP.
    • In turn, Masquerade, aka Seiichi Akamatsu, showed contempt for non-empowered people.
  • Foreshadowing: In the topic Experiment, Kyousuke is shown murdering an unknown figure with his axe, and it is implied that he doesn't know what he's doing is wrong and that he has done this before. What did Yellow and Gold start with the persona users discovering...?
    • In the topic Please don't eat me, Ryoichi's shown hearing Ayane's Persona despite the fact it isn't active. Later on in Checkmate he's mentioned having heard cicadas no one else heard. It's only after Ryoichi hears Sora's new Persona laughing in Your Final Answer that the reason for this is explained.
  • Game Face: When someone dons their mask, it is generally a signal that a fight is imminent.
  • Geographic Flexibility: No one really knows where Nagashima is. Guessing from the name ("-Shima") it's probably either on an island or near the ocean, but beyond this nothing is known about the location. Word of God says it's somewhere in Japan. On Earth. Probably.
  • Gorn:
  • Guardian Entity: While Personae generally help their users that doesn't necessarily make them good or evil.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: This is almost a given, considering most of the cast. For instance, Rainbow in the Dark has a talented but troubled young man being snapped out of his angsty monologue by a wiser, more experienced master of his trade. The two then proceed to exchange blows in their unique art. Said unique art is Heavy Metal.
  • Heavy Sleeper: All of the NPC teachers at Taiyoutono are never awake during class. If the polls are to be believed, it's because Masami has been spiking their drinks with weed.
  • House of Broken Mirrors: The bathrooms in ruins all have broken mirrors, save one. This mirror ends up talking back. Or being talked to. It's not really clear what happened in that scene.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The most powerful Shadows are apparently this. The first of them appears here.
  • In Vino Veritas: The events of prom night can be summed down to this.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Due to the fast pace of the forum, the large backlog of topics and events, and the RPers' love of discussing character arcs and ideas, things tend to end up being spoiled to new users fairly quickly before they can even read the relevant threads.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Comes with the territory of being a roleplaying site, with most people having 2-4 characters. Some people have reached the limit of seven. It has even gotten to the point where administration has had to step in and impose a limit on how quickly new characters can be added.
  • Mask of Power: With the acquiring of one's Persona, one also receives a mask. If he/she would like to summon their Persona, they must be wearing the mask.
  • Meaningful Name: Played straight with a lot of characters, but notably subverted with Chouko. Her last name, Yaguruma, means almost nothing that has to do with her. It was suggested by one of the administrators, who happened to be watching a certain television show at the time. If you need a hint as to what show, just try laughing at Chouko's partner...
  • Metafiction: There is a forum within the forum, called "Bedlam."
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: The Persona users are a rather disparate group, but several events and the creation of a forum they can use to convene and inform each other of problems has led to several instances of this. There were several scattered events prior to this on a less organized scale, and there's no sign of this trend stopping.
    • An outbreak of what seems to be a shadow-related disease causes the organization of a meeting of Persona users to discuss what to do.
    • The violent breaking of the Masquerade has caused the Persona users of Nagashima (at least the ones who aren't on the side of the villains) to take steps to prevent another incident like the massacre at the park from happening again.
  • Mind Control: Charm spells like Marin Karin can have an effect like this, though the effects wear off quickly enough and direct orders can be easily resisted. More often, they're used to endear the user to the victim and make the latter more suggestible.
  • Mind Rape: Fear-inducing spells like Evil Touch are seen as these by those affected.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • One of the most defining traits of the forum. There are just as many topics involving wacky hijinks and the complete insanity of the setting and characters as there are looking into the darker sides of people's pasts and neuroses.
    • Shadow designs in the RP vary wildly: on one hand, they can look absolutely ludicrous (a demonic baseball player, flying cats, the Box Ghost), on the other, they can look horrifying (a chimeric monster made of fused-together corpses, necrophiliac zombie mermaids, eyeless snail-human hybrids, shambling mounds of screaming rock faces).
  • Mutual Kill: Between Nana Samurakami and Aleksandria Fyodor, ending the Story Arc that began with the actions of the latter.
  • Muggle Power: Some of Nagashima's citizens believe in option number two, forming lynch mobs to beat up or even kill Persona users. What's worse, one lynching group, only known as "the Black Hoods", somehow found a way to discover the elemental weaknesses of Persona users and exploit them, such as spraying liquid nitrogen at Persona users who are weak to ice.
  • Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: Nana Samurakami's gang, even if they have some pretty nasty skeletons in their closets. Unfortunately, not every Yakuza in the city is as friendly...
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Played with; while Persona users will come to recognize others' Persona(e) through joint combat, the Persona talks to only its user and the trope is invoked if they appear as an hallucination, same with most Shadow Selves. Justified as Persona/Shadow Selves are the representations of one's psyche.
  • Order Versus Chaos: As Rebirth is Shin Megami Tensei-related, it's only natural that there are some clashes between law and chaos, being especially apparent in the earlier topics. In a reversal from the games, many of the Chaos characters are much nastier than the Law characters, with the former being populated by most of the villains and the latter being populated by many of the more heroic characters who just want to keep the city safe. There's still a few Knight Templars and whatnot running about, however.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Very few exist in Taiyoutono. Constantly lampshaded by the roleplayers in the chatroom.
    "YOU GUYS I THINK WE HAVE, LIKE, TWO AND A HALF NORMAL CHARACTERS NOW"
  • Perplexing Plurals: Based on the Greek, the plural of "Persona" would be "Personae", but both that and "Personas" are found in the forum.
  • Personality Powers: Note the definition of the word Persona and guess what it implies about the titular powers.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Comes in several levels, but even someone who is newly awoken is probably capable of freezing, burning, shocking, irradiating, or drowning another human being with a thought and a flick of their wrist. Truly advanced Persona users tend to be capable of much more dangerous things.
  • Play-by-Post Game
  • Playing with Syringes: An element of the 'Russians' arc, and also found in the back story of the setting.
  • Police Procedural: Most threads featuring Shin and Kokumura that don't take place in the ruins.
  • Power Born of Madness:
    • Those who have Ascended yet have "bad ended" are this.
    • When a character tries to use their Persona while under a lot of emotional stress, they turn instead into their monster form. This usually happens for Rule of Drama.
  • The Power of Friendship: Bonds between Persona-users allow them to use Fusion Spells. The stronger their bonds, the more powerful their spells can be. Unbreakable bonds also allow the users to gain access to more devastating, potent spells.
  • Religion of Evil: The Cult of Nyarlathotep could easily be viewed as this, though not much has been revealed about them or their motives.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: Much of the IC lingo mirrors how the meta-game of the Persona series is discussed, such as strength ranked by spell tier, scanners for analysis users and recent recognition that messing up your relationships is a bad idea in the Persona battles.
  • Running Gag: The chat and the roleplays both have their own sets of running gags.
    • RP
      • Ryouta's horrible luck generating animals that don't even live in Japan.
      • If anyone manages to find out Kaede's true gender, chances are they found out by groping her.
      • As if Adults Are Useless wasn't already strong enough in this setting, any teacher that shows up and isn't an actual character will be asleep when they show up.
      • Any time tentacles come up, chances are Kira will be terrorized with them.
    • Chatbox
      • Any pairing will immediately be followed up by the poster and anyone else in the chat replying with "otp"
      • The administration tends to be rather opinionated regarding most media. Never mention Kamen Rider Decade, Kingdom Hearts, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam 00... in fact just don't mention anything at all. It's safer that way. For you.
      • Speaking of the administration, Kuuji has a habit of calling Supnitle a Cute uke babby. It's probably best you don't ask.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Tarot Motifs: A carryover from the Persona games though not heavily used outside of the mechanics and when planing character stories and relationships.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Since most of the characters are under twenty, this pops up from time to time. Toru Watanabe (before he died), Seiichi Akamatsu and Nishiyo Sadako are the most notorious examples of this in the forum.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. Though they don't seem to help anyone much.
    • The therapist named Roushi Kiriyu is known for the strange habit of prescribing every Persona user that comes into his office with the Medicine of love~~~ He's never actually done this in the RP, funnily enough.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The entire modus operandi of personal Shadows is to give these - what makes them dangerous and hard-hitting is that, most of the time, they contain elements of truth.
  • Transformation Trinket: The mask characters get when they awaken can become this when they ascend. A lot of them tend to share a certain transformation style as well.
  • True Companions: Even with how dysfunctional most of the characters are, some examples stand out: The "Nuclear Nakama," The Awakened Staff of Taiyoutono High School, the "WMG squad," and Anarchy & Damage before KK went off the deep end. He got better, though
  • The Unmasqued World: A Persona user went berserk in the park and killed a bunch of innocent bystanders, leading to the truth of Personae being discovered. Though not everyone is convinced, the event has forced the Persona users to attempt damage control.
  • Vigilante Man: A whole group of them, called the Archangels, is dedicated to the protection of Persona Users against the violent Fantastic Racism they are likely to experience in Nagashima. They do some more traditional crime-busting on the side, too, and abide to the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule.
  • We All Live in America: Though a few RPers try to avoid this, things that are undeniably American tends to pop up every now and again. The large number of American characters could be related to this as well.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: A meta example. It's not uncommon for people to sign into the forum, make a character, post a thread or two with them, and then disappear forever from the forum. The forum does have a decently large and active community, though.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Not that every combat attribute is that uncommon (note Gravity and Nuclear based powers) a user's weaknesses effect them all the time the moment they have a Persona. Those weak to Ice are irritated by cold weather, for example. The same thing plays in reverse for any attributes the user is strong against.
  • Wham Episode:
  • Wretched Hive: Nagashima has an absurdly high crime rate, is filled with (mostly incompetent) yakuza, and has an extremely corrupt police force.
  • Yakuza: They are very much present in Nagashima, and a lot of them aren't of the Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters variety.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Averted by the grand majority of characters, who actually have realistic hair shades (Manabu's blond color results from dyeing), but there are a few with white hair or green hair.
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