Trivia / Persona 4

  • Actor Allusion: Adachi (Johnny Yong Bosch) quoting the catchphrase of Alpha 5.
    • Although coincidental, Yu (also voiced by Bosch) can dress up as the leader of Phoenix Ranger Featherman R, the Super Sentai Show Within the Game, in Golden.
  • Adored by the Network: Even moreso than Persona 3, it's quite obvious that Atlus adores 4, with the two games getting their own spinoff titles and more. With Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Persona 4 Golden: The Animation though, it's gotten to the point that even Persona 4 fans are beginning to experience Hype Backlash and view Yu Narukami's constant inclusion in games as a source of scorn.
  • Breakthrough Hit: For the Persona series, up to (and including) 4, the western releases all carried the Shin Megami Tensei name. The success of Persona 4 prompted ATLUS USA to drop the SMT branding with Golden and Arena.
  • Defictionalization: There is a fanmade recipe for the Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl. Comes with a vegetarian option.
  • Dummied Out:
    • Files suggest that the part time job the gas station attendant offers in the game's opening, which a nameless male student in the shopping district later says was filled, was meant to actually be a job the player could take.
    • A paragraph kindly asking players not to spoil the game's story has been found in the game's files. It would have played right before starting a new game.
    • Unused text strings suggest that there would have been consequences for dating multiple girls, and that all of the girls' Social Links could break or reverse, possibly as a result of this. In Golden, the girls will passive-aggressively call the protagonist out on cheating on Valentine's Day if he has been, but nothing ever comes of it.
    • Some unused dialogue that can be dug out of the game's files heavily suggest Yosuke was originally intended as a Gay Option romance. Some of this still lingers in the game itself - besides the Ho Yay between him and Yu at times, Yosuke is the only male Social Link in the game that can have minor route changes depending on choices (most notably giving him a Cooldown Hug at one point if the right dialogue options were taken earlier in the Link), while all of the girls that can be romanced have this as standard.
    • In Golden, files in the Social Link folder contain a portrait of Izanami, in her gas station disguise.
    • Every dungeon has dialogue for if you talk to your party members in front of it while you've already finished the current rescue or other mission. This dialogue for the last two dungeons goes unused, as it's impossible to actually access either of them under that condition.
  • Easter Egg: If you have Golden, go to the TV Listings from midnight to 1 A.M. You'll hear static, not unlike when the Midnight Channel is tuning in. Scroll to the bottom with the TV's, and you'll see a shadow of Teddie scurrying around. Tap on him, and it'll bring you to his bear-y own version of the Midnight Channel! You can even tap him and see how he reacts!
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  • Killer App: Golden has become this, significantly boosting sales of the lagging Vita.
  • Life Imitates Art: This Report about a man who was found dead, with no signs of trauma, Hanging Upside down from a Telephone Pole.
  • Market-Based Title: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 outside of Japan, for the initial release (See Breakthrough Hit above).
  • Name's the Same: No, the Ayane in this game is not a kunoichi.
  • No Budget: ATLUS was going through severe financial trouble during development and this shows quite a bit if one digs through the data, as the game was essentially built on top of Persona 3 in a way that is more or less akin to a fanmade hack, with much of the data assets remaining buried in the code in a way that was most likely not test data. This is testament that, despite the lack of money, the game was still financially and critically successful, though this did not prevent ATLUS from going bankrupt a few months after release and subsequently bought out.
  • The Other Darrin: Purely in the English language releases. Of the Investigation Team members, only three actors (Johnny Yong Bosch as Yu and Adachi, Yuri Lowenthal as Yosuke and Amanda Winn-Lee as Yukiko) were not recast between the game first coming out in 2008 and Dance All Night in 2015.
    • Tracy Rooney was replaced as Chie by Erin Fitzgerald in The Animation, Golden, and Arena.
    • Sam Riegel replaced Dave Wittenberg as Teddie in The Animation, Golden, and Arena, as Wittenberg had become part of the voice actor's union since the original game's release.
    • Kanji is an interesting example - Troy Baker returns in the role for Arena, Golden and the first half of The Animation; but Matthew Mercer replaces him in the second half of The Animation, due to Troy Baker getting married and taking a temporary leave for a honeymoon. And later on, this continues with Mercer taking on Kanji full-time thanks to Troy becoming a union voice-actor, taking over his roles in Persona 4: Arena Ultimax (although some of Troy's voice clips from the first Arena are re-used) and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, much to the disappointment of some fans.
    • Naoto's voice actress, who has yet to be credited, was replaced for The Animation by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, then again in Q and Ultimax by Valerie Arem.
    • Namatame's original voice actor, JB Blanc, was replaced by Matthew Mercer for The Animation.
    • Curiously enough, since Laura Bailey didn't return as Rise for Dancing All Night due to scheduling conflicts, having her role filled in by Ashly Burch, that means that of the original cast for the PS2 game, only three actors have kept their role all this time: Johnny Yong Bosch, Yuri Lowenthal and Amanda Winn Lee.
  • The Pete Best: Erin Fitzgerald wasn't the first English voice for Chie, but she's become the most iconic.
  • Playing Against Type: Johnny Yong Bosch, used to playing the role of The Hero (which he does in this game, seeing as how he's pulling double duty), playing the lovably incompetent detective, Tohru Adachi. Later, it turns out he's playing even further against type when it's revealed that Adachi is actually an Ax-Crazy Serial Killer, complete with an Evil Laugh when summoning his Persona.
  • Rule 34: Obviously, but an infamous adult video company (TMA) is working on a live-action porno of it!
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Johnny Yong Bosch as the Protagonist/Yu Narukami and Tohru Adachi. More prevalent in The Animation and Ultimax, where Yu actually has dialogue as opposed to him remaining silent outside of battle, where his only lines are his grunts and battle cries when summoning his Persona. These games feature a very different delivery for Adachi by Bosch, in which his voice is raised to a higher pitch, likely to keep the two characters' voices distinct during these scenes.
    • Matthew Mercer as Taro Namatame and Kanji Tatsumi, in the second half of The Animation.
    • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Naoto Shirogane and Noriko Kashiwagi in The Animation, where she serves as The Other Darrin to Naoto's original voice actress.
    • Technically, everyone who encounters their Shadow self.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything:
    • There are enough variations of the Valentine's Day scene at school to accommodate the Protagonist dating all of the girls on the Investigation Team. And yes, that also includes all of them. For obvious reasons, this also includes playthroughs where you don't date anyone, at which point you get "friendzone chocolate" from your female team members.
    • Events in Marie's Social Link will change depending on when the player does them. More members of the Investigation Team will show up depending on when the player does certain events, and a certain event that lampshades the Limited Wardrobe of rate characters will alter it's dialogue depending on if the characters are in their summer or winter wardrobes.
      • Similarly, every member of the Investigation Team has a scene in their Social Links where Nanako shows up, usually to cheer them up about something. These scenes will change slightly if you wait until after Nanako's kidnapping.
    • The "talk" option when you run into team members inside dungeons is incredibly diverse. Every team member has dialogue depending on the rank (and events) of their social link, with further variation provided by the fact that the other team member, including the fox, will always comment on what you two are talking about.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Rise's original design had her being a playable party member like the others and her being a chain wielding Ice Queen Deliquent. Since Kanji already filled this void, her original characteristic and design ended up going to Ai Eibihara. Speaking of Kanji, he was originally going to be a middle-aged man, and Naoto would've been straight-up male instead of a female cross-dresser. Both of these can be seen in their original concept art.
    • One of the biggest changes is who the murderer really was… it would have been none other than Dojima, with Adachi serving as the Red Herring instead. It was changed after the ending was shown to a focus group and the feedback was that the twist of Yu living with the killer all year was too dark for the type of game Persona 4 was.
      • They also toyed with Yukiko or Yosuke being the killer, but their motivations (for the sake of self-pleasure) were considered too weak and cliche.
    • Golden was originally planned to be a PSP title, which would've led to features needing to be cut. Thankfully the Vita came along.
    • Yosuke was originally planned to be a romantic option. This could explain the large amounts of Ho Yay between him and the Protagonist.
  • Word of God:
    • In the second episode of the Persona Stalker Club, Atlus confirms that Yosuke enjoys listening to Western and Japanese music, including those from soundtrack albums.
    • The fifth episode, basically an Adachi special, confirms that although Adachi carries a lighter on his person for whenever Dojima needs it, Adachi himself doesn't smoke.
    • The twenty-third episode mentions that Adachi is very familiar with the Moonlight bridge since he used to drive there when he was working in the city prior to his transfer to Yasoinaba.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Troy Baker stated during a convention that after asking the English Voice Director for motivation, that he voiced Kanji as if he was indeed gay. Baker has gone on record that he does believe Kanji is gay.
    • Erin Fitzgerald later admitted to doing the same thing with Chie in The Golden, portraying her as 'madly in love' with Yukiko after reading the script.

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