YMMV / Persona

The video game

  • Awesome Music: Several, particularly "Dream of Butterfly", "School Days", and "Bloody Destiny".
  • Base-Breaking Character: Yuka Ayase. Some love her for her shamelessness in being frank, others hate her for it.
  • Broken Base: The new soundtrack for the PSP release, done in the same style as the post-Persona 3 games. Some people aren't fans of the change and preferred the somewhat moodier soundtrack of the original. Oddly enough, many of those tracks ARE in the PSP version with some great remixes to them; but only in the Snow Queen Quest. If you have no interest in doing that quest; that's tough.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • Grimies, purposely placed where they are in the final dungeon to make you risk the 40 minutes it takes to actually reach the final boss in one fell swoop. They are also The Unintelligible (literally, their words are numbers and deciphering them is a pain), which means that they're hard to negotiate with.
    • Any demon capable of spamming multi target ailment attacks like sleep and guilt, such as Nightmares and Arpachis. Imagine being powerless and mesmerized to attack each other.
      • The above is remedied by equipping personae which reflect or null their magics, but the trope is still upheld due to the rarity of those personae, plus the need to move onto better, more capable personae.
      • What's even worse is those who only put status effects on you and nothing else. It's actually possible to have to manually turn your game off due to getting stuck in a loop against some enemies.
    • Kuchisake-Onna is extremely hazardous against those who do an SQQ max Ambrosia run, in which the gamer at level 20 has to go into Thanatos Tower first. In there, she's commonly fought, she can't be talked away (easily), and she spams Mamudo, which will most likely off any member not fortunate enough to have a dark type persona, which at that point in the game, is extremely limited.
    • The toilet demons!
  • Ear Worm: As with the other Persona games from 3 onward, the PSP version has incredibly catchy battle music in "A Lone Prayer". Unfortunately, due to the game's high encounter rating, it can become Most Annoying Sound.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Following her return from Shin Megami Tensei if..., Tamaki Uchida has become this. While she's nowhere as strong as she once was, she proves her worth with the amount of knowledge she retains from her days at her old high school.
    • Among the Personas there is Vishnu, the ultimate persona of the Emperor arcana. Despite Amon Ra being the protagonists ultimate persona, it is Vishnu that is frequently treated as such instead. Even official material get in on it, with Vishnu appearing in art and the covers whereas Amon Ra doesn't even have official art in his Persona design, a sprite is all he's got. Finally, in the manga adaption, Naoya receives Vishnu instead from his other self while Amon Ra is absent.
  • Fridge Horror: Avidya World. It looks like your typical final boss dungeon, with creepy music and dark, distorted halls. But if you look at the doors closely enough, you'll notice that Avidya World is a twisted version of your school. And nearly all the doors of the "normal" school refuse to budge now...
    • That's because Avidya World is Essentially Maki Sonomura's brain housing her worst inner demons mixed with the school dungeon layout, it's fitting on a thematic level.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Mark sure is good at dancing crazy. Nearly twenty years later both in and out-of-universe, so would a bunch of people living in a town he shares his last name with.
    • Personas of the Fool Arcana are relatively rare, with only three in this game and all available solely through fusion accidents. As of Persona 3 onwards, the Arcana is reserved for the protagonists and the Social Links associated with the Arcana are that of their teams. One of these Personas, Narukami, is associated with Electricity in the other installments of the SMT franchise it appears in and shares its name with the initial English rename of Elizabeth's Electricity spell El Jihad, which was renamed back to Jihad in Golden more than likely because P4 The Animation cemented the protagonist's canon name as Yu Narukami, whose main Persona Izanagi's spells generally revolve around Electricity attacks.
  • Narm: In the PSP remake, it sounds a little like the characters are flushing a toilet whenever they summon their personae.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Even if it's somewhat Lighter and Softer, it's still only Lighter and Softer compared to the main Shin Megami Tensei games, which are pretty damn creepy already.
  • The Scrappy: Tadashi Satomi, Author Avatar of the writer of the same name, is heavily disliked due to being lazy and primarily existing as a self-inser love interest for Tamaki, who is based on an idol the real Satomi admires named Yuki Uchida.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: This game has not aged very well, and a lot of the criticisms for it were this.
  • Tear Jerker: Yamaoka's death.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The PSP version switches up the chest items by removing their original items and replacing them with booby trapped chests. Those who played the PSX version beforehand were irked by how many useful weapons (some of which were found from the Casino if the player didn't know which personas to refine) and items were taken out just so Atlus can mess with the player. They're also just a nuisance. They may drop HP to 1, but you have Mediarama really early which makes it a non-issue.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The initial release received a K-A rating (equivalent to an E rating today) from the ESRB, bumped up to a T rating for the PSP re-release. The updated localization is full of swearing, and both versions of the game feature high levels of sexual innuendo and nudity, including the final boss appearing to have a penis that makes up half its body.
  • Woolseyism: The PSP script compared to the original North American release. Atlus' NA localization team goes to great lengths to grasp every last nuance of characterization and mythology.

The movie