* AccidentalInnuendo: Would [[spoiler: Ryoji ''please'' stop talking about being inside of the protagonist!?]] Especially if playing as the female protagonist, because ''[[OptionalSexualEncounter that can happen.]]''
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Fanon characterizes the Male Protagonist as a SugarAndIce EmoTeen and the Female Protagonist as a StepfordSmiler GenkiGirl. These characterizations are supported by the manga and drama [=CDs=]:
*** Compared to the usual fan interpretation and his characterization in the manga, the male protagonist is surprisingly less stoic and more expressive in the drama [=CDs=], particularly in the second [=P3P=] drama CD, where he is shown happily conversing with various friends. Though reserved and still somewhat quiet, he's capable of expressing a number of emotions, including cheerfulness, annoyance, exasperation, anger, alarm and relief. However, he still retains his trademark stoicism, in that his emotive cues aren't readily apparent to others and he rarely voices his opinion on most matters.
*** Much like the male protagonist, the female protagonist is also given a tangible personality in her own drama CD. She's is shown to be significantly more cheerful and energetic than her male counterpart. She even gets angry at one point ("Her mouth is smiling, but her eyes aren't...") and later attempts to pummel Kenji when she loses her temper.
** Some have theorized that the reason Yukari TookALevelInJerkass in ''The Answer'' was from [[spoiler: grief over losing the protagonist.]] If you maxed your Social Link with her, it'll make it seem all the more justified.
* AmericansHateTingle: In the Western fandom, Yukari is a very divisive character. In Japan, however, she's one of the more popular characters in the game. She ranked 20th in a Persona Magazine poll that counted the entire franchise, which is no mean feat. This is likely not assisted by [[ValuesDissonance cultural issues]] ''in her own game''; she's infamously easy to [[YouLoseAtZeroTrust reverse her Social Link]] if you're playing blind, because in a few places, what would be the natural reaction for most Americans is what you ''don't'' want to do in Japan, which is just amplified even further by her own attempts at staying distant [[DefrostingIceQueen until you convince her it isn't necessary]].
* AntiClimaxBoss:
** Strega can be beaten in a single turn every time you fight them [[spoiler:after The Hanged Man]] they are the only boss fights on full moons, contributing to the EndingFatigue. Justified in the case of Strega. They're just persona users, not all that different from your party, and you always outnumber them, so there's no particular reason why they should be hard. The game further justifies this by explaining Strega's link to their Persona as something forced and manufactured. Compared to the SEES kids, who all have natural links with their Persona, Strega don't stand a chance.
** Many of the Full Moon Shadows also come across as sort of pathetic as well, particularly in comparison to the [[ThatOneBoss tower guardians inside Tartarus]]. This is entirely intentional, since the tower guardians give you the opportunity to heal, save the game and prepare your personas before fighting them, while the Full Moon bosses often restrict you to whatever prep work you did the day before. Strength and the Wheel of Fortune in particular are either this or ThatOneBoss depending entirely on how good you are at manipulating the latter's roulette wheel attack.
* BaseBreaker:
** [[RobotGirl Aigis]] seems to be this, some think she's one of the finest examples of CharacterDevelopment in the Persona series, others think she's a bland StalkerWithACrush with {{Squick}} by the bucketload.
** [[MoodSwinger Yukari Takeba]], whose insecure, overconfident personality tends to rub some fans the wrong way. Her actions in The Answer doesn't help her much either. She's rather well-liked in the Japanese fandom, nevertheless, and if reaction to her inclusion in the Arena update indicates anything, she appears to be fully RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap.
** In the spin-offs, Ken has gotten more defenders due to more CharacterDevelopment or no longer being a TierInducedScrappy, but he still has [[NeverLiveItDown plenty of haters]].
* BrokenBase:
** This along with ''Persona 4'' caused this in the main Atlus fandom, due to how much attention it receives from mainstream audiences over everything else Atlus makes.
** Exactly how much a sequel this and ''Persona 4'' are to the older games and if they are, whether or not they were planned from the start to be sequels causes this among fans.
** If ''The Answer'' should be considered canon or not.
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* CounterpartComparison: This game clearly takes cues from NeonGenesisEvangelion. The twelve shadows resemble the seventeen angels, Aigis resembles Rei Ayanami, [[spoiler: Ryoji is essentially Kaworu Nagisa going by another identity, the coming of Nyx resembles instrumentality,]] and the protagonist accidentally summoning Thanatos at the beginning of the game greatly resembles when Eva Unit 01 went berserk. Hell, you could even stretch it a bit and say that the protagonist's [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation headphones]] take after Shinji's SDAT player.
* CriticalResearchFailure: A rather funny one in the PSP port. Because Fuuka's lines for the BonusBoss fight weren't re-recorded from the fight against [[spoiler:Elizabeth]], when the PC fights against [[spoiler:Theodore]], Fuuka calls him a "she" at the start of the battle.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** The final battle theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adQRPhpaytA&hd=1 "The Battle for Everyone's Souls."]] The voice for Nyx's Avatar between each phase only turn the awesomeness of the whole fight UpToEleven.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4ijlQYVQLE&hd=1 Heartful Cry]] From the Answer
* DesignatedLoveInterest: A common complaint about Yukari Takeba, who has some ship tease with the protagonist canonically[[note]]she gets some game-mandated scenes where she bonds with the protagonist about their mutual status as orphans[[/note]], but which is handled in a rather heavy-handed way. As noted above, the whole ''plot'' of The Answer really makes a lot more sense if one presumes Yukari and the Protagonist were dating in the main game.
* DieForOurShip: In essentially any fan fiction with a different character the Protagonist is shipped with, Yukari will be reduced to the ClingyJealousGirl. Granted, that ''is'' how she tends to act in canon... Some see her as the DesignatedLoveInterest, if you find that the scenes with her and the protaganist are rather forced.
* DudeNotFunny: For some, the Hot Springs Incident in Kyoto has shades of this, especially after taking place just after a WhamEpisode filled November of [[spoiler:Ikutsuki being revealed as the traitorous monster he is, along with shooting Mitsuru's father fatally]]. The fact that the guys that had no idea what was happening really weren't at fault doesn't help much, even if it is optional. Nor does the fact that [[spoiler:Junpei, the ButtMonkey from that scene, loses his girlfriend in one of the biggest Tear Jerkers in the game not even a ''week'' later.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: People coming from ''Persona 4'' may be surprised to find that you are unable to control any besides the main character during battle and that none of the male party members have Social Links. The change became so hard to adapt to, that the PSP remake's new mode makes several alterations to make it closer to ''4''.
* EarWorm:
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9E3VR8Fnj0 Mass Destruction]]'' takes the cake. The ''Baby-baby-baby-baby-YEAAAAAAAAH'' and ''Dah-dah-dah-dah-doh-dah-dah-dah-daaaaaaaaah'' is hard to get out of your head.
** "When The Moon's Reaching Out Stars," the male protagonist's map theme is incredibly catchy, if [[SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein it's somewhat indecipherable for the most part]]. OVER ME!
** Jika Net Tanaka. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBUEZ1Q30xk "Over the airwaves to youuuuuuu..."]] Even the ''NPC's'' aren't immune.
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** Elizabeth, the world's coolest elevator attendant.
** A notable example is [[{{Meganekko}} Chihiro]], who is just a Social Link, yet gets to return OlderAndWiser (and HotterAndSexier) in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
** Among the party, there's Shinjiro, whose sheer fan popularity might make non-players think he's the main character in the game. [[BadassAdorable Koromaru]] is given a special spot in most players' hearts (and parties) for general usefulness in combat and coolness.
** The Female Protagonist from the PSP remake. Despite only ever appearing in that remake, the stage play, and a drama CD, she manages to have as much (if not more) fanart than the canon male Protagonist who shows up in everything in the franchise.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Lots of fans dislike ''The Answer'' for lots of reasons, from the [[IdiotBall generally poor decision-making of the characters]], to the removal of lots of ambiguity from the ending, to just CuttingOffTheBranches in a rather haphazard manner.
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Protagonist/Aigis and Protagonist/Elizabeth are closely tied in popularity.
** In the case of Persona 3 Portable, Female Protagonist/Shinjiro [[spoiler:due to fact that completing his S.Link actually gives the player the ability to prevent his death.]] While the female protagonists' canonicity is markedly vague, some official side materials have jumped on this ship: they have some interaction in the ''Persona 3 Portable'' CD Drama, and they actually ''are'' paired up in the stage play.
** [[PlatonicLifePartners Female Protagonist/Junpei]] is also becoming fairly popular in the English fandom despite (or perhaps, because) the fact that he is not dateable.
* GameBreaker:
** The Lucifer/Helel Persona when abusing his instant-kill combination attack with the Satan Persona. It also learns Victory Cry at Lv.94, which restores your HP/MP to maximum after every battle and makes spamming Armageddon (which will defeat anything but the FinalBoss (only because its multiple life bars, and still drop it last one allowing the player to skip the hell with [[ThatOneAttack Night Queen]]) and Elizabeth in a single hit) even easier. Fixed in FES - Helel no longer learns Victory Cry naturally - and then further nerfed in [=P3P=], in which the combination abilities are items that must be bought with gemstones rather than skills used by having both of the relevant Personas.
** The Dreamfest combo skill (Succubus+Incubus) borders on this. It has a high-chance of charming (i.e. neutralizing) all enemies, and works on tough encounters and even some sub-bosses.
** In some instances, Thunder Reign. Anything that doesn't resist/block/absorb/reflect it is guaranteed to get the shocked status effect, and until their next turn, all physical attacks (that they don't block, absorb, or reflect) are guaranteed {{Critical Hit}}s. So, if you're facing a single opponent whose turn comes after your entire party, you get three successive All-Out Attacks. In which fight can you benefit the most from this? Against [[BonusBoss The Reaper]].
** ''Persona 3 Portable'' is broken in so many ways that it's the perfect game for beginning ''Megami Tensei'' players:
*** The game lets you directly control allies, unlike the [=PS2=] editions. No more wrangling with ArtificalStupidity.
*** You can obtain Skill Cards, which can teach ''any'' Persona you have a new skill. To make them even more broken, there is a card duplication service at the shrine. The process takes five days, but is completely free. Some of the Skill Cards you can get include even even high-end skills like Prayer and the element Absorb skills.
*** Your condition no longer changes during dungeon exploration; it only changes after you leave. Feel free to complete as much of the currently-available portion of Tartarus as you want in a single night; the worst that happens is that you'll be "Sick" for two days when you exit.
*** Run out of SP while exploring? No problem! The clock provides full-party healing for cheap.
* GoodBadBugs: There's a famous exploit in the original game and ''FES'' where pausing the game causes the on-field enemies to change which direction they're moving. Doing so makes it incredibly easy to manipulate the enemies into turning themselves away from you so you can attack them from behind and get an advantage. Unfortunately it was fixed in ''4'' and ''Portable''.
* HellIsThatNoise: Five words: "Be careful! I sense [[BonusBoss Death]]!" Or, worse still, the quiet jingling of chains that signals the Reaper's approach.
* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler: The Fanbase believed this about the main character until the release of FES which revealed that he did in fact die, at least physically. However, Elizabeth states she's trying to find a way to bring him back in Persona4Arena.]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Chihiro's S-Link ending in FES is her outraging at the article against a StudentTeacherRomance saying that love is important, no matter what age. Now what is the Justice S-Link in ''Portable'' [[MayDecemberRomance again]]?
** In PSP remake, one of Ken's S-Links mentions a manga about an alien who takes different forms to save the day. Although this is only in the female MC's playthrough, this is funny considering the male MC's [[YuriLowenthal voice actor's]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce other role]].
** Ken is represented with the Justice tarot in the remake, which contains a lot of members of the Divine race from the main game. [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV Beta Johnathan]] actually looks a lot like an older version of him and he represents the Law alignment - which all of the Divine race is in.
** Ken drinking milk to get taller becomes funny considering that he hit a sudden growth spurt in between this game and ''Ultimax'' - he was right about the milk!
* HoYay: So much... [[HoYay/{{Persona 3}} it even has its own page!]]
* IdiotBall: While Yukari's knee-jerk reaction to [[spoiler:go back to the past to bring the protagonists back to life]] in ''The Answer'' can be chalked up to LoveMakesYouCrazy (hardly excusable in itself), Mitsuru, of all people, decides to support her, with everyone else either choosing the present (Akihiko and Ken; while Junpei and Koromaru also agree to this, they're more worried about everyone fighting each other) or [[TakeAThirdOption focusing on why the Abyss of Time exists/is indecisive, but knows it's not a good idea]] (Aigis and Fuuka). Why does Mitsuru want to possibly put the world back into danger and possibly bring back things like Nyx, which is something that she [[TheAtoner wanted to get rid of to restore her family's tarnished name?]] Because Yukari comforted her when [[spoiler:her father was killed]], so she wants to ''return the favor.'' You'd think she'd return that favor in a ''saner'' way. Not only that, but Mitsuru doing this is [[KarmaHoudini never really addressed]], and [[spoiler:when Yukari breaks down about missing the protagonist, everyone comforts her and forgives her, despite her being incredibly insensitive and rude towards them in the beginning (namely pointing out Shinjiro's death to Akihiko.]]
* InternetBackdraft:
** The canonicity of the female main character and her path in ''Persona 3 Portable''. You have fans that point to The Answer and TheReveal from Margaret in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' as proof that the [=FeMC=] route never happened, while other fans counter that since FES and [=P4=] were written prior to [=P3P=] they can't be used as proof of anything related to the female PC. Then you have other fans using [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne The Amala Network]] as a way to explain that she could exist, just not in the same universe as the Male Main Character. The debates were much larger in the weeks leading up to the release of the game, and still persist to this day. ''Persona4Arena'' has made the debate a [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter moot point]], with the Male MC being the reaffirmed as "canon" main character.
* IronWoobie: Akinari is so positive during his last days.... [[spoiler: Even more so if you complete his S-Link, and his soul comes in to cheer for you in the last battle.]]
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: This along with Persona 4 was what made the ShinMegamiTensei games mainstream in the West. Atlus has since build a [[CashCowFranchise franchise]] around the two titles[[note]]Quite similar to how Square Enix responded to Final Fantasy 7's popularity.[[/note]] The more hardant old-school SMT fans didn't quite like this.
* MemeticBadass: You've gotta be a chiseled {{Badass}} to eat Fuuka's cooking. You must also obtain Badass status to initiate a social link with Ken as the Female Protagonist.
* MemeticMutation: BURN MY BREAD! (in reference to the improper english in vocal songs by Yumi Kawamura)
** Ken Amada: Fans have taken to calling his shorts "shota shorts".
** [[ArtificialStupidity Marin]] [[UselessUsefulSkill Karin]]!
** [[BattleThemeMusic BABY BABY BABY BABY BABY BABY BABY]]
** The whole concept of "I shoot myself in the head and a monster comes out."
** Junpei/Stupei Iori, Ace Detective/Defective
*** Bringing you another installment of "Junpei's Believe it or don't."
** Aigis: I NEED YOUR HALP!
** Akihiko: I've been WAITING for this!
** PURSE-OWN-ER
** Shinjiro: Adios asshole!
* {{Moe}}:
** The manga made the main character very adorable. [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/persona_3/v05/c018/7.html Just]][[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/persona_3/v02/c006/27.html look]][[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/persona_3/v04/c012/11.html at him]]. Ryoji too.
** Fuuka so very much, she's the most gentle and sweet of the female characters. It's even lampshaded by Junpei at one point in which he states "She's the kind of girl you want to protect".
** Chihiro. Every quirk of her personality, and every stage of her Social Link brings her adorableness score even higher. Such a shame she sheds her Moe traits by ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
* {{Mondegreen}}:
** Burn my dread: Last battle.
--> Burrrrn rye Bread!
--> It's a man's man no-one's ever survived, invisible hands are behind you just that if you ever win that rage against race that you became now because it's no man's land.
--> Mask is in heavy rain now ultimately slain make shadows slave what we've done now is in vain make your voice seven twenty four seven but you gotta live it persecuted hot headed
--> comes from direction, indication you've got tutu Let it out Let it down Let it inside Let loose Letting letting damn depressed Let's get it up
--> Then whatcha gotta do is drop behind the town Drop rhyme drop hammer Digging like a labor You've got blood all volvo
--> Ash all Volvo Spit it out son game's over
--> buuurrrrn my bread!
** The music for the town map during most of the game:
--> I never felt like... the taste of red meat...
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jwRkJV4CQY Mass Destruction]], the battle theme.
-->It's a way kinda peace out face reality never be chattin' tea the enemy
-->Your body covers hole society chamber bodies down here gonna fight
-->Right here shadow 10 o' clock [[AccidentalInnuendo erection]] seize the moment it's your negation
-->Across no bullshit any [[PerfectlyCromulentWord motication]] pick up now and denim arrive
-->Bounce up arounds get out before lower round like a roller stone covered in grout
-->Watch out below 'cause this about this out this Sonic Bomb's goin' ground it's a roundup
-->Don't be suitcase 'cause enemy's poodle formin' a troop that ain't your troop
-->You're the only one one one one go up like a batter go zone shadows of Mass Destruction
** ''Persora: the Golden Best'' is an ''official CD'' for the Mondegreens of the Japanese fandom.
* MoralEventHorizon: Strega (especially one particular, long-haired member) crosses this as soon as he kills someone affected by the Dark Hour.
* MostAnnoyingSound:
** The Hermit's screams every time you land an attack on it.
** Don't forget the sound Shadows make when they're a much lower level then you.
** [[CaptainObvious Fuuka's English voice actress]]. [[MamikoNoto Her Japanese voice actress however...]]
** "Yes yes yes, my skill level has increased!"
* {{Narm}}: Fuuka's DullSurprise voice acting can lead to a few moments like this. She gets better in The Answer, but that just leads to a whole new set of problems when the "I'm mildly surprised by everything" voice acting from the old lines frequently contrasts with the more flat and matter-of-fact delivery of the new lines.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Expect anything to do with Ken to have people complaining about Shinjiro.
** A large portion of the fanbase judges Yukari purely based on [[TookALevelInJerkass her actions in The Answer.]]
** Mitsuru also gets it to a lesser extent. Her joining Yukari in [[spoiler: going back to prevent the Protagonist's death, risking the revival of Nyx]] has led some to believe that her intellect has become an InformedAttribute, despite this being her only IdiotBall moment.
* NoYay: [[{{Shotacon}} Spending a long time with Ken Amada]] but subverted in that the scene is up to the player's imagination. A straighter version is the female protagonist and Takaya. Or the male protagonist and Takaya. Although, the Minako/Ken ship is popular with fans of shotacon.
* ParanoiaFuel: Normal people do not remember the Dark Hour... which means it could be really happening every night and you'd ''never know''. The Shadows can ''pull people into the Dark Hour'' whenever they want and the victim is powerless to do anything to stop it. This means they can ''kill you'' at any time. Sleep tight. Enjoy the next full moon!
* PlayerPunch:
** [[spoiler:Shinjiro's death]] on October 4, right after the day's accompanying Full Moon boss. Followed by a Player Kick Them While They're Down at [[spoiler:his funeral, when a few classmates [[SpeakIllOfTheDead talk smack about him]]. The game gives you an option that amounts to telling them to shut the fuck up.]]
** The FinalBoss. You finally have the power to defeat it, in the form of a battle skill. Just one very major problem though: [[spoiler:the cost of the skill is ''[[HeroicSacrifice all of your HP!]]'']]
* PortingDisaster: The PSN version of ''FES'' initially suffered from several emulation problems, such as the game failing to save or just deleting your saved games when you try to load, freezing, and lots of texture flickering. This has thankfully been patched.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap
** If a character you hate has a social link, chances are, you'll end up growing on them. Ken is more well liked in the portable version due to this. Evidently, it's more easier to find fanart and fanfics of him with Minako than standalone fan work of him.
** Many detractors of Junpei (either because of his personality, or because the player ends up running into a long string of boss fights who exploit his weakness early on) find that he gets a lot better after he meets Chidori (and also because he serves as one of the few voices of reason in The Answer.) And if the player is willing to stick with keeping him leveled after the aforementioned boss fights, he turn into a formidable heavy hitter (and the player will probably have access to skills to cover his weakness by then.)
** Mitsuru was fairly popular as a character, but [[TierInducedScrappy never used in gameplay]] by most players due to her ArtificialStupidity. With the PSP remake alowing players to directly control her (thus avoiding her spamming of [[UselessUsefulSpell certain spells]]) she was suddenly finding herself on many teams.
** Despite the general... disagreement with Yukari Takeba in the west, there's a surprising amount of (western) fans who welcome her inclusion in the update for ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''.
** Ken's inclusion in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' has also been positively received, though he's more of a BaseBreaker than fully rescued.
* RonTheDeathEater:
** Probably the biggest reason why Ken is seen as a scrappy. Some people hate Ken just for hating [[spoiler: and wanting to kill]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Shinjiro]], despite having (albeit disproportionate) reasons for doing so. A fair amount of people ignore the fact that Shinjiro actually is accountable for the death of Ken's mother. In fact, some fans blame Ken entirely for [[spoiler: Shinjiro's death. Despite the fact that Shinjiro voluntarily died for him without Ken asking him to]]. And many would have preferred that [[spoiler: Ken died instead.]] And they seem to ''[[KarmaHoudini completley forget]]'' [[spoiler: [[TheDragon Takaya]], you know, ''the guy who actually killed Shinjiro.'']] While Ken had admittedly [[spoiler: put Shinjiro and him in the situation]], it isn't exactly 100% his fault.
** If ThisVeryWiki, and other sites, are any indication, then Yukari might as well be regarded as the TRUE villain of the whole franchise... Particularly, people begrudge her for her attitude during The Answer. While she does come off as more abrasive and irrational, griefstricken people aren't entirely known for being 100% stable. These same people will also conveniently forget that Yukari does work to make amends for her earlier behavior and works to become Aigis' friend to make up for her earlier jerky behavior.
* TheScrappy:
** Fuuka and Natsuki are disliked for their grating English voices, which isn't helped at all by the lack of the same extensive CharacterDevelopment found in, for example, Junpei.
** The one most disliked, however, would be Ken Amada, due to his similarly [[DullSurprise uncharismatic English voice acting]], vehement dislike for Shinjiro (the dub even made it more explicit - see JerkassWoobie below), claims that he's out of place in the cast (despite a dog and robot being on the team) inclusion as a romance option (unless you like shotacon), [[OvershadowedByAwesome rather average combat stats]], a balanced skill-set that [[MasterOfNone is outclassed by other characters]] - with his [[OneHitKO one]] [[LightEmUp specialty]] being useless for bosses -and can be done more easily with the protagonist, and [[DemotedToExtra gradual lack of prominence]] after his confrontation with Shinjiro. His ''[=P3P=]'' incarnation, on the other hand, is much more [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap well-liked]], due to giving him a role beyond being DemotedToExtra by making him a Social Link evidently, it's much more easier to find fanart of him with the female protagonist than standalone art of him.
** When it comes to social links, Kenji is easily the most disliked one. His attraction to older women comes off as annoying more than anything, and he doesn't get any meaningful character development. It doesn't help that his counterpart in ''Portable'' is [[EnsembleDarkhorse Junpei]].
** Nozomi is also disliked for being a creepy {{Gonk}} (though he ''does'' get some HiddenDepths) and one long ChurchOfHappyology joke, while Mamoru is considered to be extremely dull. Their ''Portable'' counterparts are Shinjiro and Akihiko, respectively, and to go further, along with Saori (the female protagonist's Hermit social link, and a completely new character unlike Rio), Nozomi and Mamoru are the only Social Link characters who don't appear in ''any'' of the Drama [=CDs=].
* ScrappyMechanic:
** [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou If the main character drops, it's an instant game over.]] HandWaved with a very late explanation.
** Random chance light and dark insta-kill abilities. Most of the time they'll miss. Sometimes they'll hit and knock other party members unconscious. If it hits you, you'd better have a Homunculus item (which is not obtainable by the time you first encounter it).
** In combination to the above two, ''Portable'' adds the fact that when your allies get hit by these attacks, they will use one of your very rare Homunculi to survive it, despite the fact you can simply revive them afterwards and if YOU die, then it's game over.
** In the original and FES update you didn't have direct control over the party. This is thankfully fixed in the PSP remake.
** In order to lock down the very powerful skills in the PSP remake, they converted them to {{Fetch Quest}}s - you now have to grind on shadows to get enough of a certain type of gem to drop.
** The FES expansion basically forces LevelGrinding upon the player if they want to finish it.
** Want to level up the Hermit Social Link on the male protagonist's route? Have fun spending the entire day, ''including nighttime'', doing so for one session!
* SequelDisplacement:
** Persona 3 and 4 are credited with singlehandedly popularizing the rest of the ShinMegamiTensei franchise outside of Japan. The PSP re-releases of Persona1 and Persona2 were generally well received, but neither had anything near the sales of the sequels.
** [[UpdatedRerelease FES]] also did this to the original game, with its many improvements and additions to the original game and The Answer epilogue. The PSP remake might have done this to FES with the female main character's storyline.
* ShockingSwerve: TheReveal about [[spoiler: Ikutsuki]], which came completely out of left-field for some.
* SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer: Many players forget to train their combat in an effort to do well on Exams.
* SpiritualLicensee: [[http://kotaku.com/5912065/persona-3-really-is-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-down-to-the-smallest-characters This]] ''Kotaku'' article makes the claim that ''Persona 3'' can be considered a video game adaptation of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', with each character from ''Persona 3'' compared to a character from ''Buffy''.
* ThatOneAttack:
** [[spoiler: Night Queen]], the final boss's most powerful attack, [[TurnsRed which it will only use once it has only a remaining third of HP of its]] [[MarathonBoss fourteenth lifebar.]] It deals massive Almighty damage to the party, and has the capability of inflicting any status effect on the party. Worst case scenario, if one or more of your party members is killed, charmed, enraged or inflicted with fear, you have pretty much no hope of victory at this point. If just ''the protagonist'' is enraged or charmed, it can be just as bad if the protagonist had a persona that healed, since then [[NiceJobBreakingItHero YOU can end up FULLY healing (*6000* HP) the FinalBoss]], or getting your team in a nearly hopeless position depending on the tactics you had on them when you got enraged and can't heal the team. That [[spoiler: Nyx Avatar]] mix things up with Moonless Gown, which allows it to repel ''everything'' you throw at it for a few turns, you can potentially end up screwing yourself over depending on how everything goes.
** The Hermit boss battle. Giga spark. If you don't have every party member equipped with thunder charms (and even then it has a one in a hundred chance of working), the battle is all but ''impossible''.
* ThatOneBoss:
** This being an ThatOneBoss/{{Atlus}} game, most of the bosses are very tough, but Sleeping Table deserves a special mention. Megidola and Maragidyne (ma-spells hit all posible targets, and Megidola is a second-level Almighty - thus unresistable and very powerful - spell), plus [[OneHitKill Hamaon]], Evil Touch (inflicts Fear) and Ghastly Wail (unblockable, instantly kills any character with Fear.) You know it's bad when you're praying that it just spams its OneHitKill and misses. A lot of the Tartarus bosses can fall into this category, especially compared to the Full Moon Shadows, but the Table is the standout example.
** [[spoiler: Nyx Avatar]] is this to a lot of players despite being the FinalBoss due the sheer length of the fight and reasons mentioned above.
* ThatOneLevel: It's generally agreed upon that Harabah is the hardest portion of Tartarus, what with it being dark and the only light coming from moving rainbow circles, which is hard to look at and makes Shadows nigh-impossible to see. Empyrean is a possible contender in The Answer, what with pretty much every enemy having either Mahamaon or Mamudoon.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: In the original game, all of your male party members lack Social Links, with their arcana being represented by a similar non-playable character instead. While they still get plenty to do during the plot, it makes the player feel much less close to them than they're supposedly supposed to be. It doesn't help that the characters filling in for them in their Social Links tend to simply be more generic versions of them, making several Social Links seem almost redundant. This is remedied somewhat in ''Portable'', as the female protagonist has Social Links with every playable character (even [[spoiler:the one who dies after about one month]]), although the fact that the male protagonist still can't have Links with the boys of SEES creates some UnfortunateImplications when comparing the two protagonists.
** [[spoiler: Ikutsuki]]. You'd think that after TheReveal, he'd be the game's BigBad. Instead, he [[spoiler: quickly gets killed off]].
* UncannyValley: Ken's 3D model. The smile on his face is just too wide.
* ThatOneSidequest: Certain Social Links.
** Mitsuru's (Empress) Social Link doesn't begin until ''November'' (third-to-last month in the game), and your Academics need to be maxed out (while all of your attributes should be maxed out well beforehand, Academics takes the longest time, and it's possible to not have it maxed) ''and'' it's also required to score the highest results on at least one exam (which is dependent on your Academics stat too[[note]]you need level 3 Academics to ace the first exam on May, level 4 for the second on July, level 5 for the third on October and Max Academics for the final one in December[[/note]]). She's also only available two days of the week (Tuesday and Thursday). If there is one Social Link that most players wind up not finishing, it's usually hers.
** Hidetoshi, the Emperor link, is generally considered one of the most difficult male links to max out. He's the only fellow classmate who will ''never'' call to hang out on weekends, limiting the time you can see him, and his link progresses faster earlier on if you ''approve'' of his boarderline KnightTemplar tendancies. (A GenreSavvy player will realise he's going to have CharacterDevelopment later, and he does, but until then you have to take his side no matter how jerkish that seems, which goes against the norm for Social Link responses.)
** Aigis (Aeon, only in FES and Portable) is even worse in that regard; it opens in ''January'', which [[spoiler:you only get if you choose to let Ryoji live]]. You fight the FinalBoss by the very end of that month, so you're on a very limited time span to complete hers as well. Complicating things further, the Ultimate Persona of the Aeon Arcana (Metatron), which only can be fused after completing the Social Link in the current or a previous run-through, can be fused with a Nihil Weapon to obtain the best gun of the game for Aigis (Metatronius). Considering that the Antiques Store takes two days to complete it, this leaves a very, ''very'' small window of opportunity to get the weapon on the first playthrough.
** In both FES and the original version, social links with the female characters are even more complicated. After a certain point in each dateable girl's Social Link(which generally occurs between ranks 5 and 7), you're in a "serious" relationship with that girl. Pleasing one means upsetting the other and woe is him if he double-booked and ended up canceling a date. The "jealousy" mechanics was removed on ''Portable'' though.
** The female protagonist's links are both easier ''and'' harder at the same time; she has more links open at night, but two of them are on a one-month time limit (the Moon for Shinjiro, and Fortune for Ryoji); Ryoji in particular ''has'' to be hung out with whenever you are given the chance to do so. If you miss one opportunity, the link will simply stop progressing. It also trips you up [[spoiler:because of a large gap between Rank 9 and MAX - choosing to let him live maxes it out, and that's at the end of December.]]
** Right up there with them is trying to become Akihiko's LoveInterest in his link; two ''very'' specific responses have to be chosen at specific points. If they aren't chosen, then the relationship remains strictly platonic. What's more, the link freezes at Rank 7 with no indication of when it can restart if you get there before October ([[spoiler:it coincides with Shinjiro's death]]), and it's possible to break his link altogether, although only if you do manage to romance him and reject him.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Concerning October 4th, [[spoiler: Ken]]. Despite whatever reasons he had or the circumstances of the day, many [[spoiler: Shinjiro]] fans ignore them and hate him for the whole ordeal. Considering that the latter is an EnsembleDarkhorse, [[TheScrappy well...]]
* {{Woolseyism}}:
** The original titles of ''The Journey'' and ''The Answer'' were ''Episode Yourself'' and ''Episode Aigis'' in Japan. It's generally agreed that altering them from the Engrish-happy Japanese names to names that have thematic importance to the content within them was an improvement. In a similar vein, the very ominous-sounding Dark Hour in the localization was originally named the very generic "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Shadow Time]]" in the Japanese version.
** As mentioned above (see mythology gag) the Devil Busters/Innocent Sin Online is almost completely changed. Y-ko mearly speaks with an accent, the english version changed this to Maya using 1337 speak, offering a better contrast between her online [[IncrediblyLamePun persona]] and her real life [[spoiler:composition teacher]] self.
** Aigis in Japanese uses a very generic and to the point speaking style when first introduced but as she becomes more humanized starts to drop this in favor of speaking regular Japanese. Since this can't be done with English, the US version has her speak in a robotic monotone at first and gradually start to talk like a normal girl as she becomes more human.
** In the UpdatedRerelease, Persona 3 Portable, [[spoiler: Ken, the {{Jailbait}} AdorablyPrecociousChild, is a romance option with a "spend the night" event at S-Link level 10.]] [[ValuesDissonance This was heavily edited in the US version.]]
* TheWoobie: Akinari, Mitsuru, and Shinjiro are prime examples, but pretty much everyone in SEES is a woobie. [[spoiler:The Protagonist after his HeroicSacrifice, especially if you characterized him specifically.]]

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