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* HelloNurse: Hellooooooo, Miss Kayama! [[HospitalHottie She's actually a nurse, to boot!]] This isn't just played for laughs: [[spoiler:in Reiko's ending it's revealed that Hazama fell desperately in love with her, but she rejected him as she felt a relationship with him would be wildly inappropriate; this is suggested to be the snapping point at which he decided to open the portal to the Demon World. It's also the reason that she's around to heal you even when bad things happen to all the other students and faculty, though; hurt and emotionally crippled as he is, Hazama can't bring himself to harm Kayama in any way.]]

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* HelloNurse: HeadTurningBeauty: Hellooooooo, Miss Kayama! [[HospitalHottie She's actually a nurse, to boot!]] Miss Kayama]]! This isn't just played for laughs: [[spoiler:in Reiko's ending it's revealed that Hazama fell desperately in love with her, but she rejected him as she felt a relationship with him would be wildly inappropriate; this is suggested to be the snapping point at which he decided to open the portal to the Demon World. It's also the reason that she's around to heal you even when bad things happen to all the other students and faculty, though; hurt and emotionally crippled as he is, Hazama can't bring himself to harm Kayama in any way.]]


* ActionGirl[=/=]AmazonBrigade: Tamaki, Reiko and Yumi are the game's most prominent female characters, and are all badass.

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* ActionGirl[=/=]AmazonBrigade: ActionGirl: Tamaki, Reiko and Yumi are the game's most prominent female characters, and are all badass.



* CanonName[=/=]DivergentCharacterEvolution: In ''if...'', you are given the option of naming your character, selecting their gender, and more or less defining their personality through gameplay. The ''Persona'' series, however, defines the Protagonist as a fairly upbeat girl named Tamaki Uchida.

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* CanonName[=/=]DivergentCharacterEvolution: CanonName: In ''if...'', you are given the option of naming your character, selecting their gender, and more or less defining their personality through gameplay. The ''Persona'' series, however, defines the Protagonist as a fairly upbeat girl named Tamaki Uchida.



* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist[=/=]ContinuingIsPainful: Dying simply gets you a new Guardian and bounces you back to the start of the current dungeon, which can be good or bad depending on how high your Guardian gauge was and how far in you were.

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* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist[=/=]ContinuingIsPainful: DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Dying simply gets you a new Guardian and bounces you back to the start of the current dungeon, which can be good or bad depending on how high your Guardian gauge was and how far in you were.



* HelloNurse: Hellooooooo, Miss Kayama!
** HospitalHottie: She's actually a nurse, to boot!
** Of course, this isn't just played for laughs: [[spoiler:in Reiko's ending it's revealed that Hazama fell desperately in love with her, but she rejected him as she felt a relationship with him would be wildly inappropriate; this is suggested to be the snapping point at which he decided to open the portal to the Demon World. It's also the reason that she's around to heal you even when bad things happen to all the other students and faculty, though; hurt and emotionally crippled as he is, Hazama can't bring himself to harm Kayama in any way.]]

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* HelloNurse: Hellooooooo, Miss Kayama!
** HospitalHottie:
Kayama! [[HospitalHottie She's actually a nurse, to boot!
** Of course, this
boot!]] This isn't just played for laughs: [[spoiler:in Reiko's ending it's revealed that Hazama fell desperately in love with her, but she rejected him as she felt a relationship with him would be wildly inappropriate; this is suggested to be the snapping point at which he decided to open the portal to the Demon World. It's also the reason that she's around to heal you even when bad things happen to all the other students and faculty, though; hurt and emotionally crippled as he is, Hazama can't bring himself to harm Kayama in any way.]]



* [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Lawyer (Un?)Friendly Logo Cameo]]: Potentially a reason the game has never gotten a Western release; the lettering of the "if" in the game logo is lifted ''directly'' from the [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/If_movieposter.jpg movie of the same name]], and parts of the game concept also seem to borrow heavily from the movie as well (such as the school setting itself and [[spoiler: a major character rebelling and bringing down punishment on the school after [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer constant abuse]] - Malcolm [=McDowell's=] character in ''if....'', and Hazama in ''SMT if...'']]).

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* [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Lawyer (Un?)Friendly Logo Cameo]]: LawyerFriendlyCameo: Potentially a reason the game has never gotten a Western release; the lettering of the "if" in the game logo is lifted ''directly'' from the [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/If_movieposter.jpg movie of the same name]], and parts of the game concept also seem to borrow heavily from the movie as well (such as the school setting itself and [[spoiler: a major character rebelling and bringing down punishment on the school after [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer constant abuse]] - Malcolm [=McDowell's=] character in ''if....'', and Hazama in ''SMT if...'']]).



* PurelyAestheticGender: Averted. The female protagonist and partners have much lower HP growths than male characters, though putting enough points into Strength and Stamina can alleviate this problem. And depending on the sex you choose at the beginning of the game for the protagonist as well as how they score on the personality test they'll be given a different lineage of guardians.
** In the Lust dungeon, if you have a female partner (namely, [[TheBigGuy Yu]][[TheChick mi]] or [[OnlySaneMan Re]][[TheSmartGuy iko]]) then they will leave the group to chase a beautiful male demon.

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* PurelyAestheticGender: PurelyAestheticGender:
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Averted. The female protagonist and partners have much lower HP growths than male characters, though putting enough points into Strength and Stamina can alleviate this problem. And depending on the sex you choose at the beginning of the game for the protagonist as well as how they score on the personality test they'll be given a different lineage of guardians.
** In the Lust dungeon, if you have a female partner (namely, [[TheBigGuy Yu]][[TheChick mi]] Yumi]] or [[OnlySaneMan Re]][[TheSmartGuy iko]]) Reiko]]) then they will leave the group to chase a beautiful male demon.



* SevenDeadlySins: Sort of. The dungeons are based on a major sin ([[spoiler:these being the punishments Hazama wishes to deal out to those who have "wronged" him]]), but there are only six sins represented. [[spoiler:One could make an argument for the "empty school" being symbolic of Pride and Hazama's mind being Wrath given how pissed he is at everything, but this isn't stated outright.]]
** The worlds, in order: [[spoiler:Pride, Gluttony, Sloth, Envy OR Wrath (depending on your partner) and Greed.]] The absent sin, [[spoiler:Lust]], could potentially be represented by [[spoiler:Hazama himself, as his feelings towards both Akiko and Miss Kayama being rejected helped drive him into unleashing the Demon World.]]

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* SevenDeadlySins: Sort of. The dungeons are based on a major sin ([[spoiler:these being the punishments Hazama wishes to deal out to those who have "wronged" him]]), but there are only six sins represented. [[spoiler:One could make an argument for the "empty school" being symbolic of Pride and Hazama's mind being Wrath given how pissed he is at everything, but this isn't stated outright.]]
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]] The worlds, in order: [[spoiler:Pride, Gluttony, Sloth, Envy OR Wrath (depending on your partner) and Greed.]] The absent sin, [[spoiler:Lust]], could potentially be represented by [[spoiler:Hazama himself, as his feelings towards both Akiko and Miss Kayama being rejected helped drive him into unleashing the Demon World.]]



* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Ryuuichi and Akiko. If you take the 'Wrath' path, ItGetsWorse.]]

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* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Ryuuichi and Akiko. If you take the 'Wrath' path, ItGetsWorse.]]



* WhereItAllBegan: If you take the three UsefulNotes/SuperNintendo-based SMT titles (SMT 1, SMT 2, and ''If'') as a kind of "trilogy" this applies after a fashion. SMT 1 begins in the dreams of the Protagonist of that game; [[spoiler:the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon of ''If'' is the Mindscape of Hazama, using the same "dream" graphical effect from SMT 1]].

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* WhereItAllBegan: WhereItAllBegan:
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If you take the three UsefulNotes/SuperNintendo-based SMT titles (SMT 1, SMT 2, and ''If'') as a kind of "trilogy" this applies after a fashion. SMT 1 begins in the dreams of the Protagonist of that game; [[spoiler:the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon of ''If'' is the Mindscape of Hazama, using the same "dream" graphical effect from SMT 1]].


The game has a cell phone prequel called ''Shin Megami Tensei: if... Hazama's Chapter'', which details Hazama's past and [[spoiler:his rise as the Emperor until it eventually splits into its own take on ''if...'''s story.]]

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The game has a cell phone prequel called ''Shin Megami Tensei: if... Hazama's Chapter'', which details Hazama's past and [[spoiler:his rise as the Emperor until it eventually splits into its own take on ''if...'''s story.Emperor.]]



* BigBad: The Demon God Emperor. [[spoiler: Whose true identity is the Zoroastrian Deity Zurvan, as revealed in ''Hazama's Chapter''.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Reiko's ending in particular. The school is saved and almost everyone makes it out alive, but Reiko and Hazama are never seen again after Reiko thanks Tamaki for helping to save Hazama from himself…]]

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* BigBad: The Demon God Emperor. [[spoiler: Whose true identity is the Zoroastrian Deity Zurvan, as revealed in ''Hazama's Chapter''.]]
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Reiko's ending in particular. The school is saved and almost everyone makes it out alive, but Reiko and Hazama are never seen again after Reiko thanks Tamaki for helping to save Hazama from himself…]]himself...]]



* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Tamaki as she reached the end of Reiko's route; as while leaving Hazama's DreamWorld upon its collapse, Reiko tells her to release all the demons she's recruited thus far, and upon returning to the real world, her level also returns to 1.]]
* CanonName[=/=]DivergentCharacterEvolution: In ''if...'', you are given the option of naming your character, selecting their gender, and more or less defining their personality through gameplay. The ''Persona'' series, however, defines the Protagonist as a fairly upbeat girl named Tamaki Uchida. She retains the name and gender in ''Hazama's Chapter''.

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* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Tamaki as she reached [[spoiler:The protagonist at the end of Yumi and Reiko's route; routes, as well as Yumi on her route. After defeating Hazama and returning to the real world, their level(s) return to 1, they lose their Guardians, their equpiment, their items, and most of their macca and Magnetite. Additionally, in Reiko's route, while leaving Hazama's DreamWorld upon its collapse, Reiko tells her the protagonist to release all the demons she's they've recruited thus far, and upon returning to the real world, her level also returns to 1.]]
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* CanonName[=/=]DivergentCharacterEvolution: In ''if...'', you are given the option of naming your character, selecting their gender, and more or less defining their personality through gameplay. The ''Persona'' series, however, defines the Protagonist as a fairly upbeat girl named Tamaki Uchida. She retains the name and gender in ''Hazama's Chapter''.



* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: Hazama is revealed to have made one with Zurvan. Though he's nothing more than Zurvan's UnwittingPawn.]]



* GasLeakCoverup: [[spoiler:In Shinji's and Akira's routes, the school is never restored and only a huge crater is left. This is officially said to been the cause of a gas leak explosion]].
* GodIsEvil: [[spoiler: Zurvan, the creator God in the Zoroastrian sect known as Zurvanism, where he created Angra Mainyu and Ahura Mazda, is the villain and TheManBehindTheMan to Hazama, all so he can take over Makai. He's also part of the Godly clan, which YHVH and his avatars from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' belong to.]]

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* GasLeakCoverup: [[spoiler:In Shinji's Charlie's and Akira's routes, the school is never restored and only a huge crater is left. This is officially said to been the cause of a gas leak explosion]].
* GodIsEvil: [[spoiler: Zurvan, the creator God in the Zoroastrian sect known as Zurvanism, where he created Angra Mainyu and Ahura Mazda, is the villain and TheManBehindTheMan to Hazama, all so he can take over Makai. He's also part of the Godly clan, which YHVH and his avatars from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' belong to.]]
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** [[spoiler:Lucifer is a key character in ''Hazama's Chapter'', where it is revealed that the Demon God Emperor Zurvan is actually an underling of his trying to usurp him using Hazama, and offers to give Tamaki an item that will free Hazama from Zurvan's control.]]



* MythologyGag: The Fiends in the original version are primarily taken from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI''. These include Pascal, Gotou, the Law and Chaos Heroes, the protagonist, and En no Ozuno. In ''Hazama's Chapter'', only Pascal and the protagonist remain, though three Fiends from ''II'' (Matador, Alice, and the Sage of Time) are added.

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* MythologyGag: The Fiends in the original version are primarily taken from ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI''. These include Pascal, Gotou, the Law and Chaos Heroes, the protagonist, and En no Ozuno. In ''Hazama's Chapter'', only Pascal and the protagonist remain, though three Fiends from ''II'' (Matador, Alice, and the Sage of Time) are added.



* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Played with in the Greed world, where there are about dozen or so chests outside the boss room: [[spoiler:opening none of them gets you a fight with an underleveled fox, taking all of them will force you to fight an overleveled god-like [[MultipleTailedBeast nine-tailed]] {{Kitsune}}, with various forms in-between.]]
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Ryuuichi and Akiko. If you take the 'Wrath' path, It Gets Worse.]]

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* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Played with in the Greed world, Domain of Greed, where there are about dozen or so chests outside the boss room: [[spoiler:opening none of them gets you a fight with an underleveled fox, taking all of them will force you to fight an overleveled god-like [[MultipleTailedBeast nine-tailed]] {{Kitsune}}, with various forms in-between.]]
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Ryuuichi and Akiko. If you take the 'Wrath' path, It Gets Worse.ItGetsWorse.]]

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* GasLeakCoverup: [[spoiler:In Shinji's and Akira's routes, the school is never restored and only a huge crater is left. This is officially said to been the cause of a gas leak explosion]].

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* BeneathTheMask: For all his bluster, Reiko's path reveals that [[spoiler:on the inside, Hazama is little more than a scared and bullied little child who is violently lashing out against the world. Add in abandonment issues after his mother left with Reiko and it becomes clear that he is not so confident as he like to make himself appear]].


''Shin Megami Tensei: if...'' was the third GaidenGame to be spun off from the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise (the first being ''Majin Tensei'', and the second being ''VideoGame/LastBible'', which came to America as ''Revelations: The Demon Slayer''). The title refers to two things: first is the concept of the game, which is a WhatIf scenario in the SMT universe, namely "what if a school was suddenly thrown into the Demon Realm?" The title and logo are also references to the arthouse British film ''Film/{{If}}'', where the developers seem to have gotten the school concept from (although all similarities really stop there, with one possible [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer exception]]). Sadly, this game will [[NoExportForYou never be released outside of Japan]] due to this, but Aeon Genesis has announced a fan translation of this game, and in the 25th of October 2018, it finally got released!

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''Shin Megami Tensei: if...'' was the third GaidenGame to be spun off from the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise (the first being ''Majin Tensei'', and the second being ''VideoGame/LastBible'', which came to America as ''Revelations: The Demon Slayer''). The title refers to two things: first is the concept of the game, which is a WhatIf scenario in the SMT universe, namely "what if a school was suddenly thrown into the Demon Realm?" The title and logo are also references to the arthouse British film ''Film/{{If}}'', where the developers seem to have gotten the school concept from (although all similarities really stop there, with one possible [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer exception]]). Sadly, this game will [[NoExportForYou never be released outside of Japan]] due to this, but Aeon Genesis has announced a fan translation of this game, and in the 25th of which was released on October 2018, it finally got released!
25th, 2018.


''Shin Megami Tensei: if...'' was the third GaidenGame to be spun off from the ''ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise (the first being ''Majin Tensei'', and the second being ''VideoGame/LastBible'', which came to America as ''Revelations: The Demon Slayer''). The title refers to two things: first is the concept of the game, which is a WhatIf scenario in the SMT universe, namely "what if a school was suddenly thrown into the Demon Realm?" The title and logo are also references to the arthouse British film ''Film/{{If}}'', where the developers seem to have gotten the school concept from (although all similarities really stop there, with one possible [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer exception]]). Sadly, this game will [[NoExportForYou never be released outside of Japan]] due to this, but Aeon Genesis has announced a fan translation of this game, and in the 25th of October 2018, it finally got released!

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''Shin Megami Tensei: if...'' was the third GaidenGame to be spun off from the ''ShinMegamiTensei'' ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise (the first being ''Majin Tensei'', and the second being ''VideoGame/LastBible'', which came to America as ''Revelations: The Demon Slayer''). The title refers to two things: first is the concept of the game, which is a WhatIf scenario in the SMT universe, namely "what if a school was suddenly thrown into the Demon Realm?" The title and logo are also references to the arthouse British film ''Film/{{If}}'', where the developers seem to have gotten the school concept from (although all similarities really stop there, with one possible [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer exception]]). Sadly, this game will [[NoExportForYou never be released outside of Japan]] due to this, but Aeon Genesis has announced a fan translation of this game, and in the 25th of October 2018, it finally got released!



* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler:The Final dungeon in Reiko's Path. There is also SoundtrackDissonance as the Law theme from ShinMegamiTensei 1 and 2 play while you trod through Hazama's mind.]]

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* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler:The Final dungeon in Reiko's Path. There is also SoundtrackDissonance as the Law theme from ShinMegamiTensei Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei 1 and 2 play while you trod through Hazama's mind.]]


''Shin Megami Tensei: if...'' was the third GaidenGame to be spun off from the ''ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise (the first being ''Majin Tensei'', and the second being ''VideoGame/LastBible'', which came to America as ''Revelations: The Demon Slayer''). The title refers to two things: first is the concept of the game, which is a WhatIf scenario in the SMT universe, namely "what if a school was suddenly thrown into the Demon Realm?" The title and logo are also references to the arthouse British film ''Film/{{If}}'', where the developers seem to have gotten the school concept from (although all similarities really stop there, with one possible [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer exception]]). Sadly, this game will [[NoExportForYou never be released outside of Japan]] due to this, but Aeon Genesis has announced a fan translation of this game is ongoing, [[http://agtp.romhack.net/project.php?id=smtif currently at eighty percent completion]]. [[IncrediblyLamePun If you]] can find an English patch available, sound off!

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''Shin Megami Tensei: if...'' was the third GaidenGame to be spun off from the ''ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise (the first being ''Majin Tensei'', and the second being ''VideoGame/LastBible'', which came to America as ''Revelations: The Demon Slayer''). The title refers to two things: first is the concept of the game, which is a WhatIf scenario in the SMT universe, namely "what if a school was suddenly thrown into the Demon Realm?" The title and logo are also references to the arthouse British film ''Film/{{If}}'', where the developers seem to have gotten the school concept from (although all similarities really stop there, with one possible [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer exception]]). Sadly, this game will [[NoExportForYou never be released outside of Japan]] due to this, but Aeon Genesis has announced a fan translation of this game is ongoing, [[http://agtp.romhack.net/project.php?id=smtif currently at eighty percent completion]]. [[IncrediblyLamePun If you]] can find an English patch available, sound off!
game, and in the 25th of October 2018, it finally got released!

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After many years, the game finally got an English fan-translation, which can be obtained [[https://agtp.romhack.net/project.php?id=smtif here.]]


* WhereItAllBegan: If you take the three SuperNintendo-based SMT titles (SMT 1, SMT 2, and ''If'') as a kind of "trilogy" this applies after a fashion. SMT 1 begins in the dreams of the Protagonist of that game; [[spoiler:the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon of ''If'' is the Mindscape of Hazama, using the same "dream" graphical effect from SMT 1]].

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* WhereItAllBegan: If you take the three SuperNintendo-based UsefulNotes/SuperNintendo-based SMT titles (SMT 1, SMT 2, and ''If'') as a kind of "trilogy" this applies after a fashion. SMT 1 begins in the dreams of the Protagonist of that game; [[spoiler:the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon of ''If'' is the Mindscape of Hazama, using the same "dream" graphical effect from SMT 1]].

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* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: [[spoiler:Akira's]] path, unlike the other possible path options, is only consisting of one huge tower instead of being segmented into worlds like the other paths that the game give to you. Those who play ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' will be familiar with this, as the world in [[spoiler:Akira's]] path is similar to Tartarus.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Reiko's ending in particular. The school is saved and almost everyone makes it out alive, but Reiko and Hazama are never seen again after Reiko thanks Tamaki for helping to save Hazama from himself...]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Reiko's ending in particular. The school is saved and almost everyone makes it out alive, but Reiko and Hazama are never seen again after Reiko thanks Tamaki for helping to save Hazama from himself...]]himself…]]


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* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Tamaki as she reached the end of Reiko's route; as while leaving Hazama's DreamWorld upon its collapse, Reiko tells her to release all the demons she's recruited thus far, and upon returning to the real world, her level also returns to 1.]]

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** In a meta-example, ''If'' serves as this for the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' franchise, as many elements from ''If'' would later be expanded in the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' game, essentially making ''If'' the cornerstone of an ''entire'' AlternateContinuity.

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* ForWantOfANail: Arguably the game itself. What started as a simple WhatIf game would later create Atlus' [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona most successful franchise]] yet, with said franchise's popularity even ''eclipsing'' the mainline ''Shin Megami Tensei'''s popularity.


* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind [[spoiler: The final boss in Reiko's Path]]

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* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler: The final boss in Reiko's Path]]path takes place in Hazama's mind.]]

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