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The Fools' Tournament is a Persona 3 fanfiction by Shenjaynote . It's a novelization of Persona 3, with a twist. Both the male protagonist (Minato) and the female protagonist (Hamuko) partake in this adventure.note  It's pretty straightforward... until the two learn about social links and then compete for them, causing them to try to ruin each others' social lives. Hilarity Ensues.


Cover page can be seen here.

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    A - B 
  • A Wizard Did It: Whenever they're asked, Hamuko and Minato's answer for how they knew about the full moon attacks, the barriers on Tartarus and their fusion attacks is that a Persona told them. This makes revealing the truth of it so much more difficult and painful for the two.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Akihiko keeps accidentally calling Hamuko "Miki".
    • He has a right to, since she is Miki.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Played with, when Hamuko first gets rejected by Minato. Played for Laughs with her and Aigis.
  • Alignment-Based Endings: Hamuko prefers Chaos, and Minato prefers Law.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Hamuko when she kisses Minato, she's left in tears after he rejects her. And Minato during the Shirikawa Blvd. incident, where he tells her he loves her...kinda...
  • Attention Whore: Hamuko, even calls herself one.
    • Minato calls her one in chapter 15.
  • Attempted Rape: Happens a few times with Minato and Hamuko (both flip-flop being the rapist and victim), not their fault though.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Hamuko drops one in chapter 12.
  • Bad End: Chapter 93 gives us a brief look at a hypothetical one where they kill Ryoji.
  • Balanced Harem: Sort of, more of an Un Wanted Harem if any.
  • Bash Brothers: Or Persona Bros, as it were.
  • Beam me up Minato: Hamuko said this to...well...Minato, in chapter 24.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: You can say it's been played with. Though Hamuko always acts slutty, it does get Minato's attention.
    • Or you can say it's inverted, because Hamuko already has his attention, still doesn't stop her though.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Lampshaded by Hamuko in chapter 12.
    • It's pretty evident it's there nonetheless.
  • Bi the Way: Hamuko saw no problem with going to flirt with Aigis in Yakushima. According to Shenjay Hamuko tends to see all of her relationships with boys and girls in the same manner which means she could be attracted to a good portion of the female cast.
    • Minato is this for Ryoji......and I guess since Hamuko is his shadow in a female body, and his shadow is male, that counts as well?
  • Big Brother Instinct: Akihiko and Shinjiro to Hamuko, which gets worse where Minato's involved, enough for him to compare them to bears.
    • Lampshaded by Hamuko in chapter 80, says that just about every guy she meets wants to act like her brother.
  • Big Eater: Hamuko is more of one than even Minato, and of course, there are Elizabeth and Theodore.
    • Minato mentions Yuko is one as well.
  • * Bittersweet Ending: As of the "Final" and "True" chapter , 102, but we shall see.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Aigis to Hamuko and Minato.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Q and A chapter, it's not so much as "breaking" the fourth wall, as Hamuko Armageddoned it to oblivion and then shat all over it. Aigis helped her by giving her the hammer and Minato just stood there confused, all this to the tropers' and audiences' amusement.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Hamuko got good grades in the midterms despite not studying for them at all, much to Minato and Junpei's dismay. According to her it's because she made sure to stay awake during the lectures that Minato slept through.
  • Brick Joke: Chapter 44 and 11.
    • Happens again in chapter 47 and 53, Hamuko says something is ironic in 47 and Minato corrects her that it's actually sarcasm, in chapter 53 she does the opposite. She says something is sarcastic and Minato corrects her saying she ment ironic.
    • Remember Hamuko eating the popsicle? Keep that in mind when she's drinking her soda in the movie theater with Minato in chapter 55.
  • Brother–Sister Team/ Sibling Team: Hamuko and Akihiko fight together...why not?
  • Brutal Honesty: Aigis has a way of just speaking out her opinions and relaying exactly what was told to her, such as when she directly calls Junpei pathetic when he compares himself to a samurai or when she tells Naoto and Ken that Mitsuru called the second year protagonists a 'pack of imbeciles.'
  • Butt-Monkey: Minato. He just can't catch a break.

    C - D 
  • Call-Back: When fighting the Lovers Shadow, a charmed Minato attacks Hamuko, and then in a much later chapter, a charmed Hamuko attacks Minato. She even asks to make sure he was the one she went for.
    • "Talk or taaaalk?"
    • When they quote each other.
    • Sort of this, the way Hamuko as Mimi-senpai for advice to make Minato do what she wants is similar to when Minato ask Junpei advice about Hamuko.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Hamuko and Minato, though the former is worse.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Akihiko constantly dreams of the orphanage fire of his past, enough that he no longer screams out when exercising this trope.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The story starts out lighthearted and comedic, and then goes into darker territory. It snaps back to lighthearted once the author realized her story was getting affected by Cerebus Syndrome.
  • Character Development: One of the goals of this story is to make Minato and Hamuko better people.
  • Charm Person: Ryoji charms the hell out of the Fools with his class introduction.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: The Orb.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: Slight in-game example/shout-out, Minato not paying attention to the gossipers, especially when regarding Fuuka.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Quite a few (examples to be listed later)
  • Chekhov's Gift: I guess the Orb can fall under this as well, since Igor gives it to them.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Tournament. Igor mentioned early on that this will be a source of conflict between the the two Fools, which is why their relationship is never stable and goes through the Cerebus Rollercoaster. This may or may not be caused by that entity in Minato's dream from chapter 64.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: (examples to be listed later)
  • Chekhov's News: examples to be listed later.
  • Chekhov's Skill:: Examples listed later.
  • Childhood Friends: Akihiko and Shinjiro and Hamuko as well, who is really Miki
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Hamuko, who is actually Miki, hooks up with her childhood crush Shinjiro.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Hamuko namedrops the trope when referring to Ryoji.
  • Cliffhanger: Chapter 77, Shinji gets shot.
    • Lampshaded by author in Chapter 71
  • Combination Attack
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Minato and Hamuko find that they're in the same Velvet Room as the other, at first they conclude that Igor sold the mirror that connected their Velvet Rooms together. After he cryptically tells them about things that change within themselves, they (including Elizabeth and Theo) immediately jump to the conclusion that Hamuko is pregnant.
    • Usual for Hamuko.
    • Hamuko does this at the end of chapter 29, it's also lampshaded.
  • Control Freak: A short POV section from Mitsuru's end showed that she's a bit of one.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Akihiko calls this trope out on the fanfic/game.
  • Cool Big Sis: Elizabeth is this to Theodore, and Hamuko wants to be this for Ken.
  • The Corrupter: Hamuko is afraid she is/was this to Minato, which led to him almost raping her.
  • Covert Pervert: Hamuko calls Minato this in chapter 15.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Hamuko threatens to do this to Ryoji if he lays a finger on Aigis.
  • Crack Pairing: Uhhhh does this count?
  • Crying Wolf: Due to their evasiveness and deception all throughout before when it concerned their odd behaviours, the truth of what Minato and Hamuko reveal to Mitsuru and Akihiko are met with scepticism. And blackmail.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Hamuko to Koromaru, Aigis, and Ken.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Natsuki Moriyama.
    • Mamoru, Yuko, and Kazushi as well.
  • Date Rape Averted: Happens with Minato and Hamuko on the July full moon mission. Hamuko was very upset about this.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: What Hamuko and Minato are doing with Mitsuru's Social Link.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Hamuko uses boobs, it's super-effective against Minato! Hamuko wins poker game!
    • Hamuko teases Minato that he was distracted by the Priestess shadow.
  • Does This Make Me Look Fat?: When Minato asks this about a new suit he has on, Hamuko recognizes it for the trap that it is.
    "If I say 'yes', you'll say that I only say that to make you feel well, and if I say 'no' you'll throw a fit and go look for another suit."
  • Domestic Abuse: What it looks like when Minato rejects Hamuko's advances when she's not in her right mind.
  • Door Stopper: Completed at 104 Chapters and 507,382 words, it takes a long time to read through, but is well worth it.
  • Double Date: With Minato, Elizabeth, Hamuko and Theodore. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Double Standard: Addressed by the author after Chapter 39.
    "Also, just a little comment here, but… Hamuko acted just how Minato is acting now for like twenty chapters at own will. Her actions were pretty much harassment –some almost sexual harassment-, yet you guys found it funny. I find it jarring how much it changes when the one crossing the line is the guy (even if he almost crossed the line twice, did a mortal flip over it and shouted 'hey, I crossed the line!')."
    • A reversed example than the one shown up top, it is also apparent, to some extent, in the first chapter, where Minato arrives at school with both Yukari and Hamuko.
    ''Hamuko: "He comes to school with the most popular girl and he's Mr. Charm and I arrive a bit later and I'm the new slut."
    • Minato calls Hamuko out on this in chapter 7.
  • Drugs Are Bad

    E - H 
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted, as of chapter 57, Hamuko still hasn't quite forgiven Minato for trying to rape her, long after they've somewhat reconciled and have gotten back together. This leads to her running away in fear (although that's not the only reason) as they're about to have sex that night.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Hamuko lampshades this in chapter 67.
  • Emotionless Girl: Aigis At first.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite the two main characters competing for social links, they work on the Maiko social link together.
  • Epic Fail: Minato and Hamuko just cannot catch a break when it comes to sex, and it gets worse for them in chapter 62.
    • Neither of them have particularly good track records when it comes to relationships. This comes to a head in chapter 64 when they break up, end their truce and are back to being at each others' throats with the Social Links.
    • Then, they had sex and made up.
  • Ethical Slut: Hamuko is a strange example, her questionable and strange ethics and morals raise eyebrows sometimes.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Quoth Hamuko.
    "I'd fuck everyone.".
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Ryoji made Minato have a nosebleed.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone can see Hamuko and Minato like each other even before the admit it themselves.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Hamuko has to keep remind Minato this from time to time.
  • Face Palm: Minato's face and palm are VERY close friends.
    • Hamuko has done this on three(?) occasions (much to Minato's amusement), once when talking to Minato's Hermit Social Link, and the other with Maiko when she was getting ready to run away, and also in chapter 56.
    • Junpei does this because of Hamuko in chapter 58.
  • Fangirl: Hamuko is one for Risette and Naoto.
    • Minato got himself a horde of them after he did that shampoo commercial for Tanaka.
    • Let's not forget Aki's.
    • Mitsuru has one.
    • Ryoji has a few too.
  • Fan Nickname: Minato and Hamuko aren't the canon names of the protagonists. In story, Minato and Hamuko aren't their real names either.
  • Fan Service With A Smile: Hamuko and Minato both work part-time at Chagall Cafe, in Meido and butler garb respectively. The latter does it temporarily just to raise money for the Devil Social Link.
  • The Fettered: Igor. As much as he'd like to help, there are things he's not allowed to tell The Fools.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The members of the group didn't really like each other at first, or even in the middle of things, but in Chapter 79, the second years believe that they're all closer. Minus some jesting, they've even cut back on the bickering.
  • First Girl Wins: Hamuko to Minato.
  • Flipping the Table: Chihiro is able to pick up a table two times her size and throw it in chapter 82. Luckily it didn't hit it's target, Mitsuru
  • For Science!: Hamuko claims this is her motivation for doing some questionable thingslike teasing Yukari into thinking Hamuko and Minato are dating, or flirting with Aigis.
    • There's also when Mitsuru runs the Fools ragged doing fusion attacks. They also attack each other when Minato taunts Hamuko over who has what Social Links and Personas.
  • Foreshadowing: Has it's own page now. So please add anything that involves this trope, there.
  • The Four Loves: Show this to Hamuko, because she literally can't tell these apart. No, seriously.
    • She gets better though.
  • Fridge Logic: Mentioned in chapter 19.
  • Friends with Benefits: Hamuko and Minato at the beginning of their relationship...kinda, just kissing though.
  • Future Player Character Cameo: Naoto makes an appearance in this story.
    • Let's not forget the constant mentioning of Risette, and the time Souji/Yu got interviewed on TV, despite his name not being given.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: The story takes note of things such as the stats of certain items, hence why Mitsuru was slightly less peeved about Hamuko and the Battle Panties compared to everyone else.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Hamuko and Minato after fighting the Mythical Gigas. Or perhaps it was because she summoned Odin and nearly blinded everyone.
  • Genki Girl/ Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Hamuko.
    • Shinji outright calls her the latter when she comes to him with her memories of the past as Miki.
    • Yukari thinks this about Hamuko in chapter 73.
  • Good Bad Girl: Hamuko.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Hamuko.....once. Akihiko's glare made her censor her words.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: Aigis has a really odd fixation on ninjas. After some events involving Naoto hiding under Minato's bed, she becomes convinced that Hamuko, Minato and Naoto are all ninjas
  • Harem Seeker: Junpei and Ryoji, sort of, Ryoji kinda has one. In all actuality, they just want a girl.
  • Headdesk: Hamuko does this in chapter 86.
    • Minato does this too in chapter 87 because he was trying to hid his nose bleed that Ryoji gave him.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Implied, Junpei steals Akihiko's line in chapter 86, Akihiko glares at him in response.
  • Hot Springs Episode:chapter 89.

    I - L 
  • Identical-Looking Asians: Inverted about Americans by Hamuko.
  • I "Uh" You, Too: A variation:
    Naoto: (After being hugged by Minato) I'll um...
    Minato: I'll um you too.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Fuuka reflects on this chapter 80. Seems to have a hard time making them.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Junpei says this to Minato because he wants him and Hamuko to stop fighting.
    • Minato says to Shinjiro that if he can't make Hamuko happy, he says the only person he'd allow to have her instead is him. Much to the chagrin of the two boys.
  • Identical Stranger: Hamuko and Minato(strangers at first), sort of, their powers, the wild card, are identical.
    • Played Straight with Ryoji looking like Minato, even the other characters recognize the similarities.
  • Ill Boy / Ill Girl: Shinjiro and Strega, due to the suppressants they take. Allows them to take full control of their Personas, as well as keep them from going berserk, but shaves months off their lives with each dose.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Aigis' response to Junpei asking her to give him some awesome new Personas, her not understanding sarcasm.
    Aigis: "Junpei-san, I'm a robot, not a wizard. I cannot give abilities to ninjas."
  • Incest Subtext: Played with, with Hamuko and Akihiko....kinda...
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Shinjiro. "The medical Chekhov's Gun. If you coughed in the first act, you can bet that you'll be dead by third."note  Shinji literally coughs during TFT, and almost dies, what do we find out later? He's been dead and that world was just a vision.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Mitsuru tells Minato to come to her room to discuss an issue of theft and that he should stay after to discuss a private matter. She tells him this in front of Chihiro.
  • Insane Troll Logic: How Hamuko's thoughts work.
    • Aigis as well. When we get to see things from her POV, there comes a point where she thinks Minato to be readying shurikens when he and Hamuko hesitate around each other in the apartment. She also thinks that Face Desk-ing is legitimate resistance training and wonders if Fuuka is a secretly stove when her compliments on his cooking make Shinjiro's temperature increase. Also, she likes ninjas.
  • Irony:
    Hamuko: "I'm not his shadow."
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: The Orb.
  • Karma Houdini: During the hot springs, Minato is bailed out by Hamuko so they can see each other later. The other girls are none the wiser, while Junpei's a bit peeved.
    • Well, he does get slightly punished, by Aigis, but all she does is go into ignore mode, which isn't much of a punishment.
  • Kill It with Fire: Hamuko says she'll do this to the ghost in the school.
    • And she says this to the Magical Magus as well.
  • Large Ham: Tanaka.
    • Hamuko, also a pun off her name.
  • Laser Blade: Hamuko gets the Beam Naginata and annoys everyone by constantly making lightsaber sounds when using it.
  • Last-Name Basis: Employed by either of the Fools after particularly serious fights.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Shinjiro.
  • L33t L1ng0: The Hermit social link, of course.
  • Light Is Not Good: Minato tells this to Hamuko, about Ken's power and such and how light doesn't mean it's "innocent".
  • Like Brother and Sister: Hamuko and Junpei, to an extent.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Minato to Naoto and Johei, and Hamuko to Akihiko.
    • The latter has been hinted that Hamuko may or may not be blood-related.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Hamuko.
  • Love Confession: Hamuko, kinda, when she first kisses Minato.
  • Love Tetradecagon: ''As seen here
  • Love Hurts: Minato and Hamuko can't catch a break.
    • Hamuko and Shinjiro can't either.
    • Junpei and Chidori, Chidori outright says she's hurting.
  • Love You and Everybody: Hamuko....

    M - P 
  • Male Gaze: Hamuko takes advantage of Minato staring at her boobs, for her to win the poker game.
  • Manipulative Bastard: How Minato was first characterized by Hamuko.
  • Master of the Mixed Message
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Minato sees Hamuko's eyes are slightly different, before she tries to rape him.
  • Money Spider
  • Mood-Swinger: Hamuko and Minato, the former much, much more so than the latter.
  • Mooks: Hamuko calls the Tiara Shadows that the Shadow Priestess summons this, in chapter 12.
  • Mook Horror Show: Hamuko was chased by Mitsuru. The only reason she wasn't executed was, the day after, she apologized and redid the task of writing letters rather than photocopying them. Mitsuru's POV section revealed that she actually enjoys scaring people like that.
  • More Than Mind Control: May be the cause of The Fools' attempts to rape each other, as well as Minato's rather out-of-character interactions with Yuko. Minato confided as much to Shinjiro and even asked Igor if it was the Personas doing that to him and Hamuko. So far, the answers are inconclusive.
    • Later Hamuko goes and kisses Hidetoshi, albeit on the cheek.
    • Chapter 67 shows that it might have something to do with the Dark Hour, as Hamuko attacks Minato again, but comes to her senses once the Dark Hour ends.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Do I even have to say it? It's Hamuko.
  • My Greatest Failure: Hamuko considers Shinji's comatose state her fault.
  • My Robot Is Off Limits: Charmed though she may have been by Ryoji, Hamuko goes ape when he starts flirting with Aigis.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Minato's reaction to finding out Maya is his composition teacher.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Hamuko is found unconscious after telling Aigis how much she loved her, with Aigis stating it was "unrequited".
  • No Periods, Period: Joked with Hamuko to Minato in chapter 83.
    Minato: It came early this month.
    Hamuko: And no pad will save you from that.
  • No Social Skills: Hamuko seems more and more like this the more she confides in Minato. The part where she explains to Minato why she's so affectionate to everyone all the time strikes out in particular.
  • No, You: "Your brother would make a great policeman." Huh?
  • Nosebleed: Minato's reaction to seeing Hamuko in Battle Panties. Also happens when she accidentally does some Erotic Eating with a popsicle.
    • his reaction to Ryoji as well.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Possibly Hamuko and Akihiko.
  • Not So Above It All: Mitsuru fawns over Koromaru just like everyone else. The second years are either in disbelief or think that it's simply because she didn't know Koromaru's surname.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Minato and Hamuko get caught in compromising situations many times. One time it happens even ends with them getting Executed by Mitsuru.
  • Official Couple: Hamuko and Minato.
  • Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome
  • One-Man Army: Hamuko got to the top of Tartarus by herself, although she notably used Alice to help her do that.
  • One of the Boys: Hamuko at times.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Averted. When someone gets hurt, they really get hurt, such that it'll feel and show for a while even if Dia is cast on it.
  • Only Sane Man: Shinjiro has claim to be the most level-headed person of SEES.
  • Only I Can Kill Her/The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Said by Minato to The Reaper. This is about Hamuko, of course.
  • Out of Focus: The rest of SEES tends to lose focus when the fic focuses on Hamuko and Minato's relationship. When Strega starts getting involved, Junpei gets a bit of focus back.
    • There's also some more focus on Shinjiro and Akihiko after the former joins and the latter makes it clear how he sees Hamuko.
  • Passing Notes in Class: Hamuko does this a lot with both Junpei and Minato.
  • Pirates vs. Ninjas:
    • Aigis asserts that ninjas are cool, and thinks that Hamuko, Minato and Naoto are ninjas after an incident. Overhearing bits of the conversation, Ken says that pirates are cooler.
    • The movie Aigis, Junpei and Hamuko see in cha 58 had a fight scene with this.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Said by Hamuko to Shinji, with the latter remarking that that's the second time he's been told that.
    • Also said by Hamuko to Minato earlier in the story.
  • Polyamory: Part of why Shinji deflects Hamuko's advances early on is that he feels like it would be getting into this kind of relationship aside from trying to recognize how Hamuko is with how he remembered Miki. Given Hamuko's views on her relationships and her feelings towards Minato and Shinji (and the others) and the following interactions of the other persons involved in the relationship, he seems to be right.

    Q - T 
  • Really Gets Around: Hamuko has a reputation for this. She even proclaims herself to be 'The biggest slut of Gekkoukan High' to Shinji as she's trying to get him to sleep with her, despite the fact that he's only the second guy she's slept with thus far. The first guy being Minato.
  • Replacement Goldfish: It turns out that Akihiko sees Hamuko as one for Miki, to the point where he accidentally calls her by that name when they get into a heated argument about her trouble magnet tendencies.
    • Shinji also sees Hamuko as Miki, which is why he's such a jerk to her in the first place, because she reminds him of things he'd rather forget.
    • And it turns out, she IS Miki, with amnesia following the fire.
  • The Reveal: Earlier in the story, it is revealed that Minato is Kitaro Shirogane. Later, it is hinted that Hamuko might be Miki, which is confirmed in chapter 74. Shinji knew all along, but didn't want to confuse Hamuko (who has amnesia) or hurt Akihiko (who believes that the Miki he knew is already dead).
  • The Rival: The Fools should be somewhat like this, what with constantly being at odds with each other with the Social Links, but what comes closer to this trope are Hamuko and Yukari, and Minato and Akihiko.
    • And in the more recent chapters, they've become this straight, with a lot more vitriol.
    • Their lack of competitiveness is actually somewhat justified. After the first mad scramble for Social Links, they continue to compete for new Links when they find them (usually by keeping them secret until Level 1) but the majority of the time there aren't any Links to fight over, and therefore no reason to compete. Sabotaging Links is also counter productive to the overall goal of exploring Tartarus. Its only with Hamuko lashing out at Minato via his S.Links and Minato counter attacking in the same way they realize that even after the bonds are initially formed, there is still something to fight for.
  • Running Gag: Hamuko's name being punned on, i.e. Hamtaro.
    • Hamuko punning other people's names.
    • Hamuko looking like a rodent.
    • Hamuko being pregnant.
    • Almost ANYTHING involving Hamuko.
    • Lampshaded by Minato in chapter 88 about Chihiro always coming back.
    • Talk or taaaaalk?
    • When Minato or Hamuko quote each other.
    • Charming/being comes up A LOT.
  • Samurai: According to Aigis, Koromaru is descended from samurai.
  • Secret Keeper: Aigis and Shinjiro, the former more so than the latter, are privy to most of the Fools' secrets, more so with the ones they chose not to give up to the rest of SEES.
  • Secret Test: Johei Shirogane does this to Minato.
  • Senpai Kohai: Of course, given the varying ages of the SEES members, but Hamuko even comes to calling Shinjiro 'senpai' despite his protests and the fact that he's not even in school.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Aigis wonders if toast tastes like toastnote .
  • Shower of Love: Played with Minato and Hamuko in the bonus "gag" chapter of the Love Hotel.
  • Ship Tease: Oh My Gawd! This fic is full of it. The author even stated that if you didn't like Ship Tease, you wouldn't be reading the fic.
  • Shipper on Deck: Hamuko ships Rise with Naoto.
  • Shown Their Work: Author does a great job with being accurate to the game along with throwing in her own spice.
    • A nice example is when Minato says that light isn't always good, light is white and white has death in it. This is coming from the japanese meaning "shiro" for white and "shi" in japanese means death.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Hoo boy! Minato and Hamuko often get into fights with each other and then make up sometime later. Then rinse and repeat. This means that their social link constantly reverses and goes back to normal a lot. Played for drama when Minato tries to rape Hamuko, and again much later, when Hamuko tries to rape Minato.
  • Someday This Will Come in Handy: Orb.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: We understand Koromaru mostly through Aigis' translations.
  • Squee!: Hamuko is absolutely delighted when she meets Naoto.
    • Hamuko is completely euphoric about the fact of almost meeting Rise/seeing Rise's concert.
  • Stages of Monster Grief: Minato says Hamuko is going through this.
  • Stepford Smiler: Hamuko. In chapter 73, Yukari is caught off guard when she sees Hamuko being melancholic rather than her usual genki self.
  • Strip Poker: Chapter 89.
  • Stupid Sexy Friend: Hamuko to Minato.
  • Supreme Chef: Shinjiro, of course.
  • Switching P.O.V.: Every so often, the perspective switches to that of another character. Junpei was given point for a portion of the chapter where Strega gets introduced into the plot, we got to see an average day at home and at school from Aigis' point of view and Akihiko's view on Minato and Hamuko.
  • Sword of Damocles: Mentioned in chapter 92.
  • Tagalong Kid: Yukari calls Junpei this in chapter 76, which offends Ken.
  • Take That!: Also a Shout-Out to 50 Shade's of Grey and Twilight. Twilight being the Magical Witch Detective and 50 Shade's of Grey being the "new stupidly popular saga which was a copy of the stupidly popular Witch Detective saga! Less witches, more sex."
  • Tears Equals Forgiveness: Avertednote , Minato tells Hamuko that crying won't solve everything.
  • The Tease: Hamuko. She does this all the time, hell, she reveals that was like that in all her previous relationships, and it's not reduced much as after 73 chapters in, her friends are still annoyed by her carefree and slutty behaviour.
    • it must be noticed though that at that point she was only acting like that around Shinjiro.
  • The Tetris Effect: Mentioned by Hamuko in chapter 88.
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Averted, Akihiko was right when he thought Hamuko was Miki.
  • Tin Man: Aigis can become this when she shuts down her emotion-display subroutines. She does this when the SEES members play poker in chapter 81.
  • Troll: Hamuko...oh she ever.
    • Says "You mad?" in chapter 15 as well.
    • The author herself is one, even states how she loves trolling her own readers in the beginning of chapter 20.

    U - Z 
  • The Unfair Sex: Aigis is pretty much the only one who believes that Minato did not try to rape Hamuko. He really didn't, but no one's sure exactly what happened.
    • Later, Hamuko comes to admit that he wasn't a rapist and that there might be strange happenings about that caused that as well as the incident before it.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Actually it's not just Ryoji but also Hamuko who isn't exactly Miki as much as some mix of Miki and Minato's Shadow.
  • Unwanted Harem: Minato attracts women, in part thanks to the Social Links mechanic and also because he smells sexy. He's narrates that he's a fan of monogamy, so he's in distress about this.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: If Hamuko and Minato aren't dating, one of them is friendzoned.
  • Up to Eleven: Awkwardness in chapter 58.
  • The Vamp: Hamuko, well, lampshaded by Minato in describing her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hamuko and Minato early on, and they never fully grow out of it.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 39.
    • The Bad End.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Poor Hamuko....she's VERY confused about this.
  • When She Smiles: Hamuko and Shinji.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Minato. Not without good reason, though.
  • Yandere: Chihiro.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Chihiro, as it turns out.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Minato, and Naoto.
  • You Monster!: Akihiko doesn't say it, but witnessing Minato and Hamuko go through one of their macabre Dark Hour displays in Tartarus makes him reconsider his decide that Hamuko can't be Miki because she's too much a monster.
  • You Will Know What to Do: Orb


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