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The Hours 'Verse is a complete series of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona Fix Fics written by TwilightKnight17 beginning from near the end of Persona 3 and covering the events of Persona 4 and Persona 5, while occasionally featuring characters from Persona and Persona 2.

Note that there are unmarked spoilers for the endgames of Persona 3, 4, and 5. You Have Been Warned!


The Hours 'Verse contains examples of:

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  • Aborted Arc: Instead of Morgana temporarily leaving the Phantom Thieves, he simply talks out his problems with Akira.
  • Accentuate the Negative: Akira's parents regularly do this, constantly pointing out his mistakes and rarely praising his sucesses. This, however, leads to him having a strained relationship with them.
  • Accidental Murder: When Akechi shoots Shadow Wakaba, he expects her to fall ill for a while, recover, and stop messing with Shido. He doesn't take it well when she actually dies.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. When Morgana begins to go through his crisis of confidence, Akira successfully talks him through his problems instead of them boiling over and causing a 10-Minute Retirement.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Minato is able to summon Personas in the real world and cast spells on his own due to having the Universe Arcana.
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    • Akechi manages to form genuine bonds, resulting in him receiving Mordred, his true Ultimate Persona. He later undergoes training with Minato to harness the full power of the Wild Card.
    • During the apocalypse late in Butterfly Cascade, Dojima, Nanako, Shinya, Sojiro, Tae, and Iwai all join in the final battle despite not having Personas.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Minato meets Lavenza and Margaret right after the events of Persona 3.
    • In the game you couldn't start the Tower Confidant until September. Here, Akira is already friends with Shinya in August.
    • Futaba recovers from her change of heart much sooner and defeats Medjed earlier.
    • Due to Akira confronting him about his status as a Persona-user earlier on, Akechi joins the Phantom Thieves in Okumura's Palace.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Akechi displays this after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
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    • Downplayed with Haru. Instead of being antagonistic when first meeting the Thieves, she simply talks to them about her problems.
    • Instead of believing that the Thieves killed Okumura and turning against them class 2D are still firm believers in them and are openly worried when Akira stops attending class.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Since Minato survives the final battle with Nyx, Aigis never receives the Wild Card.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Intermezzo delves deeply into Akira and Akechi's backstories.
    • The trip to Destinyland is fully shown here.
  • Adaptation Name Change: After his Heel–Face Turn, Akechi changes his code name from Crow to Ace.
  • Adapted Out: Due to Minato dodging his canon death, the events of The Answer never happen and Metis never comes into existence.
  • Adults Are Useless: Double Subverted. While the Shadow Operatives want to help the Phantom Thieves and do something about the distortion in the Metaverse, they are unable to due to Yaldabaoth's actions and their lack of authority to act if there isn't a crisis.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Akechi refers to Akira as "attic trash".
  • All Therapists Are Muggles: Averted. After her timeline is destroyed, Hamuko goes to Maki for therapy sessions. She also talks to Maya about it, due to her having faced a similar experience. Later on, Akechi is also sent to Maki for some one-on-one time.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Chapter 10 of Intermezzo shows how Yaldabaoth took over the Velvet Room.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: An In-Universe example of this happens with Akira dating Akechi. While the rest of the Thieves believe that he is only doing it to get information out of him, Ann can tell that Akira actually has feelings for him.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: In As the Bells Toll, Minato states "Ryoji's Death." His poor wording causes the Phantom Thieves to think he's dying, when in reality he's the Anthropomorphic Personification of death.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: When the Phantom Thieves confront Akechi in Mementos, Akira gives him one of these.
  • Apocalypse How: After the Investigation Team dies in the TV World in Hamuko's timeline, Izanami begins spreading her fog and turning people into Shadows. The ensuing chaos results in Erebus becoming too strong for Hamuko's Great Seal to handle, breaking it and causing Nyx to bring about the Fall.
  • Arc Welding:
    • Wakaba Isshiki brings up SEBEC and their experiments when describing her research to Mitsuru and Kei, and believes that Maki's world and Magatsu-Inaba may have been proto-Palaces.
    • Tatsuya Suou was the previous Trickster before Akira.
  • Ascended Extra: While still having no actual relevance to the story, the boy who sits behind Akira in class has been given some actual lines and a name.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Ryoji and Akechi are love interests for the male protagonists, due to the author's preferences.
    • Akira gets a job at the flower shop due to it being the author's favorite job.
    • The Phantom Thieves goof off in the Palaces in ways that the author wishes were possible in the game.
  • Badass Normal: Dojima, Nanako, Shinya, Sojiro, Tae, and Iwai all put up a good showing against the Shadows during the final battle of Butterfly Cascade despite not having Personas.
  • Bad Dreams: A Million Shards Of Glass focuses on the nightmares Minato and Ryoji have.
  • Beach Episode: As the Bells Toll focuses on the Phantom Thieves taking a Shadow Operative-sponsored trip to Yakushima.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hamuko wishes she wasn't separated from Minato. She gets her wish when her entire timeline is destroyed and only she and Shinjiro survive.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When Nanako gets thrown into the TV, Yu does everything he can to get her out. This, however, leads to him overworking his teammates while doing so.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Minato and Ryoji save Yu from the Reaper in Yukiko's castle.
    • Just as Namatame is about to escape in his truck, Minato stops him by freezing the road.
    • Theodore saves Hamuko and Shinjiro from the destruction of her timeline by taking them to the Velvet Room.
    • When Fuuka and Hamuko are interrogating Kawakami to learn more about Akira, Mishima steps in and gets her out of the situation.
    • Hamuko and Shinjiro stop Shido's men from taking Sojiro in.
    • When Yaldabaoth reveals itself and attempts to murder Akira, Minato, Ryoji, Elizabeth, Theodore, and Margaret show up to save him.
    • Downplayed, but when Akira is being harassed by the detectives interrogating him about his actions as a Phantom Thief, Dojima and Katsuya step in and take over.
    • In Chapter 17 of As the Bells Toll, Philemon takes advantage of the move Nyarlathotep gave him to force him out of Minato's body.
  • Big Good: As they are in possession of the most resources dedicated to fighting threats in meta-space, Kei Nanjo and Mitsuru Kirijo share this role.
  • Bland-Name Product: The author is a fan of this trope.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Chapter 28 of Butterfly Cascade.
    • The beginning of December 2016 is also less eventful.
  • Broken Pedestal: Akechi spends his childhood creating an image of Shido as a heroic figure who will finally give him the love he never knew. Naturally, the truth is... less than pleasant.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Elizabeth, Theodore and Margaret become this after being cut off from the Velvet Room and the compendiums due to Yaldabaoth.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Once Yaldabaoth merges reality with Mementos, the people's apathy becomes so bad that the Shadow Operatives are able to openly carry weapons in broad daylight without fear of repercussion.
  • Call-Forward:
    • When Yu and Naoto visit the Velvet Room and learn about the Sea of Souls, Naoto speculates that there could be other areas in collective unconscious formed by the perceptions of humanity.
    • Izanami says that mankind's wish for the easy way is just part of a bigger problem — specifically, their refusal to think and their desire to have someone else decide everything for them.
    • At one point Yu thinks that someone with Sho's personality and Minato's power would be terrifying.
    • On one of her trips to the Sea of Souls, Elizabeth comes across Mikuratana-no-Kami, the unfinished Midnight Stage and Mementos in its early stages.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Akira blows up at his parents after they call him in the aftermath of Shido's Palace, accusing them of never worrying about him during his tumultuous year.
  • Came Back Strong: In Persona 2 the Misericorde was Tatsuya's weakest weapon. In Persona 5 it's Joker's second strongest.
  • The Cameo: The Tatsuya from Innocent Sin appears and gives Minato his original sword Misericorde, reforged into a dagger to pass along to Akira. He later shows up to give support to Minato after Philemon crashes his wedding and indicates that the Velvet siblings are getting too involved in human affairs. However, his second appearance gets darkly subverted when the others figure out that it's actually Nyarlathotep trying to manipulate him.
  • Cavalry Refusal: When everything goes to shit late in Butterfly Cascade and Gondor Calls for Aid, Yuka Ayase refuses to come since she has kids of her own and lives up north.
  • Character Development: Elizabeth, Theodore and Margaret are said to have gone through this due to being stranded in the real world.
  • Charm Person: A cognition of Akira in Akechi's Palace is one of these, being able to brainwash anyone he touches. This is based on Akira getting various different people to become his confidants.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Igor presents Yu with the Orb of Sight after defeating Izanami. Yu later uses it to figure out that Yaldabaoth is impersonating Igor during Butterfly Cascade.
    • Akira gets two Jack Frost plushies for the twins. Lavenza later comes up with the idea to use them to pass notes between him and Akechi.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Sojiro is horrified to learn that Wakaba's murderer was a fifteen-year old child.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: As a child, Akira would often stand up for people getting picked on, getting himself into trouble. And then, of course, he crossed Shido...
  • Clark Kenting: Akechi at first doesn't believe that Akira could be Joker due to his demeanor and his glasses. He stops believing this after seeing Akira make Joker's sinister smirk.
  • Closet Geek: Akechi is one of these, secretly enjoying things like Featherman and 'Star Battles'.
  • Crisis Crossover: The series brings all of the main games, including 1 and 2, into one big storyline.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Hamuko's timeline was destroyed so that she and Shinjiro could be in Minato's, as they had both died there.
  • Darker and Edgier: Chapter 37 of Butterfly Cascade is this in comparison to the rest of the story.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • EVERYONE from Hamuko's timeline aside from her and Shinjiro die due to Nyx bringing about the Fall after Izanami starts spreading her fog outside of Inaba.
    • While his fate past his arrest is never elaborated on in the original game, here Shido explicitly receives the death penalty for his crimes.
  • Demonic Possession: During As the Bells Toll, Nyarlathotep successfully possesses Minato.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Velvet Room attendants are this during the Arena games, being forced to watch from the sidelines.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Minato takes Philemon to task for sitting on his ass and leaving the heroes in the lurch whenever things went bad.
  • Disappointed in You: Minato says that he expected better from the Investigation Team than almost murdering Namatame.
  • Disney Death: Akechi is presumed dead after Shido's Palace, but he escapes to the Velvet Room and reunites with Akira during the apocalypse.
  • Divine Intervention:
    • Deconstructed. While the older Persona users and the Velvet Room attendants repeatedly help out a lot, it's often brought up that doing so goes against their purpose of helping their guests grow and mature on their own.
    • Defied with the Arena games, as Igor explicitly forbids them from doing so.
    • Further deconstructed when Philemon warns the heroes that the Velvet Room attendants being so close to humans is threatening to break the stalemate between him and the Crawling Chaos.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • When Marie tells Yu about how humanity isn't the way it should be and if left alone the problem could escalate, he says that they'll be there to deal with it.
    • After encountering an early Mementos, Elizabeth thinks that the distortions won't be much of a problem and that Igor can handle it.
    • When Wakaba hears about how the people involved in the SEBEC incident and the Inaba murders were children, she says that she doesn't want Futaba to be caught up in anything like that.
    • At one point, the Phantom Thieves consider the possibility that Haru is the traitor. However, the reader has known all along it's Akechi, who laughs at their stupidity.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In chapter 6 of Facing the Sun, a young Akira pulls a prank on Minato and Ryoji.
  • Easily Forgiven: The Phantom Thieves and Sojiro are remarkably forgiving to Akechi after his Heel–Face Turn, considering his circumstances and Shido's corrupting influence on him.
  • Epileptic Trees: In-Universe. When Minato meets his sister Hamuko from another timeline, they can only speculate on how she survived casting the Great Seal. Ryoji theorizes that they might have only needed one Seal since the collective unconscious spans all worlds, or perhaps some of the power of Minato's Seal bled over and empowered Hamuko's.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Akechi eats a reversed Confidant with Sojiro when the latter finds out the truth about his past.
  • Evil All Along: The other side's Tatsuya turns out to be this, as he's actually Nyarlathotep impersonating him, with the goal of manipulating Minato.
  • Faceless Masses:
    • Akechi's cognition of his fans has them appearing as such.
    • Averted with his cognition of the mental shutdown victims.
  • Family of Choice: Minato consideres the residents of the Velvet Room to be this to him.
  • Fix Fic: The series occasionally changes odd plot elements or spares certain characters.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The residents of the Velvet Room discuss the upcoming destruction of Hamuko's timeline before it actually happens.
    • When Mitsuru is watching TV, one of the programs talks about the latest deaths in the Inaba murder case.
    • At one point Akechi refers to himself as Shido's personal Pied Piper.
    • In Chapter 28 of Butterfly Cascade Akechi tells Akira that "All the world’s a stage".
    • In Chapter 30 Akechi tells Akira “You’re not going to jail. Not if I have anything to do with it.”.
    • Despite what Minato claims, the narration never once calls the other side's Tatsuya by his name. A big hint towards the fact that he's actually Nyarlathotep trying to manipulate him.
  • For Science!: Wakaba Isshiki is this trope incarnate. She wants to poke around in meta-space to try and use it for practical applications such as therapy; Mitsuru and Kei are more concerned about the potential dangers.
  • For Want of a Nail: The car crash that killed Minato's parents. In his timeline, it also killed his sister Hamuko, leading to the canon series. In another timeline, it killed him instead, leading Hamuko to become the leader of S.E.E.S. However, it also results in the deaths of the Investigation Team, leading to the total destruction of the world.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Shido's cognition of Akechi reveals that he intended for Akechi to take the entire blame for the psychotic breakdowns.
  • Gambit Roulette: It's pointed out that the Phantom Thieves' original plan to outwit the Conspiracy was astoundingly stupid, as it hinged on a factor completely outside their control (whether Sae would cooperate with them or not). It becomes a lot less stupid once the assassin turns face and helps them out.
  • Get Out!: Sojiro wastes no time booting Hamuko and Fuuka out of Leblanc when they come poking around for information about the Phantom Thieves.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: A subplot has Akira trying to get two Jack Frost plushies for the twins.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: The characters discuss Philemon's lack of involvement at a few points.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: Some of the characters express annoyance at Philemon's lack of involvement. When the man himself crashes Minato and Ryoji's wedding, Minato rips him a new one for it.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: When the world starts ending late in Butterfly Cascade, Mitsuru calls in the older Persona users.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Robin Hood and Loki often act like this to Akechi.
  • Good Costume Switch: After his Heel–Face Turn Goro's thief outfit changes to a fusion of his Crow and his Black Mask outfits. An image of it can be found here.
  • Headbutting Heroes: The Phantom Thieves spend a good portion of Butterfly Cascade believing the Shadow Operatives to be government crooks just like Shido and his goons. Even after everything settles down, there is still a lot of mistrust and hostility towards the older Persona users.
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: Mitsuru sees no reason to involve the Shadow Operatives with the Inaba murders, despite knowing that the culprit behind them is a Persona user.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Akira is this after Akechi is presumed dead following Shido's Palace.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Defied when Akira chooses not to steal Akechi's treasure, as doing so could result in him being driven to suicide from the guilt of his actions.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Goro Akechi is ultimately redeemed and convinced to steal Shido's heart instead of murdering him outright.
    • Downplayed by the SIU Director, who agrees to testify against Shido in exchange for a lighter sentence.
  • He Knows Too Much: Sojiro decides not to investigate further into Wakaba's apparent suicide for (justified) fear of this happening to him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Akechi sacrifices himself to ensure that the Phantom Thieves can escape from Shido's Palace. Fortunately, he survives.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Akechi is a fan of both Naoto Shirogane (the first Detective Prince) and Yukari Takeba (an actress on Featherman). When he meets them at Iwatodai, much squeeing ensues.
  • Honey Trap: Morgana assumes and tells the rest of the Phantom Thieves that Akira is getting close to Akechi to lower his guard and string him along for information. Akira himself is horrified at the implication.
  • Humanity Ensues: At the end of Butterfly Cascade, Igor finally grants Morgana his wish to become a proper human.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Despite Yaldabaoth abusing his power to rig events in his own favor, he does have a point when he says that the attendants of the Velvet Room are biased towards their guests.
  • I Choose to Stay:
    • Yu decides to finish his third year of high school in Inaba.
    • Akira decides to finish his third year of high school in Tokyo.
  • Idiot Ball: Quoth Dojima.
    Dojima: I love my nephew, but announcing he’s a Shadow Operative and expecting Kurusu-kun not to bolt was kinda stupid.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Akechi's Shadow takes the form of his child self, and deep down he just wants friends and a family.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Shinya's experience playing video games allows him to keep decent pace with the Shadow Operatives when Shadows start invading the real world at the end of Butterfly Cascade.
  • Incompetence, Inc.: The Phantom Thieves have this opinion of the Shadow Operatives at best; they didn't show up until the eleventh hour and accomplished nothing of import when they did, souring the opinions of Ryuji, Futaba, and especially Akira.
  • I Never Told You My Name: Yu realizes that the gas-station attendant had called him by his name, despite him not having told it to her. He has forgotten this by the next morning.
  • In Love with the Mark: Akechi struggles with his feelings for Akira and his need to complete his plan.
  • In-Series Nickname: Futaba often calls Akira "Kira".
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Persona 4: Dancing All Night is not covered by the series because the only real difference is that the Shadow Operatives are present when everything goes tits up.
    • Despite Akechi not shooting Okumura's shadow, the Conspiracy still has him killed during his press conference and the Thieves framed for his murder.
  • Interface Spoiler: The author's notes on Catch Perfect contain spoilers for the events of Persona 5.
  • Irony: Akechi's Heel–Face Turn is born from the choice to abandon his desire to kill Shido in favor of making him pay for his crimes the right way. When all is said and done, Shido gets the death penalty anyway.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Subverted. When Minato learns how Hamuko saved her Shinjiro, he briefly considers the possibility that he could have done the same, but quickly realizes that he couldn't have pulled it off because Shinjiro never would have opened up to him.
    • Played straight when Nanako dies, with Minato regretting being unable to save her.
  • It's Personal: Discussed. After Akechi hears the stories of how the Phantom Thieves joined the group, he asks if they only went after their targets because they went after them personally. They say that it's the other way around; they were already looking into the targets when they were threatened.
  • I've Come Too Far: Akechi's mentality as he gets further and further involved with Shido.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: After Philemon says his piece at the wedding in As the Bells Toll, Sho calls him "kind of a bitch" and asks who the hell he is to crash the party and tell them they screwed up reality.
  • Just Think of the Potential: Wakaba's opinion on meta-space. In contrast, Mitsuru and Kei are both keenly aware of the potential dangers.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While the first half of Intermezzo is relatively lighthearted, after Yaldabaoth takes over the Velvet Room it becomes much darker.
  • Lawful Good: In-Universe, Minato describes Yu as this alignment in The Fate We Choose For Ourselves; he would drag the runaway Akira and Goro back to Mitsuru kicking and screaming if he had to.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: After Philemon warns the heroes that their continued friendship with the Velvet siblings may cause an imbalance in the stalemate between him and Nyarlathotep in As the Bells Toll, the stress causes a fight to break out between Junpei and Ryuji.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Akira and Futaba develop this type of relationship.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The Shadow Operatives, the Investigation Team and the Velvet Room attendants get hit hard with this after Yaldabaoth takes over the Velvet Room. Belladonna and Nameless are the only ones who know the truth, but are being forced to lie to the others in order to protect Caroline and Justine.
  • Love Hotel: Unlike in canon, the Inaba kids don't stay at the love hotel during their field trip to Tatsumi Port Island due to Minato and Ryoji deliberately trashing the rooms. Instead, they stay at the dorms.
  • Lunacy: Facing the Sun reveals that Minato and Ryoji have a lot of energy during full moons, which manifests in them having rather noisy intercourse, much to the annoyance of the others in the dorm.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: Akechi's imprisonment by the Shadow Operatives. Justified since their primary goal is to rehabilitate him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As to be expected, Nyarlathotep continues to be one of these. He disguises himself as Tatsuya Suou to exploit Minato's frustrations with Philemon, to the point that Orpheus reverts back into a shadow, allowing him to give him Apathy Syndrome and take over his body.
  • Meaningful Name: Akechi changes his codename to "Ace" after his Heel–Face Turn, due to it being both the highest and the lowest card in the deck.
  • Mental World:
    • The SIU Director's Palace is revealed to be a circus with himself as the ringmaster. He sees the forged evidence which he had used to further his career as safety nets holding him up and also sees Sae as an animal tamer.
    • After being confronted by the Thieves, Akechi breaks down and forms his own Palace of sorts: the Theater of Fraud.
  • Mentor Archetype: Minato (and to a lesser extent Ryoji) acts as this for Yu during the events of Persona 4.
  • Metaphorically True: During Shido's trial, Akira testifies that they fought Black Mask in Shido's Palace, he was caught in an explosion while trying to escape, and they Never Found the Body. All technically true, but omitting the key facts that Akechi survived and ultimately escaped to reality.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Hamuko spots Akira at the train station, but before she can talk to him he switches to another train.
  • Mood Whiplash: Right after Hamuko finds out that her timeline has been destroyed, the focus switches to Yu and Minato talking about Elizabeth and escalators. Then they walk in on the former scene.
  • More Than Mind Control: Discussed. Even though Nyarlathotep is a dangerous influence, he never actually possesses anybody, instead choosing to manipulate them. Usually by disguising himself as someone else.
  • Must Make Amends: After Akira's (faked) suicide, Mitsuru feels bad that they haven't been able stop things from getting that bad.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Akechi freaks when he realizes that killing a person's Shadow kills them in real life, as Wakaba found out the hard way.
  • My Greatest Failure: The Shadow Operatives consider theirs to be being unable to locate the Phantom Thieves before Akira commits suicide in the police's custody. Subverted in that he's not actually dead, which they later find out.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • All of the protagonists, of course. The heroes of Persona 1, 3, and 5 use their names from the manga adaptations; the hero of Persona 4 uses his name from the anime; the female hero of Persona 3 Portable uses a common fan name.
    • The boy who sits behind Akira in class has been given the name Midori Senaka.
  • Neutral Good: In-Universe, Minato describes himself and Ryoji as this alignment in The Fate We Choose For Ourselves; they just want to see the runaway Akira and Goro safe, comfortable, and happy.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe, Minato isn't going to let Mitsuru forget that she dismissed the events in Inaba as just a small-town murder case.
  • Never My Fault: Akechi takes on this mentality when causing the mental shutdowns and psychotic breakdowns, which manifests in his Black Mask outfit. He blames Shido for everything and can call up this mindset at will.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Nobody ever meets their alternate selves from Hamuko's timeline. The only survivors after its destruction are Hamuko and Shinjiro, both of whom died in Minato's timeline.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The Phantom Thieves make sure to rub it in how many of Shido's acts of petty cruelty led to his own downfall.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Theodore gets grounded for saving Hamuko and Shinjiro.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: All we see of Lavenza being split into the twins is her being dragged offscreen by the Archangels and the sounds of her screams.
  • Not Me This Time: Despite Okumura still being killed by the Conspiracy, Akechi was not the one who did the actual deed. Because of this, he does not appear amongst the cognitions of the mental shutdown victims.
  • Not So Different:
    • After hearing Shido's plan for ruining the Thieves' reputation, Akechi notices how similar it is to his own plan. He quickly denies this to himself, saying that he and Shido are nothing alike.
    • Mitsuru invites Haru out to eat with her after her father's passing to discuss it with her.
    • Akechi bonds with Ken over their similarities, being members of the Justice Arcana who threw away a good portion of their lives seeking revenge against the men responsible for the deaths of their mothers.
  • Novelization: As stated in the tags, this series is not one of these, as the author only focuses on the events that differ from Canon, skipping over the ones that don't.
  • Official Couple: This series has several:
    • Minato Arisato/Ryoji Mochizuki. Ryoji proposes in chapter 19 of Butterfly Cascade, and they get married in chapter 7 of As the Bell Tolls.
    • Hamuko Arisato/Shinjiro Aragaki. They get married offscreen between chapters 17 and 18 of Intermezzo.
    • Akira Kurusu/Goro Akechi.
    • According to Maya, Tatsuya and Jun ended up together.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Minato is terrified at the sight of Elizabeth crying after the Velvet Room was taken over.
  • Papa Wolf: After the interrogation, Sojiro becomes a lot more protective of Akira.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • By the time November rolls around, Akira considers Sojiro more of a father than his own biological parents.
    • By the end of As the Bells Toll, Akechi considers Minato and Ryoji to be more his parents than Shido ever was. (Admittedly that's a very low bar to clear, but they pull it off with aplomb.)
  • Perfect Poison: Not only does the poison used to kill Okumura instead of a mental shutdown kill him almost instantly, its symptoms are almost exactly the same.
  • Police are Useless:
    • Subverted during Akira's final interrogation. The first two cops are jerkasses who treat him like the scum of the earth and send him into an anxiety attack without a shred of remorse. Fortunately, Dojima and Katsuya are far nicer (and more competent).
    • Sojiro's narration indicates that even after everything that has happened, the police are still more interested in making Akira look like the bad guy than actually finding the truth.
  • Pooled Funds: The Thieves decide to swim around in the bills in Kaneshiro's bank.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The Shadow Operatives are the first ones to cotton on to the fact that Igor is an imposter, but between Sojiro and Akira's distrust of them, they are unable to warn the Phantom Thieves before the final heist in Mementos.
  • Porn Without Plot: Thief's Treasure is just Akira and Akechi having sex on Valentine's Day.
  • The Power of Love: How Minato manages to bring back Ryoji and survive becoming the Great Seal.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    Yaldabaoth: You dare rob the people's wishes?!
    Akira: You made me a thief.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Ryoji Mochizuki and Goro Akechi.
  • Pull the Thread:
    • Minato and co. realize something is very wrong with the Velvet Room when Justine doesn't recognize the previous guests or her own sisters and is able to be tricked into thinking that Hamuko is Margaret.
    • Double-subverted by Akechi. He makes the same pancakes slip as in canon, but when confronted directly by Akira, he manages to provide a plausible explanation as to how he could have accessed the Metaverse. The true slip-up occurs later on when he claims to have first accessed the Metaverse in mid-July when he made the pancakes comment in early June.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: After defeating Shadow Shido, Akechi has some choice words for him.
    You. Are. An. Idiot.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Even though Akechi fails to kill Okumura, the conspiracy still has him killed via poison. Turns out that a conspiracy that powerful has more than one way to kill someone, especially if they've become an even bigger liability.
    • After completing the Casino Palace, Ann finds out that her entire class had figured out that she, Akira and Ryuji are members of the Phantom Thieves. This was due to them seeing Akira keeping Morgana with him, making lockpicks in class and him suddenly missing school after the leader of the Phantom Thieves committed suicide.
    • After the beatings from the cops Akira is bedridden for a few weeks and also has panic attacks.
    • Despite him having good intentions, Akira is very distrustful of Yu when he approaches him due to his connections with the government, outright fleeing after he says that he is a member of the Shadow Operatives and asking him to come with him.
    • No matter how reformed Akechi is, he still abused the Metaverse to commit fraud and murder, and Mitsuru arrests him in order to ensure nobody else follows his lead.
    • After all is said and done, Akira is afraid of Igor because of everything Yaldabaoth put him through while impersonating him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Philemon crashes Minato and Ryoji's wedding in As the Bells Toll, Minato rips him a new one.
    Philemon: [to the Velvet siblings] You have performed your duties admirably and without falter. But to treat your guests as family, to participate in things such as this... You are not human. It was never intended for any of you to live as if you were.
    Minato: What right do you have to say that? You've done nothing for us. All you did was give us powers and expect us to figure things out. We did everything on our own, and you're showing up now to tell us that our bonds and our choices were wrong? Look at what happened. The Velvet Room is meant to be your proxy, but you didn't even step in when it was compromised. They had to live with us for three years, while the Phantom Thieves got even less help than we did! This is the same reason that Kurusu-kun was angry with us; showing up in the aftermath and judging us when we had to make do with the help we had.
  • Red Herring: Played with. Haru is more seriously played up as a possible identity of Black Mask to the Phantom Thieves, but the audience has known all along it's Akechi.
  • Relationship Upgrade: In Chapter 25 of Butterfly Cascade Akira and Akechi become a couple.
  • Relationship Values: As is par for the course with any Wild Card, Goro Akechi also has his own set of confidants. These consist of Akira Kurusu (The Fool), Sae Niijima (The Chariot) and Sojiro Sakura (The Hierophant). After he comes to Iwatodai to serve out his house arrest, he adds Ryoji Mochizuki (Death), Koromaru (Strength), Ken Amada (Justice), Minato Arisato (The Universe), and Lavenza (The Star).
  • Secretly Selfish:
    • Minato's Shadow admits that if he had to choose between saving the Investigation Team or saving Ryoji, he would choose Ryoji.
    • Akira internally acknowledges that he was being selfish when he proposed the idea of letting Akechi join them in Okumura's Palace.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper:
    • Ann learns that all of class 2D knew about her, Akira and Ryuji being Phantom Thieves, but kept their secret for them.
    • In chapter 58, it's revealed that Shiho and Ryuji's mother both figured out the identities of the Phantom Thieves. Ryuji and Ann decide not to tell Ryuji's mother about the details, but Shiho does get to learn.
  • Shame If Something Happened: After Yaldabaoth takes over the Velvet Room, he points out to Belladonna and Nameless that since the Velvet Room only needs one attendant, he could kill one of the twins, preventing Lavenza from ever regaining her true form. In order to prevent this, they go along with his demands.
  • Shirtless Scene: During the first act of the Theater of Fraud, one of Akechi's cognitions of Akira is dressed in Joker's outfit but without the vest. When the other thieves question this, Crow says that they've probably had similar thoughts at some point. The only ones who don't react to this are Morgana and Yusuke.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In Chapter 7 of Butterfly Cascade the Thieves marathon various Ghibli movies.
    • In Chapter 16 of Butterfly Cascade Ann and Ryuji talk about a place called 'Shadow Ramen' in Dogenzaka.
    • In Chapter 26 of Butterfly Cascade Futaba compares the animatronics at Splash Mountain with those from 'One Week at Bonnie's'.
    • The hands coming down from the ceiling in Act 2 of the Theater of Fraud are based on the Wallmasters from The Legend of Zelda.
    • Act 3 of the Theater of Fraud is based on Silent Hill 4.
    • In Chapter 47 of Butterfly Cascade, Ryoji, Elizabeth, and Theodore are seen playing Luigi Kart. Later on in Chapter 57, Akechi plays the game with Ken.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Robin Hood gives Akechi idealistic opinions on situations, whereas Loki embodies a more cynical worldview.
  • Sole Survivor: Only Hamuko and Shinjiro survive the destruction of her timeline.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Minato and Ryoji survive the events of Persona 3. Hamuko and Shinjiro are a weird version; they are dead in the main timeline, but survived in an alternate timeline where Minato died in the car crash that took out canon Hamuko. They eventually move to the main timeline after their version of the Investigation Team is killed and Izanami causes the Fall.
    • Subverted with Okumura. After his shadow is defeated, Akechi misses his chance to shoot it. So the conspiracy ends up poisoning him instead.
    • Instead of being killed via mental shutdown, the SIU Director simply goes into hiding at Akechi's behest.
    • While his fate in canon is ambiguous, here Akechi survives Shido's Palace. Although he has a close call with death shortly afterwards, he ultimately makes it back to the Velvet Room in one piece.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Sae and Sojiro are briefly brought into the Metaverse so Morgana can try to heal off some of the drugs the Dirty Cops injected Akira with, and gain the ability to understand Morgana as a result.
  • Start of Darkness: Intermezzo shows Akechi's.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The author keeps the Shadow Operatives from meeting the Phantom Thieves too soon for this very reason.
  • Surprise Party: At one point, the Shadow Operatives ask Igor to keep Minato and Hamuko busy while they prepare a surprise birthday party for them.
  • Suspicious Video Game Generosity: The Investigation Team comes across a floor with lots of chests and few enemies in Yukiko's castle. Sure enough, the Reaper soon shows up.
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: Akechi abandons his desire to murder Shido, yet his actions ultimately lead to him being handed the death penalty in a legitimate court of law.
  • Tagalong Kid: Shinya and Nanako separately join the heroes fighting the apocalypse in Butterfly Cascade. Both times, their presence is justified by Ken's membership in S.E.E.S. at the age of eleven.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: The conspiracy poisons Okumura's water during his press conference.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. See All Therapists Are Muggles above.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Igor informs the Shadow Operatives that the Phantom Thieves must finish the fight with Yaldabaoth on their own. However, they are allowed to maintain order on the ground.
  • Token Adult: Dojima is the only adult in the Investigation Team's inner circle, while Sojiro and Sae play this role to the Phantom Thieves. Dojima downplays this with the Shadow Operatives; while they are all in their mid-twenties, he is still a generation older than any of them.
  • Total Party Kill: In Hamuko's timeline, the Investigation Team is annihilated during the fight against Adachi, ultimately causing the end of the world.
  • Trauma Button:
    • Akechi freaks out when he accidentally breaks a mug at Leblanc, as he was often beaten for such slip-ups during his childhood.
    • Youji Isshiki smashes Akira's when he drunkenly falls over and threatens to sue Akira for assault, just like Shido. It doesn't help that Hanae Oda threatened to accuse him of stalking only a few hours prior.
    • Ann is shocked to learn that Akechi plans to commit suicide after overthrowing Shido due to reminding her of what happened to Shiho.
    • Several of the Phantom Thieves freak out when Junpei draws an Evoker on himself during a fight with Ryuji, being inadvertently reminded of their previous issues with suicide.
    • Akechi gets another freak out when Nyarlathotep possessing Minato calls him a worthless loser and claims to have never loved him, deliberately rubbing salt into his abandonment issues.
    • After his experience getting drugged and tortured by the police, Akira is triggered by needles and attempts to use physical force to get him to cooperate. When he is hospitalized due to injuries sustained during As the Bells Toll, he has several panic attacks and repeatedly threatens and attacks the oblivious nurses.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Averted. Nanako recovers from dying due to Marie getting the fog from the TV world out of her and absorbing it into herself.
  • Unfazed Everyman: By the time As the Bells Toll rolls around, Sojiro has pretty much given up on common sense and learned to roll with the punches where meta-space malarkey is involved.
  • The Unfettered: Yu acts this way when Nanako is thrown into the TV world, desperate to get her out.
  • Unreliable Narrator: According to the author, Akira's parents do love him more than his narration indicates.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Minato is rather unfazed by the powers he gained from having the universe arcana. Mitsuru even lampshades this.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Adachi tells the Investigation Team that blindly following the rules is a bad idea.
    • Igor admits that Nyarlathotep was correct when he said that the masses will always desire a leader that decides everything for them.
    • Yaldabaoth isn't quite wrong when he points out that the Velvet Room attendants try to rig events in favor of humanity, and that he's simply doing the opposite.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Akechi slowly loses his composure during his fight with the Phantom Thieves. Akira confessing his feelings to him pushes him over the edge, causing him to break down and form a Palace.
  • Villain Protagonist: Since half of Butterfly Cascade is told from his point of view, Goro Akechi is definitely one of these. He later drops the villain part.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Averted in Shido's Palace. With the aid of the redeemed Akechi, the Phantom Thieves are able to get four of the five recommendation letters without a fight.
  • Was It All a Lie?:
    • Akechi asks this when he finds out that the Phantom Thieves knew everything about him all along.
    • Inverted when Akira asks the Phantom Thieves if they really thought that he would manipulate Akechi's feelings that way.
  • Weapon of Choice: After being separated from the Velvet Room, the attendants each pick up fighting with a conventional weapon:
    • Elizabeth chooses battleaxes.
    • Margaret chooses rapiers.
    • Theodore chooses swords and pistols.
  • We Can Rule Together: Shido's shadow offers Akechi a place alongside him after his defeat.
  • Wedding Day: As the Bell Tolls is about the lead-up to Minato and Ryoji's wedding, and they tie the knot in chapter 7.
  • Weirdness Censor: Ryoji mentions that nobody noticed anything suspicious about him because he was Nyx's harbinger and the Death Arcana Shadow.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 29 of Catch Perfect. As a result of Yu's death in Hamuko's timeline, there is nobody to stop Izanami from consuming the world with her fog. Hamuko's timeline is wiped out, with only Hamuko and Shinjiro surviving.
    • Chapter 35 of Butterfly Cascade. After being called out as a traitor by the thieves, fighting them in Mementos and hearing Akira's Anguished Declaration of Love, Akechi breaks down and forms a palace.
  • Wham Line: In Chapter 27 of Catch Perfect, Hamuko decides to get in touch with her version of the Investigation Team like Minato did with his. She calls up Dojima on the phone...
    Dojima: My nephew is dead.
  • What If?: The Fate We Choose For Ourselves explores what would have happened if Akira and Goro ran away after the climax of Butterfly Cascade.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Minato chews out Yu for overworking his team during the heaven dungeon.
    • Yosuke, Kanji and Naoto get called out for wanting Namatame to be killed or letting it almost happen.
    • The Phantom Thieves call out Akira for not telling them that he actually had feelings for Akechi.
    • Akira calls out the Phantom Thieves for thinking that him dating Akechi was just so he could emotionally manipulate him.
  • Workaholic: In Banishing Ghosts, Goro admits that he can't think of a single day that Shido wasn't working, scheming, or networking with his associates.
  • Written-In Absence: All of the playable characters up to Persona 5 show up for the final battle against Yaldabaoth. The exceptions are Yuka, who pulls a Cavalry Refusal; Hidehiko, who the heroes cannot contact; and Masao and Rise, who are both abroad.
  • Year X: Averted; the events of Persona 5 explicitly take place in 2016.
  • You Are Too Late: When they learn that Joker has been arrested, the Shadow Operatives begin making plans to get him in their custody as soon as possible. Unfortunately for them, he commits suicide before that happens. Or so they think.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The SIU Director, as in canon. A recently redeemed Akechi tells him that now is a good time to haul his ass into hiding.
  • You Lose at Zero Trust: Akechi's confidant with Sojiro gets reset to rank 1 after he learns that Akechi was responsible for the mental shutdowns.
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