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"A young girl named Narukami Rei arrives at Inaba to live with her uncle and young cousin".

A Persona 4 story. It can share part of the canonic backgrounds and plot, but it has some major deviations and provides focus on others characters besides the protagonist.

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Into the Fog provides examples of:

  • Alien Sky: In the Tv World theres no sun or moon but a sky composed for moving black and red stripes.
  • A Taste of Power: Narukami Rei is given a preview of her Wild Card power. Controlling Izanagi for a little while before signed the contract.
  • Adaptation Expansion: There is loads of this.
    • In the game and anime, we only see a brief flashback scene to the protagonist moving out while the first three chapters act as a prologue to Rei's life prior to leaving for Inaba. Likewise, some of the other characters' backstories are expanded upon as well.
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    • Some Social Link characters, especially Ai, are set to play a more active role in the plot outside of what were optional scenes in the game. That is especially the case due to Ai witnessing Rei being dragged into the TV World.
  • Adaptational Badass: The protagonist was already badass, but Rei was a vigilante prior to the main events of the story.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Chie is far more hostile towards Rei than she ever was to the protagonist.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Ai is far less of a jerk in this story than she is in canon.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Nanako do most of the house work when Dojima is not in the house, and she really feels responsible it. Even so, she stil acts like a normal child.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Ai refers to Rei as the "New Girl".
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Zig-zagged. Rei's body is covered in scars, but she doesn't have any on her face or really noticeable places that can't be covered in clothes until Chapter 8. Despite that, she still looks pretty good despite the damage done to her body.
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  • Beleaguered Assistant: Subverted with Dojima and Adachi. They are technically partners, but due Adachi´s incompetence, he is relegated to act like Dojima´s assistant. With Dojima behaving like his boss and doing most of the important detective work.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Saki. She acts happy and joyful with Yosuke for being his boss´ son. Inside, she thinks he is annoying and kind of hate him like the rest of her family for being related to Junes.
  • Brutal Honesty: Deconstructed. Rei has a habit of doing this pretty often to the point of alienating. Yosuke is more tolerant of it than others. Further subverted when her honesty and confrontational personality leads to rumors about her due to her conflict with Saki happening prior to her disappearance and murder. Her earlier conflict with Chie fuels the rumors futher.
  • Bully Hunter: Every time Rei finds thugs attacking or stealing someone, she disguise with a sweeter and mask and fights them. To tip the police afterwards.
  • Covered in Scars: Rei's body is covered in various injuries from her time acting as a vigilante.
  • Dark World: The Tv World change its form to looks like places of Inaba, but twisted in different ways. And with shadows as its only inhabitants.
  • Dream People: The Velvet Room´s inhabitants live in a space between dreams and reality. Rei even questions if they truly exist, which Igor confirms they can leave the Velvet Room and enter the human world.
  • Duels Decide Everything: The fight of Rei against her Shadow self in her dream sequence. This happens even before Rei signed her contract, so she could have loss her future forever if defeated.
  • Genre Savvy: Rei is pretty conscious about the similarities between the things she is living fighting with Shadows in the TV World and details and events she knew from mangas and video games.
  • Healing Factor: Rei´s Persona, Izanagi, gives her this ability. Although its not perfect, its just a much faster and cleaner healing.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Hanamura Shouta is so enraged by homosexuality that he would be willing to kick his own son out should he turn out to be gay, and he raises Yosuke to be the same way.
  • I Shall Taunt You: The Main Shadows do this to their humans counterparts to make they deny them. The same way, Rei has the habit of taunt the monstruous shadows while fighting.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ai its like this when you actually take the time to know her better.
  • Kid Detective: Naoto its a famous and very efficient detective. Even when she is pretty young.
  • No Social Skills: Zig-zagged. Rei has some ability to socialize, but she overdoes it with the brutal honesty.
  • Ominous Fog: Its a constant in the Tv World and in reality after rainy days.
  • One-Winged Angel: Every of the Main Shadows. If you negate yours, it ends up transforming in a huge and dangerous monster.
  • Parental Abandonment: As per canon, both Nanako and Rei are subjected to this.
  • Police Are Useless: Rei fears that when she meets Adachi for the first time. Additionally, she understands her Uncle is trying to do his job, but he isn't able to catch the killer because he lacks the ability to enter the TV World.
  • Power at a Price: If you make a Persona execute magical attacks it drains you mentally, getting you dizzy. The same way, phisical attacks affect your endurance, causing you pain. Also, as a after effect the Persona User experiment extreme fatigue.
  • Powerful and Helpless: It doesnt really matter if you are the strongest person in the world, you can´t damage shadows at all if you dont awake your Persona first.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: Previous the principal events of the story, during a visit to a temple Rei meets Minako Arisato, female-protagonist of Persona 3, and some of the other members of SEES.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Subverted with Daisuke. He is interested in Rei, but she does not have a romantic interest in him.
  • Race Againstthe Clock: Every time someone falls at the Tv World because regular shadows don´t attack normal humans till the fog lifts, then they go berserk.
  • Rebellious Princess: Averted for real Yukiko at least. Her shadow express their hidden wish of escape and abandon her restricted and already decided life of inherit her mother inn.
  • Scars are Forever: Rei has more than a few to prove that. That is especially notable after Chapter 8 when she gets her arm bitten and face scratched by a shadow. She does her best to keep her arm covered and place makeup on her face to cover it.
  • Series Mascot: The demon Jack Frost works like the mascot of Megami Tensei´s franchise, as well for Atlus. Rei gets him as one of her Personas in Chapter 16.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Ai witnessed Rei being dragged into the TV world along with Yosuke and Chie, but she keeps what she witnessed to herself.
  • Signature Move: The All Out Attack/All Out Assault for Persona´s Series. This is a special attack when all the party attack phisically at the same time if all their enemies are knocked down.
  • Sudden Intelligence: Though he is incompetent and lazy as a detective most of the time, Adachi can act professionally and say rational things sometimes.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Naoto dress and acts like a man to be taken seriously in her detective work.
  • Team Pet: Teddie. For the characters, he is a guide in the Tv World. Explaining how it works, and helping them to find the people in danger.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Subverted. Kanji´s father was excelent at this. Kanji is too, even if he consider it kind of embarrasing.
  • The Nose Knows: Teddie has the ability to sense shadows and the location of poeple in the Tv World.
  • That One Case: For Dojima the case when his wife was killed. He is still investigating it.
  • The Chosen One: Rei has the power of the Wild Card, being that way the only one capable of control more than just one Persona and its evolution.
  • The Powerof Friendship: Rei, as the Wild Card, can forge bonds with people and create Social Links, this way allowing her to invoke Personas of that Arcana, every time more powerful.
  • Tomboy: Chie has a kind of boyish personality and qualities, like her interest in action movies and martial arts.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Chie, strong, energetic and rude personality constrast heavily with her best friend, Yukiko, who is all you expect of the perfect japanese young girl.
  • Workaholic: Dojima become one with his detective work. Having to left Nanako alone in home almost all the time.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Again, Yukiko is seen like this for most of Inaba population, for her calm and collected personality, appearance and womanly abilities.