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"Akechi has had enough. So, he...tries to be a better person. Can he mislead the Conspiracy, and prevent the Phantom Thieves from falling into the trap? He isn't sure, but this is his last chance to do something right for once, and he has no intention of wasting it. His mind is set. This is his resolve. Crow's wings of rebellion."
—Synopsis of Wings of Rebellion

Wings of Rebellion is a For Want of a Nail Persona 5 Fan Fic that's the sequel to the Fan Fic, Unfiltered, both of which were written by aiyumi where Akira, Akechi and the events that end up happening are because of Akira not going on the school trip.

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In Unfiltered, Akira Kurusu goes to attend a three day entrepreneurship course instead of going to Hawaii, presumably somewhere outside Tokyo since she stays at a hotel. At said hotel, she ends up meeting up with Akechi and offers to let them share their room since there's no more rooms left for him. The next day, Akira finds him sick and hilarity and fluff ensues as she takes care of him and becomes his first friend.

In Wings of Rebellion, it picks up where Unfiltered left off, after Akechi says good-bye to her and on his way to his latest interview. But now that she's becomes his friend, the first thing he does is warn the Phantom Thieves about The Conspiracy, only to end up joining their side to take them down while still pretending to still be on the Conspiracy's side. Meanwhile, in the real world, Akechi slowly but surely becomes friends with the rest of Phantom Thieves, and closer to Akira as well.

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Both Unfiltered and Wings of Rebellion can be found on ff.net and AO3. Unfiltered, posted on September and completed in November of 2017, is a fic at only three chapters long and Wings of Rebellion, as of January 2020, is at 29 chapters and still ongoing.

AO3 link to Unfiltered here and Wings of Rebellion AO3 link here.

Unmarked spoilers for Persona 5 and the previous Persona games, Unfiltered, and Wings of Rebellion.

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Tropes in Wings of Rebellion and Unfiltered include:

  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Because the fic was made before the release of Persona 5: Royal, Akechi's mother comes from a remote village that specialized in wine production instead of being a prostitute.
  • Adorkable: Akechi is this plenty now that he's opening up, considering he hasn't had any friends in his life until now and is figuring himself out. He's this especially around Akira.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Akechi has a tendency to be on the receiving end of this, particularly from Akira and then Futaba once she opens up to him, but the fic has the characters do it in general.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Futaba likes to call him "lil' big bro" because sometimes he acts like a little brother instead of a big one.
  • Ascended Extra: Sae. Originally just a Confidant of Joker, now she's an official member of the Phantom Thieves and is gathering evidence against Shido along with Akechi.
  • The Atoner: Akechi, of course, considering he was supposed to be a villain.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Akechi, although he only recently started playing shogi, already can recognize advance techniques by Hifumi and her opponent after watching a few other matches. This is also how he can tell the weaknesses of enemies.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: Unsurprisingly, Akechi reacts like this whenever he gets any kind of praise.
  • Bedmate Reveal: In Unfiltered, Akechi is shocked and initially freaks out that he's on the same bed as Akira.
  • Berserk Button: Akechi starts getting mad whenever he sees parents using or abusing their children.
  • Blinding Bangs: Akechi had these when he was younger because no one would cut his hair until he was transfered to another foster home.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Because of Akira being gender flipped and not looking that much different from her male counterpart, her short curly hair is this.
  • Broken Ace: Akechi is still as skilled, organized and powerful as in the game, helping clear Okumura and Sae's Palaces in just a few days. But he still has his problems from his past, mainly how guilt riddened he is and how he breaks down when remembering it.
  • Bungled Suicide: Akechi, when he was younger, tried to kill himself by running into traffic. But he didn't get a serious enough injury to kill him.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Futaba can't seem to just tell Crow she's forgiven him, though it makes sense since she has trouble talking to most people in the first place. Sojiro actually lampshades this when he mumbles to Futaba about why can't she just say it outright.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The coin Sae gets from Akechi ends up helping the Phantom Thieves get to her Shadow by being the only and last coin needed to drop the justice scales being used as a bridge. Crow lampshades this when Panther asks why he didn't tell them.
    Crow: "I hadn't thought we'd need that coin for anything, and couldn't have imagined that this detail would become important..."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Elizabeth is as eccentric as always, being nonchalant of her strange subjects and easily eating the very spicy takoyaki at the Culture Festival...and enjoying it.
  • Continuity Cameo:
    • Yukari appears as the guest star actor for Pink Argus in the Culture Festival.
    • Takuto from Royal briefly talks to Akira.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Cooldown Hug: Akechi gives one to Futaba after she has a nightmare.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Morgana does this a lot, most noticeably when thinking about Ann. Akira does this a couple times too, but she ends up either explaining anyway or dismissing it as a silly thought.
  • Does Not Drive: Invoked and Justified by Fox, explaining that the Thieves don't know how to drive since they're minors. Haru gets a special mention as another reason why she doesn't know is because someone else usually drives her to places, thanks to her father's wealth. Akira also invokes this on why she's a terrible driver.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: Akira sees some of Crow's past this way, not realizing it's Akechi.
  • Drives Like Crazy:
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A random eccentric lady becomes the neighbor of Akechi only to later be introduced as Elizabeth.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Unsurprisingly, the first thing Elizabeth does before we even know it's her is ask Akechi if his apartment is his detective agency.
  • Exact Words: A couple, mostly from Akechi.
    • "This'll be my last year," he says to Akira when he explains why he can't just transfer schools.
    • "I can't wait to put an end to this case," he says to Shido during the second phone call.
    • When Akechi asks who Futaba is getting the Jack Frost doll for, Sojiro says with a smirk, "...maybe it's one of the Phantom Thieves?"
  • For Want of a Nail:
  • Freudian Slip: A few happen, most of them from Akechi and most of them unnoticed by him and the others...so far.
    • There's the obvious first meeting with Akira and the others that they don't remember from the game.
    • After the Akira and Akechi battle the twins, when Akira asks if she'll see him tomorrow, he nods, except the only way he sees her tomorrow is as Crow.
    • He also slips to Joker that he actually likes her, even if he's also envious of her.
    • When Mona accidentally talks out loud about his crush on Ann to Crow and he tells him that he wouldn't understand, Crow blurts out, "Of course I understand!"
  • Full-Body Disguise: One of the reasons the Thieves say they can't figure out his identity.
  • Gender Flip: In this universe, Joker is a girl, and because of that, that's how the whole story ends up happening.
  • Genre Savvy: Akechi, of course, for someone as smart as him, is easily able to guess whatever happens next while watching episodes of Featherman with Futaba, as well as figure out the puzzles in Sae's Palace.
  • Good Feels Good: One of the many reasons why Akechi now wants to stay as a good guy and make up for his mistakes.
  • Happily Adopted: Unofficially, but Akechi is adopted by Futaba as her brother and treated like a son by Sojiro. Sojiro even saying if he knew of his situation a few years earlier, he would've taken him in like he did with Futaba.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Unsurprisingly, Akechi, from guilt, still doesn't really see himself as good despite him changing for the better. Akira is usually the one who tries to cheer him up.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Akechi, though most of the Thieves don't know that since they think Crow is someone else entirely and thus are trying to invoke it after the Thieves become friends with Akechi.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Akechi whenever he's wearing his "normal clothes" people don't recognize him. Akira outright passes by him when he's waiting for her at the park the first time he wears them, Mishima doesn't realize it's him until Futaba rats him out and every random person that has interacted with him just treat him like a normal person. Yukari is one of the few people to realize who he is in the Culture Festival but only after paying attention to him. And she had recognized Ann and Yusuke before that.
  • If Only You Knew: When Akechi asks Futaba who the Jack Frost doll is for during the Culture Festival, he says "It's someone in here, right?" and neither of them know at the time that he was right, because the doll is for Crow, in other words him.
  • I Gave My Word: Sae says this is why she won't reveal Crow's identity to the Phantom Thieves.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Akechi tells Akira he still feels this towards her, but likes her too much now to let it consume him.
  • In the Blood: Makoto isn't the only who Drives Like Crazy. Once Sae joins, it's shown she also likes to let loose when driving, and Ryuji thinks she's like that because they're siblings.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Pretty much why Akechi rejects Akira's initial suggestion to start dating, considering how much he hates himself, thinks he doesn't derserve anything good, and that Akira deserves someone other than him.
  • Irony:
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Akira being female, what happens in the first half of the game remains the same.
  • Intimate Haircut: In their shared dreams, Akira cuts Akechi's hair for him since it's so messy.
  • Intoxication Ensues: In Unfiltered, Akechi took some medicine for his headache that ends up getting rid of his "perfect boy" mask.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Unsurprisingly, Akira being gender flipped, still looks like a bit like a boy. Thus Shido, in his drunkedness, thinks Akira is a boy.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Akechi and Futaba, though unlike other examples, characters actually note how they act like siblings instead or mistaking for a couple. And Futaba (unofficially) adopts him.
  • Luminescent Blush: Akechi does this a lot, mostly because of Akira or because he thinks of Akira.
  • Meaningful Name: Discussed when Joker wonders why Crow decided to have that as his codename and they talk about if it has any meaning.
  • Messy Hair: Akechi also had this when he was younger and for the same reason his bangs covered his eyes.
  • The Mole: Discussed when Crow tells them he was supposed to be this before he decided to help them.
  • Mythology Gag: During the Culture Festival, when the gang goes in the horror house, Akira rips off the mask of one the students trying to scare them, leading to the students and a lot of the gang screaming as a result.
  • Named After Someone Famous: Akechi mentions in one of his interviews that he was, indeed, named after Kogoro Akechi, a famous Japanese detective character.
  • The Nondescript: Discussed. When Futaba says Akechi's good at camouflage, Akechi just says that he think the real reason people don't—and didn't—notice him was because he's just another face in the crowd.
  • Only Friend: In Unfiltered, Akechi mentions that Akira is his first, and only, friend. That doesn't last for long, thankfully for him, once he hangs out with the rest of the Phantom Thieves in Wings of Rebellion.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Makoto and some of the Thieves are initially suspicious of Akechi because of the fact that he's actually acting nice for once when he's normally smug in his interactions with them.
  • Psychic Link: Akira and Akechi can sense the feelings their friends have because of their Wild Card ability to make Confidants with them.
  • Punch a Wall: Akechi, as Crow, does this after talking about his crimes and getting mad at himself for it.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: When Akira pulls off the mask of one the students acting in part of the horror house, her scream makes her classmate scream, which then causes some of the Phantom Thieves to scream.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Akechi gives one...to himself, because the Phantom Thieves ask him as Crow what his opinion is on Akechi's interviews, and proceeds to brutally point out what he should be doing if he really wanted to find out the truth.
  • Reverse Mole: Crow becomes this after his Heel–Face Turn and he works for the Phantom Thieves.
  • Running Gag: As mentioned above, Akira is terrible with vehicles. She even has trouble rowing a boat, unable keep it steady.
  • Secret Identity Vocal Shift: The other reason why the Phantom Thieves haven't figured out Crow's identity. In the fic, his voice is slightly deeper than in the game, where Akechi's voice in the Metaverse isn't different from his normal voice.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper:
    • Sojiro figures out Crow is Akechi but doesn't say anything about it. He is trying to make Futaba have him reveal it though.
    • Akechi himself is this because the Phantom Thieves don't know he knows their identities. He won't even tell Sae when she asks before she finds out herself.
  • Shipper on Deck: Not just one, but eight. First Sojiro, then Futaba, then Akira's mom, then Morgana, and now all the Phantom Thieves (sans Makoto), particularly Futaba and Morgana, with the former teasing him to get together while the latter gives "romantic advice".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Discussed among the Thieves during the Culture Festival. Ryuji asks Akechi what kind of girls he likes and he says doesn't know as he's never thought of it before. He's completely unaffected by the topic...at least until Ryuji asks about the what the girl he likes is like, which makes him blush, and Futaba reveals it's Akira. Earlier in the fic, Akechi also mentions he usually forgets any fangirl he meets.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Why Akira is falling for Akechi, and why Akechi starts falling for her.
  • So Proud of You: Akechi feels proud of Futaba for managing to talk with only minimal stuttering to buy something and congratulates her for it. As Crow, he feels the same again when Akira is starting to catch up to him in actual power level, easily beating the rigged tournament in Sae's Palace.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Because of Akechi's Heel–Face Turn in Unfiltered, Principal Kobayakawa is still alive, though in a coma. And because it happened before the start of the Okumura arc, when the Thieves steal his treasure, Okurmura is also still left alive.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Akechi acts like this as Crow because he's trying to be The Stoic but his kindness keeps leaking out as he opens up to the Phantom Thieves in the real world.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • "I didn't fall in love!" Akechi said to Ryuji after he suggests to him to cook for a girl he's interested in.
    • "I-I'm not bothered," Makoto said after Akechi asked if she was.
  • Take a Third Option: Discussed between Crow and the Phantom Thieves when they are trying to decide whether to go for Shido or the SIU director.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: After the fight with the twins, Akira and Akechi share their dreams. Not that they know that yet.
  • Trauma Button: Much like with his Berserk Button, Akechi has a tendency to break down whenever he thinks of the deaths he's caused, particularly Futaba's mother.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Played with. When Crow basically one shots all the enemies, Skull tells him to leave some for them so they can get stronger, but otherwise the Phantom Thieves didn't mind him helping for the first time in Okumura's Palace.
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