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vivvav

rabbitprint

  • Recommended by solfieri
  • This author specializes in in-depth, sensitive character studies that do an amazing job filling the gaps left by the game and exploring the character's histories before and during the events of the game. She also writes beautifully, with an elegant prose and brilliant use of metaphors.

MirrorMystic

  • Recommended by Blackie 62
  • Starting with a multi-chapter story wherein Shiho becomes a Phantom Thief, the author has constructed a well thought out Polythieves LGBT+ extravaganza of an alternate universe where the Phantom Thieves are each given detailed and believable sexualities beyond the game's heteronormativity and end up in a labyrinthine web of a relationships note . As of writing this recommendation the AU has one finished story, a healthy number of shorter pieces, and another longer story set after Persona 5 that crosses over Persona 1, 2, 3, 4, and mainline Shin Megami Tensei.

Circuit

  • Recommended by Tropers/Josiahstick
  • You may already know Circuit for writing Queen Of Hearts, and I've already gushed on about her work under that story's recommendation entry. However, I was reading her work when she started even before that, writing one-shots for Makoto Niijima Week. And all of these one-shots are fantastic. Whatever she writes, I'd say it's almost certainly worth reading.

OpheliaDusk

  • Recommended by solfieri
  • Literally every story by this writer is worth reading. They are wonderful character studies, showing tidbits of the Phantom Thieves as friends and depicting interactions that were barely touched upon in canon, but which work in a beautifully organic way. Her stories are so heartwarming they put a smile in your face, without ever feeling saccharine or frivolous.

    General Fics 
Crimson by Dowdz
  • Recommended by Teekays
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Akira Kurusu. Delinquent. Thief. Leader. Hero. Who is he? How many masks can one man wear?
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu (MC)/Makoto Niijima.
  • Comments: One of the best ongoing novelization for this game so far. With the steady updates, the prose for this story is well put together. It starts off slow in the beginning due to the retelling of the story of the game but it eventually diverges and grips you to wanting more despite knowing how the game goes. The writing and characters are on point where you feel like you're in the game especially with their awakening scenes. I recommend this greatly for any persona fans.
  • Page is a work in progress.

Black Star by HassouToby

  • Recommended by Oxxi, solfieri
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A year has passed since the Phantom Thieves struck down a god and saved Tokyo from a terrible fate. But when people all over the globe begin to suffer from "Paranoia Syndrome," mysterious seizures which leave them contorted and unconscious, Akira Kurusu finds himself in the Velvet Room once more, demanding answers for the affliction. His investigation leads him to the Dead Sea, the rotted remnants of the cognitive world, where all things go to be forgotten - including someone the Thieves had thought to be long gone. Meanwhile, Akira's comatose body is found in the waking world, and his terrified friends suspect the worst. As Akira's confidants struggle to learn the truth behind Paranoia Syndrome, he and Goro Akechi approach a fated confrontation in the decaying shell of the cognitive Tokyo. Together, the Phantom Thieves must reunite and destroy the evil festering beneath the Dead Sea's waters, before its malignant influence unravels civilization forever.
  • Pairings: None listed.
  • Comments: This multi-chapter gen fic is one of the best I have seen for this game, and this is not an easy feat. The characterization is on-point, and even if the focus is on a specific character, everyone else has an important role to play, even Soujirou. There are moments that can be heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, in a very realistic way, and it's an excellent work for people who were not satisfied with the ending that Akechi had in the game. The writing is also on-point. The author can make scenes where everyone is just talking have the same impact of the ones that have tension in the air. 100% recommended.
    • Seriously, the people in the comment section are not joking when they say this is one of the best P5 fanfics written in the fandom tag. It feels like the proper sequel for the game. Every scene mattered, and the use of scenes for foreshadowing was a delight to read. Something you see in a chapter will play an important role in the future, but you don't know this until you see why they were important. We don't have words to recommend this work enough.
    • Indeed. In my opinion, having only read about the Persona 5 game story in passing detail, I found reading this story gripping and quite cathartic in its storytelling/narrative, and its themes. I feel this story should, by all means, deserve its own T Vtropes page. My only fear is that some would end up spoiling themselves reading it.

Under the Blood Soaked Mask by FlOrangey

  • Recommended by: Neverwhere
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Their plan worked. However while they knew the risks, none of them thought of the consequences. Not even their leader, until it was too late. The events of Akira's interrogation begin to haunt him in his dreams, and the weight of the world and the year begins to crush him. Then when his mask breaks, Makoto and the others are forced to put their plans on hold to take on one extra mission. A mission to save their friend, even if it means changing his heart.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Makoto Niijima
  • Comments: This is a "Joker has a Palace" fic that shows a lot of promise. For one thing, it does an excellent job of detailing Joker's declining mental state and shows why he develops a Palace.

Definition of Home by JosephineSilver

  • Recommended by: Transistor_Blue
  • Status: Dormant (last updated June 2017)
  • Synopsis: Home. It's a tricky word, for Akira. It's an undefined place. He's not actually entirely sure he knows what it means - or at least, what it's meant to mean. And, truthfully...he's not as quite alone in that as he thinks. A year is a long time, even if it passes by quickly - more than enough time to discover what the definition of home actually is.
  • Pairings: None listed.
  • Comments: Definition of Home is a canon retelling that looks like it will diverge quite a bit from the game's plot. It stays fresh and unique though, focusing in on characters and relationships inbetween the bigger moments that we didn't get to see in canon, making everyone seem so real and genuine. The author's characterisation of EVERYONE is excellent - possibly the best I've seen in the entire fandom so far - and their take on Akira's backstory is heartwarming in a way I didn't expect going into it. For found family feels and just some damn good well-written fic, I can't recommend this one enough.

Confidant Roulette by vivvav

  • Recommended by: Neverwhere, Taxima, Unclouded TJ
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Joker promised his confidants his help, but is currently sick in bed. The rest of the Phantom Thieves decide to help them in Joker's place.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Makoto Niijima
  • Comments: From Futaba teaching Toranosuke how to use Twitter to Haru volunteering at the Air Soft store, this fic explores the interactions between various confidants and the members of the Phantom Thieves, often with amusing and heartwarming results.

The Many Arrests of the Phantom by josiahstick

  • Recommended by: Harasser Von Assgrab
  • Status: Dormant (last updated August 2017)
  • Synopsis: In the nights leading up to the day of stealing a Treasure, Kurusu Akira always has a disturbing nightmare about a terrible thing happening. Not only that, but Akira is being sought after by the Ace Detective Akechi Goro, and must outfox him in a thrilling game of wits. In doing so, he discovers an assault on his psyche by a mysterious force, leading to... bigger things.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu (MC)/Makoto Niijima.
  • Tags: Psychological drama, spoilers.
  • Comments: The story explores Akira/The Protagonist's mental disposition during the events of the game, and fixes some perceived plot flaws including: where the bad endings came from (disregarding the dramatic convenience of drugs), Haru's underwhelming presence in the story, what Akechi knows, minor game stuff, romance/fluff (in this case, Akira/Makoto), and also includes a host of additional details. Careful though, this fic is intended to supplement the game, and as such, it contains heavy spoilers. Some chapters can also be a bit more graphic than others.

The Perfect World by w0b101

  • Recommended by: Josiahstick
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2017
  • Synopsis: Akira Kurusu has accepted Yaldabaoth's deal, and the world no longer thinks for itself. Akira is using the Phantom Thieves to, at the very least, protect the people within this corrupted world, but things aren't going as well as they could be, and tensions are rising among the Phantom Thieves. Without a doubt, this decision will have profound impacts on the Phantom Thieves, the world, and himself.
  • Pairings Akira Kurusu/Futaba Sakura
  • Comments: This is a really intense and thoughtful fleshing out of the second alternate ending to the game, exploring the potential ramifications of accepting Yaldabaoth's deal on the public of Tokyo, especially the Phantom Thieves as a team, and as friends. Very, very well done thus far.
    • Note: This appears to have become a Dead Fic, as it is still incomplete and it has been many weeks since the last update.
    • Update: As of 12/30/2017, the fic has come off of hiatus! The author is promising that they have a schedule set for it.

Behind the Mask by SharkbaitSekki

  • Recommended by: TheElcorSpectre
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which the Phantom Thieves accidentally discover that Akira Kurusu, their Leader, best friend, and inspiration, has a Palace. (In which the boy who's been a pillar so far discovers that he cannot repress his pain anymore). Minor spoilers for the game, detailed inside. Sort of a character study in a dynamic style.
  • Comments: Oh My Lord! This huge one-shot was able to pack so much into a single one-shot. On-point characterization and so many tearjerking as well as a few heartwarming moments. Just give it a read, I promise you will not be disappointed.

Succession

  • Recommended by: Gbubu, Junji
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The whims of fate had decided that Akechi Goro couldn't die yet. At first, he despaired. Then, he realized that might have been exactly what he wanted. A fresh start. Another chance. A new beginning. And now, he will do anything in his power to atone for his sins and save the only person who had reached out to him. He will be tricked, rejected, betrayed, used again and again, there's no denying it. And yet, his newfound resolve won't falter. This is the way Akechi Goro will challenge the world.
  • Pairings: Akechi Goro/Akira Kurusu
  • Comments: A Fix Fic for the game's most prominent Ensemble Dark Horse.
    • Seriously though, this fanfiction. I don't know what to say about it because it's so great that I don't have words for it. If you're frustrated that Akechi Goro died the way he is in the game because it felt unsatisfying, this is just for you. Among the many fanfics I've read, this one is clearly one of the most well-outlined story. It just suck in your attention from the get-go, because of a "particular" mechanic. I'll leave you to discover that.
    • P.S Hey unknown_name, if you're reading this - And I know you will - I must thank you for the wonderful treat. Don't be afraid and just go and do what you must. You're almost there. Your faithful reader, Junji.

Persona 5: Hoshi to Bokura to by Starlight's Poet

  • Recommended by Otaku-Nation666, hubakon1368
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After being put on probation, Akira Kurusu is forced to move to Tokyo, living with a prosecutor who is the daughter of his family's late friend, and her younger sister. However, unknown to him, ruin awaits...as does the distortion that lies within the hearts of corrupt adults. [A novelization of Persona 5, with some of Atlus' original ideas included before being scrapped]
  • Comments: If there was ever a perfect novelization and insight as to how Persona 5 would have been if Atlus gone through with its original ideas...this would be it. The author does a remarkable job regarding Sae's thoughts on taking Akira in, and the deviations that are presented, such as Makoto entering the Palace along with Ryuji and Akira, are well-thought-out.

Challenge Accepted by UknownHero

Persona 5: Trials of the Trickster by Black Fuego

  • Recommended by LinkSeasonMaster
  • Status: Dormant; last updated June 2018
  • Synopsis: The world is in Ruin. Distortion is rampant, and humanity will fall. During such times, those who wish to change their fate would rise up and rebel against their foes. From time to time, such rebels were referred to as Tricksters. Now, as society is at the cusp of destruction, a new group of Tricksters will rise up to free the world from ruin. Will they succeed? Or fall to despair?
  • Comments: A well-written retelling of the game, with some very noticeable alterations, many of which take inspiration from rejected concepts that never made it into the game.

The World is Ours by AristoMercu

  • Recommended by Voidwing Dragon
  • Status: On Hiatus
  • Synopsis: Shujin Academy is hailed all over Tokyo as one of the best schools to attend. Any who graduate from here is almost guaranteed an accepted college application. The teachers are highly acclaimed, and even an accomplished Olympic medalist as the gym teacher, heading the national winning volleyball team. Or so they all say. It's April 9th, the first week of school in the new year. Kimisawa Airi was beginning to doubt this school was as dignified as they claimed, as she glanced at her bruised classmate with worry. Where did he get them? Who gave them to him? Maybe it was time for her to stop hiding and face the truth; this world was rotten and it needed to change, starting with whoever kept abusing her classmate. With the addition of a new student coming in with a criminal record, this year was bound to be one hell of a roller coaster.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Original Female Character, side Ryuji Sakamoto/Ann Takamaki
  • Tags: Explicit, Some Blood, Sexual Thoughts and Some Teasing
  • Comments: Very Highly Recommended - A masterfully written novelization, well over 600,000 words and just completed Futaba's section of the game. Even with that massive amount, the wording doesn't feel stretched or extensive in any sense; each chapter reads quickly and leaves you anticipating the next. The biggest and most surprising difference, however, is the addition of OC Airi Kimisawa. While the author themselves stated she was initially a self-indulgent character and wouldn't be surprised if she was considered a Mary Sue, Airi integrates seamlessly with the rest of the cast; what little Mary Sue-ness she has mellows out as the story picks up.

Jamais-Vu by KlonoaDreams

  • Recommended by ShiroKun
  • Status: Dormant; last updated May 2018
  • Synopsis: AU Kimura Jun has never been particularly lucky. It's something that she's come to terms with after being sent away on probation. Though after a sudden turn of events, she finds that there's only so much she can take before she's decided she's had enough...and fights back. [Fem!Joker/Fem!Akira fic]
  • Pairings: None so far
  • Rating: Fiction T (though M might be a bit better)
  • Comments: I'm honestly shocked that this wasn't added on earlier. However, in spite of that, I very highly recommend this fic to check out. Also being a novelization of the Persona 5 story, in changes things with the fact that rather than being the male Akira Kurusu, our main character is the decidedly female Jun Kimura. And rather than just making the story a straight and clean cut switch, the change to the MC's gender has some big effects on her introduction and interactions with others. Jun was actually accused of not only assault, but of prostitution, and this has an effect on everyone's initial perceptions of her. Furthermore, her interactions with each character in the story is interesting and fun, with my favorite so far being the motherly nature that Haru shows around the meek, yet strong-willed Jun. Also, for those interested in stories similar to this, the author has also made the highly acclaimed Persona 4 Fe MC novelization, Façade, which can be read here where it's being slowly rewritten https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9023337/1/FaA7ade or here where the original draft exists https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B70yr9M0SNgheld3Qzc5N1oxMFk/view

One Year on Probation by FlOrangey

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Rating: Fiction T
  • Synopsis: A retelling of Persona 5 but with none of the supernatural elements. There are no palaces, no changing hearts, no Persona, and while there are cats, they don't talk. How is Akira going to survive a year in a school that has no qualms about making it clear he's not welcome? Is he going to survive at all? If he wants to even hope for a future, he'll have to try.

Sojiro gets a cat by proxy and learns to deal by thatoldeblackmagic

  • Recommended by: shiftkeyk
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It’s only a few days into his stay when the boy brings home a cat. or Sojiro isn't a cat person, but this one might be alright.
  • Comments: A well-done, fluff-filled one-shot detailing the relationship between Sojiro and Morgana (and, by extension, Akira/MC), from Sojiro's perspective. Also includes terrible (by terrible I mean great) dead jokes.

Queen of Hearts by Circuit

  • Recommend by: Knowledgeseeker66, Unclouded TJ, Tropers/Josiahstick
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Kurusu Akira/Niijima Makoto & Suzui Shiho/Takamaki Ann
  • Rating: Fiction M
  • Synopsis: The founder and leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, Makoto Niijima, has been arrested in the midst of their latest heist. The drugs and beatings her captors had already inflicted on her was bad enough, but having to detail her past year of crimes to her own sister on top of that... Can Makoto actually bridge the gap that's formed between them, or will her story only serve to further push Sae away?
  • Comments: An interesting take of what it could have been like if Makoto was chosen to be the Wild Card along with having an alternative first meeting with Akira. A story that has a lot of potential.

Swear To My Bones by izarsa

  • Recommend by: Neo Chaos
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Akira and the rest of the Ex-Phantom Thieves struggle to find meaning in their adult lives fifteen years after the events of the game.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Haru Okumura, Ryuji Sakamoto/Ann Takamaki
  • Comments: A pretty good fic that takes a look at the question - how do the teenage heroes of fantasy stories like Persona's handle moving on to adulthood and from their world-saving youth?

Fabricati Diem (To Protect and Serve) by minkhollow

  • Recommend by: Unclouded TJ
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: In which Haru's father hires some new domestic help to keep an eye on his daughter, and things go far better for her than she'd dared to hope.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Makoto Niijima
  • Comments: In a world without the Metaverse App or Mental Shutdowns Makoto and Akira have been hired as a maid/butler duo for Haru for her protection. However their whole job as far as they see it is to protect Haru even from her own fiance — or herself. A brilliant one-shot that gives an amusing look into what might have been.

Monsooned Malabar by AngelDormais

  • Recommended by: solfieri
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: He was hard on the kid because he'd sensed the ego from the start. Coffee brought them closer; his daughter brought them together; but Tokyo preferred Akira dead. In which Sojiro wants things to be simple, and Akira still makes time for it.
  • Comments: A very heartwarming missing-scenes fic focused on the aftermath of Akira's interrogation, and the development of their relationship in general, from Sojiro's point of view.

Butterfly Cascade by TwilightKnight17

  • Recommended by: solfieri, infernape612, Regenbogen, HT-the-Turtle
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One choice can be enough to destroy, to set events into motion that only end in tragedy. But that also means that one choice can be enough to give the story a different outcome. Something broken is always capable of being repaired, even when the ones doing the repairing aren’t in the greatest shape themselves…
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Goro Akechi
  • Comments: Not exactly a novelization of the game, although it follows the order of palaces and events, but diverges and expands significantly on the source material, and also crosses over with other Persona titles. This fic shows a lot of promise. Half of the narrative focus is on Akechi, so his motivation and relationship with Akira gain some much-needed depth, and the fic also explores certain points that get ignored in canon, such as why it took the Phantom Thieves months to acknowledge that they knew Akechi had been to the Metaverse. This author's other Persona fics are also highly recommended, even the more explicit ones.
    • Also worth noting is that this fic is part 8 of a series called the Hours 'Verse that brings all 6 Persona games into one shared universe, all of which are worth a look. The link is here.
    • Now has a Tropes page. Here.

Full Deck by FoxOnPie

  • Recommended by: Rutherford Dingo, 9thOutWorldsMan
  • Status: Dormant; last updated April 2018
  • Synopsis: "You truly are interesting. Under different circumstances, we could have been great rivals, or perhaps even friends." Either of those would be ideal, but let's see what happens when Goro and Ren are brothers.
  • Pairings: Goro Akechi/Haru Okumura, Ren Amamiya/Makoto Niijima, Ryuji Sakamoto/Ann Takamaki
  • FFN link
  • Comments: A really interesting For Want of a Nail fic where Goro is adopted by Ren's family, leading to the both of them becoming Phantom Thieves. While it's still in the beginning of the story, the fic already shows a lot of promise from what it's doing with the characters. While Goro is subjected to Adaptational Heroism, it doesn't get to the level of Draco in Leather Pants, as the story makes it clear that he's still an asshole, despite not being evil; this also adds a lot of intrigue to the How We Got Here aspect of the story where Goro seems to have begrudgingly betrayed the team. Ren acts as a great Foil to Goro by being a laid back idealist to counter Goro's more serious cynicism. One of the best parts, though, is Haru showing up from day one, since that really shows how much the formula is being shaken up, and the way the three play off each other is great. Updates are kind of sporadic, but it's definitely worth a read.

Kannagara by antagonists

  • Recommended by: solfieri
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Unsurprisingly, he need not ask them to be his. It is only natural.
  • Comments: A series of one-shots set in an AU where Akira is a Shinto priest and the other Phantom Thieves are various deities such as kitsune, phoenixes and dragons, or miko. The stories are written in elegant prose, with a timelessness and mystery like that of ancient fables. They could be taken as a standalone work of original fiction if not for the connections with canon evident through little details, namely Akira's role as a solver of problems (sometimes with the help of Arsene, here a "baku" spirit) around whom the other characters gravitate. There are hints of Akira/Yusuke, Akira/Ryuji, Akira/Ann and Akira/Makoto, but they are subtle and, with the exception of one story, secondary to the narrative. Highly recommended, and this troper truly wishes the author wrote more stories in this AU.

Contrecoup by OpheliaDusk

  • Recommended by: wastingtowels, solfieri
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Her father is a hole in her mouth where a tooth should be, still aching from the dentist’s pliers, forgettable for an hour, an afternoon, until she probes it with her tongue, sending an aching shockwave down her jawline. In which Haru learns to depend on her friends and herself. (Spoilers through 10/11.)
  • Comments: An absolutely wonderful, heartwarming one-shot from Haru's perspective about the Phantom Thieves supporting each other and helping Haru deal with her father's death, with the help of a late-night pinata. It's these types of interactions between the team I wish we could have seen more of in the game.

The Start Again series by Scedasticity

  • Recommended by: Mattman The Comet
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis:
    • "The Count of Monte Cristo" (Complete): After losing to the Holy Grail and fading away in Shibuya, Haru wakes up at the beginning of the school year — of her first year of high school. It's not ideal, but she'll do what she has to. As soon as she figures out what that is.
    • "Escher" (Complete): Futaba has a weird sense of deja vu, until she doesn't.
    • "Echoes in the Void" (Complete): Goro fails to take control of his destiny, but maybe that's okay.
    • "Valor and Discretion" (Ongoing): There are times to keep secrets and times to share secrets and times to create bigger secrets, and Ryuji just hopes he's identifying them correctly.
  • Comments: Start Again is a series of Peggy Sue For Want of a Nail fics which, following a loss against Yaldabaoth, sends the Phantom Thieves back in time to points before the start of the game. These matters are then complicated by the fact that some members don't seem to remember the old timeline - yet. Those that do remember end up forming their own ragtag groups of thieves involving allies new, old, and Akechi. Though separated by circumstance and timing, our lovable rogues plan to steal some hearts and right what once went wrong (if they don't Butterfly it into a bigger problem first. Looking at you, mysterious group drugging Shujin kids and throwing them into the Metaverse). Also Akira's showing up in their dreams. That's probably important.

Persona 5:Rebellion by Kaladin7144

  • Recommended by: DragonSun, 9thOutworldsMan
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Akira Kurusu was thrown in Juvenile hall for a year, for a crime he didn't commit. He came out to a world that he wasn't prepared for. Facing more opposition then he could have ever imagined, he will fight to his last breath — to install his justice upon the world, and get revenge on those who wronged him. A retelling of Persona 5 where the assault happened a year before canon.
  • Comments: One of the most captivating Persona 5 Fanfictions this Troper has read in a long time. Kaladin7144 took an original idea that fits perfectly into the game's themes and is developing it into a Masterpiece. Having the assault take place one year before the game allows a more hardened Akira/Ren, who was affected by the assault accusations much more than his canon self, to shine and have an impact on the story without ever seeming too edgy. Its darker tone can hold his own against some other Persona Fanfictions like Crimson and is a big recommendation if you are in the mood for a darker retelling of Persona 5. Having just finished the Kamoshida arc, there's hopefully more to come.
  • The page is a work in progress

The Queen and the Shogun by turtleeden

  • Recommended by: Infinity_Fool
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The Phantom Thieves' next target, Junya Kaneshiro, is a mafia boss who has been terrorizing high school students into trafficking drugs and other unimaginable crimes through astounding debt. His eventual downfall is imminent when two particular young girls, who have different situations surrounding them, get involved with the Phantom Thieves in order to steal his heart.
  • Comment: An essential rewrite of Kaneshiro's arc, but with Kaneshiro targeting not only Makoto but also Hifumi, as her mother made a deal with him in order to ensure Hifumi's popularity as a shogi player through blackmailing and other methods, which leads her to become a Phantom Thief as well. Turtleeden does well with expanding what we find out during Hifumi's confidant, as well as reworking the buildup to Makoto's awakening. It's still early on the story, but it already is looking promising.

The Many Quirks of Phantom Thievery by Psychic Beagle

  • Recommended by: santos32
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Delving into the hearts of criminals and fighting heart demons is all well and good, but there's no way the people that do it are normal. Let's see what they get up to, eh?
  • Comment: A pseudo-rewrite of the game, comprised mainly through small scenes that tend to depict the moment-to-moment interactions between the Phantom Thieves and Akira's Confidants, along with several tweaks to the story that change the flow of certain events; for example, Sojiro being a key figure in Futaba's Palace heist. There's also the Thieves' ability to manifest some of their Persona powers in the real world, the presence of Akira's single mother, and Joker himself written as goofy, tragic yet ultimately heroic figure who messes with everyone frequently on account of being asexual. It's much, much more better than I tried selling it here. There's also a spin-off focusing on the pairing between Makoto and Haru, and another applying this same concept to the Investigation Team.

The Nooses We Tie

  • Recommended by: Definitely Not Sly Cooper
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The bond that linked the two of them had become a noose around her neck. She hung from it, gasping for air as she reached out to him. She pleaded for him to come back, to accept her, to love her, but he was walking away. He was ignorant of her plight as she hung there. He let her body hang there as he held another girl in his arms.
  • Pairing(s): Akira/Makoto (One-sided)Futaba/Akira
  • Tags: (alleged Tragedy)Angst/Romance
  • Review
    • Definetly Not Sly Cooper: Short, "sweet," and really good look inside the head of Futaba. Great exploration of character, and really captures the feel of first love.note 

Another Surprise

  • Recommend by: En_Passant
  • Status: In-progress
  • Synopsis: Set several years after the events of P5, our protagonist returns to Tokyo following a mysterious invitation. Life has progressed typically for the majority of the ex-Phantom Thieves. However, unforeseen events thrust our protagonist, the ever-loyal Morgana, and the unstoppable Sakamato Ryuji back into a life of covert crime fighting.
  • Comment: Despite the blurb, all the Thieves are back, alongside some interesting new characters with even more interesting twists on the Metaverse. The story stays incredibly true to canon: The protagonist isn't named, using first-person when writing from his perspective, and the romance tree is just as open as in canon - and it's a major point of contention for Joker.

Confidantial Confessions by TaurusVersant

  • Recommended by: santos32
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Akira has been presented a choice when interacting with his female Confidants: declare his affections or affirm their status as friends and nothing more. What if he had a third option, one which allowed him to express how much he cares for them without trying to pursue a romance?
  • Comment: Aka: "Platonic Life-Partners: the fanfiction". The author introduces a third dialogue choice that shows how Joker dedicates himself to his female allies: not as a loving boyfriend who tends to their needs or an aloof acquaintance that keeps his distance in spite of his bonds, but as a close friend who genuinely wants to help them solve whatever personal issues they face, despite working himself to near-exhaustion in order to do so. While all his non-Phantom Thieves Confidants all have their own satisfying arcs to wrap up, the other girls in the party probably have the best to work with: Joker with a stronger reaffirmation of friendship to counter Ann's loneliness at Shiho leaving by saying that "[she] has us" and not "the others", helping Makoto re-focus on her own personal goals as an individual rather than be sidetracked by romance, and extending an invitation to Futaba for them to become the surrogate siblings they were always meant to be. The final chapter's fallout with his non-answer to Haru, instead choosing to have Haru focus on Joker's tired state after giving so much of himself to help others, is an equally-strong finale that may not wrap their relationship up, but summarizes just how much he pushes himself to care for those he loves (not in that way).

    Shipping Fics 

Cop and Robber by lcli

  • Recommended by: Leliel, Wasuregusa, Neverwhere, MikeShogunLee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Niijima Makoto is tasked to take down the Phantom Thieves. Spoiler alert: She gets her heart stolen. — Police!Makoto. Akira x Makoto.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Makoto Niijima; One-Sided Goro Akechi/Makoto Niijima
  • Comments: An AU story in which the Phantom Thieves have been at it for seven years, and now an adult Makoto has been assigned by her boss to the neverending case...while said boss is also their latest target. Hilarity Ensues, particularly given how Makoto is already crushing on Joker's civilian identity (he's Akira).
    • Come for the hilarity, stay for the setting/character study. This fic nails down several of the Central Themes of the game and explores them through the perspective of Age Lifted cast in fascinating ways the original work didn't or just couldn't approach. The plot is fast-paced and uncluttered, it'd be a disservice to describe the dialogue as merely clever and engaging, and the character interactions between Makoto and Akira, and Makoto and Joker (entirely different creatures despite being the same two people, trust me on that) will get both your inner shipper and non-shipper demanding for more at the end of every flipping chapter.
    • This is pretty much THE Protagonist/Makoto fanfic; If you ship those two, then odds are you're going to stumble across this fic at some point if you haven't already. The author does a really good job of Show, Don't Tell and there's a lot of meaning packed into the writing. For example, Makoto subconsciously figures out that Akira and Joker are one in the same, but she willingly convinces herself otherwise because she desperately doesn't want that to be true. Nearly all of that is inferred through the text.
    • Seriously just read it, if you don't like it blame me (Mikeshogun Lee), but odds are if you even remotely like Makoto + Joker, you will love this fic.

Makoto's Lies by PixieRed

  • Recommended by: IndustriousHart
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Makoto is an elegant, refined young lady with purely logical reasons for her actions that don't involve personal desires for love or justice. An in-game Makoto POV shipfic focusing on her relationship with the protagonist and her early discovery of a certain palace.
  • Pairings: Ren Amamiya (formerly Akira Kurusu)/Makoto Niijima; also features some Ryuji Sakamoto/Ann Takamaki
  • Comments: This story is something set along the in-game canon universe and uses much of the dialogue featured in the game. The narrative is strictly from Makoto's point of view using the third person perspective and as such, it is not a strict retelling of the Phantom Thieves' story. In addition, the POV makes for some interesting reading interpretations to the reader as you will notice when things fly straight over Makoto's head. This is a wonderfully written shipping fic that manages to weave original cute, believable and realistic story and character interactions into the original Phantom Thief story. While the focus is primarily on Ren and Makoto, all of the other Phantom Thieves receive a decent amount of character exposure as well. The excitement that comes with young love is very meticulously thought out and built up throughout the story. Highly recommended if you are thirsting for a slow burn Ren x Makoto fic that has on-point character.
  • Has a Tropes page here.

Love and Justice Share a Blindfold bymagumarashi

  • Recommended by Boyd the Reaver
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Japan's foremost prodigy detective, Goro Akechi, has been brought to France to investigate a series of unusual—unsolvable—heists. While there, he crosses paths with Akira Kurusu, a young Japanese student who is pursuing art history at a prestigious Paris university. These two, who seem almost fated to meet, somehow become close friends... very close friends.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Goro Akechi
  • Comments: A brilliantly-executed, sensual and just incredibly well-done Phantom Thief AU that really thinks through with the question of what-if Akira was a genuine Gentleman Thief who goes after priceless art, while Goro is actually a good person and a genuine Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist to boot? The result is quite possibly one of my favorite fanfics in a long-time. The writing's brilliant, the mood is wonderfully-executed, and though I'm hardly a yaoi fan, the chemistry and quality-of-writing between Akechi and Akira are just beautifully-executed. It legit felt like I was reading a pulp fiction novel, and I highly recommend it to anybody who just likes good fanfiction in general. NSFW warning though: there are three chapters where explicit sex happens, but it's quite obvious when those chapters appear and you can skip them. Still, not something you should be reading in a SFW environment. Still a great fanfic, though.

Theft of a Thief by FortunesRevolver

  • Recommended by Aruu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Yusuke inadvertently steals Akira's heart, Akira decides the only course of action is to steal his in return.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Comments: A beautiful one-shot that focuses on Akira and Yusuke, and their relationship with one another. Wonderfully written with excellent characterisation, this fic could easily be a part of the canon game. Akira's resolve to steal Yusuke's heart given that he stole his own is an adorable idea, and the author plays it off amazingly well. Highly recommended.

Boys and Queens by vivvav

  • Recommended by Neverwhere, Taxima, Unclouded TJ
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the events of Confidant Roulette Ryuji and Hifumi have been spending a suspiciously significant amount of time with each other. So much so that the tabloids are circulating rumors that the Phony Princess has a boyfriend.
  • Pairings: Ryuji Sakamoto/Hifumi Togo, Akira Kurusu/Makoto Nijima
  • Comments: One of the chapters in Confidant Roulette concentrated on the meeting between Ryuji and Hifumi, which was so well received that the author wrote a sequel. This is most likely the first Ryuji/Hifumi fic in existence, but the author writes those two with so much chemistry that you didn't realize you ship them until after reading this story.

Crooked Hands by coolkidroland

  • Recommended by Oxxi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which Akira absolutely does not learn to leave well enough alone. (alternate title: A Fork in Want of a Light Socket)
  • Pairings: Akechi Goro/Kurusu Akira

Goblin Men by coolkidroland

  • Recommended by Oxxi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Goro Akechi struggles to deal with his change of heart. So does everyone else.
  • Pairings: Akechi Goro/Kurusu Akira

Moments with her trickster by Mobili

  • Recommended by Bathrobe
  • Status: Dormant; last updated May 2018
  • Synopsis: Moments revolving around Akira x Lavenza.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Lavenza

Mirage by NanakiBH

  • Recommended by solfieri
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Memories are the haze over hot pavement, the mirages of the heart.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Comments: This author is, in this troper's opinion, the best Shukita writer out there. Every one of her fics, even the most explicit, are first and foremost deep character studies, focusing either on Akira, Yusuke or both, wrapped up in a lovely Shukita bow that can be romantic or melancholy or super sexy depending on the fic. The one recommended here is a wonderfully understated portrait of Yusuke's psyche that explores his relationships with his art, his former mentor, and his friend.

Wax Nostalgic by shatteredcrystalwings

  • Recommended by solfieri
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Akira is talked into joining Ryuji to a tattoo parlor as moral support and finds he's more interested in the artist than the art.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Comments: A delightful slice-of-life AU wherein the Phantom Thieves are ordinary college-age friends, Akira manages Leblanc and Yusuke (and, surprisingly, Haru!) works at a tattoo parlor. The focus is on Akira and Yusuke getting to know each other, but every character is well written, faithful to canon and fun to read, with little nods to the original game throughout. All in all, heartwarming fluff with some light angst.

On A Reflective Surface by aquietdin

  • Recommended by chloe_price, solfieri
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: “I feel like I know you,” he admitted. Akira felt his face flush with heat. Yusuke only blinked at him, then ducked his head, a faint pink on his pale cheekbones. “I was wondering if I was the only one,” he said quietly. “Have we met before?”
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Comments: This troper cried when reading this fic. It's amazingly written and full of little details which touched my heartstrings. The development of Yusuke's and Akira's relationship remains realistic up till the end. An absolute must-read for all Akira/Yusuke shippers.

Stars and the Universe by soniagiris

  • Recommended by Jabot
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Hey, be caref- Fuck! Guys, Joker got b-" A battle goes wrong. It changes things.
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu/Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Comments: While long, absolutely worth the read. Emotional and captivating.

Rising Star byjtav

  • Recommended by: MikeShogunLee, 9thOutworldsMan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "As the Phantom Thieves prepare to take down Shido, Akira and Sae discover neither is who they thought they were. Romance blooms as Christmas Eve draws ever closer. Now with new epilogue."
  • Pairings: Sae Niijima and Akira Kurusu
  • Comments:
    • MikeShogunLee: A beautiful story that will hit you in the feels, then hug you when you cry and tell you; "Shhh, we are just getting started, get ready because you will be here again in half a chapter." The romance of Sae and Akira is handled beautifully, and all happens in the game's timeline. Barely anything is changed, besides some character details here and there, a quick example is that Akira is a Christian, but the fiction stays completely loyal to the events in the game... With all the drama, and heartbreak that entails.

Phantom Stardust by TheWabbajackX

  • Recommended by: Ford1114, 9thOutworldsMan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Akira Kurusu. Ann Takamaki. Two young high school students turned daring Phantom Thieves, stealing the malice out of the hearts of the corrupt to protect the innocent. The Joker and the Panther fight onward against darkness, their friendship and camaraderie leading them to adventure, danger, and something intimate only they share. [Language/lewd content.]
  • Pairings: Akira Kurusu and Ann Takamaki.
  • Comments: A well-thought story that handled Akira and Ann positively. While it retells the canon storyline, the focus on it is downplayed and concentrates more on the relationship between the two lovers. Hence, the Lovers Arcana has a new meaning to it.

Object Permanence by ScalaSpiral

  • Recommended by: solfieri
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It’s the summer after her stint as a Phantom Thief, and Futaba has been spending way too much time with her favorite local art weirdo. That’s the best explanation she can think of for why she’s started finding it cute when he rambles about art and soothing when she watches him sketch. Having actual feelings for him would be distracting and inconvenient, so she won’t do that. That’s how it works… right?
  • Pairings: Yusuke Kitagawa/Futaba Sakura
  • Comments: This story sold this troper on Yutaba. It follows Futaba's POV as her relationship with Inari deepens, and does a great job expressing the ups and downs of a crush through the eyes of an inexperienced, anxious, socially awkward nerdy girl. The prose is lively and expressive, the dialogue is witty (especially between Futaba and Ren) and the characterization is perfect. It's also totally hilarious at times and, above all, overwhelmingly sweet and wholesome. A must-read for fans of the pairing.

A Study in Silver by Insomnomaniac

  • Recommended by: Mr-Rogers
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Ryuji's never been too interested in the ocean. Sure, Ann found it fascinating and wouldn't shut up about all the cool stuff down there, but Ryuji just never saw the appeal. Until, that is, the conservatory rescues a creature with the lower body of a fish and the upper body of the most gorgeous guy he's ever seen. That, he was interested in.
  • Pairings: Kurusu Akira/Sakamoto Ryuji
  • Comments: A really sweet fanfiction with a fun premise. It really sold me on Akiryu and was the first fanfic that got me invested in the fandom as a whole.

The Thief of Light, The Maid of Shadows by Lonely_Support

  • Recommended by: Somebodylost
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Sadayo Kawakami wanted nothing to do with Akira Kurusu, her new transfer student. He was a problem child with a criminal record and she simply wished he was taken out of her hands. She had no idea how much her life would change after an accidental encounter with him during her night job, or how important a person he would become in her life, just like she would his.
  • Pairings: Kurusu Akira/Kawakami Sadayo
  • Comments: This fic captured everything why this troper loved Sadayo beyond the maid and teacher fetish that most of the fandom look down on. The fic shines during times when the author puts unexpected spins in Sadayo's confidant route, exploring character interactions of both Sadayo and Akira that the game and anime wouldn't/couldn't do. In fact, once you compare this to the route in canon, you'll be sad that the fic isn't canon.

What Excuses We Make

  • Recommended by: Definitely Not Sly Cooper
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Follow my lead?" "We'll see." After a tragic event, Diet Representative Kurusu approaches Police Captain Niijima for a favor. But with this new reunion, will old feelings surface? Set nearly 10 years post-canon.
  • Pairing(s): Akira/Makoto
  • Tags: Romance/Mystery
  • Riview:
    • Definitley Not Sly Cooper: A really good 9 Chapter story, nothing epic, but certainly long enough to fill your literary craving. With the conflict serving more as a catalyst then a driving force, this story serves as a nice romance that focuses on the trials of our All-Grown-Up heroes handling the trials of dating in the adult world. While still hanging onto the fun of a standard murder mystery. Highly recommended for any Ma Kira(Makoto x Akira) fans.

    Crossovers 
Paradise Lost by Abel-Sephaos
  • Recommended by Truly Human
  • Crossover with RWBY
  • Status Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Waking up alone in a world that didn't know his name or past, Akira Kurusu didn't want to keep going after his steep fall from grace. Forgotten, defeated and without either comrades or confidants, the former Joker must come to grips with his failures while establishing himself once more. Getting drawn into the supernatural again, though? Count him out, he has a business to run.

Remnant's Phantom Thieves by PhoenixChampion

  • Recommended by Tropemania
  • Crossover with: RWBY
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Synopsis: Huntsmen and Huntresses are trained to protect humans and faunus and abide by the law to do so. The Phantom Thieves, on the other hand, steal away the corrupt desires of the crooked folks that are avoiding justice one way or another. Both are on the side of good, though on opposite sides of the law, and of course both sides get results.

The Spider's Thread by FourthDistraction

  • Recommended by mrthischarmingman2, Dirtyblue929, Taxima, Hayden_Jay, solfieri
  • Crossover with: Persona 4
  • Status: Hiatus.
  • Synopsis: One year after saving humanity from the Holy Grail, strange occurrences bring Akira Kurusu back to Tokyo during summer break. At the same time, a curious case prompts brand-new police officer Yu Narukami to reassemble the Investigation Team. They might all be Persona-users, but can a ragtag group of investigators find common ground with the infamous Phantom Thieves of Hearts?
  • Pairings: Yu/Rise, Kanji/Naoto, Ann/Akira, Ryuji/Makoto and Yusuke/Futaba.
  • Comments: A very well written piece that feels like a genuine continuation of both Persona games. The author takes their time with letting the story progress, letting it flow naturally instead of jumping straight into the main action. The story is also written so that readers can become engrossed in the story even if they aren't familiar with the Persona 4 spinoff games, making it a story that any Persona fan can enjoy. — mrthischarmingman2
    • Solid recommendation. Pacing, characterization, and flow of events is pitch-perfect; it feels like the story I'd expect from an official spinoff like Arena. — Dirtyblue929
    • It really is fantastic. For those that prefer Archive of Our Own it can be found there here
    • It's gone a few months without an update...strange. - hanwen1234

Vanishing Act by Shocker

  • Recommended by: nitewind
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Synopsis: Shizuka Joestar, Achtung Baby, is alone in the world after the death of her parents. Aimless, and seeking to get away from her father's business rivals, she moves back to Japan and quickly becomes wrapped up in a bizarre adventure of her own. Has a trope page.
  • Comments: A great fic combing both Persona 5 and Jojo.

Fall With the Petals, by Boyd the Reaver

  • Recommended by: Leliel (Note, added as a co-author after this recommendation as source material expert)
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Persona 4
  • Synopsis: After being wrongly convicted of a crime she didn't commit, the elegant heiress of the Amagi Inn finds herself staying with her parent's friend for one year. That's the most normal it's ever going to get though, especially when factoring in the demons, gods and talking cats.
  • Pairings: Yukiko/Chie is the main one, but Ann/Shiho is also featured. Also promises Haru/Makoto and Yusuke/Futaba when they show up.
  • Comments: An elegant Fusion Fic which really thinks through the question of what would happen if the Wild Card was a Classy Cat-Burglar version of the Ditzy Genius heiress who was forced to go to Shujin before her Character Development in her proper game. Everyone so far is in character, and quite funny. Trigger warning, though: the author dispenses with the implication part of Kamoshida's crimes, and in fact he is even more amoral given how both protagonists are teenage girls and thus objects of his poisonous attentions.

Definition of Found Family, by haweking_eta

  • Recommended by: Hayden_Jay
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Persona 2
  • Synopsis: [Canon Divergence/AU where Tatsuya and Jun are Akira's parents and more involved in his life during his probation]
  • Pairings: Kurosou Jun/Suou Tatsuya, Kitagawa Yusuke/Kurusu Akira
  • Comments: This series consists of short fics that are 2 chapters long: the main part and an omake. Both Jun and Tatsuya were in places they hoped they could affect things in Akira's problem and were unable to do so. The omake chapters generally focus on their perspective and if the main chapter focuses on them it will be Akira or someone else in his world. I'm looking forward to seeing how having former Persona users as his parents changes things for him once that kicks off.

Fortune Favours The Bold, by ThreadOfFate

  • Recommended by: mrthischarmingman2, solfieri
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Naoto/Sae, Naoto/Rise, Naoto/Rise/Sae, Makoto/Ann, Akira/Yusuke
  • Crossover with: Persona 4
  • Synopsis: Naoto Shirogane, now twenty, is called in to the SIU to help apprehend the Phantom Thieves. Working alongside prosecutor Sae Niijima, Naoto suspects that there's more to the Phantom Thieves than some online popularity and a flashy logo. As the mystery unravels, Naoto's presence threatens the stability of Tokyo's shadowy puppeteers - and certain conspirators are desperate to keep her away from the truth.
  • Comments: A brilliant fic that feels like what would happen in the scenario of Naoto being in Persona 5. While I'm not really into same sex pairings, the author makes them feel natural and genuine. Solid recommendation.

Knight of the Renegades, byKnightblazer

  • Recommended By: TVTRPS
  • Status: Dormant (last updated November 2017)
  • Crossover With: Sherlock
  • Synopsis: Three months after the death of the fraudulent detective Sherlock Holmes, London finds itself busy with a new string of incidents committed by what is a quickly growing urban legend: the vigilante group only known as the Renegades. Their crime: stealing the hearts of criminals and making them confess their guilt. Nobody knows who they are or what their methods are, but one thing is for certain: the Yard is definitely over their heads over this one.
  • Comments: This is a brilliant series that deserves much more attention that it has currently. Lestrade makes for a brilliant leader of the Renegades(This AU's version of the Phantom Thieves) and the dynamic is completely different surrounding the members of the team who aside from one character from the Canon Phantom Thieves are all completely made up of Sherlock characters...I look forward to seeing where the rest of this series can take me...

Your [True] Name, byShirou_San

  • Recommended By: kaleidoscope89
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover With: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa), Persona 4
  • Synopsis: Mitsuha Miyamizu is a normal girl living a sedentary life in the country. Taki Tachibana is a normal boy living within the bustling sprawl of Tokyo. Mitsuha wishes for a life beyond her home town within the city, while Taki is just looking for the attention of his senpai at work. When these two cross paths in the most unexpected way, hijinks ensue! Although weirdly: Mitsuha's town of Inaba becomes the center of a spree of murders and kidnappings while Taki's school becomes the center of a girl's attempted suicide and the creation of a bizarre vigilante group. These things will most likely not interact. Most likely.
  • Comments: A merging of the two Persona series through the lens of the main characters of Kimi no Na wa. Taki and Mitsuha serve as side-character POV's with their respective Persona cast while they also go through their own body-switching issue. Taki and Mitsuha are also affected by the Persona storylines and it's no surprise they gain their own persona and join their respective groups.

Thieves Can Be Heroes! by Mugiwara N0 Luffy Spacebattles Link

  • Recommended by Space Cowboy
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover: My Hero Academia
  • Synopsis: Izuku Midoriya thought he was down on his luck the day that he was convicted of a crime for trying to save someone. As if being Quirkless wasn't enough, how was he supposed to become a hero with a criminal record? As it turns out, fate had another plan for him.
  • Comments: A great meshing of both series that doesn't shy away from Izuku's depression over being punished by an unjust society for doing the right thing, or the very real injustices that can still occur within a world full of heroes. This is a story for fans of both the series as well as the characters involved.
  • Now with a Tropes Page.

Persona Vein by Ford1114

  • Recommended by tikum31
  • Crossover With: Code Vein, Nioh, Kakegurui
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: Crossover of Persona 5 and the forthcoming Code Vein, with elements of Nioh and Kakegurui. A Revenant is thrown to the present timeline by an unknown force. Within his existence; this causes the resurgence of the Phantom Thieves, Yokai and Japanese folklore, the monsters from the Revenant's world, and two young women involved in an enthralling mystery.
  • Pairings: Togo Hifumi/Code Vein Protagonist, Amamiya Ren/Takamaki Ann, Niijima Makoto/Okumura Haru
  • Comments: This story is promising in telling a six OVA-like chapters akin to Digimon Adventure tri. alongside promoting Code Vein's release, making it the first fanfic based on the video game to date. Besides showing the Phantom Thieves' involvement as young adults in returning to vigilante form, Hifumi Togo is involved in having a destined meeting with the Revenant himself. Originally, the author would have planned the later chapters (Act 4 - Final) to be uploaded after Code Vein's initial release (September 2018), but since the game is pushed back to 2019, he has completed the story and still bring forth surprises to the table. A sequel of this is written by a friend of the author, with the author involved as well.
  • Has a trope page. Trope page of the series in general.

Urban Legends by Kanius

  • Recommended by Ford1114
  • Crossover With: Code Vein, Nioh, Kakegurui
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Synopsis: The sequel of Persona Vein. "It's coming. It's here." Said the female Revenant. A man with no memories and a Shogi woman meet again. Thieves and Revenants cross paths. Fates intertwine when dark entities manipulate and tweak the timeline. Mysteries of the dark entities will be unraveled.
  • Pairings: Togo Hifumi/Code Vein Protagonist, Amamiya Ren/Takamaki Ann, Niijima Makoto/Okumura Haru/Louis
  • Comments: The sequel of its first story is going to bring a lot of potential in expanding concepts besides promoting Code Vein's release. With an improve writing style, it grows to feel like writing a novel with character interactions and feel like being in Japan to readers.
  • Has a trope page. Trope page of the series in general.

Heart's Oath by Heaven's Chocolate

  • Recommended by Beta Halo
  • Status: Discontinued
  • Crossover: Fate/stay night
  • Synopsis: Shirou Emiya is expelled from Homurahara Academy after defending Illya, unaware of his actions being puppeteer by the man he trusted the most. Set to walk on a path of ruin, he tries to fight against the oppressive chains placed on him and for the change he seeks in a rigged game where not even the Trickster can overcome.
  • Comments: This story has one of the most badass Shirou amalgamation of all fics I've ever seen. Think Oath Under Snow Shirou, mixed with pure unadulterated UBW determinator and a sprinkle of Prisma Illya innocence quickly burned away under the weight of GAR. Getting involved with the Metaverse quickly turns the most humane Shirou into one hell of a fighter. It helps that he get emotionally invested in a side character in a way that Sakura would kill for. Rebellious!Shirou has been GAR Certificated. Also, Kerry goes more along the lines of his Oath Under Snow version even if this should be the Prisma Timeline...

Joker's Bizarre Adventure by VenomSpider33

  • Recommended by Spence 95
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Crossover: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Synopsis: P5/Part 6 AU. Jolyne Cujoh has found herself in the grasp of a twisted game. Together with her new friends, she must work with them in order to overcome this dark game. Her bizarre adventure is just beginning. Edited by Ghost Fire 6
  • Comments: This story takes Jolyne Cujoh, the Deconstruction of a Joestar personality and makes her Joker of Persona 5. It has a good start and justifies her staying with Sakura-San by having him be an old schoolmate of Jotaro's. And it goes from there.

Ace in the Hole by Infinity_Fool

  • Recommended by Leliel, Mattman The Comet
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Crossover: Persona 3
  • Pairings: Focuses on Ken/Makoto and Ren/Ann, but there's also Minato/Yukari, Minako/Akihiko, Shinjiro/Fuuka, Junpei/Chidori, Yu/Rise, and Kanji/Naoto in the background.
  • Synopsis: Masayoshi Shido has barred the Shadow Operatives from action for two years, since the death of Wakaba Isshiki. But when the Phantom Thieves appear, Mitsuru decides that they can't keep just watching from the sidelines. Luckily, there is a certain former member Shido doesn't seem to be aware of: Ken Amada. But when Ken meets the Phantom Thieves in person, he can't help but agree with their goals. He can't help but befriend them. Maybe it only had been a matter of time before he actually joined them.
  • Comments:
    • Leliel: A fun crossover wherein the now senior highschooler Ken shows up around the time of the Kaneshiro heist as a Reverse Mole for SEES, bringing in his far more experienced perspective into things. The fic also shows the much Older and Wiser Shadow Operatives after having lived through Persona 3 and the Arena games, and features the FeMC as Minato's still-living sister, Minako, as a supporting protagonist.
    • Mattman The Comet: I've been following this fic since day one, and I don't regret it for a second. Infinity_Fool has crafted a story that uses the added gout of the earlier Persona teams to further explore the Phantom Thieves and their interpersonal dynamics. Expect to say to yourself "Wow, why didn't the game do that?" several times during your read, regardless of any of the added characters.
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