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The Journey

  • For those who played Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne every time you cast Best Friends feels like this: Forneus is first boss you MUST defeat to get out of the starting area. In second area there will always be Decarabia waiting for him and there is no way for you to tell her that he is dead.
  • When Mitsuru first calls Yukari by her given name, especially given the naming formality of Japanese society.
    • Gets even sweeter when she does the same to Makoto/Minako if the Empress Social Link progresses far enough. Slightly lessened as she does so only in private as she finds it embarrassing, but still, this shows how much she trusts you!
  • On September 23rd, ask Shinjiro to the movies. It's a heroic animal marathon. And if you've been paying attention so far, you'll know he loves animals. At the end, he starts to cry, and runs away.
  • Any of the Persona Evolution scenes. Each one involves the cast finding a new resolve within themselves to stop the dark hour.
    • Especially poignant is Aigis's scene, where everyone is encouraging her that she can change by telling her what they learned through their own Character Development. It showcases how much the cast has grown over the past year.
  • Chidori's Heroic Sacrifice to revive Junpei after Takaya fatally wounds him. And, exclusive to FES, her revival. Unfortunately, The Answer renders the latter non-canon, but hey.
    • The moment when you first check Junpei's skill list afterwards and realize he now has Chidori's Spring of Life ability is both this and a Tear Jerker at the same time. Always together indeed.
    • A bit later, the gang retrieves Chidori's sketchbook and gives it to Junpei. When asked to see what she drew, Junpei (who himself doesn't know) simply repeats Chidori's claim that nobody would understand. Of course, when Junpei opens the book, it's filled with portraits of him.
    • Upon finding out that Junpei's love had come to life, an eavesdropping Yukari and Fuuka begin bawling Tears of Joy, and even Mitsuru is clearly elated. They are as happy about this as they would be if their own deceased loved one had come back to life.
  • It's a bit of a stretch, but the decision to not kill Ryoji should count. Up to this point, the protagonist's actions had mostly stemmed from doing what people ask. (Signing the contract, joining SEES, becoming field leader, Elizabeth's requests, etc.) But come New Year's Eve, s/he's alone with Ryoji. No one else is around, so if the protagonist decides to go against SEES' wishes and kill Ryoji, no one can stop him/her. It's the first time s/he can make his/her own decision without someone else's influence. The fact that s/he doesn't kill Ryoji anyway, proves without a doubt that s/he is a true friend, and worthy of being leader.
    • On a similar note, should the prior decision be made, Ryoji takes the time to say his farewells to the rest of SEES before he ultimately departs; the last remember he says his farewells to is Aigis, to whom he sincerely apologizes for all the pain and suffering he put her through. In turn, Aigis says she will never forget how "[Ryoji] was [her] enemy...and [her] friend".
  • A simple moment, on first day of school in the new year, January 8th. Junpei calls you over to ask if he can talk with you, seeing as the two of you haven't gotten a chance to really talk and hang out together. Junpei talks about a few of the different things happening lately, such as the development of the doomsday cults, two members of Strega still being alive, and the resolution to stop Nyx. But he also talks about how much he's come to depend on you, how he's glad to have met you, and even commenting on your SEES girlfriend, if you have one. At the end of the conversation, he asks if you'll still be friends after this is all over. It's not hard to tell him yes, and in spite of Junpei butting heads on occasion, it just goes to show how much he's changed, and that he's your bro no matter what.
    • There's also something sweet about the fact that this scene is nearly identical for the female protagonist. It's so cool that you have one male social link that isn't a love interest - just a totally awesome friendship. At another point, when Junpei asks if you're friends, one of the available options is "More like best friends!".
  • Another small but somehow heartwarming thing: All through the month of January, while Takaya's cult is gaining followers left and right and it seems like everyone you talk to is either buying into it or giving in to despair, every teacher at Gekkoukan speaks up against the cult and its doomsaying during their class lectures.
  • Two days before the final battle, Koromaru will ask you to go out with everyone. You are then treated to a scene with everyone playing together at the shrine playground. Yukari and Mitsuru discussing clothes shopping, Junpei and Fuuka horsing around, Ken and Akihiko playing on the slide and Aigis teaching Koromaru a handshake. It's potentially a last moment together with the team and they're all enjoying it.
  • Easy to miss with everything that is going on during the Dark Hour on 1/31 but in the middle of the chaos who else would show up but Natsuki! Despite clearly being frightened out of her mind, she cheers Fuuka on. Not bad for a former bully with no idea what's going on and no way to defend herself.
    Natsuki: "I'm the one who said we'll always be connected...That's how I know you're still hanging in there, Fuuka. I'm scared as hell right now...but I won't give up! Right, Fuuka!?
  • The scene in the Velvet Room after you defeat the Nyx Avatar, where Igor helps you hear the voices of every social link you've maxed out. Just hearing everyone you've spent so long getting to know and help grow as individuals thinking of you in spite of the apocalypse happening around them, and how you've helped them in life. Even Akinari offers his encouragement from the afterlife.
  • Another comes at the end of the game during the final boss. Standing before Nyx, alone and taking 9999 damage from each attack, the MC begins to hear the voices of their team mates. This empowers the MC to survive the attacks, then begin resisting them, dodging them, and finally blocking them completely.
    • Junpei's stands out, especially give how he started as a Heroic Wannabe but has since matured and become a true friend to the protagonist.
      Junpei: "No! He/she's not alone! I won't let him/her die!
    • The final voice the MC hears? Shinji.
      Shinjiro: All right. Let's do this.
  • The end. You're made to think that your entire team has forgotten about their adventures together after defeating Nyx when suddenly, during Mitsuru's speech on Graduation Day, the promise that you all made together brings it back. Mitsuru stumbles in a speech for the first time in her life, Akihiko pulls Yukari and Junpei out of their seats towards the stage, and (after recovering from her slip-up) Mitsuru - who'd previously been the emotionless, precise bookworm - jumped off the stage IN FREAKING SLO-MO and greeted them all, practically crying.
    • And even more heartwarming, is Aigis' tear as the hero finally leaves his body behind (dies) as the rest of the group is running up the stairs to the roof. "The Path is Open" will forever bring tears.
    • If you visit the fortuneteller at Club Escapade during the Playable Epilogue, she will tell you that you have infinite possibilities, and that there is nothing you cannot do, nothing out of your reach. It's a wonderful feel-good message, after all that has happened... then you realize what is about to happen to you, and... yes, "The Path Is Open" just becomes beautifully liberating, and poignant.
  • While definitely a tearjerker as well, the credits theme, "Kimi no Kioku", is also happy in a bittersweet way, discussing the joy the protagonist gave to his friends and that, even in death, they will never forget him. The final line of the refrain, translated:
    "Even if I lose you, I will find you, I will never leave you."

The Answer

  • Metis really does seem to care for her sister, Aigis. Though likely subverted when it turns out she's actually just the human part of Aigis's personality.
  • At the end of The Answer, S.E.E.S. decides to respect the Protagonist's decision to become the Great Seal and to live their lives the fullest. Upon returning, Mitsuru opted not to disband S.E.E.S. like she wanted to earlier (though they eventually formed the Shadow Operatives a few years later) and Aigis, after accepting Metis as her "other self", decides to return to school with her friends. In fact, everyone had return to their usual self before the Protagonist death. Even after his death, the Protagonist continue to provide hope for his friends. He really is a Messiah.

The Manga

  • At the end of Volume 5 of the manga, Ken finally comes to terms with his mother's death, realizing that Shinjiro had killed her Shadow in order to protect Ken, something he couldn't initially accept because it was easier to blame someone else for it. He then notes that life is hard, but vows to keep living for the sake of his mother and Shinjiro, who'd protected him, causing his Persona to transfigure into Kala-Nemi in the process. He then returns to the S.E.E.S. dorm, which he says is full of weird but good people, and wonders how to best greet them once he's back, finally coming to a simple and touching answer.
    "I'm home."
  • Toward the end of the manga, Minato cooks for the other residents of the dorm, saying that he learned from Shinjiro. Some time later, Ken finds a cookbook that Shinjiro marked up, including notes for Ken and Akihiko's favorite foods.
  • The ending of the manga. Minato and Aigis have their conversation on the roof of the school as the other members of S.E.E.S. remember their promise and rush to the meeting point. They open the door... and Minato gets up to greet them, with a smile on his face.

Social Links

  • What causes Mitsuru to draw the line and give her Jerkass fiancé a well-deserved "Reason You Suck" Speech? He insulted you and she steps in to defend her lover/close friend's honour! Thanks, Senpai!
  • The hug between the MC and Yukari.
  • For anyone who played through Persona 3 already, playing the Portable remake as the female protagonist is nostalgic, but lightening in the fact she has Social Links with all of SEES and becomes much closer as a result. One that stands out though is the Moon Arcana Shinjiro Aragaki's Social Link. Through their interactions together, the heroine learns that Shinjiro is actually not that much of a jerk and more of a Type B tsundere, only to easily and often be irritated by Akihiko. He does care for everybody in SEES, but knows that being close to them would result in pain for them that he'd be more than happy to prevent by acting like a jerk. In later ranks, he hints that his days are numbered, but wants the heroine to accept what happens. in the final rank, he tells her that now he has nothing to worry about (SEES) and that he believes in her to lead SEES. It's surprising how much 10 moments with a Guest-Star Party Member can be so touching.
    • Eleven moments if you choose to become lovers. There's something really heartwarming (and even a little funny) seeing the resident badass get flustered when the girl he likes confesses her love and asks to go to his room.
    • On new game plus, if you managed to get Shinjiro as a lover, talking to a girl in your classroom will prompt her to say that Shinjiro woke up from his coma and escaped the hospital (to find YOU, the female main). On the very last day of the game, you can choose him to be at the heroine's side as she fades away to become the seal instead of Aigis. He musters enough strength to embrace the female main, and his final dialogue is very touching.
    Shinjiro: "...I'm glad I met you."
    • Even her reaction to the news of Shinjiro waking up from his coma in the first run is incredibly sweet on its own. You could almost picture the Tears of Joy coming from her when she excitedly asks if what her classmate said about Shinjiro was true, and her own thoughts about him afterwards.
    • All of Shinjiro's links are like this, especially the ones closer to ten. In the 9th one, he basically tells you he'll be dying soon, and he asks you not to cry, as well as to forgive everything else — including Ken, who he knows will want revenge. If you max out Shinjiro's Social Link before October 4, it was stated by Shinji's extra dialogue that the FeMC cried when she saw Shinji blood-soaked on the floor. (Apparently, he was telling her not to.)
    • Although there are a few times when SEES gets to goof off together, the only time everyone is present and having fun is during Shinjiro's Rank 6 Social Link, where he makes dinner for the entire cast. It's simply an adorable scene. He's patiently trying to teach Fuuka to cook while Junpei, Yukari, Aigis and the MC hover around chattering about how excited they are for the food. Akihiko seems over the moon that he finally gets to eat Shinji's cooking. Mitsuru and Ken and even Koromaru join in the fun. Afterwards, the Fe MC has tea with Shinji and Shinji seems calm, satisfied and happy. Of course, all of this is just awful and tearjerking on a second playthrough. It is the only time the entire cast is together, because Shinji will be dead by the beginning of October if you don't complete his social link, and even then he is put under critical condition with his survival odds slim. And that's not getting into the Female MC's sacrifice...
  • Also from the female's path in Portable, the end of Ryoji's Social Link.
    "If I could stay like this I'd probably...stay with you forever."
  • Speaking of the female protagonist's route, having her become Akihiko's girlfriend in time for Christmas provides a lovely little scene in which the two of them spend Christmas Eve together. Akihiko presents her with the gift of a music box, and promises he'll give her something new to put in it every year... a deeply touching statement considering that they've spent all December contemplating the coming of the Big Bad and the unpreventable end of the world, and that at this point they have no guarantees that any of them will live to see spring.
    • Also, the music box Akihiko gives her? You can use it in battle. It heals 50 SP and has infinite uses. It quite literally lifts the spirits of anyone who hears it.
    • Getting Akihiko to be the female protagonist's lover, if you triggered the right event flags. It's the joy you hear in his voice when you say yes.
    • Liam O'Brien was knocking it out of the park for the whole social link. All of Akihiko's flustered blushing and stammering is perfect and sweet and sincere. But nothing beats the NG+ plus ending. The mix of emotions in his voice is incredible.
      Akihiko: I remember now. Everything that happened, the fighting, Tartarus, all of it...and how I fell in love with you. I'm sorry I forgot it all.
  • Ken. After the October incident, what he's living for (outside of finishing what he started) is for your approval/love. His romantic route, while it may be squicky for some, has some genuinely sweet moments. In fact, he says "I love you," multiple times (Rank 10, Christmas Date and March scene), promises to take her on trips when he's old enough (and that's on the Christmas date which is heartwarming for similar reasons as Akihiko's above) and on a more sad note is the only one that seems to notice that the protagonist performed a Heroic Sacrifice and asks not to leave.
  • Akinari's Social Link focuses on him dealing with his incurable genetic disease. Admist his despair, he picks up the resolve to write a story, and in the process, finds a bit of optimism in his last few days. Seeing him smile really shows how much it means to him.
    • At the end of the game you get to meet Akinari's mother on the same bench Akinari sat on what would have been his 20th birthday. It's both a tearjerker, yet heartwarming. "Only 19 wasn't long enough. He was almost an adult, but he never made it. Every day, I wondered if he'd wake up the next morning...I blamed myself for what he inherited..." Yet at the end of his life, Akinari, smiling, tells his mother he was glad to have been given life and being her son. And his mother found joy in his life too. Even though she's lonely, her son inspired her to keep on going, looking straight ahead. The most heartwarming part is her promise to do everything her son couldn't do, and tell him everything when they meet again on the other side. And you tell her he finished his story, her only regret being he never finished it. She decides to wait for him to tell it to her himself, having something else to look forward to. She leaves with some advice that everyone can relate to: "Take good care of the ones dearest to you. If you wait until their time has come, and you're clinging to their cold bodies....then it's too late."
    • Adding a slightly Tear Jerker (but still heartwarming) side to it is the fact that, s/he did.
    • In Persona 4 Golden, it is revealed that Akinari's story was published and is even read in schools. In the end, he got to make an impact on peoples' lives even though his was short. His dying wish really did come true.
  • The female route, Junpei's social link at rank 9. He finally finds your stalker and got into a fight to get the perpetrator to stop taking pictures of you. After explaining this, Junpei goes on to also say that he feels like he's become a better person after knowing you, and realizes that people aren't perfect, everyone has a little bad and a little good in them. He then explains his actual reason behind tracking down whoever was passing around pictures of you: "I guess in the end, I wanted you to trust me. Like, if someone like you could trust me, then I might be worth something..."
  • Mitsuru's social link is quite adorable. Especially if you're playing as the female.
    (while getting ready to watch a horror movie)
    Mitsuru: W-would you mind..if I held your hand?
    • It's also a funny moment, as the female main character is practically shoving the DVD in Mitsuru's face. Mitsuru is... actually rather nervous.
  • As odd as it is to have a Social Link with Koromaru, you can see how much of a good boy Koromaru really is.
    >This must be Koromaru's resolution. Koromaru will follow you for sure... no matter where that might lead. That's how you feel.
  • If a player checks out their social links during the last month, they'll see Shinjiro's name listed in the Nyx Annihilation Team, despite the fact that this was created after his passing. Gone, but not forgotten, indeed. His name is also never removed from the Fool Link either, causing this one to count double.