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  • The Abridged Series:
  • Adored by the Network: Along with Persona 4, Persona 3 pretty much established the recent MegaTen fandom. Naturally, Atlus has been very quick to fund all sorts of spinoffs, remakes, rereleases, movies…
  • Creator's Favorite: According to Shigenori Soejima, Mitsuru was the most popular character among the development staff. Meanwhile, Soejima himself admitted that, while he does not have a favorite, he's very fond of Akihiko.
  • Dummied Out:
    • There are at least three cut scenes that were dubbed into English hidden in the sound files of the FES disc. The first is one of Ms. Toriumi discussing your abscene for a week and her concern for your academics, the second is Yukari coming into your room to give you study guides Ms. Toriumi made for you, and the third is one of Junpei teasing the MC and Yukari about "shackin' under the same roof" and hinting at a secret of his own (joining SEES).
    • Among the clips of the MC (and Aigis) calling out their Persona's name, there are ones for each of the other character's Personas - Io, Isis, etc. Even Psyche, despite Metis only being available in The Answer, in which the protagonist is dead. There are also lines where a character calls out all magical elements not working when an enemy resists them, even though in-game every party member can only use, at most, one element (save one party member in The Answer, who has two elements). These clips could just be there to prevent the game from crashing if one hacked in a Persona normally unusable.
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    • There are several analysis quotes from Mitsuru that hint at a different scenario of the rescue Fuuka mission. "Let's continue searching for Fuuka!" and "The specified area is up ahead!". It would seem Mitsuru was originally able to provide full support when you wandered into Tartarus via the gym and you wouldn't get seperated.
    • There are some quotes used for the battle against the Shadow Protagonist in the Answer for characters commenting on him using their first Persona, e.g., Junpei saying "Hey, nobody copies my Hermes!", hinting at a possible reversion to their first Persona in The Answer.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • In fan circles, the officially nameless protagonist has acquired the name "Minato Arisato (有里 湊)," the name given to the character in the manga adaptation. The Gender Flip protagonist in Persona 3 Portable has been lovingly nicknamed "Minako" (an actual Japanese girl's name) by Western fans. She is also known as "Hamuko" (ハム子) by Japanese fans, loosely interpreting the last character of shujinkou (主人公), which means "protagonist," as katakana.
      • The Japanese fandom has also nicknamed the male protagonist Kitaro, a reference to the Peek-a-Banged Gegege No Kitaro.
      • Other nicknames for the Female Protagonist are "MShe" and "FeMC" (presumably pronounced "fem-cee").
      • Recently, the Male Protagonist is being called "Door", "Door-kun" or "Doorisato", as a play on the name Minato Arisato above due to him becoming the great seal at the end of the game.
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    • Before the male Velvet Room assistant's name was released, fans referred to Theodore as Malelizabeth, Manlizabeth, and Flight Attendant Kanji.
    • Some people like to call Aigis and possibly other Anti-Shadow Weapons "Toaster".
    • Takaya is sometimes referred to as "Revolver Jesus," with the "Jesus" part partly due to his appearance and partly because he starts a Nyx cult near the end of the game, some time after his apparent death.
  • God Never Said That: Some fans spread the notions that Evokers were given the shape of guns in order to entice Akihiko (false: the Evokers existed long before Mitsuru even approached him) and that they "shoot Nyx's feathers" (false: the Nyx Avatar didn't even exist when the Kirijo Lab accident happened, and Evokers have always been meant to simulate real guns.)
    • That said, Evokers do each contain a Plume of Dusk, but rather than shooting it, it helps assist in the summoning. Nyx has also been around for a long time. See more here, here, and here. Note none of this so far has been retconned, as the Kirijo group's study of the Plume of Dusk is the basis for Labrys' story.
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  • Market-Based Title: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES & Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable outside of Japan.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: When most of the Persona series soundtrack was added to online music streaming services in January 2021, "Burn My Dread -Last Battle-" was accidentally misspelled as "Burn My Bread", a popular Memetic Mutation in the fandom. Lotus Juice himself made light of the situation on Twitter.
  • Name's the Same:
    • In Japan, the male protagonist's anime name (Makoto Yuuki) is phonetically the same as the Japanese name of Jacques Portsman from Ace Attorney Investigations.
    • Akihiko's sister, Miki, shares her name with Baofu's lover and partner. An interesting fact is that both of them died, albeit in different ways, and their deaths serve as the source of motivation for both men to fight. Heck, another interesting parallel is how each man reacts to their deaths in regards to their Personas: whereas Akihiko embraces Polydeuces/Caesar and wishes to use it to protect others, something he felt that he couldn't do when his sister died, Baofu hates his own to a degree, since Odysseus indirectly caused his lover's death.
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  • No Dub for You: The movies. The stateside releases are imports with English subs included.
  • No Export for You: Persona 3 Portable had been an example of this in Europe until April 2011. Aigis: The First Mission and Persona 3 Social, on the other hand, have only seen Japanese releases.
  • Real-Life Relative: The English voice actors of the male protagonist/Pharos/Ryoji and Mitsuru Kirijo/Elizabeth are husband and wife in real life. Ditto for the English voice actors of Theodore and the female protagonist.
  • The Red Stapler: The distinct clip-on style headphones and sports mp3 player used by both versions of the protagonist are real, they are the Audio Technica ATH-EM7 and Sony Walkman NW-S205F models respectively. Audio Technica would even go on to release a special version of that headphone model with a "P3" logo emblazoned on the sides. Unfortunately at this point in time however, both of these items have long since been phased out of production and fans looking to get their hands on the real deal will have to fork up a lot of money for the look.
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  • Talking to Himself:
    • In both the Japanese and English version, the Male Protagonist shares a voice with Pharos and Ryoji with good reason. This is averted in the game due to the male protagonist's Silent Protagonist nature, but played straight in the films. Though it does lead to an amusing running gag where Ryoji finishes Makoto's sentences, always in a tone that doesn't even match Makoto's.
    • To a lesser extent, Grant George voices a member of SEES and Strega. (Shinjiro and Jin respectively).
    • Subverted in the Japanese version in regards to Elizabeth and Chidori, as they never speak to one another.
  • Uncredited Role: Fuuka's English voice actor is unknown to this day. Wendee Lee takes over her role in subsequent installments. Same with Ken, Cindy Robinson takes over the role starting with Persona Q.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • As far as the game's development itself, it seems that, in addition to battles taking place on-screen instead of changing (like a Random Encounter), Persona-users would use tarot cards for summoning, which is more or less what goes on in both the earlier games and in Persona 4. The evokers were made to better evoke the theme of death that the game is built on.
    • Apparently, the creators had always intended to let the player pick the Protagonist's gender; for the original release, it could not be implemented in time.
    • Most of the characters' personalities remained consistent throughout development, but with some drastic design changes: Fuuka's early designs had her more resembling Chihiro Fushimi (a Social Link), a lot of Mitsuru's early concept art featured her with short hair, and one of the dog breeds that Koromaru was considered as was a dalmatian. Ironically, one early concept of Akihiko penned him as an outright obnoxious ladies' man, whereas he's the complete opposite in the final product. Aigis also went through a lot of design changes, on top of the fact that a sizable portion of the staff were reluctant to put a robot of her caliber in the game in the first place.
    • Junpei was going to be a romance option for the female protagonist in Portable. One can actually hack the game to see a video of him being the one to find her and hold her at the ending of a New Game+ (link here.) There was also the intention of making Yukari the straight up canon Love Interest for the male protagonist, which was phased out when Social Links were put in the game.
    • Ken was originally planned to use thrown projectiles (darts in this case) as his Weapon of Choice, like Yukino, Jun, and Baofu before him, instead of the spear he would end up using.
    • The game taking place over the course of three school years was an early consideration before being cut down to a single year.
    • A funeral scene for the protagonist was considered, with more attendees depending on how far Social Links were progressed over the course of the game.
  • Word of God:
    • In the first episode of the Persona Stalker Club web show, it's revealed that Shinjiro wears winter clothes in the summer because the Suppressants he takes to control his Persona have not been kind to his internal body regulation.
    • In the second episode, it's revealed that Takeharu wears an eyepatch because the one eye was taken out by Shadows when he led an investigation into Tartarus.
    • Word of God states the butterflies are Philemon, who is still around in 3, just taking more of an observer role.