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"I think you're overestimating how much there is to do around here."
— Yosuke Hanamura.

Persona 4 Abridged is an Abridged Series of Persona 4: The Animation created by Rusl & Friends Productions in 2013.

This work provides examples of:

  • The Abridged Series: An example of one.
  • Adults Are Useless: Considering the only real adults are Dojima, Adachi, and Mr. Morooka, it's no wonder, but a lot of the main characters aren't that helpful either.
  • Affectionate Parody: Like any good Abridged Series.
  • Beat: Right up there with Rapid-Fire Comedy as one of the most important tools of the Persona 4 Abridged trade, especially accompanied by a well-timed swear.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked Trope. Yukiko is a lot meaner than her canonical counterpart.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Yukiko to go with her Alternate Character Interpretation. Her cold bluntness was emphasized in this series, and as the series has progressed, she's become more outwardly bitter.
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  • Black Comedy: Episode 2
    Yosuke: "I wonder where Saki's been. She hasn't texted me in a while. I'll try calling her."
    Cut to her corpse hanging upside down on a telephone pole with the song "Miss New Booty" playing as her ringtone.
    Yu: "She's probably dead."
  • Breather Episode: While the tone never gets as dark as the original show, Episode 5, with its plot involving the school basket ball team and Yosuke and Chie getting into hijinks with Ai, gives the show even more levity than before.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Adachi.
      Dojima: "And the cheese in the fridge had my name on it for a reason!"
      Adachi: "I thought the name of the cheese was 'Dojima!'"
      Dojima: "Shut up, Adachi!"
  • Cassandra Truth: After the credits, Yu tells Dojima and Nanako everything about entering the TV world and rescuing Kanji, but Dojima doesn't pay any attention.
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  • Character Exaggeration: Most characters that weren’t changed entirely are this: Yu's bluntness and sassiness have been amplified, for example, as well as Chie's loudness.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Chie is the spaciest space case, and she just gets goofier and more illogical each episode.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Chie is this all the time. For exmample,
    Shadow Chie: “I represent all the fears and secrets Chie tries so desperately to hide.”
    Chie: “I’m not afraid of bananas!”
  • Continuity Nod: Episode 4's reference to the dungeon exploring aspects of the original video game.
    Yosuke: "Hey, I just found a treasure chest with boots in it!"
  • Couch Gag: The Igor and Margaret scenes could be seen as this, as they’re at the beginning of each episode.
  • Curse Cut Short: Two slight averted examples are used in episode 5
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      Chie: “Son of a-“
      Kou: “Bitchin’!”
    • and here.
      Yu: “What the-“
      Kou: “Fuck, man. This might be my last game.”
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yu, Yukiko, Margaret, and sometimes Nanako all exhibit snarky characteristics, especially Yu, who seems to find fun in being snarky.
  • Death Glare: Ai in episode 5 when Yosuke tries to get Chie to replace her.
  • The Ditz: Basically, anyone who isn't a Deadpan Snarker is a dit, especially Yosuke and Chie, but it looks like Kanji may turn out to be this too.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady:
    • Yosuke considers Kanji this in episode 6.
      Yosuke: “Man, that girl is hot!"
      Yu: Yosuke, they’re both boys."
      Yosuke: Even the blonde?"
  • Dueling Shows: This series started before The Abridgigation Team's series, but they both became the most active of the many abridged series based on Persona 4 and at one point had both reached the same point in the show. However, The Abridgigation Team soon overtook them and is now considered to be the main Persona 4 abridged series. It's unlikely that there is any sense of competition between them, though, as neither have ever acknowledged the other.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first couple episodes didn't really have lip syncing down, and the series shows a sharp jump in quality in almost every episode.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Yu: "She's probably dead. S'probably her now."
    • Yosuke: "Hey new kid, check this out!" (He then crashes into a trash can).
    • Chie: "Ah! The cop followed us in! Run!"
    • Yukiko: "Um, hi."
    • Dojima: "Oh, thanks, pussy police. I'll write myself a ticket right away."
    • Igor: "I think it's... probably The Tower, and, uh, that symbolizes, uh, somethin' about a... Let's move onto The Moon, shall we?" (He then falls asleep).
    • Margaret: "Just humor him. He'll fall asleep in about a minute."
    • Kanji: "I knew this day would come! My mom always said I'd face my half-naked self in a sauna, or maybe that was just you now! But I've been preparing for this for years!"
    • Naoto: I was investigating this... wall here. Not talking yet, but I bet I can crack him.
    • Mr. Morooka: "Alright, shit-stains, we got a new student!"
    • Kou: "W'sup, Brosuke? You know what you need? That's right, bruh! To join the B-ball club!"
  • Evolving Credits: The opening song changes each episode to highlight a new character.
  • Flash Back: Episode 3 starts with a flashback to Chie and Yukiko as children.
  • Foreshadowing: Adachi’s Book of Baseless Accusations mentions not only some of the antagonists of Persona 4, but the antagonist if Persona 3.
  • Funny Background Event: Yosuke's conversation in the background with a concerned father at the end of episode 3.
    Yosuke: "Sorry, sir. We've got to take your kid."
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Yukiko and her relationship with her mom who forced her to work as a small child, yelled at her, and ate her pet bird.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In episode 5 when Yosuke thought Ai was a succubus.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Yosuke is the embodiment of this. He makes weirdly illogical leaps in his head that don't make any sense like when he brought swords to Junes, attacked Teddie indiscriminately, and convinced himself and Chie that Ai was a succubus.
  • Jerkass: Yu, Yukiko, Margaret, and Dojima could be seen as this. The former three have had their lowkey sassiness turned up a level, and Dojima is just always outwardly and obliviously mean to people.
  • Large Ham: The entire cast hams it up consistently, especially Yosuke, Chie, and Teddie.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Episode 3.
    Chie: "Feel the raw power of steak!"
  • Leit Motif: Whenever anyone goes to Junes, the Junes theme plays in the background.
  • Lost Episode: Episode 5 is kind of this. It got deleted from YouTube and is only available through Dropbox.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Episode 6.
    Yosuke: "Now, if you don't mind, I've got a test to study for."
    Yu/Chie/Yukiko: "Shit!"
  • No Indoor Voice: Chie is this. With each subsequent episode, her voice has gotten louder.
  • Non Sequitur: The show has a few of these, like in episode 3's Flash Back.
    Chie: "My favorite Pokémon's charmander! What's yours?" (After an awkward silence).
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Basically the show's crowning achievement. Those who don't understand Persona 4 may be lost, but the consistent hammering of one-liners and jokes, one after another, will at least make sure viewers are entertained, at least in theory. Regardless of the result, the show's humor is entirely based off of this method.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Yu gives a small one to Yosuke and Teddie in episode 2.
    Yu: “Yosuke, if I’ve learned anything at all in Inaba, it’s that there are bricks smarter than you."
  • Rule of Funny: A lot of characters, especially earlier on in the series, before there was much established characterization, would say things because they were funny and not because they made a lot of sense for the characters to say.
  • Pun: Earlier on in the series, there were way too many jokes at Yu's name sounding like "you."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Yu is the straightman to Yosuke's goofy exagerration. Yukiko and Chie have a similar relationship from what has been shown so far.
  • Ship Tease: Very minor ship teasing of Naoto and Kanji in episode 6.
    Naoto: "Can I ask you some questions?"
    Kanji: "You mean like a date?!"
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Teddie is definitely this. He's small, he's screechy, and nobody likes him, the perfect example.
  • The Stinger: Like most Abridged Series, this show has a lot after the credits.
  • Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream was used in episode 1.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Yosuke and Chie. The two of them make an oddly compatible pair.
  • Verbal Tic: Just like in the real series, Teddie makes bear puns, though not as much.


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