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The Persona Meme-verse is a series of videos based on the three most recent Shin Megami Tensei: Persona games, created by YouTuber Jamezietocool. The plot centers around a mix of characters from all three games as they go about their day-to-day lives. Occasionally, they must fight against the forces of Atlus, who seek to bring various characters back under their control through any means necessary, among other things.


That description doesn't really do the series justice, though. What it actually is is a Stylistic Suck Widget Series fueled by memes, flanderizations of the characters, and the weirdest take on the power of Personas yet, loosely connected by the above-mentioned plot. Hilarity, action, and (rarely) drama ensue.

Season 1 can be found here.

The Persona Meme-verse contains examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Despite being a key member of Team Atlus in earlier episodes, Naoto fails to appear in "Tatsuya Saves Everyone".
  • Adaptational Curves: Yu wasn't nearly this buff in the original game.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Personas as depicted here are Super Modes which allow the user to increase their power by transforming into objects normally based on well-known Persona memes.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Naoto, Makoto Yuki, and Yu are part of the group sent to capture FEMC, alongside canon villains Akechi and Adachi.
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  • Aerith and Bob: Among the normal Japanese names the rest of the cast has, there's also FEMC, Aigis, and HaremF**ker249.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: How Koromaru and Tatsuya get into the warehouse Team Atlus is based in.
  • All Just a Dream: "Persona Shipping" ends with this reveal.
    • "Atlus Makes a DREAM Game" is one, as Mr. Atlus reminds Joker to the point of annoyance.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Joker's second question upon seeing Morgana in human form is to ask why he's suddenly so hot.
  • Anachronic Order: "Persona 5 the Royal in a nutshell" and "Scrambled Screen Time" take place right after "Haru and the Lost Screen Time" and during "FEMC becomes canon," despite being posted after many videos that take place after them.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: "Haru gets her screen time" begins with the narrator claiming you're watching the Persona Wildlife channel.
  • Animation Bump: The episode "Tatsuya Saves Everyone" experiences one, with the animations becoming much more fluid (though still relying on clip art).
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  • Arc Number: 249, for whatever reason.spoilers 
  • Arc Words: Forgetting and remembering (and variants thereof) are brought up throughout the series.
  • Ax-Crazy: Haru, who burns down Atlus when they don't recognize her or give her more screen time and chases after people with an actual ax later. (She's also responsible for two of the series' Character Deaths.)
    • Futaba seems a bit too excited at the prospect of murdering multiple Jokers...
    Morgana, go get Sojiro’s chainsaw!
  • Badass Normal: Haru and Mishima both possess decent fighting skills despite seemingly not having Meme Forms. The latter is notable as he was a non-combatant in the source material.
  • Berserk Button: Don't tell Akechi to stop saying "pancakes".
    • Don’t break curfew, or Morgana will find you and will send you to bed by force.
  • Big Bad: Atlus. More specifically, Yu Narukami, as they're directly commanding Team Atlus.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Koromaru and Tatsuya take down Akechi right before he shoots Makoto Niijima.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: "Dumb dumb" is used as an insult very often in the seriesnote .
  • Big "WHAT?!": "Nani?"
  • Black Speech: Used in the first episode when the director is referring to the Persona 5 anime and Goro Akechi.
  • Bond One-Liner: After defeating Yusuke in his Persona form, Akechi asks Naoto "Did you want that lobster for here or to go?"
  • Book-Ends: "Tatsuya Saves Everyone" begins and ends with Haru getting run over and someone saying "This is going to be a long car ride..."
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: While pointing out that Aigis can just slip through the bars of her cell, Morgana adds that they're all just paper cutouts.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor, poor Haru. Whenever she makes an appearance in an episode, she suffers some sort of misfortune.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Makoto Niijima, who believes in following her boss' orders to the letter and not bothering with civilians, which puts her at odds with Tatsuya.
  • Cain and Abel: Makoto Yuki and FEMC, the former being the Cain and the latter being the Abel.
  • Captain Obvious: After Makoto chews out Tatsuya for wanting to rescue civilians before actually arresting the criminals, Aigis tells him that she and Koromaru think she's mad at her.
  • Car Fu: Aigis runs over Akechi to stop him from attacking Tatsuya, Koromaru, and Makoto Niijima, and later does it again to escape Makoto Yuki.
  • Catchphrase: "Nani?" seems to be one for every character in the series.
    • Akechi has "pancakes" as his.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his first episode, Makoto Yuki seems to show reluctance towards the idea of having to hunt down his sister, FEMC. Later episodes remove this aspect of his personality, making him a more generic bad guy.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In "Futaba Gets A Toaster", Aigis' rapid-fire curry-making skills end up taking down Labrys when nothing else worked.
  • Christmas Episode: "Morgana vs. Christmas", in which Morgana tries to stop Tohru Adachi from stealing presents with the help of Tatsuya Suou.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Tatsuya suffers from this; he refuses to try and arrest the criminals he's after until after every civilian has been pulled out of the crossfire.
  • Clip-Art Animation
  • Cool Bike: Tatsuya can turn into one with his Persona.
  • Damsel in Distress: Aigis, who's been captured by Team Atlus at the beginning of "Tatsuya Saves Everyone".
  • Death by Genre Savviness: In "Haru gets her Screen Time", Shinya shoots down Haru as she's sneaking up on him and proclaims that he won't be the victim of a generic first kill. Seconds later, the not actually dead Haru kills him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In "Persona Ships", Kanji, Yukari, and Ann get into a fight over which of their (sailing) ships is the best. When Joker tries to mediate the situation by telling them that all ships are great, they immediately gang up on him for daring to bring their ships down.
  • Dull Surprise: Since everyone is voiced by a text-to-speech program, everyone reacts to things with this.
  • Elite Mook: Labrys is apparently this for Atlus, being more powerful than any previously-established field agent.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Makoto Yuki seems to genuinely love his sister, and doesn't want her to be forgotten by Atlus.
  • Expendable Clone: No sympathy is given to the multiple Joker clones, as killing them is the only way the characters can get rid of them. HaremF**ker249 is also not above using one of his clones to distract Akechi.
  • Eye Scream: Haru chops Mishima's eyes out with an ax at the end of their fight.
  • Fate Worse than Death: It's implied that being "forgotten" by Atlus is one; it's already happened to the characters from Persona 1 and 2 (though Tatsuya seems to have escaped this fate somehow), and Makoto Yuki doesn't want the same fate to befall FEMC.
  • Flanderization: Several characters undergo this to fit the comedic tone of the series:
    • When she's not busy being a Butt-Monkey, Haru's Ax-Crazy tendencies are ramped up considerably.
    • Akechi only mentioned pancakes once in his home game. Here, "pancakes" is all he says, and his Persona lets him transform into a stack of pancakes. It's also shown that he drives an IHOP van around.
    • Morgana is shown utterly destroying Joker if he doesn't go to bed on time.
    • Akihiko's interest in protein powder is turned into an outright obsession, and is the basis of his Persona.
  • Flat "What": Morgana's response when he learns that Joker and FEMC plan on giving Christmas gifts to all the children in town.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The subtitles are used to translate what Haru (who only speaks in voice clips from her game) and Akechi (who can only say "pancakes") are saying.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Yusuke's Persona lets him turn into a giant lobster.
  • Gilligan Cut: In "Futaba Gets A Toaster", when Sojiro asks her where Joker is, Futaba replies that he's running an errand. Cut to Joker being forced to do a Devil May Cry roleplay with Ryuji.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Atlus' goal seems to be getting every "Wild Card" Persona user under their control. So far they have Makoto Yuki, Goro Akechi, and Yu Narukami.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: It's implied there was one in "'You'll never see it coming' in a nutshell", possibly Atlus.
    • Atlus is also this in "Morgana vs. Christmas", as we learn in the end that Tohru Adachi is on their payroll.
  • The Grinch: Morgana spends most of the Christmas episode as one. Just like the trope namer, he comes around at the end.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Though his status as an orphan isn't mentioned, Ken is clearly meant to fill this role in the Christmas episode.
  • Hope Spot: In the first episode, the head of Atlus finally seems to remember who Haru is, realizing that she appeared in the beginning of Persona Q2...except she was initially absent from that cutscene. And she didn't stick around long enough to see the point when she did make her appearance.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Makoto Yuki is a Wild Card holder who antagonizes fellow Wild Card holders FEMC and Joker. There's also his boss, Yu Narukami.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Mishima, Shiho, and Shinya hunt down Haru like she's an animal, though, for the purposes of that episode, she is one.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Akihiko's response when Makoto Niijima claims she's the only police officer who actually wants to do her job.
  • Kill It with Fire: FEMC did this with her clones in the past.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: After Makoto Niijima tells Tatsuya that they need to start acting like a pro team, Akihiko holds up a bottle of protein and asks "Don't you mean protein?" Makoto immediately tells him to go to Hell.
  • Legacy Character: Joker, in a sense. The first Joker's name is implied to be Ren Amamiya, whereas the second is the one and only HaremF**ker249.
  • The Load: Akechi for Team Atlus, as he's easily distracted, hard to understand, and attacks people at bad times.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: "Haru gets her Screen Time" focuses on Mishima, Shiho, and Shinya as they try to find the rare Haru.
  • Made of Iron: After getting shot off a building by Akechi and landing on Morgana, FEMC's only response is a flat "ouch".
    • Joker survives getting stabbed in the chest with a meme.
  • Mad Scientist: Makoto Yuki shows shades of being this in "Tatsuya Saves Everyone".
  • Me's a Crowd: Joker ends up suffering this as a result of his status as a Hello, [Insert Name Here] protagonist. FEMC reveals that she and Makoto Yuki also suffered it in the past, and the only way they got out of it was by killing all the clones. Ultimately, the others decide to keep HaremF**ker249 and kill the rest, as he was the one who helped them fight Team Atlus.
    • During the climax of "Scrambled Screen Time - Persona 5 Scramble", Haru makes clones of herself appear to fight Joker.
  • Mundane Utility: Aigis uses her abilities as a robot to make curry and coffee quickly.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The majority of the Personas shown in this series are references to memes in the Persona fandom:
      • Yusuke, Akechi, Adachi, and Akihiko transform into a lobster, a stack of pancakes, a head of cabbage, and a bottle of protein powder, respectively, based on how the fandom declared these their Trademark Favorite Foods.
      • Makoto Yuki transforms into a door. The fandom has given him nicknames related to doors as a reference to him becoming the Great Seal in his home game.
      • Joker transforms into a chair, as a reference to the many chair-related nicknames fans have given him.
      • Tatsuya Suou transforms into a motorcycle, as a reference to the infamous "motorcycle noises" negotiation option in Persona 2.
    • When he's about to shoot Makoto Niijima in the head with the super weapon, Akechi word-for-word quotes his dialogue in the bad end of Persona 5, where he kills Joker.
  • Narcissist: Yusuke displays this in his first appearance.
    Yusuke: Ouch. You've hit me right in my fabulous spot.
    Naoto: But he hit you everywhere.
    Yusuke: Exactly.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Akechi shooting FEMC off of a building is ultimately what allows FEMC to escape Team Atlus and seek refuge with Joker and Morgana.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Apparently, every time Sojiro leaves Futaba alone, someone ends up dead, on fire, or (in Haru's case) both.
    • How Team Atlus captured Aigis in "Tatsuya Saves Everyone" is left unexplained.
  • Oh My Gods!: Naoto says "What in the name of Yaldabaoth is that?!?" at one point.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: "Persona 5 the Royal in a nutshell" and "Scrambled Screen Time - Persona 5 Scramble" expand on Haru's rampage from the first episode, and show us how exactly Joker and Morgana ended up in the right place at the right time in order to rescue FEMC.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, since there are Makoto Yuki and Makoto Niijima. FEMC calls Yuki "Makoto #1" in her debut episode.
  • Only Sane Man: Naoto seems to be this for Team Atlus as a whole.
  • Overused Running Gag: The "You'll never see it coming" meme has become so overused In-Universe that Joker, FEMC, and Morgana decide to turn it into a Discredited Meme by force.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Futaba performs this on Aigis to snap her out of her literal Heroic BSoD.
  • Pokémon Speak: Akechi can only say "pancakes" (except when he’s in Persona mode). The subtitles translate what he says.
  • Power Floats: After getting more screen time, Haru starts floating in the air.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Naoto, Akechi, and Makoto Yuki serve as this for Atlus. Adachi serves as a Guest-Star Party Member.
  • Rage Against the Author: Every character that opposes Atlus is doing this.
  • Reality-Breaking Paradox: The result of Haru getting more screen time: the world becomes tinted red, the head of Atlus starts forgetting who everyone is, Kasumi disappears into nothing, dozens of Haru clones appear, and it all ends with The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Reality Ensues: Tatsuya has some difficulty trying to get Aigis out of a cage...until Morgana points out that the bars are wide enough for her to slip through.
  • Serious Business: Memes are serious enough business for people to go to war over them.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Morgana's Persona is just him dressed in a Sonic the Hedgehog costume.
    • The Metal Gear "surprise" noise makes a brief appearance in "'You'll never see it coming' in a nutshell".
    • In "Morgana vs. Christmas", when she’s informed that Santa isn’t real, FEMC lets out the Best Cry Ever.
    • Ryuji apparently does Devil May Cry roleplay.
    • In "Haru gets her Screen Time", we're briefly treated to a Pokémon parody during Haru and Mishima's fight. Battle music from the games also plays during the big fight in "Tatsuya Saves Everyone".
    • Kasumi's death scene in "Scrambled Screen Time - Persona 5 Scramble" involves her fading into nothing and saying "Mr. Atlus? I don't feel so good..."
    • The arsonist Tatsuya failed to apprehend was Pyro.
  • Spanner in the Works: Haru's rampage against Atlus ended up laying the groundwork for FEMC to escape.
  • Stealth Pun: FEMC's Persona is a can(n)on.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Arsene causes numerous explosions while defeating the rampaging Harus.
  • Stylistic Suck: The series is animated using low-quality clip art, and all the characters have their voices provided by text-to-speech programs or voice clips from the games.
  • Super Empowering: Akihiko's Persona let's him do this to others.
  • Super Speed: Morgana's Persona grants him this power.
  • Take That!:
    • A number of jabs are made towards Atlus and the various decisions they’ve made when creating the Persona games (for example, not giving Haru much screen time).
    • When Persona 5: The Animation is mentioned in the first episode, its title is stated in Black Speech.
    • The characters from the first two Persona games were apparently forgotten and abandoned by Atlus, which is treated as a Fate Worse than Death. Tatsuya Suou somehow escaped this fate.
    • In "Joker Finds His Canon Name", Futaba tests a Joker by asking him what her favorite video game is. The Joker guesses Fortnite, and she immediately shoots him in the head.
    • Funko Pop Morgana is one towards the Funko Pop figure line in general, with Futaba outright calling him ugly.
  • Teleport Spam: Adachi's main ability.
  • Tempting Fate: When Makoto Yuki threatens her with an evoker, FEMC tries to point out that he can't actually shoot it...only to get shot down mid-sentence. By Akechi, not Makoto.
    • Joker tells Morgana that one of the upsides of being a cat is that he'll never get into any danger. Cue FEMC landing on Morgana.
    • In "When Joker doesn't go to bed", Ryuji tries to calm Ren's fears by telling him Morgana doesn't even know where he is. Cue Morgana.
    • In The Stinger for "Tatsuya Saves Everyone", Adachi tries to reassure Makoto Yuki that their boss won't do anything to punish them...only for said boss to kill him.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: What will happen if Haru gets more screen time.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The song playing in the police car during "Tatsuya Saves Everyone" is the same song Jamezietocool uses as his outro song.
  • The Stinger: "Scrambled Screen Time - Persona 5 Scramble" has one: Haru teleports into the middle of a road, and is immediately hit by a car. Inside the car are Tatsuya Suou and Makoto Niijima, going over an unknown plan.
    • "Tatsuya Saves Everyone" also has one: Makoto Yuki, Akechi and Adachi's boss comes in, berates the team for their failure, kills Adachi, and reveals himself to be a surprisingly buff Yu Narukami.
  • Translator Buddy: Naoto is the only one who can interpret Akechi's Pokémon Speak, and acts as a translator for others.
    • Only Aigis and Makoto Niijima can understand Koromaru the dog, and they translate him for others.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even after he saves her life, Futaba still wants to shoot Joker, because his name is HaremF**ker249.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: How Personas are portrayed in this series; they allow one to transform into an object, thus increasing their power.
    • Naoto apparently has the ability to shapeshift into Yusuke. The extent of this power is unknown for now.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Kasumi only lasts a total of two episodes before becoming a casualty in Haru's rampage.
  • Wham Episode: "Tatsuya Saves Everyone". The motives of Tatsuya and his team are finally revealed, which ends with them teaming up with Joker and his friends. Meanwhile, Team Atlus' boss — Yu Narukami — is finally stepping in himself.
  • Wham Line: In "Persona 5 the Royal in a nutshell", as Kasumi is trying to get Joker excited about her debut:
    Kasumi: How about this! We gave Haru screen time!
    (crashing noise)
    Joker: What the heck did you just say?
    Kasumi: Uh...Haru has screen time now.
    Joker: (shouts a lengthy Big "NO!" as the screen turns red) You idiot! Did you know what you just did?
  • You Are Grounded: Sojiro grounds Futaba at the end of "Futaba Gets A Toaster".


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