Persona 3 FTW is a webcomic adapting the game Persona 3 written and drawn by J.C. Scott aka Strain42. Every day during its run, one or more comics were posted involving the events of the day in the game.
The comic has been completed (three times), covering the events of The Journey, The Answer, and Persona 3 Portable (which focuses on the Female Protagonist); on April 6, 2011, the comic was declared to be completely finished. The comic enjoys high popularity on The Duck: according to Strain42, more than 4.5 million views have been recorded from the first page to the last. On February 8, 2016, the author began republishing the comic on his new site here.
Persona 3 FTW is the first entry in the Persona For The Win series, which also includes comics based on Persona 4 (Persona 4TW), Persona (Persona Won), and Persona 2 (Persona 2 Win)note . Additionally, Persona 3 FTW and 4TW have a joint sequel in Persona 4TW Add-On, based on Persona 4: Arena, which sees the return of Mitsuru, Akihiko, and Aigis. And Fuuka and Elizabeth too.
Persona 3 FTW provides examples of:
- Alternate Character Interpretation: The comic interprets many characters differently than the game; notably, the MC is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander to the extreme, while the FeMC is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander but quite violent.
- Anticlimax Boss: The Strega battle during the Hanged Man Shadow boss fight just had the group push Takaya and Jin off the bridge.
- The solo-Jin battle consisted of the MC critical hitting Jin, then wiping him out with an all out attack. Word of God confirms this is what happened when he loaded the battle from a save file.
- Aroused by Their Voice: Takaya. The author's quite enraptured by Derek Stephen Prince's voice.Yukari: I know he just locked us in here, which is bad and stuff, but...does anyone else want to have sex with his voice?[Everyone raises their hands.]
- Beware the Nice Ones: The normal portrayal of the FeMC is as a cute, Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but violent girl. Including tearing off the pigtails of a girl who harassed her friend.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: To get nephew to attend rehab Kaz decides to bribe his nephew with candy, drugs, and drugged candy.
- Filler: Not a Filler Strip, but rather on time comics that are filling in for days that the game pretty much just skips over. This can mainly be seen on the internship arc.
- Hypocritical Humor: In FeMC Justice 4, Scott states only Akihiko should say "Ya dumb broad", despite Jin saying it back when he was defeated by the male MC and co.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The majority of The Journey and The Answer have very reference/in joke filled page titles.
- Official Couple: FeMC is openly smitten with Shinjiro from his introduction, spends their entire social link trying to get into his pants, and ultimately shares her last scene with him.
- Running Gag: Every social link has, at some point, a frame involving the main character and the person with whom he is having the social link skipping off into the distance. For some social links this is ill-advised for the person in question (Chariot) and others it really just doesn't work out at all (Tower, Death, Sun, FeMC's Star, FeMC's Moon).
- Aigis' tendency to dry-hump and/or make out with the MC whenever possible.
- Almost ALL of the damage received by the characters in the entire series can be summed up in only one word: "Ow."
- The author repeatingly inserting himself as a cameo'd toy version of himself, or off-handedly mentioning him or his own comic.
- Sanity Slippage: Tanaka (whose rival is a coconut) gets more and more insane as the Devil Social Link progresses.
- Screw Yourself: Well technically they didn't GET that far, but the MC and FeMC making out caused an Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
- The first devil comic is also a reference to Shin Megami Tensei. Tanaka asking for money is treated as a demon recruitment encounter, complete with him telling the MC his arcana.
- The Voiceless: The MCs have absolutely no dialogue apart from invoking their Persona for the first time.