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Webcomic / Persona 5 Adult Confidant AU

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"Nothing can stop us now."

A series of comics and character concepts designed by twitter artist ScruffyTurtles, the Adult Confidant AU revolves around the core concept of swapping around the ages of the core cast and adult confidants of Persona 5, and turning the largely passive supporting cast into the protagonists of the story.

Starting out as a couple of concepts of Sojiro and Futaba Sakura with their ages and positions reversed, the concept got a lot of positive attention from the fandom and quickly grew into a more fully realized concept, with Scruffy himself admitting that he plans to make it into a full-fledged webcomic.

Read the whole AU here.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Adaptational Dye Job: Inverted: Ryuji doesn't have dyed hair here, with it remaining his natural black.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • In the game, Madarame and Kunikazu were both despicable enough to form a Palace. Here, this doesn’t appear to be the case, with them both being shown to be concerned about Yusuke and Haru, something they have never shown in canon.
    • In canon, Robin Hood was an alternate Persona used by Goro Akechi, with his true Persona being Loki, and it served as the reflection of his affable public persona as opposed to the vengeance-filled nature that Loki reflects. Here, Robin Hood is the initial Persona of Sojiro Sakura, the main protagonist of the ACAU.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Since he's Shido's father in this story, the Goro Akechi in P5 is now named Goro Shido.
  • Affectionate Parody: Hifumi's entire family runs on hobby manga tropes: she and Keto are both enthusiastic duelists to the point where she puts on fake scars for intimidation and he gives Dub!Kaiba's infamous "third rate duelist" speech. Two of their kids are stern diciples, while the third became an equally as enthusiastic Gamer Chick instead.
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  • Age Lift: Given the concept, this was more or less a given. Most of the adults from the original game are now teenagers or young adults, while most of the original teenagers are now adults, including Caroline and Justine.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Makoto, as Chief of Police, is this to Sae. It's even more emphasized compared to canon; while Sae is likely six to eight years older than Makoto at most there, there's nearly a 20-year age gap between the college-aged Sae and the late-thirties Makoto in this story.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Futaba tends to embarrass Sojiro in various ways — for example, gifting him 30 gigs of her personal hentai collection for his birthday because she figured he'd need it at his age.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Kawakami got picky choosing a codename, since all the ones Sojiro and Iwai came up with were either dirty jokes or something she didn't like. Sojiro sarcastically replies with a "Well excuse us, madame!". Kawakami likes the sound of that.
  • Atrocious Alias: When Tora is forced to rap battle an Ose shadow, he's appalled to find that his group wants him to use the name "Big Dick Tora".
  • Berserk Button: Sojiro is pissed at the suggestion of stealing Futaba's heart.
  • Brain Bleach: Sojiro's reaction when he accidentally walks in on Futaba putting on some Pink Argus Ranger cosplay.
  • The Cameo:
    • Yukari makes a brief appearance as an actor playing the role of the Pink Argus Ranger (a holdover from her future in Persona 4: Arena Ultimax). Apparently, Futaba met her at a convention shortly after Wakaba's death, and the experience was a sorely-needed cheer-up for her.
    • Belladonna and Nameless briefly talk to Sojiro when he asks Caroline and Justine why there's always music playing in the Velvet Room.
    • One comic features Tae, Sae, and Toranosuke attending a Gas Chamber concert, with an older Eikichi Mishina headlining.
  • Captain Ersatz: Hifumi’s husband is clearly Seto Kaiba, with only the first letters in his name swapped.
  • The Casanova: Sojiro is charming to the point that he's even able to render the much more antagonistic Caroline and Justine smitten with him.
  • Closet Geek: Sae appears to be this regarding Neo Featherman.
  • Composite Character: Sojiro's Persona, Robin Hood, which bears similarities design-wise to both the canon Robin Hood and Arsene.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Caroline and Justine tend to get flustered whenever Sojiro turns up the charm during punishment.
  • Dominatrix: The Velvet Twins carry shades of this. They're now tall, busty bombshells in addition to wearing their usual warden clothes, and Justine pulls stunts like using Sojiro as a human chair and whipping him with her crop.
  • Doting Parent: Ryuji is one to his daughter Rika, even going as far as to show pictures of her. Many often compare him to Maes Hughes because of this.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Chihaya has a....strange obsession about eating Shadows. It’s often Played for Laughs.
  • Face of a Thug: Iwai's got this so bad that trying to smile really unnerves his friends. Even Ohya.
  • The Ghost: Counterparts for the original Persona 5 protagonist and Igor have yet to be seen. However, this comic seems to hint that the two ended up swapping with each other.
    • The identity of Sojiro's Persona remained a secret for a long time. This comic finally revealed it as Robin Hood.
  • The Gunslinger: Unlike his allies (or the original cast), Iwai, AKA Gecko, can use multiple types of guns.
  • Happily Adopted:
    • Sojiro was adopted by Futaba in this story, and unusually, Futaba changed her own last name to accommodate him.
    • Almost like in canon, Iwai and Kaoru.
    • This is also the case for Kunikazu. He’s so grateful for Haru that he’s willing to defend her in the face of the rumors surrounding her and Okumura Foods.
  • Happily Married: In this AU, Mishima is married to a woman named Ranju.
  • High School Hustler: Tanaka is an elementary school version. He's too poor to buy supplies to sell, so he steals them instead. His theme song in this universe is just something he made up during recess.
  • Hunk: In the few images he's in, Goro Shido is this, inverting his Bishōnen looks in canon.
  • Imagine the Audience Naked: Sojiro tries this with Shido. It backfires horribly.
  • Japanese School Club: Lala is in the Fashion Club, and Kawakami is in the Academic Success Club with the AU teachers.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Despite the change in roles, Futaba still forms a Palace, and for almost the same reasons as well.
    • On a more positive note, Kawakami still works at the cafe.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Ann in this universe, who is currently dating Shiho.
  • Loony Fan: Tae is one for Gas Chamber... to the point of ripping off her clothes in excitement at a concert.
  • The Medic: Tae Takemi, AKA Doc, serves as this. Appropriately, her Persona, Metrodora, was an ancient Greek physician who wrote On the Diseases and Cures for Women, one of the oldest medical texts in existence.
  • Mood Whiplash: ScruffyTurtles posted a series of pictures featuring the original Phantom Thieves interacting with their counterparts. They're pretty lighthearted and humorous...except for the bonus one, which features Canon Akechi attacking AU Shido in a blind rage while AU Shido gives him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Original Character: While the original cast of the game do appear here one way or another, there’s also a few new additions:
    • Rika Sakamoto, Ryuji’s baby daughter. Her mother could count as well, since there’s no indication she was a canon character.
    • Hifumi’s family counts, featuring her husband Keto Saiba, and their children: Ryoma, Tomoe, and Nobunaga.
    • Ranju, Mishima’s wife.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: In an inversion to canon, Wakaba is Futaba's daughter, and she passed away several years prior.
  • Personality Swap: Caroline and Justine receive this, along with Age Lift.
  • Schmuck Bait: One doodle has Ohya wearing a shirt reading "Ask Me About Ligma". Sojiro falls for it, despite Kawakami and Iwai's desperate attempt to stop him. Fortunately, another comic shows Tae is immune.
    Tae: Let me guess, you have "Sugma" too? Oh you poor thing. How about I prescribe you a month's worth of 'suckondeeznutz' to help with the 'burn'?
    (Ohya freezes up)
  • Ship Tease:
    • There seems to be quite a bit for Sojiro/Kawakami.
    • There’s also some for Iwai and Nobunaga.
  • Stacy's Mom: Assuming she's not messing with him, according to Futaba some of Sojiro's classmates seem to think of her as this. He's less than amused.
  • Starving Artist: Yusuke is now a street artist who Futaba isn't afraid to call a hobo during his visits to the cafe. His student, Madarame, expresses great concern over this.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Undoubtedly the case for Kamoshida. Here, he’s a student rather than a teacher, but that doesn’t make him any less of the scumbag we have come to despise in the game.
    • This is also the case for Shido, who is just as despicable as he was in canon. It’s implied that he’s also manipulating his own father to go along with whatever he has planned here.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Lavenza is briefly seen in Caroline and Justine's character page, and she towers a full foot over the already 6' Sojiro.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Kunikazu and Haru. In the original game, Kunikazu was Haru’s biological father. While Haru is his mother in this AU, they are not related by blood.


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