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  • Anti-Climax Boss: The final boss, whether it was of Arcade Mode note  or Story mode note , isn't any more difficult than anyone else you've fought up to that point. The SNK Bosses are instead reserved for the infamous Score Attack mode.
  • Awesome Music: Fuck yes. "Princess Amagi" and "Mass Destruction" stand out in particular, as well as "Seeker of Truth".
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Pre-release, Labrys was a very controversial character - some like her, others hate that she was put in the game. Mostly because she came out of almost nowhere, and what little information was known about her made her seem like a Mary Sue. It doesn't help that the Robot Girl characters were rather controversial in the fandom. However, once the game was released, people warmed up to her. There are still some people who dislike her due to finding her accent (Kansai for Japanese players, a Brooklyn one for the localized players) ridiculous.
  • Catharsis Factor: For some, it was satisfying to get the chance to beat the tar out of Teddie for his perverted antics and puns, Yosuke for his obnoxious behavior, or all of the girls for the Amagi Inn Incident.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome:
    • A majority of your online matches will be Yu, Yosuke, Chie, Akihiko, and Mitsuru. To put that in perspective, that's almost half the cast.
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    • The tournament scene sees a lot of Aigis, Kanji, Teddie, and Naoto show up more often too. But the others are rather rare.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This piece of fanart made before Persona 4 Arena. And when the game did release, we were actually treated to a scene where Chie and Akihiko actually fought over a beef bowl.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Akihiko and Kanji's pre-fight exchange.
    • Yu's justification for not wanting to get Yosuke a new "nurse magazine" after Yosuke's mom burned the old ones. Yu would feel bad if he was popping into Yosuke's head instead every time Yosuke "uses it."
    • Adachi has a lot of this with Yu in Ultimax's scenarios.
    • Female examples:
      • More than a fair amount between Yukari and Mitsuru. When Mitsuru is captured, although she's concerned with her comrades in general, she specifically mentions Yukari and gives special emphasis when wishing for her safety. In the P3 epilogue of Ultimax, the 2 of them go on a date of sorts. Mitsuru aggressively rebukes of the advances of 2 skeezy guys who try to flirt with Yukari, and it's revealed that Mitsuru watches Phoenix Ranger Featherman R, just because Yukari is the star. Ultimax in general focuses hugely on their close relationship.
      • Though it's merely implied, according to Mitsuru following her battle with Naoto in Naoto's Story Mode, her illusion self said "things" about her body. Naoto promptly blushes and wonders just what the hell her illusion self said.
      • Chie thinks that Labrys is really cute, strongly desires to become her friend and protect her, and is generally really emotional about her and cries when she leaves. Maybe Chie just likes robot girls? Or it could just be that she's The McCoy of the group.
      • In Aigis' story mode, General Teddie shows interest in Naoto's measurements. Put two and two together and either Shadow Labrys was just being in character, or Labrys is a Covert Pervert.
      • Speaking of Aigis, Elizabeth seems incredibly interested in her...
      • One of Shadow Labrys' win quotes is calling her opponent 'cute...and weak'. She can say this to female fighters.
  • Memetic Mutation:
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    • Chie the Hedgehog because of her theme sounding extremely similar to something you can find in said character's games. People then started liking the phrase GOTTA STEAK FAST.
    • Mitsuru's coat became a target of jokes that it was made from Koromaru since the game takes place multiple years after Persona 3 and it's unknown how old Koromaru was/is and he was unaccounted for in the vanilla version of the game. He made a proper appearance in Ultimax though, putting the joke to bed.
    • WATCH YA FEET!
    • MY ARMOR!
    • LET'S GO TEDDIE!
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Played with in that most of the combatants' nicknames are meant to be degrading and indicative of their flaws from their original games, but when taken at face value can sound badass. Most obvious are Mitsuru (The Imperious Queen of Executions) and Yukiko (The Unconquerable Snow Black).
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: A common complain of Fuuka in Persona 3 is how grating her English voice can be, from her Dull Surprise and Captain Obvious comments to her saying the same thing over and over again. The change in voice actress to Wendee Lee has made Fuuka sound more fitting to her character in addition to being more adorable and remove some of her detractors.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Zen United and PQube received a lot of flack over the severely delayed European release, with fans accusing them of using the region lock as an excuse to put as little effort into getting the game out as possible. However, it subsided after it was revealed that the hold-up stemmed from Atlus/Arc Systems not supplying the European build of the game.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: To say that European gamers despised the fact that the first game is the only region-locked PS3 game (combined with the EXTREMELY delayed European release) is an understatement.
  • Spiritual Licensee: The gameplay is one to both BlazBlue and the first Jojo's Bizarre Adventure fighting game. The latter especially since it's hard to obtain through legal means because it got Screwed by the Lawyers.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Naoto's theme, "Seeker Of Truth" has a very similar beginning to that of "Tame A Bad Boy", from The King of Fighters XIII.
  • Tear Jerker: Labrys' backstory, bar none. Which also makes her The Woobie. Especially when she is forced to destroy Unit #024.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Mitsuru was considered one of the most broken characters in the original Persona 4 Arena thanks to her massive range, extremely useful Furious Action, and the fact that her autocombo does a surprisingly high amount of damage. This garnered her quite a reputation among the competitive community, to the point that one player once decided to participate in a tournament with a special arcade stick that has only two buttons — one for an autocombo and one for a Furious Action — using Mitsuru as a joke. He got into the top 8, only being held from first place because she couldn't burst. It probably stands to reason that Mitsuru was one of the most nerfed characters in Ultimax.
    • According to people who played Ultimax, Mitsuru was both nerfed and buffed in some areas, leading to her retaining her spot in S tier.
    • Yu might have taken Misturu's place in Ultimax, with his ability to deal efficiently with just about any situation with his amazing set of specials and supers and his lack of any real weakness.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The stage play turns Shadow Kanji's Camp Gay quirks Up to Eleven and even has a segment where he hits on Yu with explicitly crude remarks and gestures (such as wanting his "Dicaprio" to "splatter" some of his "hospitality juice"). This was played for humor, but it also enforces a negative stereotype about gay people. When Richard Eisenbaus from Kotaku reviewed the play, he called it one of the lowest points of the performance.
  • What an Idiot!: Really, you have to wonder how it didn't occur to the researchers on the project involving Labrys that causing a weapon to develop a heart, personality, and ultimately, an ego might result in said weapon taking issue with being forced to kill.
    • The Kirijo Group trying to create an artificial Dark Hour, possibly right under Mitsuru's nose. Yeah, that's totally not going to go horribly wrong...
    • You'd think that after a whole game of dealing with their Shadows because of denial, they'd warn Labrys not to say 'you're not me'. To be fair, though, several of them do at the very least try to warn her not to say the words, but they usually try too late, usually right before she says them instead of doing so sooner. The problem isn’t “warning her to not say the words” as much as “warning her to not say the words, but also doing so sooner than at the very last minute”.

Alternative Title(s): Persona 4 The Ultimate In Mayonaka Arena

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