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  • Kanji: "So, uh... someone's killing people with a TV...? What, is he beating them to death?"
  • As serious and climatic the scene is, to hear Kanji saying "The hell with that shit" to a freaking goddess is hilarious.
  • An early Dialogue Tree choice in the Fellow Athletes' Social Link:

    Help out
    Be an ass and leave

  • In the manga's version of Yukiko's Midnight Channel program, we are treated to Yosuke watching it, at which point the camera has a close-up on Yukiko's breasts. Yosuke has the idea of shoving his face on the screen right at that moment hoping for some Marshmallow Hell...only someone else also had the idea.
  • The nightclub scene. How they became drunk on non-alcoholic beverages, we may never know...

    Naoto: A straight answer, please. What is your true involvement with the murder case?
    Yukiko: Weeeeell, we go rescuing people who've been kidnapped by jumping into the TV! And theeen, we do stuff like, "Persona!" with our Personas and beat the crap outta Shadows...
    Yosuke: You idiot!
    Naoto: *sigh* Are you making fun of me?
    Rise: Ish true! Personaaaa! (goes back to sleep)

  • The nightclub scene again, during the King's Game, and picking Yosuke as your target.
    • King Teddie.

      Teddie: Kanji! So you WERE after my fuzzy fur!

    • Naoto's "Are you a pack of imbeciles?" expression at the end of it all.
    • If you pick the second option it's you that has to smooch Teddie and you are treated to this haiku by said bear

      Teddie: A bear's chastity:
      True love needs a sacrifice
      Just for you, Sensei.

    • After which he tackles Kanji instead of you and gives him a smooch.
    • And the delivery of Yukiko's first line explaining how the King's Game works:

      O-kay, wuhn chopshtick makesh yeh the Khing iff yeh drawit, and the othersh have numbershonem...

    • The scene before the King's Game, where Teddie ends up following the gang to the hotel, and then Kashiwagi discovers Teddie. Teddie, the whole time she was speaking and after the rest of the gang besides the main character heads inside, stood still like a statue trying to imitate a stuffed animal the whole time. Then, he makes this quip after his social link ranks up.

      Teddie: I gotta pee.

    • The part where Yu gets chosen as the King is even better in the anime. Remember the 4 options that you got in the game when you're the King? Well in the anime, Yu ends up having all three girls hogging him whilst Yosuke's choice ends up getting ignored. This is the end result of Yu as the King in the anime.
  • In the ramen restaurant scene after the King's Game, Rise will draw attention to autographs posted up on the wall. A player with a sharp eye will see Teddie swipe Yukiko's bowl of ramen the moment she looks up, the li'l thief.
  • The contest (you know which one). The funniness of that scene can only be conveyed by a single line: "I'd hit it".
  • The above is then followed up the Amagi Inn scenes. Of note is the hot springs scene. It was possibly made a bit funnier in the VitaUpdated Re-release. When it was announced, one of the first screenshots released was an intro leading up to the hot springs incident.
  • About the contest... you know those costumes the guys use there? You can use those in The Golden.
  • Generally speaking, if it's a school function, there's going to be at least one of these. The campout and the introduction of 'Mystery Food X', the Port Island trip with the aforementioned nightclub scene ('Kiiiiiing's Game!'), the... 'Beauty' Contest is set at the Culture Festival... Yasogami High is just a naturally comedic school, I think.
  • During the school festival at the couple's cafe, the player can get Yosuke to sit on the girl's side and ask him what kind of guys he likes. Yosuke gets way too into it.
  • The school camping trip, after King Moron pukes upstream from where the male characters are standing:

    You feel as if a thousand showers will never make you clean...

  • Persona 4 has only just been released to the States, yet for many people there's quite a bit of funny moments even early in the game.
    • Yosuke: (after a Groin Attack) "I think mine's cracked too! Critical hit to the nads..."

      Chie: Is it all right if I keep this?
      Teddie:Fo' sho'!

    • Yosuke's reaction to Yukiko's and Chie's "curry" was downright hilarious. Then your hero is But Thou Must!'d into eating it— *spit* *passes out*
    • When Kanji gets slapped by Yukiko when he gets his glasses.

      Yukiko: I'm so sorry, Kanji! I promise I'll be more gentle next time!
      Kanji: More... (blushes) gentle?
      Chie: Ugh, what a couple of morons...

    • King's Gaaame!

      Teddie: Can you sense [Yukiko's] presence from the inside?

    • Also, this bit.

      Yosuke: King Moron, why must you torture us from beyond the grave?!
      Teddie: Noooo... King Moron!
      Kanji: You don't even know who that is.

    • And if you've gotten to level 2 with Kanji: "I'm gonna RENOVATE your ass!" (and he sort of means it literally, he's backing up after threatening to level a restaurant)
    • Teddie in the massage chair. That is all.
    • Kanji showing his geographical knowledge of the Qabbalah Casino during the school trip.
    • The scene where Kanji receives his glasses. You don't know the joke is coming until his character portrait pops up.
      • And then he throws the glasses away, rips the second pair out of Teddie's paws, puts them on... and it's another pair of gag glasses.
      • Chie putting those on is also quite funny while Yukiko is laughing.

        Chie: These stupid glasses are useless for investigating! I mean, what the hell's this nose for anyway?!

    • After Naoto's recovery, everyone gets dragged into the hospital to do a physical, since they have to find out the effects of the TV world on the characters' health and find out more about Teddie. The real fun begins when Naoto brings back everyone's results — and they're grabbed by Teddie, who starts reading them much to the others' embarrassment.
    • The entirety of the Culture Festival.
      • The group date cafe - because no-one has turned up, the class representative decides that the five of them (Yu, Yosuke, Chie, Yukiko & Daisuke) need to act as shills, but it's pointed out that they need six. Enter Kanji, and it's decide one of the male party members can go on the girl's side - either Yu does, or Yosuke is forced to. Trolling him is an option both times.

        Yu: Any of us you like, Yosuke?

      • Even funnier is that Rise walks in and once realizing what's happening then just backs away slowly and walks off really really fast.
    • When the guys are crossdressing against their will, hilarity ensues.

      Emcee: So, did you enter this contest yourself?
      Yu: *selects "DAMN STRAIGHT!"*

    • Funniest moment in that whole thing was Kanji walking in, wearing full Marilyn Monroe gear and just going "SUP!?" with the deepest voice he can muster.
  • When Kanji was trying to convince Naoto to enter the beauty pageant. The tone of his voice when he said this was icing on the cake:

    Kanji:C'mon, make me a man!

  • Kou: He looooooooves them balls.
  • The Christmas event. Kanji's line in regards to the girls bringing a cake — "Bring it on, got my insurance card and everything!" — then his Big "NO!" when Nanako tries the cake, only to find out it's delicious.
  • Earlier than that, Yukiko, Chie and Rise get into a contest to make the best omelette, which prompts Yukiko to tell Rise "I'll crush you with one strike." Shortly after she's knocked unconscious by one bite of Rise's lethally spicy omelette. Yukiko, the girl with a Persona that is resistant to fire.

    Kanji: Sure enough... One strike.

    • Teddie's reaction to Chie's omelette, in a cheerful tone of voice: "Wow, this tastes awful!"
    • Nanako trying to be nice by taking a bite out of their omelettes and complimenting them. She's able to handle Yukiko's omelette with ease but when it comes to Chie and Rise's, the former's omelette makes her sound like she's forcing the words out and the latter's gives her physical pain.
  • Teddie getting freaked out by Shadow Kanji.

    Teddie: (goes wide-eyed) ...Sensei...This little bear's getting too scared to go on...

  • Everytime something like this happens:

    There is a pack of grass inside the fridge. It seems to be Nanako's science project. ...Eat it?
    For some reason, there is an alarm clock inside, ticking away. Was Dojima running late this morning?
    There is a cup of barley tea... Drink it? It was actually udon soup, what a terrible mistake!
    You see a brown spherical object at the back of the fridge. You think it used to be a pear... Eat it?
    You see a strange mushroom in the fridge. You think it may have grown out of something else in there... Eat it?
    You see a bag of wasabi... lick it?
    There's a magazine in the vegetable bin... You flip through it and see that it's an official fan club magazine for a popular female idol... This is Teddie's doing... You left it alone.
    There's animal hair in the egg case! The color and feeling is somehow familiar... It's... Teddie's hair? ...You left it alone.

    • Eating the grass doesn't make your stomach turn hard enough to send you to bed like all of the other suspect items; instead, you're so riddled with guilt and that makes you go to bed.
    • The inevitable follow up to the grass item: "Nanako, where is your science project, and don't give me that 'My dog ate it' excuse!"
    • A favorite is this one, despite ALL the crazy crap you can eat from the fridge:

      There is a single slice of bologna sitting on a paper plate... There is something eerie about it, you can't bring yourself to eat it.

    • Similarly:

      A single slice of ham lies lonely on a paper plate... Something about it disturbs you. You left it alone.

    • This one though really takes the cake:

      You see a whole crab inside. Eat it?

    • And if you select yes:

      As reach out to the crab, it raises its pinchers and waves them about menacingly. It's still alive! ...You left it alone.

  • Like with most other Personas, it is possible to fuse Mara... through a Fusion Accident. Woe to anyone not expecting that to happen (even moreso to those who have never heard of Mara).
  • At the beginning of the school year, King Moron introduces you to the class, telling them you're a total loser. There is an option to counter with "Who are you calling a loser?" Not only does that raise your Courage, but that puts you on his shit-list.
  • When accepting the "Rainy Day Mega Beef Bowl Challenge" and noticing you can't see the rice after minutes of eating:

    You begin to suspect that your bowl is a portal to the Meat Dimension.

  • This exchange upon seeing Shadow Yukiko:

    Yukiko: Oh? Three Princes?
    Chie: Does that mean I'm a prince?
    Teddie: Duh! The third one's gotta be me!
    Yosuke: I seriously doubt that.

  • All the girls petting Naoto in the hot spring.

    Rise: Your skin is so soft!

  • Kanji's Social Link, max rank: "Oven Mitt Puppets 101!" Followed by an enthusiastic "HELL YEAH!"
  • Teddie attempting to hit on Yukiko... using her Shadow's words.
  • The Woolseyism they added as a Take that to Twilight, of all things, especially the MC's reaction to it.

    > You decided to read Witch Detective with your full attention...
    > A ploddingly-written romantic comedy about a girl on her first day of school in a new town. Vampires are involved.
    > ...The content of this book was almost physically painful for you to read.

    • Even better, it raises your diligence stat.
  • Teddie abusing the hell out of his Bishie Sparkle just to get more free samples, especially the sample lady's reaction.
  • Kanji's Victory Pose. It doesn't mean the same thing in Japan, but at least in France, his Bicep-Polishing Gesture is a vulgar gesture, which fits with his personality even more than the original meaning.
  • How about the simple fact that Kanji beat up an entire biker gang because they were keeping his mother up at night?
  • During battle when all four party members gang up on an opponent:

    Kanji: I live for this part!

  • Choose to spend Christmas with the guys and you get to see Yosuke try to excuse his lack of a present. Kanji made his, Teddie got his from Junes, and Yu bought a cake.
  • The gag glasses have got to be the funniest thing about 4. They are used with absolutely perfect comedic timing throughout the entire game. A pic on DA got right into this action, to hilarious effects.
  • This bit when Teddie's wandering around in Inaba.

    Yukiko: I'm glad you're back to normal, though. Your fur's all fuzzy again!
    Teddie: ... (is happy)
    Kanji:C-can I feel it...?
    Teddie: No!

  • Shortly thereafter, when the team is faced with the new and improved (and clothed) Teddie:

    Yosuke: Is he cute...? What do you think, Kanji?
    Kanji: Huh? What're you asking me for?
    Yosuke: Well, I was just wondering if he was your type?
    Kanji: Ohhh... I get it. What you're really asking is "Will you please beat the shit out of me, Kanji?"

  • Considering the enemies you fought so far, and what kills the victims inside the TV, Adachi saying that he "can stop seeing suspects in every shadow" after Mitsuo Kubo's arrest is a really fun part of the game.
  • When the party is spying on Kanji, Chie is down on all fours, with Yosuke standing directly behind her. And then when Kanji catches you and everyone makes a break for it, Yosuke immediately runs head-first into a wall.
  • The other chase scene after when Kanji catches Yosuke and Chie spying on him, Kanji is chasing the pair around the roofed rest area at the floodplain in circles endlessly (which will just go on forever if you don't advance the game at that point).
  • With Dojima being drunk and all, he blames Adachi for his problems and Yu for being near a crime scene.
  • Teddie, outside of Rise's dungeon.

    Teddie: Strip?! Aha! I know what that is! It's the thing zebras have, right?

  • There's the team's utter failure at a group hand wave of victory once the fog clears.
  • Something funny about the way Shadow Chie says "I'm pathetic."
  • After Yu receives a phone call from Ryotaro saying Nanako is being allowed home for the holidays, Rise & Teddie burst into tears & start hugging each other. The game then pays no attention to them as the rest of the Investigation Team continues their conversation, until Rise suddenly uppercuts Teddie from out of nowhere.

    Rise: Where are you touching!?

  • The execution, inevitable failure, and aftermath of Yosuke's "Up Close and Personal" plan in Golden is just too hilarious.
    • Also known as Operation Babe Hunt2.0
    • One of the women you can hit on is a shy and deeply religious girl who immediately tries to convert you. In the end, you can try to get her number, give up, or... chant along with her. The dialogue box mentions you coming back to your senses just in time.
    • Kanji, meanwhile, is asking a girl to take her shirt off... because he noticed the threads in her sleeve are coming undone and it's driving him crazy. The girl, on the other hand, thinks he's bullying her out of her money.
    • Kanji ends up inadvertently attracting a hooker who gives him her number. Despite what Yosuke might say, that definitely makes him the only real success of the group.
    • Yu manages to get the number of a beautiful woman. When he calls her...her boyfriend picks up, and he's NOT happy.

      Boyfriend: Oh, I get it... It's you, huh!? You rat bastard! You're dead, shitbird! (Yosuke and Kanji react in shock) How dare you hit on my girl! I'll rip of your head and spit down yer neck! You better not call again, got it!?

    • Nothing Is Scarier gets played for laughs when Hanako is introduced over the phone, and all the background noise in Okina goes silent. Then, "Borderline of Madness" starts to play.
  • During a beach trip in Golden, Kanji manages to lose his swimsuit. Not only can the player tell him to be a man and "let 'em dangle", but he ends up covering himself with seaweed in a dead ringer for the Birth of Venus, complete with Bishie Sparkle. Needless to say, the girls are all squicked out, with Rise calling him a "sicko".

    Kanji: Holy shit, the wardrobe malfunction was mine!

    • And what should the music be during this moment? Why none other than Borderline of Madness. You know, the track that usually plays when someone's Shadow's giving them a Breaking Speech? Yeah, it's playing over Kanji's wardrobe malfunction.
      • For that matter, it's not so much that Kanji lost his swimsuit but that Teddie was trying to get the girls to have wardrobe malfunctions and ended up causing Kanji to have one. The fact that Kanji's holding him in a way that makes him a living Scenery Censor when his state is pointed out means that Teddie is at eye level with Kanji's business.
    • Speaking of Kanji and his swimsuit, his first appearance in it in front of everyone is already a laugh - everybody sweatdrops while Yukiko looks away cringing, Yosuke complains that it's too much to look at while Kanji wonders why, and to top it off, Rise wonders why Kanji "doesn't get a nosebleed" over her in her swimsuit, inadvertedly starting an argument. And in the Wardrobe Malfunction incident above, aside from the "let 'em dangle" option, Yu can suggest using a seashell, to which Kanji replies, for some reason, that it's "too sexy".
    • If the player choose "let 'em dangle", Kanji initially agrees but changes his mind as it might get him into "serious shit".
    • The nosebleed remark is a call back to the camping swimsuit incident where at least in the anime, he actually does get a nosebleed from Chie and Yukiko in swimsuits.
  • Kanji has another moment in the beginning of that scene. As he's still too young to qualify for a motorcycle license like the rest of the gang, he's forced to keep up with a humble bicycle. While towing Teddie on roller skates. They still somehow manage to make it first!
  • As a consequence, Kanji's Cavalry Attack in Golden is hailarious, as he has to ride in on a normal bicycle. And instead of ramming the enemy, he stops short for a few moments, then simply bludgeons them with the bike itself. Yosuke's Cavalry Attack is also hilarious, for obvious reasons.
  • Rise's first encounter with Marie. It begins with her sizing up Marie and then demanding to know who she is. Marie then says that Margaret previously told her about Rise, describing her as a girl she can't handle. As a bonus, moments later after the entire Investigation Team gathers, Kanji mispronounces the word "subtle" as "sub-buttle", which leads to a joke about his butt, and Rise gets squicked out while Yukiko gets into another one of her laughing fits, then everyone else, including Marie, joins in laughing.
  • And their heated "rivalry" continues during the ski trip after you defeat Marie's evil side and she finally wakes up and kicks Teddie off of her. The first thing she does one things have cooled down is hug Yu, much to Rise's irritation:

    Rise:You think that's long enough for a moving hug? Shouldn't you let go now?
    Marie:Nope! I'm tired of moving! Enough with getting up! Good thing there's someone even I can hug!
    Rise:Hey!

    • In fact, Marie's above line is a parody of Rise's commercial from the beginning. No wonder Rise is pissed.
  • And after coming back outside from the Hollow Forest and Rise mentions Valentines Day, this ensues:

    Rise:It's an awesome day when a girl gives chocolate to someone she holds dear. Oh, and I already reserved Senpai.
    Marie:Whatever. No cheating. Reservation cancelled.
    Rise:Why, you...!

    • And most of all, Marie gets the last laugh when you make it to the extended epilogue and you romanced her during the game:

      Marie:(while on the Weather Channel) I'm doing just fine! Love you, <name of your character>!
      Rise:WHAAAAAAT!!??

  • On Rise's first day at school, she's pondering whether she should pull the fire alarm or not before hastily telling herself she mustn't because she's an idol. "Yet another side of Rise exposed," as Yosuke would say. Even funnier, you can find her there on every school day when she's available for a social link.
  • After Yosuke gets his motorcycle license, speaking to him at night will eventually have recount the tale of how he was riding his scooter & came across a motorcycle gang, who started taunting him... Right until one of them recognized him as one of Kanji's "crew" and they fled in fear. Yosuke questions just what Kanji did to them.
  • On Jan 20, the day Nanako and Ryotaro finally get home from the hospital has a scene where Teddie goes through a cliche "Welcome Home" speech followed by asking for a kiss. You have the option to "Give him all you got." He quickly backs off saying his bearamones were too powerful.
  • Right after that he asks you what a "glomp" is. You have the option to tell him or show him. If you choose to show him, Dojima walks in and asks "What the hell are you two doing?"
  • Valentines day. Just the Valentines day. Specifically, Marie's and Nanako's part where Marie's chocolate is alive and Nanako's is just plain horrible to eat. Worse, you don't get to say no against Nanako leaving you passed out. Could also be seen as a Take That! to being a Chick Magnet by making all of your female social links your girlfriends. To add to Nanako's, after eating the chocolate and passing out, it appears you are inflicted with the Fear status. It wasn't just bad; it terrified you. So, to sum up, Nanako baked something that, when experienced, was so inexplicably horrifying that you passed out. Nanako created an Eldritch Abomination! At least one comment on YouTube suggested that Nanako's chocolate looked like the Persona Slime.
  • Hanging out with the guys in Junes is cool (provided you don't have any girlfriends, You Bastard). Yosuke thinks he's going to score with a girl, only to be asked about a nearby trash can and Teddie calling Kanji as Yosuke's brother.

    Teddie: You're brothers-in-nobody's arms. Family that's lonely together is bro-nly together.

    • Yosuke laments that he didn't even get to eat chocolates:

      Yosuke: I know I don't have anything waiting for me... But I can't give up my hope. It's my only weapon against the Valentine's Monster. I'm pathetic!
      Teddie: Hey! That's so rude! I know you got chocolate from Chie-chan and some other girls!
      Yosuke: I know that! And it was 100% friendzone chocolate!... And you ate it all anyway!
      Teddie: It was soooo good!
      Yosuke: That was bargain-price chocolate from Junes! I put the sale stickers on them myself! I know!

  • The concert at Junes in Golden. Specifically Teddie crowd-surfing and being tossed in the air by the crowd and the three boys trying to imitate Teddie, fail at it because the crowd dodges with Kanji face planting standing up. Even better? Yu, badass that he is, manages to land on bended knee, still holding his guitar and looking like a rock god.

    Kanji: I... didn't know... it was possible to stand on your face...

    • Most of the scenes leading up to the concert are pretty funny too, but a particular favorite has to be Yukiko's Non Sequitur moment. After a half a day's worth of practice without any progress, everyone's just about ready to give up, until a few encouraging words from Rise helps them shake off the discouragement. Then suddenly:

      (HONK!)
      Yukiko: I did it! I did it!! This thing's not broken after all!!

  • If you talk to Yukiko at night at some point after the event, she'll say that next time she wants to go crowd surfing & outright questions how Kanji was able to stand on his face, genuinely believing he planned it.
  • Take her to the movies and watch one that doesn't have an overt affect on her. She'll tell you how every time she thought something was hilarious and was laughing, everyone else was dead quiet.
  • Marie's Casual Danger Dialog to The Hollow Forest starting to collapse.

    Marie:I'm sorry, I forgot to mention... I don't need to be in this place to die anymore so, it's going to disappear.

    • Before that comes Yosuke hanging a Lampshade on the whole Load-Bearing Boss thing.

      Yosuke:Don't tell me! Is this like in the movies where once the bad guy's defeated, his evil fortress self-destructs!?

    • Teddie's reaction.

      Teddie:(running off-screen) We're gonna die! We're all gonna die!

  • The first moment outside with Marie, as you take her for Steak Skewers. The moments that feature "Steaaaaaaaaak" and when Marie says that they might as well be called "Fsteak" are clear references to Hiimdaisy's Chie. Funnier still, given that it's a direct translation of the original Japanese, that shout-out is a complete coincidence.
    • Or the Japanese cast read the Hiimdaisy script. Which is even funnier!
  • At the group's Fireworks viewing, the team arrives at the mountain park minus Teddie, leading to Rise asking where he is. Yosuke then tells her that while hitting on every girl in sight Teddie accidentally made a move on Hanako, who dragged him away despite him attempting to wear his bear suit and act like a bear to evade her. Not only that, Yosuke hopes he could send two or three more Hanakos at Teddie. Why? Teddie found Yosuke's "private reading material" and brought it to the Hanamura family breakfast asking what it was. When Rise questions if he really wants to have this conversation with girls around, Yukiko assumes it's just his secret savings.

    Rise: (completely deadpan) Secret savings. For a guy. Right.

    • And when Teddie finally stumbles into the scene, he's in the same flattened state he was when he got his Persona. Hanako did the same amount of damage to him as his Self-Destructing Desperation Attack on Shadow Rise.
  • Everything in the Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz.
  • During Tanabata, if you wrote "World Domination" as your wish, Dojima will think it was just a joke that you and Nanako shared then does a double take at the fact that he thinks you're serious.
  • The Ski event in Persona 4 Golden. Lots of hilarity during the trip. Let's list down some of it:
    • The first day of the trip where the gang tells ghost stories. Especially when Youske tells the ghost story that is related to Persona 3 (namely, Fuuka's bullying and disappearance). Then Yu gets a chance to tell a story. Your options? Either a story about Hanako and Kashiwagi monsters (think the spa trip), or a story about a mysterious room and a creepy guy with a long nose (in other words, Yu telling a story about the Velvet Room). Suddenly, a blackout happens and the gang is scared out of their minds. Once the lights come back on, Teddie appears eating the snacks on the table. Chie, Rise and Naoto are not amused. What's funnier is that Yukiko LOVES ghost stories and even eager to ask the main character what happens next. Special mention to Naoto proving that she's got some bona fide Deadpan Snarker credentials:

      Naoto: Sorry, Teddie. Only people have human rights.

    • The conversation of the whole gang on the first day as well while they're on the slopes. At one point Chie complains there's no meat in the lodge's menu, and Yosuke calls her acarnivore. Then when Yukiko brings up the topic of meat, everyone looks at Teddie funny and he freaks out.
    • Then on the 2nd day, Teddie bellysliding down the slope at high speed past the MC, Rise, Naoto, and Kanji (who takes quite an exception to it), before roaring loudly, then crashing offscreen.
    • Rise, once again, intentionally pairs everyone up so that she can hog Yu for herself. Naoto calls her out on this, and it leads to an argument amongst the group over who gets to spend time with Yu. The kicker is of course Kanji:

      Kanji:I WANT TO MAKE MEMORIES WITH SENPAI TOO!

      • The best part of Rise pairing everyone up? She uses such irrefutable logic for the pairings (Chie and Yosuke are on snowboards, Yukiko and Teddie are always on the steep slopes and won't slow down for Rise, and Kanji's spending most of the time trying to teach Naoto how to ski), that everyone just accepts it until Naoto points out that the entire point of the trip is for everyone to spend time with Yu before he leaves!
    • Anyone that goes with you during the second day and later gets lost in a snowstorm and ends up in the abandoned cottage which later turns out to be a storage shed at the back of the lodge the group was staying at. Once you get the fire started, suddenly, the television inside began to make noise and you and your partner(s) goes off screen to check it out. What follows is some very suggestive dialogue & sound effects, ending when the remaining party members barge in to stop you, wrongly reaching the same conclusion as the player. Here are the funny moments if you choose:
      • Chie

        Yosuke:Wh-Wh-What're you guys doing!? I won't allow it!
        Teddie:Stooooooooooop! Don't throw away your friendship in a moment of passion!

      • Yukiko

        Yosuke:Wh-Wh-What're you guys doing!? I won't allow it!
        Teddie:

  • Naoto Shirogane

    Also known as

    Detective Prince
    2000 IQ Killjoy Detective (P4A)

    Nao-chan (by Teddie)

    First Appearance

    Persona 4

    Date of Birth

    April 27, 1995

    Age

    15-16 (P4), 17 (PxDN)

    "People can't live alone. If you give in and sever your ties to human society, it will naturally become hard to live in it. Yet you refuse to face life and admit your fault, running from your own humanity like a coward. And though you claim to find life troublesome, you caused nothing but trouble for many others! Your twisted logic is that of an immature, egotistic brat!"
    —Naoto to Tohru Adachi, Persona 4

    Naoto Shirogane is a playable character in Persona 4. Arriving in Inaba to help investigate the murders, this fifth generation of the famed Shirogane detectives enrolls as a first-year student at Yasogami High School.

    AppearancesEdit

    DesignEdit

    Naoto is the shortest member of the Investigation Team. She is androgynous in appearance with short blue hair and gray eyes (blue in The Animation and Arena). She wears Yasogami High's gakuran, with the exception of one optional occasion in which she wears a seifuku-style school uniform. Naoto is often seen wearing formal clothing such as blue shirts, ties, and her trademark blue cap. On days off during winter, she wears a dark blue double-breasted cardigan coat (which she says is custom made) with a light blue bowtie (on her white dress shirt underneath) and yellow buttons, and plaid blue pants. Naoto's summer outfit, however, is reminiscent of the clothing of Kyouji Kuzunoha and consists of a light blue shirt and a yellow necktie.

    In Persona 4 Golden during the ski trip in the winter, she wears a snow suit with a white hoodie, light blue snow jacket, dark purple gloves, dark pants, and gray shoes, with a pair of goggles hanging around her neck.

    In Persona 4 Arena, her appearance is the same as in the game (her winter outfit).

    In Persona 4: Dancing All Night, she wears a combination of her Yasogami uniform and summer outfit, the only minor difference being the addition of black suspenders, a white tank top, dark brown boots, and black fingerless gloves. She wears her tie different like seifuku-style fashion.

    In Persona x Detective, Naoto is seen with much longer, nearly waist-length hair. Her trademark cap is absent and she wears a gray suit with a white shirt and a blue tie.

    PersonalityEdit

    "The need to change... And the desire to remain the same... They're mixed together... And it scares me."
    —Naoto, Persona 4

    Having lost both her parents in a car accident when she was very young, Naoto is an orphan who acts very mature in spite of her age. As a descendant of a respected lineage of famous detectives, she wears formal clothing, and deepens her voice when she speaks in a sophisticated, stilted manner. She is generally very serious, focused and mission-oriented. She rarely jokes around which can make her seem like a killjoy or party pooper when the team is involved in silly antics. In Persona 4 Arena, Kanji calls her out on this, saying she is too "uptight" and it makes her seem distant and on a different wavelength.[1] One of Naoto's insecurities is her lack of friends; she has difficulty making friends and is lonely as a result.

    Naoto is very intelligent and analytical. A running gag, however, is that she texts in all caps with abbreviations, for example, "SEE U TOMORROW? Y/N PLZ REPLY ASAP" and "I HAVE IMPORTANT INFORMATION 4 U, PLZ SEE ME TOMORROW AFTER SCHOOL"

    Naoto's insecurities are her gender and age. She yearns to be seen as an adult, and expresses frustration at being treated like a child by the police force. She hates being looked down upon, and fears no one will take her seriously as a female, in a sexist occupation field. The sexism Naoto has tolerated and endured had made her self-conscious and ashamed of being female, making her struggle with the concept of femininity. In response, Naoto desired to be male; Naoto wanted to be viewed as male by society, adopted a male identity, never corrected anyone when people used male pronouns, avoided feminine clothing and wears platform shoes to appear taller. It is also implied Naoto began binding her chest to hide her large-sized breasts.

    After dealing with her Shadow, Naoto decides to give being female another try. However, Naoto still has difficulty accepting being female in her Social Link. By the end of the game, due to her own will and with the protagonist's help, she accepts the fact she does not always need to change who she is to suit the world. In the epilogue of Persona 4 Golden, she has started dressing more freely, disguising her femininity less than before. She is comfortable with not only who she is, but also that everyone else is aware that she is female.

    Despite her mature nature, Naoto has a shy side to her, as she refuses to wear a bikini at the Yasogami Beauty Pageant, but still manages to win despite dropping out of the swimsuit part because of her endearing popularity among voters. She also becomes embarrassed during the Investigation Team's visit to the Amagi Inn, when the schedules for the hot springs' use were confused. During the ski trip in Persona 4 Golden, Naoto appears to be afraid of ghost stories. And when in a state of fear and/or panic, her voice becomes more feminine than usual, possibly meaning she only has a masculine voice when she is composed.

    Naoto is uninterested in romance, and seems easily flustered, embarrassed or dismissive when the topic arises. When she possibly receives a love letter, Naoto claims romance is "entangling" and she has no time to be "dilly-dallying with callow love affairs" and almost throws it away. However, she is willing to date the protagonist if he advances her Social Link.

    ProfileEdit

    Persona 4Edit

    A well-known detective, Naoto was dubbed the "Detective Prince" by the media. She is first mentioned when the department which Ryotaro Dojima works has no lead upon their investigations for the bizarre murder case, resulting in Dojima's superiors employing Naoto to assist them, an action which greatly disturbs Dojima. Furthermore, Naoto claims that the only rewards she wants for solving the case is the truth, and wants no assistance from other departments, further annoying Dojima.

    Naoto first appears on-screen during the Investigation Team's investigation of Kanji Tatsumi as the potential next victim. Incidentally, Naoto was also able to deduce that Kanji would be the next victim, and tries to seek clues by speaking to him. During that time, Naoto expresses interest in the case, which Kanji mistakes as Naoto being interested in him. This results in Kanji becoming shocked and conflicted about his feelings towards Naoto, and more importantly, his sexuality.

    Naoto later enrolls at Yasogami High School, immediately attracting the admiration of others. However, her serious nature often leads to her shunning and ignoring her admirers and classmates.

    During one of the Investigation Team's meetings regarding the suspect in the case, Mitsuo Kubo, Naoto appears and chastises the Team's efforts, deeming their investigation as nothing more but a "game." She tells them that their game is about to end, and that Yasoinaba will soon return to its peaceful, rustic self. Annoyed by her words, Rise Kujikawa tells Naoto that she is the one who was treating the case like a game. Surprised by the idol, Naoto reluctantly accepts that what Rise said might be true, lamenting that detectives are just employed for the time being, and once the case has been solved, they are simply pushed aside.

    After the arrest of Mitsuo Kubo, the first suspect in the case, Naoto remains suspicious and decides to become bait to lure the culprit. She is interviewed by a TV show and subsequently kidnapped and thrown into the Midnight Channel. Through the Team's efforts to gather clues, they found out that Naoto, despite her professional personality, is actually a workaholic who chooses to ignore the police department's advice and work alone. As such, she is often deemed a kid trying too hard by the officers.

    The Investigation Team eventually manages to detect Naoto's location in the Midnight Channel, an industrial secret laboratory or military base filled with mechanical Shadows and falcon symbols, and sets out to rescue the detective. The Secret Laboratory symbolizes Naoto's "stereotypically boyish" interests as child, filled with robots resembling Transformers, police cops, Shadows resembling male wrestlers, technology, science, etc.

    The Investigation Team eventually finds Naoto, along with her Shadow, who is busy preparing for a "body-altering operation." Shadow Naoto taunts Naoto, saying that in reality Naoto is nothing more than just a child trying to play "superhero," and that if Naoto doesn't become a "grown big boy," then Naoto will never find a reason for living. Confused and surprised, Naoto denies the Shadow's claims. However, the Shadow then reveals a secret: Naoto was born female. It clarifies that the "body-altering operation" was to be a sex-change operation. Fueled by Naoto's rejection and internal suffering, her Shadow transforms and attacks the party.

    Naoto's Shadow is a robotic doppelgänger equipped with large toy-like laser guns, rocket feet and a jet pack, representing Naoto's resentment towards being treated like a child and not taken seriously, as well as the pressure she feels from working in a sexist occupation dominated by men who don't take women seriously. It can also be something of a split personality, as it can talk seriously one minute, and act helpless and innocent the next, similar to how the Wheel of Fortune may act unpredictably.

    After defeating the Shadow, Naoto reveals that her parents were detectives as well, but were both killed in one of their investigations. She acknowledges her parents' passion for their job, and wishes to become a "hard-boiled" detective, inheriting the title of "Shirogane," but fears as long as she herself is a girl, she can never achieve her dreams. She eventually realizes that what she wanted was not to become a man, but to be accepted and respected as her true self, and her Shadow acknowledges her resolution, transforming into Sukuna-Hikona, her Persona.

    For the remainder of the game, Naoto's detective skills prove to be a great asset to the Investigation Team. She arranges for the Investigation Team to visit a doctor for a physical check up, due to concerns about being in an otherworld filled with potentially poisonous fog having possible ill side effects. She also manages to win a beauty pageant despite not appearing for the swimsuit part. After Nanako's kidnapping, Dojima begs Naoto to save Nanako. After Nanako "dies," Naoto is extremely upset, feeling she was at fault for making Taro Namatame talk instead of rescuing Nanako back in Heaven when Nanako said she couldn't breathe.

    When the real killer, Tohru Adachi is found, Naoto tells him people cannot live alone and that people need each other in order to survive and notes it would only be natural for people who remove themselves from human society to find it difficult to live in it, but since Adachi removes himself from society and his own humanity, he claims to find life troublesome while at the same time causing trouble for others, stating that his logic is that of a immature, egotistic brat.

    After Inaba is saved, Naoto visits the protagonist at his departure.

    Social LinkEdit

    "This potential... was still dormant within me... I wasn't considering the things that I should have. The people who care about me, as well as my own self... The detective, the child, the woman... The "me" who existed before them... I am... simply myself. I'm glad to have met you..."
    —Naoto Shirogane after awakening her Ultimate Persona

    The protagonist creates the Fortune ArcanaSocial Link with Naoto after rescuing her, and teams up with her to solve a challenge given to the Shirogane clan by the "Phantom Thief." In the events of their investigation, the Phantom Thief's identity is revealed to be Naoto's grandfather, who wishes to help her get back her passion of investigating cases for the truth, rather than investigating for the sake of the Shirogane name.

    By the end of the Fortune Arcana Social Link, Naoto acknowledges her passion for investigation, and thanks the protagonist. Having recognized the change in her psyche and resolution, Naoto's Persona, Sukuna-Hikona, transfigures into Yamato-Takeru.

    To pursue a Lovers Route with Naoto, the player must initiate the Rank 6 & 8 events. During Rank 6, the player must choose "I'm glad you're a girl" as their 3rd answer. During Rank 8, the protagonist and Naoto will arrive at the Shopping District where Naoto claims that someone has told her that the Phantom Thief has been sighted around said area. They will then head to the shrine where a man brandishes a knife at Naoto. The player will have three options; Protect Naoto, Fight alongside Naoto or Do nothing. Doing the first one will at first cause a negative reaction from her; the second will cause the same thing, but she'll be less frustrated; the third will simply agitate her.

    Afterwards, the player will be given a choice of whether to pursue a relationship with her or remain her friend. Choosing the top option ('Because I love you') will cause her to become embarrassed and conflicted; she'll even state that because the protagonist has said that, she can no longer look him in the eye. This will advance the link to Rank 8, and cause Naoto to run home.

    In the Rank 9 event, Naoto will read off the final challenge from the thief, and asks the protagonist somewhere where she likes to be; for the most positive reaction, answer "Somewhere high." She will then ask herself something she can't stand doing. Again, for the most positive reaction, answer "Throwing things away." Provided the player pursued a relationship with her, she'll blush and ask if she mentioned it before.

    She and the protagonist then go to the hill and investigate the trash can, where she will obtain the final item, The Detective's Pocketbook. She will begin to curse her grandfather for scheming the entire event and sit on the bench with the protagonist. Once again, the event differs depending on the relationship that was chosen. During the Lovers Route, after Rank 9 has been reached, she will confess her love to the protagonist.

    Her reward item for reaching Rank 10 is the Detective's Badge, which allows the player to fuse Norn.

    Should the protagonist choose the second option, which results in the protagonist replying that he prefers Naoto's voice to be higher, Naoto will wear a seifuku (female school uniform) during December 24th to meet the protagonist, should the protagonist accept her invitation to spend the night together. Her gift for him is a handmade watch that notifies him of the distance of her location, reading Distance <1m. In the Japanese version, Naoto instead asks the protagonist whether is it weird for her to use male pronouns (僕?) to describe herself.

    GoldenEdit

    In Persona 4 Golden, the addition of bikes for the Investigation Team introduced a unique new way of obtaining skills for party members. By going on special forms of dates with each party member, involving the use of the bikes, the player is given the option of either having the party member in question learn a brand-new skill, or relearn any old skill that they have forgotten. The bike skills available to Naoto are listed below.

    Additionally, like with Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4, each party member is able to learn new skills upon the player's progression of their Social Link. The social link skills that Naoto learns upon development of her Social Link are also listed below.

    Naoto can also perform a fusion spell with Kanji called "Beauty & The Beast" when the following requirements are achieved: Naoto and Kanji are both in the active party, and an "All-Out Attack" is performed, but an enemy remains. When performing "Beauty & The Beastl," Naoto and Kanji will both run up to each other and summon their respective Personas. Bones will surround them and the enemy as a skull appears from the ground. The skull will emit a bright light from its mouth, damaging the enemy.

    Persona 4 The AnimationEdit

    Her role in the animation is similar to that of the game. In the anime, the bond between Naoto and Yu is represented by the Persona Atropos. She also teams up with Kanji to take out the first Reaper, but gets injured by it.

    Persona 4 ArenaEdit

    Naoto's story stands unique compared to the other members of the Investigation Team, since her story is more involved with the Shadow Operatives, rather than the Investigation Team itself. Her story mode begins a day before the hijacking, after she is contacted by a man in the Japanese Self Defense Force to help them investigate Mitsuru Kirijo, the eldest daughter of the Kirijo group.

    When she asks why she is needed for this, the man reveals that this involves both Shadows and Personas, piquing Naoto's interest. It seems that they have been working with an almost invisible group still under the Government's support called Shadow Operatives, mainly because of their job to exterminate Shadows (creatures this same man had seen in the past) and because they work in the shadows.

    They suspect Mitsuru Kirijo to be doing this not only to exterminate Shadows and help people, but because there is some dark secret she is trying to hide, and they want to make it come to light. Naoto agrees, thinking it's for the best.

    After meeting Mitsuru, she takes part in the escort team of a plane carrying something crucially important to the Kirijo Group, with a high security level, but the plane is hijacked and the cargo disappears. Naoto manages to put a transmitter in a suspicious van, and they track the signal to Inaba, where the cargo is supposed to be. Naoto is told by Mitsuru that she shouldn't get involved any further, and asks her to leave the case. Naoto understands Mitsuru is only thinking of the better good, but decides to keep on investigating.

    The next day, she is contacted by the same man at the Self Defense Force, instructing her to meet with a person close to Mitsuru Kirijo called Detective Kurosawa, a close aide of Kirijo. Later, she is also contacted by Chie, who asks if she's going to make it to their meeting.

    Naoto meets with Kurosawa, and he gives her information about Mitsuru's group and their objectives. When Naoto asks him why he is working with Public Safety to dredge up the Kirijo Group's dirty laundry, Kurosawa replies that, no matter how much they investigate Mitsuru and her Shadow Operatives, they won't be able to find anything suspicious. He goes on to say that to understand this, everything she does has to be investigated in order to 'eliminate those doubts.' He claims it's better that 'someone like' Naoto do the scrutinizing, rather than some official who could never understand.

    He leads Naoto to where Mitsuru, Aigis and Akihiko Sanada meet, before entering a TV where they suspect the cargo is. Naoto decides to follow in order to keep on investigating, and to make sure everything is alright in that world.

    She finds herself caught up in a strange tournament, which just so happens to contain the rest of the Investigation Team. As she comes to, she promptly runs into Yu who, after a fight, informs her of the events that transpired in Inaba during her absence. After General Teddie cajoles her into moving on by mentioning her "next opponent," she continues onward without Yu. Eventually she runs into Mitsuru and is able to defeat her. While she is still suspicious of Mitsuru, she gets a better understanding of who she is, and learns to trust her completely. Using Artemisia, Mitsuru helps Naoto get into contact with Rise, who reveals she is locked up in the announcement room — after defeating Akihiko as well, Naoto makes her way there.

    As she breaks the door open, she finds Labrys after she has defeated Teddie with General Teddie in the room — Naoto correctly states that the General is actually Labrys' shadow, and soon Labrys herself attacks Naoto. Even after subduing Labrys, she continues to deny her shadow, which only makes Shadow Labrys become stronger. After defeating Labrys' shadow, she and Teddie confront Labrys; they explain that just as Labrys cannot escape the reality that she is an android, Naoto cannot be a man and Teddie cannot become a human. But because of this, they can rely on their friends who will accept them no matter who they are. This helps Labrys accept her shadow, and allow it to become her Persona, Ariadne.

    Soon, Yu and the others begin to show up, and are surprised to see Naoto, and Mitsuru's group. Mitsuru covers up the fact Naoto helped guide Mitsuru through the TV World as part of her job. But when Labrys is taken over, Naoto realizes that the true culprit is someone different, and confirms it when she faces off against her own "shadow," which she correctly guesses should not happen, seeing as how she just used her Persona, thus revealing it to be the culprit.

    After discovering the true mastermind, they decide to retire for the day. As the Investigation Team say their goodbyes to Labrys and the Shadow Operatives, whom the latter had just joined, Mitsuru pulls Naoto aside to give her blessings to the team. Although Naoto didn't immediately understand it, she confirms her suspicions when Yu and Yosuke officially reform the Investigation Team during their party celebrating Yu's return.

    Later, she gives the report that Mitsuru and her Shadow Operatives group should not be considered a threat to public safety, and that Mitsuru only means to amend for her family's sins, though Mitsuru warns her that not everyone in the current Kirijo Group shares her desire. But Naoto realizes that though Mitsuru is not at all a malevolent individual, the Kirijo Group still hides many secrets that even Mitsuru does not know, and that this is only the beginning.

    Play StyleEdit

    Naoto is best described as a morphing character who is mostly played at medium-to-long range, but can shift to close range combat. As a payoff, Naoto has low health and has a hard time fending off against fierce opponents. Unlike her fellow keep away characters, her strengths lie in the ability to shift her line of fire swiftly as well as being able to utilize traps, along with her original Shield of Justice (Seigi no Tate) Reversal Action being a secondary counter. Naoto also packs several creativity in her combos when her setups are properly used, such as her traps being placed in specific locations and through one of her supers, is the only character capable of causing mute to an opponent.

    Unique to Naoto, her opponent is given a special Fate meter which she can deplete using several attacks. When it is depleted to zero (0), she has access to both Hamaon's and Mudoon's ability to instant kill the enemy and, unlike most instant kills, is able to execute them in any round. Despite not being able to land possible OHKO's with her Hamaon and Mudoon, the former can be great for pressure as Naoto can conceal her mix-ups inside the light, and the latter can be used to extend combos quite well. This overall, along with Naoto having some meter to spare, gives her some of the highest damage potentials in the game. Some of her moves such as her jumping B and C can be used for long ranged pokes. In addition, her D moves cloak her Persona and when used again, her Persona appears and attacks from that spot and can even attack behind her opponent. Though a special glitch, Naoto is also able to perform a loop with her Niren Kiba (Double Fangs) B in the corner by breaking through Same Move Proration by performing 10 different moves on the opponent in one combo.

    Her Aim/Sogeki Kamae (Sniping Stance) can enable her to fire her gun or cancel the stance right away. And the stance can also be automatically entered through her Double Fangs. Of course, in regards to her shooting, Naoto can fire her gun forward (Shoumen/Frontage), downward (Choudan/Springing Bullet) or upward (Taikuu/Anti-Air). The downward version is a unique case where it bounces off the ground to an upward angle, meaning can hit OTG and thus, finish Naoto's OTG combos off an A version Double Fangs most of the time, or can be used as an anti-air as well as a low attack mixup up close. All bullets can be super cancelled as well. For SMP loops, her final gunshot counts as a separate move from the rest of the initial ones, and removes a Fate Counter.

    Firing bullets after firing all five of them will case Naoto to attempt to fire her gun as usual, only clicking will be heard and no projectiles will appear. From there, Naoto is forced to cancel the stance and enter it again from there to fire bullets again; rise and repeat; while the Aim stance can be canceled with a normal D or 214A command, but the B version makes Naoto perform a cartwheel backward instead with plenty invincibility before she recovers from it, while the SB version makes her perform an invincible roll forward to enter the stance which can switch sides with opponents; both the B and SB versions if done during the stance can allow Naoto to automatically reload her bullets at any time without cancelling her stance outright well while entering it again, enabling for some tricky gun defense.

    A drawback of hers in competitive play as well, is that should one be too focused on her keep away, there's a chance she'll often have more Negative Warnings and Negative Penalties than most characters, severely crippling her — adding that with her already low health and some bad direct defensive options. What's more, despite her flexible playstyle, her zoning and offense can be overshadowed by others like Teddie for the former and Kanji for the latter. Thus, Naoto is often high risk but very high reward for a unique playstyle that's difficult to grip.

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