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The group in the Midnight Channel.

The Midnight Channel (マヨナカテレビ, Mayonaka Terebi)?, also known as the TV World and Mayonaka TV, is a recurring term in Persona 4. The stuff of urban legends, its existence is spread through the town of Inaba through rumors.

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The Urban Legend

The protagonist being sucked into the TV.

"You're supposed to look into a TV that's switched off, alone, exactly at midnight on a rainy night. While you're staring at your own image, another person will appear on the screen... And they say that person's your soulmate."
—Chie Satonaka

Chie Satonaka tells the protagonist and Yosuke Hanamura about the popular urban legend of the Midnight Channel while they were eating at the Junes Food Court. Earlier, she also pointed out that she heard a student had seen the Midnight Channel, claiming that his soulmate was Yamano, the TV announcer. Knowing that it would rain pretty soon, they agreed to try it out and see if the legend is indeed true.

The TV connected to the channel in Junes.

The protagonist stays up and stares at the TV in his room when the clock struck twelve. Without warning, blurred images of a female student appeared. When he touched the screen, his hand was sucked into it. Luckily, the TV he had was too small, and his body could not fit. He managed to pull his hand away, but accidentally fell and hit his head on the table in the process, and soon went to bed.

The protagonist informs Yosuke and Chie of the incident, but both laugh it off as a joke. The protagonist finds that he retains his ability to reach through the TV by reaching into a large, widescreen TV at Junes, alarming both Yosuke and Chie. Due to a freak-accident, the three wind up falling into the TV. Upon hitting the ground, they find themselves in a strange dimension blanketed by a thick fog.

Persona 4

The protagonist, Yosuke and Teddie in the Midnight Channel.

The Midnight Channel looks like a television studio, with large floodlights spread all over the place. The party discovers that Teddie is a resident in this world, along with innumerable Shadows. According to Teddie, the place a person is pushed into the TV World from the real world determines where they land in the Midnight Channel.

Victims who fall into the Midnight Channel do not attract Shadows unless the fog clears. When the fog clears, the shadows go berserk and will kill any humans trapped. Due to this, it is possible to kill victims by pushing them into the TV, but they can also be saved if they are rescued before the fog disappears. Victims who are killed in the Midnight Channel are expelled from the TV World and their corpse is found hanging from a telephone line with no physical indications of their death. If the person is too young or innocent to have a Shadow Self, its oppressive climate will instead put them into danger; even if they are saved, they will still fall critically ill due to the side effects caused by its climate.

The fog that blankets the Midnight Channel clouds the vision of anyone attempting to look through it with normal eyes. Specially made glasses created by Teddie causes the fog to disappear from the wearer's vision. Each member of the Investigation Team receives a personalized pair of glasses when they join the team and wear it through their adventures through the Midnight Channel.

When a Midnight Channel area is unlocked, the protagonist will be given a deadline to complete it, up to the next foggy day. Failure to rescue the target within the deadline will result in a Game Over. Therefore, unless one has excellent time management, clearing them if they are newly available should be of utmost priority. Midnight Channel areas can be explored any number of times, and the target at the boss floor will be replaced by a substitute boss after they are rescued.

For a long time, the purpose and origin of the Midnight Channel eludes everyone involved - it seemingly serves as a warning message of the next victim to be pushed into the TV. Several days prior, usually only a blurry image can be seen, with no audio aside from static with identity of the victim unclear. As the days pass, the image slowly becomes clearer and sometimes their voice can be heard. When the image becomes its clearest and the full voice can be heard, that usually signals that the victim has been thrown into the Midnight Channel.

In the end, Izanami reveals the truth, which they'd been mistaken about all along — the so-called "Midnight Channel" is the world of human consciousness. She merely turned television into a window into that world, then spread the rumors about it to attract the attention of those whom she had given the power to cross into it.

When people appear on the Midnight Channel, it's because their recent mentions on television put them in the public interest. The fact that Tohru Adachi's victims happened to appear on the channel before he threw them into the Midnight Channel where they died was largely coincidental. (This means that images of people of public interest will appear on the TV regardless of people being thrown into the Midnight Channel or not.) When Taro Namatame made the same connection and called the police, Adachi took the call, and made a suggestion in apparent jest that if Namatame was so certain who the future victims would be, he could keep them someplace safe.

The result was as Adachi hoped; Namatame began kidnapping people appearing on the Midnight Channel and putting them into the television world where he thought they'd be safe. This pattern only reinforced the Investigation Team's assumptions. Their failure to recognize the true nature of the Midnight Channel also nearly drives them to throw Namatame into a television as execution, when his Shadow's image appears on television right in front of them all and gloats about his guilt. In fact, they all saw that because they believed Namatame was guilty, and the television was merely reflecting what was in their thoughts.

In the end, defeating Izanami prompts her to lift the fog from the Midnight Channel world, revealing a beautiful landscape which Teddie vows to protect. The Shadows attacked the Investigation Team and the initial murder victims because they were comfortable in their clouded delusions and despised any source of truth. With that temptation gone, the Shadows have apparently become relatively peaceful.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Midnight Channel reappears as one of the DLC stages.

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

The Investigation Team enter the movie world via the Midnight Channel. During a planned regular exploration trip, they enter the TV in Junes that they used to enter the Midnight Channel, but it brings them to a strange dimension with a movie screen initiating a countdown instead of the supposed lobby. They were sucked into the screen, ending up in Junessic Land.

Dungeons

"My world is a place shaped by human thoughts..."
—Teddie

The Midnight Channel contains dungeons that materializes the dreams and desires of those trapped inside. Within the dungeons are the Shadows: suppressed feelings and emotions within humans. Extra dungeons were added in other Persona 4 series of games; Persona 4 Golden added a dungeon that can only be accessible once along the storyline, while Persona 4 Arena created a high school-like setting for the tournament.

Dungeon Available Deadline Floors Victim(s) Access
Twisted Shopping District April 15 only - 1 Saki Konishi Yosuke Hanamura
Yukiko's Castle April 18 April 29 8 Yukiko Amagi Yukiko AmagiChie Satonaka
Steamy Bathhouse May 19 June 4 11 Kanji Tatsumi Kanji Tatsumi
Marukyu Striptease June 25 July 9 11 Rise Kujikawa Rise KujikawaTeddie
Void Quest July 29 August 12 10 Mitsuo Kubo Rise Kujikawa
Secret Laboratory September 17 October 5 9 Naoto Shirogane Naoto Shirogane
Heaven November 6 November 20 10 Nanako Dojima Rise Kujikawa
Magatsu Inaba December 8 December 24 9 Mayumi Yamano Teddie
Hollow Forest February 13 only - 10 Marie Margaret
Yomotsu Hirasaka March 20 only - 9 - Rise Kujikawa
P-1 Grand Prix May 3 only - - Labrys Depends on Story Mode^

^Access varies depending on Player Character of Story Mode, listed as follows:

Symbols

Players can refer to the map of every dungeon by pressing the "Start" button. The map has different symbols to denote the elements of a dungeon.

  • Green arrow: The protagonist
  • Yellow star: Treasure Chest
  • Red dot: Shadows
  • Green human symbol: Fox or allies offering random items
  • Three lines: Exit to the previous floor
  • Stairs: Exit to the next floor

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Trivia

  • The yellow poisonous fog in the Midnight Channel is reminiscent of sulfur mustard (mustard gas), chemical warfare used in the World Wars, which caused extreme pain to its victims. Later, the gas seeps into reality, alarming Inaba residents who think the fog is dangerous, suspecting it is filled with neurotoxins or a deadly virus.
    • Additionally if one looks closely while at the main area of the TV World one can see that the fog forms images of skulls.
  • According to Mr Kondo, fog covers Inaba every 50 years. This indicates that the Midnight Channel has been around for an extremely long time.
  • The Midnight Channel bears similarities with the movie world in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, as both are manifestations of their host's thoughts projected into an electronic screen.
  • DLC costumes in Persona 4 do not work outside the Midnight Channel.

Appearances in other media


Characters
Playable Protagonist - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Yukiko Amagi - Kanji Tatsumi - Rise Kujikawa - Teddie - Naoto Shirogane
Social Link Margaret - Nanako Dojima - Ryotaro Dojima - Naoki Konishi - Kou Ichijo - Daisuke Nagase - Hisano Kuroda - Sayoko Uehara - Yumi Ozawa - Ayane Matsunaga - Ai Ebihara - Fox - Shu Nakajima - Eri Minami - Marie - Tohru Adachi
Major Igor - Mayumi Yamano - Misuzu Hiiragi - Saki Konishi - Mitsuo Kubo - Hanako Ohtani - Kinshiro Morooka - Noriko Kashiwagi - Taro Namatame - Old Lady Shiroku - Master Daidara - Minoru Inoue - Yuuta Minami - Kaneko - Aika Nakamura - President Tanaka - Chihiro Fushimi - Mr. Edogawa - Kanami Mashita - Moel Gas Station Attendant
Major enemies Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami - Izanami
Locations
Inaba Central Shopping District - Dojima Residence - Junes Department Store - Samegawa Flood Plain - Velvet Room - Yasogami High School
Midnight Channel Twisted Shopping District - Yukiko's Castle - Steamy Bathhouse - Marukyu Striptease - Void Quest - Secret Laboratory - Heaven - Magatsu Inaba - Hollow Forest - Yomotsu Hirasaka
Other Okina City - Shichiri Beach - Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz - Tatsumi Port Island (Gekkoukan High School - Club Escapade - Iwatodai Station)
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 4 / Golden) - Never More -Reincarnation- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Studio Backlot/Backside of the TV" - "Heartbeat, Heartbreak" - "Heaven" - "Never More" - "Pursuing My True Self" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Reach Out To The Truth" - "I'll Face Myself" - "Signs of Love" - "Someone Else's Man" - "Your Affection" - "P3 FES" - "Sky's The Limit" - "Beauty of Destiny" - "True Story" - "Key Plus Words" - "The Way of Memories" - "True Feelings" - "Shadow World" - "Time To Make History" - "SNOWFLAKES" - "We Are One and All" - "Time For True Revelation" - "Falling into Right Places" - "Alone in this World" - "Koisuru Meitantei" - "Dazzling Smile" - "Ying Yang" - "Ain't Nobody Can Hold Me Down" - "Just Like The Wind"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Ultimate) - Persona user - Glasses - Fog - Shadow - Shadow Self - Party - Tactics - All-Out Attack - Shuffle Time - Arcana Chance - Fusion Forecast - Weather Forecast - Investigation Team - Mystery Food X - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R
Lists Arcana - Personas - Shadows - Skills - Items (Vending Machines) - Requests - Status Changes - Activities - Calendar - Golden Trophies - The Animation / Golden Animation Episodes - Patches and Updates
School Life Weather Forecast - Seasons - Social Link - Social Stats - Yen - Class - Studying - Books - Movie theater - Bed - Fishing - Cooking - Part Time Jobs - Shrine - Scooter - Gardening - School Club - Bug Catching - Refrigerator - Crane Machine - Chagall Café - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities
Other Media
Games Golden - Arena - Arena Ultimax - Dancing All Night
Productions The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Visualive / the Evolution - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best-
Publications Manga - The Magician - Kiri no Amnesia - Your Affection - Persona x Detective Naoto - Persona Magazine
Drama CDs Persona 4 (Vol.1 / Vol.2 / Vol.3) - Persona 4 The Animation (Vol.1 / Vol.2) - Persona 4 Golden (Vol.1 / Vol.2)
Mobile Games The Card Battle - Colors - Persona 4: The Slot - Persona 4 the Pachinko
Events Music Live 2008 - Music Live 2009 - Music Tour 2010 - Music Live 2012 - Music Fes 2013 - Music Box 2014 - Super Live 2015 - Livehouse Tour 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Ultimax - Manga (Arena) - Manga (Ultimax) - Stageplay (Arena) - Stageplay (Ultimax)
Characters
Playable Arena Yu Narukami (Izanagi - Regular / Izanagi-no-Okami - Instant Kill) - Yosuke Hanamura (Jiraiya) - Chie Satonaka (Tomoe) - Yukiko Amagi (Konohana Sakuya) - Kanji Tatsumi (Take-Mikazuchi) - Naoto Shirogane (Sukuna-Hikona) - Teddie (Kintoki-Douji) - Aigis (Pallas Athena - Regular / Palladion - Instant Kill) - Mitsuru Kirijo (Artemisia) - Akihiko Sanada (Caesar) - Elizabeth (Thanatos) - Labrys (Ariadne) - Shadow Labrys (Asterius)
Playable Ultimax Yukari Takeba (Isis) - Junpei Iori (Trismegistus) - Sho Minazuki (Tsukiyomi) - Rise Kujikawa (Himiko) - Ken Amada & Koromaru (Kala-Nemi & Cerberus) - Tohru Adachi (Magatsu-Izanagi) - Marie (Kaguya-Hime) - Margaret (Yoshitsune - Cu Chulain - Ardha - Regular / Helel - Instant Kill)
Non-Playable Unit #024 - Igor - Theodore - Nanako Dojima - Ryotaro Dojima - Detective Kurosawa - Fuuka Yamagishi - Eri Minami - Yuuta Minami - Malevolent Entity - Erebus - Kikuno Saikawa - Shuji Ikutsuki - Minoru Inoue
Locations
Inaba Midnight Channel - Velvet Room - Yasogami High School - Tartarus
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Arena / Ultimax) - Original Arrange Soundtrack
Songs "Best Friends" - "Now I Know" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Reach Out To The Truth" - "Mass Destruction" - "Break Out Of..." - "Today"
Archives
Terminology Dark Hour - Evoker - Midnight Channel - P-1 Grand Prix - Persona - Persona user - Plume of Dusk - Shadow - Shadow Self - Shadow Operatives - Investigation Team - Wild Card - Persona Fragments - Red Fog
Lists Status Changes - Trophies (Arena / Ultimax) - Skills
Productions The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena Stageplay - Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold Stageplay
Characters
Playable Rise Kujikawa - Yu Narukami - Kanami Mashita - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Kanji Tatsumi - Teddie - Yukiko Amagi - Naoto Shirogane - Nanako Dojima - Margaret - Marie - Tohru Adachi - Hatsune Miku
Non-playable Protagonist - Ryotaro Dojima - Minoru Inoue - Sumomo Ujima - Tomoe Sayama - Tamami Uesugi - Nozomi Nakahara - Kyoka Ochimizu - Dance Instructor - Yuko Osada - Mikuratana-no-Kami - President Tanaka
Locations
Other Velvet Room - Yomotsu Hirasaka - Takura Productions - Inaba - Midnight Channel
Midnight Stage Kujikawa Rise (Stage) - Circus Tent - Sultry Lounge - Doll House - Romantic Castle - Mechanical Castle - Event Space - Mikuratana-no-Kami's Realm
Music
Albums Persona 4: Dancing All Night Original Soundtrack
Songs Dance! - Calystegia
Archive
Terminology Persona - Persona User - Shadow - Kanamin Kitchen - LMB Festival - Shadow Self - Investigation Team - Apathy Syndrome
Lists Trophies
Characters
Playable - P3/P P3 hero - P3P heroine - Yukari Takeba - Junpei Iori - Akihiko Sanada - Mitsuru Kirijo - Fuuka Yamagishi - Aigis - Koromaru - Ken Amada - Shinjiro Aragaki
Playable - P4 P4 hero - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Yukiko Amagi - Kanji Tatsumi - Rise Kujikawa - Teddie - Naoto Shirogane
Playable - P5 P5 hero - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Goro Akechi
Non-playable Hikari - Nagi - Doe - Hikari's Father - Elizabeth - Theodore - Margaret - Marie - Caroline and Justine - Kamoshidaman - Herbivore Dinosaurs - Yosukesaurus - Ribbon - Overseer - Mother Computer - Enlil - Nanako Dojima
Locations
Origin Tartarus - Iwatodai Dormitory - Junes - Midnight Channel - Dojima Residence - Café Leblanc - Mementos
Main Hub Cinema - Velvet Room
Labyrinths Kamoshidaman - Junessic Land - A.I.G.I.S. - Hikari - Theater District
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack
Songs "Road Less Taken" - "Wait and See" - "Pull the Trigger" - "Remember, We Got Your Back" - "Invitation to Freedom" - "Cinematic Tale" - "Life Will Change" - "Nothing is Promised" - "LaLaLa Goodbye Personality!" - "Hikari is Bad!" - "That’s Right, Right?" - "I Will Make You Normal" - "Colorful World"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Sub-Persona) - Persona User - Velvet Room - Fusion - Shadow (F.O.E) - Wild Card - Dark Hour - Evoker - Glasses - Mask - Power Spot - Cognition - Boost - Metaverse - SEES - Investigation Team - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Cut-in - Special Screening - All-Out Attack - Baton Pass - Akashic Record
Lists Arcana - Characters - Items - Skills - Personas - Shadows - Bosses - Ailments - Special Screenings - Patches and Updates
Other Media
Manga Roundabout Special - Official Visual Materials
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