OK guys Birth_By_Sorrow has confirmed that there's absolutely no deeper meaning the characters and their Shadows.
Yukiko is all about getting the hot studs, Chie is a dominatrix, Kanji runs around in a bath towel ALL THE TIME and is camp, Naoto is a mad scientist and I don't know what Youske is, some kind of Ninja Frog? Maybe he should spend time with Splinter.
Equation to tell if a game is overrated: L - P > 4 If people(P) subtracted from people who like the game(L) is greater then 4, then the game is overrated.
'cause she is open about digging MC, refuses to be all "proper" about it like the other girls. She's got her own emotional issues and wasn't always the outgoing girl she is now, and doesn't always want to be the girl she is now but she works through it in a non-whiny manner. Also Rise is the most OP support character ever and is ultra-awesome in dungeon gameplay for that. Finally, she looks the best in a bikini.
The last part is a joke. Clearly Kanji looks the best in a (seaweed) bikini.
She is Young and very easily tricked. She is the type of girl you can decided into doing anal on the first date, because it's not really losing her virginity.
People who talk about tricking a girl who has never done anal into doing anal clearly have never actually done anal and don't realize what a bad experience it can be for the guy AND gal when one is not properly prepared for it.
This is actually a funny topic to me. When I originally played p4 I didn't like Rise. i figured she was too flirty for my tastes. Actually ended up going with Yukiko.
Now I just finished a run where I went just for Rise and my opinions of her have changed quite a lot. I see her personality as as energetic, outgoing, and happy. Her flirtatious nature seems two fold: half based on her own insecurities and need for others to like her, and the other half a defense mechanism making it difficult for anyone to get close to the other her.
After reading some of the other opinions here (a long winded adult discussion and a childish attacker) I figured it could be worth mentioning my opinion.
As a precaution: PLEASE NOTE: My opinion is just that, an opinion. -_-
I don't believe that the way the game portrays Rise is as a "whore". In fact, I believe her shadow and dungeon signify the exact opposite. Her shadow is very...erm... sexually open. This is representing her hidden self in the fact that she sees herself as the populace sees her: a sex figure and an idol. Her fear that she may become such a thing was projected onto her psyche and created her shadow. So while she, in fact, would never strip or become like that, her fear that she was that or was being perceived as that made her believe she was, thus creating her shadow.
To reiterate my point is simple: Rise at heart is not the sex figure the public was seeing her as, but is instead a girl who desires attention as a means for proving her own worth. As this is her nature, it is true that she would want people to recognize her and would continue being an idol, but her inner nature and feelings about loyalty are just as strong as any of the other girls.
My original opinion of her was the same as a few others, that she was too easy. Having experienced her path now and seen just how determined she is to stay with MC, my opinion as changed. If this was the case of her hopping on the bandwagon for the next most interesting thing then there is no way she would be willing to put herself at such emotional risk for the MC.
Well...I feel like there was more I wanted to say but I pretty well went off on a rant and forgot it all. XD
Anyway... that's just my opinion of her. I think she has just as much depth as the other love path girls; you only need to look a little harder to see it.