History Anime / DotHackSign

4th Jul '17 8:04:21 PM KizunaTallis
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* AbusiveParents: Tsukasa's father shown in flashbacks is shown to be quite a {{Jerkass}}. Despising Tsukasa for [[spoiler: [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent being a girl,]]]] slapping Tsukasa after being caught shoplifting, yelling and screaming while raving drunk and yanking a little kitten away that she was caring for. Added all to the fact he talks with the doctor about pulling his comatose daughter off life support. [[spoiler: And later tried to physically pull Tsukasa's body off life support himself; and had to be pulled away by doctors and presumably police.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Tsukasa's father is shown in flashbacks is shown to be quite a {{Jerkass}}. Despising {{Jerkass}}, despising Tsukasa for [[spoiler: [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent [[spoiler:[[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent being a girl,]]]] girl]]]], slapping Tsukasa after being caught shoplifting, yelling and screaming in the kid's face while raving drunk drunk, and cruelly yanking away a little kitten away that she Tsukasa was caring for. Added The crowner to all to the fact of this is when he talks with the doctor about pulling his comatose daughter child off life support. [[spoiler: And later support [[spoiler:and later, tried to physically pull Tsukasa's body off life support himself; and had himself, only to be pulled away by doctors and presumably police.]]



* AllThereInTheManual: [[spoiler: So what are their real names, anyway? Wait, what's that Skeith thing? Whatever happened to Sora? Oh no, did Tsukasa ever actually log out? Also, if you watch / read / play other parts of the .hack franchise without understanding the content in SIGN, you'll be equally confused...]]

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* AllThereInTheManual: [[spoiler: So what are their real names, anyway? Wait, what's that Skeith thing? Whatever happened to Sora? Oh no, did Tsukasa ever actually log out? Also, if you watch / read / play watch/read/play other parts of the .hack franchise without understanding the content in SIGN, you'll be equally confused...confused.]]



* CherubicChoir: [[spoiler: During Aura's awakening.]]

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* CherubicChoir: [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During Aura's awakening.]]



* ClothingDamage: The main cast's clothing disintegrates in the opening animation, Subaru's dress is destroyed when she's assaulted by another PK, and when [[spoiler: Morganna]] punishes Tsukasa, his clothing is completely ripped apart.

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* ClothingDamage: The main cast's clothing disintegrates in the opening animation, Subaru's dress is destroyed when she's assaulted by another PK, and when [[spoiler: Morganna]] [[spoiler:Morganna]] punishes Tsukasa, his clothing is completely ripped apart.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:Tsukasa lived with an abusive father who seemed to [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent hate her for being a girl]], which is suggested to be why she adopted a male identity in The World.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: All shots of RealLife are in static-filled greyscale, with HiddenEyes. Except for the final real life shot [[spoiler: which doubles as the final scene in the show. It shows Tsukasa's Player leaving the hospital after waking up (and thus finally being logged out due to the server crashing) and running into Subaru's Player as she leaves and manages to recognize without ever meeting in real life before. There's no spoken dialogue, but we do see the words they say on the screen: "Welcome back." "I'm home."]]
* DespairGambit: [[spoiler: A key part of Morganna's plan.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The scene where [[spoiler: Morganna tortures Tsukasa]] is ''incredibly,'' '''''disturbingly''''' evocative of rape; [[spoiler: Tsukasa is pinned to a bed, apologizing profusely. After that, all of his clothes are ripped off from the overwhelming power of the torture, and he is deposited back on the bed, naked, with a completely despairing, empty look on his face. All the while, he begs Morganna to "stop this, please."]] The camera angles during the first part just make the comparison all the more chillingly real.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:Tsukasa lived with an abusive father who seemed to [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent hate hated her for being a girl]], which is suggested to be why she adopted a male identity in The World.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: All the shots of RealLife are in static-filled greyscale, with HiddenEyes. Except for the final real life shot [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which doubles as the final scene in the show. It shows Tsukasa's Player player/real self leaving the hospital after waking up (and thus finally being logged out due to the server crashing) and running into Subaru's Player real self as she leaves and manages manage to recognize without ever meeting each other despite never having met in real life before. There's no spoken dialogue, but we do see the words they say on the screen: "Welcome back." "I'm home."]]
* DespairGambit: [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A key part of Morganna's plan.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The scene where [[spoiler: Morganna [[spoiler:Morganna tortures Tsukasa]] is ''incredibly,'' '''''disturbingly''''' evocative of rape; [[spoiler: Tsukasa [[spoiler:Tsukasa is pinned to a bed, apologizing profusely. After that, all of his clothes are ripped off from the overwhelming power of the torture, and he is deposited back on the bed, naked, with a completely despairing, empty look on his face. All the while, he begs Morganna to "stop this, please."]] please"]]. The camera angles during the first part just make the comparison all the more chillingly real.



* TheEndOrIsIt: The series ends with a pretty clear indication that [[spoiler: Morganna is still alive and well in The World.]] Justified, since the story really isn't over, and the anime was intended to be followed by the video games.
%%* EurekaMoment
* EyesAlwaysShut: A-20. It shows that even though all the characters are drawn the same way, hers is much more cartoony looking than most others.
* FacialMarkings: Used to distinguish Player Characters from NPC's.
* GainaxEnding: Very little of the ending will make any sense at all unless one follows the rest of the franchise. In this case, ''SIGN'''s ending happens just before the beginning of the video game ''.hack//Infection''.
* GenderBlenderName: Tsukasa. {{Lampshaded}} by Mimiru and Bear when they discuss Tsukasa's identity, saying that the name is gender-neutral so they can't be sure he's even a boy in real life. [[spoiler:She isn't (though for most of the series she's unaware of this), but her real name is "An", which is feminine.]]

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* TheEndOrIsIt: The series ends with a pretty clear indication that [[spoiler: Morganna is still alive and well in The World.]] World]]. Justified, since the story really isn't over, and the anime was intended to be followed by the video games.
%%* EurekaMoment
* EurekaMoment: When Tsukasa [[spoiler:remembers who he/she truly is and wants to log out]]. Morganna lets out a BigNo at that.
* EyesAlwaysShut: A-20. It shows that even though all the characters are drawn the same way, hers is are much more cartoony cartoonish looking than most others.
* FacialMarkings: Used to distinguish Player Characters {{Player Character}}s from NPC's.
{{NPC}}s.
* GainaxEnding: Very little of the ending will make any sense at all unless one follows the rest of the franchise. In this case, ''SIGN'''s ending happens just before the beginning of the video game ''.hack//Infection''.
* GenderBlenderName: Tsukasa. {{Lampshaded}} by Mimiru and Bear when they discuss Tsukasa's identity, saying that the name is gender-neutral so they can't be sure he's even a boy in real life. [[spoiler:She isn't (though for most of the series series, she's unaware of this), but her real name is "An", which is feminine.]]



* {{Gotterdammerung}}: In the backstory of [[FictionalVideoGame The World,]] a war between the humans and the gods ended with the death of the gods and massive destruction.
* GuardianEntity: Tsukasa has a cruel and trigger happy guardian. [[spoiler: However in the end it ends up [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing itself to protect Tsukasa.]]]]

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* {{Gotterdammerung}}: In the backstory of [[FictionalVideoGame The World,]] World]], a war between the humans and the gods ended with the death of the gods and massive destruction.
* GuardianEntity: Tsukasa has a cruel and trigger happy trigger-happy guardian. [[spoiler: However [[spoiler:However, in the end end, it ends up [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing itself to protect Tsukasa.]]]]



* HeroicBSOD: Tsukasa after [[spoiler: being data drained by Morganna.]]

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* HeroicBSOD: Tsukasa after [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being data drained by Morganna.]]



* InternalReveal: At the end of the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler first episode]] there is a [[FreezeFrameBonus 10 second]] {{reveal shot}} of An Shoji collapsed in front of her computer.

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* InternalReveal: At the end of the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler first episode]] episode]], there is a [[FreezeFrameBonus 10 ten second]] {{reveal shot}} of [[spoiler:Tsukasa's real self, An Shoji Shoji, collapsed in front of her computer.computer]].



* MeadowRun: [[spoiler: Tsukasa and Subaru do this only it's in the city and it freezes and dissolves before they do reach each other.]]
* MindRape: Tsukasa and Sora really get their minds slammed by Morganna. Tsukasa's was particularly gruesome in "Tempest," forced to lie down, floated into the sky, and her power stomps on his mind and rips his clothes. He spends the next episodes catatonic, but manages to claw his way back to sanity. Sora's was so bad (in episode "Return") that after he was finally freed his mind completely blanked out the experience. So much that he didn't realize [[spoiler: when he played the game again as Haseo.]] AIDA in .hack//GU also gives its special whammy to its victims.

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* MeadowRun: [[spoiler: Tsukasa and Subaru do this this, only it's in the city and it freezes and dissolves before they do reach each other.]]
* MindRape: Tsukasa and Sora really get their minds slammed by Morganna. Tsukasa's was particularly gruesome in "Tempest," "Tempest" - forced to lie down, floated into the sky, and her power stomps on his mind and rips his clothes. He spends the next episodes catatonic, but manages to claw his way back to sanity. Sora's was so bad (in episode "Return") that after he was finally freed his mind completely blanked out the experience. So much that he didn't realize [[spoiler: when he played the game again as Haseo.]] AIDA in .hack//GU also gives its special whammy to its victims.
22nd Nov '16 6:22:47 AM crazysamaritan
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* HitodamaLight: A blue flame symbolically appears in the background when Bear explains to Mimiru that their enemy is not an entity that can be simply attacked but is both nowhere and everywhere.
1st Aug '16 8:03:16 AM Rippingtons60
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* ClothingDamage: The main cast's clothing disintegrates in the opening animation, Subaru's dress is destroyed when she's assaulted by another PK, and when [[spoiler: The World]] punishes Tsukasa, his clothing is completely ripped apart.

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* ClothingDamage: The main cast's clothing disintegrates in the opening animation, Subaru's dress is destroyed when she's assaulted by another PK, and when [[spoiler: The World]] Morganna]] punishes Tsukasa, his clothing is completely ripped apart.
10th Jul '16 4:36:43 PM DarkHunter
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* [[spoiler: DancePartyEnding: The [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] ''Unison'' concludes the R:1 saga with characters from both the anime and the [=PS2=] tetrology having a dance party at Net Slum.]]

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* [[spoiler: DancePartyEnding: The [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] ''Unison'' concludes the R:1 saga with characters from both the anime and the [=PS2=] tetrology having a dance party at Net Slum.]]



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Tsukasa.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Tsukasa.[[spoiler:Tsukasa lived with an abusive father who seemed to [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent hate her for being a girl]], which is suggested to be why she adopted a male identity in The World.]]



* EurekaMoment

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* %%* EurekaMoment



* GainaxEnding

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* GainaxEndingGainaxEnding: Very little of the ending will make any sense at all unless one follows the rest of the franchise. In this case, ''SIGN'''s ending happens just before the beginning of the video game ''.hack//Infection''.
* GenderBlenderName: Tsukasa. {{Lampshaded}} by Mimiru and Bear when they discuss Tsukasa's identity, saying that the name is gender-neutral so they can't be sure he's even a boy in real life. [[spoiler:She isn't (though for most of the series she's unaware of this), but her real name is "An", which is feminine.]]



* HermeticMagic

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* %%* HermeticMagic



* InstantRunes

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* %%* InstantRunes



* ThePowerOfFriendship.

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* %%* ThePowerOfFriendship.



* RolePlayingGameVerse: Literally.

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* %%* RolePlayingGameVerse: Literally.



* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: Averted.

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* %%* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: Averted.



* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Tsukasa again.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture

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* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Tsukasa again.
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is stuck in The World and is unable to log out. Figuring out why is one of the driving mysteries of the series.
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TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
3rd Jun '16 9:57:16 AM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler: DancePartyEnding: The [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] ''Unison'' concludes the R:1 saga with characters from both the anime and the PS2 tetrology having a dance party at Net Slum.]]

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* [[spoiler: DancePartyEnding: The [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] ''Unison'' concludes the R:1 saga with characters from both the anime and the PS2 [=PS2=] tetrology having a dance party at Net Slum.]]
12th Apr '16 1:21:37 AM aye_amber
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[[caption-width-right:328:[[MysteriousWaif Aura]] is in the background. From left to right: [[WildCard Sora]], [[CoolOldGuy Bear]], [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Subaru]], [[IdentityAmnesia Tsukasa]], [[ShortTank Mimiru]], [[LargeHam Crim]], [[DefrostingIceQueen B.T.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:328:[[MysteriousWaif Aura]] is in the background. From left to right: [[WildCard Sora]], Sora,]] [[CoolOldGuy Bear]], Bear,]] [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Subaru]], Subaru,]] [[IdentityAmnesia Tsukasa]], Tsukasa,]] [[ShortTank Mimiru]], Mimiru,]] [[LargeHam Crim]], Crim,]] [[DefrostingIceQueen B.T.]]]]



The show is notable for taking place inside an MMO yet featuring very little action. Most episodes consist of tense conversations between the various characters about the state of things, and [[SpeechCentricWork the show is largely dialog-driven]]. It does not suffer from this. Also note that the entire thing is just a setup for the .hack games, so large chunks of the plot aren't resolved in this series.

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The show is notable for taking place inside an MMO yet featuring very little action. Most episodes consist of tense conversations between the various characters about the state of things, and [[SpeechCentricWork the show is largely dialog-driven]]. dialog driven.]] It does not suffer from this. Also note that the entire thing is just a setup for the .hack games, so large chunks of the plot aren't resolved in this series.



There are [[Characters/DotHack character sheets]].

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There are [[Characters/DotHack character sheets]].
sheets.]]



!!This anime contains examples of the following tropes:

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!!This
!! This
anime contains examples of the following tropes:



* AbusiveParents: Tsukasa's father shown in flashbacks is shown to be quite a JerkAss. Despising Tsukasa for [[spoiler:[[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent being a girl]]]], slapping Tsukasa after being caught shoplifting, yelling and screaming while raving drunk and yanking a little kitten away that she was caring for. Added all to the fact he talks with the doctor about pulling his comatose daughter off life support. [[spoiler: And later tried to physically pull Tsukasa's body off life support himself; and had to be pulled away by doctors and presumably police.]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: Morganna certainly turned out... badly.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[spoiler: So what are their real names, anyway? Wait, what's that Skeith thing? Whatever happened to Sora? Oh no, did Tsukasa ever actually log out? Also, if you watch/read/play other parts of the .hack franchise without understanding the content in SIGN, you'll be equally confused...]]

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* AbusiveParents: Tsukasa's father shown in flashbacks is shown to be quite a JerkAss. {{Jerkass}}. Despising Tsukasa for [[spoiler:[[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent [[spoiler: [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent being a girl]]]], girl,]]]] slapping Tsukasa after being caught shoplifting, yelling and screaming while raving drunk and yanking a little kitten away that she was caring for. Added all to the fact he talks with the doctor about pulling his comatose daughter off life support. [[spoiler: And later tried to physically pull Tsukasa's body off life support himself; and had to be pulled away by doctors and presumably police.]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: Morganna certainly turned out... badly.
Badly.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[spoiler: So what are their real names, anyway? Wait, what's that Skeith thing? Whatever happened to Sora? Oh no, did Tsukasa ever actually log out? Also, if you watch/read/play watch / read / play other parts of the .hack franchise without understanding the content in SIGN, you'll be equally confused...]]



* CherubicChoir: [[spoiler: During Aura's awakening]].

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* CherubicChoir: [[spoiler: During Aura's awakening]].awakening.]]



* [[spoiler:DancePartyEnding: The [=OVA=] ''Unison'' concludes the R:1 saga with characters from both the anime and the PS2 tetrology having a dance party at Net Slum.]]
* DarkReprise: There are two versions of the song, ''Aura''. One showing the majesty of the world, and the other showing the horror.

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* [[spoiler:DancePartyEnding: [[spoiler: DancePartyEnding: The [=OVA=] [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] ''Unison'' concludes the R:1 saga with characters from both the anime and the PS2 tetrology having a dance party at Net Slum.]]
* DarkReprise: There are two versions of the song, ''Aura''. ''Aura.'' One showing the majesty of the world, and the other showing the horror.



* DeliberatelyMonochrome: All shots of RealLife are in static-filled greyscale, with HiddenEyes. Except for the final real life shot [[spoiler:which doubles as the final scene in the show. It shows Tsukasa's Player leaving the hospital after waking up (and thus finally being logged out due to the server crashing) and running into Subaru's Player as she leaves and manages to recognize without ever meeting in real life before. There's no spoken dialogue, but we do see the words they say on the screen. "Welcome back." "I'm home."]]
* DespairGambit: [[spoiler: A key part of Morganna's plan]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The scene where [[spoiler:Morganna tortures Tsukasa]] is ''incredibly'', '''''disturbingly''''' evocative of rape; [[spoiler:Tsukasa is pinned to a bed, apologizing profusely. After that, all of his clothes are ripped off from the overwhelming power of the torture, and he is deposited back on the bed, naked, with a completely despairing, empty look on his face. All the while, he begs Morganna to 'stop this, please'.]] The camera angles during the first part just make the comparison all the more chillingly real.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: All shots of RealLife are in static-filled greyscale, with HiddenEyes. Except for the final real life shot [[spoiler:which [[spoiler: which doubles as the final scene in the show. It shows Tsukasa's Player leaving the hospital after waking up (and thus finally being logged out due to the server crashing) and running into Subaru's Player as she leaves and manages to recognize without ever meeting in real life before. There's no spoken dialogue, but we do see the words they say on the screen. screen: "Welcome back." "I'm home."]]
* DespairGambit: [[spoiler: A key part of Morganna's plan]].
plan.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The scene where [[spoiler:Morganna [[spoiler: Morganna tortures Tsukasa]] is ''incredibly'', ''incredibly,'' '''''disturbingly''''' evocative of rape; [[spoiler:Tsukasa [[spoiler: Tsukasa is pinned to a bed, apologizing profusely. After that, all of his clothes are ripped off from the overwhelming power of the torture, and he is deposited back on the bed, naked, with a completely despairing, empty look on his face. All the while, he begs Morganna to 'stop "stop this, please'.]] please."]] The camera angles during the first part just make the comparison all the more chillingly real.



* EyesAlwaysShut: A-20. It shows that even though all the characters are drawn the same way, hers is much more cartoony-looking than most others.
* FacialMarkings: Used to distinguish Player Characters from [=NPCs=].

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* EyesAlwaysShut: A-20. It shows that even though all the characters are drawn the same way, hers is much more cartoony-looking cartoony looking than most others.
* FacialMarkings: Used to distinguish Player Characters from [=NPCs=].NPC's.



* {{Gotterdammerung}}: In the backstory of [[FictionalVideoGame The World]], a war between the humans and the gods ended with the death of the gods and massive destruction.
* GuardianEntity: Tsukasa has a cruel and trigger happy guardian. [[spoiler:However in the end it ends up [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing itself to protect Tsukasa]].]]

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* {{Gotterdammerung}}: In the backstory of [[FictionalVideoGame The World]], World,]] a war between the humans and the gods ended with the death of the gods and massive destruction.
* GuardianEntity: Tsukasa has a cruel and trigger happy guardian. [[spoiler:However [[spoiler: However in the end it ends up [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing itself to protect Tsukasa]].]]Tsukasa.]]]]



* HeroicBSOD: Tsukasa after [[spoiler: being data drained by Morganna]].

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* HeroicBSOD: Tsukasa after [[spoiler: being data drained by Morganna]].Morganna.]]



* MeadowRun: [[spoiler: Tsukasa and Subaru do this only it's in the city and it freezes and dissolves before they do reach each other]].
* MindRape: Tsukasa and Sora really get their minds slammed by Morganna. Tsukasa's was particularly gruesome in "Tempest", forced to lie down, floated into the sky, and her power stomps on his mind and rips his clothes. He spends the next episodes catatonic, but manages to claw his way back to sanity. Sora's was so bad (in episode "Return") that after he was finally freed his mind completely blanked out the experience. So much that he didn't realize [[spoiler: when he played the game again as Haseo.]] AIDA in .hack//GU also gives its special whammy to its victims.
* MortalityPhobia: Morganna is a [[AIIsACrapshoot Rogue A.I.]] who became aware of her programming to self-terminate once ''The World'''s true god [[BigGood Aura]] was born. She goes to great lengths to make sure that she never is, and it takes the combined efforts of Tsukasa, Subaru, and all the others to stop her.
* NotDisabledInVR: In the epilogue, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Subaru's player is an introverted paraplegic girl in RealLife, who plays ''The World'' for the freedom to travel anywhere and to make friends she doesn't have offline]].

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* MeadowRun: [[spoiler: Tsukasa and Subaru do this only it's in the city and it freezes and dissolves before they do reach each other]].
other.]]
* MindRape: Tsukasa and Sora really get their minds slammed by Morganna. Tsukasa's was particularly gruesome in "Tempest", "Tempest," forced to lie down, floated into the sky, and her power stomps on his mind and rips his clothes. He spends the next episodes catatonic, but manages to claw his way back to sanity. Sora's was so bad (in episode "Return") that after he was finally freed his mind completely blanked out the experience. So much that he didn't realize [[spoiler: when he played the game again as Haseo.]] AIDA in .hack//GU also gives its special whammy to its victims.
* MortalityPhobia: Morganna is a [[AIIsACrapshoot Rogue A.I.]] who became aware of her programming to self-terminate self terminate once ''The World'''s true god [[BigGood Aura]] was born. She goes to great lengths to make sure that she never is, and it takes the combined efforts of Tsukasa, Subaru, and all the others to stop her.
* NotDisabledInVR: In the epilogue, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Subaru's [[spoiler: Subaru's player is an introverted paraplegic girl in RealLife, who plays ''The World'' for the freedom to travel anywhere and to make friends she doesn't have offline]].offline.]]



* [[ThePowerofFriendship The Power of Friendship]].

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* [[ThePowerofFriendship The Power of Friendship]].ThePowerOfFriendship.



* {{Schrodingers Butterfly}}: The series ends with [[spoiler: Helba forcibly deleting Net Slum in a desperate effort to stop Skeith, causing everyone to be ejected from the game as the server crashes. This results in Tsukasa finally waking from her coma and having a heartwarming meeting with Subaru in the real world... but when their hands touch, a distinctly cyberspace-y hexagon grid appears, and it then cuts to a scene of what appears to be the ruins of Net Slum, with a mysterious monologue from Morganna. It doesn't help either that the "real world" segment of Tsukasa leaving the hospital and meeting Subaru has a somewhat surreal tone to it, what with the whole silent movie style and all. Ultimately, it's not really clear until later installments in the .hack series (or the second SIGN OVA) whether or not Tsukasa actually ever managed to log out.]]

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* {{Schrodingers Butterfly}}: SchrodingersButterfly: The series ends with [[spoiler: Helba forcibly deleting Net Slum in a desperate effort to stop Skeith, causing everyone to be ejected from the game as the server crashes. This results in Tsukasa finally waking from her coma and having a heartwarming meeting with Subaru in the real world... but But when their hands touch, a distinctly cyberspace-y hexagon grid appears, and it then cuts to a scene of what appears to be the ruins of Net Slum, with a mysterious monologue from Morganna. It doesn't help either that the "real world" segment of Tsukasa leaving the hospital and meeting Subaru has a somewhat surreal tone to it, what with the whole silent movie style and all. Ultimately, it's not really clear until later installments in the .hack series (or the second SIGN OVA) whether or not Tsukasa actually ever managed to log out.]]



* [[SeriousBusiness MMORPGs are Serious Business]]: The basic point of the franchise but .hack//SIGN is infamous for taking it to ridiculous extremes.

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* [[SeriousBusiness MMORPGs are Are Serious Business]]: Business:]] The basic point of the franchise but .hack//SIGN is infamous for taking it to ridiculous extremes.



* StoryBreakerPower: The Key Of The Twilight, within the confines of The World. It allows the user to contradict the rules of the system and basically do whatever the hell they feel like doing.

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* StoryBreakerPower: The Key Of The of the Twilight, within the confines of The World. It allows the user to contradict the rules of the system and basically do whatever the hell they feel like doing.



* TooCleverByHalf: Sora. One of the World's most powerful characters and skilled players, with maxed-out level and attributes, and he's fully aware of how good he is while being insufferably immature about it all. Then in the last episode of SIGN we learn [[spoiler:he's JustAKid -- a fourth-grader, to be more exact.]]

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* TooCleverByHalf: Sora. One of the The World's most powerful characters and skilled players, with maxed-out level and attributes, and he's fully aware of how good he is while being insufferably immature about it all. Then in the last episode of SIGN we learn [[spoiler:he's [[spoiler: he's JustAKid -- a fourth-grader, to be more exact.]]



* WomanInWhite: Aura, Helba.
* [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech "World of Cardboard" Speech]]: [[spoiler: Tsukasa at the end of the series.]]

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* WomanInWhite: Aura, Aura and Helba.
* [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech "World of Cardboard" Speech]]: WorldOfCardboardSpeech: [[spoiler: Tsukasa at the end of the series.]]
15th Mar '16 1:40:52 AM morenohijazo
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!!!This anime contains examples of the following tropes:

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!!!This !!This anime contains examples of the following tropes:tropes:


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* MortalityPhobia: Morganna is a [[AIIsACrapshoot Rogue A.I.]] who became aware of her programming to self-terminate once ''The World'''s true god [[BigGood Aura]] was born. She goes to great lengths to make sure that she never is, and it takes the combined efforts of Tsukasa, Subaru, and all the others to stop her.
8th Sep '15 12:50:18 PM SolariusScorch
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* NotDisabledInVR: In the epilogue, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Subaru's player is an introverted paraplegic girl in RealLife, who plays ''The World'' for the freedom to travel anywhere and to make friends she doesn't have offline]].
2nd Sep '15 6:57:41 AM mithrils
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* AbusiveParents: Tsukasa's father shown in flashbacks is shown to be quite a JerkAss. Despising Tsukasa for [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent being a girl]], slapping Tsukasa after being caught shoplifting, yelling and screaming while raving drunk and yanking a little kitten away that she was caring for. Added all to the fact he talks with the doctor about pulling his comatose daughter off life support. [[spoiler: And later tried to physically pull Tsukasa's body off life support himself; and had to be pulled away by doctors and presumably police.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Tsukasa's father shown in flashbacks is shown to be quite a JerkAss. Despising Tsukasa for [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent [[spoiler:[[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent being a girl]], girl]]]], slapping Tsukasa after being caught shoplifting, yelling and screaming while raving drunk and yanking a little kitten away that she was caring for. Added all to the fact he talks with the doctor about pulling his comatose daughter off life support. [[spoiler: And later tried to physically pull Tsukasa's body off life support himself; and had to be pulled away by doctors and presumably police.]]
12th Jan '15 8:48:25 PM ShadowAlex21
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