History Characters / FinalFantasyII

25th Jan '16 11:12:08 PM DeadlyDoctor
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* LadyOfBlackMagic: Of the main party, she has the best initial stats for Black Magic.
* MageMarksman: Can wield a bow in addition to her magic.

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* LadyOfBlackMagic: Of A kind and composed young lady who has the most Intelligence out of the main party, she has the best initial stats making her most suited for Black Magic.
casting offensive spells.
* MageMarksman: Can wield a bow in addition to her magic. However, arguably a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion in that equipping a bow gives a character a very large penalty to magic (specifically, -70 INT/SOUL).
5th Jan '16 5:36:05 PM DrakeClawfang
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* BreakoutCharacter: Very popular in Japan, remakes make him the main character of the Soul of Rebirth quest. His popularity in the West has improved with the game's increased exposure, and he's pretty much the game's poster boy alongside Firion. Heck, other games make reference to him ''more'' than Firion, even if just as a MythologyGag than an actual appearance.

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* BreakoutCharacter: Very popular in Japan, remakes make him the main character of the Soul of Rebirth quest. His popularity in the West has improved with the game's increased exposure, and he's pretty much the game's poster boy alongside Firion. Heck, other games make reference to him ''more'' than Firion, even if just as a MythologyGag than an actual appearance. When ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' got a sequel, Creator/TetsuyaNomura said his first pick to be in as a new character was [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain]]. His pick for [[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy2015 the arcade reboot]]? Minwu.
17th Dec '15 10:49:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* HellHasNewManagement: [[spoiler:He took over Hell and came back to Earth to finish what he started]].



* LikeABadassOutOfHell: [[spoiler:A Type 4 -- he ''took it over'' and came back to Earth to finish what he started]].
17th Oct '15 12:12:27 AM DrakeClawfang
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** CannotTalkToWomen



* TheHero

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* TheHeroTheHero: The main character of the initial three-man band, and the one who is usually treated as their leader.



* MagneticHero

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* MagneticHero MagneticHero: Firion and his siblings constantly find allies willing to aid them.



* RummageSaleReject

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* RummageSaleRejectRummageSaleReject: His outfit is a mash-up of various types of materials and colors.



* ShortHairWithTail
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Averted, in that he's the hero and a very nice guy.

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* ShortHairWithTail
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Averted, in that he's the hero and
ShortHairWithTail: Wears his silver hair shot with a very nice guy.thin ponytail.



* BrotherSisterIncest: [[NoExportForYou According to the novelizations of the game]], she has an unrequited secret crush on Firion.
** NotBloodSiblings: But at least they're not related.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: [[NoExportForYou According to the novelizations of the game]], she has an unrequited secret crush on Firion.
** NotBloodSiblings: But at least
Firion. Fortunately they're not related.NotBloodSiblings.



* {{Fanservice}}: In the novels, she has bathing scenes. ''Illustrated'' bathing scenes.
* TheHeart

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* {{Fanservice}}: In TheHeart: The most reasonable and compassionate of the novels, she has bathing scenes. ''Illustrated'' bathing scenes.
* TheHeart
party.



* MageMarksman: Can wield a bow in addition to her magic. However, this is arguably a subversion in that equipping a bow gives any character a very large penalty to magic.

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* MageMarksman: Can wield a bow in addition to her magic. However, this is arguably a subversion in that equipping a bow gives any character a very large penalty to magic.magic.
* MsFanservice: In the novels, she has bathing scenes. ''Illustrated'' bathing scenes.



** ImpossiblyCoolClothes: The jury's out on whether or not it's "cool" but it's definitely impossible. How any of the fabric or metal covering her upper body stays on is beyond human ken.
* SexyBacklessOutfit

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** ImpossiblyCoolClothes: The jury's out on whether or not * SexyBacklessOutfit: Though it's "cool" but it's definitely impossible. How any of the fabric or metal covering not immediately obvious, her upper body stays on outfit is beyond human ken.
* SexyBacklessOutfit
bare back there.



* TheBigGuy: Fits it to a tee.

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* TheBigGuy: Fits it to a tee.tee; no magic but wields big weapons and is physically imposing.



* DumbIsGood
* DumbMuscle

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* DumbIsGood
* DumbMuscle
DumbMuscle: He's very strong physically, but not very smart.



* {{Gonk}}

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* {{Gonk}}{{Gonk}}: Has exaggeratedly hard, masculine facial features and is sometimes shown with exaggeratedly large lips and nose.



* SleevesAreForWimps

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* SleevesAreForWimpsSleevesAreForWimps: The sole party member to show off his biceps; befitting for his strength.



* DarthVaderClone

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* DarthVaderCloneDarthVaderClone: Secretly a relative of a hero, wears dark armor and leads the Emperor's army, eventually betrays the Emperor and helps the heroes kill him.



* DragonAscendant: Subverted. After the Emperor is killed in the Cyclone, Leon crowns himself Emperor, and it falls to the party to confront him and take him out, so clearly, he's the ''real'' villain, right? And this was all an elaborate scheme to grab the throne? [[spoiler: Maybe so, but sadly, the Emperor's not put paid for yet, and trumps Leon quite soundly]].
* DualWielding: Yes, everyone can dual wield anything in this game, but Leon gets special mention because he dual-wields a sword and an axe upon joining the party.

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* DragonAscendant: Subverted. After the Emperor is killed in the Cyclone, Leon crowns himself Emperor, and it falls to the party to confront him and take him out, so clearly, he's the ''real'' villain, right? And this was all an elaborate scheme to grab the throne? [[spoiler: Maybe so, but sadly, the Emperor's not put paid for Emperor is NotQuiteDead yet, and trumps Leon quite soundly]].
* DualWielding: Yes, everyone can dual wield anything in this game, but Leon gets special mention because he dual-wields a sword and an axe upon joining the party.
soundly]].



* HeroesPreferSwords: While his InfinityPlusOneSword is, in fact, a spear, the ''other'' weapon he dual-wields when joining the party is a sword, and he is usually depicted as wielding one in artwork and [=FMVs=].
** In the ''Dawn of Souls'' version, giving him the Blood Sword in the final battle allows him to do almost '''4x''' the damage that Firion can dish out.

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* HeroesPreferSwords: While his InfinityPlusOneSword is, in fact, a spear, the ''other'' weapon he dual-wields when joining the party is a sword, and he is usually depicted as wielding one in artwork and [=FMVs=].
**
[=FMVs=]. In the ''Dawn of Souls'' version, giving him the Blood Sword in the final battle allows him to do almost '''4x''' the damage that Firion can dish out.



* BaldOfAwesome: You better believe it.
* BareFistedMonk: So much so that equipping weapons on him at first will actually lower the damage he does.

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* BaldOfAwesome: You better believe it.
it. He has one of the highest damage outputs in the game.
* BareFistedMonk: So much so that equipping weapons on him at first will actually lower the damage he does. While the PSP release gave him an ultimate weapon in the Arcane Sanctuary, the earlier GBA release took note of his bare-handed proficiency; in Soul of Rebirth where the other three acquire unique weapons, Josef acquires a unique accessory instead.



* GuestStarPartyMember

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* GuestStarPartyMemberGuestStarPartyMember: Joins for a few dungeons but doesn't stick around.



* KnifeNut: A result of the game having no "claw" weapons like later games, is that the claw weapons it does have are classified as daggers. Thus, Josef's Dragon Claw is treated as a dagger weapon, though as mentioned he's best barehanded.



* {{Bishounen}}

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* {{Bishounen}}{{Bishounen}}: Fair features and golden-haired.



* GuestStarPartyMember

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* GuestStarPartyMember GuestStarPartyMember: Joins for a few dungeons but doesn't stick around.



* JokeCharacter[=/=]MagikarpPower: His initial stats are utterly pathetic... but if you stick with him, you can have a quite good character that can easily pick up any role.

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* JokeCharacter[=/=]MagikarpPower: JackOfAllStats: His initial stats across the board are even -- 22 in all stats save HP and MP, level 2 proficiency with all arms.
* MagikarpPower:
His initial stats are utterly pathetic... pathetic, but if you stick as with him, you can have a quite good any other character that he can easily pick train and level up any role.to be perfectly effectively.



%%* FragileSpeedster: Geared towards speed for her initial stats.

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%%* * FragileSpeedster: Geared towards speed for her initial stats.



* GuestStarPartyMember

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* GuestStarPartyMember GuestStarPartyMember: Joins for a few dungeons but doesn't stick around.



* LoveableRogue



* PirateGirl

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* PirateGirl PirateGirl: The UrExample for the series.



* ShockAndAwe: Joins the party with a Thunder spell, which is more than one can say for any other character besides Minwu.

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* ShockAndAwe: Joins the party with a Thunder spell, which is more than one can say for any spell; most other character characters besides Minwu.Minwu have no spells at all.



* {{Bishounen}}: Probably, and even if he's not, in the hands of his fans, he is made into one.
** However in the novelization he's a CoolOldGuy.
* BreakoutCharacter: SquareEnix noticed his popularity in Japan, and has since been made the protagonist for the ''Soul of Rebirth'' sidequest.
* CourtMage
* CrutchCharacter: When he joins your party, he is ''amazingly'' powerful--true, a powerful healer more than a fighter, but still enough to ensure your survival.

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* {{Bishounen}}: Probably, and even if he's not, in the hands of his fans, he is made into one.
** However in the novelization he's a CoolOldGuy.
* BreakoutCharacter: SquareEnix noticed his Very popular in Japan, remakes make him the main character of the Soul of Rebirth quest. His popularity in Japan, the West has improved with the game's increased exposure, and has since been made he's pretty much the protagonist for the ''Soul of Rebirth'' sidequest.
game's poster boy alongside Firion. Heck, other games make reference to him ''more'' than Firion, even if just as a MythologyGag than an actual appearance.
* CourtMage
CourtMage: Hilda's right-hand healer and mystic.
* CrutchCharacter: When he joins your party, he is ''amazingly'' powerful--true, a powerful healer more than a fighter, but still enough to ensure your survival. By the time he departs, everyone else has caught up to his power levels and you'll be fine without him.



* GuestStarPartyMember
* HeroicSacrifice: To let the party at the legendary White Magic, Ultima.
* MagicWand: One of his [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Weapons]] is the Stardust Rod.

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* GuestStarPartyMember
GuestStarPartyMember: The first one to join at the start of the game, but leaves later on.
* HeroicSacrifice: To let the party at the legendary White Magic, Ultima.
Ultima, he gives up his life force.
* MagicWand: One of his His [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Weapons]] is are the Stardust Rod.Rod and Staff of Light.



* TheMedic: Hands ''down''.

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* TheMedic: Hands ''down''.''down''; he has a powerful Cure spell and lots of other buffing and healing spells.



* SimpleStaff: His initial equip and one of his [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Weapons]].



* BladeOnAStick: In the original version his WeaponOfChoice was actually a sword but every remake gives him a lance more in line with the series Dragoon class.

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* BladeOnAStick: In the original version his WeaponOfChoice was actually a sword sword, but every remake remakes gives him a lance more in line with the series Dragoon class.



** SpellMyNameWithAnS: His name in Japanese, リチャード, ''Richaado'', is quite clearly meant to be Richard, but character limits mean that in English, he's usually Ricard.
* GuestStarPartyMember

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** SpellMyNameWithAnS: His name in Japanese, リチャード, ''Richaado'', is quite clearly meant * GuestStarPartyMember: The last one to be Richard, but character limits mean that in English, he's usually Ricard.
* GuestStarPartyMember
join you; when he goes, Leon rejoins for the end game.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: His name in Japanese, リチャード, ''Richaado'', is quite clearly meant to be Richard, but character limits mean that in English, he's usually Ricard.



* YouShallNotPass

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* YouShallNotPassYouShallNotPass: He stays behind in Palamecia to fight [[spoiler:the resurrected Emperor]] while the party escapes.



* AscendedExtra: In the original version of the game, Scott had a small part--but come ''Dawn Of Souls'' onwards, he's a vital character in the bonus level.

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* AscendedExtra: In the original version of the game, Scott had a small part--but come ''Dawn Of Souls'' onwards, he's a vital character in appeared at the bonus level.start of the game to die and be a plot point. Soul of Rebirth made him a party member alongside Minwu, Josef and Ricard.



* MagikarpPower: Because he was never playable (and thus level-up-able) in the main story, his initial stats are... depressing. But once you start raising him, he turns into a powerhouse.
** CrutchCharacter: On the other hand, having a character with set stats is very useful if you neglected the three characters that can be improved beforehand.

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* MagikarpPower: Because he was never playable (and thus level-up-able) in the main story, his initial stats are... depressing. are terrible. But once you start raising him, he turns into a powerhouse.
** CrutchCharacter: On the other hand, having a character with set stats is very useful if you neglected the three characters that can be improved beforehand.
powerhouse.



* PoliticallyActivePrincess



!!Antagonists



* EliteMook
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: [[spoiler:Reappears as a ChestMonster inside Pandaemonium.]]
* EvilRedhead

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* EliteMook
EliteMook: He's little more than just a stronger Palamecian soldier when he fights.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: [[spoiler:Reappears as a ChestMonster inside Pandaemonium.Pandaemonium, then ''again'' in Soul of Rebirth.]]
* EvilRedheadEvilRedhead: The only redhead in the game and a right jerk.



* FatBastard

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* FatBastardFatBastard: He's very portly and quite despicable.



* SeeYouInHell: [[spoiler:He does, actually.]]

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* SeeYouInHell: [[spoiler:He does, actually.actually; when Pandaemonium rises, he returns as a ChestMonster. Soul of Rebirth takes it even further, with him in the Unknown Cave fighting Josef.]]



[[folder:TheEmperor]]

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[[folder:TheEmperor]]
[[folder:The Emperor]]



The villain of the story. The Emperor of Palamecia is so dedicated to taking over the world, he even sold his soul to gain control of the LegionsOfHell to aid in the effort. He's also one of the least sympathetic and most evil ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' villains to date. How evil? [[spoiler: When he dies, as the remakes reveal, part of his soul is (somehow) good enough to get into heaven... and then proceeds to conquer ''that'' [[SerialEscalation too]]]]. In the novelization, apparently the Emperor was able to actually kill Satan despite his powers [[DealWithTheDevil coming directly from a deal with him.]] He has appeared in the ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' series alongside Firion and returns as a boss character in ''VideoGame/TheatrhythmFinalFantasy''.

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The villain of the story. The Emperor of Palamecia is so dedicated to taking over the world, furthering his aspirations of power, he even sold his soul to gain control of the LegionsOfHell to aid in the effort. He's also one of the least sympathetic and most evil ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' villains villains; don't look for a FreudianExcuse because there isn't one. He just wants to date. How evil? [[spoiler: When he dies, as TakeOverTheWorld for the remakes reveal, part sake of his soul is (somehow) good enough to get into heaven... and then proceeds to conquer ''that'' [[SerialEscalation too]]]].ruling it. In the novelization, apparently the Emperor was able to actually kill Satan despite his powers [[DealWithTheDevil coming directly from a deal with him.]] He has appeared in the ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' series alongside Firion and returns as a boss character in ''VideoGame/TheatrhythmFinalFantasy''.



* CombatStilettos
* DealWithTheDevil: The novelization heavily implies that his powers came from a pact with Satan. Also subverted in that unlike most characters in this trope, Satan pretty much didn't expect how much of a monster Mateus would become.
** Also inverted in the interquel "Dawn of Souls", [[spoiler: where the Emperor's light half (who's also just as bad) attempts to beg those of the party who ended up dead in the main game to forgive him for the actions that his dark half committed, and in exchange will give them eternal life. Of course, they don't buy it]].
** According to other sources Satan '''is''' [[spoiler: the Emperor's Dark Half]] in the novelization.

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* CombatStilettos
CombatStilettos: Wears high heels, for some reason.
* DealWithTheDevil: DealWithTheDevil:
**
The novelization heavily implies that his powers came from a pact with Satan. Also subverted in that unlike most characters in this trope, Satan pretty much didn't expect how much of a monster Mateus would become.
** Also inverted in the interquel "Dawn of Souls", [[spoiler: where the Emperor's light half (who's also just as bad) attempts to beg those of the party who ended up dead in the main game to forgive him for the actions that his dark half committed, and in exchange will give them eternal life. Of course, they don't buy it]].
** According to other sources Satan '''is''' [[spoiler: the Emperor's Dark Half]] in the novelization.
it.]]



* FreudianExcuse: Surprisingly enough, the official ([[NoExportForYou Japanese-only]]) novelization ''attempted'' to give him one. Apparently, his unsatiable greed is caused by an even worse demon sealed in a stone taking him over to wreak vengeance against humanity. It's also hinted that every single Emperor before Mateus were this demon's human proxies. He also exiled his mother under the influence of this demon, and she was trying to get him back to the good side. In a way, he seems very tragic in that respect. Though its unclear if the novel is part of the game continuity as the game series (although it should be noted that the novel was written by the same guy who wrote the story of the first three games).
* GodEmperor: By the end of the game, he pretty much is one.
* {{Greed}}: His most defining trait.

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* FreudianExcuse: Surprisingly enough, the official ([[NoExportForYou Japanese-only]]) novelization ''attempted'' to give him one. Apparently, his unsatiable greed is caused by an even worse demon sealed in a stone taking him over to wreak vengeance against humanity. It's also hinted that every single Emperor before Mateus were this demon's human proxies. He also exiled his mother under the influence of this demon, and she was trying to get him back to the good side. In a way, he seems very tragic in that respect. Though its unclear if However, the novel is part of LooseCanon with several differences from the game continuity as the game series (although it should be noted that the novel was written by the same guy who wrote the story of the first three games).
subsequent ''Final Fantasy'' entries tend to ignore.
* GodEmperor: By the end of the game, he pretty much is one.
one, given that he [[spoiler:rules Hell and apparently Heaven.]]
* {{Greed}}: His most defining trait.trait; the world will be his and no one will stop him.



* LikeABadassOutOfHell: [[spoiler:A Type 4 -- he ''took it over'' and came back to Earth to finish what he started]].
** According to some sources on the [[NoExportForYou Japanese-exclusive novelization]], Mateus made a pact with Satan to summon demonic minions to help him conquer the world, [[spoiler: and when Mateus dies and Satan tries to collect his soul, he ''defeats'' him to become the new ruler of Hell. Really drives home the {{Badass}} part of this trope. Of course ''other'' sources claim the novel version of Mateus never kills Satan and it is ''Satan'' who's the Emperor of Hell]].

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* * LikeABadassOutOfHell: [[spoiler:A Type 4 -- he ''took it over'' and came back to Earth to finish what he started]].
** According to some sources on the [[NoExportForYou Japanese-exclusive novelization]], Mateus made a pact with Satan to summon demonic minions to help him conquer the world, [[spoiler: and when Mateus dies and Satan tries to collect his soul, he ''defeats'' him to become the new ruler of Hell. Really drives home the {{Badass}} part of this trope. Of course ''other'' sources claim the novel version of Mateus never kills Satan and it is ''Satan'' who's the Emperor of Hell]].
started]].



* TheManBehindTheMonsters

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* TheManBehindTheMonstersTheManBehindTheMonsters: It's implied the monsters in the world are his doing, with him unleashing them from Hell via his DealWithTheDevil.



* NoNonsenseNemesis: Probably ''helped'' by his status as a FlatCharacter rather than hurt by it. The entire game is essentially Mateus upping the ante after the party's every move, almost always without warning, and almost always with civilian or party casualties.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Taking into consideration his hair styling and wardrobe changes, it's a wonder he even has time for world domination.

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* NoNonsenseNemesis: Probably ''helped'' by his status as a FlatCharacter rather than hurt by it. it -- with no defined personality beyond being an EvilOverlord, the Emperor's defining trait is how effective and competent a strategist he is. The entire plot of the game is essentially Mateus upping pretty much goes "the Rebellion gets some advantage over the ante after Empire or sabotages some advantage they have, but it doesn't matter because the party's every move, almost always without warning, Emperor was already working on getting an even ''bigger'' advantage over them in return, and almost always with civilian or now a party casualties.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Taking into consideration his hair styling
member is going to die and/or at least one town is going to be invaded or destroyed." Rinse and wardrobe changes, it's a wonder he even has time repeat several times until there's nothing else left for world domination.him to do but [[spoiler:take over Hell, come BackFromTheDead, and go for HellOnEarth.]]



* ShockAndAwe: He favors offensive Thunder spells.

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* ShockAndAwe: He favors offensive Thunder spells.spells, and his palace in the Cyclone has electrified trap floors.



* TheVillainMakesThePlot

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* TheVillainMakesThePlotTheVillainMakesThePlot: The entire reason everything happens is because the Emperor is on the warpath and someone has to stop him.
4th Oct '15 9:33:12 AM DeadlyDoctor
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* MageMarksman: Can wield a bow in addition to her magic. However, this is arguably a subversion in that equipping a bow gives any character a very large penalty to magic.
12th Aug '15 11:45:19 AM FallenDelf
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* NoNonsenseNemesis: The entire game is pretty much the Emperor upping the ante against you without relent, creating more powerful weapons and enacting more ambitious plans every time you foil the last. It's not until the party kills him that things finally begin to go their way, and even then he just came back to life as the Emperor of Hell, stronger than ever.
16th Jul '15 8:08:22 AM MissConception
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: An odd Japanese example, the original Famicom instruction booklet spelled his name with a space between both katakana characters. This was removed later on.
4th May '15 9:44:58 PM DrakeClawfang
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* NoNonsenseNemesis: The entire game is pretty much the Emperor upping the ante against you without relent, creating more powerful weapons and enacting more ambitious plans every time you foil the last. It's not until the party kills him that things finally begin to go their way, and even then he just came back to life as the Emperor of Hell, stronger than ever.
16th Feb '15 4:11:27 PM infernape612
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* NietzscheWannabe: Granted, it was not enough to actually make him destroy the world, but he does mention [[in both his Dark Emperor form and Light Emperor form his belief that humanity is good only at executing flawed justice, forsaken love, and having inherently violent tendencies]].

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* NietzscheWannabe: Granted, it was not enough to actually make him destroy the world, but he does mention [[in [[spoiler:in both his Dark Emperor form and Light Emperor form his belief that humanity is good only at executing flawed justice, forsaken love, and having inherently violent tendencies]].
11th Feb '15 12:25:13 PM Nazo
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** NotBloodSiblings: But at least they're not related, so it's not as bad as it could be.

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** NotBloodSiblings: But at least they're not related, so it's not as bad as it could be.related.
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