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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sinandpunishment.png''Sin and Punishment'' (subtitled "Successor of the Earth") is an action game developed by {{Treasure}} and ''Nintendo R&D 1'' released in Japan for the Nintendo 64 in 2000. It is best described as a rail shooter, though its game engine requires platforming and evasive maneuvering along the way. The playable characters move independently of their shooting, which is done using a combination gun and sword that can be set to lock onto targets or be aimed manually with higher damage output. The sword can be used at close range, and well-timed slices can deflect projectile attacks toward other opponents.

The story takes place in Japan in the year [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2007]]. A horde of rampaging mutant creatures known as Ruffians is attacking humanity. In response, a volunteer army is formed to defend against them, led by a man named Brad. But even his group is causing problems for everyone, so a MysteriousWaif named Achi forms ''another'' group devoted to defending against Ruffians and army members alike.

As the story begins, all but three of the group's members are slaughtered: Achi and the two protagonists, Saki Amamiya and Airan Jo. Refusing to give up, they head out to destroy those responsible. Yes, this is an ''incredibly'' short summary, but that's because it's such a short game that it can be beaten in an hour. Despite the short length, it's ''still'' something of a MindScrew.

No, this game is not a WidgetSeries. ''Sin and Punishment'' was originally supposed to be an ''American'' release. The plan was foiled when the Nintendo 64 stopped production in the US earlier than expected, and it was first seen on Western shores when it was launched on the Wii's VirtualConsole in late 2007. It required almost no localization, since all of the spoken dialog was already in English. Due to its popularity on the VirtualConsole, [[SinAndPunishment2 a sequel]] was released in 2009 in Japan, May 2010 in Europe, and June 2010 in the US. In addition, Saki made a cameo appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl'' as an assist trophy.

[[GeniusBonus Not to be confused with]] {{Persona 2}}.

Note: the sequel [[SinAndPunishment2 has its own page.]] Tropes pertaining to it should go there.
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!This game provides examples of:
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Saki's Ruffian form [[spoiler:and at least two bosses]].
* BabiesEverAfter: After five years, anyway
* [[BadAss Badass]]: [[TheHero Each]] [[ActionGirl protagonist]] [[OneManArmy can (and do) wage one-person wars against both the Ruffians and the army]] ([[RuleOfCool and kick major ass]]).
* BattleshipRaid: Stage 2-1 takes place in one battleship, and Stage 2-2 has you fighting a whole fleet of them, including going straight for the [[StarWars Death Star]]-like battleship.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Brad
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Achi]]
* {{Bowdlerization}}: Proof that TropesAreNotBad, the virtual console release accidentally [[{{Spoiler}} made the ending more clear]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} and the plot's transition into the sequel's go smoother]].
* CrapsackWorld: Not only does Earth get overrun by alien bioweapons, but the army assembled to fight them isn't much better.
* DeadlyWalls: One miniboss fight involves chasing a Ruffian along a series of narrow bridges separated by walls, and colliding with a wall damages you
* TheDragon: Kachua to Brad. Leda fills the position afterward.
* DualBoss: One boss fight has Airan battling both Brad and Leda.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The final boss ''is'' [[spoiler:a copy of the Earth]], so...
* ElevatorActionSequence
* ExcusePlot: Almost. The above description reads like this game does, but its main factor are the extremely open ends to the storyline.
* FakeOutOpening: The game opens with a DreamSequence of killing giant centipedes in a field
* FlashStep: Saki in monster form, replacing the roll dodge
* GainaxEnding: You could call this StudioGainax: The Game, and it wouldn't be out of place.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Crab Seemer.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: All of Brad's appearances in the first act
* GoodMorningCrono: or rather, Good MORNING Saki just before you start Level 1-1. Granted, this isn't at the very start of the game, but since 0-0 was a dream level...
** Later, at the start of level 3-1, Saki says "Good morning Airan!"
* HopelessWar
* HumanoidAbomination: Achi
** To a lesser extent, any human with some of her blood.
* LaserBlade
* [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros Saki Debuted In Smash Brothers]]: As an Assist Trophy mentioned above.
* MeaningfulName: 'Seemer' is a real word meaning 'One who seems; one who carries or assumes an appearance or semblance.'
** The title of the series refers to the sin of the protagonist, rebellion (Saki's against the armed volunteers), and the punishment of being constantly hunted down for it.
* MindOverMatter: Kachua is apparently capable of doing this. She flings the bodies of screaming soldiers at you during her boss fight, as well as an [[UpToEleven an airplane and a portion of a building]].
* MindScrew: The story starts off normal until Saki turns into some [[NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA]]-looking thing.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Achi attempts to convince Airan by placing her inside EVA-like Saki and showing a BadFuture, and is extremely convincing to boot.]] This takes up a whole level, but it only MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext. [[spoiler:Completing the level results in the MindRape not working out, and Achi bumped up to BigBad.]]
* MundaneUtility: After escaping from Ruffians, Saki uses his newly-made flamethrower to make barbeque Ruffian. [[CutscenePowerToTheMax It's awesome to watch]], but this is a break from all of the stuff that had just happened.
* MysteriousWaif: Achi
* NintendoHard: And how! You will barely even find a double-frame/Turbo mode ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which doubles the speed of the game]]) available on any website. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0qDMaJ6Ydg This Turbo mode run is the closest you can get to the final boss]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaIVxrPngJE&t=30s compared to this original frame mode on the same level.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Achi transforms into a planet for the final fight.]] Saki is a heroic version, and Kachua is a straight example.
* PhlebotinumRebel: With Airan's help
* [[PlayingTennisWithTheBoss Playing Baseball With The Boss]]: Most fights are made easier by deflecting attacks, and then there's the final boss...
** The Birth Model in 2-3 is actually impossible to beat if you don't do this, as it regenerates faster than your regular shots can do damage.
* RevengeByProxy: Brad tries to kill Saki to punish Achi for Kachua's death
* RightHandCat: Brad's small talking catlike Ruffian Leda, who serves as a miniboss and all-around annoyance
* SayMyName: Whenever the player loses.
* SequelHook: In the first one, [[spoiler: Achi leaves Earth, defeated, but muses over the potential of Saki having a child that also inherits his blood, which she could use for her plan to defeat her enemies. Meanwhile, Saki and Airan discuss the fact that Saki could potentially turn into his monster form and destroy the rest of the Earth, as well as mentioning their future child. Both of these actually do turn up in the sequel; the main character is Saki and Airan's son, Isa, and Saki, it turns out, did indeed succumb to the powers of Achi's blood.]]
* SpoilerOpening: You will only think it's a WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic still, but [[spoiler:Achi does the still that shows her compensating for something is done at the end of the game when thinking about RoaringRampageOfRevenge]].
* StarCrossedLovers
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: One stage is a vision of ten years in the future, showing what will happen if Airan doesn't save Saki
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Less surprisingly good, given the American voice actors, and more surprising that it's in English at all
* ThemeNaming: The original is subtitled "Successor of the Earth." The sequel is subtitled "Successor of the Sky."
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Saki's initial reason against going to America, at least before the conversation is interrupted
* TouchedByVorlons: Most of the superpowered characters in the story, including the heroes, received blood from Achi
** ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:Their son]]
* TheTokyoFireball: Instead of burning in flames though, the city is literally drowned in blood, and at the end of the game, [[spoiler: all of Japan is ruined]].
* TraintopBattle: actually inside a subway
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Set in the year 2007, which was, at the time of it's release, NextSundayAD.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Level 3-2 - The second to last level - becomes a free-roaming side scroller, but unfortunately suffers from controls not meant for such a genre
* WakeUpCallBoss: Heart Seeker teaches many players not to rely on auto-aim mode to coast through the game.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Made uncomfortably clear when the entire volunteer army dies
-->'''Achi:''' "Hahaha! Look at them! They can't even escape! They're crying! They're crying Brad's name! Hahaha!"
* WhatTheHellHero: Achi calls off the protagonists for not following her orders ''multiple'' times.
* WholePlotReference: Minus ChildSoldier (maybe), this is what happens when you ask StudioGainax to make a video game based off of ''EndOfEvangelion''. As much as you want to doubt it, it really is, GainaxEnding, MindRape, and all.
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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sinandpunishment.png''Sin and Punishment'' (subtitled "Successor of the Earth") is an action game developed by {{Treasure}} and ''Nintendo R&D 1'' released in Japan for the Nintendo 64 in 2000. It is best described as a rail shooter, though its game engine requires platforming and evasive maneuvering along the way. The playable characters move independently of their shooting, which is done using a combination gun and sword that can be set to lock onto targets or be aimed manually with higher damage output. The sword can be used at close range, and well-timed slices can deflect projectile attacks toward other opponents.

The story takes place in Japan in the year [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2007]]. A horde of rampaging mutant creatures known as Ruffians is attacking humanity. In response, a volunteer army is formed to defend against them, led by a man named Brad. But even his group is causing problems for everyone, so a MysteriousWaif named Achi forms ''another'' group devoted to defending against Ruffians and army members alike.

As the story begins, all but three of the group's members are slaughtered: Achi and the two protagonists, Saki Amamiya and Airan Jo. Refusing to give up, they head out to destroy those responsible. Yes, this is an ''incredibly'' short summary, but that's because it's such a short game that it can be beaten in an hour. Despite the short length, it's ''still'' something of a MindScrew.

No, this game is not a WidgetSeries. ''Sin and Punishment'' was originally supposed to be an ''American'' release. The plan was foiled when the Nintendo 64 stopped production in the US earlier than expected, and it was first seen on Western shores when it was launched on the Wii's VirtualConsole in late 2007. It required almost no localization, since all of the spoken dialog was already in English. Due to its popularity on the VirtualConsole, [[SinAndPunishment2 a sequel]] was released in 2009 in Japan, May 2010 in Europe, and June 2010 in the US. In addition, Saki made a cameo appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl'' as an assist trophy.

[[GeniusBonus Not to be confused with]] {{Persona 2}}.

Note: the sequel [[SinAndPunishment2 has its own page.]] Tropes pertaining to it should go there.
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!This game provides examples of:
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Saki's Ruffian form [[spoiler:and at least two bosses]].
* BabiesEverAfter: After five years, anyway
* [[BadAss Badass]]: [[TheHero Each]] [[ActionGirl protagonist]] [[OneManArmy can (and do) wage one-person wars against both the Ruffians and the army]] ([[RuleOfCool and kick major ass]]).
* BattleshipRaid: Stage 2-1 takes place in one battleship, and Stage 2-2 has you fighting a whole fleet of them, including going straight for the [[StarWars Death Star]]-like battleship.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Brad
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Achi]]
* {{Bowdlerization}}: Proof that TropesAreNotBad, the virtual console release accidentally [[{{Spoiler}} made the ending more clear]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} and the plot's transition into the sequel's go smoother]].
* CrapsackWorld: Not only does Earth get overrun by alien bioweapons, but the army assembled to fight them isn't much better.
* DeadlyWalls: One miniboss fight involves chasing a Ruffian along a series of narrow bridges separated by walls, and colliding with a wall damages you
* TheDragon: Kachua to Brad. Leda fills the position afterward.
* DualBoss: One boss fight has Airan battling both Brad and Leda.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The final boss ''is'' [[spoiler:a copy of the Earth]], so...
* ElevatorActionSequence
* ExcusePlot: Almost. The above description reads like this game does, but its main factor are the extremely open ends to the storyline.
* FakeOutOpening: The game opens with a DreamSequence of killing giant centipedes in a field
* FlashStep: Saki in monster form, replacing the roll dodge
* GainaxEnding: You could call this StudioGainax: The Game, and it wouldn't be out of place.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Crab Seemer.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: All of Brad's appearances in the first act
* GoodMorningCrono: or rather, Good MORNING Saki just before you start Level 1-1. Granted, this isn't at the very start of the game, but since 0-0 was a dream level...
** Later, at the start of level 3-1, Saki says "Good morning Airan!"
* HopelessWar
* HumanoidAbomination: Achi
** To a lesser extent, any human with some of her blood.
* LaserBlade
* [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros Saki Debuted In Smash Brothers]]: As an Assist Trophy mentioned above.
* MeaningfulName: 'Seemer' is a real word meaning 'One who seems; one who carries or assumes an appearance or semblance.'
** The title of the series refers to the sin of the protagonist, rebellion (Saki's against the armed volunteers), and the punishment of being constantly hunted down for it.
* MindOverMatter: Kachua is apparently capable of doing this. She flings the bodies of screaming soldiers at you during her boss fight, as well as an [[UpToEleven an airplane and a portion of a building]].
* MindScrew: The story starts off normal until Saki turns into some [[NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA]]-looking thing.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Achi attempts to convince Airan by placing her inside EVA-like Saki and showing a BadFuture, and is extremely convincing to boot.]] This takes up a whole level, but it only MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext. [[spoiler:Completing the level results in the MindRape not working out, and Achi bumped up to BigBad.]]
* MundaneUtility: After escaping from Ruffians, Saki uses his newly-made flamethrower to make barbeque Ruffian. [[CutscenePowerToTheMax It's awesome to watch]], but this is a break from all of the stuff that had just happened.
* MysteriousWaif: Achi
* NintendoHard: And how! You will barely even find a double-frame/Turbo mode ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which doubles the speed of the game]]) available on any website. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0qDMaJ6Ydg This Turbo mode run is the closest you can get to the final boss]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaIVxrPngJE&t=30s compared to this original frame mode on the same level.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Achi transforms into a planet for the final fight.]] Saki is a heroic version, and Kachua is a straight example.
* PhlebotinumRebel: With Airan's help
* [[PlayingTennisWithTheBoss Playing Baseball With The Boss]]: Most fights are made easier by deflecting attacks, and then there's the final boss...
** The Birth Model in 2-3 is actually impossible to beat if you don't do this, as it regenerates faster than your regular shots can do damage.
* RevengeByProxy: Brad tries to kill Saki to punish Achi for Kachua's death
* RightHandCat: Brad's small talking catlike Ruffian Leda, who serves as a miniboss and all-around annoyance
* SayMyName: Whenever the player loses.
* SequelHook: In the first one, [[spoiler: Achi leaves Earth, defeated, but muses over the potential of Saki having a child that also inherits his blood, which she could use for her plan to defeat her enemies. Meanwhile, Saki and Airan discuss the fact that Saki could potentially turn into his monster form and destroy the rest of the Earth, as well as mentioning their future child. Both of these actually do turn up in the sequel; the main character is Saki and Airan's son, Isa, and Saki, it turns out, did indeed succumb to the powers of Achi's blood.]]
* SpoilerOpening: You will only think it's a WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic still, but [[spoiler:Achi does the still that shows her compensating for something is done at the end of the game when thinking about RoaringRampageOfRevenge]].
* StarCrossedLovers
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: One stage is a vision of ten years in the future, showing what will happen if Airan doesn't save Saki
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Less surprisingly good, given the American voice actors, and more surprising that it's in English at all
* ThemeNaming: The original is subtitled "Successor of the Earth." The sequel is subtitled "Successor of the Sky."
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Saki's initial reason against going to America, at least before the conversation is interrupted
* TouchedByVorlons: Most of the superpowered characters in the story, including the heroes, received blood from Achi
** ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:Their son]]
* TheTokyoFireball: Instead of burning in flames though, the city is literally drowned in blood, and at the end of the game, [[spoiler: all of Japan is ruined]].
* TraintopBattle: actually inside a subway
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Set in the year 2007, which was, at the time of it's release, NextSundayAD.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Level 3-2 - The second to last level - becomes a free-roaming side scroller, but unfortunately suffers from controls not meant for such a genre
* WakeUpCallBoss: Heart Seeker teaches many players not to rely on auto-aim mode to coast through the game.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Made uncomfortably clear when the entire volunteer army dies
-->'''Achi:''' "Hahaha! Look at them! They can't even escape! They're crying! They're crying Brad's name! Hahaha!"
* WhatTheHellHero: Achi calls off the protagonists for not following her orders ''multiple'' times.
* WholePlotReference: Minus ChildSoldier (maybe), this is what happens when you ask StudioGainax to make a video game based off of ''EndOfEvangelion''. As much as you want to doubt it, it really is, GainaxEnding, MindRape, and all.
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18th Mar '12 12:33:45 PM thiefoftime
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** The Birth Model in 2-3 is actually impossible to beat if you don't do this, as it regenerates faster than your regular shots can do damage.
7th Mar '12 1:52:56 AM Cider
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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Proof that TropesAreNotBad, the virtual console release [[{{Hanlons Razor}}
inadvertently]] [[{{Spoiler}} made the ending more clear]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} and the plot's transition into the sequel's go smoother]].

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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Proof that TropesAreNotBad, the virtual console release [[{{Hanlons Razor}}
inadvertently]]
accidentally [[{{Spoiler}} made the ending more clear]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} and the plot's transition into the sequel's go smoother]].
7th Mar '12 1:52:18 AM Cider
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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Proof that TropesAreNotBad, the virtual console release [[HanlonsRazor

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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Proof that TropesAreNotBad, the virtual console release [[HanlonsRazor[[{{Hanlons Razor}}
7th Mar '12 1:48:21 AM Cider
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inadvertently]] [[{{Spoilers}} made the ending more clear]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} and the plot's transition into the sequel's go smoother]].

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inadvertently]] [[{{Spoilers}} [[{{Spoiler}} made the ending more clear]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} and the plot's transition into the sequel's go smoother]].
7th Mar '12 1:47:30 AM Cider
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Added DiffLines:

* {{Bowdlerization}}: Proof that TropesAreNotBad, the virtual console release [[HanlonsRazor
inadvertently]] [[{{Spoilers}} made the ending more clear]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} and the plot's transition into the sequel's go smoother]].
5th Mar '12 3:03:22 PM Cider
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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Saki's Ruffian form. [[spoiler:Earth Replica made from Achi]] also qualifies.

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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Saki's Ruffian form. [[spoiler:Earth Replica made from Achi]] also qualifies.form [[spoiler:and at least two bosses]].
5th Mar '12 5:41:01 AM SamMax
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* NoExportForYou: The original [=N64=] version. Oddly enough it was, according to ThatOtherWiki, going to be targeted at North American gamers, but by the time of its release the [=N64=] was at the end of its lifespan.
** Eventually rectified with the Virtual Console release; fi nally bringing the game to its intended audience.
1st Mar '12 4:48:02 AM ViperAcidZX
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* NintendoHard: And how! You will barely even find a double-frame mode ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which doubles the speed of the game]]) available on any website.

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* NintendoHard: And how! You will barely even find a double-frame double-frame/Turbo mode ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which doubles the speed of the game]]) available on any website.website. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0qDMaJ6Ydg This Turbo mode run is the closest you can get to the final boss]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaIVxrPngJE&t=30s compared to this original frame mode on the same level.]]
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