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4th Feb '16 4:34:34 AM GrammarNavi
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The ''Arc the Lad'' series is Sony's answer to ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' and ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''. Its first game launched with the {{PlayStation}} in 1995. WorkingDesigns released a compilation of the first three games and a bonus arena-battling bonus disc in 2002. The last game in the series, ''End of Darkness'', was released in 2004 (2005 in the United States via Namco) and was an online-enabled action RPG rather than a strategy game.

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The ''Arc the Lad'' series is Sony's answer to ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' and ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''. Its first game launched with the {{PlayStation}} UsefulNotes/PlayStation in 1995. WorkingDesigns released a compilation of the first three games and a bonus arena-battling bonus disc in 2002. The last game in the series, ''End of Darkness'', was released in 2004 (2005 in the United States via Namco) and was an online-enabled action RPG rather than a strategy game.



While the games were never released outside of Japan at first, Working Designs made a box set of the first three games along with ''Arc Arena'' for the PlayStation. It's quite pricey nowadays, but the fourth and fifth games ''did'' see standalone releases on the PlayStation2. Only a WonderSwan Color game, ''Arc the Lad: Resurrection of the Machine God'', [[NoExportForYou never saw a release outside Japan]]. A 26 episode anime ran from 1998-1999, based on ''Arc the Lad'' and ''Arc the Lad II'', animated by BeeTrain and directed by Itsuro Kawasaki.

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While the games were never released outside of Japan at first, Working Designs made a box set of the first three games along with ''Arc Arena'' for the PlayStation. UsefulNotes/PlayStation. It's quite pricey nowadays, but the fourth and fifth games ''did'' see standalone releases on the PlayStation2.UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. Only a WonderSwan Color game, ''Arc the Lad: Resurrection of the Machine God'', [[NoExportForYou never saw a release outside Japan]]. A 26 episode anime ran from 1998-1999, based on ''Arc the Lad'' and ''Arc the Lad II'', animated by BeeTrain and directed by Itsuro Kawasaki.



* InevitableTournament: Done in each of the PlayStation trilogy episodes.

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* InevitableTournament: Done in each of the PlayStation [=PlayStation=] trilogy episodes.



* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Ironically, this is the ONLY version of the PlayStation games to ever be sold outside Japan.

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* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Ironically, this is the ONLY version of the PlayStation [=PlayStation=] games to ever be sold outside Japan.



** Somewhat understandable in the case of ''Arc'' I and ''Arc'' II. The creators were originally intending to make it as a PlayStation launch title. Unfortunately, their ambitions grew beyond their resources (not to mention the amount of time available), so they split the project into two games. Arc I managed to make the PlayStation launch, and Arc II came out later, and did the delay ever pay off.

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** Somewhat understandable in the case of ''Arc'' I and ''Arc'' II. The creators were originally intending to make it as a PlayStation UsefulNotes/PlayStation launch title. Unfortunately, their ambitions grew beyond their resources (not to mention the amount of time available), so they split the project into two games. Arc I managed to make the PlayStation [=PlayStation=] launch, and Arc II came out later, and did the delay ever pay off.
25th Jan '16 3:40:22 AM Ramidel
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* LighterAndSofter: Arc 3 and later games are a fair bit lighter than Arc 2, though that is ''not'' a high bar to cross.
8th Jan '16 7:34:53 PM PerhapsAHuman
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** Theo from ''Arc'' 3 is the last cardist.
** Edda from ''End of Darkness'' is the last exorcist.


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** Deikbeck in ''Arc'' 2 and ''Twilight of the Spirits''.
** Anrietta in ''Arc'' 3


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** While every other character in ''Arc'' 3 is limited to a single type of weapon, Alec averts this by being able to use any weapon in the game.
8th Jan '16 7:22:44 PM PerhapsAHuman
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* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Usually, only five characters are allowed on the battlefield at a time. ''Arc 1'' is the exception, as all playable characters participate in every fight.

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* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Usually, In ''Arc 2'' and ''Twilight of the Spirits'' only five characters are allowed on the battlefield at a time.time. In ''Arc 3'' that number is reduced to four. ''Arc 1'' is the exception, as all playable characters participate in every fight.



** Most of the characters in ''Twilight of the Spirits'' qualify.



** The Dilzweld empire in ''Twilight of the Spirits''.



* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Every character and country seems to have an obvious Earth counterpart.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Every In ''Arc 1'' and ''Arc 2'' every character and country seems to have an obvious Earth counterpart.
23rd Oct '15 10:33:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* OneManArmy: Many characters follow this trope, and are usually GenreSavvy enough to include this into their plan. It is even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the second game of the series:

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* OneManArmy: Many characters follow this trope, this, and are usually GenreSavvy smart enough to include this into their plan. It is even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the second game of the series:
23rd Sep '15 7:06:12 AM Berrenta
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The ''Arc the Lad'' series is Sony's answer to ''TacticsOgre'' and ''ShiningForce''. Its first game launched with the {{PlayStation}} in 1995. WorkingDesigns released a compilation of the first three games and a bonus arena-battling bonus disc in 2002. The last game in the series, ''End of Darkness'', was released in 2004 (2005 in the United States via Namco) and was an online-enabled action RPG rather than a strategy game.

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The ''Arc the Lad'' series is Sony's answer to ''TacticsOgre'' ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' and ''ShiningForce''.''VideoGame/ShiningForce''. Its first game launched with the {{PlayStation}} in 1995. WorkingDesigns released a compilation of the first three games and a bonus arena-battling bonus disc in 2002. The last game in the series, ''End of Darkness'', was released in 2004 (2005 in the United States via Namco) and was an online-enabled action RPG rather than a strategy game.



* GratuitousNinja: Shu.



* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Shu.
23rd Apr '15 11:09:49 PM MoonlightBomber
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While the games were never released outside of Japan at first, Working Designs made a box set of the first three games along with ''Arc Arena'' for the PlayStation. It's quite pricey nowadays, but the fourth and fifth games ''did'' see standalone releases on the PlayStation2. Only a WonderSwanColor game, ''Arc the Lad: Resurrection of the Machine God'', [[NoExportForYou never saw a release outside Japan]]. A 26 episode anime ran from 1998-1999, based on ''Arc the Lad'' and ''Arc the Lad II'', animated by BeeTrain and directed by Itsuro Kawasaki.

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While the games were never released outside of Japan at first, Working Designs made a box set of the first three games along with ''Arc Arena'' for the PlayStation. It's quite pricey nowadays, but the fourth and fifth games ''did'' see standalone releases on the PlayStation2. Only a WonderSwanColor WonderSwan Color game, ''Arc the Lad: Resurrection of the Machine God'', [[NoExportForYou never saw a release outside Japan]]. A 26 episode anime ran from 1998-1999, based on ''Arc the Lad'' and ''Arc the Lad II'', animated by BeeTrain and directed by Itsuro Kawasaki.
23rd Apr '15 11:08:40 PM MoonlightBomber
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''Arc'' II, its direct sequel, follows the adventures of Elc, a bounty hunter who is the last survivor of a nation of [[ElementalPowers fire users]] slaughtered by Seyra, the country Arc hails from. Being longer, more complex, and infinitely DarkerAndEdgier than the previous episode, ''Arc'' 2 [[TrueArtIsAngsty has been lauded as the supreme game in the series]] and a legitimate contender for the title of "Game with the most {{Player Punch}}es thrown."

Two of the three other sequels (''Arc'' 3, which takes place a few decades after the end of ''Arc'' 2, and ''Arc 4'' , which takes place a thousand years after the original trilogy and [[VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits has its own page]]) are usually considered inferior but still-decent games, while most of the negative criticism directed towards the series falls upon ''End of Darkness''.

While the games were never released outside of Japan at first, Working Designs made a box set of the first three games along with ''Arc Arena'' for the PlayStation. It's quite pricey nowadays, but the fourth and fifth games ''did'' see standalone releases on the PlayStation2. A 26 episode anime ran from 1998-1999, based on ''Arc the Lad'' and ''Arc the Lad II'', animated by BeeTrain and directed by ItsuroKawasaki.

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''Arc'' II, its direct sequel, follows the adventures of Elc, a bounty hunter who is the last survivor of a nation of [[ElementalPowers fire users]] slaughtered by Seyra, Seirya, the country Arc hails from. Being longer, more complex, and infinitely DarkerAndEdgier than the previous episode, ''Arc'' 2 [[TrueArtIsAngsty has been lauded as the supreme game in the series]] and a legitimate contender for the title of "Game with the most {{Player Punch}}es thrown."

Two of the three other sequels (''Arc'' 3, which takes place a few decades after the end of ''Arc'' 2, ''Arc 2'' , and ''Arc 4'' , 4'', which takes place a thousand years after the original trilogy and [[VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits has its own page]]) are usually considered inferior but still-decent games, while most of the negative criticism directed towards the series falls upon ''End of Darkness''.

While the games were never released outside of Japan at first, Working Designs made a box set of the first three games along with ''Arc Arena'' for the PlayStation. It's quite pricey nowadays, but the fourth and fifth games ''did'' see standalone releases on the PlayStation2. Only a WonderSwanColor game, ''Arc the Lad: Resurrection of the Machine God'', [[NoExportForYou never saw a release outside Japan]]. A 26 episode anime ran from 1998-1999, based on ''Arc the Lad'' and ''Arc the Lad II'', animated by BeeTrain and directed by ItsuroKawasaki.
Itsuro Kawasaki.



* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Darc from ''Arc 4'' spent most of his life as a slave because of his [[HalfHumanHybrid obvious human lineage]]. This is actually what started his ambition to become the King of all Deimos.



* ApocalypseHow: Scope: planetary. Severity: societal collapse. It happened 3000 years before the first game. [[spoiler: The reason ''Arc'' 2's ending isn't considered a downer ending is because this time it was only societal disruption]].

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* ApocalypseHow: Scope: planetary. Severity: societal collapse. It happened 3000 3,000 years before the first game. [[spoiler: The reason ''Arc'' 2's ending isn't considered a downer ending is because this time it was only societal disruption]].



* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Usually only five characters are allowed on the battlefield at a time. ''Arc 1'' is the exception, as all playable characters participate in every fight.
* AssShove: In-game example in ''Twilight of Spirits'', whenever you have Delma in you party. So, you're in a fight, maybe you're in trouble, one of your characters is in critical condition, you'd really need a healing item... Then you remember that you put one in Delma's inventory. Try and guess where she pulls it from.

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* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Usually Usually, only five characters are allowed on the battlefield at a time. ''Arc 1'' is the exception, as all playable characters participate in every fight.
* AssShove: In-game example in ''Twilight of Spirits'', whenever you have Delma in you party. So, you're in a fight, maybe you're in trouble, one of your characters is in critical condition, you'd really need a healing item... Then you remember that you put one in Delma's inventory. Try and guess where she pulls it from.
fight.



* BackFromTheBrink [[spoiler: ''Arc'' 3, 4 and 5]]
* BackToBackBadasses: Done by Arc and Elc, Shu and Tosh in ''Arc'' 2, and by Kharg and Darc in ''Arc'' 4

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* BackFromTheBrink BackFromTheBrink: [[spoiler: ''Arc'' 3, 4 4, and 5]]
5. The Dark One (Lord of the Black Abyss) may have gained the upper hand again, but our heroes still kick his butt to kingdom come.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: Done by Arc and Elc, Shu and Tosh in ''Arc'' 2, and by Kharg and Darc in ''Arc'' 44.



** BadassAdorable: Choko.
* BadassCrew: This IS an EasternRPG series after all. Every new episode comes with a new BadassCrew, and ''Arc'' 2 even has '''two''' crews joining up
* BadassGrandpa: Gogen in the first trilogy, Camellia is a [[NeverMessWithGranny badass grandma]] in ''Arc'' 4

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** BadassAdorable: BadassAdorable / LittleMissBadass: Choko.
* BadassCrew: This IS an EasternRPG series after all. Every new episode comes with a new BadassCrew, and ''Arc'' 2 even has '''two''' crews joining up
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* BadassGrandpa: Gogen in the first trilogy, Camellia is a [[NeverMessWithGranny badass grandma]] in ''Arc'' 44.



* BadassPreacher: Iga, one of Arc's traveling companion, is a monk.
* LittleMissBadass: Choko again.

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* BadassPreacher: Iga, one of Arc's traveling companion, companions, is a monk.
* LittleMissBadass: Choko again.
monk.



* BullyingADragon: During the [[MoralEventHorizon slaughter of the Pyrenians]], Seyras soldiers and researcher find a young Elc who proceeds to burn half a dozen of them to a crisp. The survivors then decide that such a prodigy would make a very good guinea pig. Three guesses at what happens when he turns into an adult...

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* BullyingADragon: During the [[MoralEventHorizon slaughter of the Pyrenians]], Seyras Seirya's soldiers and researcher researchers find a young Elc who proceeds to burn half a dozen of them to a crisp. The survivors then decide that such a prodigy would make a very good guinea pig. Three guesses at what happens when he turns into an adult...



--> '''Arc:''' "You... You're the one who killed my father!"
--> '''Ark Ghoul:''' "I have killed many, and your father may have been amongst them. But if I did slay him, his death was so unremarkable that I have no memory of it. But enough talk. It is time for YOUR ignominious end, boy."

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--> '''Arc:''' "You... You... You're the one who killed my father!"
father!
--> '''Ark Ghoul:''' "I I have killed many, and your father may have been amongst them. But if I did slay him, his death was so unremarkable that I have no memory of it. But enough talk. It is time for YOUR ignominious end, boy."



* CowardlyLion: Poco: in his case, the fear boost his survival instincts and turn a klutz into a badass MagicKnight.

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* CowardlyLion: Poco: in Poco. In his case, the fear boost inside him boosts his survival instincts and turn turns a klutz that he is into a badass MagicKnight.



* DefectorFromDecadence: Many exemples: not ''all'' Romalians are happy about the way their country is [[TheEmpire behaving]] and form a resistance movement of their own; Choko may be [[spoiler: a monster created to KillAllHumans]], this does not stop her from becoming [[strike: one of]] the greatest asset of the forces of good, and while Darc's Nakama may be composed of Deimos and monsters who hate or at least despise ordinary humans, [[spoiler: they still choose to side with them against the [[BigBad Dark One]].]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Since the BigBad is an EldritchAbomination, this is unavoidable. Yet, unlike most examples of this trope, [[BigBad The Dark One]] is not ''merely'' challenged by a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits band of plucky heroes]]: it takes, during the course of four games [[spoiler: no less than ''five'' Badass Crews including one which fought against it three millennia before the first episode, the HeroicSacrifice of ''two'' messiahs, overpowered mechs, [[DefectorFromDecadence some of the world most powerful monsters he created who turned against him]], the elemental spirits completely exhausting their power, and over 4,000 years of struggle to finally -and barely- beat him, while civilization is completely wiped once and nearly destroyed twice]]: this one is not an easily beaten EldritchAbomination.

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* DefectorFromDecadence: Many exemples: not ''all'' Romalians are happy about the way their country is [[TheEmpire behaving]] and form a resistance movement of their own; Choko may be [[spoiler: a monster created to KillAllHumans]], this does not stop her from becoming [[strike: one of]] the greatest asset assets of the forces of good, and while Darc's Nakama companions may be composed of Deimos and monsters who hate or at least despise ordinary humans, [[spoiler: they still choose to side with them against the [[BigBad Dark One]].]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Since the BigBad is an EldritchAbomination, this is unavoidable. Yet, unlike most examples of this trope, [[BigBad The Dark One]] is not ''merely'' challenged by a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits band of plucky heroes]]: it takes, during the course of four games [[spoiler: no less than ''five'' Badass Crews {{Badass Crew}}s including one which fought against it three millennia before the first episode, the HeroicSacrifice of ''two'' messiahs, overpowered mechs, [[DefectorFromDecadence some of the world world's most powerful monsters he created who turned against him]], the elemental spirits that completely exhausting exhausted their power, and over 4,000 years of struggle to finally -and barely- -- and barely -- beat him, while civilization is completely wiped once and nearly destroyed twice]]: this one is not an easily beaten EldritchAbomination.



** If you have a solid knowledge of Synthesis (or a decent FAQ) your trip to Society Village can produce a lot of these in Arc 3.
* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler: Kharg's mother]]. Said to be a great warrior, she [[spoiler: gets killed without even having a chance to fight]].
* DoomedHometown: [[spoiler: Arc's hometown of Touvil is destroyed at the beginning of ''Arc'' 1.]] Elc's whole nation is slaughtered in the first minutes of ''Arc'' 2. Alec's hometown [[spoiler: Romalia's capital city]] is destroyed in the first cutscene of ''Arc'' 3. [[spoiler: Ironically, by the heroes of the previous episodes.]]
* DyingAsYourself In [[spoiler: her]] last moments, [[spoiler: [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Mariel]], whose mind was supposedly wiped by Gallarno's MindControlDevice, manages to regain conciousness because she [[ThePowerOfLove can't bear the thought of hurting Elc]] ]].

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** If you have a solid knowledge of Synthesis (or a decent FAQ) FAQ), your trip to Society Village can produce a lot of these in Arc ''Arc'' 3.
* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler: Kharg's mother]]. Said to be a great warrior, she [[spoiler: gets killed without even having a chance to fight]].
* DoomedHometown: [[spoiler: Arc's hometown of Touvil is destroyed at the beginning of ''Arc'' 1.]] Elc's whole nation is slaughtered in the first minutes of ''Arc'' 2. Alec's hometown hometown, [[spoiler: Romalia's capital city]] city,]] is destroyed in the first cutscene of ''Arc'' 3. [[spoiler: Ironically, by the heroes of the previous episodes.]]
* DyingAsYourself In DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: her]] In her last moments, [[spoiler: [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Mariel]], whose mind was supposedly wiped by Gallarno's MindControlDevice, manages to regain conciousness consciousness because she [[ThePowerOfLove can't bear the thought of hurting Elc]] ]].Elc]]]].



* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Sania is Millmana's princess, Kukuru, being Arc's betrothed, is technically Seyra's princess, Delma, being the Orcons' leader's sister might count as well.

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* EnemyWithout / {{Doppelganger}}: [[spoiler: The {{Final Boss}}es of the first game are the dark selves of Arc and company, given as a test by the Ark to see if they are worthy of saving the world. The final battle itself takes place in an AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Sania is Millmana's princess, princess; Kukuru, being Arc's betrothed, is technically Seyra's princess, Seirya's princess; Delma, being the Orcons' leader's sister might count as well.



* FantasticRacism: People from Holn are distrusted by the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Game's expy of Switzerland]] because of their ability to communicate with monsters. In Twilight of the Spirits, Human and Deimos are locked into a cold war pretty close to heat up. Deimos are intelligent humanoid monsters... And also [[spoiler: technically fully human: they can have children with humans and were created by altering the genetic material of humans gifted with spiritual powers]]

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* FantasticRacism: People from Holn are distrusted by the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Game's game's expy of Switzerland]] because of their ability to communicate with monsters. In Twilight ''Twilight of the Spirits, Human Spirits'', Humans and Deimos are locked into a cold war that is pretty close to heat heating up. Deimos are intelligent humanoid monsters... And and also [[spoiler: technically fully human: they can have children with humans and were created by altering the genetic material of humans gifted with spiritual powers]] powers.]]



* FauxActionGirl: [[spoiler: Kharg's mother]], see DisposableWoman. In ''Arc'' 2, Kukuru seems to have become this, but she later proves that she still can kick an enormous amount of ass when she [[spoiler: manages to invert her DemonicPossession and takes control of the BigBad's body long enough to allow Arc to seal it again, while she is ''already dead'']].
* FloatingContinent: The flying castle, [[spoiler: last dungeon of most games in the series]].
* FromBadToWorse: Practically everything in Arc The Lad 2.

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* FauxActionGirl: [[spoiler: Kharg's mother]], see DisposableWoman. In ''Arc'' 2, Kukuru seems to have become this, but she later proves that she still can kick an enormous amount of ass when she [[spoiler: manages to invert her DemonicPossession and takes control of the BigBad's body long enough to allow Arc to seal it again, while she is ''already dead'']].
* FloatingContinent: The flying castle, [[spoiler: the last dungeon of most games in the series]].
* FromBadToWorse: Practically everything in Arc The Lad ''Arc the Lad'' 2.



* GuestStarPartyMember: Happens in ''Arc'' 4, in ''Arc'' 2 & 3, guest star party members are supposed to [[ChekhovsGunman become party members later]].
* GlobalAirship: The Silver Noah: acquired very early during the first game.

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* GuestStarPartyMember: Happens in ''Arc'' 4, in In ''Arc'' 2 & 3, guest star party members are supposed to [[ChekhovsGunman become party members later]].
* GlobalAirship: The Silver Noah: Noah, which is acquired very early during the first game.



* GreenAesop: [[PlayingWithATrope Zig-zagged]] between this and a SpaceWhaleAesop: Overusing natural resources weakened the Guardian Spirits of the planet and modern lifestyle have made people complacent to the point of forgetting that the EldritchAbomination which nearly destroyed the world 3000 years prior is still alive and about to break free from its Spirits-powered prison: that's the {{Space Whale|Aesop}} part. On the other hand, during the course of the first two games, many subtle and not-so-subtle hints are dropped that overexerting natural resources is slowly but surely destroying the environment and that without change, Arc's World's modern civilization is doomed even without the [[BigBad Dark One]] readying itself for another genocidal rampage

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* GreenAesop: [[PlayingWithATrope Zig-zagged]] between this and a SpaceWhaleAesop: Overusing natural resources weakened the Guardian Spirits of the planet and modern lifestyle have made people complacent to the point of forgetting that the EldritchAbomination which nearly destroyed the world 3000 3,000 years prior is still alive and about to break free from its Spirits-powered prison: that's the {{Space Whale|Aesop}} part. On the other hand, during the course of the first two games, many subtle and not-so-subtle hints are dropped that overexerting natural resources is slowly but surely destroying the environment and that without change, Arc's World's world's modern civilization is doomed even without the [[BigBad Dark One]] readying itself for another genocidal rampagerampage.



* HoldTheLine: Shows up twice in Arc 2, first when you have to buy Shu some time to plant bombs, and again around the end of the game when you have to distract an army of monsters [[spoiler:so The Resistance can safely infiltrate Romalia.]]
* HotBlooded: Kharg, in Twilight of the Spirits, sounds like this sometimes.
-->Kharg (landing a CriticalHit): DIE!!
-->Kharg: I know we can win!
-->[[RuleOfThree Kharg:]] Watch the wind-blade of fury!

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* HoldTheLine: Shows up twice in Arc ''Arc'' 2, first when you have to buy Shu some time to plant bombs, bombs; and again around the end of the game when you have to distract an army of monsters [[spoiler:so The Resistance can safely infiltrate Romalia.]]
* HotBlooded: Kharg, in Twilight of the Spirits, sounds like this sometimes.
-->Kharg (landing a CriticalHit): DIE!!
-->Kharg: I know we can win!
-->[[RuleOfThree Kharg:]] Watch the wind-blade of fury!
]]



** This actually becomes an important thing to keep in mind in Arc 2, as there are a few treasure chests up on ledges or behind walls that become inaccessible if you don't jump up and grab 'em during battles.
* LaResistance: Comes in no less than three flavors in ''Arc'' 2: there are resistance movements in countries occupied by Romalia, their is a resistance In Romalia proper, made by Romalian who disagree with the imperialistic ways of their country, and Arc's team is a third independent and very [[GlobalAirship mobile]] resistance.

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** This actually becomes an important thing to keep in mind in Arc ''Arc'' 2, as there are a few treasure chests up on ledges or behind walls that become inaccessible if you don't jump up and grab 'em during battles.
* LaResistance: Comes in no less than three flavors in ''Arc'' 2: there are resistance movements in countries occupied by Romalia, their is a resistance In Romalia proper, made by Romalian Romalians who disagree with the imperialistic ways of their country, and Arc's team is a third independent and very [[GlobalAirship mobile]] resistance.



* LastOfHisKind: Elc is the last living Pyrenian. Inverted in ''Twilight of the spirits'': [[spoiler: Darc and Kharg are the first Human/Deimos hybrids]] which is ironic since intelligent monsters where created [[spoiler: by using kids with spiritual powers like Elc]].
* LazyBackup: averted in the first game, where all your characters always take part in the fight. played straight in the other episodes: even when you have a dozen human characters and even more mons, they do not take part in the battle: sometimes justified when the characters try to infiltrate enemy facilities, but ''why'' would they no go all out when they openly attack the BigBad stronghold?
* LethalJokeCharacter: Poco is a musician. A ''cowardly'' musician who probably does not know how to handle a gun correctly. He is also the most deadly soldier of Seyra's army (Arc and Kukuru are not soldiers, Tosh is para-military).

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* LastOfHisKind: Elc is the last living Pyrenian. Inverted in ''Twilight of the spirits'': [[spoiler: Darc and Kharg are the first Human/Deimos hybrids]] which is ironic since intelligent monsters where created [[spoiler: by using kids with spiritual powers like Elc]].
Pyrenian.
* LazyBackup: averted Averted in the first game, where all your characters always take part in the fight. played Played straight in the other episodes: subsequent games: even when you have a dozen human characters and even more mons, monsters, they do not take part in the battle: battle. It's sometimes justified when the characters try to infiltrate enemy facilities, but ''why'' would they no go all out when they openly attack the BigBad stronghold?
* LethalJokeCharacter: Poco is a musician. A ''cowardly'' musician who probably does not know how to handle a gun correctly. He is also the most deadly deadliest soldier of Seyra's Seirya's army (Arc and Kukuru are not soldiers, Tosh is para-military).



* [[KnightTemplar Magic Knight Templar]]: Arc and Elc tend to be quite extreme in their ways of dealing with evildoers (Most CG cutscenes of the second game show things getting blown up. Guess who's responsible?)
* [[KnightInSourArmor Magic Knight Templar in Sour Armor]]: what happens to Arc and Elc as they struggle against Romalia.

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* [[KnightTemplar Magic Knight Templar]]: Arc and Elc tend to be quite extreme in their ways of dealing with evildoers (Most evildoers. Most CG cutscenes of the second game show things getting blown up. Guess who's responsible?)
responsible?
* [[KnightInSourArmor Magic Knight Templar in Sour Armor]]: what What happens to Arc and Elc as they struggle against Romalia.



** Although, the way the cabal treat [[MrFixit Vilmer]] it's fair to say that not all scientists are enthusiastic about promoting Romalia's imperialism

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** Although, the way the cabal treat [[MrFixit Vilmer]] it's fair to say that not all scientists are enthusiastic about promoting Romalia's imperialismimperialism.



* {{Magitek}}: Arc's world is close to the technology level of earth during the 90's, but the main source of energy are stones infused with the power of elemental spirits. [[TheEmpire Romalia]] uses mixes of genetic engineering and black magics to create its army of SuperSoldiers.

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* {{Magitek}}: Arc's world is close to the technology level of earth during the 90's, nineties, but the main source of energy are stones infused with the power of elemental spirits. [[TheEmpire Romalia]] uses mixes of genetic engineering and black magics magic to create its army of SuperSoldiers.



* TheManBehindTheCurtain: Gaidel, the King of Romalia is one of the only fully human antagonists of ''Arc'' 2 and has no supernatural power whatsoever. His lack of power other than political is an important plot point.

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* TheManBehindTheCurtain: Gaidel, the King of Romalia Romalia, is one of the only fully human antagonists of ''Arc'' 2 and has no supernatural power whatsoever. His lack of power other than political is an important plot point.



* MindControlDevice: In ''Arc'' 2, part of the AncientConspiracy consists of planting such devices ''everywhere''. One of the reason why Arc's TrueCompanions is called a terrorist group is because their basic strategy is to blow up such devices, even if [[IDidWhatIHadToDo they happen to be in the middle of a sprawling metropolis]]
* ModernStasis: The industrial revolution happened 1000 years prior to the first Arc the Lad, yet appart from a few gadgets used by the Romalian military, technology never went beyond the level of the late twentieth century

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* MindControlDevice: In ''Arc'' 2, part of the AncientConspiracy consists of planting such devices ''everywhere''. One of the reason why Arc's TrueCompanions is called a terrorist group is because their basic strategy is to blow up such devices, even if [[IDidWhatIHadToDo they happen to be in the middle of a sprawling metropolis]]
metropolis]].
* ModernStasis: The industrial revolution happened 1000 years prior to the first Arc ''Arc the Lad, Lad''; yet appart apart from a few gadgets used by the Romalian military, technology never went beyond the level of the late twentieth century century.



** Arc 2's final boss is so strong that about the only way to beat him without hours and hours of extra level grinding is with a Romancing stone equipped Choko.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Deimos and humans can have children, justified since [[spoiler: they were created from humans to begin with]].

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** Arc ''Arc'' 2's final boss is so strong that about the only way to beat him without hours and hours of extra level grinding is with a Romancing stone equipped Choko.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Deimos and humans can have children, justified since [[spoiler: they were created from humans to begin with]].
Stone-equipped Choko.



--> '''Shu''': "I know someone who's rowdy enough to hold off ten guards. He can be a decoy while I set the bombs."\\
'''Tosh''': "Who are you talking about?"\\
'''Shu''': "Uh, you, Tosh!"

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--> '''Shu''': "I I know someone who's rowdy enough to hold off ten guards. He can be a decoy while I set the bombs."\\
'''Tosh''': "Who Who are you talking about?"\\
about?\\
'''Shu''': "Uh, Uh, you, Tosh!"Tosh!



** End of Darkness also gives you a free character unlock [[spoiler: Lilia]] for having clear data from Twilight of the Spirits.

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** End ''End of Darkness Darkness'' also gives you unlocks a free character unlock character, [[spoiler: Lilia]] Lilia]], for having clear data from Twilight ''Twilight of the Spirits.Spirits''.



** Somewhat understandable in the case of Arc I and Arc II. The creators were originally intending to make it as a Playstation 1 launch title. Unfortunately, their ambitions grew beyond their resources (not to mention the amount of time available), so they split the project into two games. Arc I managed to make the Playstation launch, and Arc II came out later, and did the delay ever pay off.

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** Somewhat understandable in the case of Arc ''Arc'' I and Arc ''Arc'' II. The creators were originally intending to make it as a Playstation 1 PlayStation launch title. Unfortunately, their ambitions grew beyond their resources (not to mention the amount of time available), so they split the project into two games. Arc I managed to make the Playstation PlayStation launch, and Arc II came out later, and did the delay ever pay off.



* OrphanageOfFear: the facility code-named White House: unlike most exemples of this trope, the kids are not openly mistreated by uncaring or sadistic by the people in charge (in fact, [[spoiler: one of its former managers, Vilmer is shown to be a descent, loving grandfather]]), but when the employees are pretty much on [[EldritchAbomination Cthulhu's]] payroll, you know that the facility hides very dark, horrific secrets.

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* OrphanageOfFear: the The facility code-named the White House: unlike House. Unlike most exemples examples of this trope, the kids are not openly mistreated by uncaring or sadistic by the people in charge (in fact, [[spoiler: one of its former managers, Vilmer Vilmer, is shown to be a descent, decent, loving grandfather]]), grandfather]]); but when the employees are pretty much on [[EldritchAbomination Cthulhu's]] payroll, you know that the facility hides very dark, horrific secrets.



* PeoplePuppets: This is [[CreepyChild Bebedora's]] shtick in 4- and she is ''frighteningly'' good at it.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Subverted: Before meeting him, Kukuru is not happy at all with the prospect of marrying Arc, and her rebellion against tradition is what starts the whole mess. By the end of the first game, she has fallen in love with Arc, but [[spoiler: they are now forced to become StarCrossedLovers because she has to stay in Seyra and maintain the weakening seal upon the Dark One while Arc keeps fighting Romalia all over the world]], and, by the end of the second game, [[spoiler: they can only be reunited in death]].
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Choko, and [[spoiler: The BigBad: he was an ordinary human at the very beginning, before becoming an EldritchAbomination able to end all life on the world by his mere presence]].
** Arc, Elc and Gogen also qualify.
* PollutedWasteland: the whole country of Zariban: once a very fertil land due to the fact that the Water Spirit dwelled there and one of the first places to be resettled by humans after the species was nearly wiped out during the first war against the [[BigBad Lord of the Dark Abyss]] 3000 years prior to Arc 1, by the time Arc arrives in the country for the first time, it has been reduced to a desert due to the excessive mining and processing of energy stones.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:The ending of Arc The Lad 2. Lets have Elc explain it shall we?]]

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* PeoplePuppets: This is [[CreepyChild Bebedora's]] shtick in 4- and she is ''frighteningly'' good at it.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Subverted: Before meeting him, Kukuru is not happy at all with the prospect of marrying Arc, and her rebellion against tradition is what starts the whole mess. By the end of the first game, she has fallen in love with Arc, but [[spoiler: they are now forced to become StarCrossedLovers because she has to stay in Seyra Seirya and maintain the weakening seal upon the Dark One while Arc keeps fighting Romalia all over the world]], and, by the end of the second game, [[spoiler: they can only be reunited in death]].
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Choko, and [[spoiler: The as well as [[spoiler:the BigBad: he was an ordinary human at the very beginning, before becoming an EldritchAbomination able to end all life on the world by his mere presence]].
** Arc, Elc Elc, and Gogen also qualify.
* PollutedWasteland: the The whole country of Zariban: once a very fertil fertile land due to the fact that the Water Spirit dwelled dwelt there and one of the first places to be resettled by humans after the species was nearly wiped out during the first war against the [[BigBad Lord of the Dark Abyss]] One]] 3000 years prior to Arc 1, by ''Arc'' 1. By the time Arc arrives in the country for the first time, it has been reduced to a desert due to the excessive mining and processing of energy stones.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:The ending of Arc The Lad ''Arc the Lad'' 2. Lets Let's have Elc explain it it, shall we?]]



* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really 3,000 Years Old]]: Gogen may look like an old man, but he's still in good shape for a guy who spent 30 centuries watching the prison of an EldritchAbomination. Choko is one of [[spoiler: the original monsters born during the games' {{Backstory}} and is therefore as old as Gogen]]

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* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really 3,000 Years Old]]: Gogen may look like an old man, but he's still in good shape for a guy who spent 30 centuries watching the prison of an EldritchAbomination. Choko [[spoiler:Choko is one of [[spoiler: the original monsters born during the games' {{Backstory}} and is therefore as old as Gogen]] Gogen.]]



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Arc, Kukuru, Sania from the first two games, Kharg and Darc in ''Twilight of the Spirits'' (Kharg is still a prince despite the fact that his country abolished the monarchy, and Darc intended from the beginning to kill his way to the top)

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Arc, Kukuru, Sania from the first two games, games; Kharg and Darc in ''Twilight of the Spirits'' (Kharg is still a prince despite the fact that his country abolished the monarchy, and Darc intended from the beginning to kill his way to the top)top).



* SceneryGorn: The ending of Arc 2 gives us a nice view of Romalia, which was the epicenter of the [[BigBad Dark Ones]] attack on the planet. Oh yeah, and the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Sky Castle]] fell on it and exploded after you beat him.
* ScienceIsBad: Keep trying to make technological progress, even if you are well-intentioned, and you will eventually cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* SealedBadassInACan: Gogen is this and SealedGoodInACan. He ''willingly'' sealed himself with the BigBad 3000 years ago so he would still be around to fight again if the BigBad was released.

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* SceneryGorn: The ending of Arc ''Arc'' 2 gives us a nice view of Romalia, which was the epicenter of the [[BigBad Dark Ones]] One's]] attack on the planet. Oh yeah, and the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Sky Castle]] fell on it and exploded after you beat him.
* ScienceIsBad: Keep trying to make technological progress, even if you are well-intentioned, well-intended, and you will eventually cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* SealedBadassInACan: Gogen is this and SealedGoodInACan. He ''willingly'' sealed himself with the BigBad 3000 3,000 years ago so he would still be around to fight again if the BigBad was released.



* SequelEscalation: The first game is quite short, takes place entirely on a relatively small continent with a total of seven party members. Arc 2 has you going all over the world, more than doubles the cast of characters, throws in a ton of side quests, and is crazy long.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: cruelly subverted in Arc 2 [[spoiler: Arc's dad gave his life to the spirits in order to time travel and do so. He failed]]
* SchizoTech (machinegun-toting, IED-tossing ninja terrorists fighting alongside medieval knights. It has to be seen to be believed.)

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* SequelEscalation: The first game is quite short, takes place entirely on a relatively small continent with a total of seven party members. Arc ''Arc'' 2 has you going all over the world, more than doubles the cast of characters, throws in a ton of side quests, and is crazy long.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: cruelly Cruelly subverted in Arc 2 ''Arc'' 2. [[spoiler: Arc's dad gave his life to the spirits in order to time travel and do so. He failed]]
failed.]]
* SchizoTech (machinegun-toting, SchizoTech: Machinegun-toting, IED-tossing ninja terrorists fighting alongside medieval knights. It has to be seen to be believed.)



* SpritePolygonMix: ''Arc 3''.
* StreetSamurai: Tosh is a Samurai tossed in a SchizoTech universe

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* SpritePolygonMix: ''Arc 3''.
''Arc'' 3.
* StreetSamurai: Tosh is a Samurai tossed in a SchizoTech universeuniverse.



** Theo's Cardish ability in ''Arc'' 3.
* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: The anime of the game keeps many of the dark moments, but the ending is ''far'' happier than the game's. [[spoiler:Arc and Kukuru live, and the Dark One is defeated without destroying the world.]]
* TakeOverTheWorld: Subverted: The BigBad does not want to control mankind: he already was in charge [[spoiler: before becoming an EldritchAbomination]], and [[spoiler: by controlling Romalia, he was once again the ruler of mankind at the beginning of Arc]]: the only problem is, this was '''not enough''' for him: wath he wanted was control over the whole planet, including the whole ecosystem, even if it meant [[AGodAmI remaking it from scratch]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: The Arc series cast is even worse off than the Final Fantasy cast, which is saying a lot.

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** Theo's Cardish ability in ''Arc'' 3.
3 is this.
* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: The anime of the game AnimeOfTheGame keeps many of the dark moments, but the ending is ''far'' happier than the game's. [[spoiler:Arc and Kukuru live, and the Dark One is defeated without destroying the world.]]
* TakeOverTheWorld: Subverted: The BigBad does not want to control mankind: he already was in charge [[spoiler: before becoming an EldritchAbomination]], and [[spoiler: by controlling Romalia, he was once again the ruler of mankind at the beginning of Arc]]: ''Arc'' 1]]: the only problem is, this was '''not enough''' for him: wath what he wanted was control over the whole planet, including the whole ecosystem, even if it meant [[AGodAmI remaking it from scratch]]
scratch]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists: The Arc ''Arc'' series cast is even worse off than the Final Fantasy ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' cast, which is saying a lot.



* TwentyBearAsses: A lot of the job sidequests in both Arc 2 and 3 are this variety.

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* TwentyBearAsses: A lot of the job sidequests in both Arc ''Arc'' 2 and 3 are of this variety.



** Arrival at Saryu village: for the first time we are shown the devastating effects of the industrialization of Arc's World, with one of its most ancient human dwellings slowly dying from the pollution caused by the extraction and processing of energy stones. Then, out of the blue, [[spoiler: Romalia's airforce raze the village, send it's turned-into-monsters super-soldiers to finish the job and find the key to the water shrine]]: it's the first time Arc's team is facing [[TheEmpire Romalia]] directly, the first time Arc display some real anger and the first punch thrown at the player.
** The last trip to Seyria: [[spoiler: Andel fatally wounds Seyria's king, who confess that he is the one who sent Arc's father away in order to inherit the throne, Arc is framed for the King's murder, Seyria turns into a police state controlled by Andel.]] If this was not enough [[spoiler: just after finding the Ark, Arc & co have to give it up to Andel who uses Arc's mother and the other residents of Touvil's lives as [[ManipulativeBastard a bargaining chip]], the seal on the [[BigBad Dark One]] starts breaking down: Kukuru has to remain hidden in Touvil ruins to maintain what remains of the seal in place while the rest of Arc's group become wanted fugitive]]: [[CliffHanger The first episode ends here]]
** First scene of Arc 2: Elc's people get genocided by [[TheKingdom Seyria's]] military.
** End of the [[spoiler: White House story arc]]: Elc & co appear successful at first, [[spoiler: rescuing Mariel and finding the other orphans]], at which points [[spoiler: Gallarno turns all the orphans into monsters, forcing Elc & co to kill them, after which he entraps Elc and [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Mariel]], uses his MindControlDevice to forces the two to fight, nearly destroying Mariel mind in the process.]] When [[spoiler: she manages regain her consciousness because she [[PowerOfLove refuses to hurt Elc]], Gallarno uses a [[CrazyPrepared contingency plan]] and uses the bomb he had [[WhyAmITicking implanted in Mariel's body]], critically injuring Eld and leaving him nearly dead]].

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** Arrival at Saryu village: for Village: For the first time time, we are shown the devastating effects of the industrialization of Arc's World, world, with one of its most ancient human dwellings slowly dying from the pollution caused by the extraction and processing of energy stones. Then, out of the blue, [[spoiler: Romalia's airforce raze air force razes the village, send it's sends its turned-into-monsters super-soldiers to finish the job and find the key to the water shrine]]: it's the first time Arc's team is facing [[TheEmpire Romalia]] directly, the first time Arc display displays some real anger anger, and the first punch thrown at the player.
** The last trip to Seyria: Seirya: [[spoiler: Andel fatally wounds Seyria's Seirya's king, who confess that he is the one who sent Arc's father away in order to inherit the throne, Arc is framed for the King's murder, Seyria and Seirya turns into a police state controlled by Andel.]] If this was not enough [[spoiler: just after finding the Ark, Arc & co co. have to give it up to Andel who uses the lives of Arc's mother and the other residents of Touvil's lives Touvil as [[ManipulativeBastard a bargaining chip]], the seal on the [[BigBad Dark One]] starts breaking down: down, Kukuru has to remain hidden in the ruins of Touvil ruins to maintain what remains of the seal in place place, while the rest of Arc's group become wanted fugitive]]: fugitives.]] [[CliffHanger The first episode ends here]]
here.]]
** First scene of Arc ''Arc'' 2: Elc's people get genocided wiped out by [[TheKingdom Seyria's]] Seirya's]] military.
** End [[spoiler:End of the [[spoiler: White House story arc]]: Elc & co co. appear successful at first, [[spoiler: rescuing Mariel and finding the other orphans]], orphans; but at which points [[spoiler: that point, Gallarno turns all the orphans into monsters, forcing Elc & co to kill them, after which he them. Afterwards, Gallarno entraps Elc and [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Mariel]], Mariel]] and uses his MindControlDevice to forces force the two to fight, nearly destroying Mariel Mariel's mind in the process.]] process. When [[spoiler: she manages to regain her consciousness because she [[PowerOfLove refuses to hurt Elc]], Gallarno uses a [[CrazyPrepared contingency plan]] and uses the bomb he had [[WhyAmITicking implanted in Mariel's body]], critically injuring Eld Elc and leaving him nearly dead]].dead.]]



* WorldOfBadass: Even the weakest, most cowardly member of the Seyran drum corps becomes a fearsome MagicKnight and OneManArmy when pushed to take a stand, while the ''real'' heroes and villains are outright [[PersonOfMassDestruction Persons Of Mass Destruction]]. It takes entire ''civilizations'' populated by people like these to defeat the BigBad.
* {{Wutai}}: Arc's country, Seyra, takes this role. High technology mixes with traditional samurais who protect its capital.

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* WorldOfBadass: Even the weakest, most cowardly member of the Seyran Seiryan drum corps becomes a fearsome MagicKnight and OneManArmy when pushed to take a stand, while the ''real'' heroes and villains are outright [[PersonOfMassDestruction Persons Of Mass Destruction]]. It takes entire ''civilizations'' populated by people like these to defeat the BigBad.
* {{Wutai}}: Arc's country, Seyra, Seirya, takes this role. High technology mixes mixed with traditional samurais who protect its the country's capital.
20th Dec '14 11:25:43 AM lalalei2001
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*** Oh, you forgot to mention that [[spoiler: the bomb WAS Mariel. This after you had to fight her while she's BrainwashedAndCrazy by Gallarno. [[SarcasmMode F]][[TraumaCongaLine u]][[DeusAngstMachina n]].]]
30th Sep '14 3:56:45 PM DeathMessenger
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*** Oh, you forgot to mention that [[spoiler: the bomb WAS Mariel. This after you had to fight her while she's BrainwashedAndCrazy by Gallarno. [[SarcasmMode F]][[TraumaCongaLine u]][[ItGotWorse n]].]]

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*** Oh, you forgot to mention that [[spoiler: the bomb WAS Mariel. This after you had to fight her while she's BrainwashedAndCrazy by Gallarno. [[SarcasmMode F]][[TraumaCongaLine u]][[ItGotWorse u]][[DeusAngstMachina n]].]]
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