History VideoGame / CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin

12th Jun '17 9:21:30 AM Walter44
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*** May also count as a ShoutOut to [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow the previous game]], in which the main character (who's a reincarnation of Dracula) can absorb monsters' souls and gain their powers.
23rd May '17 9:33:26 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* DiscOneNuke: The Nintendo WFC shop mode allows you to obtain powerful equipment (such as the Rose Stem Whip) much sooner than you'd get them offline. Ditto for local wireless shop mode, if you happen to know someone who also has the game is further along in their save file than you.
** Likewise the Shuriken subweapon, which is one of the best skills in the game. It can easily be bought before the first portrait, and mastered before the second one is finished.

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The discontinued Nintendo WFC shop mode allows allowed you to obtain powerful equipment (such as the Rose Stem Whip) much sooner than you'd get them offline. Ditto for local wireless shop mode, mode which can still be used, if you happen to know someone who also has the game is further along in their save file than you.
** Likewise the The Shuriken subweapon, which is one of the best skills in the game. It can easily be bought before the first portrait, and mastered before the second one is finished.
19th May '17 7:28:29 PM lalalei2001
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* {{Mondegreen}}: What, exactly, [[spoiler:Stella]] is saying during one of her attacks is immediately unclear, but it's noteworthy in that it's actually a result of bad timing on her audio clips. Instead of one incomprehensible sentence, it's actually two clips, only the first one gets cut off halfway through by the second one starting. The phrases she's supposed to be saying are "Secret strike!" and "Furious wave!", but because the second one starts before the first one is finished, it comes out along the lines of "Secret sturious wave!". This can be confirmed by pausing as she starts the first clip, which will stall the second one and allow it to finish.
** However this is clearly a mistake from the translation team alone. If played in the Japanese voice-over mode (L+A when choosing "Game Start"), she says "Hissatsu", which has the same phonetic length of "Secret". A better word to use would have been "Deathblow" or "Critical".
19th May '17 12:56:48 PM Tsukiyomaru0
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** However this is clearly a mistake from the translation team alone. If played in the Japanese voice-over mode (L+A when choosing "Game Start"), she says "Hissatsu", which has the same phonetic length of "Secret". A better word to use would have been "Deathblow" or "Critical".
11th May '17 1:53:16 AM lalalei2001
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Feedback has been largely positive, despite the frequent criticism of the game's anime-based artwork and design, as well as the uncreative second half of the game ([[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyoftheNight a run through 4 levels that are largely simple alterations of previous ones]]). And the glitches.



* AnotherSideAnotherStory: After the main game, the Sister's story ends the only way it could end.

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* AnotherSideAnotherStory: After the main game, the Sister's Sisters' story ends the only way it could end.



* BarrierChangeBoss: Death can (and will) change his cloak color from the standard black (in which he's weak against spells and resistant to physical attacks) to [[LightIsNotGood white]] (in which he resists spells but is weak against physical attacks) and back again throughout the battle.

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* BarrierChangeBoss: Death can (and will) change his cloak color from the standard black (in which he's weak against spells and resistant to physical attacks) to [[LightIsNotGood white]] (in which he resists spells but is weak against physical attacks) and back again throughout the battle.



* BloodyMurder: [[strike:"The Art of Blood!"]] [[{{Engrish}} "Blood Art Technique!"]]
* BondVillainStupidity: Brauner or even just his "daughters" could easily kill both Charlotte and Jonathan at any time during the game, and even state as such when the protagonists meet Brauner, but [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim rather than just doing that]] and then getting on with their evil plans they just leave the protagonists to break through Brauner's painting worlds. As a result by the time the villains DO decide to actually fight the protagonists the heroes have become strong enough to beat them.

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* BloodyMurder: [[strike:"The Art of Blood!"]] [[{{Engrish}} "Blood Art Technique!"]]
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* BondVillainStupidity: Brauner or even just his "daughters" could easily kill both Charlotte and Jonathan at any time during the game, and even state as such when the protagonists meet Brauner, but [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim rather than just doing that]] and then getting on with their evil plans they just leave the protagonists to break through Brauner's painting worlds. As a result by the time the villains DO do decide to actually fight the protagonists the heroes have become strong enough to beat them.



* BrokenAesop: One of Wind's missions, "Abandon Green", requires you to have no money. The most reliable way to "abandon your greed"? Dump all your cash into ConspicuousConsumption, then greedily pinch pennies until you can afford exactly one more cheap item. May also count as FridgeBrilliance if this was intended, because it's an obnoxious process.

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* BrokenAesop: One of Wind's missions, "Abandon Green", requires you to have no money. The most reliable way to "abandon your greed"? Dump all your cash into ConspicuousConsumption, then greedily pinch pennies until you can afford exactly one more cheap item. May also count as FridgeBrilliance if this was intended, because it's an obnoxious process.



* CannotSpitItOut: You know, John, you could've saved your kid a lot of angst [[spoiler:if you just told him about the drawbacks of the whip right off the bat instead of keeping him LockedOutOfTheLoop.]]
* CerebusRetcon: The Vampire Killer is, and always has been, an ArtifactOfDoom that drains the life of those who wield it, at least if one is not a Belmont.

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* CannotSpitItOut: You know, John, you could've saved your his kid a lot of angst [[spoiler:if you just he told him about the drawbacks of the whip right off the bat instead of keeping him LockedOutOfTheLoop.]]
* CerebusRetcon: The Vampire Killer is, and always has been, is an ArtifactOfDoom that drains the life of those who wield it, at least if one is not a Belmont.



* CircusOfFear: Two of the levels are ([[AlienGeometries literally]]) twisted war-torn circus wastelands. It makes some sense thanks to the time period the game's set in.

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* CircusOfFear: Two of the levels are ([[AlienGeometries literally]]) twisted war-torn circus wastelands. It makes some sense thanks to the time period the game's set in.



* {{Comedy}}: Quite a lot, if you observe...
* TheComicallySerious: Every time during a dialogue, Jonathan's facial display doesn't seem so comic even in FunnyMoments.



* CuteWitch: Charlotte, but [[JustAKid she doesn't like to be identified as such]]. Loretta may count too, as an evil version, though. And the mook witches.
** Charlotte comes off as an actual MagicalGirl thanks to her clothing, while Loretta can be seen as a DarkMagicalGirl.

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* CuteWitch: Charlotte, but [[JustAKid she doesn't like to be identified as such]]. Loretta may count too, as an evil version, though. And the mook witches.
** Charlotte comes off as an actual MagicalGirl thanks to her clothing, while Loretta can be seen as a DarkMagicalGirl.
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** There's also the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse Dracula's Curse]]'' protagonists (minus Alucard) who, much like their appearance in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'', show up as bosses, though here it's in the [[BonusDungeon optional Nest of Evil area]]. With all of them attacking at once, that makes this a TRIO boss.

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** There's also the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse Dracula's Curse]]'' protagonists (minus Alucard) who, much like their appearance in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'', show up as bosses, though here it's in the [[BonusDungeon optional Nest of Evil area]]. With all of them attacking at once, that makes this a TRIO trio boss.



* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Averted with the Sanctuary spell, which is described as curing all abnormal status conditions of anyone within range. This would make it a useful spell to keep handy, but [[AwesomeButImpractical it has a long casting time and an obscene MP cost]]. Once you have it, your only other hint that it's the way you [[spoiler:cure the twins of their vampirism]] is when Charlotte mentions that she might be able to help now. And, as part of the aversion, you now have to pull the spell off in the middle of a boss fight.
** Which isn't that hard if you found two of Jonathan's [[UselessUsefulSpell Useless Useful Subweapons]], one of which makes all enemy's attacks target him instead of Charlotte, and the other greatly increases his defenses while making him unable to move or attack.

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* GameplayAndStorySegregation: GameplayAndStorySegregation:
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Averted with the Sanctuary spell, which is described as curing all abnormal status conditions of anyone within range. This would make it a useful spell to keep handy, but [[AwesomeButImpractical it has a long casting time and an obscene MP cost]]. Once you have it, your only other hint that it's the way you [[spoiler:cure the twins of their vampirism]] is when Charlotte mentions that she might be able to help now. And, as part of the aversion, you now have to pull the spell off in the middle of a boss fight.
** Which isn't that hard if you found two of Jonathan's [[UselessUsefulSpell Useless Useful Subweapons]], one of which makes all enemy's attacks target him instead of Charlotte, and the other greatly increases his defenses while making him unable to move or attack.
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* JustAKid: RunningGag with Charlotte (16) who doesn't like being treated like a child. Jonathan also takes offense when Wind calls him a "boy".
** It should be noted [[spoiler:that once cured with the Sanctuary spell, Stella refers to Charlotte as Miss Charlotte, most likely in gratitude of being cured. Charlotte doesn't mind]].

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* JustAKid: A RunningGag with Charlotte (16) who doesn't like being treated like a child. Jonathan also takes offense when Wind calls him a "boy".
** It should be noted [[spoiler:that once cured with the Sanctuary spell, Stella refers to Charlotte as Miss Charlotte, most likely in gratitude of being cured. Charlotte doesn't mind]].
"boy".



* LethalJokeItem: The Cream Pie, once mastered. [[spoiler:It is very effective against the Whip's Memory (Richter Belmont) once mastered, as it does Dark damage, his elemental weakness, as well as being easy on the MP (allowing for spamming) and decent range.]]

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The Cream Pie, once mastered. [[spoiler:It is very effective against the Whip's Memory (Richter Belmont) once mastered, as it does Dark damage, his elemental weakness, as well as being easy on the MP (allowing for spamming) and decent range.]]



* LighterAndSofter: Significantly so compared to most of the other Castlevania games in spite of being set during the disastrous second World War, if you give it an observation.
** Especially when compared to ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', the first Metroidvania. Note that Alucard is a loner all the way through that game, while in this game Jonathan and Charlotte are trusted partners all the way through.

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* LighterAndSofter: Significantly so compared to most of the other Castlevania games in spite of being set during the disastrous second World War, if you give it an observation.
** Especially when compared
Compared to ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', the first Metroidvania. Note that Alucard is a loner all the way through that game, loner, while in this game Jonathan and Charlotte are trusted partners all the way through.



** The boss Astarte can seduce Jonathan to her side, resulting in the player ending as Charlotte and poor, deluded Jonathan attacking her relentlessly. 'Tis best to die at that point and start the battle anew... Although doing so robs you of some funny party conversations after (and during!) the fight.

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** The boss Astarte can seduce Jonathan to her side, resulting in the player ending as Charlotte and poor, deluded Jonathan attacking her relentlessly. 'Tis best to die at that point and start the battle anew... Although doing so robs you of some funny party conversations after (and during!) the fight.Charlotte relentlessly.



* Mondegreen: What, exactly, [[spoiler:Stella]] is saying during one of her attacks is immediately unclear, but it's noteworthy in that it's actually a result of bad timing on her audio clips. Instead of one incomprehensible sentence, it's actually two clips, only the first one gets cut off halfway through by the second one starting. The phrases she's supposed to be saying are "Secret strike!" and "Furious wave!", but because the second one starts before the first one is finished, it comes out along the lines of "Secret sturious wave!". This can be confirmed by pausing as she starts the first clip, which will stall the second one and allow it to finish.

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* Mondegreen: {{Mondegreen}}: What, exactly, [[spoiler:Stella]] is saying during one of her attacks is immediately unclear, but it's noteworthy in that it's actually a result of bad timing on her audio clips. Instead of one incomprehensible sentence, it's actually two clips, only the first one gets cut off halfway through by the second one starting. The phrases she's supposed to be saying are "Secret strike!" and "Furious wave!", but because the second one starts before the first one is finished, it comes out along the lines of "Secret sturious wave!". This can be confirmed by pausing as she starts the first clip, which will stall the second one and allow it to finish.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:After Jonathan and Charlotte defeat Brauner, Death comes in and finishes him off, revealing that the last obstacle to Dracula's resurrection has been removed]]. 100% subverted if you actually [[spoiler:defeat Stella and Loretta. Jonathan curses himself for defeating them]], but before he can go in for the kill, [[spoiler:Brauner]] comes in to stop him (while begging on his knees, no less) to give a short speech about how [[spoiler:he and his "daughters" are related not by blood but by souls]]. He then leaves via teleport, to Jonathan's surprise, leaving the duo to escape while the castle crumbles. Now what does this have to do with the plot, you ask? Well, remember how [[spoiler:Death points out how Brauner was the last thing standing in the way between him and reviving Dracula? Well, since you made him leave and the castle is in shambles, Death's little gambit took a turn for the worse]]. You can just imagine him giving himself a facepalm for that little miscalculation.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Brauner made two grievous errors: First, he didn't keep Stella and Loretta on a tight enough leash and second, if he had to brainwash them, then he should not have allowed them to enter his headquarters.]] See NiceJobBreakingItHero above for an even better example.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:After Jonathan and Charlotte defeat Brauner, Death comes in and finishes him off, revealing that the last obstacle to Dracula's resurrection has been removed]]. 100% subverted if you actually [[spoiler:defeat Stella and Loretta. Jonathan curses himself for defeating them]], but before he can go in for the kill, [[spoiler:Brauner]] comes in to stop him (while begging on his knees, no less) to give a short speech about how [[spoiler:he and his "daughters" are related not by blood but by souls]]. He then leaves via teleport, to Jonathan's surprise, leaving the duo to escape while the castle crumbles. Now what does this have to do with the plot, you ask? Well, remember how [[spoiler:Death points out how Brauner was the last thing standing in the way between him and reviving Dracula? Well, since you made him leave and the castle is in shambles, Death's little gambit took a turn for the worse]]. You can just imagine him giving himself a facepalm for that little miscalculation.
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Brauner made two grievous errors: errors. First, he didn't keep Stella and Loretta on a tight enough leash and second, if he had to brainwash them, then he should not have allowed them to enter his headquarters.]] See NiceJobBreakingItHero above for an even better example.]]



* PantyShot: Persephone's vacuum+Charlotte=Fun. Actually, Charlotte gets a lot, start with her crouch pose and work your way up from there.

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* PantyShot: Persephone's vacuum+Charlotte=Fun. Actually, Charlotte gets can get a lot, start with her crouch pose and work your way up from there.few of these, especially if the vacuum Persephones are nearby.



* PeekABangs: Jonathan, true, not every character in the series had costumes that were proper to their age. But they were close. But this haircut, and in a guy, IN THE [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII FOURTIES]]!??!

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* PeekABangs: Jonathan, true, not every character in the series had costumes that were proper to their age. But they were close. But this haircut, and in a guy, IN THE [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII FOURTIES]]!??!Jonathan's hair is like this.



* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Inverted, Jonathan's outfit and menu options are red/pink, while Charlotte's outfit ([[PantyShot including her underwear]]) and menu items are blue.
* PluckyComicRelief: The monk-turned-shopkeeper Vincent Dorin tries to fill this role. Let's put it this way: he is bitten by a vampire and slowly succumbs to a similar fate, and it is ''played for laughs''.

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* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Inverted, Jonathan's outfit and menu options are red/pink, while Charlotte's outfit ([[PantyShot including her underwear]]) and menu items are blue.
* PluckyComicRelief: The monk-turned-shopkeeper Vincent Dorin tries to fill fills this role. Let's put it this way: he He is bitten by a vampire and slowly succumbs to a similar fate, and it is it's ''played for laughs''.



* PuzzleBoss: The Dullahan does massive damage (4 hits and you are dead) to your level 7 or so characters with their minimal equipment, and it is unrealistic to dodge EVERYTHING he throws. The solution? [[spoiler:He'll never use his most damaging attack if you focus your attacks on his head.]]
** Alternatively, one may appreciate the [[WakeUpCallBoss wake up call]] and start noticing that this boss, like every other in the game, telegraphs every single major attack.

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* PuzzleBoss: The Dullahan does massive damage (4 hits and you are dead) to your level 7 or so characters with their minimal equipment, and it is unrealistic to dodge EVERYTHING everything he throws. The solution? [[spoiler:He'll never use his most damaging attack if you focus your attacks on his head.]]
** Alternatively, one may appreciate the [[WakeUpCallBoss wake up call]] and start noticing notice that this boss, like every other in the game, telegraphs every single major attack.



** RareRandomDrop: have fun getting the drop from the Peeping Eye, an object that lets you see breakable walls. It starts at 0.69% of chance. Be ready to get Luck boosting items if you want it.

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** RareRandomDrop: have Have fun getting the drop from the Peeping Eye, an object that lets you see breakable walls. It starts at 0.69% of a chance. Be ready to get Luck boosting items if you want it.



* SamusIsAGirl: Implied with Old Axe Armor in its unlockable mode, enemies with gender-based reactions will react to Old Axe Armor as if it was female. A rare case of this being done for gameplay purposes: Astarte's Temptation attack would essentially be an instant Game Over if Old Axe Armor were considered male, as they don't have a partner. [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/castlevania/images/b/b3/Por_pic_41.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20081025191513 There's even official art of her!]]

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* SamusIsAGirl: Implied with Old Axe Armor in its unlockable mode, enemies with gender-based reactions will react to Old Axe Armor as if it was female. A rare case of this being done for gameplay purposes: purposes. Astarte's Temptation attack would essentially be an instant Game Over if Old Axe Armor were considered male, as they don't have a partner. [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/castlevania/images/b/b3/Por_pic_41.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20081025191513 There's even official art of her!]]



*** In other words, Charlotte is a [[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Vic Viper]]; the colors of her costume also resemble that of the starfighter.
*** If so... then Jonathan is a [[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Lord British or a Super Cobra]].



*** At least from the original Castlevania and its X68000 remake (released as Castlevania Chronicles outside Japan) collectively; the werewolf boss only ever appeared in the latter, but the mummy boss did not, despite Chronicles being a revision of the original game.
** On top of that, in the final boss battle, [[spoiler:Death offers up his power to enhance the "not fully resurrected" Dracula. Dracula absorbs this power with a cry of "[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Soul Steal!!]]"]]

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*** At least from the original Castlevania and its X68000 remake (released as Castlevania Chronicles outside Japan) collectively; the werewolf boss only ever appeared in the latter, but the mummy boss did not, despite Chronicles being a revision of the original game.
** On top of that, in In the final boss battle, [[spoiler:Death offers up his power to enhance the "not fully resurrected" Dracula. Dracula absorbs this power with a cry of "[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Soul Steal!!]]"]]



* ShutUpHannibal: Jonathan to Brauner
--> [[spoiler: I don't care! Being a family means being connected by heart. Ties of blood and soul is insignificant. When I learned why my father did what he did, I understood. You used a curse to manipulate your "dear daughters"! Now THAT'S sad!]]

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* ShutUpHannibal: Jonathan to Brauner
Brauner.
--> [[spoiler: I don't care! Being a family means being connected by heart. Ties of blood and soul is insignificant. When I learned why my father did what he did, I understood. You used a curse to manipulate your "dear daughters"! daughters!" Now THAT'S sad!]]



** Stella
** The Stellar Sword, once owned by [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Maxim]], which is one of the last quest rewards. It's pretty good!

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** Stella
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** The Stellar Sword, once owned by [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Maxim]], which is one of the last quest rewards. It's pretty good!



* SweetDreamsFuel: Charlotte's wedding dress and engagement ring, especially if paired up with Jon's tuxedo suit... You know what it means...
** This [[http://kukaiseki.pupu.jp/picture/cv/cv45.html art]] naturally takes this up to the logical conclusion.
** In fact, Jonathan and Charlotte's adventure as an opposite-sex duet (also a reason that this Castlevania game is LighterAndSofter) already gives both a hint and a feel of romance - especially given that they are close childhood friends.



* UngratefulBastard: While Vincent says he's grateful if you cure him of his vampirism, he sure doesn't show it. [[NoHeroDiscount He refuses to give the heroes a discount]] despite everything and to twist the knife further, his spoken dialogue changes if you enter his shop while he's a vampire with him begging, "I'll lower the price... I'll lower the price!" of which he does no such thing. A lack of reciprocation ''and'' lying just to get cured on top of that? It's a wonder he managed to be a priest.

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* UngratefulBastard: While Vincent says he's grateful if you cure him of his vampirism, he sure doesn't show it. [[NoHeroDiscount He refuses to give the heroes a discount]] despite everything and to twist the knife further, his spoken dialogue changes if you enter his shop while he's a vampire with him begging, "I'll lower the price... I'll lower the price!" of which he does no such thing. A lack of reciprocation ''and'' lying just to get cured on top of that? It's a wonder he managed to be a priest.
5th Apr '17 4:43:21 AM Doug86
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* {{Expy}}: The Lecarde sisters are [[RozenMaiden Suiseiseki and Souseiseki]]. [[SiblingYinYang Same dispositions/demeanors]], [[ElegantGothicLolita same style wardrobe]], same heterochromatic configurations, same associated weapon themes (except they exchanged, and the water is frozen).

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* {{Expy}}: The Lecarde sisters are [[RozenMaiden [[Manga/RozenMaiden Suiseiseki and Souseiseki]]. [[SiblingYinYang Same dispositions/demeanors]], [[ElegantGothicLolita same style wardrobe]], same heterochromatic configurations, same associated weapon themes (except they exchanged, and the water is frozen).
25th Mar '17 11:06:20 AM nombretomado
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''Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin'' is a NintendoDS game released in 2006 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series. It boasts a two-character tag system that allows the two characters to work together frequently, an experience-based subweapon system for Jonathan and casting time-based magic system for Charlotte, and a number of non-castle venues accessible via the various portraits. Extra characters and level limits extend the replay value, including one mode controlled entirely with the touchscreen.

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''Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin'' is a NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS game released in 2006 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series. It boasts a two-character tag system that allows the two characters to work together frequently, an experience-based subweapon system for Jonathan and casting time-based magic system for Charlotte, and a number of non-castle venues accessible via the various portraits. Extra characters and level limits extend the replay value, including one mode controlled entirely with the touchscreen.
10th Jan '17 6:46:40 AM LarryMullen
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* UnwinnableByInsanity: It's possible to render the Nest of Evil completely unescapable by not triggering the teleporter next to the entrance and then going all the way from the first floor to the bottom floor in one go and using the save point at the bottom.
10th Jan '17 6:45:50 AM LarryMullen
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The Japanese version bears the subtitle "Gallery of Labyrinth" instead.
12th Dec '16 5:02:55 AM WanderingTedium
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-->'''Vincent''': No... They--... They ''killed'' Jonathan?!\\
'''Jonathan''': Nah, I'm still around.\\
'''Vincent''': [[LampshadeHanging What? You're still here? But I thought...]]


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* UngratefulBastard: While Vincent says he's grateful if you cure him of his vampirism, he sure doesn't show it. [[NoHeroDiscount He refuses to give the heroes a discount]] despite everything and to twist the knife further, his spoken dialogue changes if you enter his shop while he's a vampire with him begging, "I'll lower the price... I'll lower the price!" of which he does no such thing. A lack of reciprocation ''and'' lying just to get cured on top of that? It's a wonder he managed to be a priest.
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