History Videogame / Gradius

30th Apr '16 3:30:57 PM LEDbullet
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DysonSphere - Zelos's size in the NES version of Lifeforce, although even this is implied to not come anywhere close to it since ''outer space itself can be seen inside of its stomach, stars in place and all.'' This is simply the closest thing TVtropes has to describing it.

to:

* DysonSphere - Zelos's size in the NES version of Lifeforce, although even this is implied to not come anywhere close to it since ''outer space itself can be seen inside of its stomach, stars in place and all.'' This is simply the closest thing thing TVtropes has to describing it.
30th Apr '16 3:28:03 PM LEDbullet
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DysonSphere - Zelos's size in the NES version of Lifeforce, although even this is implied to not come anywhere close to it since ''outer space itself can be seen inside of its stomach, stars in place and all.''

to:

* DysonSphere - Zelos's size in the NES version of Lifeforce, although even this is implied to not come anywhere close to it since ''outer space itself can be seen inside of its stomach, stars in place and all.'''' This is simply the closest thing TVtropes has to describing it.
30th Apr '16 3:26:06 PM LEDbullet
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* DysonSphere - Zelos's size in the NES version of Lifeforce, although even this is implied to not come anywhere close to it since ''outer space itself can be seen inside of its stomach, stars in place and all.''
24th Apr '16 12:03:44 AM jameygamer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* SpiderTank - The Shadow Dancers. In many of its appearances in (almost) all arcade games and few home console games, it is invincible and must be dodged until it leaves (the arcade exception is ''Solar Assault'', which is one of the few ''Gradius'' games to have an actual FinalBoss; one Shadow Dancer is that boss).

to:

* SpiderTank - The Shadow Dancers. In many of its appearances in (almost) all arcade games and few home console games, it is invincible and must be dodged until it leaves (the arcade exception is ''Solar Assault'', which is one of the few ''Gradius'' games to have an actual FinalBoss; one a Shadow Dancer variant on poles is that boss).
23rd Apr '16 11:57:45 PM jameygamer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Subverted partly in the Salamander [=OAVs=]. Instead of cells, the Bacterians are living crystals that can turn into any kind of creatures. Maybe Bacterion is a huge Crystal lifeform that can transform into a cell or maybe the Bacterians are cells born in crystals grown on Bacterion's rocky shell?

to:

** Subverted partly in the Salamander ''Salamander'' [=OAVs=]. Instead of cells, the Bacterians are living crystals that can turn into any kind of creatures. Maybe Bacterion is a huge Crystal lifeform that can transform into a cell or maybe the Bacterians are cells born in crystals grown on Bacterion's rocky shell?
23rd Apr '16 11:56:38 PM jameygamer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** ''Gradius V'' actually leaves any multiples you have onscreen when you die, and you can fly into them to reclaim them.



* DemotedToExtra - Big Core MK.I is a recurring boss in the first Gradius games. By Gradius V, it's a generic mook which appears multiple times throughout the stages with the other enemies. Yes, it's more powerful than an ordinary mook, but it's still an EliteMook.
** Subverted when a modified Big Core MK.I appears as the first stage boss in Gradius V.
** A similar fate occured to the Japanese Life Force boss Gau/Gaw, appearing in groups before the start of the Bio stages of Gradius Gaiden and Gradius V.

to:

* DemotedToExtra - Big Core MK.I is a recurring boss in the first Gradius games. By Gradius V, ''Gradius V'', it's a generic mook which appears multiple times throughout the stages with the other enemies. Yes, it's more powerful than an ordinary mook, but it's still an EliteMook.
** Subverted when a modified Big Core MK.I appears as the first stage boss in Gradius V.
''Gradius V.''
** A similar fate occured to the Japanese Life Force boss Gau/Gaw, appearing in groups before the start of the Bio stages of Gradius Gaiden ''Gradius Gaiden'' and Gradius ''Gradius V.''



* FlyAtTheCameraEnding - Played straight in the NES version of Gradius, Inverted in the rest of the games which show the Vic Viper or any other of the space fighters fly out of the camera and back to planet Gradius.

to:

* FlyAtTheCameraEnding - Played straight in the NES version of Gradius, ''Gradius'', Inverted in the rest of the games which show the Vic Viper or any other of the space fighters fly out of the camera and back to planet Gradius.''Gradius''.



* InvincibleMinorMinion - The shrapnel fireballs in the Fire Stage of Gradius III AC, the [[MookMaker mook-depositing]] floating Moai heads, the ice cubes in the Ice Stage, the mini-spiderbots in the Fortress, and the regenerating Blue Moais in Gradius IV. Also some of the {{Mook Maker}}s used by bosses.

to:

* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons - Eastern-style dragons appear as enemies and bosses in some of the games such as ''Gradius IV'' and ''Solar Assault''.
* InvincibleMinorMinion - The shrapnel fireballs in the Fire Stage of Gradius ''Gradius III AC, AC'', the [[MookMaker mook-depositing]] floating Moai heads, the ice cubes in the Ice Stage, the mini-spiderbots known as the Shadow Dancers in the Fortress, and the regenerating Blue Moais in Gradius IV.''Gradius IV''. Also some of the {{Mook Maker}}s used by bosses.



* LoadBearingBoss - The final bosses of the Gradius/Salamander Series. Certain organic bosses count too.

to:

* LoadBearingBoss - The final bosses of the Gradius/Salamander ''Gradius/Salamander'' Series. Certain organic bosses count too.



** Salamander's plot in particular is either a repeat of Gradius (arcade), a Bacterion invasion that takes advantage of an age-old prophecy on Latis (Anime), or a cult terrorist attack on the same planet, secretly headed by Dr. Venom, in which Vic Viper and Lord British are not involved at all (MSX). Furthermore, its alternate counterpart, Lifeforce, is either a plot to cure an ill man (NA arcade) or to destroy the planet-eating Zelos (JP arcade and NES game,) and even then, the two Zelos plots imply two very different sizes for the planet-eater.
** Nemesis for GameBoy may or may not be a retelling of Gradius itself. Further confusing matters is that interquel ''Gradius ReBirth'' appears to be a retelling of it.

to:

** Salamander's ''Salamander's'' plot in particular is either a repeat of Gradius ''Gradius'' (arcade), a Bacterion invasion that takes advantage of an age-old prophecy on Latis (Anime), or a cult terrorist attack on the same planet, secretly headed by Dr. Venom, in which Vic Viper and Lord British are not involved at all (MSX). Furthermore, its alternate counterpart, Lifeforce, ''Lifeforce'', is either a plot to cure an ill man (NA arcade) or to destroy the planet-eating Zelos (JP arcade and NES game,) and even then, the two Zelos plots imply two very different sizes for the planet-eater.
** Nemesis ''Nemesis'' for GameBoy may or may not be a retelling of Gradius ''Gradius'' itself. Further confusing matters is that interquel ''Gradius ReBirth'' appears to be a retelling of it.



** Subverted for Venom at first. Even in Nemesis 2, Venom was a Bacterion emperor but unlike the others, he was ThatOneBoss. But then Venom reappeared in Gradius V and in that game, now he's a brain that's no weaker than the other Big Bads.

to:

** Subverted for Venom at first. Even in Nemesis 2, Venom was a Bacterion emperor but unlike the others, he was ThatOneBoss. But then Venom reappeared in Gradius V ''Gradius V'' and in that game, now he's a brain that's no weaker than the other Big Bads.



* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning - Said by the AntiClimaxBoss [[spoiler: who is also the BigBad and the FinalBoss]] in Gradius V, to more or less some degree after he is destroyed.

to:

* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning - Said by the AntiClimaxBoss [[spoiler: who is also the BigBad and the FinalBoss]] in Gradius V, ''Gradius V'', to more or less some degree after he is destroyed.



* NowDoItAgainBackwards - Nemesis 2 (and presumably Nemesis '90 Kai) does this.

to:

* NowDoItAgainBackwards - Nemesis 2 ''Nemesis 2'' (and presumably Nemesis ''Nemesis '90 Kai) Kai'') does this.



** The second one is a strange walking robot called a Shadow Dancer or star-like machine where you will need to manoeuvre between its "legs". Depending on the game, it may or may not be destructible (one of these appears as the FinalBoss of ''Solar Assault''.)

to:

** The second one is a strange walking robot called a Shadow Dancer or star-like machine where you will need to manoeuvre maneuver between its "legs". Depending on the game, it may or may not be destructible (one of these appears as the FinalBoss of ''Solar Assault''.)



* SequentialBoss - The first boss of stage 8 in Gradius Galaxies is this.

to:

* SequentialBoss - The first boss of stage 8 in Gradius Galaxies ''Gradius Galaxies'' is this.



** Stage 4 of the Salamander arcade is hard as nails due to fast-moving rocks, volcanic eruptions, and enemies that come out of the background. The background music, on the other hand, is calm and relaxing. It is worth noting that most console adaptations of the game (including the NES Lifeforce) change this song's tempo to make it more upbeat.

to:

** Stage 4 of the Salamander ''Salamander'' arcade is hard as nails due to fast-moving rocks, volcanic eruptions, and enemies that come out of the background. The background music, on the other hand, is calm and relaxing. It is worth noting that most console adaptations of the game (including the NES Lifeforce) change this song's tempo to make it more upbeat.



** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEqkwU_C5Og Aircraft Carrier]]'' was first heard as the boss theme in Gradius 1, and it has shown up as a remix in almost every game of the series since. It also has never lost any of its unsettling cheerfulness.

to:

** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEqkwU_C5Og Aircraft Carrier]]'' was first heard as the boss theme in Gradius 1, ''Gradius 1'', and it has shown up as a remix in almost every game of the series since. It also has never lost any of its unsettling cheerfulness.



* WaveMotionTuningFork - Near the end of the opening cutscene for Gradius V, the Vic Viper is shown shooting a beam from between its front fins. It ''[[CutscenePowerToTheMax pierces through and destroys a heavily-modified Big Core MK.I, the boss of the first level]]''.

to:

* WaveMotionTuningFork - Near the end of the opening cutscene for Gradius V, ''Gradius V'', the Vic Viper is shown shooting a beam from between its front fins. It ''[[CutscenePowerToTheMax pierces through and destroys a heavily-modified Big Core MK.I, the boss of the first level]]''.



** Inverted in Gradius IV, where if you make it up to the last stage and die, the announcer [[AWinnerIsYou congratulates you for making it that far, saying "You are the Viper!"]].

to:

** Inverted in Gradius IV, ''Gradius IV'', where if you make it up to the last stage and die, the announcer [[AWinnerIsYou congratulates you for making it that far, saying "You are the Viper!"]].
23rd Apr '16 11:44:17 PM jameygamer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BattleshipRaid - Stage 4 of ''Salamander 2''

to:

* BattleshipRaid - Stage 4 of ''Salamander 2''2'' and the second stage of ''Gradius V''; [[spoiler:you actually run through a mirror version of said battleship in the final stage of the game, minus the boss rush after destroying Venom's eyes, since the game ends immediately on that.]]
23rd Apr '16 11:42:20 PM jameygamer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AllThereInTheManual - In-game, the final boss of ''Gradius V'' is not identified. Supplemental material however reveals that it is a severely mutated form of [[spoiler: Dr. Venom]], implying that he was transformed into a Gofer-like state.
19th Apr '16 3:28:50 PM jameygamer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AllThereInTheManual - In-game, the final boss of Gradius V is not identified. Supplemental material however reveals that it is a severely mutated form of [[spoiler: Dr. Venom]], implying that he was transformed into a Gofer-like state.

to:

* AllThereInTheManual - In-game, the final boss of Gradius V ''Gradius V'' is not identified. Supplemental material however reveals that it is a severely mutated form of [[spoiler: Dr. Venom]], implying that he was transformed into a Gofer-like state.
16th Apr '16 4:47:33 PM jameygamer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Averted in some home console releases where you can destroy them.

to:

** Averted in some home console releases and ''Solar Assault'' where you can destroy them.



* RailShooter - ''Solar Assault''

to:

* RailShooter - ''Solar Assault''Assault''; this game is more akin to ''VideoGame/StarFox'' and ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' than traditional ''Gradius'', and was rare (most of the stateside consoles could be found in Chuck-e-Cheese's arcade/restaurants).



* SpiderTank - The Shadow Dancers. In many of its appearances in all arcade games and few home console games, it is invincible and must be dodged until it leaves.

to:

* SpiderTank - The Shadow Dancers. In many of its appearances in (almost) all arcade games and few home console games, it is invincible and must be dodged until it leaves.leaves (the arcade exception is ''Solar Assault'', which is one of the few ''Gradius'' games to have an actual FinalBoss; one Shadow Dancer is that boss).



* ZeroEffortBoss - played straight for the most part, but averted in ''Salamander 2'' and ''Nemesis 2''. This is probably because the final level is usually the final boss; all the enemies are controlled by the Big Bad's psychic powers.

to:

* ZeroEffortBoss - played straight for the most part, but averted in ''Salamander 2'' and 2'', ''Nemesis 2''.2'' and ''Solar Assault''. This is probably because the final level is usually the final boss; all the enemies are controlled by the Big Bad's psychic powers.
This list shows the last 10 events of 123. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Videogame.Gradius