History Videogame / ShiningForce

9th May '16 2:17:27 PM CynicalBastardo
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* BreakableWeapons: Some weapons, such as the Halberd and the Atlas Axe, can be used to cast spells with a random chance of them showing wear. Using them again will destroy them, unless they're taken to a shop for repairs. Rings have this effect as well, but this trope doesn't apply, since they're not weapons.


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* MagicSword: Some weapons can be used to cast spells. This ability turns the Sword of Light into a GameBreaker, as it can cast Bolt 2 on a wide area as many times as you like giving 48 experience points per go, essentially making it hilariously easy for Max to [[LevelGrinding level grind]].
24th Feb '16 12:20:10 PM Surenity
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* RememberTheNewGuy: Arguably Narsha in ''Resurrection of Dark Dragon'', a character who was not present in the original game. She is Ramladu's daughter, who takes it upon herself to save Runefaust from her now-BrainwashedAndCrazy father. She also uses a powerful weapon and owns some of the best healing spells in the game. Particularly vexing to some is that she replaces Mae as Max's love interest in the remake, even stealing some of her lines at the end of the game (while Mae isn't even present during the scene). Narsha being compared to someone's shoehorned OC in a fan fic is almost valid.
24th Feb '16 7:03:23 AM Twoeyesshort
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** This is to say absolutely nothing about enemies ([[DemonicSpiders like Chimeras]]) and bosses ([[ThatOneBoss like Mishaela]]) who have a nasty tendency to avoid nearly every non-magical attack thrown at them, despite having similar stats to characters in your party (who are nearly always hit).
16th Jan '16 3:59:24 AM WillyFourEyes
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** Also, Lyle the Strike Knight in SFI, even though you get him nearly halfway through the game. Centaur movement range on flat ground, 2-3 square archer range, high damage, and decent defense. You have to grind him up some so he has buffed stats before you promote him to Assault Knight, but when you do it is ''glorious.'' He ties with wolf warrior Zylo in terms of damage output with the added bonus of long range sniping ability.
* AntiGrinding: The experience you get from killing enemies varies depending on your level. Power up high enough and it's hard to find anything that'll give more than 1 EXP. Subverted in ''Shining Force'', in which any healing done gets 10 experience points without fail. You have won the moment you can use it 10 times per fight.

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** Also, Lyle the Strike Knight in SFI, Knight, even though you get him nearly halfway through the game. Centaur movement range on flat ground, 2-3 square archer range, high damage, and decent defense. You have to grind him up some so he has buffed stats before you promote him to Assault Knight, but when you do it is ''glorious.'' He ties with wolf warrior Zylo in terms of damage output with the added bonus of long range sniping ability.
* AntiGrinding: The experience you get from killing enemies varies depending on your level. Power up high enough and it's hard to find anything that'll give more than 1 EXP. Subverted in ''Shining Force'', in which any Any healing done gets 10 experience points without fail. You have won the moment you can use it 10 times per fight.



* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Mages might be the best at defeating heavily armored enemies, but beware because of their low physical defense. Downplayed with [[MagicKnight Arthur]] in the original game. He gets spells, having lived in a city of mages, but they're not great.

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* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Mages might be the best at defeating heavily armored enemies, but beware because of their low physical defense. Downplayed with [[MagicKnight Arthur]] in the original game. He Arthur]], who gets spells, having lived in a city of mages, but they're not great.



* {{Badass}}: ''Plenty'' of examples. If you didn't read the AnnoyingArrows example with Lyle (SFI), then let this statement be an example: Once you put Zylo onto your team, chances are you will ''[[LightningBruiser never]]'' remove him.

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* {{Badass}}: ''Plenty'' of examples. If you didn't read the AnnoyingArrows example with Lyle (SFI), Lyle, then let this statement be an example: Once you put Zylo onto your team, chances are you will ''[[LightningBruiser never]]'' remove him.



** Gong may qualify as well, as he mentions fighting Runefast for many years when you first talk to him.

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** Gong may qualify as well, as he mentions fighting Runefast Runefaust for many years when you first talk to him.



** Many healers can actually do a lot of damage when equipped with the proper staff (most of them can critically hurt particular enemies - i.e, the Voodoo Charm can one-shot undead enemies), and since a mage's attack spells often do fixed amounts of damage, it's better to let them attack as well until their spells reach level three or higher.

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** Many healers can actually do a lot of damage when equipped with the proper staff (most of them can critically hurt particular enemies - i.e, the Voodoo Charm can one-shot undead enemies), and since a mage's attack spells often do [[FixedDamageAttack fixed amounts of damage, damage]], it's better to let them attack as well until their spells reach level three or higher.



* CrutchCharacter: Zukia in the remake. Narsha is a little too unprepared for what the game throws at her, and Zukia meanwhile is able to solo the entire maps. However, he manages to remain quite useful if the player chooses to use him.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Usually not the case; "Dark" or "Evil" items are generally [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique cursed and damage their user]] in exchange for their awesome power, but when part of a YinYangBomb, the Sword of Darkness in I are not evil (the words "dark" and "evil" are practically interchangeable most of the time, perhaps due to translation issues).

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* CrutchCharacter: Zukia Zuika in the remake. Narsha is a little too unprepared for what the game throws at her, and Zukia Zuika meanwhile is able to solo the entire maps. However, he manages to remain quite useful if the player chooses to use him.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Usually not the case; "Dark" or "Evil" items are generally [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique cursed and damage their user]] in exchange for their awesome power, but when part of a YinYangBomb, the Sword of Darkness in I are not isn't evil (the words "dark" and "evil" are practically interchangeable most of the time, perhaps due to translation issues).



* DownerEnding: {{Subverted|Trope}}, the ending of the first Force game, where [[spoiler:Max is sunk under the water with the Chaos Breaker while a majority of the remaining of the force is [[TeleportersAndTransporters Egressed]] out scot-free,]] it is rather convincing until [[spoiler:you watch the cut scene after the credits, showing Max and Adam and alive and well]].

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* DownerEnding: {{Subverted|Trope}}, the ending of the first Force game, where [[spoiler:Max is sunk under the water with the Chaos Breaker while a majority of the remaining of the force is [[TeleportersAndTransporters Egressed]] out scot-free,]] it is rather convincing until [[spoiler:you watch the cut scene after the credits, showing Max and Adam and alive and well]].



* EnhancedRemake: ''Resurrection of the Dark Dragon'' introduces three playable characters, Narsha, Zukia, and Mawlock, adds a couple battles with them, fixes balance issues (although several of the added stuff, including Supernova as well as the three new playable characters can be game breakers if used right) and expands the story, even adding a few new twists to it.

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* EnhancedRemake: ''Resurrection of the Dark Dragon'' introduces three playable characters, Narsha, Zukia, Zuika, and Mawlock, adds a couple battles with them, fixes balance issues (although several of the added stuff, including Supernova as well as the three new playable characters can be game breakers if used right) and expands the story, even adding a few new twists to it.



* {{Flynning}}: Max does this once promoted in the original game.

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* {{Flynning}}: Max does this once promoted in the original game.promoted.



** The remake of ''Legacy of Darkness'' added a bunch of character cards hidden around the overworld. Some of them are fairly intuitive, and some of them are... not. Many are found by checking seemingly innocent objects scattered around the overworld (special mention goes to one card being behind the nameplate of a single church in one of hte towns) while others are obtained by speaking to various [=NPCs=] wandering around the game world (including random people who have little to no relation to that character and a ''pig'' wandering around in the corner of Pao on your second visit). And you're not even done when you find and memorize them all, since every boss (and some recurring enemies, but only specific ones) also has a card, requiring the boss or enemy to be finished by a specific character.

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** The GBA remake of ''Legacy of Darkness'' added a bunch of character cards hidden around the overworld. Some of them are fairly intuitive, and some of them are... not. Many are found by checking seemingly innocent objects scattered around the overworld (special mention goes to one card being behind the nameplate of a single church in one of hte the towns) while others are obtained by speaking to various [=NPCs=] wandering around the game world (including random people who have little to no relation to that character and a ''pig'' wandering around in the corner of Pao on your second visit). And you're not even done when you find and memorize them all, since every boss (and some recurring enemies, but only specific ones) also has a card, requiring the boss or enemy to be finished by a specific character.



* HeroMustSurvive: Central to every game. You are given a hero character who acts as the leader of the force. If they die, you lose and are sent back to the last priest.

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* HeroMustSurvive: Central to every game. You are given a hero character who acts as the leader of the force. If they die, you lose and are sent back to the last priest.



* ItsUpToYou: The battle is lost the instant Max (or Bowie in the sequel) gets knocked out, even if there's one minor opponent left.
* JokeCharacter: Jogurt in the first game, the penguins in the third. Jogurt can only inflict ScratchDamage, and if by some twist of fate he happens to kill someone, he receives an item that can have any other player character turn into him. He can't even level up.

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* ItsUpToYou: The battle is lost the instant Max (or Bowie in the sequel) gets knocked out, even if there's one minor opponent left.
* JokeCharacter: Jogurt in the first game, the penguins in the third. Jogurt can only inflict ScratchDamage, and if by some twist of fate he happens to kill someone, he receives an item that can have any other player character turn into him. He can't even level up.



* KillSat: In the remake of the first game, this powers a line of spells exclusive to Max.

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* KillSat: In the remake of the first game, remake, this powers a line of "Supernova" spells exclusive to Max.



* LostForever: A few characters, and often items you miss. The Game Gear version has an interesting subversion for items, where you can simply buy items you miss from the shop under deals. They cost a lot, which would be annoying, except the game soon ends up as MoneyForNothing.

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* LostForever: A few characters, and often items you miss. The Game Gear version has an interesting subversion for items, where you can simply buy items you miss from the shop under deals. They cost a lot, which would be annoying, except the game soon ends up as MoneyForNothing.



* LukeIAmYourFather: In ''Resurrection of the Dark Dragon, [[spoiler:Max is the brother of Kane, one of Runefaust's top generals]]. Similarly in the Game Gear version, [[spoiler: Hiemdiel, TheMole, is your brother.]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: In ''Resurrection of the Dark Dragon, Dragon'', [[spoiler:Max is the brother of Kane, one of Runefaust's top generals]]. Similarly in the Game Gear version, [[spoiler: Hiemdiel, TheMole, is your brother.]]generals]].



* OneHitKill: Try not to let a final boss use Desoul, by far the cheapest magic attack possible as it can suddenly kill anyone even at full health, including the leader of the force.

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* OneHitKill: Try not to let a final boss use Desoul, by far the cheapest magic attack possible as it can suddenly kill anyone even at full health, including the leader of the force.leader.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:also Kane]] in the original, though the latter is partially a HeroicSacrifice.
* RedHeadedHero: Max in the first game.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:also Kane]] in the original, [[spoiler:Kane]], though the latter is partially a HeroicSacrifice.
* RedHeadedHero: Max in the first game.Max.



** The healers and magicians have lower defense and are often easier to kill, and the AI loves preying on anyone it can kill quickly and in one turn. It goes for the other Shining Force games as well. They usually won't exclusively go after Master Monks in the second game because they can take hits and defend themselves.

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** The healers and magicians have lower defense and are often easier to kill, and the AI loves preying on anyone it can kill quickly and in one turn. It goes for the other Shining Force games as well. They usually won't exclusively go after Master Monks in [[VideoGame/ShiningForceII the second game game]] because they can take hits and defend themselves.



* StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy: In the first game.

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* StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy: In the first game.StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy:



* StorybookOpening: In Resurrection of the Dark Dragon, the remake of ''Shining Force'', Simone reads about the story of the Shining Force with somebody unknown while she waits for her grandfather to return.
* TheStrategist: Nova in ''SFI''. He gives you advice if you talk to him.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Chaos Breaker is required to complete ''I'', as it functions as a key to the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* TeamPet: In the first game, there's an extremely large number. Save for one (Bleu, who is plot-mandatory), all of these characters are [[LostForever easy to miss]].

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* StorybookOpening: In Resurrection ''Resurrection of the Dark Dragon, the remake of ''Shining Force'', Dragon'', Simone reads about the story of the Shining Force with somebody unknown while she waits for her grandfather to return.
* TheStrategist: Nova in ''SFI''. He Nova, who gives you advice if you talk to him.
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* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Chaos Breaker is required to complete ''I'', the game, as it functions as a key to the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* TeamPet: In the first game, there's There's an extremely large number. Save for one (Bleu, who is plot-mandatory), all of these characters are [[LostForever easy to miss]].



* UpdatedRerelease: ''Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon'' on the Game Boy Advance, as well as ''Shining Force CD'', which was a remake of the two Game Gear {{Gaiden Game}}s.

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* UpdatedRerelease: ''Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon'' on the Game Boy Advance, as well as ''Shining Force CD'', which was a remake of the two Game Gear {{Gaiden Game}}s.Advance.



* WithMyDyingBreathISummonYou: The first game revolves around the story of Darksol, an evil sorcerer, trying to revive Dark Dragon to take over the world. The heroes fight him in Dark Dragon's lair, and as he's about to die, Darksol shouts the trope namer and Dark Dragon is brought to life as the FinalBoss.

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* WithMyDyingBreathISummonYou: The first game revolves around the story of Darksol, an evil sorcerer, trying to revive Dark Dragon to take over the world. The heroes fight him in Dark Dragon's lair, and as he's about to die, Darksol shouts the trope namer name and Dark Dragon is brought to life as the FinalBoss.
2nd Jan '16 1:59:45 PM nombretomado
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** The [[SonicTheComic British comic adaptation]] only, which had Granseal as an island in the distant future of our world, after a nuclear war led to mutations which produced analogues to the usual fantasy races.

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** The [[SonicTheComic [[ComicBook/SonicTheComic British comic adaptation]] only, which had Granseal as an island in the distant future of our world, after a nuclear war led to mutations which produced analogues to the usual fantasy races.



* ComicBookAdaptation: In ''SonicTheComic'', see above.

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* ComicBookAdaptation: In ''SonicTheComic'', ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', see above.
26th Dec '15 6:00:25 AM Trigger-of-Sorrow
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* XMeetsY: The gameplay can be summed up as ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' meets ''Franchise/DragonQuest''.

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* XMeetsY: The gameplay can be summed up as ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' meets ''Franchise/DragonQuest''.''Franchise/DragonQuest'' (though the former was coincidental, assuming the creator was sincere; see the footnote in the first paragraph of the page description).
26th Dec '15 5:58:59 AM Trigger-of-Sorrow
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* XMeetsY: The gameplay can be summed up as ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' meets ''Franchise/DragonQuest''.
26th Dec '15 5:39:32 AM Trigger-of-Sorrow
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* {{Expy}}: Sir Astral in the sequel is quite clearly based on [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]].
26th Dec '15 5:37:49 AM Trigger-of-Sorrow
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* {{Expy}}: Gong looks like an older version of [[VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} Brock]] if he became a {{Badass}} monk healer, lost the CasanovaWannabe tendencies, and grew bald.

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* {{Expy}}: Gong looks like an older version of [[VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} Brock]] if he became a {{Badass}} monk healer, lost Sir Astral in the CasanovaWannabe tendencies, and grew bald.sequel is quite clearly based on [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]].
26th Oct '15 5:38:24 PM Randomfan11
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* AdultFear: In Rindo, the young grandson of the town's mayor wanders off out of excitement to see the upcoming circus, only to get kidnapped by Mishaela and her minions, who plan to feed the boy to a dragon. Rescuing him in one piece is the only way you can receive the mayor's permission to use his boat to travel to Prompt.



** Sonette from ''Final Conflict'' is another aversion, having very high attack coupled with decent enough defense and HP to tank in a pinch. Her range is only rivaled by the mages, so her only real flaw is her inability to fight in melee battles.



* BareFistedMonk: Gong from ''SF I'', whose combination of HealingHands and decent combat capability means he usually levels much quicker than the standard SquishyWizard-type {{White Magician Girl}}s. He's also the first optional character to join the team in the series.
* BattleCouple: The birdman Amon and her husband Balbaroy, from the first game.

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** Gong may qualify as well, as he mentions fighting Runefast for many years when you first talk to him.
* BareFistedMonk: Gong from ''SF I'', Gong, whose combination of HealingHands and decent combat capability means he usually levels much quicker than the standard SquishyWizard-type {{White Magician Girl}}s. He's also the first optional character to join the team in the series.
* BattleCouple: The birdman birdwoman Amon and her husband Balbaroy, from the first game.husband, Balbaroy.



** [[spoiler:Kane turned out to be this, after you defeat him in Dragonia]].
** [[spoiler: (Almost) all of Runefaust have been under the evil influence of Darksol. Defeating them in battle can appear like a MercyKill to some players]].



* CatFolk: Dantom, a tiger-person boss.



* CircusOfFear: Rindo in ''Shining Force''. One of the boys from the town gets lost inside a circus, and so Max and the gang have to defeat an army of {{Monster Clown}}s to rescue him.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Bleu starts off as a young cowardly dragon who is babied by the children of Rudo and dislikes fighting. However, when Karin is threatened by one of Kain's soldiers, the dragon GrewASpine and saved the girl by roasting the enemy to ash. If you choose to keep Bleu in your party, level him up, and promote him, he'll turn into a powerful and mighty adult dragon who inflicts as much damage as Zylo. Oh, and he breathes ''lightning bolts''.
* CircusOfFear: Rindo in ''Shining Force''. One In Rindo, one of the boys from the town gets lost inside a circus, and so Max and the gang have to defeat an army of {{Monster Clown}}s to rescue him.



* CombatMedic:
** The [[BareFistedMonk Master-Monk]] class. Depending on the game and character, they're either JackOfAllStats or a GlassCannon. Also Khris from the first game, who despite being a straight WhiteMagicianGirl on paper, outdamages the actual CombatMedic Gong at higher levels.
** Many healers can actually do a lot of damage when equipped with the proper staff (most of them can critically hurt particular enemies - i.e, the Voodoo Charm from the first game can one-shot undead enemies), and since a mage's attack spells often do fixed amounts of damage, it's better to let them attack as well until their spells reach level three or higher.
** Maebelle from EXA also counts.

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* CombatMedic:
** The [[BareFistedMonk Master-Monk]] class. Depending on the game and character, they're either JackOfAllStats or a GlassCannon. Also Khris from the first game,
CombatMedic: Khris, who despite being a straight WhiteMagicianGirl on paper, outdamages the actual CombatMedic Gong at higher levels.
** Many healers can actually do a lot of damage when equipped with the proper staff (most of them can critically hurt particular enemies - i.e, the Voodoo Charm from the first game can one-shot undead enemies), and since a mage's attack spells often do fixed amounts of damage, it's better to let them attack as well until their spells reach level three or higher.
** Maebelle from EXA also counts.
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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Yes, it's a turn-based game, but the turns seem to be given at random, and it's not uncommon for an ememy to get two turns to kill your character in peril before that character gets one turn to move away or heal themselves. And in boss battles, the boss can get as many as three turns before you even get one, just enough to kill a character who before was at full health.

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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Yes, it's a turn-based game, but the turns seem to be given at random, and it's not uncommon for an ememy enemy to get two turns to kill your character in peril before that character gets one turn to move away or heal themselves. And in boss battles, the boss can get as many as three turns before you even get one, just enough to kill a character who before was at full health.



** Most of the above was averted in the GBA remake (you can see the order of turns now, and AI cannot "read" double attacks anymore), which, considering relative simplicity of the game and predictability of AI squads in the first place, makes it [[ItsEasySoItSucks way too easier compared to the original]].

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** Most * TheCorrupter: [[spoiler:Darksol was the one responsible for turning the kingdom of Runefaust, formerly named "Protectora", into an evil force that antagonizes the player characters by the start of the above was averted in the GBA remake (you can see the order of turns now, and AI cannot "read" double attacks anymore), which, considering relative simplicity of the game and predictability of AI squads in the first place, makes it [[ItsEasySoItSucks way too easier compared game, all for a plan to the original]].resurrect an evil dragon]].



* EasilyForgiven: Sometimes you encounter bosses and NPCs that either screw you over (looking at you, king of Alterone) or give you a really hard time in battle (looking at you, Elliot and Kane), but no matter what they did, you are given no choice ''but'' to forgive them because they have some sympathetic motive for angering you [the player] and it's the only way to move the plot forward. (See ButThouMust).



* EscapeBattleTechnique: The series has the "Egress" skill, usually only given to the main character. Since you (usually) cannot replay battles after finishing them, using Egress is one of the keys to LevelGrinding.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Musashi, a secret character from the first game and ''Shining Force CD'', inexplicably renamed Rush in the latter's US version.
* {{Expy}}: Fenrir in Shining Blade is essentially an expy of [[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Doggie Kruiser]].

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* EscapeBattleTechnique: The series has the "Egress" skill, usually only given to the main character. Since you (usually) cannot replay battles after finishing them, using Egress is one of the keys to LevelGrinding.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Musashi, a secret character from the first game and ''Shining Force CD'', inexplicably renamed Rush later in the latter's US version.
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* {{Expy}}: Fenrir in Shining Blade is essentially Gong looks like an expy older version of [[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Doggie Kruiser]].[[VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} Brock]] if he became a {{Badass}} monk healer, lost the CasanovaWannabe tendencies, and grew bald.



* FlunkyBoss: Pretty much every boss in the games is this.

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* FlunkyBoss: Pretty much every boss in the games is this.



* GameMod: For starters there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGVf6Hdni7g Shining Force 2 CD-I]], a fan-made YoutubePoop-themed mod where the characters are replaced by characters from VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDIGames and VideoGame/HotelMario.
* GeoEffects: Terrain plays a role in giving a defense bonus, as well as a movement pentalty.

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* GameMod: For starters there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGVf6Hdni7g Shining Force 2 CD-I]], a fan-made YoutubePoop-themed mod where the characters are replaced by characters from VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDIGames and VideoGame/HotelMario.
* GeoEffects: Terrain plays a role in giving a defense bonus, as well as a movement pentalty.penalty.



* HeadlessHorseman: In the first game, Dullahans are headless ''centaur'' knights that you start to encounter from the march to Dragonia onwards.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Kane]] in the original ''Shining Force''.
* HeroicMime: Max in Legacy of Great Intention. Though he does say a couple lines after the final boss battle. In the remake, he's "upgraded" to LaserGuidedAmnesia. Max does actually lose his voice in the remake at a certain point, regaining it at the very end when he first spoke in the original. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration This prevents him from casting Egress.]]

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* HeadlessHorseman: In the first game, Dullahans are headless ''centaur'' knights that you start to encounter from the march to Dragonia onwards.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Kane]] in the original ''Shining Force''.
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* HeroicMime: Max in Legacy of Great Intention. Though Max, though he does say a couple lines after the final boss battle. In the remake, he's "upgraded" to LaserGuidedAmnesia. Max does actually lose his voice in the remake at a certain point, regaining it at the very end when he first spoke in the original. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration This prevents him from casting Egress.]]



* [[HiddenElfVillage Hidden Dwarf Village]]
* {{Hobbits}}: Halflings are a common race, typified by Lowe (human/dwarf) and Gong (human/giant) from the first game.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Hanzo in the first game.

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* [[HiddenElfVillage Hidden Dwarf Village]]
* {{Hobbits}}: Halflings are a common race, typified by Lowe (human/dwarf) and Gong (human/giant) from the first game.
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* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Hanzo in the first game.Hanzo.
* InTheHood: Tao, Anri, and Alef, since they're Mages. They retain their hoods after being promoted to Wizards



* ItsUpToYou:The battle is lost the instant Max (or Bowie in the sequel) gets knocked out, even if there's one minor opponent left.

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* ItsUpToYou:The ItsUpToYou: The battle is lost the instant Max (or Bowie in the sequel) gets knocked out, even if there's one minor opponent left.



* LetsSplitUpGang:
** The Shining Force gets separated for a while in ''The Sword of Haija'' and you must work through a few battles with only six characters.
** It also works as a way to keep slower characters at the same level as your faster ones in the RPG's. Enemies will usually be in two or more clusters at different ends of the battlefield. So by splitting your team up, everyone gets equal experience.

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* LetsSplitUpGang:
** The Shining Force gets separated for a while in ''The Sword of Haija'' and you must work through a few battles with only six characters.
** It also
LetsSplitUpGang: This works as a way to keep slower characters at the same level as your faster ones in the RPG's.ones. Enemies will usually be in two or more clusters at different ends of the battlefield. So by splitting your team up, everyone gets equal experience.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Usually about thirty per game, some of whom are {{Optional Party Member}}s, and can be LostForever if you're not prudent. You're also left with a choice of who to use since you can only have 12 characters at a time attending a battle.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Usually about thirty per in this game, some of whom are {{Optional Party Member}}s, and can be LostForever if you're not prudent. You're also left with a choice of who to use since you can only have 12 characters at a time attending a battle.



* LukeIAmYourFather:
** In the first game, [[spoiler:Max is the brother of Kane, one of Runefaust's top generals]]. Similarly in the Game Gear version, [[spoiler: Hiemdiel, TheMole, is your brother.]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather:
**
LukeIAmYourFather: In ''Resurrection of the first game, Dark Dragon, [[spoiler:Max is the brother of Kane, one of Runefaust's top generals]]. Similarly in the Game Gear version, [[spoiler: Hiemdiel, TheMole, is your brother.]]



* MagicKnight: Arthur in the first game is a knight who picked up magical skills from living among wizards. Domingo qualifies in a more esoteric fashion, being a powerful monster with magical abilities.
* MagikarpPower:
** Bleu, the baby dragon in the first game; Arthur, a Centaur also from the first game; and Slade, the rat thief from the second. Arguably, Domingo in the first game as well - a low level mage that turns into a StoneWall at higher levels, despite being otherwise portrayed as the typical SquishyWizard.

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* MagicKnight: Arthur in the first game is a knight who picked up magical skills from living among wizards. Domingo qualifies in a more esoteric fashion, being a powerful monster with magical abilities.
* MagikarpPower:
**
MagikarpPower: Bleu, the baby dragon in the first game; dragon, and Arthur, a Centaur also from the first game; Centaur, both require a significant amount of grinding and Slade, the rat thief from the second. patience, which can cause them to be discarded by more impatient players.
**
Arguably, Domingo in the first game is this as well - a low level mage that turns into a StoneWall at higher levels, despite being otherwise portrayed as the typical SquishyWizard.



* MirrorMatch: In Book 3 of ''Shining Force CD''.
* {{Mithril}}:
** Amusingly enough, Mithril is the name of the currency in Feather, which you get from every single enemy you kill. However, since it seems to take the form of blue crystals, it's probably not the same thing.
** In ''Shining Force EXA'', Mithril is used to power up your weapons and armor.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: This is the only reason General Eliot fights you in the first game. In the second, Lemon is this way when he obeys an obviously BrainwashedAndCrazy king who commands him and his army to slaughter the citizens of a city that was their ally.
* MysticalWhiteHair: The princess gone ice mage Anri from the original.

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* MirrorMatch: In Book 3 of ''Shining Force CD''.
* {{Mithril}}:
** Amusingly enough, Mithril is the name of the currency in Feather, which you get from every single enemy you kill. However, since it seems
MindOverMatter: After being promoted to take the form of blue crystals, it's probably not the same thing.
** In ''Shining Force EXA'', Mithril is used to power up your weapons
Wizards, Tao, Anri, and armor.
Alef can attack by using telekinesis to whack enemies with their staffs.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: This is the only reason General Eliot fights you in the first game. In the second, Lemon is this way when he obeys an obviously BrainwashedAndCrazy king who commands him and his army to slaughter the citizens of a city that was their ally.
game.
* MysticalWhiteHair: The princess gone [[AnIcePerson ice mage mage]] Anri from the original.



* OneHitKill: Try not to let a final boss use De-soul, by far the cheapest magic attack possible as it can suddenly kill anyone even at full health, including the leader of the force.

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* OneHitKill: Try not to let a final boss use De-soul, Desoul, by far the cheapest magic attack possible as it can suddenly kill anyone even at full health, including the leader of the force.



* OneManParty: The flipside to AntiGrinding -- your heaviest hitters are going to hit the level plateau really quickly, and your support characters... aren't. Healers are an exception, as they gain a fair chunk of XP when they heal someone, though this is still a slower process than with your offensively-based characters. As a result of this, most players tend to ditch Khris once the ArbitraryHeadcountLimit is reached. Also, back-row characters can be leveled up by farming injured enemies.

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* OneManParty: The flipside to AntiGrinding -- your heaviest hitters are going to hit the level plateau really quickly, and your support characters... aren't. Healers are an exception, as they gain a fair chunk of XP EXP when they heal someone, though this is still a slower process than with your offensively-based characters. As a result of this, most players tend to ditch Khris once the ArbitraryHeadcountLimit is reached. Also, back-row characters can be leveled up by farming injured enemies.



* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent:
** If by "different", you mean "Zylo will kill practically everything he comes across".
** In the second game, Gerhalt the werewolf starts out looking like just a hairy man, but after he gets a promotion he starts looking more like a wolf.
* PoweredArmor: Guntz's suit of steam armor and Kokichi's flying machine, both from ''SFI''.

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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent:
**
OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: If by "different", you mean "Zylo will kill practically everything he comes across".
** In the second game, Gerhalt the werewolf starts out looking like just a hairy man, but after he gets a promotion he starts looking more like a wolf.
* PoweredArmor: Guntz's suit of steam armor and Kokichi's flying machine, both from ''SFI''.machine.



* RespawningEnemies: Played straight, if you escape or lose a battle; all the progress made up until that point is reset, and all the enemies are respawned. In a few key battles, the hero's Egress spell can be a means for power-levelling.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Cyrille.

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* RespawningEnemies: Played straight, if you escape or lose a battle; all the progress made up until that point is reset, and all the enemies are respawned. In a few key battles, the hero's Egress spell can be a means for power-levelling.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Cyrille.
power-leveling.



* ShoutOut: Kiwi's promotion lets him fly over water and breathe fire. In short, he becomes {{Gamera}}.
* TheSomethingForce

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* ShoutOut: Kiwi's promotion lets him fly over water and breathe fire. In short, he becomes {{Gamera}}.
* TheSomethingForce
TheSomethingForce: The [[TitleDrop Shining Force]]



* SpiritualSuccessor: ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''.
* SpitefulAI: Even when death seems imminent, the enemies seem to at least die happy when they know they used their last move to kill one of your weaker characters rather than focusing on the main character (who might have survived the hit) like they had been.
* SquishyWizard: It can depend on the character and how leveled up they are, but it's generally not a good idea to put your wizards or healers on the frontlines. If they run out of MP they might as well be a StoneWall since their physical attacks rarely do much (again, depending on the character). A notable exception is the hidden character Domingo in the first game, who has a ridiculously high Defense stat despite being otherwise entirely an offensive spellcaster. Indeed, due to the enemy tendency to attack him over other targets, he winds up being a very effective tank for the later half of the game. No, really.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''.
''VideoGame/GoldenSun''
* SpitefulAI: Even when death seems imminent, the enemies seem to at least die happy when they know they used their last move to kill one of your weaker characters rather than focusing on the main character (who might have survived the hit) like they had been.
been, which can frustrate to no end.
* SquishyWizard: It can depend on the character and how leveled up they are, but it's generally not a good idea to put your wizards or healers on the frontlines. If they run out of MP they might as well be a StoneWall since their physical attacks rarely do much (again, depending on the character). A notable exception is the hidden character Domingo in the first game, Domingo, who has a ridiculously high Defense stat despite being otherwise entirely an offensive spellcaster. Indeed, due to the enemy tendency to attack him over other targets, he winds up being a very effective tank for the later half of the game. No, really.



* SteamPunk: Several steam-powered technologies appear ingame. Notably, Guntz wears steam PoweredArmor and Kokichi rides a flying steam-powered engine.

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* SteamPunk: Several steam-powered technologies appear ingame. Notably, Guntz wears steam PoweredArmor steam-PoweredArmor and Kokichi rides a flying steam-powered engine.



* TheStrategist: Nova in ''SFI''
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Chaos Breaker is required to complete ''I'', as it functions as a key to the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon in the first game and the only weapon that can harm Zeon in the second.
* ATasteOfPower:
** In ''Shining Force CD'' the Force actually starts out with some pretty good equipment and should have little trouble in their first battle. However their ship is wrecked and all their weapons are lost, and during the next battle itself they have to search the wreckage for whatever pointy sticks they can find instead.
** ''Neo'' also has your father joining your party for a short time, during which he throws out extremely powerful attacks and kicks all kinds of ass on your fairly low-level enemies. [[spoiler: Sadly, [[MentorOccupationalHazard he's not around for long]] after that...]]

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* TheStrategist: Nova in ''SFI''
''SFI''. He gives you advice if you talk to him.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Chaos Breaker is required to complete ''I'', as it functions as a key to the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon in the first game and the only weapon that can harm Zeon in the second.
* ATasteOfPower:
** In ''Shining Force CD'' the Force actually starts out with some pretty good equipment and should have little trouble in their first battle. However their ship is wrecked and all their weapons are lost, and during the next battle itself they have to search the wreckage for whatever pointy sticks they can find instead.
** ''Neo'' also has your father joining your party for a short time, during which he throws out extremely powerful attacks and kicks all kinds of ass on your fairly low-level enemies. [[spoiler: Sadly, [[MentorOccupationalHazard he's not around for long]] after that...]]
VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.



* TheVicar: The promoted class of healers in most games.

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* TheVicar: The promoted class of What healers turn into when promoted, with the exception of Gong, who turns into a Master Monk.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: In the beginning of the game, you can push a rolling cart at an NPC while you're
in most games.Guardiana. You can also do it again in Alterone, in order to get to an otherwise inaccessible treasure chest. The game (and the [=NPCs=]) can call you out if you do it.
--> "[[WhatTheHellHero What a rude thing to do]]!"



* WhiteMagicianGirl: Most of the games have at least one of these, a female healer who usually (unless promoted to master monk) has no real offensive power besides maybe a Blast spell.

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* WhiteMagicianGirl: Most of the games have at least one of these, Khris, a female healer who usually (unless promoted to master monk) has no real offensive power besides maybe a Blast spell.healer. However, she can out-damage other healers like Gong if properly leveled up.



* YinYangBomb: The Chaos Breaker, an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity+1]] SwordOfPlotAdvancement. Also the Dragon Rings in ''Tears''.

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* YinYangBomb: The Chaos Breaker, an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity+1]] SwordOfPlotAdvancement. Also SwordOfPlotAdvancement.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In Bustoke,
the Dragon Rings Runefaust army have forcibly dragged away the men to unearth a secret weapon built by the Ancients. When it is found, the evil Master Mage in ''Tears''.charge of the operation gives the order to kill them all, having had no further use for them. Fortunately, Max and his party arrives just in time to save the men.
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