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'''Deltora Quest''' is a [[HighFantasy fantasy]] series that also has as a mix of [[GenreBusting mystery, interactivity, horror, romance, action and adventure]]. The anime is an [[AnimatedAdaptation adaptation]] of the [[Literature/DeltoraQuest novels]] written by [[AustralianLiterature Australian author]] Emily Rodda. Like the books, it is quite {{Troperiffic}}.

The series has aired around the world, on TheHub in the US, on Creator/{{ABC3}} in Australia, on Creator/ToonamiAsia in Asian territories, as well as on TV in Italy, Pakistan, Turkey and New Zealand among other countries.
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!!The anime exhibits the following tropes:
* TheQuest: To find the seven gems and put them on the Belt of Deltora and give the Belt to heir to throne, this last part is harder than it needed to be since the heir is closer than you think.
* MasterSwordsmen: Barda, Lief, Doom and Endon. Glock was a swordsmen in the books but is [[BareFistedMonk melee fighter]] in the anime
* FarmBoy: Lief is a black smith's son from the slums of Del.
* ActionGirl: Take a ''[[IncrediblyLamePun wild]]'' guess [[spoiler:([[DontExplainTheJoke It's Jasmine]].)]]
* AChildShallLeadThem: Well, the heir takes the throne at about seventeen years of age.
* PowerTrio: Lief, Barda and Jasmine work so well together slaying monsters and grabbing gems, The Shadow Lord hunts down any traveling trio.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Jasmine having green hair in the anime (she has black hair in the books), while Lief turned blonde in ''all'' the adaptations and Barda is rocking a [[BadassBeard sweet black beard]].
* {{Mooks}}: Grey Guards a legitimate threat in the books but sliced up easily by the heroes in anime (almost to easy-mode degree).
* AlasPoorVillain - The fate of [[spoiler: Thaegan and her children]] in the anime; in the books, it's usually more a case of AndIMustScream when a villain becomes sympathetic.
** Despite the fact that he is both cold and cruel, the anime-only character Sorcerer Oacus's death is surprisingly emotional, even if his last words are to curse the heroes. It seems he may have been as much a victim of the Shadow Lord's machinations (if not more so) as everybody else.
** [[spoiler: Dain pretends to be this to get jump on Lief, even after he's proven he is a evil lying monster- twice]].
* AnimatedAdaptation: Of the novels.
* AnimeThemeSong: Only in the original version. The dub (predictably) uses an original instrumental theme with scenes from the original opening. Furthermore, the ending has been replaced completely.
* AscendedExtra: Neridah, Thaegan, Fallow, Dain and the Enigmatic... Bird.
* BadassBaritone: Most of the guardians of the gems. Bonus points for all sounding distinctive, too.
* BagOfKidnapping: In episode 24 the Grey Guards kidnap Prin the Kin with this method, planning to eat her later, but Lief Barda and Jasmine get bagged after the Rithmere games.
* RebelLeader: Doom, with some TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized throw in.
* {{Bishounen}}
** Lief.
** Whenever Dain shows up in the books, emphasis is placed on his fine features and "delicate" looks. It carries over to the anime even a missing nose in most shots.
** Evil sorcerer Oacus.
** Especially Endon as kid to DudeLooksLikeALady- levels.
* CanonForeigner: The sorcerer Oacus.
TournamentArc: Rithmere games, expanded and up-sized from the books.
DevilInPlainSight: Prandine the chief adviser to the king, is tall, pale high-voiced, long-fingered black robed creep. But young king Endon would never suspect his trusted his adviser much to his best Jarred's frustration. By the time Endon dos believe his friend it's too late and the Shadow Lord has scattered the Gems.
** Everyone thinks this of Doom (his name doesn't help) but he's a subversion as he truly is on the right side [[spoiler: and father to Jasmine]].
** [[spoiler: Dain is pale has no visible nose and has backstory that's sounds suspiciously made up. Plus when they enter [[ShiningCity Tora]] which dispels those with evil intentions the heroes fail notice Dain is almost dying, and are actually shocked when he betrays them later.
* CaptainObvious:
** Jasmine,
** Barda in the dub of the anime.
* ConspicuousCG: The bosses and occasionally the belt too.
* CrossingTheDesert: The Shifting Sands, nuff said.
* CrapsackWorld:
** Deltora. "It's like Deltora is [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou the fictional equivalent of Australia or something]]".
** Made even worse by several years of [[BigBad the Shadow Lord's]] rule, as well as the fact that the [[MacGuffin gems]] are deliberately hidden in the most dangerous parts of the country.
* TookALevelinBadass Lief started off as cocky street kid and became monster slaying badass [[spoiler: king]]. Jasmine was a lost little forest girl and ends up battle champion. And Barda in his youth failed to stop the Ak-Baba from taking the castle, but cut to sixteen years later and some Ak-Baba with missing heads.
* DamselInDistress: Jasmine can look after herself for the most part and saves Lief and Barda a few times, but gets captured frequently in the later part of the series. Mostly giving Lief a invective to [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl chase after her]] but that's makes her a FauxActionGirl at worst.
** Neridah literally gets [[BoundAndGagged roped and bound]] in the Valley of the Lost but since she stole diamond from the heroes, they aren't too fussed to save her.
** To be fair everybody gets captured at least once in the story.
* CrazyPrepared: Doom.
* {{Tsundere}} Jasmine to Lief, Doom and Glock to everyone.
* DoomedHometown: The anime tried its damnedest to play this straight, ''utterly demolishing'' the palace and much of the surrounding city in the climactic battle. It also gets rebuilt very quickly.
* LoveTriangle: Lief, Jasmine and Dain, and Neridah when Dain isn't around. [[spoiler: Thankfully it's put to a end when Dain turns out to be evil shape shiftier spy and gets stabbed by Lief and Neridah dies later]].
* EldritchAbomination: The Shadow Lord's appearance in the anime can best be described as "[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Darkrai]] seen through the eyes of Creator/GuillermoDelToro."
** All Thaegan children and a few of the Guardians.
* VillainousCrush:
** Thaegan has a soft spot for Lief.
** [[spoiler: Dain after he is proven to be evil he's previous romantic encounters with Jasmine are called are suspect]].
* FillerArc: The anime (which adapted the first series) ran for sixty-five episodes. The books' plot finally ran out at episode ''fifty''-two, and that included enough filler to make Thaegan into a recurring "boss"! Interestingly enough, Anime News Network reported that the Australian broadcast of the anime will consist of ''fifty-five'' episodes (52, plus the first three filler episodes). Meanwhile, only the first fifty-two have been seen in the U.S.. One wonders why they didn't just adapt the other two series.
HeelFaceTurn:
** Neridah acts sweet innocent to Lief, so she can get the jump on him when they're fighting in the Rithmere games.
** Everyone suspects Doom to pull this (especially Jasmine) but after gets proved completely innocent by the city of Tora, he proves to be trusted and close ally
** Glock is loud violent jerk, but when they gather the seven tribes and seek his help, Glock lightens up and becomes a [[FireForgedFriends strong friend]].
** [[spoiler: Dain, acts sweet to the trio (especially to jasmine) and is always hopeful and optimistic, and Lief suspects he may be the heir to throne. But he as soon as they hand to Belt to him Dain lets out some [[EvilLaughter cold laughter]] and reveals he's been a DoubleAgent has to be killed in surprisingly dark (yet awesome) fight with Lief]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In a minor way in the anime, occasionally during bits of narration the show will cut to a picture of the belt [[spoiler:as it ''should'' be, with the gems in the proper order.]] Pay enough attention and you might work out [[spoiler:the whole use the gems to spell "Deltora" twist before the characters do.]]
** Also the fact that both Jasmine and Doom both have green hair, tan skin and fight with daggers should tip off the audience exactly the connection they have... [[spoiler: '''Their father and daughter duh!!!''']].
* BloodKnight: Glock (and his entire race) Doom, Barda and every Vaarl.
** and Jasmine and Lief to lesser extent
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Lief and Jasmine bicker and fight like cats and dogs, failing to notice they have strong feelings for each other literally EveryoneCanSeeIt.
* LampshadeHanging: During one of their encounters, Jasmine [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall leans on the fourth wall]] when she notes she's grown a bit tired of dueling with Thaegan.
--> '''Jasmine''': How many times do we have to fight her?
* LiteralCliffhanger: Neridah uses this as a ''fighting style'' or when Lief is fighting Dain and Fallow in the climax.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Kree is lovable black bird and Fili could pass a Pokemon.
* InterestingSituationDuel: Let's see, a battle atop some stairs, with an enormous drop on either side, a battle while standing on one Ak-Baba while being divebombed by another (while fighting Fallow), fighting while spelunking in a [[spoiler: giant hive]], not to mention some of Thaegan's duels.
* {{Shapeshifting}}: the Ols can be anybody and Grade 3 Ols can be anything and are the top spies if the Shadow lords. The Ols are just non-threatening looking misty blobs with evil eyes, [[spoiler: except Dain who is disturbingly fleshy and muddy-like]].
* OnlySaneMan: Jasmine in the episode involving Francoise and Barda the rest of the time.
* PlayingWithFire: Oacus mainly uses fire-based spells.
* RomanticFalseLead:
** Marlien for Lief, Dain for Jasmine.
** Dain is more so in the anime. In which Neridah also flirts with Lief and [[ChestMonster Monster in disguise Francoise]].
* RunningGag: Barda at least has to be hit by the monster, get up dramatically, and beat them after some self-empowerment, Lief and Jasmine regularly argue with each other to disguise the fact they have feelings they can't express.
* SadisticChoice: In the anime: [[spoiler: Thaegan has captured our heroes and transported them into her Mirror of Fear. Lief fights with his EvilTwin, Barda fights against what he thought was Prandine, and a caged Jasmine is forced to solve a difficult puzzle or she will be dipped into searing hot water for the monsters' stew. Luckily, the Belt's Ruby shows him the way out of the mirror.]]
* ShiningCity: Tora, at least compared to Del.
* SignificantAnagram:
** [[spoiler:Deltora is spelled with the first letters of the gems on the Belt of Deltora, arranged in the order King Adin the blacksmith managed to convince the Tribes to give him their Gems.]]
** [[spoiler: Dain]] deliberately chose his name to trick everyone else into thinking [[spoiler:he's the heir]], since [[spoiler:the name's an anagram of Adin.]]
* SingleLineOfDescent: By custom, every king or queen has only one child. This turns out to have been [[spoiler:a plot by the Shadow Lord to make it easier to kill off the royal line.]] Ultimately, subverted as Adin (the first king) himself had several children, which [[spoiler:allows a distant relative of the throne to show up]] as a plot point.
* SoProudOfYou: [[spoiler: Anna]] says this to Jasmine when her spirit is momentarily drawn back by the topaz. Lief makes his father proud [[spoiler: just before he dies]] and Barda see his mom again thanks to Topaz and gives him strengh to do some badass beheading.
* SorcerousOverlord: The Shadow lord fits this better than EvilOverlord alone since he is also a powerful sorcerer and infact derives much of his power from that fact.
* SwappedRoles: [[spoiler: King Endon and Queen Sharn become Jarred and Anna of the forge. While Jarred and Anna pretend to be Endon and Sharn and go into exile (doesn't end well)]].
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Neridah [[spoiler:at least until the filler episodes]] many fans wish she had died sooner like in the books.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Gorl comes across as such. Still evil, though.
* PowerCrystal: All the gems, hell when monsters touch them they vaporize.
* WorldOfHam: Hamminess galore.
* AvengersAssemble: All seven tribes are united again even the ones that are near extinct like Glock or were precious hostile like the Dread Gnomes.
* XanatosGambit: "I have many plans"/"The Shadow Lord has many plans" - recurring.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Jasmine has a Grade A...[[spoiler:for her left leg]].
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