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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 and on Creator/{{ABC3}} in Australia, as well as on TV in Italy, Pakistan and New Zealand.
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!!The anime exhibits the following tropes:
* ActionGirl: Take a ''[[IncrediblyLamePun wild]]'' guess [[spoiler:([[DontExplainTheJoke It's Jasmine]].)]]
* AChildShallLeadThem: Well, the heir takes the throne at about seventeen years of age.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Jasmine having green hair in the anime (she has black hair in the books), while Lief turned blond in ''all'' the adaptations.
* 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 tearjerking, 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.
* 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 and the Enigmatic... Bird.
* BadAss:
** Doom.
** Damn-near ''everyone in the series'', and don't you deny it!
* BagOfKidnapping: In episode 24 the Grey Guards kidnap Prin the Kin with this method, planning to eat her later.
* {{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.
** Evil sorcerer Oacus.
* CanonForeigner: The sorcerer Oacus.
* CaptainObvious:
** Jasmine.
** Barda in the dub of the anime.
* ConspicuousCG: The bosses and occasionally the belt too.
* 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.
* CrazyPrepared: Doom.
* 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.
* EldritchAbomination: The Shadow Lord's appearance in the anime can best be described as "[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Darkrai]] seen through the eyes of Creator/GuillermoDelToro."
* 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.
* {{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.]]
* LiteralCliffhanger: Neridah uses this as a ''fighting style''.
* 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.
* RomanticFalseLead:
** Marilen for Lief, Dain and Glock for Jasmine.
** Dain is more so in the anime. In which Neridah also flirts with Lief.
* RunningGag: Barda at least has to be hit by the monster, get up dramatically, and beat them after some self-empowerment.
* 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 was thought as Brandine, 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.
* 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.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Neridah [[spoiler:at least until the filler episodes]].
* WorldOfHam: Hamminess galore.
* XanatosGambit: "I have many plans"/"The Shadow Lord has many plans" - recuring.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Jasmine has a Grade A...[[spoiler:for her left leg]].
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