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Hitomi Kanzaki is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who reads tarot cards and runs on her school's track team. One day, just as she's about to earn her SacredFirstKiss from her senpai and crush, a dragon appears in a PillarOfLight, closely pursued by a young armored warrior. The warrior, [[WarriorPrince Prince Van]], rescues Hitomi and her friends from the dragon, and takes a power source for his HumongousMecha from the heart of the dead dragon. Another PillarOfLight then appears, whisking Hitomi and Van away to his world, Gaea, where Earth itself hangs in the night sky...

Once there, Hitomi and Van quickly become embroiled in a massive war. Van's kingdom of Fanelia is one of many at war with the sinister [[TheEmpire Zaibach Empire]], whose Emperor Dornkirk seeks to use his probability-altering technology (and army of SchizoTech HumongousMecha known as "Guymelefs" --or "Melefs" for short) to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer Gaea]] and create a world without uncertainty. The best chance to turn the tide of the war is the mighty Guymelef, the eponymous Escaflowne... which is also the biggest source of uncertainty in Dornkirk's vision of the future.

A brainchild of Creator/ShojiKawamori, ''Tenkuu no Escaflowne'' (lit. "Escaflowne of the Heavens") was conceived during a trip to Nepal and [[HighConcept pitched]] as ''Air Cavalry Chronicles'', basically "''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' with divination instead of love songs". Planned as a 39-episode anime series from the start, it spent several years in DevelopmentHell, during which a manga was published (based on pre-production materials and thus markedly different from the final product). The series was finally broadcast in Japan from April 2, 1996 to September 24, 1996, cut to just 26 episodes, which accounts for a rather abrupt wrap-up in the end. Two more mangas and a novelization were produced later, and the anime was licensed as ''The Vision of Escaflowne'' in the US. There was also [[TheMovie a movie]] released in 2000, which greatly simplified the series' mythology and played up its mystical aspects.

Curiously Creator/FoxKids aired the dub of the show around 2000, largely in response to the anime boom at the time. Of course since the show was not exactly kid friendly, it had to be edited a bit. It never fully finished, only getting halfway before the TV broadcast was cancelled.

Compare and contrast with ''Anime/AuraBattlerDunbine'' and ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'', their predecessors in creating a MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting and adding HumongousMecha in the mix.

Now with its own [[Characters/TheVisionOfEscaflowne character sheet]].
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!!''The Vision of Escaflowne'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionDressRip: Hitomi gallantly ruining fashion to save Van from a sneak attack.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the movie [[spoiler: Folken is a psychotic BigBad, while in the original series he was more of an Anti-Villain or a Dragon with an Agenda to the actual Big Bad, Emperor Dornkirk (who is absent from the movie altogether). In fact, in the series he eventually has a HeelFaceTurn ]].
* AgentPeacock: The Zaibach officer overseeing the energist extraction at the dragon graveyard wears pink accents and speaks in a somewhat flamboyant manner. He also has a FeatherBoaConstrictor named Nina.
* AlienSky: Currently provides the page quote, "I could see the Earth and Moon in the sky of this strange world," from the first episode when Hitomi ends up in Gaea.
* AloofBigBrother: Folken, [[spoiler: until his HeelFaceTurn]].
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The FOX Kids version has a different [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5ZXbrqPjKM opening]].
** So does the German version, the ending stayed the same though
* AndManGrewProud: [[spoiler:Gaea was created by the Atlanteans as as a final wish while their own civilization was burning to the ground.]]
* AngstComa: Van goes into one after going berserk and killing a number of minor villains. Hitomi enters his mind to try to bring him out of it, but it is ultimately Merle's heartfelt pleas that do the job.
* AntiVillain: Folken and Jajuka are the most prominent examples.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Energists and Levistones. There's also [[spoiler:Hitomi's pendant, which turns out to be an Atlantean artifact salvaged by Leon and given to Hitomi's grandmother on his deathbed]].
* ArmorPiercingSlap
** Van gets one from Hitomi in the first episode for being an ungrateful git over the whole dragon fight. Unlike most slap-receiving heroes, however, he actually learns his lesson and ''stops'' being an ungrateful git. [[SpoofAesop See? Violence is the answer!]]
** She does it again in episode 19, when Van says that he needs her... but only because her magical abilities are useful in combat. (A DiscretionShot was used for this one.)
* AxCrazy: Dilandau
* BadassGrandpa: Balgus
* BadassNormal: Balgus again. You don't see a lot of people who are able to fight off a giant mecha with just a sword.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Played straight with Zongi the Doppleganger, who has no genitals. Slightly subverted when he takes Plaktu's form; [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar observant viewers can see the shadow of his bulge for a brief moment before the candlelight is extinguished.]]
* [[BashBrothers Bash Sisters]]: Nariya and Eriya fight with perfect synchronicity.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The final episode, where [[spoiler:Dornkirk's machine grants everyone their wishes... and apparently everyone's wish is to fight each other rather than have peace like Dornkirk had envisioned.]]
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: [[spoiler:Emperor Dornkirk is really Isaac Newton.]] And crazily enough this has some historical basis, given his [[spoiler:obsession with the occult and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschatology the end of the world]]]].[[note]] You can see where the name Escaflowne comes from - "escalation", in relation to "eschatology".[[/note]] Yep, [[DontExplainTheJoke apples dropping on your head]] can do that to you.
* BelligerentSexualTension: To a very mild degree, Princess Millerna and Dryden.
* BerserkButton: Dilandau has more of a [[HairTriggerTemper keyboard]], but Van is the poster child. Hurt Hitomi and... [[UnstoppableRage well...]]
* BFS: In an example of TheBigGuy using one, Balgus uses one to take giant mecha headon, even parrying the strikes of Guymelef-sized blades and severing limbs from the mecha.
* BoldExplorer: Allen's DisappearedDad was this. In fact, his frequent absences and the fact that he never returned from one of his voyages are the source of Allen's massive DaddyIssues.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], then [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. At one point Allen asks Dryden for Guymelefs to defend against Zaibach, but Dryden tells him he is merely a merchant, not a arms dealer, unless they want to take out the museum pieces in his collection. Ultimately they don't get used in the fight, suggesting they wouldn't have been of much use.
* BreakTheCutie: Van, Hitomi, [[spoiler: Folken right before he joins Zaibach, Dilandau in his... er, ''her'' backstory]].
* BroadStrokes: The manga adaptations take quite a lot of liberties with ''Escaflowne''. You can't even recognize most of them in the shōnen manga; Hitomi has longer dark hair and glasses, just for starters.
* BittersweetEnding: Both in the anime series and in the movie.
* CainAndAbel: Van is Abel. Folken is Cain; [[spoiler:though he pulls a HeelFaceTurn towards the end.]]
* CapedMecha: A feature of pretty much any Guymelef that isn't mass produced. The capes on Zaibach mechs double as {{Invisibility Cloak}}s.
* CatGirl: Merle, later Nariya and Eriya.
* CharmPerson: Folken uses a {{Magitek}} device to prod Allen and Hitomi into getting together in a process somewhere on the spectrum between this and MoreThanMindControl. He's not forcing them to do anything morally ''wrong'', or even anything they might not have done on their own, just giving them an extra push to do something that both of them on some level wanted to do anyway.
* ChekhovsSkill: Hitomi skills as a runner and jumper come in handy a couple of times [[spoiler: : she is fast and resistent enough to be able to run across the city and warn Van of a potentially deadly sneak attack.]]
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: [[spoiler:The reason why Hitomi's calamitous prophecies come true is that she believes in them. Also, Dornkirk's machine's function is to cause this to happen. [[TooDumbToLive Too bad people want destruction of each other instead of world peace....]]]]
* ClubPresident: Amano, the captain of the track team.
* ConspicuousCG: Mostly averted, this show was one of the first to make extensive use of computers to aid the animation, but the creators were careful to blend it with the hand-drawn stuff. However, there are a few instances that stick out, such as Zongi's camouflaging.
* CostumePorn: AND HOW!
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: [[spoiler:Atlantis. Eventually Atlanteans decided that even ''this'' wasn't good enough for them, and decided to make themselves into {{Physical God}}s. [[AndManGrewProud That didn't end well]]]].
* CurbStompBattle: Van vs. the Dragonslayers is a pretty epic example of this.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Van, Folken, and Dilandau. Played up for great drama in TheMovie.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Movie
* DeadlyUpgrade: [[spoiler:Luck enhancement does ''not'' end well for Naria and Eriya. Also, Folken implies that [[YourDaysAreNumbered His Days Are Numbered]] because of a set of these.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Van, more so as the war goes on. By the halfway point of the series, silly little factors like "we've already surrendered," "your mech is utterly totaled," or "you're bleeding to death," get in the way of trying to fly straight back to the battlefield on his own two wings.
* {{Diary}}: Marlene's and Leon's.
* DisappearedDad: Leon (Allen's dad) as noted above.
* DisappearsIntoLight: Zaibach Guymelefs.
* DistressedDude: Hitomi rescues Van so much he actually gets frustrated by it.
* DoomedHometown: Fanelia
* DungeonPunk: A setting where [[{{Magitech}} giant robots are powered by dragon hearts]]? What else ''could'' it be?
* FanDisservice: The fans are [[SarcasmMode treated]] to more than a couple shots of the Doppleganger's pale, skinny, naked butt in Episode 10 as he infiltrates a ship.
* {{Fanservice}}
** Nariya and Eriya, complete with a bit of [[{{Twincest}} incestual]] LesYay.
** The manga series then takes the fanservice and runs off a cliff with it, to the point that it gets distracting.
* FantasticAesop: Trying to change fate is possible, but also dangerous and can have dire consequences.
* FantasticRacism: At least some humans seem to have this for the Beastmen. Humans and Beastmen against [[spoiler:the Draconians, the winged descendants of the people of Atlantis]].
* FirstChurchOfMecha: In at least one of the manga.
* FlightOfRomance: [[spoiler: Van and Hitomi in the [[http://www.100megspopup.com/catgurlmerle/vancaught.jpg finale]].]]
* FreakinessShame:
-->'''Hitomi:''' And about wings... I really like them, Van. They're pretty.
-->'''Van:''' You and [[ClingyJealousGirl Merle]] are probably the only people who'd say that.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: [[spoiler:When Merle manages to (literally) slap Hitomi and (not-so-literally) Van out of a dark vision, which saves their lives.]]
* GoodWingsEvilWings: [[spoiler:Folken's wings, unlike Van's or Varie's, are black. While [[YourDaysAreNumbered the cause of this]] is unrelated to his moral alignment, the FallenAngel imagery is definitely there.]] WordOfGod states that [[spoiler:his wings ''became'' black (note that they were white when he revealed himself to Van) after realizing how wrong Dornkirk's plans were]].
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Folken and Dilandau (a.k.a. Celena)]]
* HiddenElfVillage: The Ispano.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: [[spoiler:Sir Isaac Newton]] is an alchemist who uses the power of Atlantis. Also a case of ShownTheirWork, Newton did develop quite a bit of interest in alchemy and the occult in his later years.
* HumongousMecha: Not as [[TVTropesDrinkingGame egregious]] as other series. Most Guymelefs are about 8 meters tall. The manga, on the other hand, goes and makes Escaflowne about 10 ''stories'' tall.
* IdenticalGrandson: ...and grandmother.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: [[ClingyJealousGirl Merle]] begins taking this approach after it becomes obvious that Van is in love with Hitomi. Her anger at Hitomi in the second half of the series isn't because Van likes her more, but because Hitomi's LoveTriangle indecisiveness is hurting him.
* IHaveThisFriend: Millerna and Hitomi; almost as soon as Hitomi says it, Millerna catches on.
* InstantSedation
* InvisibilityCloak: Zaibach's Guymelefs have them.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: Allen (for Hitomi), Dryden (for Millerna), Hitomi (for Yukari), technically Merle (for Van)]].
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Let me explain how very evil I am [[IdiotBall in front of the armed guy]]. Of course, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning that was exactly what he was planning for]].
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:A machine uses this trope as fuel.]]
* KillAndReplace: What Zongi the Doppleganger does to Plaktu. This seems to be the modus operandi of all Dopplegangers (and the reason they're so feared), since they can only seem to take the appearance (and abilities) of someone they've killed.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Allen Schezar
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler:Van, by the TV series' end.]]
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Van meets Allen when he finds the latter standing over a fainted Hitomi (whom he was about to pick up and carry to safety.) Van draws his sword and charges, [[CurbStompBattle and gets sword-hilt to the stomach and lights out]].
* LightIsNotGood: Arguably. The Draconians look very much like angels, but they're viewed as cursed by most people on Gaea. While it's not so much the case for the remaining Draconians (they're just subject to FantasticRacism), [[spoiler:the [[{{Precursors}} Atlanteans]] they're descended from ''were'' a something of case of this, and their angel wings (which they gave themselves through the use of some [[NeglectfulPrecursors theologically questionable and world-threatening magitech]]) were a product and major indication of their arrogance.]]
* LoadBearingBoss: Folken in TheMovie.
* LoveDodecahedron: Consisting of four interlocking {{Love Triangle}}s.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: The Escaflowne
* MacGuffinGirl: Hitomi in the manga. Literally: her body is made up ''out'' of the crystal used to power Escaflowne.
* MeaningfulEcho: The "I have this friend" discussion.
* MeaningfulName:
** Hitomi means "eye", or "iris" which is the colored part of the eye. It was picked out for her because of her ability to see the [[http://escaflowne.anime.net//characters/k/kanzaki_hitomi/index.html unseen]].
** Escaflowne, [[http://escaflowne.anime.net//mecha/fanelia/escaflowne/index.html#note according to Shoji Kawamori]], is rooted in the word "escalation"; and given the presence of Dornkirk [[spoiler:a.k.a Sir Isaac Newton]], and as already noted above under BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy, it is highly likely that it is also related to Eschatology.
** Master swordsman Balgus' [[WordOfGod last name]], Ganesha, comes from the Hindu god of [[http://escaflowne.anime.net//characters/g/ganesha_balgus/index.html destruction]].
** Dilandau's guymelef, Alseides, is named after the Alseids, the nymphs found in Greek mythology who live in the groves, springs of rivers, and in meadows - [[spoiler: which describes Celena's personality, seeing that she loves nature and was said to be gentle]]. It's also an IronicName given how it's used by Dilandau to burn cities and to try and impale Van.
** The name of Allen's guymelef, Scheherezade, is Persian for "city-freer".
* TheMedic: Millerna in the TV series. Note that she's ''not'' a WhiteMagicianGirl, though: she's a normal medicine student.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* MementoMacGuffin: Hitomi's pendant, given to her by her grandmother [[spoiler:which was given to ''her'' by Allen's father, Leon. Yep, turns out that Hitomi isn't the only Kanzaki that's been world-hopping...]].
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Dilandau descends into further madness and becomes even MORE AxCrazy than he already was after getting a facial scar from Van.
* MissingMom: [[spoiler: Van and Folken's mother]]. It's not explained in detail what happened to her after she disappeared, though. The implication is that this character is dead.
* ModestRoyalty: While Asturian royalty indulges in CostumePorn, the Fanelian royal family dresses simply. Van, for example, spends all of two scenes in something fancier than a pair of slacks and a peasant's shirt.
-->'''Hitomi:''' ''He's'' a prince?!
* MoralMyopia: ''Nobody'''s allowed to beat on Dilandau's Dragonslayers!... Well, except for ''Dilandau'', of course.
* MrFanservice: When Kazuki Akane was put on the project to direct, he figured that it wouldn't hurt to [[MultipleDemographicAppeal broaden the]] [[EstrogenBrigade potential audience]] by adding some elements. [[{{Bishonen}} Guess what those]] [[ShirtlessScene elements were]].
* MsFanservice
** Naria and Eriya. Semi-Twincestious, scantily-clad {{Cat Girl}}s that are [[TwinThreesomeFantasy totally willing to share]]? Holy shit, where do we sign!
** Merle -- TokenMiniMoe, CatGirl, VaporWear, VictoriasSecretCompartment...
** Hitomi [[ShesGotLegs gots some legs]] and [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up nicely]].
* MuggleAndMagicalLoveTriangle: Allen, Hitomi, and Van. While Allen may be a MasterSwordsman, he is a muggle to the bone, while Van is a HalfHumanHybrid, descendant of the cursed and now-extinct [[spoiler:Atlantean]] race. Also, Allen appears to be the Gaean counterpart of Amano, Hitomi's high school running coach and first crush, making him a muggle times two.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Where to begin? {{Mecha}}, really cool fight scenes, LoveDodecahedron, [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys lots and lots of]] {{Bishonen}}.... Let's just say that there was enough to spawn two manga adaptations, a shōnen one and a shōjo one.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[spoiler:Which is why Dornkirk gave that [[JustBetweenYouAndMe speech]].]]
* NamedWeapons: Escaflowne
* NarniaTime: The relative flow of time between Earth and Gaia is inconsistent to say the least. Although the time flow between the two worlds is presumably in synch by the end.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Everything that isn't Dornkirk's fault in this series is Hitomi's.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Allen is the Noble Male, while Van is the Roguish Male. They are even [[HairContrastDuo color-coded]].
* OminousLatinChanting: Quite often. The most notable examples in the {{BGM}} are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSlNHi6wgQQ Dance of the Curse]] and [[http://daitrombe.net/attachments/1850/Escaflowne_-_Epistle.mp3 Epistle]].
* OpeningNarration: "Was it all just a dream? Or maybe a vision... no, it was real! [insert a few lines recapping the previous episode]" This stopped about halfway through the series.
* OperaGloves
* OrchestralBombing
* OurAngelsAreDifferent
* {{Overdrive}}: When Van, Allen and Hitomi are escaping Zaibach's capital on Escaflowne they are pursued by Zaibach's mechas which are much faster. As they're closing in and a panicked Van is urging Escaflowne to fly faster, it suddenly transforms to reveal a jet engine and shoots forward at LudicrousSpeed.
* ParentalAbandonment: Van, Allen, Folken, Chid.
* PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath
* PerpetualMolt: Van, sometimes Folken.
* PettingZooPeople: There's a lot of animal people, including [[CatGirl cat girls]], wolf-men, a dog-man, and even ''gecko''-people, as well as one person who appeared to be part dolphin/porpoise.
* PillarOfLight
* PimpedOutDress
* PlanetaryRomance: Though it initially appears to be pure fantasy, Gaia ends up fitting neatly within the Planetary Romance genre, with all instances of "magic" actually being hugely advanced technology.
* PosthumousCharacter: Quite a few of the main characters' dead (or presumed dead) relatives are relevant to the plot.
* PowerCrystal
* PowerOfLove
* {{Precursors}}: The Atlanteans. Most of Gaea generally [[NeglectfulPrecursors doesn't think very highly of them]].
* PrincessesPreferPink: And lavender if you are Millerna.
* ProphecyTwist: [[spoiler:Knowing that fortunes on Gaea are [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve influenced by human belief and will]], Hitomi switches out the Tower card (Separation) for the Emperor (Good Fortune) in the Tarot reading of Millerna's impending marriage to Dryden. Turns out that luck was for the ''bad guys'', who crash the wedding and -- thanks to literally supernatural good fortune -- destroy over half a Palas and defeat the Escaflowne with two only two mechs]]. Cue Hitomi's cry of MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: Dilandau gives SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker himself a run for the money.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Dragonslayers and, once Van completely obliterates them, the CatGirl twins.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Folken, also a KarmicDeath]].
* RescueRomance: A ''mutual'' example. Van latches onto Hitomi after she pulls a DivingSave, and Hitomi's own feelings are sparked when he returns the favor.
* ResetButtonEnding: [[spoiler:Hitomi must come back home once it's all over]]. But not really since it's said that [[spoiler:she can go back if she really wants to. And Van can come over if he wants to.]]
* {{Retcon}}: The OVA is a retelling of the series, but it's [[DarkerAndEdgier completely different]].
* RobotHair: [[SiblingTeam Eriya and Neriya]]'s guymelefs, Teiring. Each has hair in the same colour and style of their pilots'.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SacredFirstKiss: Hitomi had asked Amano to kiss her if she broke her own race record.
* SceneryPorn: Say what you like about the changes the movie made to the characters, it had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63AjKgljS8E breathtaking visuals and sumptuous animation]], no question.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Hitomi wears her school uniform despite being on a completely different world. Justified to a degree: she ''was'' at school when Van brought her to Gaea, therefore she only had her uniform and her track clothes with her for quite a while. Millerna does buy her a new dress, but Hitomi only wears it for one or two episodes, then goes back to her uniform.
** Justified, interestingly: that new dress meets an unfortunate end when Hitomi's racing to [[spoiler:save Van's life]]. When one of your best skills is running, long skirts are not helpful.
* ScienceIsBad
* ScrewDestiny: Ultimately, both protagonists and antagonists strive for this.
* ShaggySearchTechnique: Millerna sits at her late sister's desk and listens to a built-in music box. Then, for no reason, she presses down on the head of one of the mechanical figurines. This causes a secret compartment to open, revealing Marlene's diary.
* ShirtlessScene: [[spoiler:whenever Van and Folken show their wings]].
* {{Shorttank}}: Both Hitomi and Millerna.
* ShouldersOfDoom: Pretty much all the Guymelefs. And Folken.
* ShoutOut: The Duke of Freid sounds very similar to the main character of [[UFORoboGrendizer another giant robot show]].
* ShowSomeLeg: Millerna pretends to trip and break her leg in the dungeon where Allen is being kept. She asks the guard to take a look and pulls up her skirt, providing a distraction long enough for him to be knocked out by one of Allen's men.
* SiblingTeam: Nariya and Eriya.
* SlasherSmile: Dilandau's default expression.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Hitomi. Also Van at the end.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:The Dragonslayers in the movie]].
** [[spoiler: Same thing with Nariya and Eriya, who are [[DemotedToExtra demoted to extras]] in the movie]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The official subtitles can't seem to agree on how to spell things. Though mostly consistent when it comes to the main characters (with the exception Merle being called Meryl once), minor characters vary much more. Compare Ispano/Yspano/Hispano, Mayden/Meiden, Chesta/Shesta, Gatty/Gatti, Viole/Viore/Biole/Biore, or Gaea/Gaia for example.
* StandingBetweenTheEnemies: As Van's HumongousMecha is getting [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomped]] by the Phlebotium-enhanced leopard twins, Merle runs out and interposes her tiny little self in front of him. The twins back off from delivering the killing stroke because she's a catgirl like them. (We also get a flashback to them doing the same thing as kids.)
* SuperCellReception: There is a pager (remember those?) that works on an invisible moon orbiting the Earth. This is debatably justified via YourMindMakesItReal (or that could just be FanWank), but this still resulted in a lot of jokes.
* TarotMotifs: Arguably half the point.
* TechnologyPorn: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK38WzlNvfk&feature=related Van activating Escaflowne for the first time]].
* ThemeTuneCameo
* TokenMiniMoe: Celena [[spoiler: before she is kidnapped and turned into Dilandau.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Deconstructed as Van slowly becomes an all-out BloodKnight who revels in battles. Needless to say, Hitomi is horrified.
-->'''Hitomi:''' I saw it -- you enjoyed fighting! I don't want your protecting me if this is what it does to you.
:: Of course, poor Van ''has'' to take every level in {{Badass}} he can if he wants to stop TheEmpire and [[SavingTheWorld save the world]]...
* TransformingMecha: The Escaflowne
* TranslationConvention: As Van's introductory scene shows, the language they speak on Gaea is most definitely ''not'' Japanese, rather some form of mixed-up Portugeuse -- Hitomi just has TranslatorMicrobes.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* {{Troperiffic}}: The show tries to cram in as many {{Anime}} Tropes as possible while remaining a viable story. It works thanks to heaping helpings of [[JustifiedTrope justifying every trope it can manage]]. It's further helped by the fact the series refuses to limit itself to ''just'' {{Shonen}} or {{Shojo}} tropes, but revels in '''both.'''
* TropesAreNotBad: The above bit makes ''Escaflowne'' the anime showcase to this.
* TunnelKing: The mole guy.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Merle is able to store an awful lot of stuff in what appears to be very little cleavage. Hitomi also manages to forget that she has a tarot deck under her shirt.
* VillainExitStageLeft: At the end of TheMovie, [[spoiler: Dilandau]], who, while saner than his incarnation in the series, is still a vicious PsychoForHire, who willingly assisted in the BigBad's genocidal actions, just rides away with his remaining undelings, shrugging and saying that there will be more wars to fight.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Prince Chid struggles a bit with the pressure the Duke of Freid puts on him to be TheWisePrince.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Pretty much every antagonist except for [[AxCrazy Dilandau]].
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Dilandau. Very pretty, very vain, completely psycho.
* WifeHusbandry: Of the inverted, unreciprocated variety: both Naria and Eriya are in love with Folken, who saved their lives and raised them from about age eight. It's entirely one-sided, though, as Naria notes after [[spoiler:she kisses him]].
* WingedHumanoid: Draconians, [[spoiler:namely Van and Folken]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Prince Chid is mature enough to take on the role of TheWisePrince despite being maybe six years old at most. Much of this is because [[WellDoneSonGuy the pressure the Duke of Freid puts on him]].
* WithMyHandsTied: Note to villains: [[UnwillingSuspension tying up]] and beating Van will only only work for a few minutes before he gets a hold of your sword with his legs.

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