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-> ''"And that one shall come to you garbed in raiment of blue, descending upon a field of gold... To forge anew our ties with the lost land."''

''Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind'' (''Kaze no Tani no Naushika'') is a post-apocalyptic ScienceFantasy manga and anime movie by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki. {{In a world}} dominated by a caustic jungle full of huge (horse sized to town hall sized!) and dangerous insects, one of the few places left habitable is the Valley of the Wind -- a place where toxic spores produced by the jungle, are kept from settling by the incessant breeze. The crash of a gigantic airplane into the valley, leads to an invasion by [[TheEmpire Torumekia,]] and the revelation of a secret that could destroy what's left of humanity, if not the world...

Visually inventive and quite gripping, the heroine -- the eponymous Nausicaä -- eventually learns a GreenAesop about living in harmony with Gaia.

The success of the movie -- Miyazaki's first independent work [[labelnote:*]] The ''first'' film he directed was 1979's ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro,'' which he did for [[Creator/TMSEntertainment Tokyo Movie Shinsha.]] [[/labelnote]] -- led directly to the founding of Creator/StudioGhibli and inspired [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Chocobos]]; it's also where Creator/HideakiAnno got the prototype for the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evas]] (since Anno was handpicked by Miyazaki to be the lead animator for the inspiring scene). Anno would later produce a short tokusatsu film spin-off featuring a live-action version of the creature entitled ''Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo''.

Since Miyazaki's only credits up to that point ([[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro with one exception]]) [[Anime/PandaGoPanda were]] [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket the]] [[Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater television]] [[Anime/FutureBoyConan shows]] [[Anime/SherlockHound that]] he'd worked on with Creator/IsaoTakahata -- all adaptations of proven popular works -- no distributor was willing to give him financial backing for ''Nausicaä'' unless he made a {{manga}} first. So he did, publishing ''Nausicaä'' in the monthly ''Animage'' magazine beginning in 1982. Even after the film's success, he continued to occasionally put out new manga chapters, in between working on his later movies, finally finishing the story in 1994.

It is worth noting that the manga is very different from the animated version. For one, the manga's story is ''much'' more vast, introducing settings, important characters, and even entire races of people that are never mentioned in the movie (which is understandable for the 3/4+ of the manga made after it). The result is two very different takes on the same basic concept, both by the same man.

''Nausicaä'' suffered a tremendous {{Macekre}} in its first English dub: Characters were renamed, the {{aesop}} was turned into a fragfest, and over half an hour of the film that lacked [[StuffBlowingUp any sort of action]] [[ExecutiveMeddling was thoroughly excised]]. The resulting mess was titled ''Warriors of the Wind'', and this particular hackjob led to Studio Ghibli's current policy to not allow their films to be cut for international distribution. The current English version is provided by Ghibli's North American distributor, Creator/{{Disney}}, and is uncut and unaltered.

Three video game adaptations of ''Nausicaä'' were released for the MS-X; two were top-down shooters but where Nausica does negotiations with human villages to prevent war and drop stun bombs (NOT bombs) on Ohmus as a strict self-defense measure. They were, however, mediocre in their gameplay, and flopped. As a result, besides a ''Future Boy Conan'' videogame adaptation, no further games based on Studio Ghibli movies were produced (not that it kept the studio from doing the art direction for other games, like ''Jade Cocoon'' for the [=PS1=], among others). A very common Urban Legend has it that those games greatly offended Miyazaki, based on the wrong assumption that the games openly subverted the message of his film. The recent interviews following ''VideoGame/NiNoKuni'''s release, and an actual look on those rare games by [=HG101=], debunked these rumors, with Studio Ghibli even being open to a ''Castle in the Sky'' adaptation.

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* AcePilot: Nausicaä, of course. Also Asbel, impersonating the [[Film/TheRedBaron Red Baron]]
** [[spoiler: Kurotowa]] shows his skills in the manga, revealing himself to be more than the silly dandy he comes off as.
* ActionGirl:
** Nausicaä spends much of her time exploring the poisonous and giant insect-infested forests. She also takes part in several battles and more than holds her own.
** Kushana is a general who leads from the front and tends to be right in the middle of the hardest fighting.
* AdaptedOut: Oh, where to begin?
** Selm, Chikuku, Ketcha, the King of Torumekia and his sons, Namulith and the Doroks, and the Worm-Handlers to name just a few. Ohma ''does'' appear in the movie – it's hard to miss him – but is never named.
** The Doroks had only just been introduced in the manga when the movie was greenlit, so Miyazaki shifted their scenes to involve the Torumekians instead, to simplify the narrative for film. Selm and the Forest People, as well as Kushana's family, would not appear until years later.
* AfterTheEnd: The post-apocalyptic story is set a millennium after the global catastrophe called the Seven Days of Fire.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Every significant faction has one, save the wormhandlers.
* AirVentPassageway: Lord Yupa uses one to overhear the conversation in the lab where the Giant Warrior is incubated.
* AlienBlood:
** The Ohmu have blue blood. This becomes relevant during the climax of the film, where Nausicaä's blouse turns blue because of the blood from the infant Ohmu, and early in the manga.
** Later on, the blue blood of [[spoiler:the Crypt of Shuwa]] becomes just as significant.
* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:Princess Lastel]]. She could only deliver a few lines before dying.
* AnachronismStew: A sword-swinging cavalry charge is usually backed up with machine gun fire from levitating 'bell jars'. Not to mention that the Torumekian gunship pilot uniform consists of full medieval-style plate armour complete with a conical visor helmet.
** {{Justified|Trope}}, as most of the more advanced technology in use is [[UsedFuture centuries old]], and the making of things like the engines for airships and machine-guns is becoming a lost art. At best, some people have a working knowledge of how to repair them.
*** There are scenes in the manga where the characters make a point to salvage ship engines with one character remarking that the whole plane could be reconstructed around the salvaged engines. In addition most armor and swords are stated to be ceramic, containing futuristic metallic composite, or made from Ohmu shell (which is supposedly the hardest substance available and acts like a bulletproof ferro-ceramic composite making the plate and scale armors of the comic a sensible retro-modern adaptation). There is even a mine centered around a downed star ship that harvests the metal of the star ship for armor and blades.
*** The starship is supposed to be the Yamato from ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato''.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 2 disaster, threatens to become a Class 3. Industrial civilization has obliterated itself from the world. The remaining kingdoms and empires are busily destroying each other through war, and the ever-expanding [[GardenOfEvil Sea of Corruption]] is making large areas completely uninhabitable to all animals except its own giant insects.
* AristocratsAreEvil: The Torumekian nobility usually combines this with VillainousGlutton and maybe DirtyCoward.
* ArmiesAreEvil: The Torumekians. [[spoiler:The army of Pejite isn't much better.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Even if they are [[spoiler:bio-engineered]], [[SquareCubeLaw arthropods simply cannot get that big]]; and even if they could, it's unlikely that they would have blue blood since hemocyanin is far too inefficient at conducting oxygen for such massive creatures.
** Nor would there be much oxygen around for them to breathe, or the humans for that matter. Fungi, unlike plants, ''[[https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080430200848AAUJAfd consume oxygen without creating any]]''.
* AuthorAppeal: Flying machines and an anti-war message – both staples of Miyazaki's work.
* BadassGrandpa: Master Yupa, a very well-known (and feared, for good reason) OldMaster and MasterSwordsman.
* BadassPrincess: Nausicaä and Kushana, who can both face down giant insects and armies without flinching.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Lord Yupa does this to prevent a slaughter in the village, taking a sword point in the forearm, through his armor. Despite Yupa's calm, unflinching demeanor, Nausicaä is the only one who notices the blood dripping from the hilt, and the shudder of pain in Yupa's body, showing the extent Yupa will go to to keep the peace.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: In the film, all semblance of the compassionate, loving and unconditionally kind Nausicaä gets ripped away when her father is murdered. In her place emerges [[UnstoppableRage a rampaging beast in the guise of a Princess]], who proceeds to ''[[FoeTossingCharge slaughter]]'' the soldiers responsible. This is even more pronounced in the manga, where Nausicaä's father only dies later of natural causes and she flies off the handle simply because the soldiers were trespassing on her kingdom and getting spores everywhere. She only kills one guy, though.
* {{BFG}}: Averted, for the most part. A notable exception is when Nausicaä briefly hefts a heavy machine gun to enforce compliance. It's a good bet that the thing weighs only a little less than ''she'' does.
** Honorable mention goes to the Valley's gunship, which is less a fighter plane and more a derringer on wings that fires artillery shells for bullets.
** [[spoiler:The Giant Warrior (i.e. Ohma)]] has one built into its gullet as a primary weapon - some kind of disintegration or mass conversion cannon.
* BigDamnHeroes: The people of Pejite are trapped on the aircraft, waiting to be slaughtered away by the Tolmekian troops. Cue Lord Yupa who drops in through the roof hatch and [[OneManArmy single-handedly takes out]] all the Tolmekians.
* BigOlEyebrows: Very common among the male population of the Valley of the Wind. Usually dwarfed by their even more imposing mustaches.
* ABoyAndHisX: Nausicaä and her pet Teto.
* BugWar: In the film, anyways. Torumekia is trying to destroy the bugs because the spores they spread are swallowing up their territory. In the manga, they're at least smart enough to realize the futility of fighting against a force of nature and start a war with the Doroks to try and take their territory instead. Either way, the typical portrayal of the bugs as mindless monsters is subverted six ways from Sunday. The giant bugs are probably some of the nicest entities in the entire story, and this shows by the end of the movie.
* ButtMonkey: Kurotowa early in the story. Whenever things seem to go his way or he gets a good line, something blows up. Usually right beside him.
* CallASmeerpARabbit: The humans refer to the ohmu and other jungle creatures as "insects", but the manga reveals that the BigCreepyCrawlies are really artificial life forms.
* CharmPerson: Nausicaä, which is why the Ohmu listen to her and no other human.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:The Heart of Shuwa]], who dispenses ancient knowledge to its subjects (and {{Unwitting Pawn}}s) to keep its {{plan}}s moving according to schedule.
* ChildNamingRequest: Given by a villager to Lord Yupa. We never find out what name he chose.
* TheChosenOne: Nausicaä, as foretold by the prophecy of "The Blue-Clad One".
* CoatHatMask: Master Yupa wears an outfit like this when Nausicaä first meets him, which makes sense since humans have to wear gas masks at all times to protect themselves from the Sea Of Corruption/Toxic Jungle.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: If you see [[RedEyesTakeWarning red insect eyes]] of any kind, ''someone'' is going to get screwed. If they're blue, your quest just got a lot easier.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Heat doesn't seem to impress our BadassPrincess much. Early on we see Nausicaä jump around the burning inferno of the airship that crashed into the valley. And again, when she and Mito are surrounded by a wall-o'-fire on the airship that was intercepted by Asbel.
* CoolOldGuy: Master Yupa, in times of peace. He's seen as a wise and experienced mentor whose advice everyone seeks, from mothers who want to name their babies to kings and chieftains older than he is.
* CoolPlane:
** Nausicaä's Mehve/Möwe, a one-person flying wing that goes everywhere.
** The Valley's Gunship gets its own share of the spotlight, too.
** More generally, everyone uses aircraft with many engines and lots of guns that go from small "corvettes" to flying battleships and transports big enough to hold a large part of a tribe.
* CryIntoChest: Nausicaä cries in Lord Yupa's chest after making her decision to shut down her hidden garden.
* DaddysGirl: Nausicaä appears to take after her father quite a bit, which is why she flies into such a rage when he's [[spoiler:murdered by the Torumekians in the film version.]]
* DaysOfFuturePast: Of the FeudalFuture variety.
* DoomedHometown: Pejite is destroyed by insects when Asbel returns to it.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Subverted by Kurotowa. While he's ecstatic to be in charge when it seems Kushana has been killed, when she shows up, he sighs and gives up the position quickly and continues being her toadie.
* DualWielding: A preferred style of Master Yupa, usually wielding a full or short sword and off hand main-gauche, or parrying dagger.
* EmergencyCargoDump: An engine-less cargo barge gets detached from its mothership during an enemy attack and starts to tank towards the ground where dangerous monster insects are located. In order to stop the sinking the crew start dumping all cargo from the barge.
* EmpathicEnvironment: Thanks to the Ohmu, the Forest is this. If you hurt the insects, the ''entire Forest'' will amass just to ''end'' you.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When we first see Nausicaä rescuing Master Yupa from a Ohmu, she doesn't kill it, she only stuns it. [[AllLovingHero Because she loves even animals]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Nausicaä, not that you could tell. Kushana, on the other hand...
* EvilCounterpart: Kushana to Nausicaä. Both are princesses, but the former is scheming and ambitious while the latter is entirely selfless.
* EvilIsVisceral: The Giant Warrior is very much this. Subverted with the rest of the creatures, when it turns out that humans can live together with them peacefully.
** [[spoiler: Even the God Warrior's evilness is subverted in the manga. It's not so much evil as a child, and its death by its own radiation while Nausicaä comforts it is one of the sadder moments of the story.]]
* ExactEavesdropping: Through an AirVentPassageway Lord Yupa is able to overhear a conversation that's going on in the lab where the Giant Warrior is incubated. He learns all he needs to know about the crashed aircrafts.
* {{Expy}}: Nausicaä is one of Maki Oyamada, a character in the final episode of ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'', "Aloha Lupin". She even shares the same voice actor, Creator/SumiShimamoto. Of course, that episode was made by Hayao Miyazaki.
* EyepatchOfPower: Mito has one.
* FacelessGoons: The Torumekian soldiers, whose helmets cover everything from the neck up.
** Whilst almost any 'generic enemy' is faceless behind their masks or armour, the amount of headgear (or lack thereof) that they wear in more casual situations is pretty much inversely proportionate to how [[HeelFaceTurn friendly]] they are with Nausicaä. [[spoiler:Including a Torumekian princess, a Dorok high priest... hell, even a small unit of Worm Handlers.]]
* FantasticNuke: The God/Giant Warrior's mouth beams.
* FoeTossingCharge: Do ''not'' stand in front of a red-eyed Ohmu. Seriously.
** Master Yupa explicitly alludes to this when Nausicaä, consumed by rage, takes on the exact same attitude as an angry Ohmu.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Nausicaä takes this much further than most. She's able to calm the rage of rampaging giant insects in addition to being able to befriend cute-looking animals.
* FriendToBugs: Nausicaä is sympathetic toward the giant insects of the poisonous forest, particularly the dinosaur-sized Ohmu. In a flashback scene, she's shown trying to keep a tiny ohmu as a pet as a small child, and tried to hide it from adults.
* FungusHumongous: The Sea of Corruption.
* GaiasLament: The Earth has been devastated by what appears to be a nuclear war and remains heavily polluted and almost unlivable. The humans' inability to get along with the Ohmu (attempting to destroy their home) leads to GaiasVengeance.
* GardenOfEvil:
** The Sea of Corruption[[spoiler:, at least at first.]]
** In the manga, Nausicaä considers [[spoiler:the Hidden Garden]] to be uncomfortably close to this.
* GhibliHills: The Valley. The rest of the world, though, tends to SceneryGorn more often than not.
* HeavenlyBlue: The "Blue-Clad One"
* HeroicSacrifice: Nausicaä, trying to stop the Ohmu attack but instead getting [[spoiler:killed in the stampede. She gets better, though.]]
* HumansAreBastards: Played with. It's more "Humans ''were'' Bastards" and "Most Humans Are Bastards". Even the Doroks have people on their side who aren't bastards.
* HumongousMecha: The God Warriors qualify as much as the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelions]] do (and in fact, Creator/HideakiAnno worked on both).
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Torumekians pilots trying to hit Nausicaä on her glider but failing miserably.
* ImplacableMan: Any [[RedEyesTakeWarning enraged Ohmu]]. Actually used as part of a plot to spread the Sea of Corruption on an enemy country.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Again, Nausicaä, oh so much. She doesn't carry a rifle in her glider for ''ballast''.
** One early example: shooting a rope hanging from a moving vehicle with a pistol while flying a glider at high speeds with the other hand.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: Who else? Nausicaä's mastery of the winds lets her do things with her glider, even when its engine breaks down, that people in jet engine gunships can only ''dream'' of doing.
* TheIngenue: Nausicaä, sort of. She's kind, gentle, and forgiving, but instead of child-like innocence it underscores her maturity instead. She's also much more [[ActionGirl physically inclined]] than the traditional ingenue.
* KillItWithFire:
** How the people of the Valley deal with the spores. The difference is that they only do this when their own trees have been infested, whereas the film's Torumekians want to burn down ''the entire forest''.
** In the manga, the Doroks' first resort is to use this against their [[GoneHorriblyRight genetically-engineered]] [[BlobMonster super-mold]] that escaped their floating laboratory.
* LadyOfWar:
** Princess Kushana.
** Nausicaä strikes a balance between this and straight up ActionGirl.
* LastFertileRegion: The Valley of the Wind is one of only a few left.
* LostSuperweapon: The God Warriors.
* LostTechnology: Pretty much all the technology, actually, including the God Warriors and the Mehve/Möwe: light enough to be carried, strong enough to survive hundred-foot drops, and apparently runs on Aether. Not much for safety, though. Its fuel consumption is also probably quite low, as it only fires its thruster in short, periodic bursts for acceleration and takeoff.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion:
** Teto to Nausicaä.
** Kai and Kui also sometimes act like this towards Nausicaä and Master Yupa.
* MadeOfExplodium: The airships, especially when they crash.
* MagicCountdown: When their airship gets hit by Asbel and starts to tank, Nausicaä, Mito, and Kushana have plenty of time [[TalkingIsAFreeAction to talk]] and sort out the glider in the cargo area before they finally manage to [[OutrunTheFireball escape the exploding ship]].
* MartialPacifist: Nausicaä, and all the people of the Valley.
* MasterSwordsman: Nausicaä. Whether wielding an {{ancestral|Weapon}} {{BFS}} longer than she is tall, or her signature Ohmu-shell blade, she's a whirl of destruction all on her own. Only Master Yupa stands above her.
** [[OldMaster (Who do you think taught her?)]]
* MedievalStasis: The Valley Of The Wind looks and is run like a tiny Renaissance duchy. Torumekia and Shuwa are both noticeably more modern-looking, though. [[spoiler:And the now-buried-by-forest Kingdom of Eftal (of which the Valley and Pejite are two of the last remnants) was downright futuristic.]]
* MissingMom: Nausicaä's mother appears in a flashback, but at the time of the story in both manga and film only her father is alive. [[spoiler:And not for long, either.]]
* ModestRoyalty: Nausicaä is a princess, but you'd never know it by looking at her.
** Keep in mind that Nausicaä is princess for a kingdom of less than a thousand people. In a larger kingdom, she'd only be the equivalent of a petty noble with a small fief, and not living that much above the means of the common folk anyway.
* AMotherToHerMen: Kushana to the Third Army, especially in the manga.
* MsExposition: The blind old woman, Obaba, has a lot to tell about the history of the clan.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Nausicaä is also the name of a character in ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* NayTheist: Nausicaä, of a sorts. There are creatures running around that are pretty close to {{Physical God}}s, like the God Warrior and the God of the Crypt, but she refuses to treat them as deities.
* NewEden: Mild subversion; the New Eden scenario is only beginning to happen.
* NoOSHACompliance: Justified in that the OSHA died out along with Industrialized Civilization. The Pejite excavation is really ''not'' safe and has a ''lot'' of accidents, including one of Kurotowa's soldiers falling a hundred or so feet to his death in front of him (he ''did'' try to push Kurotowa though)
* OldSchoolDogfight: The airships engage in plenty of them. See CoolPlane.
* PassedInTheirSleep: This is [[TheReveal revealed]] to be what happened to Nausicaä's father after [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge she finds the Tolmekian soldiers in his room and him dead]].
* PersonOfMassDestruction: The God Warrior. Made even more evident in the manga, when the single Warrior that awakens during the story is given an actual name ([[spoiler:Ohma, "innocent"]]) and personality ([[spoiler:The Arbiter]].)
* PlatonicBoyGirlHeroes: Nausicaä and Asbel are drawn to another by friendship.
* PluckyGirl: Nausicaä.
* PostApocalypticGasmask: Almost everyone carries gas masks in order to deal with the highly toxic atmosphere of the Sea of Corruption.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: The messiah dressed in blue who will restore mankind's connection with the earth turns out to be no other than [[spoiler:''Nausicaä'']].
** ProphecyTwist: "''And that one shall come to you garbed in raiment of blue and descending upon a field of gold...''" But the prophecy didn't foresee that the "raiment of blue" would only be so because it was [[spoiler:drenched in Ohmu blood]], and the "field of gold" consisted of [[spoiler:the shining, golden feelers of the innumerable Ohmu gathered below and around Nausicaä]]. Even the tapestry depicting the prophecy tries to subvert the audience's expectations by displaying a MessianicArchetype as a ''male'' figure of Middle Eastern appearance with some sort of brown pheasant perched on his shoulder.
* ProstheticLimbReveal: Someone asks Kushana why she's so eager to make war against the Ohmu, to which she responds by revealing that one of her limbs is prosthetic, having been ripped off in an Ohmu attack.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Ohmu when enraged.
* RibcageRidge: The overgrown, hollow exoskeletons of the fallen God Warriors are everywhere – in fact, a massive 'skull' rising from the Sea of Corruption is one of the first images of the manga.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Teto the squirrel-fox is very cute when not angrily defending its master..
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: ''Every single time'' an insect, particularly an Ohmu, is hurt, it will bring on an onslaught from the bugs. See ImplacableMan above for how it's deliberately used by the warring nations.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** All the Former Eftal Periphery chieftains. It's in their treaties with Torumekia that they must fight alongside them in wartime if they want to retain their nominal independence.
** Also, Kushana.
* ScavengerWorld: People have forgotten how to replicate most old world technologies. Almost all machines are built from scavenged parts and [[UsedFuture look quite worn out]].
* SchizoTech: Medieval castles and armour coexist alongside WWII fighter planes and tanks. See AnachronismStew.
* ScienceHero: Nausicaä, to an extent. As the scene in her underground greenhouse shows, she's able to solve the problems between humanity and the Ohmu because she understands them and realizes why the balance of nature needs to be preserved.
* ScienceIsBad: {{Subverted|Trope}} in two ways…
** In the manga, while the scientists who are responsible for the world's current state almost certainly caused more problems than they solved, their creations are shown to be just as capable of kindness and wisdom as any natural lifeform.
** In both versions, Nausicaä dabbles in botany and chemistry, using science to determine that [[spoiler:the plants of the Sea of Corruption are not actually toxic; the ''soil'' is.]]
* SecretUndergroundPassage: Nausicaä has one in her room leading to her hidden garden.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Nausicaä when she grabs hold of a Pejite machine gun. She doesn't actually kill anyone with it though, just intimidates them.
* TheStoic: Yupa seldom ever loses his cool, or betray any sort of weakness. At one point, he blocks a sword thrust at Nausicaä ''point first'' with the back of his gloved sword hand. His expression and voice never changes, but Nausicaä notices he's shuddering from severe pain and blood flows from the wound under his glove.
* SurroundedByIdiots: The men under Kurotowa's command seem to be rather incompetent, which annoys him to no end.
* SwordAndGun: The Valley, Pejite and Tolmekian cultures all share this aesthetic. Guns are used for ranged weapons, but everybody carries a sword or knife (or both) for close quarters fighting. As with most ScavengerWorld situations, post-industrial guns suffer from quality, maintenance and ammo supply issues, while swords are pretty reliable.
* TapOnTheHead: Asbel gets one from behind when he tries to press Nausicaä free from his clan members.
* TomboyPrincess: Nausicaä, with her boyish short hair and urge for adventure.
* TrickedOutShoes: Kushana frees herself by using secret blades [[HiddenWeapons hidden in the heel of her boots]].
* TuckAndCover: Mito throws himself over Nausicaä to protect her from falling debris when the airship around them starts to collapse.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Nausicaä stores Teto in the front of her shirt.
* WaifFu: Nausicaä. Like you wouldn't believe.
* {{Warrior Prince}}ss: Kushana, of course. Nausicaä counts too, to an extent and by technicality.
* WaveMotionGun: Primary weapon of the God Warrior.
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: Princess Kushana and her trigger-happy Tolmekian troops murder the old king and round up the people of the valley like animals. Then Kushana acts unflinchingly polite asking the people the join them willingly.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** At the very end of the manga, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the [[MasterComputer Heart of the Crypt]] was programmed this way. It was built to raise an entire ecosystem that would wipe Earth clean of its creators' mistakes, and then ''destroy'' said ecosystem so the original humankind could be resuscitated to rule the world again. And it's willing to kill the current humans to do so]].
** The Holy Emperor also started out like this, thinking he could fix the world's problems and bring peace to everyone. Sadly, he was only [[spoiler:the Heart of Shuwa's UnwittingPawn]] and quickly slipped into authoritarian (and genocidal) rule.
** In the film, the Pejitei were this. They were prepared to destroy their own capital city [[spoiler:and the Valley of the Wind]] if it meant annihilating the Ohmu.
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[[folder:Specific to the manga]]
* AdiposeRex: The king of Torumekia and all of his sons.
* ArmourIsUseless: Subverted and played straight. Various armor are demonstrated to be capable of holding up under direct hits from rifles and machine guns at various points in the manga. On the other hand, an Ohmu shell blade will cut through ceramic armor like cardboard.
* ArtificialHuman: The Heedra and [[spoiler:the Garden Master]] are human(oid) creations of the old race.
* BabyDollBaby: Kushana's mother went mad after taking a poisoned drink intended for her daughter. At their last meeting before Kushana left for war, she was treating a doll as her child.
* BadassBoast: "I am arbitrator, warrior, and judge."
* BadassPreacher: The Dorok priest Chiruka leads most of the Dorokian campaign. Might also qualify as HighPriest, since he was partial to the Council of Monks that ruled just below the Emperor.
* BareYourMidriff: Nausicaä at the end of Book 6 and part of Book 7, thanks to Heedra tearing her shirt off during an attack.
* BlindedByTheLight: Nausicaä uses flash grenades to stun the Ohmu and convince them to leave her people alone, since she's not willing to kill them. It works much better than trying to do so anyway.
** Later on in the film, the people of the Valley use them against the Torumekians and capture a {{tank|Goodness}}.
* BlobMonster: The [[spoiler:Doroks]] genetically engineer a mold that escapes containment, becomes semi-sentient, and could attack airships by stretching from the ground upward.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Happens to some people who breathe in too much of the miasma.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: A variation. Nausicaä's [[DressingAsTheEnemy borrowed]] Dorok outfit, originally sienna red, is completely ''drenched'' in Ohmu blood when she tries to pacify the kidnapped Ohmu larva and keep it from plunging into the Acid Sea, [[spoiler:fulfilling the [[MessianicArchetype Messianic prophecy]] of a person "clad in blue".]] Add some trimmings and modifications, and it becomes her signature outfit until near the end of the manga. Then, her new outfit [[spoiler:is covered in the blood of the Heart of the Crypt]], which is a shade of blue even ''deeper'' and more vibrant than the Ohmu's.
* BulletproofHumanShield: When Nausicaä uses Siren shells to allow a Tourmekian cavalry company to escape an encirclement, 4 riders from the company break off to shield her from gunfire as she rides to safety. Justified, since they and their mounts are far more heavily armored than she is.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The Ohmu, which look like gigantic roly-polys. The name translates to "king insect" – not too far off given their size and NighInvulnerability.
* CallASmeerpARabbit: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fennec_fox Fox]]-Squirrel, or striped chihuahua-cat-rat life form.
* CultureChopSuey: At first blush the Torumekians and Doroks seem to be generically "[[MedievalEuropeanFantasy Western]]" and "[[FarEast Eastern]]" cultures, respectively, but on closer inspection the Doroks have many similarities to ''America'' of all places. Their nation is made up of fifty tribes or principalities, their ruling class came from a foreign land and subjugated the natives and they even have similar militaries, using an odd combination of high tech weapons and vehicles and brutish, fanatical footsoldiers. The Torumekians, meanwhile, have a lot of what appear to be {{Mayincatec}} influences in their art and designs and several characters with Japanese-sounding names. This last bit is particularly strange, as the series' FantasyWorldMap appears to be somewhere in the vicinity of the American South and the upper part of Central America.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted with [[spoiler:the Holy Emperor's still-living head]] last seen talking jovially whilst falling from an airship into the Sea of Corruption. Subverted because [[spoiler:he claims his head must also be destroyed by force before he can die]].
* DressingAsTheEnemy: After she's captured by the Dorok refugees, Nausicaä trades clothes with a sympathetic Dorok girl in order to escape and stop the Ohmu from rampaging into the Valley.
* TheFinalTemptation: Nausicaä's (involuntary) stay in the [[spoiler:Garden]]. [[LotusEaterMachine Just being there]] saps visitors of their determination, soothing their hearts to the point they forget their mission and even friends who have [[spoiler:just died]].
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:The Heart Of The Crypt]] had one over a thousand years in the making. [[spoiler:The Sea of Corruption would neutralize the poisons in the soil, and then petrify and disintegrate, leaving a nice clean planet for the Old Mankind to repopulate.]] It even [[GambitSpeedChess reworked details on the fly]] to ensure [[spoiler:the Forest spread faster]]. Unfortunately for it, it never anticipated Nausicaä.
* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Kurotowa's]] actual mission was to [[spoiler:spy on Kushana, who her family expected to be angered by, and therefore defy, her orders to fly across the Sea of Corruption,]] but knew that he would suffer a YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness moment.
* AGodAmI: The primary antagonists fall into this – The Holy Emperor (more so than even his brother), as well as the [[spoiler:Heart of the Crypt of Shuwa]]. Also, [[spoiler:Ohma]]. Nausicaä is accused of this from time to time; she wonders if her accusers are right.
* HeroicSacrifice: More so in the manga, with [[spoiler:the Holy One]] dying to buy Nausicaä and the others time to escape, and [[spoiler:Lord Yupa]] first losing an arm to a grenade and then using [[spoiler:his]] entire body to shield another person from several melee attacks.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:The King of Torumekia]], although [[RedemptionEqualsDeath too late to do anything about it]], as well as nearly anyone who takes Nausicaä seriously and isn't a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]].
* HeroicRROD: [[spoiler:Ohma's]] constant use of [[spoiler:his]] power erodes [[spoiler:his]] body by the second.
* HiddenDepths: The [[spoiler:two surviving]] sons of the King of Torumekia, at first glance, looked like two extremely lazy royals who don't do anything. But both of them actually have great appreciation for high culture and both of them are pretty good with musical instruments.
* HiddenElfVillage: The Forest People, who live in quasi-mystical symbiosis with the Sea of Corruption.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Horseclaws, genetically reconstituted domesticated prehistoric flightless birds, serve as the primary mount of the Torumekians and most of former Eftal.
** Which helped inspire Chocobos in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.
** The Doroks use creatures known as "Warbeasts" or "long-haired cattle", which look like gigantic Irish Setters with horns and lizard feet.
* HulkSpeak: Most of Ketcha's dialogue is this. She's actually a very intelligent young Dorok girl; she just sounds ridiculous in Eftal/Torumekian. Her internal thoughts are noticeably more eloquent.
** This happens to Mito when he tries to speak Dorok to Ketcha. She does not react well. It's PlayedForLaughs.
* IAmXSonOfY: "I am Nausicaa, daughter of Jhil, chieftain of the Valley of the Wind."
** [[spoiler:"I am Ohma, son of Nausicaä, warrior, arbitrator and judge."]]
* {{Immortality}}: The [[spoiler:Holy Emperor]] is immortal inasmuch as his head can be cut off and he's still as jolly a fellow as ever. [[spoiler:See also DisneyVillainDeath above]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Lord Yupa]], taking an attack meant for [[spoiler:Kushana]].
* ImportantHaircut:
** Kushana slices off her waist-length braid as a pledge to avenge her soldiers who were killed when her brothers betrayed her.
** Nausicaä gets one prior to leaving the Valley for the front… although her hair wasn't exactly long to start with.
* IntimateHealing: Nausicaä saves a Torumekian soldier who was poisoned by the miasma by taking the poisoned blood from his lungs via mouth-to-mouth.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:The God Warrior Ohma's "light" is actually deadly radiation]]. It's even worse when it tries to fly, because its light-wings are blinding-white.
* LudicrousGibs: Quite a few deaths, including one poor soul who rode into the path of a massive siege gun.
* {{Mordor}}: The Holy City of Shuwa is treated this way by most of the characters. Fitting, considering what's there. Tolas is basically stated to be this by the narration (due to heavy pollution).
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Early on the manga seems to hint at an eventual romance between Nausicaa and Asbel. Never happens, nor any other romance. The very end suggests she may have joined Selm in the Garden (as one possibility among several.)
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Kurotowa]], after being severely injured and thrown around like a rag doll from a moving airship, is rescued by [[spoiler:Kushana]]. It takes him a while to recover completely.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Rather spectacularly, Kurotowa manages to pull this off in the space of his first appearance, going from a seemingly buffoonish lackey to proving himself dangerously competent. If he pulled the switch any faster, he wouldn't count at all.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: The God Warriors. Somewhat averted in that they are actually radioactive, and merely being in their presence is akin to standing next to an open reactor.
* OffscreenInertia: The twin princes of Torumekia that opt to [[spoiler:stay in the Garden, playing the old world's music and reading the compiled literary classics, are never mentioned again once Nausicaä leaves]].
* PathOfInspiration: The religion founded around the [[spoiler:Crypt of Shuwa]]. All "holiness" that radiates from it is actually [[ThePlan a plot]] [[spoiler:by the Heart of the Crypt to cleanse the world and bring the old mankind back]].
* PsychicLink: Nausicaä can project her will, and sometimes actual thoughts, upon other people, as well as perceive the same from Ohmu and the hivemind of lesser insects. This is part of what makes her a FriendToAllLivingThings, and often results in PsychicDreamsForEveryone. Later on, we learn Selm has this power too. Chikuku is basically a massive psychic projector and serves as Nausicaä's translator/disciple.
* PsychopathicManchild: The God-Warrior that Nausicaä basically raises. When she has to raise her voice, ''the building sized radioactive engine of destruction starts cowering with its hands on its head'', whimpering that Mommy is angry. She wasn't even yelling at ''him''. After she named him, he became much more intelligent and controlled.
* RuleOfSymbolism: The Holy Temple of Shuwa uses Eyes of God as its primary icons.
* SenselessSacrifice: Possibly. A squad of Torumekian armored cavalry elect to protect Nausicaä from Dorok gunfire while she makes her escape, being killed in the process. Nausicaä is horrified, believing if she hadn't been slowed down by her {{Bulletproof Human Shield}}s, she could have escaped without them dying. Though her reckless tendency towards trying to save others at her own expense makes her judgement here questionable.
* TheSiege: One arc revolves around Kushana's efforts to relieve part of her army that has been besieged in a fortress. Later, we see the final stages of the siege of Shuwa.
* TakeThat: Miyazaki's dim view of militaristic themes in anime probably had something to do with the fact that a city built around the pathetic, rusted-out shell of the Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato features prominently in the manga.
* {{Telepathy}}: Quite a bit, with the boy Chikuku, the Holy Emperor's brother Miralupa, the Forest People (Selm in particular), and [[spoiler:Nausicaä]] to a small degree.
* WingedHumanoid: Explicitly averted and ridiculed – when Nausicaä is identified as a MessianicArchetype by a throng of religious people, they wonder where her (prophesized) angel wings are. [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Chikuku]] angrily states that only a monster would have wings and that, instead, Nausicaä's white glider fills this role.
* WomanChild: As intelligent and capable as she is, Nausicaä has some maturity issues and is desperate to hold on to her childhood innocence. At the beginning she often needs to be reminded of [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask the proper way for a princess to conduct herself]] and would rather go bug collecting than attend to her royal duties. Whenever she's shown in a psychic vision, Nausicaä appears as a prepubescent little girl, indicating she has a very under-developed self-image. Miralupa, the Dorok Emperor's Younger Brother, who is also psychic, relentlessly mocks her when he notices this.
* YoungestChildWins: Nausicaä is the youngest of twelve children, and is the only one that lived long enough to become an adult.
* ZipMeUp: Kushana asks Nausicaä to fasten her armour at one point in the manga. LesYay? Of course.
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* AcousticLicense: Apparently pilots have no problem talking to another in-flight from gunship to gunship without their voices being drowned out by wind and the noise from the engines. Occasionally acknowledged when they use signal lamps instead or have to shut down engines and get closer to be audible.
* AdaptationalBadass: The Worm-Handlers in the manga were fairly ineffective forest-people used by the Torumekians because their worms could locate items of interest. In the film the group is reworked into an Elite Torumekian fighting squad, and probably the most competent of all the mooks. The group also absorbs some of Kurotowa's competence by being the ones who shoot down Asbel when he engages their airship.
* AdaptationDistillation: The movie was released in 1984. The manga began in 1982 and was only finished in ''1994''. The first two volumes written when the movie was released contain no plot resolution. Thus the movie contains a neat two hour version of the critical themes Miyazaki wished to use, given that he made both manga and movie.
* AnArmAndALeg: Kushana lost an arm (and maybe a leg) at some point, as shown when she removes part of her armour and there's nothing underneath it..
* ArtificialLimbs / ScarsAreForever: Kushana hints at this when taking off some of her armour and shows there's no limb under it.
-->"Whatever lucky man becomes my husband shall see far worse than that."
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Nausicaä, thanks to the Ohmu.]]
* BioluminescenceIsCool: The forest and its glowing spores (predating ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' by about a quarter-century, mind you).
* BloodlessCarnage: Overall, ''Nausicaä'' is less graphic than [[Anime/PrincessMononoke its spiritual]] [[SpiritualSuccessor successor]]. The only blood visible is the FirstBlood during Lord Yupa's BarehandedBladeBlock.
** There's also blood briefly visible when [[spoiler:Nausicaä]] is shot in the shoulder and foot, not to mention plenty of insect blood.
* BodyHorror: The incomplete God-Warrior ''melts'' as it fires.
* BugBuzz: The familar insect noises are subverted in that the flying ones sound much closer to prop-driven planes, [[FridgeBrilliance which is pretty clever when you think about it]]. Using machine noises for them [[OrganicTechnology subtly hints at their true nature]], which [[FridgeBrilliance also]] makes you wonder about {{Spiritual Successor}}s like ''VideoGame/DonPachi'' and ''VideoGame/MushihimeSama'' and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman why those two]] are ''always about bees''.
* CatchAFallingStar: Asbel is cornered by some insects, [[ShurFineGuns his gun jams]], he [[NoEscapeButDown jumps off a ledge]] and is then caught in midair by Nausicaä on her glider, JustInTime before a worm creature could tear its fangs into Asbel.
* ComfortingComforter: Asbel covers sleeping (or unconscious) Nausicaä with his jacket.
* CoolOldLady: Obaba, when she's told to run and hide when the valley is being invading, immediately replies that she'd rather stay right there.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: When Nausicaä risks her life to stop the Pejite from destroying the Valley, she flies at them on her glider with her arms outstretched [[spoiler:and gets shot twice. She gets better though]].
* CueTheSun: At the end of the film.
* DeadpanSnarker: Kurotowa, especially when voiced by Chris Sarandon.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Nausicaä]], although arguably subverted because [[spoiler:she does actually ''die''; she just has the luck of [[BackFromTheDead being revived]] because of the empathy the Ohmu felt for her]].
* DramaticWind: So much, in fact, that it's shocking when it actually ''stops'' during the FinalBattle.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Nausicaä has to go through enormous hardship to save the day.
* EmpathyDollShot: Early on, when Lord Yupa enters an abandoned house, he sees a doll lying on the ground.
* EvilPlan: There are two evil plans at work.
** Princess Kushana trying to harness the Giant Warrior's power in order to destroy the Ohmu.
** The Pejite people using a captured baby Ohmu to make the Ohmu wipe out Kushana's forces so they can get hold of the Giant Warrior.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Despite the PG rating, the film contains quite a bit of violence. Not to mention the Ohmu...
* FilmingForEasyDub: The characters wear masks a lot of the time.
* FirstBlood: During the BarehandedBladeBlock, Nausicaä notices Lord Yupa's blood dripping from the hilt.
* FlashbackBackBack: The little child's singing in Nausicaä's flashback is echoing out.
* GeckoEnding: Borderline example. Although the manga wouldn't be finished until a ''decade'' after this movie's release, the film still wraps things up nicely in its own way, even as many questions remain unanswered.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: See the quote for ArtificialLimbs above.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The film version's Princess Kushana, in fairly stark contrast to her manga portrayal.
* GreenAesop: The entire point of the movie (as well as [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo "nuclear weapons are bad"]], obviously).
* HadTheSillyThingInReverse: During the castle battle when the tank is commandeered.
* HappyFlashback: Played straight when an Ohmu taps Nausicaä's memory via TouchTelepathy and we see a flashback of her as a happy child in a field of gold, singing a simple melody.
** Subverted later when we return to that flashback in Nausicaä's dream. [[OnceMoreWithClarity Here we learn the true nature of that memory.]] It was about Nausicaä trying to save a baby Ohmu from being killed by her clan.
* HollywoodCyborg: Movie!Kushana's arm, legs and an unspecified portion of her lower body including where her reproductive organs used to be have been replaced with cybernetics after being eaten by a bug.
* {{Infodump}}: At the beginning of the film, Nausicaä delivers a monologue about the world of the series in {{Expospeak}}.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Kushana and Kurotowa just walk away after all is said and done.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: Lord Yupa. For most of the film, his swordfighting skills are just an InformedAttribute, until he [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown takes down]] a squad of {{mooks}} with them.
* MagicSkirt: In the introductory scene where Nausicaä is landing her glider, but otherwise averted as her skirt flies up all the time (she's wearing tights).
* MessianicArchetype: Nausicaä is one of the most famous examples in animation history.
* MoreDakka: There is no shortage in either the forms or [[BottomlessMagazines quantities]] of dakka.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Nausicaa, an ardent pacifist, slaughters an entire squad of soldiers in a murderous rage when she sees that they have killed her ailing father; when she rams her sword into Lord Yupa's hand as he halts the fight, she is traumatized to see she has shed the blood of not just her enemies, but of one of her own friends.
** Kurotowa immediately realizes awakening the Giant was a terrible mistake.
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: The Pejite defend their plan to destroy the Tolmekians by pointing out that they are doing it for the good of the planet.
* NotSoDifferent: Nausicaä outright tells the Pejitei they aren't any better than the Torumekians [[spoiler:when they reveal their plan to destroy the Valley]], which they don't take kindly to hearing.
* NudeColoredClothes: Nausicaä's tights are tan-coloured. For a while, there was a persistent belief that she was actually naked under her skirt (which would be unfortunate considering the number of times it flies up while she's piloting her glider). This can be attributed to the fact that the movie first came to the West in a cheaply-done VHS and poor-quality digisubs, which distorted and washed out the colours. The rumour was finally put to rest when Disney released the movie themselves, showing once and for all that pants are pants.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The challenge and response chosen by the kids guarding Kushana? "Valley - Wind".
* QuicksandSucks: Surprisingly, in this case, it doesn't kill Nausicaä but instead sucks her down into a system of caverns.
* SaharanShipwreck: The wrecked spacecraft is a variant; the nearby lake receded, leaving it to decay on an expanse of dry silt.
* SamusIsAGirl: Averted with Princess Kushana. Although we cannot really tell if it is a man or woman underneath the armour, the female voice leaves no doubt about it. Hence, her unmasking bears no surprise effect. Her real "reveal" is showing Nausicaa her [[ArtificialLimbs her robotic arm]].
* SaveTheVillain: Nausicaä rescues Kushana when their ship is going down. This turns out to have serious consequences later on.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: There are some differences in terminology between the movie's subtitles and Studio Proteus's translation of the manga. There are significant differences between the movie's subtitles and Disney's dub script. Although the changes are never enough to declare the dub "unfaithful", in one case it led to a DubNameChange (i.e. the Toxic Jungle [dub] vs. Sea of Decay [sub] vs. Sea of Corruption [manga]).
** The other major change is Tolmekia [movie] vs. Torumekia [manga].[[note]] Oddly, in the scene selection menu of Disney's DVD, it's spelled "Torumekia".[[/note]]
** There's also Mehve [manga] vs. Möwe [sub] (the Disney dub just calls it Nausicaä's glider).
* AStormIsComing: Before the climax of the film.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: After Nausicaä departs from the Valley, the story splits into two storylines – her adventures in the Toxic Jungle and Kurotowa back in the Valley – switching back and forth and coming together again at the end when Nausicaä returns.
* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway: Kushana's attempt to use the God Warrior before it's complete.
* UnstoppableRage: Nausicaä, after [[YouKilledMyFather her father is murdered]] by the Torumekians. She kills nearly everyone in the room before Master Yupa intervenes.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The closing credits detail life in the Valley returning to normal as the invaders peacefully leave. The final shot [[spoiler: is of Nausicaä's cap lying next to a tree sprout, implying that the world is healing.]]
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* CoversAlwaysLie: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Wotwuscover.jpg cover]] had nothing to do with the plot of the movie -- not even the patchwork one in the dub itself.
* DubNameChange: The ''Warriors of the Wind'' dub changed the names of most of the main characters:
** Nausicaä became Princess Zandra.
** Kushana became Queen Selina.
** Azbel became Milo.
** Uncle Mito became Axel.
** The God Warrior became the "Fire Demon."
** Ohmu became "Gorgons."
** Yupa and Kurotowa kept their original names, although Kurotowa was almost exclusively referred to as "The General" in the dub.
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