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-->''"Sleeping lions deep in space.''\\
''Awaken to the far reaches of eternal time.''\\
''Awaken, go beyond the billions of shining stars, and come to Terra."''

[[{{Dystopia}} In a distant future]], humankind has destroyed the natural habitat of its homeplanet Terra and colonized other stars. Humanity is controlled by supercomputers, and children are born in test tubes and then handed to suitable foster parents. All children go through a psychological maturity check at the age of 14, where their unnecessary childhood memories are erased. The children, now blank slates for propaganda and brainwashing, are taken to space stations for further education.

However, a new race of psychic humans have emerged from the maturity checks; they are called the Mu and and are [[FantasticRacism considered a threat]] to the strictly controlled society. The Mu stay hidden, trying to rescue as many Mu children as they can, while they long to return to the fabled homeplanet Terra. [[DisabilitySuperpower The Mu have physical defects]] and are weak compared to normal humans, to balance out their extraordinary superpowers.

''Toward the Terra'', also known as ''Terra e...'' or ''To Terra...'', was created by mangaka KeikoTakemiya in the 1970s. It was first adapted for animation as a 1980 film. In 2007 the manga was adapted again, this time as a 24-episode anime series. Thus far, the tropes listed on this article mostly concern the anime version, as the manga, anime and movie all have large differences in plot details and characterisation.

''Toward the Terra'' is a SpaceOpera of epic proportions, covering approximately five decades worth of events. It's an old school sci-fi series with complex CharacterDevelopment, starting slow but gradually building its story to an extremely emotional ride through the galaxy.

Now has a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/TowardTheTerra character sheet]].
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AbsentAliens: [[spoiler:Except in the manga epilogue]]
* ActionGirl: Artella
* AscendedExtra: Suena was barely in the original manga, but gets a somewhat bigger role in the anime.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Matsuka
* AdaptationDistillation: The anime managed to update the series for a modern audience while still remaining true to the spirit of the original.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Let's just say there are a lot
* AgainstTheSettingSun: Episode 19, when the Mu learn [[spoiler: the location of Terra.]]
* AiIsACrapshoot
* AllDeathsFinal
* AncientConspiracy: The whole SD system qualifies.
* AngstNuke: Carina, and later Matsuka.
* AntiVillain: Keith
* AnyoneCanDie: First example is [[spoiler: Shiroe in episode 9]]. The rampant character killing spree continues throughout the series; only a few significant named characters make it all the way to the ending.
* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler: Keith and Physis. And arguably everyone except the Nazca kids.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Keith, when he appears in public.
* BattleAura
* BornWinner: Type Blue Mu, who are much more powerful than the regular Mu.
* BeamOWar: Jomy and Shiroe do this, as does the Mu ship Shangri-La with a satellite.
* BeehiveBarrier
* {{Bishounen}}: Everybody but Zel, the old bald guy with the Vulcan ears. He's not so hot.
* BizarreBabyBoom: Children born naturally on Nazca are extraordinarily powerful, but also seem to have some sociopathic tendencies, which sets them apart from the other Mu.
* BlindSeer: Physis
* TheBridge
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: All of three female characters and one ugly guy exist in the show.
* CelibateHero
* CreepyChild: Tony, when he tries to [[spoiler: kill Keith.]] Nazca Children become even more scary after [[spoiler:PlotRelevantAgeUp]], when Jomy decides to use their powers in a war. Even other Mu are creeped out.
* CoolShip: Shangri-La
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler:Seki Ray Shiroe]]
* DeathSeeker: Implied to be Keith's state of mind in the latter half of the series. Whether it stems from [[spoiler:the loss of his only friend to [[MindRape Mu-induced lobotomy]], his own growing realization of how trapped by the Superior Domination system both he and humanity are, or a combination of both]] is never explicitly stated.
* {{DePower}}: [[spoiler: Physis]], after what happens to Blue at the end.
* DeusEstMachina: Everyone obeys computers, except the Mu, of course.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Jomy destroying [[spoiler: Grand Mother]] in the final showdown.
* DistantFinale
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: killing off three quarters from the cast in the last episode.]]
** BittersweetEnding: Arguably, since [[spoiler: they did manage to make peace between the Humans and the Mu, destroy the SD system and generally make the world a better(?) place]]. To make it even better, [[spoiler: Jomy and Keith met each other after being reincarnated in the DistantFinale.]]
** The manga, meanwhile, [[spoiler:is pretty much a complete downer. Terra is destroyed by GaiasVengeance, Physis is last seen surrounded by escapees in what may or may not be their final moments, Tony is utterly broken by the trauma of everything, the other surviving Nazca children have become {{Energy Being}}s and simply take him to where he can't see Terra... basically, don't read it if you're having a bad day.]]
* DramaticWind: Inside spaceships, even!
* EarthShatteringKaboom
* ElectricTorture: Actually psychic, but the effect is the same.
* EverythingIsOnline: A computer network that spreads the whole galaxy.
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler:The anime seems to portray Keith's connection to Physis in this way.]]
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: The reason behind the Superior Domination system.
* EvolutionaryLevels
* {{Expy}}: A number of [[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Tsubasa-style]] alternate versions of characters from other Keiko Takemiya mangas show up in the anime, the most well known being Serge from ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta''.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Physis, [[JustifiedTrope who is blind]].
* FantasticRacism: Kind of the entire point, really.
* FasterThanLightTravel
* FreakLabAccident: How Blue got his Mu powers.
* GaiasLament: The {{backstory}}.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: So much gray...
** In practice, though, the Mu are usually ALighterShadeOfGray. Considering the system they're fighting against, this is probably intentional.
* GooGooGodlike: Tony and the Nazca children.
* GoodIsNotNice: [[spoiler:Glaive Murdock is portrayed as a generally jealous and arrogant jerk, yet he pretends he didn't receive the command to hunt the survivors of Nazca, refuses to ColonyDrop a colony full of Mu hostages despite a standing order to do so when attacked, and performs a HeroicSacrifice to take out the last Megiddo before it can destroy Terra.]]
* GratuitousEnglish
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Both Jomy and Keith die in the end, and at this point Keith is more of an anti-hero than a villain.]]
** [[spoiler:In the epilogue, they are shown meeting face to face in a far away future, apparently reincarnated and unaware of having known each other in the past.]]
* HeroicAlbino: Blue
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Blue. And, eventually, about two-thirds of the cast.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Early on, Jomy.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Routinely.
* ImprobableAge: Subverted with Keith's first crew, who seem to be this initially but quickly prove to be inexperienced to the point of incompetence. Played straight with some members of his second crew - Lieutenant Serge, for example, looks about the same age as 17-year-old Matsuka.
* IntrepidReporter: Suena
* InsufferableGenius: Shiroe
* KickTheDog: Nine out of ten of Keith's interactions with Matsuka fall into this category, as does his threat to [[spoiler:drop a space station full of Mu into Jupiter's atmosphere]]. Jomy [[spoiler:giving Tony the go-ahead to kill surrendering human soldiers]] and being willing to [[spoiler:let Keith drop the aforementioned space station]] also count.
* KnightTemplar: Keith. Also possibly the Grand Mother.
* LadyAndKnight: Blue and Physis have this kind of dynamic.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The maturity checks, though other memory tampering takes place as well.
* LegacyCharacter: Jomy, and later even [[spoiler: Tony]].
* LickedByTheDog: Keith gets a lot of this from both of his {{Morality Pet}}s. The licking is possibly more than figurative in the case of Matsuka - see HoYay.
* LimitedWardrobe: Played straight with the Mu in the anime, but the human characters go through a variety of outfits, usually as they age and/or gain higher military ranks. The manga pretty much averts this trope, however.
* MindRape
* MoralityPet: Keith has two: Matsuka and Sam.
* MoreThanMindControl: It's what Mother Eliza does to younger Keith in the anime. She uses some sort of hypnosis on him, yes, but a lot of her control relies on [[spoiler:influencing the key events in Keith's life]], playing a caring mother-figure and talking him into following her orders without question.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tony after he [[spoiler:accidentally kills Matsuka]].
* NecessarilyEvil: In later episodes, Keith has shifted to this from KnightTemplar.
* NewEden: Terra, [[spoiler: at the very end, during the epilogue.]]
* NiceHat: What is it with the headphones?
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Even if there is plenty of HoYay, the situation is far too SeriousBusiness for any romance between the main characters [[spoiler:except for Tony in the manga, who gets together with Artella, although she ends up dying soon afterwards]]. However, this isn't the case in the 1980 movie, where [[spoiler:Jomy is Tony's dad]].
* NotSoDifferent: Jomy and Keith
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: The Megiddo
** Averted in the manga, where the weapons used are actually described as being nuclear. The Megiddo was invented for the anime.
** Even in the anime there is still a very (''very'') brief mention of arming all weapons, "even nuclear ones" early on in the series. But it's not at all important to the plot, and is easy to miss -- curiously, the casual use of nuclear weapons is given no attention at all, probably because it's in space.
* TheObiWan: Blue
* ObliviousToLove: Keith and Tony, though the second one only in anime.
* OddlyVisibleEyebrows: Blue and Matsuka. In fact, the latter tends to have oddly visible ''eyes'', thanks to his [[PeekABangs hairstyle]].
* OppositeSexClone: Sort of, [[spoiler: Keith and Physis are the male and female variations of the same genetic experiment.]]
* OutOfClothesExperience: Jomy, during the maturity check.
* ParentalAbandonment: Happens all the time in this future.
* PeekABangs: Tony and Matsuka
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Type Blue Mu
* PetTheDog: The other ten percent of Keith's interaction with Matsuka.
* PlanarShockWave: Every time something gets blown up in space.
* PhysicalGod: Type Blue Mu subvert this. They can singlehandly destroy starships, affect people on great distance, create living organism from organic matter via telekinesis (in manga at least) and generally are far more powerful than other Mu. But they may even die after using too much of this power, because their bodies are very fragile. In bad circumstances even normal weapons present a threat.
* PlanetTerra
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: [[spoiler: Nazca Children]]
* PsychicPowers:
** {{Telepathy}}: Leads to {{Synchronization}} with other Mu. Can be a disadvantage during a battle, as Mu seem to be strongly distracted by death of their companions.
** TeleportersAndTransporters: Teleportation is said to be very rare ability among the Mu.
** MindOverMatter
* PstandardPsychicPstance: Seems like most Mu [[RuleOfCool need to make extravagant poses to use their powers]].
* TheQuest: The Mu wanting to return to Terra.
* RapunzelHair: Physis and Tony
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Blue is 300 years old: "We Mu can keep our appearances young."
* RefusalOfTheCall: Jomy at first.
* RedHeadedHero: Tony. Jomy in TheMovie.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue is of course the blue one, Jomy is the red one - he hasn't got the name to match, but has a red cape to make up for it!
** ([[spoiler:Tony]] later becomes red to Jomy's blue)
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Shiroe]]
* SealedEvilInACan: Some deep stuff, [[spoiler: the greed of all humanity.]]
* SettlingTheFrontier: The refugees postpone their search for Terra and colonize a marginally inhabitable planet for a few years. Unfortunately, the humans eventually caught up with them.
* ShipTease
* ShirtlessScene: Keith in the opening sequence, for no apparent reason [[{{Fanservice}} beyond the obvious]].
* ShounenHair: Blue
* ShoutOut: If you pay close attention to the manga art, you'll spot an R2-D2 cameo.
* SkintoneSclerae: Yae
* SlowMotionPassBy: Tony and Matsuka
* SpaceIsAnOcean: The Mu spaceship is referred to as the SpaceWhale.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Naska/Nazca deserves a mention, but the most notable example is probably the official subtitles' use of "Makka" for Matsuka. This is carryover from the official translation of the manga, which was done without a pronunciation guide and confused the "tsu" character with the small "tsu" which duplicates the next consonant sound, the difference between Makka (マッカ) and Matsuka (マツカ).
* SpoilerOpening
* StockholmSyndrome: Characterizes quite a bit of Matsuka's relationship with Keith.
* TheStoic: Keith
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Matsuka]]
* TeamShot
* TechnicolorEyes: [[spoiler:Nazca Children]]
* TelepathicSpacemen
* TimeSkip: Multiple ones!
* TitleDrop: They do this all the time. Quite a few episodes end with an epic speech with "Toward the Terra" as the closing line.
* TookALevelInBadass: Especially Jomy, who emerges from a TimeSkip as a true badass leader, but also Keith, even in spite of being pretty badass to start with.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Keith takes several, and Jomy takes one too after [[spoiler:the destruction of Nazca]].
* TheUnfettered: Jomy after [[spoiler: destruction of Nazca]], even if mostly in anime. He leads the Mu to war, gives Tony the okay to [[spoiler: kill surrendering soldiers]] and is ready to abandon [[spoiler: a station full of Mu hostages.]] Many Mu feel disgusted by these actions. Fortunately, he gets better.)
* UnwantedRescue: Jomy wasn't happy when Blue saved him from having his memories wiped out during his maturity test.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Nazca children have shades of this, especially in the manga.
-->'''Tony:''' We're no longer human in the true sense. We're a different species, and that's fine. Unlike Jomy, I donít think we need to be human... I donít think we even need a form.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Keith
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Keith, and possibly others at various points.
* WhamEpisode: Episodes 9, 16, 21 and 22.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiWUz5zUP5M The pilot film]], depending on your opinion of the anime's changes. Except for Tony's hair, which is inexplicably ''[[AdaptationDyeJob white]]''.
* WizardsLiveLonger: Mu can live very long. [[YoungerThanTheyLook Soldier Blue is over 300 years old and doesn't seem to age at all]].
* WorthyOpponent: Keith and Jomy are this to each other.
* WrenchWench: Yae
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