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[[caption-width-right:350:[[GratuitousGerman Dem Ende entgegen: eine nächtliche Rache-Tragödie. Der Siebte Horizont.... Märchen. Guten Abend!]][[labelnote:Crude translation]]To an end: a night of revenge tragedy. The Seventh horizon .... tales. Good evening![[/labelnote]]]]

Sound Horizon is a Japanese band consisting of songwriter Revo and [[IAmTheBand some other people]] (who tend to vary from one album to the next). Their albums are nearly all {{Concept Album}}s, if not {{Rock Opera}}s, usually with [[HeavyMithril fantasy or science fiction themes]]. The creator of the band has also done an [[ImageSong image album]] for ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' (translations of which can be found [[http://www.freewebs.com/penguinsjlyrics/anime.htm here]]), an Image Album for the Leviathan manga, a [[http://www.freewebs.com/penguinsjlyrics/vgame/aigfschwarzweiss.htm theme song]] for ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Iris 3|Grand Phantasm}}'', the soundtrack for ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', and the opening song for the anime adaptation of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' (the latter two under the new project known as Linked Horizon). They are known for their play-like live performances, and [[GratuitousForeignLanguage lots of foreign languages]].

They have quite a following in Asia(including SouthKorea and Taiwan), and numerous [[FanVid fan-made music videos]] have been made to their songs.

The song "Ark" from ''Elysion ~Rakuen e no Zensōkyoku~'' and the entire album ''Roman'' have also had manga adaptations drawn by Yukimaru Katsura, also the artist for the manga versions of ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}'' and ''KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl''.

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'''General'''
* ActingForTwo: Aramary and Jimang both did this a lot in Chronicle 2nd
* AlbumTitleDrop
* AllThereInTheManual: Some instrumental pieces (such as "Yaneura no Shoujo" and "Raijin no Sawan") have lyrics printed in the CD booklets, not to mention that many of their songs will have references to songs or storylines in other albums.
* AlternateCharacterReading: Every fucking song.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Many of the songs. Some of them are "Asa to Yoru no Monogatari", "Yield" "Hiiro no Fuusha" and "Sunawachi... Hikari wo mo nigasanu ankoku no Chou← Juu↓ Ryoku↑".
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Revo, usually.
* BadassBaritone: Ike Nelson exists to give songs epic English narrations.
* BattleCry: After General Alvarez/Ramirez/Amethystos/Cortes/Gefenbauer!!!
* BilingualBonus: The lyrics given in the CD booklets are all in Japanese, but parts are usually sung in another language (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Greek...). These foreign language bits often have a slightly (or very) different meaning from the lyrics as written in Japanese.
* CharacterAsHimself: Revo is typically credited by the name of the character he plays in the album.
* CharacterOverlap: As least implied character overlap. To list a few:
** Abyss shows up briefly in ''Roman'' as the man who [[spoiler:kills Loraine de Saint-Laurent's lover]].
** ''Moira'' has a minor character called Orph who suspiciously resembles Orpheus.
** ''Elysion'' features Old Rose, the one-eyed "Crimson Witch" who was banished to the forest. Cut to ''Märchen'', in which a red-clad witch with [[PeekABangs one eye covered by her hair]] called Alte Rose ("Old Rose" in German) appears...
** "Yaneura Roman" all but confirms that [[spoiler:Michèle Malebranche]] has trapped Hiver in a deadly EternalRecurrence much like the one she suffers.
* CoolShades: If Revo isn't dressed as one of the album characters, he's wearing these.
* CostumePorn: Revo enjoys himself some fancy outfits.
* DeathOfTheAuthor: Invoked by Revo's infamous declaration of, "All interpretations are valid."
* DoorClosesEnding: In the fourth horizon, five of the songs end with the sound of a heavy door (or, perhaps, a gate) being closed. Fans often interpret this as being the sound of the gates to paradise closing.
* EpicRocking: Quite a few in their story albums. Märchen, for example, has a grand total of one song ("Gyoukou no Uta") under six minutes.
* FakeNationality: By necessity, usually - Most of the albums are set outside of East Asia, and there's not exactly a surplus of French/ancient Greek/Middle-Eastern/German/etc. singers working in Japan that can sing fluently in Japanese.
* FantasyKitchenSink: For just one example, going by "The Witch and Lafrenze" and "Princess Sleeping in a Rose-Covered Tower," [[spoiler:Literature/SleepingBeauty's daughter is abandoned and raised by the fairy who cursed Sleeping Beauty. Eventually, she falls in love with [[GreekMythology Orpheus]], but is used by him, so she curses him so that his OrpheanRescue will fail]].
* GenreRoulette
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[NorioWakamoto Norio Wakamoto]], Inoue Azumi,...
* HiddenTrack
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: Some of the albums can feel like this.
* TheKlutz: Revo - just ask the other members.
-->'''Mio:''' What I like most about [Revo] is that he falls down a lot.
* LargeHam: Jimangu. If there's an over the top character in a song, you can bet he's the one playing him (or, in one case, [[CrosscastRole her]]).
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Well over a 100.
* LyricalDissonance: A lot of the songs fall to this category, although it's not so extreme in the recent albums. Most obvious example is "Yield", "Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi", "Stardust", etc, etc.
* MindScrew: this is what the stories may seem like sometimes.
* MoodWhiplash: Especially Märchen.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Don't be surprised takes a brief turn from SymphonicMetal to jazz in the middle of a song.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Roman''
* OnlyOneName: Revo, Jimang, Aramary, and a large number of the vocalists (REMI, MIKKI, KAORI, etc.)
* RearrangeTheSong: Frequently in their live shows, sometimes out of necessity (as with all of the Aramary songs), but mostly just because they can.
-->'''Revo:''' So why is REMI singing Utsukushiki Mono? Because she said she wanted to. And Hiiro no Fuusha's violin solo was changed to Acchan's bass solo since he wanted to do it. This is something new we tried this time. We don't need consistency!
* RevolvingDoorBand
* RockOpera: Many of their story albums, none of which are keen on sticking to the RockOperaPlot.
* SelfBackingVocalist: Most prominently during the Aramary era.
* ShortHairWithTail: Revo, for awhile. Now it's just long.
* ShownTheirWork: Although most Sound Horizon stories are ostensibly supposed to take place in a fantasy world, Revo inserts a lot of random Western history into the songs.
* ShrugOfGod: [[http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmn2dpmrt51qlp10lo1_500.jpg All interpretations are valid.]]
* SongStyleShift: Particularly in post-Aramary songs.
* SpokenWordInMusic
* {{Supergroup}}: In a fashion. Revo frequently borrows singers, musicians and voice actors for the band. These include everyone from SakiFujita[=/=][[{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]] to NorioWakamoto to [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Marty Friedman]] to MotoiSakuraba.
* TeasingCreator
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Averted. Sound Horizon gained even more popularity after Aramary left. Although, there are of course still those who believe that the band died with her.
* ViewersAreGeniuses
* WordOfDante: Plenty, mostly because there is no WordOfGod


'''Story Albums/Singles:'''

''Chronicle''
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:While the world will end like the Black Chronicle foretells, there's a hidden message on its back cover that says the world will be reborn]].
* BlessedWithSuck: The girl doll in "Shoujo Ningyou".
* BrokenBird: The girl doll.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: What the Black Chronicle prophesizes will occur.
* EternalRecurrence: As detailed in "Kimi ga Umarete Kuru Sekai"
-->"History repeats itself. Don’t ever forget that. History repeats itself. You can’t ever forget that…"
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: "Run, it's coming. The bells that toll in announcement of the finale, the flood of the end."
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* SnowMeansDeath: In "Juhjyou no Kun ~Itetsuita Majo~".
* TimeCapsule: "Kimi ga Umarete Kuru Sekai" is a letter to those who will live in the new world written by those that lived in the one before it.
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: The Black Chronicle.
* WaifProphet: The girl doll.
* AWorldHalfFull: In "Kimi ga Umarete Kuru Sekai."
-->Your eyes shall reflect… Both beautiful things and ugly things, all of them…

''Thanatos''
* BeingWatched: "Thanatos is watching me from somewhere..."
* BookEnds: "Soko ni Aru Fuukei" and "Thanatos no Gensou".
* DeathsHourglass: In "Rinne no Sunadokei" (aka. "The Hourglass of Reincarnation")
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: The dying character in "Rinne no Sunadokei", although he/she wants to die in the morning rather than at night.
* DyingAlone: The same character specifically asks to have this averted as a last request.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: Both in "Soko ni Aru Fuukei" and "Thanatos no Gensou".
* GoOutWithASmile: in "Rinne no Sunadokei"
* HearingVoices: The main girl constantly hears Thanatos's voice in her head.
* MadnessMantra: The constant whispering of "Thanatos".
* OminousMusicBoxTune: Once again, "Soko ni Aru Fuukei" and "Thanatos no Gensou".
* TheOphelia: The main girl.
* RecurringDreams: "A repeating dream embraced by Thanatos. The scenery seen by the girl who can’t sleep…"
* SanitySlippageSong: Again, both "Soko ni Aru Fuukei" and "Thanatos no Gensou".
* SnowMeansDeath: "Giniro no Basha", without question.

''Lost''
* BenevolentGenie: "Mahoutsukai Sarabanto". [[spoiler:And she's really happy to be let out of the lamp she was imprisoned in for so long.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Wasuremono wa arimasen ka...?" ("Haven't you forgotten something...?"), repeated in nearly, if not in every, track of the CD.
* MadnessMantra: "Yurusanai ... yurusanai ..." ("Unforgivable ... unforgivable ...") at the beginning and the end of "Hiiro no Hana".
* OminousMusicBoxTune: "Eien no Shounen"
* StakingTheLovedOne: "Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi"
* StarCrossedLovers: "Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi"
* ThisIsUnforgivable: This phrase is repeated over and over at the beginning and the end of "Hiiro no Hana".
* TogetherInDeath: After the protagonist of "Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi" slays the monster that used to be her lover, she uses the last arrow she has to kill herself.

''Pico Magic''

''Pico Magic Reloaded''
* AbusiveParents: Keeping your child chained in the attic sounds pretty abusive to me.
* AndIMustScream: Michèle Malebranche, in Christopher Jean-Jacques Saint-Laurent's professional opinion.
-->"She probably wanted to escape The narrow cage she was trapped in... To the point of monomania. ...but, regrettably her wish was not granted during her lifetime. ...and even now, one century after her death, she is still within that cage..."
* ApocalypseMaiden: Rein.
-->The moment that the girl’s closed eyes open, the world will bear witness to the worst kind of lunatic dream it can fantasize…a cruel reaper[god]…
* BloodSucking: Michèle Malebranche
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: In "Yaneura no Shoujo"
* GratuitousEnglish: "They there said reloaded!"
* MadwomanInTheAttic
* NonindicativeName: "Pico Magic" isn't exactly the sort of name you'd expect an album about a torturous, inescapable cycle of death to have - It also has little to no connection to the first Pico Magic.
* RecurringRiff: All tracks of the "cage trilogy" ("Yaneura no Shoujo", "Ori no naka no Yuugi", and "Ori no naka no Hana") all have a riff in common, indicating they're all part of the same story. This also connects them to ''Roman'', as the later album has a bonus track that also shares the riff.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Implied in "Ori no naka no Hana".
* ThatOneCase: Or, more accurately, Those Three Cases (all relating to Michèle Malebranche) in "Ori no naka no Hana".
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: In "Ori no naka no Hana", the shriveled body of Michèle Malebranche is found under the decomposing corpses of thirteen young boys.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: It's pretty easy to see why Michèle Malebranche is so screwed up.

''Chronicle 2nd''
* AnachronicOrder: The chapters of the Black Chronicle (and thus history) isn't necessary recited in the correct order.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: We have Chronica, the incarnation of the Black Chronicle who narrates for a fair amount of the songs.
* AnyoneCanDie
* BlackCloak: The uniform for members of the Black Order.
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: The boy in "Raijin no Keifu" lacks the emblem on his right arm that all of the other villagers bear, as well as the power that comes with it. [[spoiler:It turns out that this is because he has the Thunder God's ''actual'' arm, though he needs the help of TheChiefsDaughter to use it and not kill himself in the process.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Arbelge [[spoiler:at first seems like a ruthless warrior, as far as receiving the title as the Reaper, but later turned into a good man after saving a girl injured by his fellow soldier.]]
* TheChiefsDaughter: in "Raijin no Keifu", though she ends up saving the hero instead of the other way around.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Lucia was taken into the cult for this reason.
* CycleOfRevenge: Arbelge asks the young girl he saves [[DeathSeeker to kill him, as that's the only way he can atone for his sins]]. The girl ([[spoiler:aka. [[TheHighQueen Rose Guine Avalon]]]]) refuses to in defiance of this trope.
-->"You idiot! That won't solve anything! You might be satisfied with just that, but there might be people who want to take revenge for you. That line of logic repeats itself, creating new tragedies..."
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler:Aebelge successfully [[ScrewDestiny screws destiny]]... [[YouCantFightFate as prophesied in the Black Chronicle]], which ''also'' notes that he is quickly assassinated by a member of the Black Order for deviating from his destined path.]]
* DistressedDude: The boy from "Raijin no Keifu" wouldn't would have been damned if the daughter of the village's chief didn't offer her hand (literally) to him.
* DoomedHometown: Belge.
* EternalRecurrence
* EvilLaugh: Noah does this well, as does Roberia.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Rose Guine Avalon expected that Arbelge would be a giant bear of a man.
* FairestOfThemAll: The queen [[spoiler:executed Ballad just because his poem said that a withered flower is more beautiful than her.]]
* FinalSpeech: Or poem, rather - Ballad writes his final poem as he waits in his cell to be executed. Only the prison guard gets to hear the final product.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: "The final bell tolls. The execution is carried out swiftly"
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* GratuitousItalian: "Shizunda Utahime"
* TheHighQueen: Rose Guine Avalon, in stark contrast to the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen queen who ruled before her]].
* InTheBlood: Noah stated that Lucia has the same traits as her parents.
* IWillFindYou: "Tadoritsuku Uta" -- The blind poet Luna is searching for her lover. [[spoiler:Sadly, he's the poet executed in "Shijin Ballad no Higeki", and she eventually comes to discover this.]]
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: [[spoiler:Arbelge, Gefenbauer, Roberia (though her fate is quite unclear on some parts)]]
* LiteralCliffhanger: [[spoiler:Giulietta.]]
* TheMistress: Beatrice
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Roberia didn't want to risk Giuletta showing her up and winning the StandardHeroReward, so she [[spoiler:arranged for her entire family to be framed and executed for treason.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Arbelge witnesses one of his soldiers trying to murder an unarmed girl.
* ParentalAbandonment: Lucia only remembered that her parents were gone when since she was small.
* PirateGirl: Laetitia, the blue eyed pirate.
* ThePromise: Between Arbelge and Charlotte in "Yakusoku no Oka".
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Arbelge]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Songstress Roberia and Blue Songstress Giuletta.
* RuleOfSymbolism: White Crow
* ScrewDestiny: Well, more like, "Screw the Chronicle", but the idea's the same when Lucia takes it up and defects from the Black Order.
* TheGreatFlood: There's even a guy called Noa.
* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler:“It’s truly a shame, but you’re too late. Nobody can stop the beast of the book until the flood of the end massacres this old world and devours all of history…”]]
* YouCantFightFate: This gets brought up a lot in the album.

''Elysion ~Rakuen e no Zensoukyoku''

''Elysion ~Rakuen Gensou Monogatari Kumikyoku~''
* AllLoveIsUnrequited
* BreakTheCutie
* CainAndAbel: Initially in "Sacrifice."
* CallAndResponseSong: "Elysion no Rakuen [Side: A]"
* CatchPhrase "Kanojo koso watashi no Erisu nano darou ka?" ("Is that girl my Elys?") At the beginning of every one of the main girls' songs accompanied by a music box riff.
* CreepyChild: Several, including El as depicted in the concerts with a creepy mask.
* {{Cult}}: Soror joins one [[spoiler:which leads to her killing her brother. Or to ''him'' killing ''her'', as the manga implies the true sequence of events to be.]]
* DownerEnding: El does end up in Elysion. Hooray! [[spoiler:Too bad Elysion is [[ThisIsntHeaven just another name for hell.]]]]
* {{Elopement}}: In "Eru no Tenbin"
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: "Yield"
* FunWithAcronyms: What's the second name for Elysion? [[spoiler:'''A'''rk '''B'''aroque '''Y'''ield '''S'''acrifice '''S'''tardust]]
* GirlWithPsychoWeapon
* KillEmAll
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Something of a theme throughout the album, or at least the Abyss tracks. Apparently, love makes you stab people, push people down stairs, cut people's heads off, set entire villages ablaze, and shoot people.
* MedicalHorror: Ark, at a bare minimum in the manga.
* NoNameGiven: Apart from El, Abyss, Lafrenze, and Orpheus, none of the characters have names; They are instead known by their track titles. The siblings from Ark are referred to as Soror and Frater, but that's just "sister" and "brother" [[AltumVidetur in Latin]].
* ParentalAbandonment
* PunBasedTitle: Elysion is pronounced very similarly to illusion, [[spoiler:[[ThisIsntHeaven which is exactly what Elysion is]]]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* SchizoTech: At least in Ark, Soror's brain is being experimented on (using really high-tech and futuristic computer stuff in the manga at that). However, in Sacrifice, people still seem to be in the BurnTheWitch DeliverUsFromEvil-believing era of human biology.
* StalkerWithACrush
* SurrealMusicVideo: El's Paradise: Side E.
* ThisIsntHeaven: When [[spoiler:El]] dies, she wakes up in what she believes to be paradise. But then she hears someone crying, and she knows that people don't cry in paradise...
* {{Yandere}}: So many. So, ''so'' many.

''Shounen wa Tsurugi wo...''
* NoNameGiven: The main character of the story is known in Japan simply as Sword Boy.

''Roman''
* AllThereInTheManual: The entire CD. It's impossible to tell, more often than not, what exactly is going on. In particular, "Norowareshi Hōseki" brings up a LOT of questions regarding practically everything, not like other songs (i.e. "11-moji no Dengon (Message)") don't, either.
** It very quickly gets to the point where, the more you think about it and try to figure it out, the more brainpain you doom yourself to.
** A lot of critical information (particularly relating to "Norowareshi Hōseki" and "Yaneura Roman") is in the much earlier Pico Magic Reloaded rather than in Roman itself.
* ArtifactOfDeath: The eponymous diamond in "Norowareshi Hōseki", which brings death to anyone who possesses it.
* BadassMustache: Savant.
* BigFriendlyDog: Pleut.
* BodyMotifs: In "Miezaru Ude", the main character is missing an arm, and this is brought up a fair amount of times in the lyrics. Heck, it's referenced straight in the title (translation: "The Invisible Arm").
* CreepyTwins: Violette and Hortense, though arguably, they're also quite cute.
* CatchPhrase: "Soko ni Roman wa aru no kashira", or roughly, "I wonder if a story exists there", which is the line that either Violette or Hortense or both will say in each song. Hiver gets his own variant of this phrase ("Soko ni Roman wa aru no darou ka") in the first track.
* CypherLanguage: Somewhat. In the lyrics booklet, each song has a Japanese character replaced with a four digit number. This is important for "11-moji no Dengon (Message)", where a message in the lyrics is written out as a chain of these numbers. Since the vocalist only sings the line in "la" syllables, the actual message needs to be worked out using that code. [[spoiler: Not to say that's the only "message" to be found, however...]]
* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler:"Tenshi no Chōzō" and implied in "11-moji no Dengon (Message)". ]]
* DrowningMySorrows: The blond Laurant in "Miezaru Ude" after the redheaded Laurant severs his arm and leaves him in constant, crippling pain. [[spoiler:When the blond Laurant finally encounters the redheaded Laurant for a second time, he seems that he's succumbed to the same fate after losing his own arm.]]
* GratuitousFrench: ''Roman'' translates to "story", and there are French words and phrases scattered throughout the songs. The lyrics in the included booklet don't have the French written out however, but rather Japanese equivalents (which is typical for Sound Horizon). To Revo's credit though, the translations hold unless he's going for a double meaning in the text.
* EvilRedhead: The redheaded Laurant in "Miezaru Ude".
* IntellectualAnimal: Pleut; in "Hoshikuzu no Kawahimo", she sings with Étoile, even though she's a dog. It's depicted in the manga as a sort of dream experience where a blind Étoile can see her and interact with her.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Hiver.
* MadGod: [[spoiler:"Yaneura Roman" implies that the world in ''Roman'' was created by Michèle Malebranche. No go back to ''Reloaded'' and realize what that entails.]]
* MeaningfulName: A few. To start off, Hiver is "winter" in French, the season of his death.
** Violette and Hortense refer to "violets" and "hortensia/hydrangea". Also, with a little creativity regarding the flowers' imagery and kanji pronunciation wordplay, you get "death" and "life" respectively.
** Étoile's name is actually explained and referenced right in the song title, through the song, and in the manga adaption many times. Heck, it's kind of the point of her song to begin with.
** Étoile's black seeing-eye dog Pleut is French for "rain," and is implied to be the ancestor to an extremely similar seeing-eye dog in World of Rein (from way back in Pico Magic Reloaded). The latter dog guides a girl who traps anyone who sees her eyes in a torturous illusion of endless rain.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted - there are quite a lot of Laurants running around. "Miezaru Ude" in particular features a man named Laurant confronting a man ''also'' named Laurant after the latter severed the former's arm. And then ''Laurencin'' shows up...
* POVSequel: "Yorokobi to Kanashimi no Budōshu" is implied to be the same story as "Eru no Tenbin", only from the side of the eloping lovers, which is the interpretation the manga takes
* PrettyInMink: Hiver once again. His coat's trimmed and apparently lined with the stuff.
* RecurringRiff: A faintly playing musicbox shows up at the end of most songs when one of the dolls delivers the catchphrase. There are two brief tunes alternating depending on the doll speaking, but both are still recognizable from the first track's melody.
** Also, there's no way to not recognize a slower version of the chorus' melody in "Asa to Yoru no Roman (Monogatari)" and in the final verse of "11-moji no Dengon (Message)". Plus, "Hiver's Message", a song exclusive to the Triumph III concert, uses a quick chord progression also found in the aforementioned chorus.
* RunawayFiance: Implied in "Yorokobi to Kanashimi no Budōshu"; definitely the case in the manga adaptation.
* SnowMeansDeath: As stated earlier with Hiver.
* StoryboardBody: Hiver, Violette, and Hortense all. In the manga, it's shown that Hiver cloned (for lack of a better word) his facial tattoos onto the cheeks of his dolls. Violette, being the doll relating to death, gets the moon, while Hortense, as the one relating to life, gets the sun.
* UnreliableNarrator: "Yaneura Roman" suggests that one of the dolls is not quite honest about the stories she finds. ("Reality…fantasy…the world of roman…who is the liar-").
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Life and death and the cycle they both make... The windmill references in one or two songs, the change of the seasons... Plus the characters' names, and their roles, and practically everything about this and every other Sound Horizon story album, really.

''Seisen no Iberia''
* AlbumTitleDrop: The last sung line in "Shinryaku suru Mono sareru Mono" is well..."Seisen no Iberia."
* ArcWords: "The chronicles of history are as rapid as the blink of an eye."
* BilingualDialogue: Shaytan speaks Spanish, whereas Layla speaks Arabic.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: Or rather, dead girl meets demon.
* DealWithTheDevil: With a demon, anyways. Seems to work out all right for both sides though, partly because OurDemonsAreDifferent
* [[EvilCostumeSwitch Demonic Costume Switch]]: Layla.
* EmergencyTransformation: Layla
* EternalLove: Eternal ''Love'' is debatable, but Shaytan's willing to stick by Layla's side to make immortality more tolerable nonetheless.
* FacialMarkings: Shaytan, Master Tsadi, and the Gitana sisters
* ForeverWar: The Iberian holy war
* GenghisGambit: [[spoiler:Implied to be the way Shaytan ends the holy war.]]
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: English, Spanish, and Arabic.
* GreekChorus: the Gitana sisters
* HellbentForLeather: Shaytan
* HornedHumanoid: Shaytan
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Shaytan and Layla, at least in the official art. This doesn't carry over into the live shows, as Revo isn't exactly a tall guy.
* MulticoloredHair: Layla, post transformation.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Shaytan had been sealed away for so long that he'd forgotten his name. "Shaytan" is simply what Layla dubbed him.
* OperaGloves: Layla, post transformation
* OurDemonsAreDifferent
* PlayingWithFire: Shaytan
* RecurringRiff
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Shaytan and post-transformation Layla.
* UsefulNotes/{{Roma|ni}}: Tsadi and the Gitana sisters.
* SealedEvilInACan: Shaytan - though he's grateful enough to be freed that he's willing to give his devotion to the decidedly not evil Layla.
* TakeAThirdOption: As thanks for releasing him, Shaytan offers to destroy all of Layla's enemies. [[spoiler:Rather than either the Christians or the Muslims, Layla asks him to destroy the holy war itself.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Layla is a Grade A after her [[http://sh-whitecrow.com/wiki/images/b/be/Official-layla02.jpg transformation.]]

''Moira''
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Leontius and Alexandra
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie
* AngstySurvivingTwin
* AnimalMotif: Scorpius (scorpion), Leontius (lion), and Elef/Amethystos (wolf).
* {{Anticlimax}}: [[spoiler:Just as Thanatos (hosted in Elef's body) is about to confront and duel with Moira, Eirene interrupts her husband's reading of the story to announce that she's pregnant with twins]]
* AnyoneCanDie
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Eirene runs in at the end of "Shinwa no Shūen - Telos" to announce that she's having twins, which are implied to be reincarnations of Elef and Misia.]]
* BadassCape: Elef, Leontius, and Scorpius
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* {{BFS}}
* BigBrotherInstinct
* {{Bishounen}}: Orion. And arguably, Elef. And probably Leontius, Orpheus...
* BlindSeer: Misia is blinded after washing up on Lesbos's coast, after which she is rescued by Phyllis and trained as a diviner.
* BookEnds: The album's bonus track, "Kami no Hikari - Moira", repeats the first verse of "Meiou - Thanatos" before being suddenly cut off. [[spoiler:This, when put together with Eirene's twins, suggests that history is going to repeat itself.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Thanatos spends the entirety of the album tormenting [[CosmicPlaything Elef]] [[spoiler:so that he will eventually give in to Thanatos and become his host to fight against Moira]].
* CainAndAbel: Leontius and his half-brother, Scorpius, are warring against each other to hold the throne of Illion. [[spoiler:Leontius successfully slays Scorpius, only to be killed by his [[LongLostRelative Long Lost Brother]] Elef/Amethystos in his siege of Illion.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Orion, at least as a child. Elef thinks it's stupid.
-->'''Orion:''' One-hit kill! 'The bow bends and a flame springs forth, freezing the night sky over' shot!
-->'''Elef:''' The name’s too long, idiot!
-->'''Orion:''' Hush you! This is the essence of Orion-styled archery!
* CloserToEarth: Eirene, when compared to her erratic, over-the-top husband.
* CosmicPlaything: Thanatos metaphorically rakes Elef over the coals [[spoiler:so that Elef will eventually rebel against Moira, the Goddess of Fate, and allow himself to be consumed by Thanatos]].
* CutSong: According to Revo, Moira was originally going to be long enough two fill up two [=CDs=] entirely, but it had to be pruned down for undisclosed reasons. Even after that, ten more minutes worth of already recorded music had to be cut
* DarkReprise / TriumphantReprise: Dourei Ichiba ~Douloi~ wasn't exactly a happy song to begin with, but its reprise in Doreitachi no Eiyuu ~Elefseus~ tweaks a bunch of the lyrics slightly to a very different emotional pitch. Frankly, with this couple, it's difficult to judge which is darker because they're both dark for different reasons. The first one is more hopeless (with Elef and Misia as the slaves) while the second one is more nihilistic. The fact that you have something close to a VillainProtagonist makes it difficult to judge whether it's more of a DarkReprise or a TriumphantReprise.
* TheDeadCanDance: They just love to party down in Hades.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:After Elef kills Leontius and Isadora, he is consumed by Thanatos and becomes his host so that the god can [[RageAgainstTheHeavens take the fight to Moira.]]]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Misia's death]] is the straw that finally makes [[spoiler:Elef]] snap.
* DeusAngstMachina: Zvolinsky's backstory as claimed in "Jinsei wa Ireko Ningyou" is so over-the-top tragic that it's more played for BlackHumor than anything else.
* DistantDuet: Elef and Misia in "Shiseru Monotachi no Monogatari - Istoria"
* DivineParentage: Leontius is descended from the Thunder God. [[spoiler:As his siblings, so are Elef and Misia]]
* DownerEnding
* DuelToTheDeath: "Shiseru Eiyūtachi no Tatakai - Heromachia"
* DualWielding: Elef/Amethystos
* [[EccentricMillionaire Eccentric Billionaire]]: Alexei Romanovic Zvolinsky
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Thanatos.
* TheEpic
* EvilLaugh: Scorpius does this quite well.
* EvilRedhead: Scorpius.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Elef and Misia during the timeskip
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Misia]]
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Very frequently.
* FamousLastWords:
** "[[SorryThatImDying I'm sorry]] ... [[spoiler: Elef]] ..." [[spoiler: Misia]]
*** "Farewell, farewell, [[spoiler: my other half]]." [[spoiler: Misia]] as a ghost, before departing to the underworld.
** "[[spoiler: Leon]] ... [[spoiler: Elef]] ... Please stop ..." [[spoiler: Isadora]]
** "[[spoiler: Mother]] ... Oh, Moira ..." [[spoiler: Leontius]]
** "[[HowDareYouDieOnMe Don't you dare leave me behind!]] I won't forgive you, [[spoiler: Leontius]]!" [[spoiler: Alexandra]]
* FauxActionGirl: Alexandra, queen of the Amazonians. She appears twice in the album. The first time, she appears just long enough for Leontius to defeat her and spare her life. The second time, she appears just long enough to [[spoiler:die]].
* FourIsDeath: 4 minutes and 44 seconds into the bonus track of Moira, the sound of someone whispering "Thanatos" can be heard.
* ForgedByTheGods: Elef's black sword was (probably) made by Thanatos, after all it is [[DarkIsEvil black]] and glows darkish violet in the stage version of "Doreitachi no Eiyū - Elefseus" performed in Triumph of the Third Territorial Expansion
* FramingDevice: The main story is nested in a frame story of Zvolinsky, a Russian billionaire, who is excavating the ruins of Arcadia in order to discover the truth behind the Elefseyan epic, a translated copy of which he reads the story from. For bonus points, the song in question is named [[LampshadeHanging "Jinsei wa Ireko Ningyou -]] '''[[NestedStory Matryoshka"]]'''.
* GhostSong: [[spoiler:Misia]]'s ghost sings a duet with Elef in "Shiseru Otome Sono Te ni wa Suigetsu - Parthenos".
* GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath: The main theme of the album ([[PunctuatedForEmphasis "FREEDOM. OR. DEATH"]]). [[spoiler:Of course, if the ending is to go by, you're screwed either way.]]
* GratuitousEnglish
* GratuitousGreek
* GreekChorus: Quite literally with the six sister goddesses of poetry.
* GreekMythology
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Elef and Misia.
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler:It's implied that the twins that Eirene is pregnant with are the reincarnated souls of Elef and Misia, and that Thanatos is going to attempt to RageAgainstTheHeavens once again.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The extent of Leontius and Scorpius's power struggle are only hinted at.
* HighClassCallGirl: Cassandra and Melissa.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: [[spoiler: Alexandra]] reacts this way to [[spoiler: Leontius]]'s death at the end of "Shiseru Eiyūtachi no Tatakai - Heromachia".
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Misia]]
* IAmSong: "Meiou - Thanatos" for Thanatos.
* ISeeDeadPeople: In "Shi to Nageki no Kaze no Miyako - Ilion", Elef discovers that he can see shadows that come to take peoples' souls when they die.
* IWillWaitForYou: Misia for Elef. [[spoiler:However, she finds that she can't bring herself to continue when [[SomeoneHasToDie another person's life is on the line.]]]]
* IWillFindYou: [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Elef finds Misia just a bit too late.]]
* JerkassGods
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Misia, Scorpious, Orion and many more -- although Misia's soul comes and finishes a duet with her brother.]]
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Misia]]
* LongLostRelative: Leontius had a younger brother who was taken away as a newborn in order to avert the prophesy that he would slay his mother. Leontius believes his brother to be [[spoiler:Orion]], but in reality his brother is [[spoiler:Elef]].
* LyricalDissonance: "Jinsei wa Ireko Ningyou - Matryoshka" is a very cheerful song about how life can be a never ending parade of misery.
-->Life is a gift, a Matryoshka doll filled with absurdity.
-->No matter how much you open it up, you will find only pain.
* MadeASlave: Elef and Misia
* MulticoloredHair: Elef, Misia, and Leontius
* TheMuse: The Six Sister Goddesses of Poetry, who serve as the GreekChorus.
* MusicalisInterruptus: Eirene does this in "Jinsei wa Ireko Ningyou - Matryoshka".
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: [[spoiler:Sorry, Isodora, but [[TakingTheBullet Taking The Spear]] wasn't ''quite'' enough to save your son's life.]]
* NoodlePeople: Thanatos is over a dozen feet tall and spindly enough that Revo needs to use prop arms to play him.
* NorioWakamoto: Scorpius
* OhAndXDies: The GreekChorus announces [[spoiler:Misia]]'s eventual death as early as "Unmei no Futago - Didymoi".
* PedophilePriest: Elef is physically and sexually abused by Nesto after he's sold into slavery. When Nesto tries to rape Misia, Elef finally resists and kills him.
* PowerDyesYourHair: [[spoiler:Elef/Amethystos's hair turns black when he's possessed by Thanatos.]]
* PrimordialChaos: "In the beginning, Chaos fills the world. After a while, the mother of all life awakens."
* PuppetKing
* PurpleEyes: Elef has, in Isadora's words, "Amethyst eyes that invite death."
* RageAgainstTheHeavens
* RainOfArrows
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: Elef, after Misia's death]] goes and kills everyone who once tormented them. Lastly he goes against [[spoiler: Moira, the goddess of fate herself]].
* ScreamDiscretionShot: Elef's abuse by Nestro is only suggested by the sound of whips, Elef's screams, and Nestro asking where he likes it and if he's enjoying it. In the live shows, Nestro pulls Elef behind a wall to commit the act.
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:Isadora attempts to save Leontius's life by [[TakingTheBullet jumping in front of the God of Thunder's spear thrown at him, only for the spear's magic to kill them both.]]]]
* S{{he Who Must Not Be Seen}}: Moira
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: Elef spends most of the album rallying an army to defeat Moira, only to be destroyed by her and accomplish nothing.]]
* SkywardScream: Elef after [[spoiler:learning of his sister's death]].
* SlaveLiberation: Amethystos embarks on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge by traveling across the country to free, eventually amassing an army of them to invade and destroy Ilion (which is where he was MadeASlave himself).
* SomeoneHasToDie: So [[spoiler:Misia]] volunteers.
* SonOfAWhore: Scorpius
* SorryThatImDying: [[spoiler:Misia]]'s last words are an apology to [[spoiler:Elef]] for not being able to live long enough to see him again.
* SummonBackupDancers: What else would Thanatos need an army of reapers for?
* TakeMeInstead: [[spoiler:Misia]] offers herself to Scorpius as a sacrifice in Phyllis's place.
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:After discovering his sister's corpse]], Elef discards his identity to become Amethystos
* TheTimeOfMyths: The setting is stated to be such in "Myth - Mythos"
* TimeSkip: In the middle of "Haruka Chiheisen no Kanata e - Horizontas".
* TitleScream: MOIRA YO!!
* {{Tragedy}}
* TwinTelepathy: Elef and Misia tell in Historia, how they can feel each other, even though they are apart. And they even [[spoiler: finish a duet together, even though Misia is already dead]].
* VisualPun: Scorpius's hair resembles the tail of a scorpion.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Thanatos loves all people, living or dead, but he hates Moira and the suffering he brings to peoples' lives enough that he's willing to destroy Elef's life as part of a plan to RageAgainstTheHeavens
* WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison: Thanatos is [[CosmicPlaything dicking around with your life]] for a good cause, Elef. Really!
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: [[spoiler:Elef invades and destroys Illion in retaliation for the torture he had to endure there when he was MadeASlave.]]
-->'''Leontius:''' [[spoiler:Amethystos]]...being a Hellenes yourself, why do you assist the Barbaroi in their invasion?
-->'''[[spoiler:Elefseus]]:''' What did the motherland ever do for me? All it did was take away my loved ones! Don't make me laugh!
* WouldntHitAGirl: "I, Leontius, do not possess a spear that pierces women."
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Elef does not take [[spoiler:Misia's death]] well.
* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler:Elef arrives just minutes too late to prevent Scorpius's HumanSacrifice of Misia.]]

''Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido''
* ArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler:One's been arranged for an older Elisabeth, as indicated by "Within this Small Birdcage".]]
* BurnTheWitch: [[spoiler:Therese is burnt after being accused of witchcraft.]]
* TheBlackDeath
* CallAndResponseSong: In a "Hikari to Yami no Märchen (Dowa)", where Elise asks Märchen about the deserted village März and Therese once lived in.
* ChainedByFashion: Märchen's outfit is made of this and [[TooManyBelts belts]].
* CreepyCoolCrosses: Again, Märchen.
* CreepyDoll: Elise.
* DarkIsNotEvil
* DoubleMeaningTitle
* DyingCurse: [[spoiler: Therese as she is burnt at the stake]]. "But I have been wishing for naught / even my transient moment of light / has been plundered away for laughs. / Just look at this comical play! / In that case, I shall be a real witch to eternally curse this world."
* GratuitousGerman
* HeroicAlbino: März is implied to have albinism (white hair, red eyes, vision problems, etc.).
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Elisabeth stated this clearly in "Kono Semai Torikago no Naka de".
-->"I always wanted to have friends\\
But I don't know what such things were"
* IllGirl: Elisabeth until she was cured.
* TheIngenue: Elisabeth
* LonelyRichKid: Elisabeth, enclosed in her home which apparently is a [[GildedCage metaphor of bird cage]] without knowing the outer world, does not even have any friends [[spoiler:until März arrives.]]
* MamaBear
* MeaningfulName: Both Elise and Therese take their name from "Für Elise" ("Therese" coming from the hypothesis that the name of the piece was transliterated incorrectly, and that its real name is "Für Therese"), indicating their connection.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: The crimes that got [[spoiler:Therese]] burned at the stake as a witch? Healing sick children, apparently.
* PlagueDoctor: The characters disguised as Plague Doctors are actually [[TheWitchHunter Witch Hunters]]. Thank them that the story even gets started.
* ThePresidentsDaughter: Elisabeth. It is never stated explicitly so, but if we look through the history, her surname, von Wettin, signs that she comes from the House of Wettin, which is a ruling family in Thuringia, German, at that time.
* ThePromise: Elisabeth made März promise to her [[spoiler:that he'll come back one day, which sadly turns to be an EmptyPromise due to his death.]]
* SeparatedByTheWall: März and Elisabeth
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Hans and Tom, the men InTheHood who captured Therese.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: März used to be blind, but regained his sight "due to a mysterious incident". [[spoiler:This was one of the reasons Therese was accused to witchcraft.]]
* ThrownDownAWell: [[spoiler:März. Literally.]]

''Märchen''
* AdaptationExpansion: "Kuroki Okami No Yado" expands greatly upon "The Man from the Gallows", which is only a few lines long.
* AmbiguousGender: The Black Landlady's gender is listed as "unknown".
* ArcWords: "Ido"[[note]]"well" or "id"[[/note]] is a very important word.
* AkioOhtsuka: As Bluebeard.
* AmnesiacLover: Märchen recalls the faint feeling that he was once in love in "Yoiyami No Uta", but is told by the seven dead princesses [[spoiler:except Elisabeth]] that it must have been his imagination.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Elisabeth [[spoiler:wished that she wouldn't marry anyone else, only to be crucified by her own brother/father.]]
* BigNo: Elise's last word [[spoiler:is a BigNo of denial, after some {{Little No}}s of denial too.]]
* {{Bokukko}}: The main character in "Kuroki Okami no Yado" refers to herself with masculine pronouns. This is actually not that uncommon in [[TohokuRegionalAccent the dialect she speaks in]].
* TheBlackDeath: Gets its bonus track this time around.
* BlindfoldedVision: All of the dead princesses seem to have this in the live performances.
* Creator/TheBrothersGrimm
* ChainedByFashion: Märchen's new outfit still had his chains. It is significant.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Elise until she was [[spoiler: spurned]]
* CreepyCoolCrosses: Scattered everywhere.
* CreepyDoll: Elise
* CrosscastRole: Jimangu plays the role of the Landlady, and Yume Suzuki plays both Princes.
* CurbStompBattle: The "Swing Girl" narrates the background war between farm tools-armed peasants against General Gefenbauer's cannons in "Kuroki Okami no Yado" as "(even without wings), [[BlownAcrossTheRoom people roam the skies]]".
* CuteAndPsycho: Once she's revived, Snow White has no trouble in reveling in her stepmother's torturous death with an EvilLaugh, while the Blue Prince can only look on and wonder what the hell he's gotten himself hitched to.
* {{Determinator}}: Elisabeth [[spoiler:chose death over being tied into a loveless marriage]]
* DisappearedDad: The father in "Kakei no Majo".
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Neither the Blue Prince in "Garasu No Hitsugi De Nemuru Himegimi" nor the Red Prince in "Bara No Tou De Nemuru Himegimi" seem to care that their brides to be are comatose, if not outright dead.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Märchen
* EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses: About half of the girls have no ties to royalty, but that doesn't stop Märchen from calling them the "seven dead princesses".
* FairyTale: The seven revenge songs are based on one
** "Literature/HanselAndGretel": "Kakei no Majo"
** "The Man from the Gallows": "Kuroki Okami No Yado"
** "Literature/SnowWhite": "Garasu No Hitsugi De Nemuru Himegimi"
** "Mother Hulda": "Sei To Shi Wo Wakatsu Kyoukai No Furuido"
** "Literature/SleepingBeauty": "Bara No Tou De Nemuru Himegimi"
** "Literature/{{Bluebeard}}": "Aoki Hakushaku no Shiro"
** "Saint Kummernis": "Takkei no Seijo"
* FantasyTavern: Kurokitsunetei
* ForeignCussWord: In "Kuroki Okami No Yado", the Landlady shouts "Scheiße!"
* FriendToAllLivingThings: The nun in "Kakei No Majo". [[spoiler:Well, her only friends are animals, though.]]
* GenkiGirl: The main character in "Sei to Shi wo Wakatsu Kyōkai no Furuido".
* GhostAmnesia: Märchen [[spoiler:remembers nothing of his life as März, until Elisabeth causes him to remember.]]
* GoIntoTheLight: A possible interpretation of the ending of "Gyōkō no Uta".
* GratuitousGerman: Oh yes. For starters, the title of the album is German for "fairytale".
* {{Grimmification}}
* GroundhogDayLoop: Implied in the concerts.
* HairDecorations: Elise, Swing Girl (from "Kuroki Okami No Yado"), Snow White, Well Girl ("Sei To Shi Wo Wakatsu Kyoukai No Furuido"), Sleeping Beauty, and Elisabeth fall into this category.
* HandPuppet: Märchen, of all people, makes use of them in "Sei To Shi Wo Wakatsu Kyoukai No Furuido".
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Märchen and Elise
* HumansAreMorons: Elise stated this clearly in her revenge proposal to Märchen as humans never stop hating everyone.
* IAmSong: "Yoiyami No Uta" - or a "I Have No Idea Who I Am" song, rather.
* IGaveMyWord: Apparently [[spoiler:Märchen purposelessly fulfilled his promise as März to Elisabeth when he came to the church.]] During one of the lives, too, when there's a member introduction, März says to everyone that "März is a man of his word."
* ILoveTheDead: The Blue Prince has, in Märchen's words, "unusual preferences".
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm A Humanitarian]]: The landlady in "Kuroki Okami No Yado" serves up human meat at her inn, although it's largely because there's not much else available.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler: Elisabeth]]
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: Most of the villains (except the lazy stepmother and sister, Alterose, and Elisabeth's brother/father) who made the girls die, in the end gets killed by those girls (or anyone they use to kill back) in various ways.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Märchen
* LooksLikeCesare: Märchen
* LoveHurts: [[spoiler:Elisabeth keeps her love for März, even though she must be crucified for that.]]
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:Apparently Elisabeth's love is the one that makes Märchen remembers all of his past.]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: One way of looking at the album. "This story is fiction. But that doesn't mean everything was made up."
* MeaningfulEcho: "Mother, the light is warm."
* MusicalChores: "Sei To Shi Wo Wakatsu Kyoukai No Furuido"
* MyOwnGrampa: One of the Seven Dead Princesses that Märchen helps to enact her revenge of is a nun, who manipulates Hansel and Gretel into killing her mother. Inspired by their action of killing the 'witch', Hansel and his friend Thomas then becomes witch hunters that will kill Therese and throw März into a well, both things that would give birth to Elise and Märchen respectively.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Elise. Actually, Alterose and Snow White's step mother fit this trope better.
* NoNameGiven: All of the seven dead princesses, save for Literature/SnowWhite and [[spoiler:Elizabeth]].
* NumerologicalMotif: [[http://fyeahtrollingheika.tumblr.com/post/6555381080/submitted-anonymously-when-you-rip-this-album#notes Märchen sure loves the number seven.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: The mother in "Kakei no Majo" does this.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Märchen is basically a type R, brought back into the world only to indulge in his impulses for revenge.
* PainfulTransformation: If his screams are any indication, then März turning into Märchen probably isn't a very relaxing procedure. The fact that he's integrating Id into himself at the same time doesn't help in the mental aspect.
* PaletteSwap: The Red and Blue Princes are only distinguished by the color of their tunic. They're even played [[ActingForTwo by the same person]].
* PoorCommunicationKills: Gretel's overactive imagination leads her to believe that the old woman feeding them is actually a witch [[IAmAHumanitarian planning to eat them.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: The ForeignCussWord scene in "Kuroki Okami no Yado".
* PrinceCharming: The Red and Blue Princes.
* RecurringRiff: All of the sequences where the princesses get their revenge share the melody of the [[CallAndResponseSong call and response]] portion of "Hikari to Yami no Märchen (Dowa)".
* {{Revenge}}: What this whole album is about.
* RevengeSVP: Alte Rose, as per the "Literature/SleepingBeauty" fairy tale.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In a manner of speaking. Elise encourages Märchen to take revenge on humanity in general (because [[HumansAreBastards they're bastards]]), which Märchen decides to do by granting the opportunity for revenge to those who've also been wronged in life.
* RockMeAmadeus: "Yoiyami No Uta" features a snippet from "Ode to Joy", followed quickly by "Fantaisie-Impromptu" and "Pictures at an Exposition".
* {{Tearjerker}}: "Takkei no Seijo" and "Gyoukou no Uta". The tears started during [[spoiler:Elisabeth and Märchen's reunion, but Märchen's reprise of "This brightly shining era~" in "Gyoukou no Uta" just drove the nail home.]]
* TogetherInDeath: After his untimely death, Märchen and Elisabeth finally meet after Elisabeth is crucified.
* TohokuRegionalAccent: The main character in "Kuroki Okami No Yado" speaks like this.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Elisabeth]]
* TurnTheOtherCheek: [[spoiler: Elisabeth]] is the only one of the seven dead princesses who decides not to take revenge.
* SevenDeadlySins: The seven dead princesses' are based on this, from gluttony, greed, envy, sloth, pride, lust, ending on wrath.
* StarCrossedLovers
* StealthPun: The notes Elise hums at the beginning of "Yoiyami No Uta" are from [[LudwigVanBeethoven "Für Elise"]]. It also plays on Elise's connection to Therese, as it's been suggested that the piece's title is actually a mistranscription of "Für Therese".
* SummonBackupDancers: In the live concerts in a similar vein to Thanatos' in Moira. There's often even one who will dance with Elise in spite of her... motion impairedness (due to being a doll).
* {{Vocaloid}}: Elise's singing voice is provided by Hatsune Miku.
* WidowWitch: The "Witch" in "Kakei No Majo" - not that she hasn't done bad things in the past.
* WickedStepmother: Schneewittchen's and the well girl's step mother fell into this category. The Landlady could fall into this category too, [[{{Transsexual}} or maybe not]]
* WomanScorned: More like Doll Scorned for that couple of seconds in Elise's case.
* [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech World of Cardboard Song]]: In the second half of "Takkei no Seijo".
* {{Yandere}}: Elise could be considered this for Märchen.
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