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->''I will defend the peace of Lodoss... with my life!''

It first began as a series of [[TabletopGames role-playing game sessions]] (first-edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', no less), [[AfterActionReport recorded and transcribed]] into a series of novels by Ryo Mizuno. In 1990, it became an animated 13-part {{OVA}} series, and from then on it branched into movies, manga and TV series (some of which were alternate universe versions of the OVA, but which followed the story in the original novels more closely). It even returned to its roots as the most popular Tabletop Role Playing Game in Japan. The ''Lodoss'' RPG was created after [=TSR=] turned the world down as a DungeonsAndDragons supplement.

What is "it"? It is ''RecordOfLodossWar'', a sprawling epic which incorporates nearly every Tolkien-esque fantasy cliche in the book, but does so with style. The lovely art and character designs by Yutaka Izubuchi and Nobuteru Yuki make the OVA series a visual feast, in spite of its rather limited animation. The swelling orchestral score by Mitsuo Hagita makes it an aural feast as well.

As far as plot goes, it's standard RPG fare: KidHero Parn and his cleric buddy Etoh find themselves {{Walking the Earth}}, investigating evil after Parn [[YouCantGoHomeAgain gets himself thrown out of his hometown]]. Joining up with them are the wizard with the [[AwesomeMcCoolname cool name]], Slayn Starseeker, and his friend, the dwarf Ghim, who are on a quest to locate a missing WhiteMage named Laylia. They are soon joined by Deedlit, a wispy Elf who is FriendToAllLivingThings (and who falls for Parn like a cliff-diver in concrete shoes). At some point in the adventure, our heroes come upon the last member of their main party, the grungy, trouble-prone thief Woodchuck, whom they must rescue from prison (and who from there goes on to repeatedly demonstrate just ''why'' he was thrown ''into'' prison in the first place.) Our heroes must fight battles large and small -- with insane but beautiful witches, mountain-sized dragons, creepy dark elves, BadAss Black Knights, evil armies, and the godlike forces which threaten to tear their world apart. When one of their number is eventually captured to power the BigBad's [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End of The World as We Know It Machine]], our heroes must snap into action to save their friend. Ultimately, Parn discovers that, to make everything right again, he must somehow restore the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, but just how does one do that, while the villains are hacking away at them and the world around them is crumbling into a pile of artfully drawn boulders? You'll have to watch to find out.

The production itself is played straight and with earnestness -- which is probably one of its greatest strengths, since it makes the events all the more epic and edge-of-your-seat dramatic as the story nears its end. Later on, the TV series which [[SpinOff spun off]] from it would insert humorous {{Omake}}s at the end of every episode, which were either enjoyable comic interludes, or which undermined the whole tone of the series, depending on how you looked at them. This series is actually more closely based on the plots of the original D&D-game-inspired novels than the beautiful OVA, and there are a number of different manga that also fill in the gaps to tell the full, true story. That said, regardless of what came after, the {{OVA}} version of the story stands out as one of the better examples of pure, ''DungeonsAndDragons''-inspired high fantasy (if not ''the'' best animated example ever).

See also ''RuneSoldierLouie'', which is set in the same world as ''Lodoss'', on the northern continent of Alecrast (but which is otherwise unconnected to the series).
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!!This series provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Deedlit in the TV series, Shiris, Ryna, and Leaf.
* AdaptationalBadass: Give Shiris some credit. She might have fallen for the FauxActionGirl role a few times in the TV series, but she had some ''serious balls'' when she held off Orson WHILE IN HIS BERSERKER RAGE '''BY HERSELF.'''
* AfterActionReport: What the original novels were.
* TheAlliance: Fallis and Flaim, though in the anime, it's referred to as [[TheFederation a federation.]]
** An evil example would be Alania and Marmo.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The monster races and the Dark Elves -- although the latter are allowed to be a bit more morally ambiguous.
* ActionHoggingOpening: The opening of ''Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight'' features absolutely gorgeous animation and an award-worthy song. The show itself features far sparser action sequences, more still frames, and far more talking.
* AntiVillain: Ashram and Pirotess.
* AnyoneCanDie: ...or just disappear, never to be heard from again...
** This is a result of not following ALL media forms of the story. It's explained in the manga and novels.
* ApocalypseMaiden: Little Neese.
* AscendedFanFic: Yup. ''Record of Lodoss War'' started out as nothing more than a ''{{Dungeons And Dragons}}'' fan fiction – the Dungeon Master's BroadStrokes re-write of how he wished the game had gone, complete with the female elf character (Deedlit) falling in love with the male Human Fighter (Parn). In fact, these were three different D&D campaigns (Parn's party, Orson's party, and Spark's party), with the older games' heroes appearing as {{GMPC}}s in the later two campaigns.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Lodoss' most powerful rulers have a habit of being legends in their own time. This trope is probably most literal with Kashue, who becomes King of Flaim by forcibly uniting its people.
* TheAtoner: Leylia is desperate to atone for the chaos that she inflicted upon Lodoss during her time under the possession of Karla, the Grey Witch.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Slayn Starseeker.
* BadAss: Kashue may be a very good fighter, but no other character of the setting, or few characters at all, can close to the awesomeness that is Ashram. He's a {{bishonen}} BlackKnight who wields a demon killing sword, and also does quite a lot of dragon killing on his way. When [[spoiler:his boss gets killed]], he's the first one to step up and take over. See the ''crowning music of awesome'', for his personal character theme.
* BadassBookworm: Slayn's apprentice Cecil seems to turn into one after the TimeSkip, no doubt thanks to Slayn's comment that he might have missed his true calling as a warrior.
* BadassCape: Ashram, Kashue, Parn, and Deedlit to name the big ones.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Not surprising, since this anime is based off of a TabletopGames influenced by ''DungeonsAndDragons'', in which said Balance is a central concept.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind / FinalBossNewDimension: This is where the final showdown takes place in the TV series.
* TheBerserker: Orson. Literally. Holy SHIT, you don't want Orson to ever get pissed at you.
** BerserkButton: That being said, '''DON'T''' hurt women in his presence. Double if it's Shiris, his partner and MoralityPet. [[spoiler: The TV series gives us the heartbreaking reason for that particular button: he became a berserker upon witnessing his older sister's HeroicSacrifice.]]
* BestHerToBedHer: Shiris, as it was deconstructed by Orson when he got his emotions back. Shiris was bested by Parn in the first episode of the TV series, and after that, Shiris was quite adamant that she was in love with him. However, Orson pointed out that she was really resentful of Parn beating her and desperately wanted to replace that resentment with another emotion, namely "love", in order to regain her lost pride. [[ArmorPiercingSlap Shiris didn't take this lecture very well.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Leylia, a priestess of the Marfa (the goddess of creation), is a kind-hearted girl who hates seeing people suffer more than anything. But don't over step that boundary, because she WILL send your soul to the other side if necessary.
** Most of the good wizards fall under this as well. And Orson.
* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: [[spoiler: Happens to both Ghim and Garrack, though Garrack [[BackFromTheDead got better at the end.]]]]
* BiggerBad: Kardis, [[GodOfEvil Goddess of Destruction.]]
* BlackKnight: Ashram. He is aptly named "[[RedBaron the Black Knight]]".
* BlackMagic: Wagnard, [[ObviouslyEvil the Dark Wizard]], majored in this - only he got kicked out of the magic school for doing so.
* BlankWhiteEyes: When Orson gets these, you know he's about to go [[TheBerserker berserk]] in T-minus zero seconds.
* BreastPlate: Deedlit's armor, which did little to cover anything below her shoulders and chest. (Note, however, that she is ''wearing'' something under said armor.)
* BreatherEpisode: Episode twenty of the TV series has a big shift in atmosphere, with the teams relaxing at a banquet and [[ImpliedLoveInterest Spark and Neese's]] relationship being the focus. All in all, the episode has lots of laughs and is much more light-hearted. Unfortunately, the episode doesn't end on the same note.
* BroadStrokes: TheSeries in relation to the {{OVA}}. This is mostly because the series takes the original novels and manga as canon, while the OVA tried to condense the entirety of the novels (or game recordings, rather) and manga volumes down into a 13 episode story arc. The series is much more faithful to the original stories, but requires forgetting everything that happened after the story-shifting moment midway through the OVA, as well as some points before that. It's better to just read the manga version of Parn's adventures and jump straight to the second anime if you want the whole story, but the OVA has better art and music, by most accounts, despite its highly condensed plot…
* BroughtDownToNormal: Groder, Ashram's new right-hand man after the time skip, lost his powers after performing magic that [[spoiler: saved Ashram from committing suicide.]]
* CaptainObvious: After the party has had fireballs thrown at them from unseen sources for around three minutes, Slayn shouts "Look out, that's a fire spell!"
* CelibateHero: There's no doubt that Spark and Little Neese are both attracted to each other, and they might very well [[ImpliedLoveInterest think of each other as a lot more]], but neither of them can do much due to certain circumstances with their quest.
* CharacterDevelopment: In the TV series, a lot of development happens with Orson in the first half and Spark in the second half.
* ChasteHero: Although Deedlit is attracted to Parn, he is often oblivious and/or doesn't know how to deal with it. Even so, she persists and he eventually returns them. By contrast, Etoh isn't so oblivious to Fianna's affections.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the beginning of the TV series, Spark and Little Neese are briefly introduced as children. Later, they become two of the most important people in the series. Lampshaded in one of the omake episodes.
** Wagnard counts as well, as he and his plans are introduced in the first half of the series, but he doesn't become a major villain until the time skip.
* ChekhovsGun:
--> '''Kashue to Parn in episode three:''' "If you hadn't stopped to think about the consequences, then you might have won."
** Came in handy in episode eight, in the final showdown with the BlackKnight in that story arc.
** Similarly, in episode ten, Parn turns this around and becomes TheMentor to the new hero, Spark:
-->'''Spark:''' "Yes sir! I will never abandon my duties like I did last night!"
--> '''Parn:''' "Don't do that either. It's wrong to abandon yourself. Don't become a man who lives only for the duty that's given to him. You'll understand someday."
** This comes into play in episode 18, when Spark has to decide whether to continue following his orders to return home if he failed, or to follow his heart and chase after the bad guys he failed to stop.
* TheChessmaster: Karla, the Grey Witch, is pretty much responsible for the on-again-off-again peace and war in Lodoss for the last 500 years.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Parn. Lampshaded by Deedlit in the TV series.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Deedlit, sometimes.
* CoDragons/ DragonAscendant: Ashram, who, ironically, fights a lot of ''real'' dragons himself, and Wagnard, who becomes the BigBad of the OAV.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: When Parn saves Shiris from Orson's berserker-induced attacks, what does she say as thanks?
--> '''Shiris:''' "Hey! Who said you could save me!?"
* ConflictingLoyalty: Hobb has this with his duty as a priest of the Kingdom of a Flaim and his duty (which is to find true heroism, even if it's on the opposing side) to his god, Myrii, the god of war.
* CrapsackWorld: Hey, Lodoss ain't called "The Accursed Island" for nothing. [[spoiler: Lucky that things turned around at the finale of the TV series, or else it would have ended up [[{{Berserk}} like this universe.]]]]
* CreepyMonotone: Orson's voice.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The religious pantheon of gods and system of clergy set up in the ''Lodoss'' world, many of whom, oddly enough, wear Christian-esque crosses.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Pirotess is every bit as beautiful as her Light Elf counterpart, Deedlit, while the male Dark Elves who are with her seem comparatively hideous. This race-wide ugliness apparently doesn't strike male High Elves, as one appears in a spin-off manga with a traditionally {{Bishonen}} appearance.
* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler: The horrible death of Orson's older sister in front of him is what unlocks his [[TheBerserker berserker]] side.]]
* DarkActionGirl: Pirotess.
* DealWithTheDevil: Emperor Beld's alliance with the Witch Karla, which, like most of these, goes horribly wrong for the ''dealee''.
* TheDeterminator: Garrack, Parn, and Spark. Special mention goes to spark toward the end of the TV series.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Emperor Beld. Built up as the BigBad, he goes down roughly 1/3 through the overall storyline.
* DisproportionateRetribution: So, Wagnard crossed the line with the academy of magic by switching over to TheDarkArts and was therefore justifiably booted out. And this has driven his whole agenda of resurrecting the almighty evil black goddess Kardis and wanting to become the King of the Dead. Even Neese pointed out that this was a childish vendetta.
** Also, when Kashue's forces fail to slay Shooting Star, the dragon says that he would kill a hundred humans for every scale that was scratched. We can't do the math for that, but damn!
* TheDragon: Ashram is this to King Beld.
* DragonRider: One the Kingdom of Moss has trained small wyvern-type dragons to fly in their aid.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Orson taking the spirit of anger back to save Shiris, kills both the Dark Elf, the skeleton warriors, and the amazon that beat Shiris, receiving mortal wounds in the process.
* TheEmperor: Beld, who rules over...
** TheEmpire: Marmo, which, being evil, is also a {{Mordor}}-type country. Ironically, the "empire" covers far less land than any of the other kingdoms.
* EndingTheme: Notably, the OVA actually has an English version of the closing credits theme for the dub (as well as the opening theme) - and it fits remarkably well.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: What will happen if Wagnard succeeds in his plan of ressurecting the Destroyer.
* EnemyMine: It's a given that King Kashue and Lord Ashram aren't exactly buddies. But during the showdown at Fire Dragon Mountain, they each must put aside their differences and join their teams together in order to defeat Shooting Star, whom they both want dead for their own reasons.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Ashram and Pirotess as befitting the [[EvilCounterpart evil counterparts]] of Parn and Deedlit. It culminates in an [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice anti-villain sacrifice]] where Pirotess dies protecting Ashram.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Governer Rabido is so ludicriously villainous that the high council of Marmo dispatches Ashram to express their "disappointment" in him.
** Ashram also disapproves of Wagnard's resurrection scheme for different reasons. In the OVA, it is partially out of revenge for losing Pirotess and being manipulated. In the TV, he simply objects to Wagnard torturing Neese as a sacrifice (but he doesn't try to stop him there).
* EvilCounterpart: Ashram is the evil counterpart to Parn, and Pirotess is the evil counterpart to Deedlit.
* EvilIsHammy: As he becomes the central villain, Wagnard chews huge bits of scenery with gleeful villainy, with a [[NightmareFuel frighteningly scary laugh to boot]].
** He especially gets DrunkOnTheDarkSide at the climax of the OVA when he blasts both Ashram and Parn with his scepter with lightning bolts. [[spoiler:Even when Ashram kills him, he still gets to get in one final scene to chomp on as he screams, "All Lodoss is doomed! Hahahaha! Nothing will remain! NOTHING! Hahahahahahahaha!"]]
* EvilLaugh: Once he becomes the main badguy, Wagnard does a lot of maniacal cackling, particularly in the latter half of the OVA.
* EvilSorcerer: Wagnard, Gaberra, Astar.
* EvilTwin: Deedlit and Pirotess, although not related, do resemble each other, and play similar back-up roles for the men they are in love with.
* EyeScream: Woodchuck flings his dagger at the dragon in the first episode of the OVA, and it his the beast [[ImprobableAimingSkills square in the eye]].
* FantasticRacism: Ghim doesn't seem particularly fond of high elves, as he makes quite a few less than subtle comments toward Deedlit.
** Deedlit herself isn't entirely innocent either. In the very first episode of the OVA she makes a derogatory comment about dwarves.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Before setting out to battle Emperor Beld's army, Parn meets a soldier who carried a charm given to him by his son. He dies in battle.
* FauxActionGirl: Deedlit in the OVA, and Shiris doesn't fare much better. [[TookALevelInBadass They get better in the TV series]]
* FiveManBand
** In the OAV:
*** TheHero: Parn
*** TheLancer: Deedlit
*** TheSmartGuy: Slayn
*** TheBigGuy: Ghim (who as a dwarf, is actually the shortest)
*** TheChick: Etoh
*** SixthRanger: Woodchuck
*** An interesting note is that these six also end up forming ''the'' "standard fantasy party" for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeons_%26_Dragons_Basic_Set "basic set"]] ''DungeonsAndDragons''; you have exactly one of each for the major Human classes (Fighting-Man, Magic User, Thief and Priest), plus an Elf and a Dwarf. The only thing missing is a Halfling.
** In the second half of the TV series:
*** TheHero: Spark
*** TheLancer/ TheBigGuy (Class 1): Garrack
*** TheChick: Neese
*** ActionGirl: Leaf
*** TheBigGuy (Class 2): Aldonova
*** TheSmartGuy: Greevus
*** TheSixthRanger: Ryna
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Deedlit.
* GeniusBruiser / GentleGiant: Aldonova the wizard, who's twice the size of most other characters and can haul around an armored dwarf like a sack of potatoes, but is ''really'' unaccustomed to conflict.
* GoGoEnslavement: When sacrificing a pretty female high elf to summon the goddess of darkness, it is absolutely vital that she be wearing a skimpy black dress. Really. [[spoiler: Poor Deedlit]]
* AGodAmI: Said to be the reason behind the downfall of the Kingdom of Kastul. It was a kingdom of powerful sorcerers and magic users, [[DeconstructedTrope but the people forgot their limits as human beings and were eventually ransacked by barbarian warriors.]]
* GodOfEvil: Kardis, the Goddess of Destruction.
* GodOfGood: Marfa, the Goddess of Creation.
* TheGoodKing: Basically, omit the evil rulers and you have a continent full of these.
* GrandTheftMe: Karla the Grey Witch, whose magical circlet pretty much allows her to take over anyone she wants. And we mean ''anyone''. [[spoiler:Poor Woodchuck!]]
* HaveIMentionedIAmADwarfToday: Ghim.
* HermeticMagic
* HeroWorshipper: Spark toward Parn.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ghim]].
** In the TV series [[spoiler: Garrack]].
* HiddenElfVillage: The home of the elves is called [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace The Forest of No Return]] and they're not too enthusiastic about intermingling with the [[BystanderSyndrome worries of the outside world.]]
* HighCollarOfDoom: All of the antagonistic characters have these.
* HighFantasy: One of the best known examples in anime.
* HotBlooded: Parn and Spark.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The Forest of No Return. [[SarcasmMode That sounds welcoming.]]
* IGaveMyWord: Spark began uttering this when [[spoiler: he was being pummeled by Naneel's dark energy when she takes control over Neese's body]] since he earlier promised Neese that [[DeclarationOfProtection he would protect her with his life.]]
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Not a fight with the person in question, but in the TV series finale [[spoiler: Spark is struggling and fighting against dark energy that is being spewed at him by Neese, who is being possessed by the dark priestess Naneel, in order to get through to her. She is able to free herself of Naneel's grip on her soul enough to allow Spark through to her subconscious right before she is absorbed into darkness. [[FinalBossNewDimension Once there]], [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind the real battle begins]].]]
** Happens in the OVA when [[spoiler: Ghim tries to reach Leylia, who was, at the time, Karla's most recent host. [[HeroicSacrifice He did not come out alive, though]], and then Woodchuck was possessed afterward.]]
* IdealHero: Parn.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Episode 10: [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The Demon Dragon of Fire Dragon Mountain.]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Subverted with Little Neese, in that she is the reincarnation of Naneel, the evil high priestess of the even more evil goddess Kardis. However, Neese herself is a priestess to Marfa, the goddess of light, but unfortunately is a candidate for being the vessel for Naneel's soul on [[NatureAbhorsAVirgin account of her being a virgin.]] During the final showdown, [[spoiler: Neese fully accepts Naneel into her]]... [[DoublySubverted However]], [[spoiler: the girl is that damn devoted to Marfa that Naneel AND Kardis are pretty much ''vanquished on contact.'']]
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: The Dark Elf in the TV series [[{{Omake}} omakes.]]
* InherentInTheSystem: During the war of the gods, Kardis lay a curse on the continent of Alecrest as she was dying. Then, in an effort to counter that curse, Marfa performed a miracle and split the continent in two, one half being saved and the other half being cursed. And of course, the heroes are landed on the cursed half. Great.
* ItemGet: When Parn is given a holy knight's shield by King Fahn in the sixth episode of the OVA, he holds it up and a short fanfare plays. Considering the origins of the series (being based on a game of ''DungeonsAndDragons'' played by the creators), it may even be a lampshading.
* {{Kaiju}}: The Ancient Dragons.
* KnightErrant: Parn has the title of "Free Knight", meaning that [[WalkingtheEarth he wanders the land]] helping people no matter their alliance or nationality.
* LaResistance: The Free Army who oppose the Marmo.
* LadyOfWar: Deedlit and Shiris grow into those. The second is a straighter example after she becomes queen of the dragon riders.
* LargeHam: In the English dub, Wagnard's VA gets to chew the scenery as his character gets more and more deadly (which actually works in favor of his character).
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Happens in the BreatherEpisode of the TV series between Spark and Neese, as Ryna pulls Leaf away.
* LeftHanging: The fate of Woodchuck. He comes back briefly in the TV series, but then vanishes for good with no word on what ultimately happens to him.
** Woodchuck is explained in the Demon of Flame manga, or at least why he ''isn't'' explained. [[spoiler: Immediately after then end of the first story (which is slightly different than how it's told in the OVA, and fits into the TV continuity, Parn won't stop until he finds Woodchuck and destroys Karla. But when he's in the Desert with Deedlit in the manga that bridges the gap to the TV series, he comes to the conclusion that instead of relentlessly pursuing Karla in revenge, he should try to help fix the world and thus undermine the chaos Karla has created. He still regrets not saving Wood though, as pointed out in episode 2 of the TV series. And poor Wood probably was killed when Karla got her final form for the second part of the TV series.]]
*** Woodchuck's fate is reportedly revealed in the recent Record of Lodoss War Next Generation novel series.
* LongBusTrip: After the ten year TimeSkip, all characters from the first arc make more than one appearance, though they are not the central characters anymore... all except for Cecil, that is. He is shown in one episode during the second arc and is never seen again.
* LukeNounverber: Slayn's full name, revealed in the novels and manga, is Slayn Starseeker.
* {{MacGuffin}}: There are sacred and ancient artifacts everywhere in Lodoss, like the Soul Crystal Ball, the Staff of Life, and the Scepter of Domination. And they all have the potential of being [[ArtifactOfDoom artifacts of doom]] if they fall into the wrong hands.
* MaybeEverAfter: The end of the TV series presents us with three pairings and none really get resolved, but they all end on a positive enough note to imply that maybe good things will happen.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* {{Mordor}}: The Empire of Marmo. In a twist, it's not the evil of its rulers that blighted the land, but rather that it was ''always'' a monster-infested shithole, and the leaders of the people stuck living there had to become ruthless and pragmatic just to survive.
* NamesToKnowInAnime:
** OAV: Creator/TakeshiKusao (Parn), YumiTouma (Deedlit), Creator/KappeiYamaguchi (Etoh), Creator/NorioWakamoto (Woodchuck), Creator/HideyukiTanaka (Slayn), Creator/YoshikoSakakibara (Karla [[spoiler: and her host, Laylia]]), Creator/ShuichiIkeda (King Kashew), Creator/SakikoTamagawa (Pirotess), Creator/AkiraKamiya (Ashram), Creator/ShowHayami (Orson), Creator/MinamiTakayama (Shiris).
*** And for the dub, Creator/LisaOrtiz (Deedlit).
** TV series: Creator/KenjiNojima (Spark), Creator/NobutoshiCanna (Parn), Creator/ShihoNiiyama (Deedlit), MitsuruMiyamoto (Slayn), Creator/ReiIgarashi (Karla), Creator/ShowHayami (Ashram), Creator/KumikoNishihara (Pirotess), Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (Orson), Creator/JojiNakata (King Kashew), Creator/MaayaSakamoto (Leaf), YuuAsakawa (Shiris), MichieTomizawa (Laylia).
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Ashram]] falling into the lava pit.
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Discussed between Priest Hobb and Ashram, as they have no trust in their other teammates.
* NonActionGuy: Marr.
* NobleDemon: Ashram, while being the signature BlackKnight of the series and one of the key leaders of the Marmo, isn't quite evil. He only does what he does because he wants his people to have a home of their own [[spoiler: in the TV series, he even saved a whole village condemned to death by recruiting them to the Marmo]] and doesn't agree with Wagnard's plan of destroying the entire world.
* ObliviousToLove: Parn may be good at the whole hero thing, but he is absolutely clueless when it comes to dealing with Deedlit's affections for him (he overcomes his shyness toward the end). Spark and Neese are also somewhat awkward about their feelings for each other, but not obliviously so.
* OjouRinglets: On a 2 meter tall heavy weight ''prince''!
* OlderAndWiser: The first five-man band after the time skip in the TV series.
* OminousLatinChanting: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZH6aKq9w9o Okoreru Kyousenshi/An Angered Berseker]]. Fits CrowningMusicOfAwesome also.
* OmnicidalManiac: Kardis, the Goddess of Destruction, [[CaptainObvious no doubt]]. Of course, the kook of a black wizard who wants to reincarnate her also deserves mention. Parn even said that the world would be better of if Falaris, the God of Darkness, was to be resurrected. That's saying something.
* OneWePreparedEarlier - A formal introduction of the characters and plot is not made until the second episode. Additionally, it is unclear exactly where the first episode fits into the continuity of the series, though it has been theorized that it takes place between the events of the fifth and sixth episodes.
* OverprotectiveDad: Aldo, who is normally sensitive and quiet, takes on this role with Little Neese, constantly sheltering her from everything, and is always keeping a fierce eye on [[ImpliedLoveInterest Spark.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: Orson and Shiris. The two are extremely close friends, but not lovers.
* {{Pirates}}: One of TheUsualAdversaries in each story arc.
* PointyEars: Non-human humanoids such as elves, dwarves, and grass-runners have them, but some humans such as Wagnard have them too for [[RedRightHand some reason or another...]]
* ThePollyanna: Little Neese all the way. She may be the vessel for an ancient evil dark priestess and is pursued by an equally evil dark wizard, and is seen as TheLoad by some of her companions, but ''nothing'' gets her down.
* PowerAtAPrice: Wagnard is capable of some pretty strong BlackMagic, but because he had turned to practicing TheDarkArts, a {{Curse}} was laid on him by the Master Wizard (as well as all black wizards), making Wagnard experience excruciating pain whenever he performs black magic.
* PowerOfTheVoid: Kardis/Naneel don't just want to destroy the world - they want to engulf it into nothingness!
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Mercenaries make up at least twenty-percent of each FiveManBand in the series, such as Shiris, Orson, Leaf, and even King Kashue is known as the Mercenary King. The most {{Badass}} of them is Garrack, the "[[RedBaron Blue Meteor.]]"
** And in actuality, [[spoiler: he's not a real mercenary, but a knight of the Kingdom of Flaim.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Good or evil, most of the rulers in this series are pretty darned sensible.
* RedOniBlueOni: Shiris and Orson.
* ReluctantWarrior: Though he lacks emotions which actually makes him a much more efficient fighter, Orson doesn't enjoy fighting and would much rather for his adversaries to run away.
* RescueRomance: The last arc of the series.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Kashue is a very competent king. He fights well. Despite his Mercenary King title, he is not just a PunchClockHero. He actually cares for his subjects.
* SchmuckBait / DontTouchItYouIdiot: In the first episode of the OVA series, none other than Deedlit falls for this in an underground passage when she spots a pretty item on a pedestal. Ghim told her not to touch it, but unfortunately [[spoiler: [[GenreBlindness she does]], which causes the item to lock her in a vice and the whole surrounding area to cave into an even deeper underground area below.]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: Deedlit gets to wear a [[WomanInWhite white]] PimpedOutDress in the OVA, during King Fahn's party. She ''does'' complain quite a bit about how tight it is, though (if only in the hopes of getting Parn to pay attention). Simiarly, Shiris gets to wear a nice red dress (befitting of her red hair and usual red outfit) in the TV series, when she dances with Parn at King Kashue's party. Both of these events of course are adaptations of the same moment in the novels and manga, which were condensed into one shorter and tighter story for the OVA.
* ShipperOnDeck: In the TV series, Leaf ships Spark/Neese ''hard''.
* {{Sneezing}}
* SparedByAdaptation: Inversed. [[spoiler: Orson]] was not killed in the OVA adaptation, though the OVA came out years before the TV series [[spoiler: where Orson most definitely did die.]]
* TheStoic: Due to his status as a literal Berserker, Orson keeps his emotions reeled in to suppress his UnstoppableRage.
** [[EmotionlessGirl Emotionless Guy]]: A RareMaleExample.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Pirotess' outfit, a white leather dress with a very short skirt and a top that displays AbsoluteCleavage. She also wears matching ThighHighBoots.
* SummonMagic: This seems to be the specialty of practitioners or shamanic magic, especially Deedlit, who often summons elemental spirits like Undine and Djinn. The TV series features a duel between Deed and the dark elf shaman Astar, who summons an earth elemental named Behemoth to battle Djinn.
* SuperDeformed: The TV series featured a ending [[TheTag tag]] with the characters in SD style making jokes, sometimes vaguely related to the plot.
** The [[{{Dubbing}} dub]] often tried to translate these jokes and puns.
* SupportingLeader: King Kashue, and, later, arguably Parn and Deedlit.
* SwordAndSorcerer: Parn and Deedlit respectively.
* TakeUpMySword: A villainous example. When Emperor Beld is slain, Ashram takes up his evil sword, the Soul Crusher, and vows to make Beld's dream of a united Lodoss under Marmo rule live.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Wagnard said this to Spark when he stabbed him, but it didn't work. Haha.]]
* TeamDad: Greevus in the second half of the TV series, especially toward Spark.
* ThisCannotBe: [[spoiler: Uttered by Wagnard when Spark stabbed him.]]
* TimeSkip: After episode eight of the TV series and the end of the first story arc, there is a ten year time skip in which the second major story arc begins and we are introduced to new protagonists [[ChekhovsGunman Spark and Little Neese]], and ascended antagonist Wagnard.
* TookALevelInBadass: Parn spends the entire OVA as a reckless wannabe knight with no training and little skill with a sword. Sometimes he gets in a lucky hit, and sometimes he wins a fight if the plot demands it, but he's really not shown to improve very much. Suddenly, in the final episode, he's able to take on ''Ashram'' in a swordfight? Not buying it. Not to mention in the TV series, where we jump 5 years ahead of the midpoint of the OVA, and Parn is suddenly an accomplished hero. The manga helps explain the transformation.
** That can be explained as Ashram being in a bad form after trashing Wagnard gave him.
** Both Deedlit and Shiris take quite the levels in the TV series. Specially Deedlit, who [[spoiler: manages to kill a ''dragon'' with a little bit of help.]]
* UnusualEars: Deedlit and Pirotess, whose ears are far longer than what most Western fantasy fans would attribute to elves. The character designer was supposedly inspired by the antennae on [[MobileSuitGundam Gundam]] robots. It's worth mentioning that this seems to have influenced the appearance of "elf ears" in all Japanese media afterwards and even bled into Western productions like ''WorldOfWarcraft''.
* VirginSacrifice: In order for the dark priestess Naneel to be reincarnated, it must be done so with the body of one who is of pure blood. The high priestess of Marfa Leyla was the first contender for this position, but after giving birth to a daughter, it was passed on to her.
** NatureAbhorsAVirgin: So basically, the fate of the entire world rests on whether the vessel that holds Naneel's soul has ever had sex. Wow. Try carrying ''that'' on your shoulders.
* WalkingTheEarth: [[KnightErrant Parn's job]] requires him to do this. Though he is friends with many princes and kings, such as Kashue and Etoh, he is technically bound to no kingdom.
* WeaponTombstone: [[spoiler: Ghim's axe marks his grave.]]
** In the TV series [[spoiler: Orson's sword marks his.]]
* WelcomeBackTraitor: A not very big example, but in episode six of the TV series, Marr ditches Orson, Shiris, and Cecil on the pirate ship. He is soon intercepted by the rest of the team with Parn, Deedlit, and King Kashue and they all rejoin. Cecil says some words to Marr about him betraying them and Marr just says "sorry" pretty much. After that, they all team up and go along with their objective.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Karla the Grey Witch, whose atrocities were part of an effort to "balance power" in the world and keep it from being destroyed by any one faction.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Garrack and Ryna - and [[ShipperOnDeck Leaf]] ships them from time to time.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When the gold (Mycen) and black (Narse) dragons fight against each other, they telepathically call out for a green (Abram) and purple (Bramd) dragon, which awaken from their slumber. After they are shown rising from their sleep, the scene changes and they get never shown or mentioned again.
** Well, from the looks of it, they're probably sending power to the fighting dragons.
* WhiteAndBlackMorality: At the end of the day in Lodoss, the epic battle is always between the forces of good and the forces of evil. However, there are some exceptions, such as with the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Karla]] and [[AntiVillain Ashram]] who are more in the grey.
* WhoDares: In episode six, the first thing that the sea dragon Abram says is ripped off from ''Aladdin'''s Cave of Wonders: "Who dares to disturb my slumber?"
* YouCantThwartStageOne: In ''Chronicles of the Heroic Knight'', Spark and his guys constantly try to get one step ahead of Wagnard by getting to the [[MacGuffin Soul Crystal Ball]] and to the [[MacGuffin Staff of Life]] first. All plans fail - including [[spoiler: losing [[LivingMacGuffin Neese]] to Wagnard]], and the turmoil can only be settled right when [[spoiler: Naneel has already been resurrected in Neese, [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt with the world on the verge of impending doom]].]]