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->''"They were warned...not to mistake grace for weakness."''

''Aion'' is a Korean {{MMORPG}} from Creator/NCSoft, the publisher of [[{{Lineage2}} Lineage II]], ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', published in English in late 2009.

The game is based on the conflict between two factions of humans which live on opposite halves of a shattered world; the [[LightIsNotGood noble but arrogant]] Elyos and the [[DarkIsNotEvil brave but bitter Asmodians]]. As well as an ongoing war with each other, the two factions must contend with evil [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Balaur]], a race created to protect and watch over the world, but now...[[GoneHorriblyWrong not so much]]. This makes up the game's unique [=PvPvE=] system, as the designers call it. Other than this, it's also notable for the fact that all characters possess the ability to fly, amongst other things.

The game has no subscription fee in the US and several other regions and is worth a shot for free MMORPG players exasperated by some of the features in the standard business model (for example, most enchanting has absolutely no risk of item destruction on failure). It has also received a vast update with its 4.0 overhaul.
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!!This game provides examples of:
* AfterTheEnd: Although so far afterward that almost no one remembers it.
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: You, in the main storyline. Or so it seems.]] Daevas are considered demigods in the game's mythology, with Empyrean Lords considered to be full gods (with a small G). The overgod, Aion, is absent and the two major pantheons (the Elyos and Asmodians) are at war.
* AlienSky: Besides the fact the Tower of Eternity is visible from anywhere in the world, the sky has a shattered moon, three total moons, and the other half of the world floating ominously overhead.
** Except you can never see the other half of the world, even in the Abyss.
* {{Altitis}}: Acknowledged and ''encouraged'' with the level 30 Daevanion armor sets. Each piece is received through a simple quest at the set's level... and '''each character can only get one piece'''.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Balaur.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: You ''start'' your character's life by doing this. (Well, to get out of the newbie area.) The game also features several other types of ascended beings, such as ascended lizardmen (Balaur) and even ascended trees (Elim).
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The stronger Balaur, based on the gigantic discarded weapons littering the abyss. Also the Guardian Deities who guard fortresses.
* BagOfHolding: Cubes(Inventories), this is an MMORPG after all. However, cubes are directly stated as being {{Hammerspace}} related.
* BalefulPolymorph: A common punishment among both Elyos and Asmodians, especially for insubordination.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Barechested ''male'' characters do not have nipples.
* BattleButler and NinjaMaid: In Kromede's Trial.
* BeastMan: The Mau, a race of humanoid cat people.
* TheBeastMaster: Spiritmasters, who summon elemental spirits to do their bidding.
* {{BFS}}: Greatswords, a favorite of Templars, and also an option for Gladiators not using their signature weapon. These swords have very slow attack speed - as they have the same refire rate as bows.
** Some of the ''one''-handed swords are this too. Especially the [[http://aiondatabase.net/us/item/100000767/ Anuhart's Swords]] skin.
* [[BishonenLine Bishoujo / Bishononen Line]]: The Balaur. Most noticeable between the three Dredgion PvPvE instances.
** Low level Balaurs (including level 46-50 Dredgion) look like lizards or serpents.
** In level 51-55 Chantra Dredgion, the Balaur bosses have a more humanlike appearance while the EliteMooks still look like monsters.
** Everything in Sarpan, Tiamartia, and level 56-60 Tenath Dredgion have a even more humanoid appearance. Even including the 1 or 2 star regular trash mooks. The females look like supermodels.
** Armor in Aion follows the BishonenLine theme. Armor starts off relatively plain and gets more and more elaborate and extravagant as item level increases.
* BladeOnAStick: Polearms, the aforementioned signature weapon of Gladiators.
* BreastPlate: Hell yes, but at least more modest than most, considering some of the female armor model have [[ZettaiRyouiki skirts and metal/leather stockings]] instead of pants. While MagicSkirt is present to some extent, it doesn't prevent you from *those*, since you can adjust the camera angle in such a way in the first place, EVEN TO YOUR OWN CHARACTER! By the way, the chain armor series is probably the most modest looking of the lot, so don't roll a priest if you want those kind of armor.
* BottomlessPit: The entire sky counts as one, as your characters die (and sent back to save point) after 4 consecutive seconds of freefall anywhere.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: To a limited extent. Most of the purchasable items are cosmetic, but a few grant tangible bonuses.
* CastFromHitPoints: Siel and Israphel drained their bodies of aether and used it to [[HeroicSacrifice keep the Cataclysm from completely destroying the world.]]
** A few spells in game consume health instead of mana as well, such as the Cleric's Thorny Skin and the Sorcerer's Soul Absorption.
* ChainsawGood: The purchasable "Cataclysm's Jaws Weapon Skin" cosmetic item reskins a sword to look like a chainsaw.
* CharacterCustomization: The character creator allows for incredible diversity. You can make your character look like an Elf, a Dwarf, or even an Orc just by messing with the sliders, to the point where not having any separate and distinct playable races doesn't matter one bit. People have even made their characters into clones of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-2BzE4fqsU Obama]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9STbPLjzkI Micheal Jackson]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CCHLyqcY18 Cloud Strife]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj8gpcxnICw Rambo]], and [[http://www.aionsource.com/forum/images-art-video-sound/34704-rl-character-creation.html Many Others]] including [[Film/HarryPotter Dobby the house-elf]] and [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Arthas]]. Some ''other'' people, however, use the character creator's powers [[http://www.aionsource.com/forum/images-art-video-sound/29476-1-2-allows-even-more-ugly.html for evil]]...
** Armor and weapons can be given the appearance of others from the same equipment class. If you love the look of that level 1 sword you can remodel all your subsequent swords to look identical without sacrificing stats at all, for a flat token fee. No failure rate, too.
* CoolAirship / CoolStarship: It's hard to classify exactly what they are, but the Dredgion Battleships the Balaur use in the Abyss are undoubtedly cool. Scary as hell, too, as they can blast Daevas right out of the sky and carry thousands of troops to be deployed throughout the Abyss as the Balaur see fit. They also serve as instanced dungeons, with the ultimate goal to kill the captain.
* CouncilOfAngels: The Empyrean Lords, even though they started out as ordinary humans, and have never lived in any kind of heaven or any other higher plane of existence.
* CrystalDragonJesus: More like giant crystal tower Jesus.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Asmodians are capable of being just as bishonen/bishoujo as the Elyos.
* CutsceneBoss: The Tiamat Stronghold campaign quests "Kanistel's Command" (Elyos) and "Marchutan's Will" (Asmodian) takes the player to "fight" against dragon lord Tiamat. This fight takes place in a cutscene (rendered in-game) with the player character enjoying massive CutscenePowerToTheMax alongside [=NPC=]s Kanistel or Marchutan. The real fight against Tiamat take place in a 12-person instance.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax
** In the cutscenes for Inggision or Gelkmaros entrance quests, the player grabs and throws one of the balaurs far away.
** In the above CutsceneBoss battles, the player throws magical attacks that stuns Tiamat (12 man instance final boss) effectively and putting up magical shield that blocks against Tiamat's attacks, and then Marchutan single handedly finishes up him.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Asmodians. While they live in a barbaric society and an even more harsh and unforgiving world, the game implies they are only doing what they must to survive. Despite their appearance, many quests show them to be very human.
** Similarly Shedim Lady Lumiel. Before the cataclysm, she was said to be [[CuriousAsAMonkey curious]], innocent, and mischievous. Not much is known about her at present, however.
* DeaderThanDead: Almost all of the first Elyos legion to travel to Asmodae via a rift were [[FinalDeath erased from existence]] by Zikel.
** Daevas that die too far away from (or not bound to) an Obelisk get stuck as ghosts forever. [[spoiler:Icaronix]] does this to [[spoiler:silence his only pursuer, allowing him to keep his disguise and bringing the demise of a whole special Elyos taskforce, including you]].
* EarthShatteringKaboom: What happened when Aion broke.
* EasyAmnesia: The driving point of the Elyos side of the plot [[spoiler: and possibly part of the Asmodian one, too...]]
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Daevas are higher in the pecking order than humans, but between Daevas and the Empyrean Lords are those Daevas who serve in the elite miltary units: Guardians (among the Elyos) and Archons (among the Asmodians).
* EliteMooks: Elite monster's have a HP frame larger than normal monsters. They are found in all group instances and a few other open-world areas, usually at end-of-campaign areas.
** EliteMooks are typically have a 2-star ranking, are designed to be fought by a party, and even 1-star EliteMooks are much stronger than 5-star non-elite BigBad s.
** Solo instance BigBad s usually carry the same monster rating as EliteMooks. For example, the final boss of solo instance Steel Rake Cabin is a 2-star elite. The Mooks in the Steel Rake group instance are 2-star elites.
* ElementalEmbodiment: Spiritmasters summon them.
* TheEmpire: Both sides.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: If one side doesn't destroy the other side's stump of Aion, the world will [[TheMagicGoesAway run out of Aether]] and the atmosphere will disperse.
* EscortMission: Surprisingly few for an MMORPG. In most cases, the escortee cannot be attacked by monsters.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Oh, come on. It's in the title!
* TheFaceless: The Empyrean Lords are depicted as glowing humanoid figures, or when the light isn't drawn as brightly, they're shown from an angle in which their faces are obscured.
** Averted with the 3.0 Ascension update, where Empyrean Lords Israphel, Marchutan, and Kanistel appear in-game in campaign quests with their faces shown explicitly.
* FantasticSlurs: A handful have evolved out of the player community. Do you play as an Elyos? Congratulations, You're a sun-sucker. Do you play Asmodian? You're a furback.
** Also, Elfs for Elyos (not entirely unwarranted, as some Elyos have elven features) and Assmos for...well, take a guess.
** In Spanish-language servers, 'palomo' (''pigeon'') is a popular "affectionate" nickname for Elyos among Asmodian players.
* FetchQuest: Tons, naturally.
* FighterMageThief: And Priest.
* FlashStep: Blind Leap, Dash Attack
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Storyline wise, only the greatest of humans/elves/dwarves/mutants/whatever can ascend into a Daeva. In game, every player character ascends into Daevas at a very low level of 9 (level cap is 65).
** The upper half of Ateria, Asmodae is a world of darkness and shadow according to the lore. In reality, you will bring sunscreens and sunglasses on your real-life visit to Asmodae during daytime. In night-time, both Asmodae and Elysea are roughly as dark as each other.
* GameplayGrading: Some instance dungeons, such as Dark Poeta, Danuar Mysticarium, Eternal Bastion, and few others are graded on the performance of the participant(s). The possible letter grades are S, A, B, C, D, and F. There are score and time cutoffs to achieve each particular grade, and higher grades provide better rewards. No rewards are given if the participants receive an F grade.
* GiantFlyer: Unexplained giant flying whales/fish/dragon/whatthefuckevers seem to serve more as scenery than anything else in the game. There's at least 4 flying around the Verteron zone alone.
** If you ever see a chat message about a "betafish" its usually in relation to these things.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The Asmodians aren't evil per-se, but their eyes glow red when they're killing.
* GodIsDead: The shattered tower stumps are the remains of what used to be god, though there are hints in-game that Aion (God) is watching from the sidelines.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Ascended? Congratulations, you get to spend your life dying pointlessly for things like finding peoples cats, because hey, you can recover from it, right?
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Averted with the Elyos and Asmodians - they have angel wings and black angel wings respectively and are about the same in terms of good and evil. Played straight with the Balaur, who have the bat "Devil" type of wings. Note, however, that the Asmodians did have bat-like devil wings in pre-release demonstration versions of the game which can still be found on a few Asmodian enemies.
** Looks like the Elyos will have glowing neon blue bat/dragon wings in next releases, as seen in the Vision Trailer.
* GreenEyedMonster: According to the Aion website's [[http://powerwiki.na.aiononline.com/aion/ official wiki]], [[spoiler: the Empyrean Lord Israphel's jealousy of Siel, plus a desire for greater power, led to his eventual corruption. It seems to be implied that this is what led him to call for peace with the Balaur, which in turn led to the destruction of the Tower of Eternity.]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Neither side is traditionally good or evil, but things are [[ShadesOfConflict much more complicated]] than it might seem at first.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: You'd think the Elyos, living lives of comparative ease and comfort to those of the Asmodians, would be naturally more fragile, right? [[MusclesAreMeaningless Wrong.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Siel and Israphel sacrificing themselves in order to keep the planet from falling apart.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: One of the two available motion change manuals allow you change any or all of your idle / running /jumping / resting animation into this. It's purely cosmetic and has no impact on gameplay in any way.
* HollowWorld: It used to be, but the Cataclysm blew up most of the equator making it look more like an apple core.
* [[spoiler:HumanResources: The Lepharists become guilty of this later on, at least in Asmodae.]]
* IdiotBall: Yeah, sure Zikel, please attack the Balaur diplomats ''your friends summoned for peace talks''. Cue Tower exploding in the resulting conflict and the AfterTheEnd situation at present.
* IKnowKarate: Wield a quarterstaff and you use it like a {{Wuxia}} protagonist. And look ''awesome'' doing it.
* ImAHumanitarian: The moral consequences of this are completely ignored. The sapient (but evil) Balaur are considered a delicacy, and all the top-level, most useful cooking recipes specialize in cooking Balaur meat.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Spellbooks. Their standard attack is the user ''tearing out pages from the book'' to fling at the enemy. Admittedly, they're magically charged and the ViolationOfCommonSense is averted as the pages simply regenerate with all the writing intact, but they still fit this trope.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Averted, you're stuck at whatever age you ascend at for eternity. One of the first Daeva Elyos meet is a child who's several hundred years old, and an Asmodian Daeva talks about the seeming sadism of being ascended when he was on his death bed and now has to watch his family grow old and die when he can't even take up his blade.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Lady Siel, one of the Empyrean Lords that died to keep the world from falling apart.
* InvisibleWall: Two types:
** Flight Zone Boundries. You can run or glide through them, but not fly through.
** Truly invisible walls, that cannot even be run or glided through them. Usually prevalent in most instances, but 4.0 starting flying areas are also a big offender.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: a lot of truly ''fabulous'' outfits are available to your character.
* KyuAndDanRanks: Aion's Abyss rank system has 9 kyu ranks and 9 dan ranks. 9th-1st kyu are soldiers, 1st-5th dan are officers, 6th-9th dan are respectively called generals, great generals, commanders, and the governor.
** Your Abyss rank is based on how many Abyss points (AP) you have for kyu ranks, and Glory Points/Honor Points (GP) for dan ranks.
** Dan ranks (officers and above) are only available to the top 1,000 characters on the GP leaderboard, per faction on each server. Higher dan ranks have even tighter leaderboard position requirements - The required leaderboard position for each respective dan ranks are 1000, 700, 500, 300, 100, 30, 10, 3, and 1. Yes, only one governor per faction per server!
** Certain Abyss equipments require a certain abyss rank to equip. Level 60 and 65 Abyss PvP equipment with stage 2 augmented require 1st kyu, and the various level 65 eternal and mythic Abyss PvP sets have rank requirements varying anywhere from 1st kyu to 7th dan.
* LaserBlade: Aether Blades, available in [[http://aiondatabase.net/us/item/100000879/ blue]], [[http://aiondatabase.net/us/item/100001665/ green]], and [[http://aiondatabase.net/us/item/100001659/ red]] versions.
* TheLifestream: Aether, and consequently the Aion tower.
* LightIsNotGood: The Elyos zealously believe that the lack of strife they experience in their world is proof that they are blessed by God, and see the Asmodians as soulless inhuman monsters to be killed without remorse. Including civilians and children.
** Similarly, the Seraphim Lord Kaisinel is a vicious BloodKnight and doesn't care much about anyone's life.
* LimitBreak: Most skills requiring Divine Power to use.
* TheMagicGoesAway: Well, it hasn't yet, but it's going to pretty soon if someone doesn't do something about it.
** At the same time, [[PowerCreepPowerSeep player Daevas are becoming more and more powerful with each new update]] as expected in any MMO.
* MixAndMatchCritters: All of the natural fauna in the setting.
* NoShirtLongJacket: The male version of "Marra's Party Dress" costume, that can be applied to any class of armor.
* NotSoDifferent: The lore descriptions of each faction's attitudes apply only to the worst or most hardened of them. Many of the [=NPCs=] that a player will meet (especially outside the starting area) could well have come from the other side. One Asmodian Daeva even laments that his people no longer know what they fight for. In fact, both sides believe themselves to be blessed by Aion though they do venerate different aspects of the deity.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Daeva stop aging when they ascend, so ancient daeva can have the bodies of small children.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Daevas are exceptional Elyos and Asmodians, capable of manipulating aether to a degree previously only seen by the Empyrean Lords. In return for dedicating their existence to their people, they become immortal.
** Though the Balaur were intended to fill the more traditional "Angel" role before they rebelled, as stewards and messengers of Aion and protectors of humanity, and usually have a mix between angel names and folklore monster names. And they are dragons with ''spaceships.'' Which leads us to...
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Balaur were originally created as the rulers of Atreia, but quickly got drunk on their power and turned evil.
* PathOfInspiration: The Lepharist movement... maybe.
* PointyEars: In character creation, you can move the ear shape slider toward the right to give yourself pointy ears. Some [=NPC=]s on both factions (particularly Lephanist Revolutionaries) have pointy ears.
* PowerGivesYouWings: What happens when someone becomes a Daeva.
* PowerTrio: The Seraphim Lords, Shedim Lords, and even the Dragon Lords all have two sets of Power Trios.
** '''Seraphim Lords:'''
*** Ariel: Thoughtful and amiable. Is dissappointed that Azphel's recklessness ruined the peace talks with the Balaur. Leader of the Seraphim Lords. (Ego)
*** Nezekan: Contemplative, but decisive. Nezekan is reserved and tolerant, but adamant once he reaches a conclusion. (Superego)
*** Vaizel: [[BrilliantButLazy Playful, selfish, and cunning]]. Often goes off on his own in disguise to hang out with ordinary humans, and sometimes neglects his duties. (Id)

*** Ariel: (Ego)
*** Kaisinel: A dark and enigmatic BloodKnight who is focused on getting revenge on Shedim Lady Lumiel for [[{{Revenge}} embarrassing him in battle]]. [[ShesAManInJapan He's a girl in Korea]]. (Id)
*** Yustiel: TheHeart of the group. Gentle and caring, she's most interested in peace and reconciliation. (Superego)

** '''Shedim Lords:'''
*** Azphel: A decisive perfectionist who holds himself and his subordinates to high standards. Hates Ariel for being too weak-willed to continue the fight against the Balaur and believes that Ariel has failed in her duties. Leader of the Shedim Lords (Ego)
*** Zikel: Azphel's right hand. Once a friendly rival of Nezekan, they have [[RivalTurnedEvil fallen out of favor]] with one another. Zikel is violent, arrogant, and lacks self-control. Somewhat of a RecklessSidekick, as he was partially responsible for the events that ignited the abyss war. (Id)
*** Marchutan: Quiet, respectful, and completely [[TheStoic stoic]]. Also TheBigGuy. Prefers rational planning rather than Zikel's impulsiveness. (Superego)

*** Azphel: (Ego)
*** Triniel: Composed and calculating, she prefers to strike precisely and accurately. Has a cold indifferent personality. (Superego)
*** Lumiel: Not much is known about her since she joined the Shedim Lords, but according to accounts from before the cataclysm, she is curious, innocent, and mischievous. Pursues magic studies with the same curiosity that a PlayfulHacker applies to computer security. (Id)

** '''Dragon Lords:'''
*** Fregion: The first Balaur to ascend and become immortal, and also the first to propose that the Balaur should be rulers over everything else. In spite of his initial enthusiasm, he now worries that the Balaur's endless desire for power may lead to ruin. (Ego)
*** Meslamtaeda: A [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]], and a BloodKnight. So HotBlooded that only Fregion can dare to control him. (Id)
*** Ereshkigal: A [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]. He is especially attuned to [[AnIcePerson cold and ice magic]], but has learned to control all the elements, even to the point where he is rumored to be able to cause jungles to sprout up in deserts. He is dispassionate and prefers rational thinking, which is very unusual for the Balaur. While he has a reputation for cruelty, he maintains strict adherence to his own code of honor. He was the first Balaur to take up the Empyrean Lords' peace proposition, and a primary debater before the assassination attempt on Fregion and the subsequent cataclysm. (Superego)

*** Fregion: (Ego)
*** Beritra: TheQuietOne. He would prefer that others not know he even exists, and prefers to hide in the shadows. (Superego)
*** Tiamat: He would prefer that everyone know he exists, and is motivated primarily for fame, fortune, and to prove himself. (Id)

** Note that the Seraphim Lords and Shedim Lords each have one member whose personality traits best fit those of the other group as a way to show that LightIsNotGood and DarkIsNotEvil.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The players start in one of these.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Asmodians in general.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: The Balaur turned against Aion (God) when he refused to grant them more power over the world, ordering them to serve humans. They ''succeeded.'' Notably, there has yet to be a major Elyos or Asmodian faction that is misotheistic about Aion although each side certainly feels that way towards the other's pantheon.
** Except that they were banished from Atreya into a different dimension, and the humans are now heavily empowered and ABLE to fight back. Plus, see the above entry for "God Is Dead."
* RainbowPimpGear: Completely averted...unless you're into that thing. Players can change the appearance of their gear to that of any other piece of gear in their inventory. You can also dye your gear whichever color you want. That means you could conceivably make yourself look like a level 1 character, or you could keep the looks of that super-cool armor set you ditched a long time ago without having to worry about losing any stats.
* RareCandy: The items "Secret Remedy of Growth" (North America) / "Growth Serum" (Europe), sold in their respective cash shops at very high prices. These items fill up 20% of a character's experience bar and limited to characters level 54 or below.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Daeva remain at the age they ascend at until they die. This goes even if they are children.
** Also a possibility for the shugo Vindachinerk, even though shugos can't become daeva. The game mentions that he was the one who created the first [[BagOfHolding cubes]], and that he learned how to make them from Empyrean Lord Israphel, the Lord of Space. The catch is that Israphel has been dead for several thousand years, so either Vindachinerk has somehow extended his lifetime by a ridiculous amount, or he used some kind of time travel.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Asmodian's eyes glow red in combat.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The Balaur.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: Kromede in the Trial Of Kromede.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: Shaga, a gladiator who fought in the Impetusium wooed many women who gazed into his eyes, and became the greatest champion who ever participated in the colosseum... until it was eventually discovered that he was a she.
* SceneryPorn: Even at launch the game was considered one of the prettiest {{MMORPG}}s on the market, but from the looks of what's shown in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PAM0wr7cZ8 Aion Vision trailer]] this looks like it's going to be ramped up to eleven.
* ShatteredWorld: Atreia was split into two chunks, Elysea and Asmodae.
* ShouldersOfDoom: While most shoulderplates are much more modest than those in ''WorldOfWarcraft'', several do exist in this game, the most iconic being the ''[[NonindicativeName Graceful]]'' Shoulderplates model, which is nearly as wide as the character is tall, minus the flames spewing out.
* ShoutOut: Wandering the Poya Jungle zone are a [[Film/KingKong giant Manduri called Takun]] and an [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} even larger Frillneck called Gojira]]. They can and will fight each other if they meet and the outcome is always a coin toss. Gojira even has a baby that you can find -with some effort- [[LordBritishPostulate and kill]].
** Lorendo, an NPC archer in Morheim, has OrlandoBloom's face and, yes, [[Film/{{LordOfTheRings}} pointy ears and long platinum hair.]]
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Kromede was considered so beautiful that people thought Aion itself sculpted her face. She was constantly showered with marriage proposals, politely turning them all down. She later became a Shadow Judge, but was eventually investigated for corruption. Her downfall was caused by the people hurt by her not returning their love giving the court evidence against her. [[spoiler: However, the Kromede's Trial dungeon seemed to show that most of the latter part was inaccurate at best.]]
* SpaceJews: Shugos have a secretive culture based around trading and capitalism. One Shugo mentions that he has recently lost his fortune and is now "a young shugo with an old shugo's fur". An in-game book says "[[UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} A Shugo will never cheat another Shugo]], but taking advantage of other races seems to be encouraged." It also says "...Some go so far as to say that Shugos are responsible for all evil in the world. Some particularly vicious rumors claim that Shugos drink the blood of human infants..."
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** Averted in the original zones introduced with the 1.x patches, where normally the music is peaceful and relaxing while the player is not battling, changes to faster battle tunes when the player enters combat mode.
** Played straight in the zones introduced in 2.0 and later, as the newer zones do ''not'' have battle [=BGM=]s included. Even with battle [=BGM=] setting enabled, these peaceful music continue to play while the player is fighting enemies in these areas.
*** This holds particularly true for Katalam and Danaria, which are full-time PK zones. Area near capturable bases can be subject to intense battles. Examples of 4.0 zones [=BGM=]s: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8DgaCdUpCY this]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ79zdLM3nM that]].
* SquishyWizard: Sorcerers and to a lesser extent, Spiritmasters.
* StayingAlive: Daeva can always resurrect their bodies if they're killed near an Obelisk. If they aren't near an obelisk, however, they run the risk of actually suffering a FinalDeath, or [[AFateWorseThanDeath wandering around forever as a disembodied spirit]].
** In-game, this means [[GameplayAndStorySegregation you're never far from an Obelisk.]] Even if you're attacking the Balaur in their home dimension.
* StoneWall: The Templar are the primary tanking class. Gladiators and the Priest branches aren't quite as durable, but they can work as substitute tanks.
* SuperMode: Players holding Abyss rank of 5th dan or higher (Army 5-star Officer) can transform into Guardian Generals, which have a huge amount of HP and MP, deals increased damage, and move much faster than normal players.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Devas use a PortalNetwork to get around quickly. Apparently, humans that try to use it {{telefrag}} themselves. In addition, there's the Sorcerer "Blind Leap" skill which teleports them backwards, and the Illusion Gate skill which opens a portal to their faction's capital city.
* UndeadChild: Boggarts
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: The mission statement of the Lepharists.
* VendorTrash: Gray items are explicitly VendorTrash as indicated by in-game hints. NPC merchants' sell windows have a button that lets you sell all of your VendorTrash in one click.
* VerbalTic: The Shugo, nyerk!
** Actually, "nyerk" isn't so much of a verbal tick as it is a very offensive curse word in their own language making it an Unusual Euphemism rather than a VerbalTic.
** More accurately, their 'akakakakak' they occasionally add to the end of their sentences.
** In the official forums of Americas' version, their profanity filter are configured to replace swear words into "nyerk".
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler: The Divine Fortress, in the center of the Abyss. Built inside the sun-like corpse of god, and visible from both worlds.]]
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Assassins. One of their skill sets involves ''carving runes into their target's flesh with their weapons''. Runes which then proceed to ''explode''.
* VideoGameFlight: WingedHumanoid Daevas, which represent every single level 10+ player characters in the game.
** SprintMeter: in the form of a Flight Meter. Initially each character can only sustain 1 minute of free (hovering) flight. A character who depleted all available flight time while midair will fall to the ground, taking FallingDamage. Mounts can also use the flight meter as a SprintMeter.
** Free flight are only possible in small cylinder-shaped flight zones. GravityBarrier and InvisibleWall surrounds the boundries of the flight zones, but you can glide past the InvisibleWall s. Exception: The entire Reshanta (Abyss) is a flight zone.
** NotQuiteFlight: Gliding can be done everywhere, even in areas where flight is prohibited (i.e. the majority of the game). Guiding will result in continuous loss of altitude, but you may catch some VentPhysics which allow you to stay in the air for a bit longer. You can even glide to some places that you are not supposed to be there (such as the ground level of Sanctum, which is a giant BottomlessPit). Each second of gliding in flight zones consume flight time at half rate, but gliding in no-fly zones will consume flight meter at twice the rate of normal flight.
** The wings also serves as an ImprovisedParachute by hitting the glide key while falling.
** Monster are always on the ground, and trying to attack a monster from midair will result in the monster regaining all health. True AirborneMook (as in they live in the sky, instead of a winged mob sticking to the ground all the time) are very rare in Aion.
** StationaryWings are averted, however. Except when gliding instead of flying, a Daeva's wings flap normally.
* WaterfallIntoTheAbyss: Asteria Fortress in the abyss has plenty of these.
* WhipSword: Every melee weapon type has a selection of long-range extendable whip versions.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: If a human ascends while old and frail, they are going to ''stay'' old and frail for eternity. Likewise, children who ascend do not have the chance to grow up.
* WombLevel: The Dreadgion
* {{Wutai}}: Most areas involving the [[BeastMan Mau.]]
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: Templars can pull entire groups of enemies towards them using energy beams.
* ZettaiRyouiki