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Otherwise known as ''Adventures of Alundra''. Released for the Playstation by part of the original ''VideoGame/{{Landstalker}}'' development team (who after this game would later work on ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' and ''VideoGame/AvalonCode''). It's an ActionAdventure game that plays similarly to the famous ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', featuring a SilentProtagonist, lots and lots of puzzles, and a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind.

The story is about an elf eponymously named Alundra, whose people, called 'Dreamwalkers', have the special power to enter people's dreams. He loves adventuring and that's where we first find him, taking a journey with a ship. When he sleeps on his bed on the ship, he sees a vision of a wise man named Lars who pleads with him to stop the evil demon, Melzas. His destination is a village called Inoa, which Alundra comes across by getting his ship wrecked and being stranded there.

At first, Alundra is welcomed, and he helps many people by using his power to enter people's dreams and saving those trapped in nightmares that actually ''could'' kill them. However, soon after, the village suddenly turns on him, leaving Alundra with just a handful of supporters. Things get a bit more complicated when another Dreamwalker, this time an elf girl named Meia, enters Inoa. At first acting like TheRival, Meia is quickly befriended by Alundra as they share the same goal: to destroy Melzas.

Published in the US by Working Designs. There's also a sequel entitled ''VideoGame/{{Alundra 2}}'' that [[InNameOnly has nothing to do with the first game.]]

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!!This video game provides examples of:

* TheAce: Meia to a certain degree.
** [[spoiler: BrokenAce: Once you learn about her past, you see that she is actually this.]]
* ActionGirl: Meia
* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Nirude's challenge to Alundra.
* TheAlcoholic: Gustav, ever since his wife died and his daughter became insane.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Most of the villagers' thoughts of Meia compared to Alundra.
* AncientTomb: Lars' Crypt and Despair Desert's dungeon.
* AnIcePerson: The Ice Wand, The Water Scroll, and Water Book allow Alundra to do this.
* AnyoneCanDie: Not only that, but every death is a plot point.
* AsteroidsMonster: Your first boss battle, the Gelatinoid. A huge blob that, after taking enough damage, splits into four smaller blobs, which (in turn) split into four ordinary blobs themselves.
* TheAtoner: Alundra, [[spoiler: after the people in Inoa Village start to die.]]
* AttractMode: There's a long opening movie consisting of gameplay footage showing puzzles and boss battles. The US version also includes an all-new opening movie mixing and matching gameplay footage with animation from the ending sequence, with a more exciting soundtrack.
* AutoRevive: Wonder Essence can be used as an ordinary healing item to recover both your HP and MP, but it will also kick in automatically when you get knocked out. Note that you can only hold one at a time.
* {{Badass}}: Alundra and many of the other characters.
** BadassBookworm: Septimus.
** BadassLongcoat: Mayor Beaumont.
** BadassGrandpa: Wendell, [[spoiler: who dies saving his family.]]
** HeartbrokenBadass: Jess, [[spoiler: after his wife and son died.]]
* BaldOfAwesome: Mayor Beaumont.
** Also Nirude.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Alundra, Meia, and most of the townspeople at different points.
* BadassGrandpa: Wendell, who fights the Murgg with his son Meade to protect Rumi, Nestus, and Bergus, [[spoiler: and dies in the process.]]
* BattleCouple: Alundra and Meia to a certain degree. They even team up to save Elene from her nightmare.
* BigBad: Melzas.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Giles would do anything to protect his little sister Kisha, [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice even resist Melzas' power to keep her safe, despite him dying in the process.]]]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Alundra saves the day and kills Melzas, but in the end, half the people in the village are still dead, including your mentor/caretaker, and Alundra doesn't even get the girl, being left to [[WalkingTheEarth travel alone]] instead.]]
* BlackComedy: Despite this being a game dealing with the suffering and death of often innocent people, Working Designs couldn't resist injecting it with their signature brand of humor.
* BlessedWithSuck: Sibill. A sweet young girl like her shouldn't have to suffer visions like the ones she's having.
** Also Nadia who make things explode when she sleeps, and can help move obstacles in different points of the game.
* BlockPuzzle: Like Landstalker before it, these usually consist of the find-something-to-weigh-down-that-pressure-plate instead of the push-blocks-around variety. But there are a few of those too...
* BlowYouAway: The Wind Book allows Alundra to do this.
* BrattyHalfPint: Bergus and Talis, at first.
* BreakTheCutie: Meia, so very much.
* BrokenBird: Meia's dream explains it all.
* BrokenBridge: Admittedly, no actual broken bridges, but there's one with a big rock on it and one blocked off (on the ''far end'' of it, too!) by an [[InsurmountableWaistHeightFence old withered tree stump]]; both spontaneously disappear later in the game.
* BubblegloopSwamp: The Lair Of The Reptilicus Maximus.
* ButThouMust: Don't want to kneel and pray to Ronan's god at the beginning of the game? Too bad, you must -- and [[ChekhovsGun it becomes a plot point later on]] after discovering [[spoiler:Ronan's "god" is none other than Melzas himself this also leads to Idiot plot, because the game forcing you to pray you doomed most of the village.]]
* CatchPhrase: Jess starts most of his sentences with "Oy!" and ends most of his sentences with "You know what I am saying?" [[spoiler: He even ''writes'' it in a letter left for Alundra in the event of his death]].
* ChargedAttack: Several of your primary weapons gain one: sword, mace, and bow.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Melzas, so very much.]]
* ChestMonster: They make one heck of a roar when they awaken, but aren't actually much threat. They sometimes even spontaneously drop gold while you're fighting them.
* ChildProdigy: Nestus, to a certain degree.
** [[spoiler: Also Meia.]]
* CityOfAdventure: The main city of the entire game is Inoa Village, where most of the important events happen.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: [[GoneHorriblyWrong This went horribly wrong]]. [[spoiler: Repeatedly,]] in fact, but [[spoiler: primarily in the creation of Melzas in the back-story]].
* CombinedEnergyAttack: A literal and figurative one is [[spoiler: the Holy Sword, which is created by the spiritual energy of everyone's dreams.]]
** [[spoiler: Also when you defeat Dread the Dragon and are about to fight Melzas, everyone of the remaining villagers give you some of their power and completely refiil your health and your magic so you can fight Melzas at full power.]]
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The Charm Boots allow you to ''walk on lava''. Possibly justified, as the boots could be magical.
* CoolOldGuy: Jess, Nava, and Wendell. [[spoiler: Too bad they all die by the end of the game.]]
* CoolOldLady: Yustel the fortuneteller, who will tell you where to go next ''and'' refill all of your health and magic for only 15 gilder.
* CreepyChild: Subverted with Sybill and Elene. Sybill's visions scare people, and Elene [[spoiler: went insane after her mother died and her father became the town drunk afterwards.]]
* CreepyTwins: The Bosses of Nestus' Nightmare.
* CurbStompBattle: If you fight Wilda while wearing Nava's charm which blocks certain elements, his fire attacks are useless, which makes that fight a walk in the park.
* {{Curse}}: The whole village suffers from nightmares, and everyone fears that they will be the next victim. Also, some villagers suffer from more powerful nightmares and curses than others:
** Nadia is making stuff blow up as soon as she falls asleep. When you arrive in the village, [[TheInsomniac she's been awake for 6 days straight]], and is becoming more and more tired and irritated. If you go visit her in her house as soon as you arrive in Inoa village, you'll see her briefly fall asleep while standing, which cause the nearby table to explode. When the mine crumbles, she's on the defensive, [[NotMeThisTime stating that she didn't fall asleep]] (as it turns out to be, it indeed wasn't her fault). Later, when she falls asleep again, she blows up Olen's house (good thing he's dead when this happens... [[LostForever You'd better have got the Gilded Falcon inside before that]]).
** Sybill's curse involves her dreaming while being awake, and she dreams of things to come, most of them being bad news. People are kind of scared of her because of this.
** Kline's curse is so powerful that even if you save him from his nightmare, [[spoiler:he will turn into a werewolf, prompting you to kill him before he harms anyone.]]
** Elene's curse made her insane, experiencing [[SplitPersonality split personalities.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Meia, who [[spoiler: witnessed her mother being burnt at the stake by her people due to Melzas' manipulation]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: By an absolute ''mile'' compared to its spiritual predecessor, Landstalker.
* DeathMountain: Mt. Torla.
* DeadpanSnarker: Meia.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Unfortunately, many different characters sadly qualify for this.
* DefrostingIceQueen: After learning about Meia's past, it seems to calm her down a bit.
* DenialOfDiagonalAttack: But not movement, at least (though Alundra lacks diagonally-facing sprites to show it).
* DepthPerplexion: Also like Landstalker before it. The addition of shadows to judge elevation by helps slightly, but the non-isometric top-down perspective does ''not'' ... is that platform to your right actually straight right of you, or is it actually a few tiles higher and south? It's also mitigated a little once you get the Bow, as you can fire arrows and watch where their shadows fall on the ground.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The end of last fight when Alundra defeats Melzas.
** [[spoiler: Also when Zorgia kills Nirude.]]
* DifficultyByRegion: As noted by the localization team, in the US version, some bosses have less HP but greater attack power, to balance out boss battles where the team felt they didn't pose much actual threat but just "took forever to kill".
* DishingOutDirt: The Earth Scroll and Earth Book allow Alundra to do this.
* DoomedHometown
* DoppelgangerSpin: The boss of Bonaire's nightmare, as well as Melzas himself use this tactic.
* DownTheDrain: The Coastal Caves and Nava's Keep in the Undersea Caves are some of the water based levels in the game.
* TheDragon: A literal and figurative one is the (unnamed in-game) Dread, a flying dragon Melzas summons for you to battle before he decides to fight you himself.
* DreamLand: Alundra and Meia are Dreamwalkers who have the abilities to step into people's dreams and nightmares, and even change them.
* DualBoss: When fighting Elena's split personality, you'll face off against one Hidden Eye, then two later, and two more even later. Then there is the "Twin Terror" boss of the twins' shared nightmare.
* DugTooDeep: Workers in the Coal Mine knew they were digging pretty close to the Murgg's sacred tree, but they didn't realize ''how'' close....
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Kline]] and [[spoiler:Giles]], the latter by fighting off his nightmare by himself.
* EldritchAbomination: Some of the enemies fall under this, [[spoiler: especially the Ronan Incubus.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Sybill borders on this.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Alundra for Meia.
** Also Fein for Lutas.
* FarSideIsland: Nava's island isn't ''that'' small, but it's still small.
* FeedItABomb: Strategy for defeating the [[spoiler:Soul Leech]]. It's much safer than TakingTheBullet while unleashing charged attacks with your sword and hoping you have enough healing items to not die from it before the boss does.
* {{Feelies}}: The game had six different disc arts, randomly inserted into each box, and the box itself came with a map Feelie
* FingerlessGloves: Alundra and Meia have them.
* FireKeepsItDead: After defeating the demon Melzas in battle, Alundra finally kills him by destroying his body with fire.
* FirstTown: Inoa Village. It's also the only proper town in this game.
* FlunkyBoss: The Soul Leech can summon blobs as an attack; whereas Reptilicus Maximus relies almost exclusively on lizardmen-spawning statues to fight you.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: [[spoiler: Poor Sybill.]]
* GameChanger: The researcher Septimus explains how he sought out the village of Inoa to research what's afflicting the inhabitants with cursed nightmares, only to discover he can't actually do anything to stop it (and getting a bit depressed over it), and how everything changed when Alundra, who can enter and change people's dreams, washed up ashore of the village near the beginning of the game.
* GardenOfEvil: The garden section of the final dungeon [[spoiler: the Lake Shrine]] meets this requirement, complete with its own hedge maze.
* GenkiGirl: [[spoiler: Meia in her youth during her dream sequence.]]
* [[spoiler: GodIsEvil: And the friendly priest is his [[TheDragon dragon]].]]
* GottaCatchThemAll: Exactly what are Gilded Falcons worth? Life Vessels, rare accessories, and unless you can get at least 45 (many of which are easily LostForever), you'll never find out what the ultimate prize (for all 50) even is, let along get your hands on it.
* GuideDangIt: Getting all of the Gilded Falcons; some can be LostForever due to secret timer mechanisms or being locked away in one-time-only dungeons. Also, the Fiend and {{Infinity Plus One Sword}}s aren't exactly something you'll just happen across by yourself.
* HailfirePeaks: Elene's dream has four elementally-themed areas: Fire, Ice, Water, and Desert.
* HappilyAdopted: Jess thinks of Alundra as his own son almost from first sight, given how he lost his wife and (actual) sone several years ago, and Alundra is about the same age.
* HappilyMarried: The mayor and his wife, Lutas and Fein, and Rumi and Meade [[spoiler: until he dies fighting the Murgg.]]
* HeartContainer: Red Life Vessels scattered throughout the game (typically one per dungeon/boss) for your HP, and Magic Crystals for your MP. They're certainly not as plentiful as Landstalker's Life Stocks were, but they also give you a free HP refill.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Meia for Alundra.
* HeroicSacrifice: Nadia, who's suffering from a nightmare tells Alundra to first save her love interest Bonaire from his nightmare that he's suffering from at the same time. [[spoiler: Unfortunately after Bonaire is saved, Nadia dies shortly afterwards, before you could save her.]] This doubles as a {{Tear Jerker}} later on when [[spoiler: Bonaire dies in the fire caused by the Murgg invasion, along with Nadia's mother Myra.]]
** Also [[spoiler: Giles, when he overcomes Melzas' evil after discovering the truth, chooses to fight back so that his little sister Kisha wouldn't be killed, and dies in the process.]]
** Later on, [[spoiler: Meade and Wendell fight the Murgg to protect Rumi, Nestus, and Bergus. They succeed, but die in the process.]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Alundra at first, due to most of the villagers' beliefs that he is responsible for Melzas tormenting the city and using nightmares to kill the townspeople.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Giles.
** Also Talis.
* TheHorde: The Murgg just seem to keep on coming. Just when you think you've finally conquered them for good, [[spoiler: their remaining numbers attack and burn down Inoa village.]]
* HotWitch: Meia's magical powers classify her for this.
** [[spoiler: CuteWitch: Meia was this as a child.]]
* HubCity: Inoa village, of course.
* IcePalace: Kline's Nightmare and the Ice Mansion.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Two of them, in fact...
** The Legendary Sword. It has no ChargeAttack, but it doesn't need it since its normal attack is even stronger than the ChargeAttack of the next strongest weapon. Annoyingly, tied to MercyMode, requiring you to die and Quick Restart a lot to get it (otherwise, its keeper will declare that you "seem a good swordsman" and probably don't actually need it).
** The Spirit Wand. Grants infinite MP in exchange for having no physical attack. It requires collecting all the Gilded Falcons in the game, several of which are prime examples of GuideDangIt and LostForever. One of it also requires getting five straight wins four times on a Roulette Table, which is a LuckBasedMission and is as frustrating as it sounds.
* {{Irony}}: Almost every person whose life you save from a nightmare [[spoiler: ends up dying in one way or another by the end of the game.]]
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Averted with Sybill.]]
* TheInsomniac: Nadia. If she falls asleep, things tends to blow up around her. Also, some villagers will admit that they are afraid to sleep and are keeping themselves awake in order to avoid nightmares, such as Fein.
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:Bonaire blames himself for Nadia's death.]]
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Zazan's treehouse in the Murgg Woods.
* JerkassGods: [[spoiler: Melzas, to an [[JustForPun ungodly]] degree.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Giles.
** Also Talis later on.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Apparently, there's a lot of block puzzles in people's minds...
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Melzas' ultimate weakness.]]
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Poor Sybill.]]
* [[spoiler: KnightTemplarBigBrother: Subverted with Giles who destroys himself, rather than letting Melzas use him to harm his little sister Kisha.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Jess is about the only character with his own musical theme.
* LethalLavaland: Mt. Torla so very much.
* LightIsGood: Alundra's charge attacks have a light based power.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: Both Ronan and Melzas use light attacks in their battles against Alundra.]]
* LikesOlderWomen: The mayor's young son Talis, who openly admits his crush on Meia.
* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler:After you beat Melzas, the sanctuary begins to collapse into the lake.]]
* LostForever: Pretty much anything in a dream world -- including [[HeartContainer Life Vessels]] and Guilded Falcons -- can be lost if you don't pick it up before beating the local boss.
* TheLostWoods: The Murgg woods, of course.
* ManiacMonkeys: The Murggs, in spades.
* MakingASplash: The Water Scroll and Water Book allow Alundra to do this.
** Also, the Watcher In The Water literally defines this trope.
* TheMaze: Once again, the Murgg woods.
** Also, Nava's Keep. There are thirteen rooms connected in strange ways by a myriad of passages.
* MegaManning: Inverted in saddening way. [[spoiler: Every time someone in the village dies, you get a new weapon, item, or upgrade.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler: Considering how protective Jess was for Alundra, and how desperate Melzas was to kill him, Jess' death was all but guaranteed in the end.]]
* MercyInvincibility: You get it, regular enemies don't. Oh, and bosses get it too, generally meaning that when you damage them, you should immediately get out of the way in case they try to counter-attack.
* MinecartMadness: The Coal Mine.
* MoonLogicPuzzle: Clues to the colored-sages puzzle inside the Tomb of Lars might be LostInTranslation -- it's still possible to reason out which sages are greater than their peers, but does "with utmost respect" mean speaking to them in this order or that? At least you can tell when you finally get it right: their spirits don't disappear after talking to all five and you hear a small chime.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler: Alundra being unable to prevent the deaths of many of the villagers was bad enough, but the Murgg's destruction of the village took this UpToEleven.]]
** [[spoiler: Also Bonaire thinks this way about being unable to prevent Nadia's death.]]
* NerdsAreSexy: Meia, who's both very pretty and highly intelligent.
* NiceGuy: Alundra and Septimus.
* NiceGirl: Meia, and few of the girls in Inoa Village, like Sybill.
* NintendoHard: The puzzles! Especially the block puzzles in the ice manor and Kline's Dream, which were difficult enough that Working Designs had to post a solution on their webpage for a short time.
* NoHeroDiscount: Eventually averted ... once the entire village puts their trust in you to save them, you can take healing items from the shop for free.
* NoobCave: Tarn's manor, located just east of Inoa.
* NoSell: Nava's Charm grants you complete immunity to fire attacks (though you'll still flinch and get MercyInvincibility when hit).
* NotMeThisTime: Nadia's reaction if you talk to her right after the coal mine crumbles, as every time she nods off something explodes.
* OneWingedAngel: Melzas's final form is definitely a DifficultySpike compared to everything before it, owing mainly to multiple parts attacking you independently.
* OrbitingParticleShield: [[spoiler:Ronan]] surrounds himself with them during your battle against him; you can knock them out in a few hits. The Water Scroll / Water Book also momentarily surround Alundra in whirling ice shards.
* OurElvesAreBetter: They're officially known as the Clan of Elna, also called Dreamwalkers (they can enter and alter dreams). Sailors occasionally brush Alundra off with "elf-boy" insults.
* PapaWolf: Jess definitely qualifies for this, [[spoiler: considering that he confronted Ronan to protect his surrogate son Alundra, and dies in the process.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Unfortunately, quite a few characters actually have this in common.
* PlayingWithFire: The Fire Wand, The Fire Scroll, and Fire Book allow Alundra to do this. Note that of these three, only the Fire Wand is actually capable of clearing obstructive brambles.
** Numerous enemies and bosses do this, like Wilda and Dread who are dragons.
** [[spoiler: Also the Murgg, during the destruction of Inoa Village.]]
* {{Posthumous Character}}s: Lars and the other spirits trying to help Alundra stop Melzas.
* PortalNetwork: Scattered around the village of Inoa are eight Stonehenge-like rock formations. They all link up to each other.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: It's no coincidence that you gain new items whenever someone dies: [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance Jess is able to craft new weapons thanks to the spirits of deceased villagers who want to help Alundra.]]]]
* PowerIncontinence: Everytime Nadia falls asleep, something explodes.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: This is what frees Giles' mind from Melzas long enough to prevent himself from killing his little sister Kisha. Too bad the stress of fighting it off kills him anyway.]]
* PrecociousCrush: Talis has one on Meia.
* PromotionToParent: Giles and Kisha's parents died when they were very young, so Giles has been looking out for Kisha ever since.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Meia, who wears purple clothing qualifies for this.
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Three Hundred Years Old]]: The Zolist race (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Nava and Cephas]]), humans with exceedingly long lifespans who personally saw Melzas's rise to power and subsequent sealing in the Lake Shrine.
* ReallyDeadMontage: After acquiring [[spoiler:Jess's letter]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Giles, when he dies fighting Melzas' evil to save his little sister Kisha.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Many enemy characters and bosses have these.
* RedheadedHero: Alundra.
* RedOniBlueOni: Bergus is the Red Oni to his twin brother who is the Blue Oni.
* ReligionOfEvil: [[spoiler:Your village is unwittingly worshipping [[GodIsEvil Melzas]].]] [[OhCrap Uh oh]].
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The Lizardmen ''prove'' this all too well. Also Wilda and Dread, who are both dragons.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler: This is what drives the Murgg to burn and destroy Inoa village after Alundra defeats King Zazan.]]
* TheRival: Meia, at first.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The Murgg King, Zazan who fights Alundra at the top of the Murgg tree hideout.
* SanitySlippage: Implied for both [[spoiler:Kline and Giles]].
* SavePoint: The Diary, like the one in Jess's house. (Unlike {{Landstalker}}, you don't need to take them to a priest this time.) Dungeons frequently include a purple-glowing warp tile that takes you to an isolated room with a diary and HP/MP recovery points, and the island's PortalNetwork contains one as well.
* TheScapegoat: Many villagers will end up blaming Alundra for their misfortune, beginning with Myra, Nadia's mother. Giles certainly is the most aggressive toward Alundra, even calling him a demon (at least until Alundra saves his life; he tones it down after that).
* SelfDuplication: Elene, so much so that her dungeon consists of four multiple parts.
* SequenceBreaking: Once you get the Long Boots in the desert area, you can actually start the sequence to activate the various teleporters set in the game.
** Though really, the operative word here is "start". If anything, the teleport arches are a demonstration of '''averting''' the trope, since the individual arches only connect to the hub when entered from the overworld side. So you can't skip to any area that you haven't already reached by the proper route.
** In fact, while there are a few things you can do earlier than the story tells you to (such as getting the Ice Wand as soon as you have the Fire Wand), it's pretty clear that it's ''intentionally'' possible. So in that respect, there is no sequence breaking in the game, only sequence flexibility.
* ShieldedCoreBoss: To damage the Corpse Worm, you must attack its armored body first before you can strike at its head; the boss regenerates its armor regularly throughout the battle. And in order to strike the weak point of the Hidden Eye boss(es), you must attack the boss repeatedly to lower their core to within striking range.
* ShiftingSandLand: Despair Desert, filled with {{Sand Worm}}s.
* ShockAndAwe: The Wind Scroll allows Alundra to do this.
* ShopliftAndDie: Invoked. You can't actually steal from shops, but the shop owner will make herself very clear that if you try to steal something, she will have to ''break your knees''.
* SiblingYinYang: As Meia describes it, Nestus and Bergus are "complete opposites" psychologically: Nestus is calm while his twin brother Bergus is energetic.
* SilentProtagonist: Alundra doesn't get any dialogue (not even VisibleSilence).
* SimpleScoreOfSadness: "Ashes to Ashes". And you'll be hearing it a lot.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Kline's nightmare, and part of Elena's.
* SmoochOfVictory: Meia gives one to Alundra in the ending, [[spoiler: before they go their separate ways.]]
* SoleSurvivor: In the end, [[spoiler: Kisha has lost her parents, brother, and fiancée, meaning that everyone she cared for is now gone.]]
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Zorgia to Nirude.]]
* StationaryBoss: When fighting [[spoiler:Ronan]] and [[spoiler:Melzas]]. There's also a battle against seven stone statueheads while navigating Nirude's lair.
* SurferDude: Bonaire.
* SurpriseCreepy: Didn't think a 2D game could be creepy? Think again. And it only gets more and more twisted as you go on.
* SwampsAreEvil: The Lair of the Retilicus Maximus. Complete with endless amounts of Lizardmen enemies.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: While numerous bosses can be flinched out of their attack animations by striking them (making those battles pretty easy if you can keep it up), ancient fire dragon Wilda is the winner as she's completely out of range by default, but lowers her head within striking distance when executing a particular attack.
* TakingTheBullet: In a meta-example, when facing the Soul Leech, you're warned to not let the owner of the mind get swallowed by it (especially when it's [[spoiler:Giles]], where it will trigger an instant GameOver). So if you can't keep them away from the boss's mouth, you can at least throw yourself in in their place.
* TeenGenius: Septimus, although he might be a little too old to qualify.
* TempleOfDoom: Nirude's Lair.
* TemporaryPlatform: While navigating certain puzzles, platforms may fall or crumble seconds after stepping on them. It's not always possible to spot these in advance.
* TimeStandsStill: Melzas pulls one of these in an ultimate attempt to stop Alundra from reaching him in TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Olen, whose tombstone is marked "Loved By All, Feared By None."]]
** [[spoiler: Also Sybill.]]
* ToServeMan: [[spoiler: After Inoa Village is burned down, during the meeting at Mayor Beaumount's house, someone says that Sybill's mother Sierra was eaten by the Murgg during the attack.]]
* TownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler: It turns out that the citizens of Inoa village have been inadvertently praying to Melzas all this time, unknowingly making him stronger in the process.]]
* TroubledButCute: Meia, so very much.
* {{Tsundere}}: Meia, at first.
* UndergroundLevel: The Coal Mine and Lars' crypt are only some the many underground levels in this game.
* UnderTheSea: The Fairy Pond contains several underwater segments. Alundra can't swim like Mario, but he does get to jump much higher and father underwater than he does on land.
* UnderwaterRuins: The final dungeon [[spoiler: the Lake Shrine]], though it's raised out of the water by the time you can actually get there.
* UndyingLoyalty: Jess and Sybill to Alundra, [[spoiler: considering they both die to help him in the end.]]
** Also Giles to Kisha, [[spoiler: which is proven when he dies to save her.]]
* UngratefulBastard: So, you just saved Giles from a nightmare! Is he going to show some gratitude to you? [[spoiler: Not exactly. He suddenly blames you for the death of Sybill instead.]]
** Also [[spoiler: Zorgia, considering he betrays and kills Nirude who raised him until he joined Melzas.]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Ronan to Melzas.]] His faith was completely genuine; he just didn't realize ''who'' he was praying to.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[spoiler: Meia, until her mother was killed due to Melzas' manipulations.]]
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:The Shrine of the Lake. Packed full of the hardest monsters and the toughest of puzzles, the entire place is incredibly confusing. The Shrine was previously underwater, and it was constantly referred to in the game--it was submerged due to Melzas' wicked ambitions. It also has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk29buqodgY a hauntingly beautiful tune]] to go with the place.]]
* TheVamp: Sara, in Bonaire's nightmare.
* VictoryDance: Alundra strikes a pose (to a musical fanfare) after defeating each boss.
* WaifProphet: Sybill's dreams always seem to come true. (Except for one.)
* WhamEpisode: Every sequence has its own title when you save the game. [[spoiler: Beware of any titles that have character names in them, as it's a guarantee something bad has either happened to, or is about to happen to that character.]] Be ''especially'' wary if you see a title called "Baptism by Fire"....
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Apparently, according to one of Sybill's dreams, [[spoiler: if Lutas had died, Jess would have used his spirit's energy to create the Holy Sword, which is one of the most powerful weapons in the game and the weapon you use to defeat Melzas. This is why Ronan, who was being manipulated by Melzas, saved Lutas' life at that point in the game to ensure that his spirit could not be used to make the Holy Sword at that time. Good thing you can get it later anyways.]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Thanks to (or rather because of) her dreams, Sybill.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Ronan, when you learn that Melzas deceived him, and was using Ronan all along so that he could destroy Alundra, only to have Ronan defeated by Alundra in the end.]]
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