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An independent video game developed by Bit-Blot. Aquaria follows the story of Naija, an amnesiac aquatic [[FishPeople Fish Girl]] who has been living in a cave, eating fish for as long as she can remember. Eventually, wanderlust forces her to leave and explore the ocean around her. Not five minutes after she leaves her cave, she encounters a mysterious robed entity, whose touch gives Naija a vision that brings back some of her memories. The entity disappears and Naija follows, leading her on a grand adventure in which Naija discovers more about her homeland than she could have ever imagined.

Aquaria was released in December of 2007, winning numerous awards from the independent gaming community as well as widespread praise from gamers.

Gameplay is mostly focused around exploration and puzzles, though there is plenty of combat. Think VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin meets {{Metroidvania}}.

Following the success of the "Humble Indie Bundle" charity drive, Bit-Blot, the developers of the game, have released its source code (info [[http://blog.wolfire.com/2010/06/Aquaria-goes-open-source here]]). Keep in mind that the game's content will remain closed, so you will still have to buy the game in order to play anything more than the demo version.

Not to be confused with the online game ''Aquaria'' or the Brazilian metal band Aquaria.
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!!Tropes:

* AbilityRequiredToProceed: You can't proceed through obstacles without the appropriate form. Some of these obstacles are even inside Naija's home.
* ActionGirl: Averted at first by Naija until you unlock the Energy Form. Then she becomes this.
* AfterTheEnd: Hints of numerous ends, to the point Naija fears she may be the only person left alive.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: The absolute last boss battle of the game appears to take place in space. Even though you're still underwater.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Exploited trope: [[spoiler: In the secret ending, Mia intentionally wipes Naija's memory so Naija will gain a thirst for adventure and leave her family for the surface. Mia plans to use Naija's ambition to extend the powers Naija, and as a result, she, obtains.]]
* AndYourRewardIsInteriorDecorating: Most of Naija's trophies go to fill out out her lair. [[spoiler:The rooms of the lair will mirror her conquest of the game world.]]
* ApparentlyHumanMerfolk: [[spoiler: Li, whose name is too short for spoiler tags]] becomes this shortly after [[spoiler: Naija finds him]]. It might only work if the two are in close proximity, though -- [[spoiler: Li puts his old diving helmet back on if Naija decides to leave him behind somewhere]]. [[spoiler: [[HalfHumanHybrid Their son Lucien]]]] might also count.
* AutobotsRockOut: The last area before the final boss - "[[FanNickname The Gauntlet]]". Nothing but Dual Form combat against some of the toughest enemies in the game, set to an epic guitar track. The music track itself can be found [[http://infiniteammo.bandcamp.com/track/fallen-breed Here]].
* ArmCannon: While Naija's energy blasts resemble this, the better example is [[spoiler: Li's shooter.]]
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: The normal ending.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Naija's mother wiped her memory and counted on her daughter's natural curiosity to cause her to grow in power.]]
* BeautifulVoid: Aside from the occasional PhysicalGod, nobody speaks. The only other mortal Naija comes across is [[spoiler: Li, whose name is far too short for conventional spoilers]], and he doesn't say a word.
* [[spoiler: BigBadDuumvirate]]: [[spoiler: The Creator created Aquaria and, either directly or through sub-gods, its inhabitants; and Mia is the puppetmaster behind Naija bringing the Creator down.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The spirits may be freed from The Creator's imprisonment, but each of them is the last of their kind.]]
* BlackoutBasement: The Abyss, [[spoiler: the Sunken City and The Body.]]
* BonusBoss: Many of them, most granting a pet, armor, or tool. The "Simon Says" boss is a straight minigame rather than a fight.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the start of the game, Naija directly addresses the player, claiming to be binding herself to the player. "My story is your story."
** The PlayableEpilogue can be read as explaining why she did this. [[spoiler: Naija's mother knocks Naija out to prevent anyone from "tracing your memories". Later, Naija's son touches a spirit crystal, and apparently discovers what happened to his mother. How did the crystal have this information? Because you, the player who was bound to Naija, observed Naija's kidnapping.]]
* ChargedAttack: Several forms have this: Energy form charges from a basic fire blast to a stronger multiblast and Nature form charges from a useless flower to a rather impressive cactusoid. Sun form doesn't have an attack, but charging her "aura" lights up the area for several seconds, which is helpful in the [[BlackoutBasement Abyss]]. Both sides of the Dual form have ''only'' a charged attack, and one is furthermore dependent on the other.
* ChestBlaster: [[spoiler: [[BigBad The Creator]]]]'s final form.
* ChestMonster: The common plants that give you food supplies sometimes release monsters instead. Happily, these are always monsters likely to leave a good health drop.
* CollisionDamage: In addition to being vulnerable to it herself, Naija can also ''cause'' it by equipping the Urchin costume. That's not just defensive, as she can grab onto some of the larger enemies.
* ConceptArtGallery: In the credits.
* CosmeticAward: See VirtualPaperDoll, AndYourRewardIsInteriorDecorating.
* CriticalAnnoyance: A rather minor example -- the edges of the screen simply glow red (impeding vision), rather than making an annoying beeping sound.
* CrystalPrison: In the main menu; there has been speculation as to what Naija inside the crystal symbolizes.
* DevelopersRoom: "Two odd creatures floated nearby, each staring into a glowing orb. They seemed inexorably tied to their fate, caught up in whatever they thought they were accomplishing by staying in one place for long periods of time without rest. I found the whole thing rather silly."
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler:What happens in the extended ending.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In the course of her travels, Naija will kill or finish off at least 6, and up to 12, "lesser gods" of her world (including gods of battle energy, a personification of nature, the former god of a ruined city, a huge sun worm, and several "species bosses"), then top this off by slaying [[spoiler:the creator of Aquaria.]] ([[spoiler:But not her mother, the Creator's 13th creation, and the game's true puppetmaster. Too bad.]])
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LSJGBqKmGA#t=1m50s Naija piercing "the Veil" for the first time.]]
** [[spoiler:The Creator's]] tentacle grab attack. He grabs Naija, holds her in place under himself, and poisons her for an agonizingly long time. [[spoiler:"And you will love me", indeed!]]
* EasterEgg:
** The games files reveal several in-jokes:
*** Dolphins are called [[EccoTheDolphin Ekko]]
*** Starfish are called [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Starmie]]
*** The name of Naija's son is [[spoiler:Lucien]]
*** The name of the Creator is [[spoiler:Eric]]
** There are a couple in-game as well, notably near the whale.
* [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination]]: [[spoiler:Most of the gods, but the [[GodIsEvil Creator]] [[BigBad himself]] is the biggest example. His first form during the [[FinalBoss last battle]] is tame enough, being a giant statue, but he becomes more and more strange as the battle progresses. See SequentialBoss below for more info on his forms. An interesting case in that [[WasOnceAMan he started out as a human boy]].]]
* EleventhHourSuperpower: The Dual Form.
* EternalEngine: The Sun Temple.
* EtherealChoir: Most of the background music have some vocal variants.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Pretty much. You can run across the odd benign creature, but by and large, this is a fish-eat-fish world.
* EvilMatriarch: [[spoiler: Naija's mother in the extra ending.]]
* [[FeedItABomb Feed It A Fat Poisonous Mutant:]] [[spoiler:Mithala.]]
* FirstTimeInTheSun: The game takes a moment to show off the first time Naija goes above-water in The Veil.
* FishPeople: Pretty much every ancient ruined civilization was composed of these sort of people, and, of course, Naija is one herself.
* ForbiddenZone: The Abyss.
* ForMassiveDamage: Played ''very'' straight. There's even a literal GiantEnemyCrab.
* FusionDance: The Dual Form, where the Li side empowers Naija's SonicScream.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Quite literally. Complete with a [[ForMassiveDamage weak spot on its underside]].
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: A little boy who fell into the ocean somehow became the creator of all Aquaria. And then he gets [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu slain by Naija]].]]
* GuideDangIt:
** Many of the puzzles in the [[spoiler:Sunken City]].
** Some of the boss fights have particularly obscure dances needed to win.
** The cooking, too, if you're trying to find recipes by trial-and-error, instead of finding the completed dish hidden somewhere. The developers clearly expected people to try doing the former instead of the latter, because after every third failed attempt or so, Naija will let out a frustrated cry of, "Not another Sea Loaf!"
** Eel singing. [[spoiler:You can sing to eels to consistently get at least two eel oils per eel, where killing the eels would get one oil if you're lucky.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Naija and Li's son]].
* HeartContainer: The Verse eggs.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: One of the things that worries Naija about the energy form is that she's starting to enjoy its destructive power, and fears she'll lose her sense of self if she succumbs completely to this. It's not just something she's saying, either; if you fire off a prolonged salvo (fighting something big and tough, like a leafy dragon, for example), ''[[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter she giggles]]''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Mithala, the Golem/Priest as a pair, and [[spoiler:The Creator]]. All of them are more-or-less {{Mook Maker}}s, and the creatures they create are all essential to defeating them. The King Mantis doesn't create Mooks as such, but [[spoiler:you need to turn his energy balls against him]].
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Naija can ride sea horses in Song form. There's even an outfit she can win to make them faster.
* HundredPercentCompletion: There are 52 recipes, 32 treasures, 4 pets, and 5 Verse eggs to collect, not to mention 56 maps to explore, ''and'' 26 "achievements" ranging from the inevitable to the esoteric.
** Also subverted in that one of the ingredients (Red Bulb) is only available in finite, ''small'', quantities, while others (Special Bulb, Rukh Egg) are closely limited. Good luck experimenting with those! For the Red Bulbs, you don't even get the recipes specific to them until the endgame... but from the beginning, you ''do'' have recipes which can ''waste'' them.
** There are also a couple of recipes which don't appear in the game at all unless you make them yourself: [[spoiler:Vedha's Cure-All and Vedha Sea Crisp]], [[GuideDangIt both of which require ingredients that no other recipe uses]] (including the aforementioned Sea Loaves).
* HyperactiveMetabolism: The game's protagonist, Naija, is able to eat food to instantly heal, cure status ailments, or apply an assortment of buffs.
* InterfaceScrew:
** If you don't move around for too long, the view zooms in on you, which can be rather inconvenient.
** The result of ingesting [[MushroomSamba Rainbow Soup]].
** Getting blinded by squid or octopus ink.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler: Naija and Li.]]
* ItemCrafting: Naija can cook a ''multinational restaurant's menu's'' worth of food items at any time on the pause screen, as well as consume them there before resuming gameplay (see HyperactiveMetabolism, above, and on the actual page). [[GlassCannon Thank]] [[NintendoHard heavens.]] Unlike your forms and other songs, recipes are ''not'' locked before discovery. This makes replays a lot easier, as some of the recipes are too simple ''not'' to remember, even without cheat sheets.
* JamesBondage: [[spoiler:Li, toward the end of the game. Twice.]]
* JustAddWater: Many of the recipes in the game are quite simplified compared to their ingredients. An unusual example is that you can combine two bones to make a Sea Loaf that heals you.
* LastOfHerKind: What Naija fears. The loneliness that results from this is her motivation for venturing out into the world.
* LevelEditor: Built directly into the game, so you can test your levels on the fly.
* LittleDidIKnow: In the early stages of the game.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: The Creator created the denizens of Aquaria to make a substitute for his mother, before destroying them when he realized they would not love him unconditionally.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Naija's Energy Form can do a minor form of this with a wall-jump-to-flourish charged blast with a lock-on (or a single enemy present sans lock-on), firing six energy bolts at one foe. Some bosses can do this, as well, especially when they go critical.
* MagicMusic: Naija sings (or the players can use hotkeys) to switch to different forms, pull certain objects, attract fish, etc.
* MegaManning: Eating certain enemies in Beast form allows you to copy their projectile attacks, or in some cases, such as that of the Moneye Squid, to use the ''enemy itself'' as a projectile.
* {{Metroidvania}}: A unique, [[UnderTheSea underwater]] version, nonetheless. There ''are'' some above-water exploration portions, which don't just include, but ''require'', [[WallJump wall jumping]]. It's still 98% underwater, though.
* MoodWhiplash: In the [[TheStinger extended ending]], we find out that [[spoiler:after living some well-deserved happy (if adventure-yearning) years with Li and raising a family, Naija's mother finally reveals herself to her, [[BatmanGambit reveals she was the one who wiped her memory, knowing she'd do what she did during the course of the game]], [[WeCanRuleTogether tries to convince her daughter to join her in her scheme to]] TakeOverTheWorld, and finally incapacitating her and kidnapping her. [[WordOfGod Alec]] said he "was interested in making the statement that there are no happy endings". The game explicitly does say 'to be continued', yet the game developers have split and moved on to other projects]].
* MookMaker: Numerous. From the Moneye Squid nests to the Bigmaul Forest Goddess to Mithala to [[spoiler:The Creator's second and final forms]].
* MultiFormBalance: Dual Form [[spoiler:has a Li Mode, which launches a fairly powerful ChargedAttack, and Naija Mode, which emits a screen-blasting scream but must be charged first by destroying enemies in Li mode.]]
* MultiStageBattle: The final boss, which starts in a shrine, travels to a dark pit, continues to a circular room (with a creepy infant doll in the center) and finishes with a wide open area containing a colossus.
* MushroomSamba: The Rainbow Soup.
** A much more "realistic" samba than most examples of the trope; first you get the standard tripping out, with all its pretty swirling colors and all that, and then comes the crash, when the color scheme goes dark red with ''earthquakes'' and Naija makes painful grunting noises until it wears off. Fortunately her health bar doesn't actually drop during the crash, it's just alarming and ensures you'll never do that again.
* MusicalSpoiler: Done brilliantly toward the beginning of the game, when Naija first enters the Song Cave to open an ancient door. The song she needs, though it is written elsewhere in the cave, can also be heard repeated and remixed in the background.
* NoobCave: Naija's initial cave, Home Waters. This area remains a useful resource throughout the game.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Plenty. For example, the boss theme, the music for Mithala's Cathedral, the first two parts of the FinalBoss theme...
* OneHitKill: Made possible by a [[EleventhHourSuperpower late-game powerup]].
* OpeningTheSandbox: Completing the first temple allows Naija to fix a BrokenBridge with her newfound powers, unlocking the rest of the game. This sets the pattern, as ''every'' form enables use of a new set of doorways or passages.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The leafy sea dragon. In reality, a harmless fish related to seahorses. In game, an enormous monster that roars and breathes solar flame.
* PalmtreePanic: The Veil.
* PhysicalGod: Almost all of the non-optional bosses. Or even the optional ones, if you count non-sentients as worshipers.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: The Dual Form
* PlayableEpilogue: The reward for finding all of Naija's lost memories.
* PuzzleBoss: Most of the bosses in the game, but the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Simon Says]] creature is notable for being a ''non-combat'' puzzle. It's easier to list the exceptions: Sun Worm, Nautilus Prime, Mermog, Blaster Prime, King Jellyfish, and the first couple of forms of the final boss.
* QuestForTheRest: Naija's starting motivation.
* QuicksandBox: It won't be a Metroidvania game without it, [[AwfulTruth sadly]]. It can be quite confusing on where to go.
* RecurringRiff: The plot-centric 12-note tune. It's easiest to hear in [[http://infiniteammo.bandcamp.com/track/undiscovered-waters this track]], which plays when you enter Open Waters. It also makes up the melody of [[http://infiniteammo.bandcamp.com/track/boss-fraught Boss Fraught]] (played for every non-story boss), it's used in a puzzle in the Sunken City, the first four notes are used to activate Dual Form, and several other times.
** It's implied that this tune [[spoiler: is the [[MagicMusic magical "Verse"]] that Naija taps into in order to do all her neat stuff.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: The lesser gods created by the Creator are meant to replace his mother, who died at the opening scene of the game.]]
* SanitySlippage: After killing [[EldritchAbomination the last miniboss]] in Mithalas Cathedral, Naija starts worrying about slipping into dementia [[HeWhoFightsMonsters or worse]].
* SatelliteCharacter: [[spoiler: Li, whose name is still too short for regular spoilers.]] Naija ''can'' leave him at either his home or hers, but there are a couple of places where he must be present to continue in the game.
* SceneryPorn: Everywhere you go, but the Veil deserves a special mention on the virtue that it's essentially the Bahamas and associated reefs as seen from underwater, and occasionally on land. Also, there's [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys!]]
* SequelHook: In the extended ending, [[spoiler: Naija is abducted by her mother to fuel her plans to TakeOverTheWorld. Afterwards, Naija and Li's grown son leaves Aquaria in an airship, presumably to find her, while the words "To be continued..." appear on the screen]].
** Sadly, the two guys who make up [=BitBlot=] dissolved the label and went their separate ways after Aquaria was finished, and are working on other projects now, so the sequel may never happen.
* SequenceBreaking:
** The Kelp Forest should be inaccessible without the Beast Form, gained by completing Mithalas. However, it's possible, even easy to just force through the currents without even noticing you did something wrong.
** In earlier versions of the game, it was possible, using the Nature Form, to bypass [[spoiler: the "tongue" leading to The Body]], even before one has [[spoiler: found Li.]] This had the unfortunate result of completely destroying the game: if you did this, you couldn't reach the end.
** Careful application of [[WallJump wall jumping]] can, at least in earlier versions, allow one to enter the Sun Temple through the ''roof'', leading straight to the boss. [[spoiler: Since one of Naija's memories is only accessible from inside, though, you miss out on the GoodEnding.]]
* SentientCosmicForce: The Verse. Naija can channel its power by singing.
** It is named thus because [[spoiler: the Creator could not remember the chorus to his mother's song, but held on to the verse so much that it leaked into everything he made]]. So in a sense, it is [[spoiler: what remains of the Creator's mother]].
* SequentialBoss: The final boss, [[spoiler: the Creator]], has five forms:
** The first of which [[spoiler: is a humanoid figure on a white throne, who occasionally [[MacrossMissileMassacre sprays fireballs from his hand]].]]
** His second form is similar to his first, but [[spoiler:loses his mask revealing a black void; and his legs, replaced by purple tentacles.]]
** His third form is [[spoiler:insectile, but with the body of a human infant.]]
** His fourth form resembles [[spoiler:a human child with BarbieDollAnatomy and Li's hairstyle.]]
** His fifth form is [[spoiler:a gargantuan humanoid figure with visible muscles, eyes and brain, as well as a stomach which opens up to reveal a baby's head which [[BreathWeapon shoots a huge laser from its mouth]] for massive damage.]]
** The game's data files contain evidence of at least one more form that was DummiedOut.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Frozen Veil and Ice Cavern, though in fact they're not ''slippery''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Practically all of Naija's wardrobe, considering both her alternate forms, and the alternate costumes for her primary form, though some elements -- goofy helmets, or the claw-gloves of the Crab Armor -- could be considered FetishRetardant. (Yes, there's a "nude mod" available.) Then there's the costume that Naija herself describes as "rather revealing". [[spoiler:We'd call it a bikini.]] In the post-game scenes and stinger, she and [[spoiler:Li, the spoiler of spoiler tags]] wear even less....
* StupidStatementDanceMix: In the game's files, there is a remix ("superflyremix.ogg") of the dummied out line, "Quit your jibba jabba and get out of the water!" One could only imagine what it was meant for.
* SwissArmyHero: Naija.
* TalkingToHerself: Jenna Sharpe voices both Naija and [[spoiler:her mother, Mia]].
* TheStinger: If you collected all the lost memories.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: The Creator of Aquaria created 12 gods, and dismissed each as imperfect. The thirteenth, [[spoiler:Naija's mother Mia]] he declared perfect. ''She'' ran away [[spoiler:and set up Naija to destroy him]].
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Ha ha. No, seriously. [[spoiler: Li is mainly along to offer a bit of extra firepower, but only he can open the metal door in the Abyss.]]
* TurnsRed: Almost every single boss, and some of the other monsters as well. In some cases, this forfeits a boss's prior invulnerability, trading their "kill dance" for a straight slugfest.
** The Forest Goddess has a dual usage: She starts with three cyclic stages, one of which lets you turn her red and shootable for a few seconds. After a few rounds of that, she goes "critical" and starts hammering you continuously, but also stays vulnerable.
** Similarly, "Father" cannot be injured for the first part of the fight unless [[spoiler:his controller is stunned]], but loses the invulnerability after taking a certain amount of damage.
** After you damage Mithala enough, the ''entire battlefield'' turns red and he starts spamming powerful fireballs.
* UnderwaterKiss: How Naija and [[spoiler: Li, whose short name still complicates spoiler tags]] meet. Happens partly because Naija doesn't understand the concept of scuba gear.
* UnderTheSea: (Almost) the entire game.
* UnderwaterRuins: The Krotite temple, the Mithalan city and cathedral, the Sun Temple, and [[spoiler: the Sunken City.]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Naija in the extended ending.]]
* ViciousCycle: Naija eventually discovers that, [[spoiler:in an attempt to create companions for himself, The Creator made numerous creatures, including sub-deities, then destroyed their civilizations when he deemed them imperfect]].
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: As [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI93cVHELx4 this]] video shows, Naija gets a lot of various ways to attack things throughout the course of the game. And nearly ''anything'' can be killed in some way. Between dropping rocks on things, shooting things, eating things, impaling things on thorny spikes, and [[spoiler:using a WaveMotionGun to power a [[MakeMeWannaShout super sonic scream]]]], there's a lot of ways to inflict suffering on Naija's fellow creatures.
** Using a giant thorny plant to fling a monkey from its tree into the middle of the sea isn't particularly useful, but it is noted as an achievement.
** It helps somewhat that, barring small fish, the odd eel, macaws, and the aforementioned monkeys, pretty much everything [[EverythingTryingToKillYou hates you and wishes to feast upon your juicy corpse]].
* VirtualPaperDoll: You can find 8 new costumes for Naija's default form. Four of them have legitimate uses in the game, the rest are just for show.
* WallJump: Though not as useful underwater, it's still there. Granted, it can help you speed along if you wish, is used in Energy Form's fiercest charge blast, and allows you to hold still and open a song plant within a current by sticking you to the wall in Beast Form first. ''Out'' of the water, however, it works much the same way as normal, and is in fact (sorta) the ''only'' way you can actually move.
** As such, it averts SequenceBreaking, to the surprise of some people more used to VideoGame/{{Metroid}}, where wall jumping gave access to certain items before they were conventionally available; in Aquaria's above-water segments, wall jumping is your sole form of locomotion, and very much part of the plan. There are a few special items which can ''only'' be reached by wall-jumping, but still part of the plan.
* WarpWhistle: Ancient Turtles.
* WasOnceAMan: Two examples:
** [[spoiler: Mithala]]. He was originally a humanoid resembling the creatures he created, but was turned into a gargantuan beast by the [[spoiler:machinations of a PathOfInspiration]] in sacrificing/force-feeding his own followers to him.
** [[spoiler:The Creator]], meanwhile, provides a more literal example. He was once [[spoiler:a young boy whose (flying) city was destroyed and somehow gained godlike powers]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonhuman: Reversed in the stinger. [[spoiler:"One could hardly call a human a real person."]]
* {{Wingdinglish}}: The runic text scattered throughout Aquaria is just a different font. Substituting the letters there for English ones can occasionally give a useful hint, such as [[spoiler: at the end of the Mithala Cathedral.]] An alphabet and translations are available online... or if you're feeling lazy, you can just go into the 'gfx' folder and swap the 'aquarian.png' and 'aquarian_alt.png' images, which will replace all the Aquarian text with (bright orange) English in-game.
* WombLevel: Not one, but ''two''. Mithalas Cathedral has the player [[spoiler:destroying gargantuan body parts]], and ''then'' there's [[spoiler:The Body, complete with giant blood cells.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: The BigBad is a young boy who fell into the sea and somehow gained [[AGodAmI godlike powers]]. He created the entire world of Aquaria in attempts to replace his lost mother. Of course, he [[JerkAss destroys all his creations]] when he discovers that they don't love him like his mother did]].
* YouShouldntKnowThisAlready: Technically, you can use the Shield Song before you learn it (a few minutes into the game), but the rest of the Songs are only available after finding them.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: In cutscenes/stinger.
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