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[[caption-width:250:'''Starting upwards clockwise:''' Ash, Yula, Edge, Iris, Alvero, Nell.]]

'''Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm''' is the third in the series of the "Iris" video {{role playing game}}s, itself a subseries of the AtelierSeries, produced by the GUST company in 2006. The game may or may not be a direct sequel to the previous games, all of whom feature a female alchemist named Iris in an important role. However, ''Grand Phantasm'' is the first that actually has Iris as a playable character.

The story takes place around a city called Zey Meruze, that resembles Venice in that it is crisscrossed by water channels (with Fairies offering a gondolier service.) However, Meruze also has portals to other dimensions, called "Alterworlds" where, for some reason, humans can't stay for more than a short time (they eventually are magically transported out.) Iris (who in this game is still an amateur alchemist) and her friends Edge and Nell work as "raiders" for the Raiders Guild, an organization that performs tasks for people for a price. Usually these involve missions into the Alterworlds, but can also be as mundane as finding missing pets.

The game basically follows Iris's team as they rise through the Guild's ranks. The real story however, involves a sealed book that Iris owns: and which contains an enormous power that can only be released by finding eight "gem-like fragments", so she looks for them. And if you're GenreSavvy, you can probably guess that it isn't going to be quite that simple...
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!!Tropes featured in this game:
* ActionGirl: Nell
* AnotherDimension: The Alterworlds
* BadassBookworm: Iris
* {{BFS}}: Several used by Edge. Yula also wields a Big Fraggin' Mace.
* BloodKnight: [[spoiler:Alvero after making a pact with Crowley.]]
* BonusBoss: Several, via Quests. One (generally considered the hardest boss in the game) isn't listed on the quest board, however. Finding him and [[spoiler:getting the Luplus blades]] requires [[spoiler:entering the right area in Ishtar during the final chapter.]] The Shadow Stalker is often considered ThatOneBoss, since he'll divide, copying himself over and over and casting Meteor, but there's a strategy that makes him a piece of cake: [[spoiler:wait until he divides into four, and then use the high level attack items. Thunder Rod especially fill the the Burst Gauge instantly, allowing the player to spam their most powerful techniques until the burst ends, at which point repeat until he's dead. He theoretically resists these items, but it doesn't really make much difference. Since there aren't really any other bosses in the game hard enough to require these items, the player will probably have picked up more than enough in the course of the game.]]
* BoobsOfSteel: Nell
* BrattyHalfPint: Phenyl, the secretary at the guild, is short and has a TERRIBLE temper.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Edge does this in "Your Love" quest, regarding whether they should ask Anna if she is [[LesYay romantically involved with Phenyl]] or not.
--> '''Edge''': I guess it's possible. What's this game rated?
* BrownNote: Repre's song will draw monsters. [[spoiler:Subverted later when it turns out the monsters come because they actually love to watch her sing, just like the rest of her fans.]]
* TheChick: Iris, before Nell joins up. Though Nell is more childish than feminine.
* CainAndAbel: Nell and her sister Yula.
* ClassAndLevelSystem: Edge and Nell can switch between several character classes at will.
* CoolClearWater: The canal waters of Meruze are good enough to cook with!
** In a Subversion, Dakasus's crystal-sparkling Melty Spring Water is a powerful acid.
* {{Cosplay}}: Some of the Beastmen wear animal costumes depending on their tribe. Also, the player characters have several costumes, though you can't see them wearing them (except the default ones that come with each class change.)
* CuteMonsterGirl: Repre the fox girl. Also, Pamela the Ghost.
** CuteClumsyGirl: Pamela was apparently this in life. In a mission to discover how she died, it is revealed that [[spoiler: she fell off a stool when trying to get something out of an upper cupboard shelf and landed on her head.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Phenyl, sort of. The better you get at your job the nicer she will treat you.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The [[MostAnnoyingSound inbattle quotes]], ''so much''.
--> "Heal All! [[ShapedLikeItself Everyone's heal!!]]"
--> "Luplus, [[TheDragon Follower of Time!]] [[DragonAscendant Take control of all TIME!]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Crowley, by an evil alchemist from many years ago in the Dark Gem. The poor guy didn't even get to [[DyingAsYourself die as himself]].]]
* TheDitz: Iris comes across as one. This is mostly because the game uses her to ask the player's questions, but also because [[spoiler:she doesn't tell her friends about her visions, at first]].
* DumbBlonde: Nell
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The Uroborus]].
** Subverted as he's also a WellIntentionedExtremist (although ''definitely'' overlapping with KnightTemplar) rather than just a mindless mass of evil.
* FantasticRacism: Between humans, Beastmen and Fairies.
* FetchQuest: What you do in many of your Guild quests.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler:Crowley. Not quite a nightmare, but he surely managed to mess with some people's life.]]
* ItemCrafting: In an unusual twist you must look for ''inspiration'' for several items before inventing them.
* GetOnTheBoat: subverted in that the gondolas are a taxi service around the main town only.
* GottaCatchThemAll: The fragments.
* HeroAntagonist: [[spoiler: Ash]]
* HopelessBossFight: Ash the first time you encounter him. You can reduce his HP to zero and the battle still continues, you're literally not allowed to win at all.
* HumanoidAnimals: Some of the Beastmen tribes are this; others only ''dress'' like animals. (?)
* IdiotHair: Alvero has one. That's saying something...
* IdolSinger: Repre becomes one later.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: The sisters Yula and Nell. They're working to restore their family fortunes, turning them into TheRival over paying jobs until [[spoiler:Yula blames their failures on Nell and abandons her sister, leaving Edge and Iris to take Nell in]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Ash.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Edge. Well, he's not ''really'' a jerk, but with his permanent scowl, he certainly looks like one. He's actually embarrassed to admit it when he's being kind!
* JustAStupidAccent: Repre's
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Winna, a scientist, falls in love with [[spoiler:Pamela (a ghost)]] and Pukko (a Fairy) falls in love with [[spoiler:Phenyl]] (!)
** Interestingly, in Winna's case, it actually makes him a better person, as at the end of his quest chain he becomes more sociable.
* MassMonsterSlaughterSidequest: One of the very last combat quests available requires you to kill ''200'' Punis, supposedly for research purposes. [[spoiler: Doing this allows access to the BonusBoss, who is understandably [[RoaringRampageofRevenge out for revenge.]]]] [[LampshadeHanging The game even calls it genocide.]]
* TheMedic: One of Nell's Blades focuses on recovery and support. Certain accessories also grant healing and ailment-curing spells, allowing you to temporarily turn anyone into a medic as well.
* MoodWhiplash: Most proeminent in Pamela's quest. [[spoiler:Upon learning how Pamela died you find her diary apparently full of tears written by her mother... Then you discover how Pamela actually died and the music changes from dramatic to a very goofy one describing her death: she fell off a stool when she was trying to get something out of an upper cupboard shelf and landed on her head]]. Not even the heroes managed to keep a straight face after that.
* MsFanservice: There are ''a lot'' of attractive female characters in the game, most notably Eva, the Barkeeper.
** Nell is probably the most blatant example. She's incredibly busty, sports {{Underboobs}} in some of her outfits, and wears a [[BareYourMidriff midriff-baring]] top and a [[ZettaiRyouiki short skirt]] in her standard outfit.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The game's opening FMV, both the opening theme (''Schwarzweiss''/ Black And White) and the video itself, focus almost entirely on the antagonism between Edge and Ash, promoting as some epic rivalry and a major part of the plot. Epic rivalry ''my arse'', the whole thing's just a mere jealous grudge Edge has, which is all only a very minor and barely noticeable part of the plot.
** Also, the opening ''itself''. ''Schwarzweiss'' is a far more intense and dramatic opening theme than the two others in the series, the actual game is easily the most laidback and non-epic installment of the trilogy.
* MythologyGag: Upon closer look, the "Alchemist Robe" item for Iris looks like the robe worn by the titular heroine of ''Atelier Marie''...
* TheNapoleon: Don't try to say anything about Phenyl's height, even if you do it indirectly. Just look at what happened to Ewan and Funan.
* NonLinearSequel: Iris was a famous alchemist in the first game, a child in the second, and a completely different character in the third.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: The Fairies look like human children.
* PowersViaPossession: [[spoiler:Crowley.]]
* PowerTrio: Iris, Edge and Nell (ego, superego and id). They are the only playable characters.
* RecurringBoss: Alvero, Yula, and the Stone Emperor.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: The Uroborus]]
* ShoutOut: To, of all things, The PowerpuffGirls! (with some of Nell's costumes.)
** Another costume is named "RozenMaiden".
* ShutUpHannibal: Nell delivers one to her EvilTwin (which is a monster trapping the Faustus Mana) in a quest.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Apparently, Funan the Fisherman. He is bad at fishing and his words (which are supposed to be... poetic) hardly make sense, but that doesn't stop him from bragging in front of others.
* SpellBook: Edge's weapon when equipped with Luplus Blades, with one exception (which falls into ThrowTheBookAtThem).
* {{Stripperific}}: Many female characters in the game dress like Malibu Barbies, including both female player characters! (Others are more conservative, however.)
** Some of the armors the girls can equip are actually ''pieces of underwear!''
* SummonMagic: Iris eventually gains this.
* SupportingProtagonist: Edge, who apart from the very beginning of the Rufina sidequest, could have been completely removed from the game without hardly changing the story at all.
* TimedMission: Any that takes place in an alterworld.
* TranquilFury: Noella will descend into this should anyone pokes the topic about her age.
* {{Tsundere}}: Several of Phenyl's portraits hint this.
* TheUnreveal:
** To understand the full story (and avoid the BittersweetEnding) you have to complete the Shadow Gem quest. It does not show up until the portal to the final dungeon (which you cannot return from) opens.
* UnwittingPawn: Several characters, but especially Alvero.
* VisualInitiativeQueue: Represented as a line of spread-out cards. Empty spots in the queue are face-down cards, while characters and enemies are face-up. Anyone who's defeated goes face-down, and some skills put cards in the queue to trigger (or repeat) the skill when they come up.
* WarHasNeverBeenSoMuchFun: The war between the Fairies and the Kuma (bear) Tribe doesn't look as serious as the game claims it is...
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: The Uroborus]], who wishes to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans remake the world]] (or [[NietzscheWannabe outright destroy it]] in the Good Ending, [[MotiveDecay apparently]]), [[spoiler: the Shadow Gem controlling]] Crowley, who wants to [[KnightTemplar destroy the world to eliminate greed and sin]] and [[spoiler: Ash]], who just [[spoiler: wanted to stop the awakening of Uroborus]].
* YouLookFamiliar: Several characters from the earlier games or lookalikes: turn up here: Pamela the Ghost, Yach the Shopkeeper and Hagel the Smith. Iris herself may count.
** [[ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis Roxis]] inherited several of Winna's mannerisms.
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