''"TAIYOHHHH!"''

''Bokura no Taiyō'' ("Our Sun") in Japan, ''Boktai'' is an action RPG series produced by Creator/HideoKojima. Django is a boy hoping to follow in the footsteps of his disappeared father, Ringo, as a vampire hunter. With his (not-so; see below) trusty Gun Del Sol and the sun spirit Otenko by his side, he takes on zombies, demonic dogs, vampires, and Norse mythology-derived what have you.

The original GBA trilogy featured an interesting gimmick: each game came in a unique cartridge with a UV light detector (the UV light needed being sunlight in 99% of cases. Do you keep a UV lamp around the house or something? ''(Hint: a black light or even a plasma globe works)''.) Django's gun is quite literally powered by the sun; sunlight is required to charge the gun's battery. If you were starved for sunlight, the stealth element came into play. Django can sneak around and knock on the walls to distract enemies, at least until you get to an in-game sunlight source or you find a real-world one.

Unfortunately, this interesting gimmick proved to be the games' undoing. Playing outside ''in the sunlight'' is a bit of a turn-off (especially in places with very hot summers... like Japan). Despite decent critical reception for the whole series, the games sold poorly internationally and the third installment never left Japan. Being the dashing, people-pleasing epitome of ''suavete'' the man is, Kojima wised up and delivered a DS sequel (''Lunar Knights'') without the trouble of needing sunlight in the real world. (The system's double-slot feature allowed players to use the solar sensor by inserting the GBA cartridges from previous games, though.) However, in localizations, this sequel severed ties with the original ''Boktai'' series by renaming many characters. It doesn't make ''too'' much of a difference, however; the characters in the Japanese version were pretty much only connected to the original series through name anyway, and the thematic elements remain intact in all localizations. Sadly, ''Lunar Knights'' ends on a {{cliffhanger}} with, so far, no sequel in sight. A FanTranslation for Boktai 3 exists.

The series is as follows:
* ''Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand'' (''Bokura no Taiyō'' in Japan, nicknamed "Boktai")
* ''Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django'' (''Zoku Bokura no Taiyō: Taiyō; Shōnen Django''/"Zoktai")
* ''Boktai 3: Sabata's Counterattack'' (''Shin Bokura no Taiyō: Gyakushū no Sabata''/"Shinbok")
* ''Lunar Knights'' (''Bokura no Taiyō; DS: Django & Sabata''/"Boktai DS")

Now has a [[Characters/{{Boktai}} Character Page]] which is still under construction.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: In ''Shinbok'' Django can use swords to smash through rocks ''that are nearly four times as big as him'', and those suckers shatter too.
* AlternateHistory: ''Lunar Knights'' refers to a Lord of Destruction being Dumas's predecessor, and Trinity is Aaron's father. Both of these were from the alternate timeline the latter came from in from ''[[NoExportForYou Boktai 3]]'' in which Django dies and Ratatosk manages to take over the world.
** It might be argued that ''Shinbok'' is actually the alternate timeline, since in getting kicked out of his world, Trinity accidentally broke the seal on Django's grave, which totally counts as interference.
* AmbidextrousSprite: Nicely averted with Django and Sabata as they hold their respective guns with both hands. Played straight with Lucian, whose eyepatch will flip and can magically switch which hand is holding his weapon.
* [[AndThenJohnWasaZombie And Then John Was a Vampire]]: Played straight with [[spoiler:Ringo]] who gets turned into a vampire by his adversary [[spoiler:The Count]], this later becomes a case of [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It Villain]]. Later subverted with [[spoiler:Django]], who is turned into a vampire but purified before the transformation is complete, making him a half-vampire.
* AncientConspiracy: [[spoiler:The Immortals make up one spanning the entire ''universe'']].
* AnIcePerson: Zazie can usually be found asleep in the Inn. If the player makes Django wake her up twice, she will freeze him. After she wakes up, she tells Django that she's cranky because of her low blood pressure, and as an apology she teaches him the freezing spell.
* AnimatedArmor: A staple mini-boss of the series. Bearing particular note is Silvery White Knight.
* AnimeHair: Django's 'do looks pretty much like a ''beige-ish cloud''.
* AntiPoopSocking: If you stay out for a long while or overuse your Gun Del Sol/Sol de Vice, they'll overheat and you'll have to hide out in the shade for a ridiculously long time before it'll recover. If you keep going in spite of this, eventually your equipment will enter a permanent state of overheat that it won't recover from unless you turn off the game and leave it for a day or so (or mess with the time settings).
* AristocratsAreEvil: ''Lunar Knight'' has two evil viscounts (most likely twins to boot), an AxCrazy human-hunting Margrave, an [[MadScientist evil scientist]] baron, and an earl who became a NecessarilyEvil duke. Interestingly enough, in the earl's case, his ascension to dukehood was the capper of his career as an earl, bagging vampire hunters and Guild gunslingers alike and instilling fear in said opposition from all that rep.
* ArmCannon: Django can obtain the Mega Buster in Zoktai and Shinbok.
** And of course [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork MegaMan.exe]] himself has one.
* AutoRevive: Zoktai and Shinbok both use the Judgement tarot card for this purpose. ''Lunar Knights'' has something similar in its Wild Cards.
** There was also an equip item (Burning Headband) that automatically use a healing item from your inventory whenever your Life ran out while it was worn. Its counterpart (Cool Bandanna) uses a restorative when your Energy was completely depleted.
* BackThatLightUp: Inverted. All of the GBA games require sunlight and the DS game can use sunlight. (There was an actual UV sensor in the cart that affected gameplay. After all, you ''are'' killing vampires in this game.) Anyone who has used a TV knows that sunlight + screen = glare. However, if you play it on the original GBA (or SP 1 with the backlight turned off), the screen and colors are best in direct sunlight.
* BadassLongcoat: Ringo has one. So does Lucian.
* BiggerBad: Darkness, or the Will of the Galaxy-Universe, is a mysterious presence hanging in the background of all thee Gameboy Advance games; the actions of each clan of Immortals are in reference to it. The fourth game does not strictly refer to this entity, but reveals a cabal or conspiracy of other Immortals[[note]]See Retcon below about the "other" Immortals[[/note]].
* BlockPuzzle: This series is ''[[PainfulRhyme chock]] full'' of these.
** Featured in every game in the series is the Classic block puzzle, the FrictionlessIce variation, the Destroyable Block variation, a Changing-Properties block variation, and a [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Match the Colors]] variation.
** ''Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand'' has a LightAndMirrorsPuzzle variation in Sol City.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: A class of frames (Spear-type) can do this.
** This also happens to Duneyrr when you defeat her.
* BodySurf: Black Dainn. He originally is in the body of [[spoiler:Nero]], then takes over the body of [[spoiler:Ringo]], which is where he is finally defeated.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The Count, who was merely a {{starter villain}} in the first ''Boktai'', returns as the final boss in ''Boktai 3''.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Sabata]] winds up like this in Shinbok. In Zoktai, [[spoiler:Vampire Ringo]] was originally intended by the villains to be like this, but after [[spoiler:drinking Django's lunar blood, which happens to prevent undeadening]], he regains his own consciousness and memories.
--> [[spoiler:Black Dainn: What the...?! You got your memory back?!]]
--> [[spoiler:Ringo: Django, thank goodness you're safe... Your blood... The blood of Mani within you is what woke me.]]
* BreathWeapon: The Boktai series is ''all over'' this trope.
** Played straight in Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand with Garmr's Ice breath. Carmilla creates energy orbs from her mouth that can temporarily petrify you.
** Members of the Bok family spew [[GhostLights Klorofolun]] in the ''Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand'' then later switches to dark matter in Boktai 2 and 3.
** One of the attacks the Sea Serpent in Zoktai uses is [[BubbleGun bubble breath]] .
** Blue Dvalinn is a triple threat; like the afore-mentioned Sea Serpent she can breath [[BubbleGun bubbles]], ink, ''and'' poison.
** Vanargand launches a massive laser beam (of both Sol and Dark varieties) from his mouth... thing...
** [[spoiler:Jormungandr]] has an interesting subversion in that he releases smoke from his mouth; but he releases it as a result of you burning his mouth.
** Subverted with Nidhoggr as since [[spoiler:his alligator form is a machine and therefore doesn't ''technically'' have a mouth]].
* BreakingSpeech: Duke Dumas, many times in Lunar Knights. Lucian is furious that Dumas doesn't even remember that he killed his lover, and Dumas remarks that [[NotSoDifferent Lucian probably doesn't know the names of all of the enemies the player has killed up to that point.]] He does it to Aaron as well, claiming that he's really fueled by revenge for Dumas killing his father (who he does remember) rather than fighting for justice.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Lucian's mission in the game is to hunt Dumas after he killed his lover, Ellen, then [[spoiler:turned her into a Vampire's Bride, then shipped her off to become an android]]. When he finally meets up with him, he doesn't even remember it, and reminds Lucian that he probably feels the same way about everyone that ''he's'' killed. See BreakingSpeech above.
* CanonName: In the first game, players can name the protagonist anything they want. Once the second game rolls 'round, the title specifically names the protagonist as "Solar Boy ''Django''", but the name can still be changed by the player.
* CapcomVsWhatever: Beginning with ''Boktai 2'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 5'', Capcom and Konami began cross-promoting both series by including hidden features that require players to exchange data from ''Boktai 2'' into ''Battle Network 5'' and vice-versa. However, ''Boktai 3'' was [[NoExportForYou never released outside Japan]] due to the low sales of the first two installments and all connectivity with the game was removed for the overseas versions of ''Battle Network 6''. Likewise, Konami choose not to keep the ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' connectivity with ''Lunar Knights'', the overseas version of ''Boktai DS''.
* CoolBigSis: Lady to Django and Lady to Lita, Bea to Aaron.
* CoolShip: Laplace.
** Schrödinger counts as well, though it eventually develops into more of a HumongousMecha.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Taiyou Shounen Django A.k.a Solar Boy Django, a retelling with exclusive characters published by the CoroCoro Comics serial in Japan, and Singapore for the English translations.
* CreditsRunningSequence: ''Boktai'' and ''Boktai 3''.
* CrosshairAware: In the first fight with Nidhoggr, you'll know when a bomb is about to be thrown in your face by the crosshairs on the ground.
* CuteBruiser: Although you never actually see the Earthly Maiden Lita fight in the first three games, she seems to be a master of bare-hand melee combat, almost killing the main protagonist with a single punch for therapy purpose. Her several war cries are quite eloquent in that matter.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Played straight for [[spoiler:Django]] who is [[spoiler:turned into a vampire]] in Boktai 2, but still remains a good guy. Sabata and Lucian also have the power of Darkness but fall more into the AntiHero category.
* [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magical Boy]]: Sabata.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Kid.
* DeaderThanDead: the only way to be sure that a vampire won't come back after defeat is to utterly annihilate its dark power with the Pile Driver or Purifex cannon, which is really a giant Pile Driver in orbit.
** Annoyingly enough, this never seems to work with the Count, since he comes back, what, five times in three games (counting Battle Network 6)?
** According to the Count in Shinbok, as long as any of his bats survive, [[FromASingleCell he can regenerate]]. Presumably he's pretty careful about leaving extra lives for himself.
* DemBones: Skeletons appear in several different incarnations. Skeletons who attack with their fists, Skeleton Fencers who attack with a rapier, and Skeleton Archers who attack with a bow and arrow and sometimes break their bow by smacking you (changing their attack to the same as a regular skeleton). Skeletons regenerate after a few seconds unless killed with an elemental attack.
* DiscardAndDraw: In an ambush near the start of Boktai 2, Django loses the Gun del Sol, but is given the Sol de Vice, a magical gauntlet, and taught how to use it to enchant weapons with the power of the sun. [[spoiler:Later, he's turned into a vampire and loses the ability to do even ''that'', but gains vampiric powers instead.]]
* DivorcedInstallment: After skipping ''Boktai 3'' for international release, Konami decided to distance the fourth game from the franchise by marketing it outside Japan as an unrelated game.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Lita nearly ''kills'' Django in ''Shinbok'' after he says he forgot who she was, though she tries to make it up by giving you numerous items.
* TheDragon: Perrault. [[spoiler:And later, Dumas.]]
* DualBoss: Edgar and Virginia Poe.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The very first Boktai. To elaborate: instead of leveling up like you do in the later games, you instead collect [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Piece of Heart-type items to increase your health]]. Django and Sabata also shared a sprite, the only difference they had were [[PaletteSwap in coloration]]. Also, you have ''much'' more options to customize your Gun Del Sol in the first game than in the following games.
* EldritchAbomination: The final bosses of the second and third games are both horrifically powerful monstrosities called "Ancestor Pieces" who are truly immortal and require an immense amount of magic to seal into dormancy.
** [[spoiler: Polidori]]'s OneWingedAngel form also counts.
* ElementalEmbodiment: The [[FourElementEnsemble Terrenials]] in ''Lunar Knights'', the class of being to which Otenko and Nero also belong. Interestingly, [[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce War-Rock]] is also counted among the terennials in the [[NoExportForYou bonus crossover]]. There's a remarkable similarity between [[SuperMode Trance Mode]] and [[HenshinHero Denpa-Henkan]], one notices.
* ElementalPowers: There are roughly seven.
** BlowYouAway: The Wind element.
** CastingAShadow: The Dark element, which, in the GBA series is the exclusive purview of the most powerful vampire and has ties to Dark Energy.
** DishingOutDirt: The Earth element.
** Lunacy: An interesting variation; in these games, the power of the moon is ''reflective'', and allows Lunar Children to use the other elements. [[spoiler: This is how Sabata can use the Dark element, though it still involved some heavy and unpleasant interference from his aunt]].
** MakingASplash: [[AnIcePerson Frost]], actually.
** PlayingWithFire: The Fire element, natch.
** PowerOfTheSun: The Sol element, which has associations with {{Light|EmUp}}, and is [[LightIsGood the element of the heroes]].
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Wild Bunch, a team attack between Django and Sabata.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Dumas tells Lucian and Aaron an alliance is necessary to stop the Immortals in the Epilogue. Before that, he did help them defeat the final boss Polidori from the inside. Lucian claims that when it's all over he still wants revenge.]]
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Azure Sky Tower in the first game, the Spiral Tower in the second, Vambery and Auguste in Lunar Knights.
* [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]]: The BigBad of the first game is [[spoiler: Hel, the sister of Django and Sabata's mother, Mani]].
* EyepatchOfPower: Lucian.
* TheFatalist: Sabata in ''Boktai''.
* FlamingSword: In Boktai 2, all swords can be enchanted with flame and become this. The Flamberge in particular is [[OddlyShapedSword designed to be shaped like a flame]] and does even more bonus damage when flame enchanted.
* {{Fluorescent Foot|prints}}steps: The Steps of course.
* FortuneTeller: Zazie and [[spoiler: the old sunflower girl that dies prior to Zoktai]].
* FrickinLaserBeams: the Gun Del Sol.
* FusionDance: Django and Otenko can temporarily merge to form Sol Django. Also in ''Lunar Knights'', Lucian and Aaron can merge with the dark and light terrenials, respectively, to enter a more powerful form, although it has a fairly short duration.
** It's also implied in Boktai that [[spoiler:Hel fuses with her sister, Django and Sabata's mother, Mani]].
* GameplayGuidedAmnesia: Django begins Shinbok with amnesia, mostly for tutorial purpose. This is explained by the shock of his "death".
* {{Golem}}: There's a whole mook family of these made of clay, stone, [[{{Snowlem}} ice]], and whatever '+' is supposed to be. Muspell from Boktai is a ginormous one and can split himself into a small army of these.
* GirlsWithGuns: Female Guild members in Lunar Knights. Most notably Bea, who carries a homing rocket launcher.
* GorgeousGorgon: Subverted with Carmilla. She's beautiful, she has snakes in her hair, and she has the ability to petrify; she is a gorgon in ''every sense of the word'', yet the game names her as a ''[[OurBansheesAreLouder banshee]]''.
* GratuitousJapanese: TAIYOOOOHHHH
** ANNNNKOOOOKU
* TheGunslinger: Nearly all of the characters. All of the Solar Children that used the Gun Del Sol, most notably Ringo and his son Django. Sabata qualifies as well, using the Gun Del Hell. The younger Smith also falls into this category, being a master of gun making, as well as teaching Ringo how to use guns. In Lunar Knights, guild members [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin are literally called gunslingers]].
* GunAccessories: The Gun Del Sol is, for all intents and purposes, one giant mix and match of GunAccessories.
* HandCannon: The Gun Del Sol is quite a bit larger than a normal handgun, although in the second and third games, Django is able to hold it with one hand. When fully upgraded, it can unleash devastating power of each element.
* HandWave: One that [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality probably didn't need explaining]]. Before Django tackles his first Undead Dungeon, Otenko tells him that due to flaws in space-time, puzzles will be reset and enemies will respawn whenever they return to a completed dungeon.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Sabata, over the course of the first three games. When he is first introduced, he is a villain. Then he becomes more on the hero side of AntiHero, then becomes evil once again. Justified in Boktai 3 as he was [[spoiler: BrainwashedAndCrazy]].
* HellHound: One of the higher level mooks. Garmr's namesake is one of these.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ringo]] in Boktai 2. Depending on which ending you get, any combination of [[spoiler: Carmilla, Sabata, and/or Otenko]] in Boktai 3.
* HomingProjectile: The Stalker frame for the Gun Del Sol in Boktai 1 and 2, and the Witch rocket launcher in Lunar Knights.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork MegaMan.exe]] helps Django out in ''Boktai 2'' and ''Boktai 3''. There's crossovers in the ''Battle Network'' games too.
** There are likewise Wifi-instigated crossover events between Boktai DS and [[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Ryuusei no Rockman]], though these were removed from the english localization...for some reason.
** There's an old amnesiac in Boktai 2 that is implied to be [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]], himself. In Lunar Knights, one of the items you can find is the "Cool Bandana", which will automatically use a healing item should you die and was said to be once owned by a "legendary soldier".
* IsometricProjection
* ItemCrafting: The second game uses this to a degree. While it still calls upon the series' gimmick to get the job done, and you have to have a certain skill level to forge higher level weapons, and you need to be above certain levels to use half of the weapons, it is possible to get a very good weapon for fighting ThatOneBoss, [[spoiler: a spear that deals extra damage when paired with the flame element...]]
** The first game has a variant in the Solar Tree; you can plant fruit in its roots, which causes other fruit to grow in it.
** Likewise, this is how you upgrade weapons in ''Lunar Knights''.
* KillItWithFire: [[CaptainObvious Every enemy with the]] ''[[AnIcePerson frost]] [[ElementalRockPaperScissors element]]'' is subject to this.
** Subverted with Duneyrr who will leave herself vulnerable to attack if you light a chandelier that is conveniently placed in the middle of the room. Ya know what they say; ''[[{{cliche}} a moth to a flame]]''.
** Played HARD with the Mummies. Using the flame element will cause Mummies to ''burst into flames'' running around lighting any other mummies ablaze; they will also [[OneHitKill insta-kill]] {{golem}}s and damage any other {{mook|s}} unfortunate enough to grace its path. Then after ''all of that'', when they die, they [[StuffBlowingUp EXPLODE]]. It doesn’t help that their weapon of choice is spitting out bombs that you can bounce back at them.
* KonamiCode: In the first game, it can be input in one room in The Abyss, rewarding the player with a Life Fruit.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Django and Sabata are similar to their mom and dad, Ringo and Mani, respectively. Mentioned by someone who is heavily implied to be [[spoiler:the past Sunflower Girl]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Sunflower Girl]]''': You surely are the son of that man... Yer brother's like yer mum, but you're just like yer dad."
* LightEmUp
* LoanShark: Dark Loans, which will loan you sunlight energy at crazy huge interest rates (800% plus principal, or ''nine times what you took'' if you don't have any sunlight) if you happen to be playing indoors. If you don't have enough energy stored in the bank by the time the payment deadline rolls around, you'll be forced to run on a treadmill until you've made back all of the energy, unless you maxed it out, in which case Doomy lets you off with a bit less.
** ContinuityNod: In ''Lunar Knights'', Dark Loans is mentioned as having gone ''bankrupt''. Given that in Shinbok, you could get a special weapon by running yourself deep in debt five times over, it's not surprising this is how it happened.
** ...Except that Lunar Knights and Shinbok are alternate universes. Django's grave was never broken open in the Lunar Knights continuity, so Shinbok never happened. Probably Dark Loans' poor business practices got them screwed over in the meantime anyway.
* LocomotiveLevel: ''Lunar Knights'' sports one of these that features a TraintopBattle.
* {{Lunacy}}: When the ingame calender detects a full moon, the player can press A at night to cause Lunar Bugs to appear. These bugs can be absorbed to heal the player. In a more extreme example, the BigBad of the first game, Hel, can use the power of the Moon to turn the entire planet Undead, after the necessary energy sacrifices are in order.
* MagikarpPower: The second game's use of bare hands. Come on, not only does the attack power grow with strength, but skill also.
** Also Aaron in ''Lunar Knights'', courtesy of the game's [[{{Cap}} Damage Cap]] and his possession of a rapid-fire capable weapon.
* {{Magitek}}: The Gun Del Sol, Including the weapons and enchantments from the Sol De Vice, and The Pile Driver, as well as the Coffin Bike and other interactive parts throughout the games.
* MarathonLevel: The Azure Sky Tower, Dream Avenue, and Vambery. Extra points to AST for having a maximum of ''99 floors'', which gets tiring as soon as the floor limit reaches past 30.
** Vambery is technically ''longer'', as each of its sections of 9 has a tenth, "Boss" floor, for a max of 100. That and all the enemies are whatever level the floor is, so you can imagine level 99 to be... painful.
* MarshmallowHell: This happens to Django twice in the third game. Unfortunately for him, one of those times involves a girl who is a bit...flat...in addition to being the CuteBruiser. Poor Django ends up within an inch of his life.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Dumas is treated as the main villain until he's beaten, and finally Polidori explains his role]].
* {{Meido}}: ''Lunar Knights'' gives us [[RobotGirl Carmilla]]. Frilly headpiece and everything.
* MinigameCredits: In Boktai 1, after the second playthrough, you get an item collecting mini-game during the credits roll. Boktai 2 features a mini-game [[CaptainObvious during the credits]] where the player controls Nero as he chases Django in his [[spoiler: mouse form]] while avoiding [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal bats, bees, and bombs]].
* MirrorBoss: Sabata.
* MsFanservice: Bea, from Lunar Knights. She sports a ''very'' form-fitting outfit that at once shows off her endowments, hips, and the stretch of her stomach.
* MultipleEndings: Shinbok. Depending on how badly you fare in the final battle, [[spoiler:Sabata and/or Otenko]] will die. It is, however, possible to save them both.
* MyNameIsQuestionMarks: In ''Boktai'', you set the protagoinist's name upon creating the save, but the narrator uses ??? on his introductory speech about Istrakan.
* NameAndName: The Japanese version of ''Lunar Knights'' is titled ''[[MarketBasedTitle Bokura no Taiyou: Django & Sabata]]''. The initials of the main characters happens to be [[SuperTitle64Advance "DS"]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Count of Groundsoaking Blood, anyone?
* NearVictoryFanfare: All the games have the Pile Driver music, which gets steadily more epic as you get closer to purifying the boss.
* NecessarilyEvil: [[spoiler: Duke Dumas]] portrays himself this way, but it's not clear whether he even rose to the level of NobleDemon beforehand. [[spoiler:Given that Ratatosk (or the Count), implied precede him, was in more or less open rebellion against the Galaxy-Universe the immortals serve during the third game, it's every bit as likely that Dumas killed his lord and murdered Aaron's father to keep the Galactic Immortals happy and to destabilize his biggest local opposition in one fell swoop]].
* {{Nerf}}: There's actually a series-wide example with Django. In the first game, his Gun Del Sol had arguably the fastest Shooting Frequency. Then came ''Boktai 2'', where the frequency of the Solar Gun was a little bit lowered, but had a pretty decent attacking-speed with other weapons. Fast forward to ''Boktai 3'', and the speed of his swordslashes was downgraded so much it got even riskier to attack the enemies up front (without using certain, faster hitting weapons) and just stick with the Solar Gun, which was improved from its ''Boktai 2''-incarnation (thanks to it being customizable again).
* NeverFoundTheBody: Ringo.
--> '''Sabata''': There's something I want to ask you. Is our Father... Is he really dead? Did you see it with your own eyes? His last moments, I mean...
--> '''Smith''': ...Nobody saw his last moments... He used himself as bait to lure the Count away, so the people of the city could escape. We never found his body...
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Done double duty in ''Lunar Knights''. It turns out [[spoiler: Dumas]] was using Casket Armor, the paraSOL, and bottlenecked humans all in an attempt to [[spoiler: protect his own people from the paraSOL's PlanetEater functionality; Lucian and Aaron taking Dumas down gives Polidori a reason to fire it up.]]
** Furthermore, after taking down a simulacrum of [[spoiler: Polidori]] at the very top of the Vambery, a freshly revived [[spoiler: Dumas]] warns them that what they just did was akin to[[spoiler: starting a war with the Immortals, an ''entire race'' of {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s]]. I want my sequel, Konami.
** Django has this happen in ''Zoktai'' when he [[spoiler: gathers the tarot cards that prevent Black Dainn from entering the Aqueduct thus allowing him to break one of the seals preventing Jormungandr from awakening]].
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Both played straight and subverted. Regular enemies will typically turn to ashes when killed or some simlar variation (like how [[{{Golem}} golems]] explode into rubble). Subverted in the case of Immortals in that they will leave a body, which you will then put in a coffin and drag to the Piledriver where you proceed to ''burn their body to ashes.''
* NoExportForYou: ''Boktai 3'' was briefly listed on Kojima Productions' English website as ''[[StoppedNumberingSequels Boktai: Sabata's Counterattack]]'', but ultimately remained a Japan-exclusive release.
** This is also applied to a ''Boktai 3''-related sidequest in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 6'' that had [=MegaMan=] spanning the [[DerelictGraveyard Graveyard]] area at the end of the Undernet. Not only was the sidequest removed, several of the areas the player had to traverse were removed wholesale from the game's code and certain items were relocated and downgraded - which left players wondering why Bass, who has nothing whatsoever to do with bats, was left holding the "Bat Key"? And why was the prize so darn lackluster?
** The Japanese versions of ''Lunar Knights'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' could link up and unlock bonuses in each others' games (including a new Terrennial in ''Lunar Knights''), but despite the fact both were localized English, they can no longer link up. You can still get the bonus cards in ''Star Force'' through Action Replay, but it's a bit buggy. The data for the Terrennial was completely removed, though.
* NonstandardGameOver: ''Boktai 2'' is pro at this. Fail to piledrive Django in time, bite Lita at night, join forces with the big bad or fail to draw enough sunlight when Jörmungandr swallows you. This last one could dub for NightmareFuel or FridgeHorror...
* NotQuiteDead: At the beginning of ''Boktai 3'', Django is defeated by a mind-controlled Sabata and buried in a graveyard, only to be reanimated by his dormant vampire blood.
* NothingButSkulls: In ''Boktai 3'', the player fights the final boss on a pile of these.
* OldSaveBonus: ''Lunar Knights'' gives different bonuses for having the various ''Boktai'' games inserted in the GBA slot, in the form of reading the sunlight input. The ''Boktai'' games themselves have passwords at the end that can be used to carry over a character's rank.
** In VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 5: Twin Leaders putting a ''Boktai'' or ''Boktai 2'' cartridge in the w-slot would also net bonuses; 2 (3 in Japan) netting [=MegaMan=] the overpowered Sol Cross.
* OmnicidalManiac: Polidori in ''Lunar Knights''. Look at it this way: he's just one of a ''race'' of these guys.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: At least [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in ''Lunar Knights'', where the differences are because of high-powered armor, spirit familiars, etc.
** In universe example between the GBA trilogy and ''Lunar Knights'' - "vampires" and "immortals" are treated as different creatures in LK, which would suggest that the former are simply earthbound variations of the latter - it's also implied that vampires have been accepted into the earth's natural activities as another creature, which raises... interesting questions about what exactly are the plans for dealing with their morality.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: Aside from being able to create Skeleton enemies, Liches in ''Boktai 2'' are given power over either [[ShockAndAwe lightning]] or [[PlayingWithFire fire]].
* PaletteSwap: You have your basic enemy [[PaletteSwap palette swaps]] for higher level and [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental]] variations like any basic [[RolePlayingGame RPG]]. However! In a more unusal twist, in ''Boktai 1'', Sabata appears as a palette swap of Django, despite that the official artwork shows the differences in their appearances.
** Carmilla and Hel will sometimes appear with a different palette between midnight and 3 in the morning.
** [[ColorCodedMultiplayer Multiplayer utilizes recolors of Django to differentiate the players from each other]].
** Wearing the various Mega Man armors in ''Boktai 3'' will change Django's palette.
* PettingZooPeople: You'll meet anthropomorphic dogs and foxes as [=NPCs=] in ''Lunar Knights''.
* {{Pirate}}: In Boktai 3, the dungeon Pirate Island, and the three pirate skeletons in the Dark Castle.
* PhlebotinumBattery: Django and Aaron are powered by the Sun, Lucian is powered by the Moon, and in a bit of a variation, Sabata is powered by a lack of sunlight.
* PlanetEater: Byron.
** Also [[spoiler:Jormungandr]].
* PlantPerson: Red Durathror.
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Rather the ''point'' of the series, really. It's what powers the Gun Del Sol.
* RareCandy: ''Boktai 2'' introduced a level system to the series. Django gets three stat points per level-up and can distribute them as he likes. But he can also find [[TarotMotifs Tarot]] cards, of all things, and some of these increase a particular stat ala Rare Candy.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: ''All'' of the Immortals, also the vampires in Lunar Knights. ''Especially'' [[spoiler:Hel, Jormungandr, and Vanargand]].
** Also [[spoiler:Sabata in Boktai and Shinbok]].
* RetCon: A major (and, unfortunately, kind of sloppy) one happens in ''Lunar Knights'', regarding the natures of the vampires of Earth. The first three games establish that vampires are "Immortals", beings removed from the cycle of life and death and lead by "Dark", "the will of the Galaxy-Universe". If living beings will not submit to the Undeadening (the premise of the first game), the Immortals will activate an Ancestor Piece and annihilate them instead (the premise of the second game). Ratatosk, the villain of the third game, is unique in his refusal to follow Dark's orders and instead trying to establish himself as ruler of the planet with the Ancestor Piece buried in the moon. In Lunar Knights (a timeline in which Ratatosk succeeds in his mission), the rules change a bit: the game insists that the vampires are suddenly ''[[InformedAttribute living beings]]'', while trying to establish the {{Aesop}} that "all life is precious". [[BrokenAesop Unfortunately]], the [=LK=] vampires are ''exactly the same'' in nature and powers (and are responsible for several atrocities, which deadens the empathy), including their signature preservation from the cycle of life and death (i.e. they still need to be purified). The term "Immortals" in Lunar Knights now refers to the beings responsible for placing Dumas in charge. (Are the vampires just their hick cousins from Earth)?
* RightHandCat: With her talents at summoning chimerae and piloting a HumongousMecha, Perrault is not only the Right-Hand Cat of TheDragon, but also his BattleButler.
* TheRival: Sabata.
* RobotGirl: The robotic attendants at the Solar Bank and the store and also the seemingly more human robotic female aide to the the resident MadScientist.
* RollingAttack: Golems attack by doing this; luckily for the player InertiaIsACruelMistress.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Django wearing his father's crimson scarf, which becomes [[CapeWings wings]] when he turns into a vampire.
** Also Sabata wears his mother's blue scarf.
** Aaron's scarf qualifies as well.
* SealedEvilInACan: ''Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django'' has a textbook example in its BigBad, [[spoiler: Jormungandr]].
** The [[NoExportForYou Japan only sequel]] has a similar deal, except its cosmic horror, Vanargand, was sealed on the frickin' MOON.
* ShoutOut:
** The protagonist's name is a shout out to the [[Film/{{Django}} western of the same name]], where a gunslinger named Film/{{Django}} drags a coffin (with a machine gun inside) around.
** Sabata's name is a shout out to a film [[Film/TheSabataTrilogy Trilogy]], with the two films played by Creator/LeeVanCleef and the [[DolledUpInstallment third]] one played by Creator/YulBrynner.
** [[Film/{{Django}} Black cat Nero is named after Franco Nero, the actor who played Django in the film]]. Doubles as StealthPun, as Nero means Black in Italian.
** Ringo is named (and based) after the main character from APistolForRingo. Doubles as a StealthPun, as Boktai's Ringo [[DontExplainTheJoke "steals" Django's Pistol.]]
** Django and Sabata's dual-attack is named "TheWildBunch".
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid ???]] calls himself a [[Film/DollarsTrilogy Man with No Name]].
** Film/{{Sartana}} is a reference to the film of the same name.
** Trinity is a reference to the main character in the [[Film/{{Trinity}} Trinity Duology]].
** In ''Boktai 2'' and ''Boktai 3'', there are three townspeople named Ennio (who keeps the Clock Tower, the in-game clock), Luis and Marcello. In order, they're named after Music/EnnioMorricone, LuisEnriquezBacalov and MarcelloGiombini. Morricone is best known for compossing the memorable Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly main theme, Bacalov composed the original Film/{{Django}} theme song and Giombini composed the main [[Film/TheSabataTrilogy Sabata]] theme.
** Many locations are named after real cities. San Miguel is named after San Miguel de Allende in UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}}, Culiacán, Acuna (Acuña) also exist in real life Mexico.
* SiblingTeam: There are two, technically three, of these present in the Boktai series.
** In ''Boktai: The Sun is In Your Hand'' Django and Sabata team-up to defeat the [[spoiler: [[BigBad Queen of the Immortals, Hel]]]].
** In ''Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django'' Django and Sabata team up twice to defeat [[spoiler:their father]], who unbeknownst to them had been [[spoiler:turned into a vampire]], and later to defeat [[spoiler:[[SpellMyNameWithAThe the Black Dainn]], who [[BodySnatcher possesses their father's body]]]]. Both fights are fashioned the same way with a few changes here and there, hence the afore mentioned 'technically'.
* SinisterScythe: Lucian is able to get the scythe Hel, which can split into four blades forming a claw that he can use in a spin attack.
* [[WalkItOff Sleep It Off]]: Black Django can recover energy by doing this... inside of a [[AnOddPlaceToSleep coffin]].
* SolarAndLunar: The series is big on this, though with a dash of DarkIsNotEvil applying to the lunar half of the trope.
* SpaghettiWestern: Yes.
** In ''Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand'', Django's motive for adventure is the same as his film's namesake: revenge. Except he's doing it to [[YouKilledMyFather avenge his father]] instead of lover. While the setting is based on your average European Fantasy, Django's silent-hero personality and reason to adventure invoke the Western feeling, as well his duels with Sabata.
** TurnedUpToEleven in the second game, ''Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django''. The soundtrack as a whole is inspired by music composed by Music/EnnioMorricone in said films, as well the setting (which, incidentally, is named San Miguel, just like the town The Man with No Name tries to get some easy money in Film/AFistfulOfDollars). A few townspeople speak with southern accent as well.
** ''[[NoExportForYou Boktai 3]]'' has the Western elements toned down, but still feels vaguely like that, plot-wise. In specific, the sense of danger and nostalgia is similar to the Twilight-Era Spaghetti Westerns (the last ones made when the genre died).
** ''Lunar Knights'' involves Lucian, whose reason to hunt vampires is pure Anti-Heroism, similar to the Spagheti Western-genre anti-hero. In specific, he wants to avenge his lover, no matter the cost. [[Film/{{Django}} Where did I heard that before?]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'', which was developed by the same staff.
* SpriteMirroring
* SunnySunflowerDisposition: The sun spirit Otenko.
* SuperTitle64Advance: The Japanese title of ''Lunar Knights''.
* ATasteOfPower: Boktai 2 starts Django off with his very high-level Dragoon Frame and enough ENE to fire a hundred times before recharging, on top of being able to one-shot enemies. Sadly, it never gets back up to 100 percent until Shinbok; its partially repaired version sucking up fifty times the ENE for half the damage, on top of being locked in (a slightly upgraded) Knight and the Sol Lens.
* TemporalParadox: Trinity causes one of these, specifically a GrandfatherParadox, when he accidentally breaks a tombstone that was [[LockedInTheDungeon sealing Django in the Underground Prison]]. This leads to Django living when he, originally, should have died. Thus ''Shinbok'' is the [[AlternateUniverse universe]] where Django lives and ''Lunar Knights'' the one where he died.
* TimeTravel: The Boktai universe features a few examples.
** Part of how the Doomsday Phenomenon works is that the undead can slip travel through time and recover, however, it only works in certain areas affected by the phenomenon. Essentially this is how the game accounts for RespawningEnemies.
--> '''Otenko''': It's here... Can you feel it? The presence of the Undead...We're not in the city anymore. This is an Undead Dungeon. Every time you enter an Undead Dungeon, all traps and enemy monsters return to their original state. It's all part of the Doomsday Phenomenon. Be sure to stay alert, Django!
** ''Boktai 2'' features a dungeon called the House of Time which allows the player to go backwards and fowards through two points in time.
--> '''???''': This is the House of Time... a distorted time space where past and present collapse.
** Another example is the events that occur in ''Shinbok'', see TemporalParadox above.
* TitleDrop: Django and Sabata's use of "Our Sun!" (aka "Bokura no Taiyō!") in the first game, Lucian merely dropping the name of his game at the end of the Epilogue.
* ThemeNaming: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Characters_in_the_Boktai_series#Naming_references And how.]]
** Film/{{Django}}, [[Film/TheSabataTrilogy Sabata]], [[APistolForRingo Ringo]], Film/{{Trinity}} and Film/{{Sartana}} are all named after the protagonists of SpaghettiWestern films.
** Ennio, Luis and Marcello are named after profilic Italian composers who all compossed music in [[Film/{{Trinity}} many]] [[Film/{{Django}} well]] [[Film/DollarsTrilogy known]] [[Film/TheSabataTrilogy films]].
** In the first three games there's a heck of a lot of names from Norse mythology as far as plot-important enemies are concerned.
** In ''Lunar Knights'', a lot of antagonists and side characters are named after authors of some persuasion.
*** The vampire's authors usually have some degree of MeaningfulName to them. [[CreepyTwins Edgar and Virginia ]][[{{Twincest}} Poe, ]][[{{Squick}} for example?]]
*** Also notable are [[EvilutionaryBiologist Baron]] [[{{Dracula}} Stoker]] and one Polidori.
** The [[ElementalRockPaperScissors terrenials]] are all named after authors of children's books except Nero and Toasty/Otenko. Nero is named after [[Film/{{Django}} Franco Nero, who played the original Django in the Western film]].
** The Schrödinger is a [[CoolShip Mobile Fighter]] operated by [[SchrodingersCat a cat terrenial whose power was split into two separate terrenials]]. Crosses the line between this and a StealthPun.
** The above terrenial, incidentally, is named after [[Creator/CharlesPerrault the author of]] "Literature/PussInBoots".
** Also, we've missed the attendant shout out with the second mobile fighter, Laplace (piloted by Lucian and Aaron). Pierre-Simon Laplace was a mathematical[=/=]physical astronomer who was born in the mid-eighteenth century. Ignoring for the moment his actual achievements, one of the things he is most remembered for articulating causal or scientific determinism, and more particularly the postulation that if there was an "intelligence" that was aware of the location and motion of [[UpToEleven each and every atom]] in the universe, it could know all past and future events by calculating from the laws of classical mechanics. In the age of Newton, the idea caught on, and people began talking about "Laplace's Demon" ([[BeamMeUpScotty which he never actually called it]]). So basically, the Laplace and Schrodinger fighters are named for thought-experiments about ''knowing everything'' and ''knowing nothing''.
** The [[FinalBoss last bosses of each game of the original 3 games.]] They're EACH [[NorseMythology named for a child of Loki.]] [[ContinuityNod Subsequently]], Lucian's weapons.
* ThunderboltIron: ''Boktai 2'' lets Django find a small meteorite which can be forged into a unique Star melee weapon, which gains power as you do and uses solar energy directly from the Solar Station reserves rather than Django's much smaller energy bar.
* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: Ratatosk's plan in Boktai 3 requires a Lunar Eclipse.
* UndergroundMonkey: Used in all four games, though sometimes coloration is used as a hint to its [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental affinity]]. This is more egregious in ''Lunar Knights'', where many enemies are colored solely by affinity - namely, the Ghouls, Vorns, Slimes, Hounds, and Chloroformin' come in different colors on this alone. The Slimes, strangely enough, are the only ones in this group that come in [[LightEmUp Sol]] flavor.
* UnexpectedShmupLevel: a rather unfortunate design decision was made in ''Lunar Knights'' to cap off every boss fight with a ten minute long unskippable really freakin' hard space shooter level. Making the shooter levels even harder is that the DS stylus is used to move your ship and to fire your guns, so you can only do one or the other at any given time.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Polidori's reasoning for giving the vampires control of Earth.
--> '''Polidori''':But don't you find it all a bit pointless? Humans and vampires have fought one another since the days of folklore. Sometimes the humans are victorious, and sometimes fortune favors the vampires, but in the end they always destroy each other... A cycle with no end. What purpose could there possibly be behind such a struggle? Imagine, if you will, a utopia, free of conflict... Isn't that a goal worth working towards?
--> '''Lucian''': Heh... Are you trying to tell me that this town is some kind of paradise? Living like a slave? With a collar around your neck...? You call that a utopia?
--> '''Polidori''': The life of the individual is not the issue here. We must consider the future of this planet... of the entirety of the cosmos. Those who cannot do so have no right to govern over this world.
* VoiceGrunting: While there is some full voice-acting during the animated cutscenes in ''Lunar Knights'', most other instances of consists of grunts and short phrases during dialogue.
* WarringNatures: Toward the beginning of ''Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django'', [[spoiler: Django is turned into a vampire. Although Django is eventually purified, he is stuck as half-vampire, half solar child.]] He continues his fight against TheUndead and the Immortals, although he is given the option to join them, which, if selected, results in a Game Over.
** ''Boktai 3: Sabata's Counterattack'' kicks this [[TurnedUpToEleven Up To Eleven]] by adding [[spoiler:Sol Django]]. Using one "nature" more times than the other even changes the ending of the game.
* WarriorPoet: Django. In the first two games, he rarely talks, saying mostly exclamations. The few times he says more than two words he is this trope. This is subverted in the third game, where he becomes a bit more talkative and less poetic.
-->'''Django''': That day, the Black Shadow that stopped Jormungandr in its tracks... Was that father? Or...
-->'''Lady''': The infamous... Shadow Immortal?
-->'''Django''': I don't know... But when the light is strong the shadows thrown out become a deeper Darkness. The dark is scary... But around dusk, I always think the same thing... It's those dark shadows that allow the world to be so...
-->'''Lady''': Beautiful... I reckon. You're a bit of a poet, aren't you, Django?
* WaveMotionGun : The Pile Driver (Especially with the "Wild Bunch" attack), The Purifex Cannon.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Black Dainn to Django in the Spiral Tower. If the player accepts, the game ends on the bad ending. If the player rejects, the boss fight activates.
--> '''Black Dainn''': Django, I'll ask you once... Join us! Become our Dark Sun!
* WithAFriendAndAStranger: In Boktai 3, Django is the main character, Master Otenko is his old friend, and Trinity is the stranger.
* WithThisHerring: In all his adventures, Django is forced to start off his quest to stop forces capable of rendering the Earth itself undead with the clothes on his back and a banged-up solar weapon that has just enough energy to kill a handful of {{Mooks}} without a recharge.
* YinYangBomb: In Boktai 2, Django became afflicted with vampirism, changing his entire moveset. He had to avoid the sun to keep from burning himself (unless he used sunscreen), could sneak behind enemies to drain their health into himself (normal food hurt him) and could sleep in his coffin he always carried to recharge his energy. After one dungeon, he gained the ability to switch between Human Django and Vampire Django.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler: Polidori]] to [[spoiler: Dumas]] in Lunar Knights.
-->[[spoiler: '''Lucian''': I thought you were just supposed to be an "observer".]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Polidori''': That was my intention, yes... But my intentions have changed, now that the Duke has been defeated. I must admit, this outcome was entirely unforeseen.]]
-->...
-->[[spoiler: '''Polidori''': Without the technology that we have, I would not be able to stand here before you... This is why we allowed you and your vampires to take control of this planet. However... It appears that not even the vampires are worthy enough to govern this world.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: Subverted for [[spoiler: Django]]. He wants to kill [[spoiler: the Count]] for killing his father, but it turns out his father is not dead, but instead [[spoiler: turned into a vampire by the Count]]. Played straight for Aaron, whose father really is dead.
* YoungGun: The two brothers, Django and Sabata. They both inherited their guns from their father and aunt, respectively. In Lunar Knights, Aaron also falls under this category.
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