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->''The darkly prospering days of man have reached an end.''
->''You who have strayed from the cycle of the stars will leave not a trace of your existence.''
->''But fear not. You will no longer feel anything...''
-->-- '''Quote from the Game Over screen'''

''Devil Survivor 2'' is the sequel to the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' {{spinoff}} game ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', developed by {{Atlus}}. It was released in Japan on July 2011 and in North America on February 28, 2012.

One ordinary Sunday TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, [[HelloInsertNameHere a]] [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent high school senior]] and [[ThreeAmigos two of his classmates]] are headed back home after a mock exam session. But their trip home takes a grim turn when they each receive a email on their phones from [[MurderDotCom Nic]][[MeaningfulName aea]], a "dead face delivery site" ([[ObviousBeta in beta]]) supposedly able to show the user a photo depicting the death of any person typed into its search engine; however, it is dismissed as a hoax due to the inscrutable quality of the results.

The email contains a high-quality video of a subway accident that kills all three of them.

To avoid their fate, the three friends forge [[DealWithTheDevil demon contracts]] to become three of the thirteen Devil Messengers, gaining the power to bind and summon demons. However, soon afterwards [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Japan is besieged]] by [[EldritchAbomination extraterrestrial invaders]] called the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Septentriones]], with a new invader arriving on each day of the week. As Devil Messengers, the trio have seven days to defeat all [[GeniusBonus seven Septentriones]] while using Nicaea to avoid their own deaths and prevent the deaths of the other ten Devil Messengers. Aiding them is the JP's ([[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Japan Meteorological Agency, Prescribed Geomagnetism Research Department]]), a government organization who lead the attacks against the Septentriones yet seem to have [[GovernmentConspiracy their own hidden agenda]] regarding the unfolding events.

New features include upgradeable racial skills, and a [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 relationship]] system (similar to the Social Link system in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'') that allows you to bond with the other characters.

Does this storyline and artistry seem familiar to you? Work on the Septentriones' story and art is done by none other that MohiroKitoh!

[[VideoGame/DevilSurvivor Like its predecessor]], compare and contrast ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.

Devil Survivor 2 has been given an [[http://ds2a.jp/ animated adaptation]] [[Anime/DevilSurvivor2 with its page here]]. It has been announced that it will get the same treatment as its predecessor with a UpdatedRerelease for the Nintendo3DS [[http://www.siliconera.com/2013/03/02/report-devil-survivor-2-break-code-announced-has-new-story-content/ SMT: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record]] originally intended to be released the summer of 2013, it has since been delayed. It is stated to contain new story elements and new characters added to the mix.

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!!''Devil Survivor 2'' provides examples of:

* ActionBomb: Dubhe, Alioth and Merak's spawn.
* AkashicRecords: And they are extremely important to the storyline!
* AllThereInTheManual: The art book has a lot of supplemental information about the characters, such as their heights, birthdays/star signs, where they want to travel, etc., and even goes as far as to mention that Yamato has a younger twin sister named Miyako (as far as the game goes, she is nonexistent... but she's set to appear in the UpdatedRerelease).
** The game assumes you played the previous game, therfore assuming you know how the demon summoning program works.
* AmbidextrousSprite: Fumi's dress and Makoto's badge.
* AnyoneCanDie: Just like the first game, only even worse. [[spoiler: At least one of the player characters dies in any of the endings. About 2/3 of the cast can die, although the game is nice enough to force you to save people after you have failed thrice, so you aren't left with a handful of characters at the end. Worst case scenario, five main characters will die by the end of the game.]]
* AxeCrazy: Bifrons ''likes'' to kill humans. He'll always ask the Anguished One if he can kill any humans in sight. [[spoiler: The only thing that keeps him in check is his master.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Nebiros brings back defeated demons using his Necromancy skill.]]
* {{Badass}}
** BadassCrew: One mission will have you characters form three of these, and depending on route the Meritocracy, Egilitarian, or Fixed factions will all have one, with the route your main character is on having the most badass of them all at his beck and call.
** BadassLongcoat: Yamato and Fumi. A few characters who don't normally wear them have one at least in their possession. In fact, a LOT of characters wear these.
** ScarfOfAsskicking: And those that don't often wear these.
** WorldOfBadass: Most humans who have latent spiritual power have access to summoning demons. However, even those that don't can at least fight demons to some degree (as opposed to the first game, where non-demon summoners were boned by default and the only reason demon summoners could fight back at an equal level is because of a special [[RequiredSecondaryPowers secondary function of the summoning program]]).
* BareYourMidriff: Turns out Kama just loves belly buttons.
* BarrierChangeBoss: [[spoiler: Beelzebub]].
* {{Biodata}}: [[spoiler: Everything is stored as data within the Akashic Record. Including a personas death and the world itself. The Administrator has the power to delete the world or rewrite it using the Akashic Records.]]
** [[spoiler: BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: Yamato's endgame plan is to convince Polaris to use this to alter the nature of mankind to match his ideal world of merit. Ronaldo, after listening in, derives his own variant of the same plan, substituting merit with equality.]]
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: Sure, the whole "creating a new world from scratch" ending resulting in what appears to be a world of GhibliHills is very heartwarming, but you're really going to miss Al Saiduq.]]
* BlandNameProduct: A ruined "Sterbacks" can be seen in Shibuya, and Yuzuru is apparently a reader of "Shoji Leap". And Daichi is into "Aberzombie" apparel. And Joe got scammed into buying an "Armanyo" suit.
** While Io is looking for books, you can ask her if she's looking for [[ShonenJump "Shonen Chump"]].
** A complete list of these can be found [[http://alphawiki.net/ds2/index.php?%B8%B5%A5%CD%A5%BF here]], though in Japanese.
* TheBlank: Generic JP's members are drawn without a face for a literal version of FacelessGoons. However, they have a face in universe.
* BlatantLies: Grimehkala says something good will happen if you physically attack him. [[spoiler:He repels physical attacks]].
** [[HalfTruth Well, something good for him, anyways]].
** Ghost Q as well.
--> Ghost Q: ''"Let's have a fair, one-on-one fight!"''
--> *Ghost Q summons a bunch of demons to gang up on MC*
* BodySurf: Done by [[spoiler:BonusBoss Nebiros if there are any enemies left on the field, and if there's less than 3 present, he uses his turn to make more]].
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler: Belial, Nebiros, Lilith, Beelzebub, Sage of Time, and Alice are all NG+ bosses, with Alice being the ultimate boss of the game. Ghost Q and Billiken aren't mandatory in sense that if you spend your time elsewhere, you can skip fighting them, but the former expects you to fight him solo with the MC and the latter has several cutscenes dedicated to him. Beating all of them makes them fuseable, although you need to beat Alice to make Belial and Nebiros fusable]].
* BookEnds: The first battle and the last battle in the game take place at 12:30 Sunday and in two of the six endings [[spoiler: the game ends at the same time and place the story began: in the subway just before the train crash.]]
* BraggingRightsReward: It's possible to crack the Anti-Almighty skill, but only by beating [[spoiler: Alice]], the game's most powerful BonusBoss.
* BrokenMasquerade: The existence of demons is worldwide this time around, so no one can deny demons exist this time round.
* ButThouMust: Interestingly, usually this is just the game getting you to stop joking around.
** Averted in the first battle. You can choose to die, automatically getting a [[NonStandardGameOver mission fail]].
* ButtMonkey: Daichi. You can eventually get him to man up in the end... or [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential keep]] [[JerkAss picking]] on him instead.
** The Septentrione Dubhe tries to invoke this. Let's see. He clumsily falls over when Daichi pulls the truck away scared, he looks like a giant (explosive) alien ice cream, and he gets [[DegradedBoss degraded without the explosive element to common enemies with stronger Septentriones]].
** Kama also suffers a lot of abuse during the fourth day.
* CallBack: A very funny one at that. If you manage to defeat both Botis and Bifrons when you first fight them, [[spoiler:you get Black Frost to fight you in the 8th Day in all routes except Alcor's. What happens when he moves cements a full CallBack to VideoGame/DevilSurvivor...]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Black Frost''': The messenger of love and justice is here! Time for some magical punishment! ★]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Hiro''': (Choosing first answer) Frosty!]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Black Frost''': …Ho? What’re you saying, ho? You got me confused with somebody else!]]
** [[spoiler:The message you get from Nicaea after the credits upon clearing the Anguished One's route give another one to the first Devil Survivor]].
--->[[spoiler:You now have a new world. Let's Survive]].
* TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires: According to [[AllThereInTheManual the game's artbook]], Ronaldo is half Brazillian, but if you go through his route he'll occasionally greet you in Spanish.
** He doesn't do any such thing in the Japanese version, though, so it's a Woolseyism.
* ChekhovsGun: A event with Joe has him and a NPC mention Billiken on day 2 as a doll and a God of Luck. Come day 6 and said doll is a boss.
* AChildShallLeadThem: In the Meritocracy route epilogue, [[spoiler:the group of people earlier seen defending a little boy in one of Makoto's Fate events is being led by him, who the game still addresses as "Timid Boy"]].
* ChirpingCrickets: Happens twice in one scene, during an event to revive Kama.
* CoDragons: Botis and Bifrons both serve [[spoiler:Alcor]]. Defeating both results in [[spoiler:Black Frost]] taking their place in every route but [[spoiler:Alcor's.]]
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Aside from combos on CP demons and humans that would be ridiculous to get, the computer enjoys finding lone characters then juggling them with a ranged demon. A few enemies even get unmentioned buffs such as ''anti-almighty'', or making Strong reduce attacks to ''75%'' damage instead of 50%.
* CopyProtection: If the copy protection flags get set off, then during the first boss fight (which starts off as an escape mission then turns into a battle), after the exit is closed off, the event that is supposed to weaken the currently unkillable boss doesn't happen, rendering the game unwinnable.
* CreepyDoll: Billiken.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Common among the cast, much like it was before. Our hero is one of the few exceptions; while he [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair doesn't have blue hair]], he has very striking blue eyes.
* DealWithTheDevil: A website Nicaea, rumored to show images of someone dying in the future, is much more than just that. Anybody who uses the website can form a contract and gain the ability to summon demons and cast spells through their phones.
* DeathsHourglass: The Death Clocks and Laplace Mail have been replaced by Nicaea, a website that is able to predict ''how'' people will die, but without specifying ''when'' or ''where'', which is relevant to the plot many times.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Like the first game, this game takes every trope Franchise/{{Pokemon}} plays straight and tears them apart. This time, you see first-hand the consequences of a failed demon contract, with a named character no less.
* [[DefrostingTheIceQueen Defrosting The Ice Kings]]: Spend enough time with Yamato and Keita and they eventually come out as [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With Hearts of Gold]].
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything:
** No, you can't kill Dubhe with an Almighty-element attack before Daichi drives the truck into it.
** Naming the Protagonist after a plot-relevant character that has six letters or less than their names (either use a first name or a last name) will make the game warn you that another handle is being used with the same name. [[InterfaceSpoiler This is an easy way to tell they are into Nicaea as well]].
** The game will warn you if you accidentally try to put a leader into battle with no skills.
** The passive "Ultimate Hit" makes all your basic attacks almight and changes their name to "Ultimate Hit", the passive Double Strike makes your normal attacks hit twice and changes their name to "Twin Strike". What happens when you use both in the same character/demon? The name changes to "Twin Ultimate", with Double Strike's animation and Ultimate Hit's sound effect.
** During the fight against [[spoiler: The Dragon Stream,]] if you get into a skirmish with another demon, you can [[spoiler: see its head in the background.]]
* DiskOneNuke: You can learn Ziodyne much earlier than the other -Dyne spells if you crack it from Botis.
* DissonantSerenity: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2P0CYZIqAY&feature=related Septentriones' theme]] certainly gives off this vibe.
* DubNameChange: The races of the Septentriones were changed to Star for the english release. In the Japanese version their race names corresponded with their ancient Chinese name.
* DysfunctionJunction: The majority of the cast has a tragic back story of some sort. And those who don't tend to have awful things happen to them throughout the story. There are a handful of characters that have generally happy back stories, like Otome who has recently adopted a daughter. But those can be even more tragic if you really think into it, because now Otome's adopted daughter has to live in a destroyed world.
* EarlyBirdBoss: Botis, should you choose to fight him. Ziodyne and Shield All on Day 3? ThisIsGonnaSuck. Fortunately, his speed is so low your entire party will get several shots at him before he moves more than once, and with some planning you can easily remove all his Extra Turns to trick it into spending all of his MP while you whittle away its HP. Also becomes a DiscOneNuke if you manage to crack those two skills with a Joint Crack.
* EasternZodiac: The demons unlocked through fate and the characters personalities tend to correspond with the Chinese Zodiac. Airi for example unlocks Sheep themed demons and Daichi unlocks Monkeys. The only exception being the Anguished One.
* EleventhHourRanger: [[spoiler: The Anguished One/Alcor]]
* [[spoiler: EverybodyLives: Implied in the hidden route's Restorer ending.]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: One can make a case for both Yamato and Anguished One liking the Protagonist this way.
* {{Expy}}:
** Many of the cast members revealed so far resemble the [[Characters/DevilSurvivor previous game's cast]] to varying degrees.
** The Septentriones have been oft compared to the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Angels]].
** The main trio is initially quite similar to [[{{Durarara}} Mikado, Anri, and Masamomi]] both in looks and personality. But as the gameplay continues, only the similar appearances plays out. Unless the player chooses to make the MC answer like Mikado.
*** This is pretty funny because the character designer is SuzuhiroYasuda.
** Jungo and possibly the main character share their appearance with a previous [[{{Catherine}} Atlus game protagonist]]...
** Yamato doesn't really resemble any other ShinMegamiTensei character, but his philosophy is very similar to the Yosuga Reason in ShinMegamiTenseiNocturne.
* EyelessFace: The random mooks from JP's are rendered this way.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: [[spoiler:Lilith's Temptation auto skill inflicts charm 100% on males and a medium chance on females/demons.]]
* EverythingFades: Even in cutscenes, whenever someone dies, they disappear.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Ghost Q and [[spoiler:Botis on the last day if you didn't kill him earlier in the game]] when you beat them.
* FaceOfAThug: Keita, who looks like the previous game's Kaido with light blue hair. Surprisingly, other than him being a bit too rash about things and eager to fight the demons, he isn't that much of a bad guy. To a lesser extent, Jungo.
* FailureToSaveMurder: When you receive Keita's death clip, Joe notes that you ''could'' choose not to save him, but wonders if that might not be just as bad as killing him directly.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Several; the first notable one is the train crash on the very first day, complete with shots of bloody corpses strewn all over the place. The Nicaea videos provide more of these examples.
* FanDisservice: Tico (female Nicaea avatar) is physically attractive, but her speech pattern is overly bubbly to the point of NauseaFuel. Also, her eyes (when open) have a disturbing UncannyValley look.
** Considering her pupils are five-pointed ''stars''...
* FantasyKitchenSink: A staple of the franchise. You'll summon up [[PhysicalGod gods]] from every mythological pantheon that you can name along with [[TheHero ancient heroes]], [[ArsGoetia Goetic demons]], UrbanLegends, and [[EldritchAbomination horrors from beyond the stars]].
* FauxYay: You can suggest that Daichi pretends he's gay to lie about his attempted peeping.
--> '''Daichi''': Huh... I might get away with it if I said I was in love with Yamato. ...No. That's too risky. *sigh* I don't think I could keep that ruse up when I'm with the girls.
* FiveManBand: In four of the five routes, there are four major characters depending on which route you take.
** Daichi's Routes:
*** TheHero
*** TheLancer: Daichi
*** TheSmartGuy: Io
*** TheBigGuy: Jungo
*** TheChick: Hinako
** Ronaldo's Route:
*** TheHero
*** TheLancer: Yuzuru
*** TheSmartGuy: Otome
*** TheBigGuy: Ronaldo
*** TheChick: Airi
** Yamato's Route:
*** TheHero
*** TheLancer: Yamato
*** TheSmartGuy: Fumi
*** TheBigGuy: Keita
*** TheChick: Makoto
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The theme that plays when the protagonist is registering for Nicaea ([[HelloInsertNameHere which is where you give the protagonist his name]]) is the Anguished One's {{Leitmotif}}. [[spoiler:Turns out the Anguished One is the one who made the site.]]
* FourIsDeath: There are [[spoiler:five admins mentioned in the story. Polaris is fourth]]
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: In the Turn Back the Clock ending, it is continuously stated that the protagonists will need a "strong willpower" to "keep their memories" after [[spoiler:Polaris rewrites the world back at how it was before]]. Guess how the NewGamePlus mechanic works?
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: During the fight with bonus boss [[spoiler: Lilith]] you have to avoid [[spoiler: defeating any of the men under her control or you'll kill them and fail the mission]]. No reason is ever given for why this differs from all of the fights with civilians or JP's members.
** Most likely has to do with them [[spoiler: being ''completely under her control''. They are probably trying to fight you to the death.]] While everyone else fought in the game [[spoiler:are in control besides Fumi.]]
* GetBackHereBoss: The fourth day's boss, in more ways than one. It's actually manifesting at several different areas around Japan, so your team has to split up to kill all parts of it simultaneously, plus once you fight it yourself, it keeps moving around the battlefield to evade your attacks. If it takes too long to kill it, game over!
* GracefulLoser: Botis [[spoiler:in the last day battle against him commends you on having great strength as he dies.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: The e-mail message you get after the credits is in English even in the Japanese version.
* {{Greed}}: Billiken's entire motivation during his battle where he hunts down anything that has macca and kills them to get it. If you don't have any he ''kills you anyway''. Even other demons are terrified of him!
* {{Hammerspace}}: Exactly where does Fumi keep all those laptops?!? She whacks [[spoiler:Trumpeter]] with at least 7 to 10 of em! Her dress is way too small to hold em all...
* HandWave: Explicitly done on more than one occasion by Yamato about how absurdly prepared JP's is.
--> Daichi: An exclusive platform...!? Wait a sec, how is this place still running? I mean, after what happened to the subway...!
--> Yamato: You're wasting time with these useless questions. Let's go.
* HandyRemoteControl: Practically every weird piece of technology or magic in the game is controllable by cell phone.
* AHouseDivided: [[spoiler:By the final day, the party members that are still alive split into three distinct factions concerning what to do about Polaris, and allying yourself with one will cause the party members in the other two to turn against you. However, with the exceptions of Ronaldo and Yamato, you can convince them to rejoin you after the fights if their Fate is high enough.]] On a certain route [[spoiler: you can even get those two to back you up]].
* HumansAreCthulhu: One demon, [[spoiler:Trumpeter]], certainly feels this way after being mercilessly bludgeoned by Fumi.
--> [[spoiler:Trumpeter]]: ''"How do I put this... Humans have become such dreadful beings."''
** Taken literally in that our endless possibilities are able to defy even the fate determined by [[spoiler:the AkashicRecords]].
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: [[spoiler: Alice. Though all her friends are dead, so she respectfully requests that any candidates "[[{{Catchphrase}} Die for me]]!"]]
* IllGirl: Joe's girlfriend. [[spoiler:Her condition is much worse than she lets on and she eventually dies. However, it seems as though she's brought back to life in the 'true' ending.]]
* ImprobableAge: At a mere 17 years, Yamato serves as the director and leader of JP's. Partly {{Justified|Trope}} with the explanation that command of the group has been passed down through his family for generations, and they were the ones who ''founded'' it. [[spoiler:And then deconstructed when it turns out that being treated as an adult from the day of his birth has prevented him from developing a concept of compassion, effectively rendering a low-key [[TheSociopath sociopath]].]]
** Likewise, Otome is a practicing physician at only 24. Not impossible (in Japan, anyway), just unlikely. Fumi is also...some kind of scientist at an age (21) when most people probably haven't finished their undergrad degrees yet.
* [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe I'm Taking It Home With Me]]: Taken to some ludicrous extremes by a Badb Catha when [[spoiler: you have to retrieve the pieces of Lugh's essence. If it gets to a piece first, it will squee like a little girl and directly mention this trope.]]
* InterfaceSpoiler: Even if you don't know the [[GeniusBonus meaning behind the name "Septentriones"]], an in game event points out said invaders are all named after the stars in the Big Dipper, leading one to believe there will be seven major bosses across seven days. You might then notice the title logo and the file select screen both feature the Big Dipper as well as an ''eighth'' star, hinting that the game will not end after a week like the original ''Devil Survivor''.
* InvisibleToNormals: Dera-deka says that you have to have at least some spiritual power already to access Nicaea.
* [[spoiler: InterruptedSuicide: Io is constantly afraid of offending anyone, so she always keeps her opinions to herself. However, this turns into an extreme where if you pick the wrong dialog choices, you could end killing her off several times within the storyline. Her main point of character development is when she finds a kid about to commit suicide because he's despairing over his lost family. Io, whose parents were also killed by demons, finally voices her opinion and convinces the kid to live on.]]
* {{Irony}}: Abraxas is classified as a fallen demon yet Abraxas talks about repelling evil.
* JustInTime / YouAreTooLate: Whenever it comes to prevent a predicted death, you will either arrive just as things are getting grim, or immediately after the irreparable has happened. Even the first failed rescue mission is titled "Too Late".
* KenjiIto: The composer for the game.
* KillItWithFire: What Bifrons does to several JP's members and possibly [[spoiler:Otome]].
* LamePunReaction: If you pick ''Boo-njour!'' before the battle against Ghost Q, he'll say you make worse puns than he does.
* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: The JP's headquarters are located under the Tokyo Diet Building.
* LeakedExperience: Leaders not present in the battle get 80% of what the MC gains (which can be boosted with Watchful and Vigilant). Demons with the latter two skills also get LeakedExperience. On NewGamePlus, it's actually more efficient (especially with the EXP cap removed) to solo as much of game as possible with the MC's team. [[note]]With a solo MC, he gets 100% of the available experience and benched humans get 80%. Adding just one other leader reduces experience gains to 50% for the deployed teams and 40% for the benched ones, and it only goes down from there.[[/note]]
* LeyLine: The Dragon Stream.
* LifeDrain: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Life Drain]] skill. Drain does it as well as stealing MP, and [[spoiler:Bonus Boss Alice uses a powered up version called Vitality Drain. Which drains HP from ''every enemy'' within a range of six.]]
* LighterAndSofter: Unlike the first game, the characters are not locked in one city, so the claustrophobic atmosphere and more explicit decay of society into anarchy are missing. Compounding this is the increase in comic relief scenes and the Fate System allowing for rather sweet and happy moments. [[spoiler:The reason for this is that the characters are living comfortably within JP's headquarters and not on the streets. Where the chaos is spreading and affecting the normal civilians who attack JP's in order to get supplies so that they can survive.]]
** Even the covers for the game get in on this. ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' was dark red and black with the characters illuminated by reddish light. ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' is blue and white with the characters illuminated by white light and the main character stretching out his hand like a savior.
** DarkerAndEdgier: On the other hand, it takes much less time for the whole world to go to hell, and the sense that time is running out is much, much greater. Also, the lessened exposure to the anarchy of society breaking down is substituted by the knowledge [[spoiler: existence itself is literally under attack and its going to get a LOT worse before it gets better.]]
* LiterallyShatteredLives: Several times, you'll see some poor human get hit with a blast of ice magic, topple over and shatter. Ouch.
** Most notably seen with Merak's Circumpolarity SignatureMove in the opening of the battle against him.
** You also see a variation of this with fire turning someone to a figure made of ashes that crumble and blow away [[spoiler:in Joe's death clip]].
* LovePotion: Charm inflicts this. [[spoiler:Lilith's boss battle has all the other enemies on the field be men she's casted a spell over and her racial skill Temptation inflicts this on men, women, and demons.]]
* LuckBasedMission: The fight against [[spoiler:Yamato]]. As usual for bosses, he gets an extra turn even while attacking from a range, moves insanely fast (though only two spaces at a time), and even if you ''can'' get close, there's a high chance that he'll use Megido twice in a row, which will kill pretty much anything. And of course no weaknesses and Reflect Phys. He also gets even ''faster'' as you defeat the demons around him, to the point where even ganging up on him can still end up with him having the faster turn. Even without the double Megido hanging above your head, he has Revive (Recarm on fallen allies at start of skirmish) and one of his demons has Samarecarm.
* MagikarpPower: Daichi's stat growth doesn't give him particularly impressive Strength or Magic, making him much less desirable in the first days, where most of the battles are about dishing out as much damage in one blow as possible. Crack Multi-Hit and Multi-Strike, though, and his above-average Agility lets him plow through anything that isn't immune to Physical attacks (though arguably Keita does the same job but better, and Hinako has almost exactly the same stat growth but slightly more fragile).
* MakeAWish: [[spoiler: Upon being defeated, Polaris will basically grant a wish to whoever defeated him. Each route involves the characters making a different wish. Unless you decide MurderIsTheBestSolution.]]
* MatryoshkaObject: [[spoiler:The materialized Dragon Stream,]] which is made up of a chain of heads linked by NestedMouths. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* MediumAwareness: Justified when characters can see the enemy's name and skills, as several shots show the Demon Summoning App is basically the same as the DS's top screen.
-->'''[[MascotMook Jack Frost]]''':"Gree-heetings from the bottom screen!"
* MeaningfulName:
** "The Septentriones" is a name for the stars of the Big Dipper, after an archaic word for "north". They are individually named after each star in the constellation, which is used as a whole as a guide to find Polaris, the ''north star''. And yes, [[ShownTheirWork you can look them all up]] on TheOtherWiki.
** Al Saiduq is also this; it's [[MyNaymeIs a slightly different spelling of Al Saidak]], which literally means "the test", which is also another name for [[spoiler: Alcor]].
* MindScrew: Once the AkashicRecords start being mentioned, the game then pulls an absurd number of {{Hand Wave}}s. Said records are [[spoiler:actually files for events given for any point in time, and said files have mostly nothing in them and the files with data in them are progressively being erased]], which justifies why The Void exists. The records are ancient, and they have been known to record every point in history with incredible accuracy [[spoiler:but the Septentriones are the guardians of these records and these records are acting like [[VideoGame/DevilSurvivor Laplace Mail]] in which they are both missing the files for future]]. However, [[spoiler:anyone can give new data for these files, since these files can be edited by Polaris and anyone who controls it]], which later becomes the goal for the heroes.
* MonumentalDamage: Plenty of Japanese landmarks either get wrecked or are shown-to-be-wrecked over the course of the game.
* MoodWhiplash: In the Liberator ending, you get a nice somewhat melancholic piano melody that suddenly shifts to the battle theme when the credits roll.
** And in the Chaos ending, the picture showing Yamato reigning over the world is a little less dramatic when you notice the protagonist and his [[InTheHood bunny ears]] in the background.
* MultipleEndings: Like the first game in the series, there are multiple routes. This time the routes include [[spoiler: Ronaldo (Cardinal Ending), Yamato (Mutable Ending), Daichi (Fixed Ending, with three variations including the "True" Ending), and the Anguished One (a very strange ending that could be considered Rebirth). They also have different names each: the person you ally with, a type of star sign, and one of the names listed below. And since Daichi gets multiple endings, the "star sign" names are extended for him]].
** Liberator. [[spoiler: The Kill Polaris Fixed ending is a DownerEnding. The good news is that NOTHING supernatural (good or bad) can ever screw with humanity ever again, and our fate is ours alone to decide. The bad news is that, besides the Void being replaced by ocean, none of the damage done by Polaris has been undone. That means central Tokyo is the only land that exists in the whole world, as over 99% of the Earth's topography is now gone forever.]]
** Restorer. [[spoiler: The Turn Back The Clock Fixed Ending has Polaris rewind time to slightly before the erasure of the world, effectively making the NewGamePlus an in story JustifiedTrope.]]
** Triumphant. Either of the above endings with all the characters recruited [[spoiler:except the Anguished One]]. The "True" ending is the Restorer + Triumphant ending and gives you a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue. [[spoiler:The heroes vow not to forget one another when the ResetButton is hit. Bits of their CharacterDevelopment show. Daichi promises to become more mature. Io is bold enough to walk up to you and ask to hang out. Hinako and Airi are getting along well enough to put on a concert together. Keita--who's now a boxer of some renown--is helping Jungo sell chawanmushi. The fear that all the events may happen again is proven invalid when the Nicaea app says that its services are no longer needed and wishes you good luck.]]
** Egalitarian. [[spoiler: Ronaldo's Cardinal route involves the creation of a {{utopia}} where all men are equal. Polaris' powers accomplish this and the civilians, SDF, and JP's work together to rescue survivors and rebuild society. While the game says that the kind of utopia man dreamed about is created, it questions whether or not mankind can maintain its prosperity without a competitive spirit and the drive to excel. The only certainty is that the future is in the hands of the heroes.]]
** Meritorious. [[spoiler: Yamato's Mutable route culminates in the creation of a true meritocracy. Survival of the fittest rules supreme as the weak are oppressed by the strong, and Polaris points out that even Yamato and the Main Character's supremacy could be challenged at any time. On the other hand, creed, color, age and family ties are no longer a bar to individual progress. Those with natural talent or a willingness to improve themselves are rewarded without fail. Demons are also still around this new world. Meaning that humanity must also be careful of demons.]]
** Kingmaker. [[spoiler: The Anguished One's route has you defeating Polaris and having Alcor replace him as the world's administrator. The world is reborn with man deciding its fate. Alcor becomes God, but loses his physical form and though the heroes lose the ability to interact with him, they still feel his presence.]]
* MurderDotCom: Replacing the Laplace Mail from the previous mail is the website Nicaea, which sends out rather gruesome videos of the characters meeting their fated demise.
* MyRulesAreNotYourRules: Drain functions differently in battles between [=NPCs=], not actually draining anything.
* MythologyGag: [[spoiler:BonusBoss Alice]] is found in [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI Roppongi]].]]
** [[spoiler:BonusBoss Belial]] is fought in [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/DevilSurvivor Bugeikan Stage]].]]
** [[spoiler:Black Frost]] appearance in the game is one big reference to the first ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor''. [[spoiler:His compendium info even states he is powerful enough to become the ''Overlord''!]]
** Joe mentions he's a fan of a [[VideoGame/{{Persona}} Featherman Manga]].
** Nitta is a character and Shijima is a reason from [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne Nocturne]]. The melody that [[spoiler:Trumpeter]] plays on its horn is a segment of Metatron's battle theme from the same.
** "[[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Calm down]]" is the most common response for the Protagonist, with "Calm down, everyone!" being a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** In the artbooks Otome mentions that Koharu wants to go to [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI Destiny Land]].
* NewGamePlus: You earn titles based on your accomplishments in the game. Each title is worth a certain amount of points that you can use to buy the right to carry over demons, skills, money, the demon compendium, and auction ratings, remove the fusion limit and EXP limit, unlock Mitama fusion, and to buy the right to battle bonus bosses. Previously unlocked demons stay unlocked, and titles carry over from one replay to the next without having to be re-won.
* NiceHat: Yuzuru's flat cap (overlapping with [[SharpDressedMan the rest of his attire]]), Airi's white pillbox hat, and Jungo's black bucket hat much like Atsuro's hat in the last game.
* NintendoHard: Ziodyne and Anti-Phys on ''Day 3'' for a ''miniboss''?! [[ThisIsGonnaSuck OH SHI-]]
* NoEndorHolocaust:
** Subverted. Nobody dies when Alioth crashes into Sapporo. [[spoiler: But that's because everyone is already dead.]]
** [[spoiler:Averted later when it's implied that there may have actually been survivors who were crushed by Alioth (and if any survived, the deadly toxins that flooded the entire city would ensure it wasn't for long). Yamato just lied so that everyone won't feel bad about leveling the city]].
* NobleDemon: Botis.
* NobleShoplifter: Done at one point by Daichi and again by Joe towards the beginning of the game. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, given just how quickly civilization breaks down, this act quickly become good intentioned but fairly meaningless.]]
* NonStandardGameOver: If you choose to die rather than live at the beginning of the game. Worth trying at least once to see Tico's dumbfounded reaction.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: [[spoiler: The Anguished One. He feels that humans are too controlled and wishes to bring freedom back to the world. However, being that he is a Septentrione, he comes off as a villain, and in four of the five routes, you and your party kill him. However, on his route, he becomes the essence of the new world, and becomes a god that loves and respects humans.]]
* ObviousBeta: InUniverse example. The Nicaea app is supposed to be in beta, in the same sense as [[GeniusProgramming Google Beta.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: Subverted. The sprite used for all police officers is downright diabolical looking, with red eyes shaded by a rakishly titled cap and a sneering grin. You don't encounter any actually evil cops in the game; the art assets are just reused from the first game where you do.
* OneExtraMember: The [[EldritchAbomination Septentriones]] (septem = seven). There are eight of them. The eight one, Alcor, is the only one not presented as a mindless abomination. [[spoiler: He is the true identity of the Anguished One. He is the one that created Nicaea so that humanity can fight their fate of being erased from existence. In one of the routes, he even become a party member]].
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: The protagonist and the others were going to be killed by a crashing train; in pops an Obariyon, who holds up the train and cheerily says, "No dying that way! I need to kill you!"
* OoCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler: Pretty much all of the characters, if you develop fate with them. Io expresses her true thoughts, Daichi gets over his cowardice and attacks demons voluntarily, Joe foreswears being late ever again, Keita saves his teammates, and Fumi stops her experiments to save Jungo (or Daichi)'s life.]]
** IgnoredEpiphany: Unfortunately, while these scenes look more like CharacterDevelopment than [=OOC=] behavior, the apparent changes do ''not'' carry into main story sequences. [[spoiler: Ronaldo and Makoto are hit particularly hard by this.]]
* OrderVersusChaos:
** Interesting not in the fact the themes are present, as they are a MegaTen mainstay, but in the portrayal which follows astrological star sign qualities (Cardinal v. Fixed v. Mutable) than the traditional split. Both the "Law" and "Chaos" factions [[spoiler:rely on Polaris to brainwash humanity to follow their plans of perfect egalitarianism or a hierarchy based on social darwinism (a Chaos mainstay for the series), and Polaris seems to favor the "Chaos" faction more than the "Law" one.]] All three factions are presented as valid points of view but both "Law" and "Chaos" arguably have terrible spokespersons.
** Oddly, though [[spoiler: a possible Neutral/True Freedom/Chaos variant provided by the Anguished One is a weird mix of the freedom of Chaos and a entity who watches over us and will ''never'' interfere with us unlike past Law figures(and Polaris himself.]]
* ParkingGarage: A recurring random battle map, the site of a very violent confrontation with Jikokuten [[spoiler: and the site of Dera-Deka's death.]]
* ThePeepingTom: in the "Secret Garden" cutscene, Daichi and Joe decide to spy on the female cast members' physical exam. The main character can join them too, leading to an eavesdropped conversation of the girls comparing their "assets," and several minor WhatTheHellHero moments later on.
* PostModernMagik: Traditional demon summoning rituals are transformed into a cell phone app.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Similar to social links in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', this game will have the 'Fate System' which allows you to form bonds with other Devil Messengers, which in turn helps them unlock new elemental strengths, special abilities, and new demons.
** Also, only characters with at least Stage 4 Fate will agree to rejoin you in the final day [[spoiler: except Yamato or Ronaldo if you pick one of their opposing sides or Alcor's route, but you can have them both in Daichi's routes. Ronaldo even ends up helping you persuade Yamato into joining you]].
** Mentioned word for word during [[spoiler:the final battle with Polaris during Ronaldo's route.]]
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: If you defeat Bifrons and Botis early then on [[spoiler:every route except Alcor's he'll be replaced by the messenger of Love and Justice [[VideoGame/DevilSurvivor Black Frost]].]]
* PunnyName: In the manga adaptation, the main character is given the name ''Hiro'' Kageyama.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[spoiler: What Alcor's route boils down to: You overthrow the administrator of the world and create a new world without it.]]
* RedShirtArmy: The gold-uniformed JP's members don't even have eyes in their facial portraits, so it should come as little surprise that they get killed by demons and Septentriones. This is deconstructed by how little their SocialDarwinist BadBoss cares. Yamato only cares about the successful; dead subordinates are incompetent ones.
* ResetButton: [[spoiler: In one of Daichi's endings, you make Polaris [[TimeTravel turn back time]] to before the invasion.]]
** [[spoiler: Not only that, but the whole purpose of the Septentriones are to destroy and recreate the world. They have apparently destroyed and recreated the world numerous times.]]
** [[spoiler: Oh. Bit like [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne Kagutsuchi]], then?]]
* ScrewDestiny: A major plot point of the game is that the past and future are already written. However, you spend most of the game giving this concept the middle finger and saving people and reality itself from their so-called destiny.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** If you defeat all the demons before defeating Ghost Q he'll decide to run away and must be beaten before he escapes to unlock him.
** This is also Kama's reaction to learning what the cast wants him to do.
* SequelEscalation: ''Overclocked'' additions included three new playable days and the most voice acting out of any Atlus title produced at the time. ''Break Record'' is set to trump this with the addition of an entirely new, seven day campaign.
* ShoutOut: To [[spoiler:Franchise/MetalGear when Io sneaks in using a box as a disguise during the mission where you rescue Daichi]].
** To WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes when one of your dialogue options is [[BugsBunny "What A Maroon!"]]
** One of the conversations with Io has her asking you how you knew she was looking for a bookstore. One of your responses is "[[Franchise/TheDarkTower Maerlyn's Grapefruit]]."
--->'''Kama''': ''"TING TANG WALLA WALLA BING BANG!"'
** After telling the protagonist [[spoiler:that he proposed to his girlfriend]], Joe sings a ''strange song'' as he walks away.
--->'''Joe''': [[TheLonelyIsland ''Girl you know we've together such a long, long time... doot do doo do...'']]
** One of the demons you can fuse is JoanOfArc. [[KillItWithFire Guess what her weakness is?]]
** During one of Airi's Fate events, she slips up and drops a box of supplies. You can ask her if she's okay, or respond with [[TheSimpsons "HAW HAW!"]]
* StandardStatusEffects: MegaTen mainstays are all here -- poison, paralyze, stone ([[LiterallyShatteredLives with physical/force insta-kills]]), charm, forget (block skill use), and curse (no heal). [[spoiler:Alcor also has the unique "Ill-Starred" effect which adds damage to any attack against the target.]]
* TheStoic: The main character. Unlike the previous game's hero, who could get pissed off/startled, [=DS2=]'s rarely shows any emotion. Even his usual angry/battle-ready pose has the same neutral expression as his default pose.
* StrategyRPG: Though it's a somewhat non-standard one. No [[StarterEquipment weapons or armor]]. No [[WeBuyAnything shops]] (except for the Demon Auction). No [[HealingPotion items of]] [[StandardRPGItems any kind]]. No [[FantasyCharacterClasses character]] [[JobSystem classes]] (in their place, the various demon races that give them unique functions).
* StrengthEqualsWorthiness:
** [[spoiler:Bonus Boss Beelzebub]] entire reason for being a boss fight. [[spoiler:He's heard great things about the Protagonist and has come to test that strength.]]
** [[spoiler:BonusBoss Belial and Nebiros picking the player characters to be Alice's friends is because they are so strong that they are worthy of being her friends.]]
** [[spoiler:This is also how Alcor tends to test people's worth. Such as the last day battles against one of his three Dragons.]]
** And of course, this trope is related to why Yamato takes a shine to the MC after the party beats Dubhe as well as [[spoiler:why he fights the MC (to "wake him up") in routes other than his as well as why DefeatMeansFriendship for him in Daichi's route. He did sincerely believe MightMakesRight, after all.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Hinako. Lilith.
* TakeAThirdOption:
** When pitted against the choice between Yamato's meritocracy and Ronaldo's egalitarianism, Daichi chooses to instead seek for an alternative solution that wouldn't harm anyone. And even though ''he doesn't have a clue'' on how to do it, he still convinces Hinako, Io, and Jungo [[spoiler:if he's still alive]] to follow him.
** Then, the Hero can further take a ''fourth'' option by not joining any group and [[spoiler:convincing the Anguished One to overthrow Polaris.]]
* ThreeAmigos: Notable in that the Protagonist and Daichi didn't meet Io until the beginning of the game. [[spoiler:In the "true" ending, it's hinted that this is their future as well.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate:
** [[spoiler: Alcor, though his [[BlueAndOrangeMorality values]] fall under different principles.]]
** [[spoiler: Yamato and Ronaldo fall under this better than Alcor does.]]
* TokenMiniMoe: Airi.
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse:
** Though in addition to Tokyo, you also get to visit Osaka and Nagoya. [[spoiler:Sapporo and Fukuoka too.]]
** Taken more literally in the Liberator ending where [[spoiler: it's essentially all that remains of Earth and its landmasses, the rest of it taken up by the Void being replaced by an endless ocean]].
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: The protagonist, Daichi and Io. Sort of subverted by Joe, who joins the group not too long after they summon their demons, and acts as a fourth to the group even though he was mostly excluded in all the promotional material for the game. "Sort of" because he's not really a peer in their age group [[spoiler:and isn't seen with them in the "true" ending]].
* UngratefulBastard: As soon as you beat Billiken, the demons he was attacking decide that he was on to something and proceed to attack you for your Macca.
* {{Vaporware}}: Not the first game but its remake. It has fallen into obscurity about its progress ever since a year ago of its announcement.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential:
** It is entirely possible to allow certain members to die, and you may be tempted to do so just to [[spoiler: avoid having to fight them later on]].
** Try telling Jungo when you meet him that you're a foe and not a friend. It's like kicking a puppy.
* WaveMotionGun:
** Merak's, the second boss', special attack, Circumpolarity. [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill It's not just for show in the introduction for the fight; it hurts like crazy]].
** The final boss also uses one that covers the only path to reach his core in the [[OneWingedAngel third phase]] of his fight. It also hurts like crazy, but you get plenty of fair warning it's about to happen.
* WesternZodiac: Aside from the Main Character, the Anguished One, and the Ticos, [[AllThereInTheManual an artbook]] have stated that each of the characters represent one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The elements of each sign with Electricity replacing earth usually shows up as a resistance for each character at Fate 1, though there are exceptions. Their birthdays also match their respective zodiac sign.
** The characters gender is also determined by their sign. As positives are male and negatives are female.
** The characters routes, with possibly the exception of [[spoiler:Daichi's Liberator and the Anguished One's Kingmaker]] are based on the Qualities of their Star Signs. Daichi's is Fixed, Yamato is Mutable, Ronaldo is Cardinal, and the Anguished One possibly represents Rebirth [[spoiler:since the world is remade]].
** As a side note, [[spoiler: During the Faction Warfare, only Daichi's team has one of each elemental Zodiac sign]]
** The Protagonist and Anguished One not having any zodiac signs themselves leads to fan speculation that they are the 13th Sign Ophiuchus. A long time later, it was revealed that the protagonist is actually Gemini, which would of course be the only sign there were two of.
* WorldOfBuxom: ''Every'' playable female character is notably gifted. (Yes, including the TokenMiniMoe, who is average at worst.) However, this is only really true of their conversation portraits. All are more modestly drawn in the few video cut-scenes and in their battle sprites.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Every day starting on Sunday one Septentrione attacks Japan. Because the alien invaders are named after the stars in the Big Dipper constellation, Hinako speculates that there will be a total of seven Septentriones, with the attacks lasting a week. And according to Yamato the Septentriones have the ability to destroy the entire world.