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The first ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' game on the PlayStation, ''Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden'' tells the story of a simple fisherman's son. His two best friends are Prince Kiefer, a RebelPrince who regularly flouts his father's restrictions, and Maribel, the [[RichBitch spoiled]] {{Tsundere}} daughter of the richest merchant in town. Theirs is an idyllic lifestyle, with no monsters haunting the countryside, no threats to their kingdom...

...And no other countries or continents beyond their small stretch of land.

See, during the final showdown between Good and Evil, most of the world got sealed away by the Demon Lord... and [[TheGodsMustBeLazy God never got around to fixing things]]. Whoops. Of course, that's where our hero comes into play, as he and his friends stumble across a great secret hidden in their island's Ancient Ruins and have to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong via TimeTravel. [[TimeyWimeyBall Or something like that, anyway.]]

[=DQVII=] introduced the concept of 'Party Chat' to the series. By selecting 'Talk' whenever you weren't facing an NPC, your party members would comment on whatever just happened. This wasn't restricted to major plot events, either; Kiefer, Maribel, and the others almost ''always'' had something to say about even the most minor NPC's 'WelcomeToCorneria'. This feature made it into ''Dragon Quest VIII'' and several of {{the remake}}s of earlier games.

A [[VideoGameRemake remake]] was released for the Nintendo3DS [[NoExportForYou in Japan]] in 2013.

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!!''Dragon Quest VII'' provides examples of:

* AfterTheEnd: Your little island is the only part of the world that wasn't sealed away. The game starts with one little island with two towns, a castle and a fishing village, and a ruins that everyone is forbidden to enter. The rest of the story is nothing but [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong saving each island before it was lost]].
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Oh, ''Dragon Quest VII adores'' this one: there's [[CassandraTruth Pamala]] in Engow, [[MadScientist Zebbot]] and [[RobotMaid Eri]] in Falrish, [[{{Jerkass}} Baloch]] in Litorud, Sieben and his {{pet|BabyWildAnimal}}s in Loomin, Firia in Gorges, Lief in Labres...
** Firia deserves special mention here, because [[spoiler:it turns out ''she's not an outsider at all''. She was just [[WingedHumanoid born without wings]], and her worthless father decided to 'raise her as an orphan' and let her little sister treat her like a ''slave'' rather than admit she's his daughter by blood. She takes the news surprisingly well; your party, on the other hand, gets righteously upset.]]
* AndIMustScream: In one village, everyone was turned to stone by the Gray Rain... [[spoiler:and have been worn away by the seasons for ''decades'', rendering it impossible to save anyone. With one exception...]]
** [[spoiler: he worst part about this is that they ''glow'' at night. Poor Clayman assumes this is their hatred for him radiating off of them. In reality, they are just trying to pass on their memories so they can "die" in peace.]]
** [[spoiler:Later on, you come across a village that was ''just hit'' by the Gray Rain, and can get revenge on the monster responsible before saving everyone.]]
* ApologeticAttacker: The first world-sector boss is [[spoiler:Matilda]], who refuses to fight. This becomes a cross between TearJerker and free exp...
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Like usual, you can only have four heroes in your party. The game handles this by having party members leave for various reasons at certain points: [[spoiler:Kiefer permanently leaves shortly before you gain access to the Shrine of Dharma and character classes; Maribel leaves after the events in Past!Mardra, opening a place for Aira to join almost immediately afterward; Melvin gets isolated from your team during the start of Disc 2, allowing Maribel to rejoin you...]] You do ''eventually'' get the chance to ''choose'' your team, but really, given that you've only got ''five'' heroes total... a fifth slot in battle would've saved a ''lot'' of headaches.
* AntiGrinding: Until you reach certain late-game areas or Disc 2, each area you visit has a [[{{Cap}} Level Cap]] on how far you can take your class/skill grinding. [[GuideDangIt You aren't really informed of this; battles simply stop counting towards your class mastery]]. Thankfully, it takes longer to level up in this game compared to nearly all other Dragon Quest games, except maybe 8.
** Only for your class level. There is no restriction for your character's battle level.
* BadassBookworm: Quite a few NPC allies and helpers qualify, but none as much as Saide. He filled a house with books on other cities and traveling, and is one damn good brawler.
* BadassGrandpa: Melvin.
* BadassNormal: Kiefer, as he never learns any spells, although he does gain a flaming sword technique. Some of your NPC allies also qualify.
** [[spoiler:Sharkeye, or at least his crew, qualify. You later realize Borkano was this all along.]]
* BigBeautifulWoman: Mollie, the hero's mother. In addition to being a SupremeChef, she's noted to have aged quite gracefully by some [=NPCs=].
* BigDamnHeroes: Most of the time, your heroes arrive just in time to save various towns and lands from destruction and despair. [[TearJerker Most of the time]].
* BlessedWithSuck: In the Deja tribe, two ''special'' bloodlines are maintained as according to prophecy, descendants of both bloodlines will eventually be called upon to perform a special ceremony. ...A ceremony that will only work ''once''. And nobody's sure just ''when'' that duty will need to be performed.
** Then there's Coastal, where [[spoiler:any babies born there are cursed to turn into hideous monsters and run away from their parents on the first full moon after their birth.]]
* BoisterousBruiser: Kiefer, through and through.
* BonusBoss: God. Literally.
** [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And]] [[FourIsDeath his four sidekicks]], who can be almost as hard or harder, depending on your skills.
* BookEnds: The game begins in Fishbell during the Amitt Harvest when Mollie gives you a Fishsub to deliver to your father Borkano, but he sails off before you have a chance to give it to him. You also discover [[FieryRedhead Maribel]] stowing away on his ship, and she promptly gets kicked off. Later, [[spoiler:at the start of disc 2, after the [[DiscOneFinalBoss first fight with Orgodemir]] and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero resurrecting "God"]]]], you are given another Fishsub by Mollie to deliver to Borkano, but this time, it actually gets delivered. Then, [[spoiler:after the rematch with [[BigBad Orgodemir]]]], the annual Amitt Harvest begins again, and once again you are given another Fishsub to deliver to your father, but this time she makes one for you to bring with you on your first [[TurnOutLikeHisFather fishing voyage with your father.]] Once again, you find Maribel stowing away on the ship, but before she gets kicked off, Borkano allows her to stay on just this once.
* BraggingRightsReward: Your reward for beating the bonus bosses? God moves to your immigrant town.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Don't drink the water in Krage.]]
* BrokenBridge: Will be fixed tomorrow. [[spoiler:[[GroundhogDayLoop If you can get to it.]]]]
* ButThouMust: Mostly played straight, but interestingly averted in Loomin when given the choice what to do about Chibi.
* CallingTheOldManOut: An interesting variation in Gorges: [[spoiler:Grandma Pendragon calls out her pathetic son over his treatment of his daughter, [[LoveMartyr Firia]]. The asshole ''definitely'' deserves it.]]
* CantCatchUp: For a many a player, Maribel can become this. Some try to get her out of this, others [[spoiler:know of her leave ahead of time, and]] purposefully ditch her. Regardless, all of her stats end up lower than anyone's save MP, Intelligence, and Style.
* ChangelingFantasy: An odd twist. He was conceived and gestated for seven months centuries ago, and was then transported to the womb of the woman who gave birth to him when his genetic mother turned into a mermaid. His real father, of course, is a {{Pirate}}.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: See the LoveDodecahedron below, despite the participants being older than children. Also, [[spoiler:Kiefer's departure does this to quite a few people. The Hero (no, not in a HoYay way) has both allies and [=NPCs=] able to see how sad he is to lose his good friend. Although the tablet found in the epilogue is comforting, to say the least. Leeza, Kiefer's sister and only other genuine friend and supporter, is technically hit by this, too. She's noted to be depressed until Aira is hired at the castle, and she can finally truly be happy again as she both comes to terms with Kiefer's new life and having a friend/descendant in Aira, who is also pleased by this, never having had siblings or a real home of her own.]]
** [[spoiler:Maribel can be a straighter example, and can even be hit by this TWICE. This depends on the player's view of her and Kiefer (though she mentions him ''A LOT'' in Party Chat, particularly after he leaves) and how close the Hero may actually be to Princess Michaela.]]
* ChivalrousPervert: Kiefer flirts shamelessly, but won't go any further.
* CollectionSidequest: One {{Sidequest}} sees you founding and expanding your own town. To do so, you travel around [[PresentDay Present Time]] searching for Immigrants, who [[RandomEncounters randomly appear]] in various 'hot spots' in different villages. Oh, and collect enough of different types of Immigrants, and your town will turn out ''extra-special''...
** The Monster Park {{Sidequest}}, meanwhile, has you recruiting monsters. Not for battle partners like in [[VideoGame/DragonQuestV other]] [[VideoGame/DragonQuestVI installments]], mind; just for the park. Oh, and you need to find Blueprints for the various parts of the park, first. And if you manage to recruit every monster available? [[spoiler:You get a Momento of [[PetBabyWildAnimal Chibi]].]]
* ConspicuousCG: With the sprites rendered in classic Toriyama-style 2D looking very much like upgraded ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' sprites as well as 3D backgrounds and attacks... it can look a bit... style-breaking.
* ContinuityNod: Numerous to earlier games, as usual, including some of the names of minor characters. Most notable is the return of the town-building sidequest from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII''.
* CoolBoat: The Marle de Dragonne, which is more of a floating castle than anything else.
** It is, more or less ''two'' boats, glued together by the castle in the middle.
*** It even has its own SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCKu19IXzXY#t=0m57s Now that's one Nice Boat.]]
* CrazyPrepared: '''SAIDE'''. The guy is implied to have never been outside of the desert, but is strong as heck for an NPC, has some mad skills, and hasn't even started on his first ''real'' adventure until the end of the game. Sure, he's Hadeed's descendant, but Hadeed was never as strong as Saide despite having ''more'' fighting experience than Saide!
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: The bonus dungeons. ''Both'' of them.
* DarkerAndEdgier: This may just be the darkest VideoGame/DragonQuest ever. While previous and future entries often dealt with some rather dark material, [=DQ7=] dives headlong into stuff like racism, slavery, ''multiple'' acts of genocide, horrific natural disasters, and more.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMv2cdOHz3k&feature=related God was defeated!]]
* {{Dojikko}}: Aimy of Litorud looks like this at first, falling down the stairs every morning... [[spoiler:[[GroundhogDayLoop But that's not entirely her fault]].]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:The first fight with Orgodemir]] is an utterly perfect example. You fight him at the end of a long, treacherous dungeon (which is conspicuously devoid of treasure). The plot revolves around fighting him. He goes OneWingedAngel midway through the battle with him, and afterward, you don't get any experience or gold from the battle (which is typical for final bosses). Except, you're still on disc one of two. There's more game to come, but for now, change to disc two to continue the story.
* DoomMagnet: Loomin's an entire ''town'' suffering from this. And no, it's not a DoomedHometown, either. [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero Unless you screw up]].]]
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Up to and including wine bottles, books, pots, wells, and columns.
* EvilIsSexy: Orgodemir - at least Melvin seems to think so!
* AFeteWorseThanDeath: The Festival of Engow, which involves [[spoiler:throwing torches into the volcano -- something the local BigBad plans to turn to his advantage by stoking an [=EvilFlame=] and setting off an eruption.]]
* FieryRedhead: Maribel.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: The Angel leotard has a bunch of feathers arranged like a ShowgirlSkirt. But this is just in the artwork, not the game itself.
* FortuneTeller: Pamala of Engow. She's stuck playing TheCassandra when you first meet, warning of [[ChekhovsVolcano disaster]] that you have to avert. [[spoiler:Later, she [[ChekhovsBoomerang comes back into play]] a couple more times.]]
* FreeRotatingCamera
* GambitRoulette: Played by [[spoiler:GOD]] of all people. Blocked entirely for plot contents. [[spoiler:God has set up his battle with [[BigBad Orgodemir]] so that his four Spirits can be revived if they fell. He sealed his warrior Melvin away for the Hero to gain and add strength to his party. The Hero was about to be born in a DoomedHometown, but God saved him and moved him to the continent of Estard in the future when the Ruins could be used. The Hero was originally a child marked with the Aqua Spirit's brand - but only half, his father Sharkeye was not killed, only Sealed in ice until needed so that the Hero can gain the entire seal. Estard, on the other hand, was the ONLY island that was spared from Orgodemir's destruction. On that island was the Ruins that allow the Hero to go into the past and save all the worlds. The shards to get to each world are arranged in difficulty to allow the Hero to grow. Then, right after the Hero has killed Orgodemir, the revival ceremony to revive God is allowed to finally work. Sadly, right after that is the Body Snatcher incident, but... God's Gambit works perfectly.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Talking to everyone, both the various [=NPCs=] and your own party via Party Chat, results in a lot of questionable scenes. In one instance, you can talk to two kids trying unsuccessfully to milk a cow. Your party observes among themselves that said cow is male, and Melvin comments that he milked many a teat in his day.
* GodIsEvil: Subverted, the God you first resurrect is actually [[spoiler:the Demonlord in disguise]].
** [[spoiler:Also, the real God is a BonusBoss, and when you fight him, [[GodIsGood it's just a friendly test of strength in combat. He even looks pretty friendly]].]]
*** [[spoiler:Although, he acts VERY condescending to the party when you talk to him. He does honestly care about humans, he just finds it tiring to speak to creatures which are essentially ants to him.]]
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: [[spoiler:Turns out God won the war against the Demon Lord, but after sealing him away and recovering, he decided to let humanity and the four elemental spirits clean up the fallout themselves in spite of being both stronger than the Demon Lord and free to fix the problems created by the sealing of the world.]]
*** [[spoiler:Likely justified. If he did too much, they would become over-reliant on him, and thus wouldn't be able to grow as a people.]]
** [[spoiler:You actually get the opportunity to call God out on this when you meet him as the BonusBoss. He responds by telling you that you do not realize what true suffering is as he prepares to visit upon you the full wrath of God!]]
*** [[spoiler:He's probably half-serious though. Given that he's [[{{God}} GOD]] and all, and he did take out Orgodemir, it just left him needing to take a quick breather, which is roughly what his match with you does at most. Besides, he tells jokes and uses Boxer Dance! That alone is a sign that he's just sparring with you.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll: The map pieces, which you need to unlock new areas.
* GroundhogDayLoop: One region is stuck in this, prompting further {{timey wimey|Ball}} antics trying to hunt down the cause.
* GuideDangIt: Many map pieces, which are needed to advance the plot, are hidden in out-of-the-way places.
** Want the best monster class-forms or the town-type of your choice? You're gonna need a guide.
* HelloInsertNameHere: Once again, your hero.
* HeroicMime: {{Lampshaded}} by the Party Talk feature; your allies frequently prompt you to respond, or react as if you had actually said something to them... or just given them a Meaningful Look or two.
* ImAHumanitarian: Monsters boast about eating people alive.
* JackOfAllStats: Your hero, naturally. Dharma lets him become TheAce easier than other characters.
* {{Jerkass}}: '''HONDARA'''. Also, that warrior in the pink armor. After having his abilities stripped of him, he takes the demons up on their offer to use the Soulshatter Sword to shatter five souls, with his justification being that he deserves better than everyone else in the Penal Town. The last soul shattered ends up being Neris' kid brother Zaji. You meet up with him again later, and not only is he not the least bit repentant for what he's done, he actually mocks Neris for wanting revenge.
** The present day Mayor of Labres is this, CrazyPrepared, and AxCrazy. He feared someone was going to find the tablet eventually, and had a giant axe ready to smash it to bits when they did. [[WhatTheHellTownspeople Why he did it has no real justification either.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:"The Pink Soldier" dies protecting another man from a monster attack, which is the only time he ever thinks for anyone other than himself.]]
* JumpedAtTheCall: Kiefer. He's so ''excited'' by the prospect of adventure, that after your first actual fight (against mere ''[[MascotMook slimes]]'', no less), he goes into a hysterical laughing fit from the adrenaline rush.
** After ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters: Caravan Heart'', we know the reasons behind all this: [[spoiler:he'd been transported to Alefgard as a child, and has been bored stiff with the lack of adventure ever since.]]
* KavorkaMan: According to the Wind Spirit, ''[[RaisedByWolves Gabo]].''
* KillerRobot: The Mechsoldiers assaulting Falrish. [[spoiler:Comes complete with TurnedAgainstTheirMasters / HoistByHisOwnPetard when the strongest Mechsoldier ''crushes'' the monster commanding them.]]
* KnightTemplarParent: The King of Estard, who forbids Kiefer from helping to restore the world. [[RebelliousPrincess Not that it stops him]]. [[spoiler:Tragically, by the time he comes around and is willing to give Kiefer his blessing, it's too late...]]
* LoveDodecahedron: ''Hoo boy''. [[spoiler:In Verdham: [[UpperClassTwit Iwan]] has an ArrangedMarriage with Linda, but Linda loves his gardener, [[NiceGuy Pepe]]. Iwan's {{m|eido}}aid Kaya loves him, and [[{{Yandere}} jokes about]] ''[[PerfectPoison poisoning everyone]]'' to get what she wants. Linda and Kaya both pressure Pepe to fight for her, but he [[ExtremeDoormat cracks under the pressure]] of trying to please everyone and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy leaves town so she can marry and live well]]. Nobody's happy, and even Maribel and Kiefer get ''pissed'' at the non-solution.]]
** And it goes FromBadToWorse, folks. [[spoiler:We get to visit Verdham down the road, and we get to see the results of the fact that everyone went stupid the last time you were here - Iwan loses the house and is worthless, Kaya has married the new owner of the house, we find out that her poisoning jokes weren't exactly jokes, Linda abandoned her family to become a nun at a convent overlooking Pepe's estate at Mentare and recently passed away pining for Pepe, and Pepe has become a confirmed bachelor. Perhaps it's for the best that Verdham in the present is a ruin, with only the decaying herb garden left to mark that it even existed.]]
* LostForever: An entire town. [[spoiler:If you make the wrong choice in past-Loomin and kill Chibi, the town is destroyed and there's nothing you can do about it.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Michaela has elements of this with the hero. What really hits it off for her are his age similarity to her (a breath of fresh air when your castle is full of older people) and kind nature. Though it's never really explored much, the Hero is noted by allies to get a bit shy around her when Party Chatting, and is said to be rather happy to be kissed by her in the epilogue. This is all to Maribel's chagrin, of course.
* MagicKnight: Melvin, who is more magic-centric. Aira is a more combat-centric example.
* {{Metamorphosis}}: [[spoiler:Little Gabo]] got hit by this.
* MistakenForOwnMurderer: Exploited by the head of the monsters in one area. It strikes a deal with the local priest, claiming that as long as the priest lives in a cursed, monstrous form, it will leave his hometown and everyone living there alone. However, the transformed man is forced to return home and try to live among the residents, who naturally tend to assume that he killed the real priest and is mocking them. In other words, the monster expects them to invalidate the deal by killing the transformed priest themselves, at which point it can swoop in and finish them off...
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Make the wrong choices in certain cases, and...
* NobleWolf: The White Wolves of Orph. [[spoiler:Also, Gabo.]]
* OneManParty: Amazingly, it's not the hero. [[spoiler:Protip:Despite it being [[GuideDangIt completely against common sense]], teach Gabo healing spells. He's the only character that never leaves your party, including the main character, and running out of healers ''sucks.'']]
* OnlySaneMan: In Krage, [[spoiler:only the elderly mayor manages to resist the poisoned water long enough for you to retrieve the cure, and only he drinks the Holy Dew willingly.]]
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: They can be sucked out by a magical sword. [[spoiler:And restored by stabbing the victim with the same blade.]]
* PapaWolf: Borkano. The remaining sea-monsters in the world are why he's so against you and Maribel traveling with him.
** [[spoiler:In a later example, he's rescued by Sharkeye, after it's implied that he's been fighting monsters on the sea -- ''ALONE'' -- for a good while, no less.]]
* ParentalObliviousness: {{Subverted}}; the heroes' parents find out what they're doing early on and cope with it... to varying degrees.
* PetBabyWildAnimal: Sieble does this ''twice'', with Rocky the Bombcrag and Chibi the larval Hellworm. Um... yeah. Guy has exotic tastes.
* PlotHole: After your first fight (against Slimes, of course), Kiefer's reaction suggests this is the first time he's ever encountered monsters, let alone fought some. Then ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters Caravan Heart]]'' came out...
** FridgeBrilliance: ''He'' didn't fight in Caravan Heart, ''his monsters'' did.
* PowerFist: Gabo's WeaponOfChoice.
** The icons look like fists, but they're claws in the artwork and attack animation. His high strength still lets him give a good haymaker though!
* PowerOfTheGodHand: One of three [[PrestigeClass Advanced classes]] is called the Godhand.
* PrecisionFStrike: Averted. A lot of other "bad words" are used though. Even by Gabo. Pretty jarring considering the NES and GBC entries...
* ProlongedPrologue: You need to spend at least two hours of gameplay to get into a first dungeon and first battle with a slime.
* TheQuisling: In Dune, Hadeed insists that Queen Ferid has become this. [[spoiler:Ultimately, she's a sympathetic example, struggling to protect her people while undermining the monsters wherever possible.]]
* RaisedByNatives: Firia, a [[HeartwarmingOrphan sweet little girl]] adopted by Pendragon, the leader of the winged Lefa tribe. She faces constant [[KidsAreCruel bullying by her peers and step-sister]], and copes as best she can... [[spoiler:And then the whole thing gets [[{{Subverted}} turned on its head]] by [[TheReveal her father admitting that she's]] ''[[TomatoInTheMirror not adopted]]''. He IS her father -- she was just born without wings, and the [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] [[TooDumbToLive dumbass]] thought it was better to let her grow up [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer treated like an outsider]] than admit she was really his own.]]
* RaisedByWolves: Gabo, with good reason: [[spoiler:he ''IS'' a wolf.]]
* RandomDrop: The monster hearts are a particularly annoying example of this. You can find some in chests (in limited supply), win some from the Lucky Panel minigame (infinite supply, if you have the patience and luck), but some (such as Boltrat, Dumbira, and LizardMan, all three of which must be mastered to work up to some of the best advanced monster classes) can only be obtained by battling the monsters and hoping you get lucky. Expect to spend many hours of farming before you see your first Dumbira heart, if you don't give up before that point.
* RealMenWearPink: Played with; the party meets a warrior in pink armor who's headed to the Shrine of Dharma to change classes. [[spoiler:He's stripped of his powers by the monsters' trap and shunted to the shanty town like everyone else. He then goes mad and takes the demons up on their soul-stealing deal, and is ultimately killed during an uprising... But dies while defending another man, who is inspired by his sacrifice and calls him a hero.]]
** Perhaps this was a ShoutOut to Ragnar in ''DQIV''?
*** The outfit, yes, but the personality? Never. Ragnar's a hero who [[FriendToAllLivingThings saves children, marriages, and befriends monsters, for crying out loud.]]
* RebelliousPrincess: Kiefer hits every part of this trope's description save gender.
** Later on, there's Aira of the Deja tribe, who's just as rebellious.
*** [[InTheBlood There's a reason for that.]]
** Maribel is a Mayor's daughter. Pretty close.
* RedundantResearcher: The desert scholar.
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:Eri, for {{Jerkass}} Zebbot's dead wife.]]
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Possessed only by your party and the other people on your island.
* RobotMaid: Eri. ''Not'' a {{Ridiculously Human Robot|s}}.
* RuleOfFunny: WHEE!! I'm selling my old weapons to a CHICKEN!! Wait, he [[FunnyAneurysmMoment used to be a human?]] Oh well. How much for this [[VendorTrash Copper Sword?]] Cock-a-doodle-do!
* SadlyMythtaken: Happens in-universe; thanks to TimeTravel, the heroes witness several events which are then twisted by the passage of time, leading to various effects. In at least one instance, the twisting is deliberate to guard the town's reputation.
* {{Satan}}: [[spoiler:Orgodemir is clearly meant to be a parallel to him.]]
** He's certainly cruel enough. Not to mention, extremely prideful.
* SealedGoodInACan: The hero Melvin was sealed away in case the Demon Lord happened to rise again.
** The crew of the Marle de Dragonne were sealed away by a curse of the Demon Lord, frozen in a block of ice for hundreds of years. It's possible to run into the frozen ship long before there's any hint in the game whatsoever what happened to it. When [[spoiler:the Demon Lord is revived and casts the world into darkness, this has the side-effect of dispelling the ice that froze the Marle de Dragoone, and they arrive at Fishbel just in time to provide some help.]]
* ShootTheDog: In Loomin, the townsfolk ask you do this [[spoiler:to Chibi, Sieble's beloved [[PetBabyWildAnimal baby Hellworm]]. It's ''clearly'' [[NotQuiteTheRightThing the wrong choice]], however, and results in [[ShootTheShaggyDog a BAD END for all involved]].]]
* ShoutOut: The man who tasks you with building your own town? ''VideoGame/{{Sim|City}}''.
** In the town of Verdham, there's a pair of sisters who are references to [[VideoGame/DragonQuestIV Meena and Maya]]. One of them is a dancer and mentions that her sister hasn't been the same since they took revenge for their father
* TheSlacker: Hondara, the hero's worthless wannabe ConMan uncle. Your mother frequently worries that her son might turn out the same way. [[spoiler:The Holy Water he offers to sell you, though? The real deal. Surprises the hell out of his neighbors. The Hot Stone he's trying to pawn off also turns out to be very significant to the plot.]]
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: Averted; [[spoiler:when Kiefer leaves, he gives back all the equipment you gave him.]]
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Maribel, with no warning. Hope she wasn't carrying anything useful, like the Bless Staff or Tiny Medals... [[{{Unwinnable}} or that empty bottle]].]]
*** Is that true? As far as I could tell, she returned any key items (but kept anything else).
* SquishyWizard: Maribel has elements of this, though the game's job system lets you compensate for this to some degree if you want.
* StarCrossedLovers: Several.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Aquagon sword. It's initially provided by the King of Coastal as a reward for saving the kingdom, and is by far the best weapon for the hero available at the time (and for a long time after). Later on, it's the key to convincing [[spoiler:Sharkeye that you're telling the truth, and it helps to revive the Aqua Spirit.]]
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: You can talk to your other party members at any time, even during battle! ...However, if you choose to talk [[RuleOfThree three times]] in a single turn instead of selecting your actions for that round, the enemy gets a free round of attacks.
* TimeSkip: Aside from the obvious, you get to revisit a few 'past time' towns while working on ''other'' villages in the region. One case gives you an update on the LoveDodecahedron mentioned above: [[spoiler:Iwan married Linda, but lost his family fortune and now works for the new rich guy in town; Linda's become a MissingMom and left her resentful son with Iwan; Kaya married the new guy and is slowly {{p|erfectPoison}}oisoning him as revenge in Iwan's name...]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: ''Oh yeah''.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: Shows up in [[spoiler:Labres, when the citizens try lynching a monster that's holed up in the church. Turns out, however, that the 'monster' is the kindly priest, who ''voluntarily'' [[BalefulPolymorph changed into a monster]] to protect them for as long as he lived as a mute, hideous demon.]]
* TownWithADarkSecret: A minor version, but still irritating: [[spoiler:Present day Labres turned the tale of how they nearly killed the priest who sacrificed so much to ''protect'' them into a yarn about them protecting the priest from 'evil travelers', and treat the family that's been passing down the ''truth'' like freaks. While you can expose the truth, the adults just keep covering it up -- but hey, at least the kids find out what really happened and decide to work to overturn those lies.]]
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:Matilda. Her fate leaves your little group a bit shaken and forces them to recognize that their quest is NotAGame.]]
* TranslationTrainWreck: There are numerous typos in the English version, but given the sheer amount of text they had to translate...
* TriangRelations: [[spoiler:Layla and Jann are in a relationship, but there are complications even ''before'' Kiefer enters the equation...]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Maribel, who's heavy on the ''tsun-tsun'' and not so much with the ''dere-dere'' for most of the game.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Your hero, Kiefer, and Maribel. Then, Hero, Maribel, and Gabo.
* UnpleasableFanbase: InUniverse example: No matter how the town old man Sim is making turns out in the end, he doesn't like it. He particularly hates the cathedral form, wishing a fiery death on its inhabitants, but he isn't particularly pleased with any other result. The closest to "happy" he gets is with the default town, where he simply complains about the fact that it feels like the town is slipping away from him.
* VideoGame3DLeap: The leap was very minor in this case, with ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' seeing the full presentation upgrade.
* VideoGameRemake: Planned for the Nintendo3DS, and to be released in Japan on February 2013.
* WaterSourceTampering: Krage's sole source of water is a single well in the middle of town. Then it gets spiked with a poison that makes [[BrainwashedAndCrazy everyone believe that they're]] [[BigBad the Demon Lord]]. Considerable amounts of StupidEvil antics ensue until your merry band is able to do anything about it.
* WildChild: Gabo
* WingedHumanoid: The Lefa Tribe of Gorges.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Great job, you resurrected God! [[spoiler:Wait a minute... he's starting to enslave everyone... and seal off the world again.]]
** Congratulations! You've just destroyed the Demon King and finally brought peace to the world. [[spoiler:Except you're still on Disc 1.]]
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