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After making the first two ''{{Lunar}}'' games, Game Arts developed ''Franchise/{{Grandia}}''. It was originally released for the SegaSaturn in Japan in 1997, but the Saturn version was never released in the west due to the system's poor sales. The game was ported to the PlayStation two years later, and this version localized and released by SCEA in the US and by Creator/{{Ubisoft}} in Europe. It remains the best-selling entry in the series.

It's the [[BoldExplorer Age of Exploration]], and aspiring adventurer/local pest Justin is itching to leave the mining town of Parm and pick up where his late father left off: Finding the ancient civilization of the Icarians. Along with his stalwart childhood friend Sue, the two teens perform enough favours around town to finally earn a seat on the steam liner destined for the great unknown.

Unfortunately for them, it happens to be the age of exploration [[SouvenirLand Brought to You by Disney]]. The adventurers' trade is heavily regulated, with every crook, shakedown artist, and bureaucrat in the western hemisphere barring access to the New World. There's also the Garlyle Forces, a private army originally established to make the frontier safe, but whose [[LowCultureHighTech incredible technological advantage]] (no doubt due to their plunder of Icarian relics) has resulted in a suffocating [[PoliceState security state]]. Which is quite handy for them in case their top General decides to... oh, [[InsaneAdmiral lose his goddamn mind]].

Being primarily aimed at children, the plot makes no efforts to be ground-breaking. HotBlooded protagonist with red hair and blue clothes? Check. Ancient civilization? Check. Save the girl? Take a guess. TropesAreNotBad, of course. Some enjoy the plot, as it makes interesting use of the {{Motifs}} of the ''"End of the World"'' (no, not [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt that one]]) and adventurers, the protagonist is a great example of an aversion of TheChosenOne, and the whole cast of characters is a textbook example of good CharacterDevelopment in action. It also does an unusually good job of making the world seem like it's actually unexplored, whereas most {{RPG}}s have a map which rarely exceeds BabyPlanet size.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AccidentalPervert: Justin accidentally grabs a handful of Feena in Ghost Ship.
** He also accidentally stumbles on Saki, Mio and Nana when they are changing clothes.
* ActionGirl: Feena is one when you meet her on your trip to New Parm. She's also on equal ground with Justin as a melee fighter and has fire magic to boot! She undergoes some {{Chickification}} by mid CD 2, but recovers towards the [[FinalBattle End Game]], although she is surpassed as a melee fighter and her attributes grow towards magic, making her the second best mage in the game, maybe the best if you count her plot related spells.
** ActionMom: It's also stated that Lily, Justin's mother, was a pirate who first met his father when they clashed swords.
%%* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts
* AllInARow: How the other party members follow Justin.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Justin's driving force for much of the game is his belief that Alent is a real place, and that he can get there somehow. [[spoiler:He's right]].
* AncientAstronauts: [[spoiler:It turns out Icarians were space-faring people, and Alent was sent into orbit to avoid being destroyed by Gaia]].
* AndManGrewProud: There are few cutscenes in the game, but most of them consist of [[ApocalypseHow Gaia ruining Angelo's collective shit]].
* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: AT one town, the party stumbles upon a party, that sends them to be sacrificed to a dragon living in a volcano.
* ArcWords: "End of the World". Used as a physical location, a hypothetical event, and [[LastDiscMagic the name of the strongest spell in the game]].
* ArmiesAreEvil: Originally a security detachment for the Joule Foundation, the Garlyle Forces now ''control'' the excavations, hoard ancient technology, and even withhold the revelation about "The End of the World" being a myth.
* ArtInitiatesLife: Liete's Magical Art spell.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: General Baal and his son Mullen.
* AnAxeToGrind: Justin and Milda use them.
* BabiesEverAfter: In the ending, [[spoiler:an older Sue goes to meet up with Justin and Feena after having not seen them in years- and finds they've got ''bizz-ay!'']]
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: Milda's village where males are (barely) anthropomorphic cows and females are humanoids with pointy ears.
* BonusBoss: Lord's Ghost, Kung Fu Master and Leviathan.
* BonusDungeon: Castle of Dreams, Soldier's Grave and Tower of Temptation.
* BrattyHalfPint: Sue.
* BrutalBonusLevel: The Tower of Temptation is pure hell. The rewards are WORTH IT, though.
* CantDropTheHero: Justin is present in all of the game's battles.
* CaptainErsatz: Nana, Saki and Mio share similarities with [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Hikaru, Umi and Fuu]].
* ChasteHero: [[spoiler:Justin; that romantic moment that's trying to happen midway through the game on the ocean? It takes Justin a phenomenal amount of time to realize what's going on, and by the time he (probably?) does (or at least seems to be trying to attempt a 'come on' himself), they're interrupted.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Justin, of which Feena disapproves a couple times.
* ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity: The End of the World.
* ClippedWingAngel: Final Boss: First form, heavy hitter. Second form, dispenses meangingless status effects.
* CognizantLimbs: About 90 % of the bosses have these.
* CombatTentacles: This is what [[spoiler:General Baal is hiding under his cape]].
* CoolShip: The ''Grandeur''. Almost makes you sad to see it explode.
** Fortunately, Mullen has a duplicate airship of his own: the ''Lyonlot''.
* CosmicHorrorStory: [[spoiler: What happens to Zil Padon at the hands of Gaia as well. Some of the side effects are unpredictable, fear inducing and make little sense and aren't explained, such as petrification and inter-dimensional anomalies]]
* CrutchCharacter: Gadwin.
** Milda, to a lesser extent.
* DefensiveFeintTrap: Thinking they've got Justin cornered, Nana, Saki & Mio pursue him into the engine cab of a runaway locomotive -- only to find that Justin backtracked into the opposite car and decoupled the engine. Also, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the brake lever is broken]].
* DemBones
* DisappearedDad: Justin's father.
* DiscOneNuke: Dragon Cut ([[DubNameChange Ryuujinken, or "Dragon Circle Sword", in the original japanese version]]). Gadwin obliterates damn near everything on the first disc (barring a few enemies immune to the Explosion element), and near the end of the disc, Justin gets to learn it as well. Thanks to his much higher SP, Justin can make even better use of it, and Dragon Cut remains a powerful move well into the second disc.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Leen.]]
* DropTheHammer: Hammers share the same weapon class as maces.
* DrunkOnTheDarkside: [[spoiler:General Baal, when he finally gets hold on Justin's Spirit Stone]].
* DuelBoss: [[spoiler: Mullen demands proof of Justin's will in a one-on-one fight.]]
** And the two fights ''against'' Gadwin
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: Justin's first task is to win a scavenger hunt consisting of garbage around Parm. Funnily enough, the last item -- the Wooden Sword -- is dubbed the "Spirit Sword." This is the same name as ''Grandia'''s InfinityPlusOneSword, which you acquire much later.
* EldritchLocation: Warp Space.
* TheEmpire: The Garlyle Forces.
* EpicFlail: Share the same class with maces. Nana's [[ImprobableWeaponUser yo-yo]] also turns into a truly ''[[EpicFlail Epic]]'' [[EpicFlail Flail]] as part of her ultimate attack ability.
* HairDecorations: Sue, whose pet, Puffy, rests on her head as a giant hair bow.
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: When the males of Laine come of age, they sprout horns of knowledge (sic) and take on a new form -- a walking, talking bovine.
* ExactEavesdropping: Justin stumbles on the three sergeants just as one of them is asking about the password she herself needs at that exact moment.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The so-called "End of the World"--a wall that cuts the planet in two, which stretches up for miles into the sky. For most people, it literally is the end of world, unless you have an airship that can fly over it or you're like Justin and you [[{{Determinator}} climb over the damn thing]].
* FastballSpecial: Sue's Puffy Kick.
* FightWoosh: Extreme closeup on the characters and opponents before changing to the battlefield screen.
* FirstTown / PortTown: Parm.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Justin
** TheLancer: Rapp
** TheSmartGuy: Feena
** TheChick: Sue
** TheBigGuy: Gadwin
** SixthRanger: Milda
** TeamPet: Guido
** What about Liete?
* FlunkyBoss: Orc King is accompanied by two mooks when you fight him.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: The "Café" in New Parm, that's only open at night and has female dancers.
** [[RefugeInAudacity The localization actually goes out of its way to make this as blatantly obvious as it can]], highlighting the presence of the word "Coffee" as much as possible, even to the point of changing the drunkard Jin into "Java" the coffee maniac.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Lily uses her serving tray as a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny discipline tool]] on Justin's head.
* TheFunInFuneral: An NPC in New Parm is all set to celebrate his own funeral. He sincerely believes you should be able to have fun at your own funeral.
* GhostShip / ShipLevel: The adrift ship where the [[GetOnTheBoat ship to New Parm]] leads Justin and company to.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Nana, Saki and Mio.
* GoodMorningCrono: [[InvertedTrope inverted]]: the story opens with its main villain, General Baal, awakening from a nightmare.
* GratuitousEnglish: A lot of the battle chants in the [=PlayStation=] version, thanks to a very poor translation.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Technically, everyone but Justin is GuestStarPartyMember. A lot of the characters, like Gadwin, Guido, Milda, and even [[spoiler:Sue]] have lives outside of Justin's quest that they need to go back to, and they will leave the party when their part in the story is over. It's not really a case of SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear, though, as everyone [[spoiler:but Sue]] comes back to help Justin storm the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
** Leen also shows up as a more traditional GuestStarPartyMember for a very brief stretch of the game, though as a non-combatant.
* GuideDangIt: Mana Eggs are the only way to teach characters magic and there are only '''just''' enough for every character who can learn magic to have every element. Combine this with the fact they are sellable AND the fact that you cannot return to many places after particular plot points AND that the eggs themselves are often well hidden...Suddenly, this becomes quite frustrating.
** An enemy in the final dungeon will drop Mana Eggs quite frequently. Granted, you've been permanently cut off from all shops by that point in the game [[ShootTheShaggyDog so they're completely useless]], but you could get more than you would ever need...
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Mullen]]. It's a full stop TomatoSurprise when he starts speaking the Humanoid language, thus revealing his true nature.
* HeelFaceTurn: The entirety of the Garlyle Forces before the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Rapp.
* HeroicBSOD: Justin gets one near the end.
* HopelessBossFight: First fight against Gadwin. You can only damage 0 to him, and after a while he'll Dragon Cut you with 9999 damage for OHKO.
* HostageForMcGuffin: Feena is kidnapped by Baal to get the Spirit Stone from Justin.
* IFellForHours: Justin and Feena being catapulted [[HumanSacrifice into a volcano]]. They have enough time on their hands to trade barbs. This is scene is echoed in ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' between Ryudo and Skye.
* IGotYouCovered: [[spoiler:The Garlyle Forces]] provide help during the final attack on Gaia.
* ImprobableAge: Pretty much the whole main cast, but Sue being only eight years old is the biggest offender.
** Grandia at least ''tries'' to avert this trope by having the journey make Sue seriously ill due to sheer exhaustion and stress, a little shy of halfway into the story (when things are only ''just'' beginning to really get difficult for the heroes). She has to be sent back to Parm with the implication things could have become a lot worse, were it not for Justin and Feena sacrificing the safe way to the next continent in order to transport her home instantly. This is foreshadowed by her getting a stat-progression handicap that becomes noticeable around the time she should be getting ill.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Nana, whose primary weapon is a yo-yo. [[CuteBruiser It can turn into a buzz saw the size of a small car]], but still...
* IncendiaryExponent: Justin's Lotus Cut and Feena's Flame Whip.
%%* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: No shortage of these. We have Typhoon Tower, the Twin Towers, the '''''Tower of Doom''''', and the (optional) Tower of Temptation.
* KidHeroAllGrownUp: The DistantFinale (shown from Sue's perspective) showcases a now-adult, beautiful and ProperLady Sue meeting the married Justin and Feena as they return to Justin's hometown. We never see the couple, but [[BabiesEverAfter we meet their entire LITTER]] of kids that look and act like than.
* KnifeNut: Feena, Guido and Rapp.
* KonamiCode: During the ExactEavesdropping moment described above, Saki mistakenly thinks the password is Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right. The correct password is a reshuffled version of the code, switching every instance of Up for Right, Down for Left and vice versa.
* LadyOfWar: Leen.
* LastDiscMagic: "End of the World", [[spoiler:Feena's]] ultimate ability and the strongest spell in the game. And good God, do you ever have to work for it.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last of Her Kind]]: [[spoiler: Feena and Leen are the last of the Icarians]].
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: used as an indication that time has frozen.
* LevelGrinding: Spells and attacks power up the more you use them, up to 99 times per element and weapon, per character.
* LocomotiveLevel: Justin hijacks a Garlyle train while escaping Mullen's base.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: How Justin's parents first met.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings:Justin and Feena have no less than six kids in the future.
* {{Mayincatec}}: The Icarians, though only with architecture, artwork and the occasional monster.
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:The Icarians. Icarian can be seen as an adjective referring to things relating to Icarus, a popular figure in Greek Mythology; this may be where the Icarian Sea gets it's name, as it's the sea into which Icarus supposedly fell and drowned. The Icarians themselves are a race of winged humanoids who are laid low by hubris, but in this case it's the hubris of humans, rather than themselves, which results in their downfall.]]
* MiniGame: Deck swabbing aboard the ship to the New Continent.
* MoneyForNothing: Only at the very end of the game. By the time you're heading to the TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, you will be permanently cut off from all shops. Yet, the enemies still drop gold...
* MoodWhiplash: At the end of Typhoon Tower, so badly. It goes from serious, to [[{{Narm}} Gadwin being too big to fit through a skinny mirror]], and then back to serious.
* MusicalAssassin: Cactus Men enemies fight with guitars and one of their special moves is a guitar solo (that sadly, has no sound).
* MysteriousWaif: Liete.
* NewNeoCity: New Parm. Catchy name, but that's the only thing it has in common with its steampunk brethren.
* NonLinearSequel: Of course, there's ''GrandiaII'', ''GrandiaIII'', and ''[[GrandiaXtreme Grandia]] [[XtremeKoolLetterz Xtreme]]'', but there's also ''[[GaidenGame Grandia: Parallel Trippers]]''--a game for the GameBoyColor which stars a trio of kids who get pulled into the Grandia world and team up with Justin and his friends ([[GoKartingWithBowser and his enemies!]]) to SaveBothWorlds. [[NoExportForYou It never made it out of Japan]].
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Klepp King, who turns into the four-headed Serpent when confronted.
* PaletteSwap: Almost all enemies and bosses have these.
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: Grinding your water magic at the poison puddles of Mt. Typhoon or any place where you take damage on foot.
** Justin's Immortal Aura skill. It always gives you a lot of experience when used, and with the game's tendency to always have those handy healing save points near, you can easily grind Justin into epic GameBreaker levels.
** Any place where the enemies come in groups of six is a very good place to train your magic levels. The Savannah [[spoiler: once all the enemies have been 'Gaia-ifed']] in particular is a favorite place for players that want to grind for Time Gate.
* PirateGirl: Justin's mother Lilly is revealed to have been one in her youth.
* PowerGivesYouWings: Both Leen and [[spoiler:Feena]] whip these out from time to time.
* PrettyInMink: It's not seen but a mink coat is one of the armors available, at least in the US translation.
* PropheticName: Java.
** ...who is obviously named for [[CompletelyMissingThePoint the computer programming syntax]].
* RareCandy: There are various item that boost stats. And then there's Mana Eggs, which teach one specific element for spellcasting.
* RetiredBadass: Subverted(?) by Java, who insists that he's still an active adventurer. He's modeled from Literature/DonQuixote, complete with goofy-looking armor and lance.
* ShooOutTheClowns: It's only after [[spoiler: Sue and Gadwin leave your party]] that the story turns from a light-hearted romp around the world into a more serious "Save the World from the EldritchAbomination !" deal.
* SinisterScythe: Klepps at Mt. Typhoon use them.
* SomeonesTouchingMyButt: Justin gets up close and-- er, personal with Feena in a crawlspace after she halts too quickly.
* SpritePolygonMix: Sprite character, polygonal levels.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Feena in the HostageForMcGuffin scene.
%%* StatGrinding
* StatusBuff: Sue's Fight Cheer which is the same as WOW! but with cheerleading dance.
* SteamPunk: Parm.
* {{Stripperific}}: Feena's BattleBikini. One piece of official art even gives us ''booty cleavage''.
* TakenForGranite: Gaia inflicts this on everything it touches.
* ThisCannotBe: Said by Nana and later General Baal when defeated.
* TheUnChosenOne: [[spoiler:Justin starts out as an ordinary boy who just wants to be an adventurer. Though he JumpedAtTheCall, and gains the powers of the "Spirits", he wasn't chosen; instead, he fought hard in order to be ''accepted''.]]
%%* UnwillingSuspension
* ViolationOfCommonSense: Mullen, the good son of the BigBad, is willing to let his love, Leen, make a HeroicSacrifice to stop the end of the world. When Leen sees that [[spoiler:her sister, Feena,]] has a power to stop it without anyone dying, Mullen says they are to go through with the original plan anyway.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Squid King. The main problem is that you only have extremely limited options for healing at that point in the game outside of Rah-Rah! Cheer, and it's unlikely that Sue has the SP to use it more than once or twice.
* TheWallAroundTheWorld: An enormous wall about a mile high that divides an entire continent.
* WeHaveReserves: By triggering the golems, Baal knowingly brings the entire town of Zil Padon [[spoiler:crashing down onto his own troops]].
* WeaponOfChoice: All the characters can use at least two different weapon types in battle (ie. Justin can use Swords, Maces and Axes).
** The exceptions being [[spoiler:Liete and Gadwin]], who only use maces and swords, respectively.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Defeating [[spoiler:General Baal]] results in him... turning into a small snake-like creature and slithering away, never to be seen again.
* WhenTreesAttack: Gaia is a giant bug/tree hybrid.
* WhipItGood: Feena's second weapon of choice. She is also the only character in the game who uses them.
* WomanInWhite: Technically, she wears purple, but Liete fulfills this role in the storyline until [[spoiler:she joins the party in Alent]].
* YouAreNotAlone: Guido snaps Justin from his HeroicBSOD by gathering all the past party members to encourage him.
** ...which is a ''little'' weird, considering [[{{FridgeLogic}} Sue's all the way over on the other side of the world and Gadwin had never gotten his boat back]], but whatever, it's heartwarming.