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''[=GrimGrimoire=]'' is a RealTimeStrategy game brought to you by Creator/{{Vanillaware}} and Creator/NipponIchi.

It tells the tale of a magically-gifted child called Lillet Blan, who gains admission to a renowned WizardingSchool called the Tower of Silver Star. There she meets an eclectic ensemble of students and teachers- the [[TheObiWan mysterious and bearded old headmaster]], the sarcastic and ObviouslyEvil Sorcery teacher, and the cold but perceptive honour student, to name a few- and learns about the four schools of Glamour, Necromancy, Sorcery and Alchemy.

Everything is going swimmingly until the fifth day, when Lillet awakens to find that [[EverybodysDeadDave everyone is dead]] and that [[SealedEvilInACan a sinister evil has been unleashed from within the school]]. Lillet is soon killed as well, but suddenly finds herself in a GroundhogDayLoop, thrust back to her very first day in school but [[RippleEffectProofMemory retaining all the knowledge she learned in the meantime]].

After taking the sensible approach of alerting her teachers, [[AdultsAreUseless only for it to result in spectacular failure]], Lillet realizes that her only chance of averting her fate and escaping the time loop [[ItsUpToYou is to do it all herself]]. Along the way, she'll delve into the history of the school and discover dark secrets about practically every member of the facility, including herself.

''[=GrimGrimoire=]'' wears [[Literature/HarryPotter its inspirations]] on its sleeve, and none the worse for it. Though the plot has been described as weak, the characters more than make up for it, with a whole school full of freaks and lunatics barely capable of organizing their own twisted love lives, let alone a workable school. This might explain why [[ItsUpToYou they're all totally useless]].
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!!This game provide examples of:

* AdultsAreUseless: As Lillet learns ''repeatedly''.
* AffablyEvil: Advocat, whose goal is ultimately to get people to sign away their souls in a DealWithTheDevil, but who still genuinely seems to enjoy his friendship with Gammel Dore and the others at the school. [[spoiler:He's actually on your side in every iteration, but he admits himself that it's purely because he can't get anyone's soul if they die first.]]
* TheArchmage: Calvaros
* ArsGoetia: Shows up as an actual book as the Lemegeton. Notable, the game's Chimeras' appearance are based on one of the 72 demons.
* ArtificialHuman / EmotionlessGirl: Amoretta the Homuculus. She's ''much'' [[YoungerThanTheyLook younger than she looks]].
* BeastAndBeauty: Subverted, in that the Beast does ''not'' love Beauty (even though this would break the spell), is somewhat of a nerd, and doesn't care what he looks like.
* BodyHorror: The chimeras.
* CaptainErsatz: Half the cast look like they might have been stolen from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
** Only in the localization. Gammel Dore just had a name change to appeal to the Harry Potter fans in America. Advocat may be a snarker, but he and Snape are on two completely different levels.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: They aren't restricted by silly things such as resource levels or build times--in fact, you can even catch the computer in the act of teleporting in more {{Mooks}} for it to use.
* CripplingOverSpecialisation: Affects the Skullmage, who's role as chief killer of ethereal units is easily taken by other more versatile creatures.
* [[CuteGhostGirl Hot Ghost Girl]]: Lujei
* CuteWitch: Lillet, of course!
** [[spoiler:...who then becomes a HotWitch in the epilogue.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: Done literally with Advocat, subverted in that he's not one of the villains.
* DealWithTheDevil: Literally, many times. Hell is going to have to update its rules to avoid falling for Lillet's [[{{Wishplosion}} last deal.]]
** Unless Hell is run by individuals like Advocat; in that case, they'll have a field day at every poor schmuck demon that actually falls for the trick.
*** Speaking of Advocat; his deal with Gammel is that he will "teach and assist" at the school for no pay; but should Gammel ''ask'' for a DealWithTheDevil for his soul; he'll get it. Gammel never succumbed, even in timelines where [[spoiler: he's about to be possessed by Grimlet.]]
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: [[spoiler:Lillet successfully pulls this off in the end with Grimlet, making contract with him where her request is for him to embrace god, which devils can't do, and since neither of them can change the contract (Lillet made it a blank check offer), he gets sent back to hell for breaking it.]]
* DubNameChange: Gammel Drask (an alcoholic beverage in keeping with the themed names) became Gammel Dore ([[Literature/HarryPotter which should be obvious]]), and Margarita Frozen became Margarita Surprise.
* EccentricMentor: Gammel Dore, a CaptainErsatz of the former TropeNamer.
** Subverted in that he's surprisingly incompetent for a supposed mentor figure. AdultsAreUseless, after all.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Glamour → Necromancy → Sorcery → Alchemy → Glamour. This overlaps with TacticalRockPaperScissors somewhat.
* EvilSorcerer: Advocat.
* ExiledToTheCouch: Inverted.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: On the fourth Day 1, Advocat, while listing things that a high level demon could do for a contract, he mentions [[spoiler:praying in a church as something they couldn't do]].
* FullNameBasis: Advocat just...''tastes'' Lillet Blan's full name every time he says it.
* FunctionalMagic
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Lillet first meets Advocat he starts harassing Amoretta, all the while making quite a few sexual remarks that you wouldn't believe made it into an E10+ game. It gets worse when you notice that before the comments start, Amoretta calls Advocat her ''[[SquIck uncle]]''. There's also another time where Lujei, when speaking to the skull of her dead lover, tells the skull to 'tell me again what you whispered to me in bed.' Um.
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: There's no other explanation as to why devils can walk around as they please and have to leave humans to stop them.
* GroundhogDayLoop: Lillet seems to be cursed into repeating the same five days over and over again until she gets it right.
* GuileHero: Lillet
* HalfHumanHybrid: Alchemy professor Chartreuse Grande, although it should be noted he's actually a normal human cursed into a half-beast form.
* HeadPet: Surely, Margarita's familiar.
* HeroicSacrifice: Made by several characters over the course of the game. [[spoiler:Lillet's ultimate goal is to find a way to win without anyone having to do this.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[SuzumiyaHaruhi Lil]][[Creator/WendeeLee let]], [[Franchise/DotHack Hi]][[Creator/YuriLowenthal ram]], [[CodeGeass Advo]][[Creator/YuriLowenthal cat]], and [[NarutoShippuden Gammel]] [[Creator/KirkThornton Dore]].
* HideYourLesbians: Technically, [[spoiler: Lillet and Amoretta]] don't ''do'' anything like kissing; but they do live together in the end. Snuggling in bed together is compared to one being "like a baby." Declarations of love can still be argued to be "sisterly." They never cross that ever so fine line of plausible deniability on the part of the writers.
* HoldTheLine: Mission five.
* HotForStudent: Opalneria's relationship with Hiram.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Arguably the best units in the game.
* InstantWinCondition: Destroying enemy runes is the generic win condition, but you can also force an early win in the HoldTheLine mission(s).
* ItsUpToYou: Of course it is. You're the protagonist! (Hilariously, in subsequent loops, Lillet will blow off helping certain people because she's got bigger priorities.)
* JustifiedTutorial: Lillet's a new student, and it's her first day of school. Of course, on repeat sessions everyone expresses considerable surprise at how much Lillet already knows.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:All the bad guys, thanks to some particular cleverness on the part of Lillet.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Both Calvaros and Grimmlet. They show up, the cycle is going to get much more serious.
* LightningBruiser: Chimeras are massively destructive (and can actually out damage dragons since they have a higher attack rate) and move alarmingly fast, and ignore obstacles, but their HP gradually decreases. Also, while the game lists them as having close to the same HP as dragon, their defense is nowhere nearly as high so they die much more easily. Finally as alchemical creatures, chimeras get curb-stomped by dragons in a clash of the titans.
* [[spoiler:LogicBomb]]: [[spoiler: In a non AI example this is how Lillet wins against the BiggerBad. Turns out that wishing for the Devil you just sold your soul to to "Embrace God" is a great way to get rid of them and get your soul back.]]
* TheMole: Two of them, in [[spoiler:Margarita and Bartido]].
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: You cannot help but suspect Margarita ''Surprise'' from the beginning.]]
** It's less obvious in the Japanese version, where her last name is 'Frozen'.
* MightyGlacier: Dragons. By far the slowest units in the game- but by FAR the strongest (most units die in one or two attacks, unless they're astrals, but using skull mage using astalize on the dragon can solve this) and by far the most durable. It's attacks. They. It takes an ARMY to bring down even one. Or a well placed [[NotCompletelyUseless sleep spell]] from a Grimalkin.
* {{Necromancer}}: Opalneria. Also Lujei when she was alive. Also, Hiram is Opalneria's student which makes him an apprentice necromancer.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Opalnaria. Gets even worse when she changes her appearance to a schoolgirl's to make things more "suitable" for her HotForStudent role.
* OutOfTimeOutOfMind
* PlayingWithFire: Sorcery units all have fire themes to them.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Mostly Lillet and Gammel.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Apparently [[spoiler:Lillet and Amoretta]].
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Over and over and over...
* ShoutOut
-->'''[[spoiler:[[TalkingAnimal Surely]]]]:''' Miss... surely you don't expect to make it out alive, do you?
-->'''Lillet:''' Of course I do, [[{{Airplane}} and don't call me Shirley.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Nobody, not even the highest ranked Demon or the Archmage, counted on one humble transfer student blowing all of their plans to hell.
** Crossover Example: [[spoiler:Lujei Piche ends up sending the demon Sulfur, villain of PhantomBrave back to his world despite the sacrifices involved in banishing him, as revealed in her Cameo in ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''.]]
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler: Lillet learns after all her efforts that she will be trapped in the room with the stone like the other, older Lillet unless the stone is destroyed. She also mentions that when she arrived the Lillet she met was an old woman so it's pretty obvious that it's an unbroken cycle.]]
* StealthPun: The sorcery teacher is a devil. His name is Mr. Advocat. And he's constantly flip-flopping his allegiance based on his mood. Put the pieces together. [[spoiler: He's a devil's advocate.]]
* SummonBiggerFish: The only way to defeat Calvaros is [[spoiler:to summon the arch-devil Grimlet, who takes his soul to hell]]. Of course, [[spoiler:then you have to deal with Grimlet]] which is where things get difficult.
* SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious: Amoretta, to devils
* TalkingAnimal: Margarita's frog familiar, Surely; and Amoretta's familiar, a Grimalkin.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Advocat, who takes the Snape role with relish.
* ThemeNaming: With three exceptions, every character is, for no apparent reason, named after an alcoholic beverage. Two in the Japanese version (Gammel Dore is Gammel Drask in Japan.)
* TomeOfEldritchLore: Lillet keeps getting more powerful versions of these, and they stay with her each reset.
* {{Tsundere}}: Opalneria has been described as... passionate.
* VainSorceress: Opalneria is ''[[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld way]]'' [[OlderThanTheyLook older than she looks]], but she keeps using magic to look younger. By the end [[spoiler:she loses her ChristmasCake status and ends up looking like a schoolgirl, to the disappointment of [[LikesOlderWomen some]]. Although this is InformedAttractiveness since we never see her after she does it.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: [[MightyGlacier Dragons]] and [[LightningBruiser Chimeras]] are all but unstoppable- unless you get a Grimalkin to cast Sleep on them. Oh dear.
* WildCard: Advocat. He ''is'' a devil who could exploit the situation to his benefit if he wanted to, but he knows he has very little to gain personally from the conflict and is content with simply observing the events. [[spoiler:In the ending however, he's so impressed with Lillet's outsmarting of Grimlet that he personally backs her deal with him.]]
* {{Wishplosion}}. An incredibly epic one. Lillet [[spoiler:summons a massively powerful devil, which fulfils the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] contract with him, which gets rid of said BigBad - and then Lillet drops a LogicBomb on the demon, making a contract and then wishing for it to ''embrace God''. The demon refuses and therefore suffers the consequences.]]
* WizardingSchool
* TheWorfEffect: The teachers seem to serve one purpose, to have the unholy crap beaten out of them. Repeatedly.
* WorkerUnit: Elves/ghosts/imps/blobs.
* XMeetsY: ''Literature/HarryPotter'' meets ''{{Starcraft}}'' meets ''Film/GroundhogDay''. And if ''that'' isn't enough to pique one's interest....
** Can also be seen as ''HarryPotter'' meets ''{{Starcraft}}'' meets ''PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
* {{Yandere}}: Lujei, Lujei, Lujei.
* YouRequireMoreVespeneGas: Mana, harvested from crystals.
* ZergRush - On the first couple of days, you can just mass-manufacture your unit of choice and march them to the objective. Not so much on the later days, where your opponents tend to have a mix of unit types. Phantom swarms, for instance, go from awesome (when the AI tends to have little to counter them) to short-lived (when the AI gains Homunculi and alchemy area-of-effect attacks) to awesome again (when you figure out the subtle nuances of using other units to take out said Homunculi and area-of-effect defenses before sending in the crazy sword-swinging avenging ghosts soldiers).
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