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''La Pucelle'' (a.k.a. ''La Pucelle: Tactics'') is a TurnBasedStrategy game released on the PlayStation2 by NipponIchi. In Japan, it came out a year before ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', but was released several months after that game in other countries. It is set in the same world as the ''Marl Kingdom'' series, and one of the characters is the grandson of the main character of the first ''Marl Kingdom'' game ( a.k.a. ''RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure''.)

The kingdom of Paprica exists under constant threat from "Dark Portals", which spread the evil energies and demons of [[{{Hell}} The Dark World]] across the land. To protect the peace, the [[SaintlyChurch Church of the Holy Maiden]] has established "La Pucelle", an order of [[TheHunter demon hunters]] dedicated to slaying these monsters and purifying the Dark Portals.

Priere is a [[NunTooHoly hot-headed and obnoxious]] young nun who has her sights set on becoming the next [[CrystalDragonJesus Maiden of Light]]: [[TheChosenOne a revered paragon]] of the Church who, long ago, fought against [[DarkMessiah the chosen one]] of the {{fallen angel}} Calamity and triumphed. Becoming a full member of La Pucelle, Priere sets off to brute-force sainthood despite her glaring personality flaws and the [[ApocalypseMaiden actually-very-serious]] rebirth of Calamity's champion, "The Dark Prince".

An UpdatedRerelease has been released for the {{PSP}} entitled ''"La Pucelle: Ragnarok".'' It has some ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' cameos, multiple new endings, and an additional scenario in four acts following on from the comedy ending where Priere (accidentally) becomes a Demon Overlord. [[NoExportForYou NISA has officially announced that they will not be localizing it.]] There is a playthrough and partial translation of the new content [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2qCUSdAXhw here.]]

You can also download the game on the ''PlaystationNetwork'' [[http://www.siliconera.com/2012/09/10/la-pucelle-tactics-returns-as-a-downloadable-ps2-classic/ as of July 11, 2012.]]

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!In addition to many of the tropes mentioned in the NipponIchi article, this game provides examples of:

* AerithAndBob: Most of the characters have French words as names, and then you have Yattanya.
* AllergicToEvil: [[spoiler:As the Dark Prince comes closer to awakening, Alouette starts feeling physically ill and starts dreaming of her death.]]
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: "Demon Overlord Prier."
* ArtEvolution: NipponIchi had Ryoji Majima, the original artist for La Pucelle and the Marl Kingdom series, return as the lead artist for the UpdatedRerelease and his art has gone through some [[BreastExpansion noticeable changes]] since then.
* BadassGrandpa: Father Salade. Just to give a hint, the first thing he does when it's time to [[LetsGetDangerous get serious]] is singlehandedly take down a demon of the same species as one that you've fought twice now as a boss.
* BatOutOfHell: The bats and bits.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler:Fallen Angel Calamity's influence on Croix is represented as a monster]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: Prier and Croix
* BerserkButton: If you value your life, do not mess with [[spoiler:Croix's]] girl.
* BilingualBonus: A lot of the characters, locations and spells are French words. In no particular order : La Pucelle (The Maiden, a Joan of Arc reference), Prière (Prayer), Croix (Cross), Culotte (Breeches, but a sideways Bastille Day reference as the revolutionaries called themselves the "Without Culottes"), Alouette (Sparrow), Eclair (Lightning, also a kind of pastry), Homard (Lobster), Salade (Lettuce), Papillon (Butterfly)... However, the bonus-est is probably Goddess Poitreen, meaning Breasts (although it's spelled "Poitrine" in actual French).
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Although the world and everyone in it is saved, Alouette dies to save Croix, and despite having confessed love for each other, Croix and Prier part ways.]]
* BlackCloak: Demons from the Church of the Divine Mother
* BlessedWithSuck: [[spoiler:The Maiden of Light has awesome divine powers to defeat the Dark Prince yes, but she dies if she uses them all, and it pretty much takes all her power and then some to defeat him in the first place.]]
* BonusLevelOfHell: The Dark World to some extent, as it's filled with demons.
* {{Bowdlerization}}
** Particularly annoying in light of the fact that Mastiff (the North American localizers) fancied themselves to be the next Atlus, with all of the attention such a position carries...but sanitized the game because they were not prepared to handle attention and criticism from [[MoralGuardians demographics unfamiliar to them.]] Even more irony is involved when NIS started an American branch about a year later, and had Mastiff not butted in, the damn game could have been released with no changes whatsoever. Not to mention the legal hurdles to port the PSP UpdatedRerelease.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Croix and Alouette. Alouette retains some of her power as the Maiden of Light, but it's nowhere near what she was tossing around during her fight with Croix. Croix was almost entirely de-powered, causing him to rely on his guns, at least until he unleashes his SuperpoweredEvilSide.]]
* TheCameo: The shopkeeper Erie is actually from ''Tenshi no Present'', part of the Marl Kingdom series started by ''RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure''. Of course, [[NoExportForYou the game wasn't]] [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros released in America]]/
** She's made playable in ''Ragnarok''.
* ChurchMilitant: All the La Pucelle operatives.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Papillon
* CombinationAttack: Eight characters can appear on the field at once, and it is possible to have all of them attack at once if they're lined up adjacent to one another to attack the same group of enemies. Naturally, this also works in reverse.
** Also, certain characters can grant another character unique Combination Attacks. For example, having Croix next to Prier gives Prier a special attack in which she beats the living hell out of the enemy, only stopping once Croix has his gun fully charged.
* CorruptChurch: The much-larger Church of the Divine Mother
* CreepyCoolCrosses: Croix's gun is shaped like a cross. [[{{Bowdlerise}} It, along with several other crosses were removed from the game for the US release.]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler:Prier]]. With bonus [[{{Bowdlerise}}cross censure]], making it looked like she's tied to a pole with her arms just floating there.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Goddess Poitreene and the rival church.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Croix does this to a Demon Lord who has been pretty much winning in the first round after he unleashes his SuperpoweredEvilSide]]
* CutsceneIncompetence: [[spoiler:Prier]] gets captured offscreen following a boss fight. The music playing at the time, the character dialogue and the boss' reactions to said dialogue hangs a nice [[LampshadeHanging lampshade on it...]] Until [[SuperpoweredEvilSide things]] [[CurbStompBattle turn]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone serious.]]
* DarkMagicalGirl: Princess Eclair
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Monsters must be "purified" to the point where they'll "join" you no matter what. After you defeat a pure-of-heart monster, it will join your team and can be summoned immediately, provided you have enough space to do so.
** Becoming an Overlord lets you do the same thing to Demon class enemies.
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler:Croix, for the last chapter of the game]].
* DualWielding: Homard fights with a pair of rapiers, and uses them for [[SliceAndDiceSwordsmanship cutting and slashing]].
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Aside from the above example, this trope is played with, in that [[spoiler:Croix switches to his ''normal'' outfit that you usually see him in when he became the Dark Prince.]] Played straight though, [[spoiler:in that he more recently loses his CoolShades when he unleashes his SuperpoweredEvilSide]].
* EvolvingAttack
* {{Expy}}: Eclair's Princess and Dark Forms are clear homage to Princess Gradriel of ''PrincessCrown.'' Papillon is also an expy of Kururu and the fairy class type monster from their earlier work ''RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure''.
* EyepatchOfPower: Homard. He's a {{Pirate}}, so it comes with the job.
* FissionMailed: In the original game, the Demon Overlord "ending" happens when you kill enough Demon Overlords in Hell/Dark World. The original game mostly plays any ramifications for laughs. Later Nippon Ichi games and the UpdatedRerelease [[CerebusRetcon expound on it]].
* FlipFlopOfGod: NipponIchi can't seem to decide if Prier retains her personality from ''La Pucelle'' or desires to turn worlds into [[MemeticMutation seas of blood]] even after the release of ''Ragnarok'', with both personalities showing up in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'' (Although her cut scenes start with her SuperPoweredEvilSide being dominant). In fact, ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'' even gives you the option of switching between both sides when reincarnating her.
** ''[[VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2 Disgaea D2]]'' seems to have settled things by having ''both'' forms of Prier be playable.
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Being half-human, half-demon, Noir ended up as the victim of FantasticRacism from both groups.]]
* GeoEffects: An even earlier example than the [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} Trope Namer]].
* GodivaHair: FallenAngel Calamity.
* GodWasMyCopilot: It is heavily implied that [[spoiler: the girl in town asking all kind of questions to Prier is actually the goddess Poitreene]].
* GroinAttack: Prier's Coup de Grâce attack, which she also uses in a cutscene to reveal a fake Father Salade (the real Salade would have simply ''shrugged that kick off''.)
* HadesShaded: Again FallenAngel Calamity.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Noir, the BigBad
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Prier is shaken ''badly'' by Croix's return to his days as the Dark Prince. It takes ''divine intervention'' to bring her back around.]]
* {{Hellgate}}: Dark portals
* HeyItsThatVoice: It's easy enough to identify Croix's VA as Creator/QuintonFlynn, but Creator/JenniferHale's performance as Prier stands out when compared to her other roles.
** [[Creator/TaraStrong Goddess Poitreene and Chocolat]] Are [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle,]] [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Timmy Turner,]] [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Bubbles,]] and... [[ManOfAThousandVoices oh you get the drift.]]
*** She does use the same performance type for Sheena in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
* HornyDevils: Slightly rare and difficult to recruit enemy type.
* HotGod: Goddess Poitreene.
* HumansAreBastards: And how! [[spoiler:Croix felt strongly this way with the unjust execution of his lover Angelique that he turned into the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Prince]]. [[KickTheSonOfABitch And it's justifiable!]]]]
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler:A villager in love with Angelique decides to sell her off to the Kingdom's "Witch Hunters" for execution because she was going to marry Croix.]]
** Also, the story behind the first chapter has an entire castle getting murdered, including the count and his wife and son, because the count's brother couldn't accept that she loved the count and not him.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Culotte's method of attack is throwing various objects at the enemy - apples, lollipops, rocks, Mushroom monsters...just about anything he can find in those little pockets of his. Alouette often uses a Holy Book as a weapon.
* LetsGetDangerous: Father Salade is a perverted old man that has one of his female subordinates running around in a very inappropriate outfit, and doesn't seem too good at the whole priest thing. He can also kill ''demon lords'' alone and [[GoodOldFisticuffs barehanded.]]
* LevelGrinding: It seems this is what brought about Nippon Ichi's love of this. It is possible to "reverse" the Gates which spawn monsters and enter Hell; or "The Dark World" as the westernization puts it; in itself a direct translation of the word ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' (hint, hint). Hell is a completely randomized dungeon filled to the brim with Demons, Demon Lords and Demon Overlords, stronger than any enemy in the main game.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: It is possible to conquer Hell if Prier defeats enough Demon Overlords. They make her their leader. There's a "faux" ending to this, as the main plot continues [[GameplayAndStorySegregation without paying attention to this]]. Later games elaborate.
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:Prier's feelings for Croix help him break free from his dark side]].
* LuckBasedMission: Going for the good ending in Chapter 10 are you? Better start praying to Poitreene that the computer's (random!) enemy movement and actions are agreeable, and that the sole mook type's paralyzes-inflicting special isn't used and doesn't work too often.
** It's slightly better in ''Ragnarok'' due to the addition of the Re-Action system... but just slightly.
* MookMaker: The Dark Portals that appear in every level generate new monsters every so often if they're not purified.
* [[MonsterIsAMommy Monster Is A Daddy]]: If you kill the Forest Lord in chapter 3, and then return to the scene of the crime later on, Prier finds his cub son and heals a minor injury it has. The cub follows her around, prompting Prier to decide to raise him. After leveling him up and returning later on, he'll leave, having grown up, but not before granting Prier [[LaserGuidedKarma a new skill that lets her call him out to crush her enemies.]] The whole scene is a serious CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* MonsterTown: The valley of the Eringas. They also take over any town which becomes eliminated due to your actions.
* MultipleEndings: Although the original game itself has only one ending, most ''chapters'' have multiple endings.
* NiceHat: Homard again
* NippleAndDimed: A strange twist on the trope. Papillon's name was actually changed from her original Japanese name: Mamelon, which is French for 'nipple'. Poitreene got away with a deliberate mispelling. (Poitrine = Breast)
* NobleDemon: Averted, especially when you consider how demons are portrayed in other {{Nippon Ichi}} games...
* NoSmoking: The American release censored out the image of Croix's cigarette (but only the image; he still frequently pulls nothing from his lips and puts it back a moment later.)
* NunsAreMikos: Alouette, Prier, and the other La Pucelle operatives.
* PaperFanOfDoom: One of Papillon's special attacks; occasionally used on Homard in cutscenes. Alouette substitutes a very thick book.
* ParentalAbandonment
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Prier decides to take control of Homard's ship to ram it in the Angel Gate. He doesn't approve.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Croix and, to a lesser extent, Alouette are both much older than they appear]].
* RelationshipValues: Monsters that have joined your party have an individual "friendship" rating, which increases or decreases through "training" them. Harsh training rituals increase their stat growth, but decrease their friendship rating. If you bring this value too low, they'll leave the party, and there's no way to recover them. On the opposite end, if you decide to dote on them repeatedly to maximize their friendship level, they'll gain the ability to purify enemies.
* RightHandCat: Yattanya, Homard's first mate, is a rather literal example.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: [[spoiler:Homard is in fact the Prince of the Marl Kingdom. He's [[RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure Cornet's]] grandson. (Amusingly, in the Cornet DLC; he shakes his head and says "Nah, couldn't be")]]
** Eclair counts too
* SchizoTech: A somewhat regular fantasy setting is somehow filled with airships and walkie-talkies.
* [[HesBack She's Back]]: [[spoiler:Prier snaps out of her HeroicBSOD just in time for the battle with the newly-reborn Dark Prince, AKA Croix]].
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The Overlord Ending, in which Prier fights through the demonic hordes of the Dark World only to kill one too many demons and turn into a Demonic Overlord herself. This causes all of her friends and allies to leave her, [[LonelyAtTheTop alone]] and trapped in the Dark World with nothing but a [[EvilIsSexy sexy]] [[EvilMakeover new makeover]] to show for it. Worse, this ending is ''canon'': Overlord Prier makes cameos in every other ''NipponIchi'' game, and the UpdatedRerelease has an entire bonus story based upon what happens next.
* ShoutOut: Eclair's character of a Princess with a Dark Alter-Ego is clearly homage to Princess Gradriel of Atlus's ''Princess Crown''.
* SkyPirate: Homard and his crew.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Prier's name is given as Priere ("prayer") in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games.
** Even Japan seems unsure if her name is supposed to be Prier or Priere, using both names on the official website and in offical materials.
* SpritePolygonMix
* StoneWall: Eclair, who has the party-best base defense and resistance combined (two others beat her in those stats separately, but are basically defenseless for the other) but low-end (for the front-row fighting characters) attack, and her speed is also low. Her dark half is a mixture of a FragileSpeedster and a GlassCannon.
* SuperMovePortraitAttack: Many character-specific skills have this.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Croix and Eclair, for a certain degree of "evil" in the latter case.
* TakeYourTime: Justified, [[spoiler:Noir deliberately holds off on summoning Calamity until the party could arrive because Prier upset his ideologies, because she reminded Noir of his mother]].
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Prier and Alouette, respectively and initially. CharacterDevelopment sends both to ''opposite'' sides of the spectrum, Alouette becomes more and more willing to bend the rules and cut loose as the game progresses, and Prier reveals her inner warmth and compassionate side.
* ThemeNaming: Most character and location names are in French (Prier = "to pray", Alouette = "skylark", etc.) This includes some not so cute names (references to female anatomy and underclothing, for example).
** There's also a hefty chunk that's based off food of all things.
* {{Tsundere}}: Of a fraternal sort between Prier and Culotte.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Noir makes lots of comments about his "utopia". [[spoiler:It's not until the end of the game when you find out what his "utopia" [[KillEmAll actually consists of.]]]]
* VictoryPose: Every character has at least one and some random quotes after killing something.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Prier learns this the hard way.
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!The UpdatedRerelease contains the following:

* AlternateTimeline: The Demon Prier story is basically this.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler:An entire chapter is dedicated to Prier fighting her dark self inside her heart]].
* BonusLevelOfHell: And how!
* CerebusRetcon: The Demon Overlord "ending" was treated as a joke in the original game. This is {{lampshaded}} in the beginning of the new Overlord route, where even the characters treat the proclamation of Overlord Prier as a joke. Then the CreepyChild shows up...
* CurbStompBattle: Regardless of Good Ending or Bad Ending, [[spoiler:whoever is still standing will just stomp Noir. Either through vaporization or ATwinkleInTheSky]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: You have to do ''everything'' right to achieve this.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Demon Overlord Prier.
* DownloadableContent: In Ragnarok, you can recruit Erie, the Rosenqueen shopkeeper, [[VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero Hero Prinny]], [[RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure Cornet]], and [[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories Rozalin]]
* EnemyWithin: [[spoiler:Prier faces Demon Overlord Prier within her own soul]].
** EnemyWithout: [[spoiler: In fact, Demon Prier first appears this way.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Sure Prier is completely consumed in darkness, but after being forced to kill Croix and having Noir destroy his body and soul, it's hard not to cheer for her as she kills him]].
* LikeABadassOutOfHell
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:In a ''painful'' reversal of the LoveRedeems entry, the bad ending of Overlord Mode in ''Ragnarok'' has Prier become consumed by her SuperpoweredEvilSide after Croix is killed in front of her.]]
* MindScrewdriver: The Demon Prier story explains what happened after the "[[FissionMailed Demon Overlord ending]]" in the original La Pucelle. In fact, it basically starts with that apparent "ending" and moves on from there.
* MovesetClone: While their special attacks are different, Laharl, Etna, Flonne, and the Prinnies have the exact same stats as Prier, Alouette, Culotte, and the Chocolats respectively.
* MultipleEndings: The Demon Prier story has 4 ultimate endings.
** NonstandardGameOver: [[spoiler:Father Salade kills Prier after she turns into a demon and attacks everyone in Church in confusion]].
** Bad Ending: [[spoiler:Prier utterly fails to save Croix despite all her best efforts and he is destroyed- body and soul- by Noir (the local SmugSnake) whilst dying in Prier's arms. The following UnstoppableRage causes Prier to be completely consumed by her SuperpoweredEvilSide]].
** Normal Ending: [[spoiler:Same as above, however, a small part of Prier's "Light" seems to linger on in the real world as an individual entity.]]
** EarnYourHappyEnding: Emphasis on "Earn" [[spoiler:Prier becomes the "Maiden of Darkness" and purifies "Dark Prince" Croix such that his powers stay the same (Becoming the Hero of Darkness, no, not [[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories that one]], with his free will intact; and EveryoneLives; even [[SparedByTheAdaptation Alouette]]]].
* NobleDemon: While the original game averts this; ''Ragnarok'' makes it possible.
* NoExportForYou
* OptionalPartyMember: [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl, Etna and Flonne]], what a surprise.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: ''Ragnarok'' takes it [[UpToEleven even further]] by having Prier as a demon using the same technique... [[DungeonBypass without the ship, using only herself flying at top speed.]]
* SameContentDifferentRating: The original game was rated Cero A, but Ragnarok was upped to Cero C. No explanation was given as to why. This is especially strange when you consider that SoulNomad and it's infamous "Demon Path" is rated Cero A...
* UnrealisticBlackHole: Used by Culotte, of all people, to trap enemies into his [[{{Hammerspace}} backpack]] and spit them out.
* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler:In Overlord route, Prier is succumbing to Darkness, so a lot of things in the real world may not quite be so. Like her seeing her friends as demons and demons as her friends. Whether she snaps out of it in time depends on a number of factors]].
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