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The first game in the the Game Arts-developed ''{{Lunar}}'' series of [[EasternRPG console role-playing games]]. The game has gotten multiple [[VideoGameRemake remakes]] and/or [[UpdatedRerelease enhanced re-releases]] over the years on multiple platforms. The titles are:

* ''Lunar: The Silver Star'' for the SegaCD. The English version was released by Creator/WorkingDesigns.
* ''Lunar: Silver Star Story'' for the SegaSaturn and its updated re-release for the {{PlayStation}}. Working Designs localized the the [=PlayStation=] version as ''Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete''. It had a [[IBMPersonalComputer Windows PC]] port, but unfortunately [[NoExportForYou it never left Japan (or South Korea)]] due to technical problems during the localization process.
* ''Lunar Legend'' for GameBoyAdvance. English version was released by Creator/{{Ubisoft}}.
* ''Lunar: Silver Star Harmony'' for {{PlayStation Portable}}. English version was released by Creator/{{XSEED|Games}}.
* ''Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch'' for {{iOS|Games}}. Released by [=SoMoGa=] Games.

All five games tell the story of a young man named Alex who sets out on a classic [[TheHerosJourney hero's journey]] with all the trimmings. The details vary a bit from version to version, but have the same underlying structure: the protagonist, Alex, [[HeroWorshipper admires a famous hero]] named [[PrecursorHeroes Dragonmaster Dyne]] who died 15 years prior. So, when [[TheHerald a dragon offers him the call]] to adventure, he [[JumpedAtTheCall jumps at it]], seeing it as an opportunity to follow in his idol's footsteps. His journey gets him [[BellyOfTheWhale mixed up in a conflict]] between the forces of good and a villain called the Magic Emperor, with the fate of the world at stake. By facing this foe, Alex gains the wherewithal to make all his dreams come true. He goes on a grand adventure, prevails against the baddie [[NearVillainVictory when it seems like all hope is lost]], gets the girl, and saves the world.

The plot is traditional (and thus predictable) and the gameplay is much the same -- anyone who has played an EasternRPG will be perfectly at home with ''Lunar''. To be as successful as it's been, other elements have to seize the player's interest. In this case, those are the writing and the music. The blend of engaging characters, the colorful writing full of {{shout out}}s and [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall breaking]] humor, and the acclaimed soundtrack (two of them, as ''Lunar: The Silver Star''[='=]s music is distinct from the others) are what has given ''Lunar'' its staying power.

The original ''Lunar: The Silver Star'' was released in North America back in 1993, long enough ago that the plot twists actually surprised some players. In 1999 the widely-played ''Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete'' remake was released on [=PlayStation=], and it strongly influenced the versions to follow. ''Lunar Legend'' was released in 2001, early in the life of the [=GameBoy=] Advance; opinions on it are mixed. Most recently, ''Lunar: Silver Star Harmony'' was released on [=PlayStation=] Portable, serving as remake of ''Silver Star Story''. It is heavily based on Working Designs' version of ''Silver Star Story''; the new publisher XSEED even brought Jennifer Stigile (fan-favorite singer/voice actress from the Working Designs talent pool) on board to re-record English versions of the songs.

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!!''Lunar: The Silver Star'' and its remakes provides examples of:
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Subverted. Just before the final confrontation, Ramus recognizes Alex as a true hero, and allows you to take any item you want from his shop for free.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Vile Tribe in ''The Silver Star''. The remakes add exceptions.
* AnAxeToGrind: Not a playable character, but Master/Hell Mel can wield an axe that is much larger and heavier than he is..with only ''one hand''.
* AncientKeeper: Damon, the elderly, beard-sporting, robe-wearing keeper of knowledge and provider of {{Plot Coupon}}s.
* ArcherArchetype: Tempest is a textbook example; he's a fiercely independent tribesman from a prairie wilderness. And he equips bows.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Despite her mild-mannered and shy personality, Mia wields a bitch slap that visibly leaves a mark.
* ArtificialBrilliance: In the PSP remake; it's important to protect Jessica against the final boss because he actually [[ShootTheMedicFirst goes after her first!]]
* AscendedExtra: In the Sega-CD game, Luna is in the party for about a fourth of the game and doesn't have a major role until she gets kidnapped [[spoiler: and brainwashed into the evil goddess]] around the halfway point. In ''Silver Star Story'', she stays with the party until the aformentioned kidnapping.
* AwardBaitSong: Tsubasa/Wings and Wind's Nocturne from ''Silver Star Story''/''Harmony''. Both songs fit the description to a T.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite all their fighting, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Kyle]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome breaks out of stone]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to save Jessica]].
* BadassNormal: Despite being part of a group that also contains three magic users and guy who dreams of becoming a Dragonmaster [[spoiler:and eventually does]], Kyle is content with taking a sword and slaying monsters with brute force.
* BaseOnWheels: The Magic Emperor's Grindery, a castle on huge tank treads.
* BatmanGambit: The Magic Emperor uses the heroes' altruism to help him achieve his goals. [[spoiler: There's a bit of dramatic irony there because Ghaleon's introduction makes him damn close to ObviouslyEvil. But he ''is'' a VillainWithGoodPublicity who actually uses his [[TheDragon right-hand woman]] to deflect suspicion off of himself.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Jessica and Kyle.
* BettingMiniGame: The original ''Lunar'' features a blackjack mini-game with Brett in Saith. A bit of advice: ''do not'' take up his offer for a double-or-nothing game. He's a [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard Cheating Bastard]] from Reza, the game's designated [[ViceCity city of thieves]]. As it turns out, there is another NPC in Reza who will play the same game with you, but she proves less of a jerk by playing fair.
* BoisterousBruiser: Kyle - party resident crude, muscle-bound leader of a band of (friendly!) bandits. In the remakes he fools enemies with a considerably ugly and unconvincing WholesomeCrossdresser disguise. Another example is Master Mel - a crude, muscle-bound former leader of a band of ''pirates''.
* BodyguardCrush: In the intro to ''Harmony'', Dragonmaster Dyne acts like a schoolboy trying to work up the courage to ask Althena to the big dance. Ghaleon might have had a thing for her, too. He's either a devout believer in the Goddess, or he's crushing on her, hard. Or both.
* BoringButPractical: The Sega CD version gave the characters ''several'' more spells for all characters -- including attack songs for Luna -- but several of these were just multi-target variations on existing spells or were too overspecialized to be useful (curing only sleep instead of all status effects, for instance). ''Silver Star Story'', in contrast, gives each character only up to eight spells, tops.
* BrattyHalfPint: Nash.
* BrokenBridge: Played with. In Meryod, your party members literally break a bridge themselves.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Whoof. All versions of ''Silver Star'' are a classic example of this being played ''perfectly straight'', to the [[{{Squick}} disquiet]] of many. Alex and Luna [[NotBloodSiblings not even remotely related]], sure (what with Luna [[spoiler:being an ''incarnated divinity'' and all]]), but the game makes explicit the fact that they've been raised together since they were ''infants''. Apparently the writers don't think [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imprinting_%28psychology%29#Westermarck_effect the Westermarck effect]] should kick in, for some reason. This is one of the few real points of contention on the game's quality these days.
* BrownNote: One of the girls in ''Silver Star'' fancies herself a potential kidnapping victim, since the Magic Emperor is collecting singers, but... "tone deaf" is putting it nicely. Also, [[spoiler:Luna/Althena's singing under the Magic Emperor's influence can cause pain and illnesses.]]
* ButThouMust: Occasionally LampShaded; one NPC that does this to you says that he can keep this up much longer than you can. Better still, it's a villain, asking you to let him go since he's [[DefeatMeansFriendship learned his lesson]]...
** You will always [[spoiler: get the White Dragon Wings stolen from Nall, regardless of whether Nall even ''has'' them]].
* CaptainObvious: Nall, especially in the Sega CD original.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The sword in Dyne's Monument.]]
** [[spoiler:Alex's ocarina. You start with it in your inventory, and you never use it until the very end of the game.]] May also count as a GuideDangIt.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Any time a female NPC flirts with Alex, you can expect the next page of text to be an angry remark from Luna.
* CovertPervert: Ramus, debatably. He has a rather large number of bromides of females...
* CrutchCharacter: Laike late in the game.
* CuteMonsterGirl: A lot of the Vile Tribe appear as goblin-like monsters. However, the three witches who lead them are hot chicks in {{stripperiffic}} outfits.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The Magic Emperor. [[spoiler:It helps that he's seen all this before, from the other side. He knows how heroes think.]]
* DeathGlare: Done for laughs with Mel's introduction, capping off a CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon threat.
* DoubleEntendre: Among the primary reasons the PSX is so beloved, is for the sheer amount of these.
-->Guard: "When Jessica returns from her studies, I'm gonna be assigned to guard her bedroom..."\\
Nall: "Isn't he holding onto his sword just a ''bit'' tight?"
* TheDragon: Xenobia of the Vile Tribe. In the remakes, she is joined by [[spoiler:her sisters Royce and Phacia.]] The skeletal remains of the Black Dragon in ''The Silver Star'' arguably counts.
* [[spoiler:DoomedHomeTown]]: [[spoiler: Burg is razed by the Magic Emperor, while all its inhabitants are kidnapped and pressed into slavery (they're rescued eventually).]] Only in the original version, though, as this was left out of the remakes.
* DramaticIrony: In the PSP remake, if you choose to let Laike help you in the ambush, Luna will joke about Alex's skills, saying that if he doesn't improve quick enough, then there wouldn't be anyone to save her. Anyone who has played the earlier versions of the game know just how dark the meaning behind her words are.
* DuetBonding: Used for blatant ship tease in the remakes, as Alex and Luna perform duets together with ocarina and vocals. It shows up most memorably in Lyton, where only a duet of true love can open the path to the Blue Dragon's Shrine. So, Kyle and Jessica try it, as well as Nash and Mia... unfortunately, all four are lousy singers and fail, but the ship tease is still pretty heavy. Alex and Luna, on the other hand, [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming are able to open the shrine despite Luna being nowhere in sight, hearing the song through the pure]] PowerOfLove.
* EternalEngine: Might's Tower, Taben's Tower, and the Grindery are all machine-themed dungeons.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:Luna. Also, observe the progression of Ghaleon's Four Heroes costume, his Premier outfit, and the Magic Emperor armor. And his final costume exhibits BishonenLine.]]
* EvilOverlord: The Magic Emperor is this and CardCarryingVillain for the most part, and pulls off the traditional Evil Overlord look ''[[EvilIsCool with style]]''. There is some hidden moral ambiguity in his reason to conquer the world, though.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Ghaleon.]]
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Nash]], in the original ''Silver Star.'' This was changed to a genuine FaceHeelTurn in the remakes.
* FakeKing: Xenobia replacing Lemia Ausa in ''Silver Star.''
* FantasticRacism: Between humans and the Vile Tribe. Humans regard the Vile Tribe as AlwaysChaoticEvil and the Vile Tribe hates them for exiling them to a barren wasteland where they can barely eke out a miserable existence.
** Subverted for beastmen: Jessica and Hell Mel's appearances are barely worthy of comment.
* FightingAShadow: [[spoiler: The first battle against "Ghaleon" in the remakes.]] It went down '' a little differently'' in ''The Silver Star''.
* FiveBadBand: Played straight.
** The BigBad: Magic Emperor [[spoiler: Ghaleon]]
** TheDragon: Xenobia
** The EvilGenius: Taben
** The DarkChick: Royce
** SixthRangerTraitor: Phacia and [[spoiler: Nash]]
* FiveManBand: The games have a variation of this; TheChick is the MysteriousWaif, but ends up as a DistressedDamsel before the game is over. Instead, there's an extra spot for TheMedic.
** TheHero: Alex
** TheLancer: Nash
** TheSmartGuy: Mia
** TheBigGuy: Kyle
** TheMedic: Jessica
** TeamPet: Nall
* FloatingContinent: The magic city of Vane. The first time you go through, you have to pass through a large dungeon with enemies that are highly resistant to physical attacks. Once you make it to the end of the dungeon, you don't have to visit it again.
* FollowTheLeader: The prevalence of flutes and ocarinas in ''Zelda'' series may have had some influence on the decision to change Alex's instrument of choice from a harp (in ''The Silver Star'') to an ocarina (in the remakes). Which makes it kind of ironic that Link acquired a magical harp in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]''.
* GenerationXerox: The original and current generation of heroes. Made very explicit in the intro to Harmony.
** Hell Mel and Lemia bicker like Kyle and Jess.
** Dyne rescues Althena like Alex rescues Luna.
** Ghaleon is devoted to Althena in a way similar to Nash's feelings for Mia, [[spoiler:and they both sort of FaceHeelTurn because of that person.]]
* GenreBlindness: The main cast, when they initially meet him, have not the slightest hint of an idea that [[spoiler: Ghaleon]] is [[ObviouslyEvil eviler than evil]], despite all the pretty silver hair and evil eyes and such. Obviously, this puts them at a disadvantage against a DangerouslyGenreSavvy enemy. Amusingly, as ''Lunar: The Silver Star'' was one of the first [=RPGs=] ever to land in the West, a lot of people actually fell for it.
* GetOnTheBoat: From Caldor Island to the main continent and back. In the original game, Luna stays behind and wishes Alex good luck, but in the remake, she stays with you for quite a while...[[spoiler:just long enough to get kidnapped by Ghaleon.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''Silver Star Story'', examine the chicken in Alex's house. An irritated Nall will comment on how they wake him up in the morning and how he wants to "choke them."
** The game is riff with so many subtle and not so subtle [[DoubleEntendre references]], it's amazing the censors never picked it up.
* GoodParents: Alex is a rare RPG protagonist who still has two living parents, and his father helps you get through the game's first dungeon. After this, however, they don't play much of a role in the plot.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Luna, Ramus, Tempest, Laike and Ghaleon.
* GuideDangIt: Getting all the Bromides and secret items. These are instances of DifficultyByRegion in the WorkingDesigns versions.
** WD changed the triggers for some items in ''Silver Star Story Complete'' so that they were nigh impossible for the player to find without instructions. No such changes were made in ''Harmony'', so the secret items are easier to find.
** Raise your hand if you knew right away that you were supposed to [[spoiler: play music to Luna at the end of the game so she won't fry you with lightning]]. WD added this to their versions, so ''Lunar Legend'' and ''Silver Star Harmony'' are more straightforward.
** Actually, the game provides a couple of hints that, upon looking back, make it quite obvious. Remember that one of the first things Alex does upon finding Luna is play his Ocarina. Alex playing his Ocarina [[spoiler: has the power to reach Luna across far distances, allowing passage to the Blue Dragon Shrine]]. Likewise in the most telling scene when [[spoiler: Alex first becomes the Dragon Master he manages to break Ghaleon's brainwashing spell by playing his Ocarina! Ghaleon even comments about how strange (and pitiful) it is that this managed to work on such strong magic right before brainwashing her again.]] It should also be known that even [[spoiler: Ghaleon's dying breath sort of gives hint when he mentions that Luna is too far gone and that at least he ripped Alex's one true love away from him.]] By this point the player has seen so many instances of Alex playing his Ocarina and the connection it has with Luna that the only thing that makes this a Guide Dang It is that it's played so casually in the game itself that it's easy for the player to forget about it!
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Nash from ''Silver Star Story Complete'']] counts. [[spoiler: It takes a huge slap from his mistress and beatdown by the party to knock some sense into him.]]
** [[spoiler:Phacia]] from ''Silver Star Story Complete''.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Zigzagged, because while the Dragonmaster outfit comes with a red helmet, [[spoiler: Alex]] only wears it in his portrait; the in-game sprite goes without it.
* HeroicBSOD: Dyne's [[spoiler:supposed]] death is one of the reasons [[spoiler:Ghaleon]] [[FaceHeelTurn turned to the side of evil]].
** Luna has one of these as well [[spoiler:just before she gets kidnapped by Ghaleon.]] [[http://lunar-net.com/sssc/screens/18/images/image_86_07-19-2004_61432.68.jpg It's pretty epic too.]]
* HeroWorshipper: Alex really, ''really'' loves Dragonmaster Dyne...but [[HoYay not in that way, of course]]. He actually gets a chance to [[AscendedFanboy live out his dream]].
** Ghaleon towards Althena in the intro to Harmony: appropriate, since she ''is'' a goddess.
* HilariousOuttakes: In the first remake, you're treated to a bunch of these if you watch the credits roll completely. Unsurprisingly, the VA for [[LargeHam the Magic Emperor]] gets the lion's share of these.
* HubCity: Lunar 1 has the MerchantCity and ShiningCity types, played ''very'' straight and ''very'' faithfully.
** [[MerchantCity Meribia]] is the largest city in the setting and is ''the'' trade hub. It comes complete with the requisite BazaarOfTheBizarre, Black Rose Street.
** [[ShiningCity Vane]], located on a [[FloatingContinent island in the sky]], is the headquarters of the [[MagicalSociety Magic Guild]] and a center of learning, with typically self-important citizenry (but not {{egregious}}ly so). The city has a reputation a being the ace in the hole for the forces of good. [[spoiler:Which means you get to [[WatchingTroyBurn see it crash]] as the NearVillainVictory gears up.]]
* AHumanAmI: Luna.
* HumansAreBastards: Part of why [[spoiler:Ghaleon thinks Lunar needs a god.]]
* HumansAreSpecial: Why [[spoiler:Althena thinks that it doesn't.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:If Alex wants to survive approaching Luna/Althena at the climax while she assails him with lightning, he has to play his harp/ocarina first to reach out to her remaining humanity and love for him.]]
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: In the remakes of ''Silver Star'', Xenobia harbors an unrequited love for [[spoiler: Ghaleon]]. [[GenreSavvy She even seems aware that he'll never return her affections]], and claims it's part of what attracts her to him.
* IncestIsRelative: The town of Meryod is populated entirely by inbred hicks, who seem to delight in mentioning their {{squick}}y close interrelation with each other.
* InformedAbility: Luna's singing is supposedly the most beautiful in the world. Unfortunately, the voice actress they hired for the part didn't measure up and has a habit of being off-key. It's even worse with the bar maids, who are said to have lovely singing voices... but they're HollywoodToneDeaf. It's notably ''averted'' in Meryod, however, whose songstress is just as bad as she's said to be, but her singing isn't much worse than the other bar maids.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kyle. Because of the way he is, Jessica can't decide if she loves him or hates his guts.
* JustLikeRobinHood: Kyle.
* KaizoTrap: So you just beat the Magic Emperor. If you're playing ''The Silver Star'' or ''Silver Star Story Complete'', do remember to play the harp/ocarina, mmkay?
* LargeHam: The Magic Emperor. Also, Hell Mel to a lesser extent.
* LethalChef: When Jessica announces that she plans to make dinner, the staff ''panic''. Her utter inability to cook bothers her deeply, since she doesn't exactly like being unfeminine.
* LevelScaling: The bosses in ''Silver Star Story Complete''/''Silver Star Harmony'' adjust their statistics with Alex's level (up to level 50), making over-leveling impractical.
* LullDestruction: ''Silver Star Story Complete'', when [[spoiler:Ghaleon makes his FaceHeelTurn official]] WorkingDesigns fills what would otherwise be silence with EvilGloating.
* MagicMusic: Luna's special attacks. Also [[spoiler:she can make people sick and raise [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon the fortress of Althena]] with her music.]]
* MindRape: Before the party can fight her, Xenobia casts a spell that forces each of the characters to face their own inner doubts in the form of an illusory evil twin.
* MusicalSpoiler: In ''Silver Star Story Complete'', the Alex's Ocarina item functions as a music test. One of the tracks is titled [[spoiler:"Magic Emperor Ghaleon". Yeah...]]
* MusicForCourage: Luna and the other imprisoned girls in the Grindery when Alex is trying to raise the Blue Dragon Shrine.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: In ''Harmony'', when Jessica mopes after the rest of your party gets turned to stone.
--> '''Jessica''': "My father... my friends... and Kyle..."
** Granted, this one is a bit different than usual, as instead of the Zoidberg here being less important than the others, the loss of Kyle is the one that hits Jess the hardest.
* NoLovesIntersect: The main party can be broken down into three perfect [[OfficialCouple Official Couples]]; the question is not who's going to hook up with who, but how. Possibly not the case for the previous generation, though.
* NotBloodSiblings: Luna is Alex's adopted sister. Thankfully, this fact is not brought up much, and they are presented more as childhood friends than as brother and sister.
* [[NotHimself Not Herself]]: Lemia. She throws Alex and company into the dungeon upon their first meeting at the Vane magic guild. [[spoiler:It is later revealed that this Lemia was actually Xenobia, and the real Lemia was thrown in the dungeon and slapped with a crown that robbed her of most of her memory.]]
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Althena's Sword is an example of the Sword in the Stone variety.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: In ''The Silver Star'', Alex must journey to Althena's Tower as the final step to become a Dragonmaster. Two winged, humanoid dragons (the Dragon Angels) challenge him to a two-on-one DuelBoss for the right to wield Althena's Sword. All of the remakes cut them out entirely.
* OutlawTown: Reza, home of the Thieves' Guild.
* PercussivePickpocket: Happens to you at the gate of Reza, a [[OutlawTown town of thieves]].
* PortTown: Saith, the town where your party [[GetOnTheBoat gets on the boat]].
* PrettyInMink: Fur trim is all over the place, and justified in that the main characters come from a snowy village in the north, and having the heroes deliberately wear modest, fur-covered winter clothing (to enforce the "northern feel", or cold setting) is a notable case of the dev team deliberately averting the {{Stripperiffic}} trope ([[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains at least for the heroes...]]). The fact that they were shooting for this was what makes it stick out.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Right before his return voyage to Caldor\Honmel Island, Alex has a dream that Luna gets taken away from him. Guess what happens when he actually goes back?
* RazorWind: Kyle's "Sonic Riser" attack, which is lampshaded with a kamaitachi reference in the description: "release weasel."
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Most evil or possessed characters get red eyes in ''Silver Star Story''. Most notably, [[spoiler:Luna's]] eyes turn red after [[spoiler:she is both revealed as the Goddess Althena and brainwashed by the BigBad.]]
* ReferenceOverdosed: The English translation goes nuts with this. Characters will talk about anything from Courtney Love to Wheaties.
* RetiredBadass: Laike [[spoiler: [[ThatManIsDead the man once known as Dragonmaster Dyne]]]]
* SarcasticClapping: The Magic Emperor, after Alex defeats the Black Dragon in ''The Silver Star''. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking the seal on Althena, hero.]]
* SayMyName:
--> '''Alex''': "LUNA!"
--> '''Luna''': "ALEX!"
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: [[spoiler: Luna's]] outfits before and after her FaceHeelTurn.
* ShouldersOfDoom: [[spoiler:Ghaleon]] wears these in the remakes.
* ShrinkingViolet: Mia.
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: Luna.
* SinsOfOurFathers: The Vile Tribe.
* SolidGoldPoop: What dragon diamonds are made of. This isn't a translation gag, either. It's in the Japanese version as well.
-->'''Quark:''' Don't they know that they're my sh-
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: Played straight in the original versions. Ghaleon and Laike join your party for a single mission each, and you can take all their equipment and sell it. They're both ridiculously powerful, and can usually beat whatever comes to them bare-handed.
** Unfortunately, this is averted in the remakes - the equipment menus for temporary characters are locked down.
* ATasteOfPower: In ''Harmony'', the prologue sequence involves controlling the Four Heroes in their prime. They're all based on what the main cast would eventually become (though missing a member - Ghaleon doubles for both Jessica and Nash).
* TakenForGranite: Hell Mel.
* ThreeAmigos: Alex, Ramus, and Luna.
* TinTyrant: The Magic Emperor.
* TomboyishName: Royce.
* TooDumbToLive: Nash apparently in his introduction in the ''Silver Star Story''/''Harmony'', though he's [[IdiotBall not that bad in rest of the game]]. The party comes across a very ObviousTrap, commenting that [[SchmuckBait only a complete idiot would fall for]] such a thing. Cue Nash screaming for help.
* {{Troperiffic}}: The head writer knew that the twists in ''Lunar 1'' were easy to read. [[WordOfGod That's what he was was going for]] - rewarding genre savvy players by [[TropeTelegraphing playing to their expectations]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Jessica, who as a priestess-in-training has a sensitive side, but also a very mean streak...especially when her boyfriend Kyle does something stupid. (Which is rather often.)
* UnwittingPawn: Alex's party. See also NiceJobBreakingItHero.
* VanillaEdition: ''Silver Star Story'' got the {{Feelie|s}}-free Fanart Edition three years after its original U.S. release, and ''Silver Star Harmony'' released regular and limited editions simultaneously.
* VendorTrash: The Sega CD version contained so ''much'' Vendor Trash that the remakes feel downright devoid of items by comparison.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: In ''Lunar: Silver Star Story'', there is [[spoiler: The Fortress of Althena/Azure City of Althena]] which is a [[spoiler: huge floating city with the Goddess Tower located in the center, and sucks out the life energy of the land, essentially turning the surface of the world into something like our moon.]] Not to mention that as soon as it appears, the entire sky turns dark. Everyone is afraid of it and once it has been risen, everyone seems to lose hope in life.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Luna's FirstGirlWins cred? Unbeatable.
* VillainsOutShopping: Though he's never shown tending to it, the Magic Emperor keeps a garden. A garden full of pixies, to boot. Could count as a PetTheDog moment, since most of the pixies think he's genuinely nice, if out of touch with reality. The first time the party meets him [[spoiler:as Ghaleon]], he's also shown to be good with a lute.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Ghaleon]] milks this one as well as anyone, effectively turning the heroes into his minions.
* VisibleSilence: Alex is the king of this.
* WeaponTombstone: In the remakes, Dyne's Monument has his sword stuck in it. [[spoiler: Eventually, Alex pulls it out and uses it to become the Dragonmaster.]]
* WelcomeToTheBigCity: All the party members are thrilled to arrive in the bustling MerchantCity of Meribia early in the game. Being that the story is [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism high in idealism]], just about everyone in Meribia is as friendly and well-meaning as can be. That doesn't keep the party from getting robbed by a crooked jeweler, though.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Ramus' dad, the mayor of Burg, won't accept his son's insistence on leaving the continent for any reason.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Magic Emperor, albeit much more in ''Silver Star Story'' than the original.
* WhamEpisode: ''The Silver Star'': [[spoiler: Midgame wham - Ghaleon is revealed as a traitor, kills Quark, and kidnaps Luna. In the span of about 2 minutes.]]
** ''Silver Star Story'': The above, plus [[spoiler: lategame wham - Alex goes to rescue Luna after the final fight with the Magic Emperor. But then, YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle! Luna is BrainwashedAndCrazy, and spectacularly raises TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon out of the earth. And Ghaleon's death? All a ruse.]]
* WhamLine: "Now... who shall be my queen?" [[spoiler:(Camera zooms in on Luna, still in the middle of her HeroicBSOD)]]
* WhatTheHellHero: The reason for [[spoiler:Ghaleon's]] FaceHeelTurn in all versions, although the details vary.
* WhipItGood: Tempest, but only in the original game; Game Arts stuck him with a bow in all the remakes.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: [[spoiler: Ghaleon, who is secretly the [[BigBad Magic Emperor]] despite being a former hero.]]
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