''[[http://starwish.auriplane.net/ RPG Shooter: Starwish]]'' is a WebGame that is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin -- a HorizontalScrollingShooter with RPGElements. Specifically, the author describes it as "a unique blend of a shooter, rpg, [[VisualNovel visual novel]] and [[DatingSim dating sim]]". A lot of the drive of the game is based upon the storyline, the character interaction, and the upgrades and level ups for the main "shooter" game, which is played during missions on various sites of interest on the current planet.

If you haven't played it through at least once, '''beware of unmarked spoilers'''.
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!!This game provides examples of:

* TheAce: Mare is simply miles beyond Deuce's ability, or anyone else's for that matter, with a ship and weapons far more advanced than anything Deuce or Oracle has available. This is all offscreen, as Mare never appears in a shooter segment, but one of her weapons can be developed by Deadeye in the late game.
* ActionGirl: Neferiti [[spoiler:and Mare]]. Also Oracle, since she ''is'' the captain of an entire mothership and [[spoiler: a pirate lord]].
* AFatherToHisMen: Oracle and Gen.
* AllThereInTheManual: The [[http://starwish.auriplane.net/ official site]] features official art, enemy names, and character bios (which includes pictures beyond just the torsos of characters).
* AnAesop: Not as blatant as usual. Still, at the end of every ending, Deuce will make a short speech of what he has realized, mostly basic things like "Live life to the fullest" or "Try to make friends with your enemies".
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: [[spoiler:Neferiti]] will only romance you if you prove yourself in battle. [[note]]This means playing on hard mode, as well as killing a lot of enemies.[[/note]]
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: Humans apparently hail from "Home Planet". Earth does come up in a gag in Ginny's Ending though.
* AmplifierArtifact: Star Fragments.
* {{Animesque}}
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Neferiti]], [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I with shades of Type II]]. Her goals are very simple and not even typical villain ones (Not ImmortalityImmorality. She just doesn't want to die (at barely 30 yet!) and she tries to avoid collateral damage where she can ([[spoiler:see Star Killer, below]]). She is willing to just ignore her enemies and let them go if they don't bother her. She is nonetheless very ruthless on her path, but strictly sticks to [[IGaveMyWord her word]].
* ATasteOfPower: The prologue gives you two weapons you won't get for real until later.
* BabiesEverAfter: In Deadeye's, [[spoiler: Mare's, and Neferiti's]] endings.
* BattleThemeMusic: There's only one that plays during every level and one that plays during every BossBattle that isn't the end of a chapter. You better like them, because you'll be hearing them a lot.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A lot of trouble in this story would never have happened if the characters had followed this rule.
* TheBechdelTest: The game passes it, barely.
** Though the game is hardly lacking female presence. Six of the nine people who are ever part of the mothership's crew are female, two of the three major ships are captained by women, and the apparently best pilot in the galaxy is female, the main reason it barely gets any two female characters to chat is because ''over 95% of all conversations'' are simply between the player character, Deuce, and someone else.
* BenevolentGenie: [[spoiler:The Wishing Star]] is an ''immensely'' benevolent genie, giving you exactly what you want to the limits of her ability, and giving you a gift if you can get what you want without wishing for it.
* BigEater: Neferiti, apparently. [[spoiler:What with her stealing Deuce's food all the time and actually liking Deadeye's food.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Johnny and Ginny's endings.]]
* [[spoiler:BlindWithoutEm]]: Deadeye. [[spoiler:The device she wears allow her to see. She didn't take it too well when it stopped working]].
* BlueAndOrangeMorality:
** [[spoiler:Neferiti]] places a very low value on non-Lucernian life, compared to her own. [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn She changes her mind]].]]
** Lucernians in general place a very low value on non-Lucernian life. [[spoiler:Neferiti]] explains it best as similar to how humans would treat ants.
** Each Lucernian elemental race also tends to be indifferent at best toward other elementals; for example, [[spoiler:the Marid conceal themselves instead of using their superior powers to intervene and end the Djinn-Efreet war and establish order.]] [[spoiler:Neferiti towards the Djinn]] is also an example, [[spoiler:but her attitude changes.]]
* BonusMaterial: RPG Shooter: Starwish Extras on Kongregate, among other things, contains the much wanted ability to view any cutscene at any time.
* BoobsOfSteel: [[spoiler: Mare has the biggest breasts in the game.]]
* BrokenAesop: For all the talk of the grief brought by war, no one cares about the [[WhatMeasureIsAMook casualties]] inflicted by [[spoiler: Deuce destroying the Firebolt.]]
* BullfightBoss: A lot of the bosses:
** The Wisp is a combination of this and GetBackHereBoss, charging wildly and running offscreen before charging back.
** The Crystal Dragon, which charges at you and then simply reappears at the other end of the screen.
** The Rocket Snail, which charges at you, jumps up, then goes back to the other end of the screen.
** The Submersible is almost a parody of this. Its main attack is slowly lumbering toward you, but the fact that it's always in a water level (which cripples your ship's speed to about a third of how fast it ''should'' go) means that maxing out engine mods is almost essential to dodge it.
* CastFromLifespan: [[spoiler: Ginny does this ''twice'' to save Deuce, dooming her to an early death.]]
* CharacterPortrait: Full-body ones, though almost the entire lower half of them are covered up by the dialog box.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Deuce wishing that there would be no more wishes when he was a child. Because the BigBad is the incarnation of desire and gains power from granting wishes, Deuce's "wish" allows the BigBad to be defeated.]]
* ChivalrousPervert: Deuce.
* ClimaxBoss: The Earthwall and Firebolt.
* CloudCuckooLander: Deadeye. So very much, heck her official alignment is [[ChaoticStupid Chaotic Insane]].
* CollisionDamage: Avoid taking it, or you're in for a world of pain.
** In the first version, the collision detection was so horrible that you were liable to be often killed by walls you obviously weren't even touching. Much rage ensued. An update fixed this almost entirely.
* ColorCodedElements: [[spoiler: Ginny the air elemental is white, Neferiti the fire elemental dresses in red, Mare the water elemental dresses in blue, and Johnny the ex-earth elemental dresses in yellow.]]
* ComputerVoice: The ship's computer not only talks, it seems to have a sense of humor.
* CoolOldLady: Oracle.
* CoolSword: Neferiti has a [[BlingOfWar gold hilted]], [[GemEncrusted ruby studded]] sword. [[AmbidextrousSprite On both hips.]]
* CosmeticAward: Achievements don't do anything, and say more about your [[LevelGrinding patience]] than your actual skill. If you know what you're doing, you can get them all on a single run.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: Averted. Taking damage makes your ship slower.
* CurseCutShort: Often.
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: There's 30 levels and only 9 scrolling background images. Color filters are used to give at least some variety.
* CutsceneIncompetence: Deuce nearly gets himself killed and has to be rescued by Mare. Twice.
* CutSong: A few songs on the soundtrack aren't in the game because they would have made the file too big.
* CuttingOffTheBranches: On Kongregate, users can vote for which ending out of the ones they've seen they think should be canon for a sequel.
* DeadGuyJunior: In Tessa's and [[spoiler: Neferiti]]'s endings, Deuce and his LoveInterest name their child(ren) after those who didn't make it out of the story alive, therefore averting ForgottenFallenFriend.
* DeadlyDisc: The Sawmines. They're a totally insane concept, being boomerang circular saws in space, and their attack pattern and stats seem all over the place. They also output more DPS than almost any other weapon at a comparable level, ignore terrain, and go right through enemies to hit multiple targets in a wide swath. With the player skill that upgrades their forward range from "pathetic" to "most of the screen", they trivialize otherwise diabolical enemy placements in some of the later levels and maul bosses, leaving only a few circumstances where you need to use anything else, or even want to.
** Given that their functionality bears [[ShoutOut an uncanny resemblance]] to [[GameBreaker the crucifix subweapon]] from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', fans of the series probably figured this out immediately.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: Not exactly friendship, but capturing Neferiti at least earns her compliance and gets her to eventually open up.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: [[spoiler: Neferiti]]. Bonus points because Deuce actually calls her an ice queen.
** [[spoiler:Mare]] also.
* DevelopmentHell: Starwish 2, where did you go?
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:The final boss is the incarnation of all desire in the universe. Somewhat subverted in that only its physical body is destroyed, which is ultimately a minor setback to it. It is destroyed only when Deuce wishes its twin, the Wishing Star, out of existence.]]
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: [[spoiler:The game has shades of this, most pronounced in Mare's ending.]]
* DifficultyLevels: Normal, hard, and [[HarderThanHard extreme]].
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Ginny, as revealed in her ending.]]
* DoingInTheScientist: The story abruptly changes from ScienceFiction into HighFantasy about halfway through. [[spoiler:Turns out the crux of the plot is about the wish magic of genies, and the BigBad is the incarnation of desire and the granter of those wishes. The BigBad is also released by Nefereti creating a magical portal.]]
** Though, admittedly, it was [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness pretty soft sci-fi]] to begin with.
* DrunkenMaster: Swig.
* DysfunctionJunction: Though not as blatant as most examples, almost everyone has at least one major problem they tell to [[TheConfidant Deuce]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: After she is captured, Deuce makes Neferiti the ship's engineer. Even with [[IGaveMyWord her word]] that she will help them, Deuce is surprisingly unconcerned about possible problems with putting a former enemy in charge of one of the ship's most sensitive compartments.]]
* ElementalPowers: Trademark ability for the inhabitants of the planet Lucerna, with a bit of RealityWarper thrown in for good measure: the Djinn have control over [[BlowYouAway air]], while their eternal enemies, the Efreet, have control over [[PlayingWithFire fire]]. [[spoiler: A rare third group, the Marid, have mastery over [[MakingASplash water]].]]
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Iblis, described as the "incarnation of desire".]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Neferiti [[spoiler:and Mare]]. [[spoiler: Both [[DefrostingIceQueen defrost]].]]
* EvilRedhead: Neferiti. [[spoiler:Subverted due to her HeelFaceTurn, however.]]
* EyesAlwaysShut: Johnny, who [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it ("I'm magical, you know?"), and Oracle. [[spoiler:A sign that they're related. Also Johnny, being a Janni, [[SarcasticConfession really ''is'' magical.]]]]
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Inverted with Tessa and Deuce.
* {{Fiction 500}}: [[spoiler: Johnny. He's rich enough to break the Federation's power by himself, but [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum chooses not to]] and instead runs a cafe on a pirate ship.]]
* FictionalCurrency / GlobalCurrency / PracticalCurrency: "Moolah" is not only a unit of currency, but the only word for money (for instance, there are "moolah schemes"). You can get it from scrap, even when there's no one around to sell it to (later in the game), suggesting that the scrap has a standardized value and acts as moolah. Then again, your only use for moolah is "buying" upgrades for your fighter, and by the final world, both of your [[spoiler:remaining]] suppliers may be perfectly content to talk about the moolah value of scrap insofar as it lets them build those upgrades.
* FieryRedhead: [[EmotionlessGirl Inverted]] with Neferiti. [[spoiler:However, it's played straight in a literal way; she likes PlayingWithFire.]]
* FlashOfPain
* ForgottenFriendNewFoe: [[spoiler: While not really a childhood friend, Deuce had a crush on Neferiti while living on the station. He doesn't realize they're the same person until after she talks about accidentally destroying the station in her last cafe conversation.]]
* FunnyAnimal: Appear here as alien species. Including [[PandaingToTheAudience Pandas]] and {{Kitsune}}.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Some of the more urgent cutscenes feel like they were just chopped in half, and only resume once you've done another mission. The missions themselves rarely seem to have any impact on the story after the first third of the game, too.
** There's also a bit of story and subplot segregation of sorts: you can casually chat with the members of the crew even while a ClimaxBoss is supposed to be bearing down on the ship.
* GayOption: Averted. The five endings with the women are all romantic, but the endings with the men are not.
* GetBackHereBoss: The Wisp. It zooms around in an infinity symbol-shaped path, [[CollisionDamage dealing staggering amounts of damage if it hits you]], while firing lasers in a circle.
* GetRichQuickScheme: Johnny often tries these, and seems to always be broke. [[spoiler: [[SecretlyWealthy He is actually very rich]].]]
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Every boss that's not a level on its own.
** It is stated early in the game that the Federation have deployed specialized guardians to several locations, but [[HandWave no more details are given]].
* GoldenEnding: [[spoiler: The best ending where everybody gets their wishes granted is only available if you play on hard and you go play in such a way where all of the optional endings are available, which is a heck of a GuideDangIt.]]
* GratuitousJapanese: "Starwish" is unnecessarily transliterated into katakana on the title screen.
* GrudgingThankYou: Deuce gives one to Mare.
* HarderThanHard: Extreme mode, turned on with a hidden button [[note]]a back panel on the cafe[[/note]] on hard mode. Any shot that gets through your shields [[OneHitPointWonder will kill you.]]
* HardModePerks: You can only unlock the Special Ending and [[spoiler: Neferiti's cafe conversations]] on hard mode.
* HatesSmallTalk: Mare initially appears to be TheVoiceless, answering all your attempts to strike up a conversation with an [[VisibleSilence ellipsis]]. Mare does finally start to talk to you, but [[TheQuietOne still doesn't say much]], and tells you that before "You never said anything important."
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Neferiti]].
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Ginny unsuccessfully tries to get Neferiti to have one of these.]]
* HiddenDepths: A good part of the story is about Deuce coming to realize that the people he lives with are more than what they first appeared.
** Though it seems strange that Deuce gets to know his crew better in the 30 days the game takes place in than he did in the years he was presumably serving before. Did he just not talk to them?
* HiddenElfVillage: The [[MeaningfulName Enigma]]. You don't actually encounter any, but their planet is the second world.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Gen, along with the crew of the Earthwall]] (though that one was ultimately meaningless) and [[spoiler:Ginny, who holds Iblis at bay in order to save the universe]].
* HopelessBossFight: The Firebolt in the beginning appears like this. It can be beaten for an achievement, but good luck with that.
* HumansAreWhite: In the future there will be more anthropomorphic pandas than black people.
* HumbleHero: Deuce.
* HurtingHero: [[spoiler:Johnny.]]
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: Tessa to Deuce in her final cafe conversation. Tessa says [[LoveYouAndEverybody she loves Deuce]], but Deuce is upset that she doesn't mean it romantically. Of course, she [[RelationshipUpgrade changes her mind]] in her ending.
* IHaveThisFriend: Inverted. In a conversation with Deuce, Ginny mentions how Tessa has a certain friend who keeps endangering himself, showing that Deuce isn't the only one that hears Tessa complaining about his recklessness.
* InternalReformist: [[spoiler:Captain Gen]] is either a type 1 or type 3, it isn't really clear which. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:he is killed before he can make any lasting changes]].
* IronicNickname: [[spoiler:Johnny calling Oracle "Granny," since he's Really700YearsOld.]]
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:Johnny accidentally set off the chain reaction that granted Iblis sentience by trying to give mortals the ability to grant wishes, and can never forgive himself for it.]]
* [[spoiler: JerkassGenie:According to Neferiti, this was a pretty common prank for Lucernians.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Neferiti receives no punishment for all the people, Pandakin and Enigma she killed, and that's a long list. Though Deuce claims in her ending that he intends to get her to atone and that taking away her powers over fire should be considered her punishment, that's still pretty damn lucky.]]
* KingIncognito: [[spoiler: Captain Oracle and Swig are both actually pirate lords.]]
* TheKlutz: Ginny has trouble holding things. [[spoiler: It's because of her giving up her life energy to save Deuce.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Mare's first lesson to Deuce, taught with [[CurbStompBattle extreme firepower]].
* {{Kuudere}}: [[spoiler:Mare]] does not easily reach out to people. This is even implemented [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration in the game mechanics]]. [[note]]To get a character's ending, you have to talk to that character 8 times. Assuming you meet the other requirements, everyone else will talk to you every 3 days or sooner. After you talk to Mare, you can not talk to her again for 4 days. Thus, if you first talk to her on day 1, the final conversation can not happen before day 29. You have 30 days.[[/note]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: All of the characters who appear in the cafe, except for Mare. Swig and Johnny end up sharing their leitmotif, as well.
* LethalChef: There is exactly one person other than herself we know of that thinks of Deadeye's food as anything other than poison.
* LimitBreak: [[WaveMotionGun Overdrive]].
* LuckStat: Subverted in that the game tells you exactly what it does.
* MacGuffin: The Star Fragments.
* MadeOfIndestructium: Again, the Star Fragments.
* MadScientist: Deadeye.
* MartialPacifist: The Pandakin were an entire race of these, having stockpiled weapons purely for defensive wars.
* MasochistsMeal: Deadeye's cooking is enjoyed by (almost) no one but herself. Johnny apparently knows [[ForeignQueasine such recipes]] but doesn't inflict them on the crew. Deuce has this impression of Tessa's cooking.
* MeaningfulName / PunnyName: [[spoiler: Ginny the Djinni, Johnny the Janni, Neferiti the Efreeti and Mare the Marid.]] In short, every [[spoiler:Lucernian]] in the story has a name that at least sounds somewhat like their species, to the point where characters start using character name and species name interchangeably (without an article) when referring to them, causing confusion just what their real name is supposed to be.
** Not to mention [[spoiler:Aurica/Oracle]] and [[spoiler:Dedai/Deadeye]]. Or [[DrunkenMaster Swig]]. Even Deuce arguably counts, having a bit of TheGambler.
** Deuce could come from [[spoiler:Deus, meaning "god"]], which [[spoiler: is his [[RedBaron title]], as Pirate Overlord Deus]].
** Or the two [[spoiler:dead pirate lords]] you come across, [[FunnyAnimal Kitsune and Triton]].
** In fact, of all the [[NominalImportance named characters]], only Gen and Tessa don't seem to be this.
** [[spoiler: Mare's]] name could also be a hint that [[spoiler: she's female.]]
* MinMaxing: Players came to the conclusion that maxing out Defense and Intel, a build the creator calls the Defense Monger, is the way to go. It makes getting the [[NoDeathRun Chosen One achievement]] a lot easier.
* MoneySpider: Mostly justified in that enemies are said to be used as scrap.
* MoonLogicPuzzle: A puzzle in the form of the way the [[RelationshipValues cafe conversations]] in this game work, which is almost a GuideDangIt. Characters need to be talked to a certain number of times in order for you to select their ending, but characters can only be talked to once every few days, and with certain requirements. Johnny gives hints for what the requirements are, but only once per character and in a way that's less than obvious; the creator even has a non-walkthrough guide created to further help players, though it hasn't stopped players from having to figure it out [[http://www.kongregate.com/forums/3-general-gaming/topics/175829-rpg-shooter-starwish?linkfixed=1&page=3#posts-3823314 themselves]]. In particular, Ginny's; [[spoiler:if you die even once before she leaves, you cannot see her final conversation]].
* MoralMyopia: Neferiti had one form of this in the past and perhaps another form of it later on.
* MultipleEndings: Nine of them. Five romantic ones for the five girls, two non-romantic ones for the hero's male best friends, a normal ending and a special ending. Unlike typical examples, the standard ending, requiring the least effort to reach, is actually pretty damn good.
* NewGamePlus: Subverting the usual tropes, the NewGamePlus is usually ''more'' difficult each time around.
* NoDeathRun: Required up to a point to see all of Ginny's cafe conversations. Completing the entire game without dying will net you an achievement.
* NoFairCheating: The game has an internal cheat detection system that will lock you out of getting endings if it thinks you modified the data. In the first release it was too sensitive and could be triggered by starting a NewGamePlus or just by grinding too much. An update toned it down.
* NonActionGuy: Johnny.
* NoRomanticResolution: [[spoiler: In the GoldenEnding, the gang stays together, but Deuce doesn't explicitly get with any or all of the girls.]]
* TheNotableNumeral: The seven pirate lords. Each of them is known to excel in a certain field, such as escape, weaponry or infiltration.
* ThePowerOfLove: Deadeye follows the [[Webcomic/EightBitTheater Black Mage]] school of thought when it comes to love-based weaponry. The fact that it involves something actually called a "Love Extractor". is rather telling.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Mare makes exactly one joke, though even then not really reaching the lightheartedness most of the other characters have.
* TheObiWan: [[spoiler:Captain Oracle doesn't last very long.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Johnny claims to be this. [[spoiler:[[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld He isn't kidding]].]] As well, Ginny appears pretty young for someone in her mid-twenties. [[spoiler: She's actually a semi-immortal djinn]].
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler: Iblis. It's sick of having to put up with the desires of every being in the universe, so it thinks the best way to solve the problem is by killing everyone and everything.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Deadeye", though talking to her reveals that her actual name is [[spoiler:Dedai]].
* OpeningScroll: Apparently in reference to ''StarWars''.
* OralFixation: Johnny is always chewing on straw.
* OurGeniesAreDifferent
* PatchworkMap: [[spoiler: What Lucerna looked like before being destroyed, due to Lucernians being able to reshape it at will.]]
* PeekABangs: Deadeye's hair covers one eye.
* {{Pirate}}s: The heroes are type 2. See below.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Yeah, for "pirates", the heroes don't do much actual piracy. Well, they do shoot down Federation drones and then salvage them for tech and stuff, but that's about it. Kind of justified given that the pirates have become the only faction in the universe powerful enough to be on the same level as the Federation, so what initially may have been only raiders and looters became a huge mass of rebels, freedom-fighters and simply anyone who opposed the Federation's restrictive laws.
* PointBuildSystem: When you level up, you get points to spend on your stats however you want.
* PointyEars: [[spoiler: Mare has them, and Neferiti seems to have them slightly when her ears are visible during her ending.]]
* PunnyName: PlayedForDrama, to the detriment of its owner; [[spoiler:Deadeye's real name is "Dedai", which sounds exactly the same. People would use it to make fun of her blindness.]]
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: The pirates don't seem to be at all picky about who joins up with them. For example, Deadeye joined just because she approached the pirates and asked to work on questionable weapons, and no one ever finds this suspicious.
* RecurringBoss: Pretty much every boss of the regular stages is fought three times, each time with increasing health and attack power. They have either a new attack or new mechanic on the third time, though (for example, Drone Mothership can send out drones, while the Rocket Snail's eyes are now invincible).
* RedBaron: Aurica is known as Oracle. Mare's a legendary bounty hunter known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Nightmare]]. In the standard ending, [[spoiler: Deuce becomes known as "Pirate Overlord Deus".]]
* RedemptionEarnsLife: Sort of. [[spoiler:For Neferiti, joining the pirates allows her to meet Johnny who teaches her how to become a Janni, allowing her to live when she would have otherwise died without Lucerna.]]
* RegeneratingHealth: Can be gained as a skill near the end of the game.
* [[spoiler: SamusIsAGirl: Mare, or rather, Marid. And a rather pretty one, too.]]
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: Iblis, who Neferiti accidentally sets loose while trying to [[EvilIsNotAToy open the Book of Gates]].]]
* {{Seer}}: [[CoolOldLady Oracle's]] [[MeaningfulName signature]] [[RedBaron ability]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Johnny, towards Deuce and most of the love interests.
* ShowDontTell: The game violates this rule many times, unfortunately.
* SimpleScoreOfSadness: "Broken".
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Gen only appears in two cutscenes but delivers some important {{exposition}}.
* SongsInTheKeyOfPanic: "Firestorm".
* SpoiledSweet: [[spoiler: Djinni grew up having her wishes granted.]]
* SpreadShot: The Spread.
* StarKilling: What killed Bamboo [[spoiler:and almost wipes out another inhabited planet]].
** [[spoiler:Neferiti (she was trying to bring in her homeworld, without which she would die in a few years]]), but at least [[spoiler:[[TragicVillain she felt bad about it]] and works with Ginny to save the second planet after she turns its star into a gateway]].
*** Except this releases the BigBad, [[spoiler:who has attacked her homeworld and attempts to escape from the End of Time]] She is [[VillainousBSOD not happy about this]].
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: A male example; Johnny]] is a type 1.
* TheStoic: Mare, even after starting to talk, remains very silent and serious. Neferiti is similar.
* TakeYourTime: The BigBad may be looming over you, but don't let that stop you from grinding to your heart's content. Time only passes when you complete a level you haven't completed before.
* TimeToStepUpCommander: [[spoiler: Happens to Deuce.]]
* TitleDrop:
--> [[spoiler:"I am Starwish, more commonly known as the Wishing Star."]]
* TooDumbToLive: Deuce seems to be holding the IdiotBall in a really bad way at times, like when [[spoiler:attacking Neferiti after she leaves the Firebolt even when it's clear he can't do anything and she's perfectly willing to let him leave.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Tessa.
* UnexplainedRecovery: When [[spoiler: Deuce returns to the mothership after not escaping from defeating [[FinalBoss Iblis]]]], no one seems to question it much. [[spoiler: The only ones who even bring it up are Tessa and Neferiti in their endings, but they seem to forget about it right after. In Deadeye's ending Deuce explains "Somehow I made it back safely."]]
* TheVoiceless: Mare. [[SuddenlyVoiced For half of the story, anyway]].
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Tessa, in her ending.
** [[spoiler: Strangely enough, Neferiti ''might'' also count, though it's not clear for how long Deuce and she knew each other on the station.]]
* WarmUpBoss: The Drone Mothership. You can literally beat it by standing in one spot, without getting hit.
* WizardsFromOuterSpace: The Lucernians and Oracle have supernatural powers.
* WrenchWench: Ginny. [[spoiler: Neferiti is also remarkably skilled with ship engineering, having built the Firebolt herself, but it's not a pronounced character trait of hers. Mare built her own fighter, but it's even less of a trait for her. Considering this trend, engineering may be something that comes somewhat natural to many Lucernians. On the other hand, Johnny's talents lie in cooking, communications, and money schemes instead.]]
* YouRemindMeOfX: [[spoiler: Variant 3 with Neferiti towards Deuce. Deuce reminds her of [[FirstLove someone she loved]], causing her to spare him when it would have been easier for her to kill him and later to open up to him.]]
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