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[[caption-width-right:300:[[PeterPan Second star system to the right, then straight on 'til morning]].]]

An action RPG for the Playstation 2 developed by [[{{Level5}} Level 5]], released in 2005 in Japan and 2007 elsewhere, Rogue Galaxy can basically be summarized as a combination of ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' and ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]].

The story follows Jaster Rogue, born and raised on the desert planet of Rosa amidst the sprawl of galactic turmoil: purportedly for the protection of the people, the Longardian Federation has set up an occupation of Rosa, much to the locals' displeasure. Rosa, being a resource-rich world, has practically been enslaved by Longardia for the express purpose of combatting their rival, the Draxian Empire. Not happy for any of this, Jaster wishes to leave the planet in the dust and explore the galaxy, with the ultimate goal of becoming a space pirate.

[[DoomedHometown Cue attack by rampaging monsters.]]

Not wanting to stand idly by, Jaster joins the fray, only to be outnumbered and conveniently being given aid by Desert Claw, a legendary bounty hunter. After repelling most of the attack, Desert Claw parts ways with Jaster after giving him his sword, and immediately afterwards Jaster is mistaken for the bounty hunter by a group of space pirates who invite him into their crew...

Rogue Galaxy was released to positive critical acclaim, spurring the release of a Director's Cut, which was also made the normal version for North American and European releases, subverting the [[NoExportForYou general rule]] of the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition updated]] [[UpdatedRerelease rerelease]] only being distributed [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts in the original]] [[Franchise/FinalFantasy country]]. While it is a fairly solid RPG, the game still suffers from recurring RPG clichés, such as an overall weak plot, an unbalanced battle system, and laborious dungeon crawling.

Not to be confused with ''Rogue Legacy''.
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!!This game contains examples of:
* AliensAndMonsters: The game makes a very clear distinction between the two. Aliens are simply intelligent life from other planets. Monsters are anything that's been transformed and possessed by Rune.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The unlockable outfits do manage to avoid CosmeticAward status by providing a minor defensive bonus.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: [[RuleOfThree Three]].
* AreWeThereYet: Many characters complain about the long distances required to get from place to place. Jupis spouts the phrase.
* ArtificialStupidity: ("''Block'', you sons of- Great, they're dead again. *sigh* SoloCharacterRun, then?")
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Burning Strike attacks. Yes, they're exceptionally powerful, but none of them can be used on any bosses: the most ideal target for them are the Mimics mentioned below, and you don't fight them that often to begin with.
* BadassLongcoat
* BareYourMidriff: Lilika is more {{stripperific}} than midriffic, but Kisala's default clothing is. [[EstrogenBrigadeBait Jaster too]], in one of his armors.
* BeautyIsBad: MIO jails the party not two minutes after meeting, because Lilika is a bit scary.
* BeehiveBarrier: Some bosses and several monsters start off with a barrier. A gun Jaster acquires on Zerard will take them out, for a while.
* BetterThanABareBulb: Several of the worst cliches are lampshaded by the cast. Including Gladius Towers status as a ScrappyLevel.
* {{BFS}}: You can't miss the weapon used to defeat the TrueFinalBoss.
* BlockPuzzle: The gate to Eden is presented in FMV cutscenes as a massive puzzle of giant, [[PowerFloats floating]], [[PowerGlows glowing]] blocks. The player is never tasked with solving it; the BigBad [[MundaneMadeAwesome engineered an artificial lifeform to do so, complete with OminousLatinChanting as the blocks go whirling all into place]]. Of course, all the awesomeness of the setup is rendered moot when it turns out that [[spoiler: he can't solve it. Though that arguably just makes it ''more'' awesome when Star King Jaster solves it on the first try]].
* BonusDungeon: The Ghost Ship, a large dungeon with several bosses. After completing it, the player can participate in a PopQuiz for access to the "extreme" version, which is a 100 floors of randomly-generated dungeon crawling, with a boss fight every 10 floors.
* BonusBoss: No self-respecting Bonus Dungeon would be caught without one.
* BoringButPractical: Standing back and emptying a clip into your enemies is a viable method of handling random encounters, at least until your gun has to reload.
* BottomlessQuiver: Lilika's Bow and Arrows.
* BreakingTheFourthWall[=/=]FourthWallObserver: If Kisala is in the active party, she may comment about how long the player has been playing, or how long it's been since they used the SavePoint. This might be FridgeBrilliance, since [[spoiler: she's not from the same dimension as everyone else.]]
** After encountering a rival treasure hunter for the second time in the Ghost Ship, talk to Zegram.
-->'''Zegram:''' Next time we see that long-haired punk, let's wring his scrawny neck. [[MediumAwareness There ain't enough room in this game for two smart-aleck characters.]]
* CameraLockOn
* CaptainObvious: If you talk to Steve upon returning to Zerard for the Towers, he will comment that Jupis joined the party on that planet.
* CelShading
* ChainmailBikini: Kisala's costume that provides the highest defense is a ''two-piece swimsuit''.
* CharacterCustomization: The "Revelation Flow," which is similar to the Sphere Grid from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' except you need ''items'' to unlock new skills instead of sphere levels or tech points. Each character has their own custom Flow, with some shared skills and some unique skills.
* ChestMonster: If a treasure chest appears to have a lock on it, better [[GameOver put your affairs in order]] before trying to open it; Level-5 has always loved their Mimics, but these are so NintendoHard they're almost BossInMookClothing. We're not kidding; these things will ''eat'' you if you aren't prepared.
* CityPlanet: Zerard.
* CombinationAttack: Every character can learn at least one.
* ContractualBossImmunity: Not only StandardStatusEffects, but bosses are also ''impervious to your {{Limit Break}}s'', too.
* CoolShip The Dorgenark is pretty cool, being a traditional pirate ship that flies through space and has THE BIG [=GUNs=].
* CosmicKeystone: Literally.
* CopyAndPasteEnvironments: You could cut any given dungeon to one-third its size just by cutting all but the first instance of a layout.
* DarkReprise: Valkog's Theme / [[spoiler:The Beast Battleship]].
* DiscOneNuke: Jaster's Level 2 "Desert Wind" attack packs enough wallop to OneHitKill just about ''every'' last random encounter up through Chapter Six.
** A few Level 3 attacks can even one-shot enemies in TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* DoomedHometown: Okay, it's never completely destroyed, but it does come under attack twice, and there are ''always'' more RandomEncounters popping up all over town.
* DuelBoss: Lots of 'em. Including: [[spoiler:Gale, Zegram, Seed, Johanna, and, annoyingly, the BattleshipRaid on the final boss.]]
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The animation of Jaster's combination attack "Supernova".
* EldritchAbomination: Mother and the Demon Ship.
* EndgamePlus: The BonusDungeon appears on the Galaxy Map after defeating the FinalBoss.
* EpicFail: Millions of the game's currency, years and years of time spent not only decoding the Great Tablets, but also in developing the "perfect being" from genetic code, they finally manage to activate Eden's entrance and have the means to solve the BlockPuzzle... and he can't solve it. All that time and money down the tubes for a being that can't solve the puzzle because he isn't TheChosenOne.
* {{Expy}}: A major antagonist named [[spoiler: [[NamesTheSame Mother]]]], who is insect-like, her first form being similar to a cocoon, and who considers herself as a supreme being, with WorldEater tendencies... I could ''swear'' [[WildARMS I saw something like that elsewhere...]]
* FacialMarkings: Jaster's birthmark [[spoiler:(the mark of the Star King)]].
* FriendlyFireproof: Unless they're confused. Then their attacks pack just as much hurt as the enemies' do.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Some of the items used to unlock skills end up being visibly used by the character in the skill animations, such as the bell needed for Kisala's "Tones of Purity" skill.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: After defeating Mother, an evil alien that's very tenuously connected to the first two thirds of the game ... Valkog arrives in his new ship out of the blue, [[spoiler: and the evil Rune energy takes hold of their ship and transforms it into a hideous monster.]]
* GuideDangIt: The Factory. It involves plugging things in... or something. You need the required items too, but the list is usually incomplete to add to the awkwardness of setting up your own assembly line. Between this, the fact that items have to be processed, and the fact that there are at least three ways the assembly can go wrong, including "[[NintendoHard materials did not reach assembler on time]]."
* GunsAreWorthless: While some of them do pack decent attack power, almost all of them run out of ammunition if the battle starts lasting long enough. (But at least you always start a battle with a full clip.)
* HeroKiller: Seed. Thankfully, the boss battles with him have a time limit, or you'd have a problem.
* HiddenElfVillage: Arguably Burkaqua, [[spoiler:Johannasburg]] the Illusory Oasis is a more traditional example, and there's also the [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic lost planet Eden]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Valkog, Norma and Izel arrive on Mariglenn with their battleship, and try to extract Mother's Rune for monster creating and profit. They end up falling into the Rune, turning into a giant monster, and get killed in the final battle.]]
-->'''Zegram:''' Man, they've had THAT comin' for a while.
* HopelessBossFight / HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: Any battle against the masked man, [[spoiler: Jaster vs. Zegram]] in Chapter 9, or [[spoiler: young Dorgengoa]] in the BonusDungeon. The game cuts the battles short after a few minutes, assuming you aren't dead by then.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: While the characters' equipped weapons are fairly logical, Jupis's arsenal of special attacks includes [[FireBreathingDiner eating hot peppers]], [[DreadfulMusician really bad karaoke]], breakdancing, and more.
** Simon has a few as well, including landing a big fish, and his CombinationAttack where Jupis fires him out of a cannon.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Multiple, in fact.
* InterspeciesRomance: Deego is a bulldog-man. Angela is a not-really-an-elf. They're an item.
* ItemCrafting: Toady will eat and combine weapons to make new ones, but insists that they are "seasoned" by being levelled-up first. There is also the Factory, which allows the player to create new weapons and items for purchase in the shops.
* IWasQuiteALooker: That handsome young space pirate you frequently met in the post-game BonusDungeon? He's [[spoiler: DORGENGOA]] from many years ago!
* LackOfEmpathy: The three major antagonists of the Galaxy Corporation:
** Valkog is perfectly fine with extending war through the galaxy, as long as he turns a profit. [[spoiler:And he blows off Seed's failure and later death as a failed experiment.]]
** Norma is in charge of Valkog's dirty work. [[spoiler:She taunts Rosencaster for wanting to use his experiments to bring his wife back from the dead. And after Rosencaster fails to stop Jaster and co. from escaping the prison, she personally puts a bullet through his head.]]
** Professor Izel is one of Daytron's top researchers, and has no moral or ethical code to what Valkog assigns him to invent. [[spoiler:He's able to rope Zegram into helping Daytron out by promising to resurrect his girlfriend, knowing full well he can't. And in the side quest on Alistia, it's revealed he's done horrible experiments on ''his own brother'', Golba, who's left as nothing more than a head and torso in a robotic casing. And the mission Izel sent Golba to do on the planet was completely pointless other than to make Golba feel important, and ends up getting him killed.]]
* LazyBackup: The game clearly warns you in Chapter 2 that if your three party members fall it's a GameOver, but the LazyBackup doesn't manifest until Chapter 7 when you get the ability to switch out party members at any time, even during battle.
* LeakedExperience: Experience is divided equally between all party members, with reserve members receiving about 2/3's a share as the active members.
* LevelGrinding: Not so much for the character levels as for the weapons and monster data (you get... [[YourRewardIsClothes new clothes for Kisala]] for collecting all). In some places it's a good trick to just fix the [=DualShock=] analog sticks in place with a rubber band and let the characters do the grinding themselves.
* LimitBreak: The "Burning Strikes".
* LimitedWardrobe: While there are five costumes for each character, they are hard to find.
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway
* LukeIAmYourFather: GenreSavvy players will anticipate this one all the way from Chapter 1.
** RedHerring: [[spoiler: That man is definitely Jaster's father. But, the revelation is actually nowhere near as relevant to the story as who his ''mother'' is...]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Simon, wielding a rocket launcher, does this with some attacks; Deego calls in a helicopter assault that uses a barrage of lasers to the same effect, not quite BeamSpam.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: Jaster and co. hunt down all three of the Key Pieces, only for [[spoiler:Zegram to steal them and bring them to Valkog. If that wasn't bad enough, when Jaster and Kisala arrive to take them back, they put them inside slots that open up in the Tablets in a bid to keep them away from Valkog...only to activate the [[BlockPuzzle giant ancient puzzle]], which is exactly what Valkog was about to do anyway.]]
* MassMonsterSlaughterSidequest: You have to kill a certain number of almost every enemy to get a particular achievement/prize/what have you.
* MiniGame: Insectron, a combination of chess and {{Pokemon}}. It requires quite a bit more skill than the main quest (and most likely a [[GuideDangIt guide]] to find the best insects).
* MoneyForNothing: Averted; with no spells to heal your wounds, you will be constantly purchasing recovery items at shops.
* {{Mons}}: The Insectron tournament in Zerard.
* NewGamePlus: Any costumes you unlock during the course of the game (and in the bonus dungeon) will be available at the start of a new game.
* NintendoHard: Enemies dish out insane amounts of damage and there is no real way to heal yourself.
* NowWhereWasIGoingAgain: The game recaps recent events while loading a save file and sometimes hints at what the protagonists are supposed to do next.
* OminousLatinChanting: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAI90pLYzTU The Relic's Song]]", which plays during the block puzzle mentioned below and during the final boss fight.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Occurs as a [[OminousLatinChanting plot]] [[BlockPuzzle device]], sorta. Valkog runs under the assumption that Eden's ancients created the giant puzzle so only the brightest and best may visit the ancient planet. [[spoiler:In reality, it's a puzzle that only a descendant of the Star King can solve, as only somebody with that bloodline can defeat Mother.]]
** Played straight in the BonusDungeon, of all places, in order to access the ''extreme'' version of the Bonus Dungeon.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Simon might as well be one, he has the stature, the accent, and almost the attitude, there's already people with pointy elf ears, so why not? There's even a dark elf, silver hair, [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielding]], seriously.
* PettingZoopeople: Quite a few, such as the bulldog Deego, and all the fish/dolphin/shark people of Altaria.
* {{Pirate}} / SpacePirate
** PirateGirl
* PlotCoupon: A good collection of items are used to solve exactly one puzzle then forgotten about. This includes the "Power Glove" the player acquires early in Juraika, which supposedly grants great physical strength to the wearer. Too bad.
* RainOfArrows: Lilika's "Wild Thing" attack.
* RandomDrop: You need items to unlock new skills, and at least for the early parts of the game the only source for many of the necessary items is random drops from enemies.
* RandomEncounters: But without the FightWoosh. A simple "Warning!" flashes on-screen, then enemies drop into the field.
* RecurringTraveller: Burton the obligatory hyperactive archaeologist; and Miyoko and Chie, both of which turn up in dangerous places.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: [[spoiler:M10]]
* SavePoint: Free healing, teleportation to other Save Points, and access to item storage.
* ShoutOut: Steve is, looks-wise, almost a dead ringer for the robot in Hayao Miyazaki's ''Laputa'', as well as ''The Iron Giant''.
** And he sounds a lot like [[StarWars C3PO]] in the English dub....
** Additionally, the ''name'' Steve is a ShoutOut to various other Level-5 games, particularly the ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' series: in ''Dark Cloud'', Steve is a talking slingshot, and in ''Dark Chronicle'', Steve is a [[MiniMecha steampunk robot]].
** The Jupis Robot is essentially {{Gigantor}}. Jupis also unleashes it while shouting [[Film/TheShining "Heerree'sss Joooohnnny!"]]
** Dr. Poccachio has the same giant schnozz as [[Manga/AstroBoy Dr. Ochanomizu]].
* SingleBiomePlanet: All of them.
* SoloCharacterRun
* SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: Averted with Jaster's "Seven-Star Sword" the Desert Seeker, which you get at the very beginning of the game and which stays far more powerful than anything except the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Swords]] provided you upgrade it through crafting every once in a while. Averted further since you can also search for the other Seven-Star Swords but they're at most as powerful as the Desert Seeker, making them completely useless.
* SpaceIsAnOcean
* SpaceSailing
* SquadControls: The game allowed you to set one of four "Team Commands" in battle ("fight separately", "pick same target", "go all out", and "step back") when you weren't confirming ally suggestions or issuing orders from the combat menu yourself.
* StandardStatusEffects: But at least they're fairly effective on enemies too. The [[ChestMonster Mimics]] would be all but impossible to defeat without 'em.
* StopHelpingMe: Party members frequently suggest courses of action during battle, in the form of a ''pop-up menu''. They're smart enough to prioritize Revives and {{Healing Potion}}s when HP is low, but it can still get tiresome....
* {{Stripperific}}: The majority of Kisala's and Lilika's outfits.
* SuperMode: [[spoiler:Jaster's alter ego, being a descendant of the Star King,]] in-game bonuses include: looking vaguely cool and maxing out his HP...which comes out to a 150-200 point increase at most at the point of the game it's initially triggered and his sword acts like a long-range attack whenever he's facing the final boss.
* SwordBeam: Jaster's "Illusion Sword" skill creates this. The skill doesn't cost much, either, but it wears off quickly compared to his other skills.
* TalkingAnimal: The Dorgenark's first mate is a talking cat.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Henry and Robert, a pair of bumbling guards who are also creepy members of MIO's fanclub
* {{Troperiffic}}
* TrueFinalBoss: After a climactic, two-phase SequentialBoss, [[spoiler: Valkog arrives in his battleship and tries to collect the Rune Energy. Instead, it sucks up him and the ''entire battleship'', creating a gigantic, demonic monstrosity.]] The party must then split up and perform a BattleshipRaid against the TrueFinalBoss.
* TurnsRed / SuperMode: The boss of Chapter 5, the Jupis Robot DX, is more powerful than its standard form, bears red armor, and Jaster's first comment is "Does he think turning red is going to help?"
* UselessUsefulSpell: The Monography Shot is a gun that creates platforms to stand on, but is used only against the game's WarmUpBoss [[spoiler:and the first stage of the final boss]].
** You also need to [[spoiler:use it with after freezing the waterfall on Juraika in order to advance the game]].
** The Monography shot can actually be used to deal a PercentDamageAttack to mooks by [[GoombaStomp jumping on the platform over their heads.]] This is a good way of dealing with the [[BossInMooksClothing otherwise difficult]] [[ChestMonster Mimics]] if you don't have a [[LimitBreak Burning Strike]] ready [[NotCompletelyUseless but is completely impractical in every other situation.]]
* WarmUpBoss: The two giants, who can only be harmed by jump attacks.
* WarpWhistle: Teleportation between Save Points.
* WaveMotionGun: "THE BIG [=GUNs=]" is not an exaggeration, too bad they're only used once
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: ([[spoiler:Seed]], as well as Steve, a sentient robot who struggles with the notion of being his creator's "son" while simultaneously serving as an avatar for the creator's actual son [[spoiler:who is dead]])
* TheWikiRule: [[http://roguegalaxy.wikia.com/wiki/Rogue_Galaxy_Wiki Yep]]!
* YouALLLookFamiliar: [=NPCs=], of course, have limited models, but most of them have their own unique names, oddly enough, at least in the English localization.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle
* ZettaiRyouiki: Kisala and MIO.

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