"This is the Legend of the Seven Heroes...\\
Once, they subdued countless hordes of demons, and saved the world...\\
And then vanished from it...\\
Kujinshi... Subier... Dantarg... Noel...\\
Bokuohn... Rocbouquet... Wagnas...\\
And one day, so they say, they will return to save the world again..."

Long after the people were scattered across the world, they told the legend, and were thankful for their salvation...

However, as peace and prosperity came, the legend was forgotten...

The world of man was once again prosperous. The peaceful times that brought stability to the nations came to an end. An era of division and war began...

And the names of the Seven were spoken once more...

...and then... they came...

...so they say....

''[=Romancing SaGa 2=]'' is the fifth game in the ''VideoGame/{{SaGa}}'' series, released [[NoExportForYou only in Japan]] by Creator/{{Square|Enix}}soft. It does not focus on just one character, but the lineage of an empire.

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!!''[=Romancing SaGa 2=]'' provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Lots of them.
* [[spoiler:ActuallyADoombot: The Seven Heroes you fought through the game were only copies sent by the original. This is why you eventually fought Kujinshi a second time. To end things once and for all, you have to find and destroy their original body.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Demonstone Ring; it negates status ailments, but you must sleep in the Emperor's Bed otherwise you lose Life Points at an inn, and it can't be unequipped.
* ArtificialGill: The Fishman Potion. Que the annoying FetchQuest. But as a benefit, you unlock the Nereid Class
* BackFromTheDead: Kujinshi and the Hive Queen who receive massive upgrades.
* {{Badass}}
* BagOfSpilling: Subverted, all the items you are equipped with are sent directly back to storage after completing each generation. It's still annoying to reequip the characters you do have though.
* BattleshipRaid: (A Land Battleship!)
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: [[spoiler: It was first shirked off by Emperor Leon until his eldest son was killed by Kujinshi.]]
* BigBad: Wagnas is the Leader of the Seven Heroes. Also, he's also the most difficult.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The termites complete with HiveQueen [[spoiler: in which you have to fight twice by the way.]]
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler: Victor and the Dread Queen (Stronger Hive Queen) only in the UpdatedRerelease on i-mode]]
* CharmPerson: Rocbouquet's Temptation ability charms all males in the party; and there are other techniques as well that can charm allies.
* TheChessmaster: (Bokuohn; as he commands a large number of the monsters under the command of the Seven Heroes)
* ChosenOne
* ClingyCostume: (Subverted) The Iron Will, which can negate mental ailments such as charm but can't be unequipped if gotten through cheats. Some Classes have a permanent 4th item which cannot be removed either
* CombatTentacles: One of the abilities Subier has is called Tentacles; and does it hurt!
* CoolSword: Moonlight Sword has a healing technique built into it in addition to Moonshades, which shoots out frigid Blue Skulls at the enemy.
* ElementalPowers: You cannot have spells of opposite elements, though.
* TheEmpire: You are the ruler this time around!
* EvilGenius: Bokhohn basically weaseled his way into the group. The man is extremely crafty and an amazing politician.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Noel, if you kill Rocbouquet after making peace.]]
* [[FallenHero Fallen Heroes]]: And there are seven of them. [[spoiler: They were betrayed by the people they saved and cast into Hell through dimensional magic.]]
* FlamingSword: (Providence Cut Technique)
* GameFavoredGender: The Final Empress as she will be immune to Rocbouquet's Temptation in the final battle, she also has the Moonlight Sword as the default weapon.
** [[AmazonBrigade The Amazon class]] can be recruited if only you're a woman, [[DoesNotLikeMen since they don't even allow men in their village.]]
** The Emperor, on the other hand, has nearly twice as much LP as the Empress. 19 as opposed to 10, in a game where LP rarely goes near 20 making him a far more durable combatant for the vast majority of the combat. He also has the Day Sword.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Most of the Seven Heroes show up in quests that tie back into their plans and you can go in expecting to fight them. [[TheBrute Dantarg]] is the exception, however, pretty much showing up to fight you without much buildup or prior warning.
** [[JustifiedTrope There is a pretty good reason for that though]]. Unlike the other heroes, [[spoiler: Dantarg isn't really interested in fighting the Empire and instead is on a power trip to absorb monsters to strengthen himself. Where do you meet him? Why, in caves full of monsters!]]
* HardLevelsEasyBosses: Enemy grunts scale up as your characters gain health and skill with weapons. Bosses, however, ''don't''. Not to say that the game is devoid of hard bosses though, it's just you will sometimes end up fighting [[BossInMooksClothing grunts far more dangerous.]]
** The Seven Heroes however are the exception, they do become stronger as you level up, the only one who doesn't is Subier, he is upgraded only if you kill Master of Ocean beforehand. Dantarg has 4 forms depending on your stats.
* HelloInsertNameHere (Subverted) Will only appear in Final Generation
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Strange thing is that Noel does not hate Kujinshi at all and STILL sees potential in him
* HighAltitudeBattle: [[spoiler: Hakuro Castle; AFTER the inner sanctum of the castle is ripped straight out of the ground!]]
* HowWeGotHere: [[spoiler: The Emperor you chose at the start of the game is at the bar where the Bard retells the story of the Empire.]]
* IdeaBulb: This is the game in the ''[=SaGa=]'' series that started the system of learning techniques and evasions during battle.
* JunglePrincess: Rocbouquet.
* LifeEnergy: (LP)
* LostForever: [[spoiler: Coppelia, Mountain Monk if you kill the monster in control of a certain cave, City Thief if you destroy the Canal fortress Gate, Grimoire for Shadow Magic or being able to recruit Salamander depending on what action you take during the second Komulune Island event, Iris; if you use the Helicopter to reach Wagnas.]]
* GlobalCurrency: Crowns.
* MusicalisInterruptus: Dungeon or area music would stop and change to boss music at a certain part of the Dialogue with bosses or the Seven Heroes.
* NoExportForYou: ''[=SaGa=]'' is fairly good at getting across the pond, but this game never made it. Recently rereleased on the VirtualConsole in Japan, but there's no word on a translation. A FanTranslation by Aeon Genesis was in the works, but never made it out of DevelopmentHell.
* NoGearLevel: If you choose to sneak aboard Bokuohn's landship by purposely being abducted That being said, characters with StuckItems keep them, making characters like the Molemen a good option for that mission.
* NonHumanSidekick: [[spoiler: They can even be the Emperor once they are recruitable. They also fall under the tropes of OneGenderRace and ElementalEmbodiment.]]
** MoleMen
** [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Merfolk]]: The Nereids
** Salamander
** HarpingOnAboutHarpies: The Irises
* OutsideContextVillain: The Hive Queen. Whereas most of the large-scale villainy can be attributed to either the Seven Heroes or someone working under them, the Hive Queen is an entirely separate and destructive force. And in fact, she comes further in destroying Avalon than anyone else, [[spoiler: seeing as how she pulls an AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs on you near the end.]]
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: And how!
* PaletteSwap: Every recruit-able character and emperors except Leon, Gellard, Last Emperor/Empress, and a few others...
* Precursors: [[spoiler: The Ancients were afraid of death and hated fighting; they had a longer lifespan that modern man, after the Seven Heroes saved the world; they were still fearful of death, they used a dimensional device or magic to escape to another dimension.]]
* RuinsForRuinsSake: 3 of them; all sidequests.
* {{Samurai}}: East Guard.
* SequentialBoss
* ShoutOut: The names of one particular group ([[spoiler:the Seven Heroes]]) are actually anagrams of stops in train lines in Japan. Also, the music from the GameBoy ''[=SaGa=]'' games is used in one scenario.
* SixthRanger: Kujinshi was the last person to join the group and is pretty much hated even within the group, because of his ill-manners. Apparently, that's the reason why the player fights him in the very beginning, because [[UriahGambit Wagnas and Co uses him as a meat-shield]].
* TheStrategist
* SupportingLeader: Noel is Wagnas' best friend and the one whom organizes the group. For instance, he recruited Dantag and Kujinshi. Considering he is the most normal one of the group, this should not be overly surprising
* SwordFight: [[spoiler: A one on one battle with Sekishusei; Retainer to Lord Ato; Ruler of the Eastern Lands.]]
** [[spoiler: Victor in the Mobile Remake has this with the Last Emperor]]
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler: Leon to Gellard.]]
** Also can happen in later generations if you get a TotalPartyKill.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: To allow Kujinshi to be defeated, the first emperor allowed him to use Soul Steal on him so that he could learn the secrets of this attack and then by mean of the transmission magic transmit it to his son Gellard.]]
* ThievesGuild: Using the empires' own graveyard as their base of operations
* TimeSkip: From less than a year to 250 years depending on how many enemies you killed.
* TookALevelInBadass: Gellard, [[spoiler: after his father's death by Kujinshi.]]
** Every person ascending to become Emperor or Empress gets this since it removes any CripplingOverspecialization their initial class would have had (a SquishyWizard receives more health and proficiency in previous weapons, a BareFistedMonk can handle weapons and use magic, etc.)
* TrojanHorse: [[spoiler: The only way to sneak aboard Bokuohn's Land battleship; creating a fake one to draw the enemies away from the real one.]]
* WarriorPrince: You are the Emperor who has to save the world.
** BadassPrincess: If you're female.
* UpdatedRerelease: For the Wii's virtual console and the i-mode phone. Includes new dungeons and bosses
* WhatTheHellHero: To get the Dark Magic, you must allow the towns of Zemio and Tsukijima to burn. This however causes the Emperor of that time period to abdicate the throne.
* {{Wutai}}: The entire Eastern lands.
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