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The [[WorldTree Mana Tree]] is [[{{Gotterdammerung}} dying]] ([[VideoGame/SecretOfMana again]]), so the Mana Goddess sends a number of its fairies to the world below and find someone worthy to restore it. All [[SoleSurvivor but one]] perish on route due to the steady loss of magic, and the Fairy that does make it settles for the first person it can find. Naturally, that happens to be the character that the player chooses.

''Seiken Densetsu 3'', released in 1995, is the third game in the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series and is the first one that [[NoExportForYou never made it Stateside]], though fan translations do exist via {{Emulation}}. It plays very similarly to its predecessor ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', but instead of being able to charge attacks, the meter builds with a successful hit on the enemy.

''Seiken Densetsu 3'' also differs from other games in the series by offering a cast of six characters, of which any three can be chosen to make the party. Most notably, the lead party member determines which of the three {{Big Bad}}s the heroes take on.
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!!Provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Angela's mom has no real use for her daughter. (Unless there's no other [[HumanSacrifice ritual sacrifices]] handy.)
* AccidentalPervert: Hey, it's Angela! And she's sleeping at the inn! Let's go talk to her...
** She doesn't take as much offense if you're playing as Lise, though (or any female for that matter)...
* ActuallyADoomBot: A non-villainous example. [[spoiler: Kevin didn't really kill Karl at all]], merely [[{{Glamour}} an illusion of him]]. He apparently buried him without even verifying that [[spoiler:his dog was dead]], and his father dug him back up later, alive and well.
* ActuallyIAmHim: Don Perignon. Thankfully, it doesn't take nearly as long to unmask him as [[VideoGame/SecretOfMana Sage Joch]].
* [[AdjectiveNounFred Adjective Noun Place]]: Many of the location names follow this format (at least in the FanTranslation) - Castle City Jad, Magic Kingdom Altena, and Sand Fortress Navarre (Nevarl is the official English translation as seen in Heroes of Mana), to name a few.
* AfterCombatRecovery: Only occurs after boss battles.
* AlwaysNight: Duskmoon Forest (Moonlight Forest in the fan translation), also encompassing Mintas (Mintos in the fan translation) and the Beast Kingdom. Since Kevin switches to werewolf form at night, this is his preferred terrain.
** Two of the game's final dungeons (Mirage Palace and Dark Castle) are [[EvilIsNotWellLit constantly enveloped in darkness]]. This doesn't count as moonlight, though; Kevin gets no bonus.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: Whilst fighting the The Dark Lich.
* AmazonBrigade: The kingdom of Laurent (Rolante in the fan translation) of which Lise is the princess and the kingdom of Altena.
* AnnoyingArrows: Hawk's traps--in particular, fittingly enough, the "arrow" trap.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: Out of six playable characters, you can only choose three to build your party for any given playthrough, and only one of ''them'' can be the main character (which gives them additional screen time and determines who the final boss will be). The rest become NPC's who you may or may not run into at various points. Thus, every playthrough with a different party combination can become this.
** Though you do get most of the story in each route as long as you have both characters for each route.
* AntiMagic: The Anti-Magic spell, of course. It removes all magic effects.
* AerithAndBob: The two Nevarl ninjas, Bill and Ben.
* ApocalypticLog: "DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE...", found on the GhostShip.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Level 2 and 3 techs. While they do have awesome attack animations and some damage every enemy on the screen, a lot of late-game enemies (''and'' some bosses) will answer them with an equally devastating tech in return, which (if it's something that hits the whole party) can easily spell TotalPartyKill.
* BareFistedMonk: Kevin. "Monk" is even one of his classes.
* TheBaroness: Bigieu, with some shades of TheVamp as well. Some time ago, she insinuate herself into the Thieves Guild by seducing its leader. She favors traditional Arabian dress and a corset.
* BadassAdorable: Carlie especially.
* BadassCape: The Wizard of the Crimson Lotus (title shortened to Koren in the fan translation) is very proud of his cape. He even worked it into [[RedBaron his title]].
** Eagle's cape and shoulder pads are nothing to sneeze at.
** [[spoiler:Heath]] dons this after being corrupted.
* BadassNormal: Duran, Angela (until you get the first spirit), Hawk, and Lise's first classes. They only have their prowess with weapons to survive through waves of monsters and enemies.
* BadDreams: Carlie's prologue starts out with a nightmare of her parents abandoning her.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' mess with Kevin's wolf friend.
** Or Angela's mom.
** Or Lise's little brother.
* BigBad[=/=]EvilOverlord: The Dragon Emperor for Duran and Angela, the Masked Mage for Kevin and Carlie, and the Dark Lord (called Dark Prince in the fan translation) for Lise and Hawk.
* BigBadEnsemble: All three of the potential {{Big Bad}}s are actively involved in the plot, resulting in a lot of EvilVersusEvil. Eventually one will [[EvilerThanThou come out on top]] -- the victor will be the side most actively involved with the primary character.
* BigNO: Angela gets this at the start of her scenario, right before unleashing her magic for the first time.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Kevin's and Angela's specifically, and ''how''. [[spoiler:Although both are subverted]].
* {{Bishonen}}: Hawk, especially in his final classes.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:No matter who the BigBad ends up being, he always murders the Mana Goddess before you defeat him, and while the Fairy becomes the new Goddess, it's stated that it will be a thousand years before Mana fully returns to the world. On the plus side, the world is saved, and each of the heroes make peace with their respective troubles. (Angela and Kevin make peace with their parents, for example).]]
* BlackKnight: The Darkshine Knight.
* BlackMagic: Supposedly, the Masked Mage was exiled for practicing it. The [[SupervillainLair skulls floating atop a moat of blood around his house]] don't dissuade this interpretation.
* BlackMagicianGirl: Angela.
* BlackMarket / MerchantCity: Byzel is a merchant city by day, and black market by night.
* BladeOnAStick: Lise's weapon of choice.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: The Wizard of the Crimson Lotus, the blondest one in the game, is a complete chode. The blond werewolf, Lugar, is no boy scout either.
** The Dark Lord upon his resurrection, fulfilling this trope by default.
* BoringButPractical: In contrast to AwesomeButImpractical above, level 1 techs. They may just be a slightly-more-damaging normal attack, but they won't be countered, they will be enhanced by elemental sabers, and can still hit multiple enemies if they are bunched together.
* BookDumb: Angela keeps dodging her studies, to the point that her own mother believes she has no magic talent.
* BonusBoss: The [[KillerRabbit Black Rabite]]. Evil in its cutest form!
* BossRush: In the last dungeon, a trio of bosses return to harass you some more. They differ depending on the characters you've chosen.
* BottomlessPits: A FateWorseThanDeath to [[spoiler:Duran's father. He got better... [[BlackKnight In a twisted way]].]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Heath is forced to follow orders from his father, Masked Mage, the BigBad from Carlie and Kevin's story, and if you have Carlie in your party, the fight becomes a bit of a TearJerker.]]
** Also [[spoiler:the Queen of Reason, Valda, who is Angela's mother]].
** Most of the ninjas and thieves of Nevarl are under Bigieu and the Earl of the Evil Eye (shortened to Jagan in the fan translation)'s control.
* BroughtDownToNormal: The Alteans by the end. [[spoiler:With the Mana Tree dead by the end, the mana and magic will cease to exist for at least a thousand years.]]
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive
* CatsAreMean: Bigieu morphs into a big cat when you fight her.
** Inverted with Nikita, as the cat pops up several times during Hawk's story to break him out of prison, lend him a vital hand against Bigieu, and take care of Jessica so Hawk could carry his mission without worrying for her.
* CharacterDevelopment: It is highly recommended that you play the three routes with both of each route's central characters (Duran/Angela, Kevin/Carlie, and Lise/Hawk) for this purpose. It doesn't hurt that each pair tends to complement each other's abilities well.
* CharacterMagneticTeam: Your first character.
* CrashIntoHello: Carlie into Heath right at the start of her story.
* ChekhovsVolcano: And, of course, it doesn't go off until you've accomplished all you've needed to and you have a way off the island.
* ChildMage: Carlie.
* ClearMyName: Bigieu's FrameUp of Hawk.
* CombatPragmatist: Hawk's Nightblade class utilizes poison, blow needles, and bashing the enemy's face in with a wrench.
* ContinueYourMissionDammit: An unspoken variant - the occasional pre-eruption tremor from the volcano on Bucca serves to add a bit of urgency to the fact that you're supposed to be finding a way off the island before it erupts. Mercifully, there is no time limit; there's even a town with stores and an inn!
* CoolAirship: Altena has a seriously badass looking blimp. In addition, the Beastmen travel by [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey giant hawk]], and the Nevarl raiders... have a [[{{Balloonacy}} boat with a bunch of balloons tied to it]], of all things.
* CoolMask: Masked Mage, natch.
** Hawk's Nightblade class sports one, and some of his equip-able armor is of the CoolMask variety.
* CrystalPrison: Each of the God-Beasts fits snugly into a Mana Stone.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hawk is very fond of this, throwing sarcastic commentaries all around.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Kevin and most of the beastmen
* DarkIsEvil: Zable Fahr is the Dark god-beast. Also the Dark Lord.
* DarkIsNotEvil: You can use darkness element spells and weapons, and the darkness summon spirit Shade is not evil, though [[EldritchAbomination Zable Fahr God-Beast]] is ThatOneBoss for some people. Your characters' class alignment can become dark (or dark-dark).
* DealWithTheDevil: The Wizard of the Crimson Lotus offered part of his soul to the Dragon Emperor in exchange for becoming the world's greatest wizard. (Previously, the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus [[FromNobodyToNightmare was a nobody]], just like all the other men in Altena.) The Darkshine Knight did the same thing after falling into a bottomless pit.
* {{Deconstruction}}: One of the earliest examples of RPG deconstructions, and as a result a very subtle one; many of the tropes are played straight, but the main characters are minor twists on traditional archetypes--
** Kevin and Carlie are {{Half Human Hybrid}}s with all of the baggage that entails and very few of the upsides: Carlie acts like she's somewhere around five years old (though she's 15), Kevin was (literally) RaisedByWolves, and both suffer being shunned by FantasticRacism.
** Duran is a knight seeking revenge on a wizard -- the most clichéd of any of the heroes, and at first glance a typical RPG protagonist, especially a Squaresoft one. Unlike Cloud or Cecil, though, Duran acts exactly like a mercenary would--he's a hairy, smelly, selfish, uncouth alcoholic brute.
** Angela is a haughty princess who [[RebelliousPrincess rebels against her family and wants to experience the outside world]]...because the queen is being manipulated by one of the game's [[TheDragon dragons]] and Angela is almost sacrificed by her to revive an evil god, then almost freezes to death in the wilderness trying to find help. She is also a mage that can't cast magic (at first), which certainly doesn't help her cause much.
** It also deconstructs the ChosenOne. Whoever is your character becomes the hero that has to save the world literally because he/she was standing at the wrong place and got hijacked by a distressed fairy. Oh, and screw whatever goal you had before that; the priest you were searching for will just tell you "save the world and it might resolve itself on the way". [[SarcasmMode Thank you, we totally needed that]].
** It's also amusing how the Fortune Teller will tell Angela to "Go to Wendel..." and then the other person nearby says "Hey! That's the same thing she told me! I just wanted to know if my child was going to be a boy or a girl, and she told me '[[WelcomeToCorneria Go to Wendel...]]'"
* {{Determinator}}: Duran.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: When the party stays at an inn, they all shift into their respective "sleeping" animations. In normal gameplay the only thing the player sees of these are the characters' heads peeking out from under the sheets of the beds, but by toggling sprite layers using an emulator you can see that not only are the rest of the characters' bodies there, they have panties or boxers as well -- and that those panties change color depending on the character's class.
** Also, the game is '''very''' famous for this by making you meet the characters you didn't choose every now and them. Exclusive scenes may happen too depending o! what character you have in or out of your party.
** At one point in the game" you need to get some gunpowder to get to your next destination, Valsena (Forcena in the 'fan'' translation). The only person who has any is Watts the dwarf, who offers to sell it for an obscene price that you almost certainly can't afford. After you save him from the [[BossBattle boss]] of a dungeon, picking up one of the Spirits you were looking for (and going to Valsena to ask its king about) along the way, he gives it to you as a gift. But if you have managed to kill enough monsters to get the money Watts asks for, you can agree to pay his outrageous price and buy the gunpowder, thus bypassing the dungeon and going straight to Valsena. In that case, the King will direct you to the dungeon you bypassed and tell you about a shortcut to the boss room via a strange statue (which does nothing if you went through the dungeon in the 'normal' way), so you still find the spirit.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Not only do you kill the [[EldritchAbomination eight God-Beasts]] (note that the Japanese characters used to represent this are the same ones used to represent the Mana Beast in the previous game, although the Japanese name, ''Kami Kemono'', probably is more accurately translated as God-Beast), ancient evils that predate the world, but the final boss has the combined powers of all eight of them, and the Sword of Mana, which is what sealed them away in the first place and was used to help create the world.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Angela's Sorceress class tech. [[IncrediblyLamePun So sexy it hurts...the enemy.]]
* DoppelgangerAttack: [[spoiler:Did you really expect Deathjester to fight ''fair''?]]
** A minor example are the Shadow Zeros in the [[spoiler:decayed]] Mana Holy Land. They copy one of your characters and their special attacks; the problem is that the attacks also hurt as much as ''yours''.
*** The Zeros do this by copying your current stats. So if you've used a cheat code to make your Strength/Intelligence [[UpToEleven ten times as high as your class can go?]] Say goodbye to your party.
** This is also the Nightblade's skill.
* DoubleEntendre: When playing Hawk's intro, if you talk to one of the guards at the door of the throne room, he says about the Laurent amazons "I bet they're all cute ladies. I want to poke them with [[ICallHimMisterHappy my dagger]]." Think about it...
* {{Dracolich}}: Dragon Zombies. You encounter them in the Dragon Hole. More ominously, they also appear in the Mirage Palace, implying that the Masked Mage has reanimated the slain Dragon Emperor's troops.
* TheDragon: Deathjester for the Masked Mage, the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus for the Dragon Emperor, and the Earl of the Evil Eye and Bigieu for the Dark Lord. Funnily enough, Deathjester, the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus, and Bigieu are far better developed as characters than their bosses are.
** Arguably, there are three pairs of CoDragons, with Bigieu/the Earl of the Evil Eye, Deathjester/[[spoiler:Heath]], and the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus/Darkshine Knight.
* DragonRider: Flammie the Dragon acts as a GlobalAirship for the party.
* DrivenToSuicide: The Wizard of the Crimson Lotus after his defeat.
* DualBoss: Zable Fahr. [[spoiler:Which then turns into a triple boss after the two heads are destroyed. They get reanimated and then the true head reveals itself.]]
* DualWielding: Hawkeye dual wields daggers. Kevin dual wields gloves/claws/fists (if you want to call them that).
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Heath and Darkshine Knight, who is actually Duran's father]].
* EasilyConqueredWorld: The Beastman tactic of SMASH BASH GLOAT is remarkably effective against whole cities.
* EldritchLocation: The Dark God-beast knows how to make an entrance. You arrive just in time to witness the shattering of the Dark Mana Stone; once this happens, the heroes are sucked into an empty void where Zable Fahr waits.
* EmptyRoomPsych: Every room in the Chartmoon Tower (Moonreading Tower is the fan translated name). Behind one door is the staircase; the other three are enemy nests.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Angela is the princess of Altena, Lise is the princess of Laurent, and [[spoiler: Carlie is the princess of Diorre by blood even if her [[HalfHumanHybrids situation]] potentially leaves her with no legitimate claim to her maternal grandfather's position.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Duran and Kevin's [[SpinAttack Whirlwind Sword]] and [[HurricaneKick Kick]], respectively.
** Lise's Valkyrie class tech sends out [[BlowYouAway whirlwinds]] to damage every enemy on the screen, via twirling her halberd.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:Heath]].
** Your ''own'' characters can have this while picking Class Changes.
* EvilOverlord: Dragon Emperor, Dark Lord, and Masked Mage.
* EvilIsVisceral: The Dark Lord's powered-up form resembles a giant heart.
* EvilerThanThou: The protagonists have to fight three different factions of enemies - Altena, Nevarl, and the Beast Kingdom - who also oppose each other. Depending on which character you choose first, one faction will [[spoiler:slaughter the other two]] in the DiscOneFinalDungeon.
* EvilSorcerer: The Wizard of the Crimson Lotus, The Masked Mage, and [[spoiler:Heath, Carlie's best friend and supposedly her mentor]].
* ExclusiveEnemyEquipment: Ultimate equipment -- to say nothing of the Lv. 3 class changes -- can only be obtained via "[[MyNameIsQuestionMarks ???]]" seeds dropped by specific enemies.
* ExposedToTheElements: Your team can go from the Burning Sands (Desert of Scorching Heat in the fan translation) to the Frostbite Fields AKA Sub-Zero Snowfield in the fan translation (and both deserve their names) without so much as a coat. Originally averted as Angela comes close to freezing to death in the latter, but played straight when she can waltz right through it later in the game.
* FallenAngel: The [[MeaningfulName Dark Lord]]. The Masked Mage's backstory is also riddled with this.
* FantasyCharacterClasses: And how! Amongst a cast of six characters, all of them boast Light and Dark paths, with an additional two master paths, leading to a total of 36 classes, starters not included.
* FastForwardMechanic: If you stop at a TraumaInn during the day, you have the option to be awakened in the evening or next morning, though this is rarely a concern for progressing through the StoryArc.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Deathjester.
* FireIceLightning: Although the game averts this trope, Angela's Grand Divina class learns Double Spell which combines Lightning, Fire, and Ice (in that order).
* FinalBoss: Comes in '''three''' flavors depending on what character was your first pick.
** Duran and Angela: [[spoiler:Dragon Emperor]], a tyrant thought to have been slain by Duran's father, but was just hiding. He's been marshaling his dragon armies to try and take over the world again.
** Hawk and Lise: [[spoiler:Archdemon aka Dark Lord]], a Lucifer archetype and arguably the worst of the lot. Owns a sweet castle.
** Carlie and Kevin: [[spoiler:Masked Mage, or rather, Dark Lich]], a fallen cleric who has bathed himself in dark magic, losing any semblance of humanity he once had.
* FinalBossNewDimension: The final God-Beast, Zable Fahr, apparently exists outside of the physical realm. When his stone cracks, the party is pulled into a weird blue void.
* FlashbackEffects: Before recruiting your teammates, each tells their story in a DeliberatelyMonochrome cutscene.
** Carlie gets one even if you didn't select her as a teammate at all.
* FlatCharacter: The Earl of the Evil Eye and the Dragon Emperor are easily the least developed villains in the game. Although, really, all of the arch-{{Big Bad}}s suffer from this to a fairly large degree, due to being in the background for so long.
* FurBikini: Lise/Riesz's Fenrir Knight class.
* GetOnTheBoat: The only way to travel anywhere until you get more reliable means of transportation. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Or the cannon.]]
* GiantEnemyCrab: The [[WarmupBoss very first boss]].
* AGodAmI: Every BigBad.
* GoingCommando: Angela, as it so appears. She wears a tiny leotard instead and even uses it in-game for MaleGaze material to break out of prison.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Kevin and the Beastmen style of fighting style.
* GottaKillThemAll: The eight God Beasts in the second half of the game.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:despite what some websites say most certainly not Elliot's fate,]] provided the Dark Lord is the Big Bad [[spoiler:(Elliot is seen lying on the ground next to the Dark Lord)]].
* GuideDangIt: The game doesn't tell you this, but certain spells can't be learned unless you've leveled up [[OneStatToRuleThemAll a particular attribute]]. This stat differs depending on the character; for instance, Hawk learns new moves by leveling up his Speed.
** Also, getting items for the second class change isn't hinted at nor are you told where you can get them, meaning first-time players frequently don't even get them.
** Another evil moment is while fighting enemies which counter skills and spells. Good luck dealing with Darkshine Knight on your first try after you thought you were invincible raiding entire screens with your special attacks of No MP cost.
** Some of the most devastating enemy attacks in the game are only used as retaliation to higher-level techs. This isn't mentioned anywhere in the game, to this troper's recollection.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Kevin, the half-beastman, and Carlie, a half-elf.
* HaveWeMetYet: If you take Angela or Duran's path, the party will run into a younger version of the King of Valsena.
** If Duran is leading the party, [[spoiler:you also run into his father, Loki, just before the battle in which he's going to die. [[TearJerker Duran tries to convince his father not to go, but Loki goes anyway.]] And just to wring a few more tears out of the player, Loki comments that he hopes his son "turns out to be a fine young man like [present!Duran]."]]
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The Dark Lord's remains are never seen. His resurrected body, on the other hand, is.
* HiddenDepths: With the exceptions of the Dragon Emperor and the Earl of the Evil Eye, all of the villains get fleshed out, well-developed personalities and back stories.
* HighAltitudeBattle: One of the God Beasts is fought on your own flying dragon.
* HighCollarOfDoom: Check out the Bela Lugosi getup on the Earl of the Evil Eye. Sheesh.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: The kingdom of Nevarl is guarded by these, and Hawkeye can become one.
* HostageForMacGuffin: Whomever the Big Bad is, their flunkies will inevitably hold the Fairy ransom in exchange for [[spoiler:the Mana Sword]].
* HowlOfSorrow: Kevin's intro, after realizing [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he's killed Karl]].
* HufflepuffHouse: Rolante Kingdom is busy keeping the peace up north.
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: The Faerie has a bit of trouble remembering that humans [[GravityIsAHarshMistress can't fly.]]
* IdleAnimation: They've all got one. Carlie rocks back and forth, Angela plays with her hands, Kevin stretches, Hawk taps his foot while holding his head, Lise touches her hair ornament and Duran scratches his head.
* InUniverseGameClock: The days of the week are named according to the Mana Spirits, thus affecting the strength/weakness of their corresponding magic. It's also free to sleep at an inn on Holy Mana Day.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Most of the Beast Kingdom, except for Lugar, who is actually a legitimate threat.
** This may be subverted after all; if you challenge any beastman during the Jad raid, they knock the hell out of your character (except Duran, who seemingly is the only one smart enough to notice picking a fight isn't a good idea now) with a ''single attack'', and to add insult to injury, they aren't even in their wolf form.
* InnSecurity: Twice. Sleeping at an inn is required to make the fairy appear, and later on [[spoiler:in a free boat ride leads to the characters being trapped on the GhostShip.]]
** DangerousInn: Sleeping in one room in the middle of [[spoiler:the Ghost Ship]] will make monsters spawn and attack you right away, and oh, you don't get the recover you were expecting.
* InterfaceSpoiler: The game leads you to believe that [[spoiler:opening the gate to the Mana Holy Land and acquiring the [[CosmicKeystone Sword of Mana]]]] will be the game's big finish. It's somewhat undermined by the fact that unless you've spent an inordinate amount of time {{level grinding}}, you're nowhere near the level needed for your [[PrestigeClass second class change]], and at that point in the game, have no way of getting the {{MacGuffin}}s needed for it anyways.
* IntrepidMerchant: Chiquichita and Josephine.
** Given that they're the same race as Neko, expect racketeering and sky-high prices. Oh well, a cat's gotta eat.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Duran and Angela.
* JustLikeRobinHood: The Thieves Guild of Nevarl at the beginning.
** Double since the Wanderer and Rogue class allude to when Nevarl wasn't a desert.
* KaleidoscopeHair: The heroes can become blonde (or blonder) through class changes, too. Carlie, Lise, and Kevin are already light-haired, but Angela and Hawk are both dark-haired, and their class-changes with blond hair are both dark-dark.
* KlingonPromotion: Upon defeating the Archdemon, the Dark Lord became the bona fide [[{{Satan}} King of Darkness]].
* KnifeNut: Hawk in wields dual daggers, and his Ranger class tech hurls a bunch of knives at every enemy on the screen.
* KubrickStare: Both the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus and Bigieu have this as their PerpetualExpression.
* LadyLand: Rolante and Altena. Both armies are comprised of all-amazonian soldiers, though Rolante still retains a male monarch.
* LateCharacterSyndrome: Unless you [[GuideDangIt go out]] [[LevelGrinding of your way]] (or just plain hack your save) to get it sooner, you won't be able to get the [[PrestigeClass final Class Change]] until just before TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* LightIsGood: Wisp is the light elemental Spirit.
** Notice that Lise has blonde hair and blue eyes?
* LightIsNotGood: Lightgazer, the God-Beast of Light. Also, there are several enemies which use Light-based attack spells to destroy your party.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: If DawnOfMana is to be believed, the Dark Lord invaded and conquered the underworld.
* LimitBreak: Three levels of them, the second and third being learned after the class changes. The second and third limit breaks are different depending on the class chosen.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Averted. Seems to fall into this trope in the early game, where the male characters (and Lise) have to rely solely on their weapons and have to use healing or magic items, while the two spellcasters can make excelent use of their MP. After the first class change, however, everyone begins learning spells and skills of their own.
* LivingShadow: The Ninja Master attack 'Shadow Dive'. The character merges with their shadow, moves around as it, then pops out to surprise the enemies.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Bigieu. See Yandere below.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Duran, [[spoiler:the Darkshine Knight is your father]].
** Heath, [[spoiler:the Masked Mage is your father.]]
** Carlie, the Elf-King is your ''other'' grandfather.
** Angela, [[spoiler:King Richard is your father.]] Alluded to in the original game, but confirmed in [[VideoGame/HeroesOfMana the prequel]].
* MagicKnight: Duran's Sword Master class is the best example from this game; he can imbue his and the other party members' weapons with magic. His Paladin class only gets the [[HolyHandGrenade Saint Saber]] imbuement in addition to a healing spell, but it's quite useful against [[ThatOneBoss Zable Fahr]], the God-Beast of Darkness. The Duelist class can cast [[BlackMagic Dark Saber]], which is not quite as useful in the long run, and the Lord class is basically just a healer in plate armor. The other character that exemplifies this trope in [=SD3=] is Lise, who gets [[SummonMagic summon spells]] and status magic (her Light classes are more about buffing the other party members, while the Dark classes cast debuffs on the enemy).
* MagikarpPower: Angela's Delvar class is rather unimpressive compared to the Sorceress class, but taking it allows her to eventually gain access to the Rune Master class, which has a spell capable of delivering 999 damage to any enemy at her level or lower. [[spoiler:Even the final bosses, really.]]
* MasterOfIllusion: The Masked Mage. Fittingly, he makes his home in the Jungle of Visions (Jungle of Illusions in the fan translation) and hides his mansion under the veneer of an InvisibilityCloak.
* MaximumHPReduction: The spell Lunatic reduces the target's maximum HP by 20%. It's very good when used at the beginning of boss fights, where it can knock off upwards of 10,000 HP.
* MeetTheNewBoss: The Masked Mage is definitely heir to the previous game's Thanatos. In fact, his final boss form is named Dark Lich.
* MirrorMatch: Kevin and the Beast Kingdom's troops all share the same werewolf sprite. The latter use the same techs as Kevin's top-tier classes. Needless to say, this gets ''very'' confusing if he's on your team.
** Each class the heroes can take has a enemy parallel. Duran has knights. Angela magicians. Kevin with werewolves. Light Carlie are potos, while dark Carlie shamans. Light Hawkeye with Chobins and dark has ninjas. Finally Reise has the bee women and goblins.
* MotiveRant: At least two for each plotline.
* MyRulesAreNotYourRules: The levels for class changing are specifically delineated at 18/38. You'll start encountering class-changed enemies (a few with full-screen techs) at level '''ten'''. Your party also has to fill a tech gauge before unleashing their special attacks, but enemies of the exact same class can slam your party with their abilities right off the bat (they will also frequently use them as counterattacks after you hit them with a spell).
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: An example which isn't really relevant to the main plot line in the long run occurs early on in the game: the Faerie takes down a magical shield at the entrance of a cave so the party can reach Wendel and talk to the Priest of Light. [[spoiler:The shield is intended to protect the city from invasion, and after the heroes get rid of it, the Beastmen get their chance to attack. The Priest of Light manages to cast another shield and keep Wendel safe, but he falls seriously ill as a result of the strain.]]
** Also, a pair of plot-important things go bad as a result of the party's actions:
*** Oh, you found all the Elementals, and now you can create a portal in order to enter the Mana Holyland! [[spoiler:Oh yay! You made a portal... in the sky. And you don't have an [[GlobalAirship airship]]. But it won't go to waste, because ''every evil faction in the game CAN fly''.]]
*** Oh, you killed the eight God-Beasts to stop them from destroying the world! [[spoiler:And their excess, incredibly strong Mana is going to go back to the Holy Sword, where it belongs... Oh right! ''You let TheDragon get his hands on the Sword!'']]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Beastmen, including Kevin, are all martial artist [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Duran vs The Wizard of Red Lotus.
** Kevin vs his father, the Beast King.
* OfficialCouple: Duran and Angela if the player choose either as the main character and choose the other character as one of the three characters.
* OlderIsBetter: Much like with ''Chrono Trigger''[='=]s 12,000 B.C., Ancient City Pedan is the best place to shop: Short of the "???" items, their weapons and armor are second to none.
* OneCurseLimit: An exploitable GoodBadBug. Using the Chibikko Hammer will make your team miniature, replacing whatever status effect they have, and using it again will invert the miniature status effect turning them to normal.
** It's also invoked by the plot with Jessica -- she was cursed to die if she learned the truth, but that made her immune to magical brainwashing later on.
* OneWingedAngel: All three potential final bosses.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Earl of the Evil Eye.
* OurWereWolvesAreDifferent: The Beastmen, who are a race of their own but very clearly inspired by werewolf mythology. They transform at night, gaining a sizeable attack bonus. This includes Kevin.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: All the {{Big Bad}}s lounge around in their hideouts for most of the game and let their minions do the work until they're either killed by one of the other enemy factions are the heroes storm their fortress near the end of the game. In fact, you don't meet them until you've completed the respective final dungeons.
** The Dark Lord wasn't totally idle behind the scenes though. He's the one who raised the Dark Mana Stone from the Underworld.
*** And the original Japanese name for one of the bosses in ''Legend of Mana'' fought in the Underworld is identical to the name of the God-Beast trapped inside this stone, hinting at a link between the two games after all! (The boss doesn't look much like its namesake, though, and the name was changed in the NA release, so aside from a similar case of DualBoss there isn't any way you'd know it - you don't even get to see the Mana Stone).
* PaintingTheMedium[=/=]GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Class Change is a thing that exists InUniverse instead of just a gameplay mechanic; in fact, Duran's entire (initial) motivation is to be able to get strong enough for one of these.
* PauseAbuse: It was discovered that the charge-up time between selecting a skill or spell and its actual execution continues to elapse even when the player accesses a menu; thus the player can select a spell then switch to their menu so the character doesn't take damage before the spell executes. However, this also works on enemies preparing spells to attack you with....
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: An EnforcedTrope. Hawk and his feline pal are the only thieves seen doing any stealing: under Isabella's influence, the thieves' hideout of Navarre is gearing up for cavalry assaults on whole cities.
* PointyEars: Angela has them, but the rest of the citizens of Altena don't.
* PowerTrio: Any three of the six heroes (selected by the player) can be one.
* PrestigeClass: Each character has four classes based on whether they choose the Light or Dark path on each upgrade level (i.e., Light-Light, Light-Dark, Dark-Light, or Dark-Dark).
* PromotionToParent: Lise to Elliot.
* ThePsychoRangers: The God Beasts act as these the elemental spirits.
* RealityEnsues: Angela's first trek through the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sub Zero Snowfield]] goes about as well as you'd expect.
** Bonus epic LampshadeHanging, that.
* RebelliousPrincess: Angela.
* RecurringRiff:
** As well as the Mana series' "Mana Tree" theme, two of the boss themes ("Nuclear Fusion" and "Obsession") borrow snippets from the final boss theme of ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'' (the main melody and the intro, respectively.)
** Also, the track "Electric Talk" contains a callback to both "Into the Thick of It" and "Did You See The Sea" from ''Secret of Mana'' if you listen to it long enough.
** "Meridian Child" also vaguely hints at the track "Meridian Dance" from ''Secret of Mana''.
** "Long Goodbye" is an expansion of the track "Close Your Eyelids" from ''Secret of Mana''.
** The track "Secret of Mana" can be considered both a ShoutOut to the NA name of ''Seiken Densetsu 2'' as well as a stylistic callback to "The Child of the Sprite Tribe", a track from that game, albeit in a minor key.
* ReformedCriminal: Hawk, sort of.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The Dragon Emperor is.
* RingMenu: Just like [[VideoGame/SecretOfMana its predecessor.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Half of the cast. Angela is the princess of Altena, Lise princess of Laurent, and Kevin the prince heir to the Beast Kingdom.
* RuleOfThree: You have three heroes; there are three invading kingdoms, creating three unique final scenarios with three unique final bosses.
* SceneryPorn: Path to the Heavens.
** The journey to fight the Dark God-Beast will contain some, regardless of which path you pick.
** Hell, the entire game, why not. It's considered by many to have some of the finest graphics on the SNES.
* SchrodingersGun: Whoever you selected as the main character is going to be the one that ends up hosting the Faerie. Whoever you selected as the second character is going to join you outside the Cave of Waterfalls, and whoever you selected as the third will join you after [[spoiler:they bust you out of the Beastman-occupied Jad's dungeons]]. Selecting Carlie as your second or third character kinda throws that off (if chosen and not the hero, she ''always'' joins you somewhere between where the other second and third choices join), but [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything the dev team thought of that]].
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: Amazingly and beautifully {{Averted}}; the three possible {{player character}}s you ''didn't'' pick will still have their own storylines going in the background, which may intersect with the main plot from time to time.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The Dark Lord was feared and hated, which hints that he had been prophesied as a harbinger of doom. His status as something to be feared invited demons from the underworld to tempt him over to [[TheDarkSide their side]], thus dooming his kingdom ([[spoiler:revealed to be Lorimar in DawnOfMana]]), which the Dark Lord promptly destroyed.
** [[spoiler:Turns out in DawnOfMana that he was feared and hated for trying to drown his little brother, for eliminating all rivals to declare himself emperor and king of Lorimar and for being an absolute tyrant. His deal with the demons was actually to open the door to Mavolia/the underworld and his Archdemon form is the result of merging with ''multiple'' Thanatos masks. His killing of the previous ruler of the underworld Medusa/Anise is also revealed to be from striking her host down with the first Mana Sword (it's also revealed that she secretly survived unbeknownst to the Dark Lord).]]
* SelfImposedChallenge: There are a number of challenges that can be done with this game, such as Single Character, or No Class Changing.
* ShipTeasing: If you take Lise but not Hawk to re-take Laurent, he asks her to go easy on Bigieu (as Jessica is cursed to die with her) and plants a kiss on Lise when she agrees, causing her to blush.
** Angela is also shown to consider her romantic prospects in her ending, though her preference is not stated.
* ShoutOut: Bill and Ben. If you're from the UK, the name instantly screams out '''''[[TheFlowerpotMen Weed!]]'''''
** The Guardian enemies in the Jungle of Visions have Breast Fire and Rust Hurricane as special attacks, just like [[MazingerZ the granddaddy for all Super Robots]].
** The Gigantes (wielded by the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus) holds the ''exact same'' Japanese name with the Mana Fortress from Secret of Mana and is likely to be it's StartOfDarkness.
* ShowSomeLeg - Angela's line when trying to set a trap for a guard.
--->"Could you help me change my clothes?"
** And one of her classes gives her a LimitBreak that is essentially her showing some... leg... and charming the enemy.
* SimpleYetAwesome: Hawk's "Ninja Master" class gains the ability to multi-target his Shuriken ability. This means you have a fast-casting ability that hits all enemies on the screen, does significant damage, knocks enemies back, and lowers their evade. All for only 1 MP. Fans have dubbed it the "1 MP Wonder".
* SinisterScythe: Deathjester.
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: Duran's Duelist class is adorned with monster skulls.
* SmugSnake: Deathjester. Good Lord, DEATHJESTER.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: In regards to the three potential {{Big Bad}}s, the Dark Lord is widely considered the strongest, the Masked Mage the weakest, and the Dragon Emperor in the middle.
** The Masked Mage's [[spoiler:boss Dark Lich form]] is also pretty weak design- and spooky-wise as compared to his predecessor in Secret of Mana. Kamen-no-Doushi is, as a boss, really not that scary. In fact he looks rather goofy. [[spoiler: Thanatos, on the other hand...ugh, speaking of hands, this troper still has flashbacks to THE GRABBING FROM THE FLOOR.]]
** This also applies to the nations each one acts as TheManBehindTheMan for. With the exception of [[ThatOneBoss Lugar]] and the Beast King, the Beast Kingdom is [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain absolutely]] [[PokeThePoodle pathetic]]. Altena is much more organized and effective, and poses a bigger threat, and their villainous actions are limited to the assault on Valsena. Now Nevarl...their footsoldiers have severe LackOfEmpathy, they slaughter literally ''everyone'' in Laurent castle during their takeover, and the mooks you fight in their areas are among the toughest you'll face.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is the Amazon princess supposed to be named "Lise", "Liese", "Riese", "Reis", or "Riesz"?[[note]]With every single one of these being ''perfectly valid'' options from various European countries.[[/note]] The world may never know.
** Carlie is "Charlotte" in Japan, changed on the translation for space reasons.
** Similarly, Hawk is "Hawkeye" in Japan, also changed on the translation for space reasons.
** Bigieu was likely originally either Bijou ('jewel' in French) or Bijuu ('lovely beast' in Japanese). Or both, as they're phonetically identical.
** Lugar, whose name works out to 'rugaaru' in katakana, is a semi-pun on loup-garou ('werewolf' in French).
** And then there's the locations - Forcena/Forthena/Folcena/Valsena. Rolant/Rolante/Laurant. Navarre/Navall/Nevarl. Althena/Altena (each one's last translation is the official translation found in Heroes of Mana. *gasp* And that's not even everything).
* SpikyHair: Hawk's pal, Eagle.
* SquishyWizard: Angela, which an extra helping of [[HelloNurse squishy.]]
* StationaryBoss: Quite a few.
** Averted with the Dragon Emperor, a screen-filling FinalBoss who defies expectation by leaping into the foreground.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Practically the entire female population of Altena, [[strike: including]] ''especially'' Angela. Nobody [[ExposedToTheElements freezes to death]] because Altena is kept temperate due to magic, but [[spoiler:Angela comes close to actually freezing to death after being chased out of the castle]]. Laurent's amazons also fit this to a lesser degree except Lise, who is in full armor, though in official art she still has a very low-cut chestplate and doesn't wear pants.
** The official art of Lise's fenrir class on the other hand arguably puts anything Angela has to shame as it's just [[http://images.wikia.com/mana/images/5/57/Riesz_Fenrir_Knight.png a bikini with a wolf hide cape.]]
*** Actually, Angela has arguably the most Stripperific outffit in the game. In her magus class, while she wears a chestplate and cape, there's nothing [[http://images.wikia.com/mana/images/0/0e/Angela_Magus.png but a thong around her waist]].
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: If you are given a gold statue (which saves your game and heals your party), you will need it. It usually means there is a painful boss fight just around the corner.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: An interesting case. It's a subversion of how things worked in ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana''. In that installment, the heroes obtain the Mana Sword and power it up by reforging it with orbs gathered from defeated bosses. This time around, [[spoiler:you are forced to give it to the villain almost immediately after obtaining it, and you discover that, as you slay the God Beasts, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the sword gets stronger]]]].
** Also, in ''Secret of Mana'', the only person in the whole world who used it for anything purposeful was the Mana Knight. In ''Seiken Densetsu 3'', [[spoiler:not only do none of your characters use it themselves, it seems the villains are both capable of using it and can also destroy it]]!
* ThemeNaming: Hawk and Eagle.
** Bon Voyage and Merci.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Carlie.
* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: The heroes decide this after [[spoiler:the faerie is kidnapped]]. It's obviously a trap, but they don't have any choice but to go.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Hawk and Lise. Especially if they're both in your party, and one or the other of them is the leader.
** [[spoiler:During the battle to retake Laurent, if you have Lise in your party but not Hawk, Hawk will ask the party to spare Bigiel's life. Lise will agree, and Hawk will kiss her, causing Lise to freak out.]]
* UnwinnableByMistake: Whatever you do, ''do not'' use a Magical Rope in the Dark Castle.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:You. Every time. AND HOW.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Lord Flamekhan, Valda, and Heath. To a lesser extent, Bill and Ben.]]
* UselessUsefulSpell: Energy Ball. In theory it should up your critical attack rate, but because of a programming bug critical attacks are practically non-existent. Same goes for spells that affect agility or hit rate, for the same reason.
** Averted by Angela's Rune Master skills. Stone Cloud will petrify every single normal enemy who isn't resistant to earth damage, which equates to instant death. For enemies who are immune to earth, there's Stun Wind which silences the enemy in addition to doing massive damage. Silence may not sound that useful, but a number of regular enemies in the game react to techs and spells (such as Stone Cloud or Stun Wind) with powerful abilities that can trash the party, making them effectively immune to anything but normal attacks. Silence stops those party-wiping reactions.
* VideoGameSettings:
** BigBoosHaunt: Chartmoon Tower and Mirage Palace.
** BigFancyCastle: Too many to list. The Masked Mage and Dark Lord both reside in these.
** BrokenBridge: Exploded by a mini-boss, no less. That's what you get for [[TakeItToTheBridge fighting on a bridge]] instead of retreating!
** CaveBehindTheFalls / NoobCave: The Cave of Waterfalls.
** DeathMountain: Path to the Heavens and the Gusthall (Corridor of Wind is the fan translated name).
*** Also, Bucca, because ChekhovsVolcano is a mountain which you climb and then descend into.
** DoomedHometown: Everybody's hometown gets invaded, either by the {{BigBad}}s for various nefarious reasons, or the heroes themselves in order to kick the bad guys out.
*** Poor Astoria. The quaint river village is doomed to get pummeled to pieces by Lugar, no matter what.
** FirstTown: Astoria.
*** Well, it's the first town common to ALL the characters when any of them are the lead. Let's not forget most characters have to make a stop in Jad before they ever reach Astoria, with, iirc, the exception of Carlie. It's also the first town shop-wise, as Jad has no functional item shops.
** GustyGlade: Gusthall. Does it really count as a glade if it's half made out of caves, though?
** HiddenElfVillage: Corobokkle Village and Diorre. Also, the ancient city Pedan exists in some kind of weird temporal flux: It's just empty ruins when you first arrive, but staying at the inn warps you back in time to the first Dragon war.
** HighAltitudeBattle: You'll need to take to the skies to fight Dangaard. The fight takes place on top of Flammie.
** ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Chartmoon Tower. Why couldn't they put in an elevator?
** LethalLavaLand: The Valley of Flames. ([[ConvectionSchmonvection No actual damage from convection]], though.)
** TheLostWoods / TheMaze: Lampflower Forest and the Jungle of Visions.
** LostWorld: The Jungle of Visions.
** PalmtreePanic: Volcano Island Bucca.
** PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: The Jungle of Illusion is the closest equivalent, and the best place to stock up on seeds.
** ShiftingSandLand: Nevarl and the Dragon Hole's outer reaches (Glass Desert is the COOLEST name for a desert, hands down).
** ShipLevel: The GhostShip, where Shade is recruited and you temporarily lose one of your party members due to a curse.
** UndergroundLevel: Gemstone Valley and the Dragon Hole.
** TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Three of them. You can only visit one per playthrough, though.
*** [[spoiler:Subverted. Regardless of the main character you've picked the Decaying Mana Holyland will be the last dungeon]].
* VillainousBreakdown: While some just say few words, some of TheDragon and every BigBad has this upon defeat.
* VillainousHarlequin: Deathjester, of course.
** Zable Fahr. How fitting that the darkest of the god-beasts would be three {{Monster Clown}}s.
* VirginPower: Supposedly the Father of the Winged Ones only allows virgins near him, which is why only the Amazons can guard him. Actual events in-game may throw this claim into dispute [[spoiler:(for one thing, the "father" turns out to be a girl)]].
* WakeUpCallBoss: Full Metal Hugger. Most first-time players fall victim to this guy. He'll slap you upside the head and let you know that bosses cast undodgeable attacks and you better heal after every last one. And if you picked an all male team, chances are, Jewel Eater will be this too.
** Tzenker has the nasty habit of keeping away from your party while casting potent spells. Without the help of coins, magic or claws the fight can become quite a chore.
** Jenova can be quite difficult for underleveled players as he is a MookMaker, cast some really strong spells and if one is unlucky the mooks (which happens to be shapeshifters) will morph into something that will constantly Poison the party.
** The Machine Golems fought in the Sub-Zero Snowfield or Bill and Ben in Desert of Scorching Heat will make short work of players who abuse of Level 2 Techs. Keep in mind that these bosses tend to counterattack with a Tech or magic of their own if struck by a Level 2 Tech or a magic. While Bill and Ben are doable, as they might focus in a single character with Shadow Dive, the Golems ''are not'', they will utterly destroy a party using Level 2 Techs by counterattacking with all-party high level spells and you fight '''three''' of them at same time. Players should take these battles as a warning that spamming Level 2 Techs or magic ''will not'' work on bosses as well as it did in the last game.
* WeHaveReserves: The Dark Lord reacts to Bigieu's demise as though he just bounced a check or something. But to be fair, she is a card-carrying member of the IAmLegion union if the usual tropes applying to Demons are observed in this world.
** Also an example of a Type III VillainousFriendship and/or DarkMistress or LadyMacbeth to boot, so no wonder.
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: Mostly. There are a few flat jackasses (mostly the Earl of the Evil Eye, Deathjester and the Dragon Emperor) but the three villainous nations have legitimate reasons for their actions (the homelands of two of them are becoming inhospitable, and the third has a generations-long history of being discriminated against by humans) and most of the villains have tragic back stories or motivations.
* WinterRoyalLady; The Queen of Altena, who has a personality to match.
* WolfpackBoss: The Earl of the Evil Eye will be backed by a werewolf and succubus.
* WomanInBlack: Angela's Magus class.
* WordSaladTitle: Many of the music tracks have these kind of names. Examples include Hope Isolation Pray and Faith Total Machine.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: There's a reason it's called Path to the Heavens. You can even see the curvature of the earth!
* WorldTree: The Mana Tree.
* {{Yandere}}: Bigieu/Bijou/Bijuu the demoness is only evil because she is madly in love with the demon king of Mavolia. [[EvilerThanThou However]], he does not care for her in return, claiming that her death is acceptable should she be killed.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: Played with. You can find every potential party member except Carlie at the tavern in Castle City Jad, but nobody actually joins your party until later.
* YouAllMeetInACell: Also played with. If you didn't pick Carlie as your third party member, you'll pick up your third after being thrown in the Jad prison upon defeating the first boss. Subverted if Carlie ''is'' your third party member, in which case your party is already full and your would-be fourth member just helps you break out of jail and is left behind when your party [[GetOnTheBoat gets on the boat]].
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Half of the protagonists are exiled during their intros. Subverted with Duran, who chooses not to go home until he defeats the Wizard of the Crimson Lotus. In Lise's case, it's an exceptional, half-self-imposed case of WalkingTheEarth and specifically a GenderBender of a not-quite KnightErrant.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Hope you weren't too attached to that [[spoiler: Mana Tree]].

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