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''Solatorobo: Red the Hunter'' is a 3D ActionRPG and platform game published by NamcoBandai in Japan the 28th of October, 2010 and developed by [[Creator/CyberConnect2 CyberConnect2]]. It is a SpiritualSequel to the 3D anime-style ActionAdventure and platform game TailConcerto, the first game produced by the developers. Solatorobo is considered to be the third of the Little Tail Bronx series, and was released in Europe and Australia in July 2011, with a US release confirmed at E3 2011, although the release date (September 27th) wasn't given until a few days later.

The game is set in the same universe as TailConcerto, [[FloatingContinent floating islands above a sea of plasma]] inhabited by [[PettingZooPeople dog people and cat people]], but is now set in the Shepherd Republic instead of Prairie.

In the game, you play as Red Savarin and gameplay focuses on controlling his MiniMecha, DAHAK-[=AZI03=], or simply DAHAK. The combat usually involves [[GrappleMove picking things up and throwing them]] at enemies. The DAHAK is also customizable, with different armor types made for different combat situations (speed, defense, power, etc.). The game also boasts a large selection of side-quests which help flesh out the world the player is in and various mini-games, including airship racing and giant hermit crab fishing. Notable for being absolutely gorgeous for a DS game and having 100 different advertisements made for it aired on the 21st of October in a successful attempt to break a world record. Also, Yoshitake Taniguchi of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' fame was in charge of the MiniMecha designs.

Now has a [[Characters/{{Solatorobo}} character sheet]] in progress!

[=CyberConnect2=]'s president, Hiroshi Matsuyama, has also recently confirmed that [[http://gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=189638 they are working on a sequel!]]

For another game that also involves mechas, PettingZooPeople and grabbing+throwing gameplay, check out MischiefMakers.

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!!''Solatorobo'' contains the following tropes:

* AdventureFriendlyWorld: About half the world's economy seems to revolve around moving crates around and mercenary-work.
* AdventureGuild: The people running the quest brokers, apparently descended from [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary groups]]. The Kuvasz Guild is currently the largest one.
* AerithAndBob: We've got Red and Bruno (common dog names) and Alicia (common human name) running around with Béluga (a type of whale), Opéra (like the music), and [[EdibleThemeNaming Chocolat and Waffle]]. Then there's the question of what Elh's name even came from.
* AfterTheEnd: [[spoiler:The remains of cities under cloud level indicate that a massive extinction-level war tore apart a previous civilization.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: The final battle takes place in a Tartaros with bright lights and floating cubes.
* AmazonBrigade: The Pink Peaches sky pirates are composed only of women.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: The [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OrnC9pYuT-k/ThIWfHOSSUI/AAAAAAAAANk/G2c65-Jbamk/s1600/Solatorobo_red_the_hunter_cover.jpg Japanese boxart]] features the protagonist trio goofing around on Dahak and generally looking happy (Elh is even GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger). The [[http://images.nintendolife.com/games/ds/solatorobo_red_the_hunter/cover_large.jpg European boxart]] features Red standing solemnly with his StunGun (and [[LateArrivalSpoiler also manages to spoil]] both [[spoiler:Red's Trance form]] and [[spoiler:the fact that the world has a mysterious origin and is not just a simple setting]]). The [[http://lusipurr.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/solatorobo.jpg American boxart]] tries to TakeAThirdOption, with Red looking [[{{Determinator}} determined]] but upbeat and Elh being rather pensive.
* AnimalJingoism: The island of Mau is almost exclusively inhabited by Felineko, due to their proficiency at using [[{{Mana}} Nono]]. Around the island are several statues of an evil dog god, deliberately kept upside-down to take away his power. However, they welcome Red as warmly as Elh, just commenting that they don't get many Caninu coming around.
* AnimalStereotypes: A few are taken into account in the two races. Caninu are described as loyal, friendly, good at physical labor, and [[StockFemurBone like eating hard foods]]. Felineko are described as fiercely independent, quite aggressive, moody, calculating, and agile. One stereotype that only applies in-universe is the Caninu's proficiency for technology contrasted by the Felineko's [[CatsAreMagic proficiency for magic]].
* AntiVillain: The Kuvasz special operative unit.
* ArtifactOfDeath: [[spoiler:The amulet takes the life of whoever it chooses for the Rite of Forfeit.]]
** [[spoiler:OnlyTheChosenMayWield:]] Though it turns out [[spoiler:Hybrids like Red, Nero, and Blanck are immune to it and can go through a Rite with no ill effects.]]
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The GratuitousFrench soundbytes are... very... ''gratuitous'', and may not make very much sense if you actually ''understand'' the language, even at a fairly basic level.
** It's not so much nonsensical as it is [[CurseOfTheAncients antiquated]]. "Nom d'un chien!" and "Sapristi!" are something you'd expect in {{Tintin}}.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: [[spoiler:At the very end of the game, Baion warns Red that if the planet ever sees the inhabitants as a threat to it again, like with humanity, he will return to execute the [[KillEmAll "Reset"]] order.]]
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: There are giant birds in this game which are twice the size of the average person.
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: [[spoiler: [[IdiotHero Red]] ''finally'' wises up and answers the third guardian's riddle, gaining the last piece of the Magic Flute without having to fight him. However, at that exact moment Blanck shows up and a boss battle against him ensues.]]
* TheBattleDidntCount: The first battle versus [[spoiler:Nero and Blanck]] outside their robots. After getting them to half health, they just say they're tired of playing around and just shoot a huge, undodgeable fireball at you.
* BeamSpam: How the the Titano-Machinae Lares and Lemures attack air ships and [[spoiler:open a rift in Tartaros]].
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Some of the enemies Red encounters.
* BlandNameProduct: The Stardogs Coffee shop.
* BoringButPractical: The acid stage in [[spoiler:Lemures]] can be crossed in one go with the R-type mecha's Spin Floater, but it's so very slow it's not worth it. Similarly, using the R-type once a boss is defeated during the BossRush, you can go to the next one with full health but the regeneration is slower than continental drift.
* BossRush: Two are available as endgame, repeatable quests.
* CanadaEh: Viszla, sort of: while it has a temperate climate, the inhabitants are fond of adding "eh" to their sentences, not to mention that their entire economy is based on making a sweet, sticky substance made from the local plant life ([[spoiler:honey rather than maple syrup]]).
* CanNotSpitItOut:
** A minor, nameless female NPC constantly tries to tell herself to spit something out to another male NPC. Subverted when [[spoiler:the guy just owes her some money]].
** Also Elh to Red, so, '''so''' much.
* CartoonBomb: The weapon of choice of the Black Cats Gang's battle balloon.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Just about every NPC has a unique sprite, and even generic enemies have some personality attached to them. Lampshaded during one sidequest:
-->'''Red:''' Another "unique" character I have to deal with. Gimme a break...
* CatsAreMagic: Felineko are stated to have a great interest in and aptitude for spells. Averted with the Felineko {{Precursors}}, the [[PantheraAwesome Lions]], who are said to have had absolutely no interest in magic of any sort, relying solely on their physical strength.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:When Red is facing Nero while the Dahak is being repaired, Chocolat and Elh come in to drop the Dahak Mk. 2 just in the nick of time]].
* CityOfCanals: Spinon.
* [[ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction Changing Parts Is A Free Action]]: Middle of a fight? About to die? No problem, just pause everything, open the hatch on Dahak, and switch the parts out to your heart's content!
* CharacterPortrait: Most everyone has a portrait, except perhaps for a ''very'' few minor [=NPCs=]. Most of those with portraits also have ''multiple'' portraits for various moods/facial expressions as well.
* ChekhovsGun: One early side-mission in Pharaoh has you searching trains for suspicious packages. You find a high-grade explosive in one of them, which makes a reappearance ''much'' later on, [[spoiler:prior to - and as part of - the attack on Tartaros.]]
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Functions as a bit of DeusExMachina after the final boss. [[spoiler:Baion is subdued and [[SoProudOfYou even admits he's proud of Red]], but Tartaros is about to return to its alternate dimension, threatening to take Red with it. He moans that he'll never make it out in time, since Septentrion has reverted to Dahak and can't fly near fast enough. Baion tells him that, since his MiniMecha is made out of [[{{Nanomachines}} nanometal]], all he has to do is ''wish hard enough and Dahak will do whatever he wants it to''. Nero and Blanck's spirits have to give it an extra power boost to get Red back to his friends.]]
* ClingyMacGuffin: The medallion has chosen Red and thus cannot be used without him. [[spoiler:[[PoweredByAForsakenChild Sucks to be him.]]]]
* CollectionSidequest: Catching the Black Cats Gang members for their photo pieces. Also serves as a ShoutOut to TailConcerto, which also had a photo piece CollectionSidequest and had you capturing Black Cats Gang members on a frequent basis.
** The musical notes you record to listen to music.
* ColonyDrop: The ultimate goal of [[spoiler:Baion is to issue CODA, the order to defloat all of the floating continents and reset civilization again after its destruction. Interestingly it isn't the fall that will kill everyone, but rather passing through the electrified Cloud Sea that will.]]
* ColossusClimb: Minor example, to defeat the superheavy prototypes on the Golden Roar you need to get a crate, jump on top of it, then jump onto the top of the prototype and yank out the power crystal, rather than throwing its cannonballs back at it like most similar enemies.
* ColourfulThemeNaming: Red, [[spoiler:Nero (black), and Blanck (white).]] The Red Data Children, a series of [[ExpandedUniverse sidestories]], details four more [[spoiler:"failed" hybrids - Rose, Rouge, Vermillion, and Carmine -]] who are all named after shades of red as well.
* ComplimentBackfire: When Waffle tries to complement Alicia [[spoiler:for looking pretty in a princess dress]], she just gets mad at him [[spoiler:for comparing her to Theria]].
* ContinuityCameo: [[TailConcerto Waffle Ryebread, Princess Terria, Cyan, the Black Cats Gang,]] and Mamoru from ''Mamoru-kun'' are all confirmed to make an appearance in the Shepherd Republic. You also get to fight Cyan once in the arena and again as a [=DLC=] quest.
* CoolAirship: Although the Asmodeus and the Royal Envy are somewhat standard, the Golden Roar of the [[EvilIsCool Kuvasz]] definitely applies, housing a Wutai palace on top of it.
* {{Cooldown}}: Present only in the fishing minigame. Any weapons are able to be fired until they run out of ammo.
* CreatingLife: The Juno, thousands of years ago [[spoiler:wiped out humanity and the rest of life on the planet and created life from "data" of the old world.]] Apparently, [[MixAndMatchCritters some of the DNA got mixed up]].
* CreatorCameo: Sort of. In Futzu Tower, the InfoDump screens read [[Creator/CyberConnect2 CyberConnect]] when not in use.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Anju religion is essentially [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholicism]] [[RecycledInSpace WITH BIRDS!]] To be able to enter their holy forest where all the birds live [[{{Psychopomp}} when they're not guiding souls to the afterlife]], you need to obtain a string of rosary beads, and lore says they always have a Bible on hand and worship in churches on Sundays.
* CuteLittleFangs: In some shots, Chocolat and Elh. Red's teeth are highly visible when he smiles, but [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily tend to be a triangular mess of shark-teeth]] and not particularly "cute".
* CycleOfHurting: Getting your Hydraulics (how fast you can pick up an enemy) high enough allows you to do this to enemies. Duel ship bosses can be picked up, thrown into the wall and picked up again for an easy NoDamageRun.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to ''TailConcerto'' anyway.
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler:When Bruno awakens Lares using Red's life.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: When facing a female mook who claims her beauty and her robot's electricity will bring her victory, Red answers with "Well, the electricity sounds doangerous!"
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist
* DefeatMeansFriendship: A quest with Alman has him asking Red to teach his new apprentice to work harder. The apprentice wants none of it, telling them to leave him alone, and eventually prompts Red to fight him. Once beaten, his attitude does a 180 and he'll do anything "Boss" Red tells him to, including working as hard as he possibly can. [[spoiler: Subverted in a later quest, where he's still as big a slacker, but now he wants to be a Hunter just like Red.]]
* DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment: Caninu is a {{Portmanteau}} of "canine" and "inu" ("dog"). Likewise, Felineko is a portmanteau of "feline" and "neko" ("cat"). Both are utterly redundant.
* DestructiveSavior: One quest has Red interrupt a SkyPirate gang lifting an entire warehouse with their airship. They defend themselves by throwing bombs one the ground, which Red throws right back. When the airship takes enough damage, it crashes, taking the warehouse with it. At least Red still gets paid.
* DifficultySpike: The BossRush quests after the end of the game. The game proper gives you a very generous amount of health throughout, so dying is not a big issue for the average gamer. There are save points before the bosses restoring your health. The BossRush, however, gives no recovery spot whatsoever and increases the damage the bosses need to be defeated, making it much harder than the rest of the game. At least the bosses are split into two different quests.
** The difficulty for said battles is laughable easy once you realize you can [[ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction customize Dahak in the middle of any battle]], inserting those dusty-old revive parts you can get out of the Hermit Crab Fishing Game.
** The first battle against the Howler gang can be this, as it involves going on a narrow platform littered with ticking bombs, picking one up and throwing at an airship before it or one of the neighboring bombs go off. Oh, and the airship keeps firing them at you all the while.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon and DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Lares and Bruno, respectively. They do a real good job of hiding that it's only Disc One, too; running the credits after completion and labeling that part of the game the "Final Chapter" (the next part winds up being "Part Two Chapter One").]]
* DistressedDamsel: In a downloadable quest, you need to rescue [[spoiler:Opéra]] from a cave-in in Shetland.
* DoABarrelRoll: When in flight mode on the Dahak, press R to spin in mid-air. Unlike most barrel rolls, this is a form of attack rather than dodging.
* DoingItForTheArt: A ten-year production cycle, seven of which was spent on WorldBuilding. '''It shows.'''
* DoomedHometown: You get your first few quests in Airedale before Lares sends his shades at you and razes parts of the town. It gets better, thankfully. [[spoiler:There's also Ragdoll, the hometown of the Paladins which gets razed by Baion prior to the game.]]
* [[spoiler:EarthAllAlong: A more unique variant. The existence of the Old World is revealed to be underneath the Cloud Sea, and almost immediately after, it is revealed the Old World is actually Earth. The game later clarifies the matter once the group reaches Earth: the [[FloatingContinent floating continents]] in the game were actually once part of Earth's land mass.]]
* EdibleThemeNaming: Chocolat Gelato, for starters. The Fraisier orphanage is named for a strawberry pastry.
** There are more subtle ones like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera_cake Opéra]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurter_Kranz Kranz]],Gren [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachertorte Sacher]], Red [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savarin_cake Savarin]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crêpe_Suzette Suzette]] (whose name is also one letter apart from the French for lollipop), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_%28dessert%29 Charlotte]], [[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biscotte Biscotte]], [[http://www.foodsofengland.co.uk/princealbertspudding.htm Albert]], and [[JapaneseRanguage Flo]] is apparently short for [[BlessedAreTheCheesemakers Fromage]].
* EmotionallyTongueTied: Red can turn into this, depending how you play one sidequest. In a new, "special" simulation, [[spoiler:Elh admits that she wants to stay with Red forever, and]] you're given the dialogue choices of "I'd better be honest too" and "Too embarrassed to say".
* EnemyMine: The Kurvasz, Howler SkyPirates, and a ''train conductor'' join forces to [[spoiler:procure a powerful bomb to help in the fight against Tartaros.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Lots of things spin. Certain enemies attack by spinning around like tops ([[TooDumbToLive and then get dizzy, leaving them open to throw combos]]) and the Type R set for the Mk 2 allows it to hover by holding the jump key to spin.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Futzu Tower is lacking in the evil (although it is definitely related to the antagonists) but it fits the ominous aspect of the trope well.
* ExpandedUniverse: The ''Red Data Children'' series of side novels, as well as a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dETInOvcVYs radio play]] of the same and some 4koma comic strips, seen in Japanese [[http://www.cc2.co.jp/solarobo/4koma/index.html here]] and a partial English FanTranslation [[http://4dawgz.blogspot.com/p/solatorobo-4koma.html here]] (comics are safe; rest of site is NSFW).
* {{Expy}}: Lares is essentially a draconic [[TailConcerto Iron Giant]].
* FightingForSurvival: Everyone against [[spoiler:Tartaros, but it's only Red who manages to get inside and deliver the final blow.]]
* {{Filler}}: Despite the ONE HUNDRED ADVERTISEMENTS containing a lot of information on character bios, gameplay mechanics and lore, there are some... very random, tangentially related, and (somewhat) funny little sketches here and there. Prize for most unrelated commercial has got to go to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXU-ik5kHrQ sneezing man]].
* FishingMinigame: In it, [[MundaneMadeAwesome you use a harpoon shooting mecha to fish for gigantic flying hermit crabs that use airships the size of small buildings as shells.]]
* FluffyTheTerrible: The guard in Spinon has a quest requiring you to tame two giant killer fishes. He calls them Cathy and Anna. [[spoiler:When you find a third giant fish, he decides to name that one Mary. At the end of the quest, he says if he ever finds another, he would name it after Red. And if you go in the sewers again after that, you find such a fish, though you can't fight it]].
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: Sky fish, obviously. However, it's a rare delicacy, as the crystal in its scales make a lot of it inedible.
** Hermit crabs that use AirborneAircraftCarriers as shells.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:See ColourfulThemeNaming.]]
* FragileSpeedster: The Type R Dahak Mk. 2 model naturally increases your mobility at the cost of defense. Given how little damage the enemies do anyway, however, you probably won't notice the fragile part.
* FreudianTrio: Red is constantly the impulsive Id, but Elh and Chocolat take turns playing Ego and Superego. Normally, Chocolat is MissionControl and Elh is in the field helping Red, but when [[spoiler:Elh's betrayal in the Rite of Forfeit]] is concerned, Chocolat becomes the mediator helping to reconcile the two.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: While Elh manages to confuse Red and Chocolate about [[spoiler:being female]], one of the orphans immediately [[spoiler:realizes she's a girl and asks her why she dresses like a boy.]] Red replies that it makes it easier to play, volunteering a flustered Elh for babysitting duty.
* FunetikAksent: Captain Grumpf has an "evil German officer" accent, replacing f with v ("[[AttackAttackAttack VIRE! VIRE! VIRE!]]").
* FungusHumongous: Viszla's entire economy is based around harvesting the sap of these mushrooms.
* FunWithAcronyms: CODA, which stands for [[spoiler:Continent Orientation Defloat Alignment]].
* FurIsSkin: Everyone has both body fur and head hair.
** HumanoidFemaleAnimal: Most of the girls have a decidedly more "human" look to them, with peach or tan fur and shorter muzzles than their male counterparts; this has confused many players into believing Chocolat is a Felineko.
*** Merveille is an exception, having a longer muzzle but peach fur.
* FurryReminder: Red spends a great deal of time chewing on a StockFemurBone, and Caninu are shown as catching flying discs in their mouth like regular dogs in lore.
* GiantEnemyCrab: A common enemy, the Crustacrab and its baby variants. An even more giant version with a large airship or an entire small island can be fished in the FishingMinigame.
* GiantFlyer: [[SpaceWhale The Master of the Clouds]], who is used to travel from Shephard to [[spoiler:Earth]].
* GogglesDoNothing: A lot of characters in this game have goggles, which can be justified by the setting. Some characters never take them off, while others never wear theirs. However, Red never wears his pair and Chocolat's pair is also fairly questionable, what with her flying within the airship's already protected cockpit. The second intro ends with a pair of cracked goggles on the ground.
* GondorCallsForAid: To fight against [[spoiler:Nero, Blanck, and eventually Tartaros]], Red enlists the help of [[spoiler:Opéra and the Kurvasz]], who then put out a call for ''everybody'' to help. [[FightingForSurvival And they do.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll: The gang of mischievous kittens, and their stolen photos Red can collect to complete his photo gallery. Red even says that he's "gotta catch them all" when Barry the photographer sends him to find the rest of the photos.
* GratuitousFrench: The dominant language of the Shepard Republic is French. Fittingly, most of the characters say a little stock French phrase before engaging in dialogue. ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Nom d'un chien!]]'', indeed.
* GrappleMove: The core gameplay mechanic. your mech can grab enemies and (solid) projectiles and toss them around, either hurling them at enemies or indulging in MetronomicManMashing. If you're quick enough you can grab a thrown enemy after it bounces and throw it again and again.
* GridInventory: The Dahak can be upgraded with modules slotted into a grid, but the entire grid isn't available at first. Finding Power Crystals to unlock new slots is one of the main reasons to search areas thoroughly! The modules come in all shapes and sizes, including some of the classic VideoGame/{{Tetris}} blocks. Once you get the Mk 2, the total unlockable space increases as well, allowing for further enhancement.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: A common tactic when fighting multiple enemies is to throw one at another, damaging both.
* HearingVoices: Red hears the evil kind when [[spoiler:the Order is given.]]
** LivingEmotionalCrutch: Elh becomes this during that time, talking to him to keep him calm. [[spoiler:Considering he tried to strangle her the first time he heard the Order, she has good reason to keep him calm.]]
* HeartwarmingOrphan: The orphans at Bassett: Albert, Biscotte, Charlotte, and Arzene.
** Red and Chocolat are what happens when {{Heartwarming Orphan}}s grow up and [[HappilyAdopted adopt each other]].
* HeavySleeper: A female vendor NPC spends the entirety of the game dreaming of money. She even manages to sleep through a kaiju attack and the final large scale battle at the climax of the game.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:The Kuvasz Guild, after Opéra takes over due to the death of Bruno]].
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: Elh and Red, though the phrase in question isn't used directly.
* [[SheWillComeForMe He Won't Come For Me]]: The Kurvaz capture Elh to use as bait to make Red [[HostageForMacGuffin turn over the medalion]], but Elh says that won't work because [[spoiler:she betrayed him, tried to sacrifice him in the Rite of Forfeit, and]] he won't come.
** ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: Red seriously considers [[BystanderSyndrome leaving and declaring the whole issue someone else's problem]]. Chocolat agrees with him initially, but it's all a ploy to get him to realize that they should turn around and go rescue Elh.
* HeyThatsMyLine: Obviously, the train conductor in Pharaoh didn't get his job just so that Red could steal his "All aboard!" line.
* HighTechHexagons: The Futzu Tower, which contains a highly advanced AI, features a lot of hexagons.
* HilarityEnsues: Expect this a few times in the main story...and roughly 90% of all the quests make Red go through odd things with all the [=NPCs=] while also commenting on the odd-jobs he takes. That ranges from [[CampGay people being so dang unsettling on sight to him]] to [[MissionControl his own adopted sister berating him of all the stupid common sense he has]].
* {{Hindenburg}}: The first airship you're on is named the Hindenburg. Naturally, it goes down [[KillItWithFire in a ball of flames]], though at least this time we know exactly what happened: Lares.
* [[HoldingHands Holding Paws]]: Red and Elh are forced to, during [[spoiler:Merveille's "special" training simulation, which was just her way of getting Red to finally admit his feelings.]] It eventually leads to a "You two can let go of each other now."
* HostageForMacGuffin: At the end of Samoyede, Bruno kidnaps Elh to make an exchange for Red's medallion [[spoiler:and indirectly his life]].
* [[spoiler:HumanitysWake]]
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:The medallion requires the sacrifice of the person it chooses in order to active the Rite of Forfeit or the Rite of Awakening.]] This is implied several times in the story and it gets much more obvious the closer that Elh gets closer to being able to seal Lares, finally coming out on the ''Golden Roar''.
* HumansAreBastards: The reason why [[spoiler:the Juno offered to wipe the planet clean and start over, giving it a chance to recover. The fact that the humans contacted accepted the offer also says something.]]
* HybridMonster: What most of the non-robot enemies look like.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: It even heals your robot somehow.
* IAteWhat: Venom Barnacles are a delicacy, and can be a key component when making a stew. No, really!
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: Averted. Red is upset at the thought of having to [[spoiler:leave Elh inside Lemures while he takes on Tartaros.]] She points out to him that she ''is'' technically immortal, and he notes that somehow, that doesn't make him feel any better about it. Considering [[spoiler:Baion wiped out the rest of the Paladins and]] her form of immortality is just "never ages but can be killed", he's right to worry.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty:
** Played straight by [[spoiler:Béluga]], but averted for [[spoiler:Elh]], who seems to be stuck as a teenager. [[spoiler:After losing her immortality, she comments that she seems to have finally grown a bit after three hundred years.]]
** Also played semi-straight by [[spoiler:Baion]], who looks somewhere in his forties.
* [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity +1 Form]]: Dahak Type Omega, a form that combines the abilities of all four of its regular forms and turns the power UpToEleven. As can be imagined, this form is incredibly [[GameBreaker broken]], so you may find yourself asking "What's the catch?" The catch is that it only becomes available to you during a [[NewGamePlus New Game ++]], so you have to play through the ENTIRE GAME a grand total of 3 times in order to use it. Good luck.
* InterfaceSpoiler: [[spoiler: As DiscOneFinalDungeon above says, the game does a decent job of making you think that beating Bruno beats the game...except that your Hunter Rank, if you did all available sidequests is roughly six and a half, and anyone who's seen a 'sidequest rank' in a JRPG before knows that the game always give you [[LastLousyPoint just enough quests to reach whatever the max level is]]. Plus, there are some sub-plots in the sidequests that don't get resolved by the Bruno fight. Plus the customize screen won't have everything unlocked yet. Basically, you'll think it's the end of the game, if you haven't been going for HundredPercentCompletion.]]
* InterruptedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:In one sidequest, Elh and Red.]] She says she hasn't been able to feel happiness or love in years, but has finally begun to feel them again with him. He says he's got something he needs to say to her as well, but then [[spoiler:the simulation ends and he loses his train of thought, though he remembers vividly that he was going to say something ''important''.]] She decides she'll just be patient and wait until he can tell her himself (despite the fact that it was her confession that prompted his in the first place).[[ShipperOnDeck That was Merveille's plan all along.]]
* InterspeciesRomance:
** The game's [[TokenRomance romantic subplots]] seem to ''live'' on this trope. All three couples that are [[ShipTease teased]] with any seriousness - Red with Elh, [[TailConcerto Alicia with Waffle]], and Béluga with Merveille - are one part Caninu and one part Felineko.
** The minor couple of [[StarCrossedLovers Cerise and Raisin]] are also an example.
* IgnoranceIsBliss: [[spoiler:Elh doesn't let Red know the [[HumanSacrifice true cost]] of sealing Lares to gain his cooperation.]]
* InevitableTournament: Averted. The tournament in this game is completely optional. Only a few battles even give the skill points required to access higher ranked quests and progress the story.
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: [[spoiler:Baion]] makes this claim during the final battle, [[spoiler:comparing the wars fought by the Caninu and the Felineko to the now extinct humanity which destroyed itself.]]
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Red goes through one after the game's midpoint via VirtualTrainingSimulation.
** FaceYourFears: One of the simulations has him facing his worst fear: [[spoiler:losing control and killing everyone he cares about.]]
** WhiteVoidRoom: Since Red's memories are [[LaserGuidedAmnesia more or less completely MIA]], the simulator shows [[spoiler:the facility where Merveille and Baion created him]] as a series of semi-disconnected, floating white rooms.]
* KillItWithFire:
** [[spoiler:Baion]]'s MiniMecha, the [=BERIUS P-2=], is specialized in this.
** Certain other minor enemies as well, plus flamethrower traps placed here and there.
* [[spoiler:LandDownUnder]]: The Futzu Tower is this twice over, being both [[spoiler:literally on what used to be Australia]] and [[spoiler:located down under the clouds.]] Perhaps surprisingly, the only place where [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything is trying to kill you]] is ''inside'' the tower; the small path outside is perfectly safe.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The European boxart shows [[spoiler:Red's Trance form]] and advertises [[spoiler:the fact that the world has a "mysterious origin" and is not simply a fun setting]].
* LiftOfDoom: Two elevators have you dodging moving flamethrowers in the Golden Roar.
* LivingBattery: While they don't require one to ''operate'', [[spoiler:Lares and Lemures]] will turn you into one in exchange for controlling them.
* LostInTranslation: In the EU version, a few of the puns get lost. One instance is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuvasz Kuvasz]] which is renamed "Kurvaz" and the misspellings of Princess Terria and Stare Pris's names (Theria and Stair respectively).
** MisBlamed: All of the above are actually the official romanizations given out by [[Creator/CyberConnect2 CyberConnect2]] itself, as can be seen in the Japanese commercials which use the Roman alphabet to spell the aforementioned names. Nintendo of Europe simply went with those over keeping consistency with the Atlus-translated names in TailConcerto.
* LostSuperweapon: The Titano-Machina.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: The Kurvasz allow Red to collect the stones needed for the Rite of Forfeit before stealing them to use in their own Rite of Feasting to superpower instead of seal Lares.
* MalevolentArchitecture: Bruno designed the Golden Roar to have lifts of doom and buzz saw staircases. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Red.
* {{Mana}}: Nono.
* ManEatingPlant: The carnivorous roses in Viszla.
* [[spoiler:MaybeEverAfter]]: Both new couples, [[spoiler:Red with Elh and Béluga with Merveille.]] Strongly implied that [[spoiler:[[TheyDo they will in the future]], but nothing definitive yet.]]
* MeaningfulName:
** Red's mecha is named after Azi Dakaha, a Sumerian demon, while his ship is named Asmodeus.
** Lares and Lemures are named respectively after guardian deities and vengeful spirits from ancient Roman religion.
** Tartaros is named after an ancient Greek deity associated with the underworld.
** Opéra's mecha Tiamat is named for a chaotic Babylonian sea goddess.
** [[spoiler:Nero (black) and Blanck (white)]] represent Yin and Yang. Red the character is [[spoiler:the odd sibling out and the one lacking the "perfection" given to Nero and Blanck,]] just like red the color, which in Yin-Yang symbolizes the absence of both.
* MenDontCry: Red seems to hold this view, as after saving Elh from some bugs and getting told to stay away, he teasingly asks "Eyes red from crying?" [[spoiler:By that point everyone knew Elh's a girl and Red was likely just being a jerk.]] Red himself also lacks any sort of crying sprite.
** TenderTears: Elh apparently does not have a problem with crying, possessing at least two separate sprites with small droplets at the eye corners and displaying them without shame (the above comment to stay away was because a second wave of bugs was coming). The second opening animation even includes a SparklingStreamOfTears.
* MetaphysicalFuel: Crystals. [[spoiler:They are also the driving force that started the war which ended humanity, representing a darker side of the trope.]]
* MetronomicManMashing: The Type G's Kaiser Hammer. Hilarious when used on bosses.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The DAHAK Mk. 2.
* MightyGlacier: The Type G Dahak sacrifices mobility for regenerating health, more defense, and the ability to block attacks. It also comes with an impressive variant of the ground throw.
* MilestoneCelebration: This game is considered to be [[Creator/CyberConnect2 CyberConnect2]]'s 15th anniversary celebration, being a sequel to the very first game they developed.
* MilitariesAreUseless: Commented on when one character asks what the hell the army was doing when {{Kaiju}} were attacking his city.
* MinecartMadness: A returning element from ''TailConcerto'' in the mines of Shetland.
* MiniMecha: Cranked up from ''TailConcerto''. All the major characters seem to have one this time.
* MixAndMatchCritter: The Giu (not appearing in the main game) are a mix of boars and cows. They serve the role of livestock.
* MoleMiner: Appears as a recurring enemy in the game, in various sizes.
* MoreDakka: several quests put you behind a rapid-fire anti-air gun.
** Sums up Captain Grumpf's tactical sense: when his missiles keep exploding on a magic barrier, he fires more of them.
* NamedWeapons: The MiniMecha all have names (some are appended with a serial number, but when referring to them that part is usually dropped, giving each a personal name).
* {{Nanomachines}}: Used to explain some of the magic which happens in the game, like [[spoiler:Red's Dahak fusion.]]
* NewAgeRetroHippie: The music man in Airedale, who advises Red to "feel the waves, man" and provides the ability to gather music notes from phonographs and hornweed to be used to purchase songs.
* NGOSuperpower: The Kuvasz Guild, had ([[spoiler: Red destroyed one]]) four battleships including the Golden Roar (see CoolAirship above) and used them and legions of infantry with mechs to intimidate local governments.
* NiceShoes: The people in the Shepherd Republic wear shoes that leave paw prints due to a strange bump pattern on the sole. Shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPqr8yA2PME here.]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The MiniMecha designs can be pretty weird, including a wizard based design and a cowboy based one.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Not only can vastly different races within the species breed freely (foxes with wolves and housecats with lions, for example), but Caninu and Felineko can have children with no problems as well.
** HollywoodGenetics: The children will be ''either'' Caninu ''or'' Felineko, not some sort of dog-cat hybrid.
* NoExportForYou: Thankfully averted, both for [[http://www.nintendo.co.uk/NOE/en_GB/news/2011/nintendo_signs_distribution_deal_with_namco_bandai_games_for_solatorobo_red_the_hunter_in_europe_32657.html Europe]], and [[http://www.1up.com/news/solatorobo-american-release-announced America]].
* NoSocialSkills:
** Béluga can't socialize very well, [[spoiler:so after the Kurvasz join forces with the heroes, he leaves the jobs involving others to Red and Elh.]] This only comes out when dealing with strangers, however; he seems perfectly capable of talking to his teammates without trouble.
** Elh isn't particularly skilled in social graces, either, but is at least able to talk to villagers without making them angry.
* NotADate: Elh manages to turn a flower-picking quest into something that's nearly a date, complete with several rounds of small {{Dialogue Tree}}s (though each question [[ButThouMust only affects the lines immediately after it]] and the quest/pseudo-date continues as normal afterward whether your response made Elh happy or not). Red, [[ObliviousToLove dense as ever]], just thinks Elh's being a little weird and does not notice the date-like atmosphere. [[spoiler:She ''was'' being a little weird, since she was stalling for time before having to perform [[HumanSacrifice the Rite of Forfeit]]. It doesn't change the fact that she was doing it because she's quite fond of him.]]
* NoticeThis: Places that hide rings or P-crystals have blue sparkles over them if you get close enough.
* ObliviousToLove: Waffle to Alicia. One quest has Waffle and Red puzzle over why Alicia would take a compliment so badly (Waffle told her she looked like Theria), while Chocolat sighs that neither of them understand how women's feelings work.
* OddlyVisibleEyebrows: Most everybody has bangs of some sort in their face, but this does nothing to hide their eyebrows.
* OffModel:
** The [[http://sickr.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/solatorobo.jpg European boxart]] shows Red with gold glove plate edging (it should be white) and furry glove trim (he has none, though he does often roll up his sleeves and expose a lighter cuff at about the same point).
** Elh's eyes are occasionally shown as [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]], including in the [[http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l93k1kxF1r1qz71tto1_500.jpg second opening sequence]], despite officially being gold. Varying [[http://www.gamed.nl/messages/160404.jpg shades]] of [[http://jpgames.de/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/solatorobo2.jpg orange]] or light brown aren't uncommon, either, and sometimes they're even drawn as TechnicolorEyes, with red shading and cream highlights on a gold base.
* [[OneHundredAndEight One Hundred IN Eight]]: The game broke a Guinness world record by running 100 different commercials in 8 hours on its release day in Japan.
* OralFixation: Red is always holding a bone between his teeth. In lore, there are even a variety of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaEiJb1UPSY Bite Styles]]" that dog people can use, each with its own fashion sense, and [[DoubleStandard girls]] are apparently considered [[JapaneseDelinquents delinquents]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/__jUtxBOsFyg/TNs9bvGuSqI/AAAAAAAABKQ/ku9h7HkA7cM/s1600/03.png for chewing on them.]]
* OrganicTechnology: The Titano-Machina and the Master of the Clouds are both made of this.
* OrphansPlotTrinket:
** Invoked by Elh to get into the canals in Spinon, telling the worker that they dropped a pendant from Elh's dead mother in there. As soon as the worker opens the sewers for them, [[MoodSwinger the waterworks immediately stop and it's back to business as usual]], causing Red to comment on how creepy it is for someone to be able to turn their emotions on and off like that.
** [[spoiler:The actual pendant that Red found on the Hindenburg also counts, as it's one of the last Paladin relics.]]
* PaletteSwap: The Pink Peaches gang has the exact same robots as everyone else...except they're pink.
* PantheraAwesome:
** The Lions, {{Precursors}} to the Felineko, did not rely on [[CatsAreMagic magic]] due to their sheer physical strength.
** Béluga is a lynx *with a long tail) and Calua is an ocelot (who seems to be lacking in the spots).
* PartyInMyPocket:
** Elh appears in cut scenes or otherwise pops up to talk, but is never visible following Red or riding the Dahak with him.
** Likewise, when Red tells other characters to follow him somewhere, they're never shown doing it but will appear when they need to say something.
* PervertRevengeMode: Elh, after the second ShowerOfAwkward. Considering it's actually all in Red's mind, he technically went vengeful on ''himself''.
* PetTheDog: In a downloadable quest, [[spoiler:Opéra accepts a job for the people of Shetland to make up for harassing the town during their search for the crystal stone.]]
* PettingZooPeople: The Felineko and the Caninu.
* PoorCommunicationKills: There is a quest where Cocona receives a letter from the Howler sky pirates warning her of their imminent arrival, and its Red's job to stop them from apparently attempting to kidnap her. After fighting off a few of them, their leader explains that [[spoiler:the sky pirates are just really big fans of hers and wanted to get some autographs. The letter was just a friendly warning about them coming over, which is hard to come across as benign, given their occupation.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: What Red says keeps him going even when things get rough. [[spoiler:Also the reason he claims they will not dissolve into war like the humans did, since they only began to war on a global scale when they stopped helping each other get better.]]
* {{Precursors}} to the Caninu were the Wolves, who were highly skilled in the magical arts (unlike their decedents) ''and'' [[{{Magitek}} good with technology]], first providing robots to Shepherd during the Hundred Lilies War five hundred years ago.
* PrecursorKillers: The Juno to [[spoiler:humanity.]] In an interesting twist, they actually only made the suggestion and provided the kill program. The [[spoiler:humans]] are the ones who made the final suicide call, seeing it as the only way to end their wars and give the planet a chance to recover without them.
* ThePromise: Elh promises Red a billion rings if he helps to complete the Rite of Forfeit. [[spoiler:Elh doesn't ''have'' a billion rings and, if the Rite had gone [[HumanSacrifice as it usually did]], Red wouldn't have needed them anyway. Red survived and instead of being angry, he just invited Elh to join his team - [[IWasJustPassingThrough ostensibly to work off that debt]] but [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther nobody was fooled]].]]
* ProtectionMission: During Red's JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, the software begins by creating a warmup for him from his memories. He winds up defending Elh from a bunch of bugs, seeing as that's what he considered the most laughably easy thing to come up with.
* {{Psychopomp}}: The Anjalists believe that birds guide souls to the afterlife.
* {{Pun}}: The soundbytes, such as Red's aforementioned "nom d'un chien!"[[note]]lit. ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar damn!]]''[[/note]]. One of Opéra's is a fairly subtle combination of "meow" and "oui".
* PunchClockVillain: The Kuvasz special ops forces. Calua is mostly just having fun and goofing around. Gren is a noble soldier who considers Red to be a WorthyOpponent, and Opéra shows displeasure at the more ambiguous moral choices she has to make as the leader.
* PunnyName:
** ''Chocolat Gelato''.
** Caninu is a {{Portmanteau}} of "canine" and "inu" ("dog"). Likewise, Felineko is a portmanteau of "feline" and "neko" ("cat").
** Not to mention most of the place names.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Kuvasz's Special Ops elite unit.
** TerribleTrio: Opéra (boss lady), Gren (calm and composed lacky), and Calua (goofy lacky).
* RainbowSpeak: [[color:red:Red]] is for [[color:red:items]] or [[color:red:people]] vital to the [[color:red:plot]], [[color:green:Green is for important-but-not-quite-vital sentences]], and [[color:blue:(Blue in parenthesis is for thoughts or whispered words.)]]
* RealMenWearPink: Diamundo's racer is built for power, from an old motorcycle, is decribed as being the manliest vehicle around... and is bright pink.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: In-universe, this attitude (and a literal instance) is the whole reason for the photo collection sidequest: [[spoiler:Alicia got a photo taken while wearing a princess dress, and she's so embarassed by it the has her gang swipe ''all'' the photographer's photos. Waffle eventually sees it and compliments her, but she's offended by the comparison to Princess Theria.]]
* RedOniBlueOni:
** Calua Napage and Gren Sacher of the Special Office elite unit, respectively. They're even ColorCodedCharacters.
** Also [[spoiler:Blanck and Nero]]. Again respectively, although the their color schemes are switched.
** The [[spoiler:major villains of each storyline]]: Bruno (red) and [[spoiler:Baion]] (blue).
* RegionalBonus: The US release skips the "downloadable" part of the DLC; those quests are unlocked like any other as you go through the game.
* ReligionIsMagic: Most followers of Oshilasama are able to cast spells using [[{{Mana}} Nono]], thanks to years of rigorous training that looks a bit like stereotypical Shaolin monk exercises (though some degree of natural talent is required for training to do anything, and usually only men are allowed to train, though women can be born with the talent). The name of the religion seems to denote they worship someone named Shila (with [[{{Keigo}} o]] and [[JapaneseHonorifics sama]] for politeness's sake), but precisely how that worship is carried out is never mentioned - maybe the god/goddess just likes to watch CatFolk sweat?
* RentAZilla: The Titano-Machinae Lares, a 5 kilometer (over 3 mile) long monster and [[spoiler:Lemures]], which also appears later on.
* RescueRomance:
** DoubleSubverted. Red saved an unconscious Elh from the {{Hindenburg}}, but their ShipTease doesn't pick up until quite a bit later and that rescue was never mentioned.
** Also [[InvokedTrope invoked]] twice:
*** Once by [[spoiler:Alicia]] pulling a DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel ploy.
*** And once again by [[spoiler:Merveille]] being a ShipperOnDeck and [[spoiler:creating a VirtualTrainingSimulation to convince Red and Elh to admit their feelings.]]
* TheReveal: Two actually:
** [[spoiler:Red is a hybrid created by Merveille Million and Baion.]]
** [[spoiler:The current setting was EarthAllAlong.]]
** GenderReveal: [[spoiler:Elh is a girl.]]
* RiteOfPassage: In the religion of Oshilasama, young Felineko become men by mastering magic in the island of Mau.
* RunningGag: In the 4koma comics, Red is always [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__jUtxBOsFyg/TNs9a0xZvWI/AAAAAAAABKM/g1VXDyddBT8/s1600/02.png using his robot]] [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__jUtxBOsFyg/TPRVhukVKRI/AAAAAAAABMM/adtWCVhJnsk/s1600/09.png to help]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__jUtxBOsFyg/TQwWwpxhwKI/AAAAAAAABPA/TCto0HBHYuY/s1600/14.png with his]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/__jUtxBOsFyg/TRED7YPU1YI/AAAAAAAABPk/10byLu_iuqE/s1600/19.png laundry]].
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: The scatter rats.
* SelfImposedChallenge: During a Duel Ship tournament, Red promises a {{Fangirl}} of his that he will beat the battle in 3 minutes. When the announcer/referee hears about this, he goes ahead and makes it official, making the match timed. After this battle, the arena begins to hold special battle conditions in more of its traditional leagues.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:A ridiculous amount of foreshadowing is piled on you after you beat Bruno. Ranging from subtle like Merveille and Béluga's expressions to obvious, like the ominous silhouettes of the new villains or Lares's glowing eye and restarting core. Luckily, this is all just [[DiscOneFinalDungeon mid game.]]]]
* SharedUniverse: with ''{{TailConcerto}}'' and ''Mamoru-Kun''. [[spoiler:All three series were set in a Post-Apocalyptic Earth as well.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: [[spoiler:Merveille]] is this to Red and Elh in the DLC quests, so much.
** EveryoneCanSeeIt: Chocolat and [[spoiler:Béluga]] also seem to suspect something is going on with the two of them and smirk about it, but they don't push too much.
* ShipTease:
** A lot between Red and Elh during the main story, but much more so in the DLC quests.
*** In #5, [[spoiler:they both act embarassed when Red sees Elh in her cheerleader outfit, not to mention the fact she's disappointed if Red doesn't manage to beat the track record (which is the condition she agreed to in order to wear that outfit in the first place).]]
*** In #7, [[spoiler:she gets extremely upset when Red has Princess Terria and Toffee fangirling over him, and in the end Red admits he wanted to give her the tournament prize as they make up.]]
*** #8 [[spoiler:borders on "TheyDo with the SerialNumbersFiledOff". See InterruptedDeclarationOfLove.]]
** Béluga and Merveille also get a lot. They are mostly seen together in the main quest and in the DLC quests [[spoiler:Béluga gives a field of flowers hologram for Merveille and tries to impress her in an arena fight.]]
* ShoutOut:
** [[spoiler:The information terminals on Earth were apparently made by [=CyberConnect=]. Not the RealLife developers, but the [=CyberConnect=] Corporation from Franchise/DotHack, as the logo accompanying the [=CyberConnect=] name is only used by the fictional counterpart (the closest the real company has is their current logo, which still has a notable difference of incorporating a "2" in the image). It may induce EpilepticTrees if one thinks about it for too long.]]
** You can also see Kite's outfit on a mannequin in the tailor shop at Pharaoh.
** The DAHAK's RX-type has the same color scheme as the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA-01.]]
*** Speaking of which, Lares looks like EVA-01 TookALevelInBadass, being made of stone and five kilometers tall.
* ShowWithinAShow: Apparently, there's a popular anime in the game called "Super Mewly", which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNHBx0Bs2dw looks surprisingly like]] ''Manga/AstroBoy.''
* ShowerOfAwkward: Done ''twice'', ending any confusion over Elh's gender. {{Modesty Towel}}s prevented those moments from being even more awkward.
** Though Red's "What have we here?" line, screen fade to black, and the subsequent red mark on his face suggest perhaps he ''stole'' Elh's towel the first time...
** And the second time, it was actually a mental "reward" cooked up by his subconscious for beating the warmup level of the VirtualTrainingSimulation, suggesting perhaps it wasn't quite as awkward on his end...then he gets a MegatonPunch or two and [[YourMindMakesItReal wakes up with a headache]], implying some sense of guilt or that he CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest.
* {{Sidequest}}: Full of them. They're optional, unless you happen to need to be a slightly higher Hunter rank to take a plot-relevant quest. Not all quests will increase your rank.
* SkyPirate: Along with the Black Cats Gang making a cameo, the series introduces many new pirate factions: the Clappers, the Howlers, the Peaches, and the Gulls.
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler:Red Savarin]] gets an absolutely crazy one when The Order is given. His usual upbeat, happy-yet-stubborn demeanor means it's ''even creepier''.
* SoleEntertainmentOption: Averted in the lore, where "disc playing" (frisbee), Giu fighting, television, radio shows, sky racing, quizzes, and [[MundaneMadeAwesome heavy-lifting, smashing and redecorating contests]] are available to the people of the Shepherd Republic. You only participate in the last five.
* SoundStone: The [[spoiler:Flute]], which is used to [[spoiler:call the Master of the Clouds.]]
** Though it's not shown or referenced, whatever Red is using to collect the [[DoubleUnlock notes to buy songs he's heard]] likely counts as well.
* SpikesOfVillainy: If fur counts, then a lot of antagonists definitely fit this trope. These include Bruno, half of the sky pirates, captain Grumpf, etc.
* SpritePolygonMix: Environments, Red and enemies are all in 3-D, while every single NPC is a 2-D AmbidextrousSprite.
* StatuesqueStunner: At 180cm/5'11", Merveille is the second-tallest character with a given height, towering over most other characters. The tallest is Bruno (190cm/6'3"), but he's not exactly attractive. Opéra is quite tall compared to most of them, being 170cm/5'7".
** TeensAreShort: A possible [[JustifiedTrope attempt at justifying the above]], as Merveille is 29, Bruno is 40, and Opéra is 20. Red is 17 and 140cm/4'7", Calua is 18 and 145cm/4'9", Gren is 19 and 160cm/5'3", and Chocolat is 13 and a mere 120cm/3'11". While their exact ages aren't given, due to their more private natures, Elh and [[TinyGuyHugeGirl Béluga]] are stated to "look about" 14 and 18 and be 130cm/4'3" and 160cm/5'3", respectively.
* StayingAlive: After the credits roll [[spoiler:for the first time, Lares' eyes begin to glow under the water. It comes back for the second half of the game.]]
* SteamPunk: Coal and crystals are the only forms of energy available in this world, the latter being able to also create heat, electricity, and light. Steam is seen used a lot in the game, including powering most robots.
* StrengthEqualsWorthiness: The [[spoiler:three Flute]] Guardians will allow Red to fight them if he can't answer their riddles. [[HotBlooded He chooses to fight]]; [[IdiotHero It doesn't take as much thought]]!
* StuffBlowingUp:
** One quest has you mining some minerals when the supervisor's men refuse to work. The supervisor provides you with some explosives to help you get through the mine, and makes a slight "miscalculation" in the amount of gunpowder needed, resulting in the mine nearly collapsing on Red. His reaction is just, "Oops, enjoy the fireworks!"
** Most enemies also explode when you defeat them. Makes sense for the robots; not quite so much for the giant bugs or mice.
* StylisticSuck: When a guy gives Red a quest to take a box from his ex, he opens the box to find out that it contains a notebook of very sappy and poorly written poetry from the quest giver. He and Chocolat get a few laughs out of it, but it somehow wins the ex over.
--> Cool beauty [[BlindingBangs hiding one eye]], my lovely honey love muffin pie.
* TakeYourTime: Lares is about to be reawakened? [[spoiler:The enemy captured Elh? Then succeeded in waking Lares?]] Nah, go ahead, go fishing, go toss some crates around, see how long it takes you to break 'em!
* TennisBoss: A large majority of the bosses, although it's not so much hitting projectiles back like tennis, but rather catching them and throwing them back, like dodgeball. This is also a valid tactic for most of the normal enemies you encounter.
* TerribleTrio: The Kuvasz special operative forces.
** To a lesser degree, the pirate cats.
* ThatsNoMoon: ...that's [[spoiler:Tartaros]].
* ThousandOrigamiCranes: The final DLC quest has Red [[spoiler:travelling to every continent and having almost every unique-NPC]] help the orphans of Bassett create one. It's quite heartwarming.
* ThreeAmigos: Red, Chocolat, and Elh, by the end of the story. [[spoiler:Subverted in that both sidekicks are female.]]
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Elh and Chocolat often, as well as other characters occasionally. Considering [[PettingZooPeople the races of the setting]], any time someone blushes it's this trope.
* [[spoiler:ToBeContinuedRightNow]]: After beating the "Final Chapter" and having the credits roll the game appears to end with a CliffHanger. [[spoiler: Fortunately it turns out that your only half way through the story at that point. Starting the game again brings you to chapter two.]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Red Savarin.]] To a lesser extent, [[spoiler:Nero and Blanck when they turn into Caninu.]]
* TooMuchInformation: Hey! Did you ever wonder how an airship toilet would work for furries? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSihhxGK8oU Well now you know!]] Enjoy!
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The EU trailers for the game reveal a few plot details, such as [[spoiler:the fact that the world underneath the clouds is Earth and that the animal people used to be humans.]]
* TrainingFromHell:
** Implied to be done by Suzette to her workers to get them to fight in robot matches better.
** The training grounds on Mau.
** Arguably the VirtualTrainingSimulation.
* TransformingMecha: [=DAHAK=] can use "Mode Change" from his battle forms to an anchor-shooting mecha and a flight mecha. There are also variations of his standard fighting mecha available after the half way point.
** And improved versions of ''those'' are available in NewGamePlus mode, once you reach the Duel Ship. They're not cheap though!
* TronLines:
** Lares [[spoiler:and Lemures]] have a ton of these, but it's much more obvious from the inside.
** The Futzu Tower makes especially gratuitous use of this trope.
** Harder to notice, but the [[spoiler:guardians of the magic flute also have a few.]]
** And while it may be difficult or nearly impossible to see in-game, this [[http://www.giantbomb.com/solatorobo-red-the-hunter/61-30423/concept-art/52-418825/5/51-1759781/ spoilerific piece of concept art]] reveals that Red's [[spoiler:Dahak-fused Trance form]] has them.
* UnlockableContent:
** The Library contains a good deal of lore and is essentially the developers showing off their WorldBuilding skills.
*** MassMonsterSlaughterSidequest: Unlocking the History section requires you to "defeat lots of enemies". Just how many is "lots" has never been counted, but even playing through ''the whole game'' isn't normally enough to completely unlock the entire History section.
*** RewardingVandalism: The Lifestyle section suggests that you "break a lot of stuff". Considering that one form of entertainment for the masses is a contest of scrap metal smashing, [[FridgeBrilliance that's not such an odd suggestion for the world]].
*** TalkToEveryone: Unlocking the section about the Races of the world requires you to "talk with many people". Once again, how many is "many" is not quantified, but apparently it's just number of times you've spoken to ''someone'', rather than the number of ''unique'' people you've spoken to.
** DoubleUnlock: Cutscenes and music are unlocked as they are seen/heard, but to actually be able to play them at any time, you have to purchase them. Cutscenes cost 300-500 rings, which can be gotten just about anywhere, but music must be purchased via the use of notes than can only be obtained from phonographs and the oddly-musical plant hornweed.
** PostEndGameContent:
*** NewGamePlus: Also contains New Game Plus PLUS!
*** PlayableEpilogue: Certain sidequests are only available after the end of the game. They ''cannot'' be completed in the NewGamePlus mode until the story is beaten again.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: When everyone learns that [[spoiler:Elh is female]], Red absolutely flips out and complains about being tricked for so long. [[spoiler:Perhaps he was getting a little SweetOnPollyOliver and worried that his previous {{Squick}} at [[CampGay Alman]] was secretly a case of YouAreWhatYouHate?]]
* ThrowTheMookAtThem: The main gameplay mechanic is to damage enemies by hurling them into each other.
** The giant shade spawns mooks that are easily stunned and thrown back.
** When fighting the sacred bird boss, it will fly out of reach laying eggs, which can be thrown at it once it comes back down.
* UnusualEuphemism: Furballs!
* VampiricDraining: What [[spoiler:Lares and Lemures]] do to anyone who tries to merge with and control them, eventually draining the LifeEnergy of their "masters". [[spoiler:Being immortal, Elh and Béluga are able to control them without dying, though the "excess" LifeEnergy is siphoned off and they lose their immortality.]]
* VerbalTic: Calua addresses ''everyone'' as "dude?".
* ViewersAreMorons: The game is constantly reminding you that floor switches need something heavy sitting on them to activate, and maybe you should go fetch that giant box over there. This is due to focus groups with ''elementary school children'' testing to see what things they tended to forget.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Taken to a ridiculous degree. Almost every single enemy capable of speech that you defeat apparently gets out of a battle alive. Especially if their machine explodes and leaves no trace of them, even when the machine is flying over the abyss. [[spoiler:Sadly averted for Nero and Blanck.]]
* VillainsOutShopping:
** One of the special collectible photos you can acquire is a photo of the current Kuvasz special operative unit [[http://www.deviantart.com/download/198944377/troubles_by_grimgor09-d3ag2gp.jpg running away from Bruno after Calua broke his vase]], and another shows [[http://www.deviantart.com/download/198941016/hug_for_officiers_by_grimgor09-d3afzvc.jpg Opéra hugging her two officers]] and [[MarshmallowHell introducing them to her two girls]].
** And then there's the quest where a gang of SkyPirates only want to [[spoiler:get Cocona's autograph.]]
* VirtualTrainingSimulation: The Golden Roar has a laboratory which, among other things, has a simulation room.
* VoiceGrunting: Type B: Voice clips.
* WeaponizedOffspring: One of the Divine Beasts lays eggs in midair that hatch into small birds that attack you.
* WelcomeToCorneria: Thankfully averted, what with the game's CastOfSnowflakes and all. All the characters, major or not, have at least two dialogue changes throughout the game, if not more.
** Special mention goes to Flo, the Quest Broker, who, instead of just giving you the same shtick about what quests are available every time you talk to her, actually seems aware of the environment and the situation at hand pretty frequently. This is especially noticeable when [[spoiler:Pharaoh is attacked by Tartaros]]; after Flo gives Red a quest, she'll be concerned and urge Red to be careful. Also, she appears in a few sidequests outside of just working as a broker, and at one point Red can take up a quest from her personally.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Seriously, what ''was'' in that file that got burned up on the Hindenburg?
** The game does state that it was a file containing a list of cash transactions. It isn't specified what for.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: The only sentient anthropomorphized animals are cat people and dog people. There are lizard/insect hybrids, fishes, and large rodents which act as the monsters in the game. There are fish and cow-like animals called Giu which serve as a food source, with the cow animals also providing milk.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
** How [[spoiler:Blanck and Nero]] justify their furry killing sprees. [[spoiler:Due to them and Red being NotSoDifferent,]] this causes Red to consider the validity of this trope when applied to feral bugs in a subplot.
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Baion]] asks Red and Elh if they think [[spoiler:humans would find the Caninu and Felineko races to be suitable successors to planet Earth]] when he meets them in the Futzu Tower.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer:
** Dahak is capable of lifting and tossing things. Naturally, this applies to ''each and every enemy'' you encounter, though at least it varies between picking up the enemy itself and picking up the enemy's projectiles to return them. [[spoiler:At least until Red learns to control his Trance, in which case KiAttacks become a viable option.]]
** Likewise, Red isn't very good at solving riddles. So, when [[spoiler:the guardians of the flute]] ask him riddles, he just jumps right in and attacks them instead.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Elh and Béluga admit that their lives feel more meaningful after losing their immortality.]]
* WithAFriendAndAStranger: Red with his sister Chocolat and newcomer Elh.
* WithThisHerring: Red goes up against what amounts to professional military troops with combat mecha and ancient weapons of mass destruction with a robot that is designed to be a cargo hauler. This is kind of like going up against tanks with a forklift... and winning anyway.
* WolfPackBoss: At one point, you fight all three members of the Kuvasz special ops forces at once.
* WombLevel: Lares [[spoiler:and Lemures.]] [[ContinuityNod Don't think about it too much.]]
* WordSaladLyrics: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2giCw8JrRY And Then To CODA]]" certainly qualifies. Aside from some mentions of the sky and winds, the lyrics have nothing to do with the plot or setting of the game.
* WorldInTheSky: The setting for most of the game.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Although the Shepard Republic dose have airplanes, airships are by far the most common form of transportation between islands. However the trope is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when [[spoiler:the setting turns out to be far future Earth.]]
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