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[[caption-width-right:326:The Main Cast]]

''Trinity Universe'' is a MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover RPG created by NipponIchi Software, Idea Factory and Gust Corporation for the PlayStation3. Oddly, it's a little short on the massive, with only a handful of guest characters from two series, {{Atelier}} and ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''. It is noteworthy for being the first time characters from either of those series have appeared in 3D polygon form. The game owes a lot to ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', with large chunks of its battle system and bestiary being lifted directly from the former game.

''Trinity Universe'' take place in the Netheruniverse, where space debris and odd junk drifts to. The city of Empyria is located in the middle of it, protected from impacting space junk by the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Demon God Gem]], which requires [[PoweredByAForsakenChild sacrificing a member of the royal family to create]]. The latest sacrifice, Kanata, has [[ScrewDestiny broken free and is looking for another solution]], when he's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} not getting distracted]]. Meanwhile, Rizelea, a Valkyrie, is investigating the cause of the drifting space junk as well as chasing after Kanata to force him to become Demon God Gem.

The gameplay is pretty standard, but the writing and characters are memorable and funny. Note that it has ''nothing'' to do with WhiteWolf's tabletop RPG series.

!!Tropes used in ''Trinity Universe:''

* AnimeThemeSong: COSMOLAGOON. Love it or hate it, it will [[EarWorm be stuck in your head for days.]]
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit
* TheBechdelTest: The cast skews female (2 to 1 if you don't count prinnies as having a gender) and in Rizelia's path, the girls often completely forget that [[ButtMonkey Lucius]] is there.
--> Lucius: * sniff* ... Tch. What, am I a low-tier supporting role now?
* BerserkButton: If you are stupid enough to steal one of Flonne's [[TheCollectorOfTheStrange space cruisers]], make sure never to lose it by the time she catches up to you or else "[[ThisIsUnforgivable [SHE] WON'T EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER FORGIVE YOU!]]"
* {{BFS}}: Kanata and he holds it one-handed.
* BigDamnHeroes: Played with. Flonne stays behind with Lucius and [[OptionalPartyMember the others]] to fight some minor enemies to intentionally set this up. It doesn't work out.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Tsubaki, to the point where Kanata's the only one that isn't aware of it. Amusingly, Kanata actually seems genuinely happy whenever she reveals herself in front of him.
** However, there is an even bigger BitchInSheepsClothing. It turns out to be [[spoiler: Rizelia's boss, Giga Goddess X, who also answers to Ashura.]]
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: The central ingredient in everything Rizelia makes.
* BonusBoss: After finishing the game and earning the True Ending, ten gates open up in Yoma King Castle, giving you the chance to challenge some of the hardest end game bosses in the entire game. The most powerful one would have to be [[spoiler: Vile Shin Dragon.]] Even if you're level 999, you still need some work to do just to dent him. Not only do physical attacks ''miss'' on him, unless you grind your HIT to around 50k, he can still dent your HP even if you have over 100k on your life. Hint: use your magicians especially Flonne to even ''put a dent'' on his HP. And abuse Barrier.
* BreakMeter: As the Chapter 3 tutorial indicates, certain enemies have a ''Soul Barrier'' that largely reduces damage taken from attacks. However, with repeated attacks, either by certain elemental or EX skills, the barrier will fall, and the enemy is rendered ''Soul Broken'', having reduced defenses. However, this can come with an increase in offensive power, and certain enemies can rebuild their barrier or have a second one, which has lead to an below-mentioned exploit that can reap massive amounts of Experience.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: A lot of lines, but the Prinnies and Etna are especially fond of it.
--> '''Prinny:''' He doesn't really stand out, dood. He's gotta appeal to the audience and break the fourth wall like us, dood.
* BrickJoke: The collectible space cruiser that Etna loses and Flonne is after her for is one of the random dungeons that can drift in. Most likely the player won't see it until long after that plot thread is forgotten, though it's also quite possible it could show up with perfect timing.
* BuffySpeak: Pamela on Violet:
---->'''Pamela''': She can create stuff by combining other stuff with things.
* ButtMonkey: Lucius, who attempts to be a CardCarryingVillain, but ends up being the IneffectualSympatheticVillain. [[spoiler:[[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass But once he starts getting serious...]]]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Lampshaded by Flonne, who urges Rizelea to do the same. Though their attack works, all but Kanata end up laughing at them.
* CatGirl: Miyu, the "Snow Cat"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lord Kanata, Pamela, and, of course, Flonne.
* CombinationAttack
* {{Combos}}: Not at all unexpected, the battle system is basically a more standard RPG version of ''VideoGame/CrossEdge''.
* ConversationalTroping: Done a lot, especially by the [[GenreSavvy prinnies]]. The concepts of YamatoNadeshiko and RedShirt come up by name.
* CuteGhostGirl: Pamela. She just wants to scare you and be your friend.
* CutenessProximity: Pamela gets this way about the prinnies.
* DesignItYourselfEquipment: The Managraphics allow a certain degrees of this. It basically repaints a part of the weapon with the managraphic's theme. The themes are strange, like Black Cat, UFO, or even [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Prinny]], and they cause the theme images to appear in the air around enemies as you land hits.
** They're also how you acquire mana for synthesis items. Another thing to note is that certain managraphics also come with a elemental attack built in, so carefully consider which you use, since many enemies are outright immune to certain elements. Thankfully, you can switch from one graphic to the other in-battle.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Lucius has a very bad habit of vocalizing his evil plots. Unlike most examples, though, he never gets the hint and honestly thinks that he's keeping his thoughts to himself even though his victims can hear him loud and clear.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Rizelia, all the time. Especially to Lucius. When he insults [[LethalChef her]] [[BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce cooking]] she threatens to pour it into all his orifices while he sleeps. Also Etna to the prinnies, but that's just par for the course.
** [[spoiler:Rizelea must have gotten it from her boss, Giga Goddess X aka Ashura, who is even worse. The reason for the Demon God Gem ritual and the Lantern Dragon that attracts the drifting objects? According to Shuten, one of the previous Demon God King's rejected her advances. Oh and Rizelea's DoomedHometown? She was the cause of it's destruction because it's people didn't want to serve her.]]
* DownloadableContent: Like ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', it has several item packs you can download. Nothing that isn't available in the main game, but if you pay for supplies early on you'll be overpowered until most of the way through the game.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Prinnies, dood!
* EvilIsHammy: [[spoiler:'''Ashura'''.]]
* ExcusePlot
* {{Expy}}: Lucius is a HotBlooded ButtMonkey who {{l|argeHam}}oudly proclaims that he's the [[CardCarryingVillain Dark Hero]] and is trying to provide for his siblings back home after an incident tarnished his reputation. [[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories Sound familiar?]]
** Suzaku looks a lot like [[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Yuri Lowell]] and they even share the [[TroyBaker same English voice actor]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Some of the promotional artwork was re-done due to ''lack of sexiness''.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Lampshaded by Etna.
--> Could you guys handle this? I'm busy drinking this... Juice.
* GagDub: The localization has many more jokes and references thrown into the dialog.
* GenkiGirl: Flonne, of course. Mizuki and Rizelia are also good examples.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: When confronting Recit a second time as Kanata, Kanata decides to fight Recit ''to wake him up''. The others feel it's just a waste of time.
* HeroicBSOD: Lucius, after an Next Episode skit playing him as a Hero of Light.
--> N-no, this isn't me... I'm not this... We're not me... I'm not you...
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Mizuki. She cares more about the beauty of her assassinations rather than actually getting the job done. She also freely uses various forms of the word "assassinate" ''in front of her targets''. Her bright outfit doesn't help her case either.
* HotBlooded: Kanata, Lucius, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiUvTM0eN5E#t=6m25s Recit]], and even the prinnies once in a red moon.
-->Time for a kamikaze rush! We may be expendable, but in a pinch we can be worth our weight in gold, dood!
* IdiotHair: Lucius has "invented" an antenna that acts as a tension gauge.
-->[[BerserkButton Antenna is wrong!]] [[InsistentTerminology Tension is correct!]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Fans, umbrellas, brooms, and frying pans to name a few. Prinnies get special mention in that they start out dual wielding knives, but weapon upgrades change this to ''fish and popsicles.''
* ItemCrafting: Again, mostly lifted from ''VideoGame/CrossEdge''. About 90% of the game's items are exclusively ingredients for this.
* {{Kitsune}}: Tsubaki. Many of her attacks even involve foxfire.
* LethalChef: Rizelea. Her cooking is so spicy it burns your skin before you even taste it. She seems to enjoy it though.
* LevelGrinding: You will find yourself doing a ''lot'' of this before traveling between areas.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:Giga Goddess X aka Ashura.]]
* LimitBreak
* LovableCoward: The prinnies.
--> We'll back you up from, uh, really far back, dood!
* MoodWhiplash: The game has a habit of going from funny to serious to funny again within seconds.
* MultipleEndings: Each path has a bad, normal, and best endings as well as a final true path.
* MythologyGag: Upon hearing that Lucius and Violet are not into anime, Flonne tries to introduce them into one. The series in question? ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''.
** When Prinny asks if it's okay to do the "Next Episode" bit, Etna mockingly says, "[[VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero Can I Really Be the Hero?]]". There's also another one that combines this with ShoutOut.
--->'''Prinny''': Maybe we'll get a documentary about our disappearance someday: '[[VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero Prinny: Can I Really Be]] LostInSpace?,' dood.
** "[[VisualNovel/DisgaeaInfinite Pffft, a ghost Prinny would be fun. Possessing people, Mind Control...]]"
* NewGamePlus
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Mizuki, the Super Assassin Idol.
* NoFourthWall: Etna, Flonne, and the Prinnies obviously, but the rest of the cast will usually do this as well.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:After defeating the Lantern Dragon on Rizelea's path]], everyone takes places and launches a series of attacks meant to destroy it for good. The problem is that it's done entirely using the game's event cut scenes, leaving the entire thing to the player's imagination.
* OptionalPartyMember: The game gives you four. The Managraphic Artist [[CatGirl Miyu]], [[HighlyVisibleNinja Assassin Idol Mizuki]], [[AdventurerArchaeologist Treasure Hunter Recit]], and [[spoiler:[[BigBad Suzaku]]]]
* OriginalGeneration: Most of the main characters, with the imports acting as supporting cast. They don't hog to much spotlight though, the developers know [[SpotlightStealingSquad who people bought the game to see]].
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: Sure those Lurkers are going to give you trouble for all their worth but if you can pull off two Soul Breaks from them, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEY668WSAcI well...]]
** [[http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/4112/img0076f.jpg If anything, you could even go all the way to 19 million experience points.]]
* PettingZooPeople: Half the OriginalGeneration.
--> Miyu: A fox, a cat, a penguin, and a dog? I want some animal crackers!
* PlayingAgainstType: Oh, so you think Tsubaki is another Creator/AyanaTaketatsu pigeonholed role just because she has cute ears? Wait till she starts swearing...
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Aside from Etna and Flonne, much of the OriginalGeneration is this.
* RedShirt: Invoked by Etna, who actually refers to the prinnies as this.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Kanata
* RunningGag: After one of the prinnies calls Next Episode Previews Etna's only defining character trait, it's brought up every time she does one. [[ButtMonkey The prinnies pay dearly for this.]]
** Throwing the prinnies for no reason is another one. It's even Pamela's [[LimitBreak EX Attack.]]
** Etna and Flonne's self appointed titles get more and more ridiculous as the game goes on.
--> "As long as I, the Universal Witch of Justice, Galaxy Superstar Gothic Lolita Flonne, live, it won't happen!"
--> Galaxy Angel Sniper, Turbo Flonne EX-S!
* ShapedLikeItself: This gem from [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Flonne]]: "It might be judgemental, but villains are always up to villainous things!"
* ShelteredAristocrat: Kanata
* ShoutOut: After Recit immediately confesses that he's the one who destroyed all the cash registers, the Prinnies are upset over the lack of suspense in this investigation. They and Pamela follow it up with this:
-->'''Prinny''': Normally, we have to [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney use logic, deduce, and present evidence to incriminate you. Take that, dood!]]
-->'''Pamela''': Objection! [[ThatWasObjectionable I think he's honest. That's admirable.]]
* SimultaneousArcs: The Demon Dog King (dark) path and the Valkyrie (light) path take place at the same time from different points of view.
** Take note that 'Point of view' is the key phrase here. Whichever side you're playing through generally comes away with the win, but you have to play through both sides in order to really piece everything together.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Prior to the U.S. release, there were numerous different romanizations for Rizelea [[note]]Examples include Rizelia, Lyselia, Lizelia...[[/note]]. Lucius had this problem as well with his name being pronounced "[[NoPronunciationGuide Loo-Ki-Us]]". And, of course, there's Violet[=/=]Viorate.
* TakeThat: Several. Most Notable is the Chapter 13 Opening Dialog where Etna comments "It's better than some random mastermind showing up and saying we're all characters in a videogame...isn't that a horrible twist?" A not so subtle nod to [[spoiler:StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime]].
* TeamMom: Violet.
* TitleDrop: Some of the victory quotes will end with the entire party shouting ''Trinity Universe''.
* TooManyBelts: Recit. One of his belts is used as a ''headband''.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Violet ''loves'' carrots. So much so that her starter weapon is a carrot staff and she summons giant exploding carrots as a LimitBreak. It's also all she cooks...
--> Lucius: More carrots? I am neither a horse nor a rabbit, woman. I think you've got a serious fetish.
* {{Tsundere}}: Rizelea
* UnusualEars: Kanata, Tsubaki, and Miyu.
* VerbalTic: Prinnies, dood!
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Rizelea's answer to almost everything.
* [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros Violet Debuted in Trinity Universe]]: ''Aaaagh''. That's ''twice'' now for the classic ''{{Atelier|Series}}'' games. This game is the first time American gamers get to play with Violet Platane. The game she starred in was released in Japan in ''2003''.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Rizelia, [[GirlishPigtails now]] [[{{Tsundere}} with]] [[RankInflation Grade S]] (even more so due to the fact that we have Creator/MelaLee voicing her) (and so does Etna)! We also have Miu too!
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