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-->''"The tale of the nameless soldiers who, on the verge of despair, changed the course of history."''

''Valkyria Chronicles III'' is the third game of the ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' series, released in Japan on the PlaystationPortable on January 27, 2011. Despite the previous two games getting localized, SEGA announced no localization would be made for this title outside of Japan. Unlike previous titles, this game was developed by Creator/MediaVision and published by Creator/{{Sega}}.

Taking place during the events of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', the game tells the story of Gallian Army Squad 442, otherwise known as "The Nameless". Made up of [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits criminals, deserters and military offenders]], the members of the Nameless [[UnPerson are stricken from official records]] and [[YouAreNumberSix thereon referred to by number only]]. They are then sent out on the most dangerous missions and dirty work for the Gallian Army, their existence and actions officially denied by the government.

The three main characters are No.7 (Kurt Irving), an army officer seeking redemption after being falsely accused of treason; No.1 (Imca), a Darcsen heavy-weapons specialist [[RevengeBeforeReason who seeks revenge]] against the Valkyria who [[DoomedHometown destroyed her home]]; and No.13 (Riela Marcellis), a kind-hearted soldier who was [[ReassignedToAntarctica dumped into the Nameless]] after her tendency to be the SoleSurvivor gave her a reputation for being a jinx on anyone she served with.

Together with the other misfits of the Nameless, they clash against a [[EvilCounterpart dangerous squadron]] known as "Calamity Raven", an Imperial black-ops unit comprised of [[WellIntentionedExtremist Darcsens who have been promised independence upon victory]].

A fan-translation project has resulted in the creation of an English translation [[http://vc3translationproject.wordpress.com/ here]]. Otherwise, the voices are still in Japanese.

Two manga adaptations are available in Japan, both of them centering on Kurt's involvement in the squad with either Riela or Imca.

The three main characters also make appearances in the ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' roster.

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!!This game provides examples of:

* AceCustom: The Nameless Tank ([[NoNameGiven sic]]). In a rather poignant justification, this is because The Nameless ''generally'' can't request parts of standard Gallian tanks, and Gusurg [[spoiler:and later, Carisa]] make do with what parts are available. [[spoiler:When Gusurg commands Echidna later, he makes some pretty hardcore modification that sets it apart from Bathomys.]] Also: [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII Narcisus]], [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles Edelweiss]], and Schakal.
* ActionGirl: Imca, Riela, Leila, Annika, Gisele, Margit, Amy, Frederica, Ada, Valerie, Gloria.
* ActorAllusion: Dahau is very reminiscent of Anavel Gato, willing to do whatever it takes to secure Zeon...er Dasrcen Glory, in fact Dahau and Radi have bonding moment and guess who Radi is [[AkioOhtsuka voiced by]]?
* AlikeAndAntitheticalAdversaries: This is the first game in the series not to use Heterogenous Heroes vs. Homogenous Villains, instead using Heterogenous Heroes vs. Heterogenous Villains.
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: A two-part OVA was released in 2011 via PlaystationNetwork, with BD release in 2012.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Finishing post-Clear Fragments of supporting characters[[note]]"Supporting" from The Nameless' POV, that is.[[/note]] gives you alternate uniforms: [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles Gallian Militia (Squad 7)]], Gallian Army (Leon / Baldren), and [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII Lanseal Students (Avan)]].
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Up to 9 units can be deployed at a time, with a maximum of 5 per zone. This is up from the [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII VC2]] limit of 6 units, and nearly equals the original game's limit of 9 or 10 (depending on whether a tank is available).
* ArcNumber: 7 is once again a prominent number. In this particular case, Kurt is saddled with this number.
* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: The Nameless includes a repeat arsonist, a convicted murderer, a brothel madame, a con artist, a draft-dodger, a sadistic dominatrix, a trigger-happy alcoholic, and an [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking money-grubbing mechanic]]. The leader is charged with treason. What a merry band of undesirables!
* AwesomeYetImpractical: The Gunner class. Don't let their weapon's high firing rate (40 shots) fool you; unless they're doing interception fire or support fire in team attack, they shoot ''across a wide area'' instead of a single target, reducing their supposed damage output in the process. You can try firing from close range to increase the damage output, but even then, it is difficult.
* AwesomeYetPractical: Tanks. Moreso then in previous entries, because now taking action with your Tank only costs ONE CP, no matter its size. As usual, the Tank wades through small arms fire and serves as a great shield. Note that the tank's AP pool depends on the chassis, with Light Tanks having the highest AP and Heavy Tanks the lowest.
** Despite being a PREQUEL, Armored Techs are even MORE useful here then they were in 2: when they end they turn, they crouch down and plant their shield on the ground in front of them, providing a handy curtain of frontal cover from incoming enemy fire. Possibly justified in that it seems the Nameless are used as Guinea Pigs for experimental military tech. It should be noted, however, that unless the player has them crouch (near the sandbags) beforehand, they will still take normal damage (headshots included) were they attacked from sidelines or behind.
** Snipers. Triple-shot snipers. You want them, you need them. It's the pinnacle of eliteness to blast the head of the Darcssen Knights from halfway across the map, and you HAVE to do this, because there are effectively no other way to deal with them save for going Valkyria.
* BeachEpisode: Episode 7. The Nameless Win a Vacation after aiding Leon Hardins' squad. Too bad it gets interrupted by Dahau himself.
* {{BFG}}: Lances and some of the later weapons in the game for scouts and shocktroopers.
* {{BFS}}: The fencer's swords.
* BittersweetEnding: Considering [[DarkerAndEdgier the nature]] of the story, this is to be expected. [[spoiler:Dahau's plan to destroy Randgriz is finally thwarted, but at the cost of [[AntiVillain his and the rest of Calamity Ravens']] lives, Gusurg included. The Nameless members also had to give up their citizenship beforehand due to the forbidden nature of their final operation. Despite this, their loss of citizenship doesn't seem to affect the Nameless members that much, and in fact they seem to do well with their lives.]]
* BroadStrokes: For the most part Squad 422 (and their Empire counterpart, Calamity Raven) stays away from the spotlight of war, but the bits about Selvaria can be downright ludicrous, especially if you have played her VC1 DLC.
** Well, this trope is bound to show up, since at least the first game is [[UnreliableNarrator read from an in-universe book]].
* BoomHeadshot: Headshots make a reappearance as an important game mechanic: snipers can frequently perform a OneHitKill with them, and all gun-toting units can dramatically increase their damage with them. Headshots are especially critical for scouts, since their rifles do crap damage (at least, at the start).
* BrutalBonusLevel: The aptly-named Hard Mission Fragments. Expect to be gangbanged with tanks and armored infantries in the first turn.
* CannonFodder: The Nameless are the CannonFodder to the other CannonFodder, the Militia.
** SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder: What The Nameless eventually become.
* ContinuityNod: At some point in the game, Welkin, Alicia, Avan, Cosette, Leon, Juliana, Brixham, and even Baldren and Audrey are required party members. On the other hand, you get to fight Jaeger (winnable) and Selvaria (unwinnable, [[ThatBattleDidntCount at least story-wise]]). (This list is not exhaustive.)
** [[spoiler: ''You'' are there in the incident that left Cosette hemophobic. That's some heavy-duty PlayerPunch.]]
** [[spoiler: There is a mission where Leon and Juliana meets and begin to be involved in the V0 project.]]
** [[spoiler: Another difficult mission explains how Brixham nearly lost his eyesight and why Baldren sees the Darcsen as threats.]]
* CoolTank / AwesomePersonnelCarrier: Like ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'', you can customize your tank in a wide variety of ways, from the nearly invincible but slow Heavy Tank to the lightweight APC that can move your troops around fast and far but falls to a well-placed blow. [[spoiler: You can even get Eidelweiss' chassis and turret!]]
* CustomUniform: Most of The Nameless uniforms are very MildlyMilitary. About the only person who's wearing a proper uniform is Kurt.
** Certain characters from another game even has "Custom" for their possible uniforms, such as [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII Aliasse]] and [[PhantasyStarPortable Nagisa]]]].
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Apparently, Imca can duel a Valkyria to a BladeLock with her bazooka-blade thing in cutscenes. She can't do that in the game, though she does have a SuperMode.
* [[spoiler:DangerousDeserter]]: Squad 422 "The Nameless" becomes one after they [[spoiler:fail in the attempt to assassinate Maximilian, thanks to Selvaria's Valkyria power.]] Then Riela puts the "dangerous" in [[spoiler:DangerousDeserter after she's awaken to the Valkyrie power of her own.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: This game is darker then the first two ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' games since it focus on an unwanted unit doing the Gallian army's DirtyBusiness.
** It also reveals a bit of GrayAndGrayMorality with the Darscens which some will go to desperate states to gain independence. Previous games shown them as being victims, as it shows however, some are willing to cross the line if it helped invigorate the Darscens to stand up for themselves.
* DarkSecret: In the anime, when Riela is about to use her Valkyria beam to stop the artillery shell from fragging the advancing [[LeeroyJenkins Gallian Army]], Kurt tell Isara to not tell anyone about it, not even Welkin. [[spoiler:Considering Isara's fate, she really carries the secret to her grave. It's even harsher because, were she alive when Alicia turns Valkyria, she can tell Alicia to not panic about it.]]
* [[spoiler:DeathFakedForYou: In the final chapter, Ramsey Crowe assisted the Nameless before their standoff against Dahau in this way.]]
* DeathNotification: Not only Kurt must bring the news[[note]]The task can't be delegated to anyone else, as The Nameless is a penal legion that's not officially recorded in the military[[/note]] of [[spoiler:Gusurg's]] death to the dead guy's big sister, but he must also explain that [[spoiler:Gusurg died as a traitor to Gallia, having chosen to defect to the invading Empire's Calamity Raven for the sake of a chance for his ostracized people to found their own country. And that Kurt killed Gusurg by his own hands. The big sister faces the news solemnly, stating that Gusurg died for what he believed.]] This is the last straw for Kurt's psyche, and Riela and Imca must talk him to his senses.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: If you studied your American military history, you would know where the official name of the Nameless came from.[[note]]Specifically the '''442nd'' Regimental Combat Team, comprised of Japanese-American soldiers, which became the most-decorated unit in US Army history. And also a unit forced to be self-sufficient, like the Nameless (although they weren't as bad off).[[/note]]
** [[VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany Doesn't this remind you of another game where you play one of those guys meant to do "the dirty work?" Except you're just an ordinary soldier.]]
* DownloadableContent: Like the previous two games, this game will have DLC. In addition to DLC missions, there are downloadable "episodes", which contain both episodes and cutscenes.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The Nameless don't have any of this as they're meant to do the dirty work of the Gallian Army.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: The leader of Calamity Raven is a Darcsen, a race that is widely hated in the Empire.
* {{Expy}}: The Nameless can be one for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the various military foreign legions that were created over the years, including the French Foreign Legion.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Guess the use of bio-weapons was the final straw for Gusurg before defecting to the Calamity Ravens]]
* FantasticRacism: On both sides of the war against Darcsen, as always.
* FirstNameBasis: The Nameless introduce themselves and address Kurt with their numbers, not names, at first. Gusurg explains that being addressed with your first name is a sign of respect, only given when you are acknowledged by the Nameless.
* {{Foreshadowing}} / InterfaceSpoiler: [[spoiler:Despite his supposed BigBrotherMentor and leader-like nature, Gusurg only has Kurt listed as his friend and one of his Personal Potentials actually ''devolved'' almost midway in the story.]] While other characters from the series may undergo same treatment, this is a hint that said character is bound to leave you somewhere in the story.
* GaidenGame: The events of this game take place concurrently with ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' rather than being a sequel or prequel.
* GeoEffects: The poisonous atmosphere of [[{{Mordor}} Naggiar]] is the primary offender, but the lightning strikes are absolutely nasty when they hit.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Several times throughout the story.
* GunshipRescue: (Anime only) The Gallian Army is outnumbered and outgunned in Dillsburg, Welkin sends Isara to ask The Nameless for help. The Nameless complied by storming the Imperial fortress from the opposite side and destroyed the twin artillery that has been pounding the Gallian to hell and back. All that's left is for the Gallian Army to charge and claim easy victory.
* {{Irony}}: Gallia's trash (The Nameless which is comprised of criminals) fighting against the Empire's trash (the Calamity Ravens, who have Darcsens in their ranks).
* IdiotBall: Carl Isler and his obsession about killing Kurt. The very moment Kurt became a Nameless for treason his word stopped having any worth, but his constant tries to kill the Nameless [[spoiler: To the point of using both calamity raven ''and'' the Gallian army]] ended with Kurt being certain that someone wanted them dead. If he just had tried to gain his trust, or executed him on the spot, instead of letting him enter the nameless, he could have avoided a lot of trouble.
* GodMode: Not a cheat so much as Riela's special ability. She essentially gets to spend one action immune to bullets, as well as getting a laser blast.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: All that The Nameless ever do will remain in the darkness of history. Even the narrator points this out.
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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Squad 422 gets to meet and fight along Welkin Gunther and his Squad 7, Avan Hardins and the civil defense, as well as Baldren and Audrey Gassenarl. The last two are probably inversion, they are the BigBad in their story.
** SupportingLeader: Welkin Gunther. You see another Gallian forces on the map fighting the main forces of TheEmpire; while you're on your way doing things that will not be recorded in history, and the ones you fight are the Calamity Ravens.
* HoldTheLine: Several missions, including one in Ghirlandaio, which can easily turn into ThatOneLevel if you don't know what you're doing. Thankfully, you can turn the tide: even though enemy reinforcements appear at the beginning of each turn, the mission is considered completed if there are no more enemies on the field.
* JobSystem: All units can be changed to any class, like Avan from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'', although most have one or two preferred classes that they are better at.
* KirkSummation: Kurt delivers one to [[spoiler:Gusurg]] at the end of Chapter 19, the Battle of Randgriz.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: The intro movie tells of the Gallian War and the military's valiant effort to repel Imperial invasion, led by none other than the highly decorated [[TheAce Welkin Gunther]]... and then the VC1 theme music promptly stop and VC3's own theme starts playing, as the narrator begin speaking of [[AntiHero The Nameless]]' unrecorded chronicles.
* LimitBreak: Kurt, Imca and Riela each have a special attack when an SP point is used which are:
** Kurt is able to get two nearby allies to follow him and attack together while using a higher AP pool.
** Imca can use her weapon to target multiple enemies and launch a MacrossMissileMassacre.
** Riela [[spoiler:[[GuestFighter and]] [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII Aliasse]]]] goes into Valkyria mode where she becomes invincible and can perform a one shot kill with her lance.
** Also, all of them regain health and AP for their special action.
* LoveTriangle: Imca and Riela both fall in love with Kurt. The player gets to choose who should Kurt hook up with.
* MeaningfulName: Would you expect a high-ranking religious figure named "[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Borgia]]" to be a wholesome person...
* MoreDakka: OPEN FIRE!!! Also, combination attacks in general.
* MoreFriendsMoreBenefits: Finishing your team members' Fragment missions unlock their Potential, some of which are tremendously useful. And you get to see that they aren't as bad as people think of them.
* MotiveRant: Lots of them. Except Lydia, she just hates everyone.
* {{Nerf}}: While Fencer class is a full-fledged MightyGlacier in the [[ValkyriaChroniclesII previous game]] thanks to their defense and damage output, in this entry Fencer no longer wears full armor and has smaller shield, making them more susceptible to damage, thus somewhat pushing them into GlassCannon territory.
* NoNameGiven: The default name for The Nameless' tank is... The Nameless Tank. It really stands out because you get to control [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles Edelweiss]] and [[ValkyriaChroniclesII Narcissus]] in a few missions. [[DarkerAndEdgier And its default paint is black.]]
* OffModel: The glaring problem with the OVA anime. Granted, it's because there are ''so many'' moving parts, and one can suspect that the PlaystationNetwork downage in 2011 had an effect to the deal with the studio. The parts that are supposed to be awesome ''are'' awesome, though.
* NotSoDifferent: When Dahau and Jaeger meet, both men realize that they aren't different in terms of working with the Imperial military in trying to get their homelands back.
* OldSaveBonus: Having ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'' Save Data earns you Anisette as a playable character.
* PeopleOfHairColor: Darcsens. See the FantasticRacism entry.
* PlayableEpilogue: Unlocked once the player completes all missions in the story mode, post-game ones included.
* PowerStrainBlackout: Poor Riela... the first time she goes [[SuperMode Valkyria]], it knocked her out of action for a chapter (about a month). Her body gets used to it eventually, though.
* PretentiousLatinMotto: Squad 422 has "Altaha Abilia", which is officially translated as "Always Ready."[[note]]Which is not the exact literal translation; also note that Always Ready in Latin is "Semper Paratus", which is the motto of the UsefulNotes/CoastGuard.[[/note]]
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: Characters from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' and ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'' make cameo appearances and will join Squad 442 in some of their missions.
* ProtectionMission: Usually a cargo.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: [[spoiler: The fate of some of the Nameless after Crowe falsified death certificates for them. A majority of them fought against Imperial forces as hired mercenaries.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Nameless are composed of criminals, deserters and military offenders. This trope is practically a ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' tradition now.
* TheRemnant: After the peace accord is signed between TheEmpire and the Principality of Gallia, the Imperium's all-Darcsen Calamity Ravens legion become this.
* RequiredPartyMember: Only half the time in Story missions. You can even choose not to deploy Kurt. Of those who are required, Riela and Imca get the slot most often. In the final battle, whoever you romance become the RequiredPartyMember.
** Each character is the RequiredPartyMember in their respective [[SideQuest Fragment]] mission(s).
* RocketJump: With grenades! And the class that can do this safely, Armored Tech, is sorely in need of extra movement. Doesn't work with actual rockets.
* SuicideMission: See WeDoTheImpossible; it's a plot point that Kurt and the Nameless get repeatedly sent on increasingly less subtle suicide missions. When they work, the regular militia can get the credit, and when they don't, well, nobody cares about a squad that technically doesn't exist.
* TheSiege: ...of Randgriz! You have to fend-off a completely unexpected Calamity Raven strike force, personally led by Dahau. Hint: he's not immune to sniper bullets. Hint 2: You can actually repair the gate, and the strike force won't be none the wiser to ShootTheMedicFirst.
* TakeCover: Exceedingly important, due to the [[MoreDakka ridiculous firing rate]] of even the most basic machines guns, not to mention the ones carried by Darcssen Knights. Fortunately, the experimental shield of the Armored Techs can go wider, and thus you can Take The Cover up to the enemies' face. Heck, even ''your tank'' needs to TakeCover against Echidna's [[{{BFG}} artillery blast]], lest it become a smoldering pile of ex-tank junk.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Several battles, but the most awesome is when [[spoiler:you begin to gain foothold in Randgriz, as you force your way into the military tribunal to present the evidence of your (relative) innocence]]. Considering that that mission is ThatOneLevel, an uplifting music is much needed.
** Your superpowers are accompanied by fitting theme music, but Valkyria's one is especially hair-raising and adrenaline-pumping.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Hope that Reila being a Valkyria wasn't meant to be a surprise...
** The hair was a dead giveaway.
* TheUnfought: Selvaria Bles. You would think that Imca would have an epic rematch with her [[spoiler:now that your squad has your own Valkyria[[GuestFighter (s)]]]], but apparently she must fight in another battlefield [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles and die there]]]].
** [[FixFic Which might explain why she was chosen as this game's rival character in]] ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''
* UpdatedRerelease: The ''Extra Edition'', which contains four pre-packed {{downloadable content}}s and new side chapters, namely: Carisa's Fragment, the aftermath of [[spoiler:Gusurg's death]], and Imca's epilogue.
* WakeUpCallBoss: '''Echidna''', especially the first fight in Mellvere. If you're playing in normal, there is no easy way to capture the points guarded by Darcssen Knights while being under fire from that humongous tank. [[RageQuit PSP, meet floor.]]
* WeAreTeamCannonFodder: Your unit. Which is rather ironic, because...
* WeDoTheImpossible: Kurt Irving might as well write that in his business card. Throughout his career as the commander of The Nameless, he has repeatedly rescued the civilians forsaken by military, forced Echidna-backed Imperial force to retreat (3 times!), thwarted Calamity Raven's elite force countless times, nearly succeeded to assassinate Maximilian, prevented Randgriz from disappearing from map, saved the world from Valkyrian superweapon... Keep in mind that he does this without any significant help from the mainstream military or militia.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: Might as well be Squad 422's tag, considering how many times they have saved civilians throughout the game. Played straighter in the OVA with Kurt outright stated that the ones who suffer the most from the war are civilians, and it is their duty to protect them.
* WhatTheHellAreYou: The [[spoiler:Gallian]] unit reaction upon seeing Riela [[OneWingedAngel goes Valkyria]].
--> '''Soldier''': "Fire! Fire!" *hail of bullets that Riela's force field immaculately blocks*
--> '''Soldier''': "How about THIS!" *anti-tank rocket that Riela slash easily mid-air*
--> '''Soldier''': "Monster! She's a monster!"
--> '''Soldier''': "No, it's The Devil herself!"
* TheWorfEffect: In the OVA, [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles Welkin and the gang]]. Apparently, when enemy leader outsmart Welkin, it's time for Kurt to save the day.
* YouAreNumberSix: The nameless are referred to by numbers.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The Darcsens are back with their (trademark) hair color.
** Riela has an odd gradient of red at the top but silver near the end.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Imca, except it didn't stop at her father. Her entire village was destroyed by a Valkyria and led to her joining Squad 422 to seek revenge]]

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