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[[caption-width-right:300:The Royal Army, prominently featuring the two leads, [[VillainProtagonist Yggdra]] and [[{{Sidekick}} Milanor]].]]

->''Even with the Holy Sword, I can’t make anything go right… The Holy Sword… may be a sacred relic, but the fact remains that it is a weapon. For we who are entrusted with it, it becomes our mission to see the justice of the Holy Sword to its end… and we are capable of slaughtering those who do not obey that justice… but the Holy Sword is a weapon. In the end, it is only capable of harming people.''
-->-- '''Princess Yggdra'''

''Yggdra Union'' is a TurnBasedStrategy game which is part of Sting Entertainment's ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' cycle. The Game Boy Advance and PSP UpdatedRerelease were both handled in North America by {{Atlus}}.

Chronologically the first of the ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' games, ''Yggdra Union'' takes place during a war between the Kingdom of Fantasinia and the New Bronquian Empire. Gulcasa, the Emperor, has just defeated most of the Royal Army and slain the king, but Princess Yggdra (the only surviving member of the Royal Family) escapes her captured city with her family's AncestralWeapon and goes about gathering allies to take her country back--and get revenge. It doesn't hurt that said AncestralWeapon, the Gran Centurio, is a national symbol of justice. Whatever Yggdra and her army do, it's obviously the right thing.

Isn't it?

Except that our heroes slowly discover that [[TheEmperor Emperor Gulcasa]] and his villainous minions are a bit more morally ambiguous than they first bargained for, and that everyone they fight seems to be fighting for the justice ''they'' believe in. And that maybe there's more going on across the continent than they could have imagined.

''Yggdra Union'', in short, is a [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructionist]] game about war, ideals, and the true nature of "justice".

An interview with the game director and artists can be found [[http://community.livejournal.com/disaresta/52597.html here]]; be warned that there are '''spoilers''' up through the end of the PSP version. See also ''YggdraUnison'', the AlternateUniverse cellphone/DS spinoff.

A prequel called ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' concerning the events of the Bronquian revolution was released in May 2010.

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!!Yggdra Union utilizes these tropes:
* ActiveRoyalty: Played straight for both sides with Yggdra and Gulcasa.
* AerithAndBob: Mostly on the Aerith side of the spectrum, with only a few "normal" names like Russell, and Monica
* AesopAmnesia: [[spoiler:Yggdra]] suffers this towards the end of the game; it's also prominent in two of the possible endings.
* {{Ahoge}}: Averted--Yggdra and Nessiah each have one, though neither is a particularly silly character.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Gulcasa not only pulls it off in the prologue, he flattens the former Royal Army doing it. This is what essentially sets the main storyline in motion.
* AmazonBrigade: Any unit led by a female.
** Or certain Imperial divisions in general, like the Special Forces and Scarlet Riders.
* AncestralWeapon: Yggdra's {{BFS}}, Gran Centurio.
* AnyoneCanDie: And the majority of the cast does.
* ArcWords: "Justice lies with the Holy Sword", chapters 1-3. "A ruler's duty to his/her people" and "There is no single absolute justice", chapters 7-8.
* ArtStyleDissonance: A dark, broody, death-laden storyline about the nature of war, with a cast of adorable anime characters!
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Yggdra is a lot more powerful after her AwesomeMomentOfCrowning. On the other side, Gulcasa is ThatOneBoss.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Yggdra has hers before the game actually ends, and thus spends the last third of it ridiculously overpowered.
* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins]]
* BadassAdorable: Just about everyone, due to the majority of characters having the appearance of cutesy anime characters, like they mixed several serious characters from the game with SugarBowl physics.
* BadassArmy: The Imperial Army is what every RagtagBunchOfMisfits wants to be when it grows up. By the end of the game, the Royal Army is on its way to becoming one, too.
* BerserkButton: Gulcasa's is [[spoiler:losing his allies and loved ones. After having said button hit enough times, he tries to [[HeroicSacrifice use his own life]] to summon Brongaa and wipe the Royal Army out. Depending on the ending, he either comes dangerously close to succeeding or [[NonstandardGameOver does, with "tragic" consequences for the entire world]].]]
** And if you don't believe us, have his (furiously shouted) response to Yggdra's request for a cease-fire [[spoiler:directly after he learns of Emilia's death]]:
---> '''Gulcasa:''' Is that all you came here to say? What an arduous journey, for such a ridiculous request. Even were I to believe you, we would never accept your terms...We razed your Kingdom, [[spoiler:and you have responded in kind]]. How are we to extinguish our flames of hatred now? This fighting cannot end until one of us can fight no more!
** Kylier's is Yggdra. Or, well... [[ObliviousToLove Milanor acting friendly with Yggdra, to be precise]]. [[spoiler:And Milanor never figures out why it makes Kylier go mental.]]
*** Her attitude is justified later on, since it turns out that [[spoiler:Yggdra's ancestors were responsible for forcing Kylier's race to eke out a miserable living in Lost Aries.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Yggdra and Kylier, in regards to Milanor. Reversed in that Kylier, despite being the character with darker coloring, is the Betty (she's Milanor's childhood friend) and Yggdra, despite being the fair-haired character (and the heroine!), is the Veronica. Also subverted in that [[spoiler:it's all in Kylier's head--Milanor doesn't have feelings for Yggdra.]]
* [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Heroine]]: Kylier
* BigNo: There are quite a few of them, but the most notable are [[spoiler:Luciana or Aegina screaming ''iyaaaaaaa'' when their sister dies]] and [[spoiler:Milanor screaming Kylier's name ''until his voice cracks'' both prior to her HeroicSacrifice and after the ShootTheDog incident in Battlefield 46]].
** Say what you like about the English voice acting, but they were wise to cast an actor for Milanor [[Creator/SpikeSpencer who knows]] [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion how to scream]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ending A, the canon one.]]
* {{Bokukko}}: Emilia. Though, since she's the Princess of Bronquia, who's going to tell her not to?
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Wielded by [[spoiler:Marietta.]]
* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerization]]: [[StealthInsult Yggdra's "Crusade" attack]] [[TakeThat was originally called "Jihad."]]
* [[BreakableWeapons Breakable Items]]
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: The Royal Army is Black, and The Imperial Army is White.
* CassandraTruth: For those who made it to [[MultipleEndings Ending D]], [[spoiler:Nessiah]] would like to inform you that he told you so.
* CelestialBureaucracy: [[spoiler:Battlefield 49 shows Asgard to have this situation.]]
* ChainedByFashion: Nessiah.
* ContinuingIsPainful: Thanks to the Retry option keeping the zero reset[[note]]Any experience towards the next level is lost on death[[/note]] for any characters that died.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: The ankhs. Also the crosses seen at Lost Aries.
* ChristmasCake: Mistel. Lampshaded--she gets ''furious'' when Milanor calls her "Obasan" (she technically won't qualify for two more years!), and she flirts heavily with Durant and Roswell. (Though, the last is likely due to [[spoiler:the fact that her husband left her, and she's looking for a new one]].)
** And then she turns around and calls ''Eudy'' ChristmasCake ''to her face''.
* CloudCuckooLander: Pamela.
* CostumePorn
* CrapsackWorld: Not that it is ever touched upon.
* CurbStompBattle: Of the extremely depressing variety, upon [[spoiler: commencing the invasion of Bronquia]].
* CuteBruiser: Emilia
* CuteWitch: Pamela. Rosary too, maybe.
* CutsceneBoss: Despite all the misery she gives you, you can't kill Eudy with your own hands, and the battlefield where she presumably dies in is scripted.
* DeadlyUpgrade: [[spoiler:Gulcasa]] and [[spoiler:#367]] each get one.
** For [[spoiler:Gulcasa, once he has become Brongaa's receptacle, overusing Brongaa's power can tax his body to a state of collapse]]. He puts himself in this condition [[spoiler:towards the end of Battlefield 32, causing mass panic amongst his men as they try to defend him. Emilia eventually comes to rescue him just as he passes out]].
** And in [[spoiler:#367's]] case, [[spoiler:having her synchronization with her artificial Diviner enhanced]] demands more than her body is capable of, and so [[spoiler:her Morale drops drastically every turn. She also starts speaking in a strained voice and is constantly panting heavily]].
*** Mistel [[LampshadeHanging calls her on the deadliness of the upgrade]], though [[spoiler:#367]] doesn't seem to care.
----> '''Mistel:''' Oh dear! I don't think your body can handle so much rage...
* DecoyProtagonist: You start off playing as Milanor, who is set up as the hero with Yggdra in a traditional DistressedDamsel role. Two and a half battlefields later, Yggdra becomes the player character, and Milanor is firmly established as her {{sidekick}}, losing nearly all plot significance except the ability to attract [[BigDamnHeroes Kylier]] [[DeusExMachina when the Royal Army has dug itself into a hole]] and the default commander seat when Yggdra is somewhere else. The game is explicitly about Yggdra's CharacterDevelopment and [[TheHighQueen growth as a ruler]] as she learns to balance hot-blooded idealism with compassion and an understanding of how the world works. Then the universe of episode II [[YggdraUnison started]] [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion expanding]], a certain antagonist's backstory and true motivations got lots more attention, and [[spoiler:Gulcasa]] made off with Yggdra's hero seat. On top of all this, the character in the episode II games who is the most important to [[VideoGame/DeptHeaven the 'verse]] is ''none of the above''--it's actually [[spoiler:Nessiah]], the ''antagonist,'' about which WordOfGod and [[AllThereInTheManual the side materials]] are very clear. UpToEleven, indeed.
* DeadpanSnarker: Nessiah. He tends to get away with it in the Japanese because he's just so darn polite. The English script... not so much.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of TheEmpire, {{Tsundere}}, OmniscientMoralityLicense, and LaResistance.
* ''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent Draconic]]'' [[DemonicPossession Possession]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The battles against [[spoiler:Marietta and #367]].
** In [[spoiler:Marietta's case]], this is a matter of [[spoiler:letting your units endure one turn of vicious beating after another, until Marietta ''exhausts herself'' and she can be finished off with one hit from Crusade.]]
** For [[spoiler:#367, this is similar but more dangerous--her Morale decreases with every turn, but she actively attacks you.]] Then again, you can use (overpowered) Fanelia in this fight...
* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler:Nessiah]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens wants revenge on the gods]], who disappeared at the end of Ragnarok. As said character wasn't around for the end of Ragnarok, there's no way for him to know this.
* DressingAsTheEnemy
* DubInducedPlotHole: Gulcasa's title was changed from "Blazing Emperor" to "Emperor of Carnage" for the English version for whatever reason. This still makes some degree of sense--Fantasinia doesn't like him, so they wouldn't be calling him anything that sounds friendly--until you hear his people, [[LickedByTheDog who wholeheartedly adore him]], calling him the same thing... and ThemeNaming starts to show up when Imperial landmarks turn out to have fire-based names, which are also altered ("Gates of Carnage"[[note]]The name is even left as "Asura Gate" on the translated map[[/note]], anyone?). Then it just starts sounding rather awkward. It will probably become a much bigger problem if {{Atlus}} ever localizes ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion,'' where Gulcasa's fire motif is even more important.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Gulcasa and Kylier]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: In a subversion that can be downright heartbreaking, [[spoiler:Nessiah has been trying to do this for ''centuries.'' He never gets one--probably because his methods tend to be less than ethical]].
* ElegantGothicLolita: Emilia.
* TheEmpire: Subverted with Bronquia, [[spoiler:which originally seems to fit this description to the letter. And then you find out that ''this is exactly what Fantasinia did''. Bly specifically says at the end of Battlefield 14-II that Bronquia was the only independent country left--and he once advised Yggdra's father and grandfather to go ahead and conquer it while the people would still be grateful for having their dictator gotten rid of. Too bad Gulcasa beat Fantasinia to the punch. Not.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The barely-two-minute-long scene at the start of Battlefield 42 hands you everything you need to know to understand what kind of person Gulcasa really is.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Adverted ''big time'' with [[VillainProtagonist Yggdra.]]
* ExtremeDoormat: #367. [[spoiler:Until she gets her DeadlyUpgrade, at least...]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Elena makes Aegina do this in Map 28]]
* FantasticNuke: The Ankh Cannon. The Ankhs themselves could possible render an area uninhabitable for many years, as lampshaded by some of the cast.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: There are a few countries like Embellia and Nyllard that don't have a distinct one, but most of the others do--
** Fantasinia [[StealthInsult is representative]] [[TakeThat of western Europe and America.]]
** Verlaine is specifically tied to France--"Verlaine" comes from the name of a French poet, and Roswell's name is explicitly French.
** The Vanir [[StealthInsult are reminiscent of Native Americans,]] [[TakeThat particularly considering their relation to Fantasinia]] (and the [[NorseMythology name of their race]]). Most of them are dark-skinned ([[spoiler:Milanor]] being an exception) to make it even more obvious.
** Lombardia [[TakeThat strongly resembles the historical role of the Holy Roman Empire.]]
** As for Bronquia, their counterpart is [[HeroAntagonist Japan]].
* {{Fetish}}: Rosary is the only character to get a Morale boost from being given such items as shackles and blindfolds.
** And then there's Roswell and his thing with bananas...
* FieldOfBlades: The pictures on the Dragon Killer and Oblivious Dawn cards.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: As it's part of VideoGame/DeptHeaven (and is thus far the chronologically earliest game in TheVerse) this is to be expected for the {{Metaplot}}. Additionally, ties very neatly into the ArcWords; in at least one case, some things that look like other tropes turn out to be rather excellent {{Foreshadowing}}.
** Example: [[spoiler: During the conquest of Embellia, Emeleone pulls a WhatTheHellHero when she accuses Yggdra of using "justice" as a means to follow her own ends. As Yggdra has thus far spent the entire game alternately running for her life and saving townspeople from being murdered by raiders, and since Emeleone has been prosecuting a genocidal war against all neighboring human settlements to harvest their blood in retribution for one of the Undines being seduced into stealing the [[AncientArtifact Transmigragem]], this accusation doesn't yet have any reason to stick particularly well. Had Emeleone's taunt come later it would have been disturbingly apt, however, since the invasion of Bronquia is like a larger, more tragic version of the Embellia arc.]]
* GagDub: Quite a lot of Atlus' [[BlindIdiotTranslation infamous script changes]] involve relatively neutral dialogue being changed into characters cracking [[WorldOfSnark lots and lots of wise]].
* [[GigglingVillain Giggling (anti?)Villain]]: This is the sound of [[spoiler:Nessiah's]] sanity being strained beyond its bounds. It manages to be both creepy as ''hell'' and pity-inspiring.
* GodivaHair
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Gulcasa, Nessiah, and Kylier (both times around).]]
* GuideDangIt: Just try to get all bonus items in each stage without a guide.
* HeroAntagonist: ''The Imperial Army. So much.''
* HeroicResolve: Every deployed unit gets this in Battlefield 42 [[spoiler:after Kylier [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices herself to save them]].]] Milanor is probably the best example of it, though.
** He does it again [[spoiler:after she [[ShootTheDog dies the second time]], swearing vengeance on Nessiah. Ironically, this is ''after she talks about how sorry she feels for him'' and how despite what he did to her, she can't hate him for it. Even though, you know, she still wants them to stop him anyway.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Kylier, because she's [[TooCoolToLive Too Tactically Useful To Live]]]]
** [[spoiler:And, late in the game, almost EVERYONE in the Imperial Army--starting with Baldus.]]
*** [[spoiler:Gulcasa might also be considered to have one, as his actions from Battlefield 18 are geared towards ensuring that he'll be able to call down Brongaa on the Royal Army's heads (BY KILLING HIMSELF) if the situation gets desperate enough. And ''boy does he try to.'']]
* HideYourLesbians: There's a fair amount of subtext between Zilva and Elena, none of which amounts to much due to [[spoiler:Zilva dying]]. In addition to this, there was definitely ''[[DidTheyOrDidntThey something]]'' going on between [[spoiler:Gulcasa and Nessiah]] according to ''YggdraUnison'' and ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''.
** This is also a case of [[spoiler:BuryYourGays]].
* {{Honorifics}}: Yggdra and Elena ''always'' use them. Nessiah uses them for ''everyone'' but Gulcasa.
** When Kylier calls Yggdra "Oujo-sama", the ''-sama'' is often written in katakana to show that she's being sarcastic.
** The fact that Nessiah is the ''only'' character on good terms with Gulcasa who ''doesn't'' use some kind of suffix with him caused quite a few raised eyebrows, since FirstNameBasis is a way of showing that two characters are very close. [[HoYay Certain fans likely had a field day with it.]] [[spoiler:And according to ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', they were right.]]
*** Matters are not helped ''at all'' by the fact that Gulcasa doesn't use suffixes with Nessiah, either. Though Gulcasa hardly uses them with anyone.
** After her AwesomeMomentOfCrowning, Yggdra insists that her troops keep calling her Princess (Yggdra-oujou) instead of Queen (Yggdra-ou). She'll only accept the title when the war is over, she says.
*** Gulcasa continues calling her ''-oujou'' to be rude. [[spoiler: Well, she ''did'' just murder his fourteen-year-old little sister.]]
*** And, of course, Nessiah still calls her "Yggdra-ou".
* HotSpringsEpisode: One of the rare cases the North American version shows more than the Japanese.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Almost every Embellian Undine subscribes to this viewpoint, mainly because some jerk human stole their means of survival. They use this as their justification for attacking completely unrelated humans to try to use their blood for eternal youth potion. [[spoiler:...Which turns out to be exactly how Nessiah, who set up the theft and fed them information about said potion, [[UnwittingPawn was hoping they'd react]].]] This is ''especially'' true with Yggdra.
** Also interesting to note is that [[spoiler:for all the manipulating Nessiah did]], none of it actually ''forced'' anyone to do anything evil. The Undines were ''tempted'' to use their loss as justification to vent their FantasticRacism on humans, the FeudingFamilies in Verlaine were ''tempted'' to start a war over shiny toys, and Fantasinia and Bronquia were ''tempted'' to keep fighting, but in the end it was always the rulers' own decisions that led to bloodshed. If they had risen above the ugliness of human and undine nature, assorted probably would have been avoided. (Not to say that tempting them in the first place was a nice thing to do, [[KickTheDog as it wasn't]].)
* HundredPercentAdorationRating: [[spoiler:Gulcasa]]. This is played for all the tragedy it's worth when [[spoiler:due to the HeroicRROD incident at the end of chapter 5, he winds up too sick to take to the field even when the Royal Army starts to invade his country--everyone in the country willing to bear arms stands up to protect him, and is swiftly cut down]]. Although it's nowhere near to the same degree, Yggdra is also very popular with her people, which is remarked upon a few times early in the game.
* IdiotBall: The entire cast spends Battlefield 18 passing it around. (See also the [[Headscratchers/YggdraUnion Just Bugs Me page]].)
-->'''Royal Army:''' Yeah, so Yggdra's raring to kill Gulcasa and all, but she'll be fine, let's let her do her own thing for a while!\\
'''Messenger:''' We found Gulcasa! I think we should tell the person who wants revenge the most, instead of everyone together!\\
'''Yggdra:''' [[UnstoppableRage SCREW ASKING EVERYONE FOR BACKUP I CAN DO THIS BY MYSELF BRAAAAH]]\\
'''Royal Army:''' OH NOES [[spoiler:GULCASA BLEW UP THE BRIDGE]]. [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence WHATEVER SHALL WE DO, THERE'S A RIVER IN THE WAY, IT'S NOT AS IF WE HAVE ANY UNITS THAT CAN SWIM!]]\\
'''Gulcasa:''' Sure it's weird for [[spoiler:Nessiah]] to request to handle his plans by himself, but there's nothing suspicious about this, nope! [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter I can totes trust him, we're tight like that]]. Let's go home, guys!\\
'''[[spoiler:Nessiah]]:''' You all exist to make my life more difficult and I hate you. [[spoiler:Instead of joining up with you lot so that you'll trust me and hand my sword over nicely when I ask at the end of the game, I think I shall kill myself so I don't have to deal with it. Have fun rescuing the princess,]] see you later!
** Some of the forced-upon-you conflicts involve at least a minor game of IdiotBall, such as [[spoiler: the whole Snafu with Embellia.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Undines]]:''' Someone took our AncientArtifact without which our race will die! Screw looking for it! Some dude, [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter who couldn't possibly under any circumstances have anything to do with its disappearance]], said we should go ''[[RapePillageAndBurn pillage our neighbors]]'' so we can ''[[PoweredByAForsakenChild use their blood]]'' to solve the problem... somehow.\\
'''Yggdra:''' [[spoiler: The Undines]] are burning that city, and [[spoiler: we just killed a bunch of them]]. Surely they'll still honor their treaty obligations to join me in my fight against TheEmpire!\\
'''[[spoiler:Emeleone]]:''' YOUR DESIRE TO RESOLVE OUR CONFLICTS THROUGH MEANINGFUL COMMUNICATION IS SILLY!\\
'''Durant:''' We don't need to travel through their base and the whole reason we came here was to find allies, there's no real reason why we can't just ''leave,'' [[spoiler:'''we must kill them. We must kill them all ''until they are dead.''''']]
* IdiotHero: Subverted a bit with Milanor. He's actually quite intelligent tactically, but incredibly dumb about people. [[ObliviousToLove Especially girls]].
* ImmortalitySeeker: [[spoiler:Pamela.]] Ironically, her quest for {{Immortality}} seems to have been inspired by [[spoiler:her people's memories of Nessiah, the poster boy for WhoWantsToLiveForever]].
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Gulcasa is a HeroAntagonist until [[spoiler:he goes and gets possessed]], and by that point there ''is'' no making him unsympathetic. As for [[spoiler:Nessiah]], he's just ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds immensely]]'' [[WellIntentionedExtremist screwed]][[AntiVillain -up]]. As ''YggdraUnion'' is intensely anti-war, this is kind of the point.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: [[spoiler:Baldus]]. Also, at the very end of Chapter 8, [[spoiler:the no-longer-possessed Gulcasa, who [[GoOutWithASmile seems remarkably at peace with his defeat]], considering]].
* JadeColoredGlasses: [[spoiler:Nessiah. [[WordOfGod According to Sting]], he was originally a WideEyedIdealist, but his treatment and ultimate punishment for being a pacifist in a time of war [[BreakTheCutie completely broke him]], turning him into the [[RageAgainstTheHeavens revenge-obsessed]] MagnificentBastard we see in the game.]]
* JapanesePronouns: The only way Nessiah ever [[spoiler:speaks [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld his actual age]]]]--despite always using polite {{Honorifics}}, he has a pronoun drop with characters who aren't in positions of authority (like Yggdra).
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Kylier actually has a fairly thick Kansai accent in the Japanese script.
* {{Keigo}}: Elena uses it. Lampshaded in that Milanor recognizes this as abnormal and tries (but fails) to get her to be less formal.
* KillItWithFire: Gulcasa loves doing this. For the Royal Army's version, there's the Flame card (which actually gets you Grilled Griffon and Dragon Steak if you kill a unit that rides each creature with said card).
* KickTheDog:[[spoiler:Its Heavily implied Nessiah was the one who seduced Nietzsche's sister, stole the Transmigragem and drove her to suicide. Its also implied he gave the ankhs to Roswell and Rosary starting their war.]]
* KleptomaniacHero: Milanor. He ''is'' a thief. And goes around "liberating" goods from enemies and villagers alike...
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Gulcasa. See BerserkButton above.
** This has actually been spoofed in a few of the gag 4koma and one-page comics in the ''Yggdra Union Comic Anthology'' book.
* LaResistance
* LadyOfWar: Quite a few. Adverted with [[VillainProtagonist Yggdra.]]
* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Her Kind]]: Princess Yggdra
** Also [[spoiler:Emperor Gulcasa; it's revealed in Battlefield 45 that he is the dragon Brongaa's last surviving descendant.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Every character in the Royal Army has his or her own battle theme, as do Gulcasa, Nessiah, Aegina [[spoiler:and Luciana]], and Nana-chan. Other enemies just have generic music according to their rank. As of VideoGame/BlazeUnion, pretty much everyone in the ''Imperial'' Army has their own battle theme as well, leaving Inzaghi as pretty much the only recurring character without his own theme.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Mizer becomes this in the PSP version.
** Mistel. She's an airheaded "housewife" that has lacking stat gains, leaving her with terrible stats at level 20...unless you give her a few stat boosting items early on, allowing her to reach a full six stars in all stats with no trouble. Combined with her weapon being the scythe, which beats all melee weapons.
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler: Aegina and Luciana to Yggdra.]]
* LoveableRogue: [[VillainProtagonist Milanor is a ''big'' adversion of this.]]
* MagiBabble: The most notable example is the tutorial sequence where Roswell explains how Ankhs work, although it comes up a few other times in the game.
* MeaningfulName: Lost Aries. [[spoiler:It was where Nessiah (then the WideEyedIdealist Aries) was sent down to end the Great Sorcery War by obliterating every living thing there. This seems to have been a major part of his punishment for not fighting in Asgard's wars, and possibly [[BreakTheCutie what broke him for good]].]] So named by the human world because [[spoiler:Aries was supposed to have died there. They were right, just not the way they thought.]]
* MermaidProblem: Solved. The Undines live forever until killed and do not reproduce. How they came to be is a mystery.
** What actually happens is that they are immortal due to a magic gem that revives them whenever they are killed for real.
* MultipleEndings: A BittersweetEnding (canon), two variations of a HereWeGoAgain DownerEnding, and a NonstandardGameOver.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Gulcasa, the Emperor of Carnage? What a charming name! I wonder if he'll be my friend.
** Worth noting is that his title in the Japanese script, 焔帝 ("Blazing Emperor"), is not quite as overtly sinister.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: What really puts the [[BittersweetEnding "bittersweet"]] in [[MultipleEndings Ending A]]? [[spoiler:If he'd been able to take his revenge, Nessiah would have killed ''the VideoGame/DeptHeaven series villain, Hector,'' and ended a horribly corrupt heavenly system. This would have ''prevented the tragic scenarios of KnightsInTheNightmare and RivieraThePromisedLand from ever happening,'' sparing entire other worlds from their suffering.]] Nice job breaking it, Yggdra.
** Even worse? [[spoiler:WordOfGod declares Nessiah's vendetta to be justified.]] Great work there, Royal Army.
* NietzscheWannabe: Ironically, the female mermaid named "Nietzsche" is the only one who ''isn't'' this trope at all. In fact, the only ''insane'' people in the game are also the people who act ''sane''.
* NintendoHard: The game will PUNISH the player for playing poorly. To the point of becoming {{Unwinnable}}.
* NorseMythology: The original translation of the game had several references to it, like the names of certain items and the name of Kylier's race; the updated translation added a lot more of them, since by then {{Atlus}} had realized that ''YggdraUnion'' and ''RivieraThePromisedLand'' were part of one series. The story itself also contains a reference--the side materials explain that one of the antagonists once sacrificed an eye in exchange for knowledge, similar to Odin.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: Yggdra and Gulcasa.]] Or [[spoiler:Yggdra and Nessiah, for endings C and D]]. This becomes clearer when [[spoiler: the heroes end up slaughtering an untrained civilian militia or [[RageAgainstTheHeavens raging against the heavens]]]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Nessiah and the Magi from Asgard. In his attempt to gain vengeance, Nessiah becomes a lot like the Magi, manipulating countless people's lives for his own perception of justice.]]
** Lampshaded in Battlefield 49. A ''lot,'' with irony, by multiple people.
---> '''Milanor:''' Lowly humans!? I don't think I like your attitude. What makes you so different from us?
* {{Omake}}: The character designer, Kiyudzuki Satoko, wrote a series of fifteen 4koma entitled ''"Yggdra Universe"'' that are considered canon extras. There's a lot of LampshadeHanging, and the 4koma also deal with a few series details that aren't brought up in-game.
* OmnicidalManiac: Gulcasa, [[spoiler: who tries to awaken the dragon Brongaa and burn everything to ashes]].
** [[spoiler:Could also be just Brongaa, as he was possessing Gulcasa at the time.]]
* OneGenderRace: [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Undines]]. They can't reproduce, although they can [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnate]] through magic.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent, OurDragonsAreDifferent, OurMermaidsAreDifferent, oh my!
* PeoplePuppets: [[spoiler:Nessiah's]] favorite way to mind-screw the Royal Army. The fact that it only works [[spoiler:with people who have already died--i.e., Roswell or Rosary (whoever you killed) and Kylier--]]makes it all the more traumatic.
* PlugNPlayFriends: Two, [[spoiler:Elena]] and [[spoiler:Russell]]. The latter has an excuse, though.
* PoorCommunicationKills: This is what you get when you have a pair of ultimately kind and idealistic but ''very stubborn'' people leading opposing armies. Everything would have been settled ''much'' more quickly and with a lot less death if Gulcasa and Yggdra had just been willing to sit down and negotiate, but they're both too busy assuming that the other side is evil. [[spoiler:In the end, this is just one of many ways that the whole world plays right into Nessiah's hands.]]
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Gulcasa gives us the antiheroic version of this trope, ''in spades''. His first confrontation with Milanor is nearly CrowningMomentOfAwesome status, and ''definitely'' his CrowningMomentOfFunny.
-->'''Milanor:''' So you're the big man around here, huh? Get ready!\\
'''Gulcasa:''' We haven't been introduced, so I'll think of you as "Prey".
** Not to mention this line from the PSP version when he is about to unleash Genocide.
-->'''Gulcasa:''' ARE YOU READY?!
* ProudWarriorRace: Bronquia.
* PuniPlush: Every single character looks like they're in their teens, but most of them (in the PSP remake) have clearly adult voices.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[spoiler:Nessiah.]]
** [[spoiler:Or Yggdra, in [[MultipleEndings endings C and D]].]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Nessiah, who despite looking nineteen has been around for several centuries.]]
* TheReveal: Battlefield 47, which is where [[spoiler:Nessiah explains that everything the Royal Army has done has been part of his [[XanatosSpeedChess elaborate]] revenge plot, right down to the Gran Centurio.]]
* SadlyMythtaken : Nietzsche. To quote [[http://hg101.kontek.net/ Hardcore Gaming 101]]
->''Most Japanese games that are based on some kind of mythology usually end up getting it wrong, but this is one of the most hilarious I've ever seen. Nietzsche (in real life) was a German philosopher who introduced the concept of nihilism. Nietzsche (in the game) is a cutesy little girl undine (mermaid) who pokes gently with her spear.''
* SanitySlippage: Poor [[spoiler:Nessiah]]...
* SaveThePrincess: [[spoiler:The plotline of Chapter 4.]]
* ShipTease: The game has two pairs of characters who are actually shown to be in love with each other. ''Two.'' It gets away with this by liberally dropping mild-to-moderate hints as to who the others may or may not have affections for.
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:Battlefield 46.]]
* ShortTank: Kylier.
* SinisterScythe: Gulcasa and Mistel, along with the Imperial Knights, use them. The impracticality is justified in Gulcasa's case; he wears padded gauntlets (take a good look at his art) and wields it from dragonback in order to get more force behind the blows. Mistel is a rare case of a farmer actually using a scythe rather than a [[TorchesAndPitchforks pitchfork]] in combat; however, the design of her default scythe is very impractical for doing anything more than bludgeoning people and cutting grass.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Yggdra Union is one of those rare examples that starts out looking idealistic and then takes a turn for the cynical, plausibly.
* SocialDarwinist: Gulcasa is a mix of this and [[BloodKnight blood knight]].
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Royal Army, at the very end of the game. [[spoiler:Though they Gilliganed the wrong person's scheme making them ''Hector's'' [[UnwittingPawn Unwitting Pawns]]...]]
* SpoilerOpening: All the characters who join the Royal Army in Chapter 2 are shown, as are [[spoiler:Cruz]], [[spoiler:Elena having shot Aegina's eye out]], [[spoiler:all the Dragon Generals]], [[spoiler:the sacking of Bardot]], and [[spoiler:even ''Nessiah's clearly angelic anima'' superimposed over him]]. It also rather blatantly hints at [[spoiler:Nessiah's importance to the plot]].
** Subverted, though, in that there is an event portrayed inaccurately (in the OP, Marietta crowns Yggdra; [[spoiler:Joachim does this in-game]]) and that the new characters in the [[UpdatedRerelease PSP Version]] do not appear.
* StayingAlive: [[spoiler:Nessiah's particular brand of {{Immortality}}. Although he would really rather not.]]
* TheStinger: Only in the [[UpdatedRerelease PSP version]]'s Battlefield 49. The game can end at Battlefield 48 with the Royal Army certain that [[spoiler:Nessiah was the villain]] and the world is saved, but if the Royal Army progresses, it's shown that [[spoiler:Asgard [[CassandraTruth is indeed up to no good]], and is [[YouAreNumberSix exploiting nameless test subjects]] to boot. Basically, LightIsNotGood.]]
** Then there are the extra books Sting released on the game after the UpdatedRerelease, which explain that [[spoiler:half the reason Nessiah was thrown out of Asgard in the first place was for being a pacifist, of all things.]]
* SummonMagic: Of the Western variety.
* TacticalRockPaperScissors: A rather complex one. There's the ''Franchise/FireEmblem''-standard sword-axe-lance triangle, and those weapons beat bows, which beat magic, which beat the sword-axe-lance triangle again.
** Then there're scythes, which are strong against the sword-axe-lance triangle, ''and have no weakness''. Guess what is [[ThatOneBoss Gulcasa's]] WeaponOfChoice?
*** And even worse, you have to get the PSP version to get a scythe-user on your side.
**** Not entirely. If you pick up the Stray Dragon item (which WAS in the GBA version), you can equip it to Durant, which changes him to Scythe user. Only lasts 3 maps, though. Too bad.
*** Gulcasa wearing you down? Rosary is essentially a huge cockblock - Gulcasa can't do much against her. Of course, she can't do much back.
* ThematicThemeTune: "Hahen" and "patria", which are technically the game's themes though they're only actually used for the radio show. Both are commonly considered to be Nessiah's [[ImageSong Image Songs]] due to their content, and "Hahen" was also used to advertise ''VideoGame/{{Baroque}}''.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Nietzsche.
** Also Pamela, in the PSP UpdatedRerelease.
* {{Tsundere}}: Kylier, especially when Yggdra's around. [[spoiler:Eventually [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]].]]
* TwinSwitch: Subverted with [[spoiler:Luciana and Aegina, as everyone but the Royal Army always knows which is which. And that they're even twins in the first place]].
* UnholyHolySword: [[spoiler:The TropeNamer.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Kylier initially appears to be this (perhaps because Milanor is the IdiotHero and doesn't seem to know the first thing about women). Ironically--and tragically--Milanor realizes that he has feelings for her [[spoiler:after she [[HeroicSacrifice dies to save him]]. She'd have been the VictoriousChildhoodFriend if she'd only lived...]]
** Technically Kylier IS the VictoriousChildhoodFriend in a way, because Milanor never shows interest in any female but her.
* UnstoppableRage: Yggdra displays this while chasing after and trying to kill the (already-injured!) Gulcasa in Battlefield 18. [[spoiler:Of course, the Imperial Army uses the fact that she's not thinking to trap her and subdue her by force, so it can be considered subverted...]]
* UnusualEars: [[spoiler:Gulcasa has ''jigokumimi'', revealed in Battlefield 44 when he loses his helmet. Not surprisingly, we learn shortly after that [[LastOfHisKind he's the last living descendant of the dragon Brongaa]].]] Made infinitely creepier because [[spoiler:Brongaa is possessing him at the time]].
* UnwittingPawn: The Royal Army. [[spoiler:And Nessiah was one too, back in the day. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds He]] [[UnstoppableRage did]] ''[[RageAgainstTheHeavens not]]'' [[JadeColoredGlasses take]] [[MagnificentBastard it]] [[SanitySlippage well]].]]
* UselessUsefulSpell: Medusa's Eye. You get no bonus's or experience and the units just get in your way.
* VillainProtagonist: The Royal Army is this ''IN SPADES!''
* WaifFu: As compared to stronger-''looking'' magicians with accurately low attack value, tiny, apparently frail Nessiah has a disproportionately high set of statistics and a overpowered weapon type and Skill, making him a rare male example. [[spoiler:Of course, his excuse is that he's a fallen ''Grim Angel''...]]
* WarIsHell
* WeaponOfChoice
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:The Transmigragem is never brought up again except in Nietzsche's battle dialogue unless you find it.]]
** Also, where'd [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion Eater]] go? Does her status as OptionalPartyMember have something to do with it?
*** All the new characters in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' leave the continent after that game, which is explicitly discussed in its epilogue. Eater in particular [[GloriaUnion goes worldhopping.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: The heroes call themselves out on this when [[spoiler:during the counter-invasion of Bronquia, the Royal Army massacres an untrained civilian militia, wiping out most of a town's population. And they don't bat an eyelid.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Nessiah. Even if he dies, he is painfully resurrected shortly after, depending on the power level of the Gran Centurio at the time--he actually introduces himself to the Royal Army by ''running himself through'' to remove himself from the war, only to show up eight battlefields later to tell them to get a move on. The Chains of Conviction do not ''allow'' him to die permanently, and we all know how much he wants them off.]]
** As quoted [[spoiler:in his special Skill, Reincarnation: ''Unable to live, unable to die... thy punishment is to repeat life eternally.'']] Ouch.
* WhyWontYouDie: The Royal Army's reaction to the way [[spoiler:Gulcasa]] simply ''refuses'' to fall even after taking two to three severe beatings in rapid succession. Milanor in particular frustratedly demands to know how he's even still standing after so much blood loss and so many [[RasputinianDeath mortal wounds]]. The answer? ''[[{{Determinator}} Sheer willpower,]]'' though [[spoiler:Gulcasa's [[HeroicRROD abusing his demon blood]]]] can't have hurt.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: [[spoiler:#367 and her camera-shy fellow test subjects. At least according to the High Servant.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Nessiah.]] ''SO MUCH.'' [[spoiler:His entire twisted story just goes to show what the MessianicArchetype is capable of [[BreakTheCutie if you break him hard enough]].]]
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: [[spoiler: Nessiah gets one in Battlefield 47. Yggdra, [[HeroicResolve who's in no mood to listen to him]], actually counters with a simpler one of her own.]]
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler:Nessiah]] is crazy good at it.
* [[{{Yandere}} Yangire]]: [[spoiler:#367]], so ''very very much.''
** The scary part? [[spoiler:The High Servant mentions that ''this is the sanest any test subject '''has ever been''' after having their synchronization rate forced above 100%.'']]
* YouAreNumberSix: #367, naturally.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Nessiah]] seems fond of this. [[spoiler:When he's introduced in Battlefield 18, right before he kills himself to end his own Catch-22, he thanks his division for their service up until then, tells them apologetically that he doesn't need their help anymore, says "goodbye", and proceeds to ''[[CriticalExistenceFailure wipe them from existence]].'']] He also says the exact quote in battle against several characters, [[spoiler:among their ranks the mages of Verlaine and Yggdra.]]
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