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'''''Radiata Stories''''' is a [[RolePlayingGame role-playing game]] developed by [[Creator/TriAce tri-Ace]] and published by SquareEnix for the PlayStation2. The game is notable for its large number of distinct [=NPCs=], each of whom have their own lives, lifestyles, jobs, personalities, homes, dialogues, and schedules. It makes for a much more realistic experience than the standard RPG towns populated with [[YouAllLookFamiliar eerily identical cookie cutter residents]] who [[WelcomeToCorneria say the same things ad inifinitum]], though the game is limited by the hardware into making the characters [[GroundhogDayLoop repeat the same list of activities every day, with a few exceptions.]]

Furthering the theme of realism, the main character, [[TheFool Jack Russell]], can interact with most objects in the game, [[ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer mostly by kicking them]]. Doing so to furniture and other inanimate objects, for example, will occasionally [[RewardingVandalism turn up items or money]], while [=NPCs=] will [[DuelToTheDeath fight Jack in a duel]]. This being [[TheDitz Jack's]] primary method of interacting with everything and everyone he encounters would normally seem out of place, but it fits quite well with his [[IdiotHero personality]].

While there are easily [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters over 150]] distinct recruitable characters in the game, there are only three that are central to the plot: [[PunnyName Jack Russell]], a [[BoisterousBruiser rude]], [[{{Pollyanna}} cheerful]] [[KidHero teenager]] who plans on [[KnightInShiningArmor being a knight]]; [[{{Tsundere}} Ridley Silverlake]], a [[TheSmartGuy smart]], [[TheOjou proper, well-off young lady]] who wants nothing to do with him [[DefrostingIceQueen (at least at first)]]; and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Ganz Rothschild]], a polite, genteel man, who is their superior in the [[BilingualBonus Rose Cachon]] brigade. This doesn't last long.

After one successful mission, what should be a simple FetchQuest goes awry and [[GameBreakingInjury Ridley suffers a debilitating injury to the point where she's bedridden]]. As a consequence for their failure to protect her, both Jack and Ganz are expelled from the knighthood because of her OverprotectiveDad. From there, they both try to join Theater Vancoor, the warrior guild, but Ganz fails the test and [[FishOutOfWater ends up in the Void Community]] (the thief guild) instead. The game then [[OpeningTheSandbox allows the player to start exploring]] [[WideOpenSandbox the environment]] a bit, and segues into the open-ended play promised on the box instead of a tedious [[ClicheStorm paint by numbers]] RPG.

As Jack and Ganz try to adjust to their new lives, a series of seemingly unrelated incidents begins to occur. Ridley begins experiencing strange headaches and speaking in a voice that is not her own. The dreaded disease Algandars, said to be the only thing capable of fully killing the immortal elves, makes a reappearance after being gone for centuries. Tensions between the humans and non-humans skyrocket as three particular individuals become prominent in the politics of Radiata: Zane, human-hating leader of the light elves; Lord Lucian, a mysterious courtesan of Radiata Castle who displays frightening [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] capabilities; and Cross Ward, Ridley's {{Jerkass}} [[ArrangedMarriage fiancÚ]].

Another aspect of the title is that it takes place in real time (albeit with the typical video game compression). While many games incorporate some method of this, ''Radiata Stories'' is one of the few where keeping track of the hour is crucial to gameplay, due to the fact that the majority of "free time" between missions provides only brief snatches where Jack is able to interact with other characters and the like before setting out once more. As a result, this is one of the few games where LevelGrinding is difficult, [[AntiGrinding if not impossible]], to accomplish.

There is a character page now. Character-based tropes should be directed there.

As a last tidbit of info, ''Radiata Stories'' is also notable for its high content of humor despite having a pretty serious story.

Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'', a similarly-named game that inherited a large portion of ''Radiata'''s production team.

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!!This game provides examples of the following:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The Path of the Spider, a series of interconnecting tunnels that forms the sewage system beneath Radiata.
* AdultFear: Rynka has a reason to worry when her son Cody wanders off and even more so when [[spoiler:she thinks that Ganz has kidnapped him.]] Jasne is also worrisome when his only daughter is about to leave on her first mission. The fact that [[spoiler: she comes home severely injured from one of them]] gives him even more reason to worry, especially when [[spoiler: she runs away.]]
* AerithAndBob: Quite an extensive example, in fact; the title contains rather plain names, like Jack, Jill, Nick, and Lily; to somewhat uncommon names, such as Iris, Adina, Leona, and Santos; to downright bizarre names such as Zida, Few, Chatt, and Zeranium. All of these seem to have no racial or gender boundaries, as both humans and non-humans, males and females alike, exhibit this vast range.
* AggressiveNegotiations: What the "bluff" at [[spoiler: Earth Valley]] turned into, thanks to Cross.
* AlasPoorVillain: No matter how much you disagree with Zane's reasons for wanting humanity eradicated, you have to admit that [[spoiler:hearing him break down into tears in front of his brother's grave]] is extremely heart-wrenching.
* TheAlcoholic: Jarvis, Jack's sergeant upon joining Theater Vancoor. He's introduced stumbling out of a bar with a flushed face and slurred speech.
* AllThereInTheManual: The surname of several characters is revealed only in the manga adaptation, the list goes:
** Gerald Nickson
** Thanos Benz
** Alicia Alen
** Jarvis Mondair
** Daniel Arthur
** Herz Ashabee
** Lily Mirias
** Nocturne Ryner
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The way the light elves view humans, and humans orcs; violent barbarians.
* AlwaysIndenticalTwin: Adina and Elena
* AmbiguouslyGay: Gil on the non-humans side is this. He's one of the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking light elves' strongest fighters, an assassin, and well known for his poetry]]. There's a side plot where [[spoiler:Franz, a dark elf who's obsessed with martial arts, challenges Gil. Gil beats him in about two seconds, but gives the boy some encouraging words nonetheless. They then run off into the sunset which confuses the onlooking Jack.]]
* AmbiguousRobots: At first, Sebastian seems like just a short human help in armor but go into Star's room at the right time and you might catch him charging up.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: The fate of the elves who become afflicted with Algandars' disease; this ends with them being encased in a cocoon for eternity.]]
* AndManGrewProud:
** Thanos seeks a rare suit of armor that allows the wearer to fight for 24 hours straight. [[spoiler: It's actually a business suit.]]
** [[spoiler: The dragons attempt to wipe out humanity every time it becomes a threat to the world, [[BackFromTheBrink and yet some of them somehow survive every time]].]]
* AncestralWeapon: The Arbitrator, a powerful sword that Jack's father, Cairn, possessed, was passed down to him by his sister, Adele.
* [[AntiVillain Anti Villain]]/[[HeroAntagonist Hero Antagonist]]:
** [[spoiler:Aphelion, the Silver Dragon]]. While he might be a MagnificentBastard, and some of his actions might make him seem to be a WellIntentionedExtremist at best, it's hard to label him as a villain of any caliber. Especially since his goals involve [[spoiler:saving the human race from a total reset, despite the fact that it meant murdering his own kin.]] Sure, he tries to kill [[spoiler:Ridley]], but given that [[spoiler:she]] had, by that point, crossed the line into being a literal WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds...
** Similar could be said of [[spoiler: Ridley and Zane]]. As unfair as it is, humans apparently ''are'' to blame for the Algandars disease that's killing the elves and driving humans mad because they're killing dragons, i.e. the dragons of the World's Cosmic Order. Cairn killed the Water Dragon and then the Earth Dragon was killed defending the dwarves from the human's invasion of Earth Valley. If they ''don't'' hit the ResetButton then a different race is on the chopping block.
** [[spoiler: Ultimately they are both to blame. While the humans were doing little things to push the world towards the Change Over, it was the Elves who push it over the edge with their Transpiritation Ritual; If you scour Castle Algandars with Mikey in the nonhuman path, you learn that the original onset of the plague was caused by an ancient Light Elf king who mated with a human woman, impregnating her with the first dark elf and then later by Lord Nougeria performing the transpiritation to save Ridley from a Blood Orc. Then again, that blood orc wouldn't have attacked the Forest Metropolis if Cross hadn't sent it.]]
* AristocratsAreEvil: Played with:
** Anastasia, Dwight and Lord Cross are all arrogant, greedy, and have questionable morals, though it's hard to call them outright "evil".
** Downplayed by Ridley, who is just a little stuck up at first.
** Averted by Ganz, who is genuinely friendly and goes out of his way to be polite. Lord Larks, the head of Radiata, is [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure a good and compassionate leader, if a little strict]]. Jasne is kind of a meddling dick when it comes to Ridley's life, but he does all he can to avoid war with the non-humans. [[spoiler:Lucian works behind the scenes to keep humanity alive.]]
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Adele's favorite way of teaching both Jack and his enemies a lesson.
* {{Aw Look They Really Do Love Each Other}}: Jack and Ridley's relationship started with [[DefeatMeansFriendship her beating him in a tournament]]. As teammates, they're antagonistic, but when Ridley is injuried, Jack becomes protective of her and the first thing she does after waking up is check on him.
* BadAss: More than 150 of them! Well, not ''really'', but the guild leaders, such as Elwen, Kain, Curtis, and Nyx, certainly qualify.
* BadassGrandpa: Curtis, the Vareth Magic Institute's head advisor, and Fernando, leader of the Olacion Order's Old Faction. Also, Zeranium, Godwin, and Ortoroz. If you're an elderly person in ''Radiata Stories'' who isn't a farmer, you ''will'' kick ass.
* BadassLongcoat: Each path gets an exclusive suit of armor that features one.
* BadassNormal: Averted. Most of the ordinary townspeople are completely useless in combat.
* BadassPreacher: Godwin, Achilles, Rocky, and Kain, to name a few. Fernando is the most badass of these. His attack can reach upward of 408.
* BaldOfAwesome: Dynas, head of the Radiata Knights. Jack was on the verge of becoming his FanBoy before he was kicked out of the knights, though he didn't like the bald look.
* BareFistedMonk: Several of the Olacion Order members are these.
* BerserkButton: While Jack is an overall easygoing person through most of the game, [[spoiler: Ridley being killed by Aphelion]] seems to trigger this in him.
* BigBad: Averted. The main plot is the result of a GambitPileup meeting a [[spoiler:CelestialDeadline]] and there isn't any particular individual or group of individuals who could be considered the main source of conflicts. The most likely suspects are:
** Cross, who is mostly to blame for the war igniting when he [[spoiler:slaughters the dwarves]]. He also [[spoiler:was the one who sent the blood orcs to attack the elves, triggering Jack and Ganz's expulsion as well as Ridley's receiving of a transpiritation.]] He doesn't quite fit in that in the human route, he becomes an ally of Jack's - in theory, anyway - and in the non-human route, he [[spoiler:is killed prior to the final confrontation.]]
** Zane, leader of the light elves and, later, the non-humans in general. A racist who wants to kill all humans for personal reasons rather than [[spoiler:humanity's disruption of the balance.]] ''He'' doesn't quite fit either, as he mostly stays offscreen in the human path and hides his rather bloodthirsty nature when dealing with Jack in the non-human route.
** Aphelion, [[spoiler:a.k.a. Lord Lucian, the most competent [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] in the game and the only one who really knows what's going on. He's also the FinalBoss of both paths.]] Once again, not a full example because in either route he's not the cause of the conflict. In the human route, the player learns just how [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]] his plan is, while in the non-human route, he's a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere.
* BigBadWannabe: Subverted with Radian as he complains pre-battle about not having a larger role in the game after being mocked for his appearance by Jack. He then proceeds to be incredibly difficult for Jack to beat.
* BigNo: Jack does this a few times, both for comedy and drama.
** The very first one is lampshaded by Leonard:
-->(Leonard explains how he and Jack are sharing the stinky, dirty Trainee's Room)
-->''Jack'' (camera spinning around him): [[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!]]
-->''Leonard'' (''{{Beat}}''): [[LampshadeHanging When you're done with the death wails, come on in.]]
-->''Jack'' (quietly): Fine...
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Her priest robes might give it away, but one will probably not realize Vitas is a girl if crossing her path at night.
* BilingualBonus:
** Any French speaker gets to marvel at the names of the various brigades.
** A probably unintentional one: the assassin Lily is also known as "Vice," or the White Princess. The German word meaning "white?" Weiss. Now if you were Japanese, and trying to translate that to German, how would you spell it?
** Furthermore, it can be said that Genius' last name is a misspelling of the Japanese translation. The official English translation of his last name is "Weissheit" (with two s's) meaning "whiteness" in German. However, if you take out just one of the s's to spell "Weisheit", it means "wisdom". Having made that distinction, it is very possible that his last name was meant to be spelled with only one s but the translators messed it up.
* {{Bishonen}}: Felix, Franklin, Lucian, and Gil, to name a few. ''Especially'' Felix.
* BlackKnight: Jack, when he equips the Demon Mail.
* BloodKnight: Gerald, Caesar, and Jack all love to fight.
* BodyguardCrush: Natalie's "relationship" with Lord Jasne is her fawning over him while carrying out his orders.
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler: The four Elemental Dragons, Radian, Cairn Russell, [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile Lenneth Valkyrie, Lezard]], [[SeriesMascot Gabriel Celesta, the Ethereal Queen]], and Quasar, the Gold Dragon.]]
* BonusDungeon: [[spoiler: The Dragon Lair Cave, and [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace the Distortion Corridor]].]]
* CampGay: Charlie. His description states that he likes cute people and strong warriors. There's a cutscene of him entering the ladies' restroom in Radiata Castle without objection from anyone, just after Jack is scolded by Margaret if he attempts to enter. He's also one of the player's potential alternative "love interests."
* CanonForeigner: [[spoiler: [[ValkyrieProfile Lenneth Valkyrie and Lezard.]]]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Lord Lucian, a.k.a. the Silver Dragon Aphelion]] who manipulates others both in the castle and in the guilds to stir the situation towards his goals.
* CorruptChurch: The New Faction of the Olacion Order has decided to dedicate themselves to making money instead of helping people. Oddly enough, several members are basically decent - if snobby - individuals personally loyal to their JerkAss boss, Anastasia Ryan.
* ComMons: There are several characters in each guild who Jack is forced to befriend as a stepping stone to the more badass leaders, who won't join unless everyone else does.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Fire Mountain has streams of lava and stones heated red with it. Yet neither Jack nor anyone else has a problem with the heat.
* CoordinatedClothes: Adina and Elena, also when the ColorContrast trope is additionally applied, Nogueira and Zane as Nogueira dons a red robe and Zane a blue one.
* CoversAlwaysLie: If you take a look at the cover, Jack is wearing the Divine Coat armor with the Arbitrator as his weapon. [[spoiler: In-game, you can't have both of them at the same time because the Divine Coat is only available in the human route, while the Arbitrator is only available in the non-human route.]]
* CuteBruiser: Miranda, who's just as capable of healing you as she is punching you into the next town.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Marietta. The first time you meet her, you only see her legs. The rest of her is buried underneath a pile of crates.
* DeadpanSnarker: Thanos, the receptionist at Theater Vancoor, has as many sharp words as the guild warriors have blades.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Ridley is dismissive and snobby to Jack in the first part of the game but thinks fondly of him after their second mission. This is possibly due to her injury causing an increased dependence on others or an effect of hearing how Jack took care of her while she was unconscious.
* TheDitz: Clive is a space case who doesn't understand the purpose of "watching" one's client.
%%* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: Parsec.
* DontTryThisAtHome: The description for the umbrella weapon suggests to not use it as a method of combat in reality. Best listen to that.
* DownerEnding: Given the game has multiple endings, there ''[[RuleOfDrama had]]'' to be one. Although, depending on how you look at it, ''both'' could be considered downer endings. If the player opts to side with the humans, [[spoiler:Ridley dies and Jack leaves Radiata, too shellshocked to stay after all he's been through.]] If the player decides to join the non-humans, [[spoiler:Ridley survives and Ganz, instead, is killed; she and Jack then return to a Radiata that seems to be [[GainaxEnding inexplicably deserted and filled with glowing globs of unknown origin.]] The game is [[SequelHook deliberately vague]] about the circumstances of the latter ending, although an actual sequel has not been announced. The most probable explanation is that [[spoiler:it represents Ridley, who is now the awakened Gold Dragon, remaking the world, while still keeping Jack by her side.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Felix, and possibly Lucian. The former especially has trouble with this trait in regards to other characters.
* DumbIsGood: Clive, a country hick, is the nicest guy in the game. Not only will he be Jack's friend without a FetchQuest but he'll come to the guild and volunteer.
* DyingDeclarationOfHate: [[spoiler: Dynas to Cross after Cross impales him for threatening to report him to Larks]] on the non-human path.
--> [[spoiler:'''Dynas''': Cross! You'll rot...in hell!]]
* EleventhHourRanger: The most powerful characters for both sides cannot be recruited until late in the game. The human side gives the player the leaders of each guild (particularly Elwen, who has an attack of 438), as well as Natalie, while the non-humans have the two orc leaders, Galvados (460) and JJ (430), as well as the black goblin chief, Gruel (410). Valkyrie takes the cake. Recruitable only in the post game for both paths, she starts at Level 77. Once she reach Level 99, Valkyrie's attack goes to 502. To drive the point home, her race is stated as "''God''".
* EpicFlail: Dynas and [[spoiler:Gawain]] both fight with flails.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Felix. [[OverlyLongGag Notice a pattern here?]]
* EvilBrit: Cross as well as [[spoiler:Lucian/Aphelion]]
** It's debatable whether or not [[spoiler: Lucian/Aphelion]] qualifies for this trope as they are not completely evil per se, but they are definitely an antagonist and the fact that [[spoiler:they are your final battle no matter which side you choose]] is as good of a reason as any.
* EvilPlan: As with BigBad, this trope is also averted as there is no one villain's plot that encompasses the whole game. It's more all the BB candidates {{plan}}s clashing until only one left is to finish their own.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Fire Mountain, as well as the attack descriptions for the Vareth Institute's various staffs.
* EyepatchOfPower: Gerald, the Vancoor NumberTwo, wears one. The younger members thinks he's cool.
* FakeDifficulty: Several stats have been tweaked to force the player to keep recruiting. For example:
** LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Inverted. There is ''no'' magic stat, so, except for healers, all spellcasters go obsolete as time goes on, as opposed to melee types who don't experience (as much) change in usefulness over time. Jack's stats are atrocious when compared to some of the other characters, with the exception of [[BornLucky luck]].
* FantasticRacism: Drives a good portion of the plot.
** Cross is willing to commit atrocities against communities of non-humans, and there are a number of hints that said non-humans were, and might still be, heavily discriminated against.
** Plenty of non-humans cross the line from understandable mistrust to unjustifiable racial hatred. Zane, the light elf's leader, wants nothing more than to wipe out every last human being in the world; not because they [[spoiler:caused a cosmic imbalance]], but because he unfairly blames them for the death of his brother, who died from the Algandars disease.
* FishOutOfWater: Ganz may be the knight who believes the most in chivalry but he ends up at the Void Community, as mentioned previously. Justified in that he fell in with ''honorable'' bandits.
* FunnyAfro: Pinky. 'Nuff said.
* GainaxEnding: In the ending for the non-human path, [[spoiler:Jack, whose voice echoes, walks into a strangely empty Radiata with Ridley, who is glowing like the Gold Dragon.]]
* GambitPileup: There's the humans who want to do business by exploiting the dwarves; the dwarves who want to make more money at the expense of the humans; the elves who generally want to wipe out humanity because they don't want to be [[AndIMustScream trapped in a cocoon for eternity]] and believe this is the solution; the orcs who just like fighting and eating; the dragons who are trying to preserve a cosmic balance, and that's without going into individuals. Cross is an arrogant gloryhound who screws everyone else for his goals. Zane is an anti-human racist who wants to commit genocide. Aphelion wants to [[spoiler: bump off the other dragons to save the humans.]] Ridley [[spoiler: opposes him by trying to wake up the Gold Dragon and start the Changeover]] and Jack who wants to protect Ridley even after finding this out. All of the characters (except for Cross and Zane) are more or less sympathetic.
* GameBreakingInjury: Ridley takes a bad blow from a Blood Orc and is out of action for a while.
* {{Gonk}}:
** Joaquel, a member of Void, is huge and hideous and disfigured.
** Anastasia looks like a pig in too much finery.
* GardenGarment: Both light and dark elves have this. The light elves with their "grass clothes" and the dark elves with their "leaf clothes".
* GenderBlenderName: Arnold even though this is merely an alias. Similarly could be said with Ridley. She certainly had Jack fooled.
--> "I have to fight Ridley Silverlake, right? He's dead meat..."
* GoodShepherd: The Old Faction of the Olacion Order is composed of pious and good-hearted clerics.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: The non-humans oppose humanity for reasons running the gamut from justified retaliation for past misdeeds to [[spoiler: because the humans caused a caused a cosmic imbalance that threatens all the races of the world]], but are led by a genocidal xenophobe. The humans fight for self-preservation, but many of them are haughty and xenophobic, ''especially'' Cross. Both sides have good reasons to wage war upon each other, and both sides have heroes, but they also each have villains and considerable amounts of blood on their hands.
* {{Guyliner}}:
** While it is uncertain whether Zane is wearing makeup or if that's just how he naturally looks, the fact that he is the only light elf who has green eyelids and green nails suggests the former.
** He could potentially also qualify for ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow.
* {{Golem}}: Melissa Mark II. and presumably Sebastian as well.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Averted. Every HopelessBossFight is against people older, or at least more experienced, than Jack. Gerald personally defies it:
-->'''Jack:''' ''Awww! I didn't even come CLOSE to winning!''.
-->'''Gerald:''' ''What did you expect, fool? I was a swordsman years before you were born.''
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Nogueira when he saves Ridley and Hap by performing the transpiritation ritual on them]] and [[spoiler: Gawain when he saves Ganz from being penetrated by Aphelion's sword.]]
* HopelessBossFight: The first battle against Ridley is unwinnable; her HP states: ??? There's also a few later where [[ButThouMust the game progresses whether the player wins or loses]], with slight variations in dialogue being the only consequence. All of these fights end when you are hit with the boss's [[LimitBreak Volty Blast]], even if you survive the attack.
* HotWitch: Morgan is a professor at Vareth and dresses in a fashion for another profession.
* HumansAreSpecial: [[spoiler:Lord Lucien[=/=]Aphelion believes so. Despite the fact that the cosmic balance of the world requires the destruction of humanity, every time the dragons strike them down they manage to rebuild. He's sick of a system blatantly in favor of every race but one, and is willing to kill his fellow dragons to get rid of it.]]
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The whole reason the light elves and many of the other races feel hatred and distrust toward humans is because they, from the non-humans' point of view, are considered selfish, evil beings who are ruining the balance of the world. To be fair, they're not entirely wrong [[spoiler:on that last bit; the balance and all that.]]
* ImaginedInnuendo: When [[spoiler: Jack takes over Fort Helencia]] he decides to bask in his glory by (jokingly) telling Natalie that he will spare her life if she does exactly as he says. Natalie misinterprets this until Jack clarifies that all he wanted her to do was "grovel a bit".
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Quite a few characters use various forms of cutlery as weapons, while others use either musical or personal instruments, or discarded trash. Elef, the foreman of Radiata's bridge builders, for instance, uses his iron tobacco pipe.
* InfinityMinusOneSword: The Arbitrator for the non-human path, being the second strongest one-handed sword in the game.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Holy Sword Gram, with an attack rating of 170, obtained after beating Valkyrie, despite supposedly being a legendary sword re-forged by the gods, she had two. This makes sense when you remember that in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'', she can make more than one Gram.
* InsufferableGenius: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Genius]] will make sure you know he's smarter than you.
* InVinoVeritas: Jarvis can become quite aggressive when he's had one too many.
* JokeCharacter: Loads of examples, particularly those who have no affiliation with the guilds and work mundane jobs, such as farmers, doctors, nurses, and the like.
* JokeWeapon: Many mundane objects such as an umbrella and different kinds of farming tools can be used as weapons.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The best one-handed and two-handed swords available for purchase are katanas. However, the best swords ''period'' are not.
* KilledOffScreen: [[spoiler:Hap and Nogueira]] and presumably [[spoiler: Zane]] on the non-human side. Although his presumed death occurs after the time-frame of the game, Ridley confirms to Jack under the Ressan Tree that [[spoiler: Zane has algandars]], which is pretty much a death sentence in itself.
* LadyAndKnight: Jack appoints himself Ridley's White Knight [[spoiler: in the in the non-human path]] and not only protects her but lifts her spirits with endearingly corny jokes. [[spoiler: In personality, they're the bright couple, but to the humans, they're the dark couple. Gerald praises him for having the balls to turn against his entire race for the sake of his girl.]] For her part, Ridley is a bright lady {{ojou}} who is trying to do what she think is right, and is grateful for Jack's support.
* LadyOfWar: Ridley, Elwen, Alicia, Natalie, Lily, Iris, and [[spoiler: Valkyrie]], to name a few. Elwen in particular. Being of stunning beauty, it's surprising to see a woman [[BadassInCharge in such a position]] without making her into a {{tsundere}} or something similar.
* LemonyNarrator: The character descriptions often include snarky comments about said characters' inherent flaws.
* LethalJokeCharacter: While there's likely a few more, Franz, the hammy dark elf who challenges Gil, arguably has the only attack that knocks the Ethereal Queen off her feet. He's also quite fast and does notable damage for such a minor character.
* LimitBreak: The "Volty Blast" special attack, which is limited to a small number of individuals. This includes Jack, who can learn one for each of the four weapon types.
* LimitedWardrobe: Averted. Not only is Jack able to change his clothing, but the vast majority of Radiata's population has both day and night attire.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Everyone who has immortality loves it, and Aphelion's plan involves preserving his own as a nice bonus to his main goal. However, Ganz and Ridley argue that mortality isn't bad either.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are ''a lot'' of recruitable characters, most of whom are, unfortunately, to some degree, useless. The player cannot recruit all of them in a single playthrough.
* LovableCoward: Star's excuse for why he won't go someplace or why he lost a duel are funny.
* MachoCamp: [[spoiler: Gabriel Celesta, of all people. In almost any other appearance, he's a pretty boy.]]
* MagikarpPower: While there are plenty of examples, [[ShrinkingViolet Leona]] is arguably the most prominent. She starts at level 3, which is incredibly low at the point in the game the player can recruit her. Through grinding, her attack stat can reach upward of 398. Since her weapon is a [[TomeOfEldritchLore magical book]] instead of a [[MagicWand staff]], she has the ability to fire multiple [[FrickinLaserBeams magical lasers]], which can [[GameBreaker decimate even the toughest enemies.]]
* TheMedic:
** Morfinn is a literal example, coupled with some HarmfulHealing due to his curiosity
** Several members from the Olacion Order also fit but they use WhiteMagic instead of medicine.
* MediumAwareness: [[spoiler: Radian's]] "Why wasn't I the main character of this game?!"
* MeaningfulName:
** Genius is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a genius.]]
** Kain is the High Priest of the Olacion Order.
** Nyx is, arguably, [[spoiler: a vampire.]]
** Morgan, of course, is a witch.
* MetalSlime: The dagol tortoises, tsuchinoko, and metal tortoises are extremely rare creatures which can drop obscenely useful items upon defeat. Also, the Killer Queen who you can only fight once in the entire game, but drops ''obscene amounts of exp'' and also dropping one of each type of berry in the game.
* MissingMom:
** All three members of the main trio have mothers that are, at most, only briefly mentioned but never actually shown. The one exception may be Ridley's mother who is at least visible in a painting in her bedroom.
** While it is concluded on the non-human side that [[spoiler: Jack's mother is dead ("Mom was as cheerful as ever until the day she died.")]] it is never explicitly stated what became of [[spoiler:Ganz's and Ridley's mothers.]]
* MovesetClone: [[LightningBruiser Jack]] and [[GlacierWaif Ridley]], if the former's wielding an axe as well.
* MultipleEndings: There are two possible endings for the game, depending on which side of the war the player has Jack align. One is a DownerEnding, and the other is a BittersweetEnding.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Jack's general idea for how to solve a problem is to kill the person causing it. He gets chewed out for this in the non-human path [[spoiler: by JJ, an ''orc'', of all people.]]
* OddFriendship: Ganz, a knight, eventually befriends Rynka and Flau, two members of Void.
* [[OurElvesAreDifferent Our Elves/]][[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins/]][[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs/]][[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwarves/]][[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons Are Different]]: Universally united in their [[spoiler:hatred of humans, to the point of declaring war for the sole purpose of exterminating them]]. Furthermore, dark elves are, technically, ''half''-elves, while the light elves are portrayed more closely to the standard faerie.
* OfficialCouple: Jack and Ridley. [[spoiler: are this in the non-human path. In the human path, they're StarCrossedLovers.]]
* TheOjou: Ridley starts out as the stuck-up and bossy type and [[spoiler: In the non-huamn path, she mellows into the sweetheart type.]]
* PeekABangs: Lily and her mentor, Iris, have these. It's fitting for a void member.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Natalie's pink armor.
* PlantPerson: The light elves and arguably the dark elves as well due to their plant-like hair.
* PlayerCharacter: Jack. No, seriously, this is worth noting: the player can ''recruit'' tons of individuals, but they ''remain'' just that: individuals. Jack is the game's only ''controllable'' character.
* PunnyName:
** Jack Russell is an energetic young man, relatively short in stature, who is nonetheless quite fierce and not to be underestimated. It's hard to believe this wasn't on purpose.
** Adele, Jack's sister, is named ''Airdale'' in the Japanese version, while Ridley's original last name is Timberlake.
* TheQuietOne: Coco.
* RapunzelHair: Zane and Nogueira have everyone beat as their hair is so long, they have to keep it wrapped around their entire body to keep it from dragging on the ground and potentially tripping them up. Lucian and Yuri also qualify.
* RewardingVandalism: There is no downside to kicking ''everything'' except [[CurbStompBattle Elwen when only at level 12...]]
* RobeAndWizardHat: Morgan and Curtis, both professors at Vareth, sport the classic look.
* RoseHairedSweetie: Alicia has pink hair and is characterized by her friendliness.
* SadisticChoice: The player cannot save both [[spoiler:Ridley and the rest of humanity]] in the same ending. Similarly, if one chooses the path wherein [[spoiler: she and the world ''are'' liberated, Ganz dies instead]].
* SaintlyChurch: The Oralcion Old Faction are interested in helping people. For example, Miranda fully heals Jack whenever he talks to her, for free.
* {{Samurai}}: Caesar has the armor, the weapon, the topknot, the battle mentality etc. Jack may count, too, if he equips the correct armor.
* ScrewDestiny: Jack ultimately rejects fate at the end of the human path [[spoiler: and prevents the Changeover.]]
* SecretIdentity: Cornelia is secretly [[spoiler: [[MagicIdolSinger Rachel]].]] It's hush hush though, so don't tell anyone.
* ShoutOut:
** There's Ganz, who dresses up like a fatter, older [[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory Claude]] at one point; Jack, who can dress up as [[VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime Fayt]]; and, of course, [[MagicalGirl Cornelia]], who looks similar to [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Sakura]] and [[VideoGame/XenoSaga Momo]]. Her schtick is also similar to another [[MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo Momo]], in fact, and in the Japanese version, her Rachel persona is a Music/NamiTamaki cameo. She even holds nightly concerts, singing the game's OST.
** Anastasia's [[LimitBreak Volty Blast]] has her [[MemeticMutation chargin' and firin' her lazer]].
** The Black Goblin Pietro is (quite surprisingly) a shout out to ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. To recruit him, you need to beat him three times, with him getting stronger each time, at one point he states he is going "[[SuperMode Super Goblin]]"(with Jack answering "Wow, you can transform?!"), and after you recruit him, talk to him again to having him saying "Me make you legendariest warrior! First, [[PowerDyesYourHair dye hair yellow]]! [[InvokedTrope All legendariest warriors has yellow hair]]!"
* ShownTheirWork: The toadstool powder's description explains it is made out of ''Amanita virosa'' spores. This is an actual, and fatal, fungus that is extremely poisonous when eaten.
* ShrinkingViolet: Leona, Gene, and Rolec are all shy people. The former hides behind her books, the second spends his time with flowers, and the last in a bathroom.
* SingleMindedTwins: Elena and Adina, though their viewpoints differ in concerns to who is most important in their lives.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Star would make you think he is the best warrior in the kingdom, but he's only a novice in Vancoor.
* SoloCharacterRun: The final boss is so powerful against [[ArtificialStupidity your party members]] that it's ''easier'' to fight the boss alone rather than blindly spending potions on them. Being an action RPG, it's possible to kill the final boss without getting a scratch when you know its pattern (albeit taking a long time).
* StoryBranching: The game splits into two very different stories depending on a choice made mid game.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The Knight Selection Trials. At the start, the judge says it is a "completely unbiased assement of your abilities". At the end, Jack passes after getting knocked out ''in the first round'' because his dad's a national hero.
* StrokeTheBeard: Zane is seen doing this a couple times in the game. He does it even more in the "Song of Ridley" manga.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Herz has a tendency to do this.
* TomboyishName: Ridley is the best example, though a few others skirt close to this.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Not necessarily big spoilers or anything, but one of the trailers spoils [[spoiler: Jack walking. This is ''the human side ending''. There's also a scene where he draws his sword in an epic fashion manner is the final battle of the human side.]]
* {{Tsundere}}:
** Ridley is tsun tsun to everyone from her arranged fiancÚ to her commanding officer and stays that way. As the story progresses, her dere dere sides emerges more and more around "her Jack".
** Lily is similarly aloof and dismissive of Jack, yet she's one of the "date options" for the fireworks.
** Morgan and Urusla as well.
* UnderratedAndOverleveled: [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters The huge cast of characters]] guarantees at least a few will be mundane people with little or no combat training. The inability to focus the plot on each character also means that the developers didn't have time to give in-universe justification for everyone's combat capabilities.
* UnwantedHarem: Felix has a lot of [[HoYay male fans]], much to his chagrin. This is likely due to his looks.
* UnwittingPawn: Jack is this for Lucian. He doesn't realize it until [[spoiler: Lucian kills Ridley.]]
* UpperClassTwit: Star is a nobleman who acts like an over-confident fob.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: Fortunately for Jack, the "kill everything" approach is born out as correct more often than not. Unfortunately for everyone else, the same approach is incorrect in two very big ways: [[spoiler: Carin killing the Water Dragon in the prologue and Cross slaughtering the dwarves just before the split.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: Herz uses it to impersonate others.
* WalkingTheEarth: [[spoiler: In the human path, Jack leaves Radiata because of his guilt in Ridley's death.]]
* WarIsHell: Definitely for both sides. There's death, there's tragedy, and the only person who says WarIsGlorious is an asshole.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Aphelion [[spoiler:does his best to prevent the war from happening and tries to stop it as quickly as possible, as all he wants is to prevent the world from being constantly reset because the system is blatantly in favor of every race except humanity. It's a real shame his plan requires the death of the dragons and Ridley.]] Most non-humans (not Zane) are this in the [[GrayandGreyMorality human route, where they're Jack's enemies]], as it's not difficult to sympathize with their reasons for going to war in the first place.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Many of the recruitable characters have passive abilities that are only useful in very specific situations, if ever.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gawain says this to Jack after the latter slays the Wind Dragon, during a NoHoldsBarredBeatDown.
* WhipItGood: Iris fights with whips.
* YouAreWorthHell: The opinion of the Ancient Elf King to his queen, and Jack to Ridley. Gerald ''hopes'' to find someone he loves this much someday.
* YouCantFightFate: Most non-humans with regard to humanity. Ridley and Gawain, too.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Natalie has green hair. No one else has green hair.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Ridley qualifies as a Rank S; Rank A boots, twin tails and tsundere attitude.
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