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->''[[BadassBoast Tell me, who's the baddest of the bad? The maddest of the mad? The killer of kings and destroyer of worlds?]]''
-->--'''Gig'''

A 2007 strategy RPG title for the Playstation 2 brought to you by the good people at NipponIchi Software. It's a DarkerAndEdgier take on their usual formula, and could best be described as "''VideoGame/OgreBattle'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on a power trip]]".

''Soul Nomad'' is set upon the island continent of Prodesto, in the world of Haephnes. Two centuries ago, Prodesto was united under the hero Lord Median The Conqueror, and prosperity reigned for a time. Though Median's reign would be cut short by a pandemic that claimed both himself and his son, his daughter Layna soon emerged as a worthy successor to Prodesto's throne.

Unfortunately, a mere fifty years later, Prodesto would become the landing spot of an [[OmnicidalManiac evil god of death]] known as Gig. With the aid of his "pets", titanic golems known as "World Eaters", he ground Prodesto into the dirt, slaughtering most of the population and scorching the landscape into a barren wasteland.

When all hope appeared lost, Layna appeared before Gig and defeated him in single combat. Without their master, the World Eaters fell dormant. However, the scars of their rampage remained etched into the land and Prodesto continued to decay, with the birth rate falling and crops growing more poorly with each passing year. All the while, the frozen World Eaters towered over the populace, a constant remainder of the terrible power that could reawaken at any time.

Two centuries later, a young warrior (named Revya by default) and their childhood friend Danette are preparing to become official guardians of their village, one of the last bastions of human civilisation left in Prodesto. On the day of their appointment, they are gifted two weapons by village elder Layna: Danette receives a pair of magic kukri, while Revya is given a black onyx sword.

Upon grasping the handle, the onyx sword is suddenly revealed to be the resting place of Gig himself, who immediately attempts to possess Revya's body and resume his reign of destruction. His possession is foiled by Layna, so Gig makes a deal: he will grant Revya a tiny sliver of his godlike power in exchange for being allowed to share Revya's body as a "soulmate". However, the second that Revya overuses this power, Gig will use the foothold in Revya's soul to seize complete control.

Strengthened with Gig's dark powers, Revya is sent out into Prodesto along with Danette to destroy the dormant World Eaters and SaveTheWorld. HilarityEnsues.

''Soul Nomad'' is also known for an infamous VillainProtagonist campaign called the "Demon Path". In this alternative storyline, Revya decides that it would be a better idea to use the awesome destructive powers of an evil god to [[ChaoticEvil do whatever the hell they want]], and with the gleeful encouragement of Gig, starts down a path to ultimate power as the tyrannical "[[BigBad Devourlord]]". [[FromBadToWorse Then it gets worse]]. [[MoralEventHorizon Much worse]].

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!!The game provides examples of:
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Gig believes this in his ending if Revya is female after the rest of the cast starts shipping them, but really it's subverted, most of the female characters can't stand him.
** Mostly, it's just Danette, seeing he insults her the most of the cast aside from Levin.
* AnAxeToGrind: Redflanks carry around a large axe that also functions as a boomerang.
* AristocratsAreEvil: [[spoiler:Hawthorne]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: [[spoiler: Gig's sums up Drazil as being like a graveyard because of how every aspect of a person's life is controlled, to the point that they have to be told what to think. Oh, and the world has no hotpods.]]
* TheAntichrist: The intention behind the creation of Gig. Foiled by Layna in the game's default route; GoneHorriblyRight in the Demon Path.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Every unit you can deploy has a Leader, and every manikin inside of a unit contributes a percentage of their stats to the leader of that unit as a constant bonus as long as that manikin is alive. Thus, if for example you stack a bunch of identical manikins with identical levels in a room, the one designated as leader will have significantly higher stats than its twins.
** In-story, we have The Masters of Life and Death, as well as the World Rulers, who are Overseers, and if Gig is any hint, they can drop the hurt on you.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven Everyone in the Demon Path]]. Some aversions are usually insane and/or dead.]]
* BadAss: Endorph, so much. Also, Gig.
* BadassBystander: You can attack random townspeople. Most of them go down easily, but occasionally you'll find one stronger than the ''final boss''.
* BadassFamily: Median, Layna [[spoiler: and Revya.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Endorph. [[spoiler:''PhantomBrave'' players will recognize him as Walnut the bounty hunter, and he's taken a serious [[TookALevelInBadass level in badass]] since then.]]
* BecomingTheMask: Implied, and later confirmed, if you're headed for the [[spoiler:Levin ending]].
** [[spoiler:Also to Levin/Raksha in the Demon Path, when he decides that GoodFeelsGood.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Drazil]]. [[spoiler:[[VillainProtagonist Revya]] in the Demon Path.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Soul Nomad LOVES this trope to a T. Endorph is a regular subscriber to this. Including the Demon Path, he has about 5 moments. Not just him, but Christophe, [[spoiler: the remaining residents from the Hidden Village]], Grunzford... There are a lot of BigDamnHeroes moments, to summarizes.
* BigGood: [[spoiler:[[TheChessmaster Virtuous]].]]
* BlackMarket: Yesterwind, headed by Lobo. A popular commodity of theirs is children.
* BonusBoss: It's a NipponIchi game. Of course it's going to have them. [[spoiler:Asagi, Median and Lujei.]]
** And in case you haven't noticed [[spoiler:old favorite Baal is ''missing'']].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[spoiler:The Asagi fight ending]]
-->'''Gig''': [[spoiler:Oh please! You're trying to play the ''victim''? We can't even move on with the story because you destroyed the world! [[NonstandardGameOver Now we gotta start all over again!]] Seriously, thanks a lot!]]
** This is especially hilarious as Gig and Revya initially act as though they have absolutely no idea what she's talking about. [[spoiler: As soon as Revya agrees to let Asagi take his / her lead role, however, that's when the Fourth Wall really begins to break.]]
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Trish in the Demon Path comes pre-broken due to her adoptive father being a serial rapist.]]
** Played for BlackComedy laughs in [[spoiler:the Demon Path, where this happens to Galahad as he witnesses Revya's atrocities unfold]], eventually going insane and imagining himself first as a salesman (of the 'buy now and I'll throw in a second absolutely free' type) and then later as a Prism Ranger.
* BrokenAesop: Most outstanding one given by [[spoiler:Cuthbert to Agrippa in the Demon Path. When questioned why he's working with Revya and Gig when he doesn't seem like that horrible a person, Cuthbert launches into a sad, serious explanation of his brother's illness and his determination to find the cure at any cost. Almost seems like a PetTheDog moment when he warns Agrippa not to make the same mistakes as him... then fails when he names the consequence of doing so as just going bald.]]
* ButtMonkey: Odie. The man is so pathetic, [[TheWoobie even the other characters pity him]].
** Ironically, though, [[spoiler:Odie TookALevelInBadass in the Demon Path, with even Dio, his relative and the most powerful sorcerer in the world, acknowledging his growth.]]
** [[spoiler:Galahad in the Demon Path.]]
* CardCarryingVillain
-->'''Gig:''' What? You did '''not''' just call me a 'hero'!
* CharacterDevelopment
* CherubicChoir: ''Cradle of the Ivory Moon'', the game's credit music.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Layna/Virtuous]] is one for the side of good, though [[spoiler:she]] still plays Revya and Gig like a fiddle to get them to [[spoiler: stop Drazil from destroying Haephnes by stealing souls from the world.]]
** Thuris is supposed to be one, but he's busy being OutGambitted. [[spoiler:Also, Raksha.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Danette
* ClusterFBomb: Gig in the English dub, especially when [[spoiler:Feinne attempts to eat him]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Gig''': "...That's it, I am ROYALLY FREAKING PISSED! [[FullMetalJacket I'm gonna rip off your head and shit down your neck you overgrown asshole!!]] [...] NOW KICK THE SHIT OUT OF THAT BITCH!!"]]
* CombinationAttack: You're able to use skills that will activate after your attack, involving, well, combos with other characters. This ranges from a targeted attack on the leader to something capable of clearing the entire board.
* CrossDresser: Penn.
** Vitali. [[spoiler:He found out Kanan's [[UnsettlingGenderReveal true gender]] this way. Then, in his ending, he opens up a restaurant and serves his customers...wearing a dress.]]
* CrossDressingVoices: A few generic female soldiers are voiced by men in the story.
* CutsceneIncompetence: [[spoiler:'Dio'/Odie]] is treated as totally pathetic. Even his brief, dramatic triumph is shattered when [[spoiler:the real Dio reveals that the spell Odie successfully broke after much effort had been severely weakened by the passage of time]]. In actual gameplay he's quite effective. Justified by the fact that he wasn't that incompetent in the story either, he just thought he was.
** His brother is still better than him statwise, but you never get a chance to have both of them on your party at the same time, so it hardly matters.
* CuttingOffTheBranches: Revya appears in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' as a female.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Soul Nomad as a [[CrapsackWorld whole]], compared to other NipponIchi games. In other news: the Demon Path.
** Even without the Demon Path, which you really have to go through to really experience [[spoiler: to put a bit more perspective, the bad endings in the Disgaea games, the Demon Path is like those the entire game apart from the good ending]], the main story is still way darker than anything NipponIchi made before. Pretty much every villain in the plot is a KnightOfCerebus, there's no NoFourthWallJokes outside of a gag ending with Asagi, the flashy special attacks are a lot less over the top, and there's constant points of mass murder.
* DarkMessiah: Kanan, priest of the Thurist Cult. They worship Thuris, the only World Eater that's really active at the start of the game.
* DarkReprise: Take [[spoiler:Levin]]'s theme, arrange it so it sounds more chaotic and add some OminousLatinChanting. The end result is Crash Landing[[spoiler:, Raksha's theme]].
* DeaderThanDead: If the Masters of Life don't want to put you back in the cycle, well, bye.
** Subverted for the World Eaters victim: they can release the souls they've eaten. And if they die, the souls are automatically released.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gig, baby!
** Revya becomes this during the course of the story, taking on some of Gig's traits.
* DealWithTheDevil: Gig attempts this with the player character. Pretty often, and rather loudly.
* DespairEventHorizon: Nearly everyone in the Demon Path, but especially [[spoiler:Shauna, whose in-game vocals change to hollow monosyllabic grunts after her sister dies. Thorndyke almost literally crosses this after he believes he's killed his son, to the point where he's so broken that he's unable to come back to sanity even when it turns out that he didn't.]]
* DimensionLord: [[spoiler:Haephnes and Drazil rule their respective worlds named after them.]]
* TheDitz: Danette and Levin. [[spoiler: Though Levin...[[DemonicPossession not]] [[MagnificentBastard so]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity much]].]]
* DemonicPossession: Gig's possession of the player character, which is botched. For a more successful example, see also: [[spoiler:Raksha, to Levin]].
* DontFearTheReaper: Vigilance.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Gig is by far the most foul-mouthed, ill-tempered, and just plain sociopathic character to ever come out of a NipponIchi game [[spoiler: (Except maybe Demon Path Revya)]]. He's also more badass than any five Disgaea characters put together; he's like what [[MakaiKingdom Overlord Zetta]] would be if he weren't [[ButtMonkey stuck as a book]].
* DuelBoss: The [[spoiler:second Feinne]] fight is an odd example, you CAN summon others to the fight, but [[spoiler:as your level is boosted by 2000, and your foe is 1000, you don't them, and unless your play a NewGamePlus, Fienne will shrug off any attacks they make anyways.]]
** [[spoiler: If you use the item after you summon your allies, their level is boosted as well.]]
** [[spoiler:The Gestahl battle in Drazil.]]
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: The absolute worst ending to the Demon Path has Revya kill just about everyone who would dare stand against him/her in Haephnes. Then s/he devours ''Gig''. Then s/he kills Drazil and Haephens, and cause the end of all existence. All because it was fun!]]
* DualWielding: Danette's twin sickles.
* DubNameChange: The game's title went from "Soul Cradle" to "Soul Nomad" and a couple of characters had their names changed, possibly due to trouble with [[NoPronunciationGuide pronunciation]] (Example:Juno was originally Jost, which was pronounced Youst).
* DysfunctionJunction: By midway through the Demon route, most of your group is outright insane in one fashion or another.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:The nature of Drazil is sufficient to make even Gig disgusted, as he declares quite loudly by claiming the whole place's nothing but a graveyard whose inhabitants just happen to be mobile.]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And most importantly, there were no hotpods]].
** [[spoiler:Every sane villain regarding the [[OmnicidalManiac player character]] actions in the Demon Path.]]
* EvilLaugh: The Thurists love to do this, being an insane Doomsday Cult. And Gig wouldn't be Gig without this trope.
** Interesting to note that Gig actually finds the Thurists laughing creepy.
** Also [[spoiler: Revya in the Bad Ending of the Demon Path.]]
* EvilIsEasy: Subverted, the demon path is much harder, you'll only be able to beat it if you play it a NewGamePlus.
* EvilIsNotAToy: The basic premise of the game subverts this, in that using Gig can (hopefully) save the world, assuming Revya doesn't do anything stupid. Also, [[spoiler:both subverted and played straight in the Demon Path - played straight with Gig and the player character, but subverted when Dio releases Raksha to try and stop you, and ''it works''. Or, at least, Raksha does end up on his side.]]
** Case of it playing true in the main story [[spoiler: the king of Raide tries to use a crimson tear to control Feinne. Gig states that this won't work, and of of course it turns out he's right. This instead causes Feinne, who before was just sitting and doing nothing, to level a large portion of the landscape and then kill the king.]]
* EvilSorcerer: Kanan, and to a certain degree, [[spoiler:the real Dio.]]
* ExplosiveBreeder: Implied to be Penn's fate when he turns 18. His "reward" for going along with the Nereids WifeHusbandry bid is to have kids with every adult Nereid, starting with Juno.
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Revya in the Demon Path. And by fallen hero, I mean BigBad.]]
** [[spoiler:Also Thorndyke in the Demon Path. [[SanitySlippage Painfully]].]]
** [[spoiler:Gig was originally a kind hearted GrimReaper until he was killed and Drazil turned him into the psychopath he is during the game.]] In essence, not exactly his fault.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Gig. [[spoiler:And almost everyone in the Demon Path.]]
* FluffyTheTerrible: [[spoiler:When Revya decides s/he should get a cooler name during the Demon Path, Gig tries to suggest 'the BFF' (yes, that's right, 'Best Friends Forever') but is sadly shot down. He gets his comeuppance when he names TheEmpire 'The BFF Empire' in Revya's absence.]]
* ForTheEvulz: ''Rivers of blood! Mountains of flesh! A glorious world of pain! Feeble humans crushed like insects they are!'' Yeah, Gig really, really enjoys destruction for its own sake.
** [[spoiler:Apparently, the Devourlord annihilates the worlds because of this. See his/her last line in Demon Path's Bad Ending.]]
** Thuris' motive, though he also wants Gig dead since Gig abused him and the other World Eaters when he worked for [[spoiler: Drazil.]]
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Lobo to Christophe]].
* FriendToAllChildren: Juno.
* FromBadToWorse: Again, the Demon Path.
* {{Gainaxing}}
* GambitPileup: The plot turns out [[spoiler:to be one ''massive'' plan by Layna and Virtuous to make Gig and Revya destroy Drazil (the world that neighbors Haephnes) in order to restore the correct flow of souls which was originally upset by Drazil manipulating Median into slaying Vigilance, the Master of Death of Haephnes.]]
** [[spoiler:And that isn't even counting Dio and Gestahl's plans to restore Gestahl to his true power as Median, by killing Drazil and his Masters of Life and Death; Raksha's plan to become a god and destroy Drazil and his Masters of Life and Death; and Thuris' plan to fuse with Feinne and Raksha and.... do something else afterward. He kinda fails before he gets the chance to explain his grand plan.]]
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Several characters in the Demon Path have their in-combat vocals change to match their mental state in the new scenario -- most noticeably the hero, whose new tone is decidedly villainous, but also Shauna and a few others at key points.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: This game contains [[strike:implied]] rape, murder, slavery, genocide, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking thirty three uses of the word shit]], and that's just the NORMAL PATH. It's also rated T.
* GodIsEvil[=/=]GodIsGood: [[spoiler: Yeah, this game actually plays both tropes straight, the former applying to Drazil and the latter applying to Haephness.]]
* GoldfishPoopGang: 'Dio' and his minions.
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: The duality between Gig and the main character in Soul Nomad And The World Eaters is somewhat like this, despite Gig being [[DemonicPossession an intruder in your mind]] and not a creation of it. In many cases it's not so much 'Gig made me do it' as it is 'Gig made the other guys do it to me so I had to defend myself'. It goes both ways in their case by the end of the game, the protagonist has gotten more brash and trigger-happy, much like Gig, and Gig has become a great deal less Omnicidal.
** [[spoiler:Subverted in the Demon Path, where everyone ''thinks'' this at first, but where Gig openly admits that he's just along for the ride.]]
* GoodFeelsGood: [[spoiler:Raksha in the Demon Path.]]
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Christophe is Good Smoking (pipe), Lobo is Evil Smoking (cigarette). The two were former associates.
* GreenRocks: Well, red rocks, but Crimson Tears seem to be capable of whatever the plot requires at the moment, from binding souls and breaking barriers to teleportation and opening portals to other dimensions.
* TheGrimReaper: Gig is a 'master of death' -- a being who should ''technically'' do the standard duties of the grim reaper.
* GuestStarPartyMember: [[spoiler:Endorph.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Dio, Raksha, and even ''[[BigBad Drazil]]'' in the Demon Path. You know something is up when major villains team-up with the good guys to defeat the "[[VillainProtagonist hero]]".]]
* TheImp: Gig during his more lucid moments. Not having a body probably has something to do with it.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Dio of the Evil Eye/Odie, who ''says'' he's a legendary wizard, but in reality is just the leader of a GoldfishPoopGang with an inferiority complex (him, not his buddies). [[spoiler: He later turns out to have been the only failure in magic to have ever been produced by a legendary clan of wizards, and was so ashamed of himself that he took his older brother's name. He gets over it and joins your party.]]
* InfinityMinusOneSword: Room variant: Hades' Despair. Downside: When your Stamina hits o, you die. Upside: It increases your stats by 1% each time you lose a Stamina point. Now when you realize you can up the percentage to 5% per point loss, you can have your stats raised by up to 497%!
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Room variant: Cat's Cradle. Its power depends on how [[NewGamePlus cycles]] the player has completed. Note that this ''includes'' a new cycle caused by a NonStandardGameOver.
** Which crosses it with DiscOneNuke, since a reliable way to farm [[NewGamePlus cycles]] is to constantly impale yourself against [[HopelessBossFight Feinne]], which is, what? The fourth battle? And accepting Gig's [[DealWithTheDevil deal]], time and time again until you are satisfied, or beat her and get the gag ending with Asagi. That or [[spoiler:blazing through the Demon path, which is much shorter than the normal path.]]
** It gets even better when you can max out the room from 10% to 35%. So for each cycle, you can have 35% boost in stats.
* IronicHell: [[spoiler:The Good Ending of the Demon Path]]. If you lose the final battle, [[spoiler:Revya is sealed into the same sword that Gig once inhabited, only with Danette for company]].
* HeroAntagonist: Thorndyke.
** In the Demon path, virtually everyone.
* HeroicMime: The player character, though s/he does speak during battles, not to mention [[spoiler:getting an epic EvilLaugh in the Bad Ending of the Demon Path.]]
** In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', Revya (female, if you must know) still doesn't talk, although Gig certainly does. Mao has to use magic just to give her attack noises.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Endorph ([[PhantomBrave again]]) and Gig, though Gig comes back to life (Endorph too, but you only find that out in his ending). In the Demon Path, Danette lets Revya kill her in battle so that she can turn into a Crimson Tear to be used against Revya and Gig after her death.]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Gig.
* HeyYou: Gig RARELY calls anyone by name. To list them: Revya: Kid/Soulmate. Danette: Stupid Cow. Levin: Man Cow. Odie: Sluggo. Grunzford: Gramps. Layna[[spoiler:/Virtuous]]: Old Hag.
* HiddenDisdainReveal: In the first time that you meet Thuris, he and Gig have a discussion. During it, Gig off-handendly mentions that, of his three vassal World Eaters, Thuris was always the one he disliked the most.
* HiddenElfVillage: The hidden village the protagonist comes from. Averted in the "hypocritical" aspect, as it was pretty much the only way to protect them from the World Eaters.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Drazil, Virtuous and Gig in the Demon Path's Bad Ending. Drazil in the normal story - his plans to use Gig backfire either way.]]
* HopelessBossFight: Feinne. [[spoiler:Although you can defeat her in subsequent cycles, leading to the BonusBoss Battle with Asagi.]]
** At least Soul Nomad has the decency to tell you this, with the win condition for the level being "everybody dies." Though given that Feinne is level 1000 at the fourth fight of the game, it's pretty obvious you're supposed to lose even without being told you're supposed to.
* HumanShield: Thuris attempts this. It's ruined by the kidnapee having a piece of AppliedPhlebotinum implanted in her. [[spoiler:He also tries it in the Demon Path. Fails even worse, because Revya couldn't care less what happens to Penn, and Penn thinks it's ''awesome''.]]
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Double subverted with the Nereids. Their attitude towards humans is closer to humans are untrustworthy rather than full on humans are bastards. They are also more fair than other believers in this trope, preferring to look at it through a case by case basis. The ones that are judged to be decent people however....
* InterspeciesRomance: The Nereids ''have'' to do this, as they're an all-female race.
** Also possible between humans and sepps.
* {{Jerkass}}: Gig. Mainly because he's not allowed to express himself fully and kill you all, so he resorts to being an incredible jerk instead. [[spoiler: Gig's CharacterDevelopment first becomes noticeable by the fact that he actually refrains from his usual obnoxious comments during truly tragic episodes later in the game.]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Averted, and played straight. [[spoiler:After Levin/Raksha is through explaining he's duped you all, Endorph tries to kill him, revealing that the Levin talking to you was an illusion. He then lampshades this. Strangely enough, he then later showboats away his rematch with Endorph by pissing him off by insulting Euphoria and dropping his guard. He ''did'' have his true form to fall back on, but it's weird he fell prey to the trope he had insulted just a day ago.]]
* KickTheDog: ...Even ''without'' taking into account [[spoiler:the Demon Path]], this game has enough for three series.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Cuthbert [[spoiler:stabs Lobo to death]].
* KidWithTheLeash: The player character.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: EVERYONE in the Demon Path bad ending.]]
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:'''Drazil'''. He feels that common humans, and similar species, have no right to think for themselves and tricks Median into killing Vigilance so he can cause steal souls from Haephness and force to reincarnate in his world where he controls every aspect of their lives. And by extension, Gamma and Joules.]]
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: [[spoiler:Revya/Gig, targeted at Drazil.]]
* LethalChef: Euphoria. [[spoiler: ''Literally'']].
* LetsPlay: [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/soulnomad/ Ironically done]] by someone actually named Feinne. For added fun, it has narrations done in the style of Revya writing a journal, with Gig forcing in his own input.
* LevelGrinding: It's a NipponIchi game. Your level can literally go over nine thousands. You can beat the normal storyline without grinding, however.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Median is revealed to be the player's father. Immediately after ''they kill him''.]]
* TheMagnificent: Admit it. The [[spoiler:Devourlord]] is an awesome, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast and intimidating]], title.
** Master Of Death turns out to be a subversion, the Master of Death is the title of the one who guides souls to the afterlife.
* MamaBear: Juno, to Penn.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: Averted, if a female Revya elects to take a bath after being possessed by Gig, despite the text suggesting she has concerns about just this kind of thing, Gig mentions he doesn't care.
** Maybe not. After all, you get twice the boost to Gig's [[RelationshipValues Relationship Value]] as a female than if you choose that option with a male Revya.
* MayDecemberRomance: Male!Revya with Juno (28 years old) in her ending. Juno with Penn in the others (35 to 18).
** MayFlyDecemberRomance: Female Revya and Gig in Gig's ending, as Gig is over 200 years old.
* MechanicallyUnusualClass: The Schemestress class. Instead of dealing damage, healing, or casting [[StatusBuff buffs and debuffs]], the Schemestress has abilities unique to her like dealing PercentDamageAttack, disabling the enemy from counterattacking, or switching the front and back row of the enemy squad. To a lesser extent, she is also the only class whose melee attack is based on INT rather than ATK. Unfortunately, these abilities fall into UselessUsefulSpell category most of the time.
* MediumAwareness: Averted for the most part; like in ''PhantomBrave'', the fourth wall breaks and GenreSavvy is kept to a minimum. [[spoiler:Asagi is the main exception.]]
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Asagi. After winning the first battle against [[HopelessBossFight Feinne]], Asagi [[HostileShowTakeOver attempts to take the lead role from Revya and Gig]] and in an attempt to show Gig up, she blows up the planet. Winning the battle rewards you with Asagi as a playable character and Gig pissed off that they'll have to [[NewGamePlus start the game all over again.]]]]
* TheMole: Initially, the game tries to make [[spoiler:Vitali and Christophe]] look like moles, but in the end, they really are on Revya's side. The real mole is [[spoiler:[[ObfuscatingStupidity Levin]].]]
* MultipleEndings: NipponIchi in general is a huge fan of these. Most of them are humorous WhereAreTheyNow epilogues, so likely they're all partially canon, minus Revya's presence in each of them.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: By abusing the TimeyWimeyBall, you can unlock the past-era Median as a usable character, then arrange to (briefly) have him in your party at the same time as the modern Median, at least during the Demon Path. Nobody comments on this... though, granted, the fact that you have the past version Median ''at all'' is a matter of GameplayAndStorySegregation.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Gig in Demon Path's Good Ending.]]
* NamesTheSame: No, the game has nothing to do with the Chaos Space Marine legion of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}.
* [[TrickAndFollowPloy Nice Job Guiding Us Hero]]
* NobleDemon: [[spoiler:Gig, after considerable CharacterDevelopment. He's still a jerk, though.]]
* NonstandardGameOver: Some of the dialogue choices lead to this (but the game warns you ahead of time). Generally, they involve taking Gig up on his offer of (huge) additional power- in exchange of your body.
* ThePlan: [[spoiler: Lots of people actually, but Levin/Raksha's is the most jaw-droppingly magnificent.]]
** Though Layna's gambit [[spoiler:backfires epically in the Demon Path, since she didn't anticipate that you would be ''worse'' than Gig.]]
* GoldfishPoopGang: 'Dio' and his lackeys, the latter are [[LampshadeHanging perfectly aware of their status]], and spend much of their time trying to make the former [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain see past his inferiority complex]] and realize this. [[spoiler:He eventually takes their advice and joins you, becoming a much happier person as a result.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: ''[[spoiler:'''Levin''']]''.
* ObligatorySwearing: This game even gives 'MakaiKingdom' a run for its money. Most of it comes from Gig, who swears freely and with no restraint. There is one scene that almost had him drop the F-Bomb and Goddamnit in the same line!
* OmnicidalManiac: Gig and [[spoiler:The Devourlord]]. Despite their names, the World Eaters are not, though Thuris is still pretty damn evil.
* OlderAndWiser[=/=]TookALevelInBadass: Endorph, [[spoiler:whom you might remember from PhantomBrave as Walnut, the JerkAss with a bit of a SocialDarwinist streak who made life much harder for poor little Marona]]. Now he's JustLikeRobinHood, a [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]], and inspires the weak-willed to become stronger, which earns him the hatred of DarkActionGirl Shauna.
* OneWomanWail: ''Crying for the Dark Sky'', Thuris' theme song. Bonus points in that the one woman wailing sounds just a little like Kanan's VA.
** Also present in the theme songs for Fienne and [[spoiler:Drazil]].
* OnlySaneMan: Revya. "I am going to sleep 'cause everyone is stupid."
** Also, Vitali (although he does have some, ah, [[{{Crossdresser}} quirks]]). Gig...''thinks'' he is.
** [[spoiler:Lobo is the sane one in the demon path, for having the common sense to betray you in the end. Thorndyke and Shauna, too. [[SanitySlippage Initially]].]]
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: They look like midgets that carry shotguns and sound like kids. Lobo lamshades this [[spoiler:as he's holding Agrippa's grandma hostage with a knife to her throat.]]
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Nereids. Distrust humans but are generally benign, yet very flirty (they require InterspeciesRomance to reproduce).
** Alexemia, for some reason, has the typical fish tail as opposed to legs like the rest of the Nereids.
* OutDamnedSpot: Cuthbert.
* PetTheDog: Subverted in [[spoiler:the Demon Path]] where [[spoiler:Revya saves the life of a angel just so that s/he could ''kill her friend right in front of her'']]. This behavior is also mocked when [[spoiler:Lobo is revealed to be a traitor in the Demon Path]], specifically [[spoiler: if you choose to say that you trust Lobo, his FreudianExcuse kicks into play and he leaves you, claiming that people who trust each other are fools. Gig mocks him for it.]]
** [[spoiler: Dio also has one in the Demon Path where he's risking his life to save his queen and eventually has a full blown HeelFaceTurn.]]
** [[spoiler: Gig has this at the end of the Normal Path where he admits his regret over everything Drazil made him do, taking responsibility since he still enjoyed what he did even though his personality was changed.]]
* PaintingTheMedium: In TheStinger [[spoiler:when Gig is reincarnated]], he goes through the same character creation process as the player (even selecting his name the same way) does at the start of the game, snarking at the proceedings all the way.
* PettingZooPeople: Sepps are part cow.
* [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard The Playstation Is A Cheating Bastard]]: During Inspections, enemy leaders sometimes ignore Decor disadvantages. For instance, "Antimatter" gives you a 90% boost to defense (making you nearly untouchable) at the cost of turning everyone in the room into a OneHitpointWonder - take any damage at all and you're dead. Leaders still take normal damage.
** Another example of cheating is that the computer will keep letting other units take their turns before you despite your turn being listed as the next. It seems to happen when the computer attacks you and you kill the squad that attacks you, it keeps going until they stop sending squads at you or you end up killing everything
* PlotTumor: A good portion of the game is unrelated to the titular world eaters, Gig notes this and provides the quote for the trope's page. [[spoiler:Subverted. Every single one of those quests was the grand plan of Levin, who is actually one of the World Eaters.]]
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: In both paths. Either, they're with you to destroy the World Eaters [[spoiler: or along for the ride/enslaved by you.]]
* RelationshipValues: Built by interacting with characters during downtime and performing combo attacks. They determine your ending.
* ReligionOfEvil: Kanan is the high priest of a cult that worships Thuris, a World Eater.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Levin also answers to 'Raksha', and he wants to be a God.]]
* [[spoiler:RocketPunch]]: not that you would expect that kind of stuff when you first start the game. The attack description : [[spoiler:The hammerfall of an angel destroys the enemy]].
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:Subverted. [[StartOfDarkness It takes you to really bad places]].]]
* SeashellBra: Alexemia, the Neraid queen, takes this a step further with seashell ''nipple-covers''
* SharingABody: Revya and Gig.
* ShipperOnDeck: Grunzford and Lady Layna [[spoiler:AKA Virtuous]] ship Gig and Female Revya in his ending.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Both versions of the Median ending. To put it into perspective, in the Victory version of the Median ending Revya and Gig die of Scarlet Iago and are turned into weapons by Drazil.]]
* ShouldersOfDoom: All the gods in the game, including Gig, wear these, though they actually hover above their shoulders. Your main character gains Gig's ShouldersOfDoom whenever he / she uses Demon Blast. Gig's ShouldersOfDoom can also turn into wings.
* ShoutOut: Gig, upon being pressed on info on Feinne, claims it can '[[Comicbook/{{Superman}} fly at 5 million miles an hour and shoot freaking lasers from its eyes, but can't see through lead and is totally weak to a certain element from its homeworld]]'.
** He also mentions that one World Eater can move at hyperspeed and create tornados by running in circles. Gee, [[TheFlash who could that be?]]
*** And to round out the [[Creator/DCComics DC]] trifecta, he mentions how one of them [[MartianManhunter has green skin, wears a cape, and can turn invisible.]]
** Dialogue before taking down Raksha is a slightly less obvious ShoutOut to ''SoulEater'', including questioning Gig whether souls are tasty [[spoiler: and combining the might of his and Revya's souls to unleash an EleventhHourSuperpower]].
** There's another ShoutOut to Comicbook/{{Superman}} later in the form of the classic PhraseCatcher.
--->'''Odie''': What's that up in the sky!?
--->'''Rockum''': Gyarahga! (Dat's a bird!)
--->'''Sockum''': Kryuruku! (It looks so plain! Teehee.)
--->'''Odie''': No! It's the legendary dragon, [[CaptainErsatz Sluperam]]!
** Also, to Disgaea's favorite superheroes [[spoiler:in the Demon Path]]. [[spoiler:Galahad]] tells [[spoiler:Trish]] that he'll find her missing feathers. What does he call himself? [[SuperSentai Prism Beige]]. [[spoiler:by this point, Thorndyke, Trish and Galahad are completely off their rockers. Gig must be awesome at BreakTheCutie]]
** [[spoiler: The Real Dio]] has the [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Triforce]] in his chest.
** At one point, one NPC in the game mentions that his neighbor has been meeting with someone in the night lately, and then, while trying to remember that someone's name, he thinks if it is either [[{{Literature/EndersGame}} Ender]] or [[{{Literature/TheLordOfTheRings}} Gandalf]].
* SinisterScythe: [[TheGrimReaper Gig's]] [[spoiler: when he gets to fight briefly in the normal ending]]]. And when the main character performs their special attack, Demon Blast, the Onyx Blade turns into a red scythe at the end of the attack and appears to ''slice the foe in half''.
* SmugSnake: Thuris and [[spoiler:Drazil, Gamma and Joules]].
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler:The Median ending]] causes a very unusual one of these.
* StealthHiBye: Vitali is a master of this technique.
* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: [[spoiler:If you ''win'' the final battle of the Demon Path, Revya kills both Haephnes and Drazil and erases both their worlds from existence, killing everything on them and him/herself with it.]] And his/her last words after doing so:
-->'''[[spoiler:Revya:]]''' It doesn't matter. It was ''[[ForTheEvulz fun]]''.
* SupernaturalAid
* TacticalRockPaperScissors: Ranged > Magic > Melee > Ranged, with some variation for flying/monster units. Can be devastating, as your high-level archers do 0 damage against level 5 knights. Oddly, it's only the "leader" of the squad that determines this bonus - a mage-led squad of knights is treated as a magic unit for RPS purposes.
* TeamMom: [[spoiler:Shauna in the Demon Path. Until later when Trish dies, at which point she, too, utterly gives up on the world.]]
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Gig has three {{leitmotif}}s, 'Bad Boys', 'Desperado' and 'Rock 'N Rocks' -- when the two latter start playing, heads will usually roll.
** When Endorph gets seriously pissed off, a certain song that ''PhantomBrave'' players will recognize starts playing. [[spoiler:That is, 'R&R Junkiee', aka Walnut's Theme.]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: [[spoiler:In the Median Victory ending, should Gig and Revya go back in time fight the guy who started this whole mess and win, they get turned into two of the World Eaters. This means that even in non-Median time travel plots, you're fighting alternate future versions of yourselves.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Gig and hotpods.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler: Vitali learns, to his surprise and/or horror, that Kanan might just be a man. Well, [[{{Crossdresser}} he]] would know these things.]]
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Using edicts such as 'Kick', 'Fight' 'Steal', 'Kidnap' and 'Combine' on InnocentBystanders boosts your stats, gives money, or allows you to recruit characters you can't buy at this point. Just don't try it on people who can't fight back, or you'll have [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment Heroman]] to contend with.
** Or posters for that matter.
* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: The aforementioned Heroman. You'll probably beat him the first couple of times, but he gets stronger every time you have to deal with him. Also trying to steal from InnocentBystanders and failing will put you in debt very quickly.
* VillainousCrossdresser: [[spoiler:Kanan and Penn during the Demon Path]]
* VillainProtagonist: Gig. [[spoiler:And Revya, AKA the BFF, during the Demon Path.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Demon Path is your way to say this to the [[BigGood old hag.]]
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: All of your troops are only present via Gig's materialize ability, channeled through Ravya. If Revya dies, your entire army vanishes into thin air and you lose.
** All members of a squad will retreat if their squad leader is defeated, making this trope applicable to anyone the player puts as a leader of a squad.
* WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler:Hawthorne's '[[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet Judge Turpin-like]] habit of raising girls to the age of 17 to rape and murder afterwards.]]
** Also the Nereids' plan with Penn. Given their generally benign (although they distrust humans) nature, they do care about him as a person (much like he actually prefers to live with them over other humans). One of them (Juno) treats him as her son.
* AWizardDidIt: See Lujei's Soul Nomad Character page for full details.
* WorldOfBadass
* {{Yandere}}: As mentioned on the ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' page: Lujei, Lujei, Lujei.
* [[spoiler: YouBastard: Demon Path takes this [[UpToEleven to the extreme]]]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: This leads to Kanan's KarmicDeath.
** [[spoiler:Later, Drazil, Gamma and Joules do the same to Thuris instead of reforming him. They also try it on Feinne, but Revya {{Mercy Kill}}s her first.]]
** [[spoiler:Finally, your entire party and Gig in the Bad Ending of the Demon Path.]]
* YouWillBeSpared: Gig mentions that he will keep hotpods if he ever gets to destroy the world.
* XanatosGambit: The possession during the opening sequence was orchestrated by Layna, who predicted the outcome. If Gig doesn't try possession, he stays locked up. If he does and fails, his power is used to wipe out the world eaters. If he tries and succedds, Layna can stuff him back in his can.
** [[spoiler:Of course, it goes horribly wrong in the Demon Path, since she didn't foresee that you could actively betray her.]]
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