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[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right: Rathty, Rhiannon, Arawn, Arthur, Llyr, Octavia and Morgan.]]
->''"Cutting off your own head won't solve anything."''

In a fantasy world mixing [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]], [[CelticMythology Celtic Mythology]], and [[JuliusCaesar Roman history]], the "[[TheEmpire Holy Empire]]" has taken it upon itself to crush all resistance. Against them is the Demon Lord Arawn (in human form) who [[AccidentalHero inadvertently becomes the leader of a tribe fighting for survival]]. As such, this is a tale of war, sacrifice and beautiful women.

Based off the PC VisualNovel by Leaf. Later re-released for the [=PlayStation=] 3 and the PSP with art and technical upgrades. The Anime aired in 2009 and is now available in North America by Sentai.

The sequel ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara II Haou no Matsuei]]'' was released on Oct 31st, 2013.

This game was from the creators of ''ToHeart'', ''ToHeart2'', and ''{{Utawarerumono}}''. This has the most similarities to the latter.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AccidentalMarriage: Arawn to his harem girls (though reduced to three in the anime). At least [[{{Utawarerumono}} Hakuoro]] was just a ChickMagnet.
* AchillesInHisTent: Or running through the woods [[IdiotHero like a dumbass]].
* ActionGirl: Most of the named women characters are one, except the ones who were first seen residing in Avalon. Rhiannon gradually turns into one near the end of the anime series.
* ACupAngst: Epona is especially conscious about her size [[spoiler:to the point of being so embarrassed as to having to resort to a LovePotion just to bed Arawn. Yes, she even rambles about it during her H-scene. See RedStringOfFate below]].
* AFatherToHisMen: Gaius.
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Given by Octavia to Lidia [[spoiler:after she kills her]].
* BackToBackBadasses: Arawn and Arthur in the opening ''while eating an apple''. Also Episode 2.
** Another example is Octavia and Morgan, on a fairly regular basis.
* AuthorAppeal: Ermin has more than ''twice'' the amount of H-scenes compared to any other girl in the visual novel, including Rhiannon. She's also the most childlike, which can be a little... [[{{Lolicon}} awkward.]]
* BadassArmy: The Rubrum, also doubling as {{Elite Mook}}s.
* BareYourMidriff: Morgan. Rathty and Arthur as well.
* BashBrothers: Arthur and Arawn; [[spoiler:previously, Pwyll and Arawn]].
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted by Gaius and Lidia, the former of whom is rugged yet a WorthyOpponent in the end; the latter is beautiful but... [[BloodKnight not so good]]. And then there's [[spoiler: Lector, who ''is'' an angel and appropriately beautiful, [[BigBad but...]]]]
* BerserkButton: The otherwise [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] Arawn hates it when people are willing to die or enslave themselves for immaterial concepts like chivalry and honor. This is likely due to how [[spoiler:his creator/father Angel sacrificed himself to give humans a chance for freedom that, thanks to the Angels, the previous races of the world never had]].
** Arthur's gets pressed in episode 15 when he first sees Arawn as a white spirit, remembering it was one who killed his father in front of him when he was younger.
* {{BFS}}: Gaius carries one.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Angel Lector]].
* BigBrotherInstinct: Arthur doesn't trust Arawn at first. Hard to blame him, since his first sight of Arawn is as a huge demon, right before he morphs into a human-sized figure, and thought that his sister Rhiannon was in trouble. And although Arawn actually saved her, he wasn't entirely sure of it at the time.
* BigBrotherMentor: A rare case where the mentor is ''[[TheHero Arawn]]'' himself. Crosses over with StealthMentor since Arthur seems unaware of Arawn's plans to raise him as a worthy king.
* BigEater: Arthur, Morgan and Octavia. In one scene in the game, Arthur and Morgan both make themselves sick trying to out-eat Octavia, who just wants to eat in peace.
* BigGood: Arawn, who, in a twist, is also TheHero.
* BleachedUnderpants
* {{Bokukko}}: [[spoiler:[[SamusIsAGirl Rathty]]]].
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Arthur in episode 15]].
* CallBack: Arawn is known as the "Great Demon King", presumably because he's [[spoiler:a FallenAngel]]. Then a {{flashback}} reveals that [[spoiler:while Arawn was "dying" the first time, Pwyll utters the words: "...My friend. My Great King."]].
* CanonForeigner: Lidia, an Imperial general introduced only in the PS3 remake. Becomes a full CanonImmigrant come the anime.
* CavalierConsumption: The characters pass around an apple while swordfighting in the TitleSequence.
* TheCavalry: Arthur brings some reinforcements with him in episode 18.
* CherubicChoir: The [[BrownNote Song of Creation]] [[spoiler:which Myrrdin uses to change the Ice Age into spring. Taliesin later uses it to stop a blizzard]].
* [[spoiler:ColonyDrop: The Dragons' {{Gotterdammerung}} happened when the Angels dropped the Earth's second ''moon'' on their city.]]
* CompleteImmortality: Angels don't appear to be capable of dying either due to age or violence. [[spoiler:Myrrdin is the sole exception, which was through sacrificing his very being. Arawn was 'killed' in combat, but it just meant he had to spend a thousand years sleeping. Even as a fallen angel he claims he can't really 'die.']]
* [[spoiler:CrossDressingVoices]]: Rathty is voiced by Creator/GregAyres in the Sentai English dub.[[spoiler:Except Rathty's [[{{Bifauxnen}} a girl all along]].]]
* ConspicuousCG: The revived skeletons in Episode 2.
* CoolOldGuy: Ogam, hands down. [[spoiler:He gets even cooler when he's revealed to be an ancient dragon]].
* CouncilOfAngels: The Twelve Angels [[spoiler:who are of the KnightTemplar variety -- all except Arawn, who's [[TheUnfavorite hated by his kin]] for advocating freedom for all the "lower" races]].
* CuteBruiser: Rathty -- Little elf, [[DropTheHammer BIG hammer]].
* DarkIsEvil: You might think that with LightIsNotGood in play DarkIsNotEvil would accompany it. It doesn't: Unholy powers really are bad and while Arawn looks dark and forboding, he never displays any dark powers. [[spoiler:As a matter of fact, the one sending out unkillable undead are the angels themselves.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Some extent to Octavia.
** [[spoiler:And Gaius's lieutenant, Decimus]]; though in the anime he's clearly ready to kill them (or [[CurbstompBattle die trying, anyway]]) after [[spoiler:Gaius is mortally wounded, Decimus obeys his commander's final order: defect to Arawn's side and help him create a better world]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: Arawn.
** Contrast with LightIsNotGood -- [[spoiler:the Holy Empire, though it's obviously corrupt from the start and thus not ever really light; they've got nothing on the Angels themselves, of course]].
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:The emperor is long dead. Lector just talks to him for shits and giggles and interprets the skeleton's silence however he pleases.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Arawn will sometimes lapse into these during less serious moments.
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The holy element Electrum burns Arawn on contact ([[spoiler:getting shot full of it was what killed him the first time]]). In-game, any equipment made of Electrum doesn't enhance the stats of any elves, dragons, or demons it is given to. In human hands, however, they're the most powerful things available at the store.
* {{Depower}}: What happens to Arawn after High Priest Drwc resurrects him too early. As a result, the legendary Demon King is only ''slightly'' stronger than a normal human and actually hurts himself a little when he ''punches a skeleton so hard it shatters''.
** In the game he instead rips Drwc apart with a sweep of his hand as if his fingers were solid claws. Again, he has some minor complains about it afterwards.
* TheFairFolk: Subverted. When the boat first lands on Albion, Ogam mentions that they best be careful because of the "[[GratuitousEnglish Good Folk]]". They actually turn out to be very friendly. It also helps that they adore Arawn.
* FallenAngel: [[spoiler:Arawn cast himself out of heaven in defiance of the other eleven angels who desperately wanted him to stay simply so there would be twelve. With his new freedom, he brought freedom of their own to humanity. His first and only act as a White Angel was to give a wreath to a young girl, which stripped his divine powers. He can forcibly regain them, but it hurts even more than it did to cast them away before.]]
* FanTranslation: Released in December 2008, right around the time when the [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime spinoff]] began airing.
* FastballSpecial: RATHTY MISSILE!
* FinalSpeech: Combines with AlmostDeadGuy during [[spoiler:Gaius' last moments in the anime]] for an impressive amount of time; it would almost have been ludicrous had the character not been so {{badass}} that one could buy [[spoiler:Gaius']] willpower holding out long enough to make that speech.
* Gainaxing: Morgan and Lyre.
* GenkiGirl: Morgan. The original game shows this a bit; the anime takes it UpToEleven and adds a touch of HardDrinkingPartyGirl.
* GenreSavvy: Rafty in the anime.
--> "My mommy told me never to trust a man dressed all in black."
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Arawn does this to Arthur when [[spoiler:they lost against the [[BadassArmy Rubrum]]]].
* GiantEnemyCrab: A bunch of them appear in Episode 4, and are reduced off-screen to ''crab hotpot''.
* GirlInABox: Octavia
* GlacierWaif: Rathty. Also a [[CuteBruiser cute one]].
* GodIsGood: Watos seems like a pretty nice guy, [[HaveYouSeenMyGod albeit one who is missing]]. [[spoiler:It's heavily implied that he's [[TheChessmaster responsible for Arawn falling]] to stop his mad kin, and is very much responsible for the [[BoltOfDivineRetribution holy light]] that blasts Merakis away and doesn't answer when Lector attempts to pray for his intervention.]]
* GoThroughMe: Rhiannon does this a few times to protect Arawn from Arthur.
* GratuitousEnglish: "Apple Pie". When your city's name is a throwback to the fact that its orchard is full of apple trees, it only makes sense that this gets made... often.
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: Watos, the actual creator deity, vanished almost as soon as the universe was created and hasn't been seen since. The angels try to follow his will, but they haven't the faintest idea of what it actually is. [[spoiler:They suck at knowing the right thing to do and as a result are vicious and keep destroying the dominant civilizations.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Taliesin is briefly a minor antagonist, but since the entire point is to recruit him and his tribe it's obvious that he's going to join them eventually.
* HeroicAlbino: Arawn
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Taliesin, who was in turn inspired by Myrrdin's own sacrifice.]]
* HappilyEverAfter
* HonestJohn: Epona, and Rusty's SplitPersonality Thraty.
* HonorBeforeReason: Many of the Gael Tribe, but Arthur takes it up a notch. When told to duel a wounded foe, he ''dislocates his own arm'' to even the field. Arawn frequently remarks that Arthur's stubborn insistence on rules and oaths can do more harm than good, especially when dealing with human lives.
** In the game, there is a law that punishes adultery with a dislocated arm, so Arthur runs away with this and casually asks Morgan (who has declared herself married to Arawn) if her breasts get in her way when fighting before [[ThanksForTheMammary grabbing them]] just in time for Rhiannon to see the act.
* HotBlooded: Arthur. A significant part of the plot revolves around the whole cast just trying to stop him from going overboard. Following CharacterDevelopment though, he's definitely more matured and composed by the end of the series.
** Morgan falls into this trope from time to time as well, and nearly gets them caught when she can't shut up while they're exploring Londinium for the first time.
* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Descendant]]: Arthur looks like his ancestor Pwyll with a different outfit and hairstyle. [[spoiler:Justified, as Arthur is a {{reincarnation}} of Pwyll.]]
** The same can be said of [[spoiler:Rhiannon, who looks like an adult Primula, Pwyll's human wife.]]
*** Not surprising, considering that in the very beginning of the game, she tells Arawn that [[spoiler:her [[IKnowYourTrueName true name]] is Primula.]]
* IdiotHero: Arthur to some extent. Comes to a head when he throws Arawn's caution to the wind and leads reckless charge against the [[EliteMooks Rubrum]], nearly losing all him men. This is frequently lampshaded in the game.
* IKnowYourTrueName: Knowing the name of a spellcaster gives you complete control of them. Riannon is forced to give up her name to a priest early on and Arawn has to break the control before killing the priest. Riannon in turn figures out Arawn's own name and almost blurts it out, much to his irritation. However, apparently it wouldn't matter even if she did know since he's above the ability of a human to control.
** I believe, that in the VN, while saving Rhiannon, Arawn mentions that the whole "true name" thing works only as long as you believe in that you should obey, and he's disappointed in her being stupid enough for this. And then he snaps her out. By hypnosis. In a matter of seconds. And then rips apart the one who threatened her (in the True Name Slave state she would die along with him) with his bare hand.
*** Arawn states very early in the game that "true name" control doesn't actually work on humans. It's implied [[spoiler:this is due to his own sacrifice which gave them free will and broke heaven's control of them]]. It is very clear that the "true name" control works on everyone else as Arawn himself was taken control by Myrrdin when the latter uses his true name [[spoiler:Lucifer]].
* KeystoneArmy: Upon defeating Gaius, the remnants of the Empire's forces sieging Avalon surrender immediately, at his dying request.
* LadyOfWar: Octavia. Her self-proclaimed rival Lidia is more of an AxCrazy KnightTemplar.
* LargeHam: Morgan sometimes does this. One prominent example is in episode 16, after Ogam tells them not to move their forces towards Avalon for four days.
* LeeroyJenkins: Arthur is worse off than [[{{Utawarerumono}} Oboro]] in this, but at least he gets a clue quickly enough.
** Morgan can be prone to these as well.
* LethalChef: Subverted in the game. While Octavia and Morgan's cooking looks something like slop (they just ground up all the ingredients and threw them into a boiling pot), it actually tastes pretty good.
* LightIsNotGood: Holy power is associated with purity, precision, belief and perfection, but when taken to extremes it also promotes blind faith, arrogance and self righteous zealotry. The Empire is strongly associated with holy powers, which makes its more moderate members like Gaius and Octavia uneasy. [[spoiler:They're being led by Lector, one of the angels, all of whom have fallen into zealotry.]]
* LimitedWardrobe: Lampshaded the hell out of in one scene in the VisualNovel.
* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler:Merkadis]]
* LoopholeAbuse: In episode 16, Ogam tells Morgan not to move their forces for four days. She later visits Octavia in her tent, and laments the situation. Afterwards both say they can't move their forces, but then Morgan mentions that Ogam never mentioned anything about the two ladies themselves not being able to go, so they both sneak out and fight their way back towards Avalon.
* LovelyAngels: Octavia and Morgan (or [[LesYay is that]] a BattleCouple?), Rathty and Llyr.
* ManlyTears: Pwyll does this well. As does Arthur and Arawn.
* MeaningfulName: [[KingArthur Arthur]]. Really, given the setting and host of other meaningful names, what else could he have become?
* {{Meido}}: Lymwris and Ermin.
* MightyGlacier: Rathty.
* MillionMookMarch: [[spoiler:The [[BlackKnight Golmes]], to the extent that Taliesin first mistakes the army for terrain where the snow has receded, describing it as "70% black, 30% snow".]]
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: In Episode 25, [[spoiler:Lector goes ''completely'' off his rocker after getting a cut on his cheek now that [[FantasticRacism his "perfection" has been ruined by a human being]]]]. Doubles as [[spoiler:Lector's VillainousBreakdown]].
* MindControlEyes: Rhiannon, after being forced to give up her true name.
* MistakenForPregnant: Apparently, for Arawn, the idea that Llyr successfully milked a cow is more unlikely to come to mind than that he got her pregnant.
* NobleDemon: Arawn plays this straight.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Taliesin]]
* NothingCanSaveUsNow: Taken to absurd levels [[spoiler:after the defeat of Merkadis, where the gang is trapped inside the crumbling tower. After they give up on getting out, the ladies start asking Arawn to marry them when they get reincarnated. Cue [[BigDamnHeroes Tailesin]], [[NotQuiteDead very much alive and well]], fresh out of his HeroicSacrifice.]]
** Played straight near the end of episode 18, when Gaius has reached the last barricade in Avalon. Many of the characters trapped inside are genuinely scared that they may very well be killed once the Empire's troops breach the last door.
* OhCrap: Several characters display this look at times, usually when someone they're fighting turns out to be stronger than they are (usually when fighting Arawn).
** Arawn himself has this look in episode 6 after he finds a seemingly discarded seal pelt, and gives it to Rhiannon to help her start a fire. Then it turns out that it was actually a magical MacGuffin for Llyr, without which she can't go back to her homeland any longer.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Plays during every scene featuring TheEmperor and [[spoiler:White Angel]].
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Lidia's view of Octavia. Taken to... [[FoeYay interesting levels]].
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Twelve Angels [[spoiler:are responsible for the various Ages that end in [[OmnicidalManiac near-total annihilation]]: when the dominant race of that Age fails to meet their incredibly high standards (as in [[FantasticRacism keeping the races from developing enough such that they equal or even surpass the Angels in their "perfection"]]), [[ThePurge they wipe them out]] and start over. The only good Angels are Myrrdin and his son Arawn/Lucifer, who would replace Myrrdin as the Twelfth Angel, and the latter would earn his kin's ire for believing in allowing the "inferior" races to develop.]]
** Even their God Watos isn't on their side anymore [[spoiler:(Merkadis is defeated by a prayer that invokes [[DeathFromAbove an powerful ray of light from the heavens]], and Lector is pretty much doomed when Watos doesn't answer his pleas for help)]]. It is also hinted that the Angels do not know the true will of Watos and that [[spoiler:Arawn/Lucifer was specifically created by Watos to free the world from his kin's control before they find another reason to trigger apocalypse]].
* TheOtherDarrin: There was a ''massive'' re-casting effort between the PC and PS3 versions, replacing most of the original cast with a more high-profile one (which carried over to the anime) To wit:
-->'''Morgan:''' Rie Tomigawa > Creator/MaiNakahara
-->'''Octavia:''' Kaoru Imai > Creator/RieTanaka
-->'''Limwris:''' Ayaka Kimura > Creator/AmiKoshimizu
-->'''Ermin:''' Mai Akizuki > Creator/AiShimizu
-->'''Ogam:''' Gansezu > YosukeAkimoto
-->'''Epona:''' Yurika Hokuto > Creator/KiyomiAsai
-->'''Llyr:''' Yuka Takana > Creator/KaoriNazuka
-->'''Rathy:''' Yuka Misaki > Creator/KanaUeda
-->'''Tailesin:''' Rei Takatori > Tomohiro Tsuboi
-->'''Gaius:''' Ken Akiresu > KenjiHamada
** Although anyone with a good ear and half familiar with the Japanese CV scene can tell who was really recasted, and who had just [[BleachedUnderpants used an alias for the original PC version]].
* [[spoiler:OurDragonsAreDifferent: Ogam]]
* OurElvesAreBetter: More like different. [[{{Meido}} House Elves]], [[MakingASplash Seal Elves]], [[MightyGlacier Miner]] [[DishingOutDirt Elves]], [[IntrepidMerchant Merchant Elves]], and others, each with their own (literal, except for Ermin) [[PlanetOfHats Hat]]. Also, unlike most elves, they lack the standard pointy ears.
** Although note that Mine Elves represent the more typical fantasy depiction of dwarves, minus body hair and such. The one we meet is even money-hungry like Literature/{{Discworld}} dwarves.
* PaletteSwap
* PimpedOutDress
* {{Precursors}}: [[spoiler:Before the Humans of the Iron Age, there were the Elves of the Bronze Age; before the Elves, there were the Giants of the Silver Age; before the Giants there were the Dragons of the Golden Age. All three previous Ages met a tragic end no thanks to the Angels.]]
* PrestigeClass: Musician, Paladin, Sage, Hunter, Seer, etc.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Happens to [[spoiler: Arawn]], who hated how the spirits were abusing their powers with the mortals living on Earth, and causing destruction of the various ages simply because they couldn't live up to the angel's standards of perfection.
* RealTimeStrategy: The core gameplay mechanic of the game, or to be more specific, semi-RTS combined with JRPG.
* RedOniBlueOni: Morgan (Red) and Octavia (Blue).
* RedStringOfFate: One of these is for sale at Epona's shop for 99999. [[spoiler:It has a LovePotion effect that she uses to get Arawn to "marry" her.]]
** [[spoiler:Said red string becomes a MagicFeather, however, as Epona tied it to the wrong finger. The magic only kicks in when you tie it to your pinky.]]
* {{Reincarnation}}: [[spoiler:Pwyll as Arthur, and his wife Primula as Rhiannon.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Arawn, Arthur, Rhiannon and [[spoiler:Taliesin]] believe in AuthorityEqualsAsskicking.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Rathty]] -- and it was also a twist in the game. [[spoiler:Epona]] apparently knew, but apparently kept mum about it.
* [[spoiler:SatanIsGood: Arawn's true name is "Lucifer". The very beginning of the game shows a hint, as Rhiannon almost blurts his true name after figuring out that he is "Akaboshi" -- the Japanese name of Venus as the "morning star". [[ShownTheirWork Lucifer is also known as "Light-Bearer" and is attributed to Venus]]]]
* [[spoiler:ShesAManInJapan: Both Animax Asia and Sentai dubs mistakenly call [[{{Bifauxnen}} Rathty]] a boy.]]
* [[spoiler:SheIsAllGrownUp: We see an adult Primula, now Pwyll's wife, in a flashback in Episode 14.]]
* ShipTease: Taliesin and Epona.
* ShoutOut: Epona sells [[Memes/{{Anime}} red shoes at her shop, which she claims increases speed threefold]]. It bestows a FragileSpeedster effect on whoever wears them. In a double shout out to the story by Creator/HansChristianAndersen, the AI takes control of whoever is wearing those pair of shoes in the PC version.
** In Episode 14, they ''raid'' Arawn's ''[[Franchise/TombRaider tomb]]''. Much insinuations ensue.
* TheSiege: Episodes 16-18 focuses on Gaius's attempt to take down Avalon.
* SixthRanger: Taliesin.
* TheSlowWalk
* SpiritualSuccessor: to {{Utawarerumono}}, except with an Arthurian feel.
* SpoonyBard: Taliesin. [[LampshadeHanging It's even the name of his class]]. The prestige classes like Hunter, Seer, and Druid also qualify.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Morgan can't seem to wear anything but a tube-bra, sleeveless short jacket, and a loincloth that doesn't even try to hide her panties -- even at a breakfast meeting.
* SuperMovePortraitAttack: Prevalent in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER48RHhnXhw&feature=related&fmt=18 PS3 version]].
** The PC game has it too for every super move. All four of them.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Arawn feels this way. He later extends [[spoiler:this by saying that humans are such idiots for obsessing over chivalry and honor at the expense of freedom -- freedom he once sacrificed his own Angelhood for]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Done by Arawn, of all people. "I-it's not like I'm doing something effeminate like wallowing in nostalgia or anything!"
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Arthur in Episode 2. More like ''shouting'' it down.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Arthur faces this dilemma often. He's keen on upholding the laws of his tribe (which are not always good and tend to advocate death as solution to every problem), but he's also a good person. Other characters are more willing to bend the rules if they are to stay alive, and halfway through the series [[NobleDemon Arawn]] convinces him to follow his conscience.
* TranquilFury: Arawn is quite an adept swordsman, and often moves calmly and coolly when in combat.
* TrojanPrisoner: Octavia tries this out with Morgan in order to sneak the two of them into Avalon, which is under siege by the Empire. It would have worked were it not for the fact that the unit she associates herself with is a unit that had been sent back to the mainland long ago. They get to fight their way inside instead.
* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler:Arawn to the other Angels. Likewise he feels the same hatred to his kin, as evidenced by his own face in a mural on his tomb being scratched out.]]
* TsurimeEyes: Lidia. This is also notable in flashbacks where she and Octavia were friends she ''didn't'' have these.
* UnwantedHarem: A lot of girls follow Arawn around, whether he wants them to or not.
* VideoWill: [[spoiler:Arawn]] leaves one of these in a prison located inside Mt. Corus, and a thousand years later, Taliesin is led to it by a baby dragon.
* WarIsHell: Ogam points it out to Arthur when the two meet after Arthur runs off for [[spoiler:attacking Arawn while under Lector's mind control]].
* WarriorMonk: The Holy Empire employs [[MagicKnight Church Knights]], [[SquishyWizard Bishops]], and [[TheMedic Priests]] in combat, amongst others.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Bubulcus in episode 6, after falling into an ambush set up by Arawn and Arthur, cuts the suspension bridge he and his men are escaping on to prevent the Gael's from pursuing them. However, several of his men, as well as Octavia, are still on it when he finishes cutting it, causing some of them to fall to their deaths. Then he later has the gall to get angry at Octavia when she reports what happened to his superiors.
* WorthyOpponent: Gaius; likely a FatherToHisMen as well.
** Lydia and Octavia towards each other at the end of episode 11.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The Gael characters in the English dub, but [[OohMeAccentsSlipping they keep slipping.]]
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:Taliesin spends his life running away from his prophesied fate as chief of Brigantes. In the end, he decides to embrace it in a HeroicSacrifice... only to survive unscathed.]]
** There's a little twist to this tale, as mentioned on the PC version of Taliesin's part of the ending:[[spoiler: He is phropesied also to be killed by a terrible beast. He befriended a ''dragon cub''.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: In Episode 15, [[spoiler:seeing Arawn use the power of Light reminded Arthur of the Angel who killed his father and calling himself "Arawn". In a fit of rage he tries to run him through ''even when Rhiannon gets in the way'', forcing Arawn to shove her and take the sword to his gut. Only then does Arthur calm down and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realize what he's done]]. He apparently forgot that Arawn was asleep for the last 1,000 years and couldn't possibly have killed his father. Then it turns out that he was brainwashed by the true killer -- Lector]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: Octavia.
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