Abuse Is Okay When It's Female on Male: Julia launches a marble at Cloud's eye just because he was asleep in class and viciously chases Zack around with a sword because he accidentally entered the bathroom while she was taking a shower. Not only does she never get called out on her behavior, but everybody else either laughs at her antics or agrees with her.
Abusive Parents: Julia's parents have forced her into prostitution when she was younger and locked her up in a mental institution for three years. Her father beats and rapes her, and ultimately tries to kill her. Hojo has been physically and mentally abusing Sephiroth since he was born.
Adults Are Useless: The staff of Shinra High doesn't agree with Hojo's horrific treatment of the students, but doesn't do anything to stop him or protect the kids.
Age-Inappropriate Dress: A freshman in high school, Julia wears a halter-top, black leather miniskirt, knee-high black leather boots and spiked bracelets. Everybody else in the story wears normal clothes, except Scarlet.
Animesque: Sephirothslave attempts to portray the school as a wacky, violence-filled warzone with poisonous cafeteria food, like something out of Ranma ˝. It fails to translate into prose well.
An Ice Person: Julia's limit break, Heaven's Judgment, summons ice daggers that get thrown at her opponent.
Archnemesis Dad: Hojo is this for Sephiroth. Julia's father also qualifies, until Sephiroth takes Julia away from him.
Artistic License - Biology: Hojo ends up pumping ten 500 ml (5 liters/1.32 gallons) mako injections into his body one night. The average normal adult has roughly 5 liters (1.3 gallons) of blood in his body, meaning that he basically replaced almost all his blood with mako.
Ass Kicking Equals Authority: Raw, one-on-one physical combat skill is the sole quality required to become the general of the entire Shinra army, by beating the previous one in the Challenges. Sephiroth defeats Heidegger to become the general.
Audience Surrogate: By turns, Hojo, Zack and Laura. There are instances in which they channel the readers' reaction to Sephiroth and Julia's despicable behavior.
Author Avatar: Sephirothslave's real name is Julia. Julia's description and artwork makes it clear she is an idealized version of its creator, with more money, power, and bigger breasts. The character shares the author's hobbies such as martial arts and music, her interest in the occult, her aspirations (being together with Sephiroth, obtaining power, fame and recognition), even the name of her weapons, which Sephirothslave claims to own in real life. Julia's parents and friends also share the names of their real life counterparts. Julia also automatically hates anybody Sephirothslave hates even before they do anything. (Cloud is asleep when she first meets him and hits him out of the blue in the eye with a marble, and her first encounter with Aerith is just Julia feeling smug that Aerith got hit by an ink balloon).
Bad Boss: President Shinra allows Hojo to torture Sephiroth, Julia and the others because he wants them for his army. When Hojo murders two soldiers, a Turk and Sephiroth and Julia's baby, the only course of action taken by the President is to demote Hojo and spend two weeks without arresting the soldiers who obeyed the crazy scientist. His justification? He needs Hojo for the mako therapy. Worth noting is that this is an unintentional example on the author's part, as the main characters fail to see just how little President Shinra cares about them and consider him a benevolent, if somewhat dim-witted man.
Hojo's technicians are terrified of him, and are implied to be constantly abused.
The Bad Guy Wins: Hojo kills Sephiroth's wife and son, effectively breaking his spirit, and continues undisturbed to inject him with more Jenova cells.
Bag of Holding: Julia, Sephiroth and Hojo all have one. Hojo can make a massive battleaxe appear from his!
Big Screwed-Up Family: Let's begin with Julia, a sadistic, petty and arrogant psycho stemming from a violent, murderous, incestuous father and a highly emotionally unstable mother. Julia's husband Sephiroth is a cold-blooded, amoral and sadistic killer. Julia's father-in-law is the insane professor Hojo, whose main hobbies involve torturing and experimenting on teenagers and chopping people up with his battleaxe. The only seemingly normal member of the family is Tseng, Julia's foster brother, although even he begins displaying sociopathic tendencies toward the end of the story.
Black and Gray Morality: The main characters are two self-centered young people who seem to hate everything but each other and who end up committing horrible crimes without ever being painted as in the wrong.
The Bully: Julia's only stated hobby is trashing preps. On her first day of school, she sees Cloud Strife asleep in class, takes a rubber band and fires a marble at his eye. Reno splashed Aerith from head to toe with ink and sneakily cut off so much of Cloud's hair that he was left with a bald spot.
Bullying a Dragon: Zack, fully aware that Sephiroth can and will beat him up for any affront, loves to antagonize him anyway.
The entire school likes to "stampede" Hojo on the way out of the building, despite the fact that he will sometimes retaliate by unleashing deadly monsters on them as part of a test.
When Hojo takes Sephiroth's infant son hostage with the intention of murdering him, Sephiroth keeps insulting Hojo all throughout the negotiations, which leads to Hojo ordering his soldiers to kill the baby.
Cartwright Curse: Laura and Julia, the two women Sephiroth becomes involved with, both die by the end of the story. Laura commits suicide in Shinra High and Julia is killed by Hojo at the end of Shinra SOLDIER.
Cast from Hit Points: Even though there's no mechanics for it, Julia will fuel any spell used to protect or heal Sephiroth with her life force instead of mana, due to The Power of Love. This appears to accomplish nothing except to cause Julia to faint.
Catch Phrase: Hojo uses the words specimen and insubordinate ad nauseam.
Cheerful Child: Tseng claims Julia was this before being taken back by her biological family.
The Cheerleader: Although initially portrayed as a sweetheart, Laura Summers later proves to be a manipulative, spiteful, selfish and shallow girl. Yuffie realized there is something wrong with her when she found out Laura was a "Varsity cheerleader".
Averted with Aerith, who is not written as being evil or mean, despite being a cheerleader. However, everybody still treats her as if she is.
Color Motif: The color silver appears numerous times in both stories: it's the color of the gym outfits from the special training course, the color of the tablecloths at Homecoming, of one of Julia's dresses and the cloth around her wedding bouquet.
Even more prominent is the color black. Julia rarely wears any other color.
Combat Pragmatist: Julia is perfectly willing to go for eye-gouges,fire-enhancedGroin Shots, hair pulling, anything to win. Worth noting that most of these attacks were in an exhibition match, and are generally considered forbidden even in “anything goes” level fights.
Conflict Ball: Laura is defined by this quality. She is introduced as a kind girl with a loving family so Sephiroth could fall for her, causing Julia to be unable to confess her feelings for him. The moment this is established, Laura is redefined as a selfish, shallow bitch who only wants Sephiroth because he does her work for her, so that Sephiroth can be with "the wrong girl." This leads to her breaking up with Sephiroth because he won't sleep with her. Once Sephiroth is back with Julia, she commits suicide, declaring it's because she doesn't want to live without Sephiroth, even though she's the one who ended their relationship.
Conspicuous Consumption: Sephiroth and Julia's wedding. They had a thousand guests and rented planes to get everyone there.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: President Shinra is perfectly willing to allow Hojo to do anything to Sephiroth and Julia as long as Shinra has to gain from it. He goes to such an extent that he punishes Hojo with a simple demotion for staging a mutiny and murdering a Turk, a First Class SOLDIER and Julia and Sephiroth's infant son.
Crapsack World: In this story, President Shinra rules Midgar like a dictatorship and his employees are allowed to mistreat and even kill their children, the school system pits teenagers against one another in bloody matches, Hojo has free reign to run inhumane experiments on whoever he pleases, there is no hope and nothing to fight for.
Custom Uniform: Julia has a custom-made bodysuit in black leather, with black leather gloves and boots. She also has a leather trenchcoat for cold weather.
Darker and Edgier: Shinra SOLDIER is this compared to Shinra High. Both stories are considerably darker than the original game.
Dark Secret: Julia's background. Her father forced her to become a prostitute.
Death Is Cheap: Zigzagged. Sometimes death is cleaned up by a simple Phoenix Down, while other times, it's permanent. It makes it very hard to tell how we are supposed to react to a death.
Delinquents: Reno, Rude and Zack form a gang and prowl around Midgar at night. Reno and Rude also neglect their studies, to the point where they are in their early twenties and still in high school. Reno also smokes, drinks and vandalizes school property through his pranks.
Demoted to Extra: Zack is very prominent in Shinra High, but gets very little screentime in Shinra SOLDIER.
Dirty Old Man: Hojo briefly cups Julia's breast after a torture session.
Disproportionate Retribution: Julia and Sephiroth are big fans of this. In response to being attacked by half the football team, (even though the football players lost spectacularly) Julia and Sephiroth get revenge by blowing up the football field during a game, openly wounding players and spectators in the process.
During the Wutai arc, Julia tortures both her victims due to minor slights. Gorki, for daring to call Sephiroth a woman, is tortured until she screams, which includes cutting off both her arms and crushing her legs with Demi. Staniv breaks Julia's katana, so Julia paralyzes her cuts out her eyeball and forces her to eat it, and then mutilates her so she can bleed to death.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Sephiroth, Julia and Reno launch fireworks and Molotov cocktails onto a football field, injuring both teams, the spectators and damaging the premises. The way in which this is written is reminiscent of a school shooting.
Doomed by Canon: We know from the beginning that Julia will die before the events of Nibelheim.
Driven to Suicide: Laura kills herself after dumping Sephiroth, stating that she doesn't want to live if she can't have him. Staniv commits suicide by self-immolation after Julia tortures her and leaves her to bleed to death.
Julia attempts this when Sephiroth finds out she used to be a prostitute, but he talks her out of it.
Sephiroth attempts this after he is forced by Jenova to rape Julia.
Easily Forgiven: Zack dealt some pretty low blows to Sephiroth, helped Laura cheat on him and beat Julia within an inch of her life, leaving her bleeding and broken in a cold, dark alleyway to die. Afterwards, he is never regarded as anything more than an annoyance by Sephiroth and Julia and toward the end of Shinra SOLDIER, they are on civil terms, even though Zack has never apologized or expressed any remorse for his actions.
Reno and Rude were part of the group that beat up Julia, they too are forgiven without any apology. Reno actually becomes part of Julia's gang without ever addressing his part in the crime.
Reno does express reluctance in attacking Julia and he even whispers an apology into her ear when he grabs her arms. It is quite clear that he participated in the attack only because he did not dare to defy Zack, who would have otherwise beaten him as well, and he comes back later to drag Julia out on the main street so she could be found by someone.
An odd example exists between Hojo, Julia, and Sephiroth. While the general animosity continues to exist, individual acts seem to be forgotten within an hour of them happening. For example, Hojo is trying to kill them one moment, then they escape, and the next time they encounter each other, they are on speaking terms again.
Korokou was (supposedly) a cheerful character, so the weather during the funeral is sunny and bright, even though the setting is the city of Midgar.
It rains heavily and it is cold during Orion's funeral.
Everyone Went to School Together: Despite canon difference in ages and hometowns Sephiroth, Cloud, Rude, Reno, Tifa, Aerith, Zack and Yuffie all go to high school together. Meanwhile, all the staff of Shinra are teachers.
Evil Duo: Julia and Sephiroth, especially in Shinra SOLDIER.
Evil Teacher: Professor Hojo teaches science at Shinra High. He also doubles as Sadist Teacher, both in the figurative way (by giving the students a pop quiz without him having taught anything the previous class) and the literal way (smacking their palms with liners wrapped in barbed wire, releasing monsters inside a classroom).
Expansion Pack Past: Julia somehow managed to be given up for adoption, taken in by Tseng's family, taken back by her birth parents, forced into prostitution for a year, spend three in an insane asylum and skip a grade all before turning fifteen. Sometime during all this, she managed to obtain several powerful, mastered materia.
Eye Scream: Julia gouges Zack in the eyes during a sparring match. Later, she cuts out her opponent's eye and forces her to eat it.
Extreme Doormat: Julia is completely obsessed with and dependent on Sephiroth.
Julia, Sephiroth, Zack, Kokorou, Rude, and Reno all display this quality when dealing with Hojo, never doing anything to stop him from torturing them and even willingly driving to his lab so he can torture them some more.
Family Versus Career: Julia reluctantly thinks about giving up her job to become a full time mother.
Fantastic Racism: President Shinra and Julia call the people of Wutai heretics. Not helped by the fact that in these stories, the mainstream religion in Midgar seems to be Christianity.
The Fashionista: Yuffie, out of all people. Julia also places great emphasis on her clothes.
Faux Action Girl: Julia for the entire story, up until the Wutai arc. Before then, most of her victories are either in practice, or due to luck, or the intervention of Sephiroth.
Final Solution: After killing Wutai's generals and ordering their army to attack the Wutai forces, Julia creates a magical barrier that surrounds the entire capital, and Sephiroth orders the Shinra scientists to toss crates full of omnivorous bugs inside the barrier, leading to everything and everyone being eaten or bitten by the insects. To finish the job, Julia summons Bahamut ZERO and wipes the capital off the face of the planet, killing everyone.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Julia starts her life as the daughter of a very poor family and spends years of her teenagehood being completely terrified of her parents and allowing them to abuse her. Once she is drafted into the Shinra army however, she almost immediately becomes its amoral and arrogant Commander, with genocide and arbitrary executions (through torture) as her favorite solutions to problems.
Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Relatively minor example, but Julia will take advantage of any opportunity to point out that she is straight, and reacts violently to anybody suggesting she is gay.
Hero Killer: Hojo is an odd example, due to the inconsistent characterization he has received. He alternates between this and being a Butt Monkey.
High School AU: Averted. Although the fic initially comes across as this, Sephirothslave intended it to be a prequel to the actual series.
Hollywood Healing: What magical and regular medicine can heal at any given moment depends on how dramatic it will be.
Most notably, Julia is at one point poisoned. Days later, she loses most of her blood, which manages to drain her completely of the poison. Even ignoring the fact that she couldn't survive losing enough blood to remove the poison, by that time, it would have soaked into most of her organs and tissue.
Hollywood Tactics: Sephiroth and Julia's military tactics only look good because everybody else's are worse.
A good example happens during a paint-ball training excercise. Sephiroth puts most of his forces into an ambush and then has a small force trick the entire opposing army into charging blindly. This only works because he's lucky his opponent is moving his entire forces as a single unit and not in smaller squads, and then is dumb enough to charge after a trap, instead of using his superior numbers as a systematic push.
When they know that an enemy army is going to move on their location in three weeks, the entire Shinra army just sits there and waits for it, instead of hitting the army in transit. (particularly since the army has to march through the Midgar Swamp, which provides an amazing choke point, complete with mobility impeding swamp and a deadly, violent, snake-monster). While waiting, they decide to withdraw all training from the new recruits, and instead give extra training to the first-class SOLDIE Rs. They make no attempts to up defense and engage the enemy inside the city, instead of beyond the impenetrable wall. Their tactic is to literally throw grunts at the enemy until they run out of bullets and cannonballs.
Sephiroth is the only one who thinks of launching a counter-attack, instead of waiting for the enemy to regroup and rebuild.
Human Shield: A Jenova-controlled Sephiroth uses Julia's body to shield himself from Tseng's attack.
Hypocritical Humor: Unintentional. Julia mocks a character with a fear of needles for freaking out during a mako injection. She had reacted even worse when it had been her turn.
I Call It Vera: Julia has a naginata named Ketsuki and a katana named Tachi. The latter is an example of not doing enough research, as the katana and the tachi are two different swords.
Idiot Ball: Everybody takes a turn holding this, mostly Sephiroth, Julia, Reno, Rude, Kokorou, and Zack, who will do whatever Hojo asks them to do, fully knowing that he wants to torture them.
The biggest example is Sephiroth, who – knowing that Hojo wants to inject him with more Jenova cells – willingly goes to him for mako injections, without even checking the needle.
I Forgot I Could Fly: Julia often forgets that she's a powerful spell caster in possession of several of the most powerful materia in the world. During the defense of Midgar, she remembers that she has it literally halfway through the second day of being slaughtered by the enemy forces.
Ignored Enamoured Underling: Kristen, one of professor Hojo's assistants, is madly in love with him, but he doesn't care about her at all.
I'm a Humanitarian: A minor character from Shinra SOLDIER called Samuel considers himself "cannibalistic whenever the chance arose."
Impractically Fancy Outfit: Julia's wedding dress consists of "countless layers of the lightest silk." The problem? Her wedding takes place in a stone cathedral, at night, on the Northern continent... the coldest place on the Planet.
Improbable Weapon User: The test subjects have to beat each other up with improvised weapons for one of their tests. For some reason, children's blocks and picture frames are the most effective objects.
Infant Immortality: Averted. Julia and Sephiroth's infant son is violently killed onscreen by a group of soldiers under Hojo's command.
Informed Ability: At 15-16, Julia's academic tests show that she could jump directly into 12th grade, despite her spending three years in a mental institution and one as a prostitute in the slums. She is supposed to be a genius student, but the readers never get any proof of her intellectual abilities. In fact, at 22 years old, heavily pregnant Julia will claim that she does not know what to expect regarding giving birth because her parents did not tell her.
Informed Attribute: Julia is allegedly kind, wonderful and wise, but she never demonstrates these qualities, instead being overly violent and short-sighted. We're also told that her friends call her Megami, but nobody does.
Sephiroth is supposedly the most desirable single male in Shinra High, but there is no evidence to support this.
Aerith is allegedly annoying and unlikeable, but in the only scene she actively participates in, she's very kind and helpful.
Longest Pregnancy Ever: Julia ends up having this due to a number of mistakes made by the author regarding the timeline. Julia gets raped during the Wutai war (which lasted for six days), returns home and a few days after her return she somehow claims that a month has passed since the rape. She spends two weeks preparing her wedding, and another two on her honeymoon. Then, we get two headers which say "Four months later" and "Five months later" after which she gives birth. Depending on whether you believe Julia's time estimation as real or not, the pregnancy lasted for ten or eleven months.
Loophole Abuse: Hojo requests permission to breed Red XIII with a human female. When he initially brings it up, he implies that he has a willing volunteer, but the request he gives President Shinra merely asks for him to "take [his] pick from among the Shinra Inc. roster." He uses this to force Julia into the program.
Master of the Mixed Message: Sephiroth is this during Shinra High. He spends minutes locked in Julia's embrace less than three hours after meeting her, shows her around the school, sits with her in the cafeteria instead of sitting with his friends... only to defeat her with unnecessary brutality during gym spar, leaving her terrified by his coldness, and ignore her afterwards.
Military Maverick: Sephiroth and Julia are perfect examples of this. They go out after curfew, openly disrespect their General and lie to President Shinra regarding military matters, mobilize troops by giving fake orders and take said troops into enemy territory without their superior's knowledge (as mere troopers, no less!). While they are severely punished for breaking curfew, they are rewarded and praised for mobilizing troops without permission because that move led to the utter annihilation of the enemy. Also, their defiance towards General Heidegger and lies they told to the President are simply ignored.
Mood Whiplash: The stories have a very unfortunate timing between dramatic and light hearted scenes.
Most Common Superpower: Julia is often described as being slender, but her artwork shows her having a very generous bosom.
Must Have Caffeine: Julia supposedly cannot wake up without a "good, powerful dose of caffeine" and requested to have a coffee machine in her office.
The Neidermeyer: Julia is shown to despise the troops under her command, regarding them as unruly slobs who are beneath her and is glad to order them around and dump "menial labor" such as wiping out drug-dealers on them. She is also a highly incompetent Commander, leading her troops into an ambush during the Wutai war and nearly getting all of her scouting party murdered by ninjas. She also drove out of camp in a jeep without telling anyone where she was going, in order to get to a remote location and personally wake up a drunk Reno, when she could have delegated the task to someone else, as she should have had other, more pressing matters on her hands. The troops are never shown to be particularly warm towards her and in the end professor Hojo easily convinces twenty top soldiers to act as a firing squad and kill Sephiroth and Julia's infant son, proving that Commander Julia was not exactly adored.
Neutral Female: After the Wutai arc, Julia becomes this. Despite all her powers, she no longer takes an active role in battles, even hiding under the bed at one point while the men fight Hojo.
Overranked Soldier: Sephiroth and Julia become the General and Commander of the Shinra army at the ages of 18 and 16, with only a few months of training as grunts.
Palette Swap: Korokou Nihau, a secondary character created by Sephirothslave, is (by the author's own admission) a blond Zack.
Parental Incest: Julia's father rapes her as punishment for refusing to have sex with a client. Made even more disturbing by the fact that the author gave him the name of her real father.
Person of Mass Destruction: Julia is able to level the entire Wutai capitol with her Bahamut ZERO summon, an action strangely reminiscent of an atomic bombing.
Plot Armor: Hojo is the most proeminent example in both stories. Although his plot armor comes and goes, as the author deems fit, when he does have it he is invincible. He is the most powerful character in the series, easily surpassing Sephiroth and Julia combined, and even when he should be eliminated or at least fired, the author throws all logic and common sense out the window and brings some ridiculous explanation as justification for his invincibility and exemption from the rules. By the end of Shinra SOLDIER, he is able to kill twenty first class soldiers (Shinra's elite) without breaking a sweat and his body count includes the commander of the Shinra army and her infant son, a Turk and two other first class soldiers. He doesn't get more than a demotion for killing the Turk, the two soldiers and the baby, and is never shown receiving any punishment at all for killing Julia and the other twenty soldiers.
Julia has her lungs pierced by her own ribs due to a Demi spell. Broken, bleeding and believed dead, she is carried at a normal pace by Sephiroth to the Shinra encampment and placed inside the medical tent. Sephiroth spends some minutes staring at her and upon realizing that she was in fact still breathing, brings a scientist into the tent and they both begin healing her. Not only does Julia not die, but she recovers completely!
Power Level: Sephiroth reveals at one point that Julia is level 68.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: Sephiroth in particular, will overreact to any affront to Julia, while ignoring if the same thing happens to somebody he doesn't know. The epitome of this comes from when he hears a report of victim getting beaten to near death while walking home at night through a dark alley. He considers it the victim's fault for being dumb enough to walk through a bad part of town, but upon finding out that it was Julia, chews out Laura for saying the exact thing he was thinking a moment ago.
Psycho Serum: Jenova cells let Jenova possess Sephiroth, and make him try to kill his wife.
Put on a Bus: Ian is last seen being sent on a mission by Julia after the time skip. He is never heard of again.
A more nagging example is Julia's ridiculously abusive, Shinra bigshot father, who disappears from the story after being wounded by Sephiroth. This could double as a Plot Hole, as Julia becomes Commander of the Shinra army around six months after the incident, and spends most of her time in the Shinra HQ where her father supposedly works as well, and yet he is completely absent from the narrative.
Cloud is drafted into the army, made fun of for a few chapters during boot camp, and then never heard from again.
Red Shirt Army: Despite being a Badass Army in the series, the SOLDIER forces and Shinra army in general are portrayed as helpless troops, constantly getting slaughtered by any enemy force they come across.
Remember the New Guy: Julia's sword, Tachi, which is important enough for her to be enraged by its destruction, is only mentioned once or twice, almost as an afterthought.
Romantic False Lead: Laura is introduced as a rival love interest. She starts off innocent enough, and ends up dating Sephiroth after the two bond in the hospital. However, once Sephirothslave bores of the drama, Laura suddenly becomesa conniving, shallow bitch, so she can dump Sephiroth and he can go back to Julia.
RPG Mechanics Verse: A rare atttempt at a serious version. The story references things like MP, inventory, Limit Breaks and levels.
Rouge Angles of Satin: The author doesn't know the difference between than/then, principle/principal,allowed/aloud. Among many others. She also constantly misspells Nibelheim and Heidegger.
Sadist: Hojo and Jenova are intentional examples, but Julia stands out as an unintentional one - she is not meant to be seen as a bad guy.
Sanity Slippage: Sephiroth, toward the end of Shinra SOLDIER. The decline in his mental health is caused by Hojo murdering his son and friends and poisoning his wife. Not that he was a very mentally stable man to begin with...
Second Love: Sephiroth initially begins dating and falls in love with Laura Summers, but after he catches her cheating on him, he breaks up with her and begins a relationship with Julia, whom he will end up marrying.
Series Continuity Error: The fics are supposed to line up with the game, but has characters who have not met at the start of the game interact with each other and generally makes a huge mess of the timeline.
Perhaps the most blatant is that Yuffie, canonically nine years younger than Cloud, and has never met any of the main cast before attends high school with him and is best friends with Sephiroth.
Single-Target Sexuality: Julia towards Sephiroth. Reno and Ian appear to feel attracted to her, but she never has eyes for anyone other than Sephiroth.
Shipper on Deck: During Shinra High, Yuffie is this for Julia and Sephiroth.
Shoot the Messenger: Tseng shoots a messenger who merely informed them that Julia, Sephiroth, and Reno should report to Hojo to get new mako injections. He's just injured, but Tseng forbids him from seeking medical attention until he returns to deliver a counter-message to Hojo.
Show, Don't Tell: A very common occurrence in these stories. Sephiroth says Julia is the kindest, most wonderful person he knows, despite her being the exact opposite. Julia says Sephiroth is the most eligible bachelor in Shinra High, even though nothing in the story suggested he was popular or the center of female attention.
The Smurfette Principle: Julia is the only girl in the advanced SOLDIER training course and ends up being the only girl in the entire Shinra army.
Sociopathic Soldier: The entire Shinra army is comprised of this. The soldiers have no issue with murdering every single Wutai man, woman or child they meet, and are shown to not even notice the agonizing screams of the Wutai citizens slowly being eaten alive by insects, even though the Shinra army was right outside the city!
Hojo has no problems finding twenty soldiers who are not only willing to turn on their commander, but have no problem or even hesitation in killing a newborn child.
Speak Ill of the Dead: The day after Laura kills herself, Julia wastes no time in calling her names. The author tries to justify that by having Laura commmit suicide, a highly out of character gesture, for the sole purpose of spiting and throwing the blame on Sephiroth, thus giving Julia the perfect excuse to lash out at Sephiroth's first love.
Sudden Name Change: When first mentioned, the empress of Wutai was called Shantaina. During the Wutai arc, however, her name inexplicably changes to Keara.
Standard Female Grab Area: Empress Keara of Wutai, a powerful summoner and warrior, is rendered completely helpless when Sephiroth wraps one single arm around her.
Taking the Bullet: Julia does this for Sephiroth towards the end of Shinra SOLDIER. Reno does this for Julia, but his gesture does not get him any kind of recognition, not even a thank you.
Time Skip: In Shinra SOLDIER, after the Challenges are over and Sephiroth and Julia become the rulers of the army, there is a time skip of five years.
Trauma Conga Line: Sephiroth and Julia's starts when Jenova takes control of Sephiroth and forces him to rape Julia. This is followed by the news that Hojo wants to mate Red XIII with Julia, causing much anguish to the couple. When Julia finds out she is pregnant and thus cannot participate in the experiment anymore, Hojo begins to stalk and attack them, culminating in him killing two of their friends and murdering their baby. Then, the professor slips more Jenova cells into Sephiroth's bloodstream, causing him to fall under the alien's control and hurt Julia some more. Afterwards, Hojo poisons Julia and is indirectly responsible for her getting shot. In the end, he manages to kill her and break Sephiroth's will to live.
Uncanny Valley Makeup: Julia, who is described as having a paper-white face, wears black lipstick and black eyeshadow.
Unfriendly Fire: During the battle with Fort Condor, General Heidegger shoots Julia in her thigh from behind Midgar's defenses, a gesture motivated by a growing feeling of personal insecurity and hatred towards her.
We Used to Be Friends: Sephiroth and Julia used to be friends with Yuffie, but during the Wutai arc Sephiroth ends up brutally murdering Yuffie's mother in front of her, as retaliation for Julia's (apparent) death. This leaves Yuffie broken and devastated. Sephiroth and Julia, on the other hand, never think about her again after the war is over.
Where Does She Get Those Wonderful Materia: Julia has some of the most powerful materia in the world, including maxed out heal/cure materia, all three Bahamuts, and Knights of the Round. No mention is ever made to where she got them.
Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: A rare protagonist version. Hojo is openly torturing Sephiroth, Julia and others, and later explicitly trying to kill them. Even though they have him at their mercy repeatedly, they never once consider just killing him, even as they acknowledge that he will continue to hound them.
Jenova is allegedly trying to kill Julia, but is horribly impractical about it. Sephiroth is always described as carrying his sword with him, yet when she possesses him, she never tries to stab Julia, or simply strangle her with Sephiroth's super human strength.
Workaholic: Julia's life revolves almost entirely around her job and she is at a complete loss about what to do with herself when she's on maternity leave. She has no hobbies and no friends in Midgar and is bored to tears when she's by herself with no paperwork to do. In fact, the only time of the day in which she's not whining is when Sephiroth brings her paperwork.