Franchise: Evillious Chronicles

The Evillious Chronicles is a dark-fantasy multi-media franchise created by the Japanese Vocaloid producer Akuno-P, or "mothy." Although mothy started the series by releasing songs with simplistic one-picture videos such as "Wordplay" and "The Daughter of Evil", as his popularity and budget boomed he's produced more varied PVs of much higher quality and using more Vocaloids. "Wordplay", his first known Evillious song, was released in March 2008.

More than songs, mothy has conveyed the narrative of the Evillious Chronicles through light novels, databooks, short stories, mangas, poems, interviews, and cryptic tweets. The narrative concerns the fantasy continent of Bolganio, primarily its western half, called Evillious. Over a one thousand year period, the franchise covers multiple stories where people on this continent are affected by Demons representing the Seven Deadly Sins. Many stories in the franchise draw from western aesthetic, mythology, and folklore.

The plot arcs of the verse are commonly broken up in the same way mothy has divided the song series, and can be summarized accordingly (in chronological order):

The Original Sin Story: The Origin Story of the entire series, detailing, among many other things, the fall of the Magic Kingdom of Levianta (a highly advanced Magitek kingdom), the origins of the seven demons of sin, and the beginning of the thousand year struggle between Elluka and Irina Clockworker. Much of it centers around Project MA, the kingdom's attempt to avert their doom by having their most powerful (female) mage give birth to the reincarnation of the dragon gods Levia and Behemo. Naturally, the project causes almost all of the problems that Evillious struggles with for the rest of its history.

The Seven Deadly Sins Series: An overarching plotline that spans throughout Evillious' history, this primarily details the exploits of the seven demons of sin that were unleashed upon the world during the Original Sin Story, more specifically centering on their most famous and influential hosts: Duke Sateriasis Venomania, Duke Banica Conchita, Marchioness Margarita Blankenheim, Kayo Sudou, The Supreme Court Director of the USE Dark Star Bureau Gallerian Marlon, and Nemesis Sudou. Princess Riliane Lucifen d'Autriche is an exception—the events taking place in the Pride arc are so vast as to be in its own series.

The Story of Evil: The Pride arc of the Seven Deadly Sins Series, focusing on the political turmoil and strife instigated by Princess Riliane as the ruler of Lucifenia, as well as various background conspiracies and historical developments. It begins around the time of Riliane's ascension to the throne, going over the genocidal "Green Hunting" against the people of Elphegort, the resulting Lucifenian revolution, and the conflicts that occurred in the aftermath. This is the centerpiece upon which the rest of the franchise was built, with the most adaptations, stories, and fan content devoted to it, taking place roughly in the center of the Evillious timeline.

The Clockwork Lullaby Series: Taking place mostly in the modern era of Evillious' history, this series focuses on a troupe of characters that live within Evil's Theater in Held's Forest, attempting to collect all of the vessels of the seven demons of sin in order to create "utopia". They are led by the Clockworker's Doll (a vessel of sin herself), following in the footsteps of her "father", Gallerian Marlon. The "Four Ends" series, which is about the four masters and their plans for either transforming or ending Evillious, is technically separate, but the four masters are principal characters in the Clockwork Lullaby series and as such it is often lumped in with this one.

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     Songs 

Original Sin Story:

The Seven Deadly Sins series:

The Story of Evil:

Clockwork Lullaby Series:

Four Ends Series:

Miscellaneous Songs:

     Albums 
  • Evils Theater
  • Screws, Gears, and Pride
  • Prelude to Forest
  • The Daughter of Evil ~Gemini of Charm~ Vocal and Soundtrack
  • Evils Forest
  • Evil Food Eater Conchita (revised)
  • Evils Kingdom
  • Judgment of Corruption ~A Court of Greed~
  • Evils Court
  • Four Melodies of Evil ~The Daughter of Evil Novel Music Collection~
  • Original Sin Story -Act 1-
  • Original Sin Story -Act 2-
  • The Daughter of Evil: BGM Reading Collection
  • The Muzzle of Nemesis
  • Seven Crimes and Punishments
  • Original Sin Story Complete Edition

     Literature 

The Daughter of Evil series (official website):

Deadly Sins of Evil series (official website):

Miscellaneous Literature

     Manga 
  • The Daughter of Evil: Novelette of White (Short story, released with The Daughter of Evil: Wiegenlied of Green.)
  • The Daughter of Evil: Retrouver of Silver (Short story released in Entr’acte of Evil: The Daughter of Evil Worldguide)
  • Her Reason (Short story also released in Epic of Evil: The Daughter of Evil Fanbook.)
  • The Lunacy of Duke Venomania
  • Aku Musu (Non-canon yonkoma manga)
  • The Servant of Evil ~Opera Buffa!~ (Non-canon comedy manga.)
  • Welcome To Conchita Dining Room (Non-canon yonkoma manga released with Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita.)
  • Deadly Sins of Evil (Non-canon yonkoma manga released with the Waltz of Evil: The Deadly Sins of Evil Guidebook.)
  • Judgment of Corruption Side Story: Gallerian (Short story also released in the guidebook.)
  • The Daughter of Evil: Act 1
  • The Daughter of Evil: Act 2 (To be released December of 2014.)
  • Quartets of Evil (Non-canon yonkoma manga.)
  • Seven Crimes and Punishments! (Non-canon yonkoma manga.)

     Theatre 
  • The Daughter of Evil (non-canon play adaptation)


This franchise provides examples of:

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     Tropes Related to the whole Evillious Chronicles 
  • The Abridged Series: The Evillious Chronicles now has one
  • Aerith and Bob / As Long as It Sounds Foreign: mothy tries to put in a "Western" feel (including the style choice of his songs), but the names...sometimes just sound plain bizarre even from a Western standpoint. Clarith? Gallerian? Yukina? That's not even getting into Milky, Pollo, and Neruneru.
  • All There in the Manual: Many of the songs are given more detail in mothy’s albums, several of which have an informative booklet containing either exposition or in-character commentary.
    • The two novel series have also received their own databooks containing miscellaneous info on the setting, character aftermaths, creator interviews, English spellings, and other trivia.
  • After the End: Desert Bluebird hints at taking place in this sort of scenario, mentioning ruined towns and nuclear radiation.
  • Anachronic Order: The reason why so many fans have trouble connecting all the dots of the series. Few realized mothy was telling this kind of narrative until "Chrono Story".
  • Animated Actors: mothy treats the Vocaloids this way, as each is credited for the role of the character in the PVs they're in, even if their vocals weren't used for the song. (Some PVs play with this by censoring or otherwise obscuring parts of the credits to not reveal the "cast member."
    • Some Vocaloids who don't appear in the song are even credited for lighting and props, as in the "Evil Food Eater Conchita" PV.
  • Anti-Villain: A common character type in mothy’s works; as a more common example, Allen in Story of Evil is a Woobie Anti-villain acting out of love for his sister.
  • Anyone Can Die: Particularly since the story goes on for hundreds of years, where most characters from the previous story arc have died of old age by the time the next one comes around.
  • Arc Words: "Lu Li La," a lullaby that often appears in various songs of the series.
    • The term 'Merry-go-Round' with variations thereof, with the song Prophet Merry-Go-Round, Calgaround in the region of Merrigod, the Merry-go-Round drug, and Madam Merry-go-Round.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A very common trope, with Sateriasis Venomania, Riliane, and Banica Conchita as some of the worst examples.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Invoked for the country name Jakoku, which literally means "Land of the Snake"note  but is intended to be left untranslated, showcasing it as Eastern by the other Western countries.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Not as much as in previous years when the franchise was more obscure, thankfully, but as it was (and still is sometimes) translated largely by fans with little experience in Japanese (often going off of Chinese or Spanish translations to boot) the interpretations leave quite a lot to be desired. One good example of this is how the "Levianta Catastrophe" was written for the longest time as "Levianta Fire Disaster". It doesn't help that mothy himself isn't good at translating to English.
  • Call Back:
    • "And Then the Girl Went Mad -End of a Moonlit Night-" has several references to "Abandoned on a Moonlit Night", from song lyrics that are similar—if not identical—to ones said in the other song, the similarity in titling, the same hut in the middle of the forest in both, and short lines sung by Hansel and Gretel.
  • Canon Welding: According to mothy he began to concept a larger narrative after the release of a few of his songs, and with songs like Heartbeat Clocktower and Chrono Story he began making it more apparent to the fans.
  • Color-Coded Characters: As the characters are all "played" by Vocaloids, they all have their own color schemes that repeat throughout the various arcs (such as KAITO characters are blue, Miku characters are turquoise, Meiko's characters are red, etc). This ends up being plot relevant, as it's a rough indicator of things like genealogy and in some cases whether it's the same character either an immortal in disguise or reincarnated.
  • Continuity Porn: Comes with the Canon Welding above, mothy’s later songs feature some of this.
  • Crapsack World: Evillious certainly qualifies, with all the tragedies that happen in a thousand year stretch.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Levin religion is very similar to Christianity despite being polytheistic, with similar symbolism and teachings.
  • Dead All Along: Quite a few of the reveals through the series are linked to a character being dead from the start and being impersonated by someone else. Examples include Sateriasis Venomania, Mikulia Greeonio, Joseph, the Calgaround daughter, Margarita Felix, Bruno Marlon the Lorre sisters, and Kayo's husband.
  • Demonic Possession: Unless you’re completely carefree or a powerful mage, you are at risk for being possessed if you come in contact with the Demons of Sin. Most of the problems in the series are due to this happening as the result of a Deal with the Devil or someone else's interference, shown in the Seven Deadly Sins Series and the Story of Evil.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Common among characters in the chronicles and justified by the times they take place in. In particular, Michelle Marlon and The Master of the Graveyard wear this the most.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: The unusual "ziz tiama", otherwise known as the "Very Amazing Octopus", features throughout the series as a magical and sometimes sacrificial animal; it is both a running gag and a Shout-Out to Tako Luka
  • Evil Mask: From the Second Period there was an entire race of sentient masks; granted, it's not said if they all were evil, but this trope applies to Seth Twiright in particular, the one mask to survive to the Third Period. He specifically denies being able to take over someone's body, though he does have other abilities.
  • Family Theme Naming: All members of the Rogzé family have names that start with a "P", from normal names like Prim to... names like Plus.
    • Members of the Elphen royal family have names based on plants, given the kings "Thorny" and "Soil".
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • The entirety of Bolganio is Eurasia, with:
      • Lucifenia as France.
      • Elphegort as Germany.
      • Marlon as Great Britain.
      • Asmodean as Saudi Arabia.
      • Beelzenia as Rome, Spain or Italy, depending on the year.
      • Levianta as Russia.
      • Jakoku as Japan.
    • A new continent named Maistia is discovered in later centuries with clear parallels to the Americas and United States.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In "Chrono Story": There are three women who appear at the beginning of the song; blonde, pink, and black haired respectively. These women are the forms that Elluka took across the series; her original form, Lukana Octo's body wearing her Story of Evil sorceress garb, and Kayou Sudou's original body.
    • Among Venomania's victims are Tette Cetera, a soldier, Neruneru Nerune, a spy, Rindo Blum, a nun, and Mickina Olliba, a widow. In Story of Evil, Chartette Langley eventually becomes a unit leader in Beelzenia's military, while Ney Futapie was a spy for Marlon all along. Riliane also became a nun in her old age while Keel eventually died, widowing Mikina.
    • Just before the beginning of the actual song in the video for "Miniature Garden Girl," the sound of someone winding a clockwork key is heard. The song ends with the reveal that Gallerian Marlon's "daughter" is actually a clockwork doll.
  • Grief Song: Pops up from time to time—"Clockworker—Recollective Music Box", "Regret Message", "The Last Revolver" and "The Portrait Glassred Drew" are some notable examples.
  • Humans Are Special: Held in Wiegenlied of Green makes a commentary on humans being stronger than gods, and some commentary is made of there one day being a time when gods and magic are completely unnecessary. This theme is touched on again in the Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep novel, where Elluka discovers the survivors of Margarita's Gift—some of them with a natural resistance—have already devised a medicine to combat the effects, and that the day was saved by humanity's resourcefulness and strength, not magic.
  • Identical Grandson: Common in the series, partially due to several being represented by the same Vocaloid and so retaining their appearance. This phenomenon is even discussed in "Gloom of Held".
  • Idiosyncratic Album Theming: All of the Original Sin Story albums are called Original Sin Story -Act Something-.
    • Evils Forest, Evils Kingdom, and Evils Court all feature in-character commentary as part of a Framing Device for the songs. They also continue the "Evils" trend started by mothy's earlier album, Evils Theater.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Much of the franchise takes place in a country or region named after a demon that's associated with one of the sins: Asmodean (Asmodeus), Beelzenia (Beelzelbub), Lucifenia (Lucifer), Levianta (Leviathan), and Elphegort (Belphegor), Marlon (Mammon), and at one point an empire named Tasan (Satan).
    • This is all within a region called Evillious.
    • In Marlon’s northern half is a region called Blood Pool.
  • Immortality: Elluka, Hansel, Gretel, and Gumillia. The twins are confirmed to be Born-Again Immortality.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: This causes a lot of confusion among fans. Non-Japanese fans have an even harder time with this, as the franchise is primarily in Japanese and some pieces of the puzzle are revealed a lot later or less accurately by fan translators.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Given that this series spans a thousand years, with multiple story arcs (most featuring entirely new main characters, who may be numerous in one story arc alone) this trope was inevitable.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: Present in "Lu Li La, the Resounding Song", "The Wooden Girl ~Thousand Year Wiegenlied~", "Blink", "Handbeat Clocktower", "Cappricio Farce" and "Wordplay".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Common in a lot of the franchise’ songs, such as Red Shoe Parade—an upbeat marching song about how the Shadow Parade decides to Rape, Pillage, and Burn the homeland of the "Bad Theif".
  • Mad Scientist: Seth Twiright as well as Adam in Original Sin Story, but one also features in "Full Moon Laboratory".
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Most of the characters are some shade of gray, with a few irretrievably evil individuals and the occasional genuinely good person thrown into the mix.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: There's Ma, who presents herself as a playwright in Gallerian's time, Will Jacques. who writes about the Demons of Sin, his wife, Sanan Noi, who writes the story of Vampiress Vaniqa, and his grandfather Zenos, who committed his own travels to paper.
    • There's also Yukina Freezis, who eventually becomes famous for penning what would be known as the Freezis Fairy Tales and Hanne Lorre really Elluka in disguise, a reporter for the Shuburke Newspaper.
  • Mood-Swinger: Elluka Clockworker. She's referred to as "the whimsical sorceress" for a reason.
  • Mood Whiplash: Halfway through "Playing With Words". Also, the order of the songs in the albums can cause this as well; for example, in the CD Evils Theater, "Evil Food Eater Conchita" is immediately followed by "Ten Minute Love".
    • Which is quickly followed by "Regret Message" making it a double example.
  • Murder Ballad: Some of the songs; examples include "The Tailor of Enbizaka," "Abandoned on a Moonlit Night", and "Flower of the Plateau,"—it's a staple of the franchise.
  • Music Box Intervals: Occasionally done in the franchise's songs, most notably in "Recollective Music Box".
  • Night of the Living Mooks: The undead soldiers used by Banica and later Ney Futapie in the franchise, most of which only retaining a small semblance of their former life and mindlessly tearing apart those they come in contact with.
  • No Biological Sex: Forest spirits don't have genders, hence why Michaela uses "boku" as a spirit, and "Watashi" as a human during the Story of Evil. Elluka nonetheless considers the spirits to be female.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted several times, although most examples have the individuals centuries apart, such as Ein of the Story of Evil era sharing names with constable Ein Anchor and his grandfather. Even that is averted with the name Riliane, however; first there was Empress Riliane Roses, then Riliane Lucifen d'Autriche, and the soldier Riliane Mouchet.
    • There is an entire organization that used "Bruno" as a code name in the Gluttony era, which carries on to others adopting the name "Bruno" as a Legacy Character.
  • Only One Name: Most everyone in Elphegort has only their given name, save for nobility.
  • People of Hair Color: Played straight with Elphegort but subverted everywhere else; despite Marlon and Lucifenia having nicknames like "The Blue/Yellow Country" respectively, there's more ethnic diversity there and everywhere else in Evillious.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Several throughout the Chronicles, though Riliane, Master of the Graveyard, and Margarita Blankenheim's dresses are the best examples.
  • The Plague: The Gula disease, which causes its victims to grow rapidly malnourished and always hungry for whatever is on hand (even if it isn't edible,) and the only way to survive it is to satiate that hunger for a span of ten years. By the Story of Evil it can be treated and later a cure is developed, but not before killing millions of Beelzenians and others through history.
    • Might count as Mystical Plague, seeing its connection to the Demon of Gluttony.
  • Poison Is Evil: Played to its fullest, with the Rogzé family in the Story of Evil using poison as their weapon of choice, Venomania's poison and venom motif, and Margarita's Gift.
  • P.O.V. Sequel: Quite common. Particularly so with the Story of Evil, where "The Daughter of White," "The Servant of Evil," and "Wooden Girl ~Thousand-Year Wiegenlied~" can all be seen as one to "The Daughter of Evil."
  • Reincarnation: A common theme in Story of Evil as well as a plot point for Hansel and Gretel, who keep being reincarnated throughout the franchise.
    • In Prefacio of Blue, the Master of the Graveyard calls King Kyle "this era's Soul of Adam". Take that as you will.
    • She says the same to GEAR a good 500 years later.
  • Punny Name: If it's not a Meaningful Name, mothy tends to do this instead. Most of the Conchita family has names that relate to eating. Toitapea, for example, which with the katakana reversed sounds out as "appetite", or "Tosuite", which with the katakana reversed sounds out "taste".
    • Tette Cetera as well, in Venomania's harem.
  • Recursive Canon: The songs get this from time to time; one example is "Recollective Music Box," telling the story of Elluka's past, which is also a spell-song Michaela uses in-universe. The first line from "The Last Revolver" reversed also part of a spell-song.
    • Michaela sings the song "South North Story" to a little boy to cheer him up.
  • Religion of Evil: The Behemo Sect of the Levin religion is, at least, treated this way in-universe for its demon-worship. During Original Sin Story Held followers were also accused of following this, their god branded evil by Magic Kingdom Levianta.
  • Reused Character Design: The same Vocaloids are used to represent multiple different characters. Justified in several cases.
  • Shout-Out: Some of the chronicles (both the Seven Deadly Sins Series and the "End of Four" series) heavily references an early XVI century painting called "The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things" (The four last things are: Death (Graveyard), Judgement (Court), Hell (Hellish Yard) and Glory (Heavenly Yard)).
  • Sins of Our Fathers: The mistreatment of Venomania's descendants feature in nearly all parts of the story.
  • Snow Means Death: Lemy Abelard is shot by Gumillia on a snowy night. Nyoze is also shot by Nemesis in the middle of winter.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": For a long time the fanbase referred to the characters from the Story of Evil by their Vocaloid names (Rin, Len, Miku, etc) before the canon names in the novels (Riliane, Allen, Michaela, etc) became widespread. As demonstrated below, multiple debates also occurred on the proper English spelling of the canon character names, with many more examples than this listed.
    • There used to be confusion on whether Banica's name was "Vanika" or "Banika" before Word of God explained it was a torsion on the word cannibal. Amusingly, in-universe Banica's folklore persona is called Vanika.
    • There was also a debate on Allen's last name being correctly spelled as "Avadonia" or "Abbadonia", although this debate tended to ignore the way his name was actually spelled in katakana, which specifically represented the 'v' sound.
    • Entr'acte of Evil: The Daughter of Evil Worldguide as well as Epic of Evil: The Daughter of Evil Fanbook cleared up many debates on how some of the names, such as Riliane, Clarith, or Germaine, were supposed to be spelled.
    • "Lily" Mouchet's full name is often debated as either Liliane or Riliane. On one hand, her name is said to be the same as the Daughter of Evil's, which is why she strongly prefers her nickname. However, her nickname works better with Liliane than with Riliane, even though both are spelled the same in Japanese. Complicating matters further is that both women were named after a common ancestor, Riliane Roses. Since the Daughter of Evil's name has been officially written as Riliane, it should follow that the other names are Riliane Roses and Riliane Mouchet, but Liliane remains very popular for the latter.
    • The Clockwork Lullaby; no one is sure if it's spelled "Lu Li La" or "Ru Ri Ra".
    • For the longest time, Karchess' name was spelled as "Kachess", due to a translation error with the double a in the Japanese spelling (Kaachesu). This was cleared up by Word of God stating an r in the name is intentional (although Shrug of God on the rest of the spelling).
  • Split Personality: The protagonist of "Blood-Stained Switch", and by extension anyone else in the series afflicted with Hereditary Evil Raiser Syndrome. At least, unless they give into it completely.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Played straight with the characters represented by KAITO, MEIKO and Gackpo and subverted by characters represented by Miku, since they're either unrelated to each other or are just Eve's transmigrations.
  • There Are No Therapists: Most of this series, if not all of it, takes place in a realm reminiscent of the time before therapists were a thing. But still, people like Sateriasis Venomania could have really used one.
  • Title Drop: Seen in multiple songs - The Daughter of Evil, The Servant of Evil, Judgment of Corruption, Wordplay, and Flower of the Plateau, to name a few.
  • Twist Ending: This trope is used liberally in the Chronicles, particularly the songs—several are quite disturbing, such as Kayo Sudou’s "lover" really not knowing her at all.
  • Vestigial Empire: The Tasan Empire, which splits due to inner conflict and has its pieces conquered by Beelzenia in the first century EC, with Retasan Fortress being it's last known remnant.
    • The Beelzenian Empire becomes this way over the centuries as it loses more and more of its territory, a shell of its former glory by the Story of Evil.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Elluka Clockworker's immortality is a considerable source of angst when it means she will inevitably watch all her close friends die of aging, disease, or less natural causes.
  • World Tree: The Millennium Tree, which is inhabited by a god. The first one featured in the story is Held, and he is later replaced by Michaela.
  • Year Zero: The birth of Hansel and Gretel, the twins believed to be reincarnations of gods, marks the beginning of a new calendar. With a few exceptions every event in the series takes place during the Evillious Calendar.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Most of the main characters are based on Vocaloids, down to the multicolored hair.
    • While most of the countries have plenty of people with natural hair colors—many main characters being exceptions—Elphegort's entire population has green hair.

     Tropes Related to the Original Sin Story 
  • Adult Fear: Eve Moonlit stealing twin children from their mother and then killing said mother to keep them.
  • Arc Symbol: "Red fruits," representing Hansel and Gretel, show up in some of the PVs.
  • Arc Words: In "Project 'Ma'," the opening phrase "This is the story of the beginning. Where should I start? My name is _____, the best _____ in this country..." are sung three times.
  • Artificial Human: The Ghoul children of Levianta are this, born in-vitro and supposedly only needing a mother to carry them initially.
  • Back from the Dead: Elluka after Kiril uses the Sin to revive her, this being the beginning of her long life of immortality. Or not, given the reveal that Elluka Clockworker is really Levia. Elluka Chirclatia never comes back.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: Before the Catastrophe this was Levianta's preferred ruler, with first a prophet in charge (her son not indicated to be her heir) and then the new queen chosen among the most powerful mages (who are also made out to be the mother of gods, 'Ma'.
  • Dark Reprise: "Recollective Music Box" receives one in a slower and sadder remix sung from the perspective of Kiril Clockworker. The melody also shows up in "Survival 'Ma' -Who Will Survive?-" as part of the musical break before Irina kills Elluka.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Elluka, following the Levianta Catastrophe, awakens to find the whole country destroyed and everyone she knew either dead or missing.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The Sin device. It's destruction (that caused the Levianta Catastrophe), rendered Levianta unfit for life, with no plants or animals growing, and even affected the neighboring countries’ productivity. It took nearly 200 years for people to come back to live in there.
  • Lunacy: A running theme in both "Moonlit Bear" and "Abandoned on a Moonlit Night."
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Hansel and Gretel in "Abandoned on a Moonlit Night."
  • Foregone Conclusion: Fans watching the videos in order of release would have soon guessed the ending of "Escape of Salmhofer the Witch" was Meta's children being stolen after seeing "Moonlit Bear."
  • Foreshadowing: Around the 0:26 mark in the PV of "Moonlit Bear," there's blood on the hem of Eve Moonlit's dress. At the end of the song, we find out that she murdered Hansel and Gretel's mother.
  • Heel Realization: Eve in "Moonlit Bear," realizing that she’s a kidnapper and a murderer, stealing two twins and killing their mother.
  • How Do You Like Them Apples?: The events that transpire in "Moonlit Bear" are heavy in apple-related imagery, which isn’t the last of the Biblical themes used in this series.
  • Ironic Echo: In "Escape of Salmhofer the Witch," "My children are nowhere to be found."
  • Make It Look Like an Accident / Never Suicide: In "Survival 'Ma'," Irina kills Milky and Ly through these methods. One of them is sent off of a cliff, and it's claimed that she simply tripped and fell. Another one is found hanged, and it's alleged that she killed herself because of the grief the fighting caused her.
  • Murder by Cremation: Hansel and Gretel come across a witch and shove her into the oven. Oh, and that "witch" was actually their adoptive mother.
  • Nostalgic Musicbox: Fittingly, this is used in the first verse of "Recollective Music Box."
  • Offing the Offspring: Attempted in "Abandoned on a Moonlit Night;" where the twins are left behind in the forest.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: The beginning of the instrumental "Prophet Merry-Go-Round."
  • Ouroboros: In the PV of Escape of the Salmhofer the Witch, two ouroboros symbols are seen at the end, probably representing the "Twin Gods".
  • Psychotic Smirk: Meta Salmhofer has this expression at one point in the PV for "The Escape of Salmhofer the Witch."
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Eve Moonlit for half a second in the PV of "Moonlit Bear."
  • Science Fantasy: The science part is most heavily emphasized in this era.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The only reason Ly Li was allowed to become part of Project 'Ma'.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Hansel and Gretel, killing their adoptive parents.
  • Separated at Birth: Pale Noël and Seth Twiright. Later averted, since they're not actually twins.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Meta, at least after leaving the Institute. Who leaves their twin babies alone in the forest in the middle of the night? This leads to her babies getting stolen and her killed.
  • Virgin Power: Invoked by Project 'Ma', where one of the requirements is to be a virgin. It's clear that there is no actual reason for this requirement since several of the candidates—among them a prostitute—are obviously not virgins, and Meta, the only successful Ma, was Pale's lover.
  • Wham Line: Adam delivers one to Eve at the end of "Moonlit Bear."
    • "Please return these children to their true mother's side".
  • Wham Shot: The above line from "Moonlit Bear" accompanies the two apples morphing into crying babies. Similarly, from the same video, the image of the dead bear changing into Meta's dead body.

     Tropes Related to the Seven Deadly Sins Series 
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Nemesis eventually becomes the Evillious equivalent of Adolf Hitler, albeit without the racist ideologynote 
  • Absurdly Youthful Father: Gallerian Marlon.
  • Abusive Parents: There’s plenty of examples in this series: Venomania and Conchita's so far had the most devastating effects.
  • Alliterative Name: Occurs from time to time. Notable examples are Allen Avadonia, Gumina Glassred, Mira and Michelle Marlon, Mei and Miku Miroku, Neruneru Nerune, and Riliane Roses.
  • Arranged Marriage: Several, all of which invariably turn sour....Seems like mothy is trying to tell the audience something.
    • Sateriasis and Gumina for the Lust arc.
    • Banica and Carlos for the Gluttony arc.
    • Riliane and Kyle for the Pride arc.
    • Margarita and Kaspar for the Sloth arc.
  • Arc Words: "Now, [so and so]" at the beginning of each PV. Interestingly, the Pride and Wrath songs are the only ones where it's spoken aloud.
    • In the Seven Crimes and Punishments rearranges, each phrase is spoken aloud before the song.
    • Additionally, all response songs are preceded by "If only [so and so]".
  • Artifact of Doom: The vessels used by the Demons of Sin; the Venom Sword, the Glass of Conchita, the Four Mirrors of Lucifenia, the Clockworker's Doll, Kayo's Scissors (previously the Twin Swords of Levianta), the Marlon Spoon, and the Golden Key.
  • Autocannibalism: The most famous and perplexing part of Banica's story is the scene where she eats herself.
  • Bad Boss: Banica Conchita and Elluka are both bad to their "employees," whether it be the chefs the former is eating or the servants the latter is kidnapping.
  • Bad Santa: Julia runs the criminal organization Père Noël under the title "I. Santa Claus", complete with Santa coat.
  • Battle Butler: Carol Shields is a servant of Gumina's who knows martial arts, and is incredibly loyal. Arte and Pollo also count as this.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In "Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep," the word "Gift" appears to be a case of Gratuitous English, sung in Engrish by Margarita. However, it’s actually a case of Gratuitous German, as "Gift" refers to her poison.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Many of the arcs in this series end this way, particularly in the novels; while the Arc Villains that had been causing the problems are dead at the end of the story, Elluka fails repeatedly to find and seal the vessels of sin that corrupted them in the first place.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Lemy Abelard is stated to have been brainwashed by Julia.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: This was the real reason Gumina mocked Cherubim in "The Lunacy of Duke Venomania", wishing to save him from the (real) Sateriasis, who was jealous of their relationship.
  • Body Surf: Elluka enters a new body twice in this series, swapping bodies with Lukana Octo and then Kayo Sudou. Irina changes bodies to an even greater extent, coming in with a new medium each time she reappears.
  • The Bride With A Past: The plot of "The Flower of the Plateau" is a variant where the bride (Mikulia, a former prostitute) gets married in a new town, and it's outsiders who come to reveal her past to the groom. So she kills them.
  • Broken Bird: Elluka Clockworker is a snarky Badass in this series who acts whimsical and a little cold, especially early on, as a result of all she lost in Original Sin Story.
  • Cain and Abel: Played with: Cherubim killed the original Sateriasis, but it turned out that the original Sateriasis was also planning to kill him.
  • The Caligula: Riliane Lucifen d'Autriche (AKA "The Daughter of Evil")
  • Call Back: After the final line of "The Muzzle of Nemesis", you can hear Nemesis sing in the background "Sayounara, itoshii hito"(Goodbye my love), a line she sang in "The Last Revolver".
  • Child by Rape: Sateriasis Venomania's lineage throughout the series is a result of his "conquests" using the power of the Venom Sword.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Venomania and Gumina had this, as well as Margarita and Kaspar (at least on Margarita's side.) Both examples end tragically.
  • Chocolate of Romance: In the Waltz of Evil comedy stories, the Venomania story centers around the girls all competing to give the Duke chocolate for Valentine's Day.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Kayo Sudou takes this to disturbing extremes.
  • Clockwork Creature: Gallerian's "daughter".
  • Cool Mask: The Master of the Hellish Yard wears a stylish half mask over her eyes.
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: Both Kaspar and Dr. Felix's deaths were written off as being related to tobacco abuse or choking, when it's obvious there was more going on. In this case, the World Police are forced to accept the testimony because of pressure from above.
  • Creepy Child: Pierrot, with a subversion on Banica's adult-but-still-young-looking servants.
  • Deal with the Devil: Venomania and Conchita have been shown to do this directly with their Demon of Sin.
    • Gallerian refuses one made by the Master of the Hellish Yard because it would cost him money.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Margarita in "Gift from the Princess Who Brought Sleep" definitely crosses this, but it's unclear at which point.
  • Despair Speech: The final verse of "Gift from the Princess Who Brought Sleep." The first half doubles as a Motive Rant.
  • Disguised in Drag: Karchess disguises himself in drag, and in the song even sings with a falsetto.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The "Muzzle of Nemesis" album booklet reveals that Elphegort, led by a dictatorial Nemesis, would eventually form an alliance with Jakoku and Beelzenia. Jakoku would then attack a neutral country called the "United States of Maistia", which led to Maistia revoking its neutrality and plunging the ''entire world'' into a terrible war.
  • Doomed by Canon / Foregone Conclusion: The outcomes of some of the novels are already known to people who have watched the songs, though many new details about the story are revealed instead.
    • On another note, because of the Story of Evil the audience already knows Elluka fails to collect and seal the Venom Sword or Glass of Conchita.
  • Dual Meaning Chorus: "Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep." What is initially an invitation to rest using said "princess'" sleep medication becomes an invitation to die from her poison.
  • Driven to Suicide: Margarita Blankenheim. Early in his own novel, Cherubim was about to do this.
  • Dwindling Party: Père Noël is a villainous version, as its few members begin dying off or fleeing the organization for various reasons.
  • Dying Alone: In the Waltz of Evil Fanbook, one of the short stories shows that Chartette died this way at the hands of Irina. Duke Venomania died alone in his mansion, after all of the women from his harem fled.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Venomania tries to do this as he confesses his love for Gumina, and appeared to do so in the song, but it's subverted—he was unable to say it out loud due to a lack of breath.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Invoked by Duke Venomania.
    • In "Fifth Pierrot," Julia Abelard is referred to as a "sexy beauty".
  • Expy: Ma of this and the Clockwork Lullaby Series bears a strong resemblance to Yuuko Ichihara, though decidedly more morally ambiguous.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Banica Conchita.
  • Fan Disservice: In "Flower of the Plateau", we get a completely nude image of Mikulia. Pretty hot, huh? Nope. Not only is her lower half seemingly mutated graphically to look like a flower, but one of her breasts has a massive slug crawling on it. Ewwwww.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The "Punishment" weapon in the EC 900s, which once detonated, is able to wipe out an entire forest, and the Master of the Hellish Yard plans to use it to destroy Evillious. Even more than the Sin example above, as this weapon is created in the middle of heavy WWII parallels for the franchise.
  • Foreshadowing: From "Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep" Margarita states she was used "like a doll"; this foreshadows her ownership of the Clockworker's Doll as well as the fact that she IS the Clockworker's Doll, as shown in the novel.
  • For Happiness: Margarita's motive. Whether or not she's telling the truth is debatable.
  • Framing Device: In the Evil Food Eater Conchita novel, Banica's story is narrated by a waiter in the Graveyard restaurant during the EC 990s.
  • Freudian Excuse: Many of the villains of the series have one, detailed in the novels and referenced in the PVs.
    • For the exact list: If Conchita didn't finish her food, she'd be harshly punished; Venomania was horrifically neglected by his father; Riliane was possessed twice in childhood and forced in a position of authority at a young age, and Nemesis grew up isolated and without her father.
  • From a Single Cell: All contractors of Demons of Sin have a Healing Factor pumped Up to Eleven, to the point where they'll even regenerate from being burned to cinders.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The song Drug of Gold as titled in English to spell out the word "DOG"...it's the story of a dog, i.e. Carlos.
  • Genre Roulette: The light novels in the series have all different genres depending on what part of the story mothy focuses on. To make an example, The second Deadly Sins of Evil novel, "Evil Food Eater Conchita", reads like a Horror novel, while the third novel, "Gift From the Princess who Brought Sleep" is a Mystery novel.
  • Godiva Hair: Mikulia Greeonio aka Eve in the PV for "Flower of the Plateau."
  • Gold Digger: Kaspar, who married Margarita Blankenheim because she was the daughter of a doctor and thus had a lot of wealth, is a male version of this.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • Some of Conchita's delicious (not) dishes are censored with mosaics, with the names either being partially censored out or even entirely censored.
    • "Muzzle of Nemesis'" PV fades to black just before Nemesis shoots Gallerian in the head.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The fragments of sin that were scattered across the world. Although Elluka's quest gets the most focus, Gallerian is trying to fulfill his own dreams by collecting them for Ma.
  • Handsome Lech: Duke Venomania
  • Hanging Judge: Gallerian Marlon (but only if you can't pay him enough).
  • Harem Seeker: Duke Venomania
  • The Hedonist: Duke Venomania and Conchita even more so.
    • The fact that they are related won't surprise anyone.
  • Iconic Item: The Sins each have one:
  • If I Can't Have You: Kayo resorts to this after three instances of Murder the Hypotenuse in "The Tailor of Enbizaka." Additionally, in "Gift of the Princess who Brought Sleep," Margarita's husband, who only married her for the dowry and cheats on her often, is the first victim of her poison.
  • I Have Many Names: Many people in the chronicle are known to have many aliases and Red Baron, but special mention goes to Irina Clockworker, who is known as I.R., Abyss I.R., ABC-IR, I. Santa, and Julia Abelard.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Banica Conchita, who eats all of her enemies and people who annoy her.
  • Improbable Age: Word of God places Gallerian at a rather young age to be a high-ranking judge.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Kayo Sudou murders four people with sewing scissors.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Duke Venomania, despite all his smugness about seducing women, was horribly insecure about himself before making the contract due to the mockery he suffered.
  • The Infiltration: Elluka joins Père Noël under an alias, but when she tries to get Lemy to leave, he instead reveals her betrayal to Julia, and Elluka goes missing the next day. However, her apprentice Gumillia was still on the inside and thus able to carry out her orders to kill Lemy.
  • Karmic Death / Death by Irony: Several of the Arc Villains get this;
    • In "Evil Food Eater Conchita," the titular character eats herself.
    • In "The Lunacy of Duke Venomania," the duke is killed by a man dressed like a woman.
    • In "Judgement of Corruption," Marlon is sent to Hell with the exact same words he gave criminals.
    • In "Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep," Margarita commits suicide by drinking the poison she had given to everyone.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Gallerian Marlon.
  • Lady Killer In Love: Played with with Venomania, who claims to fall in love with multiple women, although his true love is Gumina Glassred.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: There's a notable aversion for the website profiles of all the characters in "The Seven Crimes and Punishments", which explicitly dances around the twists introduced in the Deadly Sins of Evil novels—Sateriasis' doesn't even list his real birth date, instead listing that of his brother. It does, however, introduce new plot points for Kayo.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Nemesis does this twice in "Muzzle of Nemesis"; first asking herself why her mother would fall in love with someone like Gallerian (in context, she's wondering what her mother saw in him, to the audience it feels like she's lampshading the Twist Ending), then declaring the end of the "sinful story of evil" (in context, she means ending her father's tyranny and the events that led up to it, to the audience she seems to be referring to the end of the "Seven Deadly Sins Series").
  • Lolicon/May-December Romance: In the fourth verse of "The Tailor of Enbizaka," Kayo Sudou sees her boyfriend buying a yellow hairpin for a girl "that looks much too young". Subverted when we find out the yellow hairpin girl was the man's daughter, not his other lover.
  • The Magic Goes Away: It's mentioned in the Lunacy novel that after the Catastrophe, people with magical talent became scarcer, until magic became no more than a myth in the Story of Evil. Lukana seems to be one of the few people with considerable magical talent left by 137 EC.
  • Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: The song "The Seven Crimes and Punishments" is one, being a showy piece featuring all the Seven Deadly Sins song protagonists, among other characters. It debuted, naturally, on the titular album to cap off the completed Seven Deadly Sins series.
  • Masochist's Meal: Conchita, almost directly after making her Deal with the Devil
  • Monster Clown: Lemy is a surprisingly cute example in "Fifth Pierrot."
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: This happens three times in "The Tailor of Enbizaka," although two of them were actually the man's daughters.
  • Nobility Marries Money: The once noble Felix family pushes Margarita to marry the noble (and now impoverished) Kaspar Blankenheim to regain their status, while Kaspar makes use of her fortune.
  • Not So Different: Gallerian insults Scherzer over his statement that one can never have too much money (as one of his motives for kidnapping the many women.) Scherzer rightly points out that the judge'll save anyone if they can pay money. Gallerian agrees, and that's why he judges Scherzer guilty after Bogaerts pays him to.
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: According to Julia Abelard, secretly Mayrana in disguise the town of Calgaround is this.
  • Obliviously Evil: Lemy / Pierrot in "Fifth Pierrot." He believes "punishing all of the bad children in the world", is his job, as Ms. Santa taught him.
  • Obsessed with Food: Banica Conchita, to an extreme degree.
  • Obsession Song: "The Tailor of Enbizaka" is about Kayo's obsession with her lover, a man who doesn't even know her.
  • Oh, Crap: Has appeared a few times;
    • In "The Lunacy of Duke Venomania," Sateriasis has this expression in the song when Karchess stabs him. In the novels, he reacts this way when the Demon abandons him to die.
    • The Demon of Gluttony has one of these reactions by the end of the "Evil Food Eater Conchita" novel when Banica decides to eat herself.
  • Offing the Offspring: A subversion with Mikulia, who was impersonated by Eve when she kills Mikulia's son just to make sure that no one finds out her secret and with Banica, who changes her mind about eating her baby.
  • Once More with Clarity: While the audience already knew something was off, the scene at the end of "Judgement of Corruption" where Gallerian holds his "daughter" as they both die is still kind of sweet. Then comes "Muzzle of Nemesis" and the shot of Gallerian holding the Clockworker's Doll (whom he's convinced is his daughter) with an oblivious smile, and ignoring his other supposed daughter, makes the whole thing become really creepy.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: This was Père Noël's ultimate plan by having Margarita refine the Gift into an airborne pathogen. Using sap from the New Millennium Tree, a sole cure to the epidemic was to be devised and sold on the black market. The only problem was, Margarita had more interest in killing everyone than making the cure.
  • Questionable Consent: The entirety of Duke Venomania's harem.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Venomania's defiling of the women he abducted is depicted to be just as bad as Riliane and Margarita's mass killings.
  • Really Gets Around: Venomania, with over twenty women in his harem. Later in life one of his victims, Mikulia, became a prostitute. She was less proud of it though.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The Clockworker's Doll, for Gallerian's real daughter.
    • In her delusion, Kayo's "lover" is one for her dead husband.
  • Reverse Mole: Elluka and Gumilia after joining Pere Noel.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Gallerian Marlon’s MO.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Nemesis is frequently drawn in this pose. This album cover, for example.
  • Self-Made Orphan: In "Gift from the Princess Who Brought Sleep," Margarita's father is among the victims of her poison. Venomania, as well.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: The theme of this series, and they're represented thusly:
    • Lust: Venomania brainwashes women into being filled with unceasing desire for him and keeps them in his harem as sex slaves.
    • Gluttony: Conchita desires to eat everything in the world, including the unthinkable.
    • Pride: Riliane's selfishness causes most of her and everybody else's problems.
    • Sloth: Margarita doesn't want to work to obtain happiness, so she takes the "lazy" route and makes herself "sleep forever"...but not before dragging everyone around her with her.
    • Envy: Kayo obsesses over a man she doesn't know and kills his various lovers who are not really his lovers to have him all for herself.
    • Greed: Gallerian accepts bribes from criminals to absolve them of crime, and collects the sin vessels obsessively.
    • Wrath: Nemesis is sent into a revenge-fueled fury after being ordered to kill her lover and kills Gallerian to exact her vengeance.
  • Sex Montage: The PV for "The Lunacy of Duke of Venomania" shows the many conquests of the Duke, along with lists showing their name, age, and occupation before they "went missing." Disturbingly, some ages are censored.
  • She Is the King: Because in Beelzenia, "Duke" is a title referring to the Five Dukes, even females are called "Duke" rather than "Duchess" (as Banica demonstrates.)
  • Skewed Priorities: Played for Drama in "Flower of the Plateau." Mikulia/Eve-posing-as-Mikulia cares more about keeping her secret than about a child's life.
  • Slasher Smile: Gallerian seems to be fond of this, despite his more reserved manner in front of non-convicted criminals.
    • Banica also makes one in an illustration from her novel.
  • Smug Snake: Riliane, as well as Venomania, are this in their respective arcs.
    • The "Judgement of Corruption Side Story" manga shows Gallerian dealing with one of these.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Kayo Sudou
  • Stepford Smiler: Margarita Blankenheim in Gift From the Princess who Brought Sleep and Mikulia Greeonio in The Lunacy of Duke Venomania, though it's a milder variant in that she hides her frustrations with her peasant life.
  • Suicide Is Painless: Conchita eats herself without any problems so that she could taste all the food in the world, other than her baby anyway.
  • Synthetic Plague: The sixth version of Gift, which is what Margarita releases to kill off all of Toragay.
  • Taking You with Me: Held, just before dying, is capable of obliterating even souls with his godly power—it's for this reason Irina leaves him alone.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Nearly everyone is related to Duke Venomania.
  • This Was His True Form: It's shown that the Demon of Lust's abilities to change one's appearance aren't permanent, and when the Demon leaves Venomania's body, his second face returns.
  • Time Skip: Each novel and song takes place upwards of a hundred years after the latter.
  • Tyke Bomb: The title character of "Fifth Pierrot," who was adopted and raised to be obsessively loyal to his mother and kill whoever she asked him to as "bad children."
  • Unholy Matrimony: Gallerian Marlon and Ma, hinted strongly at in their scene together in Praefacio of Blue and confirmed by "The Muzzle of Nemesis" PV.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Kayo Sudou.
    • Ma as well, she even lampshades it in the Evils Forest booklet.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Karchess for Sateriasis in The Lunacy of Duke Venomania
  • Villainous Breakdown: Venomania and Riliane both get these toward the ends of their arcs.
  • Villainous Glutton: Banica Conchita, who even from an early age ate as a means of comfort, entertainment, and then obsession.
  • Villain Protagonist: Each song is sung from the point of view of the character acting out its “sin,” save for "The Daughter of Evil." Venomania and Conchita fulfill this role in their own novels.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Kayo Sudou, "With a good attitude and lovely skill, she's the talk of the whole neighborhood".
  • Wham Episode:
    • "The Muzzle Of Nemesis". Gallerian has a second daughter, named Nemesis, who is also the daughter of Ma. She's the one who killed him, and is implied to be responsible for Michelle and Mrs. Gallerian Marlon's death. Gallerian also commands hitmen under the title Santa Claus.
    • "Gift From the Princess Who Brought Sleep" (the novel). There are quite a few disturbing revelations but they all pale in comparison to the one that comes after Margarita drinks her "sleep potion": Margarita died being born. Mikulia died in childbirth. Platonic never existed. They weren't even possessed by Sloth. It was Eve Moonlit. All of these people, when we see them after their deaths, were Eve inside the Clockworker's Doll brainwashing everyone she came into contact with. The whole time. What happened after Elluka tried to exorcise her is a mystery.
  • Wham Line: Most commonly from the songs.
    • The infamous line from "The Tailor of Enbizaka":
    Kayo: He spoke to me as though I were a stranger
    • From "The Muzzle of Nemesis":
    "Mr. Pere Noel": I will never give over my fortune to the likes of you.
  • Wham Shot: In The Lunacy of Duke Venomania, the camera slowly (and then suddenly) pans up on Venomania's newest "bride" without her wig, revealing "her" as Karchess.
    • In "The Tailor of Enbizaka," the final shot zooms out as Kayo is back in her shop and reveals the body of her dead "lover".
    • The Muzzle of Nemesis has two similar shots that reveal the identity of previously silhouetted individuals - her employer, Gallerian Marlon, and her mother, Ma. In fact, an earlier one would be Nemesis making an offer to her employer, using the same gesture with her hand that Gallerian uses when making a deal.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Part of the risks making a contract with a Demon of Sin.
  • Yandere: Kayo Sudou.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • Yufina who was already married, to Maylis' brother Martius, was the lover of Karchess.
    • Margarita's husband.
    • Kayo's lover as well, except that he's not her lover at all, he doesn't even know her, and the women she thinks he's cheating on her with are his wife and two daughters.

     Tropes Related to the Story of Evil 
  • 0% Approval Rating: Riliane, within only two years of ruling Lucifenia.
  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Allen backs out of telling Michaela he loves her while she is hidden and safe in the well. Michaela still takes notice of his feelings, but also realizes she can't love him back. He manages to confess too late, when he finds her on the verge of death from Ney's attack.
  • Agony of the Feet: As punishment for their crimes, the members of the Red Shoes Parade are forced to dance in burning hot red shoes, giving them their Karmic Death.
  • Alas, Poor Yorick: In the velvet mix version of "The Servant of Evil," one of the first images depicts Riliane crying as she cradles Allen's head.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: A running cause of angst, throughout the series, and in some cases a plot point:
    • Riliane's love for Kyle going unrequited was the cause of the Green Hunting.
    • Several characters, including Allen and Kyle, have their love for Michaela going unrequited, since she only loves Clarith.
    • Prim's feelings for Arth (if such twisted feelings can be called love) were part of the reason why she grew to hate Anne.
  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Most people these days only remember Allen dying in this series.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Espionage Task Force.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Michaela receives two. The first one comes from Clarith, who desperately tries to stall for time so the sleeping pill she gave her could take effect and Michaela could be taken to safety. The second one comes from Allen, as he finds her dying in the well he admits he loves her.
  • Anyone Can Die: In order; Arth and Anne die of the Gula Disease, Leonhart is assassinated by Allen, Ein is killed trying to protect Clarith, Michaela is stabbed to death by Ney, Gast is killed by Germaine, Mariam is stabbed by Ney, Minis is killed for resisting arrest, Allen is beheaded in Riliane's place, Prim is stabbed by Ney, Keel is bashed on the head by Irina who then kills Ney in her sleep, Germaine gets her personality overwritten by Irina and Riliane dies of old age.
  • Arranged Marriage: Riliane and Kyle. Until he called it off to pursue Michaela, that is.
  • Arc Words: The phrases "[To do so and so], I’ll even become evil" and "If I could be reborn" have featured in some of the songs as well as the novels, short stories, and manga.
  • Ax-Crazy: Ney completely loses control in Praefacio of Blue, murdering her mother, becoming possessed by Conchita's glass, and trying to kill Kyle.
  • BFS: Chartette has a huge sword. According to the guidebook, it's two meters long.
  • Battle Butler: Riliane has several servants who are capable of combat, whether she knows it or not. To give names, these would be Allen, Chartette, Mariam, and Ney, although not all of them end up fighting on Riliane's side.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ignoring some of the things that happened after, Allen and Michaela die, Riliane would live with the regret for the rest of her life, Clarith loses the first true friend she ever had, Kyle loses his entire family, Germaine gets possessed by Irina and Yukina's family is essentially shattered. The "sweet" part is that Riliane ultimately becomes a better person, Michaela and Allen Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence, Kyle is free from his mother's control and lives the life he wanted, Germaine manages to avenge her father, Clarith starts to gain new friends (including Riliane) and Yukina becomes a famous storyteller.
    • The short story Daughter of Fog ends this way as well. Yvette Shalgam was able to move on from her dark past and find peace at the monastery, but she never got over Gast, and the Golden Key she killed her father with is now missing.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Clarith's mother, who is ill with a widespread disease that also killed the previous rulers of Lucifenia, dies while vomiting blood.
    • The undead soldiers all have this because of their own death from said disease.
    • Mariam Futapie displays this after she is stabbed in the back by Ney.
  • Book Ends: The song "The Daughter of White" begins and ends with Clarith finding a collapsed girl, nursing her back to health, and befriending her despite a difference in status. In fact, the next-to-last verse quotes several lines verbatim from the first.
  • Break the Haughty: Riliane in Story of Evil's first half.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: In the PV of "Handbeat Clocktower," Prim slumps down in her chair and dissolves into a swarm of butterflies during the lyric "On top of the Clocktower, you sit on a chair decaying".
  • The Caligula: Riliane Lucifen d'Autriche (AKA "The Daughter of Evil")
    • Prim Marlon is also this, and without demonic possession as a justification.
  • The Chessmaster: Prim Marlon.
    • Abyss I.R., too, befitting her other appearances in the Chronicles.
  • Child by Rape: In Praefacio of Blue, it's revealed that Prim used the powers of the Venom Sword to seduce Arth and have sex with him, leading to Ney's birth.
  • Child Prodigy: Yukina Freezis
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Riliane is only 14 years old when she comes to power, but this trope is deconstructed; it's clear what the pressure of the position and loneliness from being separated from her twin had done to her.
    • Played straight with Shaw Freezis once he takes control of the Freezis Firm under Keel's guidance.
  • Chocolate Baby: Ney's blonde hair meant that she could not have been the child of the blue-haired Marlon king, forcing Prim to cover up her infidelity by handing her off to Abyss I.R. and claiming the baby was stillborn.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Riliane, to King Kyle. In addition, Prim was this towards Arth before deciding she’d rather kill him to spite Anne.
  • Clock Tower: Features in Praefacio of Blue as well as its corresponding song "Handbeat Clocktower."
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: A common trope in the Story of Evil not just with the characters (being sung by Vocaloids) but also with the countries they came from; Lucifenia as the "Yellow Kingdom," Elphegort as the "Green Country," and so on.
    • Interestingly, the nicknames for the different countries all come from different sources in-universe.
  • Cool Mask: Kyle and later the Espionage Task Force wear these.
  • Court Mage: Elluka Clockworker for the court of Lucifenia, Abyss I. R. for the court of Marlon.
    • Shortly before the start of the story, Elluka had served this role for Beelzenia as well.
  • Cry into Chest: Clarith does this when Michaela tells her she's a wonderful person, shown in "The Daughter of White."
  • Dark Action Girl: Ney Futapie.
  • Dead Hand Shot: The final panel of "Retrouver of Silver," being Mariam's hand.
  • Death Seeker: Gast has been searching for a good location to die, eventually deciding to make the palace of Lucifenia his final battleground. He does not hold back in battle, though, and he comes close to killing Germaine before she gets the upper hand.
  • Declaration of Protection: Serves as one of the Arc Words in the story; Allen’s to Riliane is featured most prominently, with other characters quoting him almost word for word.
  • Disguised in Drag: Allen dresses himself up as a girl in order to pull off the swap that saves Riliane from execution.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Princess Riliane's response to the man she loves rejecting her in favor of a girl from another country is to completely destroy said country, and the first novel states that she regularly sentences people to death for minor "crimes" such as spilling water on her dress or just looking at her the wrong way.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Chartette, who ends up tearing up clothes and breaking furniture when trying to help set up a party in the beginning of Clôture of Yellow. It does help her with manual labor, however.
  • Downer Beginning: "The Daughter of Fog" short story begins with Gast's mother committing suicide and then, a little later, his little sister dying. It gets a little bit better, but not much.
  • Downer Ending: "Retrouver of Silver" ends with Mariam Futapie getting stabbed in the back by her adopted daughter Ney.
  • Dwindling Party: They were a small party to begin with, but the Three Heroes get subjected to this early on.
  • Dying Alone: Riliane feared this as the Revolution came close to succeeding and all her servants but Allen abandoned her.
    • It's also how Mariam dies, betrayed by everyone she knew. Chartette also shares this fate, although she dies decades after the Story of Evil proper.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Chartette's death.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Clarith in "The Daughter of White." "Gone, everyone's gone..."
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Elluka's "Very Amazing Octopus".
  • Evil Stole My Faith: As a result of the violent discrimination they faced from devout Levin believers solely because of their heritages, Gast and Clarith both developed atheistic beliefs; in Gast it's more of a grudge against the church specifically, while Clarith simply doesn't believe in God when he fails to prevent her emotional abuse and her mother's death from the Gula Disease.
  • Eyes Never Lie: After Allen murders Leonhart, Gast looks in his eyes much later and is able to tell from that that he killed a man.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In the novels, Riliane's hair is eventually cut short, while Kyle's hair is brushed back while he's still under Prim's control.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Elphe's treatment of all foreigners is an example of this.
    • So too is their treatment of the Netsuma Clan, who are indigenous to Elphegort but were persecuted to near-extinction because of one Netsuma’s connection to Duke Venomania hundreds of years ago.
  • Five-Man Band: Yukina's group in the third and fourth novels can be seen like this:
  • Forced Into Evil: Mikina Freezis was tricked by Prim into entering a contract with the demon of Greed, which resulted in her accidentally killing her father, and was told that the demon would go after her husband and kids next if she didn't start working for Abyss. This resulted in the deaths of Michaela (and all the fallout from that) and Ney, and nearly that of Yukina.
  • Foreshadowing: Story of Evil: In "The Daughter of Evil", the narration points out that Allen's face strongly resembles Riliane's. This foreshadows both the revelation that they are, in fact, twins, and their Twin Switch.
  • Freudian Trio: The Three Heroes of Lucifenia, with Leonhart Avadonia as the Ego, Elluka Clockworker as the Id and Mariam Futapie as the Superego.
  • Friendless Background: Clarith.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Riliane. That is, until she realizes what she's done and regrets it, after her brother's sacrifice and death.
    • Prim Marlon too.
  • Grief Song: "Regret Message" is about Riliane's grief after realizing how selfish she was as a princess.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: Ney Futapie
  • Heel-Face Turn: Riliane in the first half of the series.
  • Heel Realization: Riliane, Kyle, and Ney all experience this.
  • Heroic BSOD: Yukina gets hit with this after Mikina confesses to assisting Abyss, helping kick off the Green Hunting and telling Ney where Michaela was. When Abyss surrounds Yukina with fire, she's still too shocked to do anything but give up and wait to die.
    • Earlier Kyle Marlon was hit with this once he found out Ney Futapie was his sister.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Allen switches places with Riliane in order to save her from execution.
    • Ein also ends up doing this for Michaela and Clarith.
  • Humanity Ensues: Voluntarily done for Michaela and Gumillia.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Clarith prays for a friend before meeting Michaela.
  • Internalized Categorism: Clarith puts herself down constantly for having white hair, while talking about how beautiful everyone else's green hair is.
  • In the Back: Ney kills Mariam this way. To add to it, Mariam had just finished retreating from a battle she was badly injured in.
  • Interspecies Romance: Between a snake and a frog in "The Frog's and My Love Romance." Yeah, it's just as weird as it sounds. It also doesn't end well... This is also included in Story of Evil proper, with Michaela (a spirit of the forest who previously spent time as a robin) being the target of affection for several humans.
  • It's All About Me: Riliane has this attitude, only happy when people are giving her lots of attention and fussing over her. However, she eventually snaps out of it.
  • Kangaroo Court: Becomes the norm for the Lucifenian justice system once Riliane is in charge.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Brought up where Allen has to kill his adopted father because Riliane told him to. Later, he is ordered to kill Michaela, the girl he fell in love with. He isn't able to carry it out or save Michaela, but he still takes the blame.
  • King/Princess Incognito: Ney, who keeps this up even when she stops being a spy and goes back to Marlon, Kyle, who wants to interact with people below his status and uses a penname for his artwork, which he later adopts as a disguise during the revolution, and Riliane, who is forced to do this since she was supposed to have been executed.
  • King on His Deathbed: This kind of plot features in the short story "Twiright Prank," with King Arth having just passed on from a longstanding disease and one of his ministers taking advantage of this to manufacture a Succession Crisis.
  • Lady and Knight: Riliane and Allen are of the dark type; also an unusual example in that Allen is only a knight from his own perspective, as from Riliane's perspective (where she is ignorant of the lengths of his devotion to her) they are Mistress and Servant Boy archetypes.
    • In the previous generation, their mother Anne and Allen's adoptive father Leonhart were straighter examples of, respectively, the bright and white type.
  • Lady of War: Mariam Futapie, who moves elegantly in battle even when covered in the blood of enemies she's cut down.
  • La Résistance: Germaine starts building one after her father's death, and it eventually grows into a complete revolution.
  • Let's Duet: Towards the ends of "The Servant of Evil" and "Thousand-Year Wiegenlied."
  • Long-Lost Relative: Riliane lost her memories of Allen being her brother, and it's only when he's preparing to sacrifice himself for her sake that she finds out about it. Additionally, in Praefacio of Blue, it's revealed that Ney's father was the king of Lucifenia, making her a half-sister to the twins, although they never knew. Prefacio is also where Kyle learns that Ney is his own half-sister as well.
  • Love at First Sight: Both Allen and Kyle fell in love with Michaela at first sight.
  • Love Chart: "Entr'acte of Evil" has one for the Story of Evil series.
  • Love Dodecahedron: While not a romantic love, Allen has very strong devotion for Riliane that is eventually returned. Riliane is engaged to Kyle and wants to go through with it, but he has no interest in her and pines for Michaela, who is also loved by Allen. Michaela instead loves Clarith, which is reciprocated. In addition, Ein from Clarith's village had feelings for her, while multiple men proposed to Michaela. Gumillia, whether by friendship or something more, is also competing with Clarith's feelings for Michaela.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Allen is an example of the "genuinely well-meaning Love Martyr" variety (in "The Servant of Evil," he even says outright that he's willing to become evil if it's to protect Riliane)
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Prim asks Abyss I.R. to do this to Arth, leading to his being infected by Goula.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Prim Marlon and Ney Futapie.
  • Meaningful Echo: See Arc Words and Declaration of Protection above.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Riliane and Allen are a variant of these, with Riliane just barely older and being a more malicious female employer while Allen waits on her hand and foot. They also double as a Lady and Knight from Allen's perspective.
  • The Mole: Ney Futapie
  • Moral Event Horizon: An in-universe one; the "Green Hunting" was such a brutal and devastating event that it led the Lucifenian people to rise up and decide that Riliane must be punished for it.
  • Morality Chain: Inverted; Instead of going even more insane and becoming crueler, Riliane becomes racked with regret and self-loathing after Allen dies, and desperately wants to change her ways afterward.
  • Mother Makes You King: Prim doesn't care who she has to crush in order to make Kyle the king, even if it's Kyle himself.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Poor, poor Riliane.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Allen to Riliane.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: The whole reason Elphegort was invaded and the green-haired women were massacred in Story of Evil was because Riliane wanted to be sure she killed said hypotenuse, which she succeeds at.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Riliane laughs this way at the very beginning of "The Daughter of Evil."
  • Off with His Head!: The ending of "The Daughter of Evil" and "The Servant of Evil" has Allen being executed this way, while in Praeludium of Red Lily beheads the undead previous Emperor of Beelzenia in combat.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Yukina figures out that the person claiming to be Elluka may not actually be her because she claimed to hate tea when she was offered it, called Gumillia by an incorrect name, and didn't even remember Yukina's name.
  • Plucky Girl: Yukina Freezis.
  • Princesses Rule: Riliane. Justified, as she refuses to accept the title of Queen out of respect for her late mother.
  • Pocket Protector: During Michaela's death, the necklace Kyle gave her saves her from a fatal injury, but the wound is still too deep and she bleeds out. Kyle, wearing the same necklace and facing the same assailant, is mostly unharmed while the blade shatters the necklace—unbeknownst to him, however, it had been enchanted beforehand.
  • Puppet King / Unwitting Pawn: Kyle Marlon, who got upstaged by his own mother.
  • Reality Ensues: In the fourth novel, Abyss I.R. while taking control of Mikina hits Keel Freezis in the head to escape and kill Ney. The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue in the Fanbook states Keel never truly recovered from the concussion, and had to retire early, leaving Shaw (who was way too young at the time) in charge of the Freezis Firm.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Elluka looks to be in her 20s but has been alive since near the start of this roughly thousand year saga, being an immortal sorceress. Gumillia and Michaela also look in their early teens or mid-twenties, but are actually 1028 years old, being forest spirits.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: In the PV for "Red Shoes Parade," the eponymous group of vagabonds is represented by shadow puppets wearing red shoes.
  • Red Herring: Michaela is killed by a golden-haired assassin, which fans attribute to being Allen Avadonia. It's actually the blond-haired Ney Futapie who killed Michaela under her birth mother, Prim Marlon's, order.
  • Reverse Mole: Chartette dons a disguise and starts feeding information to the growing rebel group in Lucifenia, even though she still spends time drinking tea with Riliane. It's only after the revolution hits the palace that she severs all allegiance with Riliane.
  • Royal Brat: Riliane in particular.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Clarith and Riliane.
  • Separated at Birth: Riliane and Allen, separated at the age of six—Riliane doesn't remember him, thanks to the events of Twiright Prank.
  • Sharing a Body: Gumillia and Elluka, after the latter's body is stolen by Abyss I. R..
  • Shout-Out: Riliane and Allen's switch in Story of Evil is one to A Tale of Two Cities.
    Riliane: If there's no bread, let them eat snacks.
    • "The Very Amazing Spring Onion" used by Michaela is a reference to the leek, Miku's character item; similarly she's called a "Diva" by Elphegort for her singing talent.
  • Shrinking Violet: Clarith comes across as this.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Riliane is selfish and proud, Allen is a self-sacrificing Love Martyr. While part of this can be attributed to their different upbringings, the song "Twiright Prank," which takes place before the twins were separated, reveals that Riliane has always been the more selfish twin.
  • Sketchy Successor: Queen Anne was actually quite competent and fair, with Lucifenia becoming prosperous under her reign. Once she died and her daughter Riliane took over, it all went right down the drain.
  • So Happy Together: "The Daughter of White" and "Thousand-Year Wiegenlied" cover this.
  • Story Within a Story: "Red Shoe Parade" and "A Frog's and My Love Romance" are both based on stories written by Yukina Freezis.
  • Succession Crisis: Two of them: first, when Riliane and Allen/Alexiel lost their father, a political struggle took place over which one of them would get to rule after their mother died, resulting in the assassinations of two ministers and, according to the official records, Alexiel. The second was in Marlon thanks to the king having numerous children with his first wife. To ensure that only her child Kyle could rule, Prim assassinated almost all of his half-siblings.
  • Survivor Guilt: In "The Daughter of White," Clarith felt this after the green-haired women were killed, especially for her friend Michaela, whom she wished she could have switched places with.
    • "Regret Message" is about this, though it really is her fault in this case.
  • Tangled Family Tree: The d'Autriche, Avadonia, Futapie, and Marlon lines can all be connected on the same tree. Kyle and Riliane, who are engaged, both have Ney as a half-sister. The d'Autriches are also distantly related to the Mouchet family, of whom Riliane Mouchet is a member.
  • Timeskip: The novel Praeludium of Red takes place five years after Clôture of Yellow. There’s also a minor timeskip near the end of Wiegenlied of Green.
  • There Is a God!: While previously unable to believe in God because of her abuse, Clarith finally experiences friendship, she gradually starts believing in his existence. After Michaela is killed and Clarith falls back into depression, Keel asks her if she believes in God. She replies that though she didn't in the past, she does now. Clarith ends up becoming a nun in a Held monastery and later founds a monastic order in her name.
  • Token Yuri Girls: Michaela and Clarith.
  • Treachery Cover-Up: After the climactic battle with Prim and Ney, Kyle covered up their crimes to keep the country from falling into chaos.
  • Twin Switch: A major plot point when Allen switches places with Riliane to save her from the guillotine.
  • Undying Loyalty: Allen to Riliane.
  • The Villain Sucks Song: As most of "The Daughter of Evil" is sung about Riliane, rather than from her point of view, it's closer to this than to Villain Song.
  • Wham Line:
    • From "The Servant of Evil:"
    Allen: Wear my clothes and flee...
    • From "The Daughter of White":
    "I wonder who that boy was..."
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The Epic of Evil: The Daughter of Evil Fanbook contains an Aftermath section that elaborates on several of the main characters and their fates, with Praefacio ending on such a sudden note.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Yukina Freezis.
  • You Killed My Father: Germaine's and Allen's adopted father Leonhart rebelled against Riliane's rule and snuck food out to the hungry people, but was caught and killed for his efforts. Germaine swore to avenge him, and later led the successful revolution against Riliane. Despite the fact that they didn't catch Riliane, just Allen pretending to be her. Before his death, Germaine pleaded with him to escape with her, but Allen pointed out he was the one who actually carried out the order so the execution would continue.
  • Your Cheating Heart: It turns out that Prim Marlon had an affair with King Arth, although the latter did not do so of his own free will.

     Tropes Related to the Clockwork Lullaby Series 
  • All Just a Dream: "Madame Merry Go-Round" is what Gammon Octo thinks will happen to the Master of the Court if she continues to pursue the Sins. She doesn't believe him though.
  • And I Must Scream: Irregular’s predicament, trapped in the Master of the Court's womb and made to relive the sins of his past life.
  • Arc Symbol: Gears feature in several songs, although "Heartbeat Clocktower" is the most obvious about it. Notably, gears are used as a metaphor for fate throughout the entire Chronicles.
  • Arc Words: “Lu Li La,” the titular Clockwork Lullaby, is most prominent in this series. The word Utopia is also repeated several times.
  • Audience Surrogate/Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the first verse of "Cappriccio Farce", the Awakened Vessels are searching for the Vessel of Wrath. Guess who else was waiting for Wrath at the time the song was released.
  • Badass Boast: The Master of the Hellish Yard's song contains one.
    "I am the Master of the Hellish Yard/The one who will overthrow hell note 
  • Clock Tower: Evils Theater has one that is, naturally, the setting of "Heartbeat Clocktower."
  • Continuity Nod/Dark Reprise: The various tunes of "Master of the Hellish Yard" are meant to resemble those of previous songs; "Wordplay", "Laboratory of the Full Moon" and "Recollective Music Box" in particular.
  • Descent Into Darkness Song: "Wordplay."
  • Fantastic Nuke: Nemesis' "Punishment" weapon is implied to be an Evillious version of the Atom Bomb. In its first test run, it destroyed an entire forest.
  • Framing Device: Several of the Evils album booklets serve as this.
    • Evils Forest, which is about Ma greeting an intruder and speaking to them about the forest and its “rules”.
    • Evils Kingdom, which is about Ma showing the “movies” to a soon to be judged theater intruder.
    • Evils Court, about Gammon Octo's thoughts on the scripts he helps Ma create.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gear takes out his own heart and uses it to prevent the clock from stopping in order to keep the Clockworker’s Doll alive.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Judging by "Capriccio Farce", this is Master of the Court's opinion.
  • "I Am Becoming" Song: "Master of the Hellish Yard" and "Master of the Court".
  • "I Am" Song: The entire End of the Four series centers around this for the four "Master" characters.
  • Info Dump: Both Heartbeat Clocktower and Capriccio Farce all count as this, as do the album books. This is one of the only cases in which this was not a bad thing.
  • Kangaroo Court: Gammon Octo (the gardener) is subjected to this after arriving at the theater in the forest and getting captured. Master of the Court's song implies that everyone who makes it past the graveyard is subject to this.
  • Leitmotif: Ode to Joy for the unnamed Rin character.
  • Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: "Capriccio Farce" features this with all the inhabitants of Evils Theater and the Master of the Hellish Yard singing about their quest for "Utopia". "Seven Crimes and Punishments" features all the Seven Deadly Sins characters plus Allen and Hansel and Gretel singing of their stories.
  • Motor Mouth: The Servants do this a couple of times in "Capriccio Farce" and the Clockworker's Doll joins them the second time.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: The instrumental "5 Minutes to Court".
  • Parasol of Prettiness: The Master of the Graveyard; definitely referring to the high class and femininity part, not the innocence and demurity part.
  • Parental Love Song: "Master of the Court" combines this with Villain Song, between both the titular Master and her "unborn baby" Irregular, and a few lines dedicated to her father.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Capriccio Farce" to Ace Attorney, being both a trial and formatted as the same kind of visual novel.
  • Slasher Smile:
    • In the PV of "Capriccio Farce," Conchita's servants have this expression.
  • Take Up My Sword: The Clockworker's Doll became the clocktower's Director and Master of the Court after Gallerian's death. She even says she inherited the will of her father in her song.
  • Token Good Teammate: Irregular/ The Master of the Heavenly Yard (for obvious reasons)
  • The Starscream: About half the inhabitants of Evils Theater are blatantly planning against the Master of the Court, while the other half are ambiguous in their motives.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Like her father before her and Ma, this is the Master of the Court’s mentality. Both Gear and Gammon think that it will all just end in disaster.
  • Villain Song: Master of the Graveyard’s titular song.
    • The Master of the Hellish Yard's song too, when you consider the context.
  • Visual Novel: "Capriccio Farce's" PV, in a shout out to Ace Attorney.
  • Wham Line:
    • From "Miniature Garden Girl":
    In the burned remains of the house
    One can find the charred bodies of a man
    And a tiny clockwork doll...
    • In "Master of the Hellish Yard", the singer goes on quite a bit about how it's her job to destroy hell, claiming it shouldn't have existed. It's only at the end that she elaborates:
    This blood soaked hell, Evillious.
  • When It All Began: "Chrono Story" alludes to Eve's Original Sin and the dividing of the sin vessels.
  • Where It All Began: The vessels of sin are placed in Evils Theater, which stands on Adam and Eve’s former home—where the Demons of Sin were released in Original Sin Story.
  • You Keep Using That Word: A "Utopia" is an ideal society, not just any ideal living conditions for an individual character. It doesn't stop the "Seven Crimes and Punishments" website profiles from shoehorning the word, under the latter definition, into each profile, though.