Franchise / God Eater
aka: God Eater Burst

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Gods will fall! Humanity will Rise!note 

"Defy all Gods"
The official tagline of the franchise

In the early 2050's, unknown life forms called Oracle Cells began their uncontrollable consumption of all life on Earth. Their violent nature and god-like adaptability earned them the name "Aragami". Facing an enemy completely immune to conventional weapons, modern society collapses as humanity is driven to the point of extinction.One last hope remains. Following the Fenrir Organizationís development of God Arcs, Oracle Cell-based living weapons, their wielders are organized into an elite force of God Eaters. Your mission is to defeat the Aragami and gather material from them for research, but you come to realize that you are being drawn in to a giant conspiracy that will irreversibly alter the fate of humanity...

Released in 2010 as a titular title for the PlayStation Portable, Namco Bandai's God Eater has established its foothold in the Hunting RPG genre alongside the Monster Hunter franchise, though it differs from said franchise by its faster pace in combat, easy-to-grasp gameplay mechanics, as well as having a wide list of characters and an actual plot.

The first game has spawned remakes and sequels. Contributing to the longevity of the franchise, the story is not a typical "fight the monsters, save the world" story involving a Creature-Hunter Organization. The games explore the bleakness of a post-apocalyptic Earth, how humanity struggles to survive despite the world's current state and the fact that some of the surviving humans are willing to eradicate all life on the planet in order to defeat the monsters.

All God Eater videogames:

  • God Eater (2010): The first game in the series, released for the PlayStation Portable. It follows the protagonist and the Retaliation Unit note  of the Fenrir Far East Branch as they not only fought against the Aragami, but also uncovering a sinister plot to repopulate the Earth through a dreaded event called "The Devouring Apocalypse".
    • God Eater Burst ('Gods Eater Burst'' in the North America and Europe release) (2011): The first Updated Re-release title, released for the PlayStation Portable. In addition of expanding most of the original game's mechanics, the game also includes an additional storyline continuing the still-ongoing search for Lindow Amamiya, who not only survived, but was progressively mutates into a new strain of Aragami, the Hannibal, as well as the appearance of the mysterious Ren.
    • God Eater Resurrection (2015): An HD remastered Updated Re-release of God Eater Burst, released for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. The original mechanics from the second game were tweaked to include the new feature called "Predator Style", as well as to include some of the features from Rage Burst and a new story arc that connects between the events of God Eater Burst and God Eater 2. The international release contains an updated and revised localization, as well as a brand-new English dub in accordance.
  • God Eater 2 (2013): A sequel to the first game released for both the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita. The sequel centers on the Blood Unit, an elite group of God Eaters, as well as a new protagonist, onboard a moving mobile base sent to investigate the rapidly-spreading outbreak known as the Black Plague. This is the first game to featured three new weapon types: Boost Hammer, Charge Spear and Shotgun.
    • God Eater 2 Rage Burst (2015): The second UpdatedRerelease title, released for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. Like God Eater Burst, the game tweaked most of the mechanics from God Eater 2, and also includes a new storyline focuses the Blood Unit in their search for their missing comrade, Julius Viscounti, with the help of another God Eater named Livie Colette. This is the first game to introduced the Variant Scythe.

On December 21st, 2015, both God Eater 2: Rage Burst and God Eater Resurrection, were announced for an overseas release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Steam. See the commentary video here.

Soma, Alisa, and Lindow also show up in Project X Zone and their storyline in the game takes place after the ending of ''God Eater Burst''. Which means, Lindow's Red Right Hand is now well-known by other characters, Alisa already had her Character Development, and Soma's a lot closer to his peers. The sequel, Project X Zone 2, featured Ciel Alencon and Nana Kouzuki, with Alisa returning as an assist character.

Aside from the games, various other media were released to either promote the game, or expanding the franchise's established universe.

List of various media tied with the games:

Anime/Other Games

  • God Eater Prologue: A 12-minute ONA promoting the first game. It centers on Soma Schicksal's first mission as a God Eater. Watch it all here.
  • God Eater (Anime): A 13-episode anime by Ufotable released on 2015. Taking a slightly different approach in adapting the first half of the original game, it introduces Lenka Utsugi, an anime-only stand-in protagonist for the game's player.
  • Pachi-Slot God Eater: A slot-machine game based on the first game by Yamasa.
  • God Eater Online: The upcoming MMO Smartphone Game announced from Tokyo Game Show 2016.

Light Novel

  • God Eater: Days of Ruins: A light novel that covers Soma's past.
  • God Eater: Those Who Break Taboo: A light novel that covers the protagonist Geese Crimson, and the special group Asasoru.
  • God Eater: Alisa in Underworld: A light novel that covers Alisa's past.
  • God Eater: Knockin' on Heaven's Door: A light novel based on the canonical protagonist of God Eater, Yu Kannagi.
  • God Eater 2: Moonlight Mile: A novel telling the story of the events before God Eater 2 from Soma's point of view.

Manga

  • God Eater: The Spiral Fate: A non-canon manga that offers an alternate reality to the main continuity of the God Eater series, it introduces Ryo Kagami, a manga-only stand-in protagonist for the game's player.
  • God Eater: Return of the Messiah: An ambiguously-canon manga takes place in year 2072, revolving on the struggles of a group of God Eaters on the Fenrir America Branch, as well as the road to vengeance of a God Eater named Silva Orcride. 2 of the main characters, Mizuki and Rosette makes their cameo appearance in -the 2nd break- manga.
  • God Eater: The Summer Wars: A Fanservice-filled manga. Alisa and Yu are dispatched to Aegis Island on a protection mission.
  • God Eater -the 2nd break-: A manga focuses on events concerning Alisa, Soma, and Kota before and during the story of God Eater 2. The manga also features a story crossover connection with God Eater: Those Who Break Taboo by including Marguerite Claverie in the first stories.
  • God Eater 2: Undercover: An interlude manga sets before the events of God Eater 2, following Yu and Lindow in their secret mission.
  • invokedGod Eater 2 (Manga): An on-going manga adaptation of God Eater 2 that focuses on Hiro Kamui and the Blood Unit.
  • God Eater ~side by side~: A manga takes place in year 2068 and centers Tatsumi O'Mori as a main protagonist and the former 2nd Unit leader, Marco Donath.
  • God Eater 2: Anagura Recipe: A comical Slice of Life manga about the Blood Unit and the God Eaters of the Far East Branch competing against each other regarding... well, food and desserts.
  • Chibi God Eater: A Spin-Off Babies manga series retelling the events of God Eater 2 in a light-hearted comical manner, featuring cute, super-deformed versions of the characters.
    • The third volume retells the story of the anime, featuring the First Unit and Lenka Utsugi as chibified versions of themselves.

Has an official wiki here!

WARNING: The following tropes in the franchise contain a heapful amount of spoilers, most of which are left unmarked! Read at your own risk!


TROPES,COMMENCING MISSION!:

  • After the End: Planetary near-total extinction. The game starts out after the Aragami have eaten most of the planet. They make up the entire biosphere at this point, and the tiny remnant of humanity is almost all that's left of native Earth life. Landmasses are now little more than desert.
    • And Fenrir's scientists believe that an even worse apocalypse is on the way - what they call the Devouring Apocalypse, where the Aragami density reaches a critical mass and a single massive Aragami comes out on top of the food chain, consuming and consuming all the others until the face of the Earth is literally wiped clean of anything and everything but this one super-lifeform. Life will then be 're-distributed'.
  • Always in Class One: All of the main characters are part of the 1st Unit. Justified in that the 1st Unit has the highest survival rate for rookies, so obviously Fenrir would want the recently-minted New-Types to get some experience.
  • All Just a Dream: In Resurrection, the bonus vignettes with, and by extension, the entire presence of Masked Ogre, are stated to be a dream. Seeing how he's really Eric...
  • The All-Seeing A.I.: A minor example that works in your favor. Many Aragami have area attacks, and sometimes it's hard to tell apart the preparations for those attacks from a less wide one - if that is even possible; AI characters not currently performing their own attacks, however, will run towards a safe area (if it's possible for them, they block if it isn't) a second or two before the enemy even begins the motions of the attack. Keeping an eye on the mini-map and listening carefully can provide a human player with a small forewarning.
    • It's even justifiable to an extent; the Aragami's Database Entries usually include hints on what attacks they might be capable of using, so your NPC friends may have actually done their research on the monsters before setting off.
  • All Your Powers Combined: When you devour an Aragami, you gain their attacks as bullets and have the option to use it against them. You have the option of shooting it at your teammates instead, granting them an even more powerful super mode and version of the attack with up to three levels.
    • In the climax of Rage Burst all the members of Blood unite their Blood powers to counteract the Devouring Apocalypse.
  • And the Adventure Continues: In the final cutscene of Rage Burst the members of Blood, including the revived Julius and Romeo, decide to become God Eaters again after being Brought Down to Normal, leading to the next scene of them all at a mission and jumping off a cliff towards the action.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: While outfits aren't given out as actual quest rewards, new ones can be bought/crafted using materials found on missions.
  • Animal Motifs: Wolves in general due to the Fenrir Corporation, for obvious reasons. The Vajra and the Kongou take from lions and monkeys respectively, with the former adding a bit of Uncanny Valley with human faces.
    • 2 introduces the Ukanovasara, which is based off an alligator, the Garm and Marduk which is based off of Wolves, almost as if a mockery of Fenrir, and in Rage Burst Dr. Rachel, and by extension her Aragami form the World Closer, is associated with black butterflies.
  • Anyone Can Die: Hammered into you early on with Eric der Vogelweid, who gets devoured just as he's introducing himself to you. He doesn't look at all like cannon fodder at the time, so it really comes out of nowhere. It's used to play up Soma's reputation for other God Eaters dying in his proximity.
    • This is followed by Lindow... Or is it?
    • And in God Eater 2, Romeo and Julius. Though technically, Julius isn't really dead, but he is stuck in a helix plant-like structure in order to stop his Singularity from evolving.
    • And in Rage Burst, like Lindow this is averted, with not only Julius being saved from being the Cosmic Keystone to the Devouring Apocalypse but also Romeo being Back from the Dead.
  • Arcology: The Den and presumably most of the other main branches of Fenrir are this. Each was built to be self-sustaining and capable of surviving even if cut off from all the others.
  • Armor Is Useless: The clothes you can create have no effect on gameplay outside of aesthetics, which can be kinda jarring when you consider that samurai armor gives you no more protection than a swimsuit. Handwaved in that anything not manufactured with Bias Factor (the same substance that makes people into God Eaters) is basically edible tissue paper to an Aragami - that samurai armor is exactly as durable as a swimsuit to the all-devouring giant monsters.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Some of the Aragami.
    • A notable example would be the Ouroboros: the Database describes it to be as big as a mountain, and when you see it, you'll find that they weren't exaggerating.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: No Way Back, the battle theme for Dyaus Pita, qualifies.
    • So does Wings of Tomorrow, Marduk's battle theme in the sequel.
    • Also Blood Rage,the only BGM for the Updated Re-release's new gamplay feature in Rage Burst.
  • The Bait: Kota's "Lovely Lindow Luring Line-Up" plan uses a team of female-only God Eaters as bait to lure out Lindow. After it ended in failure he reveals "Version 2" which is Version 1, but with beer.
  • Battle in the Rain: The second half of the first episodes.
    • Especially Played for Drama in 2 where the rain in question is the disease carrying Red Rain which both Romeo and Julius get caught under.
  • BFG/BFS : Your weapon of choice, which is capable of transforming between both.
    • "Short" blades are larger than old-fashioned claymores, the basic Long blade is easily the size of an ironing board, and buster blades are half-again as wide and some much thicker.
    • Sniper gun parts are around the character's height, some assault guns have cannons large enough to fit a head, and most blast guns are even wider.
  • Bishōnen: Majority of the male cast is made up of pretty boys, especially Karel Schneider. Federico Caruso and Eric der Vogelweid are also this in their Resurrection incarnation. Even Yu Kannagi fits this.
    • God Eater 2 has more pretty boys than the first game. Even Hiro Kamui fits this.
    • Unlike God Eater/God Eater Burst, You are unable to make a non-handsome male avatar in God Eater 2, Rage Burst and Resurrection. Unless in Resurrection if your male avatar is Lenka Utsugi.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The Aragami are actually clusters of single-celled organisms that can consume just about anything, as well as have the ability to take on the traits of the things they eat. The only reason there's still a breathable atmosphere in the world is because some Aragami learned to photosynthesize.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The First Unit (the one the player character is in) is considered to be this trope by the Second and Third Units. Each member gets a Big Damn Heroes moment before the group heads out to stop Arda Nova in the God Eater storyline.
    • Pulled by the protagonist during the Burst storyline when s/he saves Tatsumi from the Corrosive Hannibal.
    • In chapter six, Alisa saves Sakuya upon arriving at Aegis, then proceeds to take this trope Up to Eleven after the director finishes his Motive Rant.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In Rage Burst, Blood becomes this following the their counteracting the Devouring Apocalypse, which causes the Oracle Cells in the area to cease functioning and the "life recycling" of the Apocalypse to remake them as normal humans... Naturally since Aragami are still a threat, Blood voluntarily become God Eaters again.
  • Camera Lock-On
  • Camera Centering
  • Chainsaw Good: You have Freeze, Spark, and Divine-elemental chainsaws to put in place of a normal BFS, with Lindow's model being a dual-element blade. All of them recover more OP per hit than normal and have the 'Noisy' skill, making Aragami more likely to hear you coming.
  • Character Customization: The player can select the character's name, alias, gender, hair style/color, facial structure, skin tone, clothing and in-combat voice set. The hair style/color and clothing can be customized after creation.
    • God Eater 2 gives you more freedom with the hair- and skincolors, but doesn't let you choose an outfit at start. Of course, the new uniform is improbably cool.
  • Charged Attack:
    • Buster Blades have Charge Crush, a single, devastating blow with all the user's might. It charges faster when in Burst Mode.
    • Charge Spears have Charge Glide, a rapid thrusting attack. Unlike other charged attacks, the user can still move around while charging it, and jump to execute the move in midair.
    • Boost Hammers have Boost Ignition, which activates the rocket thrusters in the hammer's back. This can lead into a few different attacks: Boost Rush, a repeating barrage of blows; Boost Drive, a quick swing that vaults the user forward; and Boost Impact, which brings the hammer down in a mighty slam. The longer it's charged, the faster these attacks become.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Bullet Outlines for the icons come in the following colors (and applies to some Blades, Guns and Shields): Red for Blaze, Blue for Freeze, Yellow for Shock, Purple for Divine and (only applies to Bullets), Green for Recovery bullets. Status-based shots (as well as mixed elements) are Colorless.
  • Color Coded Item Tiers: Items are tiered by "Rank" and icon colors/icon background. Ranks 1 and 2 use the default font color and background, 3 and 4 uses Purple icons, 5 and 6 uses Red, 7 and 8 uses Teal, 9 uses White and 10 uses white with a special background.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Justified. The first time the lava-filled Infernal Subway area is visited, Sakuya explains that Oracle Cells enable God Eaters' bodies to adapt to extreme temperatures and a normal human would have gone up in flames by now.
  • Crapsack World: Humanity has been pushed to near-extinction by the Aragami, and the one organization capable of fighting them may not be telling the entire truth of the matter. However, people are still mostly good on an individual basis.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: Early on in the game, the group tackles a group of endgame-level Aragami. Several of them already have a reputation of being able to take on such powerful Aragami from the start, though.
    • Much later on in the game, during the new Burst story line, your Heroic Mime speaks to , LindowDualWields his/her God Arc and Lindow's, then proceeds to rip the final boss's mouth open. It's as awesome looking as it sounds. Immediately subverted when Ren informs the protagonist that said dual-wield attack actually dealt relatively little damage to the Aragami. Ultimately a double subversion, as the last story mission makes it clear that Ren wanted the protagonist to head off to a battle at the center of the mind.
    • In the promotional OVA, the characters rip through Aragami like, well, Aragami rip through humans. Handwaved by many who say that Aragami have evolved since the years in the OVA.
    • This is also applied in the anime.
    • And again in the sequel, when Blood breaks into the Friar the second time. A bunch of Ogretails and Zygotes in the way? No problem, just kill them all with one hit each!
    • Right after defeating the final boss of the Rage Burst arc in the sequel, it opens up its chest and attempts to devour Julius by placing him inside. The protagonist breaks free of the toxic spikes impaling him/her, shattering them in the process, jams a hand in the boss's chest just as it closes, and rips it open with his/her bare hands. The resulting damage finally finishes off the dying boss for good.
  • Creature-Hunter Organization: Fenrir and Blood (the latter being the current page image) are this, since they specialize in fighting Aragami.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Shio, who looks completely human except her ghostly white skin and hair Supernatural Gold Eyes. Also, Ren], is a Cute Monster Boy, being [[spoiler: the soul of Lindow's God Arc.
  • Darkest Hour: In Rage Burst. The only things standing in the way of the approaching Aragami army and the Far East branch are about 18 or so God Eaters stationed there, two of whom were just put out of commission. The seemingly endless horde is being led by several powerful Aragami no one has ever seen before. You and your allies are also exhausted from having just completed multiple missions in a row, and your armlets are running dangerously low on bias factor. At that moment, Romeo's supposedly dormant God Arc (in the storage back at the Far East branch) unleashes a bright flash of light that forces all the enemies to retreat.
    • A little more subtle is the final cutscene of the Rage Burst arc. The final boss has destroyed the Singularity, kickstarting the Endless Destruction. While you and your team do manage to put a stop to it just in time, all everyone else outside the Tree could tell was that humanity had lost - they were all doomed. Right before the huge burst of golden light caused by your team blows the Tree open and purifies the surrounding area, you could tell from Sakaki and Feldman's faces that they were in utter despair.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The game has four people at the most — although they have big-ass swords — kicking the tuchus of monsters at least the size of a large hill. On a daily basis.
  • Difficulty Levels: Like all hunting games, missions in later ranks are harder and so technically fall into this trope. Some Aragami even get new moves in the later ranks. The ranks go up to 10 in the first game and God Eater 2, but God Eater 2 Rage Burst caps out at 15.
  • Downer Ending: By way of Fridge Horror. Regardless of your accomplishments, nothing you do will ultimately matter. One way or another, the Devouring Apocalypse will happen and Humanity will die out, and there is literally nothing that can stop this. At best, all anyone can hope to do is delay the inevitable, making all of your accomplishments ultimately pointless in the long run. There is literally no hope for mankind. One way or another, the Aragami will win.
  • Drop the Hammer: God Arcs can be built into a BFH instead of a BFS.
  • Dub Name Change: The title of the game itself, from "God" to "Gods." This change was most likely done to avoid offending any concerned parties.
    • Averted in the overseas release of Resurrection and Rage Burst.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Most of the Aragami. Especially one of the DLC monsters, Venus, who's an amalgamation of many other Aragami into one lovely piece of melting flesh. Could also count Lindow's transformation into a Corrosive Hannibal.
    • Director Schicksal makes himself into an abomination to begin the Devouring Apocalypse. It's called the Arda Nova.
    • God Eater 2 did it again by turning Julius into the final boss, the World Opener.
    • Another one in Rage Burst when Rachel, having absorbed into the Spiral Tree and gained Aragami-like powers, transforms herself into the World Closer.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Blaze (Fire), Freeze (Ice), Shock (Lightning), and Divine (Holy) that act as modifiers to non-elemental physical attack properties. Divine quickly overshadows the others later on in the game.
  • Emote Command: The D-pad and shoulder buttons allow the player to do several actions within the Fenrir Base, ranging from clapping to a Twisted-Knee Collapse to a bow.
  • Empathic Weapon: The God Arcs are a special case in that they are essentially weapon shaped Aragami with the same Oracle Cells as their wielders. This has a very unfortunate side-effect: If anyone but their wielder so much as TOUCHES them, they get devoured. And then comes Ren, Lindow's God Arc come alive for the sole purpose of making sure the protagonist gets to bring Lindow back home.
    • In the Far East branch's Darkest Hour, the deceased Romeo's God Arc responds to Blood's activation of their special abilities by doing the same - it forces the entire Aragami horde to retreat, a good thing considering that it also had the unfortunate side effect of causing all the God Arcs in the area to temporarily stop working since they're essentially domesticated Aragami.
  • The Empire: The Fenrir Corporation has shades of this. They are the dominant power in the world since they are the only ones who can fight the Aragami, but they can force anyone they want to undergo the eligibility test to become a God Eater. Additionally, Fenrir bases (the safest places in the world at the moment) can only sustain so many people, so those not rich/affluent/directly useful enough are forced to live in the Outer Ghetto.
  • Equipment Upgrade: All non-clothing equipment is subject to Elemental Crafting. In order to make the upgrade for a given piece of equipment available you must have the materials needed to craft it.
  • Expy: Hannibal is often stated to be Nargacuga 2.0. They have similar body shape, tail whip attacks, and are very fast.
    • The Kongou is similar to both the Congalala and Blagonga from the same franchise, even sharing their shockwave bodyslam move.
    • The Chrome Gawain from Rage Burst might as well be Gore Magala's cousin.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The Aragami have eaten much of what used to exist on Earth. Including rather large chunks of the buildings.
  • Face-Design Shield: There are some shields that are this, like the Borg Camlann's one (which you get in tower shield form); the (tower) shield made from Ouroboros pieces is the face of the Ouroboros itself, as is the Susano'o-based shield. It's more likely that your shield will end up being an Aragami's 'hat', crown, or back, however.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: The goal of Fenrir and the God Eaters in general is to create a safe haven secure against the Aragami. In case you haven't played the first game through yet, well, there's a second one coming, so make of that what you will. Alisa's narration in -the 2nd break- even underscores the hopelessness of making a meaningful change in the face of such a permanently twisted world.
    "Nothing has changed, has it...? Even though three years have passed, our living circumstances haven't changed. We are still somehow surviving in this city, surrounded by armor to defend against the Aragami. We 'God Eaters' still risk our lives in battle, and everyone still lives each day in fear. Nothing has changed at all."
    • The sequel introduces the red rain, which causes all who get drenched in it to contract the fatal Black Spider Disease which is eventually revealed to be a natural mechanism meant to create a new Singularity that activated because the original one (Shio) left Earth, lending even more support to the theory that the Aragami are part of a natural cycle of destruction and rebirth of the Earth. It certainly seems pretty hopeless when Mother Nature itself is your enemy.
    • Rage Burst ends on a semi-hopeful note, with one instance of the Devouring Apocalypse... Not exactly negated, but allowed to happen at a glacially slow pace originating from a single area, creating a small sanctuary where the Aragami cannot function, as the Apocalypse shuts down Oracle Cells as they're no longer needed when it's done.
  • Fantastic Ghetto: The Outer Ghetto.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Three of the four type of bullets available to you, the other type being Divine.
  • Gag Boobs: Amaterasu has a pair that are probably larger then the main characters themselves and they generally just... bounce around when the main body moves.
  • Gainaxing: Disturbingly enough, it's not found in the humans, but in several of the Aragami. Both the Zygote and Sariel species of Aragami tend to "bounce" when they are knocked out of the air. It's not very noticable, but it's there. For a more noticable example, see Gag Boobs.
    • However in 2, Rage Burst, and Resurrection it is shown on most of the female characters, including more flat chested characters like Nana.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: In Kanon's database profile, as well as a few conversations with her, it's mentioned that she's notorious for friendly fire, to the point where her squad members flee when she attempts to shoot a recovery bullet. Much to the consternation of those who wish to use a medic when Sakuya isn't around, this is not just character fluff. Her AI is programmed to shoot even when you're in her line of fire. And then to admonish you for being in her line of fire. On the plus side, this actually saves you from death.
    • Everyone with a gun is capable of doing this — and will do this, including Sakuya. Kanon is the most noticeable because she exclusively uses radial bullets (which are basically flamethrowers), and they have annoyingly large hitboxes. So, naturally, there's a challenge mission featuring you, Kanon, two tank-size Aragami, and nothing but very narrow passages. The Aragami are less hazardous to your health.
    • A more subtle example can be found in Kota: shortly after arriving, Alisa disparagingly notes that he wastes too much of his health when he performs a Link Aid. In gameplay, most characters will usually only give about half of their health to revive you, but Kota can often be seen using up a lot more, showing that what Alisa said was true. In game terms, this means Kota has the "Self-Sacrifice" trait, which you can also get from some gear.
    • Alisa also notes that Kota deals strong attacks but doesn't pace himself, meaning he runs through his entire OP gauge in a matter of seconds. This is noted in his final profile sheet, which mentions that he fights well with New-Type God Eaters, since New-Types can place him in Burst mode. On the bright side, at least he can aim.
    • Karel's attitude of being self-serving and Shun's reluctance to help others also fit in this trope in their own subtle ways; like the Kota example above, most characters usually give you half their health to revive you. These two only give a fourth of their health, meaning they have the "Defensive" trait. In God Eater 2 1.40, which comes with Another Episode (the only way to get these two back in your roster), the obvious risks that come with this can be outweighed if you're willing to put up with them for hundreds of missions — levelling them up makes their Link-Aid heal more for very little, which will make them excellent Link-Aid batteries in a pinch.
    • In the sequel, you get to send Emil flying a couple yards with a Megaton Punch at one point in his character episode. In gameplay, he turns out to have the Exaggerated ability, which makes every single attack send him flying. Quite a fitting ability for the resident Large Ham.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Soma is considered all but cursed because supposedly any squad he's in has an unusually high casualty rate, not because of anything he does but simply because they keep falling into bad situations. Eric's death drums this in during Soma's introductory mission. You're not actually at any risk using Soma in your squad, though.
    • Cutscenes imply that it is actually possible for a God Eater to kill other people with both their melee and ranged attacks. Thankfully, friendly fire only staggers you and your party members without doing any damage, while melee attacks do absolutely nothing to anything other than Aragami during missions.
    • Old-Type gunners are supposed to lack shields, but the chassis of their God Arcs still include visible shield components.
  • Gargle Blaster: First Love Juice. Tastes sweet and bitter, like a first love.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Implied by Rachel Claudius who has a few lines that refer to a Restless God that she hints that not only was influencing her actions but also influences the actions of all aragami.
  • Healing Shiv: You can create healing bullets and shoot them at your friends or NPC allies.
    • In an unusual twist, you also have a Super Mode Shiv. Shoot the Aragami bullets that you bit off of your enemies at your teammates instead, and they get the powerful Link-Burst, gaining up to three (stackable) levels of massive stats boosts and an even more powerful version of the attack you fired at them. They can do the same to you, and if you've equipped the control unit that regenerates hit points while in Burst mode, you can combine healing and Super Mode... through the power of being shot.
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: The higher-ups in Fenrir at many times are told, and sometimes even directly shown, to be this. They are all aware of the Aragami threat but, even in the post apocalypse, are too centered on their own political stature to provide the already desperate survivors much needed aid and act as Obstructive Bureaucrats to Fenrir themselves. Because of this there is a bit of rift between Fenrir and those of the Outer Ghettos and nearly allowed The End of the World as We Know It to trigger twice.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Happens to the protagonist when s/he discovers that the Hannibal is actually Lindow transformed into an Aragami.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Divine becomes the Infinity+1 Element in the game because similar to Monster Hunter and its Dragon Element, several monsters are weak to their own usage of Divine. For players who don't have decent divine weapons, devouring monsters and using their own attacks against them quickly becomes a strategy.
    • Goes full circle in Rage Burst with the Arc Aberrants: Aragami that have been fused with God Arcs, allowing them to use not only those God Arcs for attacks but a few even have access to Blood Powers.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: One of the bullet types available to you to use at the start. Specifically, the kamui::mortar bullet, which explodes with Divine damage upon impact.
  • Hong Kong Dub: A lot more noticeable during the Burst storyline, where the camera starts focusing a lot more on the characters' faces during cutscenes.
  • Hungry Menace: Flipped on its head. It's the God Eaters who come off this way, making comments that suggest they feel their symbiotic weapon's satisfaction in Devouring aragami, and its hunger for more. Downplayed, in that they have complete control of the ability.
  • I'm an Aragami-tarian: The God Arc can be charged to turn into a pair of jaws that chomps on the Aragami. If the Aragami is still alive, it puts you into Burst Mode and gives you some special bullets which can be shot back into the enemy or used on allies to put them into Burst Mode (albeit only up to three shots at most can be fired on a character). Devouring a dead Aragami means looting its body for raw materials.
    • If you know what you're doing, you can also end a Blade Combo in a Devour to have a shorter Burst Mode, or, if you already are in Burst mode, extend it by 15 seconds. In GEB, this does not the extend the length of your Link-Burst Mode, but in GE 2, this is fixed.
    • Aragami will gleefully eat each other, barring Bias-factor compatibility. In fact, God Arcs are essentially Aragami people can wield and control. 'Type 1' Deusphages are Aragami that gained a taste for God Arcs and their wielders, and possibly were them. 'Type 2' Deusphages are repeatedly stated to be cannibalistic, although here it refers to eating other Aragami of their same class designation (which normally they refrain from doing).
    • This became a new gameplay mechanic in Resurrection called the Predattor Style,when you can customize and assign a Devour move for at least four Devour Options (Step, Mid-Attack, Midair and Charge), allowing players to literally use a Devour in any fashion. Making a combination of Predator Styles nets additional status boost for you and your tea for as long as the Burst gauge is filled up.
  • Impending Clash Shot: All of the covers have your Player Character wielding the default God Arc against an Aragami.
    • The original pits male protagonist (Yu), along with female protagonist (Aki) against a Vajra, the Burst cover features unknown male protagonist, along with unknown female protagonist against a Hannibal and the Burst Append Edition cover features another unknown male protagonist, along with another unknown female protagonist against Susano'o. All shots are in City of Mercy.
    • The cover for God Eater 2 has the player character of that game, alongside Gilbert and Nana, already in the midst of a battle with the Marduk. This shot takes place in the Dead City After Dawn.
    • God Eater 2 Rage Burst has the player character about to smash new Aragami Chrome Gawain in the face with Blood Rage activated, alongside Livie, with the Spiral Tree in the background.
    • God Eater Resurrection features the same player character from original once again, but this time he's solo against Dyaus Pita.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: For being in a mostly-destroyed future, looking awesome hasn't gone out of style. Hilariously lampshaded by the merchant, whose sale pitch notes that the world isn't much fun these days, so you might as well try to lighten up with fashion.
    • The sequel removed almost all military uniforms from the first game, to make room for more stylish clothes.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: The Old-Type God Arcs are either a BFS or a BFG. The New-Type ones can switch between the two, and use a shield while in blade form. (Old-Type God Eaters who use blades are also equipped with a shield, whereas gunners have no choice but to dodge.)
    • God Eater 2 and God Eater 2 Rage Burst ups the ante by adding a BFH (Big Freakin' Hammer,a BFL (Big Freakin' Lance) and a BES (Big Expandin' Scythe).
  • Inconsistent Dub: The publishers aren't even trying to hide the fact that the Dub Name Change to Gods Eater Burst was a last minute thing. While the in-game text uses "Gods Eater," the spoken dialogue uses "God Eater."
    • Averted in the upcoming overseas release of God Eater Resurrection and God Eater 2 Rage Burst.
  • Info Dump: Paylor Sakaki's lectures on the nature of the Aragami, which also provide some extremely subtle Foreshadowing when he mentions the possibility of Aragami that have "learned" to imitate humanity. Not only does this clearly foreshadow Shio, but in a more blink-and-you'll-miss-it way it ends up reinforcing Alisa's brainwashing that leads her to attempt to kill Lindow under the belief he was the Aragami that killed her parents.
  • Interface Spoiler: Eric's death isn't quite so surprising — every mission starts with a squad list, which is automatically filled out for story missions. Soma's on the list for that mission but Eric isn't, so while the cutscene starts by passing him off as a companion, you should realize that something is about to remove him from the equation.
    • In the Updated Re-release of the sequel, pictures of all the Aragami that appear in that mission are displayed at the top right when selecting missions. Which means that you'll know what Aragami will show up even if the debrief doesn't mention them, making kind of odd when the Mission Control remarks that an unexpected Aragami has shown up halfway through the mission. Some missions do try to avoid this by replacing the Aragami's image with an Unknown icon when you're doing it for the first time, but checking the mission reward list will still give its identity away if it drops anything at all.
  • Item Crafting: Besides the standard Build and Upgrade, you can also make your own Bullets in this manner. And if you want to survive the game, the bullet editor is your best friend.
    • You can also use several items to make one item, or vice versa. This allows you to gather different resources than the ones specified in a weapon's recipe list, then convert your resources to the resources required.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: See those raven feathers? The ones that are indicated as Vendor Trash and sell for 4000fc? The ones the merchant constantly urges you to sell? Better keep three of those.
    • Hell, almost your entire inventory counts as you unlock the ability to convert more common materials into valuable ones. Those Ogre Helms you thought you were done with? Well, eight of those gets you an Ogre Sharp Helm, a useful material that you'll need for all kinds of mid-game upgrades. You may end up farming for Ogre Helms just for conversion.
  • Knight of Cerebus: As soon as Dyaus Pita is introduced, things take a turn for the darker. Not even the Burst storyline is safe when Hannibal hijacks the plot and cripples the player.
    • And then there's Ren...
  • Lethal Joke Weapon: Within the game (JP versions only) exists a set of equipment made out of desserts. The long sword is a giant chocolate bar (GE Chocolate), the gun is a giant piece of shortcake (GE Shortcake), and the shield is a giant piece of candy (GE Candy). Despite their rather ridiculous look they have excellent skills that can max out your HP, OP, and ST gauges as well as burst skills that are good for the gunner playstyle.
  • Living Weapon: The God Arc. It is created using Aragami cores and is bound to its user's armlet (which is fused to said user). They may not look that alive under ordinary circumstances, but given the right command, they can turn into a giant pair of jaws that chomps on any other Aragami on sight. They also have the unfortunate side-effect of devouring anyone that touches them other than their wielder.
    • Painfully revealed in the anime that an Oracle Cell Erosion will occur if a God Eater's compatibility rate is rising too high for their God Arc to keep up, causing an uncurable cancer-like disease to spread over the body until it kills them, should they continue on using it. This doesn't explain how Lenka got cured in the last shot of him in the final episode.
  • Long Distance Relationship: Yu and Alisa in any of the manga and light novels set after the first game, due to both of them being assigned to different teams with Yu being mostly assigned abroad. Most obvious in -the 2nd break-.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The shield parts are made to resist devouring by Aragami, and passively add some of that resistance to you; when the shield is actually deployed, the concentration of Bias Factor helps block most Aragami attacks. Bucklers deploy the fastest and have skills to leverage it, but let a quarter of the damage through and have low stats, while towers are the slowest with few skills, but have great stats and block all of the damage at the cost of your stamina; normal shields are between the two in terms of stats, speed, and skills. Many skills apply to the shield, from making it faster to deploy (crucial), to expanding the guarded area or reducing the damage you take while guarding even further; like most skills, though, they do have their negative counterparts.
  • Mega Manning: Hitting an Aragami with a Devour attack usually grants you three bullets capable of shooting something similar to its signature attack.
    • In a slightly more morbid usage, there are weapon parts that are made to resemble the Aragami the parts are made of.
    • In Rage Burst, Livie has this ability, allowing her to use another God Eater's God Arc, and even the Blood Power when she uses Julius's and Romeo's Arcs. However this causes her great pain, shown as tendrils of Oracle Cells spiking out of her skin.
  • Mini-Mecha: The God Arc Soldiers in 2 can be this, by allowing a God Eater to essentially pilot them. However their main purpose is to act as remote controlled robots.
  • Mission Control: In God Eater 2, the Operators serve as this — confirming downed/defeated Aragami, informing you of how long you have before reinforcements show up, and most helpfully, confirming whether or not your attacks have inflicted status effects like Venom and Bind.
  • Money Spider: Golden Gboro-Gboro. However, instead of money or Vendor Trash, it drops salvageable materials of varying rarity.
  • Monochrome to Color: The opening video of 2 has the first part Deliberately Monochrome with Splash of Colour for the characters' eyes and clothes, it shows short clips hinting about their backstories. It then switches to full color in an Avengers Assemble shot, and has them fighting as a team against some aragami. the transition implies "these people had their own problems, now they are bought together as one and must support each other".
  • Morph Weapon: The New-Type God Arcs can switch between melee and ranged modes, have a built-in shield, and can turn into a set of big monstery jaws in order to "Devour" an Aragami's Oracle Cells.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: It doesn't matter how skinny or scrawny the characters are, they will always be able to hold their incredibly huge weapons as if they're weightless.
    • Explained in-story; God Eaters are enhanced through their Oracle Cells to have super strength and regeneration abilities.
  • "Noah's Story" Arc: This is Johannes von Schicksal's plan in Burst.
    Basically, The Aegis Project was just a front for a secret Ark Project which involved a certain MacGuffin Super Person being some sort of key that will give Johaness the power of God, where a select few population were to be shipped to the moon while the rest of the world are to be nuked to oblivion along with the aragami. it should be noted though that the one who planned all this had no intention of being with the ones to repopulate the earth though, knowing well how extreme his actions are.
  • No Cutscene Inventory Inertia: Partially averted. Your character will usually have their exact equipment showing in cutscenes, but replaying some earlier cutscenes with late-game clothing equipped will cause those items to be replaced by the default uniform items. In a less noticeable instance, your character will always hold their God Arc in blade form, regardless of details like having been in gun form two seconds ago.
    • Alisa will always be shown holding her God Arc in gun form during cutscenes, in a subtle moment of Gameplay and Story Integration — she will use her gun against enemies (even when you wish she wouldn't) until she runs out of OP and switches to blade attacks. The main character and other New Types will be shown in blade form, possibly because it's a bad idea to walk around with finger on the trigger of a gun capable of destroying buildings and tank-like monsters, but more likely due to the fact that blade form allows for devouring and shield deployment, actions that are shown in several key story scenes. Blade form is also the "default" status, in that you begin every mission in blade form and have to switch to gun mode.
  • No Name Given: Played with in the games,as you choose your Protagonist's name and mission codename. Subverted in other media, though four names are actually canon.
    • Yu Kannagi and Aki Tamashiro (the latter's name revealed in the pachi-slot game) for God Eater
    • Lenka Utsugi for the anime.
    • Hiro Kamui for Rage Burst.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Lindow's profile unlocked at the very beginning of the game states that he's the only God Eater to take down an Ouroboros alone. This kind of power, along with the Cutscene Power to the Max example above, isn't really borne out in gameplay... maybe he's too distracted trying to protect your lame rookie ass?
    • Definitely not helped by how the Protagonist can basically up-end him with their own feats, like killing two Susano'os solo, but by that point Lindow's left everything in their hands so it all balances out. That and he does need the rehab, post-game.
  • Official Couple:
    • Lindow and Sakuya.
    • In the the manga and light novels, Alisa and Yu (the canon name for the Burst protagonist).
  • Old Save Bonus: You can transfer your Japanese God Eater Burst save file to God Eater 2. However, Only Guns, Blades and Shields (Including DLC) can be transfered and will be limited to 12 equipment of your choice. Collaboration equipment such as Laevateinn gear, Soul Calibur, Soul Edge and Don Kat Shield cannot be transferred.
    • In order to transfer, you must clear at least 1 of the following 12 transfer tiers. You only need to clear one of the items on the tier to clear the tier. The number of cleared tiers translates to the number of equipment you may carry over.
    • In addition to the above, bonus items are given for clearing a number of tiers.
    • You can also transfer practically everything to God Eater 2 Rage Burst from God Eater 2, with the exception of the upgrade cores since that system got scrapped in favour of the old crafting/upgrading system. All cores get converted to fc instead.
  • Picky Eater: The basis of every bit of Anti-Aragami tech is using the Bias-Factor to make the Oracle Cells into this.
  • Playable Epilogue: The game, which is an Updated Re-release, has a Playable Epilogue after defeating Arda Nova. it's about as long as the main game itself, since it continues the subplot about Lindow going AWOL. After finishing that one, you can play through everything again(though the same goes for the first half, but it's not technically the end of Burst, but the original GE) plus new bonus chapters that allow you to unlock new postgame Infinity Plus One Swords (there are several because of the game's equipment tiers) and other equipment and rerecruit dead or Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence characters.
    • Resurrection has an additional one that takes place after the Burst storyline, which deals with a Nova fragment devouring multiple Aragami and mutating into a Mix And Match Creature and gives more closure between the characters that leads into 2. 2 also has one in the form of the Rage Burst storyline which deals with Blood trying to investigate the mysterious Spiral Tree following Julius's Heroic Sacrifice and the consequences of Dr. Rachel's actions.
  • Player Data Sharing: Avatar cards allow other players' player characters to be hired as NPC teammates.
  • Powers as Programs: The operating principle behind bullet customization.
  • Randomly Drops: Every Aragami has somewhere between five and ten different materials that you can get if you devour their cores after you kill them and every material has a fixed drop rate. Gets infuriating later on as creating and upgrading the high end equipment requires multiples of the material with the lowest drop rate. note 
    • Later in the game, you can craft equipment that increases your chance of obtaining rare Aragami materials.
    • Each combat field has a set of locations where materials and Vendor Trash can be scavenged. Each location has its own random selection of possible items it produces, which changes at different mission difficulties. This means sometimes you have to farm specific fields at specific difficulty levels to get what you want, not just Aragami.
      • Alleviated to an extent in God Eater 2. You can convert some of the items you get on the field into cores to upgrade your equipment, making it less of a hassle. You still need to hunt the more powerful Aragami to get acceptable materials for the final tier's cores, though; 100 points is a steep price to pay with items that only give 1 point a piece.
    • Back in full force in its Updated Re-release; the crafting system was reverted to the one in the first game. Thankfully though, mission rewards are now randomly chosen from a long list of items if you meet their conditions instead of having a 100% chance of getting 3 to 4 fairly common materials. The list is different for each mission, even if all Aragami in them and the ranks of the missions are identical. Some NPCs even have special skills that boost the chances of getting stuff on the list.
  • Rainbow Pimp God Arc: The player's God Arc tend to be this, in favor of high stats and good skill set.
  • Rank Inflation: The highest rank on a mission can be SSS+, which is only given if performed solo and within an unknown time limit.
  • Rated M for Manly: Nobody, until Damian Rodrigo's presence in God Eater 2.
    • Speaking of which, Damian is technically not the first manly man in God Eater series, it was Jake and a few male side characters from Return of the Messiah manga.
  • Real Time Weapon Change: In that you can swap between a blade and gun. Played with in the game itself, as Dexterous ups your change speed, while Clumsy slows it down. Yes, those seconds are crucial.
    • Moreover, the process isn't silent and some Aragami have very good hearing. There's even a skill for that: Noisy. You can, however, counter it with the 'Mute' skill, and some Controllers have the skill 'Super Mute' while in Burst mode.
  • Regional Bonus: Namco Bandai confirmed there will be a western exclusive content for God Eater Resurrection and God Eater 2 Rage Burst.
  • Restraining Bolt: God Eaters wear armlets that inject them with Oracle Cells that put them in the "safe zone" for their weapon's Bias Factor (the thing determining what an Aragami will and will not eat). They're permanently attached and without them, they'd get eaten by their own weapons.
    • This problem is turned into a plot point when Lindow loses his armlet in a fight with an Aragami, cutting off his Bias Factor supply. During his subsequent disappearance, he slowly turns into a Corrosive Hannibal.
  • Scavenger World: Most of the items you scrounge for are old medical supplies, bits of cloth, magnets, and rare minerals. They get converted to useful materials at mission's end.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the manga and light novels, all the member of the 1st unit ships Yu and Alisa, including Soma in his own way.
  • Ship Tease: The manga and light novels were pretty obvious that there are some "Yu X Alisa" moments anywhere.
    • In some God Eater 2 manga, we have a harem variant between Hiro and pretty much every female character.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: All over the place. While the setting and the viewpoint of some of the characters with the most influence like Johannes and Rachel lean toward the latter with the belief that the aragami threat will only continue to worsen until The End of the World as We Know It inevitably happens, a good majority of the characters believe in the former, believing that as long as they keep living they will eventually find a way to defeat the aragami threat for good.
  • Spoiler Opening: As this game is a port of Burst, they would naturally use the Burst opening. For many of the western gamers who start off with the initial English release, this leads to problems, especially once they play enough of the game to experience key events and get a grasp of what's going on.
    • Same goes for the Rage Burst opening. It features a noticeable lack of Romeo and Julius (the former gets KIA and the latter is stuck in the Tree by the end of the main arc), Kate talking to Gilbert from behind and Nana getting up from a meal with her mother and walking out the door (both scenes take place in Rachel's Lotus-Eater Machine). A quick blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment also depicts a young Livie and Romeo, spoiling the reveal that Livie's his childhood friend and an orphan at the Magnolia Compass. Apart from that first thing, none of them are immediately obvious though.
  • Squad Controls: Rudimentary in GEB; you can tell your NPC allies to search, spread out, gather, or converge (the last of which works on all NPCs on the map, not just the ones near you). The second game expands on this, letting you do the above as well as select how your allies will act. Seeing them continue to attack a running boss is so satisfying after dealing with them gathering to you when it decides to scram for so long.
  • Stripperiffic: Apparently Oracle Cells keep women from wanting or being able to cover up, even when it's snowing. As well, the artbook makes it painfully obvious that bras (and likely other undergarments) didn't survive the apocalypse.
    • May be justified, barely. If the enemy will eat your way through all of your protection with a single bite with the only defense being the passive shielding of your Oracle Cells, why bother with armor and not light clothing? Still doesn't justify Sakuya's outfit.
    • Clothes are also laced with Bias Factor, which is the only reason (system limitations aside) you don't suffer Clothing Damage whenever an Aragami gets a bite of you. Given how incredibly important Bias Factor is to almost everything, people may be more willing to go commando (and indulge "less is more" fashions, at least for women) to make the best of their resource budgets.
  • Team Pet: The Far East Branch adopts a capybara in 2 which they eventually name Cappy.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: In Rage Burst, the song Blood Rage plays whenever you enter said Blood Rage.
  • Trigger Phrase: A Russian count of "one, two, three," dubiously transliterated as "Ajin duva touri" in the English language release for Burst, is the phrase used for Alisa. This is corrected to the more widely accepted romanization of "Odin, dva, tri" in Resurrection's redone dub and script.
  • True Companions: The God Eater teams are pretty much this. They stick together through thick and thin and are pretty much like an extended family. Most prominent would be the 1st Unit in Burst and Blood in God Eater 2.
  • Utopia: The goal of the Fenrir Corporation is the Aegis Project, an impenetrable safe haven against the Aragami.
  • Unflinching Walk: Part of Lindow's introduction in Episode One. He simply walks in a straight line while having a smoke, smashing any Aragami that come a little too close to him.
  • Updated Re-release: God Eater Resurrection. In addition to the visual and performance upgrades inherent with remaking a PSP game for modern systems, it also retrofits the sequel's additional weapon types into the game and cleans up the localization.
  • Was Once a Man: Overdosing on the Bias factor causes human cells to mutate into Oracle cells, touching a God Arc that doesn't belong to you can infect you with cells that your Arc can't stop, and losing your bracelet means that you can't stop the Oracle cells within you from eating you then transforming into an Aragami themselves. It's speculated that the Susano'o first 'evolved' from one of the previous cases. Lindow almost suffered this fate, but the intervention of Shio, then the protagonist and Ren, helped him return - with new powers to boot.

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Alternative Title(s): God Eater Burst

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