My name is Chrono. I'm what you humans call a demon.
—Chrono, Chrono Crusade
Chrono Crusade is a manga started in 1998 by Daisuke Moriyama, which was later adapted into a 2003 anime by Gonzo. The series was originally known as Chrno Crusade in Japan due to a typo (or so Moriyama says), but in a recent reissue of the volumes of the manga, the missing "O" was restored to the title and highlighted by a flame on it to make sure that it's noticeable.◊ Both the manga and the anime were licensed by ADV Films in the US; Section 23, one of the company that came out of the ashes of ADV, had the distribution rights to the anime until late 2010 when FUNimation acquired the distribution rights. The manga is currently unlicensed and out-of-print since their manga branch has been completely dissolved. (So if you want to read this series and see the copies for sale somewhere, snatch them up. Or read a scanlation,but I didn't tell you that.) Section 23 had licensed the broadcast rights to the anime to Manga Entertainment, who had aired it on SyFy's now defunct Anime block alongside Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.The storyline takes place in America during the 1920s and follows Rosette Christopher, a "gun-toting nun" and exorcist who works for the Magadalan Order, and her assistant, Chrono, a cute, chipper boy who is really a demon himself. Together, the pair aims to stop demons that would harm innocent people while searching for Rosette's missing brother, Joshua, who was kidnapped by Aion, a demon with ties to Chrono's past. Along the way they pick up Mysterious Waif Azmaria and Cool Big Sis Satella, and slowly begin to unravel the mysteries behind the powers of the children known as Apostles, and the plans Aion have for Joshua.Has nothing to do with the Square games Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. Not even if the original Japanese logo with overlapping "Cs" bears a striking resemblance to the aforementioned games', and if Crusade sounds like the next in the series after Trigger, Cross and Break.It should be noted that the manga and anime for Chrono Crusade differ on some things - particularly the ending, which drastically changes depending on which version of the story you're seeing. Because of this, this page is divided into three sections: tropes that are universal for the series, and tropes that only fit the manga or anime.For character-related tropes, please see the character page.
Chrono Crusade provides examples of:
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Applies across both versions
Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Several, although they're often interrupted by the villains. Considering how much the relationships between the characters is used to highlight the themes of the series, these scenes pop up frequently and are very important overall.
Aion somewhat has this in the manga—he and Chrono have a heart-to-heart chat before their final battle. His motivations are still portrayed as twisted, but at the same time many readers sympathize with his reasons.
Fiore—In the anime she dies trying to get back to Aion with Joshua. In the manga she's frozen in crystal trying to protect Joshua after defying Aion's orders to kill him.
Rizelle—Mildly, she laments her unrequited love for Aion as she dies, making her death scene somewhat sympathetic.
In the manga Genai's dying words indicate he's going to the afterlife to meet with Rizelle again.
Manga: Because last I checked there was no ring orbiting our planet and New York City had not been wiped out by a freak tsunami in 1924 by an enormous flying fish city-thing.
Anime: I'm pretty sure San Francisco wasn't destroyed by anything in 1929, nor was there mass-rioting across the United States.
And Your Little Dog Too: Chrono had plenty of reason to dislike Aion, but it wasn't until he kidnapped Joshua that he and Rosette started getting involved in his plans.
Anticlimax: Some complain that the final battle between Chrono and Aion is much too short in the anime. The manga has a much longer, drawn out battle between the two, but their true final battle is never shown; all we have is a page of them charging at each other that then cuts away to follow Rosette. We know Chrono probably won, but not much else.
Besides the fact that Chrono's a demon, you could explain the plot similarly to this trope— demon meets girl, demon loses first girl, meets another girl, demon slowly kills girl and falls in love with girl at the same time.
And in the anime, demon meets girl, demon loses girl, demon meets reincarnation of girl, girl gets kidnapped by demon's old "friend", demon and girl are reunited at last and die together. OR...
Character Development: Important in both the manga and anime, although since the manga is a bit slower paced it spends more time on it. Chrono's character development in particular is very key to the overall plot.
Debut Queue: Chrono and Rosette are introduced in the first episode/chapter, then Azmaria is in the first main plot arc. The following set of chapters/episodes concern flashbacks setting up Aion and Joshua, and the next arc introduces Satella.
Devil but No God: In the manga, the demons are actually aliens and there doesn't seem to be any proof that God really exists. In the anime, Aion accuses Him of being uncaring and "sleeping". Then again, Rosette and the others fighting against Aion and others evil suggest otherwise.
The manga has an epilogue set several years after the main events of the story.
The anime's final episode also ends with one: Father Remington in the Vatican on May 13, 1981, 52 years after the "end" of the series, where Aion appears and apparently is behind the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.
Don't Split Us Up: In the backstory, Rosette was very upset at the idea of Joshua going by himself to the Magdalene Order. Joshua was much more complacent about the idea.
Doomed Hometown: Seventh Bell Orphanage, where Joshua and Rosette grew up. Everyone at the orphanage were frozen in stone when the power from Chrono's horns overwhelmed Joshua.
Due to the Dead: Considering how much the series deals with themes of death, how the bodies of the dead are treated comes up quite often in the series. (Not to mention in Fan Fic.)
Dysfunction Junction: Pretty much everyone has some sort of tragic past or present. In the manga, this includes Aion and the Sinners.
Fanservice: Shower scenes, clothing damage, and quite a few promotional drawings of Rosette in a skimpy outfit. An interview somewhere states that there would've been more fanservice, but the mangaka's family was reading the manga so he decided against it. He seems to have made up for it in his latest series.
Foreshadowing: Both in the anime and the manga, although some bits of foreshadowing in the manga made it over to the anime without their payoffs being animated as well. Most particularly, that bit where Rosette's soul is leaked out of her body through the watch? That's important.
Foreseeing My Death: Mary Magdalene knew from birth that she would die as a result of her then-future contract with Chrono.
Freudian Excuse: Most everyone has a tragic background that explains some of their quirks.
Genericist Government: It's not really clear if Pandaemonium is even conscious, much less how much power the Queen actually has. Not to mention what roles the Elders have, what "ranks" are, how Pursuers work...
Good Morning, Crono: Although the trope is named after the other Crono, both versions of this series open with the main characters sleeping in their car and being woken up by a phone call.
Grand Finale: Both the anime and the manga version end things with a bang.
Gratuitous English: The title. And in the anime, "South Brooklym", "Joan Paul" and a doozy from the preview:
"When the darkness enveloped the hidden world, the sudden post-war development of this new continent was gathering strange phenomenon and people wandeing [sic] in the darkness who are not human, regardless of the season was spring."
In the japanese vol.1 Rosette says "Dam!" probably a misspelling of damn.
Happy Place: Rosette has a lake near the Order that she takes Azmaria when she's having a bad moment; other characters mention that she goes there often. It's destroyed near the end of the first volume, possibly the first sign that the cast is heading into danger.
Azmaria has a flashback of being at a raining funeral, possibly her parents'.
In a manga flashback, we see that it snowed at the funeral for Rosette and Joshua's parents.
It's All My Fault: Chrono says this in the anime once things take a turn for the worst, saying the cause is that he followed Aion instead of opposing him. In the manga he never says this word-for-word, but it's implied he feels at least some guilt for certain events.
Mental World: Shown when a character "dives" into the soul of another. Azmaria's shows her mourning over the graves of those that have died for her in the past, Chrono's appears to be the grave that Rosette found him sleeping in.
Mercy Kill: Fiore offers this to Satella after she's badly wounded in battle. Satella has other plans.
Multiple Demographic Appeal: A shounen series with a heavy focus on relationships in general, and in particular the central tragic romance, plus lots of pretty girls and boys, and a dash of a lot of different genres (including supernatural thriller, fantasy, comedy, drama, and in the manga, sci-fi).
Nightmare Sequence: Rosette has one both in the anime and manga. Chrono has a few himself.
Oh, No... Not Again!: When Rosette causes massive property damage during a mission in the beginning of the series, she wails "Why does this sort of thing always happen to me?!" (The rest of the series gives the answer: because she's incredibly Hot-Blooded.)
Orphan's Ordeal: Most of the orphans in the series waffle between this and Conveniently an Orphan. It certainly frees them all up to be running around the country, but most of them have character flaws that are (at least partially) explained by the trauma caused by their parents' deaths.
In the manga, Rosette collapses right in front of Chrono when she shoots the horns off of Joshua's head. And then she dies in his arms.Ouch.
Chrono collapses after his final fight with Aion in the anime.
The Power of Love: Far, far too many examples to list, but notably it's what brings Rosette back to life in the manga.
Prophecy Twist: Mary Magdalene's prophetic dreams that Chrono would be the one to "take" her life is deceptively worded. Mary figures it out once things begin to fall into place. In the manga, Chrono doesn't realize Mary's lived on in his watch until the end.
Pyrrhic Victory: The anime ending. You could possibly consider the manga ending this as well, but most characters have much happier endings despite the overall bittersweet feel.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Inverted — Rosette is hotblooded, but wears blue. Chrono is the calm voice of reason, but wears red.
Played straighter with Chrono and Aion. Chrono is emotional, bad with demonic technology and cares about people over everything else. Aion is coldly logical, shown playing chess, and sacrifices people he cares about for the success of his plan. However, the anime version switches the roles for them—a scene in a flashback shows Chrono silhouetted in blue, and Aion in red.
Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Chrono Crusade is interesting, since there's conflict between these both in the story and OUTSIDE of it. In the story, Rosette tends to represent a very idealistic way of thinking, which contrasts with Aion's very, very cynical beliefs. Break outside the fourth wall, and the conflict exists in the two different versions of the story: the manga tends to show Rosette as often (but not always) in the right, and ends on a fairy idealistic note. The anime, on the other hand, gets Darker and Edgier towards the end, and comes across as being much more cynical (including a final shot with a monologue lamenting that humans continue in their evil ways, which invites trouble.
There Are No Therapists: The sinners in general could use some good group therapy, not to mention all of the orphans. But are there therapists? No—a few good talks with the local priest, but no therapy sessions. Possibly justified, considering the time period.
Also, the original Japanese version had Satella shout "laden!" when summoning her jewels. The manga version kept this, but Tiffany Grant (the voice actress of Satella, who is well known for playing another fiesty, readheaded German) thought while working on the dub that "laden" is actually the word for a jury summons. In an attempt to fix the mistake, Satella shouts "commen sie!" or "come here!" in the dub, instead. Which is funny because "laden" means "to load" in German, and that's precisely what Satella does with her jewels...
True Companions: Made all the more poignant since most of the main characters are orphans. The Sinners are also shown to be like this as well in the manga, which serves to show how ruthless and committed to his goals Aion is when he sacrifices them without outward remorse.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: Chrono and Rosette are the most obvious, but a lot of other pairings have this between them, too. One of the funniest moments related to UST in the manga is probably a scene when Chrono walks in on Mary Magdalene washing her clothes in a river in nothing but her underwear. While Chrono flails around behind her, she tells him "You missed me bathing earlier. Too bad!"
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody seems to find Chrono's appearance particularly odd despite the fact that, even in disguise, he has purple hair, pointed ears, red eyes, and fangs.
Villains Out Shopping: The very first time Aion is actually shown in the flesh, he's coming back home from a shopping trip for Fiore. In the manga, it's the first of several scenes showing the Sinners as somewhat of a dysfunctional, but caring, family unit.
Viva Las Vegas: Early in the series, Chrono and Rosette are sent on a mission to save Azmaria from her casino-owning foster father in Las Vegas. Along the way, Rosette gets in trouble because she can't resist gambling in a casino. This is actually a case of Newer Than They Think / artistic license, since Las Vegas didn't become the gambling town it's known as until several decades later.
It's also a rather long way away from the Order's base in NYC, which makes the anime's decision to move the casino to Atlantic City, New Jersey understandable.
Wham Episode: The battle at the carnival. (Episode 19 in the anime, about midway through the 5th volume of the manga.)
Was It Really Worth It?: Both the anime and manga bring up this question in reference to Rosette and Chrono's contract—Chrono himself even questions if there wasn't another way they could have done it in the manga.
Art Shift: in vol.1 there are some American Sound Effects and Rosette often mixes in english words in the japanese version. But her use of english words is seen less often in the later volumes and American sound effects never seen again after the 1st volume.
Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Killing another demon is a major taboo for law-abiding demons... unless the other demon is a Sinner.
Applied Phlebotinum: The "holy" or possibly Astral-based technology behind the Order's weaponry - some of the more powerful bullets are explicitly based on bound and captured demons. Which leads into the demons' legion cells, which compose them and the entirety of their Organic Technology. Father Remington is even infected with legion cells to make him a more powerful combatant, but they've been slowly growing more numerous.
Art Evolution: Subtle within the series, but comparing art earlier in the series to towards the end makes it obvious that Moriyama improved as an artist while working on the series. And then the brand-new reprint covers were released, and his art style has changed so much it almost looks like a different artist altogether drew the cover.
Artistic License - Geography / No Sense of Direction: The party's journey from NYC to San Fransisco takes them from New York to the Seventh Bell Orphanage (In Michigan), to Washington DC, to Chicago, and from there to San Fransisco. This route is about 1500 miles longer than it needs to be (Especially given how important this mission is to Rosette), even with the absence of interstate highways (Which wouldn't exist for roughly another 30 years). Either Moriyama didn't know better, or Rosette is totally incapable of cross-country navigation.
Bizarre Alien Biology: Demon biology is very different from human. They're composed of "legion" cells which have integrated magic (astral) power into their metabolism, giving them incredible regenerative ability and effective immortality. They're so resilient that even if they take a wound so horrible they can't regenerate from it no matter how much astral they draw on, they can still take grafts and prosthetic limbs very well. Their horns are basically collection organs for ambient astral energy and antennae for connecting to the Pandaemonium hive mind. Also, in the manga the demons are literally aliens, hive workers in service to a queen/mothership.
Blood from the Mouth: Used often to show when someone's injured badly. Thanks to Chrono's tendency to throw himself in harm's way, it happens a lot with him.
Cat Smile: Azmaria displays one after being rescued in the desert by Satella.
Crashing Dreams: Chrono experiences this when he has a nightmare where he almost agrees to follow Aion again, but is stopped by a ghostly woman.
Cue the Sun: In the ending, Rosette looks out over a rising sun and says "There's plenty for us to do!"
Epilogue Letter: The manga uses a videotaped message from Azmaria to Satella as a framing device for a flashback that covers what happened to the characters in the months leading up to Rosette's death.
Every Car Is a Pinto: During an extra at the end of volume 7, Rosette shoots a car that immediately explodes on contact.
Eye Awaken: Chrono and Rosette defeat a demon by the skin of their teeth. As soon as they begin to relax, the demon jumps out of the rubble—and is promptly finished off by backup arriving just in time.
False Crucible: Remington challenges Chrono to a duel to the death when he's ordered to execute him, but in reality he's testing to see if Chrono can learn to control his rage. He succeeds, and Remington gives them supplies before setting them on the path to their final battle with Aion.
Gainax Ending: The end of the manga is strange, somewhat open-ended and rather rushed and abrupt, causing the ending to come off as pretty weird. To make matters worse, the original published ending was VERY open-ended, with a lot of loose strings not tied up until the final collected volume was released several months later with an additional epilogue added onto the end. (And even THAT ending has some questions that are never answered, and raises new ones on top of it!)
Half-Human Hybrid: Father Remington was infected with demon cells to make him a more powerful combatant and effectively part-demon. When Rosette (and readers) learn about this near the end of the series, his body mass is already 40% legion, and it's shown to have only gotten worse in the epilogue. Aion and Chrono are as well, because their mother was a human who was pregnant when she was taken to be the new host for Pandaemonium, infecting them with legion cells before they were born.
History Repeats: Mary was possessed by Pandaemonium, which led to Aion wanting her dead and Chrono making a contract with her. Later, when Pandaemonium is killed by Aion, she seeks out a new body: and decides on Rosette. Aion can't help but point out that "It's just like we're reliving what happened 50 years ago!"
Hive Mind: The demon race is technically a hive in service to Pandaemonium, who is both queen and mothership, though many of the more powerful demons still have their own individual personalities as well - individual enough for some to rebel before they can be forced into compliance, even.
Home Sweet Home: After her adventures, Rosette returns back to the orphanage she grew up in and becomes a caretaker there.
Horde of Alien Locusts: Aion plans to use the corrupted legion in this way to destroy the world and rebuild it.
I Am Not Left-Handed: When Aion fights Duke Daffau, he purposefully loses the battle, before revealing his plan to weaken the demons that still have horns, and that his sword has a device built into it to enhance his own powers.
I'm Cold... So Cold...: Sister Rosette Christopher thinks this to themselves as they die in someone's arms, and offers the person with them a scarf.
I'm Not Hungry: When kidnapped by Aion, Azmaria refuses to eat. Shader convinces her to eat by telling her that "food isn't good or evil."
Ironic Echo: "If you had to pretend to be a big shot, you should never have come to the front lines."
I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Parodied in the first chapter. Instead of asking for five minutes, Chrono asks Rosette to sleep for ten hours. Of course, Rosette doesn't agree to it.
I Will Wait for You: In the end of the manga, Chrono promises Rosette that he'll come back to her right before he leaves to fight Aion in their final battle. He either takes 8 years to finally return for some unexplained reason, or was killed in his final battle and comes back to her as a ghost. Either way, he returns to her just as she takes her final breaths.
Morality Kitchen Sink: Most of the Order and Rosette's companions are on the white side of the scale (with some sliding), the Sinners are mostly on the blackish side of gray, and the other demons are usually black (but occasionally sympathetic).
Plot-Based Voice Cancellation: In the manga, a promise Joshua made to Rosette when they were children is scribbled out in the text bubble, and revealed later on.
Powered by a Forsaken Child: Demon contracts consume the human's soul. Azmaria's foster father used a great machine with her at the center to channel the Astral Line which was hijacked by his own contracted demon. Much later, Aion has been doing the same thing with all the Apostles, including Azmaria and Joshua now that he has them. And finally, we learn that Pandaemonium's living core died nearly 10,000 years ago when the ship crashed on Earth, and the demons have been capturing suitable human women and plugging them into the ship to act as a series of temporary cores just to keep their species alive. And the last Pandaemonium was pregnant with Chrono and Aion when she was taken, infecting them with legion cells in utero as a result.
Power Incontinence: [[How Aion created the corrupted legion; by feeding them more power than they can handle.]]
The Power of Blood: Blood is exchanged when a demon makes a contract with a human. (The anime doesn't specify if it follows this or not.)
The Promise: There's several promises made from one character to another that later come into play.
Shower of Awkward: Rosette chases the Elder out of the shower...naked. Chrono, of course, is standing right outside, and gets to see Rosette in her full glory. He then gets blamed for the incident and is punched by Rosette.
Where It All Began: Chrono and Aion's final battle takes place in Pandaemonium the very place Chrono first joined Aion over half a century ago.Not to mention that their battle starts and ends with the corpse of their mother nearby...
"World of Cardboard" Speech: Chrono gives one of these to Aion towards the end of the manga, explaining the affect that humans (particularly Rosette) have had on him.
"The place Chrono could go back to was decided four years ago!"
Your Favorite: A variation—Fiore cooks someone her sister's favorite food, because one reminds her of the other.
Your Soul Is Mine: Sort of the contracts, although more a case of Deal with the Devil since both of Chrono's contracts are willing. However, in the manga Aion makes contracts with kidnapped, or possibly murdered, victims that the Sinners round up for him. Fiore then somehow turns them into jewels, which Aion uses to power himself up during fights.
Accent Adaptation: A strange one in the dub—a generic police chief was given an Irish accent to match the stereotype of police men in the time period. The dub also gives Satella and Florette German accents (something that she's noted to have in the manga, but was cut out of the Japanese anime track).
Anime Theme Song: The opening is (apparently) a love song from Rosette to Chrono, while the ending theme is a sad farewell song to match the feel of the ending.
Cartesian Karma: Joshua after having Chrono's stolen horns removed is able to revert back to his old childish self. The problem is, he becomes essentially 'locked' in that state, perpetually having the mind of his 12 year old pre-horn self. He fairs much better in the manga though.
Clothing Damage: Happens to Rosette on the train in episode 13 after Rizelle uses her web attack.
Color Failure: Happens to Azmaria, Rosette, and Satella's butler in episode 14 after he passes out on Satella's chest.
Double Entendre: In the preview for Episode 2, Rosette frets over having lost something "very important". When Chrono asks her what she lost, her response is a vague "when a girl says she's lost something very important, what else could it be but that?" It turns out the object she's referring to from the episode is actually her gun, but Chrono assumes the sexual meaning (and is immediately scolded for being perverted).
Aion forces a kiss on Rosette not once, but twice.
He also does this to Satella after revealing he killed her parents and before molesting her.
Fork Fencing: Rosette attacks the Elder with a spoon in the first episode.
Gainaxing: Episode 03 but the poor animation makes it look like bags of water.
Gecko Ending: The anime shows signs of splitting from the manga from the beginning, but splits pretty solidly in episode 7 and becomes nearly completely different somewhere around the halfway point.
Intertwined Fingers: In the last episode, Chrono and Rosette clasp their hands together in this way as they both die in each other's arms. This is a very iconic image for the series—chances are you've seen a clip of this if you've ever watched a Chrono Crusade Anime Music Video.
Intimate Healing: Chrono comes down with some sort of demon fever, and Rosette is told by a fortune teller that a folk remedy for fevers is...a kiss. She tries it, and it works.
Plot-Induced StupidityGreat job, Chrono, you got your horns back. Now you can...wait, why are you using them as a throwing weapon?
Present Day Past: The story takes place in the 20s but Newspaper articles often have modern headlines.
Retraux: Used in the ADV Films trailer, particularly the narration that mimics old newsreels. Also shows up a little bit in the opening and title cards, although isn't used too frequently in the anime proper.
Sprouting Ears: Rosette displays some cat ears when Satella picks them up while they were traveling in the desert to San Francisco, and then goes into Rich Bitch mode to tease Rosette for not having better prepared for the trip due to their lack of funds and training.
Unrequited Love: Rosette uses this against Rizelle on the train, and taunts her that despite everything the spider lady is doing for Aion, he never notices her. It seems to set off her Berserk Button, which also allows Rosette a brief opening to bypass her defenses.
Voice of the Legion: When Chrono's transforming in the anime, his voice echoes—particularly in the second episode when he thinks Rosette's been killed and tries to break through the seal on his own.
Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Both played straight and averted. The "played straight" part is that Azmaria is the only main character to survive the end of the series without extreme mental damage.... Averted, in that a some young children are killed because of their powers (although they're minor enough to not even have names).