Manga / Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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"And that one shall come to you garbed in raiment of blue, descending upon a field of gold... To forge anew our ties with the lost land."

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (風の谷のナウシカ, Kaze no Tani no Naushika) is a post-apocalyptic Science Fantasy manga and animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki. In a world dominated by a caustic forest full of huge (horse sized to town hall sized!) and dangerous arthropods, one of the few places left habitable is the Valley of the Wind — a place where toxic spores produced by the forest are kept from settling by the constant ocean breeze. The crash of a gigantic airplane and subsequent incursion into the Valley by Torumekia leads to the revelation of a secret that could destroy what's left of humanity, if not the world...

Visually inventive and gripping, the heroine — the eponymous Nausicaä — eventually learns a Green Aesop about living in harmony with Gaia.

The success of the movie — Miyazaki's first independent work — led directly to the founding of Studio Ghibli and inspired Chocobos; it's also where Hideaki Anno got the prototype for the Evas (since Anno was handpicked by Miyazaki to be the lead animator for the inspiring scene). Anno would later produce a short tokusatsu film spin-off featuring a live-action version of the creature entitled Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo.

Since Miyazaki's only directorial credits up to that point (with one exception) were the television shows that he'd worked on with Isao Takahata — all adaptations of proven popular works — no distributor was willing to give him financial backing for Nausicaä unless he made a manga first. So he did, publishing Nausicaä in the monthly Animage magazine beginning in 1982. Even after the film's success, he continued to occasionally put out new manga chapters in between working on his later movies, finally finishing the story in 1994.

It is worth noting that the manga diverges significantly from the animated version. For one, the manga's story is much more vast – introducing settings, important characters, and even entire races of people that are never mentioned in the movie (which is understandable for the ¾ of the manga made after it). The result is two very different takes on the same basic concept, both by the same man.

Shortly after it came out in 1984, the Nausicaä movie gained the sad distinction of being the first Miyazaki work to see North American release… with one of the worst treatments in the history of the medium — In addition to renaming most of the characters (standard practice at the time), over half an hour of the film that lacked any sort of action was thoroughly excised, turning the Green Aesop into a fragfest. The resulting mess was titled Warriors of the Wind and so appalled Miyazaki & co. that it led directly to Studio Ghibli's now-famous policy of not allowing international distributors to cut or alter even a single frame of the animation, aside from translating the credits and title logo. It took over 20 years for Nausicaä to return to America, but the current English version, produced in 2006 by Ghibli's longtime partner Disney and approved by Miyazaki himself, is completely uncut and uncensored.

Three video game adaptations of Nausicaä were released for the MS-X; two were top-down shooters but where Nausicaä does negotiations with human villages to prevent war and drop stun bombs (NOT bombs) on Ohmus as a strict self-defense measure. They were, however, mediocre in their gameplay, and flopped. As a result, besides a Future Boy Conan videogame adaptation, no further games based on Studio Ghibli movies were produced (not that it kept the studio from doing the art direction for other games, like Jade Cocoon for the PS1, among others). A very common Urban Legend has it that those games greatly offended Miyazaki, based on the wrong assumption that the games openly subverted the message of his film. Interviews following Ni no Kuni's release, and an actual look on those rare games by HG101, debunked these rumors, with Studio Ghibli even being open to a Castle in the Sky adaptation.


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  • Ace Pilot: Nausicaä, of course. Also Asbel, impersonating the Red Baron.
    • Kurotowa shows his skills in the manga, revealing himself to be more than the silly dandy he comes off as.
  • Action Girl:
    • Nausicaä spends much of her time exploring the poisonous and giant insect-infested forests. She also takes part in several battles and more than holds her own.
    • Kushana is a general who leads from the front and tends to be right in the middle of the hardest fighting.
  • After the End: The post-apocalyptic story is set a millennium after the global catastrophe called the Seven Days of Fire.
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: Every significant faction has one, save the Worm-Handlers. They generally feel cramped and patched together, like most technology since the remaining people no longer have the ability to construct new ones.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Lord Yupa uses one to overhear the conversation in the lab where the Giant Warrior is incubated.
  • Alien Blood:
    • The Ohmu have blue blood. This becomes relevant during the climax of the film, where Nausicaä's blouse turns blue because of the blood from the infant Ohmu, and early in the manga.
    • Later on, the blue blood of the Crypt of Shuwa becomes just as significant.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Variation. The Squirrel-fox behaves like a cat, even purring.
  • Almost Dead Guy: Princess Lastel. She could only deliver a few lines before dying.
  • Anachronism Stew: A sword-swinging cavalry charge is usually backed up with machine gun fire from levitating 'bell jars'. The Torumekian gunship pilot uniform consists of full medieval-style plate armor complete with a conical visor helmet. In general, this is ascribed to the great height that human civilization reached before it fell hard, with every succeeding wave of civilization reaching lesser height before collapsing in war and leaving its weapons to be employed by the next rise.
    • Justified, as most of the more advanced technology in use is centuries old, and the making of things like the engines for airships and machine-guns is becoming a lost art. At best, some people have a working knowledge of how to repair them.
      • There are scenes in the manga where the characters make a point to salvage ship engines with one character remarking that the whole plane could be reconstructed around the salvaged engines. In addition, most armor and swords are stated to be ceramic, containing futuristic metallic composite, or made from Ohmu shell (which is supposedly the hardest substance available and acts like a bulletproof ferro-ceramic composite, making the plate and scale armors of the comic a sensible retro-modern adaptation). There is even a mine centered around a downed starship that harvests the superhard ceramic and metal of the ship for armor and blades.
  • Androcles' Lion: Subverted in the movie, where the enraged Ohmu ignore Nausicaä and the baby Ohmu in their stampede. However, they soon realize what they did and stop stampeding. That same scene is played straight in the manga.
  • Animal Companion: Teto, Nausicaa's fox-squirrel.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 2 disaster, threatens to become a Class 3. Industrial civilization has obliterated itself from the world. The remaining kingdoms and empires are busily destroying each other through war, and the ever-expanding Sea of Corruption is making large areas completely uninhabitable to all animals except its own giant insects.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The Torumekian nobility usually combines this with Villainous Glutton and maybe Dirty Coward.
    • As much as they can be considered nobility, the Dorok Council Of Monks qualifies. The Emperor and his younger brother definitely qualify.
  • Armies Are Evil: Played straight in the movie with the Tolmekians. The Pejiteians aren't much better.
    • Much more nuanced in the manga as we get to spend a lot of time with the Torumekian military. Despite their jerkass tendencies early on (and the fact that Torumekia started the war), some of them sacrifice their lives to protect Nausicaä. The Dorok army more directly fits this trope.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Even if they are bio-engineered, arthropods simply cannot get that big; and even if they could, it's unlikely that they would have blue blood since hemocyanin is far too inefficient at conducting oxygen for such massive creatures.
    • Nor would there be much oxygen around for them to breathe, or the humans for that matter. Fungi, unlike plants, consume oxygen without creating any.
      • Note that most of the larger plants in the Sea Of Corruption are, in fact, plants despite their names – Breadfungus is shown to actually be a mutated tree, while the top canopy is largely Mushigo Palms (basically giant ferns).
  • Author Appeal: Flying machines and an anti-war message – both staples of Miyazaki's work. See also environmentalism and strong female characters with short hair.
  • Badass Grandpa: Master Yupa, a very well-known (and feared, for good reason) Old Master Swordsman.
    • The manga has the Holy One of the Mani Tribe, a ancient blind Dorok priest who throws shade at one of the most powerful telepaths in the world (Miralupa) in front of all his heavily-armed minions, then rips off his gas mask in the middle of the Sea Of Corruption just to taunt him. Of course that gets him killed, but he uses the last of his spiritual energy to shield Nausicaä from Miralupa. Dying Moment of Awesome indeed.
  • Badass Princess: Nausicaä and Kushana, who can both face down giant insects and armies without flinching.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: In both manga and film, Yupa does this to prevent a slaughter in the Valley, taking Nausicaä's sword point-first, through his gauntlet. Even though Yupa keeps his calm unflinching demeanour, Nausicaä notices the blood dripping from her hilt and the shudder of pain in Yupa's body. It shows early on just how far he is willing to go to keep the peace (and keep Nausicaä from doing something she'll regret).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In the film, all semblance of the compassionate, loving, and unconditionally kind Nausicaä gets ripped away when her father is murdered. In her place emerges a rampaging beast in the guise of a Princess, who proceeds to slaughter the soldiers responsible in a matter of seconds.
    • This is even more pronounced in the manga, where Nausicaä's father dies later of natural causes, and she flies off the handle simply because the soldiers were trespassing in her valley and getting spores everywhere… and she noticed one of the Worm-Handlers had desecrated Lastel's grave… and their slugworms were physically violating her… so in retrospect she definitely had reason to lose her cool. But in this version she only kills one guy, and he challenged her to a duel.
  • BFG: Averted, for the most part. A notable exception is when Nausicaä briefly hefts a heavy machine gun to enforce compliance. It's a good bet that the thing weighs only a little less than she does.
    • Honorable mention goes to the Valley's gunship, which is less a fighter plane and more a derringer on wings that fires artillery shells for bullets.
    • The Giant Warrior (i.e. Ohma) has one built into its gullet as a primary weapon - some kind of disintegration or mass conversion cannon.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the movie, the people of Pejitei are trapped on the aircraft, waiting to be slaughtered by the Tolmekian troops. Cue Lord Yupa who drops in through the roof hatch and singlehandedly takes out all the Tolmekians.
    • Far too many instances to count in the manga, but the scene where Yupa destroys a secret Dorok lab all by himself and takes out several dozen Worm-Handlers in the process is a good contender.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Very common among the male population of the Valley of the Wind. Usually dwarfed by their even more imposing mustaches (or Badass Beard in the case of Mito and Yupa).
  • Blinded by the Light: Nausicaä uses flash grenades to stun an Ohmu and convince it to leave an unlucky traveller (Yupa) alone, since she's not willing to kill them. It works much better than trying to do so anyway.
    • Later on in the film, the people of the Valley use them against the Torumekians and capture a tank.
    • Discussed late in the manga regarding Ohma, several characters mentioning how they have to look away.
  • Body Horror: In both manga and film, the Giant/God-Warrior is awakened before it has finished incubating.
    • In the manga, it slowly breaks down and loses its teeth as it flies across the land, but manages to survive long enough to destroy the Heart of the Crypt.
    • In the anime, it begins to melt as soon as it appears in the climax, ribs exposed and all.
  • A Boy and His X: Nausicaä and her pet Squirrel-Fox Teto.
    • In the manga, Nausicaä and her indestructible 100-yard-tall God-Warrior.
  • Butt-Monkey: Kurotowa early in the story. Whenever things seem to go his way or he gets a good line, something blows up. Usually right beside him. In the manga, he ends up in traction around the halfway point (he gets better though).
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit":
    • Fox-Squirrel, or striped chihuahua-cat-rat life form.
    • Giant ratite-style birds utilized for transport are called "Horseclaws"
    • The humans refer to the Ohmu and other Forest creatures as "insects", but almost none of them fit the definition. They are undeniably arthropods (which insects also are), and it is revealed late in the manga that they are artificially bio-engineered life forms.
  • Charm Person: Nausicaä, which is why the Ohmu listen to her and no other human.
  • Child Naming Request: Given by a villager to Lord Yupa. We never find out what name he chose.
  • The Chosen One: Nausicaä, as foretold by the prophecy of "The Blue-Clad One".
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: Master Yupa wears an outfit like this when Nausicaä first meets him, which makes sense since humans have to wear gas masks at all times to protect themselves from the Sea Of Corruption / Toxic Jungle.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: If you see red insect eyes of any kind, someone is going to get screwed. If they're blue, your quest just got a lot easier.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Heat doesn't seem to impress our Badass Princess much. Early on we see Nausicaä jump around the burning inferno of the airship that crashed into the valley. And again, when she and Mito are surrounded by a wall-o'-fire on the airship that was intercepted by Asbel.
    • Averted in the manga when Nausicaä is accidentally forced by the baby Ohmu into the Acid Lake; her boot appears to catch on fire from it and she's clearly in agony.
  • Cool Old Guy: Master Yupa, in times of peace. He's seen as a wise and experienced mentor whose advice everyone seeks, from mothers who want to name their babies to kings and chieftains older than he is.
  • Cool Plane: What else would you expect from Miyazaki?
    • Nausicaä's Mehve/Möwe, a one-person flying wing that goes everywhere.
    • The Valley's Gunship gets its own share of the spotlight, too.
    • More generally, everyone uses aircraft with many engines and lots of guns that go from small "corvettes" to flying battleships and transports big enough to hold a large part of a tribe.
  • Cry into Chest: Nausicaä cries in Lord Yupa's chest after making her decision to shut down her hidden garden.
    • In the manga, Ketcha also cries in Yupa's chest after the death of The Holy One. At the very end of the story, she does it again, crying into Asbel's chest when she sees he survived the Battle of Shuwa.
  • Daddy's Girl: Nausicaä appears to take after her father quite a bit, which is why she flies into such a rage when he's murdered by the Torumekians in the movie.
  • Days of Future Past: Of the Feudal Future variety.
  • Doomed Hometown: Pejitei. How it's doomed depends on which version – in the movie, the Pejiteans lure several dozen spore-carrying Ohmu into the heart of their own city to drive out the Tolmekians; in the manga, the Torumekians simply show up one night and slaughter everyone except for Lastel's refugee ship, which got away but crashed in the Sea Of Corruption after someone onboard angered the insects.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Subverted by Kurotowa. While he's ecstatic to be in charge when it seems Kushana has been killed, when she shows up he sighs and gives up the position quickly and continues being her toadie.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Happens with Nausicaä in both the film and the manga – same dress – but the circumstances differ.
    • In the movie, an unnamed Pejite girl swaps clothes with her to allow her to move about the ship freely and escape.
    • In the manga, a sympathetic old Dorok woman gives Nausicaä her dead daughter's old dress (which Ketcha admits she wanted, but Nausicaä looked like the daughter). This nearly comes back to bite Nausicaä when she returns to the Torumekians and Kushana recognizes the symbol on the dress and tries to use it as a reason to not help her.
  • Dual Wielding: A preferred style of Master Yupa, usually wielding a full or short sword and an off-hand main-gauche, or parrying dagger.
  • Emergency Cargo Dump: An engine-less cargo barge from the Valley gets detached from the Gunship during an enemy attack and starts to tank towards the ground where dangerous monster insects are located. In order to stop the sinking the crew start dumping all cargo from the barge.
  • Empathic Environment: Thanks to the Ohmu, the Forest is this. If you hurt the insects, the entire Forest will amass just to end you.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When we first see Nausicaä rescuing Master Yupa from a Ohmu, she doesn't kill it, she only stuns it. Because she loves even giant deadly arthropods.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Nausicaä, not that you could tell. Kushana, on the other hand...
  • Evil Counterpart: Particularly in the movie, Kushana to Nausicaä. Both are princesses, but the former is scheming and ambitious while the latter is entirely selfless.
    • Naturally, much more nuanced in the manga, where Kushana isn't an outright antagonist and Nausicaä, while still fundamentally good, isn't quite as selfless as she pretends. They are still, as Miyazaki himself said, "two sides of the same coin".
  • Evil Is Visceral: The Giant Warrior in the film is very much this. Subverted with the rest of the creatures, when it turns out that humans can live together with them peacefully.
    • Even the God Warrior's evilness is subverted in the manga. It's not so much evil as it is a child, and its death from its own radiation (and being revived while incomplete) while Nausicaä comforts it is one of the sadder moments of the story.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Through an Air-Vent Passageway, Lord Yupa is able to overhear a conversation that's going on in the lab where the Giant Warrior is incubated. He learns all he needs to know about the crashed aircrafts.
    • Kurotowa does this in the manga when Nausicaä returns to the Imperial Corvette and has a brief conversation with Kushana. Amusingly, Kushana knows he's listening and calls him out on it.
  • Expy:
    • Nausicaä is one of Maki Oyamada, a character in the final episode of Lupin III (Red Jacket), "Aloha Lupin". She even shares the same voice actor, Sumi Shimamoto. Of course, that episode was made by Hayao Miyazaki. She also bears a visual resemblance to Clarisse from The Castle of Cagliostro, another princess in a Miyazaki work voiced by Shimamoto.
    • Yupa is one of Gandalf, as The Lord of the Rings was one of the works which inspired Miyazaki.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Mito has one.
  • Faceless Goons: The Torumekian soldiers, whose helmets cover everything from the neck up.
    • Whilst almost any 'generic enemy' is faceless behind their masks or armor, the amount of headgear (or lack thereof) that they wear in more casual situations is pretty much inversely proportionate to how friendly they are with Nausicaä. Including a Torumekian princess, a Dorok high priest... hell, even a small unit of Worm-Handlers.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The God/Giant Warrior's mouth beams.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Do not stand in front of a red-eyed Ohmu. Seriously.
    • Master Yupa explicitly alludes to this when Nausicaä, consumed by rage, takes on the exact same attitude as an angry Ohmu.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Nausicaä takes this much further than most. She's able to calm the rage of rampaging giant insects in addition to being able to befriend cute-looking animals.
  • Friend to Bugs: Nausicaä is sympathetic toward the giant insects of the poisonous forest, particularly the dinosaur-sized Ohmu. In a flashback scene, she's shown trying to keep a tiny Ohmu as a pet as a small child and to hide it from adults (she failed).
  • Fungus Humongous: The Sea of Corruption.
  • Gaia's Lament: The Earth has been devastated by what appears to be a nuclear war and remains heavily polluted and almost uninhabitable. The humans' inability to get along with the Ohmu (attempting to destroy them or their home) leads to…
  • Gaia's Vengeance: It's described but not named in the movie. In the manga it's called the Daikaisho – wherein human malice causes the forest to have a collective fit, with Ohmu stampeding en masse until they die of hunger, then the spores they carry on them sprout into a brand new forest. It is stated early in the manga that this has happened three times since the Seven Days of Fire… and a fourth is on the way.
  • Garden of Evil:
    • The Sea of Corruption, at least at first.
    • In the manga, Nausicaä considers the Hidden Garden to be uncomfortably close to this.
  • Ghibli Hills: The Valley. The rest of the world, though, tends to Scenery Gorn more often than not.
  • Happy Flashback: Played straight when an Ohmu taps Nausicaä's memory via Touch Telepathy and we see a flashback of her as a happy child in a field of gold, singing a simple melody.
  • Heavenly Blue: The "Blue-Clad One"
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • In the movie, Nausicaä tries to stop the Ohmu from attacking the Valley but instead is killed in the stampede. She gets better, though.
    • In the manga, the Holy One sacrifices himself to buy his tribe some time to escape from Miralupa's guards (and also to shield Nausicaä from Miralupa's evil telepathy). Yupa dies in a similar way much later on to protect Kushana. At the very end, the Vai Emperor is mortally wounded shielding Nausicaä from the Crypt's dying light. Nausicaä tries to invoke this on herself when she finds the epicentre of the soon-to-happen Daikaisho and declares she will "become Forest". However, the Ohmu immediately ensure she stays alive.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Played with. It's more "Humans were Bastards" and "Most Humans Are Bastards". Even the Doroks have people on their side who aren't bastards.
  • Humongous Mecha: The God Warriors qualify as much as the Evangelions do (and in fact, Hideaki Anno worked on both).
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The Torumekian pilots trying to hit Nausicaä on her glider but failing miserably.
    • The Doroks, who excel at melee combat, aren't much better (though they do have a sharpshooter that manages to pick off several of Kushana's men and Nausicaä's Horseclaw). For the most part, the only decent shots are people from the Periphery.
  • Implacable Man: Any enraged Ohmu. Actually used as part of a plot to spread the Sea of Corruption on an enemy country.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Again, Nausicaä, oh so much. She doesn't carry a rifle in her glider for ballast.
    • One early example: shooting a rope hanging from a moving vehicle with a pistol while flying a glider at high speeds with the other hand.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Who else? Nausicaä's mastery of the winds lets her do things with her glider, even when its engine breaks down, that people in jet engine gunships can only dream of doing.
  • The Ingenue: Nausicaä, sort of. She's kind, gentle, and forgiving, but instead of child-like innocence it underscores her maturity instead. She's also much more physically inclined than the traditional ingenue.
  • Kill It with Fire:
    • How the people of the Valley deal with the spores. The difference is that they only do this when their own trees have been infested, whereas the film's Torumekians want to burn down the entire Forest.
    • In the manga, the Doroks' first resort is to use this against their genetically-engineered super-mold that escaped their floating laboratory. It doesn't quite work.
  • Lady of War:
    • Princess Kushana.
    • Nausicaä really does not want to be one, but ends up striking a balance between this and straight up Action Girl.
  • Last Fertile Region: The Valley of the Wind is one of only a few left.
  • Lost Superweapon: The God Warriors.
  • Lost Technology: Pretty much all the technology, actually, including the God Warriors and the Mehve/Möwe: light enough to be carried, strong enough to survive hundred-foot drops, and apparently runs on Aether. Not much for safety, though. Its fuel consumption is also probably quite low, as it only fires its thruster in short, periodic bursts for acceleration and takeoff.
  • Loyal Animal Companion:
    • Teto to Nausicaä.
    • Kai and Kui also sometimes act like this towards Nausicaä and Master Yupa.
  • Made of Explodium: The airships, especially when they crash. Justified for Torumekian Bumblecrows and Corvettes and the Dorok Monitors, as those are military ships filled with artillery.
  • Magic Countdown: When their airship gets hit by Asbel and starts to tank, Nausicaä, Mito, and Kushana have plenty of time to talk and sort out the glider in the cargo area before they finally manage to escape the exploding ship.
  • Martial Pacifist: Nausicaä, and all the people of the Valley.
  • Master Swordsman: Nausicaä. Whether wielding an ancestral BFS longer than she is tall, or her signature Ohmu-shell blade, she's a whirlwind of destruction all on her own. Only Master Yupa stands above her.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji in Ohmu translate to "king insect" – not too far off given their size, position in the Sea Of Corruption, and Nigh-Invulnerability. The name also sounds like the sacred mantra Ohm (or Aum) found in multiple Indian religions.
  • Medieval Stasis: Zig-zagged. The Valley Of The Wind looks and is run like a tiny Renaissance duchy, and in the manga it is heavily implied that most settlements which aren't either capitals or mining colonies are like this. Tolas and Shuwa are both noticeably more modern-looking, though. And the now-buried-by-forest Kingdom of Eftal (of which the Valley and Pejitei are two of the last remnants) was downright futuristic.
  • Missing Mom: Nausicaä's mother appears in a flashback, but at the time of the story in both manga and film only her father is alive. And not for long, either.
  • Modest Royalty: Nausicaä is a princess, but you'd never know it by looking at her.
    • Keep in mind that Nausicaä is princess for a kingdom of less than a thousand people. If Eftal still existed, she'd only be the equivalent of a petty noble with a small fief, and not living that much above the means of the common folk anyway.
  • A Mother to Her Men: Kushana to the Third Army, especially in the manga.
  • Ms. Exposition: The blind old woman, Obaba, has a lot to tell about the history of the clan.
    • In the manga, The Matriarch (a different, even older, blind woman) is brought in to explain to the assembled chieftains exactly what the Daikaisho is and what happened to Eftal.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Quite a bit of it in both versions. One seen in each is Nausicaä's reaction near the beginning when she realizes she's killed a man (or men) and wounded Yupa.
    • In the film, Kurotowa instantly regrets using the God Warrior, even if it had worked.
    • In the manga, lots of people have this reaction. For example, Charuka when he realizes what a stupid idea it is to weaponize the Sea Of Corruption and does a Heel–Face Turn to help Nausicaä. Nausicaä spends almost the entire last third of the story like this, for… multiple reasons, really.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Nausicaä is also the name of a character in The Odyssey.
  • New Eden: Mild subversion; the New Eden scenario is only beginning to happen. And in the manga, Nausicaä intentionally scuttles the second half of the process.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Justified in that the OSHA died out along with Industrialized Civilization. The Pejite excavation is really not safe and has a lot of accidents, including one of Kurotowa's soldiers falling a hundred or so feet to his death in front of him (guy did try to push Kurotowa though).
  • Old-School Dogfight: The airships engage in plenty of them. See Cool Plane.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The God Warrior. Made even more evident in the manga, when the single Warrior that awakens during the story is given an actual name (Ohma, "innocent") and personality (The Arbiter).
  • Platonic Boy/Girl Heroes: Nausicaä and Asbel are drawn to each other by friendship.
  • Plucky Girl: Nausicaä. Ketcha to a lesser extent.
  • Post Apocalyptic Gasmask: Almost everyone carries gas masks in order to deal with the highly toxic atmosphere of the Sea of Corruption.
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: The messiah dressed in blue who will restore mankind's connection with the earth turns out to be none other than Nausicaä.
    • Prophecy Twist: "And that one shall come to you garbed in raiment of blue and descending upon a field of gold..." But the prophecy didn't foresee that the "raiment of blue" would only be so because it was drenched in Ohmu blood, and the "field of gold" consisted of the shining, golden feelers of the innumerable Ohmu gathered below and around Nausicaä. Even the tapestry depicting the prophecy tries to subvert the audience's expectations by displaying a Messianic Archetype as a male figure of Middle Eastern appearance with some sort of brown pheasant perched on his shoulder… which turns out to actually be Teto.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Ohmu when enraged.
  • Ribcage Ridge: The overgrown, hollow exoskeletons of the fallen God Warriors are everywhere – in fact, a massive "skull" rising from the Sea of Corruption is one of the first images of the manga.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Teto the squirrel-fox is very cute when not angrily defending its master.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Every single time an insect, particularly an Ohmu, is hurt, it will bring on an onslaught from the bugs. See Implacable Man above for how it's deliberately used by the warring nations.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • All the Former-Eftal-Periphery chieftains. It's in their treaties with Torumekia that they must fight alongside them in wartime if they want to retain their nominal independence.
    • Also, Kushana.
  • Scavenger World: People have forgotten how to replicate most old world technologies. Almost all machines are built from scavenged parts and look quite worn out.
  • Schizo Tech: Medieval castles and armor coexisting alongside WWII fighter planes and tanks alongside flying battleships and other repulsor craft. See Anachronism Stew.
  • Science Hero: Nausicaä, to an extent. As the scene in her underground greenhouse shows, she's able to solve the problems between humanity and the Ohmu because she understands them and realizes why the balance of nature needs to be preserved.
  • Science Is Bad: Subverted in two ways…
    • In both versions, Nausicaä dabbles in botany and chemistry, using science to determine that the plants of the Sea of Corruption are not actually toxic; the soil is.
    • In the manga, while the scientists who are responsible for the world's current state almost certainly caused more problems than they solved, their creations are shown to be just as capable of kindness and wisdom as any natural lifeform.
      • However, played straight with the Dorok scientists who decided to weaponize Forest plants and grow Ohmu in an attempt to end the war quickly, and ended up causing the Fourth Daikaisho.
  • Secret Underground Passage: Nausicaä has one in her room leading to her hidden garden.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Nausicaä when she grabs hold of a machine gun. She doesn't actually kill anyone with it though, just intimidates them.
  • The Stoic: Yupa seldom ever loses his cool, or betrays any sort of weakness. At one point, he blocks a sword thrust at Nausicaä point first with the back of his gloved sword hand. His expression and voice never changes, but Nausicaä notices he's shuddering from severe pain and blood flows from the wound under his glove.
    • Gets even crazier near the end of the manga where Yupa grabs a live grenade and keeps it from destroying everyone else by letting it blow his hand off and barely bats an eye. He doesn't live very long past that point, though.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The men under Kurotowa's command seem to be rather incompetent, which annoys him to no end.
    • In the manga, Charuka quickly realizes that the scientists under his command have absolutely no idea how dangerous their experiments are. It comes back to bite them in the ass, hard.
  • Sword and Gun: The Valley, Pejitei, and Torumekian cultures all share this aesthetic. Guns are used for ranged weapons, but everybody carries a sword or knife (or both) for close quarters fighting. As with most Scavenger World situations, post-industrial guns suffer from quality, maintenance, and ammo supply issues while swords are pretty reliable.
  • Tomboy Princess: Nausicaä, with her boyish short hair and urge for adventure.
    • Kushana also fits to a degree, as she is a highly capable military commander and trainer. However, she was forced into this role by circumstance.
  • Tuck and Cover: Mito throws himself over Nausicaä to protect her from falling debris when the airship around them starts to collapse.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting:
    • In the film, after Nausicaä departs from the Valley, the narrative splits into two storylines – her adventures in the Sea of Decay and Kurotowa back in the Valley – switching back and forth and coming together again at the end when Nausicaä returns.
    • The manga, for most of its run, juggles at least three storylines simultaneously, often more. It gets hard to differentiate them because of characters constantly meeting each other and then parting again. The only reason it doesn't qualify as Four Lines, All Waiting is because the plot moves forward despite the constantly changing perspective. Everything eventually comes together at the end during the climax at the Crypt Of Shuwa.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Nausicaä stores Teto in the front of her shirt.
  • Waif-Fu: Nausicaä. Like you wouldn't believe.
  • Warrior Princess: Kushana, of course. Nausicaä counts too, to an extent and by technicality.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Primary weapon of the God Warrior.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • At the very end of the manga, it's revealed that the Heart of the Crypt was programmed this way. It was built to raise an entire ecosystem that would wipe Earth clean of its creators' mistakes, and then destroy said ecosystem so the original mankind could be resuscitated to rule the world again. It's willing to kill the current humans to do so.
    • The Holy Emperor also started out like this, thinking he could fix the world's problems and bring peace to everyone. Sadly, he was only the Heart of Shuwa's Unwitting Pawn and quickly slipped into authoritarian (and genocidal) rule.
    • In the film, the Pejiteans were this. They were prepared to destroy their own capital city and the Valley of the Wind if it meant annihilating the Ohmu.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: While in the Toxic Forest, Asbel attempts to defend himself from the wildlife by shooting at them. This might work in a typical action film, but in a story written by Hayao Miyazaki, this is a bad idea.

    Tropes from the Manga 
  • Adipose Rex: The Vai Emperor (a.k.a. King of Torumekia) and all of his sons.
  • Armor Is Useless: Subverted and played straight. Various armor are demonstrated to be capable of holding up under direct hits from rifles and machine guns at various points in the manga. On the other hand, an Ohmu shell blade will cut through ceramic armor like cardboard.
  • Artificial Human: The Heedra and the Garden Master are human(oid) creations of the old race.
  • Baby-Doll Baby: Kushana's mother went mad after taking a poisoned drink intended for her daughter. At their last meeting before Kushana left for war, she was treating a doll as her child.
  • Badass Boast: "I am arbitrator, warrior, and judge."
  • Badass Preacher: The Dorok priest Charuka leads most of the Dorok campaign until he publicly broke with his superiors after meeting Nausicaä. Might also qualify as High Priest, since he was partial to the Council of Monks that rule just below the Emperor.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Nausicaä at the end of Book 6 and part of Book 7, thanks to Heedra tearing her shirt off during an attack.
  • Blob Monster: The Doroks genetically engineer a mold that escapes containment, becomes semi-sentient, and could attack airships by stretching from the ground upward.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens to some people who breathe in too much of the miasma.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: A variation. Nausicaä's borrowed Dorok outfit, originally sienna red, is completely drenched in Ohmu blood when she tries to pacify the kidnapped Ohmu larva and keep it from plunging into the Acid Sea, fulfilling the Messianic prophecy of a person "clad in blue". Add some trimmings and modifications, and it becomes her signature outfit until near the end of the manga. Then, her new outfit is covered in the blood of the Heart of the Crypt, which is a shade of blue even deeper and more vibrant than the Ohmu's.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: When Nausicaä uses Siren shells to allow a Tourmekian cavalry company to escape an encirclement, four riders from the company break off to shield her from gunfire as she rides to safety. Justified, since they and their mounts are far more heavily armored than she is. Nausicaä, however, wishes they hadn't joined her, as they slow her down.
  • The Chessmaster: The Heart of Shuwa, which dispenses ancient knowledge to its subjects (and Unwitting Pawns) to keep its plans moving according to schedule.
  • Culture Chop Suey: At first blush the Torumekians and Doroks seem to be generically "Western" and "Eastern" cultures, respectively, but on closer inspection the Doroks have many similarities to America of all places. Here's Why  The Torumekians, meanwhile, have a lot of what appear to be Mayincatec influences in their art and designs, but also have several characters with Japanese-sounding names. This last bit is particularly strange, as the series' Fantasy World Map appears to most resemble China's Shandong Province or something in Central America or even the American South (though it also looks a lot like the area around Japan's Kii peninsula).
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted with the Holy Emperor's still-living head last seen talking jovially whilst falling from an airship into the Sea of Corruption. Subverted because he claims his head must also be destroyed by force before he can die, which is probably true since he spent nearly a century undergoing operations that left him basically Heedra underneath his skin.
  • The Final Temptation: Nausicaä's (involuntary) stay in the Garden. Just being there saps visitors of their determination, soothing their hearts to the point they forget their mission and even friends who have just died.
  • Gambit Roulette: The Heart Of The Crypt had one over a thousand years in the making. The Sea of Corruption would neutralize the poisons in the soil, and then petrify and disintegrate, leaving a nice clean planet for the Old Mankind to repopulate. It even reworked details on the fly to ensure the Forest spread faster. Unfortunately for it, it never anticipated Nausicaä.
  • Genre Savvy: Kurotowa's actual mission was to spy on Kushana, who her family expected to be angered by (and therefore defy) her orders to fly across the Sea of Corruption. But he knew he would suffer a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness moment if he went along with it.
  • A God Am I: The primary antagonists fall into this – The Holy Emperor (more so than even his brother), as well as the Heart of the Crypt of Shuwa. Also, Ohma. Nausicaä is accused of this from time to time; she wonders if her accusers are right.
  • Heel Realization: The King of Torumekia, although too late to do anything about it, as well as nearly anyone who takes Nausicaä seriously and isn't a Chessmaster.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: Ohma's constant use of his power erodes his body by the second.
  • Hidden Depths: The two surviving sons of the King of Torumekia, at first glance, look like two extremely lazy royals who don't do anything. But both of them actually have great appreciation for high culture and are pretty good with musical instruments.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Forest People, who live in quasi-mystical symbiosis with the Sea of Corruption.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Horseclaws, genetically reconstituted domesticated prehistoric flightless birds, serve as the primary mount of the Torumekians and most of the Periphery Tribes.
    • They helped inspire Chocobos in Final Fantasy.
    • The Doroks use creatures known as "Warbeasts" or "long-haired cattle", which look like gigantic Irish Setters with horns and lizard feet.
  • I Am X, Son of Y: "I am Nausicaa, daughter of Jhil, chieftain of the Valley of the Wind."
    • "I am Ohma, son of Nausicaä, warrior, arbitrator and judge."
  • Immortality: The Dorok Holy Emperor Namulith is immortal inasmuch as his head can be cut off and he's still as jolly a fellow as ever. See also Disney Villain Death above. This is because he had an operation to make his body like that of the functionally-immortal plantlike Heedra.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Happens twice.
    • The Holy Priest of the Mani Tribe is run through by Miralupa's guards after he refuses to reveal Nausicaä's identity.
    • Lord Yupa, taking an attack meant for Kushana.
  • Important Haircut:
    • Kushana slices off her waist-length braid as a pledge to avenge her soldiers who were killed when her brothers betrayed her to the Doroks.
    • Nausicaä gets one prior to leaving the Valley for the front… although her hair wasn't exactly long to start with.
  • Intimate Healing: Nausicaä saves a Torumekian soldier who was poisoned by the miasma by taking the poisoned blood from his lungs via mouth-to-mouth.
  • Language Barrier: While the languages of Eftal and Torumekia are mutually intelligible to the point they may as well be two dialects of the same tongue – though people do note they sound distinct – neither one has any intelligibility whatsoever with Dorok. This issue comes up and is discussed often, as most characters are monolingual. Obviously averted with telepaths, who have built-in Translator Microbes when communicating psychically.
    • For the record, the only major characters shown to be bilingual are Yupa, Asbel, Ketcha, Namulith, and (eventually) Chikuku.
    • The barrier is taken even further with Sacred Dorok, which is so archaic even most Dorok speakers can't understand it (and Miyazaki didn't translate it except for one exchange). Only Miralupa and the Mani Priest, both ancient, are shown to speak it.
    • And then Up to Eleven with the language of the Crypt, which can only be deciphered by a small cabal of ancient scholars. It's so dense and complicated that it takes over half a year to decipher just one line.
  • Light Is Not Good: The God Warrior Ohma's "light" is actually deadly radiation. It's even worse when it tries to fly, because its light-wings are blinding-white. Zig-zagged with the Heart of the Crypt of Shuwa; it considers itself the Big Good, but no one else does.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Quite a few deaths, including one poor soul who rode into the path of a massive siege gun.
  • Mordor: The Holy City of Shuwa (the Dorok capital) is treated this way by most of the characters. Fitting, considering what's there. Tolas (the Torumekian capital) is basically stated to be this by the narration, due to heavy pollution.
  • Nay-Theist: Nausicaä, of a sorts. There are creatures running around that are pretty close to Physical Gods, like the God Warrior and the God of the Crypt, but she refuses to treat them as deities. This is a little bit ironic as she's an explicitly Messianic figure.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Early on, the manga seems to hint at an eventual romance between Nausicaa and Asbel. Never happens. The very end suggests she may have joined Selm in the Forest (as one possibility among several).
    • However, the penultimate page of the story heavily implies that Asbel hooks up with Ketcha.
  • Not Quite Dead: Kurotowa, after being severely injured and thrown around like a rag doll from a moving airship, is rescued by Kushana. It takes him a while to recover completely.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Rather spectacularly, Kurotowa manages to pull this off in the space of his first appearance, going from a seemingly buffoonish lackey to proving himself dangerously competent. If he pulled the switch any faster, he wouldn't count at all.
  • Nuclear Weapons Taboo: The God Warriors. Somewhat averted in that they are actually radioactive, and merely being in their presence is akin to standing next to an open reactor.
  • Offscreen Inertia: The twin princes of Torumekia who opt to stay in the Garden, playing the old world's music and reading the compiled literary classics, are never mentioned again once Nausicaä leaves.
  • Path of Inspiration: The religion founded around the Crypt of Shuwa. All "holiness" that radiates from it is actually a plot by the Heart of the Crypt to cleanse the world and bring the old mankind back.
  • Psychic Link: Nausicaä can project her will, and sometimes actual thoughts, upon other people, as well as perceive the same from Ohmu and the hivemind of lesser insects. This is part of what makes her a Friend to All Living Things, and often results in Psychic Dreams for Everyone. Later on, we learn Selm has this power too. Chikuku is basically a massive psychic projector and serves as Nausicaä's translator/disciple.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The God-Warrior that Nausicaä basically raises. When she has to raise her voice, the building sized radioactive engine of destruction starts cowering with its hands on its head, whimpering that Mommy is angry. She wasn't even yelling at him. After she named him, he became much more intelligent and controlled.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The Holy Temple of Shuwa uses Eyes of God as its primary icons. This can also be seen on Namulith and Miralupa's hoods.
  • Screw Destiny: When Nausicaä finally makes it into the Crypt of Shuwa, she meets its Heart and learns it's actually a bio-computer program that created the Sea Of Corruption after the Seven Days Of Fire and has been providing a steady drip of information to mankind's remnants to make the Forest spread, and will eventually resurrect the old mankind (to the detriment of the current) once the environment has been purified. Nausicaä does not take this well and orders Ohma to destroy the Crypt, probably dooming humanity to extinction in the process, given that the forest is still there and still expanding, so the world is still slowly changing into one the poison adapted humans can't survive in.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Possibly. A squad of Torumekian armored cavalry elect to protect Nausicaä from Dorok gunfire while she makes her escape and are killed in the process. Nausicaä is horrified, believing if she hadn't been slowed down by her human shields, she could have escaped without them dying. Though her reckless tendency towards trying to save others at her own expense makes her judgement here questionable.
  • The Siege: One arc revolves around Kushana's efforts to relieve part of her army that has been besieged in a fortress. Later, we see the final stages of the siege of Shuwa.
  • Take That!: Miyazaki's dim view of militaristic themes in anime probably had something to do with the fact that a city built around the pathetic, rusted-out shell of the Space Battleship Yamato features prominently in the manga.
  • Telepathy: This is how the Ohmu communicate.
    • Several human characters have the ability, and it functions as the only real Translator Microbes in a world with mutually-unintelligible languages. Practitioners include the Dorok Emperor's brother Miralupa, the Holy Priest of the Mani Tribe, Selm (though all Forest People seem to have some ability), and Chikuku – easily the most powerful telepath in the series. Nausicaä has a weak ability, only able to project simple concepts when she's distressed (i.e. "STOP!!").
  • Wingdinglish: Dorok, if untranslated, is this. Its characters kind of resemble a mashup between Japanese kanji and Korean hangeul. Sacred Dorok looks a lot like Old Chinese.
  • Winged Humanoid: Explicitly averted and ridiculed – when Nausicaä is identified as a Messianic Archetype by a throng of religious people, they wonder where her (prophesized) angel wings are. Chikuku angrily states that only a monster would have wings and that, instead, Nausicaä's white glider fills this role.
  • Woman Child: As intelligent and capable as she is, Nausicaä has some maturity issues and is desperate to hold on to her childhood innocence. At the beginning she often needs to be reminded of the proper way for a princess to conduct herself and would rather go bug collecting than attend to her royal duties. Whenever she's shown in a psychic vision, Nausicaä appears as a prepubescent little girl, indicating she has a very under-developed self-image. Miralupa, the Dorok Emperor's younger brother, who is also psychic, relentlessly mocks her when he notices this.
  • You No Take Candle: A lot of Ketcha's dialogue is this. She's actually a very intelligent young girl who has the misfortune of sounding ridiculous when she speaks "Northerner". To her credit, she's about the only Dorok who can speak another language at all and her internal thoughts are noticeably more eloquent.
    • This happens to Mito when he tries to speak Dorok to Ketcha. She does not react well. It's Played for Laughs.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Nausicaä is the youngest of eleven children, and is the only one that lived long enough to become an adult.
  • Zip Me Up: Kushana asks Nausicaä to fasten her armor at one point in the manga. Les Yay? Of course.

    Tropes from the Film 
  • Acoustic License: Apparently pilots have no problem talking to another in-flight from gunship to gunship without their voices being drowned out by wind and the noise from the engines. Occasionally acknowledged when they use signal lamps instead or have to shut down engines and get closer to be audible.
  • Adaptational Badass: The Worm-Handlers in the manga were fairly ineffective forest-people used by the Torumekians because their worms could locate items of interest. In the film the group is reworked into an Elite Torumekian fighting squad, and probably the most competent of all the mooks. The group also absorbs some of Kurotowa's competence by being the ones who shoot down Asbel when he engages their airship.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The movie was released in 1984. The manga began in 1982 and was only finished in 1994. The first two volumes written when the movie was released contain no plot resolution. Thus the movie contains a neat two hour version of the critical themes Miyazaki wished to use, given that he made both.
  • Adapted Out: Only the first quarter of the manga–-amounting to about two books out of seven—even existed when the film was made.†  But even within that, some key characters are missing.
    • Most notable of course is the excision of the entire Dorok race, i.e. the other side in the war. They had just been introduced in the manga when the movie was greenlit. So, to simplify the narrative for the film, Miyazaki shifted their scenes to involve the Torumekians and Pejiteans instead.
      • Ketcha makes a brief appearance in the movie – she's the brunette girl who swaps clothes with Nausicaä – but she is never named, and is a Pejitei refugee rather than a Dorok.
      • In the manga, it's the Holy Priest of the Mani Tribe who "witnesses" (through Ketcha) the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy, while Obaba takes this role (through an unnamed Valley girl) in the movie.
    • The Worm-Handlers are also completely absent, their scenes in the Valley being swapped for a full Torumekian invasion.
    • Ohma does appear in the movie – it's hard to miss him – but is never named and almost immediately falls apart after firing twice. Of course, in the manga he did not awaken (nor was he named) until near the end of the story, years after the movie came out.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Kushana lost an arm (and maybe a leg) at some point, as shown when she removes part of her armor and there's nothing underneath it.
  • Artificial Limbs / Scars Are Forever: Kushana hints at this when taking off some of her armor and shows there's no limb under it.
    "Whatever lucky man becomes my husband shall see far worse than that."
  • Back from the Dead: Nausicaä, thanks to the Ohmu.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: The forest and its glowing spores (predating Avatar by about a quarter-century, mind you).
  • Bloodless Carnage: Overall, Nausicaä is less graphic than its spiritual successor, and much less graphic than the original manga. The only blood visible is the First Blood during Lord Yupa's Barehanded Blade Block.
    • There's also blood briefly visible when Nausicaä is shot in the shoulder and foot, not to mention plenty of insect blood.
  • Bug Buzz: The familar insect noises are subverted in that the flying ones sound much closer to prop-driven planes, which is pretty clever when you think about it. Using machine noises for them subtly hints at their true nature, which also makes you wonder about Spiritual Successors like DonPachi and Mushihime Sama and why those two are always about bees.
  • Bug War: Torumekia is trying to destroy the bugs because the spores they spread are swallowing up their territory.
    • This is averted in the manga, where Torumekia is at least smart enough to realize the futility of fighting against a force of nature, so they start a war with the Doroks to try and take their territory instead. Either way, the typical portrayal of the bugs as mindless monsters is subverted six ways from Sunday. The giant bugs are probably some of the nicest entities in the entire story, and this shows by the end of the movie.
  • Canon Immigrant: Most of the Pejitei characters – notably the Mayor and Asbel & Lastelle's mother – never appear in the manga. This is because their scenes serve as a narrative substitute for the Doroks.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Asbel is cornered by some insects, his gun jams, he jumps off a ledge and is then caught in midair by Nausicaä on her glider Just in Time before a worm creature could slice him in half with its mouth-pincers.
  • Comforting Comforter: Asbel covers sleeping (or unconscious) Nausicaä with his jacket.
  • Composite Character: Obaba is in the manga, but her part is greatly magnified in the movie where she also takes on the roles of two other old blind characters (the Matriarch and the Holy One).
  • Cool Old Lady: Obaba, when she's told to run and hide when the valley is being invading, immediately replies that she'd rather stay right there. In the 1984 dub, she asks where they think she should run to.
  • Credits Montage: The film ends with a montage of the Queen and her troops peacefully leaving, and the town rebuilding. The final shot hints the world is starting to return to normal.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: When Nausicaä risks her life to stop the Pejite from destroying the Valley, she flies at them on her glider with her arms outstretched and gets shot twice. She gets better though.
  • Cue the Sun: At the end of the film.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kurotowa, especially when voiced by Chris Sarandon.
  • Disney Death: Nausicaä, although arguably subverted because she does actually die; she just has the luck of being revived because of the empathy the Ohmu felt for her.
  • Dramatic Wind: So much, in fact, that it's shocking when it actually stops during the Final Battle.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Nausicaä has to go through enormous hardship to save the day.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: Early on, when Lord Yupa enters an abandoned house, he sees a doll lying on the ground.
  • Evil Plan: There are two evil plans at work.
    • Princess Kushana trying to harness the Giant Warrior's power in order to destroy the Ohmu.
    • The Pejite people using a captured baby Ohmu to make the Ohmu wipe out Kushana's forces so they can get hold of the Giant Warrior. note 
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: Despite the PG rating, the film contains quite a bit of violence. Not to mention the Ohmu...
  • Filming For Easy Dub: The characters wear masks a lot of the time. Also, many of the older male characters have enormous mustaches that obscure their mouths.
  • First Blood: During the Barehanded Blade Block, Nausicaä notices Lord Yupa's blood dripping from the hilt.
  • Flashback... Back... Back...: The little child's singing in Nausicaä's flashback is echoing out.
  • Gecko Ending: Borderline example. Although the manga wouldn't be finished until a decade after this movie's release, the film still wraps things up nicely in its own way, even as many questions remain unanswered.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: See the quote for Artificial Limbs above.
  • Glass Cannon: Justified and deconstructed with the resurrected God-Warrior. Because it hatched prematurely, just as the Ohms were charging at the humans, it was only able to fire off several powerful beams at them before disintegrating. Unfortunately, the humans were depending on it to defend against the Ohms. Had it not been for Nausicaä's intervention, the humans would have been completely eradicated.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The film version's Princess Kushana, in fairly stark contrast to her manga portrayal.
  • Green Aesop: The entire point of the movie (as well as "nuclear weapons are bad", obviously).
  • Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: During the castle battle when the tank is commandeered.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Movie!Kushana's arm, legs, and an unspecified portion of her lower body including where her reproductive organs used to be have been replaced with cybernetics after being eaten by a bug.
  • Infodump: At the beginning of the film, Nausicaä delivers a monologue about the world of the series in Expospeak.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite their monstrous actions, Kushana and Kurotowa get off scot-free after all is said and done.
  • Leitmotif: Joe Hisaishi drew a stark contrast between the Valley of the Wind and the Forest musically. When in the Valley, the music is a warm swelling orchestral, while the Forest is backed by 80's-style synthesizers and drums.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Lord Yupa. For most of the film, his swordfighting skills are just an Informed Attribute, until he takes down a squad of mooks with them.
  • Magic Skirt: In the introductory scene where Nausicaä is landing her glider, but otherwise averted as her skirt flies up all the time (she's wearing tights).
  • Messianic Archetype: Nausicaä is one of the most famous examples in animation history.
  • More Dakka: There is no shortage in either the forms or quantities of dakka.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Nausicaä, an ardent pacifist, slaughters an entire squad of soldiers in a murderous rage when she sees that they have killed her ailing father; when she rams her sword into Lord Yupa's hand as he halts the fight, she is traumatized to see she has shed the blood of not just her enemies, but of one of her own friends.
    • Kurotowa immediately realizes awakening the Giant was a terrible mistake.
  • The Needs of the Many: The Pejiteians defend their plan to destroy the Tolmekians by pointing out that they are doing it for the good of the planet.
  • Not So Different: Nausicaä outright tells the Pejitei they aren't any better than the Torumekians when they reveal their plan to destroy the Valley, which they don't take kindly to hearing.
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: Nausicaä's tights are tan-colored. For a while, there was a persistent belief that she was actually naked under her skirt (which would be unfortunate considering the number of times it flies up while she's piloting her glider). This can be attributed to the fact that the movie first came to the West in a cheaply-done VHS and poor-quality digisubs, which distorted and washed out the colors. The rumor was finally put to rest when Disney released the movie themselves, showing once and for all that pants are pants.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": The challenge and response chosen by the kids guarding Kushana? "Valley - Wind".
  • Prosthetic Limb Reveal: One of the old men of the Valley asks Kushana why she wants to wage war against the Ohmu, and she responds by removing her left forearm. note 
  • Quicksand Sucks: Surprisingly, in this case, it doesn't kill Nausicaä but instead sucks her down into a system of caverns.
  • Saharan Shipwreck: The wrecked spacecraft outside the Valley is a variant; the nearby lake receded, leaving it to decay on an expanse of dry silt.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Averted with Princess Kushana. Although we cannot really tell if it is a man or woman underneath the armor, the female voice leaves no doubt about it. Hence, her unmasking bears no surprise effect. Her real "reveal" is showing Mito her robotic arm.
  • Save the Villain: Nausicaä rescues Kushana when their ship is going down. This turns out to have serious consequences later on.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Because every medium of this story had its own translator, there are noticeable differences in spelling and terminology between the English versions of the manga, movie subtitles, and Disney's dub script. All of the differences can be boiled down to translation nuance and never go so far as to render any version "unfaithful", but it did result in at least one Dub Name Change. See the Trivia page for specifics.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Before the climax of the film.
  • Tap on the Head: Asbel gets one from behind when he tries to press Nausicaä free from his clan members.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: In the movie, Kushana frees herself by using secret blades hidden in the heel of her boots.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: Kushana's attempt to use the God Warrior before it's complete.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Nausicaä, after her father is murdered by the Torumekians. She kills nearly everyone in the room before Master Yupa intervenes.
  • We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill: Princess Kushana and her trigger-happy Tolmekian troops murder King Jhil and round up the people of the Valley like animals. Then Kushana acts unflinchingly polite asking the people the join them willingly.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The closing credits detail life in the Valley returning to normal as the invaders peacefully leave. The final shot is of Nausicaä's cap lying next to a tree sprout (probably from a Chiku nut she had left in that area), implying that the world is healing.

    Tropes from Warriors of the Wind 

  • Covers Always Lie: The cover had nothing to do with the plot of the movie — not even the patchwork one in the dub itself.
  • Dub Name Change: The Warriors of the Wind dub changed the names of most of the main characters:
    • Nausicaä became Princess Zandra.
    • Kushana became Queen Selina.
    • Azbel became Milo.
    • Uncle Mito became Axel.
    • The God Warrior became the "Fire Demon".
    • Ohmu became "Gorgons".
    • Yupa and Kurotowa kept their original names, although Kurotowa was almost exclusively referred to as "The General" in the dub. Yupa's name is also pronounced "Yuppa", instead of "Yoopa".

Alternative Title(s): Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

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