A few members of the cast of the Evillious Chroniclesnote Clockwise from top: Miku Hatsune as Clockwork Doll, Rin Kagamine as Riliane Lucifen d'Autriche, Len Kagamine as Allen Avadonia, MEIKO as Banica Conchita, KAITO as Gallerian Marlon, Luka Megurine as Kayo Sudou, Gakupo Kamui as Duke Sateriajis Venomania and GUMI as Gumina Glassred
Akuno-P or mothy (an acronym for "Master of the Heavenly Yard") is a Vocaloid producer who is famous for his complex stories made using the Vocaloid program. His works include the Seven Deadly Sins Series, the Clockwork Lullaby, and the Story of Evil; all of which connected into a giant tale named the Evillious Chronicles.
Songs in the Evillious Chronicles
His most famous songs series that started on March 8, 2008. It can be divided into the subsequent series:
Full Moon Laboratory (possibly related to the laboratory mentioned in "The Escape of Salmhofer, the Witch". It also shows up a picture of the "Worldplay" protagonist)
Red Shoe Parade (official English title: "Shadow Parade") (Is based off a fictional story in the Evillious Chronicles universe, written by a young Yukina Freesis as revealed by the EVILS COURT booklet).
Kept Waiting for a Response Originally, it was suposed to be the epilogue of the "Story of evil" saga, before Mothy decided to discontinue it, leaving it as a dead plot point. Instead, many fans consider "Re-birthday" as the true epiologue.
Songs with no established connection or speculative connections to other mothy settings:
Aborted Declaration of Love: Allen backs out of telling Michaela he loves her while she is hidden and safe in the well. Michaela still takes notice of his feelings, but also realizes she can't love him back. He manages to confess too late, when he finds her on the verge of death from Ney's attack.
Absurdly Youthful Father: Gallerian Marlon in Judgement of Corruption. Justified by the fact that his "daughter" isn't his actual child or even human to begin with.
Un-Justified in that Gallerian did have a wife and daughter who were killed. The inhuman doll is a Replacement Goldfish that Gallerian believes to be his daughter.
Abusive Parents: The father in Flame of Yellow Phosphorus is heavily implied to be this. There's also Prim Marlon in Story of Evil.
Adaptation Expansion: The Story of Evil has been adapted into a novel titled Daughter of Evil, Closure of Yellow, a stage play called Daughter of Evil ~Gemini of Charm~, and a manga titled Aku no Meshitsukai.
Adult Fear: Eve Moonlit going insane after her stillbirth and murdering Meta Salmhofer so that she can steal her children.
Aerith and Bob / As Long as It Sounds Foreign: mothy really tries to put in a "Western" feel (including the style choice of his songs), but the names...sometimes just sound plain bizarre even from a Western standpoint. Clarith? Gallerian? Yukina?
That's not even getting into Milky, Pollo, and Neruneru.
After the End: Desert's Bluebird hints at taking place in this sort of scenario, mentioning ruined towns and nuclear radiation.
Agony of the Feet: As punishment for their crimes, the members of the Red Shoes Parade are forced to dance in burning hot red shoes, giving them their Karmic Death.
Alas, Poor Yorick: In the velvet mix version of Servant of Evil, one of the first images depicts Riliane crying as she cradles Allen's head.
All Just a Dream: According to Word of God, Madame Merry Go-Round is what Gammon Octo thinks will happen to the Doll if she continues to pursue the Sins. She doesn't believe him though.
Anachronic Order: The Evillious Chronicles. No one knew this until Chrono Story was released.
And I Must Scream: As if Allen's suffering isn't enough! After his execution, his soul is trapped alone inside the Clocktower. All because of his sister's sin is also in that place and the tears (the blue chain) and blood (the red chain) that she spilled tie him down as he was the one who do the deed. And the only reason why Clockwork Doll keeps him in her womb is so that he can be reborn as the Master of Heavenly Yard.
And Now for Someone Completely Different: After each story arc, enough time passes that everyone in it is dead, and the viewers move on to their descendants. In a more straightforward example, every novel ends with Gallerian Marlon being a Magnificent Bastard hundreds of years in the future from the actual events that took place.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Michaela receives two. The first one comes from Clarith, who desperately tries to stall for time so the sleeping pill she gave her could take effect and Michaela could be taken to safety. The second one comes from Allen, as he finds her dying in the well he admits he loves her.
Animal Motifs: Spiders for Riliane in some PVs of Daughter of Evil.
In one of the most popular ones her dress is clearly reminiscent of a wasp. This insect, which is greedily drawn to sweets, doesn't produce anything much of worth to humanity, tends to be agressive and packs a nasty sting is probably an even better allegory for the Daughter of Evil.
Animated Actors: Mothy seems to treat the Vocaloids this way, and each is credited for the role of the character in the PVs they're in. For example, Len playing both Allen and Remy in Servant of Evil and The 5th Pierrot respectively.
Anyone Can Die: Most characters don't really last more than one or two songs.
The Story of Evil really takes the cake, though: in order, Arth and Anne die of the Gula Disease, Leonhart is assassinated by Allen, Ein is killed trying to protect Clarith, Michaela is stabbed to death by Ney, Gast is killed by Germaine, Mariam is stabbed by Ney, Minis is killed for resisting arrest, Allen is beheaded, Prim is stabbed by Ney, Keel is bashed on the head by Irina who then kills Ney in her sleep, Germaine gets her personality overwritten by Irina and Riliane dies of old age.
Arc Number: 1000. The sequel songs are usually happening 5 years chronologically after the previous song.
Arc Symbol: Gears in the PV for Heartbeat Clocktower. They're also this in a lot of other songs, but Heartbeat Clocktower is the most obvious about it.
The rotating red circles in Escape of the Witch, Salmhofer, representing Hansel and Gretel, the "red fruits".
Arc Words: Many. "Lu, Li, La" and "Utopia" are probably the most notable examples.
Project MA has it's own set of arc words in the song itself: "This is the story of the beginning. Where should I start? My name is _____, the best _____ in this country..." These lines are sung by Eve, Adam and Seth.
Ax-Crazy: Ney completely loses control in Prefazio of Blue, murdering her mother, becoming possessed by Conchita's glass, and trying to kill Kyle.
Back from the Dead: Rin in Desert Bluebird, thanks to the titular bird granting Len his wish.
Bad Boss: Conchita eats her fifteenth chef just for asking her for a vacation, and it's likely that some of her previous chefs met the same fate. And then she eats her maid and butler for no real reason beyond still being hungry.
Bad Santa: Julia often goes by her nickname "Santa", and she played a role in Margarita's crimes.
BFS: Chartette in Story of Evil has a huge sword. According to the guidebook, it's two metres long.
Battle Butler: Riliane has several servants who are capable of combat, whether she knows it or not. To give names, these would be Allen, Chartette, Mariam, and Ney, although not all of them end up fighting on Riliane's side.
Bestiality Is Depraved: One of Venomania's victims is someone simply named Josephine, with her age and occupation censored. This was also the name of a character in Daughter of Evil. Specifically, it was the name of Riliane's riding horse. Though, it might be an example of Mythology Gag.
Bilingual Bonus: Gift of the Princess Who Brought Sleep seems to have a case of Gratuitous English, as the word "gift" is sung in Engrish by Miku, or, rather, Margarita Brachenheim. Note that Margarita Brancheheim is a German name. "Gift" is a German word as well, but it has a darker meaning then the English word...
Bittersweet Ending: Ultimately what the Story of Evil amounted to; the "bitter" part is that Allen and Michaela die, Riliane would live with the regret for the rest of her life, Clarith loses the first true friend she ever had, Kyle pretty much loses his entire family, Germaine gets possessed by Irina and Yukina's family is essentially shattered. The "sweet" part is that Riliane ultimately becomes a better person, Michaela and Allen Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence, Kyle is free from his mother's control and lives the life he wanted, Germaine manages to avenge her father, Clarith starts to gain new friends (including Riliane) and Yukina becomes a famous storyteller.
Blood from the Mouth: Clarith's mother, who is ill with a widespread disease that also killed the previous rulers of Lucifenia, dies while vomiting blood. Mariam Futapie also displays this after she is stabbed in the back by Ney.
Body Surf: Elluka does this to two other characters in order to obtain the items mentioned in Heartbeat Clocktower: Venomania's sword (through Lukana Octo, a woman he had charmed) and Kayo's scissors (through Kayo herself). All of them have at least a few lines in one song or another, and all are played by Luka.
Abyss I.R, a new character, has done this too, even turning the tables on Elluka herself. She's implied to be Elluka's sister-in-law.
Bokukko: Lillianne Mouchet in the novel Praeludium of Red takes this trope a step further in that she doesn't actually use the polite masculine first-person pronoun boku, but the aggressive masculine first-person pronoun ore.
Book Ends: Daughter of White begins and ends with Clarith finding a collapsed girl, nursing her back to health, and befriending her despite a difference in status. In fact, the next-to-last verse quotes several lines verbatim from the first.
In Clôture of Yellow Allen's first and last line of dialogue is "Oh, it's snack time."
Broken Bird: In Chrono Story, it is implied that Elluka Clockworker is this. Also, Margarita Blankenheim in Gift of the Princess Who Brought Sleep.
Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: In the PV of Handbeat Clocktower, Prim slumps down in her chair and dissolves into a swarm of butterflies during the lyric "On top of the Clocktower, you sit on a chair decaying".
Canon Welding: It eventually becomes clear that the Seven Deadly Sins and Clockwork Lullaby series are part of the same series. A quick look at mothy's Mylist will help you tell which songs are connected to the series, as they all have a date in brackets above their description.
Childhood Friend Romance: Duke Venomania loved Gumina, but she had mocked him in the past, and while she was in his harem during the song, she was under his charms like the others; once they were broken, she walked away from him as he died.
Margarita Felix and Caspar Blankenheim were childhood friends and after growing up they married each other. But while Margarita did love him, Caspar only married her for her fortune.
Chocolate Baby: Ney's blonde hair meant that she could not have been the child of the blue-haired Marlon king, forcing Prim to cover up her infidelity by handing her off to Abyss I.R. and claiming the baby was stillborn.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: A common trope in mothy's songs since they're sung by Vocaloids. You can basically guess what the characters look like just from a color. For example, if there's a girl wearing green, she probably has teal eyes and pigtails.
Continuity Porn: Done gloriously in Heartbeat Clocktower and Capriccio Farce.
Cool Key: A golden, shapeshifting one is the Vessel of Wrath.
Cool Mask: Kyle and the Master of the Hellish Yard both have these.
Dating Catwoman: Gumilia of The Last Revolver describes herself as evil and her boyfriend as on the side of justice.
Dead Hand Shot: The final panel of Retrouver of Silver, the manga story in the guidebook.
Dead Person Conversation: Michaela and Clarith are given a chance to talk one last time after the latter starts working in the church.
Deal with the Devil: Duke Venomania makes one to get his power, Gallerian Marlon explicitly refuses one that would cost him money.
Death Seeker: Gast has been searching for a good location to die, eventually deciding to make the palace of Lucifenia his final battleground. He does not hold back in battle, though, and he comes close to killing Germaine before she gets the upper hand.
Declaration of Protection: Allen to Riliane. Servant of Evil is far from subtle about this. Michaela also has this for Clarith in Thousand-Year Wiegenlied, quoting Allen's own lines almost word-for-word.
Defector from Decadence: The Magician in The Fifth: Pierrot, who plans to leave Pere Noel and tries to get Pierrot to come with her, seems to be this. However, the additional information implies strongly that the Magician is actually Elluka Clockworker, in which case she most likely was the Reverse Mole all along.
Demonic Possession: Everything that relates to the sins; whether it's the sinners, their descendants, their fellow sinners, their fellow sinners' descendants, and their properties, can be possessed by the patron demons of the sins. Most of the problem in the chronicle is because people make even a simple contact to something that relates to the sins, such as Venomania's Deal with the Devil is actually this, Riliane being possessed by Gluttony's demon in TwiRight Prank and the exorcise makes her forgets about her brother, Kyle's love to Michaela is because he saw the Venom Sword, Ney runs around in Handbeat Clocktower dressed in Conchita's attire and acted just like her (including being a genius tactician Conchita was, leading an army of zombies surrounding the Clocktower) when she for some reason has the glass.
And new information has shown that Banica was also possessed by the Demon of Gluttony, and Mikulia was possessed by the demon of Sloth since she was born.
Despair Event Horizon: Margarita in Gift from the Princess Who Brought Sleep definitely crosses this, but it's unclear at which point.
Disguised in Drag: Kachess Crim and Allen Avadonia, both for the purposes of rescuing (female) loved ones, though their plans on what to do while in disguise vary. Kachess merely intends to infiltrate the mansion and get close enough to the Duke to kill him. Allen intends to get executed while still disguised as Riliane.
Disproportionate Retribution: Banica Conchita kills and eats her cook because she's angry at him for asking to be allowed to leave. Princess Riliane's response to the man she loves rejecting her in favour of a girl from another country is to completely destroy said country, and the first novel states that she regularly sentences people to death for minor "crimes" such as spilling water on her dress or just looking at her the wrong way.
Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Chartette, who ends up tearing up clothes and breaking furniture when trying to help set up a party in the beginning of Closure of Yellow. It does help her with manual labor, however.
Eldritch Abomination: The Demons of the Seven Deadly Sins may be this. Special mention goes to the giant, Conchita-shaped shadow monster that was The Demon of Gluttony in the Twiright Prank manga in the Worldguide.
Elegant Gothic Lolita: Common among characters in the chronicles and justified by the times they take place in. In particular, the Clockwork Doll and The Master of the Graveyard wear this the most (though the Doll kind of stops wearing them after becoming the Master of the Court).
Enemy Within: The protagonist's "other self" in Blood-Stained Switch.
Evil Stole My Faith: As a result of the violent discrimination they faced from devout Levin believers solely because of their heritages, Gast and Clarith both developed atheistic beliefs. Gast explicitly says he despises the Levin church because of how they treated him and his family, and in the Fanbook's profile of him he is not given a religious affiliation. Clarith cites a more specific reason, saying that God can't exist if her mother is allowed to suffer a slow and maddening death by Gula Disease, although her mother's statements suggest she's held these beliefs even before the diagnosis.
There Is a God!: That said, as Clarith finally experiences friendship, she gradually starts believing in the existence of God and spirits. After Michaela is killed and Clarith falls back into depression, Keel asks her if she believes in God. She replies that though she didn't in the past, she does now. Clarith ends up becoming a nun in an Eldoh church.
Expository Hairstyle Change: In the novels, Riliane's hair is eventually cut short, while Kyle's hair is brushed back while he's still under Prim's control. Also, Elluka fits this in a way
The Dark Chick: The Waiter (her position in the theater is very limited and she's very ticked off by it)
The Sixth Rangers: Gammon Octo and MA ("The Sorceress of Time/the Cursed Gardener/acting as replacements for the vessels left asleep/as we are invaders of the true elements/we keep our true desires buried deep...") and the Master of the Hellish Yard, to a certain degree.
Forced Into Evil: Mikina Freesis was tricked by Prim into entering a contract with the demon of Greed, which resulted in her accidentally killing her father, and was told that the demon would go after her husband and kids next if she didn't start working for Abyss. This resulted in the deaths of Michaela (and all the fallout from that) and Ney, and nearly that of Yukina.
Story of Evil: In Daughter of Evil, the narration points out that Allen's face strongly resembles Riliane's. This foreshadows both the revelation that they are, in fact, twins, and their Twin Switch.
The Madness of Duke Venomania: In the phrase "the taste of the libido that hid poison, the pleasure of the blade that cuts", "poison" and "blade" seem to be metaphorical, but they actually foreshadow Venomania's death after being stabbed with a poisoned blade at the end of the song.
Conchita, the Epicurean Daughter of Evil: Look at some of the dishes at around the 25-second mark. One of them is a camera on a skewer. While it's nowhere near what she eats later on in the song, it should clue you in on just what kind of a gourmet Conchita is.
In Chrono Story: There are three women appeared at the beginning of the song; blond, pink, and black haired respectively. All There in the Manual revealed that these women are the forms that Elluka took across the series; her original form, Lukana Octo's body wearing her Story of Evil sorceress garb, and Kayou Sudou's body whose hair turned pink because of her Body Surf.
Among Venomania's victims are Teto Cetera, a soldier, Neru Neru Nerune, a spy, and Rindo Blume, a nun. In Story of Evil, Chartette Langley eventually becomes a unit leader in Beelzenia's military, while Ney Futapie was a spy for Marlon all along. Riliane also became a nun in her old age as shown in Kept Waiting for a Response.
Around the 0:26 mark in the PV of Moonlit Bear, there's blood on the hem of Eve Moonlit's dress. At the end of the song, we find out that she murdered Hansel and Gretel's mother.
Just before the beginning of the actual song in the video for Little Garden Girl, the sound of someone winding a clockwork key is heard. The song ends with the reveal that Gallerian Marlon's "daughter" is actually a clockwork doll.
For Happiness: Margarita's motive. Whether or not she's telling the truth is debateable.
Frameup: In The Escape of Salmhofer, the Witch, Meta Salmhofer is framed for the murder of Eve Moonlit's children.
That, or the fact that she, as the Apocalypse's Witch of Marigold, bloodshed and murder in her wake.
Framing Device: The Evils Kingdom and Evils Court booklets, which are about MA telling stories to a soon to be judged theater intruder and Gammon Octo's thoughts on the scripts he helps MA create, respectively.
Freudian Excuse: Many of the sins have one. Some are only hinted at in the PVs (Conchita); others are discussed briefly (Venomania, Princess who brings Sleep). Daughter of Evil doesn't hint at a Freudian Excuse, but Servant of Evil does.
For the exact list: Conchita: If she didn't finish her food, she'd be punished; Venomania: He was rejected by his childhood friend for his hideousness; Margarita: Manipulated and used by everyone in her life; Riliane: Being possessed by two demons and forced in a position of authority at such a young age warped her mind so much she didn't care what damage she did.
Freudian Trio: The Three Heroes of Lucifenia, with Leonhart Avadonia as the Id, Elluka Clockworker as the Ego and Mariam Futapie as the Superego.
Generation Xerox: Often to Handwave many characters being played by the same Vocaloid. All Gakupo characters are certain to come from Venomania, and the blue haired men almost always belong to the Marlon Royal Family (even if distantly). Most Miku characters also seem to come from Mikulia Greeonio, who has been noted to look like Eve Moonlit by Elluka.
God: The Master of the Heavenly Yard, AKA Allen Avadonia, although the tittle originally belongs to Sickle, the god of creation
God Save Us from the Queen!: Riliane. That is, until she realizes what she's done and regrets it, after her brother's sacrifice and death. Also, Prim Marlon.
Godiva Hair: Mikulia Greonio in the PV for Flower of the Plateau.
Gold Digger: Caspar, who married Margarita Blankenheim because she was the daughter of a doctor and thus had a lot of wealth, is a male version of this.
Gory Discretion Shot: Some of Conchita's delicious (not) dishes are censored with mosaics, with the names either being partially censored out or even entirely censored.
Gotta Catch Them All: The fragments of sin that were scattered across the world. Although Elluka's quest gets the most focus, Gallerian is trying to fufill his own dreams by collecting them for her, and Julia desires the vessels for herself and clashes with Elluka over them.
Green Aesop: Watching Us. Interestingly, it doesn't so much go for showing the effect the smog spewing factory has on the environment, as it does the effects on the people in the town; Len gets severelyill from all the smog and Rin has to work hard in a sweatshop to pay off the hospital bills. Luka, a personified star, sees and hears all this and notices how everyone wishes on stars, including the twins. She then expresses guilt that she is unable to give them their wishes and desperately wishes herselfthat she could help them.
Heroic BSOD: Yukina gets hit hard with this after Mikina confesses to assisting Abyss, helping kick off the Green Hunting and telling Ney where Michaela was. When Abyss surrounds Yukina with fire, she's still too shocked to do anything but give up and wait to die.
Heroic Sacrifice: In Story of Evil, Allen switches places with Riliane in order to save her from execution; in Heartbeat Clocktower, the narrator takes out his own heart and uses it to prevent the clock from stopping in order to keep the clockwork doll alive.
Humans Are Bastards: When everything messed-up in the story is started by a woman stealing twins from their mother and said twins killed her before spreading the woman's impure to the world, you know that the chronicle doesn't have many nice people in it.
Identical Grandson: Evidently, if we're to assume that the Gardener is the descendant of Venomania. And also according to Word of God, a character in Story of Evil named Gast Venom is also one of his descendant and unlike the Gardener, is a purple-haired man just like Venomania. Maybe the blood hasn't thinned enough.
There is also the Marlon line, starting from when Kachees Crim married the queen of Marlon. Among his descendants are Kyle Marlon in the 500s and Gallerian Marlon in the 900s. All of them have blue hair and eyes.
I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Most of the Seven Sins songs take place in a country or region named after a demon that's associated with the sin: Asmodean (Asmodeus), Beelzenia (Beelzelbub), Lucifenia (Lucifer), Levianta (Leviathan), and Elphegort (Belphegor). Greed doesn't follow this,note Gallerian's surname is Marlon, a reference to Mammon and an actual kingdom in the story, but his song takes place where Levianta once was but does take place when all the regions have combined into the Union State of Evillious.
While the wrath song hasn't been released yet, there is a region called Retasan (Satan) in Evillious. The wrath song will probably take place there.
I Don't Want to Die: At the end of the novel Closure of Yellow, Allen briefly goes through this.
If I Can't Have You: Kayo resorts to this after three instances of Murder the Hypotenuse in Tailor Shop on Enbizaka. Additionally, in Gift of the Princess who Brought Sleep, Margarita's husband, who only married her for the dowry and cheats on her often, is the first victim of her poison.
I Have Many Names: Many people in the chronicle are known to have many aliases and Red Baron, but special mention goes to Abyss I.R, who is known as Iriina Clockworker, I. Santa, Julia Abelard, and the Successor of Leviantan.
The Infiltration: Elluka joins Pere Noel under an alias, but when she tries to get Lemy to leave, he instead reveals her betrayal to Julia, and Elluka goes missing the next day. However, her apprentice Gumillia was still on the inside and thus able to carry out her orders to kill Lemy.
In Love with the Mark: The main plot of The Last Revolver. This does not end well. It also shows up in Servant of Evil.
Innocent Flower Girl: The girl in Flame of Yellow Phosphorus, as a tribute of the Little Matchstick Girl. Whether her innocence is real or not, depends on how you see her action. Mikulia is also known as this, while the truth is... not so much.
Instant Sedation: Between the time Clarith retrieves her mother's sleeping pills and the time Michaela passes out, it becomes clear that she couldn't have been drugged while fleeing the soldiers, meaning that Clarith had to have slipped it to her during their kiss. Michaela starts falling asleep the moment their kiss ends.
Internalized Categorism: Clarith puts herself down constantly for having white hair, while talking about how beautiful everyone else's green hair is.
In the Back: Ney kills Mariam this way. To add to it, Mariam had just finished retreating from a battle she was badly injured in.
Jossed: A ridiculous amount of fan work/fan fiction/fan speculation/fan art/fan PVs/fan music quickly became quite inaccurate once mothy started to develop his story.
Just Like Robin Hood: In Story of Evil, Allen's adoptive father Leonhart steals food from the palace in order to give it to the hungry people.
Kangaroo Court: In Capriccio Farce, Gamon Octo (the gardener) is subjected to this after arriving at the theatre in the forest and getting captured.
Karma Houdini: In Tailor Shop on Enbizaka, Kayo Sudou never gets any punishment for killing an entire family of four out of spite.
Subverted with Riliane in Story of Evil — her Twin Switch with Allen may have helped her to escape the guillotine, but Message of Regret shows that she will have to live with the guilt of her brother's death.
In Venomania, the duke is killed by a man dressed like a woman.
In Judgement, Marlon is sent to Hell with the exact same words he gave criminals.
In Princess Sleep-Bringer, Margarita commits suicide by drinking the poison she had given to everyone.
Riliane and Kayo don't die but Riliane loses her brother and it is essentially her fault. As for miss Sudou, well, see above... but also subverted, because now her body isn't even her own again.
Not a Deadly Sin character, but Rin from Flame of Yellow Phosphorus. She burns down her house with her father still inside, and is in turn executed because of the aforementioned killing via death by fire.
Another non-Deadly Sin example: in Tale of Moonlit Abandonment,Eve Moonlit is killed by the children she stole from their rightful mother and abandoned in the forest.
Kill It with Fire: In the beginning of Flame of Yellow Phosphorus, Rin is shown being burned at the stake. It's later revealed that she's being executed for setting fire to her home and killing her father in the process. It's also a likely cause of death for Gallerian Marlon, if he didn't die from other causes like smoke first.
Murder by Cremation: The children of Tale of Moonlit Abandonment come across a witch and shove her into the oven. Oh, and that "witch" was actually their adoptive mother.
Kill the Ones You Love: The Last Revolver has this, although the reason isn't clear. It's also brought up in Story of Evil, where Allen has to kill Michaela, whom he loves, because Riliane told him to. He isn't able to carry it out or save Michaela, but he still takes the blame.
"From the time when I was born, a girl who wanted to kill had taken root within me."
King/Princess Incognito: Ney, who keeps this up even when she stops being a spy and goes back to Marlon, Kyle, who wants to interact with people below his status and uses a penname for his artwork, which he later adopts as a disguise during the revolution, and Riliane, who is forced to do this since she was supposed to have been executed.
Lady of War: Mariam Futapie, who moves elegantly in battle even when covered in the blood of enemies she's cut down.
La Résistance: Germaine starts building one after her father's death, and it eventually grows into a complete revolution.
Last Disrespects: In the supplementary novels for The Evillious Chronicles, one of the main characters, Elluka Clockworker attends the funeral of Leonheart Avadonia, apparently just to call him an idiot, and leaves.
Last Kiss: And only kiss, shared by Clarith and Michaela before the latter is forced by the former to hide in a well. Michaela is killed a couple of days later, and she is intangible when she appears to Clarith after this.
Last Note Nightmare: At the end of a Nico Nico Chorus version of Daughter of Evil, you hear the tune heard at the very end of Servant of Evil. One of the Nico signers starts singing the last lines of Servant of Evil... only to be cut off but a very realistic and brutal guillotine sound. Granted, the song isn't exactly happy to begin with, but still.
Let's Duet: Towards the ends of Servant of Evil and Thousand-Year Wiegenlied.
Let Them Die Happy: After learning that the person Riliane sent her letter to is dead, the orphans under Riliane's care write a fake response to it and give it to her on her deathbed. However, it's implied that she knew it was fake.
Lolicon/May-December Romance: In the fourth verse of Tailor Shop on Enbizaka, Kayo Sudou sees her boyfriend buying a yellow hairpin for a girl "that looks much too young", saying, "What do you think you're doing? You really have no boundaries." Subverted when we find out the yellow hairpin girl was the man's daughter, not his other lover.
Long-Lost Relative: Riliane lost her memories of Allen being her brother, and it's only when he's preparing to sacrifice himself for her sake that she finds out about it. Additionally, in Prefazio of Blue, it's revealed that Ney's father was the king of Lucifenia, making her a half-sister to the twins, although they might not have ever known. Prefazio is also where Kyle learns that Ney is his own half-sister as well.
Louis Cypher: Every country on the contient of Bolganio has a name derived from the Seven Princes of Hell and the country that demon is associated with is also the location of the Epitome of Sin:
Love at First Sight: Allen fell in love with Michaela at first sight. In Daughter of White, it was revealed that Kyle was also this way to Michaela.
Love Chart: The guidebook for the Story of Evil series has one.It can be seen here◊.
Love Dodecahedron: Story of Evil. For starters, while not a romantic love, Allen has very strong devotion for Riliane that is eventually returned. Riliane is engaged to Kyle and wants to go through with it, but he has no interest in her and pines for Michaela, who is also loved by Allen. Michaela instead loves Clarith, which is reciprocated. The novels keep on adding to it by revealing that a man from Clarith's village had feelings for her, while multiple men proposed to Michaela.
Love Makes You Evil: Allen is an example of the "genuinely well-meaning Love Martyr" variety (in Servant of Evil, he even says outright that he's willing to become evil if it's to protect Riliane), Kayo Sudou is an example of the "obsessive" variety.
Love Martyr: Allen. Margarita Blankenheim from Gift of the Princess who Brought Sleep was also one, seeing as she was in love with (and married to) a player who was blinded by money and then she poisoned him...
Triang Relations: Michaela, Allen, and Kyle is Type Three while Michaela, Kyle, and Riliane is Type Five.
Lyrical Dissonance: Mothy REALLY loves this trope, to the point that when he makes a "cute" song fans can't believe it, to the point that some even pick the lyrics apart, piece by piece to find some sign of a tragedy in the song.
The shadow parade really takes the cake though.
Madness Mantra: From Full Moon Laboratory; "La la la la la la la lu lu lu..."
???: Even under a crescent moon the experiments must continue
This white labcoat is stained with red
La la la la la la la lu lu lu...
Make It Look Like an Accident / Never Suicide: In Ma Survival, Irina kills Milki and Li through these methods. One of them is sent off of a cliff, and it's claimed that she simply tripped and fell. Another one is found hanged, and it's alleged that she killed herself because of the grief the fighting caused her.
At the table with an array of food that would sicken a normal person/Sits a lone woman eating it with a smile...
Meaningful Echo: Used often in the Story of Evil with examples like the line "Afterwards, when people speak of her they say 'She truly was a Daughter of Evil.'" from Daughter of Evil coming back as "Ah, how can this be? She truly is a Daughter of Evil." in Daughter of White. Also, the song Maiden of Wood ~1000-Year Wiegenlied~note "Wiegenlied" is German for "lullaby" (its official English title is Spirit of ELD) from the CD Evils Court quotes a lot of lines from Daughter of White and ends with the phrase "If we could be reborn ...", which was also used in Servant of Evil and Regret Message.
Mind Screw: Good luck trying to tie the Seven Deadly Sins songs into a cohesive plot, even with the help of Word of God! The "canon" involved in them involves all of the songs listed above, at least. There may be more already out that don't have solid links yet.
Those new to the Chronicles might find some of the casting strange. They may understand Meiko being a psychotic cannibal and Miku being a corrupt judge, but apparently now Gumi is Satan and Len is God. What.
Mistaken for Gay: When talking about her lack of interest in romantic relationships, Michaela words it in a way that sounds like she's saying she's not interested in men, and right as she realizes how it can be misinterpreted, Clarith laughs and tells her she's the same way. In a subversion, Michaela does later turn out to be attracted to women (or at least Clarith), though her views on men remain unclear.
Moe Anthropomorphism: In Capriccio Farce, it's revealed that the sins' item vessels would transform into human when they awaken, taking some aspects of its sinner's appearance and traits, like how Conchita's glass is a cannibal and being flanked by a pair of servant and maid.
In the novel the Glass Of Conchita is revealed to have control of the dead as one of its powers, it could very well be the same servant and maid that were eaten.
In Sleepless Torture Tower, the three sisters.
Morality Kitchen Sink: The Evillious Chronicles. Most of the characters are some shade of gray, with a few irretrievably evil individuals and the occasional genuinely good person thrown into the mix.
Most Writers Are Writers: There's Yukina, a young novelist, in Story of Evil, and MA, who presents herself as a playwright interested in writing a movie about the Deadly Sins.
Motor Mouth: The Servants do this a couple of times in Capriccio Farce and the Clockwork Doll joins them the second time.
Mood-Swinger: Elluka Clockworker. She's referred to as "the whimsical sorceress" for a reason.
Monster Clown: Len is a surprisingly cute example in The Fifth: Pierrot.
Mood Whiplash: Halfway through Playing With Words. Also, the order of the songs in the albums can cause this as well; for example, in the CD Evils Theater, Conchita, the Epicurean Daughter of Evil is immediately followed by Ten Minute Love.
Which is quickly followed by Regret Message making it a double example.
Morality Chain: Inverted; Instead of going even more insane and becoming crueler, Riliane becomes racked with regret and self-loathing after Allen dies, and desperately wants to change her ways afterward.
Morality Pet: Allen to Riliane, The Clockwork Doll to Gallerian.
Mother Makes You King: Prim doesn't care who she has to crush in order to make Kyle the king, even if it's Kyle himself.
Murder the Hypotenuse: The whole reason Elphegort was invaded and the green-haired women were massacred in Story of Evil was because Riliane wanted to be sure she killed said hypotenuse, which she succeeds at. This also happens three times in Tailor Shop on Enbizaka, although two of them were actually the man's daughters.
Lemy / Pierrot in The Fifth: Pierrot. He believes that he's fulfilling his mother's wishes by "killing all of the bad children in the world", not realizing that it's wrong.
Riliane didn't seem to know that any of her actions were harmful. Being a child in a position of power, she seemed to assume that her actions were just part of ruling.
The three sisters from Sleepless Torture Tower don't seem to think it's wrong to capture people and torture them until they either die or begin to enjoy it. (Granted, they seem to have it really in for people who are actually DESERVING of torture, but still.)
Ouroboros: In the PV of Escape of the Witch Salmhofer, two ouroboros symbols are seen at the end, probably representing the "Twin Gods" and their Born-Again Immortality
Out-of-Character Alert: Yukina figures out that the person claiming to be Elluka may not actually be her because she claimed to hate tea when she was offered it, called Gumillia by an incorrect name, and didn't even remember Yukina's name.
Overly-Long Scream: In the novel Closure of Yellow, Allen's scream when he sees Michaela die takes up an entire paragraph.
P.O.V. Sequel: One of the reason the Story of Evil is so tear jerking. Miniature Garden Girl also has one in the form of Judgement of Corruption, and Moonlit Bear has one in the form of The Escape of Salmhofer, the Witch.
Princesses Rule: Riliane. Justified, as she refuses to accept the title of Queen out of respect for her late mother.
Psychotic Smirk: Meta Salmhofer has this expression at one point in the PV for The Escape of Salmhofer, the Witch.
Really 700 Years Old: Elluka is the more straight example of this, since she looks to be in her 20s but has been alive since near the start of this whole saga. Gumillia and Michaela also look in her early teens or mid-twenties, but are actually 1028 years old. The last example is justified by them being forest spirits.
Really Gets Around: Venomania. Flower of the Plateau reveals that one of his victims, Mikulia, was like this too. She was less proud of it though.
Red Herring: Michaela is killed by a golden-haired assassin, which Kyle seems to make a conclusion that Lucifenia has something to do with it in wake of Elphegort's destruction by Riliane's order. It's implied that it's possible that Allen tries to hide Michaela and it's Kyle's sister, the blond-haired Ney Futapie, who killed Michaela under her birth mother Prim Marlon's order.
It also a big theme in the chronicle. Hansel and Gretel are reincarnated into several incarnations of people played by Rin and Len or their derivatives (Pierrot, Conchita's servants, Ney Futapie). Also, people who have some kind of connection with the sins will receive some of it, even as far as become the reincarnation of the sinner. The Demons of the Sins are specifically choosing people from specific nation to carry on the sins. When Ney, a Marlon, got possessed by the spirit of Conchita's glass, it really surprising because of this very reason. Turns out, she's a bastard child of Arth Lucifen, Riliane and Allen's father, with Prim. Arth's firstborn is fated to bear the sin, knowing that making The Reveal very confusing to the in-universe observers, who expected Riliane to be the one. Ney's connection to the sin of Pride makes her an easy target for another sin to possess, and Conchita's connection to the Mother in Moonlit Bear becomes some kind of leverage to control over the spirit of Gretel inside the firstborn female child of Lucifen. Yeah...
In Prefazio of Blue, the Master of the Graveyard calls King Kyle "this era's Soul of Adam". By now it seems that all of the Original Sin characters are reincarnated.
Religion of Evil: The "Ugly God" the Lord of Torture and his daughters worship in Sleepless Torture Tower.
Reused Character Design: The same Vocaloids are used to represent multiple different characters. The Vocaloid Wikia has a list of characters that makes it clearer. Justified in several cases. Michaela and Gumillia actually are spirits of the Eldoh Wood that taken appearance of deceased women; Michaela taken Eve Moonlit's and Gumillia taken Gumina Glassred's. Elluka's Body Surf and the Sin's item's Moe Anthropomorphism also examples of justification because from a certain point of view, they all are really the same person.
Reverse Mole: Chartette dons a disguise and starts feeding information to the growing rebel group in Lucifenia, even though she still spends time drinking tea with Riliane. It's only after the revolution hits the palace that she severs all allegiance with Riliane.
When one looks at the demons most associated with the Seven Deadly Sins, Satan (not Lucifer, note - the two have a distinction in this case) is the closest linked to the sin of Wrath. Might double as foreshadowing.
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Queen Maria Moonlit prophetized the end of Levianta (her country) and the whole world by <The Dark Legacy, "Sin"> Levianta's answer was to create Project [Ma] to purify the sins. The first project's failure caused Eve Moonlit's mental instability and the second project created Hänsel and Gretel, the twins she would later kill for, unleashing the "Sin" onto the world
Self-Made Orphan: In Okizari Tsukiyoshou (Tale of Moonlit Abandonment), Rin and Len kill their adoptive parents.
In Flame of Yellow Phosphorus, Rin burned down her house with her father still inside.
In Gift from the Princess Who Brought Sleep, Margarita's parents are among the victims of her poison.
In Story of Evil, Allen is ordered to kill his foster father because of his attempts to disobey Riliane; by this point, both of his biological parents are already dead. Another example in the same arc is Ney, who first kills her foster mother, then her biological mother.
The song Desert Bluebird to a 1908 play called The Blue Bird, which also revolves around a Brother-Sister Team trying to find a blue bird.
Shrinking Violet: Clarith comes across as this. Also, Rin's character in Ten-Minutes Love.
Sibling Yin-Yang: Riliane is selfish and proud, Allen is a self-sacrificing Love Martyr. While part of this can be attributed to their different upbringings, the song Twiright Prank, which takes place before the twins were separated, reveals that Riliane has always been the more selfish twin.
Sins of Our Ancestor: Gammon Octo's entire bloodline was cursed because of Venomania's Deal with the Devil, and got captured by the inhabitants of the Clocktower in the first place because he wants to cleanse the sin from the Venomania's Sword.
Sketchy Successor: Queen Anne was actually quite competent and fair, with Lucifenia becoming prosperous under her reign. Once she died and her daughter Riliane took over, it all went right down the drain.
Spell My Name with an S: Until recent Word of God, the fanbase was divided on referring to the characters from the Story of Evil by their Vocaloid names (Rin, Len, Miku, etc) or their play/novel names (Riliane, Allen, Michaela, etc). Now that Word of God has given the main characters in the Seven Deadly Sins songs names, it appears that the play/novel names are canon.
Likewise, it is still undecided whether Conchita's first name is pronounced "Vanika" or "Banika".
Given the play on the word canibanote Latin for cannibal it is most likely "correctly" transliterated as Banica.
There's also an ongoing debate as to whether Allen's last name is correctly spelled "Avadonia" or "Abbadonia". This is an odd example in that there shouldn't even be a debate - the way his name is spelled in katakana uses one of the character combinations specifically created to represent syllables involving the "v" sound, which does not exist in the Japanese language. So, the correct spelling would be "Avadonia", but "Abbadonia" is the more common spelling among fans (likely due to the demon Abbadon).
There was a brief debate right after the release of the novel whether to refer to the princess as Rillianne or Lillianne (the latter being an actual name), but the former is more common in usage to emphasize her origin of Rin (with an R).
Also, whether it's written Rilliane or Riliane (The latter seems to be the official spelling according to the worldguide and mothy's blog).
Riliane vs. Liliane has been revived with the introduction of R/Liliane Mouchet, aka Lily. On one hand, her name is said to be the same as the Daughter of Evil's, which is why she strongly prefers her nickname. However, her nickname works better with Liliane than with Riliane, even though both are spelled the same in Japanese. Complicating matters further is that both women were named after a common ancestor, R/Liliane Roses. Since the Daughter of Evil's name has been officially written as Riliane, it should follow that the other names are Riliane Roses and Riliane Mouchet, but Liliane remains very popular for the latter.
Also, "Clarise" vs. "Clarith"; the former spelling used to be much more common among fans due to being a more natural name, but there's one illustration in the guidebook in which the latter version is used, so "Clarith" is more likely to be the official spelling.
It is also undecided whether Margarita's last name is correctly spelled "Blankenheim" or "Branchenheim".
The Clockwork Lullaby; no one is sure if it's spelled "Lu Li La" or "Ru Ri Ra".
Star-Crossed Lovers: Gumilia and the guy she's singing about in The Last Revolver. Michaela and Clarith in Story of Evil.
The Starscream: Every single inhabitant of the Clocktower is planning against the Clockwork Doll. Except for GEAR
Stealth Pun / Visual Pun: Pride's item was the Four Mirror of Lucifenia. But when the mirrors themselves are shown, there are only two mirrors visible. One might think that maybe it's an error or the other two mirror weren't shown; but remember that Riliane and Allen's role was played by the Kagamine pair and as seen in picture above, the mirrors are reflecting each twin and creating four Kagamine in process.
Another one, again with Bilingual Bonus, is from Flame of Yellow Phosphorus. Rin was burnt on stake, just like how rinnote Japanese for phosphorus on her matches burnt. Combine it with the song's title and you got a hell of pun for this tear-jerking song.
And then Capriccio Farce has each Kagamine play two characters,note Each plays a servant of the Master of the Graveyard, Rin plays the waiter, and Len plays Irregular again making four Kagamine.
The Waiter kept waiting for a response.
Stepford Smiler: Margarita Blankenheim in Gift From Princess Sleep-Bringer and Mikulia Greonio in Flower of the Plateau. Allen tends to come across as this as well.
Succession Crisis: Two existed in Story of Evil. First, when Riliane and Allen lost their father, a political struggle took place over which one of them would get to rule after their mother died, resulting in the assassinations of two ministers and, according to the official records, Allen. The second was in Marlon thanks to the king having numerous children with his mistresses. To ensure that only her child Kyle could rule, Prim assassinated almost all of his half-siblings.
Suicide Is Painless: It's not clear whether Conchita was truly on the brink of starvation or if her appetite was just too hard to ignore, but she ends up eating herself because she's the last "edible" meal left in her castle. She actually seems rather pleased that she got to taste everything in the world.
Survivor Guilt: In Daughter of White, Clarith felt this after the green-haired women were killed, especially for her friend Michaela, whom she wished she could have switched places with.
Regret Message is about this, though it really is her fault in this case.
Take Up My Sword: The Clockwork Doll became the Clocktower's Director after Gallerian and the second guardian's death. She's even using Gallerian's hammer and playing the judge's role in Gammon's court.
The three sisters of The Sleepless Torture Tower are mentioned to have picked up their duties in honour of their father.
Tangled Family Tree: In Story of Evil, Lucifen, Avadonia, Futapie, and Marlon can all be connected on the same tree. Bonus points for Kyle and Riliane, who are engaged, both having Ney as a half-sister.
Their First Time: Implied briefly about Gumillia and her boyfriend in The Last Revolver:
On an Autumn night we became one...
There Are No Therapists: As it would seem in all of Evilious, and a few of the other songs. Or the novels. Or manga... Then again, there wouldn't have been as much drama with them, and they probably wouldn't have done very much good in some cases. And most of this series, if not all of it, takes place in a realm reminiscent of the time before therapists were really thought of.
The Unreveal: The Gluttony novel, while giving a whole lot of new information on everything, still didn't address how the hell Conchita ate herself.
Timeskip: The novel Praeludium of Red takes place five years after Story of Evil, and Flower of the Plateau takes place five years after The Madness of Duke Venomania.
Kept Waiting for a Response occurs in Riliane's old age.
Title Drop: Occurs occasionally in the songs. The most blatant is Judgment of Corruption (where it is part of the chorus), and in Daughter of White where Clarith calling Riliane a Daughter of Evil is emphasized in both the song and the PV.
More often than not, the last line of the chorus of The Sleeples Torture Tower is "goumontou wa nemuranai", which is the Japanese title of the song.
Tongue Trauma: Clarith inflicts this on herself in Wiegenlied of Green. She bites down on her tongue when she learns that Michaela has been killed, and she starts to bleed so badly that the soldiers that have captured her begin to panic and give her medical treatment.
Too Dumb to Live: The mother in Moonlit Bear. Honestly, who leaves their twin babies alone in the forest in the middle of the night?!
Trademark Favorite Food: Princess Riliane is associated with brioche- she talks eagerly about eating it in Servant of Evil and has learned to cook it herself by Daughter of White, and the fandom plays it up even more. May be a Marie Antoinette joke.
Unwanted Spouse: Played for Drama at the end of White Brick and Mourning Dress. When the girl grew up she married someone she didn't love and lived an unhappy life, and the only thing that made her happy was her son.
Utopia Justifies the Means: Gallerian, Clockwork Doll, and Ma/Elluka all seem to think this. Gear begins to doubt this philosophy however, and Gammon thinks that it will all just end in disaster.
Villainous Breakdown: Venomania, Conchita, and Riliane all get these toward the ends of their songs. Margarita might have gotten a minor one, but it's hard to tell.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Vessel of Wrath, which started life as a golden key, then became the knife Clarith was going to use on Riliane.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The two Rins in Screws Clockwork and Pride. They are sentient toys which were viewed as defective because they couldn't live up to the ridiculously high standards of the very arrogant people of the future and ended up in a landfill because of it.
Wolverine Publicity: An oddly meta example - In the English communities only, people new to the author's works associate Conchita with the Story of Evil due to the popular translation of "Epicurian Daughter of Evil". "Akujiki Musume" translates more directly to "Daughter Who Eats Evil Food", and is connected to "Aku no Musume"/Daughter of Evil only through the Seven Deadly Sins series.
World Tree: The Thousand-Year Tree, which is inhabited by a god. The first one featured in the story is Eldoh, and he is later replaced by Michaela.
You Killed My Father: According to extra info, Germaine's and Allen´s adopted father was a knight who tried to rebel against Rilianne's rule and sneak food out to the hungry people, but was caught and killed for his efforts. Germaine swore to avenge him, and later led the successful revolution against Rilianne. Well, mostly successful. Then again, Allen was the one who actually killed Leonhart, so...
In the novel, Germaine pleaded Allen to escape with her, however, Allen played this card so the execution would continue.
Yufina who was already married, to Maylis' brother Martius, was the lover of Kachess in "The Lunacy of Duke Venomania".
Margarita's husband in Gift From Princess Sleep-Bringer.
Kayo's husband in The Tailor Shop on Enbizaka, except that he's not her husband at all, he doesn't even know her, and the women she thinks he's cheating on her with are his real wife and his two daughters.
In Story of Evil, it turns out that Prim Marlon had an affair with King Arth, although the latter did not do so of his own free will.