Self Demonstrating: Ringabel
Hello? Is this my date? Oh, wait... I'm afraid I don't quite recognize you. Hmm? You've come to hear about my life and times? Why, I'm flattered. Here, let me crack open this journal... Right. First off, I believe there's a name to this story... what was it? Ah, yes, Bravely Default. I... woke up one morning in the kingdom of Caldisla with no memories of my past and naught but a journal to my name. Said journal contained not past events, but future... there was a girl I was apparently meant to save. Then, as fate would have it, I was out stargazing when a ruthless, pyromaniacal spellcaster set fire to the old house I'd been lodging in. As I fled this madman's Fire magic, I heard her voice... What? No, not the spellcaster's! It was... Edea. That was her, accompanying the fire-starting fiend... thanks to her timely telling-off of the Eternian caster, the old house I'd mentioned before was the only thing lost to the flames. Ah, her voice, as if from heaven itself... Oh, right. The day after, I met with Tiz Arrior and Agnès Oblige in Caldisla's inn. My journal had told me about those two, and quickly volunteered to aid them in battle against the Eternian spellcaster. From there, I traveled across Luxendarc with Tiz, Agnès, and Edea. What an odd adventure that was. Throughout the course of the adventure, we commandeered an airship, crossed a vast desert, went to a city inhabited entirely by women, broke into an enemy fortress by charging in through the front door, found out that the city on the giant ship was actually an airship, and fought our way through Eternia's armies, all in a bid to awaken the four Crystals and fill in the Great Chasm. And then, at the Holy Pillar, things got very strange... Now, the following's a huge spoiler... here it is. As my adventure went on, I learned of my past. On the Grandship, I learned that I was none other than the Eternian Dark Knight, Alternis Dim! (Of course, that would be Anazel D for those of you who purchased the Japanese version.) But it gets stranger. Our world, Luxendarc, isn't the only one of its kind. There are many parallel Luxendarcs. I was from a different Luxendarc than Tiz, Agnès and Edea- thus, both me and their Alternis existed on the same world. And behind all this madness? None other than Airy the Fairy. Airy was trying to link the worlds via the "Holy" Pillars she created, creating a Great Chasm in each world in the process... Airy eventually turned on us, but we fought her off. In the center of the Dark Aurora, we defeated Airy one last time before she was devoured by her master, Ouroboros. We promptly fought against Ouroboros, who consumed six Luxendarcs in his fight against us... but thanks to the aid of Lord DeRosso, and of all the other Luxendarcs' versions of us, we killed Ouroboros once and for all. And there's the end of that tale. Now, before I go on to discuss the tropes that pertain to me, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the pages of a few others from the same company that brought about Bravely Default. To be honest, though, talking to those two seems rather hazardous. I personally recommend bringing an Iceflame Shield to Kefka's page, simply because that madman will throw Firaga in your direction at the slightest whim. And if you visit Sephiroth's page, stay at least thirty feet away at all times.
Ah, but you're here for tropes that apply to me, right?
- Agent Peacock: I... suppose so. I admit, I often concern myself with refining my appearance to the most exact detail.
- Anime Hair: My fine pompadour, of course.
- Badass Baritone: The first part is a given, and the second holds as well. Of my party, my voice was the deepest.
- Big Brother Instinct: When something was troubling Tiz, I'd help him deal with it.
- Bittersweet Ending: In the False Ending, I survived in the same world with my friends, but there was nowhere for me to return... and for all my brave actions during the story, my failure to save Edea still haunted me.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: On many occasions, with Edea taking the role of "Tsukkomi" most eagerly.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: While I wouldn't go so far as to say "perverted", I subverted this in that I was rather suave towards Edea. Then I found out my past, and, well... that stopped.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: The thought of Fiore getting anywhere near Edea made my very blood boil and this hasn't changed one bit since I found out what that madman was up to. Also, when Edea mentioned two men in love with her, I threatened to hurt them; I feel rather silly in light of this, given that one of them was myself and the other was myself from an alternate dimension..
- The Dandy: I live my life in front of the mirror, as I've said before!
Ringabel: A proper pompadour is a joy and a responsibility. Shoes and belt must match.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: While trying to figure out DeRosa's techniques, I accidentally ended up saying something... off.
"Just what are these 'techniques'? I stewed on it all night, and came up blank. That does it. The next time I see that Red character, I'm getting a demonstration, one way or another!"
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In the True Ending, I got to go back in time, then save Edea from Airy.
- Everyone Has Standards: I treat women with dignity, far unlike DeRosa.
- Expy: Some say I bear a resemblance to one "Zidane". Apparently it's my amnesia and my... flirtatious nature. We both came from another world, too.
- Fragile Speedster: I've the highest Dexterity and Agility of my party, but the third-lowest Strength and Vitality and the lowest Mind. My Intelligence stat is second to Agnès's.
- Gratuitous English: Even in the Japanese version, I would use many English phrases.
- Handsome Lech: Agnès didn't want my help against that pyromancer because she took me for one of these. I admit, she was not entirely incorrect in either one of these descriptors.
- Chivalrous Pervert: But I saw no excuse for Fiore's foul actions. My love for Edea was no fleeting fancy, either. When I remembered my past, my attitude changed quite a bit.
- Heroic BSOD: ...please don't remind me.
- Irony: "Dandy" DeRosa, during our first meeting, claimed that I "have [my] youth and innocence and baseless confidence". Prior to my amnesia, I was a Dark Knight (quite possibly the least innocent job the asterisks can grant), and... well, I lost any confidence I might have had, shall we leave it at that? I'm also actually the oldest member of our party, being three years Tiz's senior.
- Genre Savvy: I start to figure out when particularly difficult foes are preparing to fight us. I really take advantage of this during future fights with Konoe in other worlds.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: As I've mentioned before. Wouldn't you know it, I'm actually the Dark Knight Alternis Dim! ...Except I'm from another world.
- Leitmotif: "Love's Vagrant" plays when I launch a special attack. Here, have a listen.
- Ladykiller in Love: You may remember that introductory scene, in Caldisla's Inn? Even by that point, I was entirely smitten with Edea even before I'd met her. I suppose my own world's Edea left quite the impression on my mind, even after I'd lost my memory.
- Meaningful Name: ...why, I never thought of it that way! I'm Alternis Dim! Alternate dimension! Brilliant!
- Meaningful Rename: This trope doesn't Ringabel. Get it?
- My Greatest Failure: Do we... have to talk about this? ...Fine. Before I lost my memory, I saw Airy- damn that traitor!- take her true form. I... I was too afraid. And... because I was so afraid... Airy killed all of them. E-Edea... I... I couldn't...
- My Greatest Second Chance: In the True Ending, I returned to the point in time where Airy was about to murder Edea. This time... I wasn't afraid. I didn't hold anything back.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Well... okay. Looking back on some of my adventures, I admit I'm laughing at myself.
- Punny Name: Didn't we go over this? This goes double for my real name, Alternis Dim- or Anazel D, in Japanese.
- Red Herring: Fate minced no words about my having a connection to Alternis Dim. We were never in the same scene early on, I was seasick when Alternis destroyed our skystone, I got a similar injury to one Alternis got, we're both quite protective of Edea... and as it happened, I WAS Alternis Dim! ...From another world.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Well, Edea never did slap me... which is good, because a lot of the time she'd be wearing armor on her hands. Apparently, things I'd say would bother Edea, and she'd get quite cross... in the most beautiful way anyone can get cross. I AM Alternis Dim, and Edea DID grow up with Alternis Dim, so... perhaps that contributes?
- The Smart Guy: While Airy knows more about Crystals, I'm more knowledgeable about other things. I'm also fairly analytical. That second-highest INT isn't for nothing!
- Spanner in the Works: My amnesia may well have thwarted Airy's plot. If I'd been killed, Airy would have manipulated Tiz, Agnès and Edea as usual. If I hadn't gotten amnesia, knowing me, I'd have tried to oust Airy too early, and she probably would have killed me.
- Stripperific/No Export for You: Yes, ladies, I'm not a hypocrite, I'm perfectly happy to show off myself. One of my DLC outfits in the Japanese "For The Sequel" edition, the Wakoku Warrior, has me in a loincloth, a twin scarf... and absolutely nothing else. The American version didn't get that, though; even though the others' DLC outfits can be seen via Friend Invite with a Japanese friend using the outfit, mine is (sadly) replaced with my Freelancer garb.
- Suddenly Always Knew That: I still don't know how I remembered how to pilot an airship so quickly... I guess it was that or die in a fiery crash, and I'm... averse to dying in fiery crashes.
- Talking in Your Sleep: Tiz told me once that I was talking in my sleep about my Dark Knight training before I had amnesia.
- The Scream: It's all I could do after Edea was murdered...
- Tomes of Prophecy and Fate: My journal falls under the "prophecy" category. However, as events began to play out, the journal began to diverge from what actually happened. But then again, it wasn't truly prophecy; it was merely my- Alternis Dim's- personal diary from another world.
- Trauma Conga Line: Just before my amnesia... things got ugly. Let's see, Edea ends up betraying Eternia and fighting on the enemy's side, I save her a few times and get Ise-No-Kami pointed at me for my trouble, Edea ignores my warnings about the Crystals, and then... must I mention it again? I then end up on an alternate Luxendarc... with no memory of my past, only a journal. Certainly not a high point in my life.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Entering the Holy Pillar couldn't have caused my amnesia; everyone else went right through it. I think Edea's death may have triggered my amnesia.
- Walking Spoiler: The amnesia only shows there's quite a bit more to my past than you'd otherwise think. I mean, look at this page... so many things marked with spoiler tags!
- A Ringabel from another world who's got the Dark Knight job can give away a lot if you've added them as a friend.
Well, this conversation has gotten me thinking about a few things... Now, I suppose you'll want to be returning to the Bravely Default page? Or perhaps the other Self-Demonstrating Character Pages?