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Video Game: Duel Savior Destiny

Touma Taiga is a man of passions. Passion for sex, so heís in the middle of a plan to have a hundred girlfriends at once. While heís meeting a temporary setback, he and his sister Mia stumble across a strange red book. When they touch it, they are suddenly dragged into an alternate world where Mia is extended the choice to become the Messiah and enter the Floria academy. Feeling left out, Taiga demands to also be able to take the entrance exam despite male Saviors supposedly being impossible. To everyoneís surprise, he passes when he calls forth the Aether Relic Traitor immediately after Mia calls her own Relic.

Taiga isnít too concerned with what the job actually entails as he simply heard the promise that the Messiah can shape the world as they like after saving it from the destruction of Ruin and begins integrating into the new class, mostly by flirting with the girls in it. Before too long, however, things take a turn for the serious and Taiga finally shows his heroic side, making him one of the strongest contenders for the title of Messiah. But is it really that simple? After all, Ruin is beginning to make its move to destroy the world.

Duel Savior is a fighting game with considerable story elements putting it close to visual novel territory. There are six heroines, each of which unlocks in later cycles of the game after being cleared. Finally, the story ends with a harem route, which was redone minus sex scenes to focus on the princess from the original version.

This Work Provides Examples Of:

  • A Friend in Need: Taiga, in the final route. More like "Love Interest in Need" but fits because at that point all the girls were still friendzoned.
  • Alternate Continuity: Berio and Kaede's routes. Justified since these two are more of a set up that introduce several elements that will be important on the other routes.
  • Alternate Dimension
  • Amplifier Artifact: The more physically based Aether Relics appear to grant improved physical ability to their wielders. Righteous, Lily's glove artifact, enhances spellcasting and allows her to use magic that she would not normally be capable of yet at her age even if she is a genius.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted. Mia's arrows sting. Especially when Justy awakens.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Messiahís armor in the hands of an Apostle will awaken them into the Messiah, but it will be a raging, destructive Messiah who attempts to destroy all of humanity. Which is what the Messiah is supposed to do anyway.
  • Artificial Stupidity: On the earlier routes, the AI is content to just float around during battles instead of actually fight you.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In the final route, Taiga gains the power of the Messiah, is rejected by God and thus canít be controlled and then proceeds to fuse the two most powerful Aether Relics together. After that, he then adds the power of every other Aether Relic to it, putting him on par with or even above God, who is flat out omnipotent. Also, heís apparently immortal and tireless since he had time to beat God millions of times without seeming to age.
  • Ascended Extra: In Destiny, Crea gets a larger role when the farewell party would have gotten... frisky... and takes over as the main heroine. Unfortunately, the last scenario was written without her in mind and only superficial details were changed.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Nanashiís ending implies that she and Taiga will become the new king and queen of Avatar.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: A lot of the boss fights seem to work like this, including several in a row during the final route where youíre not really supposed to be winning with what theyíve given you. Especially when youíve probably never even USED Black Papillon before.
  • Big Bad: Downy Reed.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Most of the endings tend to end well for Taiga and the Savior candidates, but after that it's anyone's guess as to how happy anything will be.
    • Kaede and Berio's routes get what are probably the cleanest endings with Floria essentially intact, the princess surviving and most of the population surviving. The only downsides are that the fundamental problem in the setting is only stalled, Selbium is dead and some of the Lords of Ruin may have survived, though they're presumed dead.
    • Rico and Nanashi's routes have a lot more civilian casualties, Avatar's population centers have been essentially obliterated and took some heavy damage respectively and the princess is dead, but we're getting closer to really fixing the problem in this world. [[spoiler:Taiga is presumed dead in Rico's route and in Nanashi's route he is dead, but his soul was moved into an immortal homunculus body and made immortal.
    • Mia's route has two endings, A and B. You get B first and it's (supposed to be) even less happy than the alternative, which involves Mia slaughtering thousands of innocent people, turning Selbium evil, killing Crea and nearly causing the apocalypse out of her own free will. In the A ending, though, Taiga stops Mia without killing her, so at least they get to be happy since Mia doesn't have to live with the consequences of her mass murder and betrayal thanks to Laser-Guided Amnesia.
  • Bleached Underpants: Destiny removes several sex scenes, cleans up some of the iffier normal CGs and fades to black when the remaining sex scenes would have occurred in the original. Finally, the last route is changed from a harem route into a Crea route.
  • Book Ends
    • Mia A and Rico routes ends have Taiga talking on the phone while walking down the street, same as the beginning of the game.
    • Berio's route ends with Taiga flirting with a girl and making the same name mix up he did at the beginning.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Mia. Shezar also had sex with Berio.
  • The Cameo: Several characters on the Practice, Parry and Endless Modes.
  • Cast From HP: Though it doesn't show up in gameplay possibly due to not enough power being used, Justy's attacks in its second form are immensely powerful at the cost of draining the user's stamina rapidly.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: This game suffers from an extreme case of it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Of all things, Traitor's name. By the time you finally understand why he's named that, its already so commonplace that you are likely to have forgotten the true meaning of the word.
    • Kaede's resistance to poison.
  • Combos: Chaining attacks and dealing damage fills up the red meter. One bar of red is required to do an attack cancel and two are used to use a super. Youíre limited to two bars at the start, which increases as you gain levels.
  • Complete Immortality: God. He can be injured, his avatars can be beaten and he can be attacked and beaten on his home ground, but you can never kill him.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: The AI is capable of spamming attacks and dodging without any delay, and gains a massive defence bonus whenever their health enters the green area. There's also God, who is capable of freezing time, breaking your guard, then hitting you with an instant kill attack before you can control Taiga again.
  • Conveniently Orphaned: The Touma siblings, as well as most of the cast.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Righteous final spell. It sends the whole region around the caster to a black hole-like dimension, including the caster.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Necromancy is not actually evil. Technically, holy magic and healing are a subset of it, making Berio a necromancer. She's never called one though since she's terrified of undead and doesn't raise them.
  • David Versus Goliath: In the final route Selbium versus Downy. And no, itís not supposed to be a hopeless boss fight.
  • Deus Sex Machina: Though in Destiny thereís a fade to black where the sex scene would be, itís still clear what has happened. One of the early examples is Rico randomly pulling Taiga into a pocket dimension so they can have sex.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: If you deal enough damage to the golem fight before Taiga gets Traitor, the battle ends and the principal and Dahlia remark on how Taiga would be a great soldier.
    • In Nanashi's route, if you beat the four members of Ruin at once instead of losing, you're treated to a scene where they're revived from the border of death, since killing them would solve the plot.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: God is the Bigger Bad but only faced in the final two routes.
  • Distant Finale: Lily Sheerfieldís epilogue take place long after everyone involved with the story is long dead when her mother returns home.
  • Downer Ending: Mia B ending has all the bad stuff from the Mia A good ending, but also Touma accidentally killing Mia and then having to commit suicide to prevent himself from ending the world.
  • Duel Boss: A few such as one against Mudou and a string of them during the end of the final two routes.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Princess Crea in the third and fourth routes.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Though often more in the form of just getting to use a different character.
  • Empathic Weapon: Aether Relics are all alive, sentient and capable of speaking to their wielders, but they never really do anything. Traitor doesnít even have any lines after his intro until the last route. Lily says that Righteous once told its wielded the ultimate spell it was capable of and Taiga internally monologues that he and Traitor barely speak let alone do that much. In the final route we finally learn what they actually are and they get a little more focus as they finally get the chance to explain what's actually going on.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: What Ruin seeks, and what the Messianic Archetype is really about.
  • Extended Gameplay: Endless Mode. Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Most of the characters are named after plants.
  • Foreshadowing: Thereís a lot of foreshadowing of later routeís twists early on. For example, the game is not terribly subtle about Nanashiís importance.
  • Freudian Excuse: Downy's reason to be a part of Ruin.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: That is totally orange juice they are drinking. Not alcohol. Nope.
  • God Is Evil: God created the world but apparently not humanity or something since they fall so far outside of his expectations that he got pissed off and keeps trying to blow up the world.
  • Golem: One of the rarer miniboss types are golems, of which there are at least three variants not counting pallet swaps.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When Selbium dies in Berio's route.
  • Gratuitous English: A few of the Aether Relics are named in English. Traitor, Righteous and Elder Arc, for example.
  • Guide Dang It: How many people suffered the "Mia C" ending (a.k.a. Bad Ending) before knowing that you're supposed to get the girls in a certain order?
  • Happy Ending
    • Lily's route has almost as much damage property damage as Rico's route, but much more recoverable since most of the population was apparently able to evacuate thanks to the heroics of the royal army. Muriel and Lily never see each other again, but when she does finally return she sees that Floria has established policies that will help ensure no Messiah is ever made while remaining strong enough to stop Ruin when it returns. All in all, a pretty happy ending.
    • The harem/Crea route has everyone survive, Ruin stopped for good and rather limited casualties. There's a teaser that Taiga may be stuck fighting God forever but apparently not: The epilogue for Crea reveals that after beating God several million times in a pocket dimension with vastly accelerated time the completely magically inept but apparently immortal Taiga eventually came up with a magic seal so powerful that he could seal God and finally go home no more than a few years after he left.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose:
    • Some fights that youíre required to win still seem to result with Taiga losing.
    • If you beat Shezar while being forced to use Black Papillon instead of Berio sheís amazed that she won, but itís quickly revealed that all she beat was a body double.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight
    • During one of the routes you have to face off against Mudou, Shezar, Imnity and Lobelia all at once. By yourself. Good luck. Itís technically winnable but youíre supposed to get thrashed.
    • During the final route youíll run into several of these. If, for example, you beat Shezar with Black Papillon or Lobelia with Nanashi (both of which are surprisingly easy to do) they just stand up and basically undo the victory so that you can beat them the way youíre supposed to this time.
  • Humanity Ensues: Taiga strips Imnity and Rico of their status as spirits at the end, converting them into humans.
  • I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: Super Mia and Selbium vs Taiga in the cursed Messiah Armor, though itís briefly interrupted by a fight between Selbium and Downy.
  • Immortality: Rico and Imnity are almost unkillable. Lobelia has survived as an undead for a thousand years, though for much of it she was sealed. In Nanashi's ending, Taiga joins her as an immortal homunculus and finally in the true ending Taiga returns to the world of Avatar after decades (at least) of nonstop fighting against God apparently the same age that he left.
  • Improbably Female Cast: There are only five even mildly important male characters in the entire story and three are villains.
  • Infodump: Subverted at one point. Crea starts lecturing Taiga on the history of Avatar and about the Messiah, but he just falls asleep and misses the entirety of it.
  • Instant Death Radius: The last two bosses have absolutely massive range, great damage and surprisingly small hitboxes while you're using the pure melee Taiga. Good luck getting close before they unleach the apocalypse on you.
  • I Will Wait for You: Crea, in her ending. The story cuts off just as Taiga arrives to see her after successfully sealing God.
  • Karma Houdini
    • In Miaís good ending, she doesnít even have to feel guilty over atrocities she knowingly committed or the friends she betrayed at least partially willingly. Do note that she killed thousands of people including the princess and left her friends to die after she tried to get them petrified in the first place. As a point of justification, this could be argued to be because the hero of the entire world vouched for her.
    • Downyís backstory involves a noble who pitted children against each other in fights to the death. After his sister died and he grew up, he returned to get revenge, only to find the noble had died peacefully surrounded by friends and family.
  • Kirk Summation: Attempts to talk down Lobelia, the undead guarding the Messiah Armor or Sel in Miaís route never work.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Messiah is supposed to bring about the end of the world.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The girls are always with the same clothes. This is particularly jarring on the Distant Finale of the final route, four years later.
  • Living with the Villain: Downy is the big bad, a spy and a teacher at Floria while Mia is the true White Apostle.
  • Love Triangle: Lily, Taiga and Mia in Miaís route. Mia goes absolutely apeshit over the matter and ends up killing thousands of people.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Though the strategically placed scene cuts stop the scene from being shown, it becomes clear what people are actually doing in the middle of a ruined city, in the middle of a cafeteria with seven people or, perhaps most glaringly of all, in the middle of an enemy prison. While waiting for rescue. And so many times that when they stop to think about it they realize they're not sure they can even walk anymore, let alone run and fight.
  • Marry Them All: In the Crea route that replaced the harem route Crea refers to the other girls as Taigaís lovers to her son noting that nobody ever said Avatar exclusively practiced monogamy. Itís unlocked after completing the second Mia ending and resolves the story more than any other route preceding it. Itís also what Taiga is aiming for from the beginning.
  • Meaningful Name: The reason for Traitorís name is not clear until essentially the final boss. Turns out, his name means heís Blade of Rebellion against God.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The picture they take in the final route ends up helping them all during their final battles.
  • Might Makes Right: A core piece of White Law is the idea of survival of the fittest. The strong dominate the weak.
  • Mind Rape: What God does to the Messiah when she's chosen.
  • Multiple Endings: Six heroines and one group route make for seven routes. The order is Kaede/Berio -> Rico -> Nanashi -> Lily -> Mia -> Crea/Harem depending on version. Mia has two endings and the final route gets a bonus scene on second viewing.
  • Necromancy: It has the classical interpretation for the most part. Healing is associated with necromancy and raising the dead is not seen as evil, though the undead are seen as tools at best and more frequently as creepy. Lobelia is the prominent necromancer in the story though her good counterpart Rubinas also performs necromancy in order to save Taigaís soul after she kills him before using alchemy to make him a homunculus
  • New Game+: If you carry over a save, you gain the ability to use the heroine you just cleared in any maps sheís available in.
  • No Conservation of Energy: When you boil down all the fluffy terminology, White Law is basically science and logic and Red Law is magic and emotions. White Law has consistent rules that follow principles a scientific society gradually uncovers while Red Law has to do with making something out of nothing, which is the core reason they donít really mix very well. From a White Law perspective, Red is something like 0x1 = 2 rather than nothing.
  • Not Blood Related: According to one ending, Mia and Taiga arenít actually related. According to another, they are. And itís kind of important that they are too.
  • Not Quite Dead: During the final route, all the girls stay back to fight their respective arch nemesis, and though they win their fights, they don't exactly come out unscathed. Each scene ends with what would be their dying scene. But they all show up a few minutes later to help Taiga break free of God's control.
  • The Omniscient: Specifically averted. God is all powerful but not all knowing. This means he wants to destroy humanity and restart the universe since he apparently hates not knowing what people are going to do.
  • One-Hit Kill: One of God's attacks. You can't dodge it, and blocking doesn't always prevent it from killing you. You're also supposed to win this fight.
  • Painting the Medium: People are able to tell when Nanashi is using the wrong kanji in her speech. The equivalent in English (and how it's translated) is using the word 'weight' instead of 'wait.'
  • Post-End Game Content: Endless Mode only unlocks after finishing all the routes.
  • The Power of Friendship
  • The Power of Love: One of the factors that made possible for Taiga to be summoned, in the final route. Because of a Stable Time Loop, Taiga saves Crea as a little girl from an attack from God. With his image ingrained in her because of that event, it made possible for Traitor to summon him in a gambit to destroy God.
  • Psycho Rangers: The Lords of Ruin are basically the White Apostle candidates as opposed to the Red Apostle Savior class.
  • The Reveal
    • Nanashi is an ancient hero with a sealed memory.
    • Aether Relics are the souls of former Messiahs who were forced to destroy their own world and create a new one.
  • The Rest Shall Pass
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Aether Relics, though thanks to God keeping a close eye on them thereís not much they can do about him until the end.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Lobelia is sealed into Rubinasí rosary in the final route.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: Invoked. Taiga goes to fight God with the expectation that God is unkillable. And heís right. However, so long as God is busy fighting him off, he canít keep bringing Ruin to the world. In the end, Taiga Ďkillsí God so many times that he apparently figures out how to make a proper seal to bind him despite how terrible he is at magical theory. He beat him several million times.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Selbium gets hit by Mudou's mind control, and has to be killed for Taiga to get to Mudou. Taiga kills them, but he ultimately fails his task of killing Mudou.
  • Shapeshifter: Itís briefly mentioned that Rico and Imnity used to look different, but are hiding their true identities.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: Traitorís default form is a sword, but it can also become a three sectioned staff, a giant axe, bombs, a hammer or increase its length. Traitorís super form is shown to change into even more weapons, such as a trident.
  • Shout-Out: Jerry got eaten by a cat monster. Tom was torn apart by rat monsters.
  • Situational Sword: Traitor changes shape depending on what kind of attack its wielder wishes to use, even spawning explosives if necessary. Justy has a more exaggerated effect in that after Mia awakens as the White Apostle its true power is unleashed, making it an incredibly powerful but life draining weapon.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Crea's son Taiga in the final ending. Not that Taiga is actually dead and he returns after a few years.
  • Summoning Ritual: How Rico summons Savior Candidates to Avatar.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Taiga realizes that Downy is driven by a past that could easily have led him to the same conclusion.
  • Take a Third Option: Taiga, upon finally becoming the Messiah, decides heíd rather punch out God than remake the universe.
  • Talking To Herself: Nanashi, Rubinas and Lobelia share a voice actress. Which only makes sense since Nanashi is Rubinasí soul and Lobelia is in Rubinasí original body.
  • Tareme Eyes: Most of the girls with the obvious exception of Lily.
  • There Can Be Only One: There are actually two Apostles, Red and White. One has to kill the other to become the Messiah. However, it turns out thereís a loophole because by either acquiring the Messiah armor or destroying it and having an Apostle sit in Godís Throne, that person will still become the Messiah.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Taiga summons Traitor in front of a monster but instead of fighting it with it, he throws it on the tentacles that are holding Lily, so Justy can use Traitor as a target and blast the monster away from Lily.
  • Time Travel: Mentioned in passing as the consequence of not having a proper anchor when dimensional hopping. Itís apparently nothing you can exploit and may only go in one direction.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Mudou. What was once someone completely nonthreatening is capable of perfectly blocking attacks nearly all the time in later routes. Other enemies get this as well, but only much later.
  • True Final Boss: Butterfly God.
  • Villains Never Lie
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Several. For example, Crea route shows us all the girls cleaning up the remnants of Ruin and returning home to make a report, at which point Taiga returns.
  • Woolseyism: Invoked. Aroduc, the translator, points out a lot of silly mistakes Giga made and his attempts to correct them, for better or worse. Apparently, he did not appreciate some of the puns or consistency issues.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: As well as the reverse depending on the relation between two places. The most extreme example of this is at the end of the final route, Taiga has time to beat God millions of times and then set up a seal and return six or seven years after he left.

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