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Video Game: Magna Carta
A South Korean RPG series by Softmax which began life on PC. There are three games in the series, with the latest, Magna Carta 2, available on the Xbox360. The series is mainly known for its sharp (and Stripperiffic) character design, provided by Hyung-Tae Kim.

Not to be confused with the document signed in 13th century England ceding certain rights from the monarchy to the nobility.


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  • Action RPG: Magna Carta 2
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Reith in Tears of Blood and Juto in Magna Carta 2.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Orha from Roxy right before her Heroic Sacrifice and to Calintz from Serina before she's Taken for Granite. She gets better though.
  • Anti-Climax: Caltinz and the man he'd been seeking for revenge up to that point in the game are in the middle of an epic sword fight, but it suddenly ends when his opponent's wife stabs him in the back.
  • Animals Hate Him: Juto, in the third DLC Live Drama.
  • Apologises a Lot: Reith in Tears of Blood.
  • Arc Words: "Absolutely don't die."
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In Magna Carta 2, several names are ridiculously German-sounding, such as Schuenzeit and the world called Lanzheim.
  • Big Bad: Neikan, a.k.a. Agrean in Tears of Blood. In MC2, we have Strass, aka Schuenzeit, aka Srats, aka Taats, aka whatever the hell name he uses whenever he produces a duplicate of himself and uses it to start a war.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Justina parrying Calintz's strike when he attacked Reith for defending two Yason. See Revenge Before Reason.
  • The Chessmaster: Neikan in Tears of Blood, who had been working out and executing his plan since 10 years before the game started.
  • Cool Old Guy: Rostin and Zekart in Tears of Blood.
  • Cloning Blues: Elgar. For that matter, Schuenzeit.
  • Cute Mute: Maya in Tears of Blood.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Doomseeds turn out to be just nature's way of saying "quit being so hard on me!". However it is also revealed that Schuenzeit/Strass can control them at will.
  • Disney Death: Both Orha and Raul in Tears of Blood.
  • Doomed Hometown: Tears of Blood begins with Calintz's having been destroyed 10 years prior.
  • Duel Boss: Calintz gets several in Tears of Blood, including the first form of the final boss.
  • Fantastic Racism: In Tears of Blood the humans and Yason hate each other, but both of them hate half-Yason with a passion.
  • Fallen Hero: Strass. When he sacrificed his kan to power La Strada and undo the damage from the Great Carta War, he didn't actually die, though he couldn't go anywhere. After some years, his kan ran low, so he created a duplicate of himself named Taats, and started a war so that he could gather more kan for his kamond. Victorious, he did the same thing again 150 years later as Srats, and another 150 years after that as Schuenzeit.
  • Foreshadowing: Tears of Blood does a good job in leaving clues throughout the game that Neikan is Agrean and Reith is Amila before The Reveal.
  • Four-Man Band: How the party starts off in Tears of Blood.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Reith in Tears of Blood, at least until her memory returns.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Subverted with Chris in Tears of Blood in that his late brother had all of the natural talent for building machines. He himself has had to endure failure after failure before getting one right and, even then, most of the machine work is left to his father.
  • Gainaxing: Seen every so often in Tears of Blood, usually with Reith or Rianna.
  • Glass Cannon: Crocell has a ridiculous level of offensive ability, especially if you use his Fist-Fighting style. This is off-set by his low defence and low HP.
  • Green Aesop: See Dark Is Not Evil above.
  • Guest Star Party Member: Orha in Tears Of Blood.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Celestine uses a bag of incense to fight with.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Your party gets this treatment after Schuenzeit convinces the populous that sacrificing Zephie to La Strada is the only way to stave off destruction, effectively leaving the Mare as your only real allies. The effect remains after you take down La Strada, though not as bad by the time 3 years have passed, as the people have noticed that they are still alive, despite Schuenzeit's claims.
  • Heroic BSOD: Calintz gets hit hard in Tears of Blood after Reith's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Several in Tears of Blood, but only Reith and Roxy stay dead.
  • Hidden Elf Village: In Magna Carta 2. Cota Mare. Subverted in that while everyone knows about it, very few people go there since the Mare are wary of other races.
  • Hot-Blooded: Haren and Rianna in Tears of Blood.
  • Human Resources: In Magna Carta 2, this is how Sentinels are made. Life force is also used to power La Strada, which keeps Lanzheim prosperous.
  • I Owe You My Life: Why Azel is so loyal to Calintz and Calintz's excuse for always protecting Reith in Tears of Blood.
  • I'd Tell You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You: Spoken word-for-word to a soldier in Tears of Blood.
  • Interspecies Romance: Celestine and Argo.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Mare is pronounced "mahr-ray", Trewa is "tray-wha", Huaren is "hue-are-ren."
  • Kill It with Fire: Crocell, Eonis.
  • The Lancer: Crocell and Argo, to Zephie.
    • Kinda, sorta. Argo fits more as The Big Guy. Crocell or Rue make the most apparent Lancers.
    • Claire, Huaren, and Elgar serve as Schuenzeit's dragons.
  • Lethal Chef: Zephie, if the DLC Live Drama is to be believed.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Rue. Literally.
  • Loads and Loads of Loading: In Tears of Blood.
  • Love at First Sight: Celestine, for Argo. Note that Argo is a massive Dragon/Hawk creature.
  • Love Freak: Celestine.
  • Love Triangle: It turns out both Amila and Serina fell in love with Calintz when they were kids in Tears of Blood.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In Tears of Blood it turns out that Calintz is the long-lost son of the Great Priestess, but the Big Bad knew it and used a family heirloom given to him to steal his identity.
  • MacGuffin: The Eight Shards in Tears of Blood.
  • MacGuffin Delivery Service: Collecting and delivering the Shards to General Agrean in Tears of Blood. Turns out he's the Big Bad.
  • Malaproper: Celestine, in the third DLC Live Drama.
  • Mad Scientist: Huaren.
  • Male Gaze: The first shot we see of Celestine is of her boobs.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Justina arrests Calintz for the murder of one of the Eight Heroes after finding him next to her dead body with a dagger in his hand.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Calintz in Tears of Blood when he sees just how badly the Rheuma disease is devastating the Yason population and his asking if that is what he really wants.
  • My Greatest Failure: Calintz keeps out-doing himself with these in Tears of Blood but ultimately it comes down to being unable to protect first Lehas, then Reith.
  • One-Winged Angel: Neikan in Tears of Blood.
  • Our Elves Are Better: The Mare civilization: Humans with crystal ears that live half as long as normal humans. And, of course, they hate normal humans
  • Parental Abandonment: Justified in Tears of Blood as the reason most of the characters are fighting as mercenaries is because they lost family during the war.
    • In Magna Carta 2 not one member of your party has a known living parent. Juto was created in a lab, Zephie's mother killed by Schuenzeit (no mention of her father), Crocell's parents were killed during the war, Celestine's mother died when she was a baby, while her father was captured by the Northern Forces and turned into a crazed Sentinel (though she does get to meet his ghost); Argo and Rue's parents are never mentioned, though are almost certainly no longer around.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Everyone.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Reith in Tears of Blood.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Argo, although most other Trewa you meet hate his guts, either for letting his Bluemoon village get sacked, or BECAUSE he's a Bluemoon.
  • Redemption Equals Death: A mild inversion. In Magna Carta 2, Melissa realizes that Schuenzeit and the Northern Forces are actually in the wrong, and switches sides, even fighting alongside the party for a short time. However, Schuenzeit's Dragon, Claire sets off a failsafe she planted with Melissa turning her into a monster. So while the act of redemption doesn't lead directly to her death, Claire made sure it would happen that way anyway.
  • The Reveal: Twice in Tears of Blood when Reith gets her memory back and is revealed to be Amila, once for the player and once for the party.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Calintz nearly killing Reith when she stands between him and two humans disguised as Yason, but only she can see through the illusion.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Calintz spends a good deal of Tears of Blood searching for the man responsible for destroying his village.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Zephie. Reith and Serina in Tears of Blood.
  • She's Got Legs: Every female not named Maya or Justina in Tears of Blood.
  • Skunk Stripe: Juto.
  • Stripperiffic: Nearly every female character, but Eonis most of all in Tears of Blood.
  • Super Prototype: Juto, AKA First Elgar.
  • The Atoner: Notably Juto, though both Zephie and Argo show traits of this as well.
  • The Hero Dies ( Strass says that destroying his kamond and La Strada with it will also eliminate all Sentinels, of which Juto is one. He appears to die after stabbing Strass' kamond, but 3 years later during the ending, it is heavily implied that he's come back)
  • The Stinger: In Tears of Blood, is shows that Raul is still alive. In Magna Carta 2, it is implied that Juto spent the last 3 years getting better. Somehow.
  • The Stoic: Rue, though she's largely changed during the ending.
  • Undying Loyalty: In Tears of Blood only Orha remains fully loyal to his queen. Azel also shows this to Calintz.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: La Strada in 2, complete with trippy purple sky and HR Geiger-esque architecture.
  • Taken for Granite: What happens to the Yason who contract Rheuma in Tears of Blood, including Serina, but she gets better.
  • Time Skip: The ending is set 3 years after slaying the final boss.
  • Tragic Monster: Melissa and Vaizen, Celestine's father. Or really, the Sentinels in general.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Several of the later bosses in 2 are capable of killing you in a few combos, though Belial is likely the first one that will give you trouble, as it spams heal when low on life, and the only way to finish it is to skill rush him (provided you've been upgrading them), or equip the DLC weapons.
  • War Is Hell: The theme of the first game.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Schuenzeit aka Strass and his cronies want to keep Lanzheim prosperous, but seem to have no problem with committing countless atrocities to keep it that way.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The ending of Tears of Blood.

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