Neptune and her friends, Compa (left) and IF (right)Neptunia
(Neptune in Japan
) is a series of JRPGs about Console Wars
that were developed by Compile Heart
, and published by Sega
in Japan for the first game, Idea Factory
for all later titles in Japan, NIS America
worldwide until Producing Perfection
(including the mobile app), and Idea Factory International
as of Re;Birth1
Yes, you read that correctly. Console Wars AS A VIDEO GAME SERIES! No, we have no idea what brought Sega, Compile Heart and Idea Factory to do this.
The series started with Hyperdimension Neptunia
, a game notorious for its gameplay, which is generally seen as bad (and can be blamed on having No Budget
), with the highlight being the story between the gameplay, which mainly contained meta-level video game jokes and interactions between its small cast of Moe Anthropomorphisms
of game consoles. Despite this, it nevertheless managed to get a quite big and devoted fandom.
In fact, it became Compile Heart's top-selling title, and sold so well to Western audiences (for a niche title) that NIS America
was not hesitant in the slightest to bring the second installment
The continuity was rebooted
in its second installment (thus the title Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2
), both in order to not force people to play the first game to understand the story, and because the first game's true ending
left no room for a continuation without a complete cast change. The story in that installment focused more on piracy throughout the game
, whereas it wasn't as big a force in the first game's plot until near the end. This, as well as further games in the series, use the same premise, but improved greatly upon things that caused complaints in the first game. In fact, the first game was later remade to correct these complaints further.
The series and all of its spin-offs and supporting media tends to not follow a specific continuity, but the general setting is the same. In a world on another plane of existence from humanity, there is Gamindustri (or whatever name other continuities give their variant). Here, there are four nations inhabited by characters based on several game series, companies and characters. These countries are based on various game console companies, each led by an immortal goddess (or CPU), who may have younger siblings (CPU candidates) who are also immortal. They compete for supremacy, but the leaders eventually become friends (many works within the series even start them off as friends). Conflicts within the series mostly come from third... err, fifth, parties, while the competition between nations is quickly relegated to Friendly Rivalry
Despite starting in the second half of 2010, due to its popularity and being Compile Heart
's flagship series, the series already has a great many games and spin-offs in other mediums.Main Games:Spin-Offs and Remakes:Other Media:
- Chōjigen Game Neptune ~Megami Tsūshin~ [manga, Famitsu Comic Clear]
- Hyperdimension Neptunia The App (Kami Jigen App Neptune) [iOS and Android app, Compile Heart]
- Chōjigen Game Neptune: TGS Hono no Futsukakan [light novel, MF Bunko J]
- Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation: Hello New World (Chōjigen Game Neptune The Animation: Hello New World) [manga, Dengeki Maoh]
- Hyperdimension Neptunia (Chōjigen Game Neptune The Animation) [anime, David Production]
There are also several Drama CDs based on the series.
For further background, see the Console Wars
, Playstation 3
, Xbox 360
, Sega Genesis
,note Other Sega Systems
, Turbo-Grafx 16
, Nintendo 64
, Nintendo DS
, and PlayStation Portable
pages. Do not
confuse this with the Darkwing Duck
See Hi sCoool! SeHa Girls
, except that it involves Sega consoles.
Tropes common between all games:
- Absolute Cleavage: Nisa, HDD Uni, and HDD Vert. Vert's is slightly more egregious in Victory.
- Visual Pun: The size of their breasts are relative to the size of the console they're based on. So it would make sense that Vert would be XBOX HUEG.
- Absurdly High Level Cap: With the exception of mk2, the main series have sets of three DLC that allowed the characters to reach level 999. It doesn't serve much purpose in the first game, given levels past 99 only give one point per stat, no AP or HP, and is only useful for item points.
- Action Girl: Every. Single. Playable. Character.
- All Periods Are PMS: IF assumes Arfoire is menstruating the first time they fight.
- The Anime of the Game: Released for the summer 2013 anime season. There's also a manga, but only in Japan, and only the first two chapter were scanlated. The rest can be found online, but in Japanese.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: In Blanc's case, it's annoying younger siblings. Ram and Rom tend to give her quite a lot of hell.
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: In the first game during the events on Leanbox where the group agrees to help the Parliament with the Basilicom, IF specifically states the party will not get involved in missions attacking other humans.
- Arbitrary Headcount Limit: Only three can fight at a time, with three others that can be rotated.
- This is increased to 4 in the second game.
- Arc Symbol: The D-Pad.
- Arc Word: Bifrost. The first game's opening was named "Shooting Star/Meteor of Bifrost". The second game's opening has a line that can be roughly translated as "return to the place marked by the meteor of Bifrost". The anime's opening randomly flashes the word Bifrost on the screen for a full second (right before the line "Ping→link!!"). One of the anime's ending themes has the word appear in the lyrics for seemingly no reason.
- This can refer to only two things in the entire series, and both are somewhat of a stretch. The Other Wiki states that Bifrost is a burning rainbow bridge in Norse mythology that connects the world of man to the world of the gods. In the first game, towards the end you unlock a path to the world of the goddesses that was previously seen in flashbacks and the opening cutscene to face the final boss. In Victory, depending on your ending routes, several characters go through portals between dimensions a few times, with the true ending creating what appears to be a permanent link between both dimensions that were playable in the game.
- Re;Birth1 makes it clear by quoting the name of the original's opening as soon as the road to Celestia opens.
- Ascended Extra: Notably, the goddesses in Re;Birth1 are now available much earlier and interact much more with the other characters than in the original game. In Re;Birth2, the Oracles also get Promoted to Playable, while former DLC characters Falcom and RED both get larger parts in the main story.
- Badass Adorable: Every playable character.
- Bare Your Midriff: 5pb./Lyrica and HDD Vert, who has both midriff and Underboobs. mk2 has HDD Uni, HDD Nepgear, Falcom and Linda/Underling, and Victory has Noire in her regular form and Plutia as Iris Heart.
- BFG: The guns that Uni likes to use are considerably larger than she is, and when she activates HDD, her weapon increases to a ludicrous size.
- BFS: Neptune has blades such as the Bastard Sword and Claiomh Solais, and Noire has Elysdeon; this is also applicable when they activate HDD, no matter what sword they initially had. Blanc has her variant in giant hammers, and axes when she's White Heart.
- Bishoujo Series: Every single important character is a woman and the guys at best get a portrait with a silhouette. And mk2 is no exception except for the three male characters that are the villains.
- Lampshaded in one mission where Compa says they can recognize the boy/girl they're going to save because he/she is simply an NPC silhouette.
- Bland-Name Product: The "Dunglemaps" and "AMAZOO.NEP" sites in the first game, plus Chirper in the second.
- Underling also mentions YourTube in mk2.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Ram and Rom to Blanc, given that the former two are the latter's younger sisters. Ram is worse though, considering the fact that she antagonizes both Blanc and Nepgear in mk2, even after joining forces with Planeptune's CPU Candidate.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Many instances can be found throughout the games. Neptune, Compa and IF thank you for playing in the ending of the first game.
- Break Meter: It only last about ten seconds in the first game, making animation skipping a must to get the most out of it. It lasts much longer in the second game and they finally found a balance in Victory.
- Breast Expansion: Applies in one way or another to all of the goddesses when they power up, but is most noticeable with Neptune and Vert, the latter because her breasts grow up one letter in cup size, and the former because she goes from flat-chested to generous E-cup breasts by virtue of her true body being much older-looking than her avatar. Plutia from the third game goes through the same change as Neptune.
- It's notable that the inverse happens with Uni, prompting Nepgear to ask if she was "stuffing them".
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: It's Idea Factory and Compile Heart, the two companies who bring out a lot of DLC content. This is constant with their games.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Every goddess is this. Strangely, no one complains about it, although in mk2 the party is rather surprised when they see what the goddesses really look and act like.
- Come Victory, and a girl, Rei, is trying to start a group to get rid of the goddesses and change the government system.
- Calling Your Attacks: In the first game, you can even name them! Can't add new spaces, though...
- Nisa is especially prone to this. She even does this for her regular attacks and lampshades it in her introductory cutscene when she did it as a warning to avoid hitting someone, only for Nep to miss hearing it and take that attack to the face.
- The Cameo: In the first title Macaroon from Trinity Universe surprisingly appears as a boss to a couple of the sidequests.
- Captain Obvious: Now and then Compa will exclaim "I don't like getting hurt!" upon damage. It's cute and funny the first time you hear it...
- Cash Cow Franchise: The entire series is Compile heart's flagship title.
- Character Blog: All three goddesses have one in the first game. They're mostly just Seinfeldian Conversation material.
White Heart: Tangerines kick ass.
- Child Mage: Loweean twin CPU Candidates Ram and Rom. Gust as well, albeit only in appearance.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A common trope in this series due to the nature of the Maker characters. Companies are bought out by other companies, among other things, causing characters to suddenly disappear from the series and maybe reappear in a later entry.
- RED disappeared from the franchise as a whole after the first game until Re;Birth2, where she replaces Nisa's role in the story. Her absence was likely due to the company she references being bought out by a Chinese firm between games.
- Nisa not appearing in Victory makes sense (logically, she wouldn't have been born yet), but she was completely absent from either of the two remakes and any other entries in the series after mk2 - it simply took longer to notice than RED for the aforementioned reason.
- This is likely due to the previously-good relations between NIS and Compile Heart turning sour after a falling-out that resulted in a large amount of staff leaving NIS for Compile Heart. When asked about Nisa in interviews, though, the question tends to be dodged.
- Whatever the case, Nisa is currently making rounds as a recurring DLC character in the Disgaea series, where, unlike every other DLC cameo character, she doesn't state her home series in her description - it merely says she's a Moe Anthropomorphism of NIS.
- Gust has been absent from the series starting from Victory, as the developer of the same name was subsequently bought and absorbed by Koei-Tecmo. Brocolli took over her role in the plot of Re;Birth2, much like RED did for Nisa.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each girl wears clothes that match the company she represents.
- Continuity Reboot: For mk2, thus the title.
- Cool Ship: Neptune has the ability to transform into one for one of her special attacks.
- Cosmetic Award: Seems to be mocking the trophy and the achievements systems since doing something will already get you a trophy right off the bat. Start a New Game? You already got your first trophy! Finished the tutorial stage? You get a trophy!
- Indeed, except for a few trophies one must actively pursue, the majority of them are earned just playing the game without any extraneous effort.
- Taken Up to Eleven in mk2 where before you even have your first fight against CFW Judge, you already get three trophies.
- Then they just outright play it for laughs in Victory when Nepgear gets affinities that do nothing while a cutscene happens. Not helped by the fact that a self-aware tutorial pops up while this happens the first time.
- Cut-and-Paste Environments: A major flaw of the first game. One can see backgrounds from Record Of Agarest War, Trinity Universe, and Ar tonelico. You also see monsters that were seen in Cross Edge and Trinity Universe. Fortunately this is changing with each installment.
- Cute Bruiser: Practically all playable characters. Take pity in those who are foolish enough to underestimate them just because of their looks, especially Compa with that giant syringe.
- Cute Little Fangs: Nisa in the first two games, Peashy in the third.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: If you played Mk2 first, the Square is for Symbol Attack, and Circle is for Searching. If you then play V, you'll find out that Square is for searching items, X is for symbol attack, and Circle is for jumping (which wasn't present in Mk2).
- Date Crêpe: In one of the bonus artworks designed by the company, Noire and Neptune do this, as well as Blanc and Vert.
- Death as Comedy:
I'm a member of the Guild. I live on Leanbox, but I don't follow Lady Green Heart... Neptune:
...Why're you telling me now? What's up with this? Jade: I... I'm into girls... like... Lady White Heart. *grack* IF:
...And that's that. You finished him off. Neptune:
Oops. Well, that was for ruining the moment.
- Design It Yourself Equipment: You get to decide what image appears for some attacks in the first game - you get to supply them yourself.
- In the second game, you can edit your character's outfits and the goddesses' processor units for some stat adjustments.
- This is continued in the third game, however instead of just being able to edit Nepgear's canvas, you can edit all the CPU's. There is also a disc system that lets you add passive abilities to a character.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: If you change Neptune's clothing and use her hammer skill in the field you can see that they took the time to change the color of her panties to match her stockings.
- Disc One Nuke: Get Neptune's Neptune Break and you'll be killing all enemies in one hit.
- Digital Piracy Is EVIL!: Well, if your Big Bad is the personification of piracy (known as Arfoire), then this trope definitely applies.
- The DLC 5pb recruitment story in this first game takes this to Anvilicious levels.
- Don't Try This at Home: Said by Gust in a scene from the first game where she mixes a bunch of different energy drinks together.
- Downloadable Content: About $100 worth of it for each game.
- Amusingly, the spin-offs and remakes have little-to-none.
- Dub Name Change: Magiquone and Nippon Ichi, who are named Arfoire and Nisa, respectively. Magiquone is a play on Magicon, the name of a flash cart sold in Japan, whereas in America, the most popular flash cart is the R4 (so they changed the name of the boss so people would get the anti-piracy overtones). NISA is an acronym for Nippon Ichi's American branch.
- Neptune's nickname for IF goes from Ai(I)-chan to Iffy.
- In the second game, the villains that are named [Blank] the Hard are renamed as CFW [Blank]. In this case, CFW stands for Criminal of the Free World, and is meant to make people think of Custom Firmware. This is to mimic a similar localization for [Blank] the Hard used for the goddesses, CPU.
- Pururut's name was changed to Plutia, possibly to clash well with Neptune's name. The original name could have been thought to be a pun on the colour purple, but listening to the dialogue in game, it's pronounced "Pururuto", meaning the Pluto pun was there to begin with.
- Duel Boss: Neptune vs. Arfoire later in the first game, as well as when you try to recruit the other goddesses.
- Egopolis: Planeptune. So much so, that it's still called Planeptune in a dimension where Neptune isn't even a CPU!
- Emoticon: Histoire seems to really like using this in her fairy mode.
- End Game Plus: Only in the first game, with the option to go to a New Game+.
- Exponential Potential: You get so many attack choices that you will lose track of around one-fourth of them.
- Face Ship: Neptunia Victory has one with Keiji Inafune's face on an airplane.
- Fanservice: Both games have this from the start. The first one starts with Compa wrapping bandages around Neptune's naked body because... because. mk2, overall the raunchier, starts with the CPUs getting ravaged by cable tentacles because... because. Of course, both games have buttloads of non-sexual fanservice as they are, after all, about the console wars.
- Fiery Redhead: RED, Falcom, and Cave, but since her personality is cool as ice, Cave is a subversion.
- Forced Tutorial: The 8-bit dungeon at the beginning of the first game.
- Gainax Bounce: Happens with some of the CGs as we get a slight "boing" when the female character has a nice rack.
- Even when the character doesn't have much of a rack, this happens. IF even gets some of the "boing" after she falls from running into Neptune.
- In the gallery, moving the analog stick while viewing a picture causes this.
- Cave from mk2 bounces in her victory pose, which she does whenever she deals the final blow to the enemy.
- Genki Girl: Neptune, and how. Nisa too, and Ram as well, albeit both are to a lesser extent than Neptune.
- Genre Savvy:
- Glacier Waif: CPU of Lowee, Blanc, whose weapon of choice is a giant hammer. The hammer becomes an axe when she transforms into White Heart.
- The Glomp: Neptune is fond of this.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: In the original Neptune wants the other goddesses to help, but they don't want to. She has to beat the crap out of them again to make them help.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: The goddesses spend more time on their personal affairs and bonking heads than actually running their lands. Vert averts this later in the first game by going out and actively fighting monsters.
Neptune: Ooh, I didn't do anything, yet the level up jingle doesn't stop!
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Goddesses gain power with belief. Arfoire uses this to gain power again by spreading false overlord rumors and harvesting their fear in the first game. In the second game, ASIC buys support by giving out modchips.
- This is actually a gameplay mechanic in the form of shares. More shares translates to more faith and power in a goddess. A certain amount is needed in order to recruit the goddess of each land. In the case of mk2, shares allow you to recruit the CPUs and affect the ending.
- In Victory, it turns out there used to be a certain CPU a long time ago, but she ended up destroying her believers' faith (and by extension, her nation) through her tyranny.
- Gratuitous French: The CPUs that aren't Neptune have French names (Noire, Vert, Blanc).
- Gratuitous German: Quite a bit, actually, mostly with Blanc whose attacks have garbled names such as "Todlichschlag" (if they were going for "deadly strike", it would have to be "tödlicher Schlag"), but other characters also get in on it, like Neptune's and Nepgear's Combination Attack in the reboot, "Violet Schwestern" ("violet sisters" or "purple sisters" would be "Violette Schwestern").
- Guide Dang It: It's an Idea Factory game, which means an incredibly obscure undocumented system must be used to reach the Golden Ending.
- The first game fails to mention that Neptune dying in battle has a hidden penalty and that if she dies too many times it can permanently lock you out of events — including the events to reach said ending!
- Victory suffers from this quite a lot when it comes to the optional content, especially where Scouts and Risky/Tough Foes are involved.
- Have You Seen My God?: The first game sees Planeptune's Basilicom understandably upset when Purple Heart doesn't show up when the goddesses start arriving. And in the Golden Ending, all four goddesses call it quits and leave Historie to create a new goddess to rule in their place.
- Hospital Hottie: Compa, complete with a giant syringe and some alternate◊ costumes◊ to help her fit the bill even more.
- Hotblooded: Blanc, (more so when she's White Heart), Nisa, 5pb. in concert (averted otherwise, as she is a major Shrinking Violet) and RED when it comes to wife-seeking.
- Idol Singer: The blue-haired, midriff-baring 5pb. Neptune and Nepgear get featured as Idol Singers as well, and amusingly enough, there's an in-game event in mk2 where the aforementioned Planeptune sisters actually do this.
- The first game has an event where Neptune, Compa and IF try out at an idol audition. They fail.
- And now they've made an entire game centered around this trope.
- Immortal Immaturity: All of the goddesses tend to act this way.
- Improbable Weapon User: The worst offender has to be Compa who uses a syringe that shoots bullets! This is even Lampshaded by IF at one point in the first game, and Nepgear in the second. 5pb. isn't off the hook due to her weapon of choice being a guitar. She'll either whack enemies with it, or kill them softly by playing some music.
- Improbably Female Cast: No guys except as unnamed, silhouetted NPCs.
- Informed Equipment: Semi-averted. The rings and bracelets merely give a description of what the item would look like and change a character's stats, but the hats/hair accessories and dresses actually show up on the character's person and are most likely there for the sake of customization since those items tend to not affect stats very significantly.
- Instrument of Murder: 5pb uses a guitar as her weapon. If she uses a special attack, she will play it. But in normal hits, she will smack the target with it.
- Jail Bait: Linda calls Nepgear's group "jailbait tramps" in mk2.
- Jerkass: Ganache. He assigns the task of finding a rare ore to the party, and confines them in an abandoned building set to explode. Afterwards it turns out that was only a diversion, as stated by IF when Chian's factory is being sieged by Avenir robots.
- Kiai: Neptune: CHESTO! (Chest buster!)
- Lady Swears A Lot: Blanc. She doesn't seem like the type to throw invectives about unless provoked, and the S-bombs keep coming once she's transformed. Also bear in mind that she's the personification of the Nintendo Wii.
- Lampshade Hanging: It's an RPG that knows it's a video game and pokes fun at video games. There's a lot of this.
- One of the notable bits of Lampshade Hanging is over their enemy in Neptunia and Neptunia mk2, Arfoire, who is known as Magiquone in Japan, her name based off two brands of flash cartridge which are used with ROM images cloned off the consoles to play illegally owned games, which in the real world cuts into the market share of the games companies all the time.
- Better Than a Bare Bulb
- Large Ham: Nisa, the self-proclaimed justice loving super heroine of Gamindustri. Chika as well, especially when vocalizing her... "admiration" for her "sister" Vert. She even comes off as a Large Ham when first introduced to the player when Nepgear and co. find her in Underverse faking death.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Damn near anything involving Histoire. She can only appear through telepathic messages in the first game until the end, and the opening obscures your view of her as much as humanly possible, but every other game in the series has her show up almost right away, being completely unobscured in every other opening, and referencing all of her jokes from the first game immediately.
- Lazy Backup: If your three frontline characters die, it's a game over with no explanation whatsoever when you have eight (ten if you include 5pb and RED) characters in your party. The second game also has this problem except you have fifteen characters to choose from and yet when the four on the frontlines die, it's a game over.
- The above example of the second game gets even worse when you remember you can equip characters to each other to produce secondary effects. It would make sense that when the character dies, the equipped character takes over. Sadly, this isn't the case.
- Limit Break: Neptune's "Neptune Break" as well as Nisa's "ZHP Legend!!"
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: As with any game from NIS America.
- Re;Birth1's Western release is especially noteworthy: Only 1000 copies were made, and nobody was allowed to pre-order.
- Lost Forever: The first game. Anything that only appears in a story dungeon, including monsters.
- Meaningful Name: The names of the goddesses (except Neptune) in their normal forms are the names of colors in French.
- Minimalist Cast: Only playable characters, villains, and oracles are ever shown. Everyone else either never appears physically or is a generic NPC silhouette.
- The first game lampshades this when someone's lost their child and you're told that you'll know it's him because he's a generic NPC silhouette.
- Mirror Match: Any of the CPUs versus their doppelgangers in the "Versus Fake * Heart" Quests from the original.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: The point of the game. Let's just start with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and the (unreleased) Sega Neptune.
- Mood Whiplash: Jade's final moments are filled with this.
Neptune: What's up? A favor? Ask me anything! Oh, but no touching. Got it? No touching!
Jade: Don't treat me like a pervert when I'm about to die.
- Motive Decay: By the end of the game, Arfoire goes from trying to remake the world to simply destroying it. It's explained that her fear-derived power basically eroded away her mental stability to cause this.
- Ms. Fanservice: Damn near all the characters.
- Multiple Endings
- The Multiverse: The Neptunia series makes complete abuse of this, with a total of seven known universes to exist within the Neptunia continuity: the original Neptunia universe, the mk2 Hyperdimension, the Victory Ultradimension, whatever new universe Idol PP takes place in, the anime universe, the anime's Ultradimension equivalent and, apparently, our world or something similar. The latter is never visited.
- Given all of the changes involved in the remakes, it is entirely possible that those are in additional universes as well, or are meant to Retcon the existing counterparts, which only serves to make things more confusing.
- One of mk2's Nepedia entries mentions that events that happen in a Hyperdimension filter down into other dimensions, commenting that if ASIC managed to completely take over, the connected dimensions would have piracy overrun and destroy their gaming industry.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The first game advertises that you get to play as the goddesses in the middle part (or at the very least, early-middle part) of the game. You only get to play with them in the final dungeon and possibly post-game.
- New Game+: Present in all games, although the first game gives you the option of playing in an End Game Plus, which is convenient for getting all of the endings.
- Nobody Poops: Averted in one instance where Nep-Nep nearly misses out on Nisa's introduction by spending most of the preceding battle on the toilet.
- Averted in another cutscene where Neppermint admits to being a little too excited about a visitor.
- Face a foe who's a significant number of levels above you and Nep-Nep might start the fight by requesting a change of underwear.
- No Fourth Wall: It's a Console Wars game; it's to be expected that they'll smash the fourth wall.
- Obvious Beta: The first game, due to having run out of funds.
- Obviously Evil: Arfoire, lampshaded by Ganache in the first game.
- Odd Name Out: Neptune is the only one of the main 4 CPUs to not have a French, colour-themed name.
- One Time Dungeon: All dungeons that are part of a story scenario in the original.
- One-Winged Angel: Arfoire.
- Only One Name: None of the characters in the game have a last name until mk2, where the oracles who aren't Histoire each get one.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Histoire.
- Our Gods Are Greater: Uhh, duh...
- Palette Swap: Many of the monsters use this, especially in the first game.
- Panty Shot
- Glimpsed when Neptune bends over while using her hammer skill.
- The status of your characters covers it up until you press X to exit the battle, but in the original game Compa falls over after you win. The camera angle is situated in front of her so that you can see her undies for a brief second after the status leaves the screen. It's only for a fraction of a second.
- Subverted in Victory, where one of the character challenges lead you to believe that you have to view the character's underwear where you really just have to jump.
- Party in My Pocket: Well, obviously! Then again, you can switch out the on-screen avatar, which is actually important in the first game because different characters have different functions on the map screen. For instance, Neptune pulls out a hammer to smash obstacles, Compa rings a bell to attract monsters, and IF uses her search mode to uncover invisible chests.
- Power Floats: Whenever Neptune, Blanc, Vert, and Noire (or their sisters) transform to their respective goddess forms, they always float in the air.
- Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Most noticeable with girls like Neptune and Noire, whose voices drop to Contralto of Danger when they activate their HDD forms.
- Plot Tunnel: On the few occasions where Neptune leaves the party in the original, you cannot leave that landmass until she returns. Justified in that she's the one who registered for permission to travel to begin with, and you'd need her for cutscenes in other landmasses anyway.
- Rainbow Pimp Gear: Generally averted with the outfits and accessories you normally get for the characters, but you make some truly outrageous processor combinations for the goddesses.
- Rank Inflation: Timed dungeons. The faster you finish the dungeon via beating the boss, finding the secret treasure, or getting lucky with item drops from random encounters, the better your rank will be. This always often leads to a Bragging Rights Reward when you beat the record times of other players.
- Really 700 Years Old: All of the goddesses.
- Red-Headed Hero: Wife-seeker RED, adventuress Falcom, and cool, calm, and collected Cave.
- Restored My Faith in Humanity: Nisa spends one series of events from the original chasing down a pair of bandit brothers. When she saves them from a monster, the duo realize it's not such a Crapsack World out there, pull a Heel-Face Turn and decide to help others for a change.
- Rule 34: For an Idea Factory game, this is perhaps the most popular choice as Cross Edge and Record Of Agarest War, despite being much more ecchi, had little to no Rule 34. For example, there are official NSFW dakimakura covers of Noire. That's all we need to say.
- Rule of Three: Planeptune has had three known Goddesses. In chronological order, it would appear to be Caelus, a former Goddess in the Mk2 timeline, Plutia, a goddess from the past in an alternate timeline, and Neptune herself.
- Stellar Name: Besides Neptune and Plutia, a couple of the Bonus Bosses in mk2 and Victory are named after stars, with a certain one being named for the Dolphin constellation. These bosses are named, Antares, Sirius, Procyon, Deneb (all Killachines), Pollux (Palette Swap of Trick), Regulus (Palette Swap of Brave), Alnair, Alkaid, Aldebaran (all use Judge's model), Phoenix (by coincidence) and Delphinus (A Palette Swap of Arfoire, and needed for a special trophy in mk2)
- Saving the World: Both figuratively and literally (figuratively being Histoire who is the "Tome of the World" and literally being "kill Arfoire and all of piracy").
- Scripted Battle: The first "battle" in the series is Purple Heart vs. the three other CPUs.
- Gets parodied at the beginning of Victory. It's really a video game.
- Self-Deprecation: The weakest and least versatile characters in the first game are IF and Compa. They don't even get any sort of Limit Break, something even the DLC characters were given.
- Shout-Out: It has its own page.
- Shrinking Violet: 5pb. when offstage. You wouldn't believe it at first since she's radically different when she's performing.
- Skinship Grope: All over the place.
- Sliding Scale of Continuity: The second game takes place in an Alternate Universe from the first and Victory involves the protagonist and her sister from the second game Trapped In Another Alternate Universe. Despite having the same characters, the games taking place in AU versions of the same world and with AU versions of the cast make this a level 0 (Non-Linear Installments).
- So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear: Zigzagged. Averted in the original, which unequipped Neptune each time she left the party leaving the party (which required re-equipping her later). Played straight in mk2, Victory, Re;Birth1, and Re;Birth2; the Lastation CPUs leave the party temporarily partway through due to plot reasons. Though the extent of the loss tends to only be any Game Discs (in all but mk2) you may have equipped on them, given the nature of most equips being character-specific.
- Stripperific: When in HDD, all of the goddesses. All of them. Of significant note are Vert and Uni. CFW Magic ups the ante.
- Chika Hakozaki wears a dress that isn't as revealing, but still manages to show a significant amount of skin.
- In Neptunia Victory, HDD Noire reveals slightly more; HDD Neptune doesn't change much, though the abdomen part of her outfit is mostly transparent now. Noire's regular outfit shows off midriff and Zettai Ryouiki compared to the cleavage-sporting dress seen in the first two games.
- And speaking of midriff, there's also 5pb.
- Heck, this can be any of the playable characters with DLC swimsuit outfits.
- Strongly Worded Letter: Played straight in the original when Neptune and her friends send a series of threatening letters as a tactic to lure out Arfoire, Overlord Momus' messenger and separate her from a group of extremists she's leading. The plan actually works, but for a reason none of them expected - because Neptune misspelled Momus' name as "Overlord Moron".
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Blanc/White Heart's "Thunder Tits" line gets a Sparta remix.
- Super Mode: Hard Drive Divinity. In the original game, it lasts until the battle ends or the user is incapacitated, while in mk2, HDD lasts as long as the user still has Skill Points to spare, unless of course, the user is incapacitated.
- The Syndicate: The Guild. Divided into two groups; Moderatists, who are criminal only in that they don't worship the goddess of their world but are otherwise completely normal people, and Extremists who are willing to resort to violence over pretty much anything.
- Take That: Unsurprisingly, there are a few zingers in here, but it's mostly gentle poking instead of straight-up insulting and no company really gets it worse than the others.
- Thanking The Player: In both endings of the original, the main trio directly thanks you for getting them through the game.
- Transformation Sequence: Upon activation of Hard Drive Divinity, the user switches into a Stripperific bodysuit, her hair grows (or changes to drill hair in Uni's case), her eyes glow and sport power switch shaped pupils, and her weapon will increase in size or at least change how it looks to fit the appearance of the user; in Neptune's case, her voice is also changed. The Transformation Sequence is very Sailor Moon-esque in the first game and rather lengthy at that, but can fortunately be skipped with the press of a button. Arfoire likewise gets a transformation in the first game as well; into a colossal and powerful dragon, that is.
- Transforming Mecha: Neptune's ship ability.
- True Final Boss: The first game's Arfoire becomes significantly stronger if you face her after recruiting all the goddesses.
- Tsundere: Noire and Uni, and it's painfully obvious, too.
- Twenty Bear Asses: Many of the quests involve this.
- Victory Pose
- Video Game Perversity Potential: The first game allows players to use pictures stored in their PlayStation 3 units for "R/W disc" special attacks — even pornographic ones. The second game allows Nepgear's CPU outfit to be customized via the Costume Canvas system, and "nude mods" have been made. The third game extends the Costume Canvas system to the other CPUs and the CPU Candidates, allowing even more perverted potential. Have fun.
- Visual Novel: With some H-game references.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The four goddesses. Even more so in the reboot.
- IF's relation to Neptune and Compa.
- Widget Series: This series is basically Console Wars represented by Moe Anthropomorphisms of the consoles fighting Anthropomorphic Personifications of various forms of piracy.
- Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: You can equip a wooden katana for Neptune which is pretty strong during the early parts of the first game.
- She starts with it in mk2 and Victory.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Let's see, we've got: purple, blonde, green, light blue, black, white, brown, pink, blue, and red. And this is just from the main cast.
- Yuri Genre: The first, third, and the remake of the first game (Re;Birth) fall squarely into this due to Red and Iris Heart, and Neptune and Noire in the remake, in addition to all the Homoerotic Subtext between the various characters. Mk2 comes close, but never really as far as be considered Yuri like the other games, specially not as much as Re;Birth.
- Surprisingly, despite all the subtext and official romantic interests, some of the characters still seem to have at least some interest in men, though who and how much varies from one continuity to the next. For example, in Victory during a comedy scene where Vert is eyeing Nepgear oddly (Because she is deeming her fit to be her sister), the party are wondering if she is "choosing which team to play for" and show surprise that she might be into girls given their earlier introduction to her hobbies.
- It's pretty common for lesbians to be Fujoshis though.