Video Game / Rakenzarn Tales

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"Fantasy becomes reality... And reality ends..."

Rakenzarn Tales is a fan game made with RPG Maker made by Dark Kyu.

The story begins with Kyuu Renjo, minding his home while his mom is away on business. After a day of feeling weird, he heads into the basement to retrieve a portfolio for his mom when he comes across a book labeled Rakenzarn Tales. Though he finds this book freaky, his curiosity causes him to give it a glance and he soon finds himself teleported within the book.

Kyuu finds himself in the world of Rakenzarn, where all fictional characters live. Just as Kyuu begins to take in the enormity of this situation, it turns out Rakenzarn is in the midst of a crisis as various plagues have been unleashed upon the land. Unable to go home and equally unable to ignore this problem, Kyuu soon finds himself joining a brigade to learn the reason behind these attacks and about the mysterious book which brought him here.

However, unbeknownst to Kyuu, the book contains a dark history and has a connection with him, which may endanger his very existence.

The game is notable for being a massive Crisis Crossover between several unrelated anime, game and cartoon series.

You can learn more of the game's wiki or Dark Kyu's DeviantArt account. You can also view a playthrough of the game here. There is also a Let's Play of Version 2.1.1, with some feedback done by a youtuber called DoominaBottle. Find it here. And if you want to try it out, the download is here.

Simultaneously, Dark Kyu is working on a Spin-Off called Rakenzarn: Frontier Story, starring Makoto Naegi. However, this is a different, self-contained story with no links to the main game. In Rakenzarn: Frontier Story, instead of an alternate world within a book, it takes place in different universes and timelines. These places are recorded in a series of books and can be teleported there through said books. The books are recorded from the point of view of the worlds' main heroes, which they are referred as ‘Beholders.’ It is sorted by universe (representing a series) and their worlds (representing different timelines and what-if scenarios). One particular world/timeline is from the Danganronpa universe where the ‘Tragedy’ incident never happen. Unfortunately, Makoto Naegi has the worst luck of all his counterparts, to the point he’s mockingly referred as a traditional black cat and a constant target for bullying. Even after entering Hope’s Peak, his bad luck doesn’t cease. After a year in Hope’s Peak Academy, Makoto finds himself targeted by mysterious attackers only to be saved a young Lion Ushiromiya. After a series of mishaps, Makoto is accidentally dragged into the Chamber of Rakenzarn, an in-between dimension and home to the Realmwalkers, an organization who patrol the universes. Realmwalkers utilize ‘Rune Classes’ that confer the Class contained within them to their bearer. Makoto learns that there have been mysterious attacks in different universes and killing off Beholders. If a Beholder dies, the universe will start to decay and eventually destroyed. Makoto himself is a Beholder.

Warning! Of course, there are spoilers below and in the other pages of this wiki. If you are interested and want to try it, it's best to play it before reading, as a lot of the tropes discussed here spoil one of the game's early twists.


Tropes in Rakenzarn Tales may include, but aren't limited to:

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  • 20 Bear Asses: A few of the sidequests.
  • Abandoned Hospital: You explore one of those in Chapter 10.
  • The Ace:
    • The Silver Crusade Guild is composed of these.
    • Goku. Powerful fighter, good leader and clever strategist. His only weakness is paperwork.
    • For Kyuu's brigade, Axel is the biggest contender, being talented in plenty of fields, ranging from swordfighting to cooking. Kanon may also qualify.
    • With proper training, Kyuu himself can become one, combining his intellect with powerful magic and good physical strength.
  • Action Girl: Most of the female playable cast can qualify.
  • Adaptational Badass: Most of the playable cast. For example, Kyuu goes from ordinary detective to skilled warrior, Dirk the Daring can take more than one hit before croaking, Ed, Edd n Eddy prove their worth as fighters and even the Shocker packs more of a punch.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Ultra Boss fights are one for the required party members, as it takes a moment to elaborate on who they are, how they have and can grow from their experiences thus far and will sometimes delve into their past.
    • Each of the main eight party members is planned to be the focus of an arc over the course of the game, discussing their life story and future.
    • For the most part, Kanata is largely Out of Focus. In Chapters 9 and 10, during the parts in Hinode Village and Furude Shrine then in Goka City's Hospital, we learn more about his backstory and the pressure he's feeling because his father expects him become an onmyoji like him and to be his successor.
  • A Friend in Need: A recurring theme with Kyuu. A particularly awesome and heartwarming example in Chapter 5, if the player makes him choose to go back to Rakenzarn after being back in his world. He explicitly says that he goes back because he promised his friends to help them restore Rakenzarn. In general, he makes several times clear that he will stick with his friends until they manage to save Rakenzarn from the plague.
  • All There in the Manual: You can learn more about the characters via the in-game biography.
  • Always Accurate Attack:
    • Magic generally ignores evasion points.
    • Some attacks, like Setsuna's support move, will also specifically say if they ignore an opponent's ability to evade.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Green is a surprisingly common skin tone color.
  • Ambiguously Human: Apparently, the duel cards monsters (like Dark Magician Girl or Gagaga Girl) are a species distinct from humans in Rakenzarn.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • The Slime Girls may be monsters, but they are sentient and have an intelligence similar to humans. They're normally peaceful, but the plague caused them to attack travelers. After the disappearance of the plague, you can talk to them. One tells you that she was aware of her predicament, but couldn't control her body.
    • This was also the fate of the people mind-controlled by Countess Rivka.
  • Art Shift: Several commissioned artworks, as well as official character artwork, appear in the game for cutscenes and character portraits, making for brief shifts from RPG Maker standard fare.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The basic "Gunshot" move describes itself as this.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Kyuu jokingly comments that Kanon dressed as a girl (looking suspiciously like Reimu Hakurei) is hot.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Dark Kyu is obviously a fan of Mahou Sensei Negima! and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, considering several Negima characters join the party and there's a sidequest taking place in Rakenzarn's version of Equestria.
    • Deadpool also quips that Kyuu is Dark Kyu's "super favorite protagonist", which was probably a factor in his being the protagonist.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Assassin. Childerich.
  • Background Music Override: Character themes sometimes play during battles, usually during ones centered around original character party members.
  • Badass Adorable: Dark Magician Girl, Noel, Neji, Setsuna, Asuna, Nanael... The list goes on.
  • Badass Bookworm: Dark Magician Girl. Kyuu becomes one as the story goes along.
  • Bad Boss: Averted. For the moment, the Saint Lords have avoided the You Have Failed Me and You Have Outlived Your Usefulness tropes. Even Pete, after his fiasco in the Cyril Region, is given a second chance.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: A lot of the named enemies, combining it with Villain: Exit, Stage Left! and sometimes Cutscene Power to the Max. Especially jarring if you use one or several Game Breaker(s) and proceed to trounce them during the actual fight.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: The aptly-named "Deep Mind" side quest.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: How the ponies in Equestria are changed back after being mutated.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Since Chapter 8, there seems to be two groups of antagonists.
    • Big Bad: Ganondorf, the leader of the Saint Lords. The main threat since the beginning of the game, trying to create a “new world”. And the one responsible for the plagues.
      • As a side note, the Saint Lords themselves seem to work like a Big Bad Ensemble, so far not interfering with each other's business. In a sense, Pete can be considered the Big Bad of the Cyril Arc; Bowser the Big Bad of the Da'Fur Arc; and Wesker seems to be the Big Bad of the Kandur Arc.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: The Morning Glory Guild. A guild of Glory Hounds who use rather extreme and questionable methods to accomplish its missions. Some of its members, led by Samuel, clash with Kyu's Brigade for revenge. Then, the guild takes credit for the disappearance of the plague in Da'Fur and spreads false rumors on Kyuu's guild. Its leader even threatens Kyuu in order to keep him silent. It's heavily implied that they acted like that before. However, while the guild has power and connections, by that point of the story they are far from being the biggest threat and the heroes regard them more as a nuisance.
  • Big Damn Heroes: A frequent way for new characters to get introduced.
  • Big Good: Goku seems to this. Doubles as Supporting Leader.
  • Black Magician Girl: Dark Magician Girl. Gagaga Girl. Metallia.
  • Blood Knight: The Assassin. Zazz. Childerich.
  • Bonus Boss:
    • Fulfilling certain conditions - always requiring fighting a boss with a certain party member - earns you a fight with an Ultra Boss, who's extra hard. Winning gets you stat boosts, a level-up for the required member and new equipment for the party member with an exclusive move.
    • Version 1.2 included version-exclusive fights with Sol Badguy and Richard.
    • Version 2.1.1's exclusive boss was Laharl.
    • Some sidequests also end with a boss fight.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • The combined use of the spells Dek Corv (to reduce the opponent's attack) and La Repth (to heal all the party at once). Basically, as long as the boss is affected by Dek Corv, a decently-leveled team has approximately no chance to die.
      • The buffs and debuffs in general, especially Dek Corv (see above) and the buffs increasing the physical attack and the magical attack. Used correctly, they will make your life a lot easier against recalcitrant opponents. Boosting your warriors' attack becomes more and more necessary as the game moves forward if you want them to be useful against bosses. And, if you buff Dark Magician Girl's magic, she won't simply hit your enemies hard, she will steamroll them.
      • The La Repth spell on its own will probably be one of the most used spells of the game.
    • Once Noel learns Focusnote , her basic, somewhat-weak Gunshot move becomes extremely powerful, and only costs 30 RP.
  • Boss Rush: The climbing of the Lost Tower in Chapter 8 is basically a succession of bosses and stairs until you reach the Plague Core.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing:
    • The first you'll come across is the Allosaurus, which is mentioned to have assaulted Sivurd Town a week prior to Kyuu's arrival. Woe to those who come across this beast in the world map unprepared.
    • Next in line is the Goblin Zombie, which appears in Galimus Plains at night as a wandering enemy. Similar to the Allosaurus, it deals a lot of damage with each attack, cutting even Ed and Kyuu down to half his health with one hit.
    • Heading further in is the Spiritus Grond, encountered in Zairu forest in Chapter 8 after you rescue Elder Arafin. This thing has 999 Physical Defense, 235 Magical Defense, and 100% evasion rating, meaning that you have no chance of beating it without magic, and strong magic at that. Did we mention that they completely flood the forest when they show up?
  • Bound and Gagged: With DID Napper and Fantasy Frontier characters involved, this was an inevitability in their sidequests. True to her character, Carol even asks for it at one point.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Axel. Unsurprisingly, he's a Deadpool fanboy.
    • And then the Merc himself, of course.
  • Broad Strokes: Whenever a character references one of their past adventures in Rakenzarn Tales, it's usually done in this manner, as the characters in this setting have lived in Rakenzarn all their life instead of the fictional worlds Kyuu knows them from. For example, Sonic did fight the Deadly Six at one point, but it took place in the Cyril Region of the Phantasma Continent instead of the Lost Hex.
  • Broken Bridge: Kyuu just happens to start off in the one region sealed off from the others until the Plague is dispelled.
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • The events in Equestria show Twilight isn't an alicorn or met humans, indicating their events in Rakenzarn haven't reached the equivalent of the Season 3 finale of the cartoon yet.
    • The RWBY cast seems to be pre-season 3 of their show, considering Roman is still alive and Yang still has both her arms.
  • Can't Drop the Hero: Kyuu ain't leaving the party unless they split up. And when it does split up, whoever the designated leader of that group is will also remain in their position until they regroup.
  • Character Portrait: Implemented in Version 2 for the notable cast members. Version 3 includes different portraits depending on the character's mood and reaction.
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Thanks to the Romance Sidequest, Kyuu can easily become one.
    • Just like in his manga, Negi is one. He has a large group of girls who are looking for him across all Rakenzarn.
    • Deadpool will only join Kyuu if he proves himself to be one.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Referred to by name if you tell Ashley that you're saving the world.
  • Climax Boss: Each Arc Villain, when he's fought in the Plague Core. See also One-Winged Angel.
  • Collection Sidequest: One you can pick up involves putting the Master Emerald back together.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: The Assassin, a Blood Knight who loves killing her targets but also enjoys her own pain.
  • The Comically Serious: Kanon, when he witnesses the antics of the Nutsy Guild. In a more moodwhiplashing example, in the end of Chapter 9, Deathstroke is turned into one when Deadpool arrives.
  • Composite Character: Characters with multiple incarnations, such as Link or Leonardo, are a mix of the most prominent traits.
  • Constructed World: Rakenzarn.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • There's no real indication that Pete, Buggy or the Boron Bandits were working together when trying to get the Water Orb in Chapter 3. Buggy just happened to stumble up on it and Pete was taking advantage of the situation.
    • Essentially how the sidequest involving Lyra got started. Lyra just happened to be touching a painting that just happened to be the same a wizard used as a portal to a miniature world at the same time as another pony called out to her crush, who just happened to have a name similar enough to the spell word to access the mini world while they just happened to be close enough to the wizard's lab to activate it.
  • Cowardly Lion: Luigi.
  • Crutch Character: Kanon is one of the most useful characters in the beginning of the game. During the first few chapters, when your choices are limited, he's one of the powerhouses of the team (only Dark Magician Girl hits harder) and is the most durable, since he has the most HP at the time. However, as the story progresses, you can recruit other fighters that will fill his role much better like Axel, with his game breaking powers, or the more versatile Cain who can heal and buff his own or his teammates' strength.
  • Cute Monster Girl: The Slime Girls, the Mandragoras and the Dryads.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: Sometimes happen to the villains, sometimes to the heroes, who are able to shrug off several wounds and battles and to continue fighting with their full strength. Especially during the big fights, because of the Rule of Cool.
  • Dark Action Girl: Tayuya.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Kandur Arc. The tragic effects of the plague in this region (people becoming paranoid, violent and mad) are explicitly shown. The infected village is covered with fog, while an unnerving music is playing. The villains are more serious and the threat of death for the main characters is more explicit.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kanon. Axel and (depending on his alignment) Kyuu have their moments too.
  • Degraded Boss: Zigzagged with Zazz. If you bring Sonic with you when you fight Bowser for the first time, you unlock Zazz as an Ultra Boss. And boy, is he hard then. When you fight him near the climax of Chapter 8, despite him being statistically weaker (for the most part; he's more defense-oriented at this point), he gains Cutscene Power to the Max after you beat him.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Several party members and Support characters join up after you've fought them as a boss once. Don't expect them to be packing the same stats and moves when they do, though.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • There are numerous alternate dialogues that various love interests will have if you pursue relationships with multiple at once, showing the various Love Triangles that form as you date people. Most prominent are between DMG and Yuffie during the rescue mission in Chapter 8.
    • It's possible to give the Elvish Book to Serena instead of Alleyne once you get ahold of it in Chapter 7.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: The Neutral Good alignment, which requires to carefully manage the alignment choices. So far, keeping Kyuu in this alignment allows him to recruit the most optional characters: Mitsuba won't join him if he's Lawful Good and Cain won't join him if he's Chaotic Good. However, both will join him if he's Neutral Good. And Yuri Lowell only joins him if he's Neutral Good.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Samuel.
    • Oviraptors will flee if you get their health low enough without killing them.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • The Absolute Justice Act planned very harsh sentences (as in torture and death) even for slight offenses. This is the reason why it was abrogated.
    • When two kids sells him an untrained horse, Samuel retaliates by slapping them several times and threatening to make them his slaves.
  • Dual Boss: A few. Wario and Waluigi the second time, Nowa and Alleyne.
  • Duel Boss: Kyuu has to go mano-a-mano a few times.
  • Durable Death Trap: The Guardian of the Lost Ruins sidequest, as well as all the stuff in the ruins.
  • Elemental Absorption: Several foes, usually bosses, can regain health if hit with the element they're naturally affiliated with. Starting with Version 2, this also applies to party members.
  • Empty Levels:
    • Despite being the protagonist, Kyuu has pretty pitiful stat growth, with only decent HP and RP increases and only a tiny bit to his others. This is, however, both justified in that Kyuu is not a natural fighter and thus wouldn't gain as much from combat as the others and exploited in that it encourages the player to get Kyuu to go and train with others in order to gain the moves he needs to survive.
    • Other characters also generally have one or two stats that they having lower gains in, such as physical stats like HP and strength for magic users or speed for the heavy hitters.
  • Enemy Scan: This ability is given to Kyuu by Nodoka.
  • Enter Solution Here: You'll have to type in an answer for several puzzles.
  • Episodic Game: Version 2 was designed in this manner, with a single base game that the additional chapters could easily be downloaded to without losing the save file.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In Chapter 3, the heroes must protect the Water Orb in BlueLake Town. Three sides of baddies are trying to steal it, and are fighting each other for it: a group of bandits led by Boron (who are the reason the heroes were recruited in the first place); Pete, helped by Max Dillon; and Buggy the Clown.
  • Experience Meter: Also added in Version 2.
  • Experienced Protagonist: The bulk of the playable characters have gone through most - if not all - their previous adventures before you meet them. Of course, they still level-appropriate for the point in the game where you meet them.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: You ain't completing that first quest no matter how quickly it's done.
  • Famed In-Story:
    • Many characters like Luigi and Sonic are as famous in Rakenzarn as they are in the "real world".
    • Autolycus is widely considered to the greatest thief in all of Rakenzarn.
  • Fantastic Racism: The elves hate the humans. Justified, since an elven village was slaughtered by humans a few years before the events of the game.
  • Fiery Redhead: A lot. On the good side, Asuna, Kazumi and Risty. On the evil side, Tayuya.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Kyuu and his brigade progressively become this.
  • First Town: Densel Town is home to your guild and the brigade's living quarters, so you'll be returning here frequently.
  • Flunky Boss: A few. Notable examples are the Direwolf, Samuel (the second time), Tayuya and Childerich.
  • Forced Level-Grinding: In versions 1 and 2, you'll spend most of Chapter 2 building levels, as there isn't much in the way of armor or weapons yet. Later areas are more lenient about it. Version 3 averts this by making the required fights in Chapter 1 give you sufficient levels and new gear in Chapter 2 to get the player started, so further grinding is more up to the player's discretion.
  • Frame-Up: One of the Morning Glory Guild's method to get rid of other guilds that threaten their spotlight. In Chapter 9, they do it to the Nutsy Guild. They also do it to the Black Scar Guild during the Save the Dryads sidequest and it's implied that they did it before.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Deadpool pulls up his stats for the Rival Battle, take a look at the list of enemies on the side.
  • Gambit Pileup: The end of Chapter 3 is basically this between BlueLake Town's authorities, the Boron bandits, Kyuu's brigade, Buggy the Clown, Pete and Goku. See also Xanatos Gambit. (WARNING : Spoilers).
  • The Ghost: In spite of his important role in the climax of Chapter 3, Boron (leader of the Boron bandits) never appears on-screen.
  • Give Me Your Inventory Item: Two party members and one support member are recruited by handing over some items they need.
  • Glory Hound: The Morning Glory Guild. They even take credit for the exploits done by other Guilds.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Kanon & Nanael.
  • Good Vs Good: Kyuu's brigade VS Alleyne and Nowa, when Kyuu and his friends infiltrate the Elf Village in Chapter 6.
  • The Gunslinger: Noel, Mana and Samuel. Kyuu can be one if you equip him with guns.
  • Hate Sink: The Morning Glory Guild. A group of liars, Smug Snakes, Knight Templars, Glory Hounds, Dirty Cowards, Jerkasses with good publicity and Fake Ultimate Heroes. They even frame up other guilds to steal their exploits. Contrary to the other antagonists, they have shown absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Some fights won't matter if you win or lose, but winning at least gets you EXP or even a stat boost.
  • Healer Signs On Early: Nina is one of the first party members and two other healers (Donald and Edd) can join in the third chapter.
  • Health/Damage Asymmetry: Played pretty straight. Lampshaded by Deadpool, who wonders just why the bad guys always have so much health.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Once the brigade is officially made, you can name it however you please.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Played with. Swords are considered the Jack-of-All-Stats among the equipable weapons, but Kyuu can pick whichever weapon he likes. Swords are still a pretty common weapon among the party, though.
    • The Tinechor Sword is given to Kyuu near the end of Chapter 8, and is essentially perfect for any Magic Knight.
  • Heroes With Bad Publicity: Downplayed with the Nutsy Guild. On the one hand, some people are wary of them ; mostly because they aren't an official guild and because of the bad publicity that some members (like Daffy Duck) give to the guild. On the other hand, other people admire them. And the guild still has a good enough reputation to receive plenty of job requests, even outisde of Cyril Region. Even when the guild is framed by the Morning Glory Guild in Chapter 9, there still are a good amount of people who continue to trust them.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Kyuu has a brief one in the beginning of Chapter 10, after Noel has been gravely wounded by Deathstroke. Luckily, Nina and Kite manage to talk him out of it. Although, some of his dialogs show that he's still deeply affected by his failure.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Elf Village.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: These are usually signified by a message to either survive a certain period of turns or an optional message to inflict X amount of damage for a stat boost.

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  • I Do Not Own/This Is a Work of Fiction: The opening disclaimer is this.
    This story has no relations with any existing series. Except for a few Original Characters, most characters appear in this game are owned by their respective owners.
  • Inevitable Tournament: The aptly-named Veryl Tournament Arc.
  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: It is an RPG in a fantasy setting after all. This is lampshaded if you examine the treasure chests in the Suiseki pathway, as Kyuu is actually surprised to discover them empty before Kite reminds him other people would snatch those up.
  • Interdimensional Travel Device: The eponymous book labeled Rakenzarn Tales.
  • In-Universe Game Clock: Time only passes on the world map, not in towns or dungeons.
  • Jerkass: Samuel of the Hunter Cross Brigade. In general, all the members of the Morning Glory Guild.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Several. Some examples:
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Samuel, of the Morning Glory Guild. Whenever he's saved by someone, he either runs away without helping him/her or continues to be aggressive with his savior when they meet again. Only time will tell if he evolves into something else.
  • Joined Your Party: There's a nice little jingle when it happens.
  • Jump Scare: After you open the door during the nightmare in Chapter 2.
  • Karma Meter: It's between Lawful Good, Neutral Good and Chaotic Good rather than good and evil.
  • Killed Off for Real: According to Word of God, depending on the choices and subquests you made (or didn't make) during the game, some characters may die during the final battle.
  • Knight Templar:
    • The Morning Glory Guild has this mentality. Especially highlighted in the "Save the Dryads" sidequest.
    • This is also the mindset of the people who wrote the Absolute Justice Act and its supporters (called The Coalition).
    • Countess Rivka, form the Behind the Façade Sidequest. She's a Coalition fanatic who longs to purge the world of criminals and mediocrity.
  • Lame Comeback: Samuel of the Hunter Cross Brigade. He usually just calls people stupid.
  • The Lancer:
    • Krillin, for Goku.
    • Kite, Kanon and Axel may all three qualify for Kyuu.
  • Late to the Tragedy: The inn sidequest involving missing people.
  • Laughably Evil: Wario and Waluigi, Pete (mostly in the Prologue though), Buggy the Clown and Bowser. The fact that the villains become more serious in the Kandur Arc is a sign that the game is becoming Darker and Edgier.
  • Lazy Backup: Version 3 grants the ability to switch out party members between turns. You still lose if the four currently out fighting all croak, though.
  • Leaked Experience: Back-up party members got 50% EXP in 1.1, which was increased to 100% in 1.2.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "Come to think of it, it DOES feel like I'm in a video game!"
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: A few events require the party to tackle multiple fronts, requiring you to keep them all well equipped.
  • Level Up Fill Up: Introduced in Version 1.2.
  • Light Is Not Good: A trait shared by most Knight Templar types in the story.
    • The Morning Glory Guild. Some of its members use Light Spells, but they aren't sympathetic because of that.
    • Countess Rivka.
  • Limit Break: The Soul Break attacks.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are planned to be 90 recruitable party members, plus many summons, and that's not counting all the NPCs.
  • Love Triangle: Considering there are 15 different romance options, and no restriction on who you can and can't go on dates with, there's bound to be some alternate dialogue for romanced characters, especially when other romanced characters are involved... and they are fully aware of their competition.
  • Magic Knight: Some Lightning Bruiser and Jack-of-All-Trades types are this too. Notable examples are: Axel, Kanon, Kanata and Cain. With the proper training, Kyuu can become one as well.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Rakenzarn claims to be home to every fictional character. We probably won't see them all.
  • Master of All / Master of None: Depending on how you train him and build up his strengths, Kyuu may become the former or the latter.
  • Metal Slime: Oviraptors are Fragile Speedsters that flee from combat when their health is low. They appear in Blackwood Forest during Chapter 2, and drop a whopping 100 gold for each one you kill. To put things in perspective, Velocipreys and the like will only drop 15-20 gold.
    • Later on, Raksas become this. The only reason they're not a Boss in Mook Clothing is because they don't require anything special to defeat them, other than being faster than their affinity to flee combat.
  • Mind-Control Device: Countess Rivka uses one to brainwash her guards.
  • Mistaken for Gay: One optional scene has Kyuu and Kite go have lunch together, which some of the Negima girls mistake for a date.
  • Money Spider: In keeping with fantasy/RPG tropes, you'll find plenty of cash off the wildlife.
  • Monster Compendium: You gain access to it when you get the Enemy Scan function.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Bad Endings start off with the horrible consequences of whatever just happened before jumping into a BlazBlue-style Game Over screen where Kokonoe criticizes how you screwed up.
    • The end of Chapter 9. The situation is critical. Noel has been gravely wounded and Kyuu has to fight alone a hopless battle against Deathstroke. Then, suddenly, Deadpool arrives, turns Deathstroke into The Comically Serious, spouts some of the funniest lines of the game and pulls down the fourth wall.
  • Multiple Life Bars: In Version 3, major bosses now have shields which function as such. Hack off their first set of HP and they'll get a second set, usually changing up their tactics, moves and weaknesses.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Depending on your path choices in Chapter 9, you can pick two of four possible party members.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • There's quite a few familiar lines from each character's previous stories.
    • Cain Argol, OC of Geminidrake, touches upon a lot of his previous works. His story and sidequests are nods to Beyond Infinity, a cancelled fangame he was to star in, and one of the enemies you encounter during them is Zevhan.
    • The Limit Breaks are usually a character's powerful move from their home game (like Yuri's Savage Wolf Fury) or one of their special moves from a fighting game appearance (such as Mario's Mario Finale).
  • Nature Spirit: The dryads.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Early in Chapter 2, Kyuu gets stuck in a nightmare world and wonders if he's in Silent Hill.
  • Nintendo Hard: Version 1.1 was quite difficult with unforgiving bosses and even some tricky regular encounters. Version 1.2 toned them down while rebalancing stats and lowering shop prices. Version 2 strikes a happy balance in enemy difficulty.
  • Noble Wolf: One of them appears in Axel's first sidequest. As it's a ghost wolf, this overlaps with Undying Loyalty.
  • No Cure for Evil: Averted. Several bosses will patch themselves back together after you've dealt a certain amount of damage to them and a few can use healing spells, though those generally heal for not a whole lot.
  • Noodle Incident: A lot. See also the Broad Strokes entry, as most of the Noodle Incidents mentioned by the characters are references to what they did in other games or in their original series. The only difference is that the events happened in the world of Rakenzarn.
  • Non-Combat EXP: Earned for completing sidequests.
  • Nonstandard Skill Learning: Kyuu can't learn skills by leveling up, so he has to train with others, read hidden scrolls or other information sources, equip certain weapons or even hit a certain relationship level. Other party members can also learn new methods via this method.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain:
    • Pete, in the Prologue, seems to be nothing more than a mere thug. In the end of Chapter 3, the heroes learn the hard way that they shouldn't underestimate him and that he poses a far bigger threat.
    • Bowser, while sometimes comedic, is also a surprisingly competent Arc Villain.
    • During the first two encounters against him in Chapter 7, Samuel is shown to be nothing more than a Smug Snake, far weaker than Kyuu and his companions at this point of the story. However, in Chapter 8, in front of the Lost Tower, when he suddenly shows up with his friends and confronts Kyuu, he's far more dangerous.
  • NPC Roadblock: Expect guards in your way whenever you try and get somewhere you aren't supposed to yet.
    • An oversight would be most forest dungeons, which usually have a motionless orb guarding a treasure chest with valuable loot. Oftentimes, due to how the clipping is done behind trees, one can simply walk around them.
  • Odd Friendship: A lot of them.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In the end of Chapter 3, Pete releases groups of monsters in Densel and BlueLake Towns. So, our heroes must prepare themselves for an awesome battle, right ? Actually no. The implied Big Badass Battle Sequence happens off-screen without the heroes being involved. Goku and The Knights took care of the monsters in BlueLake and the Striking Star Guild and the other members of the Nutsy Guild took care of the monsters in Densel.
  • One-Winged Angel: Each Arc Villain when they try to defend a Plague Core. Dragon-Pete in Cyril, Meowser (or Giga Bowser) in Da'Fur.
  • Only Smart People May Pass: Prepare to use your noggin to solve puzzles both in the main game and in the sidequests.
  • Original Character: Several guest characters from other creators can also join the party.
  • Optional Party Member: Only about half join automatically during the course of the game. You'll have to seek out the rest.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe. Kandur's plague increases people's paranoia until they go mad and attack anyone on sight.
  • Party in My Pocket: Justified, due to Kyuu's book having a page in it that allows him to teleport his allies in and out at his discretion.
  • Pass the Popcorn: If you view Nina's optional scene in Chapter 9, Axel does this during her flashback. He'll also engage in this just before the final boss fight of the "Beneath the Facade" quest 'cause he stole it from the mansion's kitchen.
  • Permanently Missable Content: Invoked. One of the themes of the game is choices and consequences. As a result, it's impossible to get everything on one run.
  • Persuasion Minigame: You have to beat one to recruit Felicia.
  • Pinch Me: When Kyuu arrives in Rakenzarn and two of the first people he meets are Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury, he think he's dreaming and asks them to do this. Usagi happily complies.
  • Player Personality Quiz: One at the start of the game determines your base stats, element of choice and your default Alignment.
  • Point of No Return: You'll usually get a warning before you go through one of these. This will also happen if your next relationship upgrade will max it out, as that locks you out of dating the other girls further.
  • Pre Existing Encounters: As glowing balls of light. Ones of a different color indicate a special foe.
  • Professional Killer:
    • The Assassin.
    • The Blood Legion Guild specializes in assassination. Tayuya is one of their members.
  • Prolonged Prologue: You do have some room to wander and explore Densel Town, but it takes until Chapter 3 where you get into the meat of the game and be able to do things like recruit party members, freely explore and take side quests. If you speed read and known what to do, the prologue and Chapter 1 aren't too bad, but the near Forced Level-Grinding in Chapter 2 can hamper your speed.
  • Psycho for Hire: Several of them will try to kill Kyuu during the Kandur arc. Notable examples are the Assassin and Childerich.
  • Quest Giver: Before you can start any guild sidequest, you need to seek out the person who hired your brigade and learn the details first.
    • Companion-Specific Sidequest: You can also gain sidequests by talking to your party members as well. This is very important for original character party members, who can't gain new weapons otherwise.

     R to Z 
  • Rare Candy: Stat seeds can be given to your characters to boost a specific stat by a small amount.
  • Rat Stomp: Giant rats are one of the first sidequest enemies.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Goku for the humans.
    • Arafin, the Elder, for the elves.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • In Nesfor, you can encounter a citizen trying to pitch a bad TV plot idea. You can reason him out of it or give him one of these (or beat him up). And yes, that's actually the name of the conversation option.
    • Deathstroke gives a mean one to Kyuu during their fight in Chapter 9.
  • Red Armband of Leadership: Guild members wears black armbands to identify themselves to others.
  • Redemption Demotion: Don't expect anyone who joins the party after you've fought them to still have that five-digit HP. One training fight at least attempts to handwave it with Alleyne explaining she used forest magic to give Nowa and Kanon an edge for the battle.
  • Replay Bonus: Some of the dialogues from Kite, Kanon, Noel, Goku and The Knights in the early chapters make more sense and take a new meaning after The Reveal that Kite, Kanon, Noel and Goku were once members of The Knights and left after a disagreement.
  • The Rival: Kyuu has two: Chizuko and Raku.
  • Romance Sidequest: There are planned to be 15 different girls Kyu can date.
  • Savage Wolves: One of the bosses of Chapter 2, later moved to an optional boss in Version 3, is a Direwolf and its pack.
  • Schmuck Bait: Let's be honest, if you haven't read the walkthrough, you've probably used every Stat-boosting seed you could find on Kyuu the first time round, only to find out how overpowered he can become under normal circumstances.
  • Ship Tease:
    • The way Noel and Kanon consistently banter - or rather, the way Kanon teases her - seemingly pushes it. He also chastised her the time she was dreaming about meeting her own "prince charming". And he's one of the most distraught when she's gravely wounded by Deathstroke.
    • Naegi and Sayaka as well, building off what they had in their home game. It's more noticeable if you take the Suiseki Valley route into the Kandur region, as they interact with each other more.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • Gravity Falls is briefly mentioned as a cartoon a girl watched in Chapter 10. Although, for now, the game isn't clear on wether she's from Rakenzarn or from the real world.
    • A patron in Bluelake Town's library makes a reference to Twilight. If the series is fictional in Rakenzarn as well or a biography and the events actually happened is unknown.
    • During the Adventures in Equestria sidequest, when Daffy, Donald and Dirk are summoned, Daffy mentions they were watching a show called "Time to Call the Coach".
  • Sliding Scale of Gameplay and Story Integration: Natural, with a few hints of Deliberate listed below.
    • Electro is fought near the climax of Chapter 4, and has a weakness to Water-elemental attacks. Cue Axel showing up after the battle to help defeat him... by pushing him into the nearby lake.
    • Kyuu is capable of bringing his entire brigade with him wherever he goes because he can teleport them to and from their locations at will with his book. Likewise, since the power to summon them is in his book, he has to access it from the items section of the menu to use that function.
    • During Chapter 6, the party comments on how Kyuu seems perfectly fine after wading through the poisonous fog in the Blissing Forest. Guess who's immune to status effects in combat?
    • When Tayuya makes their debut in Chapter 9, the entire party - sans Kyuu - is paralyzed by their flute Gen-Jutsu. Similar to the above, Kyuu is completely immune to the effects.
    • During Nina's scenario in Chapter 9, she sleep-attacks a slime girl, who is fine as she doesn't have anything "resembling upper body strength." Nina has the lowest attack stat of all the party members.
  • Spoiled by the Manual:
    • A minor example. Since the game's guide lists Tayuya as a possible love interest in the Romance Sidequest, we can safely assume that she will do some form of Heel–Face Turn.
    • In the same vein, since Megumi Minami is also a possible interest for Kyuu, and even though she lives in the "real world", it was a given that she would be transported to Rakenzarn. As of Chapter 10, she is.
  • Statistically Speaking: Averted in one side quest where Kyuu must catch a chicken. You need your AGI stat above 200 in order to catch her.
  • The Strategist:
    • Kyuu fulfills this role for his brigade. His quality is even recognized by other authority figures like Alleyne when they have to rescue the Elven Elder in Chapter 8 or Chizuko from the Silver Crusade guild during the battle of Furude Shrine in Chapter 9. Deathstroke tries to use this status against him, trying to break him by pointing out all the flaws in his planning and how he endangered his friends.
    • Goku seems to be this as well, as revealed by the events of the end of Chapter 3 / the beginning of Chapter 4.
  • Strategy Guide: One written by Geminidrake is included in the download, as well as specific guides on the game's wiki.
  • Summon Magic:
    • In Chapter 6, Support Cards can be equipped in the accessory slot to allow for this.
    • In-universe, Kyuu's book grants him the power to summon party members at will, thus justifying the ability to change the party at any time, even with people who shouldn't be there.
  • Suspicious Video Game Generosity: If there's a Healing Crystal towards the end of an area, you can expect a boss.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: The Tinechor Sword, obtained in Chapter 8 to destroy a barrier around the Lost Tower.
  • Take That!:
    • The aforementioned Twilight reference, criticizing its interpretation of vampires. Quelle surprise.
    • As mentioned in the comments of one Let's Play of the game, Samuel's Hunter Cross Brigade and the Morning Glory Guild in general are the developer's interpretation of a bunch of people he used to know a while back.
    DarkKyu: "To be perfectly honest, Samuel and his Hunter Cross Brigade are actually based on some people I know in the real world, let's say they're exactly like the portrayal in this game, and at their early 20s. In fact, most of the high-ranked Morning Glory members are based on the jerks I encountered here in my home (especially the guildmaster, someone I really dislike the most). You could say they're basically a Take That! to those guys and I can't help but smile when we get the chance to beat them."
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Lines of dialogue in combat happen quite a bit. Some of them can actually influence the flow of battle by having Kyuu respond and seeing how the enemy's reaction affects their status.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: In Chapter 9, this is Marcus' reasoning (or perhaps not sincere justification) for having his guild take credit for saving the region and framing the Nutsy Guild. He thinks if the independent guilds start getting too popular, people will lose faith in the Knights and official guilds and that would be bad.
  • Tempting Fate: Chapter 4, in the Plague Core.
    Noel: "W-Wait! Is it just me... or is it too easy?"
    • It happens a few times and, usually, it's lampshaded by someone.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Wario and Waluigi, who almost always show up together for the first arc of the game.
  • Trapped in Another World:
    • The basic premise of the game. Kyuu is an Ordinary High-School Student who's sent in the Constructed World of Rakenzarn. He has to learn and train in order to adapt to this new world. In Chapter 5, after being sent back to his own world, he has the choice to return to Rakenzarn, this time willingly.
    • In chapter 10, it can happen to Kyuu's friend Megumi.
  • Trauma Inn: These have the option of having Kyuu awaken during day or night to skip to a certain time of day for events.
  • Troll: Part of the humor of the game comes from a few very entertaining examples of this trope. The biggest offender is Axel. There are also Sonic and Raku. Zevahn and Death are more villainous examples.
  • Turns Red: Bosses will frequently buff themselves, summon allies or heal a large chunk of damage when they're pushed far enough.
  • The Unfought: Boron, the leader of the Boron Bandits in Chapter 3.
  • Unknown Rival: Or, more exactly, "Too Pathetic to be Taken Seriously" Rival. Ever since Kyuu ridiculed him in EverGreen Town, Samuel is obsessed by the idea of taking his revenge. Kyuu regards him as nothing more than a nuisance.
  • Unexpected Character: Since practically anyone can show up in Rakenzarn, it's easy to run into someone you didn't figure would be in the game.
  • Useless Useful Spell:
    • Played straight for the player for once. Kyuu is immune to all negative status conditions and stat reduction, something that is commented on in-game.
    • Averted with the stat-reducing spells and status conditions. No boss seems to be immune against all of them and they almost always work (with a few exceptions). They are very useful to make the battles easier (or even winnable). Sometimes, they're the only way to keep your mages alive (other than praying that the boss won't target them).
  • Use Your Head: During a sidequest in Equestria, Daffy and Donald use Dirk in this manner in an allusion to Toy Story 2.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: The antagonists, as long as they have a name, are very fond of this trope.
  • Villains With Good Publicity:
    • Downplayed with the Morning Glory Guild. On the one hand, as an official guild, they have a lot connections (especially with the press), and are appreciated by a lot of citizens. However, even in their hometown of EverGreen Town, there are people who can't stand them.
    • Countess Rivka in the Behind the Façade sidequest.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Daffy Duck, Donald Duck and Eddy.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss:
    • Buggy the Clown can be one, as he's the first boss Kyuu fights solo. It's not so much that he's naturally difficult in that how hard he is depends on the effort you've spent building up Kyuu thus far.
    • The Blizzard Dragon, who's very strong and requires pattern exploitation.
    • One of the earliest Ultra Bosses is Asmodeous and Beelezebub. Pretty nasty and give you a good idea of what to expect from the Ultra Bosses.
  • Warp Whistle: At the start of Chapter 6, Tails gives you a teleportation device to return to places you've already been.
  • Wham Episode: The end of the Cyril Story Arc. The heroes discover the Plague Core, fight Pete who transforms into a dragon and find out that only Kyuu has the power to destroy the source of the plague. Then, when he destroys it, Kyuu is teleported back home and has to choose between staying or going back to help his friends. We also learn that Pete, whom we saw as a main antagonist (perhaps even the Big Bad) is in reality nothing more than a glorified henchman working for the real villains: the Saint Lords. It can be a big twist in a first playthrough.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In Chapter 5, Kyuu is back home and has the choice of staying or going back and seeing it through to the end.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Of all people, PETE manages to pull out one of those in the end of Chapter 3, cementing his status of Not-So-Harmless Villain. To elaborate, he takes advantage of a bandit attack on BlueLake Town to cause havoc in the city with the help of Electro. During the chaos, he tries to steal the Water Orb, a magical artifact necessary to stop the effects of the plague. However, he doesn't even care if he succeeds or not. Because his real plan was to force the Knights to call reinforcements, leaving the other towns defenseless so that he can release monsters hidden in pockets dimensions in them. Ingenious. The only reason it fails was because Goku knew this tactic and acted accordingly to counter it.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: While the time difference isn't exact, it's certainly this trope. In Chapter 5, Kyuu returns to his world from Rakenzarn and discovers from Megumi that three days have passed while it felt like weeks to him. When he chooses to go back, after not much more than a few minutes in his world, three days also passed in Rakenzarn. And if you set things up to have Megumi come into Rakenzarn after you, however long it took her to find the book and get sucked in is long enough for the rest of Chapter 5 to about a quarter of the way through Chapter 10 to have played out.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Bosses will often taunt you during fights. Sometimes, you'll have the choice to taunt them in return.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green and blue are common hair colors among the humans and, even more, among the elves.
  • You Meddling Kids: You get this line if you fight and beat the Phantom Blot.
  • Zip Mode: Added in version 2.

Tropes in Rakenzarn: Frontier Story may include, but aren't limited to:

  • Ascended Extra: Characters who are secondary in their own game get a more prominent role here.
  • Darker and Edgier: While Rakenzarn Tales becomes Darker and Edgier during the Kandur Arc, Frontier Story is from the beginning far more explicit when it comes to danger and death. During the mission in Hoshido, Naegi and Lion stumble across a village full of the dead bodies of civilians slaughtered by Hans.
  • Death by Adaptation: Yukimura is killed during the second battle of Fort Jinya.
  • Glass Cannon: Rhajat is a Black Magician Girl who dishes a lot of damages with her spells, but her defenses are weak and her HP are low.
  • Hero of Another Story: Naegi and Lion arrive in Hoshido at the time when Corrin and his Hoshidan and his Nohrian siblings are in the Kingdom of Valla. The events of the end of Revelation and the mission in Hoshido are implied to happen simultanously. In a way, Naegi, Lion and Rhajat also are the Heroes of Another Story, as they have to protect Hoshido from an attack led by Hans while Fates' main characters are away.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After being beaten in a fair fight, Hans summons Ifrit to try to kill Naegi, Lion and Rhajat. However, he botches the summoning ritual and ends up killed by the uncontrollable summon.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: In this continuity, Rhajat becomes obsessed with Naegi after seeing his Summon Magic in action. She decides to watch him like a hawk with a mouse and follows him around during his adventure in Hoshido. However, she seems more interested in his magical abilities (and in acquiring the same kind of Summon Magic for herself) than romantically interested.
  • Summon Magic:
    • Naegi is a "Summon Vessel", which means he can make pacts with summons who then lend him their powers.
    • Hans attempts to use it during his fight with the heroes, but ends up botching the ritual.
  • Useless Useful Spell: Averted. Status effects play a key part in the fights. Stunning and debuffing the enemies are indispensible to survive the fights in the first chapters.
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