[[caption-width-right:350:Of all the songs of triumph I have to sing, none are as melodious as that of Avalon.]]
->The Legend of the Seven Heroes.\\
They defeated countless monsters and saved the world.\\
But then they vanished.\\
Kzinssie, Subier, Dantarg, Noel...\\
Bokhohn, Rocbouquet, and Wagnus.\\
It is rumored that they will return one day to save the world once again.\\
Their legend was often spoken of when the world was in turmoil.\\
But they were forgotten when peace graced the lands.\\
Kingdoms come and kingdoms fall.\\
With each turn of the hourglass,\\
peace is shattered and strife\\
engulfs every corner of the land.\\
In their time of need, the people turned once more to the Seven Heroes.\\
Then they came.\\

''[=Romancing SaGa 2=]'' is the fifth game in the ''[[Franchise/SaGaRPG SaGa]]'' series, once released [[NoExportForYou only in Japan]] and then to the rest of the world more than twenty years later (as an EnhancedRemake for iOS/Android, and later all major consoles and UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} on December 15, 2017) by Creator/{{Square|Enix}}soft. It does not focus on just one character, but the lineage of an empire.

!!''[=Romancing SaGa 2=]'' provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Lots of them.
* ActuallyADoombot: [[spoiler:The Seven Heroes you fought through the game were only copies sent by the original. This is why you eventually fought Kzinssie a second time. To end things once and for all, you have to find and destroy their original bodies.]]
* AfterCombatRecovery: This game, as well as subsequent entries in the ''[=SaGa=]'' series, uses this setup along with free post-battle resurrections, but only with health points: LP is lost every time a character is KO'd and attacked while they're down, or hit with attacks that directly target LP; and once it hits zero that character is gone for good.
* AnyoneCanDie: Due to its multi-generational setup, the game will force you to lose some or all your current party characters permanently due to death from old age or due to the TakeUpMySword trope.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Demonstone Ring. It negates status ailments, but you must sleep in the Emperor's Bed; otherwise, the other party members aside from the wearer loses Life Points at an inn. And it can't be unequipped.
* ArtificialGill: The Fishman Potion. Cue the annoying FetchQuest. But as a benefit, you unlock the Nereid Class.
* TheAssimilator: All of the Seven Heroes (see HeWhoFightsMonsters below), but two in particular stand out.
** Dantarg isn't interested in revenge like the other heroes. He only wants to slay as many monsters as possible and assimilate them into his being to become stronger.
** Subier is capable of assimilating sea creatures. [[spoiler: If you kill the Master of the Ocean, Subier will assimilate his daughter and become ''much'' stronger.]]
* AutoRevive: The Revive spell does this.
* BackFromTheDead: Kzinssie and the Hive Queen, who both receive massive upgrades.
* BagOfSpilling: Subverted; all the items you are equipped with are sent directly back to storage after completing each generation. It's still annoying to reequip the characters you do have though.
* BattleshipRaid: A Land Battleship!
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: [[spoiler: It was first shirked off by Emperor Leon until his eldest son was killed by Kzinssie.]]
* BeefGate: The Canal Fortress Gate, which is a door guarded by 4 regenerating monsters. Each time you take down one or two, they will respawn. Destroying the gate will allow you to enter the fortress; but if you do, you cannot recruit the City Thief Class and you will also have trouble finding your way around the fortress. Also, said gate fight will have to be repeated if you leave the area and try to get back in. Pretty much all the Seven Heroes except the first Kzinssie battle are Beef Gates.
* BigBad: Wagnus is the leader of the Seven Heroes. Also, he's also the most difficult to fight.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The termites, complete with the HiveQueen [[spoiler: in which you have to fight twice by the way.]]
* BishounenLine: [[spoiler: The Hive Queen's first form is a hideous insectoid creature with a huge abdomen. When you fight her the second time, it's the same thing, only with a naked human woman with insect wings sprouting from what used to be her torso. Her final form, the Dread Queen, is completely bipedal and [[CuteMonsterGirl quite attractive]], complete with CombatStilettos.]]
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler: Victor and the Dread Queen (a stronger Hive Queen) only in the UpdatedRerelease on i-mode, iOS, and Android.]]
* BonusDungeon: The Ice/Snow/Sand Ruins, as well as a hidden town which allowed an deeper explanation of the game's backstory.
* CharmPerson: Rocbouquet's Temptation ability charms all males in the party; and there are other techniques as well that can charm allies.
* ChekhovsVolcano: There is one such volcano. [[spoiler: If you let it erupt, you can get Shadow magic; but lose the Salamander class character in exchange.]]
* TheChessmaster: Bokhohn; as he commands a large number of the monsters under the command of the Seven Heroes.
* ChosenOne
* ClingyCostume: Subverted. The Iron Will, which can negate mental ailments such as Charm, but can't be unequipped if gotten through cheats. Some Classes have a permanent 4th item which cannot be removed either.
* CombatTentacles: One of the abilities Subier has is called Tentacles; and does it hurt!
* ContinuingIsPainful: LP does not replenish by staying at the inn. It's not okay to have a lord running low on LP during an important mission, which can sometimes render the entire quest uncompleted by the next lord.
* CoolSword: Moonlight Sword has a healing technique built into it in addition to Moonshades, which shoots out frigid Blue Skulls at the enemy. Dayblade has Holy Light, which deals out HUGE damage to undead monsters.
* ElementalPowers: You cannot have spells of opposite elements, though.
* TheEmpire: You are the ruler this time around!
* EvilGenius: Bokhohn basically weaseled his way into the group. The man is extremely crafty and an amazing politician.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Noel, if you kill Rocbouquet after making peace.]]
* [[FallenHero Fallen Heroes]]: And there are seven of them. [[spoiler: They were betrayed by the people they saved and cast into Hell through dimensional magic.]]
* FlamingSword: The Providence Cut technique.
* FusionDance: [[spoiler: The final battle with the Seven Heroes has them perform the fusion from Hell. They all combine to form some grotesque organic mass which each of the seven are growing out from.]]
* GameFavoredGender: The Final Empress as she will be immune to Rocbouquet's Temptation in the final battle, and she also has the Moonlight Sword as the default weapon.
** [[AmazonBrigade The Amazon class]] can be recruited if only you're a woman before getting the Heroes Quarters upgrade, [[DoesNotLikeMen since they don't even allow men in their village.]]
** The Emperor, on the other hand, has nearly twice as much LP as the Empress. 19 as opposed to 10, in a game where LP rarely goes near 20 making him a far more durable combatant for the vast majority of the combat. He also has the Day Sword.
* GenderBender: Wagnus is male but his demon form is a very female cross between a human and a butterfly with VaporWear covering his very feminine breasts.
* GenerationalSaga: The story chronicles a roughly 500-year lineage of emperors.
* GenerationXerox: This game takes this trope Up to Eleven. It runs on a generational system, but except for Leon, Victor, Gerard, and the Final Emperor/Empress, there will always be the same lines of characters available to provide you quests and similar recruitable characters with PaletteSwap to fill your class rosters no matter how many hundreds of years have passed.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Most of the Seven Heroes show up in quests that tie back into their plans and you can go in expecting to fight them. [[TheBrute Dantarg]] is the exception, however, pretty much showing up to fight you without much buildup or prior warning.
** [[JustifiedTrope There is a pretty good reason for that, though]]. Unlike the other heroes, [[spoiler:Dantarg isn't really interested in fighting the Empire and instead is on a power trip to absorb monsters to strengthen himself. Where do you meet him? Why, in caves full of monsters!]]
* GlobalCurrency: Crowns.
* GottaKillThemAll: You have to eliminate all Seven Heroes as the story unfolds.
* HardLevelsEasyBosses: Enemy grunts scale up as your characters gain health and skill with weapons. Bosses, however, ''don't''. Not to say that the game is devoid of hard bosses though, it's just you will sometimes end up fighting [[BossInMooksClothing grunts far more dangerous.]]
** The Seven Heroes however are the exception, they do become stronger as you level up, the only one who doesn't is Subier, he is upgraded only if you kill Master of Ocean beforehand. Dantarg has 4 forms depending on your stats.
* HarpingOnAboutHarpies: The Irises.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Implied to have happened to the Seven Heroes themselves. [[spoiler: Both the Ancients of Austeros and the four memory bosses of the Maze of Memories imply that the Heroes used Assimilation Magic to craft powerful bodies for themselves from the flesh of monsters in order to fight monsters. This process may have warped their minds and souls to some degree. Being thrown into hell after saving the world doesn't help.]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: Subverted with every character but the final generation ones.
* HiddenElfVillage: The Village of the Ancients.
* HighAltitudeBattle: [[spoiler:Hakuro Castle; AFTER the inner sanctum of the castle is ripped straight out of the ground!]]
* HiveQueen: There is an eponymous villainess leading an army of termites against Avalon. [[spoiler:A Bonus Boss called the Dread Queen is a much stronger version of the Hive Queen.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Strange thing is that Noel does not hate Kzinssie at all and STILL sees potential in him.
* HowWeGotHere: [[spoiler:The Emperor you chose at the start of the game is at the bar where the Bard retells the story of the Empire.]]
* IdeaBulb: This is the game in the ''[=SaGa=]'' series that started the system of learning techniques and evasions during battle.
* InterspeciesRomance: Completing the Southsea Mermaid side quest when a male emperor. The current emperor chooses to stay with the mermaid under the sea as the breath potion he took has the side effect of being unable to return to land after three uses. Knowing this, he accepts the fate to be with the mermaid.
* ItCanThink: [[spoiler: The first time you fight the Hive Queen, she and her fellow termites seem barely more than predatory animals. When you confront the Hive Queen a second time, she actually ''speaks'' to you, explains how she planted an egg on the emperor who first defeated her to be reborn in Avalon, and declares herself a threat to rival the Seven Heroes. And considering how strong she is and how close she came to destroying Avalon, that's not an idle threat.]]
%%* JunglePrincess: Rocbouquet.
* LamarckWasRight: The game has a system of inheriting the previous Emperor's abilities. Justified with magic, though.
%%* LethalLavaLand: Komulune Volcano.
* LifeEnergy: LP, as per the ''[=SaGa=]'' series standard. Run out of them, and you are as good as dead.
* MagicMusic: The 5 instruments of the bard are packed with this. They are required to meet with the Iris race.
%%* MoleMen
* MusicalisInterruptus: Dungeon or area music would stop and change to boss music at a certain part of the Dialogue with bosses or the Seven Heroes.
* MutuallyExclusiveMagic: This feature has been carried over from the previous ''Romancing [=SaGa=]'' game. However, you can combine specific elements if they are not opposite to each other to create new and more powerful spells.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: If you encounter the narwhal without the Toba seashell, you can choose to fight it. However, killing it will allow Subier to assimilate to his much stronger form.
* NoGearLevel: If you choose to sneak aboard Bokhohn's landship by purposely being abducted. That being said, characters with StuckItems keep them, making characters like the Molemen a good option for that mission.
* NoHeroDiscount: Averted. As a monarch, the player has access to ungodly sums of money from the country's treasury that he/she never has to worry about being able to afford equipment from stores. In fact, if you purchase items from your own town, the shopkeepers refuse to charge you. Building new facilities in the empire and researching new equipment does cost money, however.
* NonHumanSidekick: They can even be [[spoiler:the Emperor]] once they are recruitable. They also fall under the tropes of OneGenderRace and ElementalEmbodiment.
* NonstandardGameOver: If you fail the Komulune Island mission and allow the volcano to erupt, or perform the South Sea Mermaid quest. These will only happen as the Last Emperor/Empress, though.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:The Seven Heroes gradually join the amalgamated form in the final battle for every 6,000 damage dealt.]]
* OutsideContextProblem: The Hive Queen. Whereas most of the large-scale villainy can be attributed to either the Seven Heroes or someone working under them, the Hive Queen is an entirely separate and destructive force. And in fact, she comes further in destroying Avalon than anyone else, [[spoiler: seeing as how she pulls an AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs on you near the end.]]
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent
** The Nereids are a race of them you can recruit into your army. They regenerate health if you continuously cast water spells. Weirdly enough, despite having the classical form of a mermaid with a lower fish tail, they seem to be able to walk on land just fine, and indeed spend more time out of water than in. Their walking animation shows them using their tails similar to how a snake moves along the ground.
** There's also another mermaid, who may not be of the same species as the Nereids given her different sprite and smaller tail. Unlike the Nereids, she requires a human guise to walk on land.
* PaletteSwap: Every recruitable character and emperors except Leon, Gerard, Last Emperor/Empress, and a few others...
* PermanentlyMissableContent: [[spoiler:Coppelia; Mountain Monk if you kill the monster in control of a certain cave; City Thief if you destroy the Canal Fortress Gate; Grimoire for Shadow Magic or being able to recruit Salamanders depending on what action you take during the second Komulune Island event; Iris, if you use the Helicopter to reach Wagnus. In the remake, if you do not unlock all the classes, you miss a special fight which gets you the Intaglio Ring (Negates all ailments) as a reward.]]
* {{Precursors}}: [[spoiler: The Ancients were afraid of death and hated fighting; they had a longer lifespan that modern man, after the Seven Heroes saved the world; they were still fearful of death, they used a dimensional device or magic to escape to another dimension.]]
* PowerLimiter: If you kill Rocbouquet before Noel, he will not allow you to make peace with him and will attack at full power. It is even worse if he is the only remaining hero since he will be the penultimate boss in the final dungeon; he will be in his second form and without the limiter, meaning he will use every technique at his disposal.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: 3 of them; all sidequests.
%%* Salamander
* {{Samurai}}: East Guard.
* SequentialBoss: [[spoiler: The final battle with the Seven Heroes results in this. Initially it's only Rocbouquet, but the more you damage the fused amalgamation, the more heroes add their attacks to the fight, until all seven are active.]]
* ShoutOut: The names of one particular group ([[spoiler:the Seven Heroes]]) are actually anagrams of stops in train lines in Japan (specifically, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamanote_Line Tokyo Yamanote Line]]). Also, the music from the UsefulNotes/GameBoy ''[=SaGa=]'' games is used in one scenario.
* SixthRanger: Kzinssie was the last person to join the group and is pretty much hated even within the group, because of his ill manners. Apparently, that's the reason why the player fights him in the very beginning, because [[UriahGambit Wagnus and co. use him as a meat-shield]].
* SlidingScaleOfLinearityVsOpenness: This game can hover between levels 5 and 6.
* StandardRPGItems: An aversion: the only known item that can restore Life Points can be bought from a witch for 10,000 (crowns {{Cap}}).
* TheStrategist: The tactician class proves to be invaluable when taking on Bokohn's land ship. After building the Imperial land ship, the emperor/empress asks why not just use the ship to take on Bokohn's ship head-on. The tactician says that's a short-sighted goal; stopping the land ship won't stop Bokohn's since more than likely he'll get away. The best way to deal with it is to "cut off the head from the body", namely kill Bokohn's himself while his security is low.
* SupportingLeader: Noel is Wagnus' best friend and the one whom organizes the group. For instance, he recruited Dantarg and Kzinssie. Considering he is the most normal one of the group, this should not be overly surprising.
* SwordFight: [[spoiler: A one on one battle with Sekishusei; Retainer to Lord Ato; Ruler of the Eastern Lands.]]
** [[spoiler: Victor in the Mobile Remake has this with the Last Emperor.]]
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler: Leon to Gerard.]]
** Also can happen in later generations if you get a TotalPartyKill.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: To allow Kzinssie to be defeated, the first emperor allowed him to use Soul Steal on him so that he could learn the secrets of this attack and then by mean of the transmission magic transmit it to his son Gerard.]]
* ThievesGuild: One such guild uses the empire's own graveyard as its base of operations.
* TimeSkip: From less than a year to 250 years, depending on how many enemies you killed.
* TookALevelInBadass: Gerard, [[spoiler: after his father's death by Kzinssie.]]
** Every person ascending to become Emperor or Empress gets this since it removes any CripplingOverspecialization their initial class would have had (a SquishyWizard receives more health and proficiency in previous weapons, a BareFistedMonk can handle weapons and use magic, etc.)
* TraumaInn: If you have the ArtifactOfDoom equipped while sleeping anywhere other than the emperor's/empress' bed, you lose LP.
* TrojanHorse: [[spoiler: The only way to sneak aboard Bokhohn's Land Battleship; creating a fake one to draw the enemies away from the real one.]]
* UnderwaterBossBattle: You actually fight Subier either underwater or on a boat depending on your actions. [[spoiler:Killing the Master of Ocean will always net you his second form and immediately after clearing the shipwreck.]]
* UpdatedRerelease: For i-mode phone, [=iOS=], Android phones, PC and every major consoles. The ports include new dungeons and bosses.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: None of the Nereids wear anything to cover their breasts save for a flower necklace that does a poor job of it. Especially awkward if your emperor is a Nereid.
* WarriorPrince: You are the Emperor who has to save the world.
* WasOnceAMan: All of the Seven Heroes except for Noel and Rocbouquet, whose demon forms still at least resemble humans.
* WhatTheHellHero: To get the Dark Magic, you must allow the towns of Zemio and Tsukijima to burn. This however causes the Emperor of that time period to abdicate the throne.
* {{Wutai}}: The entire Eastern lands.
* YouHaveResearchedBreathing: At one point you'll need to reach a sunken ship. You'll need a potion that requires you to breathe underwater in order to access it, even if your emperor is a nereid, a race that can actually breathe underwater in the first place. While it's easy to justify this as being required for your party members, you'll still need the potion even if the nereid goes alone.