Video Game: Romancing SaGa 2 aka: Romancing Saga 2
"This is the Legend of the Seven Heroes... Once, they subdued countless hordes of demons, and saved the world... And then vanished from it... Kujinshi... Subier... Dantarg... Noel... Bokuohn... Rocbouquet... Wagnas... And one day, so they say, they will return to save the world again..."Long after the people were scattered across the world, they told the legend, and were thankful for their salvation...However, as peace and prosperity came, the legend was forgotten...The world of man was once again prosperous. The peaceful times that brought stability to the nations came to an end. An era of division and war began...And the names of the Seven were spoken once more......and then... they came......so they say....Romancing SaGa 2 is the fifth game in the SaGa series, released only in Japan by Squaresoft. It does not focus on just one character, but the lineage of an empire.
Actually a Doombot: The Seven Heroes you fought through the game were only copies sent by the original. This is why you eventually fought Kujinshi a second time. To end things once and for all, you have to find and destroy their original body.
Artifact of Doom: The Demonstone Ring; it negates status ailments, but you must sleep in the Emperor's Bed otherwise you lose Life Points at an inn, and it can't be unequipped.
Clingy Costume: (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
Combat Tentacles: One of the abilities Subier has is called Tentacles; and does it hurt!
Cool Sword: Moonlight Sword has a healing technique built into it in addition to Moonshades, which shoots out frigid Blue Skulls at the enemy.
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.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Most of the Seven Heroes show up in quests that tie back into their plans and you can go in expecting to fight them. Dantarg is the exception, however, pretty much showing up to fight you without much buildup or prior warning.
There is a pretty good reason for that though. Unlike the other heroes, 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!
Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: 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 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.
Lost Forever: 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 Salamander depending on what action you take during the second Komulune Island event, Iris; if you use the Helicopter to reach Wagnas.
No-Gear Level: If you choose to sneak aboard Bokuohn's landship by purposely being abducted That being said, characters with Stuck Items keep them, making characters like the Molemen a good option for that mission.
Outside-Context Villain: 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, seeing as how she pulls an All Your Base Are Belong to Us on you near the end.
Palette Swap: Every recruit-able character and emperors except Leon, Gellard, Last Emperor/Empress, and a few others...
Precursors: 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.
Shout-Out: The names of one particular group (the Seven Heroes) are actually anagrams of stops in train lines in Japan. Also, the music from the Game BoySaGa games is used in one scenario.
Sixth Ranger: Kujinshi 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 Wagnas and Co uses him as a meat-shield.
Supporting Leader: Noel is Wagnas' best friend and the one whom organizes the group. For instance, he recruited Dantag and Kujinshi. Considering he is the most normal one of the group, this should not be overly surprising
Sword Fight: A one on one battle with Sekishusei; Retainer to Lord Ato; Ruler of the Eastern Lands.
Victor in the Mobile Remake has this with the Last Emperor
Thanatos Gambit: To allow Kujinshi 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 Gellard.
Thieves' Guild: Using the empires' own graveyard as their base of operations
Time Skip: From less than a year to 250 years depending on how many enemies you killed.