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'''''Sands of Destruction''''' is a Nintendo DS game developed by Creator/{{Imageepoch}} and published by Creator/{{Sega}}. It was released in Japan in 2008 as ''World Destruction: Michibi Kareshi Ishi'', with a North American release in January 12th, 2010. It was also [[AnimatedAdaptation adapted into an anime]], ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', which aired in 2008 and similarly had a North American release in early 2010.

The setting is a fictional world, where animals and human-animal hybrids reign supreme, and humans are considered second-class citizens.

Meet the ''World Annihilation Front'' (''World Destruction Committee'' in Japan and in Funimation's subtitled version). A human member of the Front is the main 'heroine', Morte Asherah, who has a nasty attitude, a massive sword and a goal of (what else) to destroy the world with the powers of something known as the "Destruct". Along the way, she picks up Kyrie Illunis, a mild-mannered human with the power to destroy the world, but no desire to do so, and Taupy Toplan, a small bear creature on the scale of a teddy. (Just don't call him "bear.") Kyrie and Taupy, unlike Morte, have no desire to destroy the world, but they are guilty by association and hunted as part of the collective "World Annihilation Front." Latecomers include a dragonkin who can see the future and a guy in an awesome green longcoat who grew up with Morte.

The World Salvation Committee consists of one highly intellectual (but not necessarily intelligent) wolfman with an intense sense of [[HonorBeforeReason honor]], his fellow wolfman rival who looks down on him for being a half-breed, an eagle-man with an ego, and several hundred FacelessGoons.

This series has a [[Characters/SandsofDestruction Character Sheet]] right here. Read at your own risk for spoilers for those who haven't watch the anime, read the manga or played the game.
(Now has its own [[AbridgedSeries Abridged Series]]! Brought to you by [[http://www.youtube.com/user/WorldParodyCommittee The World Parody Committee]].)

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!!''Sands of Destruction'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Morte is [[BloodKnight gung-ho about fighting]]. Rhi'a is less intense in her enthusiasm, but no less capable of taking care of herself when she needs to.
* ActionGirlfriend: Morte to Kyrie, after she realizes her feelings about halfway through the game.
* ActOfTrueLove: Kyrie [[spoiler:asks Naja to kill him so he can't destroy the world specifically so Morte will be safe]]. Morte [[spoiler:struggles to find the entrance to, and then get to the top of, the Temple of Light]] because she finally realized her feelings toward him were more than [[InLoveWithYourCarnage a mere desire to see him end the world]]. The [[TrueCompanions rest of the Front]] helps because they consider Kyrie a personal friend and unequivocally the nicest guy they've ever met.
* ActionPrologue: The game opens with you controlling Naja as he and Rajiv fight off Morte in Viteaux. It then cuts to [[ADayInTheLife Kyrie going about his normal business]] in Barni, picking up vegetables and hunting for sandcaps to cook (which naturally turns into fighting a sandwhale).
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Lacertus Rex.]]
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: The Depths of Memories has you revisit each location you encountered along your adventure.
* AlternateTimeline: As Kyrie began researching the Destruct Code's history, he noted how it extends to the beginning of creation, when the gods were given a choice: either to allow humans to rule over beasts, or vice versa. The gods for that world gave that power to beasts, which gives [[HumansAreBastards an interesting perspective flip]] [[FridgeHorror when you think about it]].
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: The Primal Cataract contains a chunk of rock for each of the seven colors of the rainbow. When you finally reach the end to fight [[spoiler:Lacertus Rex - the real one -]] it has a flowing, twirling rainbow.
* AmbidextrousSprite: Anyone with FashionableAsymmetry is fully flippable, such as Kyrie's single glove and Taupy's eyepatch.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Subverted. Despite Pictis Rex's motive to hold the peace talks, he was actually very reasonable, and he would have helped end the conflicts between Beastmen and humans peacefully. Unfortunately, someone else had other ideas...
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: A weird case where the hardcore ''was too much'' for the demographic. If they kept the hardcore, it would have kept the general theme of the game. Why they didn't keep the hardcore for the ''American'' release is anyone's guess. See [[YMMV/SandsOfDestruction the YMMV page]] for details.
* AndTheRest: After Kyrie [[spoiler:is resurrected at the Temple of Light]], he's overjoyed to see Morte and the fact that she's gone through such trouble to find him again. It takes a few moments before he realizes the rest of the team is there, too, and then he thanks them as a group.
* AndThisIsFor: After TheyDo, Kyrie's post-LimitBreak PreMortemOneLiner changes to "That one's for Morte!" Rather odd, considering she may be perfectly unharmed or not even in the active party.
* AngerBornOfWorry: After [[spoiler:traveling to the Temple of Light to visit the Crimson Sun]], Morte is [[KissKissSlap at first overjoyed to see Kyrie, but soon switches to screaming at him]].
-->'''Morte:''' Did I ''ask'' you to [[spoiler:die for me]]!?
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Kyrie makes two to Morte:
** First, after seeking out Elephas Rex [[spoiler:to cure Morte of the curse Serpens Rex put on her]], he exclaims how much she means to him while crying TearsOfJoy. Unfortunately, [[MomentKiller Elephas Rex walks in before she properly responds]].
** Second, in the Valley of Dragons, [[spoiler:as he lies dying in her arms from Naja sticking his claws straight through his chest]], he tells her again that he loves her. Unfortunately, Morte was once again too preoccupied to properly respond.
* AntiAntiChrist: Kyrie was ''supposed'' to be the one to end the world. Unfortunately, he's really not into the whole doom-and-death thing.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: In the Cave of Memories, you must visit the rooms containing Kyrie's memories of the adventure in reverse order that they happened. If you mess up, Kyrie will helpfully remind you what he did before and where you should go next.
* AnyoneCanDie: Up to and including [[spoiler: Kyrie, but he revives.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Kyrie accidentally causes two Class 0s: once at the start of the game when he [[DoomedHometown destroys Barni]], and again at [[spoiler:the Sky Gaol during the peace talks]]. If his powers ever fully activate, he's capable of causing a Class 6, turning the entire world and everything on it to sand.
* ApocalypseMaiden: Kyrie can't control his powers of destruction; when that pesky voice starts talking, his body acts of its own accord and obliterates everything around him. [[spoiler:When he decides he's too much of a danger to continue living, he asks Naja to kill him.]]
* ApocalypseWow: Kyrie's destructive powers are shown twice in all their sand-inducing glory.
* ArcWords: ''Acta est fabula''
* TheArk: [[spoiler: The very last setting houses the DNA of all creatures and plant life. It was stored so that in the event of the world being destroyed or suffering some other cataclysmal event, it could be recreated again.]]
* ArmorOfInvincibility: Kyrie ''may'' get the Crimson Gear, assuming you [[spoiler:revisited Barni before he died, then revisited Barni ''again'' after he was resurrected]]. If not, it becomes LostForever and you get the Crimson Robe as a consolation prize. Both are stronger than any other armor he can obtain, but the Gear nullifies all elements as well as having a higher defensive value.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Elephas Rex eventually points out to Kyrie that if Morte succeeds in destroying the world, they won't be able to be together. He leaves him to figure out for himself exactly what he should do and whether he should continue assisting the World Annihilation Front.
* AxCrazy: The first lines out of Morte's mouth are about killing people and blowing up the world...so naturally, [[IdiotHero the protagonist]] [[AmazonChaser finds this really hot]]. [[spoiler: Of course, Kyrie actually has a reason for agreeing with her, even if he doesn't know it.]] However, she's ''never'' shown touching an innocent, and it can be inferred that all of the rumors about her are just Beastmen propaganda.
* BadassAdorable: Taupy. He can (and will, if the price is right) kick your ass up and down the street with his [[IncrediblyLamePun bear hands]], but just try resisting the urge to hug him.
* BadassLongcoat: Morte is, and Agan WISHES he was one of these. Well, at least he's got a NiceHat.
* BadMoonRising: Morte's super-powered LimitBreak has her jumping in front of a red crescent moon before delivering maximum pain.
* BattleAura: Rhi'a has one when she transforms; it's a light purple dragon, of course. [[spoiler:Kyrie gains a golden lion aura after the Crimson Sun resurrects him.]]
* BattleCouple: Kyrie and Morte become one about halfway through the game.
* BearsAreBadNews: Subverted. Taupy is one of the strongest characters... Which, really, just means that the trope applies to your opponents.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Sure, some of the beastlords (Keyword some. Felis and Ursa Rex are all nice. Elephas Rex is also shown not to be that crazy, Pistris Rex just wants a better spot on the council) are downright evil, but the party is trying to ''destroy the world.'' [[spoiler: They even wind up fighting ''God.'' Granted, said god is trying to get Kyrie to destroy the world, while Kyrie just wants to make a new one, but still.]]
* BlackAndWhiteMagic: Blood Skills and Life Skills, respectively. Everyone has access to both, though what their specific skills do within the categories varies.
* BlessedWithSuck: Kyrie has the power to turn everything (yes, ''everything'') in a large area into sand.
* BloodKnight: Morte is the only member of the Front who seems to ''enjoy'' fighting.
* BombThrowingAnarchists: The introduction makes Morte and the World Annihilation Front seem like this, but as their name implies, they're not just interested in toppling evil governments; they want to end the world. That doesn't stop various characters from ''calling'' them anarchists, though.
* BossInMookClothing: The Desert King, a breed of large, vicious sand whale randomly encountered only during Agan's Rite of Ascension. You're playing as Agan alone, which makes it difficult enough, but it can [[TakenForGranite turn you to stone]] and nullifies fleeing (even including Agan's Quip), in addition to being tough and hitting just as hard as it takes.
* BoyMeetsGirl: Kyrie and Morte, of sorts, when he first meets her in the Sky Gaol. She doesn't feel the same way he does for her at first... [[spoiler: until he dies. Then he got better.]] In the ending, [[spoiler: when they remake the world into a better place, the two share a kiss, and recite the words that creates the new world. The last scene shows the two of them side-by-side looking out at the blue ocean, with the delightful heart emotes over both their heads.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Morte]] ends up this way briefly, under the mind control of a certain Beastlord. The ensuing fight will net you a NonstandardGameOver if you accidentally kill your companion.
* CharacterCheck: After Morte spends several minutes in ''[[{{Tsundere}} deredere]]'' mode, she quickly snaps back to her usual tough self. Agan points out that this ''is'' the feared Beastslayer they're talking about; no one should expect her to get all sappy.
* CantDropTheHero: For most of the game, though Kyrie is later dropped from the party [[spoiler:after he asks Naja to kill him to save the world]]. At this point, Morte becomes undroppable, whereas previously she could be switched out at will. [[spoiler:After Kyrie returns, he's undroppable again and Morte returns to her previously-switchable role.]]
* CatchPhrase: These are an actual gameplay feature. As you progress through the game, each playable character gains "Quips", which they can equip up to four of at a time. When a Quip is triggered (by things like taking damage, killing an enemy, or even just starting a battle), they provide a bonus of some sort to your characters.
* CharacterPortrait: Named characters have them; random villagers don't. Beastlords also lose their portrait when they transform.
* ChainOfDeals: A couple:
** When you visit the Sky Gaol for the second time, several of the prisoners ask you to pass letters and packages between then (why none of them ask you to ''go find the guard with the keys'' is never mentioned). Completing the chain nets you a few good items.
** Talking to certain beastwomen in various towns around the world will have them comment on [[GirlyBruiser Morte]]'s good fashion sense and gift her with a gaudy piece of armor. When you find the next woman, she'll take the last piece from your inventory and give you a new one [[SerialEscalation more outlandish than the last]].
* CloudCuckooLander: Rhi'a, at times.
* ColdEquation: [[spoiler:A desperate and depressed Kyrie]] decides that if Naja kills him, Morte and the others will be able to continue to live [[spoiler:because he can't destroy the world if he's dead]].
* ConflictingLoyalty: Kyrie promises Morte that he'll help her end the world if that's what she wants, but after Elephas Rex [[ArmorPiercingQuestion points out that he can't be with her if the world is destroyed]], Kyrie begins to feel an internal conflict between his desire to keep his promise and his desire to keep Morte safe.
* ContinueYourMissionDammit: At certain points in the plot, you'll be locked into moving along a certain path. Attempts to take other paths will result in one of your party members scolding you that this is not a time for detours. When the plot calms down, you can come back and poke around to your heart's content.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/nintendo/images/6/63/Sands_of_Destruction_%28NA%29.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100917072754&path-prefix=en American box art]] makes it seem like [[TheMenInBlack Kyrie]] is the one out to destroy the world and Morte is some sort of pensive MacguffinGirl or ApocalypseMaiden. The reality is quite the opposite.
* CradlingYourKill: In a flashback, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Taupy held his best friend in his arms after defeating him in a duel]].
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: The World Annihilation Front members are actually pretty affable folks for the most part, and apart from a few alarmists, most of the folks they encounter along the way don't have any problem with helping them even knowing who they are.
* DeathWorld: The game goes to great lengths to show just how fucked up everything is, and why the World Annihilation Front feels so justified in their goals.
* DeusExMachina [[spoiler: When exactly did Kyrie get that SuperMode? It's implied that Crimson Sun merged with him when he was resurrected but isn't said outright and it only when a player goes to customize his moves or enters battle to an awesome new battle theme.]]
** [[spoiler: He got it when you resurrected him and he accepted his identity as the Destruct. Notice that in his profile, his race changes from 'Human' to 'Destruct' to reflect this.]]
** [[spoiler: Also quite literal with The Creator, which appears to be a machine.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Kyrie dies in Morte's arms]] when Naja kills him in the Valley of Dragons. PietaPlagiarism is involved, especially given that he explicitly sacrificed himself for her.
* DisappearsIntoLight: [[spoiler:Kyrie]] does when he dies. [[spoiler:You later encounter him again as a glowing ball of light, which is apparently what the Destruct looks like when not in a human body. It's still very obviously Kyrie, though, refusing to obey the Crimson Sun's orders to go back and destroy the world and then flashing with excitement when Morte speaks to him.]]
* DiscretionShot:
** BattleDiscretionShot: PlayedForLaughs atop the Tower of Light. Morte beats and berates Kyrie for [[spoiler:deciding to die so that the world - and, more importantly to him, ''she'' - couldn't be destroyed]], but the camera just cuts to a ReactionShot from the rest of the team.
** GoryDiscretionShot: In the Sky Gaol, [[spoiler: when Morte kills Rajiv,]] the camera follows the rest of the party while they leave the room. It's implied that she took her time.
** ShadowDiscretionShot: In the Valley of the Dragons, when [[spoiler: Naja kills Kyrie, we see the silhouette, but Naja's claw is quite clearly going through Kyrie's chest.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Porcus Rex attempts to eat a child just because he ran into him.
* DoomedHometown: A variation of it happened to Barni, Kyrie's home village. The awakening of his Destruct power turned almost everything, including people, to sand.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Kyrie is ecstatic when Morte decides to drag him around the world in order to convince him it's an awful place mere moments after breaking him out of the Sky Gaol and soon promises to help her in whatever she needs, including ending the world. [[LoveMakesYouDumb He's obviously not thinking clearly at that moment]].
* DramaticWind: Blows during your VictoryPose.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Kyrie to Morte]] in the Valley of the Dragons.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Kyrie goes through much angst over his Destruct powers and the accidental carnage he causes, [[spoiler:dies and is brought back to life, and is forced to fight and kill his mother, the Creator of the world]], but is eventually able to master his powers and be with Morte [[spoiler:in a new, better world they create together]].
* ElementalEmbodiment: The four Primals.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Most LimitBreak attacks and several regular attacks involve at least a modicum of spinning.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Lacertus Rex has one going. He runs the World Annihilation Front so he can gain power over the Destruct and [[AGodAmI become the creator of a new world.]]]]
** [[spoiler: This backfire spectacularly when Morte pulls a YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness on him.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The World Annihilation Front wants to end the world. The World Salvation Committee wants to prevent this.
* TheExtremistWasRight: Morte wants to end the world...and the world agrees. That's why the Sand Sea is growing and Kyrie's destructive powers have awakened. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end, though, when it turns out ''remaking'' the world is better than outright destroying it.]]
* FacialCompositeFailure: The bounty posters of your group are naturally exaggerated caricatures, and seemingly can't even decide on what they want to caricature.
* FantasticRacism: [[{{Deconstruction}} Ridiculously straight]] with ferals to humans. Unfortunately, it's the kind of {{Narm}}y, cartoon-characterish racism instead of something a little more subtle. Probably a definite sign that the game you're playing wasn't intended for adults.
** Exceptions going to Rana Rex right? Working children to death then using them as fertilizer is not cool.
** And even though it's Morte's primary motivation for wanting to destroy the world, for every city where humans are openly bullied, it seems like there's another where they live more or less as equals. Morte's hometown even has a human chief with a laid-back feral population.
*** In the anime, at least. In the game, Morte just seems to want to destroy the world for the sake of it. The crappiness of it is just her best argument.
* FastballSpecial: Taupy's special finishing move was summoning Muffy, being picked up, spin for momentum and ''thrown'' at the enemies.
* FlatCharacter: There's a reason she's called Morte. [[spoiler: Lampshaded near the end. All the other characters are forced to undergo a flashback which tells their reason to go against the world, and she complains that nothing is happening to her.]]
* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler:Kyrie]] lasts an awful long time for someone who was ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
* FiringOneHanded: Rhi'a in the opening movie.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Kyrie
** TheLancer: Morte/Taupy
** TheSmartGuy: Agan (or at least the rational guy)
** TheBigGuy: Taupy, despite being an adorable teddy bear-like feral.
** TheChick: Rhi'a
** TheSixthRanger: [[spoiler:Naja]]
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: An ominous bell rings out as Kyrie's Destruct powers activate.
* GetARoom: Agan is at least mildly annoyed by how open Morte and Kyrie are in their affection for each other. [[spoiler:Naja]] agrees with him. Surprisingly, no one says anything about Taupy and Muffy, though they're even more shameless.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Serpens Rex. She pops up in the middle of the [[strike: desert]] sandsea, traps you in a literal MirrorUniverse, scatters the party, [[spoiler: then hypnotizes Morte into fighting you.]]
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: Lacertus Rex tries to pull this off.]]
* GoingThroughTheMotions: Every time a character speaks, he/she display one gesture specific to him/herself, such as Agan fixing his hat or Rhi'a rocking back and forth on her heels. Every. Single. Time.
* GoryDeadlyOverkillTitleOfFatalDeath
* GratuitousLatin: It's everywhere in this game. The ArcWords are Latin for "the play is over." Nearly all of the Beastlords' titles combine the Latin words for their species followed by Rex (King). Even the last boss spouts several lines in Latin before finally dying.
* TheGunslinger: Rhi'a.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Naja from the Salvation Committee. Despite being a reasonable person, some of his colleagues doesn't exactly refrain from showing their racism in regards to his parentage.
* HearingVoices: Kyrie hears an ominous voice telling him to "awaken and destroy" and saying ''[[ArcWords acta est fabula]]'' every time his destructive powers activate, though no one else hears the voice. He also hears [[ForDoomTheBellTolls a bell]]; while he's the only one who hears it the first time, his soon-to-be accidental victims also hear it the second time.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Naja. ''After'' he kills TheHero.]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: Averted; our protagonist Kyrie is a KnifeNut and the only sword-wielder of any sort in the group is Morte, with a {{BFS}} scimitar. [[spoiler:Played straight after Kyrie Awakens; he trades his pair of knives for a single, standard sword.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Morte has one after [[spoiler:Kyrie is killed]]. She refuses to eat anything for three days, apparently just sitting on her bed and staring off into space. She finally snaps out of it when [[spoiler:the Front sends new orders suggesting a way to resurrect Kyrie]].
* HonorableElephant: Hospital administrator Elephas Rex refuses to turn away patients.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] by Taupy and Muffy.
** Taupy's a gruff, one-eyed, no-nonsense bounty hunter who looks like [[BadassAdorable an adorable teddy bear less than half as tall as most of the rest of the cast.]] Muffy also looks like an adorable teddy bear, albeit one that is at least twenty feet tall.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler:When Kyrie]] decides he's too dangerous to continue living, he asks Naja to kill him rather than considering a way to do it by himself. [[spoiler:After he's resurrected, he apologizes for making such a cruel, selfish request without thinking of how guilty Naja might feel.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: In the original version, before the [[ExecutiveMeddling executives told the writers to tone it down]], the beastmen didn't just rule over humans, they ''ate'' them. Porcus Rex threatens to eat a human boy, and perhaps implies he does so routinely, but is stopped before he can even decided how he wants to cook him.
* InfinityMinusOneSword: The Zephyr Blade is Morte's second-strongest weapon in the game and is available as soon as you find 20 Green Ore and can give it to the smith on the Bacchitav Caravan. If you feel like farming Green Anima in the Undercroft, you could potentially have that sword for nearly the entire game.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Every character has one:
** Kyrie gets the Destruct Blade after [[spoiler:defeating his shadowy doppelganger, which requires returning to the Temple of Light after it's turned dark, finding ''yet another'' way in, and then chasing the shadow down.]]
** Morte gets a giant sword called Infini, so heavy that most ''men'' can't even ''lift'' it, much less wield it effectively. Randomly visiting Agi Wharfs will have Felis Rex show up to offer it to her if she can get him the Divine Ear Pick.
** Taupy gets the Friend's Gloves by defeating three fellow bounty hunters and taking ''their'' gloves, then [[spoiler:accidentally being confronted by Muffy, who already knew who killed Ace and was no longer angry.]]
** Agan gets the Ganza Whip for completing the Sand Tribe's ceremonial quest.
** Rhi'a gets Omega, a pair of guns, for revisiting the Tower of Wind after her scene in the Depths of Memories.
** Naja gets the Silverwolf Fang, an ancestral weapon from his tribe, after searching the Tower of Earth and fighting off looters.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Kyrie is clearly smitten with Morte, but her interest in him is more [[PersonOfMassDestruction pragmatic]] at first. He eventually decides [[spoiler:he wants her to live safely more than he wants to be with her, and asks Naja to kill him so he can't lose control of his powers and accidentally kill her or destroy the world.]] She doesn't take it so well.
* JustifiedTitle: The Japanese title is ''World Destruction''. Guess what the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin World Destruction Committee]] is out to do?
* KnifeNut: Kyrie [[spoiler:until he Awakens as the Destruct.]]
* KissKissSlap: Morte's first reaction to seeing Kyrie again atop the Temple of Light is utter joy, but she quickly shifts to berating him for [[spoiler:deciding suicide was the best option]]. The camera [[BattleDiscretionShot cuts away]] to a ReactionShot of the rest of the team watching her punch him and commenting that [[HairTriggerTemper he's lucky she didn't pull her sword]].
* LarynxDissonance: Taupy, as mentioned above, is an adorable teddy bear-like feral...with a gruff, badass voice.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The [[http://img.gamefaqs.net/box/4/0/4/96404_front.jpg Japanese boxart]] shows all the main characters lined up, facing the same direction as if they are a team, despite Naja being antagonistic. [[spoiler:Naturally, he makes a HeelFaceTurn - or, given the VillainProtagonist nature of the game, perhaps that'd be a FaceHeelTurn.]]
* LethalChef: Kyrie's special skills involve the use of food to attack. But also to heal.
* LimitBreak: All characters have a SuperMovePortraitAttack which hits ForMassiveDamage, plus a Blood Skill and a Life Skill that are only available after filling a critical hit gauge during battle.
* LoveEpiphany: It takes [[spoiler:Kyrie dying in her arms]] for Morte to realize she's fallen in love with him.
* LoveRedeems: Kyrie's love for Morte eventually convinces her to turn from her OmnicidalManiac tendencies, [[spoiler:and her love for him allows him to resist the Destruct Code's orders to destroy the world]].
* LuckBasedMission: What battles inevitably turn into, thanks to the combat system's method of giving you or your enemies another attack based on getting a critical hit. You can steamroll a boss in one playthrough, or just never get a turn in another.
** This isn't the case if you activate the GameBreaker [[MagikarpPower powers]] from flurry attacks though. Of course, if a boss manages to get the first turn in a battle, it can ''still'' steamroll over you.
* MagikarpPower: Flurry attacks are rather weak (though accurate) at the beginning of the game when compared to blow attacks (more damage and less accurate, but this can easily be compensated for). However, once you reach lvl 20 (which isn't very far into the game, even without grinding, which is also fairly easy to do) you get the option of further improving all your attacks, giving them certain bonuses when doing so. Blow attacks can get some decent powerups from this, but flurry attacks get the option to chain which is more or less a GameBreaker.
* MeaningfulName: Kyrie means 'Lord' in Greek, Morte means 'Death' in many Latin-derived languages.
* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: [[spoiler: Muffy knew all along.]]
* MirrorUniverse: Literally, in the case of Serpens Rex's crazy mirror dimension.
* MomentKiller: Elephas Rex walks in just after Kyrie admits to Morte that he cares for her and isn't sure what he'd do without her. Instead of continuing their conversation with an audience, she takes the opportunity to change the subject.
* MoodWhiplash: On paper, the story looks like pretty serious stuff, and the original draft by writer Masato Kato was apparently even darker and more violent. As it turns out, [[ExecutiveMeddling the higher-ups]] insisted on marketing the game to a [[LighterAndSofter younger demographic]], and so they settled on the worst solution possible: keep the same basic story points, but pack each and every scene with lame, anime-cliche humor and have the game's position on the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness go haywire.
* MoreDakka: Rhi'a if you chain her Flurry attacks, and Agan's Special Attack.
* MotivationalLie: When confronting Aquilla Rex, Rhi'a tells Kyrie she's [[{{Seers}} seen a vision]] in which everyone survives the fight; she admits she saw no such thing as soon as he's out of earshot. When everyone ''does'' survive, Kyrie [[ApologizesALot apologizes for doubting her]].
* MST3KMantra: A couple characters question things like how the World Annihilation Front is able to find its members anywhere and everywhere and rain down notes with their instructions even when indoors. Morte [[InvokedTrope tells them to stop worrying about such things]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Morte Asherah, in account that "Morte" is the Portuguese word for "Death". Her nicknames "Scarlet Plague", "Beastslayer", and "Lady Death" also count. Kyrie ends up nicknamed "Destruct", but anyone who meets him immediately decides that it doesn't suit him at all.
* NinjaZombiePirateRobot: Taupy is a teddybear-sized bear with a gruff voice, a bandanna and an eyepatch who fights enemies with martial arts.
* NonstandardGameOver: Don't kill BrainwashedAndCrazy [[spoiler:Morte]] during that one boss fight. This means not using your LimitBreak, as it will hit all opponents and the Beastlord is much tougher than your companion.
* NotSoDifferent: Agan tells Kyrie he's more like Morte than he realizes; despite the fact that she's much more enthusiastic about the World Annihilation Front's goals than he is, they're both exceptionally stubborn. [[BirdsOfAFeather This cheers Kyrie up.]]
* OfficialCouple: Kyrie and Morte.
* OffModel: A couple of characters have inconsistent coloring between their sprites and {{Character Portrait}}s:
** Kyrie wears a complete pair of gloves in sprites, but only one glove in portraits and art; his other hand is bare. After [[spoiler:he's resurrected as the Destruct]], his battle portrait has brown eyes whereas they're blue in his sprites and other art.
** Morte's hair is a light reddish-chestnut in portraits and art but a medium dull brown in her sprites.
** Muffy's bow is red in her portraits and brown in her sprites.
** Agan's eyes are green in his battle portrait; they're blue in art and other portraits, and sometimes blue or sometimes black in his sprites. The cross on his face is also green in his battle portrait, whereas normally it's just drawn in black.
* OneWingedAngel: All the beastlords pull this (the ones you fight, anyway).
** [[spoiler: [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere The Creator]] does this after you defeat her human form.]]
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: You can be created without one, but if enough people show you love and affection, you'll develop one all on your own.
* PenultimateWeapon: Kyrie gets the Hand of the Sun, which he receives [[spoiler:when he's resurrected by the Crimson Sun]].
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Kyrie's status as one is what catches Morte's attention and kickstarts the plot.
* PettingZooPeople: Subverted in that most ferals look human. Played straight with the beastlords, as well as Crimson Sun (who is technically the [[ElementalEmbodiment embodiment]] of Light/Fire, but come on, he's a giant lion-man.)
** However, it's implied that most ferals do have a transformation form, not ''just'' the beastlords.
* ThePowerOfLove: It can [[OurSoulsAreDifferent make you grow a soul]] and [[spoiler:allows Kyrie to refuse to follow the Destruct Code]].
* PreMortemOneLiner: After activating their LimitBreak, each character has a line which plays before the enemies tally up which of them are now dead and which are just missing a large chunk of their health bar.
* PunBasedTitle:
** The Japanese subtitle ''Michibikareshi Ishi'' is translated as "Guided Wills", but the verb conjucation ''-kareshi'' is rather irregular. This is because ''kareshi'' is also the Japanese word for "boyfriend", making it clear that Kyrie's will is being guided by Morte.
** The English title ''SandsOfDestruction'' clearly refers to Kyrie's power to turn everything to sand.
* RandomEncounters
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: As far as Beastlords go, Ursa Rex was evidently a fair and just ruler, who had [[FantasticRacism no problem with humans]], and Elephas Rex treats both humans and ferals equally at his hospital. Felis Rex may be a blackmailer, but he's overall fairly reasonable as well.
* RedHeadedHero: Agan, the RedheadInGreen. [[spoiler:This is also Kyrie's battle form after he is resurrected.]]
* RightBehindMe: A couple of prison guards comment on Morte and how scarily psychotic she is as she's walking up behind them. In an InvertedTrope, she ''loves'' the things they're saying about her.
* SandIsWater: The Sand Sea is exactly like every sea on Earth - it's big, everybody sails on it, it's full of whales and jellyfish - except that it's made of sand.
* TheSavageSouth: Summer Continent appears to be an {{expy}} of Africa, complete with deserts and savannah. The biggest sign of civilization is the complex operated by Elephas Rex, and travelers who fail to take precautions usually collapse from heat exhaustion before they reach it.
* ScrewDestiny: Kyrie does not want to destroy the world. [[spoiler: Just remake it into a better one.]]
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:Kyrie eventually decides]] his death would mean the world would be saved. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the Destruct has numerous backups in place to ensure the system works, including a method of resurrection in case of premature death.]]
* ShootTheDog: Naja eventually [[spoiler:kills Kyrie at his request]] because they both believe that it will save the world. [[spoiler:Nope. There are backups to ensure the Destruct continues to exist.]]
* SingleTear: Morte cries one atop the Tower of Light [[spoiler:when Kyrie comes back to life]]. Immediately afterwords, she switches back to her usual tough demeanor.
* SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness: The beastlords. We have [[HeroAntagonist Elephas Rex]] on one end, who will treat any and all patients who come to him, including [[spoiler: Morte]], down through Felis Rex, who is a nice guy, but still blackmails you into running errands for him, to Noctua Rex, [[spoiler: who traps you in your memories and tries to kill you, but is trying to save the world]], to the {{Jerkass}} Aqulia Rex down to Porcus Rex and Rana Rex, who eat random humans and use humans for fertilizer, respectively, and finally we have [[spoiler: Lacertus Rex, who wants to use all of humanity as raw material for a new world where he is God.]]
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Despite being titled ''Sands of Destruction'', the game is far over on the shiny end of the scale.
* SmartBall: Morte is normally the type to suggest blowing stuff up first and not asking any questions later, but she gets to hold the Smart Ball for a bit atop the Tower of Light and declares that [[spoiler:instead of destroying the world, she and Kyrie will use his power to ''recreate'' it]]. Apparently she was actually paying attention when Lacertus Rex was babbling at the team, as everyone else dismisses the idea at first.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The song which plays during [[spoiler:Kyrie]]'s DyingDeclarationOfLove starts off melancholy but becomes oddly hopeful, considering the whole ''dying'' part and all, especially as he doesn't get a real answer as to whether or not the feeling is mutual.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. Shares numerous staff members and some story and gameplay elements in common.
* SpritePolygonMix: Intentionally invoked to make the game resemble ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', as it was developed by the same people.
* StandardStatusEffects: Namely, Poison and Paralyze (Stun).
* StoryToGameplayRatio: 20-30 hours of gameplay, compared to about 3-4 hours of cutscenes. Many of those tend towards the front of the game.
* SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity: Any healing points found inside the dungeon, after the party has traveled deep enough. Suspicious enough, due to the game allowing you to save anywhere.
* TearsOfJoy:
** Kyrie is overcome with happiness when [[spoiler:Elephas Rex manages to save Morte from a curse]] and makes an [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Anguished Declaration of Personal Importance]] through them. He even notes how silly it is of him to start crying at a time like this, though Morte doesn't rib him for it, surprisingly.
** Morte cries a SingleTear atop the Tower of Light [[spoiler:when Kyrie comes back to life]].
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: When [[spoiler:Naja]] joins the group, Agan is more than a little distrustful of him. They eventually do find a common ground, though: [[GetARoom annoyance with Kyrie and Morte's shameless PDA]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Kyrie, [[spoiler:after being resurrected, in combat anyways. He's still a whiny bitch otherwise.]]
** [[CharacterDevelopment A more confident somewhat less whiny bitch]], [[spoiler: whose (rather hilarious) reaction to an order to destroy the world is a flat "No" which leaves The Creator speechless.]]
* TransformationSequence: All the beastlords before battle, as well as Rajiv's, Naja's, and Rhi'a's Special Attacks. [[spoiler: And Kyrie at the start of each fight, after his awakening as the Destruct.]]
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: The Primal Cataract appears to be one; Agan claims sailors avoid it because no one who goes in has ever come out again. [[spoiler:Then subverted, as not only is it possible to leave the Cataract, but it's not even the final dungeon - just the ''gateway'' to the '''real''' final dungeon, the Ark.]]
* VictoryPose: [[BloodKnight Morte]] [[GenkiGirl jumps up and down]] [[MilkingTheGiantCow while punching the air]]. Most other characters simply stand in place, satisfied that they've won, though Taupy does [[BadassBack turn his back to the camera]].
* VisualInitiativeQueue: It's constantly changing its order, though, so you probably won't be looking at it very much.
* WelcomeToCorneria: Somewhat averted. While [=NPCs=] only ever have one thing at a time to say to you, they do gradually change what they say over the course of the story. If you kill a beastlord who lives in a town, they will comment on it - some gleeful, some fearing retribution, some rather detached and unemotional. If you come back after advancing the plot further, some of them may even change what they say again, going from commenting on just the local problems to world issues like destroyed [[ElementalEmbodiment Primal Lords]].[[note]]They're technically just turned into eggs, but as far as the man on the street knows, they may as well be dead.[[/note]] However, only certain people do this; others will continue to say the same line endlessly.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Morte, a member of the World Annihilation Front, intends to "destroy this meaningless world."
* WhatWouldXDo: After [[spoiler:killing Kyrie at his request and learning of plans to resurrect him, Naja]] asks to join the Front. Everyone bickers about it until Morte decides to do what she knows Kyrie would do, even though he isn't there at the moment.
* WhipItGood: Agan
* {{Wide Eyed Extremist}}: Kyrie would fit it the most since.
* XanatosGambit: Looking closely at the events that lead to Kyrie's joining the Front, which began with the Front leader ''announcing this to the world'', when [[spoiler: Lacertus Rex reveals himself as the one in charge of the World Destruction Front, having done so jus to get his followers to bring him the Destruct and to use its power for the sake of creating a new world in his image]], [[FridgeHorror iyou realize that even if Morte hadn't managed to bust Kyrie out of Beastmen custody, he would have been ''more'' than capable of getting to Kyrie himself.]]
* YourFavorite: [[ChildhoodFriend Agan]] attempts to get HeroicBSOD'd Morte to eat by offering her sandwhale bacon sandwiches. He knows it's serious when she refuses to so much as look at him.