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->''"Mystery is important. To know everything, to know the whole truth, is dull. There is no magic in that. Magic is not knowing, magic is wondering about what and how and where."''
-->-- '''Cortez'''

April Ryan is an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary art student]] living in the CyberPunk metropolis Newport and applying for the local Academy of Arts. She has her share of problems with her parents, insecurity about her future, and increasingly strange dreams, but she also has some great friends, a job, and a friendly landlady. Then a weird CoolOldGuy named Cortez appears and tells her that she is TheChosenOne who has to SaveBothWorlds -- and then he sends her to that [[AnotherDimension other world]], {{Arcadia}}, she is supposed to save. As her familiar world [[WhenDimensionsCollide crumbles around her]], April has to dive deeper into the secrets of the universe, fulfill cryptic prophecies, bring down an AncientConspiracy or two, cope with her friends' deaths, save the [[PhysicalGod Guardian of the Balance]], and ultimately restore the harmony between the Twin Worlds of Stark and Arcadia. And that all in less than two weeks.

''The Longest Journey'' is a 1999 AdventureGame developed by Norwegian company Funcom and designed by Ragnar Tørnquist for Microsoft Windows. Famous for its expansive storyline, a lovable, GenreSavvy heroine, and flawless gameplay (as far as [[PointAndClickGame point-and-click]] gameplay goes), the game is commonly credited with resurrecting the AdventureGame genre after its crisis in the late 90's. An OddlyNamedSequel, ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'', was released in 2006, and a second sequel, ''VideoGame/DreamfallChapters'', was released in October 2014. In November 2014, '' The Longest Journey'' also received an iOS port.

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!!Tropes found in the game:

* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: April's adoptive father]], though it's strongly hinted he feels deep remorse over it.
* AliceAllusion: When Cortez helps April travel to Arcadia for the first time, he deliberately invokes this imagery to her: "Why, Alice, I am sending you through the looking glass!"
* AlmostDeadGuy: Flipper utters some final words to April when she meets him half-dead.
* AlphabetSoupCans: Roper Klack is beaten by using a calculator, to prove that you can do math and he can't. Or at least, you can do it faster. Afterward, the mage gets sucked into the calculator, for reasons unexplained.
* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: The Talisman of the Balance helps April out in various situations.
* AncientConspiracy: The Vanguard.
* AncientTradition: The Sentinel Fathers.
* {{Arcadia}}: Arcadia is AnotherDimension where magic is possible. While it looks like a pastoral utopia to people coming there from our world, it has its own share of problems, too.
* BirdPeople: The Alatien are roughly humanoid birds with wings for arms.
* BittersweetEnding:
** After all her numerous trials and sacrifices throughout ''TLJ'', April is basically given heartfelt thanks...[[spoiler: and then left to her own devices]]. She even admits as not knowing how to feel as she starts her trek "home".
** By the end Arcadia is under attack and Tobias is dead.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: Glass eye on retinal scanner.
* CerebusSyndrome: Initially the story does not take itself too seriously, being at some points an AffectionateParody of fantasy stories and even campy and comedic at times, with lots of LampshadeHanging. But the story starts to take a very dark turn when [[spoiler:the Tyren army invades Marcuria]] and [[spoiler:Emma is shot by the Vanguard]].
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Mr. Guybrush is utilized twice in the game.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The Mystery Door by the Fringe.]]
* ChekhovsVolcano: The volcano on Alais.
* TheChosenOne: Played with heavily. When April asks Cortez if she is the chosen one, he denies the idea. Later, he gets to admit it to be true. April [[RefusalOfTheCall doesn't want to be in that role]] either, but grows into it.
* CleverCrows: Crow helps April solving puzzles.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: You never know what George the maintenance man will say next.
* CommonTongue: Na'ven or Alltongue, a magical language spoken in all of Arcadia (a parallel universe). Its omnipresence is justified with the fact that you can become a fluid speaker after listening to it for just a few minutes, as April does upon her first visit to Arcadia.
* CosmicDeadline: Sort of a Disc one variant, with April obtaining two pieces of the stone disc within roughly ten minutes of each other. In true Longest Journey Fashion, she [[LampshadeHanging points out how easy obtaining these pieces was]].
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: In Stark the Vanguard are working under the cover of the Church of Voltec.
* CreatorCameo: Ragnar Tørnquist voices Marcus, a minor character near the start of the game.
* CreepyLongFingers: Abnaxus.
%% * CruelTwistEnding: It definitely is for April.
* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption: There are other things too, but special mention goes to Detective Minelli. First you poison him (or at least give him a ''severely'' upset stomach) to get him to move out of an area, then you steal his glass eye (he obviously becomes very panicked when you do this) and replace it with a plastic eye from a toy monkey (which he then puts in his eye socket). Other solutions involve conning your way around problems.
* CyberPunk: Newport.
* CyberPunkIsTechno: A lot of technoheads in the cyberpunk metropolis of Newport.
* CymbalBangingMonkey: The Guybrush monkey toy.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Wino, the man innocuously squatting with his back turned next to the steps to Warren Hughes' apartment, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar appears to be in the middle of doing this]]. Much to April's disgust.
* DeliveryGuyInfiltration: April breaks into the Vanguard headquarters by pretending to deliver pizza.
* {{Diary}}: April keeps a diary throughout the game, which is an important source of her characterization. How she manages to update it even after being pulled into a parallel universe in just her underwear is never explained.
* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler:The ending reveals that April is actually supposed to get the Guardian to his destination, not become the Guardian herself.]]
* DimensionalTraveler: Shifters are the only creatures known to physically travel between the twin worlds of Stark and Arcadia, as well as to and from much smaller splinter worlds, like the Guardian's Realm (although speculation abounds that the Draic Kin are capable of it, as well).
* DismantledMacGuffin: The Stone Disc, the key to the Guardian's realm in the first game. Justified in the BackStory: the disc was originally kept at the Sentinel Enclave, ready for pickup by TheChosenOne, but then the Vanguard tried to steal it. Afterwards, the Sentinels decided to break it up and hand the pieces over to the four magical peoples most motivated to keep it hidden (since most magical creatures would likely perish if the Twin Worlds were forcibly reunited).
%%* DisneyDeath: April's friend who gets shot.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Cortez and Jacob [=McAllen=]]], WordOfGod stating that the former [[HesJustHiding is just hiding]], [[FridgeHorror though what that would imply about the latter]]...
* DownTheRabbitHole: Pretty much the point of the first part of the game and it [[AliceAllusion explicitly references Alice]] at many occasions.
* DreamIntro: Subverted. While it looks like a dream, when April visits the same location in the waking world, she can see the traces of her actions from when she was "dreaming" about it at the start of the game. In other words, it was real from the start, she just didn't realize it then.
* DrugsAreBad: The fictitious drug "Rapture" comes up repeatedly, though it's not important to the story. Too many will really mess you up.
* DualWorldGameplay: Unlike other examples of this trope, you don't get to ''choose'' when to go to the other world.
* EntertaininglyWrong: Captain Nebevay is tricked by April into leaving to checking on apple supplies below decks, despite noticing what pest is infecting them.
-->''These are worms, all right -- vicious, snarling wheat worms driven mad by their hunger for a change of diet!''
* FantasticDrug: "Rapture" and "Amathin". The effects are never explained in detail.
* TheFederation: Northlands, particularly, Ayrede.
* FramingDevice: The game starts with an old woman named Lady Alvane being asked to tell a story to two children. Instead of the one they asked her, she tells them the story of April Ryan. At the end of the game, Lady Alvane finishes her story, and the children leave.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: April crashes a news report and does this.
* GentleGiant: Sleeping Q'aman. Not surprisingly, his official circus nickname is "The Gentle Giant."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: It's heavily implied, visually and through April's dialogue, that the man standing with his back turned next to Building 87 on Hope Street is [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating]].
* GlassEye: The police officer's eye falling out and rolling around. Also an example of ElectronicEye. It becomes a BorrowedBiometricBypass.
* GuardianOfTheMultiverse: Guardians of the Balance.
* GuideDangIt: One of the reasons this game was so well received was the lack of this trope. However, even then, a few puzzles may come off as unintuitive, namely the rubber ducky puzzle very early in the game.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Gordon Halloway]] has one after his [[spoiler: soul is reunited with his body.]]
* HereThereWereDragons: Among other fantasy stuff.
* HilariousOuttakes: Accessible via the Book of Secrets.
* InformingTheFourthWall
* InTheDoldrums: The Guardian's realm looks like this. It turns out to be a FisherKingdom--in [[VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney the sequel]], the replacement for´ the first game's ailing Guardian adds plant life and a proper sky.
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: TropeNamer.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Tobias gives you the Talisman of the Balance, and is quick to admit that aside from being magical, he has no idea what it does and doesn't really know how it will help, only that it's supposed to be given to April.
* KeepItForeign: In the Spanish version Cortez is not Hispanic, but rather a Frenchman named "Corthes".
* LampshadeHanging: Done a lot.
* LastSecondWordSwap: The Gribbler takes this to ludicrous levels, one of many, many signs that she is [[ObviouslyEvil totally evil]] and [[ImAHumanitarian will]] '''[[ImAHumanitarian eat you]]''':
-->I was out picking bones- uh, berries, for my stew, and flowers, ''yeeess'', pretty flowers...
-->Oh, I'm no one, no one at all, just a frail, old woman out picking ''booones''- uh, '''berries''', picking berries, for her stew so she can feed her ''prisoners''- uh, '''guests''', so she can ''fatten them up for''... um, [[BlatantLies the long winter]]...
-->I still need your help, plump pudd- um, nice pretty girl, [...] Help me home and ''I'll cook you''... um, a nice stew! Yum, I'm ''getting hungry already'' *'''growl'''*...
-->Oh, what have we here, this... "stew", isn't good enough to ''stuff yo''- um, to ''serve'', a guest as ''plump''- as ''well built and deliciou''- as ''honoured'' as you, ''my dear''...
** ...And April ''[[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption still]]'' [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption follows]] [[TooDumbToLive her home]]. Not until she's trapped inside her house does she go "Hey, you know what..."
* LimitedWardrobe: Partially averted, with different, context-sensitive outfits for April. Justified, too, when she enters Arcadia in her nightclothes.
* LukeIAmYourFather: The White Dragon, who turns out to be [[spoiler: April's real mother.]]
%%* MacGuffinDeliveryService
* MagicVersusScience
* TheMagicVersusTechnologyWar: The scientific Stark and the magical Arcadia. A balance is kept so that no technology goes to Arcadia an no magic goes to Stark.
* MedievalStasis: Way back in history, the inhabitants of the world in question had to make a choice between "magic" and "science", and two parallel worlds were created, between which the Player Character can skip. Our PC is from the Science world, apparently Twenty Minutes into the Future, whereas the Magic world is still on swords and bows, because anyone born with ingenuity and inventiveness ends up in the Science world. Stark the science world is set in the 23rd century with interstellar travel and antigravity flying cars while Arcadia the magic world which has been separated from the other for several thousands of years is perpetually in the medieval ages level of technology. The Azadi in the sequel have introduced steam technology and airships but itself must rely on magic (though saying so in public can get you arrested). Stark on the other hand is only able to produce faster than light travel and antigravity technology because of magic seeping into this dimension as it defies the laws of physics (unbeknowest to its denizens). The high number of antigravity accidents are due to the chaotic nature of magic and after the collapse the complete removal of magic causes society to revert to old technology as both antigravity and etrasolar travel is no longer feasible.
* MergedReality: That's what the Vanguard are attempting to do; apparently, chances of failure don't bother them much.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Gribbler, [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/tlj/images/4/48/523354-gribbler_large.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120828150551&path-prefix=pl ye gods]].
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: Said by the police guard bot at the site of the crashed transportation unit in front of PD.
* MrExposition: Cortez and Tobias have lengthy exposition speeches.
* NarratorAllAlong: At the end Lady Alvane turns out to be April Ryan herself in later years.
* NonLinearCharacter: The Venar, who perceive all of their life simultaneously. Asking one to focus on the "now" to talk to you gives it a massive headache.
* NPCAmnesia: April can chance her answers without fearing any backlash.
* OminousFloatingCastle: Roper Klack's castle.
* OrderVersusChaos: Stark is the world of order, Arcadia is one of chaos--but when they begin to seep into each other, chaos wins out. Also, on a different level, the Vanguard and their desire to merge the worlds and rule them versus the Sentinels who want to keep the worlds separated.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Draic Kin.
* PaperThinDisguise: Simply by ''holding a pizza box'', April can get by a guard she had continually pestered to let her in to no avail.
* ThePasswordisAlwaysSwordfish: At PD, April correctly guesses the password for the database to be "laura0731" which is the name and birthday of the officer's wife.
* PercussiveMaintenance: The housekeeper at the Mercury theatre kicks the flickering neon sign with his broom in hope to get it to work again.
* PhysicalGod: The Guardian, after the Changing of the Guard; outside their Tower, however, they are as helpless as normal humans.
* ProphecyPileup: By the end, April fulfills the prophecies of at least three magical peoples who all proclaim her their respective ChosenOne.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: The introductory cutscene.
* ReconcileTheBitterFoes: April has to play the peacemaker between the Alatien and the Maerum to get to the Old God, a.k.a. the Blue Kin.
* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: If you look at a red cherub in the cathedral, April mentions that it must be from the sequel of the Bible.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The [[MoleMen Banda]], furry little creatures with curious speech patterns and rather elaborate naming traditions.
* SaveBothWorlds: There are two worlds in place of one Earth: technological/ordered Stark and magical/chaotic Arcadia. If they collide, there may be a hell to pay. Or not. Let's just leave the cosmology of the Twin Worlds at that.
* ScaryShadowFakeout: Invoked - you must assemble a pile of things to make a shadow that resembles one of a man pointing a gun, so that a guy sees it and gets scared.
* SetPiecePuzzle
* ShoutOut: The game features a lot of homages to famous TV shows and movies of our time, including ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', ''Franchise/EvilDead'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', and ''Franchise/StarTrek''. And there is Constable [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Guybrush]].
* SorryImGay: When April tries to get past a security guard by acting cute, all he says is, "Sorry, ma'am, I'm gay".
* StandardPowerupPose: The [[PhysicalGod Guardian of the Balance]] assumes this pose (but with his legs together) upon ascending to the top of the Tower of the Balance.
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: The scene with the Gribbler, although the jury is still out on whether it was played straight or as a mockery of the trope.
** Disrupt the magic compass and prevent the ship's escape from a storm that even got the hardened crew shaking in their boots? WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: [[spoiler:The Draic Kin.]]
* SupervillainLair: Roper Klacks' castle and [=McAllen's=] skyscraper and office.
* SurprisinglyEasyMiniquest: Getting the Stone Disc pieces kept by [[spoiler:the Dark People]] and by [[spoiler:Abnaxus]].
* TakenForGranite: [[EvilSorcerer Roper Klacks]] favorite pastime is turning people into [[AndIMustScream sentient statues]].
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Subverted. In this game thirteen is a lucky number.
* TimeDissonance: Again, the Venar.
* TitleDrop: ''"You're about to take the first step on the longest journey of your life."''
* TranslatorMicrobes: Na'ven or Alltongue in Arcadia is a magical language that can be learned in a few minutes just by listening to it..
* VisibleInvisibility: We can still make out April when she becomes invisible.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [=McAllen=] tries to convince Cortes of this.
* WildMagic: All of magic in Arcadia (and sometimes Stark) is rooted in the energies of Chaos.
* YouCantMissIt: The mapmaker's directions in the delivery mission.
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