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[[caption-width-right:300:''[[BattleCry To my side, my noble einherjar!]]'']]

->''"[[GoodBadTranslation It shall be engraved upon your soul]]!"''

''Valkyrie Profile'' is a role-playing game based (loosely) on Myth/NorseMythology. It was originally released on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation in 2000 by Creator/TriAce, and later re-released as ''Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth'' for the UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable in 2006

Ragnarok (the prophesied battle of gods that heralds TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt) is approaching, and the god Odin requires a number of great soldiers to fight at his side. He assigns this divine task to Lenneth, one of his most loyal Valkyrie servants, who must descend to the mortal realm and sift through the souls of the recently-deceased. Once she has found a suitably pure-hearted soul, she must train it for battle and then send her new warrior to the armies of Valhalla.

However, unknown to Lenneth, there is more to her task than meets the eye: a number of sinister conspiracies are unfolding on both realms as the divine and the mortal manipulate events to achieve their own ends, and Lenneth must decide just who to trust and who to obey.

It was unique in that it had a turn-based battle system that relied on timing attacks well to increase combo hits and thus increase damage. Like other games developed by tri-Ace (like ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' and ''VideoGame/RadiataStories''), it featured extensive voice acting, which resulted in several classic quotes amongst dedicated role-players.

The game has spawned a prequel/sequel ([[TimeyWimeyBall it's complicated]]), ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria'', which was released on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 in 2006. A third game, ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'' was released for the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS in 2009. There is also a 12 chapter manga adaptation.

In 2016, Square Enix announced a new entry to the series entitled ''Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin'' for iOS and Android devices. It serves as a prequel (for real this time, it seems like) and features a younger-looking Lenneth with a redesigned outfit.

There is a [[Characters/ValkyrieProfile character sheet]] for the entire franchise.

Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''.

!!This game provides examples of:

%%* HundredPercentCompletion
%%* AcquittedTooLate: Janus.
%%* AGodIsYou
* AnimatedArmor: Grey, his body seemingly destroyed by the time his wife performed a soul exchange, so his soul was fused into a suit of armor to allow him to live. His companions were later confused as to why he never removed his armor, not aware that he was now literally living armor.
* AnyoneCanDie: In fact, it's more shocking to see who doesn't. Hell, death is a prerequisite for joining the Valkyrie's party.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Justified in that Lenneth expends her power to materialize her Einherjar.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Any souls transferred to Asgard.
* AWinnerIsYou: The normal ending [[spoiler:just has Freya congratulate Lenneth for defeating the Vanir, with vague hints on how to get the GoldenEnding in the post-credits scene]].
%%* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Lucian]] in the GoldenEnding.
%%* BagOfSharing
* BaitAndSwitch: After spending the game watching the mercenary Celia lose her comrades one by one (all of them joining your party as Einherjar) and becoming increasingly aggrieved by these losses, at the last event where its just her and her nemesis she and the others had been hunting the whole game, you spend the entire event thinking this is finally her moment to die and become an Einherjar. [[spoiler:It isn't. Its Grey, the man she and the others were hunting due to a miscommunication, who joins Lenneth after the ritual he was attempting goes wrong and kills him. The last we ever see of Celia is her sobbing over Grey's empty armor all alone. Poor Celia.]]
* BattleBallgown: Lenneth wears one, just like the other valkyries.
* {{BFS}}: The Nibelung Valesti involves 4 massive spears.
%%** Arngrim.
%%** Kashell.
%%** Suo.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Jayle.
* BlackMagicianGirl: Mystina and possibly Jelanda.
%%* BlockPuzzle
* BloodKnight: Arngrim. He became a mercenary not to get a paycheck, but to get a good fight. Badrach too, who was all too happy to be picked up by the valkyrie, at least before mentioning his deeds.
* BodyHorror: Jelanda's demon form. Specially on the remake, where you can se her transformation in more detail.
* BoobyTrap: Quite annoying with those explosive traps on the chests.
* BonusBoss: The bosses in the Seraphic Gate.
* BonusDungeon: The Seraphic Gate.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: Lenneth. She's actually more useful as an archer most of the time, considered the ''only'' useful archer in the game besides Janus.
%%* BraggingRightsReward
* BreakMeter: While there is no visible meter per se, you do see the special effects whenever the enemy blocks changing color from white to red whenever they block succeeding attacks. It means that repeatedly attacking a blocking enemy will eventually result in a ''Guard Break'', stunning them.[[labelnote:note]]If you continue attacking the enemy after the guard break but before the stun animation, the enemy will be stunned ''after'' you finish your attacks![[/labelnote]] This is even highlighted in the tutorial dungeon's boss.
* BreakableWeapons: Weapons forged by humans, including slayer weapons and staves that allow Great Magic use.
* BreastPlate: Lenneth and (especially) Aelia have armor that...exaggerate their assets, but otherwise are perfectly adequate plate armor.
** Hrist and Silmeria too, obviously. To say nothing of [[spoiler:the true Valkyrie.]]
* BrawnHilda: Averted. All the Valkyries are [[LadyOfWar Ladies of War]].
* ButNowIMustGo: The game is deliberately set up around this trope: you collect dead warriors to fight in your party, you level them up a bit, then you send them off to Valhalla and must make do without them. SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear factors into it as well; they rank better if you send them off with nicer equipment.
* CallAHitPointASmeerp: HP is called "Divine Materialization Energy" (or DME) in this game, because no one in the party actually has a material form, what with being dead and everything, so they're relying on Lenneth's powers to materialize.
%%* CanisMajor: Fenrir.
* CantCatchUp: Although you ''do'' have items to combat this such as Expert Experience, Lenneth can't leave your party at all, so she'll get all the experience, whereas the rest of your party is likely to be changing depending on who you're training for Valhalla or what characters you have. Not to mention that since only the einherjar on the battlefield gain experience, the other characters often get stuck at whatever level they come at if you don't use them - which is especially brutal if you're playing on Hard difficulty, where ''everyone'' comes at level 1.
** Suo and Gandar get hit particularly hard, because Gandar you can only get in chapter 8, and Suo only joins around Chapter 7.
** Of course, there are perks with heroes being recruited at Level 1. It means that you can prop them with two accessories - one that grants permanent 100 increase in DME when leveling up, and one that adds more CP when leveling up. This means you can actually maximize your heroes even if they come later.
* CantDropTheHero: For the overwhelming majority of the game, Lenneth has to be in your party. The only times she's not is right at the beginning, when you play as Arngrim, and during part of the GoldenEnding. This fact also ensures that, by the end of the game, [[CantCatchUp she'll be at least 10 levels higher than anyone else in your party]].
* CallingYourAttacks: Every single character and bosses do this in their PWS.
-->'''Bloodbane:''' FEEL MY FLAMES!
* TheCameo: In the PSP rerelease, [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria Alicia]] shows up in a cutscene when you go back in time in Dipan, arriving just in time to see [[spoiler:King Barbarossa, her father, be executed]].
* CaptainErsatz: Arngrim is [[{{Manga/Berserk}} Guts]] with the serial numbers filed off.
%%* CharacterLevel
%%* CheckPoint
* ChekhovsGun: If you hold onto the Infernas sword found in Chapter 5, one of the final bosses in the A ending turns from a difficult boss to a OneHitPointWonder.
%%** Lezard's Humonculi are a big one.
%%* {{Combos}}
* CompressedAdaptation: The manga is only 12 chapters long. While it covers most vital events related to the GoldenEnding, it only covers the recruitments of Arngrim, Jelanda, Belenus, Lawfer and Mystina. The latter's role is mostly diminished.
* CosmicKeystone: Four of the worlds of Yggdrasil have a powerful relic that sustains their world: Midgard has the Dragon Orb, Asgard has Gungnir, Alfheim has the Sylvain Bow, and Niflheim has the Demon Sword Levantine. If the treasure is removed from the world, it will slowly fall into destruction unless some sort of stabilizing element can take its place. [[spoiler:Odin has Hrist seize the Dragon Orb from Midgard when he realizes Dipan is learning forbidden magics, in addition to preparing for Ragnarok.]]
%%* CoupDeGrace
* CrapsackWorld: Children are sold into slavery, monsters are everywhere, amoral or outright evil aristocrats and wizards are doing gods know what to innocent people... Let's face it. Life on Midgard ''sucks''. It's practically a MercyKill that Ragnarok is right around the corner, and you could argue that death, and becoming Einherjar, is the best thing to happen to some of the Valkyrie's party. It's like this because [[spoiler:Odin had the Dragon Orb removed from the Palace of the Dragon, thus destabilizing Midgard and turning it into the CrapsackWorld you see in this game]].
* CriticalExistenceFailure: Notable that if Lenneth is dead for three turns, ''the entire party'' ceases to exist and you get kicked back to the world map (or a GameOver if you die in the final dungeons). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that it's Lenneth's energy that permits the other characters to exist in the real world.
* CrutchCharacter: Freya, who at Level 2 does absurd amounts of damage and has absurd amounts of HP (though she dodges everything anyway), joins you for the first tutorial dungeon, until you reach the dungeon's boss, at which point she backs off and lets Lenneth's party take him on.
* CultureChopSuey: The world is heavily based on Myth/NorseMythology, but the island of Hai-Lan has a distinctly Japanese feel, with katanas, samurai, and shrine maidens. The ruins of Akhetanan are based on Egyptian mythology.
* {{Cutscene}}: Plenty of those, just as you'd expect from tri-Ace.
%%* CrystalDragonJesus
%%* CrystalPrison
%%* DarkActionGirl: Hrist.
%%* DarkIsNotEvil: Brahms.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lezard Valeth, when he's not [[LargeHam chewing the scenery.]]
--> '''Lezard:''' They say one should not speak unkindly of the dead, so I say, "Nice try."
* DeadToBeginWith: Being a deity tasked with preparing the souls of the dead for Ragnarok means you don't meet many living folks. Of all the party members in the game, only three temporary party members are not dead. One of them is a goddess, and one of the others is ''un''dead.
* DealWithTheDevil: Lezard claims this in his intro:
--> '''Lezard:''' I am he who hath entrusted his soul to the eternal vortex of time.
%%* DeathByIrony
* DeathByOriginStory: Pretty much a given. If they aren't killed by someone, expect them to hit the DespairEventHorizon and be DrivenToSuicide like Yumei and Grey.
* DefrostingIceQueen: [[spoiler:Valkyries are stripped of human emotion to keep from interrupting their duties. Lenneth eventually regains her human emotions and becomes incredibly compassionate. Previously, Lenneth and the other Valkyries are cold. Notably early on when she told Llewelyn that she is not a goddess of love.]]
* DeathOrGloryAttack: Any weapon with a low enough Attack Trust stat can turn ''all'' of the character's attacks into one - the stat shows how far below the regular attack stat any given attack could land, so a 100 will always attack at full power, while a 50 could be at only half power. Notably, the InfinityPlusOneSword, the Angel Slayer, has both the highest attack and the lowest Attack Trust; any given attack with it has the chance of [[ScratchDamage only doing 1 damage]] or pulling a OneHitKO on nearly anything.
* DegradedBoss: ''Every'' boss except for the Einherjar bosses, Genevieve, the mummy king and the final set of bosses get reused as normal enemies. And even they get reused in the Seraphic Gate (although this is more so you can fill out your voice collection).
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: During the Sacred Phase, Freya says: "Do you wish to know the status of our Einherjar?" and Immediately after choosing one to view: "You wish to know his/her status?"
* DifficultySpike: Lezard's tower can be a wake up call dungeon for most players who aim for the A ending or just want Mystina (since you will be forced to clear it in chapter 4). Not only it is a confusing maze, but it's also filled to the brim with {{Demonic Spider}}s. On the plus side, after you've been through it once, it's a good place to come back to for some grinding.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: In Badrach's recruitment scene, Lenneth starts out collecting his soul for Hel to torment him for eternity; she asks if he's done ''anything'' good to warrant becoming an Einherjar, and Badrach, in a panic, starts listing off things like, "I helped a kidnapper! I sold women into slavery!" Lenneth is about three seconds away from booting his ass down to Nifleheim before he comes up with his ''one'' good deed, which he did out of spite anyway.
* DiscOneNuke:
** The Element and Ether Scepters. They can do incredible damage: unfortunately, they break if you use Great Magic (and the unbreakable ones don't pop up until later in the game). But since they are much more powerful than standard staves, even using normal-version spells from the menu when they are equipped is enough to one-shot most encounters in chapters 1-3.
** There is an item called Tome of Alchemy which immediately turns all non-boss enemies (barring very few ones) into crystals. Not only do you instantly kill them for their experience, but you also gain bonus multipliers from said crystals (and rarely, a chest). These tomes are given to you occasionally or through dungeon-delving. So the seemingly scary duo of Dragon Zombies become piñatas.
** Menu Magic "Lightning Bolt" on all enemies with a strong staff like Dragonbane (assuming you could recruit Nanami in chapter 2) can also be considered as such for 2 chapters, without the disadvantages.
** Attack items like "Holy Crystal" pretty much kill everything for the majority of the main game regardless of the user's skill and power, which can make even hard enemies and bosses a breeze.
** Nanami can be recruited as early as chapter 2, and she comes with Lightning Bolt, which is a powerful spell. And returning to her village after recruiting her can net you Dragonbane, a powerful spellcaster weapon. It can't use Great Magic (which ''really'' inflicts damage) but it's unbreakable and has ''quite'' a powerful boost.
** Lorenta comes with Mystic Cross, which is the most powerful magic in the game (And has the most powerful Great Magic), and at that point you might be able to just take out all of [[spoiler:Lezard]]'s health with it, given that in order to fight that boss you ''must'' recruit her.
** Lezard's tower also has a couple items that, through alchemy, can give you ''very'' powerful weapons that you might be using ''until the end of the game''. During the main story, this makes your two polearm users (Lawfer and Aelia) top tier characters, as well as Arngrim and ''maybe'' Kashell since you can get a heavy arms variation, too.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Just because of a single pickpocket, a nobleman sent an army and destroyed the whole town of Gerabellum. Lucian's posse thinks the robbery was just an excuse and that the nobles really wanted to burn the slums to begin with.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Aelia, though this is justified since she is not a human. This is more of an InformedFlaw, since it never comes up on cutscenes and she never mentions it.
%%* DoomedAppointment: Janus.
* {{Doorstopper}}: According to Lezard, the Philosopher's Stone is the mother of all doorstoppers. He calls it a "ten-''billion'' page codex".
* DramaticWind: Most of the characters have this in their battle or victory poses. Mages are particularly prone to standing around looking drafty. For them, at least, it could be justified by them using their magic to look cool.
* DrivenToSuicide: Arngrim, Yumei, and potentially Lawfer.
%%* DualWielding: Jun.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Without the A ending, the best you can hope for is a "meh". The B ending is pretty anticlimactic.
%%* EasterEgg
* EleventhHourRanger: Gandar, who you can only recruit in the last chapter and cannot send up to Valhalla at all. Suo and Lyseria may also count, since these two are probably the last einherjar aside from Gandar who you'll meet.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: In the best ending only, where the last hit of Lenneth's [[EvolvingAttack upgraded]] FinishingMove can hit the final boss for 65k damage. Even with two million HP, that's a big "''OUCH''".
* EmotionlessGirl: Lenneth early on, at least until she regained her memories and thus her emotion.
* EndOfTheWorldSpecial: [[spoiler:The path to getting the A ending involves Loki destroying Asgard and, at the climax, Midgard as well. However, the path's events also unknowingly causes Lenneth to obtain the power of creation, which she uses to defeat Loki and recreate the world and its inhabitants (including Lucian) with her as the Lord of Creation.]]
* EnemyMine: In the best ending, [[spoiler:Arngrim and Mystina enlist the aid of Brahms (king of the vampires, but not all that bad a guy) and Lezard (who is outright evil, [[StalkerWithACrush among other things]]) to save Lenneth.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: One reason why Lenneth accepted Badrach, as he freed a little girl from slavers, even after all the crimes he has done.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Jun and Suo.
* EvilLaugh: Lezard, several times.
* EvolvingAttack: Lenneth's signature attack has three levels, the final of which is only available against the FinalBoss and the Bonus Dungeon. You get different versions depending on the weapon Lenneth equips. General rule of thumb is that if the weapon allows three attacks, it usually allows her to use the second level of Nibelung Valesti (with few exceptions, for instance the sword Valkyrie Favor only gives the first level version despite allowing for three attacks). The bonus weapons in Seraphic Gate are the only ones that allow the third level of the finisher.
* FakeDifficulty: Getting the "A" ending is next to impossible [[GuideDangIt without a guide]], unless you're really lucky.
%%* FightWoosh
* FinalSpeech: Badrach makes a rather long one to convince Lenneth to not send him to Hel, goddess of Nifelheim.
* FinishingMove: Everyone has one, and mages technically have 12, but they all share those 12.
%%* FourEyesZeroSoul: Lezard.
* FragileFlower: Nanami and Yumei; it's even listed as one of their negative traits.
%%* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Suo.
%%* GoldenEnding
* GratuitousEnglish: The game's subtitle ("Should Deny the Divine Destiny of The Destinies"), and arguably "Purify Weird Soul". It's one reason they replaced it with "Soul Crush" in the [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria later]] [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume games]].
** Nibelung Valesti itself is a corruption of what seemed to be Nibelung Velocity.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: The Philosopher's Stone, which is not a TomeOfEldritchLore despite [[MagnificentBastard who owns it]].
* TheGrimReaper: Lenneth is often referred to as a "death-goddess". She's a subversion of the trope, though.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Freya in the first dungeon, and [[spoiler:Freya, Brahms, and Lezard Valeth]] in the BonusDungeon. Also, [[spoiler:Brahms and Lezard]] for all of one battle during the path to the GoldenEnding.
* GuideDangIt: The GoldenEnding requirements are extremely counterintuitive, requiring you to perform several seemingly unrelated tasks in quick succession, getting one of your [[KarmaMeter Karma Meters]] to a certain level, and removing a very clearly plot-relevant character from your party almost as quickly as you get him, without so much as a hint from the game. How did ''anyone'' find this out without a guide?
** The "Seal Value" stat is especially bad: it's never mentioned in any of the tutorials, no one tells you what it does, and there are no hints as to how (or why) you make it go up or down. While most other steps involved in getting the GoldenEnding are probably going to be followed by particularly thorough players (there's even a gentle nudge to send the proper character to Valhalla at the required time, since the requirements are a very close fit), the Seal Value requirements (let alone how one goes about meeting them) couldn't possibly be guessed.
* HalfHumanHybrid:
** Lezard intentionally makes his homunculi of this genetic stock. Divine power + human ability to "grow" = power.
** Yumei is half human, and thus can turn into either human or mermaid at will.
** Lezard reveals that [[spoiler:Odin]] is half elf, which explains why he could grow stronger as [[spoiler:gods]] tend to remain static with their divine power.
** [[spoiler:Lenneth becomes one as per Ending A (and the ending that is considered canon to Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria). After rescuing her essence from Hrist, Lezard and Mystina placed her into the remaining homunculus that Lenneth spared and Mystina stole. This gave Lenneth power to become the Creator]].
* HardModePerks: The dungeons exclusive to hard mode contain top tier equipment that just isn't available in normal or easy difficulties. An unintentional version is how you get characters at level 1, instead of at your current level, in hard mode, which lets you train them more effectively. Between these two points, Hard Mode can be significantly easier than normal if you know what you're doing, while Easy Mode can be much more difficult and it doesn't let you get the GoldenEnding, to boot.
* HeelRealization: Badrach has something like this during his recruitment, when he seems to realize just how bad a guy he was. Also, in the A ending, [[spoiler:Lenneth. Or rather, she realizes she's been working for a heel when she gets her memories back, and realizes just how little Odin cares for mortals.]]
%%* HoldingOutForAHero
* HopelessBossFight: Freya and Brahms are supposed to be this, as they're massively powerful and nearly immune to your attacks, but it is possible to beat them. Beating Freya doesn't change [[NonStandardGameOver the outcome]], but beating Brahms makes the game act as if you had decided not to fight him.
* InTheBack: When a character passes through the enemy (usually because of an attack, like say Lenneth's Moment Slide), the character will be behind the enemy and any follow-up attack he or she will do will be a successful, unblockable attack.
** There's also a skill that lets your character turn around to hit the enemy from behind.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: Though to be fair, they sometimes mix it up with bags full of loot instead.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Swords, actually. And staves. And spears.
* InfinityMinusOneSword: The two best staves you can get in the regular game both sort of count. The Ether Scepters have the highest magic power in the game, and allow for Great Magic, but will break 1/3 of the time they're used. The Unicorn Horns allow for Great Magic and are unbreakable, but their magic power is slightly weaker than the Ether Scepters.
* IWishedYouWereDead: ''"Lapis, grant me my heart's desire!"'' You will cry when you know the context...
* JerkassHasAPoint: Actually a bad guy, but he ''is'' right.
--> '''Lezard:''' "You don't have any idea what you are, do you?"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Subverted; even Badrach's good deed is for selfish reasons.
%%** Arngrim eventually becomes this.
%%* KamehameHadoken: Freya.
%%-->''Can you withstand this?''
* KarmaHoudini:
** Lezard Valeth, who gets away with crimes that would make SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker blush. [[spoiler:At least he gets his demise in [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria the sequel]]]].
** Gandar; he was saved from being sent to Nifleheim because Odin needed his skills. This probably gave you a hint that [[spoiler:Odin is not that nice]]. Alternatively, it could be that Odin just didn't want Hel to get her hands on him.
* KarmaMeter: Two of them. One measures how well you're doing your job, the other is how well the seal on [[spoiler:Lenneth's memories]] is holding up. The second value also determines her battle quotes. If the Seal is high, she's gung-ho and ready to fight. If it's low, she starts questioning what she's really fighting for, and wonders whether there's a point to all the fighting.
%%* KarmicDeath
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Inverted; katanas are among the worst weapons in the game. The one exception is the Dragonbane katana, which is a very powerful early-game weapon for mages, and is unequippable by your party's samurai.
%%* KillHimAlready
* KillThePoor: Present in Lucian's backstory. He was part a of a band of thieves that [[JustLikeRobinHood steals for the poor]]. Consequently, in retribution, soldiers were sent to kill not only the thieves but also the rest of the slum's dwellers.
%%* LadyOfWar:
%%** The three Valkyries.
%%** Aelia.
%%** Jayle.
* LargeHam:
** The invocations on about 75% of the Purify Weird Soul moves. Plus, there's several of Lenneth's InTheNameOfTheMoon speeches to villains. [[spoiler:To little surprise, Loki does this as well in the path to the best ending. You could argue that [[HamToHamCombat the final boss battle is over the right to become the patron God/Goddess of Ham.]] ]]
** Lezard is hammy as hell with NoIndoorVoice.
** All the spell throwers when they cast Great Magic, and a large number of Menu Magics as well; Jelanda crying out "Guard Reinforce!!" is something special.
* LeakedExperience: Completing puzzles and finishing dungeons gives you Event Experience, which is pooled in the Exp Orb. You can freely distribute this to any of the characters at your discretion to help them catch up.
* LevelsTakeFlight: The Celestial Castle. It's not long, but an unavoidable section of it is tiny platforms with nothing below them, and booby-trapped treasure chests that explode and knock you off the edges. Those rooms also feature flying enemies that will force you into battle, after which you will fall unless you have the presence of mind to re-grab onto the ropes you're supposed to use to cross the gaps. The game has a time limit, and every time you fall off you end up outside, and have to spend more time going in again.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Played through. Mages are okay at first, but once you get staves that allows them to use great magic without it breaking, they'll soon start ''ruining'' bosses. Heavy Arms and Lancers can eventually get a near end-game quality weapon with [[GuideDangIt a little searching]] in ''chapter four'', making them (with the exception of Grey) potentially powerful. Archers, meanwhile, tend to lag behind, majorly. With a few exceptions (Janus and Lenneth, who for a while is more powerful with a bow in her hands), they're utterly worthless for anything beyond increasing the combo gauge.
** In the end, mages and the other warriors (again, save archers) can get more unique in terms of attacks, but all of the mages you get have the same pool of magic and can all learn the same spells; no spell is unique to one sorcerer. Also, the power level of each mage is fixed and generally increases in the order you get them in (Jelanda is the weakest, then the three sorceresses from Yamato, Lorenta, Mystina, Lyseria, and Gandar is the most powerful mage in-game).
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: All the different Einherjar, with their unique backstories and recruitment scenes, are the focus of the bulk of gameplay. The second game features even ''more'' of them, though their story significance is reduced significantly, to the point where their whole backgrounds are reduced to AllThereInTheManual status. The third game features fewer recruitable characters, but their stories are pushed back to the forefront.
%%* TheLostWoods
* LoveMakesYouEvil:
** Not that Lezard was a nice guy before, what with the necromancy and all, but falling for Lenneth makes him do all kinds of horrors.
** Belenus's wife made a pact with a vampire upon her death, jealous of her husband's pretty new servant.
* MadScientist: Lezard, though he's more of a mad wizard with traits of a mad scientist.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Well, not quite, but the English version of the game uses eleven voice actors (all from TAJ Productions aka {{FourKidsEntertainment}}, which in general has a small acting pool) to voice the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, including the extra voices heard during sequences when Lenneth picks up a new Einherjar. The most used actress is Tara Jayne; she voices all three of the sorceresses from [[{{Wutai}} Hai-Lan]], the boy archer Llewelyn, and most of the secondary female voices heard during Spiritual Concentration sequences. Creator/EricStuart has the fewest characters voiced, but they differ significantly from each other vocally (Lucian sounds like [[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Brock]], while Grey has a deep, [[LargeHam hammier]] voice).
* TheMaze:
** Salerno Academy.
** The Tower of Lezard Valeth.
** Adrianrod Labyrinth.
** A small section of the Forest of Spirits loops you until you get the right path.
** The Seraphic Gate.
%%* MercyKill: If only the cutscene with it had a mercy kill option...
* MultipleEndings: Three total. [[NonstandardGameOver Ending C]] has Freya destroy you in a HopelessBossFight for constant disobedience, [[AWinnerIsYou Ending B]] is little more than congratulations (with hints to the true ending), and Ending A is the GoldenEnding, which is [[GuideDangIt very difficult to achieve without a guide]].
* MundaneUtility: Freya teleports everywhere, whether across the battlefield or down a half-flight of stairs.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Suo suffered a HeroicBSOD, allowing a peasant to strike him down as he was deep in thought.
%%* NiceHat: Freya.
* NonCombatEXP: The game has Event Experience, which is received at the ends of dungeons and after triggering events while exploring dungeons. It's usually pretty meager in comparison with the experience you get from killing all the stuff in the dungeons, but has the advantage of being able to be divided as you wish among your characters, allowing you to stockpile it and level up weak characters who'd have a difficult time surviving combat.
* NonHumanUndead: Zombie dragons as bosses and sub-bosses.
* NonIndicativeDifficulty: Though the enemies are stronger in hard mode, a few other factors conspire to make it easier than Easy and Normal. First, while all the recruited characters start at level 1, in practice this means that you get that many more chances to exploit equipment that gives bonuses to DME and CP at each level up. Second, more dungeons means more battles and both more regular experience and NonCombatEXP. Third, the hard-mode-exclusive dungeons hold most of the game's really strong equipment. As a result, characters in a hard run-through get more experience in total, have more health at the same level, learn stat-boosting skills faster, and are using near GameBreaker equipment unavailable to their easy/normal mode counterparts.
* NonLinearSequel: ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria'' manages to be a sequel and a prequel at the same time without crossing over into the first game's timeline. A TimeyWimeyBall is involved. Likewise, because of the TimeyWimeyBall, ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'' chronologically takes place before ''Lenneth'', but after Silmeria is sealed in Brahms' castle, but "before" Lezard's little time traveling expedition, as [[spoiler:Odin is still alive]].
%%* NonstandardGameOver: Ending C.
* OffModel: Minor version in the PSP rerelease, by virtue of the CGI cutscenes. Lenneth's "Meril" disguise is clearly wearing a different dress depending on whether you see her in sprite form or CGI [[note]]for example, the sprite looks more eastern inspired, while the CGI form is a more European style[[/note]], and when Jelanda is transformed into a monster, the CGI cutscene shows her in her [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]] PimpedOutDress, while the sprite shown just before is the much simpler outfit she wears as an einherjar.
* OptionalPartyMember: Everyone except Lenneth, Arngrim, and Jelanda, who you get no matter what. Mystina and Lucian are also necessary for the GoldenEnding.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: X-slayer weapons are terrible except against X, in which case they do massive damage, usually resulting in a kill in one to three hits. It can make certain bosses ''incredibly'' easy. The same applies to weapons with [Insert {{Element|alRockPaperScissors}}]/DEATH in its description. Even one of the final bosses will fall in one hit because of this.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Obviously happens to those that CantCatchUp. Several champions you get early in the game, like Belenus, Janus, and Jun also aren't bad[[note]]Janus is considered the ''only'' useful archer in the game ''besides'' Lenneth.[[/note]], but they're often sent up to Valhalla, since in the early chapters of the game, you really don't have much of a choice.
** This also happens to many sorceresses, and Gandar. Mystina's considered the top tier sorceress, and since you only really need one, a lot of people don't bother with the others until Freya asks for you to send someone up to Valhalla. However, Lorenta and Nanami come with a DiscOneNuke, and it's very likely you'll get Might Reinforce with Shiho first.
%%* PaintItBlack: Hrist.
* PaletteSwap: Mostly the monsters, but also [[spoiler:Hrist, when she takes over Lenneth's body in the A ending.]]
%%* PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath
* PartyInMyPocket: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]: Lenneth is summoning the other party members within her soul whenever a battle begins.
* PermanentlyMissableContent: In the Seraphic Gate, failing to juggle an item out of Lezard will make you miss one of the best swords in the game.
%%* PhlebotinumRebel
%%* PuzzleReset
%%* RandomlyDrops
* RangedEmergencyWeapon: Lenneth's ability to equip bows. While there's no enemies that are impossible to engage in melee range, an early boss battle (and some later battles) pits the party against a powerful mage protected by damage-soaking goons. The game advises you to switch Lenneth to a bow to take out the mage first, just in case you don't have a dedicated archer for one reason or another.
** Well, granted; you might have ''one'' because the other archer you have falls into TierInducedScrappy territory, and Lenneth is better with bows than with swords for most of the game.
* ReallyDeadMontage: Nearly every character that joins Lenneth's party gets one of these. Yumei has a particularly long one, which is either a TearJerker or simply {{wangst}}y depending on the player.
%%* RebelliousPrincess: Jelanda.
%%* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Played straight ''and'' inverted.
* RestrainingBolt: In the A ending, we learn that [[spoiler:Freya sealed Lenneth's memories to prevent her from straying from her mission.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Lenneth, after regaining her memories and learning of [[spoiler:Lucian]]'s death at the hands of [[spoiler:Loki]]. The [[LargeHam roaring part is literal]] as either CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming or TearJerker.
* SadlyMythtaken: The game is nominally based on Myth/NorseMythology.
** The game confuses the Jotuns, a race of giants, with the Vanir, a group of gods and goddesses heavily associated with nature.
*** The myth of Ragnarok concerns a battle between the gods and the Jotuns. In other words, it is between the Aesir ''and'' Vanir against the Jotuns. The Aesir and Vanir waged war in the myths, but made peace long before Ragnarok.
*** The Vanir's stronghold in the B ending is called "Jotunheim," while in the myths they're abode is Vanaheim.
*** The character design of most of the Vanir makes them seem to be "giants" (e.g. they are much taller than the main character).
*** Freya, in the lead-up to the A ending, calls their enemies "giants."
** Description for the Citadel of Flame states that Surt is the lord of Muspelheim (trans. "realm of fire") and that he has a volcano named for him, and in the myths, he is a fire giant. In the game, however, his stronghold is made of ice.
** Odin has one eye in the myths due to trading his other eye for wisdom. In the game, he has two eyes.
** Frey is a fertility god in the myths -- and as such, phallic imagery is heavily associated with him. However, in the game, Frey is a woman.
** In the myths, Mimir was killed in the Aesir-Vanir war, and he was a man. In the game, he is still alive and a woman.
** The game conflates the valkyries and the Norn.
*** There could be either nine exactly or any number of valkyries -- and there were only three Norn -- in the myths. There are only three valkyries in this game.
*** Neither the valkyries nor the Norn share a body in the myths, though the Norns notably work together when it comes to fate. In this game, the valkyries share one body and rule over fate itself.
%%* SavePoint
%%* ScrewDestiny: The point in the A path.
* SelfImposedChallenge: Collecting all the voice clips, among others. Although, you only need 95% of the voice clips, as the remaining 5% will then be filled in automatically.
* SelflessWish: Deconstructed with Yumei's story. Fuyuki gets a chance to wish for a big boat or be together with Yumei, but instead wishes for her to be with her parents. Unfortunately, her parents are already dead, and he makes the wish to a LiteralGenie...
* ShoutOut:
** Lezard is often taken for a ShoutOut of ''Franchise/HarryPotter''. He often mentions "The Philosopher's Stone" and his secret lab is called the "Chamber of Secrets". Didn't help he looks just like him, except for the hair. However, since ''VP'' was released in 1999 and the first novel was only written in English in 1997 (and the series didn't really take off until at least a few years after that) the resemblance is likely a coincidence.
** Aelia's PWS is probably a shout out to [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Bahamut]].
%%** Lezard also makes some fourth wall breaking comments about Franchise/FinalFantasy and VideoGame/DragonQuest.
* SignatureMove: The Valkyries all use Nibelung Valesti as their LimitBreak.
* SlouchOfVillainy: [[spoiler:Odin]]'s favorite position while calmly contemplating his evil plans in the second game. It's notable that the plan goes perfectly while he's slouching magnificently. It all falls apart once he gets up out of the chair.
%%* SacrificialRevivalSpell: The process of "Soul Exchange".
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Inverted; Gandar is the only recruitable male sorcerer in the game, not counting the one battle where Lezard fights with you. Aelia is the only female lancer, but there are only two of those (the other being Lawfer), and Lenneth can be a light swordsman like Jayle.
* SoleSurvivor:
** [[spoiler:Celia ends up being the last alive out of her mercenary group; Arngrim, Lawfer, Aelia, and Kashell die earlier in the game (the lattermost right in front of her), while even the man she sought to confront and possibly kill ends up acting as an AlmostDeadGuy through a failed attempt at self-sacrifice, living long enough to give just an apology. Celia even mentions two other people not detailed by the game, presumed dead.]]
** [[spoiler:Lezard Valeth sacrifices the Philosopher's Stone in order to survive Ragnarok.]]
* SoulJar: Valkyries are stored within the bodies of humans until Odin needs them.
%%* StalkerWithACrush: Lezard.
%%* StandardStatusEffects
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Freya is the one female who stands out. She shows a lot of leg, but seeing as she is one of the most powerful gods, she doesn't really have to worry about getting damage. Aelia is half an example--she's wearing full-body plate mail from her waist up, but has her thighs completely exposed, and her official art even has a PantyShot. Amusingly, the straightest example in the game is male; Arngrim wears gauntlets and shoulderpads but no shirt.
* SuckingInLines: Aelia's finishing move, although unlike the usual trope, this sucks into the gem in her chest rather than her mouth.
%%* SweetPollyOliver: Jayle.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Sort of. In the GoldenEnding, [[spoiler:Loki wipes out your party initially, then smuggly scoffs that even the Demon Sword Levantine's power didn't help the Valkyrie]], with the game apparently assuming that you'd immediately equip Valkyrie with the InfinityMinusOneSword the second you got a hold of it.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Teleportation magic is an ancient, lost, and powerful magic. The fact that Lezard can pull it off is used as a testament to his ability.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Bosses can spam PWS every turn, and can instant-cast great magic PWS.
** The computer is only cheating a little bit; purple gems (dropped when an enemy is hit while knocked down) reduce the wait time your characters suffer after using their own PWS moves. With sufficient skill (plus abusing the extra hits Reverie gives you, which is why its use with melee fighters is a GameBreaker; similar abuse comes from using Lucian, whose status as top-tier is due almost exclusively to one of his attacks, Shining Bolt, hitting thirteen times in an instant, pulling thirteen purple gems out of one button-press), you can string a large enough combo that you too can dish out a full set of PWS moves, including using one of the really hefty Great Magic spells like Meteor Swarm or Celestial Star, every turn. The only cheating involved is that the computer doesn't have to string together a large combo with plenty of midair hits.
* ThereAreNoTents: You have a limited amount of time to adventure before Ragnarok, and healing costs turns. It's generally more economical to use a healing spell in battle.
* TheVamp: Genevieve, who's also a literal [[VampiresAreSexGods Vamp]].
* ThisCannotBe: Barbarossa, Brahms and some of the later bosses do make quite a speech if you defeat them.
--> '''Brahms:''' It... It cannot be!
--> '''Barbarossa:''' I... I am the king! Had I... had I been in my original body, you would never have defeated me! I... graaaaahh!
--> '''Wraith:''' It is i..inconceivable! How could pathetic little... I have fallen....[[BigNo NOOOOO!]]... [[DeathCryEcho RRRAAAAAGH!]]
--> '''Hrist''': This is impossible! You creatures are but slaves of the gods! Aaagggghh!
--> '''Surt:''' It can't be! *cough* Evil.. you mean to say evil prospers? I do not accept this.. I do NOT ACCEPT THIS!
--> [[spoiler:'''Loki:''']] The power of creation!? THIS CANNOT BE!!!
** In a non-villainous example, Lenneth, Freya and Arngrim will sometimes exclaim this should they fall in battle.
* TimedMission: The optional run through Brahm's castle.
* TrainingDummy: Accessed from the party menu, immortal versions of the first monsters in the game can be practiced on in order to figure out how to do your combos effectively in order to get out your "Purify Weird Soul" moves. Unfortunately, it's a feature that's lacking in ''Videogame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria''.
* TragicMonster: Poor Jelanda. Jun as well.
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler:Loki]] in Ending A. [[spoiler:Not a big shock if you know Myth/NorseMythology.]]
* TrickBoss: The FinalBoss in the A ending, [[spoiler:Loki]], can only be substantially harmed by Valkyrie's attacks. The rest of the party is pretty much just there to build up the combo meter for her [[FinishingMove Purify Weird Soul]] attack.
** If you use Sap Guard on him first, everyone in your party can make a significant dent on him (Though Valkyrie will still deal the most damage)
** If you have Unicorn's horn, Celestial Star can really take a huge chunk of his HP off, but again, not as much as Valkyrie.
%%* {{Tsundere}}:
%%** Jelanda.
%%** Mystina.
* UnblockableAttack:
** Magic is unblockable and unavoidable.
** Certain attacks are also unblockable, like Llewlyn's third attack.
* UnbreakableWeapons: Most weapons are this.
%%* UndergroundLevel
* UndergroundMonkey: Played straight and averted with some monsters. Some have a different color scheme to denote they're higher-powered versions of earlier ones, while others look exactly the same, even though they're much more powerful.
* UnderratedAndOverleveled: Averted in Hard Mode, where all the einherjar start at level 1, but played very straight in Normal and Easy modes. While Arngrim, the OneManArmy [[{{Manga/Berserk}} Guts]] {{Expy}}, starts at level 1 because he's one of the two first recruits, other characters who were explicitly weaker than he was in life start at higher levels due to joining in later chapters. In general, the backstories of the einherjar Valkyrie recruits do nothing to justify their higher and higher starting levels.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Where Mystina keeps things like [[spoiler:the crystal containing Lenneth's soul]].
%%* VictoryPose
%%* VoiceOfTheLegion: Most undead bosses.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Yumei can switch between mermaid or human form at will. Aelia also changes form when doing her PWS.
* WeaponOfXSlaying: There's a handful of weapons named [blank]slayer, which when used will kill whatever enemy of that type it hits in one shot. They tend to be {{breakable|weapons}}, making them TooAwesomeToUse except for against bosses. But, because of a bug in the way breakable weapons are tracked[[note]]It only checks when the enemy's turn comes up, so if you finish the boss off, it won't check.[[/note]], they can easily last you the whole game.
** There's another subset of weapons that have a Death effect based around the elemental weaknesses of an enemy rather than the type. One such sword, acquired about half-way through the game, turns the penultimate boss into a CurbStompBattle for your side.
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: If Lenneth is dead for three rounds, the whole rest of the party goes with her. Justified in that, since they're manifestations from Lenneth herself, if she dies, they do too. Becomes an acceptable bit of GameplayAndStorySegregation, too.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Lawfer's introduction story does not conclude with Lawfer's death, unlike almost every other playable character in the game, yet he ends up an Einherjar after it's over anyways. How the hell did he die?
** Lenneth hears the name of a vampire early that had indirectly resulted in the death of [[spoiler:Belenus]], one of the first characters you recruit. She then commits this to memory to look out for her, but you never fight her. Apparently, the vampire in question was Belenus' dead wife.
** Celia's fate is never detailed; it's likely that she died during Ragnarok. Granted, there are a lot of other mortals whose fate is never explained, but you see Celia in ''so'' many recruitment scenes that it seems almost like you'll get her eventually!
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Lenneth just doesn't seem to ''get'' the motivations of some of the mortals, especially the ones who seem to do illogical things for love. That is, until she recovers her memories.
* WorldHealingWave: The GoldenEnding.
* {{Wutai}}: Yamato. Taking things even further is the fact that the ''region'' and the nationality is "Yamato", a Japanese-inspired name ("Yamato" itself being literally an old name for Japan), but the primary village that Lenneth can visit is "Hai-Lan", an obviously ''Chinese'' name.
* XanatosGambit: In order to get rid of Jelanda, Lombert kidnaps her and pays two mercenaries to carry her to Villnore. Then, he sends a few soldiers to save Jelanda and gives them a "medicine" (which is, in fact, [[BodyHorror Ghoul Powder]]). If the mercenaries manage to get to Villnore, Lombert wins, if the soldiers catch up with them, they give Jelanda the "medicine", she turns into a monster and dies, and Lombert still wins.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Lenneth is personally responsible for killing no less than two souls that join her, and a few more die due to her actions.
%%* YouShallNotPass
* ZeroEffortBoss: [[spoiler:Hrist]]; one could say it is an interactive CutsceneBoss since she is unable to hurt anyone in your party, including 2 GameBreaker {{Guest Star Party Member}}s. In fact, right before the fight, [[spoiler:Brahms]] says that she isn't anywhere near her true power.