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The first installment in the ''VideoGame/WildArms'' series on the Playstation. Notable for combining the Western (as in cowboys) genre with both Fantasy and Science Fiction.

''Wild [=ARMs=]'' is the first appearance of the eternally cursed planet Filgaia. The planet is dying after a long, destructive war with alien creatures known as demons. The weapons of the old war are blamed for the decay of the planet, and most of them are sealed away and shunned.

The story follows three characters, with a playable prologue for each.

* '''Rudy Roughnight''' is a young [[WalkingTheEarth Wanderer]] (Dream Chaser in the original) who is making a living doing odd jobs at various towns around the world. During one of his jobs, a child enters a dangerous area in search of a holy berry, which can heal any wound, to save his injured father. Rudy follows, and saves the child, but doing so reveals that he has one of the ancient weapons from the wars, an ARM. The villagers [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer immediately vote to banish him]]. He happens to drift to the city of Adelhyde, where he meets...
* '''Jack Van Burace''' is a TreasureHunter who is seeking "absolute power." A clue in a ruin leads him to Lolithia's coffin and into Adelhyde on the fated day. He is seeking revenge on the demons, which leads him to act recklessly at times. His real identity is [[spoiler:Garret Stampede, the sole surviving Fenril Knight of the demon attack on Arctica in the prologue movie.]] He has a strong distrust of nobles due to a tragic event in his past, which leads him to initially dislike...
* '''Cecilia Lynne Adelhyde''' is the RebelliousPrincess of Adelhyde. She was educated in Curan Abbey as a [[SquishyWizard Crest Sorceress]] and possesses a mysterious artifact called the [[MacGuffin Teardrop]], which allows her to commune with Guardians. Before leaving the Abbey, she unsealed the water Guardian from his long imprisonment there. She is on a quest to find and unlock all the Guardians to prevent a disaster brought about by the demons.

The three find themselves chosen by the Guardian Spirits of Filgaia to combat the returning Demons, who have come to [[SealedEvilInACan revive their ancient leader, Mother]]. However, it turns out all parties—even the ''villains''—have secrets they must deal with...

This game was [[VideoGameRemake remade]] as ''Wild [=ARMs=]: Alter Code F'' for the Playstation 2.
!!This game provides examples of:

* AdaptationalHeroism: The Mayor of Serf Village is a ''much'' nicer and more reasonable person in ''Alter Code F'' than he was in the original.
* AirVentPassageway: Deconstructed. Only Hanpan is small enough to get out this way.
* AlienSky: There are two moons, the natural moon and the artificial moon, Malduke, which [[spoiler: serves as TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon]].
* AllMenArePerverts: Your front line needs to consist of only guys to read ([[EverythingTryingToKillYou and]] [[BonusBoss fight]]) the dirty magazine you can find.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer:
** The minute the villagers find out Rudy has an ARM, they immediately forget he just saved Tony's life in the caves and protected them all from a really nasty monster. They drive him out without so much as a thank you. The fact that many people consider the [=ARMs=] to be terrible weapons used by the demons didn't exactly help.
** [[spoiler:A flashback reveals that he has been an outcast his entire life, not just because he has an ARM, but because his nature as a "Holmcross" gives him unnatural strength and combat abilities (with said weapons). This tended to freak people out more often than not.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: A recurring background for certain boss fights.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler: The game ends with Rudy, Jack, and Hanpan once again wandering around the world. Cecilia seems to have stayed as the new Queen of Adlehyde but quickly drops the role and runs off after them.]]
* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler: [[TheReveal It turns out]] that Rudy's not human; he's an artificial construct called a "Holmcross" (though it's probably meant to be "Homunculus") created during the war a 1000 years ago using the same (or at least similar) Living Metal that the Demons are made out of. It's why he's so damn strong and also the reason he can use their technology, or tech based off it such as [=ARMs=].]]
* TheAtoner: Mariel says that this is the reason she has to live alone on Filgaia while the rest of her race is in the Elw dimension. [[spoiler: It later turns out she's atoning for her brother, who inadvertently caused the desertification of most of the planet.]]
* AudibleSharpness
* BackFromTheDead: In the remake, [[spoiler:Berserk is resurrected for one last rematch during the finale.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Jack. Boomerang as well, but only in the remake. (He was more of a ninja in the original.)
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: Zed antagonizes you all throughout the Gate Generator. You finally corner him him in the control room, where he unveils a new sword and is ready to fight you again... only for Zeikfried to order him to stand down, so you have to fight him instead.
* BatmanGambit: Alhazad uses a small one to capture the team in the remake.
* BattleButler: [=Magdalen/McDullen=]
* BeamSpam: Rudy's Prism Ray ARM.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Mother genuinely believes that being an OmnicidalManiac is her destined duty.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: This is the reason behind [[spoiler: Zed's]] HeelFaceTurn. If you defeat him in Saint Centaur, [[spoiler: Zed]] reveals that he was the one who saved blind girl Aura from Alhazad's attack and has since become friends with her, claiming that she was the first human to ever treat him with kindness and respect.
* BerserkButton: Jack does not like being reminded of his past or being in the presence of a demon.
* {{BFG}}: Rudy's Hand Cannon ARM as it appears in ''Alter Code F''. It appears to be a 20mm or larger revolver carbine. He shoots it one-handed. [[spoiler: Good thing he was built to wield the thing, or else he'd go flying backwards with every shot.]]
* BigBad: Mother. [[spoiler:After her defeat in the first half, Zeikfried takes up the mantle...until Mother "merges" with him to create a ''very'' unsettling BigBadDuumvirate.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Rudy is the master of this trope, especially in the remake. Jack gets one too [[spoiler:by saving Rudy from being crushed immediately after he saves Jane from the same thing.]]
* BigEater: Cecilia. How she keeps that figure is anyone's guess. It's even {{Lampshaded}} at several points. Apparently, being a mage just uses that much energy! In the remake, she claims that she's one of the ''lighter'' eaters at the Abbey.
* BishonenLine: [[spoiler: Mother is initially a fleshy, larva-like demonic creature. After absorbing Zeikfried, however, her "Motherfried" form looks serene and human, even cradling Zeikfried in her arms like a baby.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The demons are defeated, but Asgard sacrifices himself to save the party from the destruction of TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon. Also, while it's stated Filgaia will eventually recover, it'll definitely be a long, slow process. Oh, and Arctica is still in shambles.]]
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The original game. "Ray Line" indeed. The remake, while it fixes some of the worst typos, somehow manages to come up with its own that are just as bad -- "How do we get thru this barrier?" indeed. In both, Jack's surname is supposed to be ''Vambrace'', which is why he calls himself "the armguard". "Van Burace" makes the metaphor meaningless. (This one was made ''worse'' in the remake, when they made his previous title Knight of the ''Gauntlet'').
** Where the hell did "Arch" come from in the remake's version of the prologue movie at Arctica, when the original translation was "cocoon"?
** "Homunculus" was instead translated as "Holmcross."
** Enemies named for the demons of the Literature/ArsGoetia also tend to suffer this. Ayperos became Aipeloss, Agares became Agaless, Flauros became Frauloss...
** References from Myth/NorseMythology were equally mangled. Siegfried became Zeikfried. [[spoiler:Sieg Zwei became Zeik Tuvai.]] Fenrir became Fenril, and Berserk became Belselk.
** From Myth/MesopotamianMythology, Marduk became Malduke.
** Let's not forget that the Japanese Language does not normally have an "L" sound, which tripped up a lot of translators in the early days of [[EasternRPG J-RPGs]]. Most of these are L<->R confusion... Malduke vs Marduk, Agares vs Agaless, Flauros vs Frauloss, etc. Sometimes the translator automatically assumes Ls should be substituted for Rs by default in names, and sometimes in non-name words (See ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'''s "Equip fishing lod").
** Alter Code F improved on the translation, yet had some very suspect terminology in places that the original did not. For example, a character who is called "the vigilante group leader." The correct term: sheriff. Who in stereotypical Wild West stories lead posses AKA: a group of vigilantes. Coupled with the character wearing stereotypical sheriff garb, the intent of the game developers is quite obvious. Yes, the translators somehow turned "sheriff" into "vigilante group leader".
* BloodKnight: Boomerang and Lucied.
* BodyHorror: What [[spoiler:Alhazad's Demon Seed]] does to its victims is not pretty. And then there's Mother, [[spoiler:especially after she "merges" with Zeikfried]].
* BonusBoss:
** Ragu O Ragla.
** The Golems that aren't fought in the main story.
** Angel Moa.
** There are rematches with [[spoiler:Boomerang, Zed, and in ''ACF'', the Rotting Beast from Rudy's intro sequence]].
** Chaos, which is {{permanently missable|Content}} if you finish the dungeon it's in before fighting it.
* BottomlessPits
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Quite a few minor examples, but Captain Bartholomew stands out the most. In both the original and remake, the crew members state the (middle-aged) Captain [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial "is only interested in 18-year-old girls."]] Likewise, you can find messages in bottles from the Captain himself expressing that same desire. Turns out in both Japanese versions, his preference actually falls towards girls [[PaedoHunt 15 and under]]. Suddenly, Magdalen's warning to Jack to keep an eye out on Jane while the Captain is around in the remake makes a lot more sense.
* BraggartBoss: Zed.
%%* ButThouMust: ''Alter Code F'', after Rudy defeats the Rotting Beast.
* CatFight: [[DuelBoss Cecilia VS Elizabeth]] is nothing but this. Also it didn't help that Elizabeth in the original was a monstrous CatGirl which might look a little too similar with [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] instead of a gothic humanoid maid.
* ChewToy: Poor, poor Bartholomew, especially in ACF. People seem to care about everyone else except him, especially when it comes to retrieving the second Gemini circuit. Examples:
** Jane does him the favor of measuring him for his casket prior to forcing him to be the test pilot for the Protowing, and that's BEFORE taking command of his ship and sending it on a suicide mission right under his nose. Magdalen is the one who entrusts the care of the Gemini circuit to him, simply because he has the largest body. And, when the team finds his half-drowned body, Jack obviously cares more about the survival of the circuit.
** The team's less-than-sympathetic attitude towards the Captain might make a lot more sense when taking his [[PaedoHunt taste in women]] into account, as seen in the earlier {{Bowdlerise}} example.
* CloudCuckoolander: Zed, especially in the remake. After his [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn]] in the original game, Aura describes him as being a funny and nice person, but also quite weird.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: A small one in the remake when [[spoiler:the men of Surf Village join their hearts together with Rudy and his ARM to fire a blast powerful enough to expose the Rotting Beast's core, allowing Rudy to destroy it for good.]]
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Her future position as Queen of Adlehyde weighs heavily on Cecilia's mind. She's visibly relieved when Minister Johann takes over as regent until she's older and more prepared for the role.
* CosmicKeystone: The Teardrop and the Leyline.
* CurbStompBattle: The demons' assault on Arctica. The humans never stood a chance.
* CutsceneIncompetence: While all of the battles against the Quarter Knights are winnable, most of the after-fight cutscenes in the remake make it seem like your party was utterly trounced, or at least beaten half to death. This is especially noticeable in the first few Berserk fights and the first Boomerang fight.
* DeathCourse: Jack's introduction.
* DevelopersForesight: At the beginning of the game in Jack's opening scenario, if you name him the Memory Temple password [[spoiler:Emiko]], he'll actually remark on how it's odd that the password is his own name. In order to keep the game on course with him fighting his way back through the temple, he then starts hitting random buttons to see what else happens, which causes him and Hanpan to fall through the floor and continue as scripted.
* DirtyOldWoman: One Cecilia's teachers at the Abbey comments that if Jack was just little bit older, he'd be her type. Then she decides that age shouldn't matter and continues to flirt with him, anyways.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Mother]].
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: The Photosphere.
* DoomedHometown: Adlehyde and Arctica. While the former can gradually be rebuilt to its former glory throughout the game, Arctica is still a frozen ruin even after the demons are defeated. And since [[spoiler: Jack]] is Arctica's SoleSurvivor, it's implied that it'll stay that way.
* DubText: In one of the more hilarious typos in the Agetec-translated remake, Alhazad gets called a "she" in his first appearance in the prologue. What makes this hilarious is that one of Al's defining traits is his creepy advances towards [[DarkActionGirl Lady Harken]], so Agetec ''accidentally turned him into a PsychoLesbian''. This makes it apparent that they never bothered to check up the plot of the game beforehand, since Alhazad shows this part of his nature ''at the end of the same prologue''. They caught on later, as the next reference to his gender is a comment from Magdalen about that "fellow". However, that one "she" was never fixed, making this also an example of InconsistentDub.
* DuelBoss: Jack vs. Harken, Cecilia vs. Elizabeth, and, in ''Alter Code F'' only, Rudy vs. the Rotting Beast again in a sidequest.
* EdgeGravity
* EldritchAbomination: Mother.
* EmpathicWeapon: Only those with "strong will" can wield an ARM. Also Asgard, who only activates when Cecilia feels literal empathy for it.
* EnemyScan: In ''Alter Code F'', using the Analyze ability helps you fill out a monster encyclopedia. Filling it to 50% nets you an EX File Key.
* EpicFlail: Berserk's weapon.
* EscapedFromHell: Boomerang's explanation when he returns as a bonus boss. Also, [[spoiler: Zeik Tuvai claims to have returned from hell after breaking free of Mother.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Quarter Knights are pretty miffed about how Mother doesn't seem to care one bit about [[spoiler:Berserk's death]]. The fact that she wanted to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy everything]] didn't help.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Mother.
* EvilCounterpart: Lady Harken to Jack, [[spoiler:in more ways then one.]]
* EvilIsDumb: HarmlessVillain [[spoiler: Zed]]'s dramatic improvement in effectiveness when he becomes a secret recruitable party member in ''Alter Code F''.
* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler: The demons awaken the SealedEvilInACan, Mother. She immediately reveals her plans to kill them and destroy their new world. So the demons naturally turn on her and kill her. Unfortunately, she turns out to be NotQuiteDead, and she possesses Zeikfried anyway, fulfilling the trope.]]
* EvilLaugh: Mother has a ''voiced'' one. Also, Alhazad has one for each version. (A sickening "Khhk khhk khhk" in the original, and a less sickening (but still pretty creepy) "kekeke" in ''Alter Code F'').
** Berserk had one, too.
* EvilVersusOblivion: [[spoiler: The demons are ''not'' interested in Mother destroying the world, and they try to eliminate her so they can get on with conquering it.]]
* EvolvingAttack: Jack's Fast Draw abilities in the remake require less MP the more you use them.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Cecilia's haircut and outfit change symbolize her willingness to do whatever it takes to retrieve the teardrop and save the world.
* {{Expy}}: The role of the Elw race is very similar to that of the Elves in Literature/TolkiensLegendarium, in that they are an older race, perpetually youthful in appearance, they are deeply in tune with the natural world, and their numbers in Filgaia have been steadily declining for a long time. (And even the ''name'' "Elw" strongly resembles "Elves".) Most of the Elw left long ago to the [[PhysicalHeaven Elw Dimension]], a FloatingContinent normally accessible only to the Guardians and Elw. This Elw Dimension is a blatant {{Expy}} of Aman, the Undying Lands.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: [[spoiler:Alhazad's true form has a single eye. In his ''mouth''.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: Subverted. [[spoiler:Lucied, Guardian of Desire, is said to have defected to the demons during the war. She actually became the partner to BloodKnight Boomerang, who [[WildCard served no one.]] ]]
* FightingAShadow: Guardians can recover from being killed, but for most it takes time due to [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly most of Filgaia's residents not having them in their hearts.]] Lucied, however, recovers upon hitting 0 hp in the same combat round multiple times due to [[spoiler: Boomerang's strong conviction of Desire.]]
* FakeDifficulty: In order to get the player to manage their resources, there were no MP or special cartridge bullet-restoring items programmed into ''Alter Code F''. The only way to restore either is by leveling up or sleeping at an inn.
* FantasticRacism: Relations between humans and Elw are less then rosy.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad (Mother)
** TheDragon (Siegfried/Zeikfried)
** EvilGenius (Alhazad)
** TheBrute (Belselk/Berserk)
** DarkChick (Lady Harken)
** TokenGoodTeammate: (Zed)
** SixthRanger: (Boomerang and Luceid)
* FiveManBand: In the original version.
** TheLeader (Rudy)
** TheLancer (Jack)
** TheBigGuy (Asgard)
** TheChick (Cecilia)
** TheSmartGuy (Hanpan)
* ForTheEvulz: Most, if not all, of Alhazad's various atrocities were done solely for his own amusement.
* GaiasLament: The land of Filgaia has been slowly decaying ever since the great demon war. It's reached the point where even seeing flowers in bloom is a rare occurrence, and most of the world is either barren desert or harsh wasteland. (The lush greenery of the Elws' world is representative of how Filgaia used to look.) Both the Guardians and the Elws believe that the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans are just as much to blame]] for this as the demons, if not more so.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Averted to varying degrees. For example, Jack's special ability is the Fast Draw, based on his ability to create magical effects from drawing his sword quickly. He's all about speed. In gameplay terms, he is pretty much the fastest character, friend or foe; he almost always goes first. There is pretty much only one enemy that's faster: Lady Harken. This is, in fact, a plot point: She also uses the Fast Draw, and is [[spoiler: Elmina, one of the Fenril Knights who sacrificed herself for Jack.]]
* GiantSpaceFleaFromnowhere: So Rudy is [[spoiler: in a coma, following his recent TomatoInTheMirror and subsequent revival. Cecilia enters his mind to find out what is blocking his awakening. She watches his memories and helps him overcome self-loathing, when suddenly, a goddamn GothicLolita (or CatGirl in the original) succubus who has been masquerading as Rudy's father in his mind shows up and fights Cecilia. Afterwards, Rudy wakes up, and the succubus (whose name is Elizabeth) is never mentioned again.]]
** Not to mention the fact that most bosses literally come out of localized portals that appear with no warning. You just wander around a dungeon, when suddenly...
* GoodParents: King Justin is a loving father and only wants the best for Cecilia.
* GuideDangIt: The Awaken spell in the original game. It does what you think it ought to do: wake people up. However, what the game does ''not'' tell you, is that it also '''prevents''' sleep if you cast it ahead of time. It sure makes boss battles like Chaos and [[ThatOneBoss Lolithia]] much, ''much'' easier as you can have Cecilia cast it at the very beginning of the battle, and it will automatically wake everybody up (though it needs to be cast again afterwards).
* TheGunslinger: Rudy.
* HarmlessVillain: Zed. [[spoiler:In both games, he becomes a [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Not So Harmless]] BonusBoss; in the remake, he joins as one of the strongest party members.]]
* HammerSpace: Where ''does'' Rudy keep that huge shotgun when he's not using it? And how did the villagers miss it before he used it to protect them?
** In answer to the first... well, HammerSpace. In answer to the second, apparently it was hidden amongst his belongings; one of the villagers admits to having found it when he searched them!
* HannibalLecture: Mother gives one during the first confrontation with her. It basically boils down to, "All things are meant to come to an end, [[OmnicidalManiac and what better way to have it end than me]]?"
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: Lose to any Quarter Knight in the remake, and it's game over. ''Win'', and the after-fight cutscene acts like you lost anyway.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Oddly, in the original, Rudy used a sword, despite him wielding a pistol-looking weapon in all official art. ''Alter Code F'' changed it so that he used the above-mentioned {{BFG}} for normal attacks as well as his special moves.
* HeroicMime: Rudy
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Boomerang and Asgard.]]
* HiddenElfVillage: The Elws' pocket dimension.
* HopelessBossFight: The first fight against Berserk in the remake.
* HostageForMcGuffin: The town of Adlehyde for the Teardrop.
** And, much later, [[spoiler:Jane's village for one of Asgard's power cores. Thankfully, the party manages to drive the enemy back.]]
* HowWeGotHere: The opening sequence of the remake is essentially [[spoiler: the ending of the game.]] You just have to find out those events.
* HypocriticalHumor: In the remake's ending, [[spoiler:Jane claims she isn't brash or rude enough to interrupt Rudy and Jack's reunion with Cecilia.]]
* ImportantHaircut: Cecilia cuts off her hair to prove to Jack that she's serious about going after the demons.
* InGameNovel: Only present in the remake.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: Subverted in Jack's opening dungeon, where many of the chests have already been looted. Otherwise played straight.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Zed, while not exactly a pushover in battle, is largely viewed as a joke that can't do anything right, both by the heroes and his fellow villains. Which makes the [[BonusBoss optional battle]] against him late in the game much more alarming when he proves surprisingly capable of handing you your ass...
* InnocentFlowerGirl: Mariel.
* InterchangeableAntimatterKeys: Duplicators, although it is justified because they're actually magic keys that can only take on one shape once, and thus only unlock one lock.
* InterfaceScrew: In the original, a confused character wouldn't respond correctly to player input. Changing leads fixes this.
* ItemAmplifier: In ''Wild Arms: Alter Code F'', Jane's Force ability allows her to use an item and have it affect the entire party. (In the original, this ability belonged to Cecilia.) The game also has a skill called Floral Arts that can be equipped to any character and causes healing berries to restore twice as much health.
* ItemCaddy: Jane, to a degree.
* ItsPersonal: Jack never forgave the demons for [[spoiler:the destruction of Arctica]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jack. He's quite brash and rude in the beginning, but becomes more and more protective of Rudy and Cecilia as the game progresses, eventually showing that he cares for Filgaia just as much as them.
** Zed makes this transition during the game, but it only shows after the final fight with him post-game.
* KansasCityShuffle: [[spoiler:You know that Darkness Tear that was supposed to destroy the Guardians and eradicate all life on Filgaia and was the focus of the plot for a quarter of the game? Only a mere distraction to allow Zeikfried to locate and raise Ka Dingel.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Despite the fact that Jack [[spoiler: was a Western-style knight]], he uses a katana.
* KillSat: [[spoiler: BonusBoss Barbados fires off a laser ''before'' you start out the battle against it. If you have Asgard with you, though, he'll nullify it with a barrier.]]
** Also, the demons planned to [[spoiler: turn the Elw satellites into one, using the Darkness Tear]].
* KingOnHisDeathbed: Happens with King Justin after the demons attack Adlehyde. He eventually succumbs to his wounds and leaves his young daughter the throne, something that she's obviously not prepared for.
* LastLousyPoint / CartographySidequest: Filling out 100% of the map is quite painful if only 1 or 2 spots are missing, and those blank spots blend in to the point of being almost impossible to see.
** Did you miss opening a single treasure chest? Have fun scouring through EVERY dungeon again in order to find it before being able to open the Black Box.
* LawOfInverseRecoil: In the remake, Rudy wields his over-sized HandCannon with one hand, yet shows little-to-no recoil. This is not a case of {{muscles are meaningless}} as it's mentioned (and shown) that Rudy is very, VERY strong -- much stronger than one would think, given his size and apparent age -- [[spoiler: hinting at his nature as an Artificial Human created from Living Metal.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Each Quarter Knight has their own unique theme in the remake, and they are ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome]]''.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Zed in ''Alter Code: F'', after recruiting him. He has [[CripplingOverspecialization the highest Attack stat of the main characters (990 out of 999 at level 100,]] as well as moderate HP) but his accuracy, defense, and Luck are all piss-poor. Further, all of his special abilities grant a positive effect when used, but impose a negative side-effect that [[AwesomeButImpractical reduces their usefulness to novelty at best.]] He's also only obtainable after going halfway through the final dungeon and coming back out.
* LeyLine: Infamously [[BlindIdiotTranslation mistranslated]] as Ray Line in the original.
* LightningBruiser: Jack.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: Rudy [[spoiler: cuts off (or blows off, in the remake) his own arm to save himself.]]
* LittleBitBeastly: Elw have what look like floppy bunny ears.
* LostTechnology: In addition to [=ARMs=] and golems, [[spoiler:Rudy himself is made of lost technology]].
* LoveTriangle: Both Cecilia and Jane have a thing for Rudy, but Rudy seems to either be going for the harem ending or is just {{oblivious to love}}.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: Quite literally—[[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption you actually go to great lengths in order to do just that, fully aware of whom you're giving it to and how much of a bad idea it is]], although it's basically the heroes being unable to [[TakeAThirdOption Take (or Think Up) a Third Option]] on the SadisticChoice. This essentially sets up the plot for the first half of the game.
%%* MadScientist: Alhazad.
* ManaPotion: The Magic Carrot restores 50 MP.
* MassOhCrap: The Quarter Knights, upon learning Mother's [[OmnicidalManiac true objectives]]. Even worse in the remake, when [[spoiler:she flat-out tells the Quarter Knights that their entire reason for existing is for them to become her next vessels.]]
* MeaningfulName:
** A [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vambrace "vambrace"]] is a piece of armor that covers the forearm, [[spoiler:the significance of which is pointed out when Jack / Garrett receives the title in his {{backstory}}, as he can protect the "sword arm" of the Fenril Knights.]] [[LostInTranslation This would have made a lot more sense if his name hadn't been translated as Van Burace.]]
** Boomerang plays this straight in the original (guess his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin weapon]]), but in the remake he has a sword...that acts like a boomerang.
* MirrorMatch: The Doppelganger enemy. Also, the Shadow enemy in the Abyss; if the mirrored character is in the vanguard at the time, s/he will feel the same damage given to the Shadows.
* MobileKiosk: On the world map, merchant caravans can be found in certain areas which serve fittingly as item shops.
* MonsterArena: It has this exact name, too.
* MyGreatestFailure: How [[spoiler: Jack]] sees his failure to protect Arctica, and especially Elmina. [[FromBadToWorse It Gets Worse]] when he discovers that [[spoiler: Elmina is Lady Harken]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Most closely applies to Jack after defeating Harken in the Demon's Lab dungeon and seeing who she really is.
** Also, [[spoiler:Magdalen]] reveals he had one of these during his backstory in the remake. [[spoiler:He was originally a Wanderer who found an old ARM that was placed on display at an exhibition. It went out of control and killed several people. Nicholi Maxwell took responsibility and took in the orphaned children from the accident. Magdalen swore loyalty to the family to repay that debt, especially after Mrs. Maxwell died in childbirth when Jane was born.]]
* NighInvulnerability: The Rotting Beast, which can regenerate from literally ''any'' wound. The best one can hope to do is seal it away with a Holy Berry. [[spoiler:And in the remake, not even ''that'' is enough.]]
* NobleDemon: Zed, Boomerang and Harken, especially Zed.
%%* NonHumanSidekick: Hanpan.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: In the original, Belselk/Berserk was pathetically easy. In the remake? [[ThatOneBoss Not]] [[HopelessBossFight so]] [[WakeupCallBoss much]]. Also happens in-story with the vast difference between Zed's story battles and the optional boss fight against him.
* OhCrap: Jane in both versions when she finds the team talking to her father at Court Seim, mainly because [[spoiler:she does NOT want him to know that she's Calamity Jane and that she's been hunting dangerous bounties to keep the orphanage afloat]].
* OlderThanTheyLook: Mariel looks about 12, but it's hard to tell her real age due to a combination of the [[WeAreAsMayflies Elw having long lifespans]] and [[YearInsideHourOutside time flowing differently in the Elw dimension.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: Mother. Apparently, Zeikfried and the other Quarter Knights were ''not'' aware of this, and are understandably [[EvenEvilHasStandards shocked/horrified]] when they find out.
%%* OneBadMother
%%* OneWingedAngel:
%%** [[spoiler:Zed.]]
%%** [[spoiler:Boomerang.]]
%%** [[spoiler:Alhazad.]]
%%** [[spoiler:Zeikfried.]]
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The demons are from the planet Hyades are made of metal. [[spoiler: Lady Harken is the exception, as she is from Filgaia and was human.]]
* OurHomunculiAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Rudy]]. He's made of living metal, for one thing.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Or rather, the password is "password."
* PermanentlyMissableContent: Played straight in the original with several items (including Crest Graphs and one Rune) in numerous one-shot dungeons. Averted in the remake as all items in one-shot dungeons are required to obtain or are dropped by the boss, while monsters in those dungeons can appear in the Forest Prison.
* PerverseSexualLust: One of Alhazad's defining traits is his, erm... "affection" for Lady Harken.
* PetTheDog: Boomerang [[spoiler:allowing the party to leave with one of Asgard's power units after fighting them to a standstill.]] Zed [[spoiler:choosing to protect the blind girl who was the sole survivor of Alhazad's [[MoralEventHorizon Demon Seed experiment]] rather than killing her.]]
%%* {{Plaguemaster}}: Alhazad.
* PowersAsPrograms: Emma can download enemy skills to learn them in the remake.
* PowerCopying: Emma gets her skill set by downloading the abilities of monsters, much like Marivel of ''VideoGame/WildArms2''.
* PsychopathicManchild: Possibly Alhazad, who refers to humanity as his "toys" and states that his one wish is to "play with them" (read: subject them to horrible experiments) forever.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Hanpan serves the role of one.
%%* PuzzleBoss: The Shadow and Alhazad in the remake.
* RareCandy: Apples. They increase various stats in the original and give an automatic level up in the remake.
* RazorWind: Jack's Sonic Wind.
* ReluctantRuler: At 17-years-old, Cecilia is clearly nervous to step into her destined role as Adlehyde's Queen. Thankfully, Minister Johann is willing to act as regent in her absence, and until she's ready to take on the position.
* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler: Rudy, after he cuts/shoots off his own arm.]]
** The character in question is not really a robot (and is, in every sense, a living being). They are, however, artificially created.
* TheSmartGuy: Hanpan. That a flying mouse is the smart guy on the team may say something about the other characters.
* SadisticChoice: The main plot is started by one.
* SamuraiCowboy: Jack is a katana-wielding swordsman wearing a cowboy-style duster.
* ShesGotLegs: Emma, of all people. Hard to believe she's 39.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Angol Moa/Angolmois, Van Burace/Vambrace, Fenril/Fenrir Knights, and Zeikfried/Siegfried, among others. Also, some {{Meaningful Name}}s are LostInTranslation—not only Vambrace, but [[Creator/HPLovecraft Alhazred]] rendered as Alhazad, and the granddaddy of them all, or at least Rudy, "Zepet" Roughnight. [[Literature/{{Pinocchio}} Gepetto]] ring any bells?
%%* ScavengerWorld
%%* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou
%%* SealedEvilInACan: Mother.
* ShadowPin: Jack's Shadowbind.
* ShiftingSandLand: The Sand River dungeon.
* ShipperOnDeck: The Abbey's cook would really like to feed Cecilia's boyfriend and shows vocal disappointment when neither Jack or Rudy turn out to be courting her. He continues to press the issue every time Jack or Rudy speak with him later in the game.
%%* SinisterScythe: Lady Harken.
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:Quite literal. At one point, the party has to kill a dog mutated by Alhazad's Demon Seed.]]
* SolveTheSoupCans: There was a puzzle involving five chests on one side of a dungeon and five bookcases on the other side of the dungeon. You somehow had to read each book in the bookcases to tell you whether or not to leave its respective chest open or closed. It may have been LostInTranslation. It returned in the remake, and was [[GuideDangIt still freaking hard to understand!]] Fortunately, this time, it was optional.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Sort of averted in that Belselk is the first Quarter Knight you face. As TheBrute, he's actually the strongest of the bunch, and in the remake [[spoiler: is resurrected right before the final battle]].
* SpritePolygonMix: In the original.
* SquishyWizard: Cecilia. Emma in the remake is even squishier, though it's more accurate to call her a Squishy Scientist.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Zeikfried helps the heroes defeat Mother so he can take over once he discovers her goals...[[OmnicidalManiac weren't exactly what he thought they were.]]]]
%%* SummonMagic: The Guardians.
* SwordAndGun: Rudy uses his [=ARM=] for his special attacks, and a sword for regular attacks. Averted in the remake, where he can use his gun for regular attacks now.
* TakingYouWithMe:
** [[spoiler:Arguably, the entire point of Zeikfried's OneWingedAngel form.]]
** [[spoiler:Mother attempts this when you defeat her, by crashing the Photosphere into the ocean.]]
%%* TalkingAnimal: Hanpan.
* TechnicolorDeath: Each generic enemy dies by flashing colors and collapsing vertically into a little pool on the ground. Bosses get enhanced effects.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Rudy after he [[spoiler:loses an arm and finds out he's an ArtificialHuman.]]
* ThatManIsDead: Jack does not like being reminded of his old life of being [[spoiler:Garret, a guard of Arctica Palace.]]
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Rudy during [[spoiler:his rematch against the Rotting Beast in the remake.]]
** Every time you fight Boomerang, he's mildly difficult and has an impressive battle theme. But when he crawls back from Hell itself to battle you once more, he's absolutely ''brutal'' and his music is appropriately ''freakin' badass.''
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: The final battle with Lady Harken, which, as noted above, [[DuelBoss Jack fights alone]].
* ToTheTuneOf: The title theme, "Into the Wilderness," sounds strangely like "Tie me Kangaroo Down, Sport." In addition, the world map theme, "Lone Bird in the Shire" is an homage to Ennio Morricone's "Ecstasy of Gold." Also, "Agitation to Destruction," or the theme that usually plays when [[spoiler:Mother is featured,]] sounds very much like "Cheyenne's Farewell" from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''.
%%* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Rudy.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Zed, when protecting Aura. Emma, from the original game to the remake, goes from GadgeteerGenius {{NPC}} to leading the entire team in the second half of the game and being a {{Megamanning}} GuestStarPartyMember / OptionalPartyMember.
* TookAShortcut: Jane somehow gets around with ease, despite her home being in an inaccessible location only available to the party after obtaining a unique vehicle.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cecilia and burgers or curry, depending on the translation.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:Lady Harken used to be a guard at Arctica like Jack, and was actually his best friend and possible lover. She actually realizes this eventually and allows Jack to kill her in their last battle. Completing a certain sidequest allows you to revive her as her old human self. However, she also has no memory of her past life and instead starts a new one in Milama.]] Jack believes it's for the best that she doesn't remember her DarkAndTroubledPast.
* TreasureHunter: Jack and Calamity Jane.
* TrueCompanions: By the game's halfway mark, this applies to Rudy, Jack, and Cecilia. They become incredibly dedicated to each other and refuse to leave anyone behind, to the point where Cecilia doesn't think twice about [[spoiler: entering Rudy's possessed and dangerous mind to save him from demon Elizabeth]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Calamity Jane, to an extent. Bar none when it comes to the conversation prior to recruiting her in the remake.
* UngratefulBastard: In Rudy's opening chapter, he helps to save a boy lost in a monster-infested mine. Just as he and the (late-arriving) villagers were about to leave, they are accosted by a huge monster. Rudy successfully defeats the monster with the use of his Wild ARM, but gets ousted and banished by the villagers out of fear of the weapon he wields.
* VideoGameRemake: They went all out: new sidequests, new characters, clarified plot points, the whole nine yards. Now if only the translation had been updated, too...
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:When Mother is defeated the first time, she starts to break down because she can't understand how she could be defeated if she's the "destined destroyer" of reality. It's made more explicit in the remake.]]
* TheVirus: [[spoiler:Alhazad's Demon Seed parasite.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: What Rudy and Jack were doing before the game opened. All Wanderers do this, to some extent.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the original, Jane mentions that she has an older sister named Jessica. While she never actually appears on screen, she's apparently even cuter than Jane, and one kid comments on how ShesGotLegs. In the remake, Jessica only gets a passing mention during a bit of backstory exposition prior to Jane becoming a permanent member.
* WhatTheHellHero: After Berserk's attack on Adelhyde, Jack calls Cecilia out for not taking the demon threat seriously.
* WhiteMagicianGirl: Cecilia. She manages to be both this and a BlackMagicianGirl in one.
* WildCard: Boomerang pretty much only cares about fighting, so much so that his strong desire for battle seduced [[spoiler: the Guardian of Desire]] to follow him. At one point, he even protects the party from his supposed allies in order to be able to fight with them again. He was this during the demon war of 1000 years ago as well. He fought for neither side, simply battling anyone he felt would give him a good fight.
%%* WorthyOpponent: Boomerang and Lucied.
* YouDontLookLikeYou:
** Most of the villains were given a completely different appearance in the remake. Boomerang is now a cyborg with a BadassLongcoat, Harken is more akin to a Valkyrie, Berserk has more traditional battle armor and long white hair, Zed was made fairly more human-like, Mother became much paler and taller (and some would argue even more frightening), and Ziekfried is now completely armored head to toe and bears a slight resemblance to [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Nightmare]]. The only villain who retained his original appearance was Alhazad.
** Several human characters had various changes as well. Magdalen is much older. Bartholomew actually looks like a sea captain, while Drake looks like a typical pirate. Jane mostly retains her appearance, but her personality is refined to make her a much bigger tomboy while retaining her tsundere nature. Zepet looks more like the adventurer he was. And finally, Nicholi actually looks like Jane's father. This could apply during the end credits art montage in the original. While Jane is a blonde during the game, at the very end, her hair is suddenly brown.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle:
** [[spoiler:Mother's death turns out to be only the halfway point.]] This starts a trend for Wild Arms games.
** The game pulls this off ''twice''! [[spoiler: After defeating Motherfried, setting things right, and returning home, Zeikfried (or what's left of him) ambushes you on the trip back from Malduke in a [[TakingYouWithMe last-ditch effort to take you with him]], for the game's ''actual'' final boss fight.]]