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* LoveDodecahedron: Consisting of four interlocking {{Love Triangle}}s.

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* LoveDodecahedron: Consisting of at least four interlocking {{Love Triangle}}s.Triangle}}s. Possibly as many as six triangles.


* AxCrazy: Dilandau
* BadassGrandpa: Balgus

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* BadassGrandpa: Balgus
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* BittersweetEnding: Both in the anime series and in the movie.
** [[spoiler: MaybeEverAfter: Suggested in the very last moments of the TV series. Presuming that Hitomi isn't just hallucinating/imagining seeing Van, the scene suggests that communication between Gaea and Earth is still possible (and, if so, travel may be as well). Whether this is the case lays beyond the purview of official works, though.]]

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* %%%* BittersweetEnding: Both in the anime series and in the movie.
** [[spoiler: MaybeEverAfter: Suggested in the very last moments of the TV series. Presuming that Hitomi isn't just hallucinating/imagining seeing Van, the scene suggests that communication between Gaea and Earth is still possible (and, if so, travel may be as well). Whether this is the case lays beyond the purview of official works, though.]]
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* DoomedHometown: Fanelia

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* FirstChurchOfMecha: In at least one of the manga.

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* %%%%* FirstChurchOfMecha: In at least one of the manga.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Folken and Dilandau (a.k.a. Celena).]]
* HiddenElfVillage: The Ispano.

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* %%* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Folken and Dilandau (a.k.a. Celena).]]
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* IdenticalGrandson: ...and grandmother.

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* %%%* IdenticalGrandson: ...and grandmother.



* InstantSedation
* InvisibilityCloak: Zaibach's Guymelefs have them.

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* InvisibilityCloak: Zaibach's Guymelefs have them.can turn invisible. It's obviously a big advantage in a fight and Van needs Hitomi to dowse their location to win.



*MaybeEverAfter [[spoiler: Suggested in the very last moments of the TV series. Presuming that Hitomi isn't just hallucinating/imagining seeing Van, the scene suggests that communication between Gaea and Earth is still possible (and, if so, travel may be as well). Whether this is the case lays beyond the purview of official works, though.]]



* MeaningfulEcho: The "I have this friend" discussion.

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* %%%* MeaningfulEcho: The "I have this friend" discussion.



* MedievalEuropeanFantasy

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* NamedWeapons: Escaflowne

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* NamedWeapons: EscaflowneEscaflowne is the name of a suit of giant mobile armor.



* OperaGloves
* OrchestralBombing
* OurAngelsAreDifferent

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* ParentalAbandonment: Van, Allen, Folken, Chid.
* PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath
* PerpetualMolt: Van, sometimes Folken.

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* %%%* ParentalAbandonment: Van, Allen, Folken, Chid.
* %%%* PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath
* %%%* PerpetualMolt: Van, sometimes Folken.



* PimpedOutDress

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* PowerCrystal
* PowerOfLove

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething

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* ScienceIsBad

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* {{Shorttank}}: Both Hitomi and Millerna.

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* %%%* {{Shorttank}}: Both Hitomi and Millerna.



* SiblingTeam:
** Nariya and Eriya.
** [[spoiler:Van and Folken near the end after the latter's HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* %%%* SiblingTeam:
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** %%%** [[spoiler:Van and Folken near the end after the latter's HeelFaceTurn.]]



* TarotMotifs: Arguably half the point.

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* %%* TarotMotifs: Arguably half the point.



* ThemeTuneCameo

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* TunnelKing: The mole guy.

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* WingedHumanoid: Draconians, [[spoiler:namely Van and Folken]].

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* %%%%* WingedHumanoid: Draconians, [[spoiler:namely Van and Folken]].


* DowsingDevice: In episode 5 Hitomi uses a pendant and a map to locate the missing Von Fanel.

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* DowsingDevice: In episode 5 Hitomi uses a pendant and a map to locate the missing Von Van Fanel.



* GoodWingsEvilWings: [[spoiler:Folken's wings, unlike Van's or Varie's, are black. While [[YourDaysAreNumbered the cause of this]] is unrelated to his moral alignment, the FallenAngel imagery is definitely there.]] The creators state that [[spoiler:his wings ''became'' black (note that they were white when he revealed himself to Van) after realizing how wrong Dornkirk's plans were]].

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* GoodWingsEvilWings: [[spoiler:Folken's wings, unlike Van's or Varie's, are black. While [[YourDaysAreNumbered the cause of this]] is unrelated to his moral alignment, the FallenAngel imagery is definitely there.]] The creators state that [[spoiler:his wings ''became'' black (note that they were white when he revealed himself to Van) after realizing how wrong Dornkirk's plans were]].knowing he was close to death after he defected]].



* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Hitomi wears her school uniform despite being on a completely different world. She ''was'' at school when Van brought her to Gaea, therefore she only had her uniform and her track clothes with her for quite a while. Millerna buys her a new dress, but Hitomi only wears it for one or two episodes, then goes back to her uniform because the dress meets an unfortunate end. When Hitomi's racing to [[spoiler:save Van's life]] she has to rip. When one of your best skills is running, long skirts are not helpful.

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* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Hitomi wears her school uniform despite being on a completely different world. She ''was'' at school when Van brought her to Gaea, therefore she only had her uniform and her track clothes with her for quite a while. Millerna buys gives her a new dress, but Hitomi only wears it for one or two episodes, then goes back to her uniform because the dress meets an unfortunate end. When Hitomi's racing to [[spoiler:save Van's life]] she has to rip. When one of your best skills is running, long skirts are not helpful.


** Nariya and Eriya, complete with a bit of [[{{Twincest}} incestual]] LesYay.

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** Nariya and Eriya, complete with a bit of [[{{Twincest}} incestual]] incestual LesYay.



* GoodWingsEvilWings: [[spoiler:Folken's wings, unlike Van's or Varie's, are black. While [[YourDaysAreNumbered the cause of this]] is unrelated to his moral alignment, the FallenAngel imagery is definitely there.]] WordOfGod states that [[spoiler:his wings ''became'' black (note that they were white when he revealed himself to Van) after realizing how wrong Dornkirk's plans were]].

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* GoodWingsEvilWings: [[spoiler:Folken's wings, unlike Van's or Varie's, are black. While [[YourDaysAreNumbered the cause of this]] is unrelated to his moral alignment, the FallenAngel imagery is definitely there.]] WordOfGod states The creators state that [[spoiler:his wings ''became'' black (note that they were white when he revealed himself to Van) after realizing how wrong Dornkirk's plans were]].



** Master swordsman Balgus' [[WordOfGod last name]], Ganesha, comes from the Hindu god of [[http://escaflowne.anime.net//characters/g/ganesha_balgus/index.html the same name.]] (The site is SadlyMythtaken however- Ganesha's ''father'' is the God of Destruction, while Ganesha himself is the god who clears obstacles)

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** Master swordsman Balgus' [[WordOfGod last name]], name, Ganesha, comes from the Hindu god of [[http://escaflowne.anime.net//characters/g/ganesha_balgus/index.html the same name.]] (The site is SadlyMythtaken however- Ganesha's ''father'' is the God of Destruction, while Ganesha himself is the god who clears obstacles)



* MrFanservice: When Kazuki Akane was put on the project to direct, he figured that it wouldn't hurt to [[MultipleDemographicAppeal broaden the]] [[EstrogenBrigade potential audience]] by adding some elements. [[{{Bishonen}} Guess what those]] [[ShirtlessScene elements were]].

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* MrFanservice: When Kazuki Akane was put on the project to direct, he figured that it wouldn't hurt to [[MultipleDemographicAppeal broaden the]] [[EstrogenBrigade potential audience]] by adding some elements. [[{{Bishonen}} Guess what those]] [[ShirtlessScene elements were]].



** Naria and Eriya. Semi-Twincestious, scantily-clad {{Cat Girl}}s that are [[TwinThreesomeFantasy totally willing to share]]? Holy shit, where do we sign!

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** Naria and Eriya. Semi-Twincestious, scantily-clad {{Cat Girl}}s that are [[TwinThreesomeFantasy totally willing to share]]? Holy shit, where do we sign!share]].


* ChocolateBaby: A very rare inversion of the usual trope is used here. [[spoiler:While it is thought that Prince Chid is the son of the Duke of Fried and Millerna's sister Marlene, it is very obvious both in-universe and out that the Anglo-Saxon-looking Chid looks absolutely ''nothing'' like the duke, who has olive skin and Middle Eastern features. Naturally, Chid isn't his son; he's Allen and Marlene's love child. Unusually, the duke ''knows'' all of this, and keeps on vocally insisting that Chid is his, likely out of love. Meanwhile, Marlene still thinks he's unaware and Allen is, and remains, completely in the dark about his existence.]]

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* ChocolateBaby: A very rare inversion of the usual trope is used here. [[spoiler:While it is thought that Prince Chid is the son of the Duke of Fried and Millerna's sister Marlene, it is very obvious both in-universe and out that the Anglo-Saxon-looking Chid looks absolutely ''nothing'' like the duke, who has olive skin and Middle Eastern features. Naturally, Chid isn't his son; he's Allen and Marlene's love child. Unusually, the duke ''knows'' all of this, and keeps on vocally insisting that Chid is his, likely out of love. Meanwhile, Marlene still thinks he's unaware and Allen is, and remains, completely in the dark about his existence.love (and avoidance of war). .]]


* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Allen is the Noble Male, while Van is the Roguish Male. They are even [[HairContrastDuo color-coded]]. [[spoiler:Defied in that Van is really a messianic pacifist who is ''disgusted'' by combat, and Allen has sired an ''illegitimate child'' - on a '''married woman!''' Hitomi [[BrokenPedestal doesn't take it well]]]].

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* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Allen is the Noble Male, while Van is the Roguish Male. They are even [[HairContrastDuo color-coded]]. [[spoiler:Defied in that Van is really a messianic pacifist who is ''disgusted'' by combat, and Allen has sired an ''illegitimate child'' - on a '''married with an '''engaged woman!''' Hitomi [[BrokenPedestal doesn't take it well]]]].


Once there, Hitomi and Van quickly become embroiled in a massive war. Van's kingdom of Fanelia is one of many at war with the sinister [[TheEmpire Zaibach Empire]], whose Emperor Dornkirk seeks to use his probability-altering technology (and army of SchizoTech HumongousMecha known as "Guymelefs" --or "Melefs" for short) to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer Gaea]] and create a world without uncertainty. The best chance to turn the tide of the war is the mighty Guymelef, the eponymous Escaflowne... which is also the biggest source of uncertainty in Dornkirk's vision of the future.

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Once there, Hitomi and Van quickly become embroiled in a massive war. Van's kingdom of Fanelia is one of many at war with the sinister [[TheEmpire Zaibach Empire]], whose Emperor Dornkirk seeks to use his probability-altering technology (and army of SchizoTech HumongousMecha known as "Guymelefs" --or -- or "Melefs" for short) smaller mechas) to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer Gaea]] and create a world without uncertainty. The best chance to turn the tide of the war is the mighty Guymelef, the eponymous Escaflowne... which is also the biggest source of uncertainty in Dornkirk's vision of the future.



* DisappearsIntoLight: Zaibach Guymelefs.


* AltarDiplomacy: In the backstory, Marlene Aston, eldest daughter of the royal family of Asturia, entered into an ArrangedMarriage with the ruling duke of the nearby country of Freid to seal a ''de facto'' non-aggression pact, but dies a few years later.

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* BathtubMermaid: [[IntrepidMerchant Dryden Fassa]] is introduced interacting with a captive mermaid in a large water tank. It then revealed that he purchased her [[SlaveLiberation in order to set her free]].


* HumongousMecha: Not as [[TVTropesDrinkingGame egregious]] as other series. Most Guymelefs are about 8 meters tall. The manga, on the other hand, goes and makes Escaflowne about 10 ''stories'' tall.

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* HumongousMecha: Not as [[TVTropesDrinkingGame [[DrinkingGame/TVTropes egregious]] as other series. Most Guymelefs are about 8 meters tall. The manga, on the other hand, goes and makes Escaflowne about 10 ''stories'' tall.


* SiblingTeam: Nariya and Eriya.

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* SiblingTeam: SiblingTeam:
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Nariya and Eriya.Eriya.
** [[spoiler:Van and Folken near the end after the latter's HeelFaceTurn.]]


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* VehicleTitle: The titular Escaflowne is a HumongousMecha.


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* WeaponTitle: Two-fold. The eponymous "Vision" refers to Hitomi's {{Seer}} powers while the titular "Escaflowne" refers to Van's HumongousMecha.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Dilandau is so angry at Zongi's murder of one of his Dragonslayers that he ''crushes Zongi to death with his Guymelef's hands''.]]


Thanks to a [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/funimationprod/the-vision-of-escaflowne-a-new-hd-dub-for-the-clas successful Kickstarter campaign]], Creator/{{Funimation}} is redubbing the series and movie with a brand new cast for their Blu-Ray releases in 2016.

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Originally, the show and the movie were licensed by Creator/BandaiEntertainment and were dubbed in Vancouver by Creator/TheOceanGroup. Thanks to a [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/funimationprod/the-vision-of-escaflowne-a-new-hd-dub-for-the-clas successful Kickstarter campaign]], Creator/{{Funimation}} is redubbing redubbed the series and the movie with a brand new Texas-based cast for their Blu-Ray releases in 2016.


* AdaptationalVillainy: In the movie [[spoiler: Folken is a psychotic BigBad, while in the original series he was more of an Anti-Villain or a Dragon with an Agenda to the actual Big Bad, Emperor Dornkirk (who is absent from the movie altogether). In fact, in the series he eventually has a HeelFaceTurn]].

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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the movie [[spoiler: Folken is a psychotic BigBad, while in the original series he was more of an Anti-Villain AntiVillain or a Dragon with an Agenda DragonWithAnAgenda to the actual Big Bad, Emperor Dornkirk (who is [[AdaptedOut absent from the movie altogether).altogether]]). In fact, in the series he eventually has a HeelFaceTurn]].


A brainchild of Creator/ShojiKawamori, ''Tenkuu no Escaflowne'' (lit. "Escaflowne of the Heavens") was conceived during a trip to Nepal and [[HighConcept pitched]] as ''Air Cavalry Chronicles'', basically "''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' with divination instead of love songs". Planned as a 39-episode anime series from the start, it spent several years in DevelopmentHell, during which a manga was published (based on pre-production materials and thus markedly different from the final product). The series was finally broadcast in Japan from April 2, 1996 to September 24, 1996, cut to just 26 episodes, which accounts for a rather abrupt wrap-up in the end. Two more mangas and a novelization were produced later, and the anime was licensed as ''The Vision of Escaflowne'' in the US. There was also [[TheMovie a movie]] released in 2000, which greatly simplified the series' mythology and played up its mystical aspects.

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A brainchild of Creator/ShojiKawamori, ''Tenkuu no Escaflowne'' (lit. "Escaflowne of the Heavens") was conceived during a trip to Nepal and [[HighConcept pitched]] as ''Air Cavalry Chronicles'', basically "''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' with divination instead of love songs". Planned as a 39-episode anime series from the start, it spent several years in DevelopmentHell, during which a manga was published (based on pre-production materials and thus markedly different from the final product). The series was finally broadcast in Japan from April 2, 1996 2 to September 24, 1996, cut to just 26 episodes, which accounts for a rather abrupt wrap-up in the end. Two more mangas and a novelization were produced later, and the anime was licensed as ''The Vision of Escaflowne'' in the US. There was also [[TheMovie a movie]] released in 2000, which greatly simplified the series' mythology and played up its mystical aspects.

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