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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Ari is the only character throughout the entire game that is "Neutral" elemental typing, meaning he's neither strong nor weak against a particular element. [[spoiler:His existence outside the Classification system makes this possible, as he's not placed into an assigned role.]]

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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: GameplayAndStoryIntegration:
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Ari is the only character throughout the entire game that is "Neutral" elemental typing, meaning he's neither strong nor weak against a particular element. [[spoiler:His existence outside the Classification system makes this possible, as he's not placed into an assigned role.]]
** Rosalyn starts out with much more HP than Ari even at the same level. By the time you get to Triste and the Addashi Desert, her HP increases are low enough that Ari comes out ahead. [[spoiler:In her affection side-quest ending, Rosalyn notes she was trying to be a hero and played the part well-enough, but Ari's constant growth and determination have made her re-examine whether or not that made her truly better than anyone. It's a sign of her character development into someone who's more humble and fighting for the right reasons instead of her original IceQueen status at the beginning.
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of RPGs and classic fantasy tales. [[spoiler:Beiloune set the world apart for Marlene as a way to have fun adventures in it. These adventures were determined by a person's Classification, and people who fell into certain Classifications had certain roles, and they would not deviate from these roles. Ari's status as a deviant throws the whole thing into question by showing just how dangerous the world is when someone throws the whole thing into predetermined roles without concern for others, particularly how destructive the ultimate fights between a hero and an Evil King would be.]] [[spoiler: This status as a deviant also extends to everyone who comes into contact with him, as they begin going against their pre-assigned roles; for example Rosalyn and Stan were placed into Classification roles that would make them fight against each other in an "Ultimate Duel" but teaming up with Ari makes them more focused on finding and taking down Beiloune, and they don't really care about fighting each other once the Classification system is done away with.]]

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of RPGs role-playing games and classic fantasy tales. [[spoiler:Beiloune set the world apart for Marlene as a way to have fun adventures in it. These adventures were determined by a person's Classification, and people who fell into certain Classifications had certain roles, and they would not deviate from these roles. Ari's status as a deviant throws the whole thing into question by showing just how dangerous the world is when someone throws the whole thing into predetermined roles without concern for others, particularly how destructive the ultimate fights between a hero and an Evil King would be.]] [[spoiler: This status as a deviant also extends to everyone who comes into contact with him, as they begin going against their pre-assigned roles; for example Rosalyn and Stan were placed into Classification roles that would make them fight against each other in an "Ultimate Duel" but teaming up with Ari makes them more focused on finding and taking down Beiloune, and they don't really care about fighting each other once the Classification system is done away with.]]

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* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler: After the Phantom Evil King shows up in Triste, threatening the Ringmaster and Ari, there are ''very'' few moments of comedy. A major sequence soon after is the discussion of what the rules of the setting itself mean, and many characters become very introspective and start revealing HiddenDepths.]]


* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Ari's father is *completely* oblivious as to Stan's malicious nature. His response to Stan taking Ari as his subject in a quest to conquer the world is "Well, I think that's great!" Ari's mother has shades of this, too, as Ari leaving on this conquest is treated as him leaving for an adventure as they did in their youth.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
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Ari's father is *completely* ''completely'' oblivious as to Stan's malicious nature. His response to Stan taking Ari as his subject in a quest to conquer the world is "Well, I think that's great!" Ari's mother has shades of this, too, as Ari leaving on this conquest is treated as him leaving for an adventure as they did in their youth.youth.
** Ari can have this himself if you choose to snark at things. One of the dialogue options during one of Rosalyn's and Stan's squabbles is him deciding to complain how he's hungry.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Ari's father is *completely* oblivious as to Stan's malicious nature. His response to Stan taking Ari as his subject in a quest to conquer the world is "Well, I think that's great!" Ari's mother has shades of this, too, as Ari leaving on this conquest is treated as him leaving for an adventure as they did in their youth.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Stan tells Ari's parents that because Ari's his slave, they're going off to defeat the Evil Kings and conquer the world, bringing darkness and fear. Ari's parents are ''thrilled'' that their son is going off adventuring and hope it's a learning experience for him.

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* DifficultySpike: Two.
** You can get by the Sewer Evil King without much problem just through random encounters on the way to Madril. Once Rosalyn and Kisling join the party and you enter the Rumile Plains to Rashelo, enemy encounters take a jump in difficulty and you'll be spending a bit of time grinding just to prep for encounters in the Aquatic Ruins, not to mention just to keep Ari alive.
** The second jump comes at the Addashi Desert. The previous bosses might be a piece of cake, but the Desert leads up to the back-to-back boss battles with Epros and the Vampire Evil King, as well as being one of the largest overworld areas.

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* NintendoHard: It is entirely possible to die in the first encounter of the game, which should set the tone of how difficult battles can be.


* TechnoBabble: Kisling speaks in this normally. His first conversation boils down to "I study why ghosts exists"; Ari can comment "See the results of dictionary abuse?" as a response to it. Notably averted after the WhamEpisode, when Kisling talks through things rather logically and much more straightforward.

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* TechnoBabble: Kisling speaks in this normally. His first conversation boils down to "I study why ghosts exists"; exists" but it takes 5 whole pages of text to convey; Ari can comment "See the results of dictionary abuse?" as a response to it. Notably averted after the WhamEpisode, when Kisling talks through things rather logically and much more straightforward.

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* TechnoBabble: Kisling speaks in this normally. His first conversation boils down to "I study why ghosts exists"; Ari can comment "See the results of dictionary abuse?" as a response to it. Notably averted after the WhamEpisode, when Kisling talks through things rather logically and much more straightforward.

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* ChekhovsBoomerang:
** The music box. Ari's mother gives it to him before he leaves on his adventure. Ari gives it to Marlene in Chapter 3 on the advice of his mother. [[spoiler:The actual Marlene is trapped inside it, as revealed when leaving Triste.]]
** The doll Ari's parents buy. They buy the doll before Ari leaves, though you can't see it, instead of giving him money for his adventure. [[spoiler:Stan notices that Marlene doesn't have a soul after an attempt to possess her in the Aquatic Ruins.]] [[spoiler:The Marlene you've been travelling with for 4 dungeons is actually a doll, which Ari's father comments on it being similar to the one they had earlier.]]
** The Ringmaster. He drunkenly comments on how Ari's overshadowed just before Annie gets attacked by a ghost. He's left behind by his troupe in Tenel and sulks in the bar, where he gives Ari and Stan the "Map o' Evil Kings" that sets off the whole adventure. [[spoiler:He was supposed to be an Evil King, but transferred his power to the Sewer Evil King and remained ordinary. He became forgotten under Classification and went to Triste, where he's Ari's only hope of returning to the normal world.]]

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* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Ari's and Stan's encounter with the ghost in the Tenel church. Stan thinks the ghost is complying with serving him; the ghost is amused before attacking because it's "hungry".

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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Ari is the only character throughout the entire game that is "Neutral" elemental typing, meaning he's neither strong nor weak against a particular element. [[spoiler:His existence outside the Classification system makes this possible, as he's not placed into an assigned role.]]


* Deconstruction: Of RPGs and classic fantasy tales. [[spoiler:Beiloune set the world apart for Marlene as a way to have fun adventures in it. These adventures were determined by a person's Classification, and people who fell into certain Classifications had certain roles, and they would not deviate from these roles. Ari's status as a deviant throws the whole thing into question by showing just how dangerous the world is when someone throws the whole thing into predetermined roles without concern for others, particularly how destructive the ultimate fights between a hero and an Evil King would be.]] [[spoiler: This status as a deviant also extends to everyone who comes into contact with him, as they begin going against their pre-assigned roles; for example Rosalyn and Stan were placed into Classification roles that would make them fight against each other in an "Ultimate Duel" but teaming up with Ari makes them more focused on finding and taking down Beiloune, and they don't really care about fighting each other once the Classification system is done away with.]]

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* Deconstruction: {{Deconstruction}}: Of RPGs and classic fantasy tales. [[spoiler:Beiloune set the world apart for Marlene as a way to have fun adventures in it. These adventures were determined by a person's Classification, and people who fell into certain Classifications had certain roles, and they would not deviate from these roles. Ari's status as a deviant throws the whole thing into question by showing just how dangerous the world is when someone throws the whole thing into predetermined roles without concern for others, particularly how destructive the ultimate fights between a hero and an Evil King would be.]] [[spoiler: This status as a deviant also extends to everyone who comes into contact with him, as they begin going against their pre-assigned roles; for example Rosalyn and Stan were placed into Classification roles that would make them fight against each other in an "Ultimate Duel" but teaming up with Ari makes them more focused on finding and taking down Beiloune, and they don't really care about fighting each other once the Classification system is done away with.]]


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* HiddenDepths: Nearly every major character, and even a few minor ones, are all hiding something.


* Deconstruction: Of RPGs and classic fantasy tales. [[spoiler:Beiloune set the world apart for Marlene as a way to have fun adventures in it. These adventures were determined by a person's Classification, and people who fell into certain Classifications had certain roles, and they would not deviate from these roles. Ari's status as a deviant throws the whole thing into question by showing just how dangerous the world is when someone throws the whole thing into predetermined roles without concern for others, particularly how destructive the ultimate fights between a hero and an Evil King would be.
This status as a deviant also extends to everyone who comes into contact with him, as they begin going against their pre-assigned roles; for example Rosalyn and Stan were placed into Classification roles that would make them fight against each other in an "Ultimate Duel" but teaming up with Ari makes them more focused on finding and taking down Beiloune, and they don't really care about fighting each other once the Classification system is done away with.]]

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* Deconstruction: Of RPGs and classic fantasy tales. [[spoiler:Beiloune set the world apart for Marlene as a way to have fun adventures in it. These adventures were determined by a person's Classification, and people who fell into certain Classifications had certain roles, and they would not deviate from these roles. Ari's status as a deviant throws the whole thing into question by showing just how dangerous the world is when someone throws the whole thing into predetermined roles without concern for others, particularly how destructive the ultimate fights between a hero and an Evil King would be. \n]] [[spoiler: This status as a deviant also extends to everyone who comes into contact with him, as they begin going against their pre-assigned roles; for example Rosalyn and Stan were placed into Classification roles that would make them fight against each other in an "Ultimate Duel" but teaming up with Ari makes them more focused on finding and taking down Beiloune, and they don't really care about fighting each other once the Classification system is done away with.]]

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