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* BlindIdiotTranslation: Even worse than most JRPGs of its time; the game's English translation left out major plot points, such as the player character suffering from amnesia, or the reveal that he and [[spoiler:Kane are brothers]]. In addition, the names of a few objects were romanized to English rather than being translated, resulting in GratuitousJapanese such as "Sugoi Mizugi" (amazing bikini) "Kitui Huku" (revealing dress). Averted in the GBA remake

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* BlindIdiotTranslation: Even worse than most JRPGs of its time; the game's English translation left out major plot points, such as the player character suffering from amnesia, or the reveal that he and [[spoiler:Kane are brothers]]. In addition, the names of a few objects were romanized to English rather than being translated, resulting in GratuitousJapanese such as "Sugoi Mizugi" (amazing bikini) "Kitui Huku" (revealing dress). Averted in the GBA remakeremake.



* GratuitousSpanish: The flying magical creature you can recruit is named Domingo, Spanish for the day Sunday. It's not even an isolated incident; another magical creature in the ''VideoGame/ShiningForceGaidenGames'' is named Amigo.



* InventoryManagementPuzzle: Characters could only hold four items, one of which was their weapon. This would cause a lot of juggling of item slots during town visits.



* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: We have humans, and we have beastfolk like Zylo (werewolf), Alef (foxgirl), Balbaroy and Amon (birdpeople), And Guntz (armadillo man).

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* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: We have humans, and we have beastfolk like Zylo (werewolf), Alef (foxgirl), Balbaroy and Amon (birdpeople), And and Guntz (armadillo man).



* NominalImportance: Subverted. You meet a recurring adventurer named Boken who has a unique set of sprites but no dialogue portrait, and he is utterly inconsequential to the story until one point in Prompt where he lets you out of jail, a role that could have gone to almost anybody else.



* OneSteveLimit: Averted. The name "Max" applies both to the protagonist of ''Shining Force'' and the protagonist of ''Shining Force Neo''; the name "Arthur" can be either a centaur knight in ''[=SF=]'' or a human knight in ''Shining the Holy Ark''; and so on.

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* OneSteveLimit: Averted. The name "Max" applies both to the protagonist of ''Shining Force'' and the protagonist of ''Shining Force Neo''; ''VideoGame/ShiningForceNeo''; the name "Arthur" can be either a centaur knight in ''[=SF=]'' this or a human knight in ''Shining the Holy Ark''; ''VideoGame/ShiningTheHolyArk''; and so on.



* UpdatedRerelease: ''Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon'' on the Game Boy Advance.

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* UpdatedRerelease: ''Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon'' on the Game Boy Advance.Advance redid all the graphics and added a subplot about Narsha and her bodyguards defecting from Darksol's forces.
* UseItem: A few weapons and rings could be used in battle for magical effects. If abused too much, the item would crack, necessitating taking it to a shop for repair; if you tried to use it again, it broke entirely and vanished from your inventory.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: The Kingdom of Prompt is known for being home to the descendants of the gods, but when the Shining Force arrive, all the people are like country bumpkins. They later realize this was all just an act and that the people are actually a highly advanced civilization]].


* InTheHood: Tao, Anri, and Alef, since they're Mages. They retain their hoods after being promoted to Wizards

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* InTheHood: Tao, Anri, and Alef, since they're Mages. They retain their hoods after being promoted to WizardsWizards. Averted in the remake as they, along with everyone else, get their own unique sprites.


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* SuddenlyVoiced: Max was a HeroicMime in the original, but is given a voice and personality in the remake.


* {{Hypocrite}}: One of the lead developers of ''Shining Force'' mentioned that ''Fire Emblem'' has horrible pacing. If you look at all of the maps after the first battle, you will see that they're all ''poorly designed'' from being overloaded with "slow and difficult terrain". This has the egregious side-effect of slowing down the speed and progression of the game tremendously, which is further exacerbated by the maps getting bigger and the armies starting farther apart, and makes that lead developer look ''incredibly antagonistic and arrogant''.


* {{Hypocrite}}: One of the lead developers of ''Shining Force'' mentioned that ''Fire Emblem'' has horrible pacing. If you look at all of the maps after the first battle, you will see that they're all ''poorly designed'' from being overloaded with "slow and difficult terrain". This has the egregious side-effect of slowing down the speed and progression of the game tremendously and makes that lead developer look ''incredibly antagonistic and arrogant''.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: One of the lead developers of ''Shining Force'' mentioned that ''Fire Emblem'' has horrible pacing. If you look at all of the maps after the first battle, you will see that they're all ''poorly designed'' from being overloaded with "slow and difficult terrain". This has the egregious side-effect of slowing down the speed and progression of the game tremendously tremendously, which is further exacerbated by the maps getting bigger and the armies starting farther apart, and makes that lead developer look ''incredibly antagonistic and arrogant''.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: One of the lead developers of ''Shining Force'' mentioned that ''Fire Emblem'' has horrible pacing. If you look at all of the maps after the first battle, you will see that they're all ''poorly designed'' from being overloaded with "slow and difficult terrain". This has the egregious side-effect of slowing down the speed and progression of the game tremendously and makes that lead developer look ''incredibly antagonistic and arrogant''.


* BadassBoast: In the remake, everyone in the current party gives their own when facing Dark Dragon.



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%%* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: We have humans, and we have beastfolk like Zylo (werewolf), Alef (foxgirl), Balbaroy and Amon (birdpeople), And Guntz (armadillo man).



** Certain character personalities undergo this in the remake. Hans in particular looked and acted pretty wussy and cowardly in the original, even constantly reminding you not to put him in the front lines as he hates getting hit. In the remake, his redesign made him look less cartoonish and more bishounen. Gone is his cowardice and he even gives Dark Dragon a BadassBoast in the final battle.



** In Urbantol, Darksol eliminates Balbazak for begging the Shining Force to spare him in return for giving them a ship to use.

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** In Urbantol, Darksol eliminates Balbazak for begging the Shining Force to spare him in return for giving them a ship to use. In the remake, Ernest wasn’t about to spare Balbazak, so he tries to sweeten the deal by offering to tell them some info on Darksol, who then appears and kills him before he could say anything.


* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Anyone going into the GBA remake for the first time may want to use some old favorites, not realizing that the way post-promotion stats work in the remake means several top-tier characters from the original have toppled down the ranks.



* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Kane, in the first game.]]

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* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Kane, in the first game.Kane.]]



* FantasyCharacterClasses: Since each character has a particular class, most of the list is present and correct. Early game characters cover most of the bases. Later on in the game, some characters have rather unique classes, such as Adam (Robot/Cyborg) or Zylo (Werewolf/Wolfbaron).

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* FantasyCharacterClasses: Since each character has a particular class, most of the list is present and correct. Early game characters cover most of the bases. bases, being archers, mages, warriors, and the like. Later on in the game, on, some characters have rather more unique classes, such as Adam (Robot/Cyborg) or Zylo (Werewolf/Wolfbaron).



* GuideDangIt: Recruiting the more obscure characters can get silly sometimes, but the first game takes the crown: the ninja Hanzo is hiding in one of the game's towns disguised as a bush, and will join if you inspect his leafy disguise. In the US version, there's [[spoiler:a piece of paper on the bush to make it stand out]]. In the Japanese edition, he looks like ''every other bush in the game'', none of which have anything to gain by examining them.

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* GuideDangIt: Recruiting the more obscure characters can get silly sometimes, but the first game takes the crown: the sometimes.
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ninja Hanzo Hanzou is hiding in one of the game's towns disguised as a bush, and will join if you inspect his leafy disguise. In the US version, there's [[spoiler:a piece of paper on the bush to make it stand out]]. In the Japanese edition, he looks like ''every other bush in the game'', none of which have anything to gain by examining them.them.
** Promotion, itself, can be this. You can promote any character once they reach level 10, but you can keep leveling them up to level 20. Since the characters keep many of their stats once promoted, the disparity between a character promoted at level 10 vs 20 can be severe.


* BareFistedMonk: Gong, whose combination of HealingHands and decent combat capability means he usually levels much quicker than the standard SquishyWizard-type {{White Magician Girl}}s. He's also the first optional character to join the team in the series.



* BareFistedMonk: Gong, whose combination of HealingHands and decent combat capability means he usually levels much quicker than the standard SquishyWizard-type {{White Magician Girl}}s. He's also the first optional character to join the team in the series.



* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: A subtle example: the mage Anri specializes in the [[AnIcePerson Freeze]] line of spells, Alef specializes in the [[ShockAndAwe Bolt]] spells, while Tao has all of the [[PlayingWithFire Blaze]] spells. Anri wears a blue robe, Alef wears a yellow robe, and Tao wears a red robe when she gets promoted (she starts out wearing a purple robe).
* CombatMedic: Khris, who despite being a straight WhiteMagicianGirl on paper, outdamages the actual CombatMedic Gong at higher levels.
** Many healers can actually do a lot of damage when equipped with the proper staff (most of them can critically hurt particular enemies - i.e, the Voodoo Charm can one-shot undead enemies), and since a mage's attack spells often do [[FixedDamageAttack fixed amounts of damage]], it's better to let them attack as well until their spells reach level three or higher.

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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: A subtle example: the mage Anri specializes in the [[AnIcePerson Freeze]] line of spells, Alef specializes in the [[ShockAndAwe Bolt]] spells, while Tao has all of the [[PlayingWithFire Blaze]] spells. Anri wears a blue (and later, black) robe, Alef wears a yellow (later green) robe, and Tao wears a red robe when she gets promoted (she starts out wearing a purple robe).
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* CombatMedic: Khris, who despite being a straight WhiteMagicianGirl on paper, outdamages out-damages the actual CombatMedic Gong at higher levels.
** Many healers can actually do a lot of damage when equipped with the proper staff (most of them can critically hurt particular enemies - i.e, the GBA version's Voodoo Charm can one-shot undead enemies), and since a mage's attack spells often do [[FixedDamageAttack fixed amounts of damage]], it's better to let them attack as well until their spells reach level three or higher.


* BadassGrandpa: Gort. When Guardiana is attacked, he defends the local bar and, as such, it is the only building in the town that remains undamaged. He was considered one of Rune's greatest warriors in his prime and in gameplay, he's fairly useful.

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* BadassGrandpa: Gort. A few characters qualify.
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When Guardiana is attacked, he defends the local bar and, as such, it is the only building in the town that remains undamaged. He was considered one of Rune's greatest warriors in his prime and in gameplay, he's fairly useful.


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** Kokichi, the inventor joins without a second thought, but he may object to the "Grandpa" part.
** Torasu, the game's final (and best) Healer infiltrates an enemy stronghold with Alef and joins after being rescued by the Force.


* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:After you defeat Kane, he breaks free of Darksol's brainwashing and realizes what he has done, prompting him to atone for his horrible actions. He later performs a HeroicSacrifice in a later chapter]].

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* HeelFaceTurn: Pelle joins the Force after nearly being killed by the forces of Runefaust. [[spoiler:After you defeat Kane, he breaks free of Darksol's brainwashing and realizes what he has done, prompting him to atone for his horrible actions. He later performs a HeroicSacrifice in a later chapter]].



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Usually about thirty in this game, some of whom are {{Optional Party Member}}s, and are {{permanently missable|Content}} if you're not prudent. You're also left with a choice of who to use since you can only have 12 characters at a time attending a battle.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Usually about About thirty in this game, some of whom are {{Optional Party Member}}s, and are {{permanently missable|Content}} if you're not prudent. You're also left with a choice of who to use since you can only have 12 characters at a time attending a battle.



** Bleu, the baby dragon, and Arthur, a Centaur, both require a significant amount of grinding and patience, which can cause them to be discarded by more impatient players.

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** Several characters, including Bleu, the baby dragon, and Arthur, a Centaur, both require a significant amount of grinding and patience, which can cause them to be discarded by more impatient players.



* MysticalWhiteHair: The princess gone [[AnIcePerson ice mage]] Anri from the original.

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* MysticalWhiteHair: The princess gone [[AnIcePerson ice mage]] mage]], Anri from the original.



* TeamPet: There's an extremely large number. Save for one (Bleu, who is plot-mandatory), all of these characters are [[PermanentlyMissableContent easy to miss]].

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* TeamPet: There's an extremely large number. Save A few. Jogurt and Domingo come to mind, and save for one (Bleu, who is plot-mandatory), all of these characters they are [[PermanentlyMissableContent easy to miss]].



* UselessUsefulSpell: Status-infliction spells in the earlier titles, due to their unreliable accuracy.

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* UselessUsefulSpell: Status-infliction spells in the earlier titles, like Muddle, due to their unreliable accuracy.


* HalfHumanHybrid: Every single Knight-class character in the first two games is a centaur. There are also {{Wolf M|an}}en, birdmen (in eagle, stork and owl varieties), half-giants, dragonmen and... whatever the heck Grantack is. Guntz seems to be half ''armadillo''. In PowerArmor. Just because.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: Every single Knight-class character in the first two games is a centaur. There are also {{Wolf M|an}}en, birdmen (in eagle, stork and owl varieties), birdmen, half-giants, dragonmen and... whatever the heck Grantack is.dragonmen. Guntz seems to be half ''armadillo''. In PowerArmor. Just because.


* GenreShift: An unexpected example. ''VideoGame/ShiningInTheDarkness'' was a dungeon crawling RPG, but ''Shining Force'' is a tactical RPG. The dungeon crawling genre wouldn't be revisited until ''VideoGame/ShiningTheHolyArk''.



* UnexpectedGameplayChange: ''Shining Force I'' was an UnexpectedGameplayChange, as the first game in the series was a dungeon crawling RPG called ''Shining In The Darkness''. This genre was revisited with ''Shining the Holy Ark''.

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* FantasyCharacterClasses: Since each character has a particular class, most of the list is present and correct. Early game characters cover most of the bases. Later on in the game, some characters have rather unique classes, such as Adam (Robot/Cyborg) or Zylo (Werewolf/Wolfbaron).

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* BlindIdiotTranslation: Even worse than most JRPGs of its time; the game's English translation left out major plot points, such as the player character suffering from amnesia, or the reveal that he and [[spoiler:Kane are brothers]]. In addition, the names of a few objects were romanized to English rather than being translated, resulting in GratuitousJapanese such as "Sugoi Mizugi" (amazing bikini) "Kitui Huku" (revealing dress). Averted in the GBA remake

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