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* WeAreStrugglingTogether: Even in the face of of outright invasion from Highland, the city states of Jowston just can't form a united coalition against them. Too many members outright refuse to fight and instead isolate themselves in their own territories. It's precisely this lack of cooperation between them that spurs Jowy on to fighting on the side of Highland, as he comes to realize the best course of action will be to end the war as quickly as possible, and their more united front makes them the clear victors from the onset.

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* WeAreStrugglingTogether: Even in the face of of outright invasion from Highland, the city states of Jowston just can't form a united coalition against them. Too many members outright refuse to fight and instead isolate themselves in their own territories. It's precisely this lack of cooperation between them that spurs Jowy on to fighting fight on the side of Highland, as he comes to realize the best course of action will be to end the war as quickly as possible, and their the Highlanders' more united front makes them the clear victors from the onset.


* IveComeTooFar: Pretty much the reason why Jowy and the protagonist can't just end the war after [[spoiler:Luca is killed]]. The hostilities between the City States and Highland won't just end even after a treaty is met, and both characters are too enmeshed with their respective sides to even be able to walk away.



* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:The normal ending.]]



* UnstoppableRage: When [[spoiler:Nanami is shot by Gorudo's men, Riou and Jowy immediately forget that they were ready to fight eachother to death seconds prior, and team up against him]]. The music playing during this battle perfectly conveys their rightous fury (the track is not called ''Iron Fist of Anger'' for nothing), and on top of that [[spoiler:Jowy has now unlocked his Black Sword's final spell]], which you will be very happy to unleash against the bastard.

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* UnstoppableRage: When [[spoiler:Nanami is shot by Gorudo's men, Riou and Jowy immediately forget that they were ready to fight eachother each other to death seconds prior, and team up against him]]. The music playing during this battle perfectly conveys their rightous fury (the track is not called ''Iron Fist of Anger'' for nothing), and on top of that [[spoiler:Jowy has now unlocked his Black Sword's final spell]], which you will be very happy to unleash against the bastard.



* WarForFunAndProfit: What was the point of the war?
** Territorial dispute and revenge.
*** Lots and lots of revenge. Highland and the City-States had been warring for ''years'', with the occasional truce that failed to last. The most recent war was sparked because, in addition to Luca Blight being ''[[AxCrazy fucking insane]]'', he wanted to kill everyone in the City-States for his mother's rape/death. Oh, and he wanted to kill everyone in the Highlands because his father didn't seem to care about his mother's rape/death. Basically, he wanted to kill everyone.
*** It helps that the guy responsible for his mother's rape/death was the then-Mayor of Muse, who is pretty much at the center of the City-States; he's personally responsible for a LOT of the bad feeling on both sides.

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* WarForFunAndProfit: What was the point of the war?
** Territorial dispute and revenge.
*** Lots and lots of revenge. Highland and the City-States had been warring for ''years'', with the occasional truce that failed to last. The most recent war was sparked because, in addition to Luca Blight being ''[[AxCrazy fucking insane]]'', he wanted to kill everyone
WeAreStrugglingTogether: Even in the City-States for his mother's rape/death. Oh, face of of outright invasion from Highland, the city states of Jowston just can't form a united coalition against them. Too many members outright refuse to fight and he wanted to kill everyone instead isolate themselves in the Highlands because his father didn't seem to care about his mother's rape/death. Basically, he wanted to kill everyone.
*** It helps
their own territories. It's precisely this lack of cooperation between them that spurs Jowy on to fighting on the guy responsible for his mother's rape/death was side of Highland, as he comes to realize the then-Mayor best course of Muse, who is pretty much at action will be to end the center of war as quickly as possible, and their more united front makes them the City-States; he's personally responsible for a LOT of clear victors from the bad feeling on both sides.onset.


* BrassBalls: When [[spoiler:[[AntiVillain Jowy]] tells [[TheEvilPrince Luca Blight]] that he intends to marry [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Jillia]]]], Luca responds with an EvilLaugh and shouts, "You've got balls, I'll give you that!"

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* BrassBalls: When [[spoiler:[[AntiVillain Jowy]] tells [[TheEvilPrince Luca Blight]] that he intends to marry [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Jillia]]]], Jillia]], Luca responds with an EvilLaugh and shouts, "You've got balls, I'll give you that!"


* SuplexFinisher: Like the first game, Kasumi can do this to anyone (Except the Stone Golem boss).

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* SuplexFinisher: Like the first game, Kasumi can do this to anyone (Except the Stone Golem boss).boss, [[DevelopersForesight which is anchored to the ground]]).


* GrayAndGreyMorality: The game starts out with BlackAndGreyMorality, with Highland being unarguably evil under the leadership of Luca Blight, while the leaders of the Jowston City-States range from well-meaning but inept at best, to downright corrupt at worst. The grayness kicks in once [[spoiler:Luca is killed. From that point on, Highland is run by more sympathetic and well-intentioned people, most notably the protagonist's friend Jowy, who see no reason to make peace with the still weakened and divided City-States, ''and'' have to quell the now awakened Beast Rune.]]

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* GrayAndGreyMorality: GrayAndGreyMorality:
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The game starts out with BlackAndGreyMorality, with Highland being unarguably evil under the leadership of Luca Blight, while the leaders of the Jowston City-States range from well-meaning but inept at best, to downright corrupt at worst. The grayness kicks in once [[spoiler:Luca is killed. From that point on, Highland is run by more sympathetic and well-intentioned people, most notably the protagonist's friend Jowy, who see no reason to make peace with the still weakened and divided City-States, ''and'' have to quell the now awakened Beast Rune.]]]]
** The backstory, at least before Luca came into the scene, was also GreyAndGrayMorality. While Agares might be a coward that caused Luca's downward spiral into evil, he is by no means an avaricious ruler (especially when Kiba would defend his honor after Luca taunted him about it). And on his side is a honorable general like Han Cunningham. On the other hand, the City-States instead had several inept and corrupt people moreso than the current generation. Gorudo started from that generation while Teresa's father Alec Wisemail is a shrewd and ruthless manipulator that [[spoiler:poisoned the previous chieftain of Karaya tribe to lower their influence]]. But amongst the City-States stands a standout hero: Genkaku, who ended up befriending Han and paved way for peace between City-States and Highland... which is single-handedly ruined by the inept Mayor of Muse before Annabelle, her father Darrel, because of his insistence of not losing Kyaro Village. This led to the CombatByChampion where he secretly coated Genkaku's blade with poison in order to make sure City-States won and Han died as a result. Genkaku detected this and didn't raise his sword, causing his fall from grace. So yes, it's a pretty gray conflict overall.


** Jowy in the best ending. No matter what his excuses or his reasons [[spoiler: he is a murderer, conspirator, accessory to genocide and directly responsible for perpetuating a costly and brutal war]] Interestingly enough, even he thinks he is one and that he must pay for those sins.

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** Jowy in the best ending. No matter what his excuses or his reasons [[spoiler: he is a murderer, conspirator, accessory to genocide and directly responsible for perpetuating a costly and brutal war]] Interestingly enough, even he thinks he is one and that he must pay for those sins. This may be subverted, since by Leknaat's words, [[spoiler:it is by living that he has a shot to atone for his sins, predicted dying would be the easy way out.]]


* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Rowd]]
** [[spoiler:In the supplemental material, it's revealed that he takes his blind little sister from Kyaro and flees after the war. He was trying to gain enough money to have "a doctor in Toran" (most likely Liukan) cure her illness, hence why he went along with Luca's schemes in order to get promoted.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Rowd]]
KarmaHoudini:
** [[spoiler:In [[spoiler:Rowd.]] In the supplemental material, it's revealed that he [[spoiler:he takes his blind little sister from Kyaro and flees after the war. He was trying to gain enough money to have "a doctor in Toran" (most likely Liukan) cure her illness, hence why he went along with Luca's schemes in order to get promoted.]] Yet, the same supplemental material [[spoiler:[[KarmaHoudiniWarranty tore his warranty to pieces]], where his sister died anyway, either with or without the doctor's help, making everything Rowd did AllForNothing by eliminating the reason he fought for after it was far too late.]]


* CoolButInefficient: [[BlackKnight Pesmerga]] has been accused to this. He starts out as a powerhouse, but joins late, leaves no room for customization, thus the latter-mentioned possible GameBreaker will surpass him. Though to be fair, for a quick-run game (for those who just doesn't want to bother with heavy customization), he's still a good choice.

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* CoolButInefficient: [[BlackKnight Pesmerga]] has been accused Pesmerga is a wicked cool BlackKnight with wicked cool armor and a powerful enigma thanks to this. his connection with Yuber. His starting stats is tremendous. He starts out as a powerhouse, but joins late, also leaves no room for customization, thus the latter-mentioned possible GameBreaker will surpass him. Though very little to be fair, for a quick-run game (for those who just doesn't want to bother customization with heavy customization), limited equipment slot (has a lot of unremovable items) and rune slots, therefore if you have been training several highly customizable units, you'll find him lacking. Otherwise, he's an EleventhHourRanger to help you finish the game quicker; still a good choice.nice addition, but won't be way bigger than your other properly trained people.


* BeastMan: The kobolds return, more cartoony than ever.



* PettingZooPeople: The kobolds return, more cartoony than ever.


[[CrackIsCheaper To those who want to play the game but cannot afford to shell out anywhere from $100 to over $500 for a copy]], ''UsefulNotes/PlaystationNetwork'' released the game as a [=PlayStation=] Classic in December 2014 in North America, and January 2015 in Europe.

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[[CrackIsCheaper To those who want to play the game but cannot afford to shell out anywhere from $100 to over $500 for a copy]], copy, ''UsefulNotes/PlaystationNetwork'' released the game as a [=PlayStation=] Classic in December 2014 in North America, and January 2015 in Europe.

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* CoolShip: The ''Pale Palace'' that is summoned with the Blue Gate rune appears through a wormhole and fires a broadside at the enemies.

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* StargazingScene: [[ChickMagnet Flik]] has a scene with Nina staring up at the stars before a large battle. During which he talks about Odessa his first love.

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* LargeHam: Luca Blight. It would be easier to count the times he's not hamming it up. [[spoiler: Opening the amulet with fireflies just before he dies, and possibly talking to Jillia after Agares's death.]]

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* AIRoulette: [[FinalBoss Beast Rune]].


** If the player tries removing [[spoiler:Nanami's]] equipment before [[spoiler:she gets killed at Rockaxe, they'll find that she won't survive unless her defense is at a certain level.]] No GoldenEnding for you!

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** If the too-savvy player tries to avoid SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear by removing [[spoiler:Nanami's]] equipment before [[spoiler:she gets killed at Rockaxe, they'll find that she won't survive unless her defense is at a certain level.]] No GoldenEnding for you!

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