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1[[quoteright:350:]] ²[[caption-width-right:350:'''The Infinity Eight:''' Left to Right: Endrance, Ovan, Atoli, Yata, Haseo, Pi, Sakubo, Kuhn]]²²Taking place after the events in ''Anime/DotHackSign'' and the original ''Franchise/DotHack'' games, the popular {{MMORPG}} "The World" is open for business yet again. Well, the new World. The old one was destroyed when the servers mysteriously burned down. The new world is a bit DarkerAndEdgier these days with all the PlayerKilling. The PKK (Player Killer Killer) from ''.hack//Roots'', Haseo, has become legendary in his own right. As a hunter; he has killed hundreds of Player Killers and has gained the title [[RedBaron The Terror Of Death]]. Yes, [[ForeShadowing the same title the first Boss in the first game series had]]. He is hunting down a mysterious Player Killer known as Tri-Edge, for this mysterious Tri-Edge PK'd Haseo's girlfriend Shino, and she fell into a coma in real life. ²²After being attacked and Data Drained by Tri-Edge, Haseo is found by a mysterious organization known as Raven, and joins their ranks, unleashing a hidden power in his character data known as Skeith.²²All the while, a mysterious computer virus called AIDA is threatening the existence of "The World" and quite possibly the entire Internet.²²Like its predecessor the game is split into multiple parts, or volumes:²* Volume 1: Rebirth²* Volume 2: Reminisce²* Volume 3: Redemption²* Volume 4: Reconnection (HD Remaster Only)²²'''Character Sheets''' are [[Characters/DotHack here]], tropes related to them should be added there.²²A [[UpdatedRerelease remaster]] of the game, '''.hack//G.U. last Recode''' was announced to celebrate both the original trilogy's tenth anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the the .hack franchise as a whole. It is set to be released on the [=PS4=] and PC through Steam, with various enhancements, a new form for Haseo, and an entirely new fourth volume of the story: Reconnection, “Or Dreams the Snakes That Spin the World Dream.” [[ Here's the first teaser]].²²----²!! The games contain examples of the following tropes:²²* AcceptableBreaksFromReality:²** The World R:2 never crashes or lags, unless because of in-story events.²** The Save Stations: Not only do real [=MMORPGs=] not have anything of the sort, but in G.U. you start the next play session at the last save station you saved at rather than your desktop (unless you used that one last, which is itself another acceptable break). This actually helps add some realism to a story event early on in Disk 2.²** The affection meters are clearly not part of the [[ShowWithinAShow Game Within a Game]] because you can increase them by sending other people emails and greeting cards. Yet they have level limits that depend on which of the three GU games you are playing, cannot be increased in The World when the other player's character is dead, and eventually you find in-game objects used to increase them.²** The game pauses when you check your menu, which shouldn't be possible if it was a real MMO and Haseo was checking his menu while the other players continued to act.²** Bikman's portrait sideuest logs every player you've talked to online and how many you have left to talk to. When a normal online game can contain ''millions'' of players instead of around 140 and have few indications of who you've talked to, it's probably something to be thankful for that Bikman's quest isn't much more difficult than it already is to track everyone down.²* AdaptationDistillation: The Trilogy movie.²* AllThereInTheManual: See the entry for HiddenDepths. Also, some events in the game make way more sense if you've watched .hack//Roots.²** Additionally there was a disc included with some editions of Volume 1. Written as a [[ApocalypticLog personal diary]] that detailed how The World R:2 came about, how the Epitaph Program came about, the [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent mysterious fire at CC Corp]], the fate of [[VideoGame/DotHackR1Games Mia]] from the R:1 series, the details of Aura and how she created the Azure Knights and [[Manga/DotHackLegendOfTheTwilight Rena and Shugo]].²*** Notably, ''every'' copy of Recode includes this disc as one of the two bonuses, '''averting''' this trope for the people arriving for the remake. ²* AlternateContinuity: The game starts the same way as the novels, manga, and Trilogy. Each medium branches in different ways after the basic premise is set up and acknowledges that they're alternate tellings. For the record, the games are the canon version.²* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: All of the Avatar battles as well as some of the areas outside of the system that aren't a WhiteVoidRoom.²* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:In the matches against Alkaid and Kuhn in Volume 1.]]²** [[spoiler:For Alkaid, Skeith is summoned without Haseo calling for him. Haseo is speechless, shocked, and eventually genuinely horrified when Skeith starts acting without him, and struggles to scream as Skeith attacks Alkaid. He appears to try and stop it, but is powerless against Skeith as he's filled with the memories of Endrance, Alkaid, and Antares all commenting on how he can't beat Alkaid without the Avatar despite his bluster and attempts to prove that he could.]]²** [[spoiler:For Kuhn, Skeith is summed by Haseo to counter Kuhn's Magus. But when Skeith starts delivering one of the most brutal beat-downs in the series against Kuhn, Haseo outright panics and wills it to stop as much as it can but can't do anything about it and gets into genuine regret when Skeith uses Data Drain on Kuhn. Kuhn is at least able to get better afterwards easier than Alkaid, as he meant to teach him a lesson anyways.]]²* AnimalMotifs:²** Bordeaux embodies the obsessive, predatory spider woman. ²** Atoli's player loves birds, so she named her character after one and gave it the wing-cloak design. Thematically, she fits the vulnerable, "caged bird" heroine who is later set free to fly.²** Gaspard has a rather dog-like loyalty and affectionate nature that fits his design too.²** Members of the minor NPC guild ZOO attempt to play this trope up too, but with much less depth.²* AntiGravityClothing: For some reason, the sharp edges on Haseo's signature twin blades are not connected at all to the main "spine".²* ArcWords:²** G[[spoiler:row]] U[[spoiler:p]].²** "Welcome to the World."²** "Become stronger, Haseo."²%%* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Ovan at the end. Also, Endrance in Volume 2 when he saves Haseo in the Arena]].²* AxCrazy: All of the [=PKs=], Bordeaux as a most shining example. Haseo in his PKK days too. [[spoiler:Sakaki once he becomes infected with AIDA may be the craziest of the lot.]]²* AuthorAvatar: Piros the Third is based upon Hiroshi Matsuyama, the director of the game series. Natsume is based off his wife.²* AwesomeButImpractical: Level 3 Arts in Volume 3. They look awesome, but are generally less powerful and useful than regular skills. [[note]]Level 3 Arts takes a lot of time but around Skill Level 28 onward it costs as much SP as of its last regular skill, to the point of costing less than them, and also it's possible to nearly spam them since the more you level the Skill the faster the trigger gauge will recover. However their worst flaw lies in the Beast Awakening, when their (often rather slow) speed isn't amplified, unlike the regular skills. Furthermore, the only Level 3 Art that gets a speed boost during Beast Awakening ''suffers from it'' by missing half its hits.[[/note]].²%%* BackFromTheDead: Technically everyone who went comatose here and there.²%%* BareYourMidriff: Most female characters, and some male characters. Most notably Haseo himself.²* BashBrothers: Haseo and [[spoiler:Ovan]] in Vol 4.²* BayonetYa: Used by the Steam Gunner class. The bayonet blade is permanently attached as part of the gun.²* BerserkButton:²** Mistaking Haseo for a noob. This extends to being looked down on in any way. (e.g. The first conversation with Endrance, Pi, etc.).²** Also, endangering any of Haseo's comrades is simply asking to get online ass-kicked. PK'ers who hunt beginners also trigger Haseo's button.²** Calling [[CampGay Hiiragi]] "he".²** Calling &#969;Rice "Butt-Rice".²%%* BettyAndVeronica: Shino and Atoli or Atoli and Alkaid.²* BetweenMyLegs: In the most serious fashion possible in the endgame battle of Volume 1.²-->'''Haseo''': Give us back... ALL OF THE LOST ONES!!!²* BewareTheNiceOnes: ²** As a surprise guest character from the previous .hack quadrilogy of games [[spoiler:Natsume makes an appearance in ''Redemption''. She has a split personality as the Chaotic PK "Natsume: The Edge-Maniac".]]²** Atoli plays this straight for the major characters. She's normally sweet, kind, and helpful, but she quickly gets mad at Haseo for dismissing the Moon Tree guild [[spoiler:and goes absolutely insane and starts murdering her fellow guild members when infected by AIDA.]]²* BigBad: [[spoiler:Azure Flame Kite in the first game, "Tri-Edge" Ovan in the second and finally Cubia in the game series ending, with Ovan serving as the main WellIntentionedExtremist BigBad of the trilogy. However, all of them are far less evil [[GreaterScopeVillain Greater Scope Villains]] to [[AGodAmI Sakaki]]; he serves as TheHeavy in Volume 2 and 3 and tries to play TheChessmaster starting in Volume 1, causing more direct grief and damage to the heroes than anything Ovan directly does, and remains their biggest hindrance in dealing with the greater AIDA crisis, as he deliberately spreads it for his own gain. Cubia, meanwhile, is simply a consequence and loose end stemming from Ovan's defeat that no one intended]].²%%* BigBrotherMentor: Silabus and Gaspard in volume 1. Also, Kuhn. Minor [=NPCs=] [=AppleStar=] and Renji also fit this role.²* {{BFS}}: One of the classes is Edge Punisher. Their weapons are giant swords, which are twice the size of their characters. Haseo can use them once he does the first upgrade quest in Volume 1. They excel at breaking armor and doing damage against enemies with hard bodies, but stink at opening up an enemy against rengeki attacks. Since they use heavy armor which is weak against magic, they are vulnerable to magic users.²%%* BigDamnHeroes: Several in a row in Vol. 3, against [[spoiler:the Cubia Gomoras]]. Also a [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead]] moment.²* BigNo: Humorously done by Atoli in the Promise event [[spoiler:with Endrance]].²** Not so humorously done when Kuhn and Atoli are screaming at Haseo [[spoiler: to not use the newly awakened Skeith on Bordeaux and her lackeys.]]²* BirdsOfAFeather: Haseo and Pi are both caustic, snarky, headstrong [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerks]] who are not very receptive to “nice treatment”; but they're genuinely good people under the surface and grow quite close. Naturally, though, they start off hating each other.²* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Sakaki acts nice in his first appearances, including saving Haseo from Bordeaux and getting her to stop [=PKing=] him. And then he goes crazy and starts manipulating Atoli as early as halfway through Volume 1.]]²* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler: In Reconnection. The World has lost popularity in the years since Redemption and it's servers are going to be shut done soon. However Piros unintentionally reveals that the game team are already working on the Third version of the World.]]²* BiTheWay: Depending of how you answer Endrance's e-mails Haseo himself can be seen as bi.²** Endrance himself, since he fell in love with Mia long before he met Haseo.²** In [[UpdatedRerelease Recode]], there is another example in the fourth volume: [[spoiler:[[ Ovan]]]]²* BlackMage: The appropriately named Shadow Warlock class, who specializes in offensive magic attacks rather than healing magic. This class is great at taking down magically weak enemies, but skilled physical attackers can easily take them down with [[CounterAttack counter attacks]], especially with hangeki attacks in the arena because these counter attacks cancel the magical attacks being executed.²* BladeOnAStick: Used by the Lord Partizan Class. This class deals high damage per second against single enemies and has great AntiAir attacks, but can be taken down easily by either magic or by mobs of enemies because this class can only perform frontal attacks.²* BlindIdiotTranslation: Multiple instances:²** The English version of this game makes plenty of mistakes on whether something is singular or plural. These translation errors make sense if one has studied Japanese because the Japanese language requires that the writer consider the context of the noun in question to determine if something is singular or plural, while English requires the writer to explicitly choose singular or plural when writing unless the writer chooses to be very wordy to say that the noun can be either singular or plural.²** Kaotin in the Shadows is the same PK as Kaochin from Anime/DotHackSign. This is a case of two inconsistent but valid Romanizations in the franchise that is a case of SpellMyNameWithAnS.²* BonusBoss²** Doppelgangers in every volume. ²** The Guardians, The One Sin, and God Eater in ''Reminisce''.²** Cernunnos, Lord of the Underworld and God of Death in ''Rebirth'', as well as his full power True Cernunnos form in ''Redemption''.²** In each volume, if you're following the Bounty Hunter sidequest, there are seven dangerous [=PKs=] known as chaotic [=PKs=] that will initially be much higher level than you are and with much better equipment, and if you encounter one early enough you're likely to be dead in one hit. Unlike the Doppelgangers, though, they are not scaled to your level.²* BonusDungeon: The 100-floor Forest of Pain.²* BossRush: Doppelgangers in the last dungeon of the Vol. 3 Redemption.²* BountyHunter: CC Corporation has set up a bounty hunting quest to reward player killer killers, or [=PKKs=], for killing player kilers, or [=PKs=], who kill other players when the other player does not consent to being killed because these [=PKs=] generally are [[{{Griefer}} griefers]]. The worst [=PKs=] are called chaotic [=PKs=], and they are placed on a blacklist that shows that killing these chaotic [=PKs=] will get the player who does this special rewards.²* BraggingRightsReward: The DG-Z [[InfinityPlusOneSword (level 150 weapon, strongest Dual Guns)]] and the Guide to Divinity (level 150 accessory that boosts skills and increases skill XP gain) in Redemption are both '''extremely''' powerful pieces of equipment, obtained ''only'' upon the defeat of final boss of [[BonusDungeon the Forest of Pain optional event]], [[BonusBoss the God of Death, Cernunnos]]...and they're practically useless by that point, since you've already beaten the ultimate bosses. They can be used to take on a BonusBoss-esque arena team, the Sweepstakers, but outside of that you're pretty much done with the game by the time you get the stuff.²* BreakingTheFourthWall: It's not clear whether the game interface for "The World" itself tracks your allies' affection rating, but the email system might as well have NoFourthWall.²%%* BunnyEarsLawyer:²** Gabi, the leader of Kestrel.²** Minor NPC Ninjato is actually one of the graphics designers for "The World R:2." You probably better know him as that guy who is obsessed with [[{{Miko}} shrine maidens]].²* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Multiple [=NPCs=] around town can be encountered attacking other players in the field once you start Dingo's Bounty Hunter questline. Neither side will have a different response chain if Haseo talks to them in the town after these events.²%%* CallBack: Too many to count.²* CallingYourAttacks: Not all of them, but still most of them. [[spoiler:This is the only way to hear Azure Balmung's and Azure Orca's voices, though Azure Kite won't talk even while using his skills]].²%%* CampGay:²** Hiiragi, the captain of Fifth Division of Moon Tree.²** The Chaotic PK'er Garden Michelle too.²* CamWhore: NAOO, a minor NPC, somehow attracts a following of devoted male players who go so far as to form a guild based entirely on finding stuff to give her just by acting flirty. [[SmallNameBigEgo She comes to expect this from everybody]].²* CantCatchUp: Certain characters just plain drew the short straw when it comes to usefulness as party members due to their own setups.²** Matsu is an Adept Rogue who doesn't use broadswords, which basically makes him a Steam Gunner who can't be as powerful as dedicated Steam Gunners. He's also going up against Kuhn, who's importance to the story means you have to use him in your party. The only real trade-off is that Matsu can use stronger armor than Kuhn.²** Bordeaux joins as a playable character late into Volume 3. She's level 80 and equipped with a level 25 weapon, while everyone else in the game is already likely to be higher than level 120. She's also the same Blade Brandier class as 7 other characters on the roster already. There's nothing stopping the player from properly leveling and gearing her up, but she doesn't bring anything unique either.²* CantDropTheHero: Despite playing an MMO where anyone could be the party leader, Haseo can't relinquish the role; even if you have a way to revive him, it will still ask if you want to retry if Haseo dies. It goes further in that even though your party members get gold while you adventure together and can even level up outside the party, they never buy new equipment for themselves. However, if you were smart enough to bring someone in your party that has Rip Maen in his or her skill list and you chose Free Will or Life for the strategy, he or she will revive you if you wait long enough, allowing you to continue the battle as long as you are not in the arena whose rules state that a team is defeated if the leader is killed.²* CardGames: Outside of "The World" is an online card game you can play based off characters and skills from the .hack universe. If you make your way up the ranks, you'll eventually be challenged by the champion, [[spoiler:Gaspard]].²%% * TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Yata, Ovan, Sakaki]].²* ChainsawGood: For Haseo, especially in his PKK days and in the later parts of the series once again after his upgrade quest in Volume 1.²%%* ChickMagnet:²** Haseo. {{Lampshaded}} in one of the wallpapers you can unlock in ''Redemption''.²** Silabus is also one.²** Kuhn tries to be. It often fails or backfires on him.²* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Subverted. Haseo is dragged grumbling and grousing into helping people by Silabus and Gaspard. Despite his {{Jerkass}} personality in Disc 1, you simply [[ButThouMust can't advance the plot without helping them out]].²** Also Averted at one point during disk 1, where Haseo won't back out of the tournament despite pressure by Kuhn because he does want to restore Canard's reputation and help Silabus and Gaspard when they're bullied by Bordeaux, which also starts his increase in empathy.²** The player can also have this; after the Bounty Hunter quest, other [=NPCs=] will start appearing in the fields and dungeons in Battle Areas that cannot be escaped using Smoke Screen, but Haseo and co. can enter to help if they so choose. Inside the Battle Area will either be a group of monsters from the area, a potential PK, or one of Dingo's seven most dangerous bounties (each with weapons and armor much higher than you will have at that point).²%%* ChivalrousPervert: Kuhn. ²%%* CityOfCanals: Mac Anu.²* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: ²** Many of the minor [=NPCs=], but [[MeaningfulName Henako]] is made of this trope.²** All the Grunties are a little ''off'', but Melo Grunty stands out in scenes where they all gather to talk.²** Also, near the end of Volume 3, [[spoiler:all of the natives of the Netslum]].²* CombatHandFan: Used by the Macabre Dancer class. ²* {{Combos}}: Yeah. Lots of them. The combat system revolves around them, actually; powerful attack boosts called "Rengeki (&#36899;&#25731;)" attacks can be done done after landing enough hits on a single enemy but break the chain once executed. They double the damage done by a skill and guarantees one boost in morale per other party member that is alive during the rengeki. Combos of 16 or more will create a boost in morale from some party members.²* CoolSword: The non-{{BFS}} kinds are used by the Blade Brandier class.²* CosmicKeystone: Key of Twilight, anyone?²* CounterAttack: Counter attacks are big in the combat system of this game. Either a skill or a charge attack can be used to counter a skill or item use in progress and interrupt or cancel it. If one performs a counter attack in the arena using a skill, it is called a hangeki (&#21453;&#25731;) attack, raises your party morale as long as your other party members are alive, and decreases the enemy party's morale. They do not double the damage of a skill, unlike rengeki attacks. In the PlayStation 2 version, hangeki attacks are mistakenly called rengeki attacks. This is fixed for the Windows version.²* ClimaxBoss: Each Volume has its own and they are hardly a letdown. ²** Vol. 1: [[spoiler:Bordeaux, Alkaid, and Endrance]].²** Vol. 2: [[spoiler:Innis, Atoli's avatar and Sakaki.]]²** Vol. 3: [[spoiler:Sakaki (AIDA-infected), Ovan ''and'' the Azure Knights]].²* CreepyChild: The victims of Doll Syndrome.²* CrossPlayer: Some background characters and [[spoiler:Bo, who is a boy playing a female character.]]²** [[spoiler:Asta, [[AllThereintheManual although it's never mentioned in the game itself]]. In ''Roots'', [[VocalDissonance her voice changes to her male player's voice]] after her and her buddies' intention to PK Haseo is revealed.]]²* CruelToBeKind: When Atoli blames herself for what she did while [[spoiler:controlled by Sakaki]], Haseo demands to know how she intends to take responsibility to snap her out of it rather than reassure her it isn't her fault.²* CurbStompBattle: ²** The beginning of the first game shows a level 133 Haseo fighting Tri-Edge [[spoiler:(who is actually Azure Flame Kite)]], who [[ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask nonchalantly blocks all of of Haseo's attacks one-handed]], knocks him on his ass, destroys his weapon ''without even touching it'', gives him a FacePalmOfDoom, and Data Drains him, reducing him to level one. Ouch.²** Haseo's opening battle vs. Bordeaux and the other [=PKs=].²** It is established quite well in the first game that normal players will experience this against Avatar users who spam out the Phases. Even said in-game that Endrance was originally quite a low-level player, for an Arena Emperor.²* CuteBruiser: [[spoiler:Zelkova, the only Flick Reaper you can party with.]]²* CuteMachines: MECHA! MECHA! MECHA! MECHA-GRUNNNTYYY!! *dun da dun!*²* CutenessProximity: Atoli has shades of this trope, although this is particularly exaggerated in the 4koma strips.²* CutsceneIncompetence: Played very straight in the fight against Alkaid in Volume 1. Depending on your level, this can also happen with Bordeaux in the same volume.²* CutscenePowerToTheMax: ²** Haseo annihilating a party of [=PKers=] in the beginning.²** Alkaid, when [[spoiler:she came BackFromTheDead. She was destroying dozens and dozens of Cubia Gomoras in a cutscene, but when you use her to fight the same Gomoras she barely can scratch them. The Last Recode remake automatically levels her up to the party average to compensate.]]²** Even opponents get this at least twice in the first game. In the first battles with Bordeaux and Alkaid in the Demon Palace Tournament it's made clear that Haseo is getting his butt kicked. In actual combat it's entirely possible for you to wipe the floor with them. ²* {{Cyberspace}}: The entire game takes place in an MMORPG, and its effects on the real world are the major plot point of the game. It also has a more traditional Cyberspace in the AIDA-infested space outside of the normal game areas, and of course hacking is all graphical with avatars.²* DarkAndTroubledPast: Some have this, but the most notable is Atoli. [[spoiler:Her complete lack of self-esteem pushes her to do "good" stuff to gain acceptance ''[[SeriousBusiness even in a game]]''. To twist the knife further, her most trusted friend/mentor Sakaki is actually manipulating her, milking her trust in him and her powers of the Second Epitaph, Innis. She also met him on a ''suicide website'']].²* DarkIsNotEvil: At first glance on [[ Haseo's]] [[SpikesOfVillainy outfit]] after the TimeSkip of six months would you still believe he is the hero? More over would you believe he is one of the nicest guys by the time he recovers the very same form?²* DarkerAndEdgier: The World is overrun with [[PlayerKilling Player Killers]], the main character is a {{Jerkass}} [[BullyHunter Player Killer Killer]] who likes to use the online equivalent of chopping people's ''heads off'', [[spoiler: Aura]] decided to leave The World with all the [[spoiler: ensuing instability from her absence]], and The World that they're playing in? It's actually a cobbled-together version with the original largely gone after its servers were physically destroyed. And that's all just the back story and opening. As you make your way into the game and learn more about the people in it things just get darker from there.²* DeadpanSnarker: Haseo, frequently. (Especially when Atoli, Pi, or Piros the 3rd are involved).²* DeathGlare: Haseo gives one before charging Tri-Edge for the first time and then to Bordeaux when she throws in his face [[spoiler:she was the one who PK'ed Alkaid, making her go comatose and nearly '''killing''' her in real life]].²%%* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Ovan]].²* {{Deconstruction}}: Quite a few players function as this.²** Yata's character arc is very similar to Wiseman from IMOQ. Yata's an information gatherer who knows more than any other character about AIDA and how "The World" works, similar to Wiseman with the Phases. But with Yata, a lot of information is given or held back based on how much use it will be for his own ends instead of Haseo's group as a whole [[spoiler:and it's revealed he hoped AIDA would have chosen him instead of Ovan]]. Amusingly, [[spoiler:Yata ''is'' Wiseman, so he ends up causing ''himself'' a lot of trouble for his changes in behavior.]]²** Atoli is one for [[spoiler:the caged-bird heroine who wishes to fly away. Her "cage" is part due to Sakaki's influence and part due to her being helpless and relying on others without looking at consequences. Haseo's speech after freeing her from AIDA's influence essentially equates to Haseo can only do so much to help her and she will have to do the main part of freeing herself on her own.]]²* DefeatMeansFriendship: Many, many of the characters whom you defeated will become your allies later on, and you can add them as party members, like Natsume, Matsu, Alkaid, Bordeaux, and so on.²** Alkaid and Endrance can also fall under DefrostingIceQueen, as beating them also doubles as a BreakTheHaughty moment.²* DiscOneFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:The full inner part of Moon Tree's area]] to an extent in Reminisce, because while it is close to the end of the game, the FinalBoss is fought some time afterwards.²* DiscOneNuke: ²** The Doppelganger weapons, if you get them early enough in Vol. 2.²** To a lesser extent, getting Edge Punishers makes fights with Chaotic [=PKs=], who could kill you in one hit, into a relaxing exercise in juggling with earthquakes.²* DisneyVillainDeath: Played straight with [[spoiler:Sakaki]] in ''Reminisce'' and subverted following his comeback in ''Redemption''.²* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Several lines from the ending, when removed from context, [[spoiler:sound more like they came from a [[HoYay lover's spat]]]].²-->[[spoiler: ''Haseo'': Wait! I... I still haven't found a way to return your feelings. You're always like this. You always leave before I can tell you how I feel! And now you're leaving me again! Please...Ovan!]]²* DoomMagnet: Anyone in Raven/G.U., but particularly Haseo.²** Due to not being as wrapped up in the main story as the others, Silabus and Gaspard are particularly prone to this. They're just normal players who become targeted by Kestrel due to teaming up with Haseo and for helping him in the Arena, and get caught up by accident in some of the major events caused by AIDA, all because Gaspard ran into Haseo by accident and they took him under their wing by mistaking him for a noob. A major side-arc of volumes 1 and 2 is Haseo slowly coming to the understanding they really are ''normal'' and not involved in any way with the AIDA troubles, and learning how to enjoy the game with them while avoiding getting them involved in his own personal feuds as much as possible.²* {{Doppelganger}}: A game based event where you can fight your twin who is far stronger than you and get awesome prizes! They also become a part of the FinalBattle.²* DrunkOnTheDarkSide²** [[spoiler:Everyone infected by AIDA, but especially Sakaki]]. ²** Haseo when his Avatar has awakened [[spoiler:until he nearly kills Kuhn]].²* DualWielding:²** Anyone who has the Twin Blade job. This class is great for dealing high damage per second against ground-based enemies without hard bodies or armor via DeathOfAThousandCuts and excel at opening up enemies to rengeki attacks, but is not very effective against armored and hard-bodied enemies and is nearly worthless against airborne enemies most of the time.²** The Macabre Dancer class dual wields [[CombatHandFan war fans]].²* DubNameChange: In keeping with the fantasy themes of all the classes ("''Steam'' Gunner", "''Macabre'' dancer", "''Shadow'' Warlock", etc), the simple named "Multi-Weapon" class was changed to "Adept Rogue" from Japanese to English.²* DudeLooksLikeALady: Endrance. ²* DynamicDifficulty: [[EvilTwin Doppelgangers]], which are always 8 levels above the leader of the party they face. [[spoiler:Except that they are still restricted by the level maximum.]] ²* DysfunctionJunction: Many of the playable characters have issues, to say the least.²* EccentricMentor:²** Antares.²** Kuhn plays with this trope. He's very flirtatious towards females, far and away the most easy-going member of G.U., and is very laid back, but he's the one who teaches Haseo the most about Avatars aside from Pi.²* EldritchLocation: A few of the Lost Grounds, but most notably the Great Temple of Caerleon Medb, which is practically an AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield with its floating ruins over a void and a swirling nebula and stream of broken asteroids in the distance. A couple of the others notably involve floating ruins or otherwise impossible architecture like magma "aquaducts."²* ElementalPowers: The game has a 6-element system of Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, Dark and Light (although Dark and Light didn't come into play until Volumes 2 and 3). Several characters are themed along certain elements in [[AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance appearance]] or personality and come with unique equipped items that match that theme when the join the party (e.g. Antares & fire, Endrance & wind, etc).²* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler: When Haseo's character data is critically damaged in the wake of Ovan's defeat, Zelkova repairs it, giving Haseo a new appearance and an additional character class]].²** Avatars are often unwillingly called forth in response to near-defeat when an Epitaph User has just awakened (and is thus still fairly new to using them). This happens several times to [[AntiHero Haseo]]. The awakening itself is triggered by intense emotional distress.²* {{Emoticon}}²** Unsurprising, since forum posts and emails are a part of the game.²** Japanese-style emoticons also appear in Vol. 3 [[spoiler:as the faces of [=NPCs=] native to the Netslum]].²* EmotionBomb: AIDA, which magnifies the emotion of people--be it good or bad. Some examples are Saku with her desire to protect Endrance and despise towards Haseo, Bordeaux with her grudge towards Haseo, Sirius with his desire to stay emperor, [[spoiler:Atoli and her terrible inferiority complex, and Sakaki's desire to shape the ''entire world'' to be more like the Moon Tree guild ideals]].²* EnemyWithout: One character introduced in ''Reconnect'' is [[spoiler:the the Tri-Edge AIDA, separated from Ovan]].²* {{Engrish}}: CC Corp's slogan: "Heartful and useful for all."²* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Haseo and Atoli. They have strong feelings for each other, but neither of them is actually aware of the other's feelings. Half the cast [[ShipperOnDeck want them to hook up]].²-->'''Silabus''': "She's cute, but she has you, doesn't she? :)"²* EvilSoundsDeep: The system administrators aren't ''evil'', but their voice is a pretty good clue that things aren't going to be ''better'' when they get involved. [[spoiler:Sakaki also has this.]]²* EvilWeapon: Demon Sword Maxwell.²* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Endrance and Saku turn their backs on Haseo and join Taihaku in the Sage Palace Tournament. Subverted when it turns out to have been a ReverseMole ploy on Endrance's part]].²* FacialMarkings: Lots. Tattoos are all over the place. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Especially on the face.]]²* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Kuhn, after he got beat the crap out in the fight against Skeith]].²* {{Fanservice}}: A lot. Let's leave it at that.²* {{Foreshadowing}}²** Haseo is generally not nice in Volume 1, but he holds a particular contempt for Sakaki. [[spoiler:Guess what Sakaki does later on...]]²*** It goes further than that even:²----> '''Sakaki:''' If you have any trouble you would like help with, feel free to rely on any one of us at any time.²----> '''Haseo:''' [[spoiler:No thanks! I'd feel like I was brainwashed for asking.]]²** The scene with Sakaki and Atoli at the Lost Ground is a type of foreshadowing as well.²** [[spoiler:The normally quiet and reserved Bo occasionally switches into Saku's more fiery and sarcastic dialogue patterns despite being the one in control.]]²*** [[spoiler:To thank Haseo for selling him the Dusty Miller at a discounted rate, Bo writes a post on the general board. The username on the board? "Sakubo".]]²** Atoli and Sakubo [[spoiler:being Epitaph Users]] is also briefly foreshadowed [[spoiler:when Haseo Awakens his own. It's stated previously that only Epitaph Users can see Avatars, and it seems fairly obvious that those two can see Haseo's]].²** When Atoli [[spoiler:finds out that her character model looks almost exactly the same as Shino's. At the end of a tearful rant, she shouts "I wanted you to look at me!" Guess what she's screaming during her Avatar fight...]]²** Yata has you meet his alt account [[spoiler:Nala, which he's used as a sockpuppet to infiltrate Moon Tree]], at [[MeaningfulName Theta: Clever Genius's Moon Raven]].²* {{Flanderization}}: A ''story element''. AIDA's status as an EmotionBomb means originally complex characters get one-tracked minds based on their strongest impulses under AIDA's influence; the longer a character has been exposed to AIDA, the stronger the effect is.²* FlowerMotifs: A scene in Vol. 2 hinges on how honeysuckles mean "devoted affection." Cue flashback & angst for Haseo and LuminescentBlush [[CanNotSpitItOut and denials]] from Alkaid. ²** In an E-mail chain with Sakubo in Vol. 3, Haseo tells Saku that a White Chrysanthemum means "I'm here for you". [[spoiler: This convinces the Saku side of Bo's personality to not abandon him.]] ²* {{Foil}}: Haseo and [[spoiler:Sakaki]]; their character developments over the three volumes are almost exactly reversed. Haseo goes from a power-hungry revenge-driven [=PKK=] to a strong and stalwart NiceGuy who uses his power and position for the defense of his allies. [[spoiler:Sakaki]] starts out as a [[spoiler:seemingly]] strong and stalwart NiceGuy who uses his power and position for the defense of his allies[[spoiler:/pawns]] [[spoiler:to a power-hungry madman intent on shaping "The World" to his own twisted ideals]].²* ForcedLevelGrinding: The bigger the difference of levels, the less damage you'll do (if a lower level than your opponent) and take (if a higher level). If the difference is six or more levels levels you won't even make you opponent flinch. Unless you have some serious skills, tons of healing items, or resort to hit and run tactics, you really ''shouldn't'' fight enemies under-leveled.²** This can actually lead to hilarious cases of abuse, such as having the [[BonusBoss Doppelganger]] die from [[ having a monster dozens of levels above him thrown at him]], or the FinalBoss of the 3rd game [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killing itself in one attack]] [[ by having an overly low level ally equipped with a counter customized armor]].²* FreezeFrameBonus: When the screen turns to greyscale in Haseo's first encounter with AIDA, Atoli temporarily turns into Shino. This happens a few times during volume 1 with Haseo's more self-absorbed moments with Atoli.²* FriendToAllChildren: Surprisingly enough, Haseo. It's noticeable in Vol. 1 when Saku keeps yelling irritatingly at him and Haseo just keeps listening and answering normally.²* FunWithAcronyms: The many meanings of G.U., which show up most prominently in the opening scenes.²* UsefulNotes/FurryFandom: At least two guilds and several message board posts in the game play this trope straight (and rather innocuously compared to many Western works that reference the phenomenon).²* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: ²** In ''Reminisce'' before the battle against [[spoiler:Sakaki]], he declares that he will destroy "those who have betrayed him" first, referring to [[spoiler:Atoli]]. Guess who becomes his target during most of the battle.²** Despite the notation in GameplayAndStorySegregation on the topic of [=PKs=], Haseo is ''still feared for his prowess'', potentially turning it into a JustifiedTrope; if you fight a [=PKer=], there's a chance they'll express surprise and panic at the sight of Haseo showing up to help a potential victim, [[ArtificialBrilliance even more if you manage to catch them in the act again]]. The only one that doesn't show this fear is Bordeaux, who will pop up sometimes during story events, threaten Haseo, and often come close to [=PKing=] him before someone else shows up to defuse the situation.²* GameplayAndStorySegregation: ²* While preparing for the arena tournament in Vol 1, Silabus asks if Haseo knows any Clerics; there's a fair chance you'd already taken him off adventuring with Atoli.²** Even though the game constantly picks on the topic of PK'ers predating on anyone, you never get assaulted by one, unless in story events or if you choose to enter in a Battle Area and face either one or a horde of monsters.²** In a cutscene in the first game Atoli prevents Haseo from kicking a Lucky Animal. At any other point when she is in your party she will never complain.²** Haseo's in-game character level depends on how you grind his character, but story segments routinely describe how difficult battles and dungeons are with reference to what level Haseo's character is expected to be at the time rather than what you ground it to. This can lead to a somewhat contradictory display of a tough battle he barely wins in the cutscene when in actual combat he's winning with relative ease or vice versa. ²** [[spoiler: While Haseo and Atoli are the closest thing to an OfficialCouple the game has, it's possible to send the Marriage Promise Card to anyone else. So Haseo can go chasing after Atoli instead of Shino towards the finale of Volume 3, only to marry someone like Endrance due to the Promise Card.]]²* GagDub: Last Recode's parody mode.²* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Ovan's ridiculously convoluted master plan... goes horribly awry...]]²* GenkiGirl: Tabby and Atoli.²* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: A partial example, because the flea in question was a major boss in the R:1 games and drove the plot for the last quarter of ''Redemption'', but still had absolutely ''zero'' foreshadowing regarding his presence in the story or even that he was still around after R:1. You spend most of the series chasing after Tri-Edge but when you finally defeat him, [[spoiler:Cubia suddenly shows up]].²** Very observant players of the first game series ''might'' have seen it coming: [[spoiler:Cubia is specifically mentioned in ''.hack//Quarantine'' to be the "shadow" of the Key of Twilight, born when it manifests its power. Therefore, when the Epitaphs were referred to as the Key in this series, alarm bells went off in some players' heads.]]²** This was also told straight-up to anyone who managed to obtain the Terminal Disk with the special edition release of Rebirth, which is the prequel to the games' lore and why The World R:1 was destroyed and rebuilt as R:2, which revealed [[spoiler:the reason why the R:1 servers were destroyed is because one of the game developers wanted to PREVENT another Cubia from emerging, thus stole one of the epitaphs, only for their coworker to continue their experiment in creating a Dummy-AI to run everything, and NO-ONE in the main cast had any idea that would happen.]] So...yeah, it was explained, but was meant to be an unexpected Snarl to Ovan's master plan.²* [[WomanInWhite Girl In White]]: [[spoiler:Aina.]]²* TheGlomp: ²** Gaspard gives these out.²** Atoli on Haseo after the first arena match in Volume 1.²* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Sakaki]]. It doesn't last.²* GondorCallsForAid: [[spoiler:In the climax of the third volume, Zelkova sends emails to the entire player database asking for them to join in the fight to save the game and the real world. What he gets, aside from Haseo's group, are members of Moon Tree, Kestrel, Icolo, and others, all working towards that exact goal.]]²* GossipyHens: Trifle is a minor guild of eccentric gossips and {{Fan Girl}}s. Saku is a member.²* GreyAndGrayMorality: [[spoiler: Barring Bordeaux, IYOTEN, and Asta, most villains can fall into WellIntentionedExtremist territory or are simply pawns in Ovan's or Sakaki's games, with or without conscious knowledge. "Tri-Edge" Azure Kite is Aura's method of trying to stop AIDA herself, most Arena enemies perform a HeelFaceTurn later on or are infected by AIDA, and even Ovan is just trying to perform a SuicideByCop with Haseo because he can't stop the AIDA power in his arm himself. This is especially notable with Endrance and Alkaid, who are major arc villains of Volume 1 only to become two of Haseo's strongest allies by the end of Volume 2. The only ones who are truly black and can't be wholly redeemed are Sakaki and Cubia.]]²* GuideDangIt: Trying to complete the Book of 1000. For example, trying to get the enemies, it tells you the type and how many there are, but not where they can be found, and going through the game normally only gives you about 60 to 70 percent completion of that book, which means you'll have to explore areas and attempt to figure out the Area Word system to get every possible combination per game.²** There's also the fact that, for some books, one logged area may fill it faster than another. For example, hitting enemies with the bike fills up the bike book faster than just riding around on the bike itself, and counterattacks and total enemy kills fill the arena book faster than just gaining WP. The game does not tell you this.²** Two of the side-quests in each volume also count: completing the Lucky Animal and Bikman's portrait sidequests. Any other quest is usually pretty straight forward, but certain players come on only at certain times or in certain areas and Bikman gives you no hints aside from gender and whether the character is a human or a beast, and completing Dr. Pao's Lucky Animal listing is dependent on whether an area is a field or dungeon, your level, and the field's level. GuideDangIt²* GunsAkimbo: [[spoiler:Haseo's Xth Form has the power to use dual guns]].²* GunKata: Haseo gains this with his final "Xth-Form", where he wields two guns with bladelike attachments. In a typical ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon, his special moves using that guns are performed close range as he both slashes and shoots; also used in the one of the last cutscenes. The game's juggle reaction to specific attacks mean that one [[GameBreaker can use the guns to juggle an opponent continuously until they die]]. Of course, said ability can only used by Haseo, until one realizes that the in-game Doppleganger is able to replicate his guns too and hence ''can use said trick back on you''. Frustration ensues.²* HeelFaceTurn: ²** A rather unusual case. [[spoiler: When he was younger, Haseo's player Ryou Misaki was the antagonist PK Sora in The World v1, but loses his memory of it when Sora is data-drained by Skeith at the end of ''Anime/DotHackSign'', putting Ryou in a coma. He later goes on to become the hero of the GU games and reunite with Skeith, within which is a copy of his lost self when eventually reconciles and fuses back into himself before achieving his Xth form]].²** A straighter example would be [[spoiler:Endrance, one of Volume 1's main villains, who saves Haseo from being put into a coma in Volume 2. Though even that serves as a diversion or Heel-Heel-face-Turn, when Endrance is later revealed to be ELK from the original games]].²** Also, [[spoiler:some of Kestrel's members, including the reviled IYOTEN and Asta, become Haseo's allies toward the end of Volume 3, though it's safer to say that they're cases of EnemyMine, as there's no indication they've given up their PK-ing ways once The World is safe from Cubia's rampage. The greater crisis merely forces them on Haseo's side. The Moon Tree captains that had previously sided with Sakaki become "good guys" as well, more justifiable once Sakaki's crimes had been exposed by the next volume]].²* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: Justified, as the game takes place in a game that uses what appear to be [=PS2=] controls.²** Played with as of "Last Recode". While most anime versions tend to show a controller similar to that of a PlayStation controller - and in contrast with the originals - "Last Recode" mutes the voices whenever a button is mentioned, so the subtitles will say a button but the character might be saying something else to fit the actual controller they're using. Silabus in certain email chains also mentions using the portable virtual reality device called an [=M2D=] to play as well, which looks more like a cross between a joystick and a gaming mouse, making for probably radically different controls.²* HeroicBSOD: ²** Haseo has one after Shino becomes comatose. The later half of .hack//Roots is Haseo, having completely snapped from losing Shino, training and viciously hunting down Tri-Edge. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge In six months' time from Shino's coma to the beginning of Rebirth, he's still BSOD-ing, only now he's reached level 133, and killed so many [=PKs=] on his way to find Tri-Edge]] he gains his nickname, "The Terror of Death". Though this is borderline as Word-of-god has said that the Root's story wildly diverged from what was intended and developed for the G.U. Games.²** Also in Reminisce [[spoiler: when Haseo discovers that Ovan is Tri-Edge]].²** Atoli suffers [=BSODs=] a number of times through the first two games. Especially in ''Reminisce'', where [[spoiler:she starts killing members of her guild, thanks to Sakaki's manipulation of her emotions]].²* HiddenDepths: Most characters apply, as many of them are playing the game casually, roleplaying, or quiet about their real life situations. You'd find some surprising things in [[AllThereInTheManual the bonus materials.]] If you send greeting cards and raise affection with your allies, they email you more frequently, and tell you more about their jobs and such in real life.²* HiddenEyes: Shino, in the real world.²* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler: Cubia comes a little after Ovan activates the Rebirth, with no indication beforehand that he would appear; the only way you would know is if you had taken a look at pre-release previews and promotional material]].²* HotBlooded: Haseo, Matsu, Sakaki, Saku and the list goes on...²* HopelessBossFight: In form of cutscene in the fall of Haseo.²* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: A forum user using the username "Train Dog" always lusts after beautiful female Chaotic [=PKs=] who PK him and steal his rare weapons in The World.²* HumansAreBastards: Within "The World's" history, which can be accessed on its website before logging into the game proper. Humans were once the majestic elves, blessed by the gods (see OurElvesAreBetter below), but they got too proud and were "cursed" with humanity. They quickly deteriorate in morality and take up war and domination, which quickly becomes humanity's defining characteristic. [[FromBadToWorse The history gets worse from there]] and it's implied that the constant warring will [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt cause the end of The World]].²* HundredPercentCompletion: The Book of 1000.²* {{Hypocrite}}: Sakaki and Matsu of Moon Tree constantly berate Haseo for being a [=PKK=], stating that [=PKKs=] are no better than [=PKs=]. In a later quest, Matsu tells Haseo it's part of Moon Tree's duties to go into random areas and prevent [=PKers=] from attacking their victims. ²** A two-fold specific example: while Sakaki might be able to get away with it, Matsu is violent and a former [=PK=] himself, and challenges Haseo to a fight in the same dungeon when Haseo is revealed to have attacked a [=PK=] earlier... despite Haseo preventing the attack and Matsu not even noticing it.²** [[GameplayandStorySegregation Gameplay wise Alkaid accusing Haseo of cheating.]] To show her "advanced skill" that leads to Haseo accidentally releasing his Avatar in despair she will pull out a free beast mode awakening and combo him once you lower her HP enough. If you're overleveled and knock out her two partners first then it will literally come out of nowhere just to justify her "strength".²* IdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler:Haseo is actually Sora from ''Anime/DotHackSign'', but doesn't remember any of it]].²* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: In the fight against [[spoiler:Innis, Atoli's avatar, Haseo constantly yells to her in and between the cutscenes trying to bring her out of AIDA's control without having to resort to Data Drain]].²* IdleAnimation: Everyone has one, mostly being them doing a stretch or the like.²* IllGirl: [[spoiler:Aina, Ovan's little sister. Sakubo's player is also an IllBoy]].²* ImplacableMan: Dopplegangers. Once they spot you out on a field, they will not stop chasing after you. You can run like hell to another part of the map to get away, but it will continue to slowly walk towards you, one step at a time. Ducking into a Battle Area to fight another monster will ''not'' stop it from walking right in after you.²* InevitableTournament: There's one for each game. However with each passing game the stakes gets bigger and bigger...²* InfinityPlusOneSword: Nearly all of the equipment obtained from {{Doppelganger}}s (with the exception of the [[InfinityMinusOneSword DG-0]]), and the Redemption-exclusive DG-Z dual guns, which has a chance to take off '''95% of an enemy's HP''' in a single shot. Sadly, the last one is also a BraggingRightsReward, see above.²* InsultBackfire: More than once when Haseo calls out Yata on his manipulative streak.²* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: Many places. Most literally in Hulle Grantz Cathedral.²* InterfaceSpoiler: It's possible to get certain plot-relevant Crimson VS cards long before the events they depict occur, spoiling such things as [[spoiler:Sakaki getting hijacked by AIDA.]] ²* IronicEcho:²--> '''Haseo in Volume 1:''' "More power! Power, power, power, POWER!"²--> '''Haseo in Volume 3, after his "Rebirth":''' "Power? What good is having power now?"²* JackOfAllStats: Blade Brandier class. The damage output is somewhere between Twin Blade and Edge Punisher, not as fast as Twin Blade and Tribal Grappler, but faster than heavily armored class as Lord Partizan.²* JekyllAndHyde: [[spoiler:The AIDA infecting Ovan sometimes takes over and [=PK=]s those close to him. The most notable victims were Shino and Aina.]]²* {{Jerkass}}: Haseo, initially. PlayedForLaughs with Death Grunty.²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: ²** Haseo starts out as a total jerk, but after a little CharacterDevelopment he becomes easily one of the nicest characters in the series.²** Both Alkaid and Endrance are minor antagonists and [[ClimaxBoss Climax Bosses]] in volume 1 - the former being hotheaded and easily enraged, the latter haughty and dismissive. Both have moments in Volume 2 where they patch things up with Haseo [[spoiler: and later fall in love with him, becoming two possible marriage Promise Endings]].²* JustEatGilligan: Possibly an example of GameplayAndStorySegregation. Watching Salvador Aihara's videos in the news app spells out the [[spoiler:Sakaki]] plot twist far in advance, but you're never able to confront [[spoiler:Sakaki]] about it or even bring the subject up at all, despite how relevant it is to the plot. You'd think Haseo, watching this at his computer, would consider the implications of [[spoiler:Sakaki being linked to the doll syndrome epidemic]] a huge red flag and tell either Atoli or G.U. immediately, especially since Haseo hated the guy all along. ²* LagCancel: One of the most efficient ways to attack with a Broadsword is to hold the Guard button as soon the hit lands, it will cancel completely the horrible lag it leaves. In Vol. 1 this made a Broadsword as fast, if not faster, as Dual Swords.²* LargeHam:²** Piros the Third, Gabi, Sakaki, and Salvador Aihara.²** [[HamToHamCombat The final duel]] against [[spoiler:Ovan in his avatar form, Corbenik 2nd, in Vol. 3]] is almost made of this.²-->'''SURPASS YOUR LIMITS!!!'''²** The AIDA-infected bayonet in Volume 3.²-->"[[ChewingTheScenery FEED ME!!!]]"²** Haseo. He's possibly the largest ham in the entire series.²* LateCharacterSyndrome: Several of your party members, while possessing great abilities, join very late in the game (or worse, when the game already ends) and are outclassed by others in terms of usefulness.²* LatinLover: Salvador Aihara wants to be one so badly it hurts to watch.²* LaughingMad: Haseo after he awakens his avatar for the first time.²* LetsYouAndHimFight: [[spoiler:Haseo versus Kuhn in Vol. 1. When Haseo has to be taught a thing or two about humility and how avatar can be dead dangerous if overused.]].²* LimitBreak: The Awakenings that can be activated once the "Morale" gauge is filled, which can be done e.g. by doing Rengekis or healing your party members.²* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Everyone who ''isn't'' a member of G.U. (save for Zelkova, Kaede, Sakaki, and a very select few others) is generally unaware of the deeper and darker sides of The World. [[spoiler:That is, until the climax of the final volume, when all of Haseo's friends and allies, and even some enemies, show up to help him beat Cubia - at that point, they've all caught on to varying degrees.]]²* LoveFreak: Atoli. Endrance becomes one from Vol. 2 on.²* MaamShock: Haseo starts calling Pi an old hag after she calls him an unruly child, much to her ire. That pretty much sets the tone for their relationship for a while. Saku gets in on the act later too.²* MadnessMantra: Someone infected by AIDA generally has one of these.²* MagicStaff: Used by the Harvest Cleric class. ²* MangaEffects: Many of the in-engine cutscenes use CrossPoppingVeins, a SweatDrop, etc. to illustrate the characters' moods. Haseo gets a lot of these thanks to his moody temper and general role as grumpy cast [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine tsukkomi]] in comedy scenes.²* MasterOfNone: In-universe, the Adept Rogue character class is generally viewed as inferior to those who value statistics over skill; while the Adept Rogues have versatility due to the ability to wield multiple weapons, they have lower stat increases and slower skill gains when compared to other classes. ²** Haseo is unusually powerful for an Adept Rogue. This is commented on by several people on the forums, who are amazed he's such a high-level player with that class. His power with the class is well justified as he was only one of two people (the other being Taihaku) to finish the Forest of Pain event, a 100 floor dungeon which nabbed him multiple levels and as a reward skipped him right to his final job extension and majorly boosted his stats. It helps that the 3 classes he chose mesh well together, basically making him a LightningBruiser.²* MeaningfulName: Many of them. Justified in that the character names were intentionally picked by their respective players. {{Lampshaded}} by minor NPC "angel hair".²** Haseo's name especially. [[spoiler: His name is an alternate reading of the name of the famous Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho. This is significant because his previous character Sora [[IdentityAmnesia (of whom he remembers nothing)]] was named after Basho's disciple Sora Kawai.]]²** Minor NPC Henako's name is a variation on "henna ko" or "weird girl." She ''lives'' it.²** Many, many minor NPC names correlate with their personality or appearance. An NPC called "angel hair" [[note]]which she will gladly explain to you as a type of thin, white strand of pasta; that is, an even thinner version of Capellini[[/note]] has a notably white, thin strands of hair on her NPC model.²** Certain story-related keywords are more obvious than others. ''Delta Blurry Obsessive Slacker'' for example is all about Atoli, who takes things slower, obsesses over Sakaki, and [[spoiler: who's hiding most of her true personality away for most of Volumes 1 and 2.]]²* MenDontCry: Said by Shino toward Haseo before she fell into coma in the beginning, and later by [[spoiler:Alkaid]] in ''Reminisce''. More like "Boys Don't Cry", but still.²* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Pi and Kuhn both play with this in volume 1 while teaching Haseo about the Avatars. Pi gets infected by AIDA and nearly goes berserk, causing Haseo to use Skeith to calm down her Tarvos, but she gets better after a brief moment of passing out once the fight's over. Kuhn fights Haseo in the Area and looks like he's about to become a Lost One when Haseo loses control over Skeith and Data Drains him, only for Kuhn to turn out fine due to Magus' Propogation ability restoring his data.]]²* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Wise Grunty's sayings tend to end up in this way.²* MightyGlacier: Lord Partizan and Edge Punisher classes deal lots of damage, but are relatively slow in combat.²* MindRape: [[spoiler:Atoli at the hands of Sakaki]].²* {{Minigame}}: Two, in fact! The Steam Bike racing and from the second game, Crimson VS. Crimson VS is essentially a collectible card game, it is different than most card games in which you assemble your deck, and instead of directly battling enemies, you upload your deck to the internet and the server will automatch your deck against other people depending on your rank. The genius of this is that all you need to do within the game is assemble the deck, upload it, and you can go on playing GU, advancing in the plot, or do whatever. Then after some time, you can return to check your Crimson VS progress. Even better, battle replays will give you some sort of an idea to beat that particular opponent if you lost and replay wins hints you at combos that work. Incidentally, the Crimson VS all-time champion is [[spoiler: Gaspard]].²* MoodWhiplash: ²** Happens sometimes when reading the news/forums after tragic game events. e.g. Finding out that Usagimaru & Rei-chan from the last game are a famous comedy duo at the same time that you find out [[spoiler:Alkaid's player nearly ''died'' when Bordeaux PK'ed her]]. Made worse if you have a rather cheery background / music set up at the time.²** Also present when Alkaid gives Haseo an item that has unintentional romantic implications (her reaction is hilarious) but that causes Haseo to have an extremely melancholy flashback at the same time.²* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Haseo [[spoiler:after Data Draining Magus, Kuhn's Avatar, and nearly putting him in a coma]].²** Sirius has one complete with the TheScream once he has the AIDA infecting him drained and Endrance tells what happened to Alkaid.²* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:²** Haseo, The Terror of Death.²** Skeith, the ''other'' Terror of Death.²** The in-game forums states the Chaotic PK'ers. They have even a special RedBaron codename.²* NeckLift: Several times. One amusing example would be your first meeting with Alkaid.²* NeverLiveItDown: In-Universe, in the forum posts Kaki Leader constantly teases &#969;Rice by calling him "Butt Rice". Soon the other forum posters take a notice to his hilariously unflattering nickname.²* NeverTrustATrailer: Both of the OnTheNext trailers are packed with misdirection and lies about the next volume's story:²** The trailer in ''Rebirth'' for ''Reminisce'' includes the infamous "AIDA's observation room!" line by Gabi which is never said in the actual game. The trailer in general suggests that the AIDA Server will take up a large portion if not most of the volume: instead it covers as little as the first hour.²** The trailer in ''Reminisce'' for ''Redemption'' suggests that Xth Form will be used against [[spoiler:Ovan]] instead of being just the last 10% of the story. [[spoiler:Cubia]] isn't mentioned at all, either.²* NewMediaAreEvil: Several news articles and the like that can be accessed from Haseo's desktop discuss both the benefits and drawbacks of recent technology, though more than a few cover the detrimental effects "online gaming" has had on the populace.²* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Eliminating AIDA by [[spoiler: using Corbenik's Rebirth to reset the Internet?]] Congratulations, you've created ''[[EldritchAbomination Cubia]]''.²* NoCutsceneInventoryInertia: Haseo and all other characters use whatever weapons they have equipped during cutscenes, except for prerendered scenes, which always show them with the weapons they have when they first join the party. ²* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[ The fight against Magus]], when Haseo's avatar goes berserk, is probably the most brutal, one-sided fights of the entire game. ²* NoSenseOfDirection: Based on what happened early in Volume 1, Gaspard. One has to wonder if he is aware of the map function in the game at all.²* NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom: You know the game ''really'' wants you to follow the plot to the next point when it denies you the chance to ask any allies to join your party to go leveling up and doing side-quests. In an exploration sense, some areas really are straight-forward with no alternate paths of exploration.²** It gets better with the "All party members are Busy so get on with the plot!" stuff in the latter two volumes, where most party members are usually always available.²* NotQuiteSavedEnough: The original version of "The World" met its demise when its physical servers were destroyed in a fire. What information they could save from the original game's code had to be merged with another game in order to create "The World R:2".²* OminousWalk: Taihaku really likes to do this during the match against him.²* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: Averted with ''Last Recode''; instead of having to buy each volume individually as for the original [=PS2=] versions, it contains all four volumes.²* OpaqueNerdGlasses: Wise Grunty.²* OurElvesAreBetter: The backstory of "The World" reveals that elves were created in the image of its god, the Elder Deity called Sol, who loved them so much that he and every other deity and creature blessed them (except for Cernunnos, the Lord of the Dead, created from the spirit the Elder Deity's deceased younger brother, who withheld his blessing). The blessings essentially made the elves into demigods. Unfortunately, [[AndManGrewProud they grew]] [[{{Pride}} proud]] and demanded to become true gods. In response, Sol furiously took away all the elves' blessings, turning them into [[HumanityEnsues humans]].²* OutOfCharacter: Haseo himself has moments like this in Vol. 1 if you send cards to people. Considering how much of a jerk he is in that game, it can be strange how nice he acts in some of his messages. This is lampshaded by Atoli in one of her responses.²** It's simultaneously a clue that something serious is happening [[spoiler: and that he's faking it]] when Kuhn becomes serious following the avatar fight between him and Haseo in Volume 1's tournament matches and it looks like Skeith is about to kill him out of Haseo's control. [[spoiler: Right after this, he reveals he was faking it to teach Haseo a lesson and goes right back to his easy-going self.]]²* {{Paparazzi}}: Salvador Aihara, who actually stumbles into an important story.²* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: It's possible to level grind on enemies near or at the maximum level attainable in Volume 3 - get a steam bike upgrade that allows you to stun enemies when you collide with them, then go to field areas around levels 140-150 where the objective is "Defeat the Boss". Ram the boss with your steam bike to stun them for the whole battle, and they'll likely be too slow to get attacks in during the short periods that stun status lets them move, and make sure to bring plenty of SP-restoring items and spell items so you'll rack up hits fast. [[CurbStompBattle Have fun chaining Rengekis]]. Watch out for [[{{Doppelganger}} Doppelg&auml;ngers]], [[ImplacableMan though]].²** The area ''Delta: Screaming Idling Princess''. It's a Level 11 area that is actually a glitched mirror of a quest area. It has the monster Azul Sachem, a Level 90 monster, even in Vol. 1 (where the level cap is 50). While in Vol. 1 it's named "-" and has very low stats, in the sequels they take their regular stats, so you can go in there at the beginning of Vol. 2 to LevelGrind.²* PermanentlyMissableContent: ²** Musics, Wallpapers and some Movies inside the game if you didn't get before moving to the next Vol. or worse, if you started playing in the second or third Volume.²** Greeting Cards are great for boosting relationships with party members, but they come in finite amounts--once you use them up (like the Promise Card, of which you ONLY get one), they're gone for good.²* PetTheDog: ²** Haseo's interaction with Sakubo, especially in earlier parts of the story where he's pretty much a jerk to everyone else.²** He also has a few moments with Gaspard.²* PintSizedPowerhouse: Despite beating all of the others, Skeith is the smallest of the Avatars.²* PistolWhipping: Depending on how you left your Steam Gunners' action settings, they'll only bash, and at times slash, enemies with their guns.²* PlayableEpilogue: ''Reconnect'', the fourth volume added in ''[[UpdatedRerelease last Recode]]'', mainly acts as a denouement to the original trilogy instead of introducing a slew of new problems.²* PlayerKilling: Player killers, or [=PKs=], who prey on players who do not consent to being killed by other players are generally considered [[{{Griefer}} griefers]]. The situation is so bad that CC Corporation has set up an arena for consensual battles and a program for [[BountyHunter bounty hunters]] to reward player killer killers, or [=PKKs=], who kill off [=PKs=] who prey on unwilling players, and provide special rewards for those who kill off the worst of the worst [=PKs=] who are labeled Chaotic [=PKs=] and therefore are placed on a blacklist of the most wanted [=PKs=].²* PolarOppositeTwins: Saku and Bo, to the point that their character's hat indicates which one is active (Saku has the "sun" side pointing up, while Bo has the "moon" side).²* PowerFist: The Tribal Grappler class, which also fits FragileSpeedster.²* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Icolo members have shades of this trope.²* PuppyDogEyes: In the beginning of ''Redemption'', when Atoli wants Haseo to find Melo Grunty together. It works.²* PurpleProse: Endrance borders on this with his florid love speeches from Vol. 2 on. Before that, he's the master of the CrypticConversation.²* RaceForYourLove: [[spoiler:In the end, Haseo chooses to chase after [[SecondLove Atoli]] rather than stay with Shino]].²* RedEyesTakeWarning: Haseo. The first times he uses his avatar and the rematch against IYOTEN and Asta are notable examples.²* RedHerring: The most famous in the ''Franchise/DotHack'' series: [[spoiler:Azure Kite is not Tri-Edge, Ovan is]].²* RedOniBlueOni: Haseo who wears red and black to Ovan who is in blue and white. One is fiery, hotheaded and the other is calm, logical [[spoiler:and manipulative to no end]].²* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Sort of. [[spoiler:In ''Redemption'', Sirius, who lost himself after using AIDA for power in ''Reminisce'', becomes a Lost One after entering the Sage Palace in order to save Taihaku and find a way to cure Alkaid]].²* RageAgainstTheMentor: [[spoiler:Haseo towards Ovan, especially after the reveal of his identity as Tri-Edge. Prior to the activation of the Rebirth Haseo gives an amazing speech chewing the hell out of him]].²* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Averted with the CC Corp higher ups this time around. Unlike Lios and the system admins in R1, who got better through CharacterDevelopment and gave the .hackers their full support when the true scope of the threat was apparent, the current batch of CC admins are completely useless at best; more often, though, they're either obstructive, outright malicious, or damaging The World and its players through their sheer incompetence. They're painfully out of their depth and have [[PoliceAreUseless no idea how to handle the AIDA epidemic]], [[spoiler:[[WhatAnIdiot bowing down to the demands of a psychotic ten-year-old boy and granting him ultimate power over the system]] (which he, of course, abuses for all it's worth) in a desperate attempt to keep up the charade of control. They then attempt to [[NeverMyFault cover up the entire fiasco by falsifying evidence and looking to scapegoat Ovan for the whole thing, despite knowing it goes far deeper.]] The only CC Corp members with a clue seem to be the ones in your own party, and none of them have much power in the company.]] ²* TheRedMage: Macabre Dancers are able to use healing, attack, and status magic, but do not learn the highest level spells of the other magic classes (Harvest Clerics and Shadow Warlocks). This class is the only class that can learn how to cast StatusBuff and StatusAilment spells by using skill points instead of requiring the use of a consumable item in order to do so, and also have some decent damage to their regular attacks if they need to resort to those.²* RelationshipValues: Each party member gets a {{Relationship Value|s}}, which rises as Haseo spends more time with them or gives gifts. A party member who has maximum affection in ''Redemption'' allows you to have a Friendship/Marriage Ending with him/her.²* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: ²** Chim Chims. ²** All the Lucky/Unlucky Animals fill this role too and are also fun to kick around.²** The Grunties also fall into this trope.²* RolePlayingGameVerse²* RousingSpeech: Double subverted in Vol. 1, when Piros the 3rd repeatedly fails to convince a high school student to follow his dreams. At the end of the quest, he finally succeeds.²* RunningGag: The Arena Commentator seems to have troubles when dealing with the guest commentators for the Tournaments.²* SayMyName / SkywardScream: Haseo & Pi.²** Haseo is ''constantly'' [[SayMyName saying other peoples' names.]] It's gotten to the point where he's rarely taken seriously in the fandom because of it.²* ScaryShinyGlasses: Ovan's lenses pick up a considerable glare whenever he's being especially mysterious... or dangerous.²* SeriousBusiness: ²** [=MMORPGs=] are srs bsns.²** Also, the conflict between members of Moon Tree and Kestrel, despite neither of the guildmasters being all that worked up about it.²* ScreamingWarrior: '''Haseo'''. And about everyone who can fight, actually.²* ShoutOut: A common pairing for the Medic Union trios you'll find in the field has [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Watson and Doyle]].²* SingleTargetSexuality: Endrance. [[spoiler:After accepting Mia's death, he moves on and latches onto Haseo]].²* SinisterScythe: Used by the Flick Reaper class. This class excels at taking down airborne enemies, and because its normal attack is a SpinAttack, it can take down mobs of enemies. This class is weak against enemies that get too close to the user and to magic, and deals poor amounts of damage per second against single ground-level enemies unless those enemies are weak against scythes.²* SlasherSmile: The only way to properly describe the look on Haseo's face [[spoiler: when he first awakens his powers as Skeith's Avatar and prepares to slaughter Bordeaux and her lackeys with it, even while Kuhn and Atoli are screaming at him to stop.]]²* SlowMotionFall: When [[spoiler:Atoli is attacked by AIDA]] in the end of Volume 1.²* SmallAnnoyingCreature: In-universe example: Haseo regards Death Grunty as one. Which is hilarious, given that Death Grunty is based on himself.²* SockPuppet: ²** [[spoiler:Yata]] and [[spoiler:Nala]] have the same player, who uses both to further his agenda.²** [[spoiler:Yata and Pi]] also did this in the prequel anime .hack//Roots as [[spoiler:Naobi and Ender]].²** On a related note, Salvador Aihara [[AstroTurf promotes his own movies]] in the game forums without identifying who he is.²* {{Sparkles}}: ²** Haseo's intro to Saku's obsession with "Master En." ²** Atoli trails glittery sparkles everywhere [[spoiler:after her Epitaph is stolen by AIDA. It stops when she gets it back. It is her character data deteriorating, and the hand that is fritering away in the game is useless in real life.]]²* SpellBook: The Shadow Warlock class uses grimoires.²* SongsInTheKeyOfPanic: When a Doppleganger spawns and notices you nearby, the music will change to what can best be described as exceptionally scary and fear inducing. The tempo of the music increases as it slowly walks towards you (and flashing red screen intensifies as well).²* StalkerWithACrush: Saku claims to be constantly pressing the screencapture button when Endrance is on her screen. This is the ''least'' of her stalker-ish behavior.²* SteamPunk: Not quite this trope, but clearly inspired by it as Lampshaded by minor NPC Boltz. Steam Gunners are a good example.²* SteamVentObstacle: Dungeon areas sometimes has a room full of these, along with other {{Booby Trap}}s. They reduce your SP when you're hit.²* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:Atoli is a major example]].²* StrawNihilist: Minor NPC Schrodinger and [[spoiler:the natives of Netslum Tartarga]] has shades of this trope.²* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:Ovan's master plan is to make Haseo become his "cop".]]²* SuperMovePortraitAttack: All of the Awakenings. ²* SuperRobot: Piros the 3rd acts like he can't decide whether he's playing the hero in such a show ''or the robot itself''. One of his running gags it to point to the sky and leap as if taking off with rockets, only to turn and run off once gravity asserts itself.²* SuperpoweredEvilSide: ²** [[spoiler: Played for laughs with Natsume]].²** Any Epitaph User who gives in to their Avatar's power.²** [[spoiler:The real Tri-Edge]]²* TaremeEyes[=/=]TsurimeEyes: Saku has TsurimeEyes. Bo has TaremeEyes. This is how you tell them apart on the party invite list since all you can see is Sakubo's eyes. Saku's hair also flares out to the sides while Bo's curls inwards.²* TarotMotifs: The consumables that inflict StandardStatusEffects are named after Major Arcana cards:²** "The Death" inflicts Poison, which slowly eats away your HP.²** "The Moon" inflicts Sleep, renders you immobile and unable to use items, at least until you get attacked.²** "The Devil" inflicts Curse, which slowly drains your SP.²** "The Emperor" inflicts Seal, which makes you unable to use Spells or Arts.²** "The Hanged Man" inflicts Paralysis, which makes you immobile a few times.²** "The Hermit" inflicts Slow, which makes you slow.²** "The Fool" and "The Lovers" inflict Confusion and Charm, which makes enemies attack their own allies.²** "The Wheel"[[note]]named after The Wheel of Fortune[[/note]] inflicts a random status effect.²* ThemeNaming: ²** Some of the AIDA attacks are named after programming languages. Algol Laser, Prolog Lazer, Lisp Tackle are some examples.²** Pretty much all of Anna and Helen's attacks are named after programming languages, although a few of them were changed in the English translation for no known reason.²*** AIDA Victorian, however, draws its names from more royal or kingly-sounding words, such as Elegant Orb or Excellent Ray. It fits with [[spoiler:Sakaki's]] over inflated self-view.²** All of the leaders of Moon Tree are named after various trees in Japanese (with Sophora and Zelkova switched to their latin genus names in English). The guild name itself is a pun ("Tsuki no Ki") on one of the Japanese words for the tree ''Zelkova serrata'' ("tsukinoki"). Some of these names count as {{Meaningful Name}}s too.²** This also applies with members of several guilds in the game, such as the Gem guild.²** Three of the forum posters are named after the parts of Cocytus. Judecca, Antenora, and Ptolomea, respectively. They also have an arena team named Cocytus-1.²** The members of the Hetero Trio (in Vol. 3) are genetics terms: Hetero, Axanthic, and Leucistic. The latter two are types of albinism.²* ThereAreNoTherapists: So everyone who needs one just has to work it out with Haseo.²** FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you remember that this game is set in Japan, where Western therapy and psychology are very uncommon.²* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: In-universe example: some players from R:1 express disappointment at how R:2 turns out.²* ThisIsADrill: Some of the Lord Partizan weapons are gigantic drills.²* ThrowTheBookAtThem: Shadow Warlocks can use their grimoires to deal physical attack (i.e. as a bludgeoning weapon).²* TooCleverByHalf: Sakaki.²* TooManyBelts: Haseo, to the point where he's depicted as wearing [[UpToEleven FIFTY TWO BELTS]].²* TrademarkFavoriteFood: ²** Fish for Melo Grunty, and pickles for Wise Grunty.²** There's a greeting card that you can send to your party members to find out their TrademarkFavoriteFood. Some of them are rather surprising, like Atoli's [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses beef bowls.]]²* TranslationTrainWreck: There are a few of them.²** When one performs a CounterAttack in the arena, the English PlayStation 2 version mistakenly calls it a rengeki which means combo attack, when it really should be a hangeki which means counter attack. It also shows the kanji for rengeki (&#36899;&#25731;) in the background instead of the kanji for hangeki (&#21453;&#25731;) by mistake. Volume 1 also plays the sound for rengeki as well. Volumes 2 and 3 play the correct sound for hangeki, but display the graphics for rengeki. The Windows version fixes this by displaying the correct graphics and playing the correct sound.²* {{Tsundere}}: ²** Haseo is a male example of a Type A.²** [[spoiler:Saku (Type A) is also one if you choose to keep her around in ''Redemption'', as well as Bordeaux of all people (Type A) if you choose her in the Wedding Event]].²* TooDumbToLive: A forum user using the username "Train Dog" always lusts after beautiful female Chaotic [=PKs=] who PK him and steal his rare weapons in The World.²* TricksterMentor: Everything Antares does is meant to teach Haseo something. Everything.²* TurtleIsland: [[spoiler:Netslum]] Tartarga.²* TwoRoadsBeforeYou: Ovan sends Haseo an email with this phrase after the latter is Data-Drained by Tri-Edge at the beginning of ''Rebirth''. He gives Haseo a choice: forget about The World and never log in again, or [[EarnYourHappyEnding endure harsh trials in order to discover the "truth" about The World]].²* UnexpectedGameplayChange: The Avatar battles.²* TheUnReveal: Haseo never finds out Yata and Pi once controlled the characters Naobi and Ender, nor does he find out they are responsible for unlocking Ovan's arm.²%%* UnwittingPawn: Sakaki²%%* ValleyGirl: Minor NPC NAOO²* VerbalTic: Each Guild Grunty has one.²** Death Grunty: "I'm Grunty! You're Haseo! ''Oink!''"²** Wise Grunty: "'Good and ill fortune are closely interwoven.' That's a proverb I learned from my master. ''Nero''. "²** Nazo Grunty: "I'm telling Master on you! ''Naru!''" ²** Gao Grunty: "So you want to obtain my manliness for yourself? ''Haha''." ²** Melo Grunty: "I think I smell Death Grunty on you. ''Mellow''."²** King Grunty: ''Shu.''²** There's also the Golden Goblins. *gob*²* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: ²** The game allows you to ''run over the little blue critters with your steambike''. Also on that note, you get more points towards the Book of 1000 if you hit monsters with the bike!²** Through trading, you can take back a gift that you just gave to someone, along with some of their other stuff. They'll ask you if you don't want to be friends anymore. Does this count?²** The RelationshipValues. Particularly the replies you can give in email conversations or forums. An example would be making fun (rather harshly) of Gaspard for liking the card game Crimson VS. And all it costs you is a little extra time putting them in your party to make up for it.²* VitriolicBestBuds: Beatrice, a forum poster in Volume 1, views &#969;Rice and Kaki Leader as this.²* WakeUpCallBoss: Greedy Cervantes. When you first run into him shortly after clearing the Bounty Hunter Test quest in Rebirth, he will inflict a TotalPartyKill against your party unless you manage to seriously outsmart him in the battle, you avoid clearing the Bounty Hunter Test quest until you have leveled up, or you avoid entering battle areas until you level up.²* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: Despite being an MMO, when Haseo bites it, the game is over. Also the Arena rules: take out the Leader, you win the battle.²* WhatAnIdiot: A forum user using the username "Train Dog" always lusts after beautiful female Chaotic [=PKs=] who PK him and steal his rare weapons in The World. Other forum users invoked this trope by calling Train Dog an idiot in the threads he starts regarding his lusting after the [=PKs=] that PK him and steal his rare weapons.²* WhiteMage: The Harvest Cleric class, which specializes more on healing and buffing magic rather than offensive ones. This class is great at healing attacks, but skilled physical attackers can easily take them down with [[CounterAttack counter attacks]], especially with hangeki attacks in the arena because these counter attacks cancel the magical attacks being executed. Skilled players can ShootTheMedicFirst in the arena, so it is much better to teach every member of an arena party healing spells including those that fix StandardStatusEffects rather than depending just on a Harvest Cleric for their healing needs. The only real advantage of having a Harvest Cleric in the arena is that one can execute much better healing spells than what is available in the magic shops.²* {{Yandere}}: Madame Insane, one of the minor [=NPCs=] wandering Lumina Cloth, became a PK to grief her husband after getting jealous about him talking to another woman. She finds it more effective to torment his character than to scold him in real life.²* YearInsideHourOutside: Regular players can't see battles between Avatars and with AIDA. They see these epic battles as an "instant-KO" move that just causes Haseo to glow briefly. The time-dilation is more explicitly pointed out [[spoiler:after the AIDA server incident]] in Vol. 2.²** [[spoiler:The AIDA server incident at the very beginning of volume 2 is an explicit case of this itself; the whole of the events on the server last about 5 to 10 minutes in real time by Yata's explanation, but can take up to 2 hours of gameplay and is implied to have lasted that long in the game.]]²* YearsTooEarly: If you send Challenge greeting card to Antares, he will reply with something around this line.²* YouALLLookFamiliar: Justified by the RolePlayingGameVerse. It's also a plot point that Atoli is practically a PaletteSwap of Shino.²* YourMindMakesItReal: People Data Drain'd on the game go comatose in RealLife. One character almost ''dies'' as a result.²* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: ²** [[spoiler:According to the [[AllThereInTheManual Perfect Guide]], Saku was created when Bo heard his mother say this about him in comparison to his stillborn twin sister]].²** [[spoiler:Sakaki, when defeated after morphing into AIDA <Victorian>.]]²----


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