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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350:Welcome to the Power Stone world! [[labelnote:Characters]]From back to front -- [[IdiotHero Wang]][[ChefOfIron -Tang]], [[KnifeNut Jack]], [[BellyDancer Rouge]], [[MagicalNativeAmerican Galuda]], [[AcePilot Edward]] [[TheHero Falcon]], [[BoisterousBruiser Gunrock]], [[MasterSwordsman Ryoma]], and [[BadassAdorable Ayame]].[[/labelnote]]]]²²->''In the 19th century, people are strong believers of superstition and legend. Adventurers who seek the world for fortune and glory, and a legendary treasure which has the power to make dreams come true. That treasure is known as the '''POWER STONE'''.''²-->-- Opening narration from the first game²²''Power Stone'' is a video game series created by Creator/{{Capcom}}. Beginning with the first game in 1999, ''Power Stone'' received only one sequel, ''Power Stone 2'', the following year. The two games were released for the arcade and ported to the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast, and later to the UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable. It also received a [[Anime/PowerStone 26-episode anime adaptation]].²²Gameplay in the ''Power Stone'' series is unconventional, at least compared to the [[StreetFighter many]] [[VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever other]] [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} fighting]] [[VideoGame/RivalSchools games]] by Creator/{{Capcom}} itself. For starters, fights take place in 3-D arenas. Items appear throughout the levels, such as weapons, obstacles and the titular power-ups-slash-[[MacGuffin MacGuffins]], the Power Stones. When a fighter collects three of these, he or she transforms into a super-powered form for a limited time.²²Not to be confused with [[VideoGame/MegaMan5 Stone Man's weapon]].²----²!!This series contains examples of:²²* AdaptationDyeJob: Rouge's top was re-colored from blue in the games to white in the anime.²* AnachronismStew: The second game has nineteenth century-era fighters duking it out on submarines and in a space station with laser guns, beam swords, and skateboards.²* AnimeAccentAbsence: The characters are all from different nationalities, yet they only speak Japanese.²* TheAnimeOfTheGame: A 26-episode series was aired in 1999. ²* AwesomeMcCoolname: Falcon's father is named Pride. "Falcon" is a surname, meaning his full name is ''Pride Falcon''. To be fair, though -- the name Edward Falcon isn't lacking in the coolness stakes, either.²* BeeAfraid: The beehive item.²* BellyDancer: As if dressing like and being said to be a belly dancer weren't sexy enough, Rouge uses [[DanceBattler a fighting style that is]] ''[[DanceBattler based]]'' [[DanceBattler on her belly dancing]].²* CallToAdventure: Each character in the first game has a reason for searching for the Power Stone:²** Falcon discovered the legend of the Power Stone in an old family legend.²** Wang-Tang is tasked with searching for the Power Stone by his sensei as part of his training.²** Ayame is tasked with finding the Power Stone by a samurai lord. [[spoiler: Her ending reveals that she finds it too powerful to give him, so she tricks him by giving him a fake instead and secretly keeps it for her family.]]²** Ryoma is not actually searching for the Power Stone, but rather, the Power Stone has attracted powerful fighters for Ryoma to test his mettle against.²** Rouge wants to use the Power Stone to make the wishes of others come true and bring happiness to the world.²** Jack likes shiny things. The Power Stone is shiny. That's all the reason he needs. [[spoiler:His ending reveals he wants to use it to create a doppleganger to go to prison for him, so he can continue his crime spree unopposed.]]²** Gunrock wants to use the Power Stone to get rich.²** Galuda is searching for the Power Stone to cure a plague that has ravaged his village.²** Kraken wants to use the Power Stone to revive his old pirate crew and resume his reign of terror on the high seas.²** Valgas wants to TakeOverTheWorld, because of course he does.²* CaptainErsatz: Wang-Tang is a fairly blatant {{homage}} to a certain {{shonen}} [[Anime/DragonBallZ anime hero]].²** He also resembles [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Fei Fong Wong]].²** Valgas' face resembles a RaceLift-ed [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Demitri]].²** As the Completionist pointed out, the Power Stones look somewhat similar to [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Chaos Emeralds.]] Considering [[UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast what console]] these games were on, that's not the least bit surprising.²* ChefOfIron: Wang-Tang and Gourmand, although given his look and choice of weapons with his cleaver and frying pan, it's far more obvious in the latter's case.²* ConfusionFu: [[KnifeNut Jack]], who crawls around like an insect on the floor, can contort himself in various impossible ways, and even hover through the air by [[ExorcistHead spinning his upper torso like a helicopter rotor.]]²* DanceBattler: Rouge and Ayame both engage in this, albeit in different ways. Rouge's moves take influence from Middle Eastern belly-dancing, whilst Ayame's are more breakdance-inspired.²* DeathCryEcho: This is present in both games, whenever anyone gets knocked out.²* DoubleJump: Power Stone 2 lets you do this if you're playing a lightweight character.²* DubNameChange: His name is "Fokker" (like the airplane manufacturer) in Japanese and "Falcon" in English. [[UnfortunateName Guess]] [[CountryMatters why]].²** It's averted in the anime, but they gave him an excuse: Fokker is his family name. His real name is Edward.²* ElegantGothicLolita: Julia from ''[=PS2=]'' is a brightly-colored variant.²* ExcusePlot[=/=]LeftHanging: The second game has a plot that's AllThereInTheManual about how each character is looking into their own personal quest/mystery. ''None'' of them are ever alluded to in the actual game, let alone resolved.²* FireBreathingDiner: One of Rouge's Power Drive attacks.²** And Gourmand is a Fire Breathing ''[[InvertedTrope chef]]''. Go figure.²* [[FiveManBand Four Man Band]]²** TheHero: Edward Falcon²** TheLancer: Wang-Tang ²** TheBigGuy: Ryoma²** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Rouge²** TheChick: Ayame²%%* FreeFloorFighting²* GangUpOnTheHuman: Power Stone 2's 3-on-1 Adventure mode. Interestingly, other modes involving multiple coms do NOT engage in this behavior, suggesting the devs put it in on purpose. The PSP rerelease even lampshades it by saying "The odds are stacked against you". ²* HighAltitudeBattle: The Blue Sky Area from the second game takes place aboard an airship initially, which eventually collapses. The second part of the battle is [[FreeFallFight fought whilst falling]] with players scrambling to obtain [[HyperactiveMetabolism healing food]] and Umbrellas to slow their fall, before landing in the last section of the stage. ²* HumongousMecha: The Pharaoh Walker boss in the second game.²%%* InterestingSituationDuel²* IstanbulNotConstantinople: Not only old place names, but ''misspelled'' names as well ("Londo", "Mahdad"). Either that or it's just a twisted case of BlandNameProduct.²* ItemCrafting: In Power Stone 2, combining weapons and items unlocks new ones. Some require in-game [[GuideDangIt guides]] and/or sheer luck.²* JokeCharacter: In Power Stone 2, it is possible to play as Mel the shopkeeper. Why you would want to, however...²** Because [[LethalJokeCharacter her super mode is AWESOME]].²%%* KameHameHadouken: Wangtang.²* LighterAndSofter: The tone of the game is humorous and comical, as opposed to Capcom's other fighting games.²* MagicalNativeAmerican: Galuda, who transforms into some sort of totem-pole robot.²* MacrossMissileMassacre: One of Falcon's transformed-state attacks fits this to a tee.²* MonsterClown: Jack, [[AllThereInTheManual apparently]].²* MsFanservice: Rouge, in case you hadn't figured that out already.²* NationalStereotypes: Almost every single character in this game is a walking, talking, fighting stereotype. Not even justified, it makes early 90's StreetFighter games look culturally sensitive.²* {{Ninja}}: [[BadassAdorable Ayame]] is one of these. Usually she masquerades as a travelling entertainer, but is secretly a ''kunoichi'' descended from a long-standing clan of ninja.²* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Kraken the cyborg ghost pirate.²** And Accel, the shapeshifting robot cowboy.²* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A knife-wielding maniac named 'Jack' who likes to rip things? Nah, me neither...²* PowerMakeover: The Power Change transformations, which turn their users into highly-stylized (as well as more powerful) versions of themselves. ²%%* {{Retraux}}: The intro.²* RiseToTheChallenge: A variant of this occurs in the Dark Castle Area in ''Power Stone 2'', in which the stage catches fire early on: requiring everyone to scale up to the top of the castle in a brief side-scrolling segment.²* RocksFallEveryoneDies: In ''Power Stone 2'', if the players take too long to kill each other, meteors rain down and reduces everyone's health to 1 and Sudden Death starts. Taking too long in Sudden Death will have even ''more meteors'' rain down and finish everyone off, ending in a draw.²* {{Samurai}}: Ryoma. His Katana makes him the only character in the original game (And one of four in the whole series, along with Accel, Gourmand and Julia in ''Power Stone 2'') to constantly wield a weapon.²* ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot: In the game, you need three Power Stones to turn into your Power Change form. Not so in the anime and manga -- where only one is generally needed to transform.²* ShamuFu: The Frozen Tuna weapon.²* ShoutOut: Some of the transformations look awfully familiar, like [[Anime/DragonBallZ Wang-Tang's]], [[Anime/RoninWarriors Ryoma's]], [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Galuda's]], and [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Gunrock's]].²** The [[VideoGame/MegaMan Mega Buster]] is a craftable and usable weapon in the second game -- as are [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader's lightsaber]], [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts' Dragonslayer Sword]], [[Anime/DragonBallZ Son Goku's Power Pole]], and even [[Anime/PowerStone Apollus's Lance]] from the first game's own AnimatedAdaptation.²** Capcom's first arcade title is called ''Vulgus''. The final boss of ''Power Stone'' is called Valgas, [[SpellMyNameWithAnS and the two names are identical in Japanese]]. Hmm...²* SNKBoss: '''''Valgas.''''' Aside from the fact that beating him may require several tries with difficulty set to 1 (with a maximum of ''eight''), what makes him so cheap is that not only his grab can make you lose ''two'' Power Stones at once, but said stones also tend to ''bounce out of your reach '''and''' right next to him'', with him usually entering his SuperMode while you're still getting back up. The fact his OneWingedAngel is actually ''[[ClippedWingAngel weaker]]'' than him [[AnticlimaxBoss (with obvious results:]] "Final Valgas" can be easily beaten ''at the first try'') shouldn't surprise anyone.²* SquashedFlat: Players can get flattened by mallets or other certain objects.²* {{Stripperiffic}}: If you thought Rouge's default BellyDancer outfit was cute, [[UpToEleven wait until you see her transformed.]]²* SuperMode: Collecting three Power Stones temporarily activates your character's super form.²* SwordBeam: Powered-up Ryoma has several variants of this.²* TransformationSequence: A brief one occurs whenever someone attains three Power Stones to transform.²* TransformationTrinket: The Power Stones, of which three are required in the games to Power Change. The tie-in anime reduces the number to one. ²* TwoFistedTales: Basically set in the anime version of this, with ace pilots, exotic belly dancers, a few light SteamPunk elements, a MacGuffin being sought by a crew of national stereotypes in a 1930's-esque age of adventure and exploration.²* WingedHumanoid: Mel's powered-up form is one of these.²** And so does Galuda, during his Power Drive and his Power Fusions.²** And thanks to the giant shuriken she wears on her back and the long ear-like things on her head, Ayame's Power Change gives her a passing resemblance to a butterfly.²----


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