After the Earth became uninhabitable due to environmental negligence, mankind moved on to another planet they called New Earth. Evolution ensued and soon better ways to produce energy were found, along with the apparition of beastmen, and more importantly, magic.
However, in year 12002, an experiment on a way to produce unlimited energy with magicrafting went haywire: the device, called XEH Drive continued to produce energy on its own, and released a continual explosion of dark energy, killing its makers and menacing the entire planet with imminent apocalypse. Much energy was spent to try and stop the machine, helped by the invention of Magitek weapons. After months of struggling, magicians with supposed divine ancestry ended a miraculous breakthrough and managed to shut the device down, keeping its shattered remains so that it never finds any use ever again.
Spontaneous explosions everywhere around New Earth made everybody realize the surface wasn't safe, and civilization went on to re-establish itself by building new cities in mountains or over existing ones. Around that time, the Divine Families, relatives of the magicians who saved the world, created a new organization, the Primor Magnus Rotalbum to enforce a much needed order, and assure ownership of a majority of New Earth's Magitek weapons and Drives.
37 years later, the first Rex (Rotalbum leader) passed away, and was replaced by another member of the Divine Families. The already very orderly regime became even stricter, and soon was deemed intrusive and unfair to non-Rotalbum members. After one too many scandals, the Yogotsuba Union rose against the order in the end of year 12055.
The ensuing civil war seemed unending, as Yogotsuba defended its territories well enough, and the second Rex's military incompetence and shaky popularity among his own troops couldn't earn him any success. Eventually, actual military forces were promoted early from the Rotalbum Martial University, and Yogotsuba fell in a few weeks with its capital city Jinguu being taken over during summer 12056. The Second Rex ordered the execution of all Yogotsubans, but even his soldiers were hesitant in following their orders. As if answering their wish, the Second Rex was assassinated a few days after this statement.
Understanding his position, the third Rex retreated all the military troops from Yogotsuba's lands, and renamed the organization Tertio Mederota Ratio. His more lenient regime ended the civilian uproar, but his reign was not one to last: the organization got renamed Quarto Mederota Ratio after a new change of leadership kept secret. The regime stopped loosening, and its strict attitude concerning weapons was widely disapproved of by the population.
The Ratio didn't have to wait much to find a reason, as Ouharano's local Ratio Branch crumbled after a terrorist attack in early autumn 12058, attributed to Yogotsuban survivors. The next two months saw three more QMR branches get destroyed, causing widespread panic and making civilians ask the Ratio for help, justice or retribution. Looking to start year 12059 with a bang, the Yogotsuban menace sets its eyes on the Ratio's world capital Kamigamo, unaware of the number of people waiting for them, each for their own reasons...
Tropes associated with this work's story (or many characters):
- Aerith and Bob: Some names are fairly normal, like Alex and Touko. And then we have names like Malar or Houju that, while not being exactly impossible, are not real names. And then come Hetha, Zayinella...
- After the End: Twice: The Earth has been left by humanity, that went on to colonize another planet they called "New Earth"... but the XEH Drive rendered a good part of the surface uninhabitable by energy overload and global warming.
- Antagonist Title: Full Year Trouble references the Shuunen Clan (Shuunen means full-year), Operation Prime Shield name-drops the Cutting Edge Company's Co-Dragons, and Conflict Evolution refers to C-Volution. Heaven's Gate still references to the stage of the fights, and still is one of those by virtue of having XEH Drive as part of the title and introducing Tawa as the Final Boss.
- Artifact of Doom: The eponymous XEH Drive.
- Blue Blood: The QMR has the Divines and the Shuunen Clan.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The Cutting Edge Company. They are pragmatic Hired Guns and don't hide their It's All About Me attitude.
- Evil Counterpart: All members but one of the Cutting Edge Prime Shield are clones created by Mika.
- Made of Explodium: The surface is uninhabitable due to any sudden activity flares up the ambient energy, resulting in a demonstration of the trope.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
- Obscure one: Malar is taken from OTO Melara, the manufacturer behind most of Italy's high-caliber cannons during WWII. Ironically, the company took this name after the War.
- Yeong-Jin's cover name is Kazuma Masamune.
- The Rex being part of the Shuunen Clan, they hold high ranks while the Divines, the Rebellion and even Shuunen supporters have a hard time ranking up at all.
- Take Over the World: The Shuunen Clan did this by way of taking over the Ratio.
- Title Drop: The XEH Drive is the Artifact of Doom that caused The End of the World as We Know It, and the local Plot Device.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The Quarto Mederota Ratio, despite ruling the world with an iron fist and maintaining a monopoly on the Drives and Magitek weapons, get away with it due to still looking much better than the terrorists they're fighting.
Tropes associated with this work's gameplay:
- Attack Reflector: Some attacks send projectiles right back where they come from.
- Boss Bonanza: It is characterized by its extremely long boss sequence, that starts at Stage 4.
- Boss Room: The QMR Shimogamo Branch Atrium, where you fight no less than 5 bosses in a row.
- Lone Wolf Boss: Malar, in Full Year Trouble.
- Moveset Clone: Averted due to the Stance System.
- SNK Boss: The games end with extremely long boss streaks, and each boss tops the previous ones in power, meaning the last few ones close in on this trope.
- Stance System: Every character has at least two stances, with more or less drastic modifications. Sometimes it's just Real-Time Weapon Change.
- Super Mode: The Red Line, which enables a new special, a new super, and your character's Hot Shot.
- Time-Limit Boss: Timeout means "you lose" in Story Mode.
Tropes associated with Akita:
- Action Hero: The only notable thing he's done so far is blowing up QMR branches.
- Anti-Hero: He ranges from Classical Anti-Hero all the way to Unscrupulous Hero.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: His reputation.
- Broken Hero: What he is, having left everything of his former life behind. His quest to destroy the Ratio is the only thing that moves him forward.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center
- Expecting Someone Taller: Everyone expects him to be accompanied, or at least bigger than he is.
- Extremity Extremist: Fitting of someone with metal gauntlets, Akita has no kick attack.
- Good Is Not Nice: If you're in his way, he can be very cold. Ask Saki.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: His reputation is that of a terrorist. Though it can't be directed at him before the first game, because noone actually saw him.
- I Work Alone: Literally, he is the New Yogotsuba Union in Full Year Trouble. He rejects Hetha's offer to join him early in the story.
- Idiot Hero: His strategy basically amounts to "go there, set explosives, blow the place up".
- Japanese Spirit: Akita's Power Levels keep growing up because of this.
- Koyū: Akita's Worth is very high, signifying a strong mind.
- Chie: Akita's vision of a good order drives him, and his belief never shakes.
- Kakan: Akita's given up his life for his goal. A beating won't stop him.
- Nice Guy: Behind the terrorism act and the angst he associates with it, Akita is actually a pretty decent guy.
- One-Man Army: Averted. He's taken as such, but he didn't actually confront any enemy.
- Terror Hero: Subverted: While at first many are scared about what Akita is ready to do as a town-destroying terrorist, when his first attempt at blowing up Shimogamo fails and people figure him out, they just see a troubled young man who is nowhere near the levels of power explored later in the series just yet.
Tropes associated with Touko:
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit has a zipper at the front, usually almost all the way down, also invoking Cleavage Window.
- Dumb Blonde: She loves playing close to this, but she's actually surprisingly perceptive.
- The Gadfly: She loves riding Yuugou's back or just all-around teasing and nagging him to get a reaction.
- HeelFace Turn: Can be considered to have done this at the beginning of 2. Targeting Akita made her a heel, but targeting the Cutting Edge makes her a face.
- Justice Will Prevail
- Ms. Fanservice
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Police Are Useless: She comes to Shimogamo to stop Akita. She fails to even meet him.
- Pretty Princess Powerhouse: She's the princess of her family and the heir to a City's direction. She's also the Captain of a Ratio squad because she defeated many opponents at war. She tends to avert Princess Tropes, though.
- Spirited Young Lady
- Too Many Belts: As skimpy as her outfit may be, it still sports no less than 12 belts.
Tropes associated with Yuugou:
- A Day in the Limelight: In the beginning of Operation Prime Shield, Touko is still the Cutting Edge's hostage, so Yuugou takes center stage in rescuing her.
- Book Dumb
- Drop the Hammer
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Touko is not the small kind, but Yuugou still positively towers over her, being over two feet taller.
- Neck Lift: His command grab involves this, plus punching you in the face.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: On the receiving end of one, in the epilogue, he is assaulted 3-on-1 by the entire Prime Shield while Mika kidnaps Touko.
- Our Centaurs Are Different
- Undying Loyalty: To Touko, natch.
Tropes associated with Hetha:
- Broken Bird: She fears just about everyone because of the pain she endured during her brief life, so despite constantly seeking help, she can't bring herself to fully trust anyone.
- The Empath: She grew those powers after her restoration.
- Gradual Grinder: She has a low damage output to compensate for the fact that she can hit you anywhere.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Alex gets hit with The Dulcinea Effect when he sees her getting attacked by Zayinella.
- Lucky Seven: Inverted by virtue of being a Ratio reject. Apart from that, she is constantly lamenting her misfortune.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: She's made of this trope, both physically and mentally.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Actually, she is the one taking warnings with you.
- Underestimating Badassery: It would be easy considering she is actually very powerful, but it is more often inverted, as those who know what she is take too much precautions and end up curb-stomping her.
- You Are Number Seven
Tropes associated with Shiori:
- Artificial Limbs: Her right leg and left arm first, then her left leg from the knee down and her right eye.
- Blood Knight: Emphasis used to be on 'blood', but she veers towards putting it on 'knight'.
- Crosshair Aware: Appears during her Hot Shot.
- Electronic Eyes: She's got one to replace the one that she lost.
- Fiery Redhead
- Handicapped Badass: With one arm and one leg, she managed to go from the battlefield right back to the District Nine lab where she got her weapon from.
- Hollywood Cyborg
- Leeroy Jenkins: She tried it once. It didn't go too well for her.
- Rebellious Spirit: She dislikes rules in general.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her right eye is red, and electronic. Her left eye is also red.
Tropes associated with Bryni:
- Arms Dealer
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the head of District Nine's most powerful branch.
- Kick the Dog: Most characters get a friendly warm-up for Stage 1. What does he do? He bullies Hetha for the heck of it.
- It's All About Me: He makes it no secret that he's not here to help fellow District Nine members.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: It means "fire".
- The Sociopath: He is very self-centered, and people's suffering is his moneymaker, so he has a bad case of Lack of Empathy that is completely intentional. His entitlement issues are less present than the others, even though it ultimately leads to his Face-Heel Turn in Conflict Evolution.
Tropes associated with Alex:
- Chain Pain: His weapon is a chain.
- Defector from Decadence: Direct consequence of the below trope.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Ties with Zayinella the time it takes for him to save Hetha from her.
- The Dulcinea Effect: After Jaime leaves him alone after seeing Zayinella, Alex saves Hetha from her, and forms Nemesis to fight C-Volution.
- Eagle Land: Type 1. He was raised in an utopia based on its principles.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Roguish to Gil's Noble, when Gil joins Nemesis.
Tropes associated with Jaime:
- Aloof Ally: Confirms his heel status in the story. In Operation Prime Shield, he turns coat on C-Volution... for the Cutting Edge Company, remaining a heel.
- Enigmatic Minion: He follows only his own agenda. Whoever he works for is merely a cover for him.
- Made of Iron: Jaime came back from under the ruins of a QMR branch which had fallen into uninhabitable territory.
Tropes associated with Saki:
- Badass Cape
- Boyish Short Hair
- Joke Character: Story-wise, given she has trouble catching bounties by herself and is still new to fighting.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Naïve Newcomer: Audrey put a quick end to this.
- Odd Friendship: Saki and Audrey are nothing alike. Audrey actually befriended Venetia out of interest first.
- Slave Mooks: More like an Elite Mook, but nonetheless she started fighting because she was forced to.
- Took a Level in Badass: Audrey's company makes her into a much more respectable foe as time passes.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Tropes associated with Venetia:
- Demonic Possession: Whenever Saki's injured or mentally agitated, Venetia doesn't hesitate to take over.
- Hyde Plays Jekyll: She plays as Saki very convincingly.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Her thanks for beating Saki up and letting her take over includes beating you up.
- Occult Blue Eyes
- Soft-Spoken Sadist
- Twin Switch: Saki being injured doesn't mean Venetia isn't perfectly fit, fresh and fine. The result in battle looks like a Heroic Second Wind, except Venetia really isn't all that heroic.
Tropes associated with Audrey:
- Berserk Button: She intensely dislikes waste of any kind. She also doesn't take turf-stealing too kindly.
- Blood Knight
- Dark Action Girl: Though Ambiguously Evil. She's also a Dark Magical Girl.
- Hidden Depths: Audrey is excitable, but she knows far too well that if she gets caught up in things, Mel takes over.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She's really abrasive and irritable, as to make up for her years-long loneliness.
- Start Crime To Stop Crime: She more or less cultivates bounties before reaping them. Although she does this more to get money than to stop crime.
Tropes associated with Mel:
- Anime Hair: Her hair spikes up when she takes over.
- Combat Sadomasochist
- Contralto of Danger
- Evil Gloating
- Gender Flip: Mel hints at being male before getting turned into a spirit.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- Split-Personality Takeover: A brief while, because Audrey got overexcited on hitting her parents with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Mel killed her entire family because they overreacted at her apparition.
Tropes associated with Lucrecia:
- The Mole: Akita's girlfriend and a QMR officer, but it's averted because she does not help him in any way, even being his Rival Fight.
- Official Couple: She is Akita's girlfriend.
- The Power of Friendship: Being such a close friend to the Divines has its perks, such as getting one of their weapons.
- The Power of Love: Averted. She doesn't have the same luck in her love for Akita as with her friends.
Tropes associated with Lucia:
- The Omniscient: She told Lucrecia that Akita was heading to Shimogamo.
- The Quiet One: She doesn't say anything she doesn't feel the need to say.
Tropes associated with Seon-Yeong:
- A-Cup Angst: Downplayed. She's self-conscious about her chest, but only because Nodoka's and Takumi's are much bigger.
- The Gunslinger: Subverted. She pulls guns from Hammerspace, but it's only to help her focus better.
- Nepotism: The reason she got where she is so fast is strings got pulled by the Rex himself. She is absolutely clueless.
- Person of Mass Destruction: The idea of what could happen if she snapped frightens her own friends enough they don't even dare tease her too much.
Tropes associated with Shinobu:
- Always Someone Better: She feels like in matters of attractiveness, she's beaten in every aspect by either Nodoka (book-smarts, beauty) or Takumi (size, behaviour).
- Brainy Brunette
- Genius Ditz: Happy-go-lucky air-headed nice girl, incredibly reliable Secret Keeper and very good judge of character.
- Hidden Depths: She is actually very smart when the situation calls for it, and her being the Number Two to Yeong-Jin in the Rebellion flies right under the radar.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Subverted. She's got quick wits, but it does take a lot of effort on her part to be smart, so she usually doesn't bother.
Tropes associated with Takumi:
- Brought Down to Badass: Was stronger and faster before she became a girl.
- D-Cup Distress: Downplayed. She doesn't really hate them, but she could do without the attention.
- Gender Flip: Has been on the receiving end thanks to Fukami.
- Little Bit Beastly: She only has the ears, tail and claws.
- Super Strength: She still has it.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Her Shock Stance has her play as a grappler.
Tropes associated with Yeong-Jin:
- Agent Peacock: Pretty Boy he may be, but small fry he is not.
- Chaste Hero: Averted. He acts modest, but he is in a relationship.
- Enigmatic Minion: To the QMR, since he can't be too open about the Rebellion.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: How he keeps the Rebellion alive: the Rex knows it exists, but not who's in it, and certainly not who leads it.
Tropes associated with Fukami:
- Arms Dealer: Deals with District Nine and the Cutting Edge.
- Gender Flip: Her preferred form of punishment is turning boys into fragile girls. Takumi is one of her victims.
- Magitek: The Shuunen Clan's appointed head magicrafter.
- Professional Killer: Her secondary job.
Tropes associated with Shinju:
- An Ice Person: She wields the Frost Drive.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She did cut two of Shiori's limbs, but she stopped there. She will not do more important damage and hates mental warfare.
- Evil Redhead
- Eyepatch of Power: She wears a bandage to hide a scar from Shiori's attack on her. The scar is trivial, but she wants to maintain a perfect look.
- Lady of War
- Moral Sociopathy: Her main flaw is her will to enforce a just order while not caring about people all that much.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Averted. She's been assumed to have ridden Haraku and Itsuki's coattails, but she comes out of Full Year Trouble undefeated.
- Stone Wall
Tropes associated with Itsuki:
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Type 2: His gauntlets have retractable blades in them.
- Blatant Lies: Claims he's not that good at fighting. When you beat him, Haraku is shocked that you beat "the perfect warrior".
- Number Two: To Haraku.
- Shoto Clone: He has a stance for that.
- Stone Wall: He's notoriously resilient and has no crippling weak point.
- You Are Already Dead: His Finishing Move. He takes a few seconds doing nothing after the attack, waiting for his opponent to take the damage.
Tropes associated with Haraku:
- An Axe to Grind
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He has been promoted to General after leading the winning Ratio squad. He was still a student no more than two weeks before that day.
- The Dreaded: He did enough in the Yogotsuban War to be feared by any opponent. Namely winning it in one 20-minute charge.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His reason to behead the Second Rex was that the Second Rex had done the same to the Yogotsuba Union's leader.
- Gentle Giant: If you're not facing him, that is.
- Overranked Soldier: He became a General less than 2 weeks after graduating, just because he led the charge that won the War.
Tropes associated with Malar:
- Arms Dealer
- Audible Sharpness: His weapon allows him to make this with anything.
- Blood Knight
- The Dreaded: Most of his many enemies fear him for none of them is stronger than him.
- Final Boss
- Non Standard Game Over: When you lose against him (and refuse to continue), you're treated to a cinematic where he demonstrates the Worth Crush on you.
Tropes associated with Zayinella:
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Genki Girl
- Ladyella: When you rebuild the destroyed Zayina from scratch complete with a new personality, what do you name her? C-Jay's answer is a simple application of this trope.
- Secret Weapon
- Shout-Out: Her finisher is called 1000 Forms of Fear, referencing the name she used to wear: Sia.
- Spoiled Brat: Acts like this.
Tropes associated with Kayana:
- Boyish Short Hair
- Casting a Shadow: She is able to manifest shadow tendrils.
- Diving Kick
- The Drifter: She's been wandering for years when she meets Akita.
Tropes associated with Yasushi:
Tropes associated with Yeong-Su:
- Extremity Extremist: His Justice stance, in which he only attacks with kicks.
- Fiery Redhead
- He's Back: He wasn't going alone against the Cutting Edge Company. Key word being alone.
- Justice Will Prevail
- Playing with Fire: His proficiency with fire is the reason Mika cloned him to create Shiyu.
Tropes associated with Gil:
Tropes associated with Sadamu:
Tropes associated with Hanae:
- Big Sister Instinct: The reason she comes to Kamigamo.
- BFG: Her Hot Shot turns her weapon into this.
- Ojou Ringlets: Four of those, and very long ones at that.
Tropes associated with Ariane:
- Affably Evil: She veers into Faux Affably Evil when annoyed.
- Noblewoman's Laugh
- Rich Bitch
- Southern Belle
Tropes associated with Houju:
- Beneath the Mask: Acts hyper and rough, but this hides her shyness. She enforces Becoming the Mask.
- Playing with Fire
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her right eye is actually the Fire Drive.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Very much suspected to be this.
Tropes associated with Nodoka:
- Cassandra Truth: If Edge actually listened to her, the Rebellion would have lost Shinobu, its n°2, in Operation Prime Shield.
- Evil Redhead
- Fighting Your Friend: Shinobu has her as The Dreaded for that very reason.
- Knight Templar: As a member of the Ratio's Inner Police, it is her job to be right, and she entirely believes she is.
- Light Is Not Good: She possesses the Light Drive.
Tropes associated with Su-Yeon:
- An Ice Person
- Foil: To the whole Cutting Edge Company, of which he's probably the sole calm member.
- The Rival: To Yeong-Su.
- The Spock: Being "calm and analytic" automatically flags him as this.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Even when he wears his lab coat, he is shirtless.
Tropes associated with Yukari:
- Black Magician Girl
- Defector from Decadence: Quit the Cutting Edge due to them snatching credit from her, and then joined the Rebellion because the Shuunen Clan ignored her talent.
- Purple Is Powerful
Tropes associated with Noa:
- Pick Your Human Half: Looks (almost) human, acts robotic (or at least emotionless).
- The Rival: To Yukari, in a way. She allied with District Nine to pose herself as her opposite and keep her in check.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
Tropes associated with Shiyu:
- Evil Redhead
- The Heart: Of the Cutting Edge Prime Shield. Long after it breaks, he still fights to see the team back together.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse
Tropes associated with Midori:
- Extremity Extremist: Unless it's a bow attack, she will most likely use kicks.
- Space Elves: She's just a clone, but she has many traits usually associated with elves.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Her Glade Stance has her sport this.
- Wind Is Green
Tropes associated with Mika:
Tropes associated with Semka:
- Animal Motifs: Fish.
- Good Is Not Soft: Her behaviour terrifies Hetha at first.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her huge braided ponytail reaches below her knees.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Don't follow the color-code, Hetha is the Blue Oni to her Red.
- Revenge Before Reason: The moment she wakes up, she wants to get out and raid C-Volution by herself.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Tropes associated with Chen:
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon is a double-sided guandao.
- Creepy Child / Creepy Good: Can come off as this regarding her Cutting-Edge-esque "lack of restraints".
- Fantastic Foxes: She carries genetic material from Ari.
- Genki Girl: She's impulsive and acts before thinking.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair's ankle-length.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
Tropes associated with Ari:
- Berserk Button: She doesn't take too kindly Chen's Fox Art mode. She's pissed when she finds out, but at Bryni, not Chen.
- Double Entendre: She is rather fond of those.
- Fantastic Foxes
- Non-Indicative Name: Kui means nine lives. This is a tale attribute of cats, not nine-tailed foxes.
Tropes associated with Tsutomu:
- Back from the Dead
- He's Back
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His return and retrieval of the Crimson Elite causes Bryni's FaceHeel Turn.
Tropes associated with Royle:
- Code Name: Inverted, he uses his real name while leading his soldiers, and few if any of them know that he is actually A-Roy, one of their head figures.
- Crazy Enough to Work: He's the one who forced C-Volution to come to light by taking over Ouharano's crumbled QMR branch.
- Meaningful Name: Leeroy Jenkins: He's neither very smart nor patient. More often than not, his eagerness to fight is exploited by C-Volution.
- Open Secret: He is A-Roy and doesn't make any effort to hide it. Most of his allies just don't consider the idea.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Very much so. Alex turned on C-Volution, and he still likes this guy.
Marlene von Kiefer
Tropes associated with Marlene:
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass Labcoat: She still wears it when she fights.
- The Engineer
- The Stoic
Tropes associated with Marcus:
- The Dreaded: Everyone but the QMR doesn't like having to face him.
- Master Swordsman: With just his sword, he can fight a dozen men by himself.
- One-Man Army: Downplayed, but he's still able to fight off men by the dozens, all by himself.
Tropes associated with Jay:
Tropes associated with Shirley:
- Aloof Ally: To the other Divines.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me
- Sins of Our Fathers: She gets a lot of flak for her father's actions as the second Rex.
Tropes associated with Melantha:
- Death Seeker: She so intensely dislikes her condition she intends to die at Heaven's Gate, but not before eradicating the other spirits.
- Spirit Advisor: She tends not to appear until she's at Heaven's Gate.
- Symbiotic Possession
Tropes associated with Moe:
- Girlish Pigtails
- Meaningful Name: Duh.
- Obliviously Evil: Moe herself is not dangerous, but the fact that Dorothea is sets her as this.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Her hair becomes multiple times as long in this game as it was in flashbacks, after Dorothea gave her her powers.
Tropes associated with Dorothea:
- Assimilation Plot: Her plan.
- Demonic Possession: How she starts the plot of Heaven's Gate.
- Final Boss
- Girlish Pigtails: Hers are even bigger than Moe's.
- Graceful Loser: Despite having her plan for godhood thwarted, Moe managed to share her consciousness with her. Satisfied with what she gained, she uses her powers to grant the same benefits to the other spirits with their own hosts.
- Light Is Not Good
Tropes associated with Teru:
- Bonus Boss: You can fight her only if you didn't lose prior to your match against Dorothea.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Teru Miwagawa is no more.
- Red Baron: Heaven's Heir.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: She's there to put the Heavengirls back in check.
- Shout-Out: She denies having a sister. She has one. Her name? Saki.
Tropes associated with Tawa:
- Artifact of Doom: It's in her head.
- Beam Spam: Her boss form is as liberal with these as a Touhou character.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her skin is extremely pale because she has no blood, so her dark purple hair and eyes stands out.
- Human Weapon
- Person of Mass Destruction: She has the XEH Drive's power within her. Keep in mind that the XEH Drive caused New Earth surface to be uninhabitable.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: She can be considered to be a can for the XEH Drive.
- Teleport Spam
Tropes associated with Edge:
- Ax-Crazy: He completely loses it when he gets pissed off or fights.
- Blood Knight: When he fights, he just doesn't stop until all opposition is down.
- Big Bad: He IS the man behind the XEH Drive, and the fourth Rex.
- Final Boss: Of the whole series, actually, when his actual identity is revealed.
- The Force Is Strong with This One: Detecting Worth is possible for everyone, but he's the one to use it the most, and he is the best at it.
- Genius Bruiser: He is an extremely strong opponent, and also the creator of the XEH Drive.
- The Unfettered