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Two years earlier, in Play Station All Stars Battle Royale, Polygon Man took dozens of beings from other worlds and forced them to take part in his "Battle Royale", with him being defeated by them all, but at the cost of setting up rivalries between some of them. Now, he's been taking some pantheon gods in to force them to fight in his "Round Two". Lightning Farron, having been a recent victim, is determined to put a stop to his schemes before this sequel could be made.

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    Clashes 

  1. Sora vs. Lightning Result 
  2. Crash Bandicoot vs. Spyro the Dragon Result 
  3. Raiden vs. Evil Cole Result 
  4. Master Xehanort vs. Zeus Result 
  5. Riku vs. Caius Ballard Result 
  6. Dr. Nefarious vs. Isaac Clarke Result 
  7. Polygon Man vs. the All-Stars Result 


Battle Royale: Round Two provides examples of:

  • 24-Hour Armor: To trigger Lightning's memories of the Sanctum, Polygon Man forces Sora into the armor that he wears in Space Paranoids. It's never explained on how he was able to trigger this, since the armor is exclusive to computers. Most likely, it may have been a polygonal armor that took on a shape Sora would be most comfortable with.
  • Absentee Actor: This is the only tale that Sora appears in where Kairi is absent, but she is mentioned in Chapter 8. Mickey, Donald and Goofy are all absent as well. It is also Sly's only appearance without Bentley and Murray.
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  • Ascended Extra: Most of the All-Stars now interact with each other outside the battle arena, with Raiden, Nariko, Zeus, Kratos, Jak, Daxter, Sir Dan, and PaRappa all playing important roles alongside Lightning. On the other side, Polygon Man has a much more active role, and Dr. Nefarious even gets a bigger plot besides a cameo in one invaded arena.
  • And I Must Scream: Sora said that he and Riku heard everything their friends said while trapped in their crystal sleep. This confirms that they were both conscious the entire time.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: During their clash, Lightning slashes Sora's right leg, not knowing the events of Dark Proxies left him semi-paralyzed from the knee down. This causes Sora to limp for the remainder of the tale.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Beast.
    • Zeus grows to his giant size while battling Master Xehanort.
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    • The Biobliterator, in the climax.
  • Berserk Button:
    • When Polygon Man called Crash Bandicoot "stupid", the latter responded by triggering his Level 3 Super on Spyro the Dragon (by forcing the purple dragon to wear Aku Aku).
    • Later on, Daxter evokes this to save Jak from his brainwashing by claiming that Master Xehanort is Baron Praxis, causing Dark Jak to attack him in rage.
  • Big Bad: Polygon Man
  • Big Damn Heroes: Daxter pulls this off for Zeus by leaping onto Master Xehanort's face.
    • And later, after being reassembled, Sir Dan uses his Daring Dash to save Riku from Chaos Bahamut's Mega Flare. Imminently after that, Jak sets his gun to "Mass Inverter" and triggers a paralyzing wave to prevent a second Mega Flare, and give Riku an opening.
  • Big Good: Lightning
  • Bittersweet Ending: Downplayed for the most part. The tale ends on a positive note, but because of Caius, Sora is wheelchair-bound because of a crushed kneebone, and Dante has to rebuild his temple. Fortunately, Laser-Guided Karma kicks in.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Played straight most of the time, but averted when Sora's knee started to bleed after Caius crushes it.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Anyone who Polygon Man captures for the "Battle Royale" is put under mind control to either fight each other to death, or serve as bodyguards to the evil floating head (and becoming polygonal minions as a result). However, the victims retain their memories, and triggering their Berserk Buttons can snap them out of the control.
    • All of the victims are controlled via their brains, which justifies why Riku, who's immune to corrupting darkness, was under the control.
  • Breather Episode: This tale takes place about two months after "Dark Proxies" and one month after "Stars of Moring"", but apart from Sora's leg injury and him being friends with Jak, this tale is mostly self-contained and focuses more on humor then the rest of the tales.
  • Brick Joke: Caius sets Dante's temple on fire, and Dante has sworn to send the immortal guardian the repair bill. In the epilogue, Caius is respawned in his temple to find that he's been billed for Dante's temple to be repaired, in addition to a medical bill for Sora's leg operation.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": Polygon Man's "surprise" to Ratchet.
    Ratchet: Is it Dr. Nefarious?
    Polygon Man: Wrong! It is Dr. Nefarious!
  • Call-Back:
    • Sora is still recovering from his leg being paralyzed at the end of Dark Proxies.
    • At the end, It's revealed that Sora has gained a Mega Bracelet. Riku obtained a Key Stone from Audino at the end of "The Friendship Asylum", and it's implied that he gave it to Sora. This was jossed in a later tale, where Riku still has his, and the one Sora owns was secretly given to him by Neku Sakuraba.
    • When Master Xehanort takes control of Jak with the latter's dark eco, Daxter tricks his corrupted friend into attack the evil Keyblade Master by claiming that he's Baron Praxis.
    • Among the answers to Lawrence's crossword puzzle at the end of the tale, there are "asylum" and "Maleficent". The first reflects "The Friendship Asylum", and the second reflects Sora's bet with duos Ratchet and Clank, and Jak and Daxter, to see who will defeat Maleficent first, which was impaired by Jak's memory loss.
  • The Cameo:
    • Cameo Location: The Keyblade Graveyard is the setting for the battle between Zeus and Master Xehanort.
    • Lightning visits Final Destination to talk to Master Hand.
    • Hope Estheim contacts Lightning over a communicator, since he is going through other commitments elsewhere.
    • Polygon versons of the combatants from the first Battle Royale who are not in the Pantheon (Fat Princess, Big Daddy, Spike, Toro, Kat and Emmett Graves) appear in Polygon Man's polygon army.
    • Coincidently, Kat would later join the pantheon.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Like in the previous tale, Sora choses to save Riku from Polygon Man over the objections of Nariko and Raiden. He later realizes his mistake, and apologizes to Raiden for it.
  • Cowardly Lion: Sir Dan may be a coward, but he can still be counted on when things get serious.
  • Crossover: In addition to the All-Stars and Polygon Man, the tale also adds in Lightning Farron as the protagonist, with Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, the original Dante Sparda, Sora, and Riku as supporting characters, while Master Hand appears at the end to help the party defeat Polygon Man.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Sir Dan is actually able to hold his own against Caius for a bit.
  • Crystal Prison: Caius Ballard traps the two Keybearers in crystal as punishment for their actions. Sly Cooper is also trapped in a polygonal prison in the next chapter.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Sora, thanks to his broken leg, suffers one from a brainwashed Riku.
    • Jak attempts to fight Caius by shooting him with his gun set to Peace Maker, but it got reflected by the eye on the latter's sword, defeating Jak in just one hit.
  • Dance Party Ending: Chapter 9
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Dante befriends Reboot Dante, but the latter suffers a Heel–Face Door-Slam soon afterwards thanks to Evil Cole.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Compared with their previous appearance in "Dark Proxies", Ratchet and Clank are given token roles, though given some focus in Chapter 9 because of the presence of Dr. Nefarious.
    • Riku and Sora are only side-characters this time around compared to the other tales, though they are involved in the B-story with Sir Dan. Sora's battle with Lightning is one of two that kicks off the plot.
    • Sly Cooper also has a smaller role, though his recon mission does expose Caius as an ally of Polygon Man.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Yes, Xehanort's chessmaster manipulation failed for once as Daxter manages to use Jak's hatred of Praxis to turn the tables against Xehanort, potentially saving Jak from becoming a Seeker of Darkness.
  • Distressed Dude:
    • Sora becomes one in Chapter 6 when he races into a dark portal, chasing after a brainwashed Riku. Both were then crystalized by Caius Ballad while Dante and Cole were being rescued.
    • Dante and Cole are captured by Master Xehanort, who uses the darkness in their heart to create Evil Cole and Reboot Dante.
    • And in Chapter 9, Sly Cooper is imprisoned in a polygonal cell.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In Chapter 4, Caius sets Dante Spada's temple on fire, and Dante tells him that he's going to send a bill for the damage, which Caius gets in the epilogue. And since Caius also broke Sora's leg in Chapter 8, he gets a bill from Black Jack as well.
  • The Dragon: Caius serves as this to Polygon Man.
  • Driven to Suicide: Caius, courtesy of stabbing himself with Riku's Way to the Dawn Keyblade. Unfortunately for him, he respawns inside his own temple, with a bill from Dante waiting for him.
  • Enemy Mine: Zeus and Kratos really can't get along, but they ended up working together to fight against Master Xehanort. Once the latter is gone, they go back to fighting, to the annoyance of Jak and Daxter.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Chapter 8 ends on this note.
  • Evil Costume Switch:
    • Sora's computer armor could be considered this while he's under Polygon Man's control. Though he retains it after being freed until he returns to the pantheon.
    • Downplayed with Riku. While he is under Polygon Man's control, he retains his normal shape and clothes, but is now purple and polygonal.
  • Evil Counterpart: Riku sees Caius as one for himself. And in the climax, the Polygonal Minions are summoned, and become this for all the All-Stars, including those not present due to either fighting their own battles or not being ascended deities (at the time in Kat's case).
  • Fastball Special: Cole and Nariko do one of these together while fighting the Beast.
  • Foils: The sub-plots between Kratos and Zeus (who are sworn enemies forced to team up), and Sora and Riku (who are close friends forced to fight each other), to each other.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Forced to Watch: Riku was completely helpless when Caius breaks Sora's leg further, and then crystalizes him.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Sora justifies why he's choosing to join Raiden despite his leg injury by claiming that Riku would do the same for him, even if he was hurt. Indeed, Riku defends Sora (and Kairi) from Xenagos and Stocking Anarchy in a later tale despite being injured.
    • Jak didn't take seeing two of his friends trapped in crystal stasis very well, and triggers a minor Heroic BSoD in him. He has to enter crystal stasis himself eventually.
    • Maleficent is briefly mentioned at the end, but Sora's bet against her would become a plot point in Rainbow Rivalries.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: In addition to the main plot with Lightning, there are three subplots with other All-Stars to deal with Polygon Man's allies. The first deals with Raiden and Nariko saving Dante and Cole from their dark selves. The second is Zeus and Kratos being forced into an Enemy Mine to face Master Xehanort. And the third is Sir Daniel Fortesque and PaRappa the Rapper trying to free two captured All-Stars from Caius Ballard. Jak and Daxter are involved in the second and third subplots, and Sora is briefly involved in the first before becoming one of Caius' hostages.
  • The Ghost:
    • While she isn't present, Kairi is mentioned by Riku in Chapter 8 when he tells Caius Ballard that he's Not So Different. Paddra Nsu-Yeul is also mentioned a few times by Caius, as her constant reincarnations are what is causing his suicidal madness.
    • Captain Qwark also gets mentioned in the epilogue by Dr. Nefarious.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Sora's crystallization.
  • Handicapped Badass:
    • Deconstructed with Sora, who's paralyzed leg kept him from being in top shape and left him helpless against Riku's Level 3 Super and Caius. Who knows what could've happened had he been present when Raiden and Nariko fought the Beast. It is also shown that he can't use some of his abilities with a bad leg, as Chapter Six mentions that if he was alright, he'd be able to use Flowmotion to help Dante and Cole.
    • Played straight with Jak, as revealed in "Diamond Adventure! The Dark Mystery", since he has a serious case of amnesia.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Master Xehanort takes control of Jak though his Dark Eco to even the odds when up against Kratos and Zeus. Unfortunately for him, Daxter tricks his friend into attacking Xehanort.
  • Heroic BSoD: Seeing Caius crush Sora's knee and then crystalizing him forces Riku to surrender. Fortunately, PaRappa restores his faith.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Master Xehanort turning Jak into Dark Jak is the cause of his defeat.
    • Jak himself suffers this by trying to shoot Caius with his Peace Maker... only to have the shot reflected.
  • Hope Spot: Riku breaks free of his control by looking into Sora's eyes, restoring hope to them both.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Sora was left paralyzed in his previous appearance, and is still recovering. He insists he can still fight despite Nariko's worries over him. This would bite him back as his crippled leg is again attacked.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Caius does this to Lightning by showing her the two crystalized hostages.
  • Jumping the Shark: In-universe example. According to Ratchet, "Lance and Janice" had been going downhill since Lance "jumped over a pit of tyhrranoids on a hoverboard"
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Master Xehanort flees from Dark Jak and is not seen again, with no mention that he has been punished. It does not help that he is an Invincible Villain, and Kratos would not have come close to stopping him completely regardless of the outcome.
    • This can also be said of Dr. Nefarious and Lawrence, as someone bails them out of the asteroid they're stranded on (again).
  • Kick the Dog: Caius burns down Dante's temple and later crushes Sora's paralyzed knee before kidnapping and crystalizing them, respectively.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Caius Ballad is the most menacing of the major villains, providing a contrast to Polygon Man's Laughably Evil Large Ham.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Master Xehanort wisely decides to retreat after being stomped by Dark Jak, denying Kratos the chance to finish him off.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Evil Cole becomes The Beast, but loses an arm, which Raiden hands over to Doktor. Caius fails to commit suicide (and kill Etro) and is billed for the damages he did to Dante and Sora. Dr. Nefarious and Lawrence are banished to another asteroid after the third biobliterator is destroyed. And Polygon Man is overthrown by Master Hand for his crimes. Only Master Xehanort escapes punishment.
  • The Lancer: Colonel Radec serves as Lightning's second-in-command when she recruits the veteran All-Stars to her cause.
  • Lethal Joke Weapon: Subverted with the chicken drumstick.
  • Let's You and Him Fight:
    • The first two chapters focus on rival battles between Lightning and Sora, and Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. The first battle was justified due to Sora's armor, but the second battle was foiled because of a previous alliance.
    • Also subverted in Chapter 8, where Caius Ballard and Riku end up clashing to retaliate for Sora's broken leg. It becomes a three-against-one battle when Sir Dan and Jak aid Riku in the battle after their earlier attempts to fight the immortal guardian failed: Jak through a Curb-Stomp Battle, and Sir Dan for wearing the wrong armour.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the earlier tales "Dark Proxies" and "Stars of Morning", which had Sora and Jak crippled, Homura going insane, and Madoka depowered, BRRT goes for a more lighthearted and humorous route.
  • Limit Break: Some of the new contestants to the Battle Royale have their Supers confirmed.
    • Lightning tricks Sora into attacking Polygon Man with a ball of light during their battle. That is Sora's Level 1 Super: Pearl. Word of God says that Sora's Level 2 Super is Ragnarok, and his Level 3 Super is Trinity Limit.
    • Riku's Level 3 Super is Dark Aura, which he uses while under Polygon Man's control to curb-stomp a crippled Sora in their forced battle. Word of God says that Riku's Level 1 Super is Darkest Fears, and his Level 2 Super is a solo version of Eternal Session.
    • Caius turning into Chaos Bahamut and unleashing Mega Flare is his Level 2 Super.
    • Apparently, Crash Bandicoot's Level 3 Super involves wearing Aku Aku, though he uses him on Spyro, instead, to free them both. According to Word of God, his Level 1 Super is the Tornado Spin, and his Level 2 Super involves piloting Mecha-Bandicoot.
    • Lightning uses Overclock as her Level 2 Super, and Army of One as her Level 3 Super. Her Level 1 Super, according to Word of God, is summoning Odin.
    • Spyro's Level 1 Super is his Supercharge. His other Supers are unknown.
    • Dante's Supers are not known, and it's unknown if he has the same ones as Reboot Dante.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Lightning gathered all the ascended participants of the original "Battle Royale", which number at 15. In adition, she also recruits Sora, Riku, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and Dante to the clash.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Daxter refers to Xehanort as boldy, then as Praxis. This is similar to how he refers to Count Veger as "Vulgar". Naturally, since then, others have called Xehanort "Praxis" at times.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Polygon Man's polygon minions become this after being hit by the Biobliterator.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Some of the characters use their Supers from the game. For example, Zeus, Reboot Dante and Evil Cole use their Level 3 Supers, Kratos uses his Level 1 Super, and Cole uses all three of his Supers at various points. Jak is even forced to become Dark Jak while under Master Xehanort's control, which is his Level 2 Super. Ratchet even tries to pull off his Level 1 Super on the crystals holding Riku and Sora, but Clank stops him.
    • Like in the game itself, it's possible for All-Stars to wear different outfits (often worn in their own games) during clashes; hence, this justifies Sora's armor.
    • Also, losing the final boss with Polygon Man results in the All-Star becoming a polygonal minion, like Riku does here.
    • After cutting off the Beast's arm, Raiden wonders if Doktor would be interested in it. Cutting off enemy officers' arms was a mechanic in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance that would reward the player for collecting certain amounts of arms.
    • Doctor Nefarious and Lawrence end up on yet another asteroid in the epilogue.
  • Never My Fault: Caius blames Riku for Sora being crystalized after suffering a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Lightning ends up slashing Sora in the knee while Polygon Man forces them to fight. It worsens his paralysis and leaves him helpless against Caius.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • The clash between Lightning and Sora could've turned into a Death Battle had Polygon Man not interfered. The stacks would've been in Lightning's favour, so the interruption saved Sora from a grizzly death. Both would later take part in a 1 Minute Melee against Wonder Woman and Link, respectively (and win)
      • Ratchet, Jak, Crash, Spyro, and Sora all eventually participate in an official Death Battle. The Insomniac mascots and Sora win theirs, to their horror.
    • Just barely averted when Riku almost breaks free from Polygon Man's control after the latter thoughtlessly mentions going after Sora again. He reassures the Keyblade Master that he wouldn't harm Sora, and claims he was meaning Toro.
  • No Holds Barred Beat Down: Master Xehanort suffers one at the hands of Dark Jak.
  • No Name Given: The teenage boy Lightning faces in the opening chapter (Sora) does not give his name out at all, and Light does not identity him until they escape because of his Shiny Bisharp-like armor. Even before he introduces himself, there is a lot of evidence pointing out to his identity.
  • Not So Different: Riku points out to Caius that his Start of Darkness was driven by his desire to save Kairi. But it is subverted when Caius points out that Kairi didn't constantly die and reincarnate like Yeul does.
  • Oh, Crap!: Daxter and Sir Dan both react like this when the possibly of Kratos being captured by Polygon Man is brought up. Fortunately, Kratos wasn't captured, but Dan still tried to run away.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • Evil Cole transforms into the Beast to fight Good Cole, Dante, Raiden and Nariko.
    • Caius also takes on his Chaos Bahamut form while fighting Riku.
    • Master Hand transforms into Master Core to defeat Polygon Man.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Why Kratos helps Zeus fight Xehanort.
    Kratos: Do not mistake my aid for compassion, Zeus. I only fight by your side because this sorcerer would deny me my revenge.
  • The Power of Friendship: It takes Riku's Way to the Dawn, Jak's Mass Inverter, and Sir Dan's Daring Dash, to bring down Chaos Bahamut for good.
  • The Power of Hate: Attempted by Polygon Man by forcing Sora into his Space Paranoids form just to evoke Lightning's memories of the Sanctum. Unfortunately for him, Lightning sees through the ruse and tricks Sora into attacking their captor to free them both.
    • Invoked with Master Xehanort taking control of Dark Jak, and forcing him into attacking his allies. Unfortunately for him, Daxter tricks his corrupted friend into thinking that Xehanort is Baron Praxis, whom Jak has had a sore sight on ever since he was 17 years old.
  • Power Trio: Raiden, Nariko and Sora all volunteered to save the missing All-Stars. Though in the next chapter, Sora leaves the party right away (and eventually joins Sir Dan's), but Cole and Dante join upon being rescued.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Orange Lightning!" Said by Daxter when he leaches himself onto Xehanort's face and saves Zeus.
  • Put on a Bus: Ralts makes no appearance with either Sora or Ratchet, nor is she mentioned. She returns in "Diamond Adventure" as a Kirlia.
  • The Reveal:
    • A minor one in Chapter 7. Jak isn't immune to darkness, and thus, is a valuable candidate for the Thirteen Seekers of Darkness. For this reason, he and Daxter consider Master Xehanort a sworn enemy. Xehanort ultimately goes for Xion.
    • At the end of the tale, we learn that Sora is wheelchair-bound after his encounter with Caius. At the same time, it's revealed that he has obtained a Mega Bracelet from Neku Sakuraba.
  • Riddle for the Ages:
    • Dr. Nefarious and Lawrence were rescued from the asteroid by someone using Corridors of Darkness. Who rescued them is unknown, with Xehanort, Lea, or even Naminé (who's a Persona in the TV World) being known to use them and are in the pantheon.
    • It was Xigbar who saved them under Xehanort's orders, as revealed in Villains Report 17.
  • The Rival: The tale's three clashes in Chapters 1, 2, and 8 respectively set up rivals between Sora and Lightning, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, and Caius Ballard and Riku. These battles end with Lightning, Crash, and Riku (with Sir Dan and Jak) as the victors.
  • Say My Name: At the very end, Nefarious shouts Qwark's name in anger as a result of a coincidental crossword puzzle that has "quark" as an answer.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end of Chapter 7, Jak and Daxter both leave the Keyblade Graveyard after Zeus and Kratos start fighting again following Xehanort's defeat.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Single-Episode Handicap: Sora, due to his broken leg after the events of "Dark Proxies". Near the end, Caius further breaks it to punish Riku for allowing the young man to suffer, and during the epilogue, Sora is seen in a wheelchair.
  • Sixth Ranger: All three main parties gain one or two: Cole and Dante to Raiden's, Sora and Riku to Sir Dan's, and Master Hand to Lightning's.
  • Smash Cut: We don't get to see Riku's crystallization. Instead, after he surrenders, the scene cuts to Lightning and her group arriving at the site.
  • Soap Within a Show: Again, when Nefarious breaks down, a clip of "Lance and Janice" plays. Ratchet states that the show had gone downhill since Lance "jumped over a pit of tyhrranoids on a hoverboard".
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Evil Cole, Reboot Dante, and Dark Jak.
  • Something Completely Different: Unlike the other tales, "Battle Royale: Round 2" is written to have character lines included in the narrative as opposed to their own brackets. Also, the tale is written in mostly British English, unlike most of the other tales, who use mostly American English.
  • Taken for Granite: Sora and Riku in Chapter 8. And arguably, Sly Cooper in Chapter 9.
  • Take That!:
    • Dante's darkness forms into his reboot self.
    • Apparently, "Lance and Janice" has been going downhill ever since Lance "jumped over a pit of tyhrranoids on a hoverboard"
  • Take That, Audience!: Spyro's reasons for staying in the pantheon is because no one is rabid about his backstory.
  • Talking to Himself: Both Sora and PaRappa have been voiced by Miyu Irino in at least one appearance, and they interact with each other several times.
  • Team Mom: For the short time Sora was with them, Nariko was this as she worries too much about his crippled leg, and at the end of Chapter 6, wants to look for him before he hurts his leg even further, though Raiden tells her that Sora can look after himself, having faced Frollo and the Wargoyle during the Pantheonic Rebellion in spite of his handicap. It was too late, as Caius crushed Sora's knee during the battle with the Beast.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Lightning won't forgive Polygon Man for wasting fifteen minutes of her time to fight Sora. It is also implied that Ratchet would not forgive Polygon Man for forcing two of his friends into a crystal sleep.
  • Time Skip: The events are set two years after the first Battle Royale, an unknown amount of time after Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIInote , and also one month after "Stars of Morning", and between the third and fourth acts of "The Pantheonic Rebellion".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Polygon Man seems to be more powerful in this time around, since he is able to brainwash combatants to do his bidding. He grows even more powerful after absorbing a Blast Core.
  • Tranquil Fury: After seeing Sora and Riku in their crystal stasis, Ratchet calmly pulls out his RYNO V and prepares to shoot at the crystals to free them. Clank warns him that the idea is unwise, since someone else (Queen Chrysalis) got killed in a similar matter.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Lightning and Nariko are the only female All-Stars included in the tale, though Polygonal Minions take on the forms of Fat Princess and Kat.
  • The Unintelligible: Averted with Sir Dan, who's able to speak in full sentences here. This was an ability he picked up near the end of MediEvil 2 after going back in time and fusing with his past self.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Riku, who gets captured and turned into a polygonal minion in Chapter 3. He breaks free, but Caius then turns Sora into a crystal, causing Riku to surrender and be crystalized himself.
  • Viewpoint Character: The tale is seen mainly from Lightning's point of view, though some have other characters in this role.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Fortunately, Aku Aku is on hand to speak on Crash's behalf.
  • The Voiceless: Crash Bandicoot doesn't talk here, besides the odd yelp when he's injured.
  • We Can Rule Together: Polygon Man makes this offer to Master Core. He refuses.
  • Wistful Amnesia: Sora knows he's seen a Key Stone before, but can't remember where. That's because the only time he saw one before was during the finale of "Dark Proxies", when Bentley Mega-Evolves Audino to put the injured Keybearer to sleep after Courtney Gears was defeated.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • Caius crushes Sora in the same knee that had been severed in his previous appearance, undoing several surgeries performed, and delaying Sora's full recovery from the destruction of the asylum.
    • Yes, Xehanort got away before Kratos could finish him, insuring that his Keyblade War would proceed. On the other hand, he fails to make Jak his final Seeker of Darkness, which delays it even further.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Chapter 8 begins with Zeus leaving the House of Love, having apparently had a fling with the women inside to "relax" in spite of his marriage to Hera.

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