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Alphadia is an Eastern RPG Mobile Phone Game initially released in the US in 2011 that also received a port for the Nintendo 3DS in early 2016.

One hundred years after nearly-world destroying Energi War, humanity has begun to fully rebuild civilization and usher in an era of peace. Unfortunately, the Schwarzschild Empire has taken advantage of the rest of the world's nearly disarmed state to conquer the remaining nearly-defenseless nations. The princess of one subjugated nation, Shion, and her knight, flee pursuit of the empire's soldiers to meet up with La Résistance and are aided at the borders of a small town by a young man named Ash, who quickly gets caught up in their affairs.

The sequel is called Alphadia 2.

This game provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: Shion's fate right before and during the final battle.
  • Artificial Human: Enah and any other simulacrum. And Ash.
  • The Atoner: Shion's mother became the Light Esper to atone for her lack of understanding of her own power causing her husband to become corrupted when she died.
  • BFS: Wied wields a large, two-handed sword.
  • Big Bad: Maxim.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Maxim is defeated, the corrupt Energi is sealed away, and the war ends, but Shion dies and Ash enters a seemingly permanent Heroic RRoD.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Wied obviously has more than professional feelings for Shion.
  • Bonus Boss: Apocalypse. He can be fought after obtaining all of the Legendary weapons and has a whopping one million HP! The damage cap is 9999. Good luck.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: General Victor.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Defeating the Bonus Boss earns the player a... celebratory plaque.
  • Broken Bridge: The bridge north of Centaurius is under maintenance until clearing the Promontory Tower.
  • Can't Drop the Hero: Averted. Ash can be dropped from the active party any time the player has a chance to customize it.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Ash and possibly Eclair were taken in by Denim. They consider Denim their father and Karim their brother.
  • Copy Protection: The mobile phone version of the game's anti-piracy feature makes the game Unwinnable by Design by making random encounters impossible to win after Enah joins the party.
  • The Corruption: Corrupted Energi is this to anyone who comes in contact with it. Two different sources have to be sealed away throughout the game.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Enah's natural element is Dark.
  • Disc-One Final Dungeon: The Tower of Espers and Schwarzchild Castle.
  • Doomed Hometown: The empire invades Ash's hometown not 10 minutes into the game.
  • Drop the Hammer: Shion fights with hammers and maces.
  • Duel Boss: Ash fights one-on-one against Wied, the Fire Esper, and the Energi Drake.
  • Dying as Yourself: Victor requests Ash to kill him before he loses his mind and body to Maxim's control.
  • End Game Plus: After beating the game, the player is returned to their last save before the final boss where a Cheat option opens up allowing earning double experience, skill points, and gold while also adding the option to turn off random encounters.
  • Epic Fail: Enah's first few attempts at picking flowers, mostly due to a case of Does Not Know Her Own Strength.
  • Fantastic Racism: How the empire's human soldiers feel about simulacrums, that they're entirely disposable.
  • Fission Mailed: The quest to purchase limited edition deluxe lollipops, only to find that the store is sold out. Even the completion message says, "Quest Cleared?"
  • Fragile Speedster: Eclair. The fastest character in the game but has average strength and defense.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Enah is touted as hosting enormous brute strength, but she's the weakest physical fighter in the group and is useful as a Black Mage in battle.
  • Global Airship: Vanessa's blimp, only it never becomes capable of flying over the tallest mountain peaks.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Enah fights with gloves and knuckles.
  • Guide Dang It!: Finding the Legendary weapons without a guide involves a lot of blind searching.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Played straight with Ash.
  • Heroic RRoD: Ash "shuts down" and remains a soulless husk after the final battle, even after 5 years. He gets better in the sequel... sort of.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Denim, Victor, and Shion all at various points throughout the story.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Shion is the crown princess of the empire and the party can easily talk to imperial soldiers with her on point and they won't recognize her. The only one who does had initially mistaken her for a bar maid and tried flirting with her. He gets a massive Oh, Crap! moment when he realizes who he was hitting on.
  • Honor Before Reason: Wied adopts this attitude at times, especially when it comes to his oath to protect Shion.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight:
    • The very first battle! It makes sense given Shion and Wied have been running for a while, are out of supplies, and facing exhaustion when the soldiers catch up to them.
    • After chasing the soldiers away, Ash and Karim soon face against their sergeant, who hits for max damage.
    • Another one with the party's first encounter with Maxim.
    • Yet another against Maxim near the end.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Wied challenges Ash to a duel to see who is more worthy for Shion. He gives up romantic pursuit of her after he loses.
  • Killed Off for Real: Don't hold out any hope that Denim may still be alive after the first events of the game. He is indeed executed offscreen. Victor and Shion die as well.
  • Leaked Experience: Played straight as non-active characters get about 75% the experience as the active members. Averted for Skill Points.
  • Legacy Character: Enah appears in every Alphadia title.note 
  • Lightning Bruiser: Ash. Has above-average speed and his natural Fire element gives him numerous strength boosts that make him the strongest physical fighter.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Maxim had been manipulating Emperor Leon for years.
  • Marathon Level: Any and all of the tower dungeons compared to everything else as they are much larger with several dead-end paths. The high encounter rate in the game doesn't help at all.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Rosenkreutz, the emperor's elite soldiers.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Maxim attempts to break the party by stating their methods to "convince" Emperor Leon to stop his atrocities ended up resulting in violence against him, just like he used violence as his primary means.
  • One-Winged Angel: Both Emperor Leon and Maxim. Twice for the latter.
  • One-Word Title
  • Peninsula of Power Leveling: As soon as the party obtains the ship, it's possible to enter an optional dungeon just north of Heim. The enemies inside give 3x the experience as the monsters in the final dungeon.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Shion is the emperor's daughter and is actively working to stop his reign of terror.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Denim was once the head of Rosenkreutz, but left the empire upon realizing what it was planning.
  • Sequel Hook: The potential eventual fate of the simulacrums opens one up as well as finding out if Ash ever wakes back up. And the sequel is called Alphadia 2.
  • Stalker with a Crush: One side quest involves helping a girl flee to a new town to avoid her stalker, even after beating the crap out of him for her too.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Vanessa and Maxim were once engaged. She becomes the head of the Resistance, he ends up being the Big Bad.
  • Start of Darkness: Emperor Leon when his wife took a killing blow for him and ended up being murdered by the very people he had been working hard to protect. The fact that her excess Energi became corrupted and absorbed into him only made it worse.
  • Super Prototype: Ash, number 0001.
  • Sweet Tooth: Eclair. Doubles with Meaningful Name.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Eclair feels the empire has crossed a line after learning that soldiers have been rounding up innocent townspeople from one city to a nearby tower to use them as guinea pigs for human experimentation.
  • Together in Death: Shion with her parents.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Ash is a simulacrum. Number 0001.
  • 20 Bear Asses: A few side quests fall into this, but none of them require more than three of any given drop.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: The Empire's motivation, though as a dystopia.
  • War Is Hell: The theme of the game. One little girl NPC in a town asks the party why the "responsible" adults are always so quick to be willing to go to war over virtually anything when war is nothing but a waste of lives and resources, especially when humanity nearly wiped itself out only 100 years prior In-Universe.
  • Wham Line: Two in the same scene: Ash is a simulacrum and Maxim is Karim's biological brother.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Karim chews Wied out for seemingly not caring about the gruesome fates of civilians at the empire's hand. Ash counters by saying Wied feels the same they do, but has different ways of showing it.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The ending scene features the heroes meeting up for the first time in five years.
  • You Are Number 6: Well, 1417. Even after she's given the name of Enah, "1417" is what's displayed in the menu.
  • You Monster!: Said numerous times to both Emperor Leon and Maxim.
  • You Didn't Ask: Enah's exact words on why she didn't report sensing something "special" about Ash to Vanessa right away.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Maxim kills Emperor Leon once his role is finished.