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Trinity Universe is a Massively Multiplayer Crossover RPG created by Nippon Ichi, Idea Factory and Gust Corporation for the PlayStation 3 in 2010. Oddly, it's a little short on the massive, with only a handful of guest characters from two series, Atelier Series and Disgaea. It is noteworthy for being the first time characters from either of those series have appeared in 3D polygon form. The game owes a lot to Cross Edge, with large chunks of its battle system and bestiary being lifted directly from the former game.

Trinity Universe take place in the Netheruniverse, where space debris and odd junk drifts to. The city of Empyria is located in the middle of it, protected from impacting space junk by the Demon God Gem, which requires sacrificing a member of the royal family to create. The latest sacrifice, Kanata, has broken free and is looking for another solution, when he's not getting distracted. Meanwhile, Rizelea, a Valkyrie, is investigating the cause of the drifting space junk as well as chasing after Kanata to force him to become Demon God Gem.

The gameplay is pretty standard, but the writing and characters are memorable and funny. Note that it has nothing to do with White Wolf's tabletop RPG series.

Tropes used in Trinity Universe:

  • Big Damn Heroes: Played with. Flonne stays behind with Lucius and the others to fight some minor enemies to intentionally set this up. It doesn't work out.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Tsubaki, to the point where Kanata's the only one that isn't aware of it. Amusingly, Kanata actually seems genuinely happy whenever she reveals herself in front of him.
    • However, there is an even bigger Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. It turns out to be Rizelia's boss, Giga Goddess X, who also answers to Ashura.
  • Bonus Boss: After finishing the game and earning the True Ending, ten gates open up in Yoma King Castle, giving you the chance to challenge some of the hardest end game bosses in the entire game. The most powerful one would have to be Vile Shin Dragon. Even if you're level 999, you still need some work to do just to dent him. Not only do physical attacks miss on him, unless you grind your HIT to around 50k, he can still dent your HP even if you have over 100k on your life. Hint: use your magicians especially Flonne to even put a dent on his HP. And abuse Barrier.
  • Break Meter: As the Chapter 3 tutorial indicates, certain enemies have a Soul Barrier that largely reduces damage taken from attacks. However, with repeated attacks, either by certain elemental or EX skills, the barrier will fall, and the enemy is rendered Soul Broken, having reduced defenses. However, this can come with an increase in offensive power, and certain enemies can rebuild their barrier or have a second one, which has lead to an below-mentioned exploit that can reap massive amounts of Experience.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A lot of lines, but the Prinnies and Etna are especially fond of it.
    Prinny: He doesn't really stand out, dood. He's gotta appeal to the audience and break the fourth wall like us, dood.
  • Brick Joke: The collectible space cruiser that Etna loses and Flonne is after her for is one of the random dungeons that can drift in. Most likely the player won't see it until long after that plot thread is forgotten, though it's also quite possible it could show up with perfect timing.
  • Buffy Speak: Pamela on Violet:
    Pamela: She can create stuff by combining other stuff with things.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lucius, who attempts to be a Card-Carrying Villain, but ends up being the Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain. But once he starts getting serious...
  • Calling Your Attacks: Lampshaded by Flonne, who urges Rizelea to do the same. Though their attack works, all but Kanata end up laughing at them.
  • Cat Girl: Miyu, the "Snow Cat"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Lord Kanata, Pamela, and, of course, Flonne.
  • Combination Attack
  • Combos: Not at all unexpected, the battle system is basically a more standard RPG version of Cross Edge.
  • Conversational Troping: Done a lot, especially by the prinnies. The concepts of Yamato Nadeshiko and Red Shirt come up by name.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Pamela. She just wants to scare you and be your friend.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Pamela gets this way about the prinnies.
  • Design-It-Yourself Equipment: The Managraphics allow a certain degrees of this. It basically repaints a part of the weapon with the managraphic's theme. The themes are strange, like Black Cat, UFO, or even Prinny, and they cause the theme images to appear in the air around enemies as you land hits.
    • They're also how you acquire mana for synthesis items. Another thing to note is that certain managraphics also come with a elemental attack built in, so carefully consider which you use, since many enemies are outright immune to certain elements. Thankfully, you can switch from one graphic to the other in-battle.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Lucius has a very bad habit of vocalizing his evil plots. Unlike most examples, though, he never gets the hint and honestly thinks that he's keeping his thoughts to himself even though his victims can hear him loud and clear.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Rizelia, all the time. Especially to Lucius. When he insults her cooking she threatens to pour it into all his orifices while he sleeps. Also Etna to the prinnies, but that's just par for the course.
    • Rizelea must have gotten it from her boss, Giga Goddess X aka Ashura, who is even worse. The reason for the Demon God Gem ritual and the Lantern Dragon that attracts the drifting objects? According to Shuten, one of the previous Demon God King's rejected her advances. Oh and Rizelea's Doomed Hometown? She was the cause of it's destruction because it's people didn't want to serve her.
  • Downloadable Content: Like Cross Edge, it has several item packs you can download. Nothing that isn't available in the main game, but if you pay for supplies early on you'll be overpowered until most of the way through the game.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Ashura.
  • Expy:
  • Fanservice: Some of the promotional artwork was re-done due to lack of sexiness.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Lampshaded by Etna.
    Could you guys handle this? I'm busy drinking this... Juice.
  • Gag Dub: The localization has many more jokes and references thrown into the dialog.
  • Genki Girl: Flonne, of course. Mizuki and Rizelia are also good examples.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When confronting Recit a second time as Kanata, Kanata decides to fight Recit to wake him up. The others feel it's just a waste of time.
  • Heroic BSoD: Lucius, after an Next Episode skit playing him as a Hero of Light.
    N-no, this isn't me... I'm not this... We're not me... I'm not you...
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: Mizuki. She cares more about the beauty of her assassinations rather than actually getting the job done. She also freely uses various forms of the word "assassinate" in front of her targets. Her bright outfit doesn't help her case either.
  • Hot-Blooded: Kanata, Lucius, Recit, and even the prinnies once in a red moon.
    Time for a kamikaze rush! We may be expendable, but in a pinch we can be worth our weight in gold, dood!
  • Idiot Hair: Lucius has "invented" an antenna that acts as a tension gauge.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Fans, umbrellas, brooms, and frying pans to name a few. Prinnies get special mention in that they start out dual wielding knives, but weapon upgrades change this to fish and popsicles.
  • Interface Spoiler: The downloadable XMB menu theme for this game is called "Trinity Universe: All Characters Theme" and features Suzaku.
  • Item Crafting: Again, mostly lifted from Cross Edge. About 90% of the game's items are exclusively ingredients for this.
  • Lethal Chef: Rizelea. Her cooking is so spicy it burns your skin before you even taste it. She seems to enjoy it though.
  • Level Grinding: You will find yourself doing a lot of this before traveling between areas.

Alternative Title(s): Trinity Universe