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Zenonia is an Action RPG series by Gamevil for the iOS and Android (with the first one available on DSiWare and as a PlayStation mini, as well). It allows the player to select classes, which are different between games.

The first Zenonia was released in 2009, and follows the story of Regret, a child found by the Holy Knights commander Dupre in the midst of war. After Dupre finds the child, he resigns from the Holy Knights to raise him, bringing suspicion among his colleagues. Years later, Dupre, now known as Pardon, lives in the town of Ayles with his son. One day a demon appears in the town and Pardon attempts to fight it off but is killed. The rest of the townsfolk start treating Regret coldly, and an unfortunate misunderstanding involving a tree kicks off Regret's journey. In the neighboring town of Adonis, he learns that long ago, a man named Argos sealed a great evil using five seals throughout various dungeons, and that recently, the seals are beginning to weaken. It's up to Regret to visit the five seals, and either make sure they stay intact or break them, depending on your choices.

The second instalment, Zenonia 2: The Lost Memories, was released a year later, but takes place years after the first. By fate, a group of four people meet up in prison and stage a breakout. They become entrusted with the task of keeping the Sealed Evil in a Can sealed once again after it attempts to escape. Each of the four people has a different story.

2011 saw the release of the third instalment, Zenonia 3: The Midgard Story, which returns to the realm of only having one player character, a young boy named Chael. Chael was constantly bullied as a child, which is why he took up fighting. Right after his first test he gets sucked into a mystical world between heaven and earth and must find his way back home.

The fourth instalment, Zenonia 4: Return of the Legend, was also released in 2011 and follows Regret once again, this time taking him through space and time in an effort to elude the surviving Dark Lords who seek to resurrect Ladon.

Zenonia 5: Wheel of Destiny was released in 2013, and Zenonia S: Rifts In Time was released in 2015.

This series provides examples of:

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Regret in the fourth game, thanks to the time travel plot.
  • Apathetic Citizens: The citizens of pretty much every town in the first two games seem to be barely concerned and/or affected by the global crises that the main player is trying to stop. So of course, there's No Hero Discount.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Regret is a male example, since he is the host of the last remnants of Dark Lord Ladon's power. The first, third, and fourth games are all driven by various Dark Lords, including the deceased Ladon himself, scheming to claim that power for themselves.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The non-player heroes save the player's hide at least twice. First time happens after the Sonian boss battle where the player character succumbs to gas, and the second time happens after the Bereren boss battle, once the player has weakened him enough to dispel his magical prison.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Zavkiel in the second game.
    • The Shaman in the third game turns nasty the moment Chael doesn't go along with her plans.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Zenonia 4's Hard Mode Ending ends with the Big Bad defeated for good but Regret time travels to an era without his adopted son Chael in an effort to avoid other Dark Lords who might try to claim the power of Ladon within him.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens often. For example, this little gem in the first game:
    Dalton: "Are you aware of the 5 seals in this world?"
    Regret: "Of course not! I just started playing this game!"
    • Made hilarious when Dalton responds with "Ok, ok, no need to trip..."
      • Later, when a sidequest to help a guy propose to his girlfriend goes awry when she accidentally eats the ring, Regret suspects that this quest was based on a true story of the developer.
    • Hotdog and the player character in the second game discuss the fact that there in a sequel and not the original game.
    • An NPC in the second town in the first game says he's just an NPC, so you can't be together.
    • The third game has Runa point out to Chael that he's not getting any smarter for solving the block puzzles and gives credit to the player instead.
  • Commercials: This, for the first game.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: The second and third game suggest that Regret started out as a Warrior/Slayer by default. The fourth game suggests that Chael started out as a Sword Knight.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: You're given the option to use an Origin of Life, pay a set amount of gold, or continue with minor penalties to your current experience/gold/equipment durability.
  • Fairy Companion:
    • In the first game, Regret meets two different fairies, but depending on his alignment one of them leaves.
    • The sequels provide mandatory fairy companions.
  • Fantastic Racism: Members of the Divine Tribe tend to look down on members of the Degenerated Tribe, beings that are human-like in appearance. The pontifex Temir is to blame for this warped view. This naturally causes several misunderstandings for Chael.
  • Flash Step: By doubletapping in any direction. Useful for evading enemies.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Present in the first game as Warrior/Paladin/Thief.
  • In a way, the Sword Knight, Nature Shaman, and Shadow Hunter respectively in the 3rd game
  • Furry Confusion: The Maru are a dog-like race, but they are evidently unfamiliar with four-legged canines.
  • The Gunslinger: Starting with the second game, an available class.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After defeating Bereren, he attempts to finish off your character, but your fairy companion Lepe takes the hit for you and dies. Her soul rejoins you near the endgame.
  • He Knows About Timed Hits: All over the place in the second game. The closest thing the player gets to an actual tutorial.
  • Informed Equipment: Apart from weaponry, Regret's appearance never changes in the first game. Averted starting with the sequel, in which appearance changes to reflect the armor piece worn.
  • Invisible to Normals: In the first game, Langue explains that it's rare for humans to see them. Of course, this doesn't seem to be the case with Regret.
  • Jerkass: Luxferre in the third game.
  • Jive Turkey: Roge of the Light Guild in Hades speaks this way.
  • Karma Meter: Present in the first game, primarily to determine which guild Regret works for, which fairy follows him, which ultimate power he attains, and which bosses he will face.
  • Kids Are Cruel: The other children in the third game bully Chael for being an orphan.
  • Leet Lingo: Phrases like "LOL", "OMG", "noob" and "pwn" crop up occasionally.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Daza.
  • Made of Evil: Regret
  • Mass Monster-Slaughter Sidequest/20 Bear Asses: Most of the quests and sidequests inevitably dip into this.
  • Microtransactions: Starting with the third game, valuable extras like Origin of Life must be purchased with real-world currency.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Runa's outfit in the 3rd game is quite revealing
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: Hoo boy, after Pardon dies in the first game, everyone in town starts treating Regret like shit, and Regret can't figure out why. It doesn't help that they never liked him in the first place, not even as an infant. It gets to the point where Billy, one of the few people who still like him (Although it's probably because he is working with the Dragon Clan) suggests he leave town for a bit to let everyone cool off. There's a good chance it was the denizens of Ayles subconsciously reacting to the latent essence of Ladon within Regret.
  • New Game Plus: The first "ending" to each game suggests the necessity of going back in time and changing everything. Only after replaying the game in "Hard Mode," something small changes and there are a couple lines of new dialogue, leading to one or two new bosses and the final ending.
  • No Cutscene Inventory Inertia: Weirdly inverted in which your player character can appear in flashback cutscenes with their currently equipped gear.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Langue and Parole. Though it's not exactly stated how old they both are, they claim they're old enough to have seen what the world was like before the Holy Knights and Dragon Clan started fighting.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: The English translations delve into this at times.
  • Schrödinger's Player Character: Averted in 2. Although you play as one of four characters, the other three make appearances in plot-related events, including saving your character and finishing off the fourth boss themselves.
  • Shout-Out:
    • A quest has Regret hunting down polar bears carrying "Dark Waters". Sounds familiar....
      • A later quest (dealing with the same guy, no less!), Regret wonders if he's in the Matrix.
    • If you play as Morpice in 2, after reaching the town of Iris, he briefly mutters how Monica had promised there would be treasure and that "the cake was a lie."
    • An NPC comments on searching for a scientist, claiming that "the mission seems impossible" and that even Tim Cruise couldn't accomplish the task.
  • Sneaky Departure: In the sequel of the game, your character of choice would always find themselves alone in their journey since the rest of your team mates have left before you would even notice.
  • Squishy Wizard: Morpice.
  • Stupidity Is the Only Option: After the blacksmith asks for you to chop down a tree with sentimental value to the only person who still likes/ever liked you and assures you it's okay, you might think to check in with her first. She just says the same generic townsperson stuff she always says and the plot won't move otherwise, so....
  • There's No Place Like Home: Chael´s main wish in the third game. That he and Runa could go back home on Earth.
  • Time Travel: Plays a key role in the fourth game.
  • Underground Monkey
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Most of the sidequest-givers in the first town in the first game. Dustin is implied to have attempted to make his quests suicide missions, and Bernie gets offended when Regret requests that she be a little more thankful for him breaking his back for her. Only the Item Chick actually thanks him for his efforts.