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An 1999 Action RPG by Square (now Square Enix) for the PlayStation, which was released as Dewprism in Japan. The player can choose to follow the adventures of Rue or Mint as they quest for a powerful artifact, known as the Dewprism, that can reshape reality.

Rue has been living with Claire, a friend he loves as a sister, since she rescued him years ago. When she is killed shielding him from the "Arm of Death," he vows to find the Dewprism in order to bring her back. Rue's story is more serious with truly exceptional writing.

Mint is a princess horrified to learn she's been passed over in the line of succession for her younger sister. Enraged, she vows to find the Dewprism and take back what is rightfully hers, and then some. In fact, nothing less will do than rulership over the whole world. Mint serves as comedic relief and a selfish foil for Rue's selflessness. Her quest is generally believed to be less powerfully written but more fun.


A manga was planned, but later scrapped, though various fan works do exist including a fangame, Duo Princess, by EasyGameStation, starring Mint and Maya.

This game provides examples of:

  • Action Mom: Mira, who not only fights her way through a forest full of ghouls during the invasion of Carona, but also faces down Trap Master with nothing but her blade and a badass boast.
    "You need to learn some manners. I guess I'll have to teach you."
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The three Masters in both stories. Doll Master in Rue's story.
    "... Brother... Thanks, Rue... Best thing I've heard in a hundred years..."
  • Amplifier Artifact: The relics.
  • An Axe to Grind: Rue's weapon of choice.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The extended ending after completing both stories.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Mint finds a journal of a man who hid an item in a monster and, apparently, died as a result. Her response? "What an idiot."
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  • Artificial Human: Rue, Prima Doll, and Ruecian AKA Doll Master. Also Ruenis, and there are implied to be many more...
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The fate of some of the Magicians.
  • Badass Bookworm: Played straight and averted with Duke - he gains his fighting techniques by reading epics... though his reading romantic novels doesn't help with his social clumsiness.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Maya can turn Mint into a pumpkin during their fight, and does so on one of the credits' segments.
  • Big Bad: Valen.
  • The Blacksmith: Rod, the red-haired chiseled traveler with the short vest and Nice Hat. Serves as an optional opponent who gets harder every time he fights you, upgrades both your weapon AND his own, has a wolf named Johnny Wolf who also fights alongside him and has built his own Cool Ship.
  • Booby Trap: Trap Master's preferred combat method.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Rue's ability to take in the Soul/Spirit of slain lifeforms. It's what enables him to bring Claire back in his ending, and what lets Valen possess him in Mint's Penultimate Battle.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Raging Mountain. Not only do you travel a few feet above a sea of lava, the stepping stones plunge toward it whenever you jump on them.
  • Cool Ship: Rod's Pulsar-inferno Typhoon Omega (it's not a Pinto)
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The reason Rod became a traveling blacksmith/warrior. While he's good at both, neither is what he desires.
  • Ditto Fighter: Rue can take the form of most normal monsters encountered in the game.
  • The Ditz: Elena. Oh so much. Constantly calls Rue "Polly" after his transforming into a pollywog to save her.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Mint and pumpkins.
  • Drop the Hammer: Rod's third weapon, with blades that rotate to generate a small tornado.
  • Dynamic Entry: Mint is fond of making these.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Both characters get one for the final battle. Rue gains the ability to guard attacks and Mint is given the Cosmos spell type. When combined with Gold Magic (only Gold and Cosmos combine) she can cast the Valiant spell.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Psycho Master. When not using his full power.
  • Genki Girl: Mint.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: There is a scene in both character's storylines where the Prima Doll has a temporary breakdown about soon fulfilling his purpose and afterward being considered worthless. Rue calmly talks him out of his slump. Mint slaps him and goes off on a rage about how pathetic he sounds.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Mint, who is very childish.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Mint and Maya.
  • A God Am I: Valen.
  • Grand Theft Me: Valen does this to Claire and Rue. He hijacks Claire's body in Rue's storyline and temporarily successfully hijacks Rue's body in Mint's storyline and only attempted in failure in Rue's storyline..
  • Happily Adopted: Prima Doll is adopted by Klaus' family at the end of either story.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Doll Master in Rue's path.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Rue's first fight against Doll Master is this. Even if the player plays in New Game+ and achieves maxed out stats it's impossible to beat him due to infinite HP.
  • Hot-Blooded: Duke, due to his obsession with romantic novels and epics.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Mint, in Rue's story.
  • It's All Upstairs from Here : The Tower of Maya.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mint. Small, but it's there.
  • Level Grinding: To get past 3 blocks of ice you may have to grind. Other than that there's virtually none.
    • In fact, there aren't levels at all - your max HP will go up gradually as you get hit by monsters, and your max MP is raised by using MP up. You can also buy stat boosts from a shop in Corona, if you've got the cash for it.
  • Life Meter: In the upper left of the screen, with a fractional display of Hit Points, when combat is possible.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Rue starts out marginally stronger than Mint, but has a limited number of transformations that aren't particularly powerful and his only character wise enhancements are increase in stats. Mint, on the other hand, gains access to wide ranges of spell types such as healing, barriers, and magic waves. And the way MP works in the game, most of it can be recovered within ten seconds. By the end of their respective storylines, Mint grossly overpowers Rue gameplay wise.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Valen.
  • MacGuffin Title: In Japanese, anyway, Dewprism (デュープリズム).
  • Magic Knight: Mint, who prides herself on her melee skills with special mention of her dropkick.
  • Mega Manning: Mint absorbs the power of the Book of Cosmos, gaining its energy attack.
  • Mega Neko: You'll know it when you see it.
  • Multiple Endings: A given since it has two playable characters.
  • Necromantic: Rue, a heroic version of it. In his story, he succeeds without any negative consequences.
  • Nice Hat: Rue and Rod. Rue's hat also hides the gem embedded in his forehead so he can pass as a human.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Fancy Mel.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: Valen's Fortress.
  • One-Word Title: In Japanese, which is also a MacGuffin Title. Dewprism (デュープリズム).
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Wylaf, the cool old dragon who's nice to humans, and even helps out Rue and Mint a little throughout the game.
  • Psychic Powers: Psycho Master. Mainly uses telekinesis in battle.
  • Reality Warper: Most of the Magicians, as evident in Fancy Mel's atelier and Valen's tower.
  • Red Right Hand: Claire's killer, Ruecian the Doll Master. It's black, actually... and HUGE.
  • Redundant Researcher: Subverted. Although Mint and Rue aid Klaus, he's the one who cracks the mysteries.
  • Rings of Death: Mint's weapon of choice.
  • The Rival: Duke and Belle to Rue and Mint, respectively. Most of the time.
  • Running Gag: Mint stomps whenever she's annoyed by somebody.
  • Saintly Church: The church in the town gladly gives you aid if you give a donation, and lets you heal your wounds, no questions asked.
  • Spiky Hair: Trap Master.
  • Sequel Hook: The extension to Rue's ending unlocked after completing both stories.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Most of the villains, especially Duke. Mint and some of the friendly NPCs are like this too.
  • Sticks to the Back: Both character's weapons, although Rue's giant axe is more noticeable.
  • Stronger Sibling: Mint's sister, Maya, especially after obtaining the Relic. She took advantage of the power gap to kick Mint out of the kingdom.
  • Sugar Bowl: Fancy Mel's atelier.
  • Take Over the World: Mint's primary motivation, played for laughs, as the narrative never gives the players reason to actually believe she's capable of doing so.
  • Theme Naming: Most dolls have their specialty preceding "master" as their names. Rue and Mint are both named after herbs.
  • Those Two Guys: The bandits, Blood and Smokey.
  • Tick Tock Tune: Slow track example: Mint's Scheme 2.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Rue is one of the Dolls of Valen, another of which is the primary antagonist of the game (though Rue was already aware that he was not human).
  • Tsundere: Belle, especially towards Duke.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: Fancy Mel's platforming games.
  • Villain Protagonist, Mint, in her story, planning to overthrow the East Heaven kingdom for being removed from the succession.
  • Visible Silence: Rue's response to Fancy Mel is 76 periods followed by "am I dreaming?"
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Mode Master's method of attack is mainly this. Rue can morph into monsters after gaining the slain enemy's coin.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Valen and Doll Master
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Mint is afraid of pumpkins.


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