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Steins;Gate 0 is a "true sequel" to Steins;Gate and the fifth main entry in the Science Adventure Series. It released on December 10, 2015, and once again stars Rintarou Okabe as the main character.

Late-Arrival Spoiler Warning: Everything below this section will have unmarked spoilers for the original Steins;Gate visual novel. If you have not watched the anime or read the visual novel and do not want to be spoiled, do not read this page. Avoid or read at your own risk. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Rintarou Okabe, self-proclaimed Mad Scientist managed to discover the secret of time-travel with his friends and they used it conduct their own experiments. However, their actions caught the attention of a certain organization who retaliated by murdering Okabe's dear friend Mayuri. In order to save her life, Okabe continuously traveled back to past to undo their actions to prevent that tragic event from happening, but it comes at the cost of having to let Makise Kurisu die on the day they first met.

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Though Okabe later learns that Makise's death serves as a catalyst for World War III in the far future of 2036, and in an attempt to save her, Okabe accidentally ends up being the one to take her life. Filled with grief and despair, Okabe decides to abandon his life as a scientist and live the world without Makise, while attempting to forget his traumas and get his life back on track, he meets a familiar AI that re-opens his old wounds.

New designs and new characters were introduced in this game. The Phone Trigger was changed to Rine Trigger. The game also became substantially more nonlinear, with endings having widely different branches. In addition to the protagonist from the first game, Okabe Rintaro, many scenes are narrated from the perspective of Suzuha Amane and Maho Hiyajo. An animated adaptation by White Fox was announced in 2016 and premiered on April 12, 2018.

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Tropes found in Steins;Gate 0:

  • Actionized Sequel: Downplayed, but with each individual route being shorter due to no need for establishing the time-travel technology, already knowing the characters, Cerebus Syndrome having already kicked in at the start, and more fight scenes, it will feel much more action-packed than the original, particularly the Altair timeline.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The anime completely removes the plot revolving around Kagari being surgically altered to look like Yuki, which greatly simplified the plot without changing the fact that Kagari was still a brainwashed sleeper agent for Stratfor.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The anime, which combined many parts of plot points from various routes to create a singular storytelling adaptation for the True Ending, expands many parts of the visual novel's respective routes to better explain the story. This includes Okabe's more proactive interactions with Amadeus AI and his temporary visit to the Alpha world line where he met Kurisu again, for instance.
    • The anime adaptation also elaborates on the more intensive role of American DURPA and Stratfor as the groups seeking to seize the time travel theories and works made by Kurisu. Instead of their depiction in only their respective roles in certain routes (which only serves as antagonists with limited to no description on their motives), both groups are depicted more regularly as the antagonists of the entire anime, along with their motives and attempts to win the time machine arms race.
    • The anime also shows us the full conversation between Mayuri and her younger self.
  • Alternate Timeline: To the true route from the main series. The true route point of divergence comes from the fact that due to not existing, Future Okabe never appeared to inspire Okabe after his first failed attempt to save Kurisu.
  • Always Someone Better: Kurisu to Maho.
  • All There in the Manual: A drama CD released around the game goes into detail about what exactly Mayuri & Suzuha's mission in the past is for, and talking Young!Mayuri into encouraging Okabe to find the courage to try again and save Kurisu. This was included in the anime.
  • Artificial Intelligence: The Amadeus System, which stores memories from humans.
  • Art Shift: Sorely evident throughout the game. While huke is still the lead artist in charge of character design, his art style is all over the place, especially in CGs where the quality goes up and down dramatically. It doesn't help that sprites from the first game get re-used often for no apparent reason.
    • A small example, but when Okabe's interaction with Amadeus in the anime becomes more regular and intense, it became clear that Amadeus seems to look more humanlike than her original CG depiction as Okabe seem to consider her as the real Kurisu more than it should be. Maho snaps him out of it before it's too late.
    • This is also used properly when Okabe re-enters the Alpha world line, as well as during flashback scenes from it.
  • Bad Future: The Beta timeline 'is' one. The entire point of the game is finding a way to avert it.
  • Berserk Button: Several:
    • For Kagari, threatening Mayuri. She is conditioned to stop whoever threatens Mayuri, by any mean necessary.
    • For Maho, mentioning how she looks like a child or how small she is.
    • For Okabe, any attempt to reconstruct the PhoneWave, which Daru and Maho find out in Gehenna's Stigma and True Ending routes.
  • Benevolent A.I.: Amadeus!Kurisu. Despite the knowledge she contains, she never tries to hurt others. It is the greed of her fellow scientists that results in her knowledge unleashing World War III, and she tries to hold out until the end in every route.
  • Big Bad: Depending on the route, DURPA or Stratfor.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In Vega & Altair, Kagari gets to the roof of the Radio Building when Suzuha and Mayuri are about to be killed by soldiers, and after seeing Mayuri injured, she handily kills all the soldiers.
    • In Twin Automata, Moeka rescues Maho from the clutches of Dr. Reyes.
    • In the anime, Okabe going to BC 18000 with the prototype time machine to save Mayuri and Suzuha.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • "upaTunes", for the media player the GUI for the Extra's library is designed to look like.
    • The RINE App.
    • The animation company who made CG for Amadeus is Drinkworks.
    • The American DURPA and Strategic Focus.
    • "Skipe".
  • Brainwashed: Kagari is an interesting example. She's conditioned to do whatever it takes to save Mayuri when her life is threatened. This is to more effectively allow her to play The Mole and sabotage Suzuha's mission. There's also a large amount of Brainwashed and Crazy due to the stress it puts her under.
    • Played straight with Maho in Gehenna's Stigma, who is brainwashed into getting information out of Okabe and giving it to Dr. Leskinen.
    • A more benign example (yet remains horrible in hindsight) is shown with Daru had his brain programmed to be more proactive and confident in his upcoming date with Yuki in episode 15, courtesy of Maho's device. It fails.
  • Canon Foreigner: Several characters, including Amadeus, came from the Epigraph Trilogy of Light novels.
  • Catapult Nightmare: In episode 4 of the anime, Okabe wakes up screaming after finding himself in the war-torn world line for the first time.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Leskinen inflicts this on Okabe (though it isn't seen on screen) in the Gehenna's Stigma ending, and we learn in Promised Rinascimento that Stratfor's torture in 2025 actually put Okabe in an 11-year coma.
  • Covert Group with Mundane Front: SERN, DURPA and Stratfor, which present themselves as respectable scientific/military/political research organisations in public, but are in private evil corps not bound by morals and which employ militias of sociopathic soldiers equipped with gear which rivals the most advanced armies.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: After Russia earned time travel thesis from Nakabachi, several references about their assumed time travel experiments (which is covertly televised as "seismic activities in Russia", for some reason) are seen, usually through background TV news in several episodes.
  • Darker and Edgier: Considerably darker in tone than the original, with Okabe spending most of the game in a Heroic BSoD regardless of route. More murders also occur during the course of the story and you get to see World War III start as well.
    • The anime adaptation raises up the ante in this, as proven through Okabe's nightmarish dream for killing Kurisu (in the first episode, no less!) and his occasional PTSD bouts, for instance.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight
    • In Twin Automata, it's close, but subverted. Maho holds Moeka as she gives what she believes are her final words, but the EMTs manage to make it just in time.
    • In the Promised Rinascimento, Future!Luka dies in Okabe's arms, snapping him out of the despair he had been in and making him realize he needs to stop World War III.
    • Played straight as well in episode 15, where Yuki sacrificed herself to protect Suzuha from an incoming drone machine gun fire in the future.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The second ending theme of the anime, "World-Line", is sung by Kurisu's voice actress, Asami Imai.
  • Enemy Mine: Okabe allies with the Akihabara Rounders after Nae is involved in a Stratfor attack.
  • Fanservice: You have the Christmas party which is pretty much most of the girls getting into skimpy Santa outfits, multiple CGs of Maho's butt, and Suzuha's Full-Frontal Assault.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Leskinen and Reyes.
  • Foreshadowing: In Twin Automata, Maho has a flashback where it is shown she was frequently playing Mozart when in the lab in America. So of course, there is no way a Mozart song could be the key to unlocking Amadeus, as it would be constantly activating.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Suzuha in the Altair timeline when Kagari attacks the Lab.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Daru punches Okabe in "Vega and Altair" after he suggests to her face that Maho wants Mayuri to die so Kurisu can live.
  • Guide Dang It!: There are two major branch points. These are not at all obvious initially, although make sense when you find out how Okabe is being monitored, and some of the actions to get the true ending are quite counterintuitive.
  • Golden Ending: Downplayed compared to the scale of the first game's True Ending, but go through the Promised Rinascimento route, then start the game from before Closed Epigraph, go through Vega & Altair, and you will get to see Okabe send back the video message that allowed the original Okabe to really save Kurisu.
  • Heroic BSoD: Okabe is having one which lasts through almost all (or all in some routes) the story due to his failure to save Kurisu. He literally has PTSD from the events of the previous game and can't get it properly treated because he can't tell any psychiatrist the truth about what caused it. It takes a further Heroic BSoD in The Promised Rinascimento ending when he sees just how awful the future he chose is and witnessing Luka's death to pull him out of it.
    • Also, in the Promised Rinascimento, according to Kurisu in the Alpha world line Okabe is just as bad as he is in Beta. No matter who he chooses to save, he regrets it and becomes extremely depressed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the Promised Rinascimento ending, adult Luka dies helping most of Valkyrie's leadership escape an enemy ambush.
    • Again in Promised Rinascimento, Alpha!Kurisu, after several months of seeing what a mess Okabe has become after Mayuri's death, rebuilds the Phonewave to alter conditions to set things back to the Beta worldline where she is fated to die.
    • Yuki sacrificed herself to protect Suzuha from a drone's machine gun fire in the future.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Okabe asks Suzuha to hit him for giving up in The Promised Rinascimento.
  • Interquel: This story takes place in the middle of the true ending of the original Steins;Gate Visual Novel, in the sense that it explains what happens in the Beta timeline to allow the true ending to take place.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Okabe for most of the game.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Moeka, being her socially awkward self, doesn't really get how attractive she is in her lingerie during the Faris/Maho slumber party, and chose the outfit for mobility.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Albeit he doesn't mean it, Okabe's enraged bursting after finding out that Daru and Maho had already remade the Time Leap Machine was accidentally misheard by the already saddened Mayuri just outside the lab, not to mention that his outbursts also inadvertently offended everyone's attempts to help Okabe, with Mayuri, Daru, and Maho being the worst offenders. It takes Daru to punch him in the face and some verbal beatdowns from Maho to get Okabe calmed down.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: Leskinen's awful Japanese, courtesy of his translator being a machine. While the English translation's text is normal and readable, his voiced lines are awkward and use improper (but technically correct) terms.
  • Jedi Truth: Turns out that Daru has been lying, even to Suzuha, about Okabe dying in 2025. In The Promised Rinascimento he justifies it by saying he was effectively dead due to losing his mind as a result of interrogation. He gets better.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When mocking Dr. Reyes for buying into her Techno Babble so easily, Amadeus!Kurisu mentions "This isn't a sci-fi movie."
  • "Leave Your Quest" Test: In the Promised Rinascimento route, Okabe is severely tempted to just stay in the Alpha worldline and let whosoever is tampering with Amadeus go about their business, as he had nothing to do with it. Even if he hadn't changed his mind, Kurisu's sacrifice would have brought him back to Beta.
  • Lensman Arms Race: After Nakabachi escaped to Russia along with his daughter's stolen time travel thesis, now both American and Russian governments are pitted against each other in a time machine arms race where both sides massed intelligence agents to seek the remaining time travel technologies, with Russia being slightly ahead of everyone else.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Okabe attempts this to ensure his friends (such as Mayuri and Ruka, for instance) will not discover the dark secrets behind his time travel experiences and making sure of their safety from knowing the truth. Alas, both Mayuri and Ruka definitely know that something is up and even at times mentioning that everyone is keeping secrets from them and consequentially, feeling helpless on things they can do to help Okabe.
  • Love Confession: Mayuri, to Okabe, naturally.
    • Finally done as well between Daru to Yuki in episode 15.
  • Mad Scientist: Okabe defies this, abandoning his Hououin Kyouma persona. At the end of Altair and Rinascimento branches Okabe returns to his mad scientist shtick again.
    • And then you have, Dr. Leskinen in the "Don't turn off the phone" route, an honest-to-God mad scientist with none of Okabe's pretenses, and the funding to actually bring chaos to the world.
  • Megaton Punch: Both Daru and Suzuha give him one, depending on the route.
  • Mental Time Travel: Okabe time leaps to the future using the Amadeus program rather than the time leap machine.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Twin Automata ending looks like it's going to be a gag reel with Faris holding slumber parties with Maho and Moeka, Moeka's inability to conduct an interview due to her social awkwardness, Nae as Sergeant Clean and plenty of Fanservice. It doesn't end that way.
  • Multiple Endings: There are six endings (including the bad end).
  • My Greatest Failure: For Okabe, not saving Makise Kurisu in another world line.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Though Leskinen brainwashing Kagari is what allows his future self to give his present self a leg up in the race to control time travel, it's also what prevents him from succeeding in the Vega and Altair route: he uses Kagari's love of Mayuri to control her, and when his men inadvertently end up threatening Mayuri to capture the time machine, that conditioning instead drives Kagari to slaughter his men. Even in a following worldline where Mayuri isn't harmed, Okabe is able to talk down Kagari using her love for Mayuri, again keeping Leskinen from obtaining the time machine.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Boris Yeltsin are referred to as part of a ruse by an SDF soldier, though they are referred to as Puchin, Golbachev, and Leltsin in the game, respectively.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Kagari to some soldiers on the roof of the Radio Building in Vega & Altair.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: Okabe considers this to be the case with Kurisu's laptop. While Maho considers it one of the few things left of Kurisu, the consequences of it in the wrong hands are too much to risk.
  • Not with the Safety on, You Won't: In Twin Automata, when Dr. Reyes is being held at gunpoint by Maho, she remarks the gun she is using is a newer model with two safeties, and she forgot one. Of course, it's a bluff, and Maho falls for it.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the anime, it took Okabe by surprise that Daru punched him in the face to get him back into his senses after accidentally insulted his and Maho's attempts to help Okabe to reach Steins Gate. Okabe even lampshaded it, mumbling that it was very out of character of Daru's usually gentle and laid-back nature.
  • Off-Model: Mayuri's arms are still absurdly long in one pose, and Luka's neck is massive in his winter outfit.
    • Maho is randomly depicted for having a normal height in a CG in Twin Automata, at least from the waist up.
    • An infamous one from the first opening of the anime (at least in the first episodes), where Kurisu is having six fingers in a scene from said opening.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: In the dub of the anime, Maho continues to speak Japanese while translating for Leskinen. After all, both of them speaking English would be weird and, in-universe, unnecessary.
  • Older Than They Look: Maho looks like an elementary student, but she's already 21 years old. Not that it prohibits Daru from calling her "legal loli" every now and then, due to her looks.
  • Reality Ensues: Unlike the first game's true ending, Okabe has extreme PTSD from the events leading up to this game. He also has serious issues with even seeing Moeka, unlike how he's affable towards her in the original's true ending despite no longer having any reason to force himself there.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Okabe gets one from Suzuha in "The Promised Rinascimento" and a slightly gentler one from Maho in "Vega and Altair".
  • Red Herring: Depending on the route, the player is either being misled into thinking that the person in the motorcycle outfit is either ("Don't Turn Off the Phone" routes) Yuki Amane because of her arm injury or ("Turn Off the Phone" routes) Moeka because of Okabe's past experiences. Either case is wrong, as the mysterious individual is either Dr. Reyes or Kagari Shiina.
  • Robot Buddy: Amadeus!Kurisu. Dating advice, genius scientist, good friend, all at the click of an app.
  • Setting Update: Okabe now uses a smartphone instead of a flip-phone.
  • Stable Time Loop: In the route where he is the antagonist, Leskinen actively works to engineer and maintain one by brainwashing Kagari to protect Mayuri, and to prevent the future from changing at all costs.
    • The first hints to this in the anime are given with the Song for the Stars, that Kagari knew from Mayuri, who herself knew it from Suzuha, who will say she knows it from Yuki... who got it from Okabe's mother... who got it from Okabe... who got it from... Kagari.
    • The actual spinning Zero logo is one.
  • The Stinger:
    • Episode 7 of the anime has a scene after the credits; none of the previous episodes had one, and there was no indicator that this series would have stingers.
    • Episode 12. Then again, it uses a different credits theme, so that should entice the viewer to stick around at least.
  • Surgical Impersonation: In the "Gehenna's Stigma", "Vega & Altair" and true ending timeline, Kagari is impersonating Yuki.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Unlike most English speakers in Japanese game without a dub, Leskinen's English is actually pretty good and doesn't have awkward pauses between words.
  • Switching P.O.V.: Depending on the route, perspective will flip between Okabe, Suzuha, or Maho from time to time.
  • Techno Babble: In Twin Automata, as Maho hands over control of Amadeus to Dr. Reyes, the system begins talking about "Shutting Down A10 Nerve Circuit Logic" and other nonsensical terms. Of course, this is all part of the plan to trick Dr. Reyes into thinking she is being given control.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. The beginning of the plot has Okabe visiting a therapist.
  • Time Skip: Half a year pass between Episodes 13 and 14.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Luka in the Beta future. Daru has also become quite the hunk, as he is proven to be quite acrofatic when it comes to escaping his hideout through narrow alleyways when Stratfor came to personally seize Kurisu's laptop from the labmem's hands.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Moeka becomes this in the "Turn off the Phone" routes. While she is helping the group (And in "Twin Automata" gets a Morality Pet in the form of Maho) she is still a killer working for SERN.
    • This is also the case in the anime adaptation, since Stratfor's attack to the lab during the Christmas Party motivates Okabe to seek help from Tennouji, and by extension, the entire SERN Rounders to protect him from any potential enemies.
  • Transferable Memory: The whole point of the Amadeus project and what Reyes plans to do Kagari. Okabe is also restored from a backup in 2036.
  • Trigger Phrase: Whenever Mayuri is threatened in any way, Kagari is conditioned to protect her by any means. Also, playing the fifth sonata of The Magic Flute is a surefire way to trigger Kagari into following her captors' machinations.
  • Uninhibited Muscle Power: If Mayuri is threatened, Kagari's brain is conditioned to remove any limits on her strength and come after you with everything she has.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Threaten Mayuri. See what Kagari will do.
  • We Win... Because You Didn't: The Russians' approach to the hunt for Kurisu's laptop. They are already ahead of everyone else in the time travel race, so as long as they make sure nobody else can use it, they win.
  • The Worf Effect: The SERN Rounders were a practically unstoppable force in the original series, and were never directly overcome, only carefully kept out of the loop to keep them from ever finding Okabe and his friends. But in certain worldlines in this series (where Okabe doesn't ally with them), they are outmuscled and outmatched by the international forces also seeking to control time, demonstrating the increased physical stakes heralding the future Third World War.
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