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YMMV / Aesir: Cross Wars

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  • Angst? What Angst?: Azrael, Azazel, and Uriel. They are a lot less affected by their backstories, given that they all had to experience death. A special case of this is in Azrael. He is a front-runner for the biggest Woobie in the story, yet is also one of the most upbeat.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Loki. We're shown his picture in Bonus Chapter 1,and he is quite the Bishōnen.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Siegfried and Azazel.
    • The former had his whole family mercilessly slaughtered when he was young. The retcon also reveals that he was Forced to Watch both this and his wife being raped before getting killed. While he's generally a stoic dick, he's got one hell of a reason to be one.
    • The latter got killed protecting his brother then had his reincarnation ceremony hijacked by Hel, turning him into a demon. During his time under her control, he was forced to commit all sorts of atrocities. Upon alliance with The Sky, his Jerkass tendencies make him The Friend Nobody Likes. Even if he does sometimes deserve it, it can still be quite sad to see the boy who went through so much shit be mistreated like this.
    • Come the retcon, and we can add Uriel to this list.
  • Designated Hero: Azazel is the Deuteragonist, but isn't a very good hero.
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  • The Un-Twist: It's pretty obvious who the real villain is going to end up being. We won't spoil here, but you can guess if you've read up to a certain point.
  • Base-Breaking Character: A potential one in Azazel, who can be viewed as either annoyingly idiotic, or the funniest character in the book.
    • Uriel being the Only Sane Woman can be seen as a good, grounded view showing that Iceaura can indeed be, well, not ridiculous, or she can be seen as one of the less interesting characters in the book when you combine this with her nature as The Stoic.
    • Azrael's Deadpan Snarker syndrome can make him come off as either funny and relatable, or somewhat obnoxious.
  • Iron Woobie: Azrael himself. All at the ripe old age of 14, Leon gets beaten up and robbed by his friends, whom he trusted. He is lightly implied to be an orphan. Later on that day, his brother got murdered. The next day, he received an invitation to go to the City of Light, only for the event to get hijacked by resident God of Evil Loki. He locks him in Inferno with 10 other children, but half of them die right in front of him. In particular, Aria Lockhart,a girl he had a crush on, had one of the most brutal deaths in the story (Impaled on spears multiple times, then has her soul ripped out of her body.). When the survivors escaped, Leon goes home, only for the reader to discver that he isn't an orphan... yet. After he meets up with the other 5 survivors, they are being confronted by Loki, who wants to sacrifice one of them, and then Leon volunteers to die to keep the others alive. If not for the other gods taking action by reincarnating him as the Angel Azrael, he'd be too dead to make this trope. Despite all this, he is a Nice Guy who always gives second chances, and strongly believes Rousseau Was Right.. In fact, now that he can fight, he never kills if it can be avoided.
    • Even reincarnation hasn't been very nice to him. He has to deal with his father figure leaving him, torment from Aesir Cross, and his lack of self-esteem. Yet he seems to take it all in stride.
    • Azazel also qualifies. He died hating himself and sacrificing himself for his brother to live, and was denied a proper afterlife by being turned into a demon and forced to work for Hel. However, you wouldn't know it by looking at him. He's easily the most laid-back member of the cast in spite of all this.
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  • Crazy Awesome: Azazel. He can call on his past sins to give him a boost and temporarily return him to his former glory.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Leon's friends cross it when they lead him to a dark alleyway and beat him up and rob him, for seemingly no reason.
    • Loki crosses it the first time when he kidnaps 11 children and locks them in Inferno.
    • And again when he demands a sacrifice out of one of the children.
    • To an extent, Hel crossed it when she starts an invasion on The Great Sky over losing a battle with Odin that took place 1000 years prior to the story.
    • Hel crosses it once we find out that she hijacked Rick Hardrada's resurrection to reincarnate him into the demon Azazel. Good thing he's a Noble Demon.
    • She does it again when we find out she forced Azazel to commit assorted atrocities. We don't know if or when she made him cross it at any point.
      • This book is actually pretty dark. There are almost enough examples to warrant their own page.
  • What an Idiot!: Hel. Invasion would have been a smart idea, had the war her mother got killed in hadn't happened 1000 years prior to the story. That just makes it look like Disproportionate Retribution. The stupidity is not lost on Azazel.
    • Abigail as well. She waited until Uriel and Azrael reincarnated so that she could carry out her plans without being stopped. Let's rephrase that: She postponed her plans to when Uriel and Azrael had the power to stop them, so that she could go about them without being stopped.
    • Azazel truly does make the worst decisions sometimes. For instance, any time a powerful attack is aimed at him, instead of running, he runs around in circles, panicking while yelling something along the lines of "gdfyhxthxthvdukgt".
  • Awesome Ego: Azazel has an ego the size of Jupiter, and is a badass supreme.
  • Woobie Species: Demons. Just for being demons, they deal with heavy discrimination, as shown with Azazel.
    • Then again, this did only start when they willingly assisted Hel in invading Hel, it could be that the demons were once liked alongside other races, but when the Cross War began, everyone's opinion on them was tainted. It's best to say that Demons are a Jerkass Woobie Species.
    • Angels. They've only recently recovered from a war that started a millenium ago, and now they have to deal with another one.
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe, everyone hates Azazel. The story notably does a great job of making you disagree with them.
  • The Chew Toy: Azrael and Azazel are the main victims of hilarious misfortune. They cross it over with Iron Woobie and Jerkass Woobie respectively.
  • Designated Evil: Downplayed with Crushadion. So far, all we see is her following orders, and it is unknown whether she knows what she does is wrong, or if she enjoys what she is doing.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Azrael in Chapter 7. He is seen as a jerk in that chapter for taking a harsher tone in his words. However, while picking on Azazel for something that wasn't his fault was not necessary, a lot of the time, he had a point, and he was just saying the things he saw wrong in the actions taken by others like he always does, just in a meaner way. The author seems to have realised this, so he changed the scene to a more heartwarming one.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Iceaura 39's main complaint about his book is that, in a nutshell, it's Kid Icarus: Uprising with better characters and an M rating.
  • Tear Jerker: The entirety of the Bonus Chapters. Seeing everyone either suffer or die may or may not bring a tear to one's eye.
  • Stoic Woobie: Uriel. Generally an emotionless braggart, the Bonus Chapters after the retcon shows us her backstory. She witnessed her father kill himself and a few days later, was kidnapped and tortured by the mob that he owed money to. This actually desensitised her to emotions, and a few days after she was released, she was kidnapped by Loki, cuing the Bonus Chapters.
  • Narm Charm: One of the good things about this book is that it clearly doesn't take itself seriously, but tends to avoid parody-like levels of silliness.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: A literature example, but before the Retcon, the book was this. The fight scenes were very short and overall fairly bad, but the story itself was decent and the book was still capable of making one laugh.
  • Fight Scene Failure: Before the retcon, Iceaura 39 was hilariously bad at writing fight scenes, though he admittedly got better around Chapter 4.
  • Growing the Beard: The book gets better once Azazel is introduced.
  • That One Boss: From a story perspective, the Retarhydra took 1 and a half parts to defeat, and required all six party members.
  • Best Level Ever: Iceaura 39 considers Chapter 3 and Chapter 6 to be this. He's also having a blast writing Chapter 9.
  • Cliché Storm: It's pretty much a typical fantasy video game, except it's a book. Justified, because the author did this on purpose, using quite a few cliches for the purpose of endlessly making fun of and lampshading them.
  • Creator's Pet: Cleverly averted with Azazel. He is the author's favourite character, yet the narrator, and just about everybody else, treats him like shit. He doesn't have any special privileges in battle (Overlord Cross is just his answer to Azrael's Aesir/Infinite Cross and Uriel's Judgement Cross) and his victories in battle can be attributed to genuine skill.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Azazel making fun of Uriel's flat chest on their second meeting is a major dick move, but it's Actually Pretty Funny, especially given her reaction.
    • Loki killing Azrael's mother in front of him? Horrible. Loki eating her soul in front of him? Worse. Loki and the author's commentary on the whole thing? Comedy gold.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: There are subtle hints in the book that suggest that Azrael is more fazed by his past than he lets on, and is more of a Stoic Woobie than an Iron Woobie.
    • Is Azazel actually a sociopath? He might be, given his love of killing. His conversation with Azrael in Chapter 9 suggests a Lack of Empathy, at least for his enemies, and he kills Mardas without any remorse.

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