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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Debora really as shallow and deluded about her own beauty as she acts? If not, just how much of her behavior is a front?
  • Breather Boss: Grandmaster Nimzo, at least in comparison to other final bosses in the franchise. However, he was made harder in the DS version due to players having access to 4 party members instead of merely three.
  • Complete Monster: Bishop Ladja becomes utterly vile in the DS remake. In his first scene, he brutally beats the hero and Harry—who are six years old at the time—to within an inch of their lives, laughing sadistically all the while. Then, when the hero's father, Pankraz, arrives to save the day, he threatens to murder the hero if Pankraz tries to fight back against his enforcers. After the enforcers are done beating him, Ladja coldly finishes off the dying Pankraz with a giant fireball, then carts the hero and Harry off to a brutal slave labor camp for over ten years. He kills off one person ahead of him, King Korol, for the power. Finally, he makes sure to wait until the main character reunites with his mother after over 18 years apart to kill said mother, just for maximum emotional impact.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The only reason why Ladja becomes so much more important in the remake is because of how popular he was. To a far lesser extent, Dwight "Da White" Dwarf also goes from a memorable Warmup Boss from the beginning of the game to a full fledged party member.
    • Prince Harry is also very popular for a Guest-Star Party Member, with many wanting to see a version where he permanently joins the team.
    • You can't forget Tuppence either, who goes from a completely random recruitable generic soldier with weird hair to a wisecracking Casanova Wannabe.
    • Pankraz is also one, mostly for being one of the best fathers ever and a Badass at that.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Many players pick Deborah as the protagonist's wife for her looks, Hidden Heart of Gold (which becomes more obvious late in the game in party conversations) and for having some of the funniest dialogue in the game (such as when she tells the priest blessing their wedding to hurry up with his speech).
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why did Nera's father have such a hard Engagement Challenge? Because he was expecting Bjorn the Behemoose to break free from its within their lifetime and it would go for their family first. Someone strong had to be able to protect the family.
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  • Game-Breaker: In the SNES version, it was apparently possible to hit nothing but criticals and automatically recruit any suitable monster, by giving your hero very specific items (and nothing else, reducing his combat ability). Somewhat lessened by the fact that one of the items is only available very late-game.
  • Good Bad Bugs / Porting Disaster: The Playstation 2 version is so incredibly broken that it's possible to skip 95% of the plot, walk past of the majority that isn't skipped, and "kill" the final boss by running away from it, since the game reads that as winning the battle. Since choosing who to marry is skipped, the game unsurprisingly defaults to Bianca.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of the nuns in the Heaven's Above Abbey says, "I'm sure there will never again come a time when you are forced to submit to the will of another." Marry Debora, and you have this trope in spades.
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    • Combine that with Name's the Same: In the 1997 manga adaptation, the Hero's daughter is named Sora (or "Sky"). And that is five years before Kingdom Hearts, where that name belongs not to a girl, but rather to a boy with the Keyblade. Furthermore, both are eventually revealed to be The Unchosen Ones of their respective destinies. Also, that manga was created over a decade before the DS remake, when she and Ten (or "Heaven") had their Canon Names changed to "Madchen" and "Parry".
  • Ho Yay - Sancho really, really admires Pankraz. (Although he fully supports Pankraz's marraige to Mada.)
    • To a lesser extent, a few fans believe The Hero and Prince Harry's close friendship after the timeskip verges on this at times.
  • Iron Woobie: The Hero. He gets Player Punched a lot. A lot. But he never once even considers giving up.
  • Jerkass Dissonance: Debora is considered to be an Ensemble Dark Horse despite being more abrasive in comparison to Bianca and her own sister Nera.
  • Love to Hate: Ladja. He's a very entertaining villain, even if his actions are despicable as heck.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ladja crosses it when he kills Pankraz in front of his son. All while gleefully taunting the hero about it.
  • Never Live It Down: Bianca is most frequently remembered for reminding the Hero when they went on a ghost hunting trip.
  • Player Punch/Moral Event Horizon: Pretty much everything Bishop Ladja does.
    • To wit: Using the hero as a human shield in order to prevent Pankraz from fighting back against his flunkies, incinerating him with a fireball after said flunkies had already beaten him to within an inch of his life, carting the hero and Harry off to a slave camp for the Religion of Evil for ten years; and then, much later on, turning the hero and his wife into statues for eight/ten years (the hero was freed eight years later, and it took two more years to find the wife).
    • In the PS2 version, he doesn't die at Talon Tower like he did in the SNES version. He goes on to show up near the start of the final dungeon, where he blasts Mada — the hero's mother and the woman you've been looking for the entire game — with the same Giant Instant Death Fireball of Doom that killed Pankraz, within seconds of finally seeing her, forcing one more boss fight with him. Fortunately, this doesn't actually kill her. Unfortunately, Grandmaster Nimzo finishes the job.
  • That One Boss: The Magmen who guard the Circle of Fire. There are three of them, and each of them has a fire breath attack which does very high damage and hits your whole party. If the player hasn't recruited some decent monsters it is extremely difficult to win because of the boss' sheer damage output.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Ladja in the original game, with his initial Moral Event Horizon when he first appears seem like a great way to set him up as a major villain, but he ends up being nothing more than a flunky for King Korol, whose actions have far less of an emotional impact on the player. Thankfully, his role is expanded in the remake.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Inverted. The game very obviously always intended for the Hero to marry Bianca... which raises the question of why it included any choice of potential bride at all.
  • Too Cool to Live: Pankraz. He was a really good guy overall, and cool and powerful to boot, and also a former king, as revealed during the middle of the game, so this was expected.
  • The Woobie: This game is filled with characters you just want to comfort. The hero, Prince Harry post-breaking, Bianca, Nera and Debora as the bride, your pet sabrecat, Sancho, the twins... And that's without getting into all the NPCs you see broken and hurting throughout the game.
  • Woolseyism: Almost everything has been renamed in the English localization. If you don't dig the Punny Names and the Narm Charm of the localization, this game will be a Macekre for you. Especially if you've already played the much more faithful fan translation of the original SNES game.


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