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  • Awesome Ego: Dekar is an egotist that openly boasts that he's the strongest warrior ANYWHERE, and his fans will agree with him.
  • Broken Base: Don't even ask about the DS remake - is it just what the series needed, or is it a textbook case of They Changed It, Now It Sucks!?
  • Cargo Ship: Dekar/his sword.
    Dekar: My love is my sword!
    Guy: I think you should stay away from thoughts like that.
  • Complete Monster: Daos, Master of Terror, is the leader of the sibling gods known as the Sinistrals. In the first game, when his sister, Erim, is revealed to have been living as a human, Daos mentally assaults her, mocking her desire to live as a human. In the prequel game, Daos, deciding to send a message to mankind of "real terror", warps Maxim to the town of Chaed, then uses his island fortress to blow up it up, killing everyone, even children, while leaving the heroes alive solely so they could feel the terror as the humans around them died. Daos then orders the kidnapping, and attempted murder, of Maxim’s infant son, Jeros. He later decides to destroy the human world, leaving his followers behind. In the third game, for fun, Daos crashes a wedding by casting a spell on the bride so she sees the groom and the other attendants at the wedding as monsters. Worse, Daos makes her as strong as himself, explaining the spell will only break until she or a victim is dead. This forces the groom to kill himself to stop the bride from killing her little sister. When Erim, unable to live with the atrocities she, and the Sinistrals, have committed, arranges for the death of herself and the Sinistrals, a wounded Daos summons Zalbak, a Animalistic Abomination with the last of his power. Having the Monster fuse with Erim, Daos reveals that Zalbak won’t stop until the world is ashes, while Erim will be Forced to Watch the world she loved be destroyed before she dies. Believing human emotions to be worthless, and not even really caring about his own siblings, Daos commits his atrocities ostensibly to punish humans for ignoring the gods, but really for his own sadistic amusement.
  • Crazy Awesome: Dekar. The whale scene mentioned below is his high point in Lufia II, but Curse of the Sinistrals takes it even farther. One of the first things he does is boot a giant robotic eye into the stratosphere, and in a later scene he drops in from literally nowhere when Maxim asks who Tia's new boyfriend is, then Hand Waves it with "The greatest boyfriend in the world always comes when he's needed!" He also claims to have destroyed an entire parallel universe in order to come back from his Heroic Sacrifice. Since we're not given any other explanation, we can only assume that it's true.
    • From any other character at all, this would be unbelievable and downright strange. From Dekar, we smile knowingly and accept that it happened without complaint.
      • Let's face it, Dekar's overall level of crazy awesome and badassery is only surpassed by Jack Rakkan himself.
  • Cult Classic: The series never reached the heights of Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, but the games are still quite popular to those who played them. The series, to the fans, are known for their memorable plots, interesting characters, and in general are remembered as fun and intriguing, if not entirely groundbreaking, RPGs.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Dekar, if the amount of tropes and fanfiction about him say anything. He even reappears in Ruins of Lore.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: A lot of fans were displeased with the series after Lufia II, filing the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games firmly into Fanon Discontinuity territory. That the GBA game was not even made by the same company or development team helped this, too.
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  • Memetic Badass: Dekar is somewhat of a canon example in Lufia II.
  • Memetic Mutation: The fact that Artea (a male) can equip a bunny girl outfit.
    • While it's not as widespread of a meme as Artea, Yurist of The Legend Returns is also somewhat notorious for being able to equip equipment that is normally exclusive to the female party members.
    • "This is what I would call frue destruction!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Sinistrals make it clear from the start they're bad news, but Daos manages to go the extra mile when after Maxim's party beats him, he tries to destroy the world, and when he can't do that he tries to drop Doom Island on Parceltye.
  • Nostalgia Filter: May make or break Curse of the Sinistrals for you.
  • Sequelitis: The two portable entries are generally poorly regarded. The third portable entry is technologically better, but still divisive in its own right.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Lufia II adds huge amounts of innovation and fun to the fairly standard system of the original. Note that almost every example here comes from Lufia II.
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  • Tough Act to Follow: While some are better than others, none of the games made for the series after Rise of the Sinistrals were ever as warmly received.
  • The Woobie: In Rise of the Sinistrals, it's not real hard to feel at least some sympathy for Tia as she leaves.


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