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  • Angst? What Angst?: Hilda doesn't really show much care about her old kingdom of Fahrenheit even after Giselle - right in front of Hilda - states to Xeno that she genocided it. It's never brought up again, and Hilda's ending has her have a child with Alto instead of anything tied to her kingdom.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Hilda, mostly due to her refusal to talk about things in favor of just saying nobody will understand what she's doing. Some say that her justification is good, while others say that it doesn't work at all because we're never shown her attempting to talk with people to prepare for the inevitable return of angels, not even in flashbacks after she joins the party and spends alone time with Alto.
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  • Cliché Storm: The plot is generally predictable, with even the late game Shocking Swerve being rather obvious, but the entertaining cast and enjoyable gameplay make up for it.
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  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The Good Ending is called such, but Xeno's still dead and Eve is left alone for all eternity after finally learning love and happiness.
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  • Evil Is Sexy: Dante is definitely this for some fans.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • Status ailments are generally quite devastating by themselves, especially ones like Stop or Stun that can stop enemies from acting or dodging altogether, even bosses if they don't specifically have immunity to that ailment or all ailments in general. Nonoka receives Control Condition when reaching a certain Affinity, allowing her to inflict any ailment but instant death without fail, and while many bosses are vulnerable to ailments so as to allow you to use Conduct songs as a reprieve, there's often nothing stopping Nonoka (who is also your fastest party member) from walking up to a boss and Stop-locking them forever, allowing your team to wail on them with impunity.
      • Even on bosses that are immune to Stop and similar ailments, a similar lock can be achieved with a Delay Orb, which, as the name indicates, delays the target's next turn, and does not count as an ailment. With her quick turn speed and assistance from Popo who can raise it even higher, Nonoka can easily ensure that a boss has few or no turns to retaliate while the party whales away on it. The number of enemies that can counter this tactic can be counted on one hand.
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    • Level up during Mordi's 1st and 2nd Tuning Battles. Refusing to kill her clones at the same time will cause them to respawn at a level adjusted to the dispatched team's average level making the clones 'level up' as everyone levels up. This is the best time to power-level every dispatched character far beyond what the game expects them to be. Power-leveling Ewan beyond level 60 will make Ink Bullet's damage equal to that of Sakuya's Terminal Strike. Ewan can then proceed to one-shot almost every non-boss unit in the game by using SP Delivery to keep using Ink Bullet.
    • Hilda can easily be considered one of these when you recruit her; she has great stats all around, being able to dish out tons of damage while also being fairly bulky and decently fast, and her attacks hit for non-elemental damage, allowing you to bypass Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors. That's not even getting into her Conduct songs which inflict Stop mapwide and can effectively act as an "I Win" button for many fights.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Dorothy tries to set off a volcanic eruption right next to the capital of a country in the middle of a really big festival pretty early on. Hilda doesn't have any issues with her doing this, so long as Dorothy doesn't hurt herself.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Archibald blocking an incoming attack for one of your units is accompanied by one glorious line from Patrick Seitz:
    Not on my watch!
  • The Scrappy: Keith seems to be generally disliked by the fanbase due to his self-centered Jerkass nature and limited use in combat. This is likely intended by the writers, as the other characters frequently voice their annoyance with him.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Popo's character arc has her continuously unable to recover from her constant abuse by the mayor of Port Noir despite all Alto's help and even multiple Tunings. As anyone who's suffered abuse can tell you, taking a while to move past it despite having plenty of help is a very realistic depiction of victims of abusive behaviour.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Ewan. Every character is salvageable without needing to be babied...except him. While he's good if you spend a lot of time grinding in Mordimort's Tuning fights, he quickly falls behind normally (and will still be outperformed if you don't give him a lot of levels and nobody else any) and never even manages to establish a niche that other slow characters have.
    • Among the Witches, Mordimort herself is this. Disregarding the inability to bring her to her own Tuning fights to level grind, she has numerous flaws that hold her back. Notable examples include her slowness, questionable at best support skills, and that her song induces Sleep...which is not only outclassed by Popo's despite being obtained far later, but has her second song also inflict damage that wakes up every enemy that was put to sleep by her singing. Fortunately, unlike Ewan, she does have a number of pretty good qualities - just not offensive ones.
  • The Un-Twist: Who didn't see Hilda and the other Harbingers joining the party coming? Or, simultaneously, Klaus being evil? This is especially true if you've played the previous Luminous Arc games, which tend to feature Witches being Good All Along alongside God Is Evil. The only real surprise is that Hrodulf dies before he gets to join, but even that isn't hugely shocking.
    • Hilda joining barely even seems like a spoiler considering that she's featured in the tuning scene with the other witches in the opening movie.
    • Alto being Elcrest wasn't exactly a huge surprise either. If there is any chance that the amnesiac hero could be the legendary hero or lore, he will almost certainly be so.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite featuring cute magical girls that like to sing (though in one's case, she is actually evil) and the many cutesy character designs, it was given a T Rating from the ESRB regardless. This is because a central gameplay mechanic and story element revolves around what is pretty overtly intended to be a metaphor for sex, characters regularly get drunk at the local tavern, and the script is littered with innuendo. Not to mention having a really dark story line and themes.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Most villains actually, but Eve is basically just a kid who never knew affection.

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