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103521 front - The Last Guardian - AllTheTropes

It just wouldn't be one of Team Ico's works without the massive ruins.


The Last Guardian is the third work by Team Ico. The game, which takes place in the same world as Shadow of the Colossus and Ico, tells the story of a young boy who is trying to escape from deep within what appear to be the ruins of a massive castle.

Hindering the boy's escape are mysterious armor-clad soldiers who attempt to capture him; luckily though, the boy earns the friendship of a giant, horned baby griffin named Trico, who is able to make short work of them. Together, they must find a way out of the castle.


This game provides examples of:

  • A Boy and His X: A boy and his giant, horned baby griffin.
  • Animated Armor: There's nothing inside the guards' armor, except for some black smoke.
  • Annoying Arrows: Although Trico has bunch of them sticking out of his back, he doesn't seem to be hindered by them at all.
    • Possibly subverted, as pulling arrows from his body is apparently one of the ways the boy takes care of him.
  • Development Hell: Good lord. Progress on the game has been incredibly slow, featuring several false starts, Ueda announcing that he's leaving Team Ico (though committed to finishing it via contract), and false news of cancellation due to a lack of information. It's gotten to the point that Sony started using outside help just to finish the game.
  • Faceless Mooks: The guards.
  • Interspecies Friendship
  • Ruins for Ruins Sake: Like Shadow of the Colossus, it features massive amounts of them.
  • Scary Impractical Armor: The guards' armor is very elaborately engraved and quite menacing, if a bit oxidized. It's a wonder though, that they have any peripheral vision while wearing it, or that they're even able to stay balanced.
  • Scenery Porn
  • Slave Mooks: Possibly the guards. An interview with Team Ico states that the guards are "not acting fully out of their own intentions".
  • Spiritual Successor: To both Shadow of the Colossus and Ico, as it takes place in the same world and features similar architecture and themes.
  • Uncanny Valley: Invoked in concept by the creators as the reason why Trico is a made-up creature, rather than a dog or something; if he was based on a real animal, people who owned that animal would only notice the pieces that didn't look right.
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