Common abbreviation for super-deformed, an anime/manga term for when characters suddenly go small, cute, and wacky. A number of early (and some current) Japanese RPGs had characters in SD mode in overhead view; Pocket Fighters is an arcade game featuring SD versions of characters from other games. SD versions sometimes provide comic relief in otherwise serious works, and sometimes are a mainstay of the flow of the story. Because of their cuteness and relatively simple design, SD characters are popular on goods and toys.

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