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The ''TalesSeries'' is a long-running {{JRPG}} series by NamcoBandai, famous for its action-combat battle system, copious amounts of CharacterDevelopment and continued {{Deconstruction}} of the very genre it inhabits.

Earlier games in the series were developed by Wolf Team, once a subsidiary of Telenet Japan, which was reorganized as Namco Tales Studio in 2003. Namco Tales Studio was shut down in 2011 but absorbed into Namco Bandai, which intends to continue the series despite the closure of the studio.

The series is divided into two sections:

* "Mothership" Titles are considered the main entries in the franchise, comparable to the numbered ''FinalFantasy'' titles.
* "Escort" Titles are secondary entries, composed of {{Spinoff}}s, MassiveMultiplayerCrossover games, {{Mobile Phone Game}}s and {{Gaiden Game}}s to the Mothership Titles. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And]] ''TalesOfTheTempest''.

[[AC: Mothership Titles (in chronological order):]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny 2''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''

[[AC:Escort Titles:]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheTempest''
[[/index]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia: Narikiri Dungeon''
--> This game follows a pair of twins named Mel and Dio as they explore the aftermath of the events of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' with the help of Arche the witch. ''Narikiri Dungeon X'' is a VideoGameRemake that includes an UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', adding a new character (Rondoline E. Effenberg) into both games.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia: Summoner's Lineage''
--> A tactics game that followed Fulein K. Lester, a descendent of Claus F. Lester from ''Phantasia'', and his robot ally Macaron.
* ''Tales Of Fandom''
--> Compilation games with the Tales characters in various scenarios. The first features the cast of ''Phantasia'', ''Destiny'', and ''Eternia'', while the second stars ''Phantasia'', ''Symphonia'', and ''Abyss''.
[[index]]
* ''{{Tales of the World}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World/Knight of Ratatosk]]''
[[/index]]
* ''Tales of Versus''
--> A four-player MascotFighter featuring characters throughout the TalesSeries.
* ''Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave''
--> A DynastyWarriors-like [[HackAndSlash hack 'n slash]], featuring famous duos from the TalesSeries fighting together.

[[AC:Anime adaptations of the Tales series include:]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia''
--> A 4-episode {{OVA}} covering the events of the game
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''
--> A 13-episode anime about a subplot unrelated to the actual game.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia: The Animation''
--> Three 4-episode {{OVA}}s, each one covering a third of the game.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss: The Animation''
--> A 26-episode television anime covering the events of the game.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia: The First Strike''
--> A prequel movie adaptation.
* ''Tales Of Fandom Gaiden''
--> A humorous DVD extra released with ''Tales Of Fandom 2'', featuring the heroes of the games arguing over who's the best.
* ''Viva - Tales Of!''
--> A series of DVD extras given away with pre-orders for games in the series, featuring [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Zelos Wilder]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Jade Curtis]] as talk show hosts interviewing various characters. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Tales of Theatre''
--> A set of five anime shorts given away as a [[BonusMaterial pre-order bonus]] for ''Tales Of The Heroes: Twin Brave'', featuring the ''Twin Brave'' characters in [[SuperDeformed chibi]] style.

[[AC:AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent]]
[[index]]
* ''[[KeroroGunsou Keroro RPG]]: The Warrior, the Thief, and the Legendary Pirate''
--> An RPG based on the ''Sgt Frog'' anime. Here because it's made by Namco Tales Studio itself, using the ''Tales Of'' series' Linear Motion Battle System and even having the Tales-styled skits. It is known among Tales fans as "Tales of Keroro" (NDS, released in March '10)
[[/index]]

See also ''StarOcean'', a RPG franchise made by many of the same creators as ''TalesOfPhantasia''.
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Information and tropes pertaining to the individual titles are on their respective pages.
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!!Common and recurring plot elements:
* Plots that [[InvokedTrope start]] as {{Cliche Storm}}s but later go on to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruct]] the very tropes they employ, often by [[DeconstructorFleet drastically highlighting the nasty downsides]] of them. This is one of the main reasons why the games have a fanbase.
** ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne.
** Deconstructing BlackAndWhiteMorality.
* ImpliedLoveInterest is usually (but not always) the approach of the romance aspect of the plots.
* Heavy use of MagiTek in the plot, powered by some world specific AppliedPhlebotinum (lenspunk, craymelpunk, fonpunk, blastiapunk, psipunk...)
* LifeEnergy, which often takes the form of {{Mana}}.
** A WorldTree, which is often the source of aforementioned LifeEnergy. While ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia Phantasia]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Symphonia]]'' are the only two Mothership titles to really feature this (and that's because they share the same setting), the WorldTree is an almost omnipresent feature in the Escort titles.
* Religion as a major part of the world. If there's a religion, or even an organisation with vaguely-religious imagery, chances are it's a CorruptChurch.
* A BigBad with a personal reason for wanting to do whatever he's doing. He often wants to save something precious to him, or sincerely wants to SaveTheWorld. The problem is that his method involves [[WellIntentionedExtremist killing an awful lot of people]].
* Plots that involve at least two isolated worlds. These worlds will be antagonistic towards each other, though neither will be painted as [[PlanetOfHats outright evil]]. Fighting over a common resource is a popular trope. At least one world will be [[TechnologyLevels significantly more technologically-advanced than the other]], and the ''most'' technologically-advanced world [[ScienceIsBad will also be the most antagonistic]]. More often than not, the plot will involve the heroes finding a way to SaveBothWorlds.
* FantasticRacism as a whole. Several of the games have used it as their central focus and aesop.
* People in your party having the dire need of pulling off a HeroicSacrifice to make the world a better place, with their group always trying to find an alternative to keep their member alive.
* A [[DuelBoss duel]] between two friendly characters for a reason other than malice. The fight will be used as a plot device for the two duellists to resolve the differences between them, and/or as a trial for the less experienced fighter to overcome. The importance of the fight will further be highlighted with unique battle music.
* Party members will usually include:
** A [[HeroesPreferSwords sword-wielding]] main character.
** One IdiotHero.
** One [[TagalongKid kid who is much younger or shorter than everyone else]]. Most of the time they turn out to be the [[GlacierWaif most powerful physical attacker]] of the party.
** One party member who pulls a FaceHeelTurn at some point and/or turns out to be TheMole.
** One CombatMedic. Pure WhiteMagicianGirl characters are rare; the main female will always have some degree of combat training to go with her spellcasting and healing abilities.
** At least one LethalChef.
* One WhamEpisode in the ''perfect center'' of normal gameplay (it is really that horrifyingly accurate). Said FaceHeelTurn will also happen somewhere immediately before or after this time. {{Deconstruction}} will play a major part of the segment, but it will most likely not compare to the horror initiated. Due to this change in perspective, the BigBad will end up becoming the WellIntentionedExtremist he will be properly known for.
* A SpaceWhaleAesop that brings together all the events of any given game in order to take a stand against some relatively minor (compared to world domination and/or destruction) social or moral issue.
* The Dark Wings, a trio of quirky thieves whose role is usually as comic relief.
* A VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon that is floating in the sky or actually out in space.
* Lots of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZDW3xtHAxU&fmt=18 shouting.]]
* Evil military leaders, somewhere close to TheEmpire. The position of Commandant is a particularly common warning sign for nefarious schemes.
* A snowy town and a desert town; the former usually has a "romantic" atmosphere which may be explored or just touched upon.
* [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery Fancy outfits worn even in the most heated battles.]]

!!Common and recurring gameplay elements:
* A real-time combat system called some variation on the Linear Motion Battle System (LMBS). The player controls one character, while the other battle characters are controlled by the AI and follow general commands. The battle system is reminiscent of a 2D fighting game, and focuses on chaining moves together.
* Combat techniques known as "Artes". Advanced techniques are known as "Arcane Artes". The combo system is often based upon chaining Artes into Arcane Artes.
* {{Evolving Attack}}s.
* A ManaMeter that usually takes one of two forms:
** The ''Team Symphonia'' style uses Technical Points (TP), a traditional ManaMeter.
** The ''Team Destiny'' style uses Chain Capacity (CC), where characters possess a constantly-regenerating pool of CC, and can chain special moves for as long as they have CC remaining.
* A form of SuperMode called "Overlimit", in which characters gain increased defensive power and become immune to stagger. At higher levels, Overlimit can even allow characters to use Artes without consuming CC or TP.
* A LimitBreak called a "Mystic Arte". The requirement for activating a Mystic Arte varies from game to game, but the most common requirements are:
** The character must be in Overlimit.
** The character must have learned and equipped a skill called "Special".
** The character must successfully hit an enemy with an Arcane Arte.
** Less common requirements include having a [[DesperationAttack very small amount of HP]], expending a large amount of TP/CC and/or building a long-enough combo.
* A list of commonly-recurring items, such as:
** "Gald" as a unit of currency.
** "Gels" as healing items. In a change from normal RPG convention, Gels heal by percentage (e.g. 30% of a total) rather than a fixed amount.
** "Bottles" as items used to heal status effects.
** The "All-Divide", a rare item that cuts all damage taken by friend and foe by half.
** Herbs that can increase base statistics.
** The Sorcerer's Ring, an item that shoots small energy bolts and is used to solve puzzles. Its functions are usually upgraded as the story proceeds.
* "Grade" as an extra unit of currency that can (for all intents and purposes) be treated as the player's "[[ScoringPoints score]]". Grade is awarded after battle according to how well the player did, with Grade awarded for achieving long combos or blocking attacks, and Grade deducted for taking damage, using ineffective artes (such as a Fire-elemental arte on a Fire-resistant monster) or relying on recovery items. Grade awards bonus EXP in battle, but can also be used to purchase NewGamePlus bonuses and occasionally in-game bonuses too.
* A broadly-shared list of artes and spells. It's possible to tell how nostalgic a game is attempting to be by how closely it sticks to that list. Games such as ''Destiny 2'', ''Rebirth'', and ''Hearts'' tried to break out completely.
** The swordplay style used by the main character of ''Phantasia'' (and its accompanying moveset) would become synonymous with ''TalesSeries'' main characters.
** There are also a few games where one character doesn't use the "Traditional" artes used by most TalesSeries main characters...but another character does. Examples include Chloe in ''TalesOfLegendia'' (And even then, some of their artes overlap with each other or the classic TalesSeries heroes), Guy in ''TalesOfTheAbyss'', or Spada in ''TalesOfInnocence''.
* SummonMagic, called "Summon Spirits". The core four are Sylph (wind), Ifrit (fire), Undine (water) and Gnome (earth). The most popular second-tier Summon Spirits include Maxwell (all four core elements), Volt (lightning) and Shadow (darkness). As with the Arte/Spell list noted above, you can usually tell how nostalgic a game is trying to be by how closely it sticks to this list.
* Titles, which can be attached to a character just like a piece of equipment. New titles are usually earned at key storyline moments, or for special achievements (such as building a long-enough combo). The actual effect of a Title varies from game to game: in some it is merely cosmetic while in others it affects stat growth or contains hidden effects.
** Costume Titles, which [[AndYourRewardIsClothes completely change the appearance of a character]] while equipped.
* Cooking as a means to recover HP/TP after every battle. Cooking can bestow multiple effects and vary in potency, depending on which character you choose to be the cook. It is also trained as a skill, with characters improving their skills the more they practice a recipe.
** Games with Cooking will frequently include the Wonder Chef, a mysterious individual who disguises himself as various objects around the world and- if unmasked- will teach you new recipes.
** There will also be at least one LethalChef in the party, with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious consquences]].
* Skits, which are little conversations between the party members that can be triggered while travelling. They are one of the main sources of CharacterDevelopment in the game. Depending on the game, skits can also affect RelationshipValues.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome, often done by Motoi Sakuraba and Shinji Tamura. Some of the more recent ones have had other composers assisting Sakuraba, most notably his protege Hibiki Aoyama.
** Go Shiina has also gained a lot of plaudits for his composition of ''Legendia'''s epic soundtrack (in place of Sakuraba) and for his contributions to some of the Escort games.
* A previous ''TalesSeries'' character as a BonusBoss. More often than not, he gives you his weapon as a reward, which proceeds to be one of the {{Infinity Plus One Sword}}s or close to it.
* An optional arena where you can take on a number of challenges, such as {{Solo Character Run}}s and {{Boss Rush}}es. You can even end up fighting your own party members.
* A ChestMonster called the Fake which sometimes drops the All Divide.
* {{Shoutout}}s to previous ''Tales'' games, as well as to other Namco characters. Especially popular are ''{{Pac-Man}}'', ''[[TheTowerOfDruaga The Tower of Druaga]]'', and ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: An all-star Japanese Seiyuu cast, sometimes even doing minor characters, including '''NorioWakamoto''', HikaruMidorikawa, KikukoInoue, TakehitoKoyasu, JunFukuyama, TakahiroSakurai, TomokazuSeki, NanaMizuki, MamoruMiyano, NobuyukiHiyama, and so on...
** If it gets dubbed into English, there's lots of well known Californian voice actors too. Like YuriLowenthal, JohnnyYongBosch, CrispinFreeman, to name a few...
* Cute monsters. Especially noticable once [[FullMotionVideo FMVs]] entered the fray; the intro to Tales of the Abyss looks like Jade, Anise and Guy are slaughtering a horde of plush toys. One of them ''with'' a plush toy.
* A weapon claimed to be the InfinityPlusOneSword that is actually the InfinityMinusOneSword.
* At least ''ONE'' party member who uses a rather unconventional to downright silly weapon. Sometimes the mage, but other times, it's actually a ''melee'' fighter using the silly weapon. Such weapons include brooms, books, scrolls, urns, gigantic plush dolls, and shooting bubbles out of a straw.


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[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TalesAnni_3161.jpg]]

The ''TalesSeries'' is a long-running {{JRPG}} series by NamcoBandai, famous for its action-combat battle system, copious amounts of CharacterDevelopment and continued {{Deconstruction}} of the very genre it inhabits.

Earlier games in the series were developed by Wolf Team, once a subsidiary of Telenet Japan, which was reorganized as Namco Tales Studio in 2003. Namco Tales Studio was shut down in 2011 but absorbed into Namco Bandai, which intends to continue the series despite the closure of the studio.

The series is divided into two sections:

* "Mothership" Titles are considered the main entries in the franchise, comparable to the numbered ''FinalFantasy'' titles.
* "Escort" Titles are secondary entries, composed of {{Spinoff}}s, MassiveMultiplayerCrossover games, {{Mobile Phone Game}}s and {{Gaiden Game}}s to the Mothership Titles. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And]] ''TalesOfTheTempest''.

[[AC: Mothership Titles (in chronological order):]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny 2''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''

[[AC:Escort Titles:]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheTempest''
[[/index]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia: Narikiri Dungeon''
--> This game follows a pair of twins named Mel and Dio as they explore the aftermath of the events of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' with the help of Arche the witch. ''Narikiri Dungeon X'' is a VideoGameRemake that includes an UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', adding a new character (Rondoline E. Effenberg) into both games.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia: Summoner's Lineage''
--> A tactics game that followed Fulein K. Lester, a descendent of Claus F. Lester from ''Phantasia'', and his robot ally Macaron.
* ''Tales Of Fandom''
--> Compilation games with the Tales characters in various scenarios. The first features the cast of ''Phantasia'', ''Destiny'', and ''Eternia'', while the second stars ''Phantasia'', ''Symphonia'', and ''Abyss''.
[[index]]
* ''{{Tales of the World}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World/Knight of Ratatosk]]''
[[/index]]
* ''Tales of Versus''
--> A four-player MascotFighter featuring characters throughout the TalesSeries.
* ''Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave''
--> A DynastyWarriors-like [[HackAndSlash hack 'n slash]], featuring famous duos from the TalesSeries fighting together.

[[AC:Anime adaptations of the Tales series include:]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia''
--> A 4-episode {{OVA}} covering the events of the game
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''
--> A 13-episode anime about a subplot unrelated to the actual game.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia: The Animation''
--> Three 4-episode {{OVA}}s, each one covering a third of the game.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss: The Animation''
--> A 26-episode television anime covering the events of the game.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia: The First Strike''
--> A prequel movie adaptation.
* ''Tales Of Fandom Gaiden''
--> A humorous DVD extra released with ''Tales Of Fandom 2'', featuring the heroes of the games arguing over who's the best.
* ''Viva - Tales Of!''
--> A series of DVD extras given away with pre-orders for games in the series, featuring [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Zelos Wilder]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Jade Curtis]] as talk show hosts interviewing various characters. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Tales of Theatre''
--> A set of five anime shorts given away as a [[BonusMaterial pre-order bonus]] for ''Tales Of The Heroes: Twin Brave'', featuring the ''Twin Brave'' characters in [[SuperDeformed chibi]] style.

[[AC:AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent]]
[[index]]
* ''[[KeroroGunsou Keroro RPG]]: The Warrior, the Thief, and the Legendary Pirate''
--> An RPG based on the ''Sgt Frog'' anime. Here because it's made by Namco Tales Studio itself, using the ''Tales Of'' series' Linear Motion Battle System and even having the Tales-styled skits. It is known among Tales fans as "Tales of Keroro" (NDS, released in March '10)
[[/index]]

See also ''StarOcean'', a RPG franchise made by many of the same creators as ''TalesOfPhantasia''.
----
Information and tropes pertaining to the individual titles are on their respective pages.
----

!!Common and recurring plot elements:
* Plots that [[InvokedTrope start]] as {{Cliche Storm}}s but later go on to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruct]] the very tropes they employ, often by [[DeconstructorFleet drastically highlighting the nasty downsides]] of them. This is one of the main reasons why the games have a fanbase.
** ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne.
** Deconstructing BlackAndWhiteMorality.
* ImpliedLoveInterest is usually (but not always) the approach of the romance aspect of the plots.
* Heavy use of MagiTek in the plot, powered by some world specific AppliedPhlebotinum (lenspunk, craymelpunk, fonpunk, blastiapunk, psipunk...)
* LifeEnergy, which often takes the form of {{Mana}}.
** A WorldTree, which is often the source of aforementioned LifeEnergy. While ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia Phantasia]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Symphonia]]'' are the only two Mothership titles to really feature this (and that's because they share the same setting), the WorldTree is an almost omnipresent feature in the Escort titles.
* Religion as a major part of the world. If there's a religion, or even an organisation with vaguely-religious imagery, chances are it's a CorruptChurch.
* A BigBad with a personal reason for wanting to do whatever he's doing. He often wants to save something precious to him, or sincerely wants to SaveTheWorld. The problem is that his method involves [[WellIntentionedExtremist killing an awful lot of people]].
* Plots that involve at least two isolated worlds. These worlds will be antagonistic towards each other, though neither will be painted as [[PlanetOfHats outright evil]]. Fighting over a common resource is a popular trope. At least one world will be [[TechnologyLevels significantly more technologically-advanced than the other]], and the ''most'' technologically-advanced world [[ScienceIsBad will also be the most antagonistic]]. More often than not, the plot will involve the heroes finding a way to SaveBothWorlds.
* FantasticRacism as a whole. Several of the games have used it as their central focus and aesop.
* People in your party having the dire need of pulling off a HeroicSacrifice to make the world a better place, with their group always trying to find an alternative to keep their member alive.
* A [[DuelBoss duel]] between two friendly characters for a reason other than malice. The fight will be used as a plot device for the two duellists to resolve the differences between them, and/or as a trial for the less experienced fighter to overcome. The importance of the fight will further be highlighted with unique battle music.
* Party members will usually include:
** A [[HeroesPreferSwords sword-wielding]] main character.
** One IdiotHero.
** One [[TagalongKid kid who is much younger or shorter than everyone else]]. Most of the time they turn out to be the [[GlacierWaif most powerful physical attacker]] of the party.
** One party member who pulls a FaceHeelTurn at some point and/or turns out to be TheMole.
** One CombatMedic. Pure WhiteMagicianGirl characters are rare; the main female will always have some degree of combat training to go with her spellcasting and healing abilities.
** At least one LethalChef.
* One WhamEpisode in the ''perfect center'' of normal gameplay (it is really that horrifyingly accurate). Said FaceHeelTurn will also happen somewhere immediately before or after this time. {{Deconstruction}} will play a major part of the segment, but it will most likely not compare to the horror initiated. Due to this change in perspective, the BigBad will end up becoming the WellIntentionedExtremist he will be properly known for.
* A SpaceWhaleAesop that brings together all the events of any given game in order to take a stand against some relatively minor (compared to world domination and/or destruction) social or moral issue.
* The Dark Wings, a trio of quirky thieves whose role is usually as comic relief.
* A VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon that is floating in the sky or actually out in space.
* Lots of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZDW3xtHAxU&fmt=18 shouting.]]
* Evil military leaders, somewhere close to TheEmpire. The position of Commandant is a particularly common warning sign for nefarious schemes.
* A snowy town and a desert town; the former usually has a "romantic" atmosphere which may be explored or just touched upon.
* [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery Fancy outfits worn even in the most heated battles.]]

!!Common and recurring gameplay elements:
* A real-time combat system called some variation on the Linear Motion Battle System (LMBS). The player controls one character, while the other battle characters are controlled by the AI and follow general commands. The battle system is reminiscent of a 2D fighting game, and focuses on chaining moves together.
* Combat techniques known as "Artes". Advanced techniques are known as "Arcane Artes". The combo system is often based upon chaining Artes into Arcane Artes.
* {{Evolving Attack}}s.
* A ManaMeter that usually takes one of two forms:
** The ''Team Symphonia'' style uses Technical Points (TP), a traditional ManaMeter.
** The ''Team Destiny'' style uses Chain Capacity (CC), where characters possess a constantly-regenerating pool of CC, and can chain special moves for as long as they have CC remaining.
* A form of SuperMode called "Overlimit", in which characters gain increased defensive power and become immune to stagger. At higher levels, Overlimit can even allow characters to use Artes without consuming CC or TP.
* A LimitBreak called a "Mystic Arte". The requirement for activating a Mystic Arte varies from game to game, but the most common requirements are:
** The character must be in Overlimit.
** The character must have learned and equipped a skill called "Special".
** The character must successfully hit an enemy with an Arcane Arte.
** Less common requirements include having a [[DesperationAttack very small amount of HP]], expending a large amount of TP/CC and/or building a long-enough combo.
* A list of commonly-recurring items, such as:
** "Gald" as a unit of currency.
** "Gels" as healing items. In a change from normal RPG convention, Gels heal by percentage (e.g. 30% of a total) rather than a fixed amount.
** "Bottles" as items used to heal status effects.
** The "All-Divide", a rare item that cuts all damage taken by friend and foe by half.
** Herbs that can increase base statistics.
** The Sorcerer's Ring, an item that shoots small energy bolts and is used to solve puzzles. Its functions are usually upgraded as the story proceeds.
* "Grade" as an extra unit of currency that can (for all intents and purposes) be treated as the player's "[[ScoringPoints score]]". Grade is awarded after battle according to how well the player did, with Grade awarded for achieving long combos or blocking attacks, and Grade deducted for taking damage, using ineffective artes (such as a Fire-elemental arte on a Fire-resistant monster) or relying on recovery items. Grade awards bonus EXP in battle, but can also be used to purchase NewGamePlus bonuses and occasionally in-game bonuses too.
* A broadly-shared list of artes and spells. It's possible to tell how nostalgic a game is attempting to be by how closely it sticks to that list. Games such as ''Destiny 2'', ''Rebirth'', and ''Hearts'' tried to break out completely.
** The swordplay style used by the main character of ''Phantasia'' (and its accompanying moveset) would become synonymous with ''TalesSeries'' main characters.
** There are also a few games where one character doesn't use the "Traditional" artes used by most TalesSeries main characters...but another character does. Examples include Chloe in ''TalesOfLegendia'' (And even then, some of their artes overlap with each other or the classic TalesSeries heroes), Guy in ''TalesOfTheAbyss'', or Spada in ''TalesOfInnocence''.
* SummonMagic, called "Summon Spirits". The core four are Sylph (wind), Ifrit (fire), Undine (water) and Gnome (earth). The most popular second-tier Summon Spirits include Maxwell (all four core elements), Volt (lightning) and Shadow (darkness). As with the Arte/Spell list noted above, you can usually tell how nostalgic a game is trying to be by how closely it sticks to this list.
* Titles, which can be attached to a character just like a piece of equipment. New titles are usually earned at key storyline moments, or for special achievements (such as building a long-enough combo). The actual effect of a Title varies from game to game: in some it is merely cosmetic while in others it affects stat growth or contains hidden effects.
** Costume Titles, which [[AndYourRewardIsClothes completely change the appearance of a character]] while equipped.
* Cooking as a means to recover HP/TP after every battle. Cooking can bestow multiple effects and vary in potency, depending on which character you choose to be the cook. It is also trained as a skill, with characters improving their skills the more they practice a recipe.
** Games with Cooking will frequently include the Wonder Chef, a mysterious individual who disguises himself as various objects around the world and- if unmasked- will teach you new recipes.
** There will also be at least one LethalChef in the party, with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious consquences]].
* Skits, which are little conversations between the party members that can be triggered while travelling. They are one of the main sources of CharacterDevelopment in the game. Depending on the game, skits can also affect RelationshipValues.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome, often done by Motoi Sakuraba and Shinji Tamura. Some of the more recent ones have had other composers assisting Sakuraba, most notably his protege Hibiki Aoyama.
** Go Shiina has also gained a lot of plaudits for his composition of ''Legendia'''s epic soundtrack (in place of Sakuraba) and for his contributions to some of the Escort games.
* A previous ''TalesSeries'' character as a BonusBoss. More often than not, he gives you his weapon as a reward, which proceeds to be one of the {{Infinity Plus One Sword}}s or close to it.
* An optional arena where you can take on a number of challenges, such as {{Solo Character Run}}s and {{Boss Rush}}es. You can even end up fighting your own party members.
* A ChestMonster called the Fake which sometimes drops the All Divide.
* {{Shoutout}}s to previous ''Tales'' games, as well as to other Namco characters. Especially popular are ''{{Pac-Man}}'', ''[[TheTowerOfDruaga The Tower of Druaga]]'', and ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: An all-star Japanese Seiyuu cast, sometimes even doing minor characters, including '''NorioWakamoto''', HikaruMidorikawa, KikukoInoue, TakehitoKoyasu, JunFukuyama, TakahiroSakurai, TomokazuSeki, NanaMizuki, MamoruMiyano, NobuyukiHiyama, and so on...
** If it gets dubbed into English, there's lots of well known Californian voice actors too. Like YuriLowenthal, JohnnyYongBosch, CrispinFreeman, to name a few...
* Cute monsters. Especially noticable once [[FullMotionVideo FMVs]] entered the fray; the intro to Tales of the Abyss looks like Jade, Anise and Guy are slaughtering a horde of plush toys. One of them ''with'' a plush toy.
* A weapon claimed to be the InfinityPlusOneSword that is actually the InfinityMinusOneSword.
* At least ''ONE'' party member who uses a rather unconventional to downright silly weapon. Sometimes the mage, but other times, it's actually a ''melee'' fighter using the silly weapon. Such weapons include brooms, books, scrolls, urns, gigantic plush dolls, and shooting bubbles out of a straw.


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15th May '12 7:59:30 AM SeptimusHeap
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* One WhamEpisode in the ''perfect center'' of normal gameplay (it is really that horrifyingly accurate). Said FaceHeelTurn will also happen somewhere immediately before or after this time. {{Deconstruction}} will play a major part of the segment, but it will most likely not compare to the HighOctaneNightmareFuel initiated. Due to this change in perspective, the BigBad will end up becoming the WellIntentionedExtremist he will be properly known for.

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* One WhamEpisode in the ''perfect center'' of normal gameplay (it is really that horrifyingly accurate). Said FaceHeelTurn will also happen somewhere immediately before or after this time. {{Deconstruction}} will play a major part of the segment, but it will most likely not compare to the HighOctaneNightmareFuel horror initiated. Due to this change in perspective, the BigBad will end up becoming the WellIntentionedExtremist he will be properly known for.
14th May '12 8:04:43 PM Prfnoff
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Earlier games in the series were developed by Wolf Team, once a subsidiary of Telenet Japan, which was reorganized as Namco Tales Studio in 2003. Namco Tales Studio was shut down in 2011 but absorbed into Namco Bandai, which intends to continue the series despite the closure of the studio.
29th Apr '12 2:36:11 AM Oreochan
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* ''TalesOfSymphonia: The Animation''

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* ''TalesOfSymphonia: ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia: The Animation''



--> A series of DVD extras given away with pre-orders for games in the series, featuring [[TalesOfSymphonia Zelos Wilder]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Jade Curtis]] as talk show hosts interviewing various characters. HilarityEnsues.

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--> A series of DVD extras given away with pre-orders for games in the series, featuring [[TalesOfSymphonia [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Zelos Wilder]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Jade Curtis]] as talk show hosts interviewing various characters. HilarityEnsues.



** A WorldTree, which is often the source of aforementioned LifeEnergy. While ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia Phantasia]]'' and ''[[TalesOfSymphonia Symphonia]]'' are the only two Mothership titles to really feature this (and that's because they share the same setting), the WorldTree is an almost omnipresent feature in the Escort titles.

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** A WorldTree, which is often the source of aforementioned LifeEnergy. While ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia Phantasia]]'' and ''[[TalesOfSymphonia ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Symphonia]]'' are the only two Mothership titles to really feature this (and that's because they share the same setting), the WorldTree is an almost omnipresent feature in the Escort titles.
11th Apr '12 12:51:02 PM DragonQuestZ
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* [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery Fancy outfits worn even in the most heated battles.]]
9th Apr '12 5:33:52 PM daragionthegreat
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* People in your party having the dire need of pulling off a HeroicSacrifice to make the world a better place, with their group always trying to find an alternative to keep their member alive.
5th Apr '12 11:47:36 AM Redkun
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* "Escort" Titles are secondary entries, composed of {{Spinoff}}s, MassiveMultiplayerCrossover games, {{Mobile Phone Game}}s and {{Gaiden Game}}s to the Mothership Titles. It [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg also includes]] ''TalesOfTheTempest''.

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* "Escort" Titles are secondary entries, composed of {{Spinoff}}s, MassiveMultiplayerCrossover games, {{Mobile Phone Game}}s and {{Gaiden Game}}s to the Mothership Titles. It [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg also includes]] And]] ''TalesOfTheTempest''.
5th Apr '12 11:46:53 AM Redkun
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* "Escort" Titles are secondary entries, composed of {{Spinoff}}s, MassiveMultiplayerCrossover games, {{Mobile Phone Game}}s, {{Gaiden Game}}s to the Mothership Titles [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] ''TalesOfTheTempest''.

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* "Escort" Titles are secondary entries, composed of {{Spinoff}}s, MassiveMultiplayerCrossover games, {{Mobile Phone Game}}s, Game}}s and {{Gaiden Game}}s to the Mothership Titles Titles. It [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] also includes]] ''TalesOfTheTempest''.
5th Apr '12 11:45:01 AM Redkun
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* The ''StarOcean'' Franchise
--> An RPG series made by many of the same creators as ''Phantasia'', and using many of the same conventions.


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See also ''StarOcean'', a RPG franchise made by many of the same creators as ''TalesOfPhantasia''.
29th Mar '12 6:34:30 AM Redkun
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** The ''Team Destiny'' style uses Capacity Points (CC), where characters possess a constantly-regenerating pool of CC, and can chain special moves for as long as they have CC remaining.

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** The ''Team Destiny'' style uses Chain Capacity Points (CC), where characters possess a constantly-regenerating pool of CC, and can chain special moves for as long as they have CC remaining.
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