[[Website/TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches Index]] | [[ConsoleRPGCliches1To24 1-24]] | [[ConsoleRPGCliches25To48 25-48]] | [[ConsoleRPGCliches49To72 49-72]] | [[ConsoleRPGCliches73To96 73-96]] | [[ConsoleRPGCliches97To120 97-120]] | '''121-144''' | [[ConsoleRPGCliches145To168 145-168]] | [[ConsoleRPGCliches169To192 169-192]] | [[ConsoleRPGClichesTheTVTropesVersion TV Tropes Version]]
#'''[[InfantImmortality Child Protection Act]] ([[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Rydia]] Rule):''' ''Children 12 and under are exempt from death. They will emerge alive from cataclysms that slaughter hundreds of sturdily-built adults, often with barely a scratch. Further protection is afforded if the catastrophe will [[ParentalAbandonment orphan the child]].''
#'''[[MentorOccupationalHazard Missing Master Hypothesis:]]''' ''Almost every strong physical fighter learned everything he/she knows from some [[OldMaster old master]] or friend. Invariably, the master or friend has since [[FaceHeelTurn turned evil]], been killed, or [[NeverFoundTheBody disappeared without a trace]]. ''
#'''Missing Master Corollary ([[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Sabin]] Rule):''' ''If a fighter's master merely disappeared, you will undoubtedly find him/her at some point in your travels. The master will [[DuelBoss challenge the student to a duel]], after which the student will be taught one final skill that the master had been holding back for years. ''
#'''{{Film/Gojira}} [[{{Kaiju}} Axiom:]]''' ''Giant monsters capable of leveling cities all have the following traits:''[/numlist]
** ''Low intelligence''
** ''Enormous strength''
** ''Projectile attacks''
** ''Gigantic teeth and claws, designed, presumably, to eat other giant monsters''
** ''[[DeathOfAThousandCuts Vulnerable to weapons 1/10,000th its size]]''
** ''[[GaiasVengeance Ecologically sensitive]]''
#'''[[ShipTease "You Couldn't Get To Sleep Either, Huh?"]]''' ''If any character in the game ever meets any other character standing alone at night looking at the moon, those two will eventually fall in love.'' (a variant of InnSecurity)
#'''[[EvilIsCool Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely]] ([[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Althena]] Rule):''' ''If a good guy is [[FaceHeelTurn manipulated to the side of evil]], they will suddenly find a new inner strength that will enable them to wipe out your whole party with a wave of their hand.''
#'''[[EasilyForgiven All Is Forgiven]] ([[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Nash]] Rule):''' ''However, when the trusted member of your party [[FaceHeelTurn turns against you]], [[WelcomeBackTraitor do not give it a second thought]]. They will [[HeelFaceTurn return to your side]] after they're done with their [[LaserGuidedAmnesia amnesia]]/[[BrainwashedAndCrazy mind control]]/[[WellIntentionedExtremist hidden noble goal]] that caused them to give away all your omnipotent mystical artifacts.''
#'''[[LimitedWardrobe First Law of Fashion]]:''' ''All characters wear a single costume which does not change over the course of the game. The only exception is when characters [[DressingAsTheEnemy dress up in enemy uniforms]] to infiltrate their base.''
#'''[[ImpossiblyCoolClothes Second Law of Fashion:]]''' ''Any character's costume, no matter how [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy]], [[FashionableAsymmetry complicated, or simply outlandish]], is always completely suitable to wear when climbing around in caves, hiking across the desert, and slogging through the sewers. It will continue to be completely suitable right afterwards when said character goes to meet the King.''
#'''[[SpaceClothes Third Law of Fashion:]]''' ''In any futuristic setting, the standard uniform for female soldiers and special agents will include [[ZettaiRyouiki a miniskirt and thigh-high stockings]]. The standard uniform for all male characters, military or not, will include an [[NiceHat extraordinarily silly and enormous hat]].'' (See also CrystalSpiresAndTogas)
#'''[[EvilChancellor First Rule of Politics (Chancellor's Axiom)]]:''' ''Any advisor of a major ruler has been scheming after his throne for quite a while. Thanks to the miracle of timing, you will arrive at the king's inner sanctum {{just in time}} for the coup.''
#'''[[TheStarscream Second Rule of Politics (Scapegoat's Axiom)]]:''' ''If the advisor works for an [[EvilOverlord evil ruler]], [[SycophanticServant the advisor is as bad or even worse]], and there's a good chance he's the final villain. (See Fake Ending Rule.) If the advisor works for a good ruler, he usually has the [[KnightTemplar good of the kingdom at heart]]; not that that helps, because your party will invariably be made the scapegoat for all that's wrong with the nation and immediately thrown in the dungeon.''
#'''[[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire Last Rule of Politics]]:''' ''[[TheGoodKingdom Kingdoms are good]]. [[TheEmpire Empires are evil]]''.
#'''[[IdenticalGrandson Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics]] ([[Franchise/{{Lunar}} Ramus]] Rule):''' ''Twenty-three generations may pass, but any person's direct descendant will still [[{{Expy}} look and act just like him]].''
#'''[[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Pinch Hitter Rule:]]''' ''Whenever a member of the hero's team [[GuestStarPartyMember is killed or retires]], no matter how unique or special he or she was there is a good chance someone will show up to replace them that has [[LeakedExperience exactly the same abilities and can use the same weapons with the same proficiency]].''
#'''[[BeautyEqualsGoodness Dealing With Beautiful Women]], Part 1 ([[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Yuffie]] Rule):''' ''All [[CoolBigSis good-looking young females]] are there to help you. This rule holds even when the girl in question is [[BrattyHalfPint annoying]], [[FauxActionGirl useless]], or clearly [[HighHeelFaceTurn evil]]. ''
#'''[[BeautyIsBad Dealing With Beautiful Women]], Part 2 (Rouge Rule):''' ''All [[ChristmasCake good-looking middle-aged females]] are out to kill you. This rule holds even when the woman in question has [[FemmeFatale attained your unwavering trust and respect]]. ''
#'''Well, So Much For That:''' ''After you have completed your mighty quest to find the object that will save the known universe, it will either a) [[ForgottenPhlebotinum get lost]], b) [[MacGuffinDeliveryService get stolen]], or c) [[PhlebotinumBreakdown not work]].''
#'''The Ominous Ring of Land:''' ''The classic Ominous Ring of Land is a popular terrain feature that frequently [[LostWorld doesn't show up on your world map]]. Just when you think things are going really well and you've got the Forces of Evil on the run, monsters, demons and {{mad god}}s will pour out of the center of the ring and the situation will get ten times worse. The main villain also usually hangs out in one of these after [[AGodAmI attaining godhood]]. If there are several Ominous Rings of Land or the entire world map is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV one big ring]], you are just ''screwed''.'' (See also TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon)
#'''[[OverratedAndUnderleveled Law of NPC Relativity]] ([[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Magus]] Rule):''' ''Characters can accomplish superhuman physical feats, defeat enemies with one hand tied behind their back and use incredible abilities -- until they join your party and you can control them. Then [[RedemptionDemotion these wonderful powers all vanish]], along with most of their hit points.'' (Commonly related to either GoodIsDumb, [[GoodIsBoring Boring]] and/or [[GoodIsImpotent Impotent]])[[note]]For the record, Magus, after whom this rule is alternately named, is a justified example of the trope. His powers were drained by Lavos before he could join you.[[/note]]
#'''[[CityGuards Guards! Guards!]] (or, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Lindblum]] Full Employment Act):''' ''Everything will be guarded and gated (elevators, docks, old rickety bridges, random stretches of roadway deep in the forest) except for the stuff that actually needs to be.''
#'''[[SelfDestructMechanism Thank You For Pressing The Self-Destruct Button]]:''' ''All enemy installations and city-sized military vehicles will be equipped with a conveniently located, easy-to-operate self-destruct mechanism.'' (See also BigRedButton)
#'''[[NoOneCouldSurviveThat Falling Rule]] (or, [[Series/MacGyver Murdoc]] Rule):''' ''An RPG character can fall any distance onto anything without suffering anything worse than brief unconsciousness. In fact, falling a huge distance is an excellent cure for otherwise fatal wounds -- anyone who you see [[NeverFoundTheBody shot, stabbed, or mangled and then tossed off a cliff is guaranteed to return later]] in the game [[UnexplainedRecovery with barely a scratch]].''
#'''[[ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay Materials Science 101]]:''' ''Gold, silver, and other precious metals make excellent weapons and armor even though in the real world they are too soft and heavy to use for that purpose. In fact, they work so well that nobody ever melts their solid gold suit of armor down into bullion, sells it, and retires to a tropical isle on the proceeds.''