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->''"An incredibly convenient meter at the top right tells you when everyone in the combat will go in turn."''
-->-- ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' reviewing ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''

When the turn order in a video game, usually strategy or {{RPG}}, is shown in a way that tells the player the next several turns of (usually) everyone involved in a battle or challenge. The form is usually a stack or line of headshots of the characters and enemies.

Thus if AliceAndBob are at the first and second positions respectively, and the BlobMonster they are fighting is third, then Alice will get the first move, Bob will get the second, and the blob will go third.

This can have a number of effects:
* One is letting the player(s) plan out the next few rounds instead of one round at a time.
* Another is that someone's speed stat tends to become more prominent, as [[CombatantCooldownSystem not only will faster characters get turns sooner, but can often get multiple turns within a round]].
** So with this trope, spells that speed up and slow characters can turn a battle far more than other tactics.

These can involve various amounts of RealTimeWithPause.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Eastern RPG]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
* ''{{Nostalgia}}''
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' does this from ''Covenant'' on, very useful in exploiting the boost system and knowing who to boost above enemy turns in the third game.
* ''{{Neptunia}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Atelier}}'' (and just about every modern Gust Corporation game)
** ''VideoGame/AtelierIris2TheAzothOfDestiny'' This concept is implemented at a bar with pointers siding along the bar indicating the action order. This was also the first game in the series to use the concept.
** ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Iris 3|Grand Phantasm}}'' Uses a queue of "action cards" rather than the bar from the previous game.
** ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' Classic horizontal cards in the top left of the battle screen featured in most Gust Corporation games.
** ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'' 16 horizontal cards at the top left of the battle screen.
*** Interestingly, [[DeathDealer Roxis]] has a few abilities that target and manipulate these cards, and it is possible to insert cards that take preset actions automatically.
** ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'' Uses a rotating ring of bubbles.
*** Much like Roxis from the first game, [[GadgeteerGenius Enna]] can shoot down enemy time spheres, and Ulrika can clear them completely. The final boss in Raze's route and in the True End route can screw with players by [[InterfaceScrew blocking out the entire ring]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Totori|The Adventurer of Arland}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Meruru|The Apprentice of Arland}}''
* ''VideoGame/HexyzForce''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' trilogy. This had the added twist of having certain turns on the turn wheel grant special effects, such as double experience if you defeated an enemy that turn. It also had a Boost mechanic that would allow a character to "cut" in line and take their turn next.
* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' uses the top screen to list the next 9 moves. After a little bit, you can even swap any two turns (hero or monster) to extend chains.
* ''Franchise/WildArms'':
** ''VideoGame/WildARMs3'' implements this when battling using the sandcraft.
** ''VideoGame/WildARMs4'' uses this for all battles.
** ''VideoGame/WildARMs5'' shows the characters and enemies attack order in the top right of the screen.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sands Of Destruction}}'' for the DS puts the character portraits of the party and enemies in order of their turn, but since most bosses can get multiple turns without the queue reacting to it until it's actually their turn and because the party members' ridiculously lenghty attack combos only count as a single turn, it tends to serve very little purpose in battles where it might actually be important.
* In ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'', the top of the screen tells the turns of the player and the monster.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' both let you view the order of turns by pressing a button. It then shows an overhead view of the battle, with whose turn is when displayed above the figure. However, while ''Persona 3'' and ''Persona 3 [[UpdatedRerelease FES]]'' would display the order of the next complete turn of actions, ''Persona 4'' and ''Persona 3 Portable'' only show the immediate next character to act.
* ''[[LegendOfHeroesVI Trails in the Sky]]'' has a stack showing everyone's turn order for (depending on how many enemies are present) two or three 'rounds', and highlights where a character's next action will be after taking their turn (which varies depending on what they do). It also has icons next to some turns indicating that whoever acts then will get a bonus effect, such as a STR boost or guaranteed CriticalHit. Since the LimitBreak style attack can be triggered at any time and allow the user to act immediately, it's useful to deny an enemy such a bonus and make use of it yourself.
* ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'' features a {{downplayed| trope}} form of this. Small icons on the bottom right of the screen to reflect action point decisions and give you an idea of how the battle will play out before you commit to the round, but you otherwise can't plan out the battle in other forms of this trope.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', this happens with guns during ship battles, [[DownplayedTrope sort of]]. Whose action goes when is visible, and select-able, but you can't tell whether the opposition or you will go first in any given turn.
* ''VideoGame/{{MARDEK}}'' uses this trope as well, displaying several turns worth at the top of the screen at a time.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', the Chip Challenge is built on this idea.
* This feature is also in ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'', aligned along the bottom of the screen. It doubles as a quick-glance health bar for each unit.
* ''Franchise/{{Grandia}}'' has the "Action Bar", wherein characters' icons slide across said bar in the bottom right corner of the screen until they reach the right end that's marked with ACT, at which point they, well, act and their icon is reset to the left end. When a party member's icon reaches the COM mark about 2/3 way to the right, the game pauses, letting you select the action to be carried out when it reaches the right end. If you use a special attack with a "Cancel" property on an enemy whose icon is between COM and ACT, you cancel their turn entirely
** The third and fourth VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures games use a system very similar to this one, with the exception that enemies can get their turns pushed back to a lesser degree even if their icon isn't currently between CMD and ACT and there's a lot more attacks that can interrupt enemy turns, some of them even targetting the entire enemy party.
** ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'' also features a similar action bar to ''Grandia'', with a "Wait" phase and a "Cast" phase. If a character is damaged during the "Cast" phase, their attack is interrupted entirely. There are also certain statuses that slow characters on the "Wait" phase, stop them temporarily, or push them back on the "Wait" phase. The player can also use a firefly to blind foes, which slows them on ''both'' the "Wait" and "Cast" phases.
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[[folder:Strategy RPG]]
* ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''
* In the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' series, pushing a button allows the player to see a list displaying the order the units will take their turn as well as when charged abilities like spells will go off.
** ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' uses the DS's secondary screen to show the turn order.
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' and ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2''
* ''{{Monsters Den}} Book of Dread'' shows the queue [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uTcFNO1w29A/Tv3nTFwyabI/AAAAAAAACUI/q8RZtZJp2kI/s1600/monstersden.png with text instead of headshots]]. ''Monster's Den Chronicles'' shows the queue with headshots.
* ''VideoGame/HoshigamiRuiningBlueEarth''
* ''{{Gungnir}}''. Though it's unique in that there's only one icon for the player (who can choose which unit to move and/or attack, instead of being forced to use only one) and that all player-controlled units have their own icon that says how long they have until the act again. Though the player can move anyone before the icon lights back up again, it reduces vitality temporarily.
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[[folder:Western RPG]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsTheThirdAge''. The turn order is represented by headshots of the party stacked on top of each other. Not surprising since it runs on a slightly modified ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' engine.
* ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures 3'' has a variation where every character's icon runs along the top of the screen and they get to go once they reach the edge (being turn based, everyone else freezes until that character makes a move). Speedier characters move through this queue faster and can overtake slower characters, so it's not always easy to eyeball who will be next.
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