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[[caption-width-right:320:For them, the path was not chosen... [[ScrewDestiny They chose their path]]. Yes, not knowing the fear of death. [[WarIsHell Having never learned the fear of confronting it]].]]

->''When nine and nine meet nine,\\
the depths of reason shall stir.\\
When the seal of creation is broken,\\
a voice like thunder shall sound,\\
and thou shalt know--\\
we have come.''

In the land of Orience, there are four nations: the Dominion of Rubrum, the Milites Empire, the Kingdom of Concordia, and the Lorican Alliance. Each domain has a crystal, and each powers their respective military forces, which are trained at four Peristylia (a combination of military academy and WizardingSchool), each represented by one of TheFourGods. The countries have been at peace, honoring the Pax Codex between them.

However, the expansionist [[MeaningfulName Milites]] [[EvilEmpire Empire]], led by High Commander [[MythologyGag Cid Aulstyne]], has found a way to shatter the crystals and has set their sights on Rubrum and the Vermilion Peristylium. Twelve students somehow retain their powers from the crystal pact, and it's up to them (and two expansion members) to save their homeland and become Agito, the savior of the world.

A game in the [[RunningGag war-declaringly popular]] ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series and second entry of the ''Franchise/FabulaNovaCrystallisFinalFantasy'' sub-series, '''''Final Fantasy Type-0''''' (originally known as ''Final Fantasy Agito XIII'' until late January 2011) is an {{Eastern RPG}} originally released for the PlaystationPortable. As with the other ''FNC'' games ([[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII the]] ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 XIII]]'' [[VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII trilogy]] and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV XV]]''), ''Type-0'' shares some concepts with the other games but are entirely independent of each other. The game was originally bound for cellphones, but this was changed early in development. The PSP original was released in Japan on October 27, 2011, and never saw a stateside release (save for [[http://www.skybladecloud.net/projects/final-fantasy-type-0-psp-english-translation a fan translation project]]).

Playing the game again after completing it unlocks additional scenes and missions and a secret ending.

An UpdatedRerelease has also been made for the PlayStation4 and XboxOne, which saw the game finally seeing an international release in 2015 (March 17 in the USA, 19 in Japan, and 20 in Europe), bundled together with a voucher for an ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV XV]]'' demo. Due to its BloodierAndGorier nature compared to the rest of the franchise, ''Type-0 HD'' is the first ''Final Fantasy'' game to receive a "Mature 17+" rating in the USA's ESRB system, compared to "C" (15+) for Japan's CERO, "16+" for Europe's PEGI, and "[=MA15=]" for Australia's ACB (all of which are average franchise-wide ratings).

An alternate companion game, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAgito'', has been released for iOS and Android, taking place in a different timeline to that of ''Type-0'' but with the same setting.
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!!This game provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Featured in the missions to reclaim Iscah and infiltrate the Empire's Magitek laboratory.
* ActionCommands: Comes with the more action-oriented battle system.
** Characters mostly have variations of their normal attack, which is affected by the direction of the analog stick.
** The Quick Draw technique relies on this. If you want to cast higher tiered magic without waiting for its charging time, you'll need to know when to press the button for your magic spell after a part of a character's attack pattern. The conditions are different for each character.
* ActionGirl: All ''seven'' of them.
* ActionPrologue: The game opens with the invasion of Rubrum and Class Zero rising to liberate Rubrum's capital.
* AdaptationalBadass: In ''XIII'', only l'Cie could cast magic and summon Eidolons, but here, everyone can do that. So to make them special, Orience l'Cie are superhumans -- they're immortal, can fly, use highly advanced magic, and have other unique powers. A clash between l'Cie in Chapter 2 completely obliterates a city, and one fought as a boss is Level 142 and completely curbstomps your party. In an optional mission during a second playthrough, you get to experience such power for your party. The result is almost every attack on normal enemies hits the damage cap, their attacks deal single-digit damage, and you have permanent Haste status.
* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Midway through the escape mission in Chapter 4, Supersoldier Akkad appears out of nowhere and is out to get you. Although you can receive a Ribbon if you defeat it, the default scenario is to avoid him and escape onto a train.
* AllThereInTheManual: The in-game Rubicus serves as this.
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: [[spoiler:Featured in the penultimate trial of the final mission. Class Zero is presented with four portals representing the four nations of Orience, and they must visit each one and complete the respective battles within.]]
* AlternateCharacterReading: The character for "Light" is read as "Hope", where they refer to TheFourGods of Orience.
* AlternateRealityEpisode: [[spoiler:The "In Another Spiral" scenario, which can only be unlocked from the second playthrough onwards, which details Class Zero's new, better life in an Orience where Arecia erases the Crystals from memory.]]
* AlternativeCalendar: Orience uses the RG Calendar which retains the Gregorian calendar system, but renames the twelve months after elements (e.g. "Month of Fire" corresponds to January). The game takes place in the year 842.
** Taken up a notch in the official translation: the month names are abbreviated Latin terms and the the dates are written in Roman numerals.
* AmnesiacsAreInnocent: The people of Orience in regards to the deceased. Because their memories of the deceased are forgotten, there is nothing that makes them aware of who was lost and so they can move on with little repercussion.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: Done with a series of new missions introduced only in the second playthrough. When you enter the area for the standard mission, you are given a choice between starting that mission, or beginning the alternate one.
** Played straight with the alternate Chapter 7 mission in which you play as [[spoiler:l'Cie Machina. While the rest of Class Zero has defeated Qator Bashtar and are returning to Akademeia, Machina's solo mission has him running through the streets of the Militesi capital to kill off any dominion soldier, cadet, or Eidolon in his way.]]
* AntiMagic: The Militesi Crystal Jammer, which nullifies the Vermilion Bird Crystal and cuts off its people from their source of magic. Class Zero is exempt because they draw from a different power source.
** Then there's the handicap of a late-game Expert Trial, in which all forms of healing are prevented, ''even'' for Class Zero.
* AnyoneCanDie: Being the setting of a world at war, along with the importance of the Crystals erasing people's memories of the deceased.
** In gameplay, having a character's HP reduced to zero means they are killed, not knocked out, and if they are not revived fast enough, they are removed from the battle or mission until you enter a location with a Save Point. Phoenix Downs are hard to come by in this game, while the Raise spell is an MP guzzler.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Three members for the battle party, while the rest remain as reserves until someone dies.
* ArcNumber: Zero.
* ArcWords: "We have arrived," or some variation thereof.
* ArtEvolution: Being a cellphone game at first, it's not avoidable. Note that in early trailers, Ace has snow white hair [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:XIIIAgitoChara01.jpg and younger facial features]]. Other characters that appeared in the trailers also underwent the same evolution, like how Seven still wore Class Zero's red cape and didn't have her unique shoulder guards as can be seen [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Agito-Flail.jpg here]].
* ArtstyleDissonance: Oh yes. The game's art style takes some cues from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', save that your heroes and most of the supporting [=NPCs=] walk around in modern-day school uniforms. And the game is about the horrors of war and is BloodierAndGorier than your average ''Final Fantasy'' title. The contrast may or may not be deliberate.
* [[ArtifactTitle Artifact]] TitleDrop: Those who train at Akademeia are Agito Cadets, all hoping to become Agito, or TheMessiah of Orience once Tempus Finis occurs. It's not exactly a TitleDrop, due to the game's name changed to ''Type-0'' instead.
* AsLongAsThereIsOneMan: The structure of the FinalBoss battle. [[spoiler:Machina and Remís spirits summon the Class Zero members one by one to slowly weaken the Rursan Arbiter and absorb the Phantoma from him. Doing so kills off the current character, so another is brought in his/her stead, and the process repeats itself eleven times, with the last person standing to witness his death.]]
* AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage: The purpose of the yellow Breaksight target.
* BanOnMagic:
** The Militesi Empire's Crystal Jammer weapon, when activated, negates the magic power from the Vermilion Bird Crystal, rendering the people of the dominion powerless. Because Class Zero's power source is not from the Crystal, they can bypass this ban, though Machina and Rem are still affected, thus during the Big Bridge mission in Chapter 6, Rem cannot be added to the battle party until the rest of the class destroys a jammer weapon in the area.
** During an Expert Trial where Rubrum teams up with Concordia, Class Zero is prohibited from using magic or summoning so as to not give away the extent of Rubrum's arsenal.
* BattleIntro: The party leader will say their variation of "Class Zero, commencing maneuvers" at the start of a mission.
* {{BFS}}: Gilgamesh is back with one, and [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/d/d4/FFType0-GilgameshRender.png he seems to have picked up weapon ideas]] from [[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Garland]] since his last appearance.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ace, Jack, and Seven during the opening mission, where they rescue Machina and Rem from the l'Cie Qun'mi ''and'' summon the Eidolon Odin.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:In the normal ending, Cid has been defeated, but the cost of Class Zero's lives and an Orience ravaged by war. Only Machina and Rem, the transfer students, survived, and they took it upon themselves to rebuild Orience and carry on the legacy left behind by their twelve fallen friends.]]
** EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:On the other hand, completing the second playthrough sees an extended ending where Arecia, moved by Class Zero's willingness to defy fate, is revealed to have de-crystallized Machina and Rem to allow them to record their fallen classmates' deeds, and later abandons the experiment to open Etro's Gate, instead choosing to create an alternate Orience where the crystals exist no more, allowing Class Zero to lead far better lives.]]
* BigBadassBattleSequence: The cinematic for the Battle of Judecca in Chapter 5.
* BloodierAndGorier: Surprisingly enough, as the ''Final Fantasy'' theme of swords and guns usually hit bluntly or without effect. People are set on fire, maiming and bloodletting are prevalent, death is shown a lot more onscreen, and even the magic system requires magically pulling a life force known as Phantoma out of their enemies' bodies through ''forcibly exploding them'' into a messy pulp.
* BookcasePassage: Kazusaís laboratory is hidden behind one in the Crystarium.
* BookEnds:
** Ace's first line when he appears is, "Here! I'm here!" and just as "Zero" finishes playing in the ending, he gets the last line in: "We were here."
** The opening features a heavily wounded Izana crying, scared that he is going to die. [[spoiler:The ending has the twelve members of Class Zero collectively struggling to accept their impending doom.]]
** In a physical example, the PSP version is divided into two discs. The first disc is where the first and last chapters are played, while the second disc contains everything else in between.
* BottomlessMagazines: Ace, Trey, Cater, and King are the partyís ranged fighters and have infinite ammunition. However, King needs to reload after using up his allotted magazines.
* BrokenBridge: On the World Map, you can only visit areas and regions that are conquered by the Dominion of Rubrum. The game follows the progress of Rubrum slowly reclaiming their home territory, [[spoiler:and the Concordian and Militesi regions when the war turns in favor of Rubrum]].
* BrutalBonusLevel: The Tower of Agito, where enemies are at Level 128, you have to defeat one hundred of a specific enemy in each level, and you cannot leave once the challenge begins; the only way out is to complete the challenges before you. Enjoy!
* CallBack: In the opening movie the twelve members of Class Zero stand in a group ready to take on Milites under a flag of Rubrum flying freely. [[spoiler:In the ending they lie dead, huddled together beneath a makeshift flag of Rubrum made out of their capes defiantly flying from a likewise makeshift flagpole made out of their weapons.]]
* CastFromHitPoints: Summoning in this game requires you to sacrifice a party member.
** Queen has the abilities Magic Martyr and Gate of Destiny, which drain her HP to restore MP and deal damage, respectively.
* ChargedAttack: Ace, Trey, Cater, and Cinque can charge their attacks, while magic spells have charging time to reach the -ra and -ga levels of power.
* CherryBlossoms:
** Shown at the conclusion of Chapter 6, leading into Chapter 7.
** [[spoiler:The secret ending concludes with Rem sitting in a garden and looking up to seeing these, with a smile on her face.]]
* ChildSoldiers: Maybe this is stretching the definition, but Rubrum's idea of specialized warfare seems to be sending teenagers into violent and bloody battles. It gets even worse when their Crystal only bestows the height of magical ability in one's youth, and further diminishes as they get older, which doesn't leave much choice for youth born in the country. One cutscene also explains that Arecia made the suggestion to deploy cadets into battle because of this advantage.
* CollectionSidequest: The l'Cie Stones, which mostly serve as proof you've visited every location in Orience. Provides additional glimpses into Orience's past history, if you're looking to fill in the Rubicus.
* ColorCodedArmies: Red for Rubrum, green for Milites and blue for Concordia.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Cadets are sorted into thirteen classes or the trainees' group in Akademeia, and are identified by the color of the cape theyíre wearing -- red for Zero, blue for First, indigo for Second, purple for Third, orange for Fourth, lime for Fifth, dark green for Sixth, pink for Seventh, yellow for Eighth, maroon for Ninth, black for Tenth, white for Eleventh, turquoise for Twelfth, and grey for trainees.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: Triad Maneuvers, where the battle party performs a combined attack at the cost of the ability gauge.
** Then there's large-scale summoning done by the dominion in general. See DangerousForbiddenTechnique.
* ControllableHelplessness: [[spoiler:During the path leading up to the FinalBoss, all of Class Zero are left [[ShowsDamage badly injured]] and are reduced to limping slowly. They are in a fixed position where they will always hold their weapons, and if you make them dodge, they will do their tumbling move and wobble a bit afterwards.]]
* CoolSword: Seven (whipblade), Jack (katana), Queen (longsword), and Machina (twin rapiers).
* CosmicRetcon: [[spoiler:In the secret ending, Arecia, intrigued by Class Zero's actions which [[ScrewDestiny broke Orience's]] [[StableTimeLoop cycle of war and destruction]], decides to change history such that [[RetGone the crystals would cease to exist]] and all of Class Zero (including Kurasame) [[EarnYourHappyEnding would live together as a happy, if somewhat ordinary, class]].]]
* CrapsackWorld: War is commonplace, people are resigning themselves to dying as though it's an unfortunate chore that's coming up, and when someone dies all their friends and family forget about them with barely their name remaining. [[spoiler:And if you go further into the deeper specifics of it, Orience has been doomed to go through the same history and war over ''six hundred million times''.]]
* CriticalHit[=/=]OneHitKill: The Killsight and Breaksight mechanics rely on this. There are lots of enemies in the game where the player has to attack at the right time in order to score a critical hit on them. Sometimes, this is the only way to damage them at all.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The summoning of a Verboten Eidolon. If summoning a regular Eidolon comes at the cost of one's life, the summoning of a Verboten Eidolon requires a group of many to lend their life-forces to the summoner (who may also require such a sacrifice). [[spoiler:As shown in-game, Alexander is so powerful it not only decimates Militesi forces on the western frontier of Rubrum, but also requires the lives of dozens of Akademeia cadets, Kurasame, and summoner Caetuna.]]
* DarkReprise: The second segment of the final boss theme features a remix of the game's main theme, this time with OminousLatinChanting.
* TheDayOfReckoning: Tempus Finis.
* DecoyProtagonist: Zigzagged between Ace/the Twelve and Machina/Rem. Sometimes the latter pair are billed after the Twelve, other times ''before'' the Twelve. In the end, ''all of them'' are central to the plot. [[spoiler:On one hand, Machina and Rem become unplayable for the final chapter, leaving the Twelve to take on the mission to defeat Cid even if it kills them. On the other hand, their actions have influenced the Twelve's decision to reject becoming l'Cie (which happened on previous cycles) and instead make that HeroicSacrifice, to the point of lending their souls to them to allow them to slowly tear the Rursan Arbiter apart; Arecia is so impressed she de-crystallizes Machina and Rem in order to allow them to honor their classmates' memory and rebuild Orience.]]
* DenouementEpisode: The Chapter of Truth, a bonus cutscene unlocked in the Rubicus after completing the game.
* DialogDuringGameplay: Justified during missions, as the party is receiving orders and instructions from MissionControl for their objectives. This can also include conversations among enemies or fellow allies.
* DolledUpInstallment: During initial production of the game, there wasn't a lot of influence from the ''Fabula Nova Crystallis'' saga on it, the focus was on a documentary-type story about warring nations. Executives noticed and encouraged the team to include more references to the saga's mythology and terminology, resulting in such concepts being written in.
* DontCelebrateJustYet: [[spoiler:The end of the war in Orience is not the end of the game...]]
* DoomedHometown: Subverted. The opening movie sets this up for Rubrum, as Milites has conquered nearly all of Orience at this point, but then Class Zero arrives to liberate the capital.
** [[spoiler:Then it really becomes the case when Tempus Finis happens in the final chapter and Class Zero comes home to find Akademeia in bloodshed and pandemoniumÖ]]
* DownerBeginning: The opening is dedicated to [[ADeathInTheLimelight Izana]] risking his life out on the frontline to pass communication devices to Class Zero, earning a slow and agonizing death in the process. Sure, Class Zero are the protagonists and will proceed to help liberate their nation's capital, but the ''absence of music'' during this sceneófollowed by the acoustic rendition of "Zero" for the opening creditsósets the melancholy and somber mood for a game set during a war.
* DragonRider: The Azure Dragon Crystal allows Concordia the power to control monsters, and especially wyverns for battle.
* DualWielding: King (dual handguns), Machina (twin rapiers), and Rem (twin daggers).
* EarthShatteringKaboom
** The annihilation of Lorica with an Ultima Bomb shortly after Akademeia is liberated in the very first Chapter alone.
** [[spoiler:Alexander's Divine Light in Chapter 6.]]
** [[spoiler:TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt if Class Zero became l'Cie in the final chapter.]]
* ElevatorActionSequence:
** Versus Brionac during the MA demolition mission in Chapter 3.
** [[spoiler:Also during the final mission, an elevator is where the Rursan Reaver first upgrades to its more powerful form.]]
* EleventhHourSuperpower:
** Should Class Zero fall against [[spoiler:Shinryu Celestia]] in Chapter 5, the Eidolon [[spoiler:Bahamut ZERO]] is summoned to win the battle in their place.
** [[spoiler:From their crystal stasis, Machina and Rem are able to revive Class Zero with enhanced power that will last them until their [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifices]] against Cid/Gala. This includes auto-Haste, HP/MP regeneration, and auto-Life.]]
* EldritchAbomination:
** The Nox Suzaku, which first appears in the introductory mission. No one knows what it is or where it comes from, but it's a gigantic multi-headed bird-like beast that appears in a shroud of darkness obscuring its features.
** [[spoiler:Now how about the Rursan Reavers that only appear during Tempus Finis? Especially their second form.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, the FinalBoss.]]
* EldritchLocation: [[spoiler:Pandaemonium, ''and how.'']]
* EmpathicEnvironment:
** [[spoiler:During Tempus Finis in the final chapter, the world is plunged in constant red, from the darkened sky to the blood rain to the color you will see most in the final dungeon. After the world is finally saved, dawn breaks, the [[CueTheSun sun has risen]], and one of the last shots before the rest of the credits roll is of a rainbow.]]
* TheEmpire: The [[MeaningfulName aptly-named]] Milites seems bent on conquering everything in their path.
* EnemyDetectingRadar: Done in the MA demolition mission of Chapter 3, where the party is sneaking into the enemyís Magitek laboratory. There is no long-term penalty if you are caught, though, just an endless swarm of enemies.
* EpisodeTitleCard: When a new chapter begins.
* EstablishingTeamShot: Near the end of the game's opening sequence, after Ace raises the dominion's flag, the other members of Class Zero begin to appear around him as he recites the page quote. As he finishes, they all toss their cloaks off and reveal their weapons, about to fight off the ongoing Militesi invasion. [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20150327090624/finalfantasy/images/a/a5/FF_Type-0_HD_Class_Zero.png This is the shot in question.]]
* EternalRecurrence: See StableTimeLoop.
* EverybodysDeadDave:
** [[spoiler:The resulting chaos of Tempus Finis largely implies this, as the Rursan Reavers practically exist to inflict mass slaughter on all people in Orience.]]
** [[spoiler:Then Machina and Rem survive these events only to run in and find their classmates at their own grave.]]
* EverybodyLives: [[spoiler:In the secret ending, Arecia's CosmicRetcon erased the Crystals, averting the possibility of a bloody war and allowing Class Zero to lead better lives. This is evidenced by a ShipTease between Emina and a very much alive and well Izana (at poor [[HotForTeacher Nine's]] [[AllLoveIsUnrequited expense]]).]]
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: The native territory of the Militesi Empire is far to the west, where it is always snowing.
* ExperienceBooster: The Growth Egg accessory gives 2x EXP, while Mog's Lucky Charm gives 400% EXP. Each character also has a weapon that gives 200% EXP.
* ExtranormalInstitute: Akademeia.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: [[spoiler:No matter the outcome of the war, Orience is always doomed to have Tempus Finis come upon it, due to the prophecy stating that Finis arrives when only one nation is left standing.]]
* FetchQuest: Several quests from [=NPCs=] are this.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: The game opens with the death of Izana Kunagiri, though this opening movie has been uploaded to Square Enixís official Website/YouTube channel ahead of the game's release.
* FissionMailed: At first, Nimbus (Chapter 3) and Shinryu Celestia (Chapter 5) seem to be this. However, it becomes subverted once your characters are stronger enough because it ''is'' possible to not die at either of their hands.
** For Nimbus, the mission is already set to end after three minutes have passed, because in the context, a ceasefire was suddenly announced. Getting everyone killed just ends the mission sooner, however it is possible to use only one character for the Brionac boss fight prior so that you can focus on avoiding all of Nimbus' attacks for three minutes.
** For Shinryu Celestia, if all your party members get KO'ed, the EleventhHourSuperpower Bahamut-0 will be summoned to defeat her in your place, allowing you to control ATasteOfPower you won't normally get elsewhere. But, if you're aiming for rank S on this mission and need to lessen your casualties, then it is possible to defeat her with your characters, provided you watch out for her and know when to exploit her Breaksight pattern.
** [[spoiler:Played straight in the final mission. The last "judgment trial" requires the party to quickly ascend a staircase, only for all of them to be immediately KO'ed as the battle text states that they failed the trial. However, this is part of the story and afterwards, they wake up in another hallway ''badly injured.'']]
* TheFourGods: The symbols of each of the four countries, with the protagonists' country being represented by the Vermilion Bird.
** The Azure Dragon Soryu makes a literal appearance as a l'Cie of its eponymous nation. The Vermillion Bird also appears as an l'Cie, referred to as Zhuyu, a corruption of the Chinese name of its namesake.
* FunWithAcronyms: The Military Operation, Organization, Guidance and Logistics Expert, aka the MOOGLE. Doubles as a MythologyGag.
** There's also the COMM, while normally short for "communication", actually stands for Crystal Oriented Messaging Medium.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Justified InUniverse as the Crystals remove peopleís memories of the deceased.
* {{Frameup}}: When [[spoiler:Queen Andoria is assassinated in Ingram]], Class Zero is framed for the crime. They are innocent, but it earns the wrath of Concordia to declare war on Rubrum. [[spoiler:Turns out it was an inside-job courtesy of the ceremonial Emperor, who always wanted to turn Concordia's long matriarchal dynasty on its head.]]
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration:
** When a character's HP is reduced to zero, there's a blue-greenish aura coming out of them as they collapse to the ground. It's the same color as the HP bar, so it's like their life force is leaving them.
** When roaming around Akademeia during free time, each character has a series of voice quotes played when they examine points in various areas (e.g. sitting on a bench, pulling out a book from a bookshelf). Beginning with Chapter 5, Machina's quotes change from his usual optimistic outlook to colder, sterner, and mostly one-word reactions. [[spoiler:It's only revealed near the ending that Machina became a l'Cie at this point, and he is slowly losing his humanity in favor of the Focus the Crystal has ordained for him.]]
* GenderEqualEnsemble: The gender split of the 14 playable characters is exactly even: 7 girls and 7 boys.
* GetBackHereBoss: Colonel Faith, who pilots a flying Helldiver mech and can escape the area really quickly if he is not stopped.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The Nox Suzaku.
* GlobalAirship: The party's airship is the ''Setzer'', allowing faster travel to parts of the world map you normally need to travel to on foot.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: The logo for the ''Final Fantasy Type-0 HD'' remaster. This extends to an alternate costume set for Class Zero, which takes after said color scheme.
* {{Golem}}: Featured as one of the Eidolon types you can summon, but it gets a notable appearance in Togoreth Stronghold as the the stronghold's defense mechanism.
* GratuitousLatin: Now with even more Latin in the official English translation.
* HarderThanHard: Done with the replayable missions from the title screen. Agito (Advanced) Mode features all enemies 30 levels higher, while Finis (Expert) Mode features [[UpToEleven all enemies 50 levels higher, under constant Rage status, and the requirement that only ''one'' member can participate with no reserves]]. The HD version adds these difficulty modes to the main game.
* HellOnEarth: [[spoiler:When Tempus Finis happens, an endlessly-spawning army of Rursan Reavers arrive to slaughter all life on Orience.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Class Zero undertakes one to end the catastrophe over Orience. [[TheHeroDies They succeed]].]]
* HoldingHands: The ending scene contains two instances of this. [[spoiler:Some members of Class Zero held hands as they were dying, and Machina holds Rem's hand to comfort her after they find the bodies.]]
* HoldTheLine: The alternate mission for Chapter 6 requires the player to wait out a 23-minute timer while protecting the area that they are stationed in.
* HonoraryTrueCompanion: Naghi, Carla, Mutsuki, Quon, and Ryid have sidequests where upon completion, they join Class Zero. However this change is solely aesthetic (their capes become red) and they do not actually join the party or impact the story thereafter (though on occasion Naghi is the only one of actual help, having served as their contact for a few missions).
* HotterAndSexier: Compared to the rest of the series anyway. The scenes of Emina in her bikini are '''the''' most gratuitous fanservice to yet come from ''Final Fantasy'', which considering their past instances of such is saying a lot. It's also the first time the developers have been forthcoming with the design process behind the {{Panty Shot}}s of the female characters, and recurring MsFanservice summon Shiva barely even qualifies as a CuteMonsterGirl, just being a buxom human in a bikini top and miniskirt.
* HowDidWeGetBackHome: [[spoiler:It's unknown how Class Zero arrived in the ruins of their classroom from the place of their final battle. The only transition used is Aceís AllJustADream scenario.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Ace uses cards, Deuce plays the [[InstrumentOfMurder flute]], and Machina uses twin rapiers that look like corkscrew-[[ThisIsADrill drills]]. And let's be honest, Sice, a scythe isn't the most practical thing, either.
* InfiniteOneUps: The Anima Lantern is an item that puts Reraise on a character, and is dropped by Tonberries. Fortunately, there is a mission where Tonberries make a regular appearance, first available in Chapter 4 of the second playthrough. Itís a short mission too, with only the giant yeti boss to worry about if youíre not up to level yet. But once you are, you can replay this mission over and over to farm those lanterns, because revival items are hard to come by and KOíed characters who are not revived in time will disappear until the end of the mission or until you go to a location with a Save Point. Reraise will be your new life insurance to keep your characters throughout a tough series of battles, and it comes in a pretty easy source too.
* InformedEquipment: All you will see on your characters are their weapons, and there is only one default model used of each of those weapons.
* [[INeverToldYouMyName I Never Told You His Name]]: When Machina brings up the death of his brother to Class Zero, Ace responds by saying they cannot allow ''Izana's'' sacrifice to be in vain. Machina is further angered by this.
* InTheHood: The original twelve members of Class Zero are shown wearing these when they reveal themselves.
** [[spoiler:Later in a cutscene after the ending is unlocked, Tiz and Lean Joker are only shown wearing these same hooded cloaks, suggesting their connection to the class.]]
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Concordia's specialty, in no small part due to having the Azure dragon Crystal.
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Two missions in Concordian territory are about this, as well as the BonusDungeon Agito Tower.
* JerkassGods: [[spoiler:Arecia and Gala have been causing the events of Orience to happen over ''six hundred million times'', though in the end Arecia relents, having seen how much her "children" have grown, deciding to abandon the cycles and allow Machina and Rem to return to the mortal realm and help rebuild Orience after their actions helped break the cycle.]]
* JustFollowingOrders: Seven remarks this when Class Zero is suddenly blamed [[spoiler:for the apocalyptic Tempus Finis.]]
* KeystoneArmy: Defeating an enemy commander causes all other enemies to surrender.
* KudzuPlot: Though the main storyline of the war between nations is pretty simple and easy to follow, the various subplots going on are not, and the final chapter is a BizarroEpisode for how out-of-left-field it is. Cutscenes and alternate missions to explain some of what's going on need a second playthrough to unlock, resulting in some aspects of the story being disjointed until you begin said second playthrough.
* LanguageOfMagic: Concordian has a language used to command dragons, as shown when Celestia sends one to attack Ace and Deuce.
* LaserCutter[=/=]LiterallyShatteredLives: The Verboten Eidolon [[spoiler:Alexander]].
* LaserGuidedAmnesia[=/=]WistfulAmnesia: In Orience, people forget their memories of the deceased, which is done by the Crystals to spare them the sense of grief and despair. But it doesn't prevent anyone from becoming curious over their missing memory pieces and finding out more. [[spoiler:The rest of Class Zero would, in their HeroicSacrifice, ultimately restore Orience's ability to remember the fallen.]]
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: [[spoiler:Tiz and Lean Joker]] are this, appearing only near the end and bearing little impact on the plot overall [[spoiler:aside from the "Chapter of Truth" scenario, where they hand over Class Zero's memories to Arecia, allowing her to reconsider her stance on maintaining the cycle]].
* LastOfTheirKind: Gilgamesh and Atra, the two Genbu l'Cie who are still alive [[spoiler:while the rest of their nation isn't]].
* LastSecondEndingChoice: A short way into the final mission, the Vermilion Crystal gives Class Zero a choice. [[spoiler:Do they choose to become l'Cie to protect the dominion? Or do they remain mortal to press on with their mission? Choosing the former triggers the NonStandardGameOver, while choosing the latter leads to the better (but {{bittersweet|ending}}) ending.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: This game was out for three to four years before getting an official English translation, so do watch out.
* LazyBackup: Averted. You don't get a game over until all the playable characters are KO'd.
* LeaveNoSurvivors: The land in Milites is ill-grown and constantly suffering from food shortages, [[spoiler:so when they conquer an area they don't take prisoners. Women and children aren't exempt.]]
* LeaveYourQuestTest: [[spoiler:A short way into their final mission, Class Zero is presented with the Vermilion Bird Crystal's offer to become l'Cie and protect their home from the invading Rursan Reavers. This leads to a NonstandardGameOver as they end up getting overwhelmed by the endless waves of enemies. The correct choice to get to the ending is to remain human and continue on.]]
* LetsSplitUpGang: Averted for the most part; Class Zero goes through everything together.
** Then in Chapter 5, Rubrum launches a simultaneous attack on the Concordian and Militesi warfronts, and Class Zero is asked to deploy members to both sides. Three party members are selected to go west to Big Bridge, while the rest go east to Judecca. But, the party at Big Bridge is told they can bring in several more members for their mission, meaning the player can use their party from the Judecca mission in the Big Bridge mission.
** [[spoiler:The final mission employs this twice, because the party is met with a forked road they need to split up and travel through at the same time. Any reserve members can be switched in for either party.]]
* LighterAndSofter:
** Being in Akademeia during free time is like this, where for a brief time it feels as if you are just in school and the world war outside is the least of your concerns.
** [[spoiler:The alternate ending scenario is this trope played straight, depicting Class Zero as ordinary high school students in an Orience that Arecia altered such that the Crystals exist no more.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are fourteen ''playable'' characters. [[http://psp.rpgsite.net/news/1292-new-final-fantasy-type0-trailer-released And then there is this trailer.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests:
** There are more side missions to be unlocked that are not part of the storyline, as well as quests from [=NPCs=] and other little quests around Akademeia and Orience that contribute to 100% completion of the Rubicus. Many weapons and magic spells also have certain conditions to be fulfilled before they can be obtained.
** In general, the game is designed to be experienced in more than one playthrough. You cannot obtain everything the first time around and there is extra content only available in the second (and maybe third) playthroughs. Good luck if you are not a big fan of this game.
* LowLevelAdvantage: The enemy level in the final mission is based on the averaged levels of the party, [[spoiler:excluding Machina and Rem]]. For this reason, players can choose to train only certain characters to their strongest, while keeping the characters they don't use at low levels to make the average level easier. This gets "fixed" in the HD version, where the enemy level is now the averaged party level reduced by ten.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: [[spoiler:When the Verboten Eidolon Alexander obliterates nearly the entire Militesi border, only Qator and the mysterious l'Cie Incognitus survive, thanks to a barrier put up by the latter.]]
* LudicrousPrecision: [[spoiler:The events of the game are revealed to be part of a cycle that has seen Orience destroyed, recreated, and repeated '''600,104,972''' times.]]
* ManualLeaderAIParty: You're allowed to switch between any of your three characters.
* MarathonLevel:
** Usually storyline missions are this, with Save Points and [[HealingCheckpoint Healing Checkpoints]] in between battle zones and objectives. (Note that when replaying these missions, the Save function is not available.)
** One of the last Expert Trials in Chapter 7 is this, in which the objective is to destroy the Dragon's Nest in Concordia. Roughly takes about 30 minutes to climb to the top of the place, and maybe even longer to destroy the egg unless you have some really beefed up magic and accessories to boost it.
** Agito Tower, in which each challenge room requires you to defeat one hundred of a certain enemy, all of who are at [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard Level 128]]. There are Save Points in between challenge rooms, but once you begin the ascent, there is no leaving the tower until you reach the goal of obtaining the game's ultimate accessory. That accessory is worth it though.
* MassMonsterSlaughterSidequest: The last quest from an NPC requires you to defeat 99 of a flying dragon...that only appears once in a typical enemy formation.
* TheMaze: One of the Expert Trials in Chapter 7 takes place in a jungle covered in fog. There is no guiding arrow on the mini-map and it will only appear when you are near a zone you were just in. Finding your way to the end is by trial-and-error.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: The game has a prophecy-like passage that is repeated several times: "When nine and nine meet nine, the depths of reason shall stir. When the seal of creation is broken, a voice like thunder shall sound, and thou shalt know--we have come." None of this means absolutely anything no matter how you stretch the FauxSymbolism.
* MenDontCry: In the normal ending, [[spoiler:Class Zero realizes that their battle has been won, but that includes the unspoken truth that they are also going to die. Some start to cry, others quietly reveal that they are scared. Nine snaps that everyone knew it would end like this, but of course it doesn't help. Finally Cinque [[IDontWantToDie loses it and sobs loudly]], bringing everyone to sit around her as they all collectively grieve over their impending fate. Their acceptance improves afterwards.]]
* MessianicArchetype: What "Agito" is believed to be. It's not just Class Zero aspiring to become this, but all the cadets in Akademeia.
* MilitarySchool: Akademeia is this, where cadets train in combat and magic. However, they only started getting deployed to battle once the war in Orience broke out.
* MissionBriefing: When itís time for the next storyline mission, Class Zero needs to report to Kurasame to get their orders before heading out. Some briefings feature cutscene explanations.
* MonsterArena: Opens up in Akademeia not long into Chapter 2. One character will fight three Mooks at a time, until sixty have been defeated total, and then you will have the option to either continue to the next round or leave. If you are defeated, you are simply returned to the entrance before the battles started. Since cadets follow a free time schedule before the next storyline mission, they have limited chances to go out to the World Map, making the Arena a good area for training.
* MultipleEndings:
** "Another Failed Spiral" -- [[spoiler:the NonStandardGameOver, in which Class Zero accepts the Vermilion Bird Crystal's offer to become l'Cie and fight off the Rursan Reavers until Orience is destroyed, leading Arecia to restart the cycle all over again]].
** "The End" -- [[spoiler:the normal BittersweetEnding, in which Class Zero declines the offer and instead take it upon themselves to defeat Cid even if at the expense of their lives, with only Machina and Rem surviving under mysterious circumstances, allowing them to lead Orience to a better future with the memories of their fallen comrades in their hearts]].
** "In Another Spiral" -- [[spoiler:the HappilyEverAfter secret ending, unlocked after finishing the second playthrough, in which Arecia, moved by Class Zero's actions which broke the cycle of Orience's destruction, allows them to live in an altered Orience where the Crystals no longer exist, giving them a second chance of life in a much happier setting.]]
** "Rise From the Ashes" -- the ''Type-0 HD''-exclusive ending [[spoiler:following "In Another Spiral", which doubles as a SequelHook, showing a dying Ace being resurrected as a samurai]].
* MythologyGag:
** As the second title released in the ''Franchise/FabulaNovaCrystallisFinalFantasy'' compilation, it shares some aspects of mythology with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' like l'Cie, although with a different function.
** The Kingdom of Concordia employs Dragoons who [[DragonRider ride dragons]] as their military, like the original Dragoons of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''.
** {{Magitek}} Armor similar to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'''s appears.
** "Peristylium" comes from the Latin word ''peristyle'', which is a private garden. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'''s {{military academ|y}}ies were called Gardens.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Mechanical giant]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII scorpions]]
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI The party's airship is named the ''Setzer''.]]
** Chapter 3 involve the infiltration of the imperial capital to explore and shut down their Magitek Armor factory. Bonus points for the party making their escape on a subway train in the next chapter.
** Chapter 5 features a large-scale battle between an airship fleet and a swarm of dragons, similar to the battle at Memoria in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. [[spoiler:Not to mention that Alexander is once again the plot-critical most powerful Eidolon.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: l'Cie in Orience are generally bad news; being powerhouses stronger than the usual human military force, and thus pretty good at turning the tide of battle.
** Happens directly to Class Zero when Nimbus suddenly appears to stop them.
* {{Nerf}}: The enemies in the final mission. In the PSP version, their levels are based on the averaged level of your party, which could catch players off guard if they weren't expecting it. In the HD version, this is fixed by having the enemy level be ten levels less than the party's average.
** Director Hajime Tabata also acknowledged in several interviews that he received feedback of players being unable to finish the original game because of its difficulty. For this reason, an easy mode was added to the HD version.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The final trailer before the PSP release ends with Rem dying in Machinaís arms. [[spoiler:In the game's context, the pair gets saved because they enter crystal stasis afterwards, and when Arecia releases them, they both walk away just fine.]]
* NewEraSpeech: Cid Aulstyne gives one to his armed forces, before they launch an invasion upon Rubrum.
* OminousFloatingCastle: Pandaemonium, the final dungeon, sure is one.
* OminousLatinChanting
* OneTimeDungeon: Fortresses and bases in general, as they cannot be normally accessed when exploring the world map. Exceptions go to those where replayable missions take place.
* OnlyTheWorthyMayPass: [[spoiler:Only l'Cie can reach Pandaemonium. Cid was brought by Nimbus, Class Zero was brought by Celestia, and Machina and Rem meet there to duel against each other.]]
* OpenEndedBossBattle: In the following examples, you will not receive a Game Over if the party is all KOíed, and the missions will still end as usual. However, if you are aiming for that S-rank and need to minimize the number of casualties, it is actually possible to not get your party slaughtered here.
** Nimbus in Chapter 3. If all party members die, the mission automatically ends anyway because of the plot. [[spoiler:However, it is possible to spend those three minutes avoiding his attacks, so as long as you stay in a corner during [[FrickinLaserBeams beam spams]] and run away from him if he suddenly teleports near you. The mission ends with the announcement of a ceasefire, so you just need to wait it out until then.]]
** Shinryu Celestia in Chapter 5. If all party members die, a special Eidolon called Bahamut ZERO will be summoned to fight the battle for you. [[spoiler:However, it is possible to defeat this boss with your party, provided you avoid her attacks well and exploit her Break Sight targets when they appear. The mission rewards are also different depending on whether your party or Bahamut ZERO won the battle for you.]]
* OpeningTheSandbox: Chapter 7, when you're finally able to visit Militesi and Concordian territory for the first time and really explore the rest of Orience. It's also when the quest to obtain the GlobalAirship becomes available.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Dracobaltians.
* PantyShot: Each of the girls is wearing a different color of underwear, courtesy of the game's character texture designer. Almost always happens to Cinque no matter what angle she is knocked down. Only Seven averts this and wears ModestyShorts due to her SheFu fighting style.
* PaperThinDisguise: The mysterious White Tiger l'Cie that keeps popping up in the second of the game [[spoiler:is a PaletteSwap of Machina wearing a mask. It's not difficult to notice, and from there it doesn't take long to figure out who it is under the mask.]]
* PartyInMyPocket: Fortunately, you have free choice of who you want as the active character on the field. During a few compulsory storyline scenes, Ace briefly takes this role.
** Subverted during free time, as all the other characters will be wandering out and are free to talk to.
* PatrioticFervor: The opening movie begins with Cid rallying his troops in a ''Mien Kampf Liebenstraum''-esque speech, and ends with Ace standing tall, driving a pole bearing the flag of Rubrum into the ground before he and his classmates go to war.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Briefly seen with Machina and Remís capes before they were transferred to Class Zero. Machina was a member of Class Second and Rem was in Class Seventh.
* PlayerHeadquarters: Akademeia.
* PlotTunnel: The fourth, sixth, and eighth chapters of the game. Chapters 4 and 6 consist solely of one storyline mission before you can go back to Akademeia, interrupting the player's usual Free Time schedule. Chapter 8, which is the final chapter, is a largely linear sequence which is best completed to begin the game again on New Game Plus.
* PointBuildSystem: Characters gain AP when they level up, which is used to unlock new abilities when they become available to them.
* PostEndGameContent: Plenty. It is highly encouraged to play the game a second and even ''third'' time to unlock all available content.
* PowerTattoo: The l'Cie brand, which manifests as a floating, glowing emblem more than a physical mark.
* PowerUpMagnet: Harvest Phantoma to gain any additional item drops that came with it.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: The members of Class Zero have regular battle quotes, but each of the twelve has a special one during the FinalBattle.
* PreexistingEncounters: Lv.99 Behemoths appear on the world map like this, even in early areas.
* TheProphecy: Concerning the trigger for Finis and the arrival of ''Agito'', a savior who will appear at the time of Finis to bring peace to the world.
** ProphecyTwist: "We have arrived." [[spoiler:It's not Agito who arrives at the coming of Finis...]]
* QualityOverQuantity: In the dominion's military campaigns, Class Zero is deployed as a small task force who can infiltrate enemy lines to take care of key objectives, like disabling weapons or defeating enemy leaders, to make it easier for the rest of the dominion army to infiltrate the area.
** [[spoiler:This is also why Arecia has chosen Class Zero to sacrifice their lives to open Etro's Gate. The other option was slaughtering many human lives (i.e. Finis and the invasion of the Rursan Reavers).]]
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Ace and Deuce have one, and later Nine and Cater as well, against Kurasame.
* RainOfBlood: [[spoiler:During Finis.]]
* RandomEvent: A Cactuar may appear in a few select areas of the academy, and may leave a bonus item behind.
* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler:Machina and Rem just discovered all their classmates had died. As "Zero" ends, they look up to the sky (with a rainbow) as they narrate their resolve to honor the sacrifice their friends made for the world.]]
* RecurringBoss: Gilgamesh, all in unorthodox places. [[spoiler:His first appearance is on the Big Bridge in Chapter 6, and then during the final mission, he is the boss representing the Lorican portal. During Machina's solo mission as a l'Cie, Gilgamesh appears as the boss at the end, and finally, Gilgamesh can be challenged one-on-one for each character's ultimate weapon.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The signature identification for Vermilion Bird líCie, while White Tiger and Azure Dragon líCie have green and blue eyes, respectively.
* RedSkyTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Tempus Finis.]]
* RedIsHeroic:
** The Dominion of Rubrum is represented by the color red and the symbol of the Vermillion Bird.
** Class Zero's cape color is red, identifying them as the "legendary class" of Akademeia.
* ReducedManaCost: The Power Spot accessory, which grants 0 MP Cost.
** Also one of the benefits of upgrading magic spells in the Altocrystarium. When its MP Cost level is fully upgraded, the RF spells are only a mere 5 MP per cast!
* RegeneratingHealth: In battle, characters can regenerate HP when they stand still. If their weapons are sheathed, HP regenerates even faster.
* RemilitarizedZone: Such is the case for missions taking place in Militesi territory.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: InUniverse, Class Zero will not die if they are killed in battle, because Arecia can resurrect them. [[spoiler:This immortality is removed for the final mission, due to Class Zero being needed to perform a HeroicSacrifice, and the class acknowledges this.]]
* RuleOfFunny: Minor instance in the secret ending. How does Seven appear from nowhere to be between Kurasame and Sice when Sice tries to present Kurasame her love letter? Who cares, it's funnier this way.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Deuce, Trey, Cater, Cinque, Sice, Eight, and King don't appear until Chapter 2, and even then, they don't exactly get equal, much less ''proper'' introductions like their classmates who appeared in Chapter 1.
** Subverted for Trey, Sice, and Eight, who get featured in a bonus cutscene that took place during the opening mission.
* TheSevenMysteries: Rem states that prior to Class Zero's entrance, they were considered to be one of them among fellow cadets. More of them are revealed in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAgito''.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: The playable cast are all cadets at a magic academy.
** NonuniformUniform: Let's put it this way to save time; no two characters wear their uniforms the same way.
* ScoreScreen: Comes at the end of a mission, displaying the time completed, number of Phantoma collected, and number of deaths, which determine your overall mission rank and how much gil and what rewards you earn.
* ShinySense: How most items on the ground are obtained.
* ShootTheFuelTank: Fuel tanks are mostly in places where the enemies are big mechs like Magitek Armor, in the hopes that if you destroy the tanks while the enemies are nearby, itíll help deal huge damage. Please donít be near the tanks yourself when they are hit, or your HP may be dangerously close to zero.
* ShoutOut:
** Rubrum includes towns named [[CthulhuMythos Innsmouth and Arkham]]. Milites has a base named [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Arwen]].
* SigilSpam: Anything that's remotely Rubrum will have some kind of gear motif on them, whether it's clothes that its people wear, summons, or architectures.
* SilentWhisper: Andoria gives one to Machina at the end of her address to the class. What she said to him can be found in the Rubicus.
* SliceOfLife: Certain cutscenes revolve on the daily lives of Class Zero and other associated schoolmates between missions.
** [[spoiler:The secret ending shows a much happier day in Class Zero's lives in a world where they did not have to fight in the war. Emina remains teacher and is dating Izana, much to poor Nine's grief; Machina drags Ace out of the library to play; Sice accidentally presents to Seven a love letter meant for Kurasame, even as he walks in on them; Trey and King ditch band practice, much to Jack's chagrin; Cater and Eight accidentally knock each other out when the former leaps off a ledge; Deuce, Cinque and Queen talk about a ShipTease between Ace and Mutsuki; and Rem wakes up from a bench, rises, and smiles to the sky.]]
* SmallTowns: Quite literally any town visited out on the World Map. At the most, towns only have a small shop, a l'Cie Stone, and an NPC quest to offer, so don't be expecting to spend much time in one.
** Justified due to the consequence of what war has brought upon the world. Several of Rubrum's towns have been destroyed, with the townspeople needing to rebuild them. As for Militesi and Concordian towns, Class Zero is simply not allowed to visit any further than the entrance.
* SneakyDeparture: Machina. [[spoiler:''Twice.'' The first is in Chapter 5 after the party returns to the Academy from the first storyline mission, only for them to find Machina missing. He doesnít return until the beginning of Chapter 7. Then, he leaves again before the second storyline mission of said chapter, and then he becomes unplayable for the final chapter and mission.]]
* SnipingMission:
** The opening segment of the Judecca mission in Chapter 5 has the player controlling a turret to fire away at dragons in the sky.
** Trey has one moment in the alternate mission of Chapter 3 to take out an enemy sniper. You will always succeed since that is the end of the mission anyway.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Orience was previously spelled "Oriens" and "Oriense" before receiving an official spelling in ''VideoGames/TheatrhythmFinalFantasy''.
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler:Turns out [[PhysicalGod Arecia]] knew all along that Orience is trapped in one as part of her and the Rursan Arbitor's experiment to see which of them gets to open the gate to the Invisible World -- the latter through [[KillEmAll sacrificing billions of lives]], Arecia through the "mighty souls", which come in the form of the sixteen students of Class Zero. However, within the last ''600,104,971'' iterations of this cycle, [[YouCantFightFate Class Zero has been doomed to fail Operation Apostle each time by becoming l'Cie and dying in battle]], and Orience to destruction because of Cid's actions, and along the way four such pawns were abandoned, leaving only twelve to try and hold off [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Finis]] long enough for either deity to finish their own experiment, each being apparently an AnthropomorphicPersonification of a given power: Ace represents trust, Deuce to kindness, Trey to knowledge, Cater to courage, Cinque to innocent, Sice to persistence, Seven to understanding, Eight to calmness, Nine to action, Jack to ignorance, Queen to intelligence, and King to resolve. Come the 600,104,972nd cycle, Machina and Rem, two such "abandoned" pawns representing fear and love, respectively, helped the twelve defeat Cid -- [[BittersweetEnding not that this keeps Machina and Rem from crystallizing and their classmates from dying, though]]. Fortunately, their actions, [[ScrewDestiny which changed Orience's destiny]], convinced Arecia (with some help from Joker and Tiz, the two remaining "abandoned" pawns representing pain and decrepitude, respectively) to revive Machina and Rem and allow them to record their classmates' deeds 50 years later; and at best, she abandons the experiment altogether and [[CosmicRetcon changes history]] such that [[RetGone the crystals would cease to exist]], giving Class Zero and Kurasame [[EarnYourHappyEnding another chance at life as a]] WackyHomeroom of sorts.]]
* SternChase: Taken to grand proportions when Class Zero must escape the Imperial Capital in Chapter 4, [[spoiler:on the wrongful accusation they assassinated the Concordian queen]]. The mission takes them from their hotel room all throughout the city, until it's revealed they reached safety in ''a forest in Lorican territory.'' And we're supposed to believe this took place [[{{Determinator}} all in one day]]?!
* StoryBreadcrumbs: The líCie Stones, which contain fragments of a líCieís life during some time in the history of Orience, and are otherwise collected as proof you've visited all available in-game locations.
* SummonMagic: Eidolons return in this game, however summoning requires that the player character sacrifices his or her life to do so.
* TacticalWithdrawal: Done at the end of the Togoreth mission in Chapter 2 when Nimbus appears and Zhuyu is sent to fight him. When a l'Cie is present, everyone had best get far, far away as possible.
* ATasteOfPower: The opening mission, which also serves as a tutorial for the battle system, has the party under constant Reraise. Then there's the first time an Eidolon is used in battle, which is Odin. The latter is lampshaded by Jack prior to entering that battle, as it is explained there is a Special Eidolon who can be summoned without costing the summoner's life.
* ThemeNaming:
** Twelve of the playable characters are named after playing cards and French dice terms. The low numbers are dice terms, possibly simply for sounding more like names. The other two characters that are playable have Latin and Japanese [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Name]]s.
** The four countries in the world are named for the four Chinese God Beasts. Suzaku (Vermilion Bird) for the heroes and Byakko (White Tiger) for the villains being most prominent in the story thus far.
** The cities of Concordia mostly have names from Hindu mythology.
** The names of the Genbu líCie who left behind Pyroxenes are named after characters from the Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh.
* ThrowAwayCountry: Lorica has been utterly annihilated by an Ultima Bomb in the beginning of the game, leaving much of the war to be fought by three nations instead of four. Gilgamesh is the sole ''major'' character left representing his country.
* TimeTrial: One of the three criteria for grading missions; the faster you complete it, the higher the chances of getting rank A and therefore an overall rank S for the mission.
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: The AkashicRecords and the Nameless Tome mentioned in the final chapter are these. Excerpts found in the Rubicus' character bios further explain the purpose of events happening in Orience.
* TooAwesomeToUse: For once in the series, averted with Elixirs. The game doesn't hand them out like candy, but it does give them to you often enough that you're comfortable using one when you need it. In their place is the Phoenix Down, which you'll treasure like a priceless antique once you realize how rare they are.
* TooManyBelts: Where a normal school uniform would have buttons to close up their shirts and coats, we have buckles here. [[AuthorAppeal Thank]] [[TetsuyaNomura Nomura]] for this.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The final pre-release trailer ends with a [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dying Rem in Machina's arms]]. [[spoiler:It turns out they were l'Cie in the middle of a fierce duel, unaware of each other's identities. Rem is ultimately saved because the two end up in crystal stasis afterwards, and are freed by Arecia in the ending.]]
** An English trailer for the HD version reveals outright that [[spoiler:the Queen of Concordia gets assassinated and Class Zero is framed for it.]]
* TraintopBattle: Class Zero gets one during their Imperial Capital escape mission in Chapter 4.
* UnableToCry: Rem in the cemetery following [[spoiler:Kurasame's]] death, as she is unable to remember him.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: At various points in the game you have to play what is basically an RTS wargame, commanding camps dispatching troops to conquer enemy cities and providing them support fire. In a later chapter you have to fight dragons on an airship in a FPS sequence where you commandeer a deck cannon to blast them.
* UnknownItemIdentification: l'Cie Stones, little crystals left behind by past líCie, seem to be nothing more than collectibles, and there is always one to be found in every visitable location and region in the game. But speak to Atra, the Black Tortoise líCie in the town of Iscah, and he can reveal the messages from those crystals, which are the last thoughts of líCie before they entered crystal stasis.
* UpdatedRerelease: ''Final Fantasy Type-0 HD'', which will be remastered for the PlayStation4 and XBox One and will also be translated into English.
* ViciousCycle: Though the characters are unaware of it, [[spoiler:the events in Orience have been repeated over six hundred million cycles.]]
* VictoryQuote: "Mission complete!"
* VideoGameTime: Per the History section in the Rubicus, the storyline of the game spans eleven months, with the first mission taking place on February 3rd and the final mission on December 7th.
* VillainShoes: [[spoiler:The mission featuring l'Cie Machina has him killing dominion soldiers, or you know, ''people he used to be on the same side with.'']]
* VirtualPaperDoll: Two additional costume sets for the whole castóthe summer uniform and the formal uniform. A third costume is added in the HD version, featuring shiny gold capes.
* WalkieTalkieStatic: The ''only'' time it happens is when [[spoiler:Kurasame is saying his final message to Class Zero, as he is about to sacrifice his life in helping summon Alexander. Class Zero has no idea what is going on and they are unaware that it is the last time they will ever hear from him, much less remember him afterwards.]]
* WarIsHell: So very much. The game makes no attempt to hide the fact that people are dying on both sides, anyone you see in the Academy might not survive the next mission, and the government just sees them as expendable soldiers rather than people. It really sets the tone that the introductory cinematic shows front and center Academy students being gunned down by assault rifle fire.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The Ultima Bomb, which annihilated the entire nation of Lorica at the start of the game.
* WeaponTombstone: [[spoiler:Class Zero has all their weapons put in one next to their final resting place, along with a red flag made from their capes.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Remember Nimbus, the White Tiger l'Cie that appears during the early chapters of the game? The developers didn't. [[spoiler:That only a l'Cie can enter Pandaemonium implies he took Cid there, but he never shows up there so presumably he crystallized off-screen.]]
*** The Rubicus states that Nimbus [[spoiler:ended his own life as an act of freedom after realizing that the world was ending and repeating again.]]
** For that matter, Zhuyu also fades OutOfFocus after the battle at Togoreth, and aside from a brief scene where he encounters Caetuna, he stops showing up entirely. [[spoiler:He is last seen defending Akademeia from the Rursus during Tempus Finis, but the Rubicus ultimately states his whereabouts after are unknown.]]
** [[spoiler:All members of the Consortium of Eight disappear when Tempus Finis has arrived, leaving mostly cadets to attempt to understand the situation and keep everyone under control. Naghi states outright that the disappearance of many key figures has put the remaining survivors in a panic.]]
*** [[spoiler:Fortunately, the Rubicus explains what happened to Chancellor Khalia during this time.]]
* WonTheWarLostThePeace: [[spoiler:Rubrum succeeds in conquering both Concordia and Milites to end the war, but that is not the end of their troubles...]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Sice, Cinque, Rem, Aria and the female dominion soldiers score an easy A in this.
* ZipMode: There's a service at the airship deck that can fly you instantly to a few world map locations for a small fee.
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