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->Now flows innocent blood \\
On Vana'diel, a vast land \\
The entire world trembles \\
In despair from the scourge \\
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It is prevented\\
By no fate\\
It is stopped\\
By no strength\\
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But through the stormy night \\
Behold: a star of glory shines!

->--'''''Memoro de la Ŝtono'', excerpt from the main theme music (English Translation) '''

The eleventh entry in the [[RunningGag thesaurus-exhaustingly]] popular ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, ''Final Fantasy XI'' is the first {{MMORPG}} created by SquareEnix, and the first MMO in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise, released in Japan in May of 2002, with a North American release in October of 2003, followed by a European release in September of 2004. It is also the first MMORPG to be released both for home consoles (Playstation 2 and Xbox 360) and the PC. The game even mixes all these players together, as no world is region or console specific.

The game takes place in the fantasy world of Vana'diel, which is split into three great nations: San d'Oria, Bastok and Windurst. Twenty years previously, the three nations united (with the aid of the neutral city-state of Jeuno) to fight an army of Beastmen led by the mysterious [[BigBad Shadow Lord]]. The Shadow Lord was eventually defeated, and the three nations entered into a peace treaty in which they would compete for territory not through armed conflict but a system of benefaction called "Conquest".

Now in the present day, three great plots are stirring in the heart of each nation, calling for a new generation of adventurers to step into the spotlight of history. Furthermore, there have been signs of increased Beastman activity in recent months, leading to fears that the Shadow Lord may return and resume his bloody campaign across Vana'diel.

The game places an incredible emphasis on story while remaining as open-ended as possible, featuring (as of this writing) ten complete storylines for players to experience: one of each of the three starting nations, and one for each expansion pack to the game.

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* ''San d'Oria'': Trouble stirs within the royal court of the Elvaan nation as two royal princes wage a war of intrigue for control of the throne.
* ''Bastok'': Tension between the Humes and the Galka are at an all-time high, with the latter growing discontent with their role as brute labour within the nation.
* ''Windurst'': A prominent researcher has disappeared while investigating the slow decline of the earth, which may be linked to the mysterious monoliths placed around Windurst and the "Cardian" golems that act as servants within the capital.
* ''Final Fantasy XI'': Rumours continue to persist that the Beastmen are plotting to use a dark ritual to resurrect the Shadow Lord. With the help of a party of heroes assembled from each nation, the adventurers must rise to the challenge if they hope to prevent a repeat of the Crystal War.

Expansion Packs:
* ''Rise of the Zilart'': The architects of the Shadow Lord plot are revealed to be survivors of the extinct Zilart race. The ambitions of the Zilart once led Vana'diel to destruction, and now the survivors intend to resume their centuries-long mission at the cost of the world's future.
* ''Chains of Promathia'': One of the creator gods of Vana'diel is [[SealedEvilInACan stirring from his slumber]], and it's up to a band of keen adventurers (along with the help of a spunky Elvaan named Prishe) to stop him before he literally "un-makes" the world.
* ''Treasures of Aht Urhgan'': The adventurers travel to the exotic continent of Aht Urhgan, where various guilds vie for power over the land and each other.
* ''Wings of the Goddess'': The adventurers discover strange portals that transport them through time to when the Crystal War was taking place, ensuring that their future is protected.
* ''Seekers of Adoulin'': The adventurers travel to the continent of Ulbuka to aid in its colonization efforts, and meet up with a young royal heir named Arciela.

Add-ons:
* ''A Crystalline Prophecy - Ode of Life Bestowing'': A giant crystal appears above Jeuno, triggering a number of strange events across the land.
* ''A Moogle Kupo d'Etat - Evil in Small Doses'': An add-on story which starts with a Moogle attempting to fix a leaking Mog House and ends with an evil scheme of real-estate domination.
* ''A Shantotto Ascension - The Legend Torn, Her Empire Born'': A side-story starring BreakoutCharacter Shantotto, an eccentric (but absurdly powerful) Tarutaru mage who returns from an expedition and suddenly declares that she wants to TakeOverTheWorld. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Vision of Abyssea'' (also ''Scars of'' and ''Heroes of''): A number of sinister portals have appeared around Vana'diel, opening the gates to a parallel world called Abyssea: a dark version of Vana'diel where the failure of heroes has pushed the world to the brink of destruction. Now the adventurers of Vana'diel must stop the influence of Abyssea from leaking through the portals and corrupting their world.

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The game also allows a player to change their job class at any time without having to make a new character, potentially allowing a single character to experience all twenty-two[[labelnote:*]]of this writing, August 2013[[/labelnote]] unique classes in the game. This mixing and matching of classes is crucial to character build, as a character can designate a "Support Job" that grants stat bonuses and abilities to their main class.

Having gained a reputation for being intensely-unfriendly to beginners, ''Final Fantasy XI'' has softened in recent years by introducing a multitude of tutorials and stat-boosters designed to help new players get off to a running start. There is even [[http://finalfantasyxi.com/freetrial/ a 14-day trial for new players to try the game without devoting to it.]] With that said, the game is still notably less "casual" than market leaders like ''WorldOfWarcraft'': for example, parties are practically required after Lv.10, forcing players to learn the skills necessary to survive in high-level play from an early stage. Most worthwhile activities require a time investment of at least two hours, and LevelGrinding is a staple of gameplay.

There are also very few options for "direct" Player versus Player gameplay. Territory is determined through the Conquest system, which involves no direct combat with opposing players. Ballista and Brenner allow for direct combat but within the confines of a highly-structured sports game. There is also Chocobo Racing and Pankration, which involve capturing/raising monsters and pitting them against each other in competition.

This does not mean, however, that the game has not enjoyed success. ''Final Fantasy XI'' had over [[http://www.playonline.com/pcd/topics/ff11us/detail/3045/detail.html 500,000 subscribers, with nearly 2 million characters playing]] at its peak, and while there are a number of indications those figures have declined significantly since then, it's still [[CashCowFranchise the single most profitable Final Fantasy title ever made]].

See also ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', the online successor to ''XI''.

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!!This game deals in the following tropes:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: One in San d'Oria, one in Tavnazia, and one in Windurst; although the first is actually a dungeon and the other two are aqueducts.
* AbusivePrecursors: The Zilart seem to fit the bill here, given that the 'Rise of the Zilart' expansion involves you trying to stop two of the surviving members from [[ApocalypseHow wiping out all life on Vana'diel]].
* AfterTheEnd: Abyssea [[spoiler:is an alternate version of the events following the Chains of Promathia story. In Abyssea, your character, Prishe, and Selh'teus challenged Promathia and failed. After absorbing your Abyssea alternate and Selh'teus, Promathia grows stronger, turns the skies of Abyssea blood red, and sends endless hordes of fiends to extinguish all life on the planet]].
* AIRoulette
* TheAlliance: The Allied Forces of Altana during the Crystal War. The nations are still allied in the present, but they don't seem to have such a nice name anymore.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Trolls are big, bad, and on Moblin employ.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Besieged, Wings of the Goddess Mission "Nation on the Brink" has a ''[[http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/787/01allyourbasede8.jpg direct reference]]'' from an NPC!
* AnotherDimension: Several exist.
** Dynamis is an alternate world where the Shadow Lord's armies won the Crystal War, which explains the cities being full of beastmen.
** The Astral Realm is the place where avatars, powerful elemental beings that can be enslaved for labor by summoners, reside.
** The capital of the Zilart, Al'Taieu, was displaced into a pocket dimension, where the laws of physics don't fully apply. (Water is solid, although native species still move through it like water.)
** Promyvion is a realm of memories, in the process of degrading and eaten away by Emptiness, small patches of eroded land and buildings haunted by the physical remains of thoughts.
** The Wings of the Goddess expansion deals with a past [[spoiler:(actually the original)]] version of Vana'diel, and attempts are made by different factions to change it.
** The Abyssea mini-expansions take place in an Alternate Dimension version of Vana'diel, where alien beings invaded, slaughtered more sentient beings, and turned the skies blood red.
** Both this past world and the alternate world can be reached through Cavernous Maws, which are fragments of the trans-dimensional and trans-time being Atomos. Walk of Echos is the garbage dump of Atomos, a pocket dimension between dimensions.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: It's certainly seems the beastmen are like this in the game, but then you find out what motivates them, and the world becomes a lot more gray... except the Orcs. They're pretty much just [[ProudWarriorRace a nasty warrior race.]]
* AnAdventurerIsYou: Warped somewhat by a heaping dose of theory vs. practice.
* ArcWords: ''Memoria de la S^tona''.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Played straight with [[spoiler:Archduke Kam'lanaut, although technically he should be a Grand Duke]]. Averted with most other nobles/royals, although they sometimes tease at it.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The nation storyline missions will have you fighting alongside Captain Volker, Prince Trion, and Minister Ajido-Marujido. Also, generals in Campaign are much more powerful than entire groups of players, and generals in Besieged would easily reach GameBreaker status if they fought normal enemies. A well-geared player getting charmed hits General Rughadjeen for insignificant damage and gets hit for 1/3 to 1/2 of their max HP in return.
** Averted somewhat by the fact that the ''actual'' leaders of those countries (President Karst, King Destin, Star Sybil) are generally pacifist weaklings.
*** Although it was played straight with Bastok's President Prion in the ''Wings of the Goddess'' expansion. He personally leads the Bastokan troops during the Battle of Xarcabard.
** Averted in Volker's case by his defense being comparable to that of a wet paper bag when you actually fight alongside him. Of course, he was up against [[spoiler:Zeid]], who ''would'' have Volker's position if he hadn't left Bastok to wander Vana'diel.
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since Volker is a Warrior. Unless a Warrior wears very specialized damage reduction gear, they generally don't have much more defense than your average paper bag, wet or dry.
** Furthermore, while Ajido-Marujido hits very hard with his magic, he has less survivability than most mages his level.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Blood Weapon, a Dark Knight's 2-Hour, and a few other 2-Hours, to a lesser degree. When combined with certain equipment and other abilities, it results in flatly obscene amounts of damage... but only once every 2 hours.
** The Dragoon's old 2-Hour, Call Wyvern. As cool as the Wyvern was to look at, it had such low HP that nearly any mob with an [=AoE=] ability would kill it, and the only way of healing it involved resting, which got rid of TP for the Dragoon. Waiting 2-Hours for it, even if it died in the first fight after it was summoned, made it that much worse. This has since been changed.
** Red Mages are known for being able to solo a ridiculous number of difficult fights, but only if they have top-notch gear, and a whole evening to kill. Some of the ''novice'' Red Mage solos are on the order of 2-3 hours long.
* BackStab: A trademark ability of Thieves.
* BandagedFace: Robel-Akbel
* BarbarianTribe: Orcs, being nothing but AlwaysChaoticEvil {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s (with a scant few exceptions to "evil"), qualify for this.
* BareFistedMonk: Sort of averted by the Monk job. They fight with cesti, claws, hooks, katars, and other weapons which attach directly to the hands.
** Well, you *can* fight as a Monk without weapons -- and you will, if you start as one; Monk is the only one of the six starting classes to get no weapon as part of his starting outfit (you get a White Belt instead: +1 Strength). Unless you're getting help, you won't be able to afford a weapon for a few levels.
*** When the game initially launched in the US, Monks started with a pair of Onion Cesti, which increased the delay between attacks by 50% and increased damage by 10%. Bare-fisted was the way to go anyway.
* TheBeastmaster: TropeNamer, this game has four different pet job types, ranging from rabbits to [[RobotBuddy Robots]].
* BewareMyStingerTail: Many Notorious Monster species have a special [[LimitBreak Weapon Skill]] for people who have hate from behind; Behemoth with "Kick Out", Hydra with "Serpentine Tail", and Khimaira with "Plague Swipe". Of course, the granddaddy of them all: [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Wyrms]] have [[EpicFlail Spike Flail]]. If you see a Wyrm attacking with its tail, prepare for the impending InstantDeathRadius.
* BigBoosHaunt: Several areas fit this, a few of them a result of the Crystal War.
* BladderOfSteel: [[MarathonBoss Pandemonium Warden]] in particular, before being nerfed.
* BladeOnAStick: Polearms are used by Dragoons, obviously. Sometimes also used by Samurai and Warriors.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: [[spoiler:Archduke Kam'lanaut and his [[strike:younger]] older brother Eald'narche]]. Shantotto, too, in A Shantotto Ascension.
* BonusBoss: Notorious Monsters are this, if they aren't related to a storyline.
* BoringButPractical: Many items that are extremely useful to a player are actually extremely common.
** Some Red Mage strategies for soloing much harder [=NMs=] revolve around using a weapon that specifically does 0 damage to avoiding giving it TP to use its special attacks. This makes the fights much longer, but combining this with a series of enhancing spells that cause additional elemental damage every time their weapon hits lets Red Mage kill some [=NMs=] that would otherwise be impossible.
** And the biggest boost to your performance in the game? Your lunch. Food gives tremendous stat boosts.
* BossInMookClothing: Uragnites, which, at around level 30, take nearly 5 minutes to kill by a player at level 75 (the previous player cap).
* BossRoom: Burning Circles, as well as many other analogous battlefields in later expansions.
* BrawlerLock: Two [[AttackOfThe50FtWhatever Gigantic]] [[MirrorMatch Shantottos]] do this in ''A Shantotto Ascension''.
* BreakoutCharacter: Shantotto, and to a lesser degree Prishe, thanks to their exposure in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' and other spin-offs.
* BreastPlate: While actual breastplates seem to avoid this, it is almost scientifically impossible for a Mithra to wear actual ''pants''. More to the point, Female characters in general will occasionally find themselves wearing a bikini bottom when the same piece of equipment yields pants for males. However, [[{{Squick}} this is not always the case.]]
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Well, calling them Rarabs anyway, among other examples. To be fair, though, they are called rabbits or hares most of the time; Rarab seems to be a Windurstian colloquialism.
* CallASmeerpARabbit: The "raptors".
* CampGay: Oh my dear Altana, '''Mayakov'''!
* CaptureTheFlag: Brenner fits this, but like all PvP here, it's not really used much.
* CastFromHP: A Red Mage's Convert ability swaps HP with MP, while a Scholar's Sublimation ability makes you gradually lose HP into a pool you can restore your MP with later, in both cases effectively using one's health to restore your magic. A [[SubvertedTrope different take]] on this trope, for sure.
* CatFolk: One of the playable races are Mithra, a CatGirl style LittleBitBeastly feline race; the playable portion is entirely made of females. [[spoiler:There is precisely one male Mithra shown in the new expansion. There's a hilarious cutscene of whole units of the Mithran Mercenaries swooning over him.]]
* CharacterBlog: [[http://bannable-offenses.blogspot.com/ [GM]Dave.]] Read it. NOW.
** Also [[http://goblinsmithy.blogspot.com/ Goblin Smithy]], a blog by the same person as [GM]Dave written from the perspective of an enemy NPC.
* ChunkyUpdraft: ''BOOOOOOOST!''.
* ClassChangeLevelReset: Played with, each class is leveled independently. So if you have a level 40 Warrior and never level any other class, then changing that class later would drop back to one.
* CometOfDoom: Figures prominently in Wings of the Goddess. [[spoiler:Actually, it's a manifestation of [[ClockRoaches Atomos]].]]
* CombatTentacles: Many Krakenesque monsters are in the game, one of the most infamous being the Sea Horror. Morbols have tentacle-like roots.
* CompilationRerelease: Three, each collecting everything published up to Aht Urhgan, Wings, and A Shantotto Ascension, respectively.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: *Insert horror story about Maat/mammets/Diabolos/[[LordBritishPostulate Absolute Virtue]]/[[MarathonBoss Pandemonium Warden]] here*
* CounterAttack: Used by Monks (completely avoiding a physical attack sometimes), Warriors (retaliating after being attacked), and Blue Mages (like monks, if they set a couple of specific high-level spells). Colibri will parrot magic cast on them, as well.
* ClockRoaches: The Cavernous Maws, which are how you get to the Crystal War era and back. [[spoiler:These are actually manifestations of the EldritchAbomination Atomos, whose job is to eat impossible futures out of existence and deposit them in the [[EldritchLocation Walk of Echoes]].]]
* CriticalExistenceFailure: During ''Wings of the Goddess'', turns out [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Atomos]] couldn't swallow both futures without suffering one. It seems it bit off more than he could chew.]]
* CuteMonsterGirl: Again, Mithra, overlapping with CatGirl.
* DarkWorld: Four areas fit this trope: The [[TimeTravel Crystal War era]], Dynamis, Promyvion, and Abyssea. Is the devteam obsessed with this trope, or just lazy?
* DerelictGraveyard: Arrapago Reef, full of undead. And snake and fish women. Not exactly the pretty kind, either.
* DealWithTheDevil: This is part of the ritual in becoming a Blue Mage. Fortunately, the order also takes precautions so that your soul is not lost to the beast, including special armor and trying to assassinate you when they believe you have become too powerful.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:Lady Lilith, once she realises that she's done for, gives to Lilisette a solution to save both futures.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In order for a Summoner to be able to summon one of the [[PhysicalGod Celestial Avatars]], they have to beat the crap out of that avatar. Usually with the help of other players, but you can even choose to do a version of the battle that makes you face said Avatar solo, with only a [[FanNickname radioactive squirrel]] for help.
** [[HandWave To be fair]], [[JustifiedTrope it's explained]] that most of the avatars you fight (and summon) are just fragments of that actual being's power.
** In the Wings of the Goddess quest, an NPC asks you if you had ever fought a god before. Sadly, since your [[HeroicMime character does not speak]], the NPC does not get to learn the truth. Players who have done all of the missions, quests, and hunt Notorious Monsters have fought 21 gods.[[labelnote:The List]]Ifirt, Shiva, Garuda, Titan, Ramuh, Levithan, Genbu, Seiryu, Suzaku, Byakko, Kirin, Fenrir, Diabolos, Bahamut, Promathia, Carbuncle, Odin, Alexander, Dark Ixion, Cait Sith Ceithir, and Atmos.[[/labelnote]] This does not count supremely powerful beings such as [[MarathonBoss Pandemonium Warden]], or beastmen leaders who call themselves gods but are just unusually strong for their species. The only two named gods in the game that players have not fought (yet?) are [[spoiler:Phoenix and Altana]].
* DownerEnding: The extension [[spoiler:''Wings of the Goddess'']], which ends with your future saved, but at the cost of [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Lilisette...]]]]
** With a SequelHook that [[spoiler:Lillesette has to stay there until the Cavernous Maws are frozen in stone, like he is in our present time. Maybe for an [[ArcWelding Apacalypse Nigh]] style quest, possible even more.]]
* DroughtLevelOfDoom: The game has many events like Limbus and Dynamis with armies of {{Mook}}s and a time limit, with Assault and Einherjar being the most hectic of the events. Campaign Battles can possibly be like this, depending on the amount and timing of enemy waves.
* DualWielding: Was very much a GameBreaker for awhile. Only the ninja, dancer, blue mage, and thief job allows this (or dancer or ninja subjob), although hand-to-hand attacks involve both hands and occasionally feet.
* DuelBoss: There actually ''are'' a few fights like this, the best example being the final level cap quest.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: [=NPCs=] will send you to do mundane tasks even after you've saved the world. Some even act as if you've done nothing for them... ''even if you did''. One NPC specifically tells you that doing random crap is "what adventurers are for."
* DyingDream: [[spoiler:Revealed in ''Wings of the Goddess'': The Vana'diel you know? Turns out to be a lie: the good guys never actually win the Crystal War, and the war is still ongoing. Oh, and this reality is trying to consume the ''dream'' you live in, because if it doesn't, it will disappear.]]
* EldritchAbomination: Atomos, full stop.
* ElementalCrafting: Fantasy metals do exist, but precious metals like gold are used in alloys if the end result is anything but jewelery.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: 2-Hours are ''always'' saved for boss fights.
* EliteMooks: Ever go to Dynamis? Filled with the suckers.
* TheEmpire: Shantotto is set to have one of her own in a new expansion. Also, the Orcish Empire is a state to the north that invaded the [[TheKingdom San d'Oria]] region, so all the orcs in the game are just the expeditionary force of a larger empire.
** Not to mention the Empire of Aht Urhgan, although this has some aspects of TheKingdom as well from a trope perspective.
* EnemySummoner: And these guys are the cause of many a wipe in Dynamis. Oddly, they're pretty tame elsewhere.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Preventing this is the goal in every expansion thus far.
* EnoughToGoAround: A few hundred thousand wyvern eggs does not equal rare. Let's not even get started on Delkfutt Keys. Or certain job-specific items.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Lightning-spewing raptors.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Apkallu are penguins... ''from the Middle East.''
** Not that this is so unusual. There are 20 separate species of penguins, most of which do not live in cold climates. One species lives near the equator.
* {{Expy}}: Lady Lilith is a horned sorceress wearing a dress with a very deep V-cut who manipulates the flow of time. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Sound familiar?]]
* EyeOfNewt: A {{Ninja}}s ninjutsu requires tools to use.
* FantasticRacism: Fairly light in the game itself, and light in the player base compared to WorldOfWarcraft, but it exists. Some think Tarutaru are evil little demons hiding behind their cuteness, Elvaan are total jerks, etc. It should be noted that these are mainly restricted to their home cities, for instance, Galka in [[TheEmpire Aht Urhgan]] act and are treated pretty much the same as anyone else there.
** Elvaan ''can be'' total jerks. Except [[LeeroyJenkins Prince Trion]], he's an [[LawfulStupid idiot]]. Or a shining example of a righteous warrior, depending on how much worth you put on GameplayAndStorySegregation (gold armor as a disguise aside). Ashmea B Greinner, on the other hand...
** San d'Orian Elvaan may act proud, but they don't actively oppress any other races, like the Humes did to the Galka, which is a major part of Bastok's storyline in the past. Tarutaru often hide contempt or evil intentions behind cutesy mannerisms and {{verbal tic}}s.
** There is a fairly prevalent theory as to why Mithra and Galka share the lowest Charisma score: they're closer to looking like the beastmen than the other races.
*** Mithras get handwaved due to them being a tribal society on their home continent. Galkas don't get off so lucky, though.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Oh dear Altana, have mercy of your children...
** Raogrimm [[spoiler:a.k.a the Shadowlord]] is forced to watch over Dynamis until hatred no longer exists. Hopefully, [[YouAreNotAlone he's not alone]].
** [[spoiler:Lilisette]] has no other choice but to [[spoiler:leave her world behind, and replace her EvilCounterpart in her own world in order to close Atomos's maws and allow the two futures to survive. And her actions during the Crystal War are RetGone, which means that only you remember her.]]
* TheFederation: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Federation]] of Windurst. Also, the enemies during the Crystal War are referred to as the Beastmen Confederate, but they are organized more like a horde or TheEmpire, bowing to the Shadow Lord's power.
* FiveBadBand: The Ark Angels.
* FlamingSword: Red Mages and Summoners can both imbue weapons with magic, while some weapons have a lesser effect on their own.
* FloatingContinent: The Tu'Lia region. [[PerpetuallyStatic Don't expect it to fall.]]
* FriendlyFireproof: Played straight for the players and enemies, but some enemy attacks either hit you and your party... or absolutely every player near.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: "Grape juice" made by ''decaying'' grapes. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge, say no more.
* FunWithAcronyms: It seems that Windurstian kids don't think their group names through, as a string of Windurst quests involve the Star Onion Brigade. This seems to be a perpetual thing, since in the Wings of the Goddess, there is another group called the Windurstian Teen Force. Seekers of Adoulin added the Fantastic Adoulin Imperial Liberators.
* TheGambler: Corsairs are gambler ''{{pirate}}s'' who boost specific stats by random amounts, and use a blackjack-like mechanic to improve the results.
** Also an example of FourIsDeath -- the "unlucky number" which gives the worst version of each Corsair buff is always exactly four more than the "lucky number" that gives the second best (11 always being the best -- any higher and you "go bust", with predictable results).
*** In an interesting inversion, the number four is actually the Lucky Number for about half of the EXP Party Rolls that Corsairs use on a regular basis, i.e. Ninja, Hunter, Chaos Rolls.
* GameMod: DAT mods... and, uh, [[InternetBackdraft Windower]].
* GangplankGalleon: The [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ninja-pirate and samurai-pirate]] town of Norg. [[spoiler:Explained during the Samurai AF quests as Norg being the remnants of a kingdom that was wiped out, minus a few hundred people, mostly the fishermen.]]
* GeoEffects: Magic can be affected by the weather. And the day of the week.
** Scholars can manipulate the weather at higher levels, granting party members favorable weather conditions.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: There are a few beasties in this game that pop up in storylines, one of which is the Snoll Tzar.
* GlassCannon: Dark Knights. They can actually kill themselves with Souleater.
* TheGoomba: Considering the look of Mario's first foe, it's not actually that odd to fight a walking, punching onion (or flower, or whatever).
** Mandragoras? They're only the 1st mob if you start in Windurst. Black mandragoras (called korrigans) are death on legs.
* GrimUpNorth: Xarcabard, the ever-cliche hangout of the Shadow Lord.
* GuideDangIt: So many quests are insanely difficult to do, or even know about, without using the internet. Quest givers are unlabeled, the steps are vague, the in-game quest log doesn't update with progress beyond initial opening and completion, and the rewards are usually unmentioned. Considering how many of the quests are all but required (Chocobo License, Advanced and Sub Jobs), checking the fan wiki or other guides is required.
** For perspective as to how bad this can be, there are several quests where you are asked to bring an item to the quest giver. To be extra clear, he/she literally will not elaborate further than an "item".
* {{Hammerspace}}: Players either pull ranged weapons from their leg, like Franchise/{{Robocop}}... or their ass. Not to mention that somehow a bowl of soup and a ''bed'' take up the same inventory space.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Subverted by the fact that any challenge you beat is really done by a group of yourself and other players, and horribly averted by the NPC generals in Besieged and Campaign.
** For instance, some generals (I'm looking at you, Valaineral) in campaign can defeat multiple enemy ''squads'' singlehandedly, including multiple [[ThatOneBoss overpowered enemy commanders]] that can take dozens of players twice as long to defeat. Cerane I Virgaut can take the collective beating of ''three or four whole enemy squads'' and her health will barely budge at all.
* HealingFactor: A White Mage's Auto-Regen fits this trope. Also obtainable by Blue Mages with a specific spell combination, earlier than White Mages -- but any character can have this in Aht Urgan or past areas with Sanction or Sigil respectively. And the Regen spells.
* HelpfulMook: Pixies, if you don't attack them.
* HeroicMime: Your PlayerCharacter.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Lion]], at the end of ''Rise of Zilart''. [[spoiler:It doesn't stick.]]
** [[spoiler:Lilisette]] at the end of ''Wings of the Goddess''.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Goblins are pretty much entirely like this.
** "Us goblins, we don't like you, but we'll like you for a price."
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With regards to fanart, a subsect of artists have taken a fondness to pairing up Elvaan and Mithra (or Tarutaru) on opposite ends of their size spectrum. It's very dramatic looking.
* HundredPercentHeroismRating
* IdiotBall: Your PlayerCharacter carries this in the ''Treasures of Aht Urghan'' plot. The developers apparently did not consider the implications of this.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Lady Lilith does this to Lilisette, with her ''arm''.]]
* InASingleBound: One of the key abilities for a Dragoon is a set of Jump commands, one of which sheds all hate from an enemy.
* InfinityMinusOneSword: Elemental staves and Magian-specific weapons.
* InfinityPlusOneSword:
** Relic weapons and Mythic weapons.
** Oddly inverted, for many jobs (mainly mages), the [[InfinityMinusOneSword Elemental Staves and Magian weapons]] are actually better than the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Relic and Mythic Weapons]]. Relic Weapons are simply high-damage melee damage weapons that do nothing to help casting stats. Certain Mythic Weapons (WHM and BLM) are useful in certain situations, the SMN Mythic Weapon is clearly superior, but other Mythic Weapons (RDM, BRD, and SCH) should not be used for spells cast on enemies.
* InstantDeathRadius:
** Most mobs are bad enough, but generally speaking, messing with those Monk monsters isn't a good idea.
** There's also "Extremely Bad Breath", which is used by 3 specific Morbol [=NMs=]. It instantly kills anyone within a certain radius. Odin's Zantetsuken is the best example of this; it is an AOE death effect.
* InterspeciesRomance: Humes and Elvaan can canonically cross-breed; Mithra crossbreeding is less likely, but it is heavily implied (especially in {{Fanon}}... go figure) that members of any of the playable races can become involved with any other races. Yes, even Tarutaru.
* InvisibilityFlicker: Opening a door is [[MundaneMadeAwesome far too awesome]] for an Invisible spell.
* InvulnerableCivilians: Many, ''many'' [=NPCs=] are somehow undetectable by monsters... and don't get hurt by area attacks, to the point that the adventurers seem to be the weakest folks in the world. Unarmed children and the elderly often get to places by themselves that we need a dozen other players, and many brutal fights against deadly opponents, to reach. [[TookAShortcut And they're always there FIRST!]]
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Delkfutt's Tower.
* JokeItem: A bunch of crafted clothing and fireworks.
** Don't forget the [[http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/db/item.html?fitem=12184 Cheese Sandwich]] added because a fan asked during a Q&A at FFXI Fan Fest one year..
* KillerRabbit: Pretty much every monster class, no matter how soft and fuzzy, has rather high-level Notorious Monster representatives. Hence the maxim: "No matter how powerful you are, somewhere in the world there is a rabbit that can kick your ass." Related, "There's a crab for every level."
** Perhaps a humanoid example with Professor Shantotto, and the Tartaru race in general, they're only about 1"1/2 feet tops, and they're unbelievably powerful casters, so much so that Shantotto, regarded as the strongest, can take over the world if she ever turned evil.
* {{Kiting}}: Kiting is broken up into normal kiting, where healers can be attacked if the kiters don't keep the mob's attention, and "super-kiting," where due to how the game's enmity system works, a kiter can be healed infinitely without having to do anything other than run. For obvious reasons, the latter doesn't work against many bosses.
* TheKingdom: All three of the joinable nations fall under this trope to some extent, although the Kingdom of San d'Oria is probably the straightest example because it's a monarchy as well. The Marquisate of Tavnazia and the Grand Duchy of Jeuno may also fall under this, but have certain mitigating factors [[spoiler:what with the former being destroyed except for a hole in the ground and the latter being ruled by a secretly evil Archduke.]]
* LargeAndInCharge: While beastmen leaders can be larger than the others, any boss that isn't a monster or beastman will be only as big as a tall Galka, at best.
* LaughablyEvil: Aquila from the Wings of The Goddess storyline is a amusingly childish sort of guy, but that doesn't make him any less of a jerk.
* LevelGrinding: Quite a lot... a while back, though, it was ''worse''.
** Consider that out of 75 levels, you reach the halfway point (in terms of total exp) at level 66.
** And then at [[http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/event/vanafes2010/index.html VanaFest 2010]], from the Developers themselves, the level cap is increased from 75, to '''99'''.
** The Abyssea mini-expansion seems to be working on averting this for higher level characters (which is a good thing, considering the increased cap with each Abyssea addon), as one can earn massive amounts of experience in a relatively short amount of time.
* LimitBreak: Called Weaponskills in-game.
** There are quests actually called limit breaks in the game; they raise your character's maximum level and make them subsequently much more powerful.
* LittlePeople: The Tarutaru fit the cute factor to a T, perhaps a [[VerbalTic teeny-tiny, itty-bitty]] too much.
* LordBritishPostulate: Absolute Virtue. Square used to intentionally try to make the boss even ''more'' unbeatable if someone actually ''does'' beat it, then sometimes banned the players for exploiting glitches to do so.
* LostForever: If you see a Paladin ranting about Bibiki Seashells, this is why.
* TheLostWoods: Jugner Forest, though there is a clear if winding path through it in the present. For very old growth style forest, there is The Sanctuary of Zi'Tah, filled with trees that reach beyond the draw distance, numerous roaving plantoids, bugs, walking mushrooms, and tree-tending creatures. There is also a dungeon within that zone called the Boyhada Tree.
** For getting lost, The Great War era version of Jugner Forest has barricades blocking the usual routes, leading to new detours. Yhoator and Yuhtunga Jungle are better applications, as the map only shows the aboveground paths, and it's up to the player to figure out which undergound paths link them. Caederva Mire can also apply, as the player doesn't even get a map to this place before jumping through a few hoops.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: A sample of relevant examples (beware of spoilers): http://www.ffcompendium.com/h/ff11characters.shtml
* LootDrama: The trope was originally called "The Ridill" over the infamous drama Ridill would cause when it dropped. The Ridill was a sword that was usable by multiple classes and had an extremely useful effect, but was a 5% drop off a boss that only appeared once every day.
** Other items that have similar effects on the player-base but at a reduced rate due to being more specialized, even rarer, etc include Defending Ring, Hauteclaire, and anything from Absolute Virtue.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Blue Mage is a very nightmarish combination of PowersAsPrograms, VictorGainsLosersPowers and, [[FridgeHorror if you look at the]] [[AllInTheManual lore right,]] TheAssimilator or CannibalismSuperpower.
* MagicDance: Dancers can debuff, drain HP or MP, and even [[TheMedic heal.]]
* MagicKnight: Four job classes fit this trope: Paladins, Red Mages, Blue Mages, and Dark Knights, although Dark Knights [[UselessUsefulSpell normally forget they qualify for this.]]
* MarathonBoss: Pandemonium Warden used to fit this trope. A whole party fought it ''for 18 hours straight'' and it was ''still standing''.[[note]]Square-Enix later noted that they weren't using an effective strategy[[/note]] There was such a huge backlash that Square was forced to change things so that [[TimeLimitBoss the Warden gets bored and leaves if you take too long to kill it.]]
* TheMedic: Many job classes fit this, primarily White Mages, but Red Mages get preferred a lot more at higher levels, much to the dismay of quite a few of them (And ''all'' of the other jobs that normally heal.)
* MegaManning: Blue Mages.
** In order to learn a summon, the Summoner must defeat the creature before he or she may summon it.
* MetalSlime: You know this trope counts if you've ever seen Cactrot Rapido. There's a quest Notorious Monster with this name too.
** A character is lucky if they can mod up to 2000 HP. Cactrot Rapido can use 10000 Needles, as opposed to normal cactaurs being limited to 1000 Needles.
* MsFanservice: When the female avatars are [[IncrediblyLamePun stripped]] of all equipment, the Female Humes wear a low-cut, cleavage-baring shirt and a pair of shorts. Female Elvaan wear a sleevless top (that does cover their entire bust, however) and a pair of bikini-cut shorts. But the [[CatGirl poor Female Mithrans]] get a cleavage-baring leather halter top and bikini-cut bottoms.
* MurderousMannequin: A few of these turned up as bosses eventually.
* MythologyGag: References to characters and events from earlier games in the series; for example an escaping thief in San d'Oria calls a town guard a SpoonyBard.
* {{Necromancer}}: You can meet one living in a dungeon for a quest series. Necromancer was also one of the jobs discussed to be added in the ''Treasures of Aht Urhgan'' expansion, but they decided against it since the job would be essentially useless during the day. We instead got [[JokeCharacter Puppetmaster]]. Later, [[EliteTweak Puppetmaster]] [[LethalJokeCharacter got a few buffs]].
* {{Nerf}}: There's a reason for the lolDRG joke. And what exactly did Sambas on pets do to you, Square Enix?
** That said, there haven't been any real job-related nerfs for a while, and dragoon specifically has gotten quite some buffs in its own right. Lately, the nerfs seem more towards easy ways to make money to discourage [=RMTs=], but which often just makes things harder for more casual players, and may actually drive business for [=RMTs=].
** Tends to be rarer than many [=MMOs=], because SE usually increases the strength of weaker classes to balance them rather than reduce stronger classes. Even the original Dragoon nerf was only indirect because it was a change to Weaponskill TP gain rather than any effect on the class itself.[[note]]Prior to the nerf, weaponskills that were said to hit multiple times actually ''did'', for the purposes of generating TP, and spears had a weaponskill that could hit up to eight times; if it did, it would generate enough TP to use the weaponskill again immediately, meaning Dragoons could use a LimitBreak [[GameBreaker over and over again]].[[/note]] The "nerf" made multi-hit weaponskills count as one hit for the purposes of TP generation.
*** Scholar got two nasty ones. When it was discovered [[CreatorsPet Absolute Virtue]] could be epically owned by a party of Scholars stacking Modus Veritas, they nerfed it to the point that normal mobs could resist it, let alone bosses. Embrava was changed from Regen/Regain/Haste to Regen/Refresh/Haste.
* NiceHat: As the Artifact Armor is the iconic look of each job class, many of them have a Nice Hat. Black Mage, Red Mage, and Dragoon in particular have iconic hats.
* NinjaLooting: Being an MMORPG, there's always a chance for this. Linkshells normally deal with this quickly, however.
* NoGearLevel: Salvage strips players of the ability to use all gear upon entering (the excuse is something about psychowaves in the ruins). Special cells dropped by enemies can be used to lift the equipment restrictions, slot by slot.
* OldMaster: Maat. Don't let the age fool you. He mastered most jobs in the game -- but sticks to Monk when fighting in the past. He goes about as easy on the beastmen as he goes on players.
** His good taste extends beyond his choice in caps and to his job class, it seems.
** Oggbi also counts, as he's the man who teaches Monks the dreaded Asuran Fists weapon skill, and does not play around in Campaign battles.
* OneGenderRace: The Mithra are a playable race of catgirls. WordOfGod says that male Mithra do exist, but [[http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/wiki/Lehko_Habhoka only one]] has been seen in the game, so far.[[note]][[UnfortunateImplications Lehko was apparently only brought to Windurst because the Tarutaru thought the all-female Mithra Mercenaries would follow orders better if the orders came from a man.]][[/note]] The Galka fully play this straight, being an all male race that reproduce through a form of reincarnation.[[note]]A mistranslation in the US instruction booklet said that Galka are asexual, but this was later corrected in interviews.[[/note]]
* OneHitKill: Some monsters have Death spells, as well as Doom, not to mention horribly broken based-on-HP area attacks.
** In Wings of the Goddess, done by [[spoiler:Lady Lilith to Lilisette, while she was pretending to be defeated]].
* OneSizeFitsAll: How can a 7-foot Galka wear gear from a 2-and-a-half-foot Tarutaru? The world may never know.
** Vana'diel is also one size fits all, in a manner of speaking. For instance, no "river" in the world is deeper than a few inches, because otherwise Tarutarus would be walking totally submerged.
*** Not true. There are many places a tarutaru can go where their entire body will be underwater. Which means, obviously, that tarus are amphibious.
* OneWingedAngel: Well, we ''are'' talking about a Final Fantasy game. It's pretty much expected.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The Dark Kindred that serve the Shadowlord are of the summon-and-serve variety.
** There are classic summon and kill everything demons, though only 3 of them exist of the Dvergr class.
* OurElvesAreBetter: FFXI's version are the Elvaan, which seem to be a subversion of most elves. They're very tall with somewhat awkwardly long necks and large hands, very strong (stronger than the 8 foot tall wall of muscle that Galka are), and fairly poor with magic. However, they are ostensibly better at healing magic than other schools. They're terrible with bows, though. Legolas they ain't.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The Fomors are restless spirits of the dead, some of which can be appeased.
* OurGiantsAreBigger
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Cute actually. There're goblin plushies!
* OurLichesAreDifferent: They are called Corses.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: The game's Orcs are of the Tolkienian variety.
** They are fat and have tails. And no noses or ears.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Do you ''really'' think most players would care about this?
* PerpetuallyStatic: The developers try and spice it up, but it's still the same if you defeat any BigBad or not. They do make continuity quite convenient, for example having "Duke Vicarious" Esha'ntarl take what would be Kam'lanaut's role in the Chains of Promathia story, because of what happens during Rise of the Zilart.
* PickUpGroup: Normally, these work out... [[SturgeonsLaw On the other hand...]]
* PlayingPossum: In ''Wings of the Goddess'', just when [[spoiler:you and Lilisette think they defeated Lady Lilith, Lilisette kneels in front of Lilith, showing compassion... Too bad Lilith [[OneHitKill literally ''pierces'' her with her ''arm'']] and goes OneWingedAngel. OhCrap]].
* PoisonedWeapons: Yes, they exist, but having a [[AwesomeButImpractical 1 HP every 3 seconds lost status effect]] from a melee attack, that doesn't always proc, let alone stay on long enough? Not so useful.
* PortalToThePast: The original nine Cavernous Maws, from ''Wings Of The Goddess''.
* PowerFist: Both Monks and Puppetmasters use hand-to-hand weapons the most.
* PowerUpFood: Food is powerful enough that it can equal the effect of several expensive pieces of equipment. For instance, many melee characters use equipment that boosts strength and attack, but leave most of the accuracy buffs to sushi.
* PraetorianGuard: Several of them. The most visible ones are in San d'Oria (the Royal Guard for the d'Oraguilles and the Temple Knights under the Church), Jueno's Ducal Guard, and Aht Urhgan's Immortals. Windurst also has two divisions: The Patriarch Protectors guard the Parliament of Patriarchs while the Sibyl Guards were formed from war orphans and protect the Star Sibyl. Bastok's Gold Musketeers may qualify as well, and all of these squads can be seen in actual combat except for the Sibyl and Ducal Guards, and they tend to kick butt compared to other units.
* PrimalStance: With Orcs being evil and whatnot, this was inevitable.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: While Orcs are less honorable and more [[AlwaysChaoticEvil crazy]], and still fit the trope, a better example would be ''every other beastman in existance'', who just as frequently are {{Warrior Poet}}s. Even the demonic-seeming Kindred are an extremely honorable race who [[PunchClockVillain really would be just as fine living in peace]]. Tenzen also counts, from the heroes' side.
* PunctuationShaker: Everything related to the Zilart has an apostrophe thrown in somewhere: Zi'Tah, Ru'Avitau, Al'Taieu, [[spoiler:Archduke Kam'lanaut, Archduke Vicarious Esha'ntarl, etc.]]
** Quadav names (Gu'Dha, Za'Dha, Di'Dha, De'Vyu, etc.) and some Elvaan family names (such as d'Oraguille), too.
** With Lumorians, this actually serves some purpose. Ul prefaces the weakest in a family (such as Ul'Phuabo), Om the next tier up, and so on.
* PunchClockVillain: Again, most beastmen fit this trope, but Goblins and Trolls especially.
* RainbowPimpGear: While FFXI is somewhat less prone to this than many [[{{MMORPG}} MMOs]], the page illustration used to be from it.
* RandomDrop: expected, knowing the series.
** RareRandomDrop: way too many of them, and cause of LootDrama.
* RealAfterAll: A quest in ''Wings of The Goddess'' results in TheReveal of a ghost.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Prishe]] and [[spoiler:Eald'narche]] both qualify -- the former due to [[spoiler:[[TouchedByVorlons an encounter with a certain mysterious object]] that left her fixed at the age she was at during the encounter]], and the latter because [[spoiler:not only is he one of the last surviving [[AbusivePrecursors Zilart]], but he is actually older than his brother Kam'lanaut.]] [[spoiler:Esha'ntarl]] for the same reasons as Eald'narche, too.
* RedBaron: Lilisette, the "Moonshade Butterfly," or as her friends jokingly refer to her, the "Moonshade [[{{Tsundere}} Wolverine]]".
* TheRedMage: Guess which class qualifies?
* RepeatableQuest: There are numerous repeatable quests, ranging from the simple FetchQuest for fame grinding to redoing major battles in Missions for a different end reward.
* RetGone: [[spoiler:Lilisette, since only you remember her at the end of ''Wings of the Goddess'']].
* TheRepublic: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Republic]] of Bastok.
* RhymesOnADime: Professor Shantotto.
** And far, far too many other Tarutaru.
*** She also only rhymes in the North American localization.
* RibcageRidge: Tahrongi Canyon and the Maze of Shakhrami have quite a few wyrm skeletons in them, to the extent one would almost expect to see that kind of dragon nerby often -- however, since those are close to starter areas, they end up just hinting at Tiamat being in the nearby Attowa Chasm, which fortunately isn't easily reached by accident.
* RingsOfDeath: Chakrams are standard throwing weapons.
* RobotBuddy: Both Automatons and Cardians fit here, Cardians moreso, being capable of handling tasks a bit more independently (Although Aht Urhgan doesn't have an Automaton tutor...).
** Depends on what you mean. Cardians are much more effective combatants, but have barely any independent thought. Automatons are weaker, but have full fledged personalities, with hopes and dreams. That unfortunately don't always line up with their master's.
* RuleThirtyFour: If you combine the loads of this that Final Fantasy titles tend to spawn with the longevity of an MMO, you end up with a disturbingly large amount of it floating around.
* SadlyMythtaken: Having male gods Shiva and Garuda be female.
* SanDimasTime: Applies only to [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Campaign Battles and in-game day of the week.]].
* SeriesMascot: The mandragora. Even used as a symbol by much third party content.
* ScratchDamage: Using StatusBuff Stoneskin or Phalanx allows a full aversion of this trope.
* ScriptBreaking: You can have very different quest and missions active at the same time which can sometime share characters being in very different states -- for example, getting a quest from Shantotto before or during her own expansion, and finishing it during or after it respectively (during her expansion story, the one you can visit is suppposed to be a fake in her absence [[spoiler:whom can apparently pose as an ambassador in Aht Urghan and nuke a khimaira for thousands of damage]], activating a quest that shows your NPC fellow in trouble at an enemy stronghold, have him help you with a fight for a different quest related to him, then go save him at the original dungeon later; [[spoiler:Lion dying at the end of the Zilart missions, but if you change nations and do the new nation's missions, you'll eventually meet her again as if nothing had happened]]. Can't blame the devs, there's a lot of story to keep track of and they keep adding more, but it can get odd at times.
** Averted while a particular Treasures of Aht Urghan is active. Until the mission is cleared the player is not allowed to visit the location where a NPC is located due to the forementioned NPC's involvement in the mission.
* SecretAIMoves: Ninja Notorious Monsters don't die when they blow up, and it hits the whole party instead of one target. Some even get clones that fight alongside them when casting Utsusemi instead of just images that absorb an attack and disappear.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In the "Serpent General" sidequests, imperial mercenary Zazarg is given one of these, once it comes to light that he was once a commander of a military unit of Bastok. He is asked whose side he would be on if the Empire of Aht Urhgan were to go to war with his homeland of Bastok. Zazarg passes the test by [[TakeAThirdOption taking a third option]] and saying that he would resign his post, as he would be unwilling to fight either side. The asker commends his answer, [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves saying that soldiers who would betray their own country could not be trusted to begin with.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Often seen in dialogue with more formal speakers, especially Elvaan.
* ShootTheMedicFirst: Averted. Due to the fact that groups of enemies are fought by putting the entire group to sleep and ganging up on one at a time, enemy White Mages are often targeted ''last'' because Benediction would wake up and fully heal every other enemy.
* ShoulderSizedDragon: Wyverns. Dragoons get them as pets.
* ShoutOut: The monster and weapon list is loaded with them. Some examples include a trio of bats called the [[MobileSuitGundam Black Triple Stars]], [[TheSongOfRoland Joyeuse, Durandal, and Curtana]], and numerous monsters named from Greek, Norse, and many other mythologies.
** In the Treasures of Aht Urhgan story, there is a facility where [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist forbidden alchemy was used to fuse different species together, creating chimera]].
** Several references to the [[ZeroWing "all your base are belong to us"]] meme appear in the Wings of the Goddess story.
** In one of the later limit-breaking quests:
-->'''Atori-Tutori:''' Are you ready to [[PuellaMagiMadokaMagica sign a contractaru with me and become a magical g]]--er, a mightier, more majestic adventurer?
* SoundCodedForYourConvenience: Many, many enemies make a noise when they aggro you... except [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Fomors]], which makes them even creepier than they already are, as they're undead versions of the player races. This can also lead to an ugly massacre if someone is depending on the sound of aggro to know when to stop running.
* SpaceCompression: The Vana'diel players have access to is only a portion of the entire planet, as only a quarter of the planet is currently accessible. Still, that would make the planet maybe the same size as Earth's Moon, if that, so the trope still applies.
* StalkingMission: "All by Myself", even though it's stupidly hard to do it that way...
* StatSticks: Elemental staves. Or any weapon most mage jobs equip, really -- melee by mages is suboptimal and heavily discouraged by the playerbase, leaving the stat boosts as the only reason to have anything in the weapon slots.
* StatusBuff: The combat system has a very large amount of buffs. Mages can spend several minutes straight doing nothing but buffing before a fight.
* StealthRun: Try walking around in a high-level dungeon without Invisible and Sneak, and not get aggro... ''I DARE you''. We'll just clean up the fine paste that is your corpse afterwards.
** It's actually quite easy in many areas, as anything that will aggro you ignores Sneak and Invisible. This only changes the ''type'' of stealth required.
** Avoiding things that aggro by sight tends to be easy, as all you need is for them to turn and leave some room behind them. Sound aggro memories basically run after anything within their radius, so sneaking past undead, bats, or slimes in tight passages without the use of the enchantment tends to be difficult.
* SteamPunk: Bastok and Movalpolos.
* SticksToTheBack: Played iconically straight.
* StoneWall: Paladins play it straight, while Ninjas are a hybrid of this and FragileSpeedster.
* StrangeSalute: Windurstians have a rather odd salute, and people in Aht Urghan seem to draw moons with their hands a lot. Crescent moons, at least.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Sadly, Subligar can do this for everyone, even the big musclebound Galka and especially Mithra.
* ShipperOnDeck: The Troupe Mayakov dancers towards Lilisette and the PlayerCharacter, at least if he's male. Also, pretty much everyone else who sees "Future Fabulous" together.
* SmashMook: Acroliths. They tend to fall apart a bit, but they do nothing but smack things.
* ThemeTable: There is an elemental association for just about everything.
* ThirdPersonSeductress: Most female player models fit here. Of course, opinions vary on the other races (not EVERYONE has a catgirl fetish, for instance).
* TrippyFinaleSyndrome: ''Chains of Promathia'' goes all the way to [[spoiler:another dimension.]]
* TimeTravel: How else are we supposed to go back to the Crystal War in ''Wings of the Goddess''?
* TimedMission: Assault, Salvage, Dynamis, [=BCNMs=], escort quests, and several Campaign Ops are timed.
* TomatoSurprise: Let's just say there's more to Promathia than meets the eye. And no, he's not [[{{Transformers}} Unicron.]]
* TooAwesomeToUse: Again, 2-hours. Even when its use would be justified, some people save them anyways.
* TwentyBearAsses: While, for the most part, this only really happens at low levels in order to gain fame and unlock higher-level quests, getting the second-best fishing rod in the game requires catching no less than ''10,000'' carp.
* UselessUsefulSpell: A notable aversion for the series. Due to even normal fights taking minutes, status effects are very handy.
* UndergroundLevel: This game has a ''lot'' of underground tunnels.
* VerbalTic: In the English localization, Tarutaru tend to replace any word ending T with "taru" and tend to rhyme words as well in a childlike, "cutesy wutesy" kind of way, which is somewhat similar in the Japanese version. [[CatGirl Mithra]] tend to have TrrrillingRrrs instead in English, while in Japanese they usually end their sentences with -nya.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Being an MMO with actual storylines, the game actually has ''several'' of these.
* VideoGameStealing: Well, there is a Thief job. Thankfully, the things you can steal are things you can expect from that enemy... such as stealing a slice of hare meat from a rarab (hare) before it's dead.
* VirtueViceCodification: The seven bosses Jailers of the Sea/Jailers of Virtue. In order of kill, they are Jailer of: Temperance, Fortitude, Faith, Justice, Hope, Prudence, and Love.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** Each job has one or two weapons that [[strike:they are best at]] [[StopHavingFunGuys YOU MUST USE AT ALL TIMES, OR NOBODY WILL EVER EVER PARTY WITH YOU, EVER.]]
** This also doesn't preclude nonstandard weapons for specialized purposes, such as Samurai using daggers for the Saving Private Ryaaf assault.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: This goes for all beastmen, but ''especially'' Quadav, Goblins, Sahagin, and Qiqirn.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Moogles, Goblins, and Qiqirn are allowed to live with "people" and even start their own business or host a large-scale event. Everyone else? Killed on sight.
** Sort of. When you consider how many allied Yagudo there are, it comes off like the Altana races are merely collectively racist. Also supporting this, the reason Galkas and Mithras have a lower charisma score than the other player races is that they look more like beastmen than the other races.
** The beastmen races are not all evil. Originally, the Orcs were allies of the Elvaan, and the Yagudo were peaceful people who were invaded by the tarutaru, with no real opinion on the other races. The Quadav only become enemies because the Bastokans destroyed the Quadav nesting grounds to mine ore.
*** Though, the Aht Urghan beastmen are just evil. "Hey guys, they have a shiny thing! Let's kill them and take it!"
*** Actually, it's more like "Hey guys, they have the shiny thing [[spoiler:that powered a massive doomsday machine that was used to subjugate almost an entire continent. Let's take it so they don't do that shit again. Give 'em some of their own medicine while we're at it." If Lamia/Merrow, add revenge for being created beings. If Trolls, add being mercs.]]
** Tarutaru [[strike:used to be]] ''are'' evil little bastards. In the game's backstory, they invaded and occupied what would become San d'Oria, subjugating the Elvaan for a very long time. [[MoralMyopia They see themselves as having done nothing wrong]], despite being clear aggressors and conquerors no different from the beastmen.
*** Even worse, the frog Beastman race, the Poroggos, saw themselves as kin to the Taru and learned their language and magic arts; the end result? The Taru tried to genocide them.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Arguably, [[spoiler:Lady Lilith. Well, it's either her world or yours. Take a guess of which one she wants to save. However, in the end, thanks to Atomos' CriticalExistenceFailure and the fact that [[DeathEqualsRedemption she's going to die soon]], she's the one who offers to Lilisette the way to save both futures.]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Mayakov.
** [[CampGay It's called a lisp.]]
* WindIsGreen: The wind elemental resistance symbol is green, the moon turns green on Windsday, the wind elemental summon is green, her constellation has a green star in it, air elementals are green, the wind element is associated with green rocks...
* YouNoTakeCandle: The beastmen races speak mostly this to the players when understandable, although Lamia and Goblins have no problems speaking to the player. It's also messed around with in ''Wings of The Goddess''. [[spoiler:''Badly''.]]
** Though the Lamia make sense when you find out [[spoiler:they were created by the empire as biological weapons. They'd need to understand their orders.]]
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: Certain boss monsters, as well as the inevitable ChestMonster.
* ZergRush: Actually done by the ''players'', in most cases. There are a fair number of quests and missions where massive numbers of mobs will attack players.
** Two missions in Windurst's Wings of the Goddess plot have the beastmen doing a zerg rush. The second one has you defending the gates of the city from it. The first one has a hundred level 30ish enemies running down a tunnel to their target, and your party of 75+ players coming from behind to stop them.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Most of the female race's job related Artifact Armors, but the Mithra ones especially.
* ZombieApocalypse: The Qutrub are a nasty bunch, actually turning themselves into zombies willingly.
** Also, Fomors are undead versions of player character races, although they look less like zombies and more like shadowy versions of players with orange glowy eyes.
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