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[[caption-width-right:260: Just a story about a girl, a guy, and the [[BlatantLies simple adventures]] [[PlotTwist they get into...]]]]

''Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky'', often called ''Sora no Kiseki'' or ''Legend of Heroes VI'', is a {{JRPG}} released by NihonFalcom in the mid-2000s, first on the PC and then on the PSP. It is an entry into Falcom's line of "traditional" turn-based story-heavy [=JRPGs=] (as opposed to the action [=RPGs=] of the ''Franchise/{{Ys}}'' series), and it is without question the single most successful game-cum-franchise Falcom has released since the original ''Ys'' duology, despite taking so long to leave Japan. It is the first entry in the [[VideoGame/KisekiSeries overarching Kiseki series.]]

The story details the adventures of Estelle Bright and her adopted brother, Joshua. They set out to be a pair of "Bracers", wandering adventurer-types who do good around the kingdom of Liberl, much like Estelle's father Cassius was in his prime. Soon after their adventure begins, however, they begin to get pulled into a series of events that could change the face of Liberl, not to mention answer certain questions about Joshua's past... even if they are answers Joshua might not want to hear.

The game is, in a word, gigantic. It was so large, in fact, that Falcom couldn't practically release it as one game; "Sora no Kiseki FC" (short for "First Chapter") was released in mid-2004, with the Second Chapter following nearly ''two years'' later (it was so large as to require two [=UMDs=] when released on the PSP in 2007). This, naturally, led to [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo some complaining]] during SC's development, which was generally silenced when SC was released to nigh-rabid reviews. A year afterward, "Sora no Kiseki The Third" was released; it ended up being a bit of a MissionPackSequel (since the main plot of the game wraps up nicely in SC), but it still develops a few of the other party members and deals with some of the dangling side-plot hooks nicely, and so is generally respected. The series was so popular as to inspire an IntercontinuityCrossover fighting game with ''Ys'', in the style of ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom''.

A side effect of the game's bifurcated nature is that this is one of the few [=JRPGs=] in which choice ''matters''. While the choices are (generally) not quite as sweeping as those in, say, ''Franchise/MassEffect'', since you can carry save files forward between chapters, choices you make in one chapter can affect quests and dialogue in a following chapter and affect how quickly you rise through the ranks of the Bracers Guild. The games are also a bit more open-ended than most [=JRPGs=], with ''lots'' of Bracer sidequests available alongside the main storyline (and, in fact, neglecting these can leave you a bit weak for the showdowns which await you at the end of the second chapter).

Each of the three chapters technically tells their own story, although the second chapter follows ''directly'' on from the first chapter (as in, it literally starts on the day after the end of the first) and if you dive right into SC you are likely to end up a bit lost and confused. There are sixteen playable characters over the course of all three games, plus dozens of other secondary characters.

Just like the case of Falcom's other great RPG series ''Franchise/{{Ys}}'', the games have suffered greatly from NoExportForYou, which is the primary reason why the series is massively popular in Japan, right up there with the TalesSeries and ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' (having sold [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/02/09/falcoms-trails-in-the-sky-series-soars-past-one-million-units-sold/ over a million copies between the three chapters of the game]], [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki two proper sequels]] released in 2010 and 2011, both of which also sold like bonkers, [[http://www.siliconera.com/2010/11/20/sora-no-kiseki-anime-maybe-coming-in-2011/ an anime adaptation]] which came out in late 2011 and with [[http://www.falcom.com/info/eventroom/kiseki_festa/kiseki_festa.html fan events still being held]] six years after FC's release), but practically unheard of outside of it.

Do note, this page has a ''lot'' of marked spoilers; this is because talking about most of the tropes related to the game requires talking about the revelations the game makes later in its narrative (particularly in the second chapter, which America sadly won't see until at least 2014), and some of these are [[WhamEpisode legitimately amazing]] and shouldn't be casually ruined. '''Highlight spoilers at your own risk''', and beware of spoilers on other sites, to boot.

Last but not least, the soundtrack for the series is ''awesome'', especially once you get into Second Chapter and The Third. [[CrowningMusic/{{Ys}} Falcom's JDK Band]] pretty much hit it out of the park again, and some of the songs included with the game have been hailed as among the best game themes ever, through ''vote'', on places like 2channel.

The first chapter was localized and released in March 2011 for the {{PSP}} courtesy of XSEEDGames (who worked on NihonFalcom's ''Franchise/{{Ys}}'' series previously). Due to the ''huge'' script, expect large gaps between games, but hey, [[SublimeRhyme Slow Export For You]] is better than NoExportForYou.[[note]]Quoth XSEED localizer and resident Falcom fanboy Tom "Wyrdwad" Lipschultz on the {{GameFAQs}} board for the first game: "SC will definitely *not* be released this year [2011]. That's not even physically possible, given the amount of text it has and the amount of manpower and money WE have. (:"[[/note]] At long last, XSEED announced that in 2014, Trails in the Sky SC would be released on PSN and Steam, this time localized by Creator/CarpeFulgur.

The aforementioned sequel is ''VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki'', which follows a new set of protagonists a few years after the events of ''Trails''. ''That'' title was followed up by ''Ao no Kiseki'', which continues the ''Zero'' story in the same way ''Trails SC'' continued the ''Trails FC'' story. The latest arc, which features some characters from the Liberl series, is ''VideoGame/SenNoKiseki''.
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!!This series contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: Pretty much ''all'' of the playable female characters are this ([[BigDamnHeroes it's that kind of game]]), but even then Estelle, our protagonist, manages to stand out.
* ActuallyFourMooks: Played straight with most of the random battles, where a single monster on the field map turns out to be one or more.
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: That he does. Even at the end of the game, when you are explicitly saving the entire kingdom from [[ApocalypseHow a shattering cataclysm]] and pretty much everyone has acknowledged this, even major characters will still charge you for items.
* AllPowerfulBystander: Cassius Bright, he's the strongest Bracer in Liberl, an ex-MasterSwordsman, a resident MaryTzu, he managed to [[spoiler:[[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp]] the final boss of FC]], the earth trembles when he spins his rod, second strongest character in the trilogy after Loewe according to [[WordOfGod the author]], in fact he's so broken the {{Big Bad}}'s plan is to set up a disaster in a different ''country'' so Cassius wouldn't disturb his plan. Interestingly, though, [[spoiler:he doesn't see ''himself'' this way; as far as he's concerned, he's a gigantic fuckup who deserves to live [[TheAtoner the life of an outcast because of what he failed to do]]... namely, [[TheLostLenore save his wife]].]]
* AloofBigBrother: [[spoiler: Loewe to Joshua.]] They are not related but the dynamic is the same.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Cassius, no matter how many great deeds Estelle has done to save the world, Cassius always managed to top everything that she and her party has done, [[SupportingLeader then]] [[BigGood again]] [[HeroOfAnotherStory we're]] [[InvincibleHero talking]] [[MemeticBadass about]] [[GodModeSue Cassius]] [[AllPowerfulBystander here...]]
* AmazonChaser: The Ravens find Kloe's sudden transformation to ActionGirl to be "so hot". They also feel this way about Estelle in SC, after she beats the snot out of them during the Grancel tournament in FC.
* AnachronismStew: Applies somewhat, especially to the party members. This is a fairly modern setting which has automobile analogues, flying ships, guns and even includes ''laptops'' (well, briefcase-tops, Tita has one), but out of sixteen playable characters between the three chapters, only ''three'' use guns, with most of the other characters preferring melee weapons and the only other ranged user wielding a ''crossbow''. (Okay, Tita [[MoreDakka uses enough gun]] to count for an entire party, but still.) The clothes (especially uniforms) are way, way more 19th century than modern, to boot.
* AncientConspiracy: [[spoiler:''Third'', in particular, implies that Ouroboros has been around for a ''long'' time. It's also got a lot of Illuminati-esque trappings, with the small number of high-powered operatives, fingers in every pie, and the organization's full name is even, going purely by kanji, "The Society of the Tail-eating/Endless Serpent". It's often called The Society for short in SC.]]
* ArtShift: The cover art for 3rd is very different from the cover art for the previous games and the art used in the games themselves.
* AscendedExtra: Several popular [=NPCs=] in first two games become playable in the last installment. [[BreakoutCharacter Kevin even becomes the main protagonist]]!
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Col. Richard in Third.]] Also, [[spoiler:Cassius throughout most of the trilogy.]]
* BadassArmy: The army of the Liberl Kingdom doesn't come across as this ''at first'' (that "gate music" doesn't help), but the special divisions like Special Ops and the Royal Guards manage to make an impact in FC, and the entire army steps up to the plate magnificently in SC.
* BadassAdorable: Renne and Tita. Estelle may also count as well.
* BadassFamily: The Bright family. Enough said.
* BadassLongcoat: Loewe, in order to counter this Joshua relies on his ScarfOfAsskicking. Olivier and Kevin wear these as well, Olivier having ''several'' over the course of the plot.
* BagOfSpilling: Slightly subverted in that while the characters lose all their items, their levels can be carried into the next game if the clear data of the previous game is present.
* BattleButler / CoolOldGuy: [[spoiler:Butler Philips who used to be the captain of the Kingdom's royal guard.]]
* BattleCouple: Estelle and Joshua basically define the trope, especially in the later parts of the story.
* {{BFS}}: Agate's sword.
* TheBigGuy: Zane and Agate share this role.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Joshua may look a bit girly, but he's [[spoiler: called "The Black Fang"]] because he is ''that'' dangerous. He's usually a pretty chill, nice dude, but if you threaten to harm Estelle? Aidios ''help'' you. [[spoiler:The mayor of Ruan learns this the hard way in FC, which even freaks ''Estelle'' out a little.]]
** [[spoiler:Renne often comes across as sweet and cuddly, even after TheReveal about her. She's also the most emotionally disturbed member of the entire cast, with accompanying violence.]]
** This applies to Leonhardt, too, [[spoiler:even when he's posing as "Lorence"]]. He is capable of being ''disarmingly'' nice and polite, even when you're actively fighting him.
* BigDamnHeroes: FC's final chapter. The princess is rescued but a little girl has been taken hostage. Ohai, [[spoiler:Schera]], who we haven't seen since 1/4 of the way into the game.
* BigEater: Estelle. In nearly every town/city you enter, she makes a comment about the food.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The imperial royal family is implied to be one. [[spoiler: If Olivier is a good representative, man, they ''have'' to be kind of messed up.]]
* BlackKnight: There's one in Third. Anyone who played the last two games can guess that it's [[spoiler:Loewe]].
* BloodKnight: Walter in SC
* {{Bokukko}}: Josette. Estelle actually calls her this.
* BonusBoss: Several in The 3rd.
* BookEnds: FC begins and ends with Joshua playing "The Whereabouts of Light" on his harmonica.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Weissman reveals he did this to Joshua]].
* BreakoutCharacter:
** Kevin becomes the main character of The Third; it might be said that the reason why it's called The Third and not Third Chapter was because Estelle and Joshua aren't really the main characters anymore.
** Loewe.[[spoiler: Despite the fact that he officially died in SC, Falcom brought him back in The Third. Then you have Vantage Master Portable where he and Renne become playable main characters instead of the other party members of Sora. It's even worse in Alternative Saga in which he appears without any explanation despite being dead. Vantage Master Portable takes place before SC, but Alternative Saga takes place after The Third. And just recently Falcom announced a prequel comic adaption with Loewe as the main character...]]
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Joshua, Renne, Kevin]], and Loewe's pasts are riddled with this, although [[spoiler: the first three eventually recover due to the PowerOfLove]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In The Third's sub quest to open the Star Door, one of the Star Door shows us the meeting of Ouroboros leaders meeting and their conversation regarding the events in Liberl and revealing that this is all just the beginning. After the meeting, Campanella laughs, before saying...
--> '''Campanella''': By the way...I know I'm not one to talk, but...*looks at the player* I don't know who you are but can you please stop peeping?
* BrotherSisterIncest: Something that jams up the gears of some people who play the game. Estelle and Joshua aren't even [[NotBloodSiblings remotely related by blood]], and they first met as not-quite-teens, so they weren't so young that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imprinting_%28psychology%29#Westermarck_effect the Westermarck effect]] would kick in to prevent them falling for each other... but at the same time, they basically lived together as siblings for years and Cassius even formally adopted Joshua after the events at the start of the game, when he came to live with the Brights, so he ''has'' the last name Bright himself. Some fans just try not to think too hard about that.
** Of course, this all serves as a bit of a [[TheStinger stinger]] later on [[spoiler:when Joshua openly abandons the Bright name once he considers himself no longer worthy of being called by that name, and takes the name Joshua Astray]].
** The really hilarious part to all this is that [[EveryoneCanSeeIt a ton of incidental characters in the Rolent area]] [[LampshadeHanging are surprised this isn't happening]] at the start of FC; meanwhile, Estelle and Joshua are ''both'' oblivious and wonder what the hell everyone is going on about. [[spoiler:This doesn't really become an issue until Joshua tosses away the Bright name and leaves to take his revenge, forcing Estelle to examine how she feels about him.]]
* CentralTheme: ''Trails'' is unrepentant about wearing its theme on its sleeve, that theme essentially being: "No one person, no matter what they've done in the past, no matter what they've done with their lives, is completely beyond love and redemption. Any life can be given meaning so long as you're willing to reach out to a person." [[spoiler:Joshua, Renne, Kevin, Olivier, and Loewe all have major story arcs about coming to terms with this, and Kloe, Scherazard, and Josette all face the concept to some degree as well.]]
* CharClone: Lorence.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Loewe's sword]].
* ChekhovsGunman: Almost too many to list; [[spoiler:Alba]] in FC is a great example, but nearly half the main cast has a secret identity... which is part of the reason so much of this page is spoiler-tagged.
* {{Chessmaster}}: Cassius Bright and Weissmann. Kevin has his share of manipulation as well.
* ChickMagnet: Joshua. Estelle does not find this particularly amusing.
* ChurchMilitant: Kevin and Ries are from this.
* CIAEvilFBIGood: A FantasyCounterpartCulture example: the Bracer Guild is designed to solve mysteries and apprehend bad guys, while in FC the Intelligence Division is involved in paramilitary activities, coup plots, and in general pulling strings from behind the scenes.
* ClimaxBoss: Loewe in SC and [[spoiler:Cassius and the Black Knight in Third]].
* ColonelBadass: Alan, [[spoiler: even though he technically stops being one after FC]].
* CoolBigSis: Scherazard to Estelle.
* CorruptChurch: ''Averted with special mention'', especially in comparison to [[{{JRPG}} the wider meta-genre]]. One of the most believable aspects of the setting is that the Septian Church is, by and large, a benevolent organization and doesn't really meddle with massive plots at all in FC or SC. Its clergymen clearly believe what they preach, are peaceful, benevolent presences in their towns (they even teach school for most people), and they even act as obvious allies to our heroes in FC [[spoiler:when the Grancel Cathedral gives knowing shelter to Julia while she's a fugitive from Col. Richard's coup]]. Nearly all the characters are faithful to a greater or lesser degree, as well, with invocations to Eidos/Aidios relatively common in places you'd expect a real life person to invoke God. There's ultimately nothing sinister about the church in FC or SC. Third makes it a ''little'' more complicated, although in that case we're dealing more with the Church as a ''continent-wide'' organization and Kevin's place in it, with the general message being: "in an organization as large as this, and based on beliefs as fundamental as this, you are always going to have disagreements about how best to defend those beliefs".
* CutenessProximity: Anelace
* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler: Joshua]] lost his older sister during the destruction of his village, which led to his and Loewe's joining the Ouroborus. [[spoiler: And then he remembers that ''he'' is responsible for her death (at least he thinks he is), and, well, that's when things go completely off the rails...]]
* DeathRay: Pater Mater has one.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Joshua crosses it once he remembers that he blames ''himself'' for the death of his sister and that he's been a pawn of Ouroboros all this time. A large part of the second chapter is devoted to Estelle pulling him back from this.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Estelle will stop at ''nothing'' to save those whom she cares about.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Interestingly played. When the game was originally in development as a single unit, it's clear that [[spoiler:the ruins beneath Castle Grancel]] were going to be this; sure, you [[spoiler:rescued the queen, beat Col. Richard and saved the kingdom]] but clearly not everything was answered and it would serve as what would in other games be the "big twist point" when the [[ManBehindTheMan real villain]] was revealed and whatnot. Once the project got too big to contain in one game, though, it was chosen to be the ''actual'' final dungeon of FC, meaning it is and isn't a final dungeon; it's the end of FC, sure, but it's [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle barely the]] ''[[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle beginning]]'' [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle of the real story]].
* DisneyDeath:
** [[spoiler:Walter and Blueblanc actually survived the collapse of Liberl Ark, as revealed in Star Door #14.]]
** [[spoiler:Luciola actually survived too, as revealed in Ao. The fortune teller in Michelam? It's her.]]
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: You guys remember [[spoiler: Professor Alba]]? He's that guy you keep bumping everywhere for PluckyComicRelief conversations. '''[[OhCrap HE IS THE BAD GUY]].'''
* DraggedIntoDrag: Halfway through FC, Estelle and Joshua are tapped to help put on a play for a school festival. The production is a gender-flip of a well-known play about a love triangle competing for the heart of a princess. Joshua plays the princess ([[DudeLooksLikeALady And looks disturbingly good in a dress]]).
* TheDragon: The Black Knight, AKA [[spoiler:Loewe back from the dead]], serves this role to the king of Phantasma in the third installment.
* DualWielding: How Joshua prefers to fight.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Joshua can ding this at times; his Japanese VA being female does not exactly help. [[spoiler:Less prominent after he embraces his identity as the Black Fang.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: The game does manage to avoid treading into {{Wangst}} territory, but good ''grief'', the party has some issues. When all is said and done, let's see: [[spoiler: we have ''two'' nigh-superpowered TykeBomb assassins, one of whom constantly wrestles with the happiness he experienced with the Brights versus what he's done and is capable of doing and the other of whom is wrestling with a history of terrible abuse; an imperial prince who is utterly disgusted with his family and, by extension, himself; another, local princess who absolutely wants nothing to do with the responsibility thrust upon her; a woman who wants nothing more [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl than to bury her past in alcohol]]; a man who is driven [[TheAtoner by the loss of his entire family]] and the guilt he feels over being unable to prevent it; a priest who has problems with his faith and serious doubts about his place in the world; a girl with a massive [[IJustWantToBeBadass wannabe-hero complex]]; and an aristocrat-turned-sky-pirate who has rather serious entitlement issues]]. Estelle is lucky Tita and Zane are around in all three games, or she'd find she's the OnlySaneMan among this cast of nutters.
* EasterEgg: There are several paintings within the game that show Falcom's other installments such as ''Franchise/{{Ys}}''.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Renne, good lord Renne. [[spoiler:This is notably played for ''creepy'' factor later on.]]
* ElementalRockPaperScissors
* TheEmpire: Perhaps not too surprising for a Japanese RPG. Their being billed as fairly obvious villains and an external threat is not very surprising at all. [[spoiler:The fact that, ultimately, you have to save them from full-scale slaughter alongside everyone else, however, may be rather more surprising!]]
* EnfanteTerrible: [[spoiler:Renne]].
* EscortMission: Several times in the game you'll have helpless [=NPCs=] tagging along in battle. If they die, it's GameOver.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[spoiler:Kloe]] is a princess, [[spoiler:Olivier]] is a prince...
* {{Expy}}:
** Dr. Russell is often described as "[[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] gone good".
** Olivier is a guns-and-devices using, blond-pony-tailed, blue-eyed [[HandsomeLech ladies man]] [[spoiler:who happens to be royalty and uses the lechery partially as a coping mechanism]]. This draws a number of comparisons to [[FinalFantasyVI a certain King of Figaro]].
* FantasyGunControl: Mostly averted, actually. The technology base of this setting is rather high, and you'll encounter quite a few firearms-wielding {{mooks}}, not to mention some bosses who pack heat of various kinds. We say "mostly", though, because while firearms are reasonably common in this setting.... as noted above, out of a grand total of sixteen people who can join the player party, only ''three'' of them actually use guns. This can get a little silly when the party charges down gun-armed mooks with swords, daggers, a crossbow and a staff ''and wins''. [[spoiler:Granted, your ranks can include some of the most dangerous assassins on the ''planet'', but still.]]
* {{Feelies}}: The Limited Edition comes with a reversible poster/map, a bracer emblem pin, and the game's soundtrack.
* FieryRedhead: Agate. Estelle may count too, though it's kinda hard to tell if she's a brunette or redhead; her hair color even seems to ''shift'' a little from between various depictions.
* FirstGirlWins: Kloe and Josette never really stood a chance. Especially when the first girl is also the main character of the game.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Estelle and Joshua, somewhat, as they're [[NotBloodSiblings not actually related]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''Goddamned'' '''''EVERYWHERE'''''. The game absolutely loves to tease upcoming reveals and plot points; sometimes this is blatant, sometimes you'll barely notice them 'till later and you play through the game again. This is so prevalent that the director has gone on record as saying that there are things in the upcoming ''Ao no Kiseki'' that were foreshadowed '''''back in FC'''''.
* FourStarBadass: Every general of the Liberl Kingdom Army qualifies.
* FunnyAnimal
* GadgeteerGenius: Tita.
* GenkiGirl: Estelle, Estelle, and... Estelle. Okay, maybe Tita a little, too, but everyone is eclipsed by the Monolith of Genki that is Estelle.
** Dorothy and Anelace count too
* [[GiantRobotHandsSaveLives Giant Dragon Scales Save Lives]]: [[spoiler: In the end of SC, Estelle and Joshua fall from the Liberl Ark but are saved by Legnard. This might work nicely if Legnard didn't have fur ''harder than steel scales''.]]
* GlassCannon: [[IncrediblyLamePun Tita]]. Until she busts out the Orbal Gear at least.
* GuideDangIt: Many examples, such as getting all recipes, netting the A-Rank for Bracer, etc. The last is particularly bad as you only have ''2 BP'' worth of wiggle room. As there are hidden quests and secret BP conditions, it's effectively impossible to get the 380 required for the best Rank without using a guide.
* HandsomeLech: OLIVIER. Jesus Humphrey Bogart Christ, Olivier Lenheim. He makes [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Edgar Figaro]] look restrained. [[spoiler:Most of it is a combination of an act and a desperate desire to escape his previous life. ([[ChivalrousPervert Only most of it, though.]])]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Scherazard. Aina combines this with BigEater.
* HeroesRUs: The Bracers' Guild.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Loewe]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory:
** A lot of the other bracers, particularly Team Kurt (Kurt, Carna, Grant and Anelace) come across this way. [[spoiler:Kurt and Anelace join the party for a bit in SC, and Anelace is a somewhat more permanent fixture for Third.]] Cassius ''definitely'' comes across this way. [[spoiler:Hell, half of Weissmann's plot in FC is to create a whole other crisis for Cassius to be the hero of so that he doesn't jam up the gears in Liberl.]]
** Also, this game takes its NPC dialogs seriously. If you take the time to TalkToEveryone as often as possible, you will find a ''lot'' of recurring [=NPCs=] all having their own stories going on in parallel to yours. It's quite fun really.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl:
** Agate and Tita have a dynamic like this, especially since Agate is pretty much the second most physically-imposing party member in the game, behind Zane.
** Also applies, after a fashion, to [[spoiler:Renne and Pater Mater. One of the shortest characters in the game, [[EnfanteTerrible who is already plenty dangerous enough by herself]], protected by an at least semi-sentient robot the size of a ''building''.]]
* HumongousMecha: Pater Mater, which is a boss in SC [[spoiler: and an S-Craft for Renne in 3rd]]. Tita's Orbal Gear is somewhat less humongous but otherwise qualifies.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Most of the healing items are food.
* IKnewIt: Almost everyone can figure out the Black Knight's identity, treated so in-universe as well.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Loewe and Joshua.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Most of the cast. Joshua and Estelle are by far the most sensibly-dressed, and the latter has a tendency to wear a ''bomber jacket'' with cut-off sleeves as everyday wear.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Gilbert, Gilbert, and Gilbert.
* InstantSedation[=/=]KissOfDeath: [[spoiler: Joshua's]] first kiss to [[spoiler: Estelle]] is laced with sedative to keep her from following him.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Alternative Saga crosses ''Sora no Kiseki'' with ''Franchise/{{Ys}}'' using the engine from ''VideoGame/YsSeven'' and includes support characters from Gurumin, Zwei, Brandish, Legend of Heroes III and VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki.
* InterfaceSpoiler:
** Josette, Anelace and Kurt are all voiced when you face them in combat in FC, despite their compatriots ''not'' being voiced and despite them not joining the party proper. [[spoiler:Three guesses as to what happens in SC, and the first two don't count.]]
** When Renne joins you as an NPC, you will probably notice that she somehow has a whooping 10202 HP (compared to the 3-4k that your party members are likely having at the moment). [[spoiler: It all makes sense at the end of the chapter.]]
*** Though strangely enough, [[spoiler: Professor Alba/Weissman]] has a normal amount of HP for an NPC in FC.
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: [[spoiler: Axis Pillar]]
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Kevin speaks like this. This gets a little odd considering that the setting of the games is ''profoundly'' Western European.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Loewe]].
* KirkSummation: Estelle delivers a ''great'' one to [[spoiler:Colonel Richard]] in FC's last dungeon. Given [[TheKirk Estelle's role in the party]], this isn't surprising in some ways, although everyone else is amazed at her sudden, momentary eloquence.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: With FC being a good nine years old as of this edit and SC being seven, avoiding these has become fairly difficult as Falcom now assumes most interested people in Japan already know about all the major spoilers and revelations... and uses them in promotional material and whatnot, making them kind of hard to avoid if you're outside of Japan and following the news at all! (Places like TheOtherWiki casually ruining the plot of all three games also doesn't help.) The biggest offender is probably [[spoiler:Renne and her actual [[CardCarryingVillain affiliation]], [[AxCrazy motivations]] and [[ChaoticEvil alignment]]. One of the most prominent extant pieces of art for her (from Third) in various Western sources show her clearly rocking her SinisterScythe, which will tip off anyone even remotely GenreSavvy that she's more than she appears to be. Natch for ''Alternative Saga'', which shows off the above ''and'' Pater Mater, and the AnimatedAdaptation will be terrible about this as well (the aforementioned stuff is being used in ''promotional images''). Never mind, uh, [[TakeThatMe all the spoilers on this very page]].]]
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: just about every new characters in The Third. But Ries and [[spoiler:Lechter]] stand out from the rest, especially since there's no hint whatsoever about their existences and their roles in [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki the next series]] is HUGE. But the others [[spoiler:(Rufina, Ein, and Osborne)]] are mentioned several times during FC and SC.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Lorence wears a red colored version of the Special Ops outfit, and he is [[AlmightyJanitor even stronger than his boss]].
* LetsSplitUpGang: [[spoiler: For the final mission in FC.]] Justified, as there are [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Loads and Loads of Characters]] and quite a bit to do.
* {{Lolicon}}: Some players accuse Agate of being this, thanks to all that ShipTease he gets with Tita. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt The rest of the cast agrees.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: GOOD GRAVY.
* MacGuffin: The Black Orbment in FC, Aureole in SC and the Arca of Recluse in Third.
** It's somewhat debatable whether these qualify since they all ''do'' come up again, explain some facet or facets of the plot or [[spoiler:explain absolutely everything about The 3rd]]. The differing powers of the Sept-Terion also lead this trilogy to have a very different sort of story than the [[ZeroNoKiseki next games]]. Oh, and [[spoiler:Ouroboros clearly wants all seven so presumably there's something that can only be done once they have them]] making them a continuing plot element.
* MagicFromTechnology: A cornerstone of the setting; "orbments" allow for all kinds of technological feats, from airships to cannons to computers to combat magic effects for our heroes, and are basically mechanical devices powered by AppliedPhlebotinum.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Weissmann]] behind almost everything in FC and SC. In a wider meta-series sense, [[spoiler:The Master of Ouroboros is probably behind nearly ''everything'' going on in the series, with the exceptions of Third and ''VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki'']].
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Weissmann]]
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Clearly fits Joshua and Estelle (at least in FC).
* TheMaze: A ''lot'' of dungeons are like this.
* MeaningfulName:
** Loewe's real name is "Leonhardt" which means "The determination of the lion", hence why he is called "Loewe" which means, of course, "lion" in German.
** Also present in the ''title'', at least in the original Japanese. You see, the kanji used for "Sora no Kiseki" fairly clearly state "[[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Tracks/Wagon Trail/Path/etc.]]] of/in the Sky", but "Kiseki", as a spoken word, has another meaning: "miracle". The title can therefore be heard as "Miracle in the Sky" in addition to the written meaning. [[spoiler:This gets ''extremely'' meaningful, ''both ways'', during the second chapter.]] This gets especially crazy (awesome) with the vocal theme song to SC, "Silver Will, Golden Wings": ''every single time'' the word "kiseki" is said in that song, it can mean either "trail/path" or "miracle" and the song will still make perfect sense.
** Estelle's surname is ''Bright'', everyone thinks she is as bright as the sun that shines through the darkness. She is even called the ''Sun Girl'' by Kevin in 3rd.
* MetalSlime: Shining Poms
* MissionPackSequel: The third chapter caught some flack on release over perceptions that it was, basically, this, since the plot had nicely wrapped up in the previous game. The final judgment was, essentially, that it may not have been strictly necessary or really innovative, but it was still worth picking up.
* MoreDakka: Who else but... [[TokenMiniMoe Tita]], of course.
* MoreThanMindControl: [[spoiler:Weissmann]] is an absolute ''master'' of this; it's largely how he maintains control over [[spoiler:his part of]] Ouroboros. [[spoiler:It's how he was able to force Joshua to spy on the Guild of Bracers, it's a large part of the reason Joshua feels so guilty over what happened to Karen, and it's one of the main impetuses for Joshua leaving the Brights at the end of FC, as the idea that Weissmann might ''still'' have such control over him and might force him to betray or even kill Estelle fills him with absolute, blinding terror.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: Erika to Tita. Poor Agate has to suffer because of it.
* MythologyGag
** The story of FC and SC is a '''huge''' MythologyGag to LegendOfHeroesIV.
*** The final test to become Junior Bracer and Adventurer both involved getting things from sewer.
*** Before Cassius went away in the prologue, he entrusted Estelle with Black Orbment. Sage Lemuras (who is pretty much Avin's father figure) entrusted Avin with Sacred Treasure Kabessa before he passed away. [[spoiler:Both are ChekhovsGun]].
*** The GuestStarPartyMember in Chapter 1 are a senior Bracer/Adventurer (Martie and Scherazard) and [[spoiler:RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething (Muse/Mildine and Olivier/Olivert)]].
*** The GuestStarPartyMember in the first part of Chapter 2 (for {{AToV}}) or whole Chapter 2 (for FC) are another senior Bracer/Adventurer (Douglas and Agate) and a girl who develops a crush on one of the main duo (Archem and Kloe). When they were party members, the party must dealt with corrupt leader of the region who threatened the well-being of the girl's precious things (Meefas and Mercia Orphanage).
*** The [[TokenMiniMoe token loli/shota]] (Tita and Rael) befriend a fellow loli/shota [[spoiler:with DarkAndTroubledPast (Renne and Rouca)]]. The pairs also happen to be "mage and engineer" combination.
*** There's a [[TheRival Rival]] who actively prevents the party for ever advancing their adventures in the second half of the game. [[spoiler:Said rivals are actually someone close to the main character]]. Not only that, near the end of the game, they engage an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome duel]] with one of the main characters.
*** both Avin's and Estelle's LoveInterest are ScarfOfAsskicking wearing, black-haired [[spoiler:TroubledButCute assassins with sibling issues and DoomedHometown in their backstory.]]
*** [[spoiler:Weissmann asks Estelle to join Ouroboros with promise that she, Joshua, Loewe, and Renne can live happily together. This is similar to when Bellias-controlled silver-haired Mile asks Avin to join Octum's Apostles so he, Mile, and Eimelle can live happily together. Of course Avin and Estelle reject it.]]
*** [[spoiler:Loewe sacrificed himself to weaken Weissmann by using Kernviter to invoke TakingYouWithMe after he knew that Weissmann was responsible for the Hamell tragedy. Madram sacrificed himself to kill Borgeid by using Dominique's Ring to invoke TakingYouWithMe after he knew that Borgeid was responsible for the Kanaphia tragedy.]]
** The 3rd also invoked a little MythologyGag to LegendOfHeroesIV: [[spoiler:Loewe is BackFromTheDead thanks to Lord of Phantasma and serves as her [[TheDragon Dragon]], and after the party defeats him, he disappears after a TearJerker exchange with Joshua, Estelle, and Renne (if one brings the latter two in the party, that is). Mile is BackFromTheDead thanks to Lord Bellias and serves as his Dragon, and after the party defeats Octum, Mile disappears after a TearJerker exchange with Avin. The difference is that Mile isn't meant to die yet.]]
*** again from The 3rd: [[spoiler:Kevin goes to Gehenna in order to save Ries, much like when Avin jumped to Hades in order to save Mile.]]
*** might be intentional since The 3rd was released shortly after PSP version of LegendOfHeroesV, but the whole point of the game is similar to LegendOfHeroesV's Tuning Forks Special Scenario. You get party members from clearing a dungeon or moving to the next chapter, can team up with the entire playables of the previous two games along with OriginalGeneration, involves a boss rush, and a massive amount of grinding is required to reach OneHundredPercentCompletion.
** Orbment system is an expanded version of Resonance Stones system from LegendOfHeroesV.
** Josette's S-Craft Wildcat is named after LegendOfHeroesIII's Wildcat Bandits. It doesn't help that [[spoiler:Capua family and Wildcat Bandits are actually good people.]]
** You can find the complete Doll Knight books set in SC. [[spoiler:Renne even referenced it when she was saved by the party, commenting that she's like Princess Tia who was saved by Pedro's Blue Knight]]. The books were originally from LegendOfHeroesV. There are some {{WMG}} concerning its existence in Zemuria.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:You defeat the Ring Guardian at the end of FC. This eventually allows the villains access to the Aureole.]] More to the point, [[spoiler:Weissmann's whole plan revolves largely around manipulating Estelle and company into doing this a ''lot''. He is quite good at it, too.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Professor Alba, Olivier and Kevin]]. [[spoiler:Lechter arguably counts too.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: Played straight ''and'' subverted six ways from sundown at the same time. [[spoiler:Unless you read these spoilers ahead of time, betcha didn't see Renne coming, did you? Or ''Professor Alba'', for that matter?]]
* OddNameOut: First Chapter, Second Chapter and...The Third?
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: During [[spoiler: Legions invasion towards the Grancell Castle, Philippe moves forward and reveals himself to be once a fearsome general of the BadassArmy to defends the castle, they took his weapons and about to engage on their epic showdown...and then the scene shift back to our heroes...]]
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: Ouroborus's headquarters
* [[OminousFloatingCastle Ominous Floating City]]: [[spoiler:The Liberl Ark]].
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: Accusations of this went flying around during SC's development (and we can most likely expect them to show up among American reviewers and new fans, too). In Japan this died down once people saw how mind-blowingly ''huge'' SC was and how it simply ''couldn't'' have been included in the original release. Remember, two [=UMDs=] for the PSP version, and it really makes use of that second UMD. Third, meanwhile, sparked [[MissionPackSequel rather different accusations]].
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Weissmann in SC and the Lord of Phantasma in Third]]
* PaperThinDisguise: Anyone who played first two games can figure out that [[BlackKnight the black]] [[TheDragon knight]] in Third is [[spoiler:Loewe, kind of back from the dead]].
* PlotInducedStupidity: A villain side rare example. Considering who [[ManipulativeBastard Weissmann]] [[TheChessmaster is]], you would thought that he would take account to the fact that [[spoiler: Loewe's sword are made of the same material as his wand.]]
* PhantomThief: Blblanc. In fact, it's his title in Ouroboros.
* ThePlan: [[spoiler:Weissmann's scheme]] in FC and SC.
* PointOfNoReturn: Beginning the mission to [[spoiler:rescue Princess Klaudia]] in FC, the core of [[spoiler: The Liberl Ark]] in SC and [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon the Castle of Phantasmagoria]] in Third.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Estelle and Joshua during FC, though Estelle is more red than pink.
* PurpleEyes: Surprisingly rather common.
** Olivier, Kloe ([[spoiler:and her grandmother]]), Anelace and Loewe all have various shades of them, and aside from Loewe there's nothing particularly supernatural about any of them, and Loewe's "supernatural" abilities have nothing to do with his eyes.
** (''VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki''/SC spoilers):[[spoiler:Renne may also have had violet eyes since that's what her father actually has, but we've never gotten any confirmation as to what her eye color was before her eyes were changed to gold. Interestingly, the "puppet" of her dad in SC was given golden eyes instead of purple, presumably to ensure they actually "looked" related.]]
* RandomlyDrops: A ton of equipment in 3rd. Most of them aren't really the best equipment (in fact, all of them have multiple "levels", so you might find a weapon, then the same weapon except with more attack and a "+1" as an affix later), but there sure are a lot of them. Really painful for those who want a copy of every item.
* RedBaron: Some high-ranking bracers and all the top agents for Ouroboros and the church have titles like this.
** Loewe: The Sword Emperor
** Walter: The Lanky Wolf
** Luciola: The Charming Bell
** Blblanc: The Phantom Thief
** [[spoiler:Joshua]]: The Black Fang
** [[spoiler:Renne]]: The Angel of Extermination
** [[spoiler:Weissmann]]: The Faceless
** [[spoiler:Kevin]]: The Heresy Inquisitor, [[spoiler: which he chooses to change at the end of the 3rd chapter]].
** [[spoiler:Cassius Bright]]: The Sword Saint
** [[spoiler:Philip Runall]]: The Sword Fox
** Scherazard: Silver Streak
** Agate: Heavy Sword
** Zane: The Immovable
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Loewe]] in SC.
* RedOniBlueOni: Estelle (red) and Joshua (blue). Or Estelle and Kloe, respectively.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: A fair number, starting with the "Crop Munchers" Estelle and Joshua deal with in the FC prologue.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Joshua against Weissmann]] in SC.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:[[spoiler:Kloe and Olivier]].
* RuleOfCool:
** The games do apply this principle to a few things. For example, if we're being remotely realistic, even briefly pulling the trigger on any of her weapons should result in Tita being knocked flat on her butt from the recoil, if not ''injured'' outright[[note]]since there's no way in hell she weighs more than 90 pounds (''in armor'', mind you) while her weapons spew out easily 100+lb of recoil; never mind that a lot of her weapons would weigh almost as much as ''she'' does[[/note]]. [[MST3KMantra Tita looks awesome using them, though, so nobody cares a whit.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, Ouroboros Enforcers like Joshua, Renne and Loewe fairly routinely engage in physical acts that are blatantly impossible (for example, Loewe ''leaping off the top of Castle Grancel'' without injury, though considering the clues present, it more than likely was one of his shadows), although this is handwaved to some degree by the fact that many of them have been modified bodily.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Lord of Phantasma is a girl.]]
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Joshua and Estelle, naturally.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Joshua picks up one of these in the second chapter.
* SeriousBusiness: The Fishing Guild.
* ShadowArchetype: There are two really prominent examples, both of which are somewhat spoilery.
** First is [[spoiler:Joshua and Renne. Joshua even acknowledges this openly; to him, Renne represents everything he ''could'' have been had he not lost to Cassius and met the Brights. This is largely what fuels his ardent desire to help her; her behavior is so radically different from his own, but he could have been just like her - even fighting at her side! - had his life turned out even a little differently.]]
** The second is [[spoiler:Estelle and her own father, Cassius. This one isn't obvious at first, but by the end of SC it's become clear that the two are in some ways mirror reflections of one another - they both have the same job, the same skills, and even end up facing similar dilemmas and quests, but Cassius was willing to mortgage his ideals and morality in order to accomplish his goals. This makes him quite a bit different from Estelle, who is determined to save ''everyone'' she can, regardless of the cost to herself.]]
* ShoutOut:
** One can't really help but suspect that Anelace's outfit was intentionally designed to resemble [[Franchise/{{Ys}} Adol's]] "classic" armor.
** In the English version, during the ending walkabout sequence in Grancel, one NPC is taking a picture of his daughter and says "Okay, say [[Videogame/EarthBound "fuzzy pickles"!]]"
* SinglePhlebotinumLimit: ''Everything'' is powered by Sepith/Quartz. From lights to airships to combat magic.
* SinisterScythe: [[spoiler: Your first hint that Renne only ''looks'' cute and innocent.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism:
** The main story arc (in FC and SC) actually [[IncrediblyLamePun slides along the scale]] as it goes on. It starts off pretty light and idealistic, but then gets more and more cynical and dark until we're at almost ''{{Berserk}}'' levels of [[MagnificentBastard bastardity]] and cynicism, to the point that even [[GenkiGirl Estelle]] begins to crack under the strain. [[spoiler: Ultimately it swings back toward the idealist side of things in the grand finale, though. The title can be heard as "[[MeaningfulName Miracle in the Sky]]" in Japanese for a reason, after all.]]
** The third chapter, meanwhile, works partially because it examines the ''concept'' of this and how we bury ourselves in our perceptions. [[spoiler: It even uses Loewe and Cassius to hammer the point home.]]
* SkyPirates
* SmugSnake: Most villains. [[spoiler:The ones you should be afraid of are the ones who ''aren't'' this, at least when you initially meet them.]]
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil
* TheSouthpaw: Remember kids, every swordsman that is left-handed is a MasterSwordsman, just ask Loewe.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** While officially spelled Patel Matel, given that [[spoiler: Renne repeatedly states that it's the only father or mother she needs]] it should probably be translated as Pater Mater, Latin for 'Father and Mother'.
** The game tends to feature a lot of R/L sounds, which of course cause contortions when trying to transcribe certain names. Liberl/Riber/Libel/Ribel, anyone? Or how about Ries/Lise/Liese/Riese/etc etc etc? XSEED hasn't even ''announced'' what they're doing about her name yet.
** A couple characters run into this, too, especially compared to their "given" spelling. "Anelace" is arguably the worst; her name is usually consistently spelled that way, but sometimes it's given as "Analace" or "Analece". Given this, you'd think the last part of her name would sound like, well, a "lace gown", right? No, the actual katakana given for the name actually end up sounding like "Aneras", with a chopped off, short "s", which doesn't match ''any'' given spelling. Most fans just throw their hands up at the situation and go with one of the given spellings, despite new fans technically getting the pronunciation wrong consistently; XSEED left it with the "Anelace" spelling as well.
** Is it "Loewe" or "Lwe"? Even Falcom sources disagree at times. Both work, though (they're the same word in German). "Leo" is also quite close to the given katakana, and would probably be a bit clearer to English speakers. XSEED chose to go with "Loewe".
** A bit of debate also springs up around the title for the agents of Ouroboros. The title is given in kanji as 執行者, ''shikkousha'', which strictly speaking is a term variously applied to "those who perform, execute or serve business" (and also [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner actual executioners]]) and also has Buddhist connotations for righteousness and the pursuit of enlightenment. ''However'', the kanji are always accompanied by furigana, in katakana, indicating that the word the characters are saying is "Legion", which is meant to be the actual, in-universe term spoken by characters. The problem, of course, [[{{Engrish}} is that "legion" is a term for a unit of soldiers and not an individual person]], and doesn't really carry the concept of the kanji forward regardless. While a majority of western fans currently stick with the indicated title from Falcom, some do use other terms to try and convey the kanji better - Enforcer, Legionnaire, Executioner and the like have all cropped up over the years.
*** During the scene at the end of FC wherein [[spoiler:Joshua and Weissmann confront one another]], the XSEED translation uses ''both'' "Enforcer" and "Legion".
*** Relatedly, the [[RedBaron Ouroboros codename]] for Enforcer Fifteen runs into a problem as well. For all the other Enforcers, the "intended" English version of their codenames is given in secondary sources, particularly promo websites - "Sword Emperor" for 剣帝 (''kentei''), "Phantom Thief" for 怪盗紳士 (''kaitou shinshi'') and so on. With Fifteen, however, all we have is the kanji - 殲滅天使, ''senmetsu tenshi''. The "angel" part is obvious, but there have been some debates over the best way to render "senmetsu" (which, most literally, means "total destruction/slaughter/annihilation/etc; ApocalypseHow in a can, basically). "Angel of Extermination" is one of the more common translations, though some fans feel this is a little awkward; others go with "Annihilation Angel" or "Angel of Slaughter". XSEED has not yet announced an official translation for the term.
* SpritePolygonMix: One of Japan's most famous recent examples. While not extremely sophisticated by modern standards (though FC wasn't too bad for 2004), it's still the best-looking game out of the group that uses the ''Ys: Ark of Naphistim'' engine.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: ''Scherazard''
* StudentCouncilPresident: Jill. [[spoiler:Lechter]] is revealed to be one in charge before Jill, during [[spoiler:his time observing Liberl's situation from Jenis Royal Academy]].
* TarotMotifs: [[spoiler:Enforcers' number and personality are based on the tarots. Like Renne (XV) is The Devil, or Campanella (0) is The Fool. Loewe is actually an odd one: he is obviously The Emperor (IV), but he's No. II, which is actually The High Priestess. [[FridgeBrilliance Take a look on the meaning of The High Priestess. Loewe actually fits BOTH The Emperor and The High Priestess]].]]
* TakenForGranite: Kind of. [[spoiler:Weissmann turns into a statue of salt by Kevin. After the party left the Liberl Ark, Campanella took the Aureole from him and [[KarmicDeath proceeded to break Weissmann's now-petrified body into pieces]].]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Loewe and Karin.]]
* TokenMiniMoe: Tita and Renne. [[spoiler: Renne's appearance is meant to be a RedHerring, however, and later on once she shows her true colors it's played to be as ''disturbing'' as possible.]]
* {{Tomboy}}: Estelle practically defines the trope, both as a young girl in the prologue and during the main game itself. Anelace and Josette also have elements of this. [[spoiler:Josette ''resents'' this perception deep down, though, since she's only doing the kind of work she does because her family's fortune was ruined.]]
** TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Estelle and Kloe's relationship in a nutshell.
* TruthInTelevision: Joshua accurately describes the conditions of what happens to the citizens of a country that focuses on its military might -- high taxes, weapon development, military conscription and others contrasted to a peaceful government focused on peace through diplomacy and trading.
* {{Tykebomb}}: [[spoiler:Joshua]] in FC and SC. Hell, [[spoiler:Renne]] counts too, for that matter. [[spoiler: Or should it be "[[IncrediblyLamePun for that Pater]]"?]]
* UnderestimatingBadassery: In the final chapter in FC, when Estelle, Scherazard and Kloe [[spoiler:rescue the Queen during the coup d'tat]], they encounter Lieutenant Lorence. Estelle, who defeated his team during the tournament, confidently states that even though he is strong, there is no way he can take the three of them all by himself. [[TheWorfEffect Estelle]]...[[ILetYouWin you]] [[IAmNotLeftHanded are]] [[CurbStompBattle so]] [[AlmightyJanitor very]], [[HopelessBossFight very]] [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose wrong]]...
* UnwittingPawn: The party becomes this to [[spoiler:Weissmann]] in FC. [[spoiler:Joshua]], in particular, does not take it well.
* VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: ''Several'', across multiple chapters.
* WakeUpCallBoss: The first boss of 3rd.
* WalkingTheEarth: The game is very "Franchise/{{Ys}}-scale" about this. While you will, naturally, do some wandering about (Estelle and Joshua are "Bracers", or adventurers who openly wander about doin' good (with organized [=HQs=] in multiple towns even)), the game is confined to the Liberl Kingdom in terms of scope. This is partially because the crisis is local, and partially out of realism since wandering the planet, even with a conveyance, would take months.
* WhamEpisode: The end of the First Chapter. [[spoiler: Joshua is the Black Fang of Ouroboros. He blames himself for the death of his sister, he's been an unwitting mole in the Guild of Bracers since the ''opening text boxes'' of the game and is/was a pawn of Weissmann. He leaves Estelle behind so that he can... settle things. At the very end, Estelle sets off after him.]] This one left people ''spinning'' when the game was first released, and marked the point at which the main narrative started to get a ''lot'' [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism darker]].
* WhamLine: "Allow me to clear away your ''confusion''. *fingersnap*" Congratuations, Joshua, [[spoiler:you now remember your place and history as one of the Enforcers of Ouroboros.]]
** "Enforcer Fifteen - The Angel of Extermination[[note]][[SpellMyNameWithAnS /Slaughter/Annihilation/etc]][[/note]] - [[spoiler: Renne]]." [[FlatWhat What.]] ''[[OhCrap What.]]''
** "Now, hurry and take off that disgusting mask of yours...Lord of Phantasma--No, [[spoiler:RUFINA ARGENT!]]"
* WhipItGood: Scherazard
* WhipSword: Ries uses one.
* TheWorfEffect: Agate often falls victim for this trope. In FC, he seems to win against Lorence... but then we find out that was a just a mirror body-double. Played straight in SC, in that he gets beaten easily by Loewe. Then again, in his defense [[spoiler: Loewe and Lorence are the same person.]]
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Joshua pulls one to Loewe in SC.
-->'''Joshua''': This soul that has [[spoiler:been saved by sister, mended by professor, released by father, and right now is together with Estelle's...The heart of a Bracer and the skill of the Black Fang...with all of this combined, I challenge the Sword Emperor!!]]
** And once again...
-->'''Loewe''': Karin is an exception! That kind of human isn't created easily! That's why--[[spoiler:I have to test humans! To see if they can make up for the sins named "weakness" and "deceit"! And to see whether or not they are truly worthy of Karin's sacrifice!]]
-->'''Joshua''': Then--I'll prove it! I who has lived by [[spoiler:sacrificing my sister, I who am weak and a liar...by meeting Estelle, I have finally found my path! This path that has led me to where you are! Humans are not weak creatures...not as long as they have each other!]]
* WrenchWench: Tita, naturally, [[UnfortunateImplications though with rather less emphasis on the "wench"]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: One of the most epic and memorable in Japanese gaming history, at the end of FC. It seems like the plot is done, but aren't there a few things left over?... oh, by the way, Joshua: [[WhamLine *fingersnap*]]. The fact that, back in 2004, Falcom gave ''no'' indication that the game had been split into two parts until after the credit roll, fueled the fire in Japan even harder.
* YouShallNotPass
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready: This is getting pretty bad in Japan, from the perspective of new fans in North America. The promotional material for the ''Trails'' AnimatedAdaptation [[spoiler:shows Renne in a blatantly sinister pose with her scythe, and shows off Pater Mater, though not full-frame]], and the announcement article for ''Ao no Kiseki'' [[spoiler:spelled out "Olivier"'s proper name and title straight-out without any spoiler warning]].
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