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The third game in the ''Franchise/StarOcean'' series, '''''Star Ocean: Till the End of Time''''' is set 400 years after the events of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''. Fayt Leingod, an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary college student]], is vacationing on a resort planet which suddenly gets attacked by aliens. A few escapes later, his escape pod crash lands on an undeveloped planet, he gets rescued by a member of [[LaResistance a resistance group named Quark]], they crash on ''another'' undeveloped planet, and they get caught up in local politics. The repercussions of the alien attack, and the reasons for it, are going to catch up with Fayt again....

''Till the End of Time'' is (in)famous for the ''huge'' plot twist that comes about halfway through the story that completely changes the scope of not just the game, but the entire series itself.

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!!This video game provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Maria Traydor, Nel Zelpher, Peppita Rossetti, and Mirage Koas.
* AerithAndBob: On one hand, you have names like Fayt, Peppita, Albel. Then you have ordinary names like Roger and Maria. It's even more hilarious when you realize [[PettingZooPeople Roger]] is the one who would be most out-of-place on modern Earth.
* AIIsACrapshoot: In a truly bizarre inversion, [[spoiler: you and your entire party. You and the entire universe are just [[InstantAIJustAddWater data]] from the perspective of the Fourth Dimensional beings that created you.]]
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror Just about everyone is actually unknowing]] {{NPC}}s [[InsideAComputerSystem inside an]] {{MMORPG}}.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Belzeber, based on his appearance and voice. However, being a minor boss character, this is actually never said [[IncrediblyLamePun straight]] out.
* ApocalypseHow:
** The Executioners attempt to conduct a Galactic Total Extinction. [[spoiler:They easily succeed; Earth and Vendeen both go silent, Aldian is destroyed, and all the other planets in the Milky Way are hit as well.]]
** Luther attempts Universal Metaphysical Annihilation. [[spoiler:He succeeds, but everything comes back just fine minutes later.]]
* ApocalypseWow: Executioners versus [[spoiler: the Earth's defense grid]].
* ArbitrarySkepticism: The respected scientists researching the Time Gate, who study magic for a living and have the event ''recorded on video'', think people won't believe them when the Time Gate [[spoiler:warned them of extra-dimensional beings coming to destroy them]].
* AnAxeToGrind: Roger.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Earning battle trophies unlocks new costumes and color schemes for your characters, music, higher difficulty levels, and other simple little rewards.
* AutobotsRockOut: After a dozen or two hours of gameplay and story, the final boss of Disc 1 is Crosell, a massive dragon whose feet dwarf the player characters. His battle theme is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Krka_Oroo "The Divine Spirit of Language"]], featuring a fast-paced electric guitar riff which very much does the battle justice.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** Many of the most damaging Battle Skills have an overly long startup time, and said moves also tend to have high capacity point costs that limit what other moves can be used alongside them. For example, Cliff's Max Shockwave and Maria's Energy Burst.[[note]]Although using them at long range can help mitigate this. Since Max Shockwave knocks enemies back, it can help with the charge time.[[/note]] Also, Fayt's Dimension Door was so overpowered in the original Japanese version that the designers nerfed it for the ''Director's Cut''/overseas version and it's ''still'' one of his more useful attacks. The same is true with Nel's Flying Guillotine.
** Albel's Dragon Roar looks utterly awesome, but since it knocks enemies down, it'll only do respectable damage if you use it on an enemy that's getting up, since enemies getting up hit with a knockdown attack get lifted into the sky.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Fayt Leingod. Imagine people calling him that with a straight face when he was just an ordinary college student. This is even moreso in the Japanese version, where his name is actually spelled Fate Linegod.
* AwesomenessInducedAmnesia: During the war between Aquaria and Airyglyph, a Vendeeni ship appears out of the sky and begins to lay waste to the warring kingdoms. After seeing the wanton devastation and [[spoiler: learning that the Vendeeni wish to capture him, Fayt unleashes his Destruction power to delete the ship from existence. The physical and mental trauma of the act leave him unable to remember how this happened. ]]
* BadassGrandpa: Adray. Technically, he's a dad, but he sure looks more like a grandpa; plus, if his interactions with his daughter are any indication, he's [[IWantGrandKids trying to become one]].
* {{Baleful Polymorph}}: Masques and Masque Kings temporarily turn their enemies into vegetables or pastries.
* BestFriendsInLaw: Adray attempts something like this in his ending by trying to convince Fayt to marry Clair. Fayt thinks that it would be too weird, and from the sound effects heard in the ending, it's implied that Clair probably agrees, [[UnfortunateImplications or]] [[AbusiveParents else...]]
* {{BFG}}: Subverted by Maria, who despite using a small pistol, can fire one heck of a laser beam.
* BigNo: Fayt screams one after [[spoiler: Ameena]] dies right after [[spoiler: Dion]] dies.
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler:Lenneth and Freya from ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'']], along with the usual Gabriel Celeste and the Ethereal Queen. Also, optional NintendoHard palette swaps of the main party and [[spoiler:Luther]].
* BonusDungeon: Quite a few.
* BonusFeatureFailure: The two bonus characters in the ''Director's Cut''/overseas versions may count. Adray is really just a less capable wizard (a spot already filled by Sophia) with a weapon set nearly identical to Albel's, while Mirage uses effectively the same attack set and playstyle as Cliff (with a couple of Maria's moves thrown in) but is 40-50 levels lower. The player has the option to gain Adray early into the game when he would be at a similar level to the party, but if you opt to gain him at the next opportunity (much later near the end of the game), he'll still be at that level (Level 19 when the party is roughly 55-70).
** Adray does have a use though when you can first get him. He's a dedicated spell caster, which you are lacking in, as Sophia doesn't join until much later in the game and Nel only has a handful of spells. In fact, Nel's Symbology was added in the ''Director's Cut''/overseas versions. In the original version, you had no magic users at ''all'' until the game was 60 percent over.
** MagikarpPower: Mirage can be a pretty strong character if the player has enough patience to work with her. She gets Maria's Triple Kick attack, among other things, and she has higher MP than Cliff, making her somewhat less prone to MP death.
* BoringButPractical: Fayt's Side Kick. It's one of the first abilities he learns, and is pretty much exactly as it sounds like. However, it's cheap to cast in terms of both Fury and HP, has low capacity point requirements, grants invincibilty during its animation, and chains into itself easily for a sustained 200% damage boost. Chances are that this is going to go into both of Fayt's close-range killer move slots as soon as you get it, and will stay there through the {{Bonus Dungeon}}s.
* BoyfriendBluff: Interestingly inverted when [[BrilliantButLazy Fayt]], in order to get away from an unwanted admirer, claims that [[LikeBrotherandSister Sophia]] is actually his girlfriend. She immediately begins to [[InaneBlabbering babble in embarrassment]], but Fayt begs her to play along with it, which she does. Afterward, she reassures him that she didn't exactly mind since she doesn't totally despise him.
* BrattyHalfPint: Roger.
* BreadAndCircuses: This seems to be why [[spoiler: Luther created Eternal Sphere, to keep the 4D denizens distracted from their lack of fulfillment]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[spoiler: Your characters literally do this in game. Your party enters 4D space through a computer monitor.]]
** [[spoiler: If you never encounter Roger during the game, a short scene will play after the ending where he yells at the player to come rescue him.]]
* BrilliantButLazy: Fayt, arguably, since the guy does know a fair bit about machinery, as shown when he fixes Meena's music box because he knew the exact parts needed. He also knew that the cannon needed a copper wire in order to properly work, since iron wasn't conducting as well. However, he is shown at the beginning to be a bit of a slacker, playing video games instead of doing homework.
* ButtMonkey: Cliff, in the manga.
* CampGay: Belzeber. The fact that he [[WhipItGood uses a whip]] as a weapon doesn't really seem to help things.
* CantCatchUp: If a character is out of the party for any length of time and suddenly comes back, they return at the level they were when they left. The most blatant example of this is Sophia, who returns to the party around the middle of the game after being playable for only a couple of tutorial battles at the very beginning. Everyone else in your party is perhaps level 30 or greater by this point, while she's still at level 1, and by now you're facing enemies that can insta-kill your properly levelled characters.
** You can level her up (along with Peppita) easily by grinding in a different location, and, since they're at level 1, they can make the bonus battle gauge fill up faster, thus making you earn EXP easier. There's even a battle trophy for gaining 20 levels in a single battle.
* CartographySidequest: One of the more painful examples.
* CastFromHitPoints: In an unusual and painful variation, every skill in the game. In this game, losing either your HP or MP will knock you unconscious, and all skills in the game use one, the other or both. Thus, you have to manage yourself if you don't want to end up [[IncrediblyLamePun skilling]] yourself into oblivion.
* CatGirl: Felinefolk and Ur-Felinefolk.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Sophia, depending on what ending you get, and in general, your opinion about what happens in the future. If you do not get the Fayt/Maria ending, Maria will hook up with Lieber, making Marietta Lieber's unlucky childhood friend.
* TheConstant: The intro has a few, including an intact Statue of Liberty surrounded by hovering architecture.
* CounterAttack: Both Peppita and Albel can do this.
* CrapsackWorld: Believe it or not, [[spoiler:the "real" world that Fayt and co. venture into fits this trope. A world that's all play and no work is not as pleasant as it sounds. Especially when you consider that, as Maria points out, it's mostly a ''very'' effective ploy for Luther and his cohorts to essentially be the overlords of the 4D cities.]]
* CursedWithAwesome: Fayt and Maria.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Vendeeni disrupter rifles are either instantly lethal or heavily damaging; in an actual battle, not so much.
** The Enforcers can delete entire battleships, yet never use that ability in battle. Fayt's and Maria's powers, in turn, are this subverted. The actual attacks can be found for battle in a bonus dungeon after beating the main story.
* DanceBattler: Peppita.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Peppita.
* DeadpanSnarker: Fayt, mostly at the beginning to Cliff.
-->'''Cliff''': ''Look, my mission is to bring you to our leader. Until then, I’ll watch out for you—trust me! You’re safe as…as a turtle in its shell!''
-->'''Fayt''': ''A turtle dropping out of orbit...''
-->or
-->'''Cliff''': ''These restraints are pretty solid. Damn… They’re too tight, I can’t move at all...''
-->'''Fayt''': ''Um... that's why they're called 'restraints'''.
-->or
-->'''Cliff''': ''True enough. But I bet you that Mr. Super-Square, champion of the [=UP3=] would disagree with you.''
-->'''Fayt''': ''Hah hah, very funny.''
** Cliff also has his moments (as seen above).
-->after being ''tortured'', Fayt asks Cliff why he didn't just bust out (which he could have done easily).
-->'''Cliff''': Would've been too much of a pain... I couldn't just leave you there, anyway, and I kinda wanted to see what was going on first hand.
-->'''Fayt''': So, You find anything out?
-->'''Cliff''': As a matter of fact, I did.
-->'''Fayt''': What?
-->'''Cliff''': The whips on this planet hurt, too.
-->{{beat}}
-->'''Fayt''': Very funny.
* DemotedToExtra: Albel and Nel, once they become {{optional party member}}s.
* DiabolusExMachina: Everything in Ameena's subplot.
* DiscOneNuke: A minor one, but if you sell the 1/144 Scale Bunny you get from completing the maps for Pesotto Forest and Traum Mountains at the earliest possible opportunity, you can buy the Holy Sword for Fayt from Airyglyph much earlier than you should be able to. The sword has an ATK of 200, allowing you to cut through many early enemies with ease. The only downside is that you might have to deal with Dragon Brigade Soldiers, which you aren't meant to be able to defeat at that point in the game. However, with clever usage of the Anti-Attack Aura, it's quite possible to beat them, which nets you a great deal of EXP.
** A ''major'' one is using Alchemy to make Orichalcum and Synthesis to augment your weapons with it. It's a huge {{guide dang it}}, but with enough money and perhaps an hour of effort, you can end up with a character doing ''dozens of times'' as much damage and turning otherwise hard bosses into {{curb stomp battle}}s that end so quickly that the death animation takes longer than the fight itself.
* DubNameChange: This game has many of them.
* EncyclopediaExposita: The in-game dictionary is considered by some fans to be better written/more interesting than the game's script itself.
* MrFanservice: Cliff, Fayt, and Albel.
* ExplosiveOverclocking: Early on, Fayt turns his communicator into an improvised explosive by overloading its power supply.
* ExposedToTheElements: Very few people in the capital city of Airyglyph seem wear weather appropriate clothing, despite a temperature of ''20 degrees'' (below freezing).
* {{Expy}}: Cliff to [[VideoGame/StarOcean1 Ilia Silvestri]]. Blond, {{genius bruiser}}, [[BareFistedMonk martial artist]], that's the first to join the party and becomes less relevent to the plot the further along the game is.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Albel, though justified as the gauntlet is either [[spoiler:a prosthetic, or something that covers a severely disfigured arm.]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: In the story, Fayt agonizes for a long time over whether to break the [[{{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} alien non-interference clause]] by sharing his advanced technology with the Aquarians. Long before he does so, however, all the stores are likely to be selling bombs and other gadgets he and his party cheerfully designed and distributed via the invention system.
** Note that bombs and such have already existed, but only to the continent of Greeton.
** Cliff claims Norton's gun won't do much damage to a member of his species, but it does exactly as much damage to him in battle as it does to Fayt. Giving he dodges the weapon that won't affect him, there is always the option he is bluffing or referring to his ability to dodge it.
** Convictors. Even at a lower level, they seem so much easier than Enforcers or Proclaimers, no doubt due to their major multiple hit attacks being on "weak" settings. And yet, in the cutscene after the boss battle, the characters comment on them being so much stronger than the previous threat.
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Luther's gotten a ''little'' too obsessed with running the Eternal Sphere.]]
* GodIsEvil: Subverted. [[spoiler:Luther is ''not'' a deity, but he [[AGodAmI sure as hell thinks he's one]].]] In the original Japanese version, he's called [[spoiler:Lucifer, making him more like Yaldabaoth in [[UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} Gnosticism]]]].
* GenkiGirl: Peppita.
* GeniusBruiser: Cliff, probably. When he's not busy pulverizing mooks with RapidFireFisticuffs and SphereOfDestruction, he's also [[spoiler:the very capable (former) leader of [[LaResistance Quark]]. In fact, he stepped down when he witnessed Maria's capacity for destruction surpassed his own...]]
** Not to mention he has the highest Engineering stat of the playable characters.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Up until the end of Disc 1, the Vendeeni were the oft-mentioned horrible threat to all existence which the main characters have spent the whole game either running or hiding from. When they finally show up for a proper fight in Disc 2, they get their asses handed to them and are never mentioned again after [[spoiler:the Executioners and their masters, the Sphere Corporation up in 4D Space]] hit the stage, literally coming out of nowhere.
* GlobalCurrency: For some reason, Fol are accepted on every world, even ones that ostensibly have no contact with the galactic economy. [[spoiler: Justified by the MMORPG nature of things, although that justification seems shaky when you ''leave'' the game and find your money is just as good. It still holds up when you realize the only area you buy things in is in a live, cosplay version of the game.]]
** They may have [[spoiler:modeled the MMORPG currency after their own, or the theme park uses that currency specifically to make it more authentic, or for players to get rewards for their cash grinding in game.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: All over the place in the Japanese version, particularly in the menu and in battles. All battle skills are in English (mostly unchanged, and even displayed in English letters rather than katakana), and if you try to use an item before the cooldown runs out, you get "An item can't be used!!" (whereas nothing shows up in the English version).
* GuideDangIt: The item creation system. There are so many items and equipment that you need a guide and a couple hours to get just a handful of items you want. It's also partially {{randomly drops}}.
** Also, making two of the following characters permanent members of the party: Nel, Peppita, Albel, and Roger.
** Despite being a {{PlayStation 2}} release, walking (required for one very early puzzle) is not linked to small movements of the analog like ''every other game for a system with a joystick based controller'', but to holding the circle button. At least it's in the manual if you look for it.
** The MultipleEndings. You'll want to look up what conversations and actions have an affect on your party member's feelings for you since it's usually not obvious.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Meena and Niklas.
* HeavyWorlder: Klaus III, the home planet of the Klausian race, has a gravity around twice that of Earth's, giving them correspondingly more speed, strength, and stamina than a typical Earthling.[[note]]Or other races living in gravity roughly that of Earth's, such as Elicoorians or Vanguardians.[[/note]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Albel]]; starts out as more of an {{enemy mine}}, but if you recruit him as one of your optional party members, he definitely becomes this.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Fayt. Expressly to fit in on the underdeveloped planets he lands on. And he plays a warrior archetype in the video game simulation he plays with.
* HumanAliens: Loads and loads, most prominently Elicoorians (and to a lesser, though still great, extent Klausians; the neck markings that Klausians have are mistaken for tattoos in Cliff's Crafstman Guild profile). Once the plot twist hits, though, [[FridgeBrilliance it actually makes sense...]]
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: Earth, Galaxy, Universe, 4D.
* IllGirl: Ameena.
* InaneBlabbering
* IneffectualLoner: Albel.
* InterfaceSpoiler: [[spoiler:The workshop map on the invention screen shows that Aquios is the final town on that planet.]]
** Before crashing on Elicoor II, Cliff offhandedly mentions Quark's flagship The Diplo, which naturally receives a dictionary entry. Due to WikiWalk, the curious player is then lead to find Maria's profile, which includes the massive revelation regarding Fayt heard near the end of Disc 1.
* InterspeciesRomance: Though almost any of the intelligent species in the ''Star Ocean'' universe could be considered to be sub-species of the same species (especially since they can interbreed), the game considers each to be different. As such, examples of interspecies romance can potentially include (depending on the paired endings): Fayt x Nel (Earthling x Elicoorian), Fayt x Mirage (Earthling x Klausian), and Maria x Lieber (Earthling x Klausian; this is the default pairing for Maria if you do not get the Fayt x Maria ending).
* InnocentFlowerGirl: Ameena.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Crosell, complete with [[spoiler: makeshift [[{{Magitek}} magical]] {{wave motion gun}} strapped to his back]].
* JerkassFacade: Albel is arguably putting up one of these, due to a FreudianExcuse.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Roger, although it only really shows if he is the one to destroy the transporter jammer.
* KamehameHadoken: Cliff's Battle Skill Max Shockwave, as well as Albel's Fist of Destruction.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Albel and Adray, for starters. Adray in particular is strange because [[OrnamentalWeapon he never unsheathes his weapon.]]
* KillerRabbit: Sooties.
* LaResistance: Quark.
* LuckBasedMission: The Bunny Races.
* MagicGenetics: What Symbological Genetics entails.
* ManualLeaderAIParty: The game allows the player to control one character, or the entire party, by setting all characters to "Manual" in the options menu. In addition, you can set the behavior of AI controlled party members from a selection of tactics, with some being unique to certain characters. This works, for the most part, [[ArtificialStupidity but every so often...]].
* MeaningfulName: Fayt Leingod and Maria Traydor. It should be noted, though, that Maria's surname (which is literally spelt "Traitor" in the Japanese version) [[spoiler:is actually a misnomer, since she never behaves traitorously in any way at all.]] Sophia gets in on the act too, if you know anything about Gnosticism (or played ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' or ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'').
** Maria could be considered a traitor; [[spoiler:she's a human originally from from the Federation, but later joins Quark, an anti-Federation group.]]
* MindScrew: Just try to understand how the ending works. Go ahead, just try. Even the characters themselves [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] it.
* MulticoloredHair: Albel.
* AMythologyIsTrue: [[spoiler: Elicoorians, out of everyone in the universe, were the only ones remotely accurate in their religion. While names present in other religions are apparently taken from various Sphere employees, the Elicoorian gods were named for the programmers themselves. [[AllThereInTheManual Being able to see the Eternal Sphere's coding]] may explain that one.]]
* NaiveEverygirl: Sophia.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero [[spoiler:You piss off Luther enough for him to start ''deleting the universe''. Good thing it doesn't actually work, [[MindScrew or something]].]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Nel's a medieval ninja wizard special forces government agent.
* NonindicativeName: Some of the song titles have nothing to do with where they're actually played. "Lakes and Marshes with Doubt," for example, is played on starships (though there is certainly a lot of doubt during the times you hear it).
* NoobCave: Justified. Running opposite of [[HeavyWorlder the Klausians]], in inhabitants of Vanguard III are mentioned as having 70% of the physical strength possessed by humans due to their planet's low gravity. This presumably goes for the monsters living there as well.
* OddJobGods: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed silly]]. In the world of the gods, it is considered chimeric to do anything outside your established talents, except visiting the mortal realm. Being an odd-job god is ''not'' fun or fulfilling. The reason gods so often play around with mortals is because that's just how bored they are. In this universe, the Buddha's point that the gods should be pitied is ''very'' much on the mark.
** [[spoiler:Don't let the plot twist distract you from the fact that Eternal Sphere views the 4D world as the abode of the gods. 4D culture considers it chimeric for anyone to do anything they don't have the equivalent of a degree for, save for playing Sphere's games. This even extends to ''giving directions'' -- looser restrictions would trample on the jobs and pay of those who ''do'' have the proper degrees, after all. This has the unpleasant effect of making 4D a practical WorldOfSilence. \\
And it gets worse; even with ES to distract them when not on the job, they're viewed as odd-job gods ''by ES's residents''. They can't even figure out how to do anything meaningful that isn't directly related to their job ''in their escapism!'' In other words, even in the ultimate escape fantasy, the 4D world's idea of proper employment and behavior makes the pursuit of happiness impossible.]]
* OptionalPartyMember:
** This game has a particularly jarring example; Nel, whom you have in your party for the majority of Disc 1, is an optional character whereas Adray, who barely even shows up in any cutscenes and doesn't even show up in the original version, is ''not'' optional.
** If the player skips a certain forest area until beating the resident boss, it becomes possible to miss running into Roger entirely. This leaves players going through the entire game wondering who this entire set of Axe weapons sold at every shop belongs to.
** The other two optional members are Peppita and Albel. Peppita reappears at the Moonbase and you can choose to take her with you before you leave. Albel, on the other hand has to be sought out via a sidequest (albeit a brief and simple one). If you complete this quest before leaving Elicoor, then Albel goes with you instead of Nel and you actually have to come back for her after you escape [[spoiler:4D Space]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Rezerbians (of which only escaped convict Norton is seen) are very, very vampire-like aside from being mortal. In addition to feeding by drinking bodily fluids (this is compared to the feeding habits of a leech), ultraviolet radiation burns their skin (they wear special suits to protect them from the sun), and they can regenerate easily as with vampires in modern fiction, with Rezerbians even being able to regenerate whole limbs within several months.
** NotUsingTheZWord: In addition, the word "vampire" isn't even mentioned during normal gameplay or even the in-game dictionary.
* PantyShot: Nel and Sophia, ''constantly''. Maria gets some with her third and fourth alternate costumes, too. And for the ladies, ''[[{{Bishonen}} Albel]]'' gets some of these, most obviously if you use him to create items through smithery (they're purple).
* ParrotExposition: Fayt. All the time.
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: The "Get 'Em Twin Beast" round in the Battle Arena.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler: Fayt and Maria have the ability to annihilate a battleship without any real help (Fayt is actually engineered with the "Destruction" gene, in fact) and Sophia's power allows the other two to bring that precise destructive power outside. Where it shouldn't even be able to exist.]]
* PostEndGameContent: The Maze of Tribulations, the Urssa Cave Temple and the rest of Sphere 211.
* PrideBeforeAFall: Albel comes off as having a ''massive'' ego when it comes to fighting both times you meet him before you actually get to fight him. And when you beat him, Fayt invokes this as he knows it will hurt him more by letting him go then just finishing him off.
* PropheticName: It's obvious someone with a name like "Fayt Leingod" was destined for greatness. Subverted with [[spoiler:Maria, who, despite her last name sounding suspiciously like "traitor" (Traydor) she doesn't turn out to be one.]]
* RedHeadedHero: Nel.
* RockOfLimitlessWater: The Sacred Orb; a prized treasure of the Kingdom of Aquaria. As an exceedingly powerful artifact, it is desired by each of the warring factions in the galactic war. [[spoiler: Later, it is revealed to be a debugging tool for use by the denizens of 4D Space.]]
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Nel's.
* SchizoTech: On a planet that's still stuck in 1600s era technology, how does the Craftsmen's Guild have a compact communicator??
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Completely averted with Fayt. In order to get a mature and unwanted woman to leave him alone, he claims that Sophia is his girlfriend when she asks him if Sophia's his sister. Sophia practically plays this straight until Fayt begs her to play along. Not like she minds.
* ShroudedInMyth: Fayt and Cliff. "Engineers from Greeton", indeed.
* ShoutOut: You meet two brothers named Lucien and Lezard in Lost City of Surferio. For those who don't know, Lucian is also the name of Lenneth's love interest in ''Valkyrie Profile'' and Lezard is the name of her [[{{LoveMakesYouCrazy}} insane]] {{stalker with a crush}}. Also, the kid Lezard seems to be just as conniving as his counterpart, who knows what he'll grow up to be.
** Lenneth and Freya also make appearances as super bosses. Interestingly, like Lucian and Lezard, Lenneth was also turned into a little kid and has small animal-like ears.
** There's also the Lezard Flask, also a reference to Lezard.
** Given the name and description of the Sunrise Dictionary, it may be a reference to the Creator/{{Sunrise}} company, well known for the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' [[{{humongous mecha}} mecha]] series.
** A bookshelf in the mansion at Arias has music pieces called "Go to the Light" and "Heart to Heart" which reference the opening and ending themes of the ''Star Ocean EX'' anime.
** Ameena is a clear reference to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII another flower-selling girl]]. It goes even ''worse'' than you expect.
*** The standard uniform worn by Quark combat personnel (seen most obviously on Lancar, and Mirage to a small degree) seems to be a reference to ''Final Fantasy VII''[='=]s [=SOLDIER=]s, particularly Zack Fair and Cloud Strife. Unfortunately, every one of them we see get mercilessly gunned down.
* SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: In a particularly odd example, Cliff's futuristic muscle-enhancing "Mighty Gauntlet" weapon is his weakest weapon in the game, not counting crafting failures, ''because'' it's his starting weapon. Even run of the mill iron gauntlets are stronger.
* SpamAttack: Cliff's "Fists of Fury" and Albel's "Air Slash of Fury" and "Double Slash of Fury".
** Fayt's "Side Kick." Well, [[SpamAttack spammed attack]], anyway. Once he gets it, he spends an ''awful'' lot of the game flying foot-first at one enemy or another.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name with an S]]: Spelling (and names) change between the Japanese and English versions. Fate Linegod[=/=]Fayt Leingod, Souffle Rossetti[=/=]Peppita Rossetti, Cliff Fitter[=/=]Cliff Fittir, Mirage Coast[=/=]Mirage Koas, and Maria Traitor[=/=]Maria Traydor.
* SpoiledByTheManual: [[spoiler:Maria's]] entry in the dictionary is available to you by the time you crash into Airyglyph, thanks to the entry about the Diplo. Among other things, her entry mentions [[spoiler:Fayt's and Sophia's powers, as well as Fayt's father's role in them]] long before they're mentioned in the game proper.
* StupidSacrifice: We know that [[spoiler:Maria's mom ''really'' just had to choose a moment when the ship they're on is about to be destroyed to let Maria know that she's adopted. But wouldn't that time have been better spent going to an escape pod as well and letting her know ''after'' they both reached safety?]]
* [[TakingTheBullet Taking the Laser Blast]]: [[spoiler: This is how Fayt's father dies, trying to protect him from being killed by Biwig.]]
* TakeThat: A very subtle one. ''Till the End of Time'' was published by Enix before their merger with [[Creator/SquareEnix Squaresoft]] in 2003. The game's {{big bad}} and his {{goldfish poop gang}} of flunkies are all part of a video game company known by the shorthand "Sphere". It becomes an unintentional SelfDeprecation in the ''Director's Cut''/overseas versions, which were released ''after'' the merger.
* TeaserEquipment: When you first arrive in Airyglyph City, several powerful weapons and items are sold for 20,000 Fol or more when you'll have barely a tenth of that. Purchasing this gear early is a godsend on the higher difficulties.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: Airyglyph the Unlikely.
* UniversalPoison: Averted with the Antidote Symbology, which an in-game book mentions is actually one of many abilities depending on the exact kind of poison.
* UpdatedRerelease: The original Japanese version of ''Till the End of Time'' was incredibly buggy and didn't work at all on the original [=PlayStation 2=] models. Square Enix then released the ''Director's Cut'' which fixed all the bugs and added new features. The overseas versions are based on the ''Director's Cut'' version.
* VideoGamePhysics: [[spoiler: Fayt's power of Destruction warps reality in a radius around him so that his immediate surroundings match the physics of the Eternal Sphere. This allows the party to use their magic and battle skills in 4D space. Otherwise, they'd just be like normal humans.]]
* WaveMotionGun: [[spoiler: The Executioner's method of attack, as well as the Creation Cannon on the Federation Battleships.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The motivation of the ''antagonists''. Since the whole universe is [[spoiler:an MMORPG]], the BigBad doesn't see a problem with eliminating [[spoiler:the protagonists, since to him, they're just examples of AIIsACrapshoot]].
* WhenTreesAttack: There's a number of treant-like monsters you'll come across. While most of them can be killed using MP damaging attacks easily, you can also KillItWithFire, a la the Blazing Sword ability.
* WhipItGood: Belzeber. Roger has one as well, but only uses it in a single move.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Fayt and Maria.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Nel and Sophia. Albel may count as an odd male variant, as he wears a sarong with thigh-high stockings.

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