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->''Who are the people you surround yourself with? Are they the friends of who you are now, or the enemies of who you once were?''

Beneath a [[AlienSky foreign sky]], the mighty Sensus general Asura leads a charge against the armies of Ratio. His goal is to acquire the Manifest, an incredibly powerful artifact that can unite the heavenly domain of Devaloka and the earthly plane of Naraka into one paradise... or destroy both.

Finally, the battle comes down to a duel between Asura and the Ratio general, "[[{{Shinigami}} Reaper]]" Hypnos. Asura uses his trusty blade, the [[TalkingWeapon intelligent]] Holy Sword Durandal, to slay his opponent, and with his last breath Hypnos swears to evaluate the results of Asura's campaign [[{{Reincarnation}} in another life]].

This is the recurring dream that a timid young schoolboy called Luca Milda has been having, a dream where he ''is'' Asura leading his armies against Ratio. He lives an ordinary life in the kingdom of Regnum, preparing to one day inherit his father's merchant business. The city is abuzz with talk of the government tracking down and arresting "Avatars": humans who have begun to suddenly develop supernatural powers.

As Luca is walking to school one day, he runs into a girl called Iria Animi, an Avatar being chased by Regnum soldiers. She implores Luca to help her, and although Luca is not a fighter, when he picks up a [[{{BFS}} weapon]] his own Avatar powers awaken, allowing him to destroy the soldiers with frightening ease. The name of "Asura" echoes in his mind...

The story is an exploration of identity. Each party member must grapple with their true nature: is it the person they grew up as, or the heavenly being whose memories they possess? Should Luca trust his allies as the friends he knows now, or should he remember them as enemies of Asura? What forgotten events transpired after the battle between Asura and Hypnos, and what happened to the Manifest?

Amidst all of this, chaos erupts as people across the world awaken to their "true" nature as warriors of Sensus or Ratio, threatening to reignite the ancient war. Then there's the cult of Arca, led by a mysterious [[MaskPower masked woman]] called Mathias who seemingly wants to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the world]], and the rebirth of a sinister figure known only as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Overlord]]".

Other characters include Spada Belforma, a HotBlooded swordsman and reincarnation of Durandal; Hermana Larmo, a young girl who runs a shelter for runaway Avatars, and reincarnation of Asura's steed Vrtra; Ange Serena, a kind but quirky nun from the city of Naos, and reincarnation of Ratio tactician Orifiel; and Ricardo Soldato, a [[ColdSniper cold mercenary]] who is the reincarnation of Hypnos himself.

''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence'' is a 2007 video game, the second game in the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' to be released for the DS, developed by Bandai Namco and Alfa System. The game is short and regrettably lacking in puzzles, or indeed interesting stages at all. However, it's clear that love did go into the game, and was merely concentrated into the combat system. The so-called Dimension Stride LMBS is a fusion of ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Tales of Destiny Remake]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Tales of the Abyss]]'', and focuses on fast-paced action and nigh-endless comboing. The engine uses the same plane-of-motion control as ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', but with the added option of free-run, making the fighting intuitive and versatile.

The title received a VideoGameRemake for the PlaystationVita called ''Tales Of Innocence R''. It featured a revised script (which included more insight into the events of Asura's era), updated graphics, a new opening song, a redesigned battle system and two brand new characters: "QQ Selezneva", a [[AdventurerArchaeologist spirited archaeologist]], and "Kongwai Tao," a quiet spellcaster who dislikes disputes. Yet again, Baba stated they are not exporting this version outside Japan.
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!! Tropes presented by VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence:

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[[folder:Tropes for both Original and ''R'' Versions]]
* [[AllMythsAreTrue All Gods Are Real]]: And they're walking among us!
* AllMenArePerverts: Hermana said something around this line if you choose the "Get excited" option in "Hug Critic" skit.
* AmnesiacDissonance: With quite a bit of {{Reincarnation}} Dissonance thrown in as well.
* ApologisesALot: Luca, dear Asura. Several skits show how annoyed other characters get by this.
* AxCrazy: Hasta, also PsychoForHire and ThatOneBoss.
* BadassLongcoat: Ricardo.
* BerserkButton: DO NOT tell Ange she put on weight. Just...don't. Lampshaded by Iria when Hermana accidentally pushes this in Kelm Volcano in the following line. Also, ''R'' manages to take it even further by making it a RunningGag, usually accompanied with [[TheUnsmile an eerie smile]].
--> '''Iria:''' Hot damn! She just stepped on a land mine!!
* BigEater: Coda and Hermana. Ange is a more subtle example - she loves to eat, but doesn't show that as...vividly as Coda and Her. Although judging from what Ricardo said in a skit in Lemures Marsh, this may apply to all of the girls in the party.
--> '''Ricardo:''' Goodness, our gluttonous female members never cease to amaze me.
* {{BFS}}: Luca's signature weapon, totally at odds with his personality, as well as Durandal himself.
* BottomlessMagazines: Iria and Ricardo, though both of their character designs prominently feature straps covered in backup ammunition, so they do need to reload their guns, [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality it's just not a gameplay mechanic]].
* ButtMonkey: Luca is treated pretty badly by his friends at home, as well as by Iria and Spada. They genuinely care for him, though, and both Iria and Spada actually feel bad for making Luca cry in one skit.
* CallingYourAttacks: A time-honoured Tales tradition.
* CaptainObvious: Played straight and lampshaded at the end of Regnum Cavern.
--> '''Spada:''' Dogs.
--> '''Ricardo:''' We can see that. There are two of them.
--> '''Iria:''' We can see that, too!
* ChivalrousPervert: Spada, Spada, Spada. There's probably no one who's as fixated on Ange as himself. ''R'' seems to downplay this trait a bit, although at the same time he has a title lampshading his perversion: Perverted Noble[[note]]JP: Sukebe Kizoku[[/note]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: Chitose, who was Sakuya in her past life.
* CombatMedic: Ange, Iria, and Ricardo all learn a fair amount of healing and support spells, though Ange displays this trope the most.
* CooldownHug: Ange's pretty open-armed towards Hermana when she's down, even offering one soon after they just met.
* CuteBruiser: Hermana, who happens to be the Divine Dragon Vrtra.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Referenced by ''[[AxCrazy Has]][[OmnicidalManiac ta]]'' in his ramblings after the first fight against him. Of course, this is Hasta that we're talking about, this doesn't happen.
* DoggedNiceGuy:
** ''[[HotBlooded Spada]]'' of all people. It's painfully obvious he likes Ange, but she is oblivious to it and he [[CanNotSpitItOut avoids actually telling her directly]].
** Luca also counts, thanks to Iria's {{tsundere}} nature.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Invoked by Ricardo during a skit when the party crosses the Northern Battlefield. Ange proceeds to reprimand him when he makes Luca cry for doing so.
* DualWielding: Spada and [[GunsAkimbo Iria]].
* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler:Mathias and Overlord, both of whom are Enemies Without to Luca/Asura]].
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:Inanna and Durandal, to Asura. Both Spada and Iria do not take this revelation well.]]
* EvilLaugh: Iria and Spada give this whenever they plan to pick on Luca. [[HypocriticalHumor Sometimes, each of them proceeds to note how creepy the other's laugh is.]]
** In the original, Luca also gives a [[LaughingMad particularly insane one]] the first time he really gets the feel for actual battle. Fortunately his friends quickly snap him out of it.
** SignatureLaugh: ''"Ishishishishishi~"'' and ''"Ihihihihihi~"'' for Iria. ''"Hyahahahahahaha~!"'' for Spada.
* FantasticRacism: Some humans toward Avatars, also citizens of Ratio toward humans. Also Grigori towards Avatars.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Almost every place you visit if a counterpart of something. The most obvious are Ashihara and Galpos, for Japan and Hawaii respectively. Regnum may be [[EagleLand The United States]], considering their industrial nature, colonies, and large military, and Tenos may be Russia, but if so it isn't as blatant.
* FantasyGunControl: Averted. Iria's fighting style is GunsAkimbo with a pair of revolvers, while Ricardo fights with a rifle and bayonet. BottomlessMagazines is still in effect, though that's probably a result of GameplayAndStorySegregation, as both their designs show them wearing belts and straps full of backup ammunition, implying that they do need to reload their guns.
* [[spoiler:TheFellowshipHasEnded / WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The party part ways after the story ends, although their parting words indicate they (minus QQ and Kongwai in ''R'') will run into each other again in the future.]]
* FetishFuel: In-universe; one skit has Luca wondering about things that might happen to Ange while kidnapped. Spada gets a little too enthusiastic about the descriptions...
* FinalBoss: Actually a bit of an inversion for a TalesSeries game. While it still does have a final boss, said final boss is actually [[spoiler:a large demonic monster instead of the standard human or humanoid. ''R'' gives the additional humanoid forms, though]].
* FiveManBand: Roles are subject to change, of course.
** TheHero: Luca
** Spada and Iria flip-flop between the roles of TheLancer.
** TheBigGuy: Ricardo. Hermana also fits this trope better in ''R''.
** TheChick: Ange. Surprisingly, story-wise Spada also has his moments, especially when it comes to being Luca's emotional support.
** TheSmartGuy: Ange. Also Kongwai in ''R''
** SixthRanger: Hermana, although in ''R'' she fits TheBigGuy better. Kongwai and QQ fit this role instead, although the former joins the party quite early.
* GenderBender: To execute their LimitBreak moves, the characters transform into their past lives. Ange was Orifiel in her past life. Ange is a lady. Orifiel was not. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny This is noted in a skit.]]
* GlobalAirship: You get one very late in the game from [[spoiler:Albert]].
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: A direct case. The Devaloka needs the prayer and faith of people from the Naraka to sustain itself. When the people's faith started to wane, they had to resort to taking human souls to fortify it.
* GunsAkimbo: Iria
* {{Half Human Hybrid}}s: [[spoiler:The Grigoris, who are descendants of Thanatos and his human wife.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Albert]] and [[spoiler:Chien]].
* HeroicBSOD: Luca, after the events in the [[spoiler:Sky Castle]]. Spada and Iria also suffer it in the same event, albeit only briefly.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Asura and Inanna. And Sakuya. Asura is huge to start but dang...
* HumongousMecha: Powered by PeopleJars.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** During the first meeting with Chien, he is referred to as "Dog Boy" by Hermana. Ange tells her it's not nice to call him like that and proceeds to ask Chien his name. While calling him "Dog Boy". The scene is apparently altered in ''R'', though, losing the HypocriticalHumor part.
** Iria and Spada both have hilariously creepy signature laugh. When they do it together, each of them will sometimes note how creepy the other's laugh is.
* InformedFlaw: Ange being overweight. It isn't even mentioned at all until she's been with your party a while. Though her clothes are much baggier than anyone else's (which she lampshades during one skit), and she does enjoy food.
* KidHero: Boy does Ruca certainly fit this! He's 15, and looks even ''younger''.
* KillerRabbit: [[spoiler:Cerberus]]. Dear ''god'', look how cute it is!!
** It actually becomes a DoubleSubversion according to additional info in [[NewGamePlus subsequent playthroughs]] [[note]]Talk to Chien in Sania after the Sky Castle.[[/note]]. [[spoiler:It's not that Cerberus looks like a cute critter ''forever''; when he dies, he's reborn as the same being in the same place, and the flashback cutscenes showing him throughout the game happen to be around the time when he was just a puppy.]]
* KnifeNut: Surprisingly, the token healer, Ange, is quite adept with knives.
* LadyOfWar: Ange. To top it off, her starting Style in the original is the FragileSpeedster.
* LevelGrinding: Or rather, a lot of things ''except'' the levels, which grow quite reasonably: RelationshipValues, Arte proficiency, Style levels (or SP in ''R''), and '''especially''' Grades. Levels come naturally through grinding other things.
* LonelyRichKid: Luca. Very classic example.
* LoveInterest: On the heavenly side, Asura has two competing for him, reincarnated into [[{{Tsundere}} Iria]] and [[ClingyJealousGirl Chitose]].
* ManHug:
** Spada to Luca after [[spoiler:the latter's recovery from Hasta's stabbing]]. Twice in succession, to boot. He also attempted the third, although reasonably stopped by Ange.
** Again with Spada and Luca, ''R'' adds another one ''early in the game'', after Spada/Durandal finds out that Luca is the reincarnation of Asura. The moment is humorously [[MomentKiller killed]] by Iria.
* MeaningfulName: A lot. To start, everyone in the party (at least, from the original version) qualifies.
** Luca ''Milda'': Quite [[ShrinkingViolet mild-mannered]], in contrast to his past incarnation, Asura.
** Iria ''Animi'': ''Very'' [[GenkiGirl animate]], especially when she's mad.
** ''Spada''[[note]]Spanish[[/note]] Belforma: He uses [[DualWielding two swords]] fluently, in addition to have been [[spoiler:Durandal]] in his past life.
** ''Ange Serena''[[note]]Latin[[/note]]: She's a priestess.
** Ricardo ''Soldato''[[note]]French[[/note]]: No wonder he grew up to become a soldier-for-hire.
** ''Hermana''[[note]]Spanish[[/note]] Larmo: Big sister to homeless vagrant kids in Regnum.
** ''Chien''[[note]]French[[/note]] Tenebro: He was Cerberus before, and now has two dogs he fight together with, [[spoiler:which are also actually his genetic siblings]].
** ''Hasta''[[note]]Latin[[/note]] Ekstremi: Guess what he fights with. [[spoiler:He was also Gaebolg, and Durandal's arch-nemesis.]]
* MergedReality: Asura's goal, [[spoiler:which did not go smoothly thanks to Inanna and Durandal's betrayal. The party successfully achieves the goal for him in the end, though.]]
* NiceHat: Spada. ''R'' lampshades this by giving a title that allows him to appear without his hat...and a related victory quote.
--> '''Spada:''' Hey, doesn't it feel like something is off?
--> '''Kongwai:''' Let's see...your hat isn't there.
--> '''Spada:''' [[EurekaMoment That's it!]]
--> '''Kongwai:''' (sighs)
* NoExportForYou: Which [[http://www.absolutezerotranslations.com/ Absolute Zero]] has finally countered for the original version as of 29th of June, 2010.
** Ironically, Namco Bandai Games America has trademarked ''Tales of Innocence'' ''twice'' now (once in 2007, and again in 2011), for reasons continually unknown. May lead to a late-hour localization, but it's good to keep in mind that the same happened to ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' and ''Tales of VS.'', neither of which have been localized.
* NoodlePeople: The character models can get a bit noodley at times.
* OfficialCouple: [[{{Tsundere}} Iria]] is the heroine and she and Luca [[ReincarnationRomance were lovers in their past lives]], so she's who Luca is "supposed to" pair off with (and is the easiest to raise friendship with). In the original, however, Luca's RelationshipValues affect the plot (not significantly, but they do), so you can opt to instead pair him off with [[CuteBruiser Hermana]], or [[LadyOfWar Ange]]. Or even [[HoYay Spada or Ricardo]].
* OmnicidalManiac:
** Hasta. [[spoiler:It goes way back: Even as Gaebolg, he had the tendency to turn insane anyone who holds him, and attack friend and foe alike.]]
** [[spoiler:Turns out Mathias is one too.]]
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The leaders of Arca appears numerous times throughout the game. [[spoiler:That is, before they get offed by Hasta halfway through the story.]]
* OneWingedAngel: Those who have lost control of their Avatar power tend become this. [[spoiler:Also Mathias' FinalBoss form in the original, and first form in ''R''.]]
* PastLifeMemories: Probably the most obvious, on-track trope listed here, along with {{Reincarnation}}.
* PathOfInspiration: Arca, the [[{{Cult}} cult]] led by Mathais, who is trying to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the world]], which she believes will make everyone truly equal.
* RealMenWearPink: [[AxCrazy Hasta]] and his bright pink hair.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Where do you want me to begin?
* RecurringBoss
* ReincarnationRomance: And ''how''. Interesting to note is [[spoiler:the fact that said romance is botched since half of the couple (Inanna) literally backstabbed the other half (Asura), thus ending their tale in tragedy. Luca and his friends decided not to have their past control them, however, so it's still all good.]]
* RelationshipValues: Of the highly visible sort. And not just with Luca. You can view and have direct influence over all 15 relationships between the characters of the party (although Luca's are the only ones that affect the plot).
* SaintlyChurch: In contrast to [[PathOfInspiration Arca]], the Church of Naos doesn't do a whole lot during the game but is largely described and portrayed as good.
* SavingTheWorld: A given, but rather than winning fame and adoration, the heroes stay pretty anonymous. They don't consult world leaders, they don't lead military battalions, they just do their hero jobs completely under the radar of everybody but the BigBad. This is commented on at the end. "We changed the world, and nobody will ever know it was us." They then all go on to [[NormalPeople lead fairly normal lives]].
* ScareChord: A well-placed one hits at various moments, like when an Avatar transforms into a Ratio.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Luca points out to Ricardo at one point that his statements about Ange are very romantic [[DefiedTrope when they're taken out of context]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Everybody knows about Luca and Iria, but Spada is the one that supports them the most (although how much of it is support and how much of it is tease is arguable).
* ShoutOut:
** Surprisingly western ones, mostly with minor [=NPCs=]. For example, there is an old man (who is a bit of a poet) who tells the party about Chien's backstory. His name is [[EdgarAllanPoe Edguar Allen Pwo]].
** Iria's brothers and sister, mentioned in an easy-to-miss NPC line by Iria's father, are called [[{{Friends}} Ross, Monica and Gunther]].
** From the original, how about the guild mission where you gather [[SuperMarioBros 1UP shrooms]]?
** From Hasta: "Hasta la vista, baby", which is said [[spoiler:upon his death]] in the original and early in the game in ''R''.
** Again from the original, the Hayabusa Sword is meant to be the Falcon Sword from the DragonQuest series that allows the player to attack twice per turn. The description of the Hi-Tech Swords reads "P-pottery?!", a reference to the Ceramic Knives from the PhantasyStar games.
** Recent scans for ''Tales of Innocence R'' show new Mystic Artes for Luca, Iria, and Spada. Iria's is called ''Absolute Zero''. Wait a second, [[FanTranslation that sounds familiar...]]
* TheSoulless: The Avatars who have lost control over themselves can be seen as this.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Absolute Zero's translation on the original version follows official localizations' footsteps - that includes re-romanizing some names to their probable original intent (Namco has a reputation for choosing foreign-sounding names that are actually pretty gibberish-y). Therefore, some differences between the translation and the "official" romanizations - Ruca/Luca, Asras/Asura, Sian/Chien, Matias/Mathias, Latio/Ratio etc. While Ruca/Luca tends to get some flame, the other "changes" (note quotations) are generally agreed to be for the better.
* SteamPunk: The setting is more industrialized turn-of-the-century than MedievalStasis with LostTechnology, a rarity for the series.
* StickyFingers:
** ''Ange'', of all people, at least in terms of gameplay. In the original, Iria and Hermana will call her out on this the first time she uses her Thievery skill.
** In ''R'', Hermana also has the same skill.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge:
** Let's just say Ricardo (and by extension, the entire party) is '''not''' happy when Oswald uses [[spoiler:Gardel]]'s corpse to empower the Gigantess Omega. [[spoiler:This is somewhat subverted in ''R'' since Gardel turns out to be NotQuiteDead, but the effect remains.]]
** Also in ''R'', [[spoiler:Himmel's execution is apparently this for Orifiel, which caused him to go on a (rather chilling) RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the four Ratio elders.]]
* TakeYourTime: Oh yes. Especially whenever Ricardo tells you the boat is leaving in a few minutes. Certain skits (like a few for doing X guild missions in the original) have your party [[LampshadeHanging tell you off for ignoring the main quest]].
* TranquilFury:
** Ange usually descends into this when her BerserkButton is pushed. Most notably toward Hermana in Kelm Volcano.
** In ''R'', [[DudeLooksLikeALady Kongwai]] is a subtler example of this. Men who hit on him always end up not appearing until the end of the scene after he takes them off-screen. The key is that Kongwai does not seem ticked in the slightest beforehand.
* {{Tsundere}}: Iria. Oh dear god, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZP907y_rWc Iria]].
* UnlikelyHero: All 6 (or 8 in ''R'') playable characters embody this trope pretty well. The only connection any of them have to the evil plot du jor is their past lives (and even the two new characters in ''R'' don't seem to have connection at all), which they start to distance themselves from as the story goes on and they decide that they'd rather define themselves by who they are now than who they once were. They manage to fly under the radar of all the villains but the BigBad (they're noticed but never really singled out, except by [[BigBad Matthias]]), they're quite happy to have saved the world completely anonymously, and after the end they go their separate ways and go back to their normal lives.
* UrbanFantasy: Although there's plenty of magic in the setting, it's unusual to see a ''Tales'' game open with a vista of a turn-of-the-century industrialized city and a character busting out regular, honest-to-God handguns to fight with instead of {{Magitek}}.
** The character designs, aside from [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair bizarre hair colors]], are also noticeably plainer and more realistic than in other Tales games, which works very well with the setting.
* VerbalTic: Coda, you know[[note]]"''Shikashi''", something along the lines of "But (you know)...".[[/note]].
** Cerberus, the [[spoiler: adorable little]] dog thing that guards the Manifest, with "~wan".
** In ''R'', QQ's "QQ!"
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Ange is afraid of dogs, although this is revealed very late in the game during the skit with [[spoiler:Chien]]. Also, Ricardo is terrified of heights, as seen after the party gets the GlobalAirship.
* AWorldHalfFull: Naraka was implied to be rather crappy in the first place with the wars, but it became much worse after the Fall with disasters and unnatural phenomena began to occur. Doesn't mean it cannot be changed, though, and some people are seen living normally.
* {{Wutai}}: Ashihara. A skit that unlocks immediately after the team first lands on the island confirms it: honorable warriors, raw fish, rice...
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Every playable character except Ricardo is a blatant offender of this. He gets piercing blue eyes instead.
** Most notably Ange, considering her hair is actually blue.
** If the characters have high enough friendship points, a skit is unlocked where Ange, Spada and Hermana [[{{Lampshading}} discuss this]].
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[[folder:Tropes for Original Version]]
* BonusDungeon: Restricted Guild Dungeon. Also a BonusLevelOfHell.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Ignoring Coda's tutorial skits in the beginning of the game, Tales of Innocence takes itself seriously enough to not break the wall. So it comes as a bit of a surprise when Ricardo (of all people) does it in a certain skit. Luca and Iria are commenting on how much stronger they've become ever since their adventure began, leading Ricardo to scold them for being too cocky. He then proceeds to say that Luca and Iria can still become stronger, and cannot let overconfidence stop them from doing so. Luca then asks if he really means it. His answer? Of course he means it; the game's maximum character level is 250.
** And he does that ''again'' in the skit "Ricard, Hermana and I"[[note]]Raise all three's friendships to 500.[[/note]] What do they talk about? [[spoiler:Starting with the fact that it's one of the most difficult skits to gain, and now that the skit is unlocked, it's mostly pointless, and the player has accomplished nothing.]] The whole skit is undoubtedly a [=CMoF=].
* CompetitiveBalance: Through a brilliant design decision, all members can be assigned to various combat Styles as desired, which affects the stats through various multipliers.
** Advance Style: ''Purely'' [[GlassCannon offense oriented]]. Unlocks abilities which allow powerful and relentless attack chains, such as Combo Plus and Critical Focus.
** Wisdom Style: [[SquishyWizard For the spellcasters]]. Learns skills associated with spells and TP, such as TP Up and Fast Magic.
** Guardian Style: Focuses on HP, DEF and M.DEF; in short, [[StoneWall taking a lot of hits]]. Shapes the user into a wall with its Status-guard and defensive abilities such as Lure and Blow Resistor.
** Technical Style: Very much [[FragileSpeedster speed oriented, but not very defensive]]. Specializes solely on maneuverability in the battlefield, and some item-related skills. Learns skills such as Dash and Backstep.
** Versus Style: For those looking for [[SelfImposedChallenge an ungodly challenge]]. Not only does it grant ''no'' stat bonuses, its abilities focuses ''strictly'' on crippling the user. It unlocks skills such as Handicap 4, which gives an extra 25% EXP for ''90%'' reduction in stats.
*** However, [[MagikarpPower after leveling it up enough]], it unlocks abilities which gives bonuses for Gald, EXP or just stat. Nothing gamebreaking, but still worth the effort to an extent.
** Innocent Style[[note]]Obtained by getting three of one character's styles to level 15 or higher after recruiting Hermana, resting at an inn triggers a scene and unlocks Innocent Style; and it has to be done for each character separately.[[/note]]: Like Versus, grants no stat bonuses whatsoever, but unlocks abilities related to [[LimitBreak Awakening Mode]], as well as unlocking each character's [[SuperMovePortraitAttack Hi-Ougi/Mystic Artes]].
* DiscOneNuke: Guild Dungeons' chests give randomly generated loot. However, some of the items in the tables are very, very good. Therefore, it is possible, in a rank 2 dungeon, to obtain a "Mythril" Sword with 110 attack and a casting speed bonus at a time where the normal swords you can buy in shops and/or loot in dungeons have maybe 18 attack.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Chitose]] after the final boss fight.
* EscortMission: They hardly offer any Grade, Gald, or Guild Points! Who in their right mind would-- you mean all I have to do is escort them to the ''entrance''? And [[SubvertedTrope I don't actually have to defend them]] on the way there? And you're going to ''pay me'' for this?
* FetchQuest: Some of your Guild missions.
* HandicappedBadass: Gameplaywise, the Versus Style is ''literally'' made for this; ([[MagikarpPower almost]]) all of its unlockable abilities are made to utterly cripple the characters' stats. Since there aren't a lot of bonuses to gain, it's probably meant to be used as a challenge. A real, ''hardcore'' challenge.
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: At the beginning from Coda.
** Lampshaded by Iria. "Once was enough, you cocky tutorial rat!"
* IdiotBall: Luca holds one after [[spoiler:the first battle with Hasta. Yes kid, the crazed psychopath who is about to be offed wants to whisper something in your ear; of COURSE it's a good idea to get closer to him. Surely he's not going to stab you and run away. That'd be just crazy... [[AxCrazy OH WAIT]].]]
* JumpCut: In the edit of "Follow the Nightingale" that plays during the game's intro, about 55 seconds in.
* MagikarpPower: As mentioned above, the Versus style provides no bonuses and all its abilities cripple your stats, effectively making it a SelfImposedChallenge difficulty level...until you level it up to level 45 or so, at which point you get large boosts to stats and post-battle rewards. This is mostly useful for playing on a NewGamePlus, however, as leveling a style to 45 generally takes a full playthrough of concentrating entirely on that style.
* OminousLatinChanting: Subverted in the opening "follow the nightingale" by Kokia. It's actually [[CypherLanguage backwards Japanese]].
** Maintained in the fan translation- the English subtitles for the backwards Japanese parts are written backwards.
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[[folder:Tropes for ''R'' Version]]
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Per Tales series' tradition, various costumes are available as both in-game and DLC items.
* AnimeThemeSong: "New Day, New Life", again sung by Kokia.
* AnotherDimension: Two of the new dungeons in ''R'' are this, complete with OminousFog surrounding the affected areas.
* BashBrothers: Luca and Spada are apparently upgraded into this, with some of their victory poses have them cross their swords in the air.
* BonusDungeon: The Triverse Gate, unlocked in NewGamePlus. Like the Restricted Guild Dungeon in the original, this also doubles as BonusLevelOfHell.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Ange's quirky nature is cranked UpToEleven in this version.
** NotSoAboveItAll: As a result.
* [[spoiler:ButNowIMustGo: QQ and Kongwai don't even say goodbye to the party before returning to their respective worlds in the ending.]]
* ButtMonkey:
** Although much less than Luca, Spada now has his moments.
*** He has plenty of ruined attempts [[BadassBoast to look cool]] in victory poses, usually courtesy of Iria and Hermana (and Luca, at times). Also, one victory pose has Iria mocks him for making Luca worried about him[[note]]Have Spada finish a battle with low HP[[/note]].
*** He is the only one whose name QQ doesn't remember. She calls her "weird guy" instead, even after she officially accepted him as her friend ([[CuddleBug by hugging him]]).
*** His attempts at peeking on women in the hot springs always ends badly, be it getting beaten by the girl's elder brother or accidentally hitting on [[DudeLooksLikeALady Kongwai]].
** Ricardo doesn't seem to have it any better.
*** He falls flat to Ange and Hermana's pranks at least twice. The latter (done by Hermana) manages to ruin his [[BadassArmFold victory]] [[BadassBack pose]].
*** The party apparently took notice of his fear of heights and mercilessly teases him for this.
* CypherLanguage: The Triverse language Kongwai and QQ are using is actually backwards Japanese with slight modification in the spelling, such as when the reversed sentence is supposed to end with consonant. This is noticeable on NewGamePlus.
* DeclarationOfProtection and {{Protectorate}}: Again, Spada and Luca. Although the trope exists in the original, ''R'' takes this even further to the point Spada's DeclarationOfProtection becomes ''one of his victory quotes''.
* DiscretionShot: PlayedForLaughs with whoever manages to push Kongwai's button. We will never know whatever he does to them, and at one point he smiled cheerfully upon being asked what happened (offscreen), the party found it unsettling and chose not to pursue the matter further.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Kongwai, saved by the virtue of his obviously-male voice. Just don't say that to his face, as some poor [=NPCs=] find out in hard(?) way.
* {{Fanservice}}: The HotSpringsEpisode, naturally.
* FamedInStory and ShroudedInMyth: [[spoiler:TheStinger in the ending reveals that Luca and co's tale is a famed legend in Kongwai and QQ's world.]]
* [[spoiler:FusionDance and SplitPersonalityMerge: Luca and Mathias in the ending.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Hasta now spouts quite a bit of this. Also, NPC Edguar (the old man in Galpos Jungle), to the point half of the party consider him a freak due to how gibberish-sounding his lines become.
* IfICantHaveYou / {{Yandere}}: Chitose now plays this trope straight, to the point she becomes a boss ''twice'' (contrasting the original, where she is fought only once and barely mentioned again). And the prelude to the second fight? [[spoiler:Have Luca and co taken hostage in a warship she leads (which doesn't last long thanks to [[SuperStrength QQ]]), and when Luca refuses to come with her anyway, she sets said ship ablaze while everyone (the Arcan soldiers ''under her command'' included) is still abroad, stating that if Luca/Asura refuses to acknowledge her, then she may as well take him and his friends down.]] Damn...
* IntercontinuityCrossover: [[spoiler:Kongwai and QQ are hinted to come from the world of VideoGame/TalesOfTheTempest or VideoGame/TalesOfHearts.]]
* ISurrenderSuckers: Instead of having his victim picking up IdiotBall like in the original, this is how Hasta [[spoiler:stabbed Luca]] in this version. To elaborate: [[spoiler:he rambles per usual, but this time, he also throws his spear away before proceeding to pick Luca's attention...which doesn't succeed due to Spada's warning. It is all a diversion, however - while the party is distracted with his ramblings, Hasta picks his spear from behind and proceeds to stab Luca while still spouting nonsense.]]
* MagicalGirl: This is ''Luca's'' unlockable costume in subsequent run.
* MoneyFetish: Iria apparently fits this trope now, if her Search Gald skill (and a victory quote of hers) to be believed. Of course, considering where she comes from, it may be justified.
* MysteriousBacker: Kongwai.
* NewGamePlus: ''Almost'' required, actually. Replaying the game with the clear data will not only unlock the BonusLevel and additional stuffs (such as skits and costumes), but also Style elements only available in subsequent runs. It also gives TranslationConvention to QQ and Kongwai's otherworldly dialogues, which [[spoiler:reveals that they are actually enemies and only [[EnemyMine forced to work together]] for the time being]].
* RefusalOfTheCall / FreakOut: Instead of descending into EvilLaugh like in the original, Luca does not take the awakening of his power very well at first, especially due to the fact that the Ratio Avatars are now [[CursedWithAwesome out for his blood]].
* RunningGag: Ange's BerserkButton now becomes this, be it in skits or victory quotes.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Celestial Garden now has this, albeit not to the point of FrictionlessIce level.
* {{Stripperiffic}}:
** QQ wears a ChainmailBikini. This is hilariously lampshaded if you fight in Tenos region with the girls (minus Ange) and Ricardo in the party, where two of the victory quotes will have them complain about the cold.
** One of Iria's unlockable costume? Succubus/bat costume. She is NOT amused, to the point she threatens to shoot the man who gave her said costume.
** The MagicalGirl costume for Luca is also quite revealing. [[{{Fanservice}} Take that]] [[FanDisservice as you will.]]
** And of course there are the swimsuit costumes, which needs no further elaboration.
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* AdaptationalBadass: In the game, Luca is a badass [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass in his]] [[CowardlyLion own way]], but the manga amps this to the point of him stopping a sword ''by letting it through his hand'', not to mention his MadeOfIron trait taken even further.
* BigDamnHeroes: Several counts, surprisingly.
** First, when Spada and his friends raiding the Avatar research facility Luca and Iria are locked in. [[spoiler:This sadly gets botched when Mathias kills most of the hostages just so the main trio will awaken their memories, however.]]
** Later, Ricardo saving Luca from Avatar-possessed Garam soldiers, regardless of [[IWasJustPassingThrough his actual objective.
** Luca saving Iria and Spada from the Gigantess.
** Again with Luca, when he delivers Spada's weapons just in time during the battle against Hasta.
* CompressedAdaptation and PragmaticAdaptation: The manga leaves out significant portion of the story as well as altering many elements of it, especially each characters' role as well as the the events of Asura's era. In addition, the party now merely consists the main trio and the rest (Ange, Hermana, and Ricardo) doesn't join in until very late, and most of their backstories are not mentioned at all.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Despite being much shorter, the manga doesn't joke around at all. For starters, the viewers are given a glance of how ''horrible'' the treatment to the Avatars are, and the villains (barring Chitose) are depicted in much less sympathetic way, such as Mathias [[spoiler:mercilessly killing the hostage Avatars as well as ''her own followers'', and Hasta's [[OffWithHisHead brutal]] way of killing the higher-ups of Arca.]]
* DistressedDamsel / HostageSituation: The manga is not kind at all to Ange regarding this matter. To be fair, she could've avoided such situation, but she willingly goes to keep the Avatar children under her care safe.
* [[spoiler:FusionDance and SplitPersonalityMerge: Luca and Mathias in the ending, allowing him to activate the Manifest.]]
* GoodIsNotSoft: Luca loses his hesitation to fight much earlier due to his wish to protect Iria and his friends, but it doesn't mean he always goes head-first for violence, as shown with [[spoiler:the remaining of Gardel/Thanatos' spirit and even Mathias.]]
* KnowledgeBroker: Hermana, who also doubles as MiserAdvisor this time.
* LaResistance: Spada leads one against the military, with their mission is to rescue the hostage Avatars.
* NiceHat: Sadly, Spada loses his trademark hat during said Avatar jailbreak.
* MamaBear / ParentalSubstitute: The orphanage that Hermana runs in the game? It is now taken care of by Ange. In fact, this is pretty much the reason she destroys the Naos Church, so the orphanage remain hidden.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Hasta is now fought in his Gae Bolg form. Also, Mathias.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Iria doesn't bully Luca at all, and it helps that Luca is much less timid than his game counterpart.

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