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[[caption-width-right:350:O Wizel, white warrior, wielder of the ancient sword, grant me your power. Verto!]]
Take your standard EasternRPG styled adventure, and slap a [[VisionOfEscaflowne Guymelef]] in there as the most badass LimitBreak ever.

''White Knight Chronicles'' is the first game for the PS3 by developer [[{{Level5}} Level 5 Games]]. You are... well, you - the game features an insanely robust character creator, which was actually used to create every NPC in the game. However, the main character is Leonard, a seventeen year old boy of no real importance until, in an effort to save the princess of Balandor, he acquires the Incorruptus "White Knight", a seven-meter tall suit of white and blue armor. What follows is your standard RPG fare, involving princesses, evil conspiracies... and HumongousMecha.

While not exactly critically acclaimed (reviews tend to be mixed, with some reviewers giving it 8-9, while others setting it firmly in a 5-6 range, the general consensus being that it's not much new, but it's not bad either) the game has an impressive cult following due to its long development time and interesting game play, as well as it's distinctive WesternRPG elements, including (but not limited to) free-roam gameplay, loads of sidequests, and a customizable avatar.

A sequel was released in 2011, which includes the [[UpdatedRerelease entire first game enhanced]] with all the new features added in the sequel.

See also ''[[http://ragnarok52804.deviantart.com/gallery/38151420#/d5an00x White Knight Chronicles: Ancient Heart and Foreign Soul]]'', a fan comic that serves as a more detailed telling of the story, and also gives the Avatar character a much larger role.

[[Characters/WhiteKnightChronicles It has a character sheet that is currently under construction.]]

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!!This game provides examples of:

* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Yshrenia to rest of the world.
* ActorAllusion: Creator/CrispinFreeman, once played another white haired guy named Balmung of the .hack// world.
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Item Binding. To get the best items and Incorruptus parts, you've got to do binding. But to bind the best equipment, you need the '''''exactly''''' right [[OrganDrops bits and pieces of monsters]] or flora (most of which have [[RandomlyDrops random drop rates]] approaching the .000% range), or else you're screwed. So go buy a straw hat and a pitch fork, because you're going [[ItemFarming farming]] for a couple of days.
* AdvertisedExtra: You. [[TrailersAlwaysLie Despite the trailers]] and the fact that you, not Leonard, are the one mentioned on the back of the (sealed, so people can't see the intro in the manual) game box, be fully prepared to have your avatar stand in the background of scenes, nodding dumbly, with hardly anyone even addressing dialogue directly to him or her -- if your avatar is even in the scene at all.
* AirJousting: Black Knight vs Ancient Dragon in the first game, Dragon Knight vs Netherwyrm and White Knight vs Black Knight in the second.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The second game ends on one of these, setting up both the Avatar storyline ([[NoExportForYou which may or may not make it State-side]]) and [[spoiler:Emperor Madoras's survival of the FinalBattle]].
* AnimeHair: Leonard
* {{Anticlimax}}: Both games sputter across the finish line when they finally get to their endings, but its particularly egregious in the second game, which feels like the ending of a Act Two of a three act story, when it ''is'' the ending of that story.
* ApatheticCitizens: You'd never know there was anything wrong with the world just by visiting the towns. Hell, Balandor's about as bright and cheery as it ever was ''the next day after'' the castle is raided, their king is murdered, and their princess is kidnapped.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: This little exchange while on Redhorn Island near the climax of White Knight Chronicles 2
-->'''[[spoiler: Kara:]]''' He'll pay for manipulating me!
-->'''Yulie:''' And for betraying Balandor!
-->'''Caesar:''' And for killing my puppy! Okay, I made that one up.
* AttackAnimal: The Netherwyrm was made 10,000 years ago as a weapon that can fight forever without being killed or defeated. 10,000 years later it is still around, spreading it's poison.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Brimflamme. It's huge enough to even dwarf the Knights.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Kara who died at the ruins in the Dogma Rift]] was revived by Father Yggdra because [[spoiler: she]] still has a role to play.
* BadassCape: The White Knight, the Sun King, and Eldore sport these. You can also buy or bind some pretty badass capes as accessories.
* BadassNormal: Cyrus. Whenever he is not drinking or wallowing in self-pity he is seen in the midst of battle, tearing through hordes of enemy soldiers.
* BeamOWar: Kara's magic vs Ledom's magic.
* BeamSpam: The farian navy. It literally rains energy spears when they start shelling the Yshrenian forces.
* BecomingTheMask: This the majority of [[spoiler:Kara's]] character arc, to the point where it happens twice. Once before the game starts when she falls into the identity of [[spoiler:General Dragias, and the Black Knight]], and again when she becomes [[spoiler:the Kara the party knows for much of the game]].
* BerserkButton: Dragons don't like seeing their kin get attacked or killed.
* {{BFG}}: The Act of God. Mountain-sized.
* BigBadWannabe: [[spoiler:Grazel is put in his place once the true emperor of Yshrenia makes his appearance.]]
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The Greavers.
* BigDamnHeroes: Leonard and the gang when they save Miu and Scardigne at the beginning of the game.
* {{Bishounen}}: At one point in Albana, during the first game, you're required to play as Leonard and walk around looking for information. One of the [=NPCs=] the player speaks to will hit on him. It's also lampshaded by Kara.
--> '''Kara''': You're all looks and no brains.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Emperor Madoras combines this with gold eyes. He has golden irises and black sclerae.
* BlackMarket:...is located in downtown Greede. It's more of an auction than a market though and you need a pass to enter.
* BladeOnAStick: The Dragon Knight.
* BloodKnight: Shapur became this after stealing the Black Knight.
* BonusDungeon: Vellgander. [[spoiler:Madoras comes back to life after the plot of the second game concludes just to drag it out of the water and challenge you to clear it. It's NintendoHard]].
* BookEnds: The first game starts ([[ProlongedPrologue more or less]]) with Leonard picking up the White Knight's Ark from its pedestal to save Cisna. The second game ends with Leonard placing the White Knight's Ark back on its pedestal after being saved ''by'' Cisna.
* BonusFeatureFailure: Arguably the Arc Knight. See: EleventhHourSuperPower.
* BossSubtitles
* BritishAccents: The Phibianacci people talk like this. Eldore too.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: To activate the Knight, a pactmaker has to recite a short incantation. Each Knight has a unique incantation but all of them follow this general structure "O name, descriptive title, X of the ancient Y, grant me your power. Verto!".
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Hello? Oh, one moment please. Hey, Leonard, Yulie, and Princess Cisna? There's an evil midget and a giant WalkingTank on the line. They're asking for you.
* CastFromHitPoints: Inverted with the Knights, whose simplest of physical attacks eat up mana instead. At the same time, partially supported, in that if a Knight runs out of MP, they revert back to human form.
* CastFromLifespan: This is the only way actual TimeTravel is apparently possible in the ''White Knight Chronicles'' universe. Eldore sacrifices his youth [[spoiler:as does Ledom]] to travel forward in time 10,000 years to be a guide for the re-awakened Pactmakers and Cisna. [[FailureKnight He kind of sucks at it, though]].
* [[BunnyearsLawyer Cat Ears Lawyer]]: Let's just say Fambroise doesn't give the impression of [[GeniusDitz someone who is able to piece her own Knight together]].
* CatGirl: Fambroise.
* TheCavalry: In spades in the second game. Both Faria and Greede come to Balandor's aid in the FinalBattle against Yshrenia. First the Farian navy shows up to help break through to Redhorn Isle, and then the frickin' ''Demithor'' appears out of nowhere to help out too.
** [[FridgeHorror Somehow it managed to shake Greede off its back before lumbering into battle]]...
* ChainmailBikini: Not all armors but some of them take on a more {{Stripperiffic}} form when worn by women. [[labelnote:E.g.]]The swordmage set worn by a man consists of black and purple armor worn over a darkbrown full body suit. The same set worn by a woman gets rid of the fullbody suit, revealing the leg armor to be nothing more than a metal thong with kneesocks-esque greaves. The chest armor is ommitted to make way for a big CleavageWindow which combined with an extreme case of AbsoluteCleavage allows a genereous view of the female character's bust. All in all it gives the wonderful impression of the character being completely naked under the armor.[[/note]]
* CharacterCustomization: Not just your DigitalAvatar, but your whole party up to a point. You can choose to make Leonard a healer but he'll have a much easier time with a sword or axe.
* TheChessmaster: Ledom [[spoiler: manages to play two sides of a war against each other in order to fulfill his own goals. It works. Flawlessly.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Two of them:
** An UnluckyChildhoodFriend one for [[spoiler:Yulie]].
** And a VictoriousChildhoodFriend one for [[spoiler:Caesar and Kara]].
* TheChosenOne: The Chosen ''Five'', specifically.
** TheUnChosenOne: The Avatar, the unacknowledged SixthRanger to the Knights quintet.
* CoolAirship: The Magi's Monoships, and the party's Shagna
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Redhorn Isle, being the local {{Mordor}}, has this.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: The five Pactmakers. [[spoiler:Being stolen from your parents, shoved inside giant suits of armor, and then shot forward in time 10,000 years will do that to you, though]].
* CutsceneIncompetence: Ok, granted there wouldn't be much of a plot if the heroes did everything in their power to save the princess during them. But, would it kill them to at least try? It's funny and silly at the same time. Especially when they half-assedly "rescue" her, only to have the bad guys re-capture her two seconds later.
* CutShort: The ending to the second game smacks of this.
* DancesAndBalls: Gets [[BallroomBlitz crashed]] by the Magi and Pyredaemos.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Kara, to the point where she [[GroinAttack dick-punches]] a person as he launches into a bout of EvilGloating. Turns out he wasn't evil, only messing with them. [[BadAss Kara didn't care]].
* DarkMagicalGirl: [[spoiler:Kara]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Caesar, Kara.
* DemonicPossession: How the Gigantes are created.
** [[spoiler:Emperor Madoras also hijacks Leonard's body.]]
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Paraphrased by [[spoiler:Madoras]] in the post-game of ''White Knight Chronicles II''.
** Also, if you die in battle, you can retry from the start of the area at the expense of EXP.
* DesignItYourselfEquipment: The Arc Knight. It's almost on par with ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' in terms of customization potential ([[DoubleUnlock once you unlock everything, that is]]).
* DevelopmentHell: The first game was announced by Level5 as a PS3 ''launch title''. It was released in Japan ... two years after the PS3's debut.
* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler:Kara]] gets away with this for the majority of the first game. [[spoiler:She]] keeps getting increasingly blatant with [[spoiler:her]] actions until it's painfully obvious that [[spoiler:she's the Black Knight]], yet the party is still [[IdiotBall shocked when they learn the truth]].
* DigitalAvatar
* DrowningMySorrows: Cyrus.
* DualWielding: The Sun King, Cyrus and every playable character who learns the Twin Blades skill.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The Avatar
* TheDulcineaEffect: Leonard for Cisna like you wouldn't believe. Somewhat alleviated if you consider they met extremely briefly years before.
* EldritchAbomination: The Avatar must fight a few of these as part of the final Avatar Storyline quest.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats Ice, and for some reason Ice also beats Fire. Likewise, Wind beats Earth, but Earth beats Wind.
* EleventhHourSuperPower: The Avatar gets his or her own Knight at the very end of the second game, just in time to go into the final dungeon.
** [[spoiler:While its not overtly stated, the Arc Knight is the only Knight not tied to Emperor Madoras, and is thus the only Knight that is usable against the FinalBoss when all the Yshrenian Knights are destroyed. Plot-wise, this allows for you to ''finally'' be the hero of the game ... [[DudeWheresMyRespect and still get zero credit for it]].]]
** [[spoiler: This might be because some gamers might have decided to wait till after they beat the game to try and get their Knight and did not necessarily know the were going to [[OhCrap lose the others Knights right before the Final Boss]]. Level 5 might of realized this as well, so they decided not to include the Arc Knight in the story at all.]]
* EmpathicWeapon: The Moon Maiden is shown to have a mind of her own and within the White Knight resides a Phantom [[spoiler:that may or may not be Emperor Madoras]].
* EnergyBow: The Moon Maiden's bow. The laser arrows it fires are quite small but the effects are massive. One shot is enough to down one of Yshrenia's aircraft carrier sized airships.
* EnigmaticMinion: Shapur, for much of the first game. [[spoiler:The twist is, he's not conniving, just crazy]].
* {{Escort Mission}}: Most of the guests that join your party at random points can't die. If they do, it's considered a Game Over.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: The "Sinca Five": [[spoiler: Leonard, Yulie, Caesar, Kara, and Setti]], aka the Pactmakers.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Literally, in the second game--Balandor is able to function again once Princess Cisna's restored to the throne.
* EvilChancellor: [[spoiler:Sarvain. To both sides! Not only did he manipulate and murder King Valtos; he also advised and helped [[BigBad Grazell]] set up the the whole plot to revive the SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan BiggerBad Emperor Madoras.]]
* [[EvilCostumeSwitch Evil Armor Switch:]] [[spoiler: The White Knight takes on a more demonic form after Madoras took control of Leonard's body.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Shapur sports one of these.
* FailureHero: Leonard--to the point where the "hero" part is highly debatable.
* FailureKnight: Cyrus and Eldore. They handle their failures quite differently, though. Eldore [[spoiler:leaps across time to forcibly redeem himself]], while Cyrus [[spoiler:becomes a wandering drunkard for a game-and-a-half]].
* FetchQuest: Phibianacci's errands. The search for the Goddess statue. The search for the Insignias. Errands in general. ...Hell, both bloody games are giant fetch quests.
* FiveBadBand: The Yshrenian Knights were intended to be this. However, two and a half of them [[ScrewDestiny turned out to be good guys]].
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero - Leonard
** TheLancer - You
** TheBigGuy - Eldore, doubles as [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Guy]]
** ActionGirl - Yulie
** SixthRanger - Ceasar
** SixthRangerTraitor - [[spoiler:Kara]]
* FlamingSword: The Sun King wields two of these.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: The fish-type mooks introduced in the sequel.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the very first camp Miu advises against overusing the Knight's power because she [[spoiler: senses something sinister beneath it's metal surface]] and it only gets more obvious from there. The game takes every chance it gets to remind you that something is very wrong with the White Knight.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers / GameplayAndStorySegregation: This is at play a lot in the first game, particularly regarding the party's hapless attempts to rescue Cisna. Leonard (and Ceasar) often flat-out do not transform into their Knight forms until ''after'' the Magi throw a similarly sized RentAZilla out to keep them at bay.
* ForScience: Framboise's Modus Operandi.
* GadgeteerGenius: Framboise, the scientist CatGirl who built your Knight.
* GenreSavvy: Yulie.
-->"This has got bad idea written ''all over'' it."
* GiantEqualsInvincible - The Demithor and Greaver
* GiantSpider: Though the game has some very liberal views on what qualifies as a spider.
* [[GiantMook Giant Mooks]]: Many of them. Every area offers at least one or two.
* GlobalAirship: Zig-zagged like crazy. Once an area has been cleared, the party whiz back and forth from one end of the map to the other in the first game. ''On foot''. The Shagna, the supposed GlobalAirship is acquired by the party at the end of the first game during the ending cutscene, and is only used in the second game as transportation at the beginning and end of the game.
* GoodIsDumb: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by the villains, and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the heroes. The party, by its own admission, is notable for:
** 1) [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Being entirely too trusting]] of otherwise untrustworthy characters.
** 2) Being alarmingly short-sighted.
** 3) Being incapable of properly rescuing people.
** 4) Walking (at times knowingly) into [[SchmuckBait incredibly obvious traps]].
*** In fact, when they finally do do something smart, they have to hide it from the player because it would otherwise strain credibility.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Not a single one of the main characters wears a helmet, and the only equipment available for your character's head are glasses.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. The second game had a special armor set for those who purchased the first run in Japan; the armor looked like the White Knight - helmet and all.
* HenshinHero / HumongousMecha (It's kinda debatable on which this actually is. Probably an affectionate mix of both.)
* HeroicMime: The Avatar. He or she will grunt, groan, scream out the names of his companions if they're near death, and say "Verto!" when transforming, but is otherwise mute.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: The Demithor turns itself to stone in order to halt the advance of Garmatha.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The Avatar in multiplayer mode
* HeroesPreferSwords: Averted. You have many different weapon-type skill sets to choose from for each character (although some characters can't use some specific weapon types). Your Avatar can use every type, however.
* TheHighQueen: Cisna, in everything but title. Seriously, she's never technically coroneted, even a year after her ascension to the throne.
* HornedHumanoid: The Farians. Men have deer-like antlers while the women sport ram-like horns.
* HundredPercentAdorationRating: Princess Cisna.
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: Kara's sister]] was sacrificed in order to fuse three Gigantes into one creature.
* IdiotBall: Leonard and the rest of the heroes spend most of their time in the first game asking the villains to release the princess, and then make no move to stop them when they make good their escape.
* IndecisiveParody: The main plot is "serious" enough, but when you sit right down and look at it, most of what happens is actually pretty goofy.
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: The georama.
* ItBeganWithATwistOfFate: Leonard and co sneak into the palace on a whim. The guards just left the front doors open when they were delivering wine to Princess Cisna's ball. (No, seriously. That's how it happens.) Then he decides to rescue the princess from an assassin as the palace is under attack. Then he decides to take control of the [[HumongousMecha incredibly powerful Wite Knight]] in order to defend his home town.
* ItemCrafting: Called binding. Absolute necessity if you want to tackle quests.
* IWasQuiteALooker: ''Origins'' reveals that Eldore was pretty damn handsome back in the day.
* JerkassFacade: Count Drisdal pulls this on ''his own son'' Caesar in a ThanatosGambit to try and get him to act responsibly. He kicks Caesar out of his house in a fit of rage after learning he'd fashioned a (pretty damn good) replica of a statue that was responsible for him meeting his wife, more-or-less saying IHaveNoSon. Then he goes and dies without ever reconciling with Caesar. And then Caesar finds a letter from him telling him he knew the statue was a fake all along, and he actually treasured it more than the original because it was Caesar's own handiwork, and he threw a shitfit... just 'cause. Come to think of it, scratch the "Facade" part off--the Count's a bona-fide JerkAss.
* JigglePhysics: The Succubi's breasts flap around all over the place.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Leonard.
* JustInTime: A staple of the first game's plot. Even though the Magi have an airship, and you're on foot, and you're in a race against them to get to the next PlotCoupon point on the map, you ''always'' arrive right as shit's about to go down, even if you've spent nine hours LevelGrinding. It seems like a huge coincidence, until Belcitane straight up [[LampshadeHanging tells you]] he sits around and waits for you to finally show up because he needs you there because the aforementioned shit going down is all a part of ThePlan]].
* KamehameHadoken: Cisna, of all people, whips one of these out to [[spoiler:kill Madoras]]. [[spoiler:[[UnexplainedRecovery Doesn't stick, though]]]].
* TheKingdom: Balandor
* KnightInShiningArmor: Leonard, figuratively and literally.
* KnightInSourArmor: Eldore and Kara. [[spoiler:In Kara's case, it's about as literal as Leonard's, one example up]].
* LampshadeHanging: [[BetterThanABareBulb Lots]].
* LeeroyJenkins: Osmund. His men would prefer it if his "plans" would include more sneaking and flanking and less "full-speed ahead" or "death before dishonour".
* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler: General Dragias]], whose current incarnation is [[spoiler: Kara]]
* LightIsNotGood: The Sun King
* LikeASonToMe: The relationship between King Valtos and Cyrus.
* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler:The Black Usurper]] and [[spoiler:Emperor Madoras]]. Both appear to hold up the first and second game's final dungeons, respectively.
* LostTechnology: See all that stuff the Magi are using like the airships, tanks, attack drones, the flying fortress or the giant cannon? All of that is already 10,000 years old.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: A Knight's Ark can only be used by its pactmaker and will violently reject anyone else upon contact. The only way to claim its power is to [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt kill the current pactmaker and make a pact with the Incorruptus yourself]].
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The White Knight.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Ledom aka Sarvain]].
* MagicKnight
* MaybeEverAfter: Leonard and Cisna.
* MerchantCity: Greede
* {{Mordor}}: Redhorn Isle
* MyGreatestFailure: His failure to prevent the king's death and Cisna's abduction hits Cyrus hard.
* NewGamePlus: The first game allows you to start a new game with all the items and gear (except storyline items) you have aquired and your level reset to 35. The world also features new chests which are filled with Guild Rank 7/8 weapons and gear that allow a smooth start into online questing. The second game let's you keep items, gear and levels but doesn't offer new chests like the first did.
* NighInvulnerability: The Knights are indestructible, capable of routing entire battlefields alone. The Sun King takes it a step further as it is even impervious to the attacks from its fellow Knights. [[spoiler:[[VillainDecay Until you get Falcyos]]]].
** The Netherwyrm as well. The "deathless" part of its [[BossSubtitles boss subtitle]] wasn't just for show.
* NintendoHard: While the game's main storyline range from easy to moderately difficult, the high Guild Rank quests will slaughter you if you aren't careful. [[BonusDungeon Vellgander]] takes it UpToEleven.
* NoExportForYou: ''White Knight Chronicles: Origins'' and the Avatar Story DLC never made it to North America.
* NolanNorth: Cyrus
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The Magi were largely derided as a backwards-looking kooky cult ... before they [[NotSoHarmlessVillain launched a sneak attack on Balandor that decapitated its leadership]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Madoras]]. Twice.
* NowItsMyTurn: Said word for word by Ceasar
* ObviouslyEvil: Belcitane, Shapur, Sarvain. Grazel also abandons any pretense of, ah, well, ''not'' being evil in the second game when he shows up in black spiky EvilOverlord armor.
* OminousFloatingCastle: The flying fortress Garmatha is a mix between this and FloatingContinent.
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. The sequel includes an UpdatedRerelease of the entire first game (with the second's graphics and gameplay), making it ''two'' games for the price of ''one''. That said, the second game reuses every location from the first game with only six new visitable locations, so the EnhancedRemake of ''White Knight Chronicles I'' came about by default.
* OneManArmy: Every pactmaker as demonstrated by Shapur who conquered Albana thanks to the power of the Black Knight.
* OneWingedAngel: All over the place. Every named character and mook who has a summoning card can and will do this.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Grazel spends the majority of the second game sitting on his enormous [[CoolChair Cool Throne]] and gloating over the puny efforts of his adversaries.
* PerpetualMolt: The Black Knight whenever it busts out its wings
* PimpedOutDress: As a princess, Cisna has a [[PrincessesPreferPink rose colored dress]] with white gauze trimmings As queen, she has a dress that is practically a BattleBallgown.
* [[PoisonousPerson Poisonous Living Weapon]]: The Netherwyrm constantly emanates a purple mist that is the cause of a deadly sickness called Pyrexia.
* ProlongedPrologue: Not to the extent of, say, ''KingdomHeartsII'', but it still takes on average about two hours to get from the start of the game to the title screen.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: To the point where Eldore knew when, where, and how the whole damn plot was going to start because of an incredibly explicit prophecy.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild:[[spoiler: The Ancients used newborn infants as the first Pactmakers]]
* TheQuietOne: Princess Cisna, initially. Begins the first game as a ShrinkingViolet who hasn't said a word in close to a decade. Ends the second game as a full-blown LadyOfWar, who has no quams about giving [[RousingSpeech impassioned speeches]], ordering soldiers to their deaths by the boat-load, and [[ShutUpHannibal telling off the ancient]] HumanoidAbomination BigBad.
** The Avatar, however, plays this trope straight.
* RagsToRiches: Cyrus started out as a homeless orphan and worked his way up to captain of the castleguard. [[spoiler: End credits seem to suggest that he has taken Sarvain's position.]]
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really 10,000 Years old]]: All of the original five pactmakers, plus [[spoiler:Eldore]] and [[spoiler:Sarvain/Ledom]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Kara, she's cleansed of the Black Knight's corruption]].
** [[spoiler:She's back in the second game as Scardigne]].
* RedemptionDemotion: [[spoiler:Kara, again. Though she comes back in the second game, she spends much of her time as Scardinge, so you can't change her equipment aside from her weapon, and she loses her ability to transform into the Black Knight. [[UnusableEnemyEquipment Not that you could use it in the first place]]]].
* {{Reincarnation}}: Princess Cisna is the reincarnation of [[spoiler: Queen Mureas of Athwan]].
* ReluctantWarrior: The Moon Maiden refused to take further part in battle and sealed herself inside Father Yggdra. She changes her mind for [[spoiler:Yulie]].
* RetCon: Happens ''in-game''. Initially it appears that [[spoiler:Kara]] killed King Valtos in the guise of General Dragias, making [[spoiler:her]] look like a sociopath. Its later revealed that while [[spoiler:Kara]] ''is'' General Dragias, [[spoiler:she]] wasn't the Dragias that killed Valtos. Who was really in the armour at the time isn't revealed until the second game. [[spoiler:And, suprise! It was EvilChancellor Sarvain, the guy everyone's always hated anyway]].
* RetiredBadass: The legendary mercenary "Iron Fist" retired from his job and now works as wine merchant in Balandor.
* TheRival: The Black Knight to the White Knight.
* RocketPunch: The strongest attack of the [[GiantMook Golems]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Royals are a diligent bunch in this game. Handling administrative affairs, fighting [[EvilArmy evil armies]] and disease spreading {{AttackAnimal}}s is all in a day's work for them.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Black Knight is none other than Kara]]
** [[spoiler: She does it again in the sequel]]
* SaveThePrincess
* SayMyName:
** Leonard - Princess!
** Princess - Leonard!
** Leonard - Cisna!
** Characters will always scream out another characters name if they reach HP Critical.
* [[SelfDisposingVillain Self-Disposing Villain]]: [[spoiler:Shapur]].
* [[SelfInsertFic Self Insert]]: The Avatar.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:Madoras, who's soul is locked in the five Knights, but mostly inside the White Knight]].
* SequelDifficultyDrop: The first game isn't exactly difficult, but ''Origins'' is very very easy, and even for the more difficult bosses, the strategy of "add more + to your equipment, and go into Power Ranger mode before you die" will get you through them.
* SequelDifficultySpike: The story mode in the sequel is much harder than in the first game. Monsters are more numerous (including giant mooks), have more HP, hit harder, and your final line of defense, the Knights, are much weaker and there are several stretches near the end of the game that leave you without any Knights at all.
* SequelHook: Both games end on one:
** The first game ends with Grazel's declaration of the New Yshrenian Empire, and Cyrus and his knights drunkenly stumbling towards the Farian boarder.
** The second game has two: the setup for the Avatar Story, and [[spoiler:Madoras turning up alive and well]].
* ShiftingSandLand: Lagnish Desert
* SchizoTech: The world as a whole is set in medieval european fantasy but the city of Greede seems to be in the middle of the industrial revolution, Yshrenia's army is flying around in giant airships while deploying tanks and attack drones on the ground and the farians outfitted their ships with beam weaponry.
* ShouldersOfDoom: Every Knight and some heavy armors
* SmugSnake: Shapur.
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: Thanks to a mounting series of plot contrivances, there's a good ten-hour stretch of the second game that leaves you without any character who is able to transform into an Incorruptus. Cue several vicious boss fights.
** The first game does this too, though not as egregiously, [[spoiler:as Kara and Eldore are the only two playable characters who never get (usable) Incorrupti]].
* SoProudOfYou: King Valtos assures Cyrus of this with his last breath.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Grazel is seen rocking these in the second game. General Dregias has them too, to a lesser extent in the first game.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Level-5's [[{{Vaporware}} unreleased]] ''True Fantasy Live Online'', from which it (probably) borrowed it's character creation system.
* SplitPersonality: Setti [[spoiler:created Grazel as a reaction to Medius trying to kill him]]
* SticksToTheBack: Played straight with longswords, two-handed axes and spears. When wearing certain form-fitting pieces of armor, said weapons even levitate visibly away from the character's body a slight bit.
* SuperPowerMeltdown: The Black Knight goes out of control creating [[spoiler:the Black Usurper]] when [[spoiler:Shapur murders Kara and steals its Ark from her]]. [[spoiler:He manages to get it under control after he's defeated, but his mental health [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity takes a huge hit from that point on]]]].
* SwordBeam: Three attacks in each of the axe, short sword and long sword skill trees are blade beams. White Knight, Black Knight and Sun King can do this as well.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Talion,[[spoiler: the only sword that can properly damage the Knights' armor]]
** the sequel gives us the Sword of Falcyos, [[spoiler: the ''new'' "only sword able to damage the Sun King"]]
* TakeYourTime: This is at play through both games, but it becomes inescapable at the end of the second game when your given the opportunity to walk away from the FinalBattle for the fate of the world while its raging around you to go do sidequests and run errands for the peasantry.
* {{Telepathy}}: With the Dragon Knight's Knight Arc Caesar gained the Dragon Sight which lets him look into the hearts of people, revealing their true colors. It's not fullblown mindreading though and some people can block it.
* TempleOfDoom: [[spoiler: The Dogma Rift Palace]]
* TinTyrant: General Dragias
* TimeSkip: Between Part I and Part II. Cisna says that it has been a year has passed since Grazel reclaimed his ark and declared that he and his followers where the second coming of the Yshrenian Empire.
* TookALevelInBadass: Yulie, Cisna, and Miu in the sequel. They each become [[spoiler:a Knight]], [[spoiler:a Queen]], and [[spoiler:an Archduchess]] respectively.
* TimeTravel: The Retrospecticon allows Leonard and the gang to go into the past. [[spoiler:They find that they can't actually change history, however, but they can take objects with them back to the present]].
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Played with as you can still get hit while performing the incantation, up until when you say "Verto!"
* TransformationSequence
* TransformationTrinket: Each Knight has one which acts as proof of the contract between Knight and pactmaker.
** a gauntlet and dagger for the White Knight
** a [[CoolSword black sword and scabbard]] for the Black Knight
** a vermillion belt for the Dragon Knight
** a [[MaskOfPower gold and silver mask]] for the Sun King
** a [[EnergyBow blue bow]] for the Moon Maiden
** a small metal sphere for the Arc Knight.
* TraitorShot: Sarvain is ''introduced'' with one of these, for gods sakes! [[spoiler:Kara]] also gets a lot of these in the first game.
* TurnsRed: Every GiantMook except for the golems. Those turn yellow instead.
* TwentyBearAsses: Lampshaded by a Farian scholar who is baffled by human behaviour.
-->'''Fidel''':"Holy Walnuts! You did it! You went right out and brought me a bunch of random crap, even though I didn't promise you anything."
* TwoPartTrilogy: Inverted ala-''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''. Though the second game wraps up the dangling plot threads from the first game, it still seems like it's the second act of a three act story.
* UndyingLoyalty: Ledom for Emperor Madoras.
* UnexplainedRecovery [[spoiler:Kara]] gets one of these, as does [[spoiler:BiggerBad Emperor Madoras, after he ''loses'', no less]].
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: [[spoiler:Despite Kara being in your party for the majority of both games, you never get the chance to control the Black Knight. You sure fight it a hell of a lot though]].
* TheUnreveal: A roundabout example: [[spoiler:It's never revealed to anyone but the audience that Sarvain killed Queen Floraine, not some Farian assassin, as was assumed]].
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: [[spoiler: At a point late in the game, Setti makes the other characters believe that Eldore, who they met early on, had been setting up their acquisition of the Knights as an attempt to unite them together and take the power for himself. This causes Eldore to teleport away. However, when they set up camp later that day, all the playable characters, including a returning Eldore, confront Setti, revealing that they knew what Setti was up to, as well as who he really is--[[BigBad Grazel]].]]
* UnusualEuphemism: "The don's got his fingers in every pie in town."
* VillainsActHeroesReact: The heroes don't have any motivations beyond "Save Cisna" in game one, and then "Stop Yshrenia" in game two. The villains motivation is slightly more active, but still consists of "TakeOverTheWorld", [[MemeticMutation of course]].
* VirtualPaperDoll: The most intricate character creation system ever... [[IncrediblyLamePun created]].
* YouMonster: Cisna to Dragias.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Princess Cisna, who's kidnapped '''four''' times in the first game. Once she's rescued, however, she stays rescued in the sequel.
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: If Guest characters fall in battle, it's an automatic Game Over, even if you have revival items/magic to bring them back.
* WeaponOfChoice: The game has a surprisingly wide arsenal of equipable weapon types:
** [[HeroesPreferSwords Swords]], [[CarryABigStick Maces]], [[KnifeNut Knives]], [[BladeOnAStick Spears]], [[{{BFS}} Greatswords]], [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katanas]], [[AnAxeToGrind Axes]], [[DropTheHammer Hammers]], Bow and Arrows, and [[SimpleStaff Staffs]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdaVNj5dm8o the 2006 TGS announce trailer]] with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsu1YEEqgqQ actual gameplay footage]] and see if you can spot any differences.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Kara's sister [[spoiler:who wasn't actually her sister]] is largely forgotten about after the party moves on from Albana, as is the fact that [[spoiler:she wasn't really her sister]].
** This also happens to Brimflamme, who's last seen tearing away from the Yshrenian fortress on Redhorn Isle before the Garmatha lifts off. In this case it's more like [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to the]] EldritchAbomination?
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Everyone seems to have roughly North American accents; except for the Farians, who sound vaguely Spanish; Eldore, who's incredibly British; the Toads, who are shockingly Cockney; and the Papitaurs, who sound ... weird.
** There's also [[spoiler: the original wielder of the Black Knight in ''Origins'' who is essentially a less arrogant Grazel with shorter hair.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Shapur's mental health took a turn for the worse after he stole the Black Knight. He develops BloodKnight tendencies and goes apeshit when [[spoiler: the knight was taken from him in the final battle]]. His addiction to the Knight's power [[spoiler: is what costs him his life in the end.]]
* WorldTree: Father Yggdra, the giant sentient tree in the midst of Faria.
* {{Wutai}}: Faria.
* YouAreTooLate: Grazel had already aquired the Sun King when Leonard and the gang arrived on scene to stop him from doing so.
* YouCantFightFate: While the Retrospecticon allows you to go to the past and take some things (like the Insignias) with you, it doesn't have the power to change events of the past. Miu and the party learn this the hard way.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:One of the first things Madoras does after his revival is kill Grazel. He makes it quick and painless because Grazel was a useful pawn]].
** It's a bit of LaserGuidedKarma on his part, seeing as how he pulled the same move on Belcitane halfway through game one.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: The only way to aquire an Incorruptus that already has a pactmaker.
* ZettaiRyouiki and DetachedSleeves Detached Sleeves: Yulie, full stop.
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