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'''[[caption-width-right:272:Stand Tall and Shake the Heavens.]]'''

->''"I am Alpha and Omega,\\
The beginning and the end,\\
The first and the last."''

''Xenogears'' was released by Squaresoft in 1998 for the original Playstation. A cult classic that is particularly remembered for a uniquely convoluted plot spanning ten thousand years, themes cooked out of Gnosticism, Jewish mysticism and Jungian psychology, and an atmosphere that was remarkably {{Anime}}-like for its time, leading to the game's infamous hour-long cutscenes.

''Xenogears'' is the story of Fei Fong Wong, a sensitive painter (and spectacular martial artist) with a [[EasyAmnesia past he's conveniently forgotten]], who [[GenreBlindness believes himself a normal person]] and wants merely to [[RefusalOfTheCall live out his life in the backwater town of Lahan]], up until the moment it gets [[DoomedHometown razed down into the ground]] by a [[HumongousMecha mechanical fighting machine called a Gear]]. With his [[BecauseDestinySaysSo fate bound]] to this rather unique Gear, and searched after by the Gebler, the military force of the [[FloatingContinent celestial empire of Solaris]], our reluctant hero has to flee, aided by the town doctor, [[TheObiWan Citan Uzuki]], who is nothing but more than he seems.

Of course, rather than just [[JustIgnoreIt hide in a hole in the ground]] or something simple like that, Fei instead gets caught up with the struggles between a [[LaResistance rebel]] prince for his kingdom; a swordfighting bishonen villain from the inner circles of the Empire of Solaris; [[PathOfInspiration the Ethos]], a mysterious church with gunslingin' priests that have a stranglehold on the world's technology; and most notably an officer of Gebler named Elhaym Van Houten, whom he [[RedStringOfFate conveniently calls "Elly" before learning her name]]. Tossed across the globe in search for a place where people don't try to kill him and perhaps some explanation for his MysteriousPast, Fei and his [[TrueCompanions growing crew of unlikely companions]] start to uncover the forgotten past of the world and learn of its true underlying struggles that go back thousands of years.

All of this, of course, goes right to the heart of the issue of who Fei actually is, which Fei desperately tries to figure out while combating some five fairly well written villains, who on top of everything, have the distinct advantage of being in a game which gives them more screen time than most party members and a surprisingly fair chance of getting what they want. This is about the point where things get [[MindScrew really weird]], as the disk changes. Most of the rest of the story is actually narrated by the main characters sitting in wooden chairs over still images of cool stuff happening. In other words, it's a [[SignatureStyle bog standard]] Square JRPG, which a lot of gamers dig and others simply don't. Fans consider it a flawed masterpiece; while it has a good deal of [[ShownTheirWork actual symbolism]], [[MindScrew a contorted plot]], and a YasunoriMitsuda soundtrack, it wasn't as great as [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what it was originally intended to be]] because of disc two.

It has been suggested that the primary reason for sudden change in style on disc 2 is due to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'''s production. Squaresoft pulled team members and resources away from the ''Xenogears'' production team in order to more efficiently get ''Final Fantasy VIII'' done on schedule. This may be because they considered that game more important (being a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' title).

Interestingly enough, the game's creators have [[WordOfGod stated]] that in its early development stages, ''Xenogears'' was planned to be ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', and later, ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.

The game was written and directed by Tetsuya Takahashi, who later on would become the founder of the Creator/MonolithSoft studio. Music for the game was composed by YasunoriMitsuda.

Followed up a few years later by ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' for PlayStation2, a SpiritualSuccessor franchise and ContinuityReboot. However, it was developed by Creator/MonolithSoft, which was formed by ''Xenogears'' team members that left SquareEnix after the completion of the original game. Also, the game was produced and published by Namco. [[BrokenBase Many believe didn't live up to the original game, although many others believe it surpassed it.]]

In 2010 it had yet another SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' for Wii. Also developed by Tetsuya Takahashi and Creator/MonolithSoft, but this time produced and published by Nintendo, although this one was more faithful to the spirit of the original ''Xenogears''. There are more [[{{Expy}} expies]] of characters from ''Xenogears'' there too, along with other minor similarities but in a vastly different setting. This game later received a ({{thematic|Series}}) sequel for the WiiU called ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX''. This game reunites Tetsuya Takahashi with original ''Xeno'' character designer KunihikoTanaka (who had been absent since ''Xenosaga Episode I''), brings back fuel-based mechs, and features a logo which, unlike previous games, is strikingly reminiscent of that of ''Xenogears''.

Now up on the Playstation Network. The ''[[http://www.flickr.com/photos/29956195@N08/sets/72157616593453778/ Perfect Works]]'' has also been translated (almost entirely) into English.

[[FanficRecs/{{Xenogears}} The fanfic page]] is in construction.

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!!Tropes used in ''Xenogears'':

* AbortedArc: As noted in ''A Rope of Robots'', pretty much every character who joins the party after Bart has their attendant subplot reduced to a footnote or outright forgotten after the portion of the game in which you recruit them. Most egregiously, Rico has absolutely no significance after his moment of fame in Kislev; as [[AllThereInTheManual Perfect Works]] notes, there was originally going to be a plot going into detail about [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather Sigmund being his father]]; in the game itself, Hammer simply mentions this twist and it stops being important]].
* AbusiveParents:
** Karen and Kahn Wong: [[spoiler:Karen was possessed by an ancient spirit and began to conduct horrific experiments on her son, Fei, upon learning he was [[TheChosenOne the Contact]], and years later Kahn stalked and psychologically tormented Fei under both the guise of the Wiseman and unwittingly as Grafh, though he did it as a StealthMentor in both cases]].
** Elly's parents, meanwhile, love her and want the best for her... they're just intractably linked to the EvilEmpire that wants her and her boyfriend dead.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Krelian calls Fei [[spoiler:Lacan]], while Ramsus only acknowledges him as [[spoiler:Id, the Demon of Elru]] for the majority of the game, and Emeralda calls him [[spoiler:Kim]] until she [[PlotRelevantAgeUp grows up]]. Citan, meanwhile, is always [[spoiler:"Hyuga," his Solarian name,]] to all of his former [[spoiler:Gebler comrades]].
* AceCustom: The most powerful normal Gears are these. Among the heroes' models, Heimdal, Brigandier, Stier and probably Renmazuo come to mind; the others are mainly LostTechnology.
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Shevat and Solaris.
* AerithAndBob: Sophia, Maria, Billy, and Stone... meet Krelian, Seraphita, and Lacan.
* AfterTheEnd:
** Zeboim was a civilization with technology analogous to our world TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. [[spoiler:Miang and Cain]] engineered its destruction because of lifespan shortening genetic damage of its population. Nearly all the Gears excavated from the ruins of the world originated in the Zeboim era.
** Five hundred years ago, [[spoiler: Grahf unleashed the Diabolos to reset the world]].
* AllLoveIsUnrequited:
** This is a big part of Krelian's backstory: [[spoiler:the man flipped his shit when Sophia sacrificed herself. He loved her, she thought they were JustFriends. He reasoned that a just God would not let Sophia die while Solaris continued to exist, thus there was no just God in the universe.]] His resolution to fix this problem led him to became the MagnificentBastard [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] that many fans considered him to be.
** Domina also loves Ramsus, but he's so wrapped up in his own issues that he can't see it. Citan and Jessie set him straight by the end of the game, though.
* AllThereInTheManual: All there in the Japanese-only "Perfect Works"-- otherwise, good luck in understanding the whole thing, though there are fan-translated scans available online.
** Even with the English translations, sometimes the answers are more confusing than the questions. Good luck in understanding the inner workings of the whole Deus/Kadamony/Zohar system, or the exact role of the different PiecesOfGod. There are plenty of schemas and charts, but they're not exactly crystal clear.
* AlternateCharacterReading: Remember terms within -dashes-? Well, in the Japanese version, these dashes were . You see, Xenogears' text system did not really support Furigana like, for example, Xenosaga's did, and so used one term without brackets to show what the character saying this term is meaning, while using the brackets to designate how they were supposed to be spoken. Like so: ''Stand back, Surface Dweller''. In keeping with traditional English syntax, the best way to designate this in the US version could have been something like this: ''Stand back, Lamb(Surface Dweller)''. Unfortunately, the translator either did not know this or, more likely, thought it would look ugly, and thus let the characters use both terms most of the time, putting the furigana term -in dashes-. This leads to some oddities, though, such as Fei not getting what Elly means when using the term lamb, even though he must have gotten from the syntax that she was referring to "surface dwellers" (and thus would have to ask a completely different question). Furthermore, some stuff got lost or confused, such as the term ''Time(Reversal) of the Gospel'', which was rendered ''-time- of the -gospel-'' In the English version. Much subtext is lost or changed this way...
* AmbidextrousSprite: Averted. Bart and Sigurd both have two separate character portraits to ensure that their [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatches]] always cover the correct eyes.
* AncientConspiracy: [[spoiler:First, [[GodofEvil Deus]] spawned the human race to repair the damage it sustained and Miang is its primary agent across human history to ensure humanity grows the right way. Secondly, [[TheOmniscientCouncilofVagueness Cain and the Gazel Ministry]] create Solaris to control and direct the surface dwellers. Third, [[MagnificentBastard Krelian]] wants to manipulate all of the latter to achieve his own ends and travel [[AscendtoaHigherPlaneofExistence the Path of Sephirot]]. Finally, the Zohar itself wants to use the -Contact-, in this case Fei, to destroy Deus and free itself.]]
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: The introduction for the game features a spaceship whose systems, under mysterious circumstances, lead to its destruction and crashing onto the planet. This event, and what it has to do with the main plot, is not explained until near the end, but most of the specific events and characters featured in it are really not important at all.
* AndManGrewProud: The rise and fall of Zeboim, or [[spoiler:how Miang fixes her mistakes]].
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:A Class 2 occurs by the end of the game. According to the [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]], Miang induces these at regular intervals. Also, before the start of the game, there was the interstellar war that Deus was built for. It is unclear how destructive it was, possibly ranging from Class 0 to almost Class 3.]]
* ArchaeologicalArmsRace: Most of the best Gears used in the war between Aveh and Kislev are dug up relics from previous wars, not newly manufactured. This naturally leads to conflicts over the best salvage sites.
* ArcWords: Most of the terms within [[AlternateCharacterReading -dashes-]]. For example, -Time of the Gospel- isn't explained until disc 2/Perfect Works despite being used sporadically throughout disc 1 by Solaris officials.
* ArmiesAreEvil: Subverted. Although many of the antagonists are members of Gebler, the only truly evil member of the armed forces is [[spoiler:Miang]].
* ArtificialHuman: Emeralda, and also [[spoiler:Ramsus]], and even [[spoiler:the whole of humankind]].
* YouFailBiologyForever: The game writers seem to have some... interesting... ideas about how DNA works. Fan translations of [[AllThereInTheManual Perfect Works]] have revealed that the weird backstory justifications for some of the technology in the game takes this UpToEleven.
** [[AWizardDidIt The Wave Existence did it]].
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:Krelian]], after he ''loses'' no less.
* AssistCharacter:
** Margie assists Bart once; she was once meant to be a PlayerCharacter, who got demoted [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC status]].
** Miang assists Ramsus every time he fights the player, until she becomes a boss herself.
* AttackDrone: The Aerodes on some gears are basically the funnels or bits from the Gundam series: small remote weapons controlled by special people (elementals in xenogears' case) that mount small beam guns to execute multi-range attacks.
* {{Badass}}:
** ID: Taking on a couple of gears with his bare hands, hurling a warship onto another gear, and utterly devastating [[FloatingContinent Solaris]] during his RoaringRampageofRevenge.
-->'''???:'''That was pretty interesting. But dropping a warship on me is cheating... Take it back!
** Grahf: Also taking on a party of gears with his bare hands, and his badassness [[{{Immortality}} transcends mortality]], mostly as a response to his snapping out of his [[spoiler: HeroicBSOD caused by the death of the current incarnation of Elly, back when he was Lacan]]. He also enjoys giving other characters a [[TookALevelInbadass level in badass]].
-->'''Grahf:''' My fist is the divine breath!
* BareFistedMonk: Several party members but Fei is the best example.
* BareYourMidriff: Sigurd is a rare male example. [[spoiler:Emeralda does this too when she grows up.]]
* BeePeople: Solaris is intentionally structured like this, with the "worker bees" living in the dregs, and the nobles living in a maze of shopping malls and indoor suburbs. The lower-class citizens bunk in beehive-shaped living quarters, with each hexagon comprising a single unit. These hexagons are also detachable via cranes.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Played straight, toyed with, explored and subverted. While the main character is a bona fide ChosenOne, it could be argued that the entire story of the game is a cosmic, magnficent GambitRoulette perpetrated by one of the central villains in an effort to first fulfill the [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny of the universe]] and then [[ScrewDestiny subvert it]] so that he can have his cake and eat it too.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Elly, who upon seeing [[spoiler: her father be killed in Solaris]], [[CutscenePowerToTheMax briefly manifests more of her powers than she should be able to]] (since she [[spoiler: hasn't accessed all her genetic memories yet.)]] The villains who provoke this reaction are still so much more powerful than her at the time that it doesn't help, but it does show she will become someone [[SuperPowerMeltdown that you really shouldn't mess with.]]
** There's also a sketch in the Perfect Works of Margie showing off a stash of concealed weaponry hidden under her cloak.
** Fei. One on the nicest fellow you will ever meet, he is also [[spoiler: the [[PhysicalGod most powerfull being]] this side of the Wave Existence]]: if you get on his [[spoiler:literal]] bad side [[spoiler: [[DisproportionateRetribution Genocide]] ''will'' ensue]]
* BigBrotherIsWatching: [[spoiler: The Gazel Ministry keeps track of your movements through the game's ''[[OhCrap save]] [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration points]]''.]]
* BlandNameProduct: Bartweiser.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Averted. There are many errors in the translation script, but considering that the translator was all alone on this project (after other translators actually quit or begged to be reassigned to another project), had a VERY tight deadline and even had to do some coding himself, this is forgivable. You certainly cannot say he lacked dedication either - the man took to sleeping in his bureau in order to get the game done!
* BloodKnight: Id. When he shows up, asses get kicked.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:When humans start reverting to their true state: the Wels, a.k.a. body parts for Deus.]]
* BodySurf: Grahf and [[spoiler: Miang]] have existed like this [[spoiler: for 500 and 10000 years, respectively.]]
* BossInMookClothing: The Bloody Bros., reincarnations of Redrum, who appear as normal enemies in Solaris. And you have to fight ''two at once''! Thankfully they're rare.
* BossRush: If fighting [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Elly's strike team]] AND [[GoldfishPoopGang the Elements]] more than once wasn't bad enough, Disc 2 is literally nothing but boss fights broken up by at least 6 hours worth of text.
* BreakTheCutie: Elly, who gets to see[[spoiler: her parents get killed]], and then watch [[spoiler: as her entire civilization is destroyed]]. Not to mention immediately afterward that she learns that [[spoiler:Fei is Id]]. This leads a brief HeroicBSOD
* BridgeBunnies: In the opening movie.
* BrokenAce: Big Joe may not look like much, but he is in fact an award-winning actor, Pulitzer Prize winner and star athlete who took home trophies from the NBA, MLB Triple Crown, Wimbledon Grandslam and WWE Championship. At one of his numerous prize ceremonies, he fell over, [[DeathByFallingOver got brain damage]] and was later locked in a nanoreactor and placed in [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] before Zeboim fell. He woke up 4000 years later, the unstoppable blue suede juggernaut that he is today.
* BrokenAesop: You learn relatively early on in the game that the drug, "Drive" is bad and makes you kill people. After an IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight with a drugged Elly, Fei says something to the effect that she shouldn't do drugs. Later in the game, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation you'll find and be able to purchase drive to increase your stats, with no ill effect.]]
* BrokenBridge: A mix of this and NPCRoadblock is lampshaded to hilarious effect.
-->'''Bart:''' That Margie! Leaving a stuffed animal in a place like this! Because of this, we can't get into the bridge.
* CainAndAbel: Yeah.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: So, so very much, Fei.
* TheCameo: Lucca from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' appears near the beginning to explain part of the game engine.
* CataclysmBackstory: Zeboim, an ancient civilization that blew itself up through nuclear war. A good deal of its technology was lost. [[spoiler: It's also revealed that another incarnation of Fei and Elly were here, when they created Emeralda.]]
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* CharacterFilibuster: The true climax of the game is [[spoiler:Fei and Krelian's debate and what's better, a life free of pain but also bereft of individualism or a life of suffering but with people you love and care about.]]
* CharacterPortrait
* ChekhovsGun: You think that there might be a badass story about how Bart and Sigurd lost their eye? Nope, turns out it was caused by a mechanical accident on the Yggdrasil. However, their eyes do play a bigger role in a future event.
* TheChessmaster: Krelian and Miang.
* TheChosenOne: Fei Fong Wong is [[spoiler:the slayer of god and the Contact]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Big Joe. He was once a famous boxer from Zeboim until he got hit on the head and [[NapoleonDelusion started thinking he was Elvis]], yes ''that'' Elvis. He then got locked in a cryogenic chamber and emerged 4,000 years later and began wandering the planet generally making a wonderful ass of himself. Eventually, [[spoiler:once the world goes to shit]], he ends up back down in the ruins of Zeboim as a merchant selling the best Gear equipment in the game.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: there is an infamous scene where the heroes' HumongousMecha are crucified at the top of a mountain with the sun setting behind them - creating an unintentionally hilarious moment if your party contains the TeamPet, Chuchu. This led to the MemeticMutation "Chu-chu died for your sins."
* CrutchCharacter: Bart too. He's useful for most of the first disc, [[spoiler: and is the first to get his Infinity Plus One Gear, which has abnormally high HP for that point in the game]]. But towards the end of the game there's not much he can do that somebody else can't do better.
* CrypticConversation: Half of the game's dialogue. [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness The Gazel Ministry]] to the point of hilarity.
* CurbStompBattle:
** Weltall[[spoiler:-ID- dismembers Ramsus's Wyvern then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome drops the Yggdrasil]] on Bart]].
** Ramsus [[spoiler:shows up out of fucking nowhere in Vendetta and tears Weltall limb-from-limb at the end of Disc One]].
** Fei [[spoiler:pays him back at the start of Disc Two]].
** [[spoiler: Elly]] gets mauled by a pair of [[spoiler: Krelian's -Wel-]] Gears and that's virtually the last that's seen of her for the rest of the game.
** When Grahf ''does'' fight you in his Gear, it's a HopelessBossFight. Although it is possible to win the battle by making use of certain equipment for your gear and spamming the hell out of him with accuracy-lowering status afflictions, for which you are rewarded with a rare item. But nonetheless, his Gear is still standing upon his "defeat" and the scene following the battle is the same as it would be if you were defeated.
** Oh, and that piss-poor [[PostFinalBoss final boss Urobolus]] that pretty much is no challenge at all? [[spoiler: That's ''Miang'']]. Feel better about that battle now?
* CurbStompBattle:
** Grahf shows up and beats the shit out the party aboard the Goliath. For emphasis, ''he's on foot'' and your party members are all in Gear, and even then, the only thing keeping him from being that one boss is that [[spoiler: he won't attack Elly]].
* CutsceneIncompetence: Too many instances to count. Usually in the flavor of "spectacular failure right after ''defeating'' a boss".
** There are '''multiple occasions'' in which ''people die'' because Billy conveniently forgets that ''he has a gun''. Despite ''[[TheGunslinger his entire fighting style revolving around having guns]]''.
** Inverted with Bart. Bad things happen to people [[spoiler:(Namely Fei)]] when he ''does'' have a gun.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Gears can fly. FLY. But apparently something happened that rendered their flight systems out of commission when they got to the "Tower of Babel" Arc.
* CuteBruiser: Maria. Useless on foot, but an unstoppable monster in her Gear.
* DarkerAndEdgier: In keeping with Square's "dark years" of the late [[TheNineties 90s]], following on the heels of games like ''FinalFantasyVII'', ''FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' and ''BushidoBlade''. In fact, part of the reason ''Xenogears'' wasn't a ''FinalFantasy'' game itself is because the plot was determined to be too dark for a mainline ''FF'' title.
* DarkestHour: Most of disc 2.
* DeathByCameo: [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Lucca]] appears to explain how Memory Cubes work. After [[DoomedHometown Lahan is destroyed]], [[NeverFoundTheBody she's never seen again]]. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Considering something ]]''[[{{Foreshadowing}} very]]'' [[{{Foreshadowing}} similar happens before the start of]] ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''...
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable:
** The premise of the game is to [[spoiler: kill "God"]]. Though it turns out [[spoiler:to be a physical false god that's simply trapping the benevolent metaphysical god in the material universe.]] It's still pretty damn tough though.
** An in-battle example is Alpha Weltall at Mahanon. It is defeatable, but the deck is so stacked against you that the game continues on as if you lost. It is the only winnable scripted battle in the entire game.
** It is also possible to defeat Rico, but probably only with gameshark cheats, whereas it was possible to defeat Alpha Weltall without gameshark cheats. The game still continues as if you had lost though.
* DefeatMeansPlayable: ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' did this an awful lot. Bart, Elly, Rico, Maria, and Emerelda are all initially bosses before joining the party. Though in the case of Elly, she already had a brief stint as a party member before she's fought and joins up as a permanent party member after that.
** [[spoiler:Id]] is fought as a boss too, but since he's actually [[spoiler:Fei]], [[spoiler:defeating him just means you get control over Fei back]].
** You also have to defeat the Xenogears before you get to control it.
** [[TheRival Ramsus]] was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen meant to be one of these]], but was cut for budgetary reasons.
* DefectingForLove: Elly. She starts the game on the side of the enemy, but soon becomes a vital part of Fei's team. [[spoiler: And yes, they do [[WillTheyOrWontThey eventually kiss. And have sex.]]]] Then again, [[spoiler: they have been lovers for one hundred effing centuries: Their current incarnations are implied to be the first to live happily instead of, you know, getting murdered by the AncientConspiracy.]]
* DefiantStoneThrow: Targetting Fei, in favor of a wrestler.
* DegradedBoss: Redrum, whom you encounter in the sewers of Kislev, is widely considered ThatOneBoss. Later, a PaletteSwap of him called Bloody is encountered on the Wels ship as a miniboss, and in Solaris, two of them, called Bloody Brothers, can be fought at once in random encounters. All iterations have similar same stats and get progressively easier to fight.
* DepopulationBomb: A combination of [[spoiler:the Limiter Release, the turning of the Gaetia Key, and Deus's reactivation turns approximately 90% of the populations into -Wels-, then ultimately into either Seraphs or just [[GreyGoo spare parts for Deus]]. This is the in-game reason why almost all the locations you visited on disc 1 are inaccessible on disc 2 - ''every single person that you met there is dead.'' Only the wreckage of Shevat and Nortune are inhabited - the former by the only humans on the planet even ''trying'' to survive, as the latter contains only nihilistic gladiators whaling on each other in the arena.]]
* DemotedToExtra: By the time Disc Two rolls around, Fei, Elly, Citan and Bart are the only playable characters who are really important to the plot anymore. By that point in the game, the ''villains'' get more dialogue than most party members.
* DetonationMoon: Fei's Big Bang spell
* DeusEstMachina: It's even ''named'' Deus. Played a little more straight than usual; [[spoiler: Deus actually is the creator "god" of humanity, though not "God" as is usually understood.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler: You kill God. ''Twice.'' The first time is in the cargo hold of the USS Eldridge, where the remains of the original Deus are found; the second time is the resurrected Deus, which serves as the game's FinalBoss.]]
* DieselPunk: Look at Kislev's slums.
* DisasterDemocracy: [[spoiler: When the world is reduced to about a few thousand people at the end of the game, they hide in the arctic circle and band together to survive.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Grahf and the "Executioner" ([[spoiler:Miang]]) are the last ''[[GameplayAndStorySegregation playable]]'' bosses on Disc One, but [[StoryToGameplayRatio the disc goes on for at least another hour after that]] and culminates in an unplayable CurbStompBattle between Weltall and [[spoiler:Ramsus's new Omnigear Vendetta]].
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Solaris.
* DiscOneNuke: Elly's Aerods with an Ether Doubler equipped. Mass destruction. Or if you do not want to use fuel, her normal spells with an Ether Doubler can achieve lesser but still broken results.
* DoomedHometown:
** Fei's hometown of Lahan gets razed, and almost all of his friends get [[EveryBodysDeadDave killed off in horrible fashion]]. "I don't like Gears or fighting," he eventually says. [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive The Call didn't care.]]
** Happens again mid-way through the game with Elly when [[spoiler:Id tears Solaris a new one]].
* DramaticEllipsis: '''''All over the place.''''' The worst offenders would have to be Citan and the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Gazel Ministry]], though. Almost every panel of their dialogue uses it.
* TheDulcineaEffect: ''Twice.'' Within 30 minutes of each other, no less. Though there ''is'' a good reason for that...
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[spoiler:Miang's Omnigear Opiomorph is glimpsed in storage in a vat of water (for some reason) deep in the inner workings of Solaris. The ominous music that plays in the background and the fact that Citan gets all creeped out about it instantly tells you that this will not be the last time you're going to be seeing this thing. [[ThatOneBoss And boy how'dy, you'd be right about that]].]] [[spoiler:The water was apparently full of nanomachines, as stated by Citan. This comes up again when you actually fight Opiomorph, plot wise. No matter how much damage you inflict on it, the nanomachines will repair it.]]
** In the opening movie, [[spoiler: [[BigBad Deus]] appears onscreen for about five seconds (and again shortly after for less than a second). It takes him upwards of 45 hours to make a proper appearance.]]
* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding: The game ends on a hopeful note despite its crushing [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynicism]].]]
* EarthIsYoung: Played with. In an inversion of the norm, the official Ethos church doctrine states that humans evolved from apes. In actuality, [[spoiler:the humans that live on this planet were created by the giant bio-weapon Deus 10,000 years ago in order to act as spare parts to repair its damage. The humans that created Deus presumably evolved from apes on Earth but they are mostly a separate gene pool from Deus' created humans.]] So yeah.
* EasyLevelsHardBosses: At least with Gear fights. Random encounters aren't much trouble, but bosses are more difficult. Bosses can outlast your resources. If you aren't careful, you'll run out of fuel, which almost every action consumes some of. Using the "Charge" command can help you regain it, but it'll only restore '''30''' fuel out of literally thousands of your original amount. You can only charge more very late in the game with [[spoiler: Hyper Mode]], and Charger items.
* EldritchAbomination: Deus. Technically, its an ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Eldridge]]'' Abomination.
* TheEmpire: The Sacred Empire of Solaris.
** Kislev also has some accents of this, at least compared to Aveh (which is more TheKingdom but has been taken over by an EvilChancellor). It looks like a militaristic and industrial nation, Nortune is a rather grim and dirty city (whereas Bledavik is a quite pleasant and lively place), and the nation is ruled by a kaiser, which is a german word for "emperor". On the other hand, it is slightly mitigated by the personality of the current kaiser, who despite other flaws, is extremely lucid about the economic and social cost of war and is more interested in his people's wellbeing than in just conquering Aveh for the sake of it.
* ElvisImpersonator: Joey "Big Joe" Balboa.
* EnigmaticMinion: Miang. [[spoiler:[[HiddenAgendaVillain Do not underestimate her]]]].
* [[TheEnneagram Enneagram of Personality]]: Used extensively and [[ShownTheirWork accurately]] for almost all the characters.
* EvilChancellor: Shakhan used to be the prime minister of the old Fatima king (Bart's father) before taking control of Aveh. [[spoiler: It turns out he is just a pawn for Gebler and Solaris, but that just means he is still a chancellor/viceroy and is still evil.]]
* EvilGloating: Grahf loves bragging about killing Fei's father, how sweet his death scream was and the like. [[spoiler:It turns out he's lying, since he didn't kill Kahn but [[GrandTheftMe stole his body]], and his control is less than perfect. Anyway he still completely fulfils this trope.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: A few of them, two notable examples are Krelian's blue hair turning beige after he joined Solaris and Emeralda's hair suddenly shortening after she grows up.
* {{Expy}}: Fei Fong Wong is an homage to mythical Chinese hero Wong Fei Hung, previously played by Jet Li in the ''Once Upon A Time in China'' series and Jackie Chan in the ''Drunken Master'' series.
** Maison is one for [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Alfred]], [[AllThereInTheManual according to Perfect Works]].
* EyepatchOfPower: Played, but downplayed, by Bart. Bart is something of a BadAss in that he's a pirate captain, prince/king, rebel leader, sailor ([[foldercontrol]]

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), mechanic, and warrior/gear pilot. But he's also shown to have a real soft side and defies most tough guy tropes. Sigurd plays it straight, being essentially a pirate 1st mate and [[spoiler: ex-elite badass from Solaris]].
* FailOSuckyname: The nation of Nimrod, described only in Perfect Works.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Hammer turns on the party because he cannot stand being a {{Muggle}} in the midst of extraordinary people.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: An [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/29956195@N08/3335327903/in/set-72157616593453778 easter egg]] featuring a scantily clad Elly was planned, but never came to be because [[WhatCouldHaveBeen they didn't have time to implement it]].
* FanserviceCover: Subverted. While ''Perfect Works'' does feature a nude Elhaym and Miang, keep in mind {{Gnosticism}} often had Sophia naked, too. Not to mention the fact that the people ''Perfect Works'' was aimed at would not be reading it for the fanservice, but would instead use it to try to [[MindScrew explain the game's very confusing plot]].
* FantasticRacism: The people who live in the city of the sky refer to the surface-dwelling humans as -lambs-. It's also hinted that demihumans don't have it that great. Life's not easy when you look like a llama.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: The ''Eldridge'''s Captain takes a moment to glance at a pocket-watch photo of his wife and child, then blows the ship up.
* FauxActionGirl: Elly is supposed to be one of the elite in Gebler, and beyond that is also [[spoiler: the Messiah]]. You'd think that would count for something, but half of the time she's ''still'' a DamselInDistress. She does manage to be, by far, your most powerful Gear character throughout most of the game, mainly until [[spoiler: she's no longer in your party.]]
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Yui. Not only is she [[LadyOfWar the greatest swordsman in the world,]] but she's also the greatest cook.
* FinalExamBoss: Deus is a lot easier if you take out its four "pillars"
* FiveManBand: The first five characters to join the party fit this dynamic nicely:
** Fei - TheHero
** Bart - TheLancer
** Rico - TheBigGuy
** Citan - TheSmartGuy
** Elly - TheChick
*** And Billy - SixthRanger ?
* FlashBackEcho: Elly speaks to a mob of wels, offering to sacrifice her body to them in order to ease their pain. In the middle of her speech, the game flashes back to Sophia[[spoiler:, one of her previous incarnations,]] saying the same words.
* FloatingContinent: The cities of Shevat and Solaris.
* FloweryElizabethanEnglish: Grahf has a tendency to do this, along with a more general tendency to be a ridiculously LargeHam whenever he makes an appearance. "Dost thou desire the power?"
* FollowTheLeader: It's the story of angst-ridden protagonist sucked into circumstances he barely even understands who hates mechs and fighting, and is prone to going on destructive rampages with his mech. The game also has tons of ContemplateOurNavels and vague foreshadowing, an [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Omniscient Council of Vagueness]] and an [[spoiler:AssimilationPlot]]. [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Does any of this sound familiar?]]
** The two even share some of the same animators (both being animated by ProductionIG), which is why cutscenes resemble Evangelion's art style. It's also unclear exactly how much got its influence from ''Evangelion'' and how much was coincidental[[note]]Seeing how the game was originally planned to be ''Final Fantasy VII'', and presumably was created before the whole detective in New York thing, placing it in 1994~, which means development started around the same time as ''Evangelion''.[[/note]]
** Some of it may be a coincidence, as Takahashi was apparently interested in HumongousMecha and religion since childhood.
* ForeverWar: The war between Aveh and Kislev has been going on hundreds of years, and none of the participants remember why it started. By the time it ends though, the protagonists have much bigger problems to deal with.
* FreudianExcuse: Probably more than half the cast uses this to some degree. Most notably, of course, is the main protagonist and one of the main antagonists, [[spoiler: Fei/Id/Grahf and Krelian.]]
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* FromBadToWorse: Essentially the final hours of Disc 1, and most of Disc 2.
* GainaxEnding: The entire second disc. All world map exploration and mini-games were left out of Disc 2 and replaced with cutscenes of the characters [[ExpositionBreak sitting on a rocking chair]] and [[HowWeGotHere telling the player about their adventure]]. It's been rumored that this was due to a sudden, severe lack of time and funding, because of ''FinalFantasyVIII'''s production. As for the actual ending, it's probably the clearest thing in the game.
* GambitPileup: By the time you reach the second disc you're probably thoroughly confused as to who's working for whom. [[spoiler: The three top-level factions are [[BigBad Krelian/Miang]], [[BigGood Cain/Citan]], and [[WildCard Grahf]].]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: See BrokenAesop above.
** Another fairly irritating example is Babel Tower, a lengthy vertical platforming gear level which requires some fairly precise jumps (which leads to a lot of falling down and having to repeat the section to try again), despite the fact that several times before AND after this it's shown that your gears can '''''fly'''''.
* GangInitiationFight: When Fei is thrown into D Block prison, he has to fight the current Battle Champ Rico and four of his subordinates as part of a "Baptism" ceremony.
* UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}}: The overall story of Xenogears is an almost exact re-telling of Gnostic mythology. Surprisingly averts FauxSymbolism in the sense of how true the game stays to the original Gnostic religion. So many games mindlessly rip names and ideas from ancient religion without grasping the broader context; the creators of Xenogears obviously [[ShownTheirWork did their research]].
** A big part of it is [[spoiler: the notion that the physical universe was created by a huge physical god who is extraordinarily powerful, but ultimately self-serving and cruel, and just a shadow of the ''real'' supreme being that surpasses time and space. Similarly Deus, the AI super weapon that birthed all humans on the Xeno planet, is ancient beyond compare and incredibly powerful, but it's nothing compared to the benevolent Wave Existence.]]
* GeneticMemory: [[spoiler:Fei and Elly]] can remember each and every one of their past lives this way, but not until close to the end of the game.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Between the presence of several rather bloody cutscenes, subversive religious messages, and sporadic sexual content including at least one pixelated penis, (not to mention the game's overall dark tone) it's almost a wonder the game got away with a T rating in America. The game did ''not'' succeed in getting past the radar in Japan, where it got a '''''D rating''''' by CERO. This would be the Japanese equivalent of ESRB's M rating (17+).
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Citan does this to Ramsus near the end of the game.
* GiantEyeOfDoom: Deus hibernates in a silver plated dome surrounded by eyes.
* GodIsEvil: The creator of mankind turns out to be a [[spoiler: previously broken [[SealedEvilInACan malevolent interstellar war machine]] in severe need of death.]] [[spoiler:Well, the creator of the humans on that planet, anyway. The creator of the entire universe shows up later on, who's basically a decent guy (for a horrifying PhysicalGod anyway) who just wants to go back home after being trapped in the universe he accidentally created for billions of years.]]
* GoldfishPoopGang: The Elements. They waffle between this and QuirkyMinibossSquad becuase they're actually some pretty tough recurring bosses, but while Domina at least is a rather credible threat to the party's wellbeing, the other three... aren't.
* GoombaStomp: The typical result when someone tries to take on a Gear or Gear-sized enemy on foot. The key word here is ''typical''.
* GreyGoo: Deus is literally made of the stuff.
* GunsAreWorthless: Elly is introduced holding Fei at gunpoint. Once she starts fighting, though, she switches to a pair of metal batons, presumably because of this trope.
** On the other hand, [[BadassPreacher Billy's]] attacks are certainly powerful. You're probably using him for his awesome healing spells instead, though.
* TheGunslinger: Billy and Jessie. Shows off some awesome GunKata as Deathblows.
* {{Homage}}: The fight between Fei and a crazy Elly and [[spoiler:the location Deus]] show that Tetsuya Takahasi ''really'' likes ''GGundam''.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Emperor Cain]] has come to regret his actions over the past [[spoiler:10,000]] years, including [[spoiler:personally killing Elly's first incarnation]].
* HeroicBSOD:
** Happens many, many times to Fei.
** Maria [[spoiler: during her fight against Achtzehn.]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Id. He is actually a villain, and the "comedic" part is all BlackComedy, but [[RuleOfCool he's so awesome]] that no one really cares.
* HeroicSacrifice: The most notable are [[spoiler:Elly's father Erich]] at Solaris and [[spoiler:Maria's father Nikolai]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Fei wants Elly and eventually gets her.
* HomeworldEvacuation: Humans left Earth in AD 2510 due to a space-time anomaly. The only reference to Earth in the game, though, is in the intro, and it is called "the main planet."
* HopelessBossFight: A few encounters with Grahf and Id. It ''is'' possible to defeat Grahf in his Weltall, but the odds are so stacked against you that it's nigh-impossible unless you're very lucky. Id is impossible to win against even if you cheat, as he'll start dealing damage much faster than you can heal.
* HowWeGotHere: Almost the entirety of Disc 2 consists of this.
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* HumanPopsicle: Big Joe, a celebrity from the Zeboim era who was accidentally cryofrozen for 4000 years. No really, it's AllThereInTheManual (Perfect Works, in this case).
* HumongousMecha: All over the place. Taken UpToEleven with [[spoiler:Super Dimensional Gear Yggdrasil IV, which was literally an ''entire district'' of Nortune.]]
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Ramsus [[spoiler:was genetically engineered to be an artificial -Contact-, but was literally thrown in the trash heap as a baby after Fei was discovered]]. To his credit, he survived and crawled his way up to a position of status and made life a living hell for all his detractors simply by ''continuing to exist''. [[spoiler: [[BatmanGambit Which was all part of the plan.]]]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Fei and Elly, Maria and Nikolai, Elly and Id, Fei and Grahf.
* ImAHumanitarian:
** Along with LampshadeHanging and MeaningfulName. Who names their factory "[[Film/SoylentGreen Soylent System]]," anyway?' In Japan, Soylent Green isn't an iconic movie where everyone knows the twist, so Japanese gamers wouldn't instantly put two and two together.
** The wels, mutated humans, also consume human flesh as a way to ease the pain of their transformation.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Jumping into the well in Lahan will get you a series of horrible well-related puns.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Kahran Ramsus appears as a primary villain early on, and with his [[{{Bishonen prettyboy]] features, [[WhiteHairBlackHeart white hair]] and usage of a sword as his weapon seems destined to be the BigBad. By the end of the game [[spoiler: his wallflower-like [[BewareTheNiceOnes personal assistant]] has turned out to be the real BigBad, he finds out he's a [[BetaBaddie failed clone ]] designed to mimic the powers of the Emperor and is abandoned by his masters for his [[YouHaveFailedMe repeated failures]]. He's basically the only character in the game more fucked up than the main hero.]]
* InevitableTournament Twice. Once with gears, once without.
* JustifiedSavePoint: [[spoiler: The Gazel Ministry ''[[BigBrotherIsWatching reads your saves]]'' from the Memory Cubes to keep tabs on you.]] This is carried over to ''Chrono Cross'', which shared the same development team, with the [[MeaningfulName Records of Fate]] in a similar fashion.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: Try explaining this game's plot and characterization to someone with no knowledge of it. Just try. Even a lot of people that have played the game still have no idea what's going on.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Krelian. After all he did, he still gets to "[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence [go] to walk with God]]."]]
* KingIncognito: Hilarously played with when Bart and his friends are "infliltrating" Aveh's capital Bledavik to rescue Margie. Bart is a NobleFugitive, the crown prince of the legitimate Fatima ruling dynasty of Aveh whose throne was usurpated by the current ruler. He is also a highly wanted pirate. Yet, he just enters the city, with his highly recognizable EyepatchOfPower, whip and signature Fatima blue eyes, not even wearing a PaperThinDisguise. Still, the guards couldn't care less and let him walk in without any suspicion. But we can't help bursting into laugh when at the first inn he visits, someone asks him "Excuse me, are you Prince Bartholomew Fatima ?".
* KissingCousins: Bart and Margie. It's suggested that the Fatimas do a lot of this in order to maintain the purity of the "Fatima Jasper" [[spoiler:the stunning blue eyes possessed by members of the Fatima royal family... and their bastards]].
* LargeHam: Big Joe. ''GREAT''... and '''DYNAMIC'''!
** The Captain of the Thames.
--> "I am! * strikes pose* A man! * strikes pose* of the ''SEA!'' * [[StuffBlowingUp explosion]]* "
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: [[spoiler: Ramsus, for Emperor Cain.]]
* LethalJokeCharacter: Chu-Chu and Hammer.
* LethalJokeItem: Alice's Wedding Dress
* LetsPlay:
** [[http://whatdoesgodneedwithastarship.com/ What Does God Need With A Starship]]
-->This may be explained sixty hours from now, but it will never actually make sense without or even with the three hundred page supplementary texts. Welcome to Xenogears.
** TheDarkId also did a Let's Play of the game. Can be found [[http://lparchive.org/Xenogears-(by-The-Dark-Id)/ here]].
* LevitatingLotusPosition: The final battle with Deus implies that it has come to [[AGodAmI believe in its own hype]]. Deus' physical shell is a winged form with crossed legs, along with an 'angel' on each hand.
* LikeThatShowButWithMecha: It's largely based on ''Literature/TheBible'', and has giant robots.
* LimitedWardrobe:
** Somewhat averted. However, Rico never takes his big orange bomb collar off even though he technically hasn't been a "prisoner" of the Kislev Empire for quite some time.
** Played ''ridiculously'' straight with Fei, [[spoiler: whose incarnation from 500 years ago, Lacan, is wearing the ''exact same outfit''.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: In the upper range of the double digits.
* LongGame: In order to revive Deus, Miang and the Gazel Ministry have been manipulating all of human civilization for ''10,000 years''.
* LostColony: [[spoiler: The Xenogears planet]]
* LostForever: Lots, not only shop stock changes but within the very first town, where you're presumably just running around getting used to the game, there's a solid handful of items that will later pay off but you cannot get later - including an item you won't get to trade in for a useful item until the very end of the game.
* LostTechnology: Two layers: the ''Eldridge''-era technology (Babel Tower, Ft. Jasper), and the later Zeboim-era technology (Gears in general). Most all was take from the "Eldridge" though. What is the main reason why you had the remains of a spaceship gunwhale over 40 km in length sticking out of the ground for over 10000 years and chock full of tech not bringing you back up to par? [[spoiler: No one but a child was left who understood the original language.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Grahf [[spoiler:is Lacan, who despaired after Elly sacrificed herself and told him "[[Anime/CodeGeass Live!]]".]]
* LuckBasedMission: The dreaded "RPS" minigame. Basically, you have to win five games of Rock-Paper-Scissors ''in a row'' (although a draw doesn't count against you). And no, you can't go and save after each win; leaving the room resets the counter.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Grahf is Fei's father, Kahn Wong.]] More correctly, he was born as [[spoiler:Lacan, a past life of Fei,]] and is currently [[spoiler:possessing Kahn Wong.]] Also, [[spoiler:Bart and Sigurd are half-brothers.]]
* LukeYouAreMyFather: [[spoiler:Emeralda is an ArtificialHuman made by Kim, one of Fei's previous incarnations. Emeralda regards Kim, and later, Fei, as her father.]]
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* TheMagicGoesAway: [[spoiler: The Zohar powers Gears and Ether, and once the Wave Existence is freed, the Zohar engine is destroyed and Deus is defeated, all gears but Xenogears cease functioning. Ether also goes away in a more traditional fashion.]]
* AManIsNotAVirgin: It's heavily implied that [[spoiler: Fei and Elly]] begin a sexual relationship near the conclusion of disc two. And by "heavily implied" we mean "She has a frickin' ModestyBedsheet in the aftermath".
* MeaningfulName:
** [[spoiler: Id, Fei's SuperpoweredEvilSide]], is named after the Freudian unconscious of primal drives; Elhaym / Elly evokes [[spoiler: Elohim, one of the names given to the Judaeo-Chistian God]]; Miang / [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Myah]] is occasionally spelt [[spoiler: Myahle, the reverse of Elhaym]] in the artbook.
** Not to mention that Hawwa[[spoiler:, used to designate the first Miang, the original woman,]] is an academic transliteration of [[spoiler: חַוָּה, (Ḥawwāh), also known as ''Hava'' or ''Chava'', the Hebrew form of Eve.]]
** Krelian is properly "Karellen," named after the leader of the Overlords from ArthurCClarke's ''ChildhoodsEnd''.
** Ramsus comes from Ramses, better known as Ozymandias, King of Kings. Ramsus is [[spoiler:a clone of Emperor Cain, the ''de facto'' ruler of all humanity]].
** Citan's [[spoiler: real surname when he's Hyuuga is properly spelled 'Rikudou'. For the reason why, it's best to look at the following URL.]][[http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/six-states.shtml Ta-da.]]
** The Family Name vanHouten means "from the forest". And Fei meets Elly in the forest.
** This game is plagued by some - iffy Romanization. Gebler should have been Gevurah (גבורה) (...Che!?!), one of the spheres on the Tree of Life. It represents severity and judgement. For more information, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gevurah Wikipedia is your friend!]] The NA audience missed out on a lot of plot cookies because the poor localization team got rushed to hell.
** Gear names usually have connotations. They’re usually either [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Foreign Words]] (Like Seibzehn and Achtzehn), or named after figures from mythology and religion [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Alkanshel]], Wyvern, and Fenrir, for example.) And then of course you have and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Calamity and Bladegash…]]
** Most of the locations are named after Hebrew months (which confusingly actually originate in Babylonian): Kislev, Shvat, Elul, Nisan, Aveh (actually Av) and Thames (actually Tammuz).
** Zeboim is one of the sister towns of the famed Sodom and Gomorrah, which was destroyed with them.
** Jesiah is a portmanteau of "Jesus" and "Messiah." It’s probably to contrast his hatred of the Ethos church, which is obviously based on Catholicism. ("Ethos," incidentally, means "shared fundamental traits.")
* MetaMecha: -Super Dimensional Gear Yggdrasil IV- was ''an entire district of Nortune City'' before it launched.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Fei, usually as Id.]]
* MileLongShip: The dimensions of the ''Eldridge'' are incredible, measured at over 40 kilometers and several billion tons by rough estimates.
* MindScrew:
** The storyline is a bit messy and hard to understand, though [[AllThereInTheManual Perfect Works]] clears some of it up.
** "[[LetsPlay Just remember: if you ever have a good idea of what's going on in Xenogears, then Xenogears isn't doing its job.]]"
** Number of plotlines: '''''13'''''. [[spoiler: Deus's creation and the Soylent System, the Wave Existence reincarnating Fei and Elly, Shevat's involvement with Solaris, Grahf trying to make Fei become Id, Krelian's plot to find Deus, Aveh's war with Kislev, Ramsus and his reason for existing, Aveh's government, the Gears from the Zeboim civilization, the rebellion against Solaris that Lacan was part of, Citan being part of Solaris, some of the characters meeting at Jugend, and Nikolai being inside one of the Gears.]]
* ModestyBedsheet: Used for both Miang/Ramsus and [[spoiler: Elly/Fei]], albeit in slightly different ways. Miang and Ramsus start off using the sheet, then when they get out of bed, Ramsus is wearing Magic Briefs and Miang is nude from the waist up, [[ToplessnessFromTheBack only showing her back to the camera]]. With [[spoiler: Elly and Fei]], [[spoiler: Elly]] does the "sitting up with the sheet pulled up over her breasts" routine.
* MoodWhiplash: The game wasn't initially much darker than the average Square game for the first disc, but disc two quickly, unrelentingly becomes one of Square's darkest games.
* MouthFlaps: In Disc 1, they're relatively well synced. By the time the budget ran out for Disc 2, TheyJustDidntCare.
* {{Muggles}}:
** Constantly subverted and explored, among others in Hammer, who ends up [[spoiler: betraying the party out of despair and bitterness over being an ordinary person surrounded by heroic, special people.]] He's got a point, too, since...
** ...In addition to this, most "ordinary" people are fated to be [[spoiler: [[FateWorseThanDeath simple building material for the physical body of Deus]], and thus consigned to a bitter fate of becoming bloodthirsty monsters in perpetual pain, an injustice that essentially causes the downfall of civilization, and is a matter of significant shame and misery to the game's heroes, who being special people don't encounter such ill effects.]]
** Also, in a world chock full of [[TheChosenOne destined heroes]], [[SealedEvilInACan immortal forces of evil]] and [[AncientConspiracy ancient conspiracies]], most defined by near-magical superpowers and the [[BecauseDestinySaysSo power of fate]], [[MagnificentBastard Krelian]] managed to become the de-facto leader of the world's strongest nation and the nearest thing to a lord over the fate of the universe, with nothing but the [[MadScientist power of science]], his wits and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulation]].
** And arguably, the entire point of Ramsus' character is that [[spoiler:he was made to be an ''imitation'' of something special, then simply discarded when the real thing turned up]]. That said, perhaps because of his nature as [[spoiler:a clone of Emperor Cain]], he can interface with all 12 Anima relics
* MultilayerFacade: [[spoiler:The mysterious masked man called "Wiseman" who fights in Fei's style, the mysterious Darth Vader-like guy Graf who hunts him, and Fei's own father are all actually the same person.]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Most of the protagonist's Gears attack by punching and kicking their enemies. In RealLife (besides the impracticality of HumongousMecha in the first place), imagine a semi truck slamming into you. Now imagine that truck as a thin iron bar coming after you and going to IMPALE you. Compare that to a Gear's fist and big toe, respectively.
* MusicalSpoiler: ''Omen'' is a remix of ''Light From the Netherworlds'', the latter of which plays in the game's opening sequence. [[spoiler:Omen plays in parts of the Eldridge and during events relating to Deus.]]
* MysteriousBacker: Wiseman.
* {{Nanomachines}}: ''The'' buzzword of Disc Two and late Disc One. Emeralda, Deus, and Miang's Omnigear Opiomorph are completely comprised of nanomachines. It's even stated in [[WordOfGod The Perfect Works]] that in order to defeat Opiomorph, every last namomachine that comprises it needs to be [[FromASingleCell completely obliterated at the subatomic level]] otherwise it will completely regenerate.
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The releases the genetic limiters placed on the surface dwelling population by Solaris that made humanity weak, ignorant, and generally fearful of Solair/Emperor Cain by instinct ultimately ends with a good chunk of people mutating into Wels, and then into spare parts of Deus after the Gaetia Key is turned.
* NietzscheWannabe: Grahf, ''so very much''. "Even if I go to hell, I will live until the end of the world, and if the world does not end; I will destroy it myself." He's such a bad-ass, though, and he had a rather ''heroic'' reason: He was trying to fulfill a promise.
* NoSell: All of Achtzehn's attacks when trying to fight Big!Chu-Chu.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Hammer, [[spoiler:after he kills Medena]].
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: Krelian ends up killing them all before they do anything but provide uselessly vague exposition. He also tells them all to shut up as he's killing them, leading to one of his multitude of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMoAs]] over the course of Disc Two. Their conversation is only vague and useless if you've haven't already completed the game, and maybe even if you did. Many of what is said is actually pretty interesting once you've already know most the story. Either way, their conversations are completely within the context of the story considering their experiences, knowledge, and arrogance, even if many have no idea what they're talking about.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist:
** Dr. Citan Uzuki, physician by trade; mechanic, physicist, psychologist, philosopher, historian, biologist, and GeniusBruiser by hobby.
** [[http://whatdoesgodneedwithastarship.com/xenodurr1.html "God bless those perfectly normal country doctors."]]
* OneManArmy: Fei and Id. Id has destroyed entire countries, and the player as Fei, gets to bust through a team of enemy Special Forces, including a drugged out Elly, and then an entire border fleet, fairly early in the game.
* OneTrueFaith: Averted; there are at least two major world religions. [[spoiler:One of them is evil though, natch]].
* OrganicTechnology: It's a little hard to see given the limited graphics power of the PlayStation, but the artwork in the ''Perfect Works'' book shows that all the Omnigears [[spoiler:and Deus in its final forms]] are all in some way organic. There's a line in the game around the time of Andvari's discovery that says something to this effect, but it's easily missable and it's not that big of a plot point in the game until [[spoiler:Miang drags her GreyGoo-powered Opiomorph out of storage and whoops your ass with it]].
* OurGodsAreGreater: [[spoiler:Deus is very powerful and capable of creating life, but is really just a [[AIIsACrapshoot malevolent interstellar war machine]], capable of being destroyed. The Wave Existence is an extradimensional being of unfathomable power, but its only concern is to go back to its own dimension. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Its destructibility]] is unknown.]]
* OutOfFocus: Pretty much everyone who joins the party after Bart doesn't get much of the spotlight after the plotline where they're introduced. Rico, in particular, is given nothing unique to do after the party leaves Kislev.
* PathOfInspiration: The Ethos is a church that purports to offer aid and salvation to the unfortunate, and that exterminates the mutant "Reapers" or "Wels" that appear in the world and threaten humanity. [[spoiler:However, it is in fact a front for the nation of Solaris, to keep the humans living on the surface docile and under control, and to furnish Solaris with excavated resources and slave labor. Oh, and they also are involved in deploying and keeping track of the Wels as well as exterminating them.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction:
** Id. Part of the reason he freaks Ramsus out so much is that Ramsus once saw Id destroy an entire squad of Gears. ''On foot and by himself''. Not to mention that Id once singlehandedly destroyed an entire ''continent''. Ramsus' subordinate Dominia is [[LastOfHerKind the sole survivor of that particular rampage]]. [[spoiler: Possibly his crowning moment comes at the end of disc one. You know Solaris, the EvilEmpire that's been hyped up as the BigBad for the entire game thus far? Yeah, that one takes him about ten minutes.]]
** Grahf also qualifies, given that in one battle, he wastes your characters in Gears while ''he's'' on foot. Of course, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] considering that [[spoiler:he's basically the same person as Id, just from a past incarnation, and managed to survive as a spirit possessing other bodies. Or something like that, anyway.]]
* PiecesOfGod: Oh my. God is a true jigsaw puzzle in Xenogears. Some core parts are buried into the sea, then there are the twelve Anima Relics, [[spoiler:Miang]] has a role to play in it too, and most of the human population are ''spare part''. Most of the game metaplot is actually about conflicts between factions fighting over if, how, when and why God should be rebuild.
* PimpedOutDress: Subverted: Alice's wedding dress is absolutely beautiful, but she dies before she gets a chance to wear it. Dan hangs on to it and gives it to Fei out of pure spite to remind him that he's the reason Alice is dead. Joke's on Dan though, as the dress is equipable and has some [[LethalJokeItem fairly decent stats to it]].
* PlotArmor: So it turns out [[spoiler: the entire population of the planet save for about a thousand people are dead]]... but hey! None of them were friends of the main characters!
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Subverted: obtaining adult Emeralda is entirely superfluous to the plot. [[spoiler:Curiously, she appears as an adult in the ending cinematic regardless of whether or not you did the sidequest]].
* PostFinalBoss: Urobolus.
* PowerDyesYourHair: Fei Wong's hair is dark but [[spoiler: turns red when he becomes Id.]]
* PowerGivesYouWings:
** Id's Gear has several energy wings coming out of the spikes on its back.
** Bart also (somewhat nonsensically) gets a pair in one of his Deathblows.
** The Xenogears itself has energy wings when it goes into hyper mode. The explanation is that the wings are the gears' superheated exhaust.
* PowerLimiter: Nanomachines again. [[spoiler: They're inherent in every human to keep them afraid of Solaris and unable to attain the limits of their potential power; these are removed by Gaspar to allow your characters to use Level 7 Deathblows. Also, in the second disc, Fei is given a limiter to allow him to use [[SplitPersonality Id]] [[SuperMode semi-controllably]]. This breaks down right before he gets Xenogears.]]
* PuzzleBoss: Had quite a few, especially in the Gear battles where each could only be feasible defeated at your level by fighting a certain way, but [[spoiler:Deus]] is memorable in that every time you attack, he heals for all his HP. His HP is huge, and in no way could you do enough damage to kill him in this way. The true method to killing him is by [[spoiler:letting him keep using his only move, which halves the hp of everyone on the field, and then tearing into him when his health is low enough to kill in one turn]].
* PsychoSerum: -Drive-. Which is made all the weirder by the fact that you can ''buy it'' from Big Joe at the end of the game. And it gives you ''permanent'' increases to your stats-- [[GameplayAndStorySegregation with no bad side effects or penalties to other stats]], no matter how many you use.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
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* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Elements, Elly's strike team.
* PuppetKing: Shakhan is just a puppet Gebler uses to control Aveh. More generally, many of the countries and forces present on the surface are secretly controlled by higher powers, most notably Solaris and Shevat, which have been waging war by proxy for centuries.
* RagnarokProofing: Babel Tower, Mahanon, Ft. Jasper, the Zohar, Kadamony, and Merkava (all parts of the ''Eldridge'') work rather well after 10,000 years of sitting dormant.
** The Xeboim Ruins are in unusually good condition as well, despite not having the excuse of being parts of the ''Eldridge''. Most of the buildings are intact, albeit deep underground, and some of the machinery (like at the TV studio) even still functions.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Oh, where to start. There's [[spoiler:Krelian]], [[spoiler:Emperor Cain]], [[spoiler:Queen Zephyr]]... oh, and [[spoiler:Grahf]] and [[spoiler:Miang]], though they technically maintain their immortality by [[spoiler:body-hopping.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Sort of the case with [[spoiler:Emperor Cain]]. Through his [[spoiler:extremely long lifespan]] he has finally acquired some compassion for ordinary people and doesn't want them to get killed or hurt. He is finally murdered [[spoiler:by Ramsus -- manipulated by Krelian --]] because his moral objections made him an obstacle.
* {{Reincarnation}}: [[spoiler:Only Fei and Elly reincarnate. The other characters either had an IdenticalGrandfather (Bart, Sigurd), transmigrated into new bodies (Grahf, Miang), or had really long lifespans (Krelian, Zephyr).]]
* [[spoiler:ReincarnationRomance: Fei and Elly. A {{Deconstruction}}; though Reincarnation Romance '''sounds''' beautiful and wonderful, it has an inherent horror - it revolves around '''''people's [[TheLostLenore loved ones DYING]].''''' Fei and Elly have found each other over again for millennia, lived together blissfully for years or even decades. However, BigBad Miang is reincarnating endlessly as well, and each of Fei and Elly's incarnations ended up pissing her off by interfering with her plans, resulting in her killing them in horrible, violent ways over and over again for millennia. Only by defeating her once and for all can they live happily, which they achieve at the end of the game. One of the people that helps them do it is their daughter from a previous life.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Dominia and Kelvena of the Elements. Not to mention Fei and Bart, Fei and Elly, Fei and Citan, Bart and Sigurd, Tolone and Seraphita, Ramsus and Miang,[[spoiler: Elly and Miang]]...
* ReluctantWarrior: Fei. ''So very much.'' "I hate fighting. And gears..." and he still racks up quite the body count [[spoiler: even if you don't count the SuperpoweredEvilSide.]]
* ReverseShrapnel: Elly's Aerods.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** When Miang and Krelian [[spoiler: try to kill your party in Solaris]], Id emerges. Id who is partially influenced by Fei's emotions. Id's reaction to [[spoiler: Elly's near-death is to remotely activate the Weltall Gear, transform it into his own red version, and then use it to destroy Solaris.]]
** And shortly after that, Ramsus hunts Fei and Elly down in his newly-minted Omnigear, Vendetta, and tears Weltall to pieces as vengeance for a lifetime of perceived wrongs that Fei is only tangentially (if at all) responsible for.
** Also Id when he [[spoiler:destroys Etrenank]].
** It is also the whole story behind [[spoiler:Grahf's very existence]]. When [[spoiler:Lacan witnessed the murder of Elly]], he decided that life should not exist if such a crime was possible, and he started his goal of trying to destroy of life. [[spoiler:He has been working on it for 500 years, which makes it both a really extreme and really long RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]
* RunawayFiance: [[TheScrappy Dan]] tries to convince Fei to run off with Alice before her wedding, and Fei has the choice of shooting him down or agreeing to his plan. Either way it doesn't work, though not in the expected way.
* RhymesOnADime: Tears for Fears.
* SandIsWater: You can sail on the desert. And ships can sink in it. [[FridgeLogic Even though people can walk on it.]]
* SaveTheVillain: As part of the deeply poignant ending, BigBad Krelian [[spoiler:ascends into Heaven with the Wave Existence to live in a world without death or loss.]]
* SaveTheWorldClimax: The game starts off with Fei just living his normal life in a quiet village, devoid of conflict. Then TheEmpire invades and razes the town to the ground, forcing him to defend himself in the heat of the moment. One thing leads to another and then he's fighting against a man-made God to save the world.
* SchizoTech: A JustifiedTrope: Emperor Cain and his followers (Solaris ''writ large'') have been developing their own technology for close to 10,000 years and actively working to make sure the surface dwellers don't get their hands on it and become too powerful. Cain [[spoiler:and Miang]] obliterate civilizations that becoming too advanced, incite wars between nations to stunt their development, and employ a CorruptChurch to cover up mankind's true history to keep the populace ignorant.
* SecretWeapon: the Goliath is supposed to be that for Kislev in his war against Aveh (the title of the chapter when [[spoiler:you steal it]] is even titled "Secret Weapon"), which is probably why ''everyone'' seems to know about it. There is a huge swirling hologram of the machine in a room in the central district of Kislev, soldiers around make comments about how great it is, and later, when spotting it on his periscope, Bart comments: "This is the Goliath we have been hearing so much about!"
* ShownTheirWork: The developers were obviously familiar with {{Gnosticism}} when they made the game, and it shows. This carries over to ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''.
** A small example, but at some point the time when something was last accessed is reported when exploring some ruins. It's more or less accurate to when the events that made the place into ruins.
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* SincerestFormOfFlattery: In an interview, Tetsuya Takahasi was asked "You're a fan of ''GGundam'', aren't you?" His response was simply to smile. This would explain some of the Gear design, especially [[spoiler:Weltall-2's System Id]].
* SlapOnTheWristNuke: Big Bang, among other things.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Relentlessly'' cynical. Almost everything good will, at some point, find itself broken. The lead protagonist [[spoiler:harbors a sadistic, amoral SuperpoweredEvilSide, and has died, along with his fated love, time after time in invariably tragic ways]]. Every major location is, at some point, considered to be safe, [[spoiler:but most of them are doomed, anyway]]. And it doesn't even matter, since [[spoiler:almost all of humanity is wiped out by the end, just one in a series of near-total apocalypses which have been visited on mankind deliberately throughout the game's history]]. Wicked, inhuman shadow masters rule the planet from their invisible nation of scientifically-advanced fantasy Nazis. Everyone has their lives manipulated by these people so that they can one day [[spoiler:[[PiecesOfGod be used as parts to revive the superweapon they all believe is their God]]]]. Almost all of the villains are the villains because their idealism was shattered in some amazingly cruel fashion. Just ask [[spoiler:Lacan]] and [[spoiler:Krelian]]. The only thing you can accomplish by saving the world [[spoiler:is that a handful of people ''don't'' die]].
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: the Team Pet Chu-Chu, one of the most reviled examples of this subtype.
* [[SmallGirlBigGun Small Girl Big Gear]]: Maria. Her Gear is so big it can't even fit in the [[CoolShip Yggdrasil's]] hangar.
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: The game jacks [[spoiler:Elly]] from you half way through Disc Two.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Too many to count, given the game's near-BlindIdiotTranslation.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Id's Gear is covered in these, its most prominent feature being a pair of huge, spiky "wings". [[spoiler: The design of the Xenogears itself takes this even further - it's basically just a bunch of spikes arranged in a humanoid shape. This is ultimately subverted, though, once Fei gets control of it.]]
* SplitPersonality: Make a guess.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: The climax of the "six hours of texts and boss fights" section of Disc Two is an internal battle for control between [[spoiler:Fei, Id, and The Coward.]]
* SpritePolygonMix: The inverse of games like ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', more in line with ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}''. Backgrounds, objects, and Gears/Gear sized objects in battle and cutscenes are all completely 3D. All characters and gears in their overworld sprites are 2D.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:Lacan and Elly. Kim and Elly. Abel and Elly. Do you notice a pattern?]] Also, Alice and Timothy. [[spoiler: Considering that Alice was more in love with Fei than Timothy, it may be more like Fei and Alice if you choose return her feelings and agree with Dan to "steal her away." Poor Timothy.]]
* StatGrinding: Use Drives to max out Chu-Chu and watch her Gear-sized self kick all kinds of ass, and without that pesky fuel gauge to constantly monitor.
* StealthMentor: [[spoiler:Grahf was this to Fei, but only because Grahf planned to possess Fei and needed him to be as strong as possible.]]
* SuperPrototype:
** Both Elly and Miang's Vierges are a straight examples: both Gears sport a lot of new technology, most of which is useless for regular Gears.
** Seibzehn and Achtzehn, though future developments of the technology behind them went in significantly different technological directions instead of just being scaled down for mass-production.
** [[spoiler: Alpha Weltall]] was "super" because the prototype used LostTechnology that the second model's designers didn't have access to. The design compromises involved become a plot point.
** Apart from gears, Citan conjectures that the Yggdrasil II is originally the Yggdrasil's SuperPrototype, but was forsaken by Bart's father because it partly runs on LostTechnology (from Shevat) which he didn't want to use.
* SuperRobotGenre: All of Omnigears of Xenogears are definitely super robots. To a lesser extent, a few other gears, such as Weltall (including OR Weltall, Weltall Id, and Weltall-2), Crescens, and Seibzehn would still qualify. Nearly all of the other Gears piloted by the protagonists that are ''not'' Super Robots fall into the category of AceCustom. Those used by most bosses (aside from Ramsus and Miang) and mooks are closer to [[RealRobotGenre Real Robots]].
* TechnicalPacifist: Citan refuses to use his sword...until he takes it up again.
** More a ReluctantWarrior, really. He points out to Fei that he swore never to use his sword but that times have grown so desperate that having the moral high ground doesn't mean much anymore.
* TheTeamBenefactor - Hammer is a straight example [[spoiler:until he betrays the team]]. He provides everyone with equipment, services and information nobody else has acces to at the moment.
** Taura Melchior is one too during Disk 2. Only his extensive knowledge of {{nanotechnology}} and more generally LostTechnology enables the team to pursue its objectives and successfully engage enemies who have access to vastly superior resources and technology.
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* ThemeNaming:
** Nisan, Thames (=Tammuz), Aveh (=Av), Elru (=Elul), Kislev, and Shevat (=Shvat) were named after months in the Hebrew calendar. The remaining month names Iyyar, Sivan, Tishrei, Heshvan, Tevet and Adar were apparently unused.
** The three sages of Shevat are named [[Literature/TheBible Belthasar, Gaspar and Melchior]]. Compare ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
** The Four Elements Dominia, Kelvena, Tolone, and Seraphita are intended to follow the hierarchy of Angels in Heaven: Dominions, Cherubim, Thrones, and Seraphim.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Summoning a Gear while fighting a human-sized enemy may be a waste of fuel, but it sure is funny.
* TitleDrop: "Xenogears" is the name of [[spoiler:the ultimate form of Weltall, Fei's gear]].
** Krelian's plan to [[spoiler:revive Deus, walk with god, and reconstruct Merkava]] is called [[WorkingTitle -Project Noah-]].
* TookAShortcut: Big Joe turns up ''everywhere''.
* TranslationConvention: When Fei and Elly first meet, the latter shouts at him in a foreign language, then she switches to his language as she realizes he can't understand a word she's saying. Later you can only communicate with the Solarians if one of the two Solaris natives (Elly or [[spoiler: Citan]]) are in your party.
* TurnsRed: Hammer and the FIS-6 do this when they're near death. Weltall does this when [[spoiler:Fei becomes Id]].
* TheUnfought: Krelian.
* UniverseCompendium: ''Perfect Works''
* UnknownRival: Poor Ramsus largely serves as this to Fei. The irony is that most of Ramsus' problems have been caused by Id and the Ministry, but he keeps lashing out irrationally at a convenient target.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: The game has a few. The most obvious is Maria's Siebzehn (prototype) vs his father Nikolai's Achtzehn (upgrade). We also have Fei's Weltall vs Grahf's Alpha/True Weltall, but although Alpha Weltall is a SuperPrototype using LostTechnology, Fei's Weltall is more an AceCustom inspired from the former and can't really be considered an "upgrade".
* UselessUsefulSpell: When used normally, the offensive Ether skills are far less effective than the characters' combination attacks; however, purchasing an Ether Doubler in Nisan before a plot event makes it unavailable turns Elly's damaging Ether spells into a DiscOneNuke. Congratulations, you now have magic on steroids.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: This is Krelian's justification for [[spoiler:turning 90% of humanity into grey goo]].
* VanillaEdition:
** Despite the fact that only the one version of Xenogears ever came out (meaning there's no LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition to contrast), the final product was supposed to have '''much''' more content, including Omnigear forms for Crescens and Seibzehn, among other things to more fully flesh out the second disc. However, time and money weren't in enough abundance to permit this to happen.
** There was a collectors edition in Japan, it came with a figure of one of the main characters (either Fei or Elly). Good luck finding one though, it was extremely limited.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Deus.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: You wouldn't like Ramsus when he's unstable.
* VillainsNeverLie: This one's a toss-up: Miang lies through her teeth, Ramsus is too dumb to be deceitful, and Krelian is bitingly forthright about almost everything.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Emeralda, whose body is composed entirely out of nanomachines. She physically merges with her [[HumongousMecha Gear]] when piloting it.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Calamity will ''annihilate'' Weltall and Brigandier if you don't know any deathblows and how boosting works.
** Although once you figure out he can be affected by Bart's Wild Smile, he's a complete pushover.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: The "script" for ''Xenogears'' sure "likes" putting certain "words" inside "quotation marks" presumably for "emphasis". Excessive use of ellipses is also rampant.
** The second disk also plays, this a little more traditionally for some, reason.
* TheWatcher: Miang is just ''fascinated'' by the absurdities of human behaviour.
* WeddingSmashers: Elly crashlands in Lahan the night before Alice and Timothy's wedding, pursued by a small army of Kislev gears who proceed to trash the town.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Krelian.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Citan's wife, Yui, disappears in disc 2 without any explanation. [[spoiler:It's not made clear if she died in any of the cataclysms that struck the earth in that time, or if she was one of the unfortunate souls to transform into a wel, or what]]. Neither her husband nor daughter make any mention of her.
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: Fei destroys: [[spoiler:His childhood home, his adoptive home, and his mother's homeland. His father's homeland of Shevat is also destroyed, but he had nothing to do with it or he'd be 4 for 4]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Fei does this not once, but ''twice''to Elly when it comes to just what she's doing while she stays in Gebler.
* WhipItGood: Bart ''and'' his Gear. [[AllThereInTheManual Perfect Works]] explains it: As a child, Bart was beaten with a whip so badly he had recurring nightmares, so his handlers Sigurd and Maison decided to train him with the whip in order to conquer his fears.
** With this in mind, [[FridgeHorror look at how violent many of his deathblows get.]]
* WifeHusbandry: According to [[AllThereInTheManual Perfect Works]],[[spoiler: Abel was 7 years old when he crashed on the Xenogears planet and met the first Elly. As shown in an in-game video, this Elly is an adult when they first meet (though technically she is probably less than a month old). Since Abel and Elly are StarCrossedLovers... yeah.]] Hey, it's either this or implied {{Shotacon}}.
* WorthyOpponent: Ramsus.
* WutaiTheft: Almost completely averted. All party members who leave temporarily come back with whatever equipment they left with. Except [[spoiler: Elly who leaves towards the end of the game (just before fighting Hammer)]].
* YouAreNumberSix: Seibzehn and Achtzehn, German for "seventeen" (though spelled incorrectly) and "eighteen", respectively. Gear shops even prefix Seibzehn's equipment with "#17" instead of following the other Gears' standard of the first four letters capitalized.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Kaiser Sigmund's anti-demi-human policies stem from the fact that he's a self-hating (cosmetically passable) demi-human who he fathered a demi-human bastard (Rico).
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: [[spoiler:The Wave Existence.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: A few notable exceptions (Miang, Krelian (before joining Solaris), Seraphita, Kelvena, Helmhoz, and Stratski).
* YouKnowTheOne: At ''least'' 50% of the game's exposition. On a good day.
* ZeroEffortBoss: [[PostFinalBoss Urobolus]].

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