* AlasPoorScrappy: Algus/Argath [[spoiler: comes back from the dead as Death Knight]] in a special battle in ''The War of the Lions''. While he definitely deserves to be killed [[spoiler: at least more than twice in one game]], his last words are kind of haunting. He goes [[spoiler: (back)]] to oblivion crying out for his mother... For many, this just gave people ''more'' ammo to use against him.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The Durai Reports offers one for just about everybody involved in the events surrounding Delita's rise to power: The Church is [[CorruptChurch corrupt]], Delita is a MagnificentBastard who manipulated everyone to get what he wanted, Ramza is a hero who slew demons...
** Delita may well be the most notorious example in video game history. He's either [[spoiler:a tragic AntiVillain who rises above prejudice and heartache only to find the world hasn't changed for the better and is forced to kill someone he cared deeply for in self-defense to boot]] or [[spoiler:a vaguely repentant ManipulativeBastard whose mistreatment by the nobility leads him to equally evil actions, including the murder of his wife, who suspects he intended all along to kill her to consolidate his power - which, conveniently enough, he does]]. There's rarely a middle-ground between these views, either.
** There are a few places in the game where the player can give Ramza different motivations for his actions, for example, choosing to focus on killing the bandits instead of saving Algus or Mustadio. These choices have very little impact on the rest of the plot, but whatever decision you make is commented upon, essentially allowing an in-universe version of this.
** Also, did Olan/Orran really see Ramza and Alma at the end of the game, or [[spoiler: did they perish and all he saw was their ghosts]]? There is enough evidence to support [[spoiler: both their death and their survival]].
*** [[spoiler:WordOfGod has stated that they did survive.]]
** St. Ajora Glabados - besides the conflicting sources about his history ''in-story'', there's so much contradictory information about him that what he was actually ''like'' is impossible to determine. The character portrait hidden in the game suggests it might have been intended for there to be a flashback into his past, but since we never actually got any such thing... yeah.
* AntiClimaxBoss: Altima's final form has only one spell that causes a plethora of negative statuses. However, riding a Chocobo negates everything and all she can do is try and punch you with her mediocre attack rating.
** Amusingly enough, Altima actually had some attacks programmed in that weren't really used by her default AI. Of course, given that by then, you likely have the game [[GameBreaker smashed into huge pieces on your living room floor]], even if she uses more diverse attacks in the PSP version, she'll have almost no chance to use them.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Why The Byblos helps you out during the battle against [[BonusBoss Zodiark/Elidibus]], and afterwards offers to join your party, is never explained.
* CompleteMonster: While most antagonists are ordinary people who are either sympathetic, flawed or simply greedy and power-hungry, the following strongly lean in [[CompleteMonster this direction]]:
** Folmarv/Vormav is an incredibly vile piece of work. [[spoiler: Turns out he's the one orchestrating all of the bloodshed to revive the fallen Ultima]]. It's implied that he was originally bad to begin with, but went FromBadToWorse after [[spoiler: he merged with Hashmal. Really, abusing and then murdering his son Isilud? And soon after that, bringing Zalbag back as a possessed Undead and pitting him against his brother Ramza? What a little...]] And while a lesser on, he also broke Ovelia's spirit by revealing that [[spoiler: she's only a commoner brought up as a substitute for the ''real'' Princess Ovelia]]. There was ''no'' [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]] cause for that last one - it was just sadistic, petty and cruel.
** [[spoiler: Dycedarg Beolve]] turns out to be one. [[spoiler: He murdered his own father for power and, along with his childhood friend, Duke Bestrald Larg, plunged Ivalice into civil war against Duke Goltanna. Then [[EtTuBrute he backstabs Larg as well]], and when his brothers Zalbaag and Ramza call him out on his actions, he has the ''audacity'' to be offended. When he merged with Adrammalech, he murdered Zalbaag as well]]. This all arguably makes him ''worse'' than Folmarv/Vormav, who might ''not'' have initially been a CM.
* DemonicSpiders: LevelGrind enough and you might run into the following enemies:
** A veritable army of Chocobos--the yellow ones heal HP damage, the purple ones heal StandardStatusAilments (and can pelt you with rocks), the red ones have [[ColonyDrop Chocobo Meteor]].
** An enemy party of eleven Monks, some of whom have the ability to revive their fallen allies instantly without using MP and pick you off from afar.
** Behemoths, who have a one-hit KO ability.
** Tauroses, who have a buttload of HP and the ability Wave Around, which hits all four squares surrounding it.
** Mindflayers, who can cause your units to become confused and/or berserked.
** Dragons, whose BreathWeapon can hit from two squares away.
** Tiamats, who can pelt you with repeated dosages of fire or lightning.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Wiegraf and Zalbaag are both rather popular with fans, who would've ''loved'' for either one (or even better, ''both'') to join the player party permanently.
** Agrias Oaks for the main party. Helped by being one of the more developed characters who joins the party.
** Despite having no personalities or even individual portraits to speak of, Lavian and Alicia - Agrias's two knights - often get developed roles in fanfiction. It's especially telling since Rad - who is in a similar position - rarely gets this much acknowledgement, as when he does he's usually just [[spoiler: Gafgarion's lackey who gets unceremoniously killed in the first fight against Gafgarion]].
* FanNickname: ROFL the Templar Knight: how else do you pronounce "Rofel?"
** Also, "Garfgarog" (or possibly "Gafgarog"), which is often paired with [[MemeticMolester Memetic Molestation]].
* FanPreferredCouple: Ramza and Agrias are a very popular couple in fanfictions and doujins.
* FridgeBrilliance: It's little wonder, when you think about it, why Rapha charges right at [[spoiler: Elmdore]], Celia, and Lettie at the start of [[ThatOneBoss That One Battle]] on the roof of Riovanes Castle. [[spoiler:She just watched her brother get shot for trying to protect her, by the man who spent much of her upbringing brainwashing and raping her, who in turn was just tossed off the roof to his death by Elmdore's assassins thereby robbing her of any chance for revenge]], so she decides [[SuicideByCop to end it all running head-long at the trio]] and it's up to you to stop her before they gladly take her up on it.
* GameBreaker: Final Fantasy Tactics might as well be called "please break this game into itty bitty pieces": Any character can be pimped out with the right set of abilities and equipment to make them more or less untouchable.
** Orlandu, a.k.a. "Thunder God Cid". Every single [[strike:Jedi]] Holy Knight skill in the game, the Excalibur which strengthens and absorbs Holy and gives permanent Haste status, the heaviest armor available, and the only thing you have to do to get him is '''play the game through as normal'''? Sign me up.
*** Meliadoul and Agrias are also game breakers, since Orlandu doesn't actually come with any unique abilities; he just gets Meliadoul, Agrias, and Gafgarion's techniques. They are a bit weaker than Orlandu, but they are still utterly devastating when equipped as well as Orlandu.
** In the PSP version, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII FF12]] cameo Balthier, who comes with superb equipment and upgraded Thief abilities. For fun, try this: Sky Pirate Balthier with an Ultimate Javelin using Barrage with equipment optimizing PA.
*** His barrage skill is akin to attacking twice with any weapon, it's unblockable, undodgeable and if he uses it with his default gun he can easily kill any unit withing 2 rounds from across the stage. He also has all the thief skills and all of Mustadio's skills and is extremely fast and versatile.
**** Correction: He has all the thief skills with upgraded success rates. no more will you have to worry about beating <15% success rate.
** The Samurai ability Blade Grasp. Grants a percentage chance equal to your brave of blocking a physical attack, including arrows and bullets, despite its description. A high brave/low faith character with this skill is practically immortal - it can give a player a 97% ''base'' chance to block an attack.
** Set the Monk's Martial Arm ability to a Ninja (rather than giving Dual Wield to a Monk). The Ninja has better mobility, stat multipliers and equipment options.
** The Calculator/Arithmetician's skill set can make a spell caster nearly unstoppable, by allowing instant, free casting of most of the game's spells (including Flare and Holy) with unlimited range. Give the skill to a job with high magic power, and you've practically got a PersonOfMassDestruction. If only this job was able to be scroll-glitched, it would easily become the most exploitable class in the game.
*** There's also armor that ''absorbs'' Holy elemental spells, so you could just nuke everybody on the field, hurting the enemy and healing yourself at the same time.
** The Remake adds Dark Knight as a job class. Give one with Darkness, Iaido, Shirahadori, Safeguard, and Move+3 as abilities, then equip with Excalibur, Aegis Shield, Crystal Helm, Mirror Mail, and Featherweave Cloak. Especially deadly in the endgame, as Brave increases are permanent in a 4:1 or so ratio, meaning give him 20 brave in one encounter and he keeps five after the fight. You could easily have a character untouchable by magic with an 8% chance of being hit from behind. The only weaknesses are summons and non-reflectable magics, which can be avoided by virtue of the shield and cloak, and characters with holy blade abilities, like Weigraf and Loffrey-the latter of which is foiled by Safeguard. Ramza? With Shout? Hoo-lee-crap. Strategically position a mime? Ow.
** In the PSX version at least, any unit participating in battle with other unit types would gain a quarter of any JP those units gained, meaning a Level 2 Ramza could leach enough JP from others' actions to actually progress to other jobs and eventually master them all, without taking an Action. This way, random encounters' levels are still low, but Ramza still has ludicrous skill sets and the option to level up in whatever job the player wants (or spams the stat growth, as mentioned later herein with the Degenerator).
** Give units the Dance/Sing ability with Sunken State as a reaction ability, making a barricade of invisible dancers/singers, and choosing Wait whenever a turn comes up. Also, bring a book; doing this took as much time to read a Creator/TomClancy [[DoorStopper novel]] or two.
** Anyone with instant-cast abilities breaks the game. Around chapter two, you get Agrias who doesn't do so as much but still really helps and is likely a crucial part of the battle team. However, by chapter four, it seems the devs decided "Ah screw it" and gave you the most powerful character of all time.
*** Agrias is actually more broken than Orlandu. Why? She can equip Perfumes, he can't. One such Perfume gives permanent auto-raise, making her completely unkillable. Whereas Orlandu can still be killed, Agrias just gets up again... and again... and again, until the other side is simply destroyed.
** Cloud usually gets overlooked because of the countless other Game Breakers, his low starting level, and his slow Limit skills. However, even Orlandu doesn't have Finishing Touch: as fast as a level-one White/Black spell, costs no MP, and does three things to enemies: makes them dead, makes them as-good-as-dead, and makes them soon-to-be-dead. All of Cloud's other Limit skills are either weak or too slow to be practical, but with Finishing Touch, what else does he need? Sure, you still have to build him up from level 1 and use the weak Materia Blade, but attack power is irrelevant when you're hitting with an insta-kill move. The only stats that matter for Cloud are speed (simple, make him a Ninja) and HP, with speed being higher priority. The Time Mage's Short Charge ability also helps, making the low casting time for Finishing Touch even shorter.
* GoodBadBug: There is a way to cheat the Job Point system in the PS1 version. [[spoiler: Going to buy a skill, get to the point where it asks you if you want to buy this skill. Then hold down the square button and press the up or down arrow to switch placement of skills. This may cause you to buy a skill you already own or you couldn't possibly afford. After backing out you will find that this has caused the game to glitch and you either have 9999JP, 0000JP which acts as an infinite, or that it has stolen away all your JP or given you a marginal amount more. The exact effects have been mapped out on other websites. Not all jobs can be glitched in this way, but you may be happy to note that most of the more expensive and time-consuming jobs can. Have fun [[GameBreaker smiting people with Bahamut]] [[DiscOneNuke the minute you gain the Summoner class]].]]
** Also, the PSX version has an item duplication bug. You know that awesome InfinityMinusOneSword Cid carries? Try giving one to your entire party!
** In one level of the [[BonusDungeon Deep Dungeon]], one of the random encounters includes a generic Male Time Mage. This would be unimportant ''except'' that, when killed, the Time Mage lets out the ''female'' death scream. If recruited (through the Mediator's "Invite"), the character has female stat growths and access to the Dancer Job, but [[{{Crossdresser}} all of their sprites are male.]]
* HarsherInHindsight: The guy who founded the corrupt church of Glabados, Ajora Glabados, who was also implied to be the AntiChrist or at least under DemonicPossession of the Lucavi Ultima was born on September 11. His actions in the game alone are bad enough as it is. It gets worse approximately three to four years later, with the 9/11 Terrorist attacks.
* HoYay: Ramza and Delita have this even after they split, and especially to those wearing their ShippingGoggles.
** If not them, then Agrias and Ovelia, since Agrias does seem to have some sort of obsession over Ovelia; but that's technically {{Les Yay}}.
* MagnificentBastard: Delita Heiral, full stop, and, considering his motives (stopping the Lion War and basically offing every corrupt figure ever), a somewhat heroic version.
* MemeticMutation: L...i...t...t...l...e... m...o...n...e...y.
* MoralEventHorizon: Algus/Argath's [[spoiler: killing of Delita's sister at Fort Ziekden]] - even though it [[spoiler: rather brutally resolved the kidnapping standoff]], it earned him the eternal loathing of fans who ''might'' otherwise have sympathised with him and his FreudianExcuse - few other characters have ''ever'' crossed the line like he did, even with similar personalities. In a world with people like [[AristocratsAreEvil Duke Larg]], [[KnightTemplar Folmarv Tengille]], [[HotAsHell Ultima]], [[SmugSnake Dycedarg]], [[MagnificentBastard Delita]] and Grand Duke Barrington (who [[RapeAsBackstory forces himself onto a young Rapha]]) seeking power, it speaks to his character that ''Argath'' is the one most despised by fans.
** Speaking of Folmarv, he ''might'' have crossed it when he [[spoiler: murdered his son Isilud and massacred an entire castle]], but if not then, he most ''definitely'' did when he [[spoiler: raised Zalbaag as a zombie and forced him to fight his younger brother Ramza]].
* PlayerPunch: [[spoiler: Teta/Tietra's death]] at the end of Chapter One.
* TheScrappy: Algus/Argath Thadalfus is easily the most reviled character in FFT, and may also be the most hated FF character ''period'' - but damn if it isn't ''goddamn'' '''fun''' to kick his pretention little arse when you get the chance to do so.
** TakeThatScrappy: The PSP remake adds two more missions where he comes back [[spoiler: as a Hell Knight. Then, as ten Hell Knights]]. [[KickTheSonOfABitch You can still kick his ass]]. Not to mention you have the sweet, sweet knowledge that once you kill Argath in those battles, he's going straight to Hell.
* ScrappyMechanic: Rapha and Marach's innate skill would assign them a random number of hits to random squares within the 5-square-cross targeting zone you give them. The RandomNumberGod being the JerkAss he is, actually ''hitting'' anything wih this ability is less likely than winning the lottery.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The game constantly throws anvil-sized sledgehammers onto you about how very wrong it is to treat people differently just because of your birthright, and that it's your actions that determine the kind of person you are. But with all the racism and classism that still goes around the ''Real World'' even to this very day, such anvils ''need'' to be dropped with all the unsubtlety that can be managed.
* TearJerker: So, so many. Each WhamEpisode usually comes with a TearJerker, if not more than one.
** Of particular note is Rapha mourning Marach's death. The guy may have been a JerkAss up to that point, but you really feel for his sister.
--> '''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Rapha]]''': Look, Marach! A new dawn is risen. Can... can you see it? So often we sat together talking, waiting for the coming of first light. We'd talk of the journeys we wanted to make together, wouldn't we? How when the war ended, we would go back and visit our old village. You remember, Marach, don't you? Don't you? Tell me you do! Tell... tell me you'll still go!
** This then leads to one of the few times a Zodiac Stone does something genuinely ''good'' in the game.
* ThatOneBoss: Wiegraf Folles, in the 4-part raid of Riovanes Castle, may be the most infamous example in FFT. The first part is actually pretty standard but if you save afterwards, you cannot back out and Level Grind to toughen up Ramza. This may render your game {{Unwinnable}}. Not to mention that Wiegraf, in the second part, knows several long-range sword techniques, while the battlefield itself is a small, closed arena with difficult terrain. [[DuelBoss You must fight him alone.]]
** Not to mention that after you defeat Wiegraf, you must fight [[spoiler: Belias]] - who also has long-range attacks - on the same map. The good news is that the remaining party members will arrive to back you up. The bad news is that [[spoiler: he summons two demons to even the odds]]. But if you ''do'' defeat him, congratulations, the worst is over. Now you simply have to [[LuckBasedMission pray you can]] [[EscortMission protect Rafa!]]
* ThatOneLevel: Several:
** The Golgorand Execution Site. You have five people, no guests. That's the ArbitraryHeadcountLimit. The enemy doesn't abide by this rule...and throws ''eight'' units on you. This is considered the ''hardest'' level in the game.
** ''ALL'' of Riovanes Castle. ''ALL OF IT''.
** Many of the levels involving Wiegraf, Elmdore and/or Elmdore's two [[BridgeBunnies BridgeBunny]] assassins, Celia and Lettie, who have ''100%-accurate Instant Death skills,'' reducing any fight against them to a LuckBasedMission. The other problem is their very rarely-used charm spells, which can temporarily turn one of your strongest fighters against you. Once finally killed, they transform into demon spawn from hell: compared to their human forms, said demons are a joke.
** The Dorter Slums, the fourth battle in the game. Between Archers on the rooftops peppering you with arrows and Black Mages pelting you with rain-boosted Bolt spells, you can end up with a good chunk of your party incapacitated or dead before they even get near. And if your party members try to get near them, the Knight guarding them can easily dispatch them. This battle is basically the game's way of telling you it won't be pulling any punches, and that you'd better shape up if you want to survive.
** There's also the random encounter with the eleventy billion[[note]]just eleven, really[[/note]] monks on Grog Hill. The Monk class not only comes with a resurrection spell, but with a strong, long-range hits-everyone-on-a-line Earth-elemental attack. They're all wearing armor that absorbs Earth-elemental damage. There are {{Bonus Boss}}es in some games that are easier than this.
** Any level involving Gafgarion, the old man who does nothing but stay JUST out of range and spam Night Sword, giving him all the damage he deals back as health. Your choices involve ignoring him while you take out his allies, or focus fire him down, letting his allies beat you up. Or [[UselessUsefulSpell Steal/Break his sword]].
** The LevelGrind ball-kick that is Finath River. LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards, except in this case it's the Chocobos playing the part of the Wizards. Fortunately the combine the best vulnerabilities of GlassCannon and FragileSpeedster. Unfortunately, they have the strengths as well, and there is no set team of enemies for this fight, meaning you could end up with a massive army of Chocobos waiting to kick your ass. Fortunately, you can keep resetting until you get an enemy team of the weaker Chocobos, monsters you have been slaughtering in random battles since the game began.
* TierInducedScrappy: Rafa/Rapha and Malak/Malak/Marach, whose abilities were all but ineffectual in combat, and all they were good for (aside from cannon fodder) was Rafa's ability to find treasure in the Deep Dungeon. Slightly improved in the PSP version, where Rapha's Skyseer skills are much more powerful and accurate, though her brother is even worse than before.
** With proper planning both Rafa and Malak can actually become incredibly (Read: Cid-level) deadly, Malak more than Rafa though. However, the sheer amount of strategy involved to achieve this result is often [[MagikarpPower far more trouble than it's worth]].
** Cloud becomes AwesomeButImpractical since by the time you get him, he's massively OvershadowedByAwesome and his abilities have a charge time. By then, you have a lot of characters who get instant-use abilities that really ''really'' break the game.
** And Mustadio, sadly, can also suffer this in a number of circles, depending on whether a person likes the way gun-users work in this game. The introduction of Balthier into the PSP port hasn't helped matters. Making this sadder is that he's actually a rather popular character with a dedicated fanbase, but his low-level usefulness means he gets somewhat underappreciated.
** Past a certain point, the entire magic-using half of the ClassAndLevelSystem can become this as well, due to an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of the LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards trope. While a mage is chanting their incantation, their more sword-minded opponents can: 1) close and slaughter them before the spell fires; 2) [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe block the spell with their shields]], an item wizards themselves cannot use; 3) just shrug it off, particularly if he (or the wizard!) has a low [[GuideDangIt Faith stat]]; and 4) move in and [[TakingYouWithMe take them with]]], since units in this game are ''not FriendlyFireproof'' and a spell that can kill a fighter is practically guaranteed to kill the mage that cast it. Add in swordspell users like Agrias, who combine ranged attacks, mobility and high damage output, and wizards are basically obsolete.
*** Well, until they start [[LethalJokeCharacter doing calculus]], at least.
* TheWoobie: Rafa/Rapha, Ovelia, Teta/Tietra, Wiegraf...
** IronWoobie: Ramza. He ''knows'' that NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished. He [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight doesn't]] [[{{Determinator}} care.]]
*** Tietra has shades of this, despite her [[ShrinkingViolet nature]]. In her first scene, she's telling Delita she's settled into classes well and everybody's kind to her. Then Alma discreetly tells Ramza that Tietra's been putting on a brave face to reassure her brother, and the other girls have been remorselessly bullying her.
** JerkassWoobie: Delita. Malak/Marach is a more definite example as despite his attitude, he ''has'' been manipulated by [[EvilMentor Barrington]] to quite extensive effect and still shows love and concern for his sister.
** StoicWoobie: Zalbaag, given the difficult decisions he's had to make in his noble position and [[spoiler: asking Ramza to kill him, after Hashmal brought him back as a zombie]].
* {{Woolseyism}}: The PSP re-localization. See below for details.
** The script of the PSP version was rewritten to get rid of the cheesy script in the original, and to fit better with the rest of the [[TheVerse Ivalice-verse]]. They even added a SpoonyBard bit that didn't appear in the original:
-->'''Ramza:''' My brothers do not want this fight! Set down your sword, Wiegraf, and my brothers will treat with you!
-->'''Wiegraf:''' Ha! No spoony bard could spin a sweeter tale! You say your brothers do not want this fight? Tears then, for the world you see is one beyond my weary sight.
-->(The original (mis)translated version remains highly popular, though.)
** BlindIdiotTranslation: Defeat [[spoiler: Dycedarg]]'s Elder Brother![[note]]To explain why this is a BlindIdiotTranslation, the game instructs you to kill Dycedarg's older brother, which most people assume to be Zalbaag... however, when showing the target, Dycedarg is highlighted, and Zalbaag is ''on your side''. Not to mention that Dycedarg is ''Zalbaag's'' elder brother. Given that both are brothers of Ramza, it's easy to suppose that the intended meaning was more like "Defeat Your Elder Brother Dycedarg".[[/note]]

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