* AnticlimaxBoss: Loewe used to be this, but after Falcom released a patch to upgrade him, he's sometimes considered to be harder than even the ''last boss''.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Metric tons of it. There is no ''bad'' music in ''Trails'', only tracks that are marginally less awesome than others.
** "Silver Will" is more than worth mentioning, since it isn't an overstatement to say that this music may be even more popular than the game itself. Hell, it's even listed as the Best RPG Battle theme on 2ch ''and'' Youtube! And then there's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSHVVj0aWJs vocal version]], which takes it even ''further''.
** "Hoshi no Arika" or "The Whereabouts of the Stars", ranked first on several "Best Game Theme Song Ever" lists in Japan. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyTwnoOkvoE Give it a gander.]]
* DieForOurShip: surprisingly [[AvertedTrope averted]]. While this series has ShipTease for most of the cast (even the HoYay and LesYay variants), the ShipToShipCombat is mostly civil and near to no-existance. This naturally leads to ShipMates, as explained below.
* DoingItForTheArt: How else do you explain XSEEDGames's willingness to localize a trilogy of games with such ginormous amounts of text, which no other localizer showed signs of having plans to work on?
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Renne. She was popular enough to have one of the Drama [=CDs=] focus on her, which ''wasn't'' planned originally.
** Apparently Loewe was popular enough to appear in Alternative Saga as a playable character. His {{Leitmotif}} [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome really helps his popularity...]]
*** Naturally, Renne's popularity led to her being playable in Alternative Saga, too.
** Olivier, anyone?
* EpilepticTrees: One's worthy of noting outside the WMG page, with the speculation that this game may take place in the future of the world ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' is set in. Of course, this crops up with other Falcom games and is usually scoffed at... but then ''Alternative Saga'' came out and the shaking trees '''caught fire'''. The WordOfGod hasn't explicitly clamped down on this or confirmed it... yet. Another popular option is that it takes place in the far, far future of the same world as the Gagharv trilogy.
** The idea that the Kiseki world is the future of Ys seems exclusive to the English-speaking (and non-Japanese-reading) fandom; the game itself says the characters were drawn from different worlds (the setting is also largely derived from Xanadu Next but nobody seems to think that it's the same world as the Ys or Kiseki games) and it's pretty clear from [[spoiler:the [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight lack of reaction]] to [[BackFromTheDead Chester and Loewe]] and Lloyd not recognizing Renne or the Brights in [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki Zero no Kiseki]] that the events of the game didn't 'really' happen.]] The connections to Gagharv are much more solid, mostly centered around the Doll Knight novels from Cagesong of the Ocean.
** Then there's the painting of Gagharv found in The Third's prologue. One could guess whether the painting is just from the painter's imagination or not.
** The Gagharv references could be justified with the fact that most of ''Trails'' staffs are [[AscendedFanboy huge Gagharv trilogy fans]]. But....
* EvenBetterSequel: While the backstory and setting of ''FC'' is sweeping in scope, the combat is fun and the characters likable, ''FC'' ultimately plays a fair number of tropes relatively straight [[spoiler:at least up until its very last act]] and even comes across as a little cliche at times, and really serves as more of a setting-establishment piece. It was ''SC'' that completely blew the lid off of player expectations (and a whole mess of tropes) across the board and cemented ''Trails''' place in history and the Japanese gaming zeitgeist. (Given what [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo initial reactions to SC's announcement were]], there's a level on which this is intensely amusing.)
** This could be applied for this series to the previous "Legend of Heroes" series, too.
* FashionVictimVillain: The Lord of Phantasma, anyone?
* GameBreaker: Agate in SC, [[spoiler:Alan]] in 3rd. In SC, Agate has a skill that allows him to potentially spam S-crafts indefinitely. For [[spoiler:Alan]], he has incredibly short cooldowns on almost all of his combat crafts, making him the most powerful 1 on 1 combat figure in the 3rd.
** In Alternative Saga, Loewe. His Arc Drain has the ability to drain the enemies SP, if it hits 3 enemies it would refill the skill's AP cost and add an extra for it so the skill pays for it's own cost. Not to mention his Kienzan is not only fast but also has the power that rivals an Extra Skill.
* GodModeSue: Cassius is OP, both as an NPC and when he is playable. When he appears, you can very much assume that the heroes' behinds have been saved from whatever impending doom might befall them, no exception.
* MagnificentBastard: Cassius. A rare case where such a character is on the protagonist's side. [[spoiler:Mostly.]]
* MemeticMutation: Among the Japanese fanbase - [[{{Lolicon}} LOLICON]] DIVE!!!
** On /vg/, spamming "TITS SC WHEN" is this. Another variation is "TITS ON STEAM WHEN".
** Also, GameFAQs seems to be fond of making fun of people who question Estelle's behavior towards [[DepravedBisexual Olivier]].
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Loewe vs Joshua]]. Multiple people have called the fight, without irony, even more epic than the entire climax sequence of ''AdventChildren''. Made even more impressive by the fact that it's all done ''WITH SPRITES'', and it ''still'' manages to be completely awesome.
** [[spoiler: Villains may they be, you've gotta admit the scene when the Legions storm the Grancell Castle is completely awesome; it's four {{Badass}}es versus one BadassArmy and our dear villains proves to be the more badass force.]]
** Both of the StormingTheCastle events in the final chapter of FC. Made even more awesome in that both times the heroes are able to pull it off with a group of less than 20 people!
* MoralEventHorizon: Weissman crosses this when he reveals that [[spoiler:not only did he [[BrainwashedAndCrazy mind control Joshua and turn him into a puppet]] but also indirectly cause the attack on Joshua's village that led to Joshua's sister's death and made Joshua and Loewe's lives a living hell]].
* NightmareFuel: Man, by the end of the main plot a lot of characters have generous helpings of this in their backstories. The younger Ouroboros members [[spoiler: like Joshua and Renne]] have it particularly bad. [[spoiler:And then there's what Weissman does during the game, and what ends up happening to him...]] Needless to say, despite being ultimately optimistic this game gets really, really dark at times.
** [[spoiler:Weissmann's S-Craft, Another Dimension. Full stop.]]
* NoExportForYou: This is being fixed at last courtesy of XSEEDGames, although it still took ''nearly seven years'' for the first chapter to make the jump across the sea, and for a long time fans had resigned themselves to never seeing a release. (The fate of the PC version remains a question-mark.) The delay is mostly attributed to Falcom's past rocky relations with other localizers/publishers in America and the sheer, staggering ''size'' of the scripts for each game. The second chapter had to ship on ''two'' [=UMDs=] for the PSP release, after all.
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: With the English version, the game's initials are "[=TiTS=]". Whether this is a bad thing or not is best left to the viewer.
* PromotedFanboy: XSEEDGames once proclaimed that the game translators are fans of the trilogy.
* SequelDisplacement: The trilogy-cum-franchise has proven to be so popular that it's basically supplanted its parent Legend Of Heroes franchise; the following two games are ''VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki'' and ''Ao no Kiseki'', both of which still technically keep the "Legend of Heroes" franchise title but practically as a footnote, and don't even bother with numbering any longer. And the next one, aka ''Nayuta no Kiseki'' drops "The Legend of Heroes" altogether, but that's because it's a SpinOff. ''Sen no Kiseki'' restores "The Legend of Heroes" because it's a main entry, though.
* ShipMates: Joshua/Estelle shippers tend to support Agate/Tita and Olivier/Schera as well.
** As sequels popped out, they add these ships in their list: Zane/Kirika, [[spoiler:Loewe/Karin]], [[spoiler:Lechter]]/Kloe and Kevin/Ries.
** Those who ships [[HoYay Olivier/Mueller]] pairs [[LesYay Schera with Aina or Lucciola and Julia with Kloe]].
* TearJerker: Mother of ''God''. You have no soul if some of these scenes don't elicit ''at least'' ManlyTears from you.
* ThatOneBoss: Loewe in SC, [[spoiler:Cassius and the Black Knight]] in TC. Loewe takes the cake though, he is so hard the game actually let you choose to proceed the game without defeating him!
** [[spoiler:Renne]] also tends to make people pull their hair out in SC, [[spoiler:particularly the last fight with her when she's accompanied by Pater Mater. It's bad enough that she can use her reaper-esque S-Crafts to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg0KvcpNi78 one shot your entire party]] if you're positioned badly. When she's accompanied by a mountain of steel and HP that can punt you across the arena and ''revive her'' when she's knocked out? The suffering never ends.]]
** [[spoiler:Grimoire!Kevin and his cannons]] from The Third. For starters, [[spoiler:he likes to spam Grail Sphere EVERY TURN. And the cannons...OHMAIGAWD THE CANNONS. Unless you bring Kloe for her +50% Def S-Craft bonus, you won't survive against their 3-hit cannonballs]].
** The spider boss in Chapter 5 of The Third might qualify too. [[spoiler:Let's say that [[MamaBear you hurt its children too much]].]]
* TierInducedScrappy: Some people consider Josette one in the 3rd.
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler: [[MasterSwordsman Master]] [[ThatOneBoss Swordsman]] with a [[BlingBlingBang Golden]] [[CoolSword Sword]]? Rides on a [[HumongousMecha black metal dragon]]? Silver-haired purple-eyed AloofBigBrother for the male lead? Has the most awesome {{Leitmotif}}? Voiced by Creator/HikaruMidorikawa, named [[AwesomeMcCoolName Leonhardt]] and known as [[RedBaron The]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sword Emperor]]? Admit it, it was the only way for the Sora no Kiseki world to not to be frozen by Loewe's epic coolness.]]
** [[spoiler: Although his subsequent appearence in 3rd and his [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight apparent]] [[BackFromTheDead resurrection]] in Alternative Saga suggest that Falcom might consider him Too Cool To Die.]]
* ToyShip: Harry and Mina in Bose city. Somewhat hard to notice as they're non-essential [=NPCs=] that the player has to talk to on their own initiative.
* TheWoobie: Joshua, Loewe, Kevin, and Renne.
* TheUntwist: The {{Black Knight}}'s identity is so obvious, [[LampshadeHanging even the characters weren't surprised when they saw his true face]], and in case you haven't figured it out [[spoiler: it's Loewe.]]

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