* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Marian [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to Leon's feelings towards her]], or does [[JustFriends she see them as purely platonic?]] Or alternately, is she [[BetterAsFriends not interested?]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: One of Johnny's Blast Calibers summons a dozen amps out of nowhere, and the other one summons him an electric guitar to perform a solo. The game takes place in a middle ages-like setting. These events are never referenced or questioned outside of battle.
* BrokenBase: Leon's AlternativeCharacterInterpretation in the remake. Quite a few people love the changes making him much [[TheWoobie more sympathetic]], while others see it as BadassDecay or [[PanderingToTheBase pandering to the fangirls]].
* {{Cargo Ship}}/{{Ho Yay}}: The 'bath skit' in Leon's side of the remake, PlayedForLaughs. Essentially, Philia asks how long Chatlier and Leon have known each other, and Chaltier states they're never apart, even when Leon takes baths. Philia's reaction, and Leon's comment about 'weird rumours', says it all. There is also a cutscene where Chaltier asks if they could do anything to help Johnny, and Leon acts very upset at the prospect of giving up Chaltier, that could be interpreted this way.
* DracoInLeatherPants: A hotly-contested example in Leon: it's unanimous that he's a [[{{Jerkass}} complete dick]] with sympathetic reasons for what he's doing, but fans are divided on just how many squishy points this gets him.
** Averted in the remake, where most of the {{Jerkass}} was dropped, and he comes off as more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold or JerkassFacade.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Leon Magnus constantly tops favourite Tales series character polls in Japan, [[spoiler:returns in the sequel as Judas]], and has a tendency to appear as a major player in other games like ''Namco X Capcom''. The remake even gave players an option to use him as the main character. [[spoiler:But he still dies the same way.]])
** Leon's ascendancy seems to have been eclipsed by [[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Yuri]]-[[MemeticBadass Freaking]]-[[AntiHero Lowell]], but considering Judas ranked as the 29th most popular character, were one to combine the number of votes Leon and Judas each gathered, Leon is ''still'' the most popular ''Tales'' character.
*** It's to the point now that Namco has officially retired both Yuri and Leon into the Hall of Fame for the popularity polls. They can no longer be voted for in the official main poll for most popular Tales character. However, [[spoiler: Judas]] can still be voted for...
** Kongman is a rather hilarious example, actually. He's a very minor optional character in the original, but his portrayal in the remake vaulted him into popularity. People love to hate him, and Namco's bonus DVD's waste ''no'' effort in ripping the piss out of him.
** Lilith's quite popular, considering she's a minor character. May be because she is an AscendedGlitch.
* GameBreaker: Leon is arguably the strongest character in the [=ToD=] remake. He may have [[GlassCannon crappy defense]] and [[FragileSpeedster low HP]], but once powered up, he can kill things before they even have a chance to lay a finger on him. Let's see...
** Combine Chaltier with his Chaser ability that grants extra CC points, and if you get critical damage, you can kill any normal monster with a single combo. Oh, and Leon has the highest critical damage rate.
** Geneijin is more spammable than spam itself.
** Then there's "Marian...". Sword Artes typically hit nearby enemies or far away ones. With this one you can hit enemies that are close ''and'' far away by creating a damaging force field ''and'' firing a SwordBeam. Oh, and by the way, Leon is immune to damage while he's using it.
** Arte extensions. You know how a character can normally only have 4 artes equipped at once? Yeah, about that...
** Demon Lance Zero is also more spammable than spam itself. It also doubles as a self buff that gives 5 Penetrate with each use (can't be staggered for the next 5 hits).
** But [[spoiler: he dies]] long before we even get to the BigBad! How do we fix this? That's where the Narikiri Dolls come in, a set of items that allow you to give any character the skills, balance, and sprite of any of their teammates. Though you can't get them until very late in the game, Leon's is the cheapest, and you can get multiples of each doll. [[GameBreaker Which means you can have a battle party of 4 Leons. Have fun.]]
** For a change of pace, how about Johnny/Karyl's ultra-cheap Maware Rondo?
* IKnewIt: [[spoiler: Leon and Rutee are siblings!]]
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler: Leon betrays the party and dies.]]
* JerkassWoobie: Leon. The abuse he went through wasn't at all justified, JerkassFacade or not. The {{Jerkass}} part of his character was toned down substantially in the remake, making him come across as more of a straight [[TheWoobie woobie]] there.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Again, Leon. As the fan favourite, he's been paired with everyone. [[OedipusComplex Marian]], [[YaoiGuys Stahn]], [[ShipMates Philia]], [[CargoShip Chaltier]], [[BrotherSisterIncest Rutee]], [[ParentalIncest Hu]][[MemeticMolester go]], [[spoiler: [[ScrewYourself Judas]]]], [[CrackPairing Lilith]], sometimes even [[CrossoverShip Yuri]]. Oddly, [[spoiler: Judas]] is rarely shipped with anyone besides Harold or Philia.
* MemeticBadass: Leon. He's a [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]] [[GameBreaker Game Breaking]] {{Bishounen}} EnsembleDarkhorse with an awesome flashy move set [[spoiler:and was TooCoolToLive]]. It was bound to happen.
* MemeticMolester: Hugo is quite possibly the single best example in the series, no thanks to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJVtcQoIssM this bit of]] MemeticMutation. Becomes a subtle AscendedMeme in the remake when he gives Leon a mushroom known to resemble certain anatomy just to make Leon uncomfortable.
** Kongman also got a ''very'' creepy moment in a bonus skit on DVD, buying a knockoff Philia Swordian and stating she was going to be his forever. The sword looks ''terrified''.
* MemeticMutation: Miktran/Kronos's original final form is a '''''GIANT STEAK!'''''
** [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks His remake one is an]] EldritchAbomination.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Miktran, whilst possessing Hugo,]] officially crosses the line when he sends Leon to fight Stahn and the others in the mine, [[spoiler: resulting in Leon's death.]]
** He crosses it much sooner in the remake in Leon's story, either by repeatedly taunting Leon about how weak and powerless he is for obeying him for Marian's sake, or beating his son into a five day coma after Leon hears [[spoiler: Marian tried to commit suicide for his sake.]]
* PuritySue: Possibly Marian. She's not shown to have any flaws, is simply PurityPersonified, and the second half of Leon's story is all about her... But the only time we ever see her is from Leon's point of view, and he's not very likely to be a reliable narrator when it comes to someone he cares so much about, similar to Stella in ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia''. All in all, she's not really given enough screentime for a verdict to be given.
* TooCoolToLive: Leon.
* TheScrappy: Rutee in the original game. She's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold {{Tsundere}} OnlyInItForTheMoney with too much emphasis on the jerk part, too much story sympathy, and violent interactions with characters who don't deserve it. Added with the DieForOurShip from Stahn[=/=]Leon fans, she's not well-liked at all, though her Jerkass tendencies were toned down in the remake, much like Leon's, and she shows remorse for some of her actions, like insulting Philia.
* TheWoobie: Philia invokes this from time to time.
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