* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Yuan. For a minor character who doesn't get a lot of screentime, the distinctions between NecessarilyEvil and WellIntentionedExtremist can blur.
** Some people think Mithos and [[spoiler: Martel's relationship has incestuous undertones. The logic behind this is, how much can one person change the world, just to revive their sister if they aren't loving her ''[[BrotherSisterIncest that]]'' way?? Especially when her real lover is so much more sane and understanding of her real wishes.]]
** Did George ''really'' force Regal and [[spoiler: Alicia]] apart because it was for Regal's own good, or did he just [[HoYay want Regal to himself?]]
* AntiClimaxBoss: The [[FinalBoss Final Boss's]] OneWingedAngel, which most players regard as an easier fight than the first one since it's easier to hit and its attacks are easier to avoid.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: While the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODrX0Jf4oNw OVA series]] wasn't perfect, it cannot be denied that it had ''gorgeous'' animation, courtesy of Ufotable.
* CanonSue: Deconstructed with Colette. She's an incredibly {{Moe}} girl who has everyone else's best interests at heart and becomes an angel... [[StepfordSmiler who is dying on the inside due to her responsibilities as]] TheChosenOne and is put through a TraumaCongaLine in ''both'' worlds. [[spoiler:And her dogged determination to "save the world" initially played right into the hands of the villains.]]
* ClicheStorm:
** Deliberate in the early stages, and in true Tales Of fashion, is subverted the rest of the game.
** Hello, Dwarven Vows; "Justice and Love will Always Win!"
** The series really started to [[GrowingTheBeard grow the beard]] with this title.
* CompleteMonster: ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' makes up for having a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds BigBad through the sheer depravity of some of the game's minor villains.
** Kvar is a MadScientist infamous for being the cruelest of the Desian Grand Cardinals. Heartless and sadistic, Kvar runs a Human Ranch where his [[HumanResources prisoners are turned into Exospheres]] in a process that leaves the party horrified. Discovering that some of his prisoners escaped from the ranch to the village of Luin, Kvar attacks Luin, destroying the village, killing many and capturing the survivors for his experiments. When Lloyd encounters Kvar, the Cardinal brags about how he removed the Exosphere from Lloyd's mother, causing [[TragicMonster her to turn into a monster]] and attack both her child and her lover, Kratos, which resulted in Kratos killing her to save their son. The depth of Kvar's depravity is such that even his own men are [[EvenEvilHasStandards appalled by him]].
** Rodyle is another Desian Grand Cardinal who shares Kvar's penchant for {{mad scien|tist}}ce. Taking over Kvar's experiments following his death, Rodyle manages his own Human Ranches and is working to create a superweapon, the Mana Cannon, in order to destroy the Tower of Salvation, overthrow his boss, and become the ruler of two worlds. When the party frees the Ranch's prisoners, Rodyle manages to trap the prisoners again and floods the room they're in, forcing the party to watch. Following his defeat, Rodyle activates the self-destruct sequence of his Human Ranch to make sure [[TakingYouWithMe the heroes and everyone else in the Ranch dies with him]].
* CultClassic
* DieForOurShip: Colette, by some Lloyd/Sheena fans; sometimes they don't even hate her, just "need" to bash her because she's "in the way".
** The reverse also goes for Lloyd/Colette ships bashing Sheena.
** Sheena and especially Colette fall prey to this for Lloyd/Zelos.
* EvilIsSexy: Pronyma
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Zelos has ranked in the top 10 of every single official popularity poll NamcoBandai has done except for the seventh poll (in which he ranked in 11th place).
** Outside of Japan, at least, both Kratos and Sheena have formidable fanbases. Especially Kratos.
*** Kratos gets quite a bit of this in Japan, too. He ranked 3rd in the first official Tales Character Poll and won the following poll, an honor that only [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Leon]], [[VideoGame/TalesofVesperia Yuri]], and [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2 Ludger]] have ever shared. Even though Kratos has not made the top three since the year he placed first, he continues to place consistently high on the list.
* FanPreferredCouple: Quite a few examples since Lloyd can be paired off with anyone, but notably Lloyd/Sheena and Zelos/Lloyd for the {{Ho Yay}} shippers.
* FashionVictimVillain: [[spoiler: Yggdrasil]] and his disco pajamas.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment
** It's cute when Colette is drawing on Lloyd's hand in the opening cinematic, until you get to the point in the game where she does this, and learn why: [[spoiler:she ''can't talk''.]]
** The skit "Pretty Boys Die Young," in which Lloyd and Sheena comment that Zelos seems like the type of guy who just won't die. You can see where this is going [[spoiler:In one of the endings, he dies]].
** The ending becomes a lot less hopeful for people who have played ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' and realize that [[spoiler:once Yggdrassil's system of mana distribution fell, it eventually lead to exactly what he was trying to prevent -- another great Magitek war that destroyed all advanced human civilization on the planet]].
* GameBreaker: Colette's Toss Hammer; Para Ball being another example.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: As far as sales go, it's the TalesSeries equivalent to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': in Japan, it was a pretty good Tales game and is well-remembered but not in a truly standout way. Outside of Japan (in America in particular), it ''defined'' the entire fandom and is ''the'' game people will think of when casually mentioning the series as a whole.
* GoodBadBugs:
** The Tech Glitch. Normally the TechTree is set up so that you can't learn skills from opposing branches simultaneously. However, with clever use of C-stick shortcuts and party member swapping, you can learn the final-tier skill from the branch you ''aren't'' taking, as well as the skills from the branch you ''are.''
** Also of note: Just before the final boss fight with [[spoiler:Mithos]], during the cut-scene, if you advance ''any'' of the dialogue before the audio finishes playing, then when the boss [[spoiler:changes into his young form]] he'll glitch out for the rest of the cut-scene. He will just stand there, talking to you, mouth not moving, arms lifeless, body totally inert.
** As mentioned in the main article, the dragon that gives 10,000 Gald upon defeat apparently only does so because of a typo that resulted in an extra zero -- the [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] PlayStation2 UpdatedRerelease has it only give 1,000 Gald instead.
* GrowingTheBeard: This is where the series really hit its stride.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5TRN052SZ0 This]] is a video showing a rare enemy called a Gentleman. {{Does this remind you of|Anything}} [[TheSlenderManMythos anyone?]]
** Also, [[DaranNorris Rodyle's]]...[[MadScientist relation]][[CompleteMonster ship]] with [[TaraStrong Presea]] takes weird connotations given their respective voice actors' characters' relationship on WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents.
** Another weird coincidence; in Sybak, [[TigerAndBunny you can purchase a sword called "Kotetsu" literally right next to the place where you find the recipe for Fried Rice.]] The vice-chief of Mizuho also bears a little resemblance to Kotetsu - and best of all, his name is ''Tiga.''
** Kratos' Level 100 Title is [[VideoGame/GodOfWar "War God"]].
** Mixture of this and HarsherInHindsight when you view this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ytMi_lk9QM Lets Play of an obscure Choose your own nightmare interactive movie called "How I became a Freak]]. The main character is voiced by young Mithos, and is blonde.
* HoYay:
** Zelos occasionally acts slashy towards Lloyd. In Japanese, he even refers to Lloyd with the exact same epithet he uses on all his lady loves - "[[http://pics.livejournal.com/madri/pic/003fq5xz honey]]."
*** It certainly doesn't help that he's one of the ''only'' male characters Zelos shows any real affection for. Other guys might as well be pieces of furniture to him.
** Genis cooks for him, and he totally resents it if he's not chosen to be in Lloyd's group in the times you have to split the party in two. His friendship with Mithos also has elements of adorable ToyShip (especially when Mithos goes "Who do you like better, Lloyd or me?", which actually makes Lloyd react jealously), except... then [[ShooOutTheClowns the whole thing gets much more serious.]]
** Zelos prepares a meal [[spoiler:with sleeping drugs]]. Just before serving, he grabs Lloyd from behind and hugs him tight. "'Cause we're best friends, right? I worry about you. You must be tired." Or verrrry uncomfortable. Still, cue the {{Squee}}. Or just run with it altogether.
* [[spoiler: InferredHolocaust: This is the prequel to VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia after all.]]
* InternetBackdraft:
** Just try and explain why Colette or Sheena is a better match for Lloyd and see how far that gets you.
** Also, don't bring up the Drama [=CDs=]. Just... don't.
** Or compare this to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Doing the reverse yields the same results. Even after pointing out the many, many differences the slightest comparison ''will'' lead to {{Fanwank}} of unimaginable levels. Even pointing out that one has ''heard'' the two games compared can lead to flaming like you would not imagine.
*** ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' says "hi".
** Or bash Colette.
** Or, similarly, bash Sheena.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: The ''Chronicles'' re-release gets this a bit due to all new features that weren't in the PS2 version being largely superficial. Particular points of contention are the lack of Free Run, and the preservation of the spell queue[[note]]The game's inability to show the animations of two mid or high level spells at a time.[[/note]], the latter of which was only in the original version due to technical limitations.
** And that it runs at 30 fps (because the PS2 version did), while the [=GameCube=] version from ''10 years ago'' ran at 60.
* LoveToHate: [[spoiler: Remiel]] is a well-done example, requiring just one scene to make you utterly loathe him, and then you immediately get to beat the piss out of him. And it feels very good.
* MemeticMutation
** The infamous "Coffee [[MindScrew Mind-fuck]]" has generated a minor meme cluster, with Lloyd being referred to as [[FanNickname Coffee-kun]] on certain ImageBoards, and often being portrayed as an enraged Starbucks employee who offers only two options for an order - "motherfucking hot coffee" or "motherfucking cold coffee," offering none of that "Espresso or Frappucino bullshit."
*** It got to the point where there's an image floating around of Hideo Baba (the director/producer of the Tales series) holding up a fanmade "Lloydbucks" shirt.
*** The Coffee scene is so memetic, that it get ''three'' references in the "Successors of Hope" novel.
** Kratos's apparent dislike of tomatoes (he never uses them as an additional ingredient while cooking, and is less proficient at recipes in which they're required) shows up quite a bit in fanart. Lloyd's dislike of tomatoes is also brought up in various fanworks on a regular basis, [[spoiler: especially when people are trying to come up with father son similarities/bonding experiences]]
** Though small, Plantix, the first boss you fight against in Disc 2, has gotten some humor when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA7vZRSqaD0 one person decided to replace the final boss with him]], and it rolled on from there with jokes of Plantix being the (true) final boss. It does become HilariousInHindsight when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRgjKKrxMUk another player's game locked up once after the Plantix battle]], cementing its status as the "last" boss to fight.
** home along on a fridey night? juts remember... the Z man. [[labelnote:Explanation]] It has become tradition for some Tales fans on Tumblr to reblog [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/0f144f7e06be8da81828831fbf4f21a8/tumblr_msv85iH8Fe1rsdxaho1_1280.jpg a certain picture of Zelos]] every Friday.[[/labelnote]]
* MemeticBadass: Regal and his KamehameHadoken have become a minor case of this, with people theorizing that if he'd just use it during combat, he'd be the most powerful character in the entire game.
* {{Memetic Sex God}}dess:
** Find someone who can surpass Sheena in hotness. ''We dare you.''
** [[http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-03/art/tos-zelos-wilder-02.jpg Challenge accepted.]]
* {{Moe}}:
** Colette, in spades: Cute face: check. Small, delicate body: Check. {{Dojikko}}: Check. Adorable voice, courtesy of NanaMizuki in Japanese and Heather Hogan-Watson in English: OOOOOH! Soooo check! TheWoobie as big as you can get: CHECK, CHECK, CHECK!
** [[WhenSheSmiles Presea]] and [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Genis]].
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Forcytus crosses it by [[spoiler:turning Marble into a monster and forcing Lloyd and Genis to kill her]].
** Rodyle [[spoiler:flooding a passageway where the escaping prisoners are to cut the party off from the Mana Cannon]].
** Magnius isn't quite as bad as the above two, but deserves credit for the sheer ''speed'' at which he crosses the line. In his first appearance, right after his ''first line'', he [[spoiler:[[EstablishingCharacterMoment snaps a civilian's neck for not showing him the proper respect.]]]]
* MostAnnoyingSound:
** Desian {{Mooks}}, when defeated, shout "how could I lose to such ''INFERIOR BEINGS''!?" This happens ''every time''.
** On that note, there is an enemy called a "Mandragora", which is essentially just a cute female flower spirit, but when defeated, they shout "I'm a goner"! Kind of funny, but the voice is [[CuteButCacophonic just annoying]]. UH OH TIME TO FLY UH OH TIME TO FLY I'M A GONER UH OH TIME TO I'M A GONER UH OH TIME TO FLY
** Also; "I'm sorry". Said by ''everyone''. ''Ever''.
** "Hey What's Wrong" "IT'S NOTHING"
** The pink Sylph fairy has the most ''grating'' voice ever.
** Fighting the Archers with the Japanese track on becomes very irritating because they moan every time they're hit.
* {{Narm}}:
** Colette learning Judgment immediately after [[spoiler:becoming an angel]].
** Regal: "What is this ominous light that threatens to '''''engulf''''' us?!" That one is pretty much [[MemeticMutation a meme.]]
** Due to the slow movements and wooden animations outside of battle, many supposedly action-heavy cutscenes come of as kinda undynamic and laughable. One example would be Genis running slowly in front of someone to block a fireball that got cast over 5 seconds ago and then casually wandering off again.
** Nothing quite beats [[spoiler: Kratos after undoing Origin's seal.]] There's an intense DuelBoss, things are awesome, and then he stares up at the camera, neck at an entirely impossible angle, and says with dull frustration, [[spoiler:{{Wangst}} "it looks like I've failed to die once more."]]
** Rodyle mocking Presea when you confront her at his Ranch. After, Presea goes, ''"DIE!!"'' ...And then just stands there. It's as awkward as it is hilarious.
* RonTheDeathEater: Collette gets a lot of this treatment in Lloyd/Sheena fanfiction.
** Sheena does in Lloyd/Colette fanfiction.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: It's easy to have been spoiled by the later titles, even those without free-run for how radically different their battle systems were from this game.
* SequelDisplacement: This is probably the first Tales game many people played and is the most well-known.
* ShipToShipCombat: The aforementioned Colette vs. Sheena war, plus the numerous YaoiGuys ships. The various skits and ShipTease moments do ''not'' help one bit. Nor did the sequel, which decided to make ''any'' given pairing happen, depending on a question you ask Lloyd.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The explosions that occur when the human ranches are destroyed look ''terrible.''
* StoicWoobie: Regal, especially in the anime, which takes his already tragic backstory and elevates it to outright TearJerker status. Despite all the bad things that happen to him, however, Regal never angsts unless the issue's being pressed.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Lloyd and Colette, but ''only'' if you don't pay attention to the RelationshipValues (Colette is the easiest to please, especially by idealistic decisions that are in character for Lloyd) and end up with her as Lloyd's "default" soul mate. Actually investing in the relationship proves to have [[ChildhoodFriendRomance quite the opposite effect]].
* ThatOneBoss:
** Sylphs, if you're trying to get them early.
** The dragons on the Island of Floating Dragons, since they launch powerful attacks that are difficult to dodge. Strangely enough, they don't even get boss music.
** [[spoiler: Yuan and Botta]] can also be a WakeUpCallBoss if you are under leveled. While most bosses are solo and can thus be pushed into a corner and whaled on, these two are both full blown bosses and fight together, meaning that while you're trying to corner one, the other is whaling on your healers or casting eruption everywhere.
** The Wind Spirit in Asgard is surprisingly tough.
** The boss in the Tower of Mana, especially if you take the Hard Path.
* ThatOneLevel:
** Shadow's temple, which is basically a dungeon-long puzzle that forces you to wrangle five little NPC blobs that have the most critically stupid AI ever and can't grasp the concept of straight lines.
** Ymir Forest also tends to drag on.
** And don't forget Volt's temple. There are winding hallways with lots of stairs, no railing, and sporadic lighting that take you back several rooms if you fall over. Of course, if you do happen to fall a few times, you get frustrated and want to get through it in a hurry, causing you to make mistakes and fall even more. Then, finally, you navigate through three of those damn hallways... and fall off a corner three inches from the exit.
** The Ice Temple and the Tower of Salvation are no cakewalk if you don't like sliding puzzles.
** The Tower of Salvation is especially hard because you get virtually no hint as to where you're supposed to go.
* UnfortunateImplications: Almost all the known Exbelua (aside from Rodyle, who was turned into one by accident) were women- Clara, [[spoiler: Anna and Alicia]], and the latter two were killed by the man they loved "for their own good".
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** Be honest, did you think that figure in pink in the back of the box art was going to be a man? Not only that, but a total Casanova at that? The fact that he's way in the back and in a very androgynous pose doesn't help. Raine can also be mistaken for a very hot effeminate guy... well, until thirty seconds of playing. Later, the kid Mithos also has a quite girly design, rather similar to Colette. Granted, [[spoiler: Colette and Mithos looking similar is quite deliberate and is meant to foreshadow the game's later developments.]]
** It's very common for people to assume Genis is a girl. The voice and hair don't help.
** Apparently, that rainbow {{Kitsune}} with a feminine sounding voice and name (Corrine) is male. [[GenderFlip Except]] in the manga, unless that was a translation error or something.
* TheWoobie: Everyone in the party has Woobie moments to some degree. Even the BigBad does.
** Colette. There is a split opinion on her-- and that's [[InternetBackdraft flame bait.]] She was born to be the Chosen and [[spoiler: raised from birth to believe that she was going to die and has absolutely no self esteem to speak of, since she was going to die a martyr.]]
** Presea's father fell ill when Presea was 12, so she agreed to be part of a experiment that completely halted her aging process and sealed away her emotions for [[spoiler: sixteen years]]. In the meantime, her father died in bed and she never noticed. Once Lloyd puts a Key Crest on her Exsphere, she finally realizes what happened and freaks out. She also finds out that her sister is dead and she has to travel with the man who killed her. They deal with that though, but even in the sequel, she's still not completely over it.
** Sheena - she was abandoned in "The forest of death" by her birth parents, then the Chief of Mizuho adopted her. Then she was sent back and forth to Meltokio and Sybak to become a Summoner. (Lloyd even lampshades that they treated her like a bargaining chip.) Then at seven years old, [[spoiler: she fails to control Volt, who goes berserk and kills a quarter of Mizuho's population and puts her father-figure in a coma]], which much of the village (including [[spoiler: her childhood friend Kuchinawa]]) still blame her for. Then she's forced to go to Sylvarant to kill Colette, but can't go through with it when she sees the state Sylvarant is in, causing [[spoiler: Kuchinawa]] to attempt to get revenge on her, and then she is forced to attempt to make a pact with Volt, only for him to go berserk again and [[spoiler: kill her lifelong friend, Corrine.]] All this puts her squarely in Woobie territory.
** Raine also has it bad- [[spoiler: she and her parents were thrown out of the Elven village]], then her incredible intellect meant she was pursued relentlessly by Sybak's Imperial Research Academy to "get their hands" on her (and [[KickTheDog considering the way they treat half-elves]]...), [[spoiler: she falls off a boat and almost drowns as she tries to escape from them with her parents]], resulting in her having a permanent fear of water. [[spoiler: Then her mother is forced to abandon a young Raine and newborn Genis at the Otherworld Gate.]] They make it through there, forcing Raine to raise Genis herself and hide their true heritage from everyone in Iselia to avoid persecution. Ouch.
** Zelos is a JerkassWoobie. [[spoiler: As a child, his mother was murdered in front of him and her dying words were "You should never have been born.", from there on, his father died and as he grew up, everyone he met never cared about him and only associated with him because he was the Chosen. Since then, he's become a huge DeathSeeker who hates every moment he's alive behind his {{Jerkass}} persona of a flamboyant playboy.]]
** Regal is a StoicWoobie. [[spoiler: He killed the woman he loved after she was turned into a monster from having her Exsphere removed. Since then, he turned himself in and never managed to get over it, even in the sequel.]]
** Kratos is a StoicWoobie. [[spoiler: He also killed the woman he loved, who was Lloyd's mother. She also went out of control due to having her Exsphere removed. A baby Lloyd and Noishe fell off a cliff and by the time Kratos got down to the bottom of the cliff, all Kratos found was the corpses of Desians eaten by monsters. Since then, he's been a DeathSeeker who has no reason to live until he meets Lloyd at the start of the game.]]
** Yggdrasil is a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. [[spoiler: He watched his sister Martel die, the only family he had left when all he wanted to do was stop Half Elf discrimination. He then split the world in two to stop it from destroying itself and has spent over four thousand years trying to revive Martel and has gone off the deep end big time. By the end of the game, he goes completely insane and tries to take away Derris Kharlan which would end the worlds. His dying words are so filled with despair that it hurts.]]
* {{Woolseyism}}: Raine and Genis were originally named ''Refill'' and ''Genius'', respectively, in the original Japanese. While the Japanese would find this [[NarmCharm incredibly funny in a good way]] (especially since "Refill" is a healer, thus, she ''refills'' your HP), Namco's editorial team wisely realized that Westerners would find the names eye-bitingly stupid and dropped the "u" from Genis' name to preserve the joke without being too obvious, and came up with a nice equivalent for Raine without being quite as blatant as the Japanese version (that is, her English name invokes the image of a ''soothing rain'' washing away pain).
** Backfiring slightly, as Genis tends to get a rather... inappropriate nickname by some people, and Raine's name is a hilarious/harsher in hindsight moment, considering her intense fear of water.