This page covers tropes found in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', tropes A to M. You can find tropes N to Z [[DissidiaFinalFantasy/TropesNToZ here]].

* ActionCommand: During the EX Bursts. While most are button mashing or inputting a sequence of buttons, Squall and Tidus use the systems from their own games (with Ultimecia and Jecht having obvious variants). Onion Knight, Gabranth and Shantotto have unique non-button-mashing systems with Shantotto and Onion Knight using a menu based command system while Gabranth uses the Quickening system from ''XII''.
** And in ''Dissidia 012'' the tradition continues. Lightning uses a series of four attacks from her Gestalt mode, each one involving a different input and in a randomized order, and as a sort of a ShoutOut to the original game, it's the only EX Burst that requires you to use the analog stick to input the directions, instead of allowing you to use the D-pad. Tifa has a slot-machine style system where timed button presses stop the reels. Vaan uses the Quickening as Gabranth does. Laguna uses a first-person shooting style attack to fill up a bar and finish with [[MemeticMutation the GREATEST ATTACK EVER]]! Yuna uses basic timed button presses. And lastly, Gilgamesh must select the Excalibur out of the mix of swords (the others being Excalipoors) on a revolving reel.
* AdaptationalBadass: Garland is the best example of this. Remember he said "I will knock you all down" in the original ''Final Fantasy'' and ended up being a pushover? Well, now he's a [[LargeHam hammy]] BloodKnight with a {{BFS}}. Firion, the Emperor and the Warrior of Light have been upgraded from little to no personalities to being a HotBlooded [[LaResistance rebel]], a MagnificentBastard, and KnightInShiningArmor, respectively.
** Laguna is getting shades of this treatment in ''Dissidia 012.'' So while he remains {{Adorkable}} and silly in the plot, gameplay-wise, it looks like the man is to firearms what [[WalkingArmory Firion]] is to conventional arms and indeed possesses one of [[MemeticMutation the greatest attacks ever]].
* AdaptationExpansion: The backstory of the original ''Final Fantasy'' is heavily expanded on to tie into the backstory of ''Dissidia'', to the point ''Dissidia'' almost gives more plot for the first game than the first game itself did.
* AdvertisedExtra: Despite Gabranth and Shantotto appearing in trailers, the opening and on the game cover for ''Dissidia 012'' on equal footing with the rest of the cast, they only appear in optional scenes in the Reports, and a small handful at that. They play absolutely no role in the main storyline.
* AIBreaker: Unless it's a very high difficulty AI (like the ones in the Labyrinth), most AI opponents have serious troubles dodging Yuna's Energy Ray and Mega Flare. One can level Yuna from level 30 to 100 in about an hour by abusing this.
** The second fight against [[spoiler:Feral Chaos]] is incredibly difficult if you fight him properly... [[ Unless you're a Yuna player and an avid spammer of Mega Flare, in which case you can absolutely waste him if you're patient enough.]]
*** Also, Onion Knight against Feral Chaos. By spamming meteor you can keep the man running, and he will not attack as long as that attack is in the vicinity of him, which considering his boss stage it almost always is, and windshear will also cause him to dodge wildly due to his big size and small arena.
** Kefka can do this too, provided the area is big enough for him to stay at a distance and lob spells. Due to the AI's preference for dodging instead of blocking, it's inevitable they'll dodge the wrong way eventually.
** The AI very rarely stands any chance against Feral Chaos' Via Dolorosa, which is a pair of quickly advancing huge flame pillars: they either can't dodge the first one in time or dodge the first one and get hit by the second one which targets their new location 90% of the time. The average human player can fall for this as well unless they can figure out the very narrow timing window for dodging it.
** In 012 absorb attacks have increased in suction ability. This leads to an A.I. Breaker in the form of Exdeath's black hole and Vaan's tornado. Both of them are absorb moves that will keep going even while the user is using other attacks. Basically put, the A.I. is programmed to take advantage of any attack animation by the enemy by responding with an attack, but both of the attacks, since they have absorb, will end up pulling the enemy in during the middle of their attack animation. Due to being in the middle of an attack themselves most often, they can't dodge out of it, so they will end up being hit.
* AIRoulette: [[LuckBasedMission The game randomly]] determines the equipment of the AI in Quick Battle and Arcade mode, and sometimes the equipment set-up they give your opponent is horrible. Sometimes you'll face an opponent with an awesome equipment set, great Boosters and accessories that all work well together. Other times, you'll face a heavy physical fighter equipped with Excalipoor (physical attacks do 0% damage), Ensanguined Shield (HP:95%, Brave starts at 0), or the Bone Mail (cannot absorb EX Force), equipment which is generally useless except in very specific character builds. The AI is also liable to equip eight or nine random Boosters with one or two "Special" accessories (Boosters only enhance Normal accessories), thereby making their Boosters useless. Or you could get the AI equipping a bunch of otherwise great EX Force accessories like Pearl Necklace, Gold Hourglass, Gravitorb... then equip the forementioned Bone Mail so they can't absorb EX Force, rendering those accessories useless. They'll also equip accessories to boost magic damage to physical fighters and physical damage boosting accessories to mages.
** In ''Dissidia 012'', the AI still does all this and also combines EX-boosting accessories with Assist boosting accessories. EX-boosting accessories reduce Assist effectiveness and vice-versa, resulting in the AI equipping accessories that more or less cancel out each other's effects. In worst-case scenarios, they'll equip the most extreme Assist and EX accessories, which have the side effect of ''completely negating the other's existence''; leaving the opponent with neither Assist nor EX.
*** There is nothing quite like Quickbattle Random giving you as your opponent Gabranth (who cannot deal damage outside of EX Mode or chases, which none of his attacks initiate) who is equipped with the Side by Side accessory (which completely ''disables'' the EX gauge). Your inevitable victory almost feels like a MercyKill.
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: The epilogue of the 013 story in ''012'' is a flurry of all previous manikin types you've faced before, along with all ten villains as bosses, and enemies will use accessory line-ups taken from the ten storylines beforehand. One gateway for example has five [[GlassCannon Strange Battle Pieces]], each one using a different set-up that you've already experienced Strange enemies using before.
* AnAesop: Several across the Destiny Odysseys, pertaining to the character they center on:
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]]: ScrewDestiny, and never give up hope.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion]]: [[FollowYourHeart Follow your dreams]].
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Onion Knight]]: Cold logic will only get you so far. FollowYourHeart, even if it leads you to hardship.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]]: There is a difference between relying on your friends and aiding your friends.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz]]: There are no shortcuts to realizing your goals.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]]: [[FaceYourFears Conquer your fears]].
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]]: Follow your dreams, and make one if you don't yet have one for yourself.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]]: [[IneffectualLoner There's only so much you can accomplish on your own]].
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]]: Believe in your friends.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]]: [[FollowYourHeart Pursue your dreams to the ends of the earth]].
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler:Onrac]]
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Dissidia'' takes an all new turn on the Franchise/FinalFantasy franchise by essentially making the gameplay more akin to a fighting game.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: Unlike every other board in the game, Shade Impulse Chapter 4 has no Destiny Points or Story Points, meaning that the player can attempt [[SNKBoss Chaos]] however many times they need to without worrying about being scored on it. They can also flee from him and rearrange their equipment and abilities without penalty.
** This is done for ''every'' level in ''Dissidia 012''. With Destiny Points swapped for KP, there's never any penalty for fleeing from battle, so if you challenge an enemy and realize you're in over your head you can run from then, rearrange your equipment, perhaps find a way around them, and try again when you're ready. The only penalty you face is losing your chain if you fight enemies with a chain skill, which is more your choice as a player that you tried to chain enemies for more KP and weren't cut out for it.
* TheAntiGod: Cosmos and Chaos are such a pair. No points for guessing which is good and which is bad.
* AnyoneCanDie: ''Dissidia 012'' has a body count not seen since the likes of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'': [[spoiler:All of the original ten heroes except for Warrior of Light die (due to the rules of the war, they get better), while Lightning, Kain, Tifa, Laguna, Vaan and Yuna are a hair's breadth shy of being KilledOffForReal. Meanwhile, on the side of the villains, Kuja, the Cloud of Darkness and Exdeath also die, Sephiroth commits suicide, and Jecht performs a HeroicSacrifice leaving him an EmptyShell until the next cycle]]. However, due to the ForegoneConclusion of the game the effect is somewhat diminished.
* ArchEnemy: Naturally, the hero-villain pairs.
** ''Dissidia 012'' pushes The Emperor into this position towards Yuna, Tidus and Jecht. The other five new characters get one of the original ten villains as their designated enemy, too--Vaan and Kefka, Tifa and Ultimecia, Laguna and the Cloud of Darkness, Kain and Exdeath, and Lightning and Garland.
* ArmorIsUseless: Most of the people you fight in the story mode have things like Charred Helms and Rusted Armor that actually end up LOWERING their stats.
** In ''Dissidia 012'' in their new third outfits, Garland, Golbez and Exdeath take off their armor, Gabranth switches out his suit of plate mail for a lightweight army uniform with armored plates, and Zidane dons a suit of knight armor. None of these outfits have any effect on their gameplay.
* ArmorOfInvincibility: The Genji equipment, Snowpetal combination, and Adamant equipment--all Level 99, all give the highest stat boosts of their armor type. Also the Maximillian, which ties with other armor for the highest HP booster in the game and tacks on +20% physical defense.
* ArtEvolution: The characters of ''Final Fantasy'' legend are fully realized in grand, detailed 3D, many of them for the first time, and yet all of them are still immediately recognizable to someone familiar with their base game.
* ArtificialHuman: The Manikins, [[spoiler:Warrior of Light, Chaos, and Cosmos as well]]. The first game played with the idea that ''all'' the main characters are just advanced Manikins, but it's debunked in ''Dissidia 012'' with other characters wondering this for themselves and discovering otherwise through various means.
* ArtificialStupidity: The main handicap all opponents share is that the AI is just not very smart, blocking when you aren't attacking and thus giving you an opening while they recover, being un-aggressive, and often just standing there and letting you hit them even as you start up the HP attack that's going to kill them. Bosses have better AI script, but only on a relative comparison to normal enemies, they still aren't very bright even in the final stages. The AI doesn't really smarten up in either game until the BrutalBonusLevel, and in ''Dissidia 012'' they're still very predictable and this can be exploited, the difficulty instead comes from them being higher level than you and thus have better stats and equipment.
* ArtisticAge: When it comes to the heroes, it can be really hard to tell the difference between who's in their teens and who's in their early twenties. The most egregious are probably Bartz (20) and Squall (17)--if you didn't know how old they were, you'd probably think Bartz was the younger one. It's not really helped by the fact that Squall's voice actors from both the Japanese and English version of the ''KingdomHearts'' games, in which he is indeed in his mid-20s, reprised their roles.
** Also, it was mentioned that Tidus was redesigned to look younger, nevermind that at 17 he's actually on the lower end of the age scale. Compare to say, Cloud, who was unchanged and is 21.
** And from the sequel there's Laguna who, at 27, doesn't look much older than the other heroes, on average a good 10 years younger than he is.
* ArtMajorPhysics: As in the grand Squeenix tradition. For this installment, though, the natural-law-breaking is not just confined to cutscenes--see the jumping tropes and awesomeness-related tropes below.
* AscendedExtra: [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Cid of The Lufaine]].]] ''SO'' much. In his original game, he was [[spoiler:an extra who was never even seen in the original release of the game, and only added with [[UpdatedRerelease remakes]] to fulfill the RunningGag of a Cid in each game]]. In ''Dissidia''? He's [[spoiler:The Narrator, but more importantly, he started the conflict and is working with Shinryu and Cosmos.]]
** Manikins in general are more important in ''Dissidia 012.'' In ''Dissidia'' they were little more than an excuse to have non-plot-relevant battles between big confrontations; now the good guys are constantly on the run from them, they actually show up in cutscenes, and stopping the flow of them becomes an important part of the plot.
** Shinryu as well, from optional BonusBoss in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' to one of the key players in the conflict.
*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' in general has become a lot more important than one might think of the "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny silly self-parody]]" game in the series. Or, at least, the Rift and the Void are. Especially in ''Dissidia 012'', where the Rift becomes a core component of the 012 story.
* AscendedGlitch: In the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', there was a glitch that allowed you to equip any item as a helmet, and the best item to be used as a helmet was a drill. In ''Dissidia'', there's a Machine equipment set, with the piece that goes into the Helmet slot being a drill.
* AscendedMeme: More than a few nods and tributes to the fandom exist in this form.
** The Emperor's death cry of "uboooooar!" is now his cry when defeated.
** The special quotes for EX Bursts are mostly references to memetic lines: Exdeath cries "TURTLE!", Golbez cries "Very well!" (the Japanese version of this line in ''Final Fantasy IV'' went memetic), Tifa's is the Accidental Innuendo "words aren't the only way to express your feelings", and Vaan's is a reference to ''Final Fantasy XII's'' infamous subquest, "I'm Basch!"
** Square Enix shows in ''Dissidia 012'' that they are well aware of [[LargeHam Exdeath's]] status in the fandom after the first game. First, cue the {{pun}}s about the VOID:
-->'''Kuja:''' "Your existence is voidable."\\
'''Jecht:''' "Your chances are void unless you come and get me."\\
'''Shantotto:''' "Your defeat is una...''void''able." (yes, the pause and the emphasis are just how she says it)\\
'''Prishe:''' "You make such a big deal outta nothing really."
** And then they lampshade his [[TheSlowWalk walking speed]].
-->'''Tifa:''' "Can you keep up with me, ya big oaf?"\\
'''Onion Knight:''' "Catch [[FragileSpeedster me]] if ya can!"
** A possible case could be made for Kain's declaration that he'll show the Manikins "the difference between [them], and a ''real'' man!". ItMakesSenseInContext, but it's a rather pointed remark considering the "Real Men" machinima for the first game, and Kain's status as a MemeticBadass.
** Jecht says to Shantotto in ''012'' "thought you was a ball". Tarutaru punting is a little-known joke among ''Final Fantasy XI'' fans thanks to the race being so small.
** While not direct reference, some of the cutscene titles in the Theater in ''Dissidia 012'' appear to be nods to lines from the original game that went memetic, such as "Smack Dab in the Middle of Enemy Territory" and "Turning Darkness into Hallowed Light".
* AssistCharacter: The most notable new feature in ''Dissidia 012''. You can summon another character to perform either a Brave or HP attack, which will vary depending of whenever the opponent is on the ground or mid-air.
* AutobotsRockOut: ''Dissidia 012's'' "[[ God in Fire]]"
* AwesomeButImpractical: EX Bursts. Sure they look cool, but using them instantly depletes your EX Gauge and many characters get significant bonuses to their damage output in EX Mode that they can make better use of. In ''Dissidia 012'', where their damage has been nerfed heavily and thus are treated like {{Finishing Move}}s best used when the gauge is almost depleted.
** Gilgamesh's EX Mode in particular locks his weapons so his attack effects aren't random, but if you're unlucky enough to get weapons like the Battle Axe, which does random weapons, or Excalipoor which only does 1 damage per hit, you're probably wishing to go back to normal mode where you randomly get a nice boost.
** Many of the flashier and cooler moves in the game are too slow to hit reliably and thus are near useless. For instance Lightning's Army of One is her personal LimitBreak, but it has a huge start-up time and ultimately does less damage than her simpler, faster Smite and Launch attacks (though it ''does'' smash through blocks and initiate chase, which neither of the others do). And the EX Mode special attacks like Time Crush, Black Fang and Heartless Angel are pretty much impossible to use. Starfall is about the only ChargedAttack you can use reliably because the Emperor is a TrapMaster, but even then it takes time to set up the traps needed to keep the opponent occupied while it charges. And if they have an Assist, well then it's back to useless.

* BackFromTheBrink: In the intro, you're told in plain terms that Cosmos has all but lost the war; the 10 heroes are all left of what was presumably a vast army, and Chaos still has legions of Mannikins at his disposal. Despite these odds, the heroes [[spoiler:defeat the forces of Chaos to the last man]]. This thematic element carries over into the gameplay as well, see that page for details. ''Dissidia 012'''s main story, in fact, details exactly ''how'' the Warriors of Cosmos fell into the above-mentioned predicament.
* BadassBaritone: Oh, so ''many''. Chaos is freakin' Creator/KeithDavid, Creator/ChristopherSabat is frightening as Garland, Peter Beckman, the voice of Golbez, is ''godly'', and in ''Dissidia 012'', Creator/LiamOBrien returns as Kain (which is particularly notable here because Kain's ridiculously deep voice in the DS remake of ''Final Fantasy IV'' was seen as {{Narm}}y; now he's 100% sexy).
* BadassBoast: Most of the heroes get one right before their final battle in their Destiny Odyssey path.
** Some of the victory quotes after normal fights qualify.
-->'''[[BoisterousBruiser Jecht]]''': "There's no shame in losin' to ''me''!"
** Likewise some of the attack audio cues and lines during [[LimitBreak EX Bursts]]:
-->'''[[TheArchmage Kuja]]''' ''(casting Seraphic Star)'': "''I'll'' bring this to an end!"\\
'''[[LargeHam Jecht]]''' ''(during his EX Burst)'': "This is ''my'' show!"
** Kain ''specializes'' in these.
-->'''Exdeath:''' So, you offer your life in exchange for theirs?\\
'''Kain:''' Of course not. I offer ''yours''.

-->'''Exdeath:''' I'm afraid that time runs short for you.\\
'''Kain:''' Truly. Then let us make this quick.

--> '''Lightning:''' If you're coming, I wanna see you fight harder than you ever have. \\
'''Kain:''' Then you've nothing to fear.
** Lightning herself isn't any slacker in this department either.
-->'''Kuja:''' So ephemeral, lightning.\\
'''Lightning:''' Oh I'll show you how lightning strikes.

-->'''Warrior of Light:''' Toss aside your blade and say goodnight.\\
'''Lightning:''' No thanks. It's not my bedtime.

-->'''Garland:''' I will grant you true and utter annihilation!\\
'''Lightning:''' Bring it on! I don't need a second chance!
* BadassCrew: Cosmos and Chaos chose their teams well. Pick any badass trope listed under its index, and odds are at least one member on either team fulfills it.
* BagOfSharing: ''Dissidia'' considers the armaments and accessories won/found/purchased over the course of the game to belong to the ''player'', not any one character, meaning not only that every character, no matter their alignment, has access to the entire inventory, but that if the player owns but one, say, Longsword or Robe, it can be equipped by any number of characters in the game, simultaneously. Likely an AntiFrustrationFeature, given that the game has [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 22 (31 in 012) playable characters]] and that outfitting all of them separate would be a chore and a half, plus some of the game's accessories are one-of-a-kind--namely, the Boosters.
* BattleThemeMusic: Three from each ''Final Fantasy''.
** The final battle theme subverts the usual ''Final Fantasy'' FinalBoss music as it's only moderately fast paced and with hopeful-sounding lyrics. The second part of the battle has much faster-paced music, but retains the hopeful lyrics.
*** And in ''Dissidia 012,'' Square Enix adds more with a fourth song from each Final Fantasy save for XIII, and stacks even more on top of THAT with DLC music packs.
** Though some aren't really battle themes. 8-bit town music anyone?
* BeefGate: In Confessions of the Creator in ''012'', your characters, assuming you didn't do any level grinding outside the storylines, are going to be in the Level 30-40 range, maybe reaching 40-50 if you played on a calendar day that gave them bonus exp. Running straight to the Chasm in the Rotting Land will see you thrown into a multi-floor gateway full of Level 80 enemies, and not only will you be out-leveled but you'll likely be poorly equipped. Going through the other optional gateways and exploring the world to gain levels and trade accessories is highly advised.
* TheBerserker: Instead of having a LimitBreak or other such signature attack as his EX Burst, [[spoiler:Feral Chaos]] just chases down the completely helpless opponent and ''beats the hell out of them'' until he executes the final attack.
* {{BFS}}: Garland, Cloud, Sephiroth, Squall, Tidus and Jecht. Bartz also briefly [[DualWielding dual-wields]] Cloud's Buster Sword and Squall's Gunblade in a cutscene before fighting Exdeath.
** Garland's sword (which looks like he borrowed it from [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Nightmare]]) is so enormous that it ''dwarfs'' Cloud's Buster Sword when the two of them fight in the opening of the first game. It's certainly big enough to [[GoodBadTranslation knock them all down]].
*** Garland's sword doesn't just dwarf Cloud's sword, it ''dwarfs Cloud''!
** But Chaos beats them all with the swords surrounding Brink of Madness, each of which are easily three. Stories. Tall. ''At least''. And he gets [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever big enough to use them]] during his EX Mode.
** Jecht is notable for using the sword only in his HP attacks. His Bravery attacks are ma[[strike:i]]nly [[GoodOldFisticuffs punch/kick combos]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Cloud and Tidus in Firion's story.]]
** [[spoiler:Zidane in Squall's story, Onion Knight in Terra's story, although these later two might have arguably not been needed (except for the fact that the game only allows one-on-one battles).]]
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Rift Castle]], especially the Ω version, where parts of the building constantly teleport around in weird positions; you're quite likely to see the main foundation with a bridge to nowhere stacked on top of one of the areas it should connect to, close to an upside-down tower floating in the middle of nowhere.
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: The game allows minor brave attacks to be blocked and can reflect projectiles. This is Ex-Deaths entire game plan as a StoneWall. He can block almost any attack provided the timings right, even otherwise unblockable attacks. According to the developers a player is pretty much invincible if they get his skills down pat.
* BolivianArmyEnding: ''Dissidia 012'', which is [[spoiler:just this side of ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' when it comes to {{Downer Ending}}s--the new characters die fighting off a giant swarm of Manikins.]]
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Many of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz Klauser's]] moves are mashups of Bravery Attacks from the other Warriors of Cosmos, and some follow this sort of naming convention as a result, such as Reel Impulse (Reel Axe and Storm Impulse), Solid Ascension (Solid Barrel and Ascension), and Slide Shooter (Full Slide and Celestial Shooter).
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Moogles tend to do this, as do the characters narrating some of the menu screens. Special mention goes to the Moogle at the beginning of ''012'', who makes you fight the ''final boss'' if you try to skip the tutorial!
* BookEnds: With a hint of a non-musical DarkReprise, as well. The player's first (indirect) introduction to Kefka in the 012 storyline is in the fight between Vaan and Terra--Terra then being magically enslaved to Kefka and used as a weapon of war. Before the fight and in the introductory quotes, she [[UncannyValley inhumanly]] says she will "destroy" Vaan. In the end of the 013 storyline, the last we see of Kefka is a boss fight--preceded by Kefka insanely chanting "destroy, destroy, ''destroy, DESTROY''!"
** [[spoiler: For a meta example: The ending of Dissidia shows the Warrior of Light heading to Cornelia, crystal in hand.]]
* BoringYetPractical: Some of the attacks you start with just aren't very good, but on the other hand, some characters' default attacks can be devastating and highly effective under the right conditions. And some of the less visually flashy attacks in the game can be among the most powerful.
* BossInMookClothing: The [[ Ultimate Battle Pieces]]. They are often stronger than the stage bosses, boasting very powerful equipment and strong movesets, and always have a summon with them. In Confessions of the Creator, the Ultimate Battle Pieces that appear are ''[[ThisIsGonnaSuck over Level 120+]]''. You may weep now.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Referenced when initiating Gilgamesh's EX Burst, [[CameraAbuse who crashes into the screen, shattering it]].
* BreakoutCharacter:
** To casual players, odds are the only ''XI'' characters they know are Shantotto and Prishe, thanks to the two ''Dissidia'' titles featuring them.
** In general for the older games, characters that were once obscure and overshadowed like Firion or the Cloud of Darkness had have new life breathed into their fandoms with ''Dissidia'' reinventing them. The champion of this is certainly Exdeath, who used to be seen a boring, dull, and generally unliked villain. ''Dissidia's'' characterization of him ramped up his LargeHam tendencies, made him a FountainOfMemes, and took his obsession with the VOID to near CargoShip levels. As a result, the fans love him now.
* BroadStrokes: ''Dissidia 012'' makes it fairly clear that the characters have each been pulled from their original games, and the Reports go very in-depth on the origins of the Warrior of Light, Chaos, Cosmos, and Cid of the Lufaine. The Reports also heavily imply that their respective origin stories tie into the backstory of the original ''Final Fantasy'' Garland and the Four Fiends. The problem is the hints are vague enough to be left to interpretation, and if the story of ''Dissidia'' ''is'' directly intertwined with the story of the original ''Final Fantasy'', there's a lot of retcons going on for the latter to make this possible. According to WordOfGod, ''Dissidia'' is a prequel to ''Final Fantasy'', but due to the TimeyWimeyBall and a few more hints[[note]]like Garland recognizing the Warrior of Light when he first sees him after the Warrior was just created[[/note]], it could also be seen as something of a sequel.
* BrutalBonusLevel: Inward Chaos in the first game, and Main Scenario 000 in ''Dissidia 012.''
* BulletTime: Caused by executing "EX Revenge", allowing you to freely smack the opponent around for a short time.

* CallingYourAttacks: The characters just don't shut up while fighting. Justified, in that considering the way the game works (camera angles, the sheer size of the stages, etc.), the vocalization can be the only cue a player gets as to what's coming after them, and with some of these moves, a complete blindside can just really ruin your whole day.
** And then there is [[ Emperor Mateus]]:
-->"Ahahahahahaha! HEAVENS!" ''[grunt]'' "WAUGH! HUAH!!" ''[[TalkToTheFist [sword to the face] ]]'*
* CameraScrew: The indoor arenas suffer from this the most, with the camera getting hung up on the walls pretty often.
** This is particularly problematic in ''Dissidia 012'' when fighting in the Phantom Train--the arena is a single train car, and while particularly roomy as trains go it's still a train car. The camera will swing through the ceiling and walls freely, and they'll turn somewhat transparent so you can see inside, but there's still a lot of hang-ups.
** The worst case has to be when air dashing toward an Ex Core that's behind you. If your camera was positioned just right, it'll get stuck above you, at about a 60 degree angle with you heading toward the bottom of the screen. And it will attempt to rotate each half of the screen in opposite directions, resulting in a fairly trippy looking effect until you reach the core, or one side wins.
* {{Cap}}: The "Consecutive Days" counter on the calender screen maxes out at 999 days.
* CaptainErsatz: In-game, a Moogle sends you a chain of letters about "Moglamesh", "Mogka", "Mogbez" and "Mogmos", among many other character, each named just as horrible as the last.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Right. So the majority of the main heroes and villains are male ([[BeautyEqualsGoodness and]] [[EvilIsSexy attractive]]) in this series. This trope was inevitable.
* CensorSteam: A real-life example; the Cloud of Darkness is covered up by clouds of dark smoke on the ''Dissidia 012'' English website.
** Even funnier is the NA box art. She's covered up, not by the title, but by the RATING. The game's rated T. Make up your own joke here.
* CharacterExaggeration: Everyone, to an extent. It's probably a necessary evil, since almost two dozen main heroes and main villains wouldn't stand out from each other unless their unique traits weren't made more glaring. As well, a lot of the Destiny Odyssey storylines are meant to parallel the plot and character development of their hero's original game, so you've got to squeeze 30-40 hours of character growth into a five-stage level that will take a couple hours tops. Things are gonna be glossed over and left out. [[LampshadeHanging Some of the characters even go so far as to point this out,]]and explain it away as a side effect of the heroes' (and villains') amnesia.
* CharacterFocus: Warrior of Light and Firion play the largest role in the overall storyline among the heroes, with Firion and[=/=]or his Wild Rose appearing in more than half the storylines. On the Chaos side Garland, The Emperor, and to lesser extents Ultimecia and Golbez play the largest roles of the villains. The Emperor in particular has such a large role in the plot he could easily be TheDragon if not for Garland.
** In ''Dissidia 012'', the six new additions get the most screentime, while the original ten heroes are DemotedToExtra to varying degrees--Terra, Tidus, Firion, and the Warrior of Light are the only ones who feature prominently in the main storyline. The Onion Knight and Squall appear in one gateway each as Assists, Cecil, Bartz and Zidane get brief cameos, and Cloud doesn't appear at all. The Reports show more of their actions during the 12th cycle, but even then they don't do much.
* ChekhovsGun: To an extent, the World Map in ''Dissidia 012''. At first you're likely to think that the fact it looks like the world map from the original ''Final Fantasy'' is just another MythologyGag, but once you get into the Reports and discover the backstory of the game, it turns out there's an in-universe explanation for this.
** When completing the Epilogue chapter of the 12th cycle storyline, you can see a series of floating islands leading up to a volcano, but the passage leading to them is blocked. You later revisit the area in the Epilogue of the 13th cycle story, as it turns out that volcano houses Chaos's throne.
* CherryTapping: Can be present in abundance, naturally--weak attacks, low-level characters versus high-level ones, the option of going without equipment--and indeed this form of CherryTapping is vital to one of the game's PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling exploits. However, the best example of this so far seems to be Gilgamesh's [[LimitBreak EX Burst]] in ''Dissidia 012''. With most of the characters, even doing their EX Burst imperfectly results in decent, if lesser, damage before the HP hit. However, with Gilgamesh, failing his EX Burst means that it is performed with the [[JokeWeapon Excalipoor]] instead of the Excalibur, leading to the flashy LimitBreak dealing exactly four points of Brave damage. However, if the opponent already only has single-digit HP remaining...
* {{Chickification}}: Terra is much more vulnerable and meek than in her original game, needing to be protected by Onion Knight and being very reluctant to fight and travel alone. ''Dissidia 012'' tweaked her dialogue to make her toughen her resolve earlier and to emphasize friendship more than protection between them, and while in the new 12th cycle storyline she's rescued from Kefka by Vaan and talked into not giving up, she did decide on her own to rush to Cosmos defense rather than hide from the Manikin's. This is also reflective in her fighting style, in ''VI'' she was a MagicKnight with the best stats in the game magically ''and'' physically, in ''Dissidia'' she leans a bit more toward SquishyWizard.
* ChromosomeCasting: [[DefiedTrope Defied]], this is one of the reasons Terra was included. If she didn't appear then all the characters on the good side will only be male and that [[UnfortunateImplications looks really bad]].
--> Creator/TetsuyaNomura: If it weren’t Terra, then there would be no female characters on the Cosmos team. I was also a member of the production team for FFVI, and based on my feelings from that time I thought it had to be Terra. She’s on the cover image, and Terra appeared in the advert, so really I didn’t have a reason not to choose her.
* ColonyDrop: Sephiroth has access to the Black Materia, and the Meteor can get pretty damn big. A variation with Jecht, who can procure a giant meteor-like rock [[{{Hammerspace}} out of nowhere]] and ''throw it at you.'' The Emperor has his signature attack, Starfall, which has an ungodly long charge time to make up for the fact that it's borderline impossible to dodge once it's pulled off. Cloud also has a minor one, "Meteorain". Terra and Onion Knight also have the Meteor spell; theirs are smaller than Sephiroth's, but it's how you use it that matters, not the size.
** The Onion Knight's Sage Ex-Burst, Spellbook's finishing strike, however, is almost as large as the Emperor's, and is summoned through a hole in space.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Manikins of each game share a color, for example light blue for ''Final Fantasy V'', red for ''VI'', purple for ''VIII'', and so forth. The Crystals are also uniquely colored to a degree--light blue, pink, aquamarine, dark blue, purple, red and black, green, silver, yellow-orange and blue.
* ColorCodedMultiplayer
* ColorCodedStones: The game includes the twelve birthstone jewels, minus the Garnet and Amethyst, as trade accessories, with their menu icons appropriately colored.
* ComebackMechanic: The summon Magic Pot changes your Bravery into that of your opponent's. If your opponent is able to land a finishing blow on you, odds are you can do the same to your opponent with Magic Pot.
* ComboBreaker: In original ''Dissidia,'' activating EX Mode in the middle of an opponent's combo would do this; in ''Dissidia 012'' it's changed. Now it slows down time for everyone but yourself in a mode called "EX Revenge" without putting you into EX Mode and burns up all of your EX meter, but can save you from the opponent and set them up for a nasty counterattack. Additionally, you can use your Assist to take an incoming hit for you (though doing so will lock your Assist Meter for a time).
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Par for the course in a fighting game, of course, but the computer-controlled characters can do things that are flat-out impossible for human players to do, like equipping ridiculously rare equipment long before the player can craft it, equipping gear for which they haven't reached the level requirement, knowing attacks at levels lower than the player learns them, and they often equip multiple copies of accessories that the player is only allowed to use one of. They also get a bonus to their Bravery if the player is at a lower level, the larger the gap the bigger the boost. The player gets the same when fighting weaker opponents, but how often will you be doing that?
** Chaos is a SNKBoss, so he does a lot of cheating. Zero-start up attacks let him counter your attacks instantly, his HP attacks require precise timing to avoid properly, he has his own customized set of equipment that have a stat boost dependent on his level, ensuring his stats are as high as can be "fair", and he heals fully during the three-battle match, while players begin the next fight with however much HP they managed to retain in the last fight. If the player loses any of the three battles with Chaos, they have to start the match all over again. Chaos can only be fought in the smallest stage in the game, which has only a ground floor. Chaos's attacks are some of the largest in the game, with wide areas of effect. His attacks take up so much of the stage that it's nearly impossible to dodge, largely because there's nowhere to dodge to.
*** Chaos' unique summon Shinryu. Normally, players can call a summon once per battle. Shinryu can be summoned as many times as Chaos wants to use him, and ''can choose his effect'', because Shinryu mimics the effects of other summons and powers them up. If Chaos really wanted to he could summon Shinryu three times in a row, activating an effect to cut your Brave in half every two seconds, doubling his own Brave instantly, and then lock his Brave so your attacks can't damage him.
*** The battle with Chaos is a bit easier in ''Dissidia 012'': if you die on the second or third phase of the battle you start over from that phase, and you can have up to five characters in your party so if one dies you can continue with the next and Chaos will retain whatever HP damage the defeated character did to him.
** There is one occurrence of "justified" cheating, if that makes sense. The Laguna ghost the player fights is a Squall in the Level 20 range, equipped with Level 20 armor, but a level 94 weapon. This is justified because the weapon is a Machine Gun, Laguna's signature weapon in ''Final Fantasy VIII''. Its still technically cheating, but there's an actual reason in this case.
** In ''Dissidia 012'', special Emblems on the boards trigger certain effects in battle, like increasing your Bravery, making Boosters stronger, increasing the critical hit rate of certain attacks, and so forth. In the "Confessions of the Creator" storyline, enemies are often positioned in such a way to force you on an Emblem with a detrimental effect, like disabling your equipment, starting you with no Bravery, and making physical or magical attacks do no damage. This is ''in addition'' to the other cheating described above: these mentioned enemies that you must face with no equipment will be over level 100 with top-grade equipment and accessories. Oh, and with most of the Emblems, at least the detrimental ones, only you suffer these drawbacks: should the enemy be positioned on an Emblem, it won't take effect on them.
** If the AI uses the "random" Moogle summon, it actually knows what exactly what effect it will give them. This is because the AI only uses their summon under certain circumstances, such as Hecatoncheir when they're close to Break. Thus they will only summon Moogle under the circumstances they would normally use the summon the Moogle will copy.
** The AI is capable of using Level 5 Death (Deathguise summon, an instant break when the enemy's bravery ends in 5 or 0) at any fraction of a second that they please. That includes when you're doing an attack that hits several times in a second. This leads to the AI cheating blatantly when they break you with it while you're in the middle of one of these sorts of attacks. Human reaction times? What's that?
* CommonplaceRare: Get yer Onions here! Only 5 Megalixers![[note]]Well, they ''are'' essential components of Onion Knight's level 100 exclusive weapon, but still. It's also apparently some kind of essence, not an actual onion.[[/note]]
* ContinuityNod: All over the place. Onion Knight's alternate costume even references the DS version of ''[=FFIII=]'' by looking like Luneth.
** ''012'' goes even farther, using costumes for characters in games that aren't even in ''FF'' continuity, like Cloud's Kingdom Hearts outfit. They're all named as well, in case you were confused. And my ''god'', the line-dropping!
** And then confined to ''Dissidia 012'', gateways in the same location usually keep the same names between storylines and have similar board layouts, though the positioning of objects on that board varies.
* ContinuitySnarl: The original ''Dissidia'' had Garland state outright [[spoiler:Chaos will send him back in time to become Chaos, thus tying the plot of the game into the original ''Final Fantasy''. The Reports, which spoke of a child bred for war, were thus taken to refer to Garland]]. However, ''Dissidia 012'' instead has [[spoiler:Chaos as that child, which instead of just being implied is stated outright in his Museum profile. However, the Reports still have Garland's inner thoughts that he becomes Chaos and summons his past self from the future to become the next Chaos.]] [[MindScrew Which really does not make any sense either way]].
** Though Garlands talk with Chaos, as well as his inner thoughts can be brushed off as semi-insane ramblings due to the fact that even his mind is not immune to the effects of the cycle. Or his previous time-travel escapades, [[LampshadeHanging which even he admits at one point]].
* CoolMask: It's all about the helms: Garland, Golbez, Dark Knight Cecil, Exdeath, Gabranth.
** [[MaskOfPower Particularly so]] in Gabranth's case. His EX Mode's appearance change simply consists of him putting on his helmet (and DualWielding his weapon), and he goes from being laughably weak to an unstoppable force of destruction, capable of utterly shaming ''[[SNKBoss Chaos]]''.
* CosmicChessGame: Cosmos and Chaos play this using the heroes and villains of ''Final Fantasy''.
* CrackFic CrisisCrossover: Nothing like the end of a world to get a bunch of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters to beat the crap out of each other.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Especially in the pre-Crystal battle cutscenes, the villains (and heroes, sometimes) exhibit crazy powers that they can't use in-game. Just watch as [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia]] chain-teleports out of Squall's way and then does what is basically her EX Burst without junctioning Griever. Or watch [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII The Emperor]] surround Firion on all sides with electric spheres and detonate them in an inescapable explosion. Or heck, watch Terra cast Teleport!
** To be honest, though, the game (excluding the aforementioned examples) tends to avert this trope for the most part, which is a ''rarity'' in the series.
** And some of those FMV[=/=]cutscene-only abilities got implemented as new attacks in ''012''. For example, check out Emperor Mateus' Dreary Cell HP Attack, the same move he uses on Terra in the opening movie and on Firion during their battle at the end of Firion's Destiny Odyssey.

* DamageSpongeBoss. Feral Chaos is intended to be this, having over 120,000 HP and all, but his Level 1 equipment makes your Bravery attacks actually quite powerful since his defenses are lower than the Level 120 enemies you've fought to get to him. As a result building up Bravery is pretty easy, and his HP doesn't last all that long. Even without rigged builds relying on Iai Strike, Wall Rush or Exp to Bravery, you can kill him in about five minutes. Using one of those builds? Under a minute.
** Of the final bosses of ''012'', four of them are around the same level as your characters, the 20-24 range, but have Level 60 armor to give them an extra 2000 HP on you. The only one that doesn't is the actual FinalBoss [[spoiler:Garland]], because he's at Level 39 and thus his HP is that high innately without the need for high level armor. He also comes with a lot more Bravery than the first four too, so Breaking him is harder.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Dissidia 012'' compared to the original. [[spoiler:Jecht ends up BrainwashedAndCrazy, [[KnightInShiningArmor Warrior]] [[TheHero of]] [[TheFettered Light]] is prepared to forfeit his ''life'' to keep the war going a little longer, Cloud is subjected to a CurbStompBattle with Chaos, and the characters are overwhelmed, outnumbered and disorganized against the Manikins. Oh yes, and we get a BolivianArmyEnding with those six new characters you cheered for dying to try and stop the Manikins from overwhelming Cosmos. You spend much of the game up to that point watching the other characters drop like flies in the meantime--even if someone doesn't die on-screen, you're still told about it.]]
** The original ''Dissidia'', the bonus storyline Inward Chaos was just a gauntlet of all playable characters with maxed-out equipment and levels, and had a very weak ExcusePlot. ''Dissidia 012's'' bonus storyline Confessions of the Creator decides to show us what happens when [[spoiler:the PowersThatBe get annoyed with you and decide to MindRape you by trapping you in a recreation of your worst nightmare]].
** Chaos' new theme, [[ God in Fire]] (Begins about three minutes in), very dark and bitter compared to The Messenger, and if you followed the chaos reports, [[spoiler: It's pretty much telling you ''Dissidia'' Chaos' tragic backstory in song form.]]
* DarkestHour: The Epilogue of "Treachery of the Gods" in ''Dissidia 012''. [[spoiler:Warrior of Light is facing a massive manikin army to protect Cosmos or else all the heroes will vanish with her death, the six new heroes are on a suicide mission to try and close the portal to the Rift, the other heroes lie dead by various means, and the Warriors of Chaos are none the worse for the wear of it all]]. It's implied that up to this point, this was the first time the balance of power in the war was so drastically shifted, and it very nearly came to its end.
* DarkReprise: Sort of. The villains get their own version of the Victory Fanfare. It's in a minor key, begins with a rock riff, and overall has a "mwahaha, evil has won" feel to it.
** The main theme of ''Dissidia'' begins with a remix of the classic Prelude theme. ''Dissidia 012'' begins with a remix of the first ''Dissidia'' theme with an overall more intense and boisterous feel, then heads into original territory with the theme getting very deep and dark.
* DavidVersusGoliath: On the whole the Warriors of Cosmos are outclassed in many ways by the Warriors of Chaos. This is supported by the Chaos rules set.
* DaydreamSurprise: Gilgamesh's ultimate triumph over Bartz turns out to be [[spoiler: his fantasy of how the fight's going to go, right before he emerges from the Void to discover that Bartz can't remember him at all.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Garland]]: "Am I to be a prisoner of these stupid plans again?" And Squall snarks [[InnerMonologue in his thoughts]] [[FirstPersonSmartass a lot]], such as when he encounters the Warrior of Light: "[[SarcasmMode What a dazzling fellow.]]"
** In ''012'', with the introduction of pre-battle banter, a ''lot'' of characters turn into {{Deadpan Snarker}}s. ''Especially'' Kain.
* DeathOrGloryAttack: Sephiroth and Emperor both have attacks that call a giant meteor to slam opponents to the ground. This obviously does a lot of damage, but they can't defend themselves while charging up the attacks, leaving them very vulnerable. In their EX Modes, Ultimecia, Golbez, and Sephiroth get one of these each--the attacks paralyze enemies, Break enemies, and sap their Brave to 1, but again, have a very long charge time and they've no defense while they charge up.
** Fortunately, in the US version, they can move with normal speed while charging their attacks. In the original Japanese version, their movement is cut in half while charging up, making them borderline AwesomeButImpractical.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: In ''Dissidia 012'', everything but the characters is in greyscale during [[ComboBreaker EX Revenge]].
* DesignatedVillain: Chaos. Once you get into the backstory you find out [[spoiler:he really isn't evil at all--he's just doing what Garland, Cid, Cosmos and Shinryu have told him to do, and as such this is pretty much an InvokedTrope. It just happens he looks like a monstrous demon, and most of the warriors he calls to serve him are villainous]].
** [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]]] in the Reports for ''Dissidia 012'', which [[spoiler: explain that Chaos was used as a weapon of war, and the event that brought him and Cid to the world ''Dissidia'' takes place in was horrifyingly traumatic and anger-inducing. It makes sense that his appearance would be terrible and suited for violence.]]
* DevelopersForesight:
** RhymesOnADime is Shantotto's favorite trope. Yet the game has far fewer then most would hope. They need only look into the sound test. For though her win quotes are just one line. When placed together they fit just fine. [[NoblewomansLaugh Ohohoho!]]
** The inclusion of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Aerith]] allowed Square to show off [[BlackComedy a particularly nasty sense of humor]]... and they sure as hell [[ didn't miss the chance to pull such a cruel joke.]][[note]]Yes, Sephiroth is ''programmed'' to use Hell's Gate on Aerith whenever she uses Holy. Make of that what you will.[[/note]]
** One of the more subtle examples of attention to detail are the slash marks bladed weapons leave on non-destroyable walls and floors when they collide with one, especially when you consider the fact that characters are rarely close enough to any walls for them to occur and few of the stages have walls that reach all the way to the very top of the stage considering how air-based the combat is for most of the time: the most obvious example being the constant trail that Garland leaves on the floor when he [[SwordDrag drags his weapon around]], but even most moves with preset animations can leave different types of marks on the walls depending on the angle of the midair moves and where the enemy is in relation to the wall.
* DiagonalCut
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The heroes singlehandedly defeat the final boss from their respective games. And of course you defeat a god that can supposedly destroy the world at the end.
** Firion and Bartz use punch attacks in Chase Sequence, while Jecht has [[MegatonPunch Triumphant Grasp]]: so against Chaos, they can ''literally'' punch out Cthulhu!
*** For Jecht you mean like [[ THIS?]]
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: The only way you can describe the conversation between Laguna and Cloud of Darkness. Makes a lot more sense when you discover Cloud of Darkness's motivation: [[spoiler: to maintain the endless cycles. Telling Laguna how to defeat the Manikins would ultimately lead to the equilibrium that had maintained the previous 11 cycles.]] Except she didn't know about the crystals.
* DiscOneNuke: ''Dissidia 012'' completely overhauled the first game's equipment system, and if you know how you can get good stuff very early and put it to good use snapping the story mode's difficulty in half.
** Downloading ''Prologus'' and completing all its achievements can get the player get a Midgar Flower and over fifty Chocobo Colognes when they begin ''Dissidia 012'' and import their save data. Gil is won is smaller quantities compared to the first game, so the player can sell the Colognes for 100 gil a piece and buy themselves equipment that would otherwise be too expensive first-thing in the game.
** The Cactuar summon. It only has two charges and does exactly 1000 damage to the opponent's Bravery. Useless once you get into the Confessions of the Creator storyline and the other gameplay modes. But in the 012 and 013 stories, 1000 instant Bravery damage is more than enough to seal the match in your favor, even if you're at a level disadvantage.
** If you can scrounge up the KP to unlock them, you can buy the Bahamut and [=PuPu=] summonstones in the prologue of the 013 story. Behemoth instantly doubles your Bravery at the cost of -60 Bravery every second for a while after, while [=PuPu=] halves your Bravery in exchange for +60 Bravery every second. At the low levels of the 013 story, [=PuPu's=] initial drawback will be cancelled out in a few seconds, while Behemoth makes it easy to deal a OneHitKO to even the highest level enemies by building up Bravery equal to half their HP, then calling Behemoth just as you deal the final blow. Additionally, after the prologue the game hands you the trade equipment needed to trade for a Rabbit's Foot, an accessory that recharges your summonstones faster and means that when one of these two summons is used up, the other will be ready to go again.
* DivineConflict: The God of Discord, Chaos, and the Goddess of harmony, Cosmos, continually war against each other in an endless fight, with the heroes and villains as their soldiers. They do this by summoning characters from the FF series to fight for them.
* DramaticPause: Some of the characters sound like they're trying to imitate Creator/WilliamShatner and do a very, ''very'' bad job.
-->'''Terra:''' "I won't let you...get away with it!"\\
'''Kuja:''' "It is likely that...I will hurt you again."\\
'''Zidane:''' "Or is my help...not good enough for you?"\\
'''Cloud:''' "Fighting you...would be meaningless."
* DoomedByCanon: You know there's ''some'' reason Lightning, Kain and the rest aren't around in the 13th cycle.
* DoubleJump: Every character can jump at least twice, and certain equip abilities allow an extra three times on top of that. Zidane's EX Mode ability tacks on ''ten'' additional jumps on top of whatever abilities he has.

* EarnYourHappyEnding: Whether or not Duodecim's ending is [[spoiler: EverybodyDies]] ''or'' [[spoiler: EverybodyLives]], the six "newcomers" from Duodecim go into the final battle [[spoiler: [[BolivianArmyEnding certain they cannot possibly survive it]]. Some of them (Kain) go through hell just so they can be there to fall fighting with the rest. It doesn't slow a single one of them down, and [[HeroicSacrifice their sacrifice]], whatever its nature, facilitates the heroes' victory in the events of ''Dissidia.'']]
* EdgeGravity: Characters performing a dodge on the ground will never fall off the edge of a platform. The AI, seemingly unaware of this, will on lucky occasions fail to dodge a player's attack by repeatedly dodging towards a nearby ledge and failing to move out of the way.
* EldritchAbomination: [[SealedEvilInACan Ex]][[WhenTreesAttack death]] and [[HumanoidAbomination Cloud of Darkness]]. Also technically Chaos.
* ElementalPowers: The heroes use the common [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[AnIcePerson Blizzard]] and [[ShockAndAwe Thunder]] spells. Terra, Shantotto, Bartz, Onion Knight, and the villains have access to higher-tier magic like {{Holy|HandGrenade}}, Flare, [[ColonyDrop Meteor]], and [[StuffBlowingUp Ultima]]. Kefka also uses the Fire-Blizzard-Thunder spells, but prefers their higher-tier "-aga" forms over the base forms the heroes use.
* EmbeddedPrecursor: Upon completion of ''Dissidia 012's'' story, you can play a redone version of the first ''Dissidia's'' story.
* EnemyCivilWar: While not outright war, the villains clearly do not get along and it isn't uncommon to find them plotting against one another.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Everyone gains a trail of sparkly magic during their EX Mode. [[ Sephiroth's purple sparkles]] are particularly amusing.
** Fun fact: Onion Knight actually has ''two'' types of sparkles, depending on what version of his EX Mode he's in. Light blue for Sage, deep purple for Ninja.
* EvilCounterpart: For EX Bursts, anyway. Golbez, Sephiroth, Ultimecia, Kuja, and Jecht all use the same input systems for their Bursts as their heroic counterparts. The most literal examples are Squall and Ultimecia (compare Squall's "Lion Heart" with Ultimecia's "Sorceress Heart"), and Tidus and Jecht ("Blitz Ace" and "Blitz King", where instead of a Blitzball, Jecht kicks a ''frickin' meteor''!)
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Exdeath and Cloud of Darkness, just due to their EldritchAbomination nature. Kefka and Kuja also appear to suffer from this, being unable to understand concepts like compassion and trust, and showing confusion at their corresponding heroes' attempts to reach out to them. Quite a few of the villains' plans are mucked up by the fact that MachiavelliWasWrong.
* EvilIsHammy: All of the villains (''especially'' Exdeath), save Sephiroth and Ultimecia. TheEmperor is usually cool and collected, but when he breaks out the ham, he does so in ''epic'' fashion.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler:The Emperor's plan for the Warriors of Cosmos to get all the crystlas so that Cosmos' power would die and she'd be able to be killed. Then, by using Jecht's crystal from the previous cycle, he would survive Chaos and the worlds' destruction and become the new god of the universe. It almost works... but [[DoomedMoralVictor Cosmos]] has the last laugh through a [[ThanatosGambit gambit of her own.]]]]
* EvilSoundsDeep: Garland, Golbez [[spoiler:[[DefectorFromDecadence well]], [[HeelFaceTurn not]] [[TheAtoner quite]]]], Exdeath, and Chaos. The last one is voiced by Creator/NorioWakamoto and Creator/KeithDavid, by the way.
* {{Expy}}:
** The Emperor is quite a bit like [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Seymour]] (they look alike, use similar weapons, and both have rivalries with Yuna). In fact, when Yuna and Tidus battle him in ''Dissidia 012's'' story mode, "Fight with Seymour" is the music that plays.

* TheFaceless: A good number of baddies hide their faces beneath their helms. See below.
* FakeDifficulty: In ''Dissidia 012'', once you get to the 13th cycle (in other words, the new version of the events of the original game), a "bonus line" is introduced to the enemy gateways. If you don't set your character's level equal to or lower than the recommended level, you'll get a KP penalty and be unable to gain new KP for the Moogle Shops. Made even more frustrating when the character you are restricting to a low level is done so from being at the max level do to data import. Or, inversely, your characters began at level one but you're fighting on a bonus day, resulting in you leveling up faster and going over the bonus lines.
* FakeLongevity: Stop and think about what you need to do to get all of the weapons--or even just ''decent'' weapons. ''Dissidia 012'' flat out ''expects'' you to run through the end game gateways several times, as the trade accessories needed for equipment are dispensed one at a time, sometimes at random. But if you can get through those gateways, you've done the most challenging part of the game already, all that's left is the Labyrinth, which you can't use that equipment in.
* FanDisservice: [[EldritchAbomination Chaos's]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} loincloth]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Of both the "sexy" kind and the nerdy kind. The cast is packed full of shapely beautiful women and well-built handsome men, both of the {{Bishonen}} kind and the ruggedly manly, and the game is packed with Mythology Gags, Shout Outs and series in-jokes.
** Just listen to Sephiroth taunting Cloud in the Shade Impulse chapters and try to imagine anyone besides a yaoi fan writing this dialogue. It's impossible.
* FashionableAsymmetry: It's ''Final Fantasy''. Ranges from Chaos with his lopsided horns to Tidus who is lucky his shoes match each other.
* FieldOfBlades: The Brink of Madness stage is a war-torn {{Mordor}} full of gigantic sword pierced into the ground. And by [[{{BFS}} gigantic]], we mean ''two to three stories tall''. Chaos uses as many as four of said blades ''at the same time'' for his ultimate attack.
* FightingYourFriend: Cloud vs. Firion, Squall vs. Warrior of Light, and Onion Knight vs. [[spoiler:Terra.]]
* FillItWithFlowers: Firion's dream is to fill the world with wild roses.
* FinishingMove: Due to game mechanics, EX Bursts often tend to become these. Less so in the sequel, where EX Bursts are less powerful overall. In both games, though, you get a significant XP bonus for ending the match with a Burst.
* FiveBadBand: In fitting with the new characters of ''Dissidia 012'' forming a Five Man Band, their respective rival villains fit into their counterpart roles nicely.
** BigBad: Garland, the leader of the villains aside from [[OrcusOnHisThrone Chaos]].
** TheDragon: The Emperor
** TheEvilGenius: Kefka
** TheBrute: Exdeath
** TheDarkChick: Cloud of Darkness and Ultimecia
** One could also make a case for the villains who control the overarching scheme of the game as forming a Five Bad Band--Kuja, Exdeath, Cloud of Darkness and Sephiroth are just following orders to fight their rival heroes and don't impact the main plot much otherwise, leaving the other six villains as:
*** BigBad: Garland
*** CoDragons: The Emperor and Ultimecia
*** TheEvilGenius: Golbez, who doubles as a [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor]].
*** TheBrute: Jecht
*** TheDarkChick: Kefka
* {{Flanderization}}: Many characters lost the CharacterDevelopment subplots of their original games, resulting in this. However, it's also justified; warriors summoned to fight are stripped of their memories of their homeworld, and only regain them as they fight, while their memories of the cycles themselves are erased if they are defeated within a cycle. ''012'' gives varying times for how long some of the characters have been around for the cycles, thus giving various degrees of memory recovery among them and allowing flexibility in how hard Flanderization kicks in. FakeMemories are also a thing for at least one characters, so there's that to consider, too.
* ForegoneConclusion: ''Dissidia 012'' is the 12th cycle, and a ''lot'' of the events of that cycle were at least referenced during the 13th, so several plot points can be guessed at, if not predicted outright.
** This means that Sephiroth haters will get to see Sephiroth commit suicide (as mentioned in the original by The Emperor). However this also means that Sephiroth fans will be forced to see Sephiroth commit suicide.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Laguna's story in ''Dissidia 012'', Vaan and Laguna discuss [[spoiler:why Cosmos doesn't use her powers to nuke every Manikin there is, and Laguna reasons it's because she's focusing her powers on the stability of the world and can't afford to divert her energy to fighting. Come the end of the 12th cycle that's exactly what she does to protect the Warrior of Light, and as a result in the 13th cycle she's still weak from the effort.]]
* FromClonesToGenre: ''Dissidia'' effectively kickstarted Square Enix's love of nostalgia-influcned games in the New 10s to the point where "Dissidia" might as well be a sub-genre of the ''Final Fantasy'' franchise. It began with ''Theatrhythm'', which explicitly used the backstory of ''Dissidia'' for its gameplay, but then ''Theatrhythm'' became its own sub-series. We then got ''Artnicks'', ''Airborne Brigade'', ''All the Bravest'', ''Record Keeper'', and ''Dissidia Opera Omnia'', mobile spin-off games that take heavy influence from ''Dissidia'' as a title where characters and villains from across the sries appear together. This idea than expanded into the home console with ''VideoGame/WorldOfFinalFantasy''. Basically, if you're playing a ''Final Fantasy'' game released in the last 10 years that has the core concept of being a CrisisCrossover, it was probably influenced by ''Dissidia''.
* FullNameBasis: In the Japanese versions, if a character has a full name, then they are referred to it in the HUD (ex. Cloud Strife, Squall Leonheart, Zidane Tribal). Overseas, only their first names are used.

* GambitPileup: Pretty much ''every'' villain has his/her own secret scheme s/he's working on while pretending to work with the other minions of Chaos.
* GameBreaker: Firion's [[SuperMode EX Mode]] (Blood Sword) and Bartz's [[LimitBreak EX Burst]] (Spellblade [[DualWielding Dual-Wield]] Rapidfire) are both nods to [[invoked]] gamebreakers in their original games.
* GameMod: Numerous texture hacks have sprung up that alter the appearances of characters to various purposes: some hacks are just palette swaps, others are meant to directly transform a character's appearance into someone else. Unsurprisingly, a number of the latter for ''KingdomHearts'' characters. Cloud and Sephiroth are common targets for texturing due to their {{BFS}} and BadassLongcoat. Though not as widespread, texturing entire ''arenas'' is possible too, such as the Chaos Shrine textured as Castle Oblivion.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The original game made frequent references to characters venturing deep into enemy territory or going off alone after travelling with others, which was pretty much impossible to show since there's only 10 arenas usable for story telling and thus there's never a consistent sense of distance between them. With the world map in ''Dissidia 012'' it is far clearer when characters split because they actually do it, and characters heading into enemy turf actually head to the Lands of Discord now.
** ''Dissidia 012'', the summonstones the player finds in gateways note they come and go as they please and will refuse the player's commands unless it suits them. This is because the summons the player finds are the Auto versions, which come under pre-set conditions and can't be called manually.
** Also in ''012'', in the Epilogue of Light to All, the player finds no enemies outside of gateways, the teleport stone to the main continent is gone, and the Omega arenas begin to be used in battle. The party alludes to the main continent being destroyed (hence no teleport stone to it), the enemies outside the gateways are implied to have been caught in the world's destruction-in-progress, and the Omega arenas are attributed to the same.
** A meta-example, Cecil learns more Dark Knight attacks than Paladin attacks at earlier levels, and his Paladin moves come at later levels, roughly reflecting his class change in his original game. Assuming you don't level him up prior to his storyline, he'll probably begin to get to that point in level at the end of the storyline, and during all prior cutscenes of his story before facing Golbez he appeared as a Dark Knight, then shifts into Paladin to face Golbez.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: To get through the storylines, of course the player wins their boss battles, but the cut scene right after often shows the villain standing up unharmed and walking away. A particularly noteworthy example is Firion's battle with Jecht, where after the fight ends, Jecht is casually stretching and goading Firion to keep fighting, while Firion is kneeling and panting! This has sparked some dispute over whether [[spoiler:Terra]] beat Cloud, or if [[spoiler:Warrior of Light]] beat Sephiroth, for the same reasons as above.
** And then there's Gameplay And Gameplay Segregation--A lot of the equippable weapons in the game are used in-battle by characters already regardless of what they have equipped. For example, you need to get Squall to Level 100 to equip his Lionheart, but his EX Mode will say "Equipped Lionheart" regardless of level.
** A slightly more meta example of GameplayAndStorySegregation occurs in ''012''. While Tidus, Terra, Cloud and Jecht are initially on different alignments in the story mode, functionally, they're still on their proper teams from the original game, as evidenced by the backgrounds of their EX Bursts and their victory themes.
* GigglingVillain: [[MonsterClown Kefka]] ([[LaughingMad naturally]]) and ''Sephiroth'' of all people (a maddening little "Hmm-hmm-hmm" that he does ''constantly''), primarily. In fact, about half of the villains' Dodge "quotes" are this, with the exception of Garland ("NICE TRY!"), Golbez, Kuja ("WELL NOW!"), Gabranth, and Chaos.
* GlassCannon: The "Gold" Manikins have little to no HP (often just a single point left) but ridiculously enhanced Brave and an aggressive, fast AI; you can kill them in one hit, but good luck actually connecting.
** ''Dissidia 012'', the Final Strike and Ancient Weapon equipment sets. Final Strike gives considerable boosts to your EX and Assist, but the three armor pieces are Level 1 so you have pitiful defenses. Ancient Weapon has high-level stats for all four pieces and grants an offensive boost of 50%, but with a penalty of:40% defense.
*** The infamous Iai Strike accessory build. Reduce your character's level to 1, remove their equipment, and then equip Smiting Soul along with level and equipment-centric Boosters. Against level 91+ enemies, you can achieve a Multiplier of 99.9 with the right Boosters, resulting in guaranteed Iai Strikes that will put you at 9999 Bravery with one attack. However, you also have a Level 1 character with no equipment, and a 20% defense penalty due to the Smiting Soul, multiplied by 99.9%. Though if you factor in a [[LastChanceHitPoint Safety Bit]]...
** Gabranth to a degree. He's a LightningBruiser in terms of combat once he gets into EX Mode, but landing an Assist attack on him will inflict EX Break and deplete his gauge.
* GlobalCurrencyException - ''Dissidia 012'' has a number of moogles floating around the map, each of which can sell you a variety of items. Instead of accepting gil, they use the KP (Kupo!) that you accumulate inside enemy gateways.
* AGodAmI: [[{{irony}} Kefka]] lampshades how many villains ([[{{Hypocritical humor}} including himself]]) believe themselves to be gods or aim to become them after getting particularly flustered at Sephiroth.
-->"He's just another sadist with a god complex. Like ''that's'' anything special."
* {{Golem}}: The Manikins, artificial soldiers in the shape of the various characters, commanded by Chaos. The Chaos Reports reveal that [[spoiler:they are the result of failed attempts to give physical bodies to spirits drifting through the Rift.]]
* GottaCatchThemAll: Let's see: characters, cleared chapters, summons, accomplishments, battlegen items, weapons, equipment, accessories, icons, Cosmos reports, Chaos reports, mastered abilities... this could take a while...
* GuideDangIt: Standard fare for a ''Final Fantasy'' game. Some examples include where to get most of the trade accessories, the passwords for the Ghost battle cards that drop the aforementioned accessories, how to properly time the attacks of some characters (especially Jecht), and more. Almost mocking are some of the game's 151 Accomplishments, some of which state outright what to do to complete them, others of which give only vague hints like "trust the totema" or "the end of the journey".
* GroundhogDayLoop: As the Chaos Reports reveal, [[spoiler:the cycle of ''Dissidia'' had already happened 12 times before when the heroes finally break it during the 13th time through.]]
* GrindBoots: Nearly all of the stages have "grind bars" of some sort. What they look like depends on what stage you're on, the can be arcs of light, walls, stone ridges, or ''the freaking Lifestream itself!''.

* HamToHamCombat: With characters like Garland and Kefka in the mix, it's inevitable.
-->'''Garland:''' Nothing but a [[MonsterClown jester]]!\\
'''Kefka:''' You [[BloodKnight battle-obsessed]] nimrod!
* HeadBob: Characters seem to spontaneously lose control of their neck muscles when they talk. [[ Exhibit A]].
* HeroicWillpower: Golbez reveals to Cecil that [[spoiler:this is the secret of the crystal. That they show themselves to those who exhibit the strongest will.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Garland is knocked down by Zidane [[spoiler: who was created by a Garland from another world[=/=]universe[=/=]reality]].
** In game example: Most magical Bravery attacks can be reflected back at the opponent, damaging them and potentially Breaking them as though it were your own attack. Some projectile-based HP attacks can also be deflected, allowing Terra to be killed by her own Meltdown, or--the one you're most likely to see--the Emperor killed by his own Flare.
** Certain summon effects can easily backfire, like Kraken (switches the Bravery of both fighters after a period of time) or Marilith (freezes opponent's Bravery after a period of time).
* HopelessBossFight: An optional one at the beginning of ''Dissidia 012''. [[TemptingFate You say you've "mastered Dissidia" to that Moogle?]] [[ Come and get your ass kicked.]] Strictly speaking it isn't ''entirely'' hopeless, as a player using cheats successfully defeated the opponent, proving that victory is at least hypothetically possible. However given the massive strength difference it would take mastery of the game far beyond reasonable levels to win fairly.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Averted by Firion, who is shown carrying his weapons. And he carries '''a lot''' of weapons, though he does activate it from time to time, such as when sparring with Cloud in order to prevent his thrown daggers from hitting his ally. Everyone else plays this fairly straight (they carry their weapons in battle, but other cutscenes have them no where to be seen), but this is exemplified by Bartz, who constantly summons and dismisses everyone else's weapons as needed.
** In the sequel, Lighting also averts it by carrying her GunBlade in a holster behind her at her waist (just like her original game, her victory pose is putting it away) while Vaan is up there with Bartz due to the sheer number of weapons he summons, though they're all unique to him.
* HypocriticalHumor: Oh man, where do we ''start''? Combined with all of the MythologyGag humor, this is what makes up just about half of the game. Shining examples:
** Quistis claiming equipment and accessories are the most important thing in combat (''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' caught a lot of flak for not including equipment at all)
** Cecil stating that Golbez is not the same as Exdeath (It's a running gag in ''FF'' fandom that the two look the same and have roughly the same plot battle scenes. True, Cecil was talking about morality here, but still...)
** This statement showing Kefka's meta-humour:
-->"[Sephiroth's] just another sadist with a God complex... like THAT'S something special!"
** When facing Yuna, Squall will ask her "Can't you fight alone?" This is coming from the guy who couldn't use ''items'' in battle without junctioning a [[SummonMagic GF]] first.

* IAmYourOpponent: Warrior of Light to Sephiroth. Zidane to Garland. Ultimecia to Firion. The Emperor to Tidus... Basically, this happens a lot.
* ImprobableAge: In the first game, the oldest hero with an explicit age (Cloud) is ''twenty-one''. The Warrior of Light, who doesn't have a canon age can't be much older, if indeed he is older at all. Firion, by the way, is 18. Most don't know because it's hidden so deep in [[AllThereInTheManual old Japanese game books]].
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Garland's massive sword which can be extended on a chain, split in two and transform into an axe. Also Squall's Gunblade.
* InfinityMinusOneSword: Rather literally, depending on the build you're using the more generic Level 99 weapons, (Heaven's Cloud, Excalibur II, Earthbreaker, Nirvana, to name a few), are superior to the exclusive Level 100 weapons as mentioned below. If you ''really'' want to get out there, the Level 85 Imp Equipment and Level 81 Heike equipment have their uses too.
** Special shoutout to the Lufenian gear:- it was a reward from the BonusDungeon in the original, in ''012'' it's farmable in Confessions of the Creator and will be your best gear until you get to the optional multi-floor gateways where you can get the trade materials needed to trade for comparable equipment.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Firion, Cloud, Squall, and Tidus get theirs from their games during their EX Modes. Also, Bartz gets the Brave Blade for the final attack of his EX Burst.
** Subverted with Cecil and Zidane--Cecil's two EX Mode weapons, the [[GoodCostumeSwitch Mythgraven Blade]] and the [[EvilCostumeSwitch Deathbringer]], are strictly early-game weapons, being the SwordOfPlotAdvancement and the last EvilWeapon used before the HeelFaceTurn, respectively. Likewise, Zidane's weapons (the two daggers are the Mage Mashers and the fused sword is The Ogre) are strictly disc-one weapons in the original game.
** Every character has at least one InfinityPlusOneSword in their arsenal in the form of their lvl-100-exclusive. (They all also have a lvl-50 and a lvl-ninetysomething-exclusive, that functions either as a InfinityMinusOneSword or another InfinityPlusOneSword depending on character build). In '''yet another''' series of {{Mythology Gag}}s and {{Continuity Nod}}s, these exclusives are often named after {{Infinity Plus One Sword}}s in the character's original game.
* InstantExpert: Since ExperiencePoints are assigned in real time, characters can level up in the middle of a battle: and do, with associated increases to their stats. This is particularly noticeable if you use the Exdeath level grinding technique, where after landing an HP attack your own HP will jump up a thousand points or more as you level up several times at once.
* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: Actual ''characters'', of all things, in ''Dissidia 012''. In some Gateways your Assist character will block access to enemies or other items, forcing you to go around them instead of you being able to just get them to move. The bonus storyline takes notice of this by giving you the option to remove your Assist from the map by challenging them to battle, then deliberately puts them in the way of items or enemies. Have fun fighting Gabranth without an Assist because you just ''had'' to get those two chests they were guarding.
* InteractiveNarrator: The narrator is actually [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Cid of the Lufaine]]. [[spoiler: In the secret ending, he carries on a conversation with Cosmos. His position as narrator is actually justified in the Chaos Reports. He sold his body in a deal with Shinryu for power over the conflict.]]
* InterfaceScrew: The World of Darkness Omega stage randomly shifts from the normal stage to one of two alternate stages, signaled by flakes of darkness appearing around the arena. Any attacks that a character was performing will cease, and against AI opponents they're liable to attack you ''during'' the shift before you even get a chance to gather your bearings in this new arena. Additionally, while attacks are interrupted, any projectiles out and about remain, they just change over with the arena, so it's possible to dodge an opponent's projectile attack just as the arena changes, then in the new arena have that same projectile hit you from behind before you even know it's there.
* InterfaceSpoiler: In ''Dissidia 012'' Team Cosmos now has a blue backdrop for the [[LimitBreak EX Bursts]], while Team Chaos keeps the orange backdrops. Terra, Cloud and Tidus have a blue backdrop while Jecht has an orange one, despite their change in alignments. Of course the respective [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face]] and {{Face Heel Turn}}s are a ForegoneConclusion.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Though game is coy about ''how'' the continuities work.
* IronicEcho: When Squall returns Bartz' feather to him, he speaks Bartz' line when he gave Squall the feather before. Thus ''miming the mime''.
** In Shade Impulse, shortly before fighting the Emperor:
-->'''Emperor:''' Insects may swarm, but they are insects nonetheless.
*** And then, after beating him (if you happened to be playing as Firion):
--->'''Emperor:''' How could I lose... not once but twice? Who ''are'' you?\\
'''Firion:''' Just a swarm of insects.
*** Some other characters will have their own {{Ironic Echo}}es for the Emperor:
-->'''Cecil:''' Insects with a sting.\\
'''Bartz:''' I heard you call us insects!\\
'''Cloud:''' Just another bug.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: The "012" in ''Dissidia 012'' is spelled "Dissidia 012". The proper Latin pronunciation is "duode''k''im", with a hard "c", but the trailer voice-overs pronounce the game title "duode''s''im". Cue debates.
* IWillFightSomeMoreForever: One of the central plot points. The war has been going on for many cycles, and [[spoiler:the secret reports indicate that Cosmos has ''never'' won. The amnesia means that most characters don't realizes this, but when they do reactions vary. In the twelfth, the Warrior and Kain decided to just reset the cycle rather than suffer a permanent loss, hoping for a better outcome on the next round.]]

* JigglePhysics: Tifa bounces considerably. It's especially noticeable in her taunt and EX-burst.
** If you look closely at her victory pose, her boobs move up and down when she is ''standing still.''
* JumpPhysics: Everyone gets at ''least'' one double jump, and certain characters are themselves an exercise in giving gravity the finger, particularly the ''Final Fantasy IX'' characters -- Kuja gets to glide freely in the air and Zidane gains ten additional jumps on top of the base double jump.
** And naturally, Kain Highwind, who's signature attack and EX Burst are jumps of varying height.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: The villains simply cannot resist invoking this trope, though it's a good thing since a lot of the plot would be much more vague if their side of the story wasn't explained. The only villains who don't invoke this are the Cloud of Darkness and Sephiroth, who prefer to deliver their rivals a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, Jecht, who [[DumbMuscle has no secret schemes to talk about]], and Kefka (in Shade Impulse, at least), who seems to taunt the heroes about having knowledge about what they did to Cosmos, but if they wish to know, decides not to tell as a means of further taunting.

* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:The reason that ''Dissidia 012'' focuses on the new characters is that the old ones drop like flies in the main storyline, and eventually the newbies don't make it out alive either. It's a good thing DeathIsCheap in the ''Dissidia'' universe because otherwise the final stand would be a DownerEnding to rival ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''.]]
** And then in [[spoiler:Confessions of the Creator, an alternate nightmare universe where the cycles kept going, Feral Chaos killed all summoned warriors, even his own, and the only thing that kept Cosmos from sharing their fate is Cid intervening and sealing her where Chaos couldn't reach her]].
* {{Koan}}: One type of the materials required to make each character's ultimate weapon has a Koan relating to each of the characters', well, character. Some can be seen as {{Ice Cream Koan}}s, though.
* KudzuPlot: ''Dissidia'' had a fairly simple plot on the surface, with the Reports and two bonus storylines hinting at a deeper mythos. Then ''Dissidia 012'' ran away with it all--alternate universes, human cloning, retcons to the story of the original ''Dissidia'', and general confusion. This isn't helped by the story being told in fragments between the three storyline modes and the Reports. Having it all written down in order helps one make sense of it, but even then it's pretty confusing, and there's ''still'' plot holes left unfilled.
** There's a bit of confusion over [[spoiler:Chaos's origins, mainly that some sources in-game say Garland was sent back in time to become him, while others say Chaos was an advanced Manikin. Careful analysis of the Reports, however, seems to imply that the two Chaoses are ''not'' the same being--Garland thinks that the Chaos of ''Dissidia'' needs a name some day, which would indicate that he named it Chaos after the demon he became, which would also explain the conflicting origins. Also, Garland could be considered an UnreliableNarrator--sure he tells Chaos later in the game that he will be sent back in time to become Chaos, but considering the constant purifications the two have gone through that twisted Chaos's memories, maybe Garland's have been likewise distorted. Of course from there you could consider ''everyone'' an UnreliableNarrator since it's shown even Cid's memories are not protected, so who knows if anything you're told by anyone is the truth.]]
*** [[spoiler: There's a tiny bit more credence to the above theory, in the implication that the Manikin Chaos was named after an actual mythological being FROM the world of FFI. But it's an implication at best, and does nothing to answer just which Chaos it is Garland becomes. Unless they're [[TimeyWimeyBall all the same being somehow]], which brings the entire ContinuitySnarl right back to start.]]

* LampshadeHanging: A lot more than you would expect from a ''Final Fantasy''. The ingame manuals have quite a bit of fun with this.
* LargeHam: Many characters have OVER THE TOP dialogue, particularly [[GoodBadTranslation Garland]] and [[WhenTreesAttack Exdeath]].
** [[FauxAffablyEvil Kefka]] at least has the excuse that he's [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity totally insane]].
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The warriors of Cosmos (and maybe Chaos) have varying degrees of this; some can remember a fair amount about their pasts while others only retain snippets. While this was only implied in the first game, ''Dissidia 012'' confirms it, and gives it more explanation. [[spoiler: When the warriors of Cosmos and Chaos are summoned to the world (or if they fall and are revived in the next cycle), they lose their memories, but begin to regain them the more they fight.]]
** With that said, the losing side of any cycle loses all memory of that cycle, resulting in things like Bartz finding that he can mimic abilities that none of his immediate allies can use.
* LastStand: [[spoiler: The ending of the main 012 scenario.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Though you don't have to have played the [[Franchise/FinalFantasy main series games]] to understand the story of ''Dissidia'', it doesn't have any problem spoiling those games, such as casually mentioning that Cecil is a Paladin and he and Golbez are brothers, Gabranth is Basch's EvilTwin, and Garland and Chaos are the same person. Heck, half the characters' EX Modes are spoilers for their respective games: Kuja can enter Trance, Terra is half-Esper, Exdeath is actually a tree, etc. The very existence of the Cloud of Darkness and Ultimecia also count. For some cases it's understandable since the games are quite old and knowledge about them is likely widespread, and depicting the characters accurately demands a level of foreknowledge about their original appearance. ''Dissidia 012'' however takes cues from ''Final Fantasy IV: The After Years'' by giving Golbez a Man in Black outfit and Kain a Hooded Man outfit; ''The After Years'' came out a mere two years before ''Dissidia 012'' and the identities of the Man in Black and the Hooded Man are major end-game plot twists. Whoops.
* LegionOfDoom: The Warriors of Chaos.
* LeftHanging: The Reports mention four warriors in a past cycle, one with a deep connection to Shinryu, and the other three were too badly weakened and were destroyed by Shinryu's purification. Though the warrior connected to Shinryu could ''possibly'' be Exdeath, since he and Shinryu are so closely related to the Void and come from the same game, the identities of the other three are unknown. It was speculated at one point they could be Shantotto, Prishe and Gabranth, but the official quests {{Jossed}} that, so the mystery remains.
* LimitBreak: EX Burst; also referenced in Cloud's and Sephiroth's EX Bursts where the phrase is actually used ([[DontExplainTheJoke since, y'know,]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII the game they hail from]] is the TropeNamer).
* LipLock: Most of the characters suffer from it to some degree at various times, but Cloud in particular has a horrible case of this, with random awkward Creator/WilliamShatner-esque pauses in the middle of half his lines (contrast with the same actor's performance in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', where he... didn't talk... like this). The way [[ Kefka says one of his lines]] seems to be a parody of this trope.
** Thankfully, however, the quality of the dubbing is much better in ''Dissidia 012'', including Steve Burton's performance, which doesn't suffer from the awkward pauses this time around. Unfortunately, the higher quality of the new material only manages to highlight how bad the old scenes, which are included in the game, were.
* LocomotiveLevel: The Phantom Train in ''Dissidia 012.''
* LonersAreFreaks: Squall is openly mocked (and in one case, outright attacked by one of the heroes of Cosmos) because he refuses to travel with his TrueCompanions and fights all of his battles alone. Of course, he has reasons for this beyond selfish solitude. Though initially it appears this is because of Ultimecia, the Warrior of Light also comes to understand this after they fight. Of course, the Warrior of Light is ''also'' traveling alone and Squall calls him out on it.[[note]]For the curious, Squall travels alone so that he can draw more enemies, thus taking some of the burden off his allies. He gets better.[[/note]]
** Sephiroth also gets a bit of this when refusing to cooperate with the Emperor and Ultimecia.
* LoopholeAbuse: In ''Dissidia 012'', the KP Chances in Scenario 000 are ridiculously difficult, and in some gateways the KP Chance can be to beat opponents in under 30 or 60 seconds - opponents who are Level 100 or higher and have top-level equipment, lots of Bravery to get through to inflict Break, and summons. Having trouble? Weaken them with your first party member, then let them kill you -- the second party member in line will begin a new battle, the enemy will have however much HP the first party member left them with, but the KP Chance timer will start over and reward you the KP.
* LostInTranslation: The English translators caught a great deal of the allusions to the original translations of the games and fit them in. It just makes it all the more painful to notice the allusions that are LostInTranslation. One example is Ultimecia's victory quote "Reality is harsh, is it not?" being a direct translation of the original Japanese version of Edea's speech, but it ended up only vaguely paraphrasing the original English version of the same line, "This is reality, no one can help you." As another example, the ''Final Fantasy IV'' stage is called "Lunar Subterrane," while the stage is quite clearly the moon's surface and not the cavern's under it.
** Played pretty much straight in the Spanish version of the game, which translated many, '''many''' things ignoring whatever they were called when the game appeared on Spain.
** An arguable case seen in every version: During the end credits, a montage of all the player characters in their pre-boss-battle cutscenes is shown, with remixed music from the ending themes of their respective games. When it gets to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]]'s segment, it plays a remix of of the first part of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'''s ending theme- which just so happens to be a remix of ''Cyan's'' {{leitmotif}}. This might have been deliberate, as it ''was'' the first part of the original song, but there was ''also'' a remix of Terra's leitmotif later in the same song so it's still an odd choice.
** One could very easily argue that the writers of the Chaos and Cosmos Reports only briefly skimmed a plot synopsis of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''.
** Shinryu's museum profile in ''Dissidia 012'' listed him as appearing in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''...and he didn't.
** Lesser examples exclude simple erroneous translations, like Cecil's Saint's Fall and Kain's Sky Rave, meant to be named after [[CombinationAttack Band]] attacks in ''The After Years'', Saint Dive and Sky Grinder.
** Tifa's "Orthopedic Underwear" accessory is bizarrely translated as "Stretch Boxers".

* MadeOfIron: Everyone. Blast them with forbidden ancient magic, slash and impale them repeatedly with swords and spears, crush them with meteors, knock them halfway across the arena face-first into a wall that breaks from the force of the impact. They'll just walk it off. Less so with the manikins, which are shown to visibly shatter into pieces in cutscenes and during gameplay if the HP attack that killed them was close to ground.
* MalevolentArchitecture: The majority of the ? versions of the stages are out to hurt you. For example, the active version of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Castle Pandaemonium]] has [[SpikesOfDoom spikes popping out of random parts of the ground]].
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: [[MascotFighter Duh...]]
* MechaMooks, {{Evil Knockoff}}s: The Manikins, crystalline clones of each character that make up Story Mode's not-so-random encounters.
* MeanwhileScene: The villains run this tropes to its extreme, with about half the dialogue scenes in each Destiny Odyssey storyline focusing on the villains scheming against the heroes, and entire cutscenes in Shade Impulse.
** ''Dissidia 012'' introduces The Reports, a series of written notes that work like a Cliff Notes version explaining [[spoiler:the origins of Cosmos, Chaos, Garland and the Manikins]]. They also allow you to view scenes that occur parallel to the main story but aren't seen. Kuja's entire character arc for the 12th cycle is contained within these reports, as is Cloud's encounter with Tifa and [[spoiler:Golbez's meeting with Cosmos]].
* MechanicallyUnusualFighter: Most characters fight using Bravery attacks to build up Bravery, HP attacks to deal HP damage, and landing attacks generates EX Force that fills an EX Gauge, when filled the character can enter [[SuperMode EX Mode]] for a temporary power boost. With [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Gabranth]] however, his Bravery attacks are slow and weak and his HP attack automatically charges up his EX Gauge. When it fills and he enters EX Mode, his entire moveset changes, turning him into a LightningBruiser with powerful attacks and high movement speed, but only until the gauge depletes, at which point he goes back to normal and has to charge it up again.
* MediumAwareness combined with SelfDeprecation: Sephiroth and Cloud seem perfectly aware of the fact this is about the 7th or 8th time they've fought each other, and that it likely won't be the last:
-->'''Sephiroth:''' I must face him and fulfill my obligation.\\
'''Cloud:''' Fighting you... would be meaningless. I'm tired of taking part in pointless battles.
* MeleeATrois: Subverted when Garland and Kuja decide it's not worth fighting if Jecht is going to join in.
* MindControl: At two points in the main story, [[spoiler: Terra's mind is taken over by Kefka, forcing her to fight two of her allies, Onion Knight and Cloud. It is also heavily implied that she previously fought on the side of Chaos, under Kefka's control, reflecting her initial situation in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''.]]
** [[spoiler:Cloud actually fights her to cool her off, as he later explains. Terra understands and appreciates the fact that he essentially let her beat the crap out of him.]]
** [[spoiler: Jecht, nearing the end of ''012'', gets brainwashed by the Emperor and Chaos.]]
* MineralMacGuffin: The Crystals yet again. As an interesting set of throwbacks, each hero's Crystal is modeled after a Crystal, or crystal-like item (Magicite, Materia, Spheres) from their own world, or, failing that, some important motif of their game.
** Squall's is the only one that looks out of place until you realize they're feathers. And Rinoa has a feather motif.
* MinMaxing: All characters have 450 CP with which to equip attacks, action commands like dashes and jumps, and support skills. This means characters like Jecht and Ultimecia will have lots of CP to spare because of their small movesets, while characters with larger movesets like Cecil, Lightning, and Gabranth will have less CP to devote to support skills. Characters with multiple movesets will often also have discounts on CP costs, though.
** This trope is pretty much the only thing that balances Feral Chaos--his moves are obscenely strong, but they have about twice the CP cost of other characters, and his support and action skills like dodging, dashing, etc, cost more than normal characters. 450 CP goes fast when Bravery attacks are 30 CP and HP attacks are 50. Even with Accessories to boost max CP, it's impossible to equip him with a full set of attacks without sacrificing other skills.
* MirroredConfrontationShot: The box art and PSP theme.
** The box art itself (the paper insert in the box's plastic cover) is actually reversible, too. One side shows the heroes gathered together; take it out, flip it around, and put it back in, and your box art now has the equivalent shot done by the villains on a black background. [[note]]Even the screenshots on the back are changed. Cloud or Sephiroth showing off an attack, for example.[[/note]]
*** There is also a limited edition cover art insert that does the same thing, only with embossed images and more overall aesthetically pleasing but vague art.
* MirrorMatch: In ''Dissidia 012'', a new type of battle piece in the Confessions of the Creator storyline pit you against an enemy party consisting of the same five characters with the same equipment, moveset and support abilities, set in that character's related arena.
* MissionPackSequel: ''Dissidia 012''. Granted the sheer amount of extra content is quite staggering, but it doesn't change the fact that it's almost the exact same game as the first, but with more characters, modes, etc.
* {{Mordor}}: In ''012,'' the Lands of Discord are these, full of nasty-looking lava flows (of course).
* MrFanservice: '''And how'''. ''Dissidia 012'' even added in a "completely shirtless" version of Tidus who runs around in Cycle 012 that way.
* MusicalNod: All over the damn place, but Zidane is interesting because he does them without actual music. For instance, his story mode is called [[ "Melodies of Life"]], and he sometimes refers to [[ "a place he has to go back to"]]...
* MusicalSpoiler: The only way you can truly tell who is [[spoiler:the fake Cosmos]]. The real one appears with a {{leitmotif}}.
* MyRulesAreNotYourRules: There are all sorts of rules about what equipment may be used, how abilities are earned, and that sort of thing. [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard None of these rules apply to the computer opponents.]] Which the game is only too happy to show you in the pre-fight loading screen.
* MythologyGag: The game is full of them, enough to fill a page...[[MythologyGag/DissidiaFinalFantasy so here it is]].