Heartwarming: Tales of Xillia 2
Despite being Darker and Edgier, this game has some heartwarming moments. Beware of Late Arrival Spoilers.
- The Alternate Milla doesn't have anyone taste or even appreciate her cooking (namely her sister) until Elle came to her life when Elle tasted her cooking; complimenting it's good. Despite her attitude being all rude and bossy, she's actually quite sweet, caring, and even bonds with Elle until Milla sacrifices herself late in the game, and asks Ludger to make soup for her.
- Had Agria accepted Leia's help, she would have become Leia's best friend and help her out in one of the fractured dimension. It's good to know that there's some heartwarming moments between those two if this incident happen in the prime dimension.
- Likewise, one of Rowen's sidequests involves a fractured dimension where Nachtigal, the Disc One Final Boss of the last game, became The Good King instead of an Evil Overlord due to his sister's memento. He and the Rowen of that world were on completely good terms (even mentioning Rowen was Happily Married to his sister), and while he does end up fighting you, it's treated more like a friendly sparring match than the tragic life-or-death battle of the first game. Even hearing his voice in a more friendly tone, compared to the last game, is heartwarming. Rowen ends up glad the two at least (sort of) got to meet again under better circumstances.
- In one of the skits, Gaius tells Muzet and Ludger that being a king is so tough that he only gets to sleep for 1/2 an hour whereas his assistants gets a few hours of sleep. Both were shocked and then ask if he's alright. Sure enough Gaius suddenly dozes off while Muzet advises Ludger to let him sleep. Awww...
Muzet: "I suddenly find myself feeling this strange sensation when I am near you. I don't think I'd ever have felt this way if I didn't come to this world. Ludger... I will only say this once. Thank you for the way you treat me and the way you look at me.
- How about Gaius's new perspective in general? Here's a man who attempted to destroy an entire world (or just its technology in the American version). Rather than simply be killed at the end of Tales of Xillia, he pulls an epic Heel-Face Turn after the heroes spare him Walking the Earth so that he can better understand how to serve his people as their king.
- There's also the growth in his relationship with Muzet. Previously, she was more a tool to him than anything else, but now they're clearly close friends, and possibly more. In one skit, Gaius even says that blue has become his favorite color because he now associates it with Muzet - and in her second Chapter story, when everyone else is skeptical about her homemade gift, he puts one in his hair with no hesitation whatsoever, to the shock of the others.
- Or for that matter, Muzet's new perspective. She was once so dependent that she was willing to slaughter countless people and destroy a world just for the sake of having someone to follow. Now she's learned to think for herself and yearns to bond with the people around because she has come to sincerely hope for a world where spirits and humans can truly coexist.
Muzet: A few special humans have turned me into a believer.
- The progression in Muzet's friendship with Ludger is a small, but sweet one. In a victory quote later in the game, she apologizes for intentionally teasing and flustering him because he's unfamiliar with spirits as an Elympion. While the synopsis entries (which are in Ludger's perspective) not concerning the main plot aren't meant to be taken seriously, there's a cute, if not a tad silly, entry Ludger will write if his Affection Level with Muzet is maxed: He has a crush on her.
- The skit for when you get Muzet and Ludger's linked Mystic Arte:
- Jude and Mila being an outright Official Couple this time. Their interations in Jude's sidequests in particular are incredibly sweet. It does make it a bit of a Tear Jerker that she can't stay in his world for long, though.
- The option to hug Elle after Alternate Mila dies.
- The fact that while Elle is pissed off at everyone else for the above, she isn't with Ludger.
- Crossing HEAVILY with Tear Jerker, Alternate Milla's death along with the bonus scene. It ends up sounding like a dying mother asking her husband to take care of their daughter.
- The skit "The King and Elle", where Gaius, of all people, succeeds in making Elle feel better after Alt Mila's death.
- Gaius' interactions with Ludger altogether throughout the story, skits and character quests. Although he is very to the point and all about making sure that Ludger sticks to his goals, he looks out for him and gives advice and reminds Ludger that he isn't alone. At any point after the chapter where you kill Julius and talk to Gaius, he says the following:
Gaius: Ludger, as King of Rieze Maxia, I thank you and your brother. As Erston, it is an honor to fight by your side.
Gaius: (to Ludger) "Don't let him get get to you."*Gaius walks over to Rideaux and punches him in the face*Gaius: "Just the empty words of a sore loser."
- There's another small moment in the main story, showing that Gaius does care considerably about Ludger's well-being and it also doublin as a Crowning Moment of Awesome. After defeating Rideaux for the third and final time, there's a choice to either convince Gaius not to kill him or have Ludger handle Rideaux. Pick the former, and Rideaux decides to still try and torment Ludger for being used by Spirius. Ludger loses his composure while Gaius seems unfazed, but his response says otherwise:
- The second chapter of Gaius's character quest, where he encounters the fractured dimension versions of the Chimeriad in a world where he never became King, meaning they can be openly kind and friendly to him. Once that chapter is over, Gaius comes to the realization that even in his world, with their subordinate positions to consider, they'd been his friends the whole time.
- The third chapter is pretty sweet too. Ludger, Muzet and Gaius take Kyle and Tanner's group on a field trip to the Sapstrath Deepwood. After Gaius and co. slip away to quietly deal with some troublesome monsters, Kyle's group presents Gaius with a present: a camera. Kyle and Tanner give Gaius the nickname of 'Big E' and consider Gaius to be part of their group. They take a group photo after, with Gaius in the middle. It's slight, but you can see Gaius' happy smile.
- After the battle against Rideaux and Ivar, the latter is once again humiliated that he failed at his job. This then goes two ways:
- If Milla was picked to fend off the enemies, Jude will convince Ivar that failing is a learning experience and the two seem to reach an understanding. Considering the relationship the two had in the first game, it's nice to see that the two are finally on good terms.
- If Jude was picked to fend off the enemies, Milla will admit to Ivar that while he has failed many times, she remembers the loyalty he displayed when he was her handmaid, and thanks him for his service.
- A wrong number resulted in Elize unknowingly becoming pen-pals to the chancellor of Elympios. They briefly stopped speaking after Marcia sent a group of Exodus members to be executed, but they talked it out when a fractured dimension brutally knocked Elize out of her naivety. Marcia assured Elize that while growing up requires acknowledging the harshness of the world, it does not require changing who she is, and that people like Elize have a vital function in preventing everyone else from Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
- After Rowen reminisces about how he never had a family, Milla tells him he could still try. He responds by saying that he doesn't need to, since the party, including Ludger and Elle are all more of a family than he could have ever hoped for. Awwww....
- Just about everyone's final character episodes, especially Alvin's, condidering how badly he has it until then.
- One of the skits mention about the tune Julius used to hum to calmed down Ludger when he and Ludger were lost on a camping trip when they were kids and he hummed it the whole time to keep Ludger calm (even he complain that he lost his voice after being rescued).
- To be frank, ANYTHING that involves the Hymn of Proof, the song itself and the backstory. It was composed by none other than the Genesis Sage Kresnik, who was really just a normal girl named Milla who wanted to meet Maxwell. Even after they had a falling out because she couldn't support Maxwell's idea to save only a worthy few, her impact on him was so profound that he created Milla Maxwell in her image.
- The way different characters hum the Hymn of Proof is pretty endearing. Julius hums it in an easygoing manner, even before he meets his fate. Jude and Milla hum it like a triumphant duet for the previous Maxwell. Ludger gives it a more gentle tone to Elle before he vanishes, and Elle herself hums it as a cheery tune as an adult.
- The truth about Dr. Howe, the man who developed the theory behind spirit artes. It all happened because he fell in love with the great spirit Celsius and wanted her to feel the same. Like Milla Kresnik before him and Jude Mathis after, this caused him to throw himself into creating a world where humans and spirits can coexist. Celsius describes him as just a lovesick fool, but she may have returned his feelings after all. Seeing Jude and Milla together renewed her hope that her and Howe's dream has a chance to work.
- Overlapping with Tear Jerker, Ludger choosing to save Elle from disappearing by sacrificing himself in the True/Good Ending. Like what Elize and Rowen say, he could meet Elle again as his daughter, but he chose her because she's the one that he grew to love like family.
- The True/Good Ending epilogue as well. Elle's shown to be all grown up with an older Rollo sleeping at her side with one of his kittens as she reads on her GHS about Jude getting the Howe award, Leia becoming Chief Editor and then Alvin calling her about a job. Everything's ok for Elle now, even if Ludger's gone. She still has all of her friends and has made a life for herself.
- The more ShipTease-y moments between Alternate Milla and Ludger.
Alternate Milla: "I'm not worried, you know."Ludger: (unconvinced snort)