->'''Mewt''': It'd be cool if this really were a magic book. Haven't you ever read a book and thought "What if the world in this book was the real world?"
->'''Ritz''': I dunno. Most books are sooo boring. They're all way too predictable.
->'''Marche''': Well, what do you like, Ritz? Comic books?
->'''Ritz''': Games! You know, fighting monsters and all that.
->'''Marche''': OK, if you could make any game real, which would it be?
->'''Ritz''': Hmm, that's a good question!
->'''Mewt''': I'd pick "Franchise/FinalFantasy." That's my favorite.

A GaidenGame in the [[RunningGag unfathomably popular]] ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, ''Final Fantasy Tactics Advance'' was released for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance in the fall of 2003. While it inherited its [[RPGElements RPG-flavored]] TurnBasedStrategy engine from its predecessor, the original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', its setting and plot are entirely new. With its good graphics, excellent soundtrack, and staggering depth of gameplay, the game is one of the standouts of the [=GBA's=] impressive library.

The game is the first (and only) game in the series to use the RecursiveCanon conceit. It begins when four outcast kids discover a mysterious grimoire that whisks them away from their boring town and into the fantastic world of [[VideoGame/IvaliceAlliance Ivalice]]: a strange MedievalEuropeanFantasy world populated by creatures from the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise of which the children are huge fans.

Furthermore, each of the children has been changed in a way to reflect their inner desires: outcast Marche is now a strong and respected member of a mercenary clan, [[ActionGirl tomboy Ritz]] no longer has to dye her hair to avoid the cruel jokes of her schoolmates, Marche's crippled brother Doned can now walk again, and ButtMonkey Mewt is the prince of Ivalice itself.

However, despite enjoying Ivalice at first, Marche soon becomes homesick and looks for a way to return. He discovers that "Ivalice" is actually a dreamworld, the result of the grimoire imposing the childrens' own desires and imaginations upon his new home town and [[LotusEaterMachine trapping everyone and everything within the illusion]]. Deciding that this is selfish of them, Marche resolves to shatter the fantasy and return everything to normal... a goal that brings him into conflict with his friends (who prefer life in Ivalice) and the ruling monarchy of Ivalice itself, whose members do not take kindly to the idea of a DreamApocalypse.

On the gameplay side, ''Final Fantasy Tactics Advance'' returns the class system of the previous game, but adds a new twist: races. Unlike in the first game, where characters could theoretically learn almost any skill, given enough time and the right gender, certain abilities and classes are available only to certain species: The brutish, [[BerserkButton lizardlike]] Bangaa; the magical, mild-mannered Nu Mou; the lithe, [[OneGenderRace all-female]] Viera; ''Final Fantasy'' series staple Moogles; and, of course, ([[OneGenderRace all-male]]) Humans ([[HumansAreAverage guess what they]] [[JackOfAllStats are]]). Additionally, skills are learned by having certain weapons and armour equipped, instead of the ''Tactics'''s JP system.

Combat is strictly turn-based, with characters doing what you tell them to when you tell them to, no waiting for spellcasting or anything of that nature. Another new feature is "Laws", restrictions placed on combat by the [[CombatReferee Judges of Ivalice]]. Breaking the Law results in soccer-style penalties, with the result that a repeat offender may be hauled off to jail.

CharacterDevelopment and atmosphere are only side aspects and not quite as deep and immersive as in the first game, but the number of potential missions is simply staggering, and don't underestimate the addictiveness of putting a game of this type on a portable. There's more than 200 hours of gameplay here, if you seek it.

''Final Fantasy Tactics Advance'' swung as far to the easy side of the gameplay difficulty scale as the original ''Final Fantasy Tactics'' swung to the hard side. There's very little challenge, but the game is still solid and fans of TurnBasedStrategy games may wish to try it out. Although the LighterAndSofter graphics style caught some considerable flak from fans of '' Final Fantasy Tactics'' and ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', the game's style is actually lifted wholesale from an earlier Yasumi Matsuno title, ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' - which ''Final Fantasy Tactics'' was the DarkerAndEdgier SpiritualSuccessor to.

This game was also built an AudioAdaptation, named ''Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Radio Edition''. It's exclusively in Japan, and since they're probably rare now, try watching [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9ZTxT0nNP4 this]] to fullify your satisfication.

A sequel (''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2: Grimoire of the Rift'') is out, and while it too is a bit of a NonLinearSequel, there are quite a few [[ContinuityNod continuity nods]] that suggest that the protagonist, Luso Clemens, is from the same world as the characters in ''Final Fantasy Tactics Advance'', even if the world he finds himself spirited to is quite different from the one in this game. [[spoiler: Its ending proves that Marche did not destroy the Ivalice from this game when he left, and that Mewt, at least, turned out just fine. However, WordOfGod contradicts this (see YMMV).]]

The Character Sheet can be found [[Characters/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance here.]]

The game saw a rerelase on the WiiU UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole in 2015.

NOTE: This is for logging tropes, not lecturing on the common AlternateCharacterInterpretation. Canon is canon.

!!This game provides examples of:
* ActionBomb: Explode is known by most bombs and can be learned by Blue Mages. Bangaa Defenders have a variant, called 'Meltdown,' that does damage equal to their remaining health.
* ActionGirl: Ritz and Shara. Most Viera, in fact.
* AerithAndBob: You'll encounter procedurally generated names such as Dave, Lester, Cassidy, Stanz, Ramses, Benkman, Shumakyr, Anry, and many more spanning the mundane-unusual gap.
* AllJustADream: It's quickly established that the Ivalice the main characters go to is a fantasy world that doesn't exist. Once everyone decides to go home, they return to reality.
* AmbiguousGender: Except for the Viera, all generic allies and enemies qualify. They're randomly assigned male or female names, or often surname-type names.
* AnAesop: It's not good to run from your problems instead of dealing with them.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: You are never allowed more than about 6-8 characters (out of a potential 24) on the field at any one time. Often you're limited to as few as four for "small scale" missions.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: An image of Mewt asks Marche if his dad will come home.
* BackThatLightUp: Several settings were designed to compensate for the lighting quirks of various hardware.
* BattleButler: Babus
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Viera Assassins are portrayed as having these in the concept art.
* BonusFeatureFailure: ''Final Fantasy Tactics Advance'' is a two-in-one combo. It has several unlockable characters; Some of these are unique characters that cannot change classes or learn new abilities, while others are merely normal units with special sprites.
** [[spoiler:Ezel]] Gets the worst of this trope. He has high magic power but only has two abilities and neither of them inflict damage. He can't switch jobs either.
* BossRush: Part of the climax; Copies of Famfrit and Adrammelech attack in the first phase, while two copies of Mateus attack in the second.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Cid in the real world is portrayed in the Japanese version as a drunk that can't hold a steady job. The localized versions has Cid acting like a cringy self loathing loser.
* BraggingRightsReward: After completing all 300 missions, you are allowed to recruit [[spoiler:the Judgemaster Cid]], who is a decent character, but nothing special. At this point, the only thing left in the game to do is a [[BonusDungeon bonus quest]] of another ten missions after that.
* CantDropTheHero: He is not required for random battles or side missions, but Marche is required to be present in every storyline mission.
* CatchAndReturn: The Return Fire reaction ability.
* CentralTheme: Confidence. Pretty much all the main characters lack it due their own personal problems and it's only when they learn to overcome said problems that they return to their lives with more confidence and assertion.
* ChangingGameplayPriorities: Incredibly so. In the early game, conventional statistics like strength and defense are very useful. Late in the game, speed is the absolute only thing that matters, because you're going to be killing everything in one shot one way or another.
* CombatMedic: The Bishop class has Cura in addition to its offensive spells, though any character can be one if they use items.
* CombatReferee: The Judges.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Certain bosses can change the Law at will. The enemy characters also seem to have better evasion than their statistics would indicate -- attacking from the front is pretty much a guaranteed miss, no matter what the hit percentage is, unless you've got Concentrate. In addition, both team leaders, marked with a blue ribbon on their status window, and some bosses can rack up an infinite number of penalties from breaking the Law without being sent to prison. One of the pub rumors {{handwave}}s the latter by implying that the bosses are an "elite" class of people who are [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem immune to the law]].
** In the PostEndGameContent, on the other hand, it's explained that the real reason the team leaders get away with lawbreaking is [[spoiler:[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney because there's a small black market network to acquire said ribbon,]] [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem led by a few rogue judges]].]]
* ContinuityNod: Lots of 'em, but most notably the Totema (tribal gods) -- they're based off final bosses from the games in the main series.
* CosmicKeystone: Marche has to destroy these.
* CourtMage: Babus Swain.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: The Japanese version makes it pretty clear that most of the people in Ivalice are suffering under a combination of Mewt's tyranny and the clans' complete indifference to whether innocents get hurt in their turf wars. Most of this is dropped in the official English translation, but see FridgeHorror.
* DraconicHumanoid: Ordinarily the bangaa are described as LizardFolk, but their dragoon job plays on their tangential relationship to dragons, giving them BreathWeapon abilities.
* TheDragon: Llednar Twem.
* DreamApocalypse: Once Marche decides to set out to destroy the crystals and return to the real world, part of the conflict is the question of what happens to the characters who aren't from the real world and what would happen to them.
* DuelBoss: Babus and Llednar Twem. The latter is also a HopelessBossFight. Subverted in the former case, as the target is not the DuelBoss himself [[spoiler: but instead the nonmoving NPC ''fruits'' strewn around the stage.]]
** Both prime targets to steal all of the equipment off.
* DubText: Characterization was mostly lost rather than gained in the English translation, but [[{{Bowdlerization}} the removal of Cid's alcohol problem]] changed him from cheerily drunk to "crying in the gutters," in addition to adding a bit of self-hatred.
%%* ElementalRockPaperScissors
* EliteTweak: Blue Magi, Morphers, etc.
* EscortMission: Several; if the NPC is [=KOed=], you lose.
* EnemyWithout: Llednar Twem. [[spoiler:As his SdrawkcabName indicates, he is in fact Mewt's anger and hatred given physical form]].
* EverythingFades: Averted. Part of the duties of the Judges is to teleport corpses around so they don't get in the way, though [[ArtificialStupidity their AI has a rather poor idea of what does and does not constitute "in the way"]].
* FantasticAesop: Arguably a Type I.
* {{Expy}}: Marche's overworld/battle sprite looks a lot like Ramza.
** The Nu Mou are the most mystical of the FiveRaces and look suspiciously like the [[Film/TheDarkCrystal urRu]].
* FetchQuest: Nearly all the non-plot missions are Fetch Quests of one kind or another... as are half the plot missions.
* FinalDeath: Any unit left KO'd in a Jagd after the battle is over will be killed off as their bodies fade away. If Marche dies this way, it's game over.
* FiveManBand: Clan Nutsy at the start.
** TheHero: Marche.
** TheLancer: Montblanc.
** TheSmartGuy: The Nu Mou.
** TheBigGuy: The Bangaa.
** TheChick: The Viera.
** TagalongKid: The Hume, after Marche replaces him.
* FiveRaces
** Stout: Bangaa.
** Fairy: Nu Mou.
** Mundane: Human.
** High Men: Viera.
** Cute: Moogle.
* ForegoneVictory: One of the Totema bosses becomes this if you defeat [[spoiler:Babus]] first--the destruction of the other Crystals has left it too weakened to defend itself, so when the boss goes down you've won--but the battle doesn't end until you've smashed every single crystal one at a time. Alternatively, if you equip an item that lets you absorb Fire, he can't harm you.
* FragileSpeedster: Some of the Viera classes focus on speed and evasion in exchange for low defense. Thieves and Ninjas also fall into the same category.
* FreudianExcuse: PlayedWith. All four main characters have one of these as a justification for [[spoiler: wanting to stay in fantasy!Ivalice: Marche is athletic, popular, respected, and receives lots of positive attention as clan leader. Ritz's [[MysticalWhiteHair white hair]], which she's ashamed of, is now naturally red. Doned is in perfect health and can walk freely. Mewt probably has the biggest one: his mother is alive and the queen of Ivalice, his father is the high judge instead of a broken widower, and Mewt himself is a prince, meaning no one can bully him anymore and everyone has to do what he says. Despite all of these apparent upgrades to their former lives, Marche realizes that avoiding your problems isn't healthy, and forgoes his excuse in order to change the world back to normal]].
* GadgeteerGenius: When you bring the "lugaborg" to the palace, Montblanc refers to his younger brother Nono, saying that he is good with his hands.
%%* GaidenGame
* GenreRelaunch: Receives co-credit with ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' for saving the SRPG genre.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A couple of the [[OneGenderRace Viera]]-only armors are... surprisingly curvaceous. See the [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFTA_Minerva_Plate.PNG Minerva]] [[BreastPlate Plate]] and [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:FFTA_Rubber_Suit.PNG Rubber]] [[HartmanHips Suit]].
* GlassCannon: The Viera race are this by having high speed and attack power, but their defenses and HP are very poor. The Ninja class used by humans also falls into the trope.
* GrailInTheGarbage: Mewt finds the Gran Grimoire - which it is soon discovered has reality warping power - at an ordinary used bookstore.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Marche's friends point out that he may not have thought his plan through, and that his actions are stripping them of things they ''desperately'' want. Marche points out that countless OTHER people didn't get it so good, and that they are essentially using Ivalice as an emotional crutch to avoid dealing with their issues in a healthy way.
* HopelessBossFight: In all of Llednar Twem's appearances except his last, he's protected by a special Law which nullifies all damage to him.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The "Scouring Time" mission.
--> ''In Muscadet, a moogle is being arrested by a judge.''
--> '''Moogle''': What have I done, [[VerbalTic kupo]]!?
--> '''Judge''': Don't play innocent with me, moogle!
--> '''Moogle''': But isn't the one with the bounty on his head a human? I'm a moogle! You said it yourself, kupo!
--> '''Judge''': We have witnesses that saw the human with a moogle.
--> '''Moogle''': Kupo! That's no reason to send me to prison!
--> '''Judge''': It's enough reason for me. Now come along quietly!
--> '''Marche''' (watching from the sidelines): That's horrible! That judge isn't even listening! He's no better than a schoolyard bully!
--> '''Montblanc''': I guess they're beyond worrying about appearances...
--> '''Marche''': That's it! I'm not standing for this anymore! (runs into the street)
--> '''Montblanc''': Marche!
--> '''Marche''': Here I am! It's me, Marche! I'm the one Prince Mewt is looking for! (the moogle runs off)
--> '''Judge''': Eh? Is it really you? You're turning yourself in?
--> '''Marche''': Yes! And I want you to release all the innocents!
--> '''Judge''': Not going to happen. Not until we know you're really him!
* IAmNotWeasel: Never, ''ever'' call a bangaa a lizard, kupo! Apparently also a [[FantasticSlurs Fantastic Slur]].
* ImpossibleThief: You can steal just about anything in this game. Weapons while they're holding them, clothes while they're wearing them, ''experience'', '''abilities'''... and that's not even half of it. You can't steal boots, though.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Musical instruments (Beastmasters and Animists) and souls (Morphers).
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Plus one, plus one, plus one... the Sequence sword increases in strength the more times the player wins a certain mission. [=Excalibur2=] and [=Masamune100=] are more pedestrian examples.
* InjuredVulnerability: Hunters can capture monsters that are low on HP.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Animists and Beastmasters can whack enemies with trumpets and other instruments.
* JackOfAllTrades: The generic human recruits have the most job classes out of all the playable races in the game, making them quite flexible in any team.
* JustifiedTutorial: Marche's first day at his new school; the other characters teach him how to have a snowball fight, which mirrors the combat system in the rest of the game.
* LawfulStupid: A major theme in the game. The Judges enforce Ivalice's completely arbitrary and pointless laws with extreme strictness no matter what the situation. Furthermore, actual crimes such as murder, theft, arson, etc... are not considered as important as these laws. For example--a clan goes out to capture a group of criminals. If the clan breaks one of Ivalice's laws during the capture, the Judges will arrest the clan and take them to prison... while doing absolutely nothing about the actual criminals. The same applies to most other good works--break a law while trying to stop a fire, and you will be arrested... while the fire is allowed to burn the city to the ground.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: One of the missions in the corrupt judges subplot has the poster complaining about a law that requires people to not be at full HP.
* LethalJokeCharacter:
** Gadgeteers are units that have a 50% chance of inflicting a boost or status ailment to either team. Their unreliability makes them near-useless... unless you equip the right status protection, removing the risk of receiving bad ailments yourself while sustaining your chances of inflicting them. Or, if you use an emulator, you can just [[SaveScumming reload if you're on the receiving end]]...
** A more traditional example is the Morpher: a Nu Mou job that requires you to capture a monster with a Hunter, in order to gain a "soul" and be able to "turn" into that monster (which just looks like the Morpher is high). They are hard to get, take a turn to set up, and useless without lots of grinding. The catch is, the Morpher gets the exact stats of the captured monster... which can be quickly raised by feeding the monster items. This means that, with enough money (which comes aplenty), you can have a Nu Mou with 999 in EVERY stat right after their first morph!
* LevelScaling: The enemy levels in RandomEncounters are based on your clan members' average level.
* LightIsNotGood: The [[spoiler: Li-Grim]], Llednar Twem.
* LighterAndSofter: The game is a heavy contrast compared to its ancestor, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', by having brighter colors and a softer storyline. The game does dip back into the dark and grim territory at times with the side stories and the battles in the Jagds are reminiscent of how most battlefields in the first game looked like.
* LoonyLaws: Insofar that it was a game mechanic. Judges oversee every battle to ensure that you don't break some arbitrary law that changes every other battle.
* LotusEaterMachine: In short, the crux of the plot revolves around the idea that Marche's friends are using Ivalice as a form of escapism to avoid having to deal with their real-life problems. Furthermore, the citizens of St. Ivalice are dragged into this as well, living alternate lives to fulfill the desires of the children.
* LuckBasedMission: Some of the {{EscortMission}}s.
* MadScientist: Ezel. Several Nu Mou side characters are Mad ''Mages''.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Ritz and Marche; the former is a tomboy who stands up to bullies while the latter starts out unable to introduce himself without prompting. The distinction is less apparent after Marche [[TookALevelInBadass takes levels in badass]], and Ritz notes how much he has changed after he [[spoiler:defeats her and her clan]].
* MightyGlacier:
** The Bangaa race are this in most of their job classes, having great strength but poor evasion and speed.
** [[spoiler: Queen Remedi is also this during her first form in the final battle. She has no abilities, is quite slow, and has low evasion, but when she hits you, it ''hurts''.]]
* MineralMacGuffin: The Totema and the "world threads" they protect are housed in these.
* MisbegottenMultiplayerMode: The game does support a second player, but the multiplayer mode only has co-op (work together to defeat the boss) and competition (race to see who can beat the boss first). The gameplay is quite sluggish due to the game needed to constantly send and check data between both players, which can result in either frame rate drops or delayed inputs. Because friendly fire isn't turned off, nothing stops a player from griefing the other player by attacking their team. Completing the multiplayer missions only gets you some nice equipment to use for single player, but you won't miss out if you skip multiplayer.
* MissingMom: Mewt's mother died, so he recreates her in Ivalice. None of the other main characters seems to have kept their parents in the transfer.
* MoneyForNothing: Money is ''critically'' important in the beginning, but around a third of the way through the game you'll have bought everything you need that can be bought, at which point it just starts to pile up.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Babus is loyal to Mewt no matter how irrational he seems, but eventually questions whether Mewt is better off staying.
* MythologyGag: The Four Falgabirds - Lich, Marilith, Kraken, and Tiamat, are based and named after the Four Fiends from the very [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI first Final Fantasy game]]. Another possible reference is Gerland the Magewyrm, most probably named after Final Fantasy I's Garland.
* NewTransferStudent: Marche.
* NonLethalKO: The Judges keep anyone from dying in battle, except in...
** FinalDeath: ... The "Jagds", where death is permanent for characters still dead at battle's end.
* NonHumanSidekick: Montblanc, Shara, and Babus
* NonLinearSequel
** Of course, there's the fact that this probably wasn't even ''intended'' to be a sequel.
* NotDisabledInVR: Doned is a sickly boy who uses a wheelchair because of his unspecified illness. In the dream Ivalice, he's perfectly healthy and able to walk, and very much does ''not'' want to return to the real world. When his older brother Marche (the protagonist) starts working to dismantle Ivalice, Doned sabotages him in various ways.
* OneGenderRace: The Viera are explicitly all-female... sort of. All ''depicted'' Viera are explicitly female, just as every member of every other race looks identical, leading to the impression that Bangaa are all male. Ritz, the only human female in the game, has Viera classes rather than Human ones.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Speed determines how fast you act, and more importantly how ''often'' you act. Low-speed characters like Paladins and Defenders will usually act once for every three actions taken by a Ninja or Assassin. Needless to say, lack of speed kills.
* OptionalPartyMember: Everyone to an extent, but especially the hidden characters.
* PaletteSwap: Opposition clans which include playable races get swapped, resulting in weird contradictions like Blue Mages in red outfits and Red Mages in blue...)
** Nono's sprite is also the PaletteSwap of the Gadgeteer sprite.
* PermanentlyMissableContent:
** [[GuideDangIt By the boatload.]] Two monsters, the blue-clothed Goblins and the Thunder Drakes, only appear in certain unrepeatable storyline missions, which means that Blue Mages need to learn the abilities from them ''and'' Hunters then need to capture them for the Morphers to use. Most of the Ultima skill teaching weapons are only stealable from certain enemies in some [=USMs=] - and only if you've got a certain skill to find it on them. And then there's the items uniquely available through the Treasure Hunt map layout thing. Yet further are the optional party members, many of which can only be gotten in certain unrepeatable missions and may not ask to join you.
** Even more annoying are the quest items. There are certain missions that require quest items to complete. Add in the fact that you can only carry 20 of those items, which means you might accidentally delete a necessary one, which makes a mission uncompletable. Rule of thumb, Chocobo Eggs, Adamantites and Materites are good to dump away, given their missions' constant availability.
* PettingZooPeople: Bangaa are reptilian, Viera are rabbit-like [[LittleBitBeastly kemonomimi]], Nu Mou resemble a cross between a Rabbit and Kangaroo, and... and then there are Moogles who appear like a mash up between a bunny stuffed animal and a bat.
* ThePinIsMightierThanTheSword: Some characters can wear military badges that make them exempt from laws.

%%* PortalBook
* PrankDate: [[spoiler:"Moogle Bride"]].
* RandomlyDrops: ... Don't ask.
* RandomEffectSpell: The Moogle Animist's "Friend" ability summons a random monster. It's rather useless, as animists tend to have a weak magic stat, and you can't predict whether it will be an attack summon or a healing/buff one.
%%* TheRedMage
* RequiredPartyMember: In the final secret mission, "Decision Time", [[spoiler: Cid, if you recruited him]], is required to be in the battle.
* ReviveKillsZombie: More so as usual as Zombies will revive 3 turns after they are killed unless prevented by a revive spell /Phoenix Down or one of several class skills that specifically counter this.
** AllThereInTheManual[=/=]GuideDangIt: The Revive skill/Phoenix Down clause for preventing undead from coming back to life is never mentioned in the game; in fact, it's never mentioned at ''all'' until the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2 sequel]]. The game apparently figures you'll figure it out on your own.
* SdrawkcabName: [[spoiler:Llednar Twem.]]
* {{Sidequest}}: Out of 300 missions, ''24'' are mandatory to complete the game.
** The Clan Borzoi sidequests are especially noteworthy. It lasts for 20 missions (Almost as long as the main story itself!) and starts with you fighting a chicken thief and builds up continuously until the finale, where you fight the leader, Gukko/Gutskor, who's been (somehow) transformed into a [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics Lucavi]].
* SnowballFight: One serves as a JustifiedTutorial... as well as a way for the bullies to pick on Mewt.
* ShoutOut: One of the pubs in the game is called [[Literature/{{TheLordOfTheRings}} The Prancing Chocobo.]]
* SpoonyBard: Gadgeteers are completely useless, save for the rubbishy Black Ingot/Fortune Ring combo. Templars are only nice for their equipment and not for their abilities. Illusionists are only situationally useful at best. It can also be very difficult to build a Blue Mage into a viable character, and Time Mages aren't so hot, either. It's not all that uncommon to just let Montblanc fall behind because of that. The Soldier class is also usually changed as soon as possible.
** MagikarpPower: Many classes get poor equipment choices early on, and as equipment teaches skills, end up nigh useless until more items are found; in turn, some of these classes can become quite overpowered.
* SpySpeak: Ezel seems rather fond of CrypticConversation, [[spoiler:even going so far as to mention himself to Marche without actually introducing himself as ''the'' Ezel]], and will talk in code if you want the latest info on law card prices.
* SquishyWizard: The Nu Mou race is this in all of their job classes except for a select few. Magic based job classes in general also fit into the trope.
* StandardStatusEffects: Not worthless, though.
%%* StatusBuff
* SweetAndSourGrapes: According to Marche; Ivalice is not real. According to Marche; there will be a different Ivalice that will continue to exist. [[FridgeLogic If it's not real, why justify that there's a real one that will continue existing?]]
* ThatOneAttack: Llednar's Omega is this, in-universe.
%%* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* UnbreakableWeapons
** Unbreakable in normal combat, certainly, but the Sniper ability Aim:Weapon will happily destroy your only Zeus Mace if you're not careful.
* UpTheRealRabbitHole: The argument over the reality of Ivalice is integral to the plot; regardless of who is right.
* UselessUsefulSpell: Status ailments are actually ''quite'' useful in this game given that a lot of trash mobs don't have debuff immunity. So make your moogle a gunner and that's perhaps one of the best things you can do. You don't even need Ultima from a Mog Knight; you can just have them use stopshot to slow down your enemies or stopshot.
** The Guide actually mentions that the Animist ability "Count Sheep" is one of the most useful abilities in the game. The guide actually didn't lie there - it's perhaps one of the most useful ways to shut down enemies, especially since it comes very early in the game compared to say, stopshot or charmshot.
** Normally bosses are immune/highly resistant to status ailments; but you can actually inflict blind on the [[spoiler:Li-Grim]].
** Buffs are also useful. One of the most useful is Auto Life.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential:
** If you decline a member from joining the clan, the game really makes you feel like an asshole "*insert name here* runs off crying"
** The "Mythril Rush" mission gives two choices, buying the Sivril and "Just Take It". The latter leads to a battle with the miners, who react in shock to such an aggressive decision. Even the winning quotes show the characters feel kinda bad about it. ''And the mission is repeatable''.
** Montblanc can't be dropped from the party normally, but he can die in a Jagd. People that want to get rid of him will kill him off to free up a slot for a more useful party member. For extra cruelty, you can get him killed in Marche's presence and have the poor boy watch the moogle live his final moments before fading away.
** The tutorial snowball fight ends when Mewt's HP reaches a low threshold. Players that want to speed up the fight can opt to have their party pelt Mewt with snowballs to bring his HP down even faster. As if the kid wasn't bullied enough!
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: If Marche is left in jail to work off penalties, the entire clan can't act until his sentence is up. If he's KO'd in a Jagd, or red-carded in a battle, it's game over.
* WhatTheHellHero: Marche is frequently questioned on the virtue of his actions, often by people with a vested interest in keeping the current Ivalice intact.
** This got such an InternetBackdraft that the AudioAdaptation had to address this much more; for tropes for that, see below.
* WorthyOpponent: Cid

Its AudioAdaptation, ''Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Radio Edition'', has the same Tropes as above (except for the tropes on gameplay) with these addition Tropes:

* AdaptationDistillation: In its audio adaptation, they changed the progress that the town St. Ivalice was changed into Ivalice to the same way [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2 how Luso was sent to Ivalice]].
** Ritz's issues and conversations with Shara are dealt with early - about the same timeframe as the Exodus battle, instead of in the endgame. This makes sense, considering there was no special reason for Shara to refrain from questioning Ritz about her hair obsession for so long.
* AdaptationExpansion: In its audio adaptation, they added Nono fixing his airship, new characters ("Moogle Knight" and "Madam Kiri"), the arrival of Ritz, Mewt, and Doned, and [[spoiler:Montblanc's voice at the very ending of the RadioDrama as a TheEndOrIsIt]].
* AngerMontage: Happens to Mewt starting from Vol. 2. Its result could also be seen in the game.
* AnywhereButTheirLips: Madam Kiri kissed Marche's cheek for good luck.
* CanonForeigner: Madam Kiri, the Moogle Knight
* CoolAirship: At least in this adaptation, where Nono's airship brought Marche and co. to the Bervenia Palace (and possibly Ambervale). It also [[spoiler:saved Marche after he defeated Exodus.]]
* CrossdressingVoices: Marche was voiced by Yuka Imai, Mewt was voiced by Asami Sanada, Montblanc by Kumiko Yokote, Nono by Masako Jo, and Babus by Kumi Sakuma.
* FurryEarDissonance: All the non Human playable races have floppy rabbit like ears. This even includes the reptillian Bangaa!
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: At least from [[http://community.livejournal.com/ffta_fans/16823.html this information]], Doned says that Marche is Ritz's boyfriend, but she denies.)
* [[NamesToKnowInAnime Names To Know In]] [[strike:Anime]] Japanese Media: Creator/YukaImai (Marche), Creator/YumiKakazu (Ritz)
* OrWasItADream: After the supposed ending in the game ends, [[spoiler: the music stops, and a voice from Montblanc says towards Marche that he wanted to meet again in the dream.]] May it be that the dream Ivalice is still there or that it was Montblanc's Final Speech is still a mystery.
* ScreamingWarrior: [[spoiler: Marche does this when he was about to attack Llednar Twem]].
** A lot of characters do this.
* StuffBlowingUp: Happens a lot of times, especially the part where Nono was trying to fix his airship, but failed.
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* WhatTheHellHero: Mewt and Marche exchange this trope to one and other. Marche says it to Mewt whenever Mewt tried to stop him from bringing the world back to normal. While Mewt does it to Marche for trying to bring the world back to normal.
%%* WhiteMage
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Montblanc and Nono.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Llednar Twem finds Doned's contempt for Marche fascinating. Doned immediately tries to [[NeverMyFault distance himself]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone from his actions]].