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''Tales Of Destiny'' is the second entry in the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' of {{Eastern RPG}}s. First released in 1997, it received a direct sequel in 2002 (''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2''), a [[VideoGameRemake remake]] in 2006 and an UpdatedRerelease of the remake in 2007.

Stahn Aileron is a typical countryside boy who stows away on the [[GlobalAirship dragon-ship]] Draconis with the aim of travelling to the nation's capital and enlisting as a knight to try to care for his destitute family. En-route, the ship is attacked by monsters, and struggling to find a weapon to fight them off with, Stahn stumbles across an old sword in a storeroom. Suddenly the sword [[TalkingWeapon starts to talk to him]], calling itself Dymlos and claiming to be one of the ancient and powerful Swordian weapons created over a thousand years ago during a world-spanning conflict called the War Between Heaven and Earth.

Having been chosen by Dymlos as its new master, Stahn is thrust into an epic quest revolving around a powerful artifact known as the Eye Of Atamoni, which just happens to have been stolen from a secret temple by its (former) high priest. Along the way, Stahn meets the other Swordian Masters and gathers an eclectic party:

* '''Rutee Katrea''': A "Lens Hunter" (and/or thief) who is [[OnlyInItForTheMoney utterly obsessed with money]], and the earning thereof. Very much a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Wields the Water Swordian Atwight.
* '''Leon Magnus''': A super-serious prodigy knight of Seinegald who [[LonersAreFreaks would rather be alone most of the time.]] The EnsembleDarkHorse of the series. Wields the Earth Swordian Chaltier.
* '''Garr Kelvin''': A mature archer who Stahn finds WalkingTheEarth. He later turns out to be TheWisePrince of Heidelberg. Called Woodrow in Japan. Wields the Wind Swordian Igtenos.
* '''Philia Felice''': A timid, sheltered priestess (with a [[BewareTheNiceOnes dark streak]]) who joins the party when the Eye of Atamoni is stolen from her temple. [[{{Meganekko}} Wears glasses]]. Wields the Lightning Swordian Clemente.
* '''Mary Argent''': Rutee's friend and partner-in-crime. She's an incredible fighter, but is suffering from IdentityAmnesia, with a [[OrphansPlotTrinket sword]] as her only link to the past.
* '''Karyl Sheeden''': A [[SpoonyBard runaway bard]], son of a wealthy family. Known as Johnny [[{{Wutai}} Shiden]] in Japan.
* '''Bruiser Khang''': A [[BareFistedMonk fist-fighter]] who is the much-loved champion of the Colosseum, and damn proud of it. He has a crush on Philia. Known as Mighty Kongman in Japan.
* '''Chelsea Torn''': A young girl who Garr took under his wing. She excels in archery.
* '''Lilith Aileron''': Stahn's little sister. She's worried about him being on a journey to save the world, so she goes to track him down and bring him kicking and screaming home. Fights with traditional cooking implements, such as a frying pan, ladle, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick laser beam]].

The game was released in the US in 1998, a time during the {{JRPG}} boom caused by ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' where publishers were racing to release anything that had hit points and spiky hair in it. The amount of effort placed into the localisation could be generously described as "enough". All of the skits were DummiedOut (and with it, half of the actual plot) but the Japanese voice track remained intact, meaning that characters were calling out their Japanese attack names, even for attacks whose names are localised and/or modified (with said attacks often, but not always, being [[DubNameChange radically different]]) in the English text. It can ruin the immersion sometimes; but also can cause a few errors with the "L" and "R" differences for attacks whose names are (mostly) the same in both languages.

The remake retouched the original storyline with several {{Ret Con}}s (and is considered to be the current canon), and the UpdatedRerelease included "Leon's Side", an AnotherSideAnotherStory starring Leon.

!!''Tales of Destiny'' provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Rutee, Mary, Chelsea, Philia, and Lilith.
%%* AmnesiacDissonance: Mary.
* AndIMustScream: In the original, [[spoiler: Hugo]] developed a Swordian Disk that would silence Swordians completely. Since the swords cannot move or act by themselves, they were essentially trapped silently watching for a month before anyone realized what had happened.
* AnIcePerson: Rutee/Atwight.
* AntiGrinding: In the original version of the remake, a popular power-leveling technique was to set all your characters to "Auto", tape the control stick down so your characters ran in circles, and let the game play itself. Try this in the director's cut, and Barbatos [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment shows up out of nowhere]] to yell at you for [[WhatTheHellPlayer taking the cheap way out]], and then [[HopelessBossFight kick your ass]] unless you run away- Which you can't, if you're using the tapedown method.
* ApocalypseHow: A class 1 nearly occurs, with it sliding into class 2 in certain regions of the world by ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2''.
* AwesomeYetImpractical: Attempting to cast any spell with the character you're currently controlling, except for fast-casting ones. Whatever character you're controlling (usually Stahn) makes a great tank for keeping enemies off of your other party members (like Rutee, who is usually the healer). The CPU-controlled party members, not so much. Any hit, no matter how small, interrupts your spellcasting. This leads most of the swordians' spellcasting ability to go to waste, especially a few of Dymlos's spells. You would deal a lot more damage with Stahn's physical special attacks while having Dymlos equipped as his swordian, than you ever would having Stahn equipped with anything else and having someone else using Dymlos to cast spells. Unless, of course, you're in an area with Fire-immune enemies....
* ArtEvolution: Compare Inomata's character artwork between the original PSX game and the [=PS2=] remake. It's almost like they hired an entirely new artist. (Ten years of improvement will do that.)
* BadassFamily:
** If Stahn, Lilith [[spoiler:and Lymle/Rimul]], [[spoiler:Rutee]], and Kyle are any indication, the Aileron clan.
** The Gilchrists, what with Hugo, Leon, [[spoiler:Rutee, and Kyle.]]
* BadassNormal:
** The party members who are not Swordian-users are like this. They're ''far'' from slackers. There exist videos of the non-Swordian-users ''soloing'' the final boss.
** Lilith is ''really'' good in the PSX Version if you get her into the party somehow.
* BigEater: Stahn, and Leon with sweets.
* BittersweetEnding: The world is saved, but at the price of [[spoiler: the Swordians' lives.]] The world is also badly devastated by the Aethersphere's destruction. [[spoiler: By the time of ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' the Kingdom of Seinegald has all but collapsed into a theocracy, and gets worse in several BadFuture timelines.]]
* BlindWithoutEm: Philia.
* BlowYouAway: Garr/Igtenos.
* BonusDungeon: A remake of ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga''.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: Garr.
%%* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:The Swordians.]]
* TheCameo: Destiny R includes cameos by mascots of other Tales' games. The treasure found in the first dungeon that Rutee tries to sell to Walt is a sculpture of [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Mieu]], while [[VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth Zappie]] makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance when the Water Dragon emerges out of the sea to take you to Clemente.
* CastingAShadow: Leon/Chaltier, [[spoiler:Miktran]]/Berselius.
* CatchPhrase: Kongman/Khang's "Ore-sama wa [[GratuitousEnglish CHAMPION]] da!", which means "I'm the CHAMPION!".
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the original game, Leon was a two-dimensional {{Jerkass}} who happened to be in a sympathetic situation. Fans latched onto the tragic portion of his character, and in subsequent appearances Leon was developed into a cold-hearted but reluctant antagonist. This modern perspective makes some of his more malevolent actions in the original (like shocking Rutee with her electric tiara every time she said something to annoy him) seem out of place.
* CherryBlossoms: The scenery is used in Noischat the first time Stahn realises just what he wants to do with himself and his family. The scene is further enhanced by his conversation with Irene.
* TheChosenOne: Played with: the whole "Chosen One" tagline was just dropped by Dymlos to convince the thick-headed Stahn to pick him up. While Stahn ''is'' special in that he has the ability to hear (and wield) a Swordian, he's by no means a "chosen one".
* CityOfCanals: Aquaveil is practically a country of canals.
* CoDragons: [[spoiler:Hugo's four Oberon Executives are all his dragons. Leon in the original is also a lesser dragon.]]
* CrystalDragonJesus: God is called Atamoni, which is the artist's last name spelled backwards.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** Berselius's [[spoiler:original]] owner, Karell Berselius, was a [[NiceGuy very kind person.]]
** Pierre de Chaltier's secondary element is darkness, but the man and sword are both mild-mannered and friendly ditzes.
* DirtyOldMan: Clemente, who picks the young priestess Philia as his mistress.
%%* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Lydon.]]
%%* DiscOneFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Heidelberg Castle.]]
* DishingOutDirt: Leon/Chaltier.
%%* DoomsdayDevice: Belcrant.
* DualWielding: Leon in the remake, and ever since then. (In the original game, he wielded a sword and shield.)
* DummiedOut: The skits in the US version, and with it, half the plot. You don't even get to hear Dymlos' voice because he only talked during the skits, yet he is still credited in the ending...
** Oddly enough, beating the game still unlocks "Talk" in the options menu, which lets you listen to the all the skits in the game, but with no context and of course completely in Japanese. People unfamiliar with the Tales series- such as those that bought it the game when it was new- would have no idea what the hell it's all about.
** Lilith, at least in the US version of the original game. She could be put in the party though save hacking or cheating devices, but she didn't seem to have any voice data for battles.
%%* TheDragon:
%%** [[spoiler:Hugo]] to an extent.
%%** [[spoiler:Leon]] is essentially [[spoiler:Hugo]]'s Dragon.
%%* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Hugo]].
* EasyModeMockery: Barbatos' "Cheap Eliminate" move: a OneHitKill for your whole party that he only uses if you dare to fight him on the easiest difficulty setting. If you dare to hack the game for infinite jumps to dodge it, he'll then switch to another attack that simply encompasses the entire screen.
* ElementalPowers: The Swordians: [[PlayingWithFire Stahn/Dymlos]], [[MakingASplash Rutee]]/[[AnIcePerson Atwight]], [[DishingOutDirt Leon]]/[[CastingAShadow Chaltier]], [[ShockAndAwe Philia]]/[[HolyHandGrenade Clemente]], [[BlowYouAway Garr/Igtenos]], [[CastingAShadow [[spoiler:Miktran]]/[[HolyHandGrenade Berselius]].
%%* EmpathicWeapon: The Swordians.
* EnemyScan: The Magic Lens items allow you to see an enemy's HP and weaknesses.
* MrFanservice: LEON. Stahn is also an example in the original, [[HaremGenre with quite a budding harem of three party members and a Co-Dragon.]]
* FreakyFridayFlip: Equipping a character with a Narikiri Doll item causes them to turn into the character whose doll they've equipped. If you go crazy with the Narikiri dolls, there's a skit where everyone in the party (except for Lilith, who is optional) switches bodies with another party member, and they try to figure out what happened. HilarityEnsues.
%%* GreenRocks: Lens.
%%* ForgottenSuperweapon: Belcrant.
%%* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Mary and her Softee Kreems in Neuestadt.
* HaremGenre: Downplayed, but in the original game every single main female character (except Chelsea, who is a child) is a potential LoveInterest for Stahn. This is removed in the remake of the game.
* HeavySleeper: Stahn, and the relevant genes are passed down to Kyle.
* HolyHandGrenade: Clemente, [[spoiler:Miktran]]/Berselius.
* HostileTerraforming: Belcrant, the [[spoiler: Aetherian DoomsdayDevice,]] was a terraforming laser before being converted into a weapon of mass destruction.
* HotBlooded: Stahn, King of [[TalesSeries Tales]] Hot Blood. It helps that he's voiced by Tomokazu "[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu]]" Seki.
* HopelessBossFight:
** [[spoiler:Subverted with Leon, as you can actually beat him if you somehow overpower yourself via cheats or insane amounts of LevelGrinding. It's pointless when you do, as doing so feeds Rutee's ego enough to completely abandon the main plot and go off on their own adventures, ending the game on a NonStandardGameOver.]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler:the rest of the party in Leon's story in the remake.]] With determination and lots of items you can beat all of them, but it [[spoiler:[[CutsceneIncompetence changes nothing about how the story ends.]]]]
%%** [[spoiler:Hugo]] in Leon's Side.
* HostageForMacguffin: Hugo gets [[spoiler: Leon]] to steal the Eye of Atamoni because of this. Giving him the Macguffin changes nothing about her state, and neither does [[spoiler: Leon betraying his friends.]] She's only rescued when the rest of the party finds her.
* IdiotHero: Stahn, Stahn, Stahn.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Johnny/Karyl uses his lute and songs, Lilith uses a frying pan that sprouts rainbows, a ladle, and a fish she pulls from {{Hammerspace}}.
* InsufferableGenius: Leon fits this mold, being both a wunderkind swordsman and quite insufferable.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Leon gives Batista a sound beating after he's captured, to the point where Stahn is freaked out. He tops it off by putting Mary's electroshocking tiara on him, though that was meant to act as a tracking mechanism.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Leon's Irony of Fate.
* LostInTranslation: So bad even one of the puzzles cannot be solved without a FAQ because of translation errors.
%%* LovableTraitor: [[spoiler:Leon]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Rutee and Hugo]], and [[spoiler:Rutee and Leon too]].
* MakingASplash: Rutee/Atwight.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Miktran]] behind [[spoiler:Hugo]], who in turn is behind [[spoiler:Grebaum]].
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: Stahn's reaction to being put in Philia's body in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VpMl5gfjQs this skit]]. Philia (in Stahn's body) isn't very happy about it.
%%* {{Meganekko}}: Philia.
%%* MightyGlacier: Kongman/Khang.
%%* MineralMacGuffin: Lens.
* MoneyFetish: {{Flanderisation}} has turned this into Rutee's signature character trait. In the original game, [[spoiler:she may be obsessed with money, but not for its own sake: she's earning money to pay off her childhood orphanage's debts]].
* MoneySpider: Justified: monsters that imbue [[GreenRocks Lens]] mutate into more dangerous forms. The more Lens they have, the more powerful the monster. After you slay the monster, you can then remove the Lens and sell it for Gald.
* MotiveDecay: BigBad [[spoiler:Miktran]]. In the original game, he was a WellIntentionedExtremist (like most ''TalesSeries'' villains are) in that [[spoiler:he wanted to revive his people and genuinely believed that the Aetherians were in the right, as the Erthers started the War Between Heaven and Earth ([[GreyAndGrayMorality for not wanting to be enslaved]])]]. In the remake, this motive has been replaced by simple megalomania.
* NonStandardGameOver: Beat Leon in the HopelessBossFight early in the game and you get an alternate ending immediately afterwards.
* OfficialCouple: Stahn and Rutee, as seen in Tales of Destiny 2.
%%* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Rutee. [[spoiler:At first]].
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The Aethersphere is full of alien-looking biomechanical monsters. Their [[CallASmeerpARabbit oddly mundane names]] like "Placenta" and "Warrior" make them even stranger.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Every non Swordian-user tends to be forgotten because the Swordian Masters are just too broken (especially Leon). The fact that you can use Narikiri Dolls to clone them (four-Leon party]) doesn't help. However; it's still notable that in the remake, the non-Swordian users actually ''can'' be pretty good. Especially [[SpoonyBard Johnny]] and Lilith.
* PermanentlyMissableContent:
** This game started the Tales tradition of easily-missable side quests.
** In a character example, [[spoiler:Mary will never rejoin the party if Dahlis survives]].
* PetTheDog: Hugo has his moments. Early on when he has the heroes under his control (not only does he have shock [[strike:collars]] tiaras on them, but he has ''legal custody'' because they've been arrested for trespassing) and forces them to search for the Eye Of Atamoni, he still agrees to Rutee's request for a monetary reward. When Leon complains that he doesn't ''need'' to do that, Hugo replies that a reward would motivate the heroes to do a better job. [[spoiler:This scene takes on a whole new meaning when you find out later that Hugo is being {{Brainwashed}} by Miktran, is desperately trying to resist said brainwashing, and recognizes Rutee as the daughter he sent to safety before Miktran took control of him]]. [[KickTheDog However, he indulges in this to an extreme degree in Leon's side of the remake, taking every opportunity to kick his son while he's down even when such levels of cruelty to control him probably weren't necessary.]]
* PinkySwear: Stahn and Irene promise to achieve their respective dreams and seal the "race" with a pinky promise. Irene promises to make a world where everyone is happy, while Stahn promises he'll become a soldier and ensure his family's happiness. It's worth noting they're both pretty idealistic and simple-minded, which is why they get along well.
* PlayingWithFire: Stahn/Dymlos.
* PungeonMaster: An early sidequest in Darilsheid includes a guy called "Punny old man" who constantly makes puns with names and challenges Stahn and Mary to do the same with their own names. Stahn does well enough, but [[LamePunReaction Mary just bluntly declares it silly.]]
* RacingMinigame: A boy in Noischtat challenges Stahn to a race within the city. You can get a title and a few seeds later if you can avoid all the random people who will try to block your way.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Leon and...well, Leon again. He's good at that.]]
* RestrainingBolt: In the original, Stahn and company get shock [[strike:collars]] tiaras placed on them by Hugo so that they'll hunt down the Eye Of Atamoni. Justified, since they've been arrested and this task is essentially their "community service".
* {{Retcon}}: In the sequel, [[spoiler:Judas mentions that he only learned dual wielding after Elraine brought him back.]]
* SayMyName:
--> '''Stahn:''' ''"LEON!! LEOOOONNN!!!!"''
* ShockAndAwe: Philia.
* ShoutOut: The aforementioned CrystalDragonJesus, Atamoni, is the name of the character designer, Mutsumi Inomata, spelled backwards.
* {{SNK Boss}}: The FinalBoss in the remake ([[spoiler:Miktran Excessive]]) very much counts. He [[BeamSpam spams lasers]] like he's at a seventies discotheque and will punish you severely if you ever let him out of combo-lock. He TurnsRed when his health hits 25% and breaks out his [[LimitBreak Blast Caliber]] at 5%. Furthermore, if you beat BonusBoss [[spoiler:Barbaros]] before you fight him, he gains three secret [[LimitBreak Blast Calibers]] that are so powerful that even ''one'' is almost guaranteed to [[OneHitKill wipe out your party]]. He will also counter with those special Blast Calibers if you so much as ''dare'' to try to use your best attacks against him.
* SocializationBonus: Playing the game with more than one player with any skill at all is guaranteed to make the game much, much easier, requiring no level grinding at all, as two players will have a much easier time defending their mages and setting up attack strategies than one.
%%* SpoonyBard: Johnny/Karyl.
%%* SpritePolygonMix: The original engine.
* SweetTooth: [[AllThereInTheManual Leon has quite the sweet tooth,]] something he's rather ashamed of because he thinks it's immature to like sweets.
* TakenForGranite: How you meet Philia for the first time.
%%* TalkingWeapon: The Swordians.
%%* {{Tsundere}}:
%%** Rutee.
%%** For a male example, Leon in the remake.
%%* TheWisePrince: Woodrow/Garr.
* {{Unobtainium}}: Lens. They enable all magic to function, as humans cannot channel mana without them.
* UnwinnableByMistake: The game can be rendered unwinnable if you give the Sorcerer's Ring to someone who leaves the party and can't be regained until a certain amount of progress has been made in-story. [[spoiler: Or a character that dies.]] It's generally recommended to equip it to Stahn just to save yourself a headache.