Video Game / Tales of the World

A Massive Multiplayer Crossover subseries of Namco's Tales of series. Two of them, actually, under different subtitles.

Narikiri Dungeon

The first subseries is the Narikiri Dungeon series, which itself is a spinoff from a sequel to Tales of Phantasia. The series' key feature is the ability of the Original Generation main characters to "dress up" as various character classes (Fighter, Thief, Mage, etc.) and gain new powers depending on which role they are portraying. Their wardrobe includes the outfits of various Tales Series heroes and villains, and even cameos from various Namco Bandai games.

Narikiri Dungeon 2 (2002) and Narikiri Dungeon 3 (2005), both developed by Alfa System, revolve around a pair of youngsters named Calo Olange and Frio Sven, who must wander the Tales pseudo-timeline and prevent it from being mucked up. Narikiri Dungeon 3 incorporated tactical elements, allowing you to recruit all the Tales heroes, arrange them into four teams of up to three each, and move them around the map to solve puzzles and administer a collective beatdown to the boss.

Narikiri Dungeon 2 includes characters from Tales of Phantasia, Tales of Destiny, and Tales of Eternia. Narikiri Dungeon 3 includes all those, plus Tales of Destiny 2 and Tales of Symphonia.

Narikiri Dungeon provides examples of:

Radiant Mythology

The second subseries is the Radiant Mythology series for the PSP. There are currently three games in the series, all developed by Alfa System, with the roster of available Tales characters increasing substantially with each new title.

The Radiant Mythology series takes place in a multiverse of worlds, each with their own World Tree. When a World Tree senses a threat to its world, it creates a warrior called a Descender as a defence mechanism. In each game you take the role of a Descender, and you must join up with the rest of the Tales Series characters to battle whatever is threatening the future of your home world. Joining you is an original character named Kanonno, appearing as a different incarnation in each game: Pasca Kanonno in the first (2006), Kanonno Earhart in the second (2009) and Kanonno Grassvalley in the third (2011).

Gameplay revolves around accepting quests from Ad Libitum, a Heroes "R" Us guild run by a multitude of Tales Series characters. The game uses a Class and Level System for your character, along with Elite/Advanced Classes. Really though, it's all a Rule of Fun excuse to team up with your favourite characters and watch them interact in skits.

Radiant Mythology provides example of:

  • Action Girl: Let's see....Pasca, Earhart, Grassvalley and the female player characters if you choose so.
  • All There in the Manual: Radiant Mythology 3 has prequel manga that came with the game, showcasing the formation of Ad Libitum. It also discusses the conflicts within the world, Kanonno's wonders about her drawing and other characters background stories.
  • Alternate Universe: The Tales characters in each world are from that world (or a similar parallel world), with alterations in back story to keep their personalities intact while integrating them into the larger scenario. This becomes complicated when they need to justify 15-year-old Kyle interacting with his 19-year-old father, or Suzu joining the guild alongside her 4000-years-hence ancestor, Sheena.
    • However, some of them are more welcome. Fans of Asch and Luke would be more pleased primarily because in this universe, the two are brothers, albeit still very vitriolic. This keeps them both alive, giving both of them a happy ending.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: In RM1, Kanonno remembers that she was once on the same team as Widdershin and actually came to Terresia to help him assimilate it into Gilgulim.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Your main character/Descender. Well they didn't have a past of their own to begin with since they were born recently. Averted if you play the Epilogue in the second and third games, where they return from their sleep in the world tree and have their memories intact.
  • An Adventurer Is You: Due to being able to change classes, the Descender can run the gamut from being a Squishy Wizard to a Mighty Glacier.
  • Ancestral Weapon: The Radiant Set the Protagonist can obtain belonged to a Hero from long time ago.
  • Anime Theme Song: "Hikari to Kage" by Kana Uemura for the first game;
    • "Flyaway" by Back-On for Radiant Mythology 2;
    • "With You Feat. Me" by Back-On for Radiant Mythology 3;
  • Apron Matron: RM2's mascot, Paneer.
  • Assimilation Plot: Widdershin intends to absorb every single world into Gilgulim, creating an eternal but solitary world.
  • Badass Army: Ad Libitum seemed like a Badass Crew in the first game, what with the small amount of named characters but they actually have an army behind them. The second and third games border on this, with SIGNIFICANTLY more members being added each game.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Well, you can't change the costumes of your other party members, but you can change your character's. Radiant Mythology 3 has plenty of costumes for your character, from swimsuits to a full Suit. Get yourself some guns and get to Action!!
  • Battle Butler: RM3's mascot, Rocksprings, taught Kanonno to wield a sword. Plenty more where that came from.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the first game where the descender and mormo save everyone being held hostage by Ganser before they get sacrificed for the devourer.
    • Bonus for the Protagonist of the first Radiant Mythology, who is able to not only save his/her world, but all the but all the other ones who were eaten by the Devourer.
    • In the third game the Descender, Shing, Mint and Veigue save Estelle from Saleh.
  • Bi the Way: Due to a lack of differentiating dialogue in the first game, Pasca Kanonno can have an implied crush/romance with the male and female Descender. The second and third game altered dialogue, so that the game's Kanonno was implied to have fallen in love with the male Descender, but seeing the female Descender as a Cool Big Sis.
  • Bonus Dungeon: Radiant Mythology 2 has the world tree available after you complete the main story and start the epilogue.
    • The third game has the EX dungeon located deep within the brownie mines which is available after completing the main story and started the epilogue.
  • Book-Ends: Each game starts with the Descender being born from the world tree and they all end with the Descender returning to the world tree.
  • Breakout Character: Kanonno Earhart, and she is one of the franchise's most popular characters.
  • But Now I Must Go: Supposedly the ultimate fate of every Descender after completing his/her mission is to be re-assimilated into the World Tree... but that doesn't prevent him/her from coming back for a Playable Epilogue.
  • The Cameo: In Tales of Link, during the Wedding Story event that took part in the Bridal event, in the end of the event, the Kanonnos go to the stage, while Sara and the Savior wait for their turn. Sara takes a peek at the crowd and says the something hinting that the Descenders for each game are in the crowd.
    Sara: "I peak out at the crowd through a gap in the curtain. Our friends are flashing subtle waves to someone in the audience. Hee hee... I bet I know who's here!".
    • Tales Of The Rays made a shout out during the tutorial, where it shows how to get help from other players, by choosing a character from other players. It says "choose help from a player created character", and the name of the player in that example is Descender.
    • Also the Tales of characters from previous games.
  • Can't Catch Up: In RM3 characters outside of the party who reach lvl 70 will stop gaining experience. To continue to level them up you'll have to put them in the party.
  • Can't Live Without You: The World Tree produces mana, which in turn it's used to give birth to a descender. However, it is mana which sustains the life and power of the Descender. In the most dire straits, a lack of mana in the land can adversely affect the Descender, leading to blackouts. Descenders are directly connected to their respective World Trees, and thus, the World Tree's conditions also affect the Descender's health. In Radiant Mythology 2, it is revealed that if the world Tree is tainted by an excessive amount of negative energies, the Descender will be influenced as well and may become the same being as Goede, although this only work if Descender has any negative feelings within him or her. In Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3, when Jildia's fangs stab through the World Tree, the Descender also takes the damage to the point of nearly dying and almost changes into a creature similar to the ones that Lazaris made.
  • Character Customization: The Protagonists are entirely customized by you, being able to change their hair, skin colour, gender etc. Also per tales fashion you can the can also give them costumes, such as shirts, swimsuits, regular suits....There's tons. Radiant Mythology 3 even let's you have the franchise's protagonist's signature weapons and 10+ exclusive costumes from characters from the franchise for both male and female.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: The Protagonists, though it is justified by the plot.
  • The Chosen One: The player steps into the shoes of the "Descender" who was created by the World Tree to protect the world from whatever threatens it. Deconstructed when other worlds also have their own Descenders with similar goals who happen to be in opposition to your own.
  • Cool Airship: From the second Radiant Mythology onwards, Chat's Van Eltia serves as the Ad Libitum guild's home base. It Took a Level in Badass here, as it now houses amenities for over eighty people and an onboard shop.
  • Crash-Into Hello: This is how the Descender of Radiant Mythology 2 makes his/her first appearance in the game: crashing into the deck of the Van Eltia just mere meters in front of Kanonno and Paneer.
  • Crystal Landscape: A few will be present in Radiant Mythology 3, even some enemies will be crystallized courtesy of Lazaris. The final dungeon Elan Vital is the best example for this trope not to mention the awesome background theme that plays with it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The main original cast of the first game, not counting the Protagonist have a dark background.
  • Dark Messiah: Lazaris in RM3 masquerades as the Descender of Luminasia. She's actually Jildia's equivalent of a Descender.
  • Deconstruction: This is often par for the course for the Tales series but Mythology still has a pretty horrible deconstruction of The Chosen One. Basically, Descenders are created to save their worlds, no matter what. In fact, it's implied that they don't have any true "free will" of their own - being eternally bound to their mission to protect their world: it's literally all they have. That alone is pretty bad but it gets worse as some of the Descenders get a bit too hardcore about saving their worlds.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Kanonno in RM1, after her homeworld of Pasca was consumed by war and all her efforts as its Descender failed miserably.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The player's descenders are able to go toe-to-toe against the legendary radiants and get their equipment as well.
  • Discontinuity Nod: Subverted in RM3, where a puzzle element listing the main-series Tales games in order includes Tempest right behind Abyss.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In RM3 your first meeting with Zelos differs depending on your character's gender.
  • Doomed Hometown: Basically the worlds in each game: Terresia for RM1, Granide for RM2 and Luminasia for RM3. This is also the reason why Descenders are born.
  • Downloadable Content: A few months after release, each game was provided with more content, including quests and more equipment.
  • Dual Wielding: Dual Swordsman class.
  • Duel Boss: In all radiant mythology games, when you reach certain parts of the story or complete certain quests, some of the other members of the Guild will challenge your character to fight them.
  • Easily Forgiven: In RM1, you learn that Pasca Kanonno worked for the other side and has pretty much committed genocide. On multiple accounts if you count all the worlds she helped Widdershin feed to Gilgulim. But none of that matters apparently because you're friends. Oh, and don't forget that she tried to destroy the city right before her boss battle with you.
  • Enemy Without: In RM2, Chloe, Farah, and Anise ended up spawning Negative version of themselves as a result of their repressed depression being affected by Negative energy. The Descender teams up with either Senel and Kanonno (for Chloe), Reid and Keele (for Farah), or Jade (for Anise) to take care of them.
  • Energy Being: Descenders are beings composed of the mana from the World Tree. Their life depends on the well being of the World Tree.
  • Excalibur in the Rust: In RM3 after obtaining the first radiant set of your current class, the second radiant set will be scattered in chests throughout the EX dungeon.
  • Exposition Fairy: Mormo in the first game, Niata Monad in the second and third. Paneer and Rocksprings, from RM2 and RM3 respectively, politely stay the hell out of the players way most of the time.
  • Expy: Two notable ones.
  • The Faceless: The Radiants.
  • Failure Hero: Mormo definitely feels this way about himself, as he failed to save his own world from destruction even though he's his world's Descender.
  • Famed In-Story: The Legendary "Radiant Equipment", belonged to a hero from long ago. All of the different classes show the various equipment this person used. Now they are waiting for the one who can inherit and use their equipment.
  • Fog of Doom: The Red Mist nn RM3. It's able to crystallize humans and monsters alike.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: With the Radiant equipment. The reason why no one else is able to equip the radiant equipment, is because the Protagonist being the Descender gives him fighting capabilities that no else has and allows them to equip the radiant set. It's revealed that it was made specially for the Protagonist.
  • Genius Loci: The worlds themselves border on this, what with a World Tree that can actively sense danger and conjure sentient defenses. Jildia in RM3 plays it more straight, bordering on Eldritch Location.
  • The Ghost: The Descender is this throughout the Tales of media. Though with reason since it is a player-made character and he/she is the canonical main protagonist in each the radiant mythology game. Whatever you name him/her and whatever you make her/him look like is canon. Bandai Namco can't really show a player-made character who does not have an official look.
  • The Gift: In Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2, Descenders have the power to convert negative energy into mana. This is seen multiple times where the player purifies the negative energy of several different beings throughout the game. In the manga version of the game, Descenders also possess the ability to share their power with someone they acknowledge as equal, making the latter a Descender as well. In Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3, the Descender is is capable of restoring a person's Document, the written record of their soul, to its original state. In Radiant Mythology 3, Kanonno also receives the Protagonist Descender abilities.
  • God Is Good: The original kanonno is responsible for ensuring the balance in the universe.
  • Gone Horribly Right: So if a world is on the brink of destruction, its World Tree creates a Descender whose entire purpose is to save the world no matter what. How could that possibly end badly? Oh hi there, Widdershin, Aurora and Pasca. Lazaris joins too.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Possibly spoofed by the Descender's guild's name, "Ad Libitum."
  • Great Off Screen War: For radiant mythology 2. One happened way before the main game, and it so happens that the descender at the time was the one who put an end to it.
  • The Heartless: The second game's primary enemies and boss characters. They're all spawned by Goede, the second game's Big Bad.
  • The Heartless / Humanoid Abomination: Goede, Big Bad of RM2, is a personification of the negative emotions of the people of Granide. As is the Negative monsters he spawns.
  • Heroic Mime: The Descender himself/herself. In RM1, Mormo does all the talking.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: Kanonno Earhart gradually continues to weaken and fade throughout the game after a certain event that required her to give up loads of her mana. She gets better eventually.
  • Heroes "R" Us: Ad Libitum, a heroic organization. The first game had only nineteen main Tales characters, with the rest of the organization being nameless Red Shirts and the occasional Desk Jockey, with quests being taken up by groups of four. The later games combine this with elements of organization of heroes, with EVERY member being a bonafide badass, except for the shopkeepers, who decided that supplying weapons and equipment for a large group like that will be a profitable adventure.
  • Image Song: Everyone knows about the infamous song called, ''Love Beat'', which is performed by the 3 Kanonno's VA's, Haruka Kudo (Pasca), Kanae Ito (Earhart) and Aya Hirano (Grassvalley).
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Each entry features its own new Kanonno, not entirely unlike the old Kanonno. This is Hand Waved in RM2 but becomes a plot point in RM3, where all three appear. Each has a season theme, and even the same Mystic Arte. They all differ , however, in their focus.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Radiant Weapons are quite powerful and getting them early game will help you a lot.
    • In Radiant Mythology 3 skills are very common to drop on equipment, however you need certain luck to get the ones you want. A few of them are actually good when you transfer them into your equipment.
    • Also in Radiant Mythology 3, most of Radiant Equipment will have Weapon P. Attack +% and Stagger DEF+%, which will help with certain bosses. If you are lucky enough to gather a few Stagger DEF then transferring them all into a single armor will make you invincible especially against the final boss, extra bosses and character duels.
  • I Will Wait for You: Kanonno Earhart to the Descender at the end of Radiant Mythology 2. S/he comes back in the game's epilogue however, much to Kanonno's and Ad Libitum's joy.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Niata Monad appears for all of two minutes in RM3 before being sniped from off-screen by Lazaris.
    • He gets better though upon returning to the site where he was shot down, and soon joins Kanonno on the bridge of the Van Eltia.
  • Legacy of the Chosen: The Descenders. Radiant Mythology 2 extends it, since the legend in that world talks of one who ended a war and that is how the legend came to be in that world (Granide). This proves that there were others beside our Player Character not just in the second Radiant Mythology but the first and the third.
  • Legendary Weapon: The Radiants Weapons.
  • Limit Break: The Descender has various due to being able to change classes:
    • In RM3 each Kannono has a different version of Unchained Note.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: From Radiant Mythology 2 onwards, magic is nerfed significantly... but Iria is still quite the powerhouse.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: To be expected of course, and each title increased it's number of characters. You're able to recruit characters from every mothership title up to Graces and other spin-offs including Tales of the Tempest and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. There's also villains from a few of the mothership titles.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover
  • The Medic: A few classes will fit into such as Priest and Bishop. Other classes like Magic Knight won't focus much on healing but have a few on their own.
  • Mythology Gag: A puzzle in the Almanac Ruins in RM3 involves tracing out a word on a series of alphabet panels (RADIANT), in a direct homage to Destiny 2. The original solution can also be spelled out.
  • O.C. Stand-in: In Radiant Mythology 2 & 3 a male Descender is set up as this in the opening FMV; they stand in for the game's player characters.
  • Official Couple: The Descender (named Roa Nashion) and Kanonno Earhart in the Radiant Mythology 2 manga. In the game, if your Descender is male, Kanonno falls for your main character as the game progresses.
  • Old Save Bonus: If you import save data from Radiant Mythology, Radiant Mythology 2 and Narikiri Dungeon X to Radiant Mythology 3, you'll get some titles, new equipment and extra battles in the Arena.
  • One Steve Limit: Each game has its own version of Kanonno: Pasca Kanonno for RM1, Kanonno Earhart for RM2, and Kanonno Grassvalley for RM3. In RM3, however, all three of them can be in your party!
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Protagonists are the only ones who can equip any of the radiant equipment.
  • Origins Episode: Radiant Mythology 3 finally reveals, why there are different versions of Kanonno and why they look similar.
  • Original Generation: A few, most prominent of which are three pink-haired 15-year-old girls sharing the name "Kanonno". There are also the Big Bads: Widdershin for RM1, Goede for RM2 and Lazaris for RM3.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kanonno Earhart's parents died long before the start of Radiant Mythology 2.
  • Parental Substitute: Paneer for Kanonno Earhart in Radiant Mythology 2 after Kanonno's parents were killed according to her backstory. She's been Kanonno's nanny ever since Kanonno was still an infant.
  • Pelts of the Barbarian: The Radiant Berserker armor has a tiger skin worn as a Showgirl Skirt.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: The Descender from the first game. Averted with the Descenders of the 2nd and 3rd Radiant Mythology games where certain dialogues and relationships are tweaked in favor of the gender of your choosing.
  • The Reveal: The third game is filled with this, but for the 3 games:
    • Pasca Kanonno destroyed every single human in her world, though it was for safety reasons.
    • Despite having to go back to the world tree, Descenders can return to their world once they have saved it from whatever was threatening it, and they can live a normal life.
    • Kanonno Earhart, the heroine of the second game, is the reincarnation of the heroine of the first game.
    • One that many people might not know, is that whether A Descender retains their memories when they return for the second time to a world, depends on the Descender himself/herself.
    • The biggest one for the series was the discovery that all the Kanonno's originate from the Original Kanonno a protector of the multiverse.
  • Second Coming: The Descenders in general, but as far as we are aware, the Protagonists of the first, second and third Radiant Mythology. Though in Radiant Mythology 2, it is more specific as in that world (Granide) even though it is considered as a fairy tale, legends have been passed down through history, of the guardian of the world tree, the "Descender" that led a war to an end a long time ago and since then it was handed down as a legend, as warriors who would come in times of need and protect the world. Of course none of our characters nor the Guilds, (except in radiant mythology 1) know you are the prophesied Descender.
  • Side Quest: Loads of them!
  • Spin-Offspring: As revealed in RM2, Granide is the world born at the end of RM1.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Kanonno Earhart and the (male) Descender in RM 2. Averted if you play the playable epilogue.
  • Trilogy: So far there are only 3 games.
  • Time Skip: In radiant mythology 2, the second part of the ending(the one after the credits), states that it has been 1 month after the events of the main story. The epilogue happens after that so it also happens 1 month after the main story.
  • The Time Traveler's Dilemma: The Pasca Kanonno making an appearance in RM3, has not yet gone Axe-Crazy and killed everyone in Pasca. Ultimately an Inverted Trope, as Niata is a refugee from the world P. Kanonno has yet to destroy and tries very hard not to let in on this.
  • The Unseen: In RM2 and RM3, the Empire. RM3 has an empire and several other villages and countries however you never see most of them.
  • True Companions: The Protagonist of the first game, mormo and Pasca Kanonno. Also Ad Libitum.
  • Villain Override: Lazaris suffers this fate in RM3 when the Document of Jildia forcefully takes over her body in a last-ditch effort to stop the heroes. It's almost enough to push her into Alas, Poor Villain status, given how hard she tried for the sake of Jildia, only for Jildia to hideously mutate her and strip her will.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Armor is visible when worn.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Widdershin and Pasca Kanonno in the first game. Aurora is implied to have been one herself, but by the time the game begins she's a full-fledged villain.
    • Lazaris in the third game just wants her world (Jildia) to be born, even though that involves destroying Luminasia. She even acknowledges that her wish is a selfish one, but justifies it as Luminasia essentially denied Jildia the opportunity to be born as a world.
  • Wedding Day: In the Wedding Story ~The Blessed Future~ event in Tales of Link, Kana and the Kanonno girls are excited to experience a wedding and as usual the Descenders remain [[The Ghost absent]] for obvious reasons. Even lampshaded by Zephyr:
    Zephyr: All of their partners had to cancel due to sudden obligations, so the three of them had probably grown a little restless. That's probably why they were willing to help Kana hunt me down, even this close to the rehearsal.
    • Turns out it's not actually a wedding but a The Happy Wedding Bridal Fair Contest, however the Kanonno's , Kana and Lippy still consider it as one.
  • We Help the Helpless: The Guild Ad Libitum.
  • The World Tree: It's what ushers the Descender into existence.