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  • Complete Monster: Ignacy was a rival of the heroes' Old Master and is first seen injuring said master fatally with petrifying wounds. Through the game, you hear of evil deeds Ignacy has apparently had a role in: murdering a hero's mother and manipulating loyal warriors to betray their benefactors and murdering them later. Ignacy forces a painful transformation on innocent victims, which makes the heroes kill the victims in self-defense and later in the game, Ignacy kidnaps one hero's sister for information. He also attempts to Mind Rape another. He forces a Sadistic Choice that has the daughter of the woman he murdered years past to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save her sister. After this and being caught for a final battle, he only laughs bitterly how close he was to world domination.
  • Designated Villain: Eesa. She isn't malicious in the slightest and the only reason you end up fighting her is because she wants to go on living whereas L'Arc's Law will eliminate the need for her. Really, how can you blame somebody for wanting to defend their own life? The post-battle scenes just stack the woobie points even higher.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Weiss's something of a fan favorite. It's not hard to see why.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment/Harsher in Hindsight: Niko's cowardice (and L'Arc's resulting frustration) is Played for Laughs at first, and then taken more seriously later on, but still nothing horrible. Then Niko's guilt over said cowardice pushes him into making an Heroic Sacrifice, which L'Arc blames himself for, making this something of an in-universe example.
  • Good Bad Bug: There's a glitch that allows you to equip body armor to all parts of the character, even on the accessory and foot sections. This effectively lets you have a bosses level of defense. It makes the game's hard boss battles far more manageable.
  • Growing the Beard: Somewhere between 2 to 8 hours the voice acting becomes acceptable as they get into character. From then on only one off characters are grating.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Serge's suffered a lot of trauma over his life, but responds by continuing to live his life with a smile as best as he can, even while seeking the one responsible for most of his problems.
    • Among the minor characters: Elena (i.e. L'Arc's mother). There's a reason why L'Arc claims that she's stronger than he'll ever be.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Dynos, once you learn his backstory. Everything that could go wrong for him over the last few years has gone wrong, making it little wonder that he's ended up so bitter and angry.
    • For those who don't hate the character, Adele counts as this for some, due to her, in some ways, brutally imperfect nature.
  • Les Yay: Leslie and Shelly Greenhill. Seriously, just look at what happens after you rescue Shelly from the ruins! Ryfia and Cecille also seem to want a taste of Leslie.
  • Love to Hate: Adele gets a lot of hate for being an awesomely insane bad guy.
  • Misblamed: From an email interview here the poor voice acting was due to lack of direction. The voice actors were to lip sync their own lines and they were recorded separately.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ignacy crosses it before the game begins by forcing Rastan to kill Rex by holding his family hostage. If that doesn't do it for you, then there's everything he does at Lascarde. Alf was so badly traumatised afterwards that he crossed the Despair Event Horizon and became an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • Nintendo Hard: The bosses. Almost all of them. Each and every boss hits ridiculously hard, and unless you spend a huge amount of time grinding, they can only be beaten if you come in with just the right characters and just the right equipment, spend between half and all of each turn healing, and have a little luck.
  • The Untwist: Saura reveals herself to be "Allul of the Twelve" long before you realize that she's actually a Rogress.
    • When Weiss tries to kill Alf, L'Arc stops him, telling him that fratricide can't be the answer. Weiss says "then why are you raising your sword to me?", and the game then tries to make it seem like a twist hours later when It's "revealed" that L'Arc is Weiss's brother.
  • The Scrappy: Niko to some, due to his constant cowardice.
    • His voice doesn't help things either.
  • Selfish Evil: Ignacy. Emphasis on the "selfish" part.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The voice acting is quite unintentionally hilarious.
    • Narm: Many moments, but one in particular stands out Niko's last words (well, the last ones the party hears) are "I sound stupid, so I'm switching off." Sure, It Makes Sense in Context he's switching off the video feed to his ship while he perfoms his Heroic Sacrifice but if you look at it another way...
  • Spiritual Licensee: The game could be considered one to the Tales Series. Not only are the characters of anime design, there are skits that tend to be on the light-hearted side and costumes (that can only be seen on the character portrait). At least two of the developers also worked on the Tales Series: director Hiroyuki Kanemaru from Tales of Symphonia and scenario writer Takumi Miyajima, who worked on Tales of the Abyss.
  • Stoic Woobie: Rastan has had a sucky life, but you won't catch him angsting about it.
  • Tear Jerker: A few scenes do come across well as ones, despite the voice acting.
    • Zamuel's death. He is able to get the weight of the secret he'd been carrying for years off of his chest before passing it. It is also the only time in the game when L'Arc calls him "Master."
    • Right after Alf delivers the killing blow to Ignacy, he simply stands there and takes a moment to cry for Adele. No words need to be said.
  • The Woobie: You'll really want to give Luze a cuddle once you find out her backstory. She was made into a god by her people and led them as one, only to eventually be accused of being a false deity and have humanity become divided over her, which resulted in her becoming so distraught about her ability to lead them that she put herself into a state of hibernation...
  • What Could Have Been: XSEED was originally going to localize the game alongside Marvelous USA, but Marvelous hit a financial slump, closed the US branch, and gave the rights to Ignition.

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