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* FiveRaces: There are five major playable races across the series, each one fitting into archetypes in some way.
** Humans are the typical Mundane race. They are a JackOfAllTrades race that has balanced stats in each game it appears in and can typically do pretty much anything and run any Class.
** Newmans/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Neumans]]: The Fairy race. In most games they are SpaceElves with an emphasis on magic/Photon affinity but lacking on technological prowess, making them powerful casters but restricting their ability to become Rangers. Their ''IDOLA'' counterpart is the Elf race.
** Androids/[=CASTs=]: The Stout race, typically comprised of RidiculouslyHumanRobots (with the degree of "Ridiculously Human" varying from entry to entry). They are quite sturdy and are good with technology but lack the ability to command Photons in most games. Most games they are featured in typically cut them off from Technique or Force Class access. Their ''IDOLA'' counterpart is the Machina.
** Beasts: Primarily featured in the ''Universe'' subseries, they are a cross between Stout and Mundane, being physically strong creatures with human-like appearances and are fairly adaptable. Their ''IDOLA'' counterpart is the Lycan race, the males of whom are more beastial in nature while the females are more LittleBitBeastly.
** Deuman/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Dewman/Duman]]: Appearing in ''Portable 2 infinity'' and ''Online 2'', the Deumans assume traits from the Fairy and Mundane types, owing to their unique (and sinister) origins and freedom of choice concerning development. Their ''IDOLA'' counterpart is the Demonic race.
** Cute: While there aren't any "major" Cute races, ''Universe'' had Small Beasts as an offshoot of the Beast race. ''IDOLA'' also features a sixth Gnome race that fits the typical Cute bill.

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* BlindIdiotTranslation: Notably one of the few long-running game series to suffer from this even in modern games, with not only the tetraology but both ''[=PSO2=]'' and ''IDOLA'' having inconsistent and/or half-assed translations.


** Subverted by the Great Light, [[spoiler:the direct counterpart of the Profound Darkness whose sole goal is to prevent its resurrection. While the Great Light's interests align with that of the heroes, it doesn't actually have humanity's best interests in mind; rather, it sees the sentient beings that it created to help seal the Profound Darkness as part of the solution. Chaz pretty much gives it what-for when he finds out.]]

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** Subverted by the Great Light, [[spoiler:the direct counterpart physical antithesis of the Profound Darkness whose sole goal is to prevent its resurrection. While the Great Light's interests align with that of the heroes, it doesn't actually have humanity's best interests in mind; rather, it sees the sentient beings that it created to help seal the Profound Darkness as part of the solution. Chaz pretty much gives it what-for when he finds out.]]

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** Subverted by the Great Light, [[spoiler:the direct counterpart of the Profound Darkness whose sole goal is to prevent its resurrection. While the Great Light's interests align with that of the heroes, it doesn't actually have humanity's best interests in mind; rather, it sees the sentient beings that it created to help seal the Profound Darkness as part of the solution. Chaz pretty much gives it what-for when he finds out.]]
** The ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' counterpart of the Great Light, [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacter]], plays it straight.


* EldritchAbomination: Dark Force in all the games. [[spoiler:The Profound Darkness in ''PSIV'' and ''[=PSO2=]'', even more so.]]

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* EldritchAbomination: Dark Force in all the games. Force/Falz, natch. [[spoiler:The Profound Darkness in ''PSIV'' and ''[=PSO2=]'', Darkness]] even more so.]]moreso, but [[spoiler:the ''Primordial'' Darkness]] takes the cake, whose design quite literally screams "cosmic horror".


** ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2es'' (2012): The mobile phone companion game of ''Phantasy Star Online 2''.

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** ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2NewGenesis'' (2021): The sequel to ''Phantasy Star Online 2'', released for the [=PlayStation 4=], PC, and Nintendo Switch in Japan and for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X in North America. A millennia after the end of Oracle's war against the Falspawn, players join a new generation of ARKS and their fight against the DOLLS that populate their new world.
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''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2es'' (2012): The A mobile phone companion game and spin-off of ''Phantasy Star Online 2''.2'' that follows a team of ARKS known as the Darker Busters and their adventures into the dark side of the organization.



* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2NewGenesis'' (2021): The sequel to ''Phantasy Star Online 2'', released for the [=PlayStation 4=], PC, and Nintendo Switch in Japan and for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X in North America. A millennia after the end of Oracle's war against the Falspawn, players join a new generation of ARKS and their fight against the DOLLS that populate their new world.

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* ArcNumber: A millennia. A period of 1000 years is required for Dark Falz to return, which is a key plot point in the original tetralogy, especially ''Phantasy Star IV'' (the game subtitled ''End of the'' '''''Millennium''''', no less). A 1000 year TimeSkip is also involved between ''Phantasy Star Online 2'' and its sequel, ''New Genesis''.

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* SquareRaceRoundClass: Some games give a CAST (a RidiculouslyHumanRobot race known for its very poor Photon control) the option to become a Force (a Class that requires high Photon control to be effective). They're predictably bad at it. Games from ''Online 2'' forward play it straight, since racial stat differences have been reduced to almost nothing, so you're free to become the robot wizard or warrior space elf you always wanted to be.


* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' (2006): Released on PC, Playstation 2, and Xbox 360, ''Universe'' represents a new direction the online series took. In addition to a robust multiplayer component, the game also featured a dedicated offline story mode centered on Ethan Waber, a newcomer to the GUARDIANS peacekeeping organization, as he contends with a dangerous threat to the Gurhal System

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* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' (2006): Released on PC, Playstation 2, and Xbox 360, ''Universe'' represents a new direction the online series took. In addition to a robust multiplayer component, the game also featured a dedicated offline story mode centered on Ethan Waber, a newcomer to the GUARDIANS peacekeeping organization, as he contends with a dangerous threat to the Gurhal SystemSystem.



*** ''Phantasy Star Portable 2 infinity'' (2011): The Japan-exclusive continuation of the portable series.

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*** ''Phantasy Star Portable 2 infinity'' (2011): The Japan-exclusive continuation UpdatedRerelease of ''Portable 2'', released exclusively in Japan on the portable series.PSP. With the appearance of a mysterious new race called the "Deumans", players join a Deuman named Nagisa and seek to discover her connection to an ancient evil that threatens the universe.



* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarNova'' (2014): A Playstation Vita spinoff of ''Phantasy Star Online 2'', which sees players take part in an expeditionary force stranded on the planet of Machia
* ''VideoGame/IDOLAPhantasyStarSaga'' (2018): A free-to-play RPG released on Japanese mobile phones. As the heroine Stella, players will contend with mysterious monsters known as Idola that threaten the planet of Vandor.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2NewGenesis'' (2021): The sequel to ''Phantasy Star Online 2''. A millennia after the end of Oracle's war against the Falspawn, players join a new generation of ARKS and their fight against the DOLLS that populate their new world.

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* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarNova'' (2014): A Playstation Vita spinoff of ''Phantasy Star Online 2'', which sees players take part in an expeditionary force 2''. When the ARKS Ship "Delta Valiant" and its passengers are stranded on the planet Machia, its crew must not only survive but uncover the secrets of Machia
the Gigantes, a race of engineered bioforms inhabiting the planet. Curiously the only post-tetralogy game that lacks an online component.
* ''VideoGame/IDOLAPhantasyStarSaga'' (2018): A free-to-play RPG released on Japanese mobile phones. As On the heroine Stella, players will contend with mysterious distant planet of Vandor, the Aries Knights, a peacekeeping organization dedicated to repelling titanic monsters known as Idola Idola, must contend with the revival of Dark Falz and those that threaten the planet of Vandor.
would use its powers for their own gain.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2NewGenesis'' (2021): The sequel to ''Phantasy Star Online 2''.2'', released for the [=PlayStation 4=], PC, and Nintendo Switch in Japan and for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X in North America. A millennia after the end of Oracle's war against the Falspawn, players join a new generation of ARKS and their fight against the DOLLS that populate their new world.

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* KnifeNut: Twin Daggers are a commonly available weapon in the setting, but the "Nut" part tends to be notably averted. You're more likely to find daggers in the hands of graceful acrobats (even villainous ones like Dark Falz Apprentice) than grinning sadists. (It helps that they're usually pointed at rampaging monsters and not other people.)

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* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2NewGenesis'' (2021): The sequel to ''Phantasy Star Online 2''. A millennia after the end of Oracle's war against the Falspawn, players join a new generation of ARKS and their fight against the DOLLS that populate their new world.


Creator/{{Sega}}'s answer to the RPG craze of the late 1980s, the ''Phantasy Star'' series was a classic contemporary to ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. Having been in the hands of several of Sega's development studios (in chronological order: Sega [=RD4=], Sega [=AM7=] (Overworks/Sega Wow), and Sega [=AM8=] (Creator/SonicTeam)), the franchise has taken several different forms since its inception.

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Creator/{{Sega}}'s answer to the RPG craze of the late 1980s, the ''Phantasy Star'' series was a classic contemporary to ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. Having been in the hands of several of Sega's development studios (in chronological order: Sega [=RD4=], Sega [=AM7=] (Overworks/Sega Wow), and Sega [=AM8=] (Creator/SonicTeam)), (Creator/SonicTeam), the franchise has taken several different forms since its inception.


** Men get traditional shields, while women instead wear emels -- basically thick gauntlets. Unfortunately, in a franchise which offers higher rewards for DualWielding, these are largely useless except on your {{Squishy Wizard}}s.

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** Men get traditional shields, while women instead wear emels -- basically thick gauntlets. Unfortunately, in a franchise which offers higher rewards for DualWielding, these are [[ShieldsAreUseless largely useless useless]] except on your {{Squishy Wizard}}s.Wizard}}s and Healers, whose physical offense is virtually nil anyway but benefit from the extra boost to defense.

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* TheCorruption: A series mainstay alongside Dark Falz, weirdly enough. D-Cells in ''Online'', the SEED in ''Universe'', F-Factor in ''Online 2'', and so forth.

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* InsistentTerminology: SEGA maintains that the post-tetralogy games are not {{MMORPG}}s despite their online multiplayer components, instead opting to refer to them as "online {{Action RPG}}s".

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