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* {{Woolseyism}}: In the English translation, [[spoiler: Gaius only attempts to destroy all of Elympios' spyrix technology regardless of who suffers from its absence instead of trying to destroy Elympios entirely. It goes a long way toward making him look more sane and less like a KarmaHoudini without removing his WellIntentionedExtremist and BlackAndWhiteInsanity traits and adds another layer to his NotSoDifferent relationship with Milla.]]

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* {{Woolseyism}}: {{Woolseyism}}:
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In the English translation, [[spoiler: Gaius only attempts to destroy all of Elympios' spyrix technology regardless of who suffers from its absence instead of trying to destroy Elympios entirely. It goes a long way toward making him look more sane and less like a KarmaHoudini without removing his WellIntentionedExtremist and BlackAndWhiteInsanity traits and adds another layer to his NotSoDifferent relationship with Milla.]]]]
** In the ending, Leia decided to return home and work at her families inn. When the sequel came out, this was retconned with almost no mention of this into her now being a reporter. The localization team had the benefit of the sequel being out when localizing the script, so they merely changed a bit of Leia's wording in the finale to have her say that she would be temporarily helping around the inn. This makes her job as a reporter more natural than in the Japanese version, where its mostly joked that she is now a reporter.


** This victory conversation between Alvin and Rowen becomes one later in the game, when [[spoiler: ''both'' Rowen and Alvin fall victim to DidNotGetTheGirl]]. Later [[spoiler:Alvin ''shoots'' Leia [[CaptainObvious (a lady)]].]]

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** This victory conversation between Alvin and Rowen becomes one later in the game, when [[spoiler: ''both'' Rowen and Alvin fall victim to DidNotGetTheGirl]]. Later [[spoiler:Alvin ''shoots'' Leia [[CaptainObvious (a lady)]].lady).]]


* DracoInLeatherPants: Gaius. It says alot that an overlord nearly committed genocide (immediate or otherwise) could have so many fans.

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* DracoInLeatherPants: Gaius. It says alot that an overlord who nearly committed genocide (immediate or otherwise) could have so many fans.


* CaptainObviousReveal: This game has a couple, especially for veteran ''Tales'' series players:
** [[spoiler:Alvin has every aspect of the Sixth Ranger Traitor trope written all over him. It's his reasons why he is one that is the main twist.]]
** A larger example is the twist [[spoiler:that Milla isn't really Maxwell, which many players figured out thanks to how often it's mentioned in-game that she is. TheUntwist is that Milla ''does'' become Maxwell by the end of the game, rather than simply staying the way she was after the original reveal is discovered, meaning that technically, she was right all along (in that ultimately, she embodied the concept of Maxwell better than Maxwell himself did by the end, if his officially bequeathing his title to her is any implication).]]
** The fact that Karla Outway from the History of Auj-Oule sidequest [[spoiler: is Gaius' sister. It's not revealed until the final part of the quest, at the very end of the game, but it's obvious to most players from the first part. And the fact she has the exact same hair and eye colour as him makes it even more obvious.]]



* TheUntwist: This game has a couple, especially for veteran ''Tales'' series players:
** [[spoiler:Alvin has every aspect of the Sixth Ranger Traitor trope written all over him. It's his reasons why he is one that is the main twist.]]
** A larger example is the twist [[spoiler:that Milla isn't really Maxwell, which many players figured out thanks to how often it's mentioned in-game that she is. TheUntwist is that Milla ''does'' become Maxwell by the end of the game, rather than simply staying the way she was after the original reveal is discovered, meaning that technically, she was right all along (in that ultimately, she embodied the concept of Maxwell better than Maxwell himself did by the end, if his officially bequeathing his title to her is any implication).]]
** The fact that Karla Outway from the History of Auj-Oule sidequest [[spoiler: is Gaius' sister. It's not revealed until the final part of the quest, at the very end of the game, but it's obvious to most players from the first part. And the fact she has the exact same hair and eye colour as him makes it even more obvious.]]


* CharacterShilling: A good chunk of the cast talk about how awesome and inspiring Milla Maxwell is throughout the game. One side agrees with this to various levels... [[InformedAttribute but the other side don't at all, not seeing how she deserves such praise.]]
** In Nia Khera, all the villagers worship her mere presence because she's essentially Maxwell in physical form. [[spoiler: This becomes misplaced when you find out she's not really Maxwell, just created by the real one, not that the villagers knew that]].
** Jude in particular goes on about how strong, courageous, and inspirational Milla is, and how much he wants to be with her. This is due to his [[ActionGirl admiration of her]], and his personal feelings for her.
** Rowen and the others as well, particularly during the latter half of the game where they talk about the various ways she's inspired them, and how they feel motivated whenever she's with them. At one point, Leia even confides in Milla that she was trying to be more ''like her'' [[spoiler: because she was jealous of Jude's attraction to Milla]], the latter point going over Milla's head however, which makes Leia wonder if she's worrying for nothing.
** Wyverns [[MemeticMutation bend the knee]] to her when they first see her [[spoiler: for absolutely no reason at all]], something that is impossible for humans [[spoiler: and raises FridgeLogic once the game's major twist is revealed.]]
** Even the game's villains, with Gaius expressing his admiration for Milla's conviction, [[VillainRespect despite being on opposing sides with her.]] So does Muzet, though some of her remarks about Milla are [[BitchInSheepsClothing laced with veiled sarcasm.]]
*** Speaking of Gaius, he's complimented by everyone in the party even though some of his ruling strategies seem archaic and shortsighted at best. They're still complimenting even after he's threatened their lives multiple times, and eventually escalates to [[spoiler:nearly [[KillThemAll committing]] [[InferredHolocaust genocide]]]].


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* HypeBacklash: This game is getting this as it was touted heavily as an anniversary title, but in reality it was rushed out the door to meet said anniversary. After the hype died down, fans were not pleased. Namco took note and made a sequel addressing many issues (while making some others) Surprisingly enough though, it seems to be averted in the US as the game received very good reviews and the pre-order sales were apparently so massive that it was enough for Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment to flat out announce the localization for the sequel.


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* BrokenBase:
** Some hate the bosses for being significantly harder than the trash mobs and breaking out of combos, preventing the same kind of combo-lock strategy that tends to work in most other VideoGame/TalesSeries games. Others prefer the challenge and are glad that they aren't just [[FanNickname Punching Bags]].
** [[DullSurprise Milla's voice acting in the dub.]] Several fans and reviewers see it as genuinely poor, while others find it to be an in-character quirk in her speech and a conscientious decision by the voice director (likely, given the actress has no lisp in her speaking voice). And then there are fans who think she started off poorly but got much better as the game continued. And to add onto the above complaints, there are many who didn't like her purely because she didn't do as good of a job as Sawashiro (and in some small but vocal cases, simply because she isn't Sawashiro, as her fanbase can at times border on UndyingLoyalty).
** The dub name changes. Some like the names for sounding more distinct in the English version while many dislike them for not being literal translations.
** Jude and Milla's relationship. Many dislike it for either Jude ignoring [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Leia]], him and Milla not admitting their feelings and actually being a couple, or the fact that it's implied that EveryoneCanSeeIt as well as the Shipteases that doesn't actually happen. Others enjoy a romance that doesn't throw it in your face or make it take up the entire story. In the English version especially, there's apparently a lack of actual chemistry between the voice actors as well as some dialogue that is more romantic and emotional in Japanese than it is in English.



* EvilIsCool: Gaius.

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* FakeDifficulty:
** The FinalBoss's time stopping, considering there's nothing you can do to stop it and they can use it whenever they feel like it.

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FakeDifficulty: The FinalBoss's time stopping, considering there's nothing you can do to stop it and they can use it whenever they feel like it.



* GameBreaker:
** A first for the series, ''Elize''. After gaining several abilities, she becomes a rare mage who can become a huge threat against everything the game throws at her. Her Pow Hammer stunning ability can stun bosses, for example.
** She also has a passive skill that grants her extra EXP depending on how much she healed people during the fight. This doesn't seem so bad at first, but then you realize that this is percentage-based, up to 300% of the original EXP, and that coincidentally, the fights with the most need to heal are also the fights with the most EXP to gain. Thus, expect Elize to always ''at least'' gain twice as much EXP as everyone else after boss fights and leave the rest of the party in the dust.
** Jude after gaining his Shattering Demon Fist, and the skill Grounded Stance/Glory, which prevents staggering while on the ground means he'll make most fights a complete joke. They are somewhat balanced by the fact that they aren't available until post-game, though they can be transferred in [[NewGamePlus subsequent playthroughs]]. Similarly Jude's Coil and Savage Roar allow him to create combos in a otherwise not-possible game.
** Milla in general, especially once she regains access to using the Four Spirits. She's a well-balanced MagicKnight who can hit hard with physical and magical attacks, the Four Spirits are pretty strong with their attack - with Sylph being easy to use to create a lock-down combo - and once Milla gains access to skills that allow her to jump high above the battlefield and cast her hard-hitting spells in complete safety, she is unlikely to die again.
** Jude and Rowen's Splash Beam/Splash Line. When you can first use it, every enemy you meet is weak to it, it deals several hard hits and tosses even bosses into the air.
** Rowen's Tidal Wave spell is completely broken and an extremely easy way to farm the Coliseum for gald and exp. It has an extremely long casting time, but once you gain the skill that totally prevents staggering while casting a spell...
** Jude and Leia's "Tempest Pirouette" [[LimitBreak Link Arte]]. It has massive {{A|reaOfEffect}}oE, draws in nearby enemies, hits 14 times, and inflicts a crapload of dmg. Doubly so, if Jude and Leia are armed with elemental weapons [[AttackItsWeakPoint that the enemy happens to be weak against or Leia cast the Elemental Impulse spell on both of them beforehand.]] Once the player has access to it, there's almost no reason to pick anything else. Simply have Jude rush into the center of a group, use [[RoundhouseKick "Whirlwind Snap"]], then link "Tempest Pirouette" and watch as everything dies. Follow up with Jude's "Shattering Demon Fist" to pick off any survivors.
** Several other Link Artes qualify as well. Milla and Elize's Chaotic Fusion, Elize and Rowen's Azalea Blade, and damn near every Link Arte between Jude and Milla (some stand-outs being Spirit Spiral, Torrent Impact, and Scarlet Fang).
** Rowen and Leia's Stop Flow isn't particularly useful in one-player, as the effect doesn't last long enough, but it's a beast in two-player, letting one person attack and the other cast Stop Flow after Stop Flow. It's helpful, since two-player's bosses are a lot harder due to [[FakeDifficulty the way linking works]].
** In a leveling sense, the Slenderman-esque enemies (Gentlemen). After a little practice, most are easy to deal with, and they give ridiculous amounts of experience for each one killed, often five or more times the other enemies in their dungeon.



* {{Narm}}:
** During the second visit to the Laforte Research Center, the party finds [[spoiler: Hamil's mayor]] who dies in front of them. The Narm comes from the voice actress making the end of her sentences sound like she's gargling water in the back of her throat.
** [[spoiler:Muzet's]] freak out moments are really over the top at times and can be really funny.
** Jude's SayMyName towards Mila at Fort Gandala. It's particularly jarring because Jude is usually one of the better voice-acted characters.
** Jude's SayMyName towards Alvin right before [[spoiler: their duel]] might come across as silly to English players thanks to a certain famous series about [[Franchise/AlvinAndtheChipmunks singing chipmunks]] and the yelling of Alvin's name.
** The "chess game" between Wingul and Rowen can be narmy because it's SeriousBusiness for them. The music itself is really over the top with the characters acting as if they were really fighting.



* TheScrappy: Teepo. Sweet mercy, ''Teepo''. If you don't find him annoying, you ''may'' hate him after [[spoiler: he gets forcibly reset, and can only tell Elize he's "just a machine" right when she needs him the most.]]
** Even though she's a minor character, Isla is very disliked by the Tales fans due to being a BitchInSheepsClothing and a hypocrite at the same time. The biggest kicker? [[spoiler: she sold Elize into slavery, and SHE'S BEEN POISONING ALVIN'S MOM!]]
** Ivar. '''Big Time.''' If his troublesome attitude doesn't tick you off, [[spoiler:then certainly his ineptitude to activate the Lance of Kresnik through Gilland's letters will do that]].
** Muzet, largely due to her KarmaHoudini status. [[spoiler: In Jude's path she outright ''murders'' most of the villagers in Nia Khera, just because they had heard [[HeKnowsTooMuch stories about the schism]], and to top it all off, also giving Jude a malignant MindRape about Milla's status as a double for Maxwell a bit too gleefully that he fell into a ''big'' HeroicBSOD. In Milla's path she does the same but we learn she also slaughtered many spirits out of suspicion that one may be Milla in disguise. Her feelings of being abandoned by Maxwell can come off as {{Wangst}} to the player.]] On top of all this, she's an absurdly cheap boss in Milla's story, one of the hardest in the game.
* ScrappyMechanic:
** Bosses being able to break out of combos is one of the more base breaking additions.
** Shop building. Instead of new equipment being available in any new town the player walks into, new things will only pop up, if the player has put enough resources into a specific shop's level. Meaning, unless the player has grinded for some material outside of town and regularly works on the shop building, they'll be stuck with older equipment that leaves them vulnerable. Consequently, this ''can'' lead to early [[DiscOneNuke game breaking equipment]], if done right.
** The whole linking system makes two-player much harder than one-player, as players can accidentally link with each other and ''lock each other out of the game''.



* ThatOneAttack:
** Gilland's BeamSpam move is incredibly powerful and difficult to dodge, especially if he goes into a corner first. ''You'' may be able to block it and survive no problem, but it is a matter of luck if the AI controlled allies aren't already in the way. By the time the move is over, you may very well be the only one standing. And that's not even considering [[spoiler:the link arte version with Celsius.]]
** Every single link arte a boss uses against you counts. Most of them are overpowered and way stronger than you, most cause various status debuffs, and many are nearly unavoidable.
* ThatOneBoss:Milla's[[spoiler: spirit battle versus Muzet, ''alone'']]. Unless you've overleveled, the enemy's attacks will regularly knock off your health with frustrating ease, and this is without her Mystic Arte. And for those used to particular/favored strategies, you'll need to abandon them in favor of hit-and-run.
** Nameless Anomaly is the first real boss the player fights and easily is one of the harder ones. It inflicts a ton of status effects, is a flying unit meaning it's difficult to hit with physicals, and it enjoys attacking spell casters. The only easy way to win is to have your spellcasters literally spam spells.
* ThatOneLevel: The S. S. Zenethria is a large ship controlled by Exodus. Visually, it's not very interesting and the layout is absolutely symmetrical, meaning the player will likely need to open the map a few times to know where they are and what they have done up to now. The corridors of the area are also very narrow, making it difficult to avoid random encounters.



* TheWoobie: A majority of the party in some form:
** Rowen, who [[spoiler:takes the blame for Nachtigal, his best friend, becoming how he is in the present after leaving his side two years before and then watching him get impaled before possibly doing a HeelFaceTurn]], watches [[spoiler:his Lord Cline die]] prior to that, and blames himself for not being able to [[spoiler:save his fiancee and Nachtigal's sister, Princess Carrie, who was caught in the tsunami at the Fezebel Marsh battle and believed to be dead]]. But when it turns out [[spoiler:Carrie is alive and living in Elympios, she has lost all memory of him and is already happily married]].
** Then there's Leia, who [[spoiler:is an [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]]]], feels like she's dragging the party down at times, attempts to keep it together and take care of [[spoiler:Jude while he's in his HeroicBSOD state after Milla's death]], and then [[spoiler:gets shot by Alvin while trying to protect the former]]. Not to mention [[spoiler:the guilt she feels about Agria's fate]].
** Elize, who [[spoiler:was taken to an experiment lab at the age of TWO after the death of her parents by Jiao]], lived in a village where a majority of the villagers felt negatively about her, and finds out [[spoiler:that her best friend Teepo is just a machine that says her innermost thoughts]].
** Driselle. Even she's a minor NPC, she had to deal with her brother's death, not to mention shoulder a lot of responsibility in his place. She manages to hold up fairly well though.
** JerkassWoobie: Alvin may be a jerk with a bad case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder but [[spoiler: he was trapped in Rieze Maxia by the tsunami when he was six, raised as a child soldier who only knows how to betray others, and keeps working for Exodus to get medicine for his ill mother. And in the end, all of his actions were for naught as his mother dies anyway, after being poisoned by the woman who was supposed to take care of her.]] It doesn't really excuse his actions but man, his life sucks.
** JerkassWoobie: Ivar just [[ButtMonkey cannot get a break]]. He's fiercefully loyal to Milla and all he gets in return from her is cold indifference and he sees his position as Milla's handmaid stolen by Jude. [[spoiler: And then he's the one who turned on the Lance of Kresnik and caused Milla's death...]] His rude and agressive attitude towards anyone who's not Milla, however, makes him more a JerkassWoobie.
* {{Woolseyism}}: In the English translation, [[spoiler: Gaius only attempts to destroy all of Elympios' spyrix technology regardless of who suffers from its absence instead of trying to destroy Elympios entirely. It goes a long way toward making him look more sane and less like a KarmaHoudini without removing his WellIntentionedExtremist and BlackAndWhiteInsanity traits and adds another layer to his NotSoDifferent relationship with Milla.]]

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* TheWoobie: A majority of the party in some form:
** Rowen, who [[spoiler:takes the blame for Nachtigal, his best friend, becoming how he is in the present after leaving his side two years before and then watching him get impaled before possibly doing a HeelFaceTurn]], watches [[spoiler:his Lord Cline die]] prior to that, and blames himself for not being able to [[spoiler:save his fiancee and Nachtigal's sister, Princess Carrie, who was caught in the tsunami at the Fezebel Marsh battle and believed to be dead]]. But when it turns out [[spoiler:Carrie is alive and living in Elympios, she has lost all memory of him and is already happily married]].
** Then there's Leia, who [[spoiler:is an [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]]]], feels like she's dragging the party down at times, attempts to keep it together and take care of [[spoiler:Jude while he's in his HeroicBSOD state after Milla's death]], and then [[spoiler:gets shot by Alvin while trying to protect the former]]. Not to mention [[spoiler:the guilt she feels about Agria's fate]].
** Elize, who [[spoiler:was taken to an experiment lab at the age of TWO after the death of her parents by Jiao]], lived in a village where a majority of the villagers felt negatively about her, and finds out [[spoiler:that her best friend Teepo is just a machine that says her innermost thoughts]].
** Driselle. Even she's a minor NPC, she had to deal with her brother's death, not to mention shoulder a lot of responsibility in his place. She manages to hold up fairly well though.
** JerkassWoobie: Alvin may be a jerk with a bad case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder but [[spoiler: he was trapped in Rieze Maxia by the tsunami when he was six, raised as a child soldier who only knows how to betray others, and keeps working for Exodus to get medicine for his ill mother. And in the end, all of his actions were for naught as his mother dies anyway, after being poisoned by the woman who was supposed to take care of her.]] It doesn't really excuse his actions but man, his life sucks.
** JerkassWoobie: Ivar just [[ButtMonkey cannot get a break]]. He's fiercefully loyal to Milla and all he gets in return from her is cold indifference and he sees his position as Milla's handmaid stolen by Jude. [[spoiler: And then he's the one who turned on the Lance of Kresnik and caused Milla's death...]] His rude and agressive attitude towards anyone who's not Milla, however, makes him more a JerkassWoobie.
* {{Woolseyism}}: In the English translation, [[spoiler: Gaius only attempts to destroy all of Elympios' spyrix technology regardless of who suffers from its absence instead of trying to destroy Elympios entirely. It goes a long way toward making him look more sane and less like a KarmaHoudini without removing his WellIntentionedExtremist and BlackAndWhiteInsanity traits and adds another layer to his NotSoDifferent relationship with Milla.]]]]
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* AmericansHateTingle: Milla is a BaseBreakingCharacter on the Western side of the fandom for a multitude of reasons, ranging from her voice acting to claims of CharacterShilling. In Japan though she's fairly well liked enough to where she made it into the top twenty in the most recently popularity polls.

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* AmericansHateTingle: Milla is a BaseBreakingCharacter on the Western side of the fandom for a multitude of reasons, ranging from her voice acting to claims of CharacterShilling. In Japan though she's fairly well liked enough to where she made it into the top twenty in the most recently popularity polls.



* EvilIsCool: Gaius, for some anyway.

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** The FinalBoss's time stopping, considering there's pretty much nothing you can do to stop it and they can use it whenever they feel like it.
** The whole linking system makes two-player much harder than one-player, as players can accidentally link with each other and ''lock each other out of the game''.

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** The FinalBoss's time stopping, considering there's pretty much nothing you can do to stop it and they can use it whenever they feel like it.
** The whole linking system makes two-player much harder than one-player, as players can accidentally link with each other and ''lock each other out of the game''.
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** Leia/Jude is also fairly popular due to their ChildhoodFriends status and the fact that as far as relationships go, it's actually a really well done one. It also helps that Jude/Milla are seen as way too much of a LastMinuteHookup by the majority of fans.

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** Leia/Jude is also fairly popular due to their ChildhoodFriends status and the fact that as far as relationships go, it's actually a really well done one. It also helps that Jude/Milla are seen as way too much of a LastMinuteHookup by the majority of some fans.



* ScrappyMechanic: Bosses being able to break out of combos is one of the more base breaking additions.

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** The whole linking system makes two-player much harder than one-player, as players can accidentally link with each other and ''lock each other out of the game''.


** Ivar just [[ButtMonkey cannot get a break]]. He's fiercefully loyal to Milla and all he gets in return from her is cold indifference and he sees his position as Milla's handmaid stolen by Jude. [[spoiler: And then he's the one who turned on the Lance of Kresnik and caused Milla's death...]]

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** JerkassWoobie: Ivar just [[ButtMonkey cannot get a break]]. He's fiercefully loyal to Milla and all he gets in return from her is cold indifference and he sees his position as Milla's handmaid stolen by Jude. [[spoiler: And then he's the one who turned on the Lance of Kresnik and caused Milla's death...]]]] His rude and agressive attitude towards anyone who's not Milla, however, makes him more a JerkassWoobie.


* [[ChristmasRushed Anniversary Rushed]]: The game was rushed for the big anniversary, resulting in many things left out (most of which ending up in the sequel). It's the main reason for the hype backlash in Japan at least. In the States though, not so much. The plot suddenly [[CosmicDeadline starts to move at a rapid pace]] around the 3/4 point, with many threads either wrapped up quickly or shoved to the side. You can tell that the later part of the game was rushed.



* TheUntwist: This game has a couple, especially for GenreSavvy ''Tales'' series players:

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* TheUntwist: This game has a couple, especially for GenreSavvy veteran ''Tales'' series players:



** A larger example is the twist [[spoiler:that Milla isn't really Maxwell, which many GenreSavvy players figured out thanks to how often it's mentioned in-game that she is. TheUntwist is that Milla ''does'' become Maxwell by the end of the game, rather than simply staying the way she was after the original reveal is discovered, meaning that technically, she was right all along (in that ultimately, she embodied the concept of Maxwell better than Maxwell himself did by the end, if his officially bequeathing his title to her is any implication).]]

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** A larger example is the twist [[spoiler:that Milla isn't really Maxwell, which many GenreSavvy players figured out thanks to how often it's mentioned in-game that she is. TheUntwist is that Milla ''does'' become Maxwell by the end of the game, rather than simply staying the way she was after the original reveal is discovered, meaning that technically, she was right all along (in that ultimately, she embodied the concept of Maxwell better than Maxwell himself did by the end, if his officially bequeathing his title to her is any implication).]]

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** Wyverns [[MemeticMutation bend the knee]] to her when they first see her [[spoiler: for absolutely no reason at all]], something that is impossible for humans [[spoiler: and raises FridgeLogic once the game's major twist is revealed.]]


* HypeBacklash: This game is getting this as it was touted heavily as an anniversary title, but in reality it was rushed out the door to meet said anniversary. After the hype died down, fans were not pleased. Namco took note and made a sequel addressing many issues (while making some others) Surprisingly enough though, it seems to be averted in the US as the game received very good reviews and the pre-order sales were apparently so massive that it was enough for Creator/NamcoBandai to flat out announce the localization for the sequel.

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* HypeBacklash: This game is getting this as it was touted heavily as an anniversary title, but in reality it was rushed out the door to meet said anniversary. After the hype died down, fans were not pleased. Namco took note and made a sequel addressing many issues (while making some others) Surprisingly enough though, it seems to be averted in the US as the game received very good reviews and the pre-order sales were apparently so massive that it was enough for Creator/NamcoBandai Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment to flat out announce the localization for the sequel.


** Some hate the bosses for being significantly harder than the trash mobs and breaking out of combos, preventing the same kind of combo-lock strategy that tends to work in most other TalesSeries games. Others prefer the challenge and are glad that they aren't just [[FanNickname Punching Bags]].

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** Some hate the bosses for being significantly harder than the trash mobs and breaking out of combos, preventing the same kind of combo-lock strategy that tends to work in most other TalesSeries VideoGame/TalesSeries games. Others prefer the challenge and are glad that they aren't just [[FanNickname Punching Bags]].



** ''Xillia'' got some hatred because unlike other ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' games, you can't just be good at comboing and stun-locking bosses to death in one endless SpamAttack combo. You ''will'' have to block and dodge in this game. If you haven't learned from ''Graces'', then it's a good time to learn now.

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** ''Xillia'' got some hatred because unlike other ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' games, you can't just be good at comboing and stun-locking bosses to death in one endless SpamAttack combo. You ''will'' have to block and dodge in this game. If you haven't learned from ''Graces'', then it's a good time to learn now.


* AmericansHateTingle: Milla is a BaseBreakingCharacter on the Western side of the fandom for a multitude of reasons, ranging from her voice acting to claims of CharacterShilling and accusations of GodModeSue. In Japan though she's fairly well liked enough to where she made it into the top twenty in the most recently popularity polls.

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* AmericansHateTingle: Milla is a BaseBreakingCharacter on the Western side of the fandom for a multitude of reasons, ranging from her voice acting to claims of CharacterShilling and accusations of GodModeSue.CharacterShilling. In Japan though she's fairly well liked enough to where she made it into the top twenty in the most recently popularity polls.

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