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Deconstructed Character Archetype / Tales Series

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  • Tales of the Abyss:
    • Luke deconstructs many tropes, but specifically the Idiot Hero, Amnesiac Hero, and Kid Hero. He's a seemingly entitled and idiotic noble who is incredibly rude to people, but its because he was kidnapped as a child and had his memories (by memories we mean basically how to talk, write, etc) wiped, and has been living the past roughly seven years trying to become a functional member of society, making him mentally only seven years old. As a result, once he gets taken out of his manor unexpectedly, he is ignorant to many of the realities of the world such as commerce and combat, and has no idea of the worlds current political situation. This makes him more of a liability and the group grows to dislike him for how frustrating he is. Its later revealed that he is actually a replica of the real Luke, meaning he is really only seven years old, and he's only an idiot because he legitimately has no idea what he's doing. He's essentially a child forced to become an adult despite not being mentally prepared enough, and having no idea what the right choice is to make. He is also made an ambassador at one point, and the fact he is given such a position of power causes it to go to his head and drive a wedge between his friends, and his inability to understand why makes things worse as the story goes on before reaching its zenith when Luke accidentally helps the Big Bad kill many innocent people via a Fantastic Nuke, causing them to abandon him for a time.
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    • Jade is this for The Ace and Mad Scientist. Jade is well known and respected by the world at large for his magical and scientific research and intelligence, to the point where the main villains consider sealing most of his powers away a better use for it then their original target. Although Jade is smart, he later reveals he hates himself because while he is skilled and talented, he doesn't feel he deserves all the praise he gets since he admits to being a sociopath who has trouble emotionally connecting to other people. Furthermore, he knows his inventions have been misused and this makes him even more upset at himself, because he wants to stop them but doesn't feel any emotional connection to people suffering. He also points out that his Mad Scientist elements are not cooky or endearing; when he was younger he genuinely had no care for people, and only softened when he made a mistake that killed his beloved mentor. He later admits he envies Luke because Luke, despite everything, is able to change as a person, with Jade himself admitting if he had the power to, he'd willingly kill his past self because of how much he hates himself.
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  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World: Marta deconstructs Clingy Jealous Girl and Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She meets Emil early in the game and helps inspire him to adventure, which from that point on has her swoon over him. However, it becomes clear that Marta wants Emil to become a Knight in Shining Armor, and so she pushes him to be more "badass" so that he can become the ideal love interest for her, while also acting pushy in the hopes he falls for her. Over the course of the game, she also grows jealous anytime Emil seems to get along with other girls. Later in the game, Emil finally has enough and proceeds to snap, ranting at her about how she is not only incredibly annoying, but also how she's forcing him to become what she wants, while ignoring his own feelings or really his personality, before telling her how he has no interest in her. This makes Marta question her approach and how selfish she has been, causing her to seek to improve how she has been behaving. She ends up winning Emil's affection through this in the end, but she only does so after apologizing for how selfish she was.
  • Tales of Graces:
    • Cheria is this for the Patient Childhood Love Interest. She has known Asbel since they were children, and had a crush on him even then. When Asbel suddenly left after the incident when they were younger, Cheria remained behind and hoped he would return. Years later, when Asbel does finally return, its only because his father has passed away, and when he does, he completely fails to notice how Cheria has been waiting for him. The fact that Asbel basically cut ties with her entirely also makes her feel bitter about his return, since he still doesn't really seem to pay attention to her. After a period of time of his obliviousness being evident, she becomes incredibly upset because of how clueless he is, and nearly gets hurt because of her emotional state of mind. Asbel later apologies for essentially ignoring her feelings.
    • Lambda deconstructs the Generic Doomsday Villain by both showing how one arrives at that point, and how futile it is. Lambda was originally made to be a living weapon, but one of the scientists saw him as a son instead and tried to raise him like he was human. However, because his creator was killed by the other scientists and Lambda witnessed it, he grew to resent people and then eventually life itself, which combined with his creation as a weapon, meant that he essentially decided to become said weapon and destroy all life for how much suffering he had endured. At the end of the game, when Asbel the protagonist tries to convince him he's wrong, Lambda rants about his desire to end all life, only for Asbel to call him out on this by pointing out how empty life would become if he succeeded, and that even if he did achieve it, he would have no idea what to do after as he would be all alone. With this pointed out, Lambda suffers a Villainous Breakdown, letting Asbel convince him to let him redeem humanity for him.
  • Tales of Zestiria: Alisha is a deconstruction of the Politically Active Princess. She actively tries her hardest to help her country, but because all the power seems to lie in the hands of Bartlow and his cohorts she's largely ineffective. However, it's not until later that you find out that the reason why she's ineffective is because Alisha valued being a knight over her duties as a princess and as a direct result of that, she actively neglected her own position as princess in order to live out the stories of knights and heroes that she loved. During the confrontation with Maltran, she reveals that she deliberately raised Alisha that way to make it easy to manipulate her before forcing Alisha to kill her, all while telling her This Is Reality; this forcefully shatters Alisha's idolization of knighthood and makes her set aside her knighthood and her belief in honor and chivalry to focus on being as the Princess of Hyland. It is only by doing this that she becomes effective politically.
  • Tales of Berseria: Velvet is this for The Unfettered. She'll do whatever it takes to get revenge on Artorius for killing her brother and imprisoning her for several years, ranging from taking hostages, to damaging towns, and even killing people who are connected to him but aren't aware of his plans. For most of the game, she stays focused on her goal above all else. The game also shows that Velvet hates that she has become someone who would casually hurt people to get what she wants, but feels she has to because her revenge is motivated by avenging her little brother. Eventually she learns the truth; that her brother willingly died for her sake, and that Artorius never intended for her to be involved, and that her brother is now the vessel for the Big Bad. This shatters her resolve as she realizes she was justifying her actions on a lie and she believes she has become a monster who no longer is worth saving. The party snap her out of this and she resolves to stop Artorius to protect the world, but Velvet believes she has crossed the line and no longer is worth saving, as no matter how hard she may try, her actions were inexcusable. She willingly submits herself to a Lotus-Eater Machine in the finale to stop the Big Bad, believing it the only way she can even attempt to undo the harm she's caused.

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