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Trivia / Xenoblade Chronicles 2

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  • Acting for Two: Shino Shimoji and Skye Bennett voice Pyra, Mythra, and Pnuema. Justified, since they are all technically three different personalities occupying the same body.
    • Jules de Jongh voices Brighid, Finch, and Boreas.
    • Laila Pyne voices both Patroka, Herald, and Agate.
    • Adam Howden voices both the Architect/Professor Klaus and Shulk. Considering what was established about Shulk in the original Xenoblade, this is justified.
  • Fake American: Much, though not all, of the English voice cast for many of the American accented characters in the game, as comes with using a large pool of voice talent based in Britain.
    • One such actress is Skye Bennett, the English voice of Pyra, Mythra, and Pnuema, despite being born from an American family, she normally has a British accent that she hides while voicing her characters. Her natural accent can be heard on other characters she voices such as Misimisi and Astelle.
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    • Freddie Fox, the English voice of the expansion pass blade Corvin, is also another actor who hides his British accent while voicing him.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Train-chan" or "British Train Lady" for Mòrag, because her outfit somewhat resembles a train conductor and her Commissar Cap looks like the front bumper of a train. As the game's fourth permanent party member, she also carries the name "Four".
    • BaeBlade is used to refer to someone's favorite Blades, because of the pun off the name of a certain franchise that couldn't be passed up. Consequently, a sequel video coined a sister term, NayBlade for Blades someone doesn't like for some reason or another.
    • "Zaveid's sister" is used to refer to Zenobia due to their resemblance, same powers, and having the same character designer.
    • Much like Seven/Fiora from the original Xenoblade Chronicles, 'Catalyst' is sometimes used as a name for Nia in her blade form (as said blade has the Catalyst Scimitar for a weapon) to avoid spoilers.
      • Likewise, Nia and Roc are sometimes referred to as "Rex's Story Blades," since receiving Roc coincides with Vandham's death, and Nia being usable as one of his Blades coincides with her Character Arc's conclusion.
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    • "Coffee with milk" for Pneuma, as this is what Rex calls her once, and it's a name to avoid spoilers.
      • The name Pneuma itself could count for this as well. While it technically refers to the Aegis as a whole, it's most commonly used to refer to the ascended form specifically, as she has no official name other than "Pyra/Mythra's ascended form".
    • "God-awful" for Godfrey and "Knuckles the Echwidna" for the wind-type knuckle claws blade that Gramps forces on Rex in Chapter 2.
    • "Dagass" for Dagas, due to his rather pompous, Jerkass personality.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Many fans have correctly guessed that the Architect is someone from the original Xenoblade Chronicles, and that he would be voiced by Adam Howden.
    • After it was stated that players would understand why it's called Xenoblade 2 during the course of the game, the game being a Stealth Sequel was an easy assumption.
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    • A common guess before release was that Mòrag and Vandham would join the party due to their prominent placement on the special edition's boxart, which proved true.
  • Jossed: A meta example. In June 2020, Skye Bennett, Pyra and Mythra's voice actress tweeted that she had a voiceover gig she was excited for but was not allowed to talk about what it was. Fans immediately thought this was hinting at Rex and Pyra being included in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. However, the very next day, she clarified that it wasn't for Smash. She also cited that if it was, she wouldn't even hint at it because she knows how much their inclusion would mean for fans of the game, which can double as heartwarming.
  • Name's the Same:
  • The Other Darrin: While KOS-MOS retains her Japanese voice actress, Mariko Suzuki, neither Bridget Hoffman (I, III), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (II), or Luci Christian (anime) return to voice her in English. She is instead voiced by Caitlin Thorburn.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The wide array of stories and designs of the rare blades was done because most of the game was outsourced to other development studios due to Monolith being severely understaffed. Monolith would receive the parts back for editing and piecing together. According to Monolith, the reason most of the rare blades are women is because they only gave the outside contractors minimal descriptions of what they wanted, so the outside character designers usually chose to create hot girls on their own.
  • Refitted for Sequel: More like refitted for DLC expansion, but a lot more backstory involving the Aegis War five centuries ago was originally conceived early on in development, only to be put aside due to budget and time constraints. When Nintendo signed off on some DLC content, this cut backstory was expanded upon and made into a new playable story campaign, big enough to warrant a separate physical release.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • Seven of the voices in the game (Jules de Jongh, Teresa Gallagher, Kerry Shale, Christopher Ragland, Rasmus Hardiker, David Menkin, and John Schwab) have all been involved with Thomas the Tank Engine. By extension, Sean Barrett was one of the voice actors on TUGS, Thomas' sister series. Additionally, three of them (de Jongh, Gallagher, and Schwab) have all been involved in The Witcher games.
    • In Japanese, Niall and Aegeon are once again a ruler and subordinate, except unlike last time the roles are reversed.
    • This isn't the first time Malos has worked with a man named Jin.
  • Role Reprise: Mariko Suzuki returns to voice KOS-MOS. Shintaro Asanuma (Japanese) and Adam Howden (English) returns to voice Klaus and Shulk. In the Expansion Pack, Fiora returns with Carina Reeves (English) and Eri Nakao (Japanese) voicing her. Lastly, Elma returns with Caitlin Glass (English), surprisingly enough, and Houko Kuwashima (Japanese).
  • Talking to Himself: Saori Hayami voices both Haze & Lora. Taken Up to Eleven in Torna - The Golden Country where the two of them have a number of lengthy conversations with each other.
  • Troubled Production: According to Tetsuya Takahashi in an interview the developers had struggles and some of their team moved on to other projects explaining the bugs and memory leaks the game previously had before they managed to fix it later on through patches.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: There have been many theories as to how common certain rare blades can be, with various possible factors other than the outright stated luck stat and not-mentioned-but-still-obvious booster items, as well as how many rare blades have already been pulled so far. Some people suggested that releasing unwanted rare blades would increase the likelihood of getting a different rare one. Once the game was datamined, it seems that a number of theories were indeed true and false. Note 
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to an interview, the original ending would've been an "Inception-style" where, rather than see Pyra and Mythra return, the player would see Rex's core crystal glow and then the game would end. However, they decided to give a clearer sense of closure and a happier note.
    • Torna ~ The Golden Country was intended to be a chapter in the main game between chapters 7 and 8. However, after realizing how expansive the story of Torna was, they decided to use the DLC to tell the story instead.


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