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  • Acting for Two:
    • Characters with evil duplicates — Noah, Mio, Melia, and Nia — share voice actors with their doubles (N, M, and the fake Queens). This is taken further in Melia's and Nia's cases, as the fake Queens also use the same models as the real ones in most instances, only with the masks added on, although the fake Melia also has a separate model with her SkeleBot 9000 face underneath the mask.
    • In the Japanese audio, the Nopons Sunny and Cheerio are voiced by Taion and Eunie's voice actors, while Paroro is voiced by Sena's.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • While the designs of the protagonists for Xenoblade Chronicles were generally well-regarded, they received some criticism for being unexpressive, owing to the hardware of the original Wii at the time resulting in rather flat character models, resulting in a change of style for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which were chosen specifically to correct the expressivity issues of 1, but which proved to be divisive in their own right, with many accusing them of being too "anime" along with plenty of arguments over whether certain outfits were too immodest or otherwise weird/ugly and thus hard to take seriously. 3 brings 2's designer Masatsugu Saito back, but this time the characters are deliberately given more realistic proportions in the style of 1 and outfits that aren't as out-there, while still being distinctive in their own ways, which Tetsuya Takahashi has stated was intentional for the sake of avoiding making it hard to take the story seriously.
    • A related complaint was that the optional Blades, which were designed by a variety of different guest artists who were given completely free reign, were frequently criticized for looking very out-there to downright Unintentional Uncanny Valley due to the clash of different art styles. It got to the point that the developers openly admitted to wishing they provided more concrete direction to the guest artists in 2, and sure enough the various optional Heroes of this game are designed to have appearances and costumes that are more consistent with one another and the characters around them.
  • Blooper:
    • At the end of the Melia’s Hero Quest, the members of the party from the original game and Future Connected make brief appearances via flashback. A Windows mouse cursor can be seen when Nene appears.
    • Gameplay related: For the first month after release, Manana's cooking, which provides the party with various buffs, did nothing. The first post-launch update rectified this.
  • Casting Gag: This isn't the first time that Noah has attempted to kill a queen. This was even lampshaded by the former when he streamed his playthrough of Xenoblade 3.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
    • Jenna Coleman is back as Melia, now the Queen of Keves, after gaining worldwide fame as Clara Oswald in Doctor Who. Specifically, she voices both the real Melia and her robotic fake seen for the first half of the game.
    • Z is voiced by Harry Lloyd, best known for playing Viserys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
  • Children Voicing Children: A majority of the child characters (including the younger versions of the Kevesi trio) are played by teen actors. Notably, child actor Mack-Keith Roach voices Valdi, who is in his 6th term (roughly 15 years old).
  • Content Leak:
    • In June of 2021, Jenna Coleman let it slip during an interview with Din's Meteorite that she was doing work on another Xenoblade game. When the clip resurfaced in August of the same year, Fanbyte corroborated the existence of the new game, adding that it was slated for release in 2022 and that it would be set in the futures of Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
    • For a while, the closed captions of the release date trailer refered to the Queen of Keves as "Melia", although it later was corrected to "Queen".
    • The official English infographic previewing the recruitable Heroes, originally included and later removed the very first recruited hero: Silvercoat Ethel.
    • Some retailers broke the street date and gave out copies on July 20th, a full nine days before release. A few days later, the entire game was dumped on the internet, and spoilers for the entire game were let loose.
    • A render of Masha was datamined from the version 1.2.0 update, four months before she was released.
  • Creator-Driven Successor: In classic Tetsuya Takahashi tradition, while the Xenoblade franchise as a whole is one for Xenogears and to a lesser extent Xenosaga, this game incorporates a great deal of overt plot elements from said games, and in more depth than Xenoblade Chronicles 2 which was also a very Broad Strokes remake of Xenogears.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Riku and Valdi are voiced in the Japanese dub by Sayaka Senbongi and Yuu Kobayashi, respectively.
  • Demand Overload: When pre-orders for the special edition went live on the Nintendo store, the amount of traffic caused it to crash the website, leading to the store being under maintenance several times with long queues for buyers. Eventually Nintendo decided to do another round just because of the technical problems, which led to the same thing happening again.
  • Development Gag: Noah shares his name with Project Noah, the Working Title of Xenogears.
  • Dummied Out: Party member data, Chain Attack art (albeit placeholders), and weapon icons exist for Joran and Nimue, indicating that they were at one point Heroes. Chain Attack art for the Agnus characters in their military uniforms are also present, suggesting that Chain Attacks were going to be introduced earlier in the story.
  • Fake American: As with the previous games, the English dub is entirely UK-based, but like XC2 features a handful of characters with American Accents, though again like in XC2 some, such as Sena, are voiced by American actors living in Europe. This trope is very noticeable with some characters such as Alexandria, who constantly suffers from Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping.
  • Fan Nickname: The founder of House Vandham is generally referred to as "Fei Fong Wong" as a result of his near-identical appearance to Fei and him being a martial artist.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Pretty much everyone correctly guessed that the Queen of Keves is Melia Antiqua, which the closed captions in the release date trailer accidentally revealed. While technically true, the one in the trailer is a robotic Evil Doppelgänger, and the real Melia has a presence later on.
    • Most fans theorized that Silvercoat Ethel would join the party despite being initially presented as an prominent antagonist for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was a glimpse of Sena wielding their weapon in pre-release gameplay clips. The official NOA website briefly listed them among the recruitable Heroes by accident before withdrawing the image, seemingly confirming these theories. As it stands, the site is half-correct, as Ethel is indeed the first Hero, but unlike the rest of the Heroes, is only with your party for a single mission before leaving for most of the game.
    • As Xenoblade Chronicles 2 screamed at the top of its lungs that it was pushing Polyamory with Rex, Pyra, and Mythra, it came as no surprise that Rex married and impregnated both, but a theory that circulated amongst fans was that the New Game Plus title screen showing the trio holding hands with Nia too confirmed her addition into the group. The ending of the game thus shows a photo with Rex having married Pyra, Mythra, and Nia while also giving them children.
    • Fan art and insistence on the subject of Pyra and Mythra having children with Rex was somewhat popular though disregarded as a fringe theory due to their Blade nature. The ending showing Pyra, Mythra, and Nia having Rex's children proved those fans right that Blades, or at least the Aegis and Nia due to her special nature as a Flesh Eater, could reproduce.
    • Near pretty much everyone correctly guessed that Shulk and Rex were the mentors of House Reid and House Cassini's founders.
  • Playing Against Type: Megumi Han is often typecast as either Genki Girls or young boys, but in this game, she's the voice of Eunie, who is incredibly rude and vulgar.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Louise Stewart, voice of Shania, admitted to being a huge Xenoblade fan and was ecstatic to be cast in the game.
  • Prop Recycling: In Xenoblade Chronicles X, Elma, Lin, and Rook find Tatsu in a bin full of potatoes. The model for these potatoes are reused in the cutscenes where Riku and Manana search through the supply crates at Alfeto valley and where the Tirkins run off with the group's food.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor: Juniper is listed in the code as nonbinarynote  and uses they/them pronouns. Their voice actor in the English dub, Lilly Hart, is also nonbinary.
  • Refitted for Sequel: As far back as Xenogears, Tetsuya Takahashi had been wanting to make a game that was a Distant Sequel in a series of titles that were set across a timeline of sorts, such as Xenogears having a sequel set centuries after it. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is the first time he has been able to use this idea in any way to do so, with the game being set somewhat after the previous titles.
  • Release Date Change: When Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was originally announced in February 2022, it had a target release month of September 2022. Two months later, it was given a revised release date of July 29, 2022; a very rare instance of a video game being pushed up instead of delayed. The original September release was swapped with Splatoon 3.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Data in the game suggests Mwamba, Joran, and Nimue were considered for Hero characters, as evidenced by the three having file names and icons in the same general storage as the other Hero units. Mwamba is the only one with more than just some data and icons, likely on account of being a Guest-Star Party Member during Chapter 1. Shania appears in the official artbook under the "Heroes" section, indicating that she was also meant to be a Hero at one point.
    • Early concept art (one such example here) indicates that Eunie was originally going to have studded leather boots and a leather biker's jacket that more closely resembled that of the Lost Numbers. Other art indicates that her lime-green jacket was originally intended to be bright yellow. Likewise, Taion was going to have orange-colored socks to match his scarf and jacket, but they ended up as gray in the game, and that Lanz's tank top shirt was planned to be blue rather than black.
  • You Look Familiar: Some of the voice actors from previous installments return to do entirely new roles for Xenoblade Chronicles 3. For the Japanese dub in particular:
  • Voiced Differently in the Dub: In the original Japanese dub, Riku is played by Sayaka Senbongi, who gives him a high-pitched voice befitting a Nopon. Meanwhile in the English dub, Tarinn Callender gives him a much deeper voice that you wouldn’t expect, just by looking at him.