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"Everything rides upon this one choice. Not just your life... but the fate of the entire world."
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The direct sequel to Namco Bandai's Tales of Xillia. Late Arrival Spoilers abound!

One year after the fall of the Schism, the newly unified Rieze Maxia and country of Elympios are working towards peace and harmony, and research into the newly-developed Spyrite technology promises to one day end Elympios' dependence on the environmentally-degrading Spyrix, allowing the barren land to recover. But not all is well: the terrorist group Exodus continues to stir tensions between the two countries, the denizens of which struggle to accept each other, and a new conflict threatens both worlds...

Ludger Kresnik lives in Trigleph with his older brother Julius, one of the top agents of Spirius Corporation, a company with overwhelming influence over Elympios. After failing to pass the entrance examination and become an agent himself, Ludger finds a new job as a cook at a train station, briefly meeting Jude Mathis on the way there, but is swept up in an Exodus terror attack and finds himself protecting Elle Marta, a little girl seeking the Land of Canaan, a mythical place said to grant wishes. In the ensuing chaos, Elle's father's pocketwatch merges with the identical watch carried by Julius, revealing that Ludger possesses the power of the Chromatus, an ability passed down through the Kresnik clan.

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In the aftermath, Ludger racks up a staggering twenty million gald medical bill, and his brother goes missing after being accused of working with Exodus, with Ludger himself also a possible suspect. Together with Jude, Elle, and his cat Rollo, he reluctantly aids the Spirius Corporation in tracking down Julius, recruiting Jude's friends from the first game, and running into strange parallel worlds along the way. After a warrant comes out for Ludger's arrest, Spirius' CEO Bisley Bakur offers Ludger a job as the agent of Spirius' Department of Dimensional Affairs, previously headed by Julius himself. The worlds the party have been running into are known as Fractured Dimensions, offshoots of the Prime Dimension, powered by a Divergence Catalyst. Ludger is hence tasked with destroying these dimensions in order to restore soul energy to the Prime Dimension, as well as collecting the five Waymarkers needed to reach the Land of Canaan and stop the threat of Fractured Dimensions once and for all.

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All of the main characters from Xillia return, including some characters that were killed and make appearances in fractured dimensions. The combat system (Cross Double Raid Linear Motion Battle System) lets Ludger swap weapons and fighting styles on the fly, switching between twin blades, twin pistols and a hammer. Link Artes have been split into Unique Artes and Common Artes, the latter of which can be performed between any two characters that have the appropriate move. Furthermore, Ludger now has a special Limit Break gauge that activates his powerful Chromatus form, teleporting the battlefield into a parallel world where he gains incredible power for a short time.

For the first time in a mothership Tales title, Ludger is a silent protagonist, whose spoken dialogue is limited to Dialogue Trees that appear in skits and cutscenes, and decides the game's Multiple Endings.

The game released in November 2012 in Japan, and internationally in August 2014, both exclusive to the Playstation 3. It received a shortened but largely faithful manga adaptation by Ryu Naitou, which began serialization in Dengeki Maoh the same month as the game's Japanese release.


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  • Adaptational Context Change: In the Fractured Kijara Seafalls chapter, if Ludger chooses to lure the monster out himself to save Elle, Julius will remark on how far Ludger would go for her before changing his mind about using Elle, instead telling Ludger to protect those that are important to himnote , and giving him the first Waymarker. In the manga, however, Julius is confused by Ludger's desire to protect her, and it's Ludger who delivers that line to Julius, stating that Julius was the one who taught him that, stunning him. When Julius does say the line himself, it's an acceptance of Ludger's beliefs instead.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Julius does this once at the start of the game after Ludger laughs at Julius' pep talk, causing Ludger to duck away from him. In the manga, it instead occurs when Ludger is devastated by the prospect of sacrificing Julius for the Soul Bridge.
  • Afterlife Welcome:
    • In the manga adaptation, Ludger's final moments has him seeing apparitions of Fractured Milla and Julius standing behind Elle.
    • An ensuing omake is Played for Laughs, Fractured Milla jealously demanding to know who Elle's mother is, prompting Ludger to beg Victor to explain while Julius cries about how much Ludger's grown. It's eventually revealed to be an Imagine Spot by Elle, based on Alvin and Muzet's suggestions.
  • All for Nothing:
    • The Bad Ending, with Julius even saying so directly, as not only is the path to Canaan locked off, Ludger has murdered all his friends to save his brother and Julius is still transforming into a Divergence Catalyst. The event summary even acknowledges that they won't have long together.
      Julius: So this was all in vain...
    • Fractured Dimensions that manage to gather the five Waymarkers will find themselves faced with the revelation that their attempt was pointless, as Canaan only exists in the Prime Dimension. Victor, for one, starts losing it when Bisley's attempt to salvage their efforts is to use Victor's newborn daughter to pass along the Waymarkers to the Prime Dimension and allow them to complete the Trial.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • It's implied in the game if you pay close attention to the appropriate sidequests, but only the supplementary material explains Ludger, Julius, and Bisley's backstories in full. Bisley had Julius with Cornelia Wi Kresnik, the previous Key of Kresnik who lost her life in a fight with Chronos when Julius was eight years old. Her younger sister, Claudia Il Kresnik, became pregnant with Bisley's child after Cornelia's death, and ran away after discovering her unborn child had a Chromatus watch, with the help of her father, Marvin. Five years later, thirteen-year-old Julius found Claudia and her son, Ludger, by accident. Claudia thought he was there to take Ludger back to Bisley, and Julius wound up killing her in self-defence, inflicting Ludger with Trauma-Induced Amnesia. With Marvin's help, Julius adopted Ludger and altered the family registry to hide Ludger's existence from Bisley, taking Ludger's Chromatus watch and using it for himself, with the added intention of using Ludger against Bisley. However, after Ludger hurt himself cooking for Julius when he was seven-years-old, Julius had a change of heart and came to genuinely care for Ludger.
    • At the Spirius building, one of the NPCs will explain that Vera decrypted some files Julius kept secret and eventually reported them to Bisley. It's not fully explained in-game, but the guidebooks elaborate that those files were hiding Ludger's existence from official records. Julius had found out about what Vera had discovered, and his unauthorized presence on the Striborg train was entirely to track down Vera and bribe her to secrecy about Ludger.
    • Not much is explained about the Fractured Julius the party meets on the Striborg train, or why he's the perpetrator of the Exodus attack in that universe. The manga gives some indication that it's due to Ludger getting close to Bisley in some way, but only the Official World Guidance explains the full context: in that world, Ludger admired Bisley, and ignored Julius' warnings to stay away from him, causing the brothers to become estranged, and prompting Julius to intentionally collude with Exodus so he could assassinate Bisley.
    • Elle and her father's story is explained in more depth in the guidebooks. Victor travelled with a purple-eyed version of Elle, completing the same journey that Ludger does in the Prime Dimension, but his version of Elle dies during the acquisition of the final Waymarker, implied by the manga to be due to Victor's use of the Chromatus ultimately turning Elle into a Catalyst. He meets Lara, Elle's mother, and falls in love with her, and she gives birth to the green-eyed Elle. However, Bisley convinces the Xillia party, as well as Julius, to convince Victor to turn over the newborn Elle, with the goal of using her abilities as the Key of Kresnik to reach the Prime Dimension, and launches a surprise attack on Victor's family, during which Victor kills Bisley, Julius, and the rest of the party with the exception of Gaius. Lara witnesses all of this and eventually falls ill and dies, leaving Victor with Elle.
    • Rideaux and Vera's full names are never stated in game. Character biographies reveal that Rideaux's full name is Rideaux Zek Rugievit, and Vera's full name is shown in an Official World Guidance short story to be Vera Lou Leshynote . Both of their last names refer to Slavic gods, just like Kresnik.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: During Muzét's chapters, Ludger wears a special bracelet that lets him hear Muzét's outrageous thoughts. Unfortunately, he wasn't told beforehand that taking it off can kill him, so he's stuck with it and reading Muzét's mind for quite a while at least until the thing releases itself off during her last chapter.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Using someone else's Chromatus watch in addition to one's own temporarily increases the power of their Chromatus by one level, first demonstrated by Julius, who adopted Ludger as a child partially to use his watch and boost his powers to a Level 3 Chromatus. Later, Victor reveals he has a Complete Chromatus via killing Julius and Bisley, and Ludger himself hits Level 3 through either taking Julius' watch in the Bad Ending, or being gifted it by him after Julius turns into a Divergence Catalyst.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Get Ludger's affinity up with the Xillia cast to maximum and some of them will reward the player with a palette swap version of Ludger's clothes, with the color now matching the Xillia character's clothes.
  • Anti-Magic: Rideaux and Spirius Corporation create a portable version of the Spear of Kresnik from Tales of Xillia, which they equip their shocktroopers with like rifles, that can dispel spirit artes.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: For any given chapter, you will only have access to at most four members (including Ludger, who can't leave). If there are more than four in the beginning of the chapter, you can count on them leaving for some arbitrary reason, like splitting up to gather information, or washing dishes. And in the final chapter, when you have all 9 members ready to take on the final boss, miasma blocks your way through, and the Four Great Spirits can only protect, you guessed it, four (and Rollo).
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: In the manga, Elle punches Ludger in the stomach after he tries to renege on their promise to find Canaan together.
  • Artificial Brilliance: Using a healing arte with an area of effect will result in characters directly moving into it, and even popping their own little area-of-effect healing arte to make sure everyone's back to full health. However...
  • Artificial Stupidity: ... If the AI initiates a Link Arte, there is a 90% chance that they will initiate in a way that will make sure that zero enemies will get hit by it. It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't stop you from using a Link Arte at the same time, potentially screwing up a carefully set-up combo. However, you can change it so that AI-controlled characters don't use linked artes at all.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Despite seemingly having gone under Spirius Agent training, Ivar forgets two rules when giving Ludger the first pair of guns: Never put your finger inside the trigger guard unless ready to shoot and always treat a gun as though if it were loaded, especially when you aren't sure whether or not they are. Then there's the fact that he gave Ludger the guns barrel first after just proving that they were still loaded and not properly cleared.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Spirius appears to run on this trope, justifying many characters' Improbable Ages due to their abilities. It's implied that the CEO of Spirius is simply whoever has the strongest Chromatus, so Bisley simply gives Ludger the position of Vice President despite not being remotely qualified just because he's a powerful Chromatus user who helped complete Origin's Trial. Then in the Ludger Ending, he becomes CEO himself.
  • A-Team Firing: The first Exodus agent Ludger encounters on the Striborg train is armed with a machine gun, yet not only does she fail to hit Ludger at all, Ludger manages to wind her while completely unarmed.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Jude and Milla in the opening animation face off against a crowd of Exodus terrorists together.
  • Badass and Child Duo:
    • Ludger is the "Badass" to Elle during the course of the game, where his driving motivation through the story is to keep Elle safe and fulfil her promise to go to Canaan. Heroic Mime tendencies and Trauma Conga Line aside, Ludger isn't very stoic or jaded, but Victor, his Fractured future self is willing to kill a lot of people to protect Elle.
    • Pre-game Ludger is instead the "Child" to Julius, though this is largely described in supplementary material. Julius is only thirteen when he adopts the five year old Ludger, but he's an experienced assassin and very aloof to everyone, including and especially Ludger, until he realizes how much Ludger cares about him, compelling him to spend the past decade and a half keeping Ludger away from their family curse.
  • Badass Longcoat:
    • Julius and Bisley, as both Crown Agent and CEO of Spirius Corporation respectively, both have one, with Julius' being white and blue and Bisley's being red and black.
    • King Gaius, undercover as playboy aristocrat Erston Outway, dons a black coat with purple accents over his contemporary Elympion suit.
  • Bad Future: Played With, with regards to Chapter 12's Fractured Dimension: ten years into the future, spyrite technology has been perfected, allowing nature to fully recover, and peace has been achieved between Rieze Maxia and Elympios, making it seem like a rather ideal future. Then it's revealed that this world's Ludger, who had gathered the Waymarkers with another Fractured version of Elle but lost her in gaining the final Waymarker, had killed the entire Xillia cast (sans Gaius), Julius, and Bisley, after the latter convinced everyone to use Victor's daughter, Elle, to bargain with the Prime Dimension. He now seeks to kill Prime Ludger so he can complete the Trial and wish to be reborn with Elle, without the fear of their world being destroyed for being Fractured.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • In the Elle Ending, humanity technically fails the Trial like Chronos wanted, but Origin continues soul purification due to being impressed by Ludger's willingness to sacrifice himself for Elle, and Chronos reluctantly admits even he is convinced in humanity's worthiness.
    • Heavily implied in the Bad Ending. Ludger killing the rest of the party and refusing to go to Canaan himself means there is no one to stop Bisley from making his wish to enslave all spirits. And if Bisley doesn't manage to make his wish, the millionth Catalyst will eventually be created and humanity will fail the Trial, unleashing miasma upon the world and turning humans into mindless husks, just as Chronos desired.
  • Bag of Spilling: The entire Xillia cast are weaker than a year ago. Justified as Lilium Orbs have lost their power.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: In Chapter 8/9, Julius is about to fight Ludger to take Elle away from him, only to be sidelined by the Divergence Catalyst that's trying to kill Elle first, compelling him to help the party save her.
  • Barely Changed Dub Name: The English dub omits Ludger, Julius, and Bisley's middle names.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: You must win against Rideaux in Chapter 7 to progress the story, but the party will nevertheless wind up dragged back to Spirius by force when you do.
  • "Better if Not Born" Plot: One unused Character Episode plot involved Leia finding a Fractured Dimension where she had never been born due to her father being too scared to ask her mother out. The plot of Xillia largely goes unchanged despite her absence, but though Leia is dismayed by this timeline, she takes joy in having existed at all.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Chronos and Bisley Bakur directly oppose each other, with Chronos attempting to sabotage humanity into failing Origin's Trial to enslave all humanity, while Bisley seeks to complete the trial and use his wish to enslave all spirits, including Origin and Chronos. Since the party composes of both humans and spirits, both of their goals pose an equal threat.
  • Big Brother Is Watching:
    • The Elympion government keeps strict tabs on criminals. After Ludger falls into debt, he's tracked so closely he can't even leave Duval to go home until he pays off enough to regain travel privileges to Trigleph.
    • Then there's Spirius itself, who are spying on Ludger long before he becomes employed by them. An NPC states that Julius is the one who developed the GHS' tracking technology used by both Spirius and the government and thus knows how to evade it. Funnily enough, it's never stated if Ludger's actual big brother is tracking him that way.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Bisley describes the Kresnik descendants having fought and betrayed each other for generations in order to complete Origin's Trial and be granted their wish. Supplementary material gives more detail on Ludger's immediate family, detailling that Julius' mother Cornelia was the previous Key of Kresnik, who died empowering Bisley's Chromatus, and Ludger's mother was her younger sister, Claudia, with whom Bisley conceived Ludger after Cornelia's death. A short story from fifteen-year-old Julius' perspective reveals he believes his father slept with his mother's sister specifically to birth a child who could be stronger than Julius.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Ludger and Julius live in a place called the 'Frères Apartment'. Frère is French for 'brother'.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The Ludger Ending, Ludger either tries too hard to save Elle at the expense of the world, hesitates in sacrificing his own life, or doesn't care about saving Elle at all, resulting in Elle wishing for all the Fractured Dimensions to be destroyed, sacrificing herself before she can become the millionth Catalyst, and allowing humanity to pass Origin's Trial. Ludger lives on to become CEO of Spirius, eventually meeting Lara Mel Marta, Elle's mother. However, the Elle he knew is still dead, and the ending's subtitle "Fate Repeater", as well as the reward being Victor's suit, heavily imply this version of Ludger will never truly get over losing the first Elle he knew.
    • The Elle Ending, Ludger wishes for all the Fractured Dimensions to be destroyed, but transforms into his Chromatus in order to become the millionth Catalyst and reverse Elle's transformation, causing his death. However, Elle survives and the epilogue reveals the rest of the party are doing well.
    • The Bad Ending, occurs in Chapter 15 if Ludger refuses to kill Julius, but in defending him must kill the rest of the party and doom the world. And even though the brothers find solace in each other, Julius is still infected by his divergence catalyst, and Bisley will either complete the Trial, enslaving all spirits, or fail, resulting in miasma flooding the world and turning all humanity into Empty Shells. Either way, Elle will die and one of the two races will suffer immeasurably.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Divergence Catalysts have their sclerae turn black, and their irises and pupils turn pink.
  • Bleak Level:
    • Chapter 11. The atmosphere right from the start hammers in that things are about to get very bad. Even the gameplay reflects this, where you're suddenly given a time limit to rescue NPCs who will die if you take too long. Adding to the sense that the chapter is not going to end well is the dungeon itself, which is a replica of the first game's Bleak Level, right down to the background music. The chapter ends with Fractured Mila's death.
    • Chapter 12, especially when that Chapter's fractured dimension is visited. Fractured dimensions are generally shown with a darker filter on colors, but it stands out especially strong in this one and the first information the party obtains in this dimension? Rowen was killed in this dimension a few years ago. The news just gets worse from there and, even after getting back from the dimension, the entire atmosphere is still very low and changes the dynamic between Elle and the rest of the cast.
  • Blessed with Suck: On paper the Chromatus sounds like a awesome ability. However, continued usage risks turning the user into a Divergence Catalyst, which in turn causes them to turn into a Fractured Dimension. Oh and powering it up to further stages does it even faster.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: In a significant departure from the usual Tales Series policy of Bloodless Carnage, Xillia 2 includes frequent blood splatters and Blood from the Mouth, mostly when Ludger stabs someone to destroy their divergence catalyst. This was probably a significant factor in the "C" rating given to the game, as the Japanese rating system is much harsher on visible blood than other territories.
  • Bookends: The very first and very last Fractured Dimension of the main story both involve Julius as the Divergence Catalyst dying at Ludger's hands.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The divergence catalysts do this to the characters that they have infected.
  • Broken Treasure:
    • In an Ichiban Kuji Drama CD, Elle accidentally breaks Ludger's favorite mug, which had been a gift from Julius, and she endeavors to replace it before Ludger notices. Ludger learns what happened pretty much immediately from Milla, and when Elle comes back, she confesses to what happened and reveals she bought a new, different cup for Ludger as an apology, identical to the mug her father has.
    • In a comic anthology story, Elle accidentally deletes all the photos on Ludger's GHS, prompting her to run off and try and retake them. When she bumps into Julius, she tackles him and forces him to help. Ludger ends up finding out when he catches up to Elle gleefully saying Ludger will never know she accidentally deleted all his photos, though he forgives her and reveals he backed up his data anyway, so nothing was lost.
  • Bullet Catch: The Great Spirit Chronos does this in his introductory cutscene, catching three successive shots between his fingers. Justified, naturally, as he isn't human and has time manipulation powers.
  • But Thou Must!:
    • In a rather blatant example, early on Ludger gets tricked into an absolutely massive 20 million Gald debt by the Smug Snake Rideaux simply for healing Ludger and Elle is basically held for ransom if he doesn't agree to take out a loan to pay for it. Despite the choice system in the game at no point is the player or anyone else for that matter allowed to tell Rideaux to shove it, or even attempt it.
    • Many of the dialog choices themselves are the same idea expressed two different ways, and very few drastically affect the game, besides missing out on raising Relationship Values or slightly changing a cutscene, even if they're phrased antithetical to each other. For instance, Ludger attempting to force his way past Fractured Milla in Chapter 7 will result in Alvin and Leia refusing to help him fight her and instead follow the same dialogue as if Ludger had chosen to reason with her, and opting to wait out the Exodus agents in Chapter 10 will result in Fractured Milla charging in the same way if Ludger had made the call first. However, in Chapter 15, continuously refusing to sacrifice Julius will eventually turn both dialogue options into the same response, leading to the Bad Ending.
  • Call-Back:
    • As you might expect, a number of the victory quotes are similar to the first game's, mainly when certain members are in your battle party.
    • When escaping from Chronos through the Dimensional Breach, Alvin picks up Elle in a similar manner to how he carried Elize in the first game.
    • One of the first lines Fractured Milla says to Jude is "You really are a do-gooder, aren't you?" and he answers with "Yeah, I get that a lot." That is, word for word, something the Prime Milla said to him in the first game.
    • The ESS Pelune uses the same design, layout, and background music as the ESS Zenethra from the first game. And like the first game, it ends with Fractured Milla sacrificing herself.
    • When Milla returns she quietly shushes Jude with a finger to the lips, just like she did in the first game when they first met and when she came back from the dead.
    • Due to Alternate Universes, lot of the callbacks amount to Fridge Horror. For example, the scene in which a fractured version of Alvin accidentally shoots Presa is disturbingly similar to the scene from the first game where Alvin shot Leia. He even utters the same My God, What Have I Done? line in the exact same tone.
    • In the Bad Ending, Leia is weak to shot-type artes, also a reference to Alvin shooting her in Xillia, and Alvin himself warns Ludger against "making the same mistakes I did", that is, betraying his friends to protect his family.
    • Chapter 15's Fractured Dimension has many echoes to Chapter 1, namely recreating the nightmare sequence from the very beginning of the game, except here Ludger counters and overpowers Julius' Mystic Arte with his own, and before Ludger's Mystic Arte lands, Julius resigns himself to his fate and closes his eyes the same way his Chapter 1 Fractured counterpart does if Ludger doesn't hesitate to kill him. Finally, there's also Julius' interactions with Fractured Ludger, where he fixes Ludger's tie and remarks that Ludger is bribing him with tomatoes, which is what he does at the start of the game.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: After six chapters of Julius being on the run with zero contact to Ludger and Ludger being suspected as an accomplice, Julius finally shows up when Chronos attacks the party and the brothers are eventually reunited in the Fractured Nia Khera. While Julius is clearly glad Ludger is safe, he's barely said more than two lines before telling Ludger to hand over the pocketwatch that activates his Chromatus, and one of Ludger's dialogue choices will trigger this:
    Julius: I'm taking that pocketwatch.
    Ludger: Really? That's the first thing you say to me?!
    Jude: Ludger has been worried sick about you this entire time, Julius. He's public enemy number one, He had to sign on with Spirius.
  • The Cameo:
    • The Tales cameo costume DLC from Xillia can be carried over to this game as well, and there's naturally new ones. There's a (formerly) preorder set for Jude, Ludger and Milla that gives them costumes, accessories and haircuts based off of Yuri Lowell (including his Blastia), Emil Castagnier (complete with haircut and sword prop) and Asbel Lhant. Naturally, Gaius and Muzét get a costume each as well, based off of Dymlos Timber and Sheena Fujibayashi respectively, and Ludger has a second cameo costume based off of Ruca Milda, complete with sword AND changing his Chromatus form to Asras. Completing the Bonus Dungeon gets you Jude and Milla's formerly preorder Cless and Stahn costumes from Xillia as well.
    • Along with that is a set of DLC attachments as well. One set features plushie versions of Quickie, Mieu, Tokunaga and Repede while another set is a collection of hats worn by previous Tales series characters, which includes Rassius Luine's feathered hat, Spada Belforma's beret, Patty Fleur's tricorne and Beryl Benito's customized witch hat.
  • Can't Drop the Hero: Until you clear the game, Ludger can't be removed from your party.
  • Can't Take Anything with You: Chromatus users by themselves can't move anyone between worlds besides themselves, and cannot leave a Fractured Dimension without destroying it first, but those who are Keys of Kresnik can. However, even the Keys are limited by Never the Selves Shall Meet and Only One Me Allowed Right Now rules if they move something from a Fractured Dimension to the Prime Dimension, though the inverse doesn't apply, such as Fractured Milla's presence in the Prime Dimension preventing Prime Milla from returning, and Fractured Rollo entering the Prime Dimension while Prime Rollo is already there causes Fractured Rollo to disappear.
  • Cement Shoes: Played for Laughs in one of Nova's calls if Ludger hasn't made a payment on his debt in a while:
    Nova: They've got a bag of cement and they're asking about my shoe size as well as yours, so... Not a great sign, you know? Work with me here!
  • Changed My Jumper: The party are clearly dressed like Elympions, but routinely venture into Fractured versions of Rieze Maxia, some where the Schism hasn't even been dissolved yet, and no one bats an eye at it. Alvin even manages to fool a Fractured version of Presa into thinking he's the same Alvin as the one from the first game's timeline, with nothing more than a passing comment from Presa that he's changed his clothes.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In Chapter 1, Elle's father's pocketwatch appears to merge with Ludger's watch. In Chapter 16, that watch returns, having been ejected from the Prime Dimension upon coming in contact with its Prime equivalent, but returning due to Ludger's watch being destroyed by Bisley.
  • Companion-Specific Sidequest: The game's Character Episodes center on one specific party member, accompanied by Ludger and another character, handling some of personal subplot. Jude's focuses on his spyrite research, Alvin with his business endeavours, Leia with her desire to become a reporter, Elize's grapples with her own childish idealism while trying to act as an Cool Big Sis to Elle, Rowen's tackles his duties as Prime Minister, Fractured Milla wishes to become a better cook than Ludger, Gaius' struggles with whether or not he can have friendships while being king, Muzét's involves her trying to win the rest of the party over after her actions from the first game, and Prime Milla's seek the origins of Milla Kresnik. These sidequests don't have a direct impact on the main story and can be skipped, but playing them through nets additional bonus scenes during main story cutscenes, such as Rowen and Gaius' Character Episodes resulting in seeing the ratification of the peace treaty in the aftermath of Chapter 11.
  • Combat Parkour: Both Ludger and the first Exodus agent he fights on the Striborg line demonstrate this, jumping and flipping over the train seats around each other trying to land a hit.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In a skit, Elle addresses Gaius as "His Highness", prompting Leia to whisper to her that she's not supposed to call him that, since Gaius is currently masquerading as "the prodigal son" Erston Outway. Elle proceeds to call him "His Prodigal Highness", making Gaius laugh.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The manga doesn't feature any of the Character Episode sidequests, shortening the story considerably and demoting a lot of the original Xillia cast. It also omits two of the required Waymarkers, thereby skipping the section of Chapter 8/9 with Gaius, as well as Chapter 10's Fractured Dimension featuring the Ark of Time. In addition, Elle steals the Waymarkers for Bisley, and the fight with Chronos that occurs after setting up the Waymarkers in Chapter 13 never happens.
  • Conveniently Interrupted Document: In the Japanese version, 11-year-old Julius signs off on his mission records with "Julius Wi—", obfuscating the reveal that his name at that age was "Julius Wi Bakur". The interruption is omitted in English.
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Occurs twice to Exodus agents on the Striborg train, the first time Jude knocks them out with his gauntlets, saving Elle and Ludger. The second time occurs in a Fractured Dimension mimicking the original scenario, only with Nova knocking a guy out with a baton and saving Elle and Ludger and Jude.
  • The Corruption: Divergence catalysts, which empower their hosts but eventually consume them. It is later revealed that the use of Chromatus causes one to become a divergence catalyst, and the only way to avoid this is for a Key of Kresnik to act as a conduit... in which case, they become a divergence catalyst instead.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: The Hymn of Proof is presented as a charming familial lullaby hummed by Julius and Victor about longing to see someone. The Bonus Episode reveals it was neither that deep nor strictly platonic, but a rather silly song composed by Milla Kresnik demanding to meet with Maxwell, including a line about threatening to pull on his beard.
  • Cruelty Is the Only Option: What's that? You want the Platinum Trophy? Be prepared to have to kill off the entire gang from Xillia if you want it that badly.
  • Crush the Keepsake: In the final chapter of the manga, Bisley stomps on Ludger's pocketwatch in order to prevent him from using his Chromatus. He then attempts to do this to Julius' watch, causing Ludger to throw his body over it and take the blow instead.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: The manga adaptation, naturally, can only adapt specific dialogue choices and one of the endings, often the kinder choices and often the ones that will raise affinity with Elle, all of which ultimately lead to the Elle Ending, where Ludger sacrifices himself instead of Elle.

    Tropes D-L 
  • Darker and Edgier: Xillia 2 is much less optimistic than contemporary titles in the Tales Series, leaning more towards a Half-Empty Crapsaccharine World, topped off by every single canon ending being a Bittersweet Ending.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Zig-Zagged with Chromatus users, whose color palettes skew towards black armor with colored accents, but whose powers are not inherently evil besides having the ability to destroy Divergence Catalysts. However, of the four depicted users, Bisley intends to enslave all spirits in order to protect humanity and will do anything to accomplish that, including raising his own son as a child soldier and potential human sacrifice, Rideaux is unrepentant and mean-spirited to everyone, and while Julius ultimately turns out to be an Anti-Hero, he was willing to use Ludger as a pawn until his Heel–Face Turn, and it's implied he would have done the same to Elle. Finally, Ludger is The Hero but has the possibility of committing mass murder to protect someone he loves... twice.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Spirius and the party refer to Divergence Catalysts and Fractured Dimensions as being "destroyed" or "eliminated" instead of killed.
  • Demonic Possession: In the Illusionary Darkness post-game sidequest, Nova and Vera are possessed by the Great Spirits Verius and Shadow respectively, encouraging the party to head to Drellin for a bonus dungeon. Upon clearing it, the Spirits relinquish control of Nova and Vera, satisfied with Ludger's resolve.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Everyone from the original game except Jude and Milla. There's still the Character Episodes, but aside from that, they don't have a major involvement in the story arc itself.
    • Taken even further in the manga, due to excising the Character Episodes and because Ludger is no longer a Heroic Mime and thus doesn't need other characters to react to dialogue in his stead.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In the Bad Ending, despite not using his Chromatus at the time, Julius' transformation into a Catalyst suddenly accelerates exclusively to hammer home how futile Ludger's efforts at saving him were.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: A Fractured Presa dies in Prime Alvin's arms during one of his Character Episodes, after Fractured Alvin accidentally shoots her.
  • Dimensional Traveler:
    • People who are born with a Chromatus watch are able to travel to Fractured Dimensions, which are offshoots of the original Prime Dimension, caused by a Divergence Catalyst. Spirius Corporation has an entire department dedicated to finding those with this ability and tracking these Fractured Dimensions, known as the Department of Dimensional Affairs, of which Julius, and later Rideaux, is director. Unfortunately, while Chromatus users can enter Fractured Dimensions freely, they can't leave until they kill or destroy the Divergence Catalyst, which will subsequently destroy the universe itself. In addition, it's later revealed that Fractured Dimensions are created by Chromatus users who overuse their powers.
    • Keys of Kresnik have all the abilities of a Chromatus user, plus can move objects and people between dimensions, as well as leave Fractured Dimensions without the need to destroy them.
  • Dream Intro: The game opens with Ludger having a dream about his older brother Julius fighting him in a dream while lecturing him on Origin's Trial. It's a Hopeless Boss Fight and will end with Julius unleashing his Mystic Arte and apparently killing Ludger, waking him up. The dream ends up coming true, as a Duel Boss fight in Chapter 15, but ends with Ludger unleashing his own Mystic Arte and killing Julius instead.
  • Dual Wielding: Ludger, Julius, and Victor, all dual wield swords. Julius is implied to have taught Ludger that style, and Victor is a Fractured version of Ludger.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole:
    • A minor one occurs at the start of the J-code side quest, which involves finding mission logs a younger Julius left scattered around the world map. In the English version, 11-year-old Julius simply signs off as "Julius Kresnik", while in the Japanese version, the sign-off message is cut off at "Julius Wi--" in order to hide that his birth name is "Julius Wi Bakur", which he changed to "Julius Will Kresnik" at 13-years-old after killing Claudia Il Kresnik and adopting her son, Ludger.
    • In the skit where Vera threatens to disclose Nova's secrets as revenge for Nova blabbering about hers, it's revealed that Nova once had a crush on Julius when she and Ludger were still classmates. The English dub specifically adds that Nova and Ludger were in college at the time, instead of high school. This change only occurs in that one skit, and thus contradicts everything involving Ludger's personal timeline.
  • Dub Personality Change: Downplayed, Julius's dialogue and temperament is slightly altered in English from Japanese, with him teasing Ludger more in the opening scene of Ludger's first day at work, and while he's still just as cryptic about keeping Ludger away from Spirius, he tends to be a lot more vague in Japanese, like in Chapter 8/9 he directly states he's doing so because he cares about Ludger, as opposed to Japanese where the line cuts off before he can explain.
  • Duel Boss:
    • The very beginning of the game opens with one between Ludger and Julius in a nightmare Ludger has. It comes true in Chapter 15 when Ludger agrees to sacrifice Julius to create the Soul Bridge to Canaan.
    • Ivar has two with Ludger upon giving him his twin pistols and his hammer. After the fight, he'll hobble off with Amusing Injuries.
    • Depending on Ludger's dialogue choice, either Jude or Milla will challenge Ludger to a one-on-one near the end of the game. Part of it is to test his resolve, but the other part is to make sure he can still use his chromatus after Elle leaves him to head to Canaan.
  • Dug Too Deep: The fractured dimension in Chapter 2 of Jude's story features a monster that was infected with a Divergence Catalyst and began killing workers after a mining effort disturbed it.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: After Elle frames him for kidnapping, Ludger nevertheless rushes to her aid in the middle of a terrorist attack and risks his life protecting her, even though she's somewhat abrasive towards him. Justified, naturally, since she's eight years old.
  • Earn Your Bad Ending: In Chapter 15, if Ludger absolutely refuses to let Julius die to create the Soul Bridge, he has to fight the entire party to stop them from trying, resulting in an 8-on-1 Final Boss fight, four characters at a time. Made worse in that Xillia's token battle mechanic is based on linking your character with one of the other party members to unleash your more powerful artes. So while your opponents are linked up to do extra damage against you, you're stuck flying solo with only basic attacks, no Overlimit, no Linked Artes, and no Mystic Artes. Even your Chromatus is of little use because the time it takes for it to charge is more than enough to get yourself killed, and it doesn't charge while you're trying to free-run your way to safety.
  • Easter Egg: Playing around with the camera on the Striborg train will reveal Julius standing in the front car in Level 3 Chromatus. The same occurs with his Fractured version.
  • Empathic Environment: When confronting Julius on the Striborg line the second time, the train will conveniently go through a tunnel, something that didn't happen the first time, before it's revealed he's not quite Julius.
  • Engineered Heroics: In the final episode of Muzét's Character Quest, Muzét schemes to set up a surprise attack against the party under the rationale that after she swoops in to save the day, everyone will like her. Unsurprisingly it goes terribly wrong when the monster is far more powerful than she expected. While she does get chewed out for it, it does make everyone realise how ostracised she feels and leads to them making more of an effort to befriend her.
  • Eternal English: Like Xillia prior, Elympions Ludger and Elle have no trouble understanding the Rieze Maxian language, despite two thousand years of separation. They can even blend in perfectly with Rieze Maxians, including worlds where the Schism hasn't been dissolved.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Downplayed. In a short story in the Scenario Book, sixteen-year-old Rideaux and fifteen-year-old Julius are cornered by an anti-Spirius terrorist group in a Fractured Dimension. After killing one member, Julius notes the pins the terrorists wear to certify their allegiance, he takes it off the dead body, then suggests making a game of who can "collect" the most pins before the universe is destroyed. Rideaux agrees, but even he is surprised by Julius' nonchalance, and casually tells Julius he really does look evil.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: The Bad Ending. Ludger decides not to kill Julius. The party, and Julius himself, try their hardest to convince him otherwise, and eventually Gaius decides that their best course of action is to go through Ludger and kill Julius themselves, since they must get to Canaan and save the world. Surprisingly, Ludger snaps and goes into full protective mode, snatching Julius' pocketwatch, and uses it to hit his third Chromatus form. What follows is an epic cutscene where the entire party tries to fend off Ludger, which ultimately leads into the final battle of the Bad Ending... The ENTIRE PARTY. Gameplay-wise, this could easily turn into Curb-Stomp Battle, but after the battle, we see Julius in absolute shock and horror, then we cut to a shot of Ludger looking at Canaan with bloody swords and blood smears on his cheek. The party is nowhere to be seen. That's right. Everyone you knew and loved from the first game, who had hopes and dreams and good futures ahead of them, all dead. Murdered by you. Of course, since Bisley is going to sacrifice Elle to save the world, and you decided not to help, she'll eventually die too.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe:
    • Deconstructed in true Tales fashion. To a certain extent, the parallel worlds are reality to those who inhabit it. Milla is very angry when it's explained to her that Ludger has just destroyed her world.
    • Elle gets very upset after the alternate Milla is sacrificed so that Milla Maxwell can return. To her, the former is the "real" Milla and she is upset by both her loss and the party's diminished reaction to it. Learning to accept Milla Maxwell as a person in her own right is one of the focal points of Elle's character arc.
    • Chapter 10 drives this home with the Epsilla Ruins and the divergence catalyst, Odin. One which knows it is one, due to having defeated all attempts to destroy it. The reason? It has been waiting for over 90,000 years so that the people who have been digitized in its data banks can be revived. Before you fight it, Odin asks you to talk to some of the recorded memories before events force the fight. After it, the everyone feels just how hollow the victory was, and the price of it.
    • And this point is underscored by The Reveal that Elle herself is from one of these parallel worlds. Her father's view of the two of them being "not real" causes her to believe she's just a fake version of Elle, and that Ludger will prefer the "real" Elle he's meant to father over her, leading her to sacrifice herself instead.
    • The game ultimately Double Subverts this trope, as either Ludger or Elle will wish for the destruction of all Fractured Dimensions.
  • Extradimensional Emergency Exit:
    • Julius escapes into Fractured Dimensions in the aftermath of the Oscore attack, though Spirius is still tracking his movements.
    • Done unintentionally in Duval, when the party are threatened by anti-Rieze Maxian criminals and accidentally end up transported into a Fractured Dimension. When they return, the criminals are confused since they simply disappeared for a few minutes, and assume it's some sort of spirit arte.
    • Played for Laughs and subverted in the "Eating Omelette In A Fractured Dimension" Drama CD. Julius secretly checks up on Rollo in Ludger's apartment after Chapter 9. When Ludger and the party suddenly return, he hides inside a giant mascot costume in the kitchen and is eventually suspected when Rollo begins meowing at the costume. He jumps into a Fractured Dimension before he can be unmasked, but due to a Key of Kresnik (Elle) being present, the effect extends to the entire party, dragging everyone else with him and blowing his cover anyway.
  • Evil Chancellor: Discussed by Elle, who assumes Rowen is such a character because of the evil chancellors in fairy tales. Rowen then parodies it for amusement, alarming Elle before she realizes he's joking.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: The very first sign that something isn't quite right with the Julius you confront the second time on the Striborg train is that Rollo, his pet cat, hisses at him.
  • Face-Revealing Turn:
    • Inverted the first time Ludger finds Julius on the Striborg train, Julius is transformed into his Chromatus, but he transforms back before he turns around, and he's actually killing the Exodus terrorists who've hijacked the train.
    • Played straight the second time, where Julius isn't transformed, but turning around gives a brief glimpse of his true form as a Divergence Catalyst before he tries to kill Ludger.
  • Fake Longevity: Early in the game, Ludger obtains a 20 million Gald debt that must be paid off over the course of the game, but a certain amount must be paid off in order to advance along the story, which requires grinding for money and doing other monster and item fetch quests.
  • Fantastic Racism: A fair amount of the two different world's citizens don't feel fondly for one another, which only serves to make things more complicated considering that Elympios is dying and Exodus' actions have made hostilities worse.
  • Fearful Symmetry: In Chapter 12, when Ludger faces off with Victor, they match each other's moves perfectly, from clashing swords and hammers to dodging each other's bullets in complete sync, though Victor ultimately gains the upper hand before Elle distracts him.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Fractured Dimensions that feature fights with alternate versions of the cast tend to turn into this, but most notable is the Bad Ending, where Ludger takes on the entire party to stop Julius from being sacrificed.
  • Fission Mailed: During the Spirius entrance examination, getting knocked out in the boss battle will net the same result as if Ludger had successfully won the fight and saved the girl. That is, Julius will still fail him.
  • For Want of a Nail: This initially appears to be played straight, with the implication that Divergence Catalysts infect a person whose actions have diverged from the Prime Dimension. However, it's eventually revealed to be a subversion, Divergence Catalysts are created when a Chromatus user overuses their powers, killing them and creating a Fractured Dimension, sometimes an ideal world of the person who died, other times merely creating a monster. The Catalyst will then move hosts if its current one dies or another, more divergent item or being, appears.
  • Foreshadowing: With a surprisingly awful dash of Call-Back. Chapter 11's premise is nearly identical to the S.S. Zenethra level from Tales of Xillia. Exodus has taken over a ship and, at least partially at King Gaius's behest, you infiltrate the ship to stop them. The music is the same, and the characters even point out that the two ships have the same design. It's no surprise, then, that the whole chapter ends once again with Milla's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • When you leave a town, your party remains the same and you can't change it unless you return to town despite the characters being there and commenting on events. Especially odd since in the first game you could switch in the middle of battle.
    • At the end of Chapter 11, it's impossible to cross dimensions due to Milla disrupting the dimensional abyss when she created her physical form using its mana, and so Ludger is prevented from progressing in the main story until it settles. However, Character Episodes that feature the characters entering Fractured Dimensions can still occur.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Downplayed. The relationship between Julius and pre-game Ludger is paralleled to Ludger and Elle. Both have a relationship akin to parent and child despite their age difference being slightly over or under ten years, with several of the things Julius does for Ludger, Ludger ends up doing for Elle, most notably passing on the Hymn of Proof as a lullaby. And then it's revealed that Ludger's watch was used by Julius to amplify his Chromatus, in a similar way that Elle has been used to power Ludger's Chromatus, though unlike Julius, Ludger had no idea he was even doing it. This extends to the Elle Ending, where after Julius sacrifices himself to save Ludger, Ludger sacrifices himself to save Elle.
    • The manga is even more overt with the parallels. Ludger attempting to keep Elle away from danger culminates in realizing (with Milla's help) that he's just done to Elle what Julius has been doing to him, and he explicitly highlights that his protection of Elle is something he learned from Julius. In the final battle he throws himself over Julius' pocketwatch to protect it from Bisley, in the exact same way that Elle does when Julius tries to take her father's watch.
  • Golden Ending: While nevertheless a Bittersweet Ending, the Elle Ending neatly wraps up the end of the Trial, explains that the impurity of human souls is in fact necessary because it's what drives humanity, has Chronos reluctantly concede defeat to humanity, and properly shows Muzet and Milla returning to the spirit world. Conversely, the Ludger Ending doesn't address any of this, with Elle simply dying and Chronos ominously suggesting that Origin's Trial is not yet over.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The cat sidequest, which involves you finding and adopting several stray cats (many of which bear a resemblance to certain Tales Series characters), then forming your own cat army to scavenge the streets for items and funny hats. (There is no part of the preceding sentence that is inaccurate.)
  • Groupie Brigade: In Trigleph, you can find fangirls of Julius and Rideaux arguing over which top agent is better. After Julius is framed for the Oscore attack, Julius' fangirls will express shock, while Rideaux's will feel vindicated in their choice of favorite. In the Japanese text of an early-game sidequest, Ludger's landlady will reminisce that Julius' fangirls used to hang around Frères Apartments, and in Chapter 15 she can be found complaining about them stalking the apartment in the latter's Fractured Dimension.
  • Happy Ending Override: Xillia 2 introduces a new End of the World as We Know It plot to surpass the previous game's threat of spyrix killing all the spirits and rendering the Earth uninhabitable for humans, in a way that indirectly downplays the party's efforts in the first game.
  • Healthcare Motivation: A variation, where Ludger and Elle are only healed once by Rideaux, but it incurs a massive bill that forces Ludger to work for Spirius to pay it off.
  • Heroic RRoD: A divergence catalyst in the process of forming manifests on its host as black patches on their skin and possibly red eyes if it spreads to their face before the host becomes a full-fledged catalyst. Once the transformation begins, the only way to stop it is to kill the host.
  • His Story Repeats Itself:
    • The Ludger Ending, which is literally subtitled as "Fate Repeater", where after losing Elle, Ludger becomes CEO of Spirius and eventually meets Lara Mel Marta, with whom it's implied he'll have his dimension's version of Elle, just like Victor did.
    • The Bad Ending, where like Victor, Ludger turns against the rest of the party in order to protect a beloved family member. Unlike Victor, he's protecting Julius at Elle's expense instead of the other way around, and also unlike Victor, Ludger succeeds at killing everyone in the party including Gaius.
  • Humanity on Trial: The three Prime Spirits set up the events of the game to test whether humans were inherently selfish or selfless. Unfortunately, because one of them really hates humanity, the test is unfairly stacked against humanity's success.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After seeing Ludger's surprised expression about suddenly having 15 Million Gald debt to Rideaux for medical bills, Rideaux asks if Ludger can honestly put a price on a person's life. When Rideaux obviously just put a price on a person's life.
  • Improbable Age:
    • It's only been a year since the first game, and not only is Jude a full-fledged medical doctor, he's seen as the leading researcher on spyrite technology, with no one, not even those from Elympios (where the age of majority is implied by manga Ludger's narration to be 18), raising eyebrows at the fact that he's 16 years old.
    • Generally speaking, Spirius doesn't seem to care much about age or qualifications when recruiting talent, Chromatus users or not. However, even if Julius had been destroying Fractured Dimensions since he was 11, he still became Director of the Department of Dimensional Affairs at only 20.
    • Ludger himself, in the Ludger Ending, where he becomes CEO after Bisley's death, also at only 20. After being Vice President for at best a few days.
    • Vera may be Younger Than They Look, but she is also only 20 years old and yet has immediate access to details concerning Fractured Dimensions as Bisley's head secretary.
  • Incest Subtext: Played for Laughs in the "Destroy the Popular Suit" Drama CD. Ludger, who's crossdressing as a girl, draws the attention of both Julius and Bisley, who both repeatedly call him a pretty young lady. The latter in particular appears very interested in Ludger, offering to escort "her" away from the crowd of fangirls in Julius' stead, insisting he doesn't mind helping her personally since he wants to know more about her, and lamenting that he would have attended the Rieze Maxian diplomacy party if he knew she was there. Dramatic Irony is in full effect, since Ludger has no idea Bisley is his father, but he has other reasons to be freaked out.
  • Interface Spoiler:
    • In the Epsilla Ruins, Rollo wanders off for a little bit before Elle finds him again. However, he doesn't appear on the title screen or kitty dispatch menu, which happens whenever he's not traveling with the party, spoiling that it's actually a fractured Rollo.
    • The "Xillia Encyclopedia" entry on Kresnik the Genesis Sage refers to them using female pronouns, despite their gender not being mentioned in the previous game. So it's obvious their gender is going to be a plot point in this one... This could be blamed on Lost in Translation though.
  • Interquel: The manga spin-off Soukyoku no Crossroad starts after Xillia and before Xillia 2, featuring Jude and Alvin dealing with Exodus in the year between the games. It details Jude's new outfit and hairstyle, as well as showing what Ludger and Julius were up to in that time. However, it eventually begins adapting the start of the latter game, including the Striborg attack, albeit strictly from Jude and Alvin's perspectives.
  • Internal Retcon: In Xillia, Kresnik was merely a notable follower of Maxwell who joined him in Rieze Maxia and became the ancestor of the Nia Khera villagers. Xillia 2 establishes she was a woman and was important to Maxwell, but she actually lived in Elympios and is the ancestor of all Chromatus users and that this information was intentionally purged from history.
  • Interrupted Suicide: If Ludger hesitates to go to Marksburg in Chapter 15, Julius will attempt to slit his own throat and commit a Heroic Suicide to create the Soul Bridge. Ludger shows up screaming and pulls the blade away. Unfortunately, subverted in the non-Bad Ending route, as Julius will still convince Ludger to kill him.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • The original Maxwell is implied to have had this relationship with the Genesis Sage, Milla Kresnik, especially since two thousand years after she died, he still cared enough to give her name to Milla Maxwell.
    • Dr. Howe, the man who developed spirit artes, turns out to have done so because of his attempts to woo Celsius. This discovery gives Jude the epiphany he needs to perfect spyrite technology.
    • Also applies to Jude and Milla if Milla's feelings towards Jude are interpreted romantically, since she is now a full spirit.
    • There's also Ship Tease between Gaius and Muzét.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A familial variation for all parties. Julius is the (or at least one of the) first to realize who and what Elle is, and openly states his intent to take her away from Ludger, presumably for either her Power of the Void that is effective against Chronos, as well as being a viable sacrifice for the creation of the Soul Bridge needed to reach Canaan. They nearly come to blows over this, only for Elle to wind up in mortal danger and for Julius to see just how much Ludger cares about her, causing him to change his mind and sacrifice his own life to create the Soul Bridge instead.
  • Kick Them While They're Down:
    • At Nia Khera in Chapter 7, if Ludger obeys Rideaux's order to fight and capture Julius instead of trusting him, Rideaux will step on Julius' face after his defeat.
    • Played for Laughs at the start of Chapter 8/9, where according to Ivar, Rideaux is wearing sunglasses because while escaping from Spirius, Julius succeeded in stomping his face in. This happens regardless of if Rideaux did it first.
  • Killed Off for Real: The body count by the end of the game is surprisingly high, with the parallel universes allowing for plenty of carnage. Of the main characters though: Fractured Milla dies no matter what you do. The entire party is killed by Ludger if you choose to save Julius. Julius has to die for the party to be able to go to Canaan. And either Elle or Ludger have to sacrifice themselves to complete Origin's trial. Pretty much the only main character who survives no matter what is Rollo.
  • Kissing Cousins: Chromatus powers only appear within blood relatives of the Kresnik clan, however, their common ancestor lived two thousand years ago, making unions between offshoot branches such as Bisley Bakur and Cornelia Kresnik, as well as Ludger and Lara Mel Marta extremely downplayed examples of incest.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother:
    • Julius towards Ludger, his entire goal through the game is to stop Ludger from partaking in Origin's Trial, to the point that when Bisley finds out about Ludger's existence, Julius' immediate instinct is to try and murder him.
    • Exaggerated with his Fractured counterpart during the Striborg hijacking. Due to being corrupted by the Divergence Catalyst, he reacts to Ludger getting close to Bisley and admiring him by trying to assassinate Bisley and kill Ludger.
    • Inverted with Ludger if, after being told that Julius needs (and wants to, as he's already dying) to sacrifice his life to create the Soul Bridge the party needs to save the world, Ludger refuses to let him die. Gaius proceeds to state that he'll do the deed himself, and things get ugly from there.
  • Licking the Blade: Implied, if, in the Fractured Dimension on the Striborg train, Ludger chooses to trust Julius instead of asking what's going on, Fractured Julius will stab a nearby corpse and then appear to lick his sword afterwards.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Ludger has a dialogue option where he describes Jude and Leia as such, causing Leia to blush.
  • Light Is Not Good: The player must fight the great spirit of Light, Aska, in two separate fractured dimensions, though only one is required. Afterwards, Aska admits that he is inclined to agree with Chronos (if the player choose to re-capture the spirit rather than set him free).
  • Lost in Translation:
    • The first dialogue choice where Ludger has to choose between calling Julius by his name or "brother" seems like nothing more than a throwaway interaction in the international version of the game. However, in the original Japanese, this dialogue choice actually decides how Ludger refers to Julius for the entire game, either as "nii-san" or "Julius", including alternate voice clips for both forms of address in dialogue options. This distinction is omitted in the English dub, making Ludger calling Julius "brother" a one-off occurrence.
    • In the English localization of the Frères Apartment landlady's sidequest, she offhandedly mentions that Julius used to bring girls back to the apartment. However, her original line in Japanese is actually her saying that Julius' fan club used to stalk the building, which is why in Chapter 15 her Fractured counterpart can be heard complaining about the exact same thing.
    • Jude is a lot more distant to Fractured Milla in Japanese, marked by his referral of her as Milla-san instead of simply Milla, which is how he refers to Prime Milla.
    • The calm tune that plays in scenes involving Julius is translated by the Tales YouTube channel as "Peaceful Evidence". It's a valid translation, but misses out on the fact that the word for "evidence" ("akashi") is supposed to refer to "proof", as in the Hymn of Proof, which is referenced in all songs derived from that theme, including what the same channel translates as "For The Sake Of Mutual Proof".
  • Love Makes You Evil:
    • Victor's love for his daughter, Elle, exacerbated by his possession by his dimension's Divergence Catalyst. He's a Fractured version of Ludger, whose dimension runs ten years ahead of the Prime. He murdered Julius, Bisley, and the entire party (except for Gaius) to protect Elle, and then uses Elle to lure the Prime Dimension Ludger into their Fractured one, where he intends to kill Ludger and complete Origin's Trial in the Prime Dimension, using his wish to request he and Elle be reincarnated again.
    • In the Bad Ending, Ludger's refusal to let Julius be sacrificed for the Soul Bridge results in him killing all his friends and dooming the world, even though Julius is already dying. The event summary makes it clear he doesn't regret it.
    • The final chapter of the game reveals that Chronos' motivations to sabotage humanity in Origin's Trial is exclusively because he can see how much purifying souls is hurting Origin. Origin notes that Chronos' protective intentions are the most human thing about him.
  • Luck-Based Mission:
    • Any job that asks for a rare item that can only be obtained through kitty dispatch note . Collecting all the cats is this as well, as kitty dispatch is the only way to find some of them.
    • The poker mini-game, obviously.
  • Luminescent Blush:
    • During his later Character Episodes, Jude has this tendency around Milla, especially after Ship Tease moments like when he falls on top of her protecting her from an arte, and later when she fusses over his injuries in a way that looks rather intimate, and Balan walks in on them. In both cases, Jude gets back up with a blush on his face while resuming conversation with Ludger.
    • Fractured Aska in one of Jude's Character Episodes, of the Through a Face Full of Fur variety... Yes, Aska. It goes with his inexplicably Camp Gay mannerisms and extreme affection towards Jude.

    Tropes M-Z 
  • Ma'am Shock:
    • Elle's nickname for Julius in Japanese is "uncle with the glasses", though in this case "uncle" is a common Japanese term for any middle-aged adult man one isn't related to. Julius objects to this naming, saying he's still in his twenties and not that old, but also he actually is her biological uncle, and it's implied at the time of this skit that he's already figured out Elle is Ludger's Kid from the Future. The English dub, naturally, does away with the age marker and just has her call him "glasses guy", which he objects to as an Embarrassing Nickname.
    • In the manga adaptation, Ludger is instead subject to this, with Elle addressing him as such while passing him her father's swords, leading to him taking down an Exodus terrorist while retorting that he's only 20 years old.
    • Elle seems to do this with everyone, not just Julius. In the "Destroy the Popular Suit" Drama CD, she addresses a young Spirius agent as "oji-san", causing the agent to do a double take before humoring her.
  • Mark of the Beast: In addition to their hair and skin turning pitch black, Divergence Catalysts have swirling marks on their necks and faces, most easily seen on Fractured Muzét, whose more revealing outfit demonstrates that the markings on her torso pulsate.
  • Mega-Corp: Spirius Corporation. They're such a powerful, influential and omnipresent organisation in Elympios that they may as well be considered its de facto rulers. Having a private army helps in that regard.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Elle invokes this trope on Ludger by telling the station manager Ludger tried to lure her out of the station, in order to distract security and skip paying fare. She does apologize for doing it, though.
  • Moment of Silence: At the end of Chapter 15, after Ludger stabs Julius, Ludger is visibly screaming in grief, but everything is muted except for Julius’ humming.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • At the Fractured Kijara Seafalls in Chapter 8/9, Julius cues his presence by humming the Hymn of Proof, before either giving exposition on Ludger's history with the song or otherwise reminding Ludger of Julius' Big Brother Instinct. He then tells Ludger he can keep the pocketwatch he's been trying to get Ludger to return, because he wants Elle instead, and is entirely willing to fight Ludger and take her with him by force.
    • In Chapter 15, if Ludger agrees to head to Marksburg immediately to sacrifice Julius, the party will be interrupted by Nova cheerily telling everyone she's brought food to celebrate Ludger being released from his debt, complete with quirky whimsical music. Though she immediately realizes that the party's mood is dampened, the music continues until she mentions buying tomatoes for Julius, at which point Ludger runs out on her, causing Nova to wonder what she said. This is subverted if Ludger hesitates to sacrifice Julius and the party secretly leaves to kill him instead, in which case Nova shows up, but she's much more subdued and quietly asks if Ludger's all right, tipping him off about the party's plans.
  • More Hero Than Thou: In the manga adaptation, Ludger attempts to become the Soul Bridge instead of Julius, so that Julius and Elle can live, but he's talked out of it by Julius.
  • Moveset Clone: Julius' artes derive from the same movepool as Ludger's, since Julius taught Ludger his dual swords style, and Victor is a Fractured version of Ludger from the future, armed with the same additional weapons, Chromatus, and Mystic Artes. The only arte they both have that Ludger cannot access in normal gameplay is "Twin Lotus".
  • Mr. Smith: A sidequest reveals that "Kresnik" is a rather common name in Elympios, but it's subverted as Julius picks the name because it's his mother and aunt's surname rather than because it's innocuous.
  • Multiple Endings: There are five endings, including two gag endings.
    • The Bad Ending, also called the Julius Ending: Ludger chooses to sacrifice the world to save his brother, resulting in him killing the rest of the party and giving up any chance of saving Elle.
    • The Ludger Ending, the world is saved, but Elle has to sacrifice herself in the process. Humanity technically passes Origin's trial, but on a bittersweet note because of Elle's sacrifice, and Ludger eventually lives to meet her mother, Lara.
    • The Elle Ending, the world is saved, but Ludger sacrifices himself in place of Elle so that she can live. Humanity technically fails Origin's trial, but Origin allows them to pass anyway because Ludger's selflessness proves the point the trial was meant to test. Elle grows up with peace between Elympios and Reize Maxia, and nature is healing with help Jude's spyrite research.
    • If you choose to pay off your debt in its entirety, you unlock a Hot Springs Episode.
    • Completing the cameo boss fights and job requests nets you a joke ending where the cameo characters use the Eternal Sword to go up to Canaan, beat up the Final Boss and rescue Elle for you.
  • Mythology Gag: By the dozens. Beyond the obvious callbacks to the first Tales of Xillia, there are plenty more:
    • The poorly drawn wanted posters return.
    • The art for the cooking items is lifted directly from Tales of Graces. You can also find the ice pop win sticks.
      • One of Elle's victory poses matches Pascal's almost completely, random confetti and all. She also references the Strahtan Beach Brigade by name.
    • Having save files for Tales of Xillia and Tales of Graces will net you attachments of Sophie and Yuri plushies and plushies of Jude and Milla in their Xillia clothes.
    • Some of the requests are also obvious references; a mysterious Richard asks for a sample of Gaius dumplings and calls them "competition". For completing these, you'll get an item named after the game they're referencing.
      • One girl asks for some Torbalan Jade from the Highroad specifically because the "necromancers" don't believe it can be found there.
      • Zelos asks for five pieces of Torbalan Jade....for his hunnies.
      • A man named Dhaos asks for his signature item (an Earth Cape)
      • Veigue asks you to bring him a diamond for his childhood friend. Awww.
      • Caius asks for five salmon and mentions he's from a place called Ramorn.
      • Kannono requests Fruit Yakisoba
      • Meredy wants an aqua ribbon
      • A person listed as "Champion" asks for a model windmill and offers to help Ludger "get pumped up like never before" as a reward. It's obviously Kongman.
      • ...and then the game just shatters all pretense of the fourth wall by having Hideo Baba request a sword to trim his beard with.
    • The fact that Elle, Ludger and Julius all have very strong opinions on tomatoes might be a sneaky reference to Tales of Symphonia, where the fact that both Kratos and Lloyd hate tomatoes is a sneaky hint they're related.
    • A whole bunch of the cats are references as well, as a good chunk of them are named after previous characters, including Malik, Suzu, Zagi and Lithia. Some are also coloured to look like the characters they're based on, including Woodrow, Keele, and Emil. There's also Tartaros, which may be a mistranslated reference to Jade's Cool Ship, and Natalina, which is likely a mistranslation of Natalia (given that the cat shares her colour palette right down to her hairband.) Some even go the extra mile and put references in their requests; the request to find Luke mentions that he's kind of slow and that his hair needs a trim.
    • Ludger's ringtone of all things is one. Sound familiar? Yep, it's the return of Eternal Mind.
    • The glowing pillars in Epsilla Ruins' red passage play music from previous Tales games when you inspect them. Including the Grand Chokmah town music, Chance for a Big Reversal (The Tales of Vesperia "things are about to get awesome" music), Sophie's Theme, and the Tales of Xillia title screen music.
    • The Epsilla ruins also look a lot like Welgaia, which is made doubly hilarious in the English version because Odin is voiced by Cam Clarke...who also voiced Kratos.
    • The Epsilla ruins are flat out referred to as Thor at times, which was an ancient civilization beneath the ocean in Tales of Phantasia.
    • The poker minigame uses the casino tune from Tales of the Abyss
    • Characters earn titles for spending a certain amount of time linked together, and several of them reference the titles of other games: Ludger and Gaius are Ultimate Abyss, Ludger and Muzet are Human and Spirit Phantasia, Milla and Elize get Champions of Graces, Milla and Rowen are Amazing Symphonia, Milla and Leia are Shining Vesperia, the Warriors of Rebirth are Alvin and Rowen, the Allies of Eternia are Alvin and Leia, the Heroines of Innocence are Leia and Elize, Jude and Gaius make the Fighters of Destiny, Gaius and Milla are the Kings of Legendia, and Leia and Muzet are the Tempest Twins. Phew!
    • The technologically advanced ancient civilization that collapsed in the Epsilla Ruins is called Thor.
    • The English localization of Xillia 2 gives Elle the last name of Marta. With their similar eye and hair colors, this ends up making Elle resemble a younger version of Dawn's Marta, at least appearance wise.note 
    • One pair of pistols for Ludger are the Spirius Model-4304.
  • Nerf: Several skills get this treatment, by raising their SP cost and/or weakening their effects. HP/TP Surge for example, used to completely fill their respective meters upon a resurrection. Now they only add 30% more health to whatever you were going to get.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Characters from Fractured Dimensions can be brought back into the Prime "real" world, but if their Prime equivalent already exists, the Fractured version will be ejected from that universe, demonstrated in-game in Chapter 10 when the party accidentally brings back a Fractured version of Rollo, who fades away when meeting the Prime version. However, if the Prime version is destroyed or killed, the Fractured version will return and take its place, which is what happens in the final chapter, when Ludger and Julius' pocketwatches are destroyed, disabling Ludger's Chromatus, before Victor's pocketwatch appears, having been displaced by Ludger's watch in Chapter 1.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Implied for Chromatus users, as Victor shrugs off multiple bullet wounds by transforming, Julius also does the same if he ends up protecting Elle on the train, and in the manga, Ludger also survives lethal doses of poison while transformed.
  • "Not So Different" Remark:
    • In the manga, when Ludger realizes that Elle is the Key of Kresnik, he suggests she should stop accompanying him to protect her. She storms away from him for it, and Milla gives him a lecture to actually listen to Elle instead of thinking about himself. Ludger realizes he's doing to Elle exactly what Julius has been doing to him.
    • Chronos seeks to destroy humanity because purifying their souls is harming Origin, to which Origin states that motivation is a very human thing, and is precisely why Origin loves humans.
  • NPC Random Encounter Immunity: The Lilium Orbs from the first game don't work anymore, so they've been converted into Allium Orbs, which are functionally similar.
  • Oddly Small Organization: NPC dialogue reveals that due to lack of viable Chromatus users, there are in fact only around thirty DODA agents active by the time Ludger signs on.
  • Ode to Family: The Hymn of Proof, a song passed down through the Kresnik clan, is stated by Julius to be a song about "longing to see someone", which he hums for Ludger, causing Victor to hum it for Elle. Possibly subverted, however, due to the implied Interspecies Romance between Milla Kresnik, who created the song and presented it to Maxwell.
  • Olympus Mons: If you complete all of the Character Episodes, then you unlock an Extra Episode where Jude manages to turn Maxwell into a Spyrite, gaining control over one of the three most powerful Spirits in all of creation.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Jude and his tethering with spirits. Muzét brings it up a few times, especially in skits, and one of the fractured dimensions has a Camp Gay Aska imply that he and Jude had been tethering a few times and acting jealous when Jude and Milla appear to be tethering instead.
  • One Degree of Separation: Jude's father is the doctor who implanted Rideaux's aspyrix organs, Alvin apparently met Julius when they were both children in Elympios though neither of them remember, and Ludger, Julius, and every Chromatus user is a descendant of the Sage of Kresnik, who turns out to be the human Milla who was named after.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Averted for middle names, which appear to be hereditary, Ludger and Julius have the same middle name "Will", and Julius was born with the same middle name as his mother, "Wi".
    • Averted when the party discovers the Genesis Sage Kresnik's given name: Milla, due to Maxwell naming Milla Maxwell after her.
  • Only a Flesh Wound:
    • Depending on if Ludger chooses to protect Bisley or Elle from the Exodus agent on the Striborg train, Julius will either have his pocketwatch shot out of his right hand and into the air by accident, or he'll take a shot to the right arm while protecting Elle, causing him to drop it. Neither cause him lasting harm, and he's still Dual Wielding his swords without issue.
    • Ivar gets bashed with a hammer or outright shot while giving Ludger a tutorial battle on his new weapons, but only gets away with Amusing Injuries.
  • Only One Me Allowed Right Now: If a Fractured person or being manages to be brought into the Prime Dimension while their Prime equivalent is absent, their Prime counterpart cannot return until the Fractured version is killed or destroyed, evidenced when Fractured Milla's presence prevents Prime Milla from returning to her dimension after being banished by Chronos.
  • Parental Abandonment: In a skit with Elize, Ludger can tell her he's also an orphan, though he never personally elaborates on what happened to his parents. Supplementary materials reveal he doesn't know the details himself. Both of their mothers are dead, Julius' was the previous Key of Kresnik who perished empowering Bisley's Chromatus, and Ludger's mother died when she attacked a teenaged Julius and he killed her in self-defense, causing Ludger's Trauma-Induced Amnesia. Inverted with Julius himself, who cuts ties with Bisley after the above events and moves out to Frères Apartments at thirteen with Ludger.
  • Parrying Bullets: Ludger wields twin blades against Exodus agents armed with guns, and manages to block their bullets with the flat of his swords.
  • Paint It Black: The divergence catalysts turn the skin of the infected person black, and their eyes red.
  • Painting the Medium: When Ludger is presented with a specific dialogue choice to kill his brother, Julius, if the player continues to refuse, the dialogue choices will become identical, showing just how unwilling Ludger is to let that happen and locking you into the Bad Ending. There's even a timer ticking down to emphasize how immediate the danger is, but letting it elapse just automatically picks one of the identical responses, leading into a fight against the rest of the party.
    Choice 1: Stop! Please, just stop!
    Choice 2: Stop! Please, just stop!
    Gaius: It has to be this way. For the sake of this world, we must reach the Land of Canaan.
    Choice 1: Then I'll protect Julius myself!
    Choice 2: Then I'll protect Julius myself!
  • Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: Subverted. The photo of Elle and her family conveniently obscures both her parents' faces, but the full image reveals Victor as he has already appeared to the party, and her mother's appearance is irrelevant to the plot.
  • Plot-Based Voice Cancellation: If Ludger's Relationship Values are high enough by Chapter 11 Fractured Milla tells Ludger something just before she commits a Heroic Sacrifice, though the lines are muted. The game doesn't elaborate on this, but the manga reveals she was telling him the recipe to the soup she wanted to make for Elle.
  • Plot Coupon: The Waymarkers of Canaan, which can be harvested from certain divergence catalysts. When all of them are gathered, the road to Canaan opens. But to actually get there, you need a "Soul Bridge", which can only be harvested from someone of Kresnik blood.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Zig-Zagged with the Chromatus transformations. Julius' light brown hair becomes a desaturated blond, but Rideaux's bleached hair tips go from white to red, leaving the rest of his black hair the same, and then Ludger's dyed black fringe turns back to his natural silver.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Elle is (accidentally) used as a conduit for Ludger's Chromatus, which means that she will suffer the consequence of turning into a divergence catalyst instead of him. This method also caused the death of Bisley's wife, which is how his Chromatus ability got so advanced. Subverted in the Elle/Ludger Ending when Ludger makes a proper contract with the watches that empower Chromatus, unleashing the full power of his Chromatus and freeing Elle from the equation.
  • Powers in the First Episode: Subverted, while Ludger transforms into his Chromatus early on in the story and inadvertently uses it during cutscenes, it's not usable in battle until Chapter 7.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: Making up for the previous game's lack of cameo battle, Xillia 2 features a cameo battle that is in essence a multi parter. There are two jobs post game that are posted by none other than Mint Adnade and Rutee Katrea, and you actually meet them in person when the jobs are complete. Furthermore the final boss battle of the game's bonus dungeon is against what are obviously shadowed out copies of Cless Alvein and Stahn Aileron. After doing all of that, next time you clear the Xian Du coliseum's Elite Team mode, the cameo team shows up comprising of the real Cless and Stahn along with Mint and Rutee. Beating them even gets you an alternate ending to the game if you feel like it! Furthermore, there's transformation items that change any character's appearance to story NPCs along with the Chimeriad, Cline Sharil from the previous game, and yes, the cameo bosses...and Brusier Khang for some reason.
  • Punny Name: The cats collected for Miss Kitty Cat, especially noticeable in the Japanese version. The cat that was translated as Natalina is Natalinya in Japanese, with Nya as the sound of a cat's meow.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: A Yonkoma features Elle convincing Ludger to take her on a trip by giving him a cute pleading expression. Jude and Alvin comment that only a little girl could pull that off... only for the next panel to show Ludger himself pulling this on Julius, with Julius caving instantly.
  • Puzzle Boss: Routinely failing to stop Chronos from rewinding time in the Land of Canaan will have the game suggest you check Julius' watch, which hints at using a lance, specifically, Ludger' Chromatus lance, allowing the player to finally win the battle.
  • Recurring Dreams: The manga states that Ludger's nightmare of Julius killing him is one he continues having ever since he failed the Spirius entrance examination a year prior. He wonders if it's because he's simply jealous of his brother.
  • Red Right Hand:
    • While not exactly villainous, Julius's single glove is hiding the divergence catalyst manifesting in his left hand.
    • Victor wears a mask to hide the right side of his face, which is being consumed by a divergence catalyst.
  • Relationship Values:
    • Completing their Character Episodes and selecting certain dialogue options will strengthen Ludger's friendship with his party members. This unlocks additional scenes with these characters during the main story, and eventually their Link Mystic Arte with Ludger.
    • There also exists values for Elle, Julius, and Bisley, boosted solely through dialogue choices. Maxing those out gives Ludger special weapons just before the endgame, as well as a short letter from each character. Unlike the party members', these values are hidden and the dialogue choices won't tell you if you've picked the right one.
  • Retcon:
    • Most notably Rieze Maxia's spirit climes (such as the eternal night in Fenmont), which were shown in Xillia's ending to have been caused by the Schism and faded when it fell. A bonus scene with the Four indicates they have also forgotten that plot point.
    • The Bonus Character Episode, however, has dialogue implying that dispelling the schism wrecked havoc with the spirit climes, rather than simply removing them.
    • In the first game, Exodus' dealings and the Otherworld Reactor Project are exclusively tied to the Elympion military and government, with absolutely no mention of Spirius by Alvin or any of the Elympion residents. In the sequel, Spirius is a household name, with so much influence that they're deferred to by civilians as an authority the same way the government and police are.
    • Nothing about the second game's plot with Origin's Trial is alluded to in the first game, where Maxwell appears to be the only Great Spirit of his power level. Their retroactive existence changes Maxwell's motivations to create Rieze Maxia as well, adding that in addition to the threat of spyrix, he wanted to get away from Origin's Trial, since he could handle soul purification himself instead of Origin.
  • Riddle for the Ages: There is never an explanation for Ludger's nightmare of Julius lecturing him about Origin's Trial.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • In Chapter 15 Ludger has to kill Julius to save the world. Refusing to do so causes the Bad Ending, where the entire party and Elle will die, and either humanity will be doomed by miasma or spirits will become enslaved by Bisley.
    • In Chapter 16, Ludger has to decide between saving Elle or saving the world by wishing away all Fractured Dimensions. If he chooses to save Elle (or otherwise hesitates to sacrifice himself first), Elle will refuse to be saved and wish to save the world instead so that Ludger can live and meet who she considers the "real" Elle. If he chooses to save the world, he'll have to save Elle by becoming a Catalyst before she can, killing him.
  • Same Surname Means Related: Zig-Zagged. When meeting Ludger in Chapter 1, Bisley will wonder if he's related to Julius upon hearing Ludger's last name, with Vera confirming so. However, it's later revealed that Kresnik is a common last name in Elympios, and several characters who don't have that last name are still distantly related to those who do.
  • Seemingly Hopeless Boss Fight: In the very final boss fight, Bisley will activate his Mystic Arte and punch Ludger out of the battle, resulting in a cutscene where he destroys Ludger's pocketwatch. However, Victor's watch will reappear, allowing Ludger to transform with it directly and reach full Chromatus and finish off Bisley for good.
  • Sequel Reset: Very little about the plot of Xillia 2 is ever alluded to in Xillia, now suddenly, there are two more Great Spirits who actually surpass Maxwell's power, and another world-ending crisis that has even greater repercussions than that of spyrix.
  • Shared Family Quirks:
    • Julius and Ludger share a love for tomatoes, and they share a love for cats with Marvin, their grandfather, and Elle, Ludger's Kid from the Future.
    • An Official World Guidance short story reveals that Elle's mother is just as clumsy as she is.
    • A Scenario Book short story has child Julius reflect that Ludger's mother is a great cook, much like Ludger himself would turn out to be.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man:
    • Befitting Elympios' more contemporary society, where most working characters are in dress shirts and ties, Leia, Alvin, Gaius, and Rowen trade in their more fantastical Rieze Maxian outfits for simpler conventional Elympion suits.
    • Every Spirius employee is dressed to the nines, with their typical uniform being a black and red three-piece suit. Naturally, their CEO Bisley Bakur, and top agents Julius and Rideaux, also qualify, with the former two including opened Badass Longcoats.
    • Ludger's default outfit is a rather casually done dress shirt and tie, but his Vice President of Spirius outfit gives him a simple and elegant black suit.
    • Elle's father, Victor, wears a sharp all-black suit with a cravat, adding to the mystique of his Cool Mask.
  • Ship Tease: Ludger's dialogue options during cutscenes or skits are ripe with these, with the skits themselves teasing as good as any pairing that can come up in the party. Particularly when Muzét's in the skit or talking about tethering-up with another.
  • Sibling Murder:
    • Ludger dreams of Julius killing him at the start of the game. Telling Julius about the nightmare will elicit a rather nonchalant joke from him.
      Julius: "You dreamed that I killed you? Well if you keep demolishing my stash of tomato cupcakes, that may well happen. [Beat] Kidding."
    • In the first Fractured Dimension, Ludger is given the order to kill a version of Julius who has just murdered everyone on the train. Refusing to kill him will lead to him killing Nova and her boss, until Ludger stabs him in self-defence.
    • In Chapter 15, Julius fights Ludger to test his resolve in undertaking Origin's Trial, as a direct callback to the nightmare at the start of the game. Julius becomes a Divergence Catalyst before Ludger can kill him, forcing Ludger to enter Julius' idyllic Fractured Dimension and kill him in their apartment.
    • Supplementary material state that Julius once found a Fractured Dimension where Ludger's mother had survived (instead of being killed by Julius in self-defence), and Ludger was the Divergence Catalyst, meaning Julius must have killed an alternate version of his brother at least once.
  • Sibling Triangle: In a skit, Vera can reveal that Ludger, Nova, and Julius were subject to one, though neither Ludger nor Julius even knew it was happening. Nova had a crush on Julius when she was still Ludger's classmate, but when going to confess her love to him, Ludger answered the door and Nova panicked, giving him the gift instead and making him think she had a crush on him, explaining why Nova later rejected him when Ludger asked her out.
  • Situational Sword: Ludger's Chromatus lance can be used as an ordinary weapon by others, as demonstrated when Fractured Muzét knocks it out of his hand and Milla stabs her with it instead, but it cannot destroy the Divergence Catalyst unless wielded by him.
  • Social Circle Filler: Justified. Ludger's interactions with Nova imply that he didn't really stay in touch with anyone from high school after graduating, leaving him reliant on Jude and the original Xillia cast for friendship after Julius goes missing. And while Nova tries her hardest to be present despite being Locked Out of the Loop, his only other named classmate, Aaron, states in a sidequest that he doesn't want to associate with him due to his brother being branded a terrorist and Ludger himself a suspect.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Potentially justified in that Bisley knows that Elle is the true Key of Kresnik, and may be exercising his powers as Spirius CEO to keep her with Ludger, but no one really keeps tabs on the eight year old girl who just survived a terrorist attack and just lets a total stranger take care of her instead. Nor does anyone try tracking down her father through the official channels.
  • Someone Has to Die: At the end of Chapter 14, it's revealed that in order to create a portal to reach the Land of Canaan, a powerful member of the Kresnik family line has to die. By this point in the story, the only available candidates are Ludger and Julius, who offers his life since he's already dying from overextending his Chromatus abilities. Ludger can defy this by murdering the rest of the party and abandoning any hope of reaching Canaan himself, whereas in the manga, he attempts to offer his own life for the Bridge first, so that Julius and Elle can both live, but he's still talked out of it by Julius.
  • So Proud of You: Bisley says this towards Ludger at the end of Chapter 13, which Ludger can either accept or ignore in favor of Elle. Of course, he is actually Ludger's biological father, though it's unlikely Ludger himself is aware of it at this point in the game.
  • Spoiler Opening: The opening spoils Julius' and Ludger's Level 3 Chromatus form, foreshadowing their duel much later in the game, and that there are two versions of Milla who do not share scenes together.
  • Strolling Through the Chaos: In the front car of the Striborg train in Chapter 1, Spirius CEO Bisley will casually turn and walk away from the Exodus agent's gunfire, while Julius and Ludger are both scrambling to get themselves and Elle out of the way.
  • Super Cell Reception:
  • Super Powerful Genetics: The power of the Chromatus runs through the Kresnik family blood, though not every descendant has it. The pocket watches that they're born with serve as keys to triggering the ability. It's implied in-game and confirmed in supplementary materials that the ability of a Key of Kresnik is also hereditary, as the only other mentioned Key of Kresnik is Cornelia, Elle's great-aunt through Ludger.
  • Supreme Chef: Ludger, Fractured Milla, as well as Elle's father, Victor, who is a fractured version of Ludger. Elle ranks her father as the best of the three, and Fractured Milla's Character Episode largely revolves around trying to cook something that will impress Elle enough to rank her higher than third place.
  • Take Your Time: In addition to the typical plot events that would seem time-sensitive and aren't, the final chapter of the game takes it to the extreme. Despite all the urgency in the penultimate chapter about killing Julius as quickly as possible to get to Canaan and save Elle, there are several sidequests that open up between this time, and even more in the post-game, some of which even allow you to travel to other Fractured Dimensions despite the much more pressing matters. There's even a Bonus Episode with a rampaging golem that the party finds time to tackle in the midst of all this. Then the Official World Guidance speculates that Julius' Fractured Dimension is indeed the 999,999th one. Cutting it close indeed.
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • If Ludger chooses to protect Bisley instead of Elle when an Exodus agent attacks them on the train, Julius will take a shot to his right arm while protecting Elle. He doesn't seem too hurt by it though.
    • In the manga adaptation, Ludger is delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle to the team of Spirius agents sent to capture Julius, so Rideaux attacks Elle with poisoned knives. Ludger takes the hit instead, and only survives due to his Chromatus.
  • Tap on the Head: Alvin smacks the barrel of his gun onto Gilland's head in a fractured dimension and he instantly goes down. He wakes up shortly after, catching up to the party, though.
  • Team Pet: Rollo, Ludger's extremely fat cat, who's mostly usurped this role from Teepo. He accompanies him almost everywhere, only staying behind for the final battle due to Ludger's concern for his safety. Even then, he shows up in the aftermath.
  • Terms of Endangerment: If Ludger doesn't question Fractured Julius, Julius will smile and call him a "good boy". No other version of Julius ever addresses Ludger with that sort of pet name, and Julius follows it up by stabbing a nearby corpse, licking the blood off his sword and trying to murder him.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: When Jude, Elle, Ludger, and Milla go through a volcano, Milla trips and nearly falls in. Ludger can save her after a dialogue choice... which results in this. Naturally, Milla slaps him for it.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: In the final chapter, when Ludger saves Elle and unlocks his full Chromatus using Victor's watch, a remix of the opening theme "Song 4 U" plays.
  • Theme Naming: Elympion characters have last names related to Slavic mythology, though several of those names are All in the Manual and don't appear in the game proper. The previously established Kresnik comes from the name of a fire and sun god, Rugievit (Rideaux's last name) is a god depicted with eight swords, and Leshy (Vera's last name) is a pagan plant god.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: People in Fractured Dimensions usually don't know they're from one. Unfortunately, neither do the fractured versions of the Kresnik clan, at least until they gather the Waymarkers and attempt to reach Canaan, only to be denied entry because Canaan is only in the Prime Dimension. In a Drama CD, Julius has already guessed that he's in a Fractured Dimension because Ivar of all people became CEO of Spirius, and he's actually relieved to know he's not beholden to Origin's Trial. On the other hand, the Fractured version of Ludger who would become Victor suffers Sanity Slippage after seeing the Elle he travelled with die for no reason and then being threatened with losing the Elle he fathered. He then becomes obsessed with entering the Prime Dimension and becoming the "real" Ludger.
  • Transformation Trinket: The pocketwatches Chromatus users are born with are needed to trigger their transformation, though it is possible to boost one's Chromatus level by using someone else's.
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: The party tends to have urgent needs too go to places far away, but will always make it before it's too late. Jude, for example, will tell Ludger that he has to get to Helioborg quickly and that there's no time to explain... while he's in Hamil, which is practically on the other side of the planet.
  • Trouble Entendre: Bisley's first interaction with Julius is already suspicious, but once you have the full context of their backstories, that Julius has been hiding Ludger's existence from their father to keep his brother safe and uninvolved in the Trial, it becomes a lot more evident why Bisley hits Julius' Berserk Button.
    Bisley: Who would have known you had such a talented little brother? Aren't you the model sibling. You've protected him well.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Overlapping with Sibling Triangle, Vera reveals that Nova had a crush on Julius, but accidentally gave a gift meant for him to Ludger, which caused Ludger to assume she had a crush on him. Ludger later asked Nova out and got rejected, but the two of them end up becoming friends and by the time of the events of the game, Nova clearly has a crush on Ludger, who has unfortunately moved on since.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Ludger's are different colors, Julius has a bald spot in one of his due to a faded scar, and Bisley's are shaped like the letter Z.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Most of the time, Muzét's appearance isn't commented on outside of the party, not in the Prime nor Fractured Dimensions. The most it comes up is in Gaius' first character episode, where the Trigleph police are baffled by her ability to fly.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: While Ludger cannot lose affinity with any characters, no matter how high your affinity already is, you're allowed to choose the blatantly apathetic and dismissive dialogue options, such as immediately turning Julius in to Rideaux, denying that the rest of the party are his friends, or letting Fractured Milla fall to her death instead of trying to save her.
  • Void Between the Worlds: The Dimensional Abyss is the space between dimensions. In Chapter 7, Chronos reveals he threw Milla from the first game into it, and she remains trapped there while Fractured Milla exists in the Prime Dimension. Supplementary material also explains that this is where Fractured entities go when they're ejected from the Prime Dimension by their Prime counterparts.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss:
    • The Great Spirit Volt, who has quite a chunk of HP at this early point of the game and has an AoE attack that could easily kill your entire party in one go, if they are too close together. The player really needs to know how some Link abilities work and how to make use of the Weakness system to not have too much difficulty with this guy.
    • There's also Muzét (Fractured) about halfway through the game. This boss is already tough on their own, but is also the first boss to use a Mystic Arte, so the player knows that any subsequent (human) boss fight will most likely involve this being a potential danger now.
    • The first Chronos fight. Your group consists of Alvin, Jude, and Leia so already you have no offensive spellcasters and only one semi good healer. Chronos is a Magic Knight who deals AOE attacks more than anything, and since everyone uses physical attacks, you have to go up and attack him. Leia is a single target based healer, which means you can't get a consistent amount of heals on characters. His attacks rip through both the party, and Corpse Shell Ludger. The one character who would of made the fight easier, Rowen, is injured and this without his Magic Barrier passive, Chronos' spells hit like a truck. Really he's there to show you that unless you master timing Corpse Shell with Link Artes, you can't win the game.
    • If you're doing the character stories as early as possible, Alvin's first chapter has a very unpleasant surprise in the form of Ivar, who, in addition to being his usual surprisingly dangerous self, has much higher stats than you're expected to be fighting at this point in the game.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • In a rare protagonist example, the party and the Spirius Corporation are essentially this for trying to wipe out every fractured dimension (and their inhabitants) in order to survive Origin's trial. Though Bisley takes the extremism up a notch by trying to enslave spiritkind, putting him at odds with the party.
    • Chronos could also count as this, with him stacking the odds against humanity in Origin's trial, but merely doing so because he knows that the soul purification process causes immense pain to Origin and he wants to kill all humans, so Origin won't have to suffer anymore.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Julius Catstantine the Third, a cat styled exactly like the human Julius is, right down to the bolo tie and one of his front paws being black. It turns out his owner, an old man named Marvin, is a long-time friend of Julius'. And as a matter of fact, he's Julius and Ludger's grandfather.
  • Wham Line: Multiple ones, all courtesy of Victor in Chapter 12.
    Victor: "Yes, I'm this Elle's father."
    Victor: "You perfected spyrite technology eight years ago. But then I killed you."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The introduction mentions that Ludger was on his way to the train station, where he was starting a new job as a cook. Then the train hijacking begins and nothing is ever really mentioned about Ludger's intended job anymore, not even a small mention of him being fired. Julius asks about it in a Chapter 7 skit, but due to Ludger's Heroic Mime effect, we don't hear an explanation for it.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: In a Fractured Dimension, an alternate version of Julius recognizes Alvin as a child he used to babysit, even addressing him as "Alfie", referring to Alvin's birth name. Prime Julius never brings this up, but Prime Alvin recalls that "this older kid used to babysit us [and] was always humming that song", and implies it's possible they also met in the Prime Dimension and simply forgot about it. Except that Julius is only one year older than Alvin, and would have have been seven years old at the most before Alvin disappeared through the Schism.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Subverted. At the end of Chapter 13, Bisley informs Ludger that he has no further need for his Chromatus, to which Muzét will namedrop this trope, only for Bisley to clarify that Ludger has simply completed his duties.
  • Your Heart's Desire:
    • It's eventually revealed that Divergence Catalysts and their Fractured Dimensions are created by Chromatus users who abuse their powers, with some taking form of that user's idealized world.
    • In Chapter 15, Julius' Fractured Dimension shows that his greatest desire is to live peacefully with Ludger like they did prior to the game. A comic anthology story further references this with Julius coming across a Divergence Catalyst in the form of a cursed pendant that is said lead its wearer astray. Just as he's about to destroy it, he's distracted by that world's Ludger, who drags him shopping. The two spend a peaceful and fun afternoon together, but Julius eventually realizes he's fallen under the pendant's effects after he admits he'd like to stay in this world.

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