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  • Adorkable:
    • Milla's innocent lack of understanding towards normal human social graces, and her enthusiastic joy at experiencing feelings we take for granted (such as hunger) is very endearing. She's particularly excited to experience a runny nose for the first time.
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    • Jude has his moments. Like his awkwardness at liking Milla, him gushing over various "cool facts", and just by being so genuinely nice and honest.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Milla is a Base-Breaking Character on the Western side of the fandom for a multitude of reasons, ranging from her voice acting to claims of Character Shilling. In Japan though she's fairly well liked enough to where she made it into the top twenty in the popularity polls.
  • Anticlimax Boss: The Real Maxwell in Milla's story, since her version of the fight skips past the two Hopeless Boss Fight segments to the actual winnable part, and due to the boss's huge vulnerability to the Four Great Spirits, which in her story you've had a while to get used to using. It's probably intentional though.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Milla is either one of the best female characters in the series and a solid example of an action girl done right, or she's hardly developed and shilled to the Nth degree.
    • Alvin is either seen as a backstabbing traitor, who nearly gets off scot-free, or as a Jerkass Woobie, who's trying hard to redeem himself.
    • Fans are also divided on whether Gaius is one of the best villains in the series, or way too boring and another Karma Houdini. The differences between the original Japanese script and the english version compounds the issue.
    • Ivar is either a funny screw up with poor judgement or an annoying idiot who ends up making everything worse for everyone in a moment of Epic Fail and deserves to die.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: This game has a couple, especially for veteran Tales series players:
    • Alvin has every aspect of the Sixth Ranger Traitor trope written all over him. It's his reason why he's one that is the main twist.
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    • A larger example is the twist that Milla isn't really Maxwell, which many players figured out thanks to how often it's mentioned in-game that she is. The Un-Twist is that Milla does become Maxwell by the end of the game, rather than simply staying the way she was after the original reveal is discovered, meaning that technically, she was right all along (in that ultimately, she embodied the concept of Maxwell better than Maxwell himself did by the end, if his officially bequeathing his title to her is any implication).
    • The fact that Karla Outway from the History of Auj-Oule sidequest is Gaius' sister. It's not revealed until the final part of the quest, at the very end of the game, but it's obvious to most players from the first part. And the fact she has the exact same hair and eye colour as him makes it even more obvious.
  • Demonic Spiders: From the Bonus Dungeon, Megistus Mandragoras. Suffer as they proceed to petrify your whole party in the blink of an eye. Easily preventable by equipping everyone in your party with Krona Symbols, which grants immunity to all status ailments, except stun.
  • Disappointing Last Level: Elympios. An interesting case in that it's disappointing because it should've been so much more that just a "last level". See They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Gaius. It says alot that an overlord who nearly committed genocide (immediate or otherwise) could have so many fans.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Driselle. Despite being a relatively minor character, her sweet and kind personality, on top of her becoming almost an older sister to Elize, quickly made her someone fans wanted to see more of. Combined with her good design and being implied to have taken training lessons from Rowen, and many wanted her to join the party, especially in the sequel.
  • Fake Difficulty: The Final Boss's time stopping, considering there's nothing you can do to stop it and they can use it whenever they feel like it.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • If Pixiv is something to go by, Alvin/Leia is rather popular in Japan.
    • Leia/Jude is also fairly popular due to their Childhood Friends status and the fact that as far as relationships go, it's actually a really well done one. It also helps that Jude/Milla are seen as way too much of a Last Minute Hookup by some fans.
    • Jude/Alvin strongly holds its own against any other pair. (With Jude as the dominant one.)
  • Foe Yay: There is, or perhaps was, quite clearly something between Alvin and Presa. There was. They used to date.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Ivar's constant failing? Hilarious. Ivar failing in the most epic way possible by activating the Lance of Kresnik? Not funny in the slightest.
    • This victory conversation between Alvin and Rowen becomes one later in the game, when both Rowen and Alvin fall victim to Did Not Get the Girl. Later Alvin shoots Leia (a lady).
    Alvin: We never miss...
    Rowen: Our targets!
    Alvin: Especially the ladies!
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Xillia has been remarkably well-received by American audiences, arguably even more than in Japan. So much that Tales of Xillia 2 had its American release announced immediately after the release of Xillia. If Tales of Symphonia is the Tales series' answer to Final Fantasy VII, then Xillia is the answer to Final Fantasy X.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: All of Teepo's jabs at people like Alvin and Leia, such as calling them names and accusing Leia of being The Load, become a lot less funny when it's revealed that Teepo is a booster that speaks Elize's true thoughts.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Alvin often lays an arm across Jude's shoulders. One of his battle quotes (mockingly) laments Jude giving him said shoulder ["Ouch, the cold shoulder~"]. There is a subverted moment of this with Jude saying he wouldn't care if Maxwell had chosen a male form for himself to which Alvin asks "You swing both ways?" to which Jude only says "That's not what I meant..."
    • On the Les Yay side, there's Teepo repeatedly motorboating Milla. This may not seem that much at first, but it's eventually discovered that Teepo has no mind of his own. He just voices and acts on Elize's innermost thoughts and desires, including the ones she's not consciously aware of. Teepo is also always the most enthusiastic about Milla growing bigger Bazongas...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • An NPC at Fenmont's medical school says he imagines Maxwell as a wrinkled old man with a beard. At the time, it's funny because that's nowhere near what Milla looks like, especially if you're familiar with Maxwell always looking like that in previous Tales games. Then you find out she isn't really Maxwell, and the real Maxwell really does look like that.
    • The skit where Rowen talks about how annoying cat lovers can be becomes an unintentional Brick Joke in Xillia 2, where you meet Ms. Kitty Cat, who acts nearly exactly the way he described.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: While the story is supposed to overall reference the previous Tales titles' stories, implementing various aspects of them into one, fans have complained that this caused all sorts of plot twists to be too obvious and lacking the intensity they had in the previous games, claiming the story isn't well-balanced and ultimately feels like a rehash.
    • Some players have accused the soundtrack to be too similar to Sakuraba's previous works, especially taking a heavy lean on Graces' music, which wasn't considered that great to begin with.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Alvin has been paired with Leia, Elize, Jude, Milla, and Presa; and that's with the primary cast more or less.
    • Jude. All three of the female party members have romantic feelings for him in canon, but in addition to that, he also gets shipped with Alvin, Gaius, and Muzet.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Maxwell, Lord of the Spirits, masterminded the entire plot comfortably on his throne within the Temporal Crossroads. Distressed by the rapid death of spirits due to spyrix use, Maxwell cautioned the denizens of Elympios against it. When his warnings went unheeded, Maxwell created the Schism and the second world of Rieze Maxia in hopes of keeping spirits alive on the better one. When Exodus breached the schism, Maxwell created his "daughters" Muzet and Milla, fashioning the latter to draw out Exodus and fulfill his plans unsuspected. Successfully getting rid of Exodus despite twenty years of inaction without a hitch, Maxwell was open-minded enough to listen to Jude and Milla's viewpoints and changes his ways. Despite betrayal from Muzet and Gaius, Maxwell successfully holds them off while casting the heroes to Elmypios as a contingency. When agreements are made, Maxwell peacefully passes on while abdicating his title of "Lord of Spirits" to Milla to usher in a better, unified world.
  • Memetic Mutation: Due to that one skit, it seems that the word "BAZONGAS" are now used a lot to refer to Tales of Xillia.
    "Teach me about Bazongas!!"
  • Moe:
    • Leia, Elize.
    • Many a fangirl would argue that Jude is incredibly adorable as well.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Gilland. He takes a little too much joy in watching innocent people dissolve into mana during his experiments to increase the Lance of Kresnik's efficiency. He crosses it even before then on Milla's path when he has an innocent woman killed while showcasing the hex fields and exploding anklets.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Upon finding the Professor having his mana drained, his face is gaunt and looks like it's dissolving. Then he does dissolve. Then you meet Agria.
    • Jude's Heroic BSoD to end all Heroic BSODs. He just sits there completely apathetic and dead to the world for god knows how long. And then Alvin, who's completely lost it, bursts into the room, rants for a little bit, and then grabs Jude by his jacket and presses his gun to Jude's forehead, fully intending to splatter his brains all over the wall. And Jude doesn't react at all. Not a word, not a blink, not even a, "Go ahead. Do it." He truly doesn't care anymore. Seeing Jude and Alvin reduced to this is terrifying.
  • Obvious Judas: The game really doesn't try to hide the fact that Alvin is the resident mole of the group.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Tales veteran Soichiro Hoshi as an Asbel expy... whose only real purpose is to make one empowering speech before handing the B-plot off to his younger sister.
    • And in the English version, it feels strange to have Keith Silverstein (who voiced, out of all Tales characters, Lambda, the main antagonist of Asbel's game) voice said expy.
    • And if you're playing Milla's story his death is completley off-screen, and you only really learn about it by talking to random NPCs and visiting areas you have no business going back to.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Elize was disliked early in the game by many, but by the midpoint, most people swapped opinions and praised her for being one of the few young Tales of characters who actually acts her age.
    • Leia likewise was seen as a generic Genki Girl at first, but the scene where she saves Jude from Alvin after Milla dies really made her stick out.
    • The English dub did this for Jude among a particular subset of fans. It seems that Tsubasa Yonaga's performance as Jude was Lost on some western players, who found him whiny and annoying, while Sam Riegel's take on the character is considered a bit more mature.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Knowing that Teepo has no will of his own and is just a voice for Elize's inner thoughts, a lot of his earlier lines make a whole lot more sense.
    • Rewatching when you know that Milla really is just a human woman who was duped is a fascinating and unsettling experience. Particularly anytime she mentions her mission, 'you humans', her role as Maxwell etc.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some fans of the game side with Gaius over the party and support his actions.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Jude and Milla's Official Couple status has earned some criticism for this. The game doesn't really go a lot to develop it on Milla's end, and Jude's comes across as more like he idolizes her, but the game very heavily confirms they have feelings for each other. The fact they don't verbally confirm their feelings for one another also comes across as a Last Minute Hookup.
  • Surprise Difficulty:
    • In general, the game's bosses leap up in difficulty compared to the normal enemies.
    • In terms of non-bosses, if you're playing Milla's story, Fort Gandala comes as a pretty big Difficulty Spike. You go from having a 5-person party to Milla fighting solo, against enemies that clearly were designed to be fought with a full party. This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that Milla has no healing skills, and that her charged spells are nearly impossible to pull off without someone to cover her.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Xillia got some hatred because unlike other Tales Series games, you can't just be good at comboing and stun-locking bosses to death in one endless Spam Attack combo. You will have to block and dodge in this game. If you haven't learned from Graces, then it's a good time to learn now.
    • Some are also rather annoyed over the weak SFX direction, with Overlimit lacking the traditional Most Wonderful Sound.
    • The fact you need a link to go into overlimit (and thus mystic arte), possibly a case of Scrappy Mechanic. It should be noted that bosses can have all the perks of the twin system and none of the downsides, and are able to use their mystic artes without being linked.
    • The link system also locks out any other player controlling the character. Expect much annoyance from accidentally linking with the wrong character and locking out your ally.
    • Also, the lack of item synthesis and cooking was not received well by the fans, as many felt it took away two of the main mechanics that had been in the series since the start.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Early on in the game Jude is branded a criminal for helping Milla. Despite this being a good way to potentially develop Jude as a character, the event is only used for comedic moments and never effects any of his interactions, not even when he returns home. Imagine Jude having to face his parents for dropping out of medical school, and being now a wanted criminal! Nope, apparently nobody in Fennmont bothered to spread information beyond the extremely poorly drawn wanted pictures.
    • Elympios. It starts off with promise, especially with the first city but it's all a waste as it has four allowable locations to visit; and there's hardly a reason to go there after you get the ability to visit both worlds, save for side quests. Fortunately, the world is explored more thoroughly in the sequel.
    • The booster storyline sets up a possible backstory for Elize and Wingul, as well as setting up an explanation as to how boosters work. Instead the storyline is overshadowed by Elize's backstory, with the booster plot being dropped, resulting in Wingul's backstory being All There in the Manual.
  • Ugly Cute: Teepo. It's downright creepy but cute.
  • Uncanny Valley: In general Milla seems to have a frame that's way too small. Alternate costumes can mitigate this, but it doesn't help in the animated scenes. Possibly justified by the fact that she says until the story began, she never actually ate food and used the Spirits for nourishment.
  • Woolseyism:
    • In the English translation, Gaius only attempts to destroy all of Elympios' spyrix technology regardless of who suffers from its absence instead of trying to destroy Elympios entirely. It goes a long way toward making him look more sane and less like a Karma Houdini without removing his Well-Intentioned Extremist and Black and White Insanity traits and adds another layer to his Not So Different relationship with Milla.
    • In the ending, Leia decided to return home and work at her families inn. When the sequel came out, this was retconned with almost no mention of this into her now being a reporter. The localization team had the benefit of the sequel being out when localizing the script, so they merely changed a bit of Leia's wording in the finale to have her say that she would be temporarily helping around the inn. This makes her job as a reporter more natural than in the Japanese version, where its mostly joked that she is now a reporter.


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