Tales of Tiers
Bored. Wanted to do something with Xillia, but sort of exhausted all pertinent topics with the regular Sunday Summaries updates. Instead, realized the best way to irritate and alienate fans of this series and confuse almost everyone else would be to sort the playable characters from every game into FGC-style tiers. I tossed in some notes for funzies. You know me and funzies, we go way back.
: These tiers are entirely subjective and based on my opinions of the character as a narrative construct and also as a playable combatant in the always wild and deeply layered Tales real-time combat engine. (You've heard they have things like LMB systems? You got that right! Tales has got tons of LMB systems.) I've also only played like eight Tales games, so I'll be periodically adding more characters to this list as I eventually get around to the other games in the series. Legendia, Graces F, Hearts R, and Xillia 2 are presently the most conspicuous absences, given they all have English versions. Expect an update in 2025, maybe. Oh, and there's spoilers for all the games included, but since the newest one is still four years old I didn't think it would matter too much.
: Tales is a pretty great JRPG series, despite what some of the below descriptions might suggest and whatever footage you may have seen of animes saying the darndest things in fancy costumes. A franchise doesn't reach this many games without having a strong inner core made of molten iron spinning a thousand miles an hour. They are to RPGs what I am to analogies - a gift, in so many words.
: Now includes all the Zestiria and Berseria characters. Graces F next, and then maybe Arise?
Also, be sure to agree/disagree and/or make a case for your favorites in the comments below, excepting characters from games I've yet to play. (All in due time for those guys.) I'm considering putting together another list for Tales villains if this goes well enough.