5. The World Map

First Appeared In: Dragon Warrior (1986)
Giant characters traveling over big topographical map with tiny building that represent big buildings? Makes about as much sense as supersonic blue hedgehogs if you ask us. Yet you can’t go a JRPG without one—or two or three—of these. Thanks, Dragon Warrior. If it wasn’t for you, we’re not sure how we would have ever found Ruby Weapon in Final Fantasy VII.