* BadassDecay: Lieselotte. In ''Arcana Heart 1'', she's a bonafide EnfantTerrible assassin. Afterwards, she began to mellow down into JerkassWoobie.
* BrokenBase: There are some [[FightingGame fighting game]] veterans that have a cold reception to the series just because it has an all-girls cast filled with BoobsOfSteel, GagBoobs, {{Fanservice}}, and {{Stripperific}} characters.
** Being an animeish game doesn't do it favors in this regards as that in itself invites a broken base
* ClicheStorm: The entire series could be considered this, with a ninja girl with dog ears, a water-powered catgirl, a [[RollerbladeGood roller skating demon girl]], [[AnimeChineseGirl a female Chinese android]] with BoobsOfSteel, mikos with BoobsOfSteel, you name it.
* EpilepticTree - They tend to come up with theories with how Zenia and Lieselotte are related (they do look a bit alike...)
** [[LampshadeHanging Seems to be lampshaded]] with one of Zenia's win poses in ''Arcana Heart 3''. It has Lieselotte peeking in from the side, almost curiously: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02dSWBjBHRc Skip to 3:10 and see it here.]]
** [[spoiler: And as of Zenia's Arcana Heart 3 ending, it's confirmed they are sisters.]]
* GameBreaker: Averted. Konoha's short physique helps her avoid many attacks, but she has a pretty short range.
** Played straight with Elsa. Depending on Arcana selection, she has several infinite combos in ''Arcana Heart 3''.
* GeniusBonus: Akane Inuwaka's Arcana is named after a type of fox. Knowing that, check out her ears under that do-rag.
* LesYay: Most of the girls have something for another.
** Particularly notable with Clarice di Lanza, in that there is no such thing as subtext regarding her fixation with Elsa la Conti.
** Mei Fang also seems to have shades of this with her creator. In her ''Arcana Heart 3'' ending, it seems to be more than just shades.
** Mildred also, with Fiona.
* {{Moe}} - The first fully ''Moe'' fighting game franchise.
* NightmareFuel: Lieselotte Achenbach... a cute little kid who's actually a world class assassin EnfantTerrible who carries a doll containing her ''sister'''s soul [[spoiler:(or so she thought)]]. Uuuhh...
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The first game was too slow, the console version of the second game was a PortingDisaster, but the third game blows both of its predecessors out of the water big time.
* ViewerGenderConfusion - Raise your hand if you think that had it not been her name and the fact that this is an all-girls fighting game, you might pass up Dorothy Albright as a cute little boy.
* TheWoobie: Every time Fiona Mayfield loses, she ends up crying and pleading for the opponent to stay away from Mildred.