* 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.
* ThatOneBoss: Parace L'Sia in 3' Score Attack, quite possibly the single hardest fighting game boss EVER. Her attacks all come out way too fast and the range on them is too good for their to any reliable way of dodging them and she can easily pull off combos that will deplete your lifebar if she manages to hit you even once! Even her low health doesn't help because her TeleportSpam makes her too hard to hit most of the time, and she slow recovers health during the fight and actually has a super move the lets her rapidly heal herself. Pretty much the only reliable to beat is because the more times you lose to her the less health she starts the fight with.
* 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.