* AntiClimaxBoss: All the way back in the first Breath of Fire game for the SNES, we have Tyr/Maria/Myria, the Goddess of Destruction. All the build-up for how terrible she is, and because of [[PowerOfFriendship Agni]], [[spoiler: which reveals her true form,]] she can't even deal damage in the triple digits, and healing is only an occasional necessity.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: the ending music, particularly the ones from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZnrqEsyI74 III]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvgv8RilH0s IV]]''.
** Barubary's boss music.
** ''DQ''[='=]s soundtrack. The soundtrack credits the music with Hitoshi Sakimoto, and there were even rumours that YasunoriMitsuda had some involvement here. Even by themselves, they are both pretty good at often serene and atmospheric music. (And DQ's really represents a society on the brink of crumbling, just barely struggling to stay alive, let alone make progress)
* BrokenBase: Reactions to ''Dragon Quarter'' ranged from ecstatic to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks furious]]. There's also some regarding the manga adaptation of ''IV'', being a pure case of the detractors stating TheyChangedItNowItSucks.
* CompleteMonster: [[VideoGame/BreathOfFireII Father Habaruku]] and [[VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV Yuna]]. See the pages for details.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Barubary.
** Rei. His cheeriness, catchphrase, good looks and usefulness in battle have made him a fan favorite for those who played the game.
** Teepo: for similar reasons to Rei.
** General Rhun
** Scias
** Fou-Lu
* EpilepticTrees: Albeit [[EverybodyKnewAlready heavily implied]] in-game, in ''II'': [[spoiler:Patty is actually Yua, Ryu's younger sister.]]
** Yuna in ''IV'' has quite a few of these surrounding him. [[spoiler: There is a portion of the base that believes he created Myria and set the entire series into motion. This theory stems from the fact that he pulls a KarmaHoudini at the end of the game and announces that he wants to create more gods. Of course, this assumes that the game is a prequel to the others, which has not been confirmed. Now that the manga is concluded, his continued existence -- along with the survival of Fou-lu -- has a few people thinking that he may be coming back as the BigBad of a sequel or side-story.]]
** According to the CreativeClosingCredits in ''II'', the elder of Dologany is named "Ryu Rider"...could he be ''I''[='=]s Ryu?
*** Overly-literal translation of "Dragon Leader"?
%%* EvilIsCool: Barubary in ''II''.
%%* EvilIsSexy: Fou-lu, Elyon.
* {{Fanon}}: The current Ryu and Nina are the reincarnations of the Ryu and Nina from the previous, games and they are [[ReincarnationRomance soulmates.]]
** Due to the fact that the exact position of ''IV'' has never been established timeline-wise, there are at least two fanon interpretations as to where the game fits (not counting AlternateUniverse explanations). The most popular "Fanon Timeline" places ''IV'' as a NonLinearSequel (specifically as a sequel in the distant past) to ''I''-''III'', with an entire constellation of fanon related to this interpretation, specifically involving where Myria came from.
** There's a standard {{Fanon}} portrayal of FanPreferredCouple [[DrunkenMaster Scias]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Ursula]] in ''IV'', which lives and breathes BelligerentSexualTension.
* FanPreferredCouple: To an extent in ''II'', shows up more blatantly in ''IV'' and ''Dragon Quarter''.
** Ryu x Rinpoo/Katt in ''II'' is a popular FanPreferredCouple in both the US and Japan, even gaining its own PortmanteauCoupleName in English-speaking countries.
** Scias x Ursula in ''IV'' is a fairly well-established FanPreferredCouple that has taken on a fanon life of its own. Ryu x Lin in ''Dragon Quarter'' is a similar case of a FanPreferredCouple[[note]]considering the Nina in that game is all of twelve years old and Ryu has more of a BigBrotherInstinct towards her.[[/note]].
** ''Yaoi'' [[FanPreferredCouple Fan Preferred Couples]] abound as well. Probably the most popular examples include [[spoiler: Fou-lu x Ryu which is technically a ''[[ScrewYourself selfcest]]'' pairing in ''IV'', Ryu x Bosch in ''Dragon Quarter'', and Elyon x Jesuit in ''DQ''.]]
* FreudWasRight: Look at Deathevan's true form. See all those toothy snakes coming from his crotch? Also qualifies as GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* GameBreaker: The Agni/Ultimate Power transformation. Merges all the party into a single being, max HP and AP and the damages it deals ''always'' caps at 999.
** Sadly falls under LastDiscMagic. And this is in the dark eras of most {{RPG}}s not having NewGamePlus ([[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger with one exception]]).
** In ''II'', Bleu has the best stats, most powerful spells and the ability to shed her skin, which restores her HP completely. There's a reason she has no Shaman bonding.
*** ''I'' also relegates her to this status, seeing as she has the highest experience rate in the party (i.e. the easiest and fastest to level up).
* JerkassWoobie: Bosch. Though admittedly the "woobie" bit doesn't come out till [[spoiler:you hit the scenes featuring, ahem, Vexacion's idea of [[AbusiveParents father-son bonding]].]]
* LGBTFanbase: Garr has been popular in gay-oriented FanArt.
* LoveToHate: Even though a good deal of the fandom wants to see Yuna burn in the lowest level of Hell, many admit that he plays the villain well.
* MagnificentBastard: Yuna. [[spoiler:He manipulates Soniel into testing the Dragonslayer blade on Fou-lu and eliminates him in the process, leaving the throne up for grabs. Fortunately, it is implied that the Fou Empire disbands after the final confrontation, so it is unlikely that he ever becomes emperor.]]
* MemeticMutation: Apparently, simply writing '''''the KAISER DRAGON''''' [[BoldInflation like that]] developed into a meme...
** {{Capcom}} indulges in a big one by having not taken advantage of the GBA re-releases in order to fix the translation discrepancies (specially in ''II'') and not making use of the chance to expand on some {{Plot Hole}}s (Patty's whereabout probably being the biggest).
* MoralEventHorizon: for Harabuku: [[spoiler:Murdering Tiga and Claris, causing the death of Daisy, ruining Ryu's life, torturing Ganer for ''ten years'' in a secret facility beneath the Evrai Church, sacrificing innocent souls to the BigBad...the list goes on.]]
** Whenever Yuna makes an appearance, expect him to do something horrifically evil. [[spoiler:Mutating Elina into a disfigured Endless that can be used as a sacrifice for the Carronade is probably his worst deed, and the fact that her boyfriend Cray has to mercy-kill her afterwards only makes it worse. Even more disgustingly, Elina came to visit them on a ''goodwill mission''. He also turns Fou-lu's love interest Mami into a SacrificialLamb for the same cannon, which convinces him that HumansAreTheRealMonsters and that they deserve to die.]]
** When Captain Rasso [[spoiler:mercilessly slaughters the summoners of Chek. Just to make it worse the summoners in question looks like children and it's made '''even worse''' in the manga since they acted very heartwarming towards a doubting Ryu.]]
* PlayerPunch: Dear sweet Ladon, there are ''so many'' that this section would collapse if we listed them.
* PortingDisaster: The GBA-version of ''I'' experienced sound-glitches during battle whenever damage is being added/reducted, as the music would be scrambled for two seconds when you're getting healed, or the "damaged"-soundeffect would get warbled whenever you or the enemy take damage. While this isn't all too great of a bug, it's still very jarring.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: [=RyuNina=] in the series in general. Most other known portmanteaus tend to be restricted to Japan, some have made it to other countries, though.
** In ''IV'', [=FouMami=] (for the het pairing), [=FouRyu=] (for the [[ScrewYourself selfcest]] pairing), and in Japan [=SciAsu=] (Scias x Ursula/Asura) also exists. [=FouMami=], in fact, is probably the most well known portmanteau naming in the VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV fandom.
** In ''DQ'', [=RyuBo=] (Ryu x Bosch) is a known portmanteau in Japan.
** In ''II'', [=RyuKatt=] is a known portmanteau for the obvious pairing. Interestingly, in Japan there is ''not'' a [=RyuRin=] (Ryu x Rinpoo) equivalent.
** ''II'' in particular also has a lot of portmanteau namings ''not'' related to couple pairings, but rather from [[FusionDance fusion forms]] with other members of your party.
* TheScrappy: Gobi/Manillo. Being the less useful party member and having a solo part where ''losing on purpose'' is actually easier and faster than trying to fight back speaks for itself.
* TearJerker: Each game is usually good for about two or three.
** ''I'': [[spoiler:Alan and Cerl's deaths (if they actually died), being forced to fight against and kill your sister.]]
** ''II'': [[spoiler:The death of Rand's mother, the death of Tiga and Claris, the death of Ray, and the death of Ryu's mother.]]
*** Also [[spoiler:Mina's becoming a great bird, especially with the music.]]
** ''III'': [[spoiler:Teepo's death, especially his dying words. And [[PapaWolf Rei's]] response to it.]]
** ''IV'': [[spoiler:Elina's death, period. Mami's (Fou-Lu's girl) death also counts.]]
*** In the manga adaptation of ''IV'': [[spoiler:[[http://www.onemanga.com/Utsurowazarumono_-_Breath_of_Fire_IV/17/17/ Mami's death]] would ''definitely'' count and Elina's death is downright ''heartbreaking''. The [[http://www.onemanga.com/Utsurowazarumono_-_Breath_of_Fire_IV/15/25/ massacre of the inhabitants of Chek]] counts too.]]
*** Another tearjerker from the manga continuity of ''IV'': [[spoiler: [[http://www.onemanga.com/Utsurowazarumono_-_Breath_of_Fire_IV/16/23/ Ryu sobbing and asking Nina]] (after his [[UnstoppableRage Kaiser Dragon Incident]]) why {{Humans Are|TheRealMonsters}} Monsters. And then waking up after a BeautifulDreamer nap sobbing, stating he knows ''exactly'' why Fou-lu now thinks HumansAreTheRealMonsters.]]
*** And from Volume V of the manga, [[spoiler:Fou-lu breaking down when confronted by Ryu over how Mami was the counterexample to HumansAreTheRealMonsters. Fou-lu is definitely ''not'' the IronWoobie here...]]
*** [[spoiler:Ershin's death]]. Sure, [[spoiler:[[UnexplainedRecovery she gets better]],]] but still...
---> [[spoiler: Ershin: "Was that... an appropriate time to laugh?"]]
** [[spoiler: Jade/Judas's death in ''The Dragon Warrior'', along his lover Sara.]]
* ThatOneBoss: Wildcat the chef from ''II''. Before you fight against him, you have to exchange all of your kickass equipment for a knife, a napkin, and a plate (as a shield); and also attract enemies by rubbing salt and pepper on your bodies. While you're equipped with the game's equivalent of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway heart]], Chef Wildcat's chopping and dicing up your party with moves that can be close to an instant-kill if your HP are low enough. Try to sneak into his office with your weapons, and the bouncer (or "maître d'") will be more than happy to stomp a mudhole in you.
** The bouncers are actually somewhat manageable, but unfortunately, it seems you can't get out of losing all your items and sacrificing 1/4 of your HP.
*** It turns FromBadToWorse: if you ignore the last sign that tells you how you like your meat cooked and get to the oven, the oven will fry your entire party and reduce all their HPToOne (which is the same as choosing your meat "well-done" if you had read it), which means that you're [[IncrediblyLamePun dead meat]] if you don't heal all your party's HP pretty quick!
**** If one is willing to go NintendoHard, it is possible to get the ChopChop attack (a very useful physical attack best suited for Nina) as a reward from this, but it requires the player to take out Wildcat MUCH sooner than the storyline requires you to and obey the signs except for being allowed to choose rare on the last.
** Gremlin in ''I'' as well. As soon as he TurnsRed he uses his best attack every turn and has about two or three times his HP bar left.
** Horn Toad in ''I'' has a nasty habit of using earthquake jumping moves a lot after he TurnsRed.
** Algernon in ''II''. It has two companions, one heals roughly 100HP each turn, another does an AOE attack, in addition to Algernon's AOE attack. Among other things.
** The Zombie Dragon in ''III'', [[LuckBasedMission depending on whether or not he abuses his Bone Dance attack.]] Bone Dance damages and confuses both of the characters. He's also fond of poisons. Fortunately he can be buried with Kyrie.
** Barubary/Barbaroi. ''Definitely'' one of the toughest opponents in the second game.
* ThatOneLevel: The Desert of Death from ''III'', a GuideDangIt made even more so by a mistranslation that sends you in completely the wrong direction, made even scrappier by the fact a rather silly InsurmountableWaistHeightFence[[note]]The only thing stopping you from going straight to the final dungeon after getting the portal network working again is the fact that nobody in your party has the guts to hop down from a 6-foot-tall crate.[[/note]] is the only thing preventing you from skipping it.[[note]]And it had the ''simplest'' solution: turn 1 degree to the right; from that direction, it's ''literally'' a straight path.[[/note]]
** It has a counterpart in ''IV'' that isn't much better. Seriously, who at Capcom could have thought this was a good idea?
** The crystal-path maze in Mote/Sigmund's nightmare.
** Also from ''I'', the tower in Mogu's dream world; there are certain [[InterfaceScrew tiles]] that turn all of the walls invisible, making it very easy to get lost if you don't know exactly where you're going.
*** Similarly, there's also the Memory Tower in ''II'', due to the fact that you can only see a few spaces in front of you.
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** Spar/Aspara Gus. There are many who have thought of him as a girl. His [[CuteMonsterGirl Mushroom Girl Shaman form]] doesn't help at all.
*** This is even adressed by his team mates during the game, as they comment he looks like a man but they can also see him as a girl.
** Teepo. Something rather recurrent with fans.
%%* TheWoobie: Nina, Teepo, Fou-lu.