* AnticlimaxBoss: Chetyre. One wonders if the real FinalBoss was actually [[spoiler:Dragon-[[HalfHumanHybrid hybrid]] Bosch]] before it. Really, you can't actually lose against Chetyre, unless you don't realize [[spoiler: you're supposed to push your D-ratio to 100%.]]
* BrokenBase: Reactions ranged from ecstatic to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks furious]], especially outside of Japan--where its detractors have accused it of being a FranchiseKiller, despite the game being the top-selling game in its first week of release. (The fanbase isn't nearly as broken in Japan, for whatever reason.)
** Capcom seems to (at least since 2007) semi-officially consider ''Dragon Quarter'' its OldShame as far as the franchise goes--no promotional material has come out since a few months after its release in Japan; it is the sole game in the franchise never to have had derivative works licensed such as manga or drama albums; it is the sole game never to have had a port from its original system (''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' did have a NoExportForYou PSP re-release and ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' did have a Windows port); and all new promotional material for the franchise as a whole (save a re-release of the ''Franchise/BreathOfFire Complete Works'' artbook) has been for ''IV''. This treatment likely is due to the ''badly'' BrokenBase outside of Japan.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHEy-VAk4Ww&fmt=18 Electric Power Building]], a song with an amazing soundscape.
** It's a Sakimoto soundtrack, so of course it'll be like that. It's the only thing everyone agrees about this game: The soundtrack is fantastic.
* FauxSymbolism: Most of the symbolism is from the Kabbalah, including a mockup of the sephirot in its official art with [[http://www.dragon-tear.net/forum/printthread.php?t=7402&page=2&pp=15 appropriate placements]]. Elyon's own name also fits in this imagery set. There's also extensive Christian imagery with several of the regents' names, the name of the org Trinity as well as some other [[http://www.dragon-tear.net/forum/showthread.php?t=7402&page=2 hidden references]].
* FoeYay: Ryu with Bosch.
* GameBreaker: The D-Dive ability. Even when taking into account that abusing Ryu's dragon form will eventually cause the D-Counter to rise to 100% and thus end the game, the sheer power behind the dragon form alone is ridiculous. By using the D-Dive sparingly the dragon form can kill any boss in the game, and with the right strategy used, the player can still finish the game with ample percentage left in the D-Counter.
** Alternatively, using the D-Dive to finish fights faster and then, making use of the strange save game mechanic, allowing the Party XP to be carried over (while resetting the D-Dive in the process), and then rinse and repeat, farming large amounts of XP. This can get your characters up to ''at least'' 10 levels over your enemies.
* HoYay: Elyon with Cupid, whom he is implied to have a relationship with.
** And partially the victim of one of two incidents of {{Bowdlerization}} known to have happened with ''Dragon Quarter'', but (compared to the mass censorship in ''IV'') was merely changed to a ''het'' relationship.
* JerkassWoobie [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Destroyer Of Worlds]]: Yeah, Bosch's an entitled jerk, but anyone who's seen all his cutscenes knows this kid is ''severely'' messed up. A particularly disturbing SOL sequence shows Bosch killing a Genic five times his size at his father Vexacion's demand - ''before his voice broke.''
* NightmareFuel: Pushing D-Counter to 100% causes this.