* ArcFatigue: The FinalBoss from Disc 2 is fought once again in Disc 3 with a similar moveset in a similar area and even an Avatar battle afterwards.
* BaseBreaker: A number of examples...
** Haseo gets some in the first game for being a big jerk and the way he treats Atoli for a game. It gets even worse in the CGI film and the manga.
** Atoli. Half of the fanbase considers her TheWoobie, the other half considers her TheScrappy.
** Alkaid. One half thinks she's TheScrappy, the other half is in love with her.
** Shino might count as well, since some think she's a complete bitch, and others love her.
** The R:2 saga in general.
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/AwesomeBosses/VideoGames?from=Awesome.VideoGameBosses Best Boss Ever]]: In Vol.3 [[spoiler:many people agree that the final battle against the Three Azure Knights, Aura Knights, is the best boss fight in the series: fought at [[BloodstainedGlassWindows Hulle Granz Cathedral]], awesome music, it isn't an avatar battle and merely the fact that you are fighting three of the main heroes from the first quadrilogy of ''.hack'' games.]]
* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler:Sakaki]] was merely annoying and overzealous at first, but later revelations removed any kind of sympathy fans might have had for him. Specifically, the revelation that he had been manipulating and controlling AIDA behind the scenes, and that his ultimate goal was to use AIDA as mass mind control over all of humanity. But the biggest blow against him was his treatment of Atoli, who had long been one of his strongest supporters. Turns out he had met her on a suicide website, preyed on her fears about being alone and considered worthless, effectively brainwashed her into depending on him, and then {{Mind Rape}}d her to bring out the power of her Epitaph. When all of his plans fail and he gets infected with AIDA himself, he then spends the first half of the final volume putting together a sadistic tournament for the sole purpose of making Haseo and the rest suffer (harming quite a few others in the process), and ''laughing'' at the pain he's causing.
* CriticalDissonance: Most Critics gave GU a Low to Medium score, most who have played love the game to the point of giving it high to perfect scores. Mainly due to the "fresh" gameplay compared to the older games, as well as more likeable characters and story.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome - Too many examples to list. Haseo's arrival as a PKK in Volume 1, [[spoiler:the four-way Avatar summoning sequence against Sakaki's AIDA]], [[spoiler:Atoli ''telling off'' Sakaki after he betrayed her with MindRape]]...
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming - Vol.2 Reminisce has more of this than any other.
** Volume 3 as a whole is full of them as well. [[spoiler:The ending cutscene with Haseo running after Atoli is one of the milder examples.]]
** Almost every Promise Card ending.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Some of the "Marriage/Promise" endings, even more so if you pick someone like ''[[spoiler: Azure Kite]]''.
** [[spoiler:Kuhn hitting on a 9-year-old in Volume 1.]] The rest of the quest consists primarily of Pi and Haseo picking on him for it.
*** On second thought, most of what Kuhn does, period. [[spoiler:Chim Chim Song quest, anyone?]] He's better comic relief than Piros for cryin' out loud.
** Alkaid has one of these in Volume 2 when she's teasing Atoli.
---> '''Alkaid:''' We did some really hot, super-secret training, just the two of us! LOL
** Haseo's reaction to Atoli "inviting" Haseo and Pi to visit Moon Tree.
---> '''Haseo:''' Are you trying to PICK A FIGHT?
** Saku's ''brutal'' savaging of Negimaru [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech for being a loser]] after he tries to pick on Bo.
** In Volume 1, when Pi beats Kuhn for his womanizing before the tournament against Alkaid starts.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome - Pick a game, ''any game''.
** Every G.U. Phase Battle.
*** Skeith, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd2W5J8KgME I'm right here]]''.
*** Innis, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9pL-BIoUic Here I come]]''.
*** Magus, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMti4h_g6bc Differences Between People]]''.
*** Fidchell, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9A4hO6q1JI Chain of Fate]]''.
*** Gorre, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io_iCRsdj_k Double Prayer]]''.
*** Macha, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_vWDABbaiM "She"]]''.
*** Tarvos, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJCU37qShUk Whereabouts of Power/Location of Power]]''.
*** Corbenik, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nPOh9IscXY Dark Infection]]''.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFoggDuyn9w&feature=related Everything In These Hands]]'', Azure Kite's battle theme.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjNyVpMuKOA Victory Must be Grasped]]''
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntWRzNGIyoM Speedy Boy]]''
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIktI8Rfmlo Fly Mecha Grunty]]!'' (is also highly [[EarWorm catchy]])
* EnsembleDarkhorse - Alkaid and Azure Kite.
** Alkaid was originally slated to only have a brief appearance in Volume 1, but fandom demand and the creator's preference changed that.
* DisappointingLastLevel: After testing Skeith's ultimate form, the rest of the FinalBoss fight is done with the regular playable characters. Futhermore, most of the next fights against doppeldangers and the final one will barely pose a challenge if the player already defeated the doppeldangers from Disc 1 and 2.
* FridgeLogic - How come no one ever brings up ripping off their headset or unplugging their PC?
** In the R1 games being anywhere near one of the phases made players begin to have spastic fits such that they are physically unable to take their hands off the controllers unless there's someone in the room to do it for them, like Mai and Tokuouka in the first volume of Liminality. The same possibly holds true for anyone in the presence of AIDA or the Avatars.
** Why do Atoli's parents take her to the doctor, confirm she has Doll Syndrome, and still let her play on the computer?
*** The answer to that could be FridgeHorror. We later learn how isolated Atoli is and it's heavily implied [[spoiler:from her pre-avatar battle]] that her parents are at minimum neglectful.
** If Aina was so sick in the hospital, why did doctors allow her to play an online virtual reality game so much?
* GameBreaker - The Doppelganger Items and [[spoiler: the pair of guns that Haseo gets in the Forest of Pain.]]
** [[spoiler: This also includes Haseo's ability to juggle enemies with his guns, semi-infinitely if the player is quick with the reload button.]]
*** [[spoiler: And don't forget the DG-Y's ability. Combined with Super Charge, it essentially eliminates Skill Trigger recharge.]]
** Quick Rengeki or Jet Speed Attack + Awakens also fits in this trope.
*** Awakenings are so broken that people have actually complained about how gamebreaking they are.
** Starting a new game in 1 if you have the clear data for 2 on your memory card allows you to start the game at level 35 [[spoiler: even after being Data Drained.]] For the record, the [=PKs=] who kill you at the start of the game are level 10, and the crazy bitch Bordeaux is only level 27 when you have to fight her in the arena. It's possible to beat every single mission up to the battle with Alkaid without having to level yourself up at all. But be warned, your allies will be horribly weak.
** There might be a reason why you are the only who can use a Broadsword in your party: even all by yourself you can juggle most small sized enemies and "player" enemies until they are dead or enough to finish with a Skill Trigger.
** Damage Change + SP Regen could also be considered a GameBreaker, although to a lesser extent. It's pretty damn easy to break this game.
** Atoli can become one. Damage Change, SP Regen, Skill Boost (for Rig Geam, which stacks with SP Regen), and Dancing Haze combine to create an unstoppable wall. Atoli is the only character that can use Dancing Haze - and it gives a 2-slot armor customization that may very well be one of the best caster customizations in the game, on a ''weapon''. If she somehow takes some form of physical damage, she's able to heal herself almost immediately afterward.
* HoYay:
** Endrance and Haseo. A rare, explicit case [[GayOption which doesn't have to be one-sided]].
** Haseo also has some moments with [[MentorShip Ovan]] that gets even more intimate in the manga.
** And dear God, Piros the 3rd. "Your love makes me hot!" Also another case of Do Not Want for Haseo.
** Kuhn as well. Send him the Flower Gift card and he'll think Haseo is hitting on him.
** Silabus, again with [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Haseo]]. Some of his e-mails suggest a stronger devotion alongside his obvious admiration, and his Promise Card scene is rather...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4KZ7GiQcho&feature=related interesting]]. It should also be noted that Silabus could be considered a SpearCounterpart of Atoli, the closest the game gets to a canon love interest.
* IKnewIt: Prior to the release of ''Redemption'', some people had already been speculating that [[spoiler:Sakubo was one person with a split personality.]]
** Also, there were multiple theories regarding [[spoiler:the true identity of Tri-Edge]] before ''Reminisce'' was released.
* MagnificentBastard - [[spoiler:Ovan]]
* MemeticMutation: The fandom isn't really large enough to have many cases, but...
--> "RAWR, I'M GABI!! :D"
* MoralEventHorizon - [[spoiler:Sakaki crossed it. He then proceeded to become an admin.]]
* NightmareFuel - The Dopplegangers. When one shows up on the map and notices you nearby, it starts to slowly and confidently walk towards you while an increasingly scary music that alerts you of your impending doom starts to play and grows louder the closer it comes toward you. The screen also starts flashing red, and more so when the enemy closes in on you.
** Entering in a battle to escape from it is useless like when you get to fight PKers he'll, literally, walk in with his shady appearance.
** Innis in vol. 2... [[spoiler:[[HellIsThatNoise "I want you to look at me... NOBODY EVER LOOKS AT ME!"]]]]
** [[spoiler:Skeith beating the hell out of Magus in Volume 1. ''Haseo panics.'']]
** [[spoiler:Sakaki [[MindRape mind-raping]] Atoli may count too, considering Atoli's reaction makes it seem as if she's being literally raped.]]
* ObviousBeta: vol.1 to the sequels. The combat system is a bit different and slower than the sequels, the steam bike is very slow, hard to maneuver and far from useful, there are some options that were scrapped altogether in the sequels, only weapons can be alchemy enhanced, there's the infamous bugged area that allows for fighting a vol.2 enemy that drops vol.2 items, and so on.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap - Atoli in ''Reminisce'', for those that considered her TheScrappy.
** Haseo too thanks to his CharacterDevelopment.
* TheScrappy - Piros the 3rd is generally agreed as this. Several others can fall into this trope as well.
* ThatOneBoss - AIDA in ''Reminisce''. It has several difficult to dodge and '''very''' damaging attacks that can easily rack up about 1/5 of your entire life bar and if you get careless you might get hit many times on a row.
** AIDA in ''Rebirth''. Destroying its protection isn't (quite) the challenge, ''Data Draining it is''. Victorian moves erratically all over the place while spilling bullets that will cancel your Data Drain gauge entirely if one so as much scratch you. Failing to Data Drain it in time means the boss will have around 1/3 of his life back in a battle that might have taken about half of yours.
** [[spoiler:Cubia]], as well, at least [[spoiler:in the Avatar Battle portion.]] It's not so bad until near the end, when [[spoiler:Cubia]] whips out it's strongest attack, [[spoiler:[[ThatOneAttack Chaos Gehenna.]]]] This is even considering that [[spoiler:Cubia is the FinalBoss and technically you're fighting it's first (two?) form(s)]], and that ONE SINGLE ATTACK can easily send you back to the very start of what is already a long battle.
* UnfortunateImplications - It's encouraged that [[spoiler: it's better for Saku to remain a split personality of Bo, instead of being reabsorbed by his mind. Real cases of dissociative personality disorder can attest how problematic this is. However, there also exist cases where the premature reintegration of the dissociative identities of the individual can be just as harmful to their psyche, as they are not prepared or ready to "part" from the other identity.]]
* {{Wangst}}: Haseo gets a lot of this in the first game especially when he throws angry tanctrums at Atoli for enjoying the game. It is far more exaggerated in the manga and the CGI film when Haseo is given so many creepy expressions that he looks like a molester.
* TheWoobie - Several. To name a few, Atoli and Sakubo.
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