!!YMMV tropes related to the video game

* CrowningMusicOfAwesome - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSeW9qVig40&feature=related Goldark's theme]]
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqIc3SeWR2Y&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLA6018613E56C84C6 "Apostles of Darkness" theme]] deserves a mention: a quiet, ominous melody that builds slowly into a magnificent crescendo that fits perfectly with their battles (which can be extremely intense and harrowing if you're new to the game, and even if you exploit every last weakness they have, the last battle with them can still come quite close).
** The battle with Madruk's OneWingedAngel form uses a remix of the game's opening theme, making your monarch's FinishingMove that much more awesome.
* EvilIsSexy - Scythe
* FridgeBrilliance - the manual states that Beasts get a serious terrain penalty in snow, and Harpies get a similar terrain penalty in forests. Why? Beasts wear only a LoinCloth (and are jungle natives), so they can't perform well when they're freezing their asses off; Harpies are clearly flying troops, which would find it hard to maneuver in an enclosed forest!
* GameBreaker: Dragons (troop, not general). They're good against ''everything'' except other dragons (every troop is regular against its own) and samurai (their ''only'' weakness).
** Actually, mages are pretty effective against dragons as well, if utilized properly. A good way to take them out is to put the mages on standby mode, then have a general (usually a mage) that has a spell that takes a long time to cast use said spell. Then watch as mages continue to shoot while melee troops are unable to fight during a general's spell/attack.
** Harpies on standby mode also fare well against dragons that are moving around on the map. Since troops standing still get to attack first, this gives them a slight advantage over the dragons.
** Not so much a general game breaker, but in the early game, if you can keep your other fronts defended in Leon's campaign, a savvy player can abuse [[TacticalRockPaperScissors the fact that cavalry troops (a Fandaria staple) are weak to monks (of which Topaz has many),]] and practically wipe Fandaria off the map from the get-go!
** Averted during the final battle against Madruk, where he doesn't seem to be weak against any particular troop type (he doesn't have his own troops, thankfully). However, shooters (Mages & Archers) tend to perform terribly against him.
** In a way, the entire [[QuirkyMinibossSquad final]] [[BigBad battle]] seems to avert this, with the exception of [[spoiler: Gaul, who uses Dragons]]. [[spoiler: Scythe]] uses a unique troop type (sirens? ghosts?) that isn't covered in the manual, and Katmando fights solo, like Madruk.
* {{Narm}} - when casting Sonic Boom, some generals will yell out "Behold, the BOOM of DOOM!" Exceptionally cringe-worthy...
* ThatOneBoss:
** Zanon. Oh dear God, ''Zanon''. The guy has tons of MP, HP and can wipe out entire armies all by himself.
** Ryskym, thanks to his huge mana pool, will constantly resurrect his zombies time after time after time...though, unlike Zanon, he isn't that though in combat.
** Zado, for the similar reasons to Zanon, plus having an army of 100 dragons.
* TearJerker - Zanon's [[spoiler: end really takes the cake. After many battles, [[{{Bishonen}} Yuri]], one of Zanon's [[HoYay closest friends,]] realizes that [[EvilWeapon Eclisis]] is turning Zanon from a BloodKnight into an all-out AxCrazy, murderous psychopath. He attempts a GetAHoldOfYourselfMan via CooldownHug, and it [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice goes about as well as you'd expect]]. This [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone drives Zanon over the]] DespairEventHorizon, as he comes to terms with his addiction to Eclisis' power, and he finally [[DyingAsYourself defies its control]] via suicide by stabbing himself with the EvilWeapon.]]
* {{Woolseyism}} - In classic WorkingDesigns style.

!!YMMV tropes related to the music band

* AwesomeMusic: Some of their other stuff is held in dispute, but some of their songs such as "Cry Thunder" are absolutely glorious.
* BaseBreaker: Marc replacing ZP is already causing signs of this to appear despite the fact that his voice isn't actually bad at all on its own merits.
* CoveredUp: "Strike of the Ninja", on ''Ultra Beatdown'', is a cover of a song originally recorded in 2000 by Shadow Warriors, a Theart/Totman gag band (heavy metal ninjas).
* DrinkingGame: Pick one of the following and take a drink every time it appears in a song: glory, fire, starlight, dawn, tears, fury, evil, pain or forever (more). Pick more than one if you're feeling brave.
** No human could possibly drink that fast... could they?
*** By the end of it there'd be accusations of people digitally speeding up their drinking in the studio.
* FaceOfTheBand: Herman Li. An unusual case given that he is neither the lead singer nor the main songwriter. Even so, he's the most well known member of the band due to his over-the-top guitar solos and his unique look.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Like many PowerMetal bands, [=DragonForce=] is big in Japan.
* InternetBackdraft: There must be some internet rule that every Website/YouTube video of a power metal band must have more comments attacking Music/DragonForce than talking about the band in the actual video.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: Seemingly averted at first when "Through the Fire and Flames" was announced for Guitar Hero III with fans celebrating its inclusion, then the game was released. Presumedly because it did boost their sales.
** The band's first three albums received generally positive reviews from the power metal community, and the band was believed to have a bright future. The Guitar Hero spotlight changed all that. Oops.
*** If you only know TTFAF, or found them through Guitar Hero, [[BerserkButton do]] ''[[BerserkButton not]]'' mention that to a long-time fan.
* MemeticBadass: Herman Li.
* MemeticMutation: The solo from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i7qZxICwgQ "Fury of the Storm"]] is part of [[http://takeshikaga.ytmnd.com/ this]] ancient YTMND meme about [[MundaneMadeAwesome The Iron Chef eating the]] ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome fuck]]'' [[MundaneMadeAwesome out of a bell pepper]].
** Music/DragonForce drinking games, which involve choosing a handful of words (''fire'' and ''sword'' are usually among them) and taking a shot every time you hear them over the course of an album.
* ThatOneBoss: "Through the Fire and Flames", the BonusBoss of ''GuitarHero 3'', is widely considered to be the most difficult song in the series. [[IDontKnowMortalKombat No member of the band has beaten it on "Hard" difficulty.]]
** There's also a [=DLC=] pack consisting of three additional [=DragonForce=] songs ("Operation Ground and Pound", "Revolution Deathsquad", and "Heroes of Our Time"), which are sure to elicit all manner of [[ClusterFBomb delighted exclamations]] from determined ''GuitarHero'' fans everywhere.
** And now, with the inclusion of "Fury of the Storm" in ''GuitarHero: Warriors of Rock'', there will no doubt be many more smashed plastic guitars.
** SerialEscalation: If you think that's bad, add drums, vocals, and bass (if it's even really bass!) in ''GuitarHero: Smash Hits''. Wonder how many controllers will be trashed?
*** Actually, "Through the Fire and Flames" is meant to be ''easier'' in ''Smash Hits''.
**** Plus the bass track for "Through the Fire and Flames" in ''Smash Hits'' is actually really easy to get through. The guitarist and the drummer might be having a hard time, but the bassist is pretty set as long as he can double-strum the controller.
*** [[http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217692 Harmonix announces Through The Fire And Flames with PRO Guitar]] for RockBand 3 DLC.
*** When Operation Ground and Pound got released on RockBand 3, It was actually ''harder'' than its original GuitarHero DLC counterpart.