* AntiClimaxBoss: You will have a bunch of weapons that are super effective against the final boss and if you train the right characters to use them, you can kill him fairly quickly.
** Also, Valter goes down way too easily and without much ado for someone who's been a major threat for about three quarters of the game.
** Each floor of the bonus dungeons has a promoted "boss" monster. In [[BrutalBonusLevel Lagdou Ruins]] though, ''most'' of the enemies will be promoted, and the boss is the only one who doesn't scale -- so it's often the weakest enemy on the field by far and has about 2/3 the stats of the surrounding flunkies.
* BaseBreaker:
** Eirika. Some people think she's fine for being a NaiveNewcomer and goes through realistic CharacterDevelopment to become a strong LadyOfWar by the end, given that her upbringing was solely focused on diplomacy and she made a personal effort to learn swordplay before the game even started. Others think that the game script is sexist for handing her the DistressBall a few too many times while her brother gets CutscenePowerToTheMax. And whether or not [[spoiler:handing Lyon the Sacred Stone was stupid, or understandable given their long friendship and the Demon King's silver tongue]].
** Though generally well-liked, Ephraim is not safe from this either. A cool though [[LeeroyJenkins impulsive]] {{Badass}} leader and the rightful protagonist of the story, or little more than a glorified CanonSue who seems to be adored by the script as it allows him to succeed at virtually anything while constantly making Eirika hold the DistressBall (see above).
** Innes is either a {{Jerkass}} or a JerkWithAHeartOfGold depending on who you talk to.
** Whether or not Innes or Seth is a good romantic partner is a point of some contention. Some people find one or both of them sexist, feeling that their protective attitudes border on the possessive, some think it makes sense due to their personalities/upbringings/political positions/etc. and like their supports fine... some fans just get annoyed with all the arguing over her potential romantic partner since that's not even what Eirika is concerned about for most of the game.
** Amelia, though unlike most characters it comes entirely down to whether or not it's worth raising her. On the one hand you have those who don't mind LevelGrinding in order to get her to catch up with the rest of your army, and thanks to MagikarpPower the results are usually quite good, but on the other hand there's those who think her base stats are just irredeemably awful for her joining time and training her is more trouble than it's worth.
** Gheb. While he became an EnsembleDarkhorse meme character (as seen under that trope's entry below), he's [[{{Gonk}} notoriously ugly]], and some people consider all the rape jokes surrounding him to be in poor taste.
* BrokenBase: When the Nintendo3DS rerelease came around, there was some minor consternation over whether ''The Sacred Stones'' was really the best GBA representative for the franchise. Most of the people who were complaining wished for ''[[FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' instead.
** The game itself among the FireEmblem fandom; detractors say it was too easy and short compared to other games, fans love it for its worldbuilding and the return of various mechanics from ''Gaiden''.
* ClicheStorm: EvilEmpire, turns out the emperor isn't the main villain but actually the dragon, or even not so evil and are lead by more powerful forces, good generals and ''evil'' generals with ''obvious'' evil ones. There's even a [[MyMasterRightOrWrong loyal general who is a reasonable authority figure but is so loyal they fight you to the death anyways]], and a [[HeelFaceTurn general who is a reasonable authority figure and]] defects to the heroes' side.
** Averted, however, with [[spoiler: Lyon]], who is a [[AntiVillain much more sympathetic and three-dimensional antagonist]] than the usual [[MisanthropeSupreme misanthropic]] TinTyrant.
** Small aversion with Caellach. Despite the fact that he's an obviously evil person, he's actually the ''least'' evil and is just a Machiavellian man of ruthless ambition. Compare with Riev and Valter (who practice demon worship and are AxeCrazy, respectively).
* CommonKnowledge: No, Eirika and Ephriam do ''not'' get married in their Japanese paired ending. The ending is identical to the English version, any accusations of censorship never happened. There's definate IncestSubtext there, but it ''never'' goes beyond that.
* DemonicSpiders: The Baels are ''actual'' demonic spiders, but they have obnoxiously high enough physical attack and defense to fall under the spirit of the trope as well.
* DoubleStandard: Eirika is reviled and hated by fans for needing to be rescued twice. Innes needs to be rescued twice as well, and in one of these times it's '''Eirika''' who bails him out... but no one picks on '''him.'''
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Joshua, who is also surprisingly important to the storyline as a whole for an early-game OptionalPartyMember. [[NiceHat We suspect it's the hat.]]
** Gheb was just some random {{Gonk}} that takes little to no difficulty to kill, but the fandom sees him as a MemeticMolester who stabs others to death with his penis.
** Lute is also definitely one of the more popular mages among the whole of FE-dom, thanks to her odd habits, her endearing braggadocio, and the related fact that [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards she can back that boasting up with results]]. (Her married endings being adorable are also a plus.)
** [[spoiler:Lyon]] is one of the series' most beloved villains, due to being an incredibly tragic and well-developed antagonist with a close relationship with both main characters as well as having a really good battle theme. [[spoiler:Not being able to save him broke many a heart.]]
* FoeYay: Valter, towards both Eirika and Ephraim.
* FridgeHorror: The Za'ha map, which contains Lute and Artur's home village, can be revisited as a training map. When you do, [[DoomedHometown you find that both villages there have been destroyed]].
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In-universe - In a flashback, Ephraim states his father "will likely outlive us all." Year and a half later...
** HilariousInHindsight: Likewise in the same conversation, Ephraim states he rather be "traveling the land as a mercenary", and Erikia chides him for it. During the game, Erika is pretending to be a mercenary leader.
* GameBreaker: Oh so much...
** The S-class weapons deal ''ridiculous'' damage to monsters. The game compensates for this by throwing a ''shitton'' of monsters at you in the final levels.
** Bishops have a class skill that makes them deal triple damage to monsters. The majority of the enemies you face are monsters, so bishops are very powerful indeed. Plus, they're your party's main healers, so their utility does not just extend to monster levels.
** Seth, the game's CrutchCharacter, actually has really good growths, meaning he both starts off and ends up good. In fact, he averages equal to or better stats that the game's non-CrutchCharacter Paladins. Seth is regarded as so good that a SoloCharacterRun with him is considered ''easier than playing the game normally''. The most common SelfImposedChallenge for this game is simply to ban using him.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Whilst L'Arachel is [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular]] with most everyone (whether do to her [[MagikarpPower spectacular growths and power]] or her [[HilarityEnsues hilarious supports]]) Western fans seems particularly enamored with her.
* HoYay: There's a fair bit in the game, most prominently in the mixture of admiration and rivalry between Ephraim and Lyon and Eirika's RomanticTwoGirlFriendship with both L'Arachel and Tana.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: As a relatively easy game in an otherwise NintendoHard series, it draws this reaction from some fans. Then again, some point out that it's still harder than your average game, so it kind of depends on what context you're using.
** At least until the BrutalBonusLevel, which is suddenly able to reduce level-capped characters to fine paste.
* LoveToHate: Valter and Riev are just to hilariously and unrepetently evil.
* MagnificentBastard: Caellach. AffablyEvil, clever, ambitious... and ThatOneBoss, to boot.
* MemeticMolester: Valter. Admittedly, it's not that much of a stretch as he's far too happy to track the twins down. Also, Gheb, who isn't exactly a stretch either, given his dialogue with Tana.
* MemeticBadass: Gheb is invincible, and the "Gheb" one fights as a boss is actually his loser twin brother Gleb. If the actual Gheb were used, the game would be impossible.
** MemeticMutation: He has an entire patch of this game dedicated to him!
** MemeticMolester: His weapon in said patch is "Raep Her," for chrissakes!
* {{Moe}}: Amelia and Myrrh (less in the "super cutesy and adorable moeblob" sense and more in the "sweet child who goes through lots of shit" one).
* MoralEventHorizon: Novala from stage 8 gleefully traps several Renais citizens in the mountains to be killed by giant spiders during the fight after they fail to work as hostages for Eirika's surrender. When Eirika is horrified by this display of pointless cruelty, Novala just laughs and says that this is war; any atrocity is fair game as long as you win.
** Everything Valter does, but special mention goes to [[spoiler:his cold-blooded murder of Glen and subsequent lying to Cormag about who killed Glen in order to send him in a misguided RoaringRampageOfRevenge that could possibly get him killed as well]]. Riev's approval of Valter's savagery puts him over the line too.
* NeverLiveItDown: Much of Eirika's BaseBreaker status comes from [[spoiler: her being tricked into giving the Sacred Stone of Renais to the Demon King-posessed Lyon, resulting in its destruction.]] ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' DLC even aludes to this by having Old Hubba claim Eirika was "quite naive. Gullible, even".
* OneSceneWonder: Morva makes a badass entrance at the beginning of his chapter and looks like he may be the EleventhHourRanger. Instead, he gets killed and subsequently turned into a dracozombie.
* StopHavingFunGuys: "Hardcore" players absolutely ''loathe'' the [[LevelGrinding Tower of Valni]], to the point where the game's Serious Business CharacterTiers ''assume the player will never use it.'' Overlaps with ItsEasySoItSucks, most StopHavingFunGuys find this game so easy they have to [[SelfImposedChallenge make it harder by any means necessary.]]
* ThatOneBoss:
** Caellach can be notoriously hard to defeat.
** To elaborate, Caellach has a close-combat axe... AND a hand-axe. He hits like a damn truck in either one of them, and not even the Lords will survive at Lvl. 20. You have two options: hope that one of your units survive his attacks, or take the easy path by summoning mooks to slowly waste the uses for his hand-axe to THEN bombard him with magic from far away. Also, his in-story rival, Joshua, is a [[CriticalHitClass myrmidon[=/=]swordmaster]], and Caellach comes equipped with a [[NoSell Hoplon Guard]], this game's equivalent of the Iron Rune.
*** That being said, there is a simple way to defeat Caellach with Joshua. [[CuttingTheKnot Bring a thief to steal his Hoplon Guard]]
** Carlyle on Eirika's route may be even more annoying. He's a Swordmaster, so that automatically means high speed, hit and avoid. Avoid which is boosted by the throne he's on. Good luck hitting him, and there's no way you're doubling without powerlevelling Joshua or Colm. Both of whom will probably go down in two to three hits. And he has a crit bonus. And a 2-range sword (though he cannot critical at range because of his weapon).
** Fighting him is optional, but those trying to finish Eirika's Chapter 13 early are going to have a ''really'' hard time with Aias. He's a [[StoneWall Great Knight]] on a Fort (heals every turn, plus a defence bonus) with enough Con not to be weighed down by his weapons, so doubling him is surprisingly hard. And his assortment of weapons is ''terrifying'': in addition to a 1-2 range spear (to threaten Mages trying to bypass his defence), he also has a Silver Blade (one of the strongest swords in the game) and a ''Swordslayer'' (an axe that not only reverses the weapon triangle, but deals bonus damage to sword-wielders). His class may make him weak to both armour and cavalry-slaying weapons, but all those but the Armourslayer have unreliable accuracy, made even worse by him being on a fort. And those using Armourslayers will risk getting oneshotted by his Swordslayer. The writers seemed well aware of this, since his death quote is [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall praising Renais' tactician for managing to beat him.]]
* ThatOneLevel:
** Ephraim's chapter fourteen. Those Berserk staves!
** The GhostShip on Hard Mode. Holy shit. This map throws everything under the kitchen sink and then some at you in one giant onslaught of enemies, so you need to choke the crossing points between the two bridges. That's not so bad on its own, but then there are Gargoyles coming at you from all directions. [[DemonicSpiders Not only are they capable of bypassing your defensive units to pick off vulnerable ones (being fliers and all), they hit like trucks]]. It gets worse after a few turns, in which two recruitable [=NPCs=], L'Arachel (a defenseless healer) and Dozla (who lacks a ranged weapon) show up on the other side of the map where Mogalls can chip away at their health. [[ArtificialStupidity Dozla's determination to ignore the most dangerous units doesn't help matters]], so unless you've been grinding like a madman, they'll likely die before you can reach them. Worst of all, there's FogOfWar. Have fun. And after that, there's Landing At Taizel, which isn't quite as difficult, but still a pain in the ass.
* TierInducedScrappy: While loved as a plot character, Knoll is HATED as a playable one for his poor stats and the general weakness of dark magic in this game. Summoners in general are considered the worst overall class, too, though careful use of their summons can prove surprisingly effective.
** A majority of the Bonus Characters who have lackluster stats and growths, as well as limited potential.
* VindicatedByHistory: A lot of the more controversial elements that were criticized as making the game [[ItsEasySoItSucks too easy]] [[note]] easy level grinding, being able to revisit old maps [[/note]] were adopted into FireEmblemAwakening whose NewbieBoom will define FireEmblem for the foreseeable future.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: As with the Elibe games, the battle animations are considered one of the best aspects of the game.
* TheWoobie: Knoll, to the point that he actually expresses relief in his death quote. Amelia, who is also a PluckyGirl and refuses to let it get her down. Myrrh, who is already a ShrinkingViolet.
** The country Grado in general has its forces decimated, 85% of its high ranking levels killed off, the ''entire'' royal family killed, and then undergoes a massive earthquake after the epilogue.
* WhatAnIdiot: When Fado gave his children bracelets that act as a twin key to Renais' Sacred Stone, he ordered [[SecretKeeper Seth]] to [[LockedOutOfTheLoop not tell them what the bracelets were]] until "the time was right." Seth, who is usually smart and a bit GenreSavvy, inexplicably refuses to give Eirika a detailed explanation of its true nature--this while her brother is missing, possibly dead or captured, in enemy territory with the second and they themselves are on the run. He only tells her that losing it puts the whole continent at risk from the Demon King ''after'' Novala demands it in exchange for hostages and she--not having any idea that it's more than a very important but not magical or world-risking royal artifact--decides that it's not worth people dying over. Admittedly, he didn't know that Grado knew, but after the bracelet had ''already been stolen once'' and necessitated a desperate detour, he really should have given her the whole story.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Saleh was supposed to appear ''much'' earlier, actually. [[http://serenesforest.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=17713 See info here]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: Eirika is often put under the microscope, nitpicked and/or downright ''bashed'' for being a sensitive NiceGirl aside of a MessianicArchetype and the ActionGirl, with some of her haters even ''[[InsaneTrollLogic openly denying that both she and Ephraim are co-protagonists of the game]]'' and saying Ephraim is the only lead. Sometimes using '''Japanese fanart''' as "evidence".
** This has become worse ever since ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has her in the Bride class, despite still being a fighter on top of a staff user. Even more baseless because you can download a version of Eirika ''that is still a 100% Swordswoman'' (more exactly a myrmidon, which makes sense since her Lord class is VERY similar to it), so the above "Bride Eirika" is an optional event that can be taken or not.
* {{Woolseyism}}: Ismaire's original name was Ishmael. Since that's a male name, it got approximated to the more feminine sounding Ismaire.
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