* AlternateCharacterInterpretation
** Sol is either a [[MarySue Marty Stu]] who's ridiculously powerful and [[RatedMForManly full of manly attributes]], or an interesting former scientist who became [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]], an [[TheAtoner atoner]], and a ByronicHero who's an UnwittingPawn.
** Either Ky's a one of a kind heroic character who gets significant [[HiddenDepths character development]] as his [[BlackAndWhiteMorality idealism]] battles with [[BlackAndGrayMorality reality]], or a generic, self-righteous, blonde knight. Variations are plentiful whether you know his character well or not, which includes his workaholic cop life or his love for teacups.
** Either Dizzy is a three-year-old trapped in a mature porn star's body or a symbolic character. Are her [[AccidentalInnuendo accidental slips on occasion]]...[[InnocentFanserviceGirl actually accidental]] or [[DistractedByTheSexy intended to catch foes off-guard]]? She's a HalfHumanHybrid, has both demonic and angelic elements, either peaceful or destructive. Either way she's very, very vulnerable.
** Jam is either a cute, strong and ambitious GenkiGirl or a simple-minded [[TheVamp bitch]] because of her flirting with Ky and a {{Shotacon}} for recruiting Bridget.
** Thanks to Slayer's story in ''Accent Core +'' and his advice to Venom on not getting too attached to Millia, more than a few fans have latched onto the idea that [[StraightGay Venom]] is [[BiTheWay bisexual]] or [[IfItsYouItsOkay only gay for Zato]], interpreting his attachment as harboring a love-hate complex for Millia instead of vengeance/jealousy taken to the point of obsession.
** That Man. He either purposefully and knowingly triggered the events of the series and is not allowing the world to end until his goals are achieved or he is trying to atone for the creation of the Gears and is working with sociopaths like I-No out of necessity. Either way his goals are completely shrouded in mystery. [[spoiler:''Xrd Revelator'' clears up some points, but it does leave how much he's doing out of a sense of obligation to Sol, Aria, and The Original versus how much is just satisfying his own ego in question.]]
* AngelDevilShipping: Let's just say that the Axl/I-no pairing is really popular.
* AwesomeEgo: Johnny.
** And now, as of Xrd, Leo shares the spot. [[BackToBackBadasses And even more awesome when they're fighting together.]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: This doesn't need explaining. It even has [[AwesomeMusic/GuiltyGear its own page]].
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Notice how many times Bridget and Dizzy are mentioned?
* BrokenBase:
** A medium-sized split is starting to surface over the ''Xrd'' OST due to the fact that all of the longstanding {{Leitmotif}}s have been done away with for a new batch of character themes. The general consensus is that the new music is good, but the question of whether or not they're good enough to live up to the precedent set by the old tracks, particularly the ones that have been around since ''The Missing Link'' and ''X'', is where you start to get wildly different opinions.
** New character Elphelt has also split the base between those who think that she brings interesting new mechanics to the game and those who can't get past her design and proclaim that she's "too anime" and "not metal enough."
** After hearing the English voices from the North American demo, the fanbase was split even further. Some say that the voices sound either corny or completely unfitting for their characters, and others say that the voices are passable. [=ArcSys=] eventually sided with the former and [[NoDubForYou removed the English voice-acting]] (excluding the announcer's voice) from ''-REVELATOR-'' (be it due to budgeting reasons or otherwise), but [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks this has only caused more problems]].
** The PC release of ''Xrd SIGN'' lead to both people rejoicing at Arc System Works finally releasing a fighting game on PC while people were still playing it, and people bitter about the year-long wait and the eventual release of ''REVELATOR'' that would make ''SIGN'' "irrelevant", and possibly won't come to PC.
* CargoShip: The in-game galleries have some... interesting pictures of I-No and her guitar.
** That's nothing. One of her intros shows I-No leaning over her guitar, proceeding to slowly run her tongue up its neck. As she finishes and breaks away, I-No remains there for a few seconds [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar with her head thrown back, her back arched, and her legs clenched together]], appearing to have very much savored the taste of her guitar and a strand of saliva clearly visible.
** A.B.A and Paracelsus are canon, subverted in a sense that Paracelsus is a living being despite being a giant key. She also spends her ''Accent Core Plus'' story working for the P.W.A.B. with the promise that they'll provide a human body for Paracelsus to inhabit. [[spoiler:She ends up succeeding in one ending. In the other, his consciousness gets transferred into... a Robo-Ky head.]]
*** Weirdly subverted in that Paracelsus thinks A.B.A. is a nice girl, but would prefer to remain friends.
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* CrazyAwesome:
** Faust/Dr. Baldhead and Robo-Ky. It's pretty much a LensmanArmsRace of insanity.
** While he's usually smooth and composed, Slayer tends to dip into this every now and then. Lest we forget, this is the vampire who has no real, discernible weaknesses, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ_biqq_4Eo has refined slapfighting into a lethal weapon,]] [[ILetYouWin shrugs off his "losses" with a look of boredom]] and [[MegatonPunch uppercuts you]] [[ATwinkleInTheSky into outer space]] ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome while reciting a haiku]]''.
* CreepyAwesome: Bedman and Raven. Zappa too when he's being controlled by ghosts.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Elphelt using her [[LovePotion Magnum Wedding]] on Ky, Dizzy or Slayer, who all beg her not to (''especially'' Ky and Dizzy) since they're already married, sits somewhere between uncomfortable and hilarious.
* DieForOurShip:
** Dizzy, as she got in the way of the popular Sol/Ky pairing as of ''Overture''.
** Jam Kuradoberi gets hate from both the Sol/Ky and Ky/Dizzy shippers because of her flirting with Ky. [[spoiler:Canonically, she has no chance in winning, though.]]
** Ky, too, as he is accused of stealing Dizzy away from Testament. He also recieves his share of hate from Dizzy fans who didn't want her to have a canon love interest.
* DuelingGames: ''Xrd'' is billed as one against ''KillerInstinct'' 2013, by virtue of being on rival platforms (''Xrd'' and the [=PS3=]/4 vs. ''KI'' and the XBO) and being the resurrection of two old 2D fighting game franchises. There's also a bit of an America vs. Japan thing going on.
** ''-Revelator-'' has oddly been slated by some as one to ''StreetFighterV'' in 2016.
* DracoInLeatherPants: I-No. See EvilIsSexy.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Faust/Dr. Baldhead.
** Robo-Ky. Despite being being a Ky's [[EvilTwin evil robot twin]], wearing the same clothes and even copying some of his moveset, Robo-Ky earned a distinct, separate identity and a lot of love.
** Bridget, thanks to MemeticMutation.
*** Also in a character poll for Arc Systems Works 25th Anniversary Bridget was first out of all Guilty Gear characters.
** Within minutes of seeing footage of him, fans immediately proclaimed their adoration of ''Xrd'' story NPC Leo Whitefang. And now he's been confirmed as DLC. Cue fandom exploding.
** And with the coming of ''Xrd'''s Story Mode, President Gabriel has turned into one of these, gaining a surprising amount of popularity after fans finally got to see his combat prowess.
* EvilIsCool: Most of the villains are this, but especially Zato/Eddie (before his return as more neutral in Xrd), I-No, Raven and now Bedman.
* EvilIsSexy:
** I-No. And ''how''!
** If we're being technical, in ''Accent Core Plus'', we see both [[spoiler:Anji]] and A.B.A as temporary {{Punch Clock Villain}}s, while Baiken gives in to her bloodlust in one ending and turns into a disreputable serial killer. If we're being really technical, [[spoiler:the BadFuture caused by I-No's meddling and Ky's death during the Battle of Rome has a "good girl gone bad" example in ''Dizzy'']].
** With the sheer explosion of fan art and more than a few fans proclaiming her to be their [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh waifu]] not long after her unveiling, one can safely assume Ramlethal Valentine of ''Xrd'' counts as well.
** Speaking of Valentines, the Valentine we see in ''Overture'' would also the fit the bill as she's [[spoiler:a clone of Aria, Sol's [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]]. As we know for sure now that Justice is Aria as of ''Xrd Revelator'', you're basically getting a glimpse at what Justice looked like underneath that armor]]. Which means that, depending on how you interpret things, [[spoiler:''Justice herself'' may retroactively qualify]].
* FanDisservice: Under normal circumstances, Raven would probably not be considered an ugly man, but his frightening faces and bizarre psycho-sexual mannerisms combined with being a masochistic zombie tends to give this impression. ''Xrd'' doesn't help either, as we can see he ''nearly lacks a torso''.
* FoeYay: Sol and Ky.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In ''Xrd -SIGN-'', Elphelt's antics in trying to get married to pretty much anyone is funny at first but becomes a little less funny when in Story mode [[spoiler: when she explains that she is unable to feel love, despite being able to feel other emotions, implying this behavior is some sort of desperate way to find love and escape her fate as a Valentine]].
* GameBreaker:
** In the original games, Sol had a powerful combo that has been given the FanNickname of "the Dust Loop." It involved comboing certain moves together in such a way that the opponent would be locked in the corner. This is promptly followed by, as the name implies, a seemingly infinite loop with his Air Dust, resulting in a ridiculous number of hits, ending in a Volcanic Viper combo when they started to slip out of the loop. This was eventually toned down in later games and removed completely in ''Accent Core'', though unfortunately, [[OhCrap it came back]] in ''Accent Core Plus'', but only for Order-Sol's EX Mode, which is based off of his ''[=GG1=]'' incarnation but with added ''Reload'' stats.
*** Guess what? The Dust Loop is back in full force in ''Xrd''--as a matter of fact, it was shown off ''[[https://youtu.be/NKGPhKu3jNg?t=2m9s in the first trailer.]]''
** Eddie. The top tier in the first edition of ''GGXX'' was called "Eddie tier" for a reason.
** Justice. As she is only in the console versions and is horribly unbalanced, she is banned from ALL tournaments along with Kliff and sometimes Robo-Ky. In an effort to revert this, however, Justice and Kliff are now properly balanced for the first time in the series in the ''Accent Core Plus R'' update. To wit: Justice can no longer dash in any capacity and can only double jump along with Michael Sword now being only one hit, although she gets a new Dragon Install-style Overdrive (Omega Shift) that powers her back up to her old self.
** Zappa's ConfusionFu. Getting Raoh out is tough to do, but Zappa with Raoh is arguably the strongest character in the game, boasting superior strength, speed, and reach, and possessing a very powerful Overdrive.
** In the first ''Guilty Gear'', pick Millia, let her health drop below 50%, and spam her Iron Maiden Overdrive nonstop. The opponent has very little chance of getting close to you.
* GeniusBonus: Besides the immense number of [[ShoutOut/GuiltyGear musical shout outs]] this series has to its name, the mechanics of phenomena like magic and harmonic resonance between Gears [[http://gear-project.tumblr.com/post/21661132029/guilty-gear-terminology-and-nomenclature may seem familiar to anyone versed in music theory.]] It's be expected of a top-notch musician (and rock aficionado) like Ishiwatari.
* HarsherInHindsight: Japan is destroyed in the backstory of ''GG'' (and by destroyed we mean ''it's a hole in the ocean''). It wasn't clear exactly what had happened until ''Xrd'', though, and the 2011 earthquake/tsunami/possible threat of nuclear meltdown and mass radiation poisoning events that hit Japan felt a little on the nose...
* HilariousInHindsight: Before the release of ''XX'' and the official debut of Robo-Ky, [[spoiler:there was some speculation that Ky was a Gear, based on how the GG mode in ''X'' changed his posture. And ''Xrd'' came along, and it seems very likely that he is at least part-Gear.]]
* LauncherOfAThousandShips:
** Though some fandoms are very small, Ky Kiske is the most paired character in ''Guilty Gear'' for the reason that he's a {{Bishonen}} but a conflicted KnightInShiningArmor and a real gentleman. Let's start with [[FoeYay Sol/Ky]] (the most populated ship), [[KnightInShiningArmor Ky]]/[[GirlyBruiser Dizzy]] (the rivaling and fast-growing second placer), [[SelectiveObliviousness Ky]]/[[ShipSinking Jam]], [[FoeYay Ky/Testament]], [[ThemePairing Ky/Millia]], [[{{Shotacon}} Ky/Bridget]], [[HoYay Ky/Johnny]], Ky/May, [[ChasteHero Ky/]][[TheVamp I-No]], and the very disturbing [[ParentalIncest Ky/Sin]]. There are also some {{Crossover Ship|ping}}s like [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Ky/Larxene]], [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ky/Jin]], and [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Ky/Saki]].
** Dizzy, being a FriendToAllLivingThings and acting like a DamselInDistress [[PowerIncontinence sometimes]] is paired with a lot of characters as well. The initial pairing was [[MayDecemberRomance Sol/Dizzy]] which [[AbandonShipping sprang some leaks]] as potential ParentalIncest [[spoiler:which ''Xrd'' later confirmed, killing the ship entirely]], then came the [[DeclarationOfProtection Testament/Dizzy]] ship which is the most obvious match-up. Sadly the Testament/Dizzy shippers [[BrokenBase fell into despair]] upon learning that [[KnightInShiningArmor Ky]]/[[GirlyBruiser Dizzy]] has become official. [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl May/Dizzy]] existed, followed by [[MoeCouplet Bridget/Dizzy]]; there is also [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Zappa/Dizzy]], [[MemeticMolester I-No/]]Dizzy, [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Millia/Dizzy]], [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Jam/Dizzy]], and [[RoboShip Robo-Ky/Dizzy.]]
** Elphelt qualifies as well, with her compulsive behavior to try to marry nearly everyone she meets.
* LesYay: Elphelt may marry AnythingThatMoves, but one of Millia's quotes from getting hit from her OneHitKO attack [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
--> '''Millia''': "Have I chosen the {{Yuri}} route?"
* LGBTFanbase: BaraGenre fans just ''looove'' Sol. His more cartoonishly muscular build in ''Xrd'' was ''very'' warmly received.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt:
** [[spoiler: Ky's apparent death in Xrd's Story Mode is shocking for about the 3 seconds it takes you to realise that there is no way they'd permanently kill off one of the series' [[SeriesMascot poster-boys]] in such a mundane way.]]
** [[spoiler: People were a bit more shocked and uncertain about Ramlethal being apparently blown to hamburger during ''Xrd Revelator'''s story mode, as it was conceivable [=ArcSys=] might just bump her off to make the stakes higher, but many were also not surprised she was revealed to be fine in the finale.]]
* MagnificentBastard: That Man. And all that implies.
* MemeticBadass: Slayer. This is the guy who regularly takes characters like ''Sol'' to the cleaners [[WillfullyWeak while extensively holding back]] [[SpiritedCompetitor to be a good sport]]. Even then is he capable of feats like [[MegatonPunch punching you halfway to the Andromeda Galaxy]]. None of this accounts for the fact that [[YourVampiresSuck he has none of the weaknesses vampires are traditionally known for]]. Really, Slayer's badassery isn't so much memetic as it is canon.
* {{Memetic Molester}}s:
** Let's start with I-No who applies on... pretty much all criteria.
*** {{Shotacon}}: She takes interest in Ky in one of the drama [=CDs=] where he is just in his early teens.
*** {{Lolicon}}: Let's not forget a certain ending where [[spoiler:she captures May and carries her in her arms with one hell of a smile...]]
*** SexIsViolence: I-No's enjoys it when she tortures Dizzy. She says it's like taking on three people at the same time. [[CombatSadomasochist Dizzy's pain seems to pleasure her.]]
*** PsychoLesbian[=/=]DepravedBisexual: She really, really seems to like perving on girls.
** Sol Badguy. We don't know what the intention of the creators was when they released two official fanarts featuring suggestive poses with Dizzy. One has [[SexIsViolence his sword under her breasts]] while [[ClothingDamage her outfit is nearly torn]], while [[http://guilty-gear.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ggxxac_ex_so.png the other one]] features him shirtless while he carries a [[ChainsOfLove chain-bound Dizzy]] [[{{Stripperific}} in her panties.]] Look for it [[http://www.guiltygear.ru/gallery.php here.]] Considering that Sol is Dizzy's dad, those fanarts count as {{Squick}}.
** [[ChivalrousPervert Johnny Sfondi.]] Beside being the primary victim of Bridget, he's the captain of an all-female crew full of [[YoungerThanTheyLook legal]]/[[JailBait illegal]] girls.
** [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Zato-1.]] He's gonna rape you at the corner.
** Elphelt. [[ShotgunWedding She's hell-bent on getting hitched]], and [[AnythingThatMoves she doesn't care who (or what) she ties the knot with]].
* MemeticMutation:
** "Everyone is gay for Bridget" is a popular ImageMacro phrase used for trolling. It ''really'' confuses people who aren't familiar with the series. (Before it was renamed, the trope UnsettlingGenderReveal was known as Dropped a Bridget on Him/Her.)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO38IFrs9wU "UMEHARA GA KIMETAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!"]] A comment from a LargeHam tournament announcer when powerhouse Daigo Umehara (source of the [[Awesome/StreetFighter Daigo Full Parry]]) beat his opponent's Faust. Has been the subject of several {{Stupid Statement Dance Mix}}es.
*** Possibly [[MemeAcknowledgment acknowledged]] by ASW themselves in their arcade ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' fighter, where the announcer yells "Decide the destiny!" to start off each round.
** [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan Sol snapping Sin out of his problems]].
** '''[[RideTheLightning RAIDA ZA RIGHTNINGU!]]'''
** '''GAHN FURAYME!''' is at least semi-memetic, {{Mondegreen}}s aside. Although [[Creator/DaisukeIshiwatari Ishiwatari]] isn't a regular at anime conventions, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxkiUM4KSUQ#t=1m42s you can already guess the single line fans ask him to do when he does attend one.]]
*** Due to the notoriety of the Dust Loop, Sol's yells of "TEYAH! TEYAH! TEYAH!" etc. have also reached such a status.
** '''HEAVEN OR HELL! DUEL 1! LET'S ROCK!''' The ''GGXX'' announcer's rendition is the most iconic, to the point that there has been backlash against the new voicework starting in ''Accent Core'' for not living up to the precedent set.
** [[{{Mondegreen}} RATED]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG6S5WPP8Lk R!!!]][[labelnote:explanation]]The introduction vocals of the song "Ride the Fire", which plays whenever Sol enters Dragon Install in ''Guilty Gear Xrd''.[[/labelnote]]
** Elphelt is everyone's waifu. [[labelnote:explanation]]Elphelt is literally willing to become the wife of anyone on the roster, especially when doing her Instant Kill version of Cupid's Arrow.[[/labelnote]]
** UNGA [[labelnote:explanation]] In the anime FGC, it's not uncommon to refer to large characters with massive normals that they can easily throw out and convert for high damage as "gorillas." In mid 2015, commentator Jose "Mr. Biscuits" Lopez popularized the word unga (a sound commonly associated with gorillas and cavemen) to refer to Leo, particularly when used by top American player Zidane. Since then, the word has been used in reference to other "gorilla" characters (such as Azrael from sister series BlazBlue), and Zidane himself would be entered as "Unga Bunga" on several occasions. [[/labelnote]]
** '''[[DiabolusExMachina WOSHIGE]], [[BigNo NOOOOO]]!''' [[labelnote:explanation]] During the Winner's Semi-Finals of Guilty Gear Xrd at EVO 2015, Woshige's Millia Rage went up against Ogawazato's Zato-1. At 1-1, Ogawazato took the first round of match three, while Woshige takes the second round convincingly. Unfortnately, Woshige takes the time after the second round to celebrate, allowing Ogawazato to utterly decimate him, cumiliating in one of the most... [[WhatAnIdiot iconic]] moments from the show.[[/labelnote]]
* MindGameShip: Millia and Zato's relationship. Did they really love each other but were only separated by different views or was it all a horribly screwed manipulative one-sided obsession?
* {{Moe}}: May, Bridget, April, Dizzy, and Elphelt.
** Dizzy is probably the first and only Moe boss in fighting game history.
* MostAnnoyingSound: Zappa's tendency to babble constantly in battle.
** Jam and May's [[CuteButCacophonic high-pitched voices]] might come off as this as well. Especially if they are pitted against each other.
** No matter how good it sounds, I-No's guitar riff (played on her victory animation) is this to [[SNKBoss anyone losing against her.]]
* {{Narm}}: In -Revelator-, TheReveal of [[spoiler: That Man as Sol's best friend Asuka R. Kreuz]] is ruined by [[spoiler: his rather ridiculous, cat-like UnusualEars and weird wing eyepatch]]. WTHCostumingDepartment, indeed.
* NeverLiveItDown: The entire franchise is never gonna live down introducing [[MemeticMutation Bridget]].
** The fandom's not gonna let Johnny live down his accidental flirting with Bridget any time soon.
* NightmareFuel: Bridget's attacking teddy bear, Roger.
** Justice's crotchspike can also count.
** Bedman's victory animation in ''Xrd'' consists of him speaking with a blank white background, interspersed by TV static and constantly changing camera angles and zoom, before cutting to black when he's done. Pretty unsettling.
*** For that matter, Bedman himself qualifies. A boy constantly asleep while his horrific hospital bed does the fighting for him. And when he does speak, he speaks in a rapid monotone voice that gives the impression of something very ''wrong'' with him. Even the other characters are terrified of him.
* PolishedPort: The PC port of ''Xrd'' is generally well done, and pretty well optimized.
* PortingDisaster: Not a ''disaster'', but the PC version of ''Guilty Gear X2 #Reload'' is very... lacking. Configuring the keyboard/gamepad is a nightmare and it's clear that this is a [=PlayStation=] port because no one even bothered to change the names of the buttons; they're still labeled Triangle, Circle, etc. Hell, there isn't even a "quit" button that actually ''quits the game''; you'll only return to the start menu. To quit you have to use Alt+F4. In short, no one put much effort into this port.
** The GBA version of ''GGX'' responses are so slow that even initiating Instant Kills are ''impossible''. Additonally, due to size limitations, all of the music has been compressed horribly (particularly egregious considering that ''Guilty Gear'' is known for its [[AutobotsRockOut rockin' soundtrack]]). The AI also presents absolutely no challenge, even on the highest difficulty.
* ScrappyMechanic:
** The matches in ''The Missing Link'' can be less than ten seconds small, thanks to the local finishing move system: you can perform these on any round and, if everything goes ''horribly'' fine, end the game on the first round. Some practice is required to master the finishers on your own, although the CPU opponents ([[SNKBoss especially Justice]]) don't seem to have much problems pulling those off. No wonder it was nerfed by the time the sequel came out.
** ''Isuka'' is one of the very, very few fighting games to include the "Turn" button in place of autoturning. Well, its existence could be proven by the fact that a lot of special moves need you to wiggle the directional pad a lot just to perform those on a ''certain'' opponent... but in practice, not only it turned out to be highly inconvenient during the ridiculously fast-paced matches of the arcade mode (where the CPU opponents, again, barely have any problem with turning themselves in the right direction), it also becomes a completely tedious DamnYouMuscleMemory fuel whenever you have a mere one-on-one match. Many fans felt that this feature crippled an otherwise decent spin-off title.
** You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who likes Danger Time in ''Xrd'' as a mechanic. At random instances when players clash, the screen announces that Danger Time is starting, and for a brief period in time all combo starting hits during the period are Fatal Counters, allowing for devastating combos. Not only is this [[RandomNumberGod completely random]] and essentially a BigLippedAlligatorMoment if nothing happens, it interrupts the gameplay significantly and if anyone gets hit it can mean death in cases where it wouldn't have happened.
* SelfFanservice: If you ever stumble across fan art of [[spoiler:Justice]] in their human form, depicting them with [[spoiler:the same curvy figure as her daughter]], do not be surprised. Granted, the character might actually look like this [[spoiler:without her armor (see also: Valentine)]], but there's no current way of knowing.
* ShipSinking: Hoo boy, did ''Overture'' ever trip over this land mine. [[spoiler:Dizzy]] had a very wide number of people she was close to in the series, but it was ultimately decided in ''Overture'' that she'd be paired up with [[spoiler:Ky Kiske]] while the rest ''don't appear at all''. Suffice it to say anyone who wasn't a [[spoiler:Ky/Dizzy]] fan [[BrokenBase didn't take]] [[DieForOurShip it well]]. Heck, even the [[spoiler:Ky/Dizzy]] shippers ''themselves'' were angry because of [[spoiler:Dizzy]]'s current fate in ''Overture''.
** ShipToShipCombat: Where do we start?!
* SoBadItsGood: The ''Guilty Gear XX'' [=N.Y/L.A=] vocals. The lyrics are out of character, barring the lyrics to "Awe of She," which is about getting away from the fighting. "Awe of She" is, of course, the theme of [[ActualPacifist Dizzy]].
** And, of course, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM3DW3w0RFc the voice acting]] for the animated ''Guilty Gear X'' trailer.
---> '''Ky:''' "[[DullSurprise Oh no... I'm falling.]]"
* Squick: In universe, many characters have this reaction to Raven's bizarre mannerisms and sadomasochistic tendencies.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Given Ishiwatari's musical influences, it's no surprise.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABwx29L3ps "Keep Yourself Alive,"]] Sol's theme song, compared to Music/{{Queen}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnGaEk0rZdU "Stone Cold Crazy."]]
** Ky Kiske's theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGetImTgyFA "Holy Orders (Be Just Or Be Dead),"]] compared to Music/YngwieMalmsteen's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8xByVA5VPw "Rising Force"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evrs_9tUmDE Helloween's "Where the Rain Grows"]].
** Potemkin's theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L05wAbRJ5BQ "Burly Heart,"]] compared to Music/LedZeppelin's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfR_HWMzgyc "Kashmir."]]
** Chipp's theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJcXNDk-5F8 "Suck a Sage,"]] compared to Music/JudasPriest's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtu20Ejv3SI "Ram it Down."]]
** Venom's theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z05iNhPl-ng "A Solitude That Asks Nothing in Return"]], compared to Music/NapalmDeath's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKP9aaFkEEQ "Breed to Breathe."]]
** Anji Mito's theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h88e8G-_Sdc&spfreload=10 "Fuuga"]], compared to Music/MotleyCrue's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm5auKDPoSY "Live Wire."]]
* ThatOneBoss: When the A.I. controls I-No as a boss, she has the Megalomania attack, one version of which [[BulletHell fills the screen with projectiles]] and [[OneHitKill if ONE so much as hits you, you're good as dead]]. Has reduced many inexperienced players to controller-chewing rage. [[FandomNod ASW has probably noticed this]], as Megalomania is now I-No's Instant Kill in ''Xrd''.
** Justice in the first game was worse. You know Imperial Ray, that super she has that fires a laser in a circular path across the screen? In the first game, she has it as ''a normal attack.'' What's more, [[AwesomeButImpractical Gamma Ray]] doesn't have nearly as much windup time in that game, allowing her to easily hit you with it several times in a match and most of the time it can dizzy you. And, of course, if none of that gets you, she's also got the [[GameBreaker Destroy attack]] feature to abuse.
** To even ''get'' to fight Justice, you first have to defeat Testament. He is himself a ThatOneBoss, as his TrapMaster mechanic borders on EverythingTryingToKillYou.
** Players finally get to face [[spoiler:That Man]] as a boss in ''Overture'' and it's about as ridiculous as you'd expect, even with [[spoiler:Sol in his Gear form]] at your disposal. Imagine a BulletHell boss with [[ShieldedCoreBoss an extremely durable barrier]] and high resistance to your strongest attacks and specials [[PuzzleBoss who is best approached at only the most specific of intervals]]. The mission briefing even ''[[LampshadeHanging tells you]]'' that you're in for a tough fight if you can't get your timing down pat. What's worse: ''they were holding back the entire time''.
** While nowhere near as nightmarish as I-No or Justice, Ramlethal from ''Xrd'' when she is fought at the end of arcade mode, is difficult due to her extreme aggressiveness, her constantly rising tension, her improved specials, and her Overdrives which cannot be stopped once triggered and do insane chip damage. She also [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard cannot be hurt or Instant Killed when she is using her Overdrives]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: ''Overture'', along with [[OutOfGenreExperience the shift to]] [[GenreBusting a mix of]] ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''-style {{hack and slash}} and an [[RealTimeStrategy RTS]]. None of the original cast return save for Sol, Ky, and Dizzy (the latter in a cameo; That Man and Raven are also present and serve as bosses) and the series' trademark, its rock music, is (mostly) traded in for orchestral pieces. Not helping matters was that it was only ported to {{Xbox 360}}, halving its audience.
** People are already complaining that ''Xrd'' is TwoAndAHalfD and running on the Unreal Engine, being an engine normally used for Western games, especially [[FirstPersonShooter FPSs]].
** Potemkin's new look in ''Xrd'' has pretty much divided fans between those who don't mind it and those who invoke this trope.
** Xrd's changes to the story mode. Specifically making it basically a long visual novel like ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' (particularly "True Ending" in its Story Mode), but removing all fights. Some don't mind and appreciate the story being separate for those who only care for the fighting. Others really miss the story mode from the old games with the branching paths and occasional fights. Either way, at least there are no fights that are simply there to fill the quota.
* TierInducedScrappy: Millia. In the first ''Guilty Gear''. Next to the FinalBoss Justice, she was by far the cheapest character in the game, capable of throwing direction-changing projectiles and keeping you at [[JustForPun hair's length]]. And her Iron Maiden super involved firing a myriad of slow-moving, large, homing projectiles that guaranteed you could never get anywhere close to her. And if her health dropped below 50%, she could spam that move forever. It was very difficult to get close to her, and there she was even ''more'' dangerous. Thankfully, she's never come close to that level of cheese since then, as she no longer has the old super and her projectiles work much differently now. Plus, her Iron Maiden is now a completely different move that's now her Instant Kill instead.
** In ''#Reload'', Zato-1/Eddie occupied "Eddie Tier" for a reason. It proved very easy for him to get his opponent into a situation where he could simply trap them in the corner and give them an unblockable series of hits that stripped away a lot of their life... and left them in the corner. After a series of tweaks, ''Xrd'' largely returns him to his ''#Reload'' status, with good Zato players able to solo entire teams of well-played opposition by themselves.
** [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Elphet. Valentine.]] one of the new characters added for Xrd. She is considered by many to be one of the cheapest characters to fight. She has extremely good moves to cover her approach on the opponent, and once she locks you down in the corner she can pretty much make it almost impossible for you to block. Add in the fact that she can do a ''lot'' of damage with those setups, and you have one of the most hated characters to ever grace the competitive scene.
** Ramlethal unfortunately has had this both ways. When ''Xrd'' was first released she was vastly overpowered for people who could master her DifficultButAwesome moveset, able to easily deplete the opponent's life bar in a combo string. However some updates seriously nerfed her to the point where one needs to have that mastery to even do any significant damage, which for some players essentially crippled her competitive viability.
** Sin was at one point considered one of the most cheap characters to play as in ''Xrd'' because of his absurdly high damage output using his specials, and the only thing holding him back (his food meter) was easily mitigated by keeping his opponent at a long enough range away using his pokes and safely eat. Thankfully, right after EVO 2016 (where a Sin player won, coincidentally), his damage output was nerfed and he's considered a lot more fair now.
* ToyShip: Bridget and May (kinda subverted courtesy of May being 22).
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** Justice. Due to the odd... protrusion from the crotch of her armor, many are surprised to find out she's female ([[spoiler:and Dizzy's mother, no less!]]).
** [[ArtEvolution As of late]] Ky as well; his face is drawn to look more feminine and he grows a ponytail, making him qualify as Bridget's older sister.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: ''Guilty Gear Xrd'' runs on the Unreal Engine, an engine known for 30 FPS "realistic" games when used for console games. They made it work at 60 FPS with a more stylized look reminiscent of past GG games, the 3D models lacking tween animations making them appear to move more like 2D sprites. This allows the game to look and move like a 2D sprite-based fighter while also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaSNO-1esho&feature=youtu.be&t=29m46s allowing for dynamic camera angles for certain moves that other 2D games can't accomplish]]. Needless to say, it looks amazing, even at ludicrously high resolutions on PC.
** Also, according to WordOfGod, no one in the team had much experience, so it was both DoingItForTheArt and AchievementInIgnorance.
* {{Woolseyism}}: ''Xrd'''s English translations for lines from Slayer's haiku are pretty creative and funny.
* TheWoobie: A.B.A. Poor kid just wants a friend.
** Dizzy in ''GGX''. She was driven away from her village when she began to grow wings and a tail, separated from her beloved foster parents and was forced to live in a cave. Though, as humans were abusing her. She does her best to defend herself [[TechnicalPacifist without hurting anyone seriously.]] She ran to the grove and lived there alone. [[IJustWantToHaveFriends She wanted friends.]] In the drama [=CDs=], she was able to make friends with a blind girl named Josephine; however, when her eyes got healed she was horrified to see Dizzy and called her a ''monster''. Things went FromBadToWorse again when the UN issued a very huge bounty on her causing almost every member of the ''Guilty Gear X'' cast to hunt her down. What's her reaction?
---> ''Stay away! I don't want to hurt anyone!''
** Testament. In the drama [=CDs=], we learned that he was once a very kind young man who just wanted to make his father proud. Sadly, his desperation pushed him to undergo Gear conversion and that resulted into his loss of humanity. He hated and killed a lot of humans and even contributed to his father's demise. This is even sadder when you learn that Testament actually loved children and had taken in orphans in the past. [[TheAtoner He continues on atoning for his mistakes.]]
** Elphelt Valentine. Not only is she a WhiteSheep concerning the Valentines but she is the only one who was born with emotions. This causes her to become very distressed and trying to find a way out of being a pawn of the Universal Will. [[spoiler: Which she unfortunately fails to do so at the end of the Story Mode, regaining memories that force her into a FaceHeelTurn and attempts to self-destruct as one final act of desperation, and while Sol, Sin, and Ramlethal manage to calm her out of it, she is still taken away by the Universal Will]]. And if her appearance in ''-Revelator-'' is any indication, it will only get worse for her. It did in fact get worse for her before it got better; [[spoiler: Ariel basically stuck Elphelt into Justice's forehead to serve as a catalyst for Ariel's new "humanity", and spends most of -Revelator-'s Story Mode being terrorized by Ariel. Elphelt was made to witness Ramlethal's (apparent) death, and almost had to watch Sol and Aria get blasted off the face of the Earth]].
** JerkassWoobie: While Zato was an assassin and a really vain and selfish one at that, the drama [=CDs=] did show he actually cared for his underlings and especially Millia (even if he eventually got a bit [[LoveMakesYouCrazy strange with that]]), making the knowledge that he's eventually consumed, driven insane, and killed by his shadow a bit hard to take. Even Eddie, the shadow in question who goes out of his way to taunt the people who cared about Zato and spend every game attacking the rest of the cast, constantly shows that he's desperate for a host because he's afraid of death and taunts those people in order to be remembered.
** Sol was forcibly transformed into a Gear by the game's BigBad, and has since spent the past two centuries trying to hunt him down and get revenge on him - [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Sol is immortal and very difficult to kill, and it's implied that he has very little reason to live outside his vendetta]]. He's also wracked by guilt seeing as how his Gear creations went on to rampage across the world and kill millions, and he was responsible for the death of his lover, Aria, who said BigBad more recently resurrected as a Gear and sent after Sol as, essentially, a giant middle finger to him.
** WheelchairWoobie: Marina from ''Lightning the Argent'', the novel set shortly before the events of ''GGX''. A cripple who was taken in by a priest as an infant, it's later revealed that she was separated from her sister [[spoiler:Solaria, who was instead experimented on by the Blackard Company and transformed into a Command-Type Gear--a fate that Marina would've shared had she not ended up being whisked away to safety]]. Later on, she accidentally drinks Vitae, an alleged miracle drug that ends up curing her disability and allowing Marina to walk. The catch? [[spoiler:Vitae is manufactured using Gear cells. Gear cells that react violently to Solaria's songs, causing Marina's legs to ''[[BodyHorror explode]]'' into sentient, singing, snake-like tentacles with a woman's face that try to ''devour her''. Ky has to ''hack off her legs'' in order to prevent Marina's mutated body parts from eating her (something that many other villagers were not fortunate enough to avoid), and it takes a timely invention from Faust to fully treat and save her life, though Marina ends up back in the wheelchair.]] Things do look up for her at the close of the story, as she is [[spoiler:reunited with Solaria and the two are placed under the watchful eye of Ky and the rest of the IPF]], but ''damn''.
** IronWoobie: Axl Low is a charming, funny and positive British guy who was ripped from his time and everyone he knows and cares about by the forces of cosmic beings from another timeline to be a pawn in their conflicts. He wants none of it and just wants to be with his girlfriend Megumi, and seeks out anyone who may know how he can get back home. [[spoiler:And then he finds this person, who tells him he's really ''just a sentient bundle of magical energy, and his girlfriend has probably been wiped from existence along with his timeline because of his own actions'']]. And not only that, [[spoiler:when he finally gets a chance to go home, it comes in a SadisticChoice of abandoning his new friends to their fate. [[HeroicSacrifice Ultimately, he chooses to use his powers to help Sol Badguy over taking the chance to see Megumi again.]]]]
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