* AnticlimaxBoss -- Several examples.
** Mad Dog in Sundown's chapter, though this may be intentional. [[spoiler:Defeating him on the second fight removes an additional scene from that chapter's ending.]]
** [[spoiler:O-DI-O from Pogo's chapter is really simple if Bel learned her singing attack.]]
** [[spoiler:OD-10 in Cube's chapter can be easily defeated by standing next to him and using High-Speed-Op and Upgrade, Cube will counter each time he is attacked, and become stronger with each heal. Eventually, he can do more damage than the boss has HP.]]
** Depending on how you play through the chapter [[spoiler:Oboro's Final Boss can easily be killed or be ungodly hard.]]
** The final battle against [[spoiler:Straybow in Oersted's chapter]]. While he has improved some since the fight at the beginning of the chapter, he's still relatively weak in comparison to the bosses fought before him.
** Level up Sundown enough in the [[spoiler:final]] chapter, and he learns an ability that can usually do 999 damage in one hit, making almost ''every'' fight an AntiClimaxBoss. [[spoiler: Then again, O. Dio can also do [[ThatOneAttack 999 damage]] ''[[ThatOneAttack to you]]'' if you're not careful, so [[RocketTagGameplay fair is fair]].]]
** Odie Oldbright (much like every boss in the fighting chapter) has no defense against Abise-geri. If you're lucky and it turns him around every time, he'll never even get a chance to hit you.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Alicia can be seen as either two ways. A) [[spoiler: Always in love with Straybow and Oersted was just reading too much into context.]] Or B) [[spoiler: Shallow typical ditzy princess who only crushed on Oersted after kicking ass in the tournament and was easily seduced and manipulated by Straybow, whom simply wanted to ruin Oersted out of hate either way.]] Depends entirely on how much you read into things really.
** She can also be viewed in more of a sympathetic light, in that [[spoiler: she truly did have feelings for Oersted but was [[MoreThanMindControl emotionally manipulated]] into falling in love with Straybow]]. If you buy into the idea that [[spoiler: Straybow was the one behind her kidnapping in the first place]], this seems like a perfectly viable interpretation.
** [[spoiler:Oersted himself]] can also qualify. Think about it this way: [[spoiler:once he became Odio, he said he would make "humanity see the folly on their selfishness"]]. Did he really [[spoiler:snapped at the end, or he was actually doing what he believed was the only way he could help humanity?]] After all, once you take control of him you see he could [[spoiler:trigger Armageddon very easily all by himself.]]
* BreatherLevel:
** Cube's chapter only has one required boss battle, and it doesn't have a single GuideDangit. [[spoiler:That doesn't [[NothingIsScarier mean]] it's boring or that you can't die in it...]]
** Sundown's chapter has a total of five battles, of which one is optional (and eliminates one of the others if you choose to fight), three are laughably easy, and one is against the chapter's boss [[spoiler:and can be made significantly easier depending on how you set the traps]].
* ClicheStorm: One way in which the game suffers is its short chapters - the plots are general and predictable, and you tend to know exactly what you're getting from them. Whether that's a bad thing is up to your interpretation, but [[spoiler:it gets subverted near the end of the game]] either way.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** The boss theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQVc5_uNmdk&hd=1 Megalomania]], hands down.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iHa5OzimRk&hd=1 The Bird Flies In The Sky, The Fish Swims In The Water]] is very nice.
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PndENs2bULk Oersted's theme.]] Especially in the Final Chapter.]]
** The title theme. [[spoiler:Which is also the Final Chapter battle theme.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB98XxvOJO4 The first ending theme]] qualifies as both Crowning Music of Awesome AND [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Crowning Music of Heartwarming]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX0hA8r3ZzM The second one]] is simply beautiful for not just an end to your overall quest, but a beautiful mix between many main themes.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSDnRv7tiZk This remix]] of the Demon King's theme could have been a good boss theme for [[spoiler:Oersted]].
** The Mecha chapter's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCVD8fykgRk opening song]], which makes you feel like actually watching a Super Robot anime.
** Check out Project Sync's remix of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omwum4TDUHk Wings that Don't Reach]]. [[spoiler: There's also a surprise remix of the Main Theme in the middle.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse -- For someone who can be possibly KilledOffForReal and be only an afterthought, Li is very popular for the fandom, due to her being [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the sole female that can be in the final party]], and her overall ActionGirl quality. Oersted, due to the {{Troperiffic}}-ness could count, but ultimately he's not, as he's [[spoiler:actually the main antagonist Odio.]]
* FanPreferredCouple -- In Japan, at least (where a fandom has actually had the chance to develop) Akira/Li. Also surprisingly popular is [[HoYay Sundown Kid/Mad Dog]] and, even more bizarrely, [[FoeYay Odi Wan Lee/Li]]. Yes, really.
* FanNickname: "知力25" (INT or IQ 25) for Masaru. Because his base IQ will ALWAYS be this. Parodied with [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Cirno]] crossovers.
** in ''VideoGame/TouhouALive, she's the star of the similarly styled chapter.
* FridgeBrilliance: It seems rather jarring (although not unexpected for RPG standards) for [[spoiler:Oersted]] a.k.a. Odio, the friggin Demon King, to be beatable. However, recall Uranus and Hash's words: "As long as there is someone who believes in you". The little kid does in fact still believe in him, even after his death. No wonder Odio is beatable. He wasn't being hated enough.
* FridgeHorror: On Oersted's [[spoiler: second visit to Devil's Peak]], the enemies are all named after various phobias, making it seem like a rather literal form of [[FaceYourFears facing your fears]]. However, [[spoiler: quite a few of these enemies take the form of [[CuteMonsterGirl scantily-clad young women,]] and [[ThatOneBoss the strongest of them]] is called "Gynophobia."]] If Oersted ''is'' facing his fears in this dungeon, then maybe [[spoiler: [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration the reason so many of those monsters look like women]] is because he's slowly starting to have doubts over [[RealityEnsues whether Alicia will really forgive him for accidentally murdering her father]].]] Then [[spoiler: he runs into Straybow and Alicia]], and pretty much all his worst fears are confirmed in the span of a few minutes. For a HeroicMime, Oersted has ''issues''...
* GameBreaker:
** The Cola Bottle from Pogo's chapter can become this in the [[spoiler:final]] chapter. [[spoiler:Just make sure to equip it to Pogo as an accessory before his chapter ends, and it'll carry over to the final chapter when he joins your party]]. The Cola Bottle is an infinite-use item with an attack that can deal 999 damage to almost every minor enemy in the game (and even some bosses!). Needless to say, the [[spoiler:final]] chapter becomes a breeze with this in your arsenal.
** ''In'' Pogo's chapter, there's "Laa Laa", an attack Bel learns at Level 7. Take an hour or so to build her up before examining Zaki's firepit, and you can one-shot O-DI-O. As in the chapter boss.
** [[spoiler: Playing as [=Oersted/Odio=] in the final chapter. Remember how all of Odio's incarnations have a ThatOneAttack? Well, now you can use all of them, freely. Plus [[DesperationAttack you always have]] [[TakingYouWithMe Armageddon]] if you're somehow still losing. This also leads to a bit of FridgeHorror: Odio's been going easy on you this whole time. If he fought with half the skill he has while under your control, the game would have been unwinnable.]]
* GoddamnedBoss -- Voice Heart. After encountering him several times in an extra dungeon, you will want to scream "JUST LEAVE ME ALONE." It's quite gratifying when [[spoiler:you get to tell him off and kill him at the end of the dungeon.]]
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Li. See FanPreferredCouple above, and combine that with pairing her with Masaru, and also Oboromaru, and occasionally Yuan.
* NarmCharm - [[spoiler:Matsu, after drinking himself silly, exclaims "MASSU AYN'T DED!!" while piloting Buriki Daioh]] It actually adds onto the epic feel of the scene.
* NightmareFuel
** Akira's chapter. It's even more disturbing than [[Manga/{{Akira}} the anime it's inspired by]].
** Cube's chapter, once [[spoiler:the Behemoth gets loose and things start to go to hell.]] The tense music doesn't help.
** Oboro's chapter:
*** That weird person who runs away from Oboro emitting some kind of [[HellIsThatNoise horrible roar]].
*** One attack used by the final boss is also accompanied by a [[HellIsThatNoise horrible wail]]. The visuals make it far creepier, too. That would be "Saint [[spoiler:Alicia]]". The aforementioned visuals are that of an angelic-looking female figure hovering over the target, and then quickly ''melting'' into a horrifying hag with a mouth of fangs. The worst part of it is the name. Saint [[spoiler:Alicia]]. [[spoiler:Oersted is so consumed by hatred that ''this'' is how he sees his once beloved Alicia.]]
** In the [[spoiler:Final]] chapter, the kingdom that the [[spoiler:Medieval]] chapter took place in is eerily quiet. What happened is hinted in a number of places, and then all but outright ''said'' in Akira's secret dungeon: [[spoiler:Everyone's ''dead''. They either died during the events of Oersted's chapter, or were killed by Oersted as Odio. Even the little kid who still believed in Oersted.]]
** The prelude to the Death Prophet in the [[spoiler:final]] chapter. You're just minding your business, probably running away from battles when things go south. And suddenly, after retreating, the music stops and an ominous message like the Grim Reaper warns you that death awaits those who run away too much, and starts counting down to zero every time you run away. When the countdown reaches ZERO... it comes to you. A black panther monster that can easily turn you into stone. Unless you're the type of keeping count of how many times you run away, the Death Prophet's warning comes off as chilling and shocking.
* PlayerPunch:
** Amongst '''many''', [[spoiler:die while piloting Buriki Daioh. Akira and Matsu revive as spirits and Matsu says "You Bastard!" to Akira before the player returns to the load screen, feeling a lot like the YouBastard in question]].
** The Kung Fu chapter. The Master takes in three bright, promising pupils who all show signs of being inheritors of Shin San Ken, and then [[spoiler:two of them are murdered by Odi Wan Lee's goons]]. Even worse is that, once you know [[spoiler:how the game chooses which ones live, it's basically ''you'' deciding which ones die]]. Go ahead, ''try'' not to feel bad when you replay the chapter, with that knowledge.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped -- The game's theme is obvious but handled tastefully - [[spoiler: Anyone can become a villain with enough hatred.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Buriki Daioh's theme is a rearrangement of the theme of MazingerZ. The battle theme in the fighting chapter is a very clear nod to Ken's theme in "VideoGame/StreetFighterII". And it's even more suspicious when we know that the main composer of the game's soundtrack is [[Creator/YokoShimomura Yoko Shimomura]], who also worked on "VideoGame/StreetFighterII".
* ThatOneAttack: All of the [[spoiler:Odio]] incarnations have an example of ThatOneAttack:
** [[spoiler:O-D-O has Bite, which can do massive damage to anyone in the party.]]
** [[spoiler:Ode Iou has Poison Serpent Whip; while it doesn't do much damage, it covers almost the entire battlefield in poison spaces. Also, Drink Blood is pretty strong and heals Ode Iou.]]
** [[spoiler:Odi Wan Lee has Kuang Zhuan Yan Wu, which can easily kill the inheritor when you face him.]]
** [[spoiler:O. Dio has Gatling Shots, which almost always does enough damage to result in a OneHitKill.]]
** [[spoiler:Odie Oldbright has Acro DDO, which can kill Masaru in one hit. Two hits, if the player's lucky.]]
** [[spoiler:The Inko Keruruu Odeo Statue has Liquefied Human Curse, which does random damage, but normally does plenty.]]
** [[spoiler:OD-10 has Driveback and Driveback-Counter, which deal tons of damage and create electric panels; however, he will only start using them if you cast Info Research on the middle of his sprite to change his graphic.]]
** [[spoiler:The Demon King's strongest attack instantly stones anyone hit by it. This can, however, be cured with Uranus's healing move. God help you if he gets stoned.]]
** [[spoiler:Pure Odio has Cancel Ray, which instantly disrupts any attacks you have planned, but he and Illusion Odio also have Life Eraser, which will stone you for sure if you don't have the Ariel Equipment. Pure Odio likes to use Life Eraser (which also heals him for any damage done) after every move you make, which means hurting him is nearly impossible.]]
** Optional boss Amakusa in Oboro's path has Electric Barrier, which deals 120+ damage and surrounds you with electric tiles. Oboro has about 160 HP if you've killed everyone in his path up to this point. And Amakusa likes to use this attack twice in a row. (This is ''not'' a BonusBoss, but rather one you ''must'' fight if you take a specific path through the chapter.)
* ThatOneBoss:
** King Mammoth. (and Lord Iwama, mostly if you attempted a pacifist Oboro run.)
** When it comes to required bosses, Max Morgan from Masaru's chapter is an utter bastard. If you slip up just once, he'll kill you in three hits. (And remember, Masaru ''has'' to take hits in order to learn his skills!)
** Gynophobia, the second-to-last boss in [[spoiler:Oersted's]] chapter. Giving a boss two attacks doesn't make her fair when one of them heals her for all the damage she deals and the other ''puts you to sleep''. And the one that puts you to sleep has a massive range. Even better? You fight this boss alone.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The game's director Tokita has always wanted to remake the game with modern technology, if only enough people wanted it to happen. Sadly, in comparison to its SpiritualSuccessor Chrono Trigger, most JRPG fans in Japan don't remember that this game existed.
* TheWoobie:
** [[spoiler:Cube. And depending on your temperment, Yuan from the Kung Fu chapter.]]
** [[spoiler:Oersted/Odio]] could count, too. Granted,[[spoiler:he ''is'' the main villain of the game and wants to punish all of humanity and ruin many people's lives, but considering all he went through that led to his turn to villainy, it's hard not to feel at least a little sorry for the guy]].
** The Xin Shan Quan Inheritor [[spoiler: regardless of who that ends up being. They come to lose their entire adoptive family-in Li and Sammo's case, the only family they actually have (Yuan at least still has his grandmother)-and their beloved Master, who taught them all his secrets and gave them a better life dies in their arms after giving them some last words of encouragement. At the end the Inheritor is left to rebuild the school and keep training a new generation of Xin Shan Quan students alone, but with the knowledge that the Master and the other two students are watching over them.]]