* AnticlimaxBoss: Ginghamphatts in ''Samurai's Destiny'', but only if [[spoiler: you are really friendly with Magoichi. The latter will suddenly show up, talk you about his next goals and nonchalantly turn the big fellow to dust with a shot from his {{BFG}}]].
** Nobunaga's Golden Evil Statue form from ''Samurai's Destiny''. While the previous form was quite challenging based on how he stays away from Jubei and performs multiple type of attacks, he barely tries to defend in the final round. The UnexpectedGameplayChange also made the battle much easier.
** Guildenstern in ''Demon Siege''. He was never made out to be a fighter (he is a scientist, after all), but the fight with is still pretty easy even for that.
* BreatherBoss: Tenkai in Dawn of Dreams due to his simple attacks.
* CompleteMonster: Munenori from Dawn of Dreams. He attacked his own family, the Yagyu clan because he thought his grandfather killed his mother, which was his StartOfDarkness. [[spoiler:When Munenori's niece reveals that his mother actually gave her life to save him, and his grandfather had nothing to do with it, Munenori is initially taken aback. Then, he starts to laugh, and reveals he doesn't care what happened in his past, he will continue to be evil. ]]
** Mitsunari qualifies as well. Not only did he spearhead the Genma research that led to the creation of the Genma Trees and caused the entire country to be swept into chaos, he [[spoiler:invited the demon Claudius to inhabit his body, ''willingly'' as opposed to being possessed, and as a result it became impossible to tell where one ended and the other began.]] Unlike Hideyoshi, whose grand delusions were stroked by the Genma Triumvirate, or Luis Frois, who began researching the Genma purely out of curiosity [[spoiler:only to end up being possessed by Rosencratz]], Mitsunari knew ''exactly'' what he was doing, and he ''wanted it to happen''. It's enough to make one doubt he was ever human in the first place.
* ContestedSequel: ''Dawn Of Dreams''.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Pick a game. Any game.
* DemonicSpiders: Many Genma, except for the basic zombie grunt, are this, especially in Dawn of Dreams in the Demonic Realms, where you'll find lots of nasty {{Ninja}}, Giant Mooks and Invisible Monsters and no sense of MookChivalry. {{Airborne Mook}}s are particularly bad since most characters lack the appropriate means to deal with them.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: While most villains within the series are pretty detestable, Gogandantess came across as a more honorable and likable villain.
* EvilIsSexy: Vega Donna and the younger version of Jujudormah (before she became a VillainousGlutton).
** Hecuba in her true form could also count
** Don't you forget [[spoiler:Ophelia/Yodo...]]
* GameBreaker: ''Dawn of Dreams'' introduces the ability to do chain attacks off level 1 magic attacks, rendering many other ways of starting a chain effectively pointless. This addition also makes level 2 and 3 magic far less useful by comparison.
** However, Issen attacks dealt with a level 1 magic are less effective and grant you less red souls than a properly used Issen attack. Nonetheless, you'll still likely earn more than enough to upgrade your weapons and stats however.
* HypeBacklash: While ''Demon Siege'' is praised for improving the gameplay and finishing the Nobunaga trilogy, producer Keiji Inafune himself noted that several fans were disappointed by how its story did not feel like a samurai tale which resulted in ''Dawn of Dreams'' removing its modern atmosphere.
* MemeticMutation: "Gogandantess, the Greatest Swordsman of all Demons!"
* {{Moe}}: Ako
* MoralEventHorizon: Although she's highly unpleasant to begin with, Jujudormah crosses this when she [[spoiler:slits Takajo's throat while Jubei watches]].
** Even though he was already a literal demon by the time it happened, it bears mentioning that Nobunaga actually did burn down the temples at Mt. Hiei in RealLife, so he qualifies for this both in the games and in the eyes of many historians. In fact, this act is one of the main reasons he receives a HistoricalVillainUpgrade anywhere he appears.
** Ranmaru jumps the line when [[spoiler:he kills little Henri for no reason.]]
** Destroying the beautiful [[spoiler:Mont Saint-Michel, along with all its imprsoned monks and pilgrims with your flying castle is bad enough, Vega Donna. But then you decide to use your {{BFG}} to wipe out the crumbling remains and any survivors?]] It's on.
* {{Narm}}: The voice acting and dialogue. Oh, the voice acting and dialogue.
** But, for some, that's all [[NarmCharm part of the series' charm]].
** GIANT PANDA SUIT!
** [[spoiler:Ekei's ridiculous-looking superimposed "tears" during his MyGreatestFailure flashback in the second game.]]
** Jubei and Oyu's interactions. Their dialogues can be quite cheesy most notably in the English dub.
** "You're too late Jubei. I've just transferred my power into this golden evil statue! Look at it." (This line feels funny because of the actor's emphasis in "Golden" and "statue")
*** The rest of the final battle from ''Samurai's Destiny'' has Nobunaga activating the mentioned golden evil statue with so many random noises that more than one will go WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs
** Jacques' character can be hard to take seriously simply because he was modeled after Jean Reno.
* NightmareFuel:
** Many of Guildenstern'ss experiments, his fondness for children (well, their tender, fresh organs anyway) and what he did to the poor animals of Bologne Zoo...
** Luis Frois's hospital in Osaka. There are no patients, but is full of human-like zombies.... also he's a creepy man.
** From being [[FateWorseThanDeath turned into a demon]] to the brutal slaughter of innocent Parisians, these games are full of it.
** The former village in Kyushu in Dawn of Dreams: Heavy rain, ravens and nothing but [[ZombieApocalypse lots of awful-looking zombies ]] all around, feeding on corpses. Yuk.
** Have we forgotten about the doll from the xbox version? The horrifying floating partially broken nearly invincible bell ringing monstrosity.
** The genma trees in the fourth game. And then you [[spoiler:[[HumanResources find out what they're made of]]]]. That horrible, tortured [[HellIsThatNoise screaming]]...
* ScrappyMechanic: The fixed camera sometimes makes it hard to notice the enemies.
** The most common complaint the first two games got is the use of the dpad rather than the left analogue to move.
* ThatOneBoss: The second fight with Marcellus in ''Warlords'' is often regarded as a harder fight than [[FinalBoss Fortinbras]]. Hecuba is also difficult, though not as hard.
** The God of Light in ''Dawn of Dreams'' is regarded as they single hardest fight in the series.
* TheScrappy: Jacques' son from ''Demon Siege'' is often regarded as this.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Samanosuke's character in ''Demon Siege'' feels quite boring in comparison to Jacques'. He doesn't go through any sort of CharacterDevelopment or thoughts about the past. For example, his rivalry with Nobunaga, relationship with the Oni, or his feelings regarding Kaede's fate are never explored. Instead, the plot focuses on more Henri's complicated relationship with Michelle while Samanosuke barely speaks.
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Gogodantess, Heihachiro and Soki.]]
* {{Wangst}}: Even though Kotaro knows the truth about what happened to his mother, his denial caused him to hate every single woman and even try to kill Oyu. To be fair, he knew Oyu's true identity and believed she was an agent.
* WTHCastingAgency - JeanReno playing Jacques Blanc ?
** What's wrong with that ?
** To be fair, Jacques was intentionally designed to look like him, just how Samonosuke was intentionally designed to look like his actor, Takeshi Kaneshiro.
** Except they didn't let Jean Reno voice Jacques's English dialogue, which is over 90% of his dialogue. How awesome would it have been to hear Jean's smooth French accentented English while you're playing as him? The fact he's speaking his own French lines is weak compensation, even if they couldn't get him to do English voices due to time or money constraints.
** He's [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff really popular in Japan.]] They [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench think he's sexy]].
** Also, the person who voices him? Paul Mercier, who, [[ActorAllusion like Reno]], voiced [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 a different Leon]].