* AbandonShipping: Happens to many Yuri/Karin shippers after they complete ''Covenant''. (Long story short, thanks to time travel, [[spoiler:she's his mother]].)
* AccidentalInnuendo: Yuri in ''Covenant'': "That's one big pussy." This is said to [[spoiler: Andre, the giant pink cat, although Lucia standing with her legs spread wide right next to the cat didn't help.]]
* AngelDevilShipping: This is played up a ''lot'' for Alice/Yuri shipping, both in canon and fanon.
* BadassDecay: Happens to [[spoiler:Albert Simon]] in ''Covenant''.
* CrazyAwesome: Joachim. Vampire? Check! Superhero? Check! Professional Wrestler? And check! From the New World gives Frank, the Polish-American McNinja.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Soundtracks by Yoshitaka Hirota, with Yasunori Mitsuda guest-composing a few tracks on the first two games for extra added flavor. Since Hirota is almost unquestionably a disciple of [[SilentHill Akira Yamaoka]] and Mitsuda [[VideoGame/ChronoCross needs]] [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} no]] [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} introduction]], Shadow Hearts' soundtrack manages to be both epic and skin-crawlingly creepy at the same time.
** Special mentions go to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggV1OE0fey8 Demon's Gig]] from Shadow Hearts, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irGCdR0rTM4 Hardcore to the Brain]] from Shadow Hearts 2.
** The song everyone thinks of from ''Covenant'' is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGWVzDhDHMc Battle With Astaroth]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkpiBIUeBfY Old Smudged Map]] from Covenant for good ambient stuff.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVr9VjV96D4 Light Crossing Border]] from ''From The New World'', which plays in every spirit fight.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Killer in ''From The New World'' is often treated as being more sympathetic than he actually is, despite being a psychotic, remorseless serial killer.
** Nicolai also gets some of this, particularly in relation to his feelings for Karin.
* EndingFatigue: Doing the end-of-game sidequests can sap your enthusiasm if you spend too long on it.
* EvilIsCool: Albert Simon, a [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman refined]], [[AffablyEvil affable gentleman]] who kicks all sorts of ass with his ungodly magical power.
* EvilIsSexy: [[{{Bishonen}} Nicolai]], [[MsFanservice Veronica]], [[CostumeCopycat Killer]] and [[{{Stripperific}} Lady]] are the most prominent examples.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** The Valentine family in general.
** Kato is quite popular among fans. His [[CoDragons Mutant Apes]] too.
* FoeYay: Veronica and ''anyone'' she interacts with. Perhaps save for [[HardGay Joachim]].
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Margarete. This is Mata Hari we're talking about. ''Covenant'' is set in 1915. Anyone else remember what happened to the real one near the end of WWI? [[spoiler:For those who don't know, the French executed her for spying.]]
* GameBreaker:
** If used properly, Lucia's Aromatherapy ability can make the game *much* easier with the only drawback being it will effect everybody but her. Her successor, Ricardo, is also pretty good, too.
** Combos can become this way. They're optional but still powerful if utilized properly in ''Covenant'' but in ''From the new world''? You can see several videos of people literally ''racking up'' the bonus damage from using the huge-flashy-and-practical-abilities-that-inflict-lots-of-hits and taking out a sizable chunk of the boss's HP.
* GrowingTheBeard: The first ''Shadow Hearts'' game is widely considered a solid horror-tinted RPG, with an interesting combat system in the Judgement Ring and a refreshing protagonist in Yuri. The second game, though cutting back (a little) in the horror department, is considered by many fans to be the apex of the series and one of the best [=RPGs=] in history, improving upon almost every facet of what was already praised as good.
* HellIsThatNoise:
** Quite a few, both in exploration and combat. In the first game, you walk on blood and corpses quite often, producing a disgusting wet noise with every step. And the music for some areas would include screams, hysterical laughter and strange pants. Then the monsters come along and assault your ears with their weird moaning, nauseating squishy noises or gut-wrenching screams.
** Furthermore, if through whatever means your characters happen to ''go insane'' by having their Sanity Points depleted, the music changes to the 'Berserk Track'. There is a unique Berserk Track for each battle theme in the game, and is usually... Well, ''different''. Compare [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p_SFBS-UCc standard]] with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUrt1wthlMg berserk]].
* HoYay: Joachim with pretty much ''any'' other male character.
* JerkassWoobie: While every game has {{Woobie}}s who wind up becoming villains, ''From the New World'' takes this trope UpToEleven - it's pretty clear that we're ''not'' supposed to sympathize with Lady or Killer at all... but all you know ''about'' Lady is what Shania told you, and Killer is his backstory. The more you learn about Lady, by the end, you will either feel like a complete ''ass'' for [[spoiler: having killed her]], or you will see it as [[spoiler: Putting Lady out of her misery, earning both her and Killer a RedemptionEqualsDeath]].
* MagnificentBastard: Albert Simon. Everything from the start of ''Koudellka'' up to the final dungeon of ''Shadow Hearts'' is basically all part of Albert's plans. The shear level of his manipulative adaptation and back-up plans is nothing short of impressive. Even Yuri considers Albert the crème de la crème of villains.
* MemeticBadass: Yuri. A lot of Shadow Hearts fans hold him up as one of the toughest protagonists in the RPG genre.
* {{Narm}}: ''Shadow Hearts'' had the backstory from the ghost girl that was supposed to be creepy. However, the horrible English voice acting makes it hilarious with the old woman repeatedly telling the cast the exact screams the girl made.
-->"Shloooop! Shlooooop~!"
* NightmareFuel:
** The Doll House sidequests, particularly the one in the first SH. Also, the BossRoom in the optional dungeon Kowloon Fortress is just...*shudder*
** More to the point: you know how most RPG series use kind of goofy-looking cutesy monsters as enemies? This one uses ''skinned corpses''. For '''{{Mooks}}'''. And they're the least disturbing thing about it!
** The enemy bios in the Library are quite unnvering. There's a particular enemy in ''Covenant'' that's described as ''devouring a pregnant woman and absorbing her into itself and the person trapped inside is screaming constantly.''
** Near all the monsters in ''Koudelka'' and the original ''Shadow Hearts'' are just...''fucked up.'' Case in point: One of the first monsters you encounter in ''Shadow Hearts'' is a giant spider that- according to its bio- injects corrosive venom into ''the anus of its prey'', and then devours its melting insides. [[FromBadToWorse One of the first monsters.]]
** More examples include the Armdog, an upside-down dog standing on a human arm..."The ghost of a postman who ate all the dogs in town". Or Sin, a [[FanDisservice scrawny naked woman]] standing on her arms, holding a pike with her toes which goes through a ''brain'' - "a mistake of God which seeks revenge against its creator". Or Guinea Pig, again a [[FanDisservice naked woman - with no head]], that attacks you by ''splitting its whole body between her legs to bite you''. Or the snail-girls in Zhaoyang village, with an absolutely [[HellIsThatNoise horrible]] scream - "the ghost of a girl who was burned alive. She is very lonely, but don't get to friendly with her". For ''Covenant'', we get male [[FanDisservice Fan Disservice]] in the form of a masculine lower body, gliding on its abdomen and legs in the air, which hits you with a huge phallic lump of flesh hanging from its crotch and bites you with mouths in the crook of its knees. [[FromBadToWorse And that's not even going into the bosses...]]
** Li Li of Dalian is bound to give a few players a nasty shock due to her [[FacialHorror grotesque appearance]] on her CharacterPortrait.
* ReplacementScrappy: Johnny from ''From the New World''. As far as some fans are concerned, he's not Yuri.
* ScrappyMechanic:
** In the first ''Shadow Hearts'' game, to do ''anything'', you need to press the action button at the right time three times. '''Anything.''' This includes attacking, spell casting, using an item, ''searching a place for an item that's right in sight.'' And would you believe this very same mechanic somehow wasn't horrible in the sequels?
** Hildegarde's Calorie Meter in ''From the New World'' is an utter bitch to work without expending rare, irreplaceable items.
* {{Shipping}}: In the story for ''Covenant'', Yuri was clearly making a comeback, [[spoiler: with a new love interest, Karin. Backlash from fans demanded he [[{{Necromantic}} get back together with Alice.]] Fans got their wish, [[TogetherInDeath but not in the way they expected.]]]]
* {{Squick}}:
** Kato creating Ouka as a {{Replacement Goldfish}} for his dead love interest. It gets even more disturbing when Raiden and Hien discuss, in a cutscene, about Kato and Ouka wanting to ''have a baby together.''
** How about Karin's creepy infatuation with [[GodOfEvil the inhuman Amon]]?
*** Or, more obviously, with [[spoiler:[[ParentalIncest her son!]]]]
*** Her attraction to him isn't especially squicky until it's revealed that [[spoiler: she is stalking him ''through time itself'' to be with him as a child. Assuming she retains her memories after the time travel (debatable), that's one messed-up family.]]
* TastesLikeDiabetes / HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Anastasia in ''Covenant'', and [[LampshadeHanging well aware of it]].
* ThatOneBoss: Shadow Hearts 1, [[spoiler:Fox Face. Or any of the four killer bosses that pop up after you beat him (until you get the artifact that allows you to kill them, at least).]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Nicolai in ''Covenant''. Revelations about his character with [[spoiler: Rasputin reveals that he is Tsar Nicolas's bastard, and is using Kato to take over Russia from Rasputin's hand. Instead, once they get to Japan, Nicolai is tortured, Astaroth takes over, and he is killed by Kato. In particular, there's no dialogue with his own sister, Anastasia.]]
** Karin herself also qualifies. She is introduced as a DecoyProtagonist who initially assists Nicolai in his quest before his betrayal and killing of her men, and afterwards is immediately replaced by Yuri, the hero from the first game, for the rest of the story. Karin herself is given no backstory and no motivation to join Yuri in his quest besides being set up as his second-love interest[[spoiler: after the death of Alice]], and her background as a former lieutenant on the run is never explored again. If it weren't for the end-game twist that reveals that [[spoiler: Karin goes back in time and becomes Yuri's mom]], Karin could easily have been written out of the story altogether.
* TierInducedScrappy:
** Gepetto is probably the closest this series has to one. He has the highest magical attack and can boost his elemental power with Cordelia's dresses, but Lucia and Anastasia are both faster, magical power is weaker than physical power, and the two women have special skills that make them more useful (Lucia's Aromatherapy and Anastasia's Snaps)
** In the first game, Zhuzhen is a decent character, and the only character who can reliably hit all non-Light elemental classes. But after Margarete rejoins and Halley is required for the next two dungeons, he often hits the bench.
* UncannyValley:
** Averted because of the stylized characters (Rasputin looks like a cartoon villain), but in ''Covenant'', there's the "Miracle" scene in which, for once, the UncannyValley turns out to be more ''funny'' than creepy, because [[spoiler: Yuri tries to make a sad face...but it looks so ridiculous some people who ''would have'' cried at that scene suddenly found themselves stifling back laughter. This has become a ''very'' minor [[MemeticMutation meme]] in itself.]]
** Played straight with most enemies. Such as the boss from ''Covenant'' that is a giant spider with ''human fingers for legs and mandibles'', a human nose placed in the middle of it's head, and a ''realistic human mouth with teeth and lips''.
* UnderusedGameMechanic:
** A Malice mechanic is alluded to in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts Covenant'', but, like its apparent [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot plot significance]], never comes up in-game.
** ''From The New World'' explains "Will" as the good counterpart to Malice, and it's explained that too much Will is as bad as too much Malice. But there is no gameplay mechanic about Will ''or'' Malice.
** The vampires mechanics in ''Covenant'' and ''From The New World'' can feel this way too, if only because of how [[GuideDangIt little the game mentions them]] or how utilizing it often uses rare and/or expensive in-game items.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Mao in ''From the New World'', namely due to the CrossdressingVoices in the English version. In the Japanese version of ''From the New World'', Mao is voiced by Creator/{{Kujira}}, who is ''definitely'' a woman. She sounds very similar to [[{{Naruto}} Orochimaru]], though.
* VillainDecay: Nicholai "I Want to Defeat You" Conrad.
* WastedSong: "Holy Body", which plays whenever you run out of SP during a Spirit fight in From the New World. Given the circumstances, it's ''highly'' unlikely you will ''ever'' hear it.
* TheWoobie:
** Alice from the first game. Her father is murdered in front of her, people slaughter just to get a hold of her, she's tortured by Dehuai, and ultimately [[spoiler: gets her soul killed so she can save Yuri.]]
** Edna from the third game. A sweet, bubbly flapper girl who hot for Ricardo and deeply cares for her brother, Al Capone. She's lusted after by [=McManus=], then kidnapped [[spoiler: then shot, only to be brought back by Lady via the Kiss of Malice. This leads her to kill when she loses control of herself, and eventually she begs Ricardo to kill her. This firmly leads Ricardo into Woobie territory as well.]]
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