* AntiClimaxBoss: In the first game, [[spoiler:Risky's Tinkerbats have apparently forgotten to install weapons and defenses to her All-Purpose Steam Powered Tinker Tank, leading to a "steam-powered behemoth" that could only damage you if you jump on its threads or stand in front of its two external steam vents]].
** [[spoiler:This is more than made up for by Risky Boots herself]].
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: which you can listen to right [[http://www.biglionmusic.com/category/music/game-soundtracks/handheld-soundtracks/shantae here]] ''for free'', courtesy of Shantae's composer Jake "virt" Kaufman.
** Generally, any game with a Virt soundtrack is guaranteed about nine separate instances of this trope.
** Special mention should go to "Burning Town". Like others, it came back in ''Risky's Revenge'', but the remix (available at the composer's site) takes it UpToEleven, dipping into the GBC version at times just for extra impact.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_kAJLsSGz8 Through the Trees]] combines this with one of the lushest, most visually stunning levels in the game.
** The Song heard in the trailer for ''Half-Genie Hero'' "Dance Through the Danger" sung by [[Creator/CristinaValenzuela Cristina Vee]] is awesome and [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1236620800/shantae-half-genie-hero/posts/590818 available for free download.]] Also, EarWorm.
* CultClassic: The first game bombed on release and the sequel spent years in DevelopmentHell because publishers didn't want anything from [=WayForward=] that wasn't a licensed game or a casual downloadable title, but still manages to have a sizable fanbase most other smaller games could only dream of.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Everyone seems to love Rottytops.
* EvilIsSexy: Risky Boots. In-Universe an NPC boy comments.
--> "My Mom dressed up as the Pirate Lady for Dad. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar But I'm not allowed to talk of such things.]]"
* FoeYay: Invoked between Shantae and Risky.
* GameBreaker: Fighting the final boss as plain ol' Shantae? A nightmare. [[spoiler: However, if you bring a full stock of Pike Balls and Fireballs, and/or use the Spider Venom, you'll be laughing all the way to the end credits.]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The game has a not-insignificant Japanese fanbase despite never officially being released there. The combination of {{Animesque}}-{{Kawaii}}-{{Fanservice}}-{{Metroidvania}} likely has something to do with it.
** And then there's [[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=166997203328510&set=a.157273437634220.37060.149435571751340 this piece of fanart]], released in hopes of encouraging [=WayForward=] to get hopping on the worldwide release of ''Risky's Revenge''.
* {{Moe}}: Cited by Destructoid in their review of ''Risky's Revenge'': Your first instinct on seeing the female main cast is probably not so much "Whoa, that's hot" as "Aww, that's cute".
** That doesn't stop the fanbase's artistic views, however.
* {{Squick}}: Rottytops, a (cute) female zombie, manages to break into a ruin -- in order to allow Shantae access -- by ''tearing her leg off at the knee and picking the lock with her exposed shin bone.'' (She puts it back on, though.) Still cute, but rather disturbing.
** In a conversation with Bolo (Had while you are searching for the Zombie Caravan), he asks you to tell him if you meet any cute zombie girls. That's right, Bolo is a not-so-closeted [[{{ILoveTheDead}} necrophile.]]
** How Uncle Mimic explains how he prevented triggering a pressure trap: by switching the treasure with the contents of his bowels.
** One of the fishermen:
--> "When I was a little boy with a full beard..."
* ThatOneLevel: The ''entire overworld'' is harder than most dungeons!
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Part of the game's commercial failure is sometimes attributed to this. The art and story are cute and comical, and there's a definite hint of GirlsNeedRoleModels behind the mostly-female, all ass-kicking cast. But [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar the crap gone past the radar,]] the difficulty during the later stages, and the sheer sexiness of the cast seems a bit odd.
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