* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The entire planet of Atreim - protagonist [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsK Mist Rex]] describes it as a peaceful utopia, but also states that despite '''2000 years''' of peace, it had a defense force ''even larger'' than the Earth's, the implication said force is bigger than [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny O.M.N.I. Enforcer]] and the [[Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor Neo U.N. Army]] combined. Coupled with the fact that Mist was a rookie member of the Altreim defense force, yet mentioned he was quite used to '''riot suppression''', it begs the question - was Atreim truly a utopia or was it a ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''-esque police state?
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome
** [[Anime/OvermanKingGainer King Gainer defeating the Overdevil]] with the help of [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Gaiking]].
** After the fiasco with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Cagalli Yula Athla]] returns to piloting duties in ''K''. Banpresto even makes her first scenario one that's awesome on principle - taking on the "[[Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor Festum]]" in the outdated, under-powered "[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Strike Rouge]]" becomes a lot more badass when players realize the Festum can [[GravityMaster alter gravity]], [[PowerOfTheVoid create black holes at will]], [[{{Telepathy}} read minds]], and pretty much EVERY canon pilot from ''Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor'' who had a chance against them had been genetically modified. If there was any enemy for Cagalli to take a swing at to show she hadn't lost anything, ''this'' was the one.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUU93LvIL3c Edax]]", the {{Leitmotif}} heard if players are fighting against the [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsK "Edax" generals]] and the BigBad.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mld2IxYXgt0 Astral Burst]]", the music that plays during the final attack of the Mist's MidSeasonUpgrade.
* GameBreaker: See [[GameBreaker/SuperRobotWars entries here]]
* MemeticMutation: Some of [[TheScrappy Mist's]] badly written dialogue have turned into memes among the Japanese [=SRW=] fandom.
** "I've arrived at the church!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Spoken when he arrives at [[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Goh Saruwatari's wedding]], even though there's nobody around to hear him at all.[[/labelnote]]
** "Indeed, if we intervene, we can stop the conflict for now, but doing this wouldn't resolve the underlying problem, would it?"[[labelnote:Explanation]]While technically true, Mist says this while the citizens of Berlin are being '''slaughtered''' by the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Earth Alliance]] and the ''Archangel'' team is en route to rescue them.[[/labelnote]]
** "Ugh! Calm down! Don't be provoked by that kind of taunting!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]While being taunted by the enemy, it looks like Mist has finally matured a bit...[[/labelnote]]
*** "Ahhhhhhhhhh! [[LeeroyJenkins *Charges enemy*]]"[[labelnote:Explanation]]...or not, as Mist later charges in anyway and gets the crap beaten out of him.[[/labelnote]]
** "What a fun party..."[[labelnote:Explanation]]Spoken at the post-campaign celebration after [[spoiler:[[Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor Soushi Minashiro]] [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself to kill]] the BigBad that '''destroyed Altreim''']].[[/labelnote]]
*** This line of dialogue turned into an AscendedMeme when the official {{Twitter}} account for ''Super Robot Wars'' jokingly posted "Saying 'What a fun party...' in the comments is forbidden" as the developers were celebrating the five-year anniversary of the release of ''K''.
** "{{Revenge}} will only lead to more grief, [[Anime/GunXSword Mr. Van]]!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Not only does Mist ''completely miss the point'' regarding the theme of ''Anime/GunXSword'', but he outright '''contradicts himself''' later by congratulating Van after he finally kills [[BigBad the Claw]].[[/labelnote]]
** "I have also been defeated two times in a row!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Spoken when he attempts to comfort [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Lee Jenshin]] after he is defeated by Domega three times in a row, "attempts" being the keyword here (Lee pretty much ignores Mist). More importantly, Mist is referring to the destruction of his ''homeworlds'' - all of his family and friends are dead, yet he acts like it's not a big deal at all, giving players impression something is '''seriously''' wrong with him.[[/labelnote]]
** "This planet isn't worth fighting for! I'm done fighting for Earthlings!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]After the battle at the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Mobile Space Fortress Messiah]], Mist expresses his disappointment at humanity since large scale wars never happened on his destroyed home planets. Apparently, he's content with letting the main antagonists of ''K'' destroy the Earth, his new home planet, AGAIN, allowing him to nonchalantly jump to another world, judging by his prior quote about "two times in a row".[[/labelnote]]
** "Man... That [[Anime/OvermanKingGainer Overdevil]] really was a tough enemy, huh?"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Spoken after the fight with Overdevil, which then disappears into thin air. Everyone in the team is shocked that it can do that... Except Mist, who acted like the problem is over, even though the Overdevil merely retreated. That didn't solve the underlying problem now did it Mist?[[/labelnote]]
** "What (the hell) is Mist doing in the new [=SRW=]?!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Thanks to Mist's [[TheScrappy status]] post-''K'', it became common for Japanese fans to photoshop his unit's sprite or his character portrait from ''K'' into digital scans of a newly announced [=SRW=]. Initially done to {{Troll}} the fandom (knowing how much Mist is hated), it evolved into a pseudo-TakeThatScrappy, such as pitting Mist as an enemy unit and having the game's featured series fighting against him. Given Mist is still detested years after the game's release, [[CatharsisFactor fans don't mind if they get a chance to kick his ass]].[[/labelnote]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Largely ''Gundam SEED Destiny'' characters; not only is [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Kira Yamato]] more reasonable (who doesn't attack the player's team on sight, but agrees to join them) and Cagalli's {{Chickification}} completely nullified, ''K'' goes out of its way to make [[TheScrappy Yuuna]] [[RomanticFalseLead Roma]] [[ButtMonkey Seinan]] of ''SEED Destiny'' less of a coward and more affectionate towards Cagalli, to the point where [[spoiler:he acknowledges his faults and steps aside when Cagalli forcibly takes command of Orb - Yuuna even [[SparedByTheAdaptation lives through the Battle of Orb]]]]. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny ZAFT]] characters (with the exception of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Athrun Zala]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Heine Westenfluss]]).
* TheScrappy: Mist is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the most '''hated''' [=SRW=] protagonist ever. He spends most of ''K'' complaining about how much better Altreim is than Earth, acts like a {{Jerkass}} to the cast over the party's character flaws (berating [[LoveTriangle Goh for his women troubles]], telling Van to get over his bride-to-be's death, insulting Kira's idealistic pacifism and denigrating inexperienced pilots like [[Anime/OvermanKingGainer Gainer Sanga]], [[Anime/ZoidsGenesis Ruuji Familion]], and [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Daiya Tsuwabuki]]). The ultimate expression of this is his reaction to the ending as "[[WasntThatFun a fun party]]" (see MemeticMutation) by completely glossing over [[spoiler:Soushi's actions, who [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself to ultimately destroy]] the EldritchAbomination BigBad that was '''RESPONSIBLE FOR ALTREIM'S DESTRUCTION''']]. Made worse when a lot of his attitude is {{Hypocrit|e}}ical, such as one ending putting him in a LoveTriangle situation after insulting Goh for the very same reasons or some instances where he [[LeeroyJenkins recklessly charges at Edax forces and gets his ass handed to him]], after telling off other pilots for doing just that. There's a reason why Mist leads the MemeticMutation entry on this page alone; to say he is despised is an ''{{Understatement}}''.
* ScrappyMechanic
** {{Zigzagged}} with the "Partner Battle" system: many players consider it useless when standard {{Mook}}s later in the game have access to "Combo Attack". Meanwhile, partnering two allied units prevents the use of "Combo Attack", further discouraging the system. However, those who ''do'' want to use the "Partner Battle" system find it does have some uses, such as always having [[CombiningMecha mecha in range of each other to combine]] or easier access to {{Combination Attack}}s. Ultimately, it's a question of weighing the benefits of these vs. being able to use a "Combo Attack". These are largely the reasons why the system is revamped in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL''.
** Following the release of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'', installments began standardizing many game-play mechanics, such as "[[DiminishingReturnsForBalance evasion decay]]"[[note]]As a unit is attacked, its evasion rate decreases every time it is targeted[[/note]], raising the cost of "Spirit Commands" and balancing individual Will gains. The one gripe players have with ''K'' regarding standardization are terrain rankings on units: first, ''K'' goes with the idea that if a series is never set in space, it cannot have more than rank of "B" in space. This is fine until players realize "Anime/MazingerZ", who has never been in space, gets a rank of "A". This also extends to the "[[Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor Fafners]]", while the "[[Anime/GunXSword Dann of Thursday]]" (who not only fought in space, but fought to a draw against the "[[Anime/GunXSword Saudade of Sunday]]", an "[[AMechByAnyOtherName Armor]]" built for space combat within its own series) gets a measly "B". Secondly, despite the primary units from ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'' fighting somewhat often in water and the Fafners originating from an ''island'', none of them have a better rank of "B" in water terrain (the exceptions are the "[[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Cosmo Diver]]", a dedicated underwater/space unit and one of the unlockable Fafner units).
** Multiple series in ''K'' don't have many flight-capable machines, which causes problems when late-game {{Mook}}s all take to the skies. This would probably have been fine, provided the game gave players enough equippable parts allowing flight, but it doesn't.
* ThatOneLevel
** Scenario 5 pits players against every named villain in the first half of ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'', including Brunhilde, who in-series attacked friends and foes alike, yet in ''K'' only attacks the ''players' units''. Fortunately, only Brunhilde needs to be destroyed, except it has 10000+ {{Hit Point}}s (at Scenario 5, no less), and there are around 7-8 FragileSpeedster {{Flunky Boss}}es attacking the party at the same time. Fortunately, the scenario has easy {{Mook}}s to handle.
** Scenario 6 kicks off the ''Anime/GunXSword'' plot, only Van is attacked by a lot of [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Darius Empire]] {{Mook}}s. The player must ensure Van survives for two turns until the [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Daikuu Maryu]] appears to aid him, which is easier said than done.
** Scenario 7 is a mix of the two before: it begins with the Dann of Thursday, the [[Anime/GunXSword El Dora]] [[CombiningMecha V]] (unfortunately, it's an EN guzzler), the [[Anime/GunXSword Brow]][[CombatMedic nie]] and Mist being attacked by a bunch of ''King Gainer'' grunts and bosses (again). A few turns later, the rest of the party arrives, only enemies also get two tough bosses as reinforcements: [[Anime/OvermanKingGainer Cynthia Lane]] and [[Anime/GunXSword Ray Lundgren]]. Like Brunhilde in scenario 5, they only attack the party, despite neither of them being aligned with the [[Anime/OvermanKingGainer Siberian Railroad]].
** Finally, scenario 8 is MORE ''Overman King Gainer'' bosses/{{Mook}}s, plus Cynthia again, and the [[Anime/GunXSword Diablo of Monday]]. This scenario's slightly easier, but if players want the ''Anime/GunXSword'' {{Secret Character}}s, [[GuideDangIt Van must destroy the Diablo]] or they're LostForever. Fortunately, after all this hell, Scenario 9 is an easy BreatherLevel.
** Any ''VideoGame/VirtualOn''-based scenarios: the first two are long and boring, set in corridors against {{Mook}}s with MAP weapons, while the last one is on an open field with more grunts and EliteMooks with huge HitPoint pools and the "Combo Attack" pilot skill, allowing them to crush the player's support units.
*** Scratch that: let's just say ''any'' long corridor-based scenario is long and dull (we're looking at you, final ''Fafner'' scenario).
** In one ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDCE73Stargazer'' scenario, players must prevent any enemy unit from reaching a certain point...[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]. This sort of mission objective isn't a problem, except many series and their respective mecha in this game don't go into space from their home series, meaning they're stuck with a relatively low rank of "B" for terrain (see ScrappyMechanic above). To emphasize, a LightningBruiser like the King Gainer can easily get hit and often miss in space.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter
** Despite the proper [=SRW=] appearance of ''Godannar'' (the series made its debut in ''Super Robot Wars Scramble Comannder 2''), units like the Goddinner, Genesister and Volspinner do not appear, let alone mentioned in ''K''; instead, their respective pilots make appearances during intermissions.
** The various frames for Anime/KotetsuJeeg are not available in ''K'': one of them even has ''[[ThisIsADrill drill legs]]''!
** Although [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Yzak Joule and Dearka Elsman]] are playable characters in the game, a lot of players were disappointed the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDCE73Stargazer Blu Duel and Verde Buster]] weren't unlockable units for them to use, and they're relegated to [[{{Mook}} ZAKU Phantom and Gouf Ignited]].
** Despite the individual forms appearing as {{Combination Attack}}s, [[Anime/GaikingLegendofDaikuMaryu "Sky Buster Gaiking" and "Triple Gaiking"]] do not appear.
** ''K'' marks the first time the actual ''[[VideoGame/VirtualOn Virtual ON MARZ]]'' storyline is used (the cast treated their ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Super Robot Wars Alpha 3]]'' appearance as a "bonus level" from their world), yet players only get 4 of the 9 ''MARZ'' characters to use.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot
** Even with the changes to its storyline, ''Gundam SEED Destiny'' still gets the short end of the stick in several areas. So what if [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Captain Talia Gladys]] dies in the game]]? Let players use the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Minerva]]'' battleship instead of the ''Archangel'', for a change.
** The entire plot of ''Fafner'' in ''K'' is played in a way such that if players choose the wrong route splits, they will encounter only one Festum unit in the ENTIRE game, and won't even be able to fight it. This also extends to plot-important characters or units being glossed over.
* ToughActToFollow: Between the various issues listed on this page and the fact ''K'' followed fan-favorite ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'', this was inevitable.