* AwesomeMusic: "Ebb and Flow", the music you hear in the loading screen in Total War. It really captures the atmosphere of the era that [[EndOfAnAge the samurai reign is indeed over]], as the notes of modern drums invade the notes of Japanese flute.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h0heT3sVas Ona Hei]]". It's got the most views on Website/YouTube for a reason.
** The credit song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bs8ncO_eXQ Bird of Time]]''.
* BoringButPractical: Out of the three foreign ironclads available in '"Fall of the Samurai", The United States's Roanoke class is perhaps the most dull. Three cylinders slapped on top of a dinky floating platform, compared to the goliath British Warrior class or the black terror that is the French L'Ocean. However, what Roanokes lack in pomp, they make up in practicallity. Roanokes have the same amount of guns and more crew than the the French L'Ocean and are more maneuverable and cut a lower profile than either the Warrior or L'Ocean. They're also the cheapest of the three, meaning you can field more of them on the campaign map.
* GeniusBonus: A nice little reference is hidden in the flavor text of the Gambling Hall building: "An eight. A nine. And...a three!" That's the worst possible hand in the blackjack-like game of Oicho-Kabu...a combination called "[[Main/{{Yakuza}} ya-ku-za"]].
* MemeticMutation: "Our men are running from the battlefield. [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/shamefur-dispray Shameful display]]!" The quote comes from the [[LargeHam rather hammy]] and thickly-accented battlefield advisor, who bellows the statement every time a unit is routed (a not uncommon occurrence). The overly-dramatic delivery is widely considered humorous.
* ScrappyMechanic: "Realm Divide" tends to be one of the most criticized aspects of the game which is otherwise highly rated as one of the best in the series.
* SpiritualLicensee: The ''Fall of the Samurai'' DLC may as well be a prequel to ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. One reviewer even called it "the TomCruise DLC."
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The game is considered by some fans to be one of the (if not ''the'') best ''TotalWar'' entry yet, building on what worked in the previous games while both introducing new gameplay elements and doing justice to the original ''Shogun.''