* AnticlimaxBoss: Coming right after Bloodbane, Fenrir can be this because of his weakness to fire. Infernas, a sword you pick up much earlier in the game, can kill him in one hit.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The one-hit Purify Weird Soul attacks, like Aelia's, fall into this. While they look cool -- Aelia turns into a dragon and lets out a [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Bahamut-style]] blast -- the real power is in multi-hit attacks, which benefit more from party buffs and, more importantly, build up the heat gauge for more finishers. Also, the combo number determines the percentage bonus of subsequent attacks, so a PWS that hits for one strike is just not as good as one that hits for 20. They are made to be used last, especially the most powerful of all, Ether Strike. It's hinted at its Heat gauge increase: a measly 10%.
* AwesomeMusic: Considered to be some of Motoi Sakuraba's best works. [[https://youtu.be/KnNyX2l0sAk?list=PL3410309E74D97664 Epic Poem to Sacred Death]], [[https://youtu.be/vRHNf7Gnh-A?list=PL3410309E74D97664 When a Person Changes]], [[https://youtu.be/tgtYdkLHdUc?list=PL3410309E74D97664 Fighting the shadowy gods]], and [[https://youtu.be/1G64A2sfyts?list=PL3410309E74D97664 Distortions in the void of despair]] are just a few examples.
* BoringButPractical: Because the time in which most party members are recruited is based off of a mixture of random chance and fixed events, it's not uncommon for players to have their endgame party established as early as chapter four. Because the player starts out with Arngrim, and always recruits Lawfer and Aelia (All three of which are ''very'' common choices) in chapters two and four respectively, by chapter five, you'll pretty much only be swapping them out to train someone to send to Valhalla.
* BrokenBase: Putting it lightly, Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin has split the English-speaking fandom into two camps: one has completely disowned the game simply on the basis of it being for mobile devices and decrying that the series is now dead forever, while the second camp is cautiously optimistic and happy to see a return to the series after 7 years since the last entry.
** [[BigBad Loki]] is responsible for a vast amount of misfortune by playing the Aesir and Vanir against one another. Murdering Lenneth's beloved to steal the Dragon Orb from the Aesir, Loki confronts the Vanir's leader Surt and promptly murders him with the Orb. Loki then attacks Odin himself, revealing how badly he's played him, before annihilating him and all of Valhalla. When confronted by Lenneth, Loki declares his true intention to [[OmnicidalManiac reduce everything that exists to nothingness]], and promptly annihilates Asgard, Midgard and every living soul within.
** [[EvilSorcerer Lezard Valeth]] is the heroine's StalkerWithACrush with a twisted, self-absorbed idea of love. In order to lure [[PlayerCharacter Lenneth Valkyrie]] to him, Lezard seeks out his former magic teacher and turns her husband into a monster so he murders her, gloating that at least they have a "lifetime of love" behind them to have enjoyed. Pursuing Lezard, Lenneth discovers a factory he's created of Homunculus, kidnapping beings and experimenting on them to remove their souls and create his supply. After this, he promptly kills someone who was closing in on his secrets by freezing her body when she's astral projecting, trapping her spirit outside. In the second game, Lezard manipulates all of time, devours Odin himself and rips out Lenneth's soul to fuse it with his own and remake the world [[AGodAmI in his own image as the supreme creator]].
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: '''"WHO'S YOUR FRIEND?!"'''
** The restaurant sequence in Arngrim and Jelanda's vignette is quite amusing. Jelanda is completely inexperienced with how commoners eat, and Arngrim is essentially doing a head-desk by the end.
** If you don't find him annoying, Badrach's general pathetic, sleazy nature is amusing. [[NotHelpingYourCase He keeps listing off bad things he did]] while trying to talk Lenneth into recruiting him, and some of his battle quotes really make one wonder if Lenneth regrets him.
--> "Hey, can I sit this one out?"
* CultClassic: The game is highly regarded in the JRPG fandom, but not a whole lot of people played it. Part of it was the initial small print run and the tendency for the discs to scratch leading to physical copies being VERY pricy. A PSP re-release helped make the game much more accessible, but it still remains a cult game.
** Banshees have a good chance to appear early and can wipe out everyone (including your rear caster) with just a couple of their AOE attacks; good luck if you didn't get [[DiscOneNuke Nanami and her Dragonbane]] in the second chapter.
** Mandragoras in the Forest of Spirits, which can wipe out even a well-prepared party with a single multi-hit AOE attack. ''And they come in groups.'' Most gameplay guides will advise the player to run away rather than fight-- and not without good reason.
*** By that time, you should have Infernas and the Unicorn Horn, the first unbreakable wand that allows great magic. Use a fire spell with it, get the Great Magic, and you get crispy Mandragoras.
** The various Eye enemies (Evil Eye, Inferior Eye, etc.), who deal high damage, take a ton of hits to defeat, lack weaknesses, and can revive their fallen comrades. On Hard Mode and [[spoiler:Asgard Hill in the A Ending]], they regularly pop up in groups of two to three.
** Many others appear in later dungeons, which is one reason you want to make good use of those [[TooAwesomeToUse "Slayer" weapons.]]
** Hamsters. They randomly show up in place of Loki Shades in the [[BonusDungeon Seraphic Gate]], and will give you a violent phobia of cute furry things in short order.
*** In ''Silmeria'' they can only be fought after a manually triggered chase scene, but now they have a KingMook: Hammy (Kotaru in the Japanese version), who can oneshot even your tanks. But he does drop Sunflower Seeds, used for crafting xp-boosting Golden Eggs, and the regular hamsters drop the Ham-Star, which is VP's equivalent of the FinalFantasy Ribbon. As dangerous as they are adorable, but worth it.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Lezard.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Arngrim. He's been in all three games so far. Given that he's pretty much a footsoldier in the grand scheme of things, that should tell you something.
** Lezard is also quite popular, leading to the above mentioned [=DiLP=] status. Even if he is in the wrong, he's at least fun to watch.
* FanPreferredCouple: One of the things with the trope just above this one. Part of Lezard's DILP treatment involves ignoring the existence of ''Lucian'', Lenneth's canon love interest, and focusing on the man who is a bit more [[LoveMakesYouEvil obsessed with Lenneth in canon than fanon]].
* FashionVictimVillain: Odin's outfit is commonly described by fans as grey pajamas.
** The fully leveled skills "Guts" and "Auto Item" in combination make it almost impossible for the entire party to die, rendering other skills of the same type basically pointless. Add some Angel Curio's and you can survive anything long enough to win. This technique becomes necessary against [[ThatOneBoss Bloodbane]] and the BonusDungeon.
** The "Reverie" skill can also boost both attack power and the amount of EXP gems you pick up by adding hits to the combo. Using it well can make most fights a lot easier, and level up your characters a lot faster as well. The best part, though? You can use both sets of game breakers together.
* GoddamnBats: Any of the slime type enemies. They're generally no real threat to you, but they come in groups of two-to-three, and they're so small that most of your characters' attacks will go right over their heads, even more when they're knocked down, as will a good chunk of magic attacks, so they're tedious at best to fight.
* HilariousInHindsight: One of Freya's victory quotes is ''One day I must face Brahms...''. It is possible to have both Freya and Brahms in your party in the BonusDungeon.
* HoYay: Arngrim and Lawfer. After [[spoiler: Arngrim dies,]] Lawfer cannot bring himself to believe he had turned traitor and killed the princess. He ends up dying for that.
* IronWoobie: Lenneth stumbles into this terribly during a HeroicBSOD and after.
* InternetBackdraft: Almost any positive news about Valkyrie Anatomia has been met with criticism.
* JerkassWoobie: Jalenda is a spoiled princess, but it's hard not to feel sorry for her when she transforms into a demon and has to be put down by Lenneth.
* MagikarpPower: Gandar and Lyseria join at a point where the player will likely have their endgame team solidified - and will join at level one. However, it's very much worth it to train them.
** [[spoiler:Loki]], who uses [[spoiler:Lucian]] as a scapegoat to conceal the theft of the Dragon Orb.
** Lezard Valeth. His entire plan to "obtain" Lenneth involves him manipulating gods, mortals ''and'' demons.
* MoralEventHorizon: Nobody would ever expect Mother Laia to be a loving parent, but she crosses the line when she decides to sell her own daughter into slavery.
** Grey's '''ICICLE DISASTER!'''
** The game's English voice acting. It hurt a lot of otherwise powerful scenes.
* NarmCharm: Grey's '''ICICLE DISASTER!''' The fanbase has found amusement in reciting the game's quotes, in similar manner to ''Star Fox 64''.
* NightmareFuel: Jelanda's [[BodyHorror transformation into a ghoul]] in the PSP rerelease is ''horrifying'' to watch, especially with her screaming for help the whole time.
* PortingDisaster: Well, not quite a ''disaster'', but the original US release for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation had some notable improvements over the original Japanese version, generally streamlining the menu and organization of your characters and items. The PSP rerelease, however, was based on the Japanese version, and thus doesn't have the improvements from the US UsefulNotes/PlayStation original.
* TheScrappy: Llewelyn's high voice and whiny attitude typically gets him sent off to Valhalla ASAP. It also doesn't help that his attacks aren't very accurate.
** The [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Beholder]]-like Hel Servants in the Dark Tower of Xervah, a Hard Mode-only dungeon. They are extremely durable, hit hard, and can bring each other back from the dead if you don't kill them off at the same time. Plus, you likely don't have any of the really good equipment at this point, since they can only be accessed if you have a certain item... and the Servants guard the first prerequisite to that item. They later reappear in several other dungeons as DemonicSpiders.
** Any late-game boss that can perform the same DiscOneNuke Great Magic spells mages in your party can potentially learn is this if one doesn't have the proper items equipped. (And sometimes, even if one does have them equipped, they still are!)
** The Wraith and Akhetamen are hard unless you have [[WeaksauceWeakness Holy Water of Mithra]] because they like to spam Gravity Blessing or Seraphic Law respectively every 2 turns. The latter also heals himself to full if you brought him to 20% HP, so you have to hit him a couple of times before tossing the Holy Water at him.
** Bloodbane. For the most part things are rather smooth...up until he starts healing himself once you wear his HP down. His Blessed Gravity attack can also wreak havoc on your party members.
** In the Lost City of Dipan is Barbarossa. He isn't too bad if you have an effective setup, but he can throw players off guard by the fact that he fights you ''as soon as you enter the level''. Not only that, you have to fight him two times in a row, and he's exactly as tough in Round 2. And he can cast [[KillItWithFire Calamity Blast]] every three or four turns, which may be some players' first instance of a boss using Great Magic.
*** Not long after Barbarossa, we have the Three Mages, provided you don't have Reflect Sorcery. Even still, Gyne can and will revive his fallen allies, and it is incredibly tedious to whittle down his health. At the same time, Walther can cast a rather nasty physical attack to avoid Reflect Sorcery, if you have it up.
** Lezard Valeth's tower and the Tombs of Amenti are [[IncrediblyLamePun Hel]] for their sheer length.
** The Celestial Castle. If you fall down in the outdoor area, you will be sent back to the world map, losing 2 periods. And did anyone mentioned that those chests on the platforms all have explosive traps on them? Also, get into a fight mid-jump, or while going across the chains, and you're in deep shit once the fight's over since you'll just fall straight down.
** All of them pale before the Clockwork Mansion. It has a 5 by 5 maze, with every room but the one you are in and the one you left rotating every time you move between rooms. And each room has a different layout, as far as traversal is concerned. And there are no secrets or tricks to solve it. [[GuideDangIt Hope you found a guide with the exact steps needed to solve the puzzle]]-- [[GuideDangIt you'll need it!]]
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: English-speaking fans were ''not'' happy to find out that Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin would be a mobile game, to say the least.
** About half the players hate Llewelyn because of how he is in-story; the other half hate his terrible attack power and tendency to miss. His ''only'' saving grace is that using his finisher guarantees the chance to use another finisher with a large combo attached to it - and there are other characters who can do it nearly as well.
** Grey's only saving grace is his high defense; otherwise, his attack power is mostly poor, lands few hits, and he has a mediocre Purify Weird Soul attack.
** Kashell has the weakest Purify Weird Soul in the game. Granted, he actually ''does'' have better attacks than Arngrim.
** Badrach's attacks are weak and can only connect well with larger enemies. To make matters worse, he has the lowest hero value out of all the Einherjar, so sending him up to Valhalla (which many players often do) is difficult. An archer is the needed Einherjar for Chapter 5 (one of two chapters you can get him in), so that only stacks up the difficulty.
*** Archers in general - unless they're named Janus or Lenneth with bows.
** Sorcerers/Sorceresses often fall into this but it's mostly because you only need one, and most people pick with Mystina or have picked their sorcerer far earlier in the game. This would be okay if the later chapters didn't throw a lot of them at you. Mystina is one of the better sorceresses, besting Jelanda and the three sorceresses from Yamato, and is equal to Lorenta (obtained earlier, and necessary for the A ending) but her power pales against Lyseria and Gandar (both only available on hard mode).
** Because of the DiscOneNuke nature, some characters like Jun, Suo, and Jayle may fall into this simply because they're OvershadowedByAwesome. Suo in particular can only be recruited in Chapter 7 - when a player will pretty much have their endgame team long established.
* TheWoobie: As it's a game about people before their final moments, it has a few.
** Celia. The last surviving member of a mercenary group that included three of your eventual Einherjar, and the only one still alive at the end of the game, and the last you see of her is her breaking down when the last one dies. Made worse by that recruitment scene looking, up until the death, that it ''is'' hers. By the end of it you want Lenneth to pop in and just give the poor girl a hug...or a [[MercyKill stab in the stomach.]]
** Jelanda undergoes a painful BodyHorror InvoluntaryShapeshifting, all the while begging for help. Then she has to watch helplessly through her own eyes as her twisted form slaughters the very soldiers who came to save her. Finally, [[MercyKill she is allowed the release of death at Arngrim and Lenneth's hands.]]
** Shiho was born blind, forced to become a song maiden for her nation, abused by her military superiors and even her fellow townspeople, and to top it all off, she was killed right after meeting the one man who acknowledged her as a person and not just as a tool for battle.
** Yumei's considered one of the most upsetting character deaths in the game- none of the other merfolk could stand her because she was a HalfHumanHybrid. Her mother died, but she wasn't able to cry for her without being scorned. So she wants to finally meet her dad- turns out he's been dead for a few years, and he's already had other lovers and children besides Yumei and her mother. And to top it off, the boy she meets makes a SelflessWish to reunite Yumei with her parents... killing her.
** Most notably, the change of Ahly's name to Hrist; Hrist was a valkyrie in Norse mythology.
** For whatever reason, Freya is named Frey in the Japanese version, which is the name of her brother, despite obviously being the Norse goddess of love and fertility. Strangely enough, there is a character named Frey, but it is a young girl named Frey who is the sister of Freya. She is named Freya in the Japanese version for some reason.
** Also the famed Nibelung Valesti battle cry of "It shall be engraved upon your soul!" which is closer to "It shall be carved into your body!" in the original Japanese (その身に刻め！).