* AmericansHateTingle: While the series has been praised for its extremely balanced gameplay, it's far less popular in America than ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' or ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive''. This is due to a number of reasons:
** ''Virtua Fighter'' has always been arcade first and arcades are practically dead in the States.
** The consoles the first three games were released on were the ill-fated UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast, as opposed to the much more popular UsefulNotes/PlayStation.[[note]]Granted, ''Virtua Fighter'' is a Sega franchise, so there wasn't anywhere else for the ports to go until the company went multi-platform after the death of the Dreamcast.[[/note]]
** Because of ''Virtua Fighter''[='s=] lack of story development, its lack of gameplay gimmicks, and its major focus on substance and depth over flash and style, it just doesn't attract many casual players the way other fighting games do.
** Despite the series garnering high praise from fans and critics for its deep and balanced gameplay, the last appearance it has had at EVO was in 2012. ''Virtua Fighter'' players living in the U.S. have had to make due with the SEGA Cup.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** ''[=VF2=]''[='s=] OST and the arrange tracks from its UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn port.
** The second opening of the anime, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKQi1Ubntv8 "Ai Gatari Nai Ze,"]] is great, as well as the second ending [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHiOtiLjH0A "Kyohansha"]] by Vivian Hsu.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XNHXFgeVYY attract intro]] for ''4: Evo''. Really gets the blood pumping.
** [[AwesomeMusic/VirtuaFighter All across the series]], but ''Virtua Fighter 5'' and all of its [[CapcomSequelStagnation revisions]] qualify.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Wolf was popular enough to become a "real" wrestler in Japan for a few years.
** Vanessa. When she debuted in ''4'', Vanessa was one of ''very few'' {{Amazonian Beaut|y}}ies with a tough attitude, and had a fairly dark skin tone, making her very unique among female fighting game characters.
** Goh and Eileen have proven to be fan favorites.
** Taka-Arashi received a lot of love ever since his return in ''[=VF5R=]''.
* FoeYay: Between Aoi and Brad. Aoi lost to Brad in the fourth tournament because his flirting threw off her game; feeling conflicted, Aoi finds that she can hardly think of anything else ''but'' Brad as she trains in the hopes of settling the score in their next match. The developers even seem fond of poking fun at the development, judging by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnwuyHMhigs#t=39s their brief scene together in one of the fifth game's arcade intros.]]
* GameBreaker: Siba.
* HilariousInHindsight: Brad bears many similarities to [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]], to the red clothes, black hair and goatee, arrogance and playboy attitude. Granted, Tony's been around since the '60s, but Brad was around before [[Film/IronMan the films]] made the character massively popular outside of comic book aficionados.
* HoYay: Sarah/Vanessa has some popularity among fans who can easily see a BodyguardCrush forming.
* IncestYayShipping: Jacky and Sarah. Oddly, [[CainAndAbel Sarah's desire to kill to Jacky]] while she was BrainwashedAndCrazy does not seem to be a deterrent.
* MemeticMutation:
** "[[YearsTooEarly Juu'nen hayain da yo!]]" Jacky's [[BigYes Big "YEAH!"]] and El Blaze's "Hot Dog!" also seem to be catching on.
** Jacky's "YEAH!" has actually caught on in the tournament scene of ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive5''. Whenever Jacky appears on screen, expect the stream chat, audience and maybe even the commentators to call out Jacky's "YEAH!" every time he says it.
* {{Moe}}:
** Pai has slight undertones of this, particularly in her [[CryCute more emotional moments]].
** Eileen, ''hands down''.
* {{Narm}}: Anything spoken in English. [[Narm/VirtuaFighter It even has its own page]].
* NarmCharm: As terrible as El Blaze’s voice actor is, his dialogue is still seen as endearing.
* PolishedPort: If there's anything the console versions of the various versions of ''Virtua Fighter 5'' are known for, it's two things:
** They look prettier than their arcade counterparts.
** The online netcode is considered by even the most casual fighting game fans to be the best netcode for fighting games out there, with practically no lag except in the most extreme conditions.
* PortingDisaster:
** The Saturn version of the original ''Virtua Fighter'' was perfectly playable but a graphical mess, due in no small part to Sega rushing the game for the system's stealth launch. Fortunately, the situation was rectified six months later when Sega released a free update to the game called ''Virtua Fighter Remix'' via mail order.
** While the game isn't unplayable and it is quite decent, the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis port of ''Virtua Fighter 2''. The game was 2D obviously, but you can tell by gameplay footage that the magic is lost. Clunky animations and very basic feel makes this game compare very poorly to the 3D arcade version. Made worse by the fact that inevitably when porting ''Virtua Fighter 2'', this is the port Sega uses, ranging from online game services like [=GameTap=] to iOS, both of which are easily capable of handling 32-bit graphics and gameplay.
* TheScrappy: A very mild case, but Lion's bratty voice and quotes can be very grating for some fans.
* SelfFanservice: A strange example in that this is used to revert a canonical design change between games. In her ''[=VF4=]'' debut (and in ''[[SpinOff Virtua Quest]]''), Vanessa (see above) was shown to be dark-skinned and [[AmazonianBeauty rather buff]], accentuated by her wearing only a sports bra and shorts as combat attire. Her first costume was swapped out for a differently-colored version of her far less revealing special forces uniform in ''[[UpdatedRerelease Evolution]]'' (though it returned in the Japanese arcades-only ''Final Tuned''), but the real point of contention came in ''5'', where Vanessa suddenly lost most of her muscularity (the same thing happened to Sarah, though she wasn't quite as muscular as Vanessa to begin with) and [[ButNotTooBlack had a progressively lighter skin tone]] (think ComicBook/{{Storm}}). While some fans originally complained that Vanessa [[HollywoodHomely looked mannish]] in ''4'' because of her physique, many more disliked the unexplained changes for ''5'' and continued to portray Vanessa in fan art as she appeared in the previous game. Sega [=AM2=] must've caught wind of the InternetBackdraft, as ''[[UpdatedRerelease Final Showdown]]'' has [[CharacterCustomization customization items]] that bring Vanessa's skin color and build more closely in line with how they were originally.
* ThatOneAttack: Several throughout the series:
** Jacky's somersault. It does insane damage on a counterhit, and it's a very easy move to execute. Many players tend to throw out this move, even though it's incredibly unsafe on block and can be reversed by Akira and Aoi.
** Kage-Maru's frontkick in ''Virtua Fighter 4'' and ''Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution'' is an absolute nightmare to play against. He can launch it when his combo appears to be over and easily intercept your counter attacks or throw attempts (it has a small time delay just to trick you into an attack). Whenever he hits, the player is completely defenseless against another devastating combo.
** Wolf's Burning Hammer in ''Final Showdown'', the single most damaging move in the game.
* TierInducedScrappy: Jacky in ''Final Showdown''. While it is a very balanced game, and Jacky isn't even considered the best character, he is still high up thanks to a lot of very good moves. This combined with him being one of the easiest characters to learn and [[ComplacentGamingSyndrome one of the most used]] makes him unpopular with some competitive players.
* ToyShip: Lion/Elieen for some. Granted, both of them are teenagers, but they're still the youngest in the cast.
* UncannyValley: Most of the character models and faces in ''3'' look rather off by today's standards. Dural in general also invokes this.
* TheWoobie: ''Everyone'' who has been a victim of J6:
** Kage-Maru and his mother Tsukikage. Kage's mother was abducted and turned into Dural, not to mention his father being killed and his entire clan being wiped out. Even after he saved her, Kage's mother ended up turning back into Dural, and he resolved to finally mercy kill her. The poor ninja has lost almost everything. The only bright side is the Dural he destroyed was just a mass production model.
** Jacky suffered a massive injury that took two years to recover from because of J6 sabotaging his race car, and then they kidnapped Sarah and brainwashed her into trying to kill him when she investigated what happened. Jacky failed to save her in the first tournament, and even after he did in the second she suffered amnesia and felt no connection to him. Thankfully Sarah got her memories back, but now she's left wondering if she subconsciously really did want to kill her brother. She sees Jacky as a rival now, and they have become much more distant. Jacky is trying to reach out to Sarah, but the ordeal has changed her. And J6 ''still'' continues to harass them.
** Vanessa's parents were killed, she was kidnapped, and she had her body experimented on when she was just a child, all to turn her into another of J6's assassins. She was rescued by Lewis, but he was killed by J6 years later. When Vanessa entered the fourth tournament, she was captured and experimented on yet again for who knows how long before being rescued. She has no memory of what happened, and is struggling to remember. Vanessa became friends with Jacky and Sarah, and her missing is implied to be a big deal to them.
** Pai lost her mother because of her father Lau's obsession with martial arts, and has spent years trying to defeat him. She has only recently started to patch things up with him, right when he's dying of an illness. Now Pai just wants her dad to be proud of her before he dies.
** Goh and Jean could each be considered {{Jerkass Woobie}}s, as neither of them were rescued from J6 and ended up becoming the brutal assassins that Sarah and Vanessa managed to avoid.
** Lion has some major father issues, and is implied to be a LonelyRichKid since he lost his friend Jean when they were young. It doesn't help that his father's company is being manipulated by J6 and Jean, who has little memory of their past friendship, has been sent out to kill several of the tournament competitors, Lion included.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The English dub of the anime has a lot of these, making some jokes work better in English, adding in some extra funny lines, and making characters like Jacky and Pai more snarky.
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