Trivia / Monster Hunter

  • Cash Cow Franchise: According to this post, Monster Hunter is Capcom's third-best-selling franchise, trailing Resident Evil and Street Fighter but outselling Mega Man. Most of those sales are in Japan, however; the series, while recognized by Western gamers, didn't exactly have a mass following outside of East Asia until the release of MH4U and especially World. (World, though, made it cash cow outside of Japan, too.)
  • Fan Nicknames: The Monster Hunter series lends itself to fans creating short and/or outlandish nicknames due to the titular monsters having odd classifications and names. Examples:
    • Desire Sensor for the RNG, due to the game seemingly refusing to yield a particular monster carve when a player needs it the most and yielding it more often when the player stops caring about it.
    • Kelbidrome for the Kirin.
    • Bananasaurus, Sponge, Spongebob: Royal Ludroth.
    • Jay Leno, Lenosaurus Rex or The Crimson Chin: Uragaan, for his prominent rocky chin. Ukanlos is also called these as well, along with Shovelchin, for reasons that should be obvious.
    • Jhoassic Park, Halijhosis, Assjhole, Evil Joe, JhoJho, Heeeere's Jhonny!, G(odzilla). Rex, Barney, The Giant Angry Pickle: Deviljho. The most common nickname, however, is G.I. Jhooooooooooooooooooooooooo, and you're Cobra...
    • For 4U, the Seregios, Shagaru Magala, and Gogmazios are respectively nicknamed Steve, Stephenson, and George. When the Seregios's name was completely unknown, someone asked one of the Capcom employees what it's name was. They jokingly replied to refer to it as "Steve", and it spiralled on for Stephenson and George as well.
    • Some players have begun calling Zamtrios' "fat mode" Jabba the Shark-Frog. Another common nick name: "Big Zam".
    • Desert Plesioth for the Cephadrome, especially from players who started with Tri and 3 Ultimate, due to having a similar anatomy and fighting style to the Plesioth, including the signature hipcheck attack.
    • "Sick Flips Doggo" and "Breakdance Doggo" for Zinogre, due to its Dance Battler tendencies.
    • Fainting is also known as "carting" or getting "carted", a reference to the Felyne-attended cart that the player is dumped off back at camp with after fainting. Quest failure is referred to as a "triple cart", referencing the "three faints and you're out" rule.note 
    • The Rathalos World Tour, for the eponymous wyvern's time-consuming flying attack.
    • "Super Saiyan" or "Goku" for Rajang. The Gold/Furious Rajang is appropriately called "SSJ2".
    • The Superman Dive, for the panic diving evasion move performed while running away from a boss monster with your weapon sheathed.
    • "Hame Run"note  is used to refer to a type of Item Farming run in 4U that involves speedrunning a Guild Quest by stunlocking the target monster with traps, flashbombs, and status effects, then shooting it to death with a team of Heavy Bowgunners. "Hame" is Japanese slang for "Lockdown".
    • "Gogsadios" for Gogmazios, due to its chin markings resembling a sad face.
    • "The Safety Rock", for the large boulder in the middle of the Sanctuary where Shagaru Magala is fought...mainly due to how players tend to put it between themselves and the elder dragon in order to catch their breath.note 
    • Gammoth, one of the flagship monsters of Monster Hunter Generations, is nicknamed "Popodrome" due to looking like a giant boss version of the Popo.
    • Mizutsune, before its name was revealed, was commonly nicknamed "Bubbles" for its ability to inflict the new Bubbles status.
    • Fashion Hunters, affectionately used on and by players to describe those hunters who spend just as much time grinding carves to make a good looking set as well as an effective one.
    • Psycho Mantis for MHXX's final boss Atoraru-Ka, being a giant leaf mantis that can control a Humongous Mecha like a puppet. Said mecha has subsequently earned the title of Metal Gear. Altarothdrome is another popular nickname.
    • "Spyro" for the Frontier-exclusive Rebidiora, due to its purple colouration and the shape of its horns.
    • As of World, Bazelgeuse has been nicknamed "The B-52" due to its habit of suddenly showing up and carpet bombing you during high rank hunts.
      • Also Beetlejuice on account of its name being very similar to Betelgeuse, which Beetlejuice is a corruption of.
    • "Meat Dog" for Odogaron - the because its wolf-like howls and canine-like body shape, as well as its appearance resembling exposed muscle. Also Clifford.
    • "Swolecat" for the Meowscular Chef who runs the canteen in World, for just how meowscular and GAINS obsessed he is.
  • Fan Translation:
    • One exists for X, found here. Only essential interface elements are translated, however.
    • There's two for Portable 3rd, one by Team HGG for the PSP version and one by Team Maverick for the PS3 version. The Team HGG patch stopped at version 2.3 with a good amount of the text translated, while Team Maverick went belly-up in 2014 after the release of patch version 5.0 due to a lack of translators for the project.
    • There's an ongoing one for the Chinese-only MMO Monster Hunter Online.
  • Killer App: A Monster Hunter game appearing on a particular platform can help turn the tide of the Console Wars in Japan. Freedom Unite (Portable 2nd G in Japan) in particular is often seen, both by fans and professionals, as the game that made the PSP a relevant platform in Japan.
  • Milestone Celebration: To celebrate the series' tenth anniversary, Capcom released a special video that showed off the most popular monsters in the series at the time and gave out their sizes, from the Felynes to the Rajang.
  • Name's the Same:
  • Newbie Boom: World's success has brought the biggest crop of English-speaking newbies to MH that the series has ever seen. Major numbered sequels also tend to do this in Japan.
  • No Export for You: A little under half the games are only available in Japan.
    • Also, unless you have custom firmware or a friend with a Japanese copy of the game, you can't get some of the extra goodies that come from Japanese-only download quests for the Freedom games. Some are joke items like a giant stuffed animal Hammer (Polytan) while others, like the Jolly Roger set, are quite useful.
    • Reversed in Monster Hunter Tri, in which you can get three exclusive fan-designed weapons only in the international version of the game. And the WiiSpeak support for online play.
    • Any event items in the game that aren't the same between regions each have a Japanese and a foreign variant. While the two versions are different in appearance, they have the exact same stats. For example, the Pirate Axe J has the exact same stats as the Sinister Saints. In Monster Hunter 4U, however, modders found that many quest items (including said Pirate J gear) are actually Dummied Out instead of being given replacements.
    • Hori produced and released a special Slide Pad / Circle Pad grip for the basic (i.e. non-New) 3DS XL/LL carrying the Monster Hunter license that works similar to the Circle Pad Pro, except with the second Circle Pad on the left, intended to be manipulated with the left index finger rather than the right thumb.note  It was only produced for the Japanese market, although unlike games, it has no Region Coding and can connect to a non-New 3DS XL/LL of any region.
    • Monster Hunter Online is Chinese-only, despite Tencent releasing a very early statement saying that it'd receive an English release. Although like with Monster Hunter Frontier, the game is region free.
    • Capcom has no plans to bring XX outside of Japan, most likely in order to focus on promoting World in the West.
    • In an inversion of this trope, the Xbox One version of World is not available in Japan, where the Xbox One is an utter commercial failure.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate features these weapons designed by a European and an American fan, respectively.
  • Portmanteau Series Nickname: モンハン (monhan) or "MonHun".
  • Promoted Fanboy: "Evanko" is a pre-made name for Poogies and a randomly chosen name for Palicoes. This is in honor of Adam Evanko a.k.a. "Gaijinhunter", who is well-known for his various Monster Hunter tutorials and guides.
  • The Wiki Rule: Can be found here
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The HD PS3 port of Portable 3rd was supposed to be released outside of Japan. Sony of America vetoed it due to a combination of no trophy support and the multiplayer component using ad-hoc networking rather than the regular PSN. Addressing these needs would eventually lead to the development of World.
    • Some of the monsters in 3 Ultimate went through different names during the localization process.
      • Arzuros was derived from azure and ursus, resulting in various Punny Names before they could settle on the final spelling.
      • "Zeograth" was considered for Zinogre at one point, being a combination of Zeus and wrath. However, because Zinogre's name already appeared on some merchandise in English, the director requested that its name stay Zinogre.
      • The Stygian Zinogre's initial name was "Scarlet Zinogre", but the Japanese development team wanted its name to have more emphasis on its Hellhound appearance.
      • The translators wanted to call the Purple Ludroth "Purple Royal Ludroth", but the maximum length a monster's name can be was 16 characters, so they had to drop the "Royal" part.
      • The Baleful Gigginox's initial name was "Copper Gigginox" due to its normal skin color, but the dev team wanted to emphasize its electrical attacks.
      • "Rouge Qurupeco" was considered for Crimson Qurupeco at one point, but due to how easy it was to mix up "rouge" with "rogue", they decided to stick with crimson.
    • The localization director of 4 Ultimate posted on his blog about several things that Could Have Been regarding localized monster names. For example, Shrouded Nerscylla could have been Reaper Azravel.
    • The official art book for Generations revealed concepts for two scrapped weapon types in the Hunting Hound and Wyvern Boomerang.
    • An two-headed, undead cobra monster called the Crypt Hydra was planned to be in the original Monster Hunter, but was removed after negative reception from fans who didn't want to see a supernatural monster in the game. However, it does get referenced from time to time; 2's logo and one of the ships in 3U have images of it on them. One of the new Elder Dragons introduced in Generations, the Nakarkos, seems to be a reworked version of it.
    • Crystalbeard Uragaan was originally intended to be a Variant, like Raging Brachydios or Chaotic Gore Magala. However, the dev team wanted it to be more of a threat, and turned it into a Deviant instead.
    • The Frontier-exclusive Dyuragaura was originally going to be modeled after dark heroes, but this idea was scrapped, and the development team decided to model it after Kitsunes instead.
    • Kamu Orugaron was originally intended to be a Flunky Boss, with Nono Orugaron as his flunkies.
    • The Sky Corridor from Frontier was originally a Gimmick Level with puzzles instead of monsters. This was scrapped because testers couldn't figure the puzzles out.
    • Ray and Lolo Gougarf were originally intended to be released in Frontier G4 along with the Bamboo Forest map, but the map wasn't done yet while the monsters were. The Gougarfs apparently were going to have much more interactivity with the level.
    • Mi Ru would've had ten additional forms. Five was plenty.
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