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, doesn't exactly have a mass following outside of East Asia.
  • 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:
    • 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, Heeeere's Jhonny!, G(odzilla). Rex, 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.
    • Fainting is also known as getting "carted", a reference to the Felyne-attended cart that the player is dumped off back at camp with after fainting.
      • Players who take all three defeats for the team are said to have "triple carted".
    • 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".
  • Killer App: A Monster Hunter game appearing on a particular platform can help turn the tide of the Console Wars in Japan. Freedom Unite in particular is hailed by many players as the reason to have a PSP.
  • Milestone Celebration: To celebrate the series' tenth anniversary, Capcom released a special video that showed off the most popular monsters in the series and gave out their sizes, from the Felynes to the Rajang.
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  • 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 3DS XL/LL carring 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 3DS XL/LL of any region.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will feature these weapons designed by a European and an American fan, respectively.
  • Portmanteau Series Nickname: モンハン (monhan) or "MonHun".
  • What Could Have Been: 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.