YMMV / Agarest Senki

  • Anti-Climax Boss: For a god of war, Mayastia sure is pretty easy to defeat.
  • Ass Pull: The revelation of defeting Summerill will free Winfield from become a Gurg wasn't well received by the fans, which some considered it a lame excuse to drop his sub-plot.
  • Awesome Music: King of Terrors is one because of the fact that you get to finally punch out THE True Final Boss with this kickass music.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Duran. You either love him for his gritty, realistic look on the harshness of his situation and Character Development, or hate him for being a whiny Jerkass before said development kicks in.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Everyone mostly remembers Yayoi as the girl with sausage on Akyss homepage.
    • Everybody remembers the mousepad with Vira-Lorr's boobs.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • Golden Bats. They are very fast, have high evasion, Parry, nullify Earth skills (thanks to float) and absorb Light skills. Not only combination attacks like Axel Wave and Execution will miss a lot of hits, but they will evade powerful area of effect combos like Earthquake and Earth Nova.
    • Spirits. While they have low healthy, they are smart enough to keep distance from the party and will spread out in the field, meaning will be difficult to defeat they in a single turn. Also, they have Parry skill, meaning a physical-based team will have troubles dealing with these enemies.
    • Miesha. They have absurd luck, ensuring that they evade a lot of attacks and inflict status on your units and they have BOTH PARRY AND MAGIC BARRIER, ensuring that any attack on them that is not a Limit Break misses them if they have between 25% to 0% health.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: A common criticism of the game is that while the story is good, the gameplay is where things fall short: Bosses quickly run up in difficulty in comparison to random mooks leading to level grinding in a game where you are punished for it, gameplay often becomes monotonous, and the guild system is horrible.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Winfield is one of the most popular characters, especially for his hot springs antics.
    • Valeria. Enough to be at the number 3 spot as to who people want back in Agarest 2.
    • Thoma Raglen. If we're talking about the protagonists themselves, he's the one a lot of people are interested in.
    • Silvi, for being a kind, peppy idealist who still manages to be grounded in reality, providing a good contrast to the cynical Duran, and for flying into a storm and fighting a Garvel, by herself, to save Duran's life. She's easily the most-often picked of the fourth generation brides. Also because it allows Rex to have wings if she is his mother.
    • Noah is the only Third-Option Love Interest who is ever regularly picked, and is in fact the most popular choice of players during the third generation.
    • Murmina. Her traumatic backstory, extreme huggability, and Character Development endeared her to fans quickly.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
  • Game-Breaker:
    • Stacking enough +999 ATK or +900 MAG. Although it's difficult to get one of theses (if you are playing for the first time, during the boundary plane), you can transform any character into a game breaker, especially if they have equipment with all eight slots to equip passive skills (like Byakko's Bracelet + Suzaku's Ring). Even the hardest boss battle will be not hard at all.
    • The DLCs are very broken too, for example one of the DLC provides you with Gate of Heaven one of the most powerful scythe weapon and the other DLC pack gives you more than enough EP to fully enchances it.
  • Growing the Beard: The game starts to really pick up in the third generation, with a greater emphasis on plot and character interaction, a more interesting environment, and the introduction of Thoma as a playable character. The fourth and fifth generations follow suit and are very fun to play too.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Duran may be a massive jerk, but you can't exactly blame him for hating a world that destined him to die before he was even born. None of his companions ever really take the time to talk to him about it, making him an even more miserable person.
  • Les Yay:
    • This scene heavily hints at it.
    • Deeth probably counts as this and Ho Yay, being a hermaphroditic god that flirts with Dyshana while appearing as a female and doesn't seem to mind Thoma trying the same toward her. He does this after she states that she probably should've shown up as a male.
    • Happens during many of the "Fanservice" type scenes (Beach Episode, Hot Springs Episode, ...).
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Go on, just ask people who have played the game. Most of them would bow down to the greatness of The Rock.
    • As far as characters go, Reverie is one thanks to a bug. She's the only one who's able to wield the most powerful spear of the game.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The idea that Vashtor is evil is actually a common misconception among players. Vashtor lost his memory after the battle with Leo in the first generation, so from the time where he meets Ladius (before the second generation starts) to the time where he regains his memories (about halfway through the fourth generation), he IS on your side. Even then, he will rejoin you in the fifth generation if you redeem him; between that and his backstory in ZERO, Vashtor himself can hardly be called evil, he was Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • Ever pull a 6 character combo on a boss before? Well its really, really Awesome once you use high level multi-hitting combos that chain into special attacks for the sweet sweet overkill message.
    • Pull off Ultimate Formation. Just pull off Ultimate Formation.
    • Thoma Raglen pulls off an awesome speech when an elf was badmouthing Lavinia due to discrimination. He then recites word for word as to why men should protect women, and that race has nothing to do with it. He leaves the arrogant elf speechless. Up until this point, Thoma is nothing more than just a funny guy who loves women.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Agarest characters walk very loud, even louder than Final Fantasy XIII's characters.
  • Never Live It Down: Yayoi due to her scene of eating a giant sausage. See Erotic Eating.
  • No Yay: Some people are put off by the fact that Rex can hook up with a woman who raised him, but Plum especially draws this reaction. It doesn't help that a few of them actually do imply they see him as a son, with Sharona and Vira Lorr actually refering to him as a son to them. Also, Ellis, who was sort of the "main mother" to him, she also implies that she is only interested in Rex because he resembles a lot Leo, whom she is still in love with.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: It is believed that Aksys was trying to pull off this trope to get more sales. While the ESRB clarified a few things, the sales however of the game reached at least forty-two thousand in it's first week here in the USA.
  • The Scrappy: While most of characters are either loved or are divisive with the fandom, Ladius is the one of the few which is hated by the majority of the fandom, mainly for being too oblivious to the girls around him and being too serious about his duties.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Hardcore Gaming 101 listed this game under its "Weekly Kusoge" segment because of the guild system and the mind-numbing bureaucracy it brings to the table. For an example, it provided two giant paragraphs worth of tasks needed to acquire the Capture Skill.
    • To make things worse, the Blacksmith is known to make mistakes when making items. While he claims that this can result in making things better than usual, in all likelihood this will just result in him making vendor trash, which may result in losing some rare random drops you wanted to use to make better items.
  • That One Boss: Midas, for many players thanks to his ridiculous Phoenix Strike.
  • That One Level: Alzai Fen. Populated with enemies that are on the level of Goddamned Bats, some of them literal bats. And that's assuming you're not going for the Apostle of the Swamp title ASAP. Tree Spirit's intervention makes those Bats into Demonic Spiders.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Winfield. His past story is never explored by the game and the only information given are vague hints during some events. Only in the fifth gen is revealed in a monologue he is a dead man inside after losing his loved one which implies his pervert and happy personality is just a facade to hide his true feelings. And he never reveals this to the party. Also, his sub-plot is halted in the 4th generation and completely dropped in the 5th generation.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • While the quality of the series is a hotly debated topic, it is generally agreed that the idea of a generational spanning adventure that translates into gameplay was mishandled. As result the game is too long and the climax starts too late. Also, the second generation is very criticized for adding nothing relevant to the plot and for being a carbon copy of the first one.
    • The whole Winfled sub-plot which started in the beginning of third generation is dropped when Dyshana says defeating Summerill is another way to free Winfield of becoming a Gurg. And she says this only in the fifth gen, making the quest to recruit Plum, Gantz and the materials to build Callious' Hammer completely useless. Dyshana even lampshades this in an event in the last moments of 5th Generation when she asks why Gantz and Plum still here despite being no longer necessary to the group.
  • Too Cool to Live: Every main protagonist except Rex. Even him need to be in the true ending route to survive.
  • Values Dissonance: Rex can marry any woman in the party. While choices like Beatrice and Murmina are fine, the others helped to raise him and most of them are either decades or centuries older than him. And all girls develop feelings for him too. The most egregious examples are Ellis, which is heavily implied was the "main mother" and Plum for looking a pre-teen at the best. Although the former has an excuse because Rex resembles a lot Leo and she loved him.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: If it weren't for Duran Raglen's deep voice, he'd probably pass as a girl to viewers.
  • Wangst: Many view Duran's constant whining as this, though he's not exactly without his reasons. As always YMMV.
  • The Woobie:
    • Lavinia. Gets discriminated by high elves wherever and humans she goes.
    • Winfield may be all about laughs, but if one takes the time to look at his character, he's an extremely broken man who experiences excruciating pain every moment of his life due to his cursed bracelet and will never be able to be with his beloved again. Some of his dialogue implies him to be a Death Seeker, which only makes things worse.


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