* BadassDecay: Lieselotte Achenbach. In the original ''Arcana Heart'', she's a bonafide EnfantTerrible assassin. Afterwards, she began to mellow down into JerkassWoobie.
* BrokenBase: There are some [[FightingGame fighting game]] veterans that have a cold reception to the series just because it has an all-girls cast filled with BoobsOfSteel, GagBoobs, {{Fanservice}}, and {{Stripperific}} characters. Being an animesque series as well hasn't help matters in this regard.
* ClicheStorm: The entire series could be considered this, with a ninja girl with dog ears, a water-powered catgirl, a [[RollerbladeGood roller skating demon girl]], [[AnimeChineseGirl a female Chinese android]] with BoobsOfSteel, mikos with BoobsOfSteel, you name it.
* FridgeHorror: Whatever happened to the nuns that were assisting Mildred in the original ''Arcana Heart''? After Mildred is defeated, she gets sucked into the Arcana world, and her floating castle vanishes. Either the nuns got sucked in along with her, or it's possible ''they all died''.
* GameBreaker:
** Averted. Konoha's short physique helps her avoid many attacks, but she has a pretty short range.
** Played straight with Elsa. Depending on Arcana selection, she has several infinite combos in ''Arcana Heart 3''.
* GeniusBonus: Akane Inuwaka's Arcana is named after a type of fox. Knowing that, check out her ears under that do rag.
* LesYay:
** Most of the girls have something for another.
** Particularly notable with Clarice di Lanza, in that there is no such thing as subtext regarding her fixation with Elsa la Conti.
** Mei Fang also seems to have shades of this with her creator. In her ''Arcana Heart 3'' ending, it seems to be more than just shades.
** Mildred also, with Fiona.
** And of course, let's not forget the constant subtext (and later almost flat-out text) between [[LoveFreak Heart]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Saki]].
* {{Moe}}: The first fully ''Moe'' fighting game franchise.
* NightmareFuel: Lieselotte is a cute little kid who's actually a world class assassin EnfantTerrible. Furthermore, she carries a doll containing her ''sister''[='=]s soul [[spoiler:(or so she thought).]]
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The first game was a pretty good game, while the console version of the second game was a PortingDisaster. The third game, however, blows both of its predecessors out of the water big time.
* ThatOneBoss: Parace L'Sia in ''3''[='=]s Score Attack, quite possibly the single hardest fighting game boss ''ever''. All of her attacks comes out way too fast, the range of each attack is way too good to dodge reliably, and she can easily pull off combos that will deplete your lifebar if she manages to hit you even once. Even getting Parace to low health doesn't help because her TeleportSpam makes her too hard to hit most of the time, and she slowly recovers health during the fight and actually has a super move the lets her rapidly heal herself. Pretty much the only reliable way to beat Parace is to try again and again, because the more times you lose to her the less health she starts the fight with. As of ''[[UpdatedRerelease Love MAX!!!!!]]'', however, the final part doesn't happen anymore. Good Luck.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Raise your hand if you think that had it not been her name and the fact that this is an all-girls fighting game series, you might pass up Dorothy Albright as a cute little boy.
* TheWoobie: Every time Fiona Mayfield loses, she ends up crying and pleading for the opponent to stay away from Mildred.