YMMV / Battle Arena Toshinden

  • Cult Classic: Despite having a bad rep now, the series still has its fans.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Cuiling. When she had debuted in Battle Arena Toshinden 3, she had unexpectedly became a Breakout Character due to not only her cute Moe appearance, but also for her Genki Girl personality and the fact that some had considered her a Redeeming Replacement for her late master, the Ax-Crazy Serial Killer Fo Fai. Cuiling had gained such a huge amount of fans to the point that she had ended up appearing as a playable character in the Japanese only PlayStation game Toshinden Card Quest.
    • Judgement, the Palette Swap of David from the third game, has probably the most fans out of all the "new" characters in Toshinden 3. It also does helps that he's a Captain Ersatz of a well-known and legendary American horror icon.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The fourth game, which was never released in North America, and sees series protagonist Eiji make an improbable Face–Heel Turn as the new head of the "Himitsu Kessha", though to be fair his true goal is to dismantle the organization from within. Also, the OVA. The fact that Sho Shinjo was instantly killed by Uranus' arrows in the first half doesn't help. Though the "Sho" that died wasn't actually him to begin with.
  • Game-Breaker: Vermillion in the second game. Then again he has to be unlocked with an awkward code.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The fourth game includes a girl named Puella, who wields a bow. Come 2011, out comes an unrelated anime titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica, in which the eponymous character wields a bow as a Magical Girl.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kayin can be moody, cynical, mean-spirited and not exactly a team player. He's also one of the most tragic figures in the series, with a legitimately bad past and genuine regret for the not-so-nice things he's done.
  • Moe: Ellis. She's so moe, it's almost obscene. Also Puella in 4.
  • Narm: Battle Arena Toshinden Remix's voice acting is laughably bad, especially Fo Fai's.
    • In the third game, each of the "bad guys" has Sho Shinjo as the last opponent. Leon is one such bad guy. His ending, in a nutshell, says that he finally gained his victory over whoever (probably Eiji), but he cannot be truly satisfied until he's defeated...Sho Shinjo.
  • Stoic Woobie: Gaia. He lost his wife and son because of Uranus' machinations, and he's unable to see his daughter because that would make her a target as well. You can't not feel sorry for the guy... but does he feel sorry for himself? No sir.
  • True Neutral: Sho Shinjo. He's indifferent, not good, not evil, not anything. To be more accurate, Sho fights because he thinks the Toshinden is the tournament and doesn't get involved with other storylines.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Master. In the English version, she is referred to as he. Lancelot is even worse, as he looks, acts and sounds just like a girl.