YMMV: Battle Realms

  • Breather Level: For the non-Wolf campaigns, the second level after the First Battle of Serpentholm.
    • Serpent Campaign: acquiring the Necromancer. The only things to fight are his Spirit Warriors and Zombies coming down from his throne, which can be rushed past anyway. Having Shinja ascend up the hill is all that's necessary. Plus, you have a few units to help out.
    • Dragon Campaign: The Dragon's Spire level, to a lesser extent. While Kenji does have a few units with him, he has to off a couple of hostile Dragon units AND survive boulders getting rolled down the path up to the Dragon himself.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Dragon theme, for starters.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Inexplicably quite popular in the Philippines.
  • Good Bad Bugs: A bug in the original release allowed the player to destroy enemy buildings with the Demolish command, which was only supposed to work on the player's buildings. It was fixed in the expansion.
    • Don't forget the unlimited Yin cheat.
  • It Was His Sled: Poor Otomo. Due to plot reasons, he does not survive through any of the Dragon or Serpent campaigns.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Kazan, when Otomo is killed in the Dragon route.
  • Squick: The entire second tier of Lotus units.
    • To wit, they are the Diseased One, who has knowingly infected himself with plague and coughs it onto enemies with the help of a respirator, the Unclean One, whose body produces toxic mucus that he flings with a lacrosse stick, and the Infested One, who attacks by throwing fistfuls of maggots that he pulls from his bloated, rotting body.
    • The Geisha certainly counts. In the early 1600s, geisha were mostly known in japanese culture as prostitutes. This, combined with the Art of the "Massage" technique you can research, suggests that the geisha are having sex with your soldiers mid-battle. That isn't the squick part. The squick part is that you can heal wolves and horses this way, too.
  • That One Level: Serpentholm. You have to fight both the Lotus and Wolf clans, and finding a suitable location for a base is not easy.
    • To be fair, it's quite easy to set up a base at the central rice field and peasants gathering water from the river can be easily defended. Plus, The Lotus and Wolf clans are also against each other.
      • That said, positioning oneself in the middle carries extreme risk from being surrounded by both enemy clans who, depending on the circumstance, may decide to launch an attack immediately after you've fended off the other and leaving you no chance to brace for the assault.
    • The second Serpentholm stage is even more notable for being frustratingly Nintendo Hard. For starters, your starting place in inconveniently placed between flanks of 2 enemy bases on both sides, and the water source is far from your base. As you fend off the oncoming enemies, chances are you are still recovering your troops when the other clan's allied troops come charging in to raze your camp.
    • At least Serpentholm allows you to construct a base, the defense of The Swan's Pool, on the other hand...
  • Trope Codifier: Battle Realms is critically acclaimed (but poorly purchased) games. Even it isn't popular, but due to its complexity and variety of units, making this game Real-Time Strategy co-codifier with Warcraft.