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YMMV: Bloody Roar
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The unborn possessing Xion in his debut can either be his sister's vengeful spirit or the unborn posing as his sister's spirit, and may or may not be the same unborn who appears in 4. You decide!
  • Awesome Music: YES. It's vastly overlooked due to this series' status, but some of the music is top-notch. Take the opening to 3 for instance. The soundtrack from 2 should be called to attention, as it sounds like the long-lost cousin of Guilty Gear.
    • It goes back to the first game. This is Uriko's boss theme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Shenlong.
  • Epileptic Trees: The most prevalent of these are the connection between Uriko and Uranus, due to Uranus possessing the abilities of Uriko when she was the Final Boss in 1. The common theories are that she's either Uriko from the future or a clone of Uriko.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Xion and Uranus.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Long is often paired with Shina in fanfiction.
  • Game Breaker: Uranus.
    • To go into detail, Uranus has most of the traits associated with Final Boss Uriko from the first game—the lightning powers, Teleport Spam, etc. From the beginning, she outclasses her foes, but upon accessing her Chimera form, her strength increases exponentially without losing speed. She can also immediately switch between her human and beast forms. Her Hyper Beast mode, on the other hand, allows her to retain her human shape, but gives her the moveset of her beast form. For these reasons, it's no wonder that Uranus is usually banned from competitive and Tournament Play.
    • Ryoho, being an outright SNK Boss, is no better. For one, you fight him alongside Mana (who is in her Ninetails form). Mana usually serves as a distraction, allowing Ryoho to followup with devastating blows, the worst of which is a stance which unleashes a powerful punch the longer he holds it. Should he fall, Mana sacrifices her health to recharge his, taking her out of the battle, but giving Ryoho a second wind. His Beast Form, the Dragon, is the largest of all the fighters, with tremendous range, an OHKO fire breath attack, and resistance to flinching. Like Uranus, he stays as a human in Hyper Beast Mode, and gains the fireball projectiles of his beast form.
  • It's Easy, so It Sucks: Not many people like the move-practicing aspect of the games.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Reiji is cruel, evil, arrogant, but powerful enough to beat countless people and look cool doing it.
  • Memetic Mutation: "WHAT DID YOU DO TO NAGI!?!?!?!
  • Ron the Death Eater: Many portrayals of Cronos in fanfiction often involve bashing him to no end and making him a gay, whiny, emo/snobbish brat who often is killed in various different gruesome ways. He was never really shown as wangst-ridden, spoiled, or gay either (bar the mistranslation noted in his section of the characters sheet).
  • The Scrappy: Most of the fandom doesn't take lightly to the new characters introduced in 4 (of the four, Reiji and Mana seem to get the least flak), although this also overlaps with the fandom's hatred for 4 in general.
    • It also echoes what pretty much happened in Primal Fury as well since any new character there was also hated.
    • Some fans don't take Jenny replacing Fox very kindly, especially with the US versions of Bloody Roar 3 and Primal Fury promptly displaying her on the cover, despite not having much relevance to the story, and seems to only be there for fan service.
  • Shipping Goggles: Thanks to Cronos affectionately stroking Uriko's face in her Extreme/PR ending (an act that causes an awkward reaction from both), quite a few people have misinterpreted the scene as something a bit more tender. In reality, he most likely mistook Uriko in her true form for that of his mother, tying into the aforementioned Uriko = Uranus = Cronos' mother theories.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Bloody Roar 1 was a fairly crude mash fest with poor controls, crap A.I. with a wannabe SNK Boss that can be defeated by blocking and punch spamming, with no balance whatsoever. Bloody Roar 2 was a wonderfully elegant game, refining the engine of the first, making it easier to pick up and play, but making it nearly impossible to move spam, dramatically improving the A.I., and fixing the mechanics until you had a game that was simple to pick up yet had a surprising amount of depth, and would screw you.
  • The Woobie: Stun used to be a top-notch scientist at Tylon but was captured by his friend/rival, Busuzima, when he learned about the evils of the organization. He then used Stun as a guinea pig in an attempt to create the first man-made Zoanthrope. The experiment "succeeded" and mutated Stun into an insect-man-beast, unable to change back to human. The unstable nature of his form, caused every moment of his existence to be filled with pain. Stun vowed revenge on the company and person who did this to him, when the burden of his form simply proved too much for him to bear and he died bitter, miserable, and alone.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Bloody Roar 4 changed how the health system worked. Everyone would agree this was a dumb move.
    • Anything in 4, from the cutscenes, new characters, crap A.I., ease of button mashing (going from it being pretty much impossible in 2, to being a way to get an automatic combo in 4), and the change to the series' image. Not to mention the negation of a good deal of the Character Development...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Say what you want about the plot ripping off of X-Men and Resident Evil, but it was handed pretty well. Then came 4, which dropped the illegal Zoanthrope experimentation and strained human-Zoanthrope relations for... some crap pertaining to the earth.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Greg the Gorilla in the first game, who was hated by just about everyone who played it. On the other hand, his throw proved to be decidedly useful against the final boss...
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: A lot of people like to mock the story for being a ripoff of X-Men.
  • Uncanny Valley: Primal Fury's cut-scene that involved Uriko can't seem to get the eyes to align properly in certain parts.
    • That is fixed in Extreme with the use of CG cut-scenes, but causes a few more issues, such as Yugo's pedo smile in Alice's ending.
    • Busuzima himself is an uncanny character. Notably in a scene in 2 that involves him and Uriko. 4 also had him chasing Hana, and his voice did not help matters...
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Hans "Fox" Taubermann. Depending on what side of the world you're on, he's either a really feminine man or she's a really masculine woman.

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