YMMV / Brave Frontier

  • Abandon Shipping: Former Foe Yay example was Farlon and Ramna, who were lovers before the latter's betrayal. Said Foe Yay example ended when Farlon's 7-star lore reveals that he killed her in the end.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is the Summoner (read:you) truly a God-Mode Sue, or do your companions just blow out your reputation to save their own?
    • Sodis: a Christ-like figure whose sacrifice was necessary for the humanity, or a very flawed human whose Stupid Sacrifice only made everything worse?
    • The Unit Guide, Grand Gaia Chronicles, Spin-Off manga, and the fandom seem to cannot decide whether Alyut was reluctant, angry, confused, overjoyed, or feeling all of them when he got promoted as Guardians' leader after Sodis defected.
    • Lugina: Was his Arrogant Kungfu Guy tendencies genuine, or was it just a cover so that nobody would ever find out about his true identity? The main story and Grand Quest suggest that it's the former, but Bertz more than once implied that it's the latter.
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Global server players don't like Thunderbird and Eric much, mostly because of their Brave Bursts attacking random targets. Even after Thunderbird's 6-Stars form gave it an Area of Effect Super Brave Burst, the hatred still stuck. In Japan? They're still considered as low-tier, but not as the butts of cruel jokes. Eric is even loved by Yaoi Fangirls due to his Ho Yay-tastic story and Bishōnen appearance.
    • Farlon is noticeably more hated in the Global server fandom because some find him killing off a portion of his own team completely unforgivable, especially when it all started from trying to murder Sodis in revenge. He's more a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds among Japanese players because after accidentally killing his girlfriend (Ramna), killing off the rest was his Despair Event Horizon moment. In addition to killing off Ramna, he angrily beheaded a little girl (Luly), slayed a friend who protected another (Rina), and took with him a guy who wanted to stop him (Grybe). Oh,and it's implied he got to kill off Sodis.
    • The European version of the game. This version became the source of hate for Global Players due to changing a lot of the original game's overall mechanics, gameplay and terms of execution far worse than Global, including the Mirror World gimmick and increased difficulty in Vortex Dungeons comparable to insanely hard trials.
      • European-exclusives also became the source of hate for Global server players since their release. Some of the worst offenders include Arthur (mostly due to his ability to doublecast Brave Bursts, which is outright game-breaking), Gazolina (Converts Rec into shield ala Tridon), and some of the units in the new Zodiac batch (The worst offenders being Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, Scorpio and Leo. Which, were copy-paste versions of Michelle, Elimo, Shera, Elza, Zelnite and Sefia).
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Griel and Bordebegia, with the former being angel and the latter is the Beast of Destruction.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Most bosses can be easily beaten when you know their attack patterns.
  • Awesome Music: Brave Frontier is chock full of them. Case in point:
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • The entirety of the Soul Bound Saga units. Some praise them for their unique design, in both artwork and their battle effects, and their Rare Summon (Summon 10 times, get 1 guaranteed SBS unit) rate up model is praised for how consistent they could be acquired by players. Others hated them for being considered a cash grab; the fact that you wouldn't be able to evolve them without their limited time Vortex material, how they tend to look, or be actually overpowered (mostly focusing on Ultor, Tridon and Hadaron) made it worse. Plus, their release timing looking like a form of Author's Saving Throw does not help. The limited evolution material issue has since been fixed, as the Soul Bound Saga dungeons are now available every Thursday in the Vortex.
    • Just about everything regarding Zeruiah. From her somewhat game-breaking Super Brave Burst that some people said rendering Zelnite and Shida's 7-Star upgrade "outclassed before release", to her limited time availability, to her entire existence hindering the previous Winter Glades Blitz units from getting their 7-Star forms, and so on.
      • The reveal of the third-place winner of Japanese version's Omni Evolution poll (Elza) quickly divided the fans into those who are happy for the result, and those who think the third-place winner already have too much attention placed into her.
  • Breakout Character: Elza, Elza, Elza. Originally an extremely popular Ensemble Darkhorse, she has become the face of the game by appearing in no less than three collaborations, which is more than anyone else bar NPCs and Series Mascot Vargas. Then, she gets her Omni Evolution, putting her usefulness even higher than her batchmates, who are stuck as 6-Star.
  • Broken Base:
    • Trial EX 3: Xie' Jing is mainly praised for the challenge and difficulty that many hadn't faced since Trial 3 as well as being a Global server exclusive content that is also worthwhile experience. The Trial itself also contains interesting gimmicks, such as the Bozdells' Anarchic Detonations (skills with same name but different effects), and that in order to cancel her "Depraved Punishment" attack you have to kill Fei in that turn. Xie' Jing herself is also a very powerful unit that rivals other 7-Stars units. On the other hand many have to face the Trial's RNG of her "Blighted Harvest" attack which is the main downer of it.
    • The fact that the Global server got Avant's batch before Adel's batch. Is it a blatant cash grab for the game's Second Anniversary or a smart move considering the niche uses of Adel's batch?
    • Challenge Arena: A fresh, new feature that gives something to do for players who have cleared all the current content, or a frustrating grind-fest? Also, is the Opponent First Strike rule as well as the number of units on your squad decreasing your total points earned really necessary?
    • The fact that the selections for Legacy Units who get Power Creep upgrades Pandering to the Base. Parts of the fandom who like the less-loved Units are not amused about the Ensemble Darkhorse keeps getting all the attention. More notorious examples of this including:
      • The Global-exclusive Omni Evolution poll, of which purpose is just to gather interest, quickly devolved into voting war between fans of Nyami, Zeruiah, and Zenia because those fans thought the Units they voted will surely get Omni Evolution. They will, and with Zenia winning the first place, the fandom breaks even further.
  • Cargo Ship:
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome:
    • In Colosseum, expect Selena to appear in every single squads you face, no matter Offensive or Defensive. She has Angel Idol AND extra hitcount Extra Skill provided you equip her with Lexida. Also, with the right SP options, she can get a built in Immunity towards Status Ailments and BC support, further increasing her usefulness. Finally, she's free.
    • In battles that require survivability (such as GGCs and later Trials), Laberd is the go-to Leader/Friend because he provides BC when attacked and 20% damage reduction for 2 turns when the damage received by his squad exceeds 5000.
    • Charla is effectively considered the face of Frontier Hunter farming squad, due to her cheap cost for BB and SBB, ability to fill BB gauge without attacking, built in status immunity, and her higher numbers on her offensive buff. Even after the release of units with simmilar, or better buff value, Charla had the just enough number going in her favor to make sure she's a stay in to the squad.
  • Complete Monster:
    • The last Emperor of Bariura might as well be the worst parent in Brave Frontier-verse. He raised his children to be Child Soldiers and had no qualms to throw them away when they outlived their usefulness, sometimes by pitting them against each other. His regime is said to be the worst that Bariura Empire ever had, with oppresion of the lower class citizens and nepotism everywhere. Also, those who opposed him would get assassinated as soon as he knew of their plan.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Douglas x Serin: Despite having no interaction in their lores, they were paired off sometimes due to their virtues of being Spark King and Queen.
    • Same with Zelnite x Elza, which became popular due to both of them being the staples of BB Spam teams, and being the prime targets of Pandering to the Base.
    • Vanberk x Bargus due to them being both DILF and (unfortunately) the least wanted units of their batch.
    • Thunderbird x Eric, for them being Tier-Induced Scrappies, mostly in the Global server fandom.
  • Demonic Spiders: If you don't have a unit that can dispel and/or nullify Status Ailments or the proper Items that can get rid of said ailments, any boss or enemy unit that can Paralyze can become this. A particularly nasty example of this was the "Frosty" enemy during the Christmas event, which appeared in groups and would hit your entire team with an attack that had a chance to Paralyze units - and if it managed to Paralyze every unit, you'd lose the ability to use healing Items and basically become unable to fight back.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Lunaris is either ignored or paired with Rina by those who ship Sodis and Alyut with each other or Zephyr and Raydn.
    • Bertz is hated by those who ship Seria with either Lugina or Karl, all because of what he said in Zamburg.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Due to recent reveals, some players have been treating Melchio this way. Poor Melchio just missed its Master Reis, that's all! Nevermind the fact that Melchio destroyed its own world and terrorized Lizeria as a result!
    • There exists a portion of fandom who tries to paint Shida in much sympathetic light. Which usually means that he turned evil because someone abused him in the past.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Has own page here.
  • Fanon: Due to the ambiguous nature of the units' lores and lots of Cliffhangers. One popular theory amongst the fandom is that Narza is actually Alyut who went insane after killing Sodis, and that he specifically worships Maxwell.
    • Also, Ophelia being considered a Yaoi Fangirl.
    • It's popular to make Weiss, Shida, and Rashil Childhood Friends. Or at least, making the three having studied under Bran since their childhood.
    • Before it was confirmed as canon, it was commonly believed that the Zelban who taught Atro and the Zelban who followed Michele are one and the same.
    • Since what looks like Maria appears alongside Ark in the original title screen of the game, it's common among players (especially fan-artists) to base the appearance of the Oracle Maiden Ilia on her. This later becomes Ascended Fanon.
    • Shusui's Verbal Tic, in which he always introduces himself when he shows up, is commonly believed to be created because Raaga often forgot Shusui's name.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Kanon x Maxwell, BIG TIME. After Six Pillars' release in Japanese version, the fandom got flooded by the fanart of the two.
  • Flanderization: Since the units' lores are rather short and don't delve much into their personalities, most of the units receive this in the fandom. Notable targets include Eze (who becomes a full-blown He-Man Woman Hater), Aem (whose admiration towards Will borders into Yandere territory), and Shida (whose Mad Scientist tendencies is turned Up to Eleven For the Evulz).
    • Elza is now known as: 1) Alice's overprotective older sister, and 2) everyone's "scythe-wielding loli waifu".
    • Similarly, Colt is now defined as an annoying little brother with a sister-complex who claims Claire is the best at everything, and attacks anyone who think otherwise.
    • Nowadays, Kikuri can't go talking without mentioning "blood" somewhere.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Luther and Douglas, with the former being the one who nearly killed the latter.
    • Mega and Stya probably defines this trope as the latter attacked Uda in rage after he apparently wounded the former fatally.
    • Mare is very, very obsessed with Karl.
    • Sefia and Kikuri is considered the most popular Yuri Couple of the Brave Frontier community.
    • Seria reminded Mora of her old master Oguro so much that, despite being antagonistic towards the Summoner's group in general, she still makes exceptions towards her.
    • Jed is obsessed to truly defeat Cyan, as she always finds a way to escape from her defeats, which pisses off Jed.
    • Lafiel and Malbelle, two goddesses who fought endlessly to decide the future of their world's humanity. And when Lafiel traveled to Elgaia to stop Reihard from developing Mock Gods, she immediately sensed that Malbelle pulled the strings from behind the scenes.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Melchio's Super Brave Burst deals powerful Fire, Water, Earth, Thunder, and Light elements to his enemies. Guess what elements Michele and her companions are weak against?
    • The reason why the Gods' Loyalists faced the Six Heroes whose elements are strong against them? So that Ark could catch the Six Heroes off-guard and kill them without much trouble.
    • The bosses in Beiorg's Beiorg Castle are from the batches that have the other five Six Armors among them. Saviors of Palmyna has Edea's Lafdranya, Ten-Winged Tormentor has Melchio and Duel-GX, and Cursed Flame Armor has Vishra and Reeze.
      • Some of the bosses are arranged according to their roles in the group too. Edea, Michele, and Reeze are the main leads. Lorand, Zelban, and Rashil are their respective group's Team Dad. And without Lilith and Duel-GX, their groups wouldn't ever have met.
    • Of course, the music titled "Land of Giants" plays in Zamburg's Great Giant's Remains. And as the music occasionally plays in several Dark-elemental stages before, it's doubly appropriate.
    • What's with Dark Princess Dia's bossiness in her acquired quote? In the lore concerning her at that particular rarity level, she realized she was far superior to any normal human mage. Doesn't help that she has to cope through fending the gods off in the process, after having to clear her late grandmother's name from espionage.
    • Raydn being Tier-Induced Scrappy somehow makes sense when you remember that he's the last to join Twelve Guardians, and thus was still inexperienced and had to learn from everyone else, especially Sodis.
    • More like Fridge Tear Jerker than Brilliance, but in the final volumes of Six Heroes' Grand Gaia Chronicles, all of them have a stage where they're accompanied by their closest allies...except Atro. Even the loner Lance and the avenger Magress have allies.
    • Why does Grybe suddenly have an Area of Effect variant of infinite Super Brave Burst? To counter and stop the rampaging Farlon, who also has that infinite Super Brave Burst variant.
    • Befitting Eze's status as Dumb Blonde Idiot Hero, his SP options are basically him strengthening himself and enhancing the effect of his already great Spark damage boost.
    • After retiring from serving under the Holy Emperor, Karna Masta's disciples named his land after him. Since the Holy Emperor recruits sacred wolves for their abilities to seal gods, his disciples might have at least recognized the Flame Wolf Golzo worshiped.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • The summoned units are the souls of the real beings who died a long time ago. They will obey their Summoners, and they can unleash their true power if their Summoners allow them. You, the Summoner, are essentially a Necromancer in all but name. And the game's universe treats it like it's a good thing.
    • The fact that Will's 7-Stars lore states that he was only human to have survived the War of the Gods. This means that all units that had their ultimate fates left unknown before and after the end of War of the Gods died at one point or another. Let that sink in for a second.
    • Those who landed in Ishgria were no better; wanderers of Ishgria were said to be devoured by Grimoire.
    • One of Lancia's acquired quotes mentions that she could cook anything, including humans like her Summoner. Lancia was said to be able to cook gods in her Ace Chef form. Most of the gods we've known have human-like body or resemble humans. With these in mind, it's a good thing that her lore never specified what kind of gods she cooked to make those legendary dishes.
    • What happened during Fusion process? Some units express embarassement, some feel pain, and some get so happy as if they just experienced...something else.
    • And you can fuse literally any units with each other. Humans, demons, monsters, objects...
    • According to Slicing Bolt Raiden's and Sky Mage Rashil's lores, Atharva Republic was willing to recruit criminals and exiles into their army. Just how screwed up were they if they had to resort to make people who were just waiting for their deaths as Mooks?
    • As shown by Klaus and Isterio, with enough interferences "Mock Gods" type of Mock Unit can regain their originals' will. The Mock Units of Four Fallen Gods and Lucius are "Mock Gods". Now imagine if somehow they could do the same.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Grahdens' teasing Owen about the latter's love life suddenly becomes Dude, Not Funny! after Rayla, the only person Owen ever fell in love with, died protecting him and made him continuously blaming himself was introduced.
  • Game Breaker:
    • "Brave Burst Spam" and "Critical Hit Spam" team archetypes. The former is designed as such so that all of your units can use their Brave Burst every turn. The latter is designed to make full use of Mad God Zebra's Leader Skill, which increases damage from critical hits to absurd levels, by increasing the critical rates of your units as much as possible.
    • Units like Felneus and Uda can also do this when combined with units with high hit counts like Douglas and Serin due to their Ares' Excelsior Leader Skills (which boosts the effect of Brave Crystals) and Super Brave Bursts (which increases the drop rate of said Brave Crystals).
    • Deemo and the Girl for "Spark Team" archetypes, because their Leader Skill, "Charm" (4-Stars) and "All Charm" (5-Stars), fills a unit's Brave Burst Gauge a bit every time you hit a Spark. So with high hit count units, such as Douglas, Elza, and Serin, and Deemo as your leader, you'll most likely see their BB Gauges fill up before they even get the Brave Crystals. Not to mention that their Brave Burst, "Friction" (4-Stars) and "Magnolia" (5-Stars) also boosts Spark damage for all units for 3 turns. So you can potentially one shot some bosses with Deemo as your leader. Now that they've gotten their 6-Stars form, they somewhat got even more broken than they did.
    • Speaking of Douglas, he was a prominent example of this trope. When Douglas first got his 6-Stars form, he went from a terrible unit with Random Brave Burst, into the first unit who had a 30 Hit, Multiple Target Super Brave Burst with 30 Drop Checks. Douglas also carried a 50% buff to Spark Damage on his Super Brave Burst, which, when combined with his BC Production and Sparking potential, turned him into one of the best offensive units in the entire game by a long shot. Douglas alongside Felneus proceeded to dominate every season of Frontier Hunter, and it's said that the best team at that time for every content except for Arena was a Felneus Leader coupled with a full team of Douglases. It was bad enough that he was one of few units who got hit by a nerf (which did not work as it intended), and was a subject of balance issues until Power Creep kicked in and units such as Luther and Elza, both of which are completely superior versions of Douglas, were introduced.
    • Many considered the Damage Mitigation units to be this thanks to their ability to significantly reduce the damage you take from your opponent. The existence of Damage Mitigation units pretty much renders everything but the absolute hardest content in the game to be an absolute joke, at which point they become almost necessary for players to even have a chance of winning.
    • Maxwell was usually considered THE best unit in the game during the 6-Stars era, having amazing stats, ridiculous Brave Crystal generations, and a fairly amazing set of Brave Bursts, including her Super Brave Burst which has a ridiculous damage multiplier and hit count. Even better, Maxwell has a Leader skill that increases damage for both Critical and Elemental Weakness, on a multiplier that is fairly close to Zebra and Mare (both of which being considered units with broken Leader skills that are only being held back by their mediocre stats), practically turning it into by far, the best Leader Skill in the game. Of course, to acquire Maxwell, you need to have a squad that is strong enough to survive and beat the third Trial, which in itself is VERY difficult.
    • Hadaron's Super Brave Burst grants him the "Stealth" ability for two turns. For a few months before the ability was patched, if he was the only unit alive while he had Stealth active, the enemies wouldn't be able to attack at all. With the right setup, Hadaron was able to use his Super Brave Burst every other turn all by himself, maintaining "Stealth" indefinitely and rendering most fights trivial. (A few bosses have passive effects that can stop a solo Hadaron from filling the Super Brave Burst gauge consistently, but the notorious "Trial 003: Maxwell" is not one of them.)
    • Mifune's Omni Evolution effectively took the Arena meta like a piece of plywood, cracked it in two, and scattered its million pieces across the land of the dead. With the highest natural Attack stat (Imps included) and an SP skill that gives him a 20% chance to hit every unit on the opposing team for half damage (not that it matters with the ungodly Attack stat), fighting a team of Mifunes that survive your first turn is effectively a death sentence, and no amount of pseudo-Angel Idol effects will help short of Juno-Seto; Omni Mifune's damage is high enough to One-Hit Kill the majority of units in the game. The worst part is that he's a common unit, allowing players to easily farm for him from normal content.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: There's a curiously huge amount of Global server players who love using Dilma. Mostly because of his Ignore Defense buff and his extremely high BC Production rate, Not to mention his relationship with Lilith is hilarious and he's reportedly caused Stupid Sexy Flanders for male players.
    • Ciara has garnered enough popularity in Japanese fandom to make Alim import her and Semira into the Japanese version of the game.
    • European server's exclusive Unit llewxaM is adored by both Japanese and Global players because she's designed as a "good" version of Maxwell, who is already a fan-favorite herself. Her short skirt and general adorableness also help.
  • Goddamned Bats: Unicorn and Pegasus have an incredibly long attack animation. The Paralysis effect they carry with their normal attacks can easily bring them to Demonic Spider tier.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The character at the center of the original title screen was thought to be Vargas in a different costume. He's really the person who killed Vargas, as revealed at the end of the Grand Gaia saga.
    • Hate Farlon all you want for killing a portion of his teammates, but Chapter 9 of Grand Gaia Chronicles reveals that he had been emotionally manipulated by Melord in secretly, and he's not the only victim or his spell—Alyut's negative emotion on his brother escalated as well, leading to him killing Sodis.
    • Shusui's Verbal Tic and Super-Persistent Predator tendencies might be funny, but once it's revealed that the loss of Hisui was what made Shura to become "Shusui", one might feel bad to the guy.
  • Ho Yay: Oh yes.
  • Incest Yay Shipping:
    • Some theorize that Elza's love to her sister Alice is more than just "sisterly love". It doesn't help that her name is just one letter away from Elsa.
    • As said in Ho Yay section, all male members of Twelve Guardians adored Sodis, and that's including Sodis' brother Alyut. When Sodis betrayed the gods, Alyut even tried to reason with him before outside parties interfered. And Sodis let himself be killed by a brainwashed Alyut to break the spell on his brother.
    • Melina is very obsessed with her uncle Chrome, noting that he is "strong, kind, and handsome".
    • Colt worshipped his older twin Claire, saying that she's "the best" and attacks everyone who disagrees with him. One of the reasons why he disliked Quaid so much is because Claire had a crush on him.
    • Vargas' reaction when he was informed that his father went missing and is presumed dead? Train harder and make him his inspiration. Avant's reaction when he was informed that Vargas is dead? Regain his memories, break down crying for three whole days, and use Vargas' Dandelga to slay off the gods until he dies too. Avant might be too attached to his son...
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Shida has been paired with the most male, female, and genderless units due to his popularity and his overall presence in the lore.
    • On the other side of the story, the Summoner (read:You) has been paired with just about every NPC and summonable units ever, no matter what gender he/she is.
    • And on the NPC's side, Seria is already paired with practically everyone in the main cast and Mora.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Of course, a gay fandom for this game exists, and they really adore Darvanshel, Avant, Bargus, Griff and so on.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Luther. He's rocking that "Full Metal Cross".
    • The moment Will got his 7-Star form, he becomes this.
    • Tridon's shield is said to be so broken that it can withstand literally everything.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • The Thunderbird line, despite having a great improvement of the 5-Stars Zazabis stat-wise, is still labeled as the worst units and are the last one people want to receive from the Rare Summon Gate. Then again, Zazabis wasn't grouped together with its lower counterparts in their receiving end of mockery.
      • Zazabis' 6-Stars evolution, Ardas, completely reverses this by making its BB and SBB Area of Effect attacks and having a 70% Spark damage buff on its SBB.
    • Eric is another one due to even his Super Brave Burst hitting random enemies.
    • Will used to be one, especially in the Japanese fandom. Then his 7-Stars form arrived, and most of his detractors began to shill him.
  • Memetic Molester: Shida, Shida, Shida. He is a Mad Scientist whose experiments include human modifications, one of which resulted in the subject looking younger than he actually is. He also successfully seduced Zellha and made Themis label him as a "pervert". Vargas Chronicle even have some panels in which he's observing Vargas, Mifune, and Logan while making suggestive expressions.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The Thunderbird line itself turns into a popular meme, commonly seen in Rare Summon jokes.
    • Thunder Vortex Arena. explanation 
    • Server Errors and compensations in general has become a joke amongst the fandom.
    • There's now a growing trend of people claiming some of their units as their waifus.
    • Raid when? explanation 
    • All Hail Ding Dong Sobida! explanation 
    • Salt Frontier explanation 
    • If even Luly could get her 7-Stars form, everyone can get one too! explanation 
    • Zedus is the Ultimate Spark God! No, Luther is! ZEDUS! LUTHER! (repeats until both sides stop) explanation 
    • "We're gradually letting players in. Please wait." explanation 
    • Zoom Zooom!! explanation 
    • When Keymaster Gilnea returns and Battle Maidens get their 6-Star.explanation 
    • Kulyuk Chickenexplanation 
    • Bells and Staffexplanation 
    • EU units are a Jokeexplanation 
    • Get your 100% guaranteed Limited-Time Exclusives after 40 times of summons!explanation 
  • Memetic Troll: The Thunderbird line for those without luck in Rare Summon, before it gains access to its 6-star form that doesn't do random-target damage.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The Unicorn line's PING PING PING PING PING.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The warm synthesizer chord when your Brave Burst/Super Brave Burst meter fills to the brim, and the lights up to show it's ready to be used. Another candidate could be the deep, relief-flooding "bwoooshhhhhh" sound when finishing off a boss enemy.
  • Narm:
    • Whenever Karl appears in Frontier Hunter's Terminus stages, he will always have a special skill named "Special Antidote" that only triggers whenever he's poisoned. That Antidote made in Justified Tutorial must be a treasure for him if he still keep it after a long time.
    • The non-English language options can make some of the terms sound narmy, even by that language's standards.
    • Eze commited suicide by stabbing himself with Bathoota. Considering how huge Bathoota has become at that time, one has to wonder how he pulled it off.
    • Karl's demonic form makes him resembles a cat. Plus, the whole scene is so overdramatic that Seria even lampshaded how anti-climatic Karl's transformation was.
    • Inferno Swords Logan's translated Super Brave Burst name, Magical Coffin, managed to raise eyebrows of some players. It sounds like it comes straight from Magical Girl genre.
  • Never Live It Down: If a unit has a particularly embarrassing or stupid moment in their lore or in Frontier Hunter, expect it to get turned into jokes. Examples include:
    • Arius and his Selena paintings.
    • Themis' shouting "PERVERT!" every time Shida is in her line of sight.
    • Orwen's fleeing from his country in which he's the Emperor of.
    • Reis and his self-recovery mechanism.
    • Weiss and other glasses-wearing units proclaiming the supremacy of glasses.
    • Colt and Alyut arguing to each other about who has the best older sibling, while said siblings either cheer them on or scold them.
    • Just a mention of Farlon killing a portion of his team including Ramna, and he's forever branded as the Token Evil Teammate and a terrible boyfriend.
    • Rashil will never live down his peculiar obsession towards Lilith.
    • ORN39 members  and Ulkina's exclusion from the group despite her similar name to the group's members.
    • Karl and the Antidote from the tutorial.
    • Lafiel getting mistaken as a ball due to her attacking animations.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page here.
  • No Yay: According to some fans, Yuura taught Shida more than just necromancy and dark arts. The reason it's not a Ho Yay moment is because of the age gap between the two, leading to some Squicky implications and a Freudian Excuse for Shida.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • "Popular Units" Rate-Up is a special kind of Rate-Up which puts up to 25 Units who win special polls put by the community manager in an exclusive pool.
    • Those who placed in the Overall Top 10 of 2015's Japanese Unit Popularity Poll got a Grand Quest portrait for the artbook. In fact, Ivris' Grand Quest portrait was originated from here.
    • Units who are selected to represent Brave Frontier in collaborations are usually the Six Heroes and various Ensemble Darkhorses.
    • The Japanese version's "Which Unit do you want to have [insert the strongest evolution tier at the time]" polls. Although they are quite a Base Breaker due to the extremely predictable winners, to the dismay of the fans of less-popular and less-useful Units.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: When the official wiki does not contain entries for the storyline or characters as NPC, you know how many people care about the storyline of Brave Frontier.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Several units were rescued from being unusable when they were allowed to evolve to their 7-Stars forms. Special mention goes to Edea and Elimo who became full-fledged Damage Mitigators and a staple for many battles, bosses, and Trials.
    • Alice is two layered rescues. Her original sub-par but still nice artwork is redrawn into this. Her ability to convert REC to ATK was frowned upon at first, but then when Alim suddenly made her more viable with the release of 7-Stars Tridon and Deimos who can boost their squad's REC, all of a sudden she became a great ATK buffer that rivals Michele as well as becoming a reliable offensive healer.
    • A lot of units actually gone through this over time when their niche was discovered as time went by. A big example was Dilma, who used to be hated thanks to his low hit count, and the perceived uselessness of the Defense Ignore buff. It was soon proven wrong when data-mining showed that Dilma has MASSIVE BC production, and a bunch of hidden buffs on top of his absurd Healing Factor and damage potential. As a result, Dilma went on to become one of the longest lasting, and well loved unit during the 6-Stars era.
    • Hadaron was mostly known as the black sheep of the Soul Bound Saga unit batch, due to his Game-Breaking Bug potential for cheesing, extremely overpriced SBB, and buff timing issues. Following his 7-Stars form release however, alongside numerous fixes for his 6-Stars version, he saw a big increase in popularity thanks to his unique ability to deal obscene single target damage, and an expensive but affordable cost, alongside a nice synergy with other popular units like Ark and Zenia.
    • The moment that Ciara and Semira received their 7-Stars evolutions was the moment that they were rescued.
  • Robo Ship: Michele x Duel-GX kicks off when the Ten-Winged Tormentor Grand Quest was released. It was in this chapter where Duel is shown to be more than a programming robot, being able to first interact with Michelle and explained the situation to her.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Poor, poor Bran for getting this treatment both in (by his alleged alumni) and out (mostly by Shida fans) universe. He is said to be a volatile old man who cares for nothing but sweets, often forced his students to eat cakes, and sometimes sexually assaulted them. He's like the Dumbledore of Brave Frontier on this matter.
    • Yuura is cited to be downright mean to Medina and/or abusive to Shida.
    • Balgran is always portrayed as a cold-blooded killer after it was revealed that he murdered Claire, Colt, and Fadahl.
    • According to some fans, Rashil wants to examine every parts of Lilith and will resort to rape if neccesary. His stalker-ish behavior early on and his status as The Friend Nobody Likes also help fueling this interpretation.
    • Kalon is often portrayed as an abusive brother to Aaron who doesn't even know of his death.
    • Seria likes to abuse and kick the Summoner, both physically and mentally, as if she's in a permanent state of PMS.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Ciara and Semira were part of a notorious Halloween event that was largely considered little more than a blatant cash grab. Although there wasn't anything wrong with the units themselves, you were required to have one of them in your party in order to challenge the last level of the special Halloween dungeon - which was, of course, the one with the biggest reward. The two units could only be acquired by using the Rare Summon Gate, which costs five gems and gives you a randomly selected (rare) unit. The chances of either Ciara or Semira being the randomly chosen unit was fairly low, but if you used the Rare Summon Gate ten times during the event you'd be "gifted" one of them as a bonus. Gems cost $1 from the store and are given out very, very slowly during regular play; if you didn't happen to have hoarded all the gems from a few months' worth of free play, you'd have to pay up to $50 in order to get your hands on one.
      • To add insult to injury, when Ciara's and Semira's 6-Stars forms became available, their Brave Bursts and Super Brave Bursts had a damage modifier much, much lower than almost every other comparable 6-Stars units. After a few days and much whining from the disgruntled masses of Brave Frontier's players, this was eventually fixed via a patch.
      • In fact, the next time Alim made a Vortex event that relates to a Global Exclusive Rare Summon batch with the Soul Bound Saga units, they made it a point that you won't need the RS unit to even enter the vortex dungeon, thereby showing just how badly this was thought through and done at the time.
      • However, the two's 7-Stars forms' release and the revamp of the Halloween Dungeon now rescued them from the scrappy heap.
    • Farlon is by far the most hated 7-Stars Legacy unit, if not 7-Stars in general. As a unit, he has a distinction of being a Glass Cannon with exceptionally low damage potential to the point that he's very close to being the weakest damage dealer amongst 7-Stars units. In terms of lore, his lore is notable for being fairly disastrous: unlike the rest of the Loyalist Guardians, his motivation to join the faction was not so much his loyalty to the Gods, but more about revenge towards Sodis, and he killed off or severely wounded a lot of the other Guardians, which usually makes him be called as the villain of their batch.
    • Zeruiah, for the same blatant cash-grab reason as Ciara and Semira above, but even worse. To elaborate, she was only obtainable through the time-limited "Frosty Summon", which opens after summoning through Divine Summon five times, and there's still a chance that she wouldn't appear in Frosty Summon. She boasts a +12% EXP Leader/Friend Skill, which is slightly better than what Zelnite's 7-Star ended up getting, and at that time only Japanese-exclusive Haruto have that kind of Leader/Friend Skill. Her Super Brave Burst is 40-hit infinite Area of Effect attacks that applies all elements and boosts BC, HC, and Item Drop Rate to her party. In short, her being Purposefully Overpowered is what set people off, especially for those who don't have her.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Brave Bursts that hits random targets are frowned upon for their unpredictability and are deemed unreliable. In fact, this is how some units received their Memetic Loser status.
    • The Unit Types in general. So you pull a meta-defining unit whose type is Oracle? Too bad, abandon that unit and try to roll for an Anima or Breaker one!
    • Recently, time-limited Rare Summon gates for Purposefully Overpowered Holiday Exclusives are being frowned upon.
    • Colosseum's Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors Support Skills mechanic is often deemed unnecessary and adding more RNG on top of the already RNG-filled regular Arena.
  • Ship Mates: Many of the pairings can coexist nicely in the Fandom due to the limited Ship Tease in their lores.
    • Six Heroes has Vargas x Lava, Selena x Arius/Lucina, Lance x Drevas, Eze x Emilia, Kuda x Atro, and Magress x Themis.
    • Cursed Fire Armor has Vishra x Logan, Dilma x Lilith, and Rashil x Reeze. Or the Ho Yay variant, Reeze x Lilith and Rashil x Dilma.
    • 12 Guardians has Sodis x Lunaris, Signas x Ophelia, Farlon x Ramna, and Raydn x Alyut. Alyut x Lunaris shippers usually ship Sodis x Signas/Zephyr and Grybe x Ophelia as well.
    • Six Pillars has Kira x Feeva and Tazer x Tora.
    • Michele x Lodin and Zelban x Tiara. Or alternatively, Michele x Duel-GX and Lodin x Tiara.
    • Arus x Priscilla and Belfura x Shera.
    • Ark x Ilia usually goes with Ruby x Dion, Yuura x Medina, and Balgran x Rinon.
  • Ship Tease: There's a few of these in some units' flavor texts. They became less of a teasing as time passed on and more pairs of units were confirmed as Official Couples from the start.
    • Zeln/Nemia: Certain on Zeln's side, considering that his 4-Stars and 5-Stars forms' lores stated that he focused on training himself to follow her.
    • Vargas/Lava: Small, but it's there. It's also a crossover with Foe Yay, considering that Lava defeated Vargas before she opened up to others, and in her 5-Stars form's lore it was stated that she "wanted a rematch with Vargas even more than a battle with the gods". Also, Vargas's 6-Stars forms' lore outright stated that the wings on his back were given to him by Lava. And then there's Lava dying in Vargas' arms after saving him from Tia and using all her energy fending off the next Disciple's (Phee) ambush.
    • Loch/Edea, at least one-sided, considering he chose to come out of his self-imposed exile to join her. Dean even shipped them and wondered why they didn't just hook up from the get-go.
    • Rashil/Reeze began as a Pair the Spares as they're the only ones in their batch who don't have explicit intimate connections with each other. Then their batch's Grand Gaia Chronicles was released, and it reveals that Rashil does care for Reeze despite her ignorance and his obsession of Lilith. He even said her name more than anyone else's, and (in Japanese version) dropped the honorific once she's in danger of defeat by Vishra. And in volume 3, both Rashil and Reeze must be killed in order to stop them from continuously reviving Lilith, essentially acting as Lilith's over-protective parents.
    • Tazer/Tora: Tazer was the only Six Pillars who is nice to Tora from the start, and even protected her from Alpha and Kira. If Tazer is killed before Tora in volume 3 of Six Pillars' Grand Gaia Chronicles, Tora will react. It does help that both of them are the nicest among the Six Pillars.
    • Colt/Ivris: It was revealed in "The Correct Path" Grand Quest that Ivris likes to tease Colt and notes that it'd be lonely without Colt around.
    • Galant/Lancia is mostly hinted in Spin-Off, especially in Vargas Chronicle where they often teamed-up to fight monsters and Galant saving Lancia from a debris in Chapter 7. In Haruto's Summoning Diary, Galant's pet Salamander is shown to enjoy Lancia's cookings so much.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • The Sodis/Lunaris/Alyut Love Triangle has their own share of rivalries. And if either Signas, Zephyr, or Raydn enter the fray, chaos may ensue.
    • Yuura/Shida shippers and those who ship either of them with someone else doesn't go exactly well, either.
    • Lugina/Seria, Karl/Seria, and Lugina/Paris shippers notably avert this and are peaceful with each other, at least until Bertz showed up.
    • Claire/Quaid, Claire/Colt, and Diana/Quaid have field day with this. Fadahl/Ivris generally averted this until Grand Quest which gives Colt/Ivris Ship Tease to sail.
    • While still small, there are people that prefer to ship Vargas with his daddy Avant than his Implied Love Interest Lava.
  • That One Attack:
    • Sir Sanctus Xenon Lv 10's Area of Effect attack, "Soul Desecration", especially when he casts it thrice in a turn. That attack can and will most likely kill your entire squad if you're not making them Guard.
    • Dual Blade God Eru's "Necro Fusion"; A massive AoE attack that cannot be mitigated.
      • Really, any of the Elgaian Refugee Leaders' AoE attacks; Especially if you kill their partners beforehand. Sometimes they'll do it 3 times in a row, which can really take down your units if you're not careful.
    • Trial 003 Maxwell's "Endless". If a unit doesn't have 50% Damage Mitigation AND is not Guarding, they WILL die no matter what.
      • "Destiny" and "Meteor" can count as well; especially if she's buffed with "Sacred Song", which boosts her ATK, DEF, and gives her an Ignore Defense buff.
    • Zevalhua's "Glorious", which will kill your squad unless you use Magress' UBB or deal enough damage within 3 turns to deactivate it.
    • "Empty Seal" is an attack used by most of the Ishgria demons. They all have somewhat different versions of the attack, but it's always the strongest attack they can hit you with and is pretty much guaranteed to leave your team in really bad shape if you can manage to survive at all.
    • Nevsky's "Mysterious Light" in Refugee Leaders' Grand Gaia Chronicles. It deals massive damage and wipes every buffs you've applied to your squad. And he uses it pretty often.
    • Every time Lugina appears in a trial, expect him to have one of this in one way or another. In particular Grand Hazzard is notorious for its extreme amount of single target damage, and Lugina is the most common buffer of Defense Ignore, which, while a Tier-Induced Scrappy buff for the players, is an extremely dangerous buff on the opposing side due to the player's reliance on the buff.
  • That One Boss
    • Any time you're facing Phoenix. It constantly uses its Brave Burst, which lets it regenerates for a few turns before using it again. Unless you have Poison or Paralysis, it'll either be a long or impossible fight, depending on whether you can damage it more than it recovers its HP.
    • Miracle Totems when you're first trying to evolve some of your units to their 6-Star forms. Not only they can cast Brave Bursts of different elements, they also have a new move, "Chaos Trilogy", that can, together with using other attacks at once, even knock out 5-Star units!
    • Owen in Wulgee. He hits hard and can inflict Injury and Weakness. He can boost his own CRIT, ATK, DEF, and normal hit count. He can fully restore his HP. His UBB empties all of your squad's BB Gauges and reduces their HP to 1. If you dare use Items during the battle, he will get infuriated and removes all the buffs on your squad while severely damaging them. And the catch to all of the above? He is the first fight in the region, and you're supposed to win.
    • As far as Raid Class 6 go, Mordlim holds the notion of being the most difficult raid boss due to not only because of her dealing so much damage, but also because of her defensive fighting style and mitigation means that you will deal little to no damage against her. Oh, and she also deals damage + removes buff on the highest HP unit every turn as long as her branch part is alive.
  • That One Level
    • When it comes to Trials, nearly all of them can fit this list.
    • Disastrous Beast's and Refugee Leaders' Grand Gaia Chronicles are mostly agreed upon as the most annoying GGCs due to the gimmicks they have in their final stage: Oulu's migitation and slow attacking animations, and Nevsky's buff-wiping attack on top of fighting six hard-hitting units at once that is not even the final battle of the stage, respectively.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy:
    • Thunderbird and Great Falcon Ziz due to both their bad stats and Brave Bursts attacking random enemies instead of all of them. They are also flat-out scrappies as they can be randomly summoned from the Rare Summon Gate, especially when players expect far better units. Zazabis, on the other hand, gets the underrated treatment. Its stats are better than expected, so at least it's usable on boss fights that are only one enemy.
      • And then Zazabis' 6-Stars form came along, and Summoners now regret selling/fusing it away because its SBB is now a 27 hit Area of Effect attack and even provides a 70% boost to Spark damage.
    • And among the ones normally obtained in-game, healing units are basically the inversion. Finkell and Legnaura are special mentions for being easier-to-obtain (though obviously inferior) versions of Gaia Tree Vertri and Immortal Phoenix Levarza, respectively.
    • Raydn is often seen as Alyut's and Sodis' side-grade with Defense Ignore for mono-Water squad.
    • Part of the reason why Farlon is disliked is because his seven star form is often seen as a bad unit thanks to his low damage output and mediocre buffset.
    • To an extent many of the current time limited exclusive units in any server. Most of them are fairly good in one way or another, but they are resented instead since not everyone can have the luck/money/hoarded enough to pull for them.
    • Fadahl is often seen as, by far, the worst 7-Star status inflictor. It comes to the point where he's the first from his batch to be permanently removed from Popular Units Rate-Up polls.
    • Colosseum goers despise facing Juno-Seto leads, since she makes fights even more luck-based than before; her Leader Skill gives every unit in the party a chance to pseudo-Angel Idol without an HP threshold, which can turn sure wins into sure losses in a matter of seconds. Additionally, her Super Brave Burst has an RNG-based Phoenix effect, where she has a chance to revive a unit on the spot. If that weren't enough, her Super Brave Burst is bugged; if used in the Arena by a player, not the computer, the game crashes.
    • Critical damage based units are becoming this. Majority of late game content had several quirks that turns Critical useless with critical damage increase immunity, but the hate for Critical based units mostly comes into play in Raids where the rare material can only drop by destroying other boss parts which tend to have anti critical damage measure compared to the main body. As a result Raid farmers dreaded seeing Leader skills with critical damage increase such as Griff, Avant, Nyami, Zedus, or Reis showing up in said Raid Quest since they will one turn kill the boss, without killing their body parts for the valuable item drops.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Elza's NPC portrait for the Japanese-exclusive collaboration Grand Quest with Thousand Memories.
    • Most of European-exclusives' artworks fall into this, usually due to their face.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Official flavor texts explicitly refer to Atro as male, but there are many who would insist that "he" is actually a "her." The confusion was so bad, even the translator dubbed his 5-Stars name as "Goddess Atro" before the term was corrected in a recent version, and even then, it took further updates to correct all his gendered terms. His somewhat androgynous appearance certainly does not help.
    • There are also a lot of Cute Monster Girl units who are classified as Genderless Units, such as the Ramias and Fairies.
    • Estelle was mistaken as a boy by the community when her artworks were released. Her short hair, baggy pants, and lack of curves were cited to be the reasons.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Admit it. This is your reaction to some of your units who had their chances to use their Brave Bursts in The Arena, but didn't use them, leading to the opposing team wiping you out entirely with theirs.
    • In Raid mode, there are common occurences of people bringing a Critical-oriented squad to a mission where the targets that drops rare materials are immune to Criticals. In particular, those who farm Balmedia, Estoreit, and Arkem are irritated by this idiotic behavior.
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