YMMV: Brave Frontier

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Global server players don't like Thunderbird and Eric much. Mostly for their Brave Bursts attacking random targets. Even after Thunderbird's 6* gives it an Area of Effect Super Brave Burst, the hatred still sticks. In Japan? They're still considered as low-tier, but not the butts of cruel jokes. Eric is even loved by Yaoi Fangirls due to his Ho Yay-tastic story and Bishōnen appearance.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Most bosses can be easily beaten when you know their attack patterns.
  • Awesome Music: Brave Frontier is chock full of them.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Douglas x Serin: Despite having no interaction in their lores, were paired off sometimes due to their virtue of being Spark King and Queen.
    • Same with Zelnite x Elza, which becomes popular due to both of them being staples of BB Spam team.
    • Vanberk x Bargus due to being both DILF and (unfortunately) the least wanted units of their batch.
    • Thunderbird x Eric, for being Tier-Induced Scrappy, mostly in 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Amongst units, a stand out unit in a batch usually receives this status. This is fairly relevant in terms of gameplay, since the staff often holds a popularity poll that determines which unit will get a rate up.
    • Amongst popular units, Zelnite is a stand out example, winning every single most wanted unit rate up before the release of 7* units.
    • Thanks to its notoriety in the fandom, the Thunderbird line have reached this status, making it possibly one of the most iconic unit in the game.
    • With the advance to 7 stars, Feeva immediately became a unit everyone wanted pull due to her being extremely versatile in situations.
    • For NPCs, Lugina, Seria, and especially Karl are very popular.
  • Fanon: Due to ambiguous nature of the units' lores and lots of Cliffhanger. One popular Fanon amongst the fandom is that Narza is actually Alyut who went insane after killing Sodis, and that he specifically worships Maxwell.
  • 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 including 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).
  • Foe Yay:
    • Luther and Douglas, with the former was the one who killed the latter.
    • Mega and Stya probably defines this trope as the latter attacked Uda in rage after he wounded the former.
    • Farlon and Ramna, who were lovers before the latter's betrayal.
    • Mare is very, very obsessed with Karl.
    • Sefia and Kikuri is the most popular Yuri Couple of the Brave Frontier community.
  • 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 Skill (which boosts the effect of Brave Crystals) and Super Brave Burst (which increases the drop rate of said Brave Crystals).
    • Deemo and the Girl for Spark team archetypes, because their Leader Skill, "Charm" (4 Star) and "All Charm" (5 Star), 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 fill up your gauge before even getting the Brave Crystals. Not to mention that their Brave Burst, "Friction" (4 Star) and "Magnolia" (5 Star) also boosts Spark damage for all units for 3 turns. So you can potentially one shot some bosses with Deemo as your leader. Knowing that they're gonna get a Six Star in the future, one can only wonder if they're going to be even more broken than before.
    • Speaking of Douglas, he was a prominent example of this trope. When Douglas first got his 6* 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 Douglas. 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 to have a chance of winning.
    • Maxwell is usually considered THE best unit in the game, 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 has 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 stop a solo Hadaron from filling the Super Brave Burst gauge consistently, but the notorious "Trial 003: Maxwell" is not one of them.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ho Yay: Oh yes.
    • Grafl and Falma, the Those Two Guys of Grand Gaia. They get along pretty well despite of their clashing personalities. Both give Affectionate Nickname to each other. And Falma's first act after acquiring his Sky God form is to save Grafl from falling down. Not to mention the two of them are always together everytime they appear in spin-offs.
    • Lucina and Selena, to the point the former sacrificed herself to save the latter.
    • Logan is very, very devoted to Shida. And like Grafl and Falma, they always appear together in spin-offs. Not to mention Logan gives himself to Shida in order to fulfill his promise to a long-lost friend of his, which happens to be possesed by the demonic armor Vishra.
    • Some theorize that Elza's love to her sister Alice is more than just "sisterly love". Doesn't help that her name is just one letter away from Elsa.
    • Belfura and Shera, rivals turned allies. Belfura is technically "genderless" due to being a Disciple, but that doesn't stop the shippers.
    • Seria and Tilith, especially later in the story. What with Tilith's frequent teasings and "I love you" to Seria, and Seria worrying about Tilith's sudden change in attitude after confronting Lucius.
    • Lugina doesn't like Karl, yet he still gives his best to save him from Mare.
    • Kuda and Atro. It was said that Kuda couldn't bring himself to assassinate Atro and became a Reverse Mole for the humanity because of that.
    • Aem worships Will and hates everyone who catches Will's attention (Mila and Themis) or is often compared to Will (Atro). Will himself is completely oblivious of Aem's worshipping, but he knows Aem is very dedicated to him and later appoints him to fight by his side.
    • Eric is a good friend of Magress' father, so much that he decided to help Magress. Eric also loved the Emperor of Bariura dearly, according to his Magic Riffs lore. And one wonders how he went through Shida's modifications.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • The Thunderbird line, despite having a great improvement of the 5-stared Zazabis stat-wise, is still labeled as the worst units and are the last one people want to receive from Rare Summon. Then again, Zazabis weren't grouped together with its lower counterparts in their receiving end of mockery.
      • Zazabis' 6 Star 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 Japanese fandom. Then his 7-Star arrives, and most of his detractors begin to shill him.
  • Memetic Molester: Shida, Shida, Shida. He is a Mad Scientist whose experiments including human modifications, one of which resulted in the subject looking younger than he actually is. He also successfully seduced Zellha and made Themis to label him as "pervert". Vargas Chronicle even have some panels in which he's observing Vargas, Mifune, and Logan while making suggestive expressions.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Unicorn line's PING PING PING PING PING.
  • 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.
    • But then again, that would spoil the game.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The Thunderbird line itself turns into a popular meme, commonly seen in Rare Summon jokes.
    • Thunder Vortex Arena.
    • Server Error 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?
    • All Hail Ding Dong Sobida! explanation 
    • Salt Frontier
  • 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 six-star forms became available, their Brave Burst and Super Brave Burst skills had a damage modifier much, much lower than almost every other comparable six-star unit. After a few days and much whining, this was fixed via patch.
  • 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 recieved 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!
  • Ship Tease: There's a few of this in the unit's flavor text. Becomes less teasings as time passed on and more pairs of units are confirmed as Official Couple from the start.
    • Zeln/Nemia: Certain on Zeln's side, considering that his 4 stars and 5 stars evolution stated that he focused on training himself to follow her.
    • Vargas/Lava: Small, but there. Also crossover with Foe Yay, considering that she defeated him before opening up to others, and in her 5 stars evolution it was stated that she "wanted a rematch with Vargas even more than a battle with the gods". Also, Vargas's 6 stars evolution outright stated that the wings on his back were given to him by Lava. And then there's Lava's decision to die in Vargas' side.
    • Loch/Edea, at least one-sided, considering he chose to come out of his self-imposed exile to join her.
  • That One Attack: Sir Sancus Xenon Lv10's Area of Effect attack Soul Desecretion, especially when he casts it thrice in a turn. That attack can and will most likely kill your entire squad if you're not guarding.
    • Dual Blade God Eru's "Necro Fusion"; Massive AoE Attack that cannot be mitigated.
      • Really, any of the Elgaia Heroes' AoE attacks; Especially if you kill their partner beforehand.
    • 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 Attack, Defense, and gives her an ignore defense buff.
    • Zevalhua's Glorious, which will kill you unless you use Magress's UBB or deal enough damage within 3 turns to deactivate it.
  • 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.
    • Miracle Totem when you're first trying to evolve some of your units to their 6* form. Not only it can cast Brave Bursts of different elements, it also has a new move, Chaos Trilogy, that can, together with using other attacks at once even knock out 5 star units!
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy:
    • Thunderbird and Great Falcon Ziz due to their both their bad stats and Brave Bursts attacking random enemies instead of all. They are also flat-out scrappies as they can be randomly summoned from the Rare Summon, especial when players expect 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 Star evolution comes along, and summoners regret selling/fusing him away because his SBB is now an 27 hit Area of Effect attack and 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 inferior) versions of Alpha Tree Altri and Phoenix Reborn, respectively.
  • 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.
  • 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-star 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.