YMMV / Dirge of Cerberus

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Depending on your point of view, Lucrecia can come across as either a remorseful victim of Hojo's insanity looking to make amends for harming the only man who ever really loved her, or as a callous heartbreaker who strung Vincent along for years, accidentally killed his father, dumped him for Hojo, and then experimented on her own son in utero, only to seal herself inside a crystal because she just couldn't live with herself any more. And Vincent still loves her.
    • The Tsviets. Are they only monsters who only committed atrocious actions for selfish motives or are they some sympathetic people who were raised up this way and were driven insane due to inhuman treatments toward them? Well it depends when you come to the characters themselves one to one.
    • Weiss in the online game: a Nominal Hero who did it right to kill the Restrictors or a monster?
    • Nero: Were his feelings for Weiss simply an extreme form of brotherly love or were they incestuous feelings?
    • Did Genesis come back as a new antagonist or for the purpose of saving the world? note 
    • Was Shelke's Defrosting the Ice Queen attitude toward Vincent only due to the fact that she collected Lucrecia's data to help Vincent, or does she genuinely like him?
  • Awesome Music: Regardless of the game's quality, you have to admit Masashi Hamauzu did a good job.
    • Likewise, Gackt's absolutely kick-ass songs during the gameplay and the ending credits.
  • Evil is Cool/Evil is Sexy:
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Unsurprisingly, this game made a lot of people pair up Vincent and Yuffie (which was already a popular, if not slightly reaching, ship in the fandom) due to their numerous interactions, their polar opposite personalities, and the fact that they save each other quite a lot over the course of the story.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Oh, where do we start? Nero's face jockstrap? Weiss's karate pants? The Deepground soldiers' Mako-infused glowing uniforms? (Though to be fair, they'll die without Mako infusions.) Rosso's butt-cape and Azul's horse blanket? Heck, even Vincent's Chaos form might count as a heroic example.
    • This is exactly why The Dark Id's LP includes a special feature at the end of some updates titled "Fuck Tetsuya Nomura," dedicated to mocking the character designs of this game.
  • Foe Yay:
  • Ham and Cheese:
  • Ho Yay:
    • Or Bro Yay, as it was between Nero and Weiss.
    • Genesis has some with Weiss (who he calls "little brother") in the Secret Ending. It's justified, as all the Tsveits were spliced with Genesis's cells.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Lucrecia. She suffers horribly, but she brought a lot of it upon herself.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The badass WRO airship fleet. And Cloud, Tifa, and Barret's appearance.
    • Genesis, for some.
  • Snark Bait: It's not an exaggeration to say that Dirge is by far the most disliked and repudiated part of the Compilation. This is because of its poor handling of the characters from Final Fantasy VII, a silly plot, character designs which range from generic to gaudy and/or ridiculous (see Fashion-Victim Villain), and its underwhelming gameplay. Most people agree it's mediocre at best.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Shalua's fate.
    • Lucrecia's last talk with Vincent. Oh God...
    Lucrecia: This isn't how it was supposed to be. I've made too many mistakes. And I've hurt you so, so much. Why did I do what I did? I'm so sorry. But I'm so happy you survived.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Some Tsviets (such as Nero and Shelke) are really meant to be sympathetic, but some Tsviets can fall under this trope, such as Rosso. She's an Ax-Crazy murderer and a bloodthirsty psychopath, and she is the one who tortures Vincent the most. However, watching the online cutscenes (only available in the Japanese game), you can't help but feel some pity for her when you learn that she had been trapped in Deepground since her birth and never went outside, only being used by the Restrictors to kill. With this knowledge, it isn't difficult to understand why she wants to destroy the world.
    • Weiss too. While he's very similar to Rosso, being a murderer without any remorse for his actions, and used his own Tsviets (including the player)—who helped him to kill Restrictor and died for it—simply to achieve his goals, the one thing he wanted the most was to leave Deepground and be free. There are also implications that he wanted to free Nero, who had largely been chained up during all this time.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Lucrecia can come off this way, due to her attitude, her actions, and the terrible effects they ended up having on Vincent and Sephiroth.
  • Wangst: Vincent. Though it is consistent with Vincent telling Cloud in Advent Children that he had "never tried" forgiveness (read: forgiving himself), many fans found his self-loathing in this game to be unstomachable nonetheless.

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