YMMV: Dirge of Cerberus

  • Alternate 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, then experimented on her own son in utero then sealed 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 inhumans 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 Restrictor or a Complete Monster?
    • Nero: were his feelings for Weiss simply an extreme brotherly love or were they incestuous feelings?
    • A lot of people wondered what happened to Argento from the online game as she is missing in the original game.
    • Did Genesis come back as a new antagonist or for saving the world?
    • Was Shelke's Defrosting the Ice Queen attitude by 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.
    • Gackt's absolutely kick-ass songs during the gameplay and the ending credits.
  • Evil Is Cool/Evil Is Sexy: Rosso. There's just something oddly alluring about a not-quite-there, sadistic Lady in Red Femme Fatale with a thing for blood and a snazzy weapon. Having a nice figure (and the clothes by which to flaunt it) as well as the voice of Atsuko Tanaka and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (the latter giving Rosso a Russian accent, which may or may not add to the sexy factor) and Foe Yay with The Hero never hurts either.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: No surprise, this game made a lot of people shipping Vincent and Yuffie together due to their numerous interactions, their polar opposite personalities as well as the fact that they saved each other many times.
    • Weiss/Nero has also some fanbase too. Vincent/Shelke and Nero/Shelke have some fans too.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Oh, where do we start? Nero's face jockstrap? Weiss's karate pants? The Deepground soldiers' Mako-infused glowing uniforms (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: Rosso and Vincent.
    • A bit between Nero and Vincent too "So you wish to dance?"
  • 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.
  • 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 is meant to be an Ax-Crazy murderer and a bloodthirsty psychopath, and she is the one who (from far) tortured Vincent the most. However, watching the Online cutscenes (only available in the Japanese game) you can't help but feeling some pity for her when you learned that she had been trapped in Deepground since her birth and never went outside, only being used by the Restrictors to kill, it isn't difficult to understand why she wants to destroy the world.
    • Weiss too. While being such as Rosso, a murderer without any remorse for his actions, as well as using his own Tsviets inclusind the player who helped him to kill Restrictor and died for it, to achieve his goals, the only thing he wanted the most was leaving Deepground and being free. There is also implications that he also wanted to free Nero who was 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.