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YMMV: .hack
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: .hack//4koma portrays Kite as the player probably played him rather than the way other characters usually treat him.
  • Badass Decay: Haseo, after being Data Drained by Azure Flame Kite.
  • Broken Base: The best way to create conflict in the .hack fandom? Ask which one is better: The World R:1 or The World R:2. Watch it burn.
    • Arguably everything after R:2
  • Designated Hero: There really isn't much difference between Haseo and the Player Killers he hates so much. At first, at least.
  • Faux Symbolism: Many of Cubia's attacks have religious names, such as "Jihad" and "Chaos Gehenna". Its main Mooks are known as Gomorra, as well.
  • Foe Yay: Ender to Haseo.
  • Genius Bonus: The Knight Templar in Twilight Bracelet, who declares herself equal to a god of The World, is named Kamui- the Ainu word for "god".
  • Hell Is That Noise: Hearing "A in C Major" means that something significant, very likely something bad, is about to happen.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Haseo and Endrance, of .hack//G.U.. Aside from Haseo being able to marry Endrance along with most of the girls in the Marriage Event at the end of Volume 3, telling Silabus and Yata "I need you." during the male-dominated Friendship Events was interesting. There's also an e-mail conversation the player can have with Kuhn which includes the option of Haseo telling him that he's in love with him. Kuhn laughs it off as a joke and Haseo's follow up is nothing special but still...
    • There's also the sequence at the end of the 100 floor (no shit) bonus dungeon. After you beat a tough boss, you get a scene with Ovan. He sounds like he's half in love with Haseo.
    • Female example: Due to If It's You, It's Okay (or maybe Bi the Way?). Subaru becomes romantically attached to Tsukasa, and the fact that "he" is a girl in real life doesn't deter Subaru in the slightest. It's suggested that after college, they began living together.
  • Internet Backdraft: Hotaru's gender outside the game has sparked one of the biggest edit wars ever on the .hack wiki. Most material about it is either untranslated or horribly translated, so there's precious little usable evidence.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The R1 games got quite a bit of flak for having the exact same gameplay mechanics throughout. This problem becomes a lot more understandable if you see the quadrology as one gigantic game split into four (like The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.)
    • In fact, by analyzing the game data for Infection, it's possible to find almost every single equipment and regular enemy in there (some of them were modified in the later games, however). Actually, it is one game split in four, as there's probably enough room in a single game to hold everything: there's a huge dummy file on each game with the only purpose to raise the game's size to the minimum required for a PS2 game.
    • Presumably because of this the GU trilogy slightly changed up the game mechanics every volume by way of Haseo's job upgrades giving him new weapon choices and new awakenings.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Haseo.
  • Magnum Opus: The games are considered to be this for the developers, CyberConnect2 (Though Asura's Wrath is also another possible example of this).
  • Memetic Mutation / Narm Charm: The English dub gave Balmung the line "this shindig looks like the bomb-diggity!", which utterly delighted so many fans that it's been incorporated into the .hack Wikia's main banner ever since.
    • The unexpected dinosaur that appears in the G.U.+ manga spawned this.
  • Moral Event Horizon: There are a few nasty folks in the story, but none hold a candle to G.U.'s Sakaki, who gleefully exploited Atoli's many emotional weaknesses in order to dominate her, long before AIDA gave him a chance to take over the world from within the network. Even the fact that he himself was the victim of some Magnificent Bastardry at the hands of Ovan doesn't diminish the satisfaction of seeing him cornered and (presumably) data-drained by Aura's knights, as he screams in helpless despair.
  • Narm: Played for laughs. After a Quest, Kuhn admits to Haseo that his girlfriend dumped him. Before that he looked like to say something seriously.
    • After the Quest, he and Haseo have some friend-supporting conversation when a cute girl passes by and Kuhn flirts her immediately.
    • The intro of Link is this due to its Off Model artsyle with special notes to Haseo looking like a Memetic Molester
  • That One Attack: When Ovan tortures Haseo out of the party, ouch.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Tsukasa's actual gender is made clear in the first episode, but The Reveal often evaded those with short attention spans. North American fandom was inundated with Male!Tsukasa fanworks... until later in the series, when The Reveal was stated in script.
  • The Woobie / Jerkass Woobie Ladies and Gentlemen, it's a tie! Tsukasa and Sora/Haseo take the prize!

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