YMMV: Fossil Fighters

  • Cargo Ship: McJunker loves mine carts a little too much.
  • Damsel Scrappy / The Load: Rosie. So very badly. This is even lampshaded when she points out how many times you've had to pull her ass out of the fire.
  • Dueling Games: With Dinosaur King and, less directly, Spectrobes.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Judging from the fandom alone, you would think the series is about a group of reptilian aliens and their struggles, and not dinosaur battling. It's probably fair to say some of the fans are just there for the dinaurians.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Depends on who you talk to, but one should generally be wary of calling this game a Pokémon clone.
  • Fridge Logic After you beat the game, the game makes you shell out $20,000 for an oasis seed, because there's an area called parchment desert where your radar won't work because of how hot it is. Soooooo... how come your radar worked just fine in Mt. Lavaflow?
  • Game Breaker: Compso. It can lower the opposing AZ dino's attack and defense by 90% AND it gives you a nice FP bonus thanks to FP Plus just by being in your SZ. And you can get one pretty early on.
    • Raja in Champions, which can be found in the first area, as it can evolve into Giga Raja with a Gold Fossil, which can also be uncovered early with a little dedication. By combining its new, highly-powered attacks with its ability to Charge power, Giga Raja can deal more damage than the highest possible Hit Points of any Vivosaur!
    • Heracles. It has absurdly high attack, especially for a Mid-Range, AND it can hurt you indirectly with its above average Support Effects and Enflame skill.
  • Les Yay: With Pauleen if you play as the female character, as she does get embarrassed when she takes you by the hands
  • Memetic Mutation: In addition to a guard who talks about miserable little piles of secrets, one kid gets in a "Do Not Want!" during the invasion of the town.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The little jingle that plays when you crack open an obstacle and find some money.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: Fossil cleaning is addicting. It's possible to be on chapter 2 and have a bunch of upgrades and powerful Viviosaurs.
    • The upgrades that let you find new fossil rocks make it even more addictive.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Some review outlets accused the game of being Nintendo ripping off itself based on concept alone, despite the fact that it doesn't actually play all that much like Pokemon.
  • That One Boss: Saurhead—the issue is not that he's exceedingly strong, it's that you have to play extremely defensive, because losing even one vivosaur makes you lose.
  • Toy Ship: The main character and Rosie; her crush on him is particularly painfully obvious. But near the very end of the game, you can choose to have him end up with Duna instead.
  • The Woobie: Rosie realizes she's The Load, and is genuinely sorry when you have to help. She even asks if you hate her.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: The original had the mysterious dig site "Ancient Ruins," which was assumed to exist from cursory views of the map.
    • The picture in question is of the Digadigamid. Derp!
    • Champions has an obstructive rock pile in Dusty Dunes, and supposed ways to return to Seabed Cavern.