- Americans Hate Tingle: This trope kicked in in the West after Guitar Hero was released. Detractors dislike the reduced number of fret buttons (alhtough XG addresses this), the differences in guitar chart design, the lack of Western songs (then again, when the series is primarily Asia-only, this is inevitable), and songs being cut down to 2 1/4 minutes or less (due to the game offering 3-5 stages per credit).
- Contested Sequel: GITADORA (2013) due to the removal of the second guitar, making the GuitarFreaks side of the game single-player only.
- This is only on new cabinets though. Upgrade kits for XG cabinets exist, and still allow 2 guitar players.
- Fandom Rivalry: With Guitar Hero when that first came out, unsurprisingly.
- Seinfeld Is Unfunny: At least in the West, up until Guitar Hero was released Westeners casually enjoyed the series if they came across it as there were no other band simulation games present. GH brought a number of Rhythm Game staples that cemented it as a hit amongst Western players, making GITADORA look like a poor man's Rock Band to many.
- That One Boss: "DAY DREAM", no, check that, anything with "MODEL DD(number)" in its title.
- They Copied It, So It Sucks: Initial reaction to the changes to guitar play on XG, because no matter how dissimilar it is (they still don't have hammer-ons and pull-offs, and they did not change to an angled note track either), any guitar game with five buttons is a Guitar Hero rip-off.
- And then XG 3 toyed around with having a 3D stage and customizable (but still chibi) avatars. They promptly vanished on the next version.