These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Is the main character a Well-Intentioned Extremist out to clean up Saints Row and protect it from evil corporations or is he a Crazy AwesomeHeroic Comedic Sociopath out for himself? Some combination? The ending of 2 shows that The Boss just wants power and money, and all the benefits of those. The multiple endings and add-ons blur it further. In one ending Boss descends into cartoonish supervillainly, in the other s\he's better. And in Gangsters in Space and The Trouble With Clones Boss is practically heroic.
Also, were they always like that, or did the explosion at the end of Saints Row 2 give them brain damage?
Julius. Good or evil? Julius's motivations never change. He's always trying to clean up Saints Row. However, his methods of doing so actually don't stand up to close scrutiny. After using the Saints to wipe out the other gangs, Julius decapitated them and turned them over to the police. Even if you think this gross act of betrayal was warranted, he just made a power vacuum for other gangs to fill.
It gets worse. Julius actually didn't intend for there to be a power vacuum. He'd made deals with the Columbian drug cartels and did things the Vice Kings never would have done under King's leadership. He only betrayed the Saints once the police took him into custody.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Johnny Gat, Maero (to a lesser extent),Matt Miller(enough that he was brought back in IV), Kinzie and Shaundi.
Fanon Disconinuity: Some fans of the first two games disregard the third and fourth, for a degree of Reverse Cerebus Syndrome, and feel that they (the fourth game espically) take the Saints away from their gang roots.
Hilarious in Hindsight. In the second game Shaundi was voiced by Eliza Dushku, and in the third game it's mentioned she really wants to meet the actor who plays Nightblade. Given one of the influence of the character this is amusing.
Jerk Ass Woobie: Given the nature of the game Shaundi fits as well as someone in a more serious work. After a bad spring break where it's implied she worked for a pimp she was on the path to drug hazed oblivion until Gat and Boss recruited her, who she looked up to. She then becomes really torn up at Gat's death, it turns out she has nightmares over being kidnapped and blames herself for not being better, for Boss and Gat feeling they have to protect her rather than her protect them.
Rated M for Money: "Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol." It's not really a game meant for kids.
That One Sidequest: The dang Insurance Fraud quests, where you have to gather money by getting hit by cars. The best way to do so it to start a long chain of getting juggled, because a multiplier is added to each hit, but good luck with that, because cars tend to be either rare in the designated areas or they're moving too slow or fast to effectively start the chain and steer into them.
Unfortunate Implications: The games never bothered to put translations whenever a characters speak something other than English. For example, the "subtitles" say "Speaks Spanish" or "Speaking Japanese" It could be fair that Volition didn't have the money or the time to hire translators though.