YMMV / Senran Kagura

  • Americans Hate Tingle: As mentioned elsewhere on this page, Yumi consistently tops Japanese popularity contests, leading the series' producers to give her more material for the fanbase to lap up... but western fans with different tastes resent her for her overexposure.
  • Ass Pull: Jasmine's revelation that the storylines of the previous games all took place in different universes. Given how there were theories and debates as to how the main games and side games could be linked in some way or not, people felt that this was the devs' way of trying to tie the theories together. Both Western and Eastern fans thought they could've handled this a lot better.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Due to the fanservice consisting of busty girls and Clothing Damage, there are gamers that refuse to give the series a second look. Takaki's stance on this is essentially apathy towards those alienated, as he wants to continue to make games that appeal to him and his fans (see Dear Negative Reader on the trivia page).
  • Base Breaker: The Dressing Room, aside from being where players can change the girls' outfits, also gives players the ability to mess around with the girls via the camera, as turning the character models still invokes Jiggle Physics.note  Simply put, it's usually seen as a Love It or Hate It by fans of the series.
    • Due the nature itself of the franchise, every single character on the series is this on some degree. Whether is due gameplay or plot reasons the fanbase doesn't seem able to reach an agreement about the likeability of the cast.
    • Yumi. While she is an Ensemble Darkhorse as well as adored by fans in Japan for her traditional Yamato Nadeshiko status, she is also disliked mostly by the Western fanbase due to her getting most of the attention out of the other girls as well as winning popularity polls of Shinovi Versus, Estival Versus, and New Wave.
    • Ryouna is this for many. Some see her whole personality as a boring,one-note masochism fetish while other people enjoy her for her Hidden Depths and/or find her fetish hilarious.
    • New Wave itself for being a freemium mobile game.
    • Senran Kagura 2's story has become this for certain factions of the fandom.
    • Similar to SK 2, Estival Versus' story has also become this in certain parts of the fanbase.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The Clothing Damage and being a World of Buxom are probably the best known elements of the games.
  • Broken Base: The first game's rather choppy framerate. Either it's bad or it's fine.
    • The game being localized also received this treatment from Beat 'em Up fans, as many saw it as a pointless fanservice game while some actually like the story and characters and either appreciate or ignore the fanservice.
    • The announcement of male player characters being added to Senran Kagura 2 (starting with Ikaruga's brother, which some feel has its own issues due to how he was presented in the anime), since some see it like ruining the franchise's appeal while others think than it could do wonders for the series reputation.
      • Murasame has all sorts of this. His being a Joke Character and the fact that he goes through the same Clothing Damage as the girls are also points of contention.
    • Senran Kagura 2 was hit with this within its first week of release (in Japan). The fans were split between those who say that its increased difficulty (compared to the first game) and new mechanics are terrible and wish it was more like Shinovi Versus, and those who welcome the changes as attempts to make the game less like it was solely made as a vehicle for fanservice.
    • Some fans aren't amused that the new characters from Shinovi Versus don't show up in SK2 at all.
    • The Estival Versus thirty minute OVA's art style, and the fact that it's being done by a completely different studio. Some think it's fine, while others disagree and say that the senrans' look like K-On! rip-offs. This also applies to some of the game's animated cutscenes.
    • Although a very minor one compared to the other entries, Estival Versus' release on PS Vita and PS4 made some PS3 owners a little disappointed.
    • Because of the series branching off into two different platforms, there's one side of the fandom that thinks the 3DS games are better, while another side thinks the PlayStation games are the best. Then there's another portion that prefers both games and feels the other two sides are being ridiculous.
    • The OVA bundled with EV, showing fully bare breasts, fractured the fanbase even more. Some are happy that the series has finally went past simple teasing while others think that very same tease was part of the franchise's charm.
    • How emphasized should Daidouji's abs be? Her new Estival Versus profile art gives her the most prominent set yet and the fandom simply cannot decide whether this is good or bad.
    • The addition of Legendary Rare, LR, cards in New Wave have sparked some debates as to whether or not they're worth fighting for.
    • Also from New Wave, Dating Events, which are in the same style as Raid Events, but with the difference being that the objective involves collecting hearts to level up the event card and unlock different clothes for them as well. Some players look forward to these events for collection expanding purposes, others absolutely loathe them for requiring more grinding than the usual Raid events.
    • Should the New Wave characters be playable in the main games? Some think that they can be expanded upon, while others think they're better off in their home game.
    • Bon Appetit's difficulty scaling. Some find the harder difficulties reasonable enough and can be beaten with enough practice, while others think that the higher difficulties are rife with Fake Difficulty, often featuring button presses that don't match the rhythm, making the gameplay feel less "rhythmic" and more "frustratingly tedious".
  • Catharsis Factor: Ever needed to relieve some stress by wiping out a bunch of enemy shinobi? Well this is the series to do just that!
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y: Come for the fanservice, stay for the surprisingly deep characters and story.
  • Crazy Awesome: Almost every Senran that uses firearms is this in some fashion. Mirai, the Ryō sisters, and the Kyō twins being prime examples.
    • The Mikagura sisters absolutely shape and mold this trope.
  • Creepy Cute: Murasaki, the Hikikomori with sister issues.
  • Critical Backlash: Most reviewers often bash the series rather harshly and give it low scores, or flat out say it's not worth the price. However, looking at the much more positive user reviews and 4.5 star average on the eShop quickly turns this into a case of...
  • Critical Dissonance: Western critics were mixed or really negative about Burst, while audiences thought it was a really fun brawler. Heck, most of the ratings on the Nintendo eShop are 4/5 or 5/5 stars.
    • Shinovi Versus has surprisingly averted this with critics generally giving the game lukewarm scores.
    • And now Deep Crimson has been hit with this. The game has started off getting a few lower scores than Burst, despite many fans noticing and praising the improvements Deep Crimson has over that game.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A good amount of the fanservice within the games gets so over-the-top that it just becomes too funny to be titillating.
  • Demonic Spiders: The crossbow-wielding shinobi in French Meido outfits. Their shots will cause you to flinch, ruin your combo, and cause you to be left at the mercy of the entire mob you'd just been attacking. Oh, and a single string of shots from them is enough to make you as good as dead in Frantic mode.
    • There's also the fire/poison spewing shinobi. They don't do much damage, but they ruin your clothes so fast that you won't know what hit you. In Crimson Girls, the designers put these guys in the worst possible locations, such as Haruka's (a character who's dependent on the status of her clothes) timed run in Chapter 2 and of course, her battle against Homura in Chapter 4.
    • EVERYTHING is this on Frantic Mode, specially on Hebijo's story in Burst.
    • Greater shinobi and Assassin shinobi in Shinovi Versus. To elaborate, greater shinobi are tall sword-wielding ninja that can tank nearly anything you throw at them and do some serious damage should they ever land a hit. What also makes them deadly is the fact that they can perform a small combo if said hit is landed. Assassin shinobi are ninjas dressed up as animals of different sorts. Tanuki Assassins attack directly from the ground as soon as they spawn, giving you only a split second to dodge them. Crow Assassins will, as soon as they spawn, dive directly into you so fast that it's lot a harder to dodge them then the Tanuki Assassins. Their group dive attack can effectively deal huge damage, or kill you instantly in Frantic Mode, if you don't react in time. Not only that, but they also have the ability to inflict poison status.
    • By far the worst of the lot are the Bear Assassins. They're large shinobi that have a lot of health and can perform a roll attack that does a lot of damage and inflicts burn status. Worst of all, you need to perform your stronger attacks just to make them flinch, and once they start their attacks they're completely immune to flinching. There are moments in some missions where you have to fight them in enclosed spaces with barely any room to evade or recover.
    • In Estival, the new enemies including women dressed as pink and white bunny outfits can be really annoying for they can almost dodge every move you make. Another new enemy is the new Ram Assassin. Not only do they make the Bear assassin run for its money, as you fight it degenerates into a human who fights with ram horns. It can be really irritating to beat.
    • The Lamias on Senran Kagura 2 are one of the thoughest enemies to face due their poisoning attacks, obliterating the players' health in a matter of seconds. Many Yōma Nest runs have come to an abrupt end after facing packs of them.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song to Bon Appetit.
    • Asuka's stage song from Bon Appetit, too.
    • The theme song to Estival Versus is the worst/best at this. Combined with a dance number full of bikini-clad characters, the video is popular to say the least.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Hikage and Ikaruga.
    • Yumi, Ryōbi and Ryōna from Shinovi Versus. Yumi has gotten to the part where it's acknowledged in-series that she is eclipsing Asuka as the lead character, being a smash hit leader in every character poll.
    • Some of the New Wave shinobi have gained their share of followers as well. Examples include Sōji, Tsubame, Ageha, Meimei, Hisui, Kagari, Tsubaki, Leo and Yuyaki.
      • Ayame, the clerk from Shinovi Versus, is a special example. She garnered so much attention from fans that she became one of the New Hanzo girls in New Wave and became playable in Estival Versus.
      • As of late, Bashō has become the most popular character from New Wave. So much so that she got her very own dakimakura along with the main characters.
    • While both Rin and Dai are pretty popular in the west, only Rin has catched the eye of the eastern fans.
    • Naraku and Kagura have their share of fans as well.
    • The Kagura Festival Executives got extremely popular when they were first revealed. They even managed to become a part of New Wave as of late.
    • In terms of factions, the Homura Crimson Squad is the most popular group. This is probably due to being a cool Anti-Hero Team, having darker aesthetics while still remaining cool, and having hilarious quirks.
  • Even Better Sequel: Deep Crimson to Burst. Not only does it improve the framerate, it also has more polished and entirely different mechanics, a considerable increase in difficulty, a better story and greatly improved visuals in comparison to Burst
    • New Wave G Burst to New Wave.
    • Estival Versus to Shinovi Versus thanks to remarkably improved visuals, new gameplay additions, more characters and seeing release on two systems rather than one.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Homura, Miyabi, and Sōji, as well as their respective squad members, definitely fall under this trope.
  • Fan Nickname: Fans refer to the cast of girls as the "senrans"note .
    • Ushimaru's pet cow is simply referred to as "Bucket Cow".
  • Faux Symbolism: The Hebijou Academy logo is an upside-down cross with snakes entwined around it. Nothing says Morally Ambiguous and Dark Is Not Evil like quasi-blasphemy.
  • Foe Yay: All of the rival pairs have this. Mirai vs. Yagyū, Asuka vs. Homura, and then there is Yomi vs. Ikaruga, which takes the trope to its own whole new level.
    • Not to mention Haruka, who is a little too obsessed with turning Hibari into one of her dolls... It even gets reversed a little in Burst where it's possible to talk to Hibari and find out she's actually looking forward to going out on another date with Haruka! (Though she is Brainwashed and Crazy, but not by Haruka, at the time.)
    • After the events of Burst, Yomi and Ikaruga's relationship even begins to look Like an Old Married Couple. The whole act; it's just that the light bickering (about food, most of the times) tend to use a claymore and a nodachi to be resolved.
    • They get an hilarious scene on Deep Crimson. While at the onsen Yomi slips with a bar of soap and Ikaruga catches her (by the boobs no less). Ikaruga proceeds to grope Yomi who doesn't react too bad at the attention. They start a fight shortly after this but the whole time they are complimenting each other bodies.
    • If you pair Murasame with Yomi, she will call him "Oniisama". Take that as you will.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With the Neptunia, Ikki Tousen, High School DD and Dead or Alive fanbases; SK has had plenty of cross-promotion and crossover content with them in some way or another.
    • The franchise has a strange relationship with the Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid fandom despite essentially being Senran Kagura's little sister. Some fans are very interested on the series due Takaki's involvement, other are extremely critical of it due the excessive amounts of fanservice it has and a third faction (and by far the most vocal) utterly loathes it, thinking is a waste of Takaki's time.
    • Senran Kagura fans have also formed a friendly fandom surprisingly with Overwatch, due to the fact that both series have a character named Hanzo in them and Senran Kagura fans like to include Overwatch's Hanzo in some crossover fan art.
    • Fandom Rivalry: With Queen's Blade, albeit in less degree.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One of the many character customization options allows you to make both Yagyū and Mirai wear eyepatches in both eyes, which is rather funny. Cue Shinovi Versus where it is explained why the two of them wear their eyepatches and it suddenly takes a dark turn, especially with Yagyū, who would seriously wear an eyepatch over her other eye if Hibari would die.
  • Game Breaker: The unlockable Daidōji. Her fighting style is nothing special or game breaking, but her stats are several magnitudes higher than the other girls, and this allows for much easier A-ranks.
    • Frantic mode in Shinovi Versus.
    • Hibari in Burst. Specifically, her strong air attack. While her combos are nothing noteworthy, her strong air attack shoots out 3 ridiculously powerful Kunai, can be launched several times in the air, and has no landing lag, letting her jump immediately afterwards and attack again. Combine with frantic mode and make sure to avoid any French Maid Shinobi and watch as Hibari slaughters everything in her path.
    • Deep Crimson has plenty of these:
      • Mirai's grenade launcher can obliterate anything on its path on higher levels
      • Daidōji is this by design but she's also the only character with access to Super Armor on the game, making her able to shrug off all enemy attacks
      • Haruka's Death Kiss not only inflicts Charm status (rendering the enemy unable to attack), it's also one of the most damaging ninpos on the game.
      • Shinobi Stones, special equipment unlocked by clearing special missions. They come on many flavors that can range from inflicting status effects to boost your character stats. With he proper set up they enable one hit kills on any boss in the game.
    • In Estival Versus, all of Renka, Imu, Shiki, Rin, and Kagura have ninja arts that hit a wide area of effect and rack up enough hits to allow them to level up multiple times per attack if they can hit a full group of enemies. It can be at least justified with Kagura, with story lore dictating her to be Purposefully Overpowered.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Rin and Daidōji have a pretty sizeable fanbase in the west. It's likely due to them being older shinobi and extremely Badass even by the standards of the main cast.
  • Goddamned Bats: More examples from SV, Middle shinobi are armed with bows and will shoot at you constantly until they hit you. To make matters more annoying, their arrows can make you flinch when hit.
    • Wolf Assassins. You'd think these girls would count as Demonic Spiders just by hearing the name, but you'd be wrong. They attack in packs, swarm you when possible, defend the boss by circling them if they ever appear, and are tricky to land a hit on most of the time. Not a huge threat, but they're still irritating to deal with.
    • The goddamn Turtle Assassins absolutely take the cake. They're Stone Wall ninja who'll block eighty percent of the time and attack the other twenty. Luckily, they're offense isn't very good, but disposing of them can still make missions drag on and on because of their high defense alone.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: JewWario featured Senran Kagura: Burst in his You Can Play This series and concluded with a mentioning of Shinovi Versus possibly coming to North America and Europe. It's rather heartbreaking to watch, because of his passing a year after the video. It's exacerbated by the fact that he sadly never got to try out Shinovi Versus for himself.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the first game, Asuka states that she has no clue what going out on a date is, or what it's even like. Guess who's your date in New Wave's third dating event?
    • Anybody who's played Warriors Orochi will know that this isn't the first time Ayane has been featured as a guest character in a hack-and-slash game.
    • Keiji Fujiwara (Kiriya) would later go on to voice a guy named Kagura who, in stark contrast to Kiriya's personality, is a huge pervert who'd likely love to be in this game named similarly like him.
  • Holy Shit Quotient:
    • The player's first fight with a yoma.
    • Ryōbi and Ryōna have their own brand of craziness, but Ryōki takes this even further with her One-Winged Angel form using her coffin instead of her shotgun and shield; and while the act of using a coffin in battle may sound a bit strange, Ryōki managed to surprise players at how said coffin is used. Not only is she capable of bashing enemies with it, she can also use it as a rocket launcher and gatling gun!
    • Every team leader, excluding the ones from New Wave, gaining a super form throughout the course of the series came as a shock to some fans. While Asuka's form had mixed reactions to it (since it's basically just a Slipknot Ponytail and Battle Aura), Homura, Yumi, and Miyabi's forms played this straight.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Between Ikaruga and her elder brother Murasame which also crosses into Foe Yay. Especially in Shinovi Versus and Deep Crimson when Murasame undergoes Character Development and went from being a jerk who hated her for petty reasons to a very doting brother. A big example is when he proudly yells about how he'll fight to protect his 'beloved sister' in his victory animation with her, among other things as you level up their 'affection'. Add to that Ikaruga barely holding any ill-will against him even back when he hated her, simply wanting to get along with him and referring him as 'Onii-sama'. It helps that they're Not Blood Siblings.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Homura. If one starts the game playing the Hanzō storyline, they've already bought the whole "good" ninja are in the right, "evil" ninja are in the wrong. Homura's backstory takes that entire premise, flips it on it's head, and spins it like a top, before crushing it in rage. Homura comes from a long line of "good" Shinobi, and as such, was raised with the expectation to become one herself. Pushed into school at a young age, she fell in love with her tutor, who was the only light in her life; keeping the girl emotionally stable during her stress-filled life of regimented training and lessons. When he appeared concerned for her, she confessed everything to him, telling him about her entire past and that she comes from a family of shinobi. As it turns out, the man was an evil shinobi who had been told to wipe out her family. Feeling betrayed, but also in self-defense, Homura killed the man. Due to the fact that she hadn't officially become a shinobi yet, and had killed someone, she was rejected by "good" shinobi, no longer able to attend Hanzō Academy. In addition to that, her family was ashamed of her and disowned her. When a recruiter from Hebijo Academy found her and took her in, Homura jumped at the chance to simply belong somewhere again.
  • Les Yay: Tons of it, with some couples being more of less official, like Yagyū/Hibari/Haruka and Miyabi/Imu. Yagyū is very much obsessed with protecting Hibari, the Haruka/Hibari camp has gained quite a momentum with what happens in the anime episodes 9 and 10, Katsuragi and Ikaruga are Tsundere toward each other, Katsuragi wants to see Hikage enjoy a good fight with her and Mirai is obsessed with gaining Yagyuu's attention. And then we have the main couple : Asuka/Homura regularly border on Les Yay too since they upgraded from Foe Yay in the first game, although the concerned parties don't seem ready to admit it yet for the time being.
    • In Shinovi Versus, both call each others their "super best friends".
    • Homura did blush and stammer when Yumi joked about Asuka being her lover.
      • Homura reluctantly conceded that Asuka is not her property. Yumi wasn't fooled.
      • Haruka and Katsuragi love teasing Homura about her blatant fixation for Asuka.
      • Asuka was more than just upset about Miyabi badmouthing Homura.
      • Asuka, for her part, doesn't mind mind at all when she finds out that Homura is in love with her. She only acts with surprise because of how much of a Tsundere Homura acts towards her but, as she says, it's something that she got used to and grew to like.
      • Then during Day 7 of Estival Versus' Millennium Festival story mode, there's this exchange when Yumi challenges the two to a fight and it doesn't even bother keeping it subtext anymore:
    Asuka: Homura-chan?! Why are you here?
    Homura: My nose can sniff out strength in people. Sorry, I'm not smelling it on you right now, Asuka. Guess you're falling behind.
    Asuka: (Annoyed) And there she goes, trying to provoke me...
    Yumi: Hee hee. She can't help it. That's how she says she loves you.
    Asuka: (Surprised) Whaaaa?!
    Homura: (Flustered) Y-Yumi! Okay, that's enough bullshit yapping out of you!
    Yumi: You two make a wonderful pair.
    • Hikage is in 'the mood to fight' for Katsuragi only.
    • The dynamics between Haruka and Hibari are quite possibly the most blatant example in the series, especially in Crimson Girls, where Hibari transfers to Hebijo. Haruka fawns constantly over Hibari, calling her cute, etc, and when Homura calls her out on her behaviour, Haruka says that even if she was to fall head over heels for Hibari, it wouldn't dampen her skills. Hibari, on the other hand, refers to her and Haruka's time together as "dates".
    • Deep Crimson give us Kagura and Naraku who put an interesting spin on the Bodyguard Crush trope. Naraku has spent her whole life watching over Kagura and her only dream is to be friends with Kagura. Kagura on the other hand not only has a major freakout when Naraku's taken by Orochi, she tries to go through with her mission just for Naraku's sake.
    • In Estival Versus Daidouji tries to get closer to Rin by asking her out to dinner and on a hot springs trip.
    Perhaps a trip to the hot springs, where the two of us can soak in the boiling water with nothing to hide between us
    • Also in Estival Versus, one DLC stage begins with Haruka and Ryona in what is clearly a BDSM session.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Life and Hometown.
    • Yomi's bean sprout obsession.
    • Alright now that's what I call sexual kicked-her-assment.
    • HORA!
    • Although SK 2 was where Diorama mode originated, Estival Versus' Diorama mode is especially this.
    • DOKAN!!
    • Joke theories stating that a SK game or New Wave event will get more attention if Yumi is added to it.
    • From the preview stream of the English version of Estival Versus, BAHONKAS quickly caught on.
  • More Popular Spin-off: The Vita spinoff Shinovi Versus has outsold both versions of the first game combined. The reasons are rather clear as a Dynasty Warriors style 3d brawler is easier to play, far more fanservice (clothing damage doesn't stop at the underwear/swimsuit anymore!) and more characters. The release also coincided with the slashing of Vita's price in Japan. (It was originally a Crack Is Cheaper kind of game console.) XSEED Games actually localized and released Shinovi Versus over to North America in Fall 2014 due to the sheer demand for the game over there and the success sales of Burst, which they also localized. Then Shinovi Versus becomes the first Senran Kagura to be released on PC, with Steam release in June 2016.
    • This ended up having a side effect on the reaction to Senran Kagura 2. It initially wasn't received well upon release, and some of its detractors were expecting the game to be more similar to Shinovi Versus than it was. This sentiment was strong enough that sometimes talks about Senran Kagura 2 turned into debates about the Vita and the 3DS.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Every single mook's death cry will slowly get on your nerves.
    • Estival Versus has a gag censor in the form of a gunshot noise. While it can be humorous at first, it'll get to the point where it starts to get irritating to listen to.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Anytime a character announces that they hit a 500, 1,000 in EV, hit combo.
    • The jingle that plays everytime a character levels up.
  • Narm: Yamato no Orochi is rather nightmarishly portrayed, but the way its voice is rendered in the subtitle text... suffice it to say iItt-looiTloLOok-looKs moRe li-OrE liLikEliKe iTeIt's'iT-'S GlgLitCHitc-GliTcHIngtChiNG uP-Ing Up-uP. Translation 
    • There's one instance in Burst where Haruka has no choice but to kill her "dogs" after they had been possessed by Hanzo's ninja art scroll. Of course it would be a sad moment if it weren't for the fact that said dogs are a bunch of masochistic man servants. Haruka's reminiscence of all the times she had with her "dogs" shortly after just makes things a little more awkward to sit through.
    • The Clothing Damage can make almost any serious moment this trope. Taken even further if the characters happen to be half or fully naked.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now has it's own page.
  • Player Punch: The Hebijo storyline in Shinovi Versus has you go around and actually kill every other Elite Class Ninja. No power of friendship saves anyone here, Asuka, Homura, and their friends all die after one battle.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Imu was finally able to ditch her scrappy status thanks to repairing her relationship with Murasaki and showing concerns over her health too.
  • The Scrappy: It's safe to say that almost any character with a particularly one-note personality and/or gimmick can fall into this:
    • Yomi and her ultra-grating bean sprouts obsession. This is even lampshaded by Hikage, a fellow Hebi. Over the course of time, however, this has sort of grown on fans effectively making her Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
    • The constant overexposure on New Wave events and prominence on promotional material has made Yumi this for a considerable part of the western fans.
    • Hibari, see What Measure Is a Non-Badass? below. Beyond that, there are also people who feels that her relationship with Haruka is a case of NTR upon poor Yagyū. And the sentiment is rather strong.
      • There are likewise those who rally against Haruka for being the instigator and seducer.
      • Part of what irks players is how this plotline comes up and how it dominates both Hibari and Yagū's subplots. The other? The fact that Hibari is a favorite of the producer.
    • This also extends to Yagyu herself. Since she's almost entirely defined by her obsession with Hibari, people feel like her potential as an interesting character is being wasted.
    • Imu struggled with this at first because her seriously problematic relationship with Murasaki cast a very unsympathetic light on her, and even after that's resolved, she's been left with the one-note characterization of "Miyabi's #1 Fangirl". If the number of cards a girl gets in New Wave are representative of a girl's popularity, Imu may in fact be dead last. As of Estival Versus, she appears to be Rescued from the Scrappy Heap due to a bigger focus on the former.
    • Minori for being the lowest tier character in Shinovi Versus.
    • Dōgen. It's says a lot about the guy when he's a Base Breaker for being either an intimidating villain or a generic Villain Sue.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Stamina in New Wave. As the player progresses through the story, their stamina will start to deplete at a faster rate. Once it's all gone, the player has no choice but to wait an hour or refill it with food items.
  • Signature Scene: From Portrait of Girls and Burst, the scene where Asuka and Homura first meet each other.
  • Tear Jerker: Also has it's own page.
  • That One Achievement: The "And You Were Never Heard From Again" Trophy from Shinovi Versus. Without instructions, you'll have no idea how to get it.
    • There's also the "Combo Addict" Trophy. This requires you to achieve a combo of 7,777. This is made worse by the fact that combo-centric characters like Imu or Ikaruga can only go as the 2,000s.
    • A New Wave update added an achievement system for each event type.
      • Raid Boss Events: Deal more than 60 million damage on your first attack using only 1 AP. If the player manages to be that, they'll be given much more jarring 300 million to beat.
      • Rank Battle Events: Defeat 15 opponents with a comprehensive strength of 5 million.
      • Tower Events: Reach Extra Fever level 50.
    • Stripping Orochi on Senran Kagura 2 becomes quite the difficult task due to the many different parts you have to break.
  • That One Attack: Asuka's breach art is incredibly annoying to avoid. She'll dig underground and pop up on you, sending you flying. She can be on the other side of the stage and still get you. The only way to avoid it is to dash like hell
    • True Orochi in SK 2 has one attack where it'll rain down six huge beams of energy from the sky that, not only takes out a huge chunk of health, but also covers almost the entire stage.
      • Although the attack can be easily avoided with a well timed air ninpo
  • That One Boss: The mission "What Doesn't Kill Me" in the Hebijo storyline has you fighting Homura as Haruka. She will not allow you to just keep your distance and hold her down by repeatedly throwing neurotoxin at her. If you try to do so, she will rip your clothes off so fast that you will not even have time to think before your neurotoxin is gone.
    • The battle wouldn't be nearly as difficult if she didn't have a dozen or so goons whacking you as you try and battle her.
    • Heck, any mission where you fight Homura or Miyabi is bound to be harder than normal due to both of them being extremely fast Lightning Bruisers.
    • Same goes for Mirai, unless the player has learnt to dodge her bullets consistently (a skill which is required by no other boss in the game). Homura at least can be locked down if you have the reach to do so; Mirai has a tendency to lock you down instead with her constant barrage of gunfire. To make matters worse, that also gives her ample opportunities to use her Ninja Arts.
    • Mirai's battle against Hibari in Chapter 4 is also really hard. Here's the setting: Mirai; a long range combatant, is fighting Hibari (a very close range combatant) and her goons in a very tight arena with no power-ups at all. If you take damage, you're going to keep that damage. Even at Level 23 (20 is about where you'll be if you're doing only the story missions), you're doing Scratch Damage to Hibari, and she can hit back really hard.
    • Hebijo's 5-14 pits you against Daidōji...and four strengthened robo-dummies at once. If you get careless either the dummies will stun you to death or Daidōji will wipe the floor with you using her ninja arts, is even worse on Frantic Mode where a single hit from Daidōji is enough to kill you.
    • Chapter 3-04 of Hanzō's story, in Shinovi Versus, has you go up against Miyabi, Ryōbi, and Ryōna. The problem? It's a 1 vs. 3 fight. Miyabi can inflict serious damage with her combos as well as chase you down if you ever try to fall back. It's also followed by the problem of having to deal with the Ryō twins and their constant intervening. Combined, all three can be a threat and will not give you any breathing room whatsoever. What makes this all the more irritating is that this is the only time where you fight three bosses at the same time.
    • Chapter 4-05 of Gessen's story in Shinovi Versus has you fighting against Homura as Yumi. While Homura herself isn't all that hard, the real challenge comes from the Mooks she's surrounded by which happen to be the strongest enemies in the game, the Greater Shinobi and the Bear Assassin Shinobi. Both of which can tank your attacks and deliver devastating damage, with the former able to inflict paralysis and can chain combos once they land a hit, and the latter able to inflict burn status with their rolling attacks that gradually drain your HP. Taking them out first is critically essential for beating this fight and while you can make them flinch with Yumi's fully charged breach art, doing so will leave you open to Homura's attacks. Thankfully defeating them rewards you with ninja scrolls and healing onigiri but still, this fight is tough.
    • Chapter 6-05 of both Rin and Daidōji's stories in Shinovi Versus. Both are tough as hell. Being the quickest character in SV, Rin will chase you down and not give you any time to react to her attacks. She'll pretty much pummel you from the very beginning of the fight with her breach art and speed. Daidōji, however, is quite slower, but hits significantly harder. Attacking her with every last bit of power you have does little to nothing.
    • Any mission with Asuka, Ryōna and Haruka as the boss count as well.
    • Any tier 4 raid boss in New Wave for their astronomical health and offense. It's not uncommon to see lots of cooperation request anytime they appear.
    • Yagyū in Shinovi Versus courtesy of how she absolutely loves to spam kunai at every possible moment for every second she's in the air. Of course, if you can handle that, that instead makes the fight boring as all hell.
    • From Senran Kagura 2:
      • Yomi's first fight has been a brickwall for many players due the different mechanics introduced on the game.
      • Any fight with Dougen becomes this due his tendency to ram the player from off-screen, invincibility frames and the considerable amount of health he has.
      • Kagura/True Kagura is this for some players due to her teleporting skills.
    • In Estival Versus, there's Kafuru of the Mikagura Sisters. Combine Mirai's long-range fighting style with the multi-dash benefit from characters like Ikaruga and a "dive" attack similar to Asuka's, and you'd have one HELL of a tough opponent. Not only do her water projectiles have insane range, but travel in unpredictable arcs and will stun-lock you dead still with little chance of recovery if you take enough hits from the barrage. And fighting her always consists of a Wolfpack Boss with her other sisters. So while she's busy stun-locking you, she's also giving her other sisters a chance to lay a beating on you as well. You should always prioritize on taking her out first before going after the other sisters.
  • That One Level: In Shinovi Versus, any mission that takes place in the interior of Hebijo Academy. You are fighting inside small and enclosed rooms with ceilings so low that it actually disrupts Arial Raves and mid-air maneuvers, making it difficult to either pull off some attacks from the air or make a quick escape. This becomes grating especially if you are fighting elite mooks like the Bear Assassins or a boss (or both!) as they can easily lay a beating on you in these tight spaces.
  • Theiss Titillation Theory: Some of the shinobi turnovers absolutely scream this, with Shiki and Haruka being the worst offenders.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Daidōji and Rin in Shinovi Versus. It doesn't help that these two still remain as game breakers. Daidōji's breach art can rip off all your clothes if the player charges it. In frantic mode, it's guaranteed to do a One-Hit Kill. Rin's a bit more subtle, but is still seen as overpowered.
    • As mentioned in The Scrappy above, Minori is the weakest character in Shinovi Versus.
    • In Estival Versus, characters like Yomi and Hanabi have attacks that are more about power than speed, but this just ends up making them an easier target in a game where you are constantly surrounded and under fire. Because while you can dash cancel between attacks, you can't cancel out of the attack itself. It also doesn't help that they still flinch just as easily as the faster characters. The end result is essentially getting a slow character with nothing to really make up for it. Their only potential saving graces are their highly-damaging arts.
    • Most of the characters in Estival Versus have at least one of the following: Excellent damage/combo capability with their regular combos or excellent damage/combo capability with their secret ninja arts. The primary exception is Haruka. Her regular combo skills are somewhat mediocre but her ninja arts are the greater disappointment as they either have very few hits or even worse range than her regular attacks, effectively making her one of the worst overall characters by not having a major strength to compensate for a weakness in one area.
  • Vanilla Protagonist:
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Hibari might be significantly more capable of fighting compared to your average joe, but she's ridiculously low on the power level compared to other shinobi. Adding the points that she's pink, her summon monster is a rabbit, and she's moe, many people find a scrappy in her.
    • What really hurts her is she is arguably the worst character to play as on the Hanzo side (at least in Burst) with her awkward play style, short reach, and that fact that hers are the only Ninja Arts that can't be easily integrated into a combo (her aerial one is basically an instant end to your current chain).
      • Haruka is the first to perceive Hibari's strong points: she is more suited for information gathering and 'spy' work than direct confrontation. But even she can still kick ass (more or less literally) in the games.
    • Minori gets hit with this with her low stats not helping her case.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss:
    • The Puppeteer-Demon Doll from New Wave. This thing will absolutely annihilate any beginner player unless they grind their team. It doesn't help that it gets to attack you twice while you only get to attack it once.
    • Yomi is this in Deep Crimson for those who think using the previous game's tactics will work again. It should be noted that is also the second mission in the game.
  • The Woobie:
    • Most of the girls qualify because of their backstories, but Mirai takes the cake when the anime shows just how horribly she was treated by the people who bullied her, i.e. her entire school!
    • Murasaki qualifies the most out of the second generation characters: Forced to become a shinobi against her will, gravely injuring her own sister and a Hebijo scout with a power that scares her to death, and becoming a shut-in because of how much she fears that power. The fact that she wants Imu to forgive her so much she's willing to commit atrocities if they'll make Imu happy shows just how much it torments her. And if that wasn't bad enough, her power causes her father to treat her poorly/suspect her of plotting.
  • Woolseyism: Quite fair bit of it. Ranging from every girl announcing combos from 100 to 500 & other quotes said in engrish but changed to other words.
    • On a particular Image Board, some people were worried when multiple instances of "sexual harassment" comments were changed to euphemisms, fearing Nintendo may have censored SK 2. Someone responded "I think that's just XSEED being XSEED."
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