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YMMV: Skullgirls
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: See Best Known for the Fanservice.
  • Awesome Music: It's Michiru Yamane (and Vincent Diamante), so that's to be expected:
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The game has a rather cool art style, a good story for a fighter, some interesting characters with personalities that shows they actually have more depth to them then just their looks, and is an overall fun and solid tournament fighter. Unfortunately, many people who haven't played the game for more then 10 minutes, if at all, often get stuck on its rather blatant fan service.
  • Bleached Underpants: ZONE has been hired as an animator. What is he already known for? Rule 34 flash animations, including one of Skullgirls. Neither he nor the Skullgirls development team seem to mind though. It should be mentioned that ZONE simply applied to a job opening.
    • And for April Fools' Day (2013), his mascot Zone-tan was "announced" as a playable character, complete with a bio. This became something of an Ascended Meme when Zone-tan became the basis of one of Squigly's palettes.
  • Broken Base:
    • While the game touts an infinite prevention system (to, you know, prevent infinites), the game's combo system is free and open enough to allow skilled players to knock out other characters in a single, nonrepetitive combo. The core competitive players love this, the rest not so much.
    • The same applies to Mike Z's conservative approach to balance patches. Mike believes that you cannot make changes off a limited amount of play and prefers to let the game grow before he and the team make any balance changes. This obviously appeals to older fans and fighting game veterans who are used to seeing most early Game Breakers eventually find counters. However, newer players, especially those new to the genre in general, are not so happy with this.
    • Some of the same newer players are also somewhat put off by the influences from Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes, specifically on the utility of the assists.
    • Double's Hornet Bomber Assist. Due to a mistake in the game's coding, it had a lot more invincibility frames than it should have, making countering it difficult. There are people already crying out for a nerf, and people who don't think the assist needs nerfing, and telling those people to learn to deal with it. Either way, though, the move did end up being nerfed.
    • In the end, the game seems to have captured a significant fandom — not many of whom actually play fighting games at a high level. So even though it was designed by an experienced FG player for high level play, it has already lost most of its tournament exposure. The Xbox 360 version's not being updated to the latest version (for about a year; thankfully, the patch was finally released) further fractured the base, as the online matchmaking for the game is almost completely empty on that platform.
    • Not even the voting for the two DLC character is immune. When Round 2's survivors were announced, many fans cried Fan Dumb due to hopefuls like Marie, Umbrella, and Scythana out-voted by Minette. Beowulf winning the second contest was met with revulsion, claiming he had the least interesting design of all the males and didn't make it to the top 4 in the first contest.
    • Many fans are not happy at Big Band taking Umbrella's second DLC character spot, especially as she lost in the fan voting soon after.
      • What probably caused the most resentment was Alex Ahad's explanation that it would be impossible to add True Story Mode until Marie, Umbrella, and Black Dahlia were playable characters. You can imagine the rage that erupted when none of them won.
    • Lab Zero being forced to change the default palette of Valentine amongst other smaller examples to avoid any possible copyright issues issues with Red Cross for the japanese PSN release has been met with hatred. Most of it stemming from the red crosses on her being changed to a shade of purplish-pink to avoid any red crosses on white backgrounds.
    • Eliza's blood mechanic - her main draw as a character - was confirmed dropped due to technical issues. As to be expected, many fans aren't looking forward to her very much anymore.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: For the most part, this trope is fortunately averted, as you will see many different types of teams and assists being used throughout your time online, which is likely helped by the fact that the roster is so small. However...get into higher level play and you're going to see a whole lot of teams with Double on the end as an anchor. Double has an extremely good assist in her Hornet Bomber move, particularly her Light Kick variation, since is simultaneously acts as a lockdown assist and an invincible assist. Along with that, while she's mostly manageable as a normal point character, she becomes much scarier when she has meter to abuse her Bandwagon Rushdown, Nightmare Legion, and Catellite Live supers with. Not to mention, the latter acts as a really good way to bring in Double through a DHC if you keep the opponent blocking. She's been nerfed pretty effectively over the course of the game's lifespan, so it's not like she's unbeatable, but that doesn't stop a lot of people from tacking her on their team.
  • Crazy Awesome: Peacock is a murderous cartoon character, what did you expect?
  • Creepy Awesome: Many, many examples throughout the game, but Double is the most noticeable example.
  • Complete Monster: In the world of Skullgirls, there are plenty to choose from:
    • Brain Drain, who kidnaps and forcibly transforms innocent girls (such as Carol, a.k.a. Painwheel) into bloodthirsty monsters, which he then brainwashes to keep in line. The fact Painwheel is the only known Super Soldier from Lab Zero (as opposed to Lab Eight's colorful Ragtag Bunch of Misfits) may lead to some Fridge Horror: that Brain Drain's ruthlessness has killed off all of his other experiments. Even if there ARE other experiments left... Do we REALLY want to know what they look like?!?!
    • Black Dahlia, who dismembered Ms. Fortune, killed the Fishbone gang, killed the Contiellos (and everyone at their party, including sadistically shooting Sienna/Squigly in the head) and many other horrific deeds. The fact that she's rather old and has been killing for a long time means one probably couldn't even put a number on her crimes.
    • Lorenzo Medici is implied to be even older than Black Dahlia, thanks to the Mafia's long-standing possession of the Life Gem — so old that no one can remember how long he's been in charge. Ordering the deaths of the entire Contiello family is not even remotely the worst of his atrocities, just one of the most recent; in this particular case he sent an incredibly nasty message about the mob's Code Of Silence by arranging to have the corpses' mouths sewn shut (doubly cruel, given that in life they were a family of opera singers). He was also most likely responsible for the Medici family's involvement in the lucrative slave trade, meaning the onus for Patricia/Peacock's horrific mutilation (blinding and near death by dismemberment) ultimately rests on him.
  • Designated Protagonist Syndrome: Filia has a very small role in the story compared to the likes of other characters like Peacock, Valentine, and Painwheel, but she's still more or less the protagonist of the game.
  • Dude, Not Funny!/Unfortunate Implications: Averted in two instances.
  • Ear Worm: The main menu theme, "Pedestrians Crossing". Especially when you're caught listening to it continuously while waiting for a match to start.
    • "In Just A Moment's Time" is this as well as Awesome Music. You'll hear it often, and it'll embed itself between your ears.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • So far, Peacock seems to be drawing the most attention, probably by virtue of being the weirdest character — which is quite an achievement, given what the other characters are like. This is most likely due to her spouting a bunch of familiar lines and her appearance and fighting style being based on old cartoons.
    • Squigly is very popular among the burgeoning fanbase, and she isn't even part of the default roster!
    • Minette, a character who was only seen in one picture in the Story Mode Trailer, and whose name was only known at the time by Word of God, gained popularity shortly after the trailer went up.
    • Panzerfaust, a huge, muscular character with a tank for a fist, and whose name was also only revealed by Word of God, who grew in popularity as the possible first playable male character until Big Band was chosen. He was previously part of another game concept by Alex Ahad, but shows up in the background of Parasoul's Story Mode in the same uniform as the rest of her soldiers. A popular YouTube voice actor, General Ivan, recorded some lines for him and sent them to Mike Z.
    • Bloody Marie has thus far been the most requested character for Downloadable Content, according to Mike Z.
    • Stanley Whitefin, also known by the Fan Nickname "Science Shark." He was apparently designed as a throwaway background character and was actually intended to die over the course of the story... but fans took a liking to him, and he's even become a possible DLC candidate.
    • Big Band, aka Sax Deka, is another background character with a large following. In fact, he replaced Umbrella as the second DLC character.
    • Adam Kapowski, elite Black Egrets soldier, is well liked amongst the fandom for his status as a generic Dogged Nice Guy.
    • Feng, Cerebella's roommate, is well liked for her cute appearance and humorous backstory. She has a surprisingly large amount of fanart.
  • Fanon:
    • A common fan theory is that before she swallowed the Life Gem, Ms. Fortune had brown hair. This is a sort of Development Gag, as her original design sported brown hair instead of her current white.
    • Adam is often thought to be the Skullgirls universe equivalent of Slavic, due to his grey eyes and Polish last name. In a related vein, he's almost always depicted as a generic, comically serious Dogged Nice Guy who gets no respect, and has a crush on a the clueless Parasoul.
  • Friendly Fandom Rivalry: With Super Smash Bros. Melee during the charity donation event to decide which game would get into EVO 2013. Although Melee won, both of the sides seem to have nothing but mutual respect now for being the two highest raising communities.
  • Fridge Brilliance: "In a Moment's Time" is a nice jazz song that sounds fairly romantic at first. Paying closer attention to what the lyrics are implying reveals that the song is actually sung from the Skullheart's perspective.
    "Girl, you made the right mistake
    Choose me instead of constant heartbreak
    Now let's raise the stakes,
    Go on, you've earned it

    Ask for any wish, I'm on it
    Baby, that's the charm
    You got it made, yes"
  • Genius Bonus:
    • One of Filia's supers is called "Gregor Samson" — after Gregor Samsa, the main character of the Franz Kafka story The Metamorphosis, who wakes up one morning to discover that he's turned into a giant cockroach-like insect.
    • The resident race of Fish People are called Dagonians and inhabit the district Little Innsmouth.
    • The Argus system gets its name from the myth of Argus Panoptes, the multi-eyed giant whose eyes, after his death, were taken by Hera to adorn the tail of the peacock.
    • Samson is a parasite that replaced Filia's hair (A hairasite?), and acts as the source of her strength. Now, who knows what was the source of Samson's strength in The Bible? Anyone?
    • Everybody knows Peacock's mascot partner is named after Tex Avery. Less people notice the Avery Unit is named after his team of animators. Appropriately, it's her weapon system that warps reality into cartoon logic.
      • "Avery" also happens to sound like "Aviary", continuing Peacock's bird theming.
    • The Medici Mafia run the city of New Meridian and are the patrons of Cerebella's circus. During the Italian Renaissance, the House of Medici ran the city of Florence and were patrons of the arts, though with less horrifying crime.
    • Black egrets are actual birds that hunt by cupping their wings into makeshift umbrellas.
    • Cirque du Soleil has an act named Vis (Vice) Versa in which one person balances on top of another using remarkable physical strength.
    • Buer is a Goetic demon depicted as a lion's head with five bent goat legs arranged like a spinning wheel. The Buer Drive is a spinning wheel made of bent blades. Painwheel's other synthetic parasite, the Gae Bolga, is named after the Celtic hero CuChulainn's spear, that expanded into thirty barbs when it entered a body. Since it's already in her body, it bursts out of her skin as multiple spikes.
    • Parasoul's living weapon is Krieg (German for "war"), which she uses in conjunction with a Luger Parabellum pistol. "Parabellum" is derived from the Latin adage, "If you wish for peace, prepare for war."
      • For further theming, her snack-obsessed sister's weapon is named Hungern (Swedish for "starvation", but can also mean "famine"). While understandably not named after the German for "famine" (because "Hungersnot" sounds terrible in English), they appear to be named after the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
    • Eliza's parasite is named Sekhmet after the Egyptian goddess of war. In the mythology she was known for drinking the blood of her slain foes.
    • The triangular marks on Hive's forehead appear to be dorsal ocelli - light sensitive organs of insects for maintaining flight stability especially during high speed maneuvers.
    • Squigly's Shoryuken move is called Draugen Punch. Not only is this a pun, but "draugen" is a type of undead from the norse mythology.
    • Squigly can punch opponents across the room with Liver Mortis. The name is already appropriate ("liver death"), but "livor mortis" is also the discoloration brought on from dying. On top of that, it is a nod to "rigor mortis," the post mortem stiffening of muscles, and is fashioned after Bruce Lee's famously rigid one-inch punch.
  • Genius Programming: According to Mike Z, being able to have six characters at all on consoles, even with pixelated sprites on occasion, is a miracle in and of itself.
  • Japan Loves Skullgirls
    • While the game is rising in popularity in its native US as more info comes out, so far, a lot of the fanart featured has been by Japanese artists, and Uno Makoto (designer for Witch Blade) has even drawn fanart for Skullgirls. Reverge Labs has also noticed this: they plan to release a Japan-exclusive disc (due to Japan's dislike of DLC) after the first batch of DLC.
    • It's drawn the attention of Japanese fighting-game producers as well; Yoshinori Ono and Daisuke Ishiwatari are both on record as saying they're looking forward to the release of Skullgirls. (Ono even tweeted several photos of himself at the Skullgirls booth at New York Comic Con 2011.)
    • Mike Zaimont (director of the game) has also said he is hoping to get an arcade release for the game, with a Japan breakthrough in mind. Things are looking up for that; apparently the game can run on a Taito arcade board.
      • And it's happened: Skullgirls is getting an arcade release in Japan through the NESICA system.
    • Following the game's US release, Microsoft Japan contacted Konami and Reverge Labs because they were overwhelmed by people calling in asking why it wasn't out in Japan yet. Wow.
    • And now, their prayers have been answered - an issue of Famitsu announced that Skullgirls would be available on the Japanese Playstation Store on Feb. 14, 2013.
    • On a smaller level, Japan apparently really likes Bloody Marie for some reason. Must be the Elegant Gothic Lolita/Meido design motifs or something.
    • For the record, the game's popularity in Japan is pretty unusual for a Western fighting game, since other Western fighting games are considered jokes there due to their extreme violence. The fact that most of the cast are cute anime-style girls might help in this respect.
  • Goddamned Boss: The Skullgirl herself. While Marie can take a lot of punishment and dish it out in spades, most of her attacks are easily avoided provided you play smart. When she's down to the last 10% or so of her health, however, she breaks apart into nothing more than a skull and some bones hovering around the Skull Heart. In this form, she is very hard to hit due to her tiny hitbox that floats out of the reach of most ground-based attacks, and zips back and forth across the arena to avoid you. All the while she's using all of the same attacks she was using in the previous two forms, with the skulls firing in greater numbers. While she's (arguably) not difficult enough to put her in SNK Boss level, she's still very, very irritating to fight.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In this stream around 44 minutes in, someone shoved fanart of Beowulf into the camera (before the official announcement). Shortly afterward, Render declares, "That was not our official announcement; that was just some fan art!" Guess who won the second DLC character vote?
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Filia is the "Fat" member of the cast weighing in at 142 pounds (24.4 BMI, 0.6 away from over weight).
  • Holy Shit Quotient: Squigly's Story Mode. When Marie throws half of a building at the beginning of the story you know that shit just got real.
  • I Am Not Shazam: To those who don't recognize the title as referring to the main antagonist and not the characters.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Filia. Being more or less The Protagonist, she gets more of this than most of the cast, and with most of the cast: Painwheel, Cerebella, Squigly, Samson, Ms. Fortune, Fukua, etc...
    • Fan-Preferred Couple: Carol/Painwheel seems to be the most popular of the above, with Cerebella not that far behind.
  • Les Yay: All-female fighting game. This was inevitable.
    • This little exchange in Ms. Fortune's story mode:
    Valentine: Well, well...what have we here? That's quite the body you have there, kitty.
    Ms. Fortune: ...Er, sorry, creepy lady. I'm not interested.
    • According to Word of God, Valentine is more or less asexual. Despite this, she is said to use her looks to seduce people, which might explain some elements of the Proud Beauty she expresses in-game - in fights against other women.
    • Seen in Double's ending, Aeon has a Ms. Fortune body pillow.
    • Peacock has a few, likely innocent examples of this, probably due to her role as a pastiche of classic cartoons being rather masculine while she herself is a girl. For example, her grab block has her spurt out "Watch the merchandise," she refers to Parasoul as a "dame" in one of her win lines (in a very mocking tone), and one of her opening lines against Valentine is a very loud and drawn-out "Hello, nurse!"
    • This image, giving heavy implications of the Crack Pairing of Squigly and Eliza, is an official shirt design by Japanese fanartist Moyoosu.
  • Memetic Badass: Yu-Wan, the owner of the restaurant in Little Innsmouth, thanks to this video.
  • Magnum Opus: In-Universe, Peacock is regarded by her creator, Dr. Avian, in the opening cutscene of her Storyline.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Republican Double
    • Robo-Fortune's becoming one as well, spawning much fanart after Kimlinh Tran (Fortune's actress) ad-libbed some lines during a stream. (As seen here on the 1:13:00 mark) And then Robo-Fortune appeared on the game's Indiegogo page....
      • Both are now Ascended Memes (though granted, they were started by the voice actors). Republican Double was announced to be a downloadable voice pack as a reward for hitting $250,000 in the Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Robo-Fortune became a voice pack at $350,000 in the campaign, but this was superseded when a last-minute stretch goal was funded, making Robo-Fortune into a playable character a la Robo-Ky.
    • The weekly Salty Cupcakes Skullgirls livestream has the meme of Mike Z's Sandwich. Really, just sandwiches in general.
    • Umbrella's Demotion To Extra has led to her "Salty Umbrella" portrayal where she looks annoyed, angry, or psychotic with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness.
    • Two Weeks (TM) note 
      • Now an Ascended Meme: Squigly tells Marie and the audience in the beta story mode that they're going to have to wait two weeks for her real story mode to happen.
      • Recently ascended even further: it's now one of the things that must be typed to maximize Blockbuster damage in The Typing of the Skullgirls: Encore.
    • Adam, one of the few Black Egrets we see with a face, gained popularity due to his status as The Generic Guy and is frequently depicted amongst the fandom as a comically serious Dogged Nice Guy.
    • Lab Zero's complete inability to catch a break. Fans have dubbed it the "Skullgirls curse."
  • Moe: Carol is actually called this on her design sheet.
  • Never Live It Down: Cerebella will always have trouble living down what happened in her Story Mode Ending, despite the ending not being canon. See The Scrappy below.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Try to finish Fukua's story mode without wondering if "Filia" isn't really Fukua after the story's ending and her successfully taking over Filia's body. She likes being Filia, after all.
  • Polished Port: The PC version of the game is very well done, coming with lobbies, supporting just about any USB controller available, using the extra memory to have all the sprites loaded at once, and updating much more frequently than either console version.
  • The Scrappy: To many, Cerebella completely crossed the Moral Event Horizon in her ending where she crushes Ms. Fortune into another Life Gem for her adoptive mob-father, Vitale Medici (who massacred Ms. Fortune's gang and ran the slaver rings that mutilated Peacock during the Great Offscreen War), even though this is one of the What If? endings according to Word of God and Cerebella clearly realizes she made the wrong choice. The fact that Marie claims she's "pure", in spite of being established as a "leg breaker" for the Medici Mob, only twists the knife further — except for the quite likely possibility that was deliberately lying to her in order to lay out Schmuck Bait.
  • Shipping: Fans of Les Yay are very happy with this game:
    • The most prominent is Filia/Painwheel. Happens because of Filia wishing for Painwheel having a normal life, sacrificing her chance of getting her memories back. Also, Carol is really cute.
    • Fans also seem to like Patricia/Marie Toy Ship. Their backstory is the reason for Marie's wish, and Peacock is willing to forgive and save her till the end.
    • Some Fanon interpretations pair up Cerebella with Ms. Fortune, and Parasoul with Valentine, conveniently ignoring the Canon that Cerebella is willing to crush Fortune into another Life Gem in her ending (although her regrets afterward shed some sympathy), and Valentine is part of the Terrible Trio that wishes to make Parasoul's little sister Umbrella a Skullgirl.
      "Suddenly there's going to be a million new pictu - yuri pictures of these two popping up on the internet after this."
    • Valentine and Painwheel also see a lot of pairing up. This could possibly because in Valentine's ending, it turned out that in a way, she was looking out for Painwheel, wishing herself to be a Skullgirl so Painwheel could be the one to destroy her and the Skull Heart.
    • Ever since the semi-confirmation that Feng is a lesbian, Feng x Cerebella has been rising in popularity as well.
    • Ms. Fortune x Minnette also pretty fairly popular, given thanks for Odd Friendship.
    • Squigly x Filia, based on their Friendly Rivalry (even though their Puppeteer Parasites don't approve), their tag-team battle against Double and especially in the Bittersweet Ending where Filia gives Squigly a proper burial, and carved a very heartwarming epitaph on the headstone.
    • Filia x Cerebella is also prominent, mostly for being the first two girls shown, but also Cerebella's cryptic win quote implying that she knew Filia before her memory loss.
    • A rare het ship; since the addition of Big Band to the playable roster, and him calling in Leduc to extract Painwheel after Band beats her, Leduc x Carol is fast becoming a popular ship. Strangely, no one ships Big Band x Ileum, despite them being the shared Parental Substitute for Lab 8's Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
      • Altrought before released of Big Band, many support ships Big Band x Illeum, for being Team Dad and Team Mom for obvious reasons.
    • Someone are ships Filia x Fukua as well, altrought Fukua interest are more creepy, she want to be Filia and she want to have her face...
  • Spiritual Licensee: Best Vampire Savior sequel Capcom never made!
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The opening soundtrack piece's melody is quite reminiscent of Touhou's "Satori Maiden ~ 3rd eye". Fans humorously compare the two games, as they both involve cute girls beating the heck out of each other.
  • That One Attack: Double's Catellite Lives super. What it does is essentially keep you in permanent lockdown for the entire duration of the move, allowing your opponent to mix you up in any way they see fit. If you end up getting hit, which you likely will, you end up in a combo... which leads to the person gaining meter, performing Catellite Lives AGAIN, and repeating the process until you're dead. The only way to defend against it is to either block the entire thing or perform a really difficult technique known as pushblock guard cancelling in the middle of blocking the super and hope that it manages to hit Double so you can break free. This move kind of makes her a Tier-Induced Scrappy among the competitive community.
    • Fortunately the move was nerfed in the Squigly patch — it now costs two meters to use, meaning it can't be used continuously as it used to be, and you can't cheat the system and just mash the macro buttons so you don't accidentally throw out an attack anymore.
  • That One Boss: Marie
  • Ugly Cute: Mike Z described Double as this in this video.
  • The Woobie: Painwheel. Peacock. Valentine.

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